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Natural oils are a bit of a beauty buzz ingredient right now and seem to be taking over our hair and skincare routines like nothing else. Coconut oil especially is our go-to product for everything and if we’re not eating it then we’re slathering it on our tresses. It’s not a one size fits all approach though, so today we thought we’d break it down and help you find the best oil for your hair type.
Before we get into it there are some rules about using oils in your hair that are worth sticking to. Not all of these oils are comedogenic (pore blocking) but it’s still important not to go overboard. A little goes a long way! You also want to try and apply them as evenly as possible so that the bulk of the oil isn’t concentrated in one place. Section your hair and use a comb to evenly distribute the oils throughout the lengths for the best results.
The Best Oil For Thin Hair?
For fine hair types the main thing you’ll need to be wary of is weighing down your locks with something heavy. It’s better to concentrate the oil through the lengths and ends of your hair rather than at the scalp to avoid making your hair look limp. The molecular structure of Jojoba Oil is really similar to the natural sebum that your follicles produce so it’s perfect for your hair type. It’s also antibacterial and will help to keep your scalp super healthy.
The Best Oil For Thick Hair?
Thicker hair tends to be more on the drier side and needs something super nourishing to prevent frizz. Argan Oil is heavy, so it’s perfect for moisturising thick tresses and amazing at treating damage too. You could also check out Macadamia Oil as it’s full of fatty acids and is heavy enough to control your hair and keep it looking shiny.
The Best Oil For Dry Hair?
Natural oils are perfect for dry hair and can help to keep it looking shinier and healthier for longer. Argan Oil is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids so it’s really moisturising and perfect for dry hair types. It’s also rich in Vitamin E which works to repair damage to the hair and prevent split ends. Another oil that’s perfect for dry hair is Camellia Oil which comes from the Japanese Camellia flower. It’s very high in Oleic Acid so it’s super moisturising and will help to nourish your scalp and soothe itchiness. Last up, try the beauty guru’s favourite Coconut Oil. It can penetrate the hair cuticle and cortex because of its low molecular weight which helps to seal and nourish your dry strands as well as prevent damage.
The Best Oil For Frizzy Hair?
Frizz happens when your hair is really dry and, in some cases, damaged so to fight it it’s important to keep your hair as nourished as possible. Rose Oil is very moisturising and helps to smooth and seal the cuticle to keep your hair from frizzing out. You can also try Argan Oil as it’s rich in fatty acids and will help to make your hair more manageable and shiny.
The Best Oil For Damaged Hair?
Damaged hair is way more porous and can’t hold on to moisture as much as healthy hair. Using oils will seal the cuticle and help you retain some much needed moisture. Macadamia Oil contains squalene which is a naturally occurring antioxidant that helps to nourish and moisturise your scalp. It’s also full of fatty acids including Omega 6 and 9 which are really moisturising and perfect for damaged hair. We’d also recommend Olive Oil as it’s also really moisturising and will sink into your locks to give them a much smoother appearance.
The Best Oil For Oily Hair?
No, not a typo. You can still use oil even if you have oily hair and it might actually work to balance sebum production and make your scalp less oily. Is this making sense? Tea Tree in particular helps to regulate oil production which is why it’s often used to treat acne. It contains an astringent called tannic acid which prevents sebum from building up and blocking your pores. Just remember that as it’s super strong you’ll need to mix the Tea Tree with a carrier oil like Coconut to avoid any irritation.
The Best Oil For A Sensitive Scalp / Dandruff?
For a super sensitive scalp check out Kalahari Melon Seed Oil. It’s super moisturising as it’s rich in Omega 9 but also gentle enough to use on sensitive skin. As it’s rich in Vitamin E it will help to soothe irritation and combat dandruff too. Alternatively, Lemongrass Oil has been shown to significantly reduce dandruff in just one week, making it the best choice to beat the flakes. It’s also super soothing and perfect for calming an irritated scalp.
The Best Oil For Hair Growth?
There are quite a few oils that are said to boost hair growth depending on your main concerns. The most popular is Castor Oil as it’s rich in fatty acids and helps to moisturise the follicles while increasing blood flow. Baobab Oil is also really good for boosting hair growth. It’s very high in Vitamins A, D, E and F as well as fatty acids which help to boost cell rejuvenation and encourage your hair to grow. You could also try Rosemary Oil as it boosts cellular metabolism and stimulates hair growth. Lavender Oil has also been shown to improve the number of hair follicles and deepen them for stronger, healthier hair growth. We wouldn’t advise using all of these in one go (eek) but you can switch it up and test out different ones to see what works for you.
The Best Oil For Dull Hair?
The best part about using hair oils is that they can help you achieve an otherworldly amount of shine. Almond Oil is an emollient and fills in the gaps in your hair at a cellular level so it’s perfect for making your hair look really healthy. Argan Oil is also amazing for adding shine and is easy to find in lots of hair products. One of our fave hacks is spraying oil over freshly curled hair which Chrissy Teigen’s hair stylist Giannandrea swears by.
The Best Oil For Heat Protection?
Ok so when we first read that natural oils could be used as a heat protectant we were a little sceptical too but it turns out this weird hack is actually a thing. You just need to make sure you’re using an oil with a high smoke point so that you’re covered when using heat tools. The best ones to use are Almond Oil which has a smoke point of 255°C and Olive Oil at 191°C. Ideally you shouldn’t use anything hotter than 185°C on your hair to avoid damage so you’re well within the smoke point of these oils. You just have to make sure that you coat your hair as evenly as possible to avoid causing any damage.
If you’ve been thinking about growing out your natural hair colour for a while then you’re not the only one. Ditching the dye and going low maintenance is officially a hair trend and lazy girls everywhere are more than ready to embrace it. But before you get carried away and delete your stylist’s number you need to make it through the growing out stage first. It can be a bit of a time consuming process but we’ve got all the pro tips you need to make it happen.
Figure Out Your Natural Shade First
If you’ve been dyeing your hair for ages then you’ve probably forgotten what your natural shade even looks like. Giving your roots a few weeks to come through is the best way to see what you’re working with and give your hair a little break. Ideally you want a minimum of 2 cm growth before you take the next step so that you can see the shade properly. This sounds like a lot but if you’re struggling just pick up some root touch up spray to hide it for now.
You Need A Plan
Growing out your hair colour is a time consuming process that you really need to plan for in advance. The best way to transition is to keep it gradual by only making subtle changes to your shade over a period of months. That way you can skip any awkward stages and keep your hair looking healthy. It’s best to book a quick appointment with your stylist first and figure out all the options before deciding on your next step.
Go Back To Your Natural Colour
The easiest way to grow out your hair colour is to just dye the lengths back to your root shade. This sounds simple but it’ll depend on what you’ve used on your hair before as to how well it works. If you’ve had highlights or balayage then it’ll be difficult to get an even colour and you might be better off going for a root drag instead.
The Root Drag
The easiest way to transition back to your natural colour is by blurring your root shade into the lengths of your hair so that it eventually looks like ombre or balayage. A root drag is perfect for this and will save you waiting for your hair to grow. It’s basically when your stylist combs dye in your natural shade down the lengths of your hair to give you a seamless transition. You can also opt for a glaze, rather than permanent colour as it’s way more gentle and perfect if your hair is damaged.
How To Grow Out Highlights
To grow out highlights ask your stylist to put some low lights in between the gaps to spread them out. If your root shade is a lot darker then this will really help to blend the harsh line and disguise your roots. After a few months it’ll just look like balayage and will be easy to maintain so you won’t have to worry about going back to the salon as much. You could also try getting babylights at your next appointment as they’re a lot thinner and easier to grow out.
If Your Roots Are Lighter
Obviously lighter roots and darker lengths are going to be more tricky and time consuming to grow out. Your best option will be to gradually lighten your hair with highlights to transition your darker lengths back to the root shade. This will take several trips to the salon but bleaching your hair all over can cause a lot of damage so it’s best to take your time.
If You’ve Dyed Your Hair Black
Black is the hardest colour to remove so growing it out is a super lengthy process. Your stylist can do a bleach wash to gradually lighten your hair but you should only go a few shades lighter at a time to avoid any damage. Bleaching black hair back to blonde in one sitting is only going to leave you with banana yellow, straw-like strands and trust us, it’s not a good look. Your best bet is to be patient and take things slowly with this one.
If You’re Growing Out Pastel Colours / Bleach
Most pastel shades will fade over time so it’s just a waiting game until the colour wears off and then you can dye over the top of it. Once the colour has shifted you can use a mix of highlights and lowlights to cover any leftover pigment and to get a softer blend between your root shade. Bleached hair takes a while to absorb new colour so you might have to keep going back to the salon regularly in the first few months. It’s best to keep transitioning slightly darker each time until you reach your root shade rather than trying to dye it back in one sitting. You’ll also need to use masks regularly and avoid heat as much as possible as bleached hair is way more porous and prone to damage.
Embrace Your Hair Curlers
Growing out your hair colour isn’t going to be easy so you might want to embrace some hairstyles that will help to make the transition a little easier. Curling your hair will disguise roots way better than wearing it straight so it’s going to be your go-to look for the next few months. If you need to skip the heat then try braids instead as they’ll have the same effect without causing any damage.
Yes, you guessed it we’re totally justifying our Love Island obsession by saying we’re watching it for the hair tips. So we’re basically working while watching? Best excuse ever. But seriously, what better place to get holiday hair advice than from a group of girls who are permanently in the sun? Here’s what we’ve learnt so far....
Lesson 1 : We Need GHDs
GHD are sponsoring the villa this year and providing the cast with an army of hot tools including their new Platinum Styler, Soft Curl Hair Tong and Creative Wand. They’re the safest way to heat style your hair as they have sensors that keep the heat even across the plates as well as a wishbone hinge that ensures your hair is held in the right place.
Lesson 2 : It’s All About The Blowdry
When Megan stole Laura’s guy she was more concerned with not being able to borrow her hair brush than hurting her feelings. "'I always used her brush to blow-dry my hair, now what am I gonna do?” The brush in question is the Mark Hill Perfect Blow Dry brush and it’s in the shape of a doughnut which ensures that the heat is evenly distributed throughout your hair. This cuts your drying time in half and causes less damage while smoothing out your strands for a frizz free finish. It’s the perfect brush for creating super bouncy waves like Megan’s and it isn’t expensive either. Sold.
Lesson 3 : Go Supersonic
Everyone in the villa uses the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer which is celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin’s go to hair tool. After 4 years of research this is the best and probably most expensive hair dryer available but it’s also the quickest and least damaging. If it’s good enough for Dani’s eyelashes then it’s good enough for us right?
Lesson 4 : You Don’t Need To Spend A Bomb
Superdrug are sponsoring the island again this year and supplying the gals with loads of hair styling products we can actually afford. When she's not stirring up the drama, Megan uses Superdrug’s Natural Hold Hairspray to set her waves. It’s a mere £1.49 and is enriched with pro-vitamin B5 which helps to stimulate hair growth.
Lesson 5 : Work With The Humidity
Hot weather can kill a good hair day quicker than anything else and all that humidity is a breeding ground for frizz. Laura’s corkscrew curls are the ultimate way to work with it rather than against it and add lots of volume and texture that will last for days. To create the look she used curling small sections at a time using the Lee Stafford Original Chopstick Styler.
Lesson 6 : We Need A Wet Brush
Dani Dyer’s go to hair tool is a must for anyone with fine or damaged hair that’s prone to breakage. The Wet Brush has IntelliFlex® bristles that are really thin and flexible which makes them gentle enough to brush your wet hair without causing any damage. It also stimulates your scalp to boost hair growth while taming frizz and flyaways, dreamy.
Lesson 7 : Keep It Kink Free
All the girls in the villa are totally obsessed with Invisibobbles and use them to tie their hair back without causing damage. The telephone cord shape doesn’t pull or snag on your hair and won’t leave any kinks either. It’s also completely waterproof and perfect for dipping in the pool.
If you’re vegan or veggie then it’s super important to know exactly what’s in your beauty products. That being said finding things that work for you has never been easier as more and more hair care brands are switching out old formulas for new, plant based versions. They’re also way cooler than you might expect and some of the package is beyond insta-worthy. So whether you’re 100% plant based or just want to try out something new, these are the coolest vegan hair care brands you need to know about.
If you haven’t seen a picture of Herbivore’s dreamy yet minimal packaging on instagram, then you’re not following the right people. Founded in 2011, it’s predominantly a skincare brand but their Sea Salt Spray has developed a bit of a cult following. The main ingredient is obviously sea salt but it also includes aloe vera which prevents your hair from drying out and keeps it feeling super soft. If that doesn’t sound like your thing then make sure to check out their hair perfume mists instead. They’re made from a blend of essential oils and come in three scents including rose, jasmine and apricot.
Maria Nila is a Swedish haircare brand with the most insanely beautiful packaging. They’re fully approved by Peta, The Leaping Bunny and The Vegan Society and are really committed to being sustainable. They also work with several initiatives including Taking Groot, a charity that helps to rebuild areas of the rainforest that have been lost to deforestation. So cool! As for the products, they offer shampoos, conditioners and masks depending on your hair type. There are six ranges including Sheer Silver for bleached hair, Pure Volume for finer hair and Structure and Repair for damaged hair. It’s pretty pricey but a really lovely treat if your locks needs a boost.
COLAB Dry Shampoo
Colab is a relatively new dry shampoo range by beauty blogger Ruth Crilly which is vegan, cruelty free and made in the UK. The sheer invisible formula is so light it’s barely visible and doesn’t leave a thick residue behind either so you don’t have to worry about white patches. As the original formula is so light they also have an extreme volume range which features plumping powders to give you some extra lift. They also come in different scents but our fave is the original formula which has a rose and bergamot fragrance.
Rahua oil has the coolest story behind it. In 1990 stylist Fabian Lliguin went to meet women from the Amazonian tribe Quecha-Shuar and discovered they were using Rahua oil to nourish and repair their hair. He was so inspired by their secret that he began working on a haircare line which included the Rahua oil. As the molecules in the oil are so small they penetrate your hair’s cortex so rather than sitting on top of it they nourish your strands from the inside. The range now includes everything from shampoos and conditioners to styling products and masks which are all 100% vegan, cruelty free and beautifully packaged.
BLEACH started off as a salon inside Topshop on Oxford Street but it’s now the go-to, at home brand for anyone with platinum or pastel hair. Their products make dyeing your hair and holding onto colour really easy. They include toners, masks and shampoos for targeting specific pastel colours that keep your hair looking fresh. They also have at home hair dyes in every pastel shade imaginable as well as ombre, highlights and grey dye kits. If you’re into crazy colours then this is the brand for you.
R+CO was founded by three of the biggest hairstylists in the business including Garren who’s worked for everyone from Victoria Beckham to Kendall Jenner. Initially the brand was cruelty free and vegetarian but decided to switch up their formulas and go completely vegan in 2018. Their packaging is really beautiful and their Death Valley dry shampoo has rave reviews so we’d definitely recommend checking it out.
Lush is known for being one of the most sustainable brands and has always been completely cruelty free and vegetarian. Not all of their products are vegan but they do offer some really good options that are worth working into your routine. Their Veganese and Happy Happy Joy Joy conditioners include all natural ingredients like lemon oil and almond milk to nourish your hair. You can also try out their solid conditioners in Jungle and Big as they’re both vegan and take up way less room in the shower. Lastly if you need something for styling check out their Dirty Hair Cream which is a firm hold styling product made with coconut butter to really nourish your hair.
We’re bringing you ultimate summer vibes this week with our fave pool party and vacation hairstyles using your Milk + Blush Hair Extensions. All three hairstyles are seriously cool while still being easy to achieve and maintain in that gorgeous summer heat. So whether you’re jetting off to Ibiza or Marbella, you and your girlfriends are guaranteed to turn heads poolside.
You can create these styles with your natural hair as well as your Milk + Blush Extensions but if you do decide to rock your M+B hair to a pool party or to the beach we would recommend not getting them wet. If you fancy a dip tie your hair up into a high bun to keep it out of the water or create these styles without your extensions.
Scarf Top Knot
This hairstyle is perfect if you want to put your hair up to stay cool in the heat but still look cute and express your personality.
The addition of a scarf makes this top knot unlike any other. Not only does it add a pop of colour but it also helps keep any layers or annoying stray hairs from poking out of the top knot keeping it sleek and in place all day.
There any many different ways to incorporate this accessory into your top knot. We’ve used the tail ends of the scarf to create two strands of a three strand braid but you can experiment with wrapping or twisting the scarf around the hair too.
Swept Back and Sassy
This swept back hairstyle is perfect for a pool party. It keeps any unruly hair at bay and looks as if you’ve just stepped out of the pool with your hair perfectly and effortlessly slicked back.
Hair products play a big part in creating this hairstyle - more specifically products with great holding power and smoothing properties. We used a combination of TIGI Bed Head After Party Styling Cream and TIGI Bed Head Hard Head Hard Hold Hairspray to sweep back the hair and hold it in place giving it that slick, almost wet, appearance. Products like this can also fight frizz in the heat so you can be sure that your look stays smooth all day.
This is such a fierce look and is a perfect day to night. After a long day of sunning it up simply comb back any flyaways, add a little more hairspray and you’re ready to hit the strip!
“Natural” Summer Curls
If your hair is flat and lacking in texture this is the look for you. Using a chopstick curler can give you gorgeous natural looking curls that stay put all day. Trust us, no one will know that you weren't naturally blessed with all that volume and bounce.
Because these curls are so tight they’ll last a whole lot longer than beachy waves or classic curls meaning you won’t need to restyle your hair after a day at the pool. Plus they’ll still be cute even after they’ve dropped a little.
If your hair has a tendency to be a little unruly in humid weather this look will work for you. If anything a little extra body only makes it better - big hair, don’t care!
If you recreate any of these looks with your Milk + Blush Hair Extensions share a snap on Instagram and tag @milkandblush, we would love to see your summer hair creations!
Check out the full tutorial for each look below!
Pool Party and Vacation Hairstyles | Milk + Blush Hair Extensions - YouTube
We all dream of having long hair but very few of us have the willpower to a) resist the temptation of a haircut and b) put down the damaging heat tools. But if you’re reading this post then you’re probably ready to make some changes and commit to growing it. To get you on the right track we’ve put together some of the best hair growth hacks on the internet that will boost your follicles in no time.
Learn How To Dust
We’ve written a whole post on this here but dusting is basically when you trim off the very end of your hair to remove splits without sacrificing length. This is something you can do at home, in between haircuts to help keep your hair healthy. Although this won’t make your hair grow faster it will preserve your hair growth and stop the splits from continuing up the hair shaft which will prevent you having to cut off more hair in the future.
Use Castor Oil On Your Scalp
There are a lot of amazing testimonials about castor oil online and a lot of YouTube gurus have been singing its praises too. Castor oil has been used in beauty products since forever as it’s rich in omega-6 and 9 fatty acids which do some seriously amazing things for your hair. These acids moisturise your scalp and help stimulate blood circulation as well as reduce dandruff. So not only will it improve hair growth but it’ll improve your hair overall hair health too. Yass.
The Raw Egg
Yup. Putting a raw egg on your head is actually pretty amazing for hair growth and for your hair in general. Eggs are full of protein and contain vitamins A & B12 which together stimulate your follicles and nourish the lengths. Repeat this once a week before your regular shampoo routine and make sure to really work it into your scalp for the best results.
You’ve probably seen your fave Instagrammer (Hey Kim!) holding up a little bottle of pills and pouting at it like theres no tomorrow. Hair supplements are everywhere and they can help to fuel your follicles and speed up hair growth. You want to look out for ones that contain biotin, thiamin, riboflavin and vitamins B, A and E to really fuel your locks. Do your research though, read lots of reviews and make sure to only buy vitamins from a reputable place so you know you’re getting the real deal.
Massage Your Scalp
Massaging your scalp regularly will help to increase the blood flow to your hair follicles which in turn promotes hair growth. You can do this in the shower with your fingers while shampooing but just make sure to be as gentle as possible with your hair when it’s wet. Alternatively pick up a scalp massager that you can use on dry hair to get the same effect. Repeat this process 2-3 times a week and for at least 3 minutes at a time for the best results.
Just Leave It Alone
Probably not the advice you want to hear but if you constantly dye, heat style and wash your hair then it’s going to get damaged and you’re going to lose length. Instead try to give your hair a few days off a week to keep it at its best and to let it grow. The less you mess with it the healthier it will be.
Stress can affect how your hair grows so if you want longer locks then you need to take some time out and look after yourself. Exercise is really good for fighting stress and all that extra blood flow will do amazing things for your scalp too. Getting super stressed out can affect your overall health, not just your hair, so it’s important to make sure you’re feeling good.
Get M+B Hair Extensions
Well, DUH. But obviously if you want instantly longer hair then picking up some extensions is the quickest option. M+B Clip Ins are really useful while growing out your hair too and can hide that awkward in between stage. They’re also the healthiest hair extension option so you don’t have to worry about causing any damage and reversing your hard work.
Eat Hair Healthy Foods
Improving your diet has so many benefits but it’ll also do amazing things for your hair. It’s time to ditch the mac 'n' cheese in exchange for these foods that are rich in hair boosting vitamins. For biotin which strengthens your hair and promotes growth eat more eggs, almonds, cauliflower and whole grains. For a healthy boost of protein which strengthens the hair by helping your body to produce keratin try eggs, chicken and almonds. You’ll also want to include lots of dark leafy greens to make sure you’re getting enough iron as a deficiency can stunt hair growth. Lastly to detox and nourish your scalp stock up on avocado and sunflower seeds for a boost in vitamin E and to increase hair strength pick up some carrots or butternut squash to get your vitamin A intake.
Keeping your locks under control can be tricky, especially if you’re prone to frizz or don’t have a lot of time in the morning. Turns out always having perfect hair is down to preparation and not something you just wake up with. Switching up your routine and picking the right products can be all it takes to make a major difference to your hair. Here’s what you need to do...
Get Regular Trims
Hair looks its best when it’s healthy and there’s no amount of styling that will mask split or dry ends. Even if you’re growing it out it’s still important to get regular trims and keep your locks looking super healthy. If you’re someone who’s always in a rush then opt for a blunt cut as crisp ends never fail to look good and it’ll be less upkeep than maintaining layers.
Get A Routine
Planning your hair routine in advance is the best way to ensure your hair looks perfect all the time. If you have a busy week then it’s worth figuring out the best evenings/mornings to wash and style your hair. It may sound a bit extra but if you want it to look its best then you’re going to have to make time for it.
Drag Out Your Blow Dry
A blow dry is the secret to perfect looking hair that lasts, even if you’re not getting it done at the salon. Mastering the at home blow dry will set you up for a few good hair days as it’s a really easy style to maintain. You can ideally drag it out for 2-3 days with a little dry shampoo and minimal touch ups, making it perfect for lazy girls who want their hair to look good.
Keep Stocked Up With Products
Having a stash of dry shampoo, hairspray, serum and bobby pins at all times means even on a bad day you’ll have the tools to fix your hair. It’s also worth picking up travel size versions for touch ups during the day, especially dry shampoo or anti frizz sheets to revive your locks.
Let Your Hair Cool After Styling
Letting your hair cool properly after styling will make a big difference in the longevity of your look. This is especially true of curls as letting them drop too soon will create loose waves rather than ringlets. To get more out of your styling time pick up a heat proof glove and hold your curl in place after using the tongs to give it more staying power. You can also apply a generous amount of hairspray in the morning to keep everything in place during the day.
Sleep On A Silk Pillowcase / Get A Hair Turban
We’ve gone on forever about the benefits of doing this for your hair health but it’ll also help to keep it looking fresher for longer. Silk doesn’t draw out as much moisture as cotton so you’ll find your hair is less greasy and not so frizzy come the morning. Silk turbans are also a perfect way to preserve your blow dry or fresh curls so that you won’t have to worry about re-styling in the morning.
Style Your Extensions In Advance
A good tip is to style your extensions before you need to wear them so that it cuts down the time you need to do your hair. For a quick blend just brush though your hair once they’re all clipped in and curl or straighten the top layer if you need to.
Get A Gloss Treatment
Gloss treatments coat your hair to make it look super shiny while taming frizz and flyaways. They’re a semi permanent treatment that smoothes the hair shaft and leaves you with way more manageable hair. They only last up to two weeks so it might not be something you do regularly but if you’ve got a busy week coming up then it could be a lifesaver.
Pick Products That Work For Your Hair Type
Choosing products that work with your hair type will help to make the styling process a lot easier and make your hair way more manageable. If you’re prone to frizz for example then it’s good to pick up a shampoo and conditioner that are really going to nourish your hair and keep it smoother for longer.
To give you ultimate hair inspo, we’ve started a ‘Hair History’ series here on the Milk + Blush blog. In Hair History, we’re taking a look back at some iconic hairstyles through the years and tracing the hair evolution of some of our fave stars and celebs to where they are today.
This month we’ve chosen Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. We’ve been swooning over their effortless waves for decades but they’re not afraid to experiment either which makes them perfect for this series. From cute TV twins to boho babes these are all the looks you need to see...
Aww little Olsens! Way back when our fave twins were starring in the TV show Full House and both played Michelle Tanner from 1987-1995. We’re loving the blunt bangs and matching bows, too cute!
By 1997 they were already on their 15th movie, The Adventures of Mary Kate and Ashley: The Case Of The Volcano Mystery. They rocked this Anna Wintour style bob with their blunt bangs and the coolest pair of 90s sunnies we’ve ever seen.
At age 12 they both styled their hair in these cute, ditsy ponies tied with black bows at the Spice World premiere in Hollywood. Snaps for the matching suits!
Officially teenagers MK and Ashley ditched the blunt bangs and went for this Meg Ryan inspired crop instead. This was also around the time they released their own curling wand and it’s the one hair tool we wish we still had.
Did someone get straighteners for Christmas? We’re totally swooning over these highlights in honey toned blonde and their super glossy locks.
This year they accepted their star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and for the first time didn’t have matching hair. Mary Kate went for this gorgeous auburn shade while Ashley went really blonde and cut some choppy bangs.
The Olsens officially invented boho waves in 2005 and we’ve been totally obsessed ever since. MK went even darker with her hair this year and we love the contrast with Ashley’s blonde.
This year they launched their fashion brand The Row and to celebrate switched up their hair with Ashley going darker and MK going back to her blonde roots. Their boho curls are a lot looser now too and closer to the iconic Olsen waves that we know and love.
They launched another label this year called Elizabeth and James, the brand behind our fave perfume Nirvana, and went full goth vibes. Mary Kate’s platinum blonde waves look killer with that headband while Ashley went for a glossy slicked back bun and lots of eyeliner.
Yassss! One of the most iconic looks of all time, these blonde boho waves are Mary Kate and Ashley’s signature. They’re matching again too with this golden blonde shade and extra long locks.
To accept their award for Womenswear Designer of the Year for The Row at the CFDA’s Mary Kate went back to auburn with this super sleek look. Sticking to the blonde Ashley went for a chilled low bun and grown out roots instead.
On the same red carpet two years later they both rocked the low bun in their signature hue and kept things minimal in matching black dresses.
At the Met Gala they both went for undone hairstyles. Ashley’s half up half down look is the perfect style to recreate for the summer while Mary Kate’s braid are effortlessly cool. Their hair stylist Mark Townsend told Elle magazine that Mary Kate only lets him use 5 bobby pins on her hair as she doesn’t like it to be too polished. So it’s all about embracing the imperfections if you want to look like an Olsen.
Mary Kate is giving us a lesson in ombre colour with her dark roots and super blonde ends. Although their hair colour isn’t matching they’re still sporting their signature beachy waves with a centre part. Boho vibes forever!
There are so many rules about how often we should go to the hairdressers. From 6-8 weeks to 3 months and everything in between it’s hard to know what’s right for our tresses. Going to the salon doesn’t always mean a drastic change though and it’s better to get regular trims than to let your hair get unruly. To keep your locks looking their best we’ve put together these 9 signs that will tell you exactly when it’s time for a haircut...
1. If your ends dry faster than the rest of your hair
If after a shower you notice that your ends are dry before you’ve even picked up the hair dryer it could be a sign that it’s severely damaged. When cuticles are damaged they become a lot more porous and can’t retain moisture which is why they dry so much quicker than the rest of your hair.
2. Your hair is always tangled
Damaged hair gets tangled really easily so if you find you’re constantly having to brush it or it’s getting super knotty then that’s why. If you have mid to long length hair this will be more of an issue as you don’t want to end up losing length so it’s worth cutting off the damage now before it’s too late.
3. If your hair tapers
Ideally your hair should be the same thickness from root to tip so if you find the end of your pony is super wispy then it’s definitely time for a cut. Normally you can see a line where your hair will start to get thinner so ideally you want to cut to that point and then keep on top of trims to maintain it.
4. It won’t hold a style
If your hair falls flat half an hour after curling it then it might be because it’s super damaged and in need of some TLC. Split ends are impossible to control and using heat will only make the problem worse. If you straighten or curl your hair a lot make sure to get regular trims and always use a heat protectant to minimise the risk of damage.
5. Your naturally curly hair is now straight
For curly hair types regular cuts will help to keep your hair looking super bouncy and fresh. Sometimes if your hair gets dry your curls won’t be as tight so it’s worth going for a trim every 3 months to preserve them and make styling way easier too.
6. You Have split ends
If you’ve read our Hair Myths Busted blog post you’ll know that you can’t fix a split end so if you have them it’s definitely time for a cut. A split end will keep on splitting up the hair shaft and you’ll have to cut off inches to fix it if you don’t get regular trims. For fine or damage prone hair add a repairing mask into your weekly routine too and dust your ends regularly to keep on top of splits.
7. If your cut has lost its shape
For bangs, pixie cuts or layered hairstyles you need to schedule a haircut every 4-6 weeks to maintain the cut and shape of your style. This is especially true for blunt cuts that will start to soften the longer you leave it in between visits.
8. It looks dull
Sometimes your hair can start to look really dull if it’s super damaged and you’ll notice a difference in how shiny the hair is at your roots compared to your ends. If this is you then it’s best to start with a haircut to remove the fried ends and use a deep conditioning mask once a week to nourish your hair and prevent further damage.
9. You’re obsessed with the messy bun
If you’re always wearing your hair up then it’s probably because you’re hating your style or are trying to hide damage. To freshen up your look and for a boost of confidence it’s worth getting a haircut and trying something new.
In case you haven’t heard, the perm is back and taking over our Instagram feeds for the rest of the summer. Everyone from Bella Hadid to Chrissy Teigen has tried it and it’s the best way to add volume to fine hair without using styling tools. Sounds dreamy right? But it still comes with risks. So to help you decide if it’s right for you, here’s everything you need to know about getting a perm...
It Takes A While
Getting a perm isn’t something you can do in your lunch break, it takes ages! First your hair is washed and then the solution is applied in sections until your hair is completely coated. Basic solutions include ammonium thioglycolate which is what breaks down the disulphide bonds and allows your hair to change shape. Next your hair is wrapped around the curling rods and left to set for up to 20 minutes. Once they’re removed a neutraliser is added before washing your hair again and then blow drying. The whole process can take up to 3 hours to complete so you’ll need to be up for a lengthy trip to the salon.
They Last At Least 3 Months
Yup, this isn’t just a summer thing. A perm can last anything from 3 months to forever depending on the solution used and how tight the curls are. Modern formulas are way more gentle on your hair so it’s less of a full time commitment and will slowly start to loosen up. It’s important to ask your stylist how long your treatment will last so that you can plan your next cut and will know what you’re in for.
You Can’t Perm Damaged Hair
If your hair is very damaged and then you perm over the top it will literally just break off. Perming can make your hair feel dry and brittle which is why starting with healthy hair is so important. Damaged strands won’t react well to the formula either so your end result won’t be as good. In short make sure your hair is looking its best before you take the plunge.
You Need To Consider Your Haircut First
Cutting your hair after a perm can affect the curl so if you need a trim it’s best to do that first. Perms look better when you have layers rather than a blunt cut as they add more volume. You also need to account for your hair getting shorter during the process too. Imagine your cut a few inches further up and think about whether it’ll still work with your face shape.
You Can’t Colour Your Hair
To limit damage it’s best to stick to one chemical process at a time rather than bleaching or using a permanent dye at the same time as your perm. Ideally you want to leave a few weeks in between treatments to allow your hair to repair and relax.
You Can Still Straighten It
After your hair has been permed and you’ve left it alone for the 48 hour setting period you can still use heat tools later on to change up your look. As soon as you get your hair wet it will bounce back again but this might affect how quickly the curls drop over time. It’s best to keep heat styling to a minimum but it’s good to know incase you have post perm regrets.
You Can’t Wash Your Hair For 48 Hours
If you’re someone who loves working out or just feels a bit weird about skipping a day between washes then this is something you need to think about. For 48 hours after your perm you can’t get it wet, put it up or play with it too much as the chemical is resetting your strands. Even after your treatment washing it everyday will affect how long the curls last, so you’ll need to prolong the gap between washes as much as possible.
You’ll Need To Up Your Hair Routine
Curlier hair, especially after being chemically treated will need more nourishment and maintenance. It’ll be more prone to frizz and a lot dryer than normal after a perm so incorporating masks and hot oil treatments into your routine is a must.