Plait hairstyles to take straight to your hairdresser’s or DIY this season

Plait hairstyles to take straight to your hairdresser’s or DIY this season


Plaits are a timeless way to work a chic updo. Here’s how to make them work for you…

plait hairstyles Emily Blunt

Looking for great plait hairstyles to take you from work to the weekend?

Well, look no further. We’ve collated the best of the best plaits hairstyles for work, weekend and play, inspired by some very famous faces – whether you’re a DIY kind of woman or let your hairdresser take the wheel.

Because the plait is a ‘do that can easily be tailored to suit individual style preferences, it’s not hard to see why they’ve surged in popularity in recent years.

Previously the domain on Pippi Longstocking, the plait has evolved into a high end fashion hairstyle over the past few years thanks to numerous appearances on the catwalk.

But perhaps the simplest way to work a plait is by twisting three sections of hair together to create a solo braid – a look adored by Cameron Diaz. The star worked this hairstyle as she owned the red carpet at the New York premiere of Annie a couple of years ago.

Meanwhile Emma Watson, Sienna Miller, Margot Robbie and a whole host of other A-listers all rock a braided hairstyle on the regular. No red carpet is without complete without a couple of celebrity plait hairstyles.

The plait is a great option for fine or thin hair and anyone with layers as the loose front and relaxed style of plait means you don’t need to fret about it being too tidy or perfect.

How to recreate the French braid

  • Section your locks into three to braid the hair on top and at the sides
  • After creating three French plaits without including the mid-lengths and ends, secure the hair at the crown of the head with bobby pins
  • Spritz with hairspray to ensure it holds all evening

Need some more plait magic in your life? Read on for all the plaitspiration you need, for festival season and beyond.

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Bun hairstyles for a chic, elegant and easy hair look

Bun hairstyles for a chic, elegant and easy hair look


An easy updo to emulate, be inspire by A-list buns and topknots

bun hairstyles Meghan Markle

Bun hairstyles are one of the most versatile around; wear them to work, to socialise or to formal events and you’re guaranteed to look seriously chic, whatever your outfit of choice may be.

As well as telling the world that you mean business, bun hairstyles are great on a practical level for keeping your hair out of your face as well as showing off your make-up look.

And the best bit? They’re one of the easiest hairstyles you’ll ever learn how to style. Just finish with a spritz of your best hairspray and you’re good to go.

Read on for the Marie Claire guide to the best bun hairstyles, plus the celebrities who nail the look on the red carpet every single time.

Messy bun hairstyles

Messy buns are those ‘lived in’ looking styles favoured by supermodels and film stars alike – think wispy, can’t-be-bothered, perfectly placed and barely held together all at the same time.

The idea is to look like you’ve slept in your bun, without looking like you actually slept in it.

Watch our guide on how to do a messy bun to master the art of the ultimate ‘I woke up like this’ hairdo.

Bun hairstyles with braids

Becoming ever more popular are braided bun hairstyles, a more detailed version of your classic hair updos. Whether it’s a braid that’s been styled into a bun, or a braided crown or French braid with the rest of the hair knotted in plac, they’re dominating red carpets everywhere right now.

Look out for stars like Millie Bobby Brown and Jessica Biel in our round up for examples of both simple and intricate bun hairstyles with braids.

Ready for all the bun hair inspiration you could ever need? Keep scrolling to see some of the greats from the red carpet.

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15 hairstyles for long hair to make the most of your locks

15 hairstyles for long hair to make the most of your locks


When it comes to long hairstyles, celebs have got it down

hairstyles for long hair

If you get serious hair envy every time you see Jennifer Lopez sporting long Hollywood curls or Beyoncé with her lengthy waves, you’re not alone. When it comes to hairstyles for long hair, celebrities have got it down.

It can feel like pretty hard work to think of new ‘dos that can transform your long hair to a masterpiece. But, with the right tools, a bit of patience and some celebrity inspiration, it’s not just possible, but totally achievable.

And make sure you keep your hair in tip top condition. If you find that your hair gets to a certain length and then breaks off, you need to look through our round up of the best shampoo for dry hair. Similarly, if you find that your hair looks greasy quickly, you need to work out the best shampoo for your hair type. A little bit of care will go a ˆ way (literally).

Now that you’ve got those points ticked off, find the best long hairstyles 2019 will be all about here.

Layered hairstyles for long hair

hairstyles for long hair Beyonce

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Layering on long hair is a great way to add texture, volume and, well, a bit more life to your hair. Keeping layers tapered towards the ends of your hair will add bounce to your overall look, while feathered layering around the face can soften your overall face shape.

Celebrity inspiration: Beyoncé and Jessica Biel

Hairstyles for long thick hair

 

Thick hair works great with longer layers, and usually doesn’t need a lot of help adding volume – look to celebs like Beyoncé, Priyanka Chopra, Zendaya and Jessica Biel for inspiration on how to master it. These hairstyles for thick hair will give you even more inspiration on how to style yours.

Celebrity inspiration: Beyoncé and Zendaya

Hairstyles for long thin hair

hairstyles for long hair 2019 Keira Knightley

Longer hair gives you more to work with when styling and making it appear fuller. ‘If you have fine hair, keep layers longer as over layering will only make the hair appear thinner and sparser,’ Sam advises. Stars like Cara Delevingne and Keira Knightley are the pros when it comes to styling longer, thinner hair, so look to them for inspiration on hairstyles for fine hair.

Celebrity inspiration: Keira Knightley and Cara Delevingne

Hairstyles for long hair with bangs

When done right, fringes are one of those hairstyles that anyone can get right – if you have a square face, stick to a soft layered fringe, while rounder faces can pull off shorter, blunt bangs. Wondering how to cut your own hair? Read our guide to trimming your own fringe to ensure you don’t have a DIY disaster.

Celebrity inspiration: Jessica Biel

Hairstyles for long hair with curls

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Long, curly hair looks great whether natural or heat styled; if it’s your natural texture, don’t over-layer as this will create a whole lot of extra volume your hair probably doesn’t need. And if you’re using one of the best curling wands to create beautiful bouncy waves, be sure to use a heat protecting spray to avoid damage.

Celebrity inspiration: Beyoncé and Zendaya

Hairstyles for long straight hair

Although the hairstyles of the moment tend to focus on blunt ends with textured waves, straight hair is still an elegant and chic option for how to wear your hair if it’s longer, and tucking it behind one ear softens the overall look whether you have a centre or side parting. Always use a heat protecting spray before using the best straighteners if your hair isn’t naturally sleek.

Celebrity inspiration: Kendall Jenner, Jessica Alba, Lily James

Hairstyles for long hair on round faces

hairstyles for long hair on round faces

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Longer hair is great for elongating a more spherical face shape to make it appear more oval, especially with softer, shorter layers around the face. To master choosing a style for this face shape with expert hair tips, read our guide to choosing hairstyles for round faces.

Celebrity inspiration: Priyanka Chopra, Kendall Jenner and Kate Upton

Hairstyles for long hair on square faces

Square faces often come with a more angular jaw shape, with the forehead, cheekbones and jaw all spanning the same width. These can be softened with more rounded layers, especially with soft curls that fall past the jawline. If you have a more angular bone structure, look to these celebrities’ hairstyles for square faces to master styling your hair for your face shape.

Celebrity inspiration: Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Biel

Hairstyles for long hair on oval faces

hairstyles for long hair

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If you have an oval face, you’re in luck, because this is considered the most adaptable face shape – that’s to say that it works with just about any and every hairstyle. ‘The most important consideration to take into account is the individuals’ natural texture,’ says Sam. ‘This will determine the style, shape and length.’

See our round up of the best celeb hairstyles for oval faces.

Celebrity inspiration: Kim Kardashian

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Fringes can suit just about anyone (and we have the proof here)

Fringes can suit just about anyone (and we have the proof here)


Whether you want blunt full bangs or a sultry sweeping style, these are the coolest cuts for 2019

fringes Zendaya

I’m pretty sure all of us can say that we’ve experimented with fringes at least once in our lifetime. Whether you dabbled in the soft side bangs or a full fringe, it’s one of those universal styles we all try at some point.

The good news is that if you’re thinking of joining the fringe camp once more, there are so many versions of the classic fringe out there that you’re guaranteed to find one that works for you in 2019.

The right one can (and will) complement your face shape; feathered and layered bangs can soften an angular face shape, while a rounder face can be sharpened with a blunt fringe. See our guides to hairstyles for round faces and hairstyles for square faces for more inspiration.

When Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge stepped out with her newly fringed hairstyle in 2015, the media went mad. It’s a subtle look and one that really works if you don’t want to go for full-on blunt bangs. And just about every supermodel has experimented with fringes and put their own stamp on it, from Kate Moss to Naomi Campbell and Sienna Miller.

And how should you style your newfound fringe, we hear you ask? ‘With a heavy fringe, you need it to look healthy, shiny and glossy,’ says ghd Global Ambassador Adam Reed.

He advises using a natural bristle round brush like the Natural Bristle Radial Brush, £17.50 at Fabled, to ‘give your fringe the perfect shape, plus shine and gloss.’

His number one styling tip? ‘Don’t spray hairspray directly onto your fringe! Spray it onto a brush and then brush through for a very soft hold.’

With a style to work for every face shape, every hair colour and every personal preference, it’s not hard to see why VIPs just can’t resist going for the chop.

So whether you’re looking at trialling a wispy or full fringe for the first time, or just want a new-season update on your current style, these are the best celebrity fringes to ever grace the red carpet.

Fringes with long hair

fringes with long hair Selena Gomez

A fringe can add uniqueness to much longer styles, as seen here on Selena Gomez, and can also help to frame and flatter your face shape. Even the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton famously experimented with the style back in 2015, sending royal fans into a fringe frenzy. Safe to say it’s a winning look.

Celebrity inspiration: Selena Gomez, Naomi Campbell and Kate Middleton

Fringes with bobs

fringes with bobs Zendaya

A full fringe paired with a bob is a timeless nod to 1960s fashion icons of a decade gone by, and looks good on pretty much any face shape with the right layering towards the ends. Zendaya is no stranger to experimenting with hairstyles, pulling off the (temporary) bob perfectly. Read our guide to bob hairstyles for even more hairspo – you’ll leave desperate to go for the chop.

Celebrity inspiration: Zendaya and Lara Condor

Fringes with short hair

fringes with short hair Kerry Washington

Short hairstyles with fringes are a winning look every single time, and Kerry Washington’s newest look is physical proof of that. Pixie crops are made complete with the addition of a sweeping, layered fringe.

Celebrity inspiration: Kerry Washington and Jennifer Lawrence

Fringes with curly hair

fringes with curly hair Ciara

Forget everything secondary school taught you about having to straighten the life out of your fringe every morning – fringes look seriously great worn curly, as demonstrated by the gorgeous Ciara.

Celebrity inspiration: Ciara and Jessica Biel

Time for a new ‘do? Check out the hottest 2019 hairstyles with bangs and fringes below to take straight to the hairdresser’s chair.

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15 hairstyles for short hair that’ll inspire you to go for the chop

15 hairstyles for short hair that’ll inspire you to go for the chop


Who better to look to for inspiration than the stars of the red carpet?

hairstyles for short hair 2019

There are so many chic hairstyles for short hair around at the moment that most of us have toyed with the idea of going for the chop. But going for that dramatic length-change can be a daunting prospect, especially if you’re an established member of the long-haired club.

‘If you feel nervous about going for a dramatic change, you’re not alone’, says celebrity hair stylist Orlando Pita. ‘I had been trying to get Karlie Kloss to cut her hair for ages and when she finally did do it, she loved it!’

So why is it so hard for us to choose between short hairstyles and find the right one? ‘I think sometimes women can’t picture themselves with a short hair cut if they have had long hair for a long time’, says Orlando. ‘It’s good for people to cut their hair. I get bored with long hair and I like showing alternative styles.’

The good news? Any face shape can pull off a shorter hairstyle. ‘Face shape isn’t key for this style but by creating layering, you ultimately affect the shape, says Sam Burnett, owner of Hare and Bone and KMS Style Council member. ‘For example, round faces should opt for square layers and vice versa for square face shapes.’

Keep reading for the coolest hairstyles for short hair 2019 has to offer – and get ready to go for the chop next year.

Short hairstyles for fine hair

hairstyles for short hair

A layered bob or crop helps to add the appearance of volume to finer short hairstyles – actresses like Jennifer Lawrence and Gemma Arterton have both had layers added to the tops of their hairstyles for a fuller look.

Celebrity inspiration: Gemma Arterton and Jennifer Lawrence

Hairstyles for short hair with curls

Naturally curly hair looks great in a bob or lob, as does wavy hair that’s heat styled for added texture. Square faces can be softened by tucking hair behind one ear, while round faces are defined with blunt edged curls that sit just underneath the chin (see our round up of the best curly hairstyles for more hairspo.). Curly, coily and kinky hair all work really well in shorter styles, like pixie crops – your hairdresser will be able to cut according to your texture.

Celebrity inspiraton: Gina Rodriguez and Lupita Nyong’o

Hairstyles for short hair on round faces

hairstyles for short hair Chrissy Teigen

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Blunt-edged, square bobs really suit a round face, as they give spherical face shapes more structure. ‘If a bob is your choice of style, go a few inches longer than a traditional bob to balance the roundness of the face,’ advises Sam. But if you want to go shorter, pick choppier straight layers to complement your face structure. Need more inspiration? Check out our guide to the best hairstyles for round faces to help you pick a style.

Celebrity inspiration: Michelle Williams and Jennifer Lawrence

Hairstyles for short hair on oval faces

hairstyles for short hair oval face

Luckily for you, this is the most versatile face shape, so the world is your oyster when it comes to hairstyles for oval faces. ‘The most important consideration to take into account is the individuals’ natural texture,’ advises Sam. ‘This will determine the style, shape and length.’ Whether you’d like a pixie crop, chin-length bob or lob, your hairdresser won’t find it difficult to make it work on your face shape.

Celebrity inspiration: Gabrielle Union and Gina Rodriguez

Hairstyles for short hair on square faces

hairstyles for short hair on square faces Jennifer Lawrence

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The angular jawline that characterises square faces is softened with a rounder short hairstyle – whether a full 60s cut like Jennifer Hudson, above, or a pixie crop with feathered layering. Meanwhile longer bobs with graduated round layers below the jawline also soften your angles. For more tips and tricks on hairstyles for square faces, see our round up of the best.

Celebrity inspiraton: Jennifer Hudson and Evan Rachel Wood

Hairstyles for short hair with bangs

hairstyles for short hair

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No doubt about it, fringes are back with a, err, bang. The short, fringed style of the moment is feathered full bangs with a crop; less harsh than a full fringe but with a similar overall effect.

Celebrity inspiration: Jennifer Hudson, Gemma Arterton and Jennifer Lawrence

Scroll through our round up as we chart some of the best A-list hairstyles for short hair below.

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What exactly is balayage and why is it so popular?

What exactly is balayage and why is it so popular?


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Balayage has been around for a while, but this timeless technique is creeping its way back into being one of the most popular hair colour requests in salons today. We’ve spoken to the some of the leading experts to get some professional insight into the booming hair trend, balayage.

What is balayage?

Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. ‘It’s a freehand hair colouring technique that gives a really blended natural look with no harsh or obvious regrowth lines,’ advises royal and celebrity hairdresser, Richard Ward.

Balayage allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour, with softer, less noticeable re-growth. The principal idea being less is more when creating a natural, multi-tonal finish. The technique uses patches of light and shade to create multiple dimensions to the colour.

It’s a great method if you want to refresh your colour but don’t want to go for a bold colour overhaul.

Chrissy Teigan balayage

How is balayage applied?

Balayage is painted on the surface of the hair strand and not saturated through the section until the very tips. This ensures a smooth, blended stroke of colour. It can also be called a freehand technique because no foil or meche are used to create the highlights.

How long does it take to do balayage?

The depth of balayage can vary so much from a ‘few small highlights that will only take a matter of minutes to a full on, triple process look that can take up to 3 hours,’ says Josh Wood, founder of Josh Wood Atelier and Redken Global Colour Creative Director. Though it can take quite a long time to do a multi-tonal, layered balayage compared to regular colour the benefit of the application means you will be able to leave longer between your next colour appointment. If you want a few balayage babylights this may take as little as 45 minutes.

What sets it apart from traditional hair colouring?

Balayage is quite different to traditional highlights because no foil is used and the colour is painted on freehand. The finished result is ‘less uniform than typical highlights’ says Richard Ward. If you’ve ever been worried about having stripey colour after a visit to the hairdressers, balayage is a sure way to avoid that harsh contrast between colours – especially if you’re going blonder.

The colour created is totally bespoke to you and can even be placed in a way to compliment or distract attention away from certain features on the face.

What’s making it so popular recently?

Ten years ago balayage wasn’t the colouring phenomenon it is today, it’s quite a specific method of colouring that hasn’t been widely taught in the UK until recently. Balayage ‘is especially popular with celebrities and is a classic look for the red carpet’ says Richard Ward. After spotting it on celebrities like Gisele, Chrissy Teigen and Jessica Alba, there has been a surge in interest for the technique as people are requesting the look.

Some celebrities who love balayage include Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Olivia Palermo, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Amber Heard.

And don’t think just because you don’t have long hair you can’t achieve the look. No matter how short your locks are, you can rock balayage. Case in point? Ruby Rose’s balayage pixie crop.

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Does it require a lot of maintenance? 

‘Typically balayage requires far less maintenance than traditional colour because it grows out beautifully and there are no strong regrowth lines,’ says Richard Ward. It also means you can wait for longer between appointments so it’s ‘the perfect technique for a modern, busy woman.’

‘If you want to make your balayage last as long as possible, opt for a babylight – it’s the most subtle type of colour you can go for’ advises Josh Wood. Investing in some good quality colour care styling products is also advisable to keep your colour looking fresh for longer.

If your colour turns brassy after a while you can ‘refresh it without going for a full top up with a toner or gloss to give your shine back.’ says Wood.

Jennifer Lopez balayage

Is it suitable for all hair types/lengths?

It works on both light and dark hair depending on how much lighter you want to go and all hair textures. Whether it’s straight, wavy or curly the colour will still work well and look great.

‘Balayage works on all hair lengths apart from on very short or cropped hair (think Pixie crops),’ advises international hair colourist, L’Oreal Professional Ambassador and Marie Claire’s 2018 Colourist of the Year Jack Howard.

The technique is particularly popular amongst celebrities with long, textured hair as it creates a beautiful, beachy style.

If however, you have balayage on you short hair – let’s say a bob – and then want to try the long beach style, Hershesons recently launched a range of balayage tape hair extensions, that will seamlessly blend in. The 60-minute service includes a colour-matching consultation, fitting, cut, wash & blow-dry and the tapes should last you up-to eight weeks, and the hair can be re-used up to three times.

Gisele Bundchen balayage

 

How long does balayage last?

One of the biggest perks of balayage is that “it doesn’t require as much upkeep as traditional colour” advises Josh Wood. The blended finish means you can leave longer between your salon appointments, depending on the style of balayage you go for you can leave up to 4 months between top-ups.

What’s the difference between ombre and balayage?

Balayage is a totally blended hair look, there are no lines or blocks of colour and the graduation between shades is much more subtle. Some lengths of the hair are kept darker for a seamless colour finish.

Ombre hair has a more defined contrast between the roots and tips of the hair with colour starting mid-way down the strands. Ombre colour ‘is a more noticeable, statement look compared to Balayage,’ says Richard Ward. Want to know more? Check out our round-up if want to find out more about ombre.

Does balayage work on grey hair?

Balayage works for all colours but ‘the only thing is it won’t cover grey hair,’ advises Josh Wood, ‘it will only help blend in the grey to disguise it so if you want full coverage for greys it might not be the right choice for you.’

What makes it timeless?

Balayage creates a totally bespoke, personalised colour finish. Healthy, natural looking hair will always be ‘in’ which is why the technique has remained popular for so many years. Depending on what you’re looking for the finish can be subtle or quite bold. It’s the ability to completely tailor the colour effect that makes this such a popular colour choice.

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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

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 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

best hair straighteners Nicky Clarke

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

best hair straighteners 2018

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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So, what exactly is balayage and why do we love it so much?

So, what exactly is balayage and why do we love it so much?


Make an appointment with your stylist now

Balayage has been around for a while, but this timeless technique is creeping its way back into being one of the most popular hair colour requests in salons today. We’ve spoken to the experts to get some professional insight into the booming hair trend, balayage.

What is balayage?

Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. ‘It’s a freehand hair colouring technique that gives a really blended natural look with no harsh or obvious regrowth lines,’ advises royal and celebrity hairdresser, Richard Ward.

Balayage allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour, similar to what nature gives us as children, with softer, less noticeable re-growth. The principal idea being less is more when creating a natural, multi-tonal finish. The technique uses patches of light and shade to create multiple dimensions to the colour.

It’s a great method if you want to refresh your colour but don’t want to go for a bold colour overhaul.

Chrissy Teigan balayage

How is balayage applied?

Balayage is painted on the surface of the hair strand and not saturated through the section until the very tips. This ensures a smooth, blended stroke of colour. It can also be called a freehand technique because no foil or meche are used to create the highlights.

How long does it take to do balayage?

The depth of balayage can vary so much from a ‘few small highlights that will only take a matter of minutes to a full on, triple process look that can take up to 3 hours,’ says Josh Wood, founder of Josh Wood Atelier and Redken Global Colour Creative Director. Though it can take quite a long time to do a multi-tonal, layered balayage compared to regular colour the benefit of the application means you will be able to leave longer between your next colour appointment. If you want a few balayage babylights this may take as little as 45 minutes.

What sets it apart from traditional hair colouring?

Balayage is quite different to traditional highlights because no foil is used and the colour is painted on freehand. The finished result is ‘less uniform than typical highlights’ says Richard Ward. If you’ve ever been worried about having stripey colour after a visit to the hairdressers, balayage is a sure way to avoid that harsh contrast between colours – especially if you’re going blonder.

The colour created is totally bespoke to you and can even be placed in a way to compliment or distract attention away from certain features on the face.

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What’s making it so popular recently?

Ten years ago balayage wasn’t the colouring phenomenon it is today, it’s quite a specific method of colouring that hasn’t been widely taught in the UK until recently. Balayage ‘is especially popular with celebrities and is a classic look for the red carpet’ says Richard Ward. After spotting it on celebrities like Gisele, Chrissy Teigen and Jessica Alba, there has been a surge in interest for the technique as people are requesting the look.

Some celebrities who love balayage include Olivia Palermo, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Amber Heard.

Jessica Alba balayage

Does it require a lot of maintenance?

‘Typically balayage requires far less maintenance than traditional colour because it grows out beautifully and there are no strong regrowth lines,’ says Richard Ward. It also means you can wait for longer between appointments so it’s ‘the perfect technique for a modern, busy woman.’

‘If you want to make your balayage last as long as possible, opt for a babylight – it’s the most subtle type of colour you can go for’ advises Josh Wood. Investing in some good quality colour care styling products is also advisable to keep your colour looking fresh for longer.

If your colour turns brassy after a while you can ‘refresh it without going for a full top up with a toner or gloss to give your shine back.’ says Wood.

Jennifer Lopez balayage

Is it suitable for all hair types/lengths?

It works on both light and dark hair depending on how much lighter you want to go and all hair textures. Whether it’s straight, wavy or curly the colour will still work well and look great.

‘Balayage works on all hair lengths apart from on very short or cropped hair,’ advises international hair colourist Jack Howard.

The technique is particularly popular amongst celebrities with long, textured hair as it creates a beautiful, beachy style.

Gisele Bundchen balayage

 

How long does balayage last?

One of the biggest perks of balayage is that “it doesn’t require as much upkeep as traditional colour” advises Josh Wood. The blended finish means you can leave longer between your salon appointments, depending on the style of balayage you go for you can leave up to 4 months between top-ups.

What’s the difference between ombre and balayage?

Balayage is a totally blended hair look, there are no lines or blocks of colour and the graduation between shades is much more subtle. Some lengths of the hair are kept darker for a seamless colour finish.

Ombre hair has a more defined contrast between the roots and tips of the hair with colour starting mid-way down the strands. Ombre colour ‘is a more noticeable, statement look compared to Balayage,’ says Richard Ward. Want to know more? Check out our round-up if want to find out more about ombre.

Does balayage work on grey hair?

Balayage works for all colours but ‘the only thing is it won’t cover grey hair,’ advises Josh Wood, ‘it will only help blend in the grey to disguise it so if you want full coverage for greys it might not be the right choice for you.’

What makes it timeless?

Balayage creates a totally bespoke, personalised colour finish. Healthy, natural looking hair will always be ‘in’ which is why the technique has remained popular for so many years. Depending on what you’re looking for the finish can be subtle or quite bold. It’s the ability to completely tailor the colour effect that makes this such a popular colour choice.

Contact Jack Howard via twitter @jackhoward_srh

Contact Richard Ward via twitter @richardwardhair

Contact Josh Wood via twitter @joshwoodcolour

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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 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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