How to Tackle The New Hair Trends
Mermaid hair, undercuts and high ponytails are some of biggest trends this year and without the right guidance can be daunting.
However help is at hand and there are many ways to tackle your hair phobias, hairstyle experts reveal.
Online hair and beauty retailer Hairtrade.com has told how to pull off some of the hottest new trends in hairstyles including fishtail plaits and braiding.
The site has also found solutions for your everyday hair mares like making styles stay in place and avoiding greasy roots.
A spokesperson from Hairtrade.com said: “There are lots of new and exciting trends this year and having a dramatic hair change is incredibly fashionable at the moment.”
Here are the site’s top eight hair phobias and how to resolve them.
1. I hate wearing my hair up
For many women, their locks stay resolutely around their shoulders and never touch a hairband. Thanks to Ariana Grande, high ponytails are all the rage. Find the right ponytail to suit your face shape and there will be no need to hide behind your hair. For round faces, high ponytails will look great whilst square faces should be framed by escaping tendrils from the ponytail. If you’re unsure about how to best style your pony, experiment with hair pieces for a great night out look.
2. I’m not brave enough for a bob
Despite so many people insisting you’d suit the chop, you haven’t braved the trip to the salon yet for fear of losing your long locks. 2015 has well and truly been the year of the bob, with celebrities like Myleene Klass, Ellie Goulding, Jessica Alba and Lady Gaga all recently showcasing their shorter styles. Chances are your friends are right. Bobs are so easy to style and such an effective way to update your look. Again, evaluate your face shape – round shaped faces should aim for a long layered bob with a deep parting whilst square-shaped ladies should consider bangs to create a more symmetrical outline.
3. I can’t live without my hair straighteners
You’ve spent years getting your frizz under control with your trusty hair straighteners and now you can’t seem to let go. Bedhead is here to stay. The catwalks have been full of dishevelled locks that look like your just stepped off the beach. Step away from irons – they are extremely damaging to your hair and can cause split ends. Instead, wash your hair with straightening shampoo and conditioner then after towel drying it, roll up in two large rollers and let it dry naturally – sleeping in them overnight is a good way to do this. Spritz with a bit of sea salt spray for extra curls.
4. I’d never suit a fringe
You’ve seen celebrities rocking their block fringes but have no idea if you can pull one off. Fringes are now developing into gringes, grown out fringes. Think Alexa Chung. Don’t commit to a fringe but take one for a test drive. You can get clip in fringes in a variety of styles and shades to play with before taking the plunge.
5. I don’t know how to accessorise
You’ve seen hair accessories that look great at on Pinterest but when you try them you feel like a girl playing dress up. With festival season around the corner, headbands are set to be bigger than ever this year. Aim to make the accessories look effortless but edgy – if you wearing a glitzy hair band then put your hair in a loose, messy bun and keep your make up dark. Also hair holds better in clips and barrettes in second-day hair so don’t wash it the day you decide to accessorise.
6. I can’t style my short hair
You loved your cut when you first got it but now you’re stuck in a style rut with the same do everyday. Long luscious locks are always in fashion but now with subtle colouring in the form of balayage or sombre. Invest in some good quality hair extensions and have fun experimenting with lots of long hair styles - then you can unclip them when you want to go back to your short style.
7. My hair gets greasy after washing
After one day of washing, your roots are already greasy so you need to wash it yet again. Washing your hair every day can strip its natural oils so try to wash it every other day. If you’re worried about greasy roots then discover the magic that is dry shampoo. Pop a can in your handbag for root touch ups during the day.
8. My styles fall flat an hour after
We’ve all been there - you’ve spent ages styling your hair but the minute you step out the door the typical British climate leaves it flat and dull. Lay off the conditioner as that can make fine hair fall flat. Instead, get plenty of mousse on the crown of your hair, which will uplift roots. Also, invest in a good quality hairspray that works for your hair type and help styles keep their shape whatever the weather.
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