Daily Glow: Best Hair Products


Top hair experts shared their favorite products for styling, taming, and treating hair. Find out what the pros love so you won’t have to face another bad hair day.

Curly Hair Styler

Alterna Bamboo Style Super-Natural Curl Shaping and Defining Cream ($22)

Curls without crunch are possible with Alterna’s new styling cream, which utilizes bamboo and yucca to shape flexible hold. Free of parabens, phthalates, gluten, mineral oil, petrolatum, and PABA, the cream contains certified organic ingredients that are fair-trade compliant and that support the sustainable development of local communities.

Jet Rhys, owner of the Jet Rhys Salon in San Diego, says the cream delivers. “Unlike most curl products, this really did leave my hair touchable and bouncy without getting stiff,” she says. And the founder of Grettacole salons, Gretta Monahan, is a believer, she says, “I gave this to a curly-haired friend of mine who said it was the best curly cream she’s ever tried!”


Deep Conditioning Mask

L’Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Cellular Masque ($30)

For dry, overprocessed, and damaged hair that’s extremely delicate, this new intensive mask by L’Oréal Professionnel offers a near-miracle cure. The mask’s star ingredient, lactic acid, penetrates the hair shaft to reach the junctions that bond hair layers together to restore and repair them, adding strength and elasticity. “This is a standout from other conditioners I’ve tried. It left my client’s hair feeling soft and as if it was coated in a layer of silk,” says Rhys. Celebrity stylist Matt Fugate, of New York’s Sally Hershberger salon, agrees. “I worked it into the ends really well,” he says, “and found this was absolutely amazing on thick hair.”

Hair Oil

Pureology Precious Oil Versatile Caring Oil ($40)

Hair oils have overrun store shelves lately, but Pureology’s version stands out as the Swiss Army knife of treatments. The oil is a multitasker — it has multiple uses as a preshampoo treatment, a leave-in conditioner, an anti-frizz serum, a detangling elixir, a curl revitalizer, and more. Pureology Precious Oil rebuilds lipid content, which in turn enables hair to repel water and maintain color. Enriched with coconut, sunflower seed, olive, and jojoba seed oils, the formula is the first hair oil to receive the Green Seal, meaning it’s biodegradable, free of silicones and parabens and has minimal environmental impact.

“My hair became light reflective, and the color looked magically refreshed!” cheered Rhys, who is a platinum blond. Monahan found that the oil worked for different hair types, and she instructs, “People with normal hair should apply from mid-shaft down; those with curly or coarse hair can use it all over to restore luster.”

Heat Protector

TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Blow Dry Lotion ($5.39)

This spray accomplishes the superwoman task of pairing heat protection with volume-building body. The power derives from a complex blend of elastic polymers and nutrient-rich marine collagen. “My favorite aspect of this product is how the uniquely shaped bottle is so easy to hold in my hand,” says Rhys of the grip-ready design. “The fine mist left my clients’ hair voluminous and flexible, not tacky or gummy like other blow-dry products.” Fugate enjoyed the spray, too. “If you’re blowing your hair out daily,” he says, “the type of thermal protection you get in this product is a must!”


Oily Scalp Care

René Furterer Curbicia Purifying Clay Shampoo ($23)

The excess sebum that plagues oily scalps can smother hair follicles, slowing growth and fueling the production of more oil, which weighs hair down, making it feel “dirty” quickly. René Furterer offers relief with a two-in-one shampoo and scalp mask. A powerful regulator of sebum production, Curbicia (squash seed) extract combines with rhassoul hectorite, a mineral clay, to draw out impurities and leave hair with clean, bouncy volume. Essential oils of thyme, rosemary, and clove provide antibacterial benefits and further balance the scalp.

Our experts were completely besotted by the shampoo. “Genius and innovative — I loved the use of clay to keep strands free of buildup!” says Monahan. And, according to Rhys, “The lovely, thick texture works through hair easily, and one of my clients said the fresh lemon scent made shampooing feel like a spa experience.”


Repair Treatment

Living Proof Restore Recovery Regimen ($38)

Flat-iron aficionados and those who are dye-dependent can rejoice: Restore Recovery Regimen from Living Proof can provide immediate emergency help as either a conditioner for wet hair or a leave-in treatment for dry hair. “It provides measured doses of the brand’s famed polyfluoroester [hydrolyzed wheat protein and amino acids], which creates a smooth layer on strands to lock down the cuticle,” explains cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson, vice president of Research and Innovation at Englewood Lab in New Jersey. “The polyfluoroester repels water and oils so the film lasts longer than any other on the market, and each new dose reinforces the previous layer to leave hair looking stronger.”

Rhys tested the cream on clients and reports, “I love that the thick texture is easy to apply to hair without dripping, and hair was left feeling restructured after rinsing.” White also sings the treatment’s praises, suggesting that “this regimen is great for high-lift blonds and heavily processed hair.”



Dove Style+Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum ($3.76)

Frizz, fly-aways, and split ends have one root cause: hair that is dry and damaged. Dove addresses all three styling grievances with a moisturizing serum that nourishes the outer shell of hair’s cuticle layer and adds shine. “‘Wow!’ was our reaction in the salon!” Macintosh says. “It’s very lightweight and gave hair tons of shine, which I think is also due to the mica and titanium dioxide in the formula.”

Meanwhile, Rhys was impressed by the way the product performed on thin strands. “On fine hair, this creamy serum was lightweight and soft, without getting greasy, like most serums do on this hair type.” And Wilson described it as a home run for your pocketbook: “What this product offers is value — it uses the same ingredients as the most expensive salon brands, for under $5!”


Smoothing Treatment

Sally Hershberger Keratin Fix Serious Smoothing Serum ($32)

If you don’t have the patience for keratin treatments that need to sit in order to process properly, Sally Hershberger’s new serum provides a quick hit of the renowned restorative ingredient. With no alcohol, silicones, or greasy oils, the pure keratin barrier the serum creates repels frizz and revitalizes strands to give hair a younger look and feel. The serum can be applied to wet or dry hair for smooth polish, and it doubles as a heat protectant as well.

Our experts were thrilled with the results after experimenting with multiple uses. “The serum cut down on frizz like a champ!” says Monahan. Says Rhys, “I used it as a thermal protector before blow-drying, and I thought it was genius.” And Macintosh raves, “We tried it in all the different ways it was recommended on the box and loved it. What a smart traveling product, too, with multiple uses in one product!”


Styling Tool

Sarah Potempa Wrap-Up ($12)

This new tool by Sarah Potempa makes a polished updo possible — for women of all styling abilities. You put your hair in a ponytail, slide the end of your hair in the Wrap-Up, roll it forward, and bend the ends together to secure it. Celebrity stylist Potempa designed the outer casing of the wrap to be plush and soft to prevent hair tugging and damage. “I gave it to a client and watched her do it herself for the first time,” says Rhys. “The result was a tidy and secure topknot in a snap! She instantly e-mailed her friends about it on her phone. I predict this is going to sell out quickly.”

White is just as smitten with the tool: “It was so simple, even for me — a colorist who is so inept at styling hair that I can’t even hold a blow-dryer and a brush at the same time!”


Thickening Treatment

Nioxin Diamax Thickening Treatment ($50)

It can take six months to a year for results to show when you try to grow more hair with the help of medication or supplements. Nioxin’s thickening treatment offers instant gratification to anyone facing thinning hair by increasing the diameter of existing hairs. Four ingredients in the formula effect the change: caffeine improves follicle hydration for a healthier scalp, panthenol penetrates to the cortex of hair to strengthen strands, niacinamide improves the moisture barrier function to yield more robust body, and dimethicone acts as a protective polymer to thinly coat and volumize strands.

Rhys says the results were clear when she tried it on clients: “Unlike some thickening treatments, there was no heavy residue, and the hair maintained swingy movement throughout.”


Two-in-One Shampoo and Conditioner

L’Oréal EverCréme Cleansing Conditioner ($6.99)

The beauty giant’s first launch of a two-in-one cleansing shampoo for the mass market is a sulfate-free, low-lathering formulation that’s ideal for thick, curly, or very dry hair. It was inspired by the prestige hair trend of using conditioning shampoos for healthier and more hydrated hair. Free of heavy waxes that can coat and weigh strands down, the EverCréme conditioner instead contains camelina, apricot, and grape seed oils, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, to purify hair while moisturizing it. “I love how this product is so innovative in not requiring two steps to cleanse,” says Rhys. “It was easy to apply and left my hair feeling very moisturized.” Our other experts see its potential to fit certain styling needs and lifestyles. “This is a good, safe option for Brazilian blow-outs and keratin-straightened hair,” says White. And Fugate says, “This is great for workout-aholics who need a shampoo they can use daily.”

Daily Glow: Beauty Award Judges


Jet Rhys

Celebrity stylist and co-owner of the Jet Rhys salons in San Diego


What Not to Wear makeup artist

Jin Soon Choi

Owner of Jin Soon Nail Spas, in New York City

Lauren Cosenza

Professional makeup artist and author of Divalicious blog

Dr. Doris Day

Clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center

Mario Dedivanovic

Celebrity makeup artist

Dr. Jeanine Downie

Dermatologist in Montclair, New Jersey and author of Beautiful Skin of Color


Hairstylist at Sally Hershberger Downtown in New York City

Dr. Francesca Fusco

Assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City


Makeup designer and artist in New York City

Dr. Marc Lowenberg

Cosmetic dentist and partner at Lowenberg, Lituchy & Kantor in New York City

Doug Macintosh

Celebrity hair colorist and L’Oréal Professionel Ambassador

Dr. Shirley Madhere

Holistic plastic surgeon at SoHo Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery in New York City

Gretta Monahan

Beauty and style expert for The Rachael Ray Show

Paige Padgett

Green beauty expert

Ron Robinson

Independent cosmetic chemist and founder of BeautyStat.com

Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi

Co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery

Tina Turnbow

Celebrity makeup artist

Kyle White

Lead colorist at Oscar Blandi Salon

Ni'Kita Wilson

Cosmetic chemist, Vice President of Research and Innovation, Englewood Lab

Dr. Jessica Wu

Assistant clinical professor of dermatology at University of Southern California Medical School

Self: Easy Beauty

Something shocking

What Einstein wished he knew: Switching on a humidifier while you blow-dry your hair can stop static. The science is simple. Dry winter air causes stick-up: the mist helps replace lost moisture, explains Jet Rhys, a stylist in San Diego.

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Simplify Your Makeup Routine and Look Younger

When it comes to makeup, less is definitely more. Here, watch how one busy mom learned some simple tricks to take years off her look.

By Christina Heiser

Candis, a 48-year-old mother of six, was pretty heavy-handed when it came to applying makeup, and her beauty habits were seriously aging her. So she teamed up with stylist Michelle Money from Image Studios for a makeover that would soften her hairstyle and makeup for a much younger look.

“Candis does wear a lot of makeup and it definitely does age her,” says Money. “Less is more. When you want to look younger and more fresh, take it easy on the foundation, take it easy on the eyeliner, it will definitely make you look younger.”

Watch the video here to see how Money revamped Candis’s beauty routine — plus read on for anti-aging tips from Jet Rhys, a celebrity hairstylist and co-owner of Jet Rhys Salons in San Diego, and Amy Nadine, Proactiv makeup aritst.

Add Shine Back to Your Strands

Money started by blow-drying Candis’s hair, stressing the importance of using a shine serum and heat protector, especially if you’re a blonde like Candis. “What I’m going to be doing is really focusing on getting that shine and that luminous look back and then smoothing it out really nicely with a round brush,” says Money.
Since blondes can also turn brassy, Money recommends using a violet-tinted shampoo to maintain the color. Additionally, Money explains that bangs are a great addition to a hairstyle if you want to look younger, since they cover wrinkles.

Choose a Haircut With Movement

If you’re over 40 like Candis, stay away from haircuts with strong lines like a short bob or pixie cut because they’ll just draw more attention to your neck, chin, and face.
“We want to soften our styles, not look too severe,” says Rhys. “You want a haircut to move — this is the key to youthfulness. It’s very sexy to see hair swing and blow around.”

Pay Attention to Your Eyes

After smoothing out Candis’ hair and adding major shine to her strands, Money worked on lightening up Candis’s makeup. She started by filling in her brows.
“When your hair’s blonde, you don’t want to take the brows too dark, but you do want to take it to the darkest base color of your hair,” says Money. “A lot of times it will look a little bit more warm and you can see the red undertones.”

Additionally, Nadine suggests switching from a powder eye shadow to a cream one. She likes Chanel Illusion Ombre and Maybelline Colour Tattoos.

Watch the episode of Make Me Younger above to see Candis’s amazing transformation — and get even more ideas for revitalizing your own look.

Bright Ideas: Celebrity Fall Hair Color

By Grace Gold

Stuck in a ho-hum hair rut? The solution is simple. Take a cue from coif chameleons like Beyoncé and Christina Hendricks and update your ‘do with a luminous new hue. Here, check out the gallery to see which shades works for these stars, and why.


Beyoncés bright new overlay of highlights shows that motherhood hasn’t dimmed the star’s renowned fiery style. “She’s always one step ahead—this is like reverse ombré!” says celebrity stylist and owner of her namesake San Diego salon, Jet Rhys. “The transition in her hair color paired with her fun, springy natural curls makes her eyes pop and brightens her face,” she adds.

Padma Lakshmi

Padma’s classic black shade has eased back into a deep golden brown, which brings out the television host’s olive complexion. “The warmth in her maple brown color intensifies her skintone, almost like she’s glowing in front of a flickering candle,” says Rhys. The coral lip, blush and gown only add to the decadence.

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston’s golden brown locks have taken a turn for the sexy as of late, with deeper roots and lighter highlights that look more rock star than girl-next-door. Why is Jennifer’s hair so wildly coveted? “It looks expensive!” says Rhys. “The tone-on-tone shades are painstakingly blended, and it looks so seamless.”

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara’s dark tresses of yesteryear have made way for a lighter brown-to-caramel transformation that seems a truer fit to the actress’s playfully sultry image. “Sofia knows how to play up her tones without going too light—her caramel skin is perfect for this natural-looking, warm balayage,” says Rhys.

Zooey Deschanel

Snow White has nothing on Zooey Deschanel. “This is a great example of how when done right, dark brunettes can work so well with fair skin and light-eyed women,” says Kyle White, colorist at New York City’s Oscar Blandi Salon, of the deep color that highlight the actress’s icy blue eyes. “The super subtle ombré highlights on her ends modernizes the whole look,” he adds.

Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu keeps it classy with her deep, dark hue. “This is a great example of how hair color doesn’t have to be extreme to be fabulous,” says White of Liu’s monotonal strands. He attributes the color nirvana to picking a shade that highlights her skintone. “A warm brunette complements Asian skin tones like Lucy’s perfectly, and will enhance any golden flecks in eye color.”

Christina Hendricks

The “Mad Men” star is arguably the most recognized redhead today—why fix it if it ain’t broke? Alas, even hair icons get restless. Here, Christina Hendricks experiments with an even more opulent, blue-based ginger that that stands to be her most memorable hue yet. “This shade works because the vibrancy of the rich red brings color to her face, looks totally natural with her milky complexion, and makes her green eyes pop,” says White.

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts recently traded in her signature auburn for a natural take on ombré, and has pulled it off with enviable ease and that trademark smile. “The lightness in her honey brown waves begins at her brow, accentuating the glints of gold in her eyes,” says White. “I prefer this look to the drastic dark-to-light hard lines of traditional ombre—it’s softer.”

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman’s delicate coloring could easily be overwhelmed by color, but the 45 year-old actress depends on golden hues like this latest shade to gently inject radiance into her look. “The warmth brings a rosy glow to her cheeks, and the slightly thicker pale highlight on her hairline shows off the cool blue of her eyes—this is a great color for fair skinned, light-eyed women,” says White.

Audrina Patridge

With golden waves straight from the hills of Laguna, Audrina Partridge’s color is all California sun. The 27 year-old reality star most recently transitioned from “bronde” to a brighter radiance. “This color works so well because the highlights have more contrast at the roots and get progressively lighter at the ends,” explains White. “The gradation allows the lightness to soften her skin without washing her out.”


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