Don’t you just love the feeling of walking out of a hair salon with smooth, shiny and voluminous hair? When you have a good hair day, the world’s a better place. When your hair’s how you like it, you can throw on any outfit and look fantastic in it. You walk with your head held high and a little swing in your step to allow your hair to swish out behind you and you feel more confident when meeting new people or having your photo taken.
Your hair has the power to transform the way you go about your day and how you feel about yourself and it’s not as complicated as you may think to tame that mane. All you need to look like you’ve stepped out of the salon every day of your life is an open-mind and the right techniques.
Here we break down some hairstyles that are guaranteed to make you feel groomed, glamorous and gorgeous. With step by step instructions, you can copy the techniques used in the salon by your favourite stylists to have a good hair day every day.
Big hair, don’t care! A big, bouncy blowdry will make your hair look luscious, thick and healthy. It’s the hair equivalent of power-dressing as it will make you feel strong and confident and may even give you an extra inch of height. Here’s how to do it:
STEP ONE It’s all about the prep. Towel dry your hair and mist ghd root lift spray directly at the roots. Then apply ghd straight and tame cream to the mid-lengths and ends. This will make your hair smoother when heat is applied to it.
STEP TWO Starting at the nape of the neck, take diagonal sections and blow dry each section. Make sure your hairdryer is capable of reaching a high heat as this will also make your hair smoother. Try the Nicky Clarke 2200W supershine hairdryer and a natural bristle brush like the ghd oval bristle brush. Take your time over each section, lifting it up and out as you blow dry, which will create volume at the root. When the section is dry wrap it around two fingers and pin at the roots. Make sure the ends are tucked in to keep the hair smooth and neat.
STEP THREE At the sides and at the front of the hair, position the hair in the direction you want the curl to fall. For example, wrapping the hair away from the face will create lift and volume.
STEP FOUR Wait for at least 10 minutes for the hair to cool. Then unpin the curls starting at the nape.
STEP FIVE: Tilt your head back and shake through to make the curls softer. Finish with a mist of Time Bomb strike a pose modelling hairspray to lock the look in place.
Sleek And Straight
Straight hair is making a comeback. It makes all hair types look shinier and it requires next to no effort. However, you may have noticed that it’s frizz-free for longer when you have it done at the salon. Here’s how to remedy that:
STEP ONE: Apply a heat serum like the ghd straight and tame cream to wet or towel-dried hair. Start with one pump of product and rub it into the palm of your hands before distributing it evenly. Avoid letting the product get near the roots, as this can make your hair look lank and greasy.
STEP TWO: Divide your hair into sections and clip them up. Blow dry each section going from root to tip, using your hair dryer at medium temperature settings to avoid drying out your hair.
STEP THREE: Do you have the right hair straighteners? The key to a salon smooth look is the material used in the plates of the straightening iron. Look for flat irons that use ceramic, tourmaline or titanium metals. They are the gentlest on the hair because they release negative ions that work to tighten the hair’s cuticle. This helps your hair look shinier and less frizzy. They also heat more evenly, causing less heat damage to your hair. The Babyliss 3Q hair straighteners are made from ceramic as are the ghd V gold classic stylers that are used in tons of salons around the UK for a reason – they work!
STEP FOUR: Once your hair is dry, clamp the straightening iron around your hair and gently smoothen each strand. Be careful with heat settings to avoid hair damage. The finer your hair, the lower the temperature needed. Start at 180 degrees celsius if you have fine hair, going up to 200 for medium / average hair and 230 degrees celsius for thick or coarse hair. Choose small strands for more effective results.
STEP FIVE: Apply a shine-boosting mist spray like the ghd final shine spray to finish off the look.
Flirty And Curly
Curly hair looks full of life. It’s fun, it’s playful and it makes you want to flip it back and forth as it has so much life. For soft, loose waves that will make you feel like a superstar, this is what you need to do:
STEP ONE: Prep your hair properly. If you can’t get a curl to hold, it may be because you are using the wrong product at the start of the process. You’ll be surprised by how much easier it is to get a curl to last if you apply a mousse or a curl enhancing cream prior to blow drying your hair. The ghd total volume foam is a non-sticky mousse that creates soft but lasting volume and fullness in all hair types. It also contains heat protection ingredients to protect your hair from styling damage.
STEP TWO: Make sure your hair is 100% dry before starting to curl. Not only does wet hair not hold a curl, but it could burn when curled, severely damaging your hair.
STEP THREE: Choose the right tool for the job. Smaller diameter curling irons (3cm or smaller) create smaller curls. Larger curling irons (3.5cm or larger) create larger waves. Also, look at the material of the curling tong. Ceramic and tourmaline tongs are the best choice. You’ll get even heat distribution, frizz control, and a tool that’s healthier for your hair. The ghd Platinum Curve tongs have a large 38mm barrel to create wide, tumbling curls and waves with plenty of root volume. This tool also has patented tri-zone® technology with 3 intelligent sensors, each delivering constant, consistent heat along the barrel to be kinder to your hair colour and lock in your curls.
STEP FOUR: Separate your hair into three large horizontal sections, starting at the bottom and working upwards, and using a large clip or hair bobble to keep it in place.
STEP FIVE: Brush through the bottom section again, then pick up a layer of hair from the left or right side. The layer shouldn’t be more than an inch wide. Any wider and the heat from the tongs won’t be as effective and the curls won’t be as good.
STEP SIX: Wrap the section of hair around the barrel of the curling tong, starting at the tip and working up towards the root. Curl your hair away from your face, so you don’t risk burning it. Hold the hair in place for no more than about 10 seconds (less if you want looser curls).
STEP SEVEN: Let the curl cool – if you want tight curls, use a hair grip to hold it in place while you go around the rest of your head, or you can leave it loose for a more relaxed vibe.
STEP EIGHT: Repeat steps six and seven until you’ve curled each section of hair. Then gently run the curls through your fingers to separate them for a softer look. Mist with hairspray like the ghd final fix hairspray to set in place.
The more you practise these hairstyles, the better and the quicker you’ll get. Which one do you think you’ll try first?