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wave goodbye to all those bad hair days

MY hair is neither here nor there – not dead straight and not way curly. It's annoyingly wavy and requires intervention. In a way it's good because I can go flat or full. Here's how I get each look, with styling tools and product.

SETTING IT STRAIGHT

REMINGTON Keratin Therapy Collection Hair Dryer, €49.99 HHHHI Keratin is the stuff they use in your hair when you are getting it straightened for 12 weeks. This hair dryer is meant to replicate that. It sounded the height of quackery to me, but I tried it and it totally works – I used my old dryer by way of comparison and there was no comparison. One star off as it ate some hair. Otherwise, amazing. Even with the keratin blast, I use some styling product, the likes of LIZ EARLE Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil, €18, HHHHI Disliked the health store pong, but liked the medium texture: not too heavy, not too light. Talk about Goldilocks. My hair shone brightly, and many compliments were forthcoming.

Finally? A swipe from REMINGTON STYLE Pearl Straightener, €59.99, HHHHH will give you salon-style hair. This little beauty heats up to 235C in 10 seconds and the flatness is fab.

BIGGING IT UP

BABYLISS Big Hair Airstyler, €63 HHHHI There's a learning curve (ha, ha), but this is a miracle. You'll need to dry your hair 80pc before using. Spraying liberally with either of the below will give different textures. I found in general that the bigness was better on second day hair. I use L'OREAL ELNETT Heat Protect Spray: Volume, €7.99 HHHII sparingly as it finishes really dry. But on second day hair, it is spectac. I'd recommend washing, drying and styling the night before and then refreshing it. For superb fab on the roots under any circumstances, PRO:VOKE PROFESSIONAL Touch of Silver Revitalising Dry Shampoo, €3.55, HHHHI comes into its own with the BaByliss. It's geared towards us blondes, so brunettes and redheads may like to check out L'OREAL PROFESSIONNEL PARIS Tecni Art Fresh Dust, €11.85, HHHHI, which is equally excellent. A star off for the slightly odd fragrance.

TREATING IT RIGHT

DOVE Hair Therapy Self Warming Hair Mask, €4.99, HHHHH This is a little gem of salon-style goodness. You don't have to do anything but pour it into your hands and apply. When you rinse, dry and style your hair, you will gasp at its softness.


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