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EASY STYLE UPDATES… that work with your hair

Take inspo from our round-up of the latest looks that you can recreate at home

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Curly hair

SO NATURAL

Embrace your curls. At the SS18 shows, super-hairstylist Guido Palau used a diffuser to encourage waves. To give it a go yourself, attach the Toni & Guy Salon Professional Universal Diffuser, £14.99/ 1,499 points, to your hairdryer and work a styling foam, such as Schwarzkopf Got2b Twisted Curling Mousse, £4.19/419 points (250ml), into wet hair. ‘On a low setting, twist sections of hair and drop them into the diffuser for an effortless wave,’ advises celeb stylist Luke Hersheson.

BRING ON THE CORKSCREWS

Remember the ringlety perms of the early 90s? Well, curls are back. If your hair is naturally wavy, try ‘twisting sections around your fingers to achieve a uniform look,’ says stylist Pete Burkill, from London’s über-cool Josh Wood Atelier. Or for a tighter finish, tong one-inch sections around the Mark Hill Pick ‘N’ Mix Corkscrew Barrel Boots Exclusive £12.99/1,299 points, which fits on the Mark Hill Pick ‘N’ Mix Wand Handle Boots Exclusive £14.99/1,499 points.

EASE THE FRIZZ

Whichever type of curl you’re blessed with, without the right styling products, your hair can puff up like candy floss. ‘Apply a few drops of John Frieda Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixir£9.99/999 points, 100ml, after styling, for a smooth finish,’ says Luke.

DODGE THAT 90s CRISPY LOOK

Keep waves in place without the sticky, hard finish by ‘tipping hair upside down and spritzing dry shampoo through the lengths and ends,’ says Pete. For big, bouncy curls, use Batiste Heavenly Volume Dry Shampoo, £3.99/399 points (200ml).

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Straight hair

TIME FOR A STYLE OVERHAUL

What about going for the chop? Cute pixie cuts were a hit at the shows. ‘There’s a short look for everyone,’ says Pete. ‘How cropped you can go will depend on your face shape and lifestyle. A thorough consultation with your hairdresser is highly recommended.’

GLAM UP

You can’t beat a swishy, sleek blow-dry for a polished effect. But instead of using straighteners, go old-school and opt for a hairdryer and the right brush. The New Boots Salon Performance Paddle Brush, £8/800 points, will help you get a really smooth finish without your locks looking flat.

Serum helps tame split ends and curb flyaways – Stylist/hairdresser Pete Burkill
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TRY A PEEK-A-BOO PLAIT

Delicate, slightly hidden braids are an easy trend to work. Use a little Lee Stafford Poker Straight Shine Serum, £7.99/799 points (50ml), to tame flyaways. Fix with a clear hair band, such as the Scrünci Invisible No Slip Grip Clear Elastics, £3.20/320 points (20-pack).

UPDATE YOUR PONY

If pulling your tresses back is your default style on bad-hair days, you’re in luck – ponytails were everywhere on the spring catwalks. This season, the way to wear them is loose at the nape of your neck, tied with a ribbon, such as the New Kitsch Mermaid Hair Ties, £6/600 points (5-pack), or a leather shoelace.

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Afro hair

DON’T DRY IT OUT

Afro locks can be prone to dryness, so ‘it’s important to invest in good treatments and use them often – don’t skimp,’ says Luke. Keep hair looking and feeling soft and manageable with a regular treatment conditioner, such as Cantu Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream , £6.99/699 points (453g). And use a specialist hairdryer that gently dries hair without leaving it frizzy or frazzled – we rate the Wahl Powerpik 5000 Afro Hair Dryer, £29.99/2,999 points.

FEEL THE FRO

Learn to love your texture. From Louis Vuitton to Issey Miyake, Afro hair was seen in all its natural glory. To keep it looking great, remember to invest in a styling cream, such as Shea Moisture Raw Shea & Cupuacu Frizz Defense Styling Gel-Cream, £10.99/1,099 points (249ml), to avoid the dreaded frizz when it’s damp outside.

Forget relaxing hair with chemicals – it’s time to celebrate your curls – Stylist/hairdresser Luke Hersheson

GO SHORT

If you’ve ever thought about cutting your hair really short, this is the time to do it. The style has never been more popular for Afro hair – copy model-of-the moment Adwoa Aboah (above right), whose cropped and bleached buzz cut made a real statement at the Dior show.

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Thick hair

ROCK-CHICK BOB

Bobs are usually high-maintenance on denser textures (hello, helmet head!), but Hilfiger’s rock ’n’ roll version is different – the longer, hidden layers help to slimline the style. For girls who haven’t got time to blow-dry every morning, the solution is to wear hair in a middle parting and leave it a little dishevelled.

A CUT ABOVE

‘Ask your hairstylist to cut a long, hidden layer into your hair. This will help give it texture and movement,’ advises Pete. ‘Apply a moisturising balm, such as V05 Frizz Free Cream, £4.40/440 points, 125ml, to wet hair to help control it.’

A moisturising balm is a great de-frizzer and helps to keep thick hair under control – Stylist/hairdresser Pete Burkill

THE OH-SO-EASY UP’DO

Keep hair simple with a chic, half up’do inspired by the style Guido Palau created at Victoria Beckham’s show. He used no products, just smoothing the models’ clean hair with a Tangle Teezer. We like New Tangle Teezer Thick & Curly Hairbrush in Lilac Paradise* Boots Exclusive £10.99/1,099 points.

CAN’T BE BOTHERED TO WASH IT?

The good news for thick hair that takes ages to dry is that it’s perfect for this season’s fish-tail plait, which works well on second- or third-day locks. ‘Start with two equal-size ponytails,’ explains Pete. ‘Separate a half-inch section of hair from each side and pull across to the other side, repeating to create the braid.’

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Words Sarah Cooper-White Photography Getty Images, Jason Lloyd-Evans

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