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Using hair oil will change your hair care routine

Fionnuala McGovern, Colour Expert at Arroo Hair Salon, Kinlough offers advice on looking after your hair

Fionnuala McGovern

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Fionnuala McGovern

Using hair oil will change your hair care routine

This week, I would like to talk a little about hair styling products.
I am sure that you have noticed that the beauty industry is flat out creating lots of weird and wonderful products for us to buy.
I think it has become quite confusing as there is too much to choose from. You really only need 2-3 products and one of my favourite of the new products on the market is Hair Oil.
I use it on every client, regardless of hair type as it does not weigh hair down or leave it oily. It is a fantastic product if you are leaving your hair to dry naturally and particularly if you have thicker, drier hair.
There's a new generation of lighter, multi-faceted products that do anything but render your hair into an oil slick.
The best hair oils are multitasking miracle products that can do the job of your leave-in conditioner, styling cream, frizz serum, and shine spray in one.
They're styling products more than they are treatment products.When you're using a hair oil to style your hair, always apply it from ends to mid-length to avoid the oily scalp pitfall.
Start with a small amount until you know exactly how much your hair needs -- you can always apply more.
Once you get the hang of it -- and toss the seven other hair care products that are taking up valuable bathroom space — you'll wonder how you ever lived without hair oil in the first place!
I find mousses are only really suitable if you are blow drying your hair with a brush.
When buying a wax or gel, I find you almost have to dip your finger in to check consistency – always ask for a sample tub.
When using any product in your hair, place a small amount in your palm, rub together then ALWAYS put product in the back of the hair first, never front first - your hairdresser can show you how. 

​Hair Advice
Here are a few questions which popped into my mailbox this week:

Sinead from Laghey was wondering how to give her fine, limp hair some va-va-voom?
Right now the hair industry has developed some great new products for fine hair; salt sprays are great as an introduction, moving up to the fine powders which give your hair some grit and real staying powder. Ask your hairdresser or nearest salon to show you their stock and a wee demo of how they work.
Sea salt spray will recreate the beach-babe hair status you love and give body to fine, limp hair.

Celine from Killybegs was wondering about her blonde hair which has become too bright and faded in the hot weather. Celine doesn't want to go dark but feels the bright blonde does not suit her.
One of the easiest options is to put on a toner to tone down and add shine, another option is to go for a blonde ballayage which reduces the amount of blonde on the parting and is a great technique for a low maintenance colour.


Facebook me with any queries, feel free to send me photos if you need any advice.