Thursday, May 22, 2008

Summer Hair Care Tips
From Adrian De Berardinis

Tip #1: For Curly Hair
“The best way to deal with curly hair,” says Adrian, “is to embrace it! Curly hair needs less moisture in the summertime because the air is more humid. The trick is to eliminate as much frizz as possible.” Cocktail a curling cream like Kerastase Oleo-Curl with drops of a shine serum like John Freida Frizz-Ease liberally to very wet - not damp - hair and distribute evenly throughout, working from root to tip. Then loosen the hair by running your fingers through it. “If curly hair is styled when it’s very wet, the integrity of the curl is maintained and curls separate more easily,” says Adrian. To enhance curls at the crown and around the face where frizz is prone to form, take small sections and wind each one around a finger and release it. Then, carefully defuse the sections using a diffuser attachment on your blow-dryer on high heat and medium speed until half dry. You can now walk out the door and the warm air will dry the rest.

Tip #2: The Easy Up-Do
Adrian reveals the secret to recreating a salon-perfect up-do: “Don’t make it too perfect! The look this season is effortless and easy.” First, roughly dry hair that has been primed with a product like a root-lifting Kerastase Volumeactive Spray or a smoothing serum like Kerastase Oleo-Relax. Then, loosely pull back the hair into a ponytail using your fingers. You can make it as smooth or as textured as you wish. Twist the ponytail and wrap it around itself into a bun using 5-8 bobby-pins to secure, depending on thickness of your hair. Lastly, spray the up-do with a light hold hairspray and be prepared for the compliments to roll in.

Tip #3: The Beautiful Blow-out
To get a bouncy blow-out in less time, Adrian recommends applying an anti-frizz serum like Kerastase Oleo-Relax and a styling mousse like Kerastase Mousse Nutri-Sculpt from root to tip to damp hair. Then, flipping your head upside down, use your fingers and a blow-dryer to remove 80% of the moisture. Flipping your head upright, start from the front and move towards the back continuing to dry your hair using a round brush for a smoothing effect. Finish the process with a sealant or shine serum and a light aerosol hairspray.

Tip #4: Tight-on-Time Tip
Running late? Here’s a quick and easy styling technique to take you from day to night. “If you’ve just jumped out of the shower,” explains Adrian, “apply a favorite hair-care product and slick your hair back into a ponytail. Twist the ponytail into a bun, secure it with a few bobby-pins and VOILA! You’re out the door!” This will give you a clean, sophisticated look for the day. Then, once your hair is completely dry, you can take it down and loosen it using your fingers to get playful waves. This is the perfect summer style for wherever the evening may take you!

De Berardinis Salon is located at 155 West 21st Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in NYC. Hair cuts range from $100 to $200. Single process color begins at $95. Highlights begin at $170 and blowouts, at $50. The retail area exclusively offers Kerastase and Shu Uemura treatment and styling products.