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  • How to: Fishtail Plait


    plaitIf I had a pound for every time a client asked me to teach them to do a fishtail plait, I’d be a very rich stylist that’s for sure! It has got to be the most requested quick-style of the moment, but it can be a little intimidating for those new to up-dos. Trust me though, braids and plaits are some of the easiest styles to get right once you’ve had some practice. I thought I’d give you a quick tutorial of how you can achieve this simple but gorgeous look at home, in just 5 steps.

    Step 1:

    Create a Ponytail. To begin, gather your hair into a ponytail at the nape of your neck. Use a throwaway elastic band - one that you can snip away with scissors at the end.

    Step 2:

    Divide Your Ponytail. Next, split your ponytail evenly into two sections. Unlike the classic plait, a fishtail plait only requires two sections.

    Step 3:

    Begin Weaving. Use your finger to separate a small section of your hair from the outer edge near the elastic and cross it over to the opposite side (overlapping just like you would if you were doing a standard plait). Re-grip your hair to tighten plait, still holding two sections. Repeat with a small section from the other side.

    Step 4:

    Maintain Evenness. Continue overlapping pieces from both sides of your ponytail, all the way down to your ends. Be sure to pull small sections from underneath to cross over, and try to grab the same size (about a half inch) sections from each side.

    Step 5:

    Finish Your Look. Once you've woven your hair down to the ends, secure the fishtail plait with another elastic band. Then, use scissors to carefully cut out the elastic at the base of your ponytail. Finish your fishtail braid by gently tugging on your braid with your fingers to loosen it for an effortless look.

    It really is that simple.

    Still not feeling confident? Take a look at the time-lapse video from the salon to see a demo of how us pros do it!



  • Everything you need to know about: Hyperpigmentation

    Every year we all pour our efforts into combatting the most prominent signs of ageing, the dreaded fine lines and wrinkles. But there is a new act in town. Hyperpigmentation, which causes skin discolouration and uneven skin tone, may soon surpass wrinkles as the most frustrating sign of skin ageing. Believe it or not, studies have shown that an unbalanced skin tone can make a person look more that 12 years older. Never fear though, with a bit of knowledge behind you and the right products you can help keep hyperpigmentation at bay.

    So what causes hyperpigmentation?

    Simple answer, it’s an over production of melanin in the skin. When produced at regular levels, melanin is what colours our skin, hair and eyes. But certain triggers can lead to overstimulation and a darker colour than our normal skin tone. Unprotected sun exposure, hormonal factors and trauma or scarring are all common triggers.

    What can be done to reduce its appearance?

    Regardless of the cause, hyperpigmentation and brown spots can be as stubborn to remove as red wine on a cream carpet. That said, let me share with you the best ways to treat brown spots.

    1. Call in a skin expert

    You know I’m always an advocate for at home remedies, but it never hurts to get a professional’s advice. Knowledge is power people, and your skin expert will have bucket loads of great advice and nuggets of invaluable information to help you combat hyperpigmentation. Try to find a Dermalogica Skin Expert, as their face-mapping technique will help you to find out your own personal triggers for hyperpigmentation and help you discover the best products for the job.

    2. Apply SPF daily

    Spending 30 minutes in the sun without proper sun protection can undo a month’s worth of effort in the fight against hyperpigmentation. UV exposure plays a key role in all hyperpigmentation issues so make sure you protect your skin. Sunscreen helps prevent UV light from bringing new spots to the surface and helps control the colour intensity of spots. There’s no need to add yet another product to your routine though. All Dermalogica moisturisers contain SPF so you can both hydrate your skin and protect it in one go. Try Dermalogica Sheer Tint SPF20 40ml £34. Wear it daily, or you’ll stunt any treatment you try.

    3. Know your ingredients

    To safely and properly address brown spots, look for products that contain Retinol and specific peptides that help treat and prevent hyperpigmentation for skin brightening. Look out for Red and Brown Algae too, as they can help to enhance luminosity, refine skin tone and control the processes that contribute to hyperpigmentation. Dermalogica’s Powerbright TRX system features all these key ingredients in three products that can work with any skin regime. Try the Powerbright TRX Treatment Kit £33.70. This convenient travel-sized kit features all three PowerBright TRx™ treatment formulas, designed to help control and prevent factors that contribute to uneven skin tone. After cleansing, apply C-12 Pure Bright Serum directly to areas of uneven skin tone. Wait one minute for all the product to absorb. Follow with Pure Light SPF50 during the day and Pure Night during the evening.

    4. Be patient

    Remember, there is no quick fix for brown spots. Traditionally, it takes at least 30 days of treatment (with SPF use!) before you see any real progress. Sometimes, spots can even look darker before they lighten, as you exfoliate and they begin to surface. Continued use of products and the Dermalogica Powerbright TRX system in particular can help spots start to fade. So stick with it and I promise you’ll see results.


    The talk of the town is the phenomenal success of the recently launched Glitter Lips range. If you haven't tried it yet then you really must as this brand new, innovative product will revolutionise lip colour as you know it! With unbelievable staying power, one application can last up to 8 hours, you will be bowled over by its colour, shine and durability.

    The entire Glitter Lips range is waterproof and smudge proof. You can drink, eat and generally party without losing any of your sparkle.

    The range is available in a whole host of colours to suit your mood or the season. Vintage Pink is definitely one for spring and early summer.
    With the help of the girls at Glitter Lips we've put together a little "how to" video showing how to apply it to get the best results.

    Give it a try. We did and we love it. You can look subtly cool in one of the pastel shades or really vamp it up with a hot number for that memorable night on the town.



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