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Hair...THE NEW NATURAL; Natural texture, understated styling, super-subtle colour, featherlight products...This season, hair is rocking its own version of the 'no make-up make-up' look. Here's how to master the undone trend.

Byline: Words: Lynne Hyland and Octavia Lillywhite.

HAVE A BLOW-OUT

Say bye bye to that big bouffy blow-dry with its rollers and fat ceramic brushes. The hot hair trend is more undone and less structured - think Miranda Kerr's effortlessly tousled glamour at Paris Fashion Week (right). If you have mid-length hair or longer, try Mark Hill's new Wonderball brush, [euro]14.99, a bristled sphere you twirl your hair around as you blow-dry. It's one of those 'Why did nobody think of this before?' products: intuitive to use and the finished result is smooth but casually rippled.

Insider tip The fastest way to nail the natural trend is to simply add dry shampoo, says beauty shoot veteran Cassie Lomas. 'If curls are looking too done and perfect, spray it lightly all over, then rake through with your fingertips,' she says.

UNDO THE UPDO

Forget fussy styling requiring an extra pair of hands. It's all about the undone updo: think Missoni's messy buns with face-framing loose strands (above), not a tugged-back Croydon facelift. To match the mood, there's a wave of high-hold products with a finish that looks soft - Schwarzkopf Professional's new OSIS+ Glamination range, from [euro]14.49, is our choice for invisible grip and guts.

REWORK YOUR WAVE

Waving wands have made it so much easier to curl your hair at home, to the point where the 'Jessica Rabbit' look has become overcooked. You might think those right-to-the-root ringlets are classic Hollywood glam, but they're often more like a portrait of King Charles I. 'For this season's undone look, start the wave lower and also leave it uncurled at the ends,' says stylist Zoe Irwin, who recommends GHD Curve wands, from [euro]169. Take inspiration from the laid-back wave created by Tresemme at Narciso Rodriguez (left).

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DIAL DOWN YOUR COLOUR

Half 'n' half ombres, foil highlights and bold, blocky colour are no-nos for the natural trend. In terms of salon colour, the most-wanted look is a diffused scattering of the light, with pieces plucked at random and lightened freestyle just a shade or two. Notebook's resident blonde loves the upmarket lift given by Wella Freelights Blondor Balyage. For home colour, L'Oreal Paris Prodigy, [euro]9.99, is on trend, as it covers grey 100% while giving the most natural multi-tonal finish we've found in a DIY dye. Perfect for swapping over-brassy for rich 'n' classy, like Suki Waterhouse's (left) new brunette look.

GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE

Having given ourselves a migraine attempting last season's tight show pony trend, we're delighted to report a looser look for a/w. High ponytails are making way for low-slung tie-backs - think loose plaits at Pucci (far left) and the puffed-out pony at Barbara Casasola (left).

GO OFF THE STRAIGHT 'N' NARROW

You've probably been using your straighteners the same way for forever: clamp 'em on and pull 'em through. But summer's 90s-inspired sleek trend has softened for a/w. The look is still shiny and healthy - prep for gleam and hold with V05 Nourish My Shine Bedazzling Spray, [euro]4.99 - but use the edge of your irons to flick the ends out or add a bend through the front section, rather than keeping hair poker straight. Layers, instead of one-length locks, will help you out. See Rosie H-W (right) on the Givenchy catwalk for inspiration.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 2, 2014
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