Banish just-got-out-of-bed hair in a flash with the new GHD Glide, €139. This hot ceramic brush deftly slides through dry locks, smoothing unruly tresses in no time. I’ve used tools like this before, but this is packed with all the GHD technical know-how to create really top-notch styling tools.
The mix of short and long bristles on the brush allow you to style larger sections in one go – the long outer bristles are cool, to touch and detangle hair, while the short inner bristles grab hair, creating enough tension against the plate to smooth and shape while creating movement.
Then the ioniser eliminates frizz by sending negative charges to the hair. I like that this is light enough to travel with, and as a time-poor lady with frizz-prone hair, this tool has been a saviour, reviving many a two-day blow-dry.
They did it again
The Olaplex revolution has changed the way we colour hair – lightening no longer means sacrificing condition. Now Olaplex has introduced take-home products: a No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner, €29.50 each.
As you would expect, each has the famous Olaplex bond-building technology in the formula, which maintains the hair shaft’s integrity and keeps the colour from fading or changing tone. Both are intensely hydrating, while the conditioner also reduces the effects of damage and frizz without weighing hair down. They are expensive for sure, but are in a league of their own.
While perusing Instagram, I noticed that Girls star, Allison Williams, posted a picture of herself with new blonde highlights and the caption: "I swore I wouldn’t do this to my hair again...but new movie, new hair. Back to blonde and back to work." I can understand why Allison, usually a dark brunette, is lamenting her blonde hair – it can be so hard to keep the colour looking fresh.
Recently, I’ve been using L’Oréal Elvive’s new Colour Protect Purple Shampoo and Conditioner (both €8.95) and it’s been brilliant for keeping the natural warm tones in my hair from turning brassy.
Purple is the exact opposite to yellow on the colour wheel so the formula works as a colour corrector that neutralises yellow and orange tones, and keeps blonde hair cool and bright. This duo can be used on brunette hair in between colouring sessions, all the way to silver grey hair.
Top tip: Brunettes should leave this on for longer for maximum effect!
In living colour
We have all become more conscious of what chemicals we put on our hair and scalp, so for gentle home colouring, I draw your attention to Schwarzkopf’s new Only Love Permanent Hair Dye range, €5.99.
Not only is it free of ammonia, silicone, and alcohol, but with oat milk and soy protein in the formula, it is really kind to the scalp, while argan oil feeds the hair to restore shine.
The bonus is that the shades are really gorgeous – think Kate Middleton’s rich browns and natural shades of blonde.