It seems like everything old is new again—there’s now an emphasis on curls, polished waves, new ingredients and restorative treatments.
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The Hot New Hair Ingredient: Broccoli
For years, silicone reigned supreme as the ultimate ingredient for soft, smooth, silky hair. Although it does wonders, it can also weigh hair down and leave behind residue. Broccoli oil (or brassica seed oil) is beginning to be used as a replacement for silicone and it’s said to soften and smooth hair just as well, if not better. “It acts like a heat protectant and adds shine to hair,” says Richelieu Dennis, founder and CEO of Sundial Brands. You can find it in Madam C.J. Walker’s Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Silkening Blow Out Crème ($26), which when applied to wet hair, delivers a shorter blow-dry time. “Broccoli is taking topical beauty to new heights,” adds Dennis.
Bigger Hair Is Now Better
As celebrity stylist and inventor of the Beachwaver, Sarah Potempa, explains, it’s all about a different type of wave this season. “As we transition from summer to cooler months, we are going to see bigger, more polished curls,” she says. Hair that looks undone but not messy is the “it” style right now. “There’s also a major movement into healthy hair, and these waves reinforce that,” adds Potempa. The look is pretty easy to do, too. “Run some mousse through damp hair and blow-dry. Then, back-brush it at the root. Curl one-inch sections away from your face,” instructs Potempa. Brush the curls together and roll them up, then pin them to cool. “Once your hair is completely cool—let it sit for 30 minutes—unpin it and spray it with hairspray. Then, brush it out for a smooth, polished look.”
Serious Strand Strengtheners
Many of us put an immense amount of stress on our hair from highlighting, coloring and heat tools. “We are using so much heat and color these days that our hair becomes extremely damaged. But, it can be rebuilt with bond rebuilders, which are in-salon treatments that nurse hair back to health,” says celebrity stylist and Phyto global artistic director Anthony Cristiano of the Anthony Cristiano Salon in Chicago. Treatments like b3 Brazilian Bond Builder and Olaplex work similarly to fuse hair back together wherever it is broken. “Damaged hair needs protein. For as much as these treatments help, they can’t be used too often. Treating your hair with too much protein habitually will cause it to revert back to its dry, brittle state. I recommend they be done periodically—no more than once a month—and always by a professional. In between appointments and at home, use hydrating conditioners to keep your hair healthy, like Phytokeratine Extreme Mask ($59),” adds Cristiano.
The Return of the Hot Roller
Back in the day, before curling wands and straightening irons were popular, women relied on rollers (both hot and foam) to get big, bouncy curls. “Rollers are coming back. Not everyone is born with naturally curly hair, yet curls are on the rise. Hot rollers are quick and easy to put in and they leave you with voluminous hair,” says Sarah Mac, artistic director for FHI brands. “Another option is no-heat twist rods for beautiful curls without damaging temperatures.” With an iron of any sort, there isn’t forced or implied cooling like there is with a roller. “When the curls are fully cooled, the result is long-lasting bounce and volume,” says Mac.
The Big Bang Theory
Every few years, bangs come back into play. We’ve seen side ones, wispy ones and even heavy, thick ones. “Bangs that graze the eyebrows are back en vogue. They’re long and sexy and frame the face to bring attention to the eyes,” says celebrity stylist Justine Marjan. “A fringe is a cute look for winter because the length of the bangs helps to hide the pale skin that’s common of the season. It’s also a great way to change your look when you’re in between lengths or growing out a bob or lob.” For those who are too scared to take the plunge, Marjan suggests trying a faux fringe—we like Bellami Cleopatra Clip In Bangs ($55). “You just want to make sure the faux piece matches your hair color. To create more of a natural, rooty feel, spray your roots with a product like Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Spray ($25),” she adds. “You should always have the hairpiece professionally cut, too, so that it suits your face and blends in with your natural hair.”Getty Images