- all love silky straight sleek hair that automatically elevates a simple look but re creating it at home can be a daunting task.
- would all like to believe that one day we’ll wake up with perfectly straightened sleek hair but honestly it takes a little effort for even the straightest hair.
- all have to work at varying degrees to get that smooth look but with some tricks even the curliest can achieve sleek tresses.
Starting with a smoothing shampoo and conditioner should be your first step. According to Style Caster “If your hair is prone to frizz and fly-aways, then you should be using frizz-reducing, smoothing shampoos and conditioners.” The Oi line from Davines offers a great starting point to achieving a smooth look. With the ability to give hair shine and body you’ll be well on your way to the silky look.
The next step is looking to pick a flat iron that’s right for your hair type. There are endless varieties of flat irons on the market but getting one that is the right width and has the right heat setting is essential. Total Beauty provides a great outline, “look for flat irons that use ceramic, tourmaline or titanium metals. They will heat more evenly causing less heat damage to your hair.” Investing in a high quality straightener will in the long run lead to less hair damage and better overall performance.
Using a heat protectant on the hair shaft can make a huge difference when it comes to avoiding that fried hair look. Melu shield by Davines is by far one of the best heat protectants on the market. “A-listers like Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston are fans of the brand, which came out of the Bollati family’s commitment to combining high-grade natural ingredients with first-rate scientific rigor, (source). ”
It is suitable for all hair types and protects from blow-dryer and hot tool stress. It contains rosemary extract which is a powerful antioxidant that nourishes the hair and gives it a beautifully smooth, shiny finish that’s impervious to static.
After washing and blowdrying hair, prep hair for straightening by misting a heat protectant on the hair clipping it back in small sections. The thicker the hair the more sections there should be. Start half an inch down from the root to maintain some volume and slowly move the flat iron down the hair shaft. Maintaining a steady hand and pace throughout the process. Continue for the bottom and mid sections of the hair. “For the final sections near the crown of your head, lift hair off your scalp and get the iron as close to your roots as possible, pressing firmly while drawing the iron straight outward from your head to achieve a flat, smooth finish, (source).” Finish with a smoothing oil to firm down fly aways and add some weight to the bottom of the hair. The Oi oil by Davines fights frizz and detangles, while providing shine and a smooth finish.
If you’re like us, you probably have a larger than normal makeup collection that tends to get out of hand. Knowing this, we’ve thought up some great tricks to re-organize your makeup drawer that’s not only thrifty, but incredibly unique. Here at DesignHouse we like to champion sustainability, and reusing old items is a great way to do some spring cleaning.Below is some inspiration and guidance towards organizing your cosmetic collection:
1) Shoe Organizer as a Makeup and Hair Product Divider:
A shoe organizer is one of the easiest ways to organize an unruly makeup situation. With perfectly sectioned off pockets you can quickly divide products into groups and having see-through pockets is a must!
2) Magnetic Makeup Board
Such a unique way to showcase some of your favourite palettes and compacts from the brands you love! Simply glue small magnets onto the backs of your makeup compacts and put up a magnetic board on a wall of your choice! We love this idea from Bustle, magnetic boards don’t have to be plain and can even be a great piece of artwork.
3) Use Cake and Cupcake Trays
Re-purposing cute trays that you would occasionally use in the kitchen can add a fun and even vintage feel to your makeup counter.
4) Use A Spice Rack as a Product Holder
Great use for an old spice rack that’s been sitting in your cupboard! Cosmo provides this tip as spice racks can hold perfumes (and nail polish!) in place and also showcase them side by side. Spice racks are already a space saver, who says they can’t be used for your favourite makeup products?
5) Use Small Flower Vases
Using small flower vases that you already have. Fill vases with coffee beans, rice or plastic beads and stick makeup brushes upright ensuring you can grab them easily.
6) Mason Jars
What can’t you do with mason jars? They’ve become the perfect DIY jar as they instantly add some interest to the most basic craft. You can group them in a corner or even mount them on the wall, making them a great versatile organizational tool.
7) Old Candles
Cleaning out old candles and using them as jars is an easy and cheap way to repurpose plastic or glass you would have thrown out. By gluing them into a pyramid shape they take up less space and look beautiful on a counter or desk. According to Life Ann Style, “You can remove the wax pucks by placing the candle in the freezer. Freezing the wax will cause the wax to shrink and you can easily pop out the wax puck.”
Hopefully we’ve given some great tips and tricks to get started on the organization process! We also want to highlight Elate cosmetics magnetic palettes. They make an easy built in organization tool as you can pick and choose what colours to put in your palette making them great for travel or keeping out the specific colours you’re currently using. We would love to see you drop by DesignHouse Salon to take a peek at the palette options :).