The hair report from the runways of Prada and Elie Saab for the upcoming season was simple – glossy and straight. A subtle dewy sheen and but with none of the flatness we all went wild for in the noughties. Think of it as a more refined bed-head look, with just a tad more styling and poker straight ends. My hair can be a little wild and I do sometimes suffer with a fear of the hairbrush from time to time so here’s what tools I grabbed to put this trend on trial…
The key to taming tricky tresses is all in the prep. If I’m going for a sleeker look then I like to throw in a glossy-inducing mask and for me that’s the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer. If I’ve had the insight I like to apply this through the mid to end lengths of my hair, wrap my hair in a towel, sleep with it on and wash it out in the morning. However this happens on very rare occasions and it’s a more likely occurance that I’ll apply this 20 minutes or so before it’s due a wash. Now onto the glossy bit and that’s where the Moroccan Oil* comes in. A few pumps of this post-wash, pre-blow dry through the lengths and you’re onto a winner. To vamp up the gloss some more I do a bit of brushing while blow-drying (which is usually a massive no-no for me!). This nameless Denman brush gives an über glossy finish and doesn’t wipe out too much volume – remember we’re not going for flat as a pancake here. Then of course it’s time to turn on those straighteners. I have a pair of GHD’s that me and the rest of my female family members have been using for yonks – the original and the best in my opinion. I didn’t section off my hair into layers or any of the jazz – I just ran them through the lengths and over the ends for some speed straightening. A quick spritz of any old hairspray you have hanging around into the palms and lightly worked through the hair and violá.
So if you fancy a change and channelling the latest AW12 hair trend – dust off those straighteners and get flattening. Just don’t forget the heat protection products like I did. DOH.