Your mum is an amazingly multi-faceted woman, so we’ve selected a great range of styling tools to make her mane even more glorious than it obviously already is. Consider this a gift idea guide for Mother’s Day.
Parlux Alyon hair dryer
What is it? Parlux Alyon hairdryer (now in the beautiful new Jade colourway.)
What does it do? Rather than just puffing hot air out its barrel, the Alyon uses Air Ionizer Tech (ionic technology). Science time! Negative ions are transferred to the hair, which then attract the positive ions in the water on your hair, meaning hair dries faster. This system also results in far less damage to the hair follicles and shaft than you’d usually get with such a high-powered airflow, as the process retains your mane’s natural moisture by sealing the strands’ cuticles.
Who is it for? Mums who colour their hair will appreciate the Alyon’s excellent track record in reducing strand damage. Meanwhile, let’s face it – everyone could do with several minutes shorn off their hair-drying time. The Alyon will also suit the aesthetically conscious, as it’s pretty enough to be left out on your bathroom counter instead of shoved in a cupboard.
Remington Adjustable Hair Waver
What is it? Remington Adjustable Hair Waver
What does it do? There’s curls, and then there’s waves, and if your mum is more in the relaxed style of the latter, this is the nifty little product that’ll have her looking beach-beaut. Remington has developed a design that’s something between a curler and a crimper; you lay your hair through the barrels and press, then move the Waver down the length of your hair, pressing at each interval. If you’re wondering what stops the hair flopping out of the barrel’s ends – a most irritating phenomenon that’s common in cheap models – rest assured the grip tech advanced ceramic coating on the heated surfaces (of which you can select from five settings) will stop that nonsense in its tracks. Lastly, you can adjust the barrels into four different types of waves.
Who is it for? Mums who dig the more chilled elegance of a loose wave over super put-together curls will adore this easy-to-use product.
Vidal Sassoon Unbound Cordless Auto Curler
What is it? Vidal Sassoon Unbound Cordless Auto Curler
What does it do? Unlike your wand-style curler, VS’s Auto Curler doesn’t require Mum to twist her arms into pretzels trying to get her hair sections wound evenly. You slide your hair into the Curler’s notch, hit the button, and the internal barrel whizzes around to suck your hair gently into the perfect curl, heating it on the way. And they don’t have to be the same, cookie-cutter curls every time: this smarty-pants product allows you to change the width and direction of the curls too – plus, its cordless design means Mum won’t be chained to the powerpoint while she creates her glamorous ‘do.
Who is it for? The Auto Curler is for those who love the charm of seductive curls but find the traditional, more labour-intensive process of a wand simply too boring to fathom.
Remington Proluxe Straightening Brush
What is it? Remington Proluxe Straightening Brush
What does it do? Let’s start with what a regular straightener doesn’t do: separate hair strands. If you’ve ever seen Mum brushing her hair before and during the straightening procedure – or even using the straightener’s clamp action to pull hair downwards, a big no-no which many of us have unfortunately tried in moments of frustration – you’ll understand why this product is a revolution. Ionic technology turns up again here, in the form of an anti-static system which slays that demon of straightened hair – frizzy bits. Top it off with ceramic plates, which take just 30 seconds to heat up, and you’ve got straight-up straightening splendour.
Who is it for? If Mum’s over the pre-straightening rigmarole of brushing and the post-straightening rigmarole of finding and moisturising the flyaways, the Proluxe is going to make not just her Mother’s Day but her year.
Remington Keratin & Argan Oil Nourish Conical Hair Styler
What is it? Remington Keratin & Argan Oil Nourish Conical Hair Styler
What does it do? This conical curling wand is amongst the most fuss-free options when it comes to coiling your tresses. There’re no complex controls or moving parts, there’s no clip (meaning no kinks or accidental clamp-burns on the fingers), and the best bit is that its crowning glory – the keratin and argan oil-infused ceramic plates – do their thing without any intervention whatsoever. In case you missed the memo, keratin smooths the overlapping cells that make up your hair shaft, resulting in super smooth and full hair; meanwhile, argan oil gives breakage and split ends the flick with its intensive moisturising properties. This combo infusion on the ceramic plates lasts the lifetime of the Styler, and doesn’t leave any oily reside.
Who is it for? This one’s for the mums who know what they’re doing with a wand and are after an extra-shiny result.
Vidal Sassoon Unbound Cordless Mini 2-in-1 Hair Styler
What is it? Vidal Sassoon Unbound Cordless Mini 2-in-1 Hair Styler
What does it do? This little pocket rocket is a mobile and lightweight alternative to your more beastly-big stylers, and it really packs a punch with the adaptability its curved ceramic plates provide: it has straight mode for smoother styles, and curl mode to create bouncy waves. Best of all, it’s cord-free and charges with a super convenient USB connection, so Mum can hurl this one into her handbag for touch-ups on the go.
Who is it for? Anyone who can’t stand spotting a rogue curl in a window reflection will appreciate the incredible portability of this product. Its feather-light weight is also much easier on the arms than bulkier stylers, so Mum can avoid feeling as if she’s just competed in the Ms Olympia competition at the conclusion of use.
Philips HPS920/00 Pro Hair Dryer
What is it? Philips HPS920/00 Pro Hair Dryer
What does it do? There’s a reason Philips is a popular brand within salons: they’ve been around forever and they know what they’re doing when it comes to precision of styling. This dryer features a concentrator specifically designed to occupy the sweet spot between accuracy and temperature-check; while the 2300W creates a powerful airflow, the concentrator contains a smart flap which opens when it detects excessive heat, sending that unwanted dragon’s breath out into the ether – so you know that Mum will never accidentally damage her hair, nor the dryer itself!
Who is it for? Mums who are after a salon-perfect finish will adore the HP Pro, as will anyone who is interested in learning the skill of the blow dry – that smart flap means a beginner simply can’t go wrong.
Remington Hydraluxe Volumising Blow Dry Brush
What is it? Remington Hydraluxe Volumising Blow Dry Brush
What does it do? We know you can style with a hair dryer, but the big daddy of blow drying tools is a barrel brush – and Remington’s Hydraluxe Volumising brush can take Mum’s game from zero to Dolly Parton in an instant. Its oval barrel provides more control than your standard round brush, and its mixed bristles – two lengths in two finishes – lift hair to the heavens right from the root, with total ease. Its ionic generator banishes the dreaded frizz, while an awesome moisture-lock coating lends locks micro-conditioners during styling. Lastly, it has a cool tip, which means you can double-hand your moves to achieve your desired look.
Who is it for? As you may know from (traumatic) experience, rounded brushes can get you in a tangle if you don’t have a ton of experience, so this one’s for mums who have a bit of dexterity – or the interest and patience to develop salon-level expertise in blowdrying!