Hair secrets from a pro
If you've heard of or tried the Dyson Supersonic, you know that it revolutionised the humble hairdryer. Our judges and readers agreed, voting it the genius product we wished we invented in our 2017 Beauty Awards. Now in 2018 the professional edition has been developed. How does it differ from the original Supersonic? It is made to withstand the vigours of professional salon use. Says Lam Wei Jie, a design engineer with the innovative brand, "The new Dyson Supersonic hair dryer Professional edition sports a two-layered filtration system, a bespoke-designed professional styling concentrator to aid control and precision styling, stronger magnetic attachments, and a longer cable. With these salon-specific features in mind — you could say this is a machine that would be best utilised in the hands of a professional, in a professional environment."
The only bummer? The product is only available exclusively to hairstylists. Nonetheless with more salons adopting the product, you can still enjoy the benefits in salon or purchase the original for personal use — the brand just launched a new black/nickel colourway. Here to launch the product was celebrity and editorial stylist Jon Reyman. We asked him how the product improved the condition of his clients' hair as well as styling tips and trend predictions for the new year.
How has the original Supersonic improved the hair condition of your clients and the way that you style hair?
The Dyson Supersonic hairdryer doesn't cause extreme heat damage, unlike other hair dryers, so my clients' hair is protected. That's been one of the most important differences, for me. In terms of styling, the machine performs exceptionally well, which means I can style my clients' hair effectively and efficiently without the fear of causing harm to it.
What are the trends that you've seen in your salons among real women when it comes to hairstyling? And which ones would work in this climate and for the different Asian hair types?
Women are wanting their hair done without being overdone. The trend has been for hair to be styled but not overly worked or overly set. Basically, what we are doing is taking the hair and making it a slightly better version of itself, rather than an overly done and completely different version.
This translates to anyone's climate and hair type because we're just taking the hair and helping it be its best self — essentially taking it in its natural state and helping control, manage and smooth it. To give an example, if hair is naturally frizzy, we tame it down a bit. If it's flat, we give it volume. In the end, your hair still looks like your hair — on its best hair day.
What are the common mistakes women make when styling and drying their hair, and what small tweaks can help them permanently improve their hair condition?
The thing with hair is that it's so personal and how we treat it, or the mistakes people make, really depends on the individual. That said, there are some mistakes I see more often than others.
If the hair is straight and soft, sometimes people overwork their hair and put oils in, which just makes the hair even more flat and straight. If their hair is rough and coarse, sometimes they pre-dry it too much before styling it, so the hair looks and feels extra dry. I've also noticed that people tend to underestimate how much product they need to use to set the style and help manage it so it stays in place.
Finally, I think the round brush is a tool that is better left for the salon. People tend to try to use it as a finishing tool but they actually get better results on their own, at home, using a flat brush. You can improve their hair condition using great products and tools. I recommend using a Dyson Supersonic to dry your hair so you don't cause extreme heat damage during that process.
I also recommend sitting with your hairdresser and asking them about how to do your hair. Advice and tips for maintaining your hair will be different for every individual. Use the time in the salon to talk to an expert about your hair and get lessons for how to work with your hair. A simple way of thinking about your hair, which my clients tend to appreciate, is: If your hair is smooth and flat: shampoo it, don't condition it. If your hair is coarse: shampoo it less, condition it more.
What are some of the tips and tricks you have picked up and practice during Fashion Week that you can share with our readers?
At Fashion Week, I've relearned the importance of having great tools. When you're backstage with a team of people, working quickly to get models ready for the runway, it's crucial to have the right tools so I can be as efficient as possible while also achieving the looks we are striving for.
I usually use more products backstage than most stylists do when behind the chair in a salon. Most of the looks at Fashion Week, and for fashion shows generally, require a lot of product.
What are some runway trends that you've worked on that you think will be big in the upcoming months and will work in real life?
The natural look. Similar to the trend I see in the salon — the natural look is one that is desirable on the runway too.
There are two versions of this look: One is where it's got more product — the product defines the look. The second version requires a little less product. This produces a softer natural look. You see, for example, the '80s and '90s trend of natural hair and letting curly hair be curly and wavy hair be wavy and just adding mousse or gel.
Also, the wet look — wear hair looks like the model just stepped out of the shower — seems to have also translated from the runway to real life.
What tips do you give the models and your clients on keeping the hair healthy and shiny despite frequent styling?
Use good tools and use the right products for your hair. Keep in mind that hair isn't one size fits all. Figure out what your hair needs. If the hair is smooth and flat, you can rough dry it. If it's coarse, you won't want to pre-dry your hair because it'll over-dry it; instead, work with the hair when it's a bit more damp.
Also, do a great blowdry so you don't need to style it too much using hot tools. The foundation of any great look is a great blowdry. Some people prefer to blowdry their hair quickly and do a bad blowdry, and then they rely on hot tools to fix it. This, of course, means applying extreme heat to the hair and risking damage. Instead, it's better to do a great blowdry and then use hot tools minimally to finish the look. When the Dyson Supersonic was launched, it was revolutionary because people discovered they could dry their hair quickly without a lot of heat, allowing them to get the job done without the risk of heat damage.
You work in the salon on real clients, on the runway and on editorial shoots. What is your favourite kind of styling and why?
I like all of those because I get to express different skills and different art. I love the work with real clients in real life because that's what this is all about — helping people look and feel their best every single day. But working with people and creating art for the runway and for photographs presents a good opportunity to explore new things and see what works. When creating work editorially, there's a team and group of people involved — it's more collaborative, and I love that element.
And education is incredibly important to me — with the stylists at my salons in the US and with other stylists across the country and around the world. Being able to play a part in helping people be better at what they do has always been important and meaningful to me. They all have their place.