BEST HAIR PRODUCTS FOR CURLY HAIR


Girls with straight hair don’t understand the issues that curly haired girls have; the fuzz, the frizz and the thirsty ends. So here are my top products for those of you wanting to increase the bounce and tame the kinks;

‘Spiral Splendour’ by L’Oreal Proffessionel is a wonder product for curls. You only need a tiny amount that you twist into the hair when its wet. It doesn’t leave the hair sticky or saturated in product and encourages those wild curls.

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The Kérastase Curl Fever gel is perfect for those of you whose curls seem to drop out as the hours go by. Apply one or two pumps to the towel-dried hair and leave to dry naturally or blow dry using a diffuser.

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If you, like many of the curly haired girls around suffer with wild straight bits, why not invest in a curling wand and randomly pick strands up and wrap them around. The heat of the barrel will smooth any flyways hairs as well as giving you effortless looking curls. The Cloud Nine Original wand has a tapered barrel which can give you a variety of curl sizes.

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MY TOP FIVE DRY SHAMPOO’S


If I had to take just five products to a desert island,  dry shampoo would be chief on the list. Since bursting onto the beauty market several years ago, these handy body-builders, sweat-eliminators, and blowout-extenders have changed our lives for the better. Oily, limp locks? Throw some dry shampoo in your scalp and seconds later you’ve got fresh, volumized hair that looks just-washed. Because my love of the product borders on obsession, I wanted to share with you my favourite five;

You don’t have to fear the tell-tale white stain with the Kérastase ‘Powder Bluff‘ spray. It also doubles up as a texture spray and smells incredible.

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With one can being sold every 2 seconds, bathrooms the world over must be enveloped in the signature citrus scent of Batiste! The versatile nature of this dry shampoo means you can give your roots a refreshing and volumising boost or use it to help with up styling hair too. With it’s mega drying  out ability this is a ‘must’ for any gym bag.

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L’Oreal Professionnel Techni Art ‘fresh dust’ leaves your hair feeling as if its just been washed. I use this spray all the time when I’m putting hair up too because it drys it so it’s mega easy to work with.

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For a dry shampoo that not only feels good in your hair but also looks incredible on your bathroom shelf; choose SHOW beauty’s dry shampoo.

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And last but no means least is the Shu Uemura Art of Hair Volume Maker. Not in your usual bottle this dust/dry shampoo comes with a powder brush for those of you who aren’t all that at applying it. Simply brush over your root area for volume that will last until you next wash your hair; this is also a wonder product for hair ups. Shu_Uemura_Art_of_Hair_Volume_Maker_1378373697_main

 


WHAT IS TONING SHAMPOO


Toning shampoo, also commonly recognised as simply “purple shampoo,” it’s a pigment depositing shampoo, and is a great way to freshen up blonde hair in-between salon visits.

As blonde hair oxidizes it can begin to turn yellow or orange.” The purple pigments work to counteract those tones–purple and yellow are exact opposites on the colour wheel.

A good toning shampoo can keep silver strands sparkling too. Purple shampoo is also great for anyone with silver or grey hair, which can turn yellowish due to various factors such as the environment and smoke.

I recommend using the shampoo once or twice a week to maintain colour and combat dullness, lather it up and let it sit for 5 minutes.

If you do over-do it with the purple shampoo, don’t fret. Another wash with a clarifying shampoo will remove any evidence of overindulgence.

My Favourite are by L’Oreal Professional; Shine Silver and Shine Blonde. £9.95 (The silver is much stronger than the blonde’


SHORTLISTED AS ‘THE BACKSTAGE STYLIST’


I am so excited to announce I have been shortlisted in the ‘Backstage Stylist’ category for The Hair Awards 2015.

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I was delighted to hear that the Sally Montague Hair Group has also been shortlisted in two other categories; with Deesh as ‘Best Extensionist’ and Belper for ‘Best Regional Salon’……Fingers Crossed!

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Heres who we’re up against http://thehairawards.com/the-cut-3/ 


CURLING MISTAKES TO AVOID


Are you getting frustrated because your curls aren’t coming out like the tousled goddess waves you’re seeing on Pinterest?

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You need to make sure you’re using your curling appliance correctly in order to achieve those enviable results. Follow these simple tricks and your ‘bad curl days’ will be a thing of the past;

If you have fine hair that doesn’t hold curl, one go with a curling iron isn’t going to change anything. Instead, you should be setting each curl— wrap the curled section around the width of two fingers and clip it in place. Doing this will allow your hair cuticle to cool in a curled position, instead of hanging from your head, where gravity works against you.

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Don’t rely on hair spray to hold each curl, you need to be prepping your hair first. It’s all about mousse if you want it to hold all night – The hair needs to feel saturated in product so apply at least 2 apple sized amounts to your hair before you dry.

If you are using a curling tong never drag the tool down the section and then roll it up from the bottom. This will straighten the hair before curling which will give extra heat damage and a pathetic curl at the end that won’t hold very well. Start by wrapping the hair around the barrel and then close the clasp. Wands are a much easier way to curl your hair and the ‘Waving Wand‘ by Cloud Nine gives an amazing result.

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Just like makeup brushes, your curling iron should be cleaned routinely—otherwise, the product buildup and residue can prevent the heat from distributing evenly when you try to use it. The easiest way to clean your curling iron is to pour a bit of rubbing alcohol on a damp cloth or cotton ball and rub it gently over the barrel (obviously when it’s off). If there’s stubborn buildup that isn’t budging, you can give it a swipe with a toothbrush, too.

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TIPS FOR APPLYING HAIR PRODUCT


Are you a clumsy product-applier? I hear all too often of over-spraying, moussing and oiling hair, but what can you expect when you put it all on one section of hair?

Try following a few of these tips next time and your sticky hair days will be a thing of the past.

Go slow and start small; especially if you are using a new product. You can always apply more but over doing it will be a lot harder to rectify.

Make sure you are spraying from far away for an even coverage, and shake your head whilst you do it.

Section your hair into at least three sections; this will ensure the product is dispersed evenly.

If you just want the product on the mid-lengths and ends, tie your hair up into a ponytail and then put the product on. This is my favourite tip to avoid oily roots.

Always shake the dry shampoo bottle to avoid a patch of grey (we’ve all been there)

Your hair is a part of you, so let it move!


HIDE THOSE SPILT ENDS


Are you long overdue a haircut but can’t seem to find the time to get to a salon? Split ends are the bane of every girls life so here are a few of my top tips to disguise them without having to desperately seek out the kitchen scissors.

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Leave in conditioner isn’t just a great detangling tool but it will also pack extra moisture into your thirsty ends. Apply it through the mid-lengths and ends before you blow-dry, for incredible shine and healthier looking hair.

Using a straightening iron or curling tong helps to smooth the cuticle for extra shine. Your Hair stylist may bang on about using a heat protector but its for good reason. Shield your hair from all that heat because prevention is always better than cure.

Curls or waves (or any kind of texture) are my go to when my hair is in need of a trim; stay away from hairsprays as they cling on and highlight dry ends.

Serums are an invaluable tools, add a little drop when you’ve finished styling to bind your split ends together.

When all else fails, buns and braids will completely disguise your desperate tresses.


4 WAYS TO WAKE UP WITH BEAUTIFUL HAIR


The thought of having to wash your hair first thing in the morning can fill most of us with dread. Here are a few over-night tips to kick start your day with the mane of your dreams…minus the morning hair burden;

Don’t be fooled into thinking Dry shampoo is just for lazy mornings, it has a multitude of uses including using it before you go to sleep. Spray through the mid-lengths and ends before you hit the hay for fresh, model-off-duty texture when you wake up.

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For a natural looking texture try twisting your hair into one (or multiple) buns. To wake up with effortless tousled hair, simply apply a little product (The ‘Sprial Splendour’ by L’Oreal Professionnel Techni-Art is perfect for this) into damp hair and twist up, sleep in it and shake it out in the morning…its as simple as that.

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This is a trick for the curly-haired ladies: to keep your curls from getting crushed as you toss and turn, flip your head over and tie a silk scarf around your head—it should go from the nape of your neck to the top of your forehead. This will not only keep your hair out of your face, but will keep your natural curl pattern in place and leave you with perfectly formed ringlets in the a.m.

Put a new spin on one of the oldest tricks in the book by adding root spray into the equation. We’ve all heard of braiding your hair before you sleep and waking up with perfectly-beached waves. It sounds good in theory, but all that braiding can actually leave your hair looking limp and lifeless at the roots. The solution? A lifting root spray, like Shu Uemura’s Fiber Lift Protective Volumizer. Add it through your strands before you braid, and remember: the looser the braid, the looser the waves.

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A COFFEE TABLE MUST HAVE; HAIR BY GUIDO PALAU


Most of you hairstylists are probably already hooked on the new hardback book by Guido & David Sims, but for those of you who aren’t aware of it; this unique fusion of hair, fashion and Art is a ‘Coffee table must’.

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Packed with breathtaking imagery, Hair is a David-Sims-photographed beauty of a tome celebrating the art of styling through portraits of Edie Campbell, Raquel Zimmerman, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Ruby Jean Wilson and others as art forms rather than as people – pale-skinned vessels for Palau’s creations. Marland Backus’s hair is worn woven, basket-like over her face, while Kamila Filipcikova’s is teased, Marie-Antoinette-like, into a perfect tower atop her head on the cover.

“When I go out to look for books on hair a lot of them are quite retrospective, a kind of career best-of, or pictures you’ve already seen. There are very few books out there about hair in its pure form so that’s what we did,” he said simply. “It was a challenge but I thought: If I’m going to do a book about hair I want to do it my way. I just went with my gut feeling, and luckily Sims was very happy to go along with my idea. I suppose it has all of my ‘likes’ of style – from punk to new wave to classicism. As a reader you question what it’s really about. And the people look a bit sinister, which I like.” Palau told Vogue.

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 Palau’s latest project was working on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Savage Beauty exhibition at London’s V&A. Having worked on the masks, the theatrical hairpieces and accessories for the New York version of the exhibition – Hair is actually dedicated to the memory of McQueen, with whom Palau worked for many years – he is having to push his creativity even further with the addition of over 30 extra items for the V&A.

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Buy here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hair-Guido-Palau/dp/0847840832/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427102858&sr=8-1&keywords=hair+by+guido


TIP OF THE DAY: SET THE CURL


Have you ever wondered why you can spend hours painfully curling your hair for it to drop just minutes later? The essential tip to keeping your hair in ever lasting style is to let it set.

Whilst the heating process allows your tresses to bend and curl in all directions it’s actually the cooling down process (aka the setting) which is the most important. www-2.cloudninehair.com

If you drop each section out of the curling wand, straight into the palm of your hands and scrunch a few times this will not only cool the curl, but it will also push the heat into the ends allowing them to bend too.

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If you want a shape to last as long as possible; loosely pin each section up after you’ve curled it. Leaving it to cool will also mean you can brush it though countless times and it’ll still be there; perfect for a 3 day hair do!

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