Well listen up beauties, it doesn’t have to be.
Yes, you will probably never have Candice Swanepoel’s 23 inch waist (where would last night’s two scoops of salted caramel ice cream fit?!) or Jessica Hart’s crazy-long legs BUT you can have beautiful, shiny, luscious locks.
What do the VS models mane’s all have in common? Health, vibrant yet subtle colour, volume and shine.
This isn’t rocket science. Hell, this isn’t even regular year 10 biology science, it’s just common sense.
Using a good quality, salon-brand shampoo and conditioner is important because they lack nasties such as silicon which “coats” the hair to give a smooth and shiny appearance however over time builds up and weighs the hair down making it look flat, greasy and positively un-modelesque.
Also, if you’re a product junkie then you really should be shampooing twice. You know how when you’re at the hairdressers the apprentice always washes your hair twice? Well, like cleansing your face, the first wash is to “clean” the hair while the second is to “treat” as per whichever speciality your shampoo claims to achieve: volume, curly enhancing, straightening or colour toning. Also make sure you pop on a treatment mask once a week.
Not only does correct colour application help make your eye colour pop and enhance your skin tone, it is also the easiest way to add volume and texture. And it looks hella cool when you do waves and curls and braids, because there is variation of colour. If you look at the VS girls, most of them have extremely natural looking highlights, nothing too extreme as it detracts from the face.
Note: If you are blonde or a variation of and wish to REMAIN not-yellow, you need to be using a toner. My gorgeous hairdresser Jo, from Salon Nook put me on to Revlon Nutri Color Creme. This is my absolutely favourite product! Not only does it keep my blonde ends (I have subtle balayage that looks more like I spent some time in the sun a few months ago) looking bright and non-brassy but it is also extremely conditioning and smells totally divine. I use this once a week doubling as my treatment mask.
If like me you are cursed with fine, straight hair then you need to fake it babyyyy. There are so many amazing products available these days that provide natural looking volume and hold, unlike the crunchy mousse and gel of the 80s! Sea salt spray as I’ve discussed previously is a god send, as is dry shampoo for injecting instant volume and grit. However to set the “framework” or “scaffolding” I like to scrunch in some mousse while the hair is still wet then blow dry. Kevin Murphy’s Body Builder Volumising Mousse is my go to.
This will often come from using a decent shampoo and treatment mask once a week however there are sneaky ways to add some extra gloss. Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray or John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze Clear Shine are both excellent options for creating shiny, lust-worthy locks.
Ok so I'm lacking in volume here, but I am rather happy with the shine factor.
Team all of the above with a great blow dry followed by some velcro rollers (or create large waves using a wave wand) then allow the hair to completely cool before brushing out the waves. Now flip your head over and blast with volumising hair spray and voila Miranda Kerr eat your heart out!
Have a great week Parlour and Looters, thanks for reading!