Beach Hair in a Can: Wella Professionals Create Character

WELLA curls 0I went through a phase many years ago, in which I was pushing the natural waves of my hair into curls.

When I say ‘natural waves’, I mean ‘neither here nor there hair’. It wasn’t going to go all springy all on its own. If left to its own devices, it would sort of half-heartedly swoop itself in the mid-lengths, and then go straight at the ends. The roots? Don’t even talk to me about the roots. They did nothing.

I would routinely haunt the aisles in chemist’s shops, looking for the magical substance that was going to give me:
A} If not curls curls, then at least loads of waves.
B} Plenty of body.
C} Softness.

That last was huge in my book of wavy, because just about every product I tried resulted in a very cripsy, crunchy texture. Did not like. They looked good, but felt awful.

I had a serious flirtation with Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream: I got softness, and oh! the gorgeous scent, but I found that it dulled down my blondeness. Uh, thanks, but: no. Every now and again I give it go, but am always very distressed by the colour-stress to the tresses.

Yesterday, giddy with vitamin D, I thought I’d give this a try. Wella Professional’s create character | dry seems to be sending mixed messages: it says it’s dry on the tin, but the directions recommend that you spray it on damp hair. Maybe it goes both ways. Which can only be a good thing, really.

I admit to having unrealistic expectations when it comes to haircare. When my hair didn’t immediately spring into waves and curls straight out of a Burne-Jones painting, I was disappointed. Hmmph. I sprayed on some more, and was at least gratified to see some shine. That made a nice change already.

I twisted The Hair up into its usual knot, pre-bedtime, and wondered what the morning would bring.


WELLA curls 1

Pure surfer-gurrrrl, been-at-the-beach-all-day-and-all-night waves!WELLA CURLS 4

Verdict: loads of body, if a bit dull as regards shine. It doesn’t feel as soft as I’d prefer, but hmmm, oh look, I’ve got this to hand, too. I’ve been using Wella Professionals SP Luxe Light Oil Spray to fairly good effect in conjunction with the BaByLiss Big Hair {see here}. I had also taken delivery of the Luxe Oil version of this new formulation — no sticky, slippery residence on the hands, or the hair — but I feckin’ lost it. In my tiny flat. Lost it. I even asked St Anthony — no joy.

Anyway, gave The Wavy Hair a spritz, and it helped the very slight crispiness loads. I was tempted to twist it back up into that knot, the knot from which extra-super-waviness emerges, but I resisted. Sure, I’m only going horseriding tonight, the beasties don’t care about The Hair.

Since we have summer this week, though, I think this will be my project. How many days can I get out of one round of this process? Will the use of these products be enough to get a girl through a weekend music festival down the country? Will it?!?!

WELLA curls 2



Wella Professionals create character|dry is €10.50; SP Luxe Light Oil spray is €23.


‘Phase’, not ‘faze’. Pet peeve!


The Hair + Mane Salon = Swisssshhhhhhy! {Frontways}

The back view is on Twitter, and Facebook, too.THE HAIR FRONTWAYS

‘Frontways’ is not a word, I know, I know, don’t get yer knicks in a twist. I guess I am feeling a bit giddy from the fresh Illumina colour via Wella Professionals and Andrew Dunne of Mane Salon. Beautiful blowdry via Aideen.

Another day of boldfacey-ness! Must be the sunshine!


Mane Salon is located in The Grooming Rooms building, 16 South William Street {next to Grogans.}


Various Updates on Stuff That Has Been Featured

*John Frieda Precision Foam Colour
I was just thinking, I really ought to email ‘Audrey’ and see how she’s getting on,’ and this morning, lo and behold, in the inbox!

Thought I’d let you know: dropped in home last night, shook my hair out of ponytail and the mammy said: Wow! Your colour is great, is that still the John Frieda stuff?

No photo was attached, but you can have a look at the result here.

Also: ‘Audrey’ says her hair is amazingly soft. I am now glancing over at my box of light ash blonde…


*Avon ANEW Clinical Resurfacing Expert Smoothing Fluid
Commenters keep asking me how I got on with this, and I guess I really haven’t given a definitive answer. I have not been consistent, and I’m not gonna lie, so I can’t really hand down a judgment yet. Too many other treatments to review, and I didn’t want to try to tan and use this at the same time? Is that dumb? Because this maybe giving me an even clearer, cleaner canvas upon which to paint my bronzey goddessness? Shoot.

I did have these thoughts, if you’re interested.


*The Oily Stuff from Yesterday
I’ll have to get back to you on that in more depth, but the REN Bio-Retinoid Anti-Ageing Concentrate is, I must say, pretty darn brilliant. I almost did do the thing where I forgot to close the cap, but caught myself in time. I really don’t want this all over the floor — I want it all over my face!


*Appropos of… Not Much, Except Maybe in Honour of Wella
Except I clearly cannot go a whole week without posting a picture of my face.

Wella Professionals took a bunch of us out to dinner last night in Thorntons, which is a Michelin Star restaurant, and I am not a foodie — it was, in fact, my first foam — but that was one terrific meal. The food, the service, the wine… the wine, which was a Sauvignon Blanc, which I generally dislike, but this one! Clos du Porteau ‘Les Chaffines’ Touraine 2010, completely gorgeous, and not so pricey according to Monsieur Le Google!

Oh, and the event was an introduction to Illumina Color, a new range of natural looking hair colours that increases the level of light reflection and shine when the hair is dyed. We saw several representative treatments — blonde, red, brunette — and they were very, very Wow.

But, yeah, the wine: it’s the way it gets poured? The fancy way, where you take a sip and the waitress refills, and then you take another sip, and the waitress refills — so you have no idea how much you are drinking, and if you’re me and not drinking all that much lately, things go a bit pear-shaped. And then self-portrait high-jinks ensue in the taxi home, because the clever women repping Wella gifted us all with Rayban Aviators — so that when we get our hair coloured with Illumina, we won’t be blinded by the glow.

I was a little afraid of the shades, but I think they will work just fine.


Very cool image, look at the reflection of me taking the picture of me! Hmm, am I still drunk?