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Yesterday I had an adventure up to Hampstead for a really lovely event based around something I don’t give much thought to these days : hair.

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Jacket : Joanna Hope
Top : Simply Be
Trousers : Simply Be
Shoes : Evans

Look at my glorious new Illamasqua lipstick in Flare, and the wonderful pineapple earrings that my pal Beth bought me from Topshop! They combine for an utterly perfect sunshine look <3

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Also my nails. I decided to throw caution to the wind and get acrylics, in an obnoxious colour. Worn with my lovely ring I got in a shop in Deal.

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So! The reason I was hanging out and sipping Champagne is because I was the cropped-hair ambassadoress for Cloud Nine hair. Since I’ve had very short hair (ie, since September) I haven’t styled my hair at all. I only used a hairdryer under duress in the cold Swedish winter so my hair didn’t freeze: basically, I’ve just been letting my hair do its thing. But lately I’ve been thinking I should mess around with it a bit more – I often like what hair stylists do with it on shoots. So when I was asked to have my short hair styled at the event, I naturally agreed!

It was part of their Know Your Hair, Love Your Hair campaign where Cloud Nine are encouraging y’all to use heat styling at the appropriate temperature for your hair type. Most useful is their decision tree where you answer a few quick questions about the state of your hair and it recommends how to treat it right.

What I ended up with was a very sleekified version of what I normally have, and I loved it. Getting this look is really easy on short hair…

First, dry your hair by brushing it from side to side under a hairdryer so the cuticles lie flat. Give yourself a gently diagonal deep parting, beginning over the ~arch in your eyebrow~. Making the parting diagonal means it looks less severe. Then, using fine sections, straighten using a Cloud Nine Micro Iron (actually the perfect size straightener for short hair) and curving as you straighten so the hair doesn’t stick out flat. When you’ve ironed all your hair, get it shiny and keep flyaways and fluffy hair under control with a wax – Bumble & Bumble Sumo wax was used on mine.

The result is a supremely glossy, slick, neat and tidy look that makes a perfect change from my usual lazy behaviour, and has definitely inspired me to just do more with my short hair!

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 This post was brought to you with the help of Cloud Nine Hair. 

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