Summer Hair Secrets From Kim And Reese's Hair Guru

While there's a sea of hair products out there, you'd be wise to invest in the amazing products from local hair legend, Allie Paronelli from Neil George. Not only is this salon the go-to destination for celebs with the most enviable heads of hair (Kim Kardashian and Reese Witherspoon are fans), but this line of products have quite a cult following, and for good reason. We swear by their Indian Gooseberry Oil—the feather-light, hair-saving oil that tames frizz and gives locks a shiny, silky feel without weighing it down. Plus, the whole collection is filled with summer essentials that will keep your locks looking salon-perfect, whether you're spending a day at the beach or trying to get the ultimate summer wedding 'do. Of course, we had to ask the expert to dish on her favorite products in the line, and talk shop about the ultimate hairstyling tips to keep you at the head of the class all season long. So, make sure you check out this legendary salon's exclusive all-star advice. Repeat, if necessary.
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What are your summer haircare tips?
"Exposure to the heat and sun can cause damage to your hair, especially if your hair is already color-treated. This is exactly why we created our Detangle Nourishment Spray ($24). This leave-in spray not only assists with detangling, but also conditions and protects damaged and color-treated hair with an added UV protector. Key ingredients include jojoba, which helps to nourish and moisturize the hair, and calendula, which helps to soothe and relax hair at the roots."
How do your products work for a fuss-free summer hairdo?
"Get that wash-and-wear, sexy, beach-y look by using the Refresh Dry Shampoo ($18). It’s a quick, waterless way to rejuvenate and restyle your hair while giving it a break in between shampoos. It works to absorb excess oils from the scalp, and provides a natural way to polish and re-texturize your hair. Hair instantly regains volume and freshness. Here’s how we use it in the salon: Lift hair section by section where necessary and spray along the scalp and hair root area. Wait 30 seconds to allow for full absorption and massage lightly with fingertips in to scalp. Comb through and style as desired."
For a warm-weather wedding, what products do you recommend that will give you hold, but not weigh your hair down?
"Our Perfect Hold Hairspray ($24) is a light and lasting mist hairspray that gives just the right amount of natural control and conditioning support to protect and retain the shape and style of great-looking hair. You’ll also love the fact that it contains UV filters to protect the hair from sun damage, and it's fortified with Shikakai Oil to tame frizz and fly-aways."
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Is there an essential product from your line that no L.A. girl can live without?
"Indian Gooseberry Oil ($42), the hero product of our line—it’s an absolute essential. Indian Gooseberry is one of the world’s most powerful antioxidants and literally absorbs itself into each strand, acting like vitamins for your hair. It acts as a protectant when applied to damp hair before blow-drying and gives a smooth and shiny finish. It's a lifesaver at the pool."
All products available at Neil George Salon, 9320 Civic Center Drive (at Foothill Drive); 310-275-2808.
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