I trust only a handful of people with my hair. Marco Pelusi, colorist extraordinaire and owner of Marco Pelusi Hair Studio in West Hollywood, Calif., is one of them. His growing roster of celebrity clients (Stacy Keibler, Sophie Winkleman, Carol Alt) have the most amazing color; his salon is so relaxing and down-to-earth; and I’m a die-hard fan of his products.
So, with “holiday hair season” upon us, I thought, who better to ask about getting great hair color? Here are his candid answers to my questions, including how to maintain red hair color and how to avoid disappointment at the salon:
TDO: Marco, the hair color you do always looks amazing. What’s your secret?
MP: Thank you! Years of practice. If you want to get good at something, do it over and over and over again, so you have years of experience to draw upon.
Also, listening is perhaps the most vital component to my job. I must have adequate time for a color consultation; to consider the client’s skin tone, what’s most flattering for her, and her wants and needs. While I’m listening, I’m already formulating the proper color, and then I’m ready to go into my ‘laboratory’ and mix! Also, as I’m mixing, I always keep in mind my personal mantra: to maintain the quality and integrity of the hair while coloring.
TDO: What is the most important or best thing you think a woman should keep in mind about hair color? (more…)
I love my lady scents, meaning florals and musk appeal to my olfactory senses too. But sometimes in the shower, I’m in the mood for spice, as opposed to sugar and everything nice. In times like this, I reach for Lush’s Blousey Shampoo.
Yes, the shampoo does contain some of the more traditional “sweet” elements like bananas, cocoa and capuacu butter. But what really distinguishes it, is the spiciness added by cloves and star anise, which gives the scent kick and dimension. It smells like a banana bread, baked and amped up by your cool aunt who travels the world and brought back spices from her last trip to Turkey. Because of the addition of solid elements like banana, the texture of the shampoo feels slightly more like a hair mask or frankly, like cake batter. But this just makes it easier to wash and completely coat your hair from root to tip. The bananas are so emollient that it makes your hair look glossy, bouncy, and alive. Because the shampoo is so moisturizing, it is recommended specifically for color-treated hair, but I suggest it even to my friends with non-dyed hair because it’s just that good.
The thing about hair styling products is that I don’t really like them. Instead of helping me out, most of them actually end up making my hair a stiff or greasy mess. Now I’ll attribute to my inability to use them correctly, but the point is, you need skillz to use most hair products and I just don’t possess them. Oh — and not to mention, I don’t have extra time to be wrangling with pomades and sprays at 8 in the morning.
That’s why I was so delighted to discover Living Proof’s Prime Style Extender, which I’ll just refer to as a non-styling-product, styling product. What the Prime Style Extender does is to protect and extend your hairstyle in one easy step and without the need to fuss with anything else. You apply the product to just washed hair and then go about doing your tresses as usual. Whether you straighten it, blow dry it for volume, or curl it, the Prime Style Extender will hold the style — and they claim, for double the time of other products. Oh, and the best part? It feels like nothing is in your hair and you’ll never have to worry about accidentally putting too much on and getting an head of oily hair. (more…)
A few weeks ago I went into Arrojo Studio for a much needed haircut. While I was there, I got to try out their newest line of haircare products: Shine Luxe Shampoo and Conditioner. I remember really loving the black orchid inspired scent of the products during the wash (I mean..that’s all you can really judge while someone else is washing your hair) and was lucky enough to take a set home myself to try. Well four weeks and a shiny, full, head of hair later, I can definitely vouch that in addition to smelling great, the stuff also works, totally living up to its luxe name.
Like any good New Yorker, I’m aware that scrunchies, like fanny packs or athletic sneakers in midtown, are supposed to be an unspoken sartorial dividing line between tourist and chic, local resident. But following Olympic fever, I almost (note the almost) wanted to dust off my vintage scrunchie. Look at Gabby Douglas and the Golden Girls. Doesn’t their enthusiasm and joy extend H2T as Tyra Banks would say, from their be-scrunchied heads to their fantastically pointed toes? Seeing them in their gold medal joy reminded me of a more innocent time when my most important daily decision was matching an item from my scrunchie tree to my Limited Too leggings.
Looking past twenty years from now, will I see my simple, black hair elastics as a nostalgic relic of my 20s? Probably not. But I might see TwistBands that way. TwistBands are like hair scrunchies 2.0, an upgraded version of the no-dent, non-hair-damaging hair accessory that everyone loved. Made of a simple, half-inch wide elastic that comfortable cinches your ponytail (and your wrist, equally important) and doesn’t stretch out. And yes, you can match them to your outfits, as they’re currently available in tie-dye, metallic, primary colors, and some design-your-own (they do custom sayings, a fun idea for bachelorette party favors.) But I predict, it won’t be long before like their 1.0 predecessors, they become widely available in beautiful varieties and prints (calling Marimekko and Missoni) and an equal reflector of your personality and style. You can buy them here, where they retail for $2.50 for one, or as a set of 6 for $10.
“Who are you?”
This simple question, asked at the beginning of my hair appointment with David Stanko, the Michelangelo of haircolorists at Cutler Salon, threw me for a loop. Who was I? Depending on the day, I’m many things. Some days, I’m the adventurous girl who gave up a career in corporate America to pursue her dreams of being a writer (this coincides with my occasional desire to cut off all my hair and get a cute, Gwyneth-style lob or long bob.) Some days, I’m the anxious girl who stresses about her future and potential for success (and who clings to her long hair like a security blanket.) I can’t remember exactly what I ended up saying to Stanko’s question. But thanks to Stanko and Redken Chromatics, I know that the one thing I’m not is the girl with ombre, overprocessed, straw-dry hair.
The color world has been buzzing about the newest tool in the colorist’s bag of tricks: Redken Chromatics, a new line that fortifies, strengthens, and delivers bright, shiny color. I headed to Cutler Salon to try it formyself. After talking with me and taking a look at my hair, Stanko disavowed me of a misguided notion for ombre hair and decided that “who I was” was a girl with a glossy sheen of sable, cappuccino, and latte tones, whose hair would have “an artful movement and beautifully catch the light, whether it be in bars or outdoors.” (more…)
Every summer (and ok, every other season too) it seems like I’m fighting frizz. Sure I’ve loaded my hair with all kinds of oils and potions that promise to tame frizz but the effects of those products always seem to be short lived and always requires some extra effort to apply. I was looking for something that could help me get my frizzy locks under control without too much extra work on my part. Oh, and did I mention my hair was also kind of fried from too much heat styling? I needed some help for that too. Enter Redken’s new Smooth Lock in-salon service and at-home regimen- the treatment that has changed my hair’s life for the smoother, softer, healthier and better. (more…)
It’s summer, and I haven’t hit the beach as much as I would like to, but I HAVE been living vicariously with VoCe Surf Mist — courtesy of VoCe haircare creator Kaz Amor, a partner at Warren-Tricomi salon in Los Angeles.
The discovery: I recently visited the salon for a much-needed complimentary haircut and styling session with Angela. (Go there. She is fabulous.) In one hour, my hair was transformed via a wash with VoCe Lift It volumizing shampoo and conditioner, a healthy trim and a blow-out. Before drying, Angela applied a generous amount VoCe Surf Mist, of one of her and Kaz’s favorite products. Made with vanilla rice and wheat, it gave my hair instant fresh-from-the-beach texture and a light, sultry scent. Since then, I’ve been using it daily for wonderfully “raw,” bouncy layers. (more…)
No color, no cuts, just blow-outs. Now why didn’t I think of the Drybar concept? I’m filing this under “Things I Wish I had Invented,” taking its place alongside post-its, designer jeans, and Rent the Runway. For $40 and about an hour, you get to watch a movie and drink, as a stylist washes your hair and helps you choose from a menu of blow-out looks.
The blow-out “menu” has 11 choices range from the Manhattan (super straight, sleek) to the Mai-Tai (beach waves). And specially, for the month of August, they’ll have a new addition to the menu: the Old-Fashioned, inspired by Marilyn Monroe.
It’s a super-coiffed, 50′s screen siren inspired hairstyle, with smooth, loose curls. In honor of Miss Monroe, Drybar will also be showing her movies so you can sit back and enjoy her greatness in Some Like It Hot and How to Marry a Millionaire via the Forever Marilyn: Blu-ray Collection. What? You’ve never seen her movies before? Then I suggest you you start with this clip.