Wood. Nicola Clarke, who colours Paltrow’s hair, agrees: “It’s about making slight tweaks to define the colour – going lighter around the hairline; or, if she needs to go darker, putting slices under the parting that will fade.” Having avoided hair dye for most of my life, I can cope with slight, subtle changes without suffering any palpitations; Wood assures me that small adjustments, such as going slightly darker at the roots and lighter at the ends, will add instant definition.
In terms of cut, there has been a shift from longer to shorter lengths, with celebrities having inches trimmed off. “It’s a backlash against the longer, big blow-dry that’s been popular for years,” says Josh. “Long hair has become too accessible.” For similar reasons, but less visible to the eye, hair extensions are now being used for volume rather than length. One expert on such matters, who counts some of Hollywood’s elite as regulars, told me that up to two-thirds of some A-listers’ tresses can be extensions. The expert behind Macpherson’s, Glenda Clarke, explains: “Scalp plug-ins are bonded with keratin an inch away from the roots, giving them natural flexibility, but most celebs also have clip-ins to add extra body.” Both types are tailor-made to look natural and undetectable.
Stars have access to the best hair styling and colouring experts, and they’re well educated in what to use. For me, Josh recommends John Frieda’s Full Repair range, using the oil as a preshampoo treatment and the mask once a week. Having followed his guidance, I can confirm that the results truly speak for themselves. Celebrities have spent a lifetime discovering what works, and while there are new trends emerging, it’s not necessary to be a slave to change. Allegedly lowmaintenance hair does require effort and expertise, but its youthful effect and lo-fi appearance make it timeless and covetable. Always go for human hair extensions, as these are less irritating and easier to work with. Find out more at Hair Menu Wig Shop,
@ hairmenuwigs on Instagram. Change your extensions every two or three months, and book a maintenance
appointment in between. No specific shampoos or conditioners are
required, but try to use gentle formulas. Use a soft-bristle brush, starting from the
ends and working up towards the roots. Avoid using oil-based products around the
scalp as it can affect the bonding. Nuxe Multi- Purpose Dry Oil, RM88 ( 50ml) & RM148 (100ml)
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Jersey dress, Burberry Prorsum.