Wedding hair: how to avoid looking like a basic bride

Wedding hair: how to avoid looking like a basic bride

You won’t find a chignon here, friends

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I’m getting married in September and whilst there are some traditions that I’m sticking to – white dress, dad giving me away, throwing the bouquet – there are some things that I just don’t want. I don’t want a cake – no one really likes it and nobody looks back on a wedding and thinks, ‘my favourite part was when they cut a cake with a random sword.’ I don’t want to pose like a prat with my bridesmaids for clichéd wedding pictures. And I really, really don’t want basic bitch wedding hair.

Stay with me.

Every wedding magazine I pick up has image after image of women with the most boring, unimaginative hairstyles I’ve ever clapped eyes on. I’ve been scrolling through Instagram and groaning at the lack of really chic ‘dos’. And Pinterest isn’t any better.

Don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware that not every hair stylist in the land does these boring half-up-half-down-lets-shove-in-some-diamante wedding hair looks. But I am amazed at the seemingly utter lack of alternative choices. It’s as if people get engaged, start planning a wedding and all sense of style goes out the window.

When Prince Harry married Meghan Markle (or the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as we now know them), she had two looks on the day. The simple low bun, with a few rouge tendrils by Serge Normant, followed by a fun, loose up-do by George Northwood. Northwood’s more relaxed and – let’s be frank – cooler option was the one people got more excited about. He is the king of cool girl hair after all. That’s what I want. I want my wedding hair to look modern, yet smart and I’d really like to avoid looking basic.

So with less than two months to go, I decided that I needed to take things into my own hands. If I was going to segue past the traditional wedding hair, I needed to approach it in a different way.

I thought to myself, which hair salon is the antithesis of wedding hair? There was only one salon that came to mind: Bleach London.

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If you don’t know Bleach London – it’s a salon that specialises in colour. But bold colour. Co-founded by Alex Brownsell, who counts Harry Styles, Georgia May Jagger, Pixie Geldof and Cara Delevingne as clients, and Sam Teasdale, the salon has become the go-to spot in London for hair that’s a little bit different. What better place to visit when looking for alternative wedding hair do for your big day?!

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So off I went. I met Emma, the senior stylist, at their Dalston salon (they also have outposts in Soho and Brixton) and we started chatting about different looks. I explained that whilst I didn’t want to look boring, I also didn’t want to look back at pictures and think I’d taken a temporary leave of my senses with anything too wild. I’d chosen early on against wearing a veil, as I thought it made me look too angelic (a look that I very rarely associate with myself), and was considering a headpiece – as long as there was no sign of diamante detailing. I was pretty much open to trying a few different options and after showing her my dress (which I won’t post on here, obvs) we came up with three possible looks. In order not to go too left-field, we decided to take what’s mostly requested by bridal clients and update them. So in keeping with that, we went with the following: an updo, a headpiece and flowers.

Wedding hair piece

Ask anyone to describe ‘cool girl hair’ and chances are they’ll describe a mash-up of Kate Moss’ infamous second-day, blonde mop with sea-salty surfer hair. It’s hair that look effortless and is always worn down. So this was a pretty good place for us to start. I’m pretty lucky in the fact that I have a natural wave to my hair that looks quite beachy already – I actually really like the way that my ends gather to form slight rat tails. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, I’ll admit. But we wanted to elevate it with a headpiece. You really have to trawl through page after page on Google until you get to a headpiece that doesn’t look like all the others you’ve just seen on Etsy. When I found Alexandra Harper’s bridal collection I knew that we had found a winner. The geometric flowers couldn’t be more different to the dainty, little diamonds headbands that I keep seeing everywhere.

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Wedding hair updo

When you search for wedding hair, the majority of results include either an updo or a braid – neither particularly inspiring. So we decided to combine the two, with a modern twist. We went for a half up, half down, plait extravaganza. If you’re going to go with a braid – make it a different one. Emma plaited along my parting and then tied it off using my own hair. She then popped a few more smaller ones around the head.

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Wedding hair with flowers

I had toyed with the idea of wearing a flower crown, but as much as I love them, even I can admit that they have been so overdone. And the basic bitches have taken them for their own. As we started to discuss how we could interpret this look, the image that kept popping into my mind was the beauty look from Rodarte’s SS18 couture show.

wedding hairAnd because we were at Bleach, we couldn’t not do a bit of colour. Emma used one of their new Watercolours, which are made from beetroot, to give me a hint of pink. They come out in one wash – so there’s no long-standing commitment needed.

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I personally think we nailed the non-basic-bride wedding hair. Don’t you?

If you want to book in to see Emma, or any of the Bleach London stylists, for your wedding call 020 7275 9500.

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Curly hair products to take your texture to the next level

Curly hair products to take your texture to the next level

Love them or loathe them, your curls need some extra care if they’re to look their best

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Curly hair products that deliver on their promises are hard to find – but they are out there and we have the round up to prove it.

That said, it’s a truth universally acknowledged that it’s no easy task trying to find exactly what works for your specific hair type. There are so many different curly hairstyles out there, from tight corkscrew curls to looser ringlet styles, that there are almost too many curly hair products to choose from.

Plenty of us battle with the frizzy hair on a daily basis in an attempt to smooth, straighten or even eliminate altogether our natural curl pattern, but we’ve got a few great hair solutions tucked in our beauty arsenal at Marie Claire HQ. And the good news is, you’re guaranteed to find a match that’s made in heaven for your hair.

Curly hair rule number one: Invest in a microfibre towel to keep your curls soft, happy and healthy. These bad boys will minimise frizz and breakage while quickly absorbing the water from your hair, allowing it to dry quicker.

Curly hair rule number two: Always use one of the best sulphate-free shampoo to avoid stripping your curls dry. They foam less, but they’re better for you in the long run.

Then, be sure to make moisture the number one priority in the rest of your routine, to ensure your curls are nourished and in tip-top condition, 24/7. Argan oil is your friend.

From leave in conditioners to the best hair masks, shampoos, hair serum and styling products we’ve got your curls completely covered with the best and most highly recommended curly hair products.

Curly hair, afro hair and natural hair are all having a moment right now (think Solange Knowles and Lupita Nyong’o), so it’s time to embrace your natural hair.
So all that remains now is to make your decision as to just how you’re going to restyle all those curls…

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How to dye your own hair like a professional at home

How to dye your own hair like a professional at home

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

Not all of us have a good three hours to sit in a salon and get our hair dyed. So if you’re resorting to a DIY job, you need to know a few things about how to dye your own hair first.

Because 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. And if you’re ever 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 going a few shades lighter or adding blonde highlights to frame your face, a few tips and tricks will help you get salon results at home. Read on to avoid a DIY hair disaster…

How to dye your own hair at home

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1. Buy two boxes. The last thing you want to do is get half way through dying your hair a different shade and run out of the actual colour. If your hair length is past your shoulders, or short and thick, you will need two boxes to cover your full head.

2. Do a strand test. We know you’re excited about change, but if the change resembles something more like swamp water, you won’t be so happy. 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.

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 actual 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. 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 doesn’t contain sulphates, because they swell your hair shaft 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, including shampoo, conditioner, a root touch-up brush and ‘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.

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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.

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:

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.

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What is Olaplex hair treatment and how does it work?

What is Olaplex hair treatment and how does it work?

We break down one of the biggest buzz-words in beauty.


The Olaplex hair treatment is the one of the biggest advances in hair technology for years – but does it really live up to the hype when it comes to repairing damaged and brittle hair?

Kim Kardashian reportedly swears by the Olaplex hair treatment (it’s apparently how she goes to platinum and back again without wrecking her tresses), saying: ‘When your hair is really damaged, if you sleep in that, it really works. I notice a huge difference.’

Olaplex hair treatment Kim Kardashian

But what do the experts think? We spoke to two top stylists and a trichologist to get the low-down on the beauty buzzword.

What is Olaplex?

Olaplex was founded by Dean Christal, who teamed up with scientist Dr Craid Hawker and Dr Eric Pressly to cook up a new molecule that works from inside the hair strands to strengthen and repair damaged locks where the structure has broken down.

Nicola Clarke, Creative Colour Director at Color Wow and John Frieda Salons elaborates for us. ‘For colourists, the biggest game-changer in hair colour is Olaplex. It maximises the strength of hair by reconnecting broken disulphide sulphur bonds in the hair, which gives hair a thicker look and healthier and stronger feeling,’ she explains.

‘The hair bonds break when hair is coloured and subject to regular heat and chemical treatments. It allows you to rebuild the strength, structure and integrity of hair and it is compatible with all hair types.’

When should Olaplex hair treatment be used?

For best results, it’s important to use it during a colour treatment, rather than after it.

This is where some of the confusion around the hair treatment comes in – the Olaplex hair treatment is not a cure-all for dry or damaged hair. It is a scientifically-developed treatment that works on hair condition from within, as opposed to a conditioner that improves only the superficial condition of damaged tresses.

Trevor Sorbie Manchester’s Creative Director, Vincent Allenby clarifies: ‘Olaplex is invaluable in maintaining the disulphide bonds within the hair structure during the colour process. These bonds are normally broken down during the colour process and can sometimes result in breakage and candyfloss results mainly in high lift situations such as balayage, highlights or lift tints. It’s a must for anyone heading lighter.’

Olaplex is also split into three stages – and when you use each one differs.

Stage 1 –

Olaplex Number One goes on your hair whilst you’re getting your hair coloured. It is mixed in with the hair colour and applied directly onto the hair.

Stage 2 –

Olaplex Number Two is applied when you’re at the back wash sink. Once the hair dye has been rinsed, it’s applied to the hair and left on for around 20 minutes, then rinsed out. A little bit like a deep conditioning hair mask.

Stage 3 –

Olaplex Number Three is your turn. It’s an at-home treatment that you use once a week. Pop it onto damp hair, comb it through so that it reaches every strand and then leave for at least ten minutes. Do it for as long as you can – make like Kim K and leave it in whilst you sleep. Then wash out afterwards.

Does Olaplex hair treatment really work?

With such rave reviews and celebrity endorsements, does this treatment mean we don’t need to worry about over bleaching and styling our hair any more? Not exactly. We asked trichologist Sally-Ann Tarver for her thoughts on the process.

As a hair expert, Tarver has had both personal and professional experience of the Olaplex treatment. ‘Olaplex is a brilliant product, I actually purchased my own to take to my colourist and have used it for my last three sets of highlights. My personal experience of it is that my hair feels stronger after colouring than it normally would.’ So if you’re partial to a blonde hairstyle, and regularly get your hair bleached it’s a winning choice. Incidentally, if you want to tone down brassiness ensure to use one of the best purple shampoo.

But she does warn that it’s not a miracle fix for damaged hair: ‘My professional experience of it is that it cannot rewrite the rules of chemical processing. Unfortunately using Olaplex does not mean hair can be bleached multiple times without disintegrating.’

Olaplex before and after

If you’re worried about the condition of your hair, next time you’re headed to the salon for a lightening colour treatment, ask your stylist whether Olaplex might be an option for you.

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The best hair masks for dry, damaged and brittle hair

The best hair masks for dry, damaged and brittle hair

Restore your hair to its former glory with these super hero formulas

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When it comes to dry and damaged hair, the best hair masks are like a physiotherapy session for your locks, and we’re shopping them now more than ever before.

Research from Net-a-Porter found that sales of hair masks shot up by 20% between May and June this year, in comparison with March to April 2018 – a trend we’re sure will keep increasing with all this hot weather we’re having.

Nowadays there are even sheet masks for hair, perfect for the beauty trend enthusiast or serial Instagrammer.

Read on as we chart our favourite hair masks, plus which is best suited to your hair type.

Best hair masks for damaged hair

TIGI Bedhead Urban Antidotes Resurrection Treatment Mask, £10.35, Lookfantastic

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As the name suggests, this hair mask will bring your hair back to life. The ‘Core Repair’ technology works to repair proteins in the hair shaft, helping to flatten frizz and flyaways in the process. Every single strand of your mane will be super silky and shiny after your first use of this weekly treatment.

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Best hair masks for dry hair

Oribe Signature Moisture Masque, £57, Space NK

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Oribe’s signature mask will transform dull and dry hair into the shiny mane of your dreams. It creates a shield on the surface of your hair making it dazzlingly glossy, softening each strand with macadamia nut oil. Packed with restorative protein keratin, amber extract strengthens your hair from the root. Stronger and shinier hair all round.

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Best hair masks for bleached hair

Schwarzkopf BlondMe Keratin Restore Bonding Mask, £12.95, Allbeauty

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Ask any platinum blonde and they’ll tell you that maintaining their bleached locks takes a heck of a lot of work – and a lot out of their hair, too. Packed with hydrolised keratin, it’s an intensely repairing treatment that’ll revive your hair’s elasticity levels, getting it its bounce back.

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Best hair masks for coloured hair

Pureology Hydrate Superfood Mask, £26.50, Cult Beauty

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As well as the best shampoo for coloured hair, a good hair mask will also help to preserve your shade if you dye your hair on the regular. Pureology’s does exactly that, with the hydration mask quenching your colour’s hairs thirst and restoring it to its former glory. The superfood formula is like a green smoothie for your hair, containing avocado and coconut oils for hydration and shine. Bottoms up.

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Best hair masks for curly hair

Sachajuan Curl Treatment, £16.10, Fabled

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Curly hair takes a little bit more work than straight, with its structure meaning hair’s natural oils have a trickier time making their way down the shaft. Give it a helping hand with Sachajuan’s specially formulated curl treatment, fixing your split ends and smoothing out the hair cuticle. You’ll get so many compliments on how much shinier and bouncier your curls are.

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Whatever your biggest hair concern, rest assured that these masks will do the trick.

It’s time to turn back the clock on your locks.

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Four foolproof ways to step up your beauty game this summer

Four foolproof ways to step up your beauty game this summer

This summer your hair routine is about to get a whole lot easier. Dazzle in the heat with beachy waves and shine intensifying sprays and colour that won’t fade no matter how high temperatures soar.

Want to nail low-maintenance beauty waves? The key is freshly-washed hair and Moroccan Oil’s exciting new styling products for tousled hair and, thank goodness, not a pair of tongs in sight (who has time to tong hair?).

How to get super model hair this summer

The days of the ‘show-dry’ – aka the perfectly coiffed blow-dry – are over. Hairstyles now are more lived-in; in other words, soft, shiny and tousled. For summer 2018, interpret this as flat roots, haphazardly wavy mid-sections and ends that are left straight instead of neatly curled under.

‘The trick is to do a rough blow-dry, working with your natural texture, and using your fingers to loosen the spirals and create zig-zags,’ says Marc Francombe-Painter who styled the hair on this shoot.

Moroccanoil has, hands down, the best products for this type of easy breezy look. The Dry Texture Spray, £17.45, is salt-free, thereby avoiding the dehydrated crunchiness of some texturising sprays, while the Glimmer Shine, £19.95, adds sheen and protects against sun damage but still manages to be lightweight enough that it won’t kill the look on fine hair.

Photographer Jason Hetherington 

How to perfect lived in beach hair

The golden rule for summer hair? Fresh, soft layers with tousle-inducing products.

‘Prep the hair first with a good clarifying shampoo and hair nourishing conditioner,’ says Francombe-Painter, who created these looks on our model Tess. ‘Then, apply our favourite Moroccanoil Beach Wave Mousse, £17.45 which leaves hair with a windswept, sun-kissed texture that enhances the natural waves in your hair.

‘Top it off with a mist of curling spray as opposed to a dry shampoo, which can look powdery in sunlight.’ We love Curl Re Energizing Spray, £17.85.

Framcombe-Painter also suggests tweaking the ends with a matte cream like the Texture Clay, £16.35 to create the illusion of a day already spent on the beach.

Photographer: Jason Hetherington

Don’t forget your sun shield

As tempting as it is to bask in the sun, your hair needs as much protection as your skin.

Wear your hair in a ponytail, top-knot or bun to protect the scalp, however, tie loosely as this will put a lot of stress on the hair, particularly those who have afro-textured hair, fine strands or light-coloured locks, which can be more easily damaged.

If you go out between 10am and 4pm, make it a priority to wear a hat or headscarf and stay in the shade. Fortunately for us, hats were all over the summer runways.

After a day at the beach use Moroccanoil Mending Infusion,£26.85, a vitamin-fuelled, quinoa protein-packed formula that reduces visible signs of damaged hair — such as frayed ends, dryness and colour damage — while taming frizz and preventing further damage.

Photographer Jason Hetherington

Give your hair an aura of ocean 

Thanks to the latest raft of summery, bright fragrances – all of which feature a strong sunscreen-like note – anyone can smell like they’re lying on the sandy shores of Mauritius.

With its exotic notes of tiaré flower, ylang-ylang and coconut, By Killian’s Love The Way You Feel EDP, £185 for 50ml, instantly conjures up memories of applying Hawaiian Tropic as a teenager. As the name implies, you will love how you feel wearing it – like you’ve stepped out of the ocean and are warming your skin in the sun.

Meanwhile, L’Artisan Parfumer Batucada EDT, £105 for 100ml, features a burst of fresh lime, cachaça and mint combined with a dab of sun cream and sea salt.

Spritz it through your hair and walk into a mist whenever you need to escape the daily grind.

Consider your summer beauty regime, sorted.

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The best shampoo for hair that gets really greasy

The best shampoo for hair that gets really greasy

Grease, be gone

best shampoo for greasy hair

Having hair that gets greasy easily can be a nightmare, so finding the best shampoo for greasy hair is nothing short of essential. It’s not just about how often you should wash your hair or not washing your hair before you go to bed, your shampoo really is the first port of call. You need something that will get rid of heavy-duty oil, without stripping your hair of all its natural goodness. It’s no mean feat trying to manage greasy hair, we know, but it can be done.

If you have hair that’s prone to the oily look, you’re no doubt tempted to wash it every single day and do so. But this can really damage your locks and end up stripping them of their natural oils and nutrients, which can end up leaving you with the delightful combination of greasy roots and dry ends. Not what you want, right?

You therefore need something that’s going to cleanse away the grease and keep it away for a few days, like the best clarifying shampoo for a thorough deep cleanse. But don’t panic – we’ve done the hard work for you and scoured the market for the best formulas out there to combat greasy hair.

If the issue persists, don’t panic because there are other options, like scalp treatments – think of them like a facial for your head. Or speak with a trichologist if it’s really bothering you.

Best shampoo for greasy hair and itchy scalp

Sachajuan Normalizing Shampoo, £18, Fabled

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A greasy and oily scalp often goes hand in hand with itchiness (oh, the joys), so not only do your roots look a bit grim from time to time, they also itch like hell too. The key here is to look for a formula with soothing and calming properties, as well as something that’s going to control your scalp’s oil levels.

Not only does Swedish brand Sachajuan’s Normalizing Shampoo contain salicylic acid to regulate the oil in your scalp, but rosemary oil and menthol go hand in hand to comfort any soreness. It’s a winner at managing both of these hair ailments.

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Best shampoo for greasy hair with dandruff

Løre Originals Cleanse and Purify Shampoo, £18, Liberty London

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This new hair brand is kicking up a storm on Instagram, and with good reason. A line of just six products, the Cleanse + Purify shampoo is a deep clean for the scalp that works to exfoliate and cleanse hair that’s prone to greasiness and oil build-up. It also strengthens the hair follicle with fortifying natural antioxidants. It’ll tingle slightly when you use it, so you know it’s working. The formula is vegan-friendly and free from parabens and sulphates.

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Best shampoo for thin greasy hair

Neutrogena T/Gel Thereapeutic Shampoo, £6, Amazon

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Sometimes greasy hair brings with it even more problems – namely, dandruff. There’s nothing worse than having a dry scalp that flakes all over the place, itchy or not. We get it: it makes you self conscious and therefore you want to get rid of it. Enter Neutrogena’s T/Gel Shampoo for Greasy Hair, specifically designed to combat grease. The thick lather will sort out any flakiness and wash excess oil down the plug hole. Plus, it’s got a very attractive bargain price tag to boot.

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Scroll through our round up to discover the need to know shampoos for your hair type. You can thank us later.

It’s time to bid greasiness goodbye.

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New make-up, skincare and hair products we’re loving this month

New make-up, skincare and hair products we’re loving this month

We’ve tested all the new launches to bring you the best of the best

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The life of a beauty addict is rarely ever dull thanks to dozens of brand new makeup, skin and hair products launching every single week.

New launches always bring with them a lot of hype, and so it can be hard to tell whether that hype is actually warranted; nobody wants to splash the cash on something they’ll end up hating.

Fortunately for you, the Marie Claire online beauty team gets to test the lot of them way before they hit the shops, from the best mascara to the best moisturisers for dry skin.

We’ll be bringing you a break down of the best new releases you should be fighting to get your hands on before they sell out – which, trust us, they will do.

So, what’s good this month?

It wouldn’t be summer without stocking up on the best fake tan, and we’re loving the new launches from bronze intelligence St Tropez. As well as our favourite, the new Purity Bronzing Water Mousse, the brand has also launched a self-tanning face mist that’s perfect for building up your complexion while you sleep.

Meanwhile Chanel is taking centre stage when it comes to beauty innovations, having launched a mascara with the first ever 3D printed wand. The formula itself is also pretty genius, as it doesn’t require you to keep topping up the brush with more product.

And Estée Lauder has brought out its annual Bronze Goddess collection, containing everything you need to look, smell and feel like summer personified. From a Cooling Body Mist to their summer colour palettes, they’ve got you covered when it comes to seasonal beauty.

Keep scrolling for our curated edit of the best new makeup launches and hype-worthy skincare drops (and wave goodbye to your healthy bank balance in the process).

It’s time for a big beauty haul.

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The best shampoo for coloured hair that’ll prevent fade

The best shampoo for coloured hair that’ll prevent fade

Because if you dye your hair, you want it to stay fresh for as long as possible

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Whether you’re a redhead, blonde or brunette, if you colour your hair chances are you’d like it to stay that way: coloured. And your one must-have for doing so is the best shampoo for coloured hair.

While blonde hair’s freshness can be extended using the best purple shampoo and conditioner, it’s also important to protect the hair colour overall. So, what should you be doing in the hair maintenance department?

‘Make sure to have professional repairing treatments after colour and in between colour appointments’ says Jack Cunningham-Rose, Colour Educator at Aveda. ‘Looking after the health and condition of your hair is my top tip for maintaining your colour.’

As well as using deeply repairing treatments and the best shampoo for coloured hair, having a trim on the regular is also essential to maintain your hair’s look and overall health.

‘Maintain a sharp haircut with regular trips to the salon; this, much like my first tip will improve the health of hair in the long-run by reducing split ends and further damage,’ Jack adds.

‘Always use appropriate protein based home hair care products for in between salon treatments, Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Treatment is perfect, simply use twice a week and it will maintain deep condition and healthy looking hair.’

And finally, always use the maximium possible protection for your hair when it comes to heat and UV rays from the sun – both of which can be incredibly damaging to colour. As Jack advises, ‘avoid over styling with heated tools and, if you do use them, make sure to use a heat protection spray beforehand.’

So with all this in mind, we’ve hand picked the very best shampoo for coloured hair below to seal your shade for as long as possible.

It’s time to say goodbye to colour fade for good…

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This shampoo will completely transform your blonde hair with just one use

This shampoo will completely transform your blonde hair with just one use

We can’t get over those before and after shots…

Blonde’s popularity isn’t going anywhere any time soon, but we’re sure you’ll agree that the maintenance can be tough; did you know that 40% of all salon appointments today are blonde-related services?

While many of us are well-versed in the benefits of the best purple shampoo for blonde hair, a brand new purple shampoo and conditioner has got everyone talking, due to the dramatic results you get after just one use.

And we’re sure you’ll agree that the changes below are pretty jaw-dropping…

The shampoo and conditioner in question? The new Blondage range from Redken, containing complex Triple Acid Protein tones and enriched with ultra-violet pigment – and a high street price tag to boot.

Both formulas work to strengthen the hair while depositing purple pigment to neutralise yellow tones and brighten the overall finish, leaving blonde looks looking seriously shiny and healthy.

You only need use them a couple of times a week, leaving on for 3-5 minutes each, to keep your blonde icy fresh and brassy tones at bay, whether you’re a full head of bright blonde or prefer a bronde, balayage look.

As the before and after shots prove, whatever your blonde, yellowness will be gone.

Seeing as breakage and brassiness are blondes’ two biggest hair concerns, we’re calling the influencer-approved duo every blonde girl’s must-have.

Redken Colour Extend Blondage Shampoo, £10.20, Conditioner £11.30, Lookfantastic

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Pretty amazing stuff, hey?

Better stock up quickly because with results like these, you know the both of them will be a sell out. Consider it a worthwhile investment in your hair.

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