Living in tracksuits with wild bed-hair is exciting at first, but five weeks in lockdown has left some of us eager to get dolled up. When was the last time you dragged a comb through that bird’s nest? You may not be able to get to the salon, but why not learn some new hair styling skills while there’s nothing else to do. Treatwell editor Beth Ludolf revealed her top five hairstyles to practise for when isolation ends.
How to do no-heat curls
Want flawless curls without actually applying heat to your hair? It’s possible.
You’ll need a pair of tights, some clips, and two hair ties.
Beth said: “This one is all about minimal effort (and damage).
“Wash and towel dry your hair then split it into a middle parting.
“Grab an old pair of tights and clip them on top of your head – a leg on either side.
“Plait each side of your hair using the tights as one of your three sections (don’t add hair to this section).
“Sleep with them in then in the morning, unravel the plaits carefully and break up the texture with your fingers.
“For a bigger, bouncier curl, switch the tights for a dressing gown tie and wrap the hair around, rather than plaiting.”
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How to do Bantu knots
Want the Rihanna look? You’ve got to try Bantu knots.
Bantu knots are traditionally sported by black women with natural hair.
You will need lots of hair elastics, a rattail comb, and curl-defining cream.
Don’t worry they’re not actually knots! Bantu knots are small coiled buns secure tightly against the head.
Beth said: “Wash, detangle and towel dry your hair.
“Use a rattail comb to create sections (smaller for short hair and larger for long hair), secure the hair with an elastic to keep them mapped out.
“Work section-by-section, applying a small amount of curl-defining cream and twisting the hair – from root to end – into a taut rope.
“Keep twisting the hair until it coils around itself.
“To secure the Bantu knot in place, tuck the ends underneath the knot – this tends to suffice for naturally curly hair but straighter hair may need an elastic.”
How to do 60s flicks
Have you got a bob or shoulder-length hair? Flicked ends will add a level of sophistication to your look.
Beth explains: “Wash your hair, apply a heat-protect serum and blow-dry it straight.
“If your hair is frizzy, quickly smooth it with your straighteners – don’t worry about it being perfectly straight.
“Clip the top half of your hair out the way.
“Working in 1.5-inch sections, run your straighteners down the hair. When you’re a few inches from the ends, begin rotating the straightening iron (when you’re at the end it should have turned 180 degrees).
“Whether you flick it inwards or outwards is up to you.”
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How to do bubble ponytail
If you are looking for something a little quirky and love the 90s look, this one is for you.
The bubble ponytail has been worn by everyone, from Ariana Grande to Kendall Jenner.
Even Blake Lively tried this style on her golden locks, roughing it up to fit her messy Boho vibe.
Warning- you will need lots of elastics and bobby pins.
Beth said: “Start by brushing your hair to untangle any knots.
“Secure your hair into a ponytail (if you’re going for a sleek look, blow-dry the hair in the direction of the ponytail beforehand).
“Wrap a small section of hair around the hair elastic and secure with a bobby pin.
“Work your way down the length of the ponytail, adding a hair elastic every couple of inches.
“Tug a little at each section to make the bubble effect.
“Leave the elastics visible or continue wrapping small sections of hair around them.”
How to do super sleek hair
We all dream of having Kardashian locks- smooth, shiny and most importantly- sleek.
Beth explained how to get the look, and you’ll need straighteners, no crease slips, hairspray, and a toothbrush.
She said: “Starting with the bottom layer of hair, take small sections (no more than 1.5-inch wide) and run your straighteners from root to tip.
“The big thing here is to take your time, making sure each section is completely smooth.
“The hair needs to ‘set’ so don’t touch it (or put it behind your ears) until it has completely cooled – using no-crease clips in the front of the hair while they set will stop the hair separating.
“Spray some stronghold hairspray onto a toothbrush to smooth any flyaways.”
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