Why don’t we get bored of Anne Curtis?
There’s her all out, no-holds barred approach to performing, be it acting, singing, or dancing, for one. She’s also got a warm and kalog demeanor, which has endeared her to people from all walks of life. And of course, her stellar sense of style that runs the whole spectrum from casual to glam—her chic taste and ability to transition from one style persona to another has catapulted her to the top tier of this generation’s Filipina style icons.
One aspect of Anne’s signature look (effortlessly sophisticated, even if she’s just in basic pieces) that you can easily incorporate to your own is her topnotch hair game: Not only does she have luscious locks, she also transforms it into a whole smorgasbord of exciting hairstyles. She lets her hair run straight and free one day, and then turns up the elegance in bombshell waves the next; she also packs in the punch with slicked back hair, and has even tried ombre hair ends, cornrows, and the “First Lady” bun. Okay, I can hear you arguing with me: “But she has a glam team on call!” Yes, I know, but even if you don’t, ultra beautiful hair is well within your reach, according to Anne’s go-to hairstylist, Raymond Santiago, himself.
“Doubling up your beauty can be as simple as letting your hair down,” notes Raymond. Here are his two expert tips on having goddess hair a la Anne:
1. Back to basics: Wash your hair properly and condition everyday. Contrary to what some people say that conditioning should just be done every other day, Raymond says that it’s crucial to condition everyday. “It’s easier to achieve the hairstyle that you want, or to just let your hair down, if your hair is not dry.” Anne, he says, is very particular when it comes to taking care of her tresses. He recommends two-in-one product Cream Silk Daily Treatment Conditioner (P140.50 at SM Beauty, Watsons, The Landmark, and leading supermarkets), especially for those who don’t have a lot of time to spare for their daily haircare routine.
2. Don’t be afraid to be experimental when it comes to your hair. “Anne is experimental, sobra—she’s very vocal about the hairstyles that she wants to try. She’ll send pegs and say ‘Mama, gawin natin ‘to, ang ganda’ then I come up with my own version of what she wants,” Raymond shares. Here’s how you can recreate five of Anne and Raymond’s recent hairxperiments:
Slicked Back Hair: Work some gel on damp hair (try the Bench Fix Styling Gel, P49 at Bench stores, for longlasting hold—plus it doesn’t flake), from the crown to the ends in an upward downward motion, and you’re good to go.
The “First Lady Bun”: This updo is ideal for very formal occasions because of its grandness, but if you want to make it more suitable for everyday wear, try the sock bun technique (cut the end of an old sock and use it to shape your locks into a bun). If you want something more instant, Tokyo P.O.S.H’s Audrey Ballerina Bun (price upon request, Power Plant Mall, SM Megamall Mega Fashion Hall, and Eastwood Mall), is a special add-on you can put and clip over your regular bun (even a sloppy one) for a polished look.
Ombre Ends: This hair coloring technique has been resurrected, albeit now in a combo of tones, like this purplish-maroon, caramel, and blonde pairing on Anne. Raymond used extensions to achieve this, ideal if you can’t commit to long-term color. But if you’re ready to take the plunge, we suggest going to an expert hairstylist or one you really trust. For Anne, it’s Jing Monis Salon (visit www.thejingmonissalon.com for a list of their branches) all the way when it comes to cut and color here in Manila.
High Ponytail: Upgrade your usual ponytail by gathering your hair high up on your crown, making sure to brush the top part of your hair well so your crown looks clean and sleek. To achieve this hairstyle even when you’re on the go, try the Goody Ouchless Purse Brush (P299.75 at the SM Store, Watsons, and The Landmark) which reduce snags, makes for easier brushing, and fits perfectly in your purse. Keep the rest of your strands pin straight for maximum glam.
Blonde Ambition: Anne tried going blonde for a day with the help of a wig, but if you want to take this big hair leap, remember that blonde hair requires maximum aftercare. Daily conditioning is important, and so is making sure that the color remains glossy (try My Amazing Color Boost+ Secret!, a foam rinse with Virgin Coconut Oil Hydrosol Technology, which protects and intensifies color, price upon request available at Beauty Bar) in the long run.
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Photographs from Instagram.com/santiagoraymond