ELLE (Canada) - - Beauty -

“THE HIGHER THE HAIR, the closer to God,” or so the say­ing, of­ten associated with Dolly Par­ton, goes. And if that’s the case, then the mod­els at Valentino haute cou­ture (see pre­vi­ous page) were pos­i­tively an­gelic. As much as we love this fan­tasy hair, the re­al­ity is that “vol­ume” hasn’t been syn­ony­mous with “tow­er­ing” for quite some time. The mil­len­nial no­tion of vol­ume is closer to body‚ hair­styl­ist and Pan­tene am­bas­sador Danilo tells me dur­ing a re­cent visit to Toronto. “We call it ‘zero hair’ or ‘naked hair’ in the ed­i­to­rial busi­ness. Ten years ago, it would have been vo­lu­mized vis­ually, like this,” he says, lift­ing my hair an inch off my head to demon­strate. “Women don’t want prom or wed­ding hair­dos now; they want a cool-girl look. You can wear a ball gown and do noth­ing with your hair and it passes as stylish.” Part of achiev­ing this seem­ingly un­der­styled look is hav­ing healthy hair, and if there is any­one who knows how to main­tain that, it’s Danilo: He has been re­spon­si­ble for Gwen Ste­fani’s root-free blond for years, some­times colour­ing it twice weekly. When I say that Ste­fani’s hair looks healthy in spite of that, he cor­rects me, say­ing it is healthy. He at­tributes this in large part to us­ing leave-in con­di­tioner as a styling prod­uct. “It’s how I counter the heat and get that beau­ti­ful fin­ish to hair,” he ex­plains. The main thing, though, is scalp health. Sim­ply put: “If you don’t have a healthy scalp, you won’t have good hair,” says Danilo. Hair isn’t gain­ing any­thing if you avoid a good wash, he tells me. He rec­om­mends gen­tle—but ef­fec­tive— cleans­ing, par­tic­u­larly for clients who are overly at­tached to their bot­tles of dry sham­poo. Com­ing from the man re­spon­si­ble for de­sign­ing the iconic flow­ing braid and lifted roots seen on Elsa (yes, the an­i­mated char­ac­ter from Frozen), it’s ad­vice we’re will­ing to heed.

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