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The LOOK: 3 Ways to Make People Think You Have a Personal Stylist

Monday, July 30, 2012

 

Back in the day, women had a wash and set appointment at the salon once a week. No longer, but here's how to look like you do. Photo: Todd Jones Photography/flickr.

He was the lead hair stylist on Sex and the City 2, he made Anne Hathaway fabulous on film, and he's GoLocalProv's weekly style expert. Frank Barbosa, the Newport-based celebrity stylist, brings red carpet perspective to hair, makeup, and overall style.

There was a time when a woman would sit in the salon at least once a week for a wash and set, which would allow her to look stylish all week long.
It was an art form known as dressing the hair, which is where we get the word hair dresser. Over time, with the '70s carefree look and the '80s hot roller sets, women would set their own hair at home and spray it to death (Dynasty and Dallas hair). Then, the '90s brought on every way you could wear a ponytail... now this century brings a return to dressing your look. 

But there's not enough time for a working mom or working woman in a day to spend 20 to 30 minutes to blow out and maintain a smooth straight or wave do. For celebrities, it's easy--the personal stylist. But for everyone else, we're seeing more women in salons on a weekly basis for their dressing of the hair. Can you make this work so you look like you're styled every day of the week? Here's how.

Three steps to style

1. Get your color and cutting appointments on a bi-weekly schedule: cut week one, rock that blowout week two, color week three, rock that blowout week four... then you're really only paying for two blowouts a month.

2. After receiving your blowout definitely invest in a dry shampoo. Rene Furter's and Klorane are my faves. You can pick these up at Sephora and they'll help extend your blow out and keep your hair smelling fresh and so clean.

3. Pay attention to your dresser—how they hold dryer and brush and what they are using for product. That way, you can copy them to touch up if needed during the week. Remember: Europeans wash their hair once to twice a week, hence the beautiful and thick, shiny hair. We overwash our tresses stateside, so we depend on heavy waxy products to shine and what we think as nourishing is actually dulling and clogging.

Space out your blowouts, and they'll think you've got your own staff!

From Sex and the City 2 to Rachel Getting Married, from The Sorcerer's Apprentice to Bride Wars, Frank Barbosa has styled some of the biggest celebrities in film, TV, and theater. He's just finished styling on location alongside film stylist Alan D'Angerio on the film, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, starring Jennifer Garner. He's been in the industry for 17 years, moving from hip neighborhoods in Chicago, to Boston's Newbury St, to Bellevue Avenue in Newport. He maintains that his real passion, though, is being behind a salon chair at Frank Antonio Hair and Makeup in Newport.

 

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