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Emmy Awards 2013 Hairstyles

The Emmy Awards 2013 were a blast! I could hardly wait to see who’d win what award and of course, there’s always the Red Carpet and the fashion to look forward to. Admittedly, we didn’t see any particularly crazy or daring hairstyles at the Emmys this year, but some of our all-time fashion icons continued to woo the crowds, and the paparazzi, with their effortless style and pizzazz. I’ve picked my seven favourite looks from the 65th Emmy Awards to share with all of you. We’ve got a lovely mix of very wearable hairstyles that are perfect for all kinds of occasions, age groups and style preferences across the board. From simple waves to flirty ponytails, here’s what the Red Carpet had to offer this time round.

Alyson Hannigan

Alyson Hannigan has got to be one of the most lovable stars of our time. Have you ever watched this woman’s interviews or seen her interacting with her kids in paparazzi shots? She’s adorable! What makes Alyson so charming, apart from her goofiness and great sense of humour is that she seems so normal and fun and relaxed. And she looks great while looking completely unfussy!

Her hairdo at the Emmy’s was a Red Carpet favourite: hair pulled over to one side over the shoulder, accentuated with deep waves. A classic vintage hairdo, this one’s symbolic of old world glamour and effortless style. And it’s oh-so-easy.

Wash your hair, allow it to dry naturally or blow dry it if your hair is naturally wavy. Add a few drops of shine serum for some gloss and then part your hair on the side and brush it over to the other side. Add waves to your hair using curling tongs or wave-makers/ deep-wave crimpers. Set the hair with some hairspray. It’s an easy style to wear because you don’t have to worry about your hair staying up or bobby pins sticking out.

Ariel Winter

Can you believe how elegant and pretty this young actress looks? The nerdy Alex from Modern Family was a vision in pink at the Emmy Awards. I’m loving how her hairstyle is the perfect mix of youthfulness and classiness. We see so many younger actresses and models trying too hard and experimenting with strictly adult-styles and the end result is usually a little overdone. Ms. Winter’s style hits just the right note and we can easily picture how it’d look great on women of all ages!

A side-swept fringe, a little bit of volume at the crown and a messy side bun- that’s all you need to achieve this fabulous look. It’s pretty and it’s elegant and I think it’d look great for prom or as a bridesmaid’s hairstyle.

Christina Hendricks

Christina Hendricks is a striking woman. It’s no secret that this breathtakingly beautiful actress is the presses’ darling and the cameras love her. I mean, just look at her! The picture of grace, glamour and some serious individualism. Christina’s known for her vintage-inspired sense of fashion and has become quite a style icon thanks to her memorable performances as the feisty Joan Harris in Mad Men.

At the Emmy Awards Christina was absolutely stunning black gown and her signature flame-coloured locks. Cut into a shoulder-length bob, her hair was styled into a short, curly, retro bob. This is a great look for when you want to dress up short or medium-length hair for an occasion and you’re bored of simply wearing it straight and loose.

You can use curling tongs on freshly washed and dried hair. For longer lasting curls you can use foam rollers overnight. You’ll get very tight curls that way and you can then loosen them up as per your preference. If you’d like some volume and you’d like your hair to spread out a bit like Christina’s you can also back comb the curls a bit or take small sections of hair, hold a strand straight and push the rest of the hair up against the central strand. This is a great way to add grain and volume to curls without losing their shape.

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough’s messy, piecy chin-length bob was one of the funkiest looks on the Red Carpet. Throughout this year’s major awards seasons Ms. Hough has continued to sport some seriously sassy yet glamorous hairdos on the various Red Carpets. All you have to do is wash your hair, allow it to dry it naturally or finger-dry it a bit and rub some texturising mouse into your hair to create a slight graininess. As long as your hair’s cut into a chin-length or shoulder-length bob this is a relatively easy hairstyle to pull off.

Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery is one of the most elegant, poised actresses on primetime TV at present. And you know an actress is phenomenal when you have a hard time separating her from her on-screen character. Michelle Dockery will always be Lady Mary to us Downton Abbey fans!

Michelle’s hairdo at the Emmy Awards 2013 is a great idea if you want to go short this winter. It’s a lovely, breezy style and short hair has been all the rage all year round, so it’s very trendy. With a deep side-part and tucked-in ends this fresh bob is a very youthful style.  And since it’s not your typical Red Carpet-updo it makes for a very refreshing statement indeed.

If this is the first time that you’re going short make sure you only work with a reputed hairdresser. Short haircuts can be tricky and it takes an experienced professional to get it just right. So, splurge a little on yourself and treat yourself to an exclusive salon and stylist!

Sarah Hyland

Here’s another Modern Family sweetheart wooing the cameras at the Emmy Awards.My, how those girls are growing up! Sarah Hyland’s rocking the brown hair trend like a pro, and the mix of creamy caramel and chocolate brown is doing wonders for her beautifully bronzed skin and jade-coloured gown. Sarah’s hairstyle is simple, pretty and so easy, a smooth, glossy ponytail tied low at the nape of the neck.

Wash your hair and make sure you use a high quality conditioner for some added shine and smoothness. This look is all about the sleek ponytail, so for some of you that will involve blow-drying your hair to make it smooth or using a straightening iron if your hair is very curly. I’d recommend the former over the latter if you’ve got slightly limp hair and you don’t want to flatten it out by straightening it. Next, brush your hair a couple of times to make sure it is very smooth and there are no knots and tangles in it. Separate your hair with a side part at the front and gather it at the nape of your neck at the back. Leave out a small section of hair and secure the rest into a low ponytail using a transparent hair-band. Take the extra section and wrap it around the base of your ponytail for some added flair. Tuck the ends into the original hair-band.

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel is, without a doubt, one of the most dazzling actresses around. It’s kind of hard to believe that a person could be that angelic looking off-screen, but Ms. Deschanel proves time and again that she’s television’s sweetheart for a reason!

A very important style lesson I’d like my readers to learn from the gorgeous Zooey, when you know a particular look works for you, milk it for all it’s worth! Create a signature style statement and flaunt it often. Whenever you want to mix things up a bit, add a few adjustments here and there and voila: you’re familiar but interesting! Zooey Deschanel’s known for her thick front fringe that really helps emphasize her gorgeous peepers but this time she’s also added a few big curls to open hair for a slightly different look. It’s the Zooey we all know and love, but with a twist!

Toronto International Film Festival 2013

The 38th annual Toronto International Film Festival, organised between September 5th and September 15th 2013, is proving to be quite an exciting event. We’ve seen some stunning style statements and breathtakingly beautiful hairdos over the weekend. I’ve put together a list of my top ten favourite looks from the various events at the TIFF 2013. Hope these inspire you try something new this fall! 1. Kate Winslet At The ‘Labor Day’ Premiere

Mother-to-be Kate Winslet was positively glowing at the Labor Day premiere. While her stunning navy Jenny Packham gown made the most of her curves, her hairdo struck the perfect balance between relaxed style and Red Carpet glamour, an intricately twisted low bun at the back was set off by loose wisps and tendrils framing the elegant actress’ face at the front. This is a great day-to-night hairdo, and appropriate for all occasions.

2. Jennifer Morrison The ‘Gravity’ Premiere

Jennifer Morrison’s braided style was one of the prettiest hairdos at the TIFF 2013 Red carpet. The braided accent running parallel to the hairline add an extra edge to her messy, side fishtail braid. What I particularly love so much about this look is how the ‘messy style’ trend has been incorporated perfectly: the braids have been tugged loose at points and we can clearly see the flyaways and asymmetrical braiding but it’s not overdone either. It’s fun, it’s messy and it’s relaxed but it’s not frumpy or OTT! I think this would be a really appropriate style to try for a first date or a semi-formal event.

3. Olivia Wilde At The ‘Third Person’ Premiere

Olivia Wilde’s sleek, straight, shoulder-length hairstyle is really quite simple and fuss-free: fantastic for when you’re running late or your hair just won’t stay up in an updo. Olivia shows us how even the simplest of styles can look stunning when done right. Her poker-straight ends are nicely complimented by a side part and a deep wave over one ear: adding a little bit of dimension to an otherwise simple look.

4. Julia Roberts At The ‘August: Osage County’ Premiere

Look who’s back on the Red Carpet! Julia Roberts is without a doubt one of the most lovable people in the industry: just look at the infectious laugh and you can imagine how difficult it is to not fall in love with her immediately! The highlight of Julia Roberts’ look at the ‘August: Osage County’ premiere was how perfectly relaxed, happy and easygoing her hairstyle looked: just like her personality. Ms. Roberts’ style just goes to show that you don’t need to sport updos and fancy coifs each time you’re stepping out. Some soft, shoulder-skimming, face-framing tendrils can be just as glamorous and pretty.

5. Abigail Breslin Was At The ‘August: Osage County’ Premiere

Abigail Breslin’s giving women all over the world a reason to rejoice: ponytails can be sophisticated and glamorous too. Wear yours pulled to the side over one shoulder and with a soft, medium-sized beehive at the crown for some Adele-inspired drama. This is a look you could even sport to college on a day you’re feeling fancy and a plain old ponytail just doesn’t make the cut.

6.  Reese Witherspoon At The Screening Of ‘Devil's Knot’

Reese Witherspoon was a vision with her signature blonde locks pulled into an elegant, side-swept hairdo. The actress, known for her southern charm and her unfailing sense of style, turned quite a few heads at the screening of ‘Devil’s Knot’. An interesting detail, which you sadly can’t see from the front- her hair was twisted at the nape of her neck and pulled to the side- adding an interesting element while keeping the rest of the style very relaxed and wearable. A little bit of lift at the hairline adds some volume at the front.

7. Thandie Newton At The ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ Premiere

Another shout-out to simple ponytails ruling the Red Carpet: Thandie Newton’s high ponytail with a bit of volume at the crown made for a refreshing, youthful look. Thandie’s choice just goes to show that the minimalistic, classic route is always a hit: a timeless ponytail, subtle makeup, elegant jewellery and a stunning monochromatic outfit all come together to make for a spectacular style statement. Try the high-ponytail-with-pouf style for a lunch date with your friends!

8. Emilia Clarke At The ‘Dom Hemingway’ Premiere

There’s no two ways about it: Emilia Clarke is gorgeous. This Game of Thrones beauty is stunning on-screen and off it. For those of you who’re missing the famous silver-white Targaryen locks on the actress, take heart in her appearance at TIFF 2013. The petite actress shows us how a severe middle-part can actually be quite stylish and feminine. Ms. Clarke’s braided bun at the back is set off by a straight, neat part at the front. Combining elements of primness with a flirty, braided bun makes for an interesting look where contrasts compliment each other instead of clashing.

9. Sandra Bullock For ‘Gravity’

Sandra Bullock’s messy, beachy waves aren’t something you see often at formal events and film festivals, but it’s always fun to see actresses breaking the mould. This is such an easy style to achieve at home: run some mousse through freshly-washed hair, run your hands through your hair and let it dry out and rub your hair between your palms or back comb bits of it for an added graininess. If your hair is naturally very straight you can put it into loose braids after washing it to make it wavy.

10. Jennifer Morrison At The Instyle Party

Jennifer Morrison’s been really on-trend this week. It’s nice to see that the fluffy topknot is still gracing runways and red carpets everywhere. This is such an easy, eye-catching and elegant hairdo that it would be a shame to see it go out of style anytime soon. Having styled so many celebrities and clients, I’ve noticed that the topknot looks different on everyone and is really a reflection of your own personal style. The topknot can be very classy and sophisticated or flirty or even a wee bit sassy, like on Jennifer here.

Bad Haircut Blues: Dealing With A Hairstyle You Hate!

Bad Haircut Blues: Dealing With A Hairstyle You Hate! We’ve all had those awful haircuts at least once in our lives: you go to the stylist anticipating your new look and how you’re going to woo everyone with the new you, and you sneak out of the salon in desperate search for a huge hat and a pair of sunglasses to hide under!

If your stylist’s botched your hair up, there’s very little you can do in terms of a permanent fix: you’re just going to have to wait it out till your hair grows to a reasonable length and you can get it cut again, this time by someone with better skills! However, there are some short-term fixes that can help minimise your agony till you hair grows out!

#1 Speak To The Stylist

If you’re not happy with your hair, talk to the stylist about it. You don’t have to make a fuss but as a paying customer, you’ve got every right to complain. A professional will always appreciate feedback, regardless of whether it’s pleasant or not.

Also, if you’re upfront about your dismay, the stylist may offer to do something about it free of cost. You can have the stylist fix your hair if it’s something you don’t like, you think it doesn’t fit your personality or the problem is relatively minor, and thus, repairable.

If the haircut can’t be fixed, the salon may offer you a discount on another service at the salon. This won’t help you grow your hair back quickly but it’ll certainly take the edge off the issue.

#2 Camouflaging Unwanted Bangs

If you didn’t ask for bangs and the stylist gave you some anyway, or the final result isn’t quite what you’d imagined, don’t fret! Bangs can be camouflaged rather easily, thank heavens!

Firstly, you could brush them back and depending on the length, backcomb them a bit for added volume and then pin them into a little pouf for a rock-chic look. It makes a great accent for everyday hairstyles like ponytails.

You can also comb them back and pin them down simply using bobby pins. This is the neatest and most unobtrusive way of pulling unwanted bangs away from the face.

If you don’t want pins at the top of your head, use other accessories. Headbands are a fabulous way of hiding bangs while also adding a funky pop of color to your look!

#3 Straighten For Length

If you’re saddled with hair that’s too short for your liking, here’s a quick fix that works really well: straightening it out with a flat iron. Using a flat iron to straighten your hair out can add an inch or two to the length, depending on the natural texture of your hair.

Make sure you use a proper heat protectant spray and avoid straightening your hair every day. Try to keep it to a couple of times a week, at most. Use a moisture-locking serum to keep your hair healthy and shiny.

#4 Fake It

If you hair’s been cut too short (usually the most common complaint), consider using hair extensions to fake a longer length till it grows out. Use clip-in or braided extensions to add more volume to your hair, but make sure you avoid the glue-on extensions because these can do some serious damage to your hair.

#5 Blow-dry / Curl For Volume

If the stylist’s added too many layers to your hair or has otherwise left it too wispy or limp, it will be quite some time before your original volume returns. Even if your length is intact, flat hair can look weak and boring.

Curl the ends of your hair in towards your face to create the illusion of more volume. If you like curly hair, you can use tongs to add curls or loose waves to the entire body for tons of volume and bounce.

If you want to keep your hair straight but voluminous, blow-dry it using a large-barrelled round brush. Blow-dry your hair in two-inch sections by rolling it in towards your face on the brush and using a concentrated nozzle attachment for the hair-dryer.

 

All said and done, these tips will just help you tide over the first few months, until your hair grows out a bit. Remember, always go to a stylist you trust and never try anything too different at a salon you haven’t been to before!

 

 

 

Hair Looks For 2013: Trends You’ve Got To Try!

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re all doing really well!

Summer 2013 is well under way and we’ve got a host of styles and trends to look forward to. I thought I’d do a little piece for you guys on some of the hottest upcoming trends for 2013. These looks are super stylish yet super simple, which means you’ll be able to do them easily on your own at home.

These trends are fantastic for all of you who want to try new styles this year and keep your look interesting.

Swept Away

Hair that’s been swept away from the forehead, towards the back is going to be really popular this year. This is a great way to experiment with an edgy look without going completely overboard. Remember to add the right amount of volume to give your hair the lift it needs to create the look. Work on clean hair and use the right products: greasy roots will weigh the hair down and you won’t be able to get the right height.

Peek-a-boo Braids

Peek-a-boo braids are one of my absolute favourites! They’re such a fun way to add some pizzazz to an ordinary style. There’s something delightfully mischievous about a couple of hidden braids peeking out from underneath regular hairdos.

Whether you add a few thin braids into straight, loose hair or introduce some braided accents around a bun, peek-a-boo braids make for a lovely addition to everyday hairstyles.

Loopy For Loops

Looped styles are really popular this year, with looped-through ponytails and buns making a big splash on the international runways. Looped hairdos have a subtle vintage vibe about them, and can be dressed up for a glamorous occasion or be worn simply, for a more regular look. Loops add an interesting dimension to the hair, and can be used to dress up an otherwise plain look.

Big Blowouts

Blow-drying your hair is one of the easiest ways of going from dull to darling in a matter of a few minutes. Instead of just blow-drying your hair to make it straight, also add volume and some lift to the roots so that you can get big, sexy hair. Whether you want to flip the ends out like Farah Fawcett or pile on layer upon layer like Brigitte Bardot, there’s no end to the different ways you can blow-dry your hair into looking stunning.

Too Sexy To Style

Messy, sexy hair is always a great trend to rock: the just-out-of-bed look has been around for years, and 2013 sees it get even sexier and bolder. Brush your hair through to make sure it is free of knots, then add some volumizing product or dry shampoo to your roots and brush it through the length of your hair. Take thick sections and twist them into braids. It’s okay if these are messy, we’re just adding some body to the look. Gather the braids into a bun and add some hairspray and let it all sit for five to ten minutes. Then undo the bun and the braids, run your fingers through your hair and you’ll have that perfect tousled, styled-but-not look!

Curved Bangs

Curved bangs are bangs that follow the natural shape of your face and frame the face in a soft arc, longer at the sides and shorter at the front. Curved bangs are a great way to accentuate your features and draw attention to your eyes. If you want to add some more oomph to the look, blow-dry your bangs after you shower and use Velcro rollers to add a slight curl to the bangs, so that there’s some volume to them and they don’t fall limp against your forehead.

Mermaid Magic: Fishtail Braids

Fishtail braids, though really easy to do, are one of the most interesting kinds of braids out there. They’re very eye-catching and they look very intricate, so they immediately give the impression of a lot of effort.

Braided Hairlines

Braids right at the hairline are a really cute trend we’re seeing a lot of this summer. If you’re leaving your hair loose or pulling it into a ponytail, adding a French braid or a waterfall braid around the hairline is a great idea. It instantly brightens up the look and is a favourite for sunny days at the beach.

Futuristic Ponytails

For a really mod look, try super high ponytails in hair that’s been slicked down and back and is straight as a pin. We’re not talking cute, bouncy ponytails here, we’re talking smooth, tight, at-the-crown ponytails with gleaming, glass-like sheen. It’s a slightly severe trend, but done right it could work wonders for your look!

Cone Buns

Topknots have ruled hair trends for months now, and here’s a fun variation: the cone bun. The cone bun is the slightly angular, more futuristic cousin of the messy topknot. It’s a great look to wear with your hair slicked back on the crown and gathered into a tight, conical bun.

Vintage Waves

Vintage waves, set deep and pulled over to a side are a timeless style. They’re back in a big way for 2013, with actresses like Jessica Chastain and Emma Stone rocking some high glamour with deep-set vintage waves on-screen and off this year. Vintage waves continue to be one of this year’s most popular formal hair trends, and this is one style that’s sure to suit everyone.

 

6 Styles That Stole The Show At Cannes 2013!

You’d expect nothing but a lot of glamour and glitz from one of the biggest shows in the film industry, but Cannes 2013 has made even bigger waves than usual. We saw some of the best hairstyles, makeup looks and dresses of the year at Cannes! Here’s a list of the 6 best styles we saw over the weeks. Take your pick and try one out today.

1. Nicole Kidman’s Futuristic Ponytail

Nicole Kidman’s sleek, sectioned ponytail set the paparazzi (and then Twitter) on fire the moment she turned up on the Red Carpet! Nicole shows us that even with an extremely edgy, alternative style it’s possible to look as feminine and enchanting as you want.

With it’s undercut sides and swooping quiff-like top section, this ponytail was definitely one of the most daring, interesting and inspiring things we saw on the Cannes 2013 Red Carpet.

2. Marion Cotillard’s Beehive

Marion Cotillard is the undisputed darling of Cannes 2013! With her elfin looks, quintessential French grace and impeccable choice in Red Carpet wear (Dior Couture worn like never before!) Marion Cotillard has won many-a-heart and blog-post dedication in these last few weeks.

This gorgeous beehive might not be the most unique hairstyle we saw on the Red Caroet, and it’s certainly not the first time we’ve seen it this year, but there’s something so elegant and refined about the effortless way in which Marion’s wearing it that I have a feeling we’re going to see this trend come back in a really big way this year.

3. Cheryl Cole’s Waterfall Fishtail Braid

Once you’ve managed to peel your eyes away from Cheryl Cole’s burgundy dress, do take a look at that exquisite waterfall fishtail braid she’s sporting! Mixing the fishtail and waterfall braiding techniques, the braid gave the actress an unmistakable Rapunzel-esque vibe.

If you’re looking to add some Disney Princess magic into your own life, this braid’s sure to be a hit with you. All you have to do is create a loose braid using the under-and-over braiding technique fishtail braids are known for, only with two strands instead of three, like it is with waterfall braids. To add some more drama and funkiness to the look, section your hair off into different parts like her by knotting three hair ties around your braid at different lengths.

4. Sofia Coppola’s Textured Shoulder-length Bob

You don’t have to be Hollywood royalty to look like Sofia Coppola does! With her textured, shoulder-length bob the director-extraordinaire showed us that it’s possible to be Red Carpet-ready without going the typical high-glamour route.

If you’ve been wanting to chop your locks off for the summer but you’re worried about being short on options for formal events, take a leaf out of Ms. Coppola’s book and don a piecy-relaxed bob with soft layers.

5. Cara Delevingne’s Edgy Fishtail Braid

You know she’s a supermodel to reckon with when you see the edgy fishtail braid this British beauty sported at the IFP & Calvin Klein Euphoria party at Cannes 2013. With a high quiff and a side fishtail braid, Cara Delevingne’s edgy braid is a great style for anytime you want to try something different and daring. The best part? It combines two effortless hairstyling techniques, a poufy quiff at the front and a fishtail braid.

6. Lana Del Rey’s Retro Wavy Bob

Lana Del Rey is one of those women who’re always so poised and graceful and mysterious: it’s no wonder that this songstress has often been likened to style icons of the 40s and the 50s. She’s got that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ quality about her and she certainly brought it with her in full force to the Cannes 2013 Red Carpet.

Lana’s retro wavy bob is a great look for an evening out or a really fancy event, if you want to channel some super feminine and sultry yet classy style for a special day, why not pay tribute to Hollywood’s golden era and rock some retro waves?

 

Zoe Saldana At Cannes 2013 Blood Ties Premiere

Hi everyone! I hope you guys are enjoying Cannes 2013 as much as I am! I had the pleasure of working with another Hollywood beauty for the Cannes 2013 Red Carpet: the gorgeous Zoe Saldana for the premiere of  the new Blood Ties movie.

I’m loving all the buzz about her looks at Cannes, and it was so much fun working with her. We tried two really easy, fun looks and her transition from day-to-night was all about effortless glamour and worked well with the gail force winds that where blasting through Cannes that day.

For the daytime, her monochromatic Emanuel Ungaro dress was paired with a lovely matte fuchsia lip colour. The bright pop of colour on her lips complimented the rest of her look, which was kept very soft and simple.

For her hair, we went with a soft, loose blow-dry. Everything about this look was effortless, young and pretty!

For the evening appearance, Ms. Saldana wore a stunning grey Valentino Fall Winter 2013 dress. With its voluminous skirt, the cut-out pattern with pearl piping at the back and flirty white shoulder accents, the dress looked beautiful on the Red Carpet and Zoe was as radiant as ever!

A deeper red lip, some bronze eye shadow and glamorous eyeliner transformed her daytime look into a more night-appropriate style. For her hair, I really wanted to keep her look vibrant and youthful and lively, something that conveyed the kind of energy and vivacity that is a trademark of this lovely actress.

I opted for styling her hair in simple bouncy curls. To play up the style I added a braid accent by creating a thin braid and then wrapping it across the top of her hair in a headband-like style.

It’s a very easy look that you should be able to recreate at home without any fuss. The great part about wearing such a style at a formal do is that it helps to infuse a sense of freshness and flirty fun into a setting where everyone else will be trying more sophisticated hairdos.

Have fun guys! Keep an eye out for more showstoppers at Cannes!

 

Paris Fashion Week Autumn/ Winter 2013: Top Hair Trends

Paris Fashion Week Autumn/ Winter 2013: Top Hair Trends Paris is such an absolutely breathtaking city, and it’s one of the most culturally vibrant places in the world. Fashion takes on a new meaning in Paris, and the City of Love does nothing halfway! Which is why, the Paris Autumn/ Winter 2013 Fashion Week is always such a delight to watch.

I’ve picked my favourites from the Paris Autumn/ Winter 2013 Fashion. I hope you all like them as much as I did! If yes, follow the instructions and get ready to sport some seriously stunning trends this season!

1. Balmain

I loved the look at the Balmain show because it’s always fun to step out of your comfort zone and try something a little bit edgy, a little bit dramatic.

Most women tend to opt for regular, “girly” hairstyles when they’re trying something new, but why not walk down the funky route just this once? You might find that you really like it!

The haircut combines a slicked back pompadour style, with an almost-undercut effect to the sides giving way to regular, open hair down the back. The slicked, wet-look effect’s been used only for the hair at the front and the sides, and it’s an interesting way to combine textures and finishes.

Here’s How You Can Get It:

This style works best on second-day hair because freshly washed hair will be too soft to hold this style up properly.

Take a brush and brush your hair towards the back, covering your natural parting. Comb your hair moving from the forehead to the back so that it’s all brushed back properly, and free of any tangles.

Take a long-tailed comb and draw an inverted arc from the bottom of one ear to the other, cutting your hair in a soft U and dividing it into an upper layer and a bottom layer.

The upper layer has to be styled into the pompadour and the slicked sides, so secure the bottom layer out of the way in a low ponytail.

Now, take a little bit of styling mousse and run your fingers through the upper layer. Don’t go lower than that: we only want the hair around the crown to be slicked back.

Finger-comb your hair backwards using mousse: this will add some texture and also allow you to style your hair properly.

For the pompadour, you should style only the hair directly at the front and top of the crown. Don’t style the hair at the sides: that has to be shaped into the slicked, faux-undercut later.

Start picking up small sections of hair from the front and backcombing them. Once you’re done with one layer, backcomb the section directly behind it. Layer these sections over each other to make the pouf.

Once you’re happy with the height and shape, pin the pouf into place using bobby pins.

Smoothen the surface of the pouf with a soft brush. Don’t comb through; just even out any roughness on the surface.

Now, take some styling gel, spread it onto a comb and brush the sides back, and slicking them down as you go. The sides should lay really flat on your head so that they create the impression of an undercut style.

You don’t have to slick the sides all the way to the back, just till behind your ears.

If you want to emphasize the look even more, add a pin or a clip vertically just behind your ears. This will help hold the slicked back portions in place.

Spray/ add some shine-enhancing serum onto the sides for a wet look. You can even add a few drops of Argan oil.

Now, undo the hair in the ponytail and gently brush the ends of the top layer (what’s left over from the pompadour) and this bottom layer together to blend them in with each other.

You can pull a few strands over your shoulders.

Spray some medium-hold hairspray, and you’re ready to rock-and-roll!

2. Viktor & Rolf

The models at the Viktor & Rolf show wore their hair up, with a cute version of the milkmaid braids in slightly mussed up hair. It’s a really interesting look because it’s feminine, and yet the braids in this particular style add a slightly rustic, quaint touch to the style too!

And because it’s a tad bit scruffy, you don’t really have to worry about getting your hair very sleek and smooth; which makes it a fabulous option for a day when you’re out and about and don’t want to worry about touch-ups and regular restyling.

It’s also the kind of look that would work equally well with t-shirts and jeans and with feminine, flowing dresses and skirts!

Here’s How You Can Get It:

Begin by brushing through your hair properly. Make sure you get all knots and tangles out.

Trace a middle parting in your hair, dividing it into two sections: the left and the right. Brush through them again. Make sure there aren’t any overlapping sections; these will make braiding difficult later.

Pull a few strands loose on both sides to frame your face. Let these be for now. Make sure you don’t end up braiding them in.

Let’s begin with the hair on one side. Start from around ½ an inch into the parting (½ an inch upwards from your hairline) and around 1½ inches away to the side. Start braiding the hair down the side in a waterfall braid, moving from the front towards the back and the end of the section.

A waterfall braid is a mix between a regular braid and a French braid, and it allows you to incorporate hair from the sides as you move down the side of your head. If it’s too tough for you just yet, try braiding the regular way.

Braid till the very end of the section and then secure the braid with a transparent hair-elastic.

Repeat this step with the other side.

Tug on the braids a bit to loosen them up. This will make them more pliable for the next step.

Now, take one braid and wrap it around the nape of your neck and behind the other ear and over to the other side, such that it lays next to the braid coming down that side.

Keep pinning it into place with bobby pins. Push each pin vertically into the braid and then press it flat on its own side and push it into the hair.

Now take the other braid and bring it over to the side of the first braid. Pin it as you go along.

Make sure you add some extra pins at the nape of your neck, where both braids overlap. This will give strength to the style and make sure that it stays up.

You should have two parallel braids running up and down each side now.

You can curl the tendrils at the front to frame your face or just leave them as is.

Add some shine-boosting, medium-hold hairspray, and you’re all styled!

3. Thierry Mugler

A dressy ponytail is always a great addition to any look: it’s a fuss-free style that lets you get your hair away from your face, so it’s practical, but it’s also fancy enough to spice up your look.

The models at the Thierry Mugler show sported voluminous low ponytails set off with a large bouffant-style crown. It’s quite a stylish take on an everyday ponytail, and depending on just how much you like to play around with style, you could rock this look on an ordinary day or dress it up for an occasion.

Here’s How You Can Get It:

Blow-dry freshly washed hair. Don’t worry about making it very straight, but do smoothen it out as much as you can.

Take a brush and brush your hair back away from the hairline. Make sure you cover up your natural parting. Keep combing your hair until it’s completely smoothed and all of it is brushed properly towards the back.

The major focus of this ponytail is the large volume at the crown. It’s not exactly a bouffant so much so as an all-over pouf.

The key to getting all the volume is in backcombing properly. You’ll have to backcomb all the hair around the crown, so start by backcombing the front, the top and the sides in horizontal layers, moving from side to side.

Pick up one-inch sections in one horizontal line, back comb all of them and gently flip them forward, over your face. Then backcomb the layer behind it and once you’re done, tip it over too. Do this with all the hair till the middle of the back of your head.

Then very carefully flip all your hair back, such that the backcombed sections fall on top of each other and form a large, voluminous dome-like bouffant.

Use your hands and a soft-bristle brush to shape and arrange the teased hair. Gently arrange your hair in a height and shape you’re comfortable with. Use the soft-bristle brush to even out the surface of the teased portion.

You’ll have to flatten out the sides a bit to get them to flow towards the back properly.

Pin the teased hair at the back, near the nape of your neck.

Gather the hair from the neck into a low ponytail and secure it in place. You can brush through this again to smoothen it out. You can also add some curls to it for added drama!

Hope you like these three styles! The Autumn/ Winter 2013 Fashion Weeks have been an absolute blast! I can’t wait to see which of these styles go onto become worldwide trends in the coming season!

 

London Fashion Week Autumn/ Winter 2013: Top Hair Trends

London Fashion Week Autumn/ Winter 2013: Top Hair Trends The London Autumn/ Winter 2013 Fashion Week saw a lot of really great hair trends and styles. We had big, voluminous hair that harked back to the old glamour days of Hollywood; we had soft, natural, everyday looks that are just the right balance of practicality and style; and we had some fabulously elaborate, sleek styles that are just what you need for a special occasion.

I’ve put together a list of my 3 favourite hairdos from the London Fashion Week and tips on how you can achieve these looks!

1. L'Wren Scott

The hairdos at the L’Wren Scott London show were absolutely stunning! There was a lovely, retro feel to the big, wavy and unabashedly bushy hairstyles. If you’re looking to dramatically change your look one of these days, or you want to do something striking for a special day out, give this style a whirl!

Here’s How You Can Get It:

Begin by washing your hair and then adding a texture-enhancing product to it once you’re done. Let your hair dry naturally, but don’t let it get absolutely dry: we need it to be somewhat damp for the style to set.

When it’s just lightly damp, comb your hair and part right down the middle.  Separate your hair into two sections, one on each side.

To get this look, you need to add a very natural-looking crimp to your hair. Using a crimping iron can also get you good results, but to be really able to reproduce the exact look, you should do it the natural way: braiding!

Braid your hair in tiny braids and pin them onto the head. You should start braiding about an inch or two away from the middle parting so that the contrast between the smooth tops and the rest of the hair is heightened.

To get distinct, tight waves you can use the snake-braiding method. If you don’t know how to do that, just braid your hair the regular way in small braids and pin them all over your head so that they don’t come loose.

Add a hairnet to your hair to hold the braids in place and keep the style overnight if you can. If you can’t just spray on a very tiny amount of hairspray to hold the waves and wait until your hair is absolutely dry before proceeding.

For added hold, you can also always lightly run a blow dryer over the braids. This will help in fastening the waves.

Undo the braids carefully, while maintaining the middle part. You’ll have a lot of tight, tiny ringlets spiraling down right about now. Loosen them up a bit by running your fingers through your hair.

Now, take a rattail comb and pick up small sections of hair and start backcombing inwards, towards the scalp. Tease your hair in small strokes so that you don’t end up completely breaking the waves.

Work your way from the bottom to the top, moving from the tips to the tops of the curls, as you keep teasing. Keep arranging your hair while you tease so that you can get a shape that suits your face structure.

If you tease your hair properly, you’ll get a LOT of volume without loosing the waves. They’ll definitely get opened up but the overall effect will be distinctly wavy, crimped hair.

You can add pins at the tops, right where the smooth hair gives way to the crimped hair. This will help enhance the contrast and add a certain “widening effect” to the look.

Add a hairspray and you’re done!

2. Burberry Prorsum

The Burberry woman is always chic, always stylish and always effortlessly glamorous. This year’s Burberry Prorsum show was no different, and we once again saw how the brand takes simple, classic looks and adds an undeniably sophisticated touch to them.

The basic, shoulder-length bob is not a new look, if you really think about it, but with the right styling and products, even this simple style can look amazing! What’s more is it’s so easy to recreate and would look stunning regardless of the occasion.

Here’s How You Can Get It:

Dry your freshly washed hair with a diffuser. If you have very wavy or curly hair, use a natural bristle, round brush and a blow dryer on the cool setting to dry your hair. This look works best on medium length, straight hair.

It’s not a very fussy style, so don’t tire yourself out trying to blow-dry your hair poker straight. In fact, you should blow-dry it to give it some volume and natural lift.

Rotate your hairbrush and move from your roots to the tips to add some body to the hair while you dry and smoothen it out.  Don’t straighten the ends; let them fall naturally.

The Braun Satin Hair Senso Care styler would work really well on a style like this.

Take some styling mousse, rub it between your palms and then dab it onto the hair lightly. Rub some of the strands between your palms to add a little texture to the hair. This will keep it from looking to sleek or falling flat.

Part your hair slightly to one side: this is not a deep side part, more like an inch off your natural middle part to one side. We want a section of hair to fall over one eyebrow and frame the face.

Don’t make a very neat part; just flip your hair over to one side. You can even do it with your hands for a very natural look.

Use a thin comb and gently brush through and arrange your hair. Let it fall naturally over your shoulders. If you’ve got layers, this look will really help play them up.

Take a skeleton brush and add a bit of texture and messy grain to different sections.

Add some hairspray if you’re stepping out!

4. Moschino Cheap & Chic

The models at the Moschino Cheap & Chic sported darling messy buns. I absolutely love messy buns: they’re so easy to create, they’re very natural and don’t look too stiff, and with the right amount of texture and volume they can look really glam!

Here’s How You Can Get It:

This is a look you can do on freshly washed as well as second day hair.

Begin by combing your hair (and letting it dry if it’s just washed) to get any knots and tangles out.

Take a dime-sized amount of styling mousse in your palms and run your hands through your hair. The mousse will add a lot of body to the hair. Keep running your fingers through your hair and scrunching up random sections to add volume and character.

Take a drop or two of styling gel and “lift” the hair at the crown and rub it between your hands for added height. You can even backcomb it a tiny bit, to add a slight pouf at the front and centre.

If your hair is very smooth naturally, the previous steps will have helped in artfully messing it up a little bit!

Take a hair elastic and tie a ponytail. Don’t gather your hair very neatly at this step. In fact; the messier, the better. Don’t use a comb for this step, just run your fingers through your hair and gather it at the back.

Tug on some random sections on the top to loosen out a few strands and enhance the look.

Take a rattail comb and backcomb a few sections of the ponytail to give them a grainy look. You could also use a skeleton comb to do so.

Take your hair and make a loose, messy bun with it. Make the ponytail into a bun by drawing it through another elastic, but don’t pull it all the way through: let some of it hang out of the bun. You can even tug a few strands out to create naturally falling bits and to loosen the bun.

If you want a wider, messier bun, you can skip the previous step and pick up small sections of the ponytail and pin them using bobby pins around the base of the ponytail. This will let you create loops of different sizes and the final bun will be big, messy and super stylish!

You can skip the hairspray, unless you’re stepping out and want the style to last.

 

Play around with these three looks: you’ve got big crimped hair, a stylish layered bob and a fabulous messy bun to experiment with! Have fun, and keep it stylish!

Oscars 2013: Top 5 Hairstyles And How To Get Them!

Oscars 2013: Top 5 Looks And How To Get Them! Hello all you beautiful people! How are you all?

The Oscars just got over and it’s been a whirlwind time! The Academy Awards are undoubtedly one of the biggest, brightest and most important events in the film industry. I know I was looking forward to the most glamorous and most-awaited night of the year, as always! For most of us in the fashion and beauty trade, the Red Carpet is almost as important, if not more, than the awards show itself.

It’s always so much fun to see who’s wearing what, the different makeup looks and hairstyles that the stars are sporting and so on. Oscars 2013 was just as fabulous and sexy and stylish as one would expect.

One of the most distinct things that struck me about the styles this time round was the rise of the short hair trend. I’ve been loving the trend, and after working with Anne Hathaway over the past few months, I knew it would become quite the rage but wow, it’s caught on even faster than I expected! There was a whole bevy of shorthaired beauties at the Oscars, each more stunning and stylish than the next.

What’s so great about the short hair trend is that it’s such a fresh and funky take on hairstyling, but it’s so feminine and flirty at the same time! It’s such a versatile look that you can totally keep changing your look to match your mood. Whoever said short hair gets you stuck in a rut obviously didn’t know the kind of magic these ladies would pull on Oscar night!

I had a tough time narrowing down my top 5 favourite looks, but here they are! Enjoy!

Charlize Theron’s Glamorous Cropped Pixie

I have to begin with the super stunning, super gorgeous Charlize Theron because she totally blew me away with her look on that night. You know how every time at the Oscars there are always one or two stars who steal the show and make waves with their stunning gowns and jewels and style? Well, this time it was Ms. Theron. The minute she walked onto the Red Carpet in her gorgeous white peplum Christian Dior Haute Couture gown, I knew we had our evening’s winner.

Charlize is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and best-dressed women in the industry, but what really bowled me over that evening was her hairdo. She made the short, traditionally boyish pixie cut look ultra feminine and glamorous.

If you’ve got a short pixie cut like hers, here’s how you can get the look:

Wash your hair and let it dry naturally after rubbing some hair mousse into your hair. Part your hair on one side and comb it through.

Take a few drops of a texturising product on your hands and run your fingers through the hair to add some quality to it. You don’t want your hair to be super smooth and silky: it’s a slightly piecy pixie so you want to enhance the natural grain of your hair.

Use a styling mousse on the hair at the very front, just at your hairline to raise a small section of the hair and add some volume and movement to it. Do this to create a small, side swept quiff to frame your face.

You can just play around with the quiff using some mousse till you’re happy with how it looks: it’s as simple as running your fingers through the hair with a little hair gel until you’re satisfied with the shape and height of the quiff!

The quiff really helps to add a glamorous rocker-chic vibe to the look and it adds a bit of drama and oomph to a look that’s otherwise too plain and too masculine for most women!

Charlize’s hair is very short at the back, almost a buzz-cut, and that might be too severe a look for many. If you’re uncomfortable going that short, just use a little bit of styling oil on a comb and slick your hair down at the back while you play up the grain at the front.

Add a pair of large solitaire earrings and get ready to turn heads!

Anne Hathaway’s Soft, Side-swept Pixie

Anne Hathaway’s wonderful, voluminous take on her short pixie was just another example of how lovely and feminine short crops can look. Anne’s growing out her hair, so there’s a lot of body and volume to play around with, and her slightly windswept-look made for a very pretty yet laidback style.

Add a gloss-enhancing product to your freshly washed hair, mist on some heat protectant spray and then blow-dry it to add a lot of volume. Part your hair to one side and keep styling in the same direction.

Make sure you concentrate on building volume at the crown and the roots because this ‘do is all about big style in short hair.

If you’ve got very fine hair and you can’t achieve this kind of volume naturally, add a little dry shampoo at the roots to help boost volume. You can also use a thickening mousse if you want to really play up the thickness of the hair shaft, from root to tip.

Use a natural-bristle brush to style your hair while you blow-dry it. Use an in-to-out rolling wrist motion, moving from the crown to the tips to straighten and place the hair while you blow-dry for volume.

After you’ve got the shape and volume you like, take a flat iron and straighten bits and pieces of hair to make sure your style’s free of any flyaways. You should also straighten the bangs/ section at the front so that you can frame your face with a pretty, side-swept fringe.

Despite all the blow-drying and the straightening, this style has a very fun, relaxed texture. You can run your fingers through your hair lightly, once, to break up the stiffness of the ‘do if you want it to look more natural.

Add some stronghold hairspray, and you’re done!

Halle Berry’s Spiky Pixie

Halle Berry has always been a trendsetter and a true style icon: nobody could have pulled off this edgy almost-Mohawk better than her! And with that stunning black-and-sequinned structured gown, she sure to looked every inch of the Hollywood rock star that she is!

A lot of the drama and dimension of her short, spiky look comes from the different colour tones at play: blonde tips in dark hair add a really interesting tonality to the look. But don’t worry! Even if you’re not ok with colouring your hair, you can still don this unusual, fuss-free pixie anytime you like!

This is a look you can pull off on second-day hair too. It doesn’t have to be sleek or smooth, in fact, the grainier the better!

If you’re working with freshly washed hair, run a few drops of volumizing product through your locks first.

Now remember, the spiky texture has to be created only with the hair at the crown: the hair at the sides and the back needs to be combed down. So take a drop or two of Argan oil on your comb and comb the hair at the sides and the back in smooth, downward strokes.

Take a few drops of styling gel on your fingers and start finger-combing the top your hair. First just run your fingers through your hair and tousle your hair to create the messy, grainy texture that is the basis of this look.

Then take some stronghold gel or styling mouse and start “lifting” your hair up in spikes. It’s as simple as catching your hair between your fingers and pulling it upwards to create an unstructured, spiky Mohawk of sorts.

Remember how we’d all make shampoo-spikes in the shower as little kids? You’re basically doing that now, but with a lot of cool styling products instead!

You can keep twisting the spiky sections around until you’re happy with how they look. Once you’re satisfied, spritz on some stronghold hairspray and go out and take over the world!

Jessica Chastain’s  Hollywood Waves

Jessica Chastain is one of the most gorgeous actresses in Hollywood today! There’s a vulnerability about her that just takes my breath away! And she’s so versatile! When she floated onto the Red Carpet in her stunning, salmon-pink gown, I could hardly believe it was the same woman who played the tough-as-nails CIA operative in Zero Dark Thirty!

Jessica Chastain’s hair is an amazing, shimmery copper-red tone that looks fabulous against her porcelain skin. Even if you can’t pull off that fiery colour, there’s no reason you can’t strike a pose in those lovely, loose waves!

This style blends smooth, sleek hair texture with loose, big curls, so interestingly enough, you’ve got to begin by first straightening your hair. If you’ve got naturally straight, smooth hair you can give this step a miss.

You can smoothen your hair out by using a straightening iron or by blow-drying it. You don’t have to be very precise; the point is just to even the texture out.

There are two ways to add curls to your hair: you could use a curling iron or you could use heated rollers. I suggest the latter because for true, deep loose curls you’ll need large-barrelled curling tons or you’re going to end up with small, tight curls.

Add rollers to large sections of hair, but only roll your hair up to the nape of your neck. This style involves a gradual transition from smooth, straight hair on the top to luxurious, loose waves as you go down the length.

Take the rollers out once you’re done and then gently brush through your hair to loosen up the curls a bit. Be careful not to overdo this step or you’ll undo all your hard work.

Make a side part in your hair and pull most of the hair over to one side, without bringing it over one shoulder. Let the hair drape over the ear on the side favoured by the part, but tuck it behind the other ear to sharpen the contrast.

You can use curling tongs to add a more defined curl some of the strands at the front for framing your face.

Add some hairspray, and that’s it! This side-swept wavy do is very reminiscent of Old Hollywood glamour, so it’s a fabulous option for a night out or a fancy occasion.

Kristen Stewart’s Messy, Side-swept Blowout

The Twilight Series star has earned a reputation for having a very distinct, 70s-esque, rock-chic style. Even when she’s decked out in gorgeous shimmering gowns, Kristen Stewart’s unmistakable grunge glam style can’t be ignored.

Her messy, side-swept blowout isn’t the stuff most Red Carpet tales are made of, but she did pave the way for fashionistas who’re not all about updos! If elaborate, carefully coiffed styles aren’t your thing, here’s how you can rock some bed-head glamour!

Begin by washing your hair and make sure you use a high-quality conditioner. This isn’t a very glossy or sleek style, but it will look better if your hair looks healthy and shiny.

If you’ve got limp hair, add some volume at the roots in the front by backcombing the hair at the crown for some added lift. You don’t have to tease the entire length of each section; just the bottom inch is enough to create volume.

Once your hair’s almost dry, divide it into layers using styling clips. You want to work your way up from the bottom to the top so that the final layer can be arranged on top of the rest.

Use a round brush to style your hair while you blow-dry it. Wrap sections of your hair around the brush and use an outward-flick motion to flip the ends out. The trick to getting the flipped look right is in maintaining a continuous rotating motion with the wrist. It gets tiring, but it’s so worth the final look!

You can play up the drama by curling some ends inwards while flipping others out for an interesting contrast.

Keep repeating this process with all the layers until you’re done and then flip, not part, your hair over to one side. Creating a proper parting will immediately take away from the messy, natural appeal of this style.

Pull some of the hair over one shoulder and let the rest hang loose at the back. If you want some extra graininess, use a rattail comb to slightly scruff up the surface of the topmost layers.

This look’s all about getting your blow-dry right, so buckle up ladies, grab that little power tool and start styling.

Anne Hathaway Berlin Les Misérables Premier

Anne Hathaway Berlin Les Misérables Premier  

Hi everyone!

I styled the spectacular Anne Hathaway’s hair for the Berlin premier of her movie Les Misérables on 9th Feb! I absolutely adore working with Anne- she’s got such a lovely, vivacious personality and she’s really rocking that short do!

Working at the Berlin International Film Festival is such a thrill! For those of you who didn’t know, the Berlinale is one of the premier film festivals in the world! We’ve got such a wonderful collection of movies this year and I absolutely loved the energy and spirit! These film festivals are not only an amazing way to celebrate cinema, but they’re also such a fabulous inspiration for trends for the rest of the year!

Seeing as to how popular Anne’s short cool hairstyle has become all over the world (it’s become quite the trend internationally) I decided to also do a small piece on how to style short hair!

Short hair is such a great way to refresh your overall look and make a statement, but I’ve heard from so many people that they have a tough time with styling short hair and they feel like there just aren’t as many fun options for short hair as there for long locks! Not true! It’s just a matter of getting creative and playing around with different looks!

If you’re at a loss for new styling ideas and how to keep things interesting from day-to-day, use these tips for some fab, fast looks!

If you really want to play up your natural hair texture, don’t use a blow dryer after the wash: let your hair dry naturally and scrunch it  gently to increase the movement . Or for a more tousled look, rub a bit of styling spray into your hair and dry it upside down with a diffuser if you want to bring out a slightly grittier texture!

Experiment with different kinds of finishes: go straight one day and wavy the next! You can’t really do deep, glamorous waves with very short hair, but you can certainly experiment with super-straight styles and really tight pin curls. Changing the finish is a great way to celebrate your short hair while keeping your look interesting.

Dare to go spiky! You may be a bit wary at first, especially since most women think spiky hair isn’t really feminine, but you’d be surprised by just how good it looks! Take some inspiration from Halle Berry: that lady has been rocking the Red Carpet with her spiky short do like a true diva! Just make your hair is really well conditioned and then use a straightening iron to smoothen your hair out before you arrange it into a spiky do with some hair putty.

For some ultra edgy glamour, try a quiff or a pouf! After your hair’s dried up naturally, use a bit of styling gel or putty and run it through your hair with your fingers. Then take a section at the front and backcomb it for some added volume. Gently position it into a quiff and spray it into place with an extra strong hold hairspray so that the look lasts all day.

For some Hollywood Noir glamour, try setting your short hair into finger waves. You’d be surprised by just how sexy and feminine this style is! It’s perfect if you’ve got an event or a party coming up and you’re wondering how you can style short hair into something glamorous and striking!

Have fun ladies, and remember, the only thing stopping you is your imagination

Weather Proof Your Hairstyle!

Weather Proof Your Hairstyle! I’ve often been asked for styling advice for bad-weather days: so many women complain about putting in a lot of time into their hairdos only to have it fall apart within moments of stepping out of the house. I thought it’d be fun to do a little piece on how to weather-proof your hair for cold, rainy and windy days while still looking super cute! The best part about these styles is that they are really easy to throw together and will suit everyone!

So, the next time you want a hairstyle that’s going to last through the day, come what may, use my styling tips to beat those bad weather blues!

The Messy Side Braid

I love the messy side braid because it is so easy to do and it’s such a great look because it’s equal parts fashionable and relaxed. It’s definitely notice worthy and looks like you put an effort into your ‘do and yet it’s got a boho, fun vibe that can’t be beat!

Work on freshly washed hair for best results: finger-dry your hair and rub some texturizing product in to bring out the natural grain of your hair. Make a side part and pull your hair to one side. You don’t have to be particularly neat: this style’s all about the tousled look! Braid your hair together loosely: loose strands and natural flyaways are a part of the look. Secure it with a clear elastic a few inches from the bottom. Tug on the braid’s sides a bit for a more voluminous and messy effect.

The braid will hold up through the day and even if a few strands come loose in bad weather, it’ll just add character to your look!

The Beanie/ Crochet Hat

Style your hair any which way you like- pull it into a low bun or a side fishtail braid or let it hang loose in big waves. Rub a little hair serum into your hair to seal in the moisture. This is especially useful for dry and extremely windy days that can leave your hair a bit brittle. Add a cute beanie or a crochet hat and that’s it! You’re all done! The hat will keep your hair safe from the elements of nature, and will also add a heavy dose of style to your look.

In my opinion, loose waves look best with this style because they add a glam quotient to an otherwise cute, young style. And if the weather gets especially crazy, you can simply knot your hair into a bun and tuck it under the beanie and still look adorable!

The Scruffy Top Knot

The topknot is a great variation of the classic high bun, and with this messy, relaxed version, you’re all set for bad weather. Run your fingers through your hair and secure it in a ponytail on the top of your head. You don’t want to brush it because that’ll make it too smooth and this style is anything but! Rub a few drops of mousse into your hair with your palms to give it a slightly scruffy texture. If your hair’s too sleek for this informal style, you can even blow-dry it upside down for added texture. Gather your hair loosely and twist it around the base of the ponytail. Don’t be too neat with it. Secure it with pins. Just make sure you use enough bobby pins to keep it in place!

Golden Globes 2013 Hairstyles

Golden Globes 2013 So, the 70th Golden Globe Awards have just gone by and everyone’s abuzz with excitement about the different nominations and wins, the fabulous dresses and the heart-warming acceptance speeches. I thought I’d do a piece for you guys with my top three favorite hairstyles from the show and some tips on how you can reproduce the Red Carpet glamour in your own home!

1. Emily Blunt

The graceful Emily Blunt always looks so calm and poised, and her elegant high bun at the awards function was just that too: refined, understated glamour. As we’ve seen, the topknot and high buns have been all the rage this past season, and continue to be trendy.

After you’ve blow-dried your hair straight rub a little smoothing serum onto your hair for a sleek finish. Tie your hair into a high pony and secure with an elastic. You can then take sections of the pony roll them in on themselves till you reach the roots. Secure the loops onto your head with bobby pins, from inside the bun, for an elegant look that isn’t too fussy either. Finish with some setting spray!

2. Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba looked absolutely stunning in her salmon gown and retro glam hairdo. The deep waves complimented with a low side part have been a timeless favorite on the Red Carpet.

Begin with freshly washed hair and blow-dry it on a warm setting to smoothen your hair out. Using wide-barreled curling tongs, curl 2-inch sections of your hair. After you’re done, part your hair low on one side, gathering it over the other shoulder. Comb through the curls gently to loosen them up get soft, large waves. Finish with a flexible hold hairspray.

3. Adele

The English songstress looked absolutely breathtaking at the awards show, proudly displaying her new-mommy beauty and also scooping up an award for her song ‘Skyfall’ in the latest James Bond film.

With her trademark thick eyeliner and big beehive style, Adele simply glowed on the stage and the Red Carpet. Her look is definitely high glamor, but that shouldn’t stop you from sporting it at the next do you attend! Here’s how you can get the ultra-chic and eternally stylish beehive style:

Blow dry and then section the hair into a semi circle from ear to ear, over the crown. Fix a hair cushion or doughnut around a ponytail at the central part of this section to give added bulk to the look. Backcomb most of the remaining loose hair leaving a “halo” of hair free around the face to use at the end to perfect the style with. Bring the teased back section up and over the base of the ponytail. Fold the hair ends under and fix neatly with grips. Comb the teased hair from the front, back and over the structure. Fold the hair ends under and fix neatly with grips. Smooth the remaining ‘halo’ of hair over the shape hair, pin and mist with hairspray for a polished look.

 

Blonde Hair Trend

Blonde Hair Trend It’s hard to believe that January is half over! Time sure flies by when you’re as busy rushing about as I am, and I for one cannot wait for all the great trends and styles to come this spring and summer!

Over the years, we have seen a trend of sorts when it comes to hair color: people choose to go dark around autumn and winter, and light when spring rolls around. Which means, if you have wanted blonde locks for a while, now is the time to start preparing for it! Light hair looks great for the coming seasons because ‘summery’ tones are typically light and breezy. ! Think spun gold, champagne, silvery gold and even warm caramels!

But remember, you have to be completely sure light locks will suit you before you take that step towards your salon: some skin tones just aren’t meant for blonde hair and if it is a change you’re after, it’s better to go a shade or two lighter than your natural color than to go all the way!

If you’re naturally dark-haired or like your new dark color, by all means, keep rocking those tresses! But if you want to go blonde, there’s no time like summertime for it! Here’s my take on the blonde color trend:

If you’ve got a light to medium complex and you want to go blonde, but with a bit of color and fun, pick a strawberry blonde shade. The tinge of strawberry adds a fabulous depth to your overall color, and is an especially lovely hue for women with green or blue eyes. And if you’re looking to rock up some Southern Belle charm, this is the shade for you!

Caramel blonde is another option if you have a medium to fair skin tone because it’s the perfect mixture of light and dark blondes. The warm, creamy caramel hue is a great way to play to play up your natural skin tone and the golden-brown hue suits a lot of different features and styles. The best part about coloring your hair caramel blonde is that it does not need a lot of care and maintenance, and your normal shampoo and conditioning routine coupled with a few healthy hair habits will be enough!

If you have a fair complexion and the personality for it, platinum blonde hair can look stunning. The ‘iced blonde’ look has been made famous the world over by celebrities like the gorgeous Sienna Miller, and is a sure-fire way to turn heads wherever you go! Going platinum is not for the faint-hearted, because not only does the color look expensive, it is expensive.

A high quality color product and a reputable salon are the only way to go when you are making such a drastic change to your hair, and platinum blonde being one of the most exclusive yet sought-after shades in the world, is an expensive transition to make. Also, there is a fair amount of time and money invested in maintaining the color, because you will need to deep condition the hair twice a month and use quality products to enhance the lustre. But if you can manage these, go right ahead. It’s a truly unique blonde and will immediately transform your look and personality!

Let me know which blonde tone you prefer best! Remember, with the right stylist and the right product, you can breathe new life into your look!

Anne Hathaway For Glamour

Had the honour to work again with Anne Hathaway, this time it was for the cover shoot of Glamour where Anne acted as the face of One Billion Rising, the global movement to end violence against women

The shoot took place a day after Superstorm Sandy that tore through the northeastern United States and the entire team did everything to ensure that this got done in time to be able to raise the money for the charity, even though half of Manhattan was without power.

The idea of the shoot involved a lot of movement, so we decided to create a style that was free, a little messy and raw with a bit of an edge. The inspiration for the shape and texture came from the early stages of London's punk area.

To recreate this look I recommend that you apply a golf ball size amount of strong hold mousse on towel dry hair and blast your hair dry using your fingers or a skeleton brush to move your hair around in different directions to give it light volume and a loose texture. Once the hair is completely dry use a straightening iron and define a few strands which will add a deeper texture and more separation. I suggest that you invest in a good straightening iron that allows you to adjust the temperature to the needs of your hair, to avoid your hair getting heat damaged whilst styling, Braun has a great one.

To finish this look spray some hairspray directly onto your fingers, then pull out individual strands to define them. When you are happy with the overall result give it a good mist all over to ensure the style will last.  A good hair spray is the key for this and should stay flexible whilst giving you the hold you need, I really like the one from Wellaflex.

Autumn 2012 Trend Report

Autumn 2012 Trend Report!  

Fall’s here and you all know what that means: fashion goes funky! There’s more drama, more oomph and hair’s bigger than ever! Summer’s all about sleek, tidy hairstyles that are easy to pull off, and more importantly, keep you cool on hot days. But with temperatures dropping, you can bring out your headbands, your bouffants and your bangs!

 

One of the biggest trends to hit the runways, and the streets, this season is the bouffant. The big, messy, poufy hairstyle Brigitte Bardot made oh-so-famous is back in vogue this season. If you’re worried about backcombing or using hairspray regularly, it’d help if you used hair inserts like “bump makers”. But remember, the only way to get an authentic bouffant is to tease, tease and tease, and use products like Wellaflex Strong Hold Hairspray to ensure your style stays where you want it to be. If you want to glam up your bouffant and give a 2012-touch to this retro gem, add a bejeweled hairband for a glam look or tie a dainty little ribbon around the pouf to add a flirty, feminine vibe to your updo!

 

If you want to add some dimension to your everyday hairstyle, this next Fall trend is a winner: braids and twists! Whether you’re putting in a few random braids in your everyday ponytail or twisting thin sections of your hair away from your forehead, pulled to the back à la Daenerys Targaryen of Game of Thrones, braids and twists are simple ways of adding a serious kick to the most basic dos! Braids have been a major hit this season, straight from the fashion shows to the sitcoms, every hair diva’s rocking her own version!

 

If bouffants and braids are too much for you, worry not: this season, one of the most stylish trends is the classic ponytail, glammed and styled to keep you looking your very best on the go. No messy, scruffy, out-of-bed looks this season: Fall 2012’s ponytail is all about sleek, glossy glamor. No flyaways or frizz, please! To get this style, smoothen your hair out with a serum and brush it till it’s super shiny. Straighten with a flat iron or blow-dry it to get sheets of long, touch-worthy hair! Pull your hair back, go as high or low as you want, and tie it off with your favorite band! Make sure you don’t have any little bits sticking out. For a less formal look, you can pull out a few strands to softly frame your face.

Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013: Top Hair Trends

Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013: Top Hair Trends Paris is the city of dreams, of love and all thinks fashion-y. Parisian women are acclaimed to be some of the best dressed in the world. Style, fashion and looking good aren’t just about brands and shows: they’re a part of everyday life in Paris. Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013 was just as memorable as it always is, with Louis Vuitton possibly being the star of the week, with Marc Jacobs creating one of the simplest yet most striking shows ever!

Hair trends at the Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013 ranged from vintage-inspired bows and beehives to everyday, workable plaits and small and big waves. Here’s my pick of the Top 5 hairstyles from the Paris Fashion Week and how you can get them at home!

1. Balmain

The Balmain models wore their hair tied back in cool, unfussy braids. The front was loosely gathered up towards the back, with a slight middle parting. The hairstyle was very relaxed, very casual and a great way to keep your hair away from your face and neck on hot summer days while still looking fashionable.

Here’s How You Can Get The Look:

Start with freshly washed hair and work a little texture-enhancing product like a styling cream or a mousse into your hair. Run it through the length of your hair, starting from the crown to the tips, and don’t bother being too neat.

Take a comb and brush your hair backwards.  Again, don’t be too neat, but make sure you work out all the knots and tangles before you gather your hair in a ponytail. Don’t tie your hair too tightly, you want a little bit of volume at the front and top, and if a few strands are looser than the others, great!

Tie your hair back using a black, cloth-and-elastic hair tie, if you want to replicate Balmain’s look. You can always experiment at this stage if you want the accessories to match your outfit.

Now, start braiding your hair. The models all wore their hair in regular three-strand plaits. It’s the simplest way to style your hair, but if you want you can do all kinds of braids!

When you have about an inch of hair left to the bottom, stop braiding. Secure your hair with another hair tie (in the show the models all had their hair tied with black colored hair ties) and you’re done.

You can choose to skip the hairspray if you don’t want to use too many products. This is the kind of hairstyle that won’t come undone easily and you can always touch it up on the go!

2. Giambattista Valli

The models at the Giambattista Valli Paris Spring Summer 2013 wore minimal makeup and simple, slicked-back open hair. Models wore their hair open in a ‘halfway slicked back’ style to create a bit of an undercut at the temples while letting the rest of the hair fall down gently at the back. Despite the “slicked back” styling, the hair didn’t have the “wet look” that usually goes hand-in-hand with this style.

Here’s How You Can Get The Look:

It’s a very chic, yet very simple look and how you carry it makes all the difference. With a simple t-shirt and jeans you can rock a tomboyish style but with a sharp, sexy pantsuit you can totally amp up the oomph factor at your workplace. It’s the kind of hairstyle that evolves with every outfit and every occasion!

Begin with absolutely clean hair. You’ll be using a hair product to slick your hair back and since this is a glossy, sharp style, even the slightest bit of scruffiness and dirt can totally ruin the style. Use a conditioner so that your hair is soft and ready to be styled.

Wait till your hair is just slight damp and then take a dollop of styling gel in your hands. Rub it between your palms and run them over your hair. Then, using your fingertips, “comb” through your hair, pushing it back over the crown and down the back. You could use a comb if you want really slicked look, but if you want a slightly mussed-up, not-trying-too-hard style, fingertips are the way to go!

Use a diffuser on a medium or cool setting and go over your hair with it while you run your fingertips through it again and again. This will help set the style and also give it more definition.

If you don’t want any shine, like the models in the show, you can skip this step. But if you want your hairstyle to be even edgier, take a bit of a shine serum and go over your hair using the same fingertips combing technique.

Set your hairstyle with a light hairspray!

3. Guy Laroche

No fashion show can close without at least one designer paying homage to the eternally popular 40s-style big waves. We saw them in New York and Milan and London, and we saw them in Paris too. There’s just something about this style that keeps it from going old. And it looks so unique every time. Guy Laroche’s models wore their hair parted to one side with thick, bouncy waves spilling over one shoulder and the rest of the hair falling down the back.

Here’s How You Can Get The Look:

Wash your hair with a curl enhancing shampoo and when your hair is dry, spritz on some heat protectant serum so that you don’t have to worry about any damage from the curling iron.

Take some styling mousse and work it into your hair. Brush your hair till it’s really shiny and then cut a deep side part using a rattail comb. The side favored by the part will sport all the waves over the shoulder, and the rest will fall down the back, but you still have to curl all your hair.

You can always part your hair later, but since we won’t want to comb through the hair too much once the curling is done, it’s best if you get it over with right at the start.

Take a curling iron with a wide barrel and begin by wrapping 2-inch sections of hair around it. Hold the curl in place for a bit, and then gently ease it off the curling iron. Try to “slip” the curls off the iron and onto your hand and then pin them using styling clips onto your head. Do this with all the hair so that you can loosen the curls into waves later.

Once all your hair is curled, let the curls loose and run your hands through them to open them up a bit, or run a brush through them. Pull a chunk of your hair to the side favored by the parting and bring some of the waves over your shoulder for a glamorous, side-swept style.

If you have too much hair to be able to use a curling iron and get homogenous waves, using bendy rollers and leave them in your hair overnight or use hot rollers for more defined waves.

Make sure you spray some lightweight holding spray to keep your curls in place all day!

4. Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton is a name synonymous with luxury the world over. This year, at the Paris Fashion Week, LV stunned audiences with a shout out to retro fashion and vintage pride mixed with mod makeup and super hot trend-of-the-moment: smoky eyes.

For girls who love beehive hairstyles, LV’s Paris runway combined Edie Sedgwick’s love for big hair with dainty bows and headbands for a breathtaking hairdo!

Here’s How You Can Get The Look:

Brush your hair till it’s super shiny: this look is all about classy elegance. It’s also a look that will work best with straight hair, so you should either blow dry your hair after a wash or straighten it with a ceramic hair iron. Don’t forget to apply a heat protection spray before you turn on that switch!

Once your hair is straight and brushed, take a section at the front, from ear to ear and tie it out of the way. Tie it in the front, and let it hang over your forehead for the moment.

Take the hair behind this section in small, 2-inch sections, add some dry shampoo at the roots and start backcombing. The more you tease, the more volume you are going to get later. If you want some major drama, you need to comb around 3 inches down your head from where this section begins. If you want a more wearable style, backcomb smaller sections.

You need something to act like a base for the “hive” or “bump”. You can get tons of styling tools in the market for added lift and volume. From plastic, “inverted U” headbands to volumizers made of spongy material and even bump-makers that are specially made for beehives (a lot like bun donuts), there’s no end to the tools out there. Add the bump-maker under the backcombed hair and pin it into place using bobby pins. Make sure it’s nice and secure.

Now start lifting the backcombed sections and covering the styling device with them. Go slowly, gently laying each section of hair into place and then pinning it in place. You want to cover it from every side and make sure nothing peeks out. Pin all the sections at the center at the back. If you crisscross the pins you won’t even have to use too many of them.

Leave around an inch of hair from the front-sides on both sides of the face. Take it from over your ears or a little from the chunk of hair we tied off in the beginning.

Once the rest of the hair is in place, take those two strip-sections from the sides and bring them over, across the sides and over the back. This will cover the sides of the beehive and hide any bumps and random scalp ridges and uneven patches. Pin these in place.

You can leave the rest of your hair down, or wear it up like the models in the LV show. You can pin the hair up in a simple, small French twist or even in a low bun or gather it at the back in tiny pin curls.

Take a soft bristle brush and very lightly go over the raised beehive and the sides to smoothen any roughness. Be very careful at this stage.

Undo the hair you tied up at the front and straighten it again if needed. Then comb it over across the forehead and pin it in behind one ear, creating side fringes.

Spray your hair with a stronghold hairspray.

Now’s the fun part! Take a headband of your choice and slip it on just behind the side fringes you just made. Pick something with bows for an extra-dainty touch!

Your LV-inspired retro hairstyle’s done!

5. Viktor & Rolf

The models at the Viktor & Rolf runway show wore their hair in loose “crimped” waves. The hair was slick at the top and parted in the middle, and the waves began around 2-3 inches down from the parting.

Here’s How You Can Get The Look:

This is an awesome hairstyle if you love waves in your hair and want to dress up your plain old open hair without using any heat.

Begin by washing your hair. Use a shampoo that is suited to the natural texture of your hair. You don’t want an awful lot of bounce or any unusual activity going on with this style! Use a good conditioner to make your hair pliable and shiny.

The whole style depends on leaving braids in damp hair and letting them set into crimped waves on their own. You don’t want to braid your hair when it’s really wet because that’s when it’s at it’s weakest, so you can wait till it’s dried a bit before you start.

Create a severe middle parting and divide your hair into two sides: the left and the right. Take a couple of styling clips and slide them into place around 2 inches down from the part on both sides. You want to do this so that you can leave a section of hair straight on the top, and braid from below that. This way you get the straight crown without it being pulled into the waves.

Since your hair is wet, slide the pins in using paper towels over the hair and under it. Your hair should be between the towel pieces and not directly in contact with the styling clips. This will keep the clips from leaving an indent in your hair. You can always use a straightening iron later too. At the back, when you’re braiding, make sure your start a little way down, and not right at the top.

Now, braid the rest of your in fishtail braids for a tighter crimp. If you don’t know how to do the fishtail braid, even a regular plait will do the trick. Choose thin or thick sections of hair to braid depending on how tight or loose you want the crimped portions to look. You should ideally have anywhere between 8 and 16 braids in your hair. Secure the braids at the bottom with elastic bands.

If you can, leave the braids in overnight. This way they can set naturally, for curls that will last long. If you are in a hurry or don’t feel comfortable sleeping with braids, spray some hairspray onto the hair and then go over your braided hair with a hair dryer till it’s bone dry and then undo the braids.

If you can leave them in, undo the braids the next day and gently run your fingers through your hair. Do it only once, to get all the hair smooth. If you need to straighten the front of your hair, do so.

Rub a little shine serum between your palms and apply it to the hair. Spray some setting spray and voila! Perfectly crimped hair!

 

 

 

Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013: Top Hair Trends

Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013: Top Hair Trends Milan. Considered by many to be the heart of global fashion. If London and New York and Paris are the life and soul of international fashion, Milan is its spirit. Fashion breaks free in Milan, and the Spring Summer 2013 Fashion Week this year reminded us once again fashion is not only about designer names and famous people, but also about having something to say!

We’ve got tons of really cool, wearable hairstyles from the runways of Milan this year. Here’s my pick of the Top 5 hairstyles and how you can get them!

1. Bottega Veneta

You probably never thought you’d hear the phrase “scruffy English Rose”, but Bottega Veneta’s show at Milan Fashion S/S-13 perfected a look that was all things dainty and pretty and rosy, yet there was a distinctly unfussy and relaxed vibe to the styling.

Models wore their hair parted at the centre and gathered in a low, messy chignon at the back. A perfect look for someone who doesn’t want something too formal, yet you don’t want to look like you don’t care at all either!

Here’s How You Can Get It:

This look is decidedly uncomplicated. You don’t need your hair to look polished or slick or too tidy. The charm of the whole thing is in how easy and relaxed it is!

You don’t need poker straight hair for this, but if your hair is really curly or wavy, you might want to just blow dry the top/ front. We’ll be parting the hair down the middle and you basically want the hair to fall evenly so curls aren’t easy to work with here! To keep the natural texture of your hair and not get an over-styled look, you can use a diffuser and run a comb through your hair to just ease out the curls.

If you’ve got really fine hair you’ll want to add some dry shampoo or a texturizing spray. You want some volume and body to be able to create a slightly mussed-up style, and that’s going to be difficult with limp hair!

Brush your hair through to remove any knots and tangles. Then create a parting in the center. You don’t have to be terribly meticulous with it, just make sure you’ve got a distinct middle part.

Take your hair and gather it at the back of your head in a low ponytail, at the nape of your neck. Leave a few strands loose to frame your face; you want a very natural style.

After you’ve got the ponytail secured, using the tips of your fingers and lightly rub your roots to loosen the hair a little bit. Remember, you don’t want your hair to look perfect.

You can also take the end of a rattail comb and just lift your hair at the front a bit for some volume and maybe pull a strand or two out here and there.

Now, take the ponytail and start winding it around its base. Unlike regular chignons, you don’t have to be particularly neat as you go along, just get the general shape right and stick in a couple of pins to hold the bun in place.

Remember, it’s a messy chignon and not a ballerina bun, so the messier, the better! If ends stick out, great! If they don’t pull a few out artfully, to make it look like they did!

2. Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana models had their hair done up in large chignons, with a twist: each model had a brightly colored, patterned scarf tied around her head. Headscarves have been a rage the world over all of 2012 and are clearly going to be a hot favorite the coming summer too!

Headscarves are a fabulous way to jazz up a simple outfit and add a lot of oomph to your look without trying too hard. Usually though, headscarves make for a casual, boho look. With D&G styling headscarves around chignons, maybe all that is about to change!

Take a look!

Here’s How You Can Get It:

The key about perfect chignons is smooth, straight hair. So, begin with blow-drying your freshly washed hair.

It can be hard to get the perfect shape and size on a chignon, especially one that’s made halfway down the head and not at the base. You can buy a bun donut to work as a base for your chignon. These are sponge bun stylers and can be used as a base for creating the perfect bun, without fail!

Begin by brushing your hair to get it really smooth and pull it into a ponytail. Secure the ponytail at the height you want the chignon to be.

Slide your ponytail through the bun donut. If you’ve got the snap-shut variety, close it around the base of the ponytail.

Start by taking small sections of hair from the ponytail and smoothing them over the bun ring. You basically cover the foam ring and keep winding the sections around it, covering it as you go along and tucking in the hair sections under the bun donut as neatly as you can.

Secure the end of each section into the bun donut with bobby pins to keep it in place.

Repeat this with all the hair in the ponytail until it is all wrapped around the bun donut. Make sure your bun is secure. Crisscross bobby pins for extra hold.

Use a hairspray to tame any flyaways. Your chignon is ready.

Take a rectangular scarf and fold it in half such that you get a triangle shape. Turn this triangle in on itself lengthwise until you’re left with a multi-layered, thin long stretch of fabric. Place this on the top of your head and bring the ends down at the back under your chignon and tie them in a knot.

You can leave the ends loose for a casual look or make a bow out of them for a more feminine style. If you want a neater look, tuck the ends in along the rest of the scarf!

3. Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci’s models wore their hair down, very sleek and chic, with minimum styling. Straight hair with a centre part and face-framing bangs defined the look. Small sections of hair were taken from the front and gathered and twisted before being pinned at the back to add some neatness and style to the look.

Here’s How You Can Get It:

This style is a terrific way of wearing your hair if you want it to look like you made an effort with your hair, without really having to! It’s also a simple way to dress up plain old open hair without having to use a lot of products or tools!

Begin by washing your hair and conditioning it, using the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type.

Towel-dry your hair as much as possible and then use a blow dryer to straight and smoothen your hair out. Make sure you use a heat protectant spray first! Sleek hair is a big part of this look, so add some shine-boosting serum after blow-drying.

Comb your hair and part it in the middle so that it falls neatly around your face. We want some strands to frame your face, so this style works exceptionally well if you have long bangs or chin-length layers, but even if you don’t, you can leave 1-inch wide sections out on either side to gently fall around your face.

Leaving the bangs aside, take the next 1-inch of hair on both sides and pull them to the back, near the center of your head. You don’t have to tug on these sections and make them lay flat on your head; just gently make a “halo” around the sides and to the back of your head.

Take both sections and secure them with a clear elastic band. For added effect, you can entwine the two sections around each other before tying them together to give a rope-like effect.

If you don’t want to use an elastic band you can also use two pins to fix the twist into place.

4. Fendi

Fendi’s look was very mod, almost edgy. They took the season’s favorite chignon and upped the drama with a wet look, tight high bun instead of the classic, low chignons. Hair was slicked back for a wet-look and knotted into small, high buns. Some of the models wore funky leather and rubber hair bands to accessorize the look.

Here’s How You Can Get It:

The wet look is loaded with sexiness: like you just stepped out of the shower, threw your hair together and walked out of the house and onto your own personal runway!

Start with freshly washed hair. Towel-dry your hair and then allow it to dry naturally so that you can retain your regular texture. The wet look will enhance your hair’s graininess so you want to have some good texture to work with.

Once your hair is dry, take a hair product that will make your hair look slick and glossy, so much so that it should look wet.

You can either use a styling product: wet-look hair wax or gel or hair oil can work wonders. You’ll have to try this a couple of times to see what works best for you. Argan oil is a favorite with hairstylists the world over. Try it!

Run the oil/gel through your hair using your fingertips. With your fingertips, “brush” your hair back and gather it in a high ponytail. Don’t use a brush or comb because that’ll give your hair a plastered structure! Don’t part your hair and if it’s not very neat and a few strands poke out here and there, don’t stress!

Wrap the ponytail around its base and pin the chignon in place using bobby pins.

If you think there are dry spots in your hair, take some oil on your fingertips and touch those areas up.

Add a striking headband and your Fendi-inspired hairstyle is done!

5. Roberto Cavalli

No fashion show is complete without some tousled glamour thrown in and Roberto Cavalli made sure he didn’t disappoint. A very casual look, this style is super wearable and is universally flattering.

Here’s How You Can Get It:

Tousled waves are rather easy in terms of styling, but they need a fair bit of prepping for the style to really work and show through! You’ll want to wash and condition your hair before you begin and use products that are curl enhancing and volumizing.

When you’re towel drying your hair, choose a product to improve texture according to your hair type. If you’ve got fine hair, you should add a little volumizing mousse or hairspray to your comb for more body, but if you’ve got heavy hair you should use a frizz control product that allows you to keep your texture but ditch the drama!

Comb your hair and create a central part. You want the waves to fall around your face casually.

Take a curling iron or hair tongs and curl your hair gently in small, inch-wide sections. You don’t have to be particular with the curl placement; the waves should run through the entire length of your hair.

Take inch long sections, wrap them around the tongs (not too tightly!) and hold for a few seconds and release. Applying too much heat will create tight curls.

Wait for the curls to cool down and then run your fingers through them. This step will create piecey waves.

Using a regular hold finishing spray to keep your style neat through the day!

London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013: Top Hair Trends

London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013: Top Hair Trends London Fashion Week is an always interesting, sometimes eclectic, meeting of classic, timeless British fashion and the latest, edgy street fashion from around the world. This year did not disappoint, with Christopher Bailey wooing audiences with a new spin on the classic Burberry coats and Christian Dior showing that sharp lines and soft curves can look fabulous together!

The hair trends at this year’s London FW Spring Summer 2013 were a combination of sexy, structured trendiness and flirtatious, classic femininity. Whether you’re looking to oomph up your daily hairstyle with a little drama or turn heads with understated elegance, here is my pick of the Top 5 trends from London Fashion Week S/S-13 that you’ve just got to try out!

1. Holly Fulton

Holly Fulton’s models had a little bit of everything going for them; boho braids, a teased crown for some vintage glam and side-swept bangs; all thrown together casually for that “I-just-got-out-of-bed-looking-this-fab” style!

Here’s How You Can Get It:

This style needs a little bit of structured scruffiness so it’s great for second-day hair.

Take a pintail comb and “draw” an arc from ear to ear through your hair. This will separate the hair into the front and the back. Take the front section and pin or tuck it over one ear, forming a gorgeous side-swept fringe as you go along.

Another way of getting messy side bangs is to make a deep, low part in your hair and comb it towards one end. Fulton’s models wore their hair with a deep side part. You can choose whatever works for you!

Use a little dry shampoo at the crown, and if you’ve got really fine or limp hair you can add a volumizing mousse or spray too. Tease the roots of your hair, right at the crown.

Take a big bristle brush and gently go over the bangs and the teased crown to smoothen the surface. Remember, you don’t want to actually brush through the hair- that’ll just ruin all your teasing. You only want to smoothen the hair surface and make sure it doesn’t look rough and shaggy.

Take a section of hair from the side opposite your bangs. If you have dark hair, you’ll need about a 1-inch section for the style to show through. For a daintier look, take a smaller section. Braid this section in a regular plait and secure with a clear band.

Take the rest of your hair and secure it to one side in a loose, messy braid, away from the direction of the bangs. Make sure you gather the hair in such a way that it doesn’t disturb the teased crown. Leave the small braid out of this portion.

Take the small braid over and across your head and pin it over the bangs on the other side. Your braid should now look like a headband framing the fringes. Tada!

2. Michael van der Ham

Michael van der Ham’s models had perfect, preppy hairstyles complete with pristine white headbands. Think Blair Waldorf meets Kate Middleton. There was a rather proper, almost conservative vibe to the hair.

If you think the look is too strict or put together, you can always add some fun with brightly colored, jeweled or textured headbands instead of going in for the straight-laced stark white.

Here’s How You Can Get It:

Getting this look is really all about knowing how to blow-dry your own hair.

Begin with a frizz controlling serum to keep your hair smooth and give it a glass-like sheen. Use a lightweight product that gives your hair a shine without making it sticky. Take a few drops between your palms and rub your hands together and then run them over your hair. Don’t apply the product directly to your hair as it’ll deposit unevenly and weigh your hair down!

Use a large round brush and blow-dry your hair to make it very smooth and straight.

To get the most out of your blow-dry, work on your hair in small, manageable sections. If you try to get a lot of hair onto a round brush, only random sections will get straightened. Try working in 2-2.5-inch sections for best results.

Once your hair is straight, comb it back over your head, without making a parting. Add a headband about 1.5 inches in from your hairline. You’ll want to use a snug-to-tight hair band: this look is all about neatness and perfection. You also want the hair band to push your hair “back and up” before it falls down.

If you want some more drama, or the hair band doesn’t create a natural height, you can tease the hair right at the centre of the crown just a little bit to make a small bump and add some height to the look. Don’t tease the sides, let the hair cascade down

Add some finishing and holding hairspray and you’re good to go.

3. Burberry Prorsum

When you go to a Burberry show you know you’re going to see some effortless fashion. And just like the clothes, with hairstyling too Burberry believes that fussy doesn’t necessarily mean fashion.

Models wore their hair down, tucked into their collars, in loose waves that were created in imperfectly done hair parted at the side. The hairstyle is super wearable, and is just a slightly stylish take on regular, everyday open hairstyles.

 

Here’s How You Can Get It:

Because this is an open-hair style, you’ll want to do it on freshly washed hair. If your hair is dirty it might get weighed down or stringy.

If you’ve got thick, heavy hair, half your job on this style is already done! If not, add a thickening product before you blow-dry your hair to give it some structure and body. Add a heat styling spray too before you start blow-drying.

Now, it’s best you dry your hair with a diffuser and not a blow dryer because this will help you preserve a lot of your hair’s natural texture and retain its natural character. If you blow-dry your hair it’ll polish it too much, and a casual, thrown-together vibe is essential to this look.

Create a side part, but not one that’s too deep, just a little off the center. Everything about this look is subtle and relaxed.

Take a curling iron with big tongs to create large waves in the hair. Remember, you want waves and not full curls, so you can run your fingers through the hair to loosen the curls up a bit.

Add a little shine serum and set your hair with hairspray to make sure the waves hold through the day. Nothing too strong though, you want to convey laidback sexiness, not rock a hair helmet!

 

4. Paul Smith

Paul Smith’s shows have taught the fashion world to expect only one thing: unexpectedness! The master of surprise, Paul Smith continues to stun and awe with his London Fashion Week S/S-13 Collection! And if you managed to tear your eyes away from the stunning clothes and the neon orange lip every model rocked, you’d notice the super sexy and super sleek high buns the women sported. An edgy yet wearable style, the high bun is a great way to be fuss-free yet fashionable!

Here’s How You Can Get It:

Start with clean hair and give yourself a blow dry. Make sure you apply heat protectant before you start. And if your hair’s looking a little dry, add a shine boosting serum too.

Take a comb and pull your hair back into a high ponytail. A great tip to prevent flyaways and make your hair really sleek is to spray some hairspray onto the comb before you use it!

Take the ponytail and start twisting it around the base to create a bun. Keep pinning the bun in as you go. Since high buns tend to ‘droop’ through a day, you can crisscross your pins into ‘Xs’ for extra hold.

Spray some strong hold hairspray.

5. Christopher Raeburn

The models wore a faux undercut in different lengths, ending in tiny, barely-there ponytails. The faux undercut gave the impression of a ‘buzz cut’ at the sides graduating into more volume and length at the top and down the back. This is definitely the edgiest of my Top 5 picks, and isn’t a style for everyone. But if you want to try something a little bit androgynous, a little bit outré and a lot of oomph, this is a great way to go!

Here’s How You Can Get It:

Wash your hair and towel dry it till it’s just a little bit damp. Rub some styling mousse between your palms and run it through the hair. You can also use a texture-enhancing product to exaggerate your natural hair grain. Allow hair to dry naturally.

Separate a section of hair on either side of your head from the temples, about two inches from the top of each ear. These are the sections you’ll style first, so secure the rest of the hair on top of your head and out of the way.

Take each section and comb it using a setting spray and secure it at the back, near the nape of your neck. You want to really slick the hair down, tightly over your scalp, to create the undercut effect. After you’ve tied the two sections together at the base, undo the rest of the hair.

Allow the rest of the hair to fall naturally backward over the slicked sections. Let it dry on its own for a slightly mussed up texture.

If you want more drama, add a little dry shampoo at the roots near the crown and tease to give a bit of body and height at the front, to enhance the edgy effect. Then go over it with a brush to smoothen out the roughness.

Make sure you top it off with some firm-hold hairspray!

 

 

New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013: Top Hair Trends

New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013: Top Hair Trends The New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013 has set the fashion world ablaze and fashionistas from the front rows to the streets are hoarding up on fashion tips and trends for the coming season! No Fashion Week is complete without a dose of wacky, and New York didn’t disappoint.

In a departure from tradition, though, a lot of designers had their models sporting wearable, classic styles that would look every bit as fabulous off the runway, as they did on it!

Here’s my pick of the Top 5 hair trends from New York Fashion Week and how you can adapt these into everyday styles:

 

1. DKNY: Deep Side Part

This Fashion Week saw a lot of interesting, wearable takes on styling the hair parting, with DKNY’s deep side part being labeled a hot favorite. The look was decidedly youthful and fresh and had a distinctly casual, yet carefully structured appeal. The models’ hair was parted low on one side and swept over across the forehead and tucked behind the ear on the other side. A quintessential “city girl” look, this hairstyle works great on all lengths and for all occasions.

Here’s How You Can Get It:

For this look, you’ve got to begin with freshly washed and conditioned hair. It’s a fun and flirty look so your hair needs to be in great shape.

Finger-dry your hair for a natural texture and then divide your hair with a low parting. Secure this section behind the ear on the other side using hairpins. You can secure it neatly for a sleek look or tug at the section from the crown and allow it to hang over the ear for a more relaxed vibe.

If you want a more polished finish, take the hair to be tucked over in small sections and blow-dry it straight before pinning it in place.

Once the front has been pinned, take the hair from both sides towards the back, divide it into two sections and twist them over one-another like a rope.

Use a styling spray or mousse and dry the twisted section to create a multi-dimensional texture. Undo the twists and let your hair hang loose.

If you want to enhance the “style, but not” appearance, take small sections and rub them between your palms to create a natural, slightly messy surface.

 

2. Ralph Lauren: Chignons

If I had to pick one hair statement to adapt for regular wear from this Fashion Week, it’d have to be Ralph Lauren’s sleek chignons. Nothing says, “glamorous” like a chignon, and Ralph Lauren’s sleek, center-parted chignons are the height of chic!

Here’s How You Can Get It:

This style works best if you’ve got straight hair, so you might want to start out with a smoothening serum and blow-dry or iron your hair straight.

Take a pintail comb and create a strong middle-part. Brush your hair till it’s absolutely smooth and gather it at the back in a low, tight ponytail.

Take the ponytail and start twisting it and coiling it around the base of the ponytail. Fix the bun with pins and tuck-in and tighten any loose ends.

The models at the Ralph Lauren show wore hairnets for extra neatness. You can skip this step for a more natural style. Take a hairspray and smoothen any flyaways!

 

3. Rebecca Minkoff: 80s Beachy Waves

Beachy waves were one of the biggest trends in Summer 2012, and if Minkoff’s show is any indication, the trend is only going to get bigger come Spring 2013. Minkoff’s models combined “beach grunge” with “street polish” and the result? Fabulous tousled waves with smoothened ends! The hair had a very matte texture giving way to polished tips.

Here’s How You Can Get It:

Apply a hair spray or styling wax to damp hair and dry with your fingers to create volume and texture.  You’ll want to do this in quick, short strokes to add some lift and body to your hair.

Take a paddle brush and brush out the ends to make the tips smooth. Don’t smoothen out the top or center of your hair- you want to create a dichotomy of sorts between the crown and the tips!

Use a curling iron, preferably a 1” barrel, and take sections of the hair from the middle and create waves. Don’t touch the ends, just pick random bits from halfway down your hair length.

Then straighten your tips with a flat iron to enhance the difference between the textures.

If you want to replicate Minkoff’s styling, add a mattifying product like a dry shampoo to the crown and spread it with your fingertips till the mid-length. Remember, let the tips hang poker straight and super shiny!

 

4. Marc Jacobs: Heavy Side Swept Ponytails

Another star from NYFW S/S-13, Marc Jacobs took a couple of hot favorite hair trends- the deep, side-swept part and low, side ponytails and crown volume- and created a gorgeous medley. Hair was swept low across the forehead over one side and gathered into a low hanging, side ponytail on the other side. For added effect, hair was given extra volume at the crown, lending a distinct vintage-y yet mod vibe to the look.

Here’s How You Can Get It:

Use a texturizing spray and finger-dry your hair to create a messy grain.

Part your hair low on one side and swing the parted section low across the forehead over to the other side. You’ll want the hair to graze the top of your brow and create a dramatic, sweeping fringe. Pin this section either behind the ear for a subtle look or over the ear for more visibility.

Take the rest of the hair, add some dry shampoo and light tease towards the crown for added volume. When you’re happy with the amount of volume, secure the hair in a low side ponytail (towards the same side as the pinned fringe).

 

5. Marchesa: Skinny Plaits In Tied Back Hair

Marchesa models rocked skinny plaits in sleek, straight hair that was pulled back away from the face and tied. An interesting layering of two distinct forms: braids and slick neatness, this hairstyle can be easily adapted for daily wear and is a great way to spice up your average ponytail.

Here’s How You Can Get It:

Straighten your hair and slick it away from the face towards the back. You can avoid straightening if you hair’s not too curly. It’s just one of those looks that shows up better in straight hair!

You can create a center part for added severity and drama, but if you’re wearing it casually, go for a softer look by brushing hair back without a parting.

Take small random sections at the front and braid your hair into skinny plaits. You can do a couple of these on both sides in any direction- diagonally from the front to over the ear, from the front to the back- to create a slight criss-cross effect.

Take two braids on either side and pin them to the back. Cross them over each other to create an “X” near the side of your head. Braids from the both the sides should meet at the back. Try pinning them in a way that you can create an illusion of continuity so that it looks like there are two braids going around the back, and not four!

Take the rest of the hair into a sleek ponytail and secure it at the center, not too high and not too low. A great way to add some style would be to secure it between the “loop” created by the braids!

 

 

 

Quick & Easy Hairstyle Tutorials Taking You From Desk to Dinner

Have teamed up with with Smantha Lim from Fashion Indie to create a how to styling video to show you 3 easy to do hairstyles that will take you from work-style to play-style in just a few minutes. Often times you are working late and don’t have time to go home to do your hair before that hot date, that dinner party, or a night out with the girls.

In this super short (yet very informative) video, you will see key how-to tips on the classic chignon, the Brigitte Bardot, and the fishtail braid — any of which will make you look fresh from the salon. I’ve choosen the catwalk inspired looks to make it as easy as possible for you and they really do work! 

Have fun trying.

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