Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Festival Style: The Glitter Parting

With festival season almost here, it's time to get planning which band you'll watch, and of course outfits and hairstyles. I'm at Glastonbury this year and can't wait! I don't tend to go all out, as I'm usually camping it's not practical to lug a dressing-up box down there with a variety of outfits. However, this year we are doing things differently, staying local and going in and out of the festival. Bit of a cop out you say? Sure, but I really have a thing about manners and rude people and not camping means I don't want to scream at people to say thank you or excuse me. Anyway, I digress...
The glitter parting was all over the catwalks last year and I must admit, it's such an easy style update. Also covers any root regrowth you may have going on. Win, win.
I think glitter eye gel works really well for this look, or you can make your own glittery gel. Grab some cheap hair gel, and chuck in whatever colour glitter you have, or even try out using glitter shapes. Possibilities are endless. This look best works on hair that is sleek and smooth.
Use an old make up brush to dab the mixture along a sharp parting and that's it! Simple. If you want to add a little something else, why not create a zig zag parting, kind of reminds me of lightning strikes. Super cool.
Just don't worry yourself about finding glitter on your person for months to come.
We all need a little sparkle in our day-to-day. Go get some disco nits!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

How-To Use: Hair Oils

Hair oils have come a long way in the last few years, often a product many steer clear of due to the word oil and thinking this means greasy hair, and not really knowing how much they can help in the styling and maintaining great looking hair.  
A hair oil really can be a multi-tasking product and once you get the hang of how much you need, you'll find the benefits are definitely worth trying one out. But what is a hair oil? Hair Oil is a kinder, more nourishing upgrade from serum. Whilst serums usually contain silicone that coat the hair, for a high shine finish, hair oil protect and penetrate hair to still give shine, but on a much more conditioning level. Often containing hair boosting help, in ingredients like Argan Oil and Vitamin E. 
Most hair oils are now light and won't leave hair feeling heavy or product loaded. I love using hair oils to finish styles - using a tiny amount to add shine and tackle any flyaways. It's also great for a hair pamper - adding a few drops to damp mid lengths and ends and leaving overnight for more of a treatment. My top tip, avoid adding oil near your roots and scalp (unless you are doing a hot oil treatment) Value for money wise, it's amazing. A bottle will last a LONG time, just keep it stored away from light. It also gives your hands a little nourishment too! 
Four for Follicles; L'Oreal Professional Mythic Oil (£13.20) Schwarzkopf Oil-licious (£4.19) Clynol Glow (£9.45) L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil (£9.99)

Monday, 13 April 2015

Batiste helps Ella Henderson get 'Ready for it'

Looking at the official image from the new Batiste Ready for it campaign with Ella Henderson, I've got two words. Hair envy. Look at that hair! Gorgeous. Look out for the TV advert with Ella. 
Batiste is a clear favourite for a lot of us when it comes to dry shampoo, and it seems Ella is no different - loving Batiste for a quick refresh.
“Batiste is my number 1 hit; I’m either in the studio or on stage, in a car or on a plane - often with little time to get ready. I can always count on Batiste to refresh and restyle my hair in one go; I know I’ll always be ready for wherever the day takes me”
With Ella's incredibly long hair, I'd imagine she doesn't always have time to wash and style. Using a dry shampoo is a great way to boost volume, and texturise, meaning waves and curls are easier to get. I tend to use a dry shampoo when styling, as I much prefer more hold than freshly washed hair can give sometimes. Sure it's supposed to used for that 'crap, I've woken up late and have no time to wash my hair' (what do you mean it's not for that! I wanted those extra ten minutes) but even spraying some dry shampoo on hairgrips can help them stay put.
And let's not forget it's a total festival essential. I'm packing a can for Glasto

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Three Ways: Scarf Stylings

With festival season starting with Coachella, and the sun peeking out from the clouds, it's time for a style update using a scarf. Most of us have got a few hanging around, go for a thin, light material which is easy to work with, and won't be too heavy in your hair. 
The Simple Knot
Adding a scarf to your up do can instantly update your look. A large bun with a scarf is a perfect day look. Tuck the ends of the scarf into the bun for a clean finish. This is great at hiding bits of hair not quite long enough to wrap round the bun.
Wind it Through
Either twisting and braiding a scarf through your hair will look great, and help give your style hold. Practice with a thin scarf first, and work your way up. This even works well on shorter hair, as you can use the scarf as a kind of extension, giving you more to work with.
Roll it up
Use the scarf to roll hair up in a low, chic up do. Leave some pieces at the front to twist and tuck around the scarf once tied. Loose pieces of hair also give this a really relaxed, casual finish. Great for Summer, and I think a lovely style for wedding guests, bit different from a fascinator.
I'd love to see if you try out any of these styles, use the hashtag #KLGHAIR on Twitter and Instagram to show off your scarf stylings. 

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Review & Giveaway: ecoTOOLS Ultimate Air Dryer

It's official, hair tools are getting weirder looking by the day. But if they do the job that's the main thing isn't it. The ecoTOOLS Ultimate Air Dryer* (£10.99) is certainly a unique looking brush, but what does it do? It's not a vent, it's a paddle with a hole, and it's not round - this is one hair tool that is very new to the market. And not a splash of pink or sparkle in sight.
The design of the brush means air can flow through the middle helping hair dry up to 40% faster, making sure hair isn't damaged by using too much heat styling. The lightweight bamboo handle, and repurposed aluminum ferrules and cruelty-free bristles help your hair's natural moisturisers and increase shine. It's a lightweight, easy brush to use, and I've been drying my hair roughly with the brush and have found I don't need to run the straighteners through it once done to help smooth. The ecoTOOLS Ultimate Air Dryer is also great at running through waves and curls to break them up and create a gorgeous uniform wave without frizzing.
And guess what! I've got one of the ecoTOOLS Ultimate Air Dryer brushes to give away. 
I'll pick a winner on the 22nd April. Good Luck!
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Monday, 6 April 2015

Want to be a Hairdresser?

Welcome to an ever-growing, exciting industry of creative individuals. Having been in the hair industry for a while now - I have to say it's lovely to see how supportive stylists, journalists and creatives can be. And with social media it's even easier to give a fellow stylist some praise.
If you think the life of a hairstylist is for you, there are two routes you can go down. The first, is salon based. Joining a salon as a junior or apprentice will help you gain valuable salon skills and get used to being in a busy, high pressured environment. You will usually study at college, maybe a couple of days a week, but your assessments will be done in the salon on 'real life customers' (they will be made aware you are a student but happy to help - and get the services a bit cheaper/free)
I studied hairdressing slightly differently. As I worked full time, I studied evenings and weekends at my local college (with fully functioning working salon) This was hard work as I effectively worked six days a week for two years whilst training but I was able to support myself and pay my mortgage whilst learning. I LOVED the theory side of work, and have to say I was a super geek - getting 100% in all assessments/exams whilst studying. Getting my VTCT NVQ's along with my additional qualification at the London School of Journalism are two of the proudest moments of my life.
The negatives. As with any job there are elements that aren't particularly great, and some in the hair industry will make you want to throw your brushes down and declare 'I've had enough!' - prepare for working long hours, prepare for some difficult clients and prepare for sometimes feeling that you just can't keep up with everyone else when it comes to the latest and greatest trends. However, prepare yourself for being in a vibrant, creative and incredibly successful industry, whether it becomes all you live and breathe for, or somethng you enjoy that helps you earn a good wage.
After you've qualified, it's really important to maintain your skills, and build on them by attending additional training days and courses, often run by the big brands. This helps build confidence and also keeps you up to date on the trends out there, and relevant techniques. And don't forget to register! The Hair Council campaigns for all hairstylists and barbers to be registered, raising standards and recognising hairdressing as a profession.
Good Luck and Happy Hairdressing!