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Six essential new hair products perfectly timed for summer

Looking to update your haircare and styling arsenal? There are plenty of hot new releases landing that make styling your hair easy as well as warding off the effects of the season on your strands. These are some of the most anticipated and useful options landing this season.

Living Proof PhD Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo

A brand new, updated version of one of the world’s most popular (and effective, in our book) dry shampoos, this one is a little more refined with a fine-tuned formula and leaves hair feeling clean without being gunked up with powder. It’s been gaining raves around the world on launch with one reviewer pointing out that if if you are someone who prefers your hair the day after it’s been washed – “day two” – and finds it more manageable and appealing them, perhaps stick with the original for a bit of volume and grip. But if you are someone who likes your hair best on “day one”, when it’s freshly washed and dried, this one’s for you. It lands at Mecca from December 28th.

Chloe Zara Hair Hair Crème

This independent but quickly growing hair brand from Auckland stylist Chloe Zara has quickly gained a following for its luxurious, effective and consciously formulated products. The hair and body perfume oil was always a great smoothing option for your dry ends, with a pretty scent too. Now there’s a new arrival, a hair crème with a range of clean ingredients that smooth, increase manageability and help to strengthen. In our view it’s a mix between a styling product and treatment, defining strands and giving a little texture but also loaded with the likes of hyaluronic acid, Kakadu plum for vitamin C and Hydrolysed Soy Protein for body and shine.

Joico Colourful Glow Beyond Anti-Fade Serum

UV rays can do a number on coloured hair, so while you’re protecting your skin with SPF, why not try a protective serum for your strands that keeps them vibrant, healthy and glossy? Joico’s Colourful Glow Beyond Anti-Fade Serum prevents dullness and fading that changes the tone, as minimising frizz and boosting shine. 

Moroccanoil Brumes du Maroc Fragrance Mist

Hair perfumes are nothing new but they are usually created by mass market perfume companies that just want to give us a pretty scent that lingers in our hair. So far so appealing, except the formulas they use aren’t always the kindest to our strands. Now a hair company has taken the reins, and one incredibly familiar with delivering on nourishment and shine. Moroccanoil has created a new hair and body fragrance mist, featuring the scent of its original oil, but in a lightweight, ultra fine mist that wont impact your hairstyle. The scent is an exotic blend of spicy amber and sweet floral notes and the formula also includes a form of UV absorber to help prevent potential hair damage from sun exposure and preserve hair’s colour.

Oribe Bright Blonde Sun Lightening Mist

Hands up who remembers Sun In? The 80s must-have lightened hair with the help of the sun but usually did no favours to your strands and a weird orange colour was the likely result. Yanking the concept right up to date is luxury hair brand Oribe with its new spray to enhance blonde tones. It’s designed to bring out the brightness and highlights in natural or artificially-created blonde through heat from the sun or a hair dryer.

The peroxide-free formula blends natural plant, flower and fruit extracts – yes including lemon, but also chamomile –  to gradually lighten hair while also imparting weightless moisture, shine, and UV protection.

R+Co COOL WIND – Perfect air dry creme

Lazy gals rejoice! Air-dry styling has just been an at-home thing in 2021, but now brands are helping us to do the same while also going out and about. Thats thanks to taming and styling creams that require little effort. This one hydrates, controls, defines and softens hair to ease the styling process. Just work through towel-dried hair and style as desired. Then air-dry – perfect for on the go!

How to wear false eyelashes

Wearing a set of false lashes sounds worryingly dramatic to most people, but you might be pleasantly surprised by the eye-opening abilities a fluffy, natural set provides. Applying them can take a lot of practice but if you’re ever in a position to be able to have your makeup done at a counter that offers the service like MAC Cosmetics, it’s a good opportunity to have a set applied to amp up your evening look.

Keen to try at home? Here are some key tips for making the process easier

  • Trim your lashes. Each set is generally larger than your lash line, so use a pair of tweezers to hold each lash near your eye and measure where you should trim them. Trimming from the outer edge, particularly if they are graduated and slightly longer there, gives a more natural look.
  • Pay attention to the band! The thicker the band the heavier they are, and the more obvious it is when they lift at the corners. Brands like Ardell and MAC have variations with less prominent bands, that look more natural on.
  • If you’re a beginner, a half set (or a set trimmed to 2/3rds in size) and applied to the outer corners is slightly easier and still provides a pretty wide-eyed look. Makeup queen Huda Kattan goes one step further and suggests if you want to try a full lash but you’re finding it tough to get it on successfully, try cutting each full lash into 3 equal pieces before applying each piece from the outside in.
  • Shape them by bending around a little finger. Some sets are slightly stiff, so to give them a more natural shape before applying, bend them around a brush handle or your little finger.
  • Put a dab of glue on the back of your hand and run the strip through to give it an even coating , rather than trying to apply glue directly to the band.
  • Wait a few seconds until the glue goes slightly tacky before applying, they’re stick instantly, rather than sliding around.

     

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  • Wearing a dark colour eyeliner, (particularly liquid liner but soft kohl liner also works), helps disguise the base of the lash band. Apply before you place lashes and touch up after they are in place.
  • If you want reliable hold, use a professional brand eyelash glue like Duo Eyelash Adhesive, rather than the small vials that come with many sets. You’ll only use a tiny amount so each tube will lash through many applications. (FYI, white lash glue dries clear.)
  • Apply with tweezers, coming straight at your eye and pressing the middle on first as close as you can to your lash line. Release and then use tweezer tips to push the outer and inner corners into place. After a minute use your fingers to squeeze the base of lashes together with your own.
  • Most people apply mascara (and the rest of your eye makeup) before lashes, but it’s worth applying another light coat afterwards to help blend your lashes and false lashes together.
  • To re-use, gently peel off your lashes and place between two cotton pads soaked with micellar water. Wait 30 seconds and then use a Q-tip to remove any excess glue and mascara. Store back in the case until you need them again.