5 Secrets to Taming Hermione Granger Hair from the Mizu Salon
Do you have what I like to call Hermione Granger hair? I do. And Ashley Hanna-Pisciotta at New York’s Mizu Salon helped tame it!
Good morning, Bettys! I have a question for you. It’s about your hair: Do you hate it? Because I frequently hate mine. It’s beyond problematic. In fact, I would go so far as to describe it as Hermione Granger hair. And not Emma Watson “I say it’s messy, but it’s actually perfect” Hermione Granger hair; I mean it’s that bushy, impossible mane Hermione has in all of the Harry Potter books. It’s not curly. It’s not straight. It’s somewhere bizarrely in between, and there’s a LOT of it.
And this, my friends, is why New York’s Mizu Salon and stylist Ashley Hanna-Pisciotta are so amazing. They took my ridiculous, unmanageable hair and made it look the best it has looked in my ENTIRE. LIFE.
Meet Ashley Hanna-Pisciotta!
Before I impart to you the 5 magical secrets that will make your own ridiculous, unmanageable hair look the best it has looked in your entire life, let me tell you a little about the experience at the Mizu Salon. Salon director Marisa Strafaci keeps a gorgeous-looking place: white and shiny with a whole lot of angles, it somehow manages to combine the feel of old-school New York high society with a Guggenheim Museum sort of modernity. There are two floors of pampering to be had; on arrival, I was ushered immediately upstairs, getting a peek at some awesome wicker cage-type lighting fixtures as I went. It’s an open floor plan, but with enough artfully placed screens to cordon off the different areas of the place—styling chairs, hair washing sinks, makeup tables, you know the drill. As a final touch, a massive flat screen television screened an old Fred Astair movie. Ah, glamour!
And now, to business. These 5 tips will transform your drives-you-crazy hair into smooth (or touseled, depending on your mood), controlled awesomeness:
1) It all starts with the cut.
I realize that this may sound like a no-brainer, but you’d be amazed how difficult a good cut can be to find, particularly for Hermione Granger hair. Let me introduce you to two concepts: Layers and the razor cut. Anyone with thick hair should be familiar with layers; they’re an excellent way to cut down on bulk and shape the massive amounts of hair you’ve been saddled with. The razor cut, on the other hand, may be a bit more foreign. Simply put, it’s the most creative use for a straight razor you’ll ever find. By shaving hair off with the edge of a super sharp razor, the actual edges of the cut can be kept softer, rather than leaving you with the blunt edges caused by merely chopping hair off with scissors. The softer line of the razor cut combined with a layering technique both thins out superthick hair and keeps it under control. The resulting cut will be flexible in ways you can’t even dream of—but we’ll get to that in a minute.
2) Treat your hair to a masque every once in a while.
Before Ashley got her razor anywhere near my hair, though, her assistant, Max, gave it some TLC with a masque. After washing my hair, Max worked Kératase’s Chroma Reflect Masque through my hair and let it sit for about 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes were up, he rinsed it out and we were good to go. Though the masque is formulated for color-treated hair, it’s great for conditioning and adding shine to any type of hair. Believe you me, my hair has never before reflected light in quite the same way that it does now.
Try: Kératase Chroma Reflect Masque, $60
3) Let it curl!
Remember when I said that a good razor cut will be flexible in ways you can’t even dream of? Let’s start dreaming, and better yet, let’s make those dreams reality. The razor cut will keep your curls and waves from sticking out in those weird ways that make it seem like it’s got a mind of its own. Then, work a curl cream through it when it’s damp—or even just a basic styling tonic—to help it does what it does best. If you’ve got really long hair, you can blow dry it with one of those wacky, spiky diffusers, but if you’ve got short hair, like I do, don’t bother. Just hit with your product and let it air dry, twisting locks of it periodically as you go. That’s right, I said twisting; it’s even easier than scrunching. And ta-da! Beachy waves, even If you’re nowhere near the beach!
Try: Bumble and Bumble Styling Lotion, $24
4) Or, go sleek!
This, Bettys, is where the real magic happens. The other thing that the razor cut does is smooth everything out, so with just the right product, straightening crazy hair is a breeze. Just run a straightening balm like Goldwell Style Sign Flat Marvel through your hair while it’s damp, then grab a mega round brush and go to town with your hair dryer. The beauty of it is that you barely need a flatiron! Once your hair is dry, spritz on a little bit of Goldwell Style Sign Sleek Protection and use your flatiron to give everything a finishing polish. Both the Goldwell products have an impressive amount of hold, yet they’re still lightweight, so your hair doesn’t get bogged down with goopy silicone. And you’ll stay sleek and smooth all day!
Try: Goldwell Style Sign Flat Marvel and Sleek Protection, $19.99 each
Though it’s generally a good idea to get your hair trimmed every 6 to 8 weeks or so, you don’t have to get a full cut every time. Trimming your bangs and other details will go a long way to keep your hair looking fresh all on their own.
And that, Bettys, is that: How to manage the unmanageable. A big thanks to the Mizu Salon and Ashley, Max, and Marisa for making this happen! Mizu has locations in both New York and Boston, so if you’re in either of those cities (or at least close enough to make the trip), check them out—though of course you’ll have to go to New York to experience Ashley’s glorious technique. She studied under celebrity stylist Varo Lopez, personal stylist to Jordin Sparks, and she’s done oodles of work for designers like Betsey Johnson and Cynthia Rowley. She’s also one of the few stylists in New York who is an expert in Great Lengths extensions, so if you’re an extensions kind of girl, she’s the one to go to. Check them out on the web at mizuforhair.com.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor. She is also thrilled that she no longer has Hermione Granger hair.