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February 2016

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Going Blonde: 5 Rules You Should Follow

Last year we witnessed some of the biggest stars switch their hair colour to blonde like Kim Kardashian and Jared Leto, leading anyone who doesn’t already have golden locks to consider dying theirs. But what do you do if you don’t have naturally blonde hair? There are many myths and urban legends surrounding blondes, one of which is that your hair will fall out, or that it will go green in the swimming pool. Although partly true, with great care and attention these myths can be avoided, resulting in shiny and luscious locks that anyone would be envious of! Follow our rules for going blonde with success by reading our helpful guide below.

Rule 1: Consider your complexion

Not all of us will suit platinum blonde and others won’t rock ashy tones as well as Taylor Swift. Before going blonde, book a consultation with a hair stylist you trust and ask for them to discuss with you the best course of action. Firstly, they’ll let you know how many appointments you will need to achieve true blonde perfection, and will also discuss with you what tone you would like, as well as what will suit your complexion the most.

Rule 2: Always have patience

Nothing great happens overnight, and this also applies to your hair. Don’t ever try to go from brown to blonde in one simple application, it won’t work and you’ll end up with either bronze, bright hair or no hair at all! Buy yourself some time and consider your hair’s health by waiting a few weeks between processing for the best results. It may mean that you walk around with strangely coloured hair for a week or two, but in the end your hair will thank you. Conditioning processes like Olaplex can be used to restore some function to your locks.

Rule 3: Regular trims

All hair below your chest is likely to be 4-5 years old, meaning that even if you’re back to your natural colour, it may still have previous colours and treatments on it. This can affect the quality of your hair after dying, meaning that you may have to commit to losing a few inches to dye your hair. A professional will be able to help you analyse your hair quality to see if you will need to commit or not, but having regular trims can work in your favour too.

Rule 4: Think of your face

When you apply makeup, fill in your eyebrows or get a spray tan you often take your hair colour into consideration, and going blonde is no exception to this. As a rule of thumb, if you have light hair your eyebrows should be two shades darker, and dark hair your eyebrows should be two shades lighter. Think about how going blonde will affect your daily makeup routine, and make adjustments accordingly.

Rule 5: Never DIY

As tempting as it may seem, we recommend that you never try to go blonde at home. Root touch-ups can be fine, but if you’re taking the leap, you need to find a colour specialist that will take great care of your hair. DIY is a disaster waiting to happen and you could find that your results aren’t what you expected.

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HAIR TRENDS from LFW AW16

London Fashion Week is drawing to a close and we’ve seen some amazing fun & creative hair.  We’ve hand-picked the top trends to try.

Back to the future!
There were quite a few references back in time with a modern take on 70’s waves brushed out and big as well as extenuated quiff like this by Sibling.   Best to try this with at least day old here to help grip!

Make a Splash
The wet look was a AW15 trend too but we’ve seen some amazing wet looks helping sleek out long hair and adding some creativity with your fringe.   Mary Katrantzou’s stylist Duffy created these perfectly parted bangs with chop sticks on the ear as guidelines.  The shape harps to creating a star shape on the models face and the rest of the hair left natural.

Windswept
It’s not all about the perfectly groomed look as you can pull off the windswept romance of Temperely’s topknot simply let those loose strands wisp around the edges of you face.

There were plenty more ponytails and variations of twists & plaits and Alexander McQueen’s show was packed with beautiful adornments of brooches, chains and clips.  We can see this working as bridal hair.    For more inspiration spend some time on Vogue’s Backstage Beauty Gallery.

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HAIR TRENDS from NYFW AW16

Side stepping Kanye West’s hair cap & Rhianna’s white paint covering their model’s hair, let’s jump straight to some serious styles we can create with our Remi Cachet hair extensions. Last week saw New York Fashion Week and it was taken over with the very best ponytails.

We tend to pick out the talents of stylist Guido Paulo in quite a few of our past fashion roundups but he has given us the ultimate ponytail at Victoria Beckham’s show.  Understated. Modern. And not as simple as we first thought … check out the full how to over at Creative Head.  Want to twist it up a notch?  The rope braid is being banned about but add texture and ribbon for the Rebecca Minkoff standout look.   More twisted & textured pony’s were seen at Prabal Gurung & Milly respectively.

Ultimately luxurious healthy hair is still very much on trend and for model Yuka Mannami’s super long well maintained locks it has definitely got her noticed. So keep your tresses in check and make sure you regularly attend your maintenance appointments and stock up on our aftercare range & brush with your #RCStylist.

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Date Night Hair Ideas #celebstyle

With Valentine’s this weekend, we thought we would look at five of our favourite celebs and their date night hair to give you some fabulous romantic hairspiration.  Here’s five celeb couples to get you started.

First up is our very own VB spotted out on a quick pre-NYFW date with hubby David.  As a fashion icon she is always on our hair-radar.  We are so used to Victoria wearing her tresses down, it’s nice to see it as a simple updo for a change.  Neatly tucking her long locks at the back of her head and a few strands loose to soften the face (and maybe the mood).   #GirlPower

Beyonce sported a centre parting and pretty low ponytail at her sports themed date with JayZ last week. A little hair wrapped around to hide the band too.  She was obviously keeping her hair in check ahead of her super big do for the Superbowl.  #SportsGirl

Newly loved up is Gwen Stefani who is really making an effort and she’s having fun with her super long blonde locks.  We ❤ this hippy chick look with rope braids and delicate chain headband. #Supercute.

Another hot new couple are Gigi & Zayn and her on-trend high-pony.   The very casual pair like to let their hair down and chill rather than being sat in the stylists chair.  #casualcool
PS: Check out these fab top knots on Gigi too for a recent shoot.

Last on the list is the Brits abroad and newly engaged Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (and beau Jason Statham) with her model style centre parted, slicked back and the on trend ballerina bun complimenting her outfit for her special night out last month.

A favourite fashion bible of ours. GlamourMagazine, has kindly created ‘The Best Date Night Looks’ with a little more glam appeal so you can spend some more time browsing your perfect sultry look to get the boys head over heels this Valentine’s.

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Valentine’s Day: 5 Ways To Style Your Hair

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and whether you’re going for a date with someone special or celebrating the night with your friends, we’ve put together a number of hairstyles you can wear for the occasion. They suit both long and short hair, dark or light, so follow our helpful tips to achieve beautiful hair, whatever you may be doing.

 

Valentine's Day Hairstyles

 

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HAIRTRENDS from PFW SS16

Paris Fashion Week has been and gone this week but it’s impact on hair has been huge with one simple ‘croissant.’  A breakfast and all day staple of the French, it’s hair translation is soon to be emulated around the world.  We tend to write our blogs on the top trends but really it’s this croissant that has stolen the media’s attention and if it looks good on Kendal, Gigi & Bella hadn’t we all better have a go?

Session Stylist Sam McKnight is behind the hair for Channel and the original inspiration is reported to be from a Picasso sculpture before Sam added the hashtag to a backstage instagram snap and we have #chanelcroissant.   Created by molding human hair extensions over a foam shape before returning to the model’s hair to start with a center parting, smoothing the hair back and rolling from underneath to smooth over the form before securing with pins.

As for the rest of Paris Fashion Week there was little to report other than sleek hair (some wet looks) with stunning headband accessories from the likes of Valentino & Zuhair Murad. Georgia Armarni Privee models showcasing matching black lob’s with Hollywood Waves.

As the Fashion Week tour bus moves on we will be back of the next few weeks with more trend insights and #hairinspo.

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