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HAIR COLOR Q & A 

MIKE PETRIZZI

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WHERE TO BUY

To book an appointment with Mike Petrizzi at De Berardinis Salon, 155 W 21st Street, between Sixth & Seventh Avenues, (212) 967-0927. Follow Mike at @Mikekpetrizzi/Twitter or Mikekpetrizzi/Instagram.

Unplowed streets. Bombogenesis. And, worst of all, it isn't even February yet. What better time to freshen up our look?

Color genius Mike Petrizzi, a Senior Colorist at De Berardinis Salon in NYC slash Art Director for AGEbeautiful Hair Color, sat down with us to talk about the latest and greatest trends and techniques in hair color and much more. So take your cue from our favorite colorist…

 

Q) What are the big hair color trends right now? 

A) It's rare in the hair industry for a trend to become a classic, but balayage has done it. This free-hand technique has become a beloved staple of not just celebrities, but in-the-know girls all around the world, too. It's a great look and requires minimal salon maintenance every few months or so.

 

Some of my best buddies have taken this hair color art form to new heights. George Papanikolas did the almost impossible by making Kim Kardashian a blonde. The soft, diffused, beachy blonde works because of the dark base and the girl-on-the-beach effect on the ends of the hair that still retains her "roots.” My buddy Harry Josh got the ball rolling when he free-hand painted (with Jolen creme bleach!) bits of Gisele's hair and made her even more, impossible some may say, beautiful! 

 

Q) So, what's what for spring 2014?

A) I'm obsessed with marrying the "new-classic" freehand technique of balayage with more traditional hair color techniques to amp up its precision.


The traditional approach to coloring hair this way has been to artfully grab select strands, comb back some hair and then selectively lighten the hair. This is so raw and gorgeous, but a little chaotic for my Type-A-NYC-OCD-need to retain control.


So, for spring 2014, I am sub-dividing these sections of hair and breaking them down. You still get the raw, beachy effect of the balayage, but you are also getting precise, Type-A-NYC-OCD, perfectly placed, bam! highlights. This method requires moderate maintenance, with touch-ups about every 6 weeks or so.


Q) So, now we have the perfect color! What are your expert tips for maintaining/ treating colored hair?

A) The best part of this approach to hair color is its simplicity: you aren't throwing a bunch of peroxide laden glosses / toners / glazes on your hair afterwards, which down the road leads to brassy, orangey, meh hair. To maintain, all you really need to do to supplement the hair for shine, moisture, manageability (and prevent drab and yawn-ness), is to grab a quick, clear shine treatment and refresh those limp locks. I love nourishing the hair with AGEbeautiful Clear Shine Demi-permanent Liqui-creme in between salon visits (available at sallybeauty.com).


Q) Many of us, ahem, are starting to see the effects of aging on our hair. Are there any specific techniques that are good for camouflaging/treating aging hair (i.e. thinning, graying, dryness, etc.)? 

A) Be sure to use a product designed to fight aging hair. The keratin peptides in AGEbeautiful products are designed to plump up hair and replace the lipids that are lost in the aging process.


First signs of grey? A simple baby step towards killing these greys is to opt for a demi-permanent hair color, one to two shades lighter than your natural, still pigmented hair. It will act as a sheer, translucent veil of color, which will shift your greys into a believable highlight color.  


It's one thing to cover grey, but as most women are noticing during the aging process, that's only the beginning of getting hair back to its youthful state. Products like AGEbeautiful contain silk amino acids and a patented conditioning technology, which restores softness, shine and manageability.


Also, lots of skin-care technology is being introduced to the hair color industry. Ingredients like vitamin E are being fortified into hair color formulations to help nourish the scalp during the coloring process. 

HELP YOUR HAIR SURVIVE THE COLD 

Frigid winter mornings call for extra snoozing, right?

Worst of all, this winter's chill and snow is wreaking havoc on your tresses. Well, thanks to the miracles of modern science, you can tame even the unruliest of manes. Here are our top product recommendations.

 

TOOLS

Blow dryer: Elchim Classic

Flat iron: Izunami  

Brush: Fekkai Large Round Brush

Comb: Mason Pearson Rake Comb 

Rubber bands: Blax Snag Free  


PRODUCTS

Shampoo: Sachajuan Dry Hair Shampoo 

Conditioner: Sachajuan Hair Repair 

Leave-in Serum: Keratin Complex Intense RX Ionic Keratin Restructuring Serum 

Blowout Perfecter: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Oil-in-Cream

Volume & Wave Enhancer: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Kaze Wave Sensual Curl Texturizing Foam 


FINISH

Flyaways: Use a toothbrush  and spray hair spray directly onto it.

 

BEST DEFENSE

Do as the beauty editors do.  Lasio Studios, creator of the best Keratin treatments, has a salon space in the fashion district. For a fraction of what your salon charges, they’ll do the treatment impeccably.

 

Lasio Studios, 39 West 38th Street, between Fifth & Sixth Avenues, 2nd Floor (212-477-2088).

 
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WHERE TO BUY

1. SACHAJUAN Dry hair shampoo, b-glowing.com 

2. ELCHIM Classic, folica.com

3. SHU UEMURA ART OF HAIR Kaze wave sensual curl texturizing foam, shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com  

4. SHU UEMURA ART OF HAIR Essence absolue oil-in-cream, shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com

5. MASON PEARSON Rake comb, beauty.com 

6. FEKKAI Large round brush, shop.nordstrom.com   

7. IZUNAMI  450 Tourmaline ionic ceramic flat iron, amazon.com

8. KERATIN Complex intense rX ionic keratin restructuring serum, folica.com  

9. BLAX Snag-free hair elastics, bebeautiful.com 

 

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