Wednesday 22 May 2019

Heads up... Triona McCarthy on how to get glam hair

Triona McCarthy has the lowdown on how to achieve sexy and glam hair. Photo: Tony Gavin
Triona McCarthy has the lowdown on how to achieve sexy and glam hair. Photo: Tony Gavin
Paltinia Hair Strengthening Primer
Autumn/winter 2015 shade Sunrise
Hylo-Tear eye drops
Julianne Moore
Mac Mineralize Timecheck
Tangle Teezer Blow-Styling paddle hairbrush

Triona McCarthy

Make heads turn with some seriously silky, smooth, sexy and glam hair. Our beauty buff has the lowdown on what's happening up top this season

Triona's trends

Oh-oh, as my son Maxim seems to say constantly, but maybe my Granny Aggie wasn't always right! She used to tell me my hair needed 100 strokes of the brush every day, but that's now thought to be really bad for it.

So aim for the opposite, and brush your hair as little as possible. The less you handle your hair, the less damage you'll cause, because brushing pulls the hairs out of their follicles and apparently weakens the individual strands.

The only brush you should use to detangle wet or dry hair without snagging or pulling is a Tangle Teezer, which is known for getting rid of the toughest of knots with one simple stroke.

I recently picked up the new Tangle Teezer Blow-Styling paddle hairbrush, €24, in Queen salon on Aungier Street, D2, see This brush speeds up blow-drying time, adds lots of volume and gives hair a shiny, sexy, sleek finish.

I have also been getting amazing results with the new Pantene Pro-V Expert Collection with Paltinia Hair Strengthening Primer,  €20.99.

The clever clogs at Pantene realised that today's emerging roots are tomorrow's tips, so when hair becomes more resilient from the start, it stays healthier-looking to the end. This has definitely reduced the amount of hair left on my brush.

I apply it after I've washed my hair, but it can be used on dry hair as well. It makes it appear smoother and thicker, while also making it more manageable and easier to brush.

Triona's trick

OK, you might look like a bit of a weirdo doing this, so it's best to do it in bed, in the dark or alone in the bathroom.

To really give your face and jowls a wonderful workout, exaggerate saying the vowels sounds - A, E, I, O, U - as doing so is good for your facial muscles. #facetime

Sunrise your eyes

I adore Armani make-up. I could write about something from that range every single week, although somehow I'm kind of late to the party with Armani Beauty Eye Tints, €32.

I only picked one up recently and now I don't know how I ever did my eyes before using them. If you find eyeshadow difficult to apply, then these tints are definitely for you. They are so easy!

I blend them across my eyelids for a subtle veil of colour, or just along the lash line as an eyeliner. I even layer them with other shades for a unique, customisable look that doesn't budge, as they are super long-lasting. Sixteen hours in fact, they claim!

With lots of colours to choose from, I adore the new autumn/winter 2015 shade Sunrise, which looks wild in the tube but once it's on the eyes it really makes mine pop, and it can be worn from sunrise right through to sunset.

Hair we go

Who doesn't want a perfect blow-dry, just like actress Julianne Moore has, right?

My mum Margaret is a real fusspot when it comes to having her hair blow-dried. She has been spoilt for years, with my cousin, Sinead O'Driscoll, doing it for her in Schull, so when she has it done in Dublin, she finds that she's often less than pleased.

A really good wash technique is important to her, and I'm happy to report that this was what she found when she popped into Herman's in Dundrum recently.

She was delighted to find you could just drop in, and wait around 15 minutes to be seen.

Not only did she get a super wash with lots of rinsing and not too much conditioner, but the blow-dry she had was fast and fabulous.

Hermans also have salons in Ballinteer, D16, and on Grafton St, D2.

Hermans, Level 1M, Dundrum Town Centre, D16, tel: (01) 296-5514, or see

Triona's most wanted

Cancer is like Russian roulette.You never know when the gun is loaded and who it's going to shoot.

Sadly my dad and my younger sister Tricia both got the bullet, and just recently, my fabulous friend Rachel Mackay, who died on July 25.

The multi-talented designer, artist, yoga teacher and mum never failed to inspire me with her joie de vivre.

She was one of a kind, and these words by F Scott Fitzgerald make me think of her and how she viewed the world: "For what it's worth: it's never too late or, in my case, too early, to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again."

Right now I have red eyes so I need to grab my Hylo-Tear eye drops,  €12.38, an amazing product for sore eyes.

It's also great for dry eyes, maybe as a result of air travel, or if you're addicted to using screens around the clock, as doing so reduces the 'blink rate' and dries out the eyes.

Cult product

You might think of Mac as mainly for make-up, but their skincare is always worth trying, especially this newbie, Mac Mineralize Timecheck, €41.50.

The skin-perfecting primer uses Charged Water technology to blur lines and wrinkles while shrinking the pores and providing long-term moisture. It makes my skin look fresh, flawless and almost photo-shopped.

It absorbs quickly without that silicone-y feel many primers have, and best of all, I need far less foundation when I use it.

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