If you have long hair, chances are, the minutes after washing your hair are some of the grimmest in the day. There’s nothing worse than trying to wrestle wet hair into some semblance of order, and if you’re too rough, you can really damage already weakened ends.
As I’m on something of a hair health-kick (trying to undo years of blending damage is tough!) I’ve been absolutely religious in my use of the Wet Brush. Every morning, after my regular wash and conditioning, I use it to to get rid of all of the knots, and smooth everything down.
Since the Wet Brush bristles are so long and bendy, they don’t tug or snag on hair. Instead, within a few passes, the brush completely tames my ends, and they’re ready for a slick to styling lotion. The added plus is the gorgeous selection of colours and patterns the Wet Brush comes in. I’m obsessed with this baby pink colour, but you can also get brights, neons, and even animal prints!
The Wet Brush is priced at £11.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
If you’ve got medium or long hair, I’m pretty sure you know the hassle of blow dries! Since my hair just looks weird if I don’t wash it every morning, I’m well acquainted with numerous blow dry techniques (I can’t even tell you how many big round brushes I own!), but I’m always looking for something to make my mornings easier!
The Arconic Curved Paddle Brush is one of those inventions you wonder why no-one thought of previously. It’s like your favourite paddle brush fused with your favourite barrel brush, and it means that blowing your hair out has never been easier or quicker!
The brush has been designed especially for medium to long hair and as a result, it’s quite a big thing to wield, but the size of the brush head, means that it really gets through hair – detugging like a dream and it’s comfortable to hold, as well as easy to use.
Thanks to the design, the brush pulls hair taught as you blow dry it, and the bend gives hair the perfect amount of bounce. It means that getting a salon-worthy blowout has never been easier, and I swear it’s taken at least ten minutes off my regular blow dries!
The Arconic Paddle brush is priced at £19.99 and is available here.
I’m not sure that there is anything quite as lovely has having a head full of soft and shiny hair, especially in the summer when you want your beauty routine to be as minimal as possible. But, when you’re blonde, and when you batter your hair about as much as I do, it can be hard to keep it shiny and healthy.
Just as an example, in the past fortnight, my entire head has been bleached twice, toned three times and I have to blow dry and straighten my hair daily. Not exactly ideal, so, in efforts to appease my hair sins, I’ve been adding as much nourishment into my routine as possible. Just out of the shower, after spraying on a little protective spray, I smooth a couple of pumps of this through the ends, and then get to grips with my Tangle Teezer. It disappears into my hair, and even when it’s wet, it feels far smoother than before.
Then, after blow drying with a round brush, I smooth a pump of the Shine and Smoothing Oil through the ends before I tackle them with the straighteners. The oil just disappears into my stressed ends, softening the look of split ends and adding a wonderful sheen to the lengths which lasts all day long!
Windle & Moodie Shine and Smoothing Oil is priced at £21 and is available here
On a daily basis, my hair tends to be pretty same-y. I blow dry it straight, use my heated brush (review here) to add a bit of root lift and curl the ends, then I finish off with straighteners. It’s not rocket science, but when I’m up early, it’s basically all that I can manage. But, in an effort to go all out this weekend (it is Valentines after all) I thought I should jump on the curling wand bandwagon.
Vidal Sassoon’s Easy Wrap Wand, if, like me, you’re after bombshell hair with as little effort as possible. The wand even comes complete with a heat-proof glove, so klutzes like me can avoid burns whilst curling. What I just love about the Vidal Sassoon Easy Wrap Wand over others I’ve looked at is the textured curling barrel – it means that hair really stays put when I’m curling it, so the waves stay tidy.
To use the wand, I blow dry my hair as normal, then section it off. Working from the back underside of my head, I then take 1 inch strips of hair, and wind them around the barrel, leaving them there for about ten seconds. Then I unwind them from the wand, drop them into my hand, and let them cool for another ten seconds before giving them a quick blast with hairspray. I work through all of my hair using the same technique, then, once my hair is cool, I just run my fingers through my hair, roughing up the curls a little, so it looks a little more natural and bedhead-y rather than perfect curls. My hair really holds the style when I use the Easy Wrap Wand, and it looks so, so pretty! It’s such a great way to amp up the glamour!
Vidal Sassoon Easy Wrap Wand is priced at £29.99 and is available here
By my own admission, when it comes to my hair, I really do try to be as low maintenance as possible. I believe in using a great shampoo and conditioner, indulging in some hydrating styling products and finishing my ends off with a straightener. It’s a pretty boring routine, but it’s one I’ve been loyal to for quite a while. Until now that is, as I have fallen absolutely in love with Vidal Sassoon’s Infra Radiance Hot Air Styler.
Despite the long name, the Hot Air Styler is an absolute gem of a tool – it’s a hybrid of your round brush and your hair dryer, and in a word, it’s genius! Since I’m a bit of a klutz, the tool has been an absolute for me – I’ve pretty much abandoned trying to give myself a round brush blow dry. Instead, all I have to do is just use this gem of a brush.
The brush has two temperature settings, as well as a cool blast, so it’s really easy to control the heat you need for your hair. Every morning, I’ve been sectioning my hair off, and using the Hot Air Styler instead of my usual hairdryer for the majority of my hair. Working in sections from the front of my hair, I simply work the styler through the hair as I would a brush. It’s amazing for adding volume and shine that lasts throughout the most hectic of days!
I’m absolutely obsessed with my Hot Air Styler, and I can’t believe I’ve never tried one until now! I think this would make a perfect Christmas present for any girl who loves salon-worthy hair every day!
Vidal Sassoon’s Infra Hot Air Styler is priced at £32.00 and is available here