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3 Charlotte hair experts share their DIY tips

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    1 Charlotte Ballet dancer Melissa Anduiza demonstrates how she makes her hair into a bun. First, pull hair back into a tight ponytail, using an elastic that matches hair color.
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    2 Divide the hair in two sections and twist them tightly.
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    3 Twist the two pieces around the base of the ponytail, and tuck the ends under the bun.
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    4 Using about a dozen pins (both bobby pins that close and U-shaped hairpins), tightly secure the bun.
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    5 Once complete, she can pirouette and jete freely without worrying about her hair.

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  • 3 must-do’s for your hairdo

    • Remember that any great style starts with a good haircut. Allison Latos says she regularly visits Re Spa on South Boulevard for cuts by Ashley Richardson and color by Andrea Winslow. Ivy Robinson gets her hair cut and colored by Vance at Bang Bang Salon in Plaza Midwood.

    • A dry shampoo or a volume-boosting powder will revive hair after the gym or if you’re rushed in the morning with no time to wash your hair. They also bring texture and volume to clean hair if used during styling.

    • Need help? Visit a blowout salon and watch how the pros style hair so it looks great and lasts. Some even have classes. www.blomedry.com, thebloout.com, 1890blowdrybar.com



We all know one. A woman whose hair looks so good, so consistently, that we wonder where her daily stylist is hiding. You want to ask her for her secrets, but that would be weird.

Well, we’re doing it for you.

We asked three Charlotte women for whom looking good is a job necessity to give us a peek into their morning hair routines. Copy some of their tips and up your own hair game – without a visit to the stylist.

Melissa Anduiza

Principal dancer, Charlotte Ballet

For Anduiza and her fellow dancers, perfecting an updo – and knowing how to do it fast and tight – is a job requirement.

“There are two different hairstyles for ballerinas: The ballet bun, which is either high or low, and the French twist,” Anduiza explains.

To make the perfect bun, she starts by putting her hip-bone length hair in a tight ponytail, using a black elastic to match the color of her hair.

Then, she divides the ponytail in half and twists the two sections. She wraps the sections tightly around the base of the ponytail, first one and then the other. Then she tucks in the ends and uses about a dozen bobby pins and hairpins to make it secure.

On rehearsal days, she doesn’t use any hairspray or other products because “I’m sweating all day long,” but for performances, she and her fellow dancers use lots of hairspray. “As long as it’s ‘extra hold,’ they all seem to hold really well,” she says.

Onstage, “ballet dancers are so ethereal and unhuman, every single part of her must be beautiful, including her hair,” Anduiza says. “Head to toe, a ballerina should be elegant.”

Allison Latos

Morning anchor, WSOC-TV

Latos wakes around 2:30 a.m. and arrives at the station by 3:30 a.m. to anchor the 4:30 a.m. news.

After washing and drying her hair, Latos sprinkles “Rock Your Hair” powder on her roots before setting it in hot rollers.

“There have been many days when I drive in with Velcro rollers on my head,” Latos laughs.

After taking the rollers out, she combs through her hair and sets it with TRESemme hairspray, touching up and smoothing out the ends with a fat curling iron.

“I’m really easy going with over-the-counter hot rollers and shampoos and such,” Latos says. “Image is important, but it’s not a priority in my life.”

“TV is a visual media, and so being professional and looking professional is important in delivering the message,” she says.

Ivy Robinson

Wedding and event planner

After a devastatingly bad haircut left her traumatized, Robinson is selective about the stylists and products that she uses, sometimes even scheduling cut-and-color appointments with a favorite stylist in New Orleans when there for work or fun.

The demands of her job often require her to do heavy-duty party setup (tented events in the dead of summer) and then look fresh and put-together minutes later when the event starts.

“Often, I literally have 10 to 15 minutes to change. I flat iron my hair in the bathroom, throw clothes on real quick, and go,” she says. “One time in Wilmington I was doing an event at a tent and I had to change between two car doors.”

The key, she says, is a great haircut and professional products.

She uses products from the Oribe line, which she buys online.

To get ready quickly after a shower, she uses the Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray for a wavy, piecey, just-out-of-the-ocean look.

To revive her look after prepping for an event, she’ll use the Oribe Dry Texturing Spray to add some oomph to wilted locks. When sprayed at the roots, the product adds a fullness that lasts for hours, she says.

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