Chris Mc Millan is a giant in the hair world. He is a celebrity stylist, who counts Jennifer Aniston, Mylie Cyrus & Michelle Williams as his clients. This past summer I actually sat across from him, and his family when they were eating at a Thai restaurant in Palm Springs !! Gasp!!! I almost passed out. I got all hot and sweaty & my husband asked what was wrong with me.Haha. I should've asked him for an autograph, but I was too shy and didn't want to bother him. Darn! Yes, he is a celebrity to me.
I came across this brilliant article last month, where he talks about his top ten hair commandments*. Pretty neat stuff we all should be doing !
1. Shampoo the roots; condition the ends. Yes, it's obvious, but it bears repeating.
2. There's no way to fake healthy hair. If the ends are flimsy and frail, the only recourse is a cut. You have to be ruthless. Fried, crunchy hair won't look good no matter how amazing your blowout is. Find the shortest, crackliest end and cut the hair half an inch above that.
3. Anyone can wear bangs. To the person who says her forehead is too short for bangs, I say, "Selma Blair." She has a short forehead, and bangs look great on her. The trick is to remember that the shorter your forehead, the narrower and farther back you should cut the bangs.
4. Even punk-rock color should look pretty. Hair color should look good. I don't care if you have subtle highlights or My Little Pony pink—hair should never look washed out. The color needs to be rich and shiny; if it's not, you need to try another color—or maybe just come in more often.
5. If you have curls or waves, have your hair cut longer than you think you should. It bounces up more than you'd expect.
6. Sunscreen makes a damn good texturizer. You see the best beachy hair at the beach, which is why I've used seawater and sunscreen to style hair—even for the red carpet!
7. Anyone can wear layers. Contrary to popular opinion, layers work on every hair type. They're the best way to bulk up fine hair—and the best way to take the weight out of heavy hair. Right now, I love pointy layers that are very sharp at the ends.
8. You're using too much. The number-one mistake with styling products isn't what you're using; it's how much. A dime-size dab is almost always the right amount.
9. Cut your hair more often. If you have short hair, you need a trim every four to six weeks; long hair needs a cut every three months.
10. Take a risk. It's hair it will grow back.
Well, you've heard it from the best in the industry! Now go out there and be beautiful. And let me know which one of these you try out.
*Chris McMillan, Allure Magazine/Conde Nast Magazine; New York City, NY; February 18, 2016.