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We all have had a bad experience with heating tools and haircare: whether it's burning your scalp or just creating supremely dodgy curls for a night out, it's happened to us all.

Some gals even resort to teaching their boyfriends how to use hair tools to stop themselves from constantly getting burnt, and other gals just give up altogether.

Taming the mane can be tedious, frustrating and just downright PAINFUL. This Christmas, we're hoping to get a gift from Santa which will ultimately stop the problem of tangled brushes and applying aloe vera to our burns.

We have scoured the lands trying to find a tool that allows us to move our heads and hands around without the heat danger, and creates the perfect looks for day and night.

HALLELUIJAH: a new and improved version of the Instyler has just been released, and it just might save your life.

You might remember the original Instyler; in case you've been living under a haircare rock, it's become a huge name by transforming hair into big bouncy waves and straight, sleek locks.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Instyler Max now comes in three glam colours: purple, black and pink, and we can't decide which one we want more.

Praise the Lord, no more burns. The Instyler Max has a rotating barrel addition which straightens, curls, and adds twice the amount of body to our hair. It works super fast so you won't be spending hours with aches in your neck staring at the mirror. 

Trying to get picture-perfect hair can be tricky at best, re-creating glamorous curls or straight sleek looks from our favourite catwalk shows seems unfairly difficult considering we don't have a personal hairstylist on hand. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We are hoping (nay, praying) that this tool will be the answer to our hair prayers. Think of it like a mini-hairstylist that you can carry around in your bag.

Treat yourself, we are definitely nabbing this in time for our Christmas party.

Grab your new guardian angel of hair at www.instyler.ie for just €99.99, not bad considering it essentially gives you red carpet glamour.

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Whether you're running to work and your hair will just NOT sit right, or you're going out for a night on the town and your gruaige is as flat as a punctured car tyre, it can be super annoying when our manes are unruly.

And add that with having zero time to actually do anything about it… well, let's just say it's a disaster waiting to happen.

But stop right there, because we came across a place that specialises in blow drys – and it's our dreams coming true.

 

Right before my awesome blow-dry at @rollerblowbar

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Roller Blow Bar in Forbes Street is the prefect place to go if you just need a little pick-me-up. All you have to do is sit back, pick a style, relax and listen to their awesome music.

The Shemazing! girls popped in one Friday evening to see what this salon is all about, and we certainly weren't disappointed.

Between the exceptional service (we were laughing and chatting all the way through), to the comfort and relaxed atmosphere, it was just the place to go after a busy working day.

We decided to go for two looks, one for long hair and one for short hair, just to see what each outcome was like.

Our long-haired gal ended up with Serena VenderWoodsen hair (yes, we're going through a Gossip Girl phase at the moment). She was styled by the lovely Jennifer who did an incredible curly blow dry full of bounce using various size click and curl brushes and Unites U-Oil, Boosta spray and a light spritz of GO365 hairspray.

For the short hairstyle, we decided to go for a loose beach wave styled by Lain. His technique was a mixture of blow drying with a GHD brush and then defining sections with a large barrel GHD tongs. Lain also used three products from the Unite range – U-Oil as heat protection, Beach Day to prep the waves and Unite Tricky spray to finish off the look.

Have a look at the video to check out how we got on. Oh, and did we mention they open from 7AM Monday to Friday? Perfect if you need that little boost before work!

 

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If we know Kanye like we think we know Kanye, we're not going to be surprised if he drops his newly named album Waves, along with his new Yeezy collection.

In his extravagant fashion, the rapper-turned-designer is said to be keeping people on their toes, and no one knows exactly when the album is going to drop.

But, according to Racked, Ticketmaster US has a LIVE page for an event called Kanye West – Season 3 – Swish.

Now, up until now we all thought his forthcoming album was called Swish, so this might just be an indication that both Yeezy Season 3 and Waves are debuting together.

What's more is that the Ticketmaster page also gives a date – the first date of New York Fashion Week; February 11. 

And adding fuel to the fire, Kanye hinted at this date last week, sharing a photo of his producer, Swizz Beatz, looking at a laptop which read "Yeezy Season 3" and "11 Feb 2026."

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To be honest, we shouldn't be surprised.

You've heard this one before ladies; Kanye West has changed that name of his upcoming album, yet AGAIN.

In March of last year, Kayne announced that his next album was called So Help Me God. However, two months later he changed it to SWISH (which we all kinda digged).

But now, Yeezy has gone and done it again, changing SWISH to Waves. Yes, Waves.

To be fair, he did say last summer that "he might change it again," but with two weeks to go until its debut, it's a little late notice. 

He also shared a picture yesterday of a very scribbled-on notepad, with all the different album and song names.

The same notepad was signed by Kylie and Kim, with Kylie saying, "Kylie was here," and beside it, "Kim never left."

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The arrival of the autumn season is derided by some, and heralded by others.

But whatever camp you find yourself in, there’s no denying that the end of summer forces you to update your look.

Out are the flip-flops and flimsy skirts – you root around and rediscover scarves, jackets and hats that haven’t been seen since March.

Our diets are given something of an overhaul too… because no one wants to be munching on carrot batons and Caprese salad when there’s a chill in the air.

And it’s important that we don’t neglect our tresses either: in fact, September is just about the perfect month to update your hair.

It doesn’t have to be drastic, but a few tweaks will really tick you over into winter and through the festive party season.

SHEmazing! spoke to the experts at Toni&Guy in Dundrum Town Centre – which recently marked its 10th anniversary – for top tips and expert insight into hair trends for 2016.

The result is three key, achievable looks that have oodles of wow-factor. Better still, these are looks that you can try at home RIGHT now…

 

1) A twist on your lob: if your long bob of the summer has grown out to a medium length shape now all is not lost… Until you can make it in for your next cut create a Forties glamour feel with structured waves to bring you through to A/W.

You’ll need:   

  • Heat protection spray (we love Label.m’s Protein Spray, priced at €17.50)
  • Hair Spray
  • Volume mousse
  • A curling tongs or waver                         
  • A bristle brush (again, Label.m has a stellar offering for €16.40)
  1. Shampoo and condition your hair before gently towel drying. Next layer your heat protection spray through the hair followed by the volume mousse, carefully taking sections and distributing evenly. 
  2. Hair can now be blast dried. Using your fingers to brush through the hair, dry it roughly in the direction of where your parting will be. Hair needs to be 100 percent dry.
  3. Clip away the front sections and begin to wave your hair with waver, starting from the back, working forwards taking 10cm sections. The curler or waver will create an effortless effect.
  4. Once you're satisfied that the curls have cooled and set, tease the hair out into a more 'lived-in' feel.
  5. Secure hair on one side behind the ear for an asymmetric feel and finish with hair spray.

 

2) Beach braids be gone: The classic ponytail takes over from summer braids bringing a more groomed and glamorous feel for autumn/winter. Best done on day-old hair this is a time-saving, stand-out look.

You’ll need:   

  • Back-combing brush
  • Hair jewellery or accessories (Toni & Guy has a particularly cool range)
  • Volumising spray
  • Hairspray (Quick Dry by Redken, priced at €14.20, is a good bet)
  1. Part your hair to the left or right with a low exaggerated, side parting.
  2. Apply a volumising spray in crown area and tease/backcomb to create a low beehive.
  3. Secure into a ponytail at the nape of the neck.
  4. Adorn shape with a pretty hair jewel at the front or to the side.

 

3) Sleek and shine: Wet-look locks are still a fashion fix must-have. Make the style ultra-wearable by creating an edgy, sleeked-back look. 

You’ll need:  

  • Volume mousse
  • Extra strong gel (take a look at Label.m’s version for €13.90)
  • Hairspray
  • A length of black elastic
  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Bristle brush
  1. Apply some extra strong gel from roots to ends on dry hair.
  2. With your comb make a spotless clean centre parting. Using your brush, slick and secure in to a low ponytail.
  3. Wrap the length of elastic along the ponytail.
  4. Finish with some hairspray. 

 

As well as on-trend hair and styling services, Toni&Guy Dundrum boasts lots of lovely added extras such as head massages and giant reclining chairs at its basins. Refreshments on offer include – hurrah! – herbal teas, red and white wine, and cold beers so you can REALLY relax.

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