When it's time to see your friends and family this festive season, trade in your usual style for this easy-to-DIY braided style. Whether your hair is long or short, a headband plait is a fun and easy way to keep your hair out of your face but still show off your waves. We headed to DreamDry, where stylist Faith Huffnagle gave us her tips for mastering the simple look.
Paloma Faith cut her teeth in the world of burlesque and cabaret, so it's no surprise that her beauty looks are bold, dramatic, and often influenced by the past. This is not a star who you'd ever see at a film premiere with a sleek ponytail and simple makeup. Paloma's looks are powerful and intricate and probably take hours to create. Pin curls, quiffs, pompadours, victory rolls, hairpieces, and hats all feature heavily, and she often sees her hair as just another area to add accessories. From oversize sausage rolls to unexpected fishtail plaits, here are some of Paloma's most memorable beauty looks.
Although our heads explode every time The Duchess of Cambridge makes an appearance, she had a surprisingly different hairdo for a red carpet appearance in London last night. Kate actually swept her headline-making mane into a loose yet gorgeous ponytail. Instead of the sleek, slicked-back ponytails we tend to see on the red carpet, Kate's was elegantly loose and accented with a black velvet ribbon. Is this a sign that Kate is pushing the envelope with her red carpet styles? We're not sure, but it's definitely not stopping us from looking at her royal ponytail from all angles.
2013 will go down in beauty history as the year of the It haircut, and we've got plenty of them to choose from. Jennifer Lawrence recently drove the star power of the pixie up a few notches, but there were plenty of pixies before her. Jada Pinkett Smith also knows a thing or two about It haircuts, as she's recently been sporting 2013's edgy style: the undercut. But 2013's first It haircut was somewhere between edgy and sweet, and it was the lob or its sister, the clavicut. Nicole Richie was one of the first ladies to rock this style, and she's kept it all year. All three of these styles are synonymous with 2013, but which was your favorite cut of the year?
Frizz seems to be the one hair woe that affects all women regardless of hair type, mainly because it sprouts up for a number of different reasons. While some women have figured out ways of keeping their fuzz down day to day, there are times when those pesky hairs pop up regardless of what you do to avoid them. When you're stuck in a hairy situation like this, there are easy ways to disguise the pouf that seems to be taking over your head:
- Try some hair oil: Hair oils are a more natural serum when it comes to zapping frizz. Work something like Kiehl's Smoothing Hair Oil Concentrate (£16) into your hair to depuff instantly.
- Slick on some moisture: Start by sweeping some lotion onto your arms and legs. When you're done, run your fingers through your hair, avoiding the roots. The thin layer of moisturiser will smooth down your frizz. Just make sure to use a light touch or you could find yourself with a greasy situation.
- Spritz some hair spray: Spraying some directly onto your hair won't do much, so try this handy trick — mist a lightweight hair spray, like Oribe Superfine Hairspray (£17) onto the palms of both of your hands. Before it has time to dry, swipe your hands over your hair, focusing on the frizziest spots. The spray will keep the fuzz at bay without weighing it down.
- Snag a dryer sheet: If you're running out the door and don't have any product on hand, reach for a tumble dryer sheet. Smooth it over your hair for a quick way to remove your frizz. Bonus: this technique also works if you're hair is full of static, another major hair woe in the Winter.
If you think the pixie cut is just for Summer, think again. Not only does this fun style look equally amazing in Autumn and Winter, but the pixie is also having a serious trend moment in Hollywood. Not sure where to begin? We've rounded up 28 celebrities (including recent pixie girl Jennifer Lawrence) who have all tried the crop in various lengths, styles, and colours for your ultimate pixie inspiration gallery.
Just over a year since she shaved it all off, Jessie J has taken her newly grown-in short cut back to black. The singer is mousy brown naturally (if those childhood snaps are anything to go by) but we knew her best with the angular black bob with heavy fringe that debuted with the release of Do It Like a Dude. But after going bald for charity, Jessie chose to bleach the hair that grew back a shocking platinum blonde. It worked surprisingly well, but we're not surprised she's now chosen to go back to her (adopted) roots with a new glossy black crop. Question is, which look do you like best?
Even though the Hunger Games trilogy is known for its action sequences, there's one aspect of the films that always piques our interest: the hair. From Katniss's french plait to everything Effie Trinket wears on her head, the hairstyles that have come out of these movies are nothing short of amazing. We chatted with Linda Flowers, lead hair designer, department head, head colourist, and wig designer (phew!) of The Hunger Games about what goes into the eccentric locks of the movie.
POPSUGAR: Katniss is known for her plaits. How did you come up with the different styles for her looks in the Capitol versus when she's in the arena or in District 12?
Linda Flowers: In the film, you notice when she first arrives at the Capitol, Katniss has a coloured braid across her forehead. Her braids always connect her to her family, her roots. She always maintains some version of the braids as to not lose who she is. The braids are symbolic. For instance, when she arrives at the Capitol she has a HUGE braid. It’s a sign of revolt.
PS: What about Prim's hair?
LF: Prim always has braids too — little bows out of hair. They are similar to Katniss's braids, only slightly different. This shows continuity and unity between she and her sister.
PS: What was your inspiration for Johanna's hair?
LF: Johanna is a wild card. Her hair had to be very street, very choppy with colour. Not a perfect haircut. I wanted it to look as though she did it herself. Because she is a darling of the Capitol, her hair is her way of rebelling — it's not a glamorous hairstyle. This pays tribute to her personality. She is very raw and an amazing fighter. Johanna is the opposite of what the Capitol represents.
PS: Effie Trinket has incredible costumes. What was it like creating her many hairstyles?
LF: So fun! Effie is one of my favourite roles in the whole movie. She is the fashionista, and she embodies everything the Capitol represents. Effie is always accessorised immaculately. I created looks that were over the top. She wore these crazy Alexander McQueen costumes, and her hair had to stand up to them, complement them. A simple style would have been lost.
PS: Who are some of the other characters you had the most fun creating looks for?
LF: Caesar Flickerman and his different wigs. In the book he has a purple wig. So I created a two-toned lavender/purple wig. He's always fun to do. Also his sidekick, Claudius Templesmith, was also interesting. He wore a very feminine, cool wig. The two together are interesting, colourful people — both very extreme.
PS: What's it like bringing the Capitol style to life?
LF: It's challenging and fun. I'm allowed to use my imagination — this is not a time period piece where I have pictures to reference. Everything had to come from my imagination. It was very scary to see if my ideas would be accepted and very exciting when they were.
PS: What are some of the challenges of working on the many looks for the Catching Fire cast?
LF: Time. We have to do so much in such a short amount of time. For instance, I had three weeks to do 300 wigs! Of course, I have a lot of help — amazing hair artists, platinum stylists. I have a great team. We work together to get the most out of the time we have.
While we're worried about damage to our hair year round, your hair needs extra attention in the Winter, because the cold, dry air zaps your hair of any moisture. With this being the season of the sleek blowdries and static hair, we chatted with Jenny Balding, a Cutler/Redken styling and grooming expert, on how to keep your hair healthy and protected — even with your hot tools in the on position. Don't let your hair dryer or flat iron dehydrate your already parched locks, follow these tips to keep your hair looking top-notch right through to March.
POPSUGAR: What is the worse-case scenario with heat damage?
Jenny Balding: The worst-case scenario is that you hair will weaken so much from heat damage that it will break off. Gently does it with heated appliances, and always use a product to protect your hair from hair damage.
PS: We know hair needs added protection with heat styling, but how can you protect finer hair without making it look greasy?
JB: With fine-textured hair, it is really important to still protect your hair by using conditioner after you shampoo, but to avoid it feeling heavy or oily at the roots, keep the conditioner to ends only.
PS: Is there anything you can do to rectify heat damage once it have it?
JB: It's best to get the worst cut off, and then get regular trims. Use a deep nourishing mask once a week to try [to] repair any leftover damage.
PS: What ingredients should we be looking for in heat protectants to minimise the damage?
JB: Silicone is the main ingredient to look for, as it will smooth and protect your hair from burning.
PS: How can we actually get rid of static midday?
JB: To really get rid of static, use a small amount of light moisturising product, like a finishing cream, and rub into your palms and lightly smooth over your hair. This will work for all textures of hair and will work instantly.
PS: And what if it's my brush that's giving it to me? Any tips?
JB: Try using a natural boar-bristle brush, as this will prevent static as opposed to nylon bristles.
PS: Any other hair care tips we should know for battling cold temperatures and hairstyling?
JB: A gloss spray is a brilliant way to amp up dull, dry-looking locks in the Winter. Redken Shine Flash (£13) is perfect.
Scarves are a Winter wardrobe necessity, but they can also lend a lot of style to your hairstyles, too. These seven ways to tie a scarf will keep you from leaving the house with wet hair uncovered — or disguise a less-than-stellar hair day. From simple headband designs to advanced turban twists, watch this video to turn one scarf into a multitude of hair accessories.