I hear it all the time – kids wanting French plaits and frills and mum’s in the middle of making lunch boxes and breakfast and barely has time to put on her face before doing the school run! Here are some easy morning time-savers for stylish back-to-school hair…
Fight with the hairbrush
Get madam to brush her own hair before you get styling! Try a ‘tangle-teezer’-style hair brush to make it easier to get started and then you’ll have knot-free hair to work with.
Wash and condition
Using a detangling conditioner and then combing hair is a great help, so you don’t fight with brushing in the morning.
The night before
Long hair easily gets tangled overnight, so do the centre parting and two Pippi Longstocking- style plaits for bed and hair will be tangle-free in the morning.
French plaits made easy
There’s no way round a French plait – you just have to practice a few times to get it right! Start right at the top as bringing in the three sections of the plait from where the fringe would be and weave in hair from the sides, as you continue to plait down the length of the hair. It will take a while so you might want to opt for a pony tail or a topknot if you’re strapped for time!
Ribbons, JoJo bows, Alice bands, clips (depending on the school rules, of course) – make the simplest hairstyle into something special! It’s definitely best to choose the night before so you have more time to get your make-up done in the morning😉
If you’re feeling more adventurous and you are all early risers in your household you can try your hand at this windy-hair-day braids:
Let me know how it goes!
What tips and tricks do you have for easy back to school hair?
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I found this article about a crazy burning man festival in Nevada – a far cry from our summer muddy Glastonbury and Hylands Park!
It got me thinking about keeping our summer skin gorgeous and healthy.
I love a good sun tan as much as the next girl but a little bit of sun goes a long way.
As a beauty, hair and make-up expert it’s my job to make skin look amazing, but it’s always good to advise clients to look after what they’ve got so I can help them make the best of it!
Regular facials and hydrating face masks always help, of course. These are the top tips I give to clients to help keep their summer skin in top shape in between our beauty visits:
- I recommend a moisturising base that is suited to your skin and the important part – make sure it has an SPF of 15 or SFP 30. Let it soak in before you apply foundation – also with SPF of course!
- You might use an after-sun to help nourish your skin after a day at the beach, but that might be too much for your face. Try something with a soothing aloe vera in it and put lashings of moisturiser (without SPF!) on before you go to bed. Or you can try argan oil-based products or just the argan oil which is also brilliant for your body and hair!
- Leave it a day before you get exfoliating – our skin is much more sensitive after a bout in the sun and you don’t want to damage it, so wash with a really gentle and creamy but thorough, foaming face wash to get rid of all the sun lotion. Then a splash of cold water before toning.
- This is less about make-up but definitely about beauty – a stylish sun hat always helps, and water- drink lots of it for plump, hydrated skin that make-up just loves!
- Lastly, try Environ for amazing results… I do these treatments at my salon and it gives a brighter, more youthful skin appearance.
What advice do you give to your regular clients when you notice they could give their skin a bit more TLC? I’d love to hear your comments…
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As someone who likes to wear my hair quite long, I do enjoy the challenge of styling short hair and definitely understand that in-between stage, where it’s not quite long enough to tie back but also not short enough to look cool without loads of product!
As a hair and makeup stylist, it’s always good to have a few tried and tested tricks to save anyone from a bad hair day – especially when a wig or a hat is not an option!
The trick is for a short cut that you may be growing out: get it trimmed regularly so that it grows back strong and without breaking or those dreaded split-ends.
Here are some of my top tips that are perfect for just about any occasion:
- Experiment with colour. The great thing about trying a new colour on short hair is that you can grow it out quickly if you get bored and if you’re waiting for your hair to grow from a pixie crop into a bob. I’d recommend a few highlights for added texture to start with. There are some great wash-out hair chalk products and temporary colour mousses on the market for anyone who likes the idea of a dramatic colour change without the commitment.
- Beach waves look great on short hair, just below the ear lobes. Tie the hair into sections, take a small strand and create an ‘S’ shape curve in the middle of it or high up, leaving the end straight. I love this trick because you can get the perfect curl by using a curling tong ora straightening iron. This works best on hair that has not been washed for a day or hair that has texturising product on it. If your hair client has freshly-washed hair, not to worry! You can add some spray before you get curling. Twist the curl with your fingers to help it keep its shape for that perfect surf-babe swish.
- With short hair it’s easy to get away with a gelled-back look. I recommend this on hot days where you can skip the gel altogether and go for a wet-look leave-in conditioner or nourishing oil to help a short cut recover from heat treatment and styling.
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