phillip lim

From the runway to your living room

London Fashion Week runways are always flooded with models sporting striking and amazing hairstyles, from avant guard and radical creations to simplistic, clean styles, all of which really make people’s heads turn. Some of my fav looks actually graced the catwalk last Autumn 2013 – and they are still going strong!

The style Phillip Lim chose for his models for LFW ’13 is easy to create at home, as it is natural soft and effortless… I love the deep side parting as it gives this hairstyle a more up-to-date style. The soft waves of this hairstyle would suit all face shapes.

What you need to create this look: Large barrelled wand, dry shampoo, hair spray, texturing cream.

1. Use a dry shampoo which will act as a cleanser to absorb excess oil and add volume. It will also extend the life of a blow-dry and leave hair with a matte texture.

2. Create a deep side parting at the front of your hair best suited to you face shape.

3. Curl hair using your wand starting from the back of your head at the nape of your neck working up towards your crown. Curl from ends leaving a few inches away from your roots leaving the to part of your hair straight (whilst curling the hair always pin curls using sectioning clips before letting the curl drop, this helps set the curls)

4. Once you have finished curling and pinning leave hair for approx 15 mins. 5. Take pins out and then shake the hair loose. Now using a wide tooth comb work the comb through hair, then spray with dry shampoo to create a messier texture. 6. Use a little texturising cream on ends of the hair to create a more undone curl. 7. Now spray with hairspray to secure in place. 8. Try adding a boho head wrap to create a more stylish look.

Phillip Lim has been reported to have said during LFW 2013: “The collection is loosely inspired by café racer culture, riffing off of motorcycle style”.

Vicki x

volume hair

How can I make sure my hair keeps its volume?

Question: I have just been for my hair trial and had my hair curled, but it dropped out within a few hours. I can’t afford another trial so I’m worried that the same thing will happen on the wedding day. How can I make sure they stay in?

It is imperative that you use the best hair products and use the correct styling technique to achieve curls. Here are some top tips for curls that will look great and will retain their beautiful shape on your special day:

It is always best to curl freshly washed hair. Use a volumising shampoo and conditioner to ensure optimum styling condition at the start. Try Aveda’s Pure Abundance Shampoo and Volumizing Clay Conditioner as this will give your hair extra bounce at the roots.

Ask your stylist to dry your hair upside down as this will add plenty of volume at the roots then apply a protective heat spray. Try Reken’s 15 Spray Starch Heat Memory Styler on each section of hair before your hair is tonged. This product will really help hold the curl.

Ask your stylist to separate your hair into small sections and use a smaller barrelled tong for a longer lasting curl. The curls will be tighter at first but will drop after approximately one hour, so therefore you should have your desired curls when your special day commences. Your stylist should then pin each curl. The hair will still be warm once the curl is styled and pinning the hair after each section is tonged will set the curl in place as your hair cools.

To finish your stylist should be careful not to use firm-hold hairsprays as these may be too heavy on your hair and weigh it down. I recommend a lightweight and flexible hairspray such as Loreal Elnett.

You may not need another full hair trial but you should definitely ask your hairdresser if they could test sections of your hair curled using the different products and techniques mentioned above. If you are still worried after testing your hair you may decide to style your curls into a half up half down hairstyle, updo or a side-style so that if your curls do fall a bit flat your hairstyle will still look great throughout your special day.

On the wedding day remember to avoid touching your hairstyle as excessive fiddling causes curls to drop faster. Also ask your bridesmaid to carry a travel size bottle of hairspray in her handbag so that you can touch up your curls if need be.

Remember I recommend Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo and Aveda Pure Abundance Conditioner to be used regularly before your wedding day and also Aerate 08 bodifying cream mousse to give maximum volume.

Make sure you wash your hair the morning of your wedding day using a good volumizing shampoo and conditioner such as Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo and Aveda Pure Abundance Conditioner.

Always give your hair two good shampoos and rinse well then apply a small amount of conditioner to mid lengths and ends only.

Make sure your hairdresser chooses a good volumising product in your hair prior to blow drying.

The trick is make sure your hair is squeaky clean and not overloaded with products. This way you should find that your hair will keep its bounce all day.

Get Hetti Bywater’s Award Hair: Vintage Side Bun

Hetti’s hair was based on a cross between a very sleek look worn by Keira Knightley and a loose curl up-do worn by Taylor Swift.  This look works best on medium to long hair, and a curly bun hairpiece can be used to add more volume.  Bobby Glam reported this as one of their favourite hairstyles from the British Soap Awards 2012, so here’s how you can rock Hetti’s Vinatge bun too…

You will need:

Heat defence spray, a decent hair spray, a soft bristle brush, a strong snag-free hair band, curling tongs or wand, hairgrips and fine hairpins.

1) Make sure hair is pre-washed the night before leaving your hair more pliable and less slippery.

2) Apply a good heat defence spray all over your hair protecting your luscious locks from the heat appliances.

3) Create a side parting, giving it a vintage feel.

4) Curl hair section-by-section, starting from the nape of your neck upwards. You need a full head of curly locks for this look.

5) Section off front of the hair from the crown to the top of each ear in a horseshoe shape section, keep this hair separate from the back.

6) With the remaining hair at the back, dress hair loosely into a ponytail placing behind one ear, creating a side pony.

7) Now take 1-2 inch wide sections of the ponytail and literally tie the hair into a loose knot and pin onto the base of the ponytail, continue to do this until you have pinned all the ponytail hair into a messy bun.

8) Next carefully brush the remaining curled hair at the front of your head to create a soft ‘S’ shaped wave, spray with hairspray to set the wave.

9) Gently dress the set curled hair back into the bun loosely, securing with hairgrips and pins. Be careful not to pull the hair too tight, as you will loose that sexy vintage wave… Viola, now you have a sexy vintage side bun.

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Look Magazine: Shona McGarty and Hetti Bywater



I had a fab time meeting up with Shona McGarty again, in order to create another hair masterpiece for her red carpet look for The British Soap Awards 2012.  Shona is close friends with Hetti Bywater, who plays Lucy Beale in Eastenders, and so I did her hair too on Saturday the 28th April.  Emily Rose was on the makeup, and Nina Sobers was the girls’ stylist for the event, choosing dresses from Tina Lobondi, who actually made each girl a bespoke dress.  The girls had heaps of red carpet coverage, and Look Magazine chose both of their looks in their top-five.  I created a high bun up-do for Shona, to add to her sophisticated Angelina Jolie inspired look, and for Hetti, I went for a 1920’s inspired up-do, with finger-wave detail and delicate curls.

Aunty Vix thinks you rocked the red carpet girls!