It was such a pleasure to work with the incredibly talented & gorgeous Rita Ora for the first gig of her Body On Me US Tour. Try to get tickets for the upcoming venues! It is an absolute must see whilst she is here!
Don’t like your natural length, thickness, texture or volume? Alarmed by the aggressively short haircut your stylist’s unveiled on you? Longing to try out a new color but don’t want to actually dye your hair? Need something a little more ‘more’ for a special occasion? Hair extensions are the perfect solution to all these problems.
I recently wrote a post discussing the teal hair trend and we touched upon the topic of hair extensions a couple of times. And it hit me: this is not the first time that hair extensions have come up in conversation, or popular media, in recent times. In fact, hair extensions seem to all the rage right now: from YouTube gurus and bloggers to everyday folks- just about everyone seems to be talking about or asking about hair extensions.
It’s a really interesting development because up until very recently hair extensions were considered the dominion of celebrities and models: everyone else sort of made do with their own natural hair. However, with the skyrocketing popularity of the blogosphere and access to a lot more information than ever before, the average consumer is now exposed to tons more options.
In fact, hair extensions have become some of the most researched, most talked about and most purchased styling products/ items of recent times. Gone are the days when trying out a new look involved the risk of getting stuck with something disastrous until you could grow it out. The styling industry has evolved to a very sophisticated place: the everyday enthusiast can now enjoy experimenting without paying too heavy a price for the same.
If you’re new to the hair extensions idea, it’s really important to do your groundwork first. Most women go through a hit-and-miss period before they can zero in on a brand/ range they really like. More reasonable than many other hair care and styling products, hair extensions are still something of an investment. Here’s everything you need to know for choosing and using the right set:
There’s no end to the kinds of hair extensions you get in the market: these vary in terms of material, length, type, application style and so on. I’ve included some of the most common kinds of hair extensions based on the application method involved to help you choose your pick:
· Clip-in Extensions
Probably the most common variety, clip-in extensions have little clips at the mouth and these can simply be clipped into place at the roots of your natural hair. They’re definitely the most inexpensive option on this list because you only have to pay for the extensions and can apply and remove them yourself. You also get more wear-time out of these: human hair extensions can be used for around a year. They’re a great option if you’re new to hair extensions and/or you want to experiment with lots of different styles, lengths, colors etc.
· Skin Wefts
Your natural hair is inserted between the extensions and each section is pressed and locked in together using a straightening iron. These last about 5-6 weeks before they need reapplication. This type works well with short/ fine hair. They’re rather inexpensive because the application isn’t particularly technical.
· Weaves/ Braided Sew-ins
Involves braiding your natural hair to lie flat on the scalp and then the extensions are introduced to the braids using a thread and a needle. You can weave in all your hair, or only sections of it. It needs to be done by someone with a certain level of practice and expertise. A weave can stay in for about 2 months. It works best in hair that is thick, stiff or coarse.
· Beads/ Braid-less Sew-ins
Your natural hair is inserted into tiny micro-cylinder beads that rest against the scalp and act as a cushion. This is done strand-by-strand. The beads act as a base for the hair extensions to be sewn into. You’ll have to have your extensions tightened every 4-6 weeks. It works well with medium-long hair that’s pretty manageable on its own and just needs more length or volume. It’s not exactly cheap, but is a more affordable option than the two techniques coming up next.
· Keratin, U-Tip/Hot Fusion
Has to be added in by a trained professional. Heat is used to fuse your natural hair with the extensions, strand-by-strand. They can be left in for about 6 months, though it is recommended that you have them removed every 8-10 weeks to keep your hair from breaking and to allow new hair to grow healthily. This technique requires a professional to apply as well as remove the extensions to prevent damage, and so it can be quite expensive.
· Micro-Link, I-Tip, or Cold Fusion
These have to be applied by a trained stylist: each extension is affixed to a strand of natural hair through bead-like micro-cylinders. You need to get them tightened every 8-10 weeks. These are recommended for all hair types. They’re especially great if you want to add highlights/ colored streaks to your hair without using actual dyes. They can be expensive.
Washing and Drying
#1: You don’t need to wash your hair extensions every day, or even every time you wash your natural hair. Because they’re not actually attached to your scalp, they won’t get dirty as quickly as the rest of your hair. This is especially true if you wear clip-ins and you take them out and keep them away after a few hours of use. Over-washing will only strip the extensions dry and ruin their texture and softness.
#2: Buy a shampoo and conditioner that’s specifically engineered to care for hair extensions. The needs of your natural hair are greatly different from what your extensions need; so using a regular daily shampoo might do more harm than good. There are products particularly formulated for hair extensions and these are a lot gentler on them.
#3: When you do wash your extensions, gently build up a lather and work it through the extensions. Cover every bit but don’t rub your extensions roughly between your palms and don’t try to scrub them clean. Just apply the product through the extensions and then run water over them and let it wash the cleanser out.
#4: You should let your hair extensions air-dry as much as possible. All the same wisdom about heat styling applies to hair extensions as well: the less you indulge in it, the longer you can enjoy happy, healthy hair. And since hair extensions are a product, they’ve got a shelf life.
#5: Use a wide-tooth comb to ease out any knots and tangles that might have develop in the extensions. I also recommend using a looper brush with hair extensions. When you’re combing them, always start at the bottom and slowly move up the shaft. Use small strokes and brush in a downward direction.
Choosing By Need
#1: You can choose hair extensions based on your need. The most popular choice, of course, is that of the full-length extension sets. If you’re just looking to experiment with styling, this is the best way to go.
#2: However, if you’re looking to address a very specific need, hair extensions can come in handy there too. For instance, if you’ve got short hair and you want a thick, long ponytail you can buy an extension ponytail. Simply clip it into place and mask it in with your natural hair by twisting some of it around the mouth of the ponytail. Longing to get a cute flirty fringe but can’t forget the horror of the last try gone wrong? We’ve all been there. And waiting for bangs to grow out is torturous experience indeed. The answer: clip-in bangs. Fix them in and greet a whole new you. Switching looks has never been so easy.
#1: Try not to clip the extensions in at flat, horizontal lines all the time. This might work well at the back of your head and near the neck, where the hair falls heavy, but it can show up really plainly towards the front and the crown where the hair is finer. Instead, place the clips at angles so that the hair extensions also fall along the natural contours of the head. This way, instead of straight sheets of hair just falling flat from the head (and looking fake) you’ve got a more diffused, much softer effect.
#2: There’s no denying the fact that hair extensions add weight to your own hair, and can tug at the roots and scalp. However, there’s a way to keep this from becoming a problem: just make sure you place the extensions at the roots where your hair is the strongest. We all have (and know of) patches where our hair is stronger and weaker; all you need to do is use this information to your advantage.
#3: Here’s a pro tip to get really natural looking results from your hair extensions: teasing the roots where you clip in the extensions helps blend it all together. The teased sections will cleverly camouflage those telltale gaps and raised bits where you put in the extensions. You also want to tease the hair right above where you clip the extensions in; the teased hair will rise over the clips and keep them hidden.
#1: Avoid using heat-based styling tools on your hair extensions, unless they’re made of 100% human hair. Hair extensions that use synthetic hair do not hold up well against heat styling.
#2: if you do decide to use heat styling tools make sure you invest in ceramic tools with ion-boosting and conditioning properties. Hair extensions don’t come cheap and you shouldn’t ruin them with inferior tools. For that matter, you shouldn’t be using anything but the best on your own natural hair either.
#3: Don’t over-style your hair extensions. Excessive heat styling is not recommended for natural hair either, but at least natural hair responds to care and can be nourished with a good diet, sleep, strength-boosting products and home treatments. You can also always trim your natural hair to keep it healthy and damage-free. Hair extensions, once damaged, can’t be revived.
#4: Never use a heated tool on an entire set of extensions all at once: you must check to see if it works well before going the whole way. The idea of doing a patch test applies here as well. Style a small section first, and let it cool for five-ten minutes. Proceed with the rest only if you’re happy with the results.
Make It Last
#1: We talked about teasing the hair to help blend in the extensions; it also prevents the extensions from moving around. Tease the roots in one-inch sections wherever you plan to put the extensions in. Also tease the areas directly over the clips. This added bit of body gives the hair extensions more support and gives them a little something extra to latch onto.
#2: Once you’ve teased your hair, but before you put the extensions in, spritz some stronghold hairspray into the roots for some serious lasting power.
Make It Match
Look, there’s no shame in using hair extensions to add that extra bit of oomph to your hair, but if when you’re putting them in you might as well make them look as natural as possible. A lot of people have a hard time blending in extensions with their own hair, but it’s fairly simple once you get the hang of it.
#1: For starters, it always helps to straighten your hair before you add the extensions. And once you get the extensions in go over all the hair with the flat iron to really merge it all together. Straightening helps create an even, uniform texture and is a favorite trick of stylists all over the world. This is an essential step even if you’re ultimately going in for curls or waves or braids. Getting the base to look the same is the key to a really natural look.
#2: Give your hair some time to cool down before you continue styling. Wait at least ten minutes before you pick up that curling wand.
#3: Another trick is to add a shine-boosting serum to your natural hair. Hair extensions are usually quite glossy, and your own hair can often look dull in comparison.
#4: If you’re using the straightening trick, avoid a serum as it can combine with the heat to fry out your hair. Instead, use a heat protectant spray that also adds shine and silkiness.
These little tricks can go a long way in matching your natural hair to the extensions.
#1: Volumizing products can be really great with hair extensions. Look for powder products that you can sprinkle into the roots before you tease the hair. The added volume and grip helps to blend hair extensions into natural hair and keeps them in place until you choose to remove them.
#2: Whenever you’re shopping for products that you know you’ll be using with your extensions, look at the ingredients list to check for alcohol content. Using styling products without alcohol helps extend the life of hair extensions.
#3: Try minimizing the amount of products you use with your extensions. Product buildup is as real with extensions as it is with natural hair. You don’t want to have to worry about clarifying your extensions next!
Short Hair Stressors
#1: Adding hair extensions to short hair can be stressful, because most people don’t know how to make them look natural. If you randomly place extensions all around the head your own hair is going to jut out and ruin the overall look. Instead of following traditional placement techniques, take your own length and cut into consideration.
#2: Clip in the wefts as close to one another as possible: this way you create a whole new mass of hair without leaving any spaces, gaps or lines peeking through. The closer the extensions are clipped together, the more densely the hair will fall together and the easier it will be to blend it all. Doing so will also disguise the disparity in layers, thicknesses and planes between your own hair/current haircut and the extensions.
#1: Don’t worry about hair extensions getting in the way of a proper workout: all you need to do is arrange your hair into a secure ponytail or a bun, using bobby pins to make sure it holds up while you sweat it out in the gym.
#2: Adding a headband also helps keep everything in place and prevent slipping.
#3: If your hair is prone to frizzing, use a humidity-combatting leave-in product to protect your extensions.
A final word of advice: it’s great to get used to doing your own extensions, especially if you plan on sticking with the clip-in variety, but I do recommend going to a stylist the first time for best results and a smooth beginning.
You know how every year/ season is remembered by that one unforgettable trend that comes to define it? 2013 was the year that the ombre craze really took off. 2014 was the year we saw the pastel trend and mermaid hues raise their pretty heads. For a while it looked like the granny trend in all silvery-grey glory was going to be 2015’s contribution to the hallowed halls of hair trends. But if there’s one that trumps the pale moonlight goodness of the grey hue, it’s the teal trend.
Made famous by Kylie Jenner, the teal hair trend has found takers all around the world- from the avant-garde avenues of New York and the chic cobblestones of London to the bustling boulevards of Tokyo and the spice-scented streets of New Delhi.
What is it about the teal hue that’s got everyone raving? Why would a color that is so unmistakably bold and a wee bit wacky find takers all over the world?
The way I see it, fashion is finally getting to a place where it is well and truly personal to the wearer. For years and years we’ve been talking about fashion being a means of expression and an outlet for creativity, but how many people actually step out of their comfort zones to try something daring? And even when something a little bit different comes along, it’s gone in the blink of an eye because it’s “too crazy” or “unwearable” or “impractical”. We’ve seen celebrities sporting outré colors and cuts for ages now, but how many times have ordinary folk actually committed to a crazy color or cut? Not many, right? The teal hair trend proves that individual fashion and uninhibited expression are finally coming into their own.
In the last couple of weeks I’ve seen so many people from so many different parts of the world wearing teal and owning the look. As a stylist, it’s so exciting to see audiences open up to taking risks: and the move paying off!
Another factor that has contributed heavily to the trend’s popularity is the fact that the color is surprisingly universal. In fact, this is what sets the teal hair trend apart from most other color trends: I’ve had a lot of readers and clients talk about how most color trends only suit people with naturally light hair/ fair skin. This is where the pastel trend took a serious hit: it only showed up properly in light hair and looked washed out against anything but the fairest of complexions. Experimenting with color is a lot harder if you have dark hair and/ or medium-to-olive and deeper skin tones. And that is why the teal trend trumps all the rest: it is truly universally flattering. It sparkles on the fair folk and is arresting on darker-haired beauties.
It’s not often that a look sported by one of the Kardashian-Jenner clan invokes such widespread enthusiasm. But the youngest of the brood has undoubtedly made her mark on the fashion industry with her now-signature teal-tipped locks. You can credit it to Instagram or to Kylie’s undeniable chutzpah but either way, the real winner here is the regular, everyday fashion lover.
Kylie Hair Kouture, the result of Kylie Jenner’s collaboration with Bellami Hair is possibly the brand’s most well-known and popular product line till date.
I personally think that dip-dyed extensions are a fabulous idea: you’ve got a quality product from a recognized brand and a chance to shake things up. If you’re uncomfortable about dying your hair such an unusual shade, worried about the cost or giving your over-treated hair a break, the extensions might be just the thing you need to get in on the best Summer 2015 hair trend.
You don’t have to go the Bellami route, obviously: you can use your own preferred brand of hair extensions and have your stylist dye the ends for you. Ask for the dye to be applied at different heights across the length of the extensions to really get that gradient effect. And if you’re feeling particularly fierce, go ahead and get a direct dye. You won’t regret it!
When you think about it, the teal trend actually combines the most essential elements of all the hair trends we’ve seen in recent times: you’ve got the dip-die, you’ve got the ombre gradient, you’ve got a splash of unusual color and most of all, you’ve got some serious unapologetic style.
It’s really heartening to see that women of all colors, races and age groups have embrace the teal trend happily. I’ve seen those tantalizingly shimmery ends peeking out of low buns or curled loose in ponytails on middle-aged women and teenagers alike!
It has been such a great shoot with a killer team. Very excited to share the result with all of you
@herringandherring - publication / photographers
@zoecostello - Zoe Costello / stylist
@karayoshimotobua - Kara Yoshimoto Bua / makeup
@sascha_breuer - Sascha Breuer / hair
Kristen Wiig looked spectacular last night at the Met Ball 2015. 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.
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
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!
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
So excited to share the Nylon Magazine cover & story featuring the stunning and talented actress Shailene Woodley. The images where shot by Hilary Walsh of Atelier Management for the Nylon Magazine beauty issue.
Photography by :Hilary Walsh
Styling by : J Errico,
Makeup by : Gloria Noto
Manicuring by : NettieDavis.
@shailenewoodleyofficial - Shailene Woodley / talent
@hilarybwalsh - Hilary Walsh / photog @ateliermgmt
@j_errico - J. Errico / stylist
@glorianoto - Gloria Noto / makeup
@sascha_breuer / hair @swartists
Paris. A city that’s synonymous with luxury and elegance. Paris Fashion Week is always a lesson in the most chic fashions and daring styling, and I’m happy to say that the Paris Fall 2015 experience was no different. Here are my favourite looks from the Paris 2015 Autumn Winter Fashion Week. Enjoy. Haider Ackermann
‘Super spiky’ is the best way to describe the styling at the Haider Ackermann show. You can wear the spiky faux-hawk in both short and long hair, but I think shorter hair does more justice to the sharp lines of this particular styling technique. I love the long spiky locks pulled forward over the forehead and over the back: they create such a subtle curve to an otherwise jagged style. The models’ hair was braided with strands of thread that tied in nicely with the thread work on the clothes on the runway. Once you’re done moulding your hair into the spiky ‘do, you can braid along the sides with thread moving upwards. The overall effect is both punk and pretty, and it’s a great party look.
Jean Paul Lespagnard
I love hair trends that are so arresting you actually have to pause a moment to take it all in. The severe middle part, the voluminous top knot and a sleek rope braid down either side: styling elements you’d never expect to see thrown in together and yet that’s exactly what we have from the Jean Paul Lespagnard Fall 2015 show.
Blow-dry your hair to start. Using a pintail comb create a severe middle part that runs about three inches in. Take the two sections created by the part and pull them forward and pin them out of the way so you can style the rest. Doing so will create an arc running from ear-to-ear, dividing the hair in front of and behind the part. Use this arc to guide the next step.
Divide the hair that falls behind the part/ arc into two horizontal sections and pin the one at the bottom out of the way. Take the section on top and gather it into a high ponytail and arrange into a voluminous, messy bun. Secure with bobby pins and use a hairspray for hold.
Once you’re happy with how the bun looks, undo the two pinned-away sections (from the very front and the back) and gently blend them together. You want the hair from the front to merge with the hair at the nap of your neck. Make sure you don’t mess up the part at this stage.
Run a flat iron over this hair because we want it to be really sleek and smooth. Use a serum for that glasslike finish. If you’re wondering why we didn’t straighten all the hair right away at the beginning, it’s because want that slightly teased, gritty texture for the bun to create a striking contrast with the front and the braids.
Once you’re done straightening, just divide all the blended hair into two parts and bring one over each shoulder to style into rope braids. Spritz on some more hairspray and you’re done.
Happy to see the retro hair trend still going strong in 2015. The faux bob, side swoop and pin curls are all so gorgeous. Creating the very pronounced structure that vintage hairstyles are known for can take a bit of practice, but the end results are worth it. A lovely little aesthetic is to use colourful bobby pins to secure the hair in place. It’s a nifty trick that’s both fabulous and functional. If you’d like to go really authentic and ditch the pins once you’re done styling just be sure to use a really strong hairspray for hold. Retro hairstyles are a really good look for formal occasions when you want to look ultra glamorous.
Olympia Le Tan
Major volume, texture and bushiness. Hermione would be proud. And to offset all the drama you’ve got a sleek, slick brushed-back crown.
Once you’ve combed all the hair at the front back you can secure it into a high ponytail or a half-up-half-down hairstyle or even just leave the voluminous back open for a truly retro look.
To create the kinks in the hair you can either use a perm machine or braid your hair into tonnes of really skinny braids after washing it (wait until it’s about 70% dry) and leave the braids in overnight. When you open them the next day you’ll be greeted by the most amazing texture.
To get loads of extra volume take thin sections of hair and while holding one piece straight, push the rest of the section back up against the shaft. What this does is it creates a lot of volume and sort of teases the hair without spoiling the curls.
You’ll notice that even though the hair at the crown is sleek and slicked back you can still see some waviness in the texture. You can just use a styling product at the front to get the hair to lay flat but still retain some of the wavy shape.
If you want a completely straight front section and you want to go in for some major dichotomy all you need to do is begin braiding a few inches away from the roots (you’ll have to use elastics to create a “mouth” for the braids). If you’re using a crimping tool just repeat the same trick: start pressing a couple of inches down.
Like we’ve discussed, you can style the crimped hair any way you like. A small ponytail with the rest of the hair loose, a high ponytail, a small bun accent: just remember to have fun with it!
I can’t decide what I like best about this look: the retro rolled bangs, the sleek back or the crazy high, gravity-defying rolled-in ponytail-bun or the interplay of sharp lines with sexy curves. Let’s just say ‘all of it’, shall we?
We also saw the same bangs complementing very foxy high ponytails at the Tsumori Chisato Fall 2015 Paris show but I loved this particular creation, so it’s made its way into my list of the trends to watch out for.
For those of you with reasonable styling skills, this hairstyle is a must-try this season. Interestingly enough, even though the overall look is somewhat advanced and will need some considerable styling experience and patience to pull off, the individual elements are fairly straightforward as of themselves. So, even if you’re new to styling hair, don’t be shy. Get practicing. A head-turner like this one is totally worth the effort.
Love the edgy braids from the Vivienne Westwood Autumn Winter 2015 Paris Fashion Week. It’s a super sexy, edgy hairstyle. To create the texture you can use a small-barrelled curling iron, perming rods or just braid your hair and leave it in overnight. If you’re using one of the first two methods, you’ll have to create a bunch of skinny braids in your hair after you’re done curling it. If you’re braiding your hair to create the texture, just leave a couple of the braids in. Then take all the hair, gather it into a super high ponytail and secure it in place. You can even pull some of the hair through the hair elastic into a half-bun and just let the rest drop loose. The best thing with intentionally messy hair trends is that you never have to worry about getting it wrong.
The “inverted umbrella skeleton” from the Yohji Yamamoto made waves the moment it made its debut on the Paris Fall 2015 runway. If strongly architectural hairstyles are your thing, this is a hair trend you just don’t want to miss. Hairstyles that incorporate strong structural lines and require ‘crafting’ are such fun to style and wear. I’m really hoping to see a lot of off-runway takers for this one.
So, that’s it for the Autumn Winter 2015 Fashion Week updates folks. With all these gorgeous hair trends for 2015 you can look forward to lots of styling inspiration for the coming months. Let me know which ones you decide to try and send/ tweet me a picture when you do!
Milan Autumn Winter 2015 turned up some of the hottest, edgiest and most amazing hair trends for the coming year. Honestly, I had such a hard time picking my top looks from Milan because every single runway looked like it was going to be dictating 2015 hair trends for months to come. If there is one thing that Milan 2015 taught us, it’s this: 2015 is going to be all about hair that’s short, textured and pulled up. From updos to high ponytails to faux bobs, this year is all about short sassy hair. We’re taking all traditional ideals of beauty back this season, and spinning them around; so, hairstyles that leave you feeling exposed are the it thing this season: your style strength’s in your vulnerability ladies. Own it today!
I am in love with the gorgeous springy curls from the Blugirl show. If you have naturally wavy or straight hair, proper tight curls can instantly transform your entire look.
If heat styling is not your thing or you just want to give your mane a rest, voluminous curls are the way to go. All you need is a big enough set of bendy foam rollers. Simply wash your hair in the evening and allow it to dry naturally. When it’s about 70% dry, add the rollers to your hair. Roll your hair in one-to-two inch wide sections. Make sure you divide your hair into numerous horizontal layers around the head and start rolling from the bottommost layer and make your way upwards, to the layer right at the crown. This will give you all-over curls, instead of the half-sleek-half-curly style. To curl your hair from the roots, and not just the mid-lengths, take the rollers all the way up to the scalp or as close as you can get. Once the foam rollers are in place, simply tie a scarf around your head and go to sleep. Keeping the rollers in overnight will give you the most long-lasting, bouncy curls ever.
When you remove the rollers the next day just gently run your fingers through your hair to break the curls up a bit and give them more body and shape. Create a side part with your fingers and flip the curls over slightly towards one side. You can add hairspray for some extra hold; though they should last till the next wash easily, so as long as you avoid humidity.
Super short and super chic. That’s what comes to mind when you take a look at the very funky pageboy cuts from the Emporio Armani Milan Fall 2015 runway. The thick fringes and the ear-skimming length are further complimented by the natural messy, wavy texture. We’re so used to seeing ultra-sleek textures in short hairdos that this one made for such a refreshing change. If you’re worried that the boyish cut won’t do you any favours, just take a look at the photos: the style is startlingly feminine. You know why? Because it really emphasises the eyes and the natural planes of the face and the neck. It takes a lot of daring, yeah, to pull off something like this but if you’ve got a desire to let your natural strengths do the talking for you, the trend makes for some serious style inspiration.
The models at the Fendi Milan Fall 2015 show had their hair styled into loose, low knots twisted around a headband. The ruched leather headbands made for a very mod hair accessory, and the messy styling is just the thing you need when putting together an elaborate look seems like a herculean task.
You can wear the trend in your natural hair texture, though it helps if you dry your hair straight. That said: you don’t need your hair to be sleek or poker straight, just free of curls and wave so you can achieve the ‘naturally structured’ effect.
Simply pull on a headband that you like and then take all the hair in the back, flip it around and twist it to one side and then pull it over and around the headband to create a knot. Pin the ends of your hair under the headband, allowing the tips to ‘poke out’ messily as they may. Created by Sam McKnight, think of this hair trend as the busy girl’s everyday French twist.
The faux bob trend continues to burn bright with the MaxMara Autumn Winter 2015 show, and this particular take on the season’s hottest hair trend been inspired by none other than Marilyn Monroe. We’ve got ourselves a piecy, wavy faux bob with a heavy side part, loads of volume at the crown and some truly fabulous texture. Get set to make nice with your bobby pins because you’ve got a lot of twisting and pinning and tucking to do.
It’s easy, it’s edgy and it’s effortless elegance.
In what is being hailed as one of this season’s biggest hair trends, Prada has given us a ponytail like no other. Created by Guido Palau, this sizzling new hair trend takes the always-lovable high ponytail and gives it a major upgrade. It’s one of those rare hair trends that are undeniably fashion-forward but oh-so-easy to style. Here’s what you need to do to get this quirky, kicky look at home:
Wash and blow-dry your hair smooth, then use a straightening iron to get it really sleek. Carefully comb your hair and secure it in a really tight high ponytail. Make sure all your hair lies flat and smooth against the crown, and arrange the base of the ponytail on the highest part of your head. Then, simply hold the ponytail and bring it forward to one side and pin it against the crown, a few inches over one ear. You’re creating an inverted cupped structure against the head, and it’s almost like a half-bun or an updo. To finish the look, take your favourite bejewelled hair accessories and use them to cover the pins.
If oversize statement necklaces have been a favourite fashion trend, think of how much you’re going to love the oversize statement hairpins! You can add some to the other end, near the base of the ponytail as well for some extra bling.
The off-kilter ponytail is, as Palau himself termed it, “the new updo”.
I personally think all the various takes on the ‘pulled up/ away/ back’ hair trend from Milan Autumn Winter 2015 Fashion Week are absolutely breathtaking. I love short hair because it gives you such a boost of style and confidence. It’s a great way to play up your natural beauty, emphasize your features and experiment with style. You can draw attention to and elongate the neck, you can bring out all your necklaces and earrings to play this season and you finally get to show off all the amazing collars and necklines that end up hidden away by the long hair.
As noted actress, writer and one-time editor of French Vogue Joan Juliet Buck once said, “Short hair removes obvious femininity and replaces it with style”.
Bette Midler famously said, “When it's three o'clock in New York, it's still 1938 in London”. Anyone who has been lucky enough to have spent time in both cities will at once know this to be true. Where New York is almost futuristic and every minute calls out to tomorrow, walking past iconic London spots will make you feel like you’ve fallen back in time. However, there’s nothing old-timey about the fashion in London: it is as fresh, edgy and innovative as fashion gets. I’ve really enjoyed the collections and styling at the London Autumn Winter 2015 Fashion Week. It’s been a blast, and as always I’ve shortlisted my pick of the best looks and trends from the London 2015 Autumn Winter Fashion Week for my readers to try out.
Playing around with colour is always fun, and if you’re looking for a new take on the trend, you might find some inspiration from this particular show. The models had sections of hair dyed in all sorts of pastel hues and bright sunny colours. We’ve seen similar takes on the colour trend before, but what made this iteration noteworthy is the surprising mash up between the base colour and the highlights/ pops of colour.
We’re all so used to seeing pastels in light hair and jewel tones in dark hair that this particular trend is an absolute delight. Even though coloured streaks as of themselves are supposed to be a daring fashion trend, you can’t deny that there are all these unsaid ‘rules’ of sorts about even the more adventurous fads; but with this colour trend from the Ashish show at the London 2015 Fashion Week we’re celebrating one of my favourite fashion mottos: follow or break the rules at your own pace.
So, whether you’ve got light hair or dark hair or the fashion magazines say a pop of pastel is an absolute no-no in your overall colour, just follow your heart and let your head reflect the same!
Ponytails make for some of the best hairstyles for a range of reasons: they’re casual yet cute, they’re easy to put together, they wear well over long hours and they’re a happy medium between unstyled hair and formal hairdos. If you’re looking for some new ponytail ideas, this photo from the Bora Aksu show at the London 2015 Autumn Winter Fashion Week should give you some great ideas.
The deep side part, the hair sweeping over the forehead and the low ponytail are all classics, but the way these elements have been tweaked and balanced together in this particular look is what makes the look unique. The side ponytail is usually worn rather low on the head, below the ear so it’s nice to see all the height. You’ve probably also noticed the lack of a visible hair tie: so, it might not be your conventional ponytail but it’s a great trend isn’t it?
To achieve the look at home, begin by creating a deep side part. If you have bangs, sweep them over the forehead; if you don’t you can create the illusion of bangs by combing some hair forward and to the side. The next step is to brush all your hair back over from one side and bring it over the shoulder. You can always use long clamp/ banana clips to create the ponytail-like structure or just a regular hair tie (only securing your hair higher than usual on the side). For a more authentic take on the trend, hold all your hair at the height you’d like and very gently backcomb it from the back to give it some stiffness and support. Begin by teasing the hair in layers from the back to the front, and only two inches or so at the roots. You just want to create the “base” for the side ponytail. Smooth down the front carefully, without disturbing the volume or the stiffness. Add a stronghold hairspray. You can then slip in bobby pins at the back to keep the ‘ponytail’ in place on your head. You can also use a hair comb and slide that into place vertically behind your ear to secure the style.
If you’re not sure about the style staying in place but you don’t want the hair tie to show up either, you could just sweep the bangs over it to cover it. Or you can take a section of hair out of the tie and let it fall over the tie to hide it.
If you’re keen on going red, this particular blazing shade of copper is enough to make everyone stop in their tracks, but that’s not the trend that caught my eye at the Burberry Prorsum Autumn Winter 2015 show: it’s the quiff.
Quiffs were traditionally a rather masculine take on hair styling but they’re such an absolutely delicious hair statement that I’m glad to see them become more mainstream and popular in the last couple of years. A quiff is a fantastic accent to all kinds of hairstyles: you can wear it with your hair open in a whole lot of textures or you could wear it with a ponytail or even to counterbalance a topknot.
The quiff from the Burberry Prorsum show is styled to one side and used to offset a side part, and it’s got a bit of a wave-like feel to it. If you’ve got bangs you can even turn them in on themselves so that the tips lay them against your crown to create a pouf and a slight curl that swoops in on itself. Leave a few tendrils loose to soften the look if you’re worried about it being too strong a statement for you.
Everyone knows I love volume, so it probably comes as no surprise that the big bouffant accents at the Erdem show caught my eye. The side-swept bangs and the sleek low ponytail are perfectly accentuated by the fabulous volume at the crown. You can go beehive-big or just style the crown into a nice, medium-sized bump. It’s a great way to dress up a ponytail and you can have the entire look ready in a matter of minutes. Since it does involve some teasing, I recommend using a great hairspray to keep the volume in place. If you’re not a fan of backcombing your hair or you don’t have the time you can use one of those styling bump-it tools to create some instant volume! Just pin it into place using bobby pins and cover it with your own hair and it’ll be as natural-looking as a teased bouffant.
The hairstyle from the Holly Fulton Autumn Winter 2015 show combines an interesting mix of individual trends: short bangs, loose feminine waves, and a bouffant for some volume at the crown. The great thing about this hairdo is that it’s super intriguing but easily achievable at home if you’ve got a little bit of experience with teasing your hair and styling it. You can pick and choose between the various individual elements that make up the trend for an overall look that’s both feminine and formal but also a little mod and unusual thanks to the interplay of the bangs and the messy volume.
If you’re looking for a change in hairstyle, I really recommend the short bangs. We’ve seen a lot of long layers and side-swept bangs in recent times but short fringes are making a comeback. They’re chic and rather versatile: you could style the rest of your hair for an old-world, ladylike effect and the bangs would look dainty or you could rock some punk ‘do for a sassier style statement.
We’ve seen some fabulous faux bobs in recent times: Emma Stone’s hairdo from the 2015 Academy Awards comes to mind. The look from the Jasper Conran show makes for a rather dainty hair trend. Something about the ends curled inwards, the soft waves in the hair and the wispy locks framing the face the makes for quintessential ‘English Rose’ vibe. If cutting your hair into a short bob calls for way more courage than you have at the moment, the faux bob is your friend. This is a lovely vintage-y hairstyle that would be perfect with day dresses, bridesmaid dresses and really, any outfit or occasion when you want something formal but also charming.
Sass & Bide
I picked the hair look from the Sass & Bide Autumn Winter 2015 London show because I think, just like chignons and volume, straight layered haircuts never really go out of style. The choppy layers and the strong fringe immediately create a bold, rocker chick impression. Those of you who enjoy your style statements a little cheeky will absolutely love this trend. It’s a sleeker, straighter version of the wavier lobs that we’ve seen in fashion shows and off the runways in the past year.
If you do get your hair cut to this trend you can wear it both straight and sleek or voluminous and wavy: and just that little switch in texture will leave you with two completely different looking hairstyles. In fact, you could even keep the roots voluminous and straighten the ends, or do the opposite. The sheer number of possibilities with the shag haircut is a stylist’s dream. So, this particular hair trend really gets my vote.
The London 2015 Autumn Winter show threw up some really neat trends to try out in the coming year. Let me know which one you’ll be sporting!
One of the best parts about the Fashion Weeks- apart from an opportunity for some serious wardrobe planning- is that you get to predict trends for the coming season. Yes, fashion and beauty are all about your own individual personality and sense of style, but it helps to take a look at what other people are loving, doesn’t it? After all, we all need a little bit of inspiration every now and then. That’s why I love mapping trends from the Fashion Weeks. They give you a sense of old styles that are still as fabulous as ever and new ones that you might not have thought of yourself. Whether you choose to recreate these looks strand-for-strand or you put together your own take on a trend, here are my picks of the best hairstyles from the New York Autumn Winter 2015 Fashion Week.
Models at the Anna Sui Autumn Winter 2015 show had their hair styled naturally. In other words, models sported their own normal hair texture, cut and style- just amped up to look good on the runway. I rather love the boho, beachy waves from this particular look but there were a lot of other great-looking textures to be seen as well.
The best part about going with your regular hair cut/ texture is that you don’t have to learn a whole new style or spend lots of time putting it together. Instead, you can focus on something many hair stylists and fashion lovers fail to pay attention to: healthy, happy hair. Let your natural beauty do the talking just this once, and you’ll be glad you did.
One of the best ways to play up your own hair texture is to let your hair air dry after you wash it. If you must use a towel, simply press sections of your hair between the fabric and don’t rub it together. Use a texture-boosting product like a sea-salt spray and not a texture-altering product.
Good dietary, sleeping and exercise habits go a long way towards guaranteeing naturally fabulous hair but if you’ve got an important event coming up and you want to go the natural route and are worried about limp, straggly or brittle hair here’s what you need to do: use a shampoo and an intensive conditioner to wash your hair, let it air dry, use a sea-salt spray or a similar product and brush out your hair. Then just dab on the tiniest smidgen of a hair serum onto your palms and ever so gently pat your hair to give it a natural, healthy-looking sheen.
I quite liked a couple of the hairdos seen on the Marchesa Autumn Winter 2015 runway. They had a retro flavour but also looked rather satisfactorily contemporary. The curls you can see on this particular model are a lot more defined and piece-y than how most people wear their hair when they curl it, which is why I thought it would make for a fun addition to this post. Most people tend to let their curls cool and set and then either brush them out or run their fingers through them to loosen them up and blend them together. Which is great for when you want a softer, more romantic and more everyday iteration of curly/ wavy hair. However, if you want something a lot more noticeable, this trend is just the thing to try.
You’ll notice how the hair has been parted to one side: creating a deep part and flipping some hair over to one side when you’ve got curls going immediately lends a distinctly vintage aura to the look. These strong, defined curls are a great option if you’re bored of your everyday look or even if you’re headed out someplace and you don’t want to walk the predictable updo route.
You might notice that there’s quite a bit of frizz to be observed at the roots with this particular style. You can leave it like so if you don’t mind. However, if your hair is dry or weak, it might frizz out pretty bad and detract from the look. a fairly easy way of dealing with this is to simply hold your palm open flat under sections of curled hair, gently scrunch it up and make an upward-downward spring-like motion a few times. Repeat all over the head. This will help set the curls and combat frizz.
The models at the Naeem Khan Fall 2015 show had some of the most interesting hairstyles from the Autumn Winter 2015 New York Fashion Week. The hair was parted deep and flipped over and then arranged into a conical French twist-like structure that ran from the front to the back. Now, I understand that this exact hair trend itself might be a little OTT for regular life when you’re not strutting down the runway or posing for the paparazzi ,but it really is eye-catching. And, for those of you at home who’re looking for a more wearable iteration of the trend, you could just use the inspiration to add some Rockabilly 40s-inspired curl accents to your hair. The pin-up look is a timeless trend and you could easily use it to add some extra oomph to your everyday ponytail or open curls.
If you do want to recreate the look at home, first decide the side you’d like to create the twist on. You’re going to have to part your hair over to this side from the other. Since we want the hair to make a smooth transition from one side to the other, and you can’t just pull all of it over to one side, I recommend making a part about four to five inches down and flipping this section over to the other side. This will create two layered sections on the side away from the twist: the one you’re flipping over and merging and the remaining hair towards the nape of your neck. Just gently brush this remaining hair over behind your neck, following the natural contours of your head and comb it in to blend with the rest of your hair. Once this is done, all your hair should be on one side.
You’ll have to start at the tips and start rolling your hair in on itself to create a twist. Once the twist is at the roots (or the height you prefer, ideally around the highest points of your ear) start arranging it in place along your head using bobby pins. You can give the rolled twist more shape and structure as you secure it in place. I recommend criss-crossing the bobby pins in Xs for extra support. Once you’re happy with the look just add some hairspray for hold.
Since this is probably the trickiest of the looks in this post, I do advise perfecting the classic French twist first. It’s much easier to pull together when you’re creating a vertical twist at the back of your head. Once you’ve got the hang of that you’ll find this look a lot easier to style.
Sometimes the best hair trends aren’t so much haircuts and hairstyles as hair accessories. Let’s face it: everyone loves a good hair accessory. It’s the easiest, quickest route to a glamorous look without having to spend ages styling your hair or prepping it with the right product. Even the best of us need a cheat day every now and then. If you’re heading out but you just can’t be bothered to tame, tease and texturise those tresses of yours, take a cue from the Proenza Schouler Autumn Winter 2015 show.
The leather headbands are such a fabulous accessory.
Chic. Glam. Edgy.
You could wear them at a regular height with a ponytail or a chignon for a slightly sassier interpretation of preppy hairstyles. Or you could wear it close to the hairline for a rather bold statement.
All these years in the business and it never fails to surprise how such a simple accessory or styling trick can completely revolutionize one’s entire look!
Victoria Beckham is one of those women who just know fashion. You may or may not agree with her personal fashion choices but you cannot deny, the lady’s got style. The hair trend I’ve picked from the Victoria Beckham Autumn Winter 2015 New York show combines some of my favourite elements: slicked-down crown, straight sleek ponytails and fun accents.
You will obviously need very slick, very glossy hair to work this look. Allow your hair to dry naturally until it’s about 70% dry and then blow-dry it straight. To get it really smooth, use a straightening iron. With a styling product like mousse or a paste and a fine-toothed comb lay your hair down flat and brush it towards the back. Make sure your hair is really slick against your head. Now, as you can clearly see, what makes this hairstyle different from other slicked-back sleek ponytails is the accent at the base of the ponytail.
There are a number of different ways you can go about achieving this. You can secure all your hair into a high ponytail and then lift a section from the ponytail to style around the base. Or you could create two ponytails, one on top of the other, such that the upper ponytail would contain lesser hair and would be used to create the accent around the ‘main’ ponytail. Since I really do believe that fashion is equal parts inspiration and customization, go ahead and create your own accent. You could simply loop the hair around the base or you could create a little bun/ knot on top of the ponytail. You could create a figure 8 structure or even a cylindrical bun pinned flat against your head. Get styling!
One thing that really stood out when I was reviewing the New York Autumn Winter 2015 shows was just how many designers chose to go with the ‘natural-looking hair’ trend. I particularly loved the beachy waves and texture on the model from Anna Sui’s show but there were also a whole lot of other designers who kept the models’ natural hairstyles and textures and just emphasized the same. If you don’t have enough time to put together an intricate hairdo it’s important to know how to optimise your own natural look. And it’s so important to appreciate it. Often, you’ll find that your natural hair texture and volume and a great haircut make for the best style statement of them all.
Learning to boost your hair health and play up your strengths is one of the essential commandments of good hair! I love new, previously unseen hairdos and styles just as much as the next person but I also think this is a great development both on and off the runway.
The night we’ve all been waiting for has finally come and gone, and what a night it was! The Academy Awards are one of the most awaited events each year, and with good reason! It’s the very best in talent and performance and creativity and, not to forget, styling. The styling at the SAG awards and the Grammys was fabulous, and I know that all of us were waiting to see whether the stunning streak would continue on to the Academy Awards. And with the 2015 Oscars Red Carpet photos just coming in it’s easy to see that we weren’t disappointed. The gowns, the makeup and the hair were all exquisite and I’ve honestly had the hardest time limiting my favourites!
So, let’s get on with it. Here is my take on the best hairstyles from the 2015 Oscars.
In her apricot-pink gown with the jewel-encrusted neck and fabulous makeup, Anna Kendrick was absolute perfection at the Oscars. The actress has already made it to so many of the ‘Best Dressed’ lists in a short time and it’s easy to see why. I love the elegant formal updo. There are so many iterations to it: you could wear it in a classic French twist or as a bouffant or even a high bun. For me, the best part about the style is the piecy front: it adds a bit of punch to an otherwise totally formal hairdo.
To really frame your face, make sure you add some volume and lift at the roots at the front. A tiny, slightly off-centre part like Anna’s can help you decide which way you want to style your hair. You could add the height by backcombing just an inch of hair at the roots or simply adding some dry shampoo/ volumising mousse while blow-drying.
Dakota Johnson is one of this season’s most talked-about actresses. Whether you’ve enjoyed Fifty Shades Of Grey or not, there’s no denying Dakota’s pretty, glamorous-girl-next-door appeal. Since Dakota’s been seen promoting the movie in a mostly monochrome palette these past few months, the stunning red gown with the embellished shoulder made for a really attractive departure from trend.
Dakota’s 2015 Oscar hairdo was simple: a sleek ponytail with bangs and some volume at the crown, but it looked rather fantastic nonetheless. As anyone with experience with the same will tell you, executing the perfect perky-but-sophisticated ponytail is a science in itself!
And one-shoulder gowns and outfits can be rather tricky to work with in terms of styling the hair such that it looks fabulous but doesn’t mess around with the overall look. So, the formal ponytail can sometimes be your best bet indeed.
Emma Stone’s wavy, asymmetrical bob is one of my favourite looks from the 2015 Academy Awards. In fact, it’s one of my favourites from the entire season. It’s such a fun, quirky hairdo but also a great nod to the all-things-vintage trend that we’ve all been loving this past year or so. And it looks absolutely gorgeous in Emma’s deep russet hair.
If you’re looking to go short, an asymmetrical bob is a great way to experiment. If you’re sure about the bob but not the angled variant, all you need to do to pull of this hairstyle is just take hair from one side and comb it back and under (keep it close to the head and use a styling product to get it to lay flat) while you bring the other side forward. You can do the same even if you’re creating a faux bob: just hide more hair on one side and play up the other.
For the waves, you can use a large-barrelled curling iron and then run your fingers through the hair to loosen the curls up. Or you could use one of those wave-making styling tools for deeper, retro-inspired waves.
Y’all probably knew this one was coming, didn’t you? Julianne Moore’s win for the Best Actress was so well-deserved, and she’s been absolutely on-point with her styling this awards season so we all knew that the Oscars would be no different.
The deep part, the side swept front and the low bun make for a timeless formal hairdo. It’s always fun to see celebrities play around with styles and be unafraid to try something daring, but with a big night like this one and an almost-certain win, you can see why Julianne chose to go elegant instead of edgy.
If you’re ever in doubt about whether a hairstyle is occasion-appropriate or not, or you are confused between a couple of options, remember: trends will come and go but the chignon will last forever!
Last year, the awards season was all about Lupita. And it is heartening to see that 2014’s biggest breakthrough star and style icon is still bringing it to the Red Carpet. Ms. Nyong’o is, without the shadow of a doubt, one of the most beautiful, graceful and strong women to have graced the industry in all time. And last night’s Oscar appearance just goes to show that she’s here to stay.
The jaw-droppingly beautiful, pearl-encrusted Calvin Klein Collection gown has got everyone oohing and aahing and Lupita proves once again that she knows a thing or two about fashion!
I personally adore her hairdo from last evening because it plays up the pearls while still being very pretty in its own right. Her stylist’s created a ‘tiny Afro’ to emphasize the rounded structure of the pearls. No strong lines or stiff angles with this one: the hair’s all about letting the gown and Lupita’s natural beauty take centre stage.
If you have short hair and you want to recreate the look, all you need to do is apply some styling mousse in freshly washed and semi-dried hair and then use a rattail comb to create tiny ringlets all over your head. For ease of styling, start from the nape of the neck and move up and forward. You will need a hooded dryer for best results, since your hair will still be somewhat damp at this stage. Let the dryer work its magic for about twenty minutes (or until you’re satisfied) and then use a little bit of hairspray and you’re all done!
Sunrise Coigney & Mark Ruffalo
I’ve got to admit, I have a little bit of a stake in this one; seeing the praise pour in for Sunrise’s hairstyle makes me happy: I got the chance to work with her and her husband Mark Ruffalo for the evening and it was an absolute blast. Not only are they the sweetest couple to talk to, but also an absolute delight to style.
We went with an angular structure, with a side-swept quiff with tonnes of volume at the front and the rest of the hair swept back over the crown, creating an undercut at the sides. I really loved the strong lines of the hairdo because it was a great way to play up the geometrical cut of her gown.
I used Wella Ocean Spritz and blow-dried the hair with a round brush. If you’ve got very fine or naturally straight hair, blow-drying will be enough. For those with thicker locks, I recommend using a straightening iron for a great finish. I used one with ceramic plates to really amp up the smoothness. Then I applied some Wella Matte Styling Paste to emphasize the texture and create the angles and finished off with a hair spray for a ‘do that would last all evening.
I went with this particular style because it’s edgy and yet sophisticated enough for such a formal occasion.
Since we saw a lot of straight, sleek and short hair at the 2015 Oscars, I was glad to see Zoe Saldana bring some wavy wonder to the Red Carpet. The updo looks really intricate and complex, but you’ll be surprised to learn just how easy it is to pull off. It’s a great look for wavy-haired girls who’re tired of having to pull out the straightening iron for formal updos. If your hair is, however, naturally straight I recommend using a one-inch barrel curling iron to add waves and texture to your hair first.
Once that’s done, you can either sweep your hair back over the crown or create an inch-deep middle part if you like. Then, simply pick and twist random strands of hair and keep pulling/ arranging them backwards. You can pin all of these at the nape of your neck with bobby pins. For the bun portion of the updo, you’ve got a couple of options to choose from. You could gather all of your hair into a messy, wavy bun and pin that in place. Or, for a more detailed look you can keep twisting bigger sections and pinning them at the base to create a bun as you go along.
The singular, one-piece bun is obviously easier to throw together, so if you prefer that, just remember to keep it messy. Keep a few tendrils loose at the front to frame your face. Make sure these are nicely curled to keep in sync with the rest of the laidback, boho updo vibe. Don’t forget to add hairspray for hold.
I hope you enjoyed the 2015 Academy Awards as much as I did. Many congratulations to the winners of the night. It’s been a truly great year for the movies. Let me know which styles you liked best.
Hey everyone! Did you manage to catch the Grammy Awards last evening? What a fun show! And so much talent. I was truly blown away by some of the performances and it is always so great to see talent rewarded. The Red Carpet was fun to watch too: I’ve chosen my pick of some of the best looks from the night. An interesting trend that I noted was that there was a lot of short hair and pixie cuts gracing the carpet yesterday. We did see some open hair and long locks and braids, but the major trend of the night was pretty much all above the shoulders.
Let’s take a look at the best hairstyles from the 2015 Grammy Awards:
The Internet has been abuzz with talk about Iggy Azalea’s hairdo at the 2015 Grammy Awards. It is no wonder why: just look at that braid! It seems to defy all laws of gravity and styling logic. Iggy’s hairdo takes crown braids to the next level. We all love a good old crown braid but this vertical, ‘standing’ crown braid is really something else.
Granted, it’s not an easy look to wear or pull off: you’re probably going to need tonnes of practice and a really strong set of biceps to be able to style your own hair this way. And it’s not the most feminine of braids. But, done right, like here on Iggy, it can look absolutely stunning.
Even though Iggy didn’t win any of the four Grammy Awards she was nominated for yesterday, she sure stole the show with her look!
Just look at that bob: it’s razor sharp. That is a fantastic bit of haircutting right there. It’s a strong, bold look and it could have come across as too severe but Jessie J is really making it work. I love how the hair has been slicked down on the head and parted so deep on one side: it’s helping play up the strong lines and angles of the haircut while also keeping things really classic.
Another hairstyle that has been getting a lot of attention since yesterday is Katy Perry’s lovely lavender bob. The colour is just so fresh and flirty and absolutely perfect for spring. It’s such a refreshing colour and it looked absolutely lovely against her sparkly outfit and major bling.
If you haven’t ever experimented with unusual hair colours, it can be scary. Katy is no stranger to colour and we’ve seen her rock every imaginable shade, from bubblegum pink hair to shimmering mermaid hues. If you’re too scared to commit to such a drastic look, there are two ways you can play around with the trend without taking a big leap: you could either try temporary dyes or chalking or hairspray, or you could start out with fewer streaks of colour before working up the courage for a full head of striking colour.
Kim Kardashian’s messy, shoulder-length lob makes for a really sexy, “I woke up looking fabulous” style statement. If you like hairstyles that are easy to wear and maintain, this one might strike your fancy. The shaggy lob has that tousled, just-outta-bed appeal but if you want you could always blow dry or straighten it for a sleeker, more sophisticated appearance. This is a hairstyle that would transform really well from edgy to elegant, and it will suit just about all face shapes and age groups. It’s also a happy medium between struggling with long hair and being scared of cutting it too short.
Here’s another darling short hairdo from the 2015 Grammy Awards. Zendaya’s pixie has everyone sitting up and taking notice. The actress-singer has been known to experiment with her style on the Red Carpet, and she’s no stranger to trying out wigs and extensions. Last evening’s bold look was no different: the petite star shared that she’d donned a wig for the occasion just to see if the short hair would be something she enjoyed. I certainly think she looked incredibly sophisticated.
Pixie and crop cuts need a lot of spunk because going that short can be scary, but in the end it can really be worth it: very short hair is a phenomenal way to play up your features and really emphasise the eyes and the cheekbones. By going short you can let your own natural beauty do the talking and inspire people with your bold style. If you’re not ready to let go of your locks just yet you can make like Zendaya and pull on a wig.
Let me know what your favourite looks from the 2015 Grammy Awards were!
The SAG Awards on Sunday evening were a total treat: regardless of the artists or the productions you were supporting, there was something for everyone to cheer about! And when it comes to the styling and fashion aspect, I’ve got to admit: I’m blown away. We saw some truly amazing hairdos and style statements on Sunday evening and I’m more than just a little bit curious to see how everyone is going to step up their game for the Oscars next month: they’ve all set a pretty high bar for themselves at this last red carpet! Emma Stone
Everyone’s talking about Emma Stone’s bold red lip and ear accessories at the 2015 SAG awards and while I agree with the masses that they’re stunning on her, I’ve got to point out that the hair is nothing short of a stroke of genius too! When you’re planning elements of a look that are obviously meant to steal the show, you’ve got to figure out a way to tie it all together without losing steam. Walking the line between ‘balanced’ and ‘blah’ can be a tricky endeavour, and so many otherwise-stunning looks/ style visions fall apart because people either fall prey to OTT tendencies or end up diffusing the entire effect by playing it too safe.
Emma’s smooth, side-parted low ponytail is elegant and chic and rather sexy in an understated sort of way; and at the same time it’s doing nothing that can detract from the makeup and accessories. The next time you want to go for a look that’s bold without being brash, look to Emma Stone for inspiration.
The mother-to-be rocked a rather funky half-up half-down hairdo: I think the loose locks frame her face in the loveliest of fashions, but at the same time there’s the slightest suggestion of a quirky, boho vibe. The hairstyle is elegant enough for the occasion and yet a little bit funkier than what you’d expect on the red carpet. The soft, tousled curls hit just the right note between fun and formal. Love it.
The Orange Is The New Black looked stunning with open, straight hair dressed up with a statement crown braid. With the pouf-like volume and the intricate pattern, the braid looks almost like a tiara on Laverne’s head. The hairstyle is really unusual, but by keeping the rest of the hair simple, Laverne manages to look graceful and adventurous at the same time. The great thing here is that you can adapt the look to suit a number of occasions: for a more formal event you can roll the loose hair up into a low bun or a chignon or even style it into an updo or ballerina bun; for a long day out and about you can secure the rest of your hair in a French braid; for a fun lunch date with friends or a dinner out you can pull back the rest of your hair in a perky ponytail and maybe even add a curl to it: there’s so many great ways you can wear this look and make it your own!
Lupita Nyong’o is, without a doubt or exaggeration, one of the most beautiful women our industry has ever seen. I’m sure I repeat the sentiment of thousands of people around the globe when I say that she’s absolutely stunning: just look at her! She’s always glowing with happiness and good cheer and she’s radiant in a way that just makes you want to get to know her better. And it doesn’t hurt that she’s got a fearless sense for fashion and beauty.
For the SAG 2015 awards Lupita’s hair was styled into braids and cornrows at the front and the sides, following the natural curve of her head and coming together at the very centre to give rise to a magnificent Afro puff. I love that the transition from the cornrows to the large, bun-like crown is further complimented by two thick plaits going around the updo. Each individual aspect of the hairdo shines in its own right but they also all come together to make for a really striking statement. Along with the hairdo, the makeup and the Elie Saab gown, Lupita’s SAG 2015 look is sheer perfection.
Sophia Bush’s faux-bob looked absolutely fantastic on her. With one side pulled back behind the ear and the other arranged in artful ringlets framing the face, the faux-bob was both flirty and sophisticated. It’s also a great hairstyle for when you want to make an impression but you’re also looking to play up other aspects of your look: in this case, the hairdo was a perfect match with the sweetheart neckline and drop earrings Sophia sported at the 2015 SAG awards. The hairdo is a statement in itself, but also a team player!
I can’t wait to hear what you thought of the styling at the 2015 SAG awards: write to me and tell me your favourites.
Hi everyone! Awards season is upon us. The 2015 Golden Globes have marked the beginning of the fashion frenzy and celebrity sightings and all out glamour that we’re going to be treated to over the next couple of weeks. Right from the Oscars to the Fashion Weeks, there’s so much good stuff to look forward to. Let’s jump right to it with my pick of the best hairstyles and looks from the 2015 Golden Globes. Enjoy! Allison Williams Allison Williams rocked one of the biggest trends of the night: retro waves. We saw different iterations of the 40s curls & waves on a number of actresses at the 2015 Golden Globes, including Jessica Chastain and Amy Adams. It’s evident that vintage-inspired hairstyles will continue to rule the roost this season as well. With the faux-bob effect and the heavy eye make-up, this look is all about balancing the old and the new. Allison’s sleek crown, stark side part and deep waves hark back to Old Hollywood. I especially love the heavy curl at the front on one side, reflected towards the back on the other: it creates a lovely asymmetrical effect that lends a slightly edgier, more contemporary feel to a classic hairstyle that’s usually known for its softness and femininity. Emily Blunt I love braids at an awards show, because they’re such a pop of something fun and unexpected amongst a sea of the usual updos and blowouts. We also saw a rather cute crown braid/ milkmaid braid on winner Joanne Froggatt: Emily Blunt’s braided updo is a little more understated, but no less gorgeous. This is a great hairdo if you want to keep the hair away from your face but still want a formal look. Simply part down the middle and make a Dutch braid on either side from the front to the back. At the back you can blend all the hair together and continue into a regular braid that you’ll then roll up and pin into place. You can also just secure your hair into a ponytail and then twist it into a chignon or roll it into a low bun or simply braid and then tuck under the base of the Dutch braids. There’s no end to the options! Jessica Chastain Jessica Chastain’s longer version of the 40s retro curls was equally stunning. If you can tear your eyes away from the delicious dark, metallic bronze of her gown take a moment to appreciate just how artfully her curls have been arranged: pulled to one side over the shoulder, gently twisted around the face to frame it but neat and smooth all the same. This is the kind of hairdo that will never go out of style and it looks great no matter the occasion. So, whether you’re prepping for your own awards acceptance speech or just running out to a last-minute movie date, you cannot go wrong with Ms. Chastain’s look from the night. Naomi Watts Naomi Watt’s look is probably one of the most talked about from the Golden Globes 2015 show. From the sunny yellow gown with the tomato red lip colour and the breathtaking neckpiece (one that we’ve seen on her before; the lady sure loves her statement jewellery and knows how to wear it well) to the effortless hair, this look was sheer perfection. The hairstyle itself is rather easy to achieve: she’s just wearing her shoulder-length hair open, parted to one side with a gentle wave in the body and some volume at the crown. The reason I think this look deserves a place on this list is in its execution: Naomi (or her stylist) has taken a number of exceptional pieces and statements and tied them together seamlessly in a way that actively compliments the entire effect, instead of just playing it safe. Simple, but superb! Rosamund Pike The Gone Girl actress has been the celebrity over the last couple of months: whether you loved it or hated it, that film sure got everyone talking. And Rosamund Pike’s grippingly restrained, yet believably terrifying performance has put the actress firmly in the spotlight. The new mother looked absolutely ravishing on the 2015 Golden Globes Red Carpet. I’m really loving the angular bob here because it’s a daring cut but the way Rosamund is wearing it- with understated jewellery and makeup and a feminine gown- makes for a very graceful look. And it’s practical too: new moms out there should take a leaf from Rosamund’s book on effortless, edgy and elegant hairstyling! Let me know which look you liked best. Write in for any styling tips and detailed advice on how to achieve the same!
There’s no end to things to love about the winters- from the fabulous fashion to the holiday spirit. However, if there is one thing my years in the styling industry have taught me it is this: always keep looking forward. So, even if you are loving your deep, dark locks this season it is never to early to think about the warmer months. Whether you’re spending Christmas with family (and eggnog) or escaping to sunnier places, winter will be over before you know it. Spring and summer trends, by their very definitions, are lighter and breezier and bubblier than their deep and sophisticated autumnal and winter counterparts. Here’s a look at some of the colours that are going to be a definite hit for Spring-Summer 2015.
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of hair colour for spring and summer? Blonde tones, right? Well, we’re leading today’s list of trends with a hue that’s always been a summer staple but is already setting up to be one of the biggest hair trends in the coming year. The buttery blonde is really warm, almost-yellow shade that’s absolutely perfect for the warmer months. There’s a spun-gold quality to this particular colour and I think it makes for a fabulous transition from the more wintery reds and browns. If your natural hair colour doesn’t fall on the lighter end or you’re worried about not being able to carry off the trend a great trick is to keep darker roots, like this model from the Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2015 show. You could even keep a multi-tonal melange of buttery blonde with caramel lowlights to even out the effect.
We saw a really rad way of wearing colour without going all out at the Maxime Simoëns Spring 2015 show. Who knew just splashes of colour at the roots could look both quirky and wearable? I think this is a fun colour trend that’s especially great for those of you with dark hair: pops of unusual colour are usually the traditional territory of lighter-haired folks. However, this is one trend that could look just as fantastic in jet black or off-black hair. From a catchy cobalt blue to a shimmering shamrock green, there’s no limiting your choices with this one!
Pastels have been running strong for over a year now- surprising, isn’t it? Given how difficult daring colours can be it really is heartening to see that the pastel/ rainbow trend really found its place on and off runways. For Spring Summer 2015 we’re looking at a really exciting version of the trend: very soft, diffused and smoky colours. Instead of your usual streaks of bubblegum pink and electric blue we’ve got greys and mints and peaches. Think about dusty, antique washes of colour. There is something rather ethereal and magical about this particular trend and I’m hoping a lot of you are inspired to give this one a go.
The bronde trend is raising its pretty head again, but with a slightly cooler iced bronde gradient. Instead of the warm browns and golden hues running together to create a yummy dessert-like effect we’re now looking at a latte-and-caramel blend. Just as delectable sounding and just as easy on the eyes. The colour gradient is almost imperceptible: this is a really sophisticated way to rock the soft Ombre trend, which will definitely continue to be a rage in the coming months. Take the photo from the BCBG Max Azria Spring Summer 2015 show to your stylist for reference.
Interestingly enough, you might have already noticed how the colour patterns heat up and go darker for the winter months and have a noticeably cooler, subtler leaning in the summer. We’re still playing around with many of the same colour families but varying the intensity and the temperature.
I’m partial to the reds, as most of my readers already know. Now, red might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think ‘spring-summer’: the colour is typically autumnal. But kindred red-lovers can rejoice: there is a way to go red while still being season-appropriate. Take your cues from the Gucci Spring Summer 2015 show. This is a very light, soft copper colour. It’s dark enough to steer clear of the strawberry blonde category but light enough to be perfectly summery in its own right. I really like how the peachy, apricot undertones balance out the cinnamon while still maintaining the red character. With this kind of hair you never have to worry about dressing up: whether you’re wearing classic nudes or crazy prints, your hair will guarantee you’re always perfectly styled.
Remember, you might love your current dye and your natural colour will always look good, but there is a lot to be said for changing when the seasons do. You’ll look totally trend-appropriate and it’s always so much to pop up and surprise people with a new look. Send me photos if you do switch for summer: I’d love to see them!