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Essential Styling Tools for Flawless Hair

Finding the best styling tools for unruly hair can often be a lifelong chore in itself. What happens when your trusty straightening iron decides to sadly stop working, and you’ve got an important event coming up?

While this situation is all to common (and mostly inspired by real events), we share just some of the best styling tools you need now.

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Straightening iron

If you are absolutely addicted to the idea of super-straight, flyaway-free hair, then a straightening iron is a must-have in your cupboard. Choose one which meets the needs of your lifestyle (travel-size is best if you’re constantly living out of a suitcase), and think of it as an investment, well, isn’t it?

Curling wand

We seriously envy anyone with curly hair, since you have the option of going curly one day, and super-straight the next. The rest of us have to fake it with the help of a trusty curling wand.

Since there are so many available right now, just remember one simple rule: thin barrels create tight curls, and thicker barrels are best for achieving a natural, beachy look. Most also come equipped with a handy glove to keep your hand safe from the heat (and imminent burns).

Hair Dryer

Keep hair looking frizz-free by investing in a trusty hair dryer. You don’t have to break the bank and choose a model which looks fancy, but doesn’t actually deliver fantastic results. You only need it to dry your hair! Make sure to always use a diffuser to keep hair from burning, or possibly getting caught inside the motor – again, inspired by real life events.

Hair Rollers

Unless you love using a curling wand, then hair rollers aren’t really an essential. These are for women with shorter hair who find it almost impossible to use any other device for long-lasting curls. It is absolutely your choice if you prefer hot rollers, or the old-school velcro variety.

What are some of your essential hair tools?

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January 30, 2015

5 Hairstyles For A Formal Event

Why limit yourself to just a few hairstyles when attending a formal event? There are so many different ways to style both curly and straight hair which won’t have you looking like everyone else at the party.

If you need hairstyle inspiration, then follow these celebrity styles for a flawless look appropriate at any formal event.

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Curly updo

Embrace your natural curls by creating a subtle updo which is perfect for the warmer weather. Create texture in your hair by using a mousse on damp roots, then blow-dry with a diffuser to accentuate your curls.

Secure hair in a tight bun at the nape of the neck, then pin back strands to create a more defined look. Take your curling wand and loosely style any bangs at the front of your face.

5 Hairstyles For A Formal Event

Hollywood curls

Nothing beats some signature waves, and this look is perfect if your hair has been chemically treated or relaxed. Use rollers to create a defined curl (which will last all night long without a touch-up), then mist lightly with hair spray.

If you always part your hair in the middle, choose a side part which will create the illusion of texture on your roots.

5 Hairstyles For A Formal Event

Bouncy waves

A signature style by actress Blake Lively are bohemian inspired waves. Not only is this look perfect for a summer event, but it also accentuates hair which has highlights running through the ends.

Create these curls with a styling wand, then carefully spritz with finishing spray so they don’t completely drop on dead-straight hair. Take small strands of hair from the roots, then plait and pin down under the rest of your locks.

5 Hairstyles For A Formal Event

Messy updo

If you’re working with hair which doesn’t hold an artificial curl, then a messy updo is your saviour. Divide hair into two sections (your shorter layers, and the rest of your hair).

Carefully pin a short bun at the nape of your neck, and secure with a clear hair tie if your hair is thick in texture and needs extra support. Now for the front, create a plait which falls over to the side of your hair and pin back. Take a comb and carefully tease out any shorter hairs – this will make the look feel genuine.

5 Hairstyles For A Formal Event

Side braid

Long hair, thick hair, or even working with extensions doesn’t have to be difficult with a messy side-braid. This look is super-easy to achieve, and only requires just a few simple steps. Choose which side you would like your braid to sit on, and braid away from the face.

Tease out the hair by pulling each side of the braid – this will make your look feel lived-in. Create drama at the roots by using a dry shampoo and teasing comb for some extra body and bounce.

5 Hairstyles For A Formal Event

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November 7, 2014

Different Ways To Curl Long Hair

Having long hair can often be a burden and a joy at the same time, especially if you need some serious body to accessorise those super-straight locks. Curling your hair is the best way to give the illusion of some volume, especially if you love to experiment with your hairstyles.

But the technique itself takes a lot of practice, coupled with the fact that your hair might not make it last the distance! Below are just a few different ways to curl long hair, and keep it looking fabulous all day.

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Straightening iron

One of the easiest and time efficient ways to curl your hair is with a straightening iron, (especially if you want to keep your hairstyling products to a minimum). Start with freshly washed and dried hair, making sure that you’ve applied a heat-protectant to the ends.

Start by seectioning off your hair and grab pieces which are as thin as you index finger, since this will give the best hold. Glide the straightener through your hair (starting from your roots), then twist the straightener over the length of your hair. This should be a very fluid motion, since resting the straightener on your hair for a long time will instead cause kinks.

Different Ways To Curl Long HairnuMe Silhouette, $193.29

Curling wand

There are so many curling wands out on the market, thin barrels, thick barrels, clamps, and even clamp-less – and this just comes down to your personal preference. If you’re starting out, then think about investing in a clamp-less curling wand, this makes it so much easier to achieve a natural curl. The thicker the barrel, the more natural your curls will become.

If you are using a curling wand equipped with a clamp, just remember that it essentially works the same way as a straightener. Don’t apply too much pressure to the hair, since it could get locked in and create an artificial curl which won’t suit your face.

Different Ways To Curl Long Hair

Cloud Nine: The Wand, $299

Hot rollers

Rollers are a great way to give your hair a boost of volume if you have the time. As always, if you want a defined curl, use a smaller pair of hot rollers. Wrap thin sections of hair over the roller working from your ends up to the scalp.

Different Ways To Curl Long Hair

Babyliss Pro Multi Size Hot Roller Set, $159.95

Plaits

Of course we’ve left the easiest one until last! Plaits are a super easy way to achieve a bit of texture in your hair, especially if you can sleep in them! Section off hair into two parts, and create a loose plait before securing the end with a hair tie.

How do you prefer to curl your hair?

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October 26, 2014