Wednesday, April 08, 2009

How To Get Socialite Hair

We recently received the following hair question from Jenna, a devout beauty banter reader:

"I am always so so jealous of all these socialites' thick healthy shiny hair! A lot of the LA implants to the NY scene have more scruffy laid back hair...but the ny girls, it seems they all have some secret vitamin I don't know about! Any clue what they're up to? I know you've spent PLENTY of time in NY so I thought you might know their secret. (for ex: Zani Gugelmann, Byrdie Bell, Lauren Bush, Amanda Hearst whom I adore...)"

Well, Jenna, you're in luck! We tracked down two of our favorite NYC hair mavens and asked them to dish on their hair secrets. Here's what they had to say:

Zani Gugelmann (jewelry designer)- "The funny thing is that I'm convinced my hair is falling out!!! So that's why I just started taking all these pills. I use the 2 products below to strengthen and nourish the hair.
-Natures Bounty: "Hair, Skin and Nails" ... The active ingredient is Biotin.
-Natures Bounty: Omega-3 fish oil capsules (odorless.)"

Byrdie Bell (model, actress and documentarian)- "After over processing my hair and watching it all fall out just a week before my high school graduation I have become obsessed with keeping it long. For color I am supremely thankful to Reyad at Frederic Fekkai as well as Fabrice for the occasional trim. I use Frederic Fekkai Technician Shampoo and Conditioner For Dry, Damaged, Color-Treated Hair. Sometimes, I use his Protein Rx Reparative Treatment Mask."

I also asked my go-to stylist, Jen Atkin of the Andy Lecompte Salon for her professional tips: "To get thick luscious hair like the girls in NYC, take the PHYTOPHANERE hair pills to make your hair thick and healthy. For shine, take Fish Oil pills from the Vitamin Store."

What are YOUR tips for healthy hair?


Anonymous said...

Use Herbal Essence!! I'm totally serious...I swear by the stuff! It's affordable and makes my hair thinker and shinier than any of the other products I've tried.

Also, Herbal Essence has a new series on called Tressed To Impress that I am obsessed with! If you log on to you can win free product and the chance to star in an episode of

Check it out! You'll be addicted!

ewalsh said...

Staying out of the sun as much as possible has alot to do with it too. So the sunnier and more beach prone a location is, the more likely the populace will have more damaged hair.

Jenna said...

Thank you, thank you! It's so cool you get to the bottom of our questions for us!

BTW, I was thinking about it and YOU have the socialite's always shiny and healthy and never bleached out. So I guess I shouldn't make assumptions about LA girls!

Thanks again for the post.

Hot Money Mess said...

ewalsh, that's a really good observation. i really didn't think about it that way. being in MAINE i guess i have a good shot at keeping my hair healthy!

also, Tressed to Impress sounds like a show I would get into. The only problem I have with Herbal Essence is I don't think they have a sulfate free shampoo. I use Aubrey's Organics now bc I refuse to use harsh cleansers in my hair. I am really liking the Aubrey's. I just wish my hair would grow faster!

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