Medium Hair Styles

Top 3 Hair Irons For That Salon Look

Isn’t it true that we always want what we don’t have? Those who have straight hair want curls and those of us who have curly hair want it straight. If you’re one of those people who fall into the latter category then it’s an easy transition from curly to straight, provided you have the right tool for the job. So here are three of the best hair irons to give you the look like you’ve just stepped out of the salon.

ghd Gold Professional

This hair straightener is suitable for use on all hair types and lengths, thanks to the incredibly smooth and contoured ceramic coated plates. The design is compact, it’s cool to touch, it comes with a protective plate so you can pack it away straight after use and the universal voltage is extremely handy if you’re travelling. It also has a sleep mode which activates after 30 minutes of inactivity so you’ll never have to worry about whether you forgot to turn it off or not.  The only downfall? The cost. For one of these bad boys you’ll be looking at upwards of $220USD.

Three Top Hair Irons For That Salon Look


Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium

This compact hair straightener is instantly hot and reaches a temperature of 450 degrees Fahrenheit, whilst still being cool enough to handle. The titanium plated plates reduce frizz and give hair a sleek and smooth look after just one glide through the hair. There are different heat settings, depending on how curly your hair is to start with. The cost is much cheaper than the ghd gold and you can pick one up for just over $130USD.

Three Top Hair Irons For That Salon Look

Sedu Pro Ionic

The Sedu Pro Ionic is slightly larger in size than the previous two straighteners yet still compact. The ultra-smooth polished plates are made from tourmaline infused ceramic which reduces static and eliminates frizz and they heat up in under 25 seconds. There is an adjustable temperature control which ranges from 240-410 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on your hair type and this straightener comes in either one inch or one and a half inch plates. The cost of a Sedu Pro Ionic is approximately $120USD.

Three Top Hair Irons For That Salon Look

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Choosing The Right Hair Colour For Your Skin Tone

Have you ever walked into a hair salon and flicked through the pictures in the magazines, finally pointed to a picture and said “I want that colour!”?  I think most of us have been there. Wouldn’t it be so nice if everyone suited every hair colour?  Unfortunately it’s not so, and if you get it wrong the result can be a washed out, tired and older looking you. If you get it right however, your hair colour can not only help you to look younger, but it can also make your best facial features shine.

Firstly, hair colour can be plotted on a scale from one to ten, with one being black and ten being platinum blonde.  As a general rule, it is suggested that you don’t go more than two levels or shades above or below your natural hair colour.  If you do choose to step outside that range you could risk the colour looking fake and you’ll most likely have a hard time maintaining it because it is so different to your natural colour.

Also, before you decide on a colour you need to determine whether your skin tone is cool or warm:

  • Cool skin tones are normally accompanied by blue, grey or dark brown-black eyes, the veins in your wrist have a blue tint and your skin looks healthiest when you wear pure white
  • Warm skin tones are normally accompanied by green, hazel or warm brown eyes, the veins in your wrist have a greenish tint and your skin looks healthiest when you wear off-white or beige

So, with that in mind, here are some of the best colours for your skin tone and colour:

Dark skin

If you have a warm skin tone then consider colours such as mahogany, coffee or maple brown and if your skin tone is cool then colours such as espresso and black should work best for you.

Olive skin

If you have a warm skin tone then ebony brown, mocha and violet based hues will work best for you whilst those with a cool skin will suit chestnut, auburn and cinnamon.

Medium skin

If you have a warm skin tone colours such as copper or golden caramel will compliment your skin while people with cool skin tones should stick to colours such as ash, walnut and wheat blonde.

Fair skin

If you have a warm skin tone consider colours such as golden, honey and strawberry blonde.  If you have a cool skin tone then platinum and buttery shades will work best for you.

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Celebrity Hairstyles We Want For Ourselves

Are you feeling flat and in need of a new hairstyle?  Take some inspiration from these celebrity medium length hairstyles that we wish we had at the moment.

Reese Witherspoon

What’s not to love about this gorgeous cut of Reese Witherspoon’s?  It’s feminine, sexy, low maintenance and the perfect length to compliment her petite frame.

Celebrity Hairstyles We Want For Ourselves

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Rachel McAdams

We love Rachel’s red locks and even though she’s been blonde, dark brown and even pink, we think she glows even more when she’s a redhead.  This vintage inspired hairstyle would work perfectly for a glamourous event, especially teamed with the same bold lipstick.

Rachel McAdams

Claire Danes

Claire pulls off this gorgeous blonde hairstyle so effortlessly.  With a side part and soft waves that fall from below the chin, this is one look that never goes out of fashion.

Claire Danes 

Emily Blunt

This sophisticated look is simple yet stunning.  Her medium length locks have been tucked under into a faux-bob style and one long curl has been left loose.  Accompanied with a simple hairclip and dazzling earrings this hairstyle is spot on for a night out.

Celebrity Hairstyles We Want For Ourselves

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Rose Byrne

These sexy blunt bangs are great for women with thick hair and are very low maintenance.  As long as you have a good hair straightener to keep them looking smooth and silky this look can be perfect for day and night.

Celebrity Hairstyles We Want For Ourselves

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Taylor Swift

She used to have gorgeous long hair but she boldly chopped off her locks recently and now has this sweet and sophisticated bob.  Her fringe is swept over to the side and a few curls have been added to the front while the remainder is sleek and straight.

Celebrity Hairstyles We Want For Ourselves

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5 Medium-Length Celebrity Hairstyles We Love

Growing out short hair and feeling less than inspired? You’re in luck, because these five celebrity hairstyles should convince you that a medium-lentgth hairstyle is just as chic as a bob or long hair. A style that isn’t too long or too short will frame your face, and has plenty of versatility with how you style it.

Jessica Alba’s ombre waves
One of the hottest celebrity hairstyles, Jessica Alba’s ombre waves is a great example how to style thick, naturally wavy hair. Jessica’s hair falls just below the shoulders, and you can create similar waves at home using a clamp less curling iron. But this hairstyle, which is ideal for oval-shaped faces, looks equally great straight.


Amy Poehler’s wavy bob
Funny woman Amy Poehler’s bob falls just at her shoulders, with a wispy fringe, swooped to the side, that frame her forehead and allow her to wear her hair up or down. To get Amy’s slight wave, cut  layers to create movement and use a large-barrel curling iron. This medium-length hairstyle is especially flattering on heart-shaped and round faces.


Gwnenyth Paltrow’s long straight layers
Gwyneth Paltrow let her blunt bob grow out into a medium-length hairstyle with long layers that are especially defined at the ends. The super straight finish is perfect for a really strong, polished look. Use a straightening balm before straightening the hair, and finish with a light hold hairspray to tame flyaways. Try tucking one side of the hair behind the hair to show off fabulous earrings when going out.


Rachel McAdams’ loose curls
Rachel McAdams has gone from blonde to brunette to red, but always comes back to medium-length hair, which shows off her flawless skin and sparking eyes. Not ready to go all-out red like Rachel? Try auburn highlights, then have your stylist cut shapely layers which become more defined when curled in a loose spiral pattern with a medium-barrel curling iron or flat iron. It’s the perfect hairstyle for anyone with an oval face.  


Katy Perry’s Old Hollywood curls
Katy Perry is the queen of transformation, so one day she might be wearing a platinum blonde wig, and another day, a retro updo. But one look she keeps coming back to medium-length hair that falls just below the shoulders. The Old Hollywood curls is a classic style that takes from you from day to night. Start by parting the hair to the side, and use large rollers to curl the ends of the hair. Try an intense hair colour like Katy’s rich chocolate brown to make the hairstyle stand out even more.

Which celebrity has your favourite medium-length hair?

Get The Look: Lily Collins’ Textured Waves Hairstyle

Lily Collins’ textured waves with a centre part as seen at the Vogue Fashion Fund event at the Chateau Marmont in L.A. yesterday is such a cute hairstyle for short to medium-length hair. Here’s how celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak created the look in just a few easy steps.

1. Mara started by spraying Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray then rough drying the hair using the Harry Josh Pro Tools Hairdryer.

2. Next, she waved Lily’s hair using a one-inch barrel iron, creating a natural, textured wave.

3. To break up the style, she then used Serge Normant Dry Shampoo all over.

4. Then to add a bit more ‘piecey-ness,’ Mara rubbed Kevin Murphy Night Rider Matte Texture Paste into the palms of her hands and ran it through her hair.

5. Finally, she sprayed L’Oreal Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray all over to seal the textured wave.

What do you think of Lily Collins’ wavy hairstyle?