Simple hair tips for styling long hair

Long hair is a blessing and a curse, and while everyone else is impressed and complementing you on your healthy mane, you may be losing arm strength every morning trying to comb out the knots and kinks. Long hair takes a lot of care and maintenance in order to keep it in a good condition that looks healthy and lustrous.

In addition, having long hair is no guarantee that you won’t suffer from some sort of hair loss. Pregnancy, hormone issues and alopecia can all lead women with even the most beautiful of manes to suffer the despair of hair loss. This can be temporary in cases, but can also be a more permanent, or recurring problem. In these cases you can resort to a long term solution like those offered by the Harley Street Hair Clinic, who carry out a range of hair loss treatments including transplants.

If you are looking to change your long hair style this Autumn, here are a few suggestions for you to try.

  • Spicing up the classic ponytail

This is often the hairstyle of choice for girls with long hair. Throwing it up in a ponytail and leaving it that way makes you look too plain and simple. The curled half-up half-down ponytail is a great way to look fancy while making your ponytail more voluminous. The side braid or low weave ponytail can shake things up and give you a whole new way of styling your plain old ponytail.

  • Curly and wavy

Naturally, straight hair can also look great in curls. With curls or waves, you can let your hair hang down to your shoulders comfortably for both formal and informal occasions. Curls are great for thin hair since they give it volume. You hair stylist can curl the hair using a curling iron, brush it out and use hair spray for extra hold. You can also use hair mousse for a less curly, wavier messy-mane look. This time you will only use a blow dry to fluff up the hair so that it does not look too flat.

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  • Braided styles

Braided styles look great with long hair. The fishtail to the back or side can double up as a casual and formal dinner look, depending on how much more hairspray you use of course. Boho chic braids also look great with long hair.

 

  • Scarves and hair accessories

It is almost like most hair accessories were designed with long hair in mind and there is so much you can do with this. The messy look is in so you do not have to worry too much about the flyaways. A headband, scarf, classic pin, ribbon or bows are just some of the things you can use to create a cute up-do for any occasion. Talk to your hairstylist and see how you can work in a few hair accessories, regardless of whether your hair is curly or straight, accessories worn the right way always look amazing.

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  • Slick bun

The slick bun is a great way to wear long hair to a formal occasion. Depending on your hair texture, it may take a whole tub of wax or gel but the results will be totally worth it. If you want to show off your jewelry and high cheekbones, you can pull all your hair back into the neatest bun.  You have the choice of leaving the ponytail to hang lose or wrapping it up into a neat high bun. It is a pleasant change from having your hair around your neck and chest all the time.

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Met Gala 2018 – Heavenly Bodies – Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

By far my favourite fashion night of the year is the Met Gala. Each year it takes a theme that is either embraced or ignored by the glitterati of the fashion and film world which makes for memorable viewing for us mere mortals. This year the Gala also had God on its side with the theme which was Heavenly Bodies – Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. The exhibition has pieces from the Vatican collection which have not been seen by the public, and with a myriad of religious art, and artefacts as inspiration, it has to be said that some of the looks on display were incredible. Some however, were more fancy dress costume than works of fashion fantasy and reduced me to fits of giggles.

Rihanna for instance. I love that she always totally embraces the theme, and I follow twitter seeing all those tweets about ‘she killed it’, and ‘everybody else go home’. but her look, a sort of glam rock Pope, left me in bits. Similarly Katy Perry and Madonna. Madonna looked like Queen Victoria in her widows weeds, whilst Katy Perry turned up as an archangel in the back of what look like the Pope mobile with an enormous pair of wings. It sort of reminded me of Jacob Epstein’s Gabriel sculpture, and only the Lord knows he she managed to sit down, or eat her dinner for that matter. Sarah Jessica Parker is another who can be relied upon to embrace the theme, but, on this occasion, her gold Dolce and Gabbana gown and headdress was just to much. Embrace the theme sure, but don’t wear a fugly dress doing it.

Thankfully, there were looks of sheer beauty. Ariana Grande was incredible in a Vera Wang ballgown which was based on a painting from the Sistene chapel. I loved the Vatican yellow dress chosen by Amanda Seyfried, taking inspiration from Dante Gabriel Rossetti, with flowing renaissance looks to compliment it. Rosie Huntington Whiteley was breathtaking in gold, looking like a celestial body, whilst Kate Bosworth showed the theme could be embraced with elegance. And then there was the incredible Jennifer Lopez, who proved you could take the most heavenly of themes, and make it as sexy as hell. Does that woman ever age?

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JLo

Sarah Jessica Parker

Priyanka Chopra

Evan Rachel Wood

Amber Heard

Rosie Huntington Whiteley

Kate Moss

Alexa Chung

Kate Upton

Olivia Munn

Amal Clooney

Lily Collins

Katherine Langford

Rihanna

 

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Zendaya

Blake Lively

 

 

Whose look did you love?

 

A velvet obsession

When it comes to Christmas 2016, the main fashion trend that we will remember is how luxurious velvet made quite a comeback. It is always a fabulous fabric for Christmas, with its roots in the stunning red velvet capes that we imagine Victorian children wearing. Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian have all fell under a velvet spell, whilst just last week Kate Moss opted for classic black velvet at the British Fashion Awards. Velvet is having a beautiful, fashion moment.

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I’ve been having my own velvet moments this Christmas. It is a fabric that I always reach for as soon as the Christmas Tree makes an appearance, because, as well as the fact that it looks great, it is also warm, which is a real positive when you are walking  (because taxis are so expensive at this time of year.) Another plus point for me is that you tend not to need to iron velvet – especially if it is the creased/crushed variety. Velvet could be in the form of a head to toe slinky dress, or an accessory – a jacket straight from the 1970s, a clutch bag which has ‘bags of style’, even a retro Alice band to create a Bardot style.

My Velvet Style

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Get the Velvet Look

There are so many brilliant velvet pieces around this season. My top picks are the beautiful chartreuse dress from M&S which is just so incredibly beautiful, and the Archive by Alexa Wade boots, these have a gorgeous, androgynous feel to them, like Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, and so Alexa too.

Take a look at my velvet edit, do you have a favourite piece?

 M&S COLLECTION Fit & Flare Velvet Dress T427064 £39.50 Click to visit M&S


M&S COLLECTION Fit & Flare Velvet Dress
£39.50 Click to visit M&S

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Wade Velvet Boot T020318A £65.00 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Wade Velvet Boot
£65.00 Click to visit M&S

 

 ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Wade Velvet Boot T020318A £65.00 Click to visit M&S


ARCHIVE BY ALEXA The Wade Velvet Boot
£65.00 Click to visit M&S

 M&S COLLECTION Velvet Culotte Sleeveless Jumpsuit T427082 £49.50 Click to visit M&S


M&S COLLECTION Velvet Culotte Sleeveless Jumpsuit
£49.50 Click to visit M&S

 M&S COLLECTION Velvet Stiletto Buckle Bow Sandals with Insolia® T020664A £29.50 Click to visit M&S


M&S COLLECTION Velvet Stiletto Buckle Bow Sandals with Insolia® £29.50 Click to visit M&S

Velvet Choker Dress £30.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Velvet Choker Dress £30.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Navy Velvet Strappy Skater Dress Was £45.00 Now £22.00Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Navy Velvet Strappy Skater Dress Was £45.00 Now £22.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Glitter Velvet Jumpsuit Was £55.00 Now £30.00Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Glitter Velvet Jumpsuit Was £55.00 Now £30.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Velvet Wide Leg Trousers Was £35.00 Now £20.00Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Black Velvet Wide Leg Trousers Was £35.00 Now £20.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Velvet Lace Mix Top £32.00 Click to visit Topshop

Velvet Lace Mix Top £32.00 Click to visit Topshop

Velvet Trim Cold Shoulder Skater Dress £49.00 Click to visit Topshop

Velvet Trim Cold Shoulder Skater Dress
£49.00 Click to visit Topshop