Post-summer hair detox: because your locks are in need of some serious TLC after this hot, hot summer

Post-summer hair detox: because your locks are in need of some serious TLC after this hot, hot summer

Re-discovering Your Hair’s Mojo After the Summer

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Welcome to our Marie Claire Masters series, a regular beauty franchise that celebrates and utilizes the expertise of women who are bossing it in their fields. Each month these Masters will educate, demonstrate and impart some of their industry wisdom to you the dedicated Marie Claire reader. From current trends and hot topics to how tos and how not tos, these beauty whizz kids are at our beckon call. So get reading, you never know what you tips you might pick up. KT – Digital Beauty Editor

Hi, I’m Nicola Clarke – I am the Creative Colour Director of John Frieda Salons, and in the past I’ve done Kate Winslet, Kate Moss, Kate Beckinsale, Cate Blanchett and Kate Bosworth’s colour. All the Kates! I am the Marie Claire Hair Master and I’m going to divulging some of my tricks and secrets that I normally only share with my clients. With the end of the summer holidays here and everyone making their way back from the sun, hair needs a bit of TLC.

I don’t know anyone who would say that their hair is at its best after the summer. Sun, salt water and chlorine can all take its toll, so autumn is a great time to focus on restoring condition and bringing colour back to its best.

How to combat brassy tones

Warm blondes are often transformed into harsh, brassy tones by the sun. Not only is this unflattering on almost every skintone, but it leaves roots standing out sharply in contrast. Next time you’re in the salon, ask your colourist about a toner. I tone down brassy shades on my clients by applying one after fresh colour, and will be very careful about adding more bleach to the lengths; if the client is keen to stay as blonde as possible I will break up lowlights with ultra-fine highlights at the root. My advice to avoid further brassiness? Use the best purple shampoo – it really works to neutralise yellow tones.

Redken Color Extend Blondage Shampoo, £10.05 Look Fantastic

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How to blend your roots

If summer sun has made your hair too blonde, root blending is a great way to tone it down. I recommend applying darker colour with Balayage to bring out the contrast, toning down overly blonde shades to give hair a fresh, youthful look.

Go for a California Cleanse

We’ve introduced California-inspired cleansing treatments into the John Frieda Salons – they’re perfect post-summer, because they removes all build up of chlorine, product, sea water, you name it. All the things that after the warm months dull and damage your hair. They work as a ‘deep cleanse’ for your hair, removing build up from hard water or chlorine; and in true West coast style they are natural, vegan, sulphate and paraben free. Hair is left bright, healthy and glossy.

From £20 at John Frieda Salons

As we make our way into the colder months, having massively overdone this summer – it’s the perfect time for a detox.

For you bod and your hair.


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How often should you cut your hair to keep it healthy?

How often should you cut your hair to keep it healthy?

It’s more often than you’d think…


Hands up who regularly goes to the hairdresser to get their hair cut? If we’re being totally honest, most of us don’t don’t really know the answer to how often you should cut your hair.

We all know how often we need to wash our hair (which depends on your hair type FYI, in case you were hoping for a one-fits-all answer).

But when life takes over, actually getting it cut tends to fall quite low down on the old to-do list.

When we do finally get down to the salon, we’re often reprimanded with a ‘you need to get it done every six weeks, tut tut.’ But is that really the case?

According to A-list hairdresser and Blade Hairclub founder Julia Olofsson, much like the hair washing situation it really does depend on your hairstyle and the length of your hair.

How much should you cut off your hair?

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For long hair, Julia recommends cutting off about a half of an inch every 10 weeks. That way you still keep about an inch of growth, while getting rid of thinning, fragile, worn out and split ends.

The same maintenance interval applies to your layers in order to keep them bouncy and light and the style fresh and sharp.

For short hair, like pixie cuts or crops, the haircut shape and texture will grow out and need re-doing in four to six weeks, or six to eight weeks for medium length hair.

Why? This is because short hairstyles tend to lose their shape quicker, so you need to keep on top of it more in order to sustain the overall look.

If you’re got curly hair, then you only need to go once or twice a year, as curly hair does ‘shrink’ when cut.

So there you have it. Now you can cross it from your to-do list without feeling too guilty.

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What’s in our makeup bags? Team Marie Claire reveal their beauty must-haves

What’s in our makeup bags? Team Marie Claire reveal their beauty must-haves

Top picks from inside our handbags.

By Rebecca Fearn.

Inspired by Into The Gloss’ foray into its own staff’s daily makeup bags, we asked Marie Claire digital staffers to bring in their everyday makeup bags (the ones they carry with them in their handbags) to take a peek inside. Prepare for a beauty shopping list as long as your forearm…

Holly Rains, Digital Editor

“I would like to say my makeup bag is full of essentials that can get me from DESK TO DANCE FLOOR, but that would be a lie. I would need a bigger bag. A way bigger bag. Instead, this is a compilation of things I think might come in useful for my face at some point and more importantly, look shiny when I take them out to use on the tube. Such as the new Hourglass Extreme Lash Mascara that is great for fluttery lashes and my YSL powder foundation which is is in fact a necessity because I’m shiny as hell all year round.

Other hero products that lie within are… my Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown that if discontinued, will make me weep from my eyebrow-less eyes, my Byredo Elevator Music Perfume Pour Cheveux (hair perfume), my Mavala Nailactan Cream that is legit THE best product for getting your nails to grow. Not in shot, a rogue piece of chewing gum that will definitely get an outing before the year is out”.

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Jenny Proudfoot, Digital Junior News Editor

“I don’t usually have time to do my make-up before work as the news needs to be up first thing, so I tend to carry my essential beauty products around with me in case I get a spare couple of minutes to beautify. Foundation, blusher, bronzer, mascara, lip balm and a brow powder are my necessities, although I misplaced a couple of them before the photo was taken! The out of shot staples that I always carry are a MAC eyeshadow in Brown Down, a Chanel Kabuki brush and a Pawpaw balm, and for perfume, I’ve been carrying around the Jo Malone Basil and Neroli mini cologne spray for the past few weeks – I’m obsessed with it. Maybe more golden than them all though, is my can of Caudalie grape water spray – from those hungover commutes to needing a pre-meeting wake up, it’s a dream.

But as a secret curly girl, my Jenny Proudfoot hero product has to be hair cream, with my invisible day and night cream by Windle & Moodie saving my life every day – especially given the recent humidity! It is the only thing that has stopped me from looking like Monica from Friends in the episode when they go to Barbados”.

Katie Thomas, Digital Beauty Editor

“I don’t wear much make-up, at least I always say I don’t wear a lot of make-up, as I prefer the natural look. But when looking at what I use every day – maybe I actually do wear a lot. Huh. Once I’ve done my skincare, I’ll cover my skin in Vita Liberata Beauty Blur Skin Tone Optimiser – not only does it give my usually pale skin a boost of colour, but it has a slight sheen to it, which makes me look glowy. I am so aware of the dark circles under my eyes – no amount of eye cream or sleep will change them, they’re hereditary – so using my ring finger I tap in Vichy Dermablend Hello Colour Corrector to take down the blueness. I then apply my Clarins Instant Concealer with the iT Cosmetics Airbrush Concealer Brush. Fun fact: in all my years in the beauty industry I am yet to find a concealer better than this one. I challenge a brand to try and come between me and this little bottle of joy.

If I’m feeling up to it, I’ll use these nudey-pink Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks on my eyes, but that’s really only if I can be arsed. Otherwise it’s lashings of Givenchy Base Mascara Perfecto, followed by Max Factor MasterpieceMax Mascara – the best I’ve tried in a long time. I fill my brows in slightly with Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Brow Pencil, then top it off with Givenchy’s Mister Brow Groom in Transparent. Once that’s done, I’ll take down any shine under my eyes, around my nose and on my forehead with Glossier Wowder. I recently discovered Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Copper and it has changed my life. Using my fingertips, I apply it to the tops of my cheekbones. It melts into my dry skin. I finish off with a dusting of Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Multi–Colour Powder on my temples and jawline. It takes a lot to look this natural”.

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Rebecca Fearn, Freelance Contributor

“Do I have too much stuff in my daily beauty bag? Absolutely, it contributes to my bad back and weird angled shoulders most. But I would always rather be overstocked than short of something in time of need – plus, I work in the beauty industry, so I just can’t help myself.

I always make sure I have practical things like my Slip Silk Hair Bands which are great for a last minute Psycle class or if I decide to stay at my boyfriend’s and want to keep my hair looking OK the next morning. I love a mist (hence why I have two from Tatcha and La Mer) and have a penchant for mini brushes, as you can probably tell. My three in this shot are by Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury and Chanel. My Aesop hand cream and Omorovicza lip balm (the best in the world) come with me everywhere, and I always try to have a nude and red lipstick handy. I know that sounds boujee, but I never know what I’ll be wearing/how I’ll be feeling. The two here are Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk and Tom Ford’s Wild Ginger. Other noteworthy inclusions: my Trinny London stack, Tilbury palette, Jillian Dempsey tint, Malin + Goetz Neroli oil (my favourite neroli of all time) and Ouai hair companions. Phew”.

Follow Rebecca on Instagram for beauty inspo & the occasional sausage dog.

Lucy Abbersteen, Digital Beauty Writer

“Although I rarely re-apply, I do my make-up in about 10 minutes on the train to work, so the Glossier pink pouch is pretty much always in my bag. (I have tried getting up earlier to apply it, but girl loves as much time in bed as possible in the mornings). The contents chop and change as I’m always testing new things for work, but there are some products that are a constant for me. Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara is my ride or die – I like to have a lot of length and volume, but I can’t stand when a mascara clumps all my lashes together. This separates out each one and makes them really black and noticeable, so it’s an every day use for me as my lashes are so fair. Then for a long-lasting liner I’ll often use a SUQQU gel or Elizabeth Arden Smoky pencil.

I hate the expression, but NARS Powermatte Pigments were a game-changer for me. I can’t keep lipstick on but even these stay put for most of the day without any fade so I almost always have one in my bag. I love a Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution for rich colour pay off, too. Need I say anything about Glossier Boy Brow? It just doesn’t make my brows look “over done” and full of product, but it does hold them in place and make them look fuller (which I need as I’m still recovering from the over-plucking era).

In terms of base, Bobbi Brown Corrector is another everyday use (I wrote about how much I love it here). It gets rid of my dark dark circles and instantly makes me look more awake to the point that I don’t really need foundation. If I do, I’m obsessed with Armani Luminous Silk. I’m also loving Tom Ford’s Sheer Cheek duo for that subtle wash of colour, while RMS Magic Luminizer is one of the best highlighters I’ve ever come across. And lastly Benefit’s Hoola Light is great at adding warmth to fair skin tones like me”.

Penny Goldstone, Digital Fashion Editor

“I probably don’t have that much in my make-up bag compared to most people, but that’s because I’ve really whittled it down to the absolute basics. I’ve tried many beauty trends but in the end I always go back to my tried-and-tested formula. From start to finish, it takes me about two minutes in total to apply (and I leave my bag at home, I hate carrying make-up with me!). There is the foundation, YSL Touche Eclat which transforms my skin in what I’d like it to be naturally: dewy and glowing. It’s very lightweight but easily buildable on those days you need more coverage.

At the moment I’m using Laura Mercier bronzer as I’ma  bit more tanned, then a touch of NARS Orgasm blush – I’ve used this for years and it really is the most flattering shade. Bobbi Brown’s eyebrow gel is the only one I’ve found that doesn’t cake your brows WAG style. Then the two final essentials, a fine eyeliner (I use Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire) and black mascara, though I’m not precious about the last one, I usually use whatever I have in the cupboard”.

Follow Penny on Instagram for polished outfit pics & style tips.

Consider your make-up inspo fix, fixed.

Want to get in on the make-up bag fun? Tweet us your pics at @marieclaireuk

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The best clarifying shampoo: the haircare step you’re missing

The best clarifying shampoo: the haircare step you’re missing

It’s time to hit the reset button on your locks

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The best clarifying shampoo is the haircare step that you’re missing and you don’t even know it. But bag the right one and it will change your hair routine forever.

Everyone should use a clarifying shampoo from time to time. They work to remove product build-up, hard water minerals, excess oil and grease and environmental pollutants from hair (to name but a few).

These are the times that you should use the best clarifying shampoo:

  • before you colour you hair: if the colour is going to penetrate into the hair shaft, nothing can stand in its way, like dirt and product build up
  • before using the best hair mask: same as above, if you want the super nourishing ingredients to get to work, you need to rid the area of crap
  • if you live in a city: much like your skin, your hair is unfortunately subjected to pollution particles, which means your locks will look lifeless and dull. The best clarifying shampoo will rectify that

If you get the right one, it can be the best shampoo for dry hair, thick hair, fine hair, greasy hair… the list seems endless. So how do you go about finding the right one for your hair type?

How often should you use clarifying shampoo?

A little of this depends on your hair type. It’s recommended that if you have particularly dry hair, you shouldn’t use a clarifying shampoo more than a couple of times a month. Hair that is super curly also doesn’t require regular clarifying.

For all other hair types, using a clarifying shampoo once a week as part of your haircare routine keeps your hair from having that ‘weighed down’ feeling that you get from showering regularly in hard water or using too much product.

Best clarifying shampoo for fine hair

TRESemmé Cleanse & Replenish Deep Cleansing Shampoo, £2.75, Amazon

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If you have fine hair, you may worry that the harshness of a clarifying shampoo will wreak havoc upon your locks – but there’s no need to panic as it can be the best shampoo for greasy hair or limp, fine hair.

Opt for one of the more gentle formulas, like TRESemmé’s, which can be used a couple of times a week and is great at removing product residue from finer hair. It’s also serious bang for its buck, coming in at less than a fiver for 900ml. What more could you ask for?

Living Proof’s Full Shampoo is another excellent clarifying option here, specially designed for hair that’s a bit limp and lifeless. Give your hair a deep cleanse while simultaneously adding a bit of ‘oomph’.

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Best clarifying shampoo for colour treated hair

Ion Defence Clarifying Shampoo, £30.07, Amazon

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The eternal struggle with coloured hair is that you want to give your hair a good, deep clean, but equally you don’t want to strip any of the colour from your locks. What’s a girl to do?

About 75% of the time, clarifying shampoo shouldn’t be used on colour hair as it will strip some of the colour. No doubt you want to prolong your colour for as long as possible rather than wash it down the drain. But there are some formulas that are gentle enough to be used on dyed hair.

Even better some have been specifically designed to balance the needs of clarifying needs and coloured hair. Ion Colour Defence Clarifying Shampoo is one of the best on the market, working to seal in your colour while giving it a gentle but thorough cleanse. Because the last thing you want is to undo all the hard work of your colourist.

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Best clarifying shampoo for curly hair

Oribe The Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo, £40, Net-A-Porter

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Loved by supermodels and stylists alike, Orbie is a brand with hella hair authority. Their clarifying shampoo is packed with naturally detoxing ingredients such as eucalyptus, green tea and sea kelp extract to cleanse the hair and leave it feeling fresh. What makes it one of the greatest curly hair products is that it won’t strip the natural essential oils of your locks, meaning your curls will keep their shape and bounce post-washing. Nobody ever dreamed of having limp and lifeless looking curls. Curlies should also try out the best sulphate free shampoo, too.

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Best clarifying shampoo for dry hair

Moroccanoil CLARIFY Clarifying Shampoo, £18.95, Amazon

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If you suffer with very dry hair, we wouldn’t blame you for worrying that a clarifying shampoo would only make the situation worse, but limiting your clarifying washes to a couple of times a month will give your hair enough of a deep clean, without leaving it looking and feeling like a haystack.

Never fear, because nourishing heroes Moroccanoil are on hand with a clarifying formula specifically for your hair type. Their CLARIFY Shampoo not only gives hair a thorough clean, removing all sorts of impurities, but it also contains argan and avocado oils to keep the hair soft and smooth.

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Scroll through our round up below to find the perfect clarifying shampoo for your hair type.

Product build-up, be gone…

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The best hair salons in London that we 100% approve of

The best hair salons in London that we 100% approve of

We’ve done all the groundwork, so you don’t have to

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Whether you’re after a simple trim, balayage or a complete colour and style transformation, these are the best hair salons in London, approved by Team Marie Claire.

The best hair salons in London – All over

1. Bleach London

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Why is it so brilliant? 

Because they can make you look like a mermaid if you really wanted them to. Or give you the blondest hair you’ve ever clapped eyes on. Or they could even put 10 different colours into your hair and you’d still leave with locks so soft you want to constantly stroke them. Because that’s the thing about Bleach – yes they know colour, but by god they know how to take care of hair that’s coloured. When you go in for a consultation, they don’t just do a patch test behind your ear to make sure you don’t react to the dye; they also snip the tiniest weeniest bit of hair from the back of your head and apply dye to it, to make sure that your hair can handle the chemicals and colour.

Pop onto their Instagram and you’re sure to find some styles that aren’t for you – red and black stripes don’t suit everyone, we know that (as do they) – but Bleach employs the best and most adventurous colourists, who know what it means to work with every colour. If you’re considering going blonder, dark purple or just want to have a temporary wash of pink then we really must insist that you look no further and pop along to one of Bleach’s three salons.

Where is it?

There are three to choose from – Brixton (195 Ferndale Rd, Brixton, London SW9), Soho (2 Berwick St, Soho, London W1) and the original outpost in Dalston (420 Kingsland Rd, London E8)

2. Blue Tit London

Why is it so brilliant?

Disclaimer: this reviewer loathes getting her hair cut. Dentist? Fine, get her in the chair. Blood test? Cool, bottle up her blood. But hairdressers? Well, hairdressers are her downfall (you can thank their industry standard metric system whereby an inch really isn’t an inch at all for that).

But, BUT… she liked the guys over at Blue Tit! Her time in the Crouch Hill salon was nothing short of joyous. The salon is cool, but not pretentious – think laid back Brooklyn loft vibes. She was handed tea on arrival (served in these stone mugs from Trouva that she immediately purchased afterwards for her house), plus a soothing head massage that put her at ease ready for The Big Trim.

Luckily, Blue Tit Crouch Hill manager and partner Chris knows what an inch really means, so in-between reveling in their shared love of the early noughties Milton Keynes punk scene (niche), she got an actual TRIM. Not a newly acquired bob. Also, he’s thinking about getting a salon dog very soon. So if that’s not a reason to go back, she doesn’t know what is.

Where is it?

Or should we say, where isn’t it? Thankfully, these boutique salons can be found across London, from Dalston to Portobello to Topshop Oxford Circus. Find your closest one here:

Call them up, or they have a handy ‘last minute booking’ button on the website, that lets you check availability for same day appointments.

3. Taylor Taylor London

Why is it so brilliant?

The flagship Shoreditch salon is well known for being, well, nothing short of awesome, really. Most of the senior stylists and colourists have been there for yonks and will always recognise you and say hi, so you’ll always feel part of the club. Loads of celebs are regulars here, so you might even spot an A-lister while you’re sipping away at your bar-grade espresso martini’s – on tap BTW. The main washroom is one of the most tranquil places you’ll ever have your head washed (and massaged). It’s a moody, bouji, golden palace of dreams and you may well find yourself drifting into a snooze, as it’s that zen. Their chic sister salon lies West in Portobello and is known for perfecting polished glossy styles K-middy would seriously approve of. For top-ups and brilliant blow-dries, you’ll want to swing by their Soho spot – on the 3rd floor in Liberty. All complete with complimentary cocktail bars. DREAMY.

Where is it?

Shoreditch (137 Commercial St, London E1), Notting Hill (309 Portobello Rd, London W10) and in Liberty (Regent St, Soho, London W1B)

Best hair salons in London – Central

4. Hershesons

Why is it so brilliant?

Well to put it simply, it’s so much more than a place to go and get your hair cut. The 5,000 sqft space on London’s Berners Street is the ultimate beauty destination. The hair gurus have paired up with some standout beauty brands, like Sunday Riley – offering facials, DryBy nail bar – THE people to see for subtle nail art and long-lasting manis and pedis, Ministry of Waxing, Dr Barbara Sturm, The Light Salon and Suman Brows, to offer their customers a completely 360° approach to the salon-experience. Why stop at a blow dry, when you can get everything done all under one roof?

The new space is quite different from their old salon on Conduit Street, which they were based at for 26 years. Gone are the muted marble tiles, separate sections for colour and cuts and simple ‘Daniel Hersheson’ lettering above the door. This time there are hints of jade green and turquoise, seats dotted allover and a neon lit up ‘Hershesons’ sign on the glass door. It’s industrial chic meets Elle Decor. It’s #interiorgoals at every corner. Even the staff have had a slight upgrade, they’ve swapped their starch black uniforms for Reebok trainers and J.Brand tops.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s a seriously tasty cafe where you can either grab lunch or if you’re a freelancer, while away hours on your laptop. There are little nooks everywhere, where you can grab a magazine – there’s a full, and very varied range available – and just take some for yourself.

Essentially, what we have here people is a really cool and smart hangout that you’ll walk into and won’t want to leave.

Where is it?

29 Berners St, London W1

5. SALON64

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Why is it so brilliant? 

Salon 64 is slick. It looks more like a cocktail bar than it does a salon. Which is why we highly recommend you go and hang out there and while away a couple of hours, getting ready for a night out. There’s actually is a cocktail bar – which serves their own branded coffee during the day and harder drinks at night – so you’re always be suitably refreshed. (You can even just pop in and get a coffee before work – no blow-dry necessary.) The workstations are in a circle formation that surround these insane fire pits that make you feel like you’re at Hollywood party in the 70s. In the best possible way. You’ll struggle to spot the back washes, as they’re hidden behind panel doors, out of the way of the aching cool bar area. Each styling table has it’s own lift up mirror and charge point, so you’ll never be caught short before heading out.

Once your hair is done, there are a set of bar stools and more workstations by the door, which have smaller mirrors and area to do your make-up. There’s even a secret VIP room, with it’s own entrance. If that doesn’t make you want to go there, we don’t know what will.

The salon very much falls into the emerging breed of salons, which offer so much more than your standard cut and blow-dry. You can actually hire the whole thing for a big event too. Hen party heaven.

Where is it?

Slap bang in the middle of Soho at 14 Bateman Street, W1

Best hair salons in London – East

6. Ralph & Rice

Why is so brilliant?

In 2018’s woke climate, more and more customers are demanding eco services and products. So it’s no surprise that Anita Rice & Dan Ralph saw a gap in the market for a sustainable hair salon that offers both. Stocking only Davines – a brand that prides itself on it’s green approach to haircare (it uses natural renewable energy to power its offices and plants and uses as little plastic as possible), the salon also steer clear of using towels (which would use too much water for their liking) and instead have chosen to use recycled and recyclable paper towels, as well as offering customers a discount if they bring back their plastic packaging for refills of products

Don’t be fooled into thinking that the treatments don’t deliver though – they have an SPF treatment that protects and restore hair back to it’s former bouncy, hydrated glory.

Where is it?

Tucked down a cobbled street just off Brick Lane. It surrounded by really cool boutiques that you’re sure to pop into on your way back to Shoreditch High Street Overground station.

12 Cheshire Street, London, E2

The best hair salons in London – South

7. Paul Edmonds at Battersea

Why is it so brilliant?

It’s difficult to decide which bit of Paul Edmonds new Battersea Power Station outpost we like the best. It could be the incredible stylists, who’ll do exactly what you knew you wanted, but weren’t exactly sure how to describe it. It could be the horizontal backwash beds, which are quite frankly the best in London. We’ve never, ever, had a comfier hair wash. Why hasn’t anyone else got these?! It might even be the rose gold loos that are so wonderfully fabulous, that you deem it appropriate to consider it for your master bathroom at home? Or could it be possibly the Champagne bar that also acts as the reception? Because you never know when you might want to quaff a few glasses? In all honestly, it doesn’t matter which bit is our favourite, because there are so many incredible parts to it that you’ll coming here.

Where is it?

Battersea Power Station. Well not technically inside it, but right next to it in the new schnazzy complex.

Battersea Power Station, 3 Circus Road West, London SW11

The best hair salons in London – West

8. Larry King

Why is it so brilliant?

The Larry King salon has plenty of features that sets it apart – an Instagram-ready powder room with a mountain photo backdrop, a rose gold cocktail station and a strictly Dyson-only hairdryer policy – something Larry tells me he’ll never ever go back on. And let’s not forget the selfie hot seat with perfect lighting and the Huawei 360 degree hair selfie option, allowing you to film your treatment and learn to perfect your own styling techniques.

The salon’s real unique selling point however has to be its vibe, with friendship at its core. From celebrity regulars (Zayn Malik, Jamie Dornan and Poppy Delevingne to name a few) to Kensington locals, everyone is in on the action, bringing along dogs, partners and friends to sit and enjoy the homemade signature strawberry tarts while waiting for highlights to develop. It’s like one long, relaxed and inclusive drinks party – hosted of course by Larry who circles the room, giving everyone a bit of love.

Where is it?

The salon is in South Kensington – just a stone’s throw from the tube station, but don’t worry it’s also an Uber hotspot if you need a car home to protect your freshly styled locks.

34-36 Harrington Road, London SW7 3ND


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Bob hairstyles to inspire you to go for the chop

Bob hairstyles to inspire you to go for the chop

Because the humble bob isn’t going anywhere any time soon

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Noon by Noor show, front row, Spring Summer 2017, New York Fashion Week, USA – 08 Sep 2016

They look super chic, can be styled in countless different ways, and bob hairstyles have got a huge A-list following when it comes to the celebrity sphere. Tempted, much?

There’s also the added bonus of the diverse bob options out there. There’s the classic chin skimming bob of course, but also more modern iterations such as the Lob, aka a slightly longer, grown out bob, and the current A-lister favourite, the wob; a tousled, wavy bob with a laid-back, bohemian feel.

So if you are thinking of going for the hottest hairstyle of the moment, take style inspiration from the most fabulous celebrity bob hairstyles out there.

There’s Jennifer Lawrence’s long blonde chop, perfect if you don’t want to go too short straight-off, and ideal for creating beachy waves come summer..

Karlie Kloss is a fabulous example of how versatile a grown-out choppy bob can be. From waves and slicked back styles to topknots, plaits and up-dos, she’s an endless source of short hairstyle inspiration.

One of the biggest hair transformations ever has to be when Miranda Kerr went for the chop with a luscious brunette bob. Full of health and super shiny, Miranda’s locks have reaped the benefits of a chop, and looks spectacular paired with a bright red lip for maximum glam effect.

If that wasn’t enough, there are plenty more to inspire your next trip to the salon.

From Kate Hudson’s short sun-kissed waves and Rihanna’s glossy chin-length ‘do, to Taylor Swift’s super short new locks, the bob is firmly taking over as the hairstyle of the year.

Thinking of getting the chop? Check out Marie Claire’s round up of the best A-list brunette and blonde bob hairstyles, old and new.

This season might just be the perfect time for you to embrace the super chic trend.

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The best hair straighteners for just about any type of hair

The best hair straighteners for just about any type of hair

Want frizz free, super sleek hair? You’re in need of the best straighteners that money can buy

Best Hair Straighteners 2017

If you battle frizz on a daily basis, the best hair straighteners are absolutely essential to your beauty arsenal – along with one of the best hair dryers and a hair serum, of course.

The perfect pair of straightening irons will transform your hair from frizzy to super sleek, über curly to poker straight, in a matter of minutes.

No doubt you’re here because your current pair of straighteners are knackered, or you’re fairly new to the hair iron game and want to treat yourself to the best hair straighteners the market. Or, you want to put your curling tongs to bed and switch your signature style up for a straighter look.

So how do you pick the perfect pair for your hair type? Keep scrolling for all the intel…

Best hair straightener brush

DAFNI Hair Straightening Brush, £120, John Lewis

Best Hair Straighteners DAFNI Go Straight Brush

These days, quite a women prefer to use a heated ceramic hair straightening brush over a classic pair of the best straighteners. These do exactly what they say on the tin, straightening your hair into the glossy, smooth locks of your dreams with just a few strokes of a brush.

We love DAFNI’s Go Straight Hair Straightening Brush, which heats up to a hair-safer temperature of 185 degrees and leaves your tresses super glossy and sleek after using.

The most practical advantage of hair straightening brushes? As well as being easier to use, by using a brush you’re far less likely to burn yourself (because how many of us have grabbed the wrong bit of our straighteners/clamped down on our ear before?)

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Best hair straighteners for curling

BaByliss Boutique Salon Control 235 Hair Straightener, £80, Fabled

With a rounded barrel and smooth ceramic plates, these multitasking straighteners are ideal whatever style you’re hoping to create. Just don’t forget your heat protection spray.

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Best hair straighteners for curly hair

ghd V Gold Max Styler, £135, Fabled

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Admittedly we’re stating the obvious here – but straightening curls takes a lot more time and effort than transforming slight waves into poker straight hair.

The keys to turning curly hair into poker straight perfection are: 1) section, section, section and 2), choose a pair with wide, flat plates. Hair straightening heroes ghd offer both thin and wide versions of their classic styler, the latter of which is perfect for flattening out super curly sections one by one. Slow and steady does it.

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Best hair straighteners for short hair

Cloud Nine The Micro Iron, £64, Fabled


Shorter hair requires smaller tools, and so this Cloud Nine pair, which are just six inches long, are ideal for getting hold of shorter layers and styling them. They might be small, but they certainly don’t compromise on effectiveness.

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Best hair straighteners under £50

Nicky Clarke Desired Hair Straighteners, £47.99, Amazon

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For a less-expensive buy, this pair by Nicky Clarke does the job and does it well. Featuring black pearl plates, tourmaline technology for smooth, frizz-free hair and a three-metre cable to boot, they’re a great buy for anyone who doesn’t want to break the bank.

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Best hair straightener cream

Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry, £24, Fabled

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Before you tackle your mane with the straighteners, the first thing you’ll want to do is create a smooth, frizz-free base when you dry your hair. Bumble and Bumble’s blow dry cream specifically designed for straight hair is a winner here, smoothing and sleek-ing out your hair with a heat activated formula that loosens hair’s natural curve. It’s an essential first step if poker straight hair is your goal.

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Ready to trade in your old straighteners for a shiny new pair?

Scroll through our round up of the very best hair straighteners money can buy.

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How to style your hair in this heatwave

How to style your hair in this heatwave

Because we are SO not used to this weather

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Welcome to our Marie Claire Masters series, a regular beauty franchise that celebrates and utilizes the expertise of women who are bossing it in their fields. Each month these Masters will educate, demonstrate and impart some of their industry wisdom to you the dedicated Marie Claire reader. From current trends and hot topics to how tos and how not tos, these beauty whizz kids are at our beckon call. So get reading, you never know what you tips you might pick up. KT – Digital Beauty Editor

Hi, I’m Nicola Clarke – I am the Creative Colour Director of John Frieda Salons, and in the past I’ve done Kate Winslet, Kate Moss, Kate Beckinsale, Cate Blanchett and Kate Bosworth’s colour. All the Kates! It’s with great pleasure that today I start my stint as the Marie Claire Hair Master. With this heat looking like it’s sticking around for a bit longer, I thought we’d begin with talking about how to air dry your hair.

You will never hear me complain about a heatwave. The warmer the better, as far as I’m concerned. But hot weather certainly doesn’t make me feel inclined to spend hours in front of the mirror with a hairdryer or straighteners.

The good news is that you can cut the heat styling altogether and still get great results – once you know how. When you take heat out of the equation it’s hard to transform your hair type; the trick to successful air styling is to work with your natural style, using great products and clever techniques to achieve a natural, hassle free look.

If you have naturally frizzy hair, leaving it to air dry may seem like a recipe for disaster. Not so. The secret is in the product – a good serum will add extra moisture to hair, reducing dry ends and frizz without weighing it down. I like Iles Formula Finishing Serum, it’s brilliant for soft waves and when used on air dried hair leaves it feeling soft and conditioner.

Iles Formula Finishing Serum, £43 Net-A-Porter

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If you have naturally flat, fine hair, avoid using product on the root. Leave hair to dry naturally and when it’s just a little damp, flip it upside down and plait. Once it is completely dry remove the plaits to leave a natural, beachy looking wave. And an extra tip to add volume at the root – try parting hair on the opposite side from usual.

Finally, dry shampoo is the ultimate hack for air dried hair. Yes, it gives your hair the look and feel of being newly washed – but the often overlooked bonus is that it also adds fabulous texture. I swear by Sam McKnight’s Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo; it’s super light formula adds volume and body, which can be hard to achieve without heat styling.

Hair by Sam McKnight Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo, £19 Cult Beauty

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If you really must use a hairdryer use one that has temperature control settings and is powerful enough to dry hair quickly. I love the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer, it’s quick and light and the cool setting is great when it’s hot outside.

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, £299 Boots

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Embrace the heat.

Air dry your hair now.

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The best purple shampoo for every shade of blonde out there

The best purple shampoo for every shade of blonde out there

They say that blondes have more fun, but there’s nothing fun about brassy tones

Best purple shampoo
Jennifer Lawrence

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful blonde mane. Which is why brassy tones are the devil. Brassiness dulls the hair, when really what you want is bright vibrant colour that sparkles in the sun. If you’re not sure if you fall into this camp or not, take a look in the mirror and if your blonde is quite yellow and buttery, then you need to get your hands on the best purple shampoo comes. Considering peroxide-mania has no sign of slowing down, the only way to keep your hair colour in check is by washing it with a great purple or silver shampoo. Nothing brightens the hair like it.

What is purple shampoo?

Think of the colour wheel from art lessons.

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Just like you would counteract ruddiness in your skin tones with a green colour corrector, that rule applies here as well. Why? Because they’’re opposite to each other on the colour wheel. Yellow and purple are also opposites on the colour wheel, so a cool toned violet shampoo will counteract any warm gold tones that start to shine through dyed blonde or bleached hair after a while.

When you wash with this particular shade of shampoo, it deposits purple pigment into your hair, negating brassiness and brightening the silver tones throughout your hair. Don’t believe us? Have you seen the results of the Redken Blondage Shampoo?

The best part? You only have to use it once or twice a week for maintenance. So one bottle will last you until you visit your hairstylist for a colour top up. Be careful not to let the shampoo sit on your hair for too long, as it can turn the hair slightly violet. Which actually looks pretty amazing, if you’re game for it. Be sure to use a the best shampoo for dry hair in between uses as purple shampoo can be a little drying.

Purple shampoo vs silver shampoo

Purple shampoos are often called silver shampoos, and the two are pretty much the same – in fact, most products labelled ‘silver’ are actually purple in pigment.

We’ve pulled together the cream of the crop to help you find the best purple shampoo. And there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for the best shampoo for oily hair or one that will give you more grit for styling. And that’s not all. We’ve also pulled together some natural options, so if you have a sensitive scalp, you’re in luck.

Best purple shampoo for blonde hair

Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo, £32.40, Fabled

A few weeks after you’ve been to the salon your hair can start looking a little dull. But the best purple shampoo will keep the colour fresh – whether you’ve had a full head of hightlights, balayage or a few bleached strands. Try Aveda’s Blue Malva shampoo to tone down any brassy shades and brighten up lost shine. Blonde hair back to its full glory. It’s not the strongest of formulas and so isn’t too harsh on your hair, meaning you avoid damaging it in the long run.

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Best purple shampoo for brassy hair

LUSH Daddy O Purple Shampoo, £6.25,

When you’ve forked out goodness knows how much for a blonde ‘do, you want to keep it looking its best for as long as possible. For a fresh and uplifting choice, try Lush’s Daddy O purple shampoo, enriched with lemon for zingy-smelling hair. It will counter that yellow, golden tone that’s far from modern.

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Best purple shampoo for platinum hair

Sachajuan Silver Shampoo, £20, Fabled

If you’ve gone for platinum blonde à la Jennifer Lawrence or, more recently, Cara Delevingne, then no doubt you want to keep your hair’s silvery look fresh in between getting your roots done. Sachajuan’s Silver Shampoo not only works in the same way as your regular purple shampoo by neutralising brassiness, but it adds silvery, ashy tones for the perfect peroxide blonde. An absolute must-buy if you’re all about the bleached look.

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Scroll through our list to find the best purple shampoo for your bottle.

Bye-bye, brassy blonde…

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Best shampoo for hair loss – if you’re worried about thinning and seek volume

Best shampoo for hair loss – if you’re worried about thinning and seek volume

Thinning hair, beware…

Best Shampoo For Hair Loss

As women, we associate a full head of glossy hair with our femininity, we work the best hair oil into our locks in the hope that our hair will be the shiniest. But hair loss issues are on the rise, and in a culture that follows the mantra, the bigger the hair, the better, losing it can be not only be disheartening, it can be down right distressing too. Which is why the best shampoo for hair loss can be invaluable.

An estimated eight million women in the UK are suffering from hair loss and around 45% of women are concerned with thinning hair, making it an issue to address now more than ever.

One of the most common causes of thinning hair is a lack of iron, however there are other factors that can lead to hair thinning too. It can be down to losing excessive hair, but it can also be caused by the actual diameter of your hair shafts reducing.

And while both result in volume reduction, hair diameter thinning happens over a long period of time, while excessive hair shedding can result in more rapid reduction of volume if the daily loss of hair is substantial.

For instance, if you suffer from Androgenetic alopecia, you will notice thinning hair at the top, frontal area and just behind your hairline, while hair at the back stays thick.

This is due to an enzyme that causes conversion of the male sex hormone testosterone to another hormone, known as dihyydrotestosterone (DHT). This causes the hair follicles to produce thinner hair.

On the other hand, Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that affects up to 2% of the population, causes round patches of hair loss and can lead to total baldness.

It’s typically normal to lose around 1,000 hairs a day but shedding can also be accelerated due to illness, stress, medication or hormones.

However, with the right kind of treatment, nutrition and healthy living, you can help your hair grow back within six months.

You can follow tips and tricks for thinning hair, but the best shampoo for hair loss is a great place to start.

We’ve pulled together the best shampoos for hair loss, to help give your hair the volume you want and the care it needs…

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