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    How To Do Your Own Hair

    Despite having a job where I am meant to be presentable in public, I am wholly unskilled in the arena of doing my hair and makeup. I work with a fantastic hairdresser here in London, George Northwood (who also does hair for people like Alexa Chung and Rosie Huntington-Whitely), who offered to demonstrate how DIY hair is not as tricky as we think.

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    The Blow Dry

    Hella has shoulder-length curly hair and today George Northwood shows us how to do the perfectly fuss-free blow out.

    As he puts it, he isn’t going for a 90’s style “poker-straight” look, but rather a more manageable and natural one. Watch the video and read the step-by-step instructions below to learn how you can get the same hairstyle at home.

    A step-by-step guide for a DIY blow dry:

    Each step is listed with the professional tools and products that George used underneath.

    Step 1

    Wash hair and leave wet. To prep, George sprays Hella's hair with a detangling spray and combs through.

    Rahua Voluminous Shampoo, Conditioner and Neil George Detangling Spray

    Step 2

    Now, George puts about a golf ball sized amount of volumizing mousse in his hand and combs through the hair, focusing on the roots, heading to the crown. For the ends, George combs a bit of straightening serum into her hair, to get rid of frizz.

    Frederic Fekkai Full Blown Volume Styling Mousse and Mixed Chicks Straightening Serum

    Step 3

    Using a Rake Comb, George separates the front hairline section from the rest of Hella's hair and combs it flat onto her face.

    Mason Pearson combs

    Step 4

    George turns the blowdryer on at a high heat and gives the hair a loose blow dry lifting at the roots for body. Blow dry the front section, parted separately flat onto the face. Keep drying until 80 to 90 percent dry.

    On the shoot, George used the Thairapy 365 ThairaDry Infrared Blow Dryer

    Step 5

    Choose a side and start by pinning the top layers of your hair on top of your head, so you can straighten the bottom layer upwards.

    Step 6

    George uses a round brush and measures a section of your hair that’s about as wide as the bristled section of the brush. Place the brush under that section of hair, close to the roots and coil the hair around the bristles.

    Philip B’s Medium Round Brush

    Step 7

    Turn the dryer on and give a quick puff to the roots from underneath. Now, holding the dryer’s nozzle right on the brush, move the dryer and brush together from roots until you reach the tips. When you reach the ends curl the brush giving them extra attention by going over them more than once, removing frizz and curling them slightly under.

    Step 8

    Use the same principle to straighten the hair at the back of the head, but when styling yourself, pull the brush and dryer toward the front, as it’s hard to reach otherwise.

    Keep releasing more hair from the top and straightening. Now dry the other side, pinning the excess hair to the opposite side of your head.

    Step 9

    When you’re left with just the hair on the top of your head to straighten, start by straightening the front section out toward the mirror in front of you. The very front section should be flat to the forehead to smooth out any growth patterns around the hairline. Next, with the very front section, flatten the two sides over the temple areas. You might want to use a hair iron to get the frizzy areas around the temples.

    Thairapy’s Wet or Dry Iron

    Step 10

    Section by section, add more hair from the center of your head and pull forward toward the mirror. It should all go down in one direction with no indication of where it will be parted.

    Step 11

    George smoothes a few drops of hair oil on the hair, especially on the tips, for shine, moisture and to get rid of frizz.

    Rodin by Recine Hair oil

    Step 12

    When finally through with straightening all the hair, for added volume and movement, give it a quick loose blow dry all over.

    Use your fingers to place the hair where you want it and in the desired parting.

    Hella has natural and yet very put-together straight hair for the day or a night out.

    For a quick, updated ponytail:

    Step 1

    George takes a few sections at the crown of Hella's hair and back combs using a small detangling comb to create volume at the back.

    Step 2

    Comb a section right over the crown to hide the back-combed hair.

    Step 3

    Now make a low ponytail. Coil a small section of hair from the ponytail around the ponytail elastic and tuck it in.

    These are the products that George used to achieve the perfect blow dry:

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    Curls

    Catherine has short and naturally curly hair that she lets air dry daily. She likes to keep it low maintenance, so George gives her curls a very easy, manageable update, lending structure with a curling wand. Watch the video and read the step-by-step instructions below to learn how you can get the same hairstyle at home:

    A step-by-step guide you can use to tame your curls at home:

    Each step is listed with the professional tools and products that George used underneath.

    Step 1

    Wash hair and let it dry naturally.

    Frederic Fekkai’s Luscious Curls Shampoo & Conditioner

    Step 2

    Because he's styling hair that's already dry, he prepares Catherine's hair with heat protecting spray. This will protect hair against the heat of the curling iron.

    Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Heat Protecting Spray

    Step 3

    Turn the curling iron on and keep at a high heat – 450 °F. For very curly hair like Catherine’s, use the thinner end of the curling iron. Take a small section and coil it around the end of the iron. Hold for a couple of seconds and then pull the curl out gently, and place.

    T3 SinglePass Whirl Curling Wand

    Step 4

    Focusing on the front and on the curls on top, keep going, keeping in mind the shape you’re aiming for.

    Step 5

    When close to done, George squeezes a few drops of hair oil in his hand and massages it gently into the hair to smooth the curls and get rid of frizz.

    Rodin by Recine hair oil

    A curling wand will perfect curls in no time as you can see on Catherine.

    These are the products that George used for Catherine’s hair:

    Goop readers get a 15% discount at purchase on b-glowing.com through June 23nd by entering goophair at purchase. Please note that this discount excludes certain brands such as Rodin.

    Beachy Waves

    Amber has long, straight hair with some waves, so for her, George went for tousled, beach waves. Watch the video and read the step-by-step instructions below to learn how you can get the same hairstyle at home:

    A step-by-step guide to getting these beachy waves at home:

    Each step is listed with the professional tools and products that George used underneath.

    Step 1

    Amber lets her hair dry naturally, with any natural wave or movement.

    Step 2

    George prepares her hair with a heat protecting spray.

    Oscar Blandi’s Heat Protecting Spray

    Step 3

    Turn on your curling iron and make sure it’s on a high heat. To get big, loose beachy curls, use the thicker part of the curling iron to coil your hair around. Take a random section of hair which requires a wave about an inch wide and coil it around the iron.

    T3 SinglePass Curling Wand

    Step 4

    Hold for a few seconds and then pull the hair gently off the curling iron.

    Keep going, until you’ve gotten all the hair that’s visible in the front curled. You can leave some of the hair that rests at the back of your head as you don’t want a full head of curls, and this gives it a more laid back feel.

    Step 5

    George finishes off with hairspray, spraying all around from a few inches away, scrunching the waves as he goes giving texture and hold.

    Frederic Fekkai Advanced Sheer Hold Hairspray

    Step 6

    After a day or two, he recommends spraying with dry shampoo spraying the roots from about 10 inches away.

    Philip B or Neil George dry shampoo

    To make a loose bun that won’t ruin your beachy curls…

    Step 1

    Hold your hair in a ponytail. Twist the ponytail from the top to the bottom and then coil it into a bun.

    Step 2

    All you need are 3 hair pins to hold the bun in place! Push them in 3 separate spots on the bun, and use hairpins that are close to your hair color so that they’ll disguise well.

    The products George used for Amber’s beachy waves are:

    Goop readers get a 15% discount at purchase on b-glowing.com through June 23rd by entering goophair at purchase. Please note that this discount excludes certain brands such as Rodin.

    Goop would like to give a very special thank you to George Northwood and to our models, Hella Lund, Amber Rose and Catherine Donaldson.

    Videos – shot and edited by Nicky Woodhouse

    Makeup by Florrie White at D+VManagement.

    The goop collection

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