Monthly Archives: September 2014

TREATS ON TRIAL: THE COLLEXIA HAIRDRYER


If I’m honest I was slightly skeptical when I was sent a Collexia hairdryer recently. Not because I hadn’t heard great things about them, but because I’ve always been faithful to my Parlux hairdryers since starting my career, so it was a pretty big change for me.

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The weight of a hairdryer is one of the most important things so luckily this dinky little dryer weighs next to nothing.

Ultimately this dryer is more powerful than I ever expected it to be, but not only that it actually reduces drying time without excessive heat, so your hair doesn’t frazzles at the sight of it.

The unique quality about this dryer is that it comes with enhancing, reconditioning treatments that dry into the hair as you use it, sadly I haven’t used any of these but as soon as I get my hands on some I’ll keep you posted…


HAIR PREPARATION IS KEY


Are you sick of styling your hair, only to look in the mirror an hour later and its back to square one? Preparation is key to having a longer lasting style so don’t think lashings of hairspray will be enough.

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Just like you use a primer on your skin you need to prep your hair properly. I like to use a combination of a setting lotion spray and a strong hold mousse. Don’t think that a mousse will make your hair sticky, because we’ve moved on from the eighties and they just help to add guts to your mane – don’t be shy with this, section your hair and apply at least 2 apple sizes throughout.

Powders have been all the rage in the hair product world recently, use them as a finishing solution to your blow-dry. This may make your hair feel like concrete but the volume you’ll have will be extraordinary.

 

 

 


SPEED UP YOUR GETTING READY TIME


Some women can look effortlessly groomed all day, but for most of us it takes time to get ready in the morning. I don’t know about you but the thought of having to start the drawn out procedure fills me with dread, so here are a few ways to speed up the preening process…

Invest in a powerful hairdryer. I’m loving my new ‘Collexia’ hairdryer as it’s light but really strong.

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Spritz some ‘Cloud Nine Magical potion’ onto your hair, this divides the time you’ll need to be under the dryer in half and protects against heat, a win win!

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Brush your hair whilst you’re drying it. Otherwise you’ll be sat with a brush for 5 minutes and causing added damage to your hair. Tangle Teezer’s are the best for long hair and I use mine in the shower whilst the conditioners on, so I don’t have to waste time afterwards.

Always allow your hair to cool before styling it, this will encourage the style to last much longer.


4 WAYS TO REVIVE YOUR HOLIDAY HAIR


Keeping your hair in mint condition, whilst you’re lapping up the sunshine in a far-flung location isn’t easy, especially with the added agro of Chlorine, salt water and fiery rays. So I’ve decided to give you a few little tips to help resurrect your hair when the holiday blues set in.

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1. Deep condition your hair before you go in the shower. Apply ample amounts of either a hair oil or a re-condtioning treatment pre-shower, and leave for at least 30 minutes. This will maximise the results and won’t weigh your hair down.

2. Avoid heat styling for a while – give your hair a break from over-styling for at least a week. Hair naturally weakens when it is exposed to lashings of sunshine, so give your hair the break it deserves and try and keep away from styling tools.

3. Instead of having the holiday haircut before you go away, why not wait until you get back. This way the frazzled ends will be cut off and your hair will feel like new in no time.

4. Use a specialised shampoo that removes chlorine. Chlorine is a bugger for your hair, it sits on the outer layer of the cuticle and annoyingly need removing properly. I’d recommend using either the Kerastase aprés-soleil shampoo or the L’Oreal Professionnel ‘Solar Sublime’ cleanser. Both are equally brilliant in removing holiday toxins and the smell will send you right back to your summer vaca!

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