Thursday 12 December 2019

5 of the smoothing products

It's rare for one product to work for all hair types.
It's rare for one product to work for all hair types.
Pigment corrector

Andrea Byrne

My hair is dry and over-processed and has been for as long as I can remember, therefore I've had no choice but to become an expert and fervent consumer of smoothing, frizz-reducing hair products.

It's rare for one product to work for all hair types, therefore, you have to consider your hair's texture and its habits before choosing a product.

If, like me, your hair is porous, you can afford to use an extremely heavy-duty product like Joico's Smoothing Balm, which when activated with heat, really does deliver a sleek blowdry. If you're at your wits end with frizz, try Bumble & Bumble's Concen-straight Smoothing Treatment, which is like an at-home 12-week blowdry only without the suspicious ingredients. However, don't use it if you've just had your colour done as it may cause some fading.

Rather than creams, people with fine but frizzy hair should opt for sprays or serums. I'd recommend Bed Head's Control Freak and Kerastase Ultime Elixir as they're both hard-working products but won't overload or weigh down the hair.

Ojon's Restorative Finishing Spray is rather amazing too. I've loads of flyaway baby hair, and I've taken to spraying this on to an old (and clean) mascara wand and brushing it through my hair line. It gives shine and hold without leaving the hair sticky or crunchy.

Best value

Graduation Blush in Waterloo Sunrise, €4.49, Catrice, available in grocery stores and pharmacies nationwide

Best buy

Advanced Pigment Corrector, €100, SkinCeuticals, available in selected salons nationwide.

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Hypnose mascara, €27.50, Lancome, available in department stores nationwide

Lancome was the first make-up brand my mum introduced me to years ago and myself and Lancome have had a great relationship ever since. This mascara is by far the best I've ever tried.

Luminous Silk Foundation, €43, Giorgio Armani, available in Brown Thomas, Dublin

This is the perfect foundation. I wear it all the time when I am presenting and it always looks good on camera. Plus, it lasts for ages as you only need a very small amount.

Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum, €39, Eminence, available in selected salons nationwide

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