Who doesn’t want to achieve Kate Moss’s tousled locks? If your own hair doesn’t work with the ‘rolled out of bed look’, use the tips and products below to create some natural texture in less than 10 minutes each morning.
1. If your hair has just been freshly washed, blow-dry it on a low heat (cool if your hairdryer has the function) and tip your head upside down – this will give your hair some extra volume. Remember to alternate the hair in different directions as you’re drying it. This helps to stimulate the follicle, which is really important.
Philips Thermo Protect Ionic Hairdryer HP8233/00, $49
2. Use a backcomb on the crown of your head and lightly mist with some hairspray for added volume.
CHI Turbo Backcomb Brush, $14
3. To keep the hair from getting too crispy or sticky, use a natural bristle brush from root to tip. This also helps to tease the hair out and will leave you with a nice layer of volume afterwards.
Lady Jayne Classic Pad Brush, $19.49
4. To use the styling balm for Kate’s exact look, her best friend and hairdresser James Brown has created the ultimate mist to keep your hair intact all day long. Rub it between your fingers and apply directly into the roots of your hair.
James Brown Shine and Fragrance Mist, $14.99
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Let’s face it, not many women are blessed with hair that looks healthy and shiny after air-drying it. Quite the opposite, most women’s hair (including mine) looks dull, dry, and a little bit too “wild” for the office if we don’t style it. So we turn to hair dryers, round brushes, and straighteners to tame it. Even though most of us use hair dryers on a daily basis, we probably tried to save some money when we bought one and opted for a cheap hair dryer, after all, it’s just hot air, isn’t it? Well, not quite.
Owning a good blow dryer can make the difference between healthy and damaged hair, here’s what to look for when buying a new one:
The higher the wattage, the more power will your hair dryer have and it will therefore take you less time to dry your hair. This is not only good for your busy schedule, but also for your hair as it won’t have to be exposed to heat for that long. As a guideline, 1800 watts or more are the way to go.
Cheap blow dryers usually have metallic or plastic heating parts, which you should stay away from and instead get a dryer with ceramic heating parts, ideally one that also includes tourmaline treated parts as this combination distributes heat evenly and creates negative ions which make your hair dry faster and gentler, resulting in less frizz.
3. Heat settings
It is important to be able to control the heat of your hair dryer. While you need warm to hot air to dry wet hair, you want to switch to a cooler temperature to set your hair style once your hair is 90% dry. The least you want is a “cool” button, for more control choose a hair dryer with temperature settings.
Yes, hair dryers come with different motors. In the long run, it makes more sense to get the slightly more expensive AC (alternate current) motor as it will last longer, is more powerful and less noisy than a DC (direct current) motor. However, an AC motor is a bit bigger and heavier than a DC motor.
Now that you’re educated about hair dryers, there is nothing that can come between you and silky smooth hair.
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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.
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?
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).
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.
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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- Don’t even bother looking at a picture of a haircut you really want if the texture of the hair is completely different to yours. If it has curls don’t think it will work if you have dead straight hair.
- Always ask your hairdresser to show you, step-by-step, how to style your hair. Take note of the products they use and how they dry it. Don’t be afraid to get them to write it down if you have to.
- Make sure the cut suits your face. If you have a long face you will probably suit a fringe. If you have a round shaped face, keep hair longer around your face.
- A good cut should only take up to 15 minutes to blow-dry, any longer is starting to be a problem.
Products you will need for the job when you are home:
- Quality hair dryer
- Small and large round brushes
- A paddle brush
- Sectioning clips
How to master a disaster if your cut does go wrong
Wait it out
Unless you can’t look at yourself in the mirror without breaking into hysterical screams, try to live with your new style for a week. Sometimes a big change takes time to get used to. But don’t go longer than two weeks because your hairdresser may not consider fixing it up for free if you have left it too long and he/she may make you pay. Make sure you advise them you are unhappy when you call up and ask to see the same hairdresser again or even the manager of the salon.
An ounce of precaution
With any beauty change proper communication is the key. Have a detailed conversation with your hairdresser before they chop. If he/she says the cut won’t look like the picture you have shown him then believe it.