While I love, love, love a drugstore bargain, hair is usually the category where cheap DOESN'T equal chic. My feelings changed a week or two ago, however, when I had the pleasure of meeting celebrity stylist and Pantene spokeswoman Hallie Bowman.
With clients like Keri Russell, Emmy Rossum, Isla Fisher, Liv Tyler and Lucy Liu, this woman knows hair, so when she talked trends and more importantly, product, I took notice.
Hallie's key trends for Fall 2009 were definitely mixed texture (love) and '80's shapes, which she called out specifically in the 'Lob' (or the long bob), Half-Up Glam (a deep side part with the top half of hair pulled back) and the Updo Upgrade (an ever-so-disheveled take on the classic chignon.)
When it comes to hair products and tools, Hallie advises women to spend where it really counts - invest in a high end blow dryer and flat iron as the pricier brands work more quickly, minimizing the damage done to hair. But when it comes to product, experiment with drugstore brands to find what works for your hair. She called out a few fave Pantene products, in particular the Texture Spray Wax, which is perfect for use wet or dry.
I left the event with a gift bag full of amazing shampoos and conditioners but I'm not the only lucky one. Pantene has graciously offered up FIVE year-long supplies of product for eye4style readers.
To enter, simply leave a comment below letting me know which collection you'd most like to try if you win:
Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Collection: · Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality Shampoo, Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality Conditioner, Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smoothing Crème
Pantene Pro-V Full & Thick Collection: Pantene Pro-V Full & Thick Shampoo, Pantene Pro-V Full & Thick Conditioner, Pantene Pro-V Full & Thick Mousse
Pantene Pro-V Moisture Renewal Collection: · Pantene Pro-V Moisture Renewal Shampoo · Pantene, Pro-V Moisture Renewal Conditioner
For the record, the Moisture Renewal collection works well for me - I get compliments on my hair every time I use it!
Winners will be selected at random next Monday (August 31) at noon, so get commenting!