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Whether it’s smooth waves at Chloe, polished ponytails at Temperley London, or silky hair at Alexander Wang, exceptionally shiny and healthy hair is coveted all year long and was an undeniable trend on the Spring 2012 runways. To explore the easiest way to get our hair to radiate health and shine, we look into the latest beauty product trend in hairstyling: hair oils. For beauty expert intel, we consulted with Chris Funk, the coveted hairstylist at Beautymark (beautymark.ca) in Vancouver, to learn how we can utilize hair oils to achieve brilliant hair inside and out.
1. Why the hype?
Following the success of Moroccanoil (perhaps the most buzz-worthy hair product of the past few years), today almost every brand produces its own version of hair oil. While hair oils have been around for millenniums — ancient Egyptians are thought to have used it to get healthy hair — they have recently made their way onto our bathroom counters. These oils have evolved since the days of leave-in hot oil capsules, which barely contained any natural oils, and left us with limp, dirty looking manes. The new generation of hair oils are formulated with nutritious and exotic oils like argan, ojon, macadamia and pequi. Their job is to strengthen hair, restore its lustre, tame frizz, as well as protect it against the everyday wear and tear of styling, and against extreme weather conditions.
2. What you should know about Argan oils
The product that popularized hair oil is Moroccanoil Oil Treatment. Its hero ingredient is argan oil, derived from the kernels of Moroccan argan trees and known for its vitamin E and essential fatty acids. These key ingredients make our hair soft and silky from inside out. Funk advises that those with finer and/or blonde hair might want to opt for the line’s lighter formula Moroccanoil Oil Light Treatment, since the original formula tends to weigh fine hair down and even slightly tinge it due to its darker hue. Another notable argan oil hair product is Orofluido’s Original Argan Oil Beauty Elixir. Both of these formulas contain silicone, which help to dissolve the thickness of the oil’s natural state and make it easier to work with. But if you are looking for a silicone-free product, you might prefer Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil treatment, or even John Masters Organics 100% Argan Oil, which is indeed pure oil.
This product is functional on so many different levels, it’s a definite must have for any guy or girl who loves product and playing with their hair.
First off, the Oribe Texture spray can act as a light dry shampoo. There’s no color to it what so ever, so no visible residue is ever left behind. You simply section your hair and spray on the root area that’s looking a bit too greasy to leave the house with. Then you just shake up your hair with your hands, or run your brush through it quickly, depending on the finished look you are looking for.
My next favorite way to use this product is to finish off curls. After your hair is all curled, flip your head upside down, spray generously to root area, mid-shafts, and ends… then shake your hair with your hands – staying upside down – starting at the root, and then just all over. Flip back over and adjust the shape to your liking. This will create A LOT of volume and texture, so be warned.
This is definitely one of my favorite new products. A lot of Argan Oils on the market right now are quite hair type specific, but I find this one is quite versatile. It leaves the hair feeling soft, super high in shine, and helps maintain the overall strength of the hair when used on a regular basis. When using any type of Argan Oil, remember a little goes a long way.
To really do a vamp up of your hair, bringing it from dull and dry to lustrous and full of moisture you want to start off with a great shampoo and conditioner. I like to start with the Oribe Signature Shampoo, and move to the Oribe Signature Moisture Masque. Leave the Masque in your hair for five to ten minutes, applying some heat. This can be from a blow-dryer, heading down to the Steam Room or Sauna, or filling your bathroom with hot steam from the shower.
Next rinse your hair with cooler water, not super cold just a bit cooler than usual. Add a dime sized amount of the Milkshake Argan Oil, and Blow-dry, or air dry as normal.
Argan Oil can be used after every wash, acting as a protector from heat, and harsh elements. Adding the Masque to the mix once or twice a month will ensure youmaintain the health of your hair throughout all of the heat styling.
Back in late November, I tweeted about how my office Christmas party was going to have a Prohibition era/Roaring 20s theme and how I was researching marcel wave tutorials online. I’ve never used a curling iron on myself before, and after some anxiety about burning myself, I decided to put myself in the hands of a pro. Best decision ever, hands down. Chris Funk at BeautyMark did a fantastic job curling and sculpting this 20s-inspired ‘do into place.
As for the outfit, I tried to put together a look using pieces I already had in my closet. The only thing I ended up buying was the pink feather clip from H&M.