First up, welcome to a million and one pictures of my face. As if you didn't see enough of my mug on the blog as it was, I've now gone and potentially broken the world record for the most amount of face-time in one blog post. But hey, at least if I ever go missing you'll be able to recognise me on the back of a milk carton (do people still do that?). It's good to be prepared.
Anyway, a few days ago I was set a challenge by Mark Hill to style my hair using some of the newest products in the Mark Hill range - including the Freeze Spray, Primer and XL Volume Shampoo - to be in with the chance of winning a trip to Marbella with a bunch of other bloggers (and the man himself). Is this real life?
So obviously I was (and still am!) ridiculous excited. That is, until it dawned on me that I have absolutely zero skill at styling my own hair, let alone creating a stand out look fit for a competition. You know Hagrid from Harry Potter? That's pretty much me on a good day.
But then I realised that you guys don't exactly read this blog because you want perfection (which we all know doesn't exist), you guys stick around because - hopefully - you think the things I say and do are pretty relatable. So what did I do? I made my hair relatable.
So there I was armed with my camera and tripod, with a mirror in hand and all the products surrounding me, and then what did I do? I last minute decided to scrap the mirror entirely. Bare with me on this one - I haven't quite lost the plot just yet..
Now I don't know about you guys but I like to get ready as quickly as possible in the mornings, just to make sure I have a few extra minutes in bed (it all adds up, right?). This means that more often than not I'll actually style my hair without even looking at it (Youtube videos are way more important) so I like to keep whatever I'm doing to my hair fairly simple, and of course, pretty much full-proof. Basically, If I can do it, anyone can.
So I decided to create two looks for this campaign - one hairstyle up, one hairstyle down. They both take pretty much the same amount of time (about ten to fifteen minutes), are fit for just about any occasion and look good whether they're styled to perfection or thrown together in a hurry. And they're easy. Did I mention they were easy? Let's get straight to the tutorials..
Bouncy beachy waves
This is probably my favourite look of the moment, purely because it looks a lot more polished than it actually is. I feel like it takes my flat, straight hair from a 2/10 to a solid 8/10 in just about no time at all and - better yet - it seems to look better and better as the day goes on.
You will need
Mark Hill XL Volume Shampoo
Mark Hill Styling Primer (it contains heat protection too!)
Mark Hill BIG Tease Backcombers Best Friend
A wide-toothed brush or comb
Mark Hill Wild Waver Styling Wand
Mark Hill Freeze Spray
Prep the hair by washing it with the Mark HIll XL Volume Shampoo.
Apply the Mark Hill Styling Primer to the lengths of the hair
Pay close attention to the ends to help protect them from heat
Comb hair through using a wide-toothed comb or brush, ensuring there are no knots. Part the hair as you like!
Blow dry the hair straight by using a comb or brush to help direct the hair. This will help it look more sleek!
Add waves to the lengths of hair using the Mark Hill Wild Waver
Keep the curls in place by spraying them with the Mark Hill Freeze Spray
Brush curls through and add volume to the roots using the BIG Tease Comb
Effortless messy pony tail
I like to think of this look as a slightly more fancy version of your standard every day pony tail. I decided to keep the loose waves in this look help add volume to the style, but you can make it super fancy by leaving it straight and adding a bit of the Mark Hill Bedazzled Anti-Humidity Shine Spray for extra glossiness. If you want to re-create this look, check the tutorial above and head back here once you're done!
YOU WILL NEED
Scrape the hair back into a ponytail using the Mark Hill BIG Tease comb
Backbrush the hair using the Mark Hill BIG Tease comb
Comb through a section of hair from underneath the ponytail
Wrap the piece of hair around the base of the ponytail and secure with some pins to help hide the hair band
Secure your hair using the Mark Hill Freeze Spray (Refrain from eating hair because of how good it smells)
Would loove to know what you guys think of the looks I created! Do let me know if you want any more posts like this in the future too, because - if I'm honest - I had way too much fun making it. Keep your fingers crossed for me and Marbella!!