Beautiful beauty looks spotted at London Fashion Week AW19

Beautiful beauty looks spotted at London Fashion Week AW19

Feast your eyes on the hair and make-up of dreams

London Fashion Week beauty looks

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… No not Christmas, Fashion Month.

Much like their fashion counterparts, the beauty looks of the shows set the precedent for the year ahead. New York Fashion Week was over in the blink of an eye, so now it’s London’s turn to show present us with the biggest hair and make-up trends 2019 will bring.

So far we’ve seen nods to the Golden Age inspired by 1950s fashion, glitter and gold leaf, heavy heavy blusher and barnets worthy of the great Dolly Parton.

At Ashish, enormous wigs were coiffed and blow dried into huge voluminous styles complete with bejewelled barrettes, while in the make-up department different coloured glitter was applied to the lips and eyes, catching the light at every turn. It was seriously extra and we loved it.

Meanwhile at Halpern, bright chroma eyeshadow was applied to the lids before layering cracked gold leaf over the top for a seriously cool look.

Hair was kept pretty natural, apart from a few marcel waves to frame the golden eyes in a nod to 1920s fashion.

If we had to pick out one specific, wearable trend, it’d be the ponytail, which has appeared several times this season as the understated yet chic hairstyle of the day. But season after season emphasis is placed on individuality – sometimes models are even asked what look they would like.

Keep scrolling for the hottest hair and make-up ideas to take from the runway into real life (mostly).

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Here’s everything to know about getting a NanoSmooth Pure keratin treatment

Here’s everything to know about getting a NanoSmooth Pure keratin treatment

From longevity and how much it costs to exactly what the process entails, here’s everything you need to know before getting a NanoSmooth Pure treatment…

You may have heard of Keratin hair treatments and Brazilian blowouts, but the latest taming trend to take the capital by storm is the NanoSmooth Pure.

As someone who struggles with thick frizzy hair and unruly curls, I have tried every de-frizz treatment imaginable, and so I was eager to find out how the NanoSmooth compared, and if in fact it helped me in any way.

Seeing as it usually takes me over two hours to straighten my whole head of hair, it seemed worth a shot, if only to give me a bit more time each day. And with my hair usually erupting into ringlets at the slightest drop of rain, winter seemed like the perfect season to test it out.

I headed to Fitzrovia’s Hare & Bone salon one evening and got a NanoSmooth Pure treatment, just to see what all the fuss was about – and I emerged five – yes five – hours later.

Here is everything I can tell you about my experience…


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What is a NanoSmooth Pure treatment?

The NanoSmooth Pure is a chemical-free smoothing treatment created by Hare & Bone and Nano Keratin. The treatment targets the hair’s DNA, smoothing the internal structure of the hair instead of coating its surface, and according to its creators, making it 80% more manageable to maintain (something I can definitely vouch for). There are four variants of the NanoSmooth: Revive, Refine, Replenish and Refortify – I went for Revive – essentially a Keratin smoothing treatment without all of the chemicals.

Is the NanoSmooth Pure a straightening treatment?

I wouldn’t describe the NanoSmooth Pure as a straightening treatment. It is more of a smoothing treatment that removes the frizz whilst relaxing the curl. If, like me, you have strong curls, you will still have to straighten your hair as you would before, but the results will just be better, stronger and easier to both obtain and maintain.

How is the NanoSmooth Pure different to a Keratin treatment?

NanoSmooth Pure is similar to the original Keratin treatments, but it differs in terms of ingredients. Instead of containing higher levels of chemical that would form a layer of product over the hair, the NanoSmooth Pure is completely free of chemical gasses, formaldehyde and aldehyde. And results-wise, you not only get more movement and strength, but the results are immediate, with no washing or styling restrictions straight after the treatment.


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How long does the treatment take?

The length of the treatment differs depending on the thickness, length and curl formation of your hair. I have uncharacteristically thick and curly hair so while it took me five hours, it should usually take between two and four hours. I wouldn’t try to squeeze a NanoSmooth treatment into a busy day though, it’s not the kind of process that you want to rush – and make sure you bring a good book or a big glossy Marie Claire with you.

Are there any after-care rules for the NanoSmooth Pure treatment?

There are after-care rules for getting a NanoSmooth treatment. Unlike the Keratin treatment, there are no restrictions in terms of washing, tying up or styling your hair for fear of long-term kinks. The only real after-care recommendations surround product choice. You are advised to wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner – giving the effects of your treatment longevity and strengthening your hair. I’m using NanoKeratin shampoo and conditioner, but there are plenty to choose from. Other good sulfate-free shampoos are Living Proof, L’Oreal Ever Strong Sulfate-Free Fortify System and Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo.

How long do the results last?

The treatment results can vary, depending on the formation of your curls and the after care. The treatment should last between three and five months, with a sulfate-free post-treatment helping the results to last longer.

Before the NanoSmooth Pure treatment:


After the NanoSmooth Pure treatment:


Should I get a NanoSmooth Pure treatment?

There are both advantages and disadvantages to getting a NanoSmooth Pure treatment. I have found that the treatment has made my hair A LOT more manageable, and in terms of de-frizzing (especially around the hairline) it has been a real game changer. Three months in, I’m still receiving lot of comments about how sleek my locks are looking, and while it hasn’t cut down hugely on my straightening time, once it is straightened, it takes a lot to mess up. I can now walk outside with my hair down in the rain without it frizzing up – something entirely new to me – and very useful in the wintery months! There were, however, a few drawbacks that I didn’t foresee. I struggled with my sudden lack of volume and found that my hair got greasy much quicker than usual, two things that I have never experienced before. The treatment is temporary though, so if you’re considering it, I would recommend giving it a try.

How much does a NanoSmooth Pure treatment cost?

The NanoSmooth treatment prices vary depending on the length of the treatment and the level of the Stylist, but they start at £250.

Where can I get a NanoSmooth Pure treatment?

I went to Sam Burnett’s Fitzrovia salon, Hare & Bone, known for its excellent service and styling for my NanoSmooth experience. The staff were friendly, the salon was Instagrammable, the hot drinks were delicious (I sampled A LOT as I waited) and my treatment was top quality. If I get another treatment when my current results fade, I’m definitely going back.

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14 of the best hairstyles for oval faces, according to hair experts

14 of the best hairstyles for oval faces, according to hair experts

When it comes to oval-faced styles, these are the best of the best

Looking for the right hairstyles for oval faces? Look no further because, if you’re oval-faced, this is the definitive edit of the perfect cut for your face shape.

The good news is that an oval face is the most versatile when it comes to the hairstyles you can pull off. You’ve been blessed with the easiest face shape to cater for at the salon.’This face shape works with almost any type of short hair cut from super short, to chin length or shoulder length,’ says Charlotte Mensah, award-winning hair stylist and natural afro hair expert.

‘The most important consideration to take into account is the individuals’ natural texture,’ adds Sam Burnett, KMS Style Council member and Owner and Creative Director at Hare & Bone. This will determine the style, shape and length.’

And you’re in seriously good company when it comes to celebrities with oval faces; see the best hairstyles for oval faces 2019 has to offer courtesy of our favourite celebrities.

How do you know if you have an oval face shape?

First thing’s first, how do you identify an oval face shape?

They’re fairly similar to round faces in that they have a softer jawline, but the key difference is that they are longer than they are wide – i.e. the distance from your forehead to your chin will be significantly longer than the width of your face. Also, your forehead will probably be wider than your chin.

Hairstyles for oval faces with long hair

Hairstyles for oval faces 2019 Blake Lively


One thing you’ll notice time and time again with long-haired celebs is that their hair is always in tip top condition. ‘The biggest thing to remember with long hair is that it needs to look healthy, says Sam. ‘There is no point in having long unhealthy hair as the condition will always determine the length.’ Charlotte adds, ‘With natural Afro hair, long sections throughout the crown give you the ability to create a look that suits your fashion sense and lifestyle need.’

Celebrity inspiration: Meghan Markle, Naomi Campbell and Blake Lively

Hairstyles for oval faces with medium length hair

A blunt medium style is without doubt one of the hottest hairstyles of the moment. ‘Medium length hair looks great when it’s maintained well; think fuller, blunt styles with no layering,’ says Sam. ‘If an individuals’ hair is prone to frizz then it’s best to keep the hair on the longer side of medium – the longer and heavier the hair, the more controlled it will be.’

Celebrity inspiration: Olivia Munn and Kate Middleton

Hairstyles for oval faces with short hair

Hairstyles for oval faces Jennifer Lawrence

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As your face shape is so versatile, you can work just about any short style – lob, bob, pixie crop, the possibilities are endless. And when it comes to Afro hair, ‘the tapered, natural hair is perfect for women who want a short style with options,’ says Charlotte.

Celebrity inspiration: Luipta Nyong’o, Jennifer Lawrence and Carey Mulligan

Hairstyles for oval faces with thin hair

The key with thinner hair is not to over-layer your style. ‘If you have fine hair, keep layers longer as over layering will only make the hair appear thinner and sparser,’ advises Sam. Look to stars like Keira Knightley for inspiration on working finer hair, or Jennifer Lawrence’s wispy pixie cut.

Celebrity inspiration: Jennifer Lawrence

Hairstyles for oval faces with thick hair

Hairstyles for oval faces Rihanna

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Naturally thick hair is great as it often doesn’t require adding an awful lot of volume or texture with heat styling, particularly if curly, wavy or cut with layers. Kim Kardashian often wears her thick hair in a ‘wet look’ style, which makes hair appear thinner, while Kate Middleton chooses to sport big and bouncy curls at the end of her hair.

Celebrity inspiraton: Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton

Hairstyles for oval faces with curly hair

With naturally curly hair, avoid lots of short layers as this will increase your hair’s volume and cause it to grow outwards rather than down with its length. In terms of celeb inspiration, Rihanna’s hair is often seen in a full head of curls, and she’s no stranger to a big, textured ponytail. Meanwhile hair royalty Kate Middleton often chooses loose and bouncy curls.

Celebrity inspiraton: Rihanna and Kate Middleton

Hairstyles for oval faces with bangs

Hairstyles for oval faces

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The beauty of an oval face is that a full fringe won’t make your face look too rounded; Jessica Biel works choppy bangs and wavy locks perfectly. And, when she had her pixie crop a few years back, J-Law’s feathered bangs were a perfect example of how to work a wispy fringe with an oval face.

Celebrity inspiraton: Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Biel

Hairstyles for oval faces and big foreheads

Longer oval faces may have a more prominent forehead which, as explained above, can be disguised under a full or side feathery fringe.

Scroll through the below gallery as we chart the best oval-faced celebs and their Hollywood hairstyles.

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The essential gadget for effortless morning hair – and a date for your diary

The essential gadget for effortless morning hair – and a date for your diary

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Longer lie-ins, an extra snooze and a speedy routine – be a #QueenOfTheSheets with the first-ever hot brush from ghd.

Mornings – love them or loathe them, few of us are blessed with ready-styled locks when we wake up. That means as well as making time in the sched for make-up and breakfast, there has to be minutes for turning tangled tresses into enviable sleekness.

We all know a pair of straighteners from hair expert ghd is a beauty essential but now its first-ever hot brush, ghd glide, has marched its way to the top of our wishlist.

The NEW ghd glide hot brush is now available nationwide, for a limited time only.

Designed for enhancing the smoothness of your hair, the ghd glide is part heat tool, part hairbrush. Its mix of high-density short bristles and longer ones sweep effortlessly through large sections of hair – think sleek, smooth locks in a snap.

It’s also the perfect partner for second-day styling, leaving hair salon-smooth with natural movement, which means more minutes in bed. ‘Making hair smooth and shiny in seconds, the new ghd glide is a blow-dry in brush form,’ says Lisa Oxenham, Marie Claire‘s beauty and style director.

And, lucky you, you can be one of the first to try it because ghd and Marie Claire will be springing up at London’s Boxpark Shoreditch, Birmingham’s Bullring, Manchester’s Intu Trafford Centre and Briggate Street in Leeds, this month, to treat the nation’s tresses with complimentary style appointments. No booking required!

The #GLIDEONTHEGO pop-up van will be at the following locations:

  • Thursday 14th Feb: London, Boxpark Shoreditch, 10am-6pm
  • Friday 15th Feb: Birmingham, Bullring & Grand Central, 9am-5pm
  • Saturday 16th Feb: Manchester, Trafford Centre, 10am-6pm
  • Sunday 17th Feb: Leeds, Briggate Street, 10am-6pm

Share your expertly styled hair look with #GLIDEONTHEGO and follow @ghdhair for all the latest updates.

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SAG Awards 2019: and the awards for best beauty looks go to…

SAG Awards 2019: and the awards for best beauty looks go to…

The SAG Awards 2019 best beauty looks did not disappoint, as anticipated. The red carpet is a great place to try out a new look, and from Lady Gaga‘s matching deep berry lipstick and nails to Laverne Cox’s brilliant plait, the SAGs was where it was at. So without further ado, let us present the best beauty awards…

Best dynamic use of graphic eyeliner goes to… Lucy Boynton

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Lucy Boynton, co-star and girlfriend of Bohemian Rhapsody actor Rami Malek, wore her bleach blonde bob in a half-up, half-down ‘do and played with graphic eyeliner, making her a modern muse.

Best dark lips and tips goes to… Lady Gaga (ofc)

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Gaga has been nailing it this awards’ season, and her beautiful white dress, platinum hair and gothic berry lips and nails just WORKED at the SAGs.

Best shade of red goes to… Kate Nash

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We’re big fans of the Glow star’s vibrant shade of red, and she wore it perfectly in a messy bun on the red carpet. Nailed it.

Best use of lipstick goes to… Emily Blunt

Can Mary Poppins – sorry Emily Blunt – do no wrong? Her bright, bold lipstick choice matched her dress and suited her perfectly. We need to know what shade that is…

Best use of rose gold goes to… Yara Shahidi

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From her beautiful outfit to her shiny rose gold lids, we were all over Yara Shahidi’s look.

Best ever curls goes to… Julia Garner

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Ozark star Julia Garner has the most enviable curls in the ‘biz, and they were looking seriously great paired with a fiery red lipstick shade at these awards.

Coolest plait on the red carpet goes to… Laverne Cox

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Awards season is all about the updos, and Laverne’s epic plaited look stole the show for us.

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‘I could cook chips with the grease from your hair!’

‘I could cook chips with the grease from your hair!’

If you’re a night time hair washer, you’re about to become a morning one…

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Greasy hair – I hate it. And yet I’m plagued by it. Greasy hair has been my constant companion for as long as I can remember. I’m pretty sure that it really kicked in when puberty hit and my hormones were on overdrive. As my father always says, ‘I could cook chips with the grease from your hair.’ Disgusting right? A classic Papa T joke right there.

I could easily wash my hair every day, but try not to because my ends are also super dry and feel like my hair needs a break. So I wash every other day with the best shampoo for greasy hair instead and arm myself with one of the best dry shampoos for the days in between.

I wanted to find out more about what causes my greasy hair and if there’s anything that I can do to alleviate the issue. So I spoke with hair-supremo Anabel Kingsley, a trichologist from the Philip Kingsley clinic who revealed all about greasy hair…

What causes greasy hair?

AK: People with naturally fine hair tend to get greasy hair faster than those with other hair textures. This is because individuals with fine hair have more hairs per square centimetre – and each hair has a sebaceous (oil) gland attached to it. As a result, the scalp produces more oils.

Those with thinning hair are also more prone to getting greasy hair. This is because there is reduced surface area of hair for the oils produced by the scalp to spread over.

The grease you see on your hair and scalp is mainly sebum – an oily substance produced by sebaceous glands. The main components of this are fat and cellular debris. However, this ‘grease’ will also consist of sweat, dead skin cells and environmental pollution (i.e. dust and dirt).

How can you prevent greasy hair?

AK: To help soak up excess oils, and to calm itching between shampoos, use a dry shampoo with scalp benefits. We have a very lightweight dry shampoo  that contains Zinc PCA, Allantoin and Bisabolol, all of which help to sooth the scalp.

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You can also use a daily scalp toner after shampooing and an exfoliating scalp mask once a week to help regulate oil production and prevent build up. Our Scalp Toner contains Witch Hazel to help soak up excess oil, as well as anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory ingredients And our Exfoliating Scalp Mask removes dead skin cells and helps keep your scalp in optimal condition. Again, Zinc is an excellent ingredient to look for as it helps to control sebum (oil) production.

I would avoid applying conditioner too close to the roots as well, as this is one of the most common causes of lank and dull looking hair. Only apply it to the mid-lengths and ends where the hair is older and needs moisture the most.

However, if you leave more than 2-3 days between shampoos, your hair is going to start looking greasy no matter what you do.

Why do some people, who previously didn’t suffer from oily roots, suddenly develop greasy hair? Can hormones affect things?

AK: Whenever hormone levels change, scalp secretions can change too. The scalp usually becomes oilier during puberty, in times of intense stress and also during ovulation. Medical conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can also cause an overly oily scalp. However, PCOS will almost always be accompanied by other symptoms, such as acne, weight gain, irregular periods and increased growth of facial and body hair. After menopause, sebaceous glands on the scalp tend to produce less sebum.

How often should someone with greasy hair wash their hair?

AK: Generally speaking, shampooing daily to every other day is ideal. It keeps the scalp clean and healthy, and in turn this supports hair growth. Frequent shampooing also removes daily grime and product debris from your hair. If washing your hair more means you are heat-styling more often, you may encounter problems with the condition of your hair. It is about finding a balance. As a general rule, do not leave more than three days between shampoos. However, if your roots are looking oily, it’s really best just to wash your hair. It doesn’t take long and you will be doing your hair a world of good. Hair grows best from a clean and healthy scalp.

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How to dye your own hair at home – because so much can go wrong

How to dye your own hair at home – because so much can go wrong

These tips and tricks will make sure it looks like you’ve just come from the salon, every time

Not everyone has the time to visit the hair salon, let alone sit in the stylists hair for a good three to four hours whilst you get your hair dyed. Sometimes colour in a box is the only option, which is why it’s super important to know how to dye your own hair properly.

Whether you’re after dip dyeombre hair, balayage or a full head of colour, there are rules to follow.

There’s a reason why being a ‘hair colourist’ is an actual profession – it’s all about getting the right formula to get the exact shade you want – so if you are thinking about drastically changing your colour, we’d recommend visiting a specialist with a few hair colour ideas in hand.

But, if you’re thinking about covering up your greys, going a few shades darker or adding blonde highlights to frame your face, here a few tips and tricks will help you get salon results at home.

How to dye your own hair at home

1. Buy two boxes.

Imagine getting halfway and realising you’ve run out. If your hair is past your shoulders, or short and thick, we recommend you will need two boxes to cover your full head.

2. Do a patch test.

You have no idea whether you’re skin is going to react to the chemicals from the hair dye or not, so you must always do a patch test. It’s better to find out now, rather than later…

3. Do a strand test

We know you’re excited about change, but you need to do this properly. You need to check that your current hair colour reacts well with the formula, because if the change resembles something more like swamp water, you won’t be so happy. (Keep scrolling with our tips on exactly how to do both a patch and strand test.)

3. Keep your hairline clean.

Swipe some lip balm along your hairline where you don’t want any dye to go. This will stop it from dying your skin, which can take days to get off. It’s one of the biggest tips on how to dye your hair.

4. Brush your hair.

Make sure your hair is untangled before you begin, even the smallest knot can cause a big problem.

5. Section your hair.

Professionals always section hair into four parts – down the middle, and then from ear to ear across the crown. Dye the front sections first because these are the most visible, so need the full processing time.

6. Don’t use the bottle.

Yes, that’s what’s normally provided in the box, but squeezing dye straight onto your hair won’t give you a salon finish. Instead, play colourist and use a mixing bowl and a colour brush to apply the dye.

7. Use a toothbrush.

If you just want to add some highlights, use a clean toothbrush or mascara wand and apply where the sun would normally lighten your hair (i.e, around your face and on the tips). This will give you natural looking highlights.

8. Start from the top.

Always start at your roots when dyeing your whole head a different colour – this area will need longer to develop the colour – then comb through to the ends.

9. Wash your hair properly.

Don’t shampoo immediately after dyeing your hair, just rinse out with water initially. When you do shampoo your hair, make sure it’s sulphate-free Sulphates cause your hair shaft to swell and encourage the colour to leach out.

The best hair dye

Josh Wood Colour Permanent Hair Dye, £10, Boots

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Hair connoisseur Josh Wood released his own line of professional haircare for consumers to use at-home. The range includes shampoos, conditioners, root touch-up brushes and a ‘colour shot’ toning mask. The hair dye is exceptional, easily blending through your whole head of hair to cover all outgrown roots without painstakingly combing through paper-thin layers. It’s easy to use, with the results you’d get in the chair. Going that one step further, you can pop onto his website, answer a few questions about your hair’s needs and you’ll be directed to the products that you need. And you can even pop onto YouTube for extra tips and tricks from the man himself.

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If you’re feeling adventurous and, rather than muted brunette, you would rather bright yellow or punchy blue tresses, then there really is no other brand to consider. Bleach London are the kings & queens of alternative colour and their completely vegan range is available in Boots for the deliciously low price of £tktkt. Incidentally, these are the colours that are used in their salons as well. With names like Awkward Peach, The Big Pink and Washed Up Mermaid these colours aren’t for the feint-harted, but you might just be tempted once you take a look at their Instagram…

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How to do a patch test

Here are Josh Wood’s tips on how to do a patch test:

1. Mix a coin-sized amount of the colour activator and the colour together in a bowl.

2. Use a cotton bud to apply a small amount behind your ear.

3. Leave it on for 48 hours, you shouldn’t even notice it’s there. Try not to wash it off within this time frame.

4. Tip: It’s very important to fasten the caps on the bottles tightly after you have opened them for the patch test. If you do not, the products may oxidise, and the active ingredients will not work.

5. If you have any signs of reaction to the patch test, wash it off immediately and do not use the colour.

6. If you show no signs of reaction to the dye, go ahead and use the colour as instructed.

How to do a strand test

You may have heard of a strand test, but still be asking yourself, what the heck is it? A strand test is a preliminary test of the hair. It determines its suitability for processing, aka dyeing. Here’s how to do a strand test:

Do a strand test on a section of hair about 1/4 inch thick (choose from underneath so you can hide it) to see if your hair will pick up the colour you’re aiming for.

1. Put on protective gloves.

2. Choose a strand of hair to test.

3. Separate the rest of your hair away using plastic clips so that the strand does not touch the rest of the hair after the hair colour is applied. Then dye that strand.

4. Wait 24 hours to make sure you are happy with the hair colour results.

5. If you are happy with the colour, go forth and dye away.

How to dye your hair blonde

It’s a lot easier to go a darker colour because you’re adding pigment to your hair.; with blonde, it’s more difficult because you’re taking pigment out. Firstly, you should have an idea of the blonde hairstyles you like the look of. Secondly, read up on everything you need to know about going blonde.

The key to getting a great blonde shade is to work with the natural colour on the parting to allow for an organic texture that doesn’t look stripy. If your hair is naturally a more ashy tone, go for an ashy blonde. Similarly if your roots have a touch of redness, go for a champagne hue.

And remember, you might have to dye your hair more than once to get the blonde you want. The best thing you can do for your hair is have an Olaplex hair treatment to improve the quality of hair in between these sessions, as this will stop it form going brittle, and to use one of the best purple shampoos when washing your hair.

How to dye your hair silver

Many of the same rules apply to dyeing your hair silver, or any other lighter colours like pink and blue. The key is to ensure your hair is bleached beforehand. Once this is done, you can then apply your silver rinse.

First, don’t wash your hair for 48 hours. The natural oil will help protect your scalp against any bleaching irritation. Apply a purple toner first to take out any yellowness from your bleached hair. Then, apply your dye as per the steps above. Once you have the desired colour, maintain it by shampooing with the best sulphate-free shampoo.


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‘I used to have thick hair, until one day, I went completely bald’

‘I used to have thick hair, until one day, I went completely bald’

Words by Beatrice Travers

I used to have very thick hair, which I’d unsuccessfully tried to manage since my teenage years. I tried every hairstyle under the sun: short (too strict), long (fell into my eyes), half up-do (made my long nose stick out), fringe (made my narrow forehead disappear!).

Then in 2012, at the age of 56, I suddenly lost all my hair. The first inkling I had that anything was wrong was when I visited my hairdresser in the summer. Sophie noticed a bald patch the size of a pound coin at the back of my head. ‘Don’t worry too much about it,’ she said, ‘but I would consult a dermatologist if I were you.’

Only slightly rattled, I rang the dermatologist and booked the earliest appointment available, which was late December! I didn’t give it another thought, and went on holiday with my husband in October. A couple of weeks later, I was back at the salon and to my dismay, Sophie found two new bald patches.

To by honest, I hadn’t. My husband and I had just retired and were just making the most of life. November came, and my patches seemed no bigger and hadn’t multiplied as far as I could tell. I was confident the dermatologist would help my hair grow back; I’ve known people suffer from alopecia at some stages in their lives, and it all went back to normal.

When I still had all my hair, in 2012.

Until I woke up one morning and noticed my pillow was covered in hair. I clutched my head and pulled out a handful of brown hair. Panic rose inside me and that’s when I started crying, when finally the realisation that I was losing all of my hair dawned on me!

My husband was looking at me, stunned and uncomprehending, not knowing what to do. When I finally shook myself out of that stupor, I felt I had to do something, although I knew deep down there was nothing I could do.

We went to the local chemist and I stupidly asked him whether he had a shampoo for hair loss, or lotion (or possibly some extra strong glue) that would keep what was left of my thinning hair in place. He looked at me with a thin smile and said he was sorry, he couldn’t do anything, I seemed to have alopecia and he reckoned I was going to be totally bald soon.

I went home, washed away what was left of my hair, watched it twirl down the drain. I felt neither loss nor regret; I just thought it was odd, puzzled at what life can throw at you sometimes. In a way I felt lucky, because I knew my condition wasn’t life threatening, nor the result of some harrowing chemotherapy! I went out and bought myself a wool hat from Marks and Spencer’s.

Finally, I was diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis. I learned it was an auto-immune disease, which attack your hair follicles and stops hair growth. There is no known cause – some say stress is a factor, but there’s no known cure. You can be given corticosteroid injections if you only suffer from small bald spots, but they wouldn’t do that with me. I was given some creams and lotions that I dutifully applied for a couple of months, whilst knowing there was only a 20% chance of regrowth.

In 2019, without my wig. I lost my lashes and eyebrows too, so had to get them tattooed on.

It’s now 2019, and my hair has never grown back. I very quickly lost all my bodily hair and my skin is as smooth as a baby’s. I was worried I wouldn’t feel feminine anymore, but I never felt sorry for myself after the diagnosis. I’ve been wearing wigs for the past seven years, and much like with my haircuts before, I’ve been experimenting to find one that suits me and more importantly, is comfortable to wear.

But life’s never perfect, even wigs have a mind of their own! They can be difficult on a rainy or windy day. So, like with real hair, you’re pleased one day, unhappy the next! What else is new?!

At the time, I was self-conscious around other people, but I needn’t have worried. My husband treated me with the same patience and kindness as always. At first, I wouldn’t take off my wig around him, even in bed, but when I did (turns out sleeping with a wig on is not as comfortable as you’d think), he simply stroked my scalp and teased, ‘I always thought you had a tiny head!’

I finally found a wig that suits me

I told a few close friends, who were just as supportive – they praised me for being positive, which I didn’t deserve because it was not an effort. I have to add that I would hate to be seen without a wig in public. I  know some people do it, it may even be fashionable but I could never pluck up the courage, mostly because I don’t like the way I look without my hair.

The fact that it was easy to talk about that may have to do with our age (all over 60) as a couple of my friends have been through tougher
times than me, and also, you’re less likely to be looking for a new partner, which could cause a lot of heartache to younger women with my condition.

Anyway, I’m very close to my female friends and talking about sex, the menopause, etc. has never been an issue. We’ve even laughed
about what happened, ‘think of all the money you’ll save by not going to the hairdresser’s!’

Every cloud…

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The best winter beauty products and skin savers for skin, body and hair

The best winter beauty products and skin savers for skin, body and hair

Keep skin soft and supple with our ten best winter skin savers

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By Rebecca Fearn

The best winter beauty product for skin:

Clark’s Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask, £58, Space NK

The ultimate mask (or moisturiser if you use a thin layer and massage it in), this 2-in-1 formula is ultra soothing and smells amazing. It features Japanese green tea, algae extract and comfrey root for deep rooted moisture.

Buy it now.

The best winter beauty product for body:

La Roche Posay Lipikar AP+, Intense Repair Moisturizing Cream, £19.50 at lookfantastic

Designed especially for sensitive skin, this moisturiser from La Roche Posay is not only super hydrating but also reduces irritation and scratching.

Buy it now.

The best winter beauty product for hair:

Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque, £57, Cult Beauty

Oribe makes pretty much the best moisturising masks in the ‘biz, and the Gold Lust mask penetrates hair to leave locks looking and feeling shiny and nourished.

But it now.

The best winter beauty product for for hands:

Mane ‘n Tail Hoofmaker Hand & Nail Therapy, £6.70, Feel Unique

One of the very best hand creams around, this formula contains vitamins and proteins to keep nails feeling strong and hands supple, even in the coldest conditions.

But it now.

The best winter beauty product for for lips:

Glossier Balm Dotcom, £10, Glossier

Rich in antioxidants and with a luxuriously rich formula, Balm Dotcom comes in a number of flavours and are great at keeping lips moisturised and smooth.

Buy it now.


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Do hair straighteners have an expiry date? Here’s how to find out if you need a new pair

Do hair straighteners have an expiry date? Here’s how to find out if you need a new pair


By Rebecca Fearn.

We all know that when it comes to makeup and skincare, most things have expiry dates. But can we count on our hair tools to last us absolutely forever? Do hair straighteners have an expiry date, for example? Well, we have some bad news for you…

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Hairstylist Jackie Dove revealed to Daily Mail Femail that actually, hair straighteners do not escape expiry dates. She suggested buying a new pair every two to three years, and picked out three key signs to know when your pair has reached its limit:

  1. Scratched plates: While this sounds simple and easy to detect, Jackie told the publication what you should really be looking for is ‘lifted plates’. ‘If you turn your hair straightener to the side you can generally see the plate lifting.’ She continued: ‘If they’ve lifted, your hair is likely to get caught in it.’
  2. Flashing lights: Yep, apparently it’s a bad sign if after your straighteners are ready to use (and the light comes on), there should be a constant light with no flashing.
  3. Effectiveness: This sounds like a simple one, but we often ignore it. If you’re having to go over the same piece of hair more than once, it probably means your straighteners aren’t nearly as good as they were at styling.

This advice however can sound a little frustrating; forking out for a new pair of straighteners every two years?! Luckily, there are ways you can prolong the life of your pair, mainly by taking care of them and always storing them in a heat proof carry case that’s useful for travel, too. There are also plenty of at-home cleaning hacks on YouTube to keep your plates as fresh as possible.

It’s also good for your straighteners – as well as your hair – to occasionally take a break from using them; try having certain days off.

Source: Daily Mail Femail

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