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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 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.

Mousse

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

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

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

Serum

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

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

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

Spray Gel

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

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

Crème/ Lotion

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

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

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

Hairspray

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

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

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

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

 

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.

THE CREW:

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

@shailenewoodleyofficial  #shailenewoodley #hairbysaschabreuer

@shailenewoodleyofficial  #shailenewoodley #hairbysaschabreuer

@nylonmag

@shailenewoodleyofficial - Shailene Woodley / talent

@hilarybwalsh - Hilary Walsh / photog @ateliermgmt

@j_errico - J. Errico / stylist

@glorianoto - Gloria Noto / makeup

@sascha_breuer / hair  @swartists

 @setdaze @nettiescrub #fashion #nylon

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!

 

 

Best Hairstyles From Golden Globes 2015

Hi everyone! Awards season is upon us. The 2015 Golden Globes have marked the beginning of the fashion frenzy and celebrity sightings and all out glamour that we’re going to be treated to over the next couple of weeks. Right from the Oscars to the Fashion Weeks, there’s so much good stuff to look forward to. Let’s jump right to it with my pick of the best hairstyles and looks from the 2015 Golden Globes. Enjoy! Allison Williams #AllisonWilliams #GoldenGlobes #2015 Allison Williams rocked one of the biggest trends of the night: retro waves. We saw different iterations of the 40s curls & waves on a number of actresses at the 2015 Golden Globes, including Jessica Chastain and Amy Adams. It’s evident that vintage-inspired hairstyles will continue to rule the roost this season as well. With the faux-bob effect and the heavy eye make-up, this look is all about balancing the old and the new. Allison’s sleek crown, stark side part and deep waves hark back to Old Hollywood. I especially love the heavy curl at the front on one side, reflected towards the back on the other: it creates a lovely asymmetrical effect that lends a slightly edgier, more contemporary feel to a classic hairstyle that’s usually known for its softness and femininity. Emily Blunt #EmilyBlunt #GoldenGlobes #2015 I love braids at an awards show, because they’re such a pop of something fun and unexpected amongst a sea of the usual updos and blowouts. We also saw a rather cute crown braid/ milkmaid braid on winner Joanne Froggatt: Emily Blunt’s braided updo is a little more understated, but no less gorgeous. This is a great hairdo if you want to keep the hair away from your face but still want a formal look. Simply part down the middle and make a Dutch braid on either side from the front to the back. At the back you can blend all the hair together and continue into a regular braid that you’ll then roll up and pin into place. You can also just secure your hair into a ponytail and then twist it into a chignon or roll it into a low bun or simply braid and then tuck under the base of the Dutch braids. There’s no end to the options! Jessica Chastain #JessicaChastain #GoldenGlobes #2015 Jessica Chastain’s longer version of the 40s retro curls was equally stunning. If you can tear your eyes away from the delicious dark, metallic bronze of her gown take a moment to appreciate just how artfully her curls have been arranged: pulled to one side over the shoulder, gently twisted around the face to frame it but neat and smooth all the same. This is the kind of hairdo that will never go out of style and it looks great no matter the occasion. So, whether you’re prepping for your own awards acceptance speech or just running out to a last-minute movie date, you cannot go wrong with Ms. Chastain’s look from the night. Naomi Watts #NaomiWatts #GoldenGlobes #2015 Naomi Watt’s look is probably one of the most talked about from the Golden Globes 2015 show. From the sunny yellow gown with the tomato red lip colour and the breathtaking neckpiece (one that we’ve seen on her before; the lady sure loves her statement jewellery and knows how to wear it well) to the effortless hair, this look was sheer perfection. The hairstyle itself is rather easy to achieve: she’s just wearing her shoulder-length hair open, parted to one side with a gentle wave in the body and some volume at the crown. The reason I think this look deserves a place on this list is in its execution: Naomi (or her stylist) has taken a number of exceptional pieces and statements and tied them together seamlessly in a way that actively compliments the entire effect, instead of just playing it safe. Simple, but superb! Rosamund Pike #RosamundPike #GoldenGlobes #2015 The Gone Girl actress has been the celebrity over the last couple of months: whether you loved it or hated it, that film sure got everyone talking. And Rosamund Pike’s grippingly restrained, yet believably terrifying performance has put the actress firmly in the spotlight. The new mother looked absolutely ravishing on the 2015 Golden Globes Red Carpet. I’m really loving the angular bob here because it’s a daring cut but the way Rosamund is wearing it- with understated jewellery and makeup and a feminine gown- makes for a very graceful look. And it’s practical too: new moms out there should take a leaf from Rosamund’s book on effortless, edgy and elegant hairstyling! Let me know which look you liked best. Write in for any styling tips and detailed advice on how to achieve the same!

Hair Colour Trends For Spring-Summer 2015

There’s no end to things to love about the winters- from the fabulous fashion to the holiday spirit. However, if there is one thing my years in the styling industry have taught me it is this: always keep looking forward. So, even if you are loving your deep, dark locks this season it is never to early to think about the warmer months. Whether you’re spending Christmas with family (and eggnog) or escaping to sunnier places, winter will be over before you know it. Spring and summer trends, by their very definitions, are lighter and breezier and bubblier than their deep and sophisticated autumnal and winter counterparts. Here’s a look at some of the colours that are going to be a definite hit for Spring-Summer 2015.

Buttery Blonde

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What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of hair colour for spring and summer? Blonde tones, right? Well, we’re leading today’s list of trends with a hue that’s always been a summer staple but is already setting up to be one of the biggest hair trends in the coming year. The buttery blonde is really warm, almost-yellow shade that’s absolutely perfect for the warmer months. There’s a spun-gold quality to this particular colour and I think it makes for a fabulous transition from the more wintery reds and browns. If your natural hair colour doesn’t fall on the lighter end or you’re worried about not being able to carry off the trend a great trick is to keep darker roots, like this model from the Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2015 show. You could even keep a multi-tonal melange of buttery blonde with caramel lowlights to even out the effect.

Coloured Roots

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We saw a really rad way of wearing colour without going all out at the Maxime Simoëns Spring 2015 show. Who knew just splashes of colour at the roots could look both quirky and wearable? I think this is a fun colour trend that’s especially great for those of you with dark hair: pops of unusual colour are usually the traditional territory of lighter-haired folks. However, this is one trend that could look just as fantastic in jet black or off-black hair. From a catchy cobalt blue to a shimmering shamrock green, there’s no limiting your choices with this one!

Dusty Pastels

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Pastels have been running strong for over a year now- surprising, isn’t it? Given how difficult daring colours can be it really is heartening to see that the pastel/ rainbow trend really found its place on and off runways. For Spring Summer 2015 we’re looking at a really exciting version of the trend: very soft, diffused and smoky colours. Instead of your usual streaks of bubblegum pink and electric blue we’ve got greys and mints and peaches. Think about dusty, antique washes of colour. There is something rather ethereal and magical about this particular trend and I’m hoping a lot of you are inspired to give this one a go.

Iced Brondes

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The bronde trend is raising its pretty head again, but with a slightly cooler iced bronde gradient. Instead of the warm browns and golden hues running together to create a yummy dessert-like effect we’re now looking at a latte-and-caramel blend. Just as delectable sounding and just as easy on the eyes. The colour gradient is almost imperceptible: this is a really sophisticated way to rock the soft Ombre trend, which will definitely continue to be a rage in the coming months. Take the photo from the BCBG Max Azria Spring Summer 2015 show to your stylist for reference.

Interestingly enough, you might have already noticed how the colour patterns heat up and go darker for the winter months and have a noticeably cooler, subtler leaning in the summer. We’re still playing around with many of the same colour families but varying the intensity and the temperature.

Soft Copper

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I’m partial to the reds, as most of my readers already know. Now, red might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think ‘spring-summer’: the colour is typically autumnal. But kindred red-lovers can rejoice: there is a way to go red while still being season-appropriate. Take your cues from the Gucci Spring Summer 2015 show. This is a very light, soft copper colour. It’s dark enough to steer clear of the strawberry blonde category but light enough to be perfectly summery in its own right. I really like how the peachy, apricot undertones balance out the cinnamon while still maintaining the red character. With this kind of hair you never have to worry about dressing up: whether you’re wearing classic nudes or crazy prints, your hair will guarantee you’re always perfectly styled.

Remember, you might love your current dye and your natural colour will always look good, but there is a lot to be said for changing when the seasons do.  You’ll look totally trend-appropriate and it’s always so much to pop up and surprise people with a new look. Send me photos if you do switch for summer: I’d love to see them!

Shailene Woodley For The Hollywood Film Awards 2014

I had the pleasure of working with the super talented Shailene Woodley for the Hollywood Film Awards 2014. Shailene is such a delight to be around and I’m sure everyone is always saying this about Hollywood stars and celebrities but boy, that girl is one cool person. I styled Shailene’s hair using natural beeswax, slicking it back and away from the face with the subtlest hint of volume on top and a glossy & shiny texture. I wanted to really open up her face and let her features do all the talking, whilst complimenting her casual, effortless style.

Personally, I love it when women rock short hair with glam outfits and I think the starfish-patterned Valentino gown with its nude palette and subtle shimmers was a stroke of genius with her short low key hair. I hope this will help to inspire you to take a cue from Shailene’s look and have some fun with your short to mid length hair!

Watching her win the Breakout Actress Award for her role in this year’s hit The Fault In Our Stars was an absolute thrill. It’s a truly well deserved honour and if Shailene’s portrayal of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenager living with cancer, isn’t enough to make you tear up and immediately revaluate your life, I don’t know what will. What took my breath away is that Shailene seems to embody the same deep appreciation for life and all its little moments off-screen as well.

I’m sure you’ve read and heard all about how she likes to keep things simple and natural and is very low-key about style and glamour and makeup but you really only appreciate the full effect of it in her presence. The young actress is all about minimal goodness and emphasising natural beauty. Shailene really believes that we all have something intrinsically beautiful - naturally. She embraces this and is grateful for it. What an inspiration!

Shailene turned 23 yesterday, and what a fabulous way to start the celebration of her day. I’m sure we’re going to be seeing so many great things from this unbelievably gifted young lady. Happy birthday to a real phenomenon!

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Best Hair Seen At Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015

Hi! Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 has been an exhilarating experience- and I can’t believe we are done with it all. It’s been such a whirlwind of activity and trend mapping and styles and even though I am going to miss all the excitement, I think everyone in the industry will agree that we all need a little R&R! I cannot wait for the next round of fashion weeks but before we start looking forward, here is my pick of the best looks from the Paris Spring Summer 2015 Fashion Week. Balmain

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I love a simple hairstyle- so many women I talk to just give up on styling simply because it involves too much time and effort and since most of us are running against the clock it just does not seem worth the hassle. This is one of the primary reasons why I like to keep an eye out for wearable, easy-to-achieve looks and styles at the Fashion Weeks: unless you have a stylist at your disposal or you are planning for a special event, chances are you probably want something you can manage on your own at home. The look from the Balmain Spring Summer 2015 show- sported here by the gorgeous Rosie Huntington Whitely- meets the criteria perfectly.

What we have here is essentially a brushed back ponytail. You can wear your hair in a ponytail, in a low bun or chignon or even in a pigtail or a half-in half-out looped twist. The major styling here is concentrated across two dimensions: texture and accessorising.

Everyone knows how to throw together a ponytail or a bun: you probably have your own favourite version for daily wear. Keep the style, but borrow the texture from Balmain: we have here a slightly piecy, slicked back texture on the crown. You want to look like you just stepped out of the shower. You can use a styling mousse or hair gel with a wet-look finish and then brush your hair back and run your fingers through it to create some of the ridges you can see in the photo. Use a wide toothed comb to comb your hair back without making it too smooth. Secure your hair the way you prefer it and add some hairspray to keep the texture in place.

The next part is accessorising. The models at the Balmain show sported scarves/ wraps in their hair. You can use ribbons as well. Just pick something you like and wrap it around the base of the ponytail/ bun and knot it into place. You can make it into a bow or let the ends hang loose after a simple knot or twist it around a couple of times for a unique pattern. As you can see from the photo the combination of two contrasting elements- the edgy, slicked back hair and the feminine, delicate scarf- makes for a really interesting interplay of style statements.

Barbara Bui

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This one is for those of you who have chin-length to shoulder-length hair. You can easily wear the style in longer hair too, it’s just that it would be more convenient if your hair is shorter and more manageable and you don’t mind leaving it loose all day. There isn’t a tremendous amount of styling involved in this look- all you need is one of those ridged, wavy metallic headbands that create little parts in the hair. You can probably pick it up at any accessories store in town. However, there is a trick or two to make your hair look more runway-styled than home-styled, even if it is a look you are putting together in under five minutes.

For a more amped up version of a fairly regular style, all you need to do is texturise your hair for the look. Use a quality conditioner when you wash your hair, allow your hair to air dry so that the natural grain is enhanced and use styling product to give your hair a more finished appearance. A wet-look gel applied just before you put in the headband can give you a slicked back, rocker chick appearance. You can also dab some Argan oil on your hands and pat your hair. Whichever product you decide to use, add it to your crown and the front of the head because that is the region we want emphasised. If you don’t want to weigh your hair down with product you can leave the rest of the hair (behind the crown) natural. If your hair is limp and it’s falling flat just flip your hair upside down and dust some dry shampoo or baby powder into your roots and tousle your hair with your fingers. This will instantly create some volume at the roots so when you push the headband in you’ll also get some lift at the crown. With slicked back hair at the front and some barely noticeable volume behind the band you’ve got yourself a hairstyle that looks super modish and takes all of five minutes to get right!

Elie Saab

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You can never go wrong with a classic, voluminous blowout and the pictures from the Elie Saab Spring Summer 2015 show are testimony to that. It might be the simplest style on this list- after all, the only thing you have to do is visit your nearest salon (or just do it yourself at home). Don’t underestimate the power of a perfect wash-and-dry look though: nothing is quite as sexy and appealing as glossy, healthy hair. I love how the model’s hair has been parted ever so slightly off centre and how it has been allowed to fall over both shoulders to frame the face so delicately. If you are used to having your hair blow-dried straight, ask for a wavy, natural finish the next time. Big, loose waves are super glamorous and look great with all kinds of outfits and for all sorts of occasions. Can you see the hints of volume at the roots? Adding a little bit of lift to the roots at the crown is a great trick to keep blowouts from looking too perfect and too slick.

Givenchy

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If you’ve browsed photos or footage from the Givenchy Spring Summer 2015 Paris Fashion Week you will know there were a couple of different hairstyles and haircuts seen on the runway. I’ve chosen this particular one to add to my list because I really like the bangs. You can wear them in any length- short and angular like the model here or long and soft. We haven’t seen a lot of bangs/ fringes of late and most people usually transition to more classic styles for the winter but I’m betting they are going to be big again come summer. I love the thick, eye skimming bangs from the Givenchy show and if you want to change up your look the next year you might consider the same. There’s something almost child-like about the shorter, thicker fringes and they can add a lot of drama and charm to your look. The best thing about shorter fringes is they don’t need as much maintenance as longer bangs: you can allow them to dry naturally for the most part and if you really want a nice, polished finished a single run-over with a straightening iron is enough to do the trick.

Jean Paul Gaultier

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Like a lot of other shows at the Paris Spring Summer 2015 Fashion when it came to the Jean Paul Gaultier catwalk there were a number of different hairstyles to be seen. This one is my favourite of the lot because it’s got a bunch of my favourite styling elements: major volume, drama, big curls and glossy colour. I love how classic curls have been combined with a modern twist on the 40s, rockabilly curls at the hairline.

Most of the look is fairly straightforward. You need to work with freshly washed and conditioned hair. If your hair dries well naturally you can probably skip blow-drying. However if you are dealing with a lot of frizz or poor texture you might want to blow-dry your hair first to make it smooth and better styled. As far as adding big curls to your hair is concerned there are a number of options you can work with. You could use a large-barrelled curling wand and then run your fingers through your hair after the curls have cooled a little. You can use bendable foam rollers that you can leave in your hair overnight. You could also use heated curlers. Brush your hair through before you begin curling it and once you’re done, give it a few minutes to cool down and allow the curls to set.

What sets this look apart from your everyday curled hair is the volume and styling at the crown. At the hairline, flip the majority of your hair over to one side and draw the rest of your hair over the favoured shoulder. Don’t create a parting at the hairline but rather, layer your hair over on one side. To create the volume you can backcomb the front few inches of hair and then carefully arrange the hair into a quiff-like pouf, but one that curls and falls forward instead of being affixed on the crown. A lot of multipurpose styling tools also have an attachment for adding “lift” to the crown: these usually look like wide toothed combs and the air and the heat from the base machine along with the twines of the attachment will help you raise and hold the hair at the hairline for extra height and drama.

Once you’ve got the front styled the way you like it remember to use some hairspray. You want the volume and the height to stay in place. I recommend using a hairspray with shine-boosting properties because that way you get some hold and your hair looks glossy and you don’t have to run the risk of spoiling the curls by directly touching them.

John Galliano

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We saw some more of the heavy full fringe at the John Galliano Spring Summer 2015 show at the Paris Fashion Week. This time, however, the fringes were cut slightly asymmetrical, with ends falling over the brows. I love the messy, 70s rocker chick vibe here and the balance between the wild, unruly curls and the straight, smooth bangs. This is a fantastic way to style shoulder length hair. If you want to get your hair cut shorter for the coming summer and you want a style that is fun and vibrant and a little messy (which means you won’t have to spend forever in front of the mirror with a blow-dryer and a straightening iron) then this is a great option. Get your stylist to cut your hair into layers, the longest of which should graze your shoulders. You want to request them to cut your hair into shaggy layers that will enhance the natural texture and body of your hair. Ask for a brow-skimming full fringe. If you don’t want a randomly-asymmetrical fringe you can ask for a more even, uniform fringe across the front with longer ends (think of a soft curve) to really play up your eyes.

This is a great hairstyle for naturally curly/ wavy hair because you won’t really have to style your hair but it will still look great. If your hair is naturally curly or wavy you can just use a curl-boosting shampoo and conditioner whenever you wash it and then allow your hair to dry naturally. Scrunch up almost-dry hair in your fingers to build up the curls. Towel drying and finger drying will also create natural lift and volume. If you’ve got pin-straight hair wait till it’s about 70% dry and then braid it. Leave the braids in overnight and open them up the next day and run your fingers through the curls to break them up. You can also use foam rollers for long-lasting curls. Depending upon the natural texture of your hair you might need to use a flat iron or a blow dryer to get the bangs right.

Manish Arora

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Designer Manish Arora’s runway was marked by funky face-art, candy colours and braids-in-braids hairstyles. The basic breakdown of the look is this: a middle parting and straight hair at the crown, finished with A LOT of braids at the back and down the length of the hair. How do you get the braids right? Read on to find out.

Begin in freshly washed and conditioned hair. Wait for your hair to dry naturally. Brush your hair until it’s completely free of any knots and tangles. Part your hair down the middle and comb it properly, gathering it towards the back. Secure into a low ponytail.

Now the key is to create a lot of different braids in the ponytail. And the braids should all be of varying girth and width. We’re looking at a bunch of skinny braids and some thicker ones. You can create a number of braids in different sizes and then even braid a couple of them together to create bigger braids out of smaller braids. Make a couple of skinny and regular sized braids. For the larger ones, braid loosely and then tug on the loops for added volume.

Take one of the braids and wrap it around the base of the ponytail to cover it up. Tuck the ends into the loop and use pins to secure it.

To make a single structure out of all the braids you can just gather up all the different braids and then secure them together. You can do this at any height: at the very end or down the middle and let a bit of the braids hang loose. You can secure them with a clear elastic band or a ribbon/ string. If you’re using an elastic band you can repeat the same step as above by wrapping a smaller braid around the elastic to cover it up.

There are two important things to note here. Firstly, don’t worry about loose ends and flyaways. We’re going for a very relaxed, boho hippie vibe here. A little bit of a mess is a good thing! And secondly, you might want to use some clip-in hair extensions for this style. There are two reasons for this. To begin with, a lot of you might find that you just don’t have the kind of volume that is needed for so many braids and hair extensions are a great way to take care of that. Another thing- if you are planning to recreate the look exactly as it was on the runway you will notice that the models’ braids had a couple of different colours/ tones merged together. From lighter versions of the base colour to unique pops of candy tones, the different hues work well to give more life and depth to braids. If you have coloured or highlighted hair then this is a great way to make the most of it. If not, hair extensions are always a quick and affordable (and temporary) solution!

That’s it folks. We’re done with the fashion weeks for this year. It’s been a thrilling ride and I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. Hope you picked up tonnes of tricks and inspiration for the coming months. Let me know what you loved, loathed and learned from the Spring Summer 2015 Fashion Weeks!

 

Best Hair Seen At Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015

Did you follow the Milan Spring Summer 2015 Fashion Week? Did you enjoy all the glitz and the glamour? I sure did! I might go as far as to say I enjoyed the Milan shows more than all the others- the drama and the styling were through the roof in Milan. Here is my pick of the best hairstyles from the Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015. Enjoy! Dolce & Gabbana

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I’m loathe to pick favourites, especially before reviewing all the looks from the remaining few shows but I have to admit, the Dolce & Gabbana was a hard act to follow. The strong Spanish influence, the use of bold colours and the stunning hair and makeup all combined to pack one helluva punch. I really loved the hairstyling because it’s a combination of some very simple and very classic, fundamental elements and accessorising techniques but the overall effect is really breathtaking. The model in this shot from the Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2015 backstage is none other than Kendall Jenner of the Kardashian clan. Whether you’re a fan of the reality TV series or not, you can’t deny that the makeup and hairstyling are really spectacular.

The models’ hair was styled into low chignons, some smooth and sleek while others were twisted and yet others had a more piecy definition. The chignons were also dressed up differently; some accentuated with large flowers while others with veils and bejewelled hair accessories. If you are heading out to a party or a wedding and you want to make an impact upon arrival, this hairstyle should do the trick. This one is all about high visibility drama and intrigue and nothing says it better than bold, blood red flowers in your hair.

Emilio Pucci

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At the Emilio Pucci Spring Summer 2015 show the models’ hair was styled into relaxed, loose waves. With a little bit of styling mousse and curling tongs you should easily be able to recreate this look at home in under ten minutes. Remember to use a large-barrelled curling iron and break up the curls: this look is all about big, sweeping waves and natural-looking texture. For a more retro, Seventies-style effect part your hair slightly off centre and let the waves frame your face for a softer, more feminine effect.

Fendi

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It is always great to see hairstyles that incorporate hair accessories and embellishments because it just opens up so many more possibilities. You have your everyday tousled ponytail, and then you have your Fendi tousled ponytail wrapped up prettily with a scarf. This is one of those hairstyles you can easily wear while you’re doing your grocery and then carry it forward to a lunch date with friends. It’s quick, easy, versatile and pretty.

There really is very little to getting the look right. If you have very frizzy or wavy hair you might want to straighten it to smoothen it out and make it more manageable. Once you are happy with the texture, brush your hair and part it slightly off centre. Pull an inch-and-a-half of hair out in front over the ears on either side. Style these sections into loose waves using curling tongs. Secure the rest of your hair into a ponytail or a low chignon at the back. You don’t have to be particularly neat because we are aiming for that fabulous-without-trying effect here and you want loose, soft waves to frame your face. Once you have your ponytail fastened take a patterned scarf and knot it into a bow around the base of the ponytail. You can work with ribbons as well. This is a great strategy for dressing up an otherwise plain outfit: you can keep your clothes simple and let the hair do the talking.

Giorgio Armani

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Here is the funky one of the lot from the Spring Summer 2015 Milan Fashion Week: Giorgio Armani. If flowers, soft waves and flirty ponytails are not your thing, take a gander at the edgy, braided hairdos from this show. This one is a daring, take-no-prisoners look and it’s great for those of you who are looking for a change of pace. The braids have an almost cornrow-like effect and you need to be quite comfortable with braiding to be able to pull this one off on your own.

The basic principle is rather simple: brush your hair back over the crown and using a rattail comb create rows in the hair the way you’d create a part. You can use two-inch sections for thick braids or take lesser hair if you have practice braiding with thin strands. Braid each of these sections front to back. You can use the Dutch braiding or reverse French braiding technique to get the 3D effect where the braids pop out on your head. I recommend creating three such sections for the best impact, though you can add more and create sections on the sides as well if you like. You can braid these till the nape of your neck and then secure all the hair into a low ponytail or a chignon. If you want to continue with the look you can braid these sections to their very ends, secure with an elastic tie and then carefully hold up the ends and arrange them on the back of your head (you can make twists or coils or arrange them in parallel rows) and fix them in place using hairpins. Don’t fret if you have a bit of an unkempt texture, some frizz or flyaways won’t detract from the look.

You may notice the models’ braids have a lot of depth and dimension: you can achieve the same by using hair extensions of a shade that are lighter or darker than your base colour. Braiding in multiple tones helps make the braids pop so if you’re keen on trying this look for a special occasion, it might well be worth the effort to go that extra mile.

Les Copains

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You asked for sophisticated volume, you got it. I love updos: they look so chic and polished and they are usually much easier to achieve than most people realise. We saw a nice sleek front complimented by volume at the crown and a twist at the back at the Les Copains show at the Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015. If you want to learn how to create this updo, keep reading.

The beauty of this look is in a very soft, ethereal essence and you need the hair texture to reflect that. This is one of those rare updo styles that will work really well in fine hair, provided you have the right length for it. If you have thick, frizzy or heavy hair the first step will be to wash and condition it, and follow that up by straightening the hair. The hair needs to be absolutely smooth and tangle free before you can start styling it. Once your hair is as smooth as it can be, get ready to start styling.

Begin by tracing an arc from the top of one ear to the other with a rattail comb. This will separate about two to three inches of hair around the front and top of your head. Divide this hair into two sections with a middle parting and comb them down on your head and take them behind each ear. We want these sections to merge and blend with the hair at the back, so use precise, careful movements and get the hair right before moving onto the next step. Once it’s neat, comb it in with the other hair and pin it into place, letting it fall under the hair at the crown.

Now separate the rest of your hair into two more sections: the crown and the bottom. For the crown take hair from above the sections we brushed back in the previous step. The styling at the crown should sit above and fall over the two sections coming in from the front. Twist and secure the bottom out of the way. We’re first going to work with the crown.

Starting at the top tease small sections in layers. Once you have the desired volume, create a small (or large!) pouf and gather the crown section into a bouffant. Arrange it at a height you like and smooth away any flyaways and work with the shape until your satisfied. Then, keeping the bump in place add some hairpins in an X shape to hold the bouffant in place. You can loosen the bottom section of your hair at this point and blend all the hair together. Now you can style all the remaining hair any way you like. You can braid it and then coil the braid around the back of your head or you can twist it into a sleek chignon and pin it into place. Add some hairspray and you’re all set.

Moschino

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More volume coming your way from the Moschino Spring Summer 2015 runways. If you’ve managed to take a look at some of the runway photos from this show you’ve probably already seen the very vintage, very voluminous hairstyles from the fashion show. From the bubblegum pink outfits to the model on roller skates, the Moschino show was all about retro, girly fashion and personality. Now, if Barbie beauty is not your thing you might want to skip the buttery yellow wigs but there’s still a lot to be said for this voluminous, curly half-up half-down hairstyle. For starters, it makes for a lot of drama and it can be quite on-the-nose if you are attending a theme party any time soon. If not and you’re just a lover of all things old and bold (and props to you if you are!), this vintage hairdo can be a striking statement to make. We saw models wear it in dark hair too and it looked just as good.

We’re talking face-framing bangs or curves at the front, major volume at the crown (hello, Brigitte Bardot!) and foxy curls sweeping over the shoulders. It’s not the easiest look to pull together at home if you are new to hairstyling but like I always say, with a little bit of practice you should be on your way in no time.

To get the front and the top ready you can follow the steps outlined for the Les Copains look. The only difference is you don’t need to straighten your hair and you need a lot more teasing for a lot more volume at the crown. Once the bouffant is ready and all the loose hair is blended together, instead of twisting it into a chignon you are going to let it hang loose. Use a small-barrelled curling iron and add curls to about a third (from the ends) of the loose hair. You can add a lot of tight curls. For a lot of volume, take each curl and hold a thin section of hair straight and then pull up the rest of the curl along the tautened strand. This will create a tremendous amount of volume and will help the curls fan out in that characteristically 60s way. The curls will also hold for a much longer time. With some hairspray you should be able to wear the look throughout the day without any trouble.

Versace

 

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The models at the Versace Spring Summer 2015 show wore their hair swept back and away from the face; in a slightly more casual and sportier version of the slicked back style we saw at the London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015. This time the focus is on getting the right amount of volume and grain at the roots, so I advise using a little bit of dry shampoo when you backcomb the roots for that extra volume and gold. You don’t need to tease and arrange a lot of hair: just the front few inches will be enough to create the illusion of a swept back, slightly raised style. You can just brush back the hair on the sides and use a hairspray to hold it into place. For an edgier, grittier version of the look (as is often seen on singer Gwen Stefani who really loves her swept back, rocker chic hairdos) you can slick down the sides using styling gel or mousse. This can be a bold statement for a night out or even an unusual (but mostly appropriate- especially if you’re the boss lady!) look for business meetings and luncheons. It’s all about hard glamour, bold styling and a slightly masculine, raw appeal.

That is it for my favourites from the Milan Spring Summer 2015 Fashion Week. Do let me know which were your favourites. I’ll be covering the Paris Spring Summer 2015 Fashion Week hair trends and styles next, so be sure to check back in for the latest from the hottest runways in the world!

The Top Ten Hair Looks From Cannes 2014

Cannes. The very word is enough to send shivers down your spine if like most of us here you’re living, breathing and dreaming fashion and beauty. One of the most prestigious, sophisticated and exciting events of the international film community, the Festival de Cannes is possibly the one time of the year that can compare to the Academy Awards in terms of all the buzz and glamour and grandeur.

If you’ve been following the Cannes 2014 coverage you’ll have already feasted your eyes on some of the most striking outfits, jewellery and styling of the year. This past week we’ve seen some of the biggest celebrities of the world walk the red carpet in some of the most beautiful ensembles ever. I’ve picked my ten favourite looks from the festival to share with all of you. Enjoy!

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Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai is a Bollywood actress and the winner of the 1994 Miss World pageant. Often referred to as the “most beautiful woman in the world”, Aishwarya Rai has been gracing the Cannes red carpet for several years now. While her shimmering gold Roberto Cavalli fishtail gown has been winning both brickbats and bouquets from the international fashion community, there’s no contesting that the stunning actress wooed everyone with her silky, chestnut locks. The loose, flipped-out curls made for an extremely pretty style and the best part is you can easily achieve the look at home with a blow dryer and a large round bristle brush

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett is one of the most beautiful and elegant women in the world and we are all used to seeing her blend classic fashion with her own unique sense of style. This time was no different, and I’m rather a fan of her hair look this time. A quirky braided accent on the side was used to play up the classic bun. All you need to do is braid one side of your head into a French or Dutch braid till the back, close it off with a transparent elastic band and temporarily pin it in place with a bobby pin. Pull the rest of your hair back to secure it into a chignon. At this point, remove the pin and tuck the rest of the braid in with the bun so that the ends are incorporated into the volume of the bun.

#FreidaPinto #Cannes #2014
#FreidaPinto #Cannes #2014

Freida Pinto

Frieda Pinto’s gorgeous coral-pink Oscar de la Renta gown has been talked, tweeted and blogged about more than any other dress at Cannes 2014. The striking pink colour, the stunning gold lame detailing and the rather interesting contrast between a sweetheart neckline and a structured bodice have guaranteed that this is one style statement people will be discussing for quite some time to come.

What’s equally important is the styling lesson that we must take away from Freida’s look. When you’ve got a dress that is this arresting and breathtaking, the only way to properly do your hair is to keep it as simple and fuss-free as possible. Frieda’s hair was straightened and styled with a deep side part into a low ponytail. The hairdo is very simple, very classic and absolutely perfect for when you want to let the rest of your look do all the talking. Wrap a section of hair around the base of the ponytail to hide the elastic and tuck it into the elastic to polish the look up a bit. Who says ponytails can’t be glamorous?

#JessicaChastain #Cannes #2014
#JessicaChastain #Cannes #2014

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain wooed everyone on the Cannes red carpet with her gorgeous deep lavender gown. It’s interesting how russet-coloured locks always look the best with green or purple tones. Jessica’s hair was styled into loose, piecy waves. The style is very fresh, flirty and feminine. It’s also incredibly easy because all you need is a curling iron and you’re good to go. You can keep the curls tight or break them up into looser waves for a summery, beachy vibe. The hairstyle was absolutely perfect with the flowing, almost Grecian structure of the gown.

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#MarionCotillard #Cannes #2014

Marion Cotillard

The French actress looked absolutely lovely in the pleated-and-gathered Dior dress, with the pale colour highlighting her delicate features. Marion’s hairstyle from this particular appearance is one of my favourites from the entire week because it’s a mixture of so many fun elements but they are all balanced out really well. The 60s beehive at the crown makes its way into a simple side ponytail at the end. To add a more delicate touch to the look, consider using a section of your hair to frame the beehive, pulling it across like a hair band from one side to the other.

#NicoleKidman #Cannes #2014
#NicoleKidman #Cannes #2014

Nicole Kidman

Opening Ceremony & "Grace Of Monaco" Premiere - The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival
Opening Ceremony & "Grace Of Monaco" Premiere - The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival

The lovely Australian beauty is always a delight on the red carpet. This look of Nicole’s is basically a messy braid pulled over the front on one side, but what makes it interesting is the detailing at the back. Hair from one side has been twisted and looped into a braided border across the back and then pulled over the front on the other side. The best thing about hairstyles like these is that you don’t have to aim for perfection- messy strands and loose bits just add to the relaxed vibe that this look is all about.

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#RooneyMara #Cannes #2014

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara is a very interesting young woman and her style choices usually reflect her unique personality. The 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 don’t have to go in for a permanent angular bob for this look- you can actually slick your hair back on one side and pull all of it over and across the front on the other side. Layering the hair this way makes it look almost buzzed or razed on one end while it is long on the other. What we have here is a faux half-bob and I think it is a genius way to play around with fashion without making a more serious commitment to the look.

#SofiaCoppola
#SofiaCoppola

Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola’s curly short bob is all about being comfortable in your own skin. The hairstyle is both youthful and classic and is the kind of haircut that would look great at any occasion. The best part about this haircut is that once you actually get your hair cut in this fashion you don’t have to spend a lot of time styling it. You can generally allow it to dry naturally if you’ve got wavy hair or you can using curling tongs to add some more dimension to otherwise-straight locks. A soft side part will help frame the face and add more femininity to the style.

Hope all of you’ve enjoyed the looks from Cannes as much as I did. There’s enough inspiration here to keep you looking your most beautiful self at all the events you attend this year. Sound off in the comments below and let me know which ones you liked!

Pastel & Rainbow Hair Color Trend

Unless you’ve been living under a rock- a dull, grey rock at that- these past few months, there is absolutely no way you wouldn’t have noticed the rainbow hair colour trend that’s been taking the world by storm. And it’s not even a very new trend- we’ve been seen celebrities experiment with pastel colours and venturing into daring, jewel tones for the better part of the last six months. And I, for one, have been loving every minute of it! While most of my clients prefer to go darker during the winter months, summer is the time to lighten up and experiment with flirty, frisky trends. If you’re looking to switch things up for the coming months, take a cue out of the following fashionistas’ style diaries. Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung’s milkmaid braids here are adorable, but it’s really the rainbow accents that steal the show. I love how the colouring is subtle and pretty and how well it merges into her base hair colour. At first glance, it really does look like rainbow reflections in a clear puddle. Another great thing about this particular take on the rainbow trend is that it clearly shows you can have fun with colours in dark hair too.

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato’s made quite a splash in the fashion world with her ever-changing hair colour. Not one to shy away from striking statements and bold style choices, Demi’s locks have been pioneering one hair trend after another. The great thing about her blue do here is that it isn’t a single, flat shade. While blue can be quite a lovely colour all by itself, Demi’s adding some major pizzazz to the look by blending a number of different hues. From a deep teal to a more purplish indigo, this one’s going to leave you feeling anything but blue!

Demi Lovato

If the blue wasn’t really to your liking, Demi shows off a girlier, flirtier side here with a stunning deep berry-pink hue. Pink’s been one of the most popular colour choices over the past year and Demi’s one of many celebs to opt for this darling colour. However, where most people have chosen to go pastel with soft, baby pink hair Demi’s rocking a rather spirited hue. It rather reminds of a full-bodied rosé wine- decadent and divine.

Ireland Baldwin

Purple’s been another celebrity favourite and Ireland Baldwin’s lovely lavender locks offset her lighter tips wonderfully. Now, purple’s typically not a hair colour most people can carry off and these pastel shades are better suited to fair-skinned people. If you’re a more olive or honey tone and you want to play around with this majestic colour, I’d recommend going in for deeper, darker shades of purple.

Katy Perry

Think coloured hair; think Katy Perry. The songstress is no stranger to experimenting with her look and we’ve seen her in all kinds of hair colours, ranging from a bubblegum pink to this fusion of shimmery, mermaid hues. From a dazzling sapphire to a rich violet, Katy’s take on the rainbow trend is nothing short of mesmerising.

Ke$ha

Combining two of the year’s hottest colour trends- pastels and rainbow hues- Ke$ha shows us that outré looks can also be feminine and flirty. Needless to say, this isn’t really a long-term style and you’re probably going to tire of it within a couple of months but with summer around the corner, it’s time to live a little! If you’ve got light hair you can always start out small and bring back last year’s chalking trend. If you’re feeling frisky and you can’t pick any one pastel/ rainbow-inspired hue make like Ke$ha and try them all.

Nicole Richie

The lavender-lilac tones have been extremely popular with celebrities. You probably remember Kelly Osbourne’s wooing the world with her daring purple locks- a change that worked wonders both for her look and her public persona. Sometimes taking a risk is really all you need to do in order to shed your old self and embrace the person you’re meant to be. Nicole Richie’s all-over purple colour is refreshing and exciting and she’s a great example of going crazy with colour while also looking graceful and elegant. Who would’ve thought a sleek bun could look so good in purple hair!

Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2014

Here’s the piece you’ve all been waiting for: the Paris 2014 Fall Fashion Week. We saw a whole bunch of very interesting, and some very unusual, hairstyles at the Paris shows. Given that the Paris Fashion Week A/W 2014 began right after the Oscars, we saw a bunch of celebrities heading over the very next day to attend the last leg of this year’s Fall shows. Here’s my list of the best looks from the Paris Fall 2014 Fashion Week. While some of the styles are great for everyday wear, others are better suited for when you want to make a splash! Take your pick: Alexander McQueen

The models at the Alexander McQueen show wore their hair in circular cornrows all around the head, with the first braid on either side hanging loose and straight beneath the ears. Now, I understand that this clearly isn’t an everyday look, and it might be a little difficult to work even on the best of days, but I couldn’t help but admire the style. The thing with the Fashion Weeks is that after a while, you start to see patterns and trends repeating, and while that might act as a great forecast for the coming year, it’s just so exciting to see something different on the runway. I’m loving this “beehive braid” effect simply because it’s unusual, it’s bold and it’s braided! What’s not to love? If you ever feel like doing something jaw-droppingly different with your look, take a cue out of the Alexander McQueen Fall 2014 show!

Alexis Mabille

 

The gently curling, loose waves at the Alexis Mabille show were nothing new but it’s a classic look for all ages and features and one that I can’t recommend enough. There’s nothing as attractive as sleek, shiny, healthy hair that’s been styled simply. The best part about the look is that it’s more about playing up your natural hairdo than actually styling your hair to look different. If you’ve got naturally wavy hair all you need to do is make sure it’s healthy and that you use quality hair products. If you’ve got pin-straight hair, you might have to use a curling wand or even large foam rollers to add a few waves to your hair. A straight middle part is equal parts subtle and striking and makes for a great everyday look.

Elie Saab

The hairstyle at the Elie Saab show was a straightened version of the previous look: shiny, sleek hair parted down the middle and allowed to fall as naturally as possible. The best part about hairstyles like this is that they are not only effortless (for the most part) but they also help to play up your natural features. With such hairstyles, your facial features and any makeup, jewellery, fashion trend you might be sporting is the centre of the look and not the hairstyle itself. So, if you’re looking for a subtle hairdo that allows you to emphasise other parts of your look, this might be just the thing for you.

Givenchy

The models at the Givenchy Paris Fall 2014 show wore their hair parted slightly off the middle and styled into small, tight braids at the back. The good old plait can be quite attractive if it’s done right. My tip for this classic style? Make sure you use a transparent elastic to fasten the plait: the plain black or coloured ties end up distracting from the clean, natural lines of the style.

Iris Van Herpen

The hairstyles at the Iris Van Herpen are definitely not an everyday look. With pulled back and twisted rolls, layered sections and looped braids at the back, this is a daring and edgy look best reserved for a themed event or a day when you want a look that’s slightly tougher than your everyday hairstyle. I’ve included it here in this list because it was really striking, and looked rather interesting especially at the front, with the twists creating slight cat ear-like raises going all the way back.

Issey Miyake

 

At first, when you take a look at the models from the Issey Miyake Fall 2014 Fashion Week, you’re going to be struck by the slick, separated sculpting of the hair at the front. There are many ways of achieving this style, right from using a styling gel and creating tiny “walls” or rows of hair using the tailend of a rattail comb to the much easier option of just pulling on a metal hairband with grooves to give you that cornrow effect. However, whether or not you want to style your crown this way is up to you, because the actual appeal of the hairstyle is in the bun at the back!

The thick, coiled and roped buns are absolutely gorgeous. Just take a look at the photo of the style from the back and tell me if it isn’t to die for! And the best part is, it’s quite easy to pull off, provided your hair is clean and brushed free of any tangles. You only need to gather all your hair at the nape of your neck and start twisting it in on yourself to give it the rope-like look. Then start placing the hair on your head in coils, twisting as you go along in an outer-to-inner circular motion. Keep adding bobby pins to make sure that the coils stay in place and add some hairspray once you’re done.

John Galliano

John Galliano’s models wore their hair straight, loose and down the back. The fairly simple look was dressed up by parting the hair to one side, pulling it low over the forehead and tucking it in behind one ear. It’s an easy look and it’s especially great for those of you with fine hair that won’t get frizzy or voluminous through the course of the day.

I hope all my readers have enjoyed the Fashion Weeks every bit as much as I have. I’ll be back soon with more great pieces on hair styling and care. See you soon!

Milan Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2014

Milan is undoubtedly one of the sexiest, most sophisticated cities in the world and the Milan Autumn Winter 2014 Fashion Week has most certainly lived up to all my expectations. I’ve picked out five of my favourite hairstyles from the Milan Fall 2014 Fashion Week and I’m looking forward to hearing your views on the same. Enjoy! 1. Fendi

The hair at the Fendi Autumn/ Winter 2014 Fashion Week was hands down the clear winner for me here. Normally when I’m combing through (pun totally intended!) the Fashion Weeks, I like to browse through the best looks and emerging trends and I’m not really looking to pick an absolute favourite. However, the gorgeous, overlapped, multilayered ponytail at the Fendi Milan 2014 Fashion Week is one of the coolest things I’ve seen on the runways in recent times.

This is a very sharp, modern hairstyle and the key is to play up the severe lines of the style. You’re essentially arranging the hair on the crown in a basket-weave pattern before pulling it into a low ponytail at the back.

Work with freshly washed, blow-dried and then straightened hair. Remember to make sure your hair is completely dry before you use a straightening iron on it. Once your hair is smooth, comb it through properly and then create two deep side parts on either side at the front. Take these sections of hair to the back and then fold them over one another to create the overlapped effect you see in the pictures. Then pull the hair back to the nape of your neck and use a hair elastic to secure it in place. Fashion maestro Karl Lagerfeld’s inspiration behind this look is a very minimalistic, sharp play on linear structures so make sure your hair is as smooth and as slick as it can be. Spray on some holding spray (preferably one with shine-boosting properties) and you’re good to go.

2. Giorgio Armani

The look from the Giorgio Armani show is a great style not only because waves are a great choice for spring-summer, but also because it’s so easy to pull this style off at home. The beachy, boho waves have been really popular over the last few summers and this slightly deeper, more crimped take on the trend is every bit as interesting.

The best part is that there are a bunch of different ways in which you could get your hair to look like this. You could braid damp hair and leave the braids in overnight and undo them the next day and just run your fingers through the waves to loosen them up a bit. You could use perm rods for tighter, more pronounced twists if you like. If you’re short on time you could use one of the “wave maker” or “crimper” styling tools. And then, of course, there’s always the trusty curling iron to fall back on.

For a more natural look, I suggest curling the hair about an inch from the roots. This way you won’t have to worry about any stress to the roots and the style will look less “styled”.

3. Gucci

Gucci’s straight, sleek hair isn’t something you probably haven’t tried a million times on your own, but I do love the way they’ve parted the models’ hair. A deep side part with the hair pulled low over the forehead to the other side and tucked behind the ear has such an elegant, softly feminine appeal. To get the same kind of dimension to the look, pick a small strand of hair to tuck behind the ear while letting the rest of the pulled-to-the-side hair hang out from underneath the tucked part. This will add the tiniest bit of drama to the look and will frame your face beautifully.

It’s really quite something to notice how even the tiniest adjustments and tricks can make a fairly straightforward style look so pretty.

4. MaxMara

The short pixie cuts at the MaxMara Milan Autumn Winter 2014 Fashion Week were absolutely gorgeous. The deep berry lip colour and matching nail paint really helped add a strong, sensual touch to an otherwise edgy haircut. My favourite thing about this look is how the hair at the front is kept noticeably longer than the rest to make for very sexy, forehead sweeping bangs. The look is equal parts edgy and elfin and I definitely think the stylists at the MaxMara show got this one down pat.

5. Missoni

Missoni’s high, messy buns with the loose strands and small, forehead framing bangs are such a great, everyday look. Anyone with shoulder-length (and longer) hair can pull this off with ease. The look will obviously work better in straight hair if you want to leave some sections hanging loose but the best part about the style is that even if your natural hair is wavy or unruly, a high bun is the easiest way to be stylish and fuss-free. The short, angular bangs add a touch of girlishness to the style.

Hope you’ve all enjoyed my take on the Milan Fashion Week for Autumn Winter 2014. The Paris Fashion Week is shaping up to be great fun and I can’t wait to share my picks with all of you.

Oscars 2014: Best Hair Looks

  Hi everyone I received so many request to write more about  the 2014 Academy Awards, so here it is: :-)

Most of us in the fashion and beauty industry are guilty of being somewhat keener on the Red Carpet and all the glitz and glamour than the awards show itself. It’s that one night of the year when the stars come out in all their stunning glory and all the different clothes, accessories, hair and makeup looks and fashion statements make for a dazzling, head-spinning experience. The Oscars Red Carpet is like Mecca for us fashion lovers and I’m thrilled to share my favourite looks from the event with all of you.

1. Lupita Nyong’o

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#LupitaNyong 86th Annual #AcademyAwards - Arrivals #oscars2014

It comes as no surprise to anyone that Lupita Nyong’o was one of the best-dressed women at the function. The ethereal ice-blue gown from Prada is the sort of dress that little girls the world over dream of: a slender bodice with a twirly skirt. But it’s Ms. Nyongo’s unmistakable short crop that really sets her apart. We’ve been watching her top all the Best Dressed and Best Hair and Makeup lists all season and the 2014 Oscars are no different.

Lupita shows us all how even a conventionally severe buzz/ short crop can be heartbreakingly delicate and feminine. I’m sure most of us never expected to see a mini mowhawk look that pretty, and the 12 Years A Slave has truly earned her title as a style icon. If you’re worried about short hairdos looking too severe, dress them up with feminine accessories. Lupita’s headband here was designed by Fred Leighton and it’s an absolute vision in 18kt yellow gold and diamonds. That’s a pretty penny to spend on a hair accessory, but you can most definitely find a dupe that’s easier on the pocket. Go ahead and rock some shorthaired style this year.

2. Jennifer Lawrence

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#JenniferLawrence #AcademyAwards - Arrivals #oscars2014

The young actress has been taking Hollywood by storm and if recent months are anything to reckon by, Jennifer Lawrence will continue to rule both the silver screen and the Red Carpets for quite some time to come. The gorgeous scarlet Dior dress was one of the brightest pops of colour at this year’s Oscars and I’m absolutely loving the way her short hair was styled to show off the dress and draw attention to the bejewelled back chain accent. Jennifer’s hairdo is defined by tonnes of lift and volume: the entire look is based on arranging the hair up and away from the front: bringing out her features, emphasizing the natural lines of her collar bones and shoulders and letting the gorgeous gown do all the fashionising. The hairdo’s a great balance between sass and style.

3. Emma Watson

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#EmmaWatson #AcademyAwards - Arrivals #oscars2014

Hermione from the Harry Potter franchise is all grown up and continues to be one of the most stylish and well put-together young actresses in the industry. Known to experiment with style, the Bling Ring actress wore her hair in a messy half-up/half-down style that was a perfect fit with her metallic dress and crimson lip. This hairdo’s all about the messy, tousled texture so be sure to use a texture spray before you tease your hair for volume. Twist and pull back strands away from the face and pin them into place using bobby pins. You can fold strands to add more dimensions to the look. For the messy-chic effect, let the ends hang loose. If you’re heading out for a formal do, add pretty hair accessories like Emma’s and you’re all set.

4. Naomi Watts

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#NaomiWatts #AcademyAwards - Arrivals #oscars2014

Naomi Watts is a veteran on most Oscar Best Dressed lists and she’s done it once again. While most fashion lovers like to see unusual colours/ shapes on the Red Carpet because the usual black and white (though elegant) are somewhat staple fare, Ms. Watts managed to stay classic yet stand out with her deep red lip, geometric neck piece and sleek hair. What I love about this particular hairstyle is that it is so easy to style (just about anyone can pull this off at home) and yet there’s just something about the look that’s bound to get you noticed. While it’s essentially nothing more than washed, blow-dried and straightened hair, there’s a subtle pull to the look. This one’s all about arranging your hair just right: brushing it back and away from the face, adding a tiny bit of volume right at the crown- so little that it’s but a natural lift- and pulling the hair over slightly to one side. Use a hairspray if you’re worried about losing the shape but really, this one is all about soft, sleek styling.

6. Kate Hudson

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#KateHudson #AcademyAwards - Arrivals #oscars2014

Kate Hudson’s shimmery, beaded pearl-coloured gown was undoubtedly one of the most interesting and exciting looks from the event. With the plunging neckline, the padded shoulders, the cape-like cowl accents and the figure-hugging bodice, the slinky Atelier Versace gown was a perfect fit for the strikingly beautiful actress. Her bouncy, retro side waves made for the perfect addition to the ultra glamorous look. When you’re opting for a classic style like this one, the key to making it look great is in ensuring that your hair looks as healthy, shiny and bouncy as possible. A good hair care regimen, the right styling products and quality tools can make even the simplest hairstyles look breathtakingly beautiful.

7. Penolope Cruz

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#PenelopeCruz #AcademyAwards - Arrivals #oscars2014

Penelope Cruz’s blush pink gown with black empire-line accents is earning both brickbats and bouquets from the online community but as far as I’m concerned, it’s the actress’ great hairdo that I’m interested in. A sleek, big top knot never goes out of style and amidst all the loose waves and the edgy haircuts it was nice to see this Red Carpet favourite make an appearance. There’s something so unquestionably beautiful about a perfectly twisted large bun: it’s no wonder that the trend never goes out of style. It’s a great way to be comfortable, draw attention to your face and sport some stunning jewellery while being occasion-appropriate as well.

8. Charlize Theron

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#CharlizeTheron #AcademyAwards - Arrivals #oscars2014

With her classic bob, thick black eyeliner and stunning jewellery, Charlize Theron was the perfected example of understated elegance at this year’s Oscars. Sometimes, the best way to style really short hair is to keep the look neat, smooth and minimalist. If you’re not keen on too much volume or a messy, piecy look all you need to do is blow-dry or straighten your washed hair, use some smoothening serum and brush your hair into place.

9. Viola Davis

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#ViolaDavis #AcademyAwards - Arrivals #oscars2014

Viola Davis is one of the most beautiful women in the industry at present, and with her sea foam green Escada gown, smouldering smoky eye and perfect nude lip she was one of the most elegantly dressed people at the show. I’m absolutely in love with how she was wearing the classic Old Hollywood finger waves in her short hair: it’s a fun way to experiment with timeless and modern hair trends by mixing things up and it sure worked out well for Viola here.

10. Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie was one of the most discussed actresses at this year’s Oscars: the stunner debuted her newly brunette hair for the first time ever on a Red Carpet and left many people surprised with her deliciously dark locks. With her inky Saint Laurent gown and Old Hollywood waves, the actress from The Wolf of Wall Street might have something in common with Sandra Bullock’s look from the evening but I think she deserves her own spot on this list. The rich berry tones of her lipstick and the daring colour change have earned Robbie many a nod from the fashion and beauty community.

Michelle Dockery Attends The Premiere Her Of ‘Non-Stop’ Movie

Michelle Dockery joined Julianne MooreLupita Nyong'o & Liam Neeson on the red carpet for the LA premiere of ‘Non-Stop’ held at the Regency Village Theatre on Monday (February 24) in Westwood, California. The British beauty looked divine wearing a figure-flattering Christian Dior Spring 2014 shimmering lurex dress with colourful floral embroidery.

She kept the look ultra-modern – and tres lady-like – with a pair of black Louboutin pumps featuring a pink PVC asymmetrical insert, a silver Edie Parker clutch and Cartier jewels.

We decided to style her hair in a slightly more dischevelled way,  giving  her jaw length bob a messy wavy texture...

 

Golden Globes 2014: Best Hairstyles

The 2014 Golden Globes were a fantastic experience. I’d been looking forward to the Red Carpet for weeks and am I glad to say that it did not disappoint! When it comes to Red Carpet hairdos we saw some really great looks this time round. We had stars sporting their signature hairdos and some pretty trademark trends that have been all the rage this past one year as well as some really fresh new looks that we weren’t quite expecting! All in all, it has been a fantastic Red Carpet and it sure spells great things for the year to come! Here’s my take on some of the best looks from the 2014 Golden Globes. Hope you guys enjoy them as much as I did.

1. Amber Heard

Amber Heard’s messy, voluminous, crazily teased-out high bun is one of the most talked about hairdos from the 2014 Golden Globes. The hairdo might take a little bit of practice before you can get it to look just right but with a little bit of patience and some trial-and-error, you should be able to achieve it in no time: all you need is a rattail comb for teasing your hair, a bunch of bobby pins and a stronghold spray. This look is all about the volume, from the pouf at the front to the artfully backcombed and pinned high bun. While most celebrities tend to make a fashion statement with the clothes they’re wearing or their makeup or their jewellery, this statement is really all about the hair.

Messy enough to look fresh and flirty, but classic enough to be the right fit at a formal event, this hairdo is definitely one of the best we’ve seen in recent times.

2. Lupita Nyong’o

This stunning actress has been killing it all of last year with one great Red Carpet look after another. Lupita’s fashion-forward choices have rightly earned her the top spot on many a Best Dressed list. It’s fairly safe to say that everyone, including myself, is very excited to see what Ms. Nyong’o will be wearing to this season’s awards shows.

As far as the Golden Globes 2014 go, her stunning tomato-hued gown with scarlet undertones is undoubtedly one of the best looks of the night. And if you can tear your eyes away from that fiery ensemble for just a moment, you’re sure to fall in love with the rest of her look.

The daring buzz-like cut is not for the fainthearted, that’s for sure! But with her bone structure, gorgeous features and dazzling smile Lupita sure makes the look work. I picked this hair statement as one of my favourites from the night simply because it just goes to show that a daring, unconventional hairstyle can look every bit as glamorous and beautiful as the classics. It’s all about loving your own look: do that right and everyone else will follow!

3. Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel with her trademark bangs and baby-blue peepers was another one of the evening’s trendsetters. Zooey’s romantic side updo marked quite a departure from tradition though, for the New Girl actress is known for wearing her hair loose. This lovely side updo has a distinctly romantic, Victorian vibe to it and makes for a great look for any occasion so whether you’re attending a gala or looking to make an impression at an important business meeting, you’re sure to be quite the hit. For a more festive take on the look you can add a large flower like Zooey here.

4. Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock is yet another star who’s been the fashion world’s favourite over this last year. With some really groovy wardrobe choices and a great performance in Gravity to her credit, Sandra Bullock’s been wooing the crowds and the paparazzi like the total pro she is.

Sandra Bullock’s side-parted, over-the-shoulder ponytail might not be quite what you expect from a major star at the Red Carpet, but that is exactly why it is so refreshing. From the elegant makeup to the classic ponytail, Sandra’s look at the 2014 Golden Globes was all about simple, refined beauty. Those who are into more creative or complex hairstyles might not be too impressed with this hairstyle but it sure is a hit with me! Nothing says “stylish” quite like an effortless hairdo that stands out amongst a bevy of other trends!

5. Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence is such a bright, young woman and it really is no surprise that she’s the global media’s darling. This young actress is not only super talented and super gorgeous, she also has such a refreshingly fun and unapologetic personality. And she’s sure bringing it through with her gorgeous pixie cut. Jennifer’s decision to crop her hair short made one of the strongest beauty statements of the year and it continues to be one of the industry’s favourites.

For the Golden Globes, Jennifer’s spunky pixie cut was styled into a smoother, shinier version of its usual, messy self. If you’re planning to get your hair cut into a spiky pixie, take a leaf out of Jennifer Lawrence’s book for when you have to attend formal functions and you’re worried about your hairdo not being sophisticated enough.

 

London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014

Hi everyone! Hope you’re enjoying this year’s Fashion Weeks as much as I am. After the New York Fashion Week we’ve got some fantastic looks and trend inspirations from the London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014. London’s one of the most stylish and put-together cities in the world and a quick look around is enough to see why it’s one of the fashion capitals of the world: from waiting around at the London Underground to lazing on a sunny day at Hyde Park, the Londoners have an instinct for fashion like no other. Here is my pick of the top five looks from the London Fashion week.

Side Swept Curls At Holly Fulton

The models at the Holly Fulton shown wore their hair in very glamorous, very voluminous retro curls pulled to a side. It’s a great look for any special occasion, especially when your inner diva’s feeling a bit frisky and wants some time in the limelight! From weddings and proms to homecomings and society galas, this is one hairdo that packs some serious punches.

Be warned though, it’s not the kind of hairstyle that you can perfect in one attempt. I recommend practicing as many times as you can before a big event. Doing so will help you get the hang of it.

Begin on freshly washed hair. Use a high quality conditioner to make your hair soft and pliable but make sure you wash it all out. Leftover product can weigh your hair down and make it limp. Blow dry your hair to make it smooth and make sure you’ve brushed out any knots and tangles before you begin styling.

Take a few drops of styling serum and rub it through your hair. Part your hair on one side and pull your hair over to the other side. Now here’s the tricky part: you have to pull all your hair- both the sections on either side of the part- to the side, while distinctly maintaining the part. The lower section will have to be slicked flat on your head while being brushed around the back, over to the other side. For the section of hair favoured by the part, add some volume at the crown for some lift. You can backcomb this section with a little bit of hairspray.

Once all your hair is brought round to the other side we’re going to begin curling it. Decide the height you want the curls to begin at: preferably somewhere around the ear. Use curling tongs to create tight curls all over the hair. Remember not to add any curls above the ear or in the section slicked around at the back: we want to maintain two very distinct textures in the look. After your curls are done give them some time to cool down and then loosen them up a bit with your fingers. Take small sections, hold a piece of hair straight and push the rest of the curl up back on the straight strand: this will help add a lot of volume to the curls without breaking them up. It’s going to give the same effect as backcombing, except it’ll let you retain the curls.

Once you’re happy with the look add some stronghold hairspray. Tie a polka-dotted scarf around your neck, add some oversized glasses and get ready for the paparazzi!

Slicked Back Sleek At House Of Holland

Slicked back hair is always a great trend for when you’re feeling a bit adventurous and you want to try something new with your hair. Most women tend to avoid the slicked back trend because it’s not your typically feminine look.  If the phrase “slicked back” reminds you of some scary Mafioso types from Coppola’s rendition of The Godfather, here’s your chance to look so good that it’s almost criminal!

This is a look that would work best in shoulder-length hair, though you could try it on shorter hair as well. For longer lengths, you leaving your hair open might take away from the stark look, but you can always slick back the crown and sides and tie the rest of your into a low ponytail. That could be a pretty neat look for university or a casual lunch date.

Begin by blow-drying your hair after a wash. Make sure your hair is really smooth before you start styling. For very wavy or curly hair I recommend following the blow-drying up with a flat iron from the roots till halfway down. This will help prep the crown for a really sleek look.

Add some styling mouse to a fine-toothed comb and begin combing your hair back over your head. Make sure your hair lies really flat on your head: we’re almost creating the illusion of an undercut on the sides. Make sure you slick back only till the middle of your head. Imagine an arc from ear-to-ear. The portion under the arc doesn’t have to be slicked back. After you’re happy with the look add some shine serum to get that coveted wet-look effect.

For shoulder-length hair you can leave the rest of your hair loose. You can blow-dry it to curl inward or outward if you’d like. Add some hairspray and you’re done!

Laidback And Loose At Mulberry

I picked the Mulberry hairdo because I think it’s so important to borrow from runway trends that can actually translate into real style. Outlandish colours and bizarre trends are certainly more fun, and if you’ve got the guts I say go for it! However, if you’re looking for something more wearable, here’s a hairstyle that’s pretty, classic and great for all shapes and ages.

The models in the Mulberry show wore their hair loose, parted to one side and pulled over one shoulder. There really isn’t much styling involved: all you have to do is wash your hair, blow dry it and brush through it. If you’d like the slightly messier texture as seen in the photos, you can avoid blow-drying or even backcomb your hair a bit for some added drama. Frame your face by sweeping some of the hair over one side and letting a few strands fly loose.

This is a very casual and very wearable style and the trick to making it look good is in having healthy, shiny and bouncy hair. There are no secret styling tips for this one: just good old-fashioned hair care advice. Take care of your health, eat well, get lots of sleep and keep your body hydrated. And remember to use only the best hair care products to maintain your locks. If you do all this, even simple styles like this will make you look styled enough to rule the roost in London-town!

Cropped Pixies At Temperley London

The cropped pixies at the Temperley London show were absolutely fantastic! If you like the look, I’d recommend locating a well-known stylist in the city and booking an appointment. This isn’t an easy look to pull off and it certainly requires quite a bit of commitment because going this short isn’t something you can do on a whim. The models at the Temperley London show didn’t just wear their hair in cropped pixies: the cuts were also styled with asymmetrical layers and choppy edges to add some interesting dimensions to the look. The model in the picture here sports a close buzz-cut on one side of the head, set off by longer hair framing the face on the other side. It’s wild, it’s daring and it’s absolutely adorable!

Textured And Messy At Topshop Unique

While this might not be the most unique style out there, or even very runway-worthy I personally liked this one a lot because of how wearable and adaptable it is. It is basically a messy, textured look that’s supposed to play up your natural hair texture and body. It is the kind of look that you can wear in any length or type of hair, though I personally think it would look best on shoulder-length hair with a few layers.

Begin by finger-drying your freshly washed hair. Flip your damp hair upside down and run your hands through it, scrunching it up in bunches as you go along. This will add some body and texture to the hair. For very-straight hair you can add braids to your damp hair to make it wavy.

Avoid using a blow dryer because this look’s all about playing up a natural texture and steering clear of anything that’s too slick or smooth. When your hair is around 70% dry add a dollop of styling mousse and run your fingers through your hair, shaping it as you like. You can add some volume at the front for an edgy quiff-like wave.

Allow your hair to set naturally. Brushing your hair out will loosen up the texture, so work through any tangles with your fingers only.

Once the style has taken hold rub a few drops of Argan oil onto your fingertips and run them through your hair: this will add a wet-look sheen to your hair to make it look more fashionable.  Using hairspray is entirely up to you: this isn’t the kind of style that really needs to be held together because the entire beauty of it is in its casual, messy, fashionable-by-chance appeal. However, if you’re worried your hair might fall flat during the day add a few spritzes of a medium-hold spray.

What makes this look so wearable is just how easy it is to style. It’ll probably take you all of five minutes to put together once your hair’s washed. It’s also the perfect balance between casual and styled: the texture and volume suggest a sort of effortlessness but the sheen hints at an element of glamour.

I hope you all liked the selection from the London Fashion Week. Let me know which styles you’d love to try. Next up, we have the looks from the Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014.