Of all the things on your list in the morning, I have to say blow-drying your hair is probably not at the top. Not-fully-awake and holding something mildly heavy and noisy over my head for five to ten minutes and there’s always that one spot you didn’t dry well enough.

How about a few ways to style your hair without having to blow-dry it.

1. Do the bun! When you are in a hurry, there is nothing that seems as chic as a bun. Starting with towel-dried hair, comb your hair back into a slick tight high or low ponytail.  Once secured with a ponytail holder, twist the hair around itself into an effortless, clean bun.

2. Air-dried waves, it’s all about product choice, application, and timing. It’s important that you apply plenty of product when the hair is gently towel-dried. Try applying a cream wax first, sectioning the hair in different-shaped and sized sections, and twisting the sections. Once the whole head has been twisted, mist a salt spray over the top.

3. Braids are versatile, quick and easy. Keep damp hair braided until dry and untie them for shiny, kinky waves, or keep them in place and out of the way all day. Play with parting hair in different places and angles.

How much does it actually cost to go blonde?

I am excited by the number of twisted sisters going blonde or blonder this year, it has really been brightening up around here.

This process takes dedication, commitment and a budget.  As we lighten your hair, our priority is the strength and integrity of each hair strand.  It is important that you are patient with the blonding process, both in salon and between  visits.

You can never rush a good blonde! If you and your stylist have a #hairgoal we will walk you through each step and give you a quote every visit. Blonde is not for the fainthearted, it will be costly to take dark hair light, but the results will be head turning and less costly once you’ve reached your goal, and you will just need a regrowth touch up.

A deep conditioning mask at home, is a must,  to drench your lightened locks with nutrients between salon visits, this will keep your blonde hair sparkling.

Regardless of your New Year resolutions, there is always room for one more promise to yourself – and your hair.  Make sure you make a commitment to your hair.

1. In With the New, Out With the Old

Everybody has styling products, hairbrushes, accessories and tools that have been cluttering up their vanity or sink, drawers and counter space.

Throw away the products with expired dates, give away or throw away products and accessories that you don’t use and if your tools are old, toss them out.

2. I Will Make Maintenance a Priority

Commit yourself to your 6-week trims, your color touch-ups, deep conditioning treatments and hair masks. You will notice the difference and so will everybody else, and hair compliments always feel pretty good!

3. I Will Try New Hairstyles and Accessories

We browse the web and magazines for new hairstyles but then the time comes to actually style our hair and we stick with our go-to style.

Commit yourself to trying new hairstyles and accessories. Try a sparkly headband at the office or bejeweled bobby pins for brunch.

4. I’ll Beat My Flaws and Love My Hair

This is the year that you stop fighting your natural hair and start loving your hair.

There is a solution to every problem; some times it just takes some practice and product to get the hairstyle that works for you.

5. I Will Be Brave and Bold

Have you been dreaming about a long bob? Or perhaps a curly hairstyle or going red? This is the year that you stop hesitating over ‘should I or shouldn’t I’ and go for it.

All of your hair decisions should be made on sound research. To help you navigate the best cut or color for your New Year new look you can chat to us.

Beach maintenance

Always take a leave-in conditioner to the beach and use it frequently, especially after swimming, make sure it has UVA
and UVB filters to protect your hair from both types of UV rays. It’s just like sunscreen for hair without the greasiness.

How to: Beach Waves, take your hair from beach to cocktails in 4 easy steps:

1. After going to the beach, rinse the hair of salt water leaving just a little residue in the hair.

2. Spray a generous amount of leave-in conditioner.

3. Wrap the hair into a very loose bun, tucking the sides behind the ears.

4. Leave for approximately 20 minutes, then undo the bun and lightly shake for perfect beach curls.

Hair envy is a condition as old as time, women through the centuries have been envying their neighbour’s glorious texture.

But who could fault straight-haired ladies for wanting a divine halo of silky curls?  In fact, according to a survey by L’Oreal Paris, 80% of women crave waves.

Expert tips to a bouncy, soft and touchable head of gorgeous waves:

1.  Mousse

You need a styling product that encourages the curl and holds the set.  Mousse thickens the cuticle and alters the texture slightly, so hair responds better to heat. Use a palm-sized amount for you whole head, more if you hair is long.

2.  Application

The best time to use a curl product is when your hair is towel dried and at least 70% wet.  The water helps distribute it evenly from the roots to tips, so curls dry uniformly.

3.  Don’t miss a spot

Curling sections underneath will bolster the ones on top.  If you have fine hair, you have to curl the whole head with a small iron to get it to wave.  Allow the bottom layers to cool before you do the top.

4.  Heat

Adequate heat makes all the difference between soft, shapely curls and sad, droopy ones.  Remember thick hair requires higher temperatures (180 degrees Celsius), while thin hair responds to a lower heat setting (less than 150 degrees Celsius).  To avoid excessive damage to your hair, always use a heat protectant first.

5.  The weather

If it’s humid and raining, don’t even bother curling your hair, save the curls for a night out instead!

Richelle Frith offers cosmetic injectables at Twisted Desire every month.  We have received such a great interest and take-up from our Twisted Sisters out there (have you not noticed these gorgeous woman out there, looking a bit younger ☺)

Richelle and her business partner, Dr Kate Howson, have 18 years combined experience in the cosmetic injectables industry.

They are trained in all the latest advancements and technology available, therefore can offer you the latest treatments and highest level of service.

Here’s how it works

Restylane dermal fillers are injected under the skin’s surface to fill out lines and wrinkles and to restore facial contours and asymmetries.

As we age skin loses collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, this causes lines and wrinkles.  Our bones, muscles and fat pads also change, affecting our facial shape and volume.

Restylane dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid and combined with a unique stabilisation process called NASHA* technology and are designed to resemble your body’s own natural hyaluronic acid and add volume to enhance facial contours, restoring your natural and youthful appearance

Got a couple of questions that need answering?

Thought so….that’s why we have brought them to you.  Check out the most googled beauty questions from a couple of countries.

France –When does makeup expire?

Play it extra safe with anything that goes on or around the eye,  toss mascara, liquid eyeliners, and concealers after three months.  Anything liquid, from skin creams to makeup, should be trashed after a year (or as soon as it separates), while powder and shadow can stay fresh for up to two years and sanitize brushes and tools weekly.

Brazil – How often to shampoo hair?

Women with a lot of sebum production benefit from daily cleansing. Drier hair types can do with as little as once a week.

Australia – Is it bad to sleep with wet hair?

Water causes strands to swell; over time, this could weaken hair from the inside out.  The healthiest option, if not the speediest, is to dry on the lowest heat setting, with the dryer held at least six inches away from the head.

IndiaWhich vitamins are good for hair & skin?

Load up on vitamin C, which supports collagen production, as well as on omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation, improve elasticity, and help the skin maintain hydration. Antioxidant-rich foods—think berries and veggies such as beans, artichokes, and russet potatoes—reduce free-radical stress in the body as well as the skin. Both Zinc and B complex vitamins, are excellent hair helpers that up shine, reduce breakage, and increase moisture retention and vitamin E gives an extra boost to strands too.

United Arab Emirates What are makeup basics every girl should have?

Products that do double duty are heroes, go-to minimal essentials are a cheek/lip tint, an ultra blendable concealer that can double as a foundation, a smudgy  pencil that can create a fine line or a smoky eye, plus a mascara. Then add your personal preferences, such as a highlighter for more glow or a brow pencil for arch definition.

Fringes: The Hottest Hairstyle Everyone Can Totally Own

The fringe: such a classic hairstyle and one that comes in so many shapes and styles that there is zero chance of not finding the one that is right for you.

When Duchess Kate stepped out with her newly fringed hairstyle, the paps went mad. It’s a subtle look and one that really works if you don’t want to go for full-on blunt bangs. Sweep it to the side and go…

When it comes to styling your fringe for a special occasion, glossy fringes swept elegantly to one side. All you need to recreate this ‘do at home is a couple of bobby pins. It really is that simple.

With a style to work for every face shape, every hair colour and every personal preference, it’s not hard to see why celebs just can’t resist going for the chop.

Most recently, Georgia May Jagger took to Instagram to show off her brand new fringe, which perfectly frames her eyes and gives her face a softer feel.

So, whether you’re looking at trialling a wispy or full fringe for the first time or just want a new-season update on your current style, these are the celebrity looks we’re loving right now…

Summer Hair Trend Fit for Winter

As the days get shorter and cooler, people tend to turn away from any warm-weather trends that may have emerged over the summer months for new Winter styles. Bronde, a hair color trend that has the staying power to transcend seasons.

Anyone who is looking to brighten up their hair color but doesn’t want to make a drastic change. The blending of brown and blonde creates a natural-looking hair color that brightens hair. Those who hate high-maintenance hair color will love bronde. The result is a brighter, fresher color that’s sure to put some sparkle into your hair and the sun-kissed effect is equivalent to a good bronzer on your skin.

Who’s Rocking it?

While this trend gained most of its popularity in the summer, it continues to pop up on the heads of celebrities looking to change their look in a subtle, but sophisticated, way. Actress Blake Lively was one of the first to make the switch to bronde, with singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, and model Cara Delevingne also opting for this new “it” shade.

This winter, don’t abandon that sun-kissed look completely. Let a little bronde into your life and prove that a summer trend can be delightful, even when the weather outside is frightful.

Celeb Style Inspiration

Candyfloss tones and washed-out colour are going to continue as a prominent theme this year.  Next year will see a shift away from baby pink and more towards apricot and an infusion of subtle hues.

Linking well with the soft pop shades – girls are now embracing an all over bleach colour so they are able to experiment and mix up their shades week-in, week-out.

New for 2016, the ‘glunge’ hair trend (that’s glam-grunge btw) is based on an undone texture but with a glamorous quality, moving away from the salty, dishevelled beach waves into hair that is more premium and luxe.

Still very much a luxe trend is the use of caramel and moving your natural colour away from the roots to the front. Beautiful amber and nude soft tones create a feeling of luxury and an indulgent finish.