My top products for a perfect blow-dry

 

Hi everyone and welcome back to my channel.

Last week I was talking about the blow dry, my salon secrets for getting a beautiful blow dry every time and really making the most out of your drier. Today we’re taking that further and I’m going to share with you my absolute favourite products for keeping your hair healthy, feeling full of body and looking just fabulous.

When I’m blow drying my clients’ hair, there are three things I I look for in the products I use.

  • One: Heat protection – over dried hair doesn’t just lose its natural shine, it’s more brittle and prone to breaking, and that will just not do.
  • Two: Body – even on the finest hair we can still choose between sleek and big bouncy blow dry finishes
     
  • Three: Hold – once we’ve got the perfect look, we want it to be held in place all day but don’t want to lose movement in the hair, no one wants to look like they’ve got helmet head!

So what products do I rate and recommend? Well, these three are my absolute favourites that I use day in and day out. As always – my videos aren’t sponsored and these are really the products I love to use. 

First things first – heat protection. For me, The L Oréal Tecni ART constructor spray is just perfect. It’s a thermo active spray that has a medium hold in it. Spray onto the hair while it’s still damp and run it through with your fingers, then you’re all set for the drier. The heat protector in it helps prevent your hair from losing too much of its internal moisture as its dried, so it’s great for those of us who are using heat on the hair every day and with its medium hold your blow dry stays in place for much longer.

Are you using a heat protector at the moment? Let me know in the comments below!

Now for body. I love using the 3 More Inches thickening spray. For fine hair, it’s great for adding a bit of extra bounce throughout the hair, it even works well for those with thicker hair to add a bit of volume to the crown. Just spray it into the roots of still damp hair in one inch sections then massage through to get an even coverage. It does have hold in it, but it keeps the hair feeling light so it won’t feel as though it’s got too much product in it.

Do you have a favourite thickening spray? I’d love to hear your recommendations too in the comments below!

With healthy, heat protected hair looking just gorgeous with the perfect body, how do we keep the look for as long as possible? I always recommend my clients use the GHD Final Fix spray. It does have a strong hold, but it has a soft touch finish so the hair still has the ability to move and it can be restyled and set back into place throughout the day. Keeping that movement in the hair is essential for a style that feels natural – gone are the days of those solid, fixed blow dries of old!

So there we have it – protection, body and hold – my three recommendations for a beautiful, healthy and long lasting blow dry!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my video today. Subscribe to my channel for more of my salon secrets and recommendations. I love to hear how you’re getting on with your styling and any questions you may have in the comments. Don’t forget to share with your friends, see you next time!

Top tips for the perfect blow-dry

 

Today we’re taking things back to basics and we’re talking about the blow dry – how to make sure you keep your hair hydrated and healthy while blow drying, and a my salon secrets for how to make best use of the drier itself.

It sounds like the most simple of devices – point it in the direction of your head, and your hair is dried off… but is it all that simple?

I’m going to let you in on a few of my salon secrets for creating volume or smoothing out frizz all while preventing the heat damage that can leave the hair fragile and prone to breaking.

But before all of that, I need to talk science.

I go into much more detail in my silicone treatments video, but for now I’ll just say that healthy hair is a combination of 3% water and 97% protein… when it is dry.

Using too much heat forces some water out of the hair, a bit like it’s being roasted in an oven.

When hair is in this dehydrated state, it loses its flexibility meaning it will break much more easily, it also loses that lustrous shiny look that we all love so much.

Stay tuned for my tips on how to make sure you’re not over-drying your hair.

So, now for those salon secrets…

First things first, remove the nozzle.

The nozzle directs the heat into a concentrated area which is great for smoothing the cuticle of extremely curly or frizzy hair. For the majority of us with anything from straight through to curly hair, removing the nozzle will mean the hot air can diffuse through the hair to dry more evenly and most importantly it keeps the heat concentration down which prevents drying off too much of that moisture.

Are you still using a nozzle? Give it a try without – I’m sure you’ll see the difference after just a few blow-dries. I’d love to know how you get on with the change, let me know in the comments below.

Up next – volume.

Whether it’s adding big and bouncy volume or smoothing down for a sleek finish, blow drying hair can change your look dramatically.

A friend of mine was telling me just the other week how frustrated he was that he couldn’t blow dry his hair to look the same as when I’d finished styling it for him. He wanted a soft, wavy quiff – like mine – but couldn’t get the hair to stay standing up.

He showed me how he was blow-drying the hair and he was making the classic mistake. He wanted to add volume, but just by holding the hair dryer in the wrong place he was actually straightening out his  hair, effectively removing the volume he naturally had.

Whether you have long or short hair, you can easily add volume by holding the drier at the root of the hair, blowing away from the head on a high heat and with low speed. For the more flexible among us, you can tilt your head upside down… or you could just use a brush to hold your hair up, and think about signing up for a yoga class or two…

For a sleek finish, blow the hair downwards running either a comb or your fingers through the hair as you do so to smooth the cuticle and reduce any frizziness.

Do you ever have trouble getting your volume right? Don’t forget to leave me a message in the comments for how you’re getting on.

And last but by no means least – how close to the hair should we hold the drier?

The tip of the drier can become really hot, actually touching against the hair can cause permanent damage to the individual strands.

I always recommend holding the drier no closer than an inch from the hair. Make sure you always direct the airflow in the same direction and the hair cuticle. This will help to keep the hair smooth.

So there we have it – my three top salon tips for keeping your hair healthy and hydrated just by using your hair drier as best we can.

I hope you’ve found these useful, give them a try and let me know how you get on. Stay tuned for the next video in this series where I talk products to go with the blow dry.

And don’t forget – if you’ve enjoyed my video today, please like and share, and leave me a comment below, I love to see how you’re getting on.

Jenny Packham pre collection Autumn Winter18/19

Working with designer Jenny Packham was like a dream come true. I love her dresses and the simplicity of the hair and make up. The dream team was Amalie from Bobby Brown and myself.  Jenny wanted a look that was effortless, young but still have that high quality finish.

I used the Cloud 9 straightening irons to create the soft wave followed by my new favourite product Ouai wave spray ( I love this spray it is just delich). I am just recording my you tube video on how to create this look.

I hope you all like the look.

 

 

 

Top tips for healthy hair

There are so many myths around good hair. The question is: do they actually work, or are they just talk?

Can mayonnaise really help your hair will crushing avocado into your locks really make it absorb all that fabulous nutrition to be truly healthy?

Watch my video to find out. If you do like the video please subscribe and like my channel.

My 4 favourite smells this Christmas season

 

Christmas is all about entertaining and having fun, the last thing you want is to worry about the smell of your home so having a nice candle or diffuser can help you relax.

Here are a few tips that will help you get the most out of your candle or diffuser. Have a look at my you tube video, where I’ll show you my favourites.

 

The 4 scents I will talking about are Jo Molone lime Basil and Mandarine, True Grace Portobellow OudAspinal of London Fig and Olive, Dr Vranjes Green Flowers   

All of the above have either been bought by me or been given as a gift from friends, family or clients.

Do you struggle to get your hair long?

Do you dream of having long hair, or even just healthy hair. The Question is do you know what you are putting on your hair and how it is effecting it? Would you want to have fine, thin and dull hair that keeps breaking
and doesn’t grow long? No?

We spend so much of our time and money on keeping ourselves looking
fabulous. Are we doing what’s best for our hair though are we in the
dark to what the hair companies are doing to our lovely locks.

THE RENAISSANCE HOTEL

We recently attended a one-night-only bridal event at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, hosted by Brides Magazine. It was amazing!
The venue is one of the most romantic buildings in London, and when you step through the doors, you can understand why so many brides-to-be just fall in love with the place. It really was an evening of luxurious wedding inspiration.
Here are some behind-the-scenes pictures from the evening:

Read the full article here or watch the youtube video.