Tiffany Reid is the Senior Fashion Editor at Cosmopolitan and a regular on E!’s Red Carpet Icons. (She is also one of the most put-together people I know.) When it comes to hair, Tiffany isn’t afraid to experiment. She’s gone through a whole slew of phases — including the one in middle school where she gave herself a trim. Most recently, she decided to take a break from heat and get braids as a protective style. Below is everything you want to know about her hair, from her must-have products to her dream hair inspiration.
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You just got braids — tell me about that decision.
I’ve been wanting to keep heat off of my hair for a while now and decided to give it up for Lent (40 days). I tried twist-outs, which was not giving me the look I wanted, and they take a lot of work and time that I don’t always have. So I opted for braids instead as a protective hairstyle.
How long did that appointment take and what did you do during it?
Four-and-a-half hours total — not bad, as I was expecting a minimum of six. I caught up on phone calls and attempted to read my book on my phone (it’s much easier for me to read an actual book than a screen — old school?). Also, my appointment was on a Sunday and the hair salon was playing gospel music the whole time, which made sitting there much more delightful.
What’s your daily routine like and how long does it take?
So much easier. It takes so much less time now. The only maintenance is laying down baby hairs in the front. For the gym, I put my hair up in a high bun. If I had to get fancy quick, I would probably put it in a high bun too and throw on a red lip.
What’s your hair approach in the shower?
With braids, I throw it up in a bonnet and a headscarf. It’s been a week and I have not washed it. I know it’s time because my scalp needs some love… I’m kind of dreading it but I’m leaving for vacation in a few days and have to do it before then.
I will use a conditioner to rinse it out and apple cider vinegar (to ease the itch) on my scalp, then add coconut oil to my scalp and edges. (I use coconut oil on my hair all the time when it’s curly.) Then I use Moco De Gorila Squizz Snot Gel to lay down my baby hairs.
The girls in the beauty department at work recently gave me two things to try when I start wearing my hair curly again: Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate and Repair Shampoo, and Carol’s Daughter Green Supreme Vitalizing Conditioner.
What’s your daily routine and how long does it take?
It changes every day because I change my hair so much!
Have you gone through a bunch of hair phases or had the same hair your whole life?
I’ve gone through SO many phases, but from my late teens to mid-twenties I had chestnut brown hair that I was obsessed with. Immediately after that, I cut it super short then tried to grow it out and played with color and texture. Long and short. Curly, straight, braids, etc.
When do you hate your hair? When do you love it?
I hate when my heat damage comes creeping out. I love my hair when I have a successful twist-out. I’m really trying to find a way to transition to wearing my hair mostly curly without the big chop.
What’s the best hair-related decision you’ve ever made?
The best hair-related decision I’ve ever made was when I cut my hair into a bob. I loved it. I want it back ASAP.
What’s the most important thing to know about your hair? Or the one thing you want everyone to know?
That it will grow back. That I can experiment and survive. And that people really make assumptions about who you are based on your stylist. LOTS of hair critics out there.
What’s one product you couldn’t live without?
Have you ever cut your hair yourself?
Yes, in middle school I cut one of my pigtails off completely. I think my mother had a heart attack that day.
What’s the most private thing you’ve ever told your hair dresser?
I used to tell my hair dresser EVERYTHING…TOO MUCH. She knew more about my relationships than the men in them. Not so much anymore; I’ve matured in that area.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do with it, but still haven’t?
Cut it Nia-Long-in-the-90s short.
How has your hair texture changed as you’ve gotten older?
It’s definitely finer. And I see grays peeking out!
Follow Tiffany Reid on Instagram @tiffanyreid
Photos by Bridget Badore.