February 27, 2019

Insider Access with Octavia Gilmore

Octavia Gilmore’s passion for hair care and hairstyling is inspiring. The accomplished stylist says she believes she was put on this earth to help others feel their best through hair. We talked with her about her must-have products and favorite tricks to help you get the hair of your dreams.

What is your go-to hair care routine?

I can’t really say I have just one. It really depends on what my hair is like that week. I’m consistently changing my hair and I think that’s one of the most beautiful things about having curly hair, there is so much you can do with it.

One item you can’t leave home without?

I cannot leave the house without bobby pins. You never know when a hair will get out of line.

If you only had 10 minutes to get ready, what makeup look could you achieve and how?

If I had ten minutes to get ready I would definitely go for a ballerina bun or a messy bun. They are both quick and classic. A trick I like to use is to add a little bit of whipped shea butter for smoothing my hair up. I’m not a huge fan of edge control, so some whipped shea butter does a great job of smoothing down my hair and adding some shine.  After I put my hair in a ponytail, I slip my donut (a small round tool to help you make a perfect ballerina bun) down to the base of the pony over the hair tie. Next, I let the hair flow naturally over the donut and slip another hair tie over it to secure my hair around the donut. Lastly, secure any loose ends with bobby pins and tuck them into the rest of the hair. Sometimes, I like to dress up a regular bun by pulling out some of the hair around my sideburn area and gelling down my baby hairs. This style gets me through even the worst hair days!

What is your best beauty hack?

It’s definitely to use the Kenra professionals YouTube channel. I love all of their products. Their color, shampoo, styling products, I use them all, so getting an extra tip or two on how to create different styles is always a plus. Kenra is always my go to in my salon and I always recommend them to clients. Right now, I’m loving the professional silkening gloss. It’s amazing for blowdrying, flat ironing, and smoothing down flyaways. And the smell OMG, it smells like heaven!

What are your must-have beauty tools?

My must-have tools would have to be clips and a flatiron. Without hair clips, you just make a mess of everything you’re doing with your hair. The flat iron is a game changer for sure! You can use it to straighten, curl, or polish a look all with this one tool. If you want to make the most of one purchase, that’s your best bet!

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