Remember that Friends episode “The One in Barbados”? Yep, the one where Monica gets her hair braided to combat her frizz in the Caribbean humidity.
Funny, right? Well, not so funny if this actually happened to you in real life.
To give you some context, I was 18 on my first overseas trip to Thailand without my parents, and I had the ingenious idea to get my hair braided. I reasoned that anything was better than my frizzy lion’s mane – desperate times call for desperate measures (and we all make mistakes, please don’t judge me).
A Bit Of Background…
This was not my only attempt at managing my holiday hair in very questionable ways. When I was 20, I spent two months travelling through South America. As soon as we got to Brazil, my hair was a big, fat, boofy mess. So I marched myself off to the local hair salon and signalled to the hairstylist, in my non-existent Portuguese, that I wanted it permanently straightened. Three hours later (and smelling of formaldehyde), I walked out with poker-straight hair. Hurray!
My hair, inevitably, fell out rather soon after returning to Australia and I ended up with a (very sleek) reverse mullet. Unlike the regrettable tattoo I also got in Brazil, thankfully this decision wasn’t permanent. My hair eventually grew back.
Many years, and many hair mistakes later, I want to share some wisdom with you.
My Top 3 Tips For Frizzy-Haired Friends:
TIP 1: Cut it off.
I can’t stress this tip enough. Just. Do. It. I clung to my long hair because I thought mermaid hair was really sexy. Not so sexy is dirty, greasy hair tied permanently in a bun because you’re too lazy to wash and straighten it. Seriously, cut the dead weight!
TIP 2: Don’t travel without a hair straightener
I’m ashamed to admit that I got my hair chemically straightened more than once overseas. Remember, this was an era before compact ghd straighteners. I couldn’t very well lug my Muster hair straightener in my backpack! The ghd platinum+ is my styler of choice – it effortlessly smooths my curls and flattens frizz in minutes.
TIP 3: Invest in quality products that work
I’ve struggled to find products that actually work on my hair but after a lot of trial and error, I’ve become a big fan of Aveda. I use their Damage Remedy Shampoo & Conditioner, which is more than I would usually like to spend, but honestly, it’s worth it.
Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother is my holy grail of hair products when it comes to styling because it makes the whole process faster and easier. It has cut my straightening time down from 60 to 5 minutes, defends against humidity for up to 12 hours, and protects against surface damage from heat styling.
★★★★★ Must-have product – Rosie
“I initially received a sample of this to try and after I used the very small amount I had to buy it!. I am prone to flyaways and frizziness, especially living in the tropics however this product has fixed those problems.”
★★★★★ Another great Aveda product! – Kellee
“This product is a game changer for my naturally wavy, prone to frizziness, hair. It’s light, smells great and leaves my hair shiny and definitely less frizzy when the humidity normally wreaks havoc on my hair.”
★★★★★ Lovely – Beauty Bee
“The Style-Prep Smoother prevents frizz and it’s smoothing quality leaves hair looking shiny and healthy. It makes blowdrying easy and I find my hair feels ‘protected’. Also has a light herbal scent.”
Before I even give you a visual, close your eyes and see if you can imagine the haircut I’m talking about. I bet you know it – actually, I bet either you, your best friend, or your work wife probably has this haircut.
Yep, it’s the long bob. That length you go when you’re scared to go too short, and you also want to tie your hair up at the gym, but you also want to be super dramatic and post a ‘short hair, don’t care’ pic on Instagram.
Since everybody’s doing it, I thought I’d take one for the team and ask award-winning celebrity hairdresser, Joey Scandizzo to show us how to style the long bob.
I already used a sea salt spray in my routine, but I’d never used it in the prep stage, nor had I sprayed it into my roots – but Joey reassured me that it wouldn’t make my hair oily, instead it would give me much-needed volume and texture.
Using your ghd curl tong, take small sections of hair curling away from the face. That means anti-clockwise if that’s an easier way of explaining it. You want to leave a few centimetres of hair out at the ends.
An important tip from Joey when it comes to the front sections, is to bring these sections forward as you curl them (shown in video). This allows the front sections to drape more naturally across the face for a softened effect.
I’m a huge fan of the revamped Queer Eye on Netflix, and without a doubt, Jonathan is the star of the show. I mean, his green concealer tip in episode one is iconic. And if you follow him on Instagram, he’s also become quite an accomplished figure skater.
Since JVN is always dishing out the best grooming advice, I thought I’d go digging for his own personal faves – and I stumbled across one of his holy grail hair styling products.
“Using a priming product on wet hair means it’ll look more sleek and glossy once it dries”, Jonathan told Cosmopolitan. “I love to use a primer called Wonder Worker by Shu Uemura and let air dry.”
Why Is It JVN’s Holy Grail?
Shu Uemura’s Wonder Worker has been aptly named given that is actually does work miracles – hence making Jonathan’s list of must-have hair products.
– Works weightlessly to hydrate, detangle & tame frizz instantly
– It’s an air dry and blow dry primer suitable for all hair types
As I mentioned above, Wonder Worker can be used to aid both air drying and blow drying.
When used before blow drying the hair, it locks in moisture and tames strands for a much smoother, softer and more manageable finish. If you’re using it as part of an air drying routine, Wonder Worker enhances the hair’s natural texture, improving frizz and adding natural shine.
Simply spray through mid-lengths and ends on damp or dry hair and let it do its thang.
★★★★★ I love the convenience of this product – Holly
“It allows me to heat protect and condition my hair locking in moisture before blow drying. The fact you just spray it in and go is a huge plus because you don’t have to get any sticky product on your hands. It also seems to last for quite a long time too which is awesome.”
★★★★★ Great product! – Laura
“I’ve been using this for about a month now and will definitely be repurchasing, it smells amazing and my hair drys so beautifully while feeling really soft smooth and hydrated but still holding my waves without feeling heavy in the hair.”
★★★★★ Great hair primer – Eve
“I never used a hair primer before my hairdresser introduced me to this and it works really well and protects my hair and makes it more manageable for styling.”
I rely on my group iMessage with my friends more than I rely on Google these days – and beauty-related topics are often on high rotation.
One of my friends recently asked the group if we wear our hair tied up when we sleep *cue horrified emoji*. To justify, she explained that she finds her hair gets oilier when she sleeps with it out, but her hair keeps breaking…
Why Does Sleeping With Your Hair Up Cause Breakage?
Using a regular hair tie can cause friction and tension on the hair, which especially on fragile, dry and damaged hair can cause extensive breakage.
You’ll usually notice this in the form of shorter or baby-like hairs around the crown (depending on how you tie your hair up to sleep), or shorter hairs that stick up from the roots like flyaways.
What’s The Solution?
If you insist on wearing your hair up while you sleep, opt for a gentler option like the Shhh Silk Scrunchie. The softness of the silk reduces tension and pulling on the hair, meaning significantly less chance of breakage.
The best part about the Shhh Silk Scrunchie is that it keeps wild hair tangle-free throughout the night, it’s much more comfortable to wear while sleeping and it won’t leave kinks.
“I use this scrunchie constantly at home, if I have my hair done I can just lightly put it up and it doesn’t change the shape of my hair at all. Definitely worth the price tag, I’ve been looking for so long for something that can keep my hair out of my face without damaging it.”
★★★★★ Love!– S
“It’s an expensive scrunchie but the quality is worth it! Doesn’t pull or tug on your hair but stays put. I use this morning/night when I wash my face and do my skincare routine and even just around the house when I want my hair out of the way. Highly recommend!”
★★★★★ Luscious – Abby
“Yes this is expensive for just 1 scrunchie I do agree, BUT it is such nice quality, doesn’t rip your hair out, I use when I’m washing my face morning and night to pull my hair back and just when I’m going out and can’t be bothered doing my hair, very cute.”
Y’all seem to trust The Ordinarya lot with your skin, so when I heard this cult brand was releasing a hair product to target thinning hair, I knew I had to write about as soon as possible.
I mean, it’s a pretty big deal – The Ordinary is behind some of our best-selling and highest reviewed products, so will the Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density live up to expectations?
All The Details:
Much like their range of skincare, The Ordinary’s Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density is designed to deliver on its promises with a concentrated and results-driven formula (with a very reasonable price tag, of course).
– Specially formulated to deliver fuller, denser & thicker hair with continued use
– Penetrates the scalp to encourage circulation & promote healthy hair follicles
– Formulated with a potent blend of natural extracts, peptide complexes & caffeine
– This lightweight serum has an emollient base to ensure it absorbs effectively
– Helps to condition & repair the hair, retain moisture & control oil
– Suitable for all hair types, especially fine or thinning hair
There is no need to rinse it out after application, it’s a leave-in treatment, so you can wash your hair in the morning.
★★★★★ Does what it says! – Nora
“After two weeks, fine baby hair is growing along my hairline (I have mild post-partum hair loss) and at the back of my crown. This product isn’t greasy and a little goes a long way. “
★★★★★ Works wonders for fine hair – Miranda
“My hair definitely felt denser after a few weeks and running my fingers through my hair from the roots to the ends you can certainly feel a difference from where the product is working. It can make your hair a little oily, so I like to apply mine in 2 stages. I do the first few drops around the base and back of my head and really rub it in and then I apply a smaller amount to the top of my head and around my hairline to help limit the greasiness. This is one of my all-time favourite beauty products so far.”
★★★★★ I really love this product! – AO
“I’ve always had brittle and thin hair and periodically lose hair because of stress etc. I was in one of those bad periods when I started with this product and after a month use, I can really see a difference in overall quality and also that the hair is growing back and just looks much healthier.”
Before I knew hair perfumes existed, I would just lightly mist my daily fragrance through my hair, hoping that as I whisked past people, my perfume scent would linger after me – that’s why everyone wears perfume, isn’t it?
While it might sound totally unnecessary, I can assure you SACHAJUAN’s Protective Hair Perfume isn’t just a gimmick, it’s a multi-tasker.
What You Need To Know About It:
– It’s a fine, multi-purpose fragrance designed particularly for hair
– Instantly freshens the hair with a mist of the signature SACHAJUAN fragrance
– Treats the hair with Glycerin, Sunflower Seed Extract & Silk Amino Acids
If you’ve ever used SACHAJUAN haircare, this hair perfume smells exactly the same. If not, I’m aware that conveying a scent is a little tricky when you can’t actually smell it yourself. The best I can explain this scent is a sophisticated fruity floral fragrance.
It has top notes of litchi and green apple, a heart of peach, rose and ylang-ylang and base notes of patchouli, cedarwood and white musk.
It’s not overpowering, but it softly lingers for hours. I love that it smells clean and fresh, with an understated mixture of floral, citrus and woody undertones.
I love this scent. I use this ‘hair perfume’ as an all-over scented mist, because the fragrance is so beautiful – I’m usually inclined to go for quite masculine scents, with woody undertones, so if you’re into the same kind of thing, I think you’ll like this.
★★★★★ Amazing product!– Kate
“I love this product so much. It smells absolutely divine and it’s long lasting. I find when I style my hair with heat I end up losing the smell from my shampoo, but this perfume quickly refreshes my hair again and leaves it smelling freshly washed!”
★★★★★ LOVE LOVE LOVE – Paige
“I am a gym junkie and I use this after each session each day to give my hair a nice smell, and believe me this smell is to die for. My hair not only smells great but it has left it super soft as well – I always get comments from others too when I wear it.”
★★★★★ Amazing scent– Su
“Smells like fresh, crisp green apples. The scent lasts all day on my hai, and can double as a body mist. It helps a bit with anti-frizz, but I’d buy it for the scent alone.”