It may be rather balmy in New York City today, but that’s all about to change—and fast. The National Weather Service is predicting eight to ten inches of snow tomorrow. In short, you can forget about prancing around NYFW in new stiletto boots and posing for street style photogs camped out on sidewalks, and start preparing your blizzard-friendly look now. (Either that, or we’ll just wait for those priceless photos capturing frigid fashionistas slipping on ice to roll in.) Here, we asked mane master Michael Angelo, founder of Wonderland Beauty Parlor, for his best tips for beating hat hair while sitting front row and glowing like a Victoria’s Secret Angel while hoofing it through wind tunnels on your way to the shows.
Put down the dry shampoo and back away slowly
You’re not the only one whose hygiene suffers during fashion month—there are plenty of dirty girls on the circuit who know exactly how real the struggle can be when it comes to mustering the strength required to wash your hair. After a few rounds of free champagne, forgoing a shampoo for an extra 20 minutes of sleep seems like the only logical choice.
However, greasy roots are the hair equivalent of a one-night stand: You’ll undoubtedly wake up and regret it. “The reality is that dirty hair and messy skin take way more time to polish than clean hair and good skin, so time saving starts with investing time strategically,” said Angelo. (Think of the hair pro like your mother, who, despite your best attempts to prove her wrong, is always right.) “I hear so much ‘I don’t have time’ but I find more often that its ‘I am too drunk or lazy at night to take care of myself.’” (Accurate.) His suggestion: “Trade some screen time for beauty time”…and get your Veuve-soaked ass in the shower.
Then, apply a bit of leave-in conditioner and air-dry if you don’t feel like firing up your hot tools. “If you’re strategic about how you put it up for bed, you can actually style while you sleep,” he said. “Buns and braids make lovely ripples and waves that will last a few days, while a slick pony helps smooth hair while you dream.”