Celeb Style: Katie Holmes

Katie HolmesAre you considering this new ‘do for YOU? It’s a sleek, sophisticated look with the slightest hint of classic Anna Wintour, but Katie’s version makes it fresh and modern. The secret to this look (after a great haircut!) is to start with super smoothing products that remove existing texture and frizz from your hair before you start styling. Straight, shiny strands like Katie’s start in the shower with a frizz fighting duo such as L’anza Strait-Line Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner. These products will get those locks super sleek before you even start to straighten. L’anza also makes a killer heat protectant to protect your hair while you style.

I’d suggest a 1″ flat iron that has curved plates and ceramic technology to straighten (see our list of Top Rated Flat Irons) and then go straight for a super shine serum like The End. A few drops will soften and smooth the cuticle, while locking out the dreaded “H” word – humidity. The End serum is weightless and will keep your look shiny and flirty.

Need more volume? Pump up the Volume in you Bob, will show you all the styling tips you need.

A Simple Ponytail to a Sophisticated Bun

Thankfully some of the prettiest hairstyles are also the easiest to recreate! Transform  your look from a simple ponytail to a sophisticated bun in just a few seconds with a little hairspray and these styling tips from hair stylist Ricardo Rojas.

Zero Calorie Fudge

Fudge Putty Change your hair as often as you like and always be in style with Fudge Putty Medium Hold Styling Clay. Simply style your hair one way for day and then without shampooing, create a new style for the evening. How easy is that? Short styles are so versatile, and this putty makes it a breeze to go slick one day, spike-y the next! Longer locks? Piece-out a sexy, messy look with extra texture. Fudge not only defines and separates the hair, it also creates volume – and you know we LOVE volume!

It works on both damp and dry hair, but we like it on dry hair best. Toussled today, tame tomorrow! Bonus points: This is the only fudge we know with zero calories!

-StraightBelle

A Winning Shampoo and Conditioning Sidekick

Abba True Shine ConditionerI am usually not a big fan of the matchy-matchy, but I do believe in using a shampoo and conditioner duo dedicated to your particular hair texture and type from time to time. Whether your hair is straight or curly, black, brown or blonde, color-treated or thinning, or a combination of these, there is a specific set out there tailored for your individual hair concerns and needs.

Using a shampoo and its conditioning cousin together on a regular basis actually increases the benefits of each, and really gives your hair that one, two punch it needs. Over time my hair gets ‘used to’ certain products so I tend to switch back and forth between brands every few weeks, but I always keep the following (from the straight hair section) in my shower rotation. There is a reason for the matching names, they work together – what a concept right? Check out these product lines, they definitely do not disappoint:

Silky, smooth and straight: Pureology Super Straight, Abba True Shine (pictured above), L’anza Strait-Line, Frederic Fekkai Glossing.

Davines Love Curl Enhancing ConditionerCurls, twirls and waves: Davines LOVE Curl Enhancing (pictured left), Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious, Abba True Curls.

My hair has “natural” highlights (shhh!): CHI Ionic Color Protector, Pureology,

Thinning, flat or fine: Murad Professional Treatment, Biolage Bodifying Volumatherapie, Nioxin.

So many of us have a combination of hair concerns and styling needs and the good news is there are plenty of choices out there. Thanks to focused formulations and innovative ingredients we can each find our own dynamic duo. See? Sometimes matchy-matchy is a good thing.

-StraightBelle

Madonna + Shakira + Marilyn Monroe Equals…

MadonnaOne killer ad campaign from Sunsilk! These three style icons, well recognized around the world for their passion, talent and ever changing, risk-taking looks, will be featured in a new ad campaign to be aired during the Super Bowl on February 3rd. Capturing the life-defining moments of these three beauties, the campaign hopes to inspire women to have the confidence to live their own lives to the fullest. Encouraging women to take “leaps of faith in their own lives and looks”, this message will be supported by a full blown “life can’t wait” media blitz on billboards, Myspace, AOL, you name it! We’ll be keeping an eye out.

P.S. If your life can’t wait for the superbowl, catch a sneek peak of the video.

-StraightBelle