Give bad hair days the backhand with our top pick of what’s fresh and fabulous in haircare. Are you ready to jump right in?
Paradise in your palm
The gradual fade of summer needn’t dampen your holiday mood. The new limited-edition ghd Azores collection is here to whisk you off to a pastel-coloured paradise. Inspired by a world of blue skies, white sands and pink sunsets, each pearlescent styler comes with its own heat-resistant bag. While the iconic V styler is available in ‘atlantic jade’ and ‘marine’ (R2 299 each), the big kahuna – the ghd platinum (R2 999) – wears a very lustable ‘serene pearl’. Refresh in a flash
Girlz Only Dry Shampoo (R39,95, Dis-Chem) is the easiest way to refresh your hair in between washes and can even be used on clean hair to add a little more volume and bounce. Available in a variety of fragrances, you’ll be sure to find one to suit, be it the citrusy ‘Dawn Till Dusk’ or the fruity ‘Party Nights’.Bring on the curls
Good news, curly girls! Redken has reformulated and repackaged its popular Curvaceous collection that’s available at selected salons. The new line-up includes an improved sulphate-free lightweight cleanser (R347), a leave-in or wash out conditioner (R367) and ringlet shape-perfecting lotion (R402) as well as a new curl refiner anti-frizz curl defining primer (R402). The latter provides moisture, frizz control and even UV protection to help prep your curls before styling.Moisture to the max
A good moisturising hair mask is an essential when winter’s dry air starts taking its toll on your hair. Fortunately, local celebrity hairstylist Gary Rom recently launched his own line of products and one of his bestsellers is the Hydro Boost Hydrating Treatment for Dry Hair (R450, Garyromhaircare.co.za). A vitamin enriched blend of mega-moisturising ingredients, it’ll replenish stressed tresses in just five to ten minutes.
A blast that’s fast
Winter means you’ll be breaking out the blow-dryer more often but, thanks to L’Oreal Paris Studio Line Hot & Go Faster Blow-Outs (R79, Zando) you can cut down the time you spend exposing your hair to heat while protecting it from the damaging effects. Just a few spritzes before you blow and you’ll soon be ready to go.Knot happening!
Denman’s popular Tangle Tamer just got bigger and better! The new Tangle Tamer Ultra (R160, Dis-chem) is a quick and easy way to brush out wet hair – long, thick hair, and extensions and wigs – to a glossy, knot-free finish. Thanks to super-soft nylon bristles and an air-cushioned pad that follows the contour of the head, you can get a smooth, damage-free brush out in just a few strokes.
Stronger for longer
New to SA shores, Italian cosmetics brand Cipria Milano is serving up Keratin Reconstruction Vials (R49, Cipria Milano in Cape Gate and Sandton City shopping centres). Each box contains two vials containing a mix of fortifying keratin and conditioning silk proteins. Crack them open, mix them up in a bowl and apply them to your hair for one to five minutes after shampooing, and you’re on the road to stronger, shinier-looking locks. Don’t feel the burn
The first heat styling spray enriched with Indian amla oil, Dark and Lovely AMLA Legend sleek repair (R29,95) protects your hair from heat of up to 230-degrees celsius. The formula also makes use of silicones that add shine and hydrating ceramides to moisturise your hair. Simply spritz it on your locks before reaching for your blow dryer or hot styling tool and you’re good to go.
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