Versatile hair styling • tax-free airport prices .....
Your hair is your crowning glory, but you don’t need to pay a king’s ransom to make it look fantastic thanks to tax-free airport deals on world-class hair products.
From stylish accessories and curling wands to travel dryers and even solar-powered trimmers for the gents, airport beauty, travel accessory and electrical stores are bursting with every product you’ve ever heard of • alongside a whole host of those you probably haven’t!
Before we get into the burgeoning ladies’ market, let’s consider what’s in it for the men. Trustworthy brands like Panasonic, Wahl and Philips (Norelco in the States) have an impressive range of full-sized and compact beard and hair trimmers. Remington produces a Stubble Trimmer and Philips a Vacuum Beard Trimmer • to keep those hotel sinks clean. Most come with accessories include a guide comb and storage pouch.
The market for women’s hair products is simply vast. Whether the required look is sleek office chic, untamed curls or straight and glossy, airport tax-free stores have the product to get you there.
Before the styling comes the drying. Is size, colour or power your priority here? The BaByliss Tiny Titan anti-static travel hair dryer is great for hand luggage only, and their Nano comes in brilliant metallic blue, pink and green. The range from top salon stylist, Vidal Sassoon, features a travel dryer with a foldaway handle, whilst Cool White’s Hair To Go is officially the world’s smallest hair dryer. Remington’s Compact or Mini Handbag hair dryers offer great value for money too, especially when coupled with tax-free savings.
Hair straighteners (also known as hair irons), come in full-size and mini travel versions, for women on the go. Capable of curling, straightening or waving • if you know the tricks of the trade • look out for premium products like the ghd Gold Classic Styler (with ceramic heaters and contoured plates), the BaByliss Pro, the Remington Sleek and Curl straighteners, or the Cloud Nine range in Micro, Standard Plate and Wide Plate options. Although called the Sedu Revolution Iron, this product is one of the few to boast 100% ceramic plates rather than just a ceramic coating.
For handbag-sized hair straighteners, seek out ghd’s Mini Styler IV, the BaByliss Pro 200 Nano, Marc Hill’s Mini Iconic Styler or the ISO Professional Mini Travel Flat Iron. These smaller, lighter straighteners area also great for everyday use on shorter styles and for fringes and fashionable, flicky styles.
If muted, black products aren’t your idea of fun, bring a splash of colour and glamour to your night with vividly coloured products like the Ti Touch Titanium Purple Peacock Straighteners. The ghd range too features eye-catching straightener sets like the Boho Chic, Pink Orchid and Scarlet sets (with scandalously red ceramic plates).These limited edition gift packs include heat-resistant clutch bags, sectioning clips, vanity cases and heatproof mats. For the animal within, the Corioliss C1 straighteners have a zebra-print gloss finish. Straight one minute, curls the next…who says a zebra can’t change her stripes?
Glossy, spiralling curls are often achieved with the help of a smooth, curling wand. Yogi Hair Wands come in different barrel sizes • their 3-in-1 Styler has three interchangeable barrels • to help you achieve that perfect curl, from big and bouncy to tight and defined. The Yogi range also has some unique finishes, from pink leopard skin to white snakeskin with a spectrum of other fun and funky shades in between. For lower-priced but still high quality products, try curling wands from Remington or BaByliss.
There really are as many products as there are types of hairstyle, so whether it’s a set of Remington compact rollers, Nicky Clarke Flexi-Stylers, an Enrapture Jumbo Waver, a Toni&Guy Tourmaline Tong or a John Frieda tangle-free dryer (exclusive to Boots), airports are the places to find that elusive product.
To finish off the look, it’s now the norm to find salon-quality hair products at airport beauty counters in 100ml sizes, from anti-frizz serums to spray-on shines. Then for a decorative or practical finishing touch (think clips, grips, Alice bands, hair claws and clamps, barrettes, Linziclips, fascinators, hair flowers and hair art) seek inspiration in fun corners like Claire’s Accessories, Accessorize or the accessory department of your favourite fashion or jewellery boutique.
Et voila. With compact, travel-sized and salon quality hair products and electricals now available in airport tax-free stores, the key to catwalk glamour • everyday • lays in the palm of your hand.