We’re having a great time getting to know our favourite fashion and beauty bloggers! This week, we spoke to Debs from the brilliant Bang on Style – an Essex & London-based fashion, travel, beauty and DIY blog. In our interview, Debs gets real about the effort it really takes to achieve an “effortless” hairstyle, past hair disasters, and how she switches up her colour to avoid hair boredom.
What was the inspiration for starting your blog?
I started my blog back in 2011 alongside an online vintage shop, and the blog was for sharing how you could wear vintage jewellery with your everyday outfit. Eventually the shop closed but I loved sharing on the blog so much that I kept it and made it more about my personal style and life. The blog now covers fashion, beauty, travel and home, and in 2016 I left my full-time job to work on the blog.
What defines a “good hair day” for you?
I love it when my hair is that great mix of styled and messy. Usually this involves beachy, casual waves which look effortless but have taken a fair bit of styling to achieve.
What’s your signature hairstyle, and how can our readers get the look?
I really love a tousled wavy look. After blow drying my hair straight and giving it a quick once over with straightening irons, I like to use a large barrel waving wand to curl random sections of the hair. I let the curl really drop out so the whole look is quite relaxed. I finish off with a spray of hairspray to fix it.
When does your hair feel at its best?
My hair always feels its best on holiday. I don't know if this is because I slather it in conditioner, or because I rarely use styling tools and tend to just leave it to dry naturally. It always feels so soft and healthy.
Have you ever had total any hair disasters, and how did you fix it?
I've had sooooo many hair disasters in my life, from dodgy haircuts to bad dye jobs. I always find the best thing to do is not to panic and try and fix it yourself if you don't know what you’re doing. These days I'm pretty clued up on what to do with a hair disaster, and also thankfully I haven't had one in a while!
What was your most embarrassing haircut, and how old were you?
I had the most awful bob when I was about eight years old. My mum used to curl it under with her hot brush and because I have so much hair it looked like a giant bell shape. Honestly, it was awful!
How often do you change your hairstyle?
I do get bored quite easily with my hair in terms of colour, and I probably change it at least three times a year. Hairstyle-wise I've had the same kind of layered long bob for a while now. It just really works for my hair type, as I have extremely thick hair.
What is your ultimate haircare tip?
Try to find time regularly to wash your hair and just let it dry naturally. Give it a good intensive conditioning treatment too. I work from home, so often I'll skip blow-drying my hair if I'm not going out anywhere and I don't really need to.
Who is your celebrity hair style icon?
I've always loved Fearne Cotton’s hair. She's had some gorgeous styles over the years, from sharp straight cuts to wavy long bobs, but they always look like 100% her. I also love Sienna Miller’s hair, hers always looks incredible.
Thank you so much Debs for taking the time to chat with us. We totally know what you mean about the “effortless” look taking time and skill, but when you get that styled-but-messy look it really does feel like the holy grail! For a long-lasting blow-dry with texture and movement (and to help protect against heat damage) we love using our Percy & Reed The Perfect Blow Dry Makeover Spray.