Yesterday, I took a break from my usual salad-in-front-of-laptop for a fun lunch with celebrity hair stylist Kristan Serafino. A real-life renaissance woman, Serafino styles celebs, designs runway looks, consults for brands, and hosts training sessions for young stylists. Oh, and that’s even before we start talking about her blog, Serafino Says. A mix of useful tips, behind the scenes pics, and inspirational ‘dos, Serafino’s blog is one of my latest obsessions. Whether she’s doling out tips on talking to your hairdresser or encouraging the revival of the 70s “Bang, Bump, and Flip,” Serafino is always helpful and entertaining.
In person, she was just as much fun. In between dishing out personalized hairstyle advice (apparently I’m headed for a long, seamless layers look with blunt bangs), she shared a few tips:
— Treat your haircare products like cocktails and mix them up! She suggests mixing a texturizing spray like Jonathan Dirt with a smoothing serum like Philip B Anti-Frizz Formula 57 Shine Drops to give hair both texture and sheen.
— The tips of your hair are like arrows — they draw the eye and direct your attention. Translation: If your hair just falls straight down, the eye goes down too. On the other hand, cheek-height layers that point inward will make you look like you have cheekbones.
—Don’t overlook the power of mousse. Instead of using it on damp hair, comb it directly into dry roots and blast hair with a dryer. You’ll get volume and lift.
—When pulling your hair into a ponytail, look upward. You’ll avoid getting that gap at the nape of your neck.