Wright is an Emmy Award–winning stylist at the Warren-Tricomi Salon in Los Angeles. Her celebrity clients include Jennifer Hudson, Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson. She’s also a Clairol Professional spokesperson and the creator of Muze Hair products.
How To Look Good While GrowingOut: “Currently I’m wearing a weave, just to grow out my hair. After about seven months, it’s a little past my shoulders. Sometimes I braid it. Ethnic hair likes braids; they aren’t damaging.”
“I shampoo the new hair growth between the strands of my weave every week and a half, using L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hair-care Total Repair 5 -Reconstructing Shampoo [$5; drugstores]; it prevents breakage. The weave is more like Caucasian hair, so I wash it with L’Oréal Professionnel Intense Repair Shampoo [$24; soap.com], which is hydrating.”
“Extra-virgin olive oil is a great hydrating treatment; I use it once a month. For shoulder-length hair, I recommend four caps of oil: Pour it on the scalp, comb it through your hair, then cover with Saran Wrap and a scarf. Leave it on overnight and shampoo and rinse thoroughly in the morning.”
“Wearing a weave or extensions can cause breakage along the hairline. I’ve been using Nioxin Diamax Thickening Xtra-fusion Treatment [$50; nioxin.com] to help treat and thicken hair at the root. Rogaine [$30 for a one-monthsupply; drugstores] is also good. I squirt it on any sparse, broken spots every night, and it helps the hair grow back. It works so well, I’ve even had to use Nair on my forehead!”
Hazan works with well-coiffed stars such as Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry and Michelle Williams. She also owns a salon in New York City and has an eponymous product line.
Secret To Shiny Hair: “Hair is like skin: You must keep it hydrated. When my hair feels dry, I slather on an oil treatment like Phyto Subtil Elixir Intense Nutrition Shine Oil [$38;sephora.com] before bed, then shampoo it out in the morning.”
“After a good blowout, on day two, I spritz a little water on my hair to reactivate the styling products, then go over it with a round brush and my Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000 [$300;hairenvy.com].”
Atkin is a stylist for the Wall Group in Los Angeles and a consultant for Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy. Her A-list clients include Heidi Klum, Penélope Cruz and Sofia Vergara.
A Laissez-Faire Approach: “People are surprised at how low-maintenance I am. I wash only every two or three days, at night, and quickly blow-dry until my hair is about 70 percent dry. I then sleep on it, which gets me pretty good body the next morning. I’ll only give myself a professional-level blowout or use a curling iron once a month; I am the last client I feel like seeing!”
On Not Making The Cut: “Long, messy hair is popular now, probably because it’s easy to maintain and we’re all so busy. I have long, messy layers. I call it off-duty-model hair, and thank goodness it is not going out of style.”
“My hair is fine, but I have a lot of it. When I want to give it a little extra oomph, I use a salt spray. Kevin Murphy Hair Resort [$25; kevinmurphy.com.au] creates the perfect tousled, sexy-beachy look.”
“I can’t live without Clear Scalp & Hair Total Care Nourishing Daily Conditioner [$5; drugstores] and my Sheila Stotts Removal Brush [$28; sheilastotts.com]. I get tangles easily, and those two—conditioner plus brush—keep my hair from looking crazy.”
“I believe in investing in a good blow-dryer. I love mine, the Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000 [$300; hairenvy.com]; it’s small yet powerful. I’d rather pony up the extra money for a dryer that works fast and efficiently; it saves me precious time, and it’s less damaging to the hair.”
“For workouts, I wrap a Cyndibands elastic [$10 for six; cyndibands.com] around my ponytail because it won’t leave a crease. Then, after I’m done exercising, I don’t have to wash and restyle. I just take out the band, flip my hair upside down while bending at the waist and spray the roots and ends with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. The results are amazing.”
Minardi owns an eponymous salon in Manhattan, has been a celebrity colorist for almost 30 years and has worked for both Clairol and Redken. She was the first woman to have her own hair-color line (Beth Minardi Signature Shades).
Her Recipe For Red: “I color my gray roots sepia-brown every two to three weeks and refresh the lengths with a demi-glaze. Then, three or four times a year, I highlight and lowlight. Many colorists refresh faded color by applying the same color formula roots to ends. But I find this damaging. If you are very gray, the roots need permanent dye, but the rest should just be refreshed with a demi-permanent color, which revives the tone but is easier on the hair.”
Shade Selection: “As I age, I’ve found that it’s important to stay away from black, ultra-golden blonde or burgundy red. Those tones accent every line in the face.”
“Great style begins with shampoo. Hair that is still oily or coated with styling products does not take a new shape or hold style well, so what we do in the shower is critical. I wash my hair two or three days a week, and I make certain to saturate my hair with water prior to applying shampoo. Most women apply too much shampoo to hair that’s not sufficiently wet, and sometimes they do not rinse thoroughly enough. Without clean hair, nothing really looks its best.”
"Every head of hair—whatever the length—needs a good brush. Three or four times a week, I bend over from the waist and brush from scalp to ends. This boosts circulation and brings the oil away from the scalp and down into the parched hair shaft. My favorite brush is the Denman 9 Row Volumizing Brush [$14; denmanbrushus.com].”
“To me, color is a simple way to look your best without getting injections or going under the knife. But it must be done correctly. Everyone needs some contrast; one allover shade not only ages you but also makes you look washed out.”
Busy Woman’s Best Bet “When I have no time, I pull my hair into a low pony with a tie-dyed elastic from ShopBop.com.”
“I use Dr. Hauschka Body Silk Powder [$35; drhauschka.com] if I have dirty, second-day hair. I put it between my fingers and work it in just at the root to absorb any oil and refresh the hair. Baby powder can end up looking like dust, but this freshens up hair and looks natural.”
Vitamin E For Elasticity “I’m so busy, I rarely make time for a deep-conditioning treatment. Instead, I just use straight vitamin E oil—I run it through my dry hair before bed and leave it in overnight. It feeds the hair and restores elasticity.”
“When I want a special, more polished look, I use Velcro rollers [such as Diane Self-Grip Rollers ($3 for four; rickysnyc.com)]. I mist hairspray onto my [dry] hair, roll it, then spritz again. I wait 20 minutes, remove the rollers and fluff with my fingers.”