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Secrets of a Stylist-to-the-Stars

We have to admit that the one thing we rarely cut costs on (ha ha) is our hair.  Mostly, this is due to our complete and utter inability to DIY our own ‘do’s, but it’s also because we fell in love with stylist Christine Symonds of the Byron and Tracey Salon (310.276.4470) several years ago and just can’t seem to quit her.  It may be true that we’d sometimes rather see her than eat, but we understand your desire for lovely locks may not run quite that deep (and, sometimes, neither do your pockets).  So, we’ve asked this stylist-to-the-stars and fellow Broke Girl to give us some tips on how to care for our hair without the cost.

BGG: What's the biggest mistake you see girls making with their hair care & maintenance?

CS: I think it's when girls are unrealistic about their actual hair type and lifestyle. I see girls all of the time who want to be platinum blonde yet are unwilling to accept the cost and maintenance that it demands. I think everyone should ask themselves exactly what they are willing to handle. A short cut requires trims more often as do bangs. You should have a thorough consultation with your stylist about your lifestyle, hair type, and expectations.  

BGG: What products are worth splurging on? Which aren't?

CS: Save by buying L’Oreal’s shampoo and conditioner line "EVER PURE." It’s sulfate free and caters to all hair types. You can get it at any drug store.  Splurge on L’Oreal Elnett hairspray. If there is one product I always have with me on a shoot, it's this!

BGG: Any tips for trimming your own bangs? 

CS: If you MUST trim your own bangs, I tell my clients to hold bangs about an inch away from their forehead with a fine-tooth comb. Make sure the comb is level. Take sharp scissors (preferably not kitchen scissors) and notch vertically into bangs to leave the ends softer; a blunt bang should be left to the professionals.

BGG: What's an easy hairstyle that can feel 'formal' without a lot of fuss?

CS: I'm seeing a lot of ponytails right now. The best part about them is they are super user-friendly and wearable by most. You can wear them high or low. Simple and effortless is always the best way to go. Make sure you are using hair ties and bobby pins that match your hair color. 

BGG: What vitamins should we take for our hair? 

CS: Biotin is a great supplement for hair and nail growth. You can get it at most health food stores. 

BGG: Are there any household/natural products we should be using? 

CS: Coconut oil is great for hair. Rub through dry brittle ends. And it smells delicious!!!! 

BGG: Okay, enough about hair.  We’re obsessed with your style!  Where do you shop?

CS: I'm a huge online shopper. Topshop, ASOS, and Forever21 are my go to's. Flea markets are my favorite Sunday activity to find unique, eclectic jewelry and one-of-a-kind clothing pieces. 

BGG: Favorite vintage store?

CS: Believe it or not, I've found some of my favorite pieces at my local Goodwill. It takes a bit more patience, but when you find a gem it's the best feeling! I recently found a vintage GUCCI sweater at my local one. I also love Weltenbuerger on Vermont (1764 N. Vermont) in Los Feliz. They are stocked with good finds! 

BGG: How do you save money? 

CS: I just try to prioritize my spending. It’s all about moderation. Trust me though, I'm still learning. 

Jun 17, 2011 - 07:59 AM

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