Hair Tips From Celebrity Stylist Charles Baker Strahan
With the harsh winter weather taking its toll on our hair and spring in our sights, we needed to know what we can do to help our hair look its best. We asked Herbal Essences’ celebrity stylist Charles Baker Strahan, who has worked with some of the the hottest stars in Hollywood including Leighton Meester, Whitney Port and Mariah Carey, for his expert hair tips for the season.
Real Style: How can you protect your hair from the remainder of the winter cold?
Charles: In the winter you can really notice the drying effects that the heater can have on your hair. To help your hair bounce back, a boost hydration is key. It’s important to deeply condition with a shampoo and conditioner loaded with essential moisturizers that will help keep your locks looking vibrant, silky and manageable. I recommend Herbal Essences reformulated Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner – with new water-activated silkening ingredients. They actually harness the power of the water in your shower to deeply condition and boost shine.
Real Style: Moving into spring, how should we change our hair care routine or products to account for the warming weather?
Charles: Since water is what we’re mostly made of, hydrating and also conditioning are really important as the season changes and the weather gets warmer. Proper hydration will plump up the healthy look of your hair and soothe the dryness.
Real Style: What are your hair care secret weapon products?
Charles: My hands. Watch what your hair does on its own and enhance it! You don’t want it to look like you’ve spent all day on your hair. Effortless looking style and beautifully maintained hair often look best. Beautiful hair begins with the products we use to care for it. Shampoo and conditioner are very important to achieve a healthy look. I love that Herbal Essences has recently revitalized a number of collections – all with varying levels of silkening ingredients for soft, shiny hair – no matter what your hair type is. For example, for my clients who are after long-lasting smoothness and shine, I recommend Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner.
Real Style: How can your prevent your hair from damage of over styling?
Charles: It’s best to use hot tools with ceramic and ionic technology, and to remember that less is more when it comes to styling!
Real Style: If it does become damaged, what is the best way to fix it?
Charles: To counter the effects of damage it’s really necessary to hydrate, which will soothe and smooth the hair cuticle and improve the healthy look of hair
Real Style: What is the most common hair problem you see women have and how do you suggest they fix it?
Charles: Over processing and really out-there hair colour. If you can’t leave the house without a full face of makeup then chances are your hair colour is not working for you.
Charles Baker Strahan is Herbal Essences North American Celebrity Stylist and personal stylist to Herbal Essences Global Celebrity Ambassador and Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester. He has worked on the television show “Kick Off Your Shoes,” Sports Illustrated and a long list of celebrity clientele. He currently lives in New York City and works around North America.
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