You may have noticed that it’s nearly impossible to recreate the styling perfection your hair person is able give you after a cut — even if you go immediately home, rinse, and use the same exact product. Why is this? A gut feeling may tell you it’s because you’re not a hair care professional. And your person is, in fact, a pro. But that’s not the problem.
The real reason you’re unable to recreate that momentary post-cut masterpiece is because the act of cutting hair — all that pulling, brushing, combing, wetting, and, most importantly, the half-hour or so of fingers through your locks — effects how your hair falls. Especially all that touching, which aside from being eerily similar to ape behavior and feeling nice, pulls your scalp’s natural oils through the follicles and leaves a fair amount of oil from your stylist’s hands in your hair. This might sound a little primitive (and maybe unsanitary), but all-natural oils are actually some of the best and healthiest styling agents for your hair.
“These natural oils bring your hair down, give you more texture, and add plenty of luster,” says Losi, a one-named stylist at NYC’s high-end Martial Vivot salon who regularly does the hair of guys like Jake Gyllenhaal, Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Timberlake, Matthew McConaughey… You get it. She gets asked for by one name. And according to Losi, the best way to get the salon effect at home is simple, and just as primal as letting some random person stick their fingers in your hair. “You can get salon hair at home by not washing your hair regularly.” So there it is: your free pass to be a dirtbag.
Though, not exactly. “Please do rinse regularly,” she implores, “and if you’re a product guy, just be sure to use one that is water-soluble so it comes out in the process.” According to Losi, that means avoiding products that contain silicone, mineral oil, and petrolatum (the last two of which are derivatives of crude oil), because you need the power of shampoo to clean them up. And if your hair stuff takes a hefty scrubbing to come out in the shower, it’s probably got one of these ingredients in it.
Martial Vivot just launched a line of robust hair products that features a creme, paste, and gel that are all based in a very water-soluble organic aloe leaf juice. There’s also quinoa protein, antioxidants, and an amino acid complex, meaning the styling products are pampering your hair just like a good shampoo and conditioner. And they’ll rinse right out, leaving those essential oils in place and making it all the easier to achieve the look you’ve been, well, looking for.
So, if you want that post-cut-perfect style, you can proceed with the above plan. Or you can just run your hands through your hair for 30 minutes every morning after you shampoo. Up to you.
- Q: Why Can’t I Get My Hair to Look as Good as it Does Right After a Cut? (esquire.feedsportal.com)
- Man buns: a hair-raising trend (theguardian.com)