Beauty | Thursday 7 September 2017

Blow by blow



Beauty editor Cassie Steer reports on the best blow-dries about. Decide which style suits you and recreate it effortlessly at home

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Sleek 'n' straight


Polished, put together and chic the French woman’s dedication to style is something to be admired, but although she may look effortless, that je ne sais quoi charm is anything but.


Start by applying Beauty Works Heat Protection Spray and rough-dry the hair before dividing it into six sections (for thin hair, apply a little Cloud Nine Amplify Spray to the crown first).

Next, dry each section using ghd’s Air Pink Blush Hair Dryer with the nozzle pointed downwards to seal the cuticles flat, keeping a little tension between the brush and the hair at all times.

Once dry, run BaByliss’ Diamond Heated Smoothing & Straightening Brush over the lengths and ends (a more modern finish than overly ironed locks), then finish with ghd Smooth & Finish Serum. Ooh la la!


Easy breezy


The London blow-dry is the anti-blow-dry. But cool girl, ‘I just woke up like this’ hair takes a little more effort than just rolling out of bed.


Wash hair with a texture-enhancing shampoo and conditioner, such as TRESemme Perfectly Undone Weightless Shampoo & Conditioner (part of the Perfectly Undone Set), before towel-drying.

Using a diffuser to encourage natural movement (I love Remington’s PROluxe Hair Dryer), blast the hair until 95 per cent dry, then tuck the front part behind the ears (once dry, this will give that ‘Kate Moss bend’). Twist random sections of hair to achieve natural-looking waves. If your hair is super-straight, use a curling wand instead to tong irregular sections, leaving the ends straight.

Spritz on TRESemme Perfectly Undone Set Wave Creating Sea Foam (also part of the Perfectly Undone set), for an effortlessly dishevelled finish.


Artfully undone


New York gals have mastered the art of ‘I haven’t really tried but I still mean business’ hair (which, as we all know, generally means twice as much effort).


Start drying à la the Paris blow-out, minus the straightening brush, until sleek and glossy (for fine hair, apply some CLOUD NINE Amplify Spray to finish).

Mix things up a little… For soft movement, use Remington’s PROluxe Curling Wand to add some subtle waves. The key is to make the sections random in terms of placement and thickness, and to curl in different directions for the most believable texture.

Finish with a spritz of ghd Final Fix Spray for some uptown polish.


Big and bouncy


For louder-than-life Italians, more is most definitely more and that goes for their hair, too. Think BIG, shiny, glamorous, sex-kitten bounce.


To ensure va-va-voom volume, prep the hair with ghd Total Volume Foam before rough-drying using Trevor Sorbie’s Dry & Shine DC Dryer turning your head upside down to inject oomph at every step.

Then, use BaByliss’ Big Hair 50mm Styler to add volume as you dry, lifting the roots as you do so. Next, wrap sections of hair around your fingers (or use rollers if you have the time) and pin at the roots.

Allow to set – the cool setting on your hairdryer will help with this – then brush out thoroughly using Denman’s Medium Boar Bristle Grooming Brush, and finish with a spritz of ghd Final Fix Hairspray



Big, bushy, magnificent arches – bold brows have been top of the beauty agenda for a while and the ‘power brow’ is still going strong. THE shape of the season? ‘Boy’ brows, according to the experts, which means a groomed, full brow with a slightly flattened arch.

To recreate, use a pencil such as High Definition brow define pencil to sketch in individual hairs, leaving the inner corners untouched, to avoid them looking too blocky.

If your brows need a little help, use MAYBELLINE Brow Precise Fibre Filler which helps to beef up sparse brows, and treat with RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum morning and night. Or, for a more extreme (and expensive) solution, try microblading (essentially a semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo).

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