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Turning A Bad Hair Day Upside Down
Mon, 30 May 2011 2:51PM
I can handle 40 degree heat and unbearable humidity, but when it comes to rain, I (along with my hair and Sydney traffic) lose the plot. Today, on the walk from the car park to PRIMPED HQ, I got caught in the middle of a downpour and as well as drenched ballet flats, my baby-fine, just-blow-dried-an-hour-earlier hair copped a super soaking. Frustrating to say the least. But, rather than get angry, Primpettes, it’s about getting even.
Here’s how to wet-weather-proof your hair for winter…
If your hair goes… flat: Like wearing sunscreen, using a teeny tiny amount of a volumising product, like Kevin Murphy Anti. Gravity, $29.95, through the roots to the ends, before blow-drying is a must. This oil-free formula is a match-made-in-heaven for fine hair that can’t afford to be weighed down by thick, creamy lotions. Plus, it does a stellar job at keeping fluffy, fly-aways on their best behaviour, making it perfect for thick/frizzy/fine/curly/straight hair.
Hot tip: Try blow-drying your hair on the opposite side to the one you usually wear it on, then once you’re finished doing your makeup, swap it over. Switching up the sides, confuses your hair so it creates serious body in at the roots to stop it from looking flat.
If your hair goes… wavy: Don’t fight it! Follow Kate Moss, Rose Byrne and The Olsen’s lead and let your naturally-wavy hair flag fly. All you need to do is smooth down any frizz at the roots with a polishing serum or creme, like John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum, $23.99, and concentrate on keeping all the texture and fun happening at the ends with a medium-sized hair tong.
Hot Tip: So you’ve just walked back into work from your lunch break and your hair is looking pancake flat? All you need to do is spray the roots with a shot of dry shampoo and using the palm of your hands, try and create small circular motions across the crown. Unlike a brush, using your hands is a fast and easy way to boost body in at the roots, without creating static. Trust me.
If your hair goes… frizzy: Tie it in a knot. Or a plait. The added bonus of a plait is that the next day, you’re left with the prettiest, softest-looking wave that you can wear as is, or treat to a hint of a texturising spray for added definition.
When all else fails, add a distraction, like a Barette that goes a little something like Kirsten D’s…
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Tell Me Primpettes,
Does the rain send your hair into a state of despair?
Have you got a foolproof wet-weather style?
Do you still straighten your hair when it’s raining?
Posted by: Eliza Ashe