03/05/2012 13:22 | By Mark Woolley, contributor, MSN Her

Ask the expert: big hair

I love the idea of big hair but feel like it’s been done and gone. Do you have any tips for reinventing it for this summer without looking so last season? Marianne Sinclair, via email


Model (© Rex Features)

The big blow-dry is a look that is never out of season. Who can resist hair that is full, smooth, voluminous and glossy? When summer comes around, you are guaranteed to see variations of this luxurious look, one of which has been worn so beautifully by none other than the Duchess of Cambridge.

The Issa and Burberry shows this season showcased hair that was fundamentally healthy and wonderfully smooth and shiny through the lengths while still having enough root lift for fullness. Although it looks quite high-maintenance, creating a smoother and bigger blow-dry effect is actually quite easy if you've got a few simple tools at hand.

The most important step for perfecting most styles is in the preparation and this is especially true for creating this look. You want the hair to be as smooth and frizz-free as possible so while the hair is still damp, apply a lightweight styling product like the Electric Smoothing Cream from root to tip. Don't worry about it weighing the hair down as it disappears whilst styling, leaving a weightless, glossy result. Now, use a good quality curling brush like the Denman Head Hugger while blow-drying the hair to really smooth out the lengths. If you want a bit of shape at the ends, you can even wrap them around the barrel of the brush for a few seconds before releasing for a subtle wavy result. Finally, a light dose of hairspray will help the hair keep its shape and bounce. If you want it to look less 'done', tip your head upside down and run your fingers through the mid-lengths and ends. This breaks up the hair and adds a more natural, tousled effect, leaving you with a look that you could wear all year round.

Until next time,

Mark

Mark Woolley is the award-winning stylist, creative director and entrepreneur behind the exclusive Electric Hair Salon Group and Electric luxury haircare brand. He is also the haircare expert for MSN Her.

For more information go to: electric-hair.com

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