Any celebrity worth a full page spread in a weekly gossip magazine has a whole 'glam squad' who work tirelessly behind the scenes to perfect their hair, makeup, tan and wardrobe. Then there are us mere mortals who hold out until Priceline has 40 percent off cosmetics and deliberate over how long we can stretch out our hair colour until our regrowth is almost balayage.
While we can't all have a slew of celebrity hair and makeup artists on call, we can take advice from them -- and one who knows a thing or two about good hair is Jonathan Colombini.
A celebrity stylist based in L.A, Colombini can lay claim to a lot of Kylie Jenner's looks and routinely works with all five of the Kardashian/Jenner sisters. First things first -- we wanted to know if Kylie still has any real hair after so many drastic changes.
"I'm always asked what Kylie's hair feels like. What people don't realise is that all of those [looks] are wigs. You couldn't change your hair that much physically, it couldn't take the damage, it would give up. Even as strong and thick as her hair is, her hair would fall out. Anyone's would," Colombini told The Huffington Post Australia.
"I think it's more about the shock factor. Especially with the [Kardashian] girls when they are always changing their hair and wearing wigs. I think it looks really great on them but then again, anything looks great on them. They pull it off really well and I think what makes it fun is that people are vicariously living through them but aren't necessarily going to wear a green wig to work."
Asked about what does work for the everyday woman, Colombini reveals that loose waves are always flattering and on-trend.
"I prefer a barrel without a spring so I can control the tension o f the curl, and with the tension you control the size of the curl. As I do the curl I rake it out with my fingers, or take a brush and do a small about of backcombing to give it texture. I sometimes like using a straightener to curl but it depends on what look you're doing. I prefer to curl the hair with a hot tong but then I might use a straightener to pull it out a bit."
"The easiest way to do it is to not look in the mirror. When you look into the mirror everything is backwards, so women get confused as to whether to go backwards or forwards, and where to hold their arms. Literally just turn away from the mirror and face the wall or into the room, and let your instinct guide you," Colombini said.
Once you've mastered effortless waves, give them a bit of hold and texture with a good quality styling product.
"I love paste. Some people are so afraid of paste but it's such a huge staple -- every single line has a paste. A very small amount rubbed between the palm and then used on the ends breaks up the waves. Don't use it at the roots which will flatten the hair, but at the ends which will create separation and texture."
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When it comes to hair colors, while the celebs are still opting for green, blue or pink seemingly every second day, Colombini predicts that balayage is here to stay.
"We're still seeing a lot of balayage. No matter what it's called, it's still that sun kissed look. When I do colour I usually base it on what the sun would do naturally, and if the sun would not create it I don't touch it. First it was balayage, then ombre, then sombre, then subtle sombre, but at the end of the day they are all very similar."
In terms of how to extend your style, Colombini is all about less washing and more dry shampoo.
"Women who go to they gym say that they have to wash their hair everyday but they don't, it's just sweat, which is essentially water. What makes it greasy and oily is the environment. I say don't wash it, just rinse it in the shower and then run conditioner through the ends. It's a mind over a matter thing -- you feel like you've washed it but you're not stripping it everytime, especially for people who get their hair coloured, blondes, or people with thick textures that dry out easily."
"Dry shampoo is great for extending the life of your style, but is also great on fresh, clean hair is great to give it a tiny big of grit. I remember when I was tiny my grandmother used to use a dry shampoo, I swear it was the first ever dry shampoo. It was called "Pssst!" and it was this tiny little bottle. It was in a Co2 can and it was 2 or three dollars. It was great for hiding the smoker smell!," Colombini said.
As for what hair trends are coming out of L.A, it's more loose waves and undone glamour.
"I always base hair off of clothes. Right now the trends are very European and fashion at the moment is baggier. Women are moving away from such tight clothing, and I feel like hair isn't as tight or polished either -- it's a little unkempt. When you think about it, 10 years ago women didn't roll out of bed and do nothing to their hair -- it was all about blowouts and hot rollers, the whole nine yards, but as the fashion and clothing has changed, so has the approach to hair. Hair should be secondary. Overplaying your hair just doesn't work."
"I'm forecasting we will see even a little bit more undone in the season to come. While I love the 50s and 60s, those looks are very conformed and so contrived, and it can look a little odd for everyday," Colombini said.
If you want to try something new with you hair don't start researching a new cut or colour. Instead, find a new hair stylist.
"I am all about being loyal, but I think the one thing I have noticed, especially working with the Kardashians and Jenners, is that they have a whole glam squad. There's like 10 hairdressers that they use between all five and the reason why they do this is that everyone brings a piece of something and has a different view. If you want to change your style, go to someone new. Step outside of your comfort zone -- they will see you differently and they might try something that you'd ordinarily not chose and it might work on you."