November 18th, 2008
Curling straight hair can be a pain at the best of times, but using rollers can make things especially tricky. Most of the time hair just doesn’t stay put, or hair ends up in a huge tangle. Boots Essential Bendy Rollers do make things a bit easier though. Made of wire encased in foam tubes, all you need to do is roll up the hair and then twist the ends together, and voila, they stay put. They’re also really easy to undo again, just untwist the top and roll them out for lovely curls.
They can be used on wet hair or dry hair, and you can vary how tight you want the curls by how tight you wind them. You get eight in a box, but if you’ve got thicker or longer hair, you might need more. At £5.60 a box the bendy rollers are definitely a cheap way to curl your hair.
You can buy them from Boots online or in stores.
November 14th, 2008
Ballet style hairbands, otherwise known as bandos are really big right now, and they’re great for keeping your hair out of your eyes, or just adding a bit of detail when wearing hair loose. Accessorize have got a huge selection, whether you’re looking for a smart, casual, or statement band. This Double Strand Chain and Ribbon Bando, costing £8, is perfect for casual and smart. The black and gold detailing is reminiscent of Chanel, and the double layer means it’ll definitely get noticed. The elasticated back means it’s easy to slip on, but you don’t need to worry about the chain getting tangled in your hair at the back.
Bandos are also helpful for creating sweeping updos – pulling back the hair at the front of the head will make the back look more voluminous.
There are plenty of different styles and detailing to choose from, so have a look over at Accessorize.
November 11th, 2008
Christmas is a great time to consider changing your hair colour – a new shade is the ultimate party accessory, and a great way to give relatives something to talk about! Just before you reach for the peroxide though, make sure you choose a shade that’ll compliment your skin tone.
If you’re feeling brave, then how about purple? This season’s hottest colour doesn’t just have to be for clothes, for the truly daring why not opt for something like in the picture? Drastic yes, but you could always dye it back to a more natural shade in the new year, and this cut will look great with any colour. Be sure to go to a salon for this though – it’s definitely not a do it yourself job.
Generally though, it’s about subtlety, think muted, not peroxide blonde, and warm light brown tones, like toffee, butterscotch and honey.
Finally, don’t forget to invest in a good colour protect shampoo and conditioner, to keep your hair looking tip top. Try Paul Mitchell’s range of Colour Protect Daily Shampoo and Conditioner, now reduced at HQ Hair.
November 7th, 2008
Natural products are great for giving your hair a rest from all the harsh chemicals in some shampoo and conditioner, and they always seem to smell much nicer for having natural ingredients in.
Modern Organic Products (MOP) make their products using not only all-natural, food based ingredients, but organic too – good for you and the environment.
Their Mixed Greens Shampoo and Coniditioner is perfect for this time of year, as it’s specially designed to give extra moisture to try hair. It contains Olive Oil, which as we all know is the ultimate ingredient to inject moisture into hair. It also has Organic Apple Cider Vinegar which is great for removing any chemical build up and residue left in hair by other products.
MOP Mixed Greens Shampoo and Conditioner cost £9.45 each and are available from Boots online or instore.
November 4th, 2008
Kirby grips are, let’s face it, one of the most boring hair accessories on the planet. Annoyingly though, they’re also pretty essential when it comes to doing almost any kind of hair style, or even just keep your fringe off your face in the gym.
Luckily though, Dorothy Perkins have taken two of the humble grips and turned them into something lovely! These Exploding Stone Clips are great accessories, and useful too. The exploding effect rhinestone gems will add a sparkly detail. Wear them with hair down to pin the sides back, or add them to an up do for a bit of sparkle.
Clips like this are also great for accessorising an evening outfit as a change to, or as well as, a bracelet or necklace.
The Exploding Stone Clips cost £5 for a pack of 2 from Dorothy Perkins instore or online.
October 31st, 2008
Accessorize have got a wide range of hair accessories at the moment, from clips to Alice bands, and even scrunchies!
Personally I think these vintage style combs are great. Vintage clothes are hugely popular at the moment, so why not extend it to accessories? Buying a vintage inspired hair clip means that you can wear the vintage look without worrying about catching someone else’s head lice! This Pansy Vine Comb captures the vintage brooch look with it’s stone embellished flowers and bronze effect. It can be worn on any length of hair – add it to the top of a pony tail for a nice detail, or sweep up a bit of hair and the side or back with the comb. You can also get it in a silver finish it you want to add some extra sparkle and bling to your hair.
The Pansy Vine Comb costs £12 and is available now from Accessorize.
October 28th, 2008
The humble ponytail is currently making a come back on the catwalk. Good news then, no tricky styles to recreate, all you need is a good brush and a strong elastic. However, as with all catwalk trends, there’s a certain way of wearing your ponytail. Sleek and groomed is the name of the game, so unfortunately that means even a ponytail will still require a bit of effort.
A good smoothing serum is essential – it’ll take care of any fly away, frizzy hair and help perfect that perfect ponytail. If you want to go the whole hog and straighten your ponytail as a finishing touch a smoothing serum will also help to keep it smooth and sleek all day.
Bed Head’s Control Freak Serum is perfect, and can be used on wet or dry hair. The light formula will ensure your hair looks shiny, not greasy, and it’ll protect hair against heat and humidity. It’s currently reduced from £10.80 to £9.18 at HQ Hair.
October 24th, 2008
You can always rely on The Body Shop to keep things 100% natural. We all know that hair wax isn’t actually made of candle wax, but what about beeswax? Well that’s exactly what The Body Shop have produced – hairwax made from beeswax. It will keep hair exactly where you want it, and washes out easily without leaving any sticky residue.
Be warned though, it is for short hair only.
The organic beeswax helps to moisturise and condition hair and to keep in moisture. And of course the beekeepers get a fair share of the profit.
So go natural with your hairstyling products, keeping your hair free of harsh chemicals and perfumes, and making it much easier to wash out.
The Body Shop Beeswax Texturising Wax costs £5 and you can get it instore or online.
October 21st, 2008
If you’ve always thought that there’d been a mix up with your birth certificate, and that you are genuinely a princess, then this hairband should prove it to everyone once and for all.
This cute silver hairband is embellished with a stone encrusted crown that sits delicately at the side of your head, as a subtle reminder to anyone who might question your royal status! The hairband also has lovely padded tips to stop your ears getting pinched and rubbed, and has a shiny silver finish.
This accessory would be great for a fancy dress outfit, or for adding an unique accessory to evening wear, and of course, exerting your princess status.
You can get the Stone Encrusted Crown Alice Band from ASOS for £12.
October 17th, 2008
One of the few good things about winter has to be hairdryers…there’s nothing better than warming yourself up in the morning by drying your hair and warming up with a lovely blast of hot air! Sadly though, hair doesn’t appreciate the warm air like the rest of me does, and heat on hair does not equal happiness.
However this Nutriheat Hair Nutrition Hairdryer is a hairdryer that’s actually kind to hair! Whilst it’s blowing away it releases silk proteins that nourish hair and stop it from getting too dried out from all the heat. It will also give nearly 100% less frizz, and give extra shine and hydration… all from a hairdryer!
At £39.99 it’s pretty good price for a hairdryer and about six hair products all in one! And yes, it still blows hot hair so it’ll keep you toasty on winter mornings!
The Nutriiheat Hair Nutrition Hairdryer is available now from Boots.