Nature can make this spring’s looks harder to achieve. In Charlotte, with spring weather comes humidity, rain and changing temperatures, all of which can cause hair and skin issues for women. Hair and makeup trends bring an added challenge when the weather makes our hair frizzy and our skin oily. We consulted area experts including Josh Carpenter, artistic director with Carmen! Carmen! Prestige in Belk SouthPark; Michelle Soleil, Nordstrom’s beauty stylist; Kristin Jackson of Neiman Marcus; Lindsey Hathaway of Re Salon and Med Spa in Dilworth; and Michele Matkovich of newly-opened M2, an environmentally-conscious “green” salon in Ballantyne’s Village at Robinson Farm development. Each shared their tips for solving the season’s worst weather-related issues. They also share their favorite products that arm them in the battle against seasonal hair and skin issues.
Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair
When the humidity in the spring air creates frizz and zaps the volume from hair, Josh Carpenter suggests a leave-in conditioner like Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair. “Volume is in this season for both long and shirt hair,” says Carpenter. “But in Charlotte, it’s easy to lose. This product is incredibly light so it won’t weigh your hair down and (it will) still fight frizz.”
Phomollient and Light Elements Defining Whip
Next, Carpenter says he combines two products for volume and definition: Aveda Phomollient and Light Elements Defining Whip. “I use them together when hair is wet,” says Carpenter. “I rub each product all over my hands to make sure as much product gets on the hair as possible. Then I add a little extra defining whip when hair is dry to define the style.”
"Be Curly" line Natural waves are in this season, according to Carpenter. If you have curly hair, he suggests tossing aside the flat iron and playing up the curls with Aveda’s Be Curly line. “These products are a must for curly hair,” says Carpenter. “It helps take out the frizz and define the curls when the humidity hits.”
Aveda Control Force Hair Spray When spring winds and rain threaten your style, Carpenter suggests Aveda Control Force Hair Spray. “It’s strong but still allows your hair to move,” says Carpenter. “It’s one of my favorite products because it also adds shine.”
Eufora Pure Polish and Eufora Color Locking System
Salon M2 is using the Eufora line, which is biodegradable, non-toxic and all-natural, as part of a broader philosophy of reducing its carbon footprint (other measures include energy-saving Freestylist brand hair dryers, eco-friendly paint on the walls, a tankless water heater and other recycled and energy-saving salon features). “To help combat the frizz and fly-aways, I suggest Eufora’s Pure Polish,” says salon co-owner Michele Matkovich. “(It) works especially well when used in conjunction with Eufora’s Color Locking System, a protein-based system that completely shuts down the hair’s cuticle, not allowing for environmental factors and damage to enter the hair shaft.”
Meteorites Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer by Guerlain; Laura Mercier Primer
Beauty experts says a primer is key to fighting skin issues that come with rainy, humid weather. “We always suggest a foundation primer to keep a barrier between your skin and the foundation to make it last throughout the day regardless of humidity,” says Jackson of Neiman Marcus. “Humidity and rain can bring excess oiliness,” adds Soleil of Nordstrom. “Many primers can mattify skin, making it perfect for foundation application.” Soleil suggests Meteorites Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer by Guerlain; Neiman Marcus, meanwhile, suggests Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer.
Phytolisse Re Salon and Med Spa made news by making its home last fall in the renovated historic fire station on South Boulevard in Dilworth. Co-owner Lindsey Hathaway recommends the Phytolisse line of products. The Finishing Serum calms flyaways and can be used throughout the day, and has no parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes or petrochemicals. She also recommends Phytolisse Shampoo and finishing with Phytolisse Mask, which both promise to control frizz for 48 hours.
Nars Orgasm Cheek Color
Once the primer is set, Soleil suggests using bright colors on cheeks, eyes and lids to exude spring, as was seen in several spring collections this season. But the perfect cheek color that always seems to work? Soleil says its Nars Orgasm Cheek Color. “It has a a perfect pink-coral gossamer color that is beautiful on everyone.” She also says that with while it’s a matt cheek color and helps cover shine, it also has a hint of gossamer that gives the face a bit of glimmer.
Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour Lips can often dry out in the winter, leaving them dull in the spring. Soleil says to embolden and moisturize lips without going overboard, Chanel created the perfect lip color— Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Jersey Rose. “It’s a color mixture of pink, coral and neutrals,” says Soleil. “It looks beautiful on everyone and is mistake proof.”
Trish McEvoy Ultimate Beauty Organizer Modern women are in a hurry and have little time to fumble around their makeup bags searching for seasonal makeup products. Soleil suggests the Trish McEvoy Ultimate Beauty Organizer to keep all this season’s hottest products in one place. “You can switch out colors and products from season to season,” says Soleil. “Everything you need to keep your skin beautiful is right at your fingertips.”
Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Florale Eau de Toilette To complete the spring look, Soleil suggests topping it off with Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Florale Eau de Toilette. “It’s feminine with notes of rose, musk and white wood,” says Soleil. “It’s a clean, fresh scent for spring.”
Spring trends:The 2011 spring runways included a resurgence of the1970’s look, with high-waisted, wide-leg pants, flowing blouses and modern, sheer maxi dresses. Also popular was a more tailored style with influences from the 1960’s. Taking a cue from AMC’s hit show “Mad Men,” hems were below the knee, necklines high and a polished, belted waist completed the look.
Hair and makeup trends followed their couture counterparts. Hair was seen either long, flowing and naturally wavy or bobbed and straightened. Hair color took on a more natural tones, as did makeup. A sophisticated, natural look swept the runway along with bold eyes and lips, including bright pinks, reds and oranges.
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