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How To Tame Curly Hair In Summer

Having curly hair can be both a blessing and a curse, but sometimes the humid weather doesn’t agree with those long, curly locks! The best way to keep it in control is to adapt a simple haircare routine which both emphasises and controls your curls.

Try just a few of our tips to tame your curly hair, without resorting to damaging styling products!

RELATED: Spring Hair Trends For 2014

Flaxseed hair gel

Keep your hair looking shiny and frizz-free by treating it to a hair gel every few weeks. Make this simple gel at home which won’t leave your hair feeling crunchy, heavy, or with a heavy residue at the roots.

All you need is 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of flax seeds, and aloe vera for extra protection. Boil over a medium heat, strain the water, then apply directly to your hair. You can leave it in as an overnight treatment, or simply apply to your ends before air-drying.

Moisturise

Did you know that curly hair is twice as likely to become frizzy? As a general rule, it’s best to stay away from haircare that includes alcohol and sulfate as main ingredients. Not only do these ingredients make hair look dull and lifeless, but they also strip away the natural oils from your scalp, which can cause dandruff.

Stay away from heat

We all know that heat damage is bad for all hair types, but can create the most visible damage to curly hair. Split ends, dull colour, flat roots are all common symptoms of heat damage which can often be difficult to cure.

Leave your hair to air dry at least once at week, or simply use a diffuser with the temperature on cool – this will be a life saver for your hair, and will maintain those bouncy curls!

Condition

Don’t use a heavy conditioner on you roots since this can really weigh down your hair. Instead, concentrate the product on your ends. Apply conditioner on freshly damp and shampooed hair, then comb the product through with a wide-toothed comb.

No brushing?

Stick to combing your hair with a wide-toothed comb which won’t cause more damage to your ends. Excessive brushing can lead to severe hair breakage, and it’s best to keep this to a minimum (or sometimes not at all, especially for curly hair that’s been coloured blonde).

Don’t over-wash

Since curly hair is naturally dry, it’s not always a good idea to wash it every single day. This can lead to a dry, itchy scalp and cause damage to your ends from the sulfate which is mostly found in shampoo and conditioners. Use a deep conditioning treatment every 2 weeks to keep your hair looking its best.

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November 1, 2014

Top Hair Colour Ideas for Summer

The new year is the perfect time to give your hair colour a makeover. Celebrity hairstylist and Clairol Nice’n Easy Expert Colourist, Belinda Jeffrey, shares the hottest new hair colour ideas for the summer.

Warm brunette tones
Luscious golden brown bases are great as they highlight multi-dimensional colours. The more your hair is exposed to the sun, the more your base will start to look as though it’s naturally infused with warm hazelnut and honey caramel tones and highlights. Need hair colour inspiration? Jessica Alba is our favourite brunette babe.
Try: Clairol Nice’n Easy ColourBlend Shades: Natural Lightest Brown or Natural Medium Caramel Brown

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Creamy vanilla blondes
Compliment a sun-kissed glow with this season’s hottest blonde look – creamy vanilla or baby blonde shades, just like Reese Witherspoon. Pair with soft waves for an instant laid back look.
Try: Clairol Nice’n Easy ColourBlend Shades: Light Neutral Summer Blonde or Natural Cool Summer Blonde

Vibrant hues
On the opposite end of the colour spectrum, there are some bright and vibrant hues that should definitely be considered for those who are daring and like to be a little more experimental. Think fiery auburns, deep purples, or red wine.
Try: Clairol Nice’n Easy ColourBlend Shades: Natural Burgundy or Natural Light Auburn

Say goodbye to regrowth
After seeing a strong trend for two-toned balayage, beautiful, solid colours are becoming popular again, particularly on the red carpet, meaning it’s time to cover up dark roots and regrowth.
Try: Clairol Nice’n Easy Root Touch-Up Shades: Medium Blonde or Light Golden Brown

What hair colour are you going to try this summer?

January 20, 2014

Top Summer Style and Colour Trends

Who hasn’t been thinking of changing up their hair colour for the summer, or maybe trying a new cut or style? Celebrity hairdresser Dario Cotroneo has revealed his top style and colour trends for spring/summer.

“Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is our muse this summer,” says Dario. “Her hair is a fabulous mix of bold colour tones which create a healthy glow and colour palette. As the temperature rises, it’s time to brighten up and refresh your tresses to compliment your complexion.” At DARIO Salon this look is achieved with a unique technique called Riviera Lights which shapes colour around the face.

For blondes and brunettes this spring/summer, the colour palette is fresh and inspiring. Blondes become lighter with earthy tones such as strawberry and golden coppers placed throughout the top areas of the head, and brunettes are softened with golden browns to reflect a more natural sun-kissed look.

Hairstyle trends that will be gracing our warmer months are an assortment of curls, still much in demand from the red carpet to the concrete catwalk. From chic and luxe, to playful and off-duty, curls are set to be a hit this season.

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In complete contrast, a very minimal style is making waves of a different kind (pictured above).

“This style is all about ‘minimal, simplistic hair’ so it works perfectly when you are wearing an outfit that is classic and powerful in design – this will show off your inner confidence,” says Dario.

However, before you hit the salon to embark on a new season colour or style, it’s a good idea to make sure you are doing everything you can to protect your hair come the warmer months, especially as the glorious sun turns up the heat!

Dario and his team of expert stylists share their top salon tips to ensure you’re locks are healthy and ready for the new season antics!

  • Always use professional products for coloured hair, as recommended by your stylist/colourist.
  • Be sure to invest in a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week!
  • It may come as a surprise, but avoid washing your hair everyday. Try to shampoo only every second or third day. If your hair becomes oily, use a dry shampoo or (sneaky tip!) sprinkle baby powder on your roots.
  • Stock up on vitamins such as silica and fish oil as these are great hair strengtheners!
  • Be sure to maintain regular haircuts and salon treatments at least every six weeks to encourage hair growth by removing split ends.

Long hair? Short chop? What’s your favourite summer hairstyle?

October 7, 2013

Spring/ Summer Hair Trend Preview


Clairol is pleased to offer the following perspective on the Spring/Summer 2002 hair trends straight from the European collections.

Colour

Hot off the runways for Spring/Summer 2002, Blonde continues to dominate as the colour of choice.

The shade choice of cherubs ranges from pale, sheer white blonde through medium blondes which fill in the mid range with cool, generally ash-toned and neutral shades. There are some shades with just a suggestion of golden warmth. Dark blonde haircolour bookends the blondes, mostly neutral with beige overtones and some nuances of dark blonde that border on pinky beige or hint at auburn.

Red shades are in the minority this season and tend to be subtle for the most part. Warm dark reddish blondes, shiny bronze and copper auburn dominate for the lighter to medium shades, while warm chocolate brown hues define the dark end of the red spectrum.

Medium brown to black shades lean to the cool tones, predominately neutral with the characteristic mirror-like highlights that reflect a complete absence of warmth. Blacks have a blue to purple undertone, looking fabulous against pale skin as a blank canvas for smoky eyes and colourless lips or neutral eyes and bright pink or neon orange lips.

Style

There seems to be a correlation between an abundance of texture and the back-to-basics, limited shade range trend of haircolour illustrated by this Spring’s hair fashion.

Going to any lengths: Hair appears in diverse lengths from short razored cuts with plenty of volume to provide styling flexibility to long, butt-sweeping swathes of hair.

The dominant length is between ear to shoulders, radically layered, modified bobs, just flirting with flipping out.

A new take on texture: It’s not enough to have large cascading curls, crimped lengths or voluminous, brushed out bushes of hair. The hottest look for summer is combined texture. There are braids with straight hair; hair sleek at the roots, crimped at the mid lengths (ears to chin) and straight at the ends; combed out manes with strands “stapled” to the head with clips or elastics, sections that are curled and undulating with twisted strands in counterpoint.

Clairol presents Spring/ Summer 2002 hair trend slides from the European shows.

February 5, 2002