Hairdresser Carol McClelland: How to achieve three easy heat-free hairstyles

Lockdown is the perfect time to give your lush locks a break from scorching hot straighteners, tongs, crimpers and hot brushes.

Cutting Edge Hair by Carol

Lockdown is the perfect time to give your lush locks a break from scorching hot straighteners, tongs, crimpers and hot brushes.

Let’s be honest, we all know that 200 degree heat is not ideal for hair fibres everyday. Try these damage-free looks as a funky but cute on-trend alternative. Here’s everything you need to recreate them:

Chic half up half down

A versatile look that is perfect with mid-length hair, whether it be curly or straight. If you are feeling adventurous then you can add a loose French plait instead of a pony.

1: Begin by adding a pea sized amount of smoothing oil (I use Alfaparf Cristalli Liquid £19.95) through your midlengths and ends to eliminate any frizz.

2: Spilt the hair into two layers and brush the top layer towards the crown, creating a high pony, before wrapping around a bobble to secure it (not too tight or this will cause breakage). If you want to add volume, slightly backcomb your pony.

3: A texturing spray or sea salt spray will add definition. I use Alfaparf Style stories Sea Salt Spray, £12.95.

Chic scruffy bun

Ideal for long locks, and in-between washes as it requires texture.

1: Start by spraying your roots with dry shampoo as this will eliminate any excess oil and add volume. Apply texturing spray and scrunch through using your hands, this will create a beach wave effect. I use Style Stories Sea Salt Spray, £12.95.

2: Sweep you hair into a low pony, leave a few loose sections at the front to create softness around your face. Take the end of your hair and twist the hair until it turns onto itself and start wrapping it around the pony to create a

loose bun, use clips to secure.

3: Complete the look with a headband or headscarf.

Sassy topknot

This super easy style is perfect for anyone with wavy hair.

1: Apply curl-taming cream (I use WOW One Minute Transformation cream,£19) from the midlengths to the ends. This will help to define your curls without weighing them down with too much product.

2: Flip your head upside down and scoop your hair into a high pony, let any loose pieces of hair fall to create a soft, natural look.

Tuck the ends in to create a loose ball shape and add a bobble or scrunchie to secure the look. If any bigger sections come loose re-secure with hair pins. The key to this looks is your hair looking messy and undone.

3: Finish by adding a hair slide.

Carol McClelland is a Lisburn-born hairdresser who has worked in salons across Lisburn for over 20 years. Carol runs Cutting Edge Hair from Bow Lane on Antrim Street.

Follow Carol at: @cuttingedgelisburn