Monday, August 26, 2013

Rehab Your Hair from Summer & Top Styles for Fall

You might be asking yourself, "How can I rehab my hair from summer and what are the new hair trends?" Mario Russo of Salon Mario Russo, an industry expert with over 20 years of experience and two locations in Boston proper, has shared his top tricks and picks for gorgeous hair in the new season.

Dry frizzy ends?

The best way to cure this common beauty problem is simple - get a trim. Ask your stylist to spruce up your locks by taking only a small amount off the ends.

If your hair is still feeling dry, try applying a hair mask like Oribe Beautiful Color Masque on wet hair. For best results, leave it on for 30 minutes with a shower cap to create extra heat and open up the hair cuticle.

Limp hair?

The easy fix is to use a clarifying shampoo once a week. My favorite is the Sunday Shampoo by Bumble&Bumble because it does a great job removing impurities. Flat hair can be caused by a build-up of salt water and chlorine from summer fun as well as products that combat frizziness. After using the clarifying shampoo, give hair a breather on products – less is more when you’re working to get volume back!

Itchy scalp?

An itchy scalp is another common side effect from a summer spent in the sun. Your scalp can easily dry out from the chlorine, frizz products and salt water. My favorite weekly at-home treatment is:

1/2 teaspoon of Olive Oil
3 drops of Vitamin E Oil
2 tablespoons of Water

Apply on dry hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Wash and condition hair as normal.

This will soothe a dry scalp and add extra moisture to the skin.

Top Styles for Fall

Wrapped Ponytails

High, low or medium ponytails with a wrapped base (think cuff, leather piece, jewels) are trending for fall. It’s a great way to stylize a simple ‘do.

Long Bangs

It’s time to grow out your blunt bangs! As your fringe gets longer, blend it into the sides of hair by having your stylist cut long layers around the face starting at the bang area. The key is to have the stylist soften the weight of the bang by texturizing the hair.

Wide Headbands

Perfect for a messy updo or casual hair day, wide headbands can instantly dress up a look. This is a must-have hair accessory for fall.

Subtle Ombre

Ombre is making a widespread comeback and more and more women (of all ages) are opting for this color transition. This time, we’ll be seeing much less dramatic ombre hues on brunettes and blondes, alike.

About Mario Russo 
Owner and Lead Stylist

Growing up in the small town of Formia, Italy, Mario had dreams of coming to America and making a life for himself. As a teenager, Mario’s family immigrated to the United States, where his passion for learning was nurtured by the endless possibilities of a new beginning. Fueled by a long-standing interest in engineering, his quest for knowledge took him to Northeastern University in Boston where Mario soon realized that his true career path was in the engineering of better hair. Flash forward 30 years; today, Mario Russo is a fixture within Boston’s style scene, owning and operating two eponymous salons in the city as well as his own bath and body product line.

After completing his training at Vidal Sassoon in London and Harlow in Paris, Mario traveled back to Boston and opened his first salon on Newbury Street, the city’s premiere shopping destination, in 1990. Set on the street’s prestigious first block, Salon Mario Russo soon became a metropolitan beauty oasis for women and men looking to receive precise, on-trend hair services. Honing the skills he learned through the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School, Mario developed extensive staff training programs to ensure that all his stylists possessed the same level of expertise and knowledge for their trade. Raising the bar for all salons in the city, Mario quickly earned the industry’s respect.

Only two years after opening his first salon, Mario was approached by the highly-acclaimed Boston retailer, Louis Boston, to open a second, full-service location within their boutique, coincidentally, only one block down Newbury Street from the first salon! As the store’s in-house beauty purveyor, Mario was able to share his salon’s expertise and tailored approach to hair with a broader clientele that often included celebrities. In 2010, Louis Boston and Salon Mario Russo moved their businesses to Boston’s Fan Pier, where they are pioneering the city’s latest style, dining and art destination on the waterfront.

Beyond styling clients four days a week and maintaining two successful salons, in 2000, Mario developed and launched a line of hair, body and bath products. Pulling inspiration from his Italian roots, he created a beauty collection focused on the benefits of olive oil, which his grandmother used as a moisturizing cure-all for hair and skin ailments. In addition to being offered as beauty amenities in several high-end hotels, Mario’s product line is available at exclusive boutiques and apothecaries across the country as well as through his online store.

Featuring a sleek, minimalistic design and décor, Mario’s keen eye for aesthetics is instantly recognizable from the moment clients enter his salons. Mario, who is an avid contemporary art collector and has served on the board of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston since 1998, brings his passion for art into the salons by commissioning installations on a regular basis. In addition to his commitment to the ICA, Mario takes pride in giving back and has long-standing relationships with Rosie’s Place and the MSPCA. While working hard behind the chair and community involvement are his first priorities; in his leisure time, Mario can be found on the tennis courts of Miami and Provincetown, skiing out West in the Rockies, or spending time in the kitchen cooking up a healthy Mediterranean-style dinner.

As an industry leader, Mario is always looking to stay ahead of the trends, frequently traveling to Paris, London and New York City, to bring Bostonians the latest styling innovations. His appreciation for hair and belief in high-touch customer service enable Mario to offer the salons’ clientele a personal, sophisticated take on beauty that’s unmatched in Boston.

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