Instant beauty: Sixties-style volumised hair
Big, big hair is back, back, back - with Sixties-inspired bouffed-up beehives and coiffed-to-perfection tresses among the season's hottest styles. But you don't need an army of hairdressers to re-create the look: it couldn't be easier to do it yourself at home...
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Hair was definitely looking up at the Autumn/Winter shows - with the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier and Bottega Veneta sending models out on to the catwalk sporting gravity-defying, back-to-the-Sixties beehives.
And some of our most fashion-forward pop princesses have been adopting this look - with the likes of Katy Perry, Rihanna, Adele, Jennifer Lopez and Cheryl Cole all showcasing their own take on the retro up-do. We loved Katy's sleek, sophisticated pink beehive during a recent London theatre trip - while Cheryl has experimented with humungous hair on several occasions throughout the past year (some a little better received than others, it has to be said).
Tempted to try the look but fear it may involve a trip to the salon? You're in for a welcome surprise. It's actually very quick and easy to create your own Sixties-style up-do, according to celebrity hairdresser Ken Picton.
His advice? Before you do anything else, prep the hair with plenty of product: he recommends using L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Volume Riche Blow Dry Mousse and Volume Lift Spray. 'Start pivoting around the crown, back-combing each section to create a sturdy base of volume,' he advises. 'A quick tip is to push back the hair in a C motion as this will pack it tighter, creating a lasting back-comb.
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'Carry on until you have completed half the head,' Ken continues. 'Secure your hair in a low ponytail at the nape of the neck with a clear elastic band. Make sure the bottom and sides are tight, but keep the crown area loose to maintain maximum volume. Wrap a small section of the ponytail around the elastic to disguise it. Then dress the fringe as desired.'
Finally, fix the style with a quick spritz of L'Oreal Air Fix Anti-Frizz Hairspray.
Or for another take on the big-hair look, simply scrunch a handful of mousse through slightly damp hair, then wind it into Velcro rollers. If you've got a little time on your hands, you can allow it to dry naturally - but otherwise, just give it a blast with the dryer. Then back-brush from the crown to give it plenty of height and finish with a fine spritz of strong-hold hairspray. The result? Huge, unmissable glamour!
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