Innovations in hair
PANTENE Airspray ($5) is the first alcohol-free aerosol hairspray. Here’s why that matters: “Typically waterbased hairsprays are in pumps and the droplets are really big,” says Pantene principal scientist Rolanda Wilkerson, so you can only apply a small amount or the hair becomes really wet. “We changed the actuator so the water mist is very fine.” The absence of alcohol also means the formula doesn’t have to be masked with fragrance, so your flatmate won’t be engulfed by a pungent cloud.
When celebrity hairstylist Andy Lecompte wants textured waves, he hits the pantry. “I’ve been using sugar water in hair for years,” he says, his voice hoarse from attending late-night rehearsals with Madonna and spending the morning fielding questions about Miley’s hair at the 2015 VMAs. The concoction works like a beach spray, says Lecompte, but delivers more shine and softness. WELLA PROFESSIONALS Eimi Sugar Lift ($20) saves him—and us—the hassle of making the simple syrup at home.
On the heels of the cowashing craze (shampooing with conditioner) comes a new trend: reverse washing. TRESEMMÉ’s Beauty-Full Volume Pre-wash Conditioner and Shampoo ($9 each) make the case for switching the order of operations in the shower, delivering hydration to fine-haired types without weighing down strands.