I was going to put Pinterest Porn in the title, but then I was like hey, wait a minute, I’m going to get some hideous search traffic, so maybs not.
So, earlier this month I had my first not-in-London hair appointment. I know right, mind-blowing.
I was treated to a dreamboatin’ cut, colour and blowdry at John Michael’s in Ipswich (seriously though – if you’re a Suffolk gal, Georgie is some sort of hair genius, you HAVE to try her out, and ALSO there’s another six East Anglia salons…), where I did the usual – drank about 17 cups of tea, ate about 17 biscuits that came with the tea. Oh, and read the magazines. Which is a new thing for me, legit I have not read one since working in them.
Anyway, I’ve had the same sorta hair goals for ages, and well, it seems like I’m not the only one.
Wherever I look there are photos of the same sort of hair followed by a string of heart-eye emojis. You know the hair. The hair which isn’t actually, on a very, very, very good day, that far off mine.
The dark roots, the white blond tips that gently wave down your back. That classic soft ombre look with sweet, sweet beachy waves.
So, using my own hair experience, and everything I learnt from ol’ babein’ Georgie at John Michael’s, here’s how to recreate this stupidly perfect hairstyle.
If you’re still using those classic ol’ tin foil highlights, stop what you’re doing immediately.
Balayage has been cool for a few years now. I remember one of my pals interviewing Millie Mackintosh in 2013 and being like ‘HER HAIR IS BALAYAGE, I MUST GET BALaYAGE.’
It’s basically like hand-painted colour, and it’s great for that natural ombre look. I think it costs marginally more than your classic full head of highlights, but the massive plus side is that it doesn’t grow out as obviously as other colour does.
Put it this way, I probably get my colour done about three times a year, at most. So low maintenance it means there’s a bit more ASOS money lurking in your bank account.
2. SILVER SHAMPOO
It actually hurts my feelings that it’s taken til 25 (and 6547753 trips to the hairdressers) for someone to tell me there’s an obvious reason my hair won’t go as white blond as all my wildest dreams – I have silly warm toned hair.
Which goes a long way in explaining why every packet dye turned my hair bright yellow like the sun as a teen (it was much more hideous than the description suggests).
The simplest way to stop your colour going warm and brassy rather than chic and platinum is a silver shampoo (which comes out a nice vibrant purple shade, which acts as a toner everytime you wash your hair. I just wish somebody had bought me a bottle of the good stuff when I was fifteen and in tears…
(You can shop the one I’m currently using for £7.35 here…)
3. LIMIT HEATED APPLIANCES
I never blow dry my hair, my hair straighteners are just lurking alone somewhere in a tangle of wires and foreign adapter plugs, and my curling tongs, well they probably come out about once a fortnight.
The fact I work from home makes it easier for me, but if you CAN get away with not using heated appliances every day, you totally should.
My hair’s been growing seriously quickly since I cut down. And I have a few friends who struggle to grow their wispy manes longer than their shoulders and it’s because they wash, blow dry and straighten at least once a day. Ain’t nobody gonna have long natural waves with that attitude.
4. ONLY CURL THE ENDS
When I do use tongs (for special occasions, because I’m bored, or because I want to take some srsly nice snaps), I only touch the bottom third of my hair.
I spent way too many years going from root to tip and ending up with ringlets that made me look a *bit* like a pig in a wig. It was not a strong look. Not ever. Especially not at prom. Sob.
By just doing the ends, it keep my hair looking natural and like I just woke up like that. Which I obvs totally did just FYI.
5. SALT SPRAY
Recently I’ve been shunning the hair spray in favour of another summin summin. The humble blogger must-have, the salt spray.
My curls tend to fall our pretty quickly anyway (damn mega fine hair), but the salt spray means that although the curl is more like a gentle wave, it has movement, it looks thicker and fuller and a bit like it’s actually doing something.
I love salt spray because it doesn’t make your hair feel heavy and crunchy the way hairspray does. It’s perfect for low-key waves because – wait for it, because this is groundbreaking – it makes them look beachy. Ta-da!
(Shop the one I use here)
6. SLEEP IN PLAITS
I went through a phase when I was 11 of sleeping in homemade hair rags like they do in The Little Princess. I mean, it was fun, but it made my hair into one giant, fun, ball of curly, erratic happiness, rather than y’know, made me look like a red carpet celeb.
These days I tend to sleep with my hair in one loose plait – obviously only really focusing in on the bottom lengths of my hair. I find it gives dreamboatin’ natural waves in the morning, which look not-too-shabby with a spritz of salt spray, but also work as a really good base for a bit of tonging for something bigger like a wedding or date.
AND IT DOESN’T DAMAGE YOUR HAIR. Win.
7. DRY SHAMPOO
I’m a big fan of dry shampoo anyway because it gives instant volume to my flat hair, as well as, y’know, battling with my oil situation.
An old favourite trick of mine is to spritz generous amounts into my roots, focusing on the hair that frames my face. Then once I’ve rubbed it in and made sure i no longer have any wild white Halloween-esque streaks of white in my hair, I pin back the two front pieces of hair that sit either side of my face.
Y’know the bits I mean – the not-a-fringe but shorter than the rest of your hair bits of hair.
I leave them in for the day and go about my business and then before I go out I take the hair grips and voila, two perfect bits of hair framing my face.
Maybe it’s just me, but I can never use tongs on the front bits of my hair so that they sit in perfect flicks that frame my face, so this is my way of ensuing they look chic and full of sass.