Whether you want a colour refresh or complete change, these are the best hair salons for colour

Whether you want a colour refresh or complete change, these are the best hair salons for colour

Your colour in very safe hands with this lot

best hair salons for colour

Most of us can hold our hands up and say that we’ve experienced some sort of dye disaster in our lifetime. It may be the more expensive option, but putting your trust in one of the best hair salons for colour (and their expert colourists) is without question the safest option for great-looking hair.

Whether you’re looking for a crazy colour transformation, refresh existing colour or need a bit of blonde maintenance, there’s an expert in the city just waiting to fix your locks up. Keep reading for the Marie Claire approved salons for colour across the capital. Just want a cut and styling session? All of the below are excellent for a new ‘do, but check out our guide to the overall best hair salons in London next for more recommendations.

Windle London

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One of the best London salons you’ll find, newly-rebranded Windle London is based right in the heart of the capital’s West End, tucked just around the corner from Seven Dials. Founded by Paul Windle, who started his career at Vidal Sassoon before becoming principal of their hairdressing school, the small and chic salon has been going for over 30 years. As well as all being super hard working and precise in their colouring – Pia in particular is meticulous – the whole team of colourists and stylists has a lovely, friendly family feel to it. Having your hair washed and head massaged in a darkened room is a game-changer; you’ll leave feeling super relaxed and in good spirits after every visit. Head here for the best blow dries that last for days, too.

Where is it?

41-45 Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials, London WC2H 9AP

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Percy and Reed

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At Percy & Reed salons (one in East London and one up West) they do things a little differently. Rather than having a colourist tend to your balayage, then a stylist getting to grips with your cut, each member of the team is fully trained in both. This means that no matter who you end up with, you’re with them from the moment you sit down in their chair at the beginning of your appointment right to the very end, so they really listen to you. Because they know that the cut and colour are integral to achieving the exact look you’re after. They’ll ask about hair history, condition, type, lifestyle, you name it. If you’ve got inspo pictures, show them. If you fell in love with a girl’s colour who passed you on the street six weeks ago, describe it. If you’re completely unsure about exactly what you want, trust them. Because founders Paul Percival and Adam Reed still work closely at fashion weeks and on shoots, the salon is often flooded with trend-led colour treatments and new approaches that are not to be missed.

Where is it?

Percy & Reed West is based at 157C Great Portland Street, W1W 6QS, while East is at 1 Fournier Street, E1 6QE.

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Words by Katie Thomas

Zoë Irwin at John Frieda

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Described as ‘the Stella McCartney of the hairdressing’ world, Zoë’s CV top line speaks for itself: ghd UK Brand Ambassador, Wella Professionals UK Colour Trend Expert, and now Creative Director of John Frieda’s Aldford Street salon in the heart of Mayfair. Zoe is known for having an eagle eye for spotting hair trends before anyone else. The woman is scrupulous when it comes to colour – you’ll probably be happy with your hair before she is, but that’s a good thing – and she won’t rest until your hair is perfect, whether you’re after trend-led blonde balayage or a natural-looking rich, warm brunette. Bonus: she’s super chilled and all-round lovely to be around.

Where is it?

4 Aldford Street, Mayfair, London W1K 2AE

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Larry King

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Best for: Refreshing colour

Based around the concept of ‘a social life for your hair’, Larry King’s flagship salon isn’t even three years old yet but has made huge waves in the hair industry, with tonnes of A-listers flocking to Kensington to get their hair did. The man himself has hand-picked a team of expert colourists with decades of expertise and dab-handedness in balayage, beachy blondes, experimental hues, the works. Don’t have time to sit in a salon chair for half a day? We hear you. Fortunately the salon offers Redken’s genius new treatment menu, express Blow Dry with Benefits. In a smudge more time than it takes to get a blow-dry, you can add a pop of colour, neutralise any brassy tones, blend out your greys or add shine with a clear gloss using Shades EQ. If you’re growing out highlights, the treatment can soften the look so that it’s more of a gentle balayage. Or, go all-out and add peach or lilac tones to change up your look before a holiday or festival. The treament lasts for eight washes and, best of all, you’ll be in and out in less than 90 minutes.

Where is it?

34-36 Harrington Road, South Kensington, London SW7 3ND

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Nicola Clarke at John Frieda

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Best for: Classic blonde

Think of a seriously famous blonde – Kate Moss, Madonna, Cate Blanchet, Kate Winslet – and Nicola Clarke probably does her hair. In the beauty industry she’s about as synonymous with blondes as red buses are to London. Awarded Best London Salon at our 2019 Hair Awards, Nicola is based at John Frieda’s super luxe Margaret Street salon, a seriously chic space. She has decades of experience and her status as a legendary colourist spans the globe, with an artistic eye for colour that’s almost unrivalled. And who wouldn’t want their hair coloured by the same person who looks after one of the biggest supermodels of all time?

Where is it?

58-59 Margaret Street, London W1W 8SN

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Bleach London

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Best for: Every colour on the spectrum

Bursting onto the scene in 2010, Bleach has since transformed into the one-stop-shop for all things colour. And we’re not just talking your regular blondes, reds and brunettes; they’re the pros when it comes to experimental shades. Baby blues, pastel pinks, a complete multi-coloured rainbow – the choice is yours. First and foremost, the stylists are at the top of their game. Head to their Instagram @bleachlondon and you’ll see there’s nothing they can’t do, whether you want all-over highlighter yellow or a super natural blonde balayage. They also specialise in diplights; regular highlights that start an inch from the root for a blended look that’s perfect for anyone who wants their colour to look lived-in, or can’t commit to touch-ups every six weeks. Jada at the Soho branch is a wizard when it comes to mermaid hair (check out the before and after pictures below if you don’t believe us).

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At your patch test, they’ll snip off a tiny lock of your hair to test how it reacts to the colour, to ensure they can give you the unicorn mane of your dreams. Yes, it’s possible to take the leap from brunette to blonde in one sitting, but at Bleach their priority is getting you there without ruining your hair – they can take you from bottle copper to soft peach without sacrificing your hair health. No straw-like hair here – their two-part plex treatment ensures every strand is silky soft and healthy when you walk out of the salon. All their products are completely vegan and cruelty-free, so when your super-cool colour needs a top up, head to Boots and pick up a bottle of your favourite shade from their range.

Where is it?

You’ll find Bleach Salons in Dalston (42 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA), Brixton (195 Ferndale Road, SW9 8BA) and Soho (2 Berwick Street, W1F 0DR).

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Words by Jadie Troy-Pride

Josh Wood Atelier

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The man behind the hair of Kylie and Elle Macpherson (to name but a few famous clients), Josh Wood is the man behind some of the fashion week catwalk’s biggest and best hair looks; you’ll always find him backstage putting his creative talents to work. He recently launched his own hair colouring line which you’ve probably seen around and, FYI, they’ll be doing in-store color consultations in the new look Boots store. But if you want the best results, put your faith in Josh and his ‘dream team’ in the Notting Hill salon, for a wealth of knowledge and a colour experience that’s tailored specifically to you and your look. They can do anything from ‘oil slick’ colour to candy floss pink, as well as perfectly blended classic shades.

Where is it?

6 Lansdowne Mews, Notting Hill, London W11 3AN

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STIL Salon

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Best for: Cool cuts and Scandi blonde

Founded by super cool Scandinavian Christel Lundqvist – three times winner of British Colour Technician of the Year award – STIL offers a super bespoke colouring experience that will simultaneously fuel your Pinterest obsession with Scandi interiors. Christel’s famous-faced clients have included the likes of Pink, Ellie Goulding and Pixie Lott, and her expertise has been drafted in to create all over the world. If effortlessly chic hair is your bag, this Notting Hill gem should be high on your salon hit list because, really, there’s nothing effortless about perfect ‘lived-in’ hair.

Where is it?

2 Chepstow Road, Notting Hill, London W2 5BH

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Time for a colour change-up? We think so too…

For more great hair features, head to our Hair & Beauty section at the top of the page

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The brush that broke the internet is back for good so you can FINALLY get yours hands on one

The brush that broke the internet is back for good so you can FINALLY get yours hands on one

The hair gods have listened

The GHD Glide sold out globally in a mere two weeks back in February. Fabled by Marie Claire even reports that it sold out from their site in four hours.

So you’re completely forgiven if you missed it completely and didn’t get your hands on one. Thankfully, the once limited edition brush is now back and will be readily available on the 1st August.

What is the GHD Glide?

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The GHD Glide is a hot brush designed to be used on second day hair to smooth and tame. It allows you to style hair in between washes in a way that you couldn’t before. The ceramic technology with ioniser heats the brush uniformly to 185°, which is the perfect styling temperature to promote healthy-looking hair. With one stroke, hair is more manageable and sleek.

There’s a mixture of short and longer bristles, which help to detangle, shape and style. The smaller, heated bristles are coated in ceramic so that they won’t snag, making it much easier and faster to style in the mornings.

It primarily straightens, but it can also be used in sections to soothe bed hair that’s looking a little unruly. If frizz is an issue for you, then you’ll love the way it calms wild flyaways and leaves hair looking super glossy. The anti-static ioniser sends negative charges into hair, which is positively charged, and this combats static and frizz.

How to use the GHD Glide

Zoe Irwin, GHD UK Ambassador, recommends brushing the hair from underneath, rather than on top like you would a normal hairbrush. This helps lift the hair at the root, giving locks some much needed volume. She also recommends gliding (see what we did there?!) it through the hair slowly so that it allows the brush to work on every section.

What are you waiting for? Pre-order yours now.

You can thank us later.

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How to treat dandruff, from home remedies to the best shampoos

How to treat dandruff, from home remedies to the best shampoos

Scratchy scalp getting you down?

Knowing how to treat dandruff is a bit of a minefield. With so many differing opinions on the internet, we spoke to some of the most in-the-know experts to determine the best course of treatment, and to reveal everything you need to know about the condition.

What is dandruff?

‘Dandruff is a pretty common skin condition that causes flakes of skin to appear on the scalp,’ explains Adam Reed, Hair Stylist and UK Editorial Ambassador for L’Oréal Professionnel.

A common misconception about dandruff is that it produces dry flakes, when they are actually oily; an important factor when deciding how to treat dandruff. ‘Dandruff is almost always oily, and not dry,’ says Anabel Kingsley, Trichologist at Philip Kingsley. ‘Dandruff flakes can also be slightly sticky and yellow in colour, whereas a dry scalp will produce dry and white flakes.’

In addition, an itchy scalp can be a sign of dandruff, as well as a sign of dryness

What causes dandruff?

Kingsley describes dandruff as both a long-term and a chronic issue, as well as a recurring one, that can crop up really at any time. It is however most common ‘when you are stressed, when hormone levels fluctuate, and when you eat certain foods such as full fat dairy products,’ she explains.

The condition is actually caused by an over production of a yeast naturally found on the scalp, which is called Malassezia furfur. ‘When levels rise (which is commonly due to stress and hormones), skin cells on the scalp divide too rapidly. Cells are replaced much faster than they can be shed, leading to a buildup of telltale flakes and itching,’ says Kingsley. 

How to treat dandruff

If you don’t fancy going down the traditional route by trying anti-dandruff shampoos and specific targeted products, there are some home remedies you may want to try. These include single ingredients such as tea tree oil, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, or aloe vera.

If you believe your dandruff may be stress related, obviously the most effective form of treatment is to try and reduce stress levels — but this is often easier said than done. 

For a more head-on approach (pardon the pun), we recommend opting for a targeted anti-dandruff routine. There are some amazing shampoos, conditioners, and treatments out there now that look so chic on the outside, no one will even suspect you are treating dandruff.

Kingsley recommends keeping styling product use to a minimum, so as not to aggravate a sensitive scalp, and applying an exfoliating scalp mask once a week in order to lift away flakes gently. As for a daily routine, she suggests the use of ‘a soothing, antimicrobial shampoo and a targeted post-shampoo scalp toner.’

Here are some of our favourite anti-dandruff products to try: 

The best dandruff shampoo

Head & Shoulders Clinically Proven Solutions Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, £4.99, Boots

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Head and Shoulders is undoubtedly the best known anti-dandruff brand, and while their everyday range is great for mild dandruff, their Clinically Proven Solutions formulas tackle stubborn, severe dandruff that normal shampoos struggle with. This one contains Selenium Sulfide, which powerfully takes on dandruff symptoms, while at the same time being safe enough to use everyday.

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The best dandruff conditioner:

Oribe Serene Scalp Balancing Conditioner, £45, Net-A-Porter

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Expert haircare brand Oribe does everything brilliantly, so it comes as no surprise that their dandruff-fighting conditioner is one of the very best. Enriched with the brand’s signature complex, this is lovely to use after shampoo to soothe, nourish, and calm. It also comes in a seriously Instagrammable pale pink tube.

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The best scalp treatment for dandruff:

Living Proof Dry Scalp Treatment, £25, Space NK

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This innovative product is a first from Living Proof, and promises to soothe dry, flaky, and irritated scalps. It features a hyaluronic acid based molecular patch, which floods the scalp with instant and sustained hydration, as well as a Vitamin B3-based Microbiome-Balancing complex that rebalances the scalp for long-lasting relief.

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Keep scrolling for the best dandruff-busting products we’ve ever come across.

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How to recycle beauty products – the handy, print out and keep guide

How to recycle beauty products – the handy, print out and keep guide

As it’s World Oceans Day tomorrow, we want to encourage everyone to do their bit for our seas, not to mention the rest of the planet.

Ever since that final episode of Blue Planet II aired in December 2017, we have known just how horrific the extent of the devastation that plastics has on planet, especially our oceans. According to Global Citizen, by late 2018 88% of those who had seen it had changed their relationship with plastic completely. They went on to call the episode, ‘a key moment sparking the war on plastics.’

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We have certainly noticed more reusable water bottles on our commute and in the office, some people have gone a week completely plastic-free and huge brands like Waitrose are doing their bit to reduce their plastic waste.

So, does this mean that we are nailing our recycling routines? Apparently not, according to research carried out by Garnier 56% of Brits don’t recycle their bathroom products. It’s thought to be partly down to us being used to having two bins in our kitchen, that it’s almost second nature to separate our recyclable goods. But the other issue is the complexity of bathroom products; a hand soap bottle and an eyeshadow palette are slightly more confusing that the plastic container your mushrooms come in. ‘Beauty product packaging is often composed of a variety of types of material,’ explains Stephen Clarke, Head of Communications at TerraCycle Europe. ‘For example — mirrored glass, cardboard sleeves, paper inserts, expanded plastic foam and more have been known to be used in cosmetics packaging– sometimes all in one item.’ This makes recycling them incredibly difficult.

‘120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry,’ explains Clarke. ‘Of these, very few plastic waste items generated in the bathroom are accepted by most public kerbside recycling programmes. Most common beauty products and packaging contribute to the world’s growing plastic waste problem and, without adequate recovery solutions, are tracked for landfills, burned, buried, or simply littered where waste management is insufficient. Many plastic waste items find their way into oceans and waterways, compounding the problem with environmental hazards.’

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We need to make sure that where we can, we are recycling our beauty products properly. Below is our guide to what can be recycled and what should just be thrown in the normal bin. When in doubt, throw it out. This is important, says Clarke, because ‘beauty products and packaging that cannot be recycled through the public system will not only be diverted towards landfill or incineration anyway, they slow down the system and have the potential to contaminate bales of secondary material. This is important because we must improve the system to create a circular economy for plastics.’

How to recycle your beauty products


So many beauty products, like fragrances and new make-up products, come wrapped in cellophane. Annoyingly, this cannot be recycled and should be put in your normal bin.

Plastic bottles

Plastic bottles, like shampoos, conditioners and shower gels, are accepted by most recycling programmes. However, make sure that you have emptied and cleaned them out first. You can also leave the lids on as these can be recycled, unless it’s a trigger head or a pump. These will need to go in your normal bin. If you haven’t completely finished your conditioner, do NOT pour it down the sink. Instead, get out as much as possible and put it in your normal bin. (The same goes with any product that you have a little left of.)


Yes, hairsprays and deodorants can be recycled in most household collection schemes. But do make sure they’ve been completely finished before recycling them.

Mascara, lipstick, make-up palettes (eye shadow, bronzer, blusher)

Annoyingly, these are too complicated to recycle. However, TerraCycle has partnered with Garnier to create a free recycling programme for beauty packaging, and these can be taken to one of their allocated drop-off locations. Find your nearest one here. They will also take sheets masks and their wrappers, face wipes and their packets, trigger sprays, pumps, pipettes, roll-on deodorants.

Glass jars

Hooray, as long as these have been emptied and cleaned then these are free to be popped in your recycling bin.

Cotton pads

This is an interesting one, as they have come under quite a bit criticism for being as bad for the environment as face wipes, but in actual fact these can be recycled with your food waste. So after taking your make-up off, take them straight into the kitchen to throw away.

Hair tools

If they still work, check with your local charity shop if they’ll take them. If they’re broken, then they can be recycled at a specific centre. To find your local one, click here.

Nail varnish, fragrance bottles, make-up brushes

These can’t be recycled, so should just be placed in the normal waste bin.

Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Don’t put these in your recycling, there are special drop-off locations (that can be found here) that have been set up by TerraCycle and Colgate.

What else can you do?

  • TerraCycle has also paired with brands like Kiehl’s, L’Occitane and The Body Shop. Theses brands are accepting old beauty containers and will recycle them on your behalf. There are often freebies and discounts if you do it this way.
  • Get your hands on a TerraCycle Zero Waste Box – they send an empty box to your house, you fill it with your beauty empties (shampoo bottles and caps, conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes and caps, non-pressurised hair spray bottles, hair paste plastic jars and caps, lip balm tubes, face soap dispensers and tubes, lotion bottles, lotion tubes, lotion dispensers and jars, non-pressurised shaving foam tubes, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye liner pencils and cases, eye shadow tubes, concealer tubes and sticks) and then send it back to them to recycle it all.
  • Buy products that are packaged in highly recycled materials, like PET bottles
  • Buy from brands that offer a refillable service or reusable packaging

Brands doing their bit

Ren Skincare

Ren has a company-wide goal of being completely zero waste by 2021. That’s only two years away. It currently has 100% recyclable packaging, refillable solutions and bottles made from reclaimed ocean plastic.


In their most recent beauty campaign, Liberty launched Conscious Beauty. Throughout, there has been a drop-off point, where you could take your packaging to be collected and recycled. They also championed all of their brands that are doing what they can to be more sustainable.

Neal’s Yard

From tomorrow until 2nd July, Neal’s Yard will have an in-house recycling scheme. You will be able to take some of the trickiest items to recycle to one of their stores, this will include sample sachets, superfood pouches, facial wipe packages, pumps and atomisers. You will then receive 10% off their next purchase.

The Body Shop

The Body Shop, renowned for its ethical trading initiatives, has teamed up with tech business Plastics For Change and Hasiru Dala, a local Indian NGO and social enterprise, to buy 250 tonnes of plastic collected by waste pickers in Bangalore this year, which will rise to 500 tonnes in 2020. This  recycled plastic will be used to create the bottle of their haircare ranges. There are also recycling points in store.


L’Occitane have had TerraCycle collection points in their stores and have sponsored beach cleans all over the UK, from Brighton to Edinburgh.


Yesterday saw the launch of Selfridges Project Ocean Beauty Booth, which sees them pledge to ensure that at least 50% of their products are better for humans and the planet by 2022. As part of the initiative, they will have people on hand to help teach customers how to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic waste in their bathrooms.

If that wasn’t enough, here are some products to get your hands on that are ……..

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Sun protection for your hair: why this is an essential beauty step during the summer

Sun protection for your hair: why this is an essential beauty step during the summer

Because hair needs protection too, dontcha know?

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When packing for your summer holidays, it’s second nature to include the best sun cream. We now know so much about the damaging effects of the sun that you just wouldn’t head into the sun without it. But what about sun protection for hair?

Exposure to UV rays damages the hair just as much as it does our skin. The reason hair feels particularly dry and wiry over the summer months is because UV rays damage the cuticle of the hair (the outer layer that protects the inside shaft), resulting in brittle and lifeless tresses. So like unprotected skin, hair burns.

‘We all know how important it is to wear sun cream on our face and bodies but a common mistake is to forget to protect the hair and scalp,’ says Anabel Kingsley, a world leading trichologist. ‘Straggly ends, moisture loss and faded colour are familiar symptoms of post-holiday hair, but, like skin damage, this is preventable. Sun exposure can also cause the scalp to become sensitive,’ states Kingsley.

We have rounded up our top beauty buys with built in UV protection, so that you’re well armed for your summer holidays. Soon protecting your hair will feel as natural as protecting your skin…

Sun protection for hair

You have quite a few options – creams, sprays, masks, shampoos and conditioners. There’s now a wealth of products that add sun protection for hair, here are some examples…

Hair sunscreen:

If you apply your normal suncream to your scalp, it will most likely look lank and greasy, so you need a product that is specifically designed to use on the scalp and hair. Apply over damp hair, then work the product from the scalp down through the lengths. Like sun cream, re-apply regularly throughout the day, particularly after swimming. When hair is exposed to water, free radical damage actually worsens, because when wet the hair shaft is considerably weaker and so more susceptible to UV rays. Throw in the drying effects of sea salt and chlorine, it’s no wonder split ends and breakages are at their peak.

Coloured hair sun protection:

Your hair can also change colour if exposed to too much sun as well. UVA rays are responsible for colour changes – both for dyed and natural hair, which is why using a specific shampoo and conditioner for the sun should be on your packing list. They prevent UV rays fading hair by locking in the colour.

Hair masks for damaged hair:

Even with UV protection, hair still feels drier than normal after a day in the sun so we recommend using one of the best hair masks to boost hydration levels and feed the hair back to its healthy best. If you can, leave the hair mask on overnight for deep conditioning, but for particularly fine hair rinse after 5-10 minutes and let it works its magic.

So keep scrolling for the exact products that we recommend. Get ready for the beach…

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The best hair rollers and curlers for curly and wavy styles

The best hair rollers and curlers for curly and wavy styles

Big hair, don’t care

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Heated rollers, cold rollers, curling wands and tongs. With so much choice it’s hard to work out which hair rollers are the best to get curly and wavy hair.

Need help finding the right one for your hair type and lifestyle? We’ve done the hard work for you and tried and tested all of the hair curlers out there to bring you the best heated rollers and curlers to get curly and wavy hair. Match them with our favourite curly hair products and you’ll give everyone hair envy.

Velcro rollers

Denman ThermoCeramic Rollers, £3.25, Lookfantastic

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Don’t underestimate the power of the humble velcro roller. Sure, they’re associated with fluffy slippers, bathrobes and grannies, but they’re also a sure fire way to get add lift to roots while curling the length of your hair. Prep each one with hairspray before using them to give them extra grip and your hair hold, then give them a blast with your hairdryer to add heat.

Best for: thin hair

How to use velcro rollers

1. Use some styling mousse on your towel-dried hair. It will give your hair the right texture and add definition to your curls.
2. Dry off your hair with a hairdryer, tipping your head upside down as you dry it to give you lift at the roots.
3. For extra hold and definition, spray each section of hair with a light and flexible hairspray before applying a roller.
4. Collect a section of hair an inch in thickness and blast with heat from your hair dryer, focussing on the full length.
5. Holding the ends of your hair against a roller, roll from the ends of your hair up to the roots, rotating inwards so the the roller is underneath the section of hair at all times. Apply heat again using a blow dryer for 15-20 minutes in order to dry your hair or “activate” the rollers applied on dry hair. You can also let your hair dry naturally for 4-6 hours.
7. Once your hair is cooled, remove the rollers by twisting out the same way you twisted in.

Foam rollers

Medium Cushion Rollers, £3, boots.com

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If you can’t be bothered curling your hair during the day, do it while you catch a few zzz’s with foam rollers. The plastic clip on the outside holds your hair in place while you toss and turn in your sleep, while the foam allows for comfort, so you barely even notice they’re there. Use them while your hair is slightly damp (not wet – you don’t want to catch a cold!).

Best for: Time efficiency

How to use foam rollers

1. Wash your hair and towel dry it. You want it damp enough to style, yet not so wet that it can’t dry out and hold its curls.
2. Roll the front of your hair first. Section your hair to the width of the roller – the amount depends on how many curls you want – and rotate inwards so that your hair is always on top of the roller.
3. Snap the holder over the top to keep the curls in place as you sleep.
4. Switch to medium or small rollers as you get closer to your neck.
5. In the morning, unsnap each roller and gently remove it.

Steam rollers

Caruso SalonPro Molecular Steam Hair Setter, £45.56, houseofbeautyworld.com

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For a gentle, safe type of heating, you can’t really go past steam rollers. They deliver long lasting voluminous curls while keeping hair shiny and static-free and the non-damaging steam conditions the hair as it locks in curls.

Best for: Damaged hair

How to use steam rollers

1. Start with dry hair and use a comb to section your hair 1 – 2 inches in thickness.
2. Shake your steamed roller to get rid of any water droplets and then holding your hair at the end on the roller, roll inwards so that your hair is sitting on top of the roller.
3. Roll it all the way up and place the cap over the top to create a steam barrel, which will curl your hair.
4. To remove the roller, simply take the cap off and roll out the way you rolled in.

Heated rollers

Remington Jumbo Curls Heated Rollers, £24.99, Very

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If your hair is the type that curls quickly only to drop five minutes later, these are for you. They’re instantly hot, so you don’t have to wait for your hair dryer to heat them up, they come in a variety of sizes so you can use the bigger ones for volume at the crown of your head and you simply let them cool down for your hair to set. Think big, buoyant curls.

Best for: Thick hair

How to use heated rollers

1. Spray your hair with flexible hold hairspray or prep with a volumising mousse.
2. Divide your hair into sections that are 1 – 2 inches thick.
3. Starting in the front, take a section of hair and wrap it around the first roller. Roll your hair back toward your head so that the front of your hair pulls away from your forehead and over the roller.
4. Spray your hair with hairspray and allow to cool.
5. Unwind the same way you wound in.


Babyliss Curl Pods, £60, Fabled

best heated rollers

Also known as button curlers or peco hair rollers, these odd looking caps can create loose curls (when wrapped at the ends) or defined corkscrew curls (when wrapped from roots to tips). They can also withstand heat to give your hair long lasting body.

Best for: Defined curls

How to use spoolies

1. Put the curlers into the pod completely open so that they get even heat distribution.
2. Ensure your hair is completely dry before and then take a section of hair, around two inches wide, and wrap it around the barrel. Starting at the ends of the hair, wind the hair around the barrel towards the top of the head.
3. Close together once you have reached the ideal position for your style.
4. Allow the pods to cool completely before removing. This allows the hair to cool and set the curl for lasting effect.

Bendy rollers

Bendy Rollers, £4.50, Boots

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Not only are these rollers soft and versatile, they can be used to create tight and loose curls as well as more natural wavy styles. Blow dry your hair on a medium heat and wrap your hair around a roller before bending it over to lock the curl in place. Allow the curls to cool and set before releasing them from the roller.

Best for: Shorter hair

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Plait hairstyles to take straight to your hairdresser’s or DIY this season

Plait hairstyles to take straight to your hairdresser’s or DIY this season

Plaits are a timeless way to work a chic updo. Here’s how to make them work for you…

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Looking for great plait hairstyles to take you from work to the weekend?

Well, look no further. We’ve collated the best of the best plaits hairstyles for work, weekend and play, inspired by some very famous faces – whether you’re a DIY kind of woman or let your hairdresser take the wheel.

Because the plait is a ‘do that can easily be tailored to suit individual style preferences, it’s not hard to see why they’ve surged in popularity in recent years.

Previously the domain on Pippi Longstocking, the plait has evolved into a high end fashion hairstyle over the past few years thanks to numerous appearances on the catwalk.

But perhaps the simplest way to work a plait is by twisting three sections of hair together to create a solo braid – a look adored by Cameron Diaz. The star worked this hairstyle as she owned the red carpet at the New York premiere of Annie a couple of years ago.

Meanwhile Emma Watson, Sienna Miller, Margot Robbie and a whole host of other A-listers all rock a braided hairstyle on the regular. No red carpet is without complete without a couple of celebrity plait hairstyles.

The plait is a great option for fine or thin hair and anyone with layers as the loose front and relaxed style of plait means you don’t need to fret about it being too tidy or perfect.

How to recreate the French braid

  • Section your locks into three to braid the hair on top and at the sides
  • After creating three French plaits without including the mid-lengths and ends, secure the hair at the crown of the head with bobby pins
  • Spritz with hairspray to ensure it holds all evening

Need some more plait magic in your life? Read on for all the plaitspiration you need, for festival season and beyond.

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Hair myths: which ones to believe and which ones to completely ignore

Hair myths: which ones to believe and which ones to completely ignore

Let’s tell the truth about those old wives’ tales…

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There are so many old wives’ tales about haircare that make the rounds, that it’s tricky to know what to believe and what to call bullshit on. We grilled some of the industry’s biggest players to help us decipher the biggest hair myths.

Cutting your hair frequently makes it grow faster


Who knew there was actually some truth in this tale? According to London hairdresser Andrew Jose, although the growth of the hair happens in the follicles of your scalp, frayed and split ends make hair look thinner and when they break off they shorten your hair. Although cutting your hair won’t determine how fast your hair grows, it can certainly help avert hair shaft breakage, keeping your tips looking healthy and preventing splits from working their way up strands.

‘If you wait so long that splits are causing your hair to break off high up on the strand, your hair will actually be shorter than if you get consistent trims,’ he advises. Jose suggests using one of the best hair masks at least once a week to minimise hair splitting because ‘hair that touches your shoulders or beyond can be several years old and most likely needs more TLC than a normal conditioner.’ However, you can’t fix a split end, says James Pryce, stylist at Larry King. ‘No matter how much conditioner you apply it will never reseal itself. The trick is to prevent them from happening in the first place.’

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If you pluck one grey hair, two will grow back in its place


Phew! So, why do we think it? Well, one grey hair means that there are arguably more greys hidden underneath. Once you have noticed one, you’ll probably start to notice more.

Plucking the hair will indeed get rid of the grey, but only temporarily. The follicle is still alive and will produce another hair to replace the one that was pulled out. However, what you do to one follicle doesn’t affect its neighbour, so it is impossible for two hairs to sprout. Some more good news: when the new hair grows back it may be a little less grey than its predecessor (if you’re lucky). This is because melanogenesis (the process by which hair follicles make the pigment that gives hair its colour) is not totally consistent from hair to hair – so here’s hoping.

Shampooing makes your hair shed


According to those in the know, the worst thing you can do for thinning hair is to wash your hair less, as it needs a clean, debris-free environment to grow.

People often lose hair in the shower, so they associate shampooing with shedding – but if you cut back on washing in an effort to spare your hair, you can actually make the problem worse. The debris and oil build up can cause inflammation, which actually stunts hair growth.

Oils are a no-go if your hair is greasy


Ahhh this is so similar to the myth dermatologists try to dispel on a daily basis – if you have oily skin, you shouldn’t use a face oil. Oils are absolutely fine to add to your ends and hair shaft – they’ll add shine and lustre, and help repair split ends.

Oils, unlike other products, do not sit on the hair’s surface creating the illusion of healthy hair. Some of the best hair oils have the ability to penetrate the hair’s cuticle and actually make it healthier.

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If you leave your hair for long enough, it will begin to clean itself


Trichologist Anabel Kingsley says this is ‘utter nonsense’, arguing that a clean scalp and hair means a healthier scalp and hair.

‘You should wash and condition your hair regularly,’ she says. ‘When left for 3-4 days the scalp can become flaky, itchy and uncomfortable whilst the hair itself will become dull and lank.’ However, other experts say that when you wash your hair too much, you strip it of its natural oils. We recommend trial and error and seeing what works for you, as everyone’s hair is different.

We’ve all used and abused dry shampoo and counted down the days till our next hair wash, but it turns out that it doesn’t actually make your hair any less oily. In fact, it’s got nothing to do with external factors like washing and instead comes down to how your own body works.

‘No matter how frequently you shampoo your hair, your scalp will continue to produce the same amount of oil. Your hormones and genetics determine how much oil your scalp produces therefore cutting back on shampooing your hair won’t make a difference,’ Burnett says.

You should brush your hair with 100 strokes a day


According to the American Academy of Dermatology, this is an old wives’ tale that can actually end up causing split ends and huge damage to your hair.

They advise: ‘Brush and comb your hair only to style it. Hair never needs 100 brush strokes a day. Use a wide-tooth comb, and use it gently to comb your hair. Avoid pulling and tugging on your hair as you brush, comb, or style it.’ They also advise using a moisturising conditioner to remove any stubborn tangles rather than tugging at the hair.

Burnett adds, ‘Brushing your hair is imperative to ensuring that the natural oils in your hair are maintained from your scalp to your ends, so a small amount of brushing is fine, but over brushing can actually cause a lot more breakage and activates your oil glands making your hair greasier.’

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You should always switch your shampoo


Well, this is a good one to know because it was becoming expensive. ‘Your hair does not get used to shampoo, you simply get used to its effects,’ says Pryce. However, you should change up your hair products for things like seasonal shifts, as you get older and if you’re colouring your hair more/differently.

Washing with cold water makes hair shinier


While there’s some truth to this myth, you’ll have to resort to an Arctic cold shower if you want to really see a difference. (We’d rather not, to be honest).

Burnett explains, ‘As your hair contains no living cells, it doesn’t actually react to cold or hot water. Although, icy water will make the hair light-reflective and not ruffled or dull looking.’

Dandruff is a sign of a dry scalp


This is true, but there are a lot of things that cause dandruff, not just a dry scalp. It’s kind of grim, but a whole list of skin conditions can cause flakiness so it’s best to keep an eye on things and go to your doctor if you’re a little worried.

‘Although dandruff is one of the causes of a dry scalp, the two don’t necessarily correlate. Medical skin conditions such as dandruff, psoriasis and dermatitis are caused by the over production of oil (sebum) not dryness, this looks yellowish white in colour. Dry scalps are commonly caused by the environment elements or product build up,’ Burnett explains.

You can’t dye your hair while pregnant


Phew! Feel free to go as bright and as bold as you like, hair dye doesn’t actually affect your baby. Only a minuscule amount of it actually gets absorbed into your skin, so you can cover up those roots without breaking a sweat.

Burnett adds, ‘This is a very common myth in hairdressing and is actually one of the biggest concerns for my clients. Permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes are completely safe and don’t have any toxins or chemicals that can harm a baby.’

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Bun hairstyles for a chic, elegant and easy hair look

Bun hairstyles for a chic, elegant and easy hair look

An easy updo to emulate, be inspire by A-list buns and topknots

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Bun hairstyles are one of the most versatile around; wear them to work, to socialise or to formal events and you’re guaranteed to look seriously chic, whatever your outfit of choice may be.

As well as telling the world that you mean business, bun hairstyles are great on a practical level for keeping your hair out of your face as well as showing off your make-up look.

And the best bit? They’re one of the easiest hairstyles you’ll ever learn how to style. Just finish with a spritz of your best hairspray and you’re good to go.

Read on for the Marie Claire guide to the best bun hairstyles, plus the celebrities who nail the look on the red carpet every single time.

Messy bun hairstyles

Messy buns are those ‘lived in’ looking styles favoured by supermodels and film stars alike – think wispy, can’t-be-bothered, perfectly placed and barely held together all at the same time.

The idea is to look like you’ve slept in your bun, without looking like you actually slept in it.

Watch our guide on how to do a messy bun to master the art of the ultimate ‘I woke up like this’ hairdo.

Bun hairstyles with braids

Becoming ever more popular are braided bun hairstyles, a more detailed version of your classic hair updos. Whether it’s a braid that’s been styled into a bun, or a braided crown or French braid with the rest of the hair knotted in plac, they’re dominating red carpets everywhere right now.

Look out for stars like Millie Bobby Brown and Jessica Biel in our round up for examples of both simple and intricate bun hairstyles with braids.

Ready for all the bun hair inspiration you could ever need? Keep scrolling to see some of the greats from the red carpet.

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15 hairstyles for long hair to make the most of your locks

15 hairstyles for long hair to make the most of your locks

When it comes to long hairstyles, celebs have got it down

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If you get serious hair envy every time you see Jennifer Lopez sporting long Hollywood curls or Beyoncé with her lengthy waves, you’re not alone. When it comes to hairstyles for long hair, celebrities have got it down.

It can feel like pretty hard work to think of new ‘dos that can transform your long hair to a masterpiece. But, with the right tools, a bit of patience and some celebrity inspiration, it’s not just possible, but totally achievable.

And make sure you keep your hair in tip top condition. If you find that your hair gets to a certain length and then breaks off, you need to look through our round up of the best shampoo for dry hair. Similarly, if you find that your hair looks greasy quickly, you need to work out the best shampoo for your hair type. A little bit of care will go a ˆ way (literally).

Now that you’ve got those points ticked off, find the best long hairstyles 2019 will be all about here.

Layered hairstyles for long hair

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Layering on long hair is a great way to add texture, volume and, well, a bit more life to your hair. Keeping layers tapered towards the ends of your hair will add bounce to your overall look, while feathered layering around the face can soften your overall face shape.

Celebrity inspiration: Beyoncé and Jessica Biel

Hairstyles for long thick hair


Thick hair works great with longer layers, and usually doesn’t need a lot of help adding volume – look to celebs like Beyoncé, Priyanka Chopra, Zendaya and Jessica Biel for inspiration on how to master it. These hairstyles for thick hair will give you even more inspiration on how to style yours.

Celebrity inspiration: Beyoncé and Zendaya

Hairstyles for long thin hair

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Longer hair gives you more to work with when styling and making it appear fuller. ‘If you have fine hair, keep layers longer as over layering will only make the hair appear thinner and sparser,’ Sam advises. Stars like Cara Delevingne and Keira Knightley are the pros when it comes to styling longer, thinner hair, so look to them for inspiration on hairstyles for fine hair.

Celebrity inspiration: Keira Knightley and Cara Delevingne

Hairstyles for long hair with bangs

When done right, fringes are one of those hairstyles that anyone can get right – if you have a square face, stick to a soft layered fringe, while rounder faces can pull off shorter, blunt bangs. Wondering how to cut your own hair? Read our guide to trimming your own fringe to ensure you don’t have a DIY disaster.

Celebrity inspiration: Jessica Biel

Hairstyles for long hair with curls

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Long, curly hair looks great whether natural or heat styled; if it’s your natural texture, don’t over-layer as this will create a whole lot of extra volume your hair probably doesn’t need. And if you’re using one of the best curling wands to create beautiful bouncy waves, be sure to use a heat protecting spray to avoid damage.

Celebrity inspiration: Beyoncé and Zendaya

Hairstyles for long straight hair

Although the hairstyles of the moment tend to focus on blunt ends with textured waves, straight hair is still an elegant and chic option for how to wear your hair if it’s longer, and tucking it behind one ear softens the overall look whether you have a centre or side parting. Always use a heat protecting spray before using the best straighteners if your hair isn’t naturally sleek.

Celebrity inspiration: Kendall Jenner, Jessica Alba, Lily James

Hairstyles for long hair on round faces

hairstyles for long hair on round faces

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Longer hair is great for elongating a more spherical face shape to make it appear more oval, especially with softer, shorter layers around the face. To master choosing a style for this face shape with expert hair tips, read our guide to choosing hairstyles for round faces.

Celebrity inspiration: Priyanka Chopra, Kendall Jenner and Kate Upton

Hairstyles for long hair on square faces

Square faces often come with a more angular jaw shape, with the forehead, cheekbones and jaw all spanning the same width. These can be softened with more rounded layers, especially with soft curls that fall past the jawline. If you have a more angular bone structure, look to these celebrities’ hairstyles for square faces to master styling your hair for your face shape.

Celebrity inspiration: Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Biel

Hairstyles for long hair on oval faces

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If you have an oval face, you’re in luck, because this is considered the most adaptable face shape – that’s to say that it works with just about any and every hairstyle. ‘The most important consideration to take into account is the individuals’ natural texture,’ says Sam. ‘This will determine the style, shape and length.’

See our round up of the best celeb hairstyles for oval faces.

Celebrity inspiration: Kim Kardashian

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