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5 Edgy Wedding Hairstyles

Who wants a hairstyle which is prim and proper for their wedding day?

Rather than changing your entire look for your wedding, why not consider some of these edgy hairstyles instead. For super-short, mid length or really long hair we have a variety of styles to keep you inspired!

RELATED: 5 Romantic Wedding Hairstyles

Slicked back

Ideal for girls with really short hair, this style is guaranteed to stay in place regardless of the weather. Use a heavy duty wax to keep it all in place, and keep a small comb handy for touch-ups during the day (but we’re sure you won’t need it).

5 Edgy Wedding Hairstyles

Coloured hair

Why not try some colours in your hair? Kelly Osbourne has got to be our biggest inspiration, and truly makes this trend work for any occasion! If your natural hair colour is on the darker side, you do need to bleach it beforehand.

5 Edgy Wedding Hairstyles

Short layers

Give your hair a boost of volume by embracing a multitude of layers to frame your face. This is the best way to create natural volume (which stays in place), and won’t budge for your wedding photos.

5 Edgy Wedding Hairstyles

Faux mohawk

If you have really long hair, why not switch it up and create a truly unique updo. One of the most interesting styles we found was this faux mohawk which is intricately detailed and looks amazing when photographed on the side.

5 Edgy Wedding Hairstyles

Quiff

Style those shorter layers into a trendy quiff which looks amazing on highlighted or naturally blonde hair. This way, all of your layers are perfectly detailed and is still a classic way to style your hair. Trendy and safe all at the same time!

If you have really long hair, style your hair half-up half-down by pinning back those extra layers. Don’t forget to set the entire look with a generous layer of hairspray!

5 Edgy Wedding Hairstyles

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September 5, 2015

Get The Look: Cara Delevingne’s Pastel Pink Hair

Supermodel turned actress Cara Delevingne has abandoned her bronde locks in favour of something a little more festival for summer. She was recently spotted at the Osheaga music festival in Montreal supporting girlfriend, St Vincent. Get this cotton candy hair colour, which is also temporary, with a few of our tips.

RELATED: Celebrity Hair Transformations

Instructions

1. Make sure your hair is light enough to take in the colour. There are a number of pre-lightening formulas available from the supermarket or the drugstore which are easy to try at home.

Get The Look: Cara Delevingne's Pastel Pink Hair

L’Oréal Feria Extra Bleach Blonde, $9.99

2. If you’re using a cream colour, apply it first to your scalp then onto the ends of your hair. Use a comb to evenly distribute the colour without leaving any patches of hair uncoloured.

Get The Look: Cara Delevingne's Pastel Pink Hair

Manic Panic Classic Semi Permanent Vegan Hair Colour in Cotton Candy Pink, $19.95

3. Another way to wear this trend is with hair chalk. It’s a great alternative if you want to test out the colour for one night – it’ll wash-off in the shower. Apply the chalk directly onto your hair, then rub it in gently to become more pigmented.

Get The Look: Cara Delevingne's Pastel Pink Hair

Splat Hair Chalk in Dusty Rose, $5.99

August 11, 2015

Get The Look: Nicole Richie’s Pink Pixie Hair Style

Give yourself a temporary makeover by colouring your hair with a wash-out, just like Nicole Richie. This fabulous hair trend is easy to achieve at home – it’s just like colouring your hair, and there are so many colours to choose from! So, for a simple way to achieve pink locks like the reality TV star, check out the following steps.

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Instructions

1. Most temporary hair colours will require you to wash your hair with shampoo before hand – this will give the colour a vibrant shine and allow it to last longer on your hair. However, if your hair is already naturally light, you can skip this step.

2. Apply the colour from root to tip, or simply highlight your ends for a dip-dye or balayage look. Feel free to use a brush to help you apply the colour onto your hair.

Celebrity hairstyles: Nicole Richie's Pink Pixie Hair Style

Manic Panic Temporary Colour in Cotton Candy Pink, $24.95

3. Leave the colour to develop for 30-40 minutes, then wash-off with lukewarm water. If the colour is looking a bit too bright, use a violet shampoo to neutralise any harsh tones.

Celebrity hairstyles: Nicole Richie's Pink Pixie Hair Style

Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo, $19.99

4. Apply a serum to your ends, then leave it to air dry or style as usual.

Celebrity hairstyles: Nicole Richie's Pink Pixie Hair Style

OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil, $24.99

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June 23, 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.

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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 

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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

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May 28, 2015

How To Care For Sun-Kissed Locks

Many dark-haired celebrities are making a change to a lighter, sun-kissed look for the warmer weather, and one of our favourite has got to be Jessica Alba. To maintain those bright blonde locks, it’s important to use a few products and homemade tricks which will ensure that your hair never looks brassy or dry.

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Conditioner

A hydrating conditioner is essential when you’re working with bleached hair, since it adds some much needed moisture back into the hair follicle. While you’re in the shower, apply conditioner at your roots, then tie up the rest of your hair into a bun. Leave it in for 5-10 minutes and rinse with cold water for best results.

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OGX Hydrating Macadamia Oil Conditioner, $17.99

Chamomile

Did you know that chamomile is a natural way lighten your hair? Fill a large bowl with lukewarm water and 4-5 bags of chamomile. Let the water infuse for a few minutes, then tip your hair into the bowl. The water should soak into your hair for about 10 minutes, then squeeze out the excess and let your hair dry in the sun.

Trim

To keep your bleach blonde ends from getting too dry and over-processed, it is important to visit the hairdresser on a regular basis. If you have a few split ends, simply wrap a lock of hair around your finger, and lightly snip off all the strays.

Brassy tones

Blonde hair can go brassy without a moments notice, so always keep a violet shampoo in your bathroom cabinet. Apply the product to your ends, leave it in for 5 minutes, and wash with cold water. It helps to cancel out any brassy or orange tones from your hair between trips to your hairdresser or colourist.

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Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo, $19.99

Purifying mask

If your hair is damaged from all the sea-water or treatments, simply use a homemade mask to bring it back to life. Olive oil is perfect on damaged, brittle ends and coconut oil is an amazing hair and scalp mask, which brings back instant shine.

What are some of your treatments for hair like Jessica Alba’s?

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April 10, 2015

Celebrity Hair Transformations

There is no denying that celebrities change their hair at any given moment. Unlike the rest of us, haircuts are paid for, colour is anything but from a bottle, and time is plentiful.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next hairdo, consider some of these drastic transformations by the celebrities you love (and others you love to hate).

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Kim Kardashian

Blonde, black, balayage to now platinum, is there anything that Kim wouldn’t try on her hair? We don’t think she would be into colour, unlike her younger sister Kylie. One of the biggest changes has been Kim’s new hairstyle which she debuted at Paris Fashion Week earlier this month. Love it or hate it, either way, it definitely created some buzz.

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Nicole Richie

Who remembers the long, streaked hair that Nicole Richie was sporting during the first few seasons of The Simple Life with BFF Paris Hilton? Seems a world away from the style she has now – mainly pink and purple coloured locks.

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Ciara

Singer Ciara should be on a billboard promoting balayage – her colour is just that good! Not too brassy, not too yellow, with the perfect amount of body and bounce. A girl can dream! A far cry from the style she was known for during the earlier parts of her music career.

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Olivia Palermo

Palermo was first introduced to the silver screen through the MTV reality television show, The City, alongside Whitney Port. While she mainly sported a voluminous looking style, her colour has changed drastically over the years. The fashion world fell in love with her sharp, long-bob in 2011, and is still a major source of inspiration to this day.

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Sienna Miller

Inspired by Brigitte Bardot in the 70s, Miller’s hair was mostly long and layered with a face-framing fringe. Fast forward to 2015 and she’s known for an edgier style with short, pixie hair. This isn’t the first time Sienna Miller has chopped her hair, she did it back in 2004 for biopic, Factory Girl.

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Ashley Benson

Actress Ashley Benson debuted her chocolate brown locks in 2011, then changed to a dirty blonde colour that she has kept ever since. The colour works well with a bit of texture, which can be achieved with a spritz of sea-salt spray.

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Mary-Kate Olsen

One half of the Olsen twins went for a dramatic change in 2003, with Mary Kate colouring her hair strawberry blonde. Her super-long locks were styled with dry shampoo for a relaxed finish, but she soon reverted back to her natural blonde roots.

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Rihanna

Don’t think we forgot about Rihanna! The singer is well-known for her changing hairstyles, ever since she chopped her long locks in favour of a strong, structured bob. But who could forget the stunning balayage at last years Grammy Awards, swoon!

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Sarah Jessica Parker

Well, technically this one belongs to Carrie Bradshaw, but who could forget the dramatic transformation to chocolate brown locks once Big jumped ship?

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What was your favourite cut, colour or style? Have we left anyone out?

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March 19, 2015

How To Wear The Coloured Hair Trend

Celebrities such as Nicole Richie and Kelly Osbourne have truly brought back the coloured hair trend, but how can the rest of us incorporate this not-so-subtle style into our daily lives?

Rather than colouring your entire head one colour, why not try some subtle highlights or balayage? This way, you can disguise the colour while you’re at work, and style your hair in a sophisticated bun.

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Short and curly

An angled hair cut really makes colours like purple, pink and blue pop, especially on hair that is naturally quite thin. It creates the illusion of thicker hair, and is really easy to style with a pair of curlers.

How To Wear The Coloured Hair Trend

Faux mohawk

Who doesn’t love to experiment with their look every once in a while? Pink shows us just one of the best ways to rock the faux-mohawk – with an entire can of hairspray! Her light pink locks are perfect for girls who have naturally blonde hair, since the look isn’t too harsh for their overall appearance.

How To Wear The Coloured Hair Trend

Side ponytail

An elegant side ponytail is the best way to rock this style, since it shows off every angle of your colour! Create a side parting, and carefully back-comb the hair to make a voluminous quiff. Then simply fasten the rest of your hair into a side ponytail. Ideal for girls with thick hair, since it stays in place for hours!

How To Wear The Coloured Hair Trend

Ombre

We can’t mention ombre coloured hair without Kylie Jenner. The young reality television star certainly nailed this look, which shows that dark-haired girls can also pull off blue! The look requires a little more maintenance since your ends must first be bleached blonde.

How To Wear The Coloured Hair Trend

Tips

  • Chalk and cream colours are the easiest ways to bring this trend to life. If you’re looking for a temporary colour, then chalk is the best way to make this happen. Simply rub the colour back and forth on damp hair, then allow it to air-dry naturally. Chalk typically lasts for a few days, or until you wash your hair out.
  • Cream dyes last for 4-6 weeks since they are more concentrated. Apply onto freshly washed hair, and leave on for 30 minutes. To enhance the colour of your hair, wrap small pieces in aluminium paper.

How To Wear The Coloured Hair Trend

Manic Panic Vegan Hair Colour, $23.99

What is your favourite way to wear coloured hair?

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February 21, 2015

10 Tips For Colour-Treated Hair

Colour-treated hair might look amazing, but sometimes all the extra maintenance can feel a little daunting.

Rather than protecting your hair from all the elements, we have compiled your go-to list of tips for treating your hair, and making the colour last that much longer.

RELATED: Get The Look – Nicole Richie’s Lavender Locks

1. DO: Use an oil

Once your hair is damp from the shower, use a few drops of hair oil and work this into your ends. Rather than lathering up your locks from root to tip, keep it confined to your problem areas which could include split ends. Oils are essential because they help to mend the hair follicle, and make your hair look thick and shiny.

2. DON’T: Apply too much heat

Using too many heat products on your hair will only make it dry and brittle – this is common sense!

Why not take advantage of the warmer weather and let your hair air-dry naturally, rather then using a blow-dryer, straightening irons, and curling wands all in one go. Give your hair a rest at least one day a week, the extra frizz is worth it!

3. DO: Regular trims

Especially if your hair is bleached blonde, booking in those trims every 6-8 weeks is essential for smooth, silky hair.

4. DON’T: Make any drastic changes yourself

Although it might seem like the cheaper alternative, making a drastic change from blonde to black (or the reverse) will only damage your hair. Not to mention the huge risk of your hair turning orange in the process! If you do plan to colour your hair for the first time, use a permanent shade which will eventually fade back to your natural colour.

5. DO: Use a wet brush

Move over Tange Teezer, the Wet Brush is the new hair tool you must use! It helps to de-frizz and untangle your hair in one simple motion. The super-thin bristles won’t cause your hair to split and break (unlike other brushes), and is safe enough to use almost every single day.

6. DON’T: Use standard shampoo

Since your hair is coloured, it’s important to use specialised shampoo to prolong your colour. There are a number of products available to brunettes, blondes and even redheads to help seal the colour, and make it look shiny for longer!

7. DO: Use a sulphate-free shampoo

Sulphates are small chemicals found in a number of mainstream shampoo’s, and they have the ability to strip the colour out of your hair. Use specialised formulas which are packed with essential vitamins and nutrients to keep your colour from fading.

8. DON’T: Wash in hot water

Hot water dries out the hair, and could leave your colour looking dull and lifeless. Rinse your hair with cold water since it locks in shine, and keeps your scalp from drying up.

9. DO: DIY hair mask

Try your own hair mask packed with eggs, honey, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil to bring back the shine to your hair. This is beneficial for all hair types and textures, and won’t weigh it down. Apply from root to tip, and wash-off with shampoo after 1 hour.

10. DON’T: Colour it all the time

While sometimes it might be tempting to go back to the salon and add a few more highlights, this ultimately isn’t healthy for your hair. Allow it to breathe for at least 3 months before adding any additional peroxide to your ends.

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February 18, 2015

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

Simple Ways To Care For Coloured Hair

Many people choose to colour their hair in a variety of shades which are permanent, semi-permanent and even using colour-chalk as a fun way to spice up the ends. Although coloured hair should be specially treated to last longer and look vibrant and fresh in between salon trips. Too much exposure to ammonia can cause hair to break and lose moisture if not treated on a regular basis. Below are a few simple ways to get the most out of your colour, while keeping hair looking its best.

Pre-colour care

Make sure hair can withstand being coloured and don’t attempt to bleach hair which is already damaged and brittle. The colour will only cause split ends and absolutely fry your hair while kissing away all the money put aside for a new colour down the drain. Treat your locks to a hair masque each week, since this will lock in moisture and get the hair in best shape before adding colour or harmful chemicals.

Colour-treated shampoos

Try and incorporate coloured treating shampoos into your routine every time you wash your hair. Not only are these formulas gentle and less abrasive, but they easily lock-in colour and help make hair look shiny and brand new. Don’t always stick to the same old shampoo and conditioner combination, since the hair adjusts quite easily and you won’t necessarily see any results. Have a few options on rotation, and use a purple shampoo if necessary.

Rinse in cold water

Right at the end of your shower, it is best to wash hair in cool or cold water since this best locks in the colour. The cold water is best for people with highlights or lighter hair since it helps to keep hair looking brighter for longer. Not only will rinsing in cool water make hair look and feel shinier, but it won’t distress hair follicles which so often leads to breakage and tearing.

Purple/violet shampoo

If your blonde hair is prone to turning brassy or even embracing orange tones, use a purple shampoo once a week to counter-act these colours. These shampoos work to eliminate unwanted tones by simply just leaving the shampoo on for a maximum of 5-7 minutes before washing off. Follow this up with a purple conditioner for best results.

Avoid heat and styling products

If you’re attached at the hip to your hair dryer, straightener or even curling wand it’s time to cut the cord and embrace a heat-free hair routine. We’re not suggesting you stop using these products completely, but try and let your hair air-dry at least once a week so it can recover. When heat is applied directly to the hair, use a heat protectant on the ends and avoid spraying on the scalp. This will only cause build-up of product and roots will only feel oily.

Deep conditioning mask

About once a week, indulge your hair in a deep conditioning mask or serum. These are very helpful products since they penetrate the hair follicle which helps hair to feel soft and gentle. Simply apply at the ends of your hair, leave on for 10-15 minutes before carefully washing it out until the water runs clear.

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July 11, 2014