British Hairdresser of the Year and colour expert of TV’s
‘Ten Years Younger’, Lisa Shepherd is here to help prime you
for picture perfect hair. The great news for the style savvy
and hair aware is that it’s easier than you think to make
a great impression – it’s more about the carefully undone
‘do’ than hours of work with the irons. Stock up on hair elastic,
bobby pins, a few well chosen accessories and with Lisa’s
tips for quality care, condition and style, you’ll soon be
good to go.
one: Be kind to your crowning glory
All those late nights, hot clubs, alcohol and hectic schedule
can be hard on your hair. The looks this season are supposed
to look artfully effortless but never dull.
So treat your hair to a weekly intensive moisturising mask,
through the winter months and don’t forget to use a heat defence
spray to protect your hair from frequent heat styling.
If you are blessed with shoulder length tresses or longer,
then this is a great trend choice, it also looks even better
the day after and leaving the plait in gives the added bonus
of a day off for your hair. Go for cuts that are lightly layered
especially around the face, so that you can easily loosen
strands to achieve that ‘on trend’ look. Spray wet hair with
a styling spray and dry with the fingers or a vent brush on
a gentle heat.
Create a low side parting and make a traditional plait at
the nape; plait the hair right to the very end and secure
with hair elastic (not a rubber band from the postman, it
will damage your hair!). ‘Distress’ the look by gently teasing
out strands with your fingers all the way down and around
the face. For shorter hair you can create plaits around the
hairline and once again pull out strands for a ‘halo’ effect.
Possibly the biggest trend this season, you can choose to
go for the cleanest finish by blow drying hair with a paddle
brush for ultimate gloss then brushing straight back and securing
in a smooth pony at the nape. Add a patent Alice Band and
you’ve got it! Or secure the pony high on the head for the
Feeling a little more laid back? Blow dry the hair with the
fingers, backbrush lightly through the surface layers of the
hair, create a razor edge side parting and then catch it all
up in a loose band on one side. For a night out, you can add
tiny glittery clips for a touch of party time pizazz. To vary
your slouchy pony, catch up the ends and roll them over the
elastic, securing with pins for a loose relaxed bun either
in the nape or to one side. Finish with a breeze of flexible
hairspray for a natural hold.
Shorter styles and chin length hair are all about bringing
out a natural playful texture. For curls, blow dry on a low
heat cupping into a diffuser, define curls with a curl enhancer,
but don’t leave it at that, take random sections and backbrush
or rub with the fingers to distress the curl.
If your hair is very straight then spray wet hair with a volume
and restructure spray, blow dry with your fingers and then
add a bend or slight twist to random sections of hair with
narrow irons or small tongs. Finish with a strong hairspray
and a shine spray.
five: Hot shades
It’s open season on colour so choose from a natural palette
of dark blondes to cool browns and if you are working the
root trend then it has to be professionally on purpose to
keep you looking perfect, no grown out roots here.
Red is still rock on and very ‘now’ and here anything goes
from the lightest baby pink through to warm crimson.
here to see all Lisa Shepherd styles in the UKH Style Gallery