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A Day With Amanda George

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Winter blues always make me want to switch up my look. Pale skin needs tanning, dry complexion needs some dew, and dark tresses need some lightening up. Granted, I could embrace all that the winter climate has to offer — pale skin, matte complexion, darker mane — but I find it all a bit blah. I want bold! I want bright! I want GOLD!

So, I went to visit my friend Amanda George of the Jonathan George Salon, colorist to celebrities like Sophia Bush, and expressed my desire for a new ‘do – nothing too extreme. I mean, I wasn’t about to chop a pixie cut or go bleach blonde. But I needed a slight makeover – happy hair equals happy me. I sent her this picture of J.Lo. “Let’s do this, but a bit more ombre,” I mused.


She agreed that a lighter look would lend itself to a more beachy, summer-in-winter vibe, and got to work. Contrast was key in recreating J.Lo’s hue. We had to strip the red from my hair (and my hair tends to go red whenever it can). And then, we did a darker base color before adding highlights, focusing mostly on lightening the ends(for that more sun-kissed, ombre effect). Then we did what I haven’t done in years: We added highlights that started closer to the roots, but only around the face — this created the contrast and softens the hairline, thus the face. Granted, I didn’t go as light as J.Lo because my skin isn’t as golden as hers. So I had to adjust the lightness based off of my skin tone. Contrast comes from the darkness of you base color, but it’s also from the how cool and warm your skin tone is compared to your hair color.

Tami, master cutter, cleaned up my slightly blunt and bland hair, creating more layers which, in turn, creates more volume. I have naturally texturized hair, so layers are key for my just-got-out-of-bed, messy waves vibe. The true test of a great haircut is if it can air dry and look almost as good as a blowout. Well, this looked better!

My hair makeover complete, I sauntered out of the salon, and booked it directly to a holiday party. Few things make me as happy as a new, lighter ‘do (in both color and actual weight of hair).

*To book an appointment with either Amanda or Tami, call 310.275.2808.


The Fall 2016 Lob

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Every year there’s an It hairstyle. The one that all the cool girls are wearing. This season, much like last, it’s all about the lob (a.k.a. the long bob, hair that hits just above the collar bone). We’ve seen this style on an array of textures, from sleek and stick straight to messy, I-woke-up-like-this hair that actually takes a good 20-minutes to reproduce, but there isn’t an exact science to choosing “the look” for fall. Instead, it’s all about embracing what works best for you — trial and error, and a little bit of product should do the trick.

We tracked down Juan Carlos Maciques, celebrity hairstylist at Rita Hazan Salon in New York City, who works with Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Teigen, and Michelle Williams, to explain how to rock the 2016 lob (and, can your face even pull it off?).

Check out our interview below for product picks and expert tips:

Beauty Banter: What is the fall lob and how is it different from season’s past? 
Juan Carlos Maciques: The lob now is about personalizing it. Having it be flattering to your face and making it your own. It’s not necessarily about minimal layers and a strict set of rules – unless of course, that is what suits you best.

BB: Which hair textures can pull off this lob? 
JCM: Having a wave to your hair is always best because it gives it more dimension or depth, plus movement. It’s more interesting to the eye to see differing directions in the hair. Very curly hair would just be a solid block, and very straight and fine hair would work better but would appear flimsy and flyaway unless it’s completely geometric and blunt.

BB: What face shape does the lob look best on? What face shapes shouldn’t try the lob?
JCM:It works best with rounder or oval faces as it’s more slimming. Narrow, long faces would just look more drawn.

BB: How can we make a lob fall-ready?
JCM: It’s best to place a product such as a mousse, like Alterna Bamboo Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse ($22), or salt spray, like Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($27) or R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray ($25), on damp hair as it adds grip and holds texture. Gently scrunch and let the hair air dry. If hair is more straight, you can always use a 1 to 1 1/2″ curling iron (I recommend Hot Tools ($40)) and gently and quickly wrap around the wand. You don’t want it to look set or done in any way. It needs to look effortless.

BB: What celebrities rock the best lobs and why? 
JCM: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Khloe Kardashian, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jessica Alba have done it so well. It’s always perfectly disheveled and effortless looking, and they make it look somehow glam and sexy at the same time.

In need of inspiration? Peruse our photo gallery of fabulous lobs above.

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How To Get Perfect Air-Dried Hair

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No, we’re not just full of hot air. It’s time to drop those blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, and hot rollers in favor of air-dried locks. You know the look: Perfectly imperfect with volume and a random wave or curl. Texture is a must, but air-dried hair differs from beachy waves in that you’re working with your own texture, not creating new texture with the help of hot tools (cue the latter).

While a natural breeze coming off of the ocean is obviously preferable, the drifts felt by NYC subways count as well. Not only are air-dried tresses the hair look du jour, but they’re also a great way to give your strands a nourishing break from all the stressful chemical treatments (we’re looking at you, highlights), and toll of summer’s unenviable climate effects.

Hairstylist Lacy Redway, who works with clients including Olivia Palermo and Jourdan Dunn, gave us some tips on how to master this trend.

BB: Can any type of hair rock this look? 
LR: This trend is all about embracing your natural texture. Most women don’t even know what their natural texture looks like because we have been using heat and chemicals to alter our natural textures for so long. I think any hair type can rock this look because it’s more about self acceptance and learning what products work for you.

BB: What products do you recommend for air-drying? 
LR: A great mousse and a good hair moisturizer are key for this look. I love Kèrastase mousse Bouffante ($37) and Jane Carter Solution Nourishing Cream ($13).

BB: What if you want the air-dried look, but need to dry your hair quickly? Can you achieve this look with a blow dryer? 
LR: A hair dryer diffuser will dry your hair quickly, but without irritating your natural texture. I use ghd Air diffuser ($27) along with my dryer when I’m home, but for travel I pack my YS Park Sock Diffuser ($41).

BB: How can you keep air-dried hair from getting crazy and puffy?
LR: The key is to keep your hair moisturized. Locking in the moisture will help fight against frizz. Also, a good hair mousse will keep your hair in place.

Do you air-dry your hair? Let us know your tips in the comments below!


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


Wash & Go: How to Style Wet Hair

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When it’s hotter than hot, the last thing any of us want to do after showering is turn on a blow dryer. Hair takes enough of a beating during the summer months from salt, swim, and UV rays.  This means a little extra TLC is required to keep our manes happy.  Although we know air-drying is certainly preferable, what’s the best way to do it? And how can we look good while our hair is doing its drying thing?

We reached out to Marissa Martoni, Hair Stylist and Extensions Specialist at Marie Robinson Salon for tips on how to style wet hair.

Beauty Banter: What type of hair type can pull off wet styling?

Marissa Martoni: Wet styling can work for all hair types, but only with certain styles. It all depends on what products you use.

BB: What do you recommend product-wise?

MM: Oribe Creme for Style ($35) works for all hair types.  It provides a bit of control without any stickiness or crunch; Ouai Wave Spray ($26) is great for wavy hair that needs some extra oomph and texture; Sachajuan Ocean Mist ($31) add the same texture and volume that a dip in the sea provides. Even the finest and straightest locks will achieve a perfect tousle; Bumble and Bumble Curl Defining Creme ($31) Curls can turn wild in the heat.  This lotion tames without weighing down. [Editor’s Note: For an easy DIY beach spray that’ll give texture to air-dried hair, click here.]

BB: And what about different styling techniques? 

MM: For fine hair, try a slicked back ponytail.  Thicker or curlier locks with some texture can try a french braid or a high top not.  If you want to keep your hair down, rely on a great styling cream.

BB: Which of these styles will look best once the hair actually dries if we want to let our hair down…say come nighttime? 

MM: Braids or a low twisted bun can lead to a great look later on.  Tightness of the braid or bun will obviously affect texture, but you can always run your fingers through it or brush it out to loosen things up a bit.


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


DIY Beachy Wave Spray

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We all want perfect Gisele-beachy waves (well, I do at least). Isn’t it baffling how thick and full and perfectly messy your hair looks when you step out of the ocean? Well, you can make your very own “ocean in a bottle” with ingredients that you likely have in your beauty and kitchen cabinets. This simple, DIY beachy wave spray requires only 4 ingredients and about two minutes of time. Gisele hair is closer than you think…

What you’ll need:
Spray bottle (like this)
Sea salt (or Kosher salt)
Warm water
Hair gel
Coconut oil (optional)

Benefits of the ingredients:
Sea Salt – Activates curling and texture.
Hair Gel – Gives added texture and hold.
Coconut Oil – Naturally adds moisture and leaves hair soft to the touch. Smells like the summer.

Mix warm water with sea salt into the spray bottle. Start with 1 tablespoon of sea salt for every 4oz of water. Add more salt for thicker waves. Choose your favorite hair gel and squeeze a dollop into the spray bottle. For drier hair, add in one teaspoon of melted coconut oil. Shake all of the ingredients and spray away.

Will last for up to one month.


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