A long-haul flight can mean that your hair can really take a turn for the worst. The texture can change, humidity is never a good thing and it can just feel flat and lifeless. Make sure you have the following products in your carry-on luggage to give your hair a spruce before heading off on your next adventure.
Before stepping foot on the plane, make sure your hair has been freshly washed and dried. Don’t apply too much product at the roots since it can make the follicle feel sticky and oily. Use a volumising shampoo to give the illusion of extra body without getting a professional blow-dry.
Malin + Goetz Peppermint Shampoo, $26
Eliminate frizz by keeping a finishing spray in your handbag at all times. This is an essential in warmer climates since the hot air almost always ruins a slicked-back hairstyle.
Joico Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray, $25.95
A can of dry shampoo is a must-have for saving hair that is starting to feel oily around the roots. Simply give it a quick spritz and make sure to comb it out to get rid of any white residue.
Soap & Glory Glad Hair Dry Shampoo, $10
To keep any bangs or layers away from your face, make sure you have a soft headband packed in your carry-on luggage. Keeping your hair down on a long-haul flight is just impossible, especially if it’s constantly in your face.
Lady Jayne Headband, $8.99
Sea salt spray
Who knew that sea salt spray could be so versatile? Simply spritz it into your ends and scrunch up the hair for extra volume and texture.
Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $35
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Is your blonde hair looking more lacklustre than lust-worthy? Odds are you’re probably using the wrong shampoos, conditioners, and styling treatments on your blonde hair. Never fear! We have compiled the best list of hair products which are ideal for blonde, coloured hair.
Did you know that your hair needs protein as well? A protein treatment is the perfect way to bring some life into hair which has been coloured blonde. You only need a few pumps to cover the ends, or use it as a leave-in treatment before washing out with lukewarm water.
Original & Mineral The Power Base Protein Masque, $42.76
Keep brassy tones away by using a purple or violet shampoo on your hair once a week. Joico’s yellow-mellowing shampoo has been specially formulated to keep brassiness from diminishing blonde and grey coloured hair.
Joico Colour Balance Purple Shampoo, $29.95
If you want to boost the shine in your hair, finish off this treatment in the shower by using the same conditioner. Not only will it help to decrease frizz, but the formula has been specially designed to protect your colour against premature fading. Which means less trips to the hairdresser – yay!
The Joico shampoo and conditioning treatments hit the shelves in June, so keep your eyes peeled!
Joico Colour Balance Purple Conditioner, $29.95
Treat your hair to a serum at least 1-2 times a week, to keep it looking healthy and shiny. Apply it to damp hair, leave for 10-15 minutes, then dry. Oils are quite concentrated, so you only need a few pumps for your ends.
Oribe Split End Seal, $56
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Do you ever find that your shampoo doesn’t live up to its expectations? Volumising formulas only work if you use a diffuser, coloured shampoos don’t really lock-in your colour, and don’t get us started on those formulas designed for textured hair!
Find your perfect shampoo with our guide below, and you’ll always have a good hair day.
If your hair is straight, thin, and often difficult to style, then you probably fall into the category of fine hair.
Look for a thickening or volumising shampoo which gives your hair a lift at the roots, and doesn’t make it look thinner than it already is.
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo, $32
How to use it: Work the product into your roots, slowly massage it from the start of your hairline to the back of your neck. Rinse thoroughly, and use twice for extra volume.
Damaged hair is usually anything which has been bleached, chemically treated, or even hair which is brittle and dry.
Your hair needs some hydrating, so use a shampoo which is nourishing from root to tip, and get into the habit of using a hair oil or mask at least once a week.
L’Occitane Repair Shampoo for Dry/Damaged Hair, $26
How to use it: Packed with essential oils to hydrate dry and damaged hair, simply apply to damp hair and leave in for 2 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and air dry.
As a girl with thick hair, I am often faced with the struggle of lots of frizz that just won’t go away!
To combat this, be extra generous with your conditioner, and brush your hair whilst it’s still wet to avoid the build-up of extra frizz.
Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo, $14
How to use it: Massage gently into your hair from root to tip, and rinse with cold water. Use a towel to carefully dry your hair, and allow it to air dry slightly before applying a smoothing oil to those troublesome areas.
Maintain your colour and shine (without booking another appointment at the hairdresser) and use a shampoo specifically for colour treated hair.
They are not as harsh as your usual shampoo, and won’t strip your hair or leave it dry and brittle. Otherwise your expensive colour is literally going down the drain.
Malin + Goetz Peppermint Shampoo, $26
How to use it: Use as normal to damp hair to cleanse and remove any impurities. Rinse with cold water to maintain your colour and shine.
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If you’ve never heard of a Wet Brush ($13.95) before, then we’re about to blow your mind.
Not only are they the trendiest new hair accessories that you need, but they’re perfect for girls who have a few too many knots and tangles in their hair.
Each brush actually skips the plastic bristles in favour of unique IntelliFlex which helps to untangle knots with minimal damage or irritation. You won’t find yourself constantly tugging at your ends to remove those stubborn knots, and the bristles aren’t likely to fall out or break.
The bristles are longer and equipped with a tiny bead on the end for maximum scalp penetration. Simply apply in circular motions around your scalp to boost circulation, and penetrate the hair follicle.
As opposed to other popular brushes on the market, the Wet Brush is relatively pain-free especially on those tough tangles. Long-haired girls can definitely feel my pain on this one.
Instead of causing breakage, the bristles carefully remove any knots without tearing the hair and leading to nasty split ends.
Since the bristles are so soft and thin, they are perfect for women who regularly wear hair extensions or wigs. They don’t damage your real or synthetic hair, and absolutely will not create additional breakage with extended use.
Brushing thick hair can be a task in itself, especially when you’ve come out of the shower. The Wet Brush was specifically designed for damp and thicker hair types, and is available in number of paddle brushes and colours to suit your lifestyle.
Are you convinced yet? We’ve already replaced all of our other brushes and combs with this amazing hair tool!
Finding the best styling tools for unruly hair can often be a lifelong chore in itself. What happens when your trusty straightening iron decides to sadly stop working, and you’ve got an important event coming up?
While this situation is all to common (and mostly inspired by real events), we share just some of the best styling tools you need now.
If you are absolutely addicted to the idea of super-straight, flyaway-free hair, then a straightening iron is a must-have in your cupboard. Choose one which meets the needs of your lifestyle (travel-size is best if you’re constantly living out of a suitcase), and think of it as an investment, well, isn’t it?
We seriously envy anyone with curly hair, since you have the option of going curly one day, and super-straight the next. The rest of us have to fake it with the help of a trusty curling wand.
Since there are so many available right now, just remember one simple rule: thin barrels create tight curls, and thicker barrels are best for achieving a natural, beachy look. Most also come equipped with a handy glove to keep your hand safe from the heat (and imminent burns).
Keep hair looking frizz-free by investing in a trusty hair dryer. You don’t have to break the bank and choose a model which looks fancy, but doesn’t actually deliver fantastic results. You only need it to dry your hair! Make sure to always use a diffuser to keep hair from burning, or possibly getting caught inside the motor – again, inspired by real life events.
Unless you love using a curling wand, then hair rollers aren’t really an essential. These are for women with shorter hair who find it almost impossible to use any other device for long-lasting curls. It is absolutely your choice if you prefer hot rollers, or the old-school velcro variety.
What are some of your essential hair tools?
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We love a top 5 at SHESAID – and here are some luxury, must-have hair care products you can’t live without with the changing seasons. Your locks will thank you for it – and you’ll have a crowning glory this spring/summer that’s the envy of all your friends.
From Paris with love: The celebrated hair care range by internationally renowned hair stylist David Mallett, who is widely considered to be the best “hair engineer” in Paris, has arrived in Australia. Australian-born Mallett launched his L’Hydration range in response to clients’ constant requests for products that add moisture without weight. Choose from a professional quality shampoo, conditioner and mask, plus the Hair Serum #DM027 (pictured) which will provide an instant conditioning effect on wet or dry hair, giving an immediate silky shine. This baby is $99, and its secret weapon is refined macadamia nut oil. For stockists, phone 02 8002 4488 or visit agencedeparfum.com.au for more information.
Banish split ends: Say goodbye to this hair no-no thanks to organic hair care brand Pure, which has released Precious Ends, a leave-in moisturising treatment which hydrates, repairs and seals split ends for all hair types. It’s especially good for restoring hair harmed by heat styling, colouring and chemical treatments, thanks to its antioxidants and beta-carotene. Your hair will gain strength and nourishment, while feeling silky, flexible and smooth. Precious Ends is $25.95 at stockists nationally. Phone 07 3267 5511 or visit hairjamm.com for more information.
Shine like a diamond: Get sleek, shiny and polished hair this spring/summer thanks to Juuce Hair’s new Argan Shimmer (shine spray). This baby can be mixed, blended or combined to create glamorous, smooth hair. Infused with Argan Oil, and rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants, Argan Shimmer will detangle and repair hair while locking in moisture-protecting nutrients to combat flyaway/frizz caused by flat irons, chemical treatments and high humidity. Even better, it won’t weigh your hair down. Argan Shimmer is $24.95 at Price Attack stores, salons and stockists nationally. Phone 07 3267 5511 or visit hairjamm.com for more.
Quick pick-me-up: Italian luxury hair care range Davines has released a dry cleansing mist Hair Refresher, formulated to refresh and clean all hair types without the use of water, providing hairstylists with a tool to give shape to their creative expressions. Containing natural rice powder, known for its added shine and moisturising properties, Hair Refresher will gently cleanse your hair. Light and fragrant, the dry cleansing mist can be used as a styling product for extra volume, as a special shampoo, is ideal for in-between washes, a great travelling tool, or as a quick pick-me-up. For stockists, phone 07 3267 5511 or visit hairjamm.com/davines for more information.
She wears a mask: Got a spare four t0 eight minutes? You can’t beat the luxury and relaxation of a hair mask; I’m loving this new Pure Hair Sacred Mask treatment, which will repair and hydrate all hair types. The mask’s argan oil and shea butter will restore your hair, plus it’s non-greasy and will de-frizz your precious tresses. You can use up to twice a week then just weekly once hair condition improves. The Pure Sacred Mask is $32.95 at stockists nationally. Phone 07 3267 5511 or visit hairjamm.com for more information.
Whether you’re interested in getting extensions or simply want to know more about them, one thing you should know is that they require lots of additional care. Extensions add length, volume and make hair thick and luscious if you aren’t exactly blessed with it naturally. If you’re considering hair extensions, take a peek at all of our tips on how to care for them in the best way possible.
If your extensions are just clip-ins, make sure to wash them on a regular basis. Use a mild shampoo designed for coloured hair, and gently soak in lukewarm water before leaving to air-dry.
To avoid any nasty tangles, brush or comb through your extensions on a day-to-day basis. Spray some de-tangling mist onto the ends and comb through gently to avoid any major problems.
Feel free to use curlers, hair driers and curling wands on your hair, but make sure to keep them 3-4cm away from the hair bonds (if these are your types of extensions). Sometimes the heat can melt away the bond, and move the hair extension from it’s place.
Try and avoid using shampoo, conditioner and deep cleansing products which contain sulphur. Usually found in dandruff shampoos, this ingredient can break down the hair follicle causing it to look and feel brittle.
To prevent salt water and chlorine sticking to your hair, it is best to completely wet the extensions prior to swimming. When you’re done, apply a solution which eliminates the damage from the water.
Apply a moisturising leave-in conditioner at least once a week, to keep your ends looking nourished. Allow to air-dry as opposed to using heat products directly on the extensions.
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We straighten, curl, blow-dry, spray, and tease our precious locks—nothing short of hair torture. So when our hairstylists tell us what products to use, they usually point straight towards their salon-endorsed shelf of expensive hair treatments and shampoos. It’s important to take care of your hair (especially if you subject it to constant heat damage) but which products and tools are actually worth the money?
These 5 products are worth their weight in gold:
The Moroccanoil buzz is ongoing for a reason—it’s liquid magic. If you have frizzy or unruly hair, this Argan oil-based oil should already be stocked in your bathroom cupboard. It smoothes, hydrates, and nourishes, acting as both a regenerating treatment for heat-damaged hair, and as a heat protectant serum before you whip out the straightener. Well worth the price, Moroccan oil only requires a small amount so it will last an age.
Kerastase Elixir Ultime
Similar to Moroccan oil, this Kerastase serum is a multi-award winning product that generates spectacular word-of-mouth reviews. It works beautifully on towel dried hair before styling, but can be used on dry hair to smooth and shine also.
GHD products have long reigned over the field of straighteners, but for very good reason. Their higher prices are, unlike numerous other hair care tools, demonstrative of quality. The Eclipse uses a 185-degree heat; a cooler temperature than other straighteners, and one that GHD claims to be the perfect temperature to avoid heat damage.
Mason Pearson Paddle Brush
Do hairbrushes really matter? Yes! This award winning paddle brush is a celebrity favourite and the Mason Pearson brand of brushes has been circulating for almost a century. The brush is rumoured to be so brilliant because it combines boar bristles with nylon brushes. The nylon is used for detangling, whereas the boar bristles remove dandruff (or dry shampoo) from your scalp while distributing your naturally occurring oils through to the ends of your hair. This inevitably cuts down on the number of times you wash your hair every week, and your hair will look naturally healthy and shiny. Yes, it seems expensive for ‘just a hairbrush’, but the longevity and popularity of the Mason Pearson paddle brush is no coincidence.
Elchim 2001 Professional Hair Dryer
This little baby has multiple temperatures and speeds, so it truly is compatible with everybody’s hair. The drying time is one of its beloved features, and it creates a salon quality blow-dry in the comfort of your own home. Your wallet may struggle with the departure temporarily, but your hair (present and future) will thank you endlessly.
What hair product can you not live without?
The SheSaid team tried-and-tested a stack of hot new hair care products (yes, even the boys!).
TIGI Catwalk Shampoo and Conditioner
Natasha Buckie: After using the shampoo and conditioner it made my hair feel like I just came out the hairdressers! Smooth, glossy, with lots of volume. As with all TIGI products, it makes your hair smell amazing. I also didn’t feel the need to add any finishing products like serum, which really showed the quality of the conditioner. I will definitely use it again.
TIGI Dumb Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner
Nicky Potter: The TIGI Dumb blonde shampoo and conditioner are wonderful. Both have a delicious, fruity smell that lasts. The shampoo and conditioner made my hair soft and luscious without leaving it flat or lifeless. Without a doubt, I will be recommending TIGI to all my friends to use and I have now found my preferred shampoo and conditioner.
Toni & Guy Frizz Control Serum
Annie Peachman: The hair serum is the perfect antidote to the humidity! It left my hair shiny and soft without the greasy feeling you get from so many other serums. It would be ideal to use all year round, especially before using heated hair appliances, which cause so much damage. The smoothing lotion has also been a great addition to my hair care regime – I used it after conditioning and it left my hair feeling so soft! It tamed all the flyways and didn’t weigh my hair down.
VO5 Give Me Texture Spray
Di Horrocks: Great product for fine straight hair like mine. Really liked that it doesn’t leave a built-up feel in the hair afterwards. It gives more body to the hair with little effort.
VO5 Smoothly Does It Shampoo and Conditioner
James Leng: I have thick, wiry hair, which is hard to keep under control in humidity. The shampoo and conditioner softened my hair and helped keep it under control. I love that I can use it every day!
What are your favourite hair care products?
Last month, we looked at four foods that are damaging your hair, from sugar to sodium. Some readers expressed dismay over the hair sins they were committing without even realising.
If you’ve been unkind to your hair, relax. Just as unhealthy foods are bad for your hair, a balanced diet can do wonders for your locks.
Nutritionist and author of The Beauty Diet, Lisa Drayer, explains, “your hair reflects your nutritional status. Behind great hair is great nutrition. There are no hair products that can be applied on the outside that will make up for poor nutrition.”
Read on for five superfood groups that will kick start your hair recovery.
1. Omega 3-rich foods
As we uncovered in the four foods that are damaging your hair, deficiencies in your diet can be just as damaging as overindulgence. People who don’t consume enough foods that are rich in omega-3 may experience brittle hair and scalp conditions such as eczema.
Drayer warns, “Your body needs quality fats to grow hair, since about three percent of the shaft is made up of lipids.” Additionally, fats are used to build cell membranes in the scalp and to create the natural oil that keeps your hair from drying out.
Salmon is an excellent (and tasty) source of Omega 3. If salmon isn’t to your tastes, you can also boost your body’s essential fatty acid intake by eating other fish, such as mackerel or sardines. Other options include walnuts, pumpkin seeds and whole grains. Drayer also recommends flax or hemp seeds.
2. Iron-rich foods
An iron deficiency, sometimes seen in pregnant women or people with restricted diets (such as vegetarians or vegans), is a known contributor to hair loss and hair thinning.
Research by Wilma Bergfeld for the America Academy of Dermatology suggests that, even if anaemia is not the main cause of a person’s hair loss, having too little iron in the blood only makes matters worse.
A great iron-rich food is spinach. Spinach contains not only iron but also folate and Vitamin C, all of which encourage production of healthy scalp oils for hair growth.
If you don’t enjoy spinach, you can also find iron in other dark vegetables, such as kale, broccoli or bok choy.
We recommend oysters for pescetarians.
3. Vitamin C-rich foods
Drayer explains, “If you are not eating abundant amounts of vitamin C-rich foods every day, you may not have enough to take care of your lovely locks.”
Why is Vitamin C so important? Among other things, Vitamin C aids collagen product. Collagen isn’t only found under our skin, but it also surrounds your hair strands. As we age, the collagen breaks down. This process makes hair more prone to breakage.
Fortunately, there are plenty of delicious foods that can help you get your daily fill of vitamin C. Blueberries are a particularly rich source of vitamin C. Other options include oranges, strawberries, kiwi fruit and red peppers.
Consuming 250mg of vitamin C daily won’t just help you get beautiful hair – the increased collagen production will also fight signs of ageing, like wrinkles, on your skin.
4. Zinc-rich foods
Zinc is another essential mineral for strong, healthy hair. Drayer notes that, while many people have a zinc deficiency, “taking zinc supplements can throw off your body’s natural balance between zinc and copper.”
Why resort to supplements when you can eat your way to healthy zinc levels?
Drayer’s top 10 beauty foods lists oysters and yoghurt as excellent sources of zinc. Other foods that can help your boost your zinc intake include seafood, beef, lamb, eggs and nuts.
5. High fibre foods
While we may not often associate fibre with lustrous locks, Drayer explains, “some skin-care experts believe toxins contribute to scalp and hair problems.” Additionally, making sure you get enough fibre in your diet will prevent undigested food from lingering in your intestines and robbing your body and hair of precious nutrients.
You should aim to eat at least 20 to 25mg of fibre per day. Good sources of fibre include foods made from whole-grains, such as brown rice or bread. Raw vegetables, such as carrots, are another easy way to get fibre into your diet. Carrots have the added benefit of increasing your body’s production of Vitamin A, which is vital for a healthy scalp.
By including some of these five superfoods in your diet, you can easily combat hair loss and eat your way to silkier, stronger and more manageable hair.
What are your best tips for healthy hair?
Bethany Tyndall writes about beauty on her blog Beauty Junkie.
Cutting edge hair
Be at the forefront of trends and change your style on every visit to the salon.Try using different products from the Andrew Collinge range of hair care and styling products to create new and different effects.
Coolest celebs glam it up with a bit of hair drama.Turn up the heat on short hair by sleeking hair back for the ultimate groomed look, or pull and twist pieces up from the roots to create your own signature style.
stay put styling gel
Andrew Collinge stay put styling gel shapes and controls for maximum hold whether you want a sleek groomed look, gravity defying lift or a spiky textured finish.
The new chic sheared crop sported by Selma Blair has done wonders for her career and has also sent women in their droves to the salons for a similar do. Women with short dark hair need to be careful however, if they wear it too neat it can look like a helmet.
messed up moulding gum
Blow dry hair with your fingers, and then use Andrew Collinge messed up moulding gum on sections or all over to create a more unruly effect. Always at the forefront of global hair trends, Jennifer Aniston’s fine locks continue to excite and inspire.
Whilst the ‘Rachel’ was without doubt the most coveted hair of the past decade, our favourite is the loose and sexy style Jen adopts when off set.
To achieve this look apply Andrew Collinge styling moussing gelle to damp hair. The secret is to blow dry only at the roots and hairline for lift and allow the rest to air-dry.
To finish lightly apply Andrew Collinge shape up controlling wax to the bottom half of the hair for texture and polish. One of the hottest styles for the coming season is an updated version of the ‘starlet’ style from the 1940s, featuring a deep side parting and a softly waved front that brings the hair over the forehead whilst the rest hangs loose at the back.
shape up controlling wax
This is a very simple style and can be achieved by all with a little practice. Start by applying Andrew Collinge no kinks straightener to the back of the hair, and Andrew Collinge supple hold styling cream to the front.
Separate the front of the hair from the side parting into 3 sections and curl around 3 large velcro rollers across the top of the forehead. Use a large round brush for blow-drying the rest of the hair straight, then when the hair at the front is dry remove the curlers and gently brush out the hair to create a glamorous wave.
For more ways to get sexy hair, check SheSaid Fashion and Beauty next week!
Having beautiful, healthy hair is easy when you know how. Michelle Aldridge from shuum hair salon in Brisbane has some tips on how to treat your hair right!
Cleanliness is next to…
Don?t make the mistake of thinking you need to wash your hair everyday. Unless you sleep in an ashtray or wear tonnes of waxy styling products, there really is no need to wash your hair daily.
?Regular washing your hair strips it of essential sebum (hair?s natural moisturiser) and can leave it dry and brittle,? says Michelle.
Oils ain?t oils
If you have naturally oily hair Michelle advises to use a mild, pH-balanced shampoo when you wash. Rubbing the scalp vigorously when washing is another no-no, as this will stimulate the oil glands to produce more sebum that will result in lanky, oily-looking hair.
Banish bad hair
Did you know that not rinsing your hair thoroughly is biggest cause of the dreaded bad hair day? ?Try to rinse your hair for an extra couple of minutes after shampooing and conditioning,? says Michelle adding that excess shampoo and conditioner can ?counteracts styling products, leave your hair looking dull, limp and unmanageable.?
A load of hot hair
Blow drying your hair into shape may be a necessary evil, but there are steps you can take to ensure that you are not torturing your hair mercilessly. Michelle explains ?Overheating your hair makes it susceptible to breakage and strips it of shine.? Not exactly the look you were after?
?A better idea is to blow-dry hair until it?s 80% dry and then let it air dry, naturally. Alternatively use a leave-in conditioner or styling product that protects your hair from heat styling,? says Michelle. ?Also, hold the hair dryer at least 30 centimetres away from your hair.?
Clip go the shears
It?s no use washing, conditioning and caring for your hair if you?re walking around with a lot of scraggly old split ends. Maintaining healthy hair means getting a trim every 6 weeks. ?The tip of each hair can be 10 per cent weaker then the root, making it more vulnerable to breakage and split ends. Having the tips trimmed every 6 weeks helps to maintain the condition of your hair and its style.? And that?s what we all want!
Michelle Aldridge is the Creative Director of shuum in Brisbane. For questions about other common hair mistakes email her at firstname.lastname@example.org