Transform straight hair into wavy locks, or tame the frizziest naturally curly hair
They say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but we reckon the best curling wands could be the millennial alternative. For those with naturally poker-straight locks they’re a look-transforming tool, while for curly-haired girls they can tame tousled tresses and fight frizzy hair.
While the best hair straighteners often double as a curler, wands are your hot ticket to harder-to-achieve hair looks. Whether you’re inspired by retro styling or the much sought-after relaxed waves, these are the best curling wands that will get you the results.
The choice look on the catwalk pretty much every year is the beach babe wave; making its return time and time again, it’s the perfect style whatever the weather. Curling wands are your best bet for this on-trend hairstyle, because they won’t leave your hair in tight ringlets. Instead, lush looking loose waves will be yours – see our round up of curly hairstyles for more inspo.
Size-wise, large barrel curlers are the way to go if you’re after gorgeous, super-smooth bouncy waves. Brand-wise, ghd and Cloud Nine are high up there on our wish list and well worth the investment for their long lasting benefits and salon -worthy finish.
If you’re looking for something equally effective in the curling department, but without the heavier price tag, look to Revlon, TRESemmé and BaByliss – their pro stylers can be snapped up for under £100.
Worried the heat will damage your healthy locks? Try T3. Their cleverly designed ceramic barrel actually locks in moisture, leaving you with glossy, frizz-free hair.
If you’re confident in hairstyling then opt for a grip-free curling wand. But if you’re looking for easy-to-achieve, fuss-free waves, or you’re a beginner when it comes to curling and waving, then the best curling wands with a firm clamp are the way to go.
Straight locks, be gone; it’s time to say hello to big and bouncy hair.
We’ve done all the hard work for you and separated the studs from the duds
When it comes to choosing the right hair supplements, the health market can feel a bit overwhelming.
There are endless tablets, tonics and chewables on offer all claiming to be your one-stop fix for just about every concern under the sun.
The problem is that they don’t all work. And when you’re hoping for thicker, stronger and fuller hair, or to combat hair loss, you want a pill that pulls the punches.
Allow us to step in and fix that; we spoke to some of the best experts in the business to find out which hair supplements are worth taking, as well as exactly why they’re are the best of the best. And when you’re done here, be sure to read our similar guide on effective skin supplements, too.
Known for being one of the best supplements to take if you’re trying to grow your hair out, Viviscal’s max strength supplement is fortified with Biotin, Zinc, vitamin C, Iron and Niacin to strengthen your hair as much as possible. You’ll need to take for a few months to notice a difference, with the brand recommending six months as the optimum. Trust us when we say that it’s worth the wait for that enviable, full and bouncy mane.
‘Stress, hormonal imbalances and insufficient nutrients are key players in poor hair quality and hair loss,’ says Harley Street nutritionist, Yvonne Bishop-Weston. ‘A good diet along with a top up supplement of key amino acids, vitamins, minerals and plant extracts, can help give you the luxurious locks that signal well-being within.’ You can also incorporate one of the best shampoos for hair loss into your haircare routine.
‘Perfectil Plus Hair contains a number of nutrients that support healthy hair; vitamin C, which is important for collagen production, helps to keep nails and hair strong and supple, while vitamin E helps protect hair follicles from daily damage and premature ageing, also supporting circulation and delivery of nutrients to the scalp,’ Yvonne adds. ‘Perfectil Plus Hair also contains magnesium, low levels of which can lead to hair loss.’
Legendary hairdresser and trichologist Philip Kingsley was (and still is) one of the most trusted names in hair, so you can be sure his hair supplements cut the mustard. Tricho Complex contains 100% of your daily iron intake and biotin, known to promote hair growth and strength.
This is important because iron deficiency is in fact the leading cause of hair loss. ‘Even if you are eating well, iron and ferritin (stored iron) deficiencies are common, especially in menstruating women as blood and therefore iron is lost every month,’ says Anabel Kingsley, trichologist at Philip Kingsley and yep, you guessed it, his daughter.
‘To improve and maintain iron and ferritin levels, take an iron supplement alongside a diet that includes iron-rich foods,’ she advises. ‘I recommend Tricho Complex as it contains iron, vitamin C (needed to absorb iron), vitamin D and vitamin B12, all nutrients that are essential to hair growth and that we commonly have deficiencies in.’
We’d put money on you having already heard of Hairburst, or at least recognising the bottle from your Instagram feed, because they’re the best-selling hair supplement in the UK. ‘Hairburst adds all the vital vitamins and nutrients (Biotin, Selenium, Zinc, Collagen) to your diet that your body needs to grow stronger, longer hair. Our unique formula has produced fantastic results for our users, reporting hair that appears healthier, thicker, longer, shinier, more manageable and faster growing.’
Last night’s Golden Globes saw an array of beauty looks, from noteworthy makeup to unique hairstyles. So without further ado, here’s who would win a Golden Globe for beauty in our eyes…
Lady Gaga for most ‘woah’ moment
With A Star Is Born up for pretty much every award going throughout awards season, she was bound to make an impact on the red carpet. But blue hair? Who’d have thought it. Well, truthfully, it worked and as ever, Gaga nailed it.
Lupita Nyong’o for best ‘cool girl’ makeup
Lupita is known for her experimental take on beauty, using awards ceremonies to show off her fun side. Electric blue mascara and liner at the Golden Globes, for example? We’d expect no less.
Thandie Newton for best ever hair
We were crushing hard on Thandie Newton and her beautiful curls. She paired her hair with super flattering smoky eye makeup and a neutral lip shade. Perfection.
Amber Heard for best throwback vintage hair
Surely we can’t be the only ones getting serious retro Shakespeare in Love vibes from Amber’s ‘do? We’re not sure the inspiration here, but if there were an award for the best hair-from-another-era look, she would win.
Judy Greer for most creative use of accessories
While we’re sure Carrie Bradshaw would be appalled, we kinda dig Judy Greer’s bold choice of hair accessory: the humble scrunchie.
Lucy Boynton for most copy-able bob
Looking for a new cut for 2019? Lucy Boynton’s bob has garnered more than a few fans. Choppy, sharp and painfully cool, take this pic to your hair stylist.
Emily Blunt for most elaborate updo
A high class, luxury event like the Golden Globes calls for a boujee updo, and this year Emily Blunt nailed it. Practically perfect in every way, Mary Poppins would be proud.
Kate Mara for most ‘high fashuuun’ look
Kate Mara’s fiddly-looking updo, bold pout and impressive cheekbones screamed one thing: FASHUUUUN.
‘Style your hair on a medium setting and only use the hotter setting for the finishing touches,’ he says. ‘Once you’re done styling, seal the hair using the cool setting for a super-smooth look.’
And, we hate to break it to you, but you’ve probably been drying your hair wrong your whole life. ‘Many women move the dryer back and forth, up and down each section of the hair, or just hold the dryer in one place – that’s wrong!’ says Adam.
‘Continually follow the brush, with the nozzle of the dryer facing in the direction of the brush.’ And the bigger the brush, the better the finish and bounce.
When it comes to the world of straightening, we can’t not mention ghd. They’re no doubt the first name that springs to mind when you think ‘straight hair experts’.
Ghd claim that the ‘Air’ is the ‘best blow-dry of your life’, and we’re not going to argue. Maintaining their incredible reputation for salon-worthy styling, they’ve built all of the power and ionic technology into their hair dryer to make sure you get the best results every time, alongside long-lasting healthy hair effects.
The secret to precise, sleek styling is the wide nozzle that comes with the dryer – don’t forget to angle the dryer downwards to maximise its straight styling power.
Among the miracle workers we’ve featured on our list is the ghd hair dryer, which in just a few short years has become every bit as iconic and commonplace as their best hair straightener, the classic IV gold styler.
The latest innovation from T3 features five heat settings, an auto-stop function and a ‘cool shot’ function for locking down your style. It’s surprisingly lightweight for such a technologically advanced tool; the digital IonAir technology helps boost shine and minimise frizz levels for much smoother hair overall. If drying your hair easily results in a frizz-bomb situation, this one is for you (plus, the black and rose gold combination is seriously Instagrammable).
Diffusers are popular choice for smoother hair as they distribute the air and heat evenly around your locks. It’s ultimately better than. Most hair dryer brands now have the option of buying a separate diffuser, but Cloud Nine’s Airshot dryer comes with two separate nozzles, including a big ol’ diffuser.
Fine hair doesn’t require as much time to dry as other hair types, but if you’ve got a lot of it it can still be a bit of a task. You need a dryer that doesn’t turn your locks into a haystack, but dries ’em quick.
Enter BaByliss SalonLight 2100 dryer, the model that puts an end to arm-aching hair drying. It’s got a lighter body and longer cable to improve the practicalities of drying and, most importantly, dries hair faster for your convenience. Because who needs hair drying slowing them up in the mornings?
No doubt you’re heard all about the Dyson; it’s arguably the most famous hair dryer in the world. When the Dyson Supersonic first launched, we told you everything you need to know about it. Yes, it’s the most expensive hair dryer on the list, but it just so happens to be the smartest hair dryer on the list. If you have the money it really is worth it. Professionals, experts and beauty editors are obsessed with it. Read our full review.
Granted you probably care less about your hair’s appearance on holiday, where you spend most of your time looking like a pineapple with it scrunched atop your head. A girl has more important things to worry about, like soaking up the local culture or getting bronzed on the beach.
But while you’re not so focused on the actual styling of your hair, you still want it dry before you leave your Airbnb. We’re all aware of how much space hair dryers take up, but the new travel dryer from Babyliss is a smaller version without compromising on any power – so it’s just as good as taking your full-sized one.
Gone are the days of that awkward, in between stage (yaaaas)
Hairstyles for medium length hair are everywhere at the moment, and have been tipped as one of the biggest 2019 hair trends. Want to chop a bit off of your locks? Trying to grow out one of these short hairstyles? There’s a mid-length cut for that.
‘Medium length hair looks great when it’s maintained well; think fuller, blunt styles with no layering,’ advises Sam Burnett, founder and creative director at Hare and Bone. ‘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.’
And the number one tip if you’re trying to grow out your hair? ‘Ask your stylist to soften up the layers of the cut,’ says Sam. ‘For fringes, focus on softening and feathering around the edges. By taking up the layers and softening the ends, the hair will look more balanced with less focus on the length.’
Without further ado, allow us to bring you the best 2019 mid-length haircuts that’ll be everywhere next year. One to take to the hairdresser’s.
Layered hairstyles for medium length hair
While it’s very on trend to have a blunt, medium-length style at the moment, the amount of layers you choose depends almost entirely on the texture of your hair and face shape. Longer layers suit finer hair types, while square faces can be softened with round layers and vice versa, according to Sam. Round faces can also be elongated with soft layering around the jawline.
Celebrity inspiration: Elizabeth Olsen and Alexa Chung
Hairstyles for medium length thick hair
Thicker hair of course weighs more than fine hair and is therefore more controlled the longer it is. As a general rule, thicker hair will hold heat styling better than fine hair, and mid-to-long lengths make styling hair prone to frizz much easier.
Celebrity inspiration: Olivia Munn and Emma Stone
Hairstyles for medium length thin hair
The key to adding volume to thinner hair is layers, but don’t overdo it; ‘If you have fine hair, over layering will only make the hair appear thinner and sparser,’ advises Sam. Any layering should be kept longer to make the most of hair’s weight; try using volume sprays and the best shampoo for hair loss and thinning hair to make the most of your locks. Read our round up of hairstyles for fine hair for more inspiration on how to style thinner hair.
Celebrity inspiration: Daisy Ridley and Alexa Chung
Hairstyles for medium length hair with bangs
A fringe can make or break your overall look, so it’s important to choose the right one for your face shape. Side parted bangs are the option that works on most face shapes and hair types – Emma Stone’s big sweeping fringe perfectly complements her vintage style curls and doesn’t over accentuate her round face shape. See more of the best celebrity fringes in our round up of Hollywood’s hottest bangs.
Celebrity inspiration: Alexa Chung and Emma Stone
Hairstyles for medium length hair with curls
Mid-length curls are one of the most sought-after styles of the season, a trend that’s likely to continue throughout 2018. Whether you like 40s curls like Emma Stone or wet-look like Chrissy Teigen, it’s a versatile style that is here to stay. Read our round up of curly hairstyles for for more inspiration on working a big and bouncy ‘do for your face shape.
Celebrity inspiration: Emma Stone and Chrissy Teigen
Hairstyles for medium length straight hair
At the moment medium length straight styles are usually overlooked in favour of a wavy or curled style – but that doesn’t mean they aren’t an elegant and chic hairstyle choice. Before going blonde, Selena Gomez often wore her long bob in a curved-inwards straight style, very appropriate for the red carpet. Soft layering also looks great in a straighter, tousled style.
Celebrity inspiration: Selena Gomez and Alexa Chung
Hairstyles for medium length hair on oval faces
An oval face is, fortunately for you if it’s your face shape, the most versatile face shape when it comes to hairstyles which suit it. You can pretty rock any medium-length hairstyle you like and your face shape will pull it off. ‘The most important consideration to take into account [with a round face] is the individuals’ natural texture,’ advises Sam. ‘This will determine the style, shape and length.’ Go for a shoulder length choppy style or a wavy lob for an on trend ‘do.
Celebrity inspiration: Alexa Chung and Olivia Munn
Hairstyles for medium length hair on square faces
Rounded layers draw attention away from a more angular jawline that’s common with this face shape. ‘Square face shapes can be softened with a short layered bob and/or subtle fringe,’ says Sam. Feathered layers are great for mimicking a more oval face shape and will be more flattering on the face.’
Loose curls and waves are great for adding roundness to a squarer face, too. ‘Parting the hair on the side also takes away from square shapes,’ Sam adds. Read our round up of hairstyles for square faces for more inspiration for a new mid-length cut.
Celebrity inspiration: Daisy Ridley and Natalie Portman
Hairstyles for medium length hair on round faces
The key with making a style work on a round face is not to accentuate the roundness. ‘Elongate round face shapes by creating soft layering just below the jawline, keeping the shape square throughout,’ says Sam. ‘If a bob is your choice of style, go a few inches longer than a traditional bob to balance the roundness of the face.’
Unless you’re a dab hand with the old vented brush, blow dry bars are pretty essential to have in one’s little black book of beauty.
Whether it’s a big night out, New Year’s Eve party or wedding that you’re attending, a good blow dry is just the ticket every single time. From cool girl beach waves, big bouncy K-Middy vibes or a volumised straight ‘do, these blow dry spots covers all bases.
So without further ado, let’s run through the best blow dries London has to offer for a spot of pampering in the capital. You and your hair deserve it.
Tucked just off the West End is this absolute gem of a salon and its cracking blow dries. The team is lovely (Paul Windle himself is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met), down-to-earth and hard working. All of the stylists are incredibly good at their craft and will spend as long on your hair as necessary to make sure that it’s nothing short of perfect when you leave the salon. They’ve thought of every little detail here – having your hair washed in a dimly lit, spa-like room makes a head massage all the more relaxing, and you’ll be offered a hot towel for your neck if a conditioning treatment is applied. Every time I’ve been my style lasted two or three days, and that’s what I call a great blow dry.
How much is it?
From £45, dependent on stylist
Just a stone’s throw from Covent Garden at 41-45 Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials, WC2H 9AP
Legendary Luke Hersheson himself is one of our 2019 Hair Award Winners, so you can expect big things from a visit to the flagship salon on Berners Street in the heart of Fitzrovia. Blow dry styling is available in 15-45 minute options, depending on the thickness of your hair and whether you want it washed beforehand, and you’re spoilt for choice with style options. As well as their excellent hair services, under the Hershesons roof you’ll also find Sunday Riley facials, Ministry of Wax and DryBy nails. So while you’re there you can get your new year’s party mani sorted, too.
How much is it?
From £34 (express wash-free is £17)
The Berners flagship has captured our hearts, but you’ll also find a Hershesons salon in Harvey Nichols, as well as blow dry bars in Topshop Oxford Circus, One New Change and Harvey Nichols Beauty Lounge in London, and Selfridges in both London and Birmingham.
Wind your way through the third floor of Selfridges and you’ll come face to face with one of Daniel Galvin’s chicest spots. Wash stations are complete with foot rests, so you can literally put your feet up while having your hair done, and it’s tucked out of the way enough that you forget you’re in the middle of one of the capitals biggest department stores. Whether you want big and bouncy or soft and understated, they’ve got it all covered – I can personally recommend Dan for an ace blow dry that’s styled perfectly for your face shape and lasts (as well as a cut beforehand, if you’re in need).
How much is it?
From £35, dependent on stylist
Marylebone is home to their flagship salon, as well as operating out of Selfridges London (above), Kensington and at the Corinthia Hotel, home to one of the best London spas.
When it comes to blow dry bars with Instagrammable decors, Duck & Dry is the top of the London hit list. The bars are relaxing surroundings are great spaces to chill out in – think pink interiors offset with teal accessories and a whole lot of plants – and the blow dries are rather good too. Choose from their menu of styles for a speedy service, whether you’re in need of beach waves or a vintage ‘Va Va Voom’, or try one of their updos for something even more sophis. This one’s a great choice for a social too; get the gals together and sip on prosecco while you have your hair done with one of their group packages.
How much is it?
From £30, dependent on style
Those Instagrammable stairs can be found in the Oxford Circus bar, with Duck & Dry locations also in Chelsea, Spitalfields and Soho.
This year has seen the beauty industry boom like never before – and 2019 is set to be another successful year in terms of skincare trends, makeup looks and buzzing beauty lingo. With this in mind, we reveal the hottest beauty brands of the moment that we can’t wait to see more of in the new year. From skincare to hair, body and makeup, here’s a who’s who of beauty brands to keep an eye out for in 2019…
Disciple Skincare Instagram
Designed in order to aid stressed out skin that needs a little extra help, Disciple was launched by psychotherapist Charlotte Ferguson. Ferguson’s aim was to create formulas that not only help on the skin’s surface, but that use adaptogens to improve the body internally, too. The ‘clean’ line is fairly priced, and features some unique, refreshing formulas that are set to take the skincare industry by storm in 2019. Our favourites are the Night Shift Oil Cleanser, which removes makeup like a dream, and the upcoming CBD oil, released in January.
Developed by Professor Augustinus Bader, an expert in stem cell research, this name-sake brand uses a patented Trigger Factor Complex in its formulas. Targeting skin that has signs of ageing and environmental damage, ‘The Cream’ and its rich counterpart have become so revered, stars such as Demi Moore, Diane Kruger and Dakota Johnson are reportedly now fans. We can’t wait to see where this small but perfectly formed skincare brand goes in 2019.
Move over K-beauty and J-beauty; 2019 is going to be the year of A-beauty and all things Scandi. With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that Finnish brand Lumene has launched in the UK and has received a storm of praise. Lumene personifies the Finnish approach to beauty where skincare comes first. With its glow-boosting antioxidant formulas and super sheer bases, it’s the ultimate brand to go Scandi chic in 2019. Our top picks? The Lumene Nordic C [Valo] Glow Boost Essence and Invisible Illumination line.
There are so many reasons to love The Soap Co., and not just because their products are brilliant and smell amazing (the Geranium & Rhubarb collection is INSANE). The brand is dedicated to helping others, with all of their products handcrafted in the UK by people who are blind, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged. In addition, their packaging is largely environmentally friendly. For example, the bottles each product is packaged in are made from old milk bottles that have a 45% lower environmental impact than regular PET bottles. This is the ultimate feel good brand of 2019.
Combining the worlds of nature and science, Wildsmith Skin was created in order to offer skincare addicts an ethical range that actually delivers. Inspired by the natural wonder of the arboretum in the woodlands of Heckfield Place (planted by William Walker Wildsmith, hence the brand’s name), this curated line of skincare must-haves features seven products including a beautiful cleansing balm and a luxe hydrating oil.
Created by former acne sufferer Nicolas Travis, Allies of Skin is dedicated to providing skincare solutions for all skin types, including blemish-prone skin. The luxurious formulas are packaged in chic, user-friendly packaging, and target a whole host of issues such as dehydration, stress and dullness. The overnight masks are particularly effective, with the Bright Future Sleeping Facial a firm favourite already.
Dizziak was created by Loretta De Feo, a former beauty journalist for Stylist, who was fed up with the lack of truly effective deep, nourishing conditioners for afro hair that were available to buy. Born from this frustration came her brand Dizziak, which consists of deeply hydrating hair products that don’t rely on super harsh chemicals. As well as boasting effective formulas, the brand also has some of the most Instagram-friendly packaging in beauty right now.
Using a type of manuka honey native to New Zealand, this Kiwi brand is all about glow, and delivering a unique luminous complexion. As well as honey, their formulas also utilise bee venom to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Try the Face Masque for an instant boost when skin is struggling.
Flower Beauty sounding familiar? That’s because this affordable makeup brand is the brainchild of beloved actress Drew Barrymore, who has just launched her line in the UK at Superdrug. Believing beauty should be accessible to all no matter the budget, Barrymore’s collection is awash with colourful palettes, flattering lip shades and buildable bases. If it’s good enough for Drew…
We pressed some of the biggest names in hair to cast their votes for THE key trend for the year ahead
A new year is almost upon us and so at MC HQ we’re (unsurprisingly) already thinking about 2019 hair trends.
But predicting the next big thing requires a fair bit of expertise and so, with some of the world’s biggest names in hairstyling on speed dial we asked the beauty brains to cast their votes for the hair year ahead.
Between them they’ve decades of experience and an extremely famous celebrity client roster – including Victoria Beckham, Sienna Miller, Kim Kardashian and more – so you know they’re, well, in the know.
So if you’re in need of a change-up to your look and are wondering what the biggest 2019 hair colour trends, haircuts and styles will be, this is the place to get the lowdown. Keep reading for the hair ideas you need for the new year.
Jen Atkin, founder of OUAI
The shaggy cut
‘I think the 90s shaggy haircut will be making a comeback this upcoming year. Feathered ends and layers add body, movement and look great with on girls with wavy or straight hair. It also makes it easy to style, whether you’re rocking your natural texture or adding some bends using a flat iron or curling iron. Spritz hair with OUAI Wave Spray to give your hair natural wave & body without the crunchiness.
‘I’m also loving a a fringe – but I’m warning you, it’s a full-time job. If you’re thinking about getting bangs, make sure your stylist tailors them according to your face shape. There are so many different types of fringes, so you want to make sure whatever you get fits your face and also your daily routine. Also, asking your stylist to show you how to style them on the regular will save you so much time getting ready every day.’
Luke Hersheson, Creative Director at Hershesons
The mid-length cut
‘2019 is all about ‘The Middy’, a mid-length cut that stops just below your shoulders. The middy has a weight to it – it feels as though you have long hair and it’s just about long enough that you can still tie up should you want to. The length is so important; if it stops at the shoulders it can feel Stepford, but coming in just a little bit longer still keeps the look cool and chic.
‘There is something very polished and glamorous about the perfect mid-length hair that skims the shoulder. Just think of Olivia Palermo and Emily Weiss. This is a look that requires regular trims to maintain that precise length; just a couple of centimetres longer and it can become dowdy.’
Adam Reed, ghd Global Ambassador
‘We are definitely going to see a shift in blurring the lines between stereotypical feminine and masculine haircuts – these lines are going to be almost totally blurred if not pretty much gone in 2019. This is largely driven by social media and the ability to share more and be more inclusive.
‘Men are having more feminine, soft and gorgeous lines and women are having tougher and more structured blunt cuts. Take for example the glass hair trend which was support by the Kardashians. This blunt and sharp bob was something that may have previously been seen to be more masculine but worn with the right clothes and makeup is totally feminine and gorgeous. I think it’s reflective of the 90s bit with a modern twist.
‘The evolution of both products and textures also allows us support fluidity too with packaging being less gender focused of stereotypical.’
Patrick Wilson, ghd Creative Artist
The seventies fringe
‘A fringe is always so personal, but next year is going to be all about the brow-skimming fringe with a seventies vibe, as seen at Gucci and Marc Jacobs. Take reference from the seventies and go slightly stronger and longer with your fringe; don’t try to hide the fringe, make the most if it! Keep it looking heavy, like it’s supposed to be there.
‘With a heavy fringe you need it to look healthy, shiny and glossy. Use a mousse (like ghd Total Volume Foam to add volume and fullness) and always blow-dry the fringe using a good hairdryer and a round brush. This will give your fringe the perfect shape, plus shine and gloss. Don’t spray hairspray directly onto the fringe! Spray it onto the brush and then brush it through for a very soft hold.
‘For thicker hair, smooth and straighten your fringe using the ghd Platinum+ Styler; pull it down through the fringe to straighten and shine – and you can use it to change the shape of the fringe. You can add a beautiful 70s inspired flick at the end or curl it under, depending on how you pull the styler through the hair.’
Francesca Dixon, Senior Colourist at HARI’s
‘Aubergine is one of my favourite colour hues for SS19 and a trend that I predict is going to be requested all festival season next year. Dark plum hues are beautiful on brunette bases and can also be incorporated into balayage and highlights with light lilac tones for a pop of fun.
‘An alternative aubergine colour option for blondes is Lilac Hue Roots which can be applied to bleach tints. You achieve this look by leaving the root slightly longer allowing the colour to melt from lilac into ice blonde ends.’
Which hair trend for next year is your favourite? Let us know on social at @marieclaireuk
Take inspiration from the celebrities who do it best
Looking for high-volume hairstyles for fine hair? You’ve come to the right place.
Despite most people complaining about it, fine hair is actually a blessing. It’s manageable as well as malleable, which means that it will suit most styles and will hold shape far better than other types.
Not to be confused with thinning hair, fine-haired beings can choose from a variety of hairstyles that will add life to a flat cut. Choose curls and waves to add bounce and movement, or a blunt bob hairstyle that you can bring depth and texture to with the right products and clever drying techniques.
There are plenty of celebrities who know some great tricks when it comes to creating winning hairstyles for fine hair; keep reading for the expert guide to pulling them off.
Hairstyles for fine long hair
As fine hair holds its style well, longer lengths are your best option when it comes to versatile styling options. ‘The key thing to remember with long hair is that it needs to look healthy,’ says Sam Burnett, KMS Style Council member and founder of Hare and Bone. ‘There is no point in having long unhealthy hair as the condition will always determine the length. If you have fine hair, keep layers longer as over layering will only make the hair appear thinner and sparser.’
Straight, wavy or curly, the world is your oyster here – this is the length most fine-haired celebs opt for when choosing a style that’ll work on and off the red carpet.
Celebrity inspiration: Kate Moss, Keira Knightley and Naomie Harris
Hairstyles for fine medium length hair
Safe to say that blunt, mid-length styles are all the rage right now. ‘Medium length hair looks great when it’s maintained well; think fuller, blunt styles with no layering,’ advises 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: Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman
Hairstyles for fine short hair
The key to making finer, short hair appear fuller with a cropped style is to add layering on top to create the illusion of volume and height, while sweeping fringes with multi-toned colouring add depth to your style while helping it appear fuller.
Layering is really your friend here. ‘Face shape isn’t key for this style but by creating layering, you ultimately affect the shape,’ says Sam. ‘For example round faces should opt for square layers and vice versa for square face shapes.’
She revealed that she air-dries her hair as much as possible, and only uses hot tools on special occasions. But when it comes to extending that time between hair washes, what are her hacks?
Here’s what Jess said…
Blowdry the roots
‘When you wash your hair, let your hair air dry as much as possible, but, if you hit the roots (just the roots, because, you know, hair dryer = damage) with the blow-drier for a hot second and get your roots dry (we’re talking, like, just the top half-inch to inch of your hair) then it REALLY helps to combat grease. This really makes an incredible difference in setting your hair up to be less greasy.’
Use a shower cap
‘I don’t know why I just dismissed the idea of using a shower cap for the first 29-odd years of life. This really helps combat frizz, because even if my hair doesn’t get wet in the shower, it does get crazy from the steam.’
3. Dry shampoo before bed
‘Of course, you use it after to help soak up existing grease, but where dry shampoo truly shines is in its preventative effects – it’s great to spray on before you go to bed! You’ll wake up with more voluminous bedhead and it’s amazing.’