Mad Max Cannes 2015 Premiere

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Hey everyone! Here in breathtaking Cannes for the film festival. The opening ceremony was gorgeous- as always. I do think that with the Met Gala and the Cannes Film Festival in such quick succession, summer makes for a really great time to trend-spot and get the lowdown on what fashion for the rest of the year is going to look like.

I had the opportunity of working with lovely Courtney Eaton again. The Mad Max Cannes Premiere has been generating such a buzz for a while now and it was absolutely thrilling to be here in the thick of it all.

Courtney wore a beautiful Chanel dress- black and grey, shot with silver and shimmer. The perfect way to start out at Cannes: glamorous, sexy and fun!

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Courtney just looked stunning with fresh, glowing makeup and a textured braid. Master her Cannes ‘do by following our tips below.

1.This look required a lot of volume and texture to allow the style to hold. Apply a volumizing spray such as Wellaflex Instant Volume Boost to the root area of your towel-dried hair, then blow-dry using a fish bone / skeleton brush to create the perfect foundation and loose volume that this style needs.

2. Once your hair is completely dry, divide it into smaller sub sections and create a soft wave on each section individually, starting from the back. Feed each strand through the straightener, gently bending the hair inward and outward using the rounded edge of the straightener to create “S – Waves” whilst working from the roots to the tips of each strand. Work each section in a different direction to create a more natural- looking result. I recommend using a straightening iron that lets you adjust the temperature to the needs of your hair and work on a low/medium heat setting. The Braun Satin-Hair 7 SensoCare Styler works really well for this style as it has rounded plates that make it very easy to very easy to achieve different textures and give your hair additional volume, bounce, and life.

3. Work your way across the head in horizontal sections until all hair is waved. achieve different textures and give your hair additional volume, bounce, and life.

4. Gently sweep your hair to one side and create a loose french braid by dividing your hair into 3 sections and carefully placing on in front of the other, repeating until you reach the tips of your hair. It doesn’t matter if your plait isn’t perfect and you leave a few loose strands around the face to create a slightly messy texture so it has a “lived-in” look

5. Secure your pony with a hair tie.

6. Once you are happy with your shape, mist with a flexible hairspray to ensure that your style will last. I really like Wellaflex  Instant Volume Boost Hairspray as it the perfect spray to give hold with a light and airy texture.

 

 

 

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Best Hairstyles From The 2015 BAFTA Awards

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We’ve got such an exciting range of Red Carpet events happening this month. The Met Gala was an absolute delight. Then there is Cannes coming up soon. And on the 10th of May the British Academy of Film and Television Arts held the much-loved BAFTA Awards. I’ve put together my favourite looks from the 2015 BAFTA Awards Red Carpet. The best part the event is that most of the hairstyles are glam but very wearable. They’re just the thing you need to spice up regular looks. Have fun styling!

Alex Jones #AlexJones #BAFTA #BAFTAS2015 #BaftaAwards We saw A LOT of braids at the 2015 BAFTAs and I’m glad to see that the braid craze is continuing well into the year. Alex Jones grabbed a lot of eyeballs for her tomato-red gown and while it’s definitely stunning, for me, that braid is a thing of beauty. It isn’t even a particularly intricate or unusual braid: it’s a regular plait set off by side-swept bangs and face-framing tendrils. But what makes it such a great look is that it plays up just about every aspect of Alex’s look: the structured earrings, the bright colour of the gown, the elegant makeup, and the stunning gown bodice and the spectacular neckline. It works wonders by tying the whole look together and keeping the overall vibe simple and sophisticated while letting the individual elements really pop.

Maisie Williams #MaisieWilliams #BAFTA #BAFTAS2015 #BaftaAwards The young Game of Thrones star is such a delight- both on camera and off it. She’s incredibly talented- who’d associated the sunny, smiley girl in all the photos with the grim, nerves o’ steel teenage warrior on the show- and she’s got such great style.  The wavy, side-parted bob is a great hairstyle for all ages and face shapes. And here’s a neat trick: when you part a bob to one side and add waves and texture and style one side to the front and one behind the ear you immediately create the illusion of an asymmetrical cut. So, if you want something versatile, a chin to shoulder-length bob is a great way to go. You can wear a regular look on most days but glam it up for occasions in a jiffy.

Michelle Keegan #MichelleKeegan #BAFTA #BAFTAS2015 #BaftaAwards Michelle Keegan’s mint dress was perfectly complimented with a loose, voluminous braid. Just like Alex Jones, Michelle also wore her hair in a regular braid pulled over one shoulder. Only, Michelle’s is a messier, bigger iteration of the same style. Make sure you’ve got a lot of volume going at the roots before you start styling: you can use dry powder and flip your hair upside down and scrunch your fingers through your hair for some major drama. Then, create a deep side part, leave a few locks loose on the side you’re moving the hair away from and pull all your hair over to the other side and over the shoulder. Begin braiding into a regular three-strand plait. Don’t worry about getting it perfect: the charm of this look is in the laidback boho vibe. Once you’ve secured the braid tug a few strands loose to frame the face. Then, hold each braided loop and gently pull on it to give the braid its larger, looser structure. This is a key trick to making any braid look bigger and messier without actually ruining the look!

Nikki Sanderson #NikkiSanderson #BAFTA #BAFTAS2015 #BaftaAwards   We’ve got another great braid here! Nikki Sanderson’s cheery yellow gown was paired perfectly with a bright pink lip and a spectacular front-crown braid. Instead of braiding all the hair around the crown though, Nikki’s was styled into a braid that went from one side to the other and ended in a side ponytail with loose waves. The Grecian-like braid is striking enough for a formal occasion but paired with the simple ponytail it also makes for a hairstyle that you can wear on a daily basis.

Sophie McShera #SophieMcShera #BAFTA #BAFTAS2015 #BaftaAwards Fans of Downton Abbey’s demure Daisy were absolutely thrilled to see Sophie McShera look like a total knockout on the 2015 BAFTA Red Carpet. The monochrome outfit and sophisticated makeup are a fry cry from the former kitchen cook with big dreams. And the sleek blowout with the flipped-out edges is something I’m sure even Lady Mary would be proud of! As I’ve mentioned above- the best thing about all these looks is that they’re so easy to recreate at home and they’ll work well for a number of occasions. You just can’t go wrong with any of these hairstyles.

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Courtney Eaton At Mad Max “Fury Road” LA Premiere

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Had the pleasure of working with Courtney Eaton for the LA premiere of Mad Max “Fury Road” on the 7th of May.

 

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We went for minimalistic glam: subtle and sophisticated with the slightest suggestion of sexiness. I wanted to create a style that was simple and understated enough to compliment Courtney’s white Michael Kors gown, but also had a hint of edginess to it.

We went with a style that wouldn’t draw too much attention to itself: instead, it was the perfect look to highlight the fabulous detailing on the bodice and the racer-back cut.

To keep the front strong and simple we went with a deep side part, slicked down crown and a glossy texture. I added loose waves at the back to resonate with the gown: the silhouette-skimming bodice graduates to a flowing bottom and we’ve recreated the effect with the hairstyle here.

Hope you guys like the look and be sure to check out the movie!

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Rose Byrne Shot By David Slijper

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It has been such a fantastic day in the studio and work once again with the beautiful Rose Byrne who was shot by  David Slijper for @ccalistyle May 2015

Makeup by Kate Lee

Hair by moi ;-0

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Kristen Wiig At Met Ball 2015

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Kristen Wiig looked spectacular last night at the Met Ball 2015. #kristenwiig #metgala #hairbysaschabreuer 2   #kristenwiig #metgala #hairbysaschabreuer 1 Her angular, one-sided bob is a very edgy style but you can still keep the overall look delicate by playing up your natural features and keeping most of your makeup simple.

You can easily recreate this look at home. Just follow these steps:

1.     Apply some volumizing or surf spray  to the root area of your towel-dried hair, then blow-dry using a fish bone / skeleton brush to create the perfect foundation and loose volume that this style needs.

2.     Once your hair is completely dry, divide it into smaller sub sections and and create soft wave on each section individually, starting from the back.  Feed each strand through the straightener, gently bending the hair in ward & out wards  using the rounded edge of the straightener to create  “ S – Waves “ whilst working from the roots to the tips of each strand  working each section in a different direction to create a natural looking resultI would recommend using a straightening Iron that lets you adjust the temperature to the needs of your hair and work on a low / medium heat setting.

3.     Work your way in horizontal sections until all hair is waved.

4.     Apply a small drop of a light hair oil or shine serum into your hands and run your fingers gently through your hair to break up the waves, leaving a few loose strands around the face to create a slightly messy texture so it has a “lived in,” unforced  feeling.

5.     Once you are happy with your shape & texture, mist with a flexible hairspray to ensure that your style will last.

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Karolina Kurkova Czech Elle Special Edition

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I am so happy to be able to share my latest pictures of  KK for this issue of Czech Elle with you.

KK guest edited this issue, and we had a lot of fun collaborating and transforming her into four different looks.

Two days in Miami, and two stories! 

The dream team :

 Photography : @branislavsimoncik

 Styling : @kralicek

Make Up : @steffiwillmann

Hair :  #hairbysaschabreuer  @swartists

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What Hair Texture Are You? (How To Get The Right Texture For Your Hair III)

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Texturising Series Part III: Tips

This is my third and final instalment in the texturising series. We’ve covered the texturising products and tools you need in the previous posts. Today we are going to look at some great tips and advice on how to get hair texture right. Once you have all the right gear it’s important to know how to use it and get the most out of it. At the end of the day hair styling and texturising is all about practice and finding rhythms and techniques that work best for your hair and your lifestyle. However, I do have some styling secrets and texturising tips that I’d love to share to help you get

#1 Know Your Texture Type

Did you know that hair textures are divided into distinct categories? Yep, there are a bunch of elements that go into defining hair texture. Now, you can change your texture while you’re styling but it’s important to recognise your natural hair texture too. This way you can choose products and tools based on your texture type and you’ll have a better understanding of how different textures will wear and hold in your hair and the kinds of styles that suit your natural texture best.

Texture profiles are defined primarily by natural curl pattern. We have:

Type 1: Straight, smooth hair that has no curl pattern at all. Such hair is usually shinier because the natural oils and sebum from the scalp transfer all the way down the hair shaft. Type 1 hair is generally flat and when you’re texturising you’ll need a stronghold spray because this texture type doesn’t hold curls too well.

Type 2: Naturally wavy hair, where the strands form a soft, large “S” shape. Think natural, beachy waves. The tightness of the wave can vary from person to person, but such hair is usually not very frizzy and falls somewhere in the middle of the oiliness-dryness spectrum.

Type 3: Curly hair, where the strands form a tighter, smaller “S” shape. This is springier, more coiled hair but there’s still a lot of definition and noticeable difference between the ringlets. This kind of hair texture is prone to dryness since the natural oils don’t transfer down the hair shaft all that well.

Type 4: Extremely coiled, tight ringlets. This kind of hair usually forms a “mass” or “cloud” and lacks the individual characteristic of curls displayed by Type 3 hair. This texture type tends to be very dry and you need to moisturize thoroughly and often to take care of this hair.

Other factors like density, length, width and porosity also determine your texture profile. Take some time to study your hair or get professional typing done if you’re really into understanding how textures work and can be manipulated.

#2 Tricky Texture Transitions

I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge that hair texture changes. There’s always going to be a section of your hair that is smoother or healthier than others. Or conversely, there might be a part that is more damaged than the rest. Similarly, as the weather changes your hair is going to respond in bits and pieces. When you’re texture typing, don’t freak out if your hair isn’t a singular, homogenous type or you don’t know what to do with all the different things that are happening to your hair.

Transitions in texture are normal, and all you need to do is switch up your hair care routine and give your hair a little more TLC! In a few short days you’ll notice that you’re having an easier time with styling and your hair and the effects last longer, and that your hair looks and feels much better than before.

#3 Savvy Straightening

When you’re using a straightening iron do you tend to run the iron over your hair a couple of times? Most people like to do so to ensure that they get a really good finish and a really sleek, straight texture. However, this is a really common mistake because this why hair gets damaged as a result of heat styling. You can actually keep your hair healthy and use a straightening iron fairly often but if repeatedly apply intense heat to the same area without recovery time it’s only going to end up frying your hair.

A pro tip of mine is to make sure that you don’t go over a section more than once: you can get the same finish and texture if you work slowly and meticulously. Running over your hair with a flat iron again and again may seem satisfying but it also does it more damage. Just being careful and holding the flat iron over each section a moment longer will give you flawless results but will reduce the amount of heat and pressure applied to each segment.

#4 Sleep In Style

Spent a lot of time texturising your hair only to find that it’s all gone by the next day? One of the biggest enemies of hair texture is friction. Most people lose texture (natural or styled) when they’re sleeping: when your hair rubs against the pillowcase and bedspread through the night it’s vulnerable to friction. That’s why it’s usually one giant frizzy, fuzzy mess when you wake up. Silk pillowcases and bed sheets are really soft on the hair and won’t chaff the cuticle. You’ll be surprised to find that your texture will last well much longer with just this simple change in routine. And if silk linens aren’t your thing, just wrap a soft silken scarf around your hair when you sleep and you’ll have the same great results.

#5 Make Friends With Foam Rollers

One of the most popular and requested textures is curls: from the loosely wavy variety to the tightly coiled ringlets. A lot of people that I talk to use hot rollers and curling irons and it’s always surprising to me that more folks haven’t zeroed in on the awesome results you can get with foam rollers. Foam rollers are easy to use, they’re really comfortable to sleep with, you can reduce the amount of heat styling you indulge in and they give you really long-lasting curls. If you like to curl your hair often I seriously advise investing in foam rollers.

Just be sure to dampen your hair before you put in the rollers and tie a scarf around your head for comfort once you’re done. This will help you sleep better and you can wake up to gorgeous, springy curls.

#6 Terrycloth And Troubles

As I’ve already mentioned, one of the easiest ways of ruining natural texture or losing styled texture is to let friction and static electricity make your hair frizzy. Whether you want to enhance your natural texture or you’ve got a semi-permanent/ permanent treatment done (like perming, straightening, rebonding etc.) a key tip is to dry your hair with paper or microfiber towels. You could even use a soft, old T-shirt. The sooner you ditch the habit of drying your hair with terrycloth towels the better your hair texture will get.  

#7 Boost, Don’t Reuse Products

If you’ve read the previous posts in the series you know how important the right texturising products are. When you’re styling your hair and you want the texture to last over a day it can be tempting to add more products every day. However, there is an easier- and healthier- way to maintain texture without weighing down your hair. Simply flip your hair upside down and run your fingers through it, concentrating on the roots. This will add some lift at the roots and will redistribute some of the accumulated product. Then, take some water in a spray bottle and spritz it all over your hair. You could also use a light-hold hairspray. Doing so will revive the products in your hair and will strengthen the texture.

I hope you enjoyed reading these tips. There’s no end to the things you can do with your hair: this advice will help you get healthier, happier textures. And remember, if you’re confused about your natural texture type or preferences there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It’s possible- and normal- to have a variety of natural hair textures. Identifying certain patterns does help in creating routines and choosing products and coming up with techniques that work well more often than not, but in no means should any of this limit the fun you have with your hair. Don’t label yourself: love yourself!

 

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How To Choose The Right Styling Tool For Your Style (How To Get The Right Texture For Your Hair (2)

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Texture defines every single aspect of a hairstyle, from what it will look like to how long it will hold. The right texture can take the simplest hairstyle and make it look runway worthy. On the flipside, you could spend hours putting together an intricate hairstyle only to find that it looks boring and woefully limp because the texture was off.

In my last post from the texturising series I discussed the various products you can use to achieve different textures and finishes. In this post we are going to take a look at the various hairstyling tools you can use to create all sorts of fabulous hair textures and styles.

Hair Dryers

Hair dryers are a staple, must-have item in your dresser. Whether you like sporting a different style every day or you’re just a wash-and-dry kinda girl you simply cannot do without a hairdryer. At its most basic a hairdryer will help you dry your hair and keep it from getting unruly, tangled and damaged. For smooth, manageable everyday texture, nothing beats a hairdryer. And if you are little bit more adventurous than that and you want to achieve all sorts of hairstyles and play around with different looks, a hairdryer will guarantee that you have a great base to start with.

Contrary to popular belief, you can get smooth AND curly hair textures with a blow dryer. Use an attachment with a concentrated airflow nozzle for when you want smooth, sleek hair and a diffuser attachment for curlier styles.

Brushes & Combs

Brushes and combs form the very basic units of hairstyling. Without these you cannot hope to get anywhere with your hair. From achieving a problem-free, smooth base to start working with to detangling your backcombed hair at the end of a long day, brushes and combs are the building blocks of your texturising and styling arsenal. They help you take care of your hair, target styling and texture problems and ensure that your hair stays strong and healthy.

One of the most basic and most glamorous ways to wear your hair is to blow-dry it well. With a round-barrelled vented brush and a hairdryer you can get all kinds of blowouts: sleek, flipped-in, flipped-out, you name it! If you’re using a texturising product and you don’t want to get your hands dirty use a flat, padded brush with nylon bristles. These brushes will help detangle your hair and make sure all your hair is properly coated with texturising product without any clumps weighing it down. If you’re going after a curly/ wavy texture and you want to be able to brush it but you want to keep the bounce and the curls I recommend using a wide-toothed comb. These combs will do the needful by going through any knots and by adding a nice polished finish to the final look but they won’t break up the curls.

Always use combs and brushes that have rounded tips because this minimises damage and keeps your hair from breaking and catching.

Specialised Combs

Specialised combs will help you achieve very precise textures and effects. For instance, a rattail comb can be used for teasing or backcombing your hair for when you want a lot of volume and height. A dressing comb can be used to gently smoothen any flyaways after you’ve finished your hairstyle. Fork combs are great for lifting curls and waves and for rearranging them or making them slightly messy for a rougher, more lived-in or grungy texture. Specialised combs can be used to create and perfect texture, volume, height and finishes.

Flat Irons

Flat irons are some of the most popular texturising and styling tools in the market. That’s because they are so easy to use and sleek, straight hair is one of the simplest and yet most stylish hair textures to wear. Apart from being a great look in itself, making sure that your hair is sleek and straight is the first step to hairstyling. Indeed, a lot of hairstyles (think updos, twists and buns) look much better in straight hair than they do in any other texture. If you are buying a straightening iron look for one with 3-inch wide plates. These are neither too thin nor too thick and should work well with most hair lengths and densities.

I prefer working with ceramic flat irons because they get the job done but they significantly reduce the damage done to your hair with heat styling.

Hot Rollers

If the phrase ‘hot rollers’ immediately conjures up a mental image of Mad Men-esque style and retro fabulousness and you like the idea, hot rollers are just the things for you. Sometimes old is gold, and once you try these babies on for size you will know why!

Hot rollers are fantastic when you want curls and you want them to last. There is no end to the texture options you can play around with but you have to admit nothing screams ‘old fashioned glamour’ quite like curls do.  Did you know that there are different kinds of hot rollers to choose from? If it is tight, springy ringlets that you want then I recommend choosing velveteen hot rollers. For some good, old va-va-volume pick Velcro rollers and add some great lift and texture to your hair. Also, hot rollers come in a variety of barrel sizes, just like curling irons and this decides the size of the curls.

If you’re investing in a quality brand I recommend picking one of those sets that include a variety of small, medium, large and extra-large hot rollers and holding clips.

Curling Irons

If you don’t have a lot of time on hand and you can’t put hot rollers in and sit around or leave foam rollers in your hair overnight, a curling iron can be a godsend. Curling irons are a great way to get quick curls anytime, anywhere. Curling irons are easy to work with, they give you results fast and you can carry them around with you, which makes them a really neat texturising tool to travel with.

When you are buying a curling iron I recommend looking for one that offers you at least three heat settings because this will give you a wider number of styling and texturising options to work with.

Begin with a standard 1-inch barrel if this is your first curling iron. This will give you regular-sized curls. However, you will find that over time you are going to want to add at least two more to your collection: a ½-inch barrel for smaller ringlets and a 1½-inch barrel for flowing, loose waves.

Crimpers and Wave Makers

Crimpers and wave makers are very popular in salons and with professional hairstylists but they are yet to achieve the status of flat irons with most at-home users. If you already have some experience with other texturising tools or you are perfectionist and can tell (and don’t like) the difference between loosened curls and actual waves or ringlets and actual crimps, you might want to look into these texturising tools. They’re great for people who experiment regularly and want spot-on textures for different hairstyles.

Hooded Dryers

Hooded dryers are great for boosting texture and health in natural as well as relaxed African American hair. Do you remember the big hooded dryers you’d see in salons and parlours as a kid? They are still used in vintage-inspired salons and street-corner beauty parlours all over the world. The smaller counter-top version of these bonnet dryers, as they are otherwise known, is a great addition to your at-home styling and texturising paraphernalia. One of the greatest advantages is that it leaves your hands free, so you can relax or do something else while the machine works its magic.

Foam Rollers

If you want long-lasting curls and you aren’t too keen about the idea of exposing your hair to too much heat styling regularly, foam rollers are a fantastic option. I personally love them for a number of reasons. To begin with, you get to style your hair without heat and it is a good thing to give your hair a rest. This is especially important if you style your hair very frequently. Secondly, foam rollers give you really long-lasting curls and you don’t have to worry about your hair going limp through the day. And finally, they are very easy to use and they are pretty comfortable. Since they’re made of foam they’re soft and bendable which means you don’t have to worry about your head hurting or the rollers jutting out uncomfortably.

All you have to do is take sections of your hair and hold each bendable roller at the end and then start rolling it upwards, towards the roots. Stop at the point you want the curls to begin (this could be halfway down or way up at the roots) and just turn the ends of the roller down, shaping it into a U. Repeat this step with all your hair. Add a soft hairnet or tie a scarf around your head for convenience. Go to sleep and wake up next morning to beautiful curls.

The only downside that I can think of (and it really isn’t a disadvantage considering how great this technique works) is the fact that you’ll have to keep your hair in the rollers all night, so it might not work for you if you’re short on time.

Fasteners & Aids

This last section is devoted to certain tools that are instrumental to styling and texturising, even though they don’t contribute to the texture itself. They help in making the process easier or holding a look together. For instance, without sectioning clips and pins you cannot hope to texturise and style your hair properly. These tools are absolutely essential for keeping hair out of the way for easy styling and making sure you don’t overwork individual sections. The same holds true for elastic bands. Bobby pins and clamp clips can be used for dividing hair while you are adding texturising products or using tools to style your hair and they also go one step further and help hold intricate patterns and styles together through the day.

That covers most of the texturising tools you can use to style and shape your hair. The great thing about this list is you probably already have some (or most) of these items at home so you don’t have to feel bad about spending money on a lot of new styling tools and gadgets. Just remember to invest in quality items so that they last long and you can look forward to great results every time.

 

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How To get The Right Texture For Your Hair (1)

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One of the most crucial elements of any hairstyle is the hair texture. Because texturising is such an important part of styling hair, whether you are a professional hair stylist or an at-home fashionista, I’ve decided to do a little series on getting hair texture right.

When we talk about hair texture, and achieving the right kind of texture when you are styling your hair, there are two levels of consideration: the first is the kind of products you use in your hair to get the texture right, and the second refers to the tools used to enhance the texture and style the hair. In this post we discuss styling and texturising products and the different purposes they serve.

Before we really get into it, it is important to understand just why we use products when styling hair. If you’re tempted to skimp on products or you are worried about adding the wrong thing to your hair, understanding how and why they work will help you make the right choices. Texturising and styling products serve a number of purposes: they can help you achieve as much or as little volume a look calls for, they can lend support and control to a look and hold it together through the day, and they can help you enhance your natural texture or create a new one altogether. Whether you want your hair to look glossy or guarantee that it stays frizz-free all through the day, the right products can take a look from ‘what?’ to ‘wow!’ in no time at all.

Hair Gel

The first product on our list is the ever-popular hair gel. Hair gel is best suited for when you want highly defined curls or waves in your hair. It can also be really effective for hairstyles that need a high hold quotient, like spikes.

The strengths of this kind of texturising product lay in the high degree of control and hold it offers while styling. If you’re considering a hairstyle that needs support and structure and you don’t want to have to worry about it going limp as the day progresses, hair gel can be the ideal solution. The problem with hair gel is in its own texture and composition: it’s a heavy product, which makes it ill suited for fine hair and also difficult to spread properly through the hair. As a result, it gives the best results in short to medium-length hair and should be avoided by those with long hair.

Hair gel can be used in dry, wet and damp hair. Most hair gels create sheen in the hair because they work by smoothening the cuticle. If you’re planning a wet-look hairstyle, a hair gel can be the perfect product to get the right texture.

Pomade/ Wax

If piecy, sharply defined texture is what you are after take a gander at hair wax or hair pomade. This sort of product is great for highly specialised and targeted texturising because it really allows you to get in there and get your hands dirty. It lets style each individual section or strand as you want to. That kind of manoeuvrability isn’t easy to come by when you’re styling hair. Hair wax/ pomade is perfect for a highly personalised take on hair styling and texturising: you can look forward to spectacular results, whether you want a carefully crafted Mohawk or you’re twisting your hair into faux cornrows.

Now, I must admit that despite all the popularity surrounding the product, hair wax or pomade can take some getting used to. There are both upsides and downsides to the choice and I advise experimenting and practicing a couple of times before you really commit to this kind of product. The good news is that it can help create a wonderful, piecy texture and if you’re going for a slightly messy or edgy look the results can be unparalleled. You can keep messing around with product all day long and recreating the look and reworking it as and when you want. However, the downside is that if you don’t have enough styling practice or you don’t buy the right kind/ brand of pomade or wax the overall effect could be that of scraggly, weighed-down hair.

Ideally, wax or pomade should be used on dry hair, or at most, on slightly damp hair. Apart from the texturising power, the product also gives you a range of finishes to choose from: wet-look, dry, natural, matte and so on.

Mousse

Did you know that the most popular and widely used hair styling and texturising product after hairspray is hair mousse? Yep! It’s a universal favourite, and it’s obvious why. This foam-like substance is absolute magic when it comes to creating loads of natural volume and unbeatable texture in hair. What makes mousse so popular is the fact that it is oh-so-easy to use. It spreads like a dream through your hair, coating every strand without weighing hair down and this makes it the ideal texturising product for those with long hair. You can enjoy a natural finish and soft, shiny hair because it smoothens the cuticle and adds hold to a style without making your hair rigid or heavy.

Mousse is often the perfect companion to styling/ texturising tools. You can use it to create a soft, pliable base (your hair) that can be perfectly shaped into ringlets, curls, waves or even poker-straight hair. And if it is just a bit of natural, effortless glamour you are going for, spray some mousse into your hair and scrunch it around with your fingers and voila! You have the unbelievably sexy, just-out-of-bed touseled hair that everyone envies all the supermodels for.

Hair mousse should only be used on damp hair. Whether it is an overnight hairstyle such as braiding your hair to style it into tight spirals or a more immediate look, mousse works best in hair that is about 80-90% dry. You can use a clean spray bottle to spritz some water all over your hair or you can even hold your hands out under running water and then pat them all over your hair before you work the mousse in.

Serum

Most people understand hair serums as a finishing product and not so much a texturising product. It’s true, serums are usually used as a final touch to most hairstyles (or conversely, right at the beginning to set a smooth stage) but remember the finish of your hair is also a part of its overall texture. Serums are highly concentrated, transparent, oil-like substances that add a tremendous amount of shine and gloss to your hair by smoothing the cuticle. You can start out with the most brittle, woebegone-looking hair and end up with unbelievably glossy hair in mere moments. If you’ve got too much volume or body (and yes, there can be such a thing as too much volume!) hair serums can really help you tame your hair. The ingredients list of any hair serum will reveal a staggeringly high amount of silicones, which is why they pack such a punch. Hair serum is ideally meant for wet or damp hair but if you are using it on dry hair (to get tangles out or to boost shine) make sure you use it very sparingly or you could end up looking like you’re carrying around your own personalised oil spill atop your head.

The good thing about hair serum is that even a little goes a long way, so those seemingly-expensive-but-teensy bottles will actually last you a really long time. Hair serums work well with a variety of other texturising products like hair crèmes or mousses. You can use serums to create a fine, fuss-free base and other products for styling and support. On the flipside, hair serums might not be the best option for those with very fine hair because these viscous liquids tend to be heavy and they can leave thin hair looking limp.

Put very simple, the primary purpose of hair serum is to fight frizz and combat any static electricity, dryness and flyaways. If you want sleek, shiny hair that’s completely under your control, this is the way to go.

Spray Gel

If the thick consistency of hair gels is not your thing, you might want to look into spray gels. These are essentially the same product, but without the thickening agent in the hair gels. This makes spray gels much easier to work with because you do not have to worry about the product spreading unevenly through your hair. Spray gels are meant to be used in either wet or damp hair. They help texturise hair in two ways: by boosting shine and by lending structure and support to the style.

The spray system makes it really easy to ensure that you’ve got all your hair covered. You can work in small sections and target every one of them. Because of this reason, spray gels are especially suited for those portions/ styling moments when it is just hard-to-reach a particular section of hair. So, the next time you are worrying about not being able to add enough volume and lift to the roots or you have a nagging suspicion that your curls are only partly covered by product, get your spray gel out and spritz away.

Crème/ Lotion

Hair crèmes/ lotions are more likely to figure on the lesser-known end of the styling spectrum, but you’d be surprised to find that you can achieve some fabulous textures with these. Crèmes and lotions are ideal for controlling common hair texture problems like static, flyaways and frizz. This is a styling and texturising product that also works to condition your hair, and thus leaves it considerably smoother and straighter. You can also use hair crèmes/ lotions to define your curls.

Hair crèmes and lotions are really great for a natural, beautiful texture that is also soft to the touch. This variety of texturising product actually makes the hair easier to work with and more manageable: in fact, if you’ve always lived with hair that seems to fight your every command, a quality hair crème could be your saviour. These products also offer a really good hold and can keep the texture in place for a really long time. The only major drawback is given the thick, cream-like consistency these products might be too heavy for thin hair.

Hair crèmes/ lotions can be used in all kinds of hair: dry, damp and wet. Since they’re creamy, it might take a little bit of time and effort to be able to evenly spread and work the product into your hair. If you aren’t used to hair crèmes just yet, I advise working in small sections and with coin-sized amounts to begin with. This way you can add more product as you go along and not worry about ending up with too much in your hair or wasting product.

Hairspray

And finally, we’re at the best known and most used of products: the hairspray. The hairspray is without a doubt the most loved hair styling product: it’s one of those items you are sure to find in everyone’s bathroom/ styling cabinet. When you’re going for va-va-volume and you need something to help defy gravity and keep your look together through the day, a hairspray is your best friend.

For a rather simple product, it does a bunch of neat things. First and foremost, hairspray keeps hairstyles from falling flat. It will keep a style together for much longer than it would naturally. Other than this, a hairspray can also affect the texture and finish of your hair: from natural-look products to shine-boosting and gloss-enhancing varieties, there are a number of different finishes you can choose from. You can also choose between a number of different strengths: from touchable, flexible varieties and medium-hold products to super-strong finishes for that helmet head, there’s no dearth of options.

Hairspray should be used on dry hair, once your style is complete. You can also spray a little bit on throughout the day to make sure your style stays in place and looks good.

That covers most texturising and styling products available in the markets. If you are new to hair styling, pick one or two that you feel comfortable with and then work your way up to the rest. If you’re an old hand, take a look to see if you’ve missed something in your collection. I hope this post was informative. Watch this space for my next post in the series on various texturising tools!

 

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Go Grey! The Granny Hair Colour Trend That’s So Hot Right Now

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Yep, you read that right. The granny hair colour trend. Did that phrase just conjure up an image of old-timey bloomers and all things sweet, but definitely not sexy? Well, you’re in for a surprise.

 

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It’s sexy, it’s edgy and it’s unbelievably chic right now. If you’ve looked at photos of suave gentlemen and wondered why women don’t get to be ‘silver foxes’, ladies here’s your chance. This season’s hottest hue is… grey!

Now, if you haven’t seen all the buzz about the granny hair trend, as it’s been dubbed, you might be a wee bit confused. How could grey hair possibly be a good thing? Shouldn’t we all be running to cover greys, instead of actually opting in to go grey? Isn’t grey the antithesis of fashionable? Nope, because we are not talking about a dull, lifeless, colourless grey. We’re talking a powerful, luminous shade that’s all about celebrating life and edginess and personal style.

If you’re naturally grey or greying, it’s your time to shine. All around the world more and more young women are choosing to go grey because it’s such a fabulously foxy trend. It’s strong, it’s bold and it’s cheeky. You could opt for a complete wash of silver or choose gradients ranging between various shades of granite and pale moonlight.

There are just so many reasons to love 2015’s hottest hair colour trend.

For starters, it’s surprisingly sexy. And when it comes to playing with style, the unexpected is always so much fun.

Secondly, it’s such an unapologetically bold statement that it takes a lot of confidence- but also gives you heaps more in return! And something that’s so visibly arresting is more than just a visual treat: it adds dimensions to your personality as well.

Most conventional hair colouring wisdom dictates choosing colours that complement your skin tone. Now, grey is about as natural and universal as they get. But, at the same time, when you choose to go grey you’re clearly breaking from tradition and you’re not looking for a colour that lets you blend in. So, in one fell swoop (or stroke of your colourist’s hand) you’re getting the best of both worlds when it comes to hair colour trends.

Also, the hue wears well as of itself- whether you choose for a solid wash of single colour, a gradient or a grey ombre (grombre?!)- and it’s absolutely fabulous with other colours. You could throw in a pop of pastel like lavender or a pale peach or a pink and combine two of 2015’s biggest colour trends: grey and rainbow pastel hair!

Grey is a truly inspired choice if you love styling your hair: especially if you like braids. Even a single solid dye will lend way more depth and tonality to your hair and will make the most intricate styles pop!

I love the granny hair trend because it’s taking so many false standards of beauty and style rules and turning them on their head. For years women have rushed to colour their hair at the first sign of grey. See, I’m all for colouring and doing anything that makes you feel beautiful- but only because you want to. If you love your natural hair colour and it’s greying, stick to it and own it!

The grey hair trend shows us how something that’s been such a big no-no all these years can suddenly be considered the epitome of beauty and daring. In some ways, it goes to show just how transient beauty rules are: which is why I’m always telling my readers to have fun and set their own rules.

Don’t be ashamed of your grey: it was beautiful before it was fashionable, and it’ll be beautiful even if the trend peters out.

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