Given the number of rollers, tongs, and stylers on the market designed to curl hair, you'd think by now getting long-lasting waves would be easy. But many of us still struggle to make a curl last more than a few minutes. The good news is there are usually some very simple reasons why your curls are dropping or falling out completely, and almost all of them are easily fixed. Whether you have fine hair that always falls flat, or super straight locks that just won't bend, we can help — come on down for our curl secrets, and the five reasons your curl might not be lasting.
Kate Middleton made three public appearances in the days leading up to her first wedding anniversary on Sunday, and her hair was shiny and lustworthy as ever. I was particularly taken by the curly half up half down style the Duchess of Cambridge sported on Thursday evening at the Imperial War Museum. Remington Session Stylist, Chris Appleton says the key to achieving Kate's glossy mane for yourself is to go for products that give a frizz free, high shine finish. Find out how you can get the look in three easy steps when you read more
Amy Winehouse was snapped yesterday on her way to the pub sporting yet another enormous beehive. It looks like she's wearing a hair piece attached to her new short hair do. Only last week, Amy debuted her new curly perm but it appears like she's already having nostalgia for her trademark big retro hair style. Which of these looks do you prefer on the singer?
A high spirited Amy Winehouse visited her old flat in Camden last night. She wore a scruffy tee shirt but all eyes were on her latest hairstyle. Amy's new short perm looked messy but admittedly super shiny as she scampered around London wearing not a scrap of makeup.
It's refreshing to see Amy making a change from her enormous beehive and I like how this cut makes her hair look naturally thick and healthy. It feels hard to judge Amy's appearance too harshly right now, seeing as she's going through such a rough time. How about you, do you think this new do suits Amy?
Singer Mariah Carey jetted into London yesterday with actor and hip hop artist husband Nick Cannon. Mariah was looking even blonder than usual, with a beautifully laid back wavy do (far right). For Halloween last week, Mariah went extra curly with pretty undulating curls, while last month she was spotted working a much sleeker and darker blonde style. Which is your favourite hair look on Mariah?
According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the term frizz comes from the French word 'friser' — originally meaning 'to curl'. The word was coined in the 1660's and was first used only as a verb whose strict definition is given as "to form a mass of tight curls." Now when we talk about frizz it has negative connotations. Super dry, fried frizzy hair is often the result of genes and over styling. Weather conditions can also exacerbate the problem.
Hair frizzes when it is lacking in moisture or when the outer hair cuticle breaks and becomes weak. A lack of protein in the cortical layers of the hair either due to inherited factors or because of diet can contribute. Stress and illness coupled with a lack of vitamins, minerals and amino acids can also lead to hair damage, split ends, frizz and hair loss.
Annoyingly, frizz isn't only derived from humidity and rain, too little moisture can also make your locks static and split. My girl BellaSugar US suggests that one way to ward off frizz is by using a hydrating shampoo. Also, just going easy on your hair (don't towel dry vigorously and be careful of over blow drying) should help.
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There's been a recent vogue for tight, undulating curls recently, with everyone from High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens to Lindsay Lohan and Madonna sporting the trend. The word undulating itself means "moving up and down like waves" and "forming a series of regular curves". Undulating also implies that the movements are smooth and undulating curls tend to increase in size and thickness as you move down the hair.
This hairstyle is also sometimes termed 'cascading curls' as there is that same sense of long, flowing locks. However unlike with loose waves (think Gisele's hair) these twists are slightly tighter and have a more structured appearance. Madonna and Lindsay paired their kinky tresses with a flat middle parting, for a sweet, almost girlie effect. Alternatively, graceful waves and coils of hair combined with a side parting, as America Ferrera recently wore, make for classic Old Hollywood glamour.
At Madonna's directorial debut in New York this week, it seems that her recent hair style is becoming something of a trend. Despite the bad news that her marriage may be over, she sure looked beautiful. Both she and Lindsay Lohan showed off tight curls with middle parts. The shape of the hair was somewhat triangular, with lots of volume at the ends and little at the crown.
Meanwhile at the recent Milan premiere of her new film, Carmen Electra was working a similar style. This is a tough look to pull off, but all three blondes look gorgeous (although I love Lindsay Lohan's dark sun-kissed colour the best). What do you think of this tightly wound hair trend?