There’s a cliché that summer is the best time to go blonde. While you can go lighter at any point throughout the year, there’s something about the warmer months that inspires women to make a change. There are plenty of other hair trends on the rise as well just in time for Spring. Are you ready?
Low Maintenance Bangs
Anthony Nader, Salon Owner and Creative Director at RAW Anthony Nader:
“Bangs are a game changer and it shows that you can still have a longer hair shape, but still have some shorter lengths framing your face. I find that most of my clients love longer bangs cause there cool and easy to style which is so important. Push them back, sweep them forward, you decide.”
Textured “Cool Girl” Bobs
Anthony Nader, Salon Owner and Creative Director at RAW Anthony Nader:
“Dua Lipa’s graphic “cool girl bob” is the perfect example of how you can wear this haircut and not look old. Keep the texture “undone” rather than restricted and poker straight. Dua’s bob is definitely on my radar—girls are already asking for this and it’s not even summer yet!
Alex Fuchs, National Education Director at La Biosthetique Australia and Director at Fuchs Salon:
“The retro style high ponytail, as seen on Bella Hadid, is for sure making a comeback and alongside it the scrunchie—who would believe that? Reason for that is that we are seeing a lot of 90s influence also now back now in hair trends.”
Alex Fuchs, National Education Director at La Biosthetique Australia and Director at Fuchs Salon:
“The big summer trend I predict is the messy bun, as we just saw on Megan Markle at Wimbledon. It’s a very soft look and is suitable for most face shapes. Everyone can do themselves—that’s why it’s ideal for summer.”
Super Long HairJoey Scandizzo, Co-Creative Director of ELEVEN Australia:
“Pulling off this look starts with the right haircut, for this extreme long hair look ask your hairstylist for a definitely line at the base. Next, it’s all down to what you do at home, because super long hair looks best when it’s healthy and well maintained. Make sure you add protein to your hair as well as moisture.”
Hair gel seems to be an integral part of our initiation into the world of grooming. When we first begin experimenting with a ‘hairstyle’ it seems the first product we turn to is a sickly, plastic-scented, gluey mess in lurid packaging. Those who dabble with gel quickly learn it can withstand wind, rain and a double header; hell, you could even sleep in it and hair wouldn’t budge. In the early days, gel abuse is common, but when you know how to apply it properly, it’s actually hard to beat.
What Is Hair Gel?
Hair gel is a styling product that typically has a clear, jelly-like consistency and is known for its shiny, wet look and elastic properties.
Who Does It Work For?
Gel helps those who struggle to restrain their natural hair texture. It smooths away curls and repels moisture, so it keeps frizz in check. Gel is also an essential ingredient for short to medium length slick back styles, sharp side partings and retro shapes such as a pompadour or rockabilly quiff.
How Should You Use Gel?
Who better to ask how to use gel than some of London’s top hair stylists? “I think gel had a bad reputation because it can make hair super crispy when it dries, and it can even cause hair breakage when you touch your hair if the hold is too strong,” says Davide Barbieri, session stylist with regular clients including Robbie Williams. “Modern gel formulations are nothing like their crunchy, flaky predecessors and are easy to remove,” he says.
“Always start with a small amount when using for the first time and apply evenly to damp hair before styling into the desired shape,” adds Joshua Gibson, session stylist at Sassoon, who’s worked on editorials for i-D and L’Uomo Vogue.
The Best Hair Gels
Sebastian Liquid Steel
When only the strongest hold will do, recruit this heavyweight. Joshua Gibson says, “Liquid Steel is one of my go-to gel products in my kit. It does what it says on the tin—it gives the strongest hold—and nothing will move a sleek look made using it except washing.” Be warned: this one dries super-fast so it’s for advanced gel users only.
Eco Styler Professional Styling Gel
Want a no-gel look with a strong gel hold? Lee Machin, session stylist, who creates show looks for Missoni and regularly works with actors such as Jamie Dornan and Douglas Booth, goes for Eco Styler Professional Styling Gel Krystal Clear. “This is my favorite gel. You can blow dry it in on wet hair to get volume and hold for quiffs and it will dry and look completely product free. I also love it for catwalk shows and for sleek wet looks and it won’t flake.” It’s also the best value for money.
Bumble & Bumble Bb.Gel
Want a natural look? Davide Barbieri favors the flexible hold of the Bb.gel from Bumble & Bumble when testing out new styles. “It doesn’t dry too quickly so you have more time to change the shape of the style,” he says. It also gives great natural-looking shine and firm hold once your style is set.
Nioxin Thickening Gel
Fair or fine hair? Gibson recommends Nioxin Thickening Gel. “It’s is great for lighter hair colour types like blondes, or where receding is an issue. It still has strong hold but isn’t concrete and brushes out easily.” The formula contains thickening polymer technology to form bonds between gaps in the hair to give it a denser looking appearance.
Fudge Hair Gum Extreme Hold Controlling Gel
Want the hold without the shine? Carmelo Guastella, Men’s Grooming Director at Gielly Green Four Seasons in London, recommends Fudge Hair Gum Controlling Gel. “It gives hair volume with strong hold and control, without going totally stiff, and the finish is matt. The other quality I like about this gel is that you are able to put your hands through your hair, breaking up the stiffness of the gel. And it leaves no residue or flakes.”
Davines Strong Hold Cream Gel
Tim Pateman, session stylist, uses Davines Strong Hold Cream Gel on fashion shoots and on clients at his salon, The Lion & The Fox. “This strong hold gel gives a great wet look, which is easily pliable when water is added to allow control before the style sets in place. If you like a tight barber look with a top that is going to stay where you want it to stay—use this.” It doesn’t flake and a little goes a long way. For best results always apply to wet hair.
Straight hair is stylish, pretty, and convenient, especially for winter time. The problem, however, is that many of the tools used, such as heat and chemical straighteners, are bad for your hair. Over time, they dry it out, split the ends, and you end up with straight hair that’s not nearly as attractive as it once was.
Fortunately, there are some other methods for encouraging curly or wavy hair to straighten out naturally, without using heat or chemicals. You won’t get the pin-straight look from the iron, but you’ll have healthier hair that’s more or less straight with volume.
- Brush wet hair until it dries
After washing your hair, let it air dry completely, but continue to brush it every five minutes. Pull out and hold each section of hair for a few seconds to encourage it to straighten out.
- Wrap wet hair tightly
When your hair is wet, comb and divide it down the center. Comb the left portion all the way over to the right and wrap around the back of your head, securing with bobby pins. Flip the right section over the left side, wrap, and pin in the same way. Let it air dry completely. You can wrap in a silk scarf and sleep on it to reduce frizz.
- Roll your hair
Use large hair rollers to roll sections of wet hair and secure them tightly against your head. Let dry completely. This is important, because the slightest bit of moisture can make the curl or wave come back.
- Use overnight hair hands
Divide damp hair into one or two low ponytails. Fasten with a soft hair elastic, then add additional elastics every inch or so down the ponytail, in order to hold it together. Make sure the elastics are fairly loose so that they won’t leave a noticeable mark on your hair. Go to sleep and let it out in the morning.
- Twist hair into a bun
If you have fairly obedient, straight-ish hair to begin with, then this method will likely work for you, though it’s not effective on stubbornly wavy hair. Make a ponytail of damp hair and twist like a rope. Wrap around itself to make a bun and secure with an elastic. Let air dry, then brush out.
Having a good curly hair day is harder than it looks. Good news is you’re in the right place to get your easiest, healthiest hair routine ever. Here are five curly hair tips and tricks that will keep waves and curls looking shiny and strong.
1. Always comb your hair from the bottom up
Starting at the bottom allows you to gently detangle each knot, rather than compounding them all toward the bottom and yanking your way through with a comb.
2. Trim regularly to avoid split ends
Split ends are never a good look (not to mention they can make your hair frizzy!). If you want healthy curls that look bouncy and fresh, head to the hairstylist every six to eight weeks for a quick trim.
3. Use product “cocktailing” to customize your haircare regimen
Product cocktailing is simply mixing two or more products together to meet your specific styling needs such as smoothing serum plus mousse, and coconut oil plus styling gel. Both allow for supreme hold without leaving your hair dry and crunchy.
4. Rely on a wide-tooth comb, never a brush, to detangle
Curly hair is the most fragile type on the block, and each curl is a potential breaking point. Using a wide-tooth comb is the gentlest way to detangle curls and it doesn’t disrupt the natural curl pattern as much as a brush would.
5. Apply a conditioning treatment to your ends
When your hair goes through a dry or dull phase, what you don’t want to do is weigh it down with a ton of product. Simply use your fingertips to apply a dime-size blob of styling cream or oil to your ends, giving them extra moisture and bounce.
You already trim every six-to-eight weeks and employ the help of a hair mask, so what’s left to learn on the path to better hair? According to Christian Wood, the hairstylist behind Emily Ratajkowski’s faux bob and Olivia Munn’s infamous chop, there’s more. Wood shares his insider hair rules and styling tips for healthier, red carpet-worthy hair.
Sleep on Silk
“This tip gives a literal spin on beauty sleep, making eight hours dozing off beneficial to your hair. “I always recommend my clients to sleep on a silk pillow,” Wood says. “Damage is caused while sleeping due to the hair being roughed up and tangled. A silk pillow will help give a more slippery surface for the hair and [will] avoid excess friction, resulting in less repeat styling and brushing.”
The Secret and Cheap Treatment
The secret to Emily Ratajkowski-level hair is hidden at your local drugstore. “The little tubes of conditioner you get in at-home hair coloring boxes are a must for an emergency treatment,” Wood reveals. “They contain silicone which leaves a film over the hair creating a super shiny, lustrous effect.” He doesn’t recommend using this trick daily, but keep one on hand for special events.
Use a Quick Drying Towel
“To cut styling time I always recommend clients wear a quick dry towel wrap directly after washing,” recommends Wood. Anything to help reduce heat application is always a plus, so use this product to “reduce frizz, reduce drying time, and make hair more manageable” while styling. You can try the Turbie Towel, but we also recommend Aquis’ cult-favorite turban.
Try Another Miracle Oil
Coconut oil might reign as the omnipotent, magical elixir, but there’s a new oil to try. “If I work with a client two days in a row, I don’t always want to re-wash the hair but it still needs to be re-softened and styled again,” explains Wood. “I use a simple trick off adding a few drops of almond oil in a water spray bottle and misting through the hair. This helps break down product residue so re-styling is more manageable while also adding softness and shine. Great on next day curly hair when you don’t want to wash again but the curls need reforming.”
Meet the Micro Trim
If you thought you were bad for skipping a haircut, you’re in for a surprise. According to Wood, we should all be up-keeping our hair with what he deems the ‘micro trim’: “It’s not a full hair cut but it’s just enough to keep split ends and at bay and adds movement to the hair, resulting in easier styling and manageability.”
Hair spray for men is great for styling your hair. One of the greatest questions of our time is, are men allowed to use hairsprays? By all means, they should! It’s very unlucky if men are only allowed to use gels and waxes. Although gels and waxes are perfect for creating various hairstyles yet it tends to be heavier on your hair. This is why hair spray for men is the best alternative.
It is an excellent way of adding volume to your thin hair. However, it’s also great for men who have thick hair. Men who have thin hair are always having issues in adding volume and lift. Yet, a few people know that men who have thick hair are also facing challenges in styling their hair. Due to the denseness of their hair, the natural oil on the scalp will not be able to reach the tip of the hair, making it look dry and brittle. If you have a thick hair then you need a hair spray that can give you more hold since you already have tons of volume and lift. It should be able to make your hair stay exactly where you want it to be.
1. John Frieda Luxurious Thickening Hairspray
If you need additional volume on your hair then we recommend this product. This hair spray is specifically created for providing volume or lift to your hair. Just spray it 3 to 4 times on your hair. You can also blend it with other John Frieda volume products to make your volume issues disappear.
2. Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger
This is the best hair spray for men who have curly hair. It incorporates wild ginger which is beneficial to your hair. It can invigorate the roots, making your curls look fuller and healthier. This hairspray also works on men with straight hair.
3. L’Oréal Elnett Extra Strong Hold
Whether you have thick or frizzy hair, this product will work for you. This hairspray offers a long-lasting hold without feeling sticky or heavy. Additionally, it can shield your hair from humidity.
4. Gatsby Super Hard Set and Keep Spray
This hair spray is not only effective but very affordable too! It provides an amazing texture to your hair. Your hairstyle can last longer without any residue. Aside from retaining a strong hold, it can also make your hair shiny and UV protected plus you can enjoy a refreshing citrus scent.
5. Schwarzkopf Professional Got2b Rockin’It
This hair spray can give you a weightless firm hold that can last for the entire day. This means that you don’t have to make any touch ups. You cannot feel any sticky substance on your hair, so you can rock your style from morning ‘til evening.
If you aren’t using dry shampoo already, you’re missing out. Case in point: The oil-absorbing, style-extending product can help you avoid washing your hair for five whole days. Even if you do already have this multipurpose miracle product in your haircare arsenal, you may not be getting the most out of it if you’re buying the wrong dry shampoo for you or using it the wrong way.
First thing’s first, don’t blindly buy the first dry shampoo you come across in the drugstore or the one your friend is obsessed with. Dry shampoos are made for specific hair textures, colors, and with different goals in mind, so be sure to pick the right one for you. The options are pretty much endless: There are volumizing versions for fine hair, black colored versions for dark hair, and loose hair powders for those who want to opt organic.
Some other key tips: Don’t spray the dry shampoo all over. While there’s certainly no harm, since it will help add allover texture, if it’s the just-washed look you’re after, part and spray the roots, then brush out with a boar bristle brush to absorb all the hair’s build up oil and volumize the roots in the process. Don’t forget to work the dry shampoo into the crown of your head too to get extra volume (and a super-clean look). Another trick: Spray dry shampoo on the brush directly, wait a few minutes, and then use a zig-zag motion to add texture and ensure the product is fully absorbed. If you’re using a loose dry shampoo powder, apply to your roots with a fluffy makeup brush to avoid white splotches of powder that can be hard to blend in with the rest of your hair.
To help dry shampoo absorb fully, you can also apply to roots at night so in the morning, hair is all ready to go. Whatever you do, just don’t touch roots afterwards—your hand’s oils will transfer to your hair, undoing all of your hard work. A few other dry shampoo mistakes to avoid at all costs? Spraying on wet hair, or becoming over-reliant on dry shampoo (um, guilty as charged), which can actually dry out your scalp in the winter and cause dandruff.
Before your hair is colored, make sure it’s in the best possible condition. If your hair is dry, or if you have a lot of split ends, you’re not going to get an even, natural looking result after coloring. Futhermore, you’re putting the health of your hair at risk by adding chemicals. Do a deep conditioning treatment once a week for several weeks leading up to your hair color, and make sure to get those split ends snipped beforehand. This will ensure that your hair is healthy enough to take on the color.
Here are some tips on protecting your color-treated hair:
Keep the water temperature warm or lukewarm—a hot shower can expand the hair cuticle, allowing pigment molecules to escape—and don’t feel compelled to shampoo daily if you don’t have to, since detergents can prematurely fade dye. Color-treated tresses should only be cleansed and conditioned with “color-safe” products, which are brewed to prevent leaching pigment from your pricey dye job.
You don’t have to get all gussied up for your colorist, but do wash your hair within 24 hours of arrival. Most pros only cleanse your hair postcolor, so sweat, sticky styling products, and even spray tanning can tamper with how well the pigment molecules adhere to your hair shaft. A messed-up mane can also prevent your colorist from gauging your hair’s true tone, making it more difficult for her to find your perfect new hue. Make it easier on everyone and suds up before you sit down.
After you color your hair red or brown, hold off on lathering up for 48 hours, since it takes about two days for dyes to neutralize. You want to ensure the dye fully deposits and settles properly without being disturbed by shampoo detergent. If you’re going blonde—which typically entails lightening locks by stripping out color rather than adding it in as you do with reds and browns—you only have to wait 24 hours.
You wouldn’t leave the house without sunscreen, right? So apply that same UV vigilance to your hair. “UV light degrades proteins in the shaft, which weakens strands,” says Jeni Thomas, a senior scientist at Procter & Gamble. Color-treated tresses are also more porous, leaving them extra vulnerable to oxidative damage from the sun, thermal heat, and environmental pollutants like smoke and smog. To safeguard your strands, spray on a broad-spectrum color protector that shields against both UVA and UVB rays before venturing al fresco.
Colored hair can act like a sponge, unintentionally soaking up pigments from everyday products, so it’s important for blondes and brunettes to be vigilant about avoiding orange-colored shampoos, conditioners, and styling products. If you’ve already detected a hint of hibiscus, try L’Oreal Paris Brass Banisher ($10), an ammonia-free gloss that counteracts carroty colors by depositing ashy undertones. Sunning, swimming, and showering can also strip your new shade—protect your investment by spritzing on a UV-protective spray, using a shower filter, and rinsing tresses with fresh water before diving into the pool, which limits absorption of color-changing chlorine.