Eufora

If you’re not familiar with Eufora, they’re a product brand we have used and retailed at Pure Hair for 5 years. Like all the products we stock, Eufora deliver amazing results and I wanted to share the reasons I love Eufora, the products and the brand.

Firstly Eufora products are 65-85% organic certified, pharmaceutical grade aloe vera. Aloe vera has huge benefits in its raw form. Packed full of vitamins and containing 90% of the amino acids our body is made of, this makes aloe one of the best ingredients to moisturise the hair, scalp and skin. Aloe is well known for its great healing properties and is often used on burns to help the skin recover. The aloe used in every Eufora product is the best quality, meaning by the time it reaches your hair, scalp and skin, you still reap every benefit.

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With the moisturising, vitamin packed base in place, the next ingredient to think about is protein. Oat, wheat, soy and quinoa are the 4 naturally derived protein’s Eufora use. These ingredients each have a different molecular weight, and are used in the different products depending on the products purpose. By using naturally derived proteins this means the hair will never become over proteinised. If too much artificial protein is used on the hair, the hair won’t know how to behave and sometimes this can have an adverse effect and lead to brittleness. The natural proteins used by Eufora means this won’t happen.

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How beautiful the fragrance is, is often a talking point when using Eufora. Every ingredient in every product has been used because it benefits the hair, scalp or skin. The fragrance you smell hasn’t been added to heighten the scent. The fragrance you smell has been naturally derived from an essential oil that serves a purpose and has a benefit. Every product smells different and I would describe the Eufora scents as light, natural and fresh.

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Aloe is a natural preservative, so this means Eufora only have to use a small amount of preservative in their products to ensure the product delivers from the first use to the last. The preservatives used are all food grade, so once again only the best ingredients are being used.

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This is just the start of what makes Eufora special. In my next blog, I’d like to show you some of the unique ways I use their products.

Eufora as a company are very special. As I previously mentioned we have worked with Eufora for 5 years. I have been lucky enough to attend 2 of their events in San Diego: A self development/business course and a product knowledge/hairdressing skills course a year later. The Eufora family took us under their wing to ensure we had the best training possible. We were taken to meet their Chemist, James Grundy, so he could answer any of our questions. Shown around their HQ and made to feel so welcome. (They know how to throw a good party too!)The people behind the product really care, and that’s the kind of product I want to use.

Wedding Memories


Now I can’t be the only one looking forward to this weekends pending nuptials at Windsor Castle. It’s been so lovely to see such positive news in the build up to Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding. The sunshine and lighter evenings have set us all in good stead for the weekend - and regardless of if you’ll be watching the Royal Wedding - I hope the sunshine continues so we can all enjoy a Pimms in the garden. I’ll be working Saturday, but I can’t wait to see photos. Meghan will undoubtedly look stunning, and obviously I can’t wait to see her hair. Not only do we have the Royal Wedding (15 minutes down the road!) I have organised a mini hen do for a very good friend on Sunday. My weekend will be wedding focused, spent with good people & eating good food with lots of laughs.

All this wedding talk has got me thinking about wedding hair I have created in the past, and what amazing experiences I have had with both clients and friends on the morning of their big day.

I have visited some incredible locations and met some amazing people along the way. I wanted to share with you some of my fondest wedding memories.

I have been colouring and cutting Niquita’s hair for about 6 years now. I remember her first appointment well. Niquita came in blonde and was looking for a darker root shadow to keep her colour low maintenance for her up and coming travels. On her return she came back to see me and still now, travels down from Oxford for regular appointments. We share a love for nice holidays, pretty jewellery and good afternoon tea! We never do the same colour twice, and Niquita always tells me she loves the colour before I’ve even combed it through! (You know the stage where you sit in the mirror, and your hair just looks wet and dark!) Niquita & James married at Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, in 2016. When she asked me if I’d do the drive to style her hair for the wedding, I didn’t even have to think about it. I had a brilliant morning plaiting, curling and fixing fresh flowers in Niquita’s hair. I also looked after 5 of her beautiful bridesmaids. They all had different styles, however we incorporated plaits and twists in every style to keep the relaxed, boho theme consistent. The girls looked stunning, and the venue was like something out of a fairytale. I’m so glad I was part of Niquita’s wedding morning.


The most recent wedding I have had the pleasure of attending, was Katie and Steve’s wedding at The Bell Inn, Ticehurst. A beautiful pub wedding in an idyllic Village setting. I say ‘pub’ loosely, as the venue was like no pub I have ever visited. With quirky hotel bedrooms, outdoor rustic lodges and an impressive dance floor, I can see why The Bell was Katie and Steve’s chosen venue. I saw Katie 2 days before her wedding for a balayage refresh and believe it or not, a wedding hair trial! Katie has the most amazing hair, and it was only right to leave it down to show off the beautiful ash tones and never ending length! Katie opted for relaxed waves and lots of texture complimented by a beautiful veil. I couldn’t wait to see Katie’s dress, we share a similar taste in fashion and I just knew it was going to be one of the most amazing dresses I’d even seen. Katie wanted her bridesmaids to feel comfortable, therefore they all decided how they would wear their hair. From a sleek blowdry to a textured pixie cut, each bridesmaid had a completely different look. I’m still feeling the buzz from Katie’s wedding morning 3 weeks on. I can’t wait to catch up on our next appointment.

Last year on June 30th, I attended a very important wedding in Tuscany, Italy. My best friends, Stacey and Dan, tied the knot at the most wonderful ceremony surrounded by close friends and family up in the Tuscan Hills. Up until the last minute, we were unsure if we’d actually make the wedding. My son was due to be born on June 7th. To keep me on my toes (as I’m sure he will for the next 18 years!) Arlo arrived on June 16th. Arlo’s passport arrived 2 days before our flight and we made it! Stacey was extremely relaxed about her hair and told me to do what ever I wanted. I told her it was absolutely necessary to do a trial in the build up, I’m pretty sure she only agreed to a trial to keep me happy! We had such a relaxed morning by the pool, we didn’t actually spend a huge amount of time getting ready. I celebrated my best friends wedding in Italy with my 2 week old son. That’s a wedding I definitely won’t forget!


Augusta Floral

I’m often asked for recommendations on wedding hair accessories, and with a personal love for styling hair and beautiful accessories I’m always on the look out for unique, beautiful pieces.

I stumbled across @augustaflorals on Instagram last year and instantly fell in love with her work.

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Augusta is a floral design artist based in London, and floral hair combs are a small part of what she does.

Augusta draws her inspiration from nature and it’s changing season to create abundant, luxurious and textually inspired arrangements. Not only for weddings, but for any celebration.

From Bridal bouquets and table arrangements to flower walls or hair combs, Augusta will create a bespoke arrangement to leave lasting memories.

 

With the wedding season (and festival season!) fast approaching Augusta kindly gifted me some beautiful floral combs, so I could create some looks to show you.

I wasn’t sure what would arrive for me to work with, but when Augusta’s fresh flower combs arrived via post I was amazed. The blooms had been sent in beautiful rustic boxes, complete with ribbon and ‘Augusta Floral’ personalised stationary. From beautifully scented freesia’s, to a rustic style dried wheat mix, I had been sent 3 unique pieces.

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The Eucalyptus & Freesia Duo

The most daintiest of the 3, this would be beautiful for bridesmaids and flower girls. I feel the summery colours and uplifting eucalyptus scent would also be great for a festival, intertwined with knots and braids. Starting from £12 these combs are an affordable way to give your hair a unique finished look.

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Dried Wheat and Lisianthus on a Bed of Foliage

The dried wheat gives this piece a more relaxed feel. This would be perfect for a rustic wedding or a bride with a boho style. If it was me, I’d have this for my bridesmaids and I’d get a bigger version for myself!

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Eucalyptus, Lisianthus, Heavy Fragrant Freesia Combined with Foliage

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The biggest of the 3 but so lightweight and easy to work with. The comb fitted perfectly with all the styles I tried and didn’t feel heavy.

I love how all pieces can be tailor made to fit a colour scheme and these pink freesias would look beautiful on a bride with a romantic, fairy tale theme.

 

Augusta was one of the first people I contacted when starting my blog. I had nothing to show her, only my work on instagram. Not only did she put her trust in me - a stranger - she took the time to make these pieces and sent them to me, next day delivery to ensure they arrived fresh. I was treated like a client, so I will always highly recommend her.

Instagram - @augustaflorals

Email - studio@augustaflorals.com

Website - www.augustaflorals.com

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An Interview with Antonio Corral Calero

Following on from my ‘Moroccanoil Top 5’ last week, I thought it would be pretty fun to interview their Creative Global Ambassador, Antonio Corral Calero. Antonio’s been with Moroccanoil since day one and has played a huge part in growing the greatest oil infused brand on the market. Not only working for Moroccanoil, Antonio has recently opened his own Academy in Barcelona - Factory 236. With a huge global role and his own Academy, I wasn’t sure Antonio would have the time to be interviewed. But it was no problem, and for that I will be forever grateful!

 

So here it is... An interview with Antonio Corral Calero!

 

Antonio, as Moroccanoil’s Creative Global Ambassador you are constantly travelling. You can cover New York, London and Barcelona in 1 week! What are you top tips for keeping your body and mind healthy when travelling this much?

I tried to keep a good balance by eating well and walking everywhere. I find walking clear’s my mind whilst also burning some of those extra calories from all the goodies I can’t resist! I start the morning with some meditation and positive thinking, followed by hot water with lemon - 2 cups! After a coffee I’m ready to go. Then I find a cold press juice bar. I’ll have a large mix of vegetable’s, apple and ginger. Then I feel like superman, anywhere in the World!

 

On the subject of travelling what’s your favourite country and why?

That’s a difficult one, because there are so many beautiful places in the world. I love Asia! Thailand and Bali are at the top of my list. I’m a big fan of Thai food and I had an amazing experience in Bali, being in touch with my inner self. 

 

You inspire lots of hairdressers around the world, myself included. Who would you say your inspiration is and why?

I can’t name anyone. I don’t know if that’s a good thing, but everyone inspires me! Not just in the industry, but random people in the street. If I inspire people I hope it’s not just for my work but because of the person I am.

 

If you had to pick one Moroccanoil product for personal use, what would it be?

It would have to be Moroccanoil's Smoothing Lotion because of the products versatility. It makes my hair looks beautiful from Winter to Summer. I can apply it and let it be, or straighten my curls and my hair still looks natural.

 

Not only are you Moroccanoil’s Creative Global Ambassador, you have recently opened your very own academy in Barcelona - Factory 236 - how are you finding juggling these 2 huge roles?

GIRLLLL, I don’t even know! Well I do know, Nicolas Guzman. He’s my partner in life and Business. He manages all the agenda’s and puts some sense into my world . Everything I do, I do it with love and good will. I am me and I don’t try to be anyone else. One thing you and I have in common is that we have a passion for what we do, and we can do things our way whilst thinking of and helping other’s along the way.

 

 

 

This interview started in London, continued in Barcelona and ended after a shoot in Paris! Thank you Antonio for taking the time to answer my questions. (Keep up with the vegetable juice! ;) xx)


My Moroccanoil Top 5

 

Picking my top 5 Moroccanoil hair products was never going to be easy. And if you were to ask me next week, the chances are they would have changed! Every Moroccanoil product is formulated with the finest Argan Oil, ensuring the hair is always looking and feeling its best. I have been using Moroccanoil Treatment Oil Original since the very beginning and 8 years on, it still feels just as luxurious as it did to begin with. Every Moroccanoil product is packed with the appropriate antioxidants and vitamins leaving the hair moisturised, shiny and healthy. My Top 5 are my personal top 5, and are the products I use regularly when styling my own hair. I hope this gives you an insight to the world of Moroccanoil. If you have any questions regarding the brand, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

 

Moroccanoil Treatment Original.

The product that pioneered oil infused hair care, this has to be my number one. Enriched with pharmaceutical grade argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins, Moroccanoil Treatment Original will leave the hair tangle free, nourished, shiny and manageable.

How to - Use 1 to 2 pumps on towel dried hair, from mid-lengths to ends. Moroccanoil Treatment Original can be blowdried in or left to dry naturally. A small amount can also be added to dry hair to smooth fly aways, condition and add shine.

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Luminous Hairspray Medium.

This beautifully scented hairspray is buildable, brush-able and flexible. Making it my go to hairspray for day to day use. A lightweight spray that locks moisture in and keeps humidity out. I love Luminious Hairspray Medium because my style still has movement.

How to - Hold the can 10 inches away and spray. More product can be added to increase hold. Don’t be afraid to brush out or touch after spraying, it won’t flake!

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Dry Texture Spray

My go to finishing spray to creating long lasting texture. With moisture at the forefront of this product’s mind, it’s so easy to create the sought after beachy look without drying out the hair. Not only great for finishing, this spray is a great prep spray. For hair up, braid work and extra grip, I will always have one of these in my kit.

How to - Shake and spray. Near or far. It’s as easy as that!

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Intense Hydrating Mask

A rich, creamy deep conditioning mask for medium to thick hair. Improving texture, elasticity and shine whilst hydrating and conditioning. All in 5 minutes.

How to - Apply a tablespoon sized amount after your preferred shampoo. Comb through and leave on for 5-7 minutes. No need to use conditioner after, and this can be done 1-2 times a week.

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Perfect Defence

For me, products that give protection are the most important. Perfect defence is a heat protection designed purely for that. A weightless, dry aerosol that protects up to 230 degrees whilst re-hydrating. You won’t even know its on the hair, so spray away on wet and dry before blow drying and dry styling.

How to - Spray generously all over before applying Moroccanoil Treatment Oil. Perfect Defence is also great for second day styling.

       Moroccanoil Discount Code - If you’re interested in trying a Moroccanoil product or need to stock up, there will be 10% off ALL Moroccanoil Products @ The Pure Hair Salon, Lightwater, running from Wednesday 25th April until 5pm on Saturday 28th April. Please quote ‘LAURABELLHAIR’ to receive your 10% discount. 

 

 

Moroccanoil Discount Code - If you’re interested in trying a Moroccanoil product or need to stock up, there will be 10% off ALL Moroccanoil Products @ The Pure Hair Salon, Lightwater, running from Wednesday 25th April until 5pm on Saturday 28th April. Please quote ‘LAURABELLHAIR’ to receive your 10% discount. 


Anthropologie

Like a bee to honey I’m drawn to all things pretty. From a well blended balayage to beautiful fabric, I love pretty things. A trip to Anthropologie is literally my perfect day. It’s like the heavy embellishment has a magnetic force that pulls me in, and I can’t leave without spending money.

The sales have finished and with that in mind I wanted to find some new pieces to update my wardrobe and introduce some new colour/texture ahead of sunnier times.

The spring collection didn’t disappoint. I left with 3 lovely pieces to keep my hair happy and add interest to my monochrome work wardrobe, whilst also stumbling across a new brand - Pom, Amsterdam.

I opted for 3 colours and style of head band and have created some hair up styles to show you how I will be wearing them.

 

The Astrid

With fringing along the edge and patterned with white geometric motifs, this black headband has a Moroccan feel. This can be worn with any hair style and I will be wearing this over spring/summer with a loose linen shirt and textured beach waves.

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The Floral

Florals have made a huge comeback this spring. Add in sequins, dainty pearls and long draping ties this will definitely be my pool side band of choice. I will be wearing this with block colour clothing and a relaxed up-do.

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The Silk Scarf

Printed with orange tigers this navy silk scarf can be worn in the hair or as a neck scarf. A luxurious way to elevate a basic outfit. I will be breaking the rules and wearing navy with black at work to add interest to a basic pony tail.

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