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Six tips for great hair

It’s time to think big when it comes to hair. Modern looks are all about texture, movement and volume, so now’s the time to swap your straightening irons for curling tongs. layered haircut with framing around the face to give you more texture and movement and allow volume to be created.

Stylist Brad Lepper of Auckland’s French Revolver Studio says:

1. Go for a… layered haircut with framing around the face to give you more texture and movement and allow volume to be created.

2. Invest in… curling tongs with a medium-sized barrel and try this technique for any length of hair: Take vertical sections of hair, curling one section forward and then the next section back, always directing hair towards the nose of the tongs. Then spritz a light hairspray onto your hands and squeeze into the curl. Shake out to achieve a looser result. Never brush a curl!

3. Or why not try… creating a curl with your straightening irons? Use them in the same motion as you do scissors when curling a ribbon. You’ll get a softer and more natural result.

4. Get root lift… by blow-drying hair upside down on a hot setting and then on a cold.

5. Revive next day hair… by using the blow-dryer on a cold setting and some Sebastian Thickefy Foam $40 to reactivate your style and smooth out any wayward frizz.

6. Fake it… with colour. The balayage freehand colouring technique is a great way to create movement and separation in a hairstyle.

Take a look at these six of the best hair volume products here.

Image: Sevak Babakhani/

About Nicky Pellegrino

Nicky Pellegrino has been a journalist for over 20 years, both here and in the UK, and is a former editor of New Zealand Woman's Weekly. These days, as well as working on the magazine's beauty pages, she writes popular novels like Recipe For LIfe, The Italian Wedding and The Villa Girls. For more about Nicky check out her website

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