Holiday movies, cuddling with hot cocoa on the couch, oversized wool sweaters—there’s a lot of good that comes with the winter season. But our hair tells a different story. In short, winter isn’t the kindest to our strands. So, we enlisted the help of Phenix Founder and Celebrity Stylist Gina Rivera for the winter haircare tips she and her clients live by. Read 6 tips for winter haircare here!
Fine hair can be, well, not so fine to style sometimes. It’s especially tricky when you’re thinking about implementing layers into your hair—should you go for more movement or less? Choppy layers or one length? The latest layered haircut trend making the social media rounds—dubbed the U-shaped haircut—is ideal for faking the appearance of maximum volume. Find out why the U-shape will have U-sold here!
Is there anything not to love about knotless box braids? They’re classic, eye-catching, low maintenance and the perfect style for giving our strands a little breather. While there’s nothing wrong with hairstyles that take 30+ minutes to perfect, there’s something satisfying about a protective hairstyle that comes in clutch.
Medium knotless box braids may look like the traditional box braids for afar, but the omission of the knot at the root just makes these showstopping plaits look even more effortless. Get the scoop on medium knotless box braids including why this size braid is a popular choice and how to make your knotless braids look flawless for longer, here!
Whether you have naturally fine hair or are experiencing thinner tresses with age, there are luckily plenty of ways to create movement in your ‘do. We checked in with professional hair stylists and hair experts for 25 haircut ideas and celebrity reference pics to take with you to your next salon visit.
There’s no shortage of TikTok beauty trends, but one of the buzziest of late — using rice water on your hair — is more than just social media hype. Rice water (yes, as in the water that’s leftover from cooking rice) is rich in nutrients that can do great things for your strands. It actually has a long history of use in Asian cultures for this very reason. For starters, rice water is rich in amino acids. According to Gina Rivera, celebrity hairstylist and founder of Phenix Salon Suites, “[Rice water is] thought to aid in hair regeneration, since amino acids are well known for contributing to collagen production and increasing the strength of the hair.” The amino acids in rice water may also work to help make the hair smoother and shinier, as well as reduce tangling, she adds. You may have also heard rice water touted as a good hair growth solution. While that claim needs more research, it is good for overall scalp health, which is always imperative for healthy hair growth.
While you absolutely could cook up a batch of rice and then spray or rinse your hair with the leftover water (as TikTok suggests) there are actually shampoos fortified with rice water that are a much easier way to reap the benefits. All hair types and textures can use these shampoos, though they likely will have the best and most noticeable effects on coarse or damaged hair, points out Rivera.
When it comes to thin or fine hair, finding ways to amp up your look and add volume can feel daunting. From dry shampoo to blow-drying techniques, if you’re finding the task of volumizing your tresses to be overwhelming— look no further! Expert hair stylists swear by the ‘butterfly cut,’ a style first coined by stylist Sunnie Brook that involves using shorter layers in long locks to give the illusion of shorter, bouncier and more voluminous hair without sacrificing your length.
We checked in with hair experts and stylists to learn more about the ‘butterfly cut,’ how it can bring life to flat strands, and what to ask your hairdresser when you head to the salon. Read on for tips, suggestions and insight from Gina here!