Beauty contributor Reena Patel puts the latest in professional home hair stylers to the test on her tresses.
To get salon professional results at home, I don’t know what I’d do without ghd (the ground-breaking hair styling brand infamous for its hot stylers aka straightening irons). ghd, which stands for ‘good hair day’ has revolutionised the way we style our hair. Now, the company has launched its first ever salon quality hairdryer, called ghd air.
Hailed as the ‘Aston Martin of haircare’, it features a powerful professional motor, a ‘cool shot’ button to help set your style in place, two concentrator nozzles to create a variety of looks and advanced ionic technology. This all delivers exceptionally fast drying and styling, while helping to reduce frizz, leaving hair soft and silky. The new blueprint for autumn hair is a sea of ostensibly classic styles re-imagined with an innate sense of strength and mystery. ‘It wasn’t contrived. It’s a season which celebrated touchable, wearable hair’, says Kenna, Creative Director for ghd. There’s no doubt that this new hairdryer will help set the proverbial trend.
£99 – www.ghdhair.com
This revolutionary 3-in-1 hair styling tool boasts it can straighten, curl and create volume and shine. The secret lies in its rotating heated polishing cylinder, along with four rows of precision-aligned bristles and a thermal shield that protects skin from the heat.
When run through the hair, the first set of bristles gently sorts and separates each individual hair strand. The rotating heated polishing cylinder then gently glides over, smoothly polishing, straightening and styling. Finally, the second set of bristles gives it the finishing touch, leaving it shiny and silky.
The idea is your hair won’t get crushed and baked by super-intense heat. Available in Purple Candy and Apple Red, the InStyler has a gentle heat, which works together with the rotating motion of the cylinder to polish hair strands one by one. The InStyler does much more than standard straighteners. It can lift and create fullness right from the root, or flick hair at the ends. It can straighten even the toughest, most coarse hair – and still get fullness and style without the stick-straight flatness of a straightener.
£99.99 – www.instyler.co.uk
Nicky Clarke DesiRED Wide Plate Straightener
Using the very latest in technology, innovation and design, hair maestro Nicky Clarke has added to his DesiRED collection with a new Wide Plate Straightener.
The wide ceramic plates quickly and effortlessly glide over the thickest locks for a sleek finish. Perfect for my full-bodied, unruly hair. Coated in a glamorous, glossy red, this styler also includes a variable heat feature with a top temperature of 230˚C, a salon length 3m cable and an auto shut off feature for safety. Other products in this high performance styling range include the narrow plate ceramic straightener, the professional AC dryer and the ceramic tong.
£79.99 – www.nickyclarke.com/electricals
Vidal Sassoon DETOX Salon Series Curling Tong
These tress experts understand how important it is to keep hair in tip-top condition. So, they have recently developed a unique range of tools that feature innovative hair detox technology.
The collection uses high-grade titanium plating, which is naturally
hypoallergenic and ensures fast and even heat distribution and transfer, resulting in
less damage to hair. The titanium works to enhance the natural moisture of
hair and guards against the build-up of bacteria and product, protecting the condition of the hair, whilst
keeping it clean, healthy and shiny for longer. I tested the professional curling tong before a big night out, which produced beautiful, smooth
curls with an enviable shine that lasted through until the next day. The tong comes with a salon handle and a mini flipper for ultimate versatility. It offers a variable temperature with 30 settings, heating up to 220 ̊C.
£29 – http://www.boots.com/en/Vidal-Sassoon-Titanium-Tong-VSIR1967UK-Exclusive-to-Boots_1276807/
Macadamia Natural Oil Straightwear Smoothing Iron
This gadget is set to be great for curling, straightening, smoothing and flipping. With an adjustable temperature dial, you take control of the heat applied to your hair. Infrared and ionised technology help increase the speed in which it takes to get your desired style and maintain healthier, more manageable, frizz-free locks.
£129 – www.macadamiahair.co.uk