Product watch: Got a kink in your hair?

Edel Coffey finds the smooth and sleek solution to the problem by taking measures from the old-school ironing to the GHD to the Babyliss Big Hair brush.

Using Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect High Performance Conditioner (€2.99) leaves hair feeling smooth, silky and well hydrated.

I have what is commonly known as a kink in my hair. It sounds more exciting than it is, as anyone with a kink will testify.

It’s that no-man’s land between curly and straight hair. You get all the worst part of curly hair — no shine, coarse hair — and none of the positives of straight hair.

It does come in handy when you’re trying to recreate retro looks — if I want a natural war-time waterwave in my hair all I have to do is let my hair dry naturally. But how often am I going to want that look unless I’m going to undergo some sort of retro lifestyle change?

Since as far back as I can remember, smooth and sleek hair has been my goal and that has been achieved through all sorts of measures, from the old-school ironing to the GHD to the Babyliss Big Hair brush (my current favourite).

I’m a longtime convert of MoroccanOil, it being the one thing that made a massive difference to my hair, but there are a few new products on the market too that are good for unruly, kinky hair.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on your hair products either to get a smooth finish. I’ve always found Aussie Hair Miracle’s leave-in conditioners brilliant for quick fixes, and likewise the old faithful Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect High Performance Conditioner (€2.99!) leaves hair feeling smooth, silky and well hydrated.

BEAUTY CALENDAR

ART DECO: Get the most out of your kink by trying out an Art Deco waterwave. The Brown Thomas Art Deco nouveau event ends tomorrow. There will be international make-up artists on hand with tips on how to get the Art Deco look. www.brownthomas.com

OUR TOP HAIR PRODUCTS

Shu Uemura Essence Absolue, €38

This nourishing oil-in-cream is a treatment product for unruly or thick hair. Camellia oil is a light-weight oil that gives a light finish and is one of the most rapidly absorbed of all the oils. It penetrates the hair fibre giving nutrition and shine. This gives a really smooth finish.

This is good for those with curly hair too as the cream acts as a curl definer.

Redken Curvaceous range, prices start from €16

There is, of course, the option of embracing the kink or natural curl in your hair. Redken’s new ‘curvaceous’ line tackles frizz and dryness and gives definition to curls so you can go au naturel. The products use sugar crystals to attract moisture to curls and waves and thus reactivate their natural shape. Moringa oil quenches dry, dehydrated curls. There are seven products in this range, from shampoo and conditioner to a nourishing mask and reactivating spray.

Pureology Shamp’Oil, €18.85

Pureology is one of my favourite brands and one of the few I’ve used that has a noticeable impact on my hair. Shamp’Oil is an oil-infused Zero Sulfate and silicone free shampoo with a unique oil delivery system that dramatically replenishes hair from deep within the hair fibre. The oil insulates and fortifies the hair leaving it super-soft.

Kerastase Elixir Ultime, €34

This product comes second only to Moroccan Oil in my mind. Kerastase has actually been providing oil-based hair products since the 80s, long before they were fashionable.

This latest product combines four legendary oils — Pracaxi for cellular renewal, Argan (the biggie) for regeneration and strength, Maize for shine and suppleness and Camellia Oil for fragrance and a touch of luxury. This is probably one of the best oil-based products for fine hair. Again, it can be used before shampooing as a treatment, or after as a smoothing product or as a serum after blowdrying to smooth flyaway hairs.


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