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The best in beauty with Josie Steen­hart.

The Dominion Post - Your Weekend (Dominion Post) - - Fashion & Beauty -


Mas­ter­ing a blow dry like the pro­fes­sion­als might not be as hard as you think.

There are a few fac­tors that come into fak­ing a sa­lon blow-dry, but once you’ve nailed them, you might be sur­prised with your abil­i­ties.

Es­sen­tially, other than of course a hairdryer, you need a prep prod­uct, a brush and fi­nally, a fin­ish­ing prod­uct.

Look for a prep prod­ucts that works to shorten your blow-dry time. KMS’S Ther­mashape prod­uct works to do just that but also has a heat pro­tec­tant in it, which is a bonus. Sprays like this coat the hair to pro­tect while also help ab­sorb mois­ture. Spritz some into towel-dried hair be­fore reach­ing for your hairdryer.

Use your hairdryer to al­most to­tally dry off your hair – there’s no need to reach for the brush yet, as styling doesn’t come into play un­til your hair is 90 per cent dry. Give your hair a good burst to en­sure, when it comes to fin­ish­ing, that there aren’t any damp patches.

Then go in with a large brush to smooth and fi­nesse your hair. VIA’S blow-dry brush has been specif­i­cally de­signed to al­low air to be vented evenly so you’re left with a smooth, silky fin­ish.

The fi­nal step is to add a fin­ish­ing prod­uct – I


per­son­ally like a shine spray. A good fin­isher will also help to hold your style while smooth­ing down any fly­aways. You don’t want to weigh down your new ’do so less is best – just a quick spritz is all you need.

1. ghd Fi­nal Shine Spray, $24 2. KMS Ther­mashape Quick Blow Dry, $34 3. VIA Ul­ti­mate Blow Dry Brush, $19 skincare brands now in­cor­po­rate retinol as part of a daily skincare regime.”


Retinol prod­ucts can make your skin ex­tra sen­si­tive to sun exposure, which is why you should only use them as part of your night-time rou­tine.

And be sure to fol­low up with a good sun­screen in the morn­ing – which you should re­ally be do­ing any­way.

“A lot of skin is­sues are be­cause of sun exposure, so us­ing sun­block reg­u­larly would be the best idea,” says Jar­rett. “Pre­vent­ing [wrin­kles] from form­ing is bet­ter than try­ing to treat them.”

Christina Kuntz

In a large bowl, gen­tly toss to­gether noo­dles, cel­ery, dill, beans and salad leaves.

Break salmon into bite-sized flakes and lightly mix through salad.

Di­vide the salad between plates, or ar­range on 1 large serv­ing plat­ter, and driz­zle with dress­ing.

Dress­ing: Com­bine all in­gre­di­ents and sea­son to taste with salt and pep­per.

Cut pota­toes in half or, if large, into even-sized pieces. Sim­mer in plenty of boil­ing salted water for 15-20 min­utes un­til just ten­der. Drain and re­fresh un­der cold water.

Place vinai­grette in­gre­di­ents in a small jar and shake well to com­bine. (The longer this dress­ing rests the pinker the onions will be­come, which looks rather pretty.)

Layer pota­toes, as­para­gus spears, rocket and egg quar­ters in a large serv­ing bowl. Sprin­kle over chives and dress with vinai­grette. Serves 4-6

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