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Nicky Hilton’s Boho Braid Tutorial

Want to switch up your hairstyle for summer? Nicky Hilton was recently spotted at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Future of Fashion runway show in New York sporting a summery look with a bright blue dress. We show you exactly how to get this look yourself with a few key products.

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Nicky Hilton's Boho Braid Tutorial

Instructions

1. This hairstyle is perfect on second-day hair since there is a natural build-up of oils. Choose which side you want the braid on, then mist your hair with sea-salt spray for extra texture.

Nicky Hilton's Boho Braid Tutorial

Lush Sea Spray, $12.95

2. Brush through the hair lightly with a comb, then divide it into three strands. Start from the inside and work your way out (just like a french braid) collecting more hair as you finish the braid.

3. Once you have reached the desired length, secure with a bobby pin or clear elastic just behind the ear.

Nicky Hilton's Boho Braid Tutorial

Lady Jane Pins, $2.99

4. To give the rest of your hair a beachy look, use a curling wand to create some more waves and texture.

Once you have curled each part of your hair, lightly shake the strands – this creates some extra volume without the use of hairspray.

Nicky Hilton's Boho Braid Tutorial

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June 1, 2015

Get The Look: Lauren Conrad’s Faux Bob Hairstyle

Are you thinking about taking the leap and chopping off your hair into a bob?

For some of us, not only is this a huge step style-wise, but it’s actually kind of emotional!

If you just can’t commit to the idea of short hair, try this faux bob hairstyle which celebrities such as Lauren Conrad love to wear.

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Instructions

  1. Part your hair with a thin comb from back to front, creating a small bun with the strands at the nape of your neck.
  2. Curl this up, and clip it away with a few bobby pins.
  3. Repeat this step on the very top of your scalp by parting your hair in the shape of a triangle. Start with one side, then work in sections to make it easier and cleaner.
  4. Work with each section, and simply curl the hair and curve inwards. You might require more than a few bobby pins for this step! Use as many as you need until your hair feels secure, and work from top to bottom.
  5. If you have shorter layers, let this be your guide to create a flawless, faux bob.

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March 2, 2015

Office Appropriate Hairstyles For Long Hair

Anyone with really long hair knows that styling it on a good day can often be a pain. Ponytails always slip out of place, buns never hold, and who has 30 minutes each morning to tame those locks in general?

If you need a few easy hairstyles for the office, try a few of our suggestions down below, and let us know if they work for you!

RELATED: Half-Up Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Low bun

Rather than spending half of the morning threading your hair through a sock bun, keep it simple and wear your hair down low. Spritz with a sea-salt spray to keep it nice and sleek, then gather the hair and tie into a bun on the nape of your neck. Use a few extra bobby pins to tame those stray hairs or shorter layers around the face.

Office Appropriate Hairstyles For Long Hair

Simple braid

Wear your hair down and create two little braids just above each ear. This should keep any stray hairs away from your face while you work, and won’t disrupt you during the day. Once you have braided each side, meet in the middle and fasten with a clear elastic for extra hold.

Office Appropriate Hairstyles For Long Hair

Inside-out ponytail

Keep your ponytail down low (in the middle of your head), since it won’t drop from this position after a hard day at work. Back-comb your hair, and fasten with a clear elastic. Then create a small hole just above the elastic, and thread through your ponytail. This creates a cute look which spices up your standard ponytail.

Office Appropriate Hairstyles For Long Hair

Fishtail braid

Keep your hair in place all day long by creating a quick and easy fishtail braid. Divide hair into two parts, and pull a thin piece of hair over the first section, and add this over to the second. Repeat this step on the other side, and secure with an elastic band. For a messier look, tug at the braid on both sides.

Office Appropriate Hairstyles For Long Hair

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February 4, 2015

Ponytail Ideas For Long 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.

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Low ponytail

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.

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Wrapped 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.

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Braided ponytail

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.

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Inside-out 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.

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Do you have any fool-proof hairstyles for long hair? Share them in the comments below.

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December 29, 2014

Half-up Crown Braid Hairstyle

Tame your long hair with this super-easy romantic hairstyle which only requires minimal effort. If you have real curly or textured hair, straightening it might be easier since it’s easier to work with. Wear this hairstyle for a formal event such as a wedding, or simply test it out around the house before you can master the technique on your hair.

RELATED: How To French Braid on Long Hair

Instructions

1. Comb your hair to remove any knots or tangles which build-up around the neck – this will make it so much easier to style.

2. Part your hair down the middle, and take a large section of your hair from one side.

3. Braid this section but make sure to have it at an angle – this is important since you then have to comfortably curl it over the side of your hair. Secure it with a clear elastic band.

4. Repeat this step to the other side.

5. Cross the first braid behind your neck (it should tuck-in under your neck). Secure with as many bobby pins as you need, thick hair might require much more maintenance.

6. Repeat on the other side.

7. Set your hair with a light setting spray, then lightly dab with a tissue to remove any excess product.

Would you try this hairstyle at home?

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November 14, 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.

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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

5 Trendy Hairstyles For The Office

Are you ever stuck trying to find a hairstyle that takes no time to create, but is also appropriate for the office? Unless you’ve got an endless amount of time in the morning, try out these five easy hairstyles which will land you the job of your dreams!

Suitable for medium to long hair, the following hairstyles are best on second day hair – or simply spray some dry shampoo onto your roots and massage well for that extra hold.

RELATED: Check out the 5 Curly Celebrity Hairstyles We Love here

The top knot

There is nothing more chic than a top knot, especially if you have super-long and coarse hair that is an absolute nightmare to tame on a daily basis. All you really need is a hair donut, a few bobby pins and some hairspray to make this look last all day long.

5 Trendy Hairstyles For The OfficeThe slicked-back ponytail

Who has time in the morning for a hairdressing session in the bathroom? If you have longer layers, opt for this slicked-back ponytail which takes just a minute to complete. It’s also a great style if you’re hiding some greasy hair (we’re all a victim of this!)

Comb your hair back, and secure tightly with a hair tie at the nape of the neck.

5 Trendy Hairstyles For The OfficeBouncy hair

Show off your new haircut with this easy look which does all the work while you sleep! Put your freshly washed hair into rollers, and then simply go to bed. First thing in the morning, remove the rollers and you should have bouncy hair like it’s nobody’s business!

If you’re worried about it dropping throughout the day, spritz hair with some finishing spray, and keep a tiny bottle of it in your bag as well.

5 Trendy Hairstyles For The OfficeHalf-up half-down

One of our favourite hairstyles for any occasion has to be the half-up, half-down do! This is perfect if you want to keep your hair down, without the extra hassle of any pesky strands getting caught in your eyes throughout the day.

Simply pin back any loose strands of hair on both sides, and apply some texturising spray at the roots for that extra bit of body.

5 Trendy Hairstyles For The OfficeSide ponytail

If your hair is naturally curly, don’t try to tame if just because you’re at work! Simply create some volume at the crown with a pea-sized amount of mousse, then tie your hair to the side. To keep your curls looking fabulous all day long, apply some sea-salt spray before you leave the house.

5 Trendy Hairstyles For The Office

Which hairstyle would you try wearing to the office?

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October 2, 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.

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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.

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September 23, 2014

How To Layer Long, Thick Hair

Want to spice up your super-long and thick hair with a fresh style for fall? A few layered locks can visibly leave you looking years younger, especially with a few added highlights to frame the cheekbones. Take these pictures to the hairdresser the next time you’re in need of a change!

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Short layers

Short, wispy layers are perfect if you’re looking for some movement and texture as opposed to straight and limp hair. Add in a few chin layers at the front and back to create the illusion of body.

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Long layers 

This is perfect if you want a minor change in your hair, without resorting to a style that’s too dramatic. Choose longer layers at the front for a perfect change of scenery.

How To Layer Long, Thick HairSide bangs

Shorter layers at the front will make you look like Brigitte Bardot, and create a tonne of volume at the crown and length of your hair. Make sure the bangs aren’t blunt since this will only add more weight to the top of your head.

How To Layer Long, Thick Hair

Side bangs and longer layers 

This classic look is ideal if you have naturally straight or wavy hair, since it is easy to create lots of volume at the crown of the head. Add a few highlighted strands at the front of the face, since these will catch the light and contour your face.

How To Layer Long, Thick HairChin layers 

Chin-length layers best suit women who have hair up to their shoulders or even higher. This look is inspired by the early 1960’s, and it’s super easy to create volume with almost any hairstyle.

How To Layer Long, Thick Hair

Disconnected layers 

Do you have super-thick hair and want to make it thinner and easier to manage? This is often unheard of! Many women prefer to have short layers at the front and back of the hair to create the perfect undone look. It can also take a lot of weight off of the hair, and frame the face up to the chin.

How To Layer Long, Thick Hair

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September 19, 2014

4 Trendy Low-Bun Hairstyles

Regardless of your age, style or even hair texture, low-bun hairstyles are a classic way to refine your look for a formal occasion. There are many ways in which to customise this look and make it uniquely your own – whether that involves leaving some hair loose at the front, using hair accessories or even braiding the hair for a bohemian look. If you’re into low-bun hairstyles but don’t know how to go about it, take a peek at our four trendy styles which you can try out yourself.

With a fringe

If you have a fringe, don’t fret! This style could also work for you, since the shorter layers will frame your face at the front (while the classic low-bun is sitting at the back). The thicker the fringe, the better – but if you want to create a bohemian look, simply part hair into two and create volume at the roots just like Selena.

4 Trendy Low-Bun Hairstyles

Low-knot

We always hear about a top-knot hairstyle, but never a low-knot! Comb hair back and create a tight and clean knot which will sit at the nape of the neck. Be sure to straighten your hair if you want an extra sleek-look which will seem like you just walked off the runway!

4 Trendy Low-Bun Hairstyles

Side bun

This one is for all the curly haired girls out there – you can also wear this look without straightening your locks! Taylor Swift is the perfect example of nailing this look because her natural curls still make the bun look soft and gentle – regardless of the event.

4 Trendy Low-Bun Hairstyles

Bouffant with low bun

You don’t have to be a supermodel to create this signature look which is true to 1960s style. Create some drama at the roots by backcombing a few strands before securing into place with holding spray. Then carefully pin thin strands of hair around your bun – this will create a unique style which was so prominent in Dolce and Gabbana’s SS 13/14 show.

4 Trendy Low-Bun Hairstyles

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September 10, 2014

3 Cute Ponytail Styles For Long Hair

Long hair can often be difficult to maintain – especially in the warmer months where the humidity makes our locks do silly things! Not only are ponytails easy to achieve, but they will also keep hair out of your face and frizz-free all day long. Follow these 3 easy styles to keep your hair looking fresh and out of your face.

Voluminous ponytail

Bring a little 1960s sex kitten to your ponytail by creating a bouffant at the crown of your hair. This easy hairstyle is achieved by back-combing the hair with a teasing brush, before applying a bit of texturising clay for that extra hold. Then simply tie your hair securely at the end.

3 Cute Ponytail Styles For Long Hair

Beady ponytail

A fun ponytail which will often resemble a string of beads! This style is probably the easiest to achieve, since hair is tied up into a ponytail and then sectioned off along the length. A quick style to pull off if you’re going from beach to bar without a chance to style your hair.

3 Cute Ponytail Styles For Long Hair

Fish-braid ponytail

We certainly love a good fishtail here at SHE ‘SAID’ and a ponytail is no exception. Create your preferred braid and work this into the hair. If you want a loose style, simply pull at the edges before securing into the ponytail. Spray with a bit of product for that extra hold.

3 Cute Ponytail Styles For Long Hair

Which style would you wear?

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September 6, 2014

Special Occasion Hairstyles For Long Hair

Don’t get stuck wearing your hair the same for a formal event such as a wedding, or engagement party! Although long hair can often be difficult to style, below are just a few easy examples which will inspire you to create something fun and flirty for your event.

Bouncy curls

Create volume by using velcro rollers in your hair, but remember to place them at different angles to create a natural look. Leave in for 10 minutes and then carefully remove before applying a volumising powder to your roots.

Special Occasion Hairstyles For Long Hair

Goddess crown

Spice up your sock-bun by using hair accessories to really personalise your look. For dark hair, use gold accessories which will pop – and draw attention to your crown. For lighter hair such as blonde – silver, black and gun-metal hair pins look amazing since they create drama and juxtapose against the light hair.

Special Occasion Hairstyles For Long Hair

Single braid

Fancy creating bouncy curls in our first suggestion, but find this hairstyle too plain? Create a braid behind one ear and plait as close to the head as you can. Then simply secure with bobby pins on the opposite side. Tease the hair at the crown, and finish the look with some hairspray to hold it all together.

Special Occasion Hairstyles For Long Hair

High ponytail

Wear your hair in a high ponytail if you want a no-fuss hairstyle which doesn’t require any extra attention. Make this look a little fancy by starting a loose fishtail braid then pinning the hair underneath, and accessorising with a flower.

Special Occasion Hairstyles For Long Hair

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September 2, 2014

Milkmaid Braids Hair Tutorial

You don’t need to be a hairdresser or experienced YouTuber to create a killer hairstyle, and this week we’re focusing on milkmaid braids. This easy to achieve hairstyle takes just minutes (depending on the thickness and length of your hair), and creates an elegant up-do using just hairspray and bobby pins.

What you will need:

Comb

Hairspray

Bobby pins (and a lot of them)

Instructions

1. Comb through your hair to ensure that there aren’t any knots or tangles. Start from top to bottom, slowly making your way down the length of your hair. For wavy hair, straighten your hair slightly with a straightening iron to ensure that your hair is easier to work with.

2. Divide your hair into two sections, and start braiding your hair in the back (at the nape of your neck). Braid all the way down, then secure with an elastic band. Repeat the same step on the other side.

3. Now flip one braid onto the opposite side of your head, and tuck behind your ear. Pin it down securely. Do the same with the other side, making sure to have the braids completely cross over.

4. If you have stray pieces of hair at the front of your face, feel free to curl these with your hands or a curling wand for an extra bohemian look.

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August 18, 2014

5-Minute Styles For Medium To Long Hair

Styling medium to long hair can often mean slaving over a heated hair straightener, resulting in burnt fingers and a less than perfect hairstyle. Why spend hours working on your hair, when you don’t need to? There are many quick hairstyles which can take you no longer than five minutes before heading out the door.

High ponytail

Brush through the ends of your hair carefully, then create a high ponytail. Secure with a hair tie, then add some texturising spray at the ends. This will give hair some artificial body and bounce without using styling products.

5 Minute Styles For Medium To Long Hair

Sock-bun

The sock bun takes just minutes to create a full, and flawless hairstyle. Simply tie hair into a low ponytail, thread through the sock-bun, then cover it completely with your hair. Pin back any loose strands, before setting the hair with a finishing spray.

5 Minute Styles For Medium To Long Hair

Hair bow

Bring some spice to long, straight hair by adding a fun hair bow. Brush your hair back and tie it up in a half-up half-down style. Before you’re done threading through the hair elastic, leave the ponytail in an incomplete bun. Then pull out the sides and tuck in the ends of your hair to resemble a bow.

5 Minute Styles For Medium To Long Hair

Twisted ponytail

Keep your hair down low into a low ponytail. Divide it into two sections, then wrap them around each other before tucking in at the ends.

5 Minute Styles For Medium To Long Hair

Tease and tie

Keep your hair down, and tease it at the crown using a back combing technique. Then plait two braids just above your ears, before securing at the back with a bobby pin.

5 Minute Styles For Medium To Long Hair

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August 15, 2014

6 Ways To Care For Hair Extensions

Whether you’re interested in getting extensions or simply want to know more about them, one thing you should know is that they require lots of additional care. Extensions add length, volume and make hair thick and luscious if you aren’t exactly blessed with it naturally. If you’re considering hair extensions, take a peek at all of our tips on how to care for them in the best way possible.

Wash regularly

If your extensions are just clip-ins, make sure to wash them on a regular basis. Use a mild shampoo designed for coloured hair, and gently soak in lukewarm water before leaving to air-dry.

Brush

To avoid any nasty tangles, brush or comb through your extensions on a day-to-day basis. Spray some de-tangling mist onto the ends and comb through gently to avoid any major problems.

Styling products

Feel free to use curlers, hair driers and curling wands on your hair, but make sure to keep them 3-4cm away from the hair bonds (if these are your types of extensions). Sometimes the heat can melt away the bond, and move the hair extension from it’s place.

Avoid sulphur

Try and avoid using shampoo, conditioner and deep cleansing products which contain sulphur. Usually found in dandruff shampoos, this ingredient can break down the hair follicle causing it to look and feel brittle.

Swimming

To prevent salt water and chlorine sticking to your hair, it is best to completely wet the extensions prior to swimming. When you’re done, apply a solution which eliminates the damage from the water.

Leave-in conditioner

Apply a moisturising leave-in conditioner at least once a week, to keep your ends looking nourished. Allow to air-dry as opposed to using heat products directly on the extensions.

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August 8, 2014

Top Hairstyles For Your Face Shape

Ever wondered why that certain hairstyle never suited you? There are a few certain factors to take into consideration when deciding on a new haircut – colour, texture and most importantly, your face shape. Check out our quick guide to nailing your next haircut.

Round face

An asymmetrical cut looks amazing on a round face, since the mix of lengths gives the face some much needed definition. A fringe, bangs, and shorter layers on the front will give some structure and slim out the face. If you want to go for a shorter haircut, choose a style which hits at the chin. This will soften out the face and bring some much needed body to the hair.

Top Hairstyles For Your Face Shape

Oval faces

Oval faces have the tendency to look too long and tired, so why not try some blunt bangs instead. They will give the illusion of a smaller face, since the forehead will be covered up at the brow line. A short bob is another great choice since it frames the face and softens up the entire look.

Top Hairstyles For Your Face Shape

Square faces

Opt for an asymmetrical bob which will even out any harsh jaw lines on the face. Make sure the strands hit slightly above the chin since this will dramatically transform the shape of your face. Add texture at the roots for a voluminous look. Side bangs are also a great choice since they take the edge off the jawline, and shift the focus to the high dimensions of the face.

Top Hairstyles For Your Face Shape

Heart faces

If you have a heart shaped face, the best kind of haircut is one that hits directly below the jawline. This helps to frame the face, and makes it look less triangular. Balayage highlights at the ends of the hair will also make the face look sweet and soft.

Top Hairstyles For Your Face Shape

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August 2, 2014

5 Hairstyles To Survive The Heat

Coming up with stylish hairstyles in the summer can prove difficult – especially if you have long, thick hair which has a mind of it’s own. Rather than sweating it out or causing extra-frizz to your long locks, try some of these hairstyles to keep stylish and cool in the heat.

Side ponytail

This look is appropriate for a variety of occasions since it offers a twist to a tired, old ponytail. Part hair to your preferred side, then add some styling mousse and with your fingers create texture at the ends of the hair. This is also a great alternative to heat or styling products which will only make you feel hotter.

5 Hairstyles To Survive The Heat

Low bun

If you really don’t want to fuss with your hair, try a low bun. This is the ultimate summer-friendly hairstyle which will keep your neck and back hair-free. Apply a texturising spray to freshly washed hair, then pin at the nape of the neck. It is your choice if you want a completely slicked-back style, or rather prefer your layers or fringe hanging out the front.

5 Hairstyles To Survive The Heat

Voluminous braid

Try a classic fishtail braid if you want to avoid the summer heat, and keep your hair clean throughout the evening. Part onto one side and thread hair through until you have reached the ends – then secure with a thin hair tie. Take pieces of the braid and pull outwards to create definition.

5 Hairstyles To Survive The Heat

High ponytail

Achieve this look by styling your hair with a curling wand, or adding a little sea salt spray if you’ve been at the beach all day. Then secure into a high ponytail, before adding volume at the ends. This look is perfect if you want to take your hairstyle from day to night.

5 Hairstyles To Survive The Heat

Slicked back

Want to battle it out and wear your hair down instead? Go for a slicked-back look which will avoid any chance of flyaways, and will keep any of your locks from sticking to your face or lip gloss.

5 Hairstyles To Survive The Heat

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July 25, 2014

6 Quick And Easy Hairstyles For Long Hair

Long hair can be difficult to style on a daily basis, especially since it takes most of the morning to wash, dry and apply product to before stepping out the door. While most of us don’t have hours to get ready, here are ten quick and easy ways to style medium to long hair.

1. Low bun

Comb through your hair (focusing at the ends) then wrap into a low bun at the nape of the neck. If you do have a fringe or many layers, leave them out and spritz with some finishing spray. Then add a headband to refine the entire look.

2. Fishtail braid

An easy fishtail braid will keep your hair locked-in all day without constantly needing to fix it up. Start with hair that has been freshly washed, and complete a short braid which can be fastened by a thick elastic at the end. Take out at the end of the day to enjoy natural curls with no added heat.

3. High bun

This classic option doesn’t have to take up most of your day to achieve. Simply pin back your layers, then wrap hair around before fastening with a thick hair elastic. Choose a reliable elastic which will hold your hair for hours on end without requiring another touch-up.

4. Half up

Brush through the ends of your hair, then simply pin back the hair at the top of your ears. This is perfect for girls with layers since it will create a natural definition at the crown. Feel free to even twist your hair before pinning it back – this creates easy to achieve texture. Then wear a statement piece of jewellery on the ears or neck.

5. Hair accessories

Use a thick hairband to keep hair away from your face, then push it forward to create some volume. Tie hair into a low pony tail and create definition at the back of the head before fastening with another thin elastic band. Finish off with some hairspray to hold the entire look together.

6. Fringe braid

Switch up your look by incorporating a braid the very top of your head, and leave hair down at the back. Start by braiding from the arch of your eyebrow as a reference, then pin down under your hair on the other side. This look is super easy and will allow the rest of your hair to sit and enjoy it’s natural texture.

Tips

  • If long hair is hard to manage, try and start off with braids and plaits if you find yourself with limited time in the morning. They are really simple to recreate and work well on both freshly washed and even second-day hair.
  • A touch of dry shampoo can dramatically change the texture of hair, even if it is freshly washed. Don’t forget to keep a travel-sized can in your handbag for a quick change.
  • Keep lots of hair elastics and bobby pins in your makeup bag, since they will very easily switch up your look throughout the day.

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July 18, 2014

7 Hairstyles Ideal For Extensions

Dealing with extensions is often a love/hate relationship which seemingly never ends. While extensions can often give hair body and bounce, there is nothing worse than seeing your tracks or clip-ins exposed on the scalp. If you love the benefits of long hair but don’t quite know how to style it, then the following hairstyles might be of inspiration to you.

1. Half up, half down

This classic hairstyle is perfect for girls with any type of extensions in their hair. Simply comb through the hair and tie a thin band over the top half. You can also experiment and with bobby pins for a low-key look or even braids or a messy bun which takes the focus off the rest of the hair.

2. Simple braid

One simple braid starting from the nape of the neck is perfect to keep extensions tangle-free all day. Brush through the hair, and start a neat braid ensuring that clip-ins, weaves or bonds aren’t peeking through. Use a light spritz of hair spray or texturising cream to keep flyaways in place.

3. Messy bun

A low, loose bun is another great way to style your extensions without ruining the texture of your hair. This hairstyle is elegant and is a safe choice if you have a formal event coming up, or even something you can wear to work.

4. Voluminous curls

This style will work best on hair which isn’t freshly washed, so spritz your ends with a light sea-salt spray for some texture. Then curl the ends with a curling wand with a 30′ barrel. This will result in bigger, bouncier curls. A headband will hide any exposed tracks, and blend the natural hair and extensions together.

5. Side pony

A classic side ponytail is super easy to wear, and perfect for girls who wear clip-in extensions. Simply pull all the hair to one side and fasten with a hair tie. Just make sure that the clip-in’s are well blended into the natural hairline.

6. Milkmaid braids

A hairstyle which is perfect for the warmer months, this works best with extensions which are naturally curly (since they don’t require additional heat). Start by creating two braids behind the ears, then interlock them across the hairline. Bobby pins will secure the entire look into place.

7. Accessorise

Switch up your look by using various hair accessories if you’re worried about any extensions being exposed throughout the day or night. Thin wrap scarves are perfect since they will instantly give your hairstyle a modern bohemian look, but also conceal any problem areas.

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July 17, 2014

7 Romantic Hairstyles For The Big Day

Choosing just one hairstyle for your wedding can prove difficult, especially if you have long hair. It is important to pick a style which flatters your face, and compliments the texture of your hair, but also represents your personality. Romantic hairstyles are not only elegant, but also timeless since they never go out of style. Below are ten romantic hairstyles to get you inspired for the big day!

1. Braided hair

Braids are timeless hairstyles which are easy to recreate and modify to suit your own unique sense of style. This simple hairstyle can be accessorised with small flowers or wreaths if your wedding is in the warmer months.

2. Half up, half down

A classic hairstyle made popular by brides such as Jennifer Lopez, this look is cute and simple if you want your dress and makeup to be the main statement. Don’t worry about your hair dropping throughout the day, this will only add to the look.

3. Waterfall braid

Waterfall braids are an elegant way to wear your hair for any formal event. Hair is first curled, and then a simple cascade braid is added along the back. You can also choose to wear out your fringe as well.

4. Side bun

A popular choice for brides who don’t want to have their hair down, this style is both elegant and classy for the big day. Hair is pinned to the side using a sock-bun, then accessorised with crystals for an extra bit of sparkle.

5. Side ponytail

Perfect for brides with longer hair, this style still allows the hair to be worn down throughout the day. Braids are often used to make a bigger statement for a side ponytail, and costume earrings or jewellery can be worn to accessorise the ears or neck.

6. Braided bun

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous with your hairstyle, why not choose a braided bun? This style is best for brides with medium to long hair, since their layers won’t be popping out of the braid or bun. Although some hairspray is sure to fix any flyaways.

7. Classic chignon

The classic chignon (otherwise known as a ‘bun’) is a sleek hairstyle for brides who wish to wear their hair up. The bun is fixated on the nape of the neck, and hair usually has a kink or curl to make the look sophisticated.

Which style do you prefer?

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July 14, 2014

Half Up Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Want a quick and easy way to take your hairstyle straight from the beach to the bar? Braids are quick and easy-to-learn ways to transform your hair, whether it’s freshly washed or even a little on the oily side. If you do tire of the braid, simply undo your hair and work with the defined curls left behind.

Best for girls with long and un-layered hair, this look is perfect for an evening out since it is very much undone. The more the hairstyle drops, the better it becomes. So don’t worry if it looks a little on the messy side, just spritz with some sea-salt spray and let your hair run it’s natural course.

Instructions

  1. This hairstyle looks better on hair which is not freshly washed, since it will highlight the natural texture and form. If your hair has recently been washed, wait for it to dry then spray in some mousse or texturising spray. This will give the hair some body, and will allow it to sit in place a lot better.
  2. Let your hair part naturally, and then start off by grabbing a small section from the left side – closest to the face. Then pull a thin strand of hair from underneath and cross it over the top half of the other strand. As you fishtail braid the hair, take strands leading from the forehead down to the ear. Work your way down the length of the hair, then fasten with a hair tie.
  3. To create a messy and undone type of hairstyle, simply rub the braid between your fingers. This will create a more beach-inspired look which is perfect for summer weather.
  4. Repeat the same step on the other side of your head, before fastening the braid with another hair tie. If you’re finding it difficult to distribute the same amount of hair for each braid – don’t fret. Just work on the technique of fish braiding the hair, then everything will fall into place next time.
  5. Now backcomb the hair at the crown of the head. This will give the look some much needed definition without the use of hairspray. You can also achieve this voluminous look by blow drying the hair at the crown on a cool setting.
  6. Grab the ends of each braid and pin them so they are interlocking behind the head. If your hair is extra-long, feel free to create a messy bun from the ends of the braids. Secure the entire look with a few bobby pins, so they won’t fall out.
  7. For some sexy beach waves, spritz a tiny bit of sea salt on the ends of the hair.

We recommend: Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $39

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July 12, 2014

How To French Braid On Long Hair

Long hair can be quite difficult to style yourself since it’s often too much to handle for one person. French braids work well for every hair type, since they are easy to learn and will hold hair for hours on end before untangling. All you need is some hairspray, a little patience and a good technique.

Instructions

1.  Brush your hair out carefully so there are no knots and tangles. Decide whether you want to leave out your fringe (if you have one) or side layers, and quickly pull that hair to the front so it won’t interfere with the rest of the braid.

2. Then start by taking a small section from the top of the head. Then separate it into three main strands – this will be the foundation of your french braid.

3. To start off, use the right strand and cross it over the middle, then cross the left side over the middle. This will begin to look like a normal plait.

4. Switch the braid over to your left hand, then take a small section from the right and add it onto the strand. This will make the braid thicker and longer as you keep plaiting it. Remember to keep the braid nice and tight to the scalp so it won’t fall out.

5. Keep braiding until you have reached the nape of your neck. By this stage, the braid should feel tight and as close to the scalp as possible. If you have made a mistake along the way, now is the best time to fix it before finishing up.

6. Now onto the easiest part! Simply braid the rest of your hair as usual, then secure with a hair tie. Spritz some hair spray onto the hair to hold it into place, or even some sea-salt spray so it can develop some nice curls until you choose to take it out.

Tips

  • As with most hairstyles, this technique will take lots of practice before you achieve an easy braid. Keep a mirror behind if you are finding it difficult to see what’s happening back there.
  • Make sure to brush your hair well before starting. This will make it so much easier to finish the french braid, since no hair will get caught along the way.
  • If you’re finding it difficult to master the technique, why not try it on someone else first! This will allow you to improve the braiding technique, while you can also see what you’re doing before attempting the hairstyle on yourself.
  • People with many layers may find it difficult to keep a neat french braid. This all comes down to personal preference, since many braids look even better when they’re slightly undone.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

July 5, 2014

3 No-Fuss Hairstyles For A Summer Wedding

Now that the dress is sorted, the caterers are booked and a makeup look has been decided, it’s time to focus on the hair! Choosing a hairstyle for your wedding can prove to be difficult, especially when it’s set in the summer time. The big decision that bride’s face is often between two styles – keeping their hair down or instead choosing a fabulous up-do. We provide three versatile hairstyles which just might help you with your own.

1. Half-up with loose curls

Loose curls is probably one of the most popular wedding hairstyles for as long as we can remember – but this doesn’t mean it’s no longer trendy! This style is often accompanied by highlighted ends and relaxed loose curls which just look better as the day goes by. If the hot summer weather is something you’re worried about, simply divide the hair in half, and put it into a sleek up-do which is sure to be a good compromise.

2. Side ponytail

Another popular choice but also on-trend and weather appropriate, a messy side ponytail is a fantastic option since it’s a combination of two very popular styles. Perfect for women with lots of layers and volume since the hairstyle would give a lot of body and bounce. The look is very casual and looks best when accompanied with minimal makeup, strong lashes and a glossy lip.

3. The up-do

We’re calling this hairstyle the up-do, but it can involve a whole bunch of techniques. Brides could use a top-knot, braids and even curls to make this look their own. Hair doesn’t need to be super-slicked back, but can look relaxed and put together at the same time. Experiment with different styles and find which one works best for your hair’s length, colour and texture. Pair with a bold lip for instant -chic (just make sure it lasts the entire day!).

By Felicia Sapountzis

 

 

July 4, 2014

5 Long Celebrity Hairstyles We Love

Struggling for ideas on how to style your long hair? From Elle Macpherson’s signature long locks to Isla Fisher’s bombshell waves, we’ve chosen our favourite long celebrity hairstyles to inspire you, with tips on how to recreate the looks at home.

Elle Macpherson’s beachy waves
Elle gives us serious hair envy, and there’s good reason why she’s rarely sported short hair – with locks this long and luscious, you’d be mad to chop them off. Beachy waves are effortlessly beautiful, and a favourite celebrity hairstyle of everyone from Elle to fellow beach babe Blake Lively. This is a great style if you’re growing out a fringe, just brush it to the side and let it blend in with the waves.

To recreate Elle’s beachy waves, blow dry wet hair on low heat. Add a tiny bit of styling gel, and then ruffle the hair with fingers. We also love spraying hair with sea salt spray with gives it a natural, just-back-from-the-beach vibe. 

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Sarah Jessica’s Parker’s super straight hair
Another fabulous after 40 celebrity rocking gorgeous long hair. Who says you have to cut your hair when you get older? If your hair is long and strong, bravo! Sarah transitions from big waves to super straight hair, and looks gorgeous in her current incarnation with shiny golden hair with a centre part and layers around the face.

As long as your hair is in good condition, poker straight hair is one of our favourite long hairstyles. Blow dry your hair, mist with a heat protection spray, then smooth and straighten with a flat or straightening iron. Finish with a light hairspray to tame flyaways and protect from humidity (the enemy of straight hair!).

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Kim Kardashian’s loose waves
Kim Kardashian is the queen of celebrity hairstyles, changing her hair colour and cut every other week it seems, and she’s just gone back to brunette after a blond phase (for her first Vogue cover). We love the caramel highlights to stop the hair colour looking too flat.

Kim’s thick, slightly wavy hair is easy to achieve if you have straight or naturally kinky hair. Blow dry your hair straight, and gently curl a few strands around the face and back of the head, brushing out to keep the curl soft and loose.

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Isla Fisher’s 1920’s curls
Isla Fisher’s soft, bouncy curls never go out of style. It’s such an elegant, feminine look that compliments any outfit from your favourite summer dress to evening glam. Isla Fisher has worn different variations of glam curls to nearly every red carpet event, never better than at this year’s SAG Awards cascading over one shoulder.

Long curls are easily compatible with a fringe, layers and different hair textures. Luckily, you can achieve the same look at home with a one and a half-inch curling iron and a smoothing serum to tame flyaways.

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Abigail Breslin’s half updo
We love Abigail Breslin’s half updo is a less formal hair up style that’s perfect for parties, weddings and weekends. It’s just the right side of a 1960’s hairstyle, not too bouffant, and frames her face nicely.

Recreating this hairstyle at home is not as tricky as it seems. All you need is a curling iron, a backcombing brush, bobby pins, and a firm hold hairspray. Just curl the hair all over, take two sections from either side of your face and pin  in a chignon or bun high at the back of the head. Secure with hairspray and you’re set!

Which celebrity has your favourite long hairstyle?

February 4, 2014

Get The Look: Kim Kardashian’s Ballerina Bun Hairstyle

Celebrity hairstylist Eric Sebbag shares his tips for recreating Kim Kardashian’s elegant ballerina bun.

“This look is one of the most youthful and fashion forward styles of the moment. Not only does it look fresh during the day, but if you add some high gloss shine to the hair and dramatic make-up, it’s classically elegant at night too. Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to recreate in minutes and perfect for a girl-on-the-go or a busy new mum like Kim!”

1. Wash your hair and gently towel dry, removing 80% of the moisture. Lightly coat hair with a hair serum for extra shine.

2. The secret to this look is to start off with perfectly blow-dried hair for that smooth polished ballerina look. Start by dividing your hair into 6 sections.  Starting with the front sections, wrap the hair around a large round bristle brush. Place your VS Sassoon Venezia 2400 AC Professional Dryer and, using the thinnest nozzle attachment at the root of the hair, gently pull the brush up and back away from your face, moving the dryer as you do. Repeat over each section until hair is completely dry.

The VS Sassoon Venezia 2400 AC Dryer is the favourite tool of professional hair stylists because of its powerful AC motor and ultra-compact design (only 16.5cm in length and weighing only 490 grams), meaning no more sore wrists! It also comes with a choice of two concentrator nozzles for precision, high gloss styling.

3. Put your hair in a super high, tight ponytail using an elastic that matches your hair.

4. Pull your ponytail through a bun maker, also known as a bun foundation sponge. Try to find one in a colour that matches your hair colour. We recommend the Scunci Bun Maker, RRP $9.95.

5.  Fan out your hair evenly around the bun maker and take another elastic matching your hair colour and tie it around the hair at the base of the bun maker.

6. Stick and wrap the hair under the bun maker and bobby pin securely in place.

Expert tip: When creating the ponytail, for that flawless ballerina finish, spray hair with a shine boosting hairspray and gently comb back for a polished high gloss look.

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What do you think of Kim Kardashian’s ballerina bun hairstyle?

July 31, 2013
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