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The miracle dust that will save even the worst hair day (yes, really)


by Aisling Keenan
12th Mar 2019
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Not to sound too much like my granny, but when first I heard of dust for your hair I thought – would you go way out of that! Dust? For my hair?! But then I tried one. And now I stock pile them in case of a hair emergency…


More often than not, my hair doesn’t do a single thing I want it to do. If, like me, you’ve got thin, lacklustre tresses that you’ve bleached to within an inch of its life, you’ll understand the struggles herewith.

If I need volume, it’s flat. If I need texture, it’s silky soft. If I need it to behave itself in humidity? It explodes into a mass of frizz. I’ve come to realise that I can never, ever rely on my hair.

A reliable hair fix

With that in mind, I’ve had quite the life-long search for a product that I can turn to, last minute, to save an otherwise hopeless hair situation. And thankfully, I’ve done it. Hair dust (or hair powder) is, in my opinion, the one thing that can rectify even the worst hair day. There are three I’ve tried and like, and all three are pictured here.

L’Oréal Professionel Tecni Art Super Dust, €18.45

 

Schwarzkopf OSIS Dust It, €15.45

Redken Powder Grip, €18.50

What they do

Essentially, when your hair is lacking texture, hold or volume, you grip the centre of the little bottles (they’re about four inches tall), point it at your roots and squeeze a little puff of the white, micro-fine powder onto your hair. You then rub or backcomb it into your roots.

It gives unparalleled hold. I mean, I styled my hair for an event at 9am, did the event, then travelled two hours by car to go quad biking, quad biked with a helmet on for two hours and still didn’t have to restyle or wash my hair for dinner that night.

It definitely isn’t something you’d use daily, because it can be quite difficult to remove with your average one-shampoo shower. But for occasions where your hair just won’t play ball, it’s a winner for sure. It’s the perfect accompaniment to backcombing.

Removing it

It’s difficult, but not impossible, to brush through, so bear that in mind. When it comes to washing it out, I use a clarifying shampoo first and then give it a second shampoo with my normal shampoo to make sure my scalp is squeaky clean.

Sabrina Hill, owner and the brains behind New Hair Revolution, first put me on to Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo and I’ve yet to find a better one.

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