I can never recreate that bouncy and fresh blow dry I get at the hairdresser’s. I’ve purchased salon grade shampoo and conditioners, tried a plethora of styling products (within all price ranges) and have watched plenty of video tutorials (an hour of my life right there). Alas, one trip to Brad Ngata’s salon in Surry Hills gave me some (free) insights to maintaining hair that looks salon fresh. Tip: It’s all in the tools and technique.

I recently attended the Australian Fashion Hair Awards where I was exposed to the best hairdressers and products in the industry. There were awards for best branding, best packaging and design but to be honest, what I really cared about were the products I could use and why hairdressers loved them so much. And so here, we’ve put three of them to the test. 

THE MOST INNOVATIVE HAIR TOOL

BABYLISS PRO FOR THE ITALIABRAVA DRYER

What happens when you mix fast cars with your hair care? Faster drying time for hectic mornings. I have to admit, the Ferrari designed engine didn’t appeal to me at all but the product’s promise did. Features include up to 15% faster drying time, ultra-low vibration for low noise and it’s light weight. 

Since I’ve given up on GHDs and curling tongs, I was expecting a lot from this. It did not disappoint. It’s light weight, easy to use and it really does dry my hair quicker without the damage you get from straightening your hair. Tips from the trade: Air dry your hair till it’s at least 60% dry if you can. Then, apply a hair protectant to the ends and dry. Don’t go to bed with hair still damp because hair sets when it is completely dry.

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BEST NEW PROFESSIONAL PACKAGING & DESIGN

R+CO’S PARK AVENUE RANGE – Flexible Hairspray

I’m a fan of hair that moves and so hairspray isn’t exactly at the top of my shopping list. This flexible hairspray give you the texture to create some grit on day 1 hair. Sometimes freshly washed hair can be tricky to style, this will give it a light hold. I also love that it is sulfate, paraben, cruelty and gluten free.

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BEST NEW PROFESSIONAL HAIR STYLING PRODUCT

ORIBE’S DRY TEXTURIZING SPRAY

Dry texturizing or mattifying spray is a great alternative to dry shampoo. Use Orbie’s Dry Texturing Spray for volume and a light hold to the hair. Use this for messy bed head hair. The trick to getting that tousled look is to dry, spray and crunch. To dry, use a round natural bristle brush. Spray the texturising spray to roots and scrunch hair.

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Some Expert Tips:

  • Hair isn’t styled until it’s 100% dry
  • Invest in your haircare, supermarket brands contain lots of harsh cleansers and can often dry hair out
  • If you use more than 1 styling product every day, use a clarifying shampoo once a week
  • Always shampoo your hair 3 times if you use a lot of product
  • Don’t wash your hair everyday, it can dry it out
  • Avoid heat styling products and if you must, use a heat protecting balm

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