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The saying, “get your beauty sleep” is no joke, says Mario Russo, owner & lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston. The industry veteran of over 30 years, shares that some of the best beauty tricks can be done while you’re sleeping. Sure, getting the suggested 8 hours of sleep can help with unwanted dark circles and baggy eyelids, but your coif can also benefit from overnight styling and tips.

Mario has shared with us his favorite advice that he gives to clients who are looking for an easy way to get ahead of their morning routine, while also catching a few zzz’s!

1) Go to bed with DRY hair!
Water in your hair cuticle makes it more susceptible to splits and breakage as you toss and turn during the night. Wet hair equals fragile hair! If you shower before bed and don’t have time to dry it, use a cotton t-shirt (which is less abrasive than a towel), wrap hair and keep it tucked in a turban-like creation until morning.

2) Repair hair and apply a leave-in treatment
Utilizing a leave-in conditioning treatment before bed, either a salon-professional product or natural coconut oil, allows the moisture to seep into hair for a longer, uninterrupted time, which in turn, leaves your hair super hydrated and smooth the next day! For an added moisturizing benefit, wrap conditioned hair in a shower cap or silk scarf before hitting the hay. This will also help to save your pillowcases/sheets from getting damaged by the hair treatment. brady bunch brushing hair mario russo salon tips certified fabulous


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Brush it out before bed

Using a brush with natural bristles (or my favorite, the Mason Pearson brush), brush hair out before bed. Yes, Marsha Brady-style! Using your brush, start at the roots and move down to the ends of your hair. This will help to transfer the natural oils from your scalp throughout your hair shaft, giving hair an added dose of hydration. Additionally, if you’ve used a lot of products on your locks during the day, this will help to break them up on your scalp as well as on your strands, so that build up won’t occur.

4) Keep it straight by wrapping it!
If you just spent money on a salon blow-dry or time in the bathroom straightening your curly locks, don’t let bedtime ruin your sleek style! Use the wrapping technique with bobby pins to keep hair smooth and straight. Starting at the top of your head, use a brush to begin arranging hair around the head and pinning it down. Essentially, you are wrapping hair in a circle pattern around the head to keep it in its straight condition.

soft top knot scrunchie certifed fabulous mario russo salon5) Top Knot It
Bring out your scrunchies and top knot your freshly washed and dried hair. As you blow-dry hair before bed, use a volumizing product on the root and once it’s almost dry, apply a texturizing spray throughout. Loosely pull dried hair upward and into a soft topknot. The height will give you an extra boost of volume as you sleep as well as ensure that your locks will maintain tangle-free for your early wake-up call.

6) Lights off, humidifier on
Whether you are cranking up your house’s heat in the winter or you live in a dry climate, adding extra moisture to the air using a humidifier can help to keep both your skin and locks hydrated. Moisturized hair sees less frizz and breakage and more shine. Turn the lights off and the humidifier on!

7) Switch to a silk pillowcase
In order to extend the life of your hairstyle or blow-dry as well as keep damage and breakage at bay, opt for a silk or Egyptian cotton pillowcase. Flannel or cotton sheets cause more friction on hair and over time, will create damage.


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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.

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There is no denying that the fishtail braid had a great run; from the side to messy to in the ponytail, but Mario Russo, owner and lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, believes it’s time for a new tail to have their chance in the spotlight. Cue the Lobster Tail. This messy and textured twist is easy to create and doesn’t even requiring braiding skills…just twisting! Depending on the occasion, the Lobster Tail can be as deconstructed or as neat as you like.

The Lobster Tail


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 1. Start with day-old hair to achieve the messy and textured look of this braid. Use a texturizing spray like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray on the roots to eliminate any natural oils that can flatten hair.Step one lobster tail

2. Gather hair to one side, while leaving a few front pieces of hair out on the opposite. Curl these pieces with a 1-inch barrel to add more shape around the face.

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Tips for tri-look ponytail:


1. Curl hair with a wide-barrel curling iron or opt for a straighter yet full pony by blow drying hair with a large round brush.

2. Slightly tease hair at the top of head to give the style some height.

3. On one side of the head create anywhere from 1-3 small braids, incorporating the hair along your scalp as you braid(similar to a French braid-style, you want the braids to be against your head). Secure each braid with a clear elastic to later be pulled into the pony. 

4. Gather hair into pony with all of the braids in it and secure with a clear hair elastic.

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1. Forget curlers and flat irons! Separate all of your hair into two-inch pieces. Then take a baby wipe (yes, a baby wipe!) and roll your hair tightly around it starting at the ends and rolling hair upwards until you’re three inches from the scalp. A baby wipe is perfect because it is sturdy and already damp so you don’t have to shower before creating luscious waves. When you finally reach the scalp, tie the ends of the baby wipe together. It should look like small knots covering your head. Continue and do this to all your hair. Sleep on it and then in the morning unravel all of the knots. Use your fingers or fine tooth comb to loosen the style. To finish, spray locks with a light hold hairspray.

2. Yes, it’s true that salt water really does help your hair achieve beach waves. Over the years, there have been many products on the market that help your locks create the “just left the beach look,” but my favorite is Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray because it leaves the most effortless finish! On damp hair, spray the sea salt solution sparingly on the entirety of your head. Next, take two-inch sections and “scrunch” each piece from the ends to the scalp. When you scrunch hair, use a t-shirt over/on your hands, as this will help you to avoid extra frizz/friction. To finish, simply let hair air dry, or to speed up the process and add extra volume, use a diffuser on the end of your blow-drier.

DIY ALERT! If you don’t want to splurge on a salon quality spray, there’s a simple DIY recipe that can still give you the look you’re aiming for at home. Take an 8 ounce spray bottle and fill it with water. Add a few tablespoons of sea salt to the mixture (the more you use, the more textured the waves). To finish the concoction, add a small drop of a moisturizing product like Moroccan Oil or your favorite conditioner. Give the bottle a good shake and spray on damp hair! Follow with the original steps of scrunching hair and letting it air dry and/or blow-drying it with a diffuser. 

3. The perfect beach wave starts with a great haircut. If your hair is not layered properly, the waves you want won’t always form correctly. The ideal cut for the best beach waves involves layers around the face with a light layers in the back. The angles add interest to your hair, while the light layers in your length will help you to avoid a box-y look when your hair is curled.

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Whether you’re considering a new cut, color or style, Mario Russo, owner and lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, has the 411 on what’s hot this spring. Having worked in the hair industry for over three decades, Mario knows how to spot a trend, so he’s compiled his picks for what to expect this season. Hint: Pass the scissors

Hello, Bob!
The bob is continuing to take the hair world by storm…and it is back with a vengeance! Both ends of the hair spectrum are going for the stylized bob. Those with pixie cuts are growing them out for a chin length bob, while those with long hair are chopping off inches for the long-bob. If your hair is curly or wavy, don’t let that deter you from this look; volume and texture get along great!

Tip: If you’re a little hesitant about taking the bob plunge, Mario suggests asking your stylist to create a faux-bob at the length you are considering. This will give you a better idea of what it will look like and help you make a choice with no regrets. Plus, a faux bob is a fun style to rock for your next special occasion!
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Sleek & Sophisticated
For a while, hair straighteners were just the opposite of sleek & sophisticated --- instead they were being used for curls and waves, but this spring think sexy and straight. The beach waves have had a great run and textured blowouts are surely not out for good, but as indicated from the Spring 2014 runway shows, a shiny and polished ‘do, whether it’s down or in a pony, is spring’s “it” style. The sleek and straight look can always be worn numerous ways; with a side part or a center part, swept to the side, tucked behind the ears or slicked back.

Tip: A boar bristle paddle brush will help you master the shiny and sleek look and a heat protectant spray like Oribe Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray is a very important step when creating this look, since you will be blow-drying and then straightening. Lots of protection is needed for lots of heat application!
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Mono-what?
For color, expect to see just one this season says Mario; no, this doesn’t mean everyone is going blonde for the spring, it means hair color will be monochromatic. Instead of two tones like the popular ombre, hair color will be very rich in one, single color without any highlights. The blondes will be getting blonder to the point of platinum, the brunettes will go with a rich, deep espresso hue and red heads will lean towards an auburn shade. Don’t let this color trend bore you, this type of hue produces shiny hair that looks healthy and natural!

Tip: A gloss is the best way to go if you are unsure about committing to one color, because it is not permanent and it is less harmful on your hair. It also adds lots of beautiful shine!

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Dress it Up
A sparkly or sequin headband is an easy way to dress up any hairstyle, but I especially love the way it adds interest to a low chignon or braid.

• After styling, position the headband towards the middle of the head and secure with a few bobby pins, if needed.
• Opt for a thinner band (no more than 1.5 inches wide) so it doesn’t take away from the rest of your hairstyle
• Depending on your outfit, consider a headband that’s embellished with a pattern or bedazzlement. Adding a fun headband is an easy way to dress up the rest of your look!

 

Nicole Richie

Make it Boho-Chic

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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 Bio PhotoMario 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.

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Depending on your Valentine's Day/Weekend fashion, you'll want to make sure your hairstyle suits and completes your look! Thankfully, Mario Russo, owner & lead stylist at Salon Mario Russo in Boston has provided us with two lovely hairstyles for the night on the town, whether you're with a special love or happily single! 

Taken & Textured Twist

An updated, loose & whimsical version of the Fresh Twist

1. Begin by spritzing day-old washed hair (yes it’s true, dirty hair styles better) with Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray for added texture before styling.

2. Using a fine-tooth comb, tease your hair at the crown, as well as the sides to achieve ultra-volume.

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