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Creating Manageable Volume for Curly Hair

woman with thick curly red hair

Curly hair is something many people desire and those without it often long for big, bouncy, healthy-looking curls. However, it does come with its daily struggles, for example, do not brush dry curly hair with a regular brush (if you have curly hair then you know!). Caring for those curls can be a bit of a handful and sometimes they need a lot of love as curly hair is a little more delicate than straight hair and commands a bit more attention. It’s sometimes assumed that curly hair has naturally amazing volume - perhaps even too much volume - but this is not always the case and it’s important to give that curly crown some love.

It’s really important to do right by your hair and protect it as best you can. So how can you create manageable volume for curly hair? Here are a few tips to help you on your journey to curly volumized greatness (remember - bigger is better!).

Do it but do it upside down

If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right. Start by washing and rinsing upside down, as this is going to give you some volume straight from the root. Rather than telling your hair to fall down with the water and ending up flat as a consequence, you’re essentially tricking your hair into falling up! You can follow this up with applying your products upside down too. We’re not talking gravity-defying Marge Simpson style, but a nice in-between. Trying this simple technique can give your hair the headstart it needs before you’ve even started styling. It’s good to build a good foundation before trying to get to the end goal!

Don’t blow it low

When blowing, please always use a diffuser. If you’ve got curls then you’ll know that shooting hot air directly on to your head is going to only create a poodle look, and as great as this is, using a diffuser will help your curls look more volumized. Try and use your hairdryer on a low heat when doing this as heat can cause damage to the curl and create frizz. A good tip is to dry with your head to one side to help your curls dry away from the scalp, minimising these issues even further. It’s important when diffusing to make sure your roots are all dry, as damp roots are going to mean weighted roots and that means less volume!

Say no to frizz

Frizz can be a nightmare for curly hair, and a lack of natural oils in the hair strand can make it worse. Humidity doesn’t help either - am I right Monica Gellar?! We want volume, not frizz. To combat our frizzy nightmares we can use products to help restore oils and moisture to the hair Try to avoid washing every day, as this strips the hair of its natural oils and when styling curly hair with your Hairshark, you can use the shark-like fins to create a beautiful shine and leave it amazingly smooth, while not interfering with your hair’s volume. Once you’ve done styling though, please, hands off! Messing with your hair and touching it will only encourage frizz and make it worse.

Forget one size fits all

Everything in our lives is categorised; our body shape, skin type and our hair type. As with everything else, hair is unique and one size does not fit all. Curly hair ranges from waves to ringlets, from thin to really thick - hair is like your fingerprint or a snowflake, each person’s is individual to them, and it’s beautiful! It’s a common misconception that all curly hair is thick, as just like its counterpart straight hair, there is a very broad spectrum of curly hair types out there. Be careful when choosing your shampoo, conditioner and other products, as these play a big role in determining the health of your hair, and do your research before you invest. The versatility of our Hairshark backcombing brush can make your life a little easier at least, as the handle has a thin and narrow tapered point which makes sectioning your hair very simple. Sectioning curly hair whilst styling can help you to gain control when you part your hair, making it more manageable.

The trick to keeping curly hair happy is treating it with a bit of love - hydrating masks are friends, shampoo is a friend… Humidity and non-diffused hair drying are the enemies! Hopefully, these tips have given you curly tops some inspo. A final word to the curly girls: don’t be afraid of styling, you can keep the curls and create enviable volume - you can literally have your cake and eat it!

A Look Back at the Best Hair Trends of the 2010s

A Look Back at the Best Hair Trends of the 2010s

A Look Back at the Best Hair Trends of the 2010s

A decade with a style that has been more influenced than ever by social media, influencers and celebrities – when it comes to hair trends in particular, the 2010’s have been epic!

Whilst we might all agree to leave things like unicorn-coloured hair, feathers, and flower crowns in the past; the last ten years can still claim to have had more than its fair share of great hair. Let’s take a look at what styles made the cut last decade!

1. Ombre

Starting the decade in stunning style, the Ombre style was the laid-back, out-grown style to be seen in the 2010’s. Making its mark at the start of the decade, you’d be hard pushed to name a celebrity that didn’t sport this head-turning style at some point during the last ten years. Although the trend has now evolved into the less in-your-face style balayage (more on that later), this decade-long look still gets a thumbs up from us.

ombre

2. Knots

A style that won hands down when it came to the sleek and sophisticated. Whether you wore your knot high up or ultra-chic at the nape of your neck, the knotted hair trend became de rigueur for paired-back red carpet styles. Perfect for those days when statement earrings are a must, this trend was rocked by celebrities like Cindy Bruna and Una Thurman.

2. Combed Out Curls

When you think back to pillow-like, brushed-out curls, you can’t help but think of Sarah Jessica-Parker who owned this sexy look back in 2012. Long, textured waves and a great brush are key to getting this bouncy, full-of-volume look just right. If a slightly more preened look was your thing, curling-iron curls were the next big thing, bridging the gap between ultra-straight and full-on curl with a sleek style that looked great with a side-parting.

3. Beachy Waves

A look that was cool and effortless (even if the ‘natural’ curls required a fair bit of work), the tousled, beachy waves of the late 2010’s worked great with balayage and looked equally stunning with a fab cocktail dress as with your favourite jeans and t-shirt. 

Celebrity stylist Stéphane Bodin was a huge fan of this style, loving Mary-Kate and Ashley’s way to wear this low-maintenance look.

beachy waves

4. Braids, Braids and More Braids

Okay, so braids will never be a new look, but the 2010’s saw this eternal style reach new heights of glamour. We started off the decade with Lauren Conrad’s trend-setting hairline braid; fell in love again with 90’s inspired micro-braids; saw super-long gem-studded side-braids take centre stage on the red carpet; and finished off the decade with Amandla Stenberg’s stunning thick braids which were woven with striking shades of teal, aqua and bright blue! What’s not to love?

5. A Fabulous Fringe

According to super-star hairstylist Cervando Malonado, a stand-out fringe was perhaps the most notable trend of the decade. From the eye-grazing styles that looked great on stars such as Naomi Campbell and Lily Aldridge, fringes with long layers were definitely the winner. They were cut to frame the face beautifully and worked with both fine and thick tresses.

Long front layers also looked great blow-dried to create a stunning windswept look, with stars like Hilary Duff and the Kardashian sisters rocking the trend.

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6. The Bob

Let’s face it, the bob will always be in fashion. Whether that’s for a cool, stylish-mum kind of look; or a daring, contemporary style which looks great on younger women. It’s a cut which will always find its place in the trends!

However, the 2010’s took this fashion-forward style to new levels with bold, edgy cuts worn by the likes of Victoria Beckham and Lucy Hale; whilst Gabrielle Union gave the look a fresh, new update with a stunning side part which made her choppy cut even more chic.

But, if taking the plunge with a real bob wasn’t your thing, in 2017 we were obsessing over Catherine Zeta-Jones and Kerry Washington’s take on the style with the Great Gatsby-inspired faux bob. A style that was surprisingly easy to perfect, all you needed was a great brush to backcomb, smooth and section your hair and some accessories to ace the look.

7. Super Long Tresses

The perfect partner to a high ponytail á la Ariana Grande, super long tresses became the signature style of modern femininity during the last decade. A style that was championed by Kim and Kylie more than any others, a rigorous hair-care routine was essential in order to achieve this Rapunzel-inspired look - as well as some fabulous, hair-flipping extensions.

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8. Balayage

Ombre’s more sophisticated big sister, balayage was a top trend for celebrities and continues to be a style that looks great with more laid-back cuts. From the French meaning ‘to sweep’ or ‘to paint’, balayage creates a natural, touched-by-the-sun hair colour by painting the dye onto the hair rather than using foils or a cap. It’s a great way of adding some colour to your look without the commitment of regular highlighting.

9. Side Parting

Who would have thought that something as simple as a side parting could transform so many looks? Sleek, sophisticated and super-easy to achieve; the side-swept look complimented almost any face shape and looked great on long, short, straight, wavy and curly styles. To get the look, just channel Julianne Moore from around 2010, add some volume and maybe some waves, then sweep your tresses around one shoulder and pin in place if you need to.

side part

10. Pixie cuts

A look that could never be anything but edgy, Pixie cuts were on-trend right across the last decade. Spiky and very short, there were no shortage of stars (think Rowan Blanchard, Katy Perry, Anne Hathaway and Solange Knowles) who used this head-turning style to make a statement over the last ten years.

So, there you have it, a decade of cuts that made for some really great hair days. Let’s hope the same continues into 2020 and beyond. As for styles that look set to make the cut this decade, we’re predicting ballet-style buns, popping colours, and lots and lots of volume. Stay ahead with the Hairshark Backcombing Brush to give you on-trend volume without any damage - take a look here!

How to Keep Your Hair Healthy in Winter

How to Keep Your Hair Healthy in Winter

Winter is the season for cups of hot chocolate and sitting by the fire, but it’s also the season for frost and cold winds, and the chilly air isn’t great for our hair and skin. The cold weather can easily dry out your hair and cause frizz, brittleness and split ends. Dull, dry, and frizzy hair is the last thing you need when you are posing for pictures in front of scenic, snow-topped hills and sparkling, frosted backdrops.

Here are a few of the best tips to keep your locks luscious and healthy during the colder months!

  • Go Heat-Free 

When trying to smooth out your hair and add volume, many of us rely on straighteners and curling irons. Now is the time to put your hot styling tools down, as they only worsen your hair problems. Heated tools dry out the hair. Instead, you should focus more on heat-free styling options. 

If you want to encourage waves and curls in your hair, add a leave-in conditioner and plait your hair the night before. Adding more volume can be achieved with our Hairshark backcombing brush, which adds volume without damaging the hair. 

For smoother hair, apply a leave-in conditioner and wrap your hair in a silk scarf overnight to protect it from friction whilst you sleep. There are plenty of ways to style your hair without the use of heat, so get creative!

 

  • Dry Your Hair Naturally

Going heat-free also means putting your hair dryer away. Gently pat and squeeze your hair dry with a microfibre towel, but don’t rub the hair. You should allow time for your hair to dry naturally before you leave the house, so washing your hair in the evenings could be the way to go if you find your mornings are a rush.

Having damp hair when you go outside is a no go, as the cold air will cause your hair to expand and weaken or even freeze, causing damage. Make sure your hair is dry before you leave, and if your hair is still not quite dry you can use your hairdryer as a last resort.

  • Wear a Hat

Wearing a hat when you go out and brace the cold winds will not only keep you warmer but also protect your hair. If you are worried about hat hair, wrapping your hair in a silk scarf will keep it protected from the rougher textures and fibres like wool, which your hat is probably made from. 

Woolly hats keep your head warm but can cause the dreaded ‘hat hair’. If you’re confident enough, you could also sew your own silky lining in your favourite hat so you can pop it straight on. Wearing leave-in conditioner or hair oil will also help to reduce daily frizz from the cold air, and keep your hair conditioned whilst it’s wrapped up, giving it an extra layer of protection.

  • Washing Correctly

Washing your hair is vital to keeping it clean, fresh and healthy, but leaving your hair unwashed for as long as possible is important too. Washing hair every day can strip it of natural oils and dry it out, so try to leave at least a day between washes. If your hair is usually washed every day, it tends to get greasier quickly to compensate for the oils that have been washed out. Using dry shampoo between washes can help with this.

Another thing to consider when washing your hair is the water temperature. Having a hot shower can feel refreshing, especially on a cold winter’s day, but hot water is damaging to your hair and skin. To avoid stripping the moisture from your hair and skin, go for more of a lukewarm temperature; you can slowly adjust the temperature as you shower so that your body adjusts. 

If you must indulge in a hot soak, opt for a hot bath with lots of moisturising bath soaks and bubble bath in it, and keep your hair in a shower cap. 

 

  • Lotions and Potions 

With so many different brilliant products available on the market, there are definitely going to be options that work wonders for you, as well as some that don’t. Because everyone’s hair is different, it can be tricky knowing what to buy, and you might have to try a few. Your favourite product may also change with the season, as what your hair needs will change with the weather and temperature. 

During winter, products with natural oils like jojoba and baobab oil will really help to lock in moisture. Oils are heavier and evaporate more slowly, giving your hair lots of time to absorb the moisturising goodness and stay protected from the harsh weather. If you prefer homemade, overnight hair masks are a great DIY option that can give great results. 

  • Some Things to be Avoided 

Conditioners, oils and overnight masks are all things you should be lavishly applying over winter; but there are some things you should keep away from. Whilst it might be tempting to use hairspray to keep those frizzy hairs in place, you could actually be causing damage and giving yourself more frizzy hair by drying your hair out, as many hairsprays contain ethanol. This can dry out and damage your hair as the alcohol evaporates. Instead, choose heat protectant sprays to keep your hair protected whilst you style it. Opt for leave-in conditioners, hair oils and mousses to keep hair moisturised and in place throughout the day.

Coloured hair needs lots of extra care over winter and trying out a slightly darker shade during winter will give your hair a much-needed break. Platinum hair looks great, but there are other great hair colours you could try that don’t require as much bleaching and toning. 

You can choose semi-permanent, wash-out dyes to disguise your roots a bit, without going for a permanent change that will make it too difficult to revert back to your usual bleach-blonde look once the weather gets warmer. Chemically straightening or perming your hair should also be put on pause.

Hopefully, these tips can help save you some despair and keep your hair looking healthy and feeling great. Just like your skin, your hair needs extra moisturising over winter, but keeping hydrated and eating lots of fruit and veggies will help too!