THE INSIDER: RIC PIPINO
Stop hating your hair this summer with advice from a runway pro.
As every smart girl knows, swimsuit catalogs are full of lies, from the triangle tops that magically fit the busty models to the invisible tan lines on every glowing shoulder. But perhaps the biggest injustice of those pamphlets - besides the way your boyfriend steals them from your stack of magazines - has got to be the hair.
This story was published on May 8, 2009.
The models may be seconds away from ocean or chlorine, but their locks show no signs of summer stress. They're flaxen, flowing, and criminally free of split ends and frizz.
Ric Pipino is probably the guy who got them that way. The veteran hairstylist is famous for primping supermodels and starlets in his native Miami, but now he's moving his setup to downtown New York - complete with the Fendi salon chairs where clients are prepped...
Once you told me to pull up my hair using salt water...
You should still do that, anytime you're in the ocean. Salt water has a natural grainy texture that helps lock hair in place, so you should use it to help style yourself. And it's free!
Only if you live on a really nice ocean. Which you do.
Not anymore - I'm now a full-time New Yorker.
Have you seen any hair mistakes on the street so far?
Oh, tell us! Tell us the main mistake you see with people's hair. Is it doing home coloring? No, actually, it's more common than that. It's elastic bands.
Like for ponytails?
Do not use them. They are killing your hair. I mean it, no matter what type of hair you have, an elastic band is going to break your hair. A lot of what women think is frizz or a split end, it's really breakage caused by those elastics.
What should you do instead?
Get some black pantyhose and cut them straight across the feet, so you're making little rings of nylon. You can cut very thin pieces, nobody has to see them, but use those instead of hair elastics. They work just as well and you won't be causing damage to your hair.
So you want us to cut up our nylons?
Yes! Isn't your magazine called NYLON? You must have a lot of extra lying around the office. Try it!