Tried and tested: Straightening brush

Can a revolutionary hair brush ever be enough to ditch the straighteners? Gemma Dunn finds out...

“When Sharon Rabi launched the DAFNI Ceramic Straightening Brush back in 2015, her invention took the beauty world by storm. 

"The brush, made with a unique 3D ceramic surface, promises professional-looking results in just three minutes — and now there’s a new travel-friendly version, called DAFNI Go — but does it really work? 

"Well, after six weeks of daily use, I can honestly say my straighteners are now sadly gathering dust. This wonder tool gives me straight locks but without compromising on volume. 

"There’s no need to even section the hair before use; just ensure it’s dry, tangles have been brushed out, and then get to work. 

"If you’ve got thick hair, you’ll brush through with ease; for finer hair like mine, you may have to hold the hair away from the head slightly, so as to not catch the heat on your neck and ears. 

"And unlike straighteners, I can easily reach the pesky spot at the back of my head. DAFNI, you’re my new best friend!”

* DAFNI Go Straight Hair Straightening Brush, €149.99, 


Tapping into a major spring fashion and beauty trend, this year’s MAC Viva Glam collection is bright pink perfection. 

Created in collaboration with actress of the moment Taraji P Henson, the fuchsia matte Lipstick and pearlescent Lipglass are on sale now. 

The full RRP (less VAT) helps to fund the fight HIV/AIDS via charities all over the world.

* MAC Viva Glam Taraji P Henson Lipstick, €20, and Lipglass, €19.50 


Disclaimers on adverts, stating that models have been Photoshopped, must be a step in the right direction in terms of promoting realistic body image, right? Wrong, according to a new study from France. 

The research found that even when women were alerted to the digital trickery, they still wanted to look like the ‘thin ideal’ images and experienced negative emotions. 

The researchers believe there’s a need for more ‘responsible campaigns’ to tackle the effects of deceptive advertising.


To mark its 10th birthday, natural beauty brand Balance Me has had a makeover. 

The all-natural formulas remain the same, but the skincare range has been streamlined to target specific concerns, while the bath and body collection is now housed in chic apothecary-style bottles that you’ll be proud to have on display in your bathroom.

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