Tricks & treats

Stay a cut above the rest by comb­ing through the now and the next in hair cleans­ing, heat pro­tec­tion and styling. By Lilith Hardie Lupica.

VOGUE Australia - - Beauty -

SKIN DEEP

Much of our daily beauty rou­tine places em­pha­sis on skin­care, but it’s time to of­fi­cially start pour­ing as much time, en­ergy and know-how into your hair. Serums, masks and sun pro­tec­tion are all musts for main­tain­ing your hair’s health as UV rays, styling and pol­lu­tion all make an im­pact.

“A UV pro­tec­tor is ab­so­lutely key, espe­cially in Aus­tralia, where our UV lev­els are among the harsh­est in the world, burn­ing the skin and de­hy­drat­ing our poor locks!” says An­thony Nader of Raw Sa­lon, be­fore adding that it’s im­per­a­tive to use year-round sun pro­tec­tion on your strands. Nader also sug­gests ap­ply­ing oils overnight and us­ing this time to not only re­pair your hair but also style it. “Pop a treat­ment on and by all means give your mane a braid. That dou­bles up in the morn­ing when you un­ravel it and you now have cas­cad­ing waves that are con­trol­lable and styled, and – bonus – you’ve got another 15 min­utes in bed.”

BUB­BLE TROU­BLE

Dive into the new weight­less and foam­ing won­ders de­signed to elim­i­nate the heavy lift­ing from your shower rou­tines. Rather than lather, rinse and re­peat, Pan­tene’s new Pro-V Foam Con­di­tioner prom­ises to nour­ish with­out the residue or build-up of cream con­di­tion­ers. Sim­i­larly, Bum­ble and bum­ble’s BB Scalp Detox uses mi­cel­lar wa­ter, which is bet­ter known as a skin cleans­ing in­gre­di­ent, to re­move im­pu­ri­ties and prod­uct build-up in one fizzy, foam­ing pump.

CLIP IN

What’s old is new again as hair ac­ces­sories of the past, once rel­e­gated to the back of your bath­room cabi­net, are cool again. Silky scrunchies of the 80s now make the per­fect pair­ing with your top knot, while 90s-era ba­nana clips

and head­bands are also weav­ing their way back into our lives, thanks to their reap­pear­ance on the au­tumn/win­ter ‘18/’19 run­ways. Gucci, Chanel and Alexan­der Wang all of­fer up mod­ern takes on baubles that are de­signed to be as use­ful as they are chic.

RAW POWER

If con­coct­ing a morn­ing smoothie or a veg­etable-packed green juice is your favourite way to wake up, we sug­gest ex­tend­ing your rou­tine to your rinse, too. Make the switch from sul­phates, sil­i­cones and parabens for scal­pand hair-nour­ish­ing in­gre­di­ents like co­conut and co­rian­der oil, honey, quinoa, goji berries and kaolin clay. Fi­nally, treat your hair to the detox your di­ges­tive sys­tem re­ceived months ago. Just as you would whiz to­gether in­gre­di­ents that sup­port your body in your smoothie, Ma­trix Bi­o­lage R.A.W. Nour­ish Sham­poo and Con­di­tioner will give your hair a shot of good­ness that’s al­most good enough to eat – al­most.

HEAT UP

Dull, dry and limp: the three words no-one ever wants to use to de­scribe their hair but, un­for­tu­nately, that’s the re­sult when heat dam­age rears its ugly head. Aside from us­ing heat-pro­tec­tant prod­ucts, chang­ing up your heat styling tool is the best bet. When shop­ping around, keep an eye out for de­scrip­tions like ‘ionic’, ‘ce­ramic’ and ‘ther­mal pro­tec­tion’. Styling tools thus described al­low you to style with­out the singe, while the Dyson Su­per­sonic, seem­ingly the last word in mod­ern hair care, has the abil­ity to mea­sure the air tem­per­a­ture ex­it­ing your hair dryer 20 times per sec­ond, mean­ing you have tem­per­a­ture­con­trolled as­sur­ance and lit­tle to worry about.

BABY STEPS

Our love af­fair with blunt bobs and lobs seems to be com­ing to an end, with long, shiny manes tak­ing cen­tre stage on the au­tumn/win­ter ‘18/’19 run­ways. How­ever, if you’re plan­ning to grow your hair out, be warned: main­te­nance is key. “Grow as long as you can go, but please just make sure you keep hav­ing what I like to call ‘baby trims’ ev­ery eight weeks,” says Nader of keep­ing your ends healthy and avoid­ing break­age. If you have an itch to grow your hair long again, Nader rec­om­mends ask­ing your stylist to add di­men­sion and full­ness by way of longer layers, which will al­low you to style with ease, as one-di­men­sional hair won’t hold a curl, no mat­ter how much prod­uct or heat you might ap­ply.

BYE BYE, BLEACH

A new wave of hair colour tech­nol­ogy is mak­ing it pos­si­ble to in­fuse your locks with colour with­out the use of per­ox­ide or am­mo­nia, likely spurred on by In­sta­gram trends like unicorn, galaxy and even crys­tal-in­spired dye jobs. No mat­ter your hair colour, you can now add pink tinges and emer­ald tips to your mane, al­though brunettes won’t get the same vi­brant colour­ing blondes can ex­pect, with­out step­ping near the bleach. US-based line Over­tone, which is ve­gan and PETA-cer­ti­fied, pro­duces colour-de­posit­ing con­di­tion­ers that are de­signed to be ap­plied reg­u­larly, to steadily re­place dye pig­ments as well as build on your colour, while Splat hair dye uses finely milled pig­ments to al­ter your hair’s shade.

TIME SAVERS

If one of the big­gest things stand­ing be­tween you and a good hair day is time, or lack thereof, get fa­mil­iar with the new host of time-sav­ing tri­umphs. Mi­crofiber tow­els are at the top of this list, for their quick-dry­ing abil­i­ties and for help­ing you to avoid the frizz and split ends that cot­ton tow­els can cause. If time truly is of the essence, Liv­ing Proof’s Per­fect Hair Day In-Shower Styler is de­signed for post-con­di­tioner styling as you shower, while hair-care brands Ouai and Red­ken’s anti-frizz sheets are eas­ily stored in your purse for on-the-go touch-ups.

DysoFrom From left: Dyson Su­per­son­ici hhair dryer, $499; Joico K-Pak Color Ther­apy Lus­ter Lock Multi-Per­fec­tor Daily Shine & Pro­tect Spray, $30; Shu Ue­mura Art Of Hair Essence Ab­solue Overnight Serum, $58; Pan­tene Pro-V Re­pair & Pro­tect Foam...

Ma­trix Bi­o­lage R. A. W. Nour­ish Sham­poo, $39, and Con­di­tioner, $40; Aquis Lisse Long Hair Towel, $44.

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