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lESSONS:

simple ways  
to transform 
your hair

When the path to feeling brand new meets the path of least resistance.


Written By BETH SHAPOURI

Photography By ANNA PALMA

The hair goal for fall 2020: to feel utterly refreshed. After months of social-distancing, wrestling with DIY hair color and haircuts experiments, and reverting to a go-to messy top knot for Zoom calls, we, the collective hair-havers of the world, are ready to feel revitalized. However, amid the general chaos that has defined this year, it’s also all about getting there without adding an ounce more stress to your life. That’s why we tapped the pros to narrow down to the moves that will switch up your style, whip strands into shape, and have you feeling like someone filtered your hair in real life without a lot of effort.

SLOUGH YOUR SCALP

That general blah feeling you might be dealing with at the moment likely comes down to product buildup. It can leave strands limp, dull, and lifeless, according to hairstylist Lona Vigi, who has worked with Ana de Armas, Margaret Qualley, and Reese Witherspoon. A purifying rinse like Act+Acre Cold Processed Scalp Detox can help, but for a deeper cleanse stylists are all about adding a scalp scrub or detoxifier like Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt to your routine weekly, as they get down to the root of the problem (so to speak). Vigi makes them sound like the Swiss army knife of cleansers, saying, “They remove excess oil, rebalance, cleanse, purify, and remove buildup.” The result? Not only is your color brighter but “you have more body in your hair,” she says.

SOUP UP YOUR COLOR

To keep your hue vivid between colorings, Peter Butler, hairstylist to stars like Sandra Oh, Claire Danes, and Beanie Feldstein, says to look for color-reviving conditioners. They don’t exactly double as hair color — which is good considering the ones for blondes are purple to counteract yellow, after all. And they don’t cover gray. But they do enhance by canceling out unwanted brassiness while upping luminosity. His advice: “Use after every two to three shampoos to extend the color of your hair [or] after every shampoo to intensify the tone.”

ADD A TREATMENT

It’s true, a deep conditioning mask or pre-shower oil treatment is an instant ticket to restoring shine, bounce, and movement. But for those who chemically-treat, color, or just need extra TLC, hairstylist to Selena Gomez and Anna Camp Marissa Marino calls in the red-carpet shortcut to healthy-looking locks: A bond-repairing complex like the one found in Olaplex’s products. They’re all formulated to repair structural damage for a noticeable and instant boost.

While the strengtheners work in just 10 minutes, she says, “sometimes I even blow dry it into the hair for extra protection.” The most effective way to breathe new life into parched or over-styled hair: Prep hair with the brand’s new No. O Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment before layering on the No. 3 Hair Perfector.

PERK UP CURLS

When it comes to maximizing texture, “moisture is always key with any hair type that tends to be more porous and prone to frizz,” says Adir Abergel, the man behind both Charlize Theron and Saoirse Ronan’s styles. His magic one-two punch for beautiful, defined curls is to use a hydrating cream or oil first to add moisture and follow with a frizz serum to form a protective barrier that locks it in while adding separation. From there, don’t brush — scrunch only or keep hands off entirely. The idea is not to disrupt your unique shape while letting the ingredients go to work during your drying time.

GO EXTRA-SLEEK

For folks with hair that either qualifies for or leans toward the straight category, taking a few minutes to smooth out the top layer can impart an ultra-luxe glass-like finish. A high-heat flat iron with non-snag ceramic plates will get you there, but there’s a trick to a perfect finish, according to Vigi. “When I was first starting out I assisted [legendary stylist] Sam McKnight on a Victoria’s Secret commercial in the ʼ90s, and he asked me to prep the girls by flat-ironing their hair.” The keys he taught her to lock in a perfectly smooth finish: “[Go] slow and steady — take your time with each section and let the hair completely cool before doing anything with it.” Rehydrate the ends by applying a bit of hair oil like Virtue Healing Oil applied along the bottom with fingers.

INSTANT
HAIR HELPERS

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Erase signs of pollution and leftover styler residue with this weekly scalp-balancing treatment that not only cleanses, but soothes and treats with high-quality baobab, moringa, and amaranth oils.

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When swapped for your regular shampoo once a week, this gentle scrub acts as a refreshing, detoxifying reset for your scalp.

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A must-have for blondes battling yellow tones, this purple-tinted color-enhancing conditioner leaves hair nourished, shiny, and bright thanks to meadowfoam seed oil, rice proteins, and babassu butter.

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Medium- to light-brunettes who find their color turns between appointments will want to write sonnets to this hydrator. A treat for any time your brown needs a boost, it’s formulated to remove all signs of brassiness and enhance highlights in minutes.

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For the deepest level of repair: This featherweight oil infused with the brand’s famous bond-rebuilding molecule is made to restore shine, hydrate, protect against heat damage, and repair breakage in all its forms.

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This rich serum is great for coily hair types or anyone struggling with dryness and frizz. Use it two ways: On dry hair as a treatment before washing or as a nourishing post-shower styler that smooths split ends. Either way, a silky finish is guaranteed.

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This intensely hydrating mask comes to the rescue of overworked strands with minerals, antioxidants, rice extract, and a special amino complex.

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With a unique enzyme that creates unbelievable definition, this curl cream also gets points for protecting against UV rays and humidity. The result: Weather-proof locks no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.   

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Nourishing pink pomelo, luster-boosting gotu kola, and frizz-fighting phospholipids combine in this serum to create a truly impressive fizz-smoothing superhero. 

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This smart straightener is so advanced, you might just ask it to do your taxes. With ion-generating ceramic plates, nine heat settings, and an internal microchip that ensures intuitive and even temperature, it provides ultra-fast results without the worry of damaging hot spots.