As we begin 2017, it will be second nature for many of us to take an appearance reassessment for the New Year, especially regarding our hair. And the timing couldn’t be better—a reboot of your beauty and grooming routine can feel particularly refreshing in January after the six-week marathon of holiday hustle and bustle. To help you with your New Year hair resolutions, we sat down with Renessence celebrity stylist Jordan Blackmore. Here, he shares his expert styling tips and tricks, as well as his thoughts on the best hair care products to keep your hair looking its very best all year long.
DermStore: Which hair trend do you think will be a hit this year?
Jordan: Seasonal trends inspire me as much as other stylists, however, I firmly believe in switching up your style whenever you feel it’s time. Women’s shorter hair, a la the “lob” (long bob), has been all the rage for the past year, so I’m feeling that a trend toward long hair is on the horizon for 2016. And with long hair it’s essential to nourish and maintain it properly on a daily basis to ensure it looks healthy and lush. For men I’m seeing a return to the classics, with Tommy Hilfiger-type ’90s cuts and styles and guys who are clean-shaven and exceptionally well groomed. It’s time to give the past year’s ubiquitous man bun and beard a much-needed rest.
Which hair products do you think women should really invest in?
The following three styling tools are my go-to essentials for sensational-looking hair, and I highly recommend them to men and women alike:
• Mason Pearson Brushes
The gold standard for hairbrushes, Mason Pearson stimulates the scalp, resulting in increased blood flow, which in turn helps hair grow stronger and healthier. It also does an amazing job of detangling, perfect for all of that long hair we’re sure to see this year! It’s pricey, but worth every penny.
• Harry Josh Blow Dryer
We all need a great blow dryer to accomplish the perfect style—and, believe me, this is it. Incredibly lightweight yet super powerful, this one-of-a-kind dryer minimizes frizz while significantly reducing drying time. It’s a very important tool for both women and men to utilize. And, once again, while expensive, it’s definitely worth the splurge.
• Spornette Round Brushes
A salon standard, Spornette round brushes are great for everyday styling, with a myriad sizes to choose from, depending on your hair type, texture and length.
Any tips on how to get a great hair every day this year?
Follow these five tips as your healthy-hair New Year’s resolutions and I guarantee your locks will look amazing every single day:
1. Go Green.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Eat your greens. Diet can help—or hurt—the way our hair grows, looks and feels. Broccoli, kale and spinach are loaded with vitamins A and C, beta carotene, folate and iron, all of which work in tandem for healthy hair. And bring on the guacamole, as avocados are excellent for shine!
2. Give yourself a scalp massage.
A gentle, daily massage that moves your scalp in all directions—side to side, front to back, in circles, etc.—boosts blood circulation, which enhances overall hair health.
3. Take a daily biotin supplement.
Biotin is a B vitamin that strengthens the hair and intensifies new growth via follicle nourishment. Easy to find at your local vitamin store, biotin supplements are an excellent choice if you’re not receiving optimum nutritional benefits from the foods you eat. And if you are a healthy eater, biotin will only enhance the results.
4. Invest in the right tools.
Your hair tools can make or break your hair, so be sure to only use high-quality ones. The Mason Pearson brush, most especially, I cannot praise enough. Use it daily and religiously.
5. Address thinning locks.
As someone who has struggled with thinning hair from a young age, I know exactly how devastating the experience can be. The good news is that there is something that can be done. There are great products out there that can really help. Renessence Follicle Forever Renewal Serum, for one, is a revolutionary serum that promotes hair health and renewal at the molecular level. Its proprietary blend of ingredients stimulates follicular stem cells to decrease hair loss and maintain a healthy scalp. Use this to complement a healthy lifestyle and a proactive approach to thinning locks and I guarantee you, you will see results.
That’s it! Good luck in your journey and I wish you all a great hair year!