It’s addictive, this hair shortening lark. No sooner had I gone for the chop at Preen than I was back in the hairdresser’s chair - this time at my old flame, The Style Club on North Earl Street, who were happily as wonderful as ever – yelling MOAR!
They obliged by taking off a further inch and a half and giving me more of a classic bob, which can be worn straight and sleek or with my hair’s natural movement and wave, to give a more tousled effect. With every new hair do comes new hair doin’s, so here’s what I’m using on my new shorter locks (lockettes?).
All my dry and damaged ends are now on the hairdresser’s floor and not on my head, so I’ve jettisoned conditioner and fallen for this excellent shampoo from Color Wow. I had the privilege of meeting the very lovely and charming Kevin Moss, Creative Director for the brand, last year and have been a convert ever since. What sets this apart from other shampoos for colour treated hair? It’s gentle and sulphate-free, for a start, and free of discolouring agents like silicones that add a duller, darker film with each shampoo.
They also make this genius touch-up kit which extends the length of time between dye-jobs by temporarily colouring in the roots. It’s very easy to use, looks natural and stays put all day – as this little video illustrates (there are loads more over on their YouTube page). It’s €35 and you can find it in salons (I’ve spotted it in Queen on Aungier Street; read my experience of this salon) or from Space NK instore or online.
Depending on the look I want to get, I use one of two hair creams: for a bouncier, textured look, I add a tiny bit of Schwarzkopf OsisUpload Lifting Volume Cream, €15.55, while my hair is wet. For a sleeker finish, I let it dry and smooth the Color Wow One Minute Transformation Miracle Styling Cream, €22, from roots to ends (I wrote about this over here).
I have an addictive personality and my latest habit is Oribe’s Dry Texturising Spray; I’m going through it at a ferocious rate and just can’t get enough. The invisible formula, that trademark scent, the artfully volumised and non-sticky result... but still, ouch, that price. For a budget alternative, snap up the new(ish) Aussie dry shampoo which I've raved about before.