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Summer is here, which is synonymous with sea salt sprays and beach waves. I am a huge fan of sea salt sprays, but some brands of sea salt sprays can leave my hair – sticky, dry, and matted. Thankfully, I have discovered that MOP has the perfect alternative, the brand-new Basil Mint Clay (it smells amazing).
It’s a professional grade styling tool that helps to add texture without the gummy feeling some sea salt sprays can leave behind. The new styling clay leaves a matte finish and is perfect for creating piece-y #WokeUpLikeThis or #PerfectlyImperfect undone hairstyles.
An added bonus – Basil Mint Clay has a super clean formula including macadamia nut oil, beeswax and two varieties of natural clay; bentonite, which is also known as the “healing clay” and Kaolin, or “China clay.”
Retail/Salon Price: $22.00USD for 2oz / 58g jar
Available at Ricky’s NYC, MOP salons nationwide and www.mopproducts.com
With awards season upon us, I wanted to share a few tips from celebrity stylists for achieving red carpet worthy tresses on the fly. Kylee Heath, Castillo, Laini Reeves, Brazilian beauty expert Fernanda Lacerda, Brian O’connor and Yusef share tips below:
6 Tips To Achieve Red Carpet Worthy Hair
Tip #1: If You Want Sleek You Need A Good High-Heat Flatiron!
For an ultra-sleek look “Smooth out the hair from midshaft to end with a ceramic high-heat flatiron and use a good molding cream to tame ends, and to lay down the cuticle”
Stylist: Kylee Heath
Clients: Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman
Go-to: Cricket Co.
Ultra Smooth™ Professional Styling Iron ($89.95) which features ceramic-coated plates infused with Argan Oil and Keratin Protein
Tip #2: Detangle Detangle Detangle!
“Use a detangler to minimize frizz and breakage. Before styling, mist and comb through hair to untangle.”
Clients: Ruby Rose, Halle Berry and Priyanka Chopra
Go-to: MOP Pear Detangler ($22) a pH-balanced tear-free detangler with key ingredients like aloe, pear puree and citrus.
Tip #3: Protect Your Hair!
“Always protect the hair! Apply a thermal protectant before heat styling, from roots to ends.”
Stylist: Laini Reeves
Clients: Emily Blunt, Amy Adams, Ellen Degeneres
Go-to: ABBA Thermal Protect Spray ($20) a style and heat protectant spray that’s gluten free and strengthens hair with a ProQuinoa Complex blend.
Tip #4: When In Doubt (Or A Hurry), Braid!
“Braid it baby! To fix dull, frizzy hair quickly smooth a finishing product to ends and style in a fun braid for a chic look.”
Stylist: Beauty Expert Fernanda Lacerda, Owner of MB45 Studio franchise and Maria Bonita Salon & Spa
Salon Clients: Alessandra Ambrosio, Cintia Dicker, Lais Ribeiro
Go-to: R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste which lifts roots and helps your style last.
Tip #5 Try A Quick Hairdust To Save Length (And TIME)
“[Hair dusting] is a much quicker technique to cut off split ends and maintain your length. It leaves your hair looking smooth, less frizzy and ready to be styled for the red carpet.”
Clients: Paramore’s Hayley Williams and singer Jewel
Go-to: Professional-grade, high quality shears like Cricket Co. Shear Xpressions Collection
Tip #6: It Works For Rihanna, So…You Too!
“Run a rich leave-in through the ends to smooth the hair back and tame flyaways”
Go-to: MOP Mixed Greens Leave-In Conditioner ($22) basically a salad for your hair, key ingredients include sage, cucumber and aloe to smooth and nourish tresses.
*Product en route. Any opinions are my own.