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Glamity Jane

We all love a good hair day!

Wednesday, 17th October, 2018 4:18pm

As I write this piece, it is Sunday morning after a marathon Netflix session and my hair is piled on top of my head like a bird’s nest.

Fear not though, I have the secrets to a good hair day right here. First, let us check out the detangling part, which I am sure for the ladies with fine hair (or moms with kids), will be interesting.

The Tangle Teezer has been a staple of mine in the shower for a few years, ever since I got extensions. The original didn’t have a handle though and could get quite slippery in the shower when it was wet. It still, though, was the best option for combing through conditioner and treatments.

It didn’t pull or damage my hair and I can safely say that every time I visit a hair salon they use one on my hair. Then the Tangle Teezer improved. How? They launched The Wet Detangler (€15).

It’s a hairbrush that understands wet hair is super fragile where 325 unique teeth flex over tangles and knots with every single stroke. Hair is gently detangled quickly, confidently and easily whilst reducing breakage.

And this Tangle Teezer has a handle on it, so there’s no slipping out of your hand and chasing around in the shower! It works a treat on dry hair, too. Many have tried to imitate but honestly there is no brand that I prefer. I have a total of five in my collection and they are various types and sizes.

Speaking of detangling, there is a secret one that I love and that is the Joico K-Pak Lustre Lock Multi Protector (€17.95) which acts as a treatment, detangles and shine spray in one. It is especially good on colour treated hair and has UV filters too.

The main advantage of it is that it is non-rinse, so if you aren’t great at putting in treatments, as an alternative this used when you wash your hair will be awesome. If you are curly, then fear not: Color Wow Dream Coat for Curly Hair (€24) is for you!

It air-dries to create the perfectly defined, silky, glossy curls of your dreams.

Featuring a trio of powerful polymers that address every challenge that stands in the way of curl perfection, the fine mist delivers defined, silky, hydrated curls with a glossy shine that’s soft to the touch. It is heat activated, so you must use your hair dryer, but the result is worth it and lasts through humidity - which let’s face it - in Ireland we know all about.

Shampoo and conditioner are at the top of everyone’s list and I think taking the advice of your hairdresser is always a great idea.

Sometimes we all need a bit of solid haircare advice and who better to offer it than someone that colours or cuts your crowing glory.

I understand that not everyone can manage salon brand prices though and there are two pharmacy brands I love. One is Mane’n’Tail and the other OGX.

Let’s look at Mane’n’Tail first, a brand that can be used on humans and horses, no less. Tell me you haven’t looked at a horse’s tail and wished it was your ponytail? The Clarifying Shampoo (€9) will gently clear any product build up and residue to softly detox your hair and leave it shiny. There are leave in sprays and colour treated hair products in the range too which smell gorgeous.

OGX is a more exotic brand with ingredients like marula oil and sake essence. Sulfate and paraben-free, the range has a myriad of shampoos, treatments, serums and conditioners.

My personal favourite is the coconut milk one, this deliciously creamy and nourishing blend, infused with coconut milk, whipped egg proteins and coconut oils, helps to strengthen and hydrate your hair, leaving it softly scented, super soft and glowing.

I love it for winter when the parties and curling tongs as well as the central heating takes its toll on your hair. It smells a little tropical.

Next week I have some great treat ideas in store for your skin, which may include some masks, because personally I am too old for Halloween but without good skincare, we are all scary!

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