There’s nothing quite like a new year for making you want to change up your look – and your hair is a great place to start. If you’ve been thinking about getting the chop or trying a different colour, now is the time to do it, because what’s the worst that could happen? Hair grows back and colour fades out, right?

In fact, with a little inspiration from your fave celebs, we reckon you won’t regret a thing about your new ’do. Check out these famous ladies and their cool cuts, then head to the salon with your Insta collage/Pinterest board, and prepare to LOVE your look.

1. Selena Gomez’s blonde bob

What a lovely day #selfielove

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No wonder Biebs is still smitten. Wow.

2. Bella Hadid’s flirty lob

🌹

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Nobody works a long bob quite like Bella.

3. Perrie Edwards’ pink mermaid waves

🐬🐚

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This still looks amazing on shoulder-length hair if you don’t quite have Pezza’s length.

4. Cara Delevingne’s pixie crop

Fancy a proper chop? Then Cara’s cute crop could be the style for you.

5. Jordyn Woods’ voluminous bob

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Obsessed with this epic blow-dry on Jordyn.

6. Kim Kardashian’s ice queen blonde

Cherry Blossom heaven 🍒🌸

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Flash of roots optional.

7. Rihanna’s piecey fringe

🇧🇧🇧🇧🇧🇧

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For when you fancy trying bangs without the heaviness.

8. Madelaine Petsch’s perfect red

The only hair colour worth having in Riverdale.

9. Taylor Hill’s feathered fringe

📸💙 @victoriassecret

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Similar to RiRi’s fringe, but with just a little extra weight.

10. Karlie Kloss’ Scandi vibes

Gucci 😎

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The colour, the cut, EVERYTHING.

11. Lily Collins’ shoulder-length blonde

Not sure if it's the blonde or this city, but I really am having more fun…

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The colour is a little warmer than Karlie’s, but still equally cool.

12. Golden Barbie’s corkscrew curls

Because embracing your natural texture is hot.

13. Jourdan Dunn’s old Hollywood bob

One Hot Chili Pepper 🌶🤷🏽‍♀️ #Runningoutoutofcaptions

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So glamorous.

14. Zoe Kravitz’s super tight crop

Who says you can’t accessorise short hair?

15. Chrissy Teigen’s sleek chop

#ChrissyxREVOLVE coming soon!!! @revolve

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Has Chrissy ever had a bad hair day!?

16. Camila Coelho’s blunt brunette bob

💛 (new haircut by @jenatkinhair )

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One Jen Atkin creation we’re obsessed with.

17. Dani Thorne’s rainbow locks

🤜🏻🤜🏻🤜🏻 Hippie Sh!t out now 🌈✌🏼 link in biö

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The brighter the better.

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Greasy hair, frizzy locks, a dodgy cut – there are plenty of hair dramas to deal with in life without adding dandruff into the mix, agreed?

An itchy, snowflake scalp, aka dandruff, is a super-common skin condition that can often get worse during the winter, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with it. Let’s find out what the deal is with dandruff, so you can fight those pesky flakes.

So, what are the signs of dandruff?

The major symptom of dandruff is easy to spot – flakes of white, grey or yellow skin that fall from the scalp and hair when it is touched or brushed. Dandruff can also cause the scalp to be red, dry, itchy and sore.

Is it common?

Dandruff can strike anytime – even babies can get a form of dandruff, called cradle cap, but it’s actually more common in teenagers due to the hormone spikes that occur during puberty, increasing the production of scalp oil. In short, more oil that’s made on the scalp means more irritation. Dandruff isn’t contagious, or considered to be a serious medical condition, but it is *really* annoying and can make you feel self-conscious, especially if the flakes of skin are noticeable or dropping onto your clothes.

What causes dandruff?

First off, a flaky scalp has nothing to do with hygiene, or how often you wash your hair but having dirty hair can make the scaly bits easier to spot, and using dry shampoo can often aggravate dandruff.

A scalp stays healthy by producing new skin cells and shedding the old ones. Dandruff – also known as seborrheic dermatitis – happens when this cycle is in overdrive, meaning the yucky patches of dead skin cells build up way faster than usual.

Seborrheic dermatitis (which can also occur in other places on the skin, not just the scalp) affects areas that are rich in oil glands and it is triggered by an overgrowth of a harmless yeast-like fungus called malassezia, which irritates the scalp and causes more skin cells to grow.

A red, itchy, scaly scalp can also be caused by sensitivity to some hair care products  – this is called contact dermatitis. It is thought that dandruff may be linked to tiredness and stress, and can often get worse during cold weather too.

How can you get rid of it?

If you’re suffering with a mild-moderate bout of dandruff, the first thing to do is ditch your usual shampoo and hair care products and treat it with anti-dandruff shampoo. These shampoos are available over-the-counter and contain certain antifungal agents that can fight dandruff. Look out for an anti-dandruff shampoo containing one of the following key fungal-busting ingredients: zinc pyrithione, salicylic acid, selenium sulphide, ketoconazole and coal tar.

At first, it’s likely you’ll need to wash your hair everyday using an anti-dandruff shampoo – follow the instructions on the bottle which will probably advise you to massage it in well and leave for five minutes before rinsing off. Once there are less noticeable flakes on the scalp and you have your dandruff under control, you can cut back on the medicated shampoo and use it every 2nd or 3rd time you wash your hair.

And if that doesn’t shift it?

If you’ve been using anti-dandruff shampoo for around a month and your scalp is still showing no signs of improvement, you should have a chat with your doctor. You might need to try another type of medicated shampoo, or there are stronger, prescription treatments your GP can give you for more severe cases of dandruff. You don’t need to suffer in flaky silence.

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Hands up who loves winter? And what’s not to like, right? Cosy jumpers, crunchy leaves, hot drinks, twinkling fairy lights… it’s the best. Except when it comes to your hair and skin, of course. ‘Cos as much as you yearn for pretty flushed cheeks and smooth silky hair cascading around your knitwear-covered shoulders, the weather has other ideas. Don’t abandon yourself to the frizz just yet though! Here’s how to deal with winter’s most wearisome beauty complaints.

Scaly skin

No, you’re not turning into a lizard, honest. A good body moisturiser is your best friend here – definitely upgrade your light body lotion to something a lot richer.

You can also make a few in-shower tweaks, too. Choose a nourishing shower cream and exfoliate lightly every other day to shift old skin cells. And, tempting as it is to crank the temperature up, keep it lukewarm rather than super hot – your skin will thank you for it.

A dry and blotchy face

Constantly dancing between dry, overheated buildings and the cold, wet outdoors can play havoc with your complexion, leaving it flaky, red and feeling uncomfortable. Again, a good moisturiser and regular (gentle) exfoliation will help restore a healthy glow.

You might want to reconsider your whole skincare routine, especially if your skin is usually oily or blemish-prone. Opt for gentle, moisturising products instead of astringent-based ones, and treat yourself to nourishing and softening face masks instead of deep-cleansing ones which can strip away your skin’s delicate surface.

When you’re out in the elements, keep as much skin as possible protected by a hat and scarf, and remember that we don’t feel as thirsty in winter as we do in summer, so keep reaching for the water – it’s your skin’s best weapon in the fight against the dreaded blotch!

Dry, flaky lips

Winter can be hella romantic, so of course your lips start resembling a scaly deep-sea creature. Tempting as it is to pick at them – don’t! Seriously, that just makes everything a hundred times worse. But, annoyingly, so does slapping on layers and layers of lip balm, because that can cause irritation as well. So what to do? Every night before bed, gently exfoliate with a sugar scrub or soft wash cloth, then apply a generous layer of balm. Then re-apply lightly and occasionally throughout the day (invest in a couple of nice balms and put them where you’ll need them – in your bag, next to your bed, on your desk – so there’s always one within reach).

Splitting cuticles

Not only do cracked cuticles totally ruin your fierce manicure, they can be pretty painful too – ugh! Your cuticles are a really small part of your body, but they’re still susceptible to the same wintery damage as the skin everywhere else, so they need TLC too. Either include them in your usual body moisturising regime, or invest in a dedicated hand cream. Better yet – treat them to a specialist cuticle oil to keep them soft and supple. Don’t trim them – that just makes them more fragile in the long run – and wear gloves when you’re out and about to protect them (and your hands overall) from the cold.

Dandruff

There’s only one type of white flaky stuff we want this winter, and that’s snow. But dandruff is another common seasonal beauty complaint and let’s be honest, it can be a bit embarrassing. Luckily, it’s nothing a good old dandruff shampoo won’t fix, although you can’t just use it once and expect the problem to go away. The key is consistency – use it at least twice a week. Try a scalp exfoliator once a week pre-shampoo, too. It might sound a bit odd, but you exfoliate your body, don’t you? Same principal! Again, keep the water temperature lukewarm to avoid aggravating your scalp, and try to avoid styling products that contain alcohol, as these can dry out your scalp even more.

Frizz

There’s not a lot of hair-friendly moisture in cold air. Couple that with central heating and lots of wool and polyester and POOF – hello, frizz! It’s a sad fact of life for many a long-haired girl, but help is at hand, and it’s mainly in the prep process. Choose a frizz-fighting conditioner for daily use, treat yourself to a deep-conditioning treatment once a week, and after washing, apply a conditioning oil to the lengths.

Ditch the thick cotton towel – it’ll just add friction to your hair. Instead, use an old t-shirt to dry your locks, as the cotton soaks up extra water without being abrasive. Go easy on the heat styling, too – use a slightly cooler setting on your dryer and tools if you can. It might take a little longer to get the look you want, but your hair will thank you for it. And if the frizz has already hit, a small squirt of hair serum can help get things back under control.

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There’s something about the springtime that makes me want to dye. One of my favourite songs in Grease is Beauty School Dropout, which begins when the lady who runs the diner informs Frenchie, “I hate to tell you this, but your hair looks like an Easter Egg!”

Her candyfloss coloured barnet is supposed to be the result of a big beauty mistake, but I think it looks magnificent. Who wouldn’t want to look like an Easter egg, and have hair of glossy chocolate, or pretty pastels, or bright shiny foil? Of course, it’s great to embrace your natural hair, and to choose not to alter a strand that grows out of your head. But if you fancy it, it can be fun to treat your follicles as though they’re a gloriously blank A4 pad for you to play with, and there is nothing to limit you but your imagination and the products on offer in the hair care aisle.

When I was growing up, plenty of people told me that if I were to dye my hair platinum blonde, or bright blue, I might regret it. But looking back, I wish I’d experimented with my hair more. Now that my Mum and my teachers can’t tell me to leave it alone, I’m making up for lost time.

My first hair dye experiment was a disappointing disaster – and not because I turned my hair a crazy colour. Aged 13 and short on time, money and opportunity, I decided to try and transform myself during the school German exchange. I truly believed that my 99p sachet of Wella Shaders and Toners would turn me totally blonde, even though my hair is naturally very dark brown. More importantly, the packet promised that the colour would wash out in a week. I’d have beautiful bright hair on the school trip and be back to my natural colour by the time we got on the plane and came home again. Mum would never know! (As long as I wore a hat in all the photos.)

The trouble with this plan was that it meant I needed to do the deed as soon as we landed, or it wouldn’t wash out in time. And as soon as we landed, we went straight to a giant swimming complex. This wasn’t a standard leisure centre with a training pool, a squash court and a broken vending machine. This was a spectacular aquatic arena! There were slide pools, plunge pools, hot pools, outdoor pools! And a single communal shower area for misguided English idiots to stand about with blue gunk on their hair, awaiting transformation.

I read the back of the packet after I’d put it on my hair – always a bad idea – and I learned that I needed to wait for 20 minutes. I had no way of telling how long 20 minutes lasted, but I’d guess that it’s the time it takes for nine grumpy German women to ask you just what you think you’re doing and why it’s taking so long. At least I left the shower with glorious golden tresses, feeling like an old timey Hollywood movie star. Ha! Not really! The dye did not change a single strand of hair. In fact, it seemed slightly more dark brown than before.

It was time to try something different. I’d been hearing about a new product called hair mascara – and at the very end of the 90s, “mascara for your hair” sounded as thrilling and unlikely as “a tiny computer for your pocket that lets you talk to anyone in the world”. We were a few years away from the iPhone so me and my friends spent our spare time painting streaks of colour into our fringe instead.

But the trouble with hair mascara was that in order to get the total transformation I wanted, I’d need at least ten tubes – and this wasn’t an option when the L’Oreal one was £8.99. Then our local market started selling it for a pound a tube, and my little sisters ruined a sofa with it, and hair mascara was banned from the house.

Then came a disastrous relationship with Sun-In, a product that promised to give me “holiday hair” by doing a summer sunshine’s worth of work on my roots in half an hour, with a hairdryer. It turned my hair a curious shade of copper, which didn’t suit me and wasn’t what I was going for, but I looked different enough to decide the experiment had been a success – even though all that heat and bleach meant my hair felt a bit like a scratchy army blanket, or cheap loo roll.

Finally, a part time job and an advert for hair models in the local Toni & Guy meant I could have what I always wanted – proper highlights, for 20 quid – and for the next few years I let the professionals take over. Then I discovered hair chalk. Like a dry poster paint for your hair, you seal it with hairspray and it can be brushed out when you get bored! I could have a different colour for every day of the week! Sometimes, I do!

You’re never too old for pink hair, and hair dye exists because we’re allowed to change our looks as often as we change our minds. I wish I’d been a bit bolder, braver and more experimental with my hair when I was in my teens, but I’m glad that I’m making up for lost time now.

Picking a dramatic new hair colour takes confidence, and as we become more sure of ourselves, we become better at trying things that are brand new. Sometimes we have to take risks to work out what we want, and we might make mistakes. But we’re allowed to make mistakes with our hair in the name of creativity. It grows.

My home hair dye heroes…

Lilac hair chalk, £2.99, Superdrug

This pretty pastel shade will make you feel as though you’re starring in a Katy Perry video, and it’s only three quid!

Bleach London Big Pink hair crayon, £4, Boots

If you loved the colouring book craze, you’ll love experimenting with a crayon for your hair.

Stargazer UV hair mascara, £3, Amazon

They still make this! It transforms hair of any colour, and it washes out straight away, so your Mum probably won’t mind.

L’oreal Colorista Semi-Permanent Colour, £6.99, Superdrug

It comes in a full range of unicorn colours, and has a hair masque base to keep your locks nourished.Aussie 3 Minute Miracle, 99p, Superdrug

If you’re colouring your hair, you need to raise your conditioning game. This is easy to apply, fast acting and smells fruity and fabulous

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Nothing beats that feeling of having freshly chopped hair. And the relief of getting your highlights sorted is sweeter than a grab bag of Skittles. The way it swishes when you turn your head, the glisten of the golden hues in your obligatory Insta upload – it’s hair heaven. I even came out of the hairdresser with a mullet one time and still felt like a million dollars – looking back, I was obviously in denial about how much I looked like my uncle in the 80s.

But you work hard looking at hair mood boards and you probably have to sacrifice a new pair of jeans to get to this point of follicle bliss. The spectacular result of a trip to the hairdresser is not without its journey of anticipation, anxiety and awkwardness.

The internal conversation you have with yourself throughout an appointment probably sounds something like this:

1. Appointment booked – I’m going to get something radical this time. Maybe I’ll do a Cara and shave it all off?

2. On second thoughts, my chubby cheeks and round face mean that people will think I have an actual jumbo-sized pea for a head.

3. Ooo, maybe I’ll stay the same length but get an obscenely bright colour all over? Yeaaah!

4. Actually, I’ll stick to the usual. Don’t fix what’s not broken and all that.

5. IT’S NEW HAIR DAY. YAY.

6. I’m sat in reception with a nervous twitch because the copious hair photos in this magazine I’m flicking through are giving me a headache and I just don’t trust my judgement anymore.

7. I’m going to look EXACTLY like Gigi with her highlights in the photo I showed him.

8. Wow, that’s a lot of bleach. Looks like I’m in this for the long haul.

9. Hmmm, I really want to drink my tea but he’s told me not to move my head. Is this some sort of test?

10. Should I start a conversation with him or just pretend to continue reading this magazine?

11. I literally asked him one question just to be polite and now he won’t shut up. I was getting really into this article on best dogs of Instagram too.

12. What?! He’s only done half of my head?! Maybe if he didn’t rabbit on so much…

13. I wonder if he’d notice me taking a nap. I mean, he can’t see my eyes underneath all these foils.

14. Finally, he’s finished part one. Why does my head look like a foil wrapped turkey?

15. Ah I can at last drink my tea. Oh. Wait. It’s now an iced tea. Bleugh.

16. I’ve been waiting for half an hour for the dye to develop, too afraid to navigate my way to the loo with this spacecraft on my head.

17. MY HEAD IS SO ITCHY.

18. He’s coming back! Finally! Must act like I haven’t been counting down the hours, minutes, seconds.

19. Why did I tell him the water temperature’s fine when it’s nearly as icy as that tea?!

20. Should I close my eyes while he’s washing my hair?! Is that weird? Will I fall asleep?

21. Mmm, this feels gooooood. Like angels massaging my head. It’s possibly the only time I’ve felt relaxed all morning.

22. Huh? Where am I? Oh dear, I actually nodded off for a moment.

23. OMG MY HAIR LOOKS ORANGE. IT BETTER LOOK LESS LIKE A SATSUMA ONCE IT’S DRIED.

24. Why can I see a mountain of hair falling on the floor when I only asked for an inch to be cut off?’

25. Hold back the tears. Hold back the tears. Hold back the tears.

26. Okay, I’m going to have to put a brave face on and pretend to love it.

27. It feels a bit weird sitting and meeting my own eyes in the mirror for this long. I’ve taken some of my best selfies in less time.

28. Oh hang on, if I squint enough, I do kinda see Gigi looking back at me in the mirror.

29. OMG I AM A GODDESS. I cannot believe I ever doubted this genius hair slayer.

30. Yee-hah for not having to lie to his face about loving it!

31. Yes yes, thank you very much, I’m actually in a rush to get home and find the perfect lighting for my Snapchat update if you don’t mind?!’

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Hey, it’s better to give it a break anyway… probably

1. Oh god it is too early for any human to be awake. Why did Yesterday Me think Today Me would want to get up at this time and wash her hair? Was she deluded?

2. Let’s assess the damage. Maybe this is the point where it supposedly starts conditioning itself? Maybe it’ll look magically fresh and elegantly dishevelled and I can go back to sleep!

3. Please let it look magically fresh and elegantly dishevelled.

4. Oh.

5. How can pillows cause so much chaos when they are so soft and lovely? Did I accidentally sleep in a hedge without realising?

6. No. No, I’d have scratches from the… twigs.

7. It’s fiiine, it’s just a little bit rumpled. Those kinks will probably drop right out.

8. Who am I kidding, my roots look like a mountain range. I could have tiny groups of people doing their Duke of Edinburgh Award on my head.

9. But there is one simple, easy solution! WET IT DOWN.

10. WET

11. IT

12. DOWN.

13. There we go, all wetted. I look great. I look slick. I look like Chrissy Teigen crossed with Lucius Malfoy. Although of course I can’t go back to bed now because my head is wet and the pillow will make it worse, so nice one genius.

14. It’s fine, I’ll wait for it to dry while making a nutritious breakfast and catching up on current affairs.

15. JK, I’m going to scroll through Instagram with one eye open for the exact length of time it would have taken to wash my hair anyway.

16. Ok it still looks wet. Is it still wet… or just greasy? Please let it be wet.

17. Nup. Grease.

18. Brilliant. Brilliant. And now I don’t have time to wash it anyway, so I guess this is the hair we’re going with today. Brilliant.

19. Thank god for dry shampoo though. How did anyone cope in the days when shampoo only came wet?

20. Hats. That was what hats were for.

21. Right, just a modest spritz and my head will be fresh as a daisy again. Just a leeeetle bit.

22. And a leeetle bit more…

23. …and a leetle bit mo- oh right, too much and now I look like the ghost of Christmas past. I am Moaning Myrtle. I am Mary Berry’s Victoria sponge cake.

24. Although a Victoria sponge cake probably involves less grease, tbh.

25. Brush it through! It’s fiiiiine, just massage it in with your fingers like they tell you to on the can, then brush it out. Keep brushing. And a bit more.

26. And a bit more.

27. Maybe if I wet it down again?

28. NO.

29. Right, roots looking better. Still a bit dusty. But that’s ok, that’s just… vintage-inspired. ‘Heritage’, they’d probably call it in Vogue. I have heritage hair. I am very on-trend. I will be like one of those aristocratic models who is too cool and posh and bohemian to be clean.

30. It’s better for your hair not to wash it anyway! Everyone knows that. Unless that’s one of those lies people tell themselves, like ‘actually fruit is worse for you than a burger’. 

31. Now I must tackle the weird twisty bits and flat bits. I could do this the sensible and careful way, by using a suitable protector spray and easing them out with my hairdryer on a moderate heat. Or I could do them the lazy way, by battering them with my hair straighteners until they behave.

32. My poor hair. I am terrible to my hair. I wouldn’t blame it if one day it just got up and left me.

33. *whisper* Please don’t leave me, hair.

34. Is that… toast? Is someone making me toast?

35. Nope, that is my hair burning. That’s the delicious waft of baked human proteins, that is. Blech.

36. Should I just sack it all off and put it up? A messy bun, that’ll solve everything! Praise be to the messy bun! I should have done this right from the beginning.

37. Well, it’s definitely messy. I have ticked that box. But it’s not exactly messy the way that messy buns are on Pinterest, is it? It’s less like lovely voluminous #croissanthair and more like a kind of… partially digested teacake.

39. May as well whack a bit of serum on, see if that’ll help. And some salt spray. And a tiny bit more dry shampoo.

40.

41. Hats. This is what hats are for.

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We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but summer is over guys. So long sunshine (there was some sunshine, wasn’t there?), farewell freedom, goodbye girly sleepovers, park picnics and lots of hanging out with friends outside!

But don’t despair. To celebrate the back-to-school season, we’ve collected together some of our favourite simple and fuss-free beauty hacks and tutorials for returning to the classroom and into autumn.

Pssst… Remember if you’re not meant to be wearing makeup at school you should just pick one or two staple products rather than following a full tutorial. We like tinted lip balm paired with BB cream, or a clear mascara and lip gloss.

For a super minimal makeup look: Kaushal’s ‘no makeup’ makeup tutorial

When you’re trying to better understand what makeup looks suit you, it can be really tempting to go overboard with the liner, the contouring and the glitter.

But most beauty experts agree that perfecting a ‘no makeup’ makeup look is the best place to start. That’s because it can be your go-to look when you’re pushed for time, don’t have much energy or if you go to a school that doesn’t allow much makeup in the classroom.

There are so many ‘no makeup’ looks to choose from online, but this one from YouTuber Kaushal of Kaushal Beauty is a good starting tutorial because it looks natural and uses minimal products.

The basics are: SPF, concealer, a brow product, mascara, blusher, bronzer and lip gloss, but she explains in the video that you should switch out any products she uses that you don’t have (or can’t afford) for ones that you do.

We also recommend skipping any steps that don’t suit you and focusing on the products that make you feel good, especially if there’s a strict NO MAKEUP rule at your school – opt for none or just one instead.

Beauty hack #1

Don’t wait until your hair is really oily and you have no time before school to apply dry shampoo. Instead, spray it on the night BEFORE. That’s right, rolling around in bed will help work the powder in and you’ll wake up with voluminous hair that looks cleaner and fresher.

For a simple and polished bronzed look: Tanya Burr’s everyday makeup tutorial

Tanya is one of our favourite beauty YouTubers because her videos are easy-to-follow, she’s really friendly and she often makes tutorials featuring affordable products, like this one with plenty of Rimmel, Maybelline and Collection 2000 makeup.

She creates a minimal back-to-school look with foundation, brow product, neutral eyeshadow colours and a bit of eyeliner and mascara. You can pick ‘n’ mix which of Tanya’s steps you take on board for your new school look, we’d recommend skipping the eyeliner and bronzer if you don’t have much time or prefer the minimal look.

Beauty hack #2

If you want longer, fuller lashes take a little cotton bud and put some baby powder on it. Then apply a coating of mascara, but before you apply another, put some of that baby powder on your lashes. It’ll cause build up and create the illusion of false lashes. Flutter away!

For a rusty and seasonal September makeover: Zoella’s autumnal makeup tutorial

This video may be a few years old, but it doesn’t make it any less autumnal and beautiful. YouTube favourite Zoella talks us through her favourite rusty look to match the falling leaves with brown shadows, full matte coverage and lashings of mascara. So if you’re allowed to go wild with your makeup at school or college, then consider matching it to the upcoming season.

Beauty hack #3

If you use eyelash curlers, pop the curler in your bra for a few minutes to warm it up – your lashes will stay curlier for longer. In fact, put anything you need warming up in your bra! Like an eyeliner pencil or a mascara that feels a bit old and dry.

The products you need in your school bag survival kit:

Tinted Lip Balm

Tinted lip balms are the perfect, non-committal way to play with colour while also conditioning your lips and keeping your look school-friendly. We love the Burt’s Bees range from Superdrug with balms that are infused with moisturising shea butter and botanical waxes. Try the deep pink Hibiscus shade, or the sugary sweet Pink Blossom. (Both are available from Superdrug for £5.99.)

Hairbands

Whether you’re about to head into P.E. or a particularly difficult maths test, you’ll want to get your hair out of the way and focus on what’s important. Pick hairbands that don’t have metal bits on them, which tend to damage your hair and cause breakage.

There are plenty of simple types you can pick up any supermarket, but we love Invisibobbles. These invisible bobbles look like kind of like telephone wires, but their great designs means they don’t leave an annoying line in your hair when you take your ponytail down. (Available from Boots for £4.95.)

Dry Shampoo

To say dry shampoo is life-changing isn’t even an exaggeration for lots of us. Gone are the days of having to wash our hair every other day, now a quick spray of dry shampoo can keep your hair looking (and not to mention smelling) fresh even two, three or maybe even four days after it’s been washed. Grab a small, travel-sized version of Batiste dry shampoo and throw it in your school bag. (Available from Boots for £2.99.)

BB Cream

BB cream stands for ‘beauty balm’ or ‘blemish balm’. There are lots of different types, but it’s essentially a tinted moisturiser with lots of skin benefits. Some are for moisturising, others are for mattifying, but the best thing about them is they often provide light coverage – perfect for school and those who don’t like the cakey feel of makeup. You need to find the BB cream that’s right for you, but we love the Rimmel Match Perfection BB Cream. (Available from Boots for £6.99.)

Clear Nail Polish

If you’re not meant to be wearing makeup to school, nail polish is a dead giveaway – especially the neon, sparkling kind! So to protect your nails at school and keep them looking shiny, you need to find a good, clear polish. Luckily Rimmel has the Nail Nurse polish, which is a really popular clear nail polish created to strengthen your nails (Available from Boots for £4.49.)

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It’s August 2004 and tears are threatening to spill over my bottom eyelashes as I stare back at my reflection in the hairdresser’s mirror. There are chunks of black hair all over me and I daren’t look at what’s on the floor. My palms are clammy and I feel weak as the hairdresser gives my hair a final brush then unhooks me from my gown. I daren’t meet my twin sister’s eyes. Her long, glossy black mane (so like Princess Jasmine’s) now seems like a cruel reminder of my former glory.

It’s hard not to draw comparisons to Jacqueline Wilson’s Double Act where twin Ruby cuts off her hair to look poles apart from Garnet. But, in my life, there was no major twin fight, no break up with a summer love or even a friendship break up. Instead, I had spent most of the summer fantasising about sashaying through the school gates looking a million times more grown up. The hot trends – yeti boots, circle belts and Baby G watches – were not going to cut it this term. I needed real change.

Then…suddenly…BAM. Flicking through a copy of Sugar magazine, I noticed a model with a black bob and pink highlights. This would be it. MY MOMENT. This would be my America’s (or let’s face it, Camden’s) Next Top Model makeover. After all, I had gone on holiday with my best mate’s family and had recently turned the big ONE-THREE so surely my new bob would prove I was officially a grown up.

But now, post-chop, school’s first day was inching closer while I was itching for my hair to miraculously grow back. I promised the Hair Gods that I would nevereverever touch my mane again and stop using that TGI hairspray every morning if only a few inches could grow back. I spent each morning checking with my pound shop ruler, dreading entering the school gates, imaging everyone’s pointed stares. I was known for the long, shiny black hair down to my back. As an identical twin with long black hair too, it was not just my marker, but ours.

During those last few weeks of summer, it felt like I had to learn who I was again. Mirrors became THE ENEMY as I no longer recognised the girl in front of me. I had massive tantrums as I realised that none of my clothes seemed to match my awkward bob, each time swearing at the evil page of Sugar magazine. But the girl with the bob kept winking back.

Looking back though, my bob forced me to confront my fears now that I was no longer hiding underneath a mop of black hair. I inherited a newfound confidence – after all, surely I could face nothing worse as a just-turned teen. As I realised I was visible in public, I threw myself into after-school activities from gym classes to being part of the Greek chorus in the school play. I no longer cared if my bum jiggled too much in front of the dance class mirrors or if I had to sing in public. I even became a regular member of the Pink Police for the school’s charity fundraising team, ‘arresting’ anyone who wasn’t wearing pink on Pink Day and asking the girls in higher forms to cough up some pounds and pennies – all the things that the former me would have been too scared to try.

This new-found confidence led me to talk to people I normally wouldn’t have bothered with. At dance class, I met Imogen, who would later become my best friend. I met a few other pals from theatre club too who, twelve years later, are still part of my solid friendship group.

Having my hair chopped off helped me mature into the bolshy teenager and adult who was able to cope with any type of change. I learnt to be brave about fashion choices and meeting new people but it also allowed me to think openly about new experiences – even if they initially scared me. I even ended up living in Miami for five months!

When I finally hit the growing-out stage of my awkward bob, I didn’t use it as an excuse to retreat back into the background. While I never did take a trip back to the same hairdresser for another chop, I was still dancing at gym class and fundraising for charity.

And whenever adult me is scared of something, I try to think about how it felt that day in the hairdresser’s chair – and how it ended up being the making of me. I guess I have my awkward bob to thank.

@layla_haidrani

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There was a time long, long ago when Instagram was full of boring static photos with rubbish borders and grainy quality. But fast-forward to 2017 and Instagram supports video, galleries and great-looking photos to boot (as well as stories and stickers and all kinds of other great things we don’t have time to talk about right now).

What that means is if you’re an aspiring photographer, a blogger or any other kind of wannabe creative type, Instagram is the best place ever to show off your work.

But it’s also great news for the beauty industry. From brands showing off their products and giving you how-tos about the best ways to use them, through to beauty bloggers and make-up artists using Instagram to share their creations and make great tutorials.

To celebrate what Instagram has done for beauty, we’ve collected together some of our favourite beauty Instagram accounts to follow. If you’re looking for long and detailed how-tos and reviews, head to YouTube, but if you like quick video tutorials and handy beauty tips delivered straight to your Insta-feed look no further.

The best for all things make-up: Charlotte Tilbury (@ctilburymakeup)

Charlotte Tilbury is one of the most famous makeup artists on the planet and counts celebs like Cara Delevingne and Sienna Miller as her superstar clients – as well as so many others, we’ve lost count.

Although Charlotte shares all kinds of stuff to Instagram, like photos of her favourite products and snaps of her star-studded lifestyle, she also likes to show us how she’s creating some of her most iconic looks.

She rarely shows you tutorials from beginning to end with voiceovers on Instagram (you’ll have to head to her YouTube channel for that), but she does share handy snippets, like applying lipstick with ease or creating a perfect metallic eye look.

The best for quick and easy hair tutorials: Kirstin Ess (@kristin_ess)

Double Pony Crisscross Thingy. ✨(starring: @janellehansen 👵🏻. with special guest: my hands 👋🏼)

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Kristin Ess is a big deal in the world of hair, she’s got a huge following on Instagram, styles the hair of celebs and has a few of her own businesses, including her own hair product line.

So it’s no surprise her Instagram is packed full of photos of her hair creations that’ll make you swoon. But what she does really well that few others do is dead simple, but really awesome, hair tutorials.

Each one is easy enough to do at home, comes with a title screen, so you know what you’re looking at before you click, and the steps make it impossible to mess up – even for complete hair styling beginners.

The best for those who love the Naked eye palette: Urban Decay (@urbandecaycosmetics)

@facebeatbyen showin' Naked Smoky some 🖤 #UrbanDecay

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If you love make-up, you know that Urban Decay’s Naked eye palettes are the holy grail of eyeshadows. They might be pricey, but they’ve got such a good rep because they’re highly pigmented, silky smooth and come in the most delicious colours.

So where best to find great Naked eye palette tutorials then heading straight to the Urban Decay Instagram account! Here you’ll find how-to videos, inspiration and photos of the brand’s best-selling products. The best bit is that Urban Decay often features other beauty Instagrammers and YouTubers who use their products, which means it’s a great way to discover new looks and new faces to follow.

The best for arty photos and simple make-up looks: Violette (@violette_fr)

Make-up artist Violette isn’t just inspiring because she’s a really talented beauty influencer, she’s also got a dream job, she’s the Global Beauty Director at Estee Lauder. Wow, talk about career goals!

We love Violette’s Instagram feed because it’s really beautiful. She has such a great eye for arty shots and good design, and also puts up make-up tutorials every few weeks, which tend to focus on how to use one product really well – or in a totally unexpected way.

The best for make-up inspiration: Beauty is Boring (@beautyisboring_)

It can be really difficult to find make-up inspiration online you can actually copy yourself that isn’t really OTT or hard to get your head around. That’s why we love Beauty is Boring. It’s jam-packed full of on-trend looks, from the simple to the bold. But it’s great because they’re all easy to replicate and presented on plain white backgrounds so you can focus on what’s important – the make-up.

We love it when the Beauty is Boring account shares a tutorial because they’re speeded up yet simple, like the one above, which shows you how to get to grips with the basics of contouring.

The best for dramatic make-up looks: Nikkie Tutorials (@nikkietutorials)

If you like your make-up to look bright, bold and suuuper glittery, then you’re going to love Nikkie. She posts lots of tutorials on Instagram, which teach you how to recreate her amazing looks.

The best bit is her videos are pretty detailed yet easy to follow because she shares all of the products (with handy links) in the caption. So you don’t need to watch it five times just to catch a glimpse of what she’s using!

The best for those serious about their make-up collection: Mac (@maccosmetics)

Mac is one of the top make-up brands in the world and lots of those working in the beauty business swear by it. So you really need to follow this Instagram account if you’re not already, it’s packed full of top trends as well as easy looks you can create at home.

The downside? You’ll want all of the Mac products in your make-up bag. But remember, although Mac products are great you can just use the Instagram account to find inspiration then head on over to Boots or Superdrug and find cheaper alternatives that look similar, but won’t cost you a bomb.

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There’s a joke that does the rounds every now and then about “gingerism” being the last acceptable form of prejudice. It’s one of my favourite ginger jokes (and I’ve heard them all, many times) – because for once, it’s actually true.

I, like about 10% of people in the UK, have ginger hair. Not fake neon red hair; just plain ginger. I was born with a fair amount of it sticking straight up like an orange loo brush, and it just kept growing like that – although thankfully gravity kicked in and it eventually started growing down, rather than up. I love it now. But life as a ginger wasn’t always easy.

School was by turns annoying and upsetting. There was only one other ginger girl in my class, and for five solid years, all our teachers mistook us for each other on a daily basis. Apparently our only defining feature was the fact that we had red hair. Never mind the fact that we were totally different people with totally different faces, interests, and lives – we were ginger, and that made us interchangeable. I learned early on to respond to both her name and my own, and gave up trying to correct them. It just wasn’t worth the hassle.

After all, the teachers weren’t deliberately mocking us. At least, I assume they weren’t, although I wouldn’t put it past some of them. The deliberate, and often cruel, mocking came mostly from the boys’ school next door, whose pupils would take great pleasure in yelling insults and ginger jokes through the chain-mail fence that separated our two schools.

My own brother – a pupil at the school next door – really got in on the teasing. For years, he thought he’d been lucky and dodged the ginger gene that clearly ran in our family. His hair was thick and brown, and he really, really took advantage of that fact. But then puberty hit, and he grew what can only really be described as an electric ginger beard, and promptly shut up. I, meanwhile, am still laughing.

Unfortunately I couldn’t rely on everyone who ever teased me growing a ginger beard, so I had to find other ways to cope. And one of the most effective I found was to go in for some self-mockery.

If I cracked the ginger jokes about myself before anyone else had a chance to do it, then my would-be tormentors lost interest pretty quickly. After all, what was the point in mocking someone who was already in on the joke? That wasn’t going to have any impact. It’s the same logic that Fat Amy uses in Pitch Perfect, and I’m here to tell you that it works in the real world as well as in films about acapella singing troupes.

But when I wanted a more dramatic solution, 13 year old me decided that there was only one thing that I could do and that was to dye my hair and get rid of the entire problem. Unfortunately, I immediately found myself dealing with another problem – the lovely shade of brown I’d picked turned a strangely murky browny-green on my hair, and my friend’s application wasn’t that great, meaning there were still patches of ginger shining through. Then it started to grow out and I had a lovely stripe of bright orange root right down the middle of my head.

I wasn’t put off, though. I’d found a solution, and I was going to stick with it. I just needed to get better at applying hair dye, and then no-one would ever tease me again. And so, over the next few years, my hair was every colour I could think of. Bright blonde. Black. Auburn. Bright red. Purple. A strange yellow colour that was meant to be “golden blonde” but didn’t quite work. Basically, if it was anything other than ginger, I went for it.

But, strangely, I wasn’t out to totally deny that I was ginger. Whenever I met someone new and they asked what my natural colour was, I always told them that it was “BRIGHT GINGER” – just to hear them tell me that it couldn’t possibly be that bad.

I used to boast that I hadn’t seen my natural hair colour since I was 13, but at age 27 I finally decided to give in and see what it actually looked like. I’d love to claim that it was due to some new-found self-confidence, but really it was because I’d dyed my hair so much that it was starting to snap off, and I was more scared of ending up bald than ending up ginger.

And that’s how I discovered that all the people who told me my hair couldn’t be that bad were actually right. In fact, it’s not just “not bad” – it’s pretty nice. My natural hair is far more distinctive than any of my out-of-a-bottle colours ever were. It looks absolutely brilliant when teamed with green clothing. Or blue clothing. Or any clothing I want to team it with, really, because who cares about the “rules” of what redheads are and aren’t supposed to wear?

So, instead of hiding my hair behind layers of dye, I’ve decided to be ginger and proud. After all, if Emma Stone can do it, why can’t I? Sure, I still hear the ginger jokes, but I don’t let them get to me anymore. I know they’re not actually based on anything other than ginger hair apparently making you an easy target, and that if I don’t pay attention to the jokes people will stop making them.  So now my ginger hair and I shine like a lovely orange beacon, and my hairdresser has stopped telling me off for destroying my hair for no real reason.

It just took me a really long time, and an awful lot of L’Oreal Feria to realise that the hair colour that suits me best is the one I was born with.

@JackiBadger

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It is a little-known fact that along with periods, boobs, body hair and mood swings, an important part of puberty is thinking “I might get a fringe.”

One day you’ll be fine with your hairstyle; it’s healthy, it looks ok, it behaves when you straighten it OR curl it (you lucky thing, you) – but then… suddenly… BAM. “I MIGHT GET A FRINGE.”

And that’s great! Change is good! Fringes are nice! But with a fringe comes great responsibility. Some people get hamsters to learn about being a responsible human being; other people get a fringe. And I, personally, would argue that looking after a fringe is way more complicated and stressful and educational than looking after a hamster.

The difference between looking after a hamster and looking after a fringe is that you can’t grow out a hamster, more’s the pity. You can, however, grow out a fringe.

Said to the hairdresser that you loved it but really wanted to punch the mirror in the face? No problem. Can’t deal with it growing so fast and blinding you? No problem. Spend your evenings scraping it back with an old alice band you found in the back of your wardrobe so you can slather your forehead with various creams and gels to kill all the spots your greasy fringe has given you as a present? No problem. Grow it out! It’s like your fringe never existed. Easy. Right?

I had a fringe once.  Multiple times, actually. Sadly, there is currently no cure for the condition of forgetting how much you hated your fringe and getting one cut in again and again and again.

When I finally hit the growing-out stage of my first fringe saga, at 13 years old, I had to experience the trauma of trying out different ways to tame it as I killed it off. I scraped it back, half-heartedly turned it into a side fringe (with lots of hairspray), and even tried having a middle parting to turn my fringe into curtains. Middle partings were super uncool in those days, but my choices were limited.

I stuck to the side fringe, but some bits were flyaway and awkward, and one evening I finally snapped. I grabbed the nail scissors from my mum’s wardrobe and took a deep breath.

Snip… snip… *stare*… snip… snipsnipsnip. There! Gone. That’s better. I fluffed my hair about until the slight bald patch I’d now created had been covered. It was only a small round bit in the middle of my hairline in the middle of my forehead. No problem!

Except. You know when you grow grass? Or cress, in primary school? You plant the little seeds and then the grass grows slowly and is fluffy and quite cute? Well, can you now imagine that in the middle of your head, please? Yes, smack bang in the middle. A 10p’s worth of sticky-up, fresh, fluffy grass.

THAT WAS MY HEAD.

BECAUSE, LITTLE LOUISE, HAIR GROWS BACK. YOU FOOL.

It was a nightmare. I slowly began my transformation into one of those troll dolls from the 90s, and there was nothing I could do about it. Because, as I preached just a few paragraphs ago, you’ve just gotta grow it out.

At first it wasn’t too bad. I could shift my hair about and cover it up, just as I did with the bald patch in the first place.

“Louise, you’ve moved your parting right over.”

“Yes. Yes I have. I now have a severe side parting.”

“It’s a bit extreme, most of your hair is now over your fa-“

“GOD, MUM, JUST LET ME LIVE.”

When that was no longer of any use, when the hair-grass started growing further and further upwards with horrendous pride and confidence, I had to take drastic measures.

I pulled. And pulled. And yanked on my little troll fringe as hard as I could, and slapped it backwards in place with a clip. Not a subtle hairgrip, but a MASSIVE PROPER CLIP. It may as well have had a sign saying, “LOOK AT ME, THE INFAMOUS TROLL FRINGE,” complete with a musical fanfare.

I wish there was a good ending to this story. I wish I found a secret trick or a silver lining to cutting a chunk of your hair out. Alas, no. All I have is a simple lesson. Ahem: DON’T CUT YOUR OWN FRINGE. EVER. IN EVER OF ALL EVERS EVER.

The troll fringe grew out, of course. I worked that fanfare clip with all the dignity I had left. Eventually the clip worked its way back along my head and the troll fringe evolved into a troll quiff.

So yes, sometimes in life you do silly things, and sometimes you are full of regret… but all of those times come with lessons and (hair) growth. And that’s never, ever a bad thing.

@louisejonesetc

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From frizzy fanny fuzz to fabulous tumbling tresses, us girls sure are hairy creatures once it starts growing. Fact. And whether you like to trim your bush, whip off your pit hair, or let it all grow long and free – you’ve got to admit that body hair is kinda cool.

But how much do you actually know about the sometimes fluffy, sometimes wiry, sometimes soft and shiny stuff that sprouts and covers our bods?

Let’s find out!

What kinda body hair *usually* comes first during puberty?

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How long do you reckon the hairs on your head can live for?

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Every day, we shed body hairs *everywhere* (ew), but how many?

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Pubic hair is a special kind of hair that’s officially called...

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Body hair stands on end because…

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So, what’s the *real* reason we have pubes?

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A follicle is the sac from which a hair grows, but do you know which girls have the most hair follicles?

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Hair doesn’t grow *everywhere* you know. What part of the body CAN’T you sprout from?

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Which of these ISN’T an actual way of removing body hair?

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Armpit hair, pubes and your mane are the same colour…

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What’s a merkin?

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Hair is mostly made from keratin. Yikes, that's the same tough material as animal horns, hooves and claws…

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