There's so many products to work your way through when you go in to a drugstore. We're narrowing down some of the best so you know exactly what to look for on your next trip.
It protects your hair and prolongs your blow dry, if there's something to deliver frizz free, sleek blow dry results, its this.
If you want loose, natural waves then you need this mousse in your life. There's no stickiness that comes with it like many mousses and it's super light, so if you don't like that feeling of having a lot of product in your hair, this is for you.
The serum we and so many celebrity hairstylists swear by, it smooths, hydrates and protects against the humidity to stop that Monica hair vibe.
Whether you're a strong hold girl or a flexible mane fan, the Elnett range has you covered. It's definitely a key classic in our books.
If your mane can be a little flat then this could be your drugstore hero, it'll boost volume from the roots to the tips and it's packed full of botanical ingredients so it'll leave your hair feeling luxe AF.
The one, the only, no seriously, the only dry shampoo you'll ever need. Batiste is always the product we see being pulled out of people's handbags to top up their mane, it's a fave and there's tonnes of different scents too.
This'll deliver a long lasting scent but more importantly, a damn good shine. This is the must have finish to every hair style.
If you're in to a beachy, textured vibe then this is definitely worth looking in to. It'll deliver texture upon texture and leave you feeling like you've discovered the secret to a mermaid mane.
So this is still drugstore but its a bit more indulgent in terms of the price but we can put the stamp of approval on the price for what you're getting. These two products give your mane a whole new lease of life, bringing back strength and shine to your locks, especially for those who have perhaps damaged their hair with colouring & heat.
Hopefully now when you go to restock your haircare you won't be left overwhelmed by options and having a melt down on the shop floor.
What are your go to hair products? Let us know if we missed some cult favourites!
Air drying, something we all know we should do more but 9 times out of 10 we just don't have the time to wait for our manes to dry naturally.
But we know how much it's helps the condition of our hair so we're dropping some time saving secrets to speed up the air drying process so you can fit in in your morning routine without walking out the door with damp locks.
GET YOUR TOWEL READY
As soon as you're out of the shower, grab your towel and gently twist your mane to get the main bulk of moisture out. Afterwards, use a wet hair brush and then twist again to dry it out a little more.
Be sure to only ever use a brush designed for wet hair as your hair is always at its most fragile when it's wet and so you can end up doing a lot of damage if you don't use the right brush.
BUSY BUSY BUSY
If you've got a lot of things to do and you just want to get your hair out of the way, get your hands on a micro fibre towel and wrap it up in to a turban. This way you can get on with your morning routine whilst your hair is drying. Micro fibre will help speed up the drying process a lot as it's SUPER absorbent.
When it comes to air drying, you're cutting out the hot styling part of your routine so you've got to add in products to your wet mane in order to achieve the style you want. Get your anti frizz or sleek saviours out and on before your mane has dried.
If you're a time worrier and can't stand the thought of leaving your mane to dry by itself out of fear of it not being dry in time then don't worry, we've got an alternative. Shower & wash your hair the evening before and you can leave it to dry stress free throughout the evening and by the time you head for bed, it'll be dry and ready for your morning routine.
So there's no excuses now, give our air drying tips a whirl and let us know how you get on!
Hey queens, happy International Women's Day! To celebrate we wanted to give all of you boss babes some power hairstyles to add to your life. Stay tuned until the end for a killer giveaway with the huns at GHD...
STEP ONE: Separate out your mane and work your way through, curling all your locks with straighteners. We know that curling with straighteners can be a bit of task until you've mastered it, so we've got a highlight section on our Instagram with a step by step for it over here.
STEP TWO: Once you've curled your locks, pull your fingers through your hair to loosen up the curls and give a more natural texture.
STEP THREE: Gather your pony up using a soft bristle brush to smooth the roots and the underneath. Be sure to spray some hairspray on to the brush before using so that your hair will hold the shape better. Once you're happy with where your pony is sitting, secure it with a strong hairband.
STEP FOUR: Next, take a section of your pony from underneath to wrap around the hairband to hide it and then secure it in place with a bobby pin.
STEP FIVE: Finish off with some texturising spray and scrunch in your hand to give extra volume.
SERIOUS VOLUME FOR SERIOUS BUSINESS.
SLICK LOW PONY
STEP ONE: Section out your mane and apply heat protection.
STEP TWO: Run the straightener through all of your mane until your happy that it's sleek and straight AF. If you've got some hair oil to hand, run it through your mane to give a glossy, high shine finish.
STEP THREE: Spray hairspray on a soft bristle brush and begin brushing your mane back in to a low sitting pony.
STEP FOUR: Secure with a hairband and wrap a section of the pony around it, securing with a bobby pin to hide the band.
SLEEK IT BACK & SLAY ALL DAY.
STEP ONE: Section off your hair and begin curling the bottom with your straighteners. Don't forget to always apply your heat protection before using tools. Keep bringing more of your mane down and continue curling.
STEP TWO: As you start nearing the top, be sure to set your hair in to a side parting. On the side with the main bulk of hair, take the front section and curl it under with your straighteners to give it the classic glamour shape.
STEP THREE: Once you're happy with your curls, spray hairspray on to a soft bristle brush and then brush through the curls to loosen up the texture. You should be left with loose soft waves with a classic glamour vibe. To finish, tuck your hair behind your ear on the far parted side.
ALL THE GLAM IN MINIMAL TIME.
SHOP THE LOOKS:
As always don't forget to tag us in any photos of the hairstyles you try. We used the GHD Gold Styler to create all of these looks and we're giving 2 away over on our Instagram! Head over there now for a chance to win the hair styling tool of dreams.
We rave about oils, a lot. When it comes to boosting the condition of your hair there really is no better at home solution than oils. But a lot of people question us about the difference between oils and serums. They get put in the same category a lot, but we're here to give you the heads up that they couldn't be more different.
A lot of people opt for serums when they're wanting to improve the condition of their hair when they should really only be used for the purpose of styling your mane. They do have benefits for sure, they're great for preventing further damage as many are heat protectants and they're exactly what you need when you're aiming for a super sleek, frizz free mane. But if you're wanting to boost the condition of your mane, it's not the serums you want to be reaching for.
Oils are everything you need to give your hair a moisture boost, to strengthen and to nourish. We believe the best way to use oils is as a masque once a week. Cover your mane in the oil and wrap it up in to a bun. If you're not doing anything during the day then you can leave it on, the longer the better. But putting it on for a few hours in the evening will still work wonders. Just be sure to shampoo thouroughly to make sure you're not left with that "conditioner that didn't wash out" feel after.
So if you're wanting a styling product that'll give sleek and frizz free results, reach for the serum. But if you're wanting a mane health boost, oils are your best friend.
What oils & serums have you found work wonders? leave us a comment below so we can update the list with any favourites!
Lets be honest, it doesn't take an overwhelming excuse for us to avoid the gym. We'll see that the top we wanted just went out of stock and decide that it's clearly a sign that we're not supposed to go, I mean, there's no correlation but still, it was a sign.
Going to the gym before work can be a drag , even more so when you've got to make sure you're looking presentable afterwards. Girl, we understand, so here's five hair hacks to get you over your gym phobia and to make sure your hair is prepped and f*cking fabulous for the rest of the day
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE SWEATBAND
Okay so you might think you'll be looking like you've stepped out of an 80's music video but seriously you don't know how much aggravation it'll save by wearing one. You instantly avoid the sweaty hair look and it'll majorly cut down on your post gym "getting ready for work" time. Go and invest, work those 80's yoga instructor vibes honey.
POINTS FOR THE PONY
Our go to power style when we're leaving the gym for work, a sleeked back high pony will never fail you. All you need to throw in your bag before you leave in the morning is a brush, hair tie, and some texturising spray. Five minutes tops to get it right and you'll be on your way to work feeling like you're ready to own the damn day.
Sometimes you can't avoid washing your hair at the gym, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. But we know how quickly the time ticks away. After you've showered, dry your hair super roughly just to get the main bulk of moisture out and then run some oil through your mane and pull it up in to a bun to finish drying on your way to work. You'll be surprised how quickly it'll dry off when you're out and about on your way to work and you're adding a moisture boost with the oil which your mane will definitely thank you for.
PLAIT IT BACK
An alternative to the bun path, we know that all our queens have different hair textures, so we've got all the bases covered. If your hair is a little more unruly and textured, opt for the plaits over the bun. Still rough dry and add in the oil but then you can easily and quickly plait it back. Added bonus, when you take them out at the end of the day you'll be left with some lit AF waves for the next day.
PERFECTIONISTS, WE GOT YOU
If a pony, plait or bun doesn't float your boat and you like to have your mane out on display then keep listening. This is going to require getting up maybe 10 minutes earlier so it's up to you whether it's worth it. Get up and wash your hair PRE GYM. No, we're not crazy, hear us out. If you wash you hair before the gym and wear a sweat band ( we told you so ), then afterwards all you've gotta do is jump in the shower, miss out the hair wash of course. By then, your hair will be dry from it's morning wash, ready to let down and style however you please. There's no denying this takes a little more effort but if it's perfection you want, you gotta be willing to invest the time.
What are your ultimate gym hacks? any tips to get us up and out to the gym are MORE than welcome queens, sharing is caring X
From Means Girls to the Notebook, we've decided it was about time to run down some of the best mane moments we've seen on film. Stay tuned for some serious hair inspo.
KIM BASINGER AS LYNN BRACKEN
Can we get a hallelujah for those Hollywood waves, we're living for the golden glossed wavy mane Kim is serving here.
MICHELLE PFEIFFER AS ELVIRA
This shaped bob and bangs is going on our must try style list for 2018.
JANE BIRKIN AS THE BLONDE
This one length chop with bouncy ends and heavy bangs is giving us serious parisian chic vibes.
LACEY CHABERT AS GRETCHEN WIENERS
We're wondering whether one of the secrets she holds in her mane is how to achieve those glossy curls because damn honey.
ALICIA SILVERSTONE AS CHER
Cher wasn't always just delivering on the fashion front, she was always coming through with her mane.
HALLE BERRY AS JINX
DIE ANOTHER DAY
We're so here for Halle's short tousled look. What an ANGEL.
RACHEL MADAMS AS ALLIE
Rachel's hair, another reason to love The Notebook? As if we needed anymore.
JULIA ROBERTS AS VIVIAN WARD
We'll always be head over heels for Julia's OTT curly mane in Pretty Woman.
UMA THURMAN AS MIA WALLACE
The only bob inspo you'll EVER need.
JULIA STILES AS KAT STRATFORD
10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU
The original golden, natural hair inspo.
What hair moments do you rank highest from the big screen, do you think Regina's mane rivals Gretchen? Drop us a comment below!
Flat, lack lustre and a bit dull. All the things our hair can feel like when we're lacking a little bit of volume. But are you aware of the one mistake you're making when it comes to giving your mane the lift?
SO many of us start the volume addition process too late in our hair routine when the simplest fix can be done before your hair is even dry.
It's all about the blow dry technique, queens.
We're all a little guilty of trying to get the blow drying part of our hair routine out of the way as quick as poss, but it's the most important part to give your hair the oomph it deserves.
Flip your head upside down when rough drying, it'll instantly lift the roots and give immediate volume. Make sure you do this without the nozzle attachment to make sure the air is being dispersed roughly across your entire mane.
Add styling products when your hair is about 80% dry, working them from the back to the front, this makes sure that your hair isn't going to weighed down and product heavy at the front.
Now, style. Re attach your nozzle and you can get to work on your parting and the style you want to achieve, your hair will be FULL of volume by this point and you won't have to stress about trying to add it in with products later.
You can thank us later, go and blow some volume in to your locks huns.
Who knows what we were doing with our hair in the 90's. Braids, crimping and butterfly clips all wrapped in to one maybe slightly OTT hairstyle, but damn, didn't we look like hot mess queens.
If you could balance a perfect mix of straight, crimp and random curls then you had THE hair. Unfortunately most is us got too carried away and ended up leaving the house looking like we'd had a fight with the crimpers instead.
For THAT school disco, which lingered for about two weeks after making you feel like you were breaking the rules every time you walked in to school with sassy AF hair "sorry miss, it just won't wash out".
Conair Quick Braid & Quick Gems
We don't know about you but we kinda wanna ask the founder of Conair why they hated children so much because OH THE PAIN WHEN THE BRAIDING WENT WRONG. The quick braid was actually a disaster 99% of the time, lets be honest. But the quick gems, well, if there was one thing that had us feeling like sass af queens, this was it. Even if they did only last 10 minutes.
Because who didnt want weird textured, green and blue strands in their mane.
Purely for decoration because they slid out of your hair if you dared to put more than ten strands of hair between the clips, but damn they looked cute.
Stretch Comb Headbands
Seeing these in Claire's and wondering how the f*ck it was meant to go in your hair.
Perfect curls in a packet, oh how naive we were. Unless you were aiming for unruly curls springing in every which way direction, this was not going to deliver.
One of the least crazy hair accessories, probably still quite useful actually if you want that OTT lifted look.
Clacker Hair Ties
That seriously satisfying sound that was met with a serious painful feeling when you got bored and started swinging them around.
What would you bring back? We wanna give crimping another go, hopefully we'll look a little more Britney this time.
The countdown is officially on and if you're not in meltdown mode over what you're wearing, your hair and your make up for the big V day night then we're extremely jealous. We thought we'd help cut down on the decisions by finding the best hair style for you, answer the below q's to find out how you should be wearing you mane on Valentines.
Whatever you're doing this Valentines, we know you'll all be looking
It's here, the most romantic day of the year, apart from international doughnut day obviously. Ain't no love like doughnut love, am I right? Anyway, we know a lot of us girls can never make up our damn minds when asked what we want, so we thought we'd share some of our fave gift ideas that you can subtly or not so subtly drop hints about this V day.
( We have of course linked them all for you so they have no excuses huns. )
Holla single ladies, don't you be thinking we've forgotten about a certain thing called Galentines, we've got you covered with below too, queens.
THE GISOU HAIR OIL - FOR THE GLOSSY HAIR LOVERS
The must have for glossy AF locks, a subtle WhatsApp hint is ~definitely~ in order.
THE COOL GIRL SPRAY BY SAM MCKNIGHT - FOR THE TEXTURE OBSESSED
If you avoid flat hair like the plague (don't we all) then this is
P E R F E C T for you.
THE TOPSHOP VDAY COLLECTION - FOR THE FASHION FORWARD
If your hair supplies are stocked to the brim, lets get your wardrobe in order. We scouted different high street shops for some valentines inspo and decided that Topshop is *SERVING* pure sassy romantic vibes.
THE GLOSSIER COLLECTION - FOR THE GLOWING SKIN GALS
Whether you want a hair refresh for yourself or you're celebrating valentines with your best babes and renaming it galentines, this has got you covered.
THE RECORD PLAYER - FOR THE VINTAGE & MUSIC LOVERS
When you got pretty much all the hair and skincare things on your Christmas Wishlist and, well, this is just too damn pretty to pass up on.
THE GHD STYLERS - FOR THE GIRLS THAT READ OUR LAST POST
We spoke about HOW important it is to be using good quality hair tools in this post here. An update to your styling selection could be *the* gift idea for v day.
THE AQUIS TOWEL - FOR THE GIRLS THAT WANNNA TAKE CARE OF THEIR WET HAIR
Before you wonder why, check out their page here because we can't give you a better run down on just how much you need this towel than they do. Did we ever think we would ~need~ a towel? nope. Do we need it? HELL YES.
Whether you're celebrating with your other half or going all out with your fave gals, have an AMAZING valentines day huns.
We all like switching up our hair colour, using styling tools and trying different products, but do we really know the damage we're doing to our hair each time? Now, we're not saying don't do it because let's be honest, none of us are ever going to give up our curlers and monthly colour appointments. But there are things you're doing at home that are damaging your hair without you knowing it...
USING CHEAP STYLING TOOLS
It's true, cheap styling tools will send your hair in to damage zone more than expensive ones do. You'll find with a lot of the upper market tools they'll have specific coatings on the plates to protect your mane and they regulate temperature a lot better. Maintaining a level temperature with styling tools is actually a lot more important than you'd think. You know when certain strands of hair don't straighten as well as the last and you sometimes run it over them maybe 3 or 4 times to get it completely straight, that's all because of the varying temperature that comes with the cheaper tools. Investing a little more can have a huge long term benefit on your locks.
BRUSHING WET HAIR
Avoid, avoid avoid. This is such a no go unless you've got a tangle teezer or a brush that's specifically for wet hair. Your hair is at its weakest post showering, the bonds are weaker and so you do a lot more damage brushing it through just after you've jumped out of the shower than you would if you gave it a little time to dry. Give it 15 before brushing your tresses ladies.
WASHING YOUR HAIR TOO MUCH
Yep, it's true. If you're washing your hair everyday, you're drying it out and making it weaker. Using products like dry shampoo for a few days can extend the wash-life of your hair will help your hair strengthen too if you use one that is moisturising.
GROWING WITHOUT TRIMMING
What's more important, having long locks or healthy locks? If you're not popping in for a trim every 4-6 weeks your hair could end up being long but dead and distressed. If you're growing it out, you don't have to have a lot lopped off, it's simply about keeping it healthy and removing any dead ends. It'll help it look glossier, healthier and when it gets to be long, it'll be luscious and full of life instead of drab and in need of a MAJOR remodel.
A LOT OF STRESS AND NOT ENOUGH ZZZ'S
We all know about the effects of stress on our bodies. With stress, normally comes a lack of sleep which renders hell on your mind, body AND hair. Getting enough hours of restful sleep each night is so important for endless health reasons, but if you wanted to add another reason for racking up some extra hours in bed, this is it.
Follow these few simple steps and you're on the right path to boosting your locks health and strength. Don't forget to check yourself on what you're eating for your mane health too, we wrote all about that over hurrrrr.
Ah Carrie Bradshaw, the woman that inspired a wild side of fashion in us all. But let's put aside her immense fashion sense for a moment and take some time to appreciate how many times she slayed us with her locks. From curls for D A Y S to sleeked back buns, here's 10 times that Carrie killed the hair game.
THE NATUAL WAVES
Probably our fave Carrie look, nothing beats her natural wavy days! What a H O N E Y.
HALF UP HEAVEN
L L L O V E. Half up styles are a great go to when you haven't got the patience to properly style your hair, it doesn't have to be super neat, it can be messy AF and still look great.
THE WRAPPED BUN
Lets put the messy buns to the side because this style is WINNING. *immediately searches YouTube for tutorial*
The time she bought the gloss and class like never before, a Carrie without curls isn't the same but this look certainly has us swooning.
THAT TIME SHE DARED TO GO STRAIGHT
S H O O K, who knew we'd ever see our girl daring to go straight.
THE CROPPED CURL
When her locks went from princess to pixie, the volume she had going here is giving us SO much life.
THE EIGHTIES THROWBACK
That dropped out perm look, we are dying over the curls and pushed back parting. S U C H A L O O K.
THE SLEEKED BUN
SLEEKED AF GIRL, check that control on her fly always, we need whatever she's using.
PULLED BACK TEXTURE
We gave you one half up look, but we're not quite done. The root to tip texture is giving her locks a whole new lease of life, punky princess vibes, HELLO.
RELAXED AF CARRIE
Goodbye curls, hello toned down texture with volume. Probably one of her tamest looks to date but the simplicity of the style with the added bounce is perfect.
We love Carrie when she's rocking her curls, nobody should ever give up THAT
natural texture. What look is your fave?
January seems to be lasting 10 times as long as it should be, can we just move on to warmer days already. To help you get through the rest of these dull days we're bringing you some hair styling ideas to spice up your mane life this winter.
BRAIDS IN TO WAVES
This is one of the styles that might require getting up a little earlier in the morning, WE KNOW, ITS ASKING A LOT. If you do decide to set your alarm a bit earlier, here's how to achieve this style. Work your way through your mane creating some loose waves with a wide barrel curler, after, add in some sea salt spray to create a beachy texture that'll hold. Then you can start plaiting from the front to the back, this can take a while to master which is why we say getting up a little earlier for this style is a good idea. You don't want to be dashing out of the house with a half perfected mane. Secure the plaits once you reach the bottom of your hair line and then simply wrap a piece of hair round the hand band and secure with a bobby pin.
TOP KNOT WITH TEXTURE
This is a seriously low maintenance look, scoop the top 1/3 of hair and pull it up in to a messy bun. It can take a while to be happy with your bun but once you've got it, you're past the hardest bit. With the remaining locks, take some wide barrel curlers and work your way through, the less attention to detail you pay, the better. Add in some texture spray after styling to keep the messy look holding throughout the day.
LOW & MESSY
The easiest, it doesn't matter what your hair looks like from the day before, it's all going back. Spray salt spray through your hair and ruffle it until you get the desired messy texture. Use a brush to add a little more volume and then pull back with your hands ( don't use a brush, it'll dull the texture) and secure with a hairband. After you're happy with where your bun is sitting, pull some strands from the front to add a little bit of framing to your face. Quick, easy 10 minute styling, SORTED.
PLAIT IN TO PONY
This is fab for adding a little more jazz to your hair without spending a tonne of time in front of the mirror. This would be great if you had waves in your hair the day before and you've got some texture left over.
LOW SET WAVES
This is a keen fave at #SCL if you can't tell from our IG, we have a serious love affair with wavy hair. This is a perfect for a laid back but preened look. For extra gloss and shine, be sure to treat your hair to a indulgent treatment or oil session once a week.
This super textured mop with bangs is giving up major hair envy. This laid back, easy to style cut is what it's all about in 2018. Effortless chic, if you want to give this chop a whirl, you can book appointments and find all our info on the #SCL site here!
LOW TEXTURED PONY
We're so in to this beach texture gathered in to a messy pony. All you need to do is create some waves with a wide barrel curler, don't worry about it being neat as it's going to be made messy anyway! Add in some texture spray after curling and brush through some of the strands to create a varied texture. Use your hands to gather your locks in to a pony, avoid using a hairbrush as you'll end up smoothing down the texture. After creating the perfect messy pony, take a strand of hair and wrap it round the hairband, securing with a bobby pin on the underside. ET VOILA.
EASY VINTAGE VIBES
This might not look like the easiest style to achieve but it's really doesn't require to much graft. You'll need a wide barrel curler, hairbrush and hairspray (of course with any style using heat, you'll want to apply heat protection so make sure you've also got that to hand). Set your hair in to a heavy side parting, section your hair off in to layers and start curling with the wide barrel, remembering to follow the one secret we told you about getting your curls to hold successfully here. When you get to the front section, you'll want to take your fringe and curl it over the barrel to give that iconic Hollywood lifted fringe. After your mane is all curled and set, brush it through with a wide paddle brush to give a loose glossy vibe and finish by setting the parting with hairspray.
If these styles don't pull your winter mane out of retirement, we don't know what will. As always, don't forget to send us photos of your mane if you try any of these for a chance of being featured on the @samanthacusicklondon IG!
We're all not so patiently waiting to see if there's a mini Kylie coming in to world but over at #SCL we're starting to miss Kylies daily slaying looks. We had a little ( major ) Instagram scroll and gathered up some of our fave looks from her over the years.
THE PLATINUM CROP
Y A S. We can't imagine the upkeep on this look if you were to have it permanently but my GOD we love it.
This is one of Kylies more natural locks look, we love the major glossy vibe with a few layers added in for texture, what a #QUEEN.
THE WET LOOK
IT'S A VIBE. This is possibly our fave look. Probably not for an every day office vibe but definitely one to use as inspo for an occasion.
PIXIE PINK BEAUTY
Pink hues were IT in 2017, and this pic is making us to want to carry them through to 2018. If you want to take a dive with a new hair colour, make sure to do so in a salon and not at home, the risk just ain't worth it for your locks ladies.
MIDDIE + VOLUME
The added layers to Kylie's mid length blunt chop gives volume for days. If your hair is lacking a little bounce, try adding in a texturising spray to your hair routine.
Did Kylie rock THAT Rihanna red, hell yes. We're absolutely in love with the braids in to a bun vibe, someone hook us up with the stylist that worked this magic asap.
Who knows how many times Kylies switched up her colours over the years, our fave has to be when she's rocking blonde locks.
THE MODEL CHIC
SASHAY KYLIE HONEY. That time that Kylie pulled out some serious #ANTM vibes, do we think Tyra would be proud. Hell yeah.
STRIPPED BACK BUN
Effortless. Kylie may love her make up and playing around with different looks, but even when she's rocking a sleeked back top knot with minimal effort, she still looks like a class A angel.
Hopefully we'll see the youngest Jenner back on our IG feeds soon, let us know and send us pics in the mean time if your try your hand at any of these looks!
You get up early, you spend thirty minutes curling your mane. You leave the house feeling fab AF, you arrive at work to find your voluminous curls have dropped down a beachy wave and in the next hour you're left with the remains of what once was. A story we all know to well, there's a million and one products you can use to help your curls hold, from shampoos, to sprays to creams, but there's one thing you're not doing that makes all the difference.
T H E S E C R E T . . .
L E T T H E M C O O L
Honestly it's the simplest of solutions but it makes such a difference. When we say let them cool, we don't mean simply holding them in your hand for a few seconds before dropping them, we mean letting ALL the heat drain before you let them loose. Obviously you can't sit there waiting for them all to cool individually, mainly because you'll probably get a call from you boss at midday wondering where the f*ck you are. This is where your giant stash of bobby pins comes in...
After you've curled a strand of hair, let the curl slide off in to your hand, making sure that it's still in the same shape. Then roll the curl up to your head and slide a bobby pin in to keep it in place. If you don't want the curl to be running all the way from the top of your head, you can leave the top of the hair strand straight by simply pinning the curl a few inches below the root of the hair. Do this to each strand of hair as you're going through your mane, when you've curled the final piece, wait 5/10 mins and then you can start taking them down! It's as simple as that.
Let us know how you get on and tag us in any photos after you've tried curling using this method!
Don't let your curls hang low, girls.
Maintaining the look you have when you leave the salon can be a bit of a mission, there's so many different products on the market to help your colour stay bright and beautiful for a lot longer. Whether it's a golden blonde or fiery red, we're ready to divulge our recommendations & tips for keeping your locks looking vibrant.
C U T D O W N O N W A S H E S
The more you wash your hair, the more you're dulling your colour. Investing in a good dry shampoo to help you go longer inbetween washes is a must, and when you do wash your hair don't go OTT on the heat of the water. We're not saying you have to go all out with cold showers, hell NO but taking it down to luke warm is a great idea.
L E A V E I N C O N D I T I O N E R S
Coloured hair needs all the moisture it can get, the weather can have an impact on your hair too so if you have a leave in conditioner in your hair whilst you're out and about, it'll help to lock in the extra moisture.
O U R F A V E S
T R I M, T R I M, & T R I M A G A I N
We all know the up keep of coloured hair can leave your locks in a less than desirable condition, having a trim every so often will help keep your locks healthy and in turn will help the colour to hold better. Colour on dry and damaged hair will fade a lot faster, you don't have to have excessive amounts taken off each time, just enough to keep it healthy!
S H A M P O O S & C O N D I T I O N E R S
When you're searching for shampoos and conditioners, you want to be looking for something that isn't too tough on your hair as you don't want the colour to be stripped. Avoid head & shoulders as this is known to be one of the most abrasive, which is great for a good cleanse if you don't have coloured hair but it's a firm avoid from us if you've got coloured locks. John Frieda is known to be pretty bang on with their colour range and they're also super affordable, the same goes for the Elvive range too! We've linked some of our faves for each hair colour below!
p.s make sure you're avoiding products that contain sulfates, they strip the natural oils and moisture from your hair which then in turn makes your coloured locks fade. #AVOID
H A I R M A S Q U E S
If you're hair is in tip top glossy shape, your colour will hold A LOT better. Oils and masques are the best way to give your hair a little bit of extra life. Whilst oils are fab, masques can be a better route if they're tailored specifically to your colour. You don't need to splash out a lot on masques but going for mid range over the cheap options can work in your favour.
O U R F A V E S
So, hopefully you have a few ideas now of what you can being doing at home to keep your colour looking salon fresh. Let us know what products you find work best for you and your colour!
We've given you advice for glossy locks, frizzy frenzy and ALL the oils we can think of. But looking after your hair doesn't stop at the products you use, what you eat and the vitamins that you take in can have a H U G E impact on the health of your hair.
P R O T E I N B A S E D
Eggs, meat, dairy products and nuts are all a great source of protein. If your diet is lacking in protein then you'll find that it's restricting your hair growth and it'll also become dry and brittle. Upping the amount of protein you consume will make your hair strong and healthy which will minimise hair breakage and will help your locks to grow long AF.
I R O N
A lack of iron can be a major cause of hair loss, it's surprising how many of us don't consume enough iron. But we can always take supplements to boost vitamins and minerals that we might be missing out on from our diet. Just make sure you're getting good quality ones with a good dose of iron. Foods that are super rich in iron are...
O M E G A T H R E E
Our body can't make the fatty acids that are provided from omega three so it's super important that we give our bodies what they need. Fish are an obvious option to go to in order to boost omega three levels but if you're not a fish fan then you can always go down the route of avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts!
B R O W N C A R B S
We're all always told to eat brown bread instead of white but it turns out there's actually method to the madness. Whole grains contains a lot of zinc, a hormone regulating mineral which directly affects the thickness and growth of your mane.
D A R K C H O C O L A T E
Ending on a sweet note with this one, obviously we never need another reason to indulge in chocolate but if there's added health benefits then WE ARE LISTENING. Rich, high cocoa content dark chocolate contains protein, irons and b vitamins which will help your locks be fabulous AF.
Try adding in a few of these foods to your diet and see what works for you. After all, eating dark chocolate every day can't be so bad, right?
Admit it, you've spent everyday since New Years dedicating a few hours to binge watching friends on Netflix. No judgement here huns, to be honest we'd be pretty damn concerned if you hadn't been. Something we didn't realise before is how damn fabulous the cast's fashion and hair was during the show, so we're bringing you 10 times that Rachel bought serious looks to our screens.
THE LOW MESSY BUN
Yes, yes, Y A S. Forget the high top messy bun, let's bring it back down to a low bun with a few pieces pulled from the front to frame the face. Use texturising spray to help this style hold, it'll add more grip to the hair which will make sure the messy bun doesn't turn in to a hot mess.
Do we swap the preened waves and curls for a messy, undone look? hell yeah. Curling from the ear down will add bounce to the ends without going to OTT with volume on the roots.
HALF UP WITH ADDED VOLUME
we're so here for the added volume with this style, full of texture on the lengths and bounce in the roots. This is a "day after heavy styling" look, especially if you had waves the day before, you should still have some texture lingering which would be perfect to recreate this:
We f*cking love this, with decades old fashion coming back to the high street, we gotta have the hair to match. We recommend this for days where your hair is at the end of its life pre washing, dry shampoo and messy plaits with a hat to bring in the retro style.
FULL & VOLUMINOUS
We love this undone, full bodied vibe. The best way to achieve this is to use a texture spray and a wide barrel curler, give your locks a good brush through afterwards to spring the curls in to action.
GOLDEN AND GLOSSY
Golden tones and gloss, blunted and choppy. What don't we love about this. Blunt cuts are still very much a thing at the moment, you can add in a few fine layers around the front to soften the look around your face.
One of her more modern styles, a darker honey blonde with a TONNE of shaping around the front, this is great to add texture to your hair style without having to go all out with layers. Adding a few long layers and shaping around the face can make the WORLD of diff.
Possibly our fave, we're major fans of the bouncy wave at #SCL, if you couldn't already tell from our IG. LIT AF.
THE TAMED MANE
One of the lower key hairstyles that's Rachel bought to our screen, but still chic & glossy. The best way to keep your hair looking glossy like Rachel's is to use oils regularly which will help improve the condition.
One of her longest lock styles to date. You can see she's added extensions in through the lengths to thicken the look. Extensions are great not just for adding length but for adding texture and body to your hair, especially if you have a lot of fine hair.
The other girls had their hair moments on the show too so if you liked this post let us know and we can bring you some more hair envy moments from Monica & Phoebe.
Until next time huns, keep that Netflix binge going.
We love bringing you guys our fave products, whether it's to tame a frizzy frenzy or accessories to add a little jazz to your mane. With the new year being a fresh start, there's no better time to get your mane game in order, so we want to give you guys the lowdown on what we believe are must haves in 2018.
This hairspray is giving us the "lived in" look, you know the just rolled out of bed but I look sh*t hot vibe? this is it, in a can. WE LOVE. It's lightweight, helps protect hair from moisture loss and provides nutrients essential to hair health and strength.
SILK PILLOWCASES - £35.00
It's a game changer, silk works wonders on your hair whilst you're sleeping. We're not talking about turning your hair in to a glossy pool, but it helps to ease frizz, kinks and helps hold hairstyles for longer so in the long term, you'll have to style your hair less. It's a slow burner to improve your hair condition but we definitely think it's worth investing.
One of our faves, honey is the key ingredient with added natural blend of minerals, vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants. Honey is also known as nature’s humectant due to its moisture-retaining properties. Resulting in deeply conditioned, stronger hair. We 110% recommend this to boost the condition of your locks.
Hit restart (for real) with this unique, foaming dry shampoo. It works without water to thoroughly cleanse and refresh hair while adding instant volume and just-showered shine. Dry shampoo gets us through the week when we really would rather have the extra time in bed than jumping in to a shower at 6AM. HERO PRODUCT.
A weightless finishing spray, 'Dazzling Spritz' is formulated with active ingredients and shimmering particles for dimensional, luminous shine. It leaves you with a fresh and clean scent, we think this is a must have for the glitz evenings or days out in the sun with extra sparkle.
We're still rooting for the minimal vibe hair accessories in 2018, a simple metal shape barrette can take any hair style from disaster to hot AF diva, they're life savers. Some of our fave places to find these are ASOS and Oliver Bonas.
The ultimate finishing touch, Sachajuan’s Protective Hair Perfume is enriched with conditioning ingredients to maintain moisture levels, minimise static, enhance shine and leave your hair with an INCREDIBLE scent. Boost the health of your locks and swish around with your sweet AF scented style.
Must have for curl lovers with a hectic schedule. These rollers heat up in their pods in a few minutes, you can then pop them in your hair whilst your running around in the morning getting all your business done, then just slip them out before you run out the front door. Unless you're going for the model off duty heading to a shoot vibe, you do you bbygal.
This oil is geared to restore health and shine to dull strands, this set of four treatment oils contains a nourishing blend of Jojoba oil, Sweet Almond oil, Argan oil and anti-oxidant Vitamin E to lock in moisture and deeply condition the scalp and tresses. If you're aiming to up the health of your locks in 2018 then this is for you.
Designed to give your hair instant texture and a fuller look and feel, this Thickening Dry Spun Finish by Bumble and bumble comes in the form of a translucent dry spray suitable for all hair types and textures. It adds body without the weight of product which leaves an airy light feel with buckets of texture.
This a key favourite of many celebrity hair stylists, it eases frizz, provides shine and hydrates. It's super affordable and we thinks it's a key product for any bathroom shelf all year round.
The crème is applied to dried hair and it instantly transforms puffy, parched hair into a perfectly smooth, supple, shiny texture. It creates an ultra glossy finish, taking your hair from zero to god damn wonder woman in seconds.
Let us know how you get on with any of these that you try, we're so in to this silk pillowcase revelation and can't wait to be sleeping like damn queens tbh.