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mmyHair Perfection in 1, 2?!

I have very long & thick hair that is cut into long layers–no, I’m not complaining. However, I do have two gripes when it comes to my tresses that I think affects most of us: flyaways & frizzy ends. You know what I am talking about; right after you spend too much time on your blowout and your part is full of stand up broken pieces. Or when your stylist gives you the perfect piece-y layers and then when you try to replicate, the ends of the layers look more like the edge of a broom—ick.  Well, fret not! A few years ago my style-savvy friend Sam introduced me to 2 products that solved  my issues: Emi-Jay hair ties & Kiehl’s Crème with Silk Groom.  Another confirmation these are AMAZING— I was flipping through this month’s InStyle Hair issue and they featured BOTH products in their ‘Great Hair A-Z’ article!

Why so great? Emi-Jay ponytail holders are the second greatest thing for hair damage since Goody eliminated the metal bits on their ponytail holders. One day two teenage pals from LA, Emi and Jay, decided to sell the elastic hair accessories they had been making for themselves. Now, it’s a stylist favorite.  I first saw these when Sam was wearing one on her wrist (she also hails from LA); I thought it was just another silly bracelet stacked amongst the others. When I was complaining about my ponytail dent over lunch, she pulled her “silly bracelet” off her wrist and handed it over.  From that moment on I was hooked & the next day I ordered a whole tub (see below). These simple ties have the perfect elasticity, don’t leave a pony dent and WON’T RIP YOUR HAIR.

Sam’s second hair rescue was Kiehl’s Crème with Silk Groom. This rich cream moisturizes and protects hair & although the directions suggest to apply it to damp hair before drying, I do the opposite. After I blowout my hair I apply the smallest pea-size amount to my hands, rub them together then apply lightly to the edges of my hair & my part. A little goes a long way with this non-greasy formula & it does exactly what its name claims: Silk Groom. It seems to close off and treat any tears in both the hair shaft and cuticle. Pretty simple, pretty amazing.

So, whether it’s static in the winter or humidity in the summer you can have hair as perfect as Emmy Rossum’s. Who would have thought no-damage was as easy as two products?!



Daytime Dare — Hair Apparent

Listen up, Loose-wavesLinda! Hey there, SallyStraight-hair! You too, CurlyCathy! The time has come for you to accessorize your daily ‘do with more than shampoo and conditioner. Now, I’m not talking about going to Lady Gaga proportions. (I’m definitely not P-p-p-poker Faced about that dreadful purple beehive) I am just suggesting you consider a floral barrette, a sequined pin, a bow-bedecked handband—anything for a little head rush. Here are some gorgeous and grown-up styles that will have you looking more funky-fresh fashionista.

Her HatHighness Eugenia Kim has designed a diffusion line EEK! exclusively for Urban Outfitters. But in addition to toppers, Kim is also offering some quirky hair accessories. Though it’s not exactly suited for a big meeting with the boss, this orchid and chain hair clip is a fun mix of hipster and chicster. I love how the purple pops, but the black version is equally elegant. How perfect for a lunch with the girls!

For hair jewelry that is understated but still über-adorable, no one does it like American prep mecca J.Crew. Their headbands may have classic details like bows and rosettes, but they come in fun colors like acid yellow and haute pink for a look that is classic, but eye-catching. I am completely smitten with the “golden cluster” elastic. With its bold gold balls, it’s like a cocktail ring for your ponytail! And for the recessionista in all of us, J.Crew’s kiddie line Crewcuts has plenty of cute styles that could easily pass for adult accessories. Shhh…I won’t tell if you won’t!

I didn’t know a thing about Cara Accessories until my big sis brought home a ToDieFor white studded headband from the line. It was girly, but edgy—declaring to the world that its wearer was a lady…but one who could kick your butt! Well, after meeting the Nicole Richie of headgear, I had to know more. I got to Googling and found more funky stylings, like the beautifully blingy “Diamante” headband. With its rows of tiny rhinestones, its less Lil Kim’s “Lady Marmalade” and more Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”

Even if you’re not an avid GossipGirler like moi, you probably still know that Queen B’s (played by the chic and gorgeous Leighton Meester) signature style item is the headband. Well, the designer that keeps Ms. Waldorf diving head-first into fab is Jennifer Ouellette. Ouellette, a celeb fave, has been at the top of the hair accessories class for a decade now, and her attention to detail shows in every piece. Barneys is the place for Ouellette’s playful, but ultra chic designs. How NYC chic!

For those chicsters who are already piling on the ponytail pizzazz, Forever21 is the perfect place for the latest and cheapest trends. Don’t be fazed by their half-dozen pages of hair hotness. Just start clicking! They have a mind-boggingly good selection of headbands, pins and barrettes all for under six bucks. I can’t wait to snatch up this $5 “zipper flower” headband with its cute gold details and rocker-chic red hue. Casual Fridays just got amped up a few notches!

All right, tartelettes! Don’t leave your locks waiting- get to hair-cessorizing!