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Get the look this party season!

Friday, 13 December 2013 14:53:04 Europe/London

It’s that time of year again where sparkle, glitz and glamour are a must have for every girl out there. The party season is upon us and it’s your job to make sure you look your bedazzling best! You need to style yourself so that the angel at the top of three has nothing on you! Luckily for you, we are here to help. Just think of us as a Festive Fairy sprinkling beauty all over the hair world. We have been looking through our magical snow globe and have spotted some amazing hairstyles that will compliment any outfit during the holiday season. Let’s shake it up and take a look!

How about a stylish low side pony tail? It’s perfect for the snowy weather and the damp air because you won’t have to worry about frizz. For this style you will need to curl the hair first with curling tongs or straighteners. Then grab that backcombing brush (available on Image Hair Extensions) and backcomb the crown and sides. Loosely brush over to smooth and gather gently into a loose side ponytail. Secure with an elastic bobble. To hide the elastic, take a section of hair and wrap around the bobble and secure with a grip. This style is worn by the gorgeous Michelle Keegan. As you can see it’s classy, glamorous and looks effortless.

Shake the globe up to reveal a high bun style. Here at Image Hair Extensions we absolutely love the bun hairstyle. It’s practical for all the snow flurries and is a maintenance free style that will last all evening long. It’ secure enough for even the grooviest of dancers and will stay in place no matter how much head banging you do to ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday!’ The easiest way to get the high bun look is to gather your hair into a sleek high ponytail. Backcomb the ponytail so that you have a fuller, bigger section of hair. Then grab your big bun (available on Image Hair Extensions) and pull the ponytail through the middle hole. Tilt your head forward and cover the big bun with your hair. Secure into place with grips. Spray, Spray, spray and party the night away. Just like Christina Milian.

No party is ever a party without a braid or two being showcased. There are so many different braided styles that you could wear. A side braided section, a fishtail braid, a backcombed side braid, wraparound side braid, front section braid, braided bun, loose braid…we could go on and on and on! It’s easy to achieve and so many ways that you can make this style individual and unique. Time to get practising we think!

This party season why don’t you become a vintage vixen just like Jessica Alba. This style is stunning and very classy. Once you have the big curled waves you can pin it around to one side or wear it loose. You could accessorise with some bling to add even more glamour to this style. It will have you standing out from the crowd and lighting up that dancefloor!

No party would be complete without the Big Hair do. No one wears this better than the queen of big hair herself, Cheryl Cole, but you can give it a damn good go! Curl your hair with heated rollers or Velcro rollers (available at Image Hair Extensions) . Then back comb your hair at the roots to get extra volume. Spray your hair to hold. Absolutely gorgeous and perfect for that big night out!

As the Coca Cola advert says ‘Holidays are coming, holidays are coming’ and we want to be ready for them from tip to toe. These are just a few hairstyles to get you started and if you’re anything like us you will have more than one Christmas party to attend, so why not try them all out! It’s definitely time to show everyone how you sparkle!

Yours sincerely

The Festive Fairy!

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Hairstyles for Different Face Shapes

Friday, 22 November 2013 15:56:54 Europe/London

One of the most important things about fashion and looking great is working with what you have. There is a need for people to be honest about themselves and their body shape. There are some clothes and outfits that look tremendous on a particular body shape or frame but not so good on other body shapes and frames. This is where people need to be honest and no matter what shape of body they have, there will be a clothing range of style that works for them.

This is very true for people’s hair styles. You may think that your hair style needs to co-ordinate with your fashion sense but the most important factor to consider when choosing a hairstyle is the shape of your face. Again, this requires an element of self-analysis so make sure that you look at yourself and ensure that you know which face shape you have. Once you have this in place, you will find it easier to find a hairstyle that works with what you have and will actually accentuate your looks.

If you have a round face, you should find that layers suit you. Long layers will help to minimise the wide cheeks and provide a better frame for your features. It is usually best to have a longer length in the back with a shorter style of layer at the front of the hair. You should try to avoid having hair that is all one length as this will make the roundness of the face become more apparent.

Sometimes a small shape change can make a big difference

While there may not be much of a difference between having a round face and an oval face, the possibilities for your hair are almost limitless. There is a greater sense of freedom that comes from having this style of hair and you will find that short hair suits you just as well as bangs. You should try to avoid volume or height on the top part of your head but apart from this no-no, this style of face gives you free reign to enjoy yourself and experiment on a regular basis.

Women who have a face shaped like a heart, wider at the middle and then tapering to a point at the chin can try a number of different of styles. Again, a fringe is very much on the agenda for women with heart shaped faces and the choice between long or short hair is entirely down to the wearer. Fringes and layers that come down around the cheeks are particularly stylish and this is a look that has been worn by many top celebrities.

If you have a square face, avoid angles

When it comes to having a square face, one that is wide and has features of an angular nature, say a strong jaw line, you should be looking for a soft cut. It is also sensible to add in some layers. Anything which presents the wearer with corners is going to be of value and you should look to avoid bangs that cut straight across or bibs which have sharp edges. In this instance, it can be of benefit to accentuate any shape and movement you have with your hair.

If you have a large forehead, it is inevitable that you will be looking towards a fringe as a solution. This makes sense but if you have very thick hair or it is textured, you may want to think about a different style. One solution is to have a style that has a number of shorter layers which comes down to around your chin.

For women who have concerns about their nose or would prefer to have focus on their eyes, make sure that you avoid the major centre parting. Using volume to add focus to the hairline and away from your face is a great way to go about this.

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The Styles of Downton Abbey

Wednesday, 2 October 2013 15:26:17 Europe/London

This weekend saw the return of the much loved Downton Abbey on ITV. After an explosive end to the last series we are thoroughly looking forward to seeing what twists, turns, romantic encounters and tragedies are planned for this series. Will Mary meet a new man, will Edith finally find true love and will Carson finally crack a smile??? It is hard to contain our excitement. We can now look forward to spending our autumn Sunday evenings curled up on the couch pretending that we are the lady of the manor and dreaming of a life surrounded by beautiful things and people.

One of the things we love most about Downton Abbey is the style and the grace the female characters have. They are beautiful, unique, individual and strong women for the time. Let's focus on the magnificent Mary first. Her Edwardian inspired 20's hair style is truly elegant. She has the classic English rose look with her pale complexion and dark eyes and hair. She is the picture of innocence. For those of you who watch the show you will know how looks can be very deceiving because Mary is far from the innocent, wall flower her appearance would have you believe. To recreate this beautiful hairstyle start by setting the hair in Velcro rollers which will give it volume. After 20 mins finger comb the hair. Take small parts of your hair and twist towards the back and secure with hair pins. Next twist small sections. Try to keep the hair soft and loose. Pin in place and spray lightly. You may want to pull some strands in the front to frame and soften around your face.

Lady Edith, although not our favourite character at first, has become a fashion idol in our eyes. She pushes social boundaries and is not afraid to stand out from the crowd with her opinions or her fashion choices and for this we have grown to love her. She is most often seen wearing the 1920s finger waves in her hair. This fun and flirty hair do is still popular now and is fairly easy to recreate. First wash and condition your hair. Towel dry your hair but make sure you leave it a bit damp. Next apply some curling product and decide where you want your side part to be and part your hair.

Okay this is where it gets tricky and you may need to read this part a couple of times. You ready? Place your middle finger flat against your hair where you'd like the first wave. Then put your comb into your hair along the side of your finger. Slide the comb sideways along your finger until a bit of a ridge appears. Hold the ridge secure by placing your index finger down next to your middle finger. Next put the comb down and away from the centre of your head in a letter "C" shape. Now it's time to secure the wave by inserting a hair clip at the end of your letter "C" shape to hold the wave in place.Continue creating finger waves until you have waved the whole section around your face.Allow your hair to air dry with the pins in place. Once it's dry, take the pins out and spray to secure the style in place. Well done, that is a lot of steps to follow!

Whatever Lady you imagine yourself to be you can use your Image Hair Extensions to recreate the style and glamour that the characters of Downton Abbey ooze each and every episode. Just keep practising the styles until you get perfection and then you can start to accessorise and add your own touches to further add depths to the styles you create. These hairstyles are timeless and show effortless beauty (well we know it's not completely effortless but no one else has too)!



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Womens Hairstyles in the Swinging '60s

Monday, 23 September 2013 16:41:01 Europe/London

The 1960s were an incredibly iconic time with so many changes to the way that we lived taking place. The UK and the United States went through a lot of turmoil but there were a great number of activities and memories from this era too. One of the things that really shone through in this decade was the amount of freedom that younger people started to develop and there is no doubt that this created a great number of different styles for young women to bring into their life. Pop stars and actresses were the key influencers of this era and they were responsible for bringing in a great number of different hairstyles in this decade!

It would be correct to say that the bouffant first appeared in the latter half of the 1950s but it was in the 1960s that it really started to grow in stature. There was no need for it to grow in size because the bouffant hairstyle was one that always had plenty of volume in it! There was an awful lot of backcombing going on in this hairstyle with a rounded effect being the end result. There was an element of freedom in the bottom end of the bouffant hairstyle with some women opting for a flicked ending whereas other would prefer an ending which curled around, complementing the rounded style of the rest of the haircut.

The bouffant needed a lot of work to keep it up

One thing about the bouffant hairstyle was that it took an awful amount of hair spray to keep it in place and the impact that this style had on the environment is probably not worth thinking about. More environmentally friendly products can help to create a stylish bouffant these days but back then, there were a lot of products used that did a lot of damage. Not everyone was able to get the length or volume in their hair that they wanted to and this is where wigs and hairpieces would assist. There would be no problem in creating this style nowadays with clip in hair extensions adding more length but back then, it was more of a struggle. Some of the more famous women to sport this style of hairstyle back in the 60s were Jackie Kennedy, Dusty Springfield and The Supremes, with Diana Ross at the helm.

One thing about the bouffant hairstyle was that it took an awful amount of hair spray to keep it in place and the impact that this style had on the environment is probably not worth thinking about. More environmentally friendly products can help to create a stylish bouffant these days but back then, there were a lot of products used that did a lot of damage. Not everyone was able to get the length or volume in their hair that they wanted to and this is where wigs and hairpieces would assist. There would be no problem in creating this style nowadays with clip in hair extensions adding more length but back then, it was more of a struggle. Some of the more famous women to sport this style of hairstyle back in the 60s were Jackie Kennedy, Dusty Springfield and The Supremes, with Diana Ross at the helm.

 

The beehive created a buzz

The beehive was another massive hairstyle of the 60s, massive in height and in popularity. The origins of the beehive can be traced back to Chicago where Margaret Vinci Heldt of Illinois created this style. Margaret had been asked by a beauty magazine to create a hairstyle for the new decade and at the beginning of the 1960s, the beehive was brought to the attention of the masses. The beehive became a smash hit with Dusty Springfield (who clearly loved following the hairstyle trends) and even Audrey Hepburn in a number of major roles. In fact, it was probably the use of this hairstyle by Audrey Hepburn that made it such an iconic style for women to wear.

There was also a variation of the beehive which was combined with a long tail at the bottom. This look was championed by The Ronettes and was made extremely popular by Brigitte Bardot. In the latter half of the 1960s when the hippy movement was starting up in the US and London was swinging, it would be correct to say that long hair was very much on trend for many women. This return to a simpler style was welcome after the amount of time and hair product that had to be used to obtain the famous styles of the first half of the decade.

There was also a big turnaround for short hair with Mia Farrow being the most famous recipient of a very short cut for the film Rosemary’s Baby.

 

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Looking After Your Hair During Winter

Friday, 13 September 2013 16:43:30 Europe/London

We can hardly believe it, summer is over and we are making our way very quickly towards those winter months. The sun is no longer shining well into our long evenings and we are no longer being awoken by birds singing in the early hours of the morning and the light bursting in through our curtains! It's time to pop the heating back on, look out those winter woollies and start shopping for a new cosy coat!

It's not only our wardrobe and lifestyle that are affected by the cold snap heading our way, our hair and our hair extensions are also a casualty of the cold months. Humidity is low during the winter and it is proven that the cold air around us actually holds far less moisture! That coupled with the central heating being on spells absolute  DISASTER! Uh oh, this doesn't sound too good! What does this mean for my hair we hear you ask??? Well, read on! This frosty weather results in our hair becoming drier, duller and more unmanageable. Our hair can become fly away, dry, frizzy and brittle. Not words anyone wants to associate with their hair. Our scalp also becomes super dry which can mean a lot of itching and scratching, causing dandruff and flakiness. This scritchy scratchy problem also makes it look like you have contracted the dreaded nits! Not a good look for anyone we think you would agree!


Now before you go into a blind panic, calm down, relax and carry on reading. We have a few handy hair hints to help you overcome that wild winter hair. Try to cut down on the frequency you use appliances. Yep, unfortunately, curling tongs, straighteners, hair dryers and all that jazz, affect dryness and moisture and by reducing the amount your hair is exposed to these hair tools will help avoid extra dryness.

Secondly, reduce the number of times that you shampoo your hair in a week. Your hair produces natural oils which help to protect and lubricate the hair preventing it from damage. So the less you wash your hair the more chance it has of protecting itself from all the elements of Jack Frost. If you can wash your hair every other day or even every 3 days if you can cope.

Another simple tip is to moisturise and condition often. Regular treatments of intense hair masks, such as Orfluido Hair Mask, will help keep hair moisturised but will not make the hair too heavy with conditioner. Orfluido also adds a glorious healthy looking shine to your hair which will make you the envy of all those wild, winter women who are oblivious to the dangers of winter dry hair! Moisture, moisture, moisture!

During the months of winter don't let wild, winter hair get the better of you! Follow these simple tips and beat those bad hair days with a vengeance. Take care of your hair, treat it well and it will repay you by looking healthy, manageable, shiny and utterly gorgeous for all those Christmas parties that we will soon be dancing round our handbags at!


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