Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Summer hair with Luke O'Connor

I've always disliked hair stylists trying to make my hair straight or styling it "their" way. Not that I do such a hot job myself but the outcome is uncertain when someone else works with my frizzy mop. That is, until Luke O'Connor (celebrity hair stylist, owner of Lukaro salon) cut and styled my hair. He's a magician! I was left with the most amazing looking hair. I completely trust Luke and if I could zip over to Beverly Hills for my locks to be snipped and clipped by him, I'd do it in a second. Luke, you're the best. And a super nice guy to boot!

Below are Luke's tips on summer hair styles. The side bun is my favorite! The styles call for product and what better than Suave, affordable and fabulous? And it works!

The Look: Glamour Curls on Cue
Everyone loves the look of loose, gorgeous curls. Structured curls with a middle part gives the look a modern edge – and you can make it happen in the comfort of your own home.

To re-create at home: Stock your shower with Suave Humectant Shampoo and Conditioner so curls will have added shine and brightness. Next, apply Suave Professionals Extra Hold Styling Foam to damp hair to give body and control. Be sure to blow dry hair upside down to achieve maximum volume.

Once hair is completely dry, flip back up and create a center part. Take 1 to 1.5 inch sections of hair and spiral wrap around a 1 to 1.25 inch curling iron to create neat curls. For superior style and control, lock in the look with Suave Professionals Freeze Hold Hairspray.

The Look: Stunning and Simple Side Bun
Take your regular bun from blah to WOW with a chic side bun, a popular red carpet look. It's easy to achieve this classy, modern take on the Hollywood tradition that will have your style turning heads wherever you go.
To re-create at home: For smooth and frizz-free locks, prep hair with Suave Professionals Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner. Next, give hair body and control by applying Suave Professionals Extra Hold Styling Foam to damp hair. Gather the top layer of hair and pin up at the crown. Blow-dry the rest of hair in sections using a medium round brush to lock in volume.
Unpin hair at the crown and blow dry in 1 inch sections using the round brush. Blow dry bangs by rolling the hair around the brush away from the face and directed to the side for swooping bangs. Keep side-swept bangs locked in place with Suave Professionals Extra Hold Gel. Next, take a 1.5 inch curling iron to curl the large sections of hair. Finally, gather hair into a pony tail and loosely twist down to create a low chignon off to the side. Secure with pins and let loose pieces fall naturally for a look that's effortlessly chic.

The Look: The Half-Up for 100% Style
A fun look that gives the best of both worlds, try wearing your hair half-up. This method is a sophisticated update to the traditional look, giving hair a gorgeous volume.
To re-create at home: Use Suave Damage Care Shampoo and Conditioner in the shower to condition, revitalize and protect hair from over-processing. Take the top section of hair and blow dry back with a medium round brush. Then, pull bangs forward with the round brush and point blow-dryer at hair from underneath, curling bangs up with the brush. Part hair on the side. Blow dry the rest of hair until dry and then curl with a one-inch curling iron (for looser curls, use a larger curling iron).
Next, tease the crown of the hair with a comb, using a downward motion to create beautiful volume on top. Smooth teased crown with a comb and secure this section of hair in the back with bobby pins or sparkly barrette for a little extra glam. Use Suave Professionals Freeze Hold Hairspray to keep hair in place all night.

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