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Pretty in Kate’s Hair: Part Two

July 18, 2011

As most of you know, I got a haircut and style last week, and had an opportunity to sit down with my fabulous hairstylist, Griffin, to chat about how to achieve Kate’s hairstyle on a day-to-day basis. In Part One of the “How to Achieve Kate’s Hair” series, I wrote in length about the various tools and products you’ll need, along with “tricks” in washing your hair.

In today’s section, I’m going to discuss how to explain to your hairstylist how to achieve Kate’s look (or at least, make you a bit smarter on what your hairstylist should be doing when cutting your hair like Kate’s) along with how to properly blow dry your hair in preparation for the “style and setting” of the hair, which will be the third and final installation of this series.

So with that, let’s get to business!

So, you’ve washed and conditioned your hair. Now it’s time to tell your hairstylist exactly what to do (or watch them like a hawk to make sure they aren’t butchering your hair).

Your hair cut may be slightly different from Kate’s for a variety of reasons. The overall shape of your hair needs match the shape of your face. I have a pretty round and pudgy face (the baby fat never seemed to fully go away!), so having a soft, round shape to the bottom of it is better than a straight cut — a more rigid cut would make my face look even more round and pudgy (a reason why really straight bobs made me look fat). Having that soft, round cut at the bottom also helps the hair float around the face better — similar to Kate’s.

All of us get into the habit of trying out hairstyles that just don’t work with how our face is shaped, resulting in unhappiness later on. I’ve luckily gotten to the point with Griffin over the last several years that I don’t even go in with specific directions. I usually just say, “I’m still growing out my hair. Make it work!” And he has not disappointed me once! (And I have trouble letting go of control, as my family, husband and friends can attest to.)

Kate also has fairly long layers in her hair. What’s interesting about her curled ends is that the style is really good at hiding hair that is growing out, has split ends, bad haircuts, etc. You would have never guessed that my last hair cut was seven months before, in some of the older photos before last Wednesday, right? Curling your ends is genius. (Though, that is also a testament to Griffin’s mad skillz).

So you’ve gotten the cut, now on to the blow drying, which is THE MOST important part in ensuring you do not have a lot of frizz and in making sure that your hair holds the styling and setting we’ll be talking about in the final post.

Make sure you use the anti-frizz creme (or serum) on your hair as you are doing the blow-out, along with volumizer if you need it.

Griffin shared with me an interesting factoid – when blow drying hair, a majority of people only get about 95% of the moisture out of their locks. Which means the second you hit a humid environment (or your hair gets warm or slightly damp, perhaps out in the sun and sweating), your hair will start to frizz. There are some steps when blow drying your hair to avoid this problem:

  1. Make sure you start with drying your roots first. So many people (myself included) will get the ends dried and then not do a very good job in drying the roots. If the roots aren’t bone dry, you’ll start to notice your hair waving or frizzing.
  2. Use a round brush. I’ve become the master of holding a blow dryer while styling with a round brush (as evident by a really strong right bicep).
  3. Take your hair in parts. The best way to ensure you dry every last piece of your hair is to take it in stages. This is where the alligator clips come in handy. Also, don’t put it on the max blast setting — that can cause frizz too. I usually keep my blow dryer on medium when I am doing my hair in parts with the round brush. It may take longer, but my hair doesn’t frizz.
  4. Don’t touch your hair for 20 minutes. This is the one takeaway that rocked my world when Griffin told me. A key in making sure you avoid the frizz is to let it cool down completely before starting with styling. Maybe that means doing your makeup, grabbing breakfast — something that keeps you from even touching it. You will notice a huge difference in how your hair looks (and how it holds its style) if you follow that simple guideline. Again, why don’t people tell you these things when you are pimply and frizzy in middle and high school!!

 A lot of things to remember? Or rather, you think this is going to take too long to accomplish on a regular basis? Let me break it down with the most important parts:

  • Trust your hairstylist (or locate one you can trust) to make sure that they cut your hair in a way that makes you look your best, even if it means not having the “exact” style as Kate or another celebrity.
  • Dry your hair all the way to avoid the frizz! If short on time (like you are going to work or something), focus on getting the roots dry; then throw your hair in a low bun, wrap it in a hair net (to keep it from frizzing and just the bun), put the blow dryer to the bun for a bit then walk out the door. By the time you arrive at your destination, take it out of the bun, and you should have some nice beach waves without the frizz.
  • Don’t touch your hair (touching your hair a lot causes frizz too) after you’ve blown it dry for 20 minutes, or until there is no heat remaining. Then you’re ready to style!

P.S. I actually was able to replicate Kate’s hairstyle on my own using the various tips and tricks Griffin gave me last week (just with the PiK lower budget product options) for Brittney’s wedding. You can see my long locks in action here. If you still think this is too much to handle/remember — go get a blowout at a salon. They run between $45-60 — even cheaper if you are willing to do a Drug Store blowout in NYC!

If you live in the Austin area, and Griffin sounds like the guy for you, give him a ring at (512) 323-6570. But be forewarned, like all good hairstylists, he books fast, so try and call him about three weeks before you need your appointment. And make sure you follow PiK on Twitter and Like us on Facebook!!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 19, 2011 2:00 pm

    Loving this series! I have a similar cut and the tips are so nice. Can’t wait for the next installment!

    • July 19, 2011 3:09 pm

      Hopefully I’ll get that edited (it will have some video components) and out the door by the end of hte week! Glad you are finding it helpful!

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