Sunshine, warm weather, cocktails, cute shorts and dresses are just a few of our favourite things the summer brings with it each year but what’s even more fun in the beauty department is hair. Whether you’re the type to need it fully up and away from your face while you soak up some rays or you enjoy experimenting with different styles and accessories, this summer hairstyle inspiration may be just what you ordered!
Before we jump into all of this inspirational summer hairstyle goodness, the key to good hair is putting aside the time to care for it. From hair wash co-ords to luscious styling treatments we have so many incredible brands to shop from at Fragrance Direct. Don’t forget to check them out after you’ve picked your dream hairstyle!
1. Trendy Space Buns
Super trendy and original, this hairstyle is great for curly, more textured hair. Featuring cute plaits at the front finished with hair jewels as the roots and mid-lengths to frame the face with two space buns giving us major Princess Leia vibes, we’re loving this style.
2. Summer Dreads
If you’re sporting dreads this summer, hair jewellery is definitely the way to go. The little pieces of silver or gold-plated clips and accessories catch the sun perfectly and will give your hair that look as if it’s sparkling and wet. This is an uber-trendy hairstyle that would also make some great pictures for the gram.
3. Contrast Lob
Is your hair just so naturally straight that it struggles to hold a curl? A diagonal-parted lob (long bob) could be just the thing. When it comes to blonde hair today, a huge trend is having naturally blended roots drawn out to make an edgy contrast. This is also a great style that takes minimal effort.
4. Long Dutch Braids
Been dedicated to growing lovely long locks and going for the chop just isn’t an option? This simple yet stunning summer hairstyle is perfect. Middle parting, strands to frame the face and two Dutch braids finished with hair ties at the bottom of the head before wrapping more hair to cover… this one looks great!
5. The Plaited Low Bun
Now, this one is slightly more complicated but let’s roll with it. All you need to do to recreate this gorgeous summery bohemian style is plait a few pieces of hair towards the front of your face before bringing them to the back to tie in a low bun. The looser the better for an effortless look.
6. Ultimate Curly Updo
The prettiest of summer updos! A messy bun is iconic but with just that little bit of extra effort to create some curls (if you weren’t blessed with them naturally), you can take your bun to a whole other level. Framing the face is key to achieve that effortless, “I’ve just rolled out of bed” look and styled with some statement earrings and necklace, this summer hairstyle is amazing.
7. Rocker Chic Short Cut
Feeling brave enough to go for the ultimate chop, this hairstyle is amazing. It’s giving us major rock goddess vibes, and with winged eyeliner and a bold lip, you’ll have a new signature style in no time. If you’re trying not to use so much heat on your hair this summer, try letting your hair dry naturally to find your own unique wave.
8. The New Down
Up and over, it’s as simple as that. If you’re lucky enough to have super long curly hair, whether it’s natural or you have the help of extensions, a gorgeous way to wear this hair is to go for an extreme side parting and bring your hair to sit over one shoulder. To add extra texture, you could add styling products like salt sprays or curl lotions, and you’ll be looking like a model in no time!
9. Space Buns Meets Full Fringe
Space buns and a fringe, now that’s a pretty summer hairstyle. No matter your hair type, this style looks great on curly textured hair and it would look just as cute on a subtle wavy or straight type of hair too. The full fringe really does give it that extra oomph and statement jewellery is always guaranteed to take your look further too.
10. Hair Bubble Ponytail
There’s just something about this summer hairstyle that looks so funky yet it’s really not a hard one to recreate. All you’ll need is 5-8 bobbles depending on how long your hair is. Start by tying your hair back into a ponytail, level with your ears then start adding more bobbles as you make your way down. To get that puffy, bubble-like look, lightly pull out the outer sections of each in each part and there you have it!
Shorter or longer? That’s the ultimate question. We all get to that point at different times in the year where we’re debating whether we should brave it and go for the chop or if we should finally act on trying to achieve those long luscious locks we’ve been lusting for but are just not quite sure it’ll ever grow past that certain length. Today’s focus is on the latter, however, if you follow all of these tips, this will lead to much healthier hair in the long run so it’s a win-win!
There is just something about long hair isn’t there? A lot of us think we should make the most of it whilst we’re young before going for that slightly more mature lob but longer strands don’t grow quickly without a rather decent helping hand and miracle-working products. To confirm, Mission: Curtain-Length Locks? Let’s go.
Scalp Care, Yes, Really
When focusing on growing out your hair, don’t forget about your scalp. A good scalp treatment helps to make your hair thicker, healthier and stronger starting from the roots. These also tend to increase blood flow and metabolism in the scalp at the roots of your hair too resulting in… hair growth, of course!
Featuring Australian Tea Tree Oil, this scalp treatment moisturises, soothes and calms irritated scalps. Massage in, leave for 30 minutes or even overnight then wash it out with a gentle shampoo. This incredible product is definitely one to try, it’s all 100% vegan too!
Tone Down The Heat
Curling irons or straighteners, which is your culprit? The likelihood is, is that you tend to have them on the full heat too to get the maximum effect. I’m sure you’re won’t be surprised when we tell you that using heat definitely isn’t helping to grow your hair faster despite all the tugging. Try using lower heat and working through your hair a bit slower, if you definitely can’t live without your trusty hair tool.
A Spoonful Of Sugar Vitamins
What’s so great about supplements, is that they focus specifically on people that may have underlying causes such as a vitamin or immune deficiencies that in turn slow your hair growth. Taking vitamins doesn’t always work for everyone but it’s definitely something you can try on your journey towards longer and stronger hair.
Based entirely on organic green superfoods, nutrients and antioxidants, this formula also includes Digestive Enzymes, Immune enhancing Mushrooms, Acidophilus, Linseed and MSM making this a perfect daily vitamin supplement for strong hair, skin and nails. Unlike most synthetic supplements, your body will recognise these nutrients and readily absorb them.
She Offers Me Protection…
One of the best ways to protect your hair from damage and breakage is to sleep on a silky pillowcase. If you’re not feeling boujie enough to slash out of one of these, a headscarf is always a great way to go too. In addition to this, another way is to use protective hair treatments.
This multi-purpose hair treatment greatly improves the appearance of dry, stressed and damaged hair types. It’s enriched with Pashmina Silk Proteins which provide instant shine and softness in damaged hair whilst restoring a silky suppleness for a healthier appearance. It also improves elasticity and controls frizz whilst repairing damaged ends and preventing future hair breakage.
Don’t Forget The Sun
So, you’re heading out and you’ve applied SPF from head to toe, but as far as your head goes, you’ve not yet reached the top of it. So many of us forget to apply SPF to our scalp but it’s so important. Sun damage to this area can really affect your roots and slow down growth.
Liquid + oil + cream = what? We have established a verdict. Our Beauty Blog Editor tried the LOC haircare method on her own curly locks and today she’ll be revealing all on if it actually works and the kind of products she used to follow this regime that is recommended for curly, textured hair.
Before, we get into the good stuff, let’s find out exactly why curly and more textured hair types are in need of so much more nourishment. Why do these hair types qualify for a triple combination out-of-the-shower haircare regime?
1. Just how many hair types are there?
If you didn’t already know, there are actually 10 hair types in total. These range from straight and wavy, to curly and kinky/coily. Lots of the latter hair types often show signs of having stunning Caribbean, African or even South American heritage. Despite, how beautiful they are, they can be quite the hassle to fully care for – I’m speaking from experience of course.
2. How does my hair shaft and oil production relate?
The reason these thicker hair types need so much more product to hydrate is because the natural oils that our scalp produce struggle to travel down a curved, curly hair shaft. If your hair type is similar to that of 1 and 2 (previous image) you’re likely to find that your hair gets greasier much quicker with oil travelling straight down whereas us curly girls are out here trying to lap up every inch of moisture we can get.
3. Introducing: The LOC Method
Liquid, Oil, Cream. The idea behind this method is that you’re meant to apply the products in this exact order. A liquid-based product, an oil and then a conditioning cream after your typical hair wash cycle once you’ve towel or part dried your hair. As you can see, my hair type is around the 3C scale as its made up of quite the curl so I was more than happy to give this method a go…
For the liquid: I chose to simply add water. When my hair is wet, it’s much easier for me to detangle any knots and I like the slip that this adds to the products I use.
For the oil: I used my classic tub of coconut and castor oil that my nan (Jamaican) hooked me on a few years ago. The consistency of this is super viscous and it’s like a more transparent, gloopier version of Vaseline and I’m sure other curly girls will be drooling at their screens just at the thought of it. I find that these oils help to weigh down my curls enough to prevent shrinkage whilst locking in every inch of moisture.
For the cream: I used a leave-in conditioner that has the same consistency of a regular conditioner however I focused this purely on the mid-lengths and tips rather than applying all over like I did with the oil.
Overall, I would say that my hair definitely retained a lot of moisture this way and as weird as it felt applying a super thick oil to rather wet strands, I could tell that all of the ingredients were locked in and ready to settle and mix after my typical plaiting-hair-for-bed process in the evening. I’d try this again for sure, however since then I definitely still have the urge to put my conditioner in first purely from being stuck in the same routine!
One of my favourite go-to black haircare brands is Shea Moisture and I’m obsessed with so many of their fruity, delicious-smelling ranges. If you fancy trying out this method for yourself, definitely take a look at some of my favourite products below to get selecting your cream!
Catering specifically for fine to medium hair, this Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Weightless Shampoo expertly cleanses and hydrates from root to tip. Infused with Organic Shea Butter and Pure Coconut Water, this luxurious formula gently refreshes and rejuvenates hair whilst the brand’s signature blend of Dragon Fruit, Lychee Berry and Green Apple Extracts energise limp, lack-lustre locks. The Cream Rinse Conditioner also works wonders with many of the same magical ingredients.
This treatment mask works amazingly with the conditioner and detangler to deeply moisturise and repair dry, damaged or over-processed hair. With Sea Kelp and Argan Oil, these organic ingredients work together to smooth dry hair enabling you to remove knots and tangles more easily while also restoring body, shine and manageability.
Shea Moisture’s luscious Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil haircare combo offer intensive hydration and detangling action along with antioxidant-rich African Rock Fig to help boost further nourishment while protecting each strand from environmental influences and pollutants leaving hair soft, shiny and easier to style than ever before. If you’re after stronger, healthier, frizz-free hair, these products are a must-have!
Detox makes us think of extreme regimes, juices cleanses and
fasting but it doesn’t have to be that way for your skin and hair.
Living in the world right now where we’re encouraged to stay
away from our friends and families and be at home as much as possible, it’s the
perfect time to give your skin and hair a break. Constant application of
makeup, walking round in polluted atmospheres and heat application has negative
effects on our skin and hair. So, take this opportunity to have a break and
Detoxing your skin allows you to remove all the impurities,
toxins and pollutions from the surface and reveal fresh and revitalised skin
cells. Dead skin cells leave your complexion looking dull, textured and just a
little bit sad. Exfoliating regularly removes these cells from the surface to
reveal brighter, more youthful skin.
Start with an at-home facial
Give yourself a pamper from the comfort of your own home!
Dig out that cleansing brush you’ve had for ages but rarely use and give your
skin a really good cleansing. Make sure you include a facial massage at the end
to get the blood circulating effectively!
Staying at home all day is the perfect excuse to pop a face mask on
and get on with any jobs on your to do list. Regularly using face masks allows
your skin to truly absorb the potent skincare ingredients and helps them
penetrate deep into the layers of the skin. We often think we don’t have enough
time to sit down and put a face mask on for 20 minutes so now is the perfect
opportunity! Make sure you choose one that tackles your skincare concerns
whether that be ageing, acne or pigmentation.
Take makeup breaks
I’m sure this is something a lot of us will be doing when
spending more time at home. No point wasting expensive makeup is there! Your
skin is definitely going to thank you for a few weeks’ makeup free. It allows
the skin to breathe, reset back to its natural rhythm and stay fresh. Makeup
often clogs up the pores when it isn’t properly removed so just giving yourself
a couple of weeks makeup free will really help the skin to detox.
Staying hydrated is always number one for keeping your skin
in the best condition possible. Drinking lots of water eliminates toxins from
the body and very few people drink as much water as they’re supposed to. With
spending more time at home, try to focus on giving yourself targets e.g. two
glass by 10am. Then you’re just setting your skin up to function as well as it
can do and glow!
So, your hair could benefit hugely from a little detoxing!
We put our hair through a lot on a regular basis with our normal routines of
washing, drying and styling which can leave hair dry and damage.
If you’ve always thought about trying to wash your hair less
but never got around to it with too many social occasions in the calendar, well
now’s the time to give it a go! Washing your hair less allows the oils and
minerals to stimulate the hair follicles properly and get into its own
self-cleaning routine. We’re not saying to stop washing your hair completely
but try cutting it down to twice a week to start with and see how you get on.
Have a break from heat styling
Heat is the number one thing that causes your hair damage.
Constantly blow drying, straightening, curling and styling hair put stress on
your locks and causes them to dry out, which then leads to weak and brittle
hair. Staying at home means you don’t need to constantly be washing and styling
your hair so just leave it to do its thing! It will thank you massively for it
after a few weeks…
Give it some love
Apply a hair mask once a week to give your hair a boost of nutrients and minerals. A deeply nourishing mask will help restore moisture and deeply penetrate the hair follicles. We love the Macadamia Ultra Rich Moisture Mask.
When you’re sat at home watching the TV in the evening, you’ll often see haircare and beauty ads for all of the same brands – boring. Today, we’re shouting out some of the most underrated haircare brands that have rave reviews in the world of social media that you definitely need to try out. Let’s take a look.
Shea Moisture is a natural haircare brand founded by the principals that their products must be made with organic, sustainably produced and cruelty-free ingredients. They’re free from all common chemical nasties too such as parabens, mineral oils and petroleum that are often found in higher-end products. Shea Moisture is a great haircare brand because they cater for all. They specialise in creating dreamy formulas for curly and afro hair types along with offering lightweight, nourishing products for less textured hair. All of their products also smell incredible with ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, superfruit, hibiscus and so many more!
Natural World is a haircare brand that focuses on totally natural and organic products. They use natural active ingredients from around the world to create affordable luxury haircare. You’ll find amazing ingredients such as Moroccan argan oil, Brazilian keratin, chia seed oil, coconut water, quinoa, charcoal and mint. You may not have heard about this brand before but as you can see they’re quite the lovers of oils which are so hydrating and nourishing for your hair.
Love Beauty & Planet
Sustainability-led hair (and skincare) brand, Love Beauty and Planet, create products that are packaged in 100% recycled plastic bottles and jars, helping you to give a little bit of love back to our planet without compromising on beauty-boosting results. They also believe in the power of small acts of love to make you and the planet a little more beautiful every day with ethically sourced ingredients and PETA-accredited, cruelty-free and vegan formulas.
“There’s more to life than hair… but it’s a good place to start” – the Aussie philosophy. Aussie actually did start in the land down under, with a bunch of plants. Fast forward to today and Aussie are stocked globally and are hair superheroes here in the UK. You may have seen them on the shelves when making your way through the beauty departments in town but at Fragrance Direct you can make extra savings by shopping their incredible products online.
From their humble roots of a brother creating a brush to help his sister style her hair to the tool used by superstar hairdressers to create endless iconic hairstyles, Denman creates hair tools that help to completely transform your look. In the world of haircare, the brush you use to detangle and tame your strands is just as important as the products you put in it and this brand’s products are definitely worth investing in.
Which of these underrated haircare brands do you think you’ll
be taking a second look at now? Whether you’re after the perfect delicate brush
to minimise detangling damage or silky-smooth conditioning formulas, these
brands have got you covered root to tip.
First step, shower. Whether you’re prepping in the morning before work to change quickly after and head right to the venue or are lucky enough to have the time to nip home, great shower products that feel as good as they smell are essential. There’s nothing better than that fresh-out-the-shower feeling with skin just as soft and silky as you dreamed of.
After treating yourself to a luxurious bath and body product or two, if you’re after that first-day squeaky clean hair ready to be dried and styled later on, here are some incredible products for different hair types that will soon become must-haves when you get a taste for how fabulous they are.
Is tanning on your to-do list for your Christmas party prep this year? If so, feast your eyes on these stunning products to give you that summer glow all through the winter. Yes, we could embrace the natural colour, but a subtle golden kiss wouldn’t hurt anyone now would it? If you’ll be wearing a Christmas party dress showing a fair amount of skin too, why not go for that gorgeous golden glow?
A classic mistake we tend to make if getting our nails
done too far in advance, now that’s perfectly fine if you’ll be treating
yourself to a salon trip but if it’s a DIY job then it’s worth planning it out.
The last thing you want to do the night before your Christmas party is your
nails and then scuff them from all the buffing and tanning the next day. So,
after the shower, hair washing and glow up, now would be the best time to do them.
When it comes to Christmas party makeup, it’s usually safe
to say that we’re all after that extra special glow. Whether it’s with a touch
of shimmer or a vibrant lipstick, it’s nice to have that one guaranteed occasion
every year when you know you can go all out and live your best glamourous life
for the evening.
If you’re a fragrance fanatic it’s likely that you know
just how important different scents are when it comes to making memories.
Some say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and many agree. It’s
a festive fun-filled season of indulging, treating your loved ones and celebrating
together. Christmas parties are always some of the most memorable events with
legendary stories that will live on forever especially in the workplace. So,
why not mark the occasion and treat yourself to a new fragrance?