Latest Hairstyles

5 Instant Face-Slimming Hairstyles

Who knew that a hairstyle could slim your face? From Alexa Chung’s wavy bob to ombré, we have found the best hairstyles that flatter your face in an amazing way. Simply take a picture of your favourite celebrity below and let your hairdresser do all the hard work!

RELATED: 5 Celebrity Hairstyles That Work For Fine Hair

Long bob

Try a long bob, which perfectly frames all face shapes. Emma Stone is the ultimate candidate for this style since it flatters her face and the colour is just right!

5 Face-Slimming Hairstyles

Short layers

Shorter layers that fall against the chin are perfect for framing a heart-shaped face. A few highlights is another way to make this look work for longer hair, as seen below on Aishwarya Rai.

5 Face-Slimming Hairstyles

Shaggy bob

If your hair is curly and textured, a shaggy bob is the perfect hairstyle. Don’t go for a blunt cut which can look a little harsh on thicker hair.

5 Face-Slimming Hairstyles

Wispy bangs

Bangs are a fantastic hair trend that is always in style and looks amazing with lighter hair colours. Make sure your fringe hits the area between your eyebrows and eyelashes, anything shorter won’t look too flattering.

5 Face-Slimming Hairstyles

Beachy waves

Sun-kissed waves are so easy to achieve, especially if your hair has a hint of existing ombré. This look is so flattering on all skin tones and is easily replicated with sea-salt spray and a good curling wand.

5 Face-Slimming Hairstyles

Images via Redbook Magazine, ELLE, Daily Makeover, Beauty.com

August 4, 2015

5 Quirky Hairstyles For The Modern Bride

Who says you have to be traditional on your wedding day? When settling on that one hairstyle for your big day, choose something that suits the texture of your hair and is a true reflection of your personal style. We have rounded up five of our favourite quirky hairstyles for the modern bride.

RELATED: How To Wear The Coloured Hair Trend

Messy braid

Take this traditional style and put your own modern spin on it according to the colour and texture of your hair. Accessorise with flowers, pins and crystals to truly make this look your own. Just remember – looks like this are better lived-in! So don’t worry when it starts to fall out after a few hours of dancing.

5 Quirky Bridal Hairstyles 

Faux bob

If you want to keep your hair out of your face without getting the chop, try this quirky faux bob hairstyle. The hair is flipped into itself and pinned into the sides and back of your hair. This makes it easy to conceal bobby pins and looks amazing for a casual summer wedding.

5 Quirky Bridal Hairstyles 

Detailed bun

Bring some spice to a traditional bun by braiding the bottom half of your hair first. This reverse style is easy if you can master the classic french braid and is ideal if you want your hair to stay in place for hours! Just remember to mist your hair with some extra-hold spray before walking down the aisle.

5 Quirky Bridal Hairstyles 

Heart braid

If you’re a bride who is all about the details, then this quirky style is just for you. A cute heart braid is a great way to style thick, straight hair without putting any additional strain on your crown. We haven’t found a tutorial for this look yet, but it doesn’t mean we haven’t tried to recreate it at home!

5 Quirky Bridal Hairstyles 

Coloured hair

If your hair has been coloured a bright and vibrant colour for your wedding, stick to a traditional style to balance out the look. These loose curls fastened with a classic crystal broach are the perfect way to bring some personal style to your look.

5 Quirky Bridal Hairstyles 

Images via Bespoke Bride, Hitched, Pinterest, Alexanders For Hair, Hair Chalk

June 18, 2015

How To Care And Maintain Balayaged Hair

Who doesn’t love the idea of balayage? Root touch-ups are few and far between, damage is almost minimal and all you need is a chop every 4-6 weeks. To keep your blonde balayaged hair looking its best, try a few of these holy grail products to nourish your colour between the salon visits.

RELATED: Get The Balayage Look At Home

Shampoo and Conditioner

Joico’s new shampoo helps to neutralise brassy tones and preserves colour in lightening or highlighted naturally dark brunette hair. Use every 2-3 washes to preserve your hair colour, prevent against fading and always look its best between salon visits.

How To Care And Maintain Balayaged Hair

Joico Colour Balance Blue Shampoo and Conditioner, $19.95 (each)

Leave-in Treatment

A leave-in treatment is another must-have for girls with freshly coloured balayage. Why? It helps to smooth out the hair follicle and won’t dry-out your hair in the process. Apply sparingly to your ends and brush lightly with a wide-tooth comb.

How To Care And Maintain Balayaged Hair

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Leave-In Treatment, $18.95

Toner

There’s no denying that blonde hair can go brassy, it’s just a fact of life! Therefore, make sure to keep a toner or toning shampoo in your bathroom cabinet to bring back some life to your hair. Massage the treatment into your hands, then apply on your hair for 3-5 minutes.

If your balayage is super-light make sure to monitor your hair since it can turn purple! Brunette’s are encouraged to use a silver shampoo to bring back the glow in their balayage.

How To Care And Maintain Balayaged Hair

Redken Blonde Glam Perfect Platinum Colour Treatment, $29

How To Care And Maintain Balayaged Hair

Serums

To keep your ends looking smooth and shiny, use a serum immediately after stepping out of the shower. Just one pump is enough to cover your ends, and make sure to massage it well into the follicle. This is a must-have if your hair has been chemically treated, coloured blonde, or even exposed to the sun and sea.

How To Care And Maintain Balayaged Hair

Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment, $20

Images via This Island Life

May 28, 2015

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Shiny Hair Tutorial

Sarah Jessica Parker is known for her big blonde curls, but since the end of Sex and The City she’s been sporting a sleek, straight hairstyle. To achieve her shiny highlighted hair, it’s important to use a moisturising serum every time you wash your hair and follow it up with a weekly hydrating mask to seal those split ends.

RELATED: Nail Trends You Should Try From MBFWA

Instructions

1. Treat your hair to a weekly hydrating mask, which is essential for locking in moisturise and is ideal for all hair types. Work the product into your hair from root to tip, then let it sit for 30-60 minutes before washing out with shampoo and lukewarm water.

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Hello Hair Hydrating Mask, $15

2. For more frequent hydration, using an oil serum on damp hair. Rub a few drops of product into your fingers, then apply it directly onto the length of your hair. Leave it to air dry naturally, or use a hair dryer on a cool temperature.

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Josie Maran Pure 100% Argan Oil, $48

3. If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful method which is also made from all natural ingredients, look no further than coconut oil. Slather it on your hair and massage it into your scalp to take care of any dry patches or dandruff.

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Bioglan Super Foods Organic Coconut Oil, $12.99

4. For blonde or light brown hair like Sarah Jessica Parker, use a silver shampoo at least once a week to counteract those brassy tones. Not only will it leave your hair looking the perfect shade of blonde, but it will also look healthy and shiny after each wash.

Sarah Jessica Parker's Shiny Hair Tutorial

Avon Advance Techniques Radiant Silver Shampoo, $9.99

Image via Zimbio

May 4, 2015

Get The Look: Scarlett Johansson’s Layered Pixie Crop

If you’re already rocking a shorter hairstyle or need some extra inspiration to chop those long locks, then you’re definitely in the right place. Actress Scarlett Johansson has been sporting a shorter, edgier look over the last few months which is perfect since we’re heading into warmer weather.

RELATED: No-Stress Hairstyles For Short Hair

This easy look can easily be recreated at home with just a few key techniques and holy-grail products.

Instructions

1. Start by using a thickening shampoo which will give your hair some extra lift and texture at the roots. Massage carefully then rinse with cold water to awaken the hair follicle.

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Kiehl’s Since 1851 Ultimate Thickening Shampoo, $24.42

2. Wait for your hair to air-dry, then apply a lightweight mousse into the longer layers. This is perfect since it won’t leave your hair feeling too oily or crispy, and will give it some extra hold.

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Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Mousse, $23

3. Use a round brush and wrap your hair around the bristles. Blow-dry on a cool setting, making sure to alternate layers of your hair. It will create the illusion of extra body at the crown.

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ghd Natural Bristle Radial Brush Size 1, $32

4. To set this all in place, use a hairspray and mist finely over the top of your hair. It will keep everything looking perfect without leaving the hair feeling too dry.

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Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer Micro-Fine Finishing Spray, $45

Images via Zimbio

April 21, 2015

Pixie Cut: Cropped Hairstyles Straight From The Runway

Book that next appointment to your trustworthy hairdresser for one of the most popular hairstyles of the entire season, the pixie cut.

Not only is it so much easier to maintain (say goodbye to your blow-drier), but  it’s totally on trend this season, and looks amazing on blondes, brunettes, and redheads alike!

If you need a little more convincing, we have rounded up some of our favourite pixie cuts of the A/W 2015/16 season below.

RELATED: No-Stress Hairstyles For Short Hair

Blunt bangs

Where: Chanel

Straight, blunt bangs where one of the biggest trends from Paris Fashion Week, especially since they help to carve the swinging sixties set. Ask for additional layers if you hair is thinning out, since it creates the illusion of instant volume.

Pixie Cut - Cropped Hairstyles Straight From The Runway

Side fringe

Where: Burberry Prorsum

Bring some edge to your hair and chop a side fringe. It’s low-maintenance when compared to a front fringe, an can be easily pinned back if you’re having a bad hair day.

Pixie Cut - Cropped Hairstyles Straight From The Runway

Slicked back

Where: Derek Lam

Choose a slicked-back look for those days when you want your makeup to do the talking. To keep all your shorter layers in place, comb a mousse through your ends and secure with a thin elastic.

Pixie Cut - Cropped Hairstyles Straight From The Runway

Hair accessories

Where: Dolce and Gabbana

Don’t miss out on those romantic hairstyles featured at Dolce and Gabbana, just use these tricks instead! Choose some classic floral hair accessories and pin them on the thicker parts of your hair.

Pixie Cut - Cropped Hairstyles Straight From The Runway

Asymmetrical cut

Where: Emilio Pucci

To modernise your classic pixie cut, try a slightly asymmetrical chop – which is shorter on one side, and longer on the other.

Pixie Cut - Cropped Hairstyles Straight From The Runway

Images via style.com

April 1, 2015

Get The Look: Kylie Jenner’s Voluminous Black Bob

While Kylie Jenner is mostly known for her luscious big lips, she’s also been rocking a seriously stylish short bob.

Even if your hair feels thin and lifeless, use our tips below to create a shiny, voluminous hairstyle which is suitable for all occasions.

RELATED: Kylie Jenner’s Lips 

Instructions

1. If your hair is coloured like Kylie’s make sure that you’re using a sulphate-free shampoo. This will help to lock-in your colour for longer, and won’t dry out your ends after each wash.

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Puretopia Sensitive Care Shampoo, $10.99

2. Apply a conditioner to strictly the ends of your hair, and leave-in for 3-5 minutes. Applying it all over the hair (and the root) can actually decrease your volume later on!

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Puretopia Sensitive Care Conditioner, $10.99

3. Spray a colour shine serum lightly through damp hair, concentrating it on your ends.

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Goldwell Dualsenses Color Serum Spray, $13.90

4. Just before blow-drying the hair, use a lifting mousse and scrunch this from root to tip. Make sure your hair is still damp, otherwise it can get quite sticky.

5. As you’re blow-drying your hair, use a few different techniques which will help to create instant volume. Scrunch your hair between your fingers, dip your head upside down and dry it at the roots, and even apply some sea salt spray to awaken the root.

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Schwarzkopt Taft Curl Defining Mousse, $4.49

6. Once your hair is dry, use a finishing spray to lock-in the texture, and make it last for hours. To create some extra volume, part your hair on the side instead of the middle. You will find that it creates more texture at the roots without even trying!

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John Frieda Frizz-Ease Glossing Mist Spray, $16.99

Would you try this style at home?

Image via The Fashion Spot

March 30, 2015

How To: The Deliberate Hair Knot 

Even though we might spend half the morning trying to brush out any knots and tangles, sometimes a deliberate hair knot is the best (and surprisingly chic option) for a lazy hair day.

RELATED: Halo Braid – Which Celebrity Wore It Best?

We’ll take you through each step of this hair tutorial to create a ponytail knot which suits all occasions.

Method

  1. Brush through your hair well with a wide-tooth comb, then part your hair down the middle.
  2. Take the two sections of hair, and tie them into a knot at the nape of your neck.
  3. Tie the ends together with a clear elastic, then secure it again with the help of a few bobby pins. Choose a colour which is closest to the shade of your hair.
  4. Use a bit of texturising spray to add some volume to your ponytail by spritzing and crunching the hair between your fingers. Done!

Image via Beauty High

March 28, 2015

How To Wear Crimped Hair In 2015

Crimping is back and bigger than ever this season, even appearing in the catwalk comeback of John Galliano for prestigious fashion house, Maison Margiela.

But how on earth can we wear this trend in 2015 without looking like we stepped out of 1999? We have found a few hairstyles below which show that this trend is for everyone.

RELATED: Milkmaid Braids Hairstyle At NYFW

Low ponytail

If your hair is naturally straight, tie it into a low ponytail, and wrap a piece of hair to conceal the elastic. Then, take small strands of hair and crimp them in sections. They blend in so seamlessly in this look without appearing too over-the-top.

How To Crimp Your Hair in 2015

Crimp braids

Give braided hair a bit of a fresh look by crimping the layers first. Not only does this give some additional volume and texture to flat hair, but is also quick and easy to achieve if you’re strapped for time.

Crimp the hair in small sections, twist, then secure with a bobby pin.

How To Crimp Your Hair in 2015

Side part

If you’re working with a standard low-bun, bring out the crimper and give some life to those shorter layers at the front. Take small sections of your side fringe, and lightly crimp and place behind your ear to cool, just like Fearne Cotton.

How To Crimp Your Hair in 2015

Faux bob

Go all out and rock your crimps with a faux bob. This look is really simple to achieve if you have a pair of mirrors handy, and will last for days!

Start by crimping the lower layers of hair, then carefully pin inwards and conceal any bumps. Add a headband for extra stability (and it can also keep your hair locked-in place for longer.

How To Crimp Your Hair in 2015

Half-up half-down

Work a traditional half-up half-down hairstyles with a mini-crimper to create the illusion of additional texture. Focus on crimping the hair from root to tip, then lightly mist with some volumising hair spray for a flawless look.

How To Crimp Your Hair in 2015

Images via Alyography, Last Hair Models, Heat UK, Voodou, Suosikki

March 16, 2015

How To Get The Perfect Top Knot

Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that the top knot is a popular hairstyle especially amongst celebrities.

If you want to recreate this easy hairstyle, follow our steps and tips below to make this style your own – in under 2 minutes!

RELATED: Top 7 Fashion Tips For Your Man

Instructions

1. Brush through dry hair to remove any knots or tangles which could compromise the sleek top knot.

2. If you want your hair to look super-sleek, use a multi-purpose oil and lightly coat your hair from root to tip. For more volume, apply some dry shampoo to your roots to lift your hair ever so slightly.

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse with shimmer, $29.99

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Batiste Dry Shampoo Tropical, $15.95

3. Tease the roots with a backcomb, then gather all your hair into a high ponytail. Make sure if feels comfortable and secure – thicker hair may require an extra hair tie.

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Models Prefer Teasing Comb, $4.49

4. Take another hair tie then thread your hair through half way. Simply pin back the extra strands with bobby pins, and create an even top knot with the rest of your hair.

5. Tease the lower strands of your hair by backcombing, and then pin it into the centre. This is a quick and easy way to achieve a top knot, and is even perfect for girls with super thick hair.

Image via Posh 24

February 25, 2015

Sienna Miller’s Pixie Cut Tutorial

No other celebrity can pull-off a pixie cut quite like actress Sienna Miller, and we were thrilled to see that she had chopped her long locks yet again in 2015.

This is the perfect hairstyle for a new mum, since it is so easy to style on a daily basis. We show you how to nail this look with a few essential products which do the job.

RELATED: Volumising Hairstyles For Short Hair

Instructions

1. Whilst your hair is still damp, using a volumising mousse on the roots to give hair that extra lift. This helps to penetrate the follicle, and will create the illusion of thicker, bouncy hair.

Sienna Miller's Pixie Cut Tutorial

Percy and Reed Volumising Mousse, $23.08

2. Depending on how much time you have, either blow dry your hair or let it air dry naturally. Once hair has completely dried, mist lightly with a thermal heat protectant. This will keep your hair in the best state possible, especially if you have bleached the ends.

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Davroe Thermoprotect Thermal Protection Spray, $22.50

3. Take a flat iron, and wrap a thin strand of hair around one side. Leave for 5-10 seconds, then release. Wiggle the hair from side to side in order to create extra body and bounce. Depending on your haircut, you may not need to do this to all of your hair.

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The Farrah Hair Straightener by Halo, $209.95

4. Finally, finish off your hair by misting lightly with a volumising root spray. This is essential if you want your hair to stay in place for hours!

Sienna Miller's Pixie Cut Tutorial

Eva NYC Exclusive Up All Night Volumising Spray, $19.23

Are you loving Sienna’s new hairstyle? Let us know in the comments below.

Image via Vanity Fair

February 11, 2015

5 Trendy Hairstyles Straight From The Catwalk

What better way to gain some inspiration than off the catwalks of Paris during Haute Couture.

The top designers not only showcased some amazing makeup and outfit looks, but the hair was also one to watch for 2015. From Versace to Chanel, we show you some of the hottest hairstyles which you’ll be wearing over the next few months.

RELATED: Beauty Trends From London and Milan Fashion Week

Braids

Where: Valentino

Italian fashion house Valentino brought back braids this season, and accessorised each with dainty flowers and clips. This is the perfect heat-proof style which stays in place all day long, and brings all the attention to your outfit.

5 Trendy Hairstyles From The Catwalk

Bangs

Where: Chanel

Remember the last time you had a full-fringe? It was probably back in the 90’s and most likely accompanied by a bum-bang and acid wash jeans. Karl Lagerfeld is bringing back this ode the nineties, albeit in a chic and sophisticated way. Keep layers long and wispy to frame the face, and make sure hair is squeaky clean to pull off this look.

5 Trendy Hairstyles From The Catwalk

Hollywood curls

Where: Zuhair Murad

Bring back those hot rollers to create this classic look which will never go out of style. Tight curls were accompanied with a sleek look, and glossy red lips which exude Hollywood glamour.

5 Trendy Hairstyles From The Catwalk

Super straight

Where: Atelier Versace

Versace relied on their signature sexy locks to wow the crowds this season, and created a classic winged liner to go along with it. To make your hair last the distance, use a super-strength mousse to weigh down any curls.

5 Trendy Hairstyles From The Catwalk

Slicked back

Where: Armani Privé

Who could resist a slicked-back hairstyle for the summer season? This style says in place all day (even if it’s super windy), and looks amazing for almost any event. Warm the gel between your fingers, then apply directly onto hair. Comb out for best results, then fasten into a bun or ponytail.

5 Trendy Hairstyles From The Catwalk

Images via Style, Now Fashion

February 8, 2015

Jourdan Dunn’s Voluminous Bob Tutorial

It has been months since supermodel, Jourdan Dunn has chopped her hair into a bob.

Despite this, we are still completely obsessed with her new look, and have found some of the best tools and products to recreate it on our own hair. This style is perfect for girls with all hair types, since it creates the illusion of big, bouncy curls.

RELATED: Volumising Hairstyles For Short Hair

Instructions

1. Use a volumising shampoo and conditioning duo to give hair some extra body while it’s still wet. Massage the product gently into your scalp, then keep the conditioner mainly to the ends of your hair. If it penetrates the scalp too much, it could actually weigh down your hair instead of lifting it.

Jourdan Dunn's Voluminous Bob Tutorial

Edward Beale Volumising Shampoo, $8.99

Jourdan Dunn's Voluminous Bob Tutorial

Edward Beale Volumising Conditioner, $8.99

2. Once hair has dried naturally (or with a hair dryer if you just can’r wait it out), use a mousse and concentrate it primary to your roots. This helps to create the illusion of body, especially on hair which is thinning or very fine.

Jourdan Dunn's Voluminous Bob Tutorial

Toni & Guy Prep Mousse Volumising Plump, $15.99

3. Take a curling wand with a thin barrel, and curl small pieces of hair away from your face. The reason we’re suggesting a thin barrel, is because it makes hair look big and bouncy with minimal effort.

Jourdan Dunn's Voluminous Bob Tutorial

WAHL Curling Iron, $28.95

4. Set hair with a light finishing spray, and run your fingers through ear curl to make it more prominent.

Image via Standard

February 2, 2015

Chrissy Teigen’s Golden Globes Ponytail Tutorial

Known for her sun-kissed locks and deep-tan skin, model Chrissy Teigen’s look was an instant hit for us here at ‘SHESAID’ at the annual Golden Globes.

We loved her effortless ponytail so much that we created an easy tutorial to replicate this look at home. All you need is a few key products to create that instant body and bounce for an award-winning hairstyle.

RELATED: 3 Cute Ponytail Styles For Long Hair

Instructions

1. Begin with day-old hair which will better hold texture and curls. Freshly washed locks are usually not advised because the squeaky clean follicles have the tendency to cause frizz, which is difficult to maintain at the best of times!

2. Use a root-lifting spray on the base of the hair to create the illusion of instant volume. This will make it so much easier for hair to stay in place for long periods of time.

Chrissy Teigen's Golden Globes Ponytail Tutorial

Living Proof Full Root Lifting Spray, $26

3. Tie hair into a low ponytail on the base of the neck. If your hair is longer, you can also try this style as a super-high ponytail. It will highlight the back of your neck, and stay in place all day long.

4. Using a curling wand, take thin pieces of hair and curl away from the face. Remember, if you want to create the illusion of thicker hair, use thin pieces are mist them lightly with setting spray.

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ghd Soft Curve Tong, $200

5. Once you’re done, release any front layers or bangs for a beachy, bohemian look. Turn your curling wand to the lowest setting, and curl away from the face. If the curls look too defined, simply pin them back and wait for them to settle.

Image via Fashion Times

January 23, 2015

How To Style Bangs

Cutting your hair into bangs or a shorter fringe doesn’t have to change your entire look.

Not only does it give some character to straight, lifeless hair, but it creates lots of volume with minimal input. We share with you some of our favourite ways to style bangs or a shorter fringe for the new year.

RELATED: 5 Of The Best Celebrity Hairstyles With Fringes

Loose curls

Run through your bangs with a wide-tooth comb to untangle any knots, and keep hair silky smooth. For a natural body and bounce, avoid using too much conditioner on this part of your hair, and use a light volumising mousse on damp hair.

Curl the rest of your longer layers, and apply some dry shampoo to your scalp for extra lift! Applying a concentrated dose of sea-salt spray is also a great way to inject a little character into your bangs without using heat.

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High ponytail

Not only is a high ponytail appropriate for any type of weather, it also looks great when paired with a full fringe! Section your hair, and secure your ponytail back with an elastic. Then use a round brush and blowdryer to create instant body on your bangs.

This is a flattering hairstyle for girls who have longer side bangs (just like Nicole Richie), and want to frame the outer dimensions of their face. Straighten any stray hairs and apply a generous coat of hairspray to keep everything in place.

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Side bun

Shift your bangs over to one side just like Selena Gomez for a sophisticated evening look. Work with the rest of your hair to create a messy bun, and pin back any loose hairs around your face. Use a pair of straightening irons to direct hair onto one side of your face, and mist lightly with finishing spray for extra hold.

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January 6, 2015

Izabel Goulart’s Slicked-Back Ponytail

Victoria’s Secret beauty Izabel Goulart is know for her extensive work as a model in her native Brazil, but also for her flawless skin and hair.

This week we’re recreating a super-easy slicked back ponytail which is perfect if you’re on-the-go. Use a few of our holy grail products to achieve this easy look in under 5 minutes.

RELATED: 3 Difficult Hairstyles Made Easy

Instructions

1. Brush dry hair backwards and away from the face, while using a shine serum to create a subtle glow in the roots. To create extra volume, section some hair from the back of your ears, and back-comb for a boost on your roots.

Izabel Goulart's Slicked-Back Ponytail

Garnier Fructis Miraculous Oil, $8.37

2. If your hair is quite fine, use this easy trick to create the illusion of longer, thicker locks. Create a low ponytail with the bottom layer of your hair, and tie with a thin elastic.

Then do the same with the top layer. Spritz the ends of your hair with a volumising powder if you want it to be big and bouncy, or use an oil to make it straight and sleek – your choice!

Izabel Goulart's Slicked-Back Ponytail

Schwarzkopt Extra Care Instant Volume Powder, $8.99

3. If you have a natural middle part to your hair, keep this and carefully comb hair back and secure with an elastic. Use a setting spray over the top for extra hold, and fix any bumps with bobby pins which match the shade of your hair.

Izabel Goulart's Slicked-Back Ponytail

Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play, $24.95

Image via Style Bistro

December 16, 2014

Get The Look: Selena Gomez’s Voluminous Curls

There is no denying that singer and actress Selena Gomez, has some of the best locks in the business.

While we love her hair looking super-straight and sleek, there’s just something about a curly hairdo which is perfect for creating drama on sad, lifeless hair. Create this look at home by following our five simple steps below.

RELATED: Lara Bingle Launches The Base

Instructions

1. Start with hair that has been freshly washed and blow-dried, preferably using a volume-maximising shampoo and conditioner. Work the product into your scalp, and massage for a few minutes into the follicles of your hair.

Get the look - Selena's Voluminous Curls

Carolyn Harding Volume Maintenance Shampoo Wash, $13.99

2. When you’re just about finished in the shower, rinse hair one last time with cold water – this helps to keep hair shiny and frizz-free! While your hair is still wet, use a leave-in conditioner to control dry hair, and lock-in moisture without leaving hair too oily.

Get the look - Selena's Voluminous Curls

KMS California MOISTREPAIR leave-in conditioner, $31.95

3. To create Selena’s signature curls, use hot rollers or a curling wand. In this case, we suggest using a curling wand since it’s so much easier to use! Depending on how thick or thin you want your curls, choose a larger barrel for big curls, and a smaller barrel for tighter ones.

Grab small pieces of hair, curl from root to tip, and remember to style hair away from your face. This will ensure that your curls look natural rather than framing the face in an unflattering way.

Get the look - Selena's Voluminous Curls

John Frieda Curling Tong, $49.99

4. Spritz hair lightly with a heat protecting spray, and make sure to keep product away from the roots. Curl your hair working in sections, and start from top to bottom (this ensures that the curls on the top remain intact).

Get the look - Selena's Voluminous Curls

TRESemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray, $8.04

5. Take small strands of hair from above the ears, and pin back to the sides to achieve this bombshell look. Make sure the pins are the same colour as your hair – this will disguise any hair faux-pas!

Get the look - Selena's Voluminous Curls

Lady Jayne Bobby Pins (Black), $2.99

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November 28, 2014

Get The Look: Marion Cotillard’s Wavy Bob

French actress Marion Cotillard is known for her sweet demeanour and signature brunette locks. You might be familiar with Cotillard, as she played Edith Piaf in Academy Award winning film La Vie En Rose, and signed onto countless Christian Dior campaigns thereafter.

If you have similar hair to Marion, or wish to create her new wavy bob on yourself, follow our easy guide below!

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Instructions

1. Wash your hair well with a volumising shampoo if you’re in need of some lift – especially on your roots. You might want to leave out a conditioner when creating this look, it will only weigh your hair down.

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Schwarzkopf Extra Care Push Up Volume Shampoo, $6.99

2. Let hair air-dry, then focus on creating some extra volume on your lengths. Combine a few pumps of styling mousse and curl enhancer on both your roots and ends. For best results, work the product into damp hair and massage into the scalp.

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Fudge Liquid Skrewd, $19.99

3. Create a side part, and tuck your fringe or shorter layers behind your ear. This style is also a great option if you’re working with 2-3 day old hair and need to hide an oily scalp!

Use a styling wand to enhance your curls for a naturally tousled look.

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November 19, 2014

Get The Look: Victoria Beckham’s Updo

Nowadays Victoria Beckham is known for her remarkable fashion design as opposed to her hair. But she always looks refined, and wears her hair in very flattering and appropriate styles for the occasion. Her classic updo is easy enough to achieve, all you need is a handful of bobby pins and an extra-strength hairspray to recreate this look.

RELATED: Elegant Updo Hair Tutorial

Instructions

1. Start with air-dried hair, and work with the natural texture of your hair. Not only will this save you some time, but it’ll also guarantee that your hair will stay in place all day.

2. Carefully comb through the ends of your hair, and apply a shine serum from root to tip. This will leave your hair looking beautiful and healthy.

Get The Look - Victoria Beckham's Updo

Goldwell Elixir Oil Treatment, $28.50

3. Pull your hair up and away from the jawline at a slight angle – this look is flattering for all women, regardless of hair texture or bone structure. Then secure with an elastic band. Brush through the pony tail to give a little extra thickness.

4. Curl the hair around the base of the ponytail, then secure with bobby pins. Carefully pull out individual hairs to make this hairstyle look lived-in. Set with hairspray.

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November 16, 2014

Get The Look: Kim Kardashian’s Relaxed Curls

You can now recreate Kim Kardashian’s signature loose curls with just a few products and simple techniques. Nail this classic look which is appropriate for a formal event, birthday party, or even if you want to feel glamourous while doing the weekly shop.

RELATED: 3 Office-Friendly Hairstyles For Long Hair

Instructions

1. Wash your hair with a sulphate-free formula (this will keep coloured hair from losing it’s shine, and will protect your scalp from nasty chemicals which can cause dandruff).

Get The Look: Kim Kardashian's Relaxed Curls

Royal Moroccan Hair Repair Shampoo Sulfate-Free, $17.99

2. Apply a nourishing treatment such as Argan Oil to your ends – perfect for women suffering from split-ends, dry hair, or even the over-bleaching their ends which leaves hair brittle.

Get The Look: Kim Kardashian's Relaxed Curls

Lee Stafford Argan Oil, $20.95

3. Blow-dry hair with a diffuser, this may take a little longer but will cause minimal damage to your hair. Don’t forget to use a cool setting as well!

Get The Look: Kim Kardashian's Relaxed Curls

VS Sassoon Expert Turbo Dryer, $51.99

4. Divide hair into two parts using a hair clip to remove the top layer from the bottom. Apply a heat-protectant spray to your ends, since this will ensure that no additional damage will occur as a result of styling products.

Get The Look: Kim Kardashian's Relaxed Curls

Joico Smooth Cure Thermal Styling Protectant, $26.95

5. Use a curling wand to take sections of hair about 2 inches thick and curl away from the face. This is important since you will achieve a natural curl, always remember this rule! Work from top to bottom to ensure that the outer layers of hair won’t drop.

Get The Look: Kim Kardashian's Relaxed Curls

The Marilyn by Halo, $139.95

6. When you’re done, loosen the curls with a wide-tooth comb.

Get The Look: Kim Kardashian's Relaxed Curls

Model’s Prefer Wide Tooth Comb, $4.99

7. Spritz some finishing products through your ends to keep your hair looking fresh and defined for hours!

Get The Look: Kim Kardashian's Relaxed Curls

John Frieda Frizz Ease Perfect Finishing Polishing Serum, $16.99

Image via Hollywood Life

November 9, 2014

Recreate J-Law’s Elegant Updo

Whether it’s cascading down her back, brushing against her shoulders, or a short pixie crop, there is no doubt that Jennifer Lawrence can pull off almost any hairstyle. This look at the 2013 Golden Globes was just before J-Law took the plunge and chopped her long locks, but we can still reminiscence about this, right?

Try this easy hairstyle on your own hair, especially if it’s long with a touch of body and bounce at the ends.

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Instructions

1. This look is all about texture – if you don’t have natural curls, you can always fake them with a curling wand! To create those tiny baby curls, use a wand that is less than 30 inches wide, it will give you the most natural curls for this particular look. Curl tightly and away from the face – this means that your curls are less likely to look artificial.

2. After you’ve curled all of your hair (this could take a bit of time, especially if you have super-thick hair!), carefully brush the curls with your fingers. This is nothing too drastic, and won’t change the shape of your curls, or cause them to straighten out. If you have naturally curly hair, then this step isn’t required. Simply apply a touch of texturising mousse onto your roots for that va-va-voom!

3. Divide the hair into two sections (top and bottom), then work with the bottom layer. Give your hair a loose fishtail braid, and secure with a hair tie that is similar to the colour of your hair. After you’re done, pull the braid apart to add texture.

4. Pin the braid onto the roots (behind your left ear), and tuck in the end with a bobby pin. Use as many pins as you need until your hair feels secure. Then simply follow this same step with the rest of your hair.

5. If you have shorter layers at the front such as a fringe, curl this away from your face, and secure with a bobby pin for a refined look.

6. Use a little hairspray (KMS California HAIRPLAY makeover spray, $28.95) to keep it all together, but don’t go overboard since it can ruin the soft texture of your bohemian undo!

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October 28, 2014

Tried And Tested: Minikin Hair Extensions

I’m generally pretty reluctant to make dramatic changes to my hair, especially something risky like hair extensions. We’ve all heard – and seen – the horror stories (sorry Britney Spears, we’re thinking of you). Inevitably, though, I got so fed up with my hair stubbornly refusing to grow that extra two inches that I decided to try hair extensions for the first time.

Before taking this big leap of faith, I was determined to do my research. I firstly learned there are two types of human hair extensions. Virgin hair extensions are 100% human hair, cut off in one ponytail, and have never been processed in any way. By comparison, remi (or remy) extensions – the most common type across Australia – have been chemically treated to achieve a different colour and/or to set all hair follicles in the same direction.

Further research taught me the different ways hair extensions can be applied. My hair is already quite damaged, so I wanted to avoid tapes and glues that would need to be removed with acetone. Meanwhile, weaves are more suited to people with shorter, coarser hair. That made microbeads (or microrings) the best option for my new do. The latest innovation in this type of extension is the minikin bead, which is about one-tenth the size of a regular microbead.

Like a virgin

At my initial consultation at Lady Boss Hair in Sydney’s Newtown, it was recommended I get a full head of minikin extensions, to add both volume and length. The actual application process took just under three hours, including hair colour matching (Lady Boss Hair claims to use only virgin Russian hair) and a cut and style at the end.

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A month down the track, I’m pleased to report that my experience with minikin bead hair extensions has been mostly positive. I’ve certainly received lots of compliments from loved ones about how healthy my hair is looking, how much it has grown, etc., so the virgin hair was obviously a good call. Personally, I’m also pretty pleased to be rocking my favourite styles with longer, thicker hair that everyone else thinks is my own.

Keepin’ it real

Some specific maintenance is required to naturally integrate the minikin extensions. For example, your own hair needs to be strategically styled to mask the beads, especially with ponytails and other up-dos. (This is probably partly why stylists won’t apply extensions to hair shorter than 10 centimetres.)

The virgin hair extensions also need to be washed with non-sulphate products, which may be an added expense for some. And whilst the extensions can be blow-dried, straightened, and curled like your own hair, a wide-tooth brush or comb is required to avoid tugging at the extensions. That’s fine if you’re happy to wash-and-wear, but a proper blow-dry takes longer than normal because individual sections need to be carefully separated and lifted to limit pull on the beads. Even with these precautions, I found that individual extensions started dropping out after a couple of weeks. So far, it has only happened when I’m washing my hair, but I am returning to the salon to have my extensions re-fitted/adjusted after just four weeks – well ahead of the prescribed six-eight weeks – to avoid any embarrassing situations.

Minikin extensions? Yes or no?

I’d certainly recommend minikin bead extensions if you’re looking to add natural-looking volume and/or length to your hair, but do beware of the time and costs for ongoing maintenance. You’d also better sign up with a stylist you like because you’ll be undoubtedly be spending more time in the salon chair each month.

By Deanne Jackson

October 26, 2014

Get The Look: Miranda Kerr’s Slicked-Back Hair

If you want to keep hair out of your face, or simply are out of time when preparing for a night out, then definitely try the slicked-back look. Celebrity fans include supermodel Miranda Kerr, reality television star Olivia Palermo, and even one of our favourite actresses – Emma Watson.

This hairstyle can be worn for a variety of different events, and can also hide some third or fourth day hair (if you know what we mean). Follow these steps to achieve a flawless hairstyle which suits everyone’s face!

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Instructions

1. Give your hair a spritz with some texturising spray, then comb carefully from root to tip. Make sure to take particular care if you have any nasty knots at the nape of your neck – remove them by applying a bit of detangling spray.

2. Now part your hair in the middle, then comb the excess hair onto each side.

3. Taking an elastic, you can now gather your hair and tie into either a ponytail or bun at the nape of the neck. This depends on which hairstyle is better suited to the texture of your own hair. If you have layered hair, then definitely stick to a ponytail which will last longer.

4. Pin back any stray hairs, and comb through the roots to make sure there aren’t any bumps.

5. Accessorise with some fancy hair pieces if your outfit requires a little more oomph.

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October 17, 2014

Haircare Tips For Redheads

Do you have naturally red or red coloured hair? Then you would know of the struggles that redheads have with maintaining their colour and shine on an everyday basis. Just like any other colour, redheads need to pay attention to their hair, especially in the warmer months of the year when chlorine and sea water can cause damage to the quality of colour.

Follow just some of our tips and tricks to make your hair look bright and silky all year-round.

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Coconut oil

This inexpensive balm can be used for cooking, skincare, and even for your hair! Packed with loads of vitamins and minerals, you can apply raw coconut oil to your hair as a leave-in conditioner, run it through your ends, and even use as a hair mask. The fantastic thing is that you buy coconut oil almost anywhere, and the smell is pleasant so you’ll never get sick of using it!

Air dry

Sometimes heat or styling products can be the end of red hair since they not only burn the delicate ends, but can also deteriorate the colour. If you are going to dry your hair, make sure to use an oil or serum and apply it at the ends. Otherwise, it’s always a good idea to give your hair a break and let it air-dry a few times a week.

Sulfate-free

The sulfates which are found in most traditional shampoos can be a death sentence to freshly coloured red hair. Sulfates can also irritate sensitive skin, cause a flaky scalp, and even make hair colour seem dull and lifeless. Instead, you want to stick to specialised shampoos that are packed with hair-loving nutrients which won’t cause your ends to break or become brittle.

Stay out of the sun

Or just wear a wide-brimmed hat! You’ll find that red colour-treated hair can usually go lighter, or even blonde after prolonged periods of time in the sun. If this happens to you, use a hair mask at least once a week to lock-in moisture and keep your hair feeling hydrated.

Cold water

To keep your colour lasting longer, only wash your hair in cold water. Now this seems a little excessive (the thought of cold showers, that is), but it’s actually really quick and easy. All you need to do is rinse your hair with cold water just before stepping out of the shower.

This is also recommended to all women with colour-treated hair – it will make your shade last longer without another salon touch-up.

Dry shampoo

Don’t wash your hair every single day – if you do, it isn’t guaranteed that your colour will last long. Instead, use a dry shampoo the moment you can feel your hair getting a little bit greasy. Simply spray a small section of hair (usually at the roots), then massage well to avoid any white patches due to the formula. Not only will it make your hair look nice and clean, but will also give some much needed volume to sad hair.

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October 12, 2014

5-Minute Hairstyles For Kids

Avoid chaotic mornings before the daily rush to school, with a few of these easy hairstyles for girls with medium to long hair. Most only require a few hair ties and bobby pins to tame those flyaways, but you can always accessories with pretty clips and ribbons as well.

Keep this guide handy the next time your kids want a fun and easy style for school, without taking too long to achieve yourself!

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Half up, half down

Try this flattering hairstyle on your child with curly or textured hair – if they’re allowed to wear it down at school. Brush away any loose ends, and secure the hair at the crown with a pretty clip or barrette.

Latest hairstyles: 5 Minute Hairstyles For Kids

It should stay out of their eyes throughout the day, and suits both short, medium, and long hairstyles!

French Braid

How can we pass-up a classic french braid? You have the option of dividing the hair into two sections, then starting a quick braid before securing the end with a hair tie. This hairstyle will last all day, especially if your child is active or in a sporting team after school.

5 Minute Hairstyles For Kids Wrapped ponytail

Bring a bit of little bit of life to a ponytail, by disguising the hair tie with your own hair! Simply wrap a few thick strands of hair over the ponytail, then pin down the ends so they can’t be seen.

5 Minute Hairstyles For Kids

Use bobby pins which will blend into the colour of your child’s natural hair, since this will make the hairstyle look professional and flawless!

High bun

If your child has bangs or a front fringe, tie the rest of the hair into a high bun for a classic look. Pin down any strands from the back, and make sure the hair tie is strong enough to support the amount of hair, and is also comfortable for your child to wear for the entire day.

5 Minute Hairstyles For KidsFinish off the entire look with a headband of their choice!

Flipped ponytail

This hairstyle brings a different element to the classic ponytail since the hair is flipped and secured with a tie. The quickest way to master this is by tying the hair at the nape of the neck, and leaving a small gap before flipping the ponytail inwards.

Latest hairstyles: 5 Minute Hairstyles For KidsYou can then plait or braid the hair, adding a fun ribbon at the end.

Images via Ryan Pfluger, Babes in Hairland, Jennis Hair Days

September 23, 2014
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