Beauty Roundup: What Gives You a Good Hair Day?



Everyone’s got a different idea about what “good hair” means. To me, it’s a toss up between Abrielle Stedman’s (who I just posted about last week), Lisa Bonet’s wild mane in this picture (which, sadly, will never be mine) and Daria Halprin’s in Zabriskie Point (also never gonna happen). But my long, coarse somewhat thick hair (I lost some after having a baby) looks best (i.e. wavy and beachy) after I wash it with a good shampoo like Davines Love and Alchemic Chocolate Conditioner (to keep my brown hair looking rich and shiny). I always wrap it up in a hair towel and then my usual balm and one of my many sprays. And the next couple of days are even better after I sleep in my scrunchied top knot! So there you have it. I also asked a few friends, all with different hair types and lengths to tell us how they get there. What about you? Any tricks?


Naomi Edwards, co-founder, Aroma Veda. Hair type: Wavy, fine and short. The technique: “I love a bedhead surfer look. I can usually master that after three days of no washing, salt water spray and a little John Masters Organics Hair Pomade.”
Anne Johnston Albert, creative director,  Hair type: fine wavy and blunt-ish just above the shoulders. The technique: “I wash with a good shampoo and conditioner like Kevin Murphy’s Young Again and then wait three days until it’s slightly oily at the root.”
Hollis Salzman, lawyer.  Hair type: thick and straight and prone to the frizzies in humidity, Shaggy shoulder-length layers. The technique: “A little Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Hair Cream on towel-dried hair smooths everything out.”
Dana Ionato, colorist. Hair type: thick, wavy, frizzy, long and wild. The technique: “A mix of Sally Hershberger 24K Golden Touch Nourishing Dry Oil and Sally Hershberger Superiority Complex. I make an emulsion, turn my head upside down and shake it in. I call this hair boxing.”
 Christine Ganeaux, owner Ganeaux. Hair type: Thick wavy on top curly underneath, layered a la Brigitte Bardot. The technique: “Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Hair Cream on damp hair. Air dry. Smooth with iron – clip hair on head and start with underneath sections. Final step Bumble + Bumble Surf Infusion on ends to separate and add texture when done. Sleep w hair tied back with satin scrunchie and I’m good for a few days :)”
 Karina Sokolovksy, Senior Director of Global PR, eBay. Hair type: Medium bodied, layered and shiny with a slight wave. The technique: “Going for a workout at Tracy Anderson, then blow drying my hair and followed by Oscar Blandi dry shampoo without washing. It makes my hair wavy and beach like.”



  • July 25, 2017


    My hair is kind difficult – it’s mostly gray, fine, and a mix of waves and curls that 1) are on the dry side but are easily overwhelmed by moisture and 2) are super frizz-prone in the humidity (so like every day right now). I use the purple Davines Love shampoo/conditioner combo, though I have to be careful about how much of the conditioner I use, and also the Alchemic Silver combo once or twice a week to keep the yellow tones out. Right now I’m using the Davines Love Curl Cream on damp hair to cut down on frizz, but once it gets longer I’ll probably switch to a different lightweight cream or balm styler (stylers are tricky for me; I don’t have a fave one and can’t use anything with a strong scent, so I tend to experiment a lot). Washing every other day and never heat-styling are musts, otherwise my hair turns into a silvery rat’s nest, minus the actual rats (thank god).

  • July 25, 2017


    1. Any Whole Blends shampoo and conditioner combo.
    2. Air dry while enjoying two cups coffee.
    3. Step out into Chicago humidity and pile on top of noggin with a clip.
    4. Stays out of the way and hair looks great later when I take out the clip and let it fall however.

    • July 25, 2017

      Amy L

      Also in Chicago– your tips make me realize that I’m doing things in the wrong order! I usually let it air dry into a half-way tolerable frizzy mess, then put it into a clip when the frizz reaches levitated, perpendicular-to-my-head levels. I should put it up sooner, then take it down later… Yes!

  • July 25, 2017


    Thanks for this post! I love to read about different people’s hair type and what works for them, in the hope that I’ll some day find a miracle product that lets my shoulder-length, fine, somewhat wavy, frizz-prone hair look even marginally acceptable after air-drying. For the most part, it just dries like a frizzy mess, unless I blow it out. Ideas, anyone? Waiting several days for beachy waves isn’t in the cards for me – I’m in the pool three times a week.

    • July 27, 2017


      This is my hair too! Very fine, shoulder length, super frizzy if I don’t do anything to it, but a bit of a wave and some curl among the frizz. If I let it “air dry”, the result can only be described as “witchy”. Not good. Tried everything, but only a blow dry makes it look acceptable to me. Would love ideas as well!

  • July 25, 2017


    The SleepStyler. I have long, thick, frizzy/wavy hair (2B) and in my 43 years I have yet to find a serum/cream/goop that works reliably. With the SleepStyler (foam rollers) I get results rivaling what would take over an hour with a flat iron and curling iron. I’m not affiliated in any way, just a believer!

  • July 25, 2017


    How about products for short hair?

  • July 25, 2017


    I’m closer to Lisa Bonet except without the genius stylist (and don’t fool yourselves…to get curls looking like that you need a professional!) but my most successful days involve deva curl no poo shampoo and conditioner combed through in the shower. Then apply cocktail of (deva) styling cream and light gel on SOPPING WET HAIR take through with fingers and then flip and scrunch with the deva scruncher towel. Then don’t touch until it’s dry then flip and separate the curls.

  • July 25, 2017


    I recently got a keratin treatment and love it. My hair is fine, thin, wavy to slightly curly and gets so frizzy in the Texas summer heat. I was worried the keratin would make my hair too flat and thin (and it did for the first week but once I could wash it, it had more body). My hair looks great and I just wash and air dry it, use a blow dryer for 2 minutes to smooth it out twice a week. No product needed. No frizz, even after I work out and my hair is wet with sweat.

  • July 25, 2017


    I also use Deva Curl products. Long wavy/curly hair that is mostly white now. I only shampoo on Saturdays with Deva Curl Low Poo. The rest of the week I condition in the shower then no frizz spray and two kinds of gel and either let dry naturally (when it’s hot) or with a diffuser attachment on my dryer when it’s cold. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but really it isn’t.

    Steff, someone I know who is in a chlorinated pool often uses a rinse of apple cider vinegar (that I believe she dilutes with distilled water) after her swim to neutralize the chlorine and then applies a light weight conditioner that she leaves in––drys her hair and goes. Her hair looks great.

  • July 25, 2017


    My hair is fine, mixed texture, curly underneath and wavy on top (except for a curly section in front.) I recently was a “model” at Hayato (NY) and got a great short curly cut, layered in the back and longer in the front and now I barely have to do anything. But I still shampoo every few days with R+Co Oblivion (clarifying) shampoo and Davines Love shampoo (purple) and then use Living Proof No Frizz conditioner and Perfect Hair Day leave-in shower styler. Then I either a) let it dry b) scrunch in a styling product –I tend to pick from my many many samples or c) apply my beloved cocktail of Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Hair Cream, No Frizz leave-in conditioner and 2 pumps of the hair oil. The last combo is great for really humid days. And then, depending on how busy I am, I just wet it and scrunch it more or rinse it and condition it and let it dry. It’s a little bit Lisa Bonet-ish (well, if you squint).

  • July 25, 2017


    Since letting my hair go naturally wavy/curly last summer, I’ve had to find a new way of styling it and that meant new products. I shampoo every couple of days with either Aveda for curly hair, Deva Curl, Ouidad, or Kevin Murphy (I LOVE me some product!!!) and condition mostly on the ends only with a matching conditioner. I like to be matchy-matchy. I also add a cocktail of styling cream, mousse and hair oil when my hair is really wet and then flip my head over and scrunch with my hair towel. Periodically, I turn my head over and shake it for volume. (No frizz! I swear!) I’ve used the diffuser, but I’m kind of inept at that thing.

  • July 26, 2017


    Not Your Mother’s Plump for Joy Thickening Hair Lifter. Inexpensive, perfect for my fine, smooth, textureless hair. Never have found anything better.

  • July 26, 2017

    Samantha Zutler

    I’ve had lots of grey since I was about 20; I’m 41 now. In my late 30s, I noticed it was getting thinner and limp and sad-looking. My hairdresser suggested I stop using shampoo, so I did. Best beauty decision ever! It’s still not as lux and lush and it was when I was younger (#aging), but it’s definitely much better than before, when I was using shampoo. I just use conditioner once or twice a week, and scrub my scalp every time I take a shower. I like Garrett Markenson’s leave-in conditioner as a styling cream, and Oribe for the shower.

  • July 30, 2017


    My hair: thick, medium long, curly on the bottom, straight on top. Frizz city if air dried. Finally figured out what works. Shampoo at night, twice a week (always Pantene conditioner), morroccanoil, sleep with loose low bun. That takes care of frizz. Style with hot air brush and Aveda smooth infusions (the only product for me).