OpenSky, the e-commerce start-up that allows you to follow celebs and industry professionals (who recommend their favorite products to purchase, often at a discount), just launched a beauty section.
Beauty industry heavyweights like celeb makeup artist Pati Dubroff, dermatologists Dr. Neal Schultz and Dr. Fredric Brandt, and hair guru Orlando Pita--among many others--are offering up their favorite products and even created video tutorials on the site.
We got the opportunity to chat with Orlando Pita about his favorite products (check out his OpenSky page here), and then proceeded to ask him about every hair quandary that has ever come up in the Fashionista office. Read on for words of wisdom about how to get the elusive beachy wave (hint: change how you think about "salt sprays"), how the heck you're supposed to use dry shampoo and more.
What are your top 3 favorite hair products? • I love the Crème aux Fleus by Leonor Greyl. It’s an all-in-one-step shampoo and conditioner. • There’s a great detangler brush from Mason Pearson. They’re great, especially since it’s definitely a no-no to brush your hair when it’s wet; they designed the detangler brush to use on wet hair. It’s brilliant. • Last, Viviscal. It’s a hair supplement, it makes your hair strong, it brings luster back, helps hair that’s broken off grow again. I’ve seen a huge difference in people who have very [weak] hair come back to life in a really great way [Ed. note: It’s a vitamin supplement.]
How do you REALLY get beachy hair? First of all, [you have to add] a little bit of wave to your hair; naturally would be the best. The best way to do that naturally is to go to sleep with your hair a little bit damp and when you wake up it will be wavy and a little clumped together. And then you use Shea Leave In by Hamadi. You just dab a little bit on and you put it all through your hair, but only using the palms of your hands--don’t put your fingers through it. It stays kind of chunky and bedhead, but still soft and touchable. I find that the salt spray products that are out there aren’t too nice on the hair.
How often should you really shampoo your hair? I recommend to someone who’s doing it everyday that unless they really, really have to, just do every other day. That’s already 50% less. Maybe if you need to do it, just use dry shampoo. The Victoria’s Secret [So Sexy] is one of my favorites.
Speaking of dry shampoo, how exactly do you use it? (See video above). I start with sections all the way down to the nape of the neck and I spray it at the root, then go on to the other side. Then I let it dry a little bit, then brush it out.
What's the most painless way to grow out a pixie cut? The top layers will take the longest to grow out. Trim the hair at the bottom, straight across like a blunt bob or you can do it a little jagged for a more piecey kind of bob, but that’s a good way to help the top layers to catch up with the bottom.
Is it really possible to do DIY bang trims? [Laughs] Yes it is. You have to know what you’re doing. You don’t cut horizontally [across]--you cut vertically into the bang. You start with the middle between your brows and as you move to the sides you make it a little longer. You can always cut more, so do it longer than you want at first. Especially if it’s on wet hair; wet hair’s very elastic so it’s longer than when it’s dried. Go in baby steps.
[We asked him about scissor recommendations, and he said a good pair of fabric scissors will work.]