Style + Beauty Editor
How to Tame Frizzies
And there’s not a blow-dryer or flat iron in sight!
-Lois Joy Johnson
Rain. That’s what spring means to me, and all I can think about when I look I in the mirror in the morning is how to tame frizzies.
All winter long I happily ignore my straightening gels and serums, knowing that hoods and the chill factor will head off disaster. But, spring triggers a Weather Channel obsession. Usually I spend the season coaxing my mane straight with a rigid blow-dry and flat-iron routine. This year I’ve lucked out because hair accessories–as seen in many celebrity hairstyles–have returned as a major beauty trend: Headbands, decorative bobby pins and lightweight berets and fedoras are going to add to the arsenal of all us frizz fighters.
Think of these as bras for your hair. Wear them to make bangs a non-issue on humid days and to give wavy or curly hair gone wild a “look.” They work with hair loose or pulled back and are a quick easy solution for last-minute meetings, dates and invitations. Check out the celebrity hairstyles of Michelle Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Garner for inspiration. You can also trend it up a bit with metallics, neons, florals and bands with ginormous flowers, bows, feathers and faux jewels. Structured arcs are a little more formal than wide, soft jersey bands. I stash at least one in my bag every day from now through September.
Warning: The hippie-style method of wearing a band across the forehead, favored by Nicole Richie and Mischa Barton is hard to pull off and don’t mix big earrings and a decorative hairband- it’s an either/or situation The only way this works is with a simple black stretchy band, ponytail and hoops. And although I love the pricey Jacqueline Lamont Liberty print hairband and the Jennifer Ouellette skinny gemstone band, they are a wild splurge ($50 and $85, respectively at barneys.com). Here are some great new inexpensive ones:
American Apparel wide, stretchy cotton/spandex bands in fuchsia, red, black and grey ($8 each, store.americanapparel.net)
Spiegel black faux patent quilted wide band ($9, spiegel.com)
Forever 21 grosgrain bow headband in black or light grey ($1.50 each, forever21.com)
Old Navy wide print headbands ($4.50, oldnavy.gap.com)
Bebe bow headband in gold or silver leatherette ($19, bebe.com)
FRENCH TWISTS + BOBBY PINS
A French twist is the new ponytail alternative- and functional yet fashionable bobby pins are what make it chic (the style was all over the Carolina Herrera runway show this past February). Look for neons, flower-tipped and glittery crystal studded versions instead of the usual tortoise and hair-toned pins and let them show
Gather your hair low at the nape, like you’re going to make a ponytail, hold the base with one hand and twist the tail up keeping it close to your head as you wind. Stop at the crown and anchor it in place with bobbies. Doing the twist with even frizzed texture looks cool and modern. Stock up on:
Juicy Couture bobby pin set ($30 for 4, saksfifthavenue.com)
Forever 21 floral bobby pin set ($3.80 for 6, forever21.com)
Free People gem bobby pins ($14 for 2, freepeople.com)
Scunci metallic barrettes ($3.49 walgreens.com)
Fedoras and berets made some headway last summer but are really picking up steam this year. Popularized by Sarah Jessica Parker, Chloe Sevigny, the Olsen sisters and just about every woman in L.A., they are the way to deal with a really and truly bad-hair day. Basketweave fedoras are for day, crochet cotton berets can make the transition into evening, especially in black.
Forever 21 crochet beret ($10.80, forever21.com)
Bebe straw fedora ($39, bebe.com)
Forever 21 fedora ($12.80, forever 21.com)
One of these three strategies is sure to help you tame frizzies on the most humid day. For more hair help, check out Make Your Blow-Dry Last a Week