Bob hairstyles to inspire you to go for the chop

Bob hairstyles to inspire you to go for the chop


Because the humble bob isn’t going anywhere any time soon

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Noon by Noor show, front row, Spring Summer 2017, New York Fashion Week, USA – 08 Sep 2016

They look super chic, can be styled in countless different ways, and bob hairstyles have got a huge A-list following when it comes to the celebrity sphere. Tempted, much?

There’s also the added bonus of the diverse bob options out there. There’s the classic chin skimming bob of course, but also more modern iterations such as the Lob, aka a slightly longer, grown out bob, and the current A-lister favourite, the wob; a tousled, wavy bob with a laid-back, bohemian feel.

So if you are thinking of going for the hottest hairstyle of the moment, take style inspiration from the most fabulous celebrity bob hairstyles out there.

There’s Jennifer Lawrence’s long blonde chop, perfect if you don’t want to go too short straight-off, and ideal for creating beachy waves come summer..

Karlie Kloss is a fabulous example of how versatile a grown-out choppy bob can be. From waves and slicked back styles to topknots, plaits and up-dos, she’s an endless source of short hairstyle inspiration.

One of the biggest hair transformations ever has to be when Miranda Kerr went for the chop with a luscious brunette bob. Full of health and super shiny, Miranda’s locks have reaped the benefits of a chop, and looks spectacular paired with a bright red lip for maximum glam effect.

If that wasn’t enough, there are plenty more to inspire your next trip to the salon.

From Kate Hudson’s short sun-kissed waves and Rihanna’s glossy chin-length ‘do, to Taylor Swift’s super short new locks, the bob is firmly taking over as the hairstyle of the year.

Thinking of getting the chop? Check out Marie Claire’s round up of the best A-list brunette and blonde bob hairstyles, old and new.

This season might just be the perfect time for you to embrace the super chic trend.

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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 are 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? Keep scrolling for all the intel…

Best hair straightener brush

DAFNI Hair Straightening Brush, £120, 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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Best hair straighteners for curling

BaByliss Boutique Salon Control 235 Hair Straightener, £80, Fabled

With a rounded barrel and smooth ceramic plates, these multitasking straighteners are ideal whatever style you’re hoping to create. Just don’t forget your heat protection spray.

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Best hair straighteners for curly hair

ghd V Gold Max Styler, £135, Fabled

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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 plates. 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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Best hair straighteners for short hair

Cloud Nine The Micro Iron, £64, Fabled

 

Shorter hair requires smaller tools, and so this Cloud Nine pair, which are just six inches long, are ideal for getting hold of shorter layers and styling them. They might be small, but they certainly don’t compromise on effectiveness.

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Best hair straighteners under £50

Nicky Clarke Desired Hair Straighteners, £47.99, Amazon

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For a less-expensive buy, this pair by Nicky Clarke does the job and does it well. Featuring black pearl plates, tourmaline technology for smooth, frizz-free hair and a three-metre cable to boot, they’re a great buy for anyone who doesn’t want to break the bank.

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Best hair straightener cream

Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry, £24, Fabled

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

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

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How to style your hair in this heatwave

How to style your hair in this heatwave


Because we are SO not used to this weather

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Welcome to our Marie Claire Masters series, a regular beauty franchise that celebrates and utilizes the expertise of women who are bossing it in their fields. Each month these Masters will educate, demonstrate and impart some of their industry wisdom to you the dedicated Marie Claire reader. From current trends and hot topics to how tos and how not tos, these beauty whizz kids are at our beckon call. So get reading, you never know what you tips you might pick up. KT – Digital Beauty Editor

Hi, I’m Nicola Clarke – I am the Creative Colour Director of John Frieda Salons, and in the past I’ve done Kate Winslet, Kate Moss, Kate Beckinsale, Cate Blanchett and Kate Bosworth’s colour. All the Kates! It’s with great pleasure that today I start my stint as the Marie Claire Hair Master. With this heat looking like it’s sticking around for a bit longer, I thought we’d begin with talking about how to air dry your hair.

You will never hear me complain about a heatwave. The warmer the better, as far as I’m concerned. But hot weather certainly doesn’t make me feel inclined to spend hours in front of the mirror with a hairdryer or straighteners.

The good news is that you can cut the heat styling altogether and still get great results – once you know how. When you take heat out of the equation it’s hard to transform your hair type; the trick to successful air styling is to work with your natural style, using great products and clever techniques to achieve a natural, hassle free look.

If you have naturally frizzy hair, leaving it to air dry may seem like a recipe for disaster. Not so. The secret is in the product – a good serum will add extra moisture to hair, reducing dry ends and frizz without weighing it down. I like Iles Formula Finishing Serum, it’s brilliant for soft waves and when used on air dried hair leaves it feeling soft and conditioner.

Iles Formula Finishing Serum, £43 Net-A-Porter

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If you have naturally flat, fine hair, avoid using product on the root. Leave hair to dry naturally and when it’s just a little damp, flip it upside down and plait. Once it is completely dry remove the plaits to leave a natural, beachy looking wave. And an extra tip to add volume at the root – try parting hair on the opposite side from usual.

Finally, dry shampoo is the ultimate hack for air dried hair. Yes, it gives your hair the look and feel of being newly washed – but the often overlooked bonus is that it also adds fabulous texture. I swear by Sam McKnight’s Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo; it’s super light formula adds volume and body, which can be hard to achieve without heat styling.

Hair by Sam McKnight Lazy Girl Dry Shampoo, £19 Cult Beauty

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If you really must use a hairdryer use one that has temperature control settings and is powerful enough to dry hair quickly. I love the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer, it’s quick and light and the cool setting is great when it’s hot outside.

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, £299 Boots

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Embrace the heat.

Air dry your hair now.

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The best purple shampoo for every shade of blonde out there

The best purple shampoo for every shade of blonde out there


They say that blondes have more fun, but there’s nothing fun about brassy tones

Best purple shampoo
Jennifer Lawrence

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful blonde mane. Which is why brassy tones are the devil. Brassiness dulls the hair, when really what you want is bright vibrant colour that sparkles in the sun. If you’re not sure if you fall into this camp or not, take a look in the mirror and if your blonde is quite yellow and buttery, then you need to get your hands on the best purple shampoo comes. Considering peroxide-mania has no sign of slowing down, the only way to keep your hair colour in check is by washing it with a great purple or silver shampoo. Nothing brightens the hair like it.

What is purple shampoo?

Think of the colour wheel from art lessons.

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Just like you would counteract ruddiness in your skin tones with a green colour corrector, that rule applies here as well. Why? Because they’’re opposite to each other on the colour wheel. Yellow and purple are also opposites on the colour wheel, so a cool toned violet shampoo will counteract any warm gold tones that start to shine through dyed blonde or bleached hair after a while.

When you wash with this particular shade of shampoo, it deposits purple pigment into your hair, negating brassiness and brightening the silver tones throughout your hair. Don’t believe us? Have you seen the results of the Redken Blondage Shampoo?

The best part? You only have to use it once or twice a week for maintenance. So one bottle will last you until you visit your hairstylist for a colour top up. Be careful not to let the shampoo sit on your hair for too long, as it can turn the hair slightly violet. Which actually looks pretty amazing, if you’re game for it. Be sure to use a the best shampoo for dry hair in between uses as purple shampoo can be a little drying.

Purple shampoo vs silver shampoo

Purple shampoos are often called silver shampoos, and the two are pretty much the same – in fact, most products labelled ‘silver’ are actually purple in pigment.

We’ve pulled together the cream of the crop to help you find the best purple shampoo. And there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for the best shampoo for oily hair or one that will give you more grit for styling. And that’s not all. We’ve also pulled together some natural options, so if you have a sensitive scalp, you’re in luck.

Best purple shampoo for blonde hair

Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo, £32.40, Fabled

A few weeks after you’ve been to the salon your hair can start looking a little dull. But the best purple shampoo will keep the colour fresh – whether you’ve had a full head of hightlights, balayage or a few bleached strands. Try Aveda’s Blue Malva shampoo to tone down any brassy shades and brighten up lost shine. Blonde hair back to its full glory. It’s not the strongest of formulas and so isn’t too harsh on your hair, meaning you avoid damaging it in the long run.

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Best purple shampoo for brassy hair

LUSH Daddy O Purple Shampoo, £6.25, lush.com

When you’ve forked out goodness knows how much for a blonde ‘do, you want to keep it looking its best for as long as possible. For a fresh and uplifting choice, try Lush’s Daddy O purple shampoo, enriched with lemon for zingy-smelling hair. It will counter that yellow, golden tone that’s far from modern.

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Best purple shampoo for platinum hair

Sachajuan Silver Shampoo, £20, Fabled

If you’ve gone for platinum blonde à la Jennifer Lawrence or, more recently, Cara Delevingne, then no doubt you want to keep your hair’s silvery look fresh in between getting your roots done. Sachajuan’s Silver Shampoo not only works in the same way as your regular purple shampoo by neutralising brassiness, but it adds silvery, ashy tones for the perfect peroxide blonde. An absolute must-buy if you’re all about the bleached look.

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Scroll through our list to find the best purple shampoo for your bottle.

Bye-bye, brassy blonde…

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Best shampoo for hair loss – if you’re worried about thinning and seek volume

Best shampoo for hair loss – if you’re worried about thinning and seek volume


Thinning hair, beware…

Best Shampoo For Hair Loss

As women, we associate a full head of glossy hair with our femininity, we work the best hair oil into our locks in the hope that our hair will be the shiniest. But hair loss issues are on the rise, and in a culture that follows the mantra, the bigger the hair, the better, losing it can be not only be disheartening, it can be down right distressing too. Which is why the best shampoo for hair loss can be invaluable.

An estimated eight million women in the UK are suffering from hair loss and around 45% of women are concerned with thinning hair, making it an issue to address now more than ever.

One of the most common causes of thinning hair is a lack of iron, however there are other factors that can lead to hair thinning too. It can be down to losing excessive hair, but it can also be caused by the actual diameter of your hair shafts reducing.

And while both result in volume reduction, hair diameter thinning happens over a long period of time, while excessive hair shedding can result in more rapid reduction of volume if the daily loss of hair is substantial.

For instance, if you suffer from Androgenetic alopecia, you will notice thinning hair at the top, frontal area and just behind your hairline, while hair at the back stays thick.

This is due to an enzyme that causes conversion of the male sex hormone testosterone to another hormone, known as dihyydrotestosterone (DHT). This causes the hair follicles to produce thinner hair.

On the other hand, Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that affects up to 2% of the population, causes round patches of hair loss and can lead to total baldness.

It’s typically normal to lose around 1,000 hairs a day but shedding can also be accelerated due to illness, stress, medication or hormones.

However, with the right kind of treatment, nutrition and healthy living, you can help your hair grow back within six months.

You can follow tips and tricks for thinning hair, but the best shampoo for hair loss is a great place to start.

We’ve pulled together the best shampoos for hair loss, to help give your hair the volume you want and the care it needs…

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Best shampoo for hair loss – if you’re worried about thinning and seek volume


Thinning hair beware

As women, we associate a full head of glossy hair with our femininity, we work the best hair oil into our locks in the hope that our hair will be the shiniest. But hair loss issues are on the rise, and in a culture that follows the mantra, the bigger the hair, the better, losing it can be not only be disheartening, it can be down right distressing too. Which is why the best shampoo for hair loss can be invaluable.

An estimated eight million women in the UK are suffering from hair loss and around 45% of women are concerned with thinning hair, making it an issue to address now more than ever.

One of the most common causes of thinning hair is a lack of iron, however there are other factors that can lead to hair thinning too. It can be down to losing excessive hair, but it can also be caused by the actual diameter of your hair shafts reducing.

And while both result in volume reduction, hair diameter thinning happens over a long period of time, while excessive hair shedding can result in more rapid reduction of volume if the daily loss of hair is substantial.

For instance, if you suffer from Androgenetic alopecia, you will notice thinning hair at the top, frontal area and just behind your hairline, while hair at the back stays thick. This is due to an enzyme that causes conversion of the male sex hormone testosterone to another hormone known as dihyydrotestosterone (DHT). This causes the hair follicles to produce thinner hair.

On the other hand, Alopecia areata – an autoimmune disease that affects up to 2% of the population – causes round patches of hair loss and can lead to total baldness.

It’s typically normal to lose around 1,000 hairs a day but shedding can also be accelerated due to illness, stress, medication or hormones. However, with the right kind of treatment, nutrition and healthy living, you can help your hair grow back within six months.

You can follow tips and tricks for thinning hair, but the best shampoo for hair loss is a great place to start.

We’ve pulled together the best shampoos for hair loss, to help give your hair the volume you want and the care it needs.

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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?!

New gringe (grown out fringe), champagne blonde and funki do for @georgiamayjagger 🌅👍🤷‍♀️

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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.

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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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