I have wavy, sometimes curly hair that tends to frizz, so over the years I have been on a quest to find things to tame and control my hair. I like a sleek, but volumised blow dry and these are the products that help me try to achieve that – as long as humidity, mizzle, rain and wind don’t ruin it!
First up is the hairdryer. I would love to try the Dyson, but however good it is, I just don’t think I could justify the £300 price tag. My firm favourite is the Parlux. My hairdresser Andrew, first put me onto these about 15 years ago. They’re the brand used in a lot of salons and are incredibly powerful. It is still an investment at just over £80, but they last for years. It really cuts down drying time for me and has two different sized, very narrow nozzles for desired smoothness. I wouldn’t be without it.
The second tool is a newer discovery that I absolutely love, the Babyliss Big Hair. I don’t use straighteners very much now, just on my fringe and a little on the top as this bad boy has negated the need for them. It takes a little getting used to technique wise, but once you get the teasing action it rolls and volumises so well creating bounce. It’s the same effect of having big rollers in, but literally takes five minutes.
The final tool – this Tangle Teezer round brush was a game changer for me. Most hairdressers recommend the natural bristle ones, but I’ve never got on with them and find they create knots in my hair. This one really grips the hair without damaging it, enabling you to pull and dry it smoothly.
This treatment has to feature in my all-time general beauty heroes, let alone just the hair ones. I discovered the John Frieda Luminous Glaze when I was in the U.S from Allure; a brilliant beauty focused monthly magazine which is fab, and I’ve never understood why there isn’t a UK version. Although it’s John Frieda, it’s a US only product, but you can buy it on Amazon. You apply it to dry hair, leave on for 20 minutes, then wash and condition as normal. Sleek, smooth and shiny hair will emerge, it’s absolutely amazing. I have tried the Bumble and Bumble Clear Gloss, but it’s not as good and more expensive.
A deep conditioner is also a must, I try and do one about every ten days. There are loads I like, but the one I come back to again and again for both value and speed is the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle. It’s so easy to bung it on while you’re in the shower, carry on washing, shaving your legs etc, then it’s done. No sitting around forever with a mask on, dripping down your neck, and the bonus is it smells incredible.
Finally, this is the best product I’ve ever tried for volume, (and there’s been a lot, my hair is actually quite fine though there’s a lot of it, so it needs something to help with lift). This John Frieda Thickening Blow Dry Lotion is actually in spray form so doesn’t weigh the hair down at all. You apply at the roots and mid lengths and it’s fantastic at achieving great volume with absolutely no trace of product on your hair, genius.
That’s my little arsenal of things I wouldn’t be without for my barnet. How about you? Any brilliant haircare buys I should try? Let me know.