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Hair, hair, hair...and more hair!
Member Name: Foxy-Lady
Date: 20/02/08, updated on 20/02/08 (1495 review reads)
Advantages: Lots of hairstyles
Disadvantages: Too many to choose from!
Now this isn't the kind of magazine that will appeal to everyone. It's not full of gossip, health issues, current affairs and true life articles...its pages are devoted entirely to hair!
Due to the reasons behind my purchase of the mag, I find myself diving straight in and scouring the pictures to see if there's anything that takes my fancy, completely ignoring all other content in the process. There are masses of styles to peruse over (roughly 650 per issue!), ranging from choppy crops, funky fringes and brilliant bobs to lovely, long layers. Many of the photos are large and clear - great for taking along to your hairdressers in order to say "I want that one". The magazine is also small in size, making it ideal for slipping into your handbag.
Some of the creations are quite obviously taken straight from the catwalk/hair shows and are therefore positively bizarre. The vast majority are everyday kind of styles though...realistic, achievable and more importantly, manageable.
To add a little bit more interest, a couple of themed sections are usually included to highlight a particular fashion (such as retro chic) and nicely shot pictures are accompanied by information on how to achieve the looks. I must admit that I'm not particularly bothered about current trends regarding hairstyles. It's just got to be something that I like. Which is where the mag comes in really handy for me as most of the styles are just a generic gallery of pictures taken from various salon collections and other sources. These are split into sections such as short, long, wavy, brunette etc for quick reference to help you in your selection. I'm usually spoilt for choice!
Sorry fellas, Hair Ideas is most definitely a female orientated publication and you guys only get a couple of double page spreads per issue. A few styles and perhaps some new male styling products are featured for you...but that's about it!
As I mentioned earlier Hair Ideas does have more to it than just pretty pictures and when I've finished browsing through the styles I find myself settling down for quite a good read.
It's by no means a showcase for ground breaking journalism but some of the features are actually really interesting. We may be treated to a low down on new hair care products, electrical styling implements that have recently hit the market, or even quite simply a range of available hairbrushes. If this seasons must have is a fancy hair accessory then look no further than the pages of Hair Ideas to find the current best buys from the high street.
The content obviously varies between issues but there's always some great little articles to grab your attention. Some that spring to mind are information about split ends (explanation, advice and how to combat them), colouring tricks and techniques, the type of styles that suit different face shapes and the latest issue contained a feature on the latest Young Hairdresser of the Year award winner.
To add a 'real life' element to the magazine a couple of reader makeovers are featured (or re-styles as they are officially titled), for example showing how to make the best of certain features using the most appropriate hairstyle or using simple techniques to improve an existing hair cut. It goes without saying that before and after shots are included and I have to say there's usually a vast improvement!
No mag would be complete without an injection of celebrity and Hair Ideas is no exception. Hints and tips are given as guidance to achieve the look of a particular star. Slight variations are also shown so that you can adapt a style to suit yourself, making them accessible to nearly everyone.
And if you fancy winning some goodies there's also chance to enter some competitions with prizes such as a day of pampering at a top London salon. You can even try your luck at bagging some freebies by calling the giveaway phone numbers.
A huge gripe that I have with many glossies is the amount of advertising. In Hair Ideas there are a few ads to be found throughout (only about 15 out of 200 pages) but it's inevitable as it generates revenue for virtually all magazines. It's therefore got to be expected but the ratio in this publication isn't bad and I don't feel ripped off as I flick through the pages. At £1.99 for each monthly released issue I think it's a great price for this handy little mag. It's not something I would buy on a regular basis but it's certainly my first port of call when I'm searching for some hair inspiration.
Overall I think that Hair Ideas is ideal as reference for hairstylists, people interested in hair and hair related products, and also those looking for their ideal 'do.
Summary: A great, handy sized mag for hair inspiration