I collect hair tips like it’s my job (which it is – and YAY for that!). Unfortunately, though there are precious few pro pointers that actually work in real life, for those of us who don’t have any army of hair stylists shadowing us every minute of the day.
Because hair can be complicated. Those Victorian braids at Zimmermann may look ultra-effortless but I defy you to pull them off with only two arms that happen to be on the side of your body, rather than attached at the back!
Which is why I’ve culled through the season’s fashion week diaries and am giving you only those hair hacks that are feasible for normal mortals. And these are seriously pretty easy… in fact, you’ll pretty soon be wondering how you lived without them at all. I am!
How to ‘dry shampoo’: Dry shampoo can seem like a Godsend, right up until you are left with rough, chalky strands. To avoid that battle, spray the dry shampoo onto a paddle brush and then spritz some hair spray on top. Now run the brush through your hair and say hello to clean, shiny and chalk-free strands.
Too much dry shampoo (or texturising powder): I was constantly battling with this problem till I learnt the backstage hair quick fix. Simply blast the overdone areas with hairspray… it will dissolve the excess powder.
Hair spray, done right: As for hairspray overload (think stiff and unnatural hair… bah!), spray the hair spray on your hair brush after blow drying it. Then run the brush through your strands. This way, you’ll get the staying power of hairspray, sans the stiffness.
Mousse it up: Every single hairstylist I’ve ever spoken to has one suggestion – run some mousse through your hair, regardless of the style you’re going after. Mousse makes your hair look thicker, tames flyaways and keeps everything smooth and sexy.
Get the gloss: The trick is in only rinsing out your conditioner 70% of the way – an easy way to get glossy locks, though those with fine hair may find it makes their strands too limp.
Easy, instant waves: Braid thin sections of hair and then run a flat iron over them. Then let the hair cool, unbraid and brush through gently. Voila, tight waves!
Volume, volume, volume: For the most OTT volume, spritz hair with some salt before anything else. The salt adds texture and makes hair more dense, making it easier to backcomb.
Braid it tight: If your braid always seems to start falling apart halfway through the day (or night), rub some hair cream in your hands before you start the twisting and knotting. The cream will work its way through the locks as you braid, helping keep everything smooth and in place.
Sleek ponies: To keep it sleek, slick hair back with pomade before tying the elastic.
Flyaways: Yes, theoretically you can use a toothbrush spritzed with a hair spray to tame flyaways. But unless you have just about 4 inches of hair on your head, this is going to take forever. Hair pros have learnt to swap the dental staple for a flat-topped kabuki makeup brush that’s light and dense enough to deliver the spray sans overloading, while being big enough to get the job done quickly.
No slip fix: The rubber band keeps slipping? Spritz on a texturising product – like dry shampoo or hair spray before you tie it on, then add a shot of hair spray on top for added hold.
Colour fix: Need a fix that will hide those roots without a trip to the salon? Pick an eyeshadow that matches the colour of your hair and brush it on!