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Hair powder is a special product I discovered years ago and are still one of my favourite products today. I consider them a bit of a miracle hair product because the volume they create is like magic.

If you have been reading Hair Romance for a while, you know I love hair powders. I’m getting a lot of questions about them so I thought I’d run through some of my favourites and the best way to use hair powders.

My top five hair volumising hair powders

1. Schwarzkopf volume powder

This is the original hair styling powder I first discovered and still my favourite today. It’s cheap, it works and it lasts – it’s a triple threat.

I’ve heard from a couple of readers that you don’t like this powder because it can be a bit stiff, but I think you might be using a little bit too much. Just did a sprinkle it on like salt and then you’ll get perfect volume.

Find Schwarzkopf volume powder here in Australia or here in the USA.

2. Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion

I’ve been using Aveda Hair Potion for long time as well. If you find the Schwarzkopf product too stiff, then this is the hair powder for you.

This powder has a much lighter formula, so on one hand I don’t think it gives the same volume as the Schwarzkopf but it allows you to layer it, which means you can wear it for longer.

Find Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion here in Australia or here in the USA.

3. Shu Uemura Volume Maker

With lots of hair powders coming on to the market, the packaging became exciting. The Shu Uemura Volume Maker comes complete with its own brush delivery system.

This hands free packaging makes it really easy for touch ups on the go and it’s the ideal volume powder to keep in your purse.

Find the Shu Uemura Volume Maker here in Australia or here in the USA.

4. Bhave Gunpowder

This Australian salon brand is really unique and I love the packaging of Bhave Gunpowder. It fires the perfect dose of hair powder right into the roots where you need it.

It also fires a light enough spray that you can easily apply hair powder on the ends of your hair to create texture and body.

Find Bhave Gunpowder here in Australia or here in the USA.

5. David Mallett volume powder

If you love your hair products luxe, you can’t go past the David Mallett Volume Powder.

This minimalist packaging has a unique pump delivery system for the volume powder and releases the lightest mist of super fine powder. I really like using this after curling my hair to create perfectly undone waves.

Find David Mallett volume powder here in Australia or here in the USA.

Btw, the brushes featured above are the best eco-friendly hairbrushes.

Three ways to use hair powder

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When using volume powder I like to compare it to salt.

So imagine when you’re salting your food, a little can go a long way. And it can be hard to take it back when you’ve added too much salt.

So always remember to apply hair powder with a light hand because you can always add more powder but it’s hard to remove if you’ve used too much.

1. Add instant volume to the roots

For an instant lift and to makes your hair look thicker in seconds, sprinkle the product directly on to the root and scalp. Concentrate on either side of the part line and at the crown of your head, or wherever you want volume.

Then using your fingertips, work the product in to get incredible instant volume and that perfect messy hair.

If you want to take your hair sky high, you can backcomb at the roots where you applied powder for mega volume. The higher the hair, the closer to heaven.

2. Perfectly undone waves

To get effortless looking hair can sometimes take a lot of work.

When you’ve curled your hair and it looks a little too perfect, volume powder on the midlengths and ends of your hair is your secret styling weapon.

Sprinkle or spray the powder over your curls, then shake it out. It add in that perfect amount of texture and hold. It won’t weigh your curls down and gives a much more romantic feel to your style.

It’s also great if you’re styling updos because it gives your hair that extra hold.

3. Use volume powder to get Pinterest perfect braids

Ever looked at Pinterest and seen those super think braids and thought “I could never do that!”

Here’s how you do it:

Sprinkle a little volume powder down the centre of your braid, pat it in and then start stretching out your braid.

Even if you have super fine hair you’ll be amazed at how much thicker your hair looks by adding in some volume powder.

This technique also works really well if you have shiny, smooth hair that always slips out of styles. Also if you have any layers, sprinkle a little powder onto the layers and tuck them back into the braid. You won’t even know they’re there.

The best thing about volume powder

Now you can see why I love volume powder and how versatile it is when creating hairstyles.

But my favourite thing about it is that you can reactivate it later on in the day without applying any more product.

As gravity and the weather take effect, you can restart the powder just by massaging it slightly with your fingertips and you have that instant root lift again.

Volume powder is the magic product that keeps on keeping on.

Have you tried volume powder before? Which one is your favourite and how do you like to use it?

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Hair Romance x EcoTools collaboration

Confused about which hair brushes you need?

And want to know which brushes will be best for your hair, your hairstyle and the environment?

Keep reading for Hair Romance’s ultimate eco hair brush guide to find out which brush goes with which style and what you should be looking for in an ecofriendly hair brush.

Plus check out my special limited time discount offer below too.

They say you should never brush wet hair, but as with any rule, there’s an exception. These exceptions are what make hairstyling seem so confusing.

So to simplify it, I’ve got a visual guide to hair brushes below and I’m going to run you through exactly what each tool does and how to get the best results for your hair.

The ultimate eco hair brush guide

Thermal Styler – The perfect styling hair brush

When you’re blowdrying your hair, you have two key tools: your brush and your hairdryer.

While everybody focuses on the hairdryer, it’s really your brush that does a lot of the hard work.

The EcoTools Expert Thermal Styler hair brush has been designed to smooth out your hair and create volume.

The recycled aluminium ribbed barrel works as a diffuser, which reduces your drying time by 20%. Shorter drying times means less heat damage, so your hair will look better not only when it’s styled but in the long run too.

Do I use the large or the small brush?

This depends on how long your hair is and the results you’re looking for.

The large brush is designed for medium to long hair and the small brush is better for short to medium length hair.

The large brush is a workhorse in long hair, making your blow dry faster, smoother and easier.

The smaller brush is great for creating waves and extra texture in your blowdry as well. If you’ve got any layers or a fringe, the small brush is for you.

Personally I love a combination of both the large brush do the bulk of my hair and the small brush for the layers around my face.

Ultimate Air Dryer – The “I don’t have time to blow dry my hair” hair brush

If you need to get out the door fast, the Ultimate Air Dryer hair brush is for you.

It’s been designed with speed styling in mind and it will dry your hair 40% faster. That is a huge time saver and also saves a lot of heat damage to your hair.

This brush is perfect if your hair is naturally wavy to straight and when you need to smooth it down fast. You can go from wet to dry in no time with this brush and still have a finish as good as if you went to get a professional blowdry.

Smoothing Detangler – The brush you need for tangles and if you rarely blow-dry your hair

Before I said you should never brush wet hair, and here’s the exception.

Ordinarily, brushing wet hair will cause damage because the wet hair follicle is more likely to stretch beyond its elasticity, unravel and cause split ends.

The Smoothing Detangler hair brush is a vented paddle brush and is ideal for fine or wavy hair that tends to knot easily or for curly hair to detangle before applying product.

The cushion base makes it incredibly gentle on your scalp. This smooth motion is much kinder on your hair and reduces damage and the risks of split ends.

Styler & Smoother – The “I can’t decide how I want to wear my hair” hair brush

If you’re looking for a brush that will work to both detangle and style your hair, this one is for you.

The Styler & Smoother hair brush is a two-in-one. The soft cushion paddle smooths and detangles your hair, but it also curves round to have the benefits of a round brush.

This clever hybrid design means you can blowdry some waves into the ends of your hair and add in some more volume and shape. At the same time, it smooths and reduces tangles.

You can mix up how you style your hair with the one brush.

Travel Detangler – The “what’s in my handbag” hair brush

The Travel Detangler hair brush is the perfect pocket size to keep with you anytime.

You can keep it in your handbag to refresh your hairstyle at the end of the day and it’s perfect for travelling with as well.

This is a faux bristle brush so it’s completely cruelty free. I was really impressed with the shine it gives and the ease that it detangles in wet hair too.

The EcoTools difference

I am really excited to partner with EcoTools to showcase their new brush range. This is a really considered range with incredible quality brushes for a remarkable price.

And a range with the environment’s best interests at heart too.

I have to be honest, while I like to choose eco-friendly products, I often choose a product for its results. I have been testing out the EcoTools range and have been blown away by the results in my hair.

First off, the recycled bamboo handles are so comfortable and don’t slip. This is my biggest issue with other brushes, and EcoTools have it just right.

They incorporate recycled aluminium, plant-based plastics and renewable bamboo into all their products, and the whole range is vegan. Even the packaging is from tree-free paper.

This isn’t just a “box-tick eco” label; these are incredibly well-designed brushes that are kind on the environment and that are good for your hair too.

Where can you find EcoTools brushes?

You can find them online at ecotools.com.au or at your local Woolworths; and to me, any beauty product you can buy at the supermarket doesn’t count in your regular beauty budget.

But don’t be fooled: although these tools can be found in the budget aisle, the quality of these brushes is unbelievable. They’re designed to go the distance.

I’ve been using EcoTools make up brushes for years and so I was incredibly excited to hear they were designing a range of hair brushes. EcoTools really are the leader in ecofriendly and cruelty-free products.

Special offer

I’m such a fan of the new EcoTools range that I’ve arranged a special offer just for you. Head to www.ecotools.com.au and use ECOTOOLSROMANCE to save 20% on your new favourite brushes.

Hurry as this offer is only for March 2018.

I hope my ultimate eco hair brush guide has helped navigate which brush is right for your hair. If you’ve got any questions, comment below and I’ll answer them there.

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Let’s talk about the dos and don’ts of home hair colour. I’ve also got a video tutorial showing you exactly what to do, with my lovely mum being my beauty guinea pig.

Home hair colour is a polarising topic.

When I asked my hairdresser friends about box colour, they tell me it’s how they make their most money.

Everyone has a story about a home hair colour that went wrong.

But when I walk in to Priceline or a supermarket, I see aisles and aisles of products, so someone must be buying it and using it pretty successfully.

Let’s talk honestly about home hair colour and a big thanks to my mum for letting a very inexperienced stylist (me!) apply her colour at home.

Why home hair colour isn’t for me

I already colour my hair and it’s significantly different to my normal hair colour. In fact, I’m not even really sure what my natural hair colour is anymore.

I’ve been a very light blonde for years and so I’m not a good candidate for home hair colour.

Who is home hair colour for?

My mum, on the other hand, has been using home hair colour for years with visits to a hair salon in between.

Home hair colour is best suited to matching your natural hair colour or going one to two shades lighter or darker. It’s also great for easy grey coverage to match your natural hair colour.

Check out my mum’s hair transformation in our video below and keep reading for my home hair colour dos and don’ts.

How to DIY home hair colour / box color – my mum lets me dye her hair!

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Home Hair Colour Dos

1. Always call the advice line before you colour your hair

The advice line is there to help you and make sure that you’ve chosen the right colour and have enough product to finish the job.

Although they say everything comes in the box, it’s so much easier when you purchase a bowl, a brush and gloves that fit. Keep walking the down the aisle and purchase the extra supplies.

You can also buy a cape but a big old towel will also do the job just fine.

2. Always read the instructions completely before you start

I’m terrible at this but it’s really important to make sure that you know all the steps before your begin.

3. Do an allergy test

You don’t want to find out when the product just applied to your scalp that you’re having a reaction, so apply first the colour cream to the inside of your arm at least 48 hours before you colour your hair. There are full details on the instructions, of course.

4. Do a strand test

If you’re using a product for the first time or changing your hair colour, it’s a really good idea to do a strand test.

Take a piece of hair at the back of your head (underneath where it’s hidden). Mix up a teaspoon of the colour and apply it to your hair. This will allow you to get a true colour match and work out exactly how much time you need to process your hair.

5. Do set a timer

Don’t just rely on when you think you started – always set a timer when you’re colouring your hair.

6. Do apply colour to the regrowth section only

If this is the second time you’re colouring you want to apply the colour just to the new hair. See the don’ts section for why.

7. Do get a friend to help

If you can ask a friend over to help you, it’s so much easier for them to apply the colour evenly to the back of your head.

And do have fun! Remember it’s just hair and it’s okay to experiment with your colour and try something new.

Home Hair Colour Don’ts

1. Don’t try a colour because of the picture on the front of the box

Always look at the side or back of the box to see the true colour prediction based on what your hair colour is.

2. Don’t stray too far from your natural colour

It’s easier when you’re going darker but be careful when going lighter. Make sure you check with the advice line to know how it’s going to work.

I’d also suggest doing a strand test if going dramatically different from your natural hair colour.

3. Don’t rush

Make sure you read all the instructions and check with the advice line if you have any concerns.

4. Don’t start colouring your hair late at night

It’s never a good idea as the advice line is closed, and so are the shops if you need to get more product.

5. Don’t apply the colour over colour

Remember colour over colour always goes darker.

If you apply another box over existing colour, you’re going to find that your ends become darker and darker over time. It’s also very difficult to lighten this hair later and so you can get stuck with dull, dark hair.

And don’t stress if it goes wrong. It’s only hair and there’s always a way to fix it, even if that means a new haircut.

I want to open up the conversation around home hair colour, because I don’t want people to feel embarrassed about using it and I’ve seen some really great result from it. I’m so happy with how my Mom’s hair colour turned out.

I’ve been working with Schwarzkopf over the last few years and I used a product that they launched last year, the Colour Specialist range.

Now this isn’t a sponsored post, I just really wanted to try it myself.

I’ve seen how good the Colour Specialist range is when I used it on some of my readers but I’d never applied it myself. I really couldn’t believe how much thicker Mum’s hair felt and looked. The condition of her hair was fantastic after we coloured it. I am so impressed!

There was one point I was nervous, and I thought we’d gone too dark. But once we washed it out dried it, I was really happy with the result.

I’d love to open up the conversation up around the home hair colour and find out, do you use it? And why?

If you’ve got a good story I’d love to hear it and I also love to hear a hair disaster story, so share away in the comments.

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Waking up with great curly hair can be a struggle. If your hair is too short to do a “pineapple” then this short curly hair tutorial is for you.

I’ve got a very special guest for this video, the wonderful Carly Jacobs aka Smaggle and the brains behind Crochet Coach.

Carly is known for her big hair and you might be surprised to know that her hair is actually quite fine, she just has a lot of it. She’s one of the most efficient people I know and I knew she would have some tricks to get ready faster.

Smaggle is my go-to for productivity hacks and Carly has some great tips on how to manage short hair when exercising and overnight so you don’t have to wash your hair every morning – because who’s got time for that?

Tips for styling short curly hair with Smaggle

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More curly hair tutorials

If you want to see more curly hair tutorials, check out –

Make sure you visit Smaggle & join Crochet Coach, the coolest crochet community online!

Would you like to see more videos with Carly? What should we film next time she’s in Sydney? If you’ve got any hair questions or video requests, let us know in the comments below.

PS. If you’re looking for a drama-free Facebook group to talk all things hair, join the Hair Romance Crew here

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Today’s tutorial is full of tips on how to refresh curly hair to keep your curls looking good on the second, third or fourth day.

You shouldn’t be washing curly hair every day and you can see my curly hair routine here.

I’m always asked about how to keep curls looking good and how to fix messy curls in the morning and I hope these tips help you.

Quick and easy ways to refresh curly hair without heat – video tutorial

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Products I recommend:

The clip! Still looking for the original clip (or similar). The smaller version is available here


Darshana conditioner:
Buy direct or from Amazon

Kinky Curly Curling Custard:
Worldwide shipping

My never-fail second day curly hair routine

Now if you don’t mind using heat, this is my go-to curly hair tutorial to fix my flat curls.

Click here if you can’t see the video above

For full product details, click here for my full restyle curls tutorial.

Hope these tips help and if you know where to find a clip like mine, please let me know!

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Wow, 2017 you have been quite a year!

This is my 7th year of Hair Romance and I am so grateful that you come here and read my posts, watch my videos and chat with me.

I feel like I’ve been going through a bit of a “seven year itch” with blogging and so I’ve started switching things up a bit to make it more interesting.

I’ve been on camera a lot more (even though it scared me) and I’ve put myself out there with live videos too. I’ve shown you my real, messy hair and confessed how lazy I really am with my beauty routines.

Thankfully you’ve stuck with me, and you seem to really love these changes too.

When I first started Hair Romance, my big goal was to help one woman feel confident in styling her own hair. I was also hoping to see someone I didn’t know wearing one of my hairstyles.

So when I open up Instagram and see DMs of your hairstyles, it makes my heart sing. And I don’t feel like you’re strangers to me anymore, you’re friends.

Here are most popular posts of 2017, as clicked by you.

Let’s start the countdown…

10. The best braid video tutorials

If you love braids, and YouTube, this post is for you. I put together a list of my faves with braids for all occasions.

Check out 17 of the best braid tutorials here

9. Is air drying damaging your hair?

Busting some hair myths that hairdryers are always bad for you hair!

Click here to find out if air drying is damaging your hair

8. Travel hairstyles – How to arrive looking like your flew first class

I spent a lot of time travelling this year and I shared my tips for hairstyles that will last a long haul flight.

Check out my top long haul travel hairstyles here

7. Curly hair & Plex – What you need to know

Plex technology is the biggest innovation in hair care in years. I break down the science to explain how and why it helps curly hair.

Find out all you need to know about curly hair and plex technology here

6. 7 weird things you didn’t know were damaging your hair

Is one side of your hair more damaged than the other? I think I know why…

Check out this list of 7 weird things that are damaging your hair to find out

5. My 2 minute curly hair tutorial

This super simple bun tutorial uses a special accessory that I love for long or curly hair.

Check out my easy curly hairstyle tutorial to find out more

4. Help! How do I style the front of my curly hair?

I love answering your hair questions and this post has been so popular. I even created a follow up video tutorial with some more tips.

Check out my original tips on how to style the front of your curls

Watch my follow up video tutorial on how to style the front of curly hair

3. Two easy curly hairstyle tutorials you can do in under 90 seconds

What’s better than a 2 minute hairstyle? A style you can do in 1.5 minutes!

Click here to learn 2 easy hairstyles for curly hair

2. 5 quick and easy hairstyles to beat the humidity

I need these hairstyles right now! The frizz factor is high in Sydney and these are my go-to hairstyles when the humidity is off the charts.

Check out my 5 quick and easy hairstyles to beat the humidity

And the most popular post of 2017 is…

1. How to restyle curly hair fast and get mega volume

I think this image is going viral on Pinterest! I share my cheat’s way to fix my curls fast and show you my exact routine.

Find out how to restyle curly hair fast and get mega volume here

Thank you!

I hope you have happy holidays and here’s to a fantastic New Year!

Thank you so much for sharing this space with me online, and I’d love to know what you’d like to see in 2018 xx

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Do you feel nervous when you’re at the hairdresser’s? You’re not alone.

I received so many questions when I asked you what you’re too afraid to ask your hairdresser, it was clear there’s a lot so confusion out there.

In fact, I was super excited about finding out the answers to a lot of the questions myself.

There were so many questions that we had to split this into a two part series. Click here to check out Part 1 of Questions you’re too afraid to ask your hairdresser. This series has really made me feel better about how much I overthink situations.

Now I’m back for part 2 with the amazing Grant Withnell, Schwarzkopf National Technical Educator.

Grant is a hair genius and in our first Q&A we covered the difference between hair products, when to switch up your routine and how often to wash your hair.

Today, we’re hitting the awkward salon questions about cheating on your stylist and the truths of hair colour. I couldn’t wait to get Grant’s answers to these questions.

What you’re too afraid to ask your hairdresser… Q&A video

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In this video, Grant helps us by answering the following questions:

  • “Can my hairdresser tell if I’ve cheated on them?” – Steph
  • “How do you really feel when a loyal client “cheats” on you? Is it okay if I come back? :)” – Sascha
  • “What’s the best way to break up with your hairdresser? I ghosted a hairdresser once but I felt guilty. Should I tell them I’m not coming back or is it better to say nothing?” – Sarah
  • “Do you like when we bring in photos or is that annoying?” – Maddie
  • “Can they tell the difference between dandruff & psoriasis? And do they get creeped out by having to touch/wash it?” – Shelley
  • “What’s the biggest hair colour mistake you see?” – Lauren
  • “What are some common hair product mistakes you see? / Am I using this product correctly” – asked everyone

Thank you so much, Grant! Your advice is fantastic and I so appreciate your time to help answer these questions that we’re too afraid to ask our hairdressers.

I learnt some amazing new tips (especially about using volume powder to counteract too much hair serum!)

Personally, I’m also feeling so much better about my overthinking – your questions have shown me that I’m not alone and Grant has put my mind at ease by explaining it from a hairdresser’s perspective.

Which questions did you want to hear answered? And do you overthink situations as much as me?

PS. For more hair inspo, click here follow @SchwarzkopfAU on Instagram

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It’s really hard to ask certain questions when you’re in the chair at the salon, and so I’ve got the answers for you.

Over on Instagram I recently put a callout for questions asking what you’re too afraid to ask your hairdresser and I was swamped with responses.

There’s obviously a lot of mystery and confusion around hair and hairdressers, so I called on my friend Grant to help us to understand our hair.

Grant Withnell is the Schwarzkopf National Technical Educator and he is the only person I know who can easily explain how plex technology works {link to previous post} and so I trust him to tell us what’s really going on behind the scenes in the salon.

He’s also an experienced stylist and colourist in so many fields including television, film and theatre. He now focuses on hair education, so he really knows his stuff.

I knew Grant would be able to tell us the truth (without holding back) and he definitely delivered!

He was so great we had to split your questions into two videos. Here’s part 1 of the questions you’re too afraid to ask your hairdresser.

What you’re too afraid to ask your hairdresser… Q&A video

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In this video, Grant helps us by answering the following questions:

  • “Do you recommend changing products depending on the season, if so, why?” – Lauren
  • “How often should you wash your hair?” – asked everyone!
  • “Should you wash your hair before your appointment?” – asked everyone
  • “Do you hate that my hair is so dirty when I come in?” – Natasha
  • “How much hair is it normal to lose when you wash your hair?” – Elizabeth
  • “When do I need to use hair treatments?” – Rachel
  • “Do you recommend combing curls before washing, or does it cause excess damage?” – Lauren
  • “What are the safest wet hairstyles to prevent damage?” – Lauren

I learnt so much from Grant, and feel so much better about my hair loss every time I wash my hair.

Hope this video was helpful for you too. Which question were you most interested to hear answered?

PS. For more hair inspo, click here follow @SchwarzkopfAU on Instagram

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Knowing how to style the front of curly hair can be a challenge. Here’s my easy guide to styling curly hair for updos or any hairstyle you like.

Most of the time on Hair Romance you only see the back of my head.

It’s partly because the front of my styles are fairly simple but there’s another reason…

I’m really awkward when taking pictures of myself!

But I faced the camera today to show you some quick and easy tricks you can use to style the front of curly hair.

I’ve made a video which you can watch below to show you several different ways which you can watch below to show you several different ways to fix the front of your hair.

Do you have a good side?

Is it just me or do you seems to have one good side for curly hair?

I definitely prefer my left side. The curls on my right are a little bit wavier rather than curls.

So when styling the front of your hair you choose a side that suits your curls. Here are my tips to how to style the front of curly hair.

(And sorry for getting sidetracked in the video! I had to tell you about our dog so you’d really understand how much I tuck my hair behind my ear.)

I hope you enjoy some of the funny touches in this video as well. Jim had a great time editing this for me.

How to style the front of curly hair – Tips and curly hair tutorials video

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Curly hair tips and tutorials

1. The secret pin

My first tip for styling the front of curly hair is the secret pin. Twist your hair back but instead of putting it on top of your hair, you want to pin it underneath.

The trick is to do a 180 degree turn with your bobby pin, weaving it through the twist so that it stays in place. Try this if you like to wear your hair out but also to keep it off your face. This twist style can work with a low updo or bun.

2. The easy twisted top knot

This is the perfect way to keep your hair off the top of your face. You can create a loose or tight top knot to hold back the top layers of your hair and keep your hair off your face.

I like to keep a little bit of volume on top to balance the width of my hair.

3. The fringe braid

Technically this fringe braid is a Dutch lace braid, but don’t worry about the names. Watch the video tutorial and you’ll see how I do it. I only add hair from the back so that the braid sits exactly where I want it on my hair line.

As with the secret pin, hide the end of this braid under the rest of your hair or you could combine it into an updo.

4. How to get extra volume

A common complaint with curly hair is a lack of volume on top. Often it seems that way because it’s out of balance with the texture at the ends of our hair. The trick to fix this is to flip your part.

If you normally part your hair on the right, do a part on the left side instead. You’ll instantly create volume and uncover some perfectly formed curls. If you prefer centre part, create a zigzag part so that you have equal volume on either side.

5. Find your perfect combination

If I’m planning on wearing my hair up, I’ll take elements from each of these tips to create a perfect style that suits my hair.

You might want to create a contrast with a braid and a bun, or add more volume on top. It’s up to you and what matches your curls.

When doing an updo, I always style the front of my hair first.

6. Don’t be afraid to experiment

Experiment with different combination to see which you like best. You might prefer to keep some layers out at the sides when you have an updo or have a little bit more volume when you’re wearing a side bun.

Don’t try to be perfect, it’s all about having fun with your hair and finding your own hair romance.

I’d love to know what’s your favourite way to style the front of your curly hair.

And did you like Jim’s edit on the video? Let me know on the comments below.

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Hair Romance x Schwarzkopf collaboration

I have to mentally prepare myself to wash and dry my hair, so I love quick and easy hairstyles I can do in messy hair.

And for this Triple Twist hairstyle, your hair doesn’t need to be perfect.


If you’ve ever tried a tutorial and failed…

…this hairstyle is for you.

In fact, if you’re halfway through a style and it all starts going wrong, the Triple Twist is your quick-fix solution.

Don’t just put your hair up in a regular ponytail.

This twist updo is just as easy to do and will work in any hair that’s past shoulder length.

And best of all, it makes the most of your messy hair.

All you need are 3 hair elastics and 2 bobby pins.

…well maybe a few extra pins if you have really long hair.

Let’s get started – with messy hair

And to prove that your hair doesn’t need to be Pinterest-perfect before you start, I’m starting with this hair:

Yep, this is my real hair.

It’s pretty messy. It’s a little frizzy. And…

…I probably should have washed it 2 days ago.

I want to show you how quickly you can transform your messy, 3rd-day hair with some clever use of product.

Then I’ll teach you a super easy style that’ll get you all the compliments.

Quick and easy hair tutorial – the Triple-Twist updo video

Click here if you can’t see the video above

This style is my modernised take on the topsy tail that’ll see you from bed hair to anywhere hair in a few minutes.

How to get the look – The Triple-Twist hairstyle tutorial

What you’ll need: Step-by-step tutorial
  1. Prep your hair. To tame my knots and dry ends, I love the Fibre Therapy spray as it’s so light but really makes my hair feel soft.
    Then to add a little texture in the twists, I’m using the Body & Texture Texturising Spray in the mid-lengths of my hair.
  2. Style the front of your hair. I like a little volume at the top so a sprinkle of the volume powder helps to hold my hair. Then I pin it in place with a bobby pin.
  3. Create your first ponytail. Pull back a section of hair from your temples and create a little half-up ponytail with the 2 sides. Make sure you leave a gap in the middle and avoid the section you’ve already pinned at the top.
  4. Repeat Step 3, creating a second and third ponytail under the first. Take a section of hair around your ears and secure it with an elastic and gather the rest of your hair into a low ponytail.
  5. These three ponytails can be a style of their own! They make your hair look longer too. We could stop here but let’s finish this updo with a twist.
  6. Flip ponytail No.1 up and over, pulling it down and through itself, like a topsy tail style.
  7. Repeat with ponytail No.2. Make a hole above the elastic and flip your hair up and through. Tuck the first ponytail down through with it.
    You should have two cute little twists and it’s at this point you can start to tighten them up and stretch them out a little to emphasise those twists.
  8. Then twist ponytail No.3. Flip it up and through and tuck in the other two ponytails through this last twist. Depending on how long your hair is, you might like to keep your hair in this twisted ponytail.
  9. Roll up your hair to create the bun. Wrap the ends of your hair around two fingers and roll it up. Pin it in place with a bobby pin underneath.

This ponytail could be worn as a style on its own (see step 5)

Styling tips

  • With any updo, you can customise the front of the style to suit you and your hair. You can pull it all back or keep some layers loose around your face.
  • Modify the bun to suit your hair. If you’ve got really long hair, you might like to do a simple three-strand plait/braid first. This will make it easier for you to roll up your hair and pin in underneath.
  • Braids make your hair a little bit tighter and more compact so the bun won’t be too big. But if you’ve got fine hair, you can backcomb your hair to create a loose bun and keep a little bit of texture in your hair.
Live hair tutorial video

You know there’s no fancy editing in my videos and so you see exactly how I style my hair, but I thought it would fun to give you a real time demonstration as well.

So join me on Facebook Live on Thursday 7th December at 8pm (Sydney time) where I‘ll show you how to get great hair fast and I’ll be answering your hair questions. I’ll explain some of my favourite product hacks too.

Can’t wait to chat with you then!

Show me your style

I can’t wait to see your version of the twist!

Please share them with me on Instagram – tag me @hairromance so I can see them or use the hashtag #hairromance. While you’re there, follow @schwarzkopfau too for more hair inspiration.

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