Start by applying a volumising mousse through the lengths of the hair.
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- Use a round brush to blow dry for maximum volume and start by lifting the hair with the brush near the scalp.
- Set hair on medium sized hot rollers and leave them in until they cool.
- Take out the rollers and gently brush the curls into place.
- Taking the fringe area separately, brush it straight up from the head and slightly backcomb in the roots then allow the curl to fall into place down the side of the forehead.
- Finish the style with a spray of fixing lacquer or strong hold hairspray to secure your Hollywood Glamour hairstyle in place.
- On damp hair, apply a blow-dry gel
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- Blow-dry with a paddle brush to smooth the hair.
- Using a large barrel curling tong (1.5″ in diameter would be perfect) take vertical sections and wrap the hair around the tong.
- Allow the curl to fall as it cools to get that dreamy loose wave.
- Work a small amount of serum into your palms and run it through the lengths of the hair to tame any little hairs and leave you with gleaming healthy waves.
Ushering in the new season, L’Oréal Professionnel has introduced their latest Spring Summer trend collection, Ombrés Natures – a collection of hair colours showcasing the ombré colour trend created with new L’Oréal Professionnel INOA Mocha shades.
With the creative direction of internationally renowned hair stylist James Pecis and cutting edge colourist Nathan Walker (Trevor Sorbie salon, UK), the collection was shot in Paris.
The collection took inspiration from fashion greats Alexander McQueen, Prada and Louis Vuitton whose garments set off the international Spring Summer runways with florals and colour palettes ranging from muted tones to bright and bold patterns and digital prints.
“This spring summer 2013 we’re seeing a lot of floral print complimented by rich mocha tones in the hair connected with ombré techniques, which I think create a very sophisticated look,” said L’Oréal Professionnel stylist James Pecis.
For Nathan Walker, the collection was all about, “really natural soft browns are the way for this season. For me, the hair needs to look very natural to complement the bright, colourful, bold patterns we’re seeing through fashion,” he stated.
They’re not only a great way to keep frizz-prone hair at bay but also a sneaky way of hiding a fringe on a windy day. If your hair just isn’t sitting right, braids are the perfect alternative and look amazing.
1. Part your hair into a deep side part and plait down the hairline towards your face. For a tighter look keep the plaits smaller with less hair and for a chunkier look, incorporate more hair into the plait.
2. Once you have plaited it down to the hairline, bring the braid to the side and continue to braid down, bringing in hair down from the crown. This will create that dropped side fringe look.
3. Once you have reached the back of your head, plait down as usual without bringing in more hair into the braid or tie the ends in to create a simple up-do. Pin the braid to the side of the head to secure.
4. Finish off with spray to keep the braid in place. To achieve a more effortless, undone look like Julianne Hough’s, gently pull on the braided hair to loosen it up.
“Ammonia is a harsh chemical that swells the hair cuticle so colour can be absurd all the way through the hair but there are some ramifications from using ammonia colour lines.”
Reasons to avoid ammonia hair colour:
- Unpleasant odor
- Can create scalp irritation
- Can result in watery or red eyes
- Many people experience an allergic reaction
Reasons to use ammonia-free hair colour:
- Pregnancy, illness and sensitive skin have led to lower chemical compound solutions that are less harmful on your skin and the environment.
- Vibrant and long lasting hair colour results without the chemical overload.
- Pleasant fragrance
- Better conditioning of the hair
- Ammonia-free colour lines can be up to 50% less irritable for people who are normally affected by hair colour
- Why put toxics onto your skin when they can be avoided?
DO cover grays, tint hair slightly lighter, or try ombre color.
DON’T use warm-hue dyes when coloring dark hair. Those shades tend to turn brassy, so stick with cool or ashy tones for a more realistic effect.
DON’T try dramatic hair color changes in the summer. Wind, sun, salt, and chlorine make color fade fast, so stick to more natural, easy-to-maintain shades. Start with a few tiny highlights and let the sun do the rest.
DON’T wash hair with a deep cleanse shampoo after a day at the beach. “Your hair’s not dirty. It just full of sand and salt. We suggest using a conditioner to gently cleanse hair without stripping it, then lightly shampoo the roots with a gentle shampoo
DON’T overdo it with hot hair tools in the summer. They’re the worst thing for hair color loggevity. Blow-dry hair on cool settings and use Velcro curlers for volume. Put them in damp hair and you can accomplish so many other things while your hair sets.
DO treat your hair to an indulgent hair mask.
DON’T bleach hair without first using a salt scalp treatment to prevent dryness and itching. Eight out of 10 women get itchy scalp after coloring. The salt neutralizes the pH imbalance created by the bleach. Before coloring, use a mixture of one tablespoon of salt to one cup of water. Pour onto scalp, massage it in, and leave for three minutes.
PONYTAILS are supposed to be one of the easiest hairstyles imaginable, but getting them just right is not quite as straightforward as it sounds. Too much texture and it looks messy, too little and it looks limp and flat. The desirable ponytail has texture, style and insouciance without looking too “done”.
Firstly we recommend a ponytail created on dirty hair – or if you don’t like leaving your hair unwashed then you could use some dry shampoo to add texture. Use a product like Redken Quick Tease – just tip your head upside-down and spray through the whole thing. This will add some grit and hold. Don’t use a brush, use your fingers to pull the hair back into a tight ponytail. Gwyneth Paltrow likes to keep their hair pulled back tightly at the sides – it lifts your eyes and is basically an instant facelift. Keep it a bit looser on the top though, it’s more casual and stops you from looking flat-headed or like you have too much forehead.
To fasten the ponytail, we recommend stretchy ribbons or old cotton hairbands which won’t split the hair as much as traditional hair elastics.
Tie it in place then pull and twist bits of the hair with your fingers, using a light hairspray from a brand like Kerastase. If you need to cover an unattractive hair elastic then you can wrap extra strands of hair around it to cover it, or if you’d rather make a trend of it you can use ribbon, lace leather or neon fabric – avoid scrunchies at all costs.
Alexa Chung likes to pull out lots of extra strands so it’s more messy and young. However if you’re in your thirties or forties then a sleeker. If you’re not a ponytail person – some people’s hair is too fine and looks unsubstantial – then just wrap it around and turn it into a top knot.
The excess moisture in the air is what creates excess frizz. The battle for better hair starts in the shower. Rich shampoos and conditioners with a creamy texture create a smooth base for each strand. The minute you step out of the shower work a humidity-proofing formula like Moroccanoil Treatment into the hair while it’s still sopping wet. Once the air hits your hair, it starts to frizz—but if you apply the product quickly, it will keep the strands together as they dry. Whether you blast it with the blowdryer or let it dry naturally, we stress the importance of keeping your hands out of your hair throughout the remainder of the day. When you touch your hair, the follicles start to separate and it creates a halo of fuzz.