Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Pump Up The Volume

Hi girls, I thought I would post my Viva Glam article today, so that if you missed it you still have a chance to find out how to create big, bouncy voluminous hair. I hope you like it!

We find ourselves asking does size really matter? Well ladies, it does when it comes to our hair. Big hair is back and bigger than ever! We all know the saying 'the higher the hair, the closer to god' and this season that couldn't be more true. A glamorous, glossy mane is not only desirable, but its now a necessity to ensuring our bombshell status. With celebrities such as Kate Middleton and Jennifer Lopez showing off their long, luscious locks, us normal girls want in on the action.
  
We may not have a personal stylist by our sides, but we can sure as hell still look sexy. In fact did you know that researchers recently found out that on average we visit the salon five times a year, which makes a staggering 250 trips between the ages of 15 and 65 and just think how much money that amounts to. Though we all like to be pampered from time to time and enjoy a professionals help, with the right tools and techniques you can create envious va-va voom hair at home - no matter what your budget. Simply follow my tips for fierce, fabulous fullness!

Prep it
Firstly, preparation is the key to your look. Start off by investing in a body-building shampoo and conditioner, like the Ojon Volume Advance range which is not only naturally derived and protein-rich, but it also helps give hair added volume, without weighing it down. Be sure to comb through your hair whilst each product is on, as this will help coat each strand. Once you are out of the shower, apply a small drop of Moroccanoil Oil Treatment (or as I like to call it liquid gold in a bottle) on the mid-lengths and ends, as this will smooth your hair, whilst the nourishing ingredients cover it with goodness. Then allow your hair to air dry, before liberally spritzing Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray on your roots. Once the products have started to work there magic, start to gently brush out any knots with the cult classic Tangle Teezer.
Top tip: To prevent hair breakage and damage, always use a good detangling spray that can double up as a leave-in treatment. Look for products that contain a UV filter to help protect your hair from the outside elements.

Style it
We all know that styling is crucial to any hairstyle. So when your hair is dry begin by sectioning it into four sections and then secure them in place with clips. Before you wrap your hair into large velcro rollers, give each section a blast of heat with your blow-dryer to ensure a long-lasting hold. Then start at the front of your head and work backwards, so that your crown area has a longer time to set. Once the rollers are in, leave them for around 30 minutes (you can use this time to apply your make-up or to get ready). Before removing, use the cool setting on your dryer to finally set your look. Once all of the curlers are out, begin backcombing around the top of your head and then lightly spritz your hair with Spray and Play Volumising Hairspray by Sexy Hair to help hold the curls and maintain the lift. And voila, there you have it - big, bouncy Hollywood hair.
Top tip: If you don't have much time to spend on your hair, simply go to bed with a loose top knot and wake up with instant volume.

Maintain it
To keep your hair looking and feeling healthy, you need to look after it. Use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove any product buildup, so that it doesn't ruin or should I say flatten your future hairdos. Also, if you can't wash your hair or you need to give your style an extra boost, simply revamp it with Batiste Dry Shampoo. By the way, it now comes in a variety of shades, so there's no need to worry about it leaving a ghostly white cast.
Top tip: To rescue your hair, apply a nourishing treatment weekly. Try Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque.

Lastly it is important to invest in silk pillowcases. You might be thinking I'm crazy, but there's a method to my madness (I promise). Cotton can rub against our hair and cause the dreaded frizz, the thing us girls work so hard to combat and even worse it can give us premature wrinkles - and I can safely say none of us want that. If however new bedding isn't an option, try using a scarf instead, so that sky high hair can be yours forever!

There we have it, trends come and go, but hot hair remains. Don't let your locks let you down!
From top left: Ojon Volume Advance Shampoo and Conditioner ojon.com, Moroccanoil Oil Treatment moroccanoil.com, Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray oribe.com, Tangle Teezer tangleteezer.com, Sexy Hair Spray and Play Volumizing Hairspray sexyhair.com, Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume batistehair.com and Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque macadamiahair.com

If you haven't checked out Viva Glam yet, then I would highly recommend you do so! Not only does the site cover everything from beauty, fashion and fitness, but it also gives you info on food, travel and relationships. Its basically a great website for the everyday confident woman! Enjoy x

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