By NICKY CHAMP
Since the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize last year and is already undertaking the quest for world peace, I’ll tackle that other vastly important issue; how to find decent and inexpensive hair products.
I know, I know it’s a completely selfless task and it has nothing to do with the fact that when life is overwhelming me I like to go on budget beauty blowout at the nearest Priceline/chemist/supermarket and this isn’t my way of validating it AT ALL.
Personal crises aside, while it’s nice to splurge every now and then on Dior nail polishes, creamy YSL lipsticks, Bobbi Brown nude eye palettes (I could go on and on), it is possible to get great, effective beauty products with change from a red lobster. These are the seven best hair products on our radar right now.
1. Kevin Murphy Wave Clips.
It looks like a medieval torture device but I promise you it’s much more fun. Um, not that guillotines were ever fun or anything but you get the drift.
To use: clip them into the middle-to-end section of your hair, give it a quick blow dry on hot, finish with a blast of cool air and the result is that subtle, soft wave like the one Alexa Chung often sports.
There’s a video tutorial by Kevin Murphy here, and although it’s a bit tedious it will give you the gist of how to use them if you’re considering buying them. I have shoulder-length fine hair and I find four are enough but if your hair is any longer you’ll need 6-8 clips.
2. Toni & Guy Sculpting Powder.
Got lank, flat, dull hair? Give this sculpting powder from Toni & Guy a red hot go. Unlike the name suggests it’s actually a great thickening product for thin hair. Its feather-light formulation is in an easy-to-use shaker that imparts volume and has an impressive lasting power. If you’re a fan of Aveda’s Pure Abundance Hair Potion or dry shampoo for that matter, you’ll love this.
Toni & Guy Sculpting Powder $15.95 available in Woolworths, Coles, Priceline and Big W.
3. O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum.
The curly-haired among us will appreciate this little life-changing number from natural haircare brand O&M. It tames those pesky flyaways, is great for controlling static and will tame even the wildest of frizzes.
Okay, so I may have cheated with this one by putting in the travel size version to get it under twenty bickies BUT I promise you only need a dot so technically it lasts for ages.