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.
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 Don’t wrap your hair around it as the curl will be perfect and out of date.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.”