Monthly Archives: November 2014

RECREATE THESE WAVES IN UNDER 5 MINUTES


Who says beachy waves are just for the summer? This textured, tousled look is perfect for fall’s breezier days, the most common problem I find with people trying to wave their hair is that they worry it takes too long.

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Using the correct tools and knowing a few insider tips will help you shave off the minutes whilst still ensuring the style lasts.

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First you’ll need to invest in a wand (I recommend using the Cloud Nine Waving wand because of it’s extra large barrel £99) and a holding spray, my fave is the L’oreal Professionnel Techni Art Pli.

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On dry hair; spritz some of the holding spray all over and blast dry in.

Taking large sections of hair, wrap each send around the barrel of the wand.

After a few seconds, drop the hair into the palm of your hand and scrunch. Then move onto the next piece of hair.

Continue around the rest of the head, taking large sections and wrapping in any direction.

Once complete; tip your head upside down and shake out the waves with your fingertips.

Mist a hairspray over or a salt spray for extra texture….et Viola a mass of tousled waves in under 5 minutes!


ARE YOU RUINING YOUR HAIR WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING IT?


Do you get wound up when you walk past a girl on the way to work, who looks as if they woke up with hair that is thick, lustrous, and perfectly undone. What’s their secret? Why—after countless sprays, serums, and battles with a curling iron—is our own hair still limp, lifeless, and ill-looking? The truth is, there’s a lot you could be doing that’s preventing your hair from reaching its full potential. (And no, I’m not just talking about your unhealthy relationship with your straightening irons.)

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You’re Not Using Protection

When it comes to heat styling tools, your hair definitely gets around—so always, always make sure it’s protected. The Kerastase ‘Ciment Thermique’ is well worth the investment (around £18). It protects your hair for the next 5 times you use heat-meaning you only have to use it once or twice a week. It also doubles up as a blow-dry balm and smells insane.

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You’re Not Reading the Ingredients List

 The best way to know if what you’re putting on your hair is really helping is to know how to read an ingredient list. Drying ingredients like alcohol or sodium lauryl sulfate should be nowhere near the front of the list.

Eat the Right Proteins

Your hair is made up of protein, so make sure you’re eating enough of it. Think: fish, chicken, lentils, and other beans.

Your Aggressive Brushing

You know that you’re not supposed to brush your hair when it’s wet—but the feeling of tangled, sopping wet strands isn’t exactly an appealing alternative. If you must detangle, detangle gently. First, spritz a conditioning spray through your wet strands after your shower, then brush through with either a wide-toothed comb, or a brush specifically made for wet hair, a Tangle Teezer will be your best friend. Made with softer, plastic bristles that won’t cause breakage while your hair is in its most fragile state.

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Your Penchant for Ponytails

If a messy pony is your go-to hairstyle, it might be time to reconsider. A too-tight elastic in the same place day in and day out can cause major breakage—and may be the reason why your hair can’t grow past your shoulders, no matter how many supplements you take. Instead, switch things up and opt for a loose, low braid, or use a scrunchie that won’t tug or leave dents.


SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR ROOTS…


A new wonder product is sweeping the nation and will not only diminish your bad hair days but will calm you anxiety if you have to wait an extra week for your next hair appointment.

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The ‘WOW’ root touch up comes in 6 shades and at £28.50 is a bargain if you think of how many times it will save your bacon. You won’t need to worry about it coming off onto your sheets at night either, it simply washes out when you next shampoo. Ideal for anyone with grey or obvious roots, watch the video to see the transformation for yourself.

 


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NO TIME TO WASH YOUR HAIR THIS MORNING?…READ THIS;


You know the drill: You set your a.m. alarm so you have plenty of time to get ready, but when it goes off you hit snooze 10 times. Suddenly, you’re brushing your teeth in the shower, plastering on your makeup in the car and wondering how to make your messy, slept-in strands look presentable without having to wash them. Luckily for you, not washing your hair every day has it’s benefits, and these last-minute tricks will help you fake a good hair day, whether you’ve only got 30 seconds or five minutes.

Switch Up Your Part

One of the easiest ways to hide greasy strands and add extra volume is to use a comb to part your hair on the opposite side.

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Resist the Urge to Brush​

At least, until you’ve added dry shampoo. If you brush your hair prior, it can distribute oil through your hair, making it look clumpy and stringy.

Use Your Dry Shampoo Properly

Don’t just haphazardly spray it at your roots and hope for the best. That can leave you with hair that looks powdery and dull and everyone can spot the tell-tale signs. Hold it at least six inches away from your roots, and let it soak in for ten minutes before styling. L’oreal Professionnel’s ‘fresh dust’ will save your life and won’t leave you with a grey streak.

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Braids Are Your BFF

Pick a braid, any braid (theres plenty of inspiration on my previous blog posts) They’ll helps mask messy and oily strands, plus they hold better when your hair is a little dirty anyway.

(Dry) Shampoo at Night

If you know you’re not going to have time to shower the next morning, twist your hair into a bun and mist dry shampoo over it before hitting the sheets the night before. In the morning, you’ll wake up to voluminous, oil-free hair.

Only Wash Part of Your Hair

If your hair is past the point where dry shampoo can help, section off your hair so your fringe or hairline is left out and clip everything else out of the way. Do a quick, micro shampoo and rinse. A blast of your blow-dryer, and it’ll looks as good as new.

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Get Powdered Up

Volumizing hair powders are part-dry shampoo, part-texturizer, they come in salt shaker-like dispensers and help mop up oil while giving insane texture. My fave is the L’Oreal Professionnel Techni Art ‘Texture Dust’.

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WANT TO DITCH YOUR DRYER?


If your hair is feeling especially crispy lately, it might be time to consider a detox from your hair dryer. Sure, the handy tool has been your savior in many a hair emergency, and yes, nothing else gives you quite the same sleek, shiny finish, but here’s the truth: All that heat is wearing your hair out in a serious way. The breakup doesn’t have to be hard (or even permanent, since a week-long break will do wonders). Curious about living a life free from this styling tool?

serlin_31221Don’t be afraid to style wet hair- You don’t wanna leave the house with hair dripping down your face but that doesn’t mean damp hair is the enemy either. Slightly damp hair is easier to style when it comes to braids and if you twist your hair into a bun and leave it to dry, it will have a tousled textured finish-all without heat.

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Prep the night before-If you’re going to take your blow-dryer out of the equation, you might have to consider another change: showering and shampooing at night. A big lifestyle change? Perhaps. Let your hair dry off naturally and just before bed, plait it into one large plait, starting as high up as you can (if you can french plait your own hair thats even better) By the time you take this out in the morning, you’ll be swishing your beach waves all the way to the office.


MAXIMISE YOUR SALON BLOW-DRY


The moment you step out of the salon after a blow-dry you feel invincible. Whether you’re flaunting a big bouncy blowout or super shiny straight hair, for some reason it makes you feel like you could rule the world. The only down side is, that at some point it must come to an end.

To help pro-long the hair high, remember these tips;

Use a scrunchie  – Not just an 80’s flashback these hair tie’s will get your hair out of your way without creating the dreaded ponytail kink.

Invest in a silk pillowcase – It will allow your hair to move freely while you’re sleeping so you can avoid flattening all the volume you got from your hour in the chair.

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Stop touching your tresses – Try not to run your fingers through your hair or play with it when you’re bored. It will increase stimulation to your scalp and cause it to produce unwanted oils. If you do feel like your roots are getting greasy, give them a quick spritz with a volumizing dry shampoo.

Embrace bed head hair – So it’s day three after your blowout, and your voluminous, bouncy locks are looking a bit stringy. No harm done—instead of trying to cling to your former curls, why not rock a different look entirely? Tip your head upside down and shake it with your fingertips, then use some of the L’Oreal Professionel ‘Crepage De Chignon’ for a matte, model-off-duty finish.

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TOP FIVE TEXTURISING WAXES


Waxes aren’t just a product for men with short spiky hair. They’re designed to give definition and shape to a multitude of different manes and are a great aid to putting hair up.

My personal preference is Waxes with a matte finish and a medium to strong hold which leave little to no residue, here are my top five buys;

AVEDA MEN Pure-formance Pomade £19

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L’Oréal Professionnel Deviation paste £13.20

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Davines Strong Dry wax £18.90

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L’Oréal Professionnel Pixie Pommade £13.49

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Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Cotton Uzu (75ml) £17.60

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