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Nick Penna gives fall hairstyle tips

1 hair guru, 5 hairstyle queries

Nick Penna from SalonCapri in Boston answered five burning beauty questions to help us prep for fall hairstyles and hair care.

Most importantly, we grilled him with the never-ending question: "How do you get a salon quality blow out from home?" He answers with precision below!

SheKnows: Do you have any secret tricks to prepare hair for the cold temps of fall and winter?

Penna: Pick up a moisture rich shampoo and conditioner for the winter months, preferably one with vitamins and oils. I suggest L’Oreal Professionnel’s Serie Expert Liss Ultime shampoo and conditioner. Keeping hair moisturized is essential for battling the winter elements and keeping static at a minimum. It’s good to change up the product you use every few months so your hair doesn’t build up immunity to the ingredients.

"Argan oil contains fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants that restore natural luster."

I also recommend investing in a hair oil. One of the hottest new trends is incorporating argan oil into your beauty routine. Argan oil contains fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants that restore your hair’s natural luster without a greasy shine.

Use about a dime sized amount and comb it evenly through damp hair. Or, look for a conditioning treatment that contains argan oil like Shu Uemura’s Silk Bloom Restorative Treatment.

We also love Josie Maran's argan oil line >>

Another way to prepare hair is getting a trim at the beginning of the winter season. Ridding yourself of split ends will make your hair look and feel healthier and ensure that all the protective measures you’re taking are not in vain.

SheKnows: If someone wants a change without doing anything too drastic, what cuts would you recommend for fall?

Penna: Bangs are very adaptable -- blunt or side swept, you can always play around with them to fit your face shape and style. Not to mention, most salons give complimentary bang trims, so you’re getting a whole new look for free!

SheKnows: Seriously, what’s the trick to giving your hair the perfect blow out at home?

Penna: Don’t rush it. Quickly blow drying hair will create frizzy, shapeless hair. Always prep your hair with a moisturizing product to protect your hair -- for a smooth look, try Shu Uemura’s White Tea Polishing Milk. If you want a little more bounce and volume, use a light mousse.

Next, get your locks ready by blow drying and tousling your hair at the same time. When you begin styling, attach a concentrator nozzle to your hair dryer and start on the under most layers of your hair, using a round brush to dry 1-inch sections.

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Your hair dryer should be set to high heat -- drying your hair at a low heat means you will need to go over the same section repeatedly, resulting in more damage to your hair.

Once you have completely dried your whole head, smooth out the look with a dime sized amount of hair oil (L’Oreal Professionnel’s Mythic Oil) to tame any fly aways and also replenish your hair’s moisture and shine.

SheKnows: For the working girl/busy mom, what are some easy hairstyles that still turn heads?

Penna: When rushed with time, any type of side chignon is a stylish look that is easily accomplished while achieving an elegant appearance.

Shu Uemura Volume Maker hair product
TIP: Use this hair powder brush! See left.

The sock-bun is another head-turner style that creates the ultimate sophisticated working girl look and can be formed within a few minutes.

How to make a sock bun >>

SheKnows: Product recommendations for fall?

Penna: Shu Uemura Volume Maker is an amazing product that adds gorgeous volume to hair. You can use it like a dry shampoo or to add extra volume to targeted spots after a blow dry. A little goes a long way!

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Comments on "Seriously, what's the secret to the perfect blow out?"

Becki Herman May 21, 2013 | 9:53 AM

Great advice to keep the blow dryer on high instead of repeatedly going over the same piece of hair! Never thought of that!

Chloe April 22, 2013 | 3:49 PM

Love the tip! I wont damage my hair like I used to haha!

Erin October 26, 2012 | 5:46 PM

that hair is so straight

Michelle September 19, 2012 | 11:16 AM

The advice about changing up your product every few months so your hair doesn’t build up immunity to the ingredients is very helpful. I have been using the same product for a year but lately I haven’t been getting the same results. I thought it might have something to do with it being summer and the heat, but now that the weather is getting cooler I am still not seeing the results I want. I guess this means it is time to try a new product. Thanks!

Tiffany September 18, 2012 | 1:06 PM

I've also been debating getting bangs or not. I've had them before, and always end up clipping them back because I get annoyed with them! My hair is shorter now, so I have to style it every morning anyways, so I figure bangs won't be as much of hassle since I'm already doing my hair.

Emma September 18, 2012 | 11:44 AM

I was running late for work today, and threw my hair up in the sock bun! It was quick, easy, and I still think I look alright! It is great to have new hot styles in my arsenal for mornings just like this.

Laurel September 18, 2012 | 11:43 AM

I have been contemplating bangs for so long, but I think it is time to pull the trigger! It is such a fun way to change your look, and really you can change it up so there isn't the huge commitment that color holds. Next time I get my hair done I am going for it!

Lisa September 18, 2012 | 10:34 AM

I like the quick tip! I didn't know it was best to keep the heat on high. I would have thought the opposite. Thanks for this, I'm glad I won't be damaging my hair as bad anymore.

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