Best Hair Trends From London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016

London is one of my most favorite cities in the world, and as some of you may know, I used to live there until sometime back. London Fashion Week is always an exhilarating experience because this is a city that has essentially perfected the balance between posh, classic styling and edgy, personalized fashion. Watching that dichotomy manifest and play well together is one of the things that make the streets of London so beautiful. And usually, the runways from London reflect that enchanting quality.

While the fashions on display boasted some interesting styling and new trends, I was surprised to see that a lot of the designers went with very simple hairstyles- usually loose flowing waves or open, straight hair. On some level, it makes sense: you might want to highlight the clothes and keep everything else minimal. But from a hairstyling perspective, we always crave the new and unexplored. In that way, the London Spring Summer 2016 Fashion Week didn’t really push the envelope. But I did spot a few that I liked and think can make for some lovely hair statements in the coming months.


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Braids are always welcome. That’s the motto we live by around here. Models at the Gilles show sported two braids, running from the front to the back, one above each ear. You want the braids to be positioned high enough to show while maintaining some distance from the part. Add a middle part to create more lines in the look. I recommend Dutch braids because those will sit on your head instead of being braided into your hair. Dutch braids are basically reverse French braids and they’re great for when you want a 3D effect. Once you secure the braids you can leave the rest of your hair loose, combine it into a single plait or ponytail, wear it in two separate ponytails or pigtails or even twist into bun. The options are endless.

Paul Smith

If you are a fan of hair trends that incorporate buns, you’re going to love this one. This coiled, low bun is a lot longer and ‘flatter’ than the usual chignon but that’s exactly what makes the look so interesting. And it is very easy to style too. For the simplest, quickest take on the hair trend begin by parting your hair down the middle and securing it into two ponytails behind your ears. Pick one ponytail and twist it in on itself to create a tightly wound column. Then pin this onto the back of the head in an elongated, sideways ‘U’ shape. Repeat the same step with the other ponytail, fitting the second one into the first so that you basically have two interlinked ‘U’ coils weaving in and out of each other. Crisscross your bobby pins for added support. You can arrange the coils anyway you like, looping one over the other, intertwining them or even working on both sections together so you can keep pinning them into more intricate patterns as you go along.


While the super wide, tri-paneled headbands from the Sibling show at LFW16 make for a solid hair trend by themselves, what really caught my eye was the short, choppy fringe. If you enjoy experimenting with bangs and are done with all the usual styles, this new trend is a great way to revisit an old favorite. The bangs are super short at the center but a little longer on the ends so they frame the face nicely. I love the slightly unfinished edges: it’s very cute without trying too hard. If you’ve got a very long face or a round one, you might want to stay away from this trend because it will only serve to exaggerate those features and won’t balance out well against them. You want to play to your strengths and bangs can be tricky in that regard. That said, people with smaller faces, heart-shaped faces and diamond-shaped faces should definitely give this hair trend a go. And if you're blessed with an oval face, you already know that bangs of all varieties work well on you.

Simone Rocha

Another Dutch braid makes its way into the top picks from the Spring Summer 2016 London Fashion Week. I’ve picked a photograph detailing the hairstyle from the back where all the impact really is, but the front was pretty interesting too, with lots of volume and little sections slightly tugged upwards to create low peaks around the crown. You might not want to go that far with the styling on a day-to-day basis, but the USP of this look is that it’s a messy braid.

As I’ve mentioned before, Dutch braiding is a great technique for when you want the braid to really ‘pop’ on the head. It’s a fantastic way to add more life and character to the braid. It really is the same as the French braid, except you braid ‘under’ the central segment instead of over it. Every time you add a little more hair to your outside sections you need to take them under and across instead of over and across. It’s fairly easy with a little practice. Once you reach the nape of your neck just continue on with a normal braid and secure the ends with a hair elastic.

If you want some more volume just tug very gently on the loops of the braid. Do this one by one if you’re new to the technique. If you are pulling on two loops, make sure you choose two that lay side-by-side and never yank two diagonal loops at a go because you’ll end up unraveling the braid. 

Topshop Unique

There were so many different hairstyles on the runway from the Topshop Unique Spring Summer 2016 showcase that I was tempted to add in a few more. But this particular look really caught my eye. The bold, blunt fringe and the shoulder length pageboy-like bob are fantastic but what really takes this look to the next level is that hair color. The ‘Granny Hair Trend’ is one of 2015’s biggest hair color trends and if you’re looking for a more sophisticated, more grown-up take on the silvery hue let this look from Topshop be your cue. A dark granite dye will look striking against every skin tone. It’s a color that’s seen on the ‘natural hair color’ spectrum so it’s appropriate for all occasions and yet it’s so sexy and powerful that you’re going to wonder what took it so long to catch on!

I hope you like this selection of the best hair trends from the London Spring Summer 2016 Fashion Week. Milan’s already given us some fantastic new trends to look forward to and I can’t wait to bring them here to you.

Best Hairstyles From New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016

Can you believe we are already looking at hair trends for 2016? Where did this year go? The Fashion Weeks are always the best events of the year for anyone in the styling industry- yes, the Oscars are pretty fantastic too but the Fashion Weeks are dedicated to fashion. For a hairstylist, it really doesn't get better than that.

New York Spring Summer 2016 Fashion Week brought with it some of that trademark New York gritty edginess and topped it off with a dash of some elegant, classic styling. If you are looking for some inspiration for hairstyles that are exciting, unusual and flat-out fabulous, look no further. Here is my pick of the best hairstyles from the New York Fashion Week, Spring Summer 2016 edition.

Cushnie et Ochs

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Sometimes the smallest styles can be the most impactful, as is clearly established by this photo from the Cushnie et Ochs showing at NYFW SS16. We are looking at super-straight, super-sleek hair, which may not seem all that interesting at first, but one look at the accents and you’ll be a convert. The look is really easy to achieve and a great way to spice up your everyday style.

Diane von Furstenberg

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Look, Jourdan Dunn can make anything look stunning but you’ve got to admit, the smooth-to-curly do is one of the best retro hair trends ever. The fluffy curls, the major volume and the Seventies styling is all about women embracing their natural hair textures and celebrating real beauty. The hairstyle was a tribute to the designer herself, and is being called ‘The Diane’.

To get the look, begin with freshly washed hair and allow your hair to dry naturally until it is about 70% dry. Add a curl-enhancing product and then work a styling cream/ paste into your hair. Preferably something that lets you sculpt the hair while also giving it some support. Create a deep side part, separate your hair into two-inch sections and create small buns with each of these and pin them onto your head. Go over each bun with your hairdryer and make sure your hair is properly dry before you undo the buns. Unravel each bun and run your fingers through it to loosen the curls up a bit. Use a boar bristle brush to add more fluff and volume to the look. Add a hairspray once you’re satisfied with the results.

Hervé Léger

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If you’re looking for a braided hairstyle that will dress up your daily university look or date night outfit, here is a fantastic option. Tired of the milkmaid braids and the braided headbands but not ready to give up on braids just yet? The forehead framing braid accent is just the right amount of old and new to become a styling choice that’s both striking and wearable.

Just remember to brush some of your forward over the forehead and braid from one ear to the other. You will need to follow the French braiding technique on the side closer to the crown, adding in bits of hair to your uppermost strand as you go along so that your hair gets woven into the braid. A few errant strands here and there can help complete this offbeat look. Wear with a sleek ponytail or wrap the rest of your hair into a chignon for a more glam hairdo. The braiding technique is also a nifty way to dress up your bangs (and keep them off your face for those unbearably hot days).

Karen Walker

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If you’re like me and you think of the pill-popping, bling-flashing lady from Will & Grace when you first hear the words “Karen Walker”, the hairstyles from the actual Karen Walker- the New Zealand designer- will delight you just as much. Megan Mullally’s TV character sported some spectacular voluminous updos throughout the sitcom’s run and I quite enjoyed the elegant updos we saw on the New York runway. A deep side parting makes way for a low, side-swept front while the back has been rolled into a high, crown-framing twist. Think of it like the classic French twist, only instead of twisting your hair in vertically down the head, you roll up and twist it in horizontally, creating a sort of crescent at the back of your head as you go along.

This was one of the most elegant hairstyles we saw at the New York Fashion Week and I think it will be especially lovely for Spring 2016 brides.

Nicole Miller

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Dreadlocks may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but a lot of people are tempted to try them out at some point in their lives. However, the commitment involved in creating and maintaining dreadlocks- and the fact that your hairstyling options can get pretty limited afterwards- causes most people to shy away. However, you can try the hair trend out with faux dread locks. The best thing about modern hairstyling is that there’s a ‘faux’ version for just about everything. And the models at the Nicole Miller Spring Summer 2016 show sure did make the dreads look hot. Could be the perfect look for the next beach season, right?

Faux dreadlocks are actually pretty easy to achieve on your own at home. It’s best if you start out with second day hair that’s slightly grainy and then add some texturizing paste. Run your fingers through your hair a couple of times to muss it up a little. Take a little bit of a styling cream or mousse, pick a small segment of hair and add the product to it and then just start twisting the strand in on itself. Work from the roots to the tip and keep winding tightly (not too tight or your scalp is going to start hurting). Repeat this all over the head and spray some stronghold hairspray and you’re done! From city-chic to hippie-hot in less than fifteen minutes!

Tanya Taylor

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Topknots and high buns always make an appearance at New York Fashion Week and are basically staple fare now. But this particular iteration is so quirky that I really can’t wait to see people try it off the runway. Even if you are not particularly keen on having some pointy ends jab out of your bun (though why not!) you must try the twisted cornrow-base accents.

Choose where you want one of these ‘faux rows’ (didn't I tell you this is the time for faux everything?) and use a pintail comb to carve out a really straight line. Pick the hair falling behind the line (go with tiny sections) and start twisting it really tightly in on itself; focus on keeping the ‘row’ you create as close to the scalp as possible. Choose another point at a distance from the first ‘row’ and repeat. You can keep these as close to or far apart from each other. For a more intricate affect, you’ll want to keep them closer together and more tightly wound. To recreate the look from the photos you can space them apart and create looser twists and even go with messy parting lines.

Notice how the bun is slightly off-kilter? You can wear a classic topknot or a slightly off-center one for a jauntier effect.  

Victor Alfaro

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The warrior braids from the Victor Alfaro show were one of the best hair trends to emerge at the New York Spring Summer 2016 Fashion Week. Why do I call them warrior braids, you might ask? Well, for one thing, these are fierce! For another, don’t they remind you of the traditional warrior hairstyles from what we do know about the lives and practices and traditions of ancient armies like those of the Viking warriors?

Now, I admit that this isn’t a look that you are going to be able to recreate to perfection in one go: it will take some practice and effort. But the efforts, as this photo clearly establishes, are completely worth it. For a simpler version (yes, ‘simple’ is relative here!) you can opt for a Dutch braid and not bother with the ‘triple triangle’ sectioning of the crown. Do use the braid-on-ponytail effect though, because that is what makes this hair trend especially cool. In the beginning just section away a bit of your hair at the bottom and pin it into a bun that is out of the way while you get the braid ready. Once your braid is all done you can unroll the bun and secure it into a ponytail that originates and falls under the braid.

There were a lot of other really cool hairstyles at the New York Spring Summer 2016 Fashion Week as well; shout-outs are due to the ‘twisted bun bands’ at the Jsong Way show and the ‘8 bun’ at the Naeem Khan show and the wacky volume from the Jeremy Scott runway. Be sure to check them all out and make notes on the hair trends you will be trying come Spring-Summer 2016.

Best Hairstyles From The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards

So, the 2015 Emmy Awards just happened- and I had some great behind-the-scenes time styling Morena Baccarin for the same. We saw a bunch of other great hairstyles on the red carpet last night and I’m pleased to say that September is shaping up to be such a fun time for the fashion and style industry. What with the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, the Emmys and now the Fashion Weeks, we’re seeing so much great styling and such fantastic hair trends.

There were A LOT of really fabulous hairdos at the 2015 Emmy Awards so narrowing down the list to my usual five was impossible. It’s so interesting to see that the majority of last night’s hairstyle choices involved a deep side part in one way or another: looks like the side part is 2015’s hottest hair trend for sure.

Claire Danes

The Homeland star’s faux-bob was very 60s and very, very fabulous. The movement at the hairline with the hair swooping up and away from the face- a stroke of genius! It’s just the kind of look you want to go for when you have a couple of very strong styling elements that you’d like to tie together- but without wimping out on making a hair statement. The sleek texture, the spun-gold hue and the short length really helped offset Claire’s sequined gown. When you’ve got unusual pieces like the chain-link straps you might be tempted to play it really safe, but like Claire shows us here, there’s a way to keep things harmonious without making them boring!

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts’ buttery blonde locks last night were sheer perfection. On the face of it, the hairstyle is one we’ve seen several times already: loose waves pulled over to one side. Old Hollywood glam never goes out of style. But with the high side part and that stunning color, a classic hairstyle has been turned into one that’s undeniably chic and striking. Emma’s hairstyle is all about perfection, so you will have to spend some time getting your texture just right. This is a look that won’t scream off the rooftops about its trendiness but it will lean in close and whisper it to you- and have you listen.

Gwendoline Christie

Gwendoline Christie wears retro really well. The curls are a serious throwback to the Roaring Twenties and if you want to treat yourself to some vintage glamour, look no further. Gwendoline is fantastic as warrior Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones and it’s nice to see her step out of character and trade in the sword and shield for the Giles Deacon gown and that breathtaking hair. 

Sarah Hyland

Sarah Hyland’s messy, undone bob is one of the most talked-about hairstyles from the 2015 Emmys. This is a great length to opt for if you’re worried that a chin-length bob like Claire’s might be too short for you. The piece-y texture, messy side part and natural volume make for a great hairstyle if you want to make a statement without trying too hard. And while this is a hairstyle that would suit women of all ages, I think it’s especially fantastic on someone young- it gives you a chance to experiment with edgy fashion without making a hair faux pas that you’ll look back on and cringe about for years to come. 

Taraji P Henson

Taraji P Henson is an absolute treasure. From Person of Interest to Empire, this is a woman who sets the small screen ablaze and steals every scene she’s a part of. And she killed it last night with her new look: a razor-sharp angled bob. The jet-black color, the strong middle part and a finish you could cut glass on: only a superstar can carry all those trends together and Empire’s Cookie is the fiercest fashionista in town.

Uzo Aduba

Yesterday was a big night for Uzo Aduba- the actress won her second Emmy for her portrayal of Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on Orange Is The New Black. If you haven’t seen Aduba’s performance you’re missing out on something truly magical. She’s so convincingly shocking and yet endearing on the show that it’s almost impossible to associate the glamorous lady on the red carpets with Litchfield Penitentiary’s wackiest inmate. Uzo’s look was one of more traditional red carpet elegance- a low side bun with a side part. By arranging the hair in a wave over the forehead you can add girlish charm to an old-school updo. I’d also recommend braiding your hair first and then pinning it into place for a more intricate bun.   

Zoe Kazan

We’ve got another bob making it to the list here. The almost-wavy texture is kind of quirky and unusual. Wearing a ‘single wave’ in short hair is a smart way of adding an element of surprise to an otherwise simple style. Bobs- whether they’re even or angular- are usually a hair statement on their own, and so dressing them up can be difficult. But you do want to be able to style them every once in a while.

You can achieve the look by parting your hair deep on one side, flipping the hair over to the other and adding a singular, deep wave right in the lower third of your length. These days you’ve got a lot of styling tools that come with very large wave-making plates so you don't have to worry about loosening up smaller curls or ending up with frizzy hair. Just remember to keep the upper two-thirds of your length smooth and straight; you can even use a flat iron to work out any accidental texture you may have added!

Hope you’ve got tons of style inspiration from the 2015 Emmys for the coming weeks. We’re going to dive right into the Fashion Weeks now, so be sure to come back for more.

Morena Baccarin At The 2015 Emmy Awards

I had the great opportunity of working with the absolutely gorgeous Morena Baccarin for her red carpet appearance at the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards. This is the first time I’ve worked with Ms. Baccarin but I’ve been a longtime admirer of her work and her compelling performance in Homeland.

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Morena experiments with styling a lot, and I’ve seen her sport a lot of very funky short haircuts and daring styles. She always manages to look graceful and edgy and so I wanted to choose a style that complimented her fun personality and the occasion.

The side-swept quiff is a hair accent that you can wear in any number of hairstyles but we kept Morena’s hair slicked down on the sides to really emphasize the volume up top.

The side-swept quiff is a unique iteration of your standard pouf. If that’s a look that you’ve done or seen too many times and the classic quiff feels a little too severe for your liking, pinning it over to one side is a really neat way of creating angles and motion while softening up the overall effect.

Much as I love face-framing hairstyles and bangs, the occasional pull-away look is great too because it really allows you to draw attention to the face and it works especially well with outfits that have striking necklines, such as Morena’s fuchsia-red gown.

Morena was an absolute delight to work with and I’m so happy with the results we achieved. I hope you like the look; send me photos if you decide to try it out yourself!

Top 5 Hairstyles From The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival

The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival has been the best experience ever. It's always such fun- and so humbling- to be a part of all the red carpet action at the major events but every now and then you have an event that’s just full to the brim with exciting fashions and very interesting style choices and to be at the frontlines of it all and watch the trends begin is exhilarating.

We did see a lot of the usual hairdos and some of the favorite classics make their way down the red carpet, but I’m really pleased to note that the 2015 TIFF events were marked by tons of really funky looks that hit just the right note between wacky and wearable. I’ve picked five of my favorites from the festival. Enjoy!

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain was at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival for the premier of the Ridley Scott film The Martian. Her look here may be the simplest one of the lot, but that doesn't make it any less fabulous. What you have here is essentially a medium-length bob that skims just past her shoulders, but the way the cut has been styled is what makes all the difference.

The side part is making an appearance but it’s been drawn somewhat higher than usual. If you want to recreate the look just trace a straight line up from the highest point of your eyebrow to your hairline: that’s where you want the part to begin. Normally with a side part what most people do is flip the hair over to the side favored by the part. We’re doing the same thing here, but at an angle. Instead of all the hair ‘landing’ squarely on the other side we’re drawing it slightly to the front to create a sharp angle on the face and create the illusion of an asymmetrical bob.

The thing that makes Jessica’s look so striking here is the hair color and the texture. You can easily achieve a sleek, shiny base at home using my tips on how to get a bombshell blowout at home. As for the color, it’s the perfect hue if you want to warm things up for autumn-winter 2015.

Kate Mara

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Kate Mara’s short crop was one of my two favorite looks of the night (the second one’s coming up soon!). This is a hairstyle that a lot of women are afraid to try out because they worry it might be too severe or mannish, but if you’re looking to go short, here’s a great example of what to ask your stylist for. The crop is short, no doubt, but by adding wispy layers and keeping some volume at the crown and a slight length in the form of a fringe at the front, the overall effect is feminine and pixie-like. With the right outfit and makeup, the hairstyle is just what you need to bring out your inner goddess. Kate wore it especially well, pairing it off with a strong lip and making a statement that complimented the gown instead of clashing with it.

Kristen Stewart

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Kristen Stewart’s always had a very distinct style and even if the edgy, almost-punk vibe isn’t your cuppa, it is refreshing. So many of celebrities end up reflecting the style sensibilities of their stylists and in some cases you see a marriage between stylist and celeb that may not be the most natural pairing but it ‘sort of works’, while in other cases the union results in something discordant. Kristen Stewart always looks like she’s representing herself, albeit in an haute couture, styled-to-the-skies way, of course.

You’ve probably guessed that Kristen’s look was my other favorite from the night. The slicked back, super-sculpted bob is the kind of hairstyle that’s undeniably funky but it’s also very wearable if you like to add an extra kick of glam to your look every now and then.

Slicked-down sides, a swept back crown with volume at the roots and sleek, straight texture make for a strong, structural statement. Perfect for a night of clubbing or a glam event.

Rachel McAdams

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Another strong showing at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival from Rachel McAdams. Rachel’s wearing her hair short these days and if you check out her appearances at TIFF 2015 you’ll get some great insight into all the fantastic effects you can achieve with a short bob.

For this particular look, Rachel’s stylist has emphasized her natural texture. The hairstyle is all about a tousled, wavy surface that’s still polished. Volume at the roots helps add some lift while the piece-y effect allows you to frame the face and create that slightly rakish impact. The side part- this season’s hottest hair trend- makes an appearance here as well.

Sandra Bullock

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Sandra Bullock really killed it with her appearance for the Our Brand Is Crisis premiere. Just like Jessica Chastain’s style, this hairdo might not be reinventing the proverbial wheel; instead, it shows us why there is every reason to keep it going.

From a stylist’s perspective there are two extremes that always make for an interesting study: the totally outré hairdo and the timeless one. And Sandra’s heavy fringe and the long, straight locks are as timeless as it gets. A lot of you may already have experimented with the haircut but not gotten the same results: the secret is in the hair color and making sure your hair is healthy.

To make a simple hairstyle really pop you should consider adding highlights and lowlights to your hair. Always stick to the ‘rule of threes’: only go up to three shades darker and lighter than your base color. Multi-tonality can add a lot of dimension to the hair and can make even the most basic haircuts look frisky and fun. You may notice that Sandra’s fringe also sports a couple of different hues and while that’s a bold move, it really helps warm up her face and play up the natural gradient of her eyes.

If you’re looking to switch styles without going too far, this hair trend gets my vote.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival hair trends as much as I have. We’re going to be moving to the Fashion Weeks soon, so keep your eyes out for more on the hottest hair trends.

Emily Browning At The "Legend" Premiere Toronto Film Festival

The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival is shaping up to be such a blast. Today I had the absolute honor of working with Emily Browning for her red carpet appearance. She’s in town to walk the carpet for Legend. The film also stars Tom Hardy and is generating quite a buzz.

Working with Emily is an experience unlike any other. She’s a real pro, but she’s also so real. If you’re looking for someone who tells it like it is and has a presence that simply sets a room ablaze, Emily’s your girl.

I love her style- it’s generally a mix of classic, slightly vintage hairdos with a somewhat sexier, ‘modern messy’ take. She wears a lot of the middle part too, so I knew that I wanted to take some of her trademark style elements but build it into a look that went a little beyond- just like her performance in Legend.

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We went with a 60s inspired half-up half-down do, complete with a beehive and some serious volume. Since I love the middle part, and I wanted to preserve some of her characteristic style, we created a soft middle part (try not to be too exact with this since you want it to have that ‘sexy by accident’ vibe) and used it to split the front layers into face framing bangs. While most retro hairdos usually carry a side-swept fringe, the cheek-length, split fringe was the perfect accent to the mod hairdo.

To modernize the look a bit, we went with very soft, smooth texture instead of the typical teased-to-the-nines effect you get with most retro-inspired looks. We kept the loose hair super soft, with just the merest hint of a wave. I wanted her hair to have body and movement without adding actual curls to the look. We did flip out the ends to finish off the style with a spot of edginess. The entire effect is very Brigitte Bardot, 2015 edition.

I kept the ‘down’ portion of the HUHD fairly simple because we wanted the volume at the crown to be the center of the look. The simple ends also compliment the high neck and strong lines of Emily’s honeyed caramel Miu Miu dress.

The film hits cinemas next month, so be sure to see it! Emily’s performance already had insiders raving about the Aussie actress. If you’re a fan of strong female characters in gritty themes, you’re going to love Emily’s vulnerable-but-fierce portrayal of Frances Shea, the ill-fated lover of gangster Reggie Kray (essayed by Tom Hardy).

I hope you enjoy the look as much as I enjoyed creating it. Watch this space for more on TIFF 2015.

Rachel Weisz At The Lobster Premiere During The Toronto Film Festival

So, the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival is off to a grand start and I’m having the best time ever. Today I had the opportunity to style the inimitable Rachel Weisz. She’s here for the premier of her film The Lobster and I feel so honored to have been a part of the team that worked with her today.

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Apart from being one of the most gifted actresses to have graced the silver screen, she’s also truly one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever known. The best part about working with someone with such a presence is that styling them is less about making a statement and more about just letting the person’s natural grace and loveliness come through. And so we opted for soft, loose waves to emphasize, and not embellish.

If you’re a fan of Rachel’s work like I am you’ll know that she always brings a certain mysterious quality to all her performances; no matter the role, she’ll play it to perfection but you always get the sense of something deeper going on with the character, something that you can feel but not quite put a finger on. She makes you wonder. And I wanted to add a little bit of that element to her look today as well, and so we went with an ever so slightly fancied-up middle part.

At first glance, you see a classic, clean hairstyle but there’s something about it that will have you look again. You’d be surprised at how much of a difference a small detail like this can make to the look: we’ve added just a hint of volume at the roots along the part and it creates the most interesting effect. The hair drapes around the face and instead of falling flat down the sides it really frames the face and it’s got character of its own.

You can curl the ends inwards for a more symmetrical and more polished effect or wear them in a more feminine, relaxed vibe like Rachel’s sporting on the red carpet at TIFF 2015. This is a great low-maintenance, easy-to-achieve style that will wear well with the hours and is basically occasion-appropriate no matter where you’re headed! 

Ellen Pompeo For Entertainment Weekly

Hey everyone!

Had the absolute pleasure of working with Ellen Pompeo for Entertainment Weekly.

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We went with a really sexy, wavy, tousled bob. Lots of texture, lots of dimension and movement and some truly glorious curls.

Naturally curly/ wavy-haired women will just need a texture-boosting product to amp up their natural hair to achieve the look. If you’ve got naturally straight, sleek or fine hair you’re going to have to go to work with a 1-inch barrel curling iron, some curl-enhancing texturizing paste and a setting spray.

Once you’ve got your curls ready, just create a side part and flip your hair over. For that added oomph, tease the roots and break the curls up with your fingers once they’ve cooled.

For either case, the look will work best on second-day hair. If you don't like weighing your hair down with a lot of product or spending a lot of time on styling it, this isn’t a look that wears well in freshly washed locks.

If you are working on freshly washed hair, I recommend using a diffuser to dry your hair instead of a blow dryer. As you work the heat through your hair, hold sections of it in your palm and scrunch it together and ‘push’ it upwards. This is a great trick for prepping your hair before you add more defined curls to it.

Remember, the look is all about rough, grainy texture and real-girl volume. You don't have to get it perfect: Meredith is all about being true to her real self and you should be too!

For the insider scoop on the latest, jaw-dropping developments on Grey’s Anatomy, w and all that’s hot right now in Shondaland, make sure to check the piece out. 

Hair Extension 101


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:


Different Types

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.

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·      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.

Weaves/ Braided Sew-ins

·      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.

Keratin, U-Tip/Hot Fusion

·      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.

Styling Tools

#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.

Product Advice

#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.

 Workout Worries

#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. 

Teal Hair Color Trend

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.


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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!


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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!

Kristen Wiig At Met Ball 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Karolina Kurkova Czech Elle Special Edition

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

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

Two days in Miami, and two stories! 

The dream team :

 Photography : @branislavsimoncik

 Styling : @kralicek

Make Up : @steffiwillmann

Hair :  #hairbysaschabreuer  @swartists

#karolinakurkova #hairbysaschabreuer#karloninakurkova #hairbysaschabreuer#karloninakurkova #hairbysaschabreuer 14#karloninakurkova #hairbysaschabreuer 1#karloninakurkova #hairbysaschabreuer 7#karloninakurkova #hairbysaschabreuer 11#karloninakurkova #hairbysaschabreuer 2#karloninakurkova #hairbysaschabreuer 6#karloninakurkova #hairbysaschabreuer 10#karloninakurkova #hairbysaschabreuer 17#karloninakurkova #hairbysaschabreuer 19#karloninakurkova #hairbysaschabreuer 22#karloninakurkova #hairbysaschabreuer 20 #karloninakurkova #hairbysaschabreuer 16

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

  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!


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

Texture defines every single aspect of a hairstyle, from what it will look like to how long it will hold. The right texture can take the simplest hairstyle and make it look runway worthy. On the flipside, you could spend hours putting together an intricate hairstyle only to find that it looks boring and woefully limp because the texture was off. In my last post from the texturising series I discussed the various products you can use to achieve different textures and finishes. In this post we are going to take a look at the various hairstyling tools you can use to create all sorts of fabulous hair textures and styles.

Hair Dryers

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

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

Brushes & Combs

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

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

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

Specialised Combs

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

Flat Irons

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

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

Hot Rollers

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

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

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

Curling Irons

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

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

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

Crimpers and Wave Makers

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

Hooded Dryers

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

Foam Rollers

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

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

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

Fasteners & Aids

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

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


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

One of the most crucial elements of any hairstyle is the hair texture. Because texturising is such an important part of styling hair, whether you are a professional hair stylist or an at-home fashionista, I’ve decided to do a little series on getting hair texture right. When we talk about hair texture, and achieving the right kind of texture when you are styling your hair, there are two levels of consideration: the first is the kind of products you use in your hair to get the texture right, and the second refers to the tools used to enhance the texture and style the hair. In this post we discuss styling and texturising products and the different purposes they serve.

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

Hair Gel

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

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

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

Pomade/ Wax

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

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

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


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.

Spray Gel

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

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

Crème/ Lotion

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

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

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


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!


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shailene Woodley For NYLON Magazine| April 2015

Out today!

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.

Hair by : Sascha Breuer   @shailenewoodleyofficial  #shailenewoodley #hairbysaschabreuer   @shailenewoodleyofficial  #shailenewoodley #hairbysaschabreuer @shailenewoodleyofficial  #shailenewoodley #hairbysaschabreuer @shailenewoodleyofficial  #shailenewoodley #hairbysaschabreuer

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@shailenewoodleyofficial - Shailene Woodley / talent

@hilarybwalsh - Hilary Walsh / photog @ateliermgmt

@j_errico - J. Errico / stylist

@glorianoto - Gloria Noto / makeup

@sascha_breuer / hair  @swartists

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Hair Trends From Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2015

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

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‘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

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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.

Julien David

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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

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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!

Tsumori Chisato

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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.

Vivienne Westwood

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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.

Yohji Yamamoto

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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!