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How to Get a Sleek Bun On Black Natural Hair

Sleek Bun

A sleek bun can be perfect for day or night, work or play – it’s so versatile. Follow our super quick and easy guide on how to achieve the look on black natural hair in a matter of minutes!

What Will I Need to Get the Look?

  • Strengthening root spray
  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Hair brush
  • Edge control
  • 3 or more hair bands (depends of the thickness of your hair)
  • Hair gel
  • Bristle Brush
  • Silk Scarf - optional

For extra tips on how to care for black natural hair, make sure you read our guide.

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Steps to Getting a Sleek Bun On Black Natural Hair

How to Get a Sleek Bun On Black Natural Hair

Step 1: Moisturise Your Hair

Condition your hair using root strengthening spray. Make sure you add product as closely as possible to the roots by working in sections and massaging it in. Depending on the condition of your hair, you may want to spray the ends as well to make sure your hair is evenly moisturised.

How to Get a Sleek Bun On Black Natural Hair

Step 2: Comb Through Your Hair

Use a wide-toothed comb to brush your hair. Start at the ends and work your way through the lengths towards the roots.

How to Get a Sleek Bun On Black Natural Hair

Step 3: Section off Your Hair

Section your hair using your wide-toothed comb. Instead of a usual parting, go for a circle that divides the hair at the crown of your head. Don’t be tempted to skip this step – it will help you achieve a truly sleek look as we will be applying product in-between your tresses.

How to Get a Sleek Bun On Black Natural Hair

Step 4: Pull the Hair at the Crown into a Bun

Tie the middle hair into a high bun. Add edge control to the roots of your middle hair to ensure a smooth and flat look.

How to Get a Sleek Bun On Black Natural Hair

Step 5: Comb Through and Brush Up

Comb through the remainder of your hair to ensure every lock is tangle-free. Grab your brush and start brushing up and over to start positioning your hair into your sleek bun.

How to Get a Sleek Bun On Black Natural Hair

Step 6: Add Edge Control

Apply edge control around the edges and the insides of your hair to really smoothe and flatten your tresses at the roots.

How to Get a Sleek Bun On Black Natural Hair

Step 7: Brush the Product In

Brush in the product and run your hand over your hair to ensure the hair stays flat.

How to Get a Sleek Bun On Black Natural Hair

Step 8: Bring Everything Together

Now that your hair is in position, bring everything together including your previous bun. Tie the hair firmly with a band, looping the ends at the back. Depending on the thickness of your hair, you may want to use two or three elastics.

How to Get a Sleek Bun On Black Natural Hair

Step 9: Apply Hair Gel

To make sure your hair is extra smooth, apply hair gel upwards towards the bun. Don’t forget your locks at the back! Optional: If you want to bring down your baby hairs, just use a bristle brush.

How to Get a Sleek Bun On Black Natural Hair

Step 10: Lock in the Moisture with a Silk Scarf

If you have some extra time, put a silk scarf on for roughly 20 minutes to really lock in the moisture and make sure your sleek bun is in position. This step will make your awesome new hair style last longer.

How to Get a Sleek Bun On Black Natural Hair

Looking Good!

Enjoy your new sleek hair style!

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How to Use Hair Clippers for Men

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For a lot of men, a well-kept haircut is key to looking smart. This usually requires many trips to the barbers which can not only be costly, but also a hassle. Learning the art of using hair clippers will help to stay fresh for those in-between days, and prevent any unsatisfied trips to the barbers.  

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What Will I Need to Use Hair Clippers?

  • Men’s hair clippers
  • A comb
  • Thinning scissors (optional)
  • Hair Wax / Hair Gel


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1. Hair Prep

Step 1: First you need to decide the look you want to achieve and pick the blades that will best achieve this. The lower the blade number, the shorter the hair length will be. If it is your first time then start with the gentler blades, then gradually go for the shorter blades as you gain confidence with your clippers.

Step 2: Wash and dry your hair as you usually would. It is best to use clippers on dry, product-free hair, not only to avoid the blades from rusting but also for a more accurate reflection of how the end result will fall into place.

If you don't feel completely comfortable then you can have a few trial runs with the clippers, practicing with them turned off until you perfect the technique and amount of pressure to apply.

2. Hair Cut

Although you should have decided on the look you want to achieve, the most popular is a fade haircut: short back and sides with more length to style on top.

TIP: If you are cutting your own hair then place a mirror in front and behind you.

Step 1: Divide your hair into sections and work on each part one at a time- you can use hair clips to keep the hair out of the way. Brush the sections into the direction of natural hair growth. This will keep all hair in that section the same length, with no random spikes in the cut.

Step 2: Starting from the bottom, take your comb and brush upwards in the direction of your hair growth. Your hair should be seeping through the comb teeth. Move your clippers along the hair, trimming it down. You can apply more pressure to the clippers if you would like to cut more hair off.

Step 3: In the same direction, move along to the next section of hair. It is advised to leave a little of the previous section in the comb so you can see how much you have cut off, and be confident in cutting the same amount throughout.

This comb-to-clipper method will ensure consistency on the amount of hair you cut off- avoiding any nasty surprises!

Step 4: As you move further up your head you can change the blade so less hair is trimmed off. Be sure to clean hair off the clippers as you work your way around the hair to prevent them jamming.

3. Neaten up

Step 1: Brush each section of hair in the opposite direction of hair growth to reveal any odd-hairs. You can use hairdressing scissors to cut these down.

Step 2: Finally, if you’re happy with the length of each section of hair then use an electric razor to neaten up the edges. Bluntly shave off the end of the sideburns and around the neck hairline to round off the haircut.

Step 3: Finally, add hair product and style in your preferred way.

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Shea Butter Benefits

shea butter

Shea butter has overwhelming amounts of beneficial qualities. This has been demonstrated through the longevity in which people have entrusted it into their skincare routine. Whether it’s to repair your hair, skin or even your cracked lips, Shea Butter’s rich, moisturising agents prove to be the perfect substance to keep you glowing throughout the year.

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Shea Butter for Hair

You may not associate Shea butter with your hair but it has many natural benefits that can leave you with hair as soft and supple as your skin – and it comes it many forms.

A Shea butter hair mask, leave in conditioner or in its pure form can relieve you from many hair issues. Due to its high moisture levels and non-greasy aftermath, Shea butter can be used on wet or dry hair to reduce everyday problems such as dandruff or split ends.

Heat Protection

It can be used as a protective barrier to heat when applied to wet hair. You can use this in a spray form, or simply lather some raw Shea butter in your hands and apply to wet hair, brushing it through the hair strands covering your whole head, even your roots.

Unlike many hair serums, Shea butter does not have such a greasy formula, therefore you can use on your roots without having to worry about your hair looking greasy.


When used on your roots it strengthens your hair and is the ideal product to use when you are away on holiday. As the sun hits the top of your head, it dries your hair out leaving it dry, brittle and difficult to style. Apply shea butter to your roots when basking in the sun, or all over to protect you from any chlorine or sea salt water!

As well as being a great way to stop frazzled hair, why not apply shea butter to your roots to add immediate volume to your hair? Simply apply, push hair upwards and see your hair go from flat-to-full.

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Shea Butter for Skin

Skin is your bodies largest organ so you should care for it head-to-toe. Shea Butter makes this an easy job to do with its protecting, moisturizing and skin regenerating qualities.

Skin Protection

Just as it does to your hair, Shea butter is also a great skin protector from pollution, harsh climates and harmful UV rays. It naturally has a small dose of UV protection, so although not advised to solely use when bathing on a hot beach, wearing under your makeup everyday will mean your skin is protected around-the-clock for when the sun makes an appearance, summer or wintertime.

Natural Moisturiser

High in vitamin E and A means it has high levels of fatty acids which can act as the perfect natural moisturiser. Whether you have cracked heals, cracked lips or your skin is dried out from those hot winter showers or hot summer sun– Shea butter can quickly retract these drying issues. It absorbs quickly into your skin due to the body’s natural warmth, penetrating the layers and offering you a soft and silky skin surface. Use daily for the best results.

Its highly moisturising and anti-inflammatory qualities are so strong it may help with the healing of eczema.

Skin Regenerator

Shea Butter helps with your skins tissue cell regeneration which is the softening of the skin. This ultimately helps with the appearance of wrinkles that already exist, as well as preventing those from developing due to the elasticity of your skin by boosting collagen levels produced. Apply daily to your face overnight and watch your skin glow.


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How to: Easy Braided Updo

Easy Updo

Keen to incorporate something quick, stylish yet different into your daily look? Try this beautiful boho updo, perfect for thicker locks. Follow these steps to achieve the look in no time!

What Do I Need to Achieve This Look?

This hair style can work perfectly on freshly-washed hair, and also can be your new go-to look in-between washes. Here’s what you will need:

  • Hair bands
  • Hair pins
  • Hair spray
  • A spare few minutes


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Steps to Getting an Easy Braided Updo 

Updo - thick hair - 1

Step 1: Section the front and clip away

Divide the front of your hair into two sections and clip away.

Updo - thick hair - 1

Step 2: Backcomb to add volume

Add volume by backcombing the roots at the crown of your head.

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Step 3: Go for a low bun

Pull all of your hair at the back into a ponytail and then twist it around the centre to create a classic low bun. Secure the bun with pins.

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Step 4: Dutch braid the front sections

Unclip one section at the front and start braiding it into a Dutch braid (swapping the hair under rather than over), finishing with a plait. If you want to level up your Dutch braiding skills, take a quick peek at our tutorial. Loosen the braid for a bigger three-dimensional look. Repeat the steps on the other side.

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Step 5: Wrap the braids around the bun

Take each braid, wrap it around the bun and secure with pins. If you are keen on a more relaxed look, pull some hair out at the front and using a pin tail comb, pull the hair at the crown up.

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Step 6: Fix with hair spray

To make sure the look lasts all day – fix with hair spray.

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Looking Beautiful!

Enjoy your beautiful boho updo!

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The Ultimate Guide to Men’s Eyebrows


Figuring out what’s the right eyebrow shape for your face can be difficult. Fear not – we’re here to help! Here’s a quick guide on all things eyebrows for men.


Shaping and maintaining men's eyebrows is an important step in the grooming routine. It’s true, a lot of guys don’t know where to begin, but not to worry - with this quick and easy to follow guide, you’ll be an eyebrow guru in no time.

Men's Eyebrows: Should I Shape Them?

If you have unruly eyebrows, the answer is yes, you should shape and maintain your eyebrows. This doesn’t mean that we’re suggesting hours of plucking, waxing or threading, but merely a neat tidy-up. Most men's eyebrows have been groomed when they were overgrown at some point, and we'll show you how to do it the right way.

What Will I Need For Eyebrow Grooming?

  • A pair of tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Eyebrow shaping comb
  • Optional: Transparent eyebrow gel

Step 1: Where Should Male Eyebrows Start?

This is one of the most crucial steps. Having your eyebrows too close to each other or too far apart are both no-nos. Grab a pencil or an eyebrow shaping comb and make sure your eyebrows start proportionally to the bridge of your nose. You can check this by aligning your pencil straight from the corner of your nose to your eyebrow.


Step 2: Where Should Male Eyebrows End?

To find out where your eyebrows should end, simply place your pencil or eyebrow shaping comb diagonally from the bridge of your nose to the outside corner of your eye. This will be a rough guide on where it’s best to end the brow and neaten the end.


Step 3: Tackle the Unibrow

Now that you know where your eyebrow should start and finish, grab a pair of tweezers. First things first, if you have a unibrow, it’s time for a tidy-up. Cleanse your face and look into a well-lit mirror. When you spot hairs that are out of place, stretch your skin slightly and start plucking individual hairs. Ouch! The first one can hurt, but you will get used to the feeling.


Step 4: Go for a Tidy-up Underneath the Brows

This is the step where some of us may go overboard with. Look at your eyebrows and see if there are any hairs that look out of place underneath – only these are the ones you should pluck. Over-plucking may be tempting, so remember little goes a long way.


Step 5: Brush Your Brows Up

Now that you’ve tidied up underneath your brows, it’s time to make sure the length of your brow hairs doesn’t make the entire brow look fuzzy. This is an easy step – just brush your brows up. This will prep them for the next step.


Step 6: Time for Some Eyebrow Trimming

Using small scissors, trim the brow hair that looks too long. Make sure you are happy with the shape. Brush over and as an optional step, you can use transparent brow gel to keep your eyebrows in place the whole day.


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Styling Tricks for Short Hair

Styling tricks for short hair

Short hair doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with hairstyles that you’d typically see on longer locks. Try our styling tricks for short hair and discover a whole new range of hairstyles you can try on yourself in a matter of minutes - hassle-free!

What will I need for these looks?

  • Hair Clips
  • Hair Straighteners
  • Heat Protecting spray

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Styling Trick 1 – Sleekback Look

short hair

Step 1: Take a large section of your hair from the crown of your head and clip at the top of your head, away from your face.

short hair

Step 2: Take another section of your head, beneath the first section, and tie into a tight ponytail with a hairband.

short hair

Step 3: Revert back to the top section of your hair. Bring in front of your face and backcomb. You can go as wild with these as you want depending on how big you want your back-comb.

short hair

Step 4: Bring your backcomb hair back into place. If you’re happy with the height of your quiff then gently brush back to neaten up. Hold into place with hair clips.

short hair

Step 5: Fix the hairstyle into place with hairspray to last all day.

short hair

Step 6: To smooth out your hairstyle and ensure it looks extra sleek, use hair straighteners on the hanging hair.

Hair Styling Trick 2 – Beach Waves

short hair

Step 1: Spray dry shampoo on your hair to add some volume and texture. You can add further volume by ruffling your hair in your hands.

short hair

Step 2:  Brush through your hair to remove any knots. This will make it easier to separate and curl.

short hair

Step 3:  Next, take the top section of your hair and clip it on the top of your head, out of your way.

short hair

Step 4: With the hair that is loose, take a small section and curl inwards. The thicker you want the curls, the larger the section of your hair should be.

short hair

Step 5: For the next section of hair, curl outwards. This will add further texture.

TIP: By not curling the ends of your hair you create more of a “wave” look, rather than a “curl”. This also prevents your ends from drying.

short hair

Step 6: Next, release the top section of your hair from the clip and repeat the above steps.

short hair

Step 7:  Run your hands through your hair to de-tangle and ruffle up to accentuate the waves.

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Step 8: Hold your waves in place with hairspray.

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How to: Short Hairstyles

Short Hairstyles

With so many beautiful hairstyles out there, it’s frustrating when short hair can restrict you from how adventurous you can be with your locks. If you’re looking for cute, practical short hairstyles that you can achieve in a matter of minutes then we have the perfect hairdos for you.

What Will I Need to Achieve these looks?

  • Hair pins
  • Hairspray
  • Clear hair bands

Short Hairstyles: Knotted Updo

short hair

Step 1: First, start by curling all of your hair to create loose curls. This look will give your hair immediate volume which we want for this look.

short hair

Step 2: Next, tie a ponytail on the crown of your head. Use your eyebrows are a guide of where you should pull your hair from.

You can make this as thick or as thin as you want depending on how many knots you would like.

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Step 3: Pull your hair apart so a slot if formed in the middle. Twist the ponytail over and round through the slot.

short hair

Step 4: Make sure you tighten your knot! This will prevent the hairstyle falling out.

short hair

Step 5: Repeat these steps throughout your whole head ensuring you tighten the knot each time.

short hair

Step 6: When you reach the end of your hair, tuck the ponytail under your knots and seal in place with a hair pin.

If you have thicker hair then more hair pins may be required.

short hair

Step 7: To add more volume, pull and push the top of your hair.

To relax the hairstyle even more, you can pull small strands from the side of your hair out.

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Step 8: Spray the finished look with hairspray to hold in place for the whole day!

Short Hairstyles: The Twisted Look

short hair

Step 1: Grab a small section of your hair and begin to twist and pin on one side of your head.

TIP: If you would like a side parting, start further along your middle parting and twist over.

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Step 2: Continue to twist sections of your hair, pinning them securely into place.

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Step 3: Once all of one side of your head is done, repeat the twist and pin step on the other side of your head.

short hair

Step 4: Make sure each twist is tightly secured in place. Add additional pins if they feel loose.

short hair

Step 5: Spray with hairspray for an extra firm hold. All done! 

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Just Landed: Sex o’clock Limited Edition Lubes

Young boy and girl looking at each other happy and in love.

Did you know that Sunday at 9am is the most popular time that we want to have sex… And that Tuesday at 9pm just doesn’t work for us?

Our survey of 2,000 Brits also found that Saturday is by far the sexiest day of the week with 11.30am, 10.30pm and 11.30pm all making the top five, with a late entry at 10:30pm on a Friday to complete the lineup of when people would like to have sex.

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The top ten most popular times for sex are:

Sunday            9.00am

Saturday         10.30pm

Saturday         11.30pm

Friday             10.30pm

Saturday         10.30am

Saturday         11.30am

Friday             10.30pm

Saturday         11.15pm

Saturday         9.30pm

Sunday            9.30pm

The least popular times for sex, during typical awake hours, are:

Monday           4.45pm

Monday            3.00pm

Tuesday           5.30pm

Tuesday           9.00pm

Thursday          8.00am

Thursday         1.30pm

Monday           8.00am

Wednesday     7.30am

Friday               5.00pm

Saturday          5.00pm

This means that we want to have sex far more at the weekend than during the week, and the desire to have evening/night time sex is stronger and more frequent than morning sex, even at the weekend.

The results have led Superdrug to develop an entirely new product line of fun lubes named after these specific times.

According to sexpert, Alix Fox, “Superdrug’s new Sex O’Clock lubes are a fun way of dropping a hint and kicking off the conversation. Plus, lubricant always makes lovemaking smoother, slicker and more comfortable whether it’s dawn or dusk. It’s one of the most useful products anyone can bring into the bedroom.”

The new limited edition lubes will be available exclusively online until stocks last, in the following times:

Sunday            9.00am

Saturday         10.30pm

Saturday         11.30pm

Friday              10.30pm

Saturday         11.15pm

Saturday         9.30pm

Thursday         8.00am

Tuesday          9.00pm

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Just Landed: Mixa

Mixa Sensitive Skin

Do you have sensitive skin? If so, you’ll probably know how hard it can be to find the right skincare. Sensitive skin can be uncomfortable, fragile to the touch and especially vulnerable to external aggressors. Symptoms such as dryness, redness, roughness, stinging and burning probably won’t be unfamiliar. If you don’t find the right skincare for sensitive skin, the discomfort with persist. Not to worry though – Mixa may be just the answer you were looking for.



About Mixa Sensitive Skin

Back in 1924 Dr. Roger, a visionary pharmacist, created a unique cream formula to help some of the first ladies who went into the workforce to remedy their dry, chapped hands. The ointment was such a success that Mixa laboratories went into large-scale production.

Since its inception, the brand has always used proven pharmaceutical ingredients known to treat and care for the most sensitive skin.

Each ingredient is carefully selected according to three fundamental criteria Mixa believes in: Effectiveness, Security and Safety.

What Makes Mixa Unique?

  • The brand reduced the number of ingredients to minimize allergy risk
  • Strict selection of active ingredients by researchers and a toxicologist to combine
  • Tested on 100% sensitive skin
  • Hypoallergenic, paraben-free, non-comedogenic formulas based on sensitive skin needs
  • Formulas are created with a four-week clinical cosmetic study conducted under dermatological supervision
  • Safety test results followed by an independent dermatologist
Mixa Sensitive Skin

How Mixa Feels on Sensitive Skin

Mixa textures feel as great on your hands as they do on your body. These velvet-like formulas are a pleasure to apply and wear. Their non-greasy, non-sticky textures quickly melt into the skin, keeping you comfortable, nourished and irritation-free all day long.

It offers formulas perfectly suited to meet the specific needs of sensitive skin. From nourishment to repair, from soothing to firming, Mixa has a tailor-made solution for face, body and hands.

The best news? Mixa is now available exclusively at Superdrug!

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Just Landed: Light Bites from LighterLife Fast

Light Bites

Looking for a perfect treat to simply pop into your bag? Look no further than the new Light Bites range. Say goodbye to boring, and wave hello to healthy, fun and nutritious snacking.

Light Bites

Say Hello to Healthy Fun Snacking

Whether you’re achieving your gym goals or dominating your diet, it can still be easy to slip up when it comes to eating between meals - but thanks to Light Bites from the range, your snacking game is about to get much healthier!

Are you simply seeking a delicious and nutritious snack, or trying to maintain your happy weight? The tasty range of bars, gluten-free popped chips and fruit chips from Light Bites are sure to help hit all the right notes.

Light Bites are all less than 100 calories and make great alternatives to full-fat snacks for those who are on the lookout for a healthier, more virtuous snacking option.

Delicious and full of nutrients: High in protein and fibre, but low in calories, the range includes gluten-free popped chips, 100% fruit snacks and bars enriched with a selection of tasty super foods like chia seeds and goji berries. No more soggy rice cakes or crisps from the back of the cupboard!

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More Exciting Flavours Coming Up

  • Chicken Ramen flavour Fastpot: Perfect for a quick lunch, it only takes a few minutes to prepare and tastes delicious.
  • Porridge Fastpot: No time to make breakfast at home? Pick up a Porridge Fastpot and get going!
  • Salted Caramel Crisp Bar: Looking for a sweet treat to beat the mid-afternoon slump? Grab this sweet sensation to get your taste buds tingling.

You will find the Light Bites range exclusively at Superdrug. It's an ideal day-to-day quick and easy treat, and can also be consumed on a Fast day for those following the 5:2 with LighterLife Fast - who says eating healthy has to be boring?

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