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 2015 – My fave looks

The Met Gala 2015 will go down as one of the most memorable in recent history. The theme this year was ‘China: Through the looking glass; and this gave way to a host of plays on this theme. Unfortunately, for many fashionista’s this meant some sort of poppy display and very questionable eye make-up (I’m talking to you Kris Jenner, and frankly still shuddering at the thought nearly 24hours on.) There was also a lot of flesh on display, as Cher’s fright frocks of the 1980s were resurrected on Beyonce, JLo and Kim Kardashian – all of whom should frankly sack the stylist and put some clothes on.

Fortunately, there were some absolutely stunning looks on display too, and some that will become legendary for the sheer daring interpretation that they gave to the theme. Because, let’s be honest, we probably wouldn’t wear the Crazy World of Arthur Brown Phillip Treacy headdress that SJP wore to the proceedings, but we’re still really glad that she did. Drama, decadence and some stunningly beautiful gowns worn by the world’s most beautiful women is what the Met Ball is all about, and this one had that in spades.

Here are the looks that I loved, albeit for many different reasons.

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Katie Holmes in Zac Posen

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Alison Williams in Giambattista Valli

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Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein

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Sienna Miller in Thaykoon

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Gong Li in Roberto Cavalli

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SJP in H&M and Phillip Treacy

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Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan

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Jessica Chastain in Givenchy

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Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Atelier Versace

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My absolute winner – Fan BingBing in Christopher Bu

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Emma Roberts in Ralph Lauren

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Amal Clooney in John Galliano

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Elizabeth Banks in Michael Kors

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Vanessa Hudgens in H&M

Livia Firth in Antonio Berardi

Livia Firth in Antonio Berardi

Nicola Pelta and Jaime King look amazing in Jason Wu.

Nicola Pelta and Jaime King look amazing in Jason Wu.

Alexa Chung in Erdem

Alexa Chung in Erdem

Helen Mirren wears Dolce and Gabbana

Helen Mirren wears Dolce and Gabbana

Kate Beckinsale in Diane Von Furstenberg

Kate Beckinsale in Diane Von Furstenberg

So there are my key picks. There was a lot of red, beautiful prints, ladies who opted for trousers instead of dresses and SJP wearing a flaming headdress. Clearly a memorable, fashionable night.

Did you have a favourite look from the night? I would love to know your thoughts.

 

My favourite front Row looks from New York

It is September, and that means we are in the midst of the fun, frolics and fashion that make up the Fashion Weeks. Currently London is having its moment in the spotlight, following on from last weeks New York Fashion Week. And it is New York, and its eclectic mix of front rowers, who are the focus of this post.

I love to watch the front rows, and, more specifically, the outfits that those sitting in those most coveted seats choose to wear. New York has a reputation for showing a range of stylish and cool looks, with a front row that can include anyone from SJP, Kate Bosworth, Alexa Chung, Jessica Chastain…the list is beautiful, impeccably dressed and positively endless.

As a dress lover I have to say I’m loving the ladylike elegance of model and ‘it’ girl Harley Viera Newton, a girl who knows and understands how to wear colour. In other news, Karlie Kloss and Kendall Jenner are showing us that maxi dresses are still making waves at the fashion forefront, while the always reliable Alexa Chung showcases cool separates for easy-going chic.

Who was your pick from the New York front Row?

Poppy Delavingne

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Harley Viera Newton

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Alexa Chung

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Karlie Kloss

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Kate Bosworth

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Adrianna Lima

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Jessica Chastain and Olivia Munn

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Olivia Palermo

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Kendall Jenner

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Sarah Jessica Parker

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Maggie Gyllenhall

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Amber Heard

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Get the look

Karlie Kloss

 Lola Skye Tie back cami maxi dress now £7 click to visit House of Fraser


Lola Skye Tie back cami maxi dress now £7 click to visit House of Fraser

 

Harley Viera Newton

 Episode Shift dress with ruched side now £59.50 click to visit House of Fraser


Episode Shift dress with ruched side
now £59.50 click to visit House of Fraser

Pleat Midi Dress Item No. 010033488 now £49.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

Pleat Midi Dress
Item No. 010033488
now £49.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

 

Poppy Delavingne

Rachel Tie Back Border Print Butterfly Maxi Dress £18 click to visit Boohoo

Rachel Tie Back Border Print Butterfly Maxi Dress
£18 click to visit Boohoo

 Desigual Marina knitted dress £89 click to visit House of Fraser


Desigual Marina knitted dress
£89 click to visit House of Fraser

Jessica Chastain

Black daisy burnout fit and flare dress     Was £30.00     Now £27.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black daisy burnout fit and flare dress
Was £30.00
Now £27.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Kate Bosworth

Blue embellished fit and flare dress     Was £38.00     Now £32.30 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue embellished fit and flare dress
Was £38.00
Now £32.30 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Alexa Chung

Black and white polka dot shirt     Price: £22.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black and white polka dot shirt
Price: £22.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Alice & you Light Pink Button Midi Skirt     Price: £32.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Alice & you Light Pink Button Midi Skirt
Price: £32.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Maggie Gyllenhall

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Mary Portas Long sleeve twist and tuck no brainer dress
now £29.50 click to visit House of Fraser

Sarah Jessica Parker

 Hobbs Karen Dress £69 click to visit House of Fraser


Hobbs Karen Dress
£69 click to visit House of Fraser