Are Sugar Sprays The New Sea Salt Sprays?

Does your hair sit flat and lifeless without texture? Sugar sprays are one of the newest beauty trends that can give hair body and bounce without the crispy residue. Dubbed as the new sea salt sprays, they are made from concentrated amounts of sugar extracts which can help to strengthen the hair follicle, and make it thick and bouncy!

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How do they work?

Sugar sprays work in the same way a traditional salt spray would: spritz into dry or damp hair, then leave to air-dry naturally for best results. Sugar sprays are actually better for your hair since they don’t leave a sticky residue and will make your hair shine (in the good way!).

Does your hair sit flat and lifeless without texture? Sugar sprays are one of the newest beauty trends which can give hair body and bounce without the crispy residue.

They are also designed for fine hair types since they create the volume of added texture, making each strand look thick and healthy. Concentrate most of the spray on the mid-section to the bottom of your hair, then massage gently with your fingers to create added volume. You could also dry your hair on a cool temperature to speed-up the process if you’re in a hurry to leave the house.

Where can I get a sugar spray?

Depending on your price range, there are high end options plus a great variety available at the drugstore.

Keratin Complex Sweet Definition Texturising Sugar Mist, $17

Apply the spray to small sections of your hair, then use a diffuser to create the illusion of body and texture in your hair.

Are Sugar Sprays The New Sea Salt Sprays?

Tigi Bed Head Candy Fixations Sugar Shock, $18.99

Or you could make your own elixir using water and sugar and concentrating it mainly on the ends of your hair. For extra lift at the roots, stick to a sea salt spray; or combine the two for a unique look!

Are Sugar Sprays The New Sea Salt Sprays?

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September 11, 2015

Alexa Chung’s Voluminous Bob Tutorial

There’s no denying that Alexa Chung has one of the most enviable (yet effortless) hairstyles. Just enough volume on the ends, never too fussy, and always looks like she just rolled out of bed, which, she probably did.

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For the rest of us mere mortals who weren’t blessed with thick, voluminous hair, this tutorial should suffice.


1. To really penetrate those roots, use a lifting shampoo and massage for 3-5 minutes into your hair. Rinse with tepid water and leave the hair to naturally air dry.

Alexa Chung's Voluminous Bob

Living Proof Full Thickening Shampoo, $40

2. While you’re waiting for your hair to dry, use a volumising mousse on your ends and roots. This will really help to thicken your hair and add some much-needed texture to it.

Alexa Chung's Voluminous Bob

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dry Spun Finish, $38

3. If you are rather impatient, use a diffuser on a cool temperature and concentrate it mainly on your roots. Use a round brush to give your hair some extra volume. To avoid any annoying flyaways, use a finishing spray to boost the sleek and shiny texture of your hair.

Alexa Chung's Voluminous Bob

Lea Journo Voila Finishing Spray, $32

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March 25, 2015

The Best Products For Voluminous Hair

Who in the world doesn’t want, thick voluminous hair that requires little or no product to look like you’ve stepped out of a Brazilian blow-out?

For some this is natural, for others, we have to fake it using a few holy grail products. Apply onto freshly washed and completely dried hair for best results.

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The Detangler: Goldwell Dual Senses Ultra Volume Volumising Detangler, $19.95

Ever heard of a detangler that volumises your hair at the same time? Goldwell have created the perfect formula which is packed with SmartBoostComplex and Tapioca Starch to detangle hair (whilst adding some additional volume).

Mist evenly onto damp hair, then allow to air-dry, or use a hair drier on a cool temperature.

The Best Products For Voluminous Hair

The Lotion: De Lorenzo Elements Sea Swell Volumising Lotion, $23.50

A lightweight lotion which offers additional volume when applied to the roots and body of the hair. Makes hair look super-shiny, and can even be used to create a slicked-back look.

The Best Products For Voluminous Hair

The Spray: KMS Add Volume Volumising Spray, $31.96

Give your hair a boost with this volumising spray which lifts from the roots, and instantly creates a lust-worthy look. Give your hair a quick spritz before heading out the door, or leave-in overnight for an intense finish.

The Best Products For Voluminous Hair

The Cream: Wella SP Delicate Volume, $33.50

A lightweight creamy formula which can be applied from root to tip to achieve voluminous hair in no-time. Long-lasting, anti-frizz, and will protect your hair from those harmful UV rays and styling heat.

The Best Products For Voluminous Hair

The Mousse: Senscience Volume Boost Intensif Firm Hold Mousse, $32.95

Keep your hair in place all day with a firm hold mousse that isn’t too drying and won’t leave your hair oily. Apply carefully onto the roots and ends, then blow-dry with a diffuser for best results.

The Best Products For Voluminous Hair

The Hairspray: Goldwell Style Sign Double Boost, $24.95

Give your hair a subtle boost before leaving the house with Goldwell’s volumising spray. Mist lightly onto the length of your hair, then simply scrunch with your fingers.

The convenient bottle can fit discreetly into your handbag if you have a long day ahead of you, or for a touch-up.

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March 15, 2015

Volumising Hairstyles For Short Hair

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.

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Alexa Chung

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.

Volumising Hairstyles For Short Hair

Frankie Sanford

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.

Volumising Hairstyles For Short Hair

Sandra Bullock

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.

Volumising Hairstyles For Short Hair

Olivia Palermo

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.

Volumising Hairstyles For Short Hair

Sienna Miller

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.

Volumising Hairstyles For Short Hair

Marion Cotillard

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.

Volumising Hairstyles For Short Hair

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December 5, 2014

Volume Boosting Tips For Thin Hair

Do you suffer from thin and lifeless hair that doesn’t ever want to cooperate? Let us all rejoice! If you catch yourself with a backcomb in one hand and can of texturising spray in the other, then you’re definitely one of us.

Even though we all want bouncy, fabulous hair – sometimes it just doesn’t quite work out that way. Follow some of our tips and tricks to get some extra volume in no-time.

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Condition the ends

When washing your hair in the shower, don’t go overboard and condition root to tip. This is probably the reason your hair is feeling so flat and lifeless – especially if you’re already using some volumising products that don’t give any results.

Carefully comb the product through your ends, wait 3-5 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.

Dry it well

Section off your hair while it’s still wet, and wrap a small towel (or tea towel) around your hair. Squeeze out any excess water, and work from root to tip which will ensure that your hair is voluminous all-over. This method wakes up the cuticle, and gives hair some life when it’s dry.

Back brush

Put away that old backcomb and work with your hair when it’s still wet. Take the front section of your hair (including your bangs), and wrap it over a round brush as you blow-dry. This will create some serious volume, and won’t harm your hair follicles either.

Velcro rollers

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Velcro rollers have been around for years, and they are just some of the best ways to give your hair some extra oomph. Blow-dry your hair upside down until it’s completely dry, then add in some velcro rollers starting from the crown to the back of the head. If your hair is still feeling a bit wet, blow-dry the rollers so they can give you some extra hold.

Volumising products

Anyone with fine or thin hair will tell you that finding a volumising product is few and far between. Although there are a few holy grail products out there on the market which actually live up to the hype, here are just two which you can try out.

Aveda Volumizing Tonic, $34.95

Spray this mist onto your roots, then scrunch your hair before blow-drying it on a medium heat. Lift the hair and concentrate the heat on the roots to give an extra bit of hold.

Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder, $26

An all-in-one hair solution which acts as a dry shampoo, style extending product, and even gives much needed volume to sad here. The thin formula is best applied onto the crown and produces clean and bouncy hair in just minutes. Don’t worry about the powder creating a white residue on dark hair, it blends in right after you apply it.

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October 9, 2014