A quick guide to short hair

To crop or not to crop?

We’ve all been there. You’ve spent years growing your hair into a luscious long mane. You’ve gone through that awkward in-between phase, you’ve kept up with the regular trims, you’ve endured the hour-long blow dry regime every morning and then suddenly, everybody’s going for the chop. This season it’s all about sexy short dos and perfect pixie crops but are you brave enough to take the plunge and lop off your locks? Here are a few reasons why we reckon you should!

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1. You’ll stand out from the crowd.

Beautiful long hair can be stunning of course but, let’s face it, it’s a bit boring. A gorgeous short do will instantly make you seem cool and confident. Remember when Emma Watson wowed us with her gamine crop after years of bland long hair? Since then she’s been catapulted from pretty plain-Jane to über-trendy fashionista, modelling for the likes of Lancôme and Burberry, and we put it all down to her decision to go for the chop. We know, Emma Watson could carry off any look with her perfect features, so look to Michelle Williams or Anne Hathaway for a softer version with a longer, face-framing fringe and height at the crown. Individual, unique and gorgeous!

2. You’ll save loads of time.

Short hair is loads easier to style and it always looks thick and healthy. No more straggly ends or flat limp locks, cropped hair definitely has the edge when it comes to maintenance. Worried a crop won’t be as versatile? Just think back to Dannii Minogue’s stint on the X-Factor when she sported a different do every week; it’s just a case of getting to know which products work best. Texturising wax will give you that undone bed-head look; back-combing powder creates sexy 60s-style volume and go for a shine serum to give great gloss.

3. There’s one out there for you.

There’s a short style that will suit every hair type and face shape, it’s just a question of finding it. Look out for styles in magazines or on the internet and speak to your stylist about what will suit you best. If you’re struggling to muster up the courage to chop it all off, a bob is a great option, and not quite as scary! If you want to go sleek and gown-up, think Rose Byrne’s glossy bob with a heavy blunt fringe that caught everybody’s attention on the red carpet. Or if sexy and mussed-up is more your thing, channel Pixie Lott’s shaggy layered bob for a low-maintenance, high-sex appeal look.

We know it’s one thing to gaze in envy at the beautifully cropped locks of celebs but it’s quite another to actually grit your teeth and go for it yourself. But do your research, be brave and watch as you turn into the local style icon. And remember, while we all know how traumatic a bad haircut can be, it will always grow back!

If you need your hair cut short and you live in London, give a call yo our mobile hairdresser, she will be happy to do a free consultation over the phone regarding what would most suit you. The Mobile hairdresser is open 7 days a week and can visit to most areas in central London

Helpful Tips For Colouring Your Hair At Home

Making the decision to start colouring your hair at home using hair care products purchased from your local drug store or department store can have many advantages as well as disadvantages. For starters, colouring your own hair is a very affordable choice. Most at home hair colouring products cost anywhere from $4 up to $13 depending on the brand that you choose and any extras that the product may contain such as highlights or a special conditioning formula that will help to protect your hair from damage. While this is a very small amount of money to spend in comparison to the price of getting your hair professionally dyed, many times first time users will have difficulties with finding the right shade or something will go wrong with the application process leaving their hair with uneven tones. That is why it is best to do a little research beforehand if you are new to the world of do-it-yourself hair colouring  Here are some helpful tips that will assist you with choosing the right shades for your hair type and making sure that you get the best results possible.

 Selecting the colour

When you are selecting your colour  it is important that you never go more than two shades lighter or darker than what your current hair colour is. Failure to do so may cause you to end up with results that look nothing like what you had expected, which ends up being a waste of both your time and money. At home hair care products are pre-mixed unlike the products that a beautician would use at a salon which makes it near impossible for most people to get the exact results that they had hoped for every time. The best way to ensure that you get as close as possible to the shade that is on the box is by following this rule.

Permanent or semi-permanent?

Wondering if you should go with Semi-Permanent or Permanent hair colour  If you are nervous about dyeing your own hair or you do not want to commit to a particular colour for a long period of time then semi-permanent hair colour may be the best choice for you. These products work great for those afraid of colour commitment however with these products you will typically only be able to go a few shades darker than your current hair colour or help to cover up grays without any drastic hair changes. If you want your hair to have a completely new look most experts would suggest going with a permanent hair dye.

Moisturising 

If you aren’t new to dyeing your own hair but would still like to try something new to ensure that your hair remains healthy you may want to pick up some additional moisturising creams and conditioners to use that will help to repair all of the damage that your hair has gone through over the years of constant hair colour applications. While there are some good moisturising and hair repair products available at most drug stores, you may want to also visit your local beauty supply store and pick up some professional grade conditioner to use after you colour  These products will leave your hair feeling soft and silky with more volume and strength all while keeping your colour from fading too quickly. Some great conditioners and masques to try include Beyond the Zone Last Call Hair Masque, Ion Color Defense Leave-in Protector and Nothing but Intense Healing Mask.

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Sandra Hamilton writes for Lifesure Beauty Insurance. Sandra has had many years of blogging experience on a wide range of topics including health and beauty.

Bridal Beauty: How To Prepare Yourself For The Big Day

You’ve finally found the perfect dress and booked your make-up artist, but there are plenty of things you can do to make yourself even more beautiful before you walk down the aisle. Firstly, keep up the basics; cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day, get plenty of rest and drink lots of water. These may seem like age-old tips, but it’s surprising how the stresses of planning a wedding can make you forget the most obvious routines. A combination of insomnia, dehydration and neglecting your skincare regimen can lead to breakouts or worse, so take time to look after yourself.

Don’t Make Any Drastic Changes To Your Routine

You may be tempted to try new products or treatments just before the event, but it can be unwise to do so. Treating yourself to something new just before may seem like a good idea, but you could find yourself being allergic to a new ingredient and you won’t necessarily feel the benefit instantly. For example, it is recommended that you begin facials a few months before a big event, and have them regularly in the run up to the occasion. One session, although relaxing, isn’t going to change anything radically. Book yourself in for a treatment once a month for six months and you’ll notice the difference. Plus it will give you time to get acquainted with what your skin does or doesn’t like. The same goes for stay-at-home facemasks; they’re great fun and an inexpensive luxury but are certainly not a quick-fix.

Getting Outside Help

If you are splurging on beauticians, be sure to get to know any companies before you step through the door. You may have a friend in the business but just because you’re socially compatible it does not always mean that they are the right match for you. Don’t just go with who you know, go with who has been recommended, and don’t be afraid to test things (and people) out. Even if you do have regular appointments for waxing, it’s worth giving yourself three days to a week to recover. Brows can sometimes bleed or feel tender, and fake tan will apply easier to your body if your skin has had time to settle.

Revamp Your Smile For Confidence

What people notice most often in wedding photos is a bride’s confidence through a beautiful smile, and there are plenty of natural ways for you to enhance this without sitting in the dentist’s chair. The alternatives are also delicious. Eating plenty of raw veggies can help remove stains, as well as rubbing teeth with lemon or strawberries and then rinsing with cool water. However, though it’s a great time to indulge on strawberries, you may have to give up some naughty treats in the weeks leading up to the wedding such as dark fizzy drinks, red wine and coffee. It may be just what you’re craving most when you want to unwind after you’ve had a difficult day, but remember that keeping these out of your diet for the last month will help with not just your teeth, it will make you feel good inside and out.

It’s All In The Preparation

Finally, make sure you’re comfortable. There’s nothing worse than trying your best to look the part for the day, but feeling restricted by your hair, make-up or wardrobe. If you can, rehearse each part of your wedding outfit just before and go with your instinct. Though you may want to do something different than your everyday look, don’t let yourself be pressured into a style that just isn’t you, even if you do think it’s glamourous. Your wedding should be a celebration of the love you and your partner share, and that requires you to feel yourself.

So though you may be hiring a professional to make you as fabulous as you can be for the big day, remember that with the right preparation, you can help to achieve even more wonderful results with winning confidence from the perfect canvas.

Natalie Little has created some fantastic looks as a freelance makeup artist and has helped countless brides settle their nerves on the morning of their big day! She’s currently sharing tips and advice on behalf of UK-based agency Beauty Call.
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The Perfect Hair Color For You

The perfect hairstyle is seldom complete without the perfect hair color. But a lot of people are confused in choosing the right color of their hair. These are several tips and rules of thumbs that apply in selecting the color that will look best on you:

First of all, keep in mind the rule of skin tones. Your hair color should compliment your skin tone. There are two types of tones: warm and cool. You have warm skin tone if you have olive or darker skin with yellow or golden undertone. Most Asians, African-Americans and Latinas have this tone. You have cool skin tone if you have fairer skin with a pink or blue undertone. If you are still looking at your skin, completely dazed about your tone, here is another trick: look at the veins in your inner wrists under natural light.  If the veins are green, you are ‘warm’; if they are blue, you are ‘cool’.

Once you have identified your skin tone, you can start looking for the hair color to compliment your skin. Warm skin tones should go for shades of gold. Golden colors include bronze, copper, and caramel. However, never go too light with golden hues because your hair can turn orange. Warm skin can go blonde, but it should be done with a professional due to its delicateness. Ash and cool brown shades look best on cool skin tones. You can also try jet black and cooler blonde tones. Never use warm color for your hair because it can make you look strained and sickly. Those with very red skin should refrain from going light blond or red to avoid the exaggeration of the color of their skin. They should, instead, go for soft but warm shades that can dilute the redness of their skin.

You can also determine the type of clothes and jewelries that look best on you – it can help you when it comes to choosing the right color. People who look good wearing red and yellow hues (such as orange, gold, olive, and rust) will also look good in gold-toned hair color such as strawberry blonde and golden brown. If shades of blue, green and pink fits you perfectly, cool colors such as ash blonde and platinum will be work on your hair.

Deciding on making your hair either darker or lighter is the next question. Another rule of thumb: never go more than two shades darker or lighter than your natural hair color. Darker hair can look very beautiful because it can show off your complexion better and can accent your eyes effectively. However, going too dark will make your hair and its color seem artificial, and can emphasize darkness under your eyes, making you look worn and stressed. Lighter hair is beautiful, too. It can lighten up the face and make you look cheerful. Beware, though: do not get hooked in making your hair lighter and lighter. You must know just what the right shades of blond are for your skin tone or you will end up looking like a ghost.

Last thing, you can always use the help of a professional hair designer to determine your best matching color.

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