Fight the au­tumn hair mutiny

Ad­just your prod­ucts to tackle the side ef­fects of au­tumn

The Irish Times Magazine - - BEAUTY - LAURA KENNEDY

Au­tumn hair ex­presses all of our in­ner dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the weather by grow­ing in girth rather than length and block­ing the light, like a way­ward hedge. Mois­ture, cen­tral heat­ing and cold tem­per­a­tures are a styling night­mare and a recipe for frizz. Ad­just your prod­uct reper­toire to work with your hair’s bet­ter in­cli­na­tions and tackle the worst side ef­fects of au­tumn

Aveda Wooden Hair Pad­dle Brush (¤ 27) A wooden brush al­ways feels nicer to use than a plas­tic one, and this one from Aveda is light­weight. I’ve been us­ing mine for more than four years now, and find it con­ve­nient for blow dry­ing hair ( with­out skill) to a smooth fin­ish.

Eboot Clear Elas­tic Hair Bands (£ 4.99 for 1000 from ama­zon. co. uk) If you’re any­thing like me with any hair ac­ces­sory, you’ll have lost nine hun­dred of th­ese within a few weeks. Braid­ing is an ideal op­tion to con­trol and avoid heat- treat­ing hair. Th­ese bands are good for one or two uses, in­vis­i­ble, and very cheap. You can buy smaller quan­ti­ties, but I buy in bulk to jus­tify the P& P.

Char­lotte Men­sah Man­ketti Oil Sham­poo and Con­di­tioner (£ 22 each from char­lot­te­men­sah. co. uk) Char­lotte Men­sah Man­ketti prod­ucts are de­signed specif­i­cally for de­hy­drated, un­der­nour­ished and dam­aged hair afro or very curly hair. When I passed the range’s Man­ketti Hair Oil (£ 42) on to a de­lighted tester based in the UK, she was suf­fi­ciently im­pressed to in­stantly make an ap­point­ment at Men­sah’s famed Lon­don sa­lon. The sham­poo and con­di­tioner are sim­i­larly rev­e­la­tory.

Pomp & Co. Po­made (¤ 8.94¤ 17.07 from pomp. ie) Ir­ish men’s brand Pomp & Co. is one of the best. Their clas­sic po­made has great hold with­out look­ing heavy. Ideal for men ( or women with very short hair) who like a crisp, pre­cise look.

Pan­tene Pro- V Mi­cel­lar Cleanse and Nour­ish Sham­poo, Foam Con­di­tioner (¤ 3.79 and ¤ 4.99) * The clear, af­ford­able sham­poo cleanses greasy hair thor­oughly while the foam con­di­tioner soft­ens ends and en­sures you’ll get more than one day out of hair that tends to get vis­i­bly greasy within 24 hours of wash­ing.

Rahua Color Full Mask (¤ 70 from Net- A- Porter) This mask is un­usu­ally thick but leaves hair bright­ened and lus­trously soft. For those with the bud­get for it, it is a beau­ti­fully lux­u­ri­ant buy and does won­ders if you have the pa­tience to ap­ply it to dry hair and leave it overnight.

Kor­res Liquorice and Ur­tica Sham­poo for Oily Hair (¤ 8.45 from look­fan­tas­tic. com) Sham­poos for greasy hair which leave the scalp feel­ing fresh but not stripped ( stim­u­lat­ing even more se­bum pro­duc­tion) are hard to find. This one leaves hair feel­ing light but not fuzzy.

Aveda Tex­ture Spray (¤ 24.50) Ep­som salt and cane sugar give tou­sled tex­ture with­out crisp­ness. For days when you can’t be both­ered with styling, and are aim­ing for that chicly ‘ un­done’ look.

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