Expert hairstylist James Nicholson says clip-in fringes are a great way to change your look in an instant, without opting for the chop. Whether you’re after a blunt, choppy or side-swept fringe a clip-in fringe is your safest option. Plus it’s a great way to see if it’s a look you’d like to go for on a more permanent basis.
Here is his simple and quick step-by-step guide to get the look:
1. Wash and blow-dry your hair as normal
2. Section the first two inches of your hair from the middle of each of your brows and pin it back tightly at the crown (use hair pins that are the same colour as your hair). Also, for women with really fine hair you may want to back-comb the roots slightly to give you a solid foundation.
3. Apply the hairpiece by clipping in the centre clip first, then pull the hairpiece tightly across the forehead and snap shut the clip, repeat on the other side.
4. Release the hair from the crown and let the hair fall into its natural parting. Then style as usual, as the hairpieces are made from 100% human hair, you can apply products and heat style the fringe.
Gliders Bobby Pins 36pc; RRP $2.95
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Headlines Hairpieces Clip in Fringe; RRP $79.20
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Ever wondered why models have such thick, lustrous hair? We have! A crazy new trend called Velaterapia, is a Brazilian procedure aiming to burn off split ends and helps the hair follicle to repair itself.
The open flame of a candle is usually the main tool used to burn off split ends, and actually lock-in moisture far better than a standard trim could achieve.
How does it work?
The procedure can take anywhere between 1-3 hours depending on the thickness of your hair, and aims to carefully nourish the hair follicle.
The hairstylist simply uses a naked flame to carefully burn off any previous damage. Small sections of hair are twisted, then a lit candle targets those flyaways which are sticking out. Burning the hair opens up the follicle, and makes it easier to soak up all the nutrients for a deep conditioning treatment afterwards.
What are the benefits of velaterapia?
- Reduces flyaways
- Adds moisture to the hair follicle
- Burns off split ends
Where can I get it done?
This hair trend is extremely popular in South America, and is only offered at a few select hair salons in Brazil. One particular Sao Paulo salon, Laces and Hair offers the procedure for approximately AU$160, and is much-loved by models such as Alessandra Ambrosio and Barbara Fialho.
Can I do it myself?
Leave it to the professionals in a safe and controlled environment. Hair is highly flammable, and it’s probably easier to get a trim than risk setting your hair on fire.
Images via Latin Times, Instagram
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.
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.
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.
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.
OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil, $24.99
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Looking for hair inspo this autumn/winter? You’ve got to take a trip back to the 1990s, sister. So says VO5 Hair Ambassador Sam Overton, who also recommends we opt for styles which are “free, effortless, real and lived in.”
Here, the hair guru (pictured) answers all SHESAID’s burning questions about the latest hair looks to love as the big chill sets in.
What are some of the hottest autumn/winter hair trends?
Dry textures are still massive at the moment; a real lived-in texture. It’s all about yesterday’s hair today: something that looks great in a messy top knot or worn out. Don’t think about hair being perfect as it’s not. The more you try, the less on trend it will be. Use dry texturising spray, dusts and dry shampoos.
It’s 1990s meets 2015 and that what we are seeing all over the runways and magazines at the moment. Top knots are still massive, but we are also seeing a lot of messy, loose low buns at the moment too.
Balayage is still massive everywhere you go at the moment and it complements the lived-in messy style really well. I prefer a more natural balayage though, working with different blondes rather than the real dark two-tone feel that has been around for ages now. I love the look of darker blondes at the roots blending out visually to lighter ends; more of a natural feel.
And just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you need to darken your hair. Have fun with it! Dark blondes are great and suit a wide range of skin tones.
What are VO5’s best autumn/winter hero hair products?
I love VO5’s Nourish My Shine Bedazzling Oil Heat Protection Spray, $7.99 (pictured), available on-counter May 31. It adds instant shine to your hair and lightly conditions it and makes your hair easier to manage, as well as protecting it from all the heat styling.
My other winter lover is the VO5 Nourish My Shine Miracle Illuminator, $6.99 (pictured below), available on-counter June 1. This adds a fine shimmer to your hair and gives great reflect so your hair looks healthy and shines. It also controls frizz and is really lightweight.
Both products are stocked at Priceline, IGA, Kmart and selected pharmacy groups.
How does autumn/winter affect our hair?
Personally, I think autumn and winter are much softer on your hair; we are at the beach less and the sun isn’t always pounding down on your hair, plus wearing winter hats also protects you hair.
I do think hair is worn down more in the winter though, so there is a little more styling needed – blow drying and ironing, for example. So it’s important you use the above products just to look after your hair and maintain the shine and softness.
How often should we wash our hair in autumn/winter?
Same as summer; I always say never wash your hair more than once or twice a week and use dry shampoo in-between washes. Washing your hair every day isn’t the best for your hair as you need to leave the natural oils your hair produces in it to help condition and maintain it and keep it healthy. Over-washing it will just fade your colour and dry your hair out.
Any top autumn/winter hair care tips?
Always use treatments and a heat protection spray. And make sure you use a treatment at least once a week to correct some of the bad stuff you did over summer. Heat protection sprays are uber important when ironing or blowdrying your hair too.
Look after your hair and it will look after you. Just like you take great care with your skin, you should do the same with your hair.
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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.
This easy look can easily be recreated at home with just a few key techniques and holy-grail products.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer Micro-Fine Finishing Spray, $45
Images via Zimbio
Since we are at the end of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia, what better time to bring you the hottest looks straight off the runway?
Starting with hair and then onto makeup, below are just some of the techniques and products you need to recreate signature show looks from Aje, GALANNI, Macgraw, Steven Khalil, Jennifer Kate, and Manning Cartell together with Goldwell.
Australian womenswear label Aje, brought their SS15/16 collection, Vihara to life with the help of Goldwell. Try this hairstyle for yourself with our exclusive step-by-step guide below.
- Create a natural centre part with your fingers, apply StyleSign Power Whip evenly throughout the hair and blast 90 per cent dry maintaining the part. Direct front hairline toward the face when drying.
- Part the hair horizontally, mid-way behind the ear in a curve shape and follow through to the nape of the neck, leaving approximately 2cms free around the hairline.
- Take this bottom section and tie into a secure ponytail at the occipital bone. Lightly backcomb the mid-lengths and ends of the pony, wrap into a bun and secure to the base of the nape. This will serve as a volumising filler later in the style.
- Use bobby pins to attach the coloured weft around the bun and secure tightly.
- Dry remaining hair with a medium sized round brush paying attention to the ends, as well as the root direction around the face. Root lift should be natural, with some body through mid-lengths and ends. Be sure to blow-dry a natural movement into the hair to assist tonging.
- Using a 3cm curling tong, heat sections in a random shaped but consistently dense pattern, directing hair away from the face. Allow to cool and then run a wide tooth comb through to break up the style, then add StyleSign Naturally Full and gently backcomb for extra volume and lift.
- Loosely pull hair back at the chin and secure with a loose tie, there will need to be a moderate amount of give in the elastic to enable altering of the shape and texture of the style.
- Delicately pull loose hair above the ears and letting those natural, shorter hairs around the face fall away from the bulk of the hair to create a slightly ‘undone’ finish
- Lightly spray with StyleSign Magic Finish to hold the style.
- Take an 18 inch weft and carefully distort the middle part to prepare for balayage.
- Using Goldwell Colorance, have the darkest colour ready to do first and apply the colour evenly and precisely paying attention to create a natural looking meld line.
- Once the colour has developed, rinse with Dualsenses Color Fade Stop Shampoo and towel dry.
- Prepare the lighter colour, apply to the weft where needed and then process again
- When ready, remove the colour product and shampoo and condition using Dualsenses Color Fade Stop Shampoo and Dualsenses Color Detangling Conditioner.
- Dry the weft to 70 per cent and apply StyleSign Power Whip mousse to give the weft some hold and blow-dry in.
Mother/daughter design team Lenna and Catherine Vasilas of couture label GALANNI went for a sultry look to accompany their SS15/16 collection.
Hair Director Ida Tirimacco took the lady-like glamour from the GALANNI collection and workshopped a sophisticated and elegant hair look for the show.
“With the structured components of the gown, we decided to go for a softer, sexier and more fresh hair look to in the hair. We wanted to maintain the femininity and glamour of the range, but have some movement in the hair.”
To achieve the GALANNI hair look, follow Ida Tirimacco’s step-by-step instructions below:
- Apply StyleSign Double Boost root spray to the roots of the hair and section a parting up straight from the corner of the eye from right to left, back to crown.
- Take inch squared sections Spray each section with StyleSign Hot Form styling lotion and spray a little StyleSign Unlimitor onto the ends only to help thicken.
- Use a conical iron on each section and pin to hold, continue this process all the way around the head, alternating the direction of each row. When working the top section, take each part on a diagonal forward and pin half on and half off base as the roots will need to be looser here.
- Spray StyleSign Big Finish all over to set the curls and let cool.
- Once hair has completely cooled, start un-pinning and allow hair to fall and relax. Run a couple of drops of StyleSign Melting Diamonds through the ends before brushing section by section with a Mason Pearson brush.
- Spray StyleSign Satin Guard as you brush to keep the hair fro separating too much and reducing any natural frizz in the hair
- Part the hair as low as possible to give an edgier look, without too much height on top of the head, this will allow the soft curls and movement to really make a statement.
- Finish with a spray of StyleSign Magic Finish to add a glossy finish and set the style.
Featuring his couture collection for the very first time at MBFWA, Steven Khalil showcased his fine attention to detail through outstanding blouses, pencil skirts and breathtaking gowns.
Hair Director Sharon Blain took a nod from Steven’s chic couture styling by creating an intricate style which had a classic simplicity to it:
‘The idea for this hair look evolved from looking at the gowns, the fabrics, their textures and also the embellishments. We wanted a design to complement the collection but not to overpower.’
To achieve the Steven Khalil hair look, follow Sharon Blain’s step-by-step instructions below:
- Spray the hair with StyleSign Hot Form styling lotion and directionally blow dry the hair with a paddle brush from a centre pony tail, towards the nape to create a smooth finish.
- Make a parting in line with the top of the ear from ear to ear, dividing the hair into two sections. Run StyleSign Diamond Glossthrough the hair for a high shine finish.
- Work a three strand scalp braid in a 5cm panel down the centre of the forehead down to the back at the nape. Secure with a small band to hold. This can be lightly roughed for texture, but the braid should be tight.
- Direct the sides softly back on both sides and secure at the nape. A light back combing on the sides with finer hair will help give body.
- Divide the pony in two sections and work a three-strand braid to the end, band to hold.
- Make a loop out to the sides and secure the ends at centre to hold.
- Repeat on other side, pin well and spray with StyleSign Magic Finish to hold.
Recently celebrating their 10th anniversary, Manning Cartell showcased their newest SS15/16 collection, Introduced Light. A collection of light, reflection and contrast pulsated with a dynamic synergy of colour and print and a strong hint of glamour.
The hair was all about volume, texture and even a hint of an athletic streak which is right on trend this season.
Hair Director Dale Delaporte took inspiration from the patterns and textures of the fabric when working the 70’s references into the hair look. Recreate this style at home with the following key products and techniques.
To achieve the Manning Cartell hair look, follow Dale Delaporte of Prema salon’s step-by-step instructions below:
- Take a deep, diagonal side part finishing at the outer corner of the left brow. Without losing parting, section from ear to ear intercepting the crown and clip front away
- Apply StyleSign Power Whip evenly throughout back area until the hair is saturated, then blow dry in sections with plenty of root lift.
- Using a small hot tong, create movement in the back by winding generous sized sections of hair around the tong, so as to not create curl. This step is for creating movement to be manipulated later.
- Take a two-inch section on the occipital bone from ear to ear, leaving one inch around hairline for coverage. Scalp braid this section and then double over braid and pin into a spiral reaching to either end. Add padding to the area surrounding and pin firmly to the braid.
- Saturate front left section with StyleSign Glamour Whip and dry, while stretching the hair upwards towards the crown, then spray lightly withStyleSign Magic Finish and hold in place with crease free clip to set.
- Move to right side and apply StyleSign Glamour Whip until saturated. Take the bottom two inches and dry, stretching directly back with zero volume.
- Take the front inch of free hair and dry with zero root lift forward over face. Over direct hair closer to parting just slightly to the left to give extra swing in the fringe.
- Repeat with remaining sections, progressively directing hair more diagonally forward as you get to less and less hair left over. This will ensure there are no holes.
- Apply a small amount of StyleSign Roughman to the very top layer of the fringe area to maintain a solid, and smooth surface. Then, using a very fine bristle brush, shape the fringe to sit forward and skimming the bridge of the nose to then cover the right eye. Occasionally mist with StyleSign Magic Finish over the top to help grip the brush and keep the desired shape.
- Continue shaping until the fringe covers the eye and curves to tuck behind the ear. Secure fringe section to behind the ear with a small pin, leaving hair above for hiding the pin under.
- Lightly brush out the rest of the hair, being sure not to lose any volume, then collect the hair in the bottom section of hair, and following the direction of the hair, loosely tie off with a small elastic to remove bulk and allow easy styling finish.
- While spraying the hair with StyleSign Naturally Full loosen up and create the desired shape in the back. Being sure to accentuate where that padding was place earlier.
- Use a small amount of StyleSign Roughman and rake through the left side in front of the ear, keeping that upward motion and spray withStyleSign Sprayer to secure.
- Remove any clips still in the hair, and use more StyleSign Sprayer through the fringe area to keep shape and create a glossy sheen.
- Spray StyleSign Magic Finish through the back are of the hair to keep texture in place, and make the most of that volume.
This year, Goldwell continued their partnership with fashion design duo Macgraw, to create a look which brings life to the SS2015 collection, Shepherdess.
To achieve the Macgraw hair look, follow Goldwell hair director, Benni Tognini’s step-by-step instructions below:
- Start by blow drying the hair into a full, voluminous style with a centre part, using StyleSign Double Boost at the roots and working StyleSign Naturally Full through the ends of the hair
- Spray the sides of the hair with StyleSign Hot Form spray and wind each section into knots. Run hot irons over the knots and then brush out
- Back comb the back of the hair to add some volume to the roots and create the slightly messy texture, spritz with StyleSign Magic Finish to hold the body
- Draping the hair over the ears, pull the sections together and secure into a low pony tail at the nape of the neck.
- Backcomb the pony tail once secured and mist StyleSign Sprayer to set the style. Add ribbon to finish the look.
With a clean aesthetic for her debut at MBFWA, Jennifer Kate paired her must-have leather and suede pieces with a modern take on the traditional braided ponytail.
Hair Director Marie Cain worked to create a look which would allow each model to still look individual, through a statement hair look made with clean lines in the structure, but still had an element of softness.
To achieve the Jennifer Kate hair look, follow Marie Cain’s step-by-step instructions below:
- On thick hair apply a generous amount of StyleSign Hot Form styling lotion, to dry hair from roots to ends. On fine hair apply a generous amount of StyleSign Double Boost root lift spray from roots to ends
- Directionally blow-dry the hair into either a side or middle part (depending on which finish you prefer) and blast dry hair, then mist the same product lightly back through and texture blowdry with a small round brush or very lightly tong with a medium wand, this is to create the right amount of texture to do the remainder steps.
- Generously spray hair throughout with Dualsenses Ultra Volume Dry Shampoo, this will help to catch the flyways and build a chalky texture
- Take a section of hair, approximately 4cm wide, that starts in at the top of the crown, and section straight down to the nape. Keep the section very clean and tightly braid down and tie off tightly and neatly at the bottom of the nape.
- Take one hand in ponytail position at the bottom of the neck, with your free hand feed the hair into the stationary hand, the detailing of this part is very important as this will allow for hair to be fly-away and soft. Tie hair into ponytail with clear hair tie, secure it a little closer to the nape and then drag down once fastened.
- Take another tie, place around the first tie once, then half loop through, allow for flyaway and long pieces to fall out, take a very thin piece of hair to wrap around and cover the hair tie, fasten only with a spritz of StyleSign Sprayer to hold.
- Finish the look by tucking hair behind the ear, pulling pieces of hair out and exaggerating the softness of the look. Spray with StyleSign Big Finish to secure the look, but keeping the soft finish.
What’s your favourite style from MBFWA?
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.
We’ll take you through each step of this hair tutorial to create a ponytail knot which suits all occasions.
- Brush through your hair well with a wide-tooth comb, then part your hair down the middle.
- Take the two sections of hair, and tie them into a knot at the nape of your neck.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Images via Alyography, Last Hair Models, Heat UK, Voodou, Suosikki
If you need a little inspiration for the new season, then it’s perfectly coinciding with the end of Paris Fashion Week.
Whether you have an upcoming wedding, work event, or simply need to switch-up your standard hairstyle, then the following looks will surely work for you.
Where: Louis Vuitton Fall 2015/16
Temporary coloured hair is the new black. Why? It can easily wash out (well, in a matter of 6-8 weeks), and is perfect for those who want a bit of a change. Baby pink works better on girls with blonde hair, whilst darker shades such as blue and green are better if you’re a brunette.
Where: Saint Laurent Fall 2015/16
Bangs, a front fringe, or whatever else you want to call it were on display at Hedi Slimane’s presentation for Saint Laurent. Choose a cut which ends just around your lashes, and curl inwards with a brush for a perfect look.
Where: Lanvin Fall 2015/16
The humble braid returned at Lanvin this season, which is a low-maintenance way to wear your hair. Pin back any loose strands and tie the end with a simple black ribbon. Très chic!
Where: Isabel Marant Fall 2015/16
For a quick and easy hairstyle (which can hide your second-day hair), try the bun as seen at Isabel Marant. Apply some hair oil onto your palms and massage gently around your ends, then wrap and secure with an elastic.
Where: Maison Margiela Fall 2015/16
Not only did this show mark the long-awaited return of John Galliano, but also crimped hair. Models had the front layers of their hair crimped, but in a subtle way. Combine with lots of dry shampoo for a truly voluminous look.
Images via style.com
Do you want to try a front-fringe without the added commitment?
Rather than going for the big chop, there are a number of clip-in hair pieces which are easily blend-able, and look flawless when used in the correct way.
If you’re thinking about changing your look, read these tips to make your hair look perfect for any occasion.
1. Start with freshly washed and dried hair which has little or not product at the roots. If you do want to make the process easier, straighten your hair with a pair of wands.
2. You may need to trim the bangs before applying them, so use a small pair of scissors and lightly cut the hair at an angle.
3. Most bangs will have 2-3 clip in points which make it really easy to grab onto your existing hair. Position the extensions firstly in the centre of your parting, and clip onto the middle of your head.
4. Simply pin down the other two sides, making sure to have enough hair on each side. If the piece does feel a little loose, use a bobby pin to discreetly lock it into place.
5. To disguise any thick tracks, create a milkmaid braid and secure with a few extra bobby pins. Not only does this make the hair look natural, but it’s also a stylish way to wear your hair!
- Most clip-in pieces are made from human hair, so wash, dry, and take care of them as you would your own. Don’t apply too much heat, and be sure before cutting them – they won’t be growing back!
- If you have highlights, take the fringe to your hair dresser and they will sort out the colour for you. This won’t be a major concern if you have balayage or two-tone hair.
- If your hair is synthetic, don’t use too much product on it. It will most likely damage the hair, and will set you back in the long term.
- Clip-ins are only temporary! If you find yourself wearing this style on a daily basis, why not get the trim? It’s much more easier to manage.
Bellami Bangs, $54.99
Goddess Hair Clip in Fringe (Human Hair), $49
Image via She Knows
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
- 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.
Manic Panic Vegan Hair Colour, $23.99
What is your favourite way to wear coloured hair?
Image via Another Maria, She Knows, Brit Co, Kendall and Kylie
Whether you’re suffering from alopecia or even losing some of your hair post-pregnancy, finding bald patches is a very confronting issue that many women deal with.
Rather than covering your hair with numerous hats or beanies, we have a few handy hairstyles which will allow you to disguise those patches.
To conceal any bald patches on the bottom half of your head, try a simple ponytail. Use a mirror at the front and back to see what you’re doing, and carefully comb hair until the patches are concealed. You might want to use a hair gel to keep the strands in place, and avoid them moving due to wind or even rain.
If you want to cover up thin, hair or bald patches, then a side braid is ideal. Rather than keeping your hair looking super-slicked back, go for a messy look which makes it look thicker. Use a volumising hair mousse and scrunch up hair from root to tip, before fastening the braid with a clear elastic.
Hide any bald patches by using a sock-bun in the centre of your head. Not only is the most common place where women suffer from bald patches, but it’s also quite simple to disguise. Wrap thick strands of hair around the bun, then hold it all in place with a few bobby pins.
Cut a fringe
A side or even front fringe is another fantastic way to conceal any bald patches. Cut a wispy fringe which isn’t too thick since it can sometimes draw attention to the wrong strands of hair.
Coloured hair powder is perfect for concealing tiny bald patches without the use of costly extensions or hair pieces. They blend in beautifully with the natural colour of your hair, and don’t create irritation or leave behind any visible residue on the scalp.
A popular way to conceal any patches of baldness is by using extensions. If you have a special event coming up, and want to create the illusion of thicker hair, then use clip-ins. They are super easy to blend into the hairline, and look flawless when styled in an updo or braided look.
Images via Full Health and Wellness, Daily Mail, Brighter Sides, Fox News, Tumblr
How would you like to never pay or use shampoo ever again? A popular trend called co-washing is another way to wash your hair, which doesn’t involve the usual two to one ratio of shampoo and conditioner.
It basically means that you only use one product to condition and clean your hair, which is ultimately free from soap and harmful sulphates.
Originally created for curly or textured hair, co-washing or ‘conditioner washing’ has recently enjoyed much publicity in the YouTube community thanks to avid vloggers such as Claire Marshall.
What are the benefits?
One of the main reasons both men and women make the switch to co-washing is because it’s much gentler on textured hair. Since the formula is soap and sulphate-free, the condition of your hair is much sleeker, and frizz-free than usual. Although the process might take a bit of getting used to, it’s actually a much healthier way to preserve the natural state of your hair.
Who shouldn’t be co-washing?
Although co-washing is ideal for those with a natural curl or texture to their hair, this doesn’t mean it’s completely off limits to everybody else. If your hair is already straight and fine, co-washing won’t be of any additional benefit because your hair is mostly under control anyway.
If you suffer from chronic-frizz (this should probably be a real diagnosis for some of us!), then co-washing is an amazing way to control the amount of oil your head and scalp produces.
How can I get started?
Once you have identified if this is beneficial for your hair type, then you can finally start the early process of co-washing. To ensure that your hair won’t completely freak out, or if you suffer from an extremely oily scalp, it’s important to use a shampoo every second wash. Use a sulphate-free shampoo which won’y feel too harsh on hair which is chemically treated, or even human-hair extensions.
However, if you suffer from a dry scalp and find that this isn’t working if you, then the complete switch to co-washing will best suit you. Each wash gently cleanses the scalp without removing too much excess oil, and won’t leave your hair and scalp feeling too squeaky clean. If you want to get started and are looking for products, try these:
1. Ojon Rare Blend Moisture-Rich Cleansing Conditioner, $27
2. Wen Bamboo Green Tea Cleansing Conditioner, $59.95
3. Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo, $7.49
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Considering going the crop? It’s a brave move but as these celebs prove short hair is the hot hair trend. Get inspired by our favourite Hollywood looks…
Hairdressers must love Siena because she’s always changing her hairstyles, but this super short crop was a major success. Long layers at the front and shaved at the back, this is a really versatile cut. Long sparkly earrings are playful yet elegant.
If we all looked like Natalie Portman that it really wouldn’t matter what our hair was like! The gorgeous actress braved a gamine crop but it paid off, she looks absolutely amazing. Rub a small amount of wax between the fingers and wiggle through your hair to create shiny, textured pieces for a fresh, modern look.
Victoria has been a fan of the uber crop for a while now, but alternates between platinum blonde and chocolate browns. If you’re a fashionista then look no further than a cut like this, made even funkier with chunky highlights.
Women over 40 are often advised to cut their hair short and what better inspiration than Sharon Stone. Would she look as sexy and cool with long hair? Don’t think so. Make sure you treat the hair with a weekly hair masque or overnight serum to nourish the hair.
The pixie cut suits Alyssa’s heart-shaped face really well. As you’re not hiding behind lots of hair make sure you play up your features, such as the eyes and brows like Alyssa’s done.
Super dark and glossy, with chunky layers at the front, Rihanna turns a plain bob into an edgy, fashion-forward cut.
If you’re thinking of going short but scared to cut too much off, Natalie’s chin-length bob is the perfect alternative. Make sure you ask for long layers at the front which frame the face beautifully with either a side or centre part.
Which celebrity has the best crop? Are you a fan of short hair?
Elegant up-dos for girls with long, thick hair can often prove difficult, especially since your locks are bound to drop throughout the day. We’ve come up with some quick and easy ways to style long hair in a fool-proof ponytail for the party season.
If your hair has the tendency to drop throughout the day, choose a hairstyle which requires little or no maintenance. Create some volume at the roots by using a voluminous hair mousse on damp locks, and letting it dry naturally. Once hair is dry, backcomb the roots, and tie into a low ponytail.
Disguise your elastic by wrapping a small section of hair around the ponytail. This is an elegant look which is appropriate for the day and night if you have a special event on the cards. Once hair is in a ponytail, curl the ends and secure with some setting spray.
For an extra bit of volume on fine hair, create a french braid just above your ear and stop about mid-way through to the other side. Then section off each part of your hair, and combine in a side ponytail.
Create a chic-updo by braiding hair at the nape of your neck, then flipping it inside out. This will keep your ponytail in place all day, and also keep any stray hairs away from your face. A ponytail like this looks particularly elegant on someone with subtle highlights in their hair, or even balayage.
Do you have any fool-proof hairstyles for long hair? Share them in the comments below.
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Anyone with fine hair will understand the pain when it comes to creating a voluminous hairstyle – it’s just not going to happen!
Rather than slaving away in front of the mirror for hours, create these easy hairstyles which are quick and effortless.
Pancaking dutch braids
Do your braids look flat and lifeless on fine hair? This simple trick creates the illusion of a thicker braid without the need for extensions. All you need to do is tug at the sides before securing with an elastic or safety pin.
Create big curls by sleeping in rollers the previous night. Simply section hair and use the rollers to keep everything in place. The next morning, take out the rollers, comb through your hair carefully, and apply a finishing spray to keep everything lasting longer.
Lots of volume
Rather than working on your ends, focus all of your attention on the roots of your hair. Use a texturising mousse and apply to hair which has been towel-dried. Then simply blow-dry on a cool temperature, and style hair as normal!
A classic topknot is a great way to give your hair a boost of volume without the use of costly extensions. Tie hair in a high ponytail, then back-comb with a fine brush. Hair should appear voluminous and fluffy, then all you need to do is twist hair into a bun and secure into the elastic. Don’t worry about this hairstyle losing its shape throughout the day – fine hair will stay in place!
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Want a high-fashion hairstyle, without the fuss? You may have seen “wet” hair on many runways and red carpets this fall, with everyone from Emma Watson to Rosie Huntington Whiteley sporting this chic new look. Fortunately, it is easy for you to do at home! Try this sexy new style on your next night out using our handy how-to guide.
You will need:
- Hair gel or coconut oil
- A comb (the finer the comb teeth, the better)
- Bobby pins
1. Start with slightly wet hair. You can either wash your hair and wait until it is partially dry, or using a spray bottle, spritz some water over your hair to make it damp.
2. Using a comb, separate the sections of your hair. Start first with the hair on one side of your head, around and above your ear. Rub some gel/oil between your hands and apply it to the top of the section, near the roots of your hair, combing through with fingers. Comb back this section of the hair, pinning at the back to keep it secure. Repeat with sections on the other side, and top of the head.
Tip: Experiment with your part – you can keep most of your hair to one side, or slick it all back like Kim Kardashian (pictured above).
3. Complete with a fine coat of hairspray. Don’t forget to carry some gel with you throughout the day for touch-ups!
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While NYFW has just wrapped up and we’re already in the midst of London’s time to carry the torch, there are so many new trends which went down the runway at Bryant Park this season. From the eyebrow piercings at Rodarte to super-slicked hair by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen of The Row, this season is full of inspiration which is sure to shine over the next few months.
Trend: Highlighted cheeks
Where: Theory S/S 2015
The Theory presentation displayed girls with dewy skin, glossy lips and prominent cheekbones. To achieve this natural glow, apply a touch of highlighter with your fingers over the tops of your cheekbones, on the cupids bow and even on the brow bone.
Trend: Straight locks
Where: The Row S/S 2015
Inspired by a hot summer in the Hamptons, models were sent down the runway with clean hair, parted down the middle with extra shine at the tips. Use a straightening iron to keep hair super-straight, but make sure to use a heat protectant before applying product onto the ends.
Trend: Pink lips
Where: Victoria Beckham S/S 2015
The former Spice Girl has come a long way from glitter eyeshadows and prominent lip liner, with models walking down the runway sporting a natural pink lip. Define the lips with a rose coloured lip liner, then blend with your finger to create a subtle shade of pink over the centre.
Trend: Eyebrow piercings
Where: Rodarte S/S 2015
Rodarte took it to another level by channeling punk rock in their latest Spring 2015 collection at NYFW. Models were fitted with fake piercings all over their brows – but we’re not suggesting you do the exact same! Multiple piercings are definitely back in style, and who knows, maybe this trend will be huge over the next few months.
Trend: Shaggy bob
Where: Marc Jacobs S/S 2015
Black shaggy bobs were worn by all the models, which not only flatter every single face, but are very easy to maintain. Of course the hairstyles used for the show are just wigs, but this cut is definitely versatile – especially if you want to create the illusion of thicker hair.
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Have you ever wanted to cut your long hair into a short and edgy hairstyle, but are too afraid to take the leap of faith? Many celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Natalie Portman have both chopped their hair for various reasons – and look amazing with their new style. Below is all the information you need to know if you’re considering changing up your hair in a big way.
It grows back
If you’re thinking about giving your hair the chop – why not just go out and do it? Decisions like this are often difficult to make, but remember that it is just hair at the end of the day.
Step by step
Instead of going to the hairdresser and getting a super-short haircut in just one session, take it one step at a time. Someone with really long hair might want to cut it up to their shoulders, then return back to the hairdresser once more for the cropped hairdo. Go back home and wash, style your hair and see how it works within your lifestyle. Before Miley Cyrus went for the big chop, she cut her extremely long hair just above her shoulders to make sure she really wanted to commit to this style.
Does it suit my face?
Before contemplating any radical hair change, make sure that it will suit your face. We have previously outlined the best hairstyles for your face shape before, so this guide should really help you to make that final decision.
Short haircuts by face shape
Pixie: This very short hairstyle works well with a fringe, with hair slightly shorter in the back and longer at the front. Best for oval, square, round and heart-shaped faces.
Wavy shag: Choose a shaggy bob which is perfect for softening the harsh edges of your face and chin. Pair with a light fringe if you want to frame the top-half of the face. Best for squares faces.
Blunt bob: A blunt bob helps to take the focus away from the structured areas of the face, and looks sweet when is slightly shorter in the back and longer in the front. Add some subtle highlights at the front of the face to highlight the cheekbones. Best for heart-shapes and square faces.
Messy chop: A soft, layered cut is a low maintenance hairstyle which is best for women who constantly want to avoid using heat products. Add a little bit of thickening spray at the roots for some texture, then scrunch product into the ends until it dries. Best for round faces.
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