Andrea Byrne's five of the best new season haircare
I have to confess that I am a bit of a snob where haircare is concerned, usually favouring higher-end products. It's possibly because my hair - bird's nest that it is in its natural state - needs rich, frizz-busting, softening ingredients which tend to be found in products offered by luxury brands.
However, this season, two cheaper-priced products - Herbal Essences' Dry Shampoo and Garnier's Ultimate Blends The Strength Restorer 1-minute Treatment, seriously impressed and both will be repurchased as they did as good a job as products three times their price. Herbal Essences' Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo, which is paraben-free and formulated using natural tapoica, really refreshes and revives the hair without making it look like you had an accident with a bottle of baby powder, as so many can. It also leaves the hair smelling uh-mazing.
I've tried tons of 1-minute hair treatments from grocery store brands that make big claims but fail to impress. However, Garnier's Ultimate Blends Strength Restorer proved an exception. In fact the whole range is rather lovely. Containing honey, propolis and royal jelly it left my hair feeling soft, shiny, and noticeably healthier.
Matrix's Strengthening Oil is another product launched this season that's great value for money. And because it's packed full of hair-loving goodness, only a small amount is needed for a noticeable improvement to the look and feel of your hair. Root Vanish, brought to us by leading Dublin-based hair salon Kazumi, isn't cheap, but it's by far the best product I've tried for disguising bad roots.
Available in five shades, its finish is so natural that it can even be used on a man's beard or sideburns.
Ever look at photos of celebrities on the red carpet and wonder how they get their hair so shiny? There's a good chance their stylist uses a product like Joico's Dry Oil Spray. Because it's a dry oil, it doesn't make the hair greasy, but instead coats it in a film of lightweight lustre. Also, Joico's new shine spray contains ingredients such as jojoba seed oil that work to nourish the hair!
Root Vanish by Kazumi, €39,
Available in Kazumi, Molesworth St, D2. Easy-to-use brush applicator that administers the perfect amount of gel-based colour to naturally disguise roots or a greying hairline.
K-PAK Dry Oil Spray, €21
Joico, available in salons nationwide. A gorgeous finishing spray that gives shine and lustre to the hair without making it greasy, weighing it down or making it feel sticky.
The Strength Restorer, €6.99
Ultimate Blends by Garnier, available nationwide. I love this range of haircare as it consistently makes my hair feel soft and silky without any palaver of lengthy leave-in times.
Oil Wonders Strengthening Oil, €12.50
Matrix, available in selected salons nationwide. A rich oil that can be used as a pre-shampooing treatment or a finishing serum. Whatever way you choose to use it, you'll notice a difference.
Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo, €3.99
Herbal Essences, available nationwide. Absorbs excess oil without drying the hair out or making it look dull, heavy, or cakey. At €3.99, it's worth having one at home, in the car and in the office!
Caroline Sleiman, Market Development Manager for Moet Hennessy Ireland
Hydrating B5 Gel, €70, SkinCeuticals, available in selected salons nationwide
I love the SkinCeutical range but in particular the B5 as it hydrates without over clogging; helps with tissue repair and helps replenish lost nutrients. It's great both in summer and winter and in particular when travelling. It's a little magic in a bottle and the bottle design is great!
Ecriture de Chanel in Noir, €33.50, Chanel, available in selected department stores nationwide.
Learning to use liquid eyeliner was one the very first things I did when I started wearing makeup. I practiced and practised until I got the flick just right for the shape of my eyes. Needless to say I have tried dozens of brands over the years and none come close to Ecriture de Chanel. It is precise, the pigments dark, rich and glossy and it's very long-lasting.
Rouge Coco lipstick in Arthur, €32.50, Chanel, available in selected department stores nationwide.
I discovered the power of lipstick only a couple of years ago and since then have fallen head over heels. I have sallow skin, so getting the right colour is important. It was a matter of trying loads until I found what suited best. I love the Chanel range and my current favourite is Rouge Coco lipstick in Arthur - just gorgeous!