At Modern Luxury, connection and community define who we are. We use cookies to improve the Modern Luxury experience - to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also may share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. We take your privacy seriously and want you to be aware that we have recently made changes to our Privacy Policy, which can be found here.


Gorgeous Hair at Home


Gorgeous Hair at Home

By Patricia Tortolani | April 11, 2020 | Style & Beauty

Miami’s stylist to the stars and Ocean Drive’s mane man offers up some major hair advice—including a clever use for all your overripe bananas.


Hairstylist Danny Jelaca is there for the good times—the Ocean Drive cover shoots with supermodels on private islands and the Ocean Drive celebrations that follow—and he is also there for…these times. As we sit at home with grown-out highlights and an ever-growing halo of frizz, Jelaca comes to the rescue with pro tips to keep our tresses in check.

Danny Jelaca

Help! How can we keep up with our color at home?
I love the Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch Up Spray. We carry every color in my salon and you can order them online. They are simple, quick and won’t come off until you wash your hair! Hold the nozzle about six inches away as you spray and move the bottle so you don’t get one blotch of color. If it gets on your skin, no worries—it will wipe right off.

What about split ends? What’s the best leave-in hair mask?
The most gorgeous nourishing mask in the world is the Leonor Greyl Masque Quintessence. It’s rich and luxurious and rebuilds, moisturizes, and repairs hair of the most intense of any mask. It always wins the Allure Best of Beauty Best Hair Mask! We sell it at the salon or you can order it online.

If you want to get creative, you can DIY a great hydrating mask with avocado, egg, and coconut oil. Or an overly ripe banana works too if you don’t have an avocado. Just mash it into a paste.

Regardless of the mask you use, if you wrap your hair in a damp warm towel while it sets for about 30 minutes, it will work even better.


The Danny Jelaca-approved hair mask, avaialble here.

OK, now that we’ve got that under control, let’s talk Zoom meetings and digital dates. What are some easy styles we can do to look cute on camera?
I love a halo braid! It’s a softer twist on the classic milkmade. And so easy. Draw a slightly off-center part. Grab a handful of hair on one side of the part and loosely braid it toward the nape of the neck, adding more pieces as you go, until all of the hair on that side is gathered. Tie with an elastic and repeat on the other side. Tuck the ends under the braids on both sides. Let a few pieces fall around your face and pulls apart to braid to give it a relaxed finish and add fullness.

Any other tips we should know about?
Use this time to set your hair with no heat styling. For instance, make Princess Leia buns on each side by twisting hair into buns in the same direction and pin into place. A couple hours later you have gorgeous beach waves. You can also do large box braids—pull them apart and let them sit for a couple hours for amazing S waves. Play around by using time on your side and keep hair healthy and thermal free!

We see all of these people online cutting their own hair. Thoughts?
Some people have blunt styles, some people have layered styles, some have textures—it’s so complicated. But if you have long hair below the shoulder and you want to trim the ends, part it down the middle all the way to the nape. Then the secret is to lift your chin and put your head back (like you are looking up at an airplane), bring both pieces to the front, and point cut—don’t blunt cut—the ends.

For a simple bang trim, part the bangs in the middle and twist both sides into the center. The ideal length is the bridge of the nose. Use the sharpest pointiest scissor you have—a manicure scissor would do the job.

And your hair should always be wet when you cut it at home.

Phew! We feel better now. But in case we need further assistance, how can we make a virtual appointment?
I have my own salon software app where we do virtual consultations. Log on here.

Get the Danny Jelaca salon treatment at home here.

Photography by: blonde hair photo by Tim Mossholder from Pexels; Danny Jelaca portrait and salon photos courtesy of Danny Jelaca