We love Julianne Hough who always provides us with short hair inspiration. She is never afraid to try something new, this time sporting a textured faux hawk to the Golden Globes. The style actually looked amazing with the art deco inspired Monique Lhuiller dress and gave it an edgy yet sophisticated twist.

 

Step one:

Shampoo and condition hair, adding an extra dose of conditioner to remove any tangles and ensure that it is lovely and glossy. Remember to rinse it out well.

Step two:

Spritz over with volumising spray about an inch from the roots to give it some extra lift. Blow dry hair well using a round brush until it is completely dry.

Step three:

Start from the back of the head and backcomb small one to two inch horizontal sections until you have worked your way right to the front. Take hold of the backcombed Mohawk section and clip it up so it is out of the way.

Step four:

Gently tease the sides to give them extra texture and volume and then part the hair on each side of the temple. Take one of the sides and divide it into a top and bottom section. Twist these back to the nape of the neck, creating little ponytail which then need to be pinned in place. Do exactly the same on the other side.

Step five:

With the top section take three inches of hair from the front, twist the hair to the left hand side and pin it in place. Then take the following three inches, twist to the right and again pin in place. Keep doing this until you reach the back of the head and you have made a twisted style Mohawk.

Step six:

To finish off you can use a touch of volumising spray or dry shampoo to add extra texture and volume where needed, followed by some strong hold hairspray to ensure the style stays in place.

By Gemma

Kate Middleton looked as stylish as usual during her visit to the Turner Contemporary Gallery earlier this month. Pregnant with her second child she showed off her baby bump in a cheetah print dress while her hair was in a messy, volumised ponytail which is the ideal hairstyle of this season. Perfect for both work and weekends, it can be achieved in just ten minutes. You can also add accessories like a pretty headband to dress up the look for date or special occasion.

 

Get the look

Step one:

Wash and condition your hair with volumising shampoo, making sure that you thoroughly rinse your hair. Apply some mousse to your roots before blow drying your hair. It is easier to work your way around your head if you first divide hair into sections.

Step two:

Now that your hair is dry, lightly run over the ends with hair straighteners to create a smooth finish. Avoid going over your roots as you will only flatten out the volume that you have just put in. Flip your hair upside down and comb through from underneath to again achieve more volume.

Step three:

Flip your hair back the right way and pull hair back using just your fingers to form a ponytail. Avoid using a brush for this as you don’t want to flatten your locks or create a look that is too precise. The idea is to have a slightly messy finish. Secure the ponytail using a hair elastic.

Step four:

Take a small section of hair from underneath the ponytail and wrap it around the hair elastic to conceal it. Fix this in place with a bobby pin.

Step five:

Use a touch of invisible oil to make any flyaways disappear, and avoid the stickiness and smell of hairspray. If you prefer to use hairspray then go for a product with light hold as you don’t want hair to have a rigid, crispy look.

By Gemma

We have just found the perfect spring style having spotted Elizabeth Banks at the ‘Resident Advisors’ premiere rocking a cute double bun. This style is great because it is so versatile; you can wear it day to day, to a festival, or even to that special occasion.

 

 

Get the look

Step one:

Wash and condition your hair as normal before applying a small amount of mousse to your roots. Blow dry hair using a rounded brush, focusing on producing lift at the roots.

Step two:

Next, create a deep side parting on the left hand side of your head. Take your curling tongs and loosely curl two inch sections of hair with a large barrel. Make sure that you leave hair to cool before gently brushing through it so that it has a wavy appearance. Curling beforehand also helps when it comes to forming the buns.

Step three:

Pull hair backwards leaving out a small section at the front which should have a gentle wave to it giving it the look of a soft side fringe. With the rest of your hair split it in two sections so that you have a top and bottom half. Start by pinning the top section out of the way.

Step four:

Take hold of the hair in the bottom sections and twist it up to form a donut bun at the nape of your neck and use pins to hold it in place. Now you can release hair in the top section and do the same again, positioning the bun so that it sits on top of the one you have just created. Again, when you are happy pin it in place.

Step five:

To make sure that everything stays in place mist over hair with a touchable hold hairspray.

By Gemma

Having been through seasons of au naturale looks when it comes to beauty, AW15 will come as a relief for many as make up takes a more grown up style. Here are our top five trends you should embrace next season – Take advantage of out £100 OFF our 2 day and £200 off our 4 day  makeup courses to learn how to perfect the look.

Luxe Beauty

 

At Herve Leger beauty took on a sophisticated finish with a flawless complexion and glowing cheeks to create a highly groomed look rather than making just one feature the focal point.

Amped up Lashes

 

For a while now models have walked the runway with clean, bare lashes but that all changed at Giambattista Valli where the makeup was all about creating doll like lashes. Easy to recreate yourself: just apply several coats of mascara to get the look that’s ideal for both day and evening wear.

Lip Gloss Makes a Comeback

 

Matte lips take a back seat as it’s all about the gloss next season. It didn’t just stay on the lips either as we also spotted it making its way onto cheeks and even eyebrows.

Blacken the Waterline

 

Black eyeliner will never go out of fashion and AW15 is the season we will be applying it to the waterline. For those that don’t know, this is the area next to your eye just above your lower lashes. You can either line the waterline and carry on the eye liner around the eye or as we saw at Victoria Beckham, smudge it downwards all the way through the lower lashes to give you a cool smokey eye look.

Berry Lips

 

Bright red lips have been replaced by rich berry shades and pale pinks. Wear these tones on cheeks and as eye shadows to pull the whole look together, rather than using the hue as a statement to highlight just the one feature.

By Gemma

Back in 2011 feather extensions were all the rage, and now they have been brought back by Shailene Woodley. For the premiere of Insurgent Shailene wore a beautiful Ralph Lauren gown and rocked a sleek crop which looked polished from the front, but when she turned her head she displayed caramel striped feathers. The feathers, which were tucked into her hair, added an edge to her classic look. This fresh take on an old trend is set to become very popular particularly among festival goers as they replace the flower crown.

 

Important points to remember:

1. If you have curly hair you should get curly feather extensions, as a straight extension will not blend with the rest of your hair, you don’t want it to stick out like an afterthought. This also goes for those of you who have straight hair, make sure you have straight feathers.

2. Select a colour that contrasts with your hair, so like Shailene if you are brunette you should go for a lighter or darker red or caramel. Blondes would do best to go for brown or grey shades.

3. Choose where to put them carefully. Placing the feather in the outer top layer of your hair will result in a look that is probably best suited to a young teenager. Instead create a more discrete look by adding the extensions in the underneath layer of your hair towards the nape of your neck which will look much more understated.

4. Think about using removable feather extensions. If you work in a professional office environment it may not be appropriate to go in rocking this hippie style. Removable extensions are also a great way to see if you like the look and they give you more flexibility than if you were to have extensions bonded to your hair. A clip in feather extension is also more likely to be cheaper.

By Gemma

For the premiere of ‘The Last Man on Earth’ last month January Jones sported a rather unique look which is perfect for turning heads on a night out. The left side had soft waves cascading to her shoulder where as the right was tied back out of the way in a slicked back style which gave a clean, modern, asymmetric feel.

 

Here’s how to get the look

Step one:

Wash and condition your hair as normal and then leave it to air dry naturally. Take your volumising spray and mist it at the roots, on the top, and at the sides of your hair. Use a boar bristle brush and your hair dryer to smooth along the hairline and add in some extra volume at the roots.

Step two:

Now you can create a deep side parting on the right side of your head. You can also part from just behind your left ear, over to the deep side parting. Clip up the section that you have just created at the top left side of your head.

Step three:

With the rest of your hair gather it all up into a sleek bun just under the crown. When you are happy with the position of the bun you can use hairpins to secure it in place. Use a small amount of glossing cream to smooth over any flyaways for a clean look.

Step four:

Unclip the section of hair at the top left side of your head. Use a ¾ inch curling tong and take hold of one inch sections of hair creating pin curls. Leave your hair to completely cool so that the curls are set. Gently brush the hair downwards towards your face so that you create a deep wave effect that is soft and smooth.

Step five:

Finish off by spritzing over your hair with hairspray to keep everything in place.

By Gemma

Why is it that you can never get your hair looking as good as it does when you first leave the salon? A good blow dry can last you several days and it is possible to achieve that professional finish yourself; here, we tell you how:

 

1. Wash your hair as normal, making sure that you rinse thoroughly. Towel dry by blotting rather than rubbing hair to get rid of any excess moisture.

2. Apply volumising spray or mousse, making sure that hair is evenly covered.

3. Now you can pre-dry your hair. You can either do this by leaving your hair to dry naturally so that it is 70-80% dry or you can use your hairdryer to remove moisture before you begin your proper blow dry. If you have a fringe now is the time to dry it properly rather than let it air dry as it will sit much better.

4. Separate hair into sections and secure with clips, leaving one section out. When you start the blow dry pull your fingers through the hair beginning at the roots. Pull hair taut to reduce frizz, focusing air on the roots.

5. Now that your roots are dry you can move on to using a round mixed bristle brush. Pull the brush through your hair making sure that you point the hairdryer down the hair. Start with the ends of your hair as these dry the quickest. Make sure that you still keep the hair taut as you dry.

6. Seal the style with the cool setting on your dryer while hair is still taut. If your hair is long enough you can also roll each dry section up in a Velcro roller.

7. Work your way through each section until all your hair is dry.

8. Finish off by applying serum to tame any flyaways.

By Gemma

Glitter has been popping up more and more this season having featured on the catwalks, it is now making an appearance on celebrities. One star to get this look right is Lady Gaga who instead of showing up in one of her eccentric outfits, actually looked classy in a silver dress for the 2015 Grammy Awards. For her makeup she chose a glittery style smokey eye which is the easiest way to introduce this trend into your makeup, and avoids the risk of looking like a teenager experimenting with makeup for the first time!

 

We love how her glittery eyes were inspired by her custom made Brandon Maxwell gown, and this modern metallic smokey eye matching beautifully.

Get the look

Step one:

Take a range of metallic cream shadows with a glitter shimmer as they will blend wonderfully creating that smokey edge. First take a silvery cream eye colour and apply it all over your eye lid. With a very pale, almost white, cream colour accentuate the inner corners of your eyes.

Step two:

Next smudge a very dark, almost black, cream into the outer corners of your eye lids and along the lash line to create some depth.

Step three:

Now you can take your favourite black eyeliner and apply it all around the eyes. Make sure that you blend it either gently with your finger or with a cotton bud so that you are not left with any harsh lines.

Step four:

Finish off by curling your eyelashes and applying two coats of volumising mascara.

Once you have mastered a basic glitter smokey eye you can then look to becoming a bit more adventurous using different coloured glitters. How about just using glitter as an accent. Create a standard smokey eye look but apply a thin line of glitter eye liner under your lower lashes for a stand out evening wear look.

By Gemma

When you’re a member of our online course or if you have attended one of our 2 or 4 day courses, we like to make sure that you get all the support you need to keep creating beautiful styles.

One of our students sent us in a couple of photos recently, wanting feedback on her backcombing and roller setting, so we thought we would share Pam’s top tips with you so you can benefit from her expert, professional advice too! Enjoy :)  xxx

Images sent by one of our online students:

Pam’s Advice:

Hi Louise,

Thanks for sending your photos in of your work so far: first of all, well done!!

Your roller set is nice and neat with the correct placement of the rollers – just one thing to be careful of – try to make sure you keep the section lines between the rollers – i.e. the partings at the sides and above and below each roller nice and clean and straight – I know it is not easy to achieve this especially on the practice heads but, if you take your time when creating each roller section you will find it will make your job much easier when it come to styling the hair later on – so it is worth persevering.

Your back-combing  is fabulous!

This backcombing would be great when  your working with medium/long hair or when you are creating a French pleat -but when you’re working with short hair try this tip:

 When you backcomb concentrate more on the root of the hair with the comb and hold tighter onto the ends of the hair. You may have to go back over the backcombing at the root a couple of times and just work your way up perhaps 2-3inches of the length of the hair, keeping hold of the ends of the hair at all times. The result: you will get a good amount of backcombing at the root without compromising the length of the hair, so the hair still looks thick at the ends!

If you look again at the photos you sent me, the ends of the hair look thin and straggly; this is fine if you are creating something like a French pleat, but if you want to create a tumbling relaxed up do e.g. the Grecian up do on short hair – you need to be able to keep as much of the length of the hair as possible, whilst still back combing,  so you give the impression that she has lots of hair.

Hope this is helpful! I will be doing a tutorial on this in the near future but let me know in the mean time of you need more help with this and I will try and do a short video on my ipad for you : -)

Keep up the good work !!

All the best,

Pam

For the 2015 Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards held on 15th January in L.A, Jessica Chastain sported an on trend loose braid. To create the style, inspiration was taken from her beautiful dress which featured a high neckline. In order to show off the pretty neckline Jessica’s hair was pulled back off her face into the braid which cascaded down her back. This modern style really complimented her whole look.

We have already shared with you that braids are a big trend that seems to be sticking around for a while. The great thing about this style is that it is versatile as you can wear it for a day at the office and it will take you straight to the cocktail bar!

 

Here’s how to get the look

Step one:

Wash your hair using volumising shampoo and make sure that you condition well, thoroughly rinsing your hair off.

Step two:

Towel dry as much of the wetness of your hair as you can before applying mousse to provide hair with extra volume and texture. Now it is ready to be blow dried using a large round brush with the aim of getting hair as smooth and shiny as possible.

Step three:

Next, separate off the top section of your hair and secure it in place with a hair band. Wrap a small section of hair round the band to conceal it. Now half of your hair should be up and the other half down.

Step four:

Take around a one inch section of hair from just under each ear and bring them together fixing in place with another small hair band.

Step five:

Now you are ready to create a simple, loose braid running down the back. Again secure this with a hair band. You can use clear bands so that they are hidden as much as possible. To finish off mist over hair with some light hold hairspray.

By Gemma