Wednesday 28 September 2016

Hair affair - Triona McCarthy on how to have your locks looking their best

Triona McCarthy

Published 04/07/2016 | 02:30

Triona McCarthy: Nobody has time to wash their hair everyday.
Triona McCarthy: Nobody has time to wash their hair everyday.
Bronzie Back And Body Tanning Mitt.
Cindy Crawford.
Dovonex Psoriasis Ointment.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Targeted Sun Defense Stick SPF 50.
Show Beauty Premiere Dry Shampoo.

Our eauty guru has got your back, bottom, front, sides and everything in-between when it comes to looking good!

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Triona's trends

By Sunday, my hair is nearly 90pc dry shampoo! Ain't nobody got time to wash their hair every day and, OK, confesh time: if I get my hair blow-dried on a Tuesday, I'll quite often just dry shampoo the sh*te out  of it until le weekend.

It's really not that gross, especially as I use Shu Uemura's Color Lustre Dry Cleaner, €27, to instantly revitalise my hair between washes. It's just like a regular dry shampoo, except it isn't powdery and doesn't pong! It freshens hair almost like a deodorant, it mops up oiliness and adds sheen, texture and a little volume.

If I'm feeling fancy, I use Show Beauty Premiere Dry Shampoo, below, €41. If you like a luxurious scent, then this is for you, too, as it smells really expensive!

Formulated with volumising tapioca powder to draw out impurities and absorb excess oil, plus aloe vera and ginger lily for nourishment, it leaves me with silky, smooth, rich-smelling hair!

When I buy it from the Show salon in Harvey Nichols in Dundrum, I get my blow-dry free, as the blow-dry price is redeemable against any product purchase.

Finally, I've been trying a newbie; this works sleep plus elixir spray, €33, a two-in-one treatment that not only promotes sleep, it boosts the hair's vitality, leaving it smoother and softer by morning.

It's enriched with conditioning argan and jojoba, as well as rejuvenating baobab oils, and calming lavender.

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Triona's trick

Have you ever noticed a hard, shiny layer on top of any of your pressed-powder products such as blushers and bronzers? It can be from the oil in your skin, appara. If your brush can't pick up any product, don't scrape off the top layer, it's such a waste. Instead, simply press some packing tape against it to remove the hardened layer on top.

It's got your back

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I know there are readers who roll their eyes round the back of their heads when I get all lovey-dovey about Will, but the truth is, I just love him so much.

He always has my back and always has it, em, well-tanned, as he's great at applying my fake tan. Although I remember a time when I was single, and the stupid things I did to try and tan my own back! I could really have done with Bronzie Back And Body Tanning Mitt, Got Your Back, £14.99 (approximately €19), see bronzieuk.com.

Not only does it tan the whole body, streak-free, with ease, but it does it in half the time! The three-in-one beauty accessory has two double-sided mitt ends and a middle section to access hard-to-reach areas. It's washable, reusable and it works with any brand of fake tan.

Skin saviour

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Honestly, when I was younger, I could put anything on my skin and it would be grand - I had, yes, had, good skin. Nowadays though, it's a different story. Every time I look in the mirror, I see new pigmentation patches and lines and all sorts of scary stuff.

I want to look as good as 50-year-old Cindy Crawford, above, when I'm her age, so I've started using Skinceuticals, as I've found this is what's used by any 'lady of a certain age' who looks good. The range can be complex, but my tip is to go to somebody like Nuala Woulfe, see nualawoulfe.ie, as she uses the range in her Sandycove salon, including in treatments, and she can simplify things for you. You won't regret it!

Triona's most wanted

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Remember, a life without love is like a year without summer!

I know, I know, I'm so full of cheese, Gorgonzola comes out of my pores!

Anyhoo, it's summertime, and there's no need to lecture you on sun protection, so let's just concentrate on what really works.

My latest really useful find has been the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Targeted Sun Defense Stick SPF 50, above, €30. It's the perfect product for pulling out of your pocket when you need more protection at a festival or gig, or on holiday, or just every day when the sun is really out.

Use it on sensitive, over-exposed areas such as the lips, nose, earlobes, forehead - even on scars - to help shield them from the burning and aging effects of UVA and UVB rays.

The handy stick also moisturises, repairs and soothes in one quick step, and best of all, it doesn't leave any residue.

I always have one in my handbag, and we keep one in the car as well, as it's a great little reminder to reapply sunblock if we've been out all morning with the kids.

It glides on smoothly and invisibly - even with one-handed application, the norm when Maxi and Mini are in full flight - or should that be fight!

Cult product

What do Kim K, Cara D and Liam G all have in common? They all suffer from psoriasis, the inflammatory skin disease that affects more than 100,000 people in Ireland. Our recent hot spell was a nightmare for sufferers.

Thankfully, you can now get an effective treatment for psoriasis, Dovonex Psoriasis Ointment, below, €25, direct from your pharmacy. It doesn't contain steroids, so long-term, it won't damage the skin.

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