Saturday, September 10, 2011

Time Trial: ghd Gold Series Classic Styler

My bathroom recently exploded.

I wish I could say I'm kidding, but I'm not.

Goodbye wax pot, hair straightener (x 2), hairdryer, toothbrush etc etc.

Having just had my hair cut to a style that needs a hairdryer and straightener, it's no surprise that this couldn't have come at a worse time.

So now I'm browsing the market for the best to replace them all and the first stop is a new straightener.

ghd lovers are like iPhone lovers; hardcore.

So despite being 100 percent happy with my Kodo Creative hair straightener, it's time to join the ghd gang.

Weighing up between the IV styler and Gold Classic Styler was no easy feat.

Despite the $30 price difference, the basic appearance and temperature is the same.

The shop assistant told me that the Gold Classic Styler was slightly easier to manoeuvre and it's a newer model.

So I went with the Gold Classic Styler and I'm happy with it.

It's easy to curl and, of course; straighten with.

The cord is a good length, it leaves my hair with a good level of shine, has universal voltage so I can take it overseas, handy sleep mode and a two-year warranty.

The only downside is that the temperature is not adjustable, but so far the heat setting has been perfect for my hair.

The conversion has been completed and I can't deny I'm really happy with the results.

Find the ghd Gold Classic Styler, $269 online at

Time Trial: Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Shampoo

It says it will give you a refreshing clean without stripping the moisture from your hair and that it does.

Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Shampoo leaves hair with a bit of grit which is ideal for keeping regularly styled hair holding its shape.

Whether you curl your tresses or keep them pinned back perfectly, this shampoo will leave you with a slip-free finish.

If you like your product to leave your locks squeaky clean, Tousle Me Softly isn't for you.

The wild violet and pomegranate scent is beautifully sweet but not overpowering.

Great for keeping waves from falling lacklustre, the Tousle Me Softly range can be found at major retailers and pharmacies.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Time Trial: Laser Hair Removal

With so many deals out there, how could you not contemplate laser hair removal?

There's cheap ones, expensive ones and different jargon like IPL and Candela but no-one really seems to know what the deal is.

I had the privelege of speaking with the manager of one of Sydney's best laser hair removal clinics.

She prepped me by going through what it involves, whether it hurts, what the different types are and the big one - does it really work?

She let me in on the perks and insider secrets to getting the most out of your treatments.

These days, some clinics will offer pre-pay packages where a session works out to the same price of a wax.

With an approximate 95 percent reduction in hair growth, I was all for it!

Here's how it works: energy attacks the hair follicle and destroys it at the root, damaging its ability to grow.

If you look for a salon that uses Candela machines, they’re one of the most effective and expensive top-of-the-range technologies which, if used properly, will give you good results.

What you want is a consultant who knows how to control spot and energy size to cater to your skin type.

Nad's Laser Clinic has an excellent reputation for their honesty and excellent results however pricey.

The less effective the treatment; the more money you have to spend on extra follow-ups.

If you've found a deal too ridiculously good to be true, take caution.

Don’t get laser hair removal mixed up with IPL.

This method works out cheaper, however IPL is primarily used to treat skin conditions like pigmentation and just happen to assist in hair reduction.

The light emitted from IPL machines is scattered and often lacks precision and, of course; results.

Now, laser doesn't work for everyone.

Those with fair skin and dark hair experience the best outcomes but those who are fair with light hair will find the treatments far less effective.

I’m told that those with darker hair and skin tones are best too look for salons that offer the services using the Candela GentleLase and Candela Yag machines.

After a recommendation, I decided to visit The Laser Lounge in Sydney which only uses the Lase machine.

People like me who do have dark hair and skin need to be aware that clinics that only use Lase should look for therapists that have experience in altering spot and energy size to suit different skin tones.

I'll mention more about this later.

As someone who doesn't mind waxing, I wasn't so worried about the pain factor and you shouldn't be either.

Bear in mind you need to have hair in full cycle before your visit.

Shave before your appointment and avoid unprotected sun exposure on the area post-treatment.

After your consultant divides up the area being treated with a liner, they move over the skin with a handheld device which releases energy in bursts several times within each section.

Each burst feels like a heated flicking sensation that tends to feel more intense in the areas with more hair.

Sections with little or no hair feel almost pain-free.

I was told that the area might slightly blister post-session; however I didn't have any issues.

The hair began to grow back and fall out aided by gentle exfoliation to avoid in-grown hairs.

An extra bonus is that laser hair removal helps to prevent in-growns unlike waxing.

Many clinics will advise you to come back between four and six weeks, however eight weeks is sufficient.

Returning too soon can miss hairs in that cycle and tend to be a marketing ploy to get you spending money.

I’ve found the treatment working okay but I was a bit disappointed to find that the darker areas weren't treated as effectively as the lighter sections.

I'm putting this down to my consultant failing to change the spot size of the laser and the amount of energy being released when covering different skin tones.

I'll be sure to keep you all updated over the course of my sessions!