I went down to Miami for work this past weekend—to check out both Miami Swim Week and an innovative new cellulite treatment called Cellfina (more on that later). When I got there, I immediately settled in by getting a quick spray tan from the experts at St. Tropez, strapping on my new bathing suit, and sipping a piña colada by the pool. Everything was glorious, except one thing: my hair.
Don't get me wrong—I love my natural curls and wear them with pride. But as I stared down at my entirely black outfit and all-too-usual hairstyle, I couldn't help but feel out of place. My vibe was way too New York City and not enough tropical vacation. So I called up the experts.
Mane Addicts, a site that caters to the hair obsessed with celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin at the helm, knew exactly what to do. I took a quick Uber from my hotel to the Danny Jelaca salon, where Ashley, Mane Addicts's creative director, and stylist Meredith Texeira were waiting for me. I hopped in the chair, and they suggested a "wet" look to give me my desired Miami 'do.
The girls at Mane Addicts (you can read their account of the day as well) described the biggest differences in hair between Miami and New York: "Hair in New York is glamorous and timeless. Women are business-savvy and on the go, so and they easily need a style that transitions from office to cocktail hour. Think gorgeous cuts, flawless color, and a fearless approach to hats and hair accessories. In Miami, the weather is humid and hot, so hairstyles need to be low maintenance and weather resistant. Think braids, natural nature, volume, curls, twist-outs, wet looks, and beach waves. The Miami girl needs a style that can withstand a beach day and take them out at night, like braiding in a deep conditioner, then blowing it out at the end of the day."
I was nervous—I'd always wanted to try a slicked-back look but never had the right opportunity to do so. I'm also a scaredy cat about changing up my hair. But this was the chance I was waiting for. I was very clear about one stipulation, though: It had to be easy to re-create at home. I sat down, and we got started. After 10 minutes and zero heat-styling tools, I was done, and it was so easy.
For reference, this is what I looked like before.
Not en vacance enough, right? Texeira gave me the rundown as she completed each step.
Separate from the temple area and up, push that out of the way, and concentrate on smoothing the sides to the back of the head.
Crisscross a few bobby pins to interlock the hair at the sides and hold it in place. Smooth the top section back and over the pins so they're completely hidden.
To match my new Miami hair, I changed from my all-black ensemble into a printed blouse and applied my favorite red lip, Nars's Lipstick in Heat Wave ($27). Even the name is appropriate. I couldn't believe how easy the entire styling process was and how vacation-chic I felt. So much so that I knotted my hair into a slicked-back bun hours later for a night out on the town.
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