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Summary: We're already over halfway through the year! It's true! Our beauty editor reveals some of the E-ber cool and latest hair and beauty trends to see you through the rest of 2017 -- from head to toe.

Words by Claire Muffett-Reece

CROP IT SHORT

If you are after a refreshing change and need to eradicate dry, dead ends, then a super-cool crop is the Afro hair look to go for.

"Afro hair types can be difficult to style. Therefore, short haircuts are a great way to keep hair maintained," says Michelle Thompson from Francesco Group who created this stunning look.

"Afro hair tends to get very dry and brittle due to heated styling tools and styling procedures, therefore, sometimes it's best to get your hair cut short, to allow it to become healthier and be able to grow," she explains.

DDOS & DON'TS OF GOING FOR THE CHOP

Michelle gives the lowdown on how to achieve a sensational crop look:

DO have a consultation to make sure your stylist is assessing your hair and aware of its texture and condition.

DO have regular cuts in order to keep your hair maintained and to avoid it shrivelling up.

DON'T go to a regular hairdresser. Afro haircutting requires an expert Afro hairdresser, who is fully aware of what techniques, products and technology to use when dealing with Afro hair and the curl pattern.

DON'T cut your hair yourself or allow someone to cut it with blunt or unprofessional scissors. Your hair should always be cut with professional hair scissors, otherwise it could become damaged. Again, this is why you should go to an expert Afro hairdresser.

Benefits of a short crop

Michelle advises: "There are so many different benefits to having Afro hair short. Your hair will be stronger as it is not old enough to have been as manipulated as longer hair. Shorter hairstyles can also be seen as protective hairstyles, as they are not rubbing against clothing and being damaged by friction. And the best news is... your hair will not take as much time to wash, style or detangle and will therefore be tons easier to manage."

Get the Jennifer Hudson look. Try... Lee Stafford Academy The Dryer Lush H'suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment RPR Fix My Frizz Smoothing Conditioner

BEST-SELLING MUSTS

Woah! We are far too excited about these gorgeous new and best-selling musts. Your beauty needs sorted!

EYES

Use Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift Banish the appearance of puffiness and dark circles while instantly brightening and lifting the eye area with this brand new number from Dermalogica.

STRESSED SKIN

Use Neal's Yard Frankincense Intense Lift Serum Harnessing the ancient power of frankincense (which has been sustainably sourced from Oman), this treat is also packed with micro algae, linseed oil and ribose to visibly lift and re-contour the skin. It's also clinically proven to help you stress less by promoting a sense of relaxation and wellbeing.

PRO TIP

Frankincense is known to be a stress buster!

DRY SKIN

Use Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Rich Cream Say no to grey skin for good with this ultimate hydrating wonder-buy, exclusively available online. A rich, nourishing cream designed to provide comfort and moisture to very dry skin, it also protects against dehydrating effects that harm your complexion, such as sudden temperature change, pollutants and environmental aggressors.

PRESSED FOR TIME?

Use Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recover Complex II We're all guilty of not spending enough time on our beauty regime -- so why not invest in a product that does all the hard work for you while you sleep? When tested on over 500 women, more than 75% felt their skin looked more youthful, while 82% felt their skin was instantly hydrated.

Benefit GALifornia

Described as 'part sun, pure fun', this blends bright pink with shimmering gold, capturing the warm glow of California sunshine in a box. Use to instantly perk up a tired complexion and give your look a healthy flush.

Mac Fruity Juicy Cremesheen Glass Cha Cha Cha

Call us superficial but don't you just want to buy this lip gloss for its packaging alone? Once you've looked past the gorgeous tropical floral lid you'll find a non- sticky formulation in a colour so gorgeous you'll want to wear it again and again.

CATWALK READY! 5 MINUTE MAKE-UP MIRACLES

Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Liquid Lip Plumping Gloss

Ladies, we can never have a big enough pout! Show off your gorgeous smackers with pride by investing in this high- shine gloss that makes lips appear even fuller, smoother and more plumped. Instantly refreshing upon applying, the intense shine adds a layer of dimension to lips. You have to see to believe!

Bobbi Brown Classic Brush Collection What does it do? Everything! Bin those old manky brushes, try this and see the difference in the application of your make- up! This includes a Face Blender Brush, Foundation Brush, Concealer Blending Brush, Eye Shadow Brush, Eye Brow Brush and Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush.

Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Foundation In a variety of shades to suit your skin, we are loving this foundation for a number of reasons, from its flawless coverage and antioxidant properties, to the fact it provides all-day wear. Yes please!

GET THE DYE JOB...WITH PALM PAINTING

Hair palm painting? We hear you wonder. You may never have heard of it, but it's a hot new technique currently sweeping its way through Afro hair land.

"Palm painting is a progressive play on the balayage technique, allowing the colourists a 100% free hand," explains Toni & Guy international technical artistic director Georgie Mathers.

He adds: "Melting colour into the hair with a smoother surface of the palm allows the blend to be softer in result, avoiding any harsh lines you can sometimes see when highlights are applied. It's a great technique to use on Afro hair, however, it should be applied in a much more gentle approach in terms of colour choice and product. Also, remember your Afro hair texture is all about tight curls, so tiny sections will be very diffused and soft. What's more, it depends on the desired effect, meaning stronger or softer placement should always be used."

After colour products for palm dyeing, try... CO By Andrew Collinge Hair Moisturiser

Label M Colour Stay Shampoo TIGI Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infused Conditioner

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Date:Aug 15, 2017
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