Trend on Trial: Power hair hacks

Trend on Trial: Power hair hacks

Long hair is out, it’s time to sharpen up


I have had long, flowing hair for what seems like forever. Somehow, any attempt at cutting it is always short lived. Maybe, it’s something to do with the complacency I have for the fact that my hair A: grows like a weed, and B: I possess waves that fall about my face effortlessly, requiring minimal styling. This has served me well in my 20’s and 30’s. Yet, recently everyone seems to be cutting their hair. From celebrities to politicians to the Mums I greet at the school gate, it’s become obvious that Boho is now a big no-no. In fact, when I quizzed celebrity snipper Ben Cooke about my desire to lose length and join the mid-length set (this is THE length I’m told) he assured me that spring hair is all about power cuts that are ‘shattered’ afterwards by chopping into ends. This, gives a look that says ‘take me seriously…but not too seriously.’ Which sounded to me like the ideal mix of focus and nonchalance. Another pleasing tip Cooke shared, is that for someone like me, who’s always had long hair, there are small tweaks I can make to my cut that will help it look more powerful, without having to go for a drastic change. One is to go for a sharper base line, lose some layers, and add strength with a bolder blonde – this little-at-a-time approach suits me to a T. Finally, he advised tweaking my styling routine for a polished look. The verdict? Losing 4 inches and gaining a brighter hue of blonde has left me looking more tidy and in control, without feeling old-fashioned. And if you’re thinking of going for the chop, here’s the top 3 lessons I’ve learnt.

Get prepared: Ben Cooke recommends a consultation with a hair stylist ahead of your new cut. ‘By giving your hairdresser some notice, not only gives you the chance to iron out the options, it means you’ll both be ready and energised for your new cut on the day – springing a re-style out of the blue can lead to miscommunication and a cut you’re not happy with.’

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R-style your hair kit: My new haircut needs new products. 3 in fact. I’ve found the need for a volumising product, dry shampoo and hairspray to add texture and hold to my new shape, and the simple act of ‘proper grooming’ has had a surprisingly an empowering effect. I’m loving Pantene Satin Smooth Mousse RRP £3.69 for volume, Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo RRP £3.00 for texture, and Pantene Pro-V Perfect Volume Hairspray RRP £3.00 for extra hold for evenings and meetings.

Do your maintenance: Great cuts require great maintenance, so book in for six weekly trims to avoid dishevelled ends, and keep your colour fresh – grown out roots may fly with long bohemian styles, but the shorter you go, the more focus your hair colour gets.

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GALewis

GALewis

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Would liked to have seen a before and after photo to see what you're trying to explain

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MonikaM

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Pantene Pro-V Perfect Volume Hairspray is my favourite! Non-sticky and do what it says on the tin :)

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