Slick, sleek, smooth and silky—I’m always a little intimidated by girls with manes that can be described by those super sophisticated-sounding words. As I’ve gotten older and learned more about the beauty industry, I’ve realized what I once thought was totally impossible is actually very doable with a little patience and effort. (Full disclosure, that doesn’t mean I actually put in the time very often.) But stick-straight locks on models from Charlotte Ronson to Prabal Gurung have inspired me to pull out the Sultra Wicked ceramic iron and smooth my wild mane.
There are also lots of options for achieving glossy, soft hair that lasts wash in and wash out. Brazilian Blowout fought a bad rap (they proved to work sans formaldehyde) and came out at the top of the game for both in-salon treatments and at-home formulas that decrease frizz and smooth like crazy. The brand’s new Volume line is genius—it makes locks sleeker without weighing down the roots. Likewise, Keratin Complex’s (also with excellent salon straightening treatments) new Intense Rx restructuring serum, used as a once-a-week treatment, infuses proteins into the hair shaft that rebuild and repair. Split ends and broken pieces stick out like sore thumbs when wearing your hair super-straight.
Styling products can make all the difference. I swear by Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime for the way it adds a ridiculous amount of shine to any hair texture. Bumble and Bumble’s brand-new Semisumo pomade is set to be my new straight-do go-to. With coconut oil it dishes out high-watt shine with light hold that’s perfect for a slicked-back ponytail a la Erin Wasson, my ultimate grungy- glam role model.
Feeling blue? We are—on nails and lids, that is. Check out how to wear the color in last week's Beauty Beat column.