I normally rely on friends or the skilled hair-dryer handed people at a blow-dry salon to do me a little up-do for special occasion or when my hair is particularly loathsome. Over the past few weeks I’ve collected some useful tools and collated a mini hair inspiration gallery to help me hone suitable styles for my hair type. Having apparently missed the stage of childhood where you learnt to braid hair and being uncoordinated means these hints and tips are for beginners – don’t expect to learn expert styles or anything that takes more than 10 minutes. Let’s not run before we can walk.
Easy up-dos….the sock-bun seems to be trending:
Alternatively you can grab cheap hair accessories from H&M to recreate a similar look with a trusty doughnut. Don’t get the XXL versions, they sort of give the game away:
Salt spray has long been heralded as the key to getting beachy hair. Sometimes it works a treat, other times I look like I have crispy dry, messy, flat hair. The only authentic beach hair I can master is a swim in the ocean, which tricky when you live in southwest london:
Check out wavy gravy for more tips:
No-styling loose waves – if you have long-ish, fine hair then a quick (no tools required) way to get wavy hair is to wait until hair is 85% dry and then smooth serum through the lengths. Twist up into a bun, fasten with a thin hairband and spritz with hairspray or salt spray and wait for it to finish drying completely. When you unwind the bun, it should fall into loose waves. If the curls are too tight or there’s some unevenness, put in a ponytail to allow some of the curls to drop slightly.
Who isn’t mesmerised by a fishtail? I can’t do one, obvs. However there is a cheats way of getting the perfect plait – you can clip one in! Again, I would probably need a professional to do this for me but after a few goes, how hard can it be??
Szchuzzing powder: a small dusting of this adds some friction to fine hair giving volume and mattifies to help up-styles stay in place.
Mason Pearson Hairbrushes: eye-wateringly expensive, mine was over £100, which is ridiculous, but I figured if I use it twice a day for the rest of my life I may just about break-even. They are meant to be the sorter-outer for all sorts of problem-hair including frizz and thinning hair and sometimes, I believe in throwing money at the problem. My favourite is the pure bristle B1 which is good for long, fine hair.
See-through elastic: this makes even basic ponytails a bit more slick and professional looking: