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Summer Hair to Dye For

The weather seems to be picking up and the sun is out.  Woohoo! It’s time for some summer fun so why not start with your hair colour?  A few celeb’s are already leading the way with their stunning new summer hairdos.

Katy Perry Green Hair DyeKaty Perry has decided to go for a fresh spring colour and there’s nothing that says more spring than green! Katy calls her green tresses ‘slime colour’.  Well, I’ve never seen slime looking so good.

Kelly OsbourneKelly Osborne, never to be out done, has gone for a more subtle lilac colour with beautiful soft tones.  I have fallen in love with this looks soft feminine feel that still manages to retain an edge.

Keeping with the soft subtle theme, Julianne Hough is our inspiration.  Here, she’s sporting silvery grey tones icing up her blonde maine with clever suggestive colouring.

Julianne Hough

Fancy some spring time tones and colour?  Well, here’s a fantastic way of injecting them in into your current hairstyle.  Those of you who follow my blog you will know what a huge fan I am of these little gems…  You will never find me without them in my session bag… Yes, that’s right! It’s Kevin Murphy’s Color Bug.  These little bugs can give colour ranging from subtle tones to vivid streaks and last until your next shampoo.  For subtle tones apply to dry hair.  For more striking colour add to damp hair.

There are a range of fun colours to choose from.  There are pink, purple and orange dyes – perfect for achieving an eye-popping look.  For more subtle colouring use the white bug to ice out blondes and glimmer bug to give glamorous golden tones to blondes and brunettes.

Let’s all have some fun in the sun with our hair colour – even if it’s just for a day!!!

Glamorous Red Carpet Hair: Get the Look

I love a bit of Red carpet celeb watching to see who gets it right and who gets it horribly wrong!

Well, this year at The Grammys it was all about glamour. Tousled waves, retro curls and sophisticated up styles were all in the mix …… lets take a look at some of my favourite looks!

Beyonce at The Grammys 2014
Beyoncé rocked the tousled beach wave hair making it less for everyday hair to looking right at home on the red carpet!

Hero Product to create this look is Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray . Mist on and twist in curls then dry gently and mist a little on your hair at end to eliminate any fizz.

Taylor Swift at The Grammys 2014
Taylor Swift styled up the everyday ponytail by adding movement and curl to give a more sophisticated feel.

Hero Product to recreate Taylor’s ponytail Kevin Murphy Damage Manager. Apply just before you Curl for ultimate protection from heated appliances, giving you movement and curls with no dehydration.

Rita Ora at The Grammys 2014
Rita Ora wowed us all with her vintage retro curls. She looked like the ultimate starlet with her perfectly polished waves and curls. This was one of my favourite looks of the evening.

Hero Product to get glam like Rita – Kevin Murphy Easy Rider. After taking your heated rollers out brush through your hair and then smooth through when dressing curls in place. Viola the ultimate polished pin up!

Katy Perry at The Grammys 2014
Katy Perry looked sensational with her huge bun . Pulling her own natural hair back tightly into a bun then placing a large hairpiece which was intricately plaited then wrapped around the original bun to exaggerate the size.

Hero Product is Kevin Murphy Smoothing Brush which smoothes hair perfectly to give you sleek groomed look. For Hairpieces go to http://www.pauls-hair-world.co.uk.

So why not glam it up for February

Look Cool AND Hot this summer with our Top 3 ‘How-to’ Hairstyles!

Summer has definitely arrived…. Hurray !! The more the temperature heats up, the less time I want to stand with a dryer drying my hair!

In this blog I’m going to give you a few hints and ideas for ways to style your hair and look great on hot days, here or on holidays.

Texture your Waves

This is ideal for Long / Wavy / Curly Hair

Elle MacPherson with texturised summer hair

Elle MacPherson with texturised summer hair

 After jumping in and out of the shower , drying, moisturising and getting dressed, standing to dry your hair can feel like a mammoth task.

This  is a hugely simple way of styling your hair with no dryer!

We start with pre-shampooed towel dried hair, comb well, removing all knots and tangles. Apply Kevin Murphy Hair Resort evenly through your hair , then simply plait your hair to one side, you can funk it up by doing a fishtail plait but it’s your choice. You’ve got your day look in minutes, but the magic of this is at the end of the day when your hair has dried, let it down and give it a shake and Voila! You’ve got sexy beach textured curls for an evening look!!

Kink it up

This is perfect for Long / Medium / Straight / Loose Wavy Hair

Eva Mendes. Summer Kink Hair

Eva Mendes with Summer Kink Hair

As before, we begin with our pre-shampooed towel dried hair. After combing thoroughly, apply Kevin Murphy Body Builder evenly though your hair. Again so simple but effective – Twist your hair up and pin into a loose bun (it doesn’t need to neat ), and your day-look is achieved again in minutes so you can spend more time soaking up those rays!!

After a hard days chilling in the sun you hair will have dried in your bun, so drop it down flick your head upside down and shake, mist with a light spray of hairspray, lift your head back up and you’ve kinked it up for night out!

 Slick it up

Suitable for Short / Bob length hair

Anne Hathaway - Sleek Summer Hair

Anne Hathaway – Sleek Summer Hair

This is a great way to keep your hair styled,  but out of your way on those hot days.

You’ve guessed it! We start again with pre-shampooed towel dried hair. Now we have two options of what product to use, you can use a lightweight gel for a slightly firmer controlled-look or my personal favourite, a conditioner for a softer more movable look giving your hair an intensive treatment in the heat of the sun while you work on your tan.  My recommended conditioner is KMS Color Vitality Shine & Shield for anyone with or without coloured hair, as its Shield protects and conditions all at once. With the gel, you know if you’ve got a day of activities it will stay in place, my gel pf choice is KMS Hair Stay Styling Gel.

Now that you’ve chosen your selected product, work it evenly and thoroughly through your towel dried hair and either comb into slick style or run your fingers through and style for a bit more lift it doesn’t need to be very flat and slick. For a twist to the style give it a little lift around the front area and it looks good but also lifts hair of your face! That’s only one idea to funk it up – Have fun trying your own ideas too!

So now that the weather has heated up and you’ve got your hints and tips – You can look cool and hot this summer!

Your Hair Guide to Summer Colouring!

Summer is here and we are all getting into our bright summery colours, so why not reflect this with our hair colour?

To give you a guide, here are some of this seasons biggest Hair Colour Trends.

One of the hottest colours this season is Bronde , yes I’ve spelled that right!! This is a shade of colour between blonde and brunette. Bronde is so current for this season and great for anyone wanting to lighten with gentler tones than just light blonde and with less commitment than really blonde. My hint and tip for this trend is to keep to carmel and beige tones to avoid looking brassy blonde.

Our celebs that hero this look prefectly are Jennifer Anniston & Gisele Bundchen.

Jennifer Anniston feat. Bronde Summer Hair

Jennifer Anniston feat. Bronde Summer Hair

Gisele Bundchen - Bronde

Gisele Bundchen – Bronde

Ombré is our next colour trend very much in demand this season, it’s our dip dye effect for this season. Ombre is a colour that graduates from dark at the roots down to light at the ends. A great lower commitment technique as the colour is in the mid lengths and ends of the hair. Here comes my hint and tip, If you read my blog on dip dye last season you will know I am a huge fan of Kevin Murphy Color Bugs. Well those innovative guys at Kevin Murphy are right on trend again with the launch of the shimmer bug which is made for  ombré colouring giving that light sun kissed shimmer and like the rest of the bugs is temporary and shampoos out, fantastic for that summer only look!!

Kevin Murphy Ombré Shimmer Bug

Kevin Murphy Ombré Shimmer Bug

Hilary Swank does ombré so well.

Hilary Swank Ombre Dip Dye Colour

Hilary Swank Ombré

Our last look is always a summer favourite. Platinum Blonde, if you’ve decided to take the leap and go blonde this season, Platinum is very much the way to go! Be warned! This is not for the faint-hearted, but when you get it right, it’s stunning. My hint and tip for this colour is to keep it crisp and clean. Use a silver toned shampoo like KMS Color Vitality Blonde Shampoo to retain your clean clear blonde. Our Celeb with this style is a no brainer it’s got to be Pink , she is the ultimate Platinum chick!!

Pink! Platinum Blonde Hair Style

Pink! Platinum Blonde Hair Style

So now you’ve got a few ideas, have fun  with summer colouring!

Wrap up Warm this Winter!

Its that time of year again, it’s become cold and frosty. So on go the hats, hoods and heating and unfortunately our hair suffers. It makes hair feel on the tired side and it loses it’s sparkle.  Though fear not, we are going to bring back the gleam before your Christmas party season starts!!

The first type of hair with lack of condition is ‘de-moisturized’ type , this is generally dull or brittle long hair, curly hair and hair which has been exposed to the elements. Maybe even with a bit of mechanical damage i.e. dryer, straighteners. Lets face it, that sounds like most of us !!

The ultimate treatment which I love for this type of hair, is KMS Moist Repair Treatment. The treatment absorbs deeply into the hair to rebuild and strengthen the hair with ingredients like Panthenol which injects strength straight into the hair and Aloe Vanilla nourishing and hydrating the hair, you will be left with hair feeling strong, healthy, moisturised and  glossy !!

Ok relax! That’s the science bit over, now how to get the best results from it !

  1. Pre Shampoo hair with KMS Moist Repair Shampoo
  2. Towel dry hair apply a walnut size of Kms Moist Repair Treatment
  3. Wrap  cling film around the head to seal the hair
  4. Lie in a hot bath , if you can’t  saturate a towel in hot water , wring out and wrap round head over cling film to trap in steam.
  5. Rinse Thoroughly
  6. Style as normal.

The second type of lack of condition is delving a little bit deeper and is usually anyone with  heavily coloured hair, chemical straightened or any technical service in their hair. My hero product for this is Kevin Murphy Born Again. The ingredients are so tiny they pass into the internal structure of your hair infusing essential oils in at the core. Not only do they work instantly but they remain in the hair and are reactivated by sunlight and air. Born Again is packed full of antioxidants to stop further damage and help maintain balance to the hair and scalp. It will leave your hair energized, sleek, tamed, regenerated and repaired.

Now how to get that radiance back into your hair !

  1. Pre shampoo with Born.Again Wash
  2. Towel dry hair apply a walnut size of Born .Again
  3. Wrap in cling film sealing in all the hair
  4. Lie in a steamy bath unwinding
  5. Born.Again can be left on for up to 20mins, just enough time so soak the stresses of the world away.
  6. Rinse well
  7. Style as normal

Now you know how  get your lustre back for Christmas by wrapping your hair up warm!

 …… Next time ‘How to Style your gleaming hair – Red Carpet Style for the festive  party season!’

Create beautiful Waves with the Kevin Murphy Wave Clip!

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The Team at Kevin Murphy have excelled once again. The wave.clip is a revolutionary hair tool for the 21st century!
This quick easy to use tool will have you achieving soft sexy waves in no time at all.
The wave.clip can be used on all hair types:
On straight hair – It will give you that beach wave
On wavy hair – It will enhance and control your wave
On curly hair – It will smooth and de-frizz into Marcel wave.

This will make your straighteners, tongs and wands redundant for achieving waves!

Step by step to luscious waves:

1. Split clean dry hair in to four or five large sections, leaving out any fringe.

2. Open the first wave.clip and place it approximately half way down the hair so to achieve a natural wavy effect.
Click closed ensuring no hair is trapped at sides.

3. Apply the next clip directly below, so they are edge to edge touching. close as before. If any ends are popping out secure them to the wave.clip with a pin.

4. Work around the head doing the same section by section.

5. Once you have placed all your hair in all clips, wrap in hairnets to stop getting flyaway hairs.

20120825-215822.jpg6. Spray with a heat protection spray to lightly dampen hair.

7. Place dryer on high heat and low speed and dry each clip on top and underneath making sure hair is completely dry, then blast with cold hair to fix in the waves.

8. After the cold blast remove the nets and clips. Run fingers through the hair to break up sections an waves giving a modern beach babe look.

Now you’ve found my new gadget, go create some waves in more ways than one!

Click here to watch Celebrity Stylist Kevin Murphy demonstrate how to use his new Wave Clips!

Volume in a Bottle!

Volume powders have been the craze for the last 12 months but finding one that fits all my requirements is no mean task…….. But I am pleased to say I have found the most perfect volumising powder. Let me introduce Powder Puff by Kevin Murphy.

If you are looking for oomph in a bottle and this is the product for the job!

Before, when using powders I always found they were either to light not giving enough ‘grit’ to the hair or too much making your hair feel like it instantly needed shampooed , but the guys at Kevin Murphy have got it spot on !!!

This little gem will give you that bedroom hair instantly, with its lightweight matte texture you hardly feel it in your hair all you see is results.

For long luscious locks it will give you that casual volume that looks effortless, and for us short haired girlies it give us that messy textured feel.

With a small sprinkling in at the roots on dry or damp hair we all can become sirens with our come to bed hair!!!

Powder Puff is priced around £11 for 14g bottle.

For more information on Kevin Murphy’s great products, pop over to their website http://www.kevinmurphy.com.au

For a great ‘How-To’ Video from Kevin Murphy on how to use Powder Puff – Check out this great You Tube video. http://youtu.be/JRmU33UZIUs