As a girl who once had long, lustrous locks and made the mistake of chopping them into a pixie bob at the age of 18, I suffer with a longstanding condition – hair envy. Unfortunately, it seems that no amount of treatment can resolve this. My barnet seems to have given up growing completely, languishing at the long and limp end of a bob. As a result, I live my (hairstyle) life vicariously through anyone with a gorgeous do, particularly a handful of celebrity hair heroes that I’m about to introduce to you.
Up first are two ladies rocking long and lovely tresses that would put Kate Middleton to shame (despite my nearly including her in this list). Rita Ora and Whitney Port certainly know how to give a girl a serious hair crush with their stunning styles. Despite being significantly different, both manes have just the right amount of length and volume. If you’re a fan of Whitney’s bohemian style and you’ve been blessed with hair of a similar length, gently tong or use straighteners to curl the lower bits of your hair to replicate the style, and mess it up with a little texturiser. Rita’s all about the big curls, so opt for heated rollers if you want to copycat her look.
As much as I love long, long, locks, colour is also a big driving force in creating a look I’ll lust after. Much easier to obtain as well (and often cheaper than the full head of extensions I dream of) it’s easy to add an influx of life into a dull do just by treating yourself to a colour. I love vibrant reds, a classic look as seen on the likes of songstress Florence Welch, but I’m also a huge fan of Kelly Osbourne’s violet hues. Autumn is the perfect time to take a chance on a firey red dye if you’ve pale skin or even if you’ve just got a bold personality. Kelly’s violet grey hair colour is tricky to achieve if you’ve got dark tresses, so maybe only try this one if you have fair hair or it’s been professionally lightened first.
It would be rude not to include the Queen of all things glam in a blog post like this. Beyonce – while she appears to be pretty awesome at most things – definitely knows how to do good hair. Though I appreciate that it’s likely a weave, that’s still one helluva weave and an impressive amount of length, volume and jujjing (technical term). Similarly, Blake Lively is hot on Bey’s heels for my title of Glam and Gorgeous, but for me it’s more the colour tones and volumous texture that give Blake the points.
Lastly, I’m a big fan of vintage styles, as seen on the likes of burlesque star Dita von Teese and singing siren Paloma Faith. Dita’s slick, smooth, super straight hair is pinned and primped into prime 40’s style, while Paloma’s big volume and signature mallen streak is effortlessly cool. Dita’s victory rolls are easy to re-create with a little practice, a lot of bobby pins and an unreasonable amount of time spent on YouTube. Like her or loathe her, Paloma’s barnet perfectly complements her throwback style, and is pretty easy to recreate with a round brush, a hairdryer and a fair amount of hairspray if you’re prone to limpness.
Who are your hair heroes? And what is it about their coiffure you so envy?
Written by Alice-May Purkiss