From LA to NYC: Paul Cucinello's Guide To Perfect Summer Hair

From LA to NYC: Paul Cucinello's Guide To Perfect Summer Hair

Summer beauty is possibly the most gorgeous yet tough to master. The sun is out, the clothes are off and hair is blowing in the wind without a care in the world – but then there's humidity, our hair's truest enemy. We figured, it'll take an expert to get us through this summer looking like the tropical queens we are, which is why we decided to have a talk with none other than Hollywood and Manhattan's ultimate Beauty Expert, Paul Cucinello. Check out his stylish tips from NYC to sunny LA and keep your beauty game hot this season.


What hair trends do you see leaving us this season and which do you see coming in?

People are getting tired of the whole Ombré overkill of major roots so that is finally moving out and making way for rich, vibrant, all over color with painted accents. Yes, this will require more maintenance, but think of all of the money you’ve saved by not coloring your roots for so long. Ladies are looking to polish it up and start to look super glam again.

How does a "casual" do differ in LA vs in NYC?

In LA, a “casual do” is simply unwashed hair that’s been thrown up in a loose top knot.  In NYC, a “casual do” is just less coiffed; the hair is still styled, but maybe not blown dry to perfection.

Are there any dyes or color trends you see more commonly in either location? 

Yes, I see way more beachy, sun-kissed, lived-in ombré color in LA and a more super-polished, all over color in NYC. LA is all about looking laid back (even though everyone has extensions and blown out hair that is meant to look slightly undone and lived-in.) NYC is all about the concept of “perception is reality” – If your hair looks expensive & high maintenance than you will be perceived as glamorous and successful. 

Are there any hairdos and/or products you recommend for Summer?

I think it’s time to shake things up. Right now a huge trend is big, naturally curly hair. I have so many clients that want tighter curls with lots of volume and bounce. Another huge trend is the bob. It’s the perfect way to cut off all of those old, over processed ends and either start over with a fresh, new hue, or just completely transform your look. 

Juno Temple

Juno Temple

How do you think haircare differs in LA vs NYC?

New York City girls are very particular about their hair routines. Everything is on a schedule starting from the day they get their hair cut and colored at the salon. They have a blowout, then they do nothing the next day. The following day their hair is put in either a ponytail or a top knot and the next day they start over. LA girls want to have great hair without having to spend a lot of time on it… the fact that the weather is so consistent and less humid there makes for a much longer lasting blow-dry. They will bounce back and forth between a blow-dry, a messy bun and their natural wave depending on their mood, not what they have planned for the day.

Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko

Long hair vs short hair... any tips?

Right now very long, ‘done" hair is OUT.  It’s about medium length wavy hair or a sleek, chin length bob with either bangs or a loose, beach wave to it. I suggest women just make the jump. Look around… the whole “Kardashian Look” is beyond over and makes you look like a clone. Instead let’s play with texture and an element of surprise. Isn’t it fun to show up to a party with an entirely new look and shock everyone? You tend to forget how nice it is to change your hair drastically…it makes you want to play with new clothing and makeup. It also tends to attract a lot of positive attention, but a little summer confidence boost never hurt nobody. 

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