#nofilter by Denise Smith
The honest beauty column
I am turning my attention to my hair this week because it’s in need of a serious glow-up. While the ladies at Pelo Hairdressing in Dublin 9, have magic hands when it comes to looking after my locks, these products help to keep my tresses shining in between appointments.
Kérastase Chroma Absolu Bain Chroma Respect Shampoo, €25.90 SAY hello to your new hair hero. If you’re longing to switch up your haircare, but terrified of frizz, simply look for the Bain Chroma Respect label from cult brand Kérastase. Specially formulated for colour-treated hair, the salon-quality range helps protect and hydrate even the most sensitive strands without compromising the colour. This creamy hair cleanser is already my go-to in the morning — not least because of its heavenly scent.
Seoulista Glossy Locks Hair Mask, €12 FOR those bad hair days and beyond, this weekly hair mask will nourish your scalp and give your locks some serious bounce. Packed full of hard-working ingredients, including nourishing camellia oil and keratin, the double-layered mask helps restore dry or damaged hair to its former glory by improving elasticity and locking in moisture. But it’s the drip-free formula that makes it a winner for me. Pop it on and pour yourself a large glass of vino while you await the silky, swishy, glossy finish.
GHD Curve Thin Wand, €159 IF you want game-changing curls in lightning-fast speed, GHD have nailed the assignment — again. Featuring a super-slim 14mm barrel and speedy 30 second heat-up time, the brand’s latest styling tool creates defined and ridiculously springy curls that last for up to 24h, without extreme heat. So you can go as big and bouncy as you wish without frying your tresses. Using the optimum styling temperature of 185C, simply wrap sections of hair around the wand to achieve perfect curls in three seconds flat. Let’s just say I’m currently channelling Annie.
Alfaparf Semi Di Lino Reconstruction Anti Breakage Daily Fluid, €16.50
If you’ve got hair that has a habit of snapping, breaking or splitting, this little wonder elixir is for you.
Packed with active ingredients that work inside the hair shaft to repair and replenish, pop this on after you shampoo and condition for some extra body and shine. It’s also a brilliant detangler which is always a good thing.
Klorane Detox Dry Shampoo, €12.50 IF my house was on fire, I’d be running out the door with this life-saving bottle of dry shampoo, among other things. Not only does it knock greasy hair on the head, by absorbing excess sebum, it also adds some serious volume to limp locks. The pollution-proof spray is packed with organic acquatic mint to refresh the scalp — and your nostrils — on the go.
Voduz All That Glows Illuminating Self ‘Hair’ Kit, €41.95 DO you ever have those days when you resemble a scarecrow because your hair is so lacklustre and dehydrated? Me too. My yellow brick road to hydrated locks is the Afterglow Illuminating Hair Treatment included in this self-care kit. I just work it onto the ends of my hair after a shower and pop it up in the Wrap Up Microfibre Towel. It saves me when I’ve hit the hair tools hard.
Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Cocoa Butter, €8.99 HANGRY Hair? Dig into this vegan hair food designed to nourish dry, curly hair. The pocket-friendly 3-in-1 treatment is packed with natural ingredients including cocoa butter and jojoba oil to fight frizz without weighing curls down. Pre-shampoo, deep conditioner or rinse-out hair mask treatment — you decide.
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