For hair novices, perfecting the French chignon can be easier than you think. And if you have hair that’s about shoulder-length, then you definitely have the odds on your side. To create a look that’s more modern, the key is is creating just the right amount of texture. To begin, spray IGK Beach Club Texture Spray, $43,
all over the lengths of damp hair and blow dry. This salt-free formula creates texture and separation so the hair is more “grip” to hold the style easily, especially crucial for those with fine and straight hair. Then, gather your hair at the nape of your neck and twist. Tuck the ends of your hair beneath the chignon and secure with hairpins. To achieve the effortless look like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s, you can even gently pull out some pieces of your hair for a slightly disheveled effect.
Tousled Low Pony
You can definitely count on @theouai and its Instagram feed for tonnes of hairspo. And the latest style that caught our eye? This roughed up low pony that exudes cool girl chic. According to the post, this style calls for first prepping your locks with OUAI Haircare Dry Texture Foam, $41. Apply it onto damp or dry hair for natural, lived-in texture.
Then, secure ponytail at the nape of your neck and fasten either with a bold hair tie or a sequin ribbon for a festive touch. Then, follow with a generous mist of OUAI Haircare Texturizing Hair Spray, $39, and scrunch the ends for added volume and texture. it also contains volcanic minerals which absorb excess sebum and holds hair in place.
Photo: Instagram/ roitfeld
Another way to instantly amp up the glamour fast is to boost your hair’s volume. If you’re headed for a cocktail party from work, be sure to first apply a dry shampoo liberally at the roots to soak up excess oil, sweat and dirt, and to give hair a root lift. Then, using a fine-toothed comb, section the hair around the crown of your head and backcomb them. For dramatic and long-lasting results, spritz some hairspray like Living Proof Style Lab Flex Shaping Hairspray, $35, before backcombing to ensure hold.
And finally, use Percy & Reed Big Bold & Beautiful Dry Instant Volumising Spray, $30, generously throughout the lengths of the hair for all-over volume like Bella Hadid.
Photo: Instagram/ arizona_muse
If you have previously permed your hair but the style is no longer as defined as it used to, add some definition and revive your curls with Oribe’s Matte Waves Texture Lotion, about $60. Made with the brand’s Wave Resin Complex, it reshapes curls, creates matte texture, controls frizz and also provides some holding power—perfect for those who dislike that stiff effect that most hairsprays have. All you have to do is apply evenly onto damp hair and blow-dry as your twist your curls.
Straight and Shiny
Photo: Instagram/ priyankachopra
To wear your hair sleek like Priyanka Chopra, try flat-ironing your locks with a heavy-duty tool like GHD’s Max Styler, $295. With larger plates than the original version, this is perfect for those with thicker hair. And thanks to the brand’s revolutionary technology, it doesn’t strip hair of colour and lustre, and leaves hair with a high shine, pro-like salon finish.
Don’t forget to mist a shine spray like Original & Mineral Frizzy Logic Finishing Shine Spray, $42. It contains argan and macadamia nut oils which nourishes hair, imparts a healthy shine and blocks out humidity so hair remains sleek and straight.