Fashion’s two biggest influences for Spring 2013 were the 60’s and the 90’s, which carried over into the relaxed and whimsical hair on the runway. From the ubiquitous braid to sleek, deep side parts, Spring 2013 had something for every length, color, and texture.
There are so many places to be and things to see during New York Fashion Week that it’s nearly impossible to stay refreshed at all times. That’s why Melissa and the gang at PageDaily rely on some can’t-live-without-products to get us through the wild week.
You can get your very own on OpenSky the next time you check out Melissa’s picks! This little wonder device is compatible for nearly all devices, including Blackberry and iPhone. The cute Power Candy charger fits into any bag and will give you up to 2 additional hours of talk time. Perfect for those moments when you can’t find an outlet.
Band-Aid Friction Block, $5, available at drugstores
Nothing is worse than limping from show to show in those cab-to-curb heels that were too fabulous to not wear. Instead of sacrificing fashion, tuck a Band Aid Friction Block into your bag. Rub the clear wax onto your foot before you put it on and it will keep your tootsies blister-free all day.
We found these life savers via the girls at the Birchbox Sample Stop and subway rides have never been the same since. The Green Tea Blotting Linens are part of the preservative-free line, perfect for sensitive skin. The real power behind these blotting linens lies in their ability to take off sweat and shine without taking off makeup – a truly modern feat!
Marcona Almonds, $2, available at Starbucks
Nutritionists everywhere laud the healthy habit of picking up almonds as a healthy snack. To make sure you’re pre-portioned, try our favorites at Starbucks. Dry roasted for maximum flavor and unsalted for bloating control, this little pop of protein gets us through those 4pm and on shows.
Dr. Scholl’s Foot Cushions, about $24 for a pack of 4, available at drugstores
No one ever said walking in high heels was easy, but with these Dr. Scholl’s foot pads you can make the process a little less painless. They last up to 6 months and require no trimming to fit inside even your most precarious shoe. The balls of your feet will literally thank you.
Mini Sebastian Shaper Zero Gravity Hairspray, $9.99 available on Amazon
Hairspray is an every day essential and its importance only becomes greater during fashion week. Keep this little mini sprayer in your bag to tame flyaways, stop runs in your opaque black tights, and hold that pony together tightly as you run from Lincoln Center to MILK and back. The formula is weightless and brushable, which is perfect for backseat hair styling.
Mini Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo, $11, available at Beauty.com
In addition to keeping your tresses tamed, you’ll want to keep the oil at bay, too. Again, thanks to our friends at the Birchbox Sample Stop, we tried the Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo and are in love! The Ojon stylist on site at the Birchbox Sample Stop, Cynthia Alvarez, gave us a great tip for using dry shampoo: try putting it on at night to soak up oils instead of during the day. Pull your hair back in two chic twists and go!
Colgate wisps, $2.25 for 16 brushes, available at drugstores
You never know what you’re going to be eating for lunch during fashion week – usually it’s whatever you can forage on 10th avenue before jumping into another cab. Take precaution against unwanted onions, coffee, and the like with Colgate’s disposable wisp toothbrushes, which you use and toss.
Shop the Full Story: Summer Purse Essentials For When You’re On-the-Go
It’s no secret that getting your hair to look great in the summer can be a big challenge. Sun, sand, salt, chlorine, and humidity take a toll on our hair, and that can lead to a less-than-desirable look. In order to get those gorgeous summer locks, we put these (and so many more) products to the test and did the lathering, rinsing, and repeating for you. We might even have the cleanest hair in New York City! Read on for our favorite picks for summer hair care, including the old stand-bys as well as the hottest new products available. Tip: It is important to switch off between at least two shampoos, conditioners, and styling products to get the best results.
Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Shampoo
Pantene is known for being a great and affordable hair care brand. We love the classic clean scent, which is undeniably Pantene. This shampoo leaves you with silky soft and smooth hair.
Buy Now, Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Shampoo, $4.07
Nexxus Aloe Rid Gentle Clarifying Shampoo
Spent too much time in the pool? Light-haired girls especially tend to suffer from the dreaded chlorine green. Nothing works like Nexxus aloe rid to get out the green and restore your hair to its natural shine. This product has been around forever but does the job best!
Buy Now, Nexxus Aloe Rid Gentle Clarifying Shampoo, $12.99
Organic Surge Moisture Boost Shampoo for Dry or Frizzy Hair
It’s always nice to go organic and use all-natural products, especially during the summer. For those ladies who prefer to be eco-friendly AND look naturally gorgeous, this lightly scented product really gets your hair feeling clean. It has an incredible beachy almond scent we love!
Buy Now, Organic Surge Moisture Boost Shampoo for Dry or Frizzy Hair, $5.99
Serge Normant Meta Velour Conditioner
This is from Serge Normant’s new hair care collection. Hair feels well-conditioned without any residue. A great new product to add to your regimen.
Buy Now, Serge Normant Meta Velour Conditioner, $24
Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Conditioner
Herbal Essences products always smell amazing, but this one blew us away with its fun floral scent. It creates the softest, lightest-feeling hair. You won’t believe this product came from a drugstore!
Buy Now, Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Conditioner, $7.49
Terax Hair Care Crema Ultra Moisturizing Daily Conditioner
A tried-and-true celebrity favorite. This daily conditioner deeply moisturizes without weighing down hair and works wonders for detangling.
Buy Now, Terax Hair Care Crema Ultra Moisturizing Daily Conditioner, $48
Living Proof No Frizz Straight Styling Spray
Living Proof is getting exceptional amounts of praise from everyone who tries this product. Spray it on before you blow dry to prevent frizz, repel humidity, dirt, and oil to prolong the life of your blowout. Apply more as a finishing spray without fear of product buildup. This amazing new product really works!
Buy Now, Living Proof No Frizz Straight Styling Spray, $19.99
Sebastian Shaper Professional Zero Gravity Hairspray
This is our go-to hairspray because it provides the perfect hold and sets your style without that crunchy, sticky feeling. Hair still has lots of movement and you can still run your fingers through it!
Buy Now, Sebastian Shaper Professional Zero Gravity Hairspray, $10.51
Keratin Complex Products
We are obsessed with all the styling products from Keratin that we tried, including the hair spray, styling oil, mousse, root lift spray, and nourishing spray conditioner. This new line of keratin-enhanced products gives you the look of a professionally styled coif at home.
Buy Now, Keratin Complex Products
Dove Flexible Hold Aerosol Hairspray
It can be difficult to find inexpensive hair products at the drugstore that compare to the salon products, but Dove makes it easy. We love the flexible hold and the scent of this aerosol hairspray. A must for keeping hair in place whether it is worn down and polished or up and messy.
Buy Now, Dove Flexible Hold Aerosol Hairspray, $3.50
Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray
Blowouts can leave hair looking dull, especially in the summer. Try topping off your ‘do with one of the great products from the MOROCCANOIL line, like the Gold Glimmer Shine oil for sheen without the grease. Spray a little extra on the ends!
Buy Now, Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray, $25.80
Dry shampoo is great to use between washes because it removes the oils that build up at the roots, especially during the summer. We also like to use it when styling for added texture (like when we create a fishtail braid).
Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray
This dry shampoo smells citrusy, which is perfect for refreshing “day-two” hair. Plus it goes on clear, not powdery.
Buy Now, Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray, $23
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Aerosol
This dry shampoo has been a favorite of ours for years! Smells great, and does the job well.
Buy Now, Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Aerosol, $18
T3 Refresh Volumizing Dry Shampoo
We love this formula because it matches your hair so you don’t have to worry about the telltale white powder on your roots.
Buy Now, T3 Refresh Volumizing Dry Shampoo, $25
Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray
Spending a day at the beach is not always convenient when you want those fab-looking beach waves. Capture it at home with Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray —this product creates those naturally sexy waves that mimic the combination of salt water, sand, and wind.
Buy Now, Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $22
Frederic Fekkai Marine Summer Hair Beach Waves
Fekkai is synonymous with beautiful hair, so it’s no wonder his Marine Summer Hair Beach Waves really creates an authentic look. Spray on damp hair and scrunch for best results.
Buy Now, Frederic Fekkai Marine Summer Hair Beach Waves, $24.48
John Frieda Beach Blonde Smooth Seas Detangling Conditioner
Everyone can use a little leave-in conditioner after a day at the beach. To nourish and treat your hair while still rocking that fresh-from-the-beach look, spritz this on after shampooing.
Buy Now, John Frieda Beach Blonde Smooth Seas Detangling Conditioner, $7.95