With over 1.7 million followers on Instagram, Fouz Al Fahad (whom you may know better as @TheRealFouz) is one of the region’s biggest beauty influencers, having taken the social-media world by storm. Not only is she undeniably beautiful, but she also has one of the most enviable heads of hair and has been tapped by brands like Pantene and Batiste to be a local ambassador.
If you – like us – are itching to know how she keeps her thick, luscious locks looking so darn good, all the time, then you’re in luck. Savoir Flair recently sat down with the Kuwaiti stunner to find out her best hair tips, tricks, and product picks. Below, she reveals all.
I really believe in switching up your products when it comes to your hair. You can’t just stick to one thing.
I don’t have a daily haircare routine; it’s more of a weekly one because I don’t think you should do much with your hair every day. Every week, I get treatments and use masks, which I try to do whenever I go to the salon or wash my hair. There’s always a hair mask in my bathroom because they’re amazing for locking in moisture and my hair tends to really dry out with the weather in this region – and with all the styling, curling, and coloring, of course! You definitely need products that help combat that dryness.
I really believe in switching up your products when it comes to your hair. You can’t just stick to one thing because you’ll end up getting to the point where it just doesn’t work anymore! I use everything, from the Pantene ‘Oil Replacement’ range to Kevin Murphy products. There’s also a great new range that recently launched called Angelic, which has a great shampoo and conditioner. The brand has this little bottle in which you mix two products together for a hydrating finish and smooth-hair effect. I don’t stick to a specific brand; I always switch from one to the other.
I have a go-to stylist in every country that I travel to – that’s a must for me. I can’t do my hair by myself, even if my life depended on it! In Kuwait, I’m always at Rolas Beauty Lounge and, in Dubai, I go to Belle Femme. My favorite go-to hairstyle has to be messy waves. You can rock that look anywhere.
I recently cut my hair quite short, but I love having long hair. It’s sexy, it’s feminine, and it gives me confidence. My hair always looks its best the day after it’s been styled because it’s always a bit too “perfect” on the day. I wish I had hair like Cindy Crawford; she has the best hair in the world! I love her.
I wash my hair every two to three days, either in a salon or at home depending on what I’m doing, but it’s usually at a salon. I keep it refreshed and help it last longer between washes with a good dry shampoo. For me, dry shampoo is something that every girl needs. Women these days are so busy, whether they’re at home, in the office, or running around after their kids – their days are longer and their schedules are crazy!
Living in this region makes things harder too. If you work out or are just out walking your dog, that takes a toll on your hair. Most women aren’t able to take hours out of their day to wash and style their hair, so products like the Batiste ‘Dry Shampoo’ give you that extra day or two during which you don’t have to worry about your hair.
Batiste ‘Dry Shampoo’
Dry shampoos also have the added bonus of being amazing texturizers, and they create so much volume! I have really heavy hair, so when he’s styling it my hairdresser uses Batiste – even after I’ve just had it washed – because it gives that extra oomph. Also, the day after you’ve styled your hair and it’s gone a bit flat, or if you have been running around all day and feel like your hair has lost its look, the spray really works to give you that messy, bed-head look, which is a hot hair trend right now.
I travel a lot, but there are some key products I always pack with me. I love the Aveda hair oil, and I use the Kevin Murphy ‘Smooth Again Treatment’. It’s perfect because it isn’t too heavy and doesn’t make your hair too soft or oily, which conditioners often do. I always use Pantene as a daily shampoo and conditioner because it’s a mass product, so you can get it wherever you are.
My hair goes mental in the summer when I’m in Dubai because the heat and humidity go through the roof! The weather in Kuwait is much drier, so I don’t suffer as much when I’m there. I always use hair-protection products, whether I’m on the beach, by the pool, or traveling. I think it’s such an important thing for us girls to have. I use the Lancaster spray as it protects hair from the salt in the sea, the chlorine in the pool, and the sun. It also helps stop your hair color from fading, which often happens in the heat.
When I have a day off from events and can chill out at home, I just wash my hair, apply a leave-in oil or conditioner, and let it dry – that’s it. You need to rest your hair. If I’m not doing anything or have a meeting for which I don’t have to be all “done up”, I just let my hair get some rest – no foundation, maybe a touch of mascara, but no makeup. I just try to go as bare as I can because it’s really crazy every other day!
I’ve never tried a crazy hair trend because, deep down, I think I’m too scared to. A lot of people focus on my hair, which makes me worry about doing anything to it. I rarely even wear it up; it’s almost always down because I worry pulling it back will make my hairline recede over time! But, of course, I experimented when I was younger. You remember that craze of using Sun-In, which everyone was doing? Oh wow! When I started using that, it was me totally losing it and being a rebel. You’d put it in and then get patchy light bits. It made your hair go orange – it was awful!
I’ve had everything from super dark-brown hair to blonde, but I’ve always wanted to try red. I’m not sure if I’ll ever do it because I’d be scared of ruining my hair! Maybe I’ll just try a wig? I’ve tried everything else, so that’s one more on the list.
My biggest hair problem is having a lot of tangles, so I have to use a detangling spray. I get so many knots and tangles at the back of my head and by my neck. I love the one by Johnson’s, even though it’s for kids! It smells so good and doesn’t harm your hair. After I shower, even with wet hair, I’ll spray it in.
Johnson’s ‘No More Tangles Spray’
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To me, beautiful hair is healthy hair.
If I could take only one product to a desert island, it would probably be a Batiste dry shampoo – it’s where you’d need it most! It’s hot, and your hair’s going to get oily and sweaty. I’d probably also spray it on my face as a face setter. It has powder in it, which will absorb any oil, and it works on hair – so why not your face? Scientifically, I’m thinking it could really work, but maybe let’s wait and test that theory before people start doing it!