My Fall Overhaul

Didn’t Summer treat us well? Warm sunshine on top of warm sunshine, no wonder the colder weather has come as a bit of a shock. I’m taking the change of season as the perfect opportunity to concentrate on caring for my skin and hair. I absolutely love autumn. The changing colours, dusting off my boots and outerwear, cranberry and copper hued make up, my list goes on. However, I suspect the sudden change in temperature, combined with windier and wetter weather has contributed to my skin breaking out and my hair feeling dry. Over the last month I’ve been working on getting my skin and hair back to its best and I’d like to share with you some miracle products I’ve been using along the way.

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I had the pleasure of meeting skin care guru Renee Lapino at a PR event back in summer. I now watch her Instagram stories daily and what she says, goes. A trained medical facialist, Renee specialises in treatment, skincare, and lifestyle advice to achieve and maintain glowing skin. As I mentioned the drop in temperature, mixed with broken sleep (courtesy of my 1 year old), and a small amount of stress (courtesy of a house move!) my skin wasn’t feeling 100%. Cue Renee’s recommendations and my skin no longer feels dry or itchy. First up, Fillerina Day Cream Grade 1. Dubbed as ‘filler in a tube’ this day cream promises to smooth away fine lines, whilst plumping and hydrating. It felt gentle on my sensitive skin, and worked quickly providing day long hydration. It’s a yes from me! Not only did I notice visible improvement, this wonder product doubled up as a long lasting primer. Before switching up my skin care routine, I’d notice early afternoon my face start to itch, especially around my nose and top lip. Fillerina and I believe my next hero product have stopped itchiness and fully reduced redness.

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When my skin feels compromised, the last thing I want to do is cover my face in make up. It makes my skin feel tight, increases sensitivity and the redness can make me feel a little self conscious so it’s a vicious circle. I use foundation to cover the problem, however long term the clogging probably does more damage. (It’s not easy, is it?!) Renee, the Queen of Skin, pointed me in the direction of Oxygenetix foundation (shade - ivory). Not only does Oxygenetix address a wide range of skin problems, it can be applied directly to compromised skin to give even colour/coverage whilst supporting the skin’s healing process. A firm favourite amongst Medical Facialists, it can be used following surgical procedures and aesthetic treatments to support collagen production and skin cell growth. It took daily use over 5 days to eliminate the problem, but it genuinely helped and felt great on my skin. I will be sticking with this little 15ml miracle, if it’s good enough for Kourtney Kardashian, it’s good enough for me!

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My blonde beach waves call for 4 monthly bleach highlights and weekly heat styling - 2 of the main culprits contributing to breakage and dryness. Teamed with the colder weather and the drying effects of central heating, my hair needed soon TLC. My mid lengths and ends were starting to feel a little dryer than usual, you know that feeling when your hairbrush pulls on little knots - that was me. Luckily this problem was combated in one swift hair wash. A detoxing shampoo using Eufora’s Urgent repair was my first port of call. Now here’s a fact that not even many hairdressers know - Hard water has a negative effect on your hair. It makes your colour dull, the minerals from hard water build up on the strands and stop your hair swaying like it should. If your water leaves water marks on your shower door, the chances are you live in a hard water area. (UK hard water map.) Eufora Urgent Repair deeply cleanses the hair removing hard water and product build up. The clean fresh feeling Urgent Repair gives is hard to describe! It makes my hair feel lighter, more volumised at the root, it stays cleaner for longer, it’s just wonderful!

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With a clean canvas, next up is Moroccanoil Mask Light. I use this mask regularly through out the year as a twice monthly mask, however it can be used in replacement of conditioner for an intense hit of moisture. A teaspoon sized amount through mid lengths and ends left for 5 minutes transformed the textured of my hair instantly. The knots are gone for good, and my hair is soooo much easier to blowdry. I’ll be using my Moroccanoil Mask Light in place of my conditioner in to the cold winter months, to help keep my blonde locks healthy.

A Night of Pure Terror

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So its Halloween weekend, and a skeleton and Cruella de Vil walk in to a bar...  

 ...No really! They were closely followed by a clan of creepy clowns and the wicked Witch of the West. It was clear to see something was going on in the neighbourhood, but there was no need to call Ghostbusters, because these scary party goers had gathered for Pure Hair’s annual fundraiser, ‘A Night Of Pure Terror.’ 

 

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Our annual fundraisers have never been a small affair, and previous events including a sports day, 3 charity balls and a Studio 55 disco night, Pure Hair have managed to raise a staggering £82,259.91 total for various charities so far. If you have been to one of our events you’ll know Val and Ben pull out all the stops to raise as much money as possible whilst making sure our guests have a blast. This year was no different, and the planning was well underway back in Spring. With a venue to find, raffle/auction prizes to source, tickets to sell and a halloween theme to create, these things don’t just happen over night.

 

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This year party goers arrived to cobwebbed covered wrought iron gates, the entrance genuinely looked like something from a haunted house film set. Windlesham Golf Club had been transformed into full on halloween madness. All props had been made by hand, included larger than life spiders, light up trees with arms for branches and bubbling caldrons, that bubbled all night. The scary shenanigans didn’t end there, and as I made my way to the dance floor through a dimly lit hall, the actors went in for the kill. There’s nothing quite like a bunch of hiding clowns jumping out at you to make your heart beat a little faster!

It didn’t stop there, with ‘Sweeny Todd’s Auction’, a ‘Joker’s Draw’ and a raffle, prizes included a 2 week holiday in Portugal, a spa day for 2 at Coworth Park (Prince Harry’s local haunt!), an iPad, and much much more. With all the money from ticket sales also going to our chosen charity, ‘The White Lodge Centre’.

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The White Lodge Centre supports disabled children, young people and adults, their families and carers in Surrey and throughout the surrounding areas. They specialise in care for those with a diverse range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy and other similar conditions. They’re recognised as a centre of excellence where all the services they offer consistently attain the highest possible standards. It costs over £2.5 million a year to run the White Lodge Centre which is not fully met by statutory sources, so they rely on voluntary donations to maintain these vital services. They are based on a wonderful two-acre site with landscaped gardens, a special sensory garden and three purpose-built buildings. Please visit their website, www.whitelodgecentre.co.uk, to see how you can help.

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I’m pleased to say we raised just over £13,000 this year for The White Lodge Centre, taking out total to over £95,000. Pure Hair scared, because they cared! I’d like to thank Val, Ben, Ray, Cheryl, Mike and Dan for a great party. I’m sure our next fundraiser is already being planned behind the scenes, so watch this space and have a great Halloween!

 

Babyliss - The Curl Collection

Following on from last weeks blog I wanted to share with you my thoughts and finds since using my new Babyliss electricals over summer. I was already an avid Babyliss wand/tong collector (I need all sizes...obviously), but I had never used a Babyliss hairdryer. It was the Babyliss Italia Brava I started with and I was blown away (see what I did there?) by the power. Designed and built in cooperation with Ferrari, the Italia Brava guarantees exceptional blow-dry results every time. 

The lock-in turbo boost gives strong, precise air pressure, whilst MaxLifePRO brushless technology ensures a quieter hairdryer. Last but not least, the Ferrari designed motor means this dryer will give you up to 10,000 hours of use - when used daily, that’s 27 years of hair drying perfection! Faster, Quieter, Lighter, Longer - on paper it sounds incredible. I have been using the Italia Brava over Summer and I’m in love. My bouncy blowdrys seem bigger yet smoother, blow drying time has reduced, and the lighter dryer has definitely helped my aching shoulder!

I’ve created 3 looks with my 3 favourite tools and I’ll start with ‘The Bouncy Blowdry’ created with the Babyliss Italia Brava. Helena naturally has thick, curly hair that’s prone to frizz. With the help of Moroccanoil we went for smooth volume. As I blowdried I left my brushes in and finished with a cool shot of air to set the movement in. Blowdried on a Saturday, Helena’s hair still looked amazing on Wednesday. Helena felt her hair looked smoother and shinier than usual, and I noticed this whilst blowdrying.

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‘The Soft Curl’ was the second look created using the Babyliss Pro Titanium Expression Waving Wand (34mm.) I’d say this is the most mainstream look of the 3, and the easiest to create at home. To create this relaxed undone curl, I opted for smoother roots through my top section. Basically meaning I started wrapping the hair around the wand from half way down to give a soft sweeping curl. My top tip would be to catch the curl in your hand as you let it come away from the wand, to let the hair cool down before letting it fall in to place. If you let the hot hair fall instantly, the heat could instantly make your new curl drop. To finish and separate the curls I used a wide tooth comb and a light spritz off Moroccanoil Luminous Spray in medium hold.

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Last up and my favourite look of the 3 is ‘The Brushed Out Curl’ created using the Babyliss Pro Titanium Expression 16mm Curling Tong. It’s not often I create this kind of look in salon. But Maybe it’s time to bring it back, just in time for Christmas! You will see in my photos below before the curls were brushed out, they sit in perfect ringlets. By brushing them out a softer fluffier curl is created. Don’t be scared to brush out your curls. I always mist my brush with Moroccanoil Luminious Spray (Medium) before I brush out, to stop any hair going static. As much as this look will take a little longer than a loose curl, it’s a great look to elevate your usual style.

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3 different looks, with 3 different tools, and I love them all. I love how the Babyliss Italia Brava blows volume through every curl whilst drying at a rapid speed. I love that I can create an everyday relaxed look with the Babyliss 32mm wand in under 10 minutes and I love how the Babyliss 16mm tong can create a curl in about 5 seconds flat. I hope you love ‘The Curl Collection’ I have created and if you’re a curly girl like me, I hope it inspires you to change your curls up!

 

 

Babyliss - A Backstage Story

Back in July myself and four colleagues had the opportunity to attend an education hosted by Babyliss Pro at the Contè Nast College of Fashion and Design, London. ‘Backstage Story’ was the name, and learning session styling tips to bring back to the salon was the aim. 

The education was delivered by session styling duo Sam Burnett and Ben Hards. I couldn’t help but grin when I saw Ben was hosting, as we’ve worked together at many fashion shows back in the day. (That makes me sound really old, but I’m going with it.)

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Ben Hards is a celebrity session stylists, and counts Zayn Malik as one of his loyal clients. He owns an award winning salon, The Square, in Sevenoaks and is a guest artist for L’Oréal, Kerastase, Shu Eumura, Oribe and Babyliss Pro.

Sam Burnett, owner of Hare & Bone, has recently opened his second salon giving him prime position in London and now Esher. At the age of 23 Sam won Newcomer of the Year at the British Hairdressing Awards (thats pretty big!) and since 2010 has worked as a freelance session stylist with his work featuring in Elle and InStyle to name but a few. 

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When working backstage, you need to work quickly. There isn’t time for a 45 minute appointment per model like there would be in salon. To ensure time doesn’t run over you need good products and the best electricals. The Babyliss tongs/wands have always been my go to styler when working at LFW. They’re reliable, available in all sizes needed and most importantly they can create a curl in under 10 seconds.

Babyliss had transformed the college in to a LFW backstage set up. With all electricals out ready, make up, clothes, a photographer and even a DJ it felt more like a party. After watching Ben and Sam create the looks we worked in pairs to recreate the styles and get our models ready for their photoshoot. In our industry there are no set rules when it comes to styling hair. There’s always room to learn and improve your skill and I’d highly recommend ‘Backstage Story - Session to Salon’ to anyone wanting to up their styling skills.

If you cast your mind back to summer, you may remember some festival looks I created with my model Helena. The Babyliss event was the following week and Helena agreed to come to London and model. Her hair still pink from our festival looks, she definitely made an impact. Below are the two final images after her photoshoot. 

 

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Thank you Babyliss for a great evening of education and thank you for stocking up my kit bag with an array of electricals . Since attending ‘Backstage Story’ I have not put my new hairdryer down. Check back next week to see some looks I have been creating along the way! 

 

Moroccanoil Color Complete

To all the blondes who have experienced brassiness, this one is for you. Brunettes who find the tone and depth of their colour fade, this one is also for you. In fact, any one who has ever experienced colour fade of any kind, let me introduce you to Moroccanoil’s revolutionary new colour care collection, Color Complete. 

A 360 degree approach to colour care, addressing all the daily environmental issues that contribute towards colour fade to keep your colour looking just as good as it does at the start, until your next appointment.

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Starting at your colour appointment, we prep your hair with the ChromaTech Prime to eliminate scalp sensitivities and ensures the porosity of your hair is even from roots to ends for the most even colour result. After your colour has developed its time to lock the colour in with the ChromaTech Post, a finishing infusion of COLORLINK technology. Not only will this lock your colour in, it will leave your hair shinier and stronger than before.

Next comes the ‘at home’ part. A 3 product regime including the Color Complete Shampoo, Color Complete Conditioner and the Protect and Prevent Spray. This system is scientifically proven to extend colour life and vibrancy by 100% after 10 washes. 

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Color Complete features 2 proprietary technologies to ensure your colour stays vibrant whilst improving its health. ArganID, found in all the products, uses ionic attraction to deliver argan oil deep in to the cortex of the hair whilst locking in colour pigments. COLORLINK is the second, and this groundbreaking blend of 3 colour actives works on repairing hair from chemical and mechanical damage. But don’t let me bore you with anymore science, here are some reviews from my clients and friends who have helped me test Moroccanoil Color Complete before it launched! 

 

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“Sometimes having blonde hair, it can be difficult to maintain the colour. I usually find that over time washing and styling my hair leads to it gradually becoming warmer and brassy in colour. Since last having my hair coloured, I have been using the Moroccanoil Color Complete Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as the Protect & Prevent Spray. I have to say these products have exceeded my expectations! The real test for me was going to be whilst I was abroad on holiday, and being faced with the usual challenges for my hair colour. The chlorine in the pool, the sea salt and of course, the intense heat and sunshine. It has now been seven weeks since having my hair coloured and I feel that it is still looking bright, fresh and it feels in great condition.” - Cheryl Dickinson.

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“Before spending my Summer in Las Vegas, I was worried my ash blonde colour would become brassy whilst out there. Laura had tried to find a salon that stocked the toner I have but didn’t have any luck. Just before I went away Laura gave me the Moroccanoil Colour Complete Shampoo, Conditioner and the Protect & Prevent Spray. I didn’t think it would work for the whole trip but I’m pleased to say my blonde stayed nice and white. On my return I decided to go dark, and was once again worried my new colour would fade over the blonde. However these products, along with the Chromotech service Laura used in the salon when she was colouring have kept my colour looking dark, rich and shiny. If your colour fades or goes brassy, I’d definitely recommend these products.” - Hayley Sawers

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“Being ash blonde, I always used to find my toner would wash out over time and I’d end up a yellow blonde. I would normally have to have a toner in between my scalp bleach appointments, however since using Moroccanoil Color Complete my colour has lasted so much longer. I haven’t had to have a toner in between and my hair still looks ice white!” - Claudia Coyne

 

 

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“I have always loved Moroccanoil products. I tried the Moroccanoil Color Complete because my hair often looked yellow towards the end of my colour. I have found to my surprise that with these product this is not the case. I have just returned from holiday and normally the sun would have bleached my hair, but not this time. It is still looking good. As always loving the smell and the packaging.” - Gerry Bell

Aadnevik SS19

If you visited my blog last week you’d have read that LFW started on a high with Temperley London. Not only did we have a great show, it was so lovely to catch up with the Moroccanoil Team. Some of the team I have worked with for nearly 10 years, with others joining us along the way. 

We wrapped up at 8pm, and our time was our own until we needed to meet at 3pm on Sunday for The Aadnevik Show at The Royal Horseguards Hotel. Saturday night at 8pm isn’t a great time to find a table for 14 for dinner, but we succeeded! We found a little Italian just off Oxford Street who did very well in keeping the food and wine coming! I opted for an early night, (as I always do) how the others can stay up until the early hours partying I will never know! Sunday started with a relaxed breakfast and a spot of shopping before heading over to Horseguards. 

Aadnevik is a London based luxury label designed by Hila and Kristian Aadnevik. Aadnevik showcase their collections seasonally at London Fashion Week and offer a made-to-measure service for clients who visit their studio from around the world. Their clients include Madonna, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and many more. The Aadnevik collections are always filled with lavish embellishments, soft layering and drapes in the most stunning colours. Once again, I’m drawn in by the sparkle. We were lucky enough to borrow some dresses a few years back for a show in Ireland and even the models said they were the most beautiful dresses they had worn.

This season, with an Alice in Wonderland theme it was like stepping through the rabbit hole. With larger than life toad stools, flowers and love heart balloons throughout the hotel, the Aadnevik runway did not disappoint.  

When I cast my mind back to previous Aadnevik shows, I picture small curl tongs and styles that need at least 2 stylists on board to get the models completed on time. This year however was very different. I would like to share a step-by-step of the look we created for The Aadnevik SS19 Collection. A lived in textured wave with out a tong or wand in sight. 

This look, with the correct product, is a quick and easy look you can create at home if you own a pair of straighteners. The only product you’ll need is the Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray to provide a foundational grip before styling and to enhance the texture when you’ve finished.

 

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My step by step shows you how to create the exact look, however if you plait bigger sections this will save you time and give you a softer wave. You can also start the plaits closer to the root to give you an even wave from roots to ends, a versatile look that can be adapted to your preference. The Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray will do the hard work for you here, with out it your plaits will be too soft and you run risk of them falling out straight away. I’d love to see photos if you try this look at home, please send any over on instagram!

With this season over, I will now be looking forward to spotting our creations in magazines going forward. With time flying by like it does, AW19 will be here before I know it!

 Photography by Naomi Gabrielle Photography on behalf of Pure PR for Moroccanoil.

Temperley London LFW SS19

With a full kit bag and fellow Pure Hair Stylist, Claudia, on Saturday we made our way to London to meet the Moroccanoil UK team for London Fashion Week SS19. 3pm outside Centre Point was the only information we’d been given, a 33 storey Grade II listed building on New Oxford Street. I’d heard through the grapevine that the Temperley London show was going to be very different to their usual style, I couldn’t wait to hear more.

Earlier in the week, Antonio Corral Calero, Moroccanoil’s Global Ambassador and a small team met with Alice Temperley, to get a feel for this season’s collection and along with Charlotte Tilbury the final hair and make up looks were decided.

Moroccanoil, since launching their signature product 10 years ago, have always had healthy shiny hair at their very core. Every Moroccanoil product is infused with the highest quality argan oil, a vitamin packed oil to hydrate each and every strand instantly. The Moroccanoil range works perfectly with Temperley London. Nourished, natural hair, teamed with a Charlotte Tilbury ‘lit from within’ glow, has always complemented the stunning Temperley London collections.

This season Alice had come up with something different. The catwalk design had been kept to a minimum, it was the line up of women walking, that did the talking. Not only were we looking after 12 incredible models back stage, Alice had brought together what she describes as an inspiring cast of muses who personify the ethos of Temperley London.

We had free reign to sit down with every model and muse to see how they’d like their hair styled. The norm would be one look for all, and even the models were surprised by the relaxed vibe.  We worked with the natural texture of the hair, to create a healthy lived in look with a rock and roll vibe. We simply wanted to enhance each individuals natural beauty and make them feel like the best version of themselves before they headed to the runway.

Alice’s muses included her Mum, Diane, alongside Helen McCrory (star struck!), Nathalie Emmanuel and Corrine Bailey Rae to name but a few. Temperley London had this unbelievably cool line up of strong, empowering women walking in their show. If you’re familiar with Moroccanoil you may remember their ‘Empowering Woman’ campaign from a few years back. Another reason Moroccanoil and Temperley London are the perfect match; their core values are the same.

Now on to the collection, and my-oh-my where to begin. I remember the first time I was asked to work on the Temperley London show about 5 years ago and I did a little toe tapping happy dance on the spot. I loved the brand long before I worked with them. So can you imagine me backstage seeing the latest collections before anyone else?! (Kid in a candy shop springs to mind.) Temperley London never disappoints, their rails are always filled with the most stunning prints, the most intricate embroideries and long flowing dresses in the most amazing colours. I’m drawn in by the soft sparkle of sequins and the way the material moves. It was the white and gold maxi dress modelled by Anoushka Shankar that caught my eye first this season. Teamed with gold accessories and her natural curl, she looked incredible.

‘Enhancing your natural self’ is such an important message and I loved seeing this in a London Fashion Week show. The relaxed approach that really put the model in-charge is the reason the Temperley London SS19 has been my favourite season to date. After 5 hours of backstage styling, I left feeling just as energised as I did when I arrived, a great show for the Moroccanoil team.

Photography by Naomi Gabrielle Photography on behalf of Pure PR for Moroccanoil.

Hair After A Baby

4 months in to my pregnancy, my hair was the best it had EVER been. For someone who usually washes their hair every other day, I could get 5 days and not even have to dry style. (Don’t judge me, the tiredness was real!) My curls were bouncy, the shine was incredible and my natural oils had done a runner, because it just looked fresh at all times. 

I remember my Mum saying to me it wouldn’t stay like that, and it would probably start to fall out after I gave birth. I had seen this happen to others post pregnancy, but I just had the feeling it wouldn’t happen to me.

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Having ‘perfect’ hair during pregnancy and the first 3 months after were a God send. I didn’t have time to think about myself whilst looking after a new born. So the whole ‘good hair day everyday’ was a great help. A big shout out to Mother Nature for keeping my estrogen levels high and sorting me out.

After pregnancy, estrogen levels drop. This is when the shedding begins. And gosh, it begun. I genuinely thought a spider was crawling down my back when it first started to fall out in the shower. It was however, just a rather large clump of hair making its way to the shower tray. This continued for a few months and I couldn’t believe how much I was losing. I was always pleasantly surprised when I blowdried my hair, as I expected to see bald patches. However when it started to grow back, I realised it was mostly lost from around my hair line.

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Not only did my hair shed. The natural oils returned and I’m back to styling my hair daily, and using a dry shampoo on day 2. (Maybe day 3 too!) As much as I knew hormones can affect hair, after experiencing these sudden changes personally, I can’t believe just how much they can.

To keep my hair looking healthy whilst it was growing back, I have been having regular haircuts to keep a blunt shape. I have also been using The Eufora Thickening Collection. The collection comprises of 5 products, each formulated to ensure the scalp is at its healthiest, to encourage healthy hair growth.  

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 The Eufora thickening range promise to restore fragile and thinning hair in 30 days - or your money back. Eufora’s ProAmino Cell Complex works to improve the health of the hair follicle and scalp, ensuring the hair can grow to its best potential. Teamed with the vital vitamins needed for healthy hair growth, I felt I would really benefit from the Eufora Thickening collection.  If you’re not familiar with Eufora, I have linked a previous blog post on why I use and recommend their products. (Click here to read.)

The hair loss continued for about 6 months, however fast forward another 6 months and my hair is back to its best. The condition feels good, it feels thicker and my post pregnancy hairline is now at a length where it no longer flys in the wind.  All I have to worry about now is my super strong one year old pulling it out! 

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The Creative Head Awards ‘18

Picture this - it’s 7pm at The Natural History Museum. The champagnes flowing and the atmosphere buzzing. London’s iconic Museum has been transformed into the party place to be. 650 hairdressers and industry greats all dressed to impress for one of the main events in the hairdressing calendar, The Creative Head It List and Most Wanted awards ‘18.

Errol Douglas MBE couldn’t be missed in a bright red blazer, whilst Sophia Hilton wowed in an embellished black dress, her signature yellow hair styled to perfection. There’s excitement in the air and the entrance to the museum is quickly filling with guests dressed to impressed. Our industry is a creative one, and this creativity definitely shone through. With beautiful ballgowns, one of a kind suits and hair backcombed to new heights, it’s the perfect occasion to dress up, show your individual style and celebrate hairdressing with like minded, fun people.

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The prestigious event sold out in under 5 minutes and as finalists in the ‘Best Local Salon’ category we were lucky enough to be in attendance. Cocktails and canapés to start in Fossil Way, followed by a 3 course dinner in Hintze Hall. Surrounded by truly stunning architecture and dining beneath the skeleton of a 25 metre blue whale made this awards ceremony such a surreal evening.

 

With category’s including ‘Award for Innovation’ and ‘Best Salon Experience’ it was a great opportunity to see what others are doing to set themselves apart and really stand out. Best Salon Experience was won by Stil. A Scandi inspired salon nettled in Notting Hill. Whilst Stewart Roberts won the Award for Innovation. Stewart set up Haircuts4Homeless back in 2014 after seeing a video of a man cutting hair for the homeless in New York. He now has 300 volunteers in 45 locations and has issued over 35,000 haircuts. “You have never really lived, until you have done something for someone who can’t repay you.” A haircut for a homeless person isn’t just a haircut, it’s talking to someone for 45 minutes, it’s being listened too and time away from everyday life. It was clear to see Stewart felt overwhelmed upon receiving this award, but for me this was the stand out award of the evening.

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We made it to the final for ‘Best Local Salon.’ Our entry put together by Ben Hunt to showcase the work we do for people in our local community. One of our stylists Jan, spends her Sunday Mornings in Guildford working with a charity called Greenlight cutting hair for the homeless. 2 years ago Val teamed up with Regenerate Rise. A charity with a mission to eradicate isolation within the U.K, Val welcomed a group of elderly ladies to the salon for a pampering day with our apprentices followed by afternoon tea in our local cafe, Randall’s. An opportunity for these ladies to have a great day out, something they can’t do on their own. It’s not until you hear about charities like Regenerate Rise that you realise how lucky you are to be surrounded by family and have people to talk to every day.

As a salon we have raised over £82,000 for various charities and with our next charity event coming up in October, wouldn’t it be great to push that figure well in to the £90k?!

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We didn’t win ‘Best Local Salon’ however when you break down everything we do as a team it really was the taking part over the year’s that counts and doing what we do for others that really matters.

The Creative Head It List and Most Wanted awards was an opportunity for us to spend time together as a team, catch up with our friends with in the industry and it’s safe to say we all left feeling inspired and maybe ever so slightly merry!

A Day With Pure PR

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Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of representing Moroccanoil at Pure PR’s press day. The event was an opportunity for Pure to showcase the brands and products they represent to press, influencers and bloggers. With a ‘back to school’ theme the team had turned an empty art gallery in Eastcastle Street, London, in to The Pure Academy. A restaurant/show room of dreams, filled with an array of hair, beauty and wellbeing brands.  Back to school because the brands Pure PR represent are all top in their field.

Moroccanoil will soon be launching a revolutionary colour care line in the UK.  A 360 degree approach to caring for coloured hair. It was my job to introduce people to the line - I can’t wait to share more information about it with you guys soon! It was also an opportunity to reveal our Christmas gift boxes, whilst of course offering dry styling. Beach waves and braids seemed to be the order of the day, so I kept my Moroccanoil Original Treatment and Dry Texture Spray close to hand.

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I was surrounded by hair, beauty and wellbeing product lines. This is literally my idea of heaven! I spend my day working along side Sergio from E.L.F. A vegan make up a range and let me tell you why I was so excited about this! As a green eyed human being the best colour to compliment my eyes is purple. Now I’m (very) allergic to a product called Carmine. A red colouring derived from crushed beetles to create vibrant purple and copper tones in make up. I saw E.L.F’s bright purple eye shadow staring at me from across the room, and being a vegan range I knew this meant no carmine therefore it wouldn’t make me swell up like a balloon! Hallelujah!

Aromatherapy Associates are a brand I have used previously. But if I’m honest I didn’t know a great deal about them. After chatting to Christina, their global director of education, I have learnt about the wellbeing benefits linked to aromatherapy oils. Did you know essential oils can be used to aid stress and sleep? They can be used to boost your energy levels and relax the mind. I definitely think I need to spend more time focusing on relaxing my mind. Something as little as introducing the appropriate blend of essential oil in your daily routine could reduce fatigue and make you feel more relaxed and ready for your day. I left with the deep relax roller ball, a fragrance formulated to bring out peace and relaxation.

Last by not least I had the pleasure of working along side Renee Lapino. One of the best in the skin care business, Renee was representing Goldfaden MD. A skin care range utilising state of the art technologies, Goldfaden MD is one of Renee’s go to brands to work with. If I’m honest I wanted it all, however my stand out product was Doctors Scrub. A ruby crystal microderm Exfoliator that leaves skin hydrated whilst removing dead skin cells. The results could be seen instantly. I’ve only used this product twice and my face has never looked so good. I opted for no make up after use because my face just felt so fresh and so clean (clean!) I’m literally amazed and although it’s only September I will be adding some other Goldfaden MD products to my Christmas list. (*Boyfriend rolling eyes whilst reading this*)

Imagine a working day socialising with like minded people whilst sharing knowledge on products you love. The team from Pure are a dream to be around. Passionate about the brands they work with and all round cool girls. Like the new kid in class I was made to feel welcome and can’t wait to see them at London Fashion week soon.

#Filters


There is nothing more aesthetically pleasing than a beautifully themed Instagram layout, created by uploading photos with the same filter so every photo matches. Back in the day (before smart phones and apps) black and white and sepia were our only options. But now we have hundreds of filters and editing tools at our disposable on various apps.

 

I edit my photos, and I’m sure every flat lay on my blog has a warm hazy filter over the top to make it more pleasing to my eye - vsco T1 to be precise. I never filter photos when showcasing  colour work as it wouldn’t show the true result.

 

I love using photos as a tool when talking about colour, however it amazes me how many photos I see that aren’t real. You’d never know because the filter/editing looks real enough, but when you’ve seen the exact same photo in a different colour that is the give away. The ash blonde trend took photo fakery to a whole new level. There’s a beautiful photo of Cara Delevingne sporting an ash grey hue. The image isn’t real, the grey never happened. In a ‘Cara Delevigne Hair’ search on Pinterest you’ll see the original photo and the same with various filters on.

 

I shout FUGAZI at my iPhone way too much. (Wolf of Wall Street fans, you know.) Generally shaking my head at the same time. Here is an example of an image I altered earlier.

 

 

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These edits took me about 10 minutes to make. Granted - if you look closely this isn’t the best editing. (Finger drawing on an iPhone screen) However I did it on a free app to prove how easily it can be done. I have posted the real photo below for those interested. 

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There is absolutely nothing wrong with faking it in some cases. But what I don’t agree with is trying to pass a fake photo for real work. If I was to upload a photos to Instagram with the caption, ‘From copper to pink in one sitting!’ I’d be misleading my audience to believe this was achievable and it could encourage them to try the same. Not only will they be hugely disappointed when it doesn’t work, they might also think their hairdressing isn’t capable because someone else managed it. 

 

As I previously said I love to play with filters, however not on my work page. I use a ring light and an iPhone to take my photos and recently I’ve been making the background whiter to make my layout more appealing. If I was to filter the hair I’d only be making my life harder long term when someone requests the same non-existent filtered image.(FUGAZI!) Relevant to every social media aspect, don’t believe everything you see to be correct representation of reality, and hairdressers, stop filtering.


An Interview with Emma Chen

 

I have been following Emma on Instagram for a couple of years now. It was the textured up-do's and flawless make up that got me hooked! On many occasions I have tried to recreate Emma's hair and make up look on myself and clients. With daily tips in her stories I have picked up so many new tricks. Emma has 142k followers, replies to all social media enquiries and with a fully booked schedule I'm sooooo grateful to Emma for fitting in the time for this interview. I'd highly recommend a read for any one wanting to get started in the hair/beauty industry. Emma took a risk going it alone and it has certainly paid off! 

 

 Emma, you are undoubtedly one of the best hair and make up artists in Australia right now, but what came first, hair or make up? 

Omg your so sweet! I’m not sure if that’s true but I appreciate the love. I started off as a hairdresser when I finished school, I liked it but always saw it as a back up career. I first applied to do a Tafe photography course, but it was too expensive for my parents at the time. I ended up staying in hairdressing for almost 10 years. I was good at hairdressing but was too much of a worry wart. I would stress about every colour and never ever in ten years did I feel 100% comfortable cutting and colouring. I had been applying for admin jobs for months and couldn’t get an interview. So in 2013 I decided to do a short course in makeup (x2 nights a week for 3 months ) just for fun. I never imagined myself to be a makeup artist or dreamed of being able to make a full time living from it. As they say the rest is history...

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You have the relaxed beach wave down to a fine art. What are your top tips for textured beachy hair? (Us British like to pretend we’ve come straight from the beach!) 

 

Not over styling the hair, the key is to use your clients natural texture and add to it not try to change it.

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If you had to pick one product for your make up kit to give the glow we see so often in your photos, what would it be and why?

 

Becca Opal Liquid , as you can apply it on the highs of the face under foundation , you can mix it in with your foundation also to give a more luminous finish and its also great for the chest area .

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You have always replied to my social media messages, that I am very grateful for! How long do you spend on social media a day? 

 

Omg it can be a struggle working full time and trying to keep up to date with all the social channels, emails etc. But I would say on average I spend 1-2 hours on insta throughout the day, trying to reply to messages, comments and of course uploading content.

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If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

 

Morocco, I’m obsessed with all the imagery I see on insta and don’t even get me start on the rugs and homeware they make and sell!

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Run us through a day in the life of Emma Chen?

 

This is a hard one as every day is sooo different. Usually I will re pack my kit from the day before and do a cross check to make sure I have everything for the job that day. I tend to do a lot of driving to Byron so I always make sure I download a good playlist for the drive. Once my shoot has wrapped up I always come home and shampoo all of my brushes and sponges. A lot of artists only use brush cleaner on their brushes to sanitise however I love how soft they feel once they're washed and I find the shape holds better.  I will then try to get to my emails while my husband cooks dinner (I'm lucky I know!) and then recently we have been addicted to the TV show Married At First Sight, so we will watch that!

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When thinking about your career so far, what has been the most defining moment and why?

For me it would be at the start of my career & remembering all the fear I had in taking a leap of faith and going out on my own, free lance. I never thought I was good enough to make it. It was a defining moment the day I quit working for others, truly backed myself and took that massive risk. I was 29 at the time, so financially I was scared as I had so many responsibilities, but it paid off! I worked so hard and took every single opportunity there was. No way I was going to let myself fail.

 

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Lastly where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

I would love to travel a bit more with work and take on some different types of jobs to push myself out of my comfort zone.

 

Emma is a true example of hard work paying off. Incredible talent teamed with a good work ethos - a match made in heaven! The above photos are all Emma's work. For all things hair, make up give Emma a follow. Emma fills my feed with beautifully bronzed faces and I bookmark pretty much every hair up. Emma's stories are also quite funny, and you know - that always helps! 

Thanks again Emma, come and see us in England soon. (It may rain a little too much, but we make good tea!)

 

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Collaborations - jasmin@maxconnectors.com.au


Instagram Inspiration


I, Laura Bell, am an Instagram addict, and I’m totally ok with admitting that! For me, I use it as a tool to draw inspiration from people I look up to, including hairstylists, make up artists, fashionistas and bloggers. 

I pick up fashion tips daily from @emmahill. Whilst @emmachenartistry is my go to girl for all things make up. If I’m unsure how to style my hair, a quick flick through @beyondtheponytail gives me enough inspo for a months worth of textured up-do’s.

My camera roll is one big album filled with screen shots of images I have fallen in love with, to the point I’ve now made folders. So when I need to find that colour formulation I screen shot 2 weeks ago, I can find it quickly in my ‘hair’ folder.

 

Below are some of the accounts that inspire me daily and the reasons they’re at the top of my search list.

 

@emmahill

Location - London

Followers - 427K

Emma was always going to be my first! Do you know, I think we’d made good friends. (too weird?!) Emma’s Instastories have me in hysterics daily, her blazer collection is beyond anything you’ve ever seen and her jewellery collection - my word! Emma’s blogs are honest and current. I love following Emma and her Husband Simon on their daily adventures. She makes me laugh out loud and her vlogs definately make my 3am night feeds a little more bearable!

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@frassyaudrey

Location - Barcelona

Followers - 118k

Audrey’s cool. Too cool. Just looking at her golden insta feed takes me to sunnier climates. High street fashion teamed with vintage designer and the perfect golden tan - perfection.  Audrey recently uploaded a photo wearing a one shoulder black swimsuit from primark. It took me straight to Oxford Street in search. You’ll be glad to know, I found it!

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@emmachenartistry

Location - Australia

Followers - 140k

I give you the best in the business from down under! Emma Chen. Emma’s feed is filled with texture on top of texture on top of beautiful head scarfs and the most beautifully bronzed faces. Emma was the reason I ditched the perfect curl and now opt for textured beach waves. I no longer feel bad for using a whole can of Moroccanoil dry texture spray in 4 weeks. If I ever go to Aus, I will 100% be signing up to one of her classes. Check back next week for an interview with Emma Chen!

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@olaplex

Location - Worldwide

Followers - 1.3m

If you’ve read my post on olaplex, you’ll know I keep a bottle close for when colouring hair. I personally treat my hair with olaplex weekly, and with a 1.2m following - olaplex are clearly doing something right.

@olaplex is the feed to visit for hair colour inspiration. They share the most amazing transformations from stylists worldwide, therefore pointing me in the direction of the best colourists from around the world. I have learnt new colouring tips and tricks, amazing formulations and more in-depth science behind the colouring process. Not just for the hair professional, a great account for hair inspiration. 

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@beyondtheponytail

Location - Worldwide

Followers - 270k

Founded by @angelacattanaehair, this amazing collection of photos showcase the work of some of the best hair artists from around the world. My first Instagram search if I’m needing some styling inspirations. A great account featuring knots, braids and festival hair. My hair accessories collection has quadrupled since following this account.

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If these accounts are new to you, I hope they bring you lots of fashion, make up and hair happiness. I’d love to know the Instagram accounts that inspire you and why. Let me know if there are any hidden gems you think I’d love to follow! 


An evening with Monica Vinader

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When I recently got an invite to a get together at Monica Vinader’s Duke of York Boutique, I jumped at the chance. A sunny afternoon spent wandering around Knightsbridge, followed by an evening browsing jewellery, eating canapés and drinking champagne sounded like the perfect opportunity to take some time out for myself. (Probably resulting in spending money!)

Over the last few years, Monica Vinader have become one of my most favourite jewellery brands. Whenever I go to London I’m drawn towards one of their 5 boutiques. I wear gold, rose gold and silver, and obviously needing pieces in every colour, means I have built up quite a collection. (If my boyfriends reading this he will be shaking his head!)

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The event was a thank you to customers for their on going support, in celebration of Monica Vinader’s 10 year anniversary and to launch their new AW18 campaign. 

I wasn’t too sure what to expect upon arrival, however I was greeted by friendly staff, a buzzing atmosphere and a glass of champagne. I had a lovely couple of hours trying different jewellery combinations at their styling station and learning about the inspiration behind the latest collection. All the jewellery I was wearing was cleaned for me, to make it look as good as new and as I was leaving, I was given a very generous gift bag.

 

 

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My gifts included an engravable rose gold charm, an engravable silver charm, Monica Vinader candles and jewellery cleaning kits. I love getting my jewellery engraved, but on this occasion I decided to go away and have a think about what I’d like on my new pieces. (Since writing this I have decided to take a Birthday Card from my Mum and Boyfriend, and have their writing engraved on my two new charms.) This inevitably means another visit to Monica Vinader very soon, and I’m totally ok with that! With free parking and no congestion charge on a Sunday, a trip to London is our go to day out. I tend to find Sloane Square and The King’s Road a quieter spot. With Zara, Cos, Monica Vinader and some lovely restaurants all within walking distance it’s a great place to go for a relaxed wander. 

 

 

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I left Monica Vinader with a spring in my step, probably due to the 7 bags of new jewellery. (I just can't help myself!) The sun was still shining so before heading home I met a friend on South Bank for a catch up in the sunshine. All in all, a lovely Thursday afternoon.

 

This last photo shows my chosen pendant combinations. I have linked them below. 

Gold Cuff

Rose Gold Necklace, Nura Reef Pendant, Nura Teardrop Pendant, Amazonite Pendant

Silver Necklace, ID Tag Pendant (similar linked), Riva Diamond Pendant

 

 

 

My Italian Mini Break Essentials

I spend most of my holiday in bright flowing dresses. The kind of dresses I feel I just can’t get away with back home. I’ve built up quite a collection over the years and when teamed with delicate gold jewellery and simple sandals, I feel good but stay cool whilst exploring.

This year we stayed at a small villa in the Tuscan hills. A small village called Fiasole, five minutes away from Florence. Close enough to venture in to the Tuscan capital, but far enough away to relax in the tranquil surroundings.

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After lazy breakfasts and mornings spent by the pool, we spent our afternoons exploring. I have never been disappointed with Italy. I love the history, architecture and of course the food. My boyfriend planned this trip and he found some incredible places to eat and the best spots for afternoon cocktails.  My 1 year old stayed at home with Grandparents, so I could spend a little extra time getting ready in the evenings before dinner. I like to use my everyday products whilst away, because I know they work for me. Hotel product packaging can look nice, but it just isn’t the same!

 

Long weekends away call for hand luggage only, meaning I plan ahead when it comes to packing. I plan my outfits (down to accessories) in advance and prepare my 100ml travel sized hair and beauty products in a clear wash bag.

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This year packing was made easy by Moroccanoil. Their mini travel sizes are 100ml or under and don’t take up too much room in my cabin sized case. I opted for the ‘destination repair’ kit. Including a Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. A Moroccanoil Treatment Oil Original, and the styling product I can’t live with out - Dry Texture Spray. All containing nourishing, antioxidant rich argan oil, this is the perfect combination for hydrated, healthy locks. 

 

In regards to skin care, it had to be Eufora Beautifying Serum. For hair, skin and scalp, I may as well bathe in it! I apply it to my face twice a day and this is a MUST for holidays due to the soothing cranberry extract. Mosquitos, do what you’ve got to do, because Beautifying Serum will take away the redness and itchiness in a flash. I keep a travel size in my handbag, and have been known to whip it out when my friends have had skin complaints in the past. Spot? Beautifying Serum. Bite? Beautifying Serum. You get the gist! 

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Travelling light made this trip easier from the get to. We used local buses and walked around Florence with our cases. This wouldn’t have been fun with a 20kg case in 35 degree heat! Travelling light is something I’m become quite good at. So until next time, my travel sized bottles will be saved in my little clear lightweight bag, ready to top up! 

 

 

 

 

 


Head to Toe Argan Experience

If you read last weeks blog, you’ll know I have been celebrating ‘The Year of Ten.’ Ten years in the industry, ten years at The Pure Hair Salon and ten years with Moroccanoil.

 

It would seems there’s celebration all round, as it was ten years ago Moroccanoil pioneered a new category in the beauty industry. Moroccanoil took the hair industry by storm with their signature product, Moroccanoil Treatment Oil. A decade later, Moroccanoil now offer a full line of hair and body products - all infused with the finest argan oil.

 

In celebration, Moroccanoil have launched a 10 year Anniversary set. Consisting of two products to give you the complete head-to-toe argan experience.

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Moroccanoil Treatment

The original foundation for hairstyling, and the product that created the worldwide buzz on argan oil. Infused with the finest antioxidant rich argan and shine boosting vitamins, this wonder product reduces drying time, detangles, treats and smooths. When used correctly a bottle of Moroccanoil Treatment Oil will last month after month. To ensure the oil stays protected from natural and artificial light it’s beautifully packaged in an amber glass bottle. A luxurious addition to any dressing table display.

My Top Tip

Instead of using straighteners after blow drying, run a pea sized amount of Moroccanoil Treatment Oil through mid lengths and ends to give your blowdry an extra smooth finish and add even more shine.

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Dry Body Oil

This award-winning weightless formula instantly nourishes the skin. Antioxidant rich argan oil, along with olive and avocado oil absorbs quickly in to the skin to lock in moisture, soothe dry areas and improve the skins texture and tone. 

My Top Tip

Add a few drops to the bath. The delicate scent teamed with a relaxing bath are a match made in heaven.

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The Moroccanoil 10 year Special Edition boxes are avalible now, at The Pure Hair Salon, whilst stocks last.

 £40 (worth £54.85)

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The year of 10

Monday 18th February, 2008. It seems like yesterday I started my apprenticeship at Pure Hair. I was 16 at the time and living with my Mum. I had just met my boyfriend and didn’t really have a care in the world. Fast forward 10 years, I’ve been a stylist for over 7 years and I’m a self employed educator for Moroccanoil. I now live in my own home (with the same boyfriend!) and I’m a Mum to the most beautiful, full of life, 1 year old. It makes my head hurt if I think about it too much! Where on earth did those 10 years go? And how have so many significant life changing events happened?!

I wouldn’t say I started work with a plan of how I wanted my future to look. I have been given great opportunities, not only from Pure Hair, but from all our product lines. And let me tell you, hairdressing education is like nothing you’ve ever seen before! I’ve attended a Paul Mitchell education in Rome. (John Paul Dejoria, the co-founder of Paul Mitchell, also owns Patrón Tequila - that was a good weekend!) I’ve been fortunate enough to visit the factory in Tuscany where our colour line, Sens.ús is formulated and made. Not only was the Eufora education in San Diego one of the best events I’ve been to, San Diego at Halloween is on another level! 

At the same time I started my career in hairdressing 10 years ago, Moroccanoil was born. Their first product, Moroccanoil Treatment Oil, was the product that pioneered the world of oil infused hair, and created the worldwide buzz on argan oil. Not only did it treat the hair, it was - and still is - a styling and finishing product.

When Moroccanoil held an event, this huge buzz meant everyone flocked to see what was going on. Nobody wanted to miss out on free samples or Moroccanoil merchandise! Because of the demand, Moroccanoil reached out to their stockists asking if anyone could help at their events. I was totally up for 2 days of fun in London. I loved Moroccanoil and jumped at the chance to spend time with the team and help out.

Moving stock, handing out samples and assisting stylists were just a few of the things I did at my first event. I met some incredible people and couldn’t wait to help out on future events with the team. Since then, I have worked on PR events starting at 4am at the coolest locations. In 2012 I worked at V festival styling hair by day and watching Ed Sheeran by night. I’ve styled hair for Paul Smith, Alice Temperley, Aadnevik and Osman at London fashion Week. I thrive off a busy schedule and with no two days the same, I absolutely love it. Not only do I still attend these incredible events, I’m now a Moroccanoil Educator for the U.K. I love meeting new people, teaching them tips and tricks I have picked up along the way, whilst also learning new things from them. Hairdressing is a rapidly changing industry and much like beauty, hair and fashion are in the eye of the beholder. So there is always room to up your skills and knowledge.

My first Moroccanoil education was in Ireland, three years ago. The venue was a beautiful converted church in the centre of Dublin. Considering my Nan (who I lived with for 10 years) was Irish, this was the first time I’d been over to visit. Finding out the venue was right next to the school my Nan used to work at, was a sign I was in the right place at the right time.

I’m a firm believer in you get what you give. When I’m asked to do something I will give it 100%. I also take every opportunity given to me, because you never know where the opportunities may lead.

 So here’s to the year of 10. 10 years at Pure Hair and 10 years with Moroccanoil. <3 

 

 

 

 

 


Festival Hair

It’s the second week of Summer and crazy things are happening. My hairdryer has been unplugged, as I’m letting the warm air take care of drying my hair. My foundation is at the bottom of my make up bag, because my freckles are out in full force. I’ve even got a bottle of rosè chilling for the weekend. (Girl gone crazy.) I am. Totally. Feeling. Summer!

Summer is the most relaxed season, don’t you think? Clothes are brighter, my hair is lighter. And I will most definitely colour my hair rose gold to match said chilling rosè, because why not?!

Another huge part of Summer is the festival scene, and us Brits don’t do too badly when it comes to festivals. We may not have Coachella, but with Lovebox and Latitude next week, Wireless, V Festival and Reading in August, we do have a great Summer line up. Festivals are all about enjoying good music with good people - rain or shine - and if it’s not the perfect time to experiment with fashion, hair and make up, when is?! I'm talking glitter on top of tassels on top of diamonds, with bright make up thrown in for good measure.

Primark have introduced a new range for Summer - Glitter Junkie. With their beauty department rapidly growing, highly pigmented glitters and beautifully designed body gems are just a few of the things I picked up when I discovered Primark’s new Glitter Junkie range. Perfect for festivals, and Summer parties alike, I’d like to show you a few of the looks I have created using these festival accessories and Moroccanoil. 

 

Glitter Partings

At just £1.50 for a test tube full of the most amazing Glitter Junkie sparkle - I took one in every colour! I prepped Helena’s Hair with Moroccanoil Treatment Original and Moroccanoil Mending Infusion to create a smooth, shiny canvas ready to Dutch braid. Braids are the best way to keep hair in a secure style that won’t budge for days. Great for a 3 day festival. Once braided, I applied Moroccanoil Extra Firm Hairspray all over, holding the can 30cm away from the hair, followed by an additional spritz up and down the parting holding the can much closer. The hairspray looked slightly wet on the parting section, perfect for the glitter to adhere to. I then sprinkled the glitter down the middle and used the cold setting on my hairdryer to set the sparkle in place. 

I picked up the glitter in white, pink, silver and blue. Complete with water soluble body glue, this is a great accessory for body and hair art.

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Glitter Junkie Body Gems

Body gems over the last few years have got bigger and better. The trend started with small clusters of gems for the face. But now you can get body gems for practically anywhere on the body. The gems I used to create Helena’s festival look came in a pack of two (£3.00) and are actually designed to sit on the back of your thighs, just under your shorts. When I saw them, I felt it was something different and went perfectly with our pink theme. To create Helena’s lived in beach waves, I used a medium tong, leaving the ends completely straight. Not forgetting Moroccanoil Perfect Defense to protect from the heat. After shaking the waves out. I finished the look with a healthy dose of Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray. Great for effortless, undone waves that need to last through the weekend.

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The Midi Rings

These cute midi rings are just that - rings designed to wear on your fingers. But once again I wanted to experiment, and for a pack of 10, £1.50 was a very affordable option to create my last festival inspired look. With Helena’s waves already prepped from our last look, I added more Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray before braiding to give added grit. This makes the hair much easier to work with when using small sections. Using the rings is as easy as twirling the hair around with your finger to make it smaller, and sliding the ring down the hair. I then added the next section of hair, (much like you would with a French plait) and repeated with the next ring. I tied the ring mohawk and braids together with a clear band and finished with a relaxed topknot.

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My festival accessories cost £6, an absolute steal considering I can reuse them all. I would highly recommended a visit to your local Primark to stock up on all festival essentials! I will be keeping my glitter in my salon kit, so if you fancy a bit of sparkle after your blowdry - let’s go crazy!