Monday, December 20, 2010

Things You Should Know: Season for Styling - Products You Should Know About

Being the holiday season, you can expect parties and events where your tresses need to be in tip top shape. Whether you use heated styling tools or your fancy fingers, finesse your finish with these handy hair styling products. Some will add a slick sheen while others give greater texture and hold. Add these beauties to your arsenal for ease in perfecting your locks.


Hair is often easier to style the day after it has been washed and has a touch of grit in it as it allows for greater hold. These products are ideal for taking care of those slippery strands.

The Mattefier
A powder mattefier will work wonders on an untamed mane that requires natural movement. Great for the lads too, start by working it into your palms and then brushing it through with your fingertips to give a boost of volume and control. Try Schwarzkopf OSIS Dust It Mattifying Powder, $28.95.

The Dry Shampoo
A spray of dry shampoo at the roots will absorb oil when you don’t have time to wash your hair. Perfect for camping or storing in your vanity for the days you’re a little short of time. For those with darker hair, try Batiste Dry Coloured Shampoo, $12.95.

The Wax
Wax is ideal for the areas in need of extra control or hold but also adds texture to assist in styling those updos. Using a pump of wax, blend with the warmth of your fingertips and work sparingly into your strands. For workable texture, try L’Oreal Professionnel Play Ball Motion Gelee, $27.

The Texturiser Spray
For undone tousled beach hair, work this spray into your lengths from the mid to ends and scrunch or pop your hair into a bun for an hour or so and then let down. Try Awapuhi Wild Ginger Sea Spray by Paul Mitchell, $34.


Products with protective elements in them are vital in maintaining the structure and health of your hair in the heat.

The Serum
Serums work as intensive treatments in the form of a fluid to rehydrate and repair tresses that have undergone stress while smoothing stray strands. During summer, your hair may suffer double damage because of the harshness of the sun. Protect your hair this summer with Kerastase Soleil Serum Apres-Soleil, $41.

The Defence Spray
Help guard your tresses from the damage of heated styling tools using a thermal defense spray. They’re perfect for protection but also minimising heat-induced frizz. Give your hair a really thorough spritz before blow-drying and then again if using tongs or an iron.
Try Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray, $9.95.


For greater ease in styling, these handy tools are ideal for creating your look.

The Nozzle
Everyone has probably already got one, but why bother with the nozzle of your hairdryer? Nozzles allow the powered heat to focus on more concentrated areas which means quicker and more precise styling. Travelling these holidays? Try the very cute VS Sassoon MiniPro Dryer VS245A, $22.95.

The Paddle Brush
If you’ve got longer hair that’s a little prone to tangling, the paddle brush is a great option. It’s also a top tool for doing the straight blow-drys. Try Aveda Wooden Paddle Brush, $49.95.

The Barrel Brush
Use while blow-drying to achieve ultimate body and shape as well as a smoothed shine. The heat works with the rounded shape to create finesse as you turn the bristles. Try a classic style like Brushworx Ebony Ceramic Radial Porcupine Brush, $19.95.

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