5 Tips & Tricks for Mermaid-Length Manes from a Pro Hairstylist!
1) Reduce Your Routine and Pick the Perfect Brush
You know the drill: wash, rinse, repeat. However, cleansing hair too often can strip away the natural oils that keep it healthy, thus making hair more brittle and prone to breaking. Nick suggests reducing the number of times you shampoo your hair to 3-4 times a week. In between shampoos, soak up oil with a light coat of dry shampoo on your roots and use a boar bristle brush (Nick recommends a boar hair brush like a Mason Pearson brush) to distribute hair oils from root to tip for extra natural shine and conditioning.
2) Swap out Silicone Shampoos
We’ve all heard the golden rule of getting a salon trim every six weeks to keep your hair healthy, but it isn’t always that easy! Silicone-based shampoos can make your hair ultra-shiny, but they can also prevent vital oils from accessing your strands. To boost your hairs natural conditioning abilities, Nick suggests opting for a silicone-free shampoo such as Kerastase’s Bain Crystal line. It purifies roots, rebalances hair fibers, and leaves ends smooth and polished (sans trim!).
3) Ditch Your Dryer
To achieve ultra-long locks, you’ll need strong and healthy hair. Consistent use of heated tools can damage your mane and cause breakage, so avoid using dryers or irons as much as possible. If you’re not ready to part from your tools, Nick suggests using Shu Uemura Art of Hair Fiber Lift to protect your strands from heat, humidity, and UV rays while also keeping hair full and soft. Have some current breakage and split ends that need mending? Nick’s secret weapon in the salon is Kérastase Resistance Fibre Architecte serum - it actually repairs and seals split ends on even the most damaged hair!
4) Grow Hair From the Inside Out!
Making an effort to feel good will also help you look good! Eating nutrient-packed meals, staying hydrated and minimizing stress are all key for overall hair health and growth! Get glowing and get growing!
5) Explore Extensions
Are you dying for long hair, but can’t bear to wait for your locks to grow? If so, hair extensions are always an option. Nick loves Great Lengths hair extensions for their high quality and because they cause the least amount of damage to natural hair while having a life of three to four months. If considering extensions, Nick recommends going into the salon for a consultation with a stylist who can match the color and texture of the extensions to your natural hair.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nicholas Penna, Jr. - Owner and Lead Stylist
Despite being born into one of Boston’s royal families of hair, Nick Penna Jr. never had any intention of following in his parents’ footsteps. However, Nick’s inherent skills, eye for style and natural talent eventually led him to pursue a career in hair, where success quickly followed. In 1995, Nick’s career skyrocketed when, at a young age, he received his first nationally-recognized award from Vidal Sassoon for “Excellence in New Design.” In 2000, he was once again recognized for his impressive styling skills with the Guillaume Award in Berlin, Germany. Most recently, Nick made the COUP Boston 2013 list of Boston-area “Visionaries.” Nick and his team have worked at countless New York Fashion Week runway shows for designers such as Rodarte, Cynthia Rowley, Jason Wu and Betsy Johnson.
Through the years, Nick has expanded the salon’s team of top stylists and remains directly responsible for the education of his staff, working closely with beauty partners such as L'Oréal Professionnel, who chose SalonCapri to be only one of less than 15 salons in the country to house the L'Oréal Professionnel Haircolor Center on premise.
In 2013, Nick became Founding Partner and Creative Director for Be Styled, Nick’s vision of what a blowdry bar concept should be: a place where glamour and convenience meet to provide every client with the “star treatment” experience of a wash and custom hair style.
Nick is routinely called on to share expert hair tips and tricks and his advice has been featured in countless celebrity, beauty and lifestyle magazines such as OK!, Marie Claire, Glamour and Ladies’ Home Journal, and on New England Cable News and FOX television morning show style segments. He lives with his wife, Amy, and their three children in Newton.Last modified on
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