Daily delight: great dryer, great hair days

I always have to remind myself when it’s time to shell out for the likes of a new hair dryer or irons, as it’s often too easy to just keep on using the tired, old, worn out versions until they go to the great salon in the sky. I recently got my hands on a new Remington dryer however, and can’t rave about it enough. It goes by the name of the Remington Salon Pro 5000, and as well as being a top notch tool, is rather a sexy beast to look upon, too. With a long-life AC motor, it is what is known as a “salon quality” dryer, and contains ceramic, tourmaline ionic and active ionic hydrating technology, for the ultimate in static and frizz reduction.
Ions – either positive or negative charged particles – are hot in the world of hair dryers. Positive charges (from the common blow dryer) cause the hair’s cuticle to open, meaning hair is more prone to frizz and a dull appearance. However ionic hair dryers produce negatively charged ions, which don’t disrupt the cuticle. This allows it to remain flat, "trapping" moisture and eliminating frizz and static while giving hair more body. Who am I to argue with that? It also comes with a five-year warranty, should it all go pear-shaped, which I doubt.Next on my wish list? A set of Cloud 9 irons... better get saving!
Some tips from the experts for the perfect blow dry:
* Keep the dryer at least six inches away from your head to avoid burning your scalp or overheating your hair, neither of which are a pleasant experience.
* Dry down the hair shaft to smooth the cuticle and create a silky shiny style – use a brush or wide toothed comb to control hair.
* To help prevent heat damage and add shine, use a heat protection spray before blow drying. And I mean EVERY time.
* To create a style with lots of body or to set curls, apply volumising mousse or spray (I’m loving Sebastian’s new Volupt Spray) to towel dried hair. Distribute it evenly from roots to ends, then blow dry using a diffuser. Hair will be soft, shiny, and full of volume.
* For a super smooth, salon-like blow dry, choose an AC dryer and finish by running a straightening iron over your hair once dry.
For quick touch-ups between shampoos, mist hair with water to dampen it, then style with your dryer on a medium heat.


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