Although you may not be a Princess, you sure can look like one, with a little help from a styling curling wand. Take a peek at seven modern Princesses who show us how a little bit of volume in your hair creates an overall polished effect. Use their ideas to inspire your next wedding look, or simply take note and revamp your everyday style.
It might say light on the packaging, but don't let Aveda's Light Elements Defining Whip (£20) fool you. While it is lightweight in feel, this airy, whipped wax gives a decent amount of hold. Use it on almost-dry hair with a blow dryer to enhance volume and shine. Apply to dry hair to add texture and pieciness to ends and layers. It can also be used to give beach waves and tousled updos some added oomph sans the heaviness or tacky feel. Best of all, it instantly tames flyaways and static with a soothing, fresh scent to boot. And since it can be used in all hair types and lengths, you'll find this light yet mighty hair wax might just be about the only product you'll need this Summer.
If there was ever a time to cut your hair into a pixie crop, that time is now. Not only is the style a great way to keep cool during the dog days of Summer, but the pixie is having a serious trend moment in Hollywood. Not sure where to begin? We've rounded up 20 celebrities who have all tried the crop in various lengths, styles, and colours for your ultimate pixie inspiration gallery.
Fearne Cotton has gone from blonde to platinum since the birth of her son Rex. The Saturdays Frankie Sandford has transformed her hair from short to long since she's been pregnant, Sarah Harding also added some serious length to her blonde hair, Rihanna has lightened her naturally dark hair from a red hue to bright blonde and now Alexa Chung has gone from deep brown to medium brown with blonde highlights. Perhaps Riri, Sarah and Alexa have some baby news that inspired these colour chameleons? Hmph. . . In any event, take a look at their hair changes and vote on which look you like best!
If you don't take the proper precautions, swimming in the pool can wreak havoc on your hair. Chlorine and other chemicals can mess with its colour and unravel your ends. The key to surviving your vacation with soft and healthy strands is a clarifying treatment. Get our recipe for a shine-enhancing vinegar and honey spritz when you keep reading.
Beach hair: it's effortless, sexy, and (more than likely) a clear indication that Summer is here. When you can't get to the beach, though, texturizing sprays are especially helpful in achieving this look. But not all sprays are created equal. Whether you need to preserve your hair colour, add shine, or want to test out a sea salt-free option, we have you covered. On Kirbie: Forever 21 blazer, Bebe skirt.
Can't choose between a bun and a plait? Katie Holmes couldn't seem to either at last night's Coach party on the High Line in New York, so she combined the two. Her hybrid style, which she adorned with two twists on either side of her head, is the perfect casual Summer style. And it's surprisingly easy to re-create at home with second-day hair.
- Start by misting your hands down with a hold hair spray, like L'Oréal Elnett Satin Strong Hold Spray (£6.60), for extra grip. Then, twist a two-inch section above each ear toward the back of your head. Secure with bobby pins.
- Pull your hair into a ponytail at the middle of the back of your head, making sure to include the twisted sections. Secure with an elastic
- Braid your hair into two neat plaits, securing the ends with elastics. Wind each braid around the base of the ponytail, one at a time, and pin against your head. The bun shouldn't lay flat against your scalp.
- Finish with another mist of hair spray, and you're set!
Summertime means beach-wave time, which is ideal for us ladies. This no-muss hairstyle looks great on a bevy of hair lengths. Don't believe us? We're rounded up some of the best beachy waves in Hollywood. Just click through to get inspired and make some waves of your own.
Summer is almost here, which means it's officially beach wave season. But if you're not lounging on a sand dune somewhere, faking those beachy waves, like Lea Michele's tousled texture, can be daunting. But there are three easy ways to fake them, and all you've got to do is wash your hair, add a little product, pick your technique, and fall asleep:
After working a leave-in conditioner through your hair, blow-dry it until it's about 80 percent dry. Then, douse your hair in a beach spray, like Alterna Bamboo Beach Texturizing Spray (£15). Muss up your hair a bit with your fingers, divide it into two sections, plait, and fall asleep. When you wake up in the morning, fluff your hair with your fingers to add volume.
Follow the same steps as the plaits above, but instead of plating your hair, twist it away from your face in two sections. Then take the twists and fold them over the top of your head like milkmaid plaits for easy sleeping. When you wake up in the morning, simply run your hands through your hair and spritz on some hair spray, like Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray (£12.50), for shine and hold.
If you've got longer hair, opt for a lightweight mousse like Shu Uemura Kaze Wave (£16.75). Dry your hair halfway and then scrunch the mousse into your strands. Flip your head over and twist your hair into a high topknot, making sure it isn't pulled too taught around your scalp. Secure with a hair tie and pins. In the morning, take your hair down and reinforce some of the waves with your fingers or a curling iron for extra hold.