I can pretty much do anything on a face or body with a makeup brush but put any kind of hair product, tool or accessory and Stevie Wonder would do a better job than me. I work with the best hair stylists on the planet. I kindly get given freebies from them and even sometimes I am offered a hair cut or style after the shoot. When I do go to an actual hairdressers I go to David Mallet in Paris where I get the best cut and style ever and all they ever tell me is that I have good and easy hair and that if I styled it myself I would get great results. They even spend time with me giving me tips.
You’d think I would have picked up some tips and managed to work out how to do my own hair wouldn’t you? Seriously I think that perhaps I am just a hair moron.
Here are the tips and products that even I have mastered and borrowed from the pros. The one thing that I have learned is that hair products are trial and error. I have bought many fancy schmancy items only to realise they didn’t work on me. So it’s good that most brands do trial sizes as it might save you a buck or two.
1. If possible do 2 shampoos to really clean your hair! First one is just to wet & lather hair and then rinse fast to start cleaning process. The second one is the real shampoo and thoroughly massage the hair and rinse. Massaging the head really stimulates hair growth and makes you feel good. The best thing for my hair that I learned was not to over wash it. Max twice a week. I towel and air dry and only use heat on my hair when I really need to. Same goes for styling, if I can get away with just a bit of a spritz then if the cut is good and my hair is willing I can get away with it! The shampoos that I really like include Davines , John Masters Organics & Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo
2. Conditioner. The best tip I adhere to is to just apply at the ends and then with a wide tooth comb comb through.
The two conditioner that I think made the biggest difference immediately in look and feel are Christophe Robin & Philip Kingsley
3. Leave In Conditioner and salt sprays. Top tip just spray in to ends and comb through. Leave out top of head and roots to avoid greasy vibes. This leave in from Redken has been spotted in many a hair kit and I have noted and bought it. It’s a keeper!!! I really love this when I am in a rush but more than anything I love to use a leave in conditioner as a styling product and I spray it on damp hair. I like to plait my hair and then let it dry like that. When it is dry you have cute surf gal waves in your hair also possible to achieve this with a salt spray type of product. I just discovered Dry Bar Mai Tai Spray in NY it smells so good and doesn’t leave your crunchy like some sprays. Brooklyn Beach Hair is also a must have product for me and smells good but has to be used in 6 months of purchase as it has lots of natural ingredients.
4. Hair Oil. All the good ones are multi use and can be used either on skin or face too. My favourites at the moment are Leonor Greyl (a cult brand which is worth every penny) Rodin (I just love the smell and this feels like such a treat) & Nuxe.
5. Dry Shampoo. Best tip I learnt was use it for styling rather than as actual shampoo. It gives such a sexy texture to hair and I love the matte finish. For truly rock n roll undone hair this is the ultimate product to achieve that look, also as hair gets dirtier just pin it up and it still looks cool. I was always a bit confused with how to use dry shampoo. You can spray under hair and massage in if you want to build up volume but I like to just lightly massage in to give a sort of messed up but cool look.I never brush my hair after dry shampooing as it kind of changes the texture. I love Lulu Organics especially the hair powder. The smell is heaven and it’s such pretty packaging. You can get travel size of this too which is great.
6.Styling Cream and Wax. This classic from Kiehls still does the trick, I also love this Leonor Greyl product and have bought it again and again. This Bumble & Bumble product still holds ’s own and is in every hairdressers kit at all times.
6.Tools and accessories. This mini ceramic hair straightener works a treat and great for travel esepcially if like me sometimes you just want to tame a few unruly bits. The Tangle Teezer is great in the shower to use with conditioner as it doesn’t break hair. Likewise Muji hair pins work for a quick up do & keep to hand these Hershesons clear snag free hair bands in a handy tin. All hair dressers have a Mason Pearson hairbrush. They are expensive but the best, I use the kids size for travel! However if you prefer a comb to a brush this is a classic flick comb which is chic and old school and works so well.