Beauty with Ruth Griffin: Heads above the rest
Used properly - and sparingly - dry shampoos give your locks an instant lift
What woman doesn't love a little beauty helper - an early morning beauty shortcut that enables us to spend an extra half hour in bed? And surely dry shampoo is the ultimate hero hair-helper? Irish women love this little 'hair makeover in a can' to give us a dig-out when we can't face the whole barnet-fixing business. But recent online reports that dry shampoo causes bald spots, scalp spots and sores, thinning hair and flaky scalps and hairlines, has women wondering if their little hair helper is safe.
Trichologists and dermatologists say that dry shampoo won't cause any harm - if used correctly. However, it seems we don't use the right technique to apply it and we use far too much product too often.
We hear a lot about methods and products to keep our hair healthy, but very little about nourishing our scalps. The reality is, however, we have zero chance of healthy, shiny, thick hair, without a healthy scalp - it's the anchor for a gorgeous head of hair. If we pile product onto our scalps and don't properly cleanse it, it will result in sores, spots, dry scalps and thinning hair.
Our scalps are a continuation of our faces and just think what our skin would look like if we didn't cleanse our faces properly and just continued to pile on products.
If it's true our hair is the crown that we never take off, read on for some tips to have yours fit for a queen.
Calvin Klein model, mum-of-five and Elbi charity app founder, Natalia Vodianova, pictured, swears her healthy mane of hair is due to her regular two-hour hot-oil scalp treatments, to repair damage caused to her hair throughout her modeling career with harsh product and colourant usage.
6 of the best: Dry shampoos
Best for Sensitive Skin
Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo, from ¤24. This is perfect for women with hypoallergenic needs, problem scalps and sensitive skin in general, as it is derived from 98pc natural ingredients. The non-aerosol dispenser also ensures that not too much of the product is dispensed. Available from department stores and Aveda stores nationwide.
MAMA BEAR HAIR
Best for Pregnant/Nursing Mums
Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo, €8.50. This non-aerosol, dry powder formula is made from cornflour with lemon, lime and grapefruit oils, so it's free from chemical nasties. Perfect for mums-to-be, nursing mama bears and people recovering from illness. Available at Lush shops.
GOOD HAIR DAYS
Best for Blow-Dry Extension Redken Pillow Proof Blowdry 2 Day Extender, €21.80. Extend your professional blow-dry for at least two more days with this professional-level product. A little goes a long way. Available from selected salons and online at feelunique.com.
Best for Colour Protect
Herbal Essences Ignite My Colour Dry Shampoo, €4.39. With botanical rose extracts, this is a gorgeous-smelling hair refresher and colour protector, with a brilliant price tag. Available at pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide.
Best for Volume
Pantene Pro V Volume Booster, €5.79. The star ingredient in this dry shampoo is tapioca starch - it removes that lanky hair look we all loathe. There are no emollients, which results in your hair having a silkier texture, with added oomph and volume. Available at pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide.
Aussie Miracle Dry Colour Mate Dry Shampoo, from €2.89. This much-loved haircare line has delivered a handbag-sized, budget-friendly dry shampoo, which leaves hair quite soft without too much of that disgusting sticky residue that is present in some dry shampoos. Available at pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide.
How to use dry shampoo
Dry shampoo is safe when used properly.
Overuse or misuse of it can cause build-up and blocked pores on the scalp.
It should be used as a back-up to absorb excess oil and not as a replacement to regular shampooing.
Shake the bottle well before use, flip your head over and spray 6-8 inches from the scalp while moving your hand around the head. Flip your hair over and use your fingers to shake into place and move the product around.
Use it once or twice a week.
Advice from hairy stylist Trudy Hayes.
If you have any concerns about your hair health, contact a trichologist
* If hair is thinning, try Phyto Phytophanere Supplements for Hair, (€37.99), full of vitamins, omega-3 oils, wheat germ and brewer’s yeast. Available at evergreen.ie.
* An Indian head massage increases nourishment, blood supply and oxygen to the scalp and hair follicles, which stimulates hair growth.
Backstage beauty with Mairead Ronan
Mairead Ronan (35), TV presenter, producer of Today FM's Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show, co-owner of FARO professional blow-dry brushes (available at The Loop in Dublin and Cork airports and Cara pharmacies nationwide from €43.99, @FaroIrl), and soon-to-be mum of two, shares with us her backstage beauty secrets
What are your top five make-up items?
(1) Rimmel Day to Night mascara, €10.50. (2) Ken Boylan's Make-Up/Play lip pencil in Cameo. My foundation is a mix of two - Ken Boylan's plus a little bit of (3) Estée Lauder Double Wear, €38. (4) Mac cream blush in Posey, below, €24. (5) Benefit Gimme Brow, above, €26.
Has your daily beauty routine changed since you've been pregnant?
Honestly, it hasn't. I'm still using the same Image cleanser and moisturiser. I'm a huge fan of Environ skincare products and I like to swap between the two brands.
What's your top tip for gorgeous hair?
I have frizzy, fuzzy hair - the worst type of hair! Over the years, I've learned how to manage it - for me, it's always been down to choosing really good brushes.
Do you have a signature scent?
Jo Malone French Lime Blossom.
What product would you not leave the house without?
A half-decent blow-dry and some mascara. If your hair looks OK, and you've a lick of mascara on, you can get away with those two alone.