Hair heroes: Triona McCarthy on treating damaged locks
Find out the fastest way to fix damaged hair and treat your skin, says our beauty buff, who also shows how to break out your inner Banksy with a new nail spray can
Do you, like me, tend to use your hairdryer and hair straightener a lot more during the winter months? This can really wreck the condition of your hair. However, I know just what to do so your favourite tools won't completely trash your tresses.
A very simple thing to do is use something such as Pantene ProV Repair & Protect Dry Oil with Vitamin E, above, €9.69, to keep your hair hydrated and help avoid any long-term damage. Designed for use on wet or dry hair, it protects and boosts moisture while creating a smooth finish, and it dries quickly.
It's so lightweight, my style doesn't drop or look greasy.
Schwarzkopf Professional have a fantastic new range, BC Repair Rescue; I've been trialling it, and getting great results. According to the makers, the range repairs the hair from within at a cellular level, using all-new technology to turn back the clock an incredible three years!
It also seals individual hair strands with anti-hair-breakage protection, leaving your hair instantly strengthened and repaired, with renewed elasticity and shine. The shampoo, below left, and conditioner, below, €10 each, are my go-to products at the mo.
Make friends with your natural texture and ask your hairdresser for a cut that allows you to air-dry your hair, then make a point of getting trims every six weeks to get rid of any damaged ends.
Coffee number three, and it's only 10am. The tiredness! How will I get through the rest of the day without overdosing on caffeine? It's time to put down the cup and spritz myself with a face mist - I keep mine by my computer - as not only does it moisturise my skin, it also works as a mini mental break, so I can power through the rest of the day.
"Paw Patrol is on a roll!"
"No job is too big, no pup is too small."
"Rubble on the double!"
"Chase is on the case."
This is what I hear from morning until night in my house, as Maxi, my two-year-old, is obsessed with the Paw Patrol cartoon.
I'll tell you what I'm obsessed with . . . ways to make me instantly look better!
My latest must-have is a new mask by Kiehl's called Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque, below left, €34.
This instant facial energises and brightens dull skin, thanks to turmeric's natural cleansing and sebum-balancing properties, while the crushed cranberries exfoliate, and are full of antioxidants.
Leave on clean skin for 10 minutes then "ready, set, get wet!" - as Paw Patrol's Zuma says - and wash it off, for a rejuvenated face. It leaves my skin feeling wonderful, so I'm "ready for action, Ryder, sir."
As the crow flies
I love a personal recommendation by someone I trust, and it was my favourite hairstylist, Joanne Kelly - she styled my hair for my photograph this week, above - who was the first person to tell me about Crow Street Collective in Temple Bar.
Since then, I've heard nothing but rave reviews about the hip hangout, brought to us by Darren Lacken, the artistic director and owner.
If you want to look as gorgeously groomed as Khloe Kardashian looks, above - with her hair, nails, brows and tan, all on point - then you need to check out the stylish salon which has, by all accounts, the best hot chocolate and prosecco in Dublin.
Crow Street Collective, 1A Crow St, Temple Bar, D2, tel: (01) 534-3821 or check out 'Crow Street Collective Hair & Beauty' on Facebook.
Triona's most wanted
I hate painting my nails, but love my nails painted! So I'm always on the lookout for something to make the whole process a lot easier.
I love three-week manicures and press-on nails, and just when I think I've seen it all, something like this amazing new nail product lands on my desk and makes me lose my mind!
The clever clogs at Nails Inc have launched this spray-on Paint Can polish, above, €15. Yes, you read that correctly - it's a spray can for using on your nails!
The excitement when I got it was unreal. It was like the beauty gods saw my miserable attempts of painting my own nails down to my knuckles, and decided they'd had enough, and made this product especially for idiots like me! The new formula attaches itself to your nails and not your skin, so you just apply a base coat, which I'm actually capable of doing, then grab the spray can, spray it on, simply wash or wipe away the excess, pop on a topcoat and - ta-dah, your manicure is done.
Do it over the sink or use a big towel on your lap, as it does tend to go everywhere.
I tried this Shoreditch Lane version, a silver, glittery colour, and managed to get glitter all over my black top as well, which I actually quite liked.
It came out in the wash afterwards, but be careful with carpets and walls as well.
Eau so nice
I love a freebie - or a 3bie, as I call it - and right now, when you buy the new Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa Eau de Parfum, above €62, available in Arnotts, Debenhams and pharmacies nationwide, you get a limited-edition lipstick from Dolce & Gabbana's own make-up range - which, by the way, you can't even get yet in Ireland!
Men of Ireland, take note - St Valentine's Day is next week, and this would make a fab gift.
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