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Haircare Tips and Tools for Beautiful Hair

Haircare Tips and Tools. Look after your hair use tools and products to minimise any damage that can be caused by over styling. It doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming although often it is. Consider are your locks worth it and the answer is probably yes, it’s a yes here.

PAGE LAST UPDATED 28 October 2018

You can save money and time by using good products regularly. For example, a heat-defence spray before styling and use a good product such as mousse will keep your hair looking stylish for longer. Then you don’t need to wash it all out right away, you can always refresh with a spritz of water. We’ve all done it, want the latest style or colour just give your hair a little extra care.  Apply a few deep conditioning treatments on a pampering night or trip to your favourite hair salon. Regular trims will keep split ends at bay but you can also help by using a good brush. We love the tangle teasers mentioned below but there are brushes out there for different hair types if you’re not sure read on, or ask your hairdresser.

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Different Hair Brush Types and Haircare Benefits

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Haircare Tangle Free

Tangle Teezer Brushes

SHOP HERE Tangle Teezers via Boots

We love the TANGLE TEEZER brushes have the original purple one here. It really wades through the tangles without tears, including bush like windswept hair and quickly leaves hair manageable and silky. Ideal but not limited to long hair, be perfect for kids hair too. The brush fits in your hand and really glides through the tangles effortlessly. It's easy to clean and long-lasting. Now available in other colours and styles also Disney Princess releases. FYI this product is one that got away - a reject from the 'Dragons Den' Oops.

Magic Retouch Hair Colouring

Haircare Magic Retouch

SHOP HERE Loreal Magic Retouch via Boots

Fantastic product perfect for in-between visits to the hair salon. Touch-up roots cover grey hairs six shades available with three tints available in XL size. Simply spray onto dry hair and brush once dry, also wipe face as hard to miss getting a little around hairline tops of ears etc. Then it is good until you wash your hair and the can lasts for quite a few goes. Washes out with ease too. Really recommend this product just try to match your colour as best you can. Once dry it doesn't come off on your clothes as long as you don't overdo it is very natural looking, watch fingers when running through hair but that's about it more cover than the tinted dry shampoos which also have their place as a quick pick me up.

Tinted dry shampoo - does it work?

Batiste Dry Shampoo Dark Tint

SHOP HERE Batiste Tinted Dry Shampoo via Boots

Another great hair product - Batiste Dry Shampoo but this one has a hint of colour we love it choose from three shades - Light and Blonde, Medium and Brunette, Dark and Deep Brown which is the one tested here. Use like a normal dry shampoo spray onto dry hair massage in, it works really well blending in your roots if you're in dire need of a touch up, also hides/covers grey! If you get it on your clothes it will wash out with a little soap it really refreshes your hair but the hint of colour is absolutely brilliant often on offer three for two Boots offer if you check it out below cost £3.99 for a 200ml we recommend that you try it ... it's not a permanent fix but great for emergencies and in-between weeks.

Hair cheat desperate measures for bad hair days.

A hair cheat we discovered on a bad day when you just don’t have time to wash your hair, and you’ve no dry shampoo left use antiperspirant deodorant works the same just spray where you need it  the most (don’t use a roll-on lol) usually the roots massage in, brush hair through and there you have clean feeling, fresh smelling hair in an instant.

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Important Haircare Prevent Hair Breakage

To prevent breakage when drying hair try to blot first with a towel, do not over rub hair this can cause breakage, as can using a brush on wet hair, avoid brushing your hair until almost dry. First de tangle hair with a wide toothed comb, failing that a vent brush. For extra care you could use a de tangling spray. At night leave hair down if possible as hair bands can cause breakage especially the ones with a metal clasp on them. Best wear hair down and using a soft smooth satin pillowcase will keep your locks in tip top condition, as other pillowcases can catch the hair and cause some friction and possible breakage.

Haircare Tip to add extra shine to your hair

Give your hair extra shine after shampooing and conditioning use cool water as a final rinse to seal the cuticle and give your hair more chance to shine.
For fine hair, to maximise volume and still add shine, add conditioner to the ends and mid-shaft of hair you don’t need to condition roots. The roots will have more natural oil and need less moisture.

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Adding volume to your hair

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Fine hair would benefit with a brush made with synthetic and boar bristles. This type helps remove tangles and also helps to disburse natural oils from your scalp throughout your hair length. The result will be more shiny looking hair without having to add additional shimmer and shine products. 

For volume and root lift use a rounded brush, but don’t get it stuck in your hair go slowly. it’s surprising how easy a hairdresser can make the art of a rounded brush look when in reality not everyone is as ambidextrous as it appears might be necessary (myself included). Start with damp hair, brush to lift up your roots whilst blow drying. Using a boar and nylon bristle mix and this drying technique will lift your hair in style.

SHOP HERE ROUNDED BRUSHES via boots

SHOP HERE ROUNDED BRUSHES via Amazon

Thicker Coarser Hair

Thick full heads of hair benefit from Paddle brushes, a must for those with thicker, coarser hair. As the more spread out bristles more easily slide through thicker strands and remove any tangles. Whilst adding a bit of shimmer.

SHOP HERE PADDLE BRUSHES via boots

SHOP HERE PADDLE BRUSHES via Amazon

Brushing curly hair any anticipated issues can be solved just by using the correct type of brush. Try a Finishing brush with its widely spaced ionic nylon bristle brush to detangle, blow-dry or add a bit of shimmer to damp locks. This style of brush slides through coarser hair smoothing and making more manageable.

SHOP HERE FINISHING BRUSHES via boots

SHOP HERE FINISHING BRUSHES via Amazon

SHOP HERE General Hair BRUSHES via SUPERDRUG

If one brush is all you wish to buy go for a Finishing brush with boar bristles which will aid perfect hairstyles, soft and refined. 

Adding Volume to your Hair

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To add volume avoid heavy conditioner which will weigh your hair down. Use mousse for volume, choose mousse labelled lightweight, bodifying – to get the volume and lift you desire. Apply mousse to damp hair and continue to dry hair with head upside down for maximum volume. Not the whole drying time you can move in and out, or up and down really this technique aids drying underneath for thick hair if you’re lucky enough to face that problem! Don’t worry it will relax when you’ve been upright a few moments. Also, a good trick to boost volume during the night out, tip head upside down and run fingers through your hair gently teasing, backcombing the roots for an instant volume pick me up.

There are also root boosting sprays available which you spray on. Then lift hair at the roots whilst drying, you can try a round brush but be careful not to get tangled up just lift and dry.
Once happy with look use a finishing hairspray to lock in the body.

Hair Styling Tools

Haircare Drying your Hair The Supersonic Way

Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer

SHOP HERE Dyson The Supersonic Hairdryer via Boots £299.99

Is it a worthy investment? Take a look at the design. It's rather stunning beside being practical and easy to take with you if you travel a lot. Dyson put a lot of money and time into the Supersonic design apparently four years and a hefty £50 million. Creating a hairdryer worthy of the Supersonic title. 'The hair dryer re-thought' a more subtle sounding dryer due to acoustic silencers, which dries in approximately half the time of your standard hairdryer or less (time is money). The genius is the motor sits inside the handle - engineered for balance. Kinder to your hair by constant measuring and controlling the heat distribution thus reducing damage. It comes equipped with three easy to apply magnetic attachments for; drying whilst smoothing out, a more precise area styling nozzle (that doesn't mess up the area that's already fixed). Plus a diffuser to help define locks and take the frizz element away. Also, comes with a non-slip heatproof mat and a storage hanger.

More Supersonic Thoughts

Check out styling tips for Supersonic’s use on link.
So a worthwhile investment, you might still be unsure, check out here lots more questions answered and reviews to read. Currently on sale for £299 but worth considering if you purchase via Boots. (click and collect if you like) you will earn an amazing amount of Boots points. too via – Boots Dyson Supersonic page. If you have been collecting points you’ll need 29,999 to purchase! If you don’t have a Boots Points card be sure to sign up for one, see the top of their web page DYSON Supersonic available in Silver or Silver with Fuschia £299.99

Dyson Supersonic Hairdyer

SHOP HERE Price on Amazon From £248

Current Amazon price for the above Supersonic Hairdryer. Check link for more detail.

Hair Dryers for Haircare

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SHOP HERE Nicky Clarke 2000W Diamond Shine Dryer £54.99 NOW £39.99 via Boots (Click and Collect)

Powerful 2000W hairdryer, key points apart from its clean appearance Ionic technology that combine to promote shiny, glossy and frizz-free hair. This dryer has a nice and helpful long 3m cord, so you are not tied to the wall, you can usually find a way to look in a mirror with a bit more ease than what happens with some dryers (worth noting if shopping around) The hair dryer has two speed settings and three 3 heat settings also a 'cool shot' button a nice feature if you wish to have extra bit of help setting your style. The hair dryer also has a hanging loop if you have a fancy dressing area that's a nice touch. Includes one year guarantee we still have the red Desired 2000W model here that has worked very well for a number of years.

Haircare - Corkscrew Curls

Lee Stafford Original Chopstick Styler

SHOP HERE Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler RRP £24.99 Now £20.00 via Amazon

We loved the original Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler a clipless curling iron for awesome corkscrew curls that can last a few days, we have them here and prior to that a painstakingly *DIY hair fix with a similar effect from chopsticks, styling products and a hair straightening tool so bear in mind it can be done, you could try it with chopsticks and see if you love the look before buying a tool which does make it a little (lot) easier and less time consuming. It can take a couple of hours but that's with a mass of hair. See below for the newer model.

Ultra Long Chopstick Styler

Lee Stafford Argan Oil Ultra Long Chopstick Styler and Mat with Glove

SHOP HERE Lee Stafford Argan Oil Ultra Long Chopstick Styler OFFER £33.90 LOW STOCK via Amazon

If you've tried and loved the original Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler (above) you might be pleased to know there is a newer model the Lee Stafford Argan Oil Ultra Long Chopstick Styler. Which comes free with a heatproof mat and protection glove - that you really need! The new model has a 40% longer barrel perfect for even the longest of hair for a more tight-knit curl. Plus the Argan oil infused ceramic barrel which helps creates conditioned, soft and shinier curls.

Step by Step DIY Chopstick Curls Guide

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*DIY Chopstick Curls you need a lot of patience, or love playing with hair maybe you can get a friend to assist and speed things up.  But you can get a great effect using chopsticks. 

First apply a protecting spray to your hair, comb it through.

Then sort into sections, by first halving your hair down the middle centre parting and loosely tie one section to the side, then split the other section into top and bottom.

Loosely tie the top half out of the way on top of your head until ready. Then take small sections starting at the base of your hairline. Wrap from close to the scalp down towards the ends, wrap around the thicker end of a wooden chopstick. First wrapping and winding towards the thinner end, hold the hair in place at the tip and carefully run a hair straightening tool along the hair keeping it moving up and down for up to 15 seconds, (try 10 seconds first). Remove the chopstick and check if you achieved a good tight curl.

Carry on working through small sections of your hair probably easier to finish the bottom half first. Then move to the top of your head the more sections the tighter the curl.

You also really need to watch your fingers, wear protecting gloves, you’ve gone to all that trouble getting your hair right – who wants blistered fingers.

After you have gone over all the sections apply a hairspray to hold the curls for longer.

You can even sleep on them and they will still be around in the morning, use a little dry shampoo as a pick me up if you need it and want the curls to last a couple more days.

Have fun – if you love the look then suggest invest in the wand (see above) it’s actually a good price compared to many styling tools and then have more time to enjoy yourself.

Haircare - Straightening your Hair

GHD V Gold Max Styler

SHOP HERE GHD Straighteners via Amazon

Great gift idea GHD straighteners. Girls love their GHD's and swear by them. Number one best sellers for straightening your hair the fast efficient way. You can check the link for reviews too. We think this is the ideal gift but don't wait around as they sell out quickly. We love the new GHD V Gold Max Styler for a professional looking finish. They are easy to use and speedy, quite light to hold and cooler too but you'll still need to protect your hair and fingers from the heat. Also protect the surface where you place them so don't forget to pick up a heat-free mat, gloves and a heat protection spray. FREE UK Shipping

SHOP HERE Nicky Clarke Diamond White Straighteners £74.99 NOW £37.49 via Boots

Ooh, infused with real diamonds within the ceramic plates producing a super-hard surface enabling amazing shine. Diamonds provide even and efficient heat distribution. Infrared technology dries fro the inside out saving moisture and protecting from damage. These smart straighteners adjust the plate temperature automatically with five heat settings for different hair types. Includes LED temperature display, auto shut-off, hinge lock, 3 metre power cord, one year guarantee and instruction booklet. Check out Click and Collect via Boots.

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