Haley Schultheis grew up in style, surrounded by polka dots, tulle, and wardrobe staples for the young girl. It's no surprise that her love of style has carried over into her professional life. Schultheis is the creator of Nonsense and Sensibility, a blog that features everything from entertaining to interviews with designers. We asked her about her hairstylist, her approach to style and her favorite Dallas spots.
Where do you live and play? Dallas, Texas
What do you do? writer, blogger, and social media strategist and content creator
How would you describe your style when it comes to hair? Less is more. I love when hair moves with natural beauty. I often air dry my hair and use just a bit of Hair Smoothing Elixir from Dear Clark. Sometimes it's best to allow my hair to dry with a natural wave. But, when I'm in the mood (or have extra time), I either straighten my hair with a CHI straightening iron or work for long loose curls with a curling iron.
Tell us about your stylist & salon. How did you find them? I go to Dear Clark in Dallas and my stylist is Holly Dear, one of the owners. I found them through Droese PR, one of my favorite local PR agencies. Dear Clark has a very boutique and at-home feel--almost like you are visiting someone's bungalow. It has a cute side patio, a blow dry bar, a braid bar, and you can even sip sangria during your appointment! They just developed their own product line and even if they didn't work as wonderfully as they do, they SMELL amazing and I think I'd use them anyways (I burn their candle with the same fragrance daily).
What’s your typical hair routine like? Right now, I've been trying out Moroccan Oil hair products and I really like what they've done to the texture of my hair. They definitely help smooth out the roots and leave my long hair and scalp feeling hydrated. Typically, I either wash my hair at night, put in a smoothing serum before bed, and tie my hair back in a wet bun or weave it into a long braid. What my hair looks like in the morning seems to determine my next step. If I'm having a good hair day, I'll leave it down long and wavy. If not so good, I will either pull it into a top knot or run a curling iron through my hair for curls. I try to avoid hairspray as it tends to tangle my hair.
Do you like to experiment and try new styles, or do you have a beloved mainstay? I do like to experiment! I definitely experimented with hairstyles in high school (some I hope there isn't evidence of). Right now, my experimenting has been visits to a braid bar--one at the John Barrett Salon in New York City for a Valentino Braid and the other, locally, at the Dear Clark hair salon for a braid. I don't experiment with cut very often--other than trying different layers. And, as for color, I recently added a few copper highlights to my hair for the first time in almost 10 years. As a single process color devotee, that was a big step for me!
What’s the one thing you’ve always wanted to try with your hair but been too scared to attempt? I think red hair is such a strikingly beautiful color. I'd love to try to find a perfect red color or tone for my hair in the future - although, I'm not sure it's right for me and my skin tone.
Any hair idols? I absolutely love Lily Aldridge's hair and hair color. And, Kate Middleton never seems to have a curl out of place - she always looks beautiful. My long standing idol is Jane Birkin the 70s. Her bangs and long straight hair were perfect.
How would you describe your overall style? I'm usually very classic with a twist. I love classic cuts and pieces mixed up with fun accessories. I am drawn to clean modern looks with touches of femininity here and there. I admire brands like Celine, Stella McCartney, Rag & Bone, Temperley London, and The Row. But, I'm not one that's going to put on neon sunglasses just so that someone looks at me.
You've been all over--including spending time studying abroad in Florence while in college, taking classes at Parsons, interning for Donna Karan New York, and finally ending up in Dallas. How have all of these experiences in very different environments shaped your style? I think I've always had a natural aversion to trying to mold or be like anyone else. When everyone is wearing a particular piece or carrying a certain bag, it makes me not want to carry it (even if I think it's the loveliest piece in the world). I like to believe that everyone takes a little piece of something from everywhere they visit. Certain things influence us - people, places, objects, feelings, visual memories, and the parts with lasting power become part of who we are or even who we want to be. If I met an incredible stranger in New York and she was wearing an absolutely stunning vintage peacock blue coat, I can imagine that times when I encountered the same peacock blue I would think of that person and that moment. And, that's why I love fashion and have always loved fashion, each day when you wake up you can be anyone you want to be! Do you want to be girly? Classic? Strong and bold? You are the canvas and your wardrobe is the paint - you can be anything. What I wear in Dallas is different than what I wear on trips to New York and to the beach.
You touch on the Dallas style scene quite a bit on your blog. What are some of your favorite local finds? The T Room at Forty Five Ten is certainly one of my favorite go-to lunch spots. I don't think it's possible to have a bad thing on the menu and the ambiance is incredible. I often visit Number One at Highland Park Village for coffee and juice. For shopping, I love visiting V.O.D. boutique, Grange Hall, and the Gypsy Wagon. Renée Rouleau Skin Care is my go-to for skincare products (her Triple Berry Smoothing Peel is amazing) and I visit the Riviera Spa for massages and pedicures. My favorite restaurants for evening are Bolsa and Parigi. And, you can't go wrong with a margarita at the new Mesero Miguel! As for hotels, I love the Joule downtown and Hotel Zaza's new bungalows.
You've also interviewed quite a few designers for your blog. Any favorites? Garance Dore was one of the sweetest and loveliest people I've ever met. It was certainly wonderful to interview India Hicks and try on her jewelry with her in person. I loved meeting Aerin Lauder at the launch of her new line. And, Lucy Sykes Rellie is always inspiring and her style is beyond chic. It's truly hard to choose a favorite as I seem to only interview people doing incredible things! I learn from each and every interview.
What can we find you wearing on most days? My go-to is the J.Crew Minnie pant or Vince leggings - especially now that it's fall! I am in love with big cozy and chunky knit sweaters - anything from James Perse and Vince. I wear my new Frame Denim jeans often. And, I'm obsessed with anything from Rag & Bone! I wear flats frequently and I'm currently dying for a pair of Golden Goose Western Boots. If I could have an entire closet from any designer, it would be a tie between Stella McCartney and Celine.
The person whose hair I’d love to have for a week would be... Karen Elson
The person whose closet I'd love to raid is... Lauren Santo Domingo or Sofia Coppola.
I spend way too much money on… skincare products.
My bag is never complete without... my iPhone.
My secret beauty weapon is... Tom Ford lipstick.
The person I'd love to interview is... Mick Jagger.
If I could live anywhere, it would be... wherever I'm happiest.
The best advice I've received is... never stop trying.
I dream of... serenity.
Thanks for sharing your Mane Details with us, Haley!
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