Get the look: Miley Cyrus’ classic Hollywood waves

She’s most famous for sticking her tongue out and sporting sexy ensembles. But Miley Cyrus went for a completely different look as she attended the recent Grammy Awards, with her retro hair waves perfectly complementing her elegantly sexy outfit.We s…

She’s most famous for sticking her tongue out and sporting sexy ensembles. But Miley Cyrus went for a completely different look as she attended the recent Grammy Awards, with her retro hair waves perfectly complementing her elegantly sexy outfit.

We spoke to some of the U.K.’s top hair experts for their tips on how to get this classic look at home.

Dean Jones, owner of Dean Jones Hair, told us that the key to this look begins in the hair preparation, and to ensure that “hair is clean and well conditioned prior to styling”.

“Using a deep conditioning treatment works well to smooth dry ends and create a smooth base for the waves,” he added. “Dry your hair into a low side parting and try to keep your hair smooth and flat at the roots. Use a large barrel curling tong and curl your hair away from your face making sure that each section of hair is of equal size and flowing in the same direction.”

Once your hair is entirely curled, Dean advises sweeping through the curls with a paddle brush to create the stunning wave effect Miley sported. “Smoothing some oil through the ends is also a great way to add shine and reduce flyaways,” Dean smiled.

If you don’t have curling tongs, then you can use hot rollers.

“Hot rollers are great to create retro waves and hairstyles that require lots of body and volume and will provide hold to allow your hairstyle to last all night long,” Karen Brown, owner of Hair by JFK, told us. “Leave your hot rollers in as long as possible for the best results and until they have completely cooled down and then finish with a strong hold, volumising hairspray to give hair that extra oomph.”

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Curl about town

In a sea of loose, sexy waves, why not buck the trend and opt for a tighter curl, like Hailee Steinfeld at the recent Pitch Perfect 3 premiere?Although going for a more full-on curl rather than your normal beachy waves may seem intimidating, the hair e…

In a sea of loose, sexy waves, why not buck the trend and opt for a tighter curl, like Hailee Steinfeld at the recent Pitch Perfect 3 premiere?

Although going for a more full-on curl rather than your normal beachy waves may seem intimidating, the hair experts at Schwarzkopf assured us there’s nothing to be scared of.

“Get the hair and be firmer with the tongs than if you were just creating a wave,” the hair pros said. “Hold the tong in place and wait. Then take section by section, one on top of the other, and brush it through so they all sit on top of each other and it has a nice wave.

“And if you’re being fancy, you can do the finger wave by flattening hair down with flat clips.”

Curls work especially well for brides too, though for a wedding look it’s best to revert back to looser, more undone curls.

“I love undone curls for a bride,” our expert beamed. “And even if I do an up do, I always curl all the hair then put it up, because when you see through the roots, the hair you can see an underneath has texture.”

Whether you’ve opted for a sparkly wedding gown, or top to toe satin elegance, waves can work with any dress style.

“Loose curls are perfect for brides. When you have something too ‘done’, you won’t look yourself for your big day. A simple, not too done hairstyle works best with a beautiful dress,” the Schwarzkopf style master said.

“Brides can be uncomfortable with overly complicated hairstyles, but with waves, you can put your fingers through your hair and shake your head around and see the beauty of the natural hair.

“And the doll look isn’t in any more.”

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Get the look: Hair bows

She might only be 13, but Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown knows a thing or two about trendsetting.At the recent Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, the teenager opted to wear her brunette hair in “space buns”, with black ribbons wrapped around th…

She might only be 13, but Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown knows a thing or two about trendsetting.

At the recent Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, the teenager opted to wear her brunette hair in “space buns”, with black ribbons wrapped around them.

Hair bows are going to be one of the biggest trends of 2018, and we spoke to some of the U.K.’s top hairstylists for their tips on how to properly embrace this look.

“Millie gave her space buns a very girly, pretty touch by adding black satin bows,” Mathew Watt, Owner and Director of Mathew Watt Hair & Nail Bar, told us. “Bows are one of this year’s biggest hair accessories and have been seen all over the red carpet, with celebrities incorporating them into many different looks from ponytails to buns and half up half down hairstyles.”

Whether you opt for a ribbon, velvet or leather bow, these hair accessories are the perfect finishing touch for any look. To emulate Millie’s style, Mathew suggests using a comb to create the perfect middle parting, before separating the hair into two ponytails at each side of the head.

“Taking one ponytail at a time, twist the hair up, rolling it into a bun, and secure with a hair tie,” he added. “Once you have done this on each side, finish by adding two bows – created using ribbon – to the top of each of your buns. To keep the hair looking neat and tidy, as well as free from flyaways, use a finishing spray, serum or oil, which will also give the hair a gorgeous shine.”

Dean Jones, Owner of Dean Jones Hair, is also a fan of this trend but advises using coloured bows if you’re feeling a bit braver.

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Get the look: Smooth hair

Smooth hair is one of those trends that’s definitely not going anywhere.  Regardless of the season, your face shape or hairstyle, smooth tresses look good on just about anybody. We spoke to some of the U.K.’s top experts about how to get smooth a…

Smooth hair is one of those trends that’s definitely not going anywhere.  

Regardless of the season, your face shape or hairstyle, smooth tresses look good on just about anybody. We spoke to some of the U.K.’s top experts about how to get smooth and healthy-looking locks.  

“To achieve soft, smooth hair try to restrict combing or brushing your hair, as this will cause friction and make your hair frizzy,” Leah Durrant, Owner of Leah Durrant Hair Salon and Beauty Re:Treat, told us. “Wet hair is more prone to breakage, therefore, try to avoid brushing the hair when it’s wet and instead, comb the hair with a wide-toothed comb before going for a shower to get rid of tangles.”  

Leah also advises taking a break from heated styling tools to help the hair look and feel smoother. “If you do need to dry your hair with a hairdryer, use a diffuser and point the nozzle down so that the cuticle stays flat, and then finish by blasting the hair with the hairdryer on its cool setting for a quick way of achieving smooth, shiny hair,” she explained.  

Jason Hogan, Creative Colour Director at Tommy Guns Soho, has a slightly different approach, explaining: “To achieve perfectly looking smooth hair, I always advise to blow-dry the hair straight using a round brush and then use straighteners to flatten the hairs cuticle and give it an even sleeker look.”  

He advises getting regular trims to keep hair in its best condition, while also using hair masks to keep the locks hydrated and looking soft, smooth and shiny.  

“Another quick fix to achieving smooth hair is to sleep on a satin pillowcase, which will avoid frizz and breakage,” he smiled.  

When it comes to washing the hair, Dylan Brittain, International Artistic Director, Owner of Rainbow Room George Square, suggests rinsing the locks with cold water after having a shower.  

“Warm water will open the hair cuticle, whereas cold water will close it, so having a cold-water rinse after you have washed your hair will enable your hair strands to stay flat and smooth,” he said.  

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Top hair trends for 2018

When it comes to hair, it’s usually a case of a new week, and a new trend to follow.The landscape can be hard to navigate for anyone who isn’t a supermodel, so we spoke to some of the U.K.’s top hair experts for their predictions on the biggest t…

When it comes to hair, it’s usually a case of a new week, and a new trend to follow.

The landscape can be hard to navigate for anyone who isn’t a supermodel, so we spoke to some of the U.K.’s top hair experts for their predictions on the biggest trends for tresses in 2018.

Super sleek

“Super sleek hair with a middle parting or deep side parting is the ultimate glamorous, effortless look, which I predict will remain huge for 2018,” Neil Barton, Goldwell Ambassador and Owner of Neil Barton Hairdressing, told us. “Having hair parted low on one side with an ultra-sleek poker straight style will be sure to match any outfit.” Look to stars such as Kendall Jenner for inspiration when it comes to this ‘do.

Bright colours

“The top hair colours for 2018 are all about bright, bold crazy colours with Ultraviolet being the Pantone colour of the year,” Suzie McGill, International Artistic Director and Owner of Rainbow Room International’s Uddingston Salon, explained. “I am a huge fan of Palace Blue, it works especially well on dark hair and can help to create shine and a petrol-like effect – this is a great colour to add movement to the hair.”

Go bright blonde

If you aren’t feeling brave enough to try ultraviolet or blue locks this year, then why not follow the trend for brightening up your blonde? “Take your blonde a bit lighter and freshen it up for 2018. If you’re too scared to go a couple of shades lighter, or platinum, think about adding baby lights to your blonde hair to give it dimension and a shimmer of colour!” Karen Thomson, Owner of KAM Hair and Body Spa, advised.

Bobs and bangs

“The bob has always been popular, but 2018 will see bobs with fringes everywhere. Uniform length with little layering and a choppy fringe is going to be huge and it is super easy to work with at home,” Ross Charles, Owner of Ross Charles Hairdressing, smiled. “If your hair is ultra-thick or curly you can have the ends slightly softened to break it up, opting for a relaxed fringe is also best if your hair is thicker.”

XXL length

If you’re a fan of Kim Kardashian’s super-long locks, then this could be the trend for you. “XXL length is set to stick around in 2018. Celebrities like Kim and Nicki Minaj have been rocking waist length hair, and it seems like super long locks are here to stay,” Jay Birmingham, Celebrity Stylist, Master Extentionist and Custom Wig Designer, shared. “The key to this style is keeping your hair straight and sleek and using extensions or even wigs.”

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Common hair myths dispelled

Many of us will try just about anything to achieve shiny, healthy hair.But when it comes to haircare, there are plenty of old wives’ tales out there, making it difficult to know what advice is worth following. To debunk some common hair myths, we’v…

Many of us will try just about anything to achieve shiny, healthy hair.

But when it comes to haircare, there are plenty of old wives’ tales out there, making it difficult to know what advice is worth following. To debunk some common hair myths, we’ve called on Trichologist Sally-Ann Tarver for her expert view.

Myth: Plucking grey hairs make more grow back

It’s often said that plucking a grey hair will cause three or more to grow back in its place. But Sally-Ann is adamant that this isn’t the case.

“Hair begins to grey when your natural colour pigment cells (melanocytes) run out,” she shared. “Once the process starts, unfortunately, it’s a slippery slope and your grey hairs will increase whether you pull them out or not. Pulling out too many grey hairs could actually lead to hair thinning!”

Myth: People shed hair in spring and autumn

Some swear that they tend to shed hair in the spring and autumn months. Yet, hair actually is constantly shedding and re-growing – each hair follicle can do this around 25 times before it is exhausted.

“Spring shedding is the most common, this can usually be attributed to winter viruses such as the flu,” said Sally-Ann. “If your hair sheds in the autumn, look back two or three months at any stress or illness and you will probably find the answer.”

Myth: Baldness comes from mother’s genes

Don’t blame your mother for your bald head any longer! Baldness is caused by a dominant gene, which can be inherited from both parents.

“Your mother can pass the gene onto you without appearing to have particularly thin hair herself. If your father went bald early, there is a pretty good chance your hair will thin too, but not necessarily as early as he did,” the hair expert explained.

Myth: Heat protection spray stops damage

Here’s some bad news for devotees of the hair straightener – heat protection sprays may reduce the burning of the cuticle but that’s about it.

“The only way to prevent heat damage caused my straightening irons is to either not use them, limit their use, and use on the lowest heat setting. And never ever use them on damp hair,” noted Sally-Ann.

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Top tips to dye your hair at home

With Christmas just gone, and a few days until payday, money is tight for many people.So if you’re suffering bad roots or unsightly greys, a trip to the hairdressers is often out of the question. But with so many home hair dying products on the marke…

With Christmas just gone, and a few days until payday, money is tight for many people.

So if you’re suffering bad roots or unsightly greys, a trip to the hairdressers is often out of the question. But with so many home hair dying products on the market, colouring your tresses in the comfort of your own abode has never been easier. Follow these simple tips to transform your look in a matter of minutes – and at a fraction of the cost of a salon visit. Also, remember to follow the instructions and do a strand test 24 hours before the dyeing session to ensure you don’t have an allergic reaction to the dye itself.

Preparation

Before you dye your hair, you need to make sure you have all the things you need on hand to make the process as simple as possible. Most home hair dyes will provide you with gloves, but they are usually one size fits all – meaning they are often too big for some. If you are going to be dyeing your hair at home regularly, it’s a good idea to purchase a box of plastic gloves usually available in three sizes to fit your hands – ensuring excess hair dye doesn’t get beneath the gloves.

Then it’s time to apply some Vaseline or moisturiser to your hairline and top of your ears, so that you can wipe off any hair dye once you’ve completed the process. Bear in mind that this will act as a barrier for the dye, so when applying it to your hairline, make sure you don’t actually put it on your hair.

Place a towel around your shoulders, using a clip or hairband to secure like a cape, and then you’re ready to go.

Let’s get dyeing

It’s now time to dye. Following the instructions on the box, and with your gloves on, hairline greased up and towel around your shoulders, mix up the colour accelerant and the dye, and start applying. While the application bottle is designed to make it easier to apply the product to the hair, it might be a good idea to invest in a colouring brush if you’re going to be doing it often. Find your parting and start applying the dye down the parting. It’s best to start at the top as roots need a longer time for the dye to develop. Once you’ve applied the product nearest to your scalp, move down to the roots, continuing until your entire head of hair is covered in dye. Use a handheld mirror and a mirror on the wall so you can see the back of your head and ensure that every point is dyed. At that point, it’s a good idea to grab a cotton pad or make-up remover wipe to get rid of any excess dye on your ears or hairline.

Nearly done

After dyeing, you can get on with your regular chores while it develops – use a shower cap to ensure the dye doesn’t drip on your clothes. When it’s time to wash out the dye, put on another pair of gloves to ensure you don’t get stained fingers. Skip the shampoo, and use the conditioner frequently supplied in the hair dye box. Remember to use an old towel for the first few days after dying your hair, in case you get any excess washing out, so that it’s not ruined. And voila, you’re done!

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