Monthly Archives: December 2014

5 MUST HAVE HAIR MASQUES FOR WINTER HAIR…


Cold winter weather is notoriously rough on our skin, but it also wreaks havoc on our hair. The combo of chilly temperatures outside and cozy temperatures inside (thanks to cranking up the heater) sucks the life—and the moisture—out of our hair. Translation: We’re left with strands that are dry, dull, and extra-prone to breakage and frizz. Sound familiar? Then its time to give your hair some serious TLC.

Kérastase Nutritive Masquintense Cheveux Epais Treatment for Dry Hair – Thick Hair 200ml

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Kérastase Discipline Maskeratine Smooth-in-Motion Masque 200ml

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L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Intense Repair Masque 200ml

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L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Masque 200ml

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Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ultimate Remedy Masque 200ml

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PLUMP UP YOUR PONYTAIL


It can be pretty disheartening when you scoop your hair up into a ponytail, only to find it resembles a thin, limp whisp…..not the abundant mane you had in mind? Here are a few tricks to give the illusion of masses of hair in your ponytail;

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One of the main problems with fine hair is that it falls flat in a ponytail. To combat a droopy pony, prop it up. It’s as easy as using two hair ties. Doubling up gives your ponytail a little extra lift. You can also hold it up with bobby pins. Simply make an X with the pins right at the base of the ponytail to give your hairstyle a boost.

Or you can double up on actual ponytails. Separate your hair into two sections, tie off the top portion, and then tie off the bottom half. The first pony will fall on top of the second pony, camouflaging it and leaving you with the illusion of one fuller, longer ponytail.

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Teasing your ponytail to add volume is a no-brainer, but if you’re only backcombing one section, your pony is not living up to its potential. Instead, split your hair into thirds (yes, even the puniest of ponytails can be divided up into three sections) and tease each one for major volume.


THE FESTIVE FAUX BOB


The faux bob is a brilliant way of changing up your style quickly but without the commitment. Gemma Chan wore her hair in a retro waved version for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards recently, so I decided to gather my favourites to inspire you to change up, your hair up this season;

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5 MUST HAVE HAIR GIFTS


Present buying can be a mind field, making sure you’ve got the right thing in the right size can be a risky nightmare.Well worry not, because these best sellers are guaranteed to get you in the good books and work wonders for all hair types.

‘THE O’ rollers by Cloud Nine.

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This heated velcro roller set combines luxe packaging with innovative technology – £195

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The Tangle Teezer Baublelicious Compact Styler £12.99- No girl should live without this wonder brush.

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Buy 3 L’Oreal Proffessionnel Mythic Oil products and get a free travel hairdryer, this is a great way of bulking out a present and the hair products are ideal for all hair types. You can buy this from any L’Oreal Professionnel salon.

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This new environmentally friendly hairdryer by Parlux not only promises to reduce drying time but to also lower electricity usage. My Parlux has lasted me over 4 years, so well worth the £85 investment.

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And finally, who would want to live without their trusty straightening irons. The perfect gift for a loved one this Christmas, this Cloud Nine limited edition Iron is an award winning tool that leaves hair looking amazing whilst also keeping the temperature down. £129.00


HAIR NEEDS DETOXING TOO


It’s not just our bodies that need detoxing, our hair rarely gets a rest especially at this time of year. Coated in an array of different hair products sometimes our tresses need a super cleanse to be able to jump back to life and adhere to all our styling wishes.

Theres nothing wrong with laying up the product, I probably use 3-5 different lotions and potions on my hair all at one time. However the important thing is to make sure you’re removing it properly.

‘Kérastase Specifique Bain Divalent Balancing Shampoo’ (£17.50) removes any product and cleanses the oil at the roots whilst still locking the moisture into the ends- this also has the INSTYLE seal of approval and won the best beauty buy of 2013.

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The Kerastase Christaliste Shampoo (£16.50) and conditioner literally makes your hair squeak it’s so clean, perfect for those of you who are heavy handed with the hairspray.

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If you have oily hair like me you really need to invest in the Shu Uemura cleansing Oil shampoo (£31.50). Not only does it last forever but it also removes any dirt/oil from your hair whilst enriching it with luxurious oils- well worth the investment.

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HOW TO AVOID HAT HAIR


Blogs, magazines and social media platforms are filled with street style picture’s of über cool girls, sporting a range of delightful wintery hats. It’s all well and good while the hat is on your head but what happens when you arrive at the office, by which time the hat has caused havoc on your hair? Here are a few tips to prevent those awkward kinks we all hate.

The problem with hats is that where your head gets warm under the hat it pulls the hair down for a kind of greasy, flat effect at the roots. Firstly I think it’s so important to have a can of dry shampoo either on you or at your destination. I love Batiste’s mini version that you can just throw in your bag. Then, when you take off your hat, just tip your head upside down and shake a load of it through your hair to refresh the roots.

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If you’re worried about the dreaded ‘ring-like’ kink that hats tend to leave, but still want some hair to fall out around your shoulders then try my faultless hat tip; divide your hair into two, leaving the underneath section to fall down. Then with the top section, simply twist and pin this into a flat bun. Later when you remove the hat, you can also remove the twist allowing the hair to fall in large tousled waves.

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 The thing is, once dry hair is set in a certain way then the only way to take it back to how you started is with water. If you have a major kink, then go to the bathroom and wet your hair, dry it under the hairdryer to get rid of extra stubborn marks.

But it’s also important to put your hat on strategically, in the direction in which you want your hair to fall. If you have a fringe then don’t push it back in the opposite direction – you’ll just end up looking like you’re from There’s Something About Mary.