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  • The golden rules of fine hair

    You know and I know that no two hair types are the same. Each comes with its own set of issues and quirks but if you follow a few rules, you’ll find your day to day hair life will be a breeze.

    Let’s explore the golden rules of fine hair to start you off:

    1: Shampoo

    If you have fine hair then you will know this by now; fine hair gets greasy easily. Fine hair tends to be smoother and less porous than coarser hair types, so the oils sit visibly on top of the hair, appearing greasier. The secret to good looking fine hair isn’t how often you shampoo though…it’s where you shampoo that makes the difference. I would always suggest that with fine hair, you shampoo the top area where you feel it’s greasy and avoid the bottom half where it isn’t. Then do the opposite with your conditioner, to avoid a flat look.

    In terms of the amount of product you should use, this will depend on your desired look. If you’re after volume, use less conditioner, more shampoo. If you want a softer look…do the opposite. The rule is…the more conditioner you use, the softer your hair and the flatter. Simple.

    My top picks for shampoo and conditioner for fine hair have to be Redken Beach Envy Volume Texturizing Shampoo 300ml and Redken High Rise Volume Conditioner 250ml

    2: Cutting

    Fine hair tends to be a bit more sensitive to the way that it’s cut. With fine hair all the finer details show up when you get a cut. The key here is subtle layers. A good stylist will be aware of this and will suggest appropriate styles for your hair type. The key is good communication here. Let them know what’s worked for you and what hasn’t. Give them examples of the look you want to achieve, how long you’re willing to spend styling it and how you like to wear your hair day to day. The more information your stylist has, the more likely you are to walk away with a cut you love. Communication is key.

    3: Styling

    The secret here is with the type of products you go for. Finer hair types should opt for ‘hold’ product over ‘oil’ based products (oils, creams or serums). Oil based products will weigh your hair down and make it appear greasy.

    When I say hold products I’m talking salt sprays, dry shampoo, mousse, texturising mists. These won’t weigh your hair down. With fine hair – golden rule is use less of the greasy stuff and more of the sticky stuff. My favourites are L’oreal Professional Beach Waves Texturising Salt Spray 150ml and OSiS+ Refresh Dust Bodyfying Dry Shampoo 100ml

  • Easy ways to style curly hair

    Curly hair…everyone wants it, unless they already have it. If you have curls naturally you know…curly hair comes with issues. Sure, it can hold style like nobody's business, but it's fragile in its own way. There's the obvious problems, such as curls tend to be on the dryer side and are prone to breakage. But some problems you wouldn’t know unless you were born with curls, like the fact that brushes are the enemy. Brushes will only ruin your bounce. 

    So let me fill you in on the secrets behind styling your curls and help put those issues to bed. The basics of styling curly hair with minimal heat damage, involves three main styles: wet, natural and dry and roughly pulled back. Allow me to guide you through each style

    Style 1: Wet

    Not really a style, mainly just a starting point. This is when product plays a key role to give you the foundation you need. For finer curls opt for a product that will give you some grip and hold, such as a mousse. I always recommend Kérastase Resistance Volumifique Mousse 150ml. If you find your curls are a little more coarse, you’ll need to layer a mousse over a moisturising cream when your hair is still holding water. Try Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream 300ml. It will control your curl and stop any frizz in one step.

    Style 2: Diffused

    To dry your curls naturally, without too much styling, you need a low-heat, low-fan setting along with a diffuser attachment for your hairdryer. As you dry your curls with the diffuser twist your hair between your forefinger and thumb. By using this action on your hair cuticle you ensure your hair is fully dry. If your curls aren’t completely dry, they will change shape and change style throughout the day.

    Style 3: Roughly Pulled Back

    The other great thing about curly hair is that buns are easy and all you really need a hairband. Something about roughly pulled back curls makes it look like you’ve made an effort. Winner. Just make sure that when you pull your hair back, to keep it from feeling too ‘ready for the gym’, pull some strands out in the front for some curls to frame your face. In many cases, the best way to show off the amazing texture of curly hair is a simple ponytail with lots of volume in the back. Don’t be too precious about it though. Curly hair rarely stays where you put it for long. Sometimes it's best to just let it do it’s own thing. Afterall…you have the hair everyone wants.


  • Haircare Basics

    It’s fair to say we all know the differences between a shampoo, conditioner and masque, but there are so many products out there these days that it can be hard to keep up. To be honest, with so many ‘revolutionary’ products being released it can be confusing to know which ones are right for you and how you should be using them. Ever wondered what exactly dry shampoo is and how it works? I’m sure you’ve pondered the difference between pomade and hair oil?

    Your hair products are the first and most important step to achieving a desired look or hairstyle. Without the correct hair care products, you can kiss that beachy wave look goodbye. So let’s go back to basics and run down the basic hair products every girl should have and know how best to use them. That’s healthy hair guaranteed right there.short-hair


    1. Shampoo

    We all know what shampoo is - simply put, it cleanses the hair. But here's where it gets tricky: there are so many different types of shampoos out there. From clarifying shampoo to volumising shampoo, smoothing, sulphate-free, and shampoos for colour treated hair, it's important to choose the type of shampoo that is best suited to your hair.


    Clarifying shampoo roughens up the hair cuticle and gets the roots extra squeaky clean. This can be used when you feel that there is too much product build-up in your hair or before getting your colour done. Try Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo.


    This baby is designed to open up the hair cuticle and make it thicker. In order to get the root lift you desire, try to pick a shampoo with a lightweight conditioning ingredient that rinses off well and doesn't weigh the hair down.  I love Kérastase Resistance Volumifique Bain 250ml


    If your hair is coloured, I would always recommend to go for a shampoo specifically designed for colour treated hair. It really is the secret to avoid colour fade. Remember – you’ve spend ££s on getting your hair the right shade, it would be a real shame to waste that by using the wrong shampoo. Great hair products for coloured hair will also include ingredients like oils or algae, in order to lock in colour. Give Redken Colour Extend Magnetics Shampoo a try.


    Sulphate-free shampoos fit into the same category as those for colour treated hair, but are more specific than that. They are perfect for those with delicate colours, like reds or pastel tones and will help avoid that sinking feeling when you see all your colour being washed down the drain as you shower. I always recommend Kérastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste Sulphate Free to my clients.

    Whichever shampoo you choose, be sure that it's right for the texture of your hair. If you choose a shampoo that's too clarifying, you could strip the hair of its natural oils, and lead to additional oil being produced. If you choose a shampoo that's too moisturising, you could end up with product build-up at the scalp. If you're not sure what type of hair you have, you can always consult your hair stylist for a recommendation.

    Also, be sure to choose two "go-to" shampoos that both have different ingredients and benefits to rotate between, to maintain balance in your hair. Switch your shampoo every 4 to 5 washes to remove product build-up and restore cleanliness to your hair.

    1. Conditioner

    Conditioner is designed to smooth your hair cuticle and restore moisture.


    Rinse-out conditioners are the most common type of conditioner, worked through the ends of your hair, left in for a few minutes, and rinsed out. Avoid applying conditioner to the roots of your hair, as this could result in greasy looking roots and weigh your hair down. Try Bed Head Urban Antidotes Recovery Conditioner.


    Leave in conditioners are great for smoothing and de-tangling. These conditioners are light-weight, and can be used as a styling product to get your tresses silky and glossy.


    Hair masks or deep conditioners are perfect for repairing dry and damaged hair. Hair masks contain ingredients like waxes, oils and emulsifiers to get down to the root and repair the hair from its source. Most masks should be applied from root to tip and left in for at least 30 minutes before rinsing out thoroughly. I love Kérastase Nutritive Masque Magistral

    Just be sure to avoid the common mistake of only rinsing out half your conditioner We all love that glorious, silky, smooth feeling conditioners leave, however, this means you haven't rinsed out all the product from your hair and you're actually weighing your hair down.

    1. Hair oils and serums

    From argan to avocado oil, hair oil is a must for those with 'problematic' hair. They tame frizz, add shine, promote growth, and give your hair a high shine look. For best results, use hair oil on dry or almost dry hair. Top tip: if you have dry ends, use some oil on the mid-lengths and ends BEFORE washing your hair. This will stop you drying out your ends even more when shampooing.

    1. Dry Shampoo

    Dry shampoo comes in either a powder or spray form, and is designed to absorb excess oil at the roots of the hair. Don't have time to wash your hair? No problem. Not only does dry shampoo get rid of excess oil, it also provides lift at the roots. Beware though, this is not a replacement for washing your hair so try to only use dry shampoo for a maximum of two days before giving your hair a good wash. Try Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo.

    So there you have it…the basics to healthy and great looking hair. What are your hair product must haves?




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