5 Minutes With… NYC Stylist, Jeff Chastain

When we heard that celebrity New York City stylist Jeff Chastain, the man behind our Birchbox-exclusive haircare line PARLOR by Jeff Chastain, was going to be in London last week we jumped at the chance to meet him! Luckily, Jeff was more than happy to stop by at Birchbox HQ to chat about everything from summer hair inspiration to his fave Instagram accounts…

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IS THERE ONE SUMMER STYLE THAT SUITS ALL HAIR TYPES?

Generally, waves are pretty safe for any length of hair. It’s good whatever the weather, even if it’s humid a beachy, slightly-fuzzy wave will hold up and you don’t need many tools to do it! If you’ve got curly hair then go for the natural approach and just use products (like the PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Touchable Curl Cream) to get the look. If you’ve got straight hair, try using a product with heat styling to help it last – like the PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray followed by a curling iron.

ANY TIPS FOR CREATING TOOL-FREE BEACH WAVES?

It’s better if your hair is a bit dirty for this – day 2 hair is ideal – and you’ll need to use sea salt sprays or curl creams. To make sure the style stays in place, work the product into your hands then start at the roots of your hair – you want to ‘scrunch’ the product in and keep doing this all the way down to the ends. To finish, grab smaller pieces of hair from around your face and twist them. If your hair is clean and wet, then mist a sea salt spray through your hair then grab large sections (about the size of a 50p coin) and curl away from your face using your fingers.

HOW CAN WE FIGHT THE FRIZZ IN HUMID WEATHER?

Sadly, for a lot of people you just can’t fight the frizz all the time! If you have one of those hair types that reacts to humidity then work with the texture and make it look rough and cool at the mid-lengths of your hair. Most people don’t want frizz at the roots of their hair, so this is where you should focus your frizz-fighting efforts. A thicker styling product, like a paste, works really well at patting down the frizz. (Psst… Jeff’s products contain keratin so they’re awesome at helping keep your style in place in humid weather!)

ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO ACHIEVE A MORE SALON-STANDARD FINISH?

If you let hair dry naturally and it doesn’t look ‘done’, or if you’ve styled your hair but it doesn’t quite look finished, grab the front section in the centre of your hair and blow dry it backwards using a big roller brush (about 2 inches or more). Doing this will mean that your hair sweeps against your face and you’ll instantly look more polished.

WHERE DO YOU FIND HAIR INSPIRATION?

On Instagram, these two guys are both super-inspiration (and they’re both genuinely nice, too!).
– Ryan Trygstad – @ryantrygstadhair – he does Jessica Chastain’s hair and other really cool celebs.
– John Ruggiero – @jrugg8 – he always shows how to achieve really cool, easy looks.

Shop for the full PARLOR by Jeff Chastain collection right here – and don’t forget to check out Jeff’s Instagram account for more inspiration.