Frédéric shares his strategic maneuvers for creating volume and curls.

The renewed interest in all that is feminine has made gorgeous, rolling waves the definitive hair trend this year—witness the models who prowled the catwalks with plenty of volume and bounce in their haute coiffures. Starlets like Drea DeMatteo, Portia de Rossi and Emmy Rossum glided down the red carpet sporting beautiful curls. Even the women who frequent my salons are forsaking straight strands in favor of curls, curls and more curls.

 Frédéric Fekkai
Frédéric Fekkai

But make no mistake—putting spring in clients' hair can be tricky, especially at this time of year. Heat and humidity, not to mention the drying effects of the sun, can trigger their fair share of bad hair days. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can suggest to your clients to help counteract summer elements. First, recommend they wear a hat when outdoors to avoid sun damage, which tends to dry strands out and makes hair harder to style. If your clients are sun worshippers, as many of mine are, have them spritz their hair with a product like my Sun Protectant Spray, a lightweight, leave-in spray that guards against harmful UV rays. After swimming, I like to have my clients treat their hair with Frédéric Fekkai Apple Cider Clearing Rinse, which has long been used in the south of France to rid hair of impurities such as chlorine, oils or salt and restore luster and sheen. Finally, have them invest in a 100-percent boar-bristle brush and use it daily on their hair and scalp. This helps generate shine and bounce sans static and is essential for creating the season's hot waves that are shiny and soft without being stiff.

To create the voluminous look seen here, first shampoo and condition hair with Frédéric Fekkai Luscious Curls Shampoo and Conditioner. Thoroughly dry hair and divide it into sections, wrapping each one around a large Velcro roller, tucking it under and rolling it up instead of outward. This adds lift and achieves a flicked-out look. Next, place the client under a hooded dryer for 20 minutes. After removing the rollers, work a bit of my Luscious Curls Curl Enhancing Cream into the hair. For finer hair, I recommend using my Technician Glaze, which is a bit lighter on the hair. Then have the client bend her head over and use your fingers to carefully coax the curls into place. Be careful not to overwork the hair, as this will make it lose its oomph and deflate the volume.


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