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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October Beauty Products You Need In Your Collection

October Beauty Products You Need In Your Collection

The leaves are beginning to change, which means it’s time to shake up your beauty lineup and give those SPF saviours and tropical fragrances a few months off. The arrival of autumn brings with it an increased need for hydrating skincare products, and the perfect opportunity to try something new in your daily regime. If you’re not quite sure where to start or are looking for some inspiration, here are six of our must-have beauty products for October.

Lancome Genifique Eye Cream

Every woman deserves a luxurious eye cream, and Lancome Genifique Eye Cream is an ideal choice as the weather gets harsher. Infused with 7 pre and probiotics, the formula is inspired by microbiome science to restore health and radiance to the skin. Hyaluronic acid penetrates the delicate skin around the eyes, drawing moisture from the atmosphere and locking it in to deeply hydrate and plump. Together, these effects reduce the appearance of fine lines and revive the eye area for a healthier, more youthful look.

bareMinerals SKINLONGEVITY Long Life Herb Serum

This is no ordinary serum. Infused with Long Life Herb, a Japanese botanical extract with a high vitamin and mineral content, bareMinerals SKINLONGEVITY Long Life Herb Serum reverses the visible signs of aging. Strengthening the skin’s barrier by up to 45% against environmental aggressors, stress and free radicals, the serum protects against future damage while also improving skin’s radiance, tone and texture. 

Dermalogica Age Smart Biolumin C Moisturiser

Offering weightless hydration that gives your skin the boost it needs over the colder months, Dermalogica Age Smart Biolumin C Moisturiser is a must-try this October. The light, gel moisturiser is enriched with glycerin, squalane and hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture without any greasy residue, while beta-carotene, aloe vera and additional plant botanicals brighten the complexion. 

Lab Series Instant Fix Colour Correcting Moisturiser 

Some days you want a little extra coverage, while still looking natural. Lab Series Instant Fix Colour Correcting Moisturiser does just that, combining lightweight hydration with subtle blurring technology. The transfer-resistant formula adjusts to your skin tone and acts quickly to reduce redness, smooth the appearance of imperfections and balance your overall complexion. So, you can be photo-ready and filter-free while still looking your best.

Bleach London Rose Toner Kit

Blondes have more fun, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix things up now and then. With Bleach London Rose Toner Kit, you can transform your blonde or bleached locks, giving them a new tint for a new season. The Rose Toner Kit includes everything you need to banish yellow and welcome in a “distinctly pink” shade that you’ll be living for this autumn.

Nails Inc Hydrogel Avocado Eye Mask

Whether the late nights are catching up with you or the stress of daily life is starting to show, an eye mask can go a long way to helping you look and feel more refreshed. The Nails Inc Hydrogel Avocado Eye Mask includes 20 pairs of film-backed hydrogel masks to de-puff and brighten even the most tired eyes. After just 20-30 minutes, the avocado extract will plump, nourish and destress delicate under-eye skin.

There we have it, a hand-picked selection of the best beauty products for you to try this October. Which will be at the top of your list?

The Best Haircare Products For Dry & Damaged Hair

The Best Haircare Products For Dry & Damaged Hair

It’s super common and we can all agree we wouldn’t turn down a little (or in this case a, surge) of extra hydration for our strands. Whether you’re after a remedy for having used too much heat on your hair or being a little too harsh when it comes to towel drying, we can confidently say, the solution lies here in this very blog post. Featuring incredible, nourishing products from Redken, Kerastase, L’Oreal Professionnel and more, you’re about to meet the best of the best…

Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus Mask

From the brand’s iconic Extreme range, meet this incredible leave-in treatment made to kickstart strength repair and promote overall hair health. In a sleek tube made of 33% less plastic than its former jar packaging, this product is a life saver if your hair is feeling much in need of a boost. This strengthening hair mask provides deep conditioning from the inside out for increased control and manageability. For dry and damaged hair, this product is perfect for preventing breakage too!

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Treatment

If the prevention of breakage claim caught your attention from the product we just took a look at, this next one should be right up your street. Redken’s Extreme Anti-Snap Treatment is a best-seller thanks to its abilities to provide 5-in-1 protection for damaged hair and split ends. This hero product will help your hair have up to a 73% decrease in breakage and become up to 3 times stronger. Topping it off, this treatment also provides heat protection and instant shine.

Kerastase Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum

Are you a lover of overnight products? This wondrous product from Kerastase is an intensely nourishing overnight serum which hydrates your hair while you sleep – talk about multitasking! You’ll be happy to hear it’s a non-greasy formula that leaves the hair feeling lightweight and luxuriously nourished in the morning with no need to rinse out. With its beautiful built-in fragrance designed to develop while you sleep, this serum would be the perfect addition to your night time beauty regime.

Kerastase Nutritive Bain Satin 2 Shampoo

For dry and sensitised hair, this next product from Kerastase was created to enrich your hair with silicone derivatives and glucose proteins to smooth your hair fibres and replenish from root to tip. Soft and supple locks have never been easier. This innovative shampoo formula also works to reflect light and boost shine to emulate that highly sought after salon finish.

L’Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Shampoo

One range more than worth trying to repair dry and damaged locks is the L’Oreal Professionnel Absolute Repair collection. The brand’s shampoo offers the ultimate, professional, resurfacing experience for damaged and over processed hair. Guilty of using a little too much heat on your hair too often? This resurfacing shampoo helps visibly resurface damaged hair resulting in up to 77% less damage. All the products from this range work miracles together to make hair more manageable and up to 7 times shinier after also using the Absolut Treatment mask.

Biolage HydraSource Dry Hair Deep Treatment Pack

Does anything sound more appealing than a deep treatment pack? Quench your thirst for beautiful hair with the Biolage HydraSource pack formulated to instantly hydrate and protect hair without weighing it down. This product is also infused with Aloe Vera, which we all know is a hair, skin and general life-saver in the hydrating department.

Biolage Advanced OilRenew Moisturising Conditioner

Finally, we have a must-try conditioner from Biolage. It’s tie to give dry hair the moisture it deserves. Deeply condition dry hair with the brand’s Advanced OilRenew Dry Hair Moisturising Conditioner. For dry, porous hair, this product is infused with Soybean oil which works to keep the hair moisturised and shiny. Powered my micro-oil particles, this conditioner locks in moisture to completely renew and transform your strands.

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Weather-Proof Hair & Makeup Hacks for Autumn

Weather-Proof Hair & Makeup Hacks for Autumn

The change in season is upon us, so it’s time to pack away those summer beauty supplies and bring out the heavy hitters. Autumn is a tricky season to predict, one moment you have clear skies, the next you’re battling blustery gales and sudden downpours, so it’s essential to be prepared for whatever the weather throws at you.

Here are your must-have products for weather-proof hair and makeup this season. 

It’s All About That Base…

When it comes to makeup, having a good base to build on couldn’t be more important. Well-primed skin not only allows for smooth application of your makeup products but also helps your cosmetics stay in place for longer. Try one of these best-sellers:

bareMinerals PRIME TIME Original Foundation Primer

Even tone, blur pores and smooth your complexion with bareMinerals PRIME TIME Original Foundation Primer. The lightweight, matte finish is perfect for layering under your foundation or can even be worn on its own for a casual “no makeup” look.

Elizabeth Arden Good Morning Retexturising Primer

Are you looking for a primer with the added power of a serum? Elizabeth Arden Good Morning Retexturising Primer is rich in botanicals and antioxidants, including grapeseed oil, avocado and birch bark extracts. Retinyl linoleate improves skin texture and tone, making this primer ideal for mature and problem skin. 

Flormar Pore Minimizer Makeup Primer

Enlarged pores spoiling the finish of your makeup? Try Flormar Pore Minimizer Makeup Primer. This oil-absorbing primer has a velvety finish which effectively reduces the appearance of pores, helping your foundation to glide over the skin’s surface for a smoother finish. 

Fix Your Face In Place…

Not all makeup is created equal. That lightweight foundation may be perfect for fair weather but will pool at your jawline at the first sign of stormy skies. Choosing the right products for the season is key to season-proofing your makeup look. The beauties below will keep you looking fabulous come rain or shine. 

Flormar Compact Powder

With its fine and silky texture, this powder goes on flawlessly to offer naturally sheer protection. The formulation is available in a range of tones and is resistant to sweat, humidity and moisture. So, whether you’re running for the bus or get caught without a brolly, you’ll have the confidence of added staying-power.

Glamglow Glowsetter Makeup Setting Spray

Dewy, hydrated skin without the shine? Yes, please. With ingredients including caffeine infusion and TEAOXI® complex, Glamglow Glowsetter Makeup Setting Spray gives skin a boost of nourishment and moisture while keeping your makeup in place.  

Wonderfully Windswept…

Beachy waves are so last season. Channel the autumn vibes with windswept hair on your terms. No one wants to look like they got caught in a tornado, but with a little help, you can create voluminous waves and texture that stays in place throughout the day. 

Redken Wind Blown 05

With a flexible finish and mild hold, Redken Wind Blown 05 is the perfect hairspray for creating light texture and weightless volume. Ideal for locking your windswept hair into place, this is a must-have for your adding a little extra “autumn” into your style.

Shu Uemura Kumo Hold Hairspray

The micro-fine mist of Shu Uemura Kumo Hold Hairspray offers a lightweight, buildable hold that can be tailored to your needs. Inspired by the Japanese art of minimalism, Shu Uemura is used by everyone from Kate Middleton to Katy Perry.

Shu Uemura Ishi Sculpt Paste

Even short hair isn’t immune to gusty weather, so if you’re rocking a pixie cut or need a little added hold, Shu Uemura Ishi Sculpt Paste is for you. The workable, demi-matte paste gives short styles long-lasting texture without any stickiness or residue.  

Want more beauty tips? Read Makeup Brushes That Will Leave You Looking Flawless.

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7 Professional Hair Brands That Will Transform Your Locks

7 Professional Hair Brands That Will Transform Your Locks

Feeling like a switch up in the haircare department is long overdue? You may have already found your dream combo that is perfect for your strands but often repurchasing and using the same products over and over can become tedious. A change in scent, formula, or even packaging is always a treat, and your hair will thank you for it. Let’s take a look at seven hot haircare brands we’d like to introduce you to.

L’Oreal Professionnel

With innovative technology, L’Oreal offer professional hair care for all hair types. Their best-selling ranges of shampoos, masks, colour protectors and treatments are loved by many. Whatever your hair type of hair needs are, this brand is a great one to try with so many ranges all beautifully packaged with that real salon-feel.

Pureology

Pureology was born from a powerful idea: create the best professional products for colour-treated hair. Colour without compromise is the “Power of Pureology”. This brand created their customised, high-performance formulas while caring for our planet and animals with beauty and integrity in mind. If you’re a lover of switching up your hair colour, this brand is your perfect match.

Redken

Redken was one of the first to take a scientific approach to hair and discover the formula that remains the alpha and omega of haircare to this very day. Redken is trusted by millions of hair professional worldwide and is loved by the fashion and beauty press for its scientific hair prescriptions to deliver powerful transformations that preserve the health of hair.

Matrix

With products tailor-made to protect Blondes, Light Brunettes, Dark Brunettes and many more, Matrix has got it all. Are you after products to keep your locks strengthened and in perfect condition? Matrix is a must-try. Shop the brand’s Styling range, Gift Sets, Supersavings collection and more today.

Biolage

Inspiring itself from the skincare industry innovations, Biolage is now a recognised wordwide leading player in professional natural haircare. With every single ingredient that goes into their formulas being respectful to the Earth from production to the end, Biolage are pretty unique when it comes to haircare. Shop the brand’s Treatments, Dry hair, Coloured Hair, Damaged Hair and Styling collections today at Fragrance Direct.

Shu Uemura

Shu Uemura Art of Hair is a Japanese professional haircare and styling brand dedicated to the artistry of hair. The ultimate in avant-garde luxury, Shu Uemura Art of Hair fuses rare, natural ingredients with science to create ranges that enhance the natural beauty of each lock. Shop the brand’s Ultimate Reset, Colour Lustre and Moisture collections today at Fragrance Direct.

Kerastase

Meet the luxury professional haircare brand that has built its reputation on delivering exceptional performance on scalp and hair through exquisite products and bespoke in-salon treatments. This brand is great at creating products to care for all hair types, all women as well as the future of the planet. Shop their iconic collections today featuring the New Curl Manifesto, Blond Absolu, Genesis, Resistance and more.

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