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Actress Kate Mara might be known for her long brown locks, but her brand-new pixie crop is right on trend at the moment. Not only is shorter hair extremely easy to style, but you can master the slicked-back look in less than 5 minutes with our tutorial below.
1. Apply a shine serum onto damp hair concentrating on the very ends. Blow-dry hair on a cool heat with a round comb in a backwards motion. This will help to give the hair some extra volume.
ghd Smooth Finish Serum, $22
2. Part your hair in the middle (or on the side as preferred), and apply a high shine pomade from root to tip. This will help to give the hair the hold it needs without falling out of place. To distribute the product throughout the hair, use a wide-tooth comb in a backwards motion. If your hair is shorter than Kate’s, you won’t need to use a comb.
Reuzel High Sheen Pomade, $27.95
3. Pin back any longer layers such as bangs or a fringe with a bobby pin, then set it all in place with a medium strength spray.
KMS Hair Stay Style Boost, $31.96
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While Kylie Jenner is mostly known for her luscious big lips, she’s also been rocking a seriously stylish short bob.
Even if your hair feels thin and lifeless, use our tips below to create a shiny, voluminous hairstyle which is suitable for all occasions.
1. If your hair is coloured like Kylie’s make sure that you’re using a sulphate-free shampoo. This will help to lock-in your colour for longer, and won’t dry out your ends after each wash.
Puretopia Sensitive Care Shampoo, $10.99
2. Apply a conditioner to strictly the ends of your hair, and leave-in for 3-5 minutes. Applying it all over the hair (and the root) can actually decrease your volume later on!
Puretopia Sensitive Care Conditioner, $10.99
3. Spray a colour shine serum lightly through damp hair, concentrating it on your ends.
Goldwell Dualsenses Color Serum Spray, $13.90
4. Just before blow-drying the hair, use a lifting mousse and scrunch this from root to tip. Make sure your hair is still damp, otherwise it can get quite sticky.
5. As you’re blow-drying your hair, use a few different techniques which will help to create instant volume. Scrunch your hair between your fingers, dip your head upside down and dry it at the roots, and even apply some sea salt spray to awaken the root.
Schwarzkopt Taft Curl Defining Mousse, $4.49
6. Once your hair is dry, use a finishing spray to lock-in the texture, and make it last for hours. To create some extra volume, part your hair on the side instead of the middle. You will find that it creates more texture at the roots without even trying!
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Glossing Mist Spray, $16.99
Would you try this style at home?
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It has been months since supermodel, Jourdan Dunn has chopped her hair into a bob.
Despite this, we are still completely obsessed with her new look, and have found some of the best tools and products to recreate it on our own hair. This style is perfect for girls with all hair types, since it creates the illusion of big, bouncy curls.
1. Use a volumising shampoo and conditioning duo to give hair some extra body while it’s still wet. Massage the product gently into your scalp, then keep the conditioner mainly to the ends of your hair. If it penetrates the scalp too much, it could actually weigh down your hair instead of lifting it.
Edward Beale Volumising Shampoo, $8.99
Edward Beale Volumising Conditioner, $8.99
2. Once hair has dried naturally (or with a hair dryer if you just can’r wait it out), use a mousse and concentrate it primary to your roots. This helps to create the illusion of body, especially on hair which is thinning or very fine.
Toni & Guy Prep Mousse Volumising Plump, $15.99
3. Take a curling wand with a thin barrel, and curl small pieces of hair away from your face. The reason we’re suggesting a thin barrel, is because it makes hair look big and bouncy with minimal effort.
WAHL Curling Iron, $28.95
4. Set hair with a light finishing spray, and run your fingers through ear curl to make it more prominent.
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Chopping your hair into a short bob can often feel like a blessing and a curse.
While it’s so much easier to get ready in the morning, sometimes if feels like there’s only one way to style your hair down.
Below are a few key hairstyles to keep your locks manageable and looking stylish at the same time.
Give your hair a bouncy look by curling small pieces with a wand, or even with the use of sea-salt spray. Since your hair is short enough to dry naturally, mist lightly with sea-salt spray and scrunch with your fingers. The result? A beachy style which looks really natural, and takes less than 5 minutes to create.
Cutting some soft bangs not only frames the entire face, but gives you a little bit more to work with. You can wear them straight, curly, or even pinned back to create the illusion of thicker hair. Our favourite way to style bangs is by using a round brush, and styling backwards with the help of a hair dryer.
This works best on hair which is straight and has little to no layers, and is also quick and easy! Simply comb back all your hair, and secure in a high bun. Leave out any front layers to go with this beach-inspired look.
If your hair is extremely short and layered, then a low bun is one of the best ways to switch up your look. Use mostly bobby pins to section your hair, and create tiny braids which are perfectly for almost any outing. Don’t forget to mist lightly with hairspray for that extra hold!
Images via Her Interest, Glamour, Medium Hairstyles Cuts, Pinterest
Are you contemplating the major chop? Not only is short hair easier to maintain during the warmer months, but there are also a number of easy hairstyles that come along with the territory.
This week, we were inspired by the Spring 2015 hairstyles from Paris and New York for you to try out at home. Don’t forget to share some of your own favourites in the comments below.
Where: Paul & Joe
A distressed bun is the best choice for second or third day-old hair which just needs a little extra TLC.
Spritz your roots with a gentle dry shampoo, and create a messy bun at the nape of the neck. Tease out some shorter layers at the front of your face to frame the entire look.
Where: Burberry Prorsum
Nothing beats soft curls, and shorter hair takes no more than 10 minutes to completely style. Use flat irons to create flattering curls for your face (remember to curl away from the face), then simply comb-through for a relaxed look.
The top knot is a permanent hairstyle which is perfect for keeping hair flawless in extreme humidity. Pin away any stray hairs, and remember to set with finishing spray before heading out the door. Bring a few extra bobby pins in your bag in case of strays.
Slicked-back hair has returned for another season, and is perfect for girls with super-short hair. Use a gel or mousse formula and carefully comb your hair back behind your ears. The wet-look is sure to stay in place all day, but for good measure, spritz with some extra-hold hairspray.
Images via Harpers Bazaar, Getty Images, Cosmopolitan, Instagram
Chopping those long locks into a shorter hairstyle doesn’t mean that your hair should be flat and lifeless.
Little tricks such as blowdrying your hair upside down and using a dry shampoo (on clean hair) can create instant volume in no-time. Below are just a few ways to bring some much needed volume to any short hairstyle.
If you have short bangs, give them some body with a thick curling wand. All you need to do is brush out the curls to achieve a silky-smooth hairstyle.
Give your hair a bit of a combover by creating the illusion of a thick fringe at the front of your face. This works well if you hair is already cut into an asymmetric style (shorter in the back, longer in the front). Keep everything in place by applying a pea-sized amount of mousse to dry hair.
For hair that is mostly dead-straight, focus on creating some volume at the ends. The best way to achieve this look is to blow-dry your hair upside down. As you’re drying the ends, scrunch with your hands to create instant texture.
To create Olivia Palermo’s enviable locks, part hair down the middle, and style your hair at the crown. Create some extra volume by individually heated curlers, and leave them in for at least an hour. For the natural look, carefully comb out the curls, and spritz some finishing spray for extra hold.
Create a wispy fringe by shampooing hair with a volumising treatment. To avoid any flat, lifeless hair, skip out on the conditioner. Let your hair air-dry, then apply a small amount of texturising mouse to the scalp.
For hair like Marion, use a curling wand with a thin barrel to make hair appear thicker. Remember to curl hair away from your face, and use a hairspray only at your ends.
Images via Babble, Fierce Fringe By Ana, Carolyn Collado, Fuupon, Hair Products Pro, Beauty Hairstyles Ideas, Beauty Stat
French actress Marion Cotillard is known for her sweet demeanour and signature brunette locks. You might be familiar with Cotillard, as she played Edith Piaf in Academy Award winning film La Vie En Rose, and signed onto countless Christian Dior campaigns thereafter.
If you have similar hair to Marion, or wish to create her new wavy bob on yourself, follow our easy guide below!
1. Wash your hair well with a volumising shampoo if you’re in need of some lift – especially on your roots. You might want to leave out a conditioner when creating this look, it will only weigh your hair down.
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Push Up Volume Shampoo, $6.99
2. Let hair air-dry, then focus on creating some extra volume on your lengths. Combine a few pumps of styling mousse and curl enhancer on both your roots and ends. For best results, work the product into damp hair and massage into the scalp.
Fudge Liquid Skrewd, $19.99
3. Create a side part, and tuck your fringe or shorter layers behind your ear. This style is also a great option if you’re working with 2-3 day old hair and need to hide an oily scalp!
Use a styling wand to enhance your curls for a naturally tousled look.
Image via Style Noted
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.
Image via Mindful Trends
Never have more of our favorite celebs been lobbing their locks and rocking a short do. Women of all ages are proving that short hair can be sophisticated, sexy and versatile! Be inspired by some of the best short hairstyles of the year.
The fringed pixie
Unlike the traditional pixie cut, this year we’re seeing a lot of this style with a fringe. The range of celebs sporting this ‘do proves that you don’t need to have a particular face shape to pull it off. Although, of course, it doesn’t hurt to have Robin Wright’s bone structure!
Chin-length bobs are hot, and also look great on every face shape. Waves are great for adding some volume and framing delicate features, like those of Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss. Customize your bob to suit your features by moving the part (side or middle) and maybe fashioning a fringe.
The Side Sweep
Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart are perfect examples of how to wear this look for different occasions. While K-Stew goes the “bed-hair” route, J-Law is looking glamorous on the red carpet with styled-waves. Just part your hair on the side, sweep it over, and pin back the rest.
Images via Redbook Mag
Ombré hair is still very much in style, with many women choosing to chop their long locks for a more manageable shorter hairstyle. Although, shorter hair doesn’t always mean your hairstyles are limited. Try these quick and easy styles the next time you want something new, or simply refresh your look.
Loose, soft waves are perfect for women with short hair since they take almost no time at all to recreate. Use a curling wand with a thicker barrel to achieve loose curls, and remember to use a heat protectant! Then comb through the ends of your hair for a low-key look. Soft waves look amazing with an ombré bob because the colour graduation is perfectly sun-kissed.
Don’t be afraid to wear your hair straight every once in a while! Focus on creating some volume at the crown, otherwise this style can look flat and dated. Blow-dry the hair from the top, then hold it all in place with finishing spray.
Embrace a shorter hairdo by cutting some blunt bangs to frame your face. Not only will this look perfect for people with an oval or heart-shaped face, but will transform your entire look. Mist hair lightly with some sea-salt spray to achieve body at the ends.
It is easy to achieve a bohemian look if you have lots of layers framing the front of your face. Tie hair back into a small bun and ponytail, creating drama at the crown. Pin hair back, plait and twist it into place. Set the entire look with a spritz of hairspray at the ends.
Images via Pretty Design, Hello It’s Valentine, Tumblr
Short hairstyles don’t have to be boring – especially if you want something fun and quirky for your wedding day. Inject a little bit of old-school glamour into your cropped look, and get creative with makeup and accessories for the big day. Get inspired by just a few hairstyles which work with any colour and hair texture.
Half up, half down
This classic look is sweet and demure with shorter hair – especially since the nape of the neck and décolletage is exposed. Feel free to add larger costume accessories such as necklaces and earrings which compliment the hairstyle. Part the hair at the top, then wrap tiny strands before pinning them at the back. This style is secure and won’t fall out throughout the ceremony or reception.
An updo on short hair is a great idea if you want a low maintenance look, which doesn’t require any touch-ups. Start with day-old hair since this will hold better through the day, and is easier to style. Then get creative and add plaits, twists and a small chignon on the nape of your neck for a classic undone look.
A slicked back hairstyle looks amazing on short hair, since it won’t lose it’s hold throughout the day. The shorter the hair – the better! Simply comb through hair and apply a texturizing mousse which will keep your locks looking flawless.
Take some inspiration from Daisy Buchanan and replicate the 1920’s finger waves for a classic look. Pair with dark eyeshadow, lots of lashes, and a blood-red lip for instant glamour.
Images via Bella Sugar, Daily Hairstyles, Loxa Beauty, The Small Things Blog
This sophisticated hair-do takes only minutes to master, and leaves hair looking refined without the constant need of a touch-up. Although, the tutorial works best on straight un-layered hair, work with your natural cut and texture to achieve a low maintenance look which is perfect all year round.
You will need:
Finishing Spray – David Babaii Finished Styling Spray, $24.99
Texturising Spray – Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $39
- Comb through hair, making sure to remove any knots or tangles which would make it difficult to achieve this look. If your hair is freshly washed, now is the best time to spray in a little texturising mist, which will give hair a greater hold and maintain it’s natural texture.
- Fasten hair into a pony tail at the nape of the neck, then divide hair through the middle. This will allow the elastic to move slightly lower on the pony tail then flip the hair inside the gap. Hair will feel secure this way, and won’t fall out during the day.
- Take the length of the hair, and twirl over and tuck in. Use as many bobby pins as you need to secure hair in place, and also make it stay. Spritz with some finishing spray to hold the bun together.
- If you have shorter layers at the front, you can let them out or even pin them back if you’re going for a refined look.
- A finishing spray is best to use since it is not as harsh on the hair, and will still maintain it’s texture without over-styling it. Avoid spraying on the roots; focus the spray on the length of the hair instead.
- Use bobby pins which are of similar colour to your hair. This will allow them to blend-in better and create a subtle look.
Image via A Beautiful Mess
You may not be walking the red carpet at a gala Hollywood premiere, but at some point, a dressy occasion will come up and you’ll have the need for formal hair styles. Whether it’s a wedding, a work event or a holiday party, you want to do something elegant and glamorous with your locks. Here are a few formal hair ideas for long, curly and short hair.
Of today’s style icons, none has the flair of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, when it comes to formal hair styles. This royal beauty wears her long, silky locks down on most occasions, even the most official ones. To add polish, she curls the last few inches for a look that’s polished and sophisticated.
When she does wear her hair up, the Duchess avoids getting too severe by braiding the hair on the sides, then pulling the braids back and wrapping them around a soft, low bun at the nape of her neck. This trend-setter also has been seen wearing her hair half up, half down, with a small bun at the back of her head.
Victoria Beckham usually wears her hair in a short bob that’s longer in the front, and for red carpet occasions, she spices up her style several ways. One style involves curling strands at the crown and around her face for a softer look. Beckham has also been seen with her short hair side-parted and slicked back behind her ears.
Other short-haired sirens dress up their formal hair styles with glam accessories like headbands, barrettes, flowers and combs. Why not add a tiara for extra sparkle?
One totally feminine and beautiful way to dress up curly hair is to pull the front part away from your face, clip it with an ornament and let the curls fall down your back. Alternately, part it on the side and let the curls fall over your shoulder, or pin up your hair in a romantic bun like Taylor Swift.
Curly hair also works well in flowing movie star styles—think Rita Hayworth or Veronica Lake. If your curls tend to have a mind of their own, tame them a bit by wrapping around a curling iron to form loose, soft waves.
What are your favourite formal hair styles?
Having a bad hair day? How about a bad hair week? The good news is you don’t have to put up with average hair, and it doesn’t take an overpriced visit to the salon to get great hair. We’ve asked hairdressers and hair stylists for their hair care secrets and compiled our 10 best hair tips and tricks for your best hair ever.
1. Shampoo, shampoo, shampoo
Clean hair and scalp is your first step to having a healthy head of hair. Use a mild shampoo if you are shampooing your hair every day. The best way to wash your hair? Don’t rub it into your head roughly, piling your hair up on top of your head, instead, smooth it over the hair, using the fingers to massage it into the scalp gently. This way you get fewer tangles and less damage to the hair. Rinse well.
2. Invest in the best conditioner
Here’s a tip straight from hairdressers: if you’re going to spend money on hair care, spend it on a quality conditioner. Conditioners help your hair lock in the moisture and keep it soft and protected from environmental pollution. Conditioners with protein as an ingredient work best to repair split ends. Also, make sure you use a conditioner that’s suitable to your hair type.
3. Get a trim every 6-8 weeks
It’s important to trim your hair regularly, so get a haircut every 6-8 weeks. Not only will this stop the split ends from spoiling your crowning glory, hair cuts are a great way to give you a confidence boost.
4. Get a scalp massage
Feeling tired and stressed out? Get a scalp massage. Not only is it amazing for instant stress relief, it is also great for healthy hair, by increasing blood circulation and distributing essential oils to its roots. Don’t have time or budget to visit a hair salon? Then give yourself a massage, using light oils such as olive or coconut oil, and using only your fingertips. Leave the oil to penetrate for half an hour, and then shampoo your hair.
5. Homemade hair masks
Give yourself a luxurious beauty treatment with a DIY hair mask. Try these treatments for strong, healthy hair:
1. Beat 2 eggs with a little water. Massage into the hair and leave to rest for 15 minutes, then rinse with a mild shampoo.
2. Mix 1 egg with a few spoonfuls of yoghurt and smooth throughout the hair, then rinse with a mild shampoo. This is a great natural mask for curly hair, adding shine and strength to curls.
3. Combine a cup of full cream milk with few drops of honey and massage into the scalp and hair. Rinse with mild shampoo. This mask works wonders on dry hair.
6. Food for hair
Some foods are essential for healthy hair, including salmon for protein, Vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids, all of which will strengthen your hair roots; walnuts for biotin and vitamin E, which can prevent hair loss; oysters for zinc, which can also prevent hair loss; sweet potato for beta carotene, which helps in processing Vitamin A, which is essential for generating essential oils for the scalp; and eggs for protein and essential minerals such as zinc, selenium, sulphur, and iron, for healthy hair growth. Wish your short hair would grow faster? Eat more of these foods for faster growth.
7. Avoid too many chemicals
Too many chemicals on your hair, such as hair colour and styling products can leave your hair weak, dry and damaged. Look for organic and natural hair care products – especially products without parabens and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfates). If you want to add natural shine to your hair, rub a little coconut oil between your palms and smooth over your locks.
8. Protect your hair from damage
Our environment damages our hair more than you think. Think about the sun damage alone: we wouldn’t think of going out in the sun without SPF, but our hair and scalp get a roasting. Wear a hat, or channel Grace Kelly and tie a scarf around your hair to protect it against sun damage. Other seasonal damage includes wind damage and chlorine, so use hydrating conditioners and treat your hair to a weekly hair pack to repair the damage.
9. Go natural
Addicted to your hair straightener? Or maybe you wouldn’t leave home without a blow dry? It might be time to ween yourself off your styling tools. The intense heat is very damaging to hair, stripping it of essential oils and leaving hair dry and brittle. Let your hair go natural, especially on weekends.
10. Treat dandruff with medicated shampoo
Dandruff is often the cause of hair woes, and should be treated with an anti-dandruff shampoo. Alternate between anti-dandruff and normal shampoo, and shampoo every day, to keep your scalp clean. Leave the shampoo on your scalp for five minutes and rinse off.
Tell us in the comments: what’s your best hair tip?