Hydrating Hair Masks To Have On Your Radar

Hydrating Hair Masks To Have On Your Radar

Your hair puts up with a lot. From chemical dyes and heat styling to exposure to the sun and wind, it’s relentless. And while it may be a step too far to step away from the curling irons or straighteners, you can help reverse the signs of damage by investing a little TLC into your locks. 

This season, show your hair some love with a hydrating hair mask that brings the shine back to your crowning glory.  

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Charcoal Masque

Give your hair a deep cleanse and detox with Shea Moisture African Black Soap Charcoal Masque. Designed to provide extra support for textured and curly hair types, the Shea Moisture range uses a blend of ingredients from Africa and beyond to lock moisture and nourishment into every strand. 

The African Black Soap Charcoal Masque is enriched with bamboo charcoal, tea tree oil, willow bark extract and African black soap. Black soap blends coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa pod ash to create a moisturising balm that deeply hydrates hair. Together, the combination of ingredients absorbs excess oil from the scalp, removes product build-up, and boosts hair’s natural hydration. Hooray for Shea!

Biolage Hydrasource Dry Hair Deep Hydrating Mask

Revive dry, dehydrated hair with Biolage Hydrasource Dry Hair Deep Hydrating Mask. Among the lineup of nourishing ingredients is 10% aloe vera, a naturally moisturising humectant which attracts moisture to the hair and locks it in place – like hyaluronic acid for your hair. 

Cleansing, hydrating and protecting your hair without weighing it down, this conditioning mask gives each strand the nourishment it craves. Biolage Hydrasource is particularly well suited to those with fine hair, who will find that its lightweight, deeply hydrating solution caters perfectly to their needs. 

L’Oreal Professionnel Blondifier Mask

Are your blonde locks looking a little lacklustre? Brighten and intensify your colour with the Blondifier Mask from L’Oreal. The mask utilises the same polyphenols that can be found in the renowned superfood, Açai berry, creating a nourishing treatment to hydrate and add a boost of radiance to coloured hair. 

Tailored to the unique needs of blond hair, the Blondifier Mask resurfaces and smoothes each hair fibre, restoring shine and brilliance to even the dullest of hair. For gorgeous, golden locks, L’Oreal Professionell Blondifier Mask has you covered.

Joico Blonde Life Brightening Mask

Another fantastic solution for reviving blonde hair, Joico Blonde Life Brightening Mask is a quick-rinse treatment that neutralises the mineral buildup that can lead to dull and yellow hair. The brightening formulation includes exotic natural ingredients such as Tamanu and Manoi oils from Polynesia that soak deep into your locks, providing weightless hydration and shine. 

Finally, using a Bio-Advanced Peptide Complex, damaged hair is reinforced and strengthened for less breakage. Luscious locks, healthy halo, happy you.

Kerastase Specifique Masque Rehydratant Hair Mask

Repair, restore and rejuvenate tired hair with Kerastase Specifique Masque Rehydratant Hair Mask. Helping your strands feel softer, look shinier and have more bounce, this lightweight mask is infused with amino acids and ceramide to deeply hydrate dry or damaged hair. The lightweight texture of the gel-based formula won’t weigh hair down, making the Rehydratant Hair Mask ideal for all hair types. 

And, with results in as little as 5-10 minutes, this hair pick-me-up couldn’t be easier to add to your weekly hair regime. So, scan your socials and enjoy a well-deserved bit of downtime, while your new favourite mask does its thing.  

L’Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Gold Mask 

Struggling with hair that has been bleached and styled to its limits? For the ultimate in restoration, there’s no better choice than L’Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Gold Mask. Rich in proteins and extracts from the superfood quinoa, the gold repair mask has a luxurious silky texture that cocoons each strand in moisture. 

Results show that regular use leaves hair more manageable, with up to 77% less surface damage and up to 7X shinier. Unlock the power of strong, healthy hair with Absolut Repair. 

Whether your hair is damaged, faded or simply lacks oomph, there’s a mask with your name on it. Explore our full range of hair masks at Fragrance Direct today. 

How To Protect Your Hair: The Best Hair Accessories & Tips

How To Protect Your Hair: The Best Hair Accessories & Tips

You know that glorious feeling when you leave the salon, and your hair looks and feels its best? Your confidence soars, and you feel like a whole new person. But then comes the hard part — keeping it looking fabulous. Your hair goes through a lot between horrible weather, sweating at the gym, and tossing and turning during sleep. It can be hard to keep your hair looking salon-styled for long. 

But, with a few simple adjustments, you can make sure your hair stays happy and healthy. These simple tips and accessories will help you protect your hair from (nearly) anything life throws at it. 

Use a Silk Pillowcase

Try as you might; you can’t control how you sleep. As you toss and turn throughout the night, your hair rubs against your pillowcase, causing friction which leads to breakage and frizz. A simple solution is to switch your pillowcase for a silk one. 

Compared to other fabrics, the smooth texture of silk allows your hair to move naturally, without getting caught up in coarse fibres. And, unlike cotton, silk doesn’t draw moisture out of your hair as you sleep. Not to mention that sleeping on a silk pillowcase is so luxurious that you’ll feel like a queen.  

Invest In Quality Hair Ties

If you have long hair, you know that having a hair tie readily available is crucial. One in your handbag, one in the glove compartment, a slightly dusty one in your office drawer, you might even have one on your wrist right now. But while cheap elastic bands are a dime a dozen, they might be causing more damage than you realise. 

Elastic hair bands pull and tug on your hair, damaging your hair in the process. Ditching the cheap bands for something gentler can do wonders for your hair. By opting for a cute scrunchie or spiral hair bobble, you can prevent damage and keep your locks under control. 

Use The Right Brush For Your Hair Type

It’s easy to think that all hairbrushes are made equal; they all do the same job – don’t they? In fact, brushes are designed to target different hair types and styling needs. Choose the right brush to protect your hair from damage and frizziness.

Identifying the best brush for specific hair types can’t be done in a paragraph, but here are a few things to consider. Do you want synthetic or natural bristles? Do you need the bristles to be close together, for thin hair, or farther apart for thicker hair? Are you using your brush while you dry your hair or when it’s wet? Consider these questions when choosing your perfect brush.

Avoid Heat Damage

Blow drying, straightening, and curling can wreak havoc on your hair, but you don’t have to give them up for healthier hair. Instead of avoiding the heat altogether, make sure to safeguard your hair with good quality heat protection. 

Protective products like Toni & Guy Heat Protect Mist and Milkshake Thermo Protector Spray help minimise the negative impacts that styling tools can have on your hair. 

Treat Your Hair To A Spa

Whether it’s damage, frizz, dryness, flakes, or greasiness, your hair needs regular nourishment to stay healthy and silky smooth. Adding a simple at-home treatment to your regular beauty routine can work wonders for dull, dry or lacklustre hair. 

You can even create your own treatment with products you already have around the house in a pinch. A simple one to combat dry hair is to use 1 tbsp of coconut oil on your hair before bed. Just melt the oil in the microwave, lather through your hair, slap on a shower cap and wash the following day. 

Get Timely Trims

Finally, one of the best things you can do to encourage long, luscious hair is to keep up with regular trims. Even with the best of care, breakage occurs naturally over time leading to split ends. 

But by opting in for regular trims, you can keep your ends in the best condition. How often depends on if you want to maintain or grow the length, but as a general rule of thumb, a trim every 12 weeks is best. 

Damage to your hair is part of life, but you can keep your hair looking picture-perfect for longer.

Fuss Free Hairstyles To Try This Season

Fuss Free Hairstyles To Try This Season

We’ve shared the top haircuts for 2022, but if you’re not braving the big chop this year, there are still plenty of ways you can be on-trend. Hair in 2022 is all about low-maintenance, natural looks – embracing your natural texture and working with it instead of against it. Browse a selection of the top-trending fuss-free hairstyles and choose your favourite.

Undone Pony

This super simple update on the classic ponytail is a must-try for spring and summer. Instead of tying your hair at the nape of your neck, drop it down a couple of inches and then secure it. An effortless, breezy style that makes you look effortlessly glam in an instant, it’s best tried on long, non-layered hair to avoid too many loose tendrils. 

Not right for your hair type? Try the Bubble Pony.

Bubble Pony 

Another simple style, but suitable for layered hair too, the Bubble Pony is an elegant twist on your favourite daily style. You’ll feel like a Disney princess when you’re rocking this look, and achieving it couldn’t be easier. 

Pull your hair into a high pony, then add an elastic every 2-3 inches, pulling the hair on both sides to create a rounded effect. Voila, the perfect way to tame your locks on those bad-hair-days!

Metallic Claw Clip 

If you’re looking for a simple way to look fab with minimal effort this year, you can’t go wrong with a metallic claw clip. Spotted on numerous celebrity heads, the humble claw clip is a quick and easy way to sweep your hair off your face or create a messy updo in a flash. 

If you have cool skin colouring, pick a silver tone which will complement your complexion. Warmer skin types should try gold or bronze for best results. 

Dreamy, Bouncy Curls

Curly girls rejoice, the time has finally come to embrace your natural hair, flyaways and all. While you may have spent your life trying to tame those stubborn spirals, big, bouncy hair is the “in” look for 2022, thanks in no small part to the success of Euphoria. 

Zendaya isn’t only blessed with long, flowing tresses, but she’s a fan of brushing them out too – once considered an absolute no-no for curls. Create your own halo of hair by running a soft-bristled brush through your lengths. 

Explore more Euphoria-inspired makeup trends.

Ballet Bun 

A traditional bun is always a winner on those busy weekday mornings, but take yours up a notch with these handy tips. Apply a sufficient amount of hairspray to your roots before styling, which helps tame your hair for a sleek finish. Using a smoothing brush to gather your hair will also ensure each strand is perfectly in place..

Try L’Oreal Paris Elnett Normal Strength for light hold that won’t leave your hair crispy or stiff. 

Pinned Perfection

Hair just not playing ball? Growing out a lockdown fringe? You know we’ve got you, girl. Some days your hair needs more of a heavy hand than others – for those days, its all about the bobby pins.   

Pin those strays in place with as many pins as your hair requires, safe in the knowledge that your hair is still in style. Pins and clips of all sorts have been spotted on the runway this year, so use yours with abandon.

With so many fabulous options for taming your tresses this season, you’ll have more time in the morning for the things that bring you joy. Why not explore these top skincare products that will save you even more time.

Hair Trends We’re Loving Right Now

Hair Trends We’re Loving Right Now

How are you settling into 2022? Is the grey, dreary February weather starting to bring you down? Maybe it’s time to inject a little fun back into your life with one of this year’s top hair trends. 

Inspired by Milan, Paris, and of course, online influencers, a new wave of hair trends are already turning heads this year. Updating styles from previous decades with a uniquely 2022 twist, these are the five trends you’ll be seeing everywhere this year, from social media to the catwalk. Are you daring enough to give one a go?

Textured Bob

The bob needs no introduction, all clean lines and straight angles; this short hairstyle has been worn by women every decade since its heyday in the 1920s. So, 100 years on, it’s no surprise that it’s seeing (yet another) update. 

The Textured Bob takes the original look, complete with blunt ends and jaw-length cut, but swaps the sleek and polished finish for a natural, air-dried texture. For naturally straight styles, try tousling your hair with a salt styling spray to give it a little extra movement.

The Textured Bob isn’t the only hair trend embracing volume in 2022. In fact, natural texture is one of the main takeaway features from this years’ styles – so ditch the straighteners and let your hair do its thing.

Circular Volume

In a similar vein to the Textured Bob, another hot hair trend this year is a cut that creates ample volume. Inspired by afro styles from the 60s and 70s, the circular shape draws attention to the face and is ideal for curly hair. This style involves creating a halo of hair with plenty of volume in all directions, working with your hair’s natural texture. 

Ladies with type 3 or 4 curls will find this style the easiest to wear as your hair has greater volume, but 2c types can get that extra oomph needed to get the right shape with curl-friendly products. The key is to keep your hair short, with a cut that sits above the shoulders to allow that coveted spherical shape to be created.

To protect and define your curls, use a quality styling gel, followed by a frizz-preventing cream, oil or spray before finger-twisting and diffusing. We love Cantu Moisturising Twist & Lock Gel combined with Noughty To The Rescue Anti-Frizz Serum.

Matte Buzzcut

Another look inspired by the seventies, but this time from the punk subculture, the Matte Buzzcut is a hair trend we can’t get enough of this year. Defined by a super short cut all over, buzzcuts are the ideal post-pandemic, low-maintenance haircut but not one for the faint of heart. 

One of the most popular ways to wear the Matte Buzzcut is with the addition of a pastel hair colour, pink and purple being top choices. With a buzzcut, your bleach goes a long way, so the look is much easier to achieve than it would be on longer hair. And of course, the final piece to this look is the matte finish, courtesy of styling wax.

The Octopus

Already incredibly popular in Japan and Korea, The Octopus cut has made its way to UK shores and is a great style for long, straight hair. Despite its slightly off-putting name, The Octopus is an incredibly flattering cut that consists of shorter outer layers and longer layers underneath, which, when styled, look like the tentacles of an octopus. 

The combination of layers and some slight curling to the ends are what define this look, so try blow-drying your ends using a round brush to get that “flick”. Pinterest is full of women all over the world already rocking this style, so get inspired and try it for yourself. 

The Mixie

Last but certainly not least, The Mixie is the epitome of a futuristic hairstyle, making it the perfect addition to this 2022 line-up. So, what is The Mixie? It can best be described as the lovechild of a pixie cut and a mullet. A short pixie cut, but with longer ends, it’s a Bowie-esque look that straddles retro and futuristic genres to create something altogether new.    

The Mixie can look great on curly, wavy or straight hair, and no two look the same. If you’re ready to take the leap and get a cut that is entirely your own, this is undoubtedly the one for you. 

Say goodbye to scraped back hair and simple ponytails, step into a new generation of hair. Explore the range.

5 Must-Try Hairstyles for Winter

5 Must-Try Hairstyles for Winter

Now that the warmer weather has well and truly passed, it’s time to think about how you’ll be styling your hair in the coming months. On those dark weekday mornings, the last thing you want to have to do is tousle with the curlers, and the good news is that this season’s styles are as low maintenance as they come.

After three lockdowns, working from home and now being faced with an awfully cold winter, it’s no surprise that the must-have hairstyles for this season are fuss-free. No complex up-dos or faffing around with plaits this winter, instead it’s all about getting the right cut for your face shape. 

Take a look at five of the most popular hairstyles for winter and book in with your friendly local stylist pronto. 

Fringe It Up

A great fringe (or bangs, as they call them over the pond), is a look you’ll be seeing a lot of over the coming months and an easy one to try yourself. Of course, not literally by yourself – step away from those scissors unless you’re hoping to go viral on YouTube. 

Winter is a great season to try out a fringe as there’s less of that sweaty forehead, stringy hair fiasco to deal with. And, unlike previous years, the trend is to keep a bit of texture in your fringe, so there’s no need to flat iron it into oblivion. 

Top tip: try using a powder foundation or setting powder on your forehead if you have naturally oily skin. This will prevent any excess oil from being absorbed by your fab new fringe.

The Shag 

The shag is coming back in a big way and is one of the ultimate low maintenance styles, particularly if you have unruly hair. This edgy style consists of a thick fringe and blunt, choppy layers, cut as high as you dare. Go full eighties shag (bordering on a mullet) with the shortest layers positioned above your ears, or keep it more modern by layering only the bottom few inches. 

Texture is key with a shag haircut, which is what makes it such a versatile style for those with curly or wavy hair. However, even those with pin-straight hair can rock a shag by using a quality salt spray or texturiser. 

Try Tigi Beach Me Wavy Hair Spray for the best results. 

Bob’s Back

Is the Shag a little too much of a style leap for you to get behind? Don’t fret. Bob’s got your back. Blunt bobs are très chic right now, with a welcome low-maintenance twist. In previous years, a stylish bob cut consisted of razor straight edges and shiny, perfectly straight hair. Not this season, Satan. 

The AW21 version is the same general shape as bobs of old, but with added texture through layers or waves. What this means for you is that the cut itself does the vast majority of the work, keeping daily styling to an absolute minimum. 

When your hair is still wet, apply a texturising mousse, flip your head upside down and scrunch your hair up toward your roots. Voila, the perfect wavy bob. 

90’s Layers aka “The Rachel”

With Friends back on our screens, a whole new generation are being introduced to those nineties starlets for the first time. And with that, comes the reintroduction of a hairstyle you may have thought was passé – think again. “The Rachel” is back with a vengeance, with celebrities such as Selena Gomez making it their own.

The modern Rachel cut features choppy, face-framing flicks, achieved with a blow dryer, barrel brush and curlers. If you think that sounds like the opposite of a low maintenance hair routine, you’d be right. But if you didn’t get an opportunity to try “The Rachel” in the nineties, now might be your last chance.

Try the Donna Bella Wet 2 Dry Blow Dryer Brush for quicker styling.

Big, Bouncy, Blow Out

Last on our list is another style that takes a little more time but is worth it for the glamorous results. Channel your inner seventies badass with big, bouncy waves a la Farah Fawcett. Long, loose curls that are swept back from the face are hot this season, and again, have a little more room for imperfection than the original look. 

This year’s blow out focuses on creating a more natural look by using your fingers to break up the curls, instead of aiming for perfectly coiffed spirals. Use large curlers or a blow dryer to achieve loose curls, then set them in place with a strong hairspray.

Which style will you make your own this season?  

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Autumn Hair Trends To Have On Your Radar

Autumn Hair Trends To Have On Your Radar

Keen to find out what’s in store for our strands as we head through autumn? Look no further and read on to find out the Autumn hair trends to have on your radar this season!

Blunt Bobs

Blunt bobs are back and here to stay! If you’re brave enough to go for the big chop this season then look no further than the blunt bob. One great thing about the bob is that it works wonders for thin hair – it creates the illusion of more volume, whereas layers take away from fullness, a defined edge will remove any wispy-looking thin ends. 

If you’re trying to achieve this look then here’s a product that can help you with achieving maximum volume in your hair. The Shu Uemura Volume Mousse helps to build volume and body by using a long-lasting mousse that doesn’t leave your hair feeling crunchy or dry. Transform your fine, flat hair and create endless volume and natural shine now! To use: Apply generously on towel-dried hair and style or let air dry for a silky, smooth finish. 

Modern Mullets

The Modern Mullet: Miley Cyrus is rocking it – it’s stylish, fun and the hottest new hair trend right now. The mullet has made its comeback and is no longer a distant memory from the 70s and 80s. Not only are mullets seriously practical (keeps your neck warm) they’re super stylish too. There’s no better time than now to try it out, after all, it’s business in the front, and party in the back for a reason! 

Pair your fresh new look with the Joico Style & Finish Texture Boost Dry Spray Wax. This incredible product adds effortless moveable texture to your hair, leaving it looking and feeling great! To use: Apply a small amount to your hair and massage through the roots. 

Pumpkin Locks

Who wouldn’t love a pumpkin-inspired hair-do? We know we sure would! This is your sign to hop on this fab new trend and treat your hair to a seasonal autumn switch up. Dye your hair using strong tones of fiery reds and orange sensations – we promise it’s the perfect look if you’re after a fresh new look!

Pair your pumpkin-inspired locks with the Kerastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil. This intense, luxurious oil ensures your new locks will be left feeling soft and nourished. To use: Apply a generous amount for maximum shine or add a small amount before applying heat to your hair.

Seventies Inspired 

From clothing to beauty, the seventies have been a big inspiration throughout the year of 2021. This season why not give a seventies-inspired haircut a go – big bouncy volume, shaggy fringes or relaxed waves? At your next salon appointment, be sure to ask for shorter, more visible layers, this will help to enhance natural movement and texture.

For the seventies-inspired looks, you’ll need a product that can hold your hair in place all day. Behold the Redken Iron Shape, this lightweight formula will protect your hair from the damaging effects of heat styling whilst locking in your style so your hair stays looking fabulous around the clock. To use: Apply liberally through your locks. 

Intricate Braids 

Get creative with your braids and explore new ways you can style your locks this season. Whether you’re in the office, at school, in the gym or even a wedding, there’s a braided hairstyle that’s ideal for you!

Pair your locks with the Biolage Raw Smoothing Styling Milk. Achieve a mirror-like shine with this intense formula that leaves locks enviably soft and nourished. This styling milk utilises a hair-loving blend of honey and oat, which strengthens and conditions the fibre, whilst increasing softness too!

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