Hair trends: A dusting of style

Some of the hair dust products available now
Some of the hair dust products available now
French actor Marion Cotillard's hair is bulked out with texture
French actor Marion Cotillard's hair is bulked out with texture
The look on the catwalks of Proenza Schouler (R) and Emilio de la Morena
The look on the catwalks of Proenza Schouler (R) and Emilio de la Morena

Dust is a hot hair trend right now, but the product has actually been around for centuries.

Perhaps the most famous lover of hair dust was Marie Antoinette, who used it to style her ridiculously large wigs.

The dust back in those days was generally chalk, hence the white 'powdered' look popular in royal circles.

WHAT DOES IT DO? 

Traditional hair dust (read talcum powder or chalk) absorbs moisture and was often used to soak up excess oil from the hair. It was essentially a dry shampoo. Drying out the hair also gives it texture, which is why it was also used as a styling product.

As Bex Brent of L'Oreal say it's prefect for making complicated up-dos stay up.

"Hair dust eats up that excess oil that flattens the hair and makes it look lank. It also adds grip so you can back comb or add texture to styles."

Today's hair dust is designed to give texture without drying out the actual hair follicles.

Generally made of a silica-based powder, the dust reacts when it comes in contact with your hair and works to coat the outside (without drying the inside) to give it volume and texture.

Most of the leading hair product brands make a dust, so they're not hard to find.

HAIR DUSTS TO TRY Matrix Mega Dust ($21); Structure Dust Matte Hair Powder ($28); Schwarzkopf Osis Dust It ($30); L'Oreal Super Dust ($33); Kevin Murphy Powder Puff ($48); Redken Powder grip ($33).

HOW TO USE

Sprinkle a little dust into your roots, and use your fingers to gently rub it in. Now you can style, pin or backcomb it however you like.

Bex Brent's textured volume ponytail

"This is an easy way to use dust and it's really on trend right now," says Brent.

"Use your fingers or a comb to make a horse-shoe shaped section round the crown of your head. Sprinkle the roots of that section with dust, and lightly backcomb it (you can just use your fingers) to give it volume.

"Backcomb lots for a quiff, or just a bit for simple volume and texture. Now gently pull your section back to join the rest of your hair and tie into a loose ponytail. For a soft dishevelled look you can apply a bit of wax to the mid lengths and ends, and then set the look with a light coating of hairspray."

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