Mario Russo Talks Hair with Easy Peasy

November 18th, 2010

For 20 years stylist Mario Russo has been beautifying Boston at his chic salon on Newbury Street. His new salon in the up-and-coming Fan Pier district boasts a waterfront view and clean lines adding just the right touch of drama. He talks hair, dry air and fall trends with Easy Peasy.

How has the Boston beauty scene changed?

Women have become more daring and experiential, which has resulted in some truly magnificent styles. It’s no longer about the conservative, long, “Stepford” styles. Women have learned that short hair doesn’t have to be masculine. Hair can truly be transformative.

What’s your favorite fall hair trend?

I love that we’re going back to basics. The natural look of smooth and polished, not overly primping, but just letting your hair down, literally and figuratively, is beautiful. Ponytails are a favorite of mine this season. They’re so versatile. For an easy day-to-night look, pull the hair tight and smooth and pin a section of hair around the elastic. It’s simple and easy, but has a very sophisticated effect.

Any tips for surviving the season of static?

Add a small amount of a moisturizing leave-in conditioner to damp hair, concentrating on the more dried-out ends. Blow-dry the hairline and crown first, then stop as soon as your hair is dry to the touch. You can use a straightener to help with flyaways, but use a hydrating heat protectant first. Lock in moisture with a daily conditioner, while trying to limit your use of hair dryers or curling irons, or wear a fantastic hat!

How can we prepare hair for winter?

Condition! We’re constantly moving from dry indoor heating to dry air outside, so don’t over-dry your hair. It’s important to keep hair moisture-locked. Always start to treat your hair in the fall with a color boost and trim. You don’t want to start winter with hair already damaged.

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