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Celebrity Stylist’s Tips For Runway-Ready Hair

May 7, 2013 1:00 PM

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(credit: Ricardo Caballero)

(credit: Ricardo Caballero)

(credit: Ricardo Caballero)

(credit: Ricardo Caballero)


Inside a woman’s magazine are pages of models with big, sexy, voluminous hair that seems to fall effortlessly into a sultry look. For many women who are carting kids to soccer, ballet, working long hours in the office or all of the above, these looks seem impossible to achieve. However, Fletcher-Smith The Spa hairstylist Ricardo Caballero, who works on the tresses of Playboy Bunnies, says even the busiest woman can have hair that is irresistible to touch, with shine and volume if they take the following steps.

(credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Tip #1 Get a haircut or trim every six weeks

 
Every woman is beautiful but some put more effort into their looks than others. If your lifestyle doesn’t allow you to be glammed up all the time, don’t skip the hair salon. Caballero says that even if you are growing out your hair, you need frequent trims. Those nasty split ends start at the bottom and weaken hair. By keeping your hair strong you can easily create a healthy youthful look. “It is all about effort, by taking small consistent steps like visiting your favorite salon. Over time, your hair will become healthier and easier to style and maintain,” said Caballero.

(credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images)

(credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images)

Tip #2 Hair products are key to a winning style

 
Even models can have less than perfect hair, said Caballero. They are constantly having their hair colored, blown dry, curled, teased and combed, leaving their manes less than perfect. Hairstylists turn to products to turn stressed hair into healthy hair. Caballero says it is important to use conditioners, soft hairsprays, and leave in heat styling oils. Caballero wants women to remember when looking at photos in a magazine that the hairstyle they desire is still a photo and their hair may not hold the same look throughout the day. “Unless you have a stylist like me following you around to make sure every flyaway is whisked away and every lock of hair is perfectly in place,” said Caballero.

(credit: Ricardo Caballero)

(credit: Ricardo Caballero)

Tip #3 Embrace your age

 
Women at 30, 40 or older are going to have different hair styling needs than a 20-year-old. Caballero said that the overall health of a woman can affect the health of their hair. “As they get older a woman who wants healthy hair has to take care of her body. She has to work out, reduce stress, take vitamins or eat healthy,” said Caballero. In addition to leading a healthy lifestyle, thickening shampoos and deep conditioners are helpful to the thinning hair women experience as they age.

(credit: Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Getty Images)

(credit: Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Getty Images)

Tip #4 Considerations for length of hair

 
Caballero who also owns his own salon advises his local “celebrities” to cut or grow their hair to fit their facial features and lifestyle. “Many women come to me saying they want shorter hair but their husbands love long hair even if the long hair is making them look older,” said Caballero. “Wear your hair how you feel comfortable — not your husband.”

(credit: Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Getty Images)

(credit: Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Getty Images)

Tip #5 Don’t color at home

 
Coloring your hair at home is tempting and convenient but Caballero warns against opening your own chemistry lab at home. If a woman wants to have healthy strong locks, coloring at home risks the overall health of her hair. “If a woman leaves the color on too long, puts on too much, doesn’t rinse properly the cuticles can get damaged and she can ruin her hair at the root,” said Caballero. It is recommended that highlights and hair coloring be done by a professional every six weeks.

(credit: Ricardo Caballero)

(credit: Ricardo Caballero)

Tip #6 Pick the right stylist

 
If you are eating healthy, taking vitamins, and doing everything you can to achieve that healthy mane, it is also just as important to pick a great stylist. A good hair stylist will consider your facial features, lifestyle and daily commitment for upkeep. “My job is to do what my clients want but it is also my job to give them a professional opinion and advice,” said Caballero.

(credit: RK Green Photography)

(credit: RK Green Photography)

Tip #7 Picture perfect

 
Once you have healthy hair and a style you love don’t be shy around the camera. If you are out at a party or family gathering put on a smile and show off your tresses. Caballero said to put your best face forward, which means figure out what side of your face is photogenic. “The models I work with practice their poses and facial expressions for the camera,” said Caballero. Your hair stylist should also help you figure out which side of your face is the best for the camera.

Michelle Mears-Gerst is a writer in South Orange County who can also be found @Sunnynsocal.
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