Working Out How To Style Short Hair With The Boots Beauty Box

Blimey, no YouTube videos in a while and then suddenly two at once! So last week I vlogged about my new Charlotte Tilbury makeup tips and this week? It’s all about how to style shorter hair – like my straight lob!

So, I’ve not stopped going on about it, but I grabbed my life by the balls in December, got a new job and decided to cut my waist length hair to a long bob. The good news is that I love the new length (you can hear me blabbering on about it when I dyed my dark hair purple on my blog here), but the only downside is that I genuinely feel like I’m back at the starting line when it comes to styling it.

A bit like when you were 13-18, experimenting with hair styles and just trying to work out what suits you best with your hair? (And no, side ponies NEVER suited anyone, despite them being my total obsession back in 2004)

Fortunately, to help me fix my hair woes, the kind folks over at Boots (my beauty Mecca) decided to send over a #BootsBeautyBox, full of high street hair heroes for me to play with. THANKS BOOTS.

What’s Inside The Box?

Tresemme Make Waves Hairspray –  this is sort of inbetween a styling spray and a hairspray, you’re meant to spray it onto hair before styling – but I just find it really weird putting hairspray on first, as hairspray is really a finishing item for me. I have an irrational fear that it will set my hair on fire if i straighten hairsprayed hair….

Batiste Stylist Oomph My Locks Styling spray – so Batiste are EXPANDING outside of dry shampoo and doing a whole new styling range called Batiste Stylist. This stuff is basically the sticky stuff within the XXL Dry Shampoo and I tell you know, it is seriously kicking my hair’s butt into shape. See it in action in the video. 

On a side note, I really like the Batiste Stylist Heat Protect & Shine Spray. One for my “purchase again and again” list.

L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil – this is a lightweight hair oil, so ideal if you’re just looking for a hit of moisture, shine and flyaway restraints. Not so good if you’re looking for serious deep conditioning shiz.

Toni & Guy Creative Style Spray Wax – I’ve not used a spray wax since 2005 but it’s actually quite good at adding grit and texture to the hair. Used right (aka sparingly), it’s pretty damn good. The only issue is, that it’s far too easy to overload the hair and end up with stringy hair instead of tousled hair. Not one for beginners.

Umberto Giannini Curl Friends Scrunching Jelly – for a girl with straight hair, curly hair products are in my instant CBA zone, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one, watch the video below to see the results. Not to spoil the surprise but it’s lightweight, not too overpowering and surprisingly useful on my straight hair..

L’Oreal Elnett Precious Oil Hairspray – It’s a hairspray, it’s got all the Elnett benefits of the brushing out, feeling like Cheryl Cole ya ya ya – but for a hairspray ‘infused with weightless argan oil’ etc, it’s distinctly average. Still sticking to my fave which is got2B Mind Blowing Fast Hairspray,

ps Pretty much ALL of these products are on some sort of promo at the moment. You can also save 10% when you spend £15 or more on selected haircare with the code HAIR10 at

After trying these all out, I’ve worked out a routine to inject some personality into my super straight, sleek hair. Check out my 2 min tutorial here…

So there we go! A quick review of some good, some not so good hair products – plus a little video demonstration too. If you’re interested in anything – please help fund my beauty habit and buy through the links above!

What do you think of the results? Do YOU have any irrational hair fears too? Tweet me your thoughts @FaceValueBlog or send me a comment on Facebook – I love hearing from you guys!

Zoe Bayliss Wong
Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes ’30 under 30′ finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.

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