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Easy Rollers

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Boots Essentials Bendy RollersCurling 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.

The New Alice Band

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Accessorize Double Strand Chain BandoBallet 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.

Colour Me Different

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Purple HairChristmas 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.

Exploding Kirby Grips

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Dorothy Perkins Exploding Stone ClipsKirby 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.

Vintage Style Hair Combs

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Accessorize Pansy Vine CombAccessorize 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.

Perfect Ponytail

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Bed Head Control Freak SerumThe 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.

On Trend and In Hair

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Urban Outfitters Oversize Patent BowOversize? – check. Patent? – check. Bow? – check. This cute Oversized Patent Bow from Urban Outfitters must be the most on trend hair accessory I’ve seen all season. It covers three major trends all in one go, and you can wear it in your hair!

This is a great accessory for everyday wear, or for adding some extra excitement to evening wear. And it’s not kidding around when it says oversize – this little beauty measure 15 centimetres wide! It can be worn however you fancy, clipped onto the side of your hair for the ultimate statement, or use it in a ponytail, a half -up-half-down, or use to hide the messy ends in a beehive.

It costs £8 comes in pink, yellow and black, although pink is currently unavailable. If you’re lucky enough to live near an Urban Outfitters you can hunt one out in there, or it’s available from their website.

Glitter Spray is Back!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Fekkai Hair CrystalsWhen I was younger I used to love those glitter sprays you could get for your hair. Sadly though there came a time when my mum got a bit fed up of it – it used to end up everywhere – pillows, clothes, the sofa…and it just wasn’t cool anymore, which is of course used to be crucially important, and then it disappeared into obscurity

Excitingly though, you can now buy a grown up version! Fekkai is an American company who are the go-to stylists for many Hollywood A-Listers (or so they claim!). Their Spray On Hair Crystals will give your hair an all over shimmer, perfect for a quick spritz to take your hair from day to evening. Hair Crystals are available in three shades: Champagne, Copper and Bronze so they’ll blend into all different hair colours , or try and couple to create your own shade.

The spray also contains Panthenol, will soften your hair making it perfect for styling and prevent the stickiness that sprays can give. So if you fancy a bit of childhood regression without the mess, then head over to HQ Hair, where you can get a can of Fekkai Hair Crystals for £15.

Messy Hair = Extra Sleep

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

RealHair Real Base Conditioning MistThere’s good news for everyone who spends ages on their hair in the morning – this season’s slouchy slip knot means you can have a bit more time in bed, as the messier and rushed looking the better. All you need to do is part your hair into two, secure each side, tie the two ends together and pin them in place. Don’t worry about pinning up the two ends or securing any loose bits, as they just add to the effect.

Invest in a good quality conditioning hairspray to hold it in place and to keep your hair looking healthy. Realhair’s Real Base Conditioning Haircare Mist, at £17, will keep hair tangle free and protect it and is great for styling.

Available now at the Realhair website.

Supersize Hair Clips

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Dorothy Perkins Animal Mix ClipsIf you’ve got thick hair like me, you’ll know that you need about twice as many hair clips as everyone else does to do the job. Whilst cute, ornamental hair clips and slides are great, they often don’t stay put in thick hair, or won’t clip shut. So I think the current trend for over sized hair clips is great, as they’re perfect for using on thicker hair and actually work on more than a few strands. I picked up a set at the weekend and haven’t stopped using them since, and they haven’t fallen out once.

These Animal Mix clips from Dorothy Perkins are brilliant. More exciting than plain old silver, you can use them as a feature or just use them to keep your hair tucked out of the way. They cost £5 for 3 and you can get a set online or instore.

Stock up on them while you can because as with all trends, they’ll soon disappear from the shops.