How-to hairstyles: the perfect up-do
We asked Martyn Stockley, the creative director of REF to reveal his top tips on creating a dazzling up-do
Transform your locks into a striking glamorous up-do, with these handy how-to's...
1. 'Round, heat-retaining brushes are the best tools to use for maximum volume and root lift, which will create long-lasting results,’ says Martyn Stockley, REF creative director. To create professional results at home try a D-Tach Brush (from £15.95, hairthinking.co.uk). It has a removable handle, enabling you to leave the barrel in your hair to create extra volume at the root and curl at the ends.
2. ‘Freshly washed hair is often too soft and clean to work with,’ adds Martyn. ‘Pre-wash it the day before and use dry shampoo to add volume to the roots, as the extra texture will make it easier to style.’ Try Andrew Barton S.O.S. Last Another Day Dry Shampoo (£4 for 150ml, Asda).
3. ‘Use hair pins to hold up weighty manes, or to keep it in place where you require maximum hold,’ says Lee Gillott, creative stylist at Trevor Sorbie Covent Garden, who recommends Trevor Sorbie Large Hair Pins (£3.09, Boots). ‘Bobby pins are better for applying to more detailed or looser, tousled styles.’
Martyn adds: ‘As well as hairspray, REF Spray Wax (£10.95 for 250ml, hairthinking.co.uk) will add movement and structure, for effortlessly chic styling.’
The top 3 hair helpers
• Custom-made hair braid (from £50, tatianahairextensions.co.uk). Your perfect plait is created by matching your own natural hair colour and texture with real human hair. Use as a band or wrap around a ponytail. A great investment.
• Leo Bancroft Ponytail Bungee Bands (£3.50 for five, Tesco). If you’ve no time in the mornings, create a low-slung ponytail instantly with these hairband alternatives. Wrap until taut and fasten with hooks, so it won’t pull out hair when removed.
• Sleep-In Rollers (£17.95 for two sets, velcrosleeprollers.com). Apply these super rollers in the evenings and you’ll wake up with big, beautiful bouncy tresses. They flatten like a sponge when you lay down, so you’ll sleep soundly in them.
Photograph: Trevor Sorbie