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.


How do I achieve Amy Adams’ vintage hairstyle?

I love Amy Adams’ up-do that she wore at the Golden Globes in 2013…. combining an elegant side bun with a vintage Marcel wave.

There are many ways of achieving the Marcel wave, also called Finger wave i.e. wet/dry sets, clamps, tongs, two prong tongs, GHD’s to name a few. And there are all sorts of different interpretations of ths look! I’ve tried them all, and I would always opt for the original set method with clamping clips, although this does take time and patience, in my professional opinion it certainly gives the best results.

BUT the simplest  way to re create this look would be to get your hair stylist to use a waving tong recommend as this will achieve a nice wave quickly and without all the mess of gel and complications…

Equipment needed: soft brittle hair brush,  1 strong hair band, hair pins, Kirby grips, hair spray, sectioning clips, heat protector spray, tail comb, waving tongs

Recommended brands: Denman soft bristle brush , Elnett hairspray, Babyliss Wave Envy Styler, Aveda Brilliant Damage.

1) Make a nice clean straight parting in your hair to the side of your choice using your tail comb.
2) Section off both sides of your hair from the top of your crown area to the top of each ear.
3) With your remaining hair at the back just tie into a ponytail for the moment to keep it out of the way, whilst you work on the front of your hair.
5) Spray heat protector on the front of your hair to protect your hair from the heat of the tongs
4) Now using your waving tongs work on the front sections taking 2cm sliced horizontal sections of your hair clamping your tongs down from root to tips of your hair creating a stunning  wave.
5) Using your sectioning clips place a sectioning clip in each deepest point of the wave through the front section of hair (this will keep the Marcel wave in place whilst you work on the back of your hair, plus also helps create a deeper wave) spray with hairspray once secured in place.
6) Now you are going to work on your side bun, remove the hair and from the back of your hair.
7) Bring all of your hair over to the side making sure you leave some the front section of hair out (the side where your bun will sit).
8) Secure hair into a ponytail behind your ear with hairband.
9) Back brush the ponytail slightly to create texture (to back brush hair just use your soft brush and gently push your hair up from tip to root direction)
10) Now wrap the ponytail around and around the base in a clockwise direction and secure with hair pins as you go and then spray with hairspray to secure bun.
11) Now take out your sectioning clips and voila you have an Amy Adams Golden Globe hairstyle!

 Vicki Lord