The next category up in the 2012 BellaSugar Beauty Awards is for Best New Styling Tool. The battle is between the VS Sassoon Wave Envy Styler which features ceramic plates and barrels, plus varying temperature settings, to help you create amazing Veronica Lake-esque waves at home, the Remington Smart Sensor with Keratin Therapy Straightener which automatically adjusts its temperature settings based on your hair's moisture levels and emits keratin while you straighten, BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Coni Smooth, a tapered conical tool with a split barrel that helps create curls, waves and straight hair, ghd air, a salon-strength hairdryer that features advanced ionic technology for reduced frizz and John Frieda Loose Curls Ionic Styling Tong which uses advanced ionic technology to control frizz resulting in a smoother, softer finish.
Christmas is a great time to ask for that new hairdryer or straightener that you've had your eye on — but haven't wanted to fork out $300 for yourself! Don't forget there are other great beauty gadgets too: electric toothbrushes, curling tongs, mini massagers, epilators and more. They all make great gifts for others or will give you some last-minute inspiration for your lists!
It's December 6. And how many gifts have your bought? Let me guess . . . None. Zero. Nada. Zilch. Thought as much. I was the same until I discovered the art of shopping this weekend: buy all your beauty gifts in stores where you're actually shopping yourself. Y'know like Sportsgirl, DJs and Target. That way while you're checking to see if the Stella McCartney range has been discounted, you can pick up a sweet Cath Kidston bath gift set there. As some credit card ad would say, cutting down the time spent in Christmas queues full of screaming children = priceless. LOVE. Dont' you?
Justin Bieber — and Zac Efron before him — has a LOT to answer for. According to a new report one in 20 men own or regularly use hair straighteners and a quarter of ghd's online sales are from young men. I'm shocked. I mean it's good that they're buying them — a happy camper I was not when I walked in on my friend's boyfriend using MY straighteners. I think I'd have preferred to see him with another girl. Of course I'm joking. Kind of. It's just that 25 percent is a lot, dontcha reck? See while I encourage the use of moisturiser and of course SPF for guys, I just don't know if I want to be having a battle over who uses the heat protector spray first With My Boyfriend. What's next: couple's waxing? Weird. Do you like a man who straightens?
Y'know how people say that you learn something new every day? Well yesterday I really did. I learnt that using any metal product, like a comb or bobby pin, while dying your hair is BAD. Why? Well, now it's over to Grant Withnell, National Technical Educator for Schwarzkopf.
Grant: You shouldn't use anything metallic when colouring hair because any colour that contains a developer will have a chemical reaction with metal.
Me: OK, so I heard your mouth moving but I didn't really get what you were saying.
Grant: Well, in some extreme — I'm talking really rare — cases, that chemical reaction can cause the hair to dissolve. This is why everything including clips, pins, combs, bowls anything used in hair colouring should be plastic.
Me: Yikes-o-rama. I did not know that.
Grant: Well know you do. Also remember to check the pack before you use a colour restorer on your hair. Some hennas use metal salts to generate the colours, so these can also create a similar chemical reaction. Doesn't mean you can't use 'em, but just check the ingredients and wait for the restorer to fully grow out before you dye your hair.
Stockists: Schwarzkopf (1800 022 219)
March is one of those finicky little months where you know you should have money because it's not February and it's not January so you can no longer use "Christmas" as an all-encompassing excuse, but yet you still find yourself horribly overdrawn. Why is that? I don't know I'm afraid as I haven't quite figured it out for myself, but I do have good, money-saving news. Purchase a ghd IV styler (which will normally set you back $299) between March 2 and April 30 and you'll get $60 off. Hallelujah!
Stockists: ghd (1300 880 209). Conditions apply.
I love the whole Desert Island quiz. You know, what would make your top three. Mine is forever changing but hair straighteners would totally be up there – there are very few who have seen my natural locks since 1999 and I intend to keep it that way – as would SPF 30 but then the third one . . . Do I want an iPod or mobile phone (both with eternal batteries) or is the company of a hot guy really all I need? But if I'm spending all that time in the sun I could really do with a rich body butter like Mecca Cosmetica Rose Piquante Sumptuous Body Butter ($65) too. Hmmmm.
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Over the holidays I spent some quality time with family and friends and one thing I noticed going from house to house was that a lot of ladies don't bother to clean the stray hairs out of their hairbrushes.
I won't preach and say that I do it every day, or even every week but it definitely amazed me how many people wait until it's overflowing.
Cleaning out your brush is a necessary evil as it does nothing but add dust, dirt and old, dirty hair to your newly washed tresses. Not nice.
How often do you clean out your hairbrush?