10 Hair commandments

Join the mane mas­ter­class by Or­lando Pita, hair genius and New York Fash­ion Week am­bas­sador for Tre­semmé, to make ev­ery day a great hair day.

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Hair pro,

Or­lando Pita lays down the rules

Choose a style that will be unique to you

The per­fect cut de­pends on your par­tic­u­lar hair type and unique face shape, so choose a look and the prod­ucts that are spe­cific to your needs. “If you have thick hair, a cut that takes the weight off will make it more man­age­able; if you have fine hair, you can add vol­ume eas­ily with clip-in ex­ten­sions.”

In­vest in good-qual­ity hair tools

Do you keep buy­ing hair tools in the hopes of find­ing the ul­ti­mates? Here’s all you need – from one of the world’s most revered stylists: A good-qual­ity blow-dryer, a 2.5cm bar­rel curl­ing iron and a great straight­en­ing iron are the top three sta­ple styling tools. If you have these at your dis­posal, you’ll be able to pull off all sorts of great at-home hair looks.

Think through get­ting a fringe

“Pay at­ten­tion to your face shape be­fore you chop the front, as a fringe doesn’t work on ev­ery­one. If you’re un­sure but want to try it any­way, go with a side-swept style – they’re the eas­i­est to carry off and grow out.” Al­ter­na­tively, why not try a clip-in fringe? That way you’ll get a tem­po­rary look – and it’s a great way to de­cide whether to make a more per­ma­nent com­mit­ment.

Em­brace your hair length

Who says long hair can’t be graphic and chic? Ask your stylist to keep ends “a tiny bit jagged, and go for tons of move­ment and shine,” says Or­lando. To get there, flat­iron hair, then mist your fin­gers with strong-hold hair­spray and pat down strays.

Get a sleek updo up­date

Up­dos work best if your hair is shoul­der­length or longer. To make it slick, rub a light­weight oil on dry, smooth hair. Part of­f­cen­tre from fore­head to neck with a tail comb, gather each side at the nape and Frenchtwist in­ward and up un­til the ends form coils at the top. Tuck the ends un­der and pin.

Make your waves modern

To make long, cas­cad­ing waves look modern, use a 2.5cm flat­iron in­stead of a curl­ing iron. Prep damp hair with thick­en­ing spray and blast thin sec­tions, us­ing a large, round boar-bris­tle brush. Now guide ran­dom-sized pieces into S-shaped bends with the iron. Don’t wrap your hair around it as the curl will be per­fect and out of date. To rough up the tex­ture even fur­ther, “add a dry sham­poo,” ad­vises Or­lando.

Pump up your pony­tail with length

Your go-to week­end look will gain an in­stant up­grade with ar­chi­tec­tural lines. If your hair is long, ap­ply a heat-pro­tect­ing spray be­fore flat iron­ing it; then brush it into a high pony­tail. To go even longer, flat­iron a hair ex­ten­sion and wrap it around the base of your real pony be­fore ty­ing with a strip of leather for a trendy touch.

Try a new hair­style

A pony­tail doesn’t al­ways have to walk the straight, nar­row and al­to­gether pre­dictable line. “The shape doesn’t need to be uni­form,” sug­gests Or­lando. To ap­ply his ap­proach, se­cure waves low on one side, and wrap a 2cm chunk of hair around the elas­tic. Then crisscross two bobby pins for hold (and a cute and fash­ion­able fin­ish). Re­de­fine a few waves with your flat­iron and shape with a leave-in styling cream.

Treat your hair right to re­verse any dam­age

The best way to pre­vent dry­ness, dam­age and those dreaded split ends is by giv­ing your tresses ap­pro­pri­ate at­ten­tion. “Use a sham­poo and con­di­tioner that are meant specif­i­cally for your hair type. If your hair is dam­aged, look for prod­ucts that say ‘re­pair’ on the pack­ag­ing. These help boost hair that has been ex­posed to ex­ces­sive styling and heat,” says Or­lando.

Go for mod curls and edgy lengths

When you use a curl­ing iron or tongs, don’t wind your mane into a mass of tight curls – opt for a nat­u­ral, more un­even wave in­stead. The softer the curls are, the fresher and more con­tem­po­rary the ef­fect will be. When it comes to sleeker looks, Or­lando says, “A good straight­en­ing iron will smooth out your hair tex­ture, in­stead of mak­ing it poker straight and limp.”

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