These hacks will keep your hair fresh between washes, and we’re in

These hacks will keep your hair fresh between washes, and we’re in

The dream.

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We all know the feeling – we’ve skipped our regular hair washing day and suddenly your tresses are so greasy that no hairstyle in the world is going to hide those tell-tale strings.

So what if we told you that there are a few simple ways to extend the time between hair washes?

Before you drown your hair in dry shampoo and hope for the best, take a look at this.

Blogger Jess Keys spoke to about how she keeps her hair looking fresh between washes, and we’re sold.

She revealed that she air-dries her hair as much as possible, and only uses hot tools on special occasions. But when it comes to extending that time between hair washes, what are her hacks?

Here’s what Jess said…

Blowdry the roots

‘When you wash your hair, let your hair air dry as much as possible, but, if you hit the roots (just the roots, because, you know, hair dryer = damage) with the blow-drier for a hot second and get your roots dry (we’re talking, like, just the top half-inch to inch of your hair) then it REALLY helps to combat grease. This really makes an incredible difference in setting your hair up to be less greasy.’

Use a shower cap

‘I don’t know why I just dismissed the idea of using a shower cap for the first 29-odd years of life. This really helps combat frizz, because even if my hair doesn’t get wet in the shower, it does get crazy from the steam.’

3. Dry shampoo before bed

‘Of course, you use it after to help soak up existing grease, but where dry shampoo truly shines is in its preventative effects – it’s great to spray on before you go to bed! You’ll wake up with more voluminous bedhead and it’s amazing.’

Happy hair washing! (Or not…)

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Google’s 2018 most searched beauty questions include queries about magnetic lashes & cat eyes

Google’s 2018 most searched beauty questions include queries about magnetic lashes & cat eyes



By Rebecca Fearn.

Google has unveiled its 2018 trending topics that have been most searched for – and the beauty searches are pretty revealing.

This year, it’s been all about lashes. Google’s top three beauty-related searches all refer to lashes, from magnetic styles to removing individual falsies.

Also in the top ten are other questions about makeup, from how to do cat eye makeup to finding the right concealer and avoiding cakey makeup.

Skincare-wise, Google searchers are looking for answers about aloe vera and how to remove makeup without the dreaded makeup wipes.

Here’s what made the top ten list:

1. How to apply magnetic lashes

2. What is a lash lift

3. How to remove individual eyelashes

4. What hair color looks best on me

5. How to do a cat eye

6. How to take off makeup without makeup wipes

7. How to apply aloe vera

8. How to glue down eyebrows

9. How to fix cakey makeup

10. What concealer to use

Which beauty questions do you search for most? Tweet us at @marieclaireuk

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15 hairstyles for short hair that’ll inspire you to go for the chop

15 hairstyles for short hair that’ll inspire you to go for the chop

Who better to look to for inspiration than the stars of the red carpet?

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There are so many chic hairstyles for short hair around at the moment that most of us have toyed with the idea of going for the chop. But going for that dramatic length-change can be a daunting prospect, especially if you’re an established member of the long-haired club.

‘If you feel nervous about going for a dramatic change, you’re not alone’, says celebrity hair stylist Orlando Pita. ‘I had been trying to get Karlie Kloss to cut her hair for ages and when she finally did do it, she loved it!’

So why is it so hard for us to choose between short hairstyles and find the right one? ‘I think sometimes women can’t picture themselves with a short hair cut if they have had long hair for a long time’, says Orlando. ‘It’s good for people to cut their hair. I get bored with long hair and I like showing alternative styles.’

The good news? Any face shape can pull off a shorter hairstyle. ‘Face shape isn’t key for this style but by creating layering, you ultimately affect the shape, says Sam Burnett, owner of Hare and Bone and KMS Style Council member. ‘For example, round faces should opt for square layers and vice versa for square face shapes.’

Keep reading for the coolest hairstyles for short hair 2019 has to offer – and get ready to go for the chop next year.

Short hairstyles for fine hair

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A layered bob or crop helps to add the appearance of volume to finer short hairstyles – actresses like Jennifer Lawrence and Gemma Arterton have both had layers added to the tops of their hairstyles for a fuller look.

Celebrity inspiration: Gemma Arterton and Jennifer Lawrence

Hairstyles for short hair with curls

Naturally curly hair looks great in a bob or lob, as does wavy hair that’s heat styled for added texture. Square faces can be softened by tucking hair behind one ear, while round faces are defined with blunt edged curls that sit just underneath the chin (see our round up of the best curly hairstyles for more hairspo.). Curly, coily and kinky hair all work really well in shorter styles, like pixie crops – your hairdresser will be able to cut according to your texture.

Celebrity inspiraton: Gina Rodriguez and Lupita Nyong’o

Hairstyles for short hair on round faces

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Blunt-edged, square bobs really suit a round face, as they give spherical face shapes more structure. ‘If a bob is your choice of style, go a few inches longer than a traditional bob to balance the roundness of the face,’ advises Sam. But if you want to go shorter, pick choppier straight layers to complement your face structure. Need more inspiration? Check out our guide to the best hairstyles for round faces to help you pick a style.

Celebrity inspiration: Michelle Williams and Jennifer Lawrence

Hairstyles for short hair on oval faces

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Luckily for you, this is the most versatile face shape, so the world is your oyster when it comes to hairstyles for oval faces. ‘The most important consideration to take into account is the individuals’ natural texture,’ advises Sam. ‘This will determine the style, shape and length.’ Whether you’d like a pixie crop, chin-length bob or lob, your hairdresser won’t find it difficult to make it work on your face shape.

Celebrity inspiration: Gabrielle Union and Gina Rodriguez

Hairstyles for short hair on square faces

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The angular jawline that characterises square faces is softened with a rounder short hairstyle – whether a full 60s cut like Jennifer Hudson, above, or a pixie crop with feathered layering. Meanwhile longer bobs with graduated round layers below the jawline also soften your angles. For more tips and tricks on hairstyles for square faces, see our round up of the best.

Celebrity inspiraton: Jennifer Hudson and Evan Rachel Wood

Hairstyles for short hair with bangs

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No doubt about it, fringes are back with a, err, bang. The short, fringed style of the moment is feathered full bangs with a crop; less harsh than a full fringe but with a similar overall effect.

Celebrity inspiration: Jennifer Hudson, Gemma Arterton and Jennifer Lawrence

Scroll through our round up as we chart some of the best A-list hairstyles for short hair below.

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14 hairstyles for round faces that are seriously flattering

14 hairstyles for round faces that are seriously flattering

Having a round face doesn’t have to be hard work when it comes to choosing a hairstyle

Hairstyles for round faces

You’re not alone if you’re still searching for the perfect hairstyles for round faces to suit you. The good news is there’s a whole host of celebrities who have mastered the art of balancing a good hairstyle with a round face shape.

So, what are the key things you should bear in mind when choosing a hairstyle for your face shape?

‘Stay away from a bob or cut that is all one length, advises award winning hair stylist, salon owner and Natural Afro hair expert, Charlotte Mensah. ‘Instead, opt for layers that will give definition and more structure visually.’

Another key point to remember is to choose a style that will lengthen your face – ‘Elongate round face shapes by creating soft layering just below the jawline, keeping the shape square throughout,’ says Sam Burnett, KMS Global Style Council Member and Owner and Creative Director at Hare & Bone.

Keep reading for the best hairstyles for round faces 2019 has to offer (and take them straight to your next salon appointment).

How do you know if you have a round face?

Round faces are characterised by a softer jaw line and equal dimensions; the widest point of your face is the middle and your face is as long as it is wide (a face that’s longer than it is wide needs one of these hairstyles for oval faces).

See our favourite round-faced celebrities below and compare to your own face shape if you’re not sure.

And to be ensure you get the most out of your facial features, read our handy guides on how to contour for your face shape and eyebrow shapes for your face shape next.

Hairstyles for round faces with long hair

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When it comes to hairstyles for long hair that also suit round faces, you have a lot more choice than you might first think. Long and sleek styles with a soft side part work well, as does added volume and texture past the chin to elongate your face.

Celebrity inspiration: Priyanka Chopra, Kate Upton and Gemma Chan

Hairstyles for round faces with medium length hair

If you’re after a middle length hairstyle, the good news is that a textured, medium hairstyle with layers is is the best bet for a round face. ‘Medium length hair looks great when it’s maintained well; think fuller, blunt styles with no layering,’ advises Sam. Browsing these hairstyles for medium-length hair is sure to inspire you.

Celebrity inspiraton: Chrissy Teigen

Hairstyles for round faces with short hair


You might have written off all hairstyles for short hair as you’re worried it will accentuate the round shape of your face – but in fact, you can work a short hairstyle with a bit of expert advice and celebrity proof.

‘If a bob is your choice of style, go a few inches longer than a traditional bob to balance the roundness of the face,’ advises Sam. ‘By creating layering, you ultimately affect the shape [of your face] – round faces should opt for square layers.’

And when it comes to Afro hair, ‘the tapered, natural hair is perfect for women who want a short style with options,’ adds Charlotte.

Celebrity inspiration: Miranda Kerr, Selena Gomez and Emma Stone

Hairstyles for round faces with thin hair

When it comes to adding oomph to fine hair, lots of layers are your best friend – but don’t overdo it. ‘If you have fine hair, keep layers longer as over-layering will only make the hair appear thinner and sparser,’ Sam explains. These hairstyles for fine hair are all the proof you need that fine hair and a round face can look great.

Celebrity inspriaton: America Ferrera and Keira Knightley

Hairstyles for round faces with thick hair

Hairstyles for round faces Kate Upton

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The hairstyles for thick hair don’t have to be difficult – in fact, the added volume will make a round face seem less spherical with a few longer layers. When it comes to celebrities with round faces, Kate Upton is one of the stars of thick, long hair, as is Priyanka Chopra.

Celebrity inspiration: Kate Upton and Priyanka Chopra

Hairstyles for round faces with curly hair

The good thing about curls, whether natural or tonged, is they add natural lift to the hair and therefore help to lengthen out your face shape – essential when trying to balance a round face shape. In terms of style inspiration, any of these curly hairstyles will see you straight (or should we say curly?).

Celebrity inspiration: Kate Upton, Miranda Kerr and Kirsten Dunst

Hairstyles for round faces with bangs

Hairstyles for round faces Cameron Diaz

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‘This face shape suits layered fringes,’ Charlotte tells us – a textured full fringe adds lift, while layered side fringes can help to contour the roundness of your face. Blunt fringes with harsh edges are a big no-no – think feathered and sweeping à la Cameron Diaz, or side fringes like Chrissy Teigen and Emma Stone.

Celebrity inspiration: Selena Gomez and Emma Stone

Hairstyles for round faces and big foreheads

To take attention away from a larger forehead with a round face, follow Charlotte’s above advice on layered bangs or add soft layers around the face for added texture and depth. But, chances are, it’s only you that notices your larger forehead anyway.

Scroll through our go-to guide of celebrities with the perfect hairstyles for their found faces below.

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Meet the Marie Claire Hair Award winners for 2019

Meet the Marie Claire Hair Award winners for 2019

And the winners are…

At Marie Claire, we like to celebrate happy hair days. No more so than this year, when science is dominating the styling category, free-from products are booming and high quality haircare no longer just falls into the luxury category, as tech-driven products become increasingly available on the high street at every price.

Welcome to this year’s Hair Awards, where we applaud the game-changers that make those happy hair days a daily occurrence …

Wash & care

Best Colour Shampoo

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo, £6.99

A peroxide-free formula restores highlights to their former sun-kissed glory.

Highly commended: Redken Colour Extend Blondage Shampoo, £16.50

Best Colour Conditioner

OGX Fade-Defying + Orchid Oil Conditioner, £6.99

The moisturising double act of orchid extract and grape seed oil locks in shiny, multi-tonal colour.

Highly commended: Head & Shoulders Supreme Colour Protect Conditioner, £4.99

Best Hydrating Shampoo

Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter Shampoo, £8.99

Coconut milk and shea butter combat crispy ends.

Highly commended: John Masters Organics Shampoo For Dry Hair With Evening Primrose, £22

Best Hydrating Conditioner

Hask Orchid & White Truffle Moisture Rich Conditioner, £6.99

Protein and amino acid-rich ingredients pack a punch on overworked hair.

Highly commended: Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter Conditioner, £8.99

Best Volumising Shampoo

TRESemmé Pro Collection Collagen + Fullness Shampoo, £4.99

Star ingredient ‘peptide collagen’ beefs up spindly strands from root to tip.

Highly commended: Wella Professional Invigo Bodifying Shampoo With Cotton Extracts, £11.50

Best Volumising Conditioner

OGX Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Conditioner, £6.99

A cursory glance at the label tells you this is everything to fine hair: biotin strengthens weak areas, while plumping collagen adds dimension for your fullest locks yet.

Best Shampoo for Damaged Hair

Pantene Pro-V Superfood Shampoo, £3.99

Full of antioxidants and lipids – it’s like a smoothie for traumatised tresses.

Highly commended: Kérastase Bain Extentioniste Length Strengthening Shampoo, £19.50

Best Conditioner for Damaged Hair

Pantene Pro-V Superfood 3 Minute Miracle, £3.99

Softens brittle ends without slicking down roots.

Highly commended: TIGI Copyright Custom Care Repair Conditioner, £18

Best Shampoo for Curly Hair

Bouclème Curl Cleanser, £15

Harsh foaming detergents can strip curly and Afro hair of moisture. Here, Argan oil, honey and aloe vera cocoon the cuticle.

Best Smoothing Shampoo

Fudge Professional Luminizer Moisture Boost Shampoo, £11.95

Plex technology stands up to frizz and dullness by smoothing down damaged cuticles, so they reflect light better.

Best Product for Afro Hair

Bouclème Intensive Moisture Treatment, £26

Wraps parched curls in nourishing marula, camellia and prickly pear oils.

Highly commended: Pantene Gold Series Intense Hydrating Oil, £7.99

Best Natural Haircare Range

Kérastase Aura Botanica, from £22.10

Who said natural had to be hippy? Up to 98 per cent natural-origin ingredients, like Samoan coconut oil, power up this luxury range.

Highly commended: Rahua, from £32

Best Intensive Hair Mask

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor, £4.99

Delivers replenishing Australian balm mint to fragile strands, without being a gloopy, lengthy affair.

Highly commended: Kérastase Masque Extentioniste Length Strengthening Mask, £31.70

Best Scalp Treatment

Hair Rituel By Sisley Revitalizing Fortifying Serum For The Scalp, £135

Minerals, vitamins and einkorn wheat extract make strands more resilient.

Highly commended: Charles Worthington Grow Strong Scalp Tonic, £7.99


Best DIY Colour Product

Clairol Nice ’N Easy Permanent Colour, £6.49

Colour safe in the knowledge that you’ll get a next to natural shade and reduce your chances of developing a hair colour allergy thanks to the ME+ molecule.

Highly commended: Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Root Touch Up Root Concealer Spray, £6

Best Creative Colour

Schwarzkopf Live Urban Metallics Intense Colour in Metallic Silver, £5.49

On average, there are 14.8k online searches for silver hair dye a month. This colour gives you a cool sheen, while nourishing with coconut oil.

Tools & Accessories

Best New Hair Tool

Dyson Airwrap Styler, £399.99

Believe the hype. This does everything your straighteners, hairdryer, rollers and brushes do – without heat damage.

Best Hair Accessory

Syd Hayes London #SydPin, £65

The ultimate grown-up hair accessory that takes a bun from ordinary to extraordinary.

Best Hairbrush

WetBrush Flex Dry Ombre, £11.99

When is a brush not a brush? When it looks like a cookie cutter and detangles like a dream.

Highly commended: Tangle Teezer The Wet Detangler, £11

Best Hair Dryer

Dyson Supersonic 23.75 Karat Gold Hair Dryer, £399.99

With gold-leaf embellishment and bladeless technology, it’s what we imagine Mariah Carey would use.

Highly commended: Parlux Alyon, £129.95

Best Curling Tong

Cloud Nine The Curling Wand, £99

The mineral-infused barrel + temperature control = kinder, shinier styling whatever your hair type.

Highly commended: Babyliss Curl Secret 2667U, £60

Best Hair Supplements

Viviscal Maximum Strength Hair Growth Supplements, £51.99

The clinically proven marine protein encourages healthy hair growth.

Highly commended: Philip Kingsley Root Complex (Nutritional Supplement), £38

Best Hair Extensions

Great Lengths GL Tapes, from £6.90

These lie flat against your scalp, so they’re invisible. Plus, you’ll be able to sleep for the eight weeks they’re in.

Highly commended: Beauty Works Double Hair Set Clip-In Extensions, £145.99

Best Straightener

ghd Platinum+, £175

After five years dedicated to testing, meet the world’s first hair straightener with predictive technology.

Highly commended: Cloud Nine The Original Iron, £139


Best hairspray

Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Session Label Super Dry Memory Net, £12.80

Ensures hair keeps its style even after brushing – just without the 80s ‘helmet effect’.

Best Straightening Product

KMS Moist Repair Revival Creme, £17.50

This hydrating styling cream coaxes unruly, coarse hair into sleek curtains.

Best Heat Protection Product

TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray, £5.50

Like a bulletproof vest for hot styling.

Highly commended: Cloud Nine Magical Quick Dry Potion, £18.95

Best Texturiser

Percy & Reed Beyond The Beach Texture Spray, £16

A salt spray that gives body minus tangles? You’re looking at it.

Highly commended: Pureology Shine Beach Waves Sugar Spray, £23.50

Best Dry Shampoo

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo, £2.99

Nothing beats this for mopping up second-day greasy roots. Oh, and there’s zero chalkiness, too.

Highly commended: Maria Nila Invisidry Shampoo, £18

Best Hair Oil

VO5 Nourishing Coconut Hot Oils, £4.99

We couldn’t be happier that this cult rescue remedy is back with a tropical twist.

Highly commended: Show Beauty Pure Treatment Oil, £50

Best Shine Product

Toni & Guy Picture Perfect Hair Gloss, £7.99

Creates the type of shine you normally only get from a professional blow-dry.

Highly commended: Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil Finishing Mist, £38

Best Curl Enhancer

Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer, £22

Wheat protein expands when hair is wet, then retracts once dry to hold that perfect ‘s’-shaped curl.

Highly commended: Ouai Wave Spray, £22

Best Blow-dry Product

Living Proof Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate, £26

As well as cutting your blow-dry time in half, it protects against heat and adds shine.

Highly commended: Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Sealant, £24

Best Volumiser

Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Body Booster Mousse, £5.99

Enriched with collagen, this takes limp hair to skyscraper heights.

Highly commended: Philip Kingsley Tricho Pro Volumising Protein Spray, £35

Best Split-End Treatment

System Professional Creative Care Perfect Ends, £31.45

Temporarily seals ends and protects against further damage.

Highly commended: Schwarzkopf Professional BC Peptide Repair Rescue Sealed Ends, £13.90

Best of the rest

Best New Hair Product

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast, £25

This is really clever: special polymers inflate on contact with hair and make space between strands to create the illusion of gravity-defying volume.

Best Ethical Haircare

Green People, from £9.95

With an impressive list of environmental credentials, all you need to know is this brand is paraben-, chemical- and cruelty-free, and contains natural goodies like avocado and quinoa.

Best Men’s Grooming Product

Bulldog Skincare For Men Original Bamboo Razor, £12

With five steel blades it’s a no-brainer, but the eco bamboo handle sold it.

Highly commended: Redken Brews After Shave Balm, £18.50

The image makers

Best Celebrity Stylist: Chris Appleton

His creative vision has made him one of the most in-demand hairstylists globally. So, it’s hardly surprising that his client list reads like the who’s who of Hollywood.

Best Regional Hair Salon: Tabitha James Kraan Organic Hairdressing, Cotswolds

Kraan’s chic salon recycles 85 per cent of all waste and runs on 100 per cent energy from renewable sources.

Best Colourist: Josh Wood

The ‘king of colour’, Wood not only creates cutting- edge shades on his A-list clients, but this year he launched what is undeniably the world’s coolest home colour range.

Best London Hair Salon: Nicola Clarke at John Frieda

Known for creating the best blondes this side of Stockholm, Clarke now has a W1 salon, plus a squad of guest stylists including Sam McKnight.

Best Stylist: Luke Hersheson

Hersheson is famous for his ‘throw the rule book out’ techniques on clients such as Victoria Beckham and Keira Knightley. His book Great Hair Days & How To Have Them is our new beauty bible.

Here’s to another great year of hair heroes!

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High spec hair: The new-gen styles for 2019

High spec hair: The new-gen styles for 2019

From Glossy Afro Curls to the latest ‘glass’ hair trend, here’s our pick of the best hair ideas and innovations

Cutting edge

‘Glass hair’, like K-beauty’s glass skin, is a term coined to describe a razor sharp cut – usually a bob – coupled with a mega-watt, reflective gleam. A clarifying wash is key to remove grease, dirt and any last remnants of product residue that can create a dull veil over strands. Then ramp up hydration with OGX Hydrate + Marula Oil Conditioner, £6.99. You can only really achieve a look like this with heat, so mist on SHOW Beauty’s Sheer Thermal Protect spray, £35, before blasting straight with the Babyliss Rose Blush 2200 hairdryer, £45.

Take your shine to the next level by smoothing down cuticles with the cool air setting- simultaneously, pull hair from the roots if pouffy ends are a problem. Then, smooth flyaways with the new ghd Platinum+ Styler, £175, sweeping it through your locks twice. Finish with a light-weight lotion like Colour Wow Dream Coat, £24, to keep your ‘do’ slick for the duration.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Big bounce

It’s hard enough for any of us to achieve the hair we really want, but battling straggly strands and naturally limp roots too? It can feel like an impossible task. That is, until this year’s raft of styling products promising sky-high volume and one much-hyped power tool came along. Green People Clarifying Vitamin Shampoo, £13, nixes oily roots and build-up that weighs skinny strands down – but by using gentle botanicals, not harsh foaming agents. Then, apply L’Oreal Professional Source Essentielle Nourishing Cleansing Infusion Nourishing Balm, £22, through the ends.

Sprayed on to wet strands, Bumble and Bumble Full Potential Booster Spray, £40, reboots hair that is not as abundant as it used to be with protective ingredients that make it feel fuller. For limp roots, try Living Proof’s Full Dry Volume Blast, £25, to hoik everything up. Cost aside, Dyson’s Airwrap Styler, £399.99, attracts and wraps hair around the barrel, curling it for you and adding body. Seriously: tool of the year.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

The new blow dry

Full-bodied, swishy hair (NOT an 80s ‘power’ blowdry) is considered de rigueur these days. Better still, you can master it at home. Thickening sprays and mousses give the illusion of bulk. Both contain polymers that coat the hair and make it seem bigger, but also protect it and ensure the style lasts. For straight hair, go for a spray formula- distribute the Aveda Thickening Tonic, £22, evenly through damp hair from roots to ends. Or, rake an egg-sized dollop of mousse through it if you’re adding waves or curls – we rate Evo’s Macgyver Multi-Use Mousse, £17.50.

Need height? Wrap each section around a large round brush and aim your hairdryer at the roots. Finally, apply a light mist of hairspray. Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray, £38, does more than simply lock your style in place; it contains panthenol to swell the hair shaft. Plus, you can brush it out as you go so you’ll get lift but without any stickiness.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Skincare for hair

More often than not when we talk about shiny hair, we’re really talking about straight hair – light-reflecting strands that hang in sleek curtains around the face. So it follows that the same moisturising steps we take to make our skin look dewy can also ramp up the sheen on poker-straight locks. Start with a hair serum. In the same way that a face serum targets specific concerns and absorbs beyond just the top layer, Pureology Style + Protect Shine Bright Taming Serum, £23.50, locks in frizz-fighting coriander seed oil while Virtue’s Perfect Ending Split End Serum, £19, seals down frayed cuticles.

Then layer hair oil on top, as it’s powered by some of the same nourishing ingredients normally found in face oils. New natural Japanese import Uka Hair Oil Windy Lady, £29.50, is non-greasy so ideal for fine hair while Kerastase Elixir Ultime L’Huile Rose, £41.40, contains a hydrating trio of marula, camellia and argan oils.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Get kinky

Afro hair is making waves in fashion and beauty spaces – and frankly it’s about time. But more importantly, this once-marginalised hair type is set to become one of the most influential – so much so that the US market for black hair is estimated to reach approximately $2.5 billion (around £1.9 billion) in 2019. Cue haircare that specifically targets the needs of tight coils, which are the most porous and more damage-prone.

Knowing that Afro hair is more likely to drink up potentially drying chemicals, Boucleme only uses plant derived ingredients. The Curl Conditioner, £17, for example, is packed with omegas 3, 6 and 9 plus virgin coconut and argan oils to prevent breakage. Additionally, haircare founder Vernon Francois, whose clients include actress Lupita Nyong’o, has this tip for using his Pure-Fro Shampoo, £19.50: ‘Part hair into four sections and apply the shampoo on to dry hair as this ensures your scalp is cleansed but not dehydrated.’

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Blonde ambition

It’s official: Brits prefer blonde. Last year 42% of women who coloured their hair transformed their tresses to blonde, with 18% opting to go platinum. But as anyone who has gone to the light side will tell you, the biggest bugbear is unwanted brassy and yellow streaks.

The minerals and metals in hard water are the main culprits. Dyed blonde hair is more porous so high levels of copper, in particular, can kill your shade – one reason Clairol has included technology in its hair colours that encapsulates copper and prevents it from reacting with water and other free radicals. Think long-lasting colour and mirrorball shiny highlights.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Play it safe

Sometimes you want to switch things up by changing your colour. Unless, of course, you fall into the rare one per cent of the world’s population who suffers from an allergy called paraphenylenediamine, or PPD, a chemical used in most commercial hair dyes. Clairol have come to the rescue with an innovative molecule called ME+ that reduces the risk of a reaction for those without an existing allergy.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

How? The ME+ molecule in the Clairol Nice’N Easy Permanent Colour range, £6.49, has a new shape that is harder for your immune system to recognise. ‘This molecule doesn’t fit so easily into the protective cells that can trigger an immune response,’ explains Dr. Casten Goebel, COTY’s toxicology expert. Expect the same glossy finish as your regular dye – minus the risk.

Pick up a copy of the January issue of Marie Claire on newstands now.

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Your essential five day party hair guide for the festive season: a must-read

Your essential five day party hair guide for the festive season: a must-read

Essential reading

‘Tis the season of the party. Yes there are presents to be wrapped and carols to be sung, but there are also many, many parties to be attended. Which means that you your party makeup and party hairstyles need to be on point. However, this can prove tricky when you have an event every night of the week.

Thankfully, Adam Reed – ghd brand ambassador and co-founder of one of the best hair salons in London Percy & Reed – has come up with a five-day hair plan to get you from party to party. ‘If you’re partying all five nights of the working week, you’ll want a different look for every night without having to spend much time styling your hair,’ he explains. ‘Your hair plan is just as important as your outfits.’

Day 1 – Get a blowdry

Reed suggests getting a blowdry to set the foundation for the week ahead. ‘Starting the week with a good blowdry will create a base that will last all week as you won’t have time to wash and blowdry your hair mid-week and those extra 30 minutes in bed each day can take priority.’ Book in on your lunch break, or on your way to your first party.

Day 2 – Tong your hair

On the second day, your blowdry should still be going strong, so you’ll just need to joozh. Reed recommends adding in a few loose waves, ‘Tong sections of your hair using the ghd Curve Soft Curl Tong. I would wrap your hair around the tong, facing away from the face, then massage the roots and brush through the curls using your fingers.’

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Day 3 – Texturise

You’re about halfway through now, so your hair will most likely be a little flat, so it’s time to refresh. You want to add texture and volume to the roots, so spritz around the crown with a texturising spray. ‘This will add instant glamorous volume and a more beachy texture than the day before.’

Percy & Reed Big, Bold & Beautiful Dry Instant Volumising Spray, £15 John Lewis

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Day 4 – Straighten

You’re on event four, your hair is most likely looking a bit greasy now, so Reed says don’t fight it, work with what you’ve got: ‘disguise greasy roots by creating a super sleek, straight look with a statement centre parting. Straighten you hair, then tuck behind ears and smooth down.’

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Day 5 – Pop in a ponytail

You’re on the final day, so you’re either falling asleep as you walk or dangerously hungover. Make things easy for yourself and go for a simple ponytail. Reed says, ‘This strong party look actually holds better on hair that isn’t super clean.’ Pull hair into a high, tight ponytail, then tie it off with a pretty ribbon. This will draw focus and attention away from the front of your hair.

So there we have it, your five-day party hair plan. On the sixth day we recommend binge-watching Xmas films on your sofa.

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Thinning hair tips and tricks to combat the signs of hair loss

Thinning hair tips and tricks to combat the signs of hair loss

How to make the most of your sparser locks

Thinning Hair Tips

Thinning hair can affect up to as many as 74 per cent of women and a worrying eight million women suffer from hair loss in the UK alone.

Unfortunately, this is something we’re prone to as we get older. Creative director for London’s Aveda Institute, Michael Lendon, explains: ‘As we get older, the scalp becomes drier and tighter which affects blood circulation to the scalp and the growth of the hair follicles.

So what can we do about it? Read on to find out what causes thinning hair and how you can get the most out of your locks.

What causes thinning hair?

Causes of hair loss can be complex, and according to top trichologist Phillip Kingsley, it’s often because of a combination of factors.

The most common are stress, hormonal imbalances, thyroid abnormalities, post-pregnancy, dieting and breakage due to styling/dyeing, so rule out any medical issues first by doing a blood test.

However, Kingsley notes that low iron levels, which are also one of the primary causes of hair loss (particularly in women of child-bearing age), aren’t always picked up during blood tests. This is because Ferritin, which helps to produce hair cell proteins isn’t always measured.

Also, although hormone imbalances can be tested, due to the inherent sensitivity of the hair follicles, even normal amounts of testosterone can cause thin hair in some women but not others.

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Thinning hair tips: how to tell if you have thinning hair

There are a few simple ways to tell if your hair is getting thinner, though this should always be judged over a period of weeks rather than days, as hair fall can fluctuate from day to day.

In addition to the obvious signs such as seeing more hair in your hairbrush or plug-hole, Trichologist Iain Sallis suggests that the ponytail test, i.e. your ponytail having less girth and swish than usual, is often the easiest way to notice diffuse hair loss.

Even your hair acting more ‘flyaway’ than usual can be an indication that your follicles are feeling a little under the weather. A thinner ponytail means a rather significant reduction in hair volume; most people will need to have lost a minimum of 15% before they’re even aware of it.

Thinning hair tips: products

Taking daily hair supplements can help promote hair growth, volume and strength. As can the best shampoo for hair loss.

Thinning hair tips: haircuts

Super-stylist Luke Hersheson suggests having some invisible layers cut in as this will instantly open up the face and help give the illusion of texture and volume.

‘If you want thicker looking hair, don’t ever have a fringe,’ warns Sam McKnight. ‘A wide fringe in particular will simply highlight the fact that your hair is fine.’

A little teasing at the crown is always flattering and helps give the semblance of more body whilst subtle, ultra-fine highlights can also give the illusion of more hair. For voluminous updos always keep a bit of cushioning at the roots and add in a subtle quiff to give the impression of height.

Many backstage hairstylists will add invisible volume by using mini crimpers underneath the hair for runway-ready width whilst Charles Worthington advocates the use of donuts (of the hair padding variety) to add weight to your bun.

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Party hairstyles: how to nail your 2018 Christmas party beauty look

Party hairstyles: how to nail your 2018 Christmas party beauty look

Inspiration overload

Party Hairstyles

We’re here chaps; it’s the party season. Welcome. We don’t know about you, but we’ve been inundated with invitations, we can’t move for sequins on the high street and we’re dusting off our finest dancing shoes. What’s needed now is some inspiration for the best party hairstyles to rock this Christmas.

Whether you choose a decorative plait hairstyle or a fancy hair updo, party hairstyles have the power to transform your look from simple to stupendous in a matter of minutes.

One of the easiest ways to jazz up a party hairstyle, is to embellish it with one of this season’s most popular hair accessories…

Party hairstyles – embellished hair slide

As seen on so many of London’s party scene, the embellished hair slide might just be the easiest party hairstyle to achieve. You can either wear your hair down or tie it into a low bun, then pop a slide (or two for extra glamour) in at the front, close to your parting. Our food columnist, Laura Jackson, demonstrates this marvellously on her wedding day.

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Party hairstyles – velvet

Another simple, yet incredibly effective, party hairstyle is adding a touch of velvet to your look. You could opt for a padded headband or a velvet bow tied neatly onto a ponytail.

Donni Dolce Velvet Headband, £46 Moda Operandi

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Of course you don’t have to accessorise, there are plenty of party hairstyles to choose from. Knowing the kind of hairstyle that will work with your outfit is hard enough without having to actually find the perfect ‘do, which is why we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up the best party hairstyles around.

Because when it comes to inspiration, the more the better. See this as your print off and keep style guide.

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How to cut your own hair: The complete guide to getting it right

How to cut your own hair: The complete guide to getting it right

No, it doesn’t involve a bowl

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If your mum ever took to a pair of scissors and a bowl to give you a trim, we understand that the thought of cutting your own hair could be the last thing on your mind. And, admittedly, we’re loathe to tell you how to cut your own hair instead of making an appointment with your hairdresser.

‘I would never recommend cutting your own hair or fringe – regular Hare and Bone clients can receive complimentary fringe trims at our salon which takes seconds!’ says Sam Burnett, owner and Creative Director of Hare and Bone and KMS Style Council Member.

That said, there are occasions when you simply don’t have the time (or the money!) to get your hair cut at the salon. You can still do the job yourself – very carefully – at home.

‘If it’s an emergency and you decide to trim your own fringe, make sure the hair is clean and dried in its natural texture and then, using good quality hairdressing scissors, trim with the points of the scissors holding them at a parallel angle to the direction of the hair flow.’

With those tips in mind, follow the below step-by-step guides from hairstylist Lee Stafford to get DIY haircutting right.

How to cut your own hair shorter

As this is a dry cut there is no need to wash your hair before you start. You must, however, ensure your hair is really smooth, especially if you have naturally frizzy hair because it can make the cut uneven.

  1. Tip your head upside down, brush your hair forward and gather it into a nice tight, smooth, secure ponytail that sits on your hairline in the centre of your forehead.
  2. Take a comb and measure from your hairline where you want your first layer to sit – this could be just below the cheekbones or the bottom of your chin, it is up to you.
  3. Hold your ponytail firmly, then take your hairdressing scissors and cut the hair in a straight line at the length you measured with the comb.
  4. Now that you have cut any excess length off you need to tip your head forward slightly and put the comb behind your hair.
  5. Hold your scissors pointing directly into the end of the pony tail and chip into the blunt ends. This will help give the hair a softer appearance and get rid of that blunt look. When you can’t see any more hard edges you know it’s time to stop.
  6. Pull off the hair band and shake your hair so it falls into place and style it as desired.

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How to cut your own hair into a bob or lob

  1. Start by pulling your hair into a clean and neat ponytail at the back of your head, it needs to sit as tight as you can get it at the bottom of your hair line, right in the centre.
  2. Take your hairdressing scissors and cut straight across your ponytail, underneath the bobble. This will result in your hair dropping just on top of your shoulders. If you need to, you can look in a mirror and see where your hair will sit before cutting it.
  3. Your hair will now fall into a choppy, graduated bob hairstyle or lob hairstyle, but can be a little blunt for some people.
  4. If you prefer something slightly softer then tip your head upside down so you are looking at the floor. Gently chip into the ends of your hair, holding your scissors at a 90 degree angle. This will create a softer, diffused line.
  5. Tip your head back over, shake it out and wear it poker straight or add some waves for movement.

How to trim your own fringe

  1. Firstly, section your hair (so you don’t include any hair your don’t want in your fringe) and pin it back away from your face.
  2. Then, using hairdressing scissors – this is really important, you will not be able to achieve the same look with household scissors, it will end up a mess – hold them at a 90 degree angle and gently chip into your existing fringe. This will thin out the hair, resulting in a light weight, natural fringe.
  3. Avoid cutting straight across your face because this will create a very blunt fringe, which can be difficult to correct later.

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