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How to Hide Your Hangover

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

It’s the festive season. Christmas parties and New Years parties are going to take a toll on you. So how to you hide your hangover?

Christmas lunches and dinners that turn into nights out often happen mid week. So it’s likely that you’ll have to drag yourself into the office the next morning and suffer. If you’re party is on a Friday then lucky you! You might still find these tips useful though.

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The usual hangover cure involves lots of water, lots of carbs and even more being horizontal. If you don’t have the option of ordering food in and lounging around feeling sorry for yourself, you’ll want to liven up your skin. It can be easy to pretend you’re feeling fine but you cannot prevent your hangover from showing on your skin. So here’s how to hide it.


The first step to being able to hide your hangover is moisturising. Your alcohol-ravaged skin needs hydration. If you remembered to remove your make up the night before, bravo. If not, take a clean flannel and soak it in warm water before placing on the face and slowly massaging. Do this a few times to get rid of all the grime. Remove eye make up with an oil-based remover to nourish the lashes. Then take some time to massage a generous blob of rich moisturiser into your skin.

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After a good moisture-massage your face should be looking plumper and hydrated. It’s still going to need some help to look alive so a face primer is a must. It will smooth the skin making it ready for foundation application. You can’t hide your hangover without foundation after all.

Choose the right foundation.

Invest in a hydrating, youth-boosting foundation for skin that looks like it had 8 hours sleep. Pick a foundation that promises you a dewey glow. This will make the skin look healthy and hydrated. Obviously, it’s best to invest in this sooner rather than later. Don’t forget to add some blush as well!

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Focus on the lips.

Your lips can look chapped and pale after a night of drinking. One of the best ways to hide your hangover is distract with your lips. Try a statement red lipstick. Choose a shade with cool blue undertones to help calm the skin. Another (and slightly grosser) sign is sour alcoholic breath. Yes, you scrubbed your teeth this morning but booze can make a very unwelcome return throughout the day. Go for a minty gloss for added freshness.

Before you do all of that, make sure you’ve woken yourself up with a big, cold glass of water and a shower. This will immediately make you feel more alert and a lot cleaner. Try some dry shampoo to give volume if you don’t have enough time to wash your hair.

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We hope your festive party season is off to a good start, hangovers be damned! We’re sure we’ll need this list at some point ourselves. How do you hide your hangover? Let us know.

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How to Get Shiny Hair

Monday, December 19th, 2016

We all want healthy, shiny hair but some of us just can’t seem to make it work. It could be your hair type; it could be your diet. However we think there’s a way for everyone to get shiny hair.

As it is for many things to do with skin or hair, diet will have a lot to do with the condition of your hair. If you eat a lot of unhealthy foods and drinks, it’s likely it’ll show on the surface. Shiny hair is a sign of health.

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We’re not going to give you a diet plan but focus on stepping up your game with healthier meals. Protein rich foods will aid in the health of your hair and foods rich in Omega-3 will be brilliant for shine. So stock up on fish and flaxseed!

However, sometimes our hair needs a bit of a helping hand and that’s where products and styling come in…

Damaged hair.

Improving its condition is the only way to get shiny hair. When your hair is damp, apply leave-in conditioner to damaged areas. Invest in a quality deep-conditioning treatment and use it once a week. Although blow dryers and straightening irons may add to the damage, they’re the only things that will make your hair look sleeker in the mean time. Your hair needs heat to smooth the cuticle; these are the tools that can do it. Put the blow dryer on a high setting and use an iron on hair ends. Apply drops of frizz-taming serum to dry hair.

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Try adding a spritz of hairspray to your brush before running it through your hair to control static and hold the style!

Straight hair.

It is the luckiest hair type of all when it comes to shine. The flat cuticle of straight hair is highly light reflective. To get shiny hair, wash and condition your hair, then blast it with a cold-water rinse for about three seconds. This helps seal in conditioner, making hair easier to style and adds a ton of shine. Blow-dry while brushing with a natural boar-bristle paddle brush. Apply a bit of light finishing serum to frizzy areas (like ends). Finish with shine-enhancing hairspray.

Try a clarifying shampoo if your hair still looks dull. You could be experiencing a build up of product and this will sort that right out!

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Curly hair.

Curly hair tends to have more shine-reducing short pieces and split ends. This becomes really noticeable when it’s blown straight.
Use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner and a straightening gel. Detangle with a wide-tooth comb. As you blow-dry, wrap 2 sections around a round brush to straighten. Apply a finishing cream from 1 below the roots to the ends.
To get super-glossy curls: After conditioning hair, don’t rinse completely, leave a little in. Apply a gel to damp hair and twist sections around your fingers. Let hair dry naturally.

Dos and don’ts!

To get shiny hair, use heat-activated shampoos, conditioners and styling products. The heat of your hairdryer releases the moisturisers in these products. Also treat yourself to a weekly deep-conditioning treatment or hair mask. This will do your hair the world of good. If your hair is curly, use your fingers to separate your curls once your hair is dry. A brush will cause your hair to frizz. If your hair is coloured, try a shine-enhancing hair-colour product.

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You should avoid applying finishing products too close to your scalp, your hair will look greasy. Don’t weigh down fine hair with a heavy serum formulated only for very thick hair. Avoid heavy product before heat styling. You might end up cooking you hair! Don’t use a plastic vent brush to detangle wet hair. It stretches and eventually snaps the hair. Use it to brush as you blow-dry, to give your hair a sleeker look.

Hopefully, with these tips you’re well on your way to get shiny hair you’ve been dreaming of. If you have any tips you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them! Let us know by leaving a comment.

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How to Have the Perfect Hair Appointment

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

We’ve all been to a hair appointment and left unsatisfied.

Whether it’s a cut you didn’t like, a colour that didn’t suit or a hairdresser that was a little too scissor happy, it’s happened to us all. So, how do you have the perfect hair appointment? How do you leave that salon feeling like you’ve had a fulfilling experience?

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Choose the right place.

What kind of style do you have? Be sure to pick a salon that has a similar style to you. If you like fun colours and undercuts, choose a salon that showcases that kind of work. One of the best places to look is Instagram, it’s so common now for salons to show off their latest cuts and colours on social media, so why not look there? Every good hairdresser should be able to adapt to your own preferences, it makes sense to pick someone known for styles like the one you’re looking for.
Read reviews and research the places you’re thinking of going, other customers and their experiences will tell you more about the salon than anything else ever could. Once you’re sure, book a hair appointment!

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Take in pictures.

Everyone feels a little cringey taking in a picture of the hairstyle you want but why should you! A lot of stylists find it extremely helpful to see a visual of what you want, rather than going on the vague description you give them. If you’re stuck between a few looks, take pictures for them all. That way it’ll allow your stylist to inform you of what ones will suit you best. A good hair appointment is made when you both understand what the other wants and can give you.

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Be prepared to make some changes.

If you know exactly what you want and don’t want to compromise it’s okay. It is your hair appointment after all. But be aware that your stylist may be able to provide insights that could actually build on your own vision and lead to even better results. You may have a different hair type to the person in the image you brought in. You may not be able to go blonde in the first whack at dying it. That’s okay too! Your hairdresser is an expert for a reason. Allow them to make suggestions that’ll suit you better or be better for the health of your hair. You’ll probably thank them in the long run.

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Be specific.

Don’t sit and shrug because you’re too awkward to speak out or you just aren’t too sure. Whether it’s a hairdresser you’ve been seeing for a while or somebody new, being clear about what you’re looking for from your hair appointment is crucial. Make it clear precisely what you want, otherwise you’ll only have yourself to blame when you’re stuck with something you actually hate. Your hairdresser wants you to be clear about what you want, trust us.

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Be honest.

Don’t be impolite, but if you don’t like it, say so. The minute you see something not going as planned, be honest about it. If you aren’t happy with the end result then most good hairdressers will fix the problem, but it saves a lot of time and awkwardness if you chip in as soon as you see the issue unfolding. You don’t have to offend someone, but you do have to be frank about something that you don’t like.

If you’re unhappy, move on.

We bet you’ve heard a relative or a friend complaining about how their hairdresser never gets it right and you think to yourself, ‘why don’t they just move on?’ Sometimes you need to tell yourself that. If every time you go for a hair appointment, you leave unhappy with what you’ve had done, are you going to the right place? Staying out of loyalty is a common crux for some. Fight the feeling of betrayal and find a salon that treats you right.

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We hope you find the salon of your dreams! But, if you’re still looking, why not try our listing website. Defacto Salons will show you some of the best salons in the UK, look at some pictures and read some reviews! We think you’ll be spoiled for choice.

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How To Get The Perfect Messy Bob

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

You’ve been to the hairdressers and got your ideal summer cropped hair cut. Your stylist has transformed your hair into the perfect tousled messy bob and you love it, its bang on trend and its upped your level of style by numerous points.

Lucy Hale's messy bob is one of our faves!

Lucy Hale’s messy bob is one of our faves!

The thing is, you can’t get that expert level of effortlessness at home somehow? You’re not a stylist but you think you could manage some stylish messy waves. If this is an issue you’re having then let us enlighten you in how you can achieve that perfectly messy crop at home!

It might not be as simple and as easy as you think though, you will need:
• Thickening spray or mousse
• Hairdryer with a diffuser
• Curling tongs
• Setting clips (you can use kirby grips as well if you don’t want to go and get clips)
• Texture spray

Unfortunately like a lot of ‘effortless looks’ this one requires time and effort but youll get the hair you want at the end of it! Lets begin.

There are so many thickening mousses and sprays in all price ranges

There are so many thickening mousses and sprays in all price ranges

1. Apply your thickening spray or mousse onto your towel dried hair and blowdry. You can use a round brush to add volume.

2. Use your tongs to curl your hair in alternating horizontal sections with a curling iron. The size of the section should correlate to the size of the iron. The longer your hair, the thicker your barrel should be, for a bob try a 1” to a 1¼” barrel. Have your curls alternate with each one and set them in place with the setting clip.

Its good to know your barrel sizes

Its good to know your barrel sizes

3. When curling the sections of hair closest to your face, curl downwards and towards your face.

4. As we move down the side of the head in vertical sections, we alternate directions – this curl placement is up away from the face.

5. Once you reach the crown of your head (the top few inches of hair that will fall over the back), curl these pieces horizontally back, as shown in the image. Make sure you hold the section straight up from the scalp for maximum volume before inserting the iron.

6. Once the front of your hair and crown are curled and clipped, curl the back in the same manner, but don’t worry about clipping it in place. The back of your head has more hair than the sides, so if the underneath hair is less curly, the overall look is more uniform.

7. Take out the setting clips but be sure to follow the order in which you put them in

V05 are a good example of a brand who have a line of products for different hair styles. Including a texturising spray

V05 are a good example of a brand who have a line of products for different hair styles. Including a texturising spray

8. Lift the sections up as you remove the clips and add some texture spray to the roots to give it a little lift

9. Break out the diffuser and set it to low heat, medium wind. Begin flipping your hair around while inserting the blowdryer from ends to roots. Just hold for a moment, then move on to the next section. The goal here is for the heat to break up any patterns, giving you a more undone look. Once youre done you can add a little hairspray to set it if you feel like you need it!


Enjoy your gorgeous messy bob!

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