See three chic looks that practically turn back time
While skincare and nutrition get a lot of attention from anti-aging experts, there’s another way you can instantly turn back the clock—your hairstyle! Whether your locks are long, mid-length or short, these techniques will take years off your look.
1. Mid-Length with Face-Framing Layers
How It Takes Years Off: “On most women over 40, long hair that’s all one length tends to drag the face down, partly because hair thins as we age,” says Jennifer Lawrence, senior hairstylist at the Louis Licari Salon in New York City. “A midlength style with strategically cut layers softens and frames the face, and is more sophisticated and sexy.” Jet Rhys, stylist and owner of Jet Rhys Hair Salons in San Diego, says, “This is the perfect length for almost any face shape or hair texture.”
What To Ask For: A midlength bob (no longer than the collarbone) with some longer layers hitting at the cheekbone or jawline.
Style Tip: “Twist damp hair into a loose knot, let it dry, undo the knot and let hair fall into soft, natural waves,” says Lawrence. “The movement of layers will distract people from things like crow’s feet.”
2. Short with Volume at the Crown
How It Takes Years Off: A short length—like a gamine pixie cut or a bob with longer layers on top, enough to tuck behind your ears— opens up the face and highlights your cheekbones. And a little height at the crown serves as an instant facelift, drawing attention upward.
What To Ask For: A cut with a little length on top gives hair softness and swing—both of which are key to making you look younger. (A too-short, too-cropped style can look dated—and put fine lines and sagging skin on display.) “Ask your stylist to point-cut—chip into the ends, rather than cut them straight across—the outer edges of your hair on the sides and at the nape,” says Rhys. “This prevents sharp, barbered lines.”
Style Tip: Spritz a thickening spray (try Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray) at the roots, and use your fingers to lift the base of the hair as you blow-dry, says Rhys.
3. Brow-Skimming, Sideswept Bangs
How It Takes Years Off: “Bangs are better than Botox,” jokes Rhys. “They add youthfulness to your face, hide fine lines on your forehead, play up your eyes, draw attention to your cheekbones and give any old hairstyle a new look.” Even if you have curly hair, adds Lawrence, you can easily blow-dry a front section to make it look smooth.
What To Ask For: Have your stylist point-cut bangs just below your brow to create a chunkier texture; avoid a heavy Cleopatra bang that’s cut straight across. “A longer fringe cut at a slight angle, swept over to one eye, gives a nice symmetry and softness to the face,” says Rhys.
Style Tip: To avoid a ’70s-era bubble bang, direct the dryer nozzle down as you brush back and forth like a windshield wiper with a flat brush (try CHI Air Expert Paddle Brush), says Rhys.
Photos: Sergio Kurhajec/Woman’s Day
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The forecast doesn’t only determine what we wear, but how our hair is going to act — which means our entire mood can depend on Mr. Weatherman.
But StyleList is staging an intervention on how to weatherproof your hair.
We’ve asked top experts how to use today’s advanced product technology and their best styling tips to make sure our hair looks fabulous, no matter what the five-day forecast.
So humidity and thunderstorms, step aside; we’re about to rock a good hair day.
Whether you live in New York, Seattle or Chicago, a rainy day can dampen even the best styling plans. San Diego salon owner Jet Rhys says to stay away from waxes and gels on drizzly days, as hair will immediately flatten and become sticky if it comes in contact with droplets or flurries of moisture. Instead, opt for a lightweight styling spray like Shu Uemura Art of Hair Depsea Water that leaves behind no residue or buildup.
An emergency hair kit could also come in handy. “Keep a little pouch in your purse with a mini brush, hair elastics and pins. If your hair gets wet, it will look chic if you pull it back,” suggests Rhys. A simple twisted chignon secured with an elastic and pinned to just above the nape of the neck is an elegant way to use stormy weather to your styling advantage. Try a deep side part to make it look even more intentional.
When the thermometer tips over 90 degrees in desert cities like Las Vegas, “dry heat” takes on a whole new meaning. Celebrity stylist Oribe says the best way to counteract the damage such strong rays of sun wreak on strands is to choose moisturizing products like hair masks in the shower and styling cream before you step out into the heat.
You’ll also want to unplug that flatiron on scorching days. “Women tend to straighten their hair too much and force it into an unnatural style. Embrace your hair’s texture and wear it more natural on hot days,” advises Oribe.
To encourage the easiest hair texture — waves — run a product like Oribe Curl by Definition Crème through hair while it’s flipped upside down, and quickly work a blow-dryer over your hair without the tug of a brush. Throw hair back and spray with a soft-hold hairspray. “You’ll get full, natural, rough-looking texture,” says Oribe.
Not surprisingly, Rhys suggests not fighting hair’s most treacherous enemy. But it’s less about working with the texture of your hair, which will want to frizz no matter how you style it, than it is about arming your strands with all the tools it needs to not react with a pouf to high humidity.
Apply a light silicone product like Avon’s Anti-Frizz Lotus Shield serum to cocoon strands in a layer of protection that fills the dips and splits in hair that generate frizz. Because even the lightest silicone products can build up on the scalp, you’ll want to use a clarifying wash like Neutrogena’s Anti-Residue shampoo or an apple-cider vinegar rinse every once in a while to maintain a fresh feel.
Once your silicone serum is applied, distribute evenly with a wide-tooth comb, and then dry hair thoroughly until bone dry, using the cold-shot setting if most comfortable. Leaving no room for moisture is your best weapon against frizz, as are braided, coiled and pinned styles that keep strands sleek by trapping out humid air.
Your morning styling routine can feel fruitless when you step out into high winds that tousle your locks right out of their style. “Products with memory are great so that when the wind stops blowing, you can run your hands through your hair, and the style will come back,” advises Oribe.
A workable gel like Oribe Gel Serum or Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum smoothes and conditions while providing hold. If applied before styling, the gentle hold will allow hair to move with the wind, but will return to its original shape when finger-combed back into place. The trick is to set your style with heat and wait a few minutes or run a dryer on the cool button to set before you step out the door.
If you have wispy face-framing layers or are growing bangs out, today’s the day to wear a headband, or else risk picking flyaways out of your lip gloss all day long. Cloth bands like these sleek styles by Goody are your best bet at keep strands smoothly pulled back; pair a thin strap with a bun for a balletic touch, or opt for a thick band with a teased crown for a retro feel.
Frosty air can zap the moisture out of your hair, resulting in pesky static that refuses to lie flat. But why do some suffer with static regularly, while others are hardly ever bothered by it? Rhys says the most common culprit is over-shampooing, which can strip natural oils from your hair, causing static electricity.
The best fix is to simply skip a day or two of washing, though if you can’t, spraying a leave-in conditioner all over hair to fortify the strand with moisture will also help. If you’re especially plagued by static, switch to a sulfate-free and non-foaming product like Wen by Chaz Dean’s Cleansing Conditioner when the weather is cold.
If static catches you midday, you can still stop it in its tracks. Simply spray your hairbrush with Static Guard and then run it through your hair, suggests Rhys. Keeping fabric softener sheets in your purse can come in handy too, as you can reuse the same sheet several times to run over hair to kill static.
Salty Beach Air
Salt and moisture hang in the air at the beach so heavily that it can deposit in your hair, leaving a gummy and often tangled mess that invites damaging breakage when you attempt to brush through later. For greatest manageability, raking a conditioner like Oribe Foundation Mist or Frizz-Ease Daily Nourish Spray through hair and then claw-clipping into an easy French twist will seal in moisture, nourish hair and protect it from the damaging rays of the sun.
You can even turn a day at the beach into an opportunity to indulge in a luxe spa-like treatment by brushing freshly washed strands in argan oil or your favorite deep conditioner before gently twisting up and away from your face. The warmth of the sun will help the treatment penetrate the cuticle, and you get to enjoy the deliciously scented benefits all day — not to mention supersoft second-day hair.
Hillcrest salon maintains reputation for 20 years
As the saying goes, everything old is new again.
Jet Rhys Salon has been in Hillcrest since 1992, but they recently re-modeled the space, and created one of coolest salons in the city.
Almost twenty years ago in San Diego, the cute couple and owners moved from their chairs at Vidal Sassoon in New York, loaded up the buggy and moved to the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego.
After working in Chicago, Beverly Hills, and New York, the married couple, Jet and Rhys, wanted to make a change. The only parameters they put on themselves was to avoid opening in a city that already had a Sassoon salon.
Originally contracting the architecture firm, The Front, the new design was created by Public–a local company known for its’ clean, modern, and very cool conceptual looks.
“As the second largest city in California, San Diego felt like the perfect fit for us. We really wanted to be in the downtown neighborhood, but at that time it felt abandoned and really not that safe. We were driving north from the Gaslamp toward the airport to leave, when we stumbled onto Hillcrest. We walked past a For Rent sign in the window, we signed a lease, and three months later we moved to San Diego,” Jet says.
The first year the salon opened, Self Magazine dubbed it one of the best spots for colorists and stylists in the country. “The salon blew up. We almost couldn’t handle the business,” Jet says.
Jet Rhys is different from other salons in San Diego. They pride themselves on their apprenticeship program. “Like on the East Coast, we don’t offer booth rentals (where a Cosmetology graduate with a license is able to come into a salon and begins working). We believe in the training process,” Jet says.
Jet Rhys Salon demands their stylists be trained in the Jet Rhys style. With four levels of competence to move through, a Jet Rhys stylist just out of beauty school, will start off as a level one. On average, they’ll stay there one to two years. Once she or he proves themselves, based on repeat clients, they are able to move on to the next level.
By the time the stylist is at level four, (there’s only one stylist who holds that title, working in the Solana Beach location), the next stop is Creative Director. The Creative Director is able to train the other stylists and work on clients with more avant-garde, edgy, and modern cuts. Most stylists are a level two to three.
The salon also separates church and state–cut and color. No jack of trades master of none here. Either you’re a master cutter or master colorist.
Jet is the colorist and Rhys the cutter.
A year ago the salon opened a second location in Solana Beach and Jet says that both she and Rhys feel lucky and blessed to have such a thriving business.
“What sets us apart is the rare mesh of a more urban sophisticated salon experience. Although there are a lot of fantastic salons in San Diego, few have our city funkiness,” says Shawn Zarazua, the guest service concierge for Jet Rhys.
Photo by Rebekah Sager
“Bouncy hair looks healthy and professional, but an overly amped-up style can be inappropriate for some work environments,” says Rhys. Her tip for body without the va-va-voom factor: “Apply a volumizing mousse to damp hair on just the roots, then use a round brush to create lift at the crown while you blow-dry. Then, wrap the bottom sections of hair halfway around the brush and hit them with the dryer to create controlled waves.” Her pick: L’Oréal Professionel Texture Expert Lift Extreme Mousse.
If you have bangs, definitely get them trimmed within a week before a big meeting so you’re not constantly pushing them out of your eyes. “Don’t have them cut straight across your forehead—they can look thick and heavy, like a paintbrush,” says Jet Rhys, owner of Jet Rhys Salon in San Diego. Instead, ask your stylist for a piecy, face-framing look. “I use a technique called point cutting, which is basically snipping little sections off the straight edge of the line,” Rhys says.