Whether "Mandela" star Naomie Harris' hair is styled pin straight or loose and wavy, photographers always seem to capture the luminosity of the British actress' strands. But even we non-celebs realize that constant hairstyle changes can take a toll on the overall condition of one's hair.
So how does Harris maintain such healthy and shiny hair with all the style changes? We asked two of the ladies behind her most recent red carpet looks, Aveda Global Artistic Director for Textured Hair Tippi Shorter and Motions Celebrity Stylist Ursula Stephen, to share her secrets.
Keep scrolling down to find out!
Healthy hair starts with hydration.
There are many factors that can affect the hair (frequent styling, the environment and weather, etc.), so Stephen believes it is important to regularly condition. For girls with unprocessed, natural hair, she like the Motions Deep Conditioning Masque. "It's super hydrating and provides the nourishment needed during the winter months," says Stephen.
Shorter co-signs this hydration tip, adding how it's all in the preparation. "Naomie is very good about maintaining her hair health, which makes my job easier," she explains. "I use the Aveda Dry Remedy Shampoo and Conditioner and use the Smooth Infusion prep before blowdrying her hair. Before flat-ironing her hair, I use about four drops of the new Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Oil (launching January 2014). Then I use abut two drops of the oil to finish her hair."
A great haircut and color really make a difference.
Harris has one of the most precise haircuts in Hollywood. Shorter recently cut her hair blunt throughout the ends, and it showcases extremely well whenever the actress wears her hair bone straight. Her trimmed ends also helps to prevent split ends and promote healthy hair growth.
Getting a clear hair gloss just before the winter and summer are always helpful to keep hair shiny and lush-looking, according to Shorter. The professional suggests using Aveda Blue Malva shampoo and conditioner to restore the rich tone to your hair.
Maintaining a nighttime hair routine ensures you wake up with gorgeous hair.
"Because Naomie doesn't wear a chemical straightener, she pulls her hair loosely into a low ponytail to preserve her blowout for two to three days," says Shorter. For women with naturally wavy or curly hair, she suggests doing the same, using a large scrunchie-type of band to hold the ponytail so the hair doesn't get marks. Using a few drops of moisturizing oil on your ends before bed will also keep your hair hydrated.
Versatility is key, but be sure to take the right precautions to avoid permanent hair damage.
One of our favorite hairstyles Harris has sported, besides her amazing blowouts, was the half-up, half-down braided 'do created by Stephen. The celeb stylist wanted to create something with a bohemian feel yet polished enough for the red carpet. She adds, "So I felt combining the two would be perfect -- you know, the best of both worlds."
However, Stephen says that you need to be careful not to overdo hair changes because your hair can only withstand so much, especially when heat styling. If you have natural hair like Harris, and you want to achieve something straight and sleek, try the Motions Straight Finish collection. "It's a three-step system that lets you easily and safely straighten your hair, without damaging the natural curl pattern. So, when you want to go back to loose curls… all you have to do is wash and go," she says.
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