Pro Logic: Kim Kardashian’s Hairstylist Shares How to Care for Long Hair Monday 30 July, 2012
Kim Kardashian and her sisters elicit hair envy in me. Do they use hairpieces? You know what? I don’t care! No matter what, their hair looks stunning, and Kim’s hairstylist, Philip Wolff of Shades Salon in Beverly Hills, is sharing just what it takes to make long hair like Kim’s the envy of everyone.
I’ve often “longed” for long hair, but in my reality, my hair stops growing just about at the top of my bust. So I’ve often altered my reality, adding in extensions to fill in for what Mother Nature decided clearly wasn’t meant to be mine. And when I’ve had extensions, all of that extra hair has taken extra care; I suppose it makes sense that there’s a whole new set of rules to ensuring longer lengths look good.
And one of the woman whose lush and lengthy locks I admire happens to be Kim Kardashian. It’s not really surprising that she, too, must follow a set of “long-hair” rules to keep her mane in pristine form. Though I don’t share the same follicle type as this reality starlet, I’m eager to learn what she does to ensure every inch of her head of hair retains its shine and good form. Lucky for me (and you!), her hairstylist, UNITE stylist Philip Wolff of Shades Salon in Beverly Hills, is ready to share his tips for properly caring for long hair.
This is a hard one to swallow when you’re looking to grow your hair. For whatever reason, our brains simply don’t want to allow us the luxury of believing that an inch lopped off will allow our hair to grow in spades. But Philip is unflagging in this idea. “Keep up on haircuts. Depending on length and texture, you want to reshape every 6 to 10 weeks at the most,” he stresses. “Waiting too long can cause one to have to cut more than desired—and then that really defeats the purpose. Long hair is only good if it’s healthy hair.”
This seems like a no-brainer, but we often don’t choose the proper haircare products for our specific needs—possibly because we aren’t 100% sure what our needs are. This is where your hairstylist steps in. “Make sure to follow your hairstylist’s recommendations for your hair type and texture when it comes to product,” Philip says. “Most store-bought brands (i.e. drugstore brands or haircare items you buy outside of the salon) are meant to have an indefinite shelf life, and therefore have more preservatives. The integrity of the ingredients aren’t as nice to the hair.” Philip suggests sticking to brands that utilize more natural-based ingredients rather than chemicals, as well as consulting with your hairstylist about what she believes would be your best bet for hair care.
Again, it all goes back to your needs: What do you do to your hair? If you put it through the wringer, it makes sense that you wouldn’t use the same products as a person who allows her hair to air-dry each day. “Make sure you balance the use of proper hair care. Sometimes overdoing it can have negative effects as well,” Philip explains. So, if you’re a hair junkie—you color, highlight, blow-dry, curl, relax and/or flat-iron your tresses—you’ll want to use rich treatment products (hair masks, etc.) that will help off-set the damage you’re doing to your hair. On the other hand, “if your hair is natural and you don’t heat-style it as much, you don’t need to use a strong reparative conditioner at the first signs of a split end,” Philip says. “Over-conditioning will affect the way the hair styles as well.” Problems can include: weighing down hair and creating unwanted tension on your long tendrils and product build-up that diminishes luster—just to name a few.
Long hair can lose its bounce, curl, wave, whatever due to too much product (i.e. curls can go flat in an instant—think of how long the hair is, and how a heavy product applied from roots to end can pull on that hair), so Philip has this tip: “If you’re looking for a sexy curl or wave to stay all night, either don’t condition your hair that day or do only the ends quickly. Or, you may even choose to use a light leave-in detangler [as your conditioner].” Instead, all you need is your shampoo and a texturizing spray. “The texture left behind from just shampooing along with a texture spray will help your waves stay all night!”
Which one of Philip’s tips will you be trying out?
(Images via KimKardashian.com)