The best hair straighteners for just about any type of hair

The best hair straighteners for just about any type of hair


Want frizz free, super sleek hair? You’re in need of the best straighteners that money can buy

Best Hair Straighteners 2017

If you battle frizz on a daily basis, the best hair straighteners is absolutely essential to your beauty arsenal – along with one of the best hair dryers and a hair serum, of course. The perfect pair of straightening irons will transform your hair from frizzy to super sleek, über curly to poker straight, in a matter of minutes.

No doubt you’re here because your current pair of straighteners are knackered, or you’re fairly new to the hair iron game and want to treat yourself to the best hair straighteners the market. Or, you want to put your curling tongs to bed and switch your signature style up for a straighter look.

So how do you pick the perfect pair for your hair type? Fortunately we’ve got the intel on the greatest straighteners currently on the UK market. Since we know electricals can get a little pricey, it’s worth giving our Black Friday beauty deals roundup a look for some bargains. And if you want to try an alternative to a pair of the best hair straighteners, read on for other straightening treatments below.

The best hair straightener brush

DAFNI Go Straight Brush, £99.95, John Lewis

Best Hair Straighteners DAFNI Go Straight Brush

These days, quite a women prefer to use a heated ceramic hair straightening brush over a classic pair of the best straighteners. These do exactly what they say on the tin, straightening your hair into the glossy, smooth locks of your dreams with just a few strokes of a brush.

We love DAFNI’s Go Straight Hair Straightening Brush, which heats up to a hair-safer temperature of 185 degrees and leaves your tresses super glossy and sleek after using.

The most practical advantage of hair straightening brushes? As well as being easier to use, by using a brush you’re far less likely to burn yourself (because how many of us have grabbed the wrong bit of our straighteners/clamped down on our ear before?)

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The best hair straighteners for curly hair

ghd V Gold Max Styler, £135, Fabled

best hair straighteners ghd V Gold Max Admittedly we’re stating the obvious here – but straightening curls takes a lot more time and effort than transforming slight waves into poker straight hair.

The keys to turning curly hair into poker straight perfection are 1) section, section, section, and 2) choose a pair with wide flat iron. Hair straightening heroes ghd offer both thin and wide versions of their classic styler, the latter of which is perfect for flattening out super curly sections one by one. Slow and steady does it.

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The best hair straightener cream

Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry, £23, Fabled

best hair straighteners 2017

Before you tackle your mane with the straighteners, the first thing you’ll want to do is create a smooth, frizz-free base when you dry your hair. Bumble and Bumble’s blow dry cream specifically designed for straight hair is a winner here, smoothing and sleek-ing out your hair with a heat activated formula that loosens hair’s natural curve. It’s an essential first step if poker straight hair is your goal.

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Paul Mitchell Straight Works, £19.25, HQhair

best hair straighteners Paul Mitchell

Another hero formula favoured by bloggers and beauty journalists alike (but that won’t break the bank) is Paul Mitchell’s Straight Works, which adds illuminating shine to your hair while smoothing out its waves and curls. The salon level treatment gel will leave you with the lustrous straight locks of your dreams, and its also paraben-free and vegan haircare.

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What is permanent hair straightening?

Of course, if you want a longer-term solution than just plugging in your ghds every day, there are other ways to straighten your hair.

Permanent hair straightening is a salvation for those with even the most rebellious curls, kinks and frizz – but how much maintenance is really involved, and how long do the results last? Mathew Soobroy, Senior Manager & Smoothing Expert at Charles Worthington, advised us on how it works.

Permanent hair straightening products

L’Oréal Professionnel X-Tenso Moisturist Hair Straightener Set, £44, Amazon

best hair straighteners 2018 LOreal X-TensoThe professional straightening service works by applying product to the hair (Matthew uses L’Oréal Professionnel X-Tenso Moisturist), followed by a straightening process which locks the formula into the hair molecule. The result is healthier looking, straight hair.

It lasts for up to 60 days, but depends on the texture of the hair, the natural curl and how quickly your hair grows. You can also choose the degree of straightness you desire, from just eliminating frizz to completely straightening out curls using different strengths of solution and adjusting processing timing.

It’s therefore suitable for all hair types – from thin and straight to natural thick curls. Your natural curls will come back over time once the straightening procedure has grown out of the hair.

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Ready to trade in your old straighteners for a shiny new pair?

Scroll through our round up of the very best pairs of straighteners money can buy.

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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

New Makeup Skincare Hair Products

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?

Fragrance fan-favourite Jo Malone London has forayed into the tropical scent department, bringing a selection of delicious fruity and floral summer scents in cheerful, bright and bold coloured bottles. Think delicious scents that are reminiscent of carnivals and the summer sky, perfect for your holidays this year.

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.

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 beauty haul…

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Your step-by-step guide to recreating Meghan Markle’s bridal hair

Your step-by-step guide to recreating Meghan Markle’s bridal hair


The loose, low bun will no doubt be the go-to bridal hairstyle of 2018

Meghan Markle has officially married Prince Harry – or should we call them the Duke and Duchess?

The wedding dress was designed by Claire Waight Keller of Givenchy, but the bride’s make-up and hair were equally elegant and beautiful. ‘We have long seen that the royals have a huge impact on hair trends, especially for special occasion,’ says Fiona McIntosh, Co-Founder and Creative Director of blow LTD.

Kate Middleton sparked a huge demand for the bouncy blow dry look back in the early noughties and this classic style is still very much in demand for big events.’

Accompanied with a bandeau tiara on loan from the Queen and a veil embroidered with the flowers of all the Commonwealth countries, Meghan’s hair was worn in a low, loose twisted bun.

‘The key to this look is to prep the hair to create the ultimate base with maximum shine and gloss,’ says ghd Global Ambassador Adam Reed. ‘The whole look is ultra feminine, silky and soft to contrast with her structured and fitted dress.’

Read on for Adam’s guide to recreating the bridal hairdo for yourself, plus the tools you’ll need to do the job.

How to get Meghan Markle’s wedding hair

Mandatory Credit: Photo by James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock (9685475ca)
Meghan Markle
The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Pre-Ceremony, Windsor, Berkshire, UK – 19 May 2018

1. Start by creating a centre parting in the hair using the end of the ghd Tail Comb, £7.50, House of Fraser. Make sure the parting is strong and is pulled back to the crown of the head.

2. Blow dry out the hair for a glossy base which will hold and reflect shine throughout the day.

3. Next, add loose waves throughout the hair using the ghd Curve Soft Curl Tong, £120, John Lewis. Loosely wrap the hair around the tong to ensure the curls aren’t too tight or precise.

4. Next, pull the hair back into a low ponytail at the nape of the head. Secure and ensure the ponytail is tight and finish with a spritz of hairspray.

5. Twist sections of the hair around the ponytail to create the low bun. Loosely wrap these sections around the ponytail to create the voluminous undone bun.

6. Finish by creating loose waves around the face frame and complete the look using the Soft Curl Tong. Direct each curl in a different direction for a looser and softer finish, and finish with a spritz of hairspray for hold and shine.

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Are silk hair wraps the secret to lustrous locks?

Are silk hair wraps the secret to lustrous locks?


It’s time to swap your cotton bed linen

silk hair wraps

If you follow a fair amount of beauty accounts on Instagram, chances are you have come across the silk pillowcases and sleep masks by Slip. The brand is a hit on social media – favoured by the likes of Jen Atkin, Charlotte Tilbury and Cindy Crawford – and while the Instagram-worthiness of the products definitely contributes to the success, it’s also no secret that sleeping on silk pillowcases is beneficial to your skin.

Slip Silk Queen Pillowcase, £79

silk pillowcases

The natural fibre absorbs less of your night creams and serums than cotton, locking in the skin’s moisture, and provides a smoother surface for your face while sleeping, reducing the chance at sleep creases while slowing down the ageing process. In addition to this, silk also helps to keep your locks healthy – nourishing bedhead, frizz and split ends.

Why is silk better for your hair?

Sleeping on abrasive bed linen can cause friction. As a result, your hair follicles are weaker and more likely to break. If you swap your cotton bed sheets for soft silk covers, your hair will ‘glide’ over the pillow instead of rubbing against it – protecting your hair from nightly damage by strengthening and thickening your locks.

What do silk hair wraps do for  your hair?

Silk hair wraps are even more effective. Encouraging the natural oils to spread evenly from root to tip, they also help prevent greasy hair – making those dry shampoo sprays in between washes unnecessary. And while the idea of a hair wrap might not appeal to you at first, there are some fun designs out there (like the silk hair wraps by Silke London) that will change your mind.

Silke London ‘The Poppy’ Hair Wrap, £45

When going frizz-free, the most important thing to remember is that only 100% pure silk will offer anti-bedhead benefits. Stay away from poly-silk blends or other satin-like synthetic fibres and splurge on high-quality silk – it will be worth it when you wake up in the morning with healthy hair.

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The best (and wackiest) beauty looks from this year’s Met Gala

The best (and wackiest) beauty looks from this year’s Met Gala


Cue all of the headgear…

Another year, another Met Gala red carpet, and this year certainly wasn’t short of show stopping-looks.

This year’s celebrations had the theme of ‘Heavenly Beings – Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’. Cue lots of intricate head pieces and gowns adorned with jewels and renaissance artwork.

Rihanna attended dressed as the actual pope, Blake Lively wore a gown that took hundreds of hours to create, and this celebrity was the only female guest to wear trousers on the red carpet.

But we’re here to discuss the make-up looks – and what a night it was for red carpet beauty.

While the red eyeshadow trend certainly made some headway, glitter under, over and around the eyes was one of the biggest trends for the day.

The bronze goddess look was another key player for the night, with golden hued eye make-up, rose gold highlighter and shimmery skin all reigning supreme (Kerry Washington and Emily Ratajkowski, we’re looking at you).

And, as ever, many celebrity faces opted for a timeless classic with their beauty looks in the form of an iconic red lip.

Keep scrolling for the Marie Claire edit of 20 of our favoruite beauty looks from this year’s Met Gala celebrations, plus the exact products the top MUAs used on your favourite A-listers’ faces.

Which look is your favourite?

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Hershesons’ new outpost might just be the best salon in London

Hershesons’ new outpost might just be the best salon in London


Because it is so much more than a hairdressers

best hair salons london Hershesons

Best salon in London – Hershesons

“The template ‘same-old’ salon model is dead”, says Luke Hersheson, Creative Director at Hershesons, “Salons have become predictable, boring, much of a
much-ness and not in-tune with how we live our lives now.’

Well that all sounds incredibly exciting eh?! But what does he mean exactly?

Why is it so brilliant?

Well to put it simply, it’s so much more than a place to go and get your hair cut. The 5,000 sqft space on London’s Berners Street is the ultimate beauty destination. The hair gurus have paired up with some standout beauty brands, like Sunday Riley – offering facials, DryBy nail bar – THE people to see for subtle nail art and long-lasting manis and pedis, Ministry of Waxing, Dr Barbara Sturm, The Light Salon and Suman Brows, to offer their customers a completely 360° approach to the salon-experience. Why stop at a blow dry, when you can get everything done all under one roof?

best hair salons london Hershesons

To give you a bit of background, the Hersheson family are a bit of a hair dynasty. Daniel set up the salon in 1992 and everyone in London booked in. Later in 1997, his son Luke joined the company and ever since then, they have become the go-to for ‘cool-girl’ hair. In 2003, they launched their first Hersheson hairdryer (there’s now an extensive product line including hair extensions) and in 2006, they opened the first ever blow dry bar. Clever chaps.

The new space is quite different from their old salon on Conduit Street, which they were based at for 26 years. Gone are the muted marble tiles, separate sections for colour and cuts and simple ‘Daniel Hersheson’ lettering above the door. This time there are hints of jade green and turquoise, seats dotted allover and a neon lit up ‘Hershesons’ sign on the glass door. It’s industrial chic meets Elle Decor. It’s #interiorgoals at every corner. Even the staff have had a slight upgrade, they’ve swapped their starch black uniforms for Reebok trainers and J.Brand tops.

best hair salons in london Hershesons

If that wasn’t enough, there’s a seriously tasty cafe where you can either grab lunch or if you’re a freelancer, while away hours on your laptop. There are little nooks everywhere, where you can grab a magazine – there’s a full, and very varied range available – and just take some for yourself.

Essentially, what we have here people is a really cool and smart hangout that you’ll walk into and won’t want to leave.

Where is it?

29 Berners St, London W1T 3LR

How do I book?

Head to their website hershesons.com/hershesons-berners-street or call 0207 434 1747

We’ve booked in for the full works.

We’re spending an entire Saturday in the best salon in London.

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Finally! The best way to find products for YOUR hair

Finally! The best way to find products for YOUR hair


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The secret to looking like you’ve just stepped out of a salon? Investing in haircare tailored to exactly what your hair needs…

Defining our ‘signature style’ is something that we hear a lot about in the fashion world – but what does this mean for our hair?

When it comes to clothes, we’re usually influenced by catwalks, models and style-savvy celebs, but raising your hair game is all about learning what works for you.

Just like most of us have a signature scent and bespoke skincare, personalised haircare regimes are fast becoming the norm when it comes to caring for our tresses.

That’s why we’re shining a light on the genius EnergyCode™ hair mapping tool from the hair experts at System Professional, which uses innovative technology to create a tailor-made haircare system as individual as you are.

What makes it so brilliant?

What makes this approach so unique is that each System Professional EnergyCode hair product contains an EnergyCode Complex that’s designed to re-establish your hair’s natural lipid balance and protect its keratin.

Plus, with more than 262 million mix-and-match combinations available, you’re guaranteed a personalised set of haircare heroes that target your hair’s specific needs, so it’s visibly healthier and beautifully responsive to styling and colour.

What’s also great is that EnergyCode care products can now be complemented by a new styling range that’s inspired by our favourite beauty brands offering BB and CC makeup. With these innovative new products, you’ll be able to style your locks, while caring for them at the same time, so no more sacrificing your hair’s health when it comes to everyday styling.

And we’re not the only ones who are impressed with System Professional’s line-up of haircare and the results it gives.

The expert seal of approval

‘Hair with bounce, energy and shine can be achieved using the right products for your hair type,’ explains celebrity make-up artist Caroline Barnes.

‘System Professional EnergyCoding identifies the best products for you.’

Fashion Week hair maestro Bruce Mansfield recently recommended System Professional EnergyCoding for styling and nourishing locks in one hit. So you know it’s a winner.

‘This range creates hair without that traditional crisp heavy feeling, hair feels free and moves naturally, I love it,’ says Bruce.

‘Having styling products that help create chic and modern shapes and which complement the care benefits of EnergyCode™ is genius!’

Sounds good to us, so whether you’re looking for a total style overhaul or simply want to tweak your key hair looks, taking the time to discover your unique EnergyCode™ is the first step to understanding your hair, how to best care for and style it.

Discover your EnergyCode™ for a personalised hair care regime at systemprofessional.com

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Scalp treatments that’ll give you your healthiest hair yet

Scalp treatments that’ll give you your healthiest hair yet


Because all good hair actually starts with a healthy scalp

scalp treatments

Despite popular beliefs saying otherwise, scalp treatments aren’t just reserved for those with dandruff or a sore, itchy scalp.

In actual fact good scalp health is essential for having good hair; whatever condition your locks are in, your scalp is at the root of the problem (see what we did there?).

‘The scalp is the bedrock for the hair follicle,’ says trichologist Anabel Kingsley, ‘If it is not in good condition, the chances of you experiencing problems with hair growth and health increase significantly. Research has proven that a flaky, itchy scalp can cause and or worsen hair loss in certain individuals.’

Treating your scalp is all in the hair’s structure, which is why you need deep scalp treatments with active ingredients. ‘The hair is comprised of two parts,’ explains José Ginestar, scientific director at Sisley Paris. ‘The hair bulb, the living part situated at dermis level, and the hair fibre, the visible part greatly exposed to environmental damage.

‘At scalp level, the hair bulb is the hair producing entity, where the cells responsible for the formation of hair fibre and its colour are concentrated. By bringing dedicated active ingredients to the scalp, the cellular mechanisms of the hair are going to be boosted.’

Regardless of whether your scalp is normal, dry, oily or itchy, your hair’s health all starts with looking after it. ‘Special care of the scalp is needed, as the condition of the hair directly depends on its health; the hair will be stronger and denser, shinier and radiant with vitality,’ José adds.

Giving your scalp a refresh is important to remove product build-up, and a sore, flaking scalp can be treated with an exfoliating mask or tonic. ‘It is also crucial to massage the scalp in addition to the formulas,’ explains José. ‘Massaging the hair helps improve blood circulation and allows a better penetration of th eactive ingredients. It’s also better to use sulphate free shampoos as these are harsh on the scalp.’

José adds that, although the results are a long-term solution, you’ll see a difference after a few weeks if you follow the above steps to care for your scalp.

With all this in mind, read on to discover the scalp treatments that your haircare regime needs…

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Curly hair types – the definitive guide to textured hair

Curly hair types – the definitive guide to textured hair


It’s time to get a good understanding of your curls, once and for all

curly hair types

If you were blessed with curls atop your head, styling your hair can feel like a constant game of trial and error. Not anymore: enter our guide to all of the the different curly hair types out there.

Broadly speaking, curls may be wavy, curly or coily, each broken down into three sub types. We spoke to Lizzie (?), founder of Only Curls, for a more comprehensive break down of the different types of curly hair.

Armed with this guide to curly hair types and the right curly hair products, you’ll be the master of your hair’s texture in no time. Because who said straight-haired people should have it so easy?

Curly hair type 2: Wavy

‘Wavy hair lies somewhere between straight and curly in loose S shapes,’ explains Lizzie. ‘It has less sheen than straight hair and is more prone to frizz.

‘It needs some extra hydration, but not too much as it’ll quickly weigh the hair down – avoid heavy leave-in conditioners and creams; a styling gel or mousse works well for enhancing and holding gorgeous waves.’

(You guessed it – we’ve jumped straight in with type 2 because type 1 is reserved for straight hair.)

Type 2A

Curly hair types 2A Sienna Miller

‘These are tousled, beachy waves that sit close to the head, with little volume.’

Type 2B

Curly Hair Types 2B Salma Hayek

‘These waves are more defined, but begin a few inches down from the root with slight volume.’

Type 2C

Curly Hair Types 2C Shakira

‘Waves begin at the root with a much more defined “S” shape throughout the hair, with more body and volume. Hair texture is usually varied, with some true curls in the mix.’

Curly hair type 3: Curly

‘Curly hair strands clump together and wind around in a spiral shape, forming ringlets,’ says Lizzie. ‘This hair type can be dry, as the natural oil from the root struggles to make its way down the spiral strands; I recommend using one of the best sulphate free shampoos to avoid stripping the hair of its natural moisture.

‘Curly hair should be brushed when wet, as combing or brushing dry curls will break them up and cause frizz. Curl creme and gel can be used to enhance and maintain curl definition.’

Type 3A

Curly Hair Types 3A Jess Glynne

‘These are defined loops about the size and width of the cork from a wine bottle.’

Type 3B

Curly hair types 3B Ella Eyre

‘Springy ringlets about the size of your index finger, but with more volume than 3a curls.’

Type 3C

Curly Hair Types 3C Fleur East

‘These are tight, corkscrew curls about the circumference of a straw with lots of volume.’

Curly hair type 4: Coily

‘Coily or kinky curls range from a very tightly coiled S-shape to a Z-shape kinky pattern. The hair an appear shorter than it actually is due to the tightness of the curl, known as shrinkage, and can feel soft and fine or coarse and wiry depending on the hair thickness.

Type 4 curls are prone to breakage, dryness and tangles – lots of hydrating products, oils and deep conditioning treatments are required to avoid this.

Type 4A

Curly Hair Types 4A Amandla Stenberg

‘Tightly coiled, S-shaped corkscrews about the size of a crochet needle, the coils are compact and dense but a visible curl pattern.’

Type 4B

Curly hair types 4B Solange

‘Bends in angles into a Z-shaped, less defined pattern. 4B curls are very tightly coiled, a bit like the spring in a pen.’

Type 4C

curly hair types 4C Lupita Nyongo

‘The tightest of the curly hair types, these are shaped like 4B curls, but are tighter and denser due to shrinkage.’

Consider yourself now an expert in curls…

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