Plaits are a timeless way to work a chic updo. Here’s how to make them work for you…
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.
Let’s tell the truth about those old wives’ tales…
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.’
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.
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.’
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.’
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.
When it comes to long hairstyles, celebs have got it down
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Whether you want blunt full bangs or a sultry sweeping style, these are the coolest cuts for 2019
I’m pretty sure all of us can say that we’ve experimented with fringes at least once in our lifetime. Whether you dabbled in the soft side bangs or a full fringe, it’s one of those universal styles we all try at some point.
The good news is that if you’re thinking of joining the fringe camp once more, there are so many versions of the classic fringe out there that you’re guaranteed to find one that works for you in 2019.
The right one can (and will) complement your face shape; feathered and layered bangs can soften an angular face shape, while a rounder face can be sharpened with a blunt fringe. See our guides to hairstyles for round faces and hairstyles for square faces for more inspiration.
When Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge stepped out with her newly fringed hairstyle in 2015, the media went mad. It’s a subtle look and one that really works if you don’t want to go for full-on blunt bangs. And just about every supermodel has experimented with fringes and put their own stamp on it, from Kate Moss to Naomi Campbell and Sienna Miller.
And how should you style your newfound fringe, we hear you ask? ‘With a heavy fringe, you need it to look healthy, shiny and glossy,’ says ghd Global Ambassador Adam Reed.
His number one styling tip? ‘Don’t spray hairspray directly onto your fringe! Spray it onto a brush and then brush through for a very soft hold.’
With a style to work for every face shape, every hair colour and every personal preference, it’s not hard to see why VIPs just can’t resist going for the chop.
So whether you’re looking at trialling a wispy or full fringe for the first time, or just want a new-season update on your current style, these are the best celebrity fringes to ever grace the red carpet.
Fringes with long hair
A fringe can add uniqueness to much longer styles, as seen here on Selena Gomez, and can also help to frame and flatter your face shape. Even the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton famously experimented with the style back in 2015, sending royal fans into a fringe frenzy. Safe to say it’s a winning look.
Celebrity inspiration: Selena Gomez, Naomi Campbell and Kate Middleton
Fringes with bobs
A full fringe paired with a bob is a timeless nod to 1960s fashion icons of a decade gone by, and looks good on pretty much any face shape with the right layering towards the ends. Zendaya is no stranger to experimenting with hairstyles, pulling off the (temporary) bob perfectly. Read our guide to bob hairstyles for even more hairspo – you’ll leave desperate to go for the chop.
Celebrity inspiration: Zendaya and Lara Condor
Fringes with short hair
Short hairstyles with fringes are a winning look every single time, and Kerry Washington’s newest look is physical proof of that. Pixie crops are made complete with the addition of a sweeping, layered fringe.
Celebrity inspiration: Kerry Washington and Jennifer Lawrence
Fringes with curly hair
Forget everything secondary school taught you about having to straighten the life out of your fringe every morning – fringes look seriously great worn curly, as demonstrated by the gorgeous Ciara.
Celebrity inspiration: Ciara and Jessica Biel
Time for a new ‘do? Check out the hottest 2019 hairstyles with bangs and fringes below to take straight to the hairdresser’s chair.
Plus the brands that are doing their bit for the planet
It’s been a long time coming, but people are finally realising that it’s cool to give a crap about the planet we live on. From ethical fashion brands to upping our recycling, most of us are being a bit more conscious about our lifestyle choices and wastage.
‘As consumers, I think we’d all like to feel as though we’re helping make a change for the better; but sometimes it’s hard to know how to do that, and understand what impact a small change can really make,’ says Jo Chidley, founder of Beauty Kitchen.
‘For me, sustainability is a combination of things. It’s how we consciously develop and formulate products to the long term environmental impact they have.
‘We carefully consider the ethical sourcing, the packaging and the production and how we operate as a fully rounded sustainable business. Consumers want to know that as a sustainable business you truly care about them and the environment.’
With that in mind, keep reading to find out how you can gradually upgrade your skincare to be more planet-friendly.
What are some easy first steps you can take to make your beauty routine more sustainable?
Shop with a brand that follows environmentally friendly practices
From thoughtful packaging to sustainable ingredients, make sure they’ve covered the bases so all you have to do is decide on what products to try.
‘Consumers used to think that natural meant compromising on quality, smell, texture or all three,’ says Jo. But today, our products stand up against their synthetic counterparts and really do perform – proving that effective, natural and sustainable is possible.’
Ensure the brand is cruelty free and against animal testing
‘The leaping bunny is a guarantee that none of the products will have been tested on animals. If you can’t find it on the products, research!’ says Jo. ‘You’ll find brands are very good at telling you about all the work they’re doing to become more sustainable and eco-friendly, so if you still can’t find the answers you’re looking for, ask the brand directly.
‘We love to hear from our customers and will always answer questions and help arm them with the info they want whenever we can.’
Start with one product and take your time!
If you’re used to a certain routine it’s best to swap things out gradually to make your transition into a more sustainable routine all the more smooth. Start by buying just one sustainable product to incorporate into your routine, then gradually build it up.
What easy sustainable ingredient swaps can you make?
‘Understanding that we do not have an infinite resource of ingredients is an important part of the journey,’ Jo explains. ‘Look at Argan Oil – what was once a niche ingredient from Morocco is now a thriving industry. But how long can small communities work to meet demand? Trees and ingredients take time to grow and for us, it’s important to take our time and do things the right way.
‘Swapping from Argan Oil to Abyssinian Oil and using products that have marine extracts and algae in them is a great start. When these ingredients grow they turn carbon dioxide into oxygen and are truly effective on your skin.
‘You’ll get the same enjoyment from the products, but you’ll also be helping to ensure that those ingredients stick around for a lot longer as they’ll become more sustainable – and the cycle then becomes a totally renewable one.’
‘Here at Beauty Kitchen, we work tirelessly to ensure we’re doing things as well as we can – from the efficacy of our products, to the way we source ingredients right down to the packaging we use for each and every one of our products,’ Jo continues.
‘Being the most sustainable beauty company in the world is what I’m working towards.’
Other brands doing their green bit
As well as the brilliant Beauty Kitchen, there are other brands below who are working to reduce their ecological footprint, whether through recycling initiatives or using less harmful ingredients. Read more about them below.
REN has pledged to be a zero-waste brand by 2021, working towards 100% recyclable packaging, reusing ocean plastic and offering refillable services. They’ve also teamed up with Surfrider to clean up the world’s beaches, currently touring the UK.
Tata Harper‘s packaging is almost entirely reusable and recyclable glass, and everything is made on their 1,200 acre farm in Vermont, USA.
L’Occitane’s Teracycle Initiative will accept your used beauty products to be recycled (not just L’Occitane ones!). Simply take them to your nearest store and they’ll do the rest – as well as giving you 10% off your next shop.
WE ARE PARADOXX use no plastic in their packaging, instead opting for aluminium which, unlike plastic, can be recycled an infinite number of times. Using recycled aluminium requires only 8% of the energy used to make new aluminium.
Origins recycle their empties at counters, meaning consumers can take their empty Origins containers and the brand will ensure they are recycled. They also never use Styrofoam packaging or PVCs and avoid using cartons where possible, but any that are used are FSC certified, post-consumer recycled fibre and made using wind and and hydro power. Cosmetic bags are made from 100% recycled materials, while shopping bags are 100% craft paper that is itself recyclable. Not bad, eh?
bareMinerals products are all free from chemical sunscreen, coal tar, formaldehyde, mineral oil, palm oil, parabens, peanuts, propylene glycol, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclocarban, and triclosan.
Beauty just got a whole lot cleaner.
For more tips and tricks head to our Hair & Beauty section
If your hair needs a new lease of life, we’ve found just the antidote
Heard about Briogeo yet? Take a seat as we educate you on the subject of your new hair love.
A natural beauty brand offering both vegan and gluten free haircare options, Briogeo is the hot topic of beauty editors everywhere right now. All of the products are 100% cruelty-free, contain no harsh sulfates, silicones, parabens, phthalates, DEA or artificial dyes, and the packaging is both recycled and recyclable. Pretty great stuff.
The brand’s unique name is taken from the Italian word ‘Brio’, meaning vibrant and full of life, and the Latin word ‘Geo’ meaning of the earth and nature; summing up what the brand is all about.
Founder Nancy Twine first forayed into the world of beauty when she was a young girl, assisting her ‘beauty guru’ grandmother in the making of her haircare products. Later she used those same generations-old recipes to launch Briogeo in her Manhattan apartment.
The brand comprises six capsule ranges: Farewell Frizz, Scalp Revival, Curl Charisma, Blossom and Bloom, Don’t Despair Repair! and Be Gentle, Be Kind – all based on the rationale that coveted hair can be achieved with powerful natural products.
One of the brand’s hero products, we’re loving the deep conditioning mask from the Don’t Despair, Repair! line.
If you struggle with weak hair that’s prone to breakage, slather this bad boy over your locks to repair and fortify each and every strand. It’ll infuse dry and/or brittle hair with a cocktail of rosehip and argan oils, B vitamins, collagen and algae extract for that super healthy, shiny hair you crave. Combine with the everyday shampoo and conditioner and your hair will feel healthier than ever.
From Suki Waterhouse’s beachy waves to Blake Lively’s boho braids, take hairstyle ideas from these stylish stars
Grab your best dry shampoo and beachy salt spray; festival season isn’t all that far away and so naturally we’re checking out all that’s hot on the festival hair scene.
Beachy waves, boho braids and pretty fishtail plait hairstyles are all always on the festival hair agenda, each given a new festival season twist with an added dose of texture (check out Cara’s undone, ultra-messy do), ideal for that in-between washes dilemma.
Do you have super-straight tresses like Suki Waterhouse? Make like the gorgeous model and perfect the backcombed barnet. Add a few tousled twists, et voilà. A laid back festival hair look that can be achieved with minimal effort.
Of course, hair updos look even more festival ready when they’ve been slept in. Prefer to do your hair every day, though? Read our guide on how to do a messy bun for the ultimate ‘lived in’ festival style.
Feeling brave? Festival hair accessories will always be a big hitter, whether that’s flowers, floral crowns or headwear. Take inspiration from boho queen Sienna Miller and go bold with a flower garland, or channel Hollywood star Lupita in a feathered boho headpiece.
Alternatively if you just want to give your ‘do a bit of summery sparkle, simply pop in a dainty slide or two like Kiera Knightley. It really is as simple as it sounds.
Coachella veteran Kate Bosworth is another who never fails to impress us with her on point festival hair looks. Whether she’s plaited her layers to create the illusion of a braided crown or braiding her centre parting, she always looks seriously cool. We’re jealous.
Still undecided about what looks to try out later in the year? Read on for the best celeb inspiration from over the years. Festival hair tips, style inspiration and amazing A-list ‘dos, right this way, please.
The best shampoo can be hard to find – but once you’ve found it, it’s your friend for life. Whatever your biggest hair concerns may be, we’ve rounded up the right ones for different hair types.
Finding the perfect shampoo for your hair type is no easy task on your own, so allow us to guide you through the options, whether you’re looking for the right one for dry hair, or you need little help with your fine, coloured, thick, or greasy hair type. Trust us, there’s a shampoo out there that’s perfect for everyone.
When choosing the best shampoo for fine hair that gets greasy easily, it’s not just about how often you should wash your hair. The key is to look for volume-boosting properties. Invest in a high-quality shampoo and ditch the conditioner, instead treating hair with a heat-protecting product before drying, as this will stop your hair from being weighed down after it’s been cleansed. We recommend Liz Earle’s signature shampoo for greasy hair, as it hydrates and adds shine without adding to heaviness to locks. Apple and orange extracts boost shine levels, while shea butter boosts your hair’s hydration.
Hair loss and thinning hair are both major concerns for a lot of people – so you’re not alone if you’re looking for a shampoo that’ll fix it. The best shampoo for hair loss is Aveda’s Invati range, which promises to reduce hair loss by removing the build-up on the scalp that can clog pores. It’s a sulphate-free formula that tackles excess sebum and nourishes the scalp, stimulating hair growth and reducing hair loss.
If you’re a blonde, natural or not, no doubt you’re well acquainted with purple shampoo. If not, allow us to explain a bit about why it’s so great for blonde hair. Washing your hair with this particular shampoo deposits purple pigment into your hair, which counters brassiness and enhances its silver tones. The best part? You only have to use it once or twice a week for maintenance, so one bottle will last you until your next appointment for a colour top up. Try this vibrant option from Lush for an instant lightening and brightening effect after the first wash.
The key to longer hair is stronger hair, so Charles Worthington’s innovative GROWSTRONG complex contains a mix of root-activating pea sprout extract and protective, nourishing proteins to get your hair and scalp into peak shape and reducing breakage by as much as 95%. Used with the range’s protein treatment and scalp tonic, it promises results in just six weeks. So if your fresh haircut is a little shorter than you’d have liked, this’ll get your locks back on track in a jiffy.
It goes without saying that, after splashing out on a fresh dye job at the salon, you want to prolong your hair’s colour for as long as possible. Try Aveda’s Colour Conserve shampoo; the plant-based formula is gentler than chemical-based shampoos and therefore cleanses without stripping your hair of its all vibrant colour glory.
There’s nothing worse than running your hands through your hair to find it’s rough and dry – hair should be silky soft and flowing, right? Fortunately, you can invest in a shampoo that’ll fix that. Sachajuan’s Moisturising Shampoo is a seriously nourishing and hydrating formula, which is particularly good for frizzy, treated hair, and is an absolute must if you’re struggling with locks drier than a haystack.
Sometimes the trusty pharmacy buys are the best man for the job; Vosene’s purse-friendly Frequent Anti-Dandruff Shampoo leaves hair feeling clean and smooth and, best of all, stops that horrid itching feeling that a dry scalp can bring. Less itching means less flaking, so you’ll see a marked reduction in flakes too. Bargain.
Great for finer hair that needs a bit of thickening and bounce, Percy & Reed’s volumising shampoo is enriched with blackcurrant extract to add body and Vitamin B5 to strengthen and thicken the hair shaft. With two of the world’s most legendary hairdressers at its helm, this is a brand you can put your trust in.
When it comes to curly hair products, this is a firmly-established favourite in the minds of curly-haired women everywhere and it’s rightly earned cult status in the beauty world. Sulphate-free and enriched with Brazilian oils to nourish and help curls keep their shape, it’s a gentle wash that won’t frazzle the living daylights out of your curls for a frizz-free finish. Follow up with a 1p sized blob of Custom Conditioner.
Mane tamer does exactly what it says on the bottle (with a witty caption to boot) – tames your mane the frizz-free locks you’ve only dreamed of until now. The sulphate-free formula means less foam and a gentler clean that doesn’t fuzz the life out of your hair. The conditioner is equally amazing, a super-thick formula that calms and softens the hair so it’s silky smooth.
Vegan-friendly brand Maria Nila’s formulas are all sulphate and paraben free, and the sweet-smelling luminous colour shampoo protects your locks from fading after washes over time. Emma Watson reportedly swears by their silver shampoo to stop her locks from going brassy post-colouring, so you know it’s good.
This is the best shampoo for you if you’re the kind of person who needs to wash hella product (and dirt) from their hair, without stripping its natural goodness and health. Bumble and Bumble’s Sunday Shampoo is a weekly treatment that gets rid of dirt, pollutants, product residue, you name it – but it shouldn’t be used on colour-treated hair. Read our full round up of the best clarifying shampoo for more recommendations. Obviously you can use it on any day of the week.
The shampoo was originally created by Philip when his wife was undergoing treatment for breast cancer and is suitable for those with particularly sensitive scalp, including, of course, those going through chemo or radiation therapy. It contains no fragrance, colour, parabens or SLS and is gentle enough for daily use, leaving hair soft and cleansed.
Gone too dark with the old box colour or had unexpected results at the salon? Don’t sweat it
I’d say I’ve been colouring my hair since I was about 16; you name it, my hair’s been that colour. My natural hair is greyish mousy brown (pretty colourless to be honest) and so for years now I’ve been a much darker, richer brunette.
But over time, where I’d repeatedly coloured my hair to banish my roots, the dye had built up so much that the majority was a very dark brown, almost black.
I’d begun to notice just how dark my hair had got in photographs – and that it really didn’t suit me any more – but when one day I was told I looked a lot like Wednesday Addams, I decided it was time to fix it. And not with one of those box ‘dye removers’, which I’d tried previously and had left my hair an unsightly bright orange.
Obviously, the easiest solution to my problem would be to get regular cuts until the darkest colours had grown out, and phase in a lighter colour as my natural hair colour grew in. But this wasn’t the quickest of fixes.
And so, in the chair at Daniel Galvin, I explained my predicament and asked for some expert insight. Was there anything that could be done to lift the colour now?
Fortunately, there was a treatment that wouldn’t leave me looking like a long-lost Weasley kid: Galvin’s Miracle Solution Detox. The regimen adds vibrancy to hair, revives highlights and, as my colourist Terry advised, can actually lift particularly dark dye for a lighter and warmer appearance.
The key ingredient that worked wonders on my over-dyed hair is a vitamin C complex that’s naturally acidic. This enters your hair’s cuticle, removes anything it sees as not being part of your hair’s natural make-up (product build-up, pollution, etc) and closes the cuticle for a shiny finish.
All this leaves your hair super clean and healthy and, in the case of my once black tresses, the warm dark brown I was after.
Of course, the ideal scenario is not to go too dark in the first place. Below Adam Reed, UK Editorial Ambassador for L’Oreal Professionnel, shares his top tips for arranging a successful colour change at the salon. (And when you’re done here, be sure to swot up on how to dye your hair at home like a pro.)
How to avoid a dye disaster
Have a consultation with your colourist beforehand
‘For me, consultation is always key, firstly to make sure you and your colourist are on the same page when it comes to the end result. But also to have a really transparent conversation about the journey you will need to take to get the end result – images always help!’
Set an aftercare regime
‘Colour correction is so specific to the individual and so the at-home care should also be bespoke to the individual too. Setting a regime with your colourist and ensuring a journey of booking in for toners, treatment etc is very important to help maintain hair health and colour. L’Oréal Professionnel Smartbond is key and I use it with every colour change in my salons, as it protects and strengthens the hair bonds while colouring.’
Communication is key
‘If you are worried that your hair colour is not the shade you were hoping for it is paramount to speak to your colourist; communication is vital to ensure a great relationship and ultimately that you are both working towards the same end result. Always have a thorough consultation before every colour appointment to discuss your hair’s condition and evolution of colour.