Guilty as charged. Mario Russo, owner & lead stylist of Mario Russo in Boston, has shared with us some of the most common hair crimes that women commit on a daily basis…and how to fix them!
1. Stop blow-drying your hair upside down! You’ve probably noticed that your hairstylist never asks you to flip your hair over at the salon. That’s because doing so will quickly over-dry your hair by pulling out the moisture and nutrients. Instead, blow-dry your hair in sections with a round brush. No head banging or Cousin It resemblance is necessary!
2. Don’t leave in your hair products overnight. Just like you should take off your make-up before bed, you should also brush out the majority of product from your locks before you hit the hay. This will create build-up on your hair and make it harder to restyle the next day. To further avoid build-up, use a clarifying shampoo, such as Bumble and Bumble’s Sunday Shampoo, once a week!
3. Don’t use the same brush over and over! Make sure you clean out your brush or purchase a new one every four months. Brushes are a prime breeding ground for germs and extra residue. A simple home remedy is placing your brush in a mug full of vinegar. This will break up the oils. Then just rinse and scrub it with a sponge. Voila…good as new!
4. Brushing hair down from the roots is the ultimate “no no.” Instead, separate your hair into four sections. Grab the section in the middle and hold your hair while you use baby strokes to detangle your mane. This will prevent breakage. If your hair is super knotty, try a leave in conditioner like Kerastase Reflection Chroma Riche Luminous Softening Essence.
5. We’re all guilty of the nervous “picking your split ends” habit, but it’s actually making your split ends worse! If you are not using proper hair sheers to trim split ends, you can really damage your hair. I suggest a quick trim at the salon every 6 weeks…and in the meantime, investing in a stress ball or a moisturizing crème like Oribe’s Supershine Moisturizing Cream to keep split ends at bay.
6. Remember to switch up your shampoo with the seasons. When the temperatures change, your products should, too. In the summer, when you’re very active and out in the sun, opt for a clarifying shampoo to rid locks of oil and chlorine build-up. In the winter, choose products that add extra moisture to your locks to help with frizz and dryness from the cold. My go-to summer shampoo for clients is MoroccanOil Clarifying Shampoo.
7. Hot tools aren’t the only things that can fry your hair. The sun can, too! Prolonged exposure to UV rays can weaken the hair cuticles making them harder to manage. The solution? Simply wear a fashionable yet practical hat when you’re on the beach OR be proactive and protect locks with a product like Bumble & Bumble’s Color Minded UV Protective Polish.
8. Say goodbye to your elastic hair tie! Elastic hair ties cause damage and split ends. Try a cloth one to keep your hair beautiful and healthy. Emi Jay bands are a great option because they will color coordinate with your outfits while doubling as arm candy alongside your stack of bangles.
9. Take it easy on the hairspray! While everyone loves layering on the hairspray to hold your style in place; don’t use it too often. Hairspray makes your hair brittle and more prone to breakage. Additionally, if you suffer from a dry or itchy scalp, hairspray could be part of the problem, as the alcohol it contains can be very drying to the skin.
10. Its fine to rock the tight pony tail or bun every once in a while, but don’t over-do it. Over time, wearing a tight ponytail or bun will lead to hair loss and major hair breakage. The tightness of the style restricts the blood flow to the hair follicles and puts pressure on the hair cuticle, which can lead to problems. Let your hair down! If the ponytail is an attempt to manage unruly hair, try out Oribe’s Shampoo for Moisture and Control. In addition, after wearing a tight style, always take a few minutes to massage your scalp to promote nourishment.
Mario Russo, Owner & Lead Stylist at Salon Mario Russo
Growing up in the small town of Formia, Italy, Mario had dreams of coming to America and making a life for himself. As a teenager, Mario’s family immigrated to the United States, where his passion for learning was nurtured by the endless possibilities of a new beginning. Fueled by a long-standing interest in engineering, his quest for knowledge took him to Northeastern University in Boston where Mario soon realized that his true career path was in the engineering of better hair. Flash forward 30 years; today, Mario Russo is a fixture within Boston’s style scene, owning and operating two eponymous salons in the city as well as his own bath and body product line.
As an industry leader, Mario is always looking to stay ahead of the trends, frequently traveling to Paris, London and New York City, to bring Bostonians the latest styling innovations. His appreciation for hair and belief in high-touch customer service enable Mario to offer the salons’ clientele a personal, sophisticated take on beauty that’s unmatched in Boston.