Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Review: DGJ Organics Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

There are tons of hair products that contain Argan Oil, thanks to the coverage on how it can benefit your hair. The DGJ Organics Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner combines Argan Oil with certified organic ingredients to strengthen, repair and nourish hair. The other bonus, it can calm frizz.
With the current climes, pass me the bottle! 
Developed over a decade ago by hairdresser Daniel Galvin Junior, to combat a lack of organic products on the market. There are a number of products tailored for different types of hair and the needs you may have, I've used other products in the range and have been left impressed. Value for money, £5.99 isn't bad! Both the shampoo and conditioner have a fresh, clean fragrance. The shampoo left my hair feeling clean and soft. It felt quite bouncy! However, the conditioner was a little too heavy for my hair, so I used this every now and again as more of a treatment.  
I'd recommend using this shampoo and especially the conditioner if you colour your hair, and suffer from damaged, breaking hair. It's a highly nourishing product so is great for those who suffer with hair that tangles easily and if you have very curly hair the conditioner would make a lovely pamper if left on overnight.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Why celebs are just like us when it comes to hair...

They might have the celebrated and envied styles but when it comes to hair celebs are JUST like us. Scrolling through my Instagram and Twitter whilst waiting for my toaster to do its thing, I noticed something. Hair. Yes, yes, I know I'm a little obsessed with it, but we all are! From products, to how we style it - and the celebs want to share and have a hair gossip to it would seem.
They can't wait to share their new do on social media, whether it's a selfie on Instagram, or a cryptic tweet with a snap of some hair. Myleene Klass and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini have been the most recent to show off new shorter styles, but most of the time, if you follow celebs and their stylists on Instagram you'll be getting the first look at the new do.
The bandwagon is pretty packed for those who've gone short over the last year, tumbling waves have been replaced by shorter, edgier looks. And celebs have all followed the short starters like Jennifer Lawrence and Lauren Conrad - so it seems we are all inspired by each other. I know I always show pictures from Instagram to whoever is doing my hair. 
Sometimes they don't like it. We've all been there, that sinking feeling whilst sat in the salon. With an army of top stylists at the touch of a screen they luckily can alter a mistaken snipping. Caroline Flack and Beyonce have gone from long to short, back to long in an afternoon. Most of the time for us, a dodgy do means it's hats and a variety of clever tricks whilst we wait for it to grow out. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Recreated: The Embellished Up Do

I'm either well ahead of the game, or the teams styling the hair for AW15 catwalks have been reading the blog (you never know!) as hair jewellery was something I wrote about AGES ago - and how you could use your jewellery box to change up a simple up do. Dolce & Gabbana and Les Copains all sent models down the catwalk with loose and casual up do's, decorated with grips, and clips that really gave hair a bit of drama.

It's easy to recreate the look, just follow these easy steps;
- Rough blowdry hair, use Percy & Reed Wonder Balm for some styling hold without the crunch. When blowdrying use your fingers to rake hair away from the face and scrunch the mid lengths and ends. 
- Take a small section at the crown and backcomb slightly to give a little volume. There's enough drama with the accessories so don't go to high
- Grab some kirby (bobby) grips and taking all the hair, twist into a low bun. Pull out pieces here and there and repin. Don't pin too tightly, you want it too look relaxed. Any bits you aren't really happy with will be covered by bling
- Hold the style using a strong hold hairspray. I typically go for Elnett Hairspray as it brushes out easily and the Satin Hairspray holds without giving you helmet hair
- Start adding your brooches, clips and grips. Whilst you can get accessories made for hair, look out for pretty pieces you may wear as jewellery and simply pop a grip through a hole or part of it to add it to your hair
An easy day to night transition style - you can even keep the accessories in your bag ready for that desk to dancefloor transformation. (I don't really like the whole desk to dancefloor saying but what says 'I'm off out' more than a bit of hair jewellery!)

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Review: Toni & Guy Casual Matt Texture Dry Shampoo

When is a dry shampoo, not a dry shampoo? 
When it gives good texture and you use it more to boost your style rather than battle greasy hair. 
Toni & Guy Matt Texture Dry Shampoo is perfect for those who want to add a little oomph to their hair, especially in textured waves and curls. This is the product you want if you find your hair a little too shiny and slippy to work with, this is mussed, sexy perfection.
The fragrance is fresh and clean, which is great to give hair a freshen up if you are dashing around and might not have time or feel the need to wash your hair. This is one of those dry shampoos that is better at texturising your hair, rather than battling grease. It doesn't have the similar formula that others in the market follow. This is very much in the same group as Bumble and bumble & the pricey favourite that is Oribe.
At £7.49 it's not the cheapest, but it's worth it, if you love creating a matte, casual look with your hair. And if you've recently chopped your hair shorter, this is perfect for those long bobs that are swishing around everywhere at the moment. Oh and it's currently 2 for £10 on all Toni & Guys products in Boots.
Oh and I know I've been banging on about it, but if you could click and vote for me to win Hairtrade Hair Blogger of the Year that'd be bloody marvellous! 

Monday, 16 March 2015

Hair Science #2: Breaking Bonds

Get frustrated when your hair doesn't hold a curl? 
Marvel at a salon blow dry and how it tames your unruly hair?
It's all about bonds. Not the James version. 
There are three main side bonds that are encouraged to break and reform using moisture, heat and chemicals. The two physical side bonds (salt and hydrogen) can be broken and reformed using moisture and heat. So when you are curling or straightening hair - this is the what will happen to your hairs structure to achieve the style you want. Leaving the hair to cool means the bonds will harden, enabling a longer lasting style. The other side bond (disulfide) requires a chemical reaction to break and reform. This is the strongest of the three side bonds.
Image from my college workbooks - which I still read!
When in it's natural state, with bonds having not been altered, it is referred to as alpha-keratin. When those bonds are broken and reformed into a new, unnatural form, they are beta-keratin. Sounds painful doesn't it! But even going out in humid weather will alter the bonds in your hair.
(these kind of posts really satisfy the hair geek in me, I'd study hair all day long if I could!)
If you have a moment, please go vote for me. I'm nominated for Hairtrade Hair Blogger of the Year. You can win a goodie bag worth £100 just for voting so it's a win, win. Hopefully!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Review & Tutorial: Textured Waves with Babyliss Diamond Waves Wand

So, recently my favourite tongs ever broke on me. But, the Babyliss Diamond Waves Wand* has officially come to the rescue. Sure it may look a little odd, but can it create waves of wonder. Yup. The Diamond range from Babyliss consists of three styling tools, a hairdryer, straightener and the wand. Paul Percy (from Percy & Reed, all round super stylist!) even says the straighteners are the best he's ever used! High praise indeed.
Back to the wand. The image used on the packaging shows glossy glamorous waves, which are what I'd go for, for a fancy night out. Usually though, my hair will be worn in textured waves, that look a little undone. With an adjustable temperature to tailor to suit, the great thing about the wand is that it can be used in a number of ways to create looks. From perfectly polished to a little grungier - and it's really easy to use, the 'twisted' barrel means hair falls into the shape that will give a great wave.

I went with 195 degrees (maximum is 210 degrees) and took my hair in six sections around the head to get my everyday casual look. It's as easy as that. The cool tip at the top of the wand helps you avoid the sizzled fingers and the diamond infused ceramic barrel really does help give your hair a shine. This is a great wand for those who get in from work, and get told to be ready in ten minutes thanks to the 40 second heat up once switched on. My only niggle, the auto shut off is 72 minutes. That's a long time to leave a hair tool on your carpet - and we've all had that panic! At £30, it's a great value styling tool, as is the whole range if you are on the lookout to add to your collection.
I've popped a little YouTube tutorial up on how to get a great textured waves look. Hope you like it!

Monday, 9 March 2015

Can the Lee Stafford Breaking Hair Range help your hair?

Lee Stafford and his popular hair care line have helped those who want their hair to grow, and those that struggle with volume. Now those little pink bottles are helping those with breaking, damaged and over-processed hair. The Breaking Hair range consists of six products (not pictured are the serum and leave-in treatment) that help from the moment you wash, to styling your hair.
I had my hair coloured late last year, after leaving it a long time, and I've noticed I need to take a little more care in order to keep the colour looking good, and the ends looking healthy. At times if I've been styling my hair more, I do notice the ends splitting and breaking - not cool. And my hair can be tangly after washing, causing more shedding. The leave in Detangling Spray is a much welcome product to the range, my friend Kristie (she of super long, coloured hair) has tried this out also and was very impressed at how it detangled her hair.
So, as I hoped, it's got the signature Lee Stafford scent. I love it! That kind of masculine scent that stays with the hair, I found when I used this with the Ddouble Blow Mousse (again LOVE that stuff) my hair smelt great. The conditioner, I used every other time I shampooed my hair. I do this with most conditioners as I find them to be quite heavy in general. Concentrating on the mid lengths and ends meant that it really helped to give my blonde panels of colour a lift and I've had a few compliments on the colour, and when people ask if you've had your hair done, I usually take that as a good sign!
I'd recommend the range if you use bleach, or colour hair regularly. As it contains Vitamins A & E, it helps hair stay looking healthy, and using the range together would definitely ensure hair has moisture, and shine. If you love styling your hair with lots of heat tools, then the hair treatment would be a great Sunday pamper, or overnight treat to help hair forgive your styling sins. The serum is a great finisher to really bring out colour, and I love adding a few drops into my hands and running through waves and curls to enhance the style.
You can pick up the Lee Stafford Breaking Hair range at Boots, prices range between £6.99-£10.99.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Snippets #20

It's been a weekend of hair, beer and sunshine (Hello Spring!) and as I sit here writing this post, I'm feeling relaxed and ready for a busy week ahead. So far 2015 has been a great year, and I'm feeling really positive about work, and life. Plus the thing making me most happy at the moment? The fact I can smell a homemade lasagne cooking away in the oven, and it's making my stomach rumble!
I was given the challenge of creating some fancy dress hair do's this weekend, and helped Lara Croft get her super long plait, Tinkerbell her cute bun, and Anna from Frozen looked ready for Coronation Day. I must admit I had to google the Anna style, I've not watched the film!! Shocking I know.
Tom and I popped out for a little pub snack and drink earlier, and went to the Red Lion in Milton Bryant, the scotch egg is definitely worth the trip. It's a great little pub, with a friendly atmosphere and good food and drink. You can read about a previous trip there with my sister here.
I've got a trip back to the West Country next weekend, and have a lot to cram in. Hoping I can film a little video with my younger sister as I think it'd be quite fun. In the meantime, if you've not subscribed to my YouTube channel, go go go. I've got a new tutorial using the Babyliss Diamand Wand coming up which is super easy and great if you like a textured, casual wave to your hair. Ooh and if you'd like to enter the giveaway to win a Viviscal Hair Growth Programme there's still time.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

No Fuss Fingerwaves

I love 1920's and 1930's hair and fingerwaves are a great way to capture an era perfectly. Instantly recognisable and a great party style that stays put, they can be quite difficult to get the hang of but worry not! I have an easy little cheat from Patrick Cameron that'll help you get the look whilst you put your make up on. I decided to fingerwave the upper half of my hair, and then backcomb the lengths to create a faux bob style with a modern finish. It 'undoes' the glamour of the style I think.
These clips come in two different sizes, large which are 12cms (£8) and small 8cms (£7) and are ideal for anyone wanting to fingerwave. I loved learning how to fingerwave in college when studying for my NVQ Hairdressing levels, but admit it can be fiddly - these really help to hold the hair in place to set.
There will be a new tutorial for this look, and another on my YouTube channel this month, so if you have any questions regarding the style or want any advice, let me know below and I'll answer them. 

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

LFW 2015: Catwalk to High Street Hair Trends

London Fashion Week is done and dusted (until September!) and what a great, inspiring bunch of styling we've seen. From make up trends we will be trying out, to hair styles that whilst may look a little too much for us mere mortals, have no doubt they'll be adapted to suit come Summer for our hair.
Overall, it was a relaxed affair, with an 'undone' finish - perfectly textured.
First up, it's that trend that just isn't going anywhere. Braids. Once again, all over the catwalk, but a much more simple, even childlike finish. Sacha Mascolo Tarbuck and the Toni & Guy team created punky schoolgirl French plaits complete with ribbon tie. And Paul Donovan and Chris Sweeney (both with Bumble and bumble) worked with Timur Kim, and Le Kit respectively to give us easy, textured three-strand braids.
Ponytails were also featured heavily, with James Pecis & Babyliss Pro and Halley Brisker, and Reijina Pyo with Bumble and bumble, all giving their take on the humble updo. Simple, loose and lengthy was the key. Easy to recreate and minimal styling - just grab some good thin hairbands.
Volume, with a mused, sexy finish was the brief for the updo's spotted on the PPQ, Teatum Jones and Paul Costelloe catwalks. My favourite has to be the towering, almost cloud -like style from Cos Sakkos, and the Toni & Guy team. Definitely held some secrets in that badboy! Also loved the 'accidental bun' from Leigh Keates & Cloud Nine for Emilio de la Morena, and one of my favourite stylists Indira Schauwecker with Toni & Guy for Apujan created gorgeous twisted buns with a hint of woodland fantasy thanks to the accessories used.
Finally, the parting. It was all about the deep-side part. It's such an instant way to change your look, and can completely alter your style. Anthony Turner & L'Oreal Professional styled the Peter Pilotto catwalk, and Sacha Mascolo Tarbuck with Toni & Guy left lengths slick and tucked behind the ear for Osman show, whilst Sam Burnett & KMS California created a gorgeous deep-side part with bandaged pony for Bora Aksu. I loved the deep-side part whether it was worn slick or roughed up a bit. It can also create a 'faux fringe' look so it's worth trying out if you are thinking of going for a bang snip.
And my favourite, favourite, I want that hair stylings from London Fashion Week. Antonio Corral Calero & the Moroccanoil team for Kristian Aadnevk. Described as the 'Wellington Wave' inspired by the collection, which itself was inspired by the Duke of Wellington and his wife. I LOVE the combination of straight lower lengths and waves at the top. It just looks so effortless yet feminine, and would suit any length. Definitely how I'll be wearing my hair. 
Any favourites from London Fashion Week for you?