Thursday, 14 November 2013

Tis The Season To Be Beautiful!

As we creep closer to the end of the year, and the Christmas season gets thrown upon us everywhere we go, we start to get ready for the year to come to an end...again.
But something else happens around this time of year I love almost as much... Formal season begins! As I am also a hairdresser I love this time, getting creative away from a computer screen.
I thought i would share some hair tricks I have learnt to help you get inspired to get creative with your style throughout this season and the Christmas season coming up as there are always lots of events and parties on and not everyone has time to go to the hairdressers everytime there is an event to go to!

The first and most important step, is the preperation.
Nearly every hairstyle needs volume. No one wants to walk around with their hair slicked back on their head, its not a good look.
So depending on what style you are going for, when you wash your hair (either the day before, or on the day) make sure you shampoo twise, and only use a light conditioner on your ends (stay away from the roots, and don't use a conditioner that is highly moisturizing this will weigh your hair down).
Towel dry, comb a light amount of smoothing cream to the ends to keep away the frizz and apply a mouse or volume foam to the roots  and work into your hair.
With your hairdryer on a meduim setting, dry your hair with your head upside down. Keep drying upside down until the roots are dry and dry the ends back the right way up, smoothing out the ends with a large barrel brush.
Blowdrying is stretching the hair, so if you are going for a smooth style it is best to stretch the hair with a large barrel brush (the large round one) or paddle brush (the large flat one) to minumize frizz.
If your hair is naturally flat you can use velcro rollers to create extra volume. The way these work is to set the hair, you can not put them in dry/cold hair and expect them to work. To use these, dry your hair, and take a section either side of your part, the width of the roller. Stretching the hair (and angeling forward) roll the roller down till it sits on your head, you can secure this with a bobby pin if it feels like it might fall out.
Use the hair dryer on a low setting so you dont blow all the hair out and heat up the hair on the rollers, making sure you dont over heat (you should still be able to touch them). Leave these in till they are cool (maybe about 10 mins) and take them out, instant volume.

Hair extensions
A lot of people these days wear hair extensions, and these are something that can look amazing but also look terrible if not dont done correctly. Heres a few tips & tricks for hair extensions...

If you are applying clip in extensions, you want them to stay in all night, there is nothing worse then one falling out mid way through the evening. When clipping them in always make sure you have a clean section, it is easiest to do this with a tail comb. Put the extensions up to your head, and see where the clips will sit.  Now take those sections and backcomb and apply a small amount of hairspray where the clip will sit. This gives it something to cling onto, therefore less likely to fall out.
Another big tip is when you are putting your extensions in, make sure you put them far enough down from your part that when your hair moves you cant see the clip underneath. Your natural length of hair acts like a "short layer" so do not put them too high up.

If you are wearing your hair in a high pony tail with extensions in, I apply the bottom ones upside down, this way when you tie your hair up your extensions dont have to flip up the other way and create a bumb in your hair, plus its alot more comfortable! Be careful not to place them too near the hair line or you will be able to see them.

This diagram shows how hair extensions should be placed. From personal experience I would try and avoid putting them any higher than the 2 x 3 clips (just above the ear) otherwise they start to become visable, especialy if you dont have thick hair.

Not every hair style is hard!
If you look through magazines or pinterest at celebrities hairstyles, alot of them look like they would be hard to create, but they really aren't and any hairstyle can look good if you prepare your hair right.
The "messy bun" is a very popular style, and very easy to do yourself.
To do this I would just curl my hair with a ghd or curling wand (if you cant do this, even just scrunch your hair with some mouse while damp and let it dry) and tie into a scruffy bun, and use bobby pins to clip in the bits that look out of place. Pull out some strands in the front and curl these.

Hope these little tips have inspired you to get creative with your hair this holiday season <3

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