RECREATE OUR DUAL TEXTURED COLOUR TROPHY LOOK


GET THE LOOK

Start by prepping the hair with a generous amount of the TechniArt Volume riche mousse from root to tip.

On the ends; apply some of the Dual Styler ‘Liss and pump’ cream.

Blow-dry the product into the hair, directing the hair away from the face.

Take a section from the recession which follows the line of the cheekbone up towards the crown.

Mirror this on the other side and separate the rest of the hair away from this.

Using a dressing brush and some Techni Art Fix Design; smooth the section out whilst brushing backwards. Gather both sides together and secure with an elastic.

Iron out the underneath section of hair

Divide the top section into two; Micro crimp the back which will give volume and height without having to backcomb.

Place the very front section over the crimping/elastic to act as a veil.

Using your irons, rotate down each section ensuring to over exaggerate the movement to create a strong wave.

Slightly separate with your fingertips and finish with a spritz of the TechniArt Air Fix.

 


CLIP IN EXTENSIONS….THE VERDICT


Hair extensions have been around for quite a long time now and the quality just keeps getting better and better. Gone are the days when extensions hung in a plasticky, poker straight veil because now they are practically seamless.

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Obviously there are a million ways of attaching hair extensions now, some more permanent than others, but today I’m talking about hair that comes on a weft with clips attached.

I’m all for hair extensions personally, I work with them a lot, not only on shoots and shows but also in the salon. They help to bulk out a blow-dry or enhance a hair up, but what I find clients love the most about them is if they don’t want the commitment, they only have to wear them on special occasions.

Obviously the work doesn’t stop once you’ve purchased them, to look flawless they need too be cut and coloured to work with your natural hair, if you wear them straight away you run the risk of looking like a playboy bunny.

For anyone with finer hair who would love permanent, bonded extensions but can’t afford it or can’t have them for other reasons…you should definitely invest.

If you do decide that extensions are they way forward, then always remember these points….

Don’t put too much product in them, use a serum when necessary but they hold the style really well.

Wash the extensions in warm water diluted with a tiny bit of shampoo. Do this about every six weeks if you wear the regularly but not if they are just for special occasions.

When clipping them in, slightly backcomb the root area. This will create a solid base for them to sit on.

If you think the hair you buy is too shiny compared with your own, spray some dry shampoo through them which will matte them slightly.

 


SUPPLEMENTS FOR SUPER STRONG HAIR


A combination of over-colouring, styling and poor diet can be lethal to the condition of your hair. When I returned from travelling a few years ago my hair was in tatters and I wasn’t sure which way to turn. I’m not usually one for taking supplements however I was at breaking point with my hair, so I gave the ‘Kérastase Nutrients” a go.

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I was a little skeptical at first, as so many supplement companies promise the world however as I knew the brand and had used their products for years, I was optimistic.

After taking the tablets for 2 weeks, I definitely noticed a huge change, not only in the strength but my hair felt thicker and had it’s shine back.

After I’d completed the 8 week course, my hair was pretty much back to where I had started prior to my trip. I’d recommend this product to anyone who is worried about their hair, and teamed with the Kérastase resistance range, its a force to be reckoned with!


PRODUCT OF THE WEEK…..SHOW BEAUTY WORKING TEXTURE SPRAY


Watch this space for the hottest new haircare brand to arrive. Their collection of luxe lotions and potions all arrive in perfume quality packaging however don’t be fooled by their old school glamour exterior, because these products certainly know how to exaggerate volume, texture, shape and style.

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I’ve particularly taken a shining to the ‘Working texture spray’ and haven’t stopped using it since I was kindly given a bottle. The ideal combination of luxury ingredients allows this spray to separate, mould and give extra volume to any length hair. The versatility of using it on wet or dry hair means it suitable for any hair type or lifestyle whilst protecting your tresses from thermal tools…..whats not to love?

I’ve been braiding my freshly washed hair in a french plait at night and spraying this wonder mist on liberally in the mornings. It gave me masses of texture without it feeling sticky or crunchy and looks like you’ve spent hours on your hair, when actually you had an extra few winks.

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JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL ADVERT


I was fortunate enough to style the hair for the new ‘Johnnie Walker Blue Label’ advert which has also been made into a short film titled ‘The Gentleman’s Wager’ and star’s British actor Jude Law.

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The film, which shows Law relaxing in the British Virgin Islands, sipping the premium Scotch whisky, was shot by British director Jake Scott, and tells the story of two men engaged in a bizarre wager which requires Law to perform a dance in order to win his rival’s prized 1920s yacht.

It was a great job to be part of, the dancing scenes were shot in the breathtaking ‘Wilton’s Music Hall’ which dates back to 1743.

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Click on the link to see the full video….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ7kWpTrtJw

 


CLOUD NINE WHITE ‘TOUCH’ IRONS


I’ve managed to get my mitts on these beauties. Cloud Nine have just released the white version of their newest iron ‘The Touch’ and have kindly given me a pair.

This innovative invention is the world first automatic iron which includes the 360 degree swivel cord which makes styling super easy and chic with this limited edition prestigious pair.

 


STYLING SESSIONS IN DUBAI FOR CLOUD NINE


As UK Creative ambassador for the Cloud Nine, I’ve worked alongside a small team and have designed trend inspired hair seminars for industry professionals. I recently taught out in Dubai which was an amazing experience and great to have the opportunity to see and meet hair stylists working with the brand over in the UAE.

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The sessions for Cloud Nine fuse trends from the catwalk with salon friendly styling and are a great way of keeping staff and clients inspired and contemporary.

Watch this space for our new Autumn/Winter styling sessions coming soon.

 

 


TREATS ON TRIAL: DAVINES ‘OL’ RANGE


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Davines spoilt all attendees of The Coterie in London last week with a generous selection of their hair care and styling range. Don’t be fooled by the pretty packaging because these products don’t just sit dainty on your bathroom shelf.

Enriched with Roucou Oil and 100% Carbon neutral this wonder range not only leaves your hair with staggering shine but also makes it feel incredibly soft and frizz free.

If that isn’t enough to romance anyone the heavenly smell will blow you away. This isn’t a brand to avoid because they are certainly putting themselves on the industry map with their forward thinking range and leading ambassadors. Watch this space!


PRO-LONG YOUR ROOTS


When your roots come through it can be gut wrenching, just when you thought you’d be able to get away with it for those extra few weeks, it hits you as soon as you look in the mirror. The thought of trying to get a last minute appointment pre-holiday can be a task in its self not to mention, you probably haven’t factored in the time to do so.

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Colour WOW can now solve all your problems. The relatively new hair brand have been catapulted into the ‘hair-hero’ limelight with their new wonder product. The hand held device looks similar to an eye shadow palette which will camouflage your roots mid appointment and will wash in and out of your hair- so theres no need to worry.

Not just for grey hair this wonder product, is suitable for all hair types and comes in 6 different colours.  See the results for yourself, on their youtube channel.

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5 HAIR RULES YOU’RE PROBABLY ALREADY BREAKING


1. Play hot and cold as you dry-When blowdrying your hair it’s important that you add a dash of cold air once you’ve finished each section. This will help set the hair and will prevent over-drying and damage.

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2. Drop the towel-Keeping wet strands wrapped in a towel for a half-hour as you do your make-up will just cause frizz! The roughness of the cotton forces your hair cuticles open, making them more likely to go every-which-way. Instead, squeeze out excess water as soon as you’re out of the shower, then let your hair air-dry for five or ten minutes before blowdrying.

3.  Use dry shampoo a different way – Instead of waiting until your locks need an dirt-fighting pick-me-up, apply a dab of dry shampoo to your roots immediately after you wash and dry them. Though your hair’s already clean, the barrier will stave off the debris and oil your strands will collect throughout the day before it hits. Bonus: It also gives you killer volume.

4. Give your locks a burst of cold- Before you hop out of the shower, turn the cold water on for a second and quickly rinse it through your strands. It helps seal the cuticle, adding a sleek finish to your locks.

5.Find a shampoo that lathers less– Sudsy doesn’t necessarily mean clean—sometimes, it means the opposite. Shampoos that lather too much are often overloaded with moisturizing products, which can leave build-up in your hair, making it look and feel dirtier quicker. So opt for a sulfate-free formula (Kerastase Dicipline sulfate-free shampoo is a real delight)