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Not wishing to downplay any of their athletic brilliance, but have you taken a look at America’s female Olympic contenders for the games this summer? These gals are not just extraordinarily talented in their respective sports, but model-stunning as all get out. Save for the occasional press conference, most of our exposure to them takes place when they’re in full-on athletic mode: wearing a swim cap while diving into a pool…bouncing on a balance beam with the requisite ponytail….squinting under a visor on the volleyball court. But one glance at their press pics and you’ll see that they care as much about their hair and their looks as you do. Let’s take a quick peek…and I’ll throw in some of my best hair-care prescriptions for each sport (perfect if you’re active this summer):
This brunette knockout has blonde highlights, and is clearly blessed with good, naturally-thick hair…and it’s obvious that she cares for it diligently. If, like Natalie, you’re in the pool a lot—and especially if you have color in your hair—please take the extra steps to make sure your ‘do stays healthy. (Remember 1950’s movie star/swimmer Esther Williams? Word on the street is that she actually coated her hair with Vaseline before tucking it into a swim cap to protect strands from the harsh exposure to chlorine.) My PreWash Therapy—infinitely more pleasant than Vaseline—offers a protective barrier and safeguards hair from chemicals; use it on dry hair before swimming (even if you forgo a cap). Another nugget for you: Never, ever leave long hair flowing when you go for a dip. You’re literally allowing it to pick up every caustic chemical in the pool, and subjecting strands to knots that inevitably lead to split ends.
On the one hand, Allyson’s sport—unlike her swimming sister’s--doesn’t do a number on her hair. On the other hand, I’m fairly certain she has it straightened, which does do a number if you don’t keep it in pristine condition. (Allyson clearly knows this, because her hair is gorgeous.) I’d say that perspiration is likely your biggest enemy if you spend time on the track--primarily, because sweat contains salt, which is drying, and can leave locks brittle and susceptible to breakage. My prescription for you, for Allyson, and for any gal who’s running in the sun, is simple: Use a highly moisturizing shampoo (like my System 3 Nourishing Wash), followed by Gel Cocktail, which controls the hair and puts a barrier between you, the sun, sweat, salt, and pollution. It’s also perfect for keeping flyaways tucked into your pony when you’re doing the 50-yard dash. Or just running around town.
Hope. Great name. As in, “I hope one day to look like this talented and striking athlete.” I’d bet my blow-dryer that she was naturally light-blonde as a child; and she’s continuing to lighten up her base color before adding highlights, which is a very smart thing to do. Nine times out of 10, Hope’s got her long hair pulled back into a ponytail; but when it’s down, it’s in tremendously good condition. If I could suggest one product to her, it would be Minardi Subdue Frizz Restraining Crème--a brilliant choice for anyone who wants hair smooth, up, and out of the face. That’s the goal, isn’t it?
I have such fun watching this six-foot, California pro do her stuff at the net; she’s the classic example of an amazon beauty…as skilled at her sport as she is lovely to look at. And if you have hair like Jen’s—long, single-color blonde—all you need to do is keep it conditioned, then focus on smoothing and bringing out the shine with Minardi Color Glisten Drops. This product is my secret weapon; it detangles brilliantly, and adds unbelievable sheen in just seconds. Love the stuff. And her.
Between the Royals, Downton Abbey, home of the legendary (and very much missed) Vidal Sassoon, and the 2012 Summer Olympics, there are plenty of reasons to love London. I absolutely adore the place and wanted to share a few of my London favs with you, in case you decide to fly across the pond for a visit….
• Claridge’s is a must-see. It’s a glorious five-star, Art Deco hotel that’s been around for over 100 years, and for good reason. Even if you can’t stay there, check out the Afternoon Tea, Gordon Ramsay’s Restaurant, and their Diane Von Furstenberg-appointed suites. To Die For.
• Go to a pub and order fish-and-chips. It’s embarrassing and they’ll know you’re American…but that crispy, scrumptious, heart-attack-in-a-basket is so worth it. (Sprinkle on a little malt vinegar—the best.)
• If you’re over the fish, order some Indian takeaway. (No, not takeout…takeaway.) London has some of the most delicious to-go curries in the world.
• Have a drink at the Oxo Tower Bar, and soak in stunning views of the Thames River. It’s like being on a classic cruise liner…especially if you have one too many cocktails.
• Check out the Tower of London; you’ll eat it up…even more so if, like me, you are major into the Tudors and anything remotely related to Henry VIII and his wives.
Speaking of wives…may I just say, Thank God for Kate Middleton? Forget Fergie-- and, of course, Diana was wonderful in her time--but this young woman sets a new standard for beauty that’s being emulated by girls everywhere. I wish more people would copy her: She has a tremendous sense of style—nothing overdone, nothing underdone; flawless makeup; she carries herself with perfect posture; and her hair is always in royal condition.
I think it must take amazing strength to be yourself when you are thrust into the limelight and scrutinized on an aesthetic level by paparazzi at every turn. But Kate is who she is to the max. (Can you imagine if someone had told her she had to look trendier, or cut her hair, or go blonder? That probably happened…but it would have been a colossal mistake—I just love that she stuck to her guns.)
I would also venture to say that from the time that sapphire engagement ring hit her finger until now, she’s just made a few subtle, smart changes to her hair: highlights that take her natural brown to a richer brown-on-brown shade; plus, she cut in a few soft layers that enable her hair to move and yet still look controlled. She’s so beautiful, and William’s so handsome.
Mother in law would be very, very happy.
My Minardi Pre-Wash is like liquid gold. I’m so proud of the way it manages to put back into the hair what color services--and life--take away. The product (which is comprised of the same lipids, fatty acids, proteins, and water that are found naturally in the hair) literally deposits the missing links back into your locks. I use it on every client who sits in my chair, and urge them to take a tube home so they can reap the benefits long after the salon service is done.
Here’s my rule of thumb: If you’re a shampoo-every-day-kind-of-gal, apply Pre-Wash once a week for 15 to 60 minutes; if you wash less often, you can get away with twice a month. I advise clients with super-damaged strands to apply the treatment daily for the first ten days, and then back off to a weekly regimen once hair health is restored. The stuff is brilliant. I kid you not.
It’s hands down, my favorite New York escape. Some people are all about East Hampton…others won’t leave the confines of Quogue…but I’m an equal opportunist when it comes to summering on the tip of Long Island. If you’re hungry, check out The Clam Bar (between Amagansett and Montauk); famous for their overstuffed lobster rolls and corn so sweet, it tastes as if they picked it moments before serving.
Also visit Pierre’s in Bridgehampton, a beautiful, whitewashed French bistro that serves scrumptious breakfast, lunch, and dinner; their pastry case will knock your socks off. (Except that in summer you won’t be wearing socks.)
As for me, I’ll be soaking up the sun on Wiborg Beach in East Hampton—tucked away on a road aptly called, Highway Behind the Pond. Wiborg is known for its white sand, prime real estate, and sunsets to die for. I am known for hanging out there.