Skip the Salon

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Achieve salon-perfect ’dos, be they straight or wavy, in the comfort of your own home. Plus, expert stylists at two of the world’s top salons break it down with insider tips.


Tousled waves or loose curls

The Tools

A good round brush; anything from Spornette,

A curling tong if you’re in a hurry,  or to top up try Infiniti by Conair’s Professional Nano Tourmaline Ceramic, US$34.99

A salon-quality blow dryer BaByliss PRO 2800, US$54

The Products

A thoroughly moisturising shampoo and conditioner like label.m Organic Moisturising Lemongrass Shampoo US$23 & Conditioner US$29 to cleanse and condition hair thoroughly

A protective spray such as John Frieda Frizz-Ease Expert Finish Polishing Serum US$8.49

The Tips

To keep hair looking salon perfect, moisture is key as it helps to lock in shine and avoid breakage. For a salon take on tousled locks, blast hair dry and then twist into a tight topknot before bedtime. In the morning undo the bun and spritz with a texture spray. For sleeker looking hair, blow-dry all your hair from the roots to the ends using a round brush; this will smooth hair cuticles, which is the basis for healthy looking hair. For a smaller wave, take small sections when blow-drying. For individuals with fine hair, be careful when blasting the hair and set the air stream to low to avoid any tangles. An alternative to creating waves and curls is to use a curling tong; however, it is important to choose the right tong for the length of hair. For individuals with hair below the shoulders who want a loose curl at the ends, use a 28mm tong and place it half way up the hair. For a red carpet look, place the tong close to the root and complete with hairspray for lots of volume. TONI&GUY International Artistic Director, Chie Sato 

Straight and silky

The Tools

A flat brush, usually a mixture of natural bristle and nylon, reduces static in the hair; try label.m’s Paddle Brush, US$20

A salon-quality hairdryer

A flat iron, only if necessary or for touch-ups; try GHD’s Classic Styler, US$185

The Products

A nourishing hair mask, applied before shampooing, will help smooth and moisturise the hair; try Kérastase Masque Elixir Ultime, US$24

A heat protecting, straightening balm like Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry, US$29 smooths the curl as soon as it’s applied to the hair.

The Tips

Always use the nozzle attachment on the hairdryer; this allows you to direct the heat and air in the right direction, limiting frizz. Blow-dry your roots first with your fingers or with your head upside down, then apply your heat protection product and blow-dry down the hair shaft using your brush and nozzle on the dryer, from roots to ends. Try to only take sections that fit into the brush. If you use a good straightening balm it reduces the need for straighteners, that’s why a good stylist doesn’t require straighteners to finish a blow-dry. If you do use a straightener, make sure it has a temperature control so you can turn the heat up or down; the less heat you use, the less damage to the hair.  Bumble and Bumble Live Educator, Bea Watson

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