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We road-test and rate three of the new season's hottest trends
We’re not talking ‘caught in the rain’ frizz-ball hair – stylists describe this as the sexy, slightly sweaty texture you’d get if you’d been up all night dancing. Sassy!
HOW CAN I WEAR IT?
‘This is created by layering products and mussing up hair with your hands and a hairdryer,’ explains hairstylist Andrew Jose, who worked the looks on our team. ‘Start with a pre-blow-dry primer to help add body and prevent frizz, then scrunch in mousse to give that lived-in texture. Diffuse hair until it’s dry and add a wet-look gel to the roots. Blast again with a hairdryer to lock in shine without it appearing greasy.’
PRIMER: Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Express Blow Dry Primer, £6.99/699 points (150ml)
MOUSSE: VO5 Extra Body Mousse, £4.19/419 points (200ml)
HAIRDRYER/DIFFUSER: Tresemmé 2200 5543U Diffuser Hair Dryer, £23.49/2,349 points
GEL: Lee Stafford Wet Look GeLee, £7.99/799 points (100g)
A ‘girl power’ mood infiltrated lots of the hairstyles on the catwalks this autumn, where messy locks were teamed with rebellious finishing touches such as punky ponytails, tough-girl boxer braids and mussed-up side quiffs. Uber-cool!
HOW CAN I WEAR IT?
‘This isn’t about glossy, clean locks, so work on second-day hair,’ advises Andrew. ‘If you need more grit, or want to create this style on freshly washed hair, spritz roots with a sea salt spray for a messy look.’ Braids are the quickest and easiest way to give your style a tough edge. Don’t worry if they’re a bit wonky – uniform braids look too schoolgirl. Hair can’t be too straight to pull off this look, either. ‘Add loose waves by tonging haphazard sections. This will create a perfect-imperfect, not-quite-curled texture,’ adds Andrew. Get a matte finish with a spritz of dry shampoo – it’ll help ‘set’ your style, too.
SEA SALT SPRAY: Tresemmé Perfectly Undone Sea Salt Spray, £6/600 points (200ml)
SNAG-FREE BANDS: Boots Polybands Mixed, £2.50/250 points (50-pack)
BARREL TONGS: Remington ProLuxe CI91 32mm Barrel Tong New £34.99/3,499 points
DRY SHAMPOO: Toni & Guy Express Reboost Dry Shampoo Boots Exclusive £8.25/825 points (250ml)
TIP ‘Edgy braids are so me! The volume on the other side made me feel rock and roll – it was more wearable when it settled slightly.’
If you’ve been thinking about cutting in a fringe, this is the season to try it. Whatever the texture, colour or length, the runway featured every type imaginable.
HOW CAN I WEAR IT?
‘Keep unruly kinks in check by drying your fringe first, straight after shampooing. It’s shorter and thinner than the rest of your hair, so can frizz up really quickly,’ advises Andrew. ‘Prep with a serum and blow-dry using a flat paddle brush. Brush your fringe to one side of your forehead, then in the opposite direction (angling the hairdryer the same way each time), and keep brushing it back and forth until it’s thoroughly dry.’ Fancy more of a textured, curly fringe? ‘Scrunch mousse into damp hair and dry it with a diffuser to keep the definition.’ Want to add volume? ‘Roll it upwards into a Velcro roller while you get ready, and fix it in place with a grip. For extra lift, spray on a dry shampoo – it will prevent grease, too.’
SERUM: Salon Science Thickening Serum, £15/1,500 points (50ml)
PADDLE BRUSH: Tangle Teezer Blow Styling Smoothing Tool Full Size, £18/1,800 points
MOUSSE: Aussie Miracle Styling Mousse Volume + Conditioning, £4.99/499 points (150ml)
VELCRO ROLLER: Boots Sleep Rollers in Small, £3/300 points (6-pack)
GRIPS: Boots Black Grips, £4/400 points (70-pack)
DRY SHAMPOO: Klorane Seboregulating Dry Shampoo With Nettle, £8/800 points (150ml)
TIP‘My new fringe is brilliant. I was worried it’d look wispy, but Andrew made it modern and blocky. People keep telling me I look younger, which is a bonus.’
Words Donna Francis Catwalk photography Getty Images, Imaxtree, Jason Lloyd-Evans Reader photography Matthew Walder Still-life photography Pixeleyes Hair and make-up Britta D. and Samantha Cooper at Carol Hayes