Sunday, 21 June 2015

Hair Envy: Ella Eyre

Ella Eyre has some of the best, and largest hair in the music industry. Ever since I saw her perform with Rudimental in 2013 I have had a massive crush on those curls. I love it! The curls are just gorgeous, and the colour works so well at adding definition.
Apparently the secret to Ella's amazing hair is a various number of tongs and wands, with just shampoo and conditioner being used. And a good hair repair treatment from all the heat styling! Her natural hair style is slightly more afro, with the usual frizz that most have with tightly curled hair. There's also some extensions in there I think, to add volume and length. I think the shorter, almost fringe like bits look great and add shape to the overall style.
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I've been using the Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler and have been so impressed with the long lasting, tight curl that's created - it's my own version of Ella Eyre, but with less hair. The full review (and video) is coming later this week, and I know I'll be wearing my hair like this for Glasto! So excited - although slightly gutted Foo Fighters have pulled out due to old God Grohl breaking his leg.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Hair Science #4: Where does your colour go?

If you colour your hair, you'll will probably be familiar with temporary, semi-permanent and permanent colourants, and how long they can last, but would you know where the molecules sit in your hair structure?
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First up, temporary colour, around 7.0-8.0 on the pH level. The temporary colour molecules are too large to enter the hair cuticle. They 'stick' to the outside of hair, and are easily washed away. It's the lowest commitment way to colour, and there are so many different formats of temp colours nowadays. The least damaging of the hair colour family.
Next, the semi permanent colour. This penetrates the cuticle and lies on the outer edge of the cortex. A semi permanent colour (around 8.0-9.0 on the pH level) will last up to 15 washes, but with every wash you will notice fading as the molecules escape the hair. This can be a great way to colour hair inbetween applying permanent colourants. It'll boost shine and keep colour looking fresh until you have the need to really sort that regrowth. Also good for trying new shades.
Then you have permanent colour. This is the long term commitment. The higher alkaline pH level (9.0-11.0) helps open up the cuticle 'tiles' allowing the small colour molecules to enter the cortex (the majority of colour products are alkaline as they need to penetrate the hair shaft) The molecules then attach to hydrogen perixode becoming too large to leave the cortex. So they stay put and that's permanent colour. The science word is oxidation.

Oh, if you fancy a little light-hearted read about hairdresser woes, I'm over on the Metro site today.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Can't Braid? Twist!

I love plaiting and braiding my hair, but sometimes I really can't be bothered. Weekday styles are often a quick five minute style and out the door, so this twisted style is perfect. It works on any length of hair, and really is very easy. You can adapt to suit your style, so perhaps twisting smaller sections and leaving the rest of your hair down rather than twisting all of your hair off your face would work. I love wearing it both ways.
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There are two easy ways to get the looks above. The first, take two pieces of hair from the front of your head, twist together and then pin to create a pretty half up do. If you want to use all your hair, just take a small section from the top of your hair/parting and start twisting, gathering hair whilst you go. I twist away from my face and keep hair tight. Finish with some grips to hold. It's that easy!
This style works best on day old hair, as freshly washed hair can be slippy. I prep mine by blasting some dry shampoo through. A little serum can tame hair and add shine if you want a chic finish. It's a great style for damp hair straight from the gym - when you take out your hair later it'll have a gorgeous natural looking wave to it.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Keeping Hair healthy

There are products we can use, and supplements we can take, but essentially looking after yourself by healthy living and diet can really be the best 'treatment' possible. If you notice your hair looking a little lacklustre, or perhaps you are shedding more hair than normal, it's worth looking at your lifestyle before grabbing the nearest quick fix.
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Drinking water really is something you should make sure is an important part of your daily routine. I have a big bottle of water with me during the day at work, and make a real effort to drink as much as possible. I notice after a couple of days if I've been slacking on the water slurping, my skin and hair are the first things to show signs of dehydration.
If you smoke, you may start to notice your hair is thinning, or looks dull. Smoking constricts blood vessels, restricting oxygen. Your scalp and hair follicles will suffer and it can even make your hair go grey. The toxins in cigarettes damage not only hormones but hair follicles to. If you are trying to give up, using an electronic cigarette could help whilst you try and kick the habit. Also, how many of you that smoke have caught your hair or eyelashes on fire at one point?! (I know as a naughty social smoker years back I did this a few times)
Getting a good nights sleep not only does wonders for your overall wellbeing but can really help your skin and hair stay healthy. If the body feels under attack, or like it isn't getting the rest it needs to recover (in the deepest stages of sleep you produce the most of the human growth hormone - crucial to hair and skin repair)
How do you make sure you keep your hair feeling and looking healthy?

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Mighty May Favourites

May down, and we are into June. Here are the products that I've been loving this month. I'm all about the hair, but thought I'd share some beauty products I'm loving.
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If you've not read all about the Hairaisers Live it Loud ombre hairpiece*, go check out the review I did. I love switching between my normal just below shoulder length hair, and super long locks. Easy to use and good quality.
Brow Zing by Benefit. An eyebrow life changer, and I'm a little ashamed to say it's taken me this long to pick it up. I had my brows tamed at the Benefit Brow Bar in my local Debenhams at the weekend and can't even begin to tell you how happy I am. Sounds silly but my brows have always been a bit crap and I'm beginning to love them now. The other beauty buy that is my third repurchase is the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer, I love this concealer. It's strange, as the foundation made my skin break out, yet this concealer is perfect with just the amount of coverage needed and perfect shade match. I've been cooling down and refreshing my skin with LUSH Mask of Magnaminty. I love anything with cooling Peppermint Oil used as an ingredient and find this wakes my skin up without drying it out. I have quite sensitive skin and lots of masks leave me with a blotchy face but this is fab. Also been using this on my chest as I've been struggling with my skin due to a pill change.
Batiste Cherry is officially my favourite scent of dry shampoo from the styling saviours, I've gone through most of the range, but always come back to this one. I'm obsessed with cherries, be it sweets or shower gel so a little blast of cherry to help battle oily hair and boost volume is perfect. And great value too! I'm at the end of my Bed Head by TIGI Blow-Out, and will definitely be buying again, even Tom is loving this cream which gives hair shine and smoothes flyaways. Just one pump of these is enough to help my hair, and I've been using this as part of my evening hair routine to add some shine. Bed Head by TIGI are definitely one of my favourite brands at the moment, the Beach Bound heat protector spray is the one I'm using constantly. It smells great and I've definitely noticed the ends of my hair are in much better condition. It's a limited summer edition collection but I hope it stays around as I'm a big fan!

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What hair and beauty products are you loving at the moment?

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Blo Blow Dry Bar Launch Braid Menu

Wow! Trying saying that title quickly!
Braids and plaits are always huge news, and when summer comes and the sun is shining it's great to have your hair out of the way and what better way than one of the fab braids available from the world's largest Blow Dry Bar franchise.
I love the Blo Blow Dry Bar idea, it's no cut, no colour means you get styling services dedicated to blowdrying and finishing hair. I've been to plenty of salons and had my cut and finished with a blowdry, only to come home and style my hair again as I didn't like my blowdry. It's a great pamper, and if you were going out with the girls, or for a lovely meal somewhere it makes you feel really glam when you've had a bouncy blowdry. It's a special treat for me, as I'm often too lazy to do my own at home.
Check out these gorgeous illustrations from the Blo site, which braid would you go for?

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For £28 you can you get yourself a blowdry, and then choose from one of three braids for no additional cost. Simple, and you'll leave with a gorgeous fishtail, waterfall or halo braid. I need to book a trip as I'd love to try out a chunky halo braid! The Blo Blow Dry Bar is based in Covent Garden, you can pop in without making an appointment but it's best to book to avoid disappointment by calling 0207 836 5115, or email