The benefits of priming your hair are three-fold. First and foremost, you protect those locks of yours. Exposed to the elements at all time, your hair cops a lot of heat — literally and figuratively — so looking after should be your top priority. Benefit number two: Primer will make your hair smoother (bye bye, frizz!) and easier to work with, as well as providing it with a base that will hold any style for much longer than naked strands would. And last, but certainly not least? Primer simply makes your hair look better. With in-built shine enhancers and detanglers, the products in this gallery will eliminate a few others you've got in your beauty cabinet. . . Convinced yet? Come this way to shop out top 10 picks!
Does it seem like hair serum is just one more useless product clogging up your bathroom counter? Not so! Serums can be a saving grace for dry, brittle hair. These products are concentrated formulas meant to seal in moisture and protect hair against the elements (like the scalding heat of your blow dryer). While a leave-in conditioner adds moisture, adding a serum on top can help your hair retain the hydrating ingredients. This product will also help keep out unwanted moisture that can cause hair strands to swell (also known as frizz). In addition, serums' sealing properties work to disguise split ends, protect hair from heat damage, and aid in straightening coarse hair. Even though serums usually come in the smallest packages, a little goes a long way. You only need two to three drops for your whole head (too much could create a greasy feeling and a stringy look). Warm the product in your hands first, so that it will spread evenly. Then, rake serum through wet hair, from midshaft to ends, to cover every strand. Proceed to your blowdry. Reapply serum after styling to add extra shine and tame flyways.
From the Spring '11 runways to the strands on a slew of celebs (think: Gossip Girl's Blake Lively), tousled beach waves are a foolproof style for Summer — and the good news is you need just one product to recreate the look at home if you don't fancy an ocean dip. Adding sea salt spray to hair instantly adds texture and body without weighing it down, leaving you with sexy, natural-looking waves to leave loose and flowing or to tie up in fuss-free ponytail.
Originally from Canada, television starlet Rhiannon Fish moved to Melbourne at the age of four and studied theatre and drama before getting her big break on Neighbours. The gorgeous actress and girlfriend of Lincoln Lewis now stars as April Scott on Home & Away and is known for her glossy brown locks and clear complexion. Want to find out which product she calls a "lifesaver" and the secret to nailing her crystal-clear skin? Check out her top five beauty buys!
It's Christmas! Well, OK, it isn't just yet. But in less than FIVE WEEKS it will be! And we are PUMPED and all decked out in tinsel here at Sugar HQ. Starting today, we are bringing you daily gift guides for what to buy all those tricky people in your life — mum, dad, big bro, little bro, big sis, little sis, nieces, nephews, granny, friends, frenemies, your boss, your cleaner, your bestie. Literally everyone. And if you think we've missed someone off the list or are struggling with what to buy someone, just hit us up in the comments section and we'll find you the perfect gift pronto. (See, Santa. We're nice like that. So we really do deserve the Mulberry Alexa, wouldn't you say?) Also we'll be catering for ALL different budgets so if you're looking to splash the cash or keep things cheap as chips, you'll find a gift here. First up, we've got cute lil' stocking fillers at $25 or under . . .
The other famous Carrie stepped out for the CMT Music Awards in a hot pink dress opting to keep her hair and makeup fairly simple. She worked a side-parted textured ponytail that was teased at the roots to add a bit of volume and finished off the look by wrapping a strand of hair around the elastic. I like it, it's a style that we're seeing on heaps of celebs at the moment: Vanessa Hudgens, Kristen Stewart, Nicole Richie . . . it's casual-glam and so easy to style yourself. Just work in a texturising product like Redken Style Connection Wool Shake 08 ($36.95) or KMS Hairplay Texture Blast ($36.95). Carrie's brown smoky eye was rimmed in gold, which brightened the lash-laden look. She finished with pale gloss. Like it?
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Stockists: KMS (1800 506 060), Redken (1300 650 170).
How would you like your hair to snap, crackle and pop? (Note: if I was reading this post, I’d say, “Well I’d like that very much. Rice Bubbles are actually my favourite cereal.” But it’s OK, I get it if you’re not big on audience participation.)
If you'd like that very much then meet your new best friend: KMS California Style Boost ($28.50).
I’ll be honest, on its own, it’s kind of a non-event; it's only when other products are added on top that it becomes truly amazing. It’s like a really, really good primer – slap this on under your usual styling products and you'll get three times the wear out of them. What did I tell you – amazing.
As if that wasn't reason enough to put it on your wish list for February (when it graces Australian shores), it's the industry’s first ever crackling foam-to-liquid product. This means it starts off like a mousse and crackles and shrinks its way down to a gel-like consistency. Fun, fun, fun.
Stockists: KMS California (1800 506 060)