Purple Reign

With a high demand for ash toned hair, purple toned hair care has taken over. It’s not a ‘new thing’ and has been around for decades. Purple rinsing it’s way through the 1930’s, neutralising yellowness and brassiness long before my time! But what’s different today is these purple hued products can be used daily as it’s not just the colour they effect. With healthy, shiny hair being of upmost importance, these purple hued formulas are nourishing enough to use daily and don’t cause damage to the hair long term.

Weather you’re a white blonde wanting to rid unwanted yellow tones, or the owner of a dark blonde balayage craving an ash reflection, there’s something for everyone. It’s a simple science in the sense that purple counteracts yellow, and with toned shampoos strong enough to not dilute back to clear when mixed with water, you can keep up that freshly toned look at home. Below are my top 3 go to products to keep blondes at their best whilst maintaining and improving condition.

First up, and the most gentle purple toned shampoo I love to work with is Paul Mitchell’s Forever Blonde. Imagine a pearl sitting directly under a spotlight, the iridescent tones you’d see is exactly what this shampoo and conditioning duo look like. I’m genuinely attracted to the sparkle. With bleached hair in mind, this protein enriched duo guard against further breakage whilst keeping blonde tones light and bright. Perfect for every day use and also great for natural grey hair to inject freshness back in to the colour and banish brassiness.

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If you crave something stronger, Sensua Illumyna Zero Yellow should be your go to. This is the strongest violet pigmented shampoo and conditioner I have worked with, and I’m always asked if I’ve just had my hair coloured when I wash my hair with Zero Yellow. Being a slightly golden blonde tone, the shampoo on its own is enough for me. One wash every other wash left on for 3 minutes removes any brassiness and gives me a whiter look. I’d recommend the shampoo and conditioner combo together to maintain ash, grey, silver and darker blondes colours. Please see photos below to see if this is something that could work for you. Both of my clients below are using the Zero Yellow shampoo and conditioner every 2/3 wash. (I’m not gonna lie - I’m totally tempted to use this on my 1 year old’s golden blonde locks over summer, is that wrong of me?!)

 

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Last but not least, and the product that gives me the upmost satisfaction after every use is a dry shampoo that cleanses, tones and deodorises in one swift spray. You know when you wash your hair and its feeling fresh, but then the next day your natural oils take over and your roots all of a sudden look 2 shades darker. (Nightmare!) If this is a problem for you - I give you Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo - Light tones. I used to wash my hair every day, leading to a blow dry, heat styling and inevitable breakage. Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo - Light tones gives me 4 days. The purple tone gives my blonde a lighter feel, whilst the rice starch absorbs natural oil. Moroccanoil’s signature scent deodorises all whilst adding a little boost at the root. I could not live with out it! This dry textured spray also adds volume to my hair, just another bonus on top of making it look fresh!

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If you’re unsure on what violet toned combinations could work for you, please feel free to ask me on Instagram. As mentioned above, from dark blonde hues to the brightest of silvers, there really is something for everyone to ensure your colour stays looking healthy, true to your desired tone and just as expensive as it did on day one!

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Gym Haircare Guide

It’s not easy sometimes is it?! Keeping your hair looking good, whilst trying to stick to a strict exercise regime. Sometimes that missed gym session literally boils down to not wanting to wash your freshly blowdried hair earlier than necessary. 

I’ve teamed up with Moroccanoil and Fitness Model, Chloe Francis, to share our go to tips to keep your hair looking its best during and straight after an exercise session to ensure your hair doesn’t give you one more thing to worry about in the small 24 hour window we have to fit everything in! Chloe is currently a WBFF Pro 2018 European Champion, a titled earned after following a strict diet and exercise routine in the lead up, and long before the competition. Earning this title wasn’t easy and sometimes Chloe can exercise twice a day. (Pure crazy!) To maintain and style her long, balayaged hair it’s all about having the correct products in her gym bag.

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If you’re yet to discover Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo your life is about to be changed for the better! Described as the ‘holy grail’ of gym hair care, this little miracle will make sweat disappear right before your eyes. You need not worry about that talcum powder effect caused by some dry shampoo’s as the Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo comes in 2 tones (light and dark) to suit all hair types, whilst a rice starch is used to absorb the natural oil. If that isn’t good enough Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo also deodorises, because let’s face it smelling good post gym session is an absolute must. The only real shame is you can’t use it on the rest of the body.

To get the most from Moroccanoil’s Dry Shampoo Dark Tones, Chloe will spray down her parting and around her hairline BEFORE her work out, to make it work just as hard as she does during the workout. This means you can go about your day without having to worry about a post gym hair wash and blowdry, it may even give you a few extra days depending on your hair type.

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Chloes second ‘go to’ is the Moroccanoil Treatment Oil Original. Since using the Treatment Oil, Chloe has stopped straightening her hair as the product alone is enough to smooth down any frizzy fly aways, usually caused when exercising. Chloe uses Moroccanoil Treatment Oil Original everyday on wet and dry hair. Not only to keep her hair smooth but to hydrate and treat her mid-lengths and ends. 

Next up is styling, and we all know the easiest style to exercise with is the 2 second top knot. But if the topknot is too tight, it can be damaging to your hair and also cause uncomfortable tension headaches. Unless you’re gently combing all your hair in the same direction before securing it, opt for something a little looser that doesn’t put pressure on individual strands of hair. Chloe’s go-to look is 2 Dutch Braids (Boxer Braids) to keep her long hair off her face and to stop it getting in the way. As much as this still looks tight and secure, each section of hair doesn’t have far to travel and can easily be loosened once the style is secured with a band. This look is not only exercise friendly, it can last the rest of the day. When the braids are removed, and (more!) dry shampoo applied, a beautiful volumised wave is created. 

 

With all that being said, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable when you exercise. If for you that’s having your hair done or going au-natural, it’s whatever works! Either way, I hope these tips help you save time whilst still maintaining fresh, healthy hair. 

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Seasonal Colour Change

If you cast your mind back to this time last year, you may remember reading a blog post titled ‘Spring Colour Change.’ I had taken Janet’s hair from a rich copper hue to a beautiful golden blonde ready for Spring. My intention was to adapt Janet’s colour seasonally to keep it looking it’s best and also to make sure Janet’s colour was current and felt new and exciting each season. Much like we are experiencing now, the sunshine (after a longgg cold winter) makes us fancy a little change. My Spring colour is booked in and I’m super excited to have a little change ahead of spring. (Two highlights in my fringe and a toner should do the trick!)

I’d asked Janet if she’s be up for seasonal colour tweaks, and explained it didn’t necessary mean going from one extreme to the other. Our mantra at Pure Hair is ‘Better Than Natural Looking Colour.’ and I wanted to showcase how the use of balayage and blended colour can be changed frequently, whilst maintaining good condition and a different look that can still work with your skin tone. Janet was happy to oblige, and we spent our first appointment discussing options for the year ahead! 

First up, a lift for spring. This appointment being the lengthiest appointment due to removing previous colour. A 4 step process including 2 Zalon colour removers, a root tint and balayage, followed by a toner. Zalon is a colour remover that only removers artificial pigment from the hair, making sure zero damaged is caused. (Some colour removers bleach the hair, therefore removing artificial and natural pigment, causing dryness and damage.) I believe this gentle colour remover set me up in good sted for our spring/summer transition to blonde and help keep Janet’s hair long and healthy. 

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Janet likes to have her roots coloured every 3 weeks, (she won’t mind me sharing her secret - there are a few greys that need covering and her hair grows very quickly!)  So 3 weeks later we opted for a ‘camouflage colour.’ With exactly the same root colour that I previously used, an inch either side of the parting and around Janet’s hairline is coloured. It’s a short appointment that keeps those roots in check until the full appointment is needed. With 3 colour appointments until our summer transformation I used a mixture of toning, root covering and glossing to keep Janet’s hair looking fresh, keep the condition at its best and keep the cost down. Balayage doesn’t have the be refreshed every appointment, it’s amazing how a treatment and a toner can lift the colour back to its best. 

 Fast forward to summer, and I lifted the blonde higher and brighter to give a natural, sun kissed, golden blonde hue. I re-balayaged, to add more blonde, however kept the balayage away from Janet’s hair line. The darker root colour is more flattering against Janet’s skin tone and we didn’t want the colour to look too artificial, as this can give harsher roots and look un-natural. This may work for some, but in this case we opted for subtle face framing colour. Janet loved her lighter look, so much so it saw her through wthe beginning of autumn. 

 

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 My intension was to carry out 4 transformations. (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) However... Janet was really feeling her blonde locks! The warm weather rolled nicely in to Autumn and I wouldn’t dream of taking someone darker for my benefit, therefore we waited until Winter. When Janet felt ready for her next change we decided to use a mix of subtle and bright copper tones to add warmth and dimension. You’ll notice throughout the 3 photos, Janet’s root colour is very similar. As mentioned before, by keeping the colour consistent at the root and against Janet’s hairline, the transformation doesn’t feel like too much. To keep the tone bright at home, Janet will use a copper coloured conditioner and I would imagine going forward, we’ll go back to our treat & tone top up appointment’s before adding a light sprinkling of warm blonde when the clocks change!

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Myself and Janet aren’t the only one’s who love a seasonal hair overhaul, it keeps things interesting and as the saying goes, change is good! I love to work with my clients to keep their colours fresh, on trend and exciting and I hope this has shown you how you don’t have to go from one extreme to the other to achieve a new look. A single highlight and slight tone adjustment can contribute towards a huge colour change. If this is something you’re thinking about doing, get in touch.

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The Dyson Airwrap.

When I first saw the promotional video back in October last year, it was love. I felt the Dyson Airwrap would be the answer to all my at home bouncy blowdry struggles. I had visions of my heated rollers going in the loft and my tongs going in to storage, because Dyson’s new Airwrap technology was like nothing I’d seen before. Not only for curls, the Dyson Airwrap comes with 8 attachments to dry, straighten, curl and volumise. It was the ‘Airwrap’ part of the product I was drawn to. A tong shaped barrel in 2 sizes that attracts each strand of hair using Dyson’s Coanda effect technology. With gentle heat the Dyson Airwrap attracts the hair to the barrel to smooth, lift and curl hair, I wanted it there and then. I love creating big curly blowdrys on others in the salon, however trying to do my own hair isn’t easy. It takes me about an hour and the arm ache is very real! Could the Dyson cut down on drying time and achieve the bouncy blowdry I’d like everyday? 

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With a draw stocked full of other professional electricals - including GHD and Babyliss -  in fine working order and a price tag of £399.99 (This is for the volume +shape kit, prices range from £399.99 to £449.99.) It wasn’t an item I could buy there and then, So when I got the chance to try out it, I was excited to see what it would do for my hair. 

After reading some reviewers comment on how their Airwrap curls fell out after a few hours, my hairdresser logic wondered if they’d used appropriate products to hold and volumise the style. So with that it mind, I added Moroccanoil’s Thickening Lotion to my usual line up to give thickness and a soft hold.

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Like anything new, it took me a while to suss out the Airwrap technology whilst looking in the mirror. Once I got going, I had a pretty good rhythm! I used the hottest setting to wrap, completed with a cold shot before letting the hair go, and resisted touching the curls to really let them set in their shape. The blowdry took me longer than hoped it would. 42 minutes to be precise, however my curls looked incredible. My roots were bouncy, my hair looked smooth and shiny. Considering the Airwrap attachment doesn’t have any bristles like a brush, I was very pleased. I wasn’t put off by the time it took because I hoped I could trim it back now I’m familiar with how to use it. 

I left the house and felt my hair bounced with every step, but unfortunately it didn’t stand the test of time. An hour later the volume had dropped and my curls had relaxed. Leaving me with the kind of curl I can achieve everyday with my Babyliss wand. Don’t get me wrong, I like a more relaxed curl, thats just not what I’m looking for in a new electrical. I started to think maybe I need to add more product? Maybe I need to pin each curl? However that contradicts why I wanted the airwrap in the first place. I wanted to save time whilst creating a big bouncy blowdry.

With that being said, I won’t be saving up for the Dyson Airwrap right now. I currently don’t have the time to spend 40 minutes plus on my hair in the morning, and for the odd occasion I do, I’ll use my heated rollers. It may be an option when my little one is older and I have more time to get ready but right now I’ll be sticking with my fail safe 10 minute beach waves. When I get the opportunity to have a second go with a stronger product (Moroccanoil Root Boost) and the smaller Airwrap barrel (I used the 40mm, there is all a 30mm), I promise to report back! As I finish writing the review, I’m still staring at my photo above thinking, maybe I should just order it…

 

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January Round Up

It was Christmas, then I blinked and now it’s nearly February. With my days at the salon being just as busy as they were in the lead up to Christmas, and 2 Moroccanoil trips to Dublin and Barcelona, I feel like my feet have barely touched the floor. 

January/February are notorious for being quieter in the hairdressing world due to most people wanting there hair done before Christmas. However I’ve being lucky enough to have my days filled with clients who I’ve known for years, but also I’ve had the time in my diary to look after 8 new clients. My new clients were all recommended to me and it’s so lovely to know my regular clients are sending their friends and family my way! 

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The month started with an overnight stay in Dublin, tied in with our Moroccanoil post Christmas party. It’s always good to catch up with the Moroccanoil team, and the education put in place for us is by far some of the best training I’ve had. There wasn’t a hairdryer or product in sight for this one, it was to learn about our individual learning style as we will personally teach in the way we best learn. When I share Moroccanoil education with other hairstylists, it’s important everyone can understand and get involved in the way that suits their learning style. This course gave us tips on how to get everyone involved when we educate. Theorist/Reflector best describes my learning style, I’m someone who likes to make a decision based on the facts, and then spend (a lot of) time reflecting. That explains why on my return I wanted to find out EVERYONE’s learning style. I was still reflecting on my trip ya know?!

 

Next up was Barcelona, for Moroccanoil’s ‘train the trainer’ event. Every year Moroccanoil’s education programme changes, the courses are updated and shared with the European team before we go and share them. I had 3 courses (Bridal, Knotwork and Editiorial) to learn in 3 days, with 2 hair cuts thrown in for good measure. 3 courses in 3 days may sounds like a lot of information to take it, but when you’re fueled by copious amounts of tapas and a small (to medium) amount of wine, it’s all good! I had a great trip, not only was it lovely to spend time with the team, I learn so much from them all. We all live in different parts of the U.K, but we manage to get together regularly for various work events.

 

As far as January’s goes, it’s been a busy one. And with a busy February filled with appointments, education, and London Fashion Week amongst other things, it doesn’t look like we’ll be slowing down just yet!  

 

 

 

My 2019 Trend Menu

Once upon a time, trends were mainly dictated by what we see at fashion week. Designers pave a path and show us exactly what to expect for the up and coming season. We get an insight into what we should be wearing, how we should be styling our hair, and even what colour and shape our nails should be. Now this may not be very ‘fashion’ of me to say, but I always think quite a lot of the hair and beauty trends seem to be exactly the same as the season before, just with a fancy new name. However these fancy names mean big buinsness, because like most things new and current, people want it. For years I wanted a balayage, when actually what I really wanted was my same old super fine highlights, I just wanted to tell people I had a balayage. Why do we do that?! Trends come and go at a much quicker pace than they used too. I put this down to the power of social media. I have put together a small trend menu of what I expect to see more of in 2019. 

 

I’ll start with my favourite - the sharp bob. My favourite because I feel like I’ve seen this haircut evolve over the last few years. 2017 brought us  ‘The Midi.’ 2018, the world went ‘Lob’ crazy. (Long bob for anyone who missed that one!) Now here we are, the only way was up and the short bob is in, in a big way. A classic precise cut sitting happily somewhere between your jawline and shoulders. Try wearing your parting over to the side with a loose undone wave, or put down your tongs and go straight and smooth to really show off this precise cut.  

 
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If you’ve seen my previous blogs, you’ll know I’m a sucker for hair accessories. My favourite this year being the little black bow. Understated enough to ensure you don’t look like you’ve borrowed it from an 8 year old, but bold enough to make a statement. Now much like the short bob, it’s been done before, of course it has! However I just wanted to share a tip I learnt backstage at the Temperley Show a few years ago - We simply made the bows as we went out of velvet ribbon, therefore making the size bespoke to the hair we had to work with. Genius! (And probably cheaper.) 

 
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Last but not least, white blonde. When I say white blonde I don’t mean grey, silver or ash, I just mean white. I very rarely see an ash head of hair that looks an even ash from root to ends. That’s not to say it wasn’t perfect to begin with, it just takes a lot of commitment to keep that tone and when the colour isn’t maintained it results in a mix of warmth and ash. That fresh ash tone (generally) only has a small window of looking good. We have to think about maintainance, appointment frequency and the upkeep cost and I feel 2019 will see an increase in a more natural, just been on holiday white blonde. 

 

 
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This is just a small snippet of what I expect to see in salon this year, and with Victoria Beckham spotted wearing a little black bow the day before this blog went live, it looks like my 2019 trend predictions may be correct!

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New Year Glow - Adeola Gboyega

“Wellbeing - the state of being comfortable, healthy and happy.”

I hope you all enjoyed my kick start to a feel good January with Emily Clarke (Busy Bee Well) last week. I’m super lucky to know lots of lovely ladies whose expertise help me daily (even if its a photo on instagram!) to feel good and I want to share their knowledge, because I know you will just love it.

I’m no make up artist, I’m lucky if I manage to apply my mascara with out blinking mid application and covering my eyelid. You’d think I’d have a steady hand in my job, however after years of trying to master a winged eyeliner - it just isn’t happening! However that’s not to say I don’t absolutely love the stuff. I’m a sucker for a shimmering eyelid and a bronzed cheek makes me feel good. I met Adeola last year, and I knew she was a make up artist before she told me, a Bobbi Brown Pro UK Artist to be precise. Her make up was flawless, and with a huge passion for what she does, it’s clear to see why she’s on the Bobbi Brown team. With a shared passion for wellbeing, jewellery, make up and blogging/vlogging, we quickly got talking and it only felt right I asked Adeola about this years make up trends to share with you all.

Glowing skin will always be in. What would you recommend for that post facial glow everyday?

Glowing skin is always in! So invest in a good skincare routine. Start with a twice a week exfoliation to slough away any dead skin cells and to reveal brighter, glowing skin. Exfoliation also allows for better absorption of your other skincare products such as serums. I would also invest in a serum high in Vitamin C to help maintain skin radiance such as the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement. I use this every day under my moisturiser and it’s my secret weapon to a more radiant complexion! For an extra special glow, finish with the Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm which gives the skin a lit from within glow!

 

What make up trends can we expect to see in 2019?

In 2019 expect to see naturally glowing skin as if you’ve just come from a facial. Barely there radiant makeup and big brows are here to stay!

If you prefer a more bolder look then experiment with shimmer or glitter on the eyes, or a bold graphic winged liner. It’s all about making a statement with your eyes!

 

 

When Christmas and the festive season a distant memory, is a bold red lip still acceptable in January?

A red lip is timeless and will always be acceptable even after the festive season. Choose tones such  as a classic pillar box red, (Very Parisian!) this kind of look was seen everywhere at Paris Fashion week. Just ensure to let the lips do all the talking and keep the rest of the makeup very minimal and nude. Try Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick in Parisian Red

 

Talk us through your fail safe make up look?


Most of my routine is giving my skin a good prep with the right skincare as this ensures that my makeup lasts longer and gives me my signature glow, which I love. I always wear the Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base to prep before makeup. I love foundation so I mainly use a stick foundation for coverage where I need it. Concealer under my eyes and then a good lipstick is an essential for me as this just makes me feel more confident to take on the day!

 

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So there you have it, food to glow from Emily and Make Up to glow with Adeola. Don’t just take these small snippets from me, head over to their social media for the most up to date info from the experts.

 

 

 

Nourish - Busy Bee Well

 “Wellbeing - the state of being comfortable, healthy and happy.”


With December and the festivities feeling like a distant memory, January is well known for being a dark, dreary month. One too many chocolates may have been eaten and washed down with copious amounts of Prosecco, it’s clear to see why we may not feel our best! The third Monday of January has even picked up the name, ‘Blue Monday’ - the most depressing day of the year apparently. With that is mind, I’ve teamed up with a group of individuals who motivate and uplift me daily to share with you their top tips on how to beat the winter blues and go in to 2019 feeling at your best. 

First up, and something I’m very excited to share with you all as my first post in 2019, is an interview with Emily Clarke, otherwise known as Busy Bee Well. I discovered Emily’s Instagram page last year and her website is now a firm favourite of mine. Filled with healthy tips and delicious recipes (you must all try the Apple Bread!) Emily’s website is my go to place when I need to find some inspo. Do you ever have them days where you just feel a little rubbish? Normally my rubbish days are because I’m fueled by the incorrect food that leave me feeling tired and lethargic. Incorrect nourishment, for me, makes everything seem that little harder. My energy is low, and I can’t have that at work (or home to be fair!). Emily never fails to inspire me and give me the information I need to eat well. I hope this interview inspires you all, and gives you a few important tips to feel as great as you possibly can in January, and throughout the year.

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Hi Emily! I’m probably not the only one who over indulged over the Christmas period, it’s not uncommon to go in to January feeling a little sluggish. What would you recommend in the way of a January detox (if one at all?!) get us all back to feeling our best?

What a great question Laura! We have all tried a “detox” diet or two, if not more only to have them fail. The problem with these detoxes is that they’re based upon deprivation and restriction and after the “lightness” sets in,  we return to unbalanced eating patterns. The key to feeling your best in January is the same as it is the other eleven months - keep it simple.

1) Increase the amount of fresh still water you drink every day. Aim for three litres if you are a woman and four if you are a man.

2) Eat three balanced meals per day with at least half of your plate comprised of non-starchy steamed or fresh vegetables.

3) Move your body. Aim for half an hour of exercise four times per week.

The apple bread you need to try!

The apple bread you need to try!



Sugar is one of the most addictive ingredients out there, what’s the best way to curb that 4pm sugar craving? (Especially now we’re all hooked after Christmas)

Sugar is not only addictive, but it is toxic and highly inflammatory. Worst of all, there are so many names - 56 in total - for sugar that many people do not know how to identify them on food labels. The first step in eliminating your afternoon sugar craving is learning to recognize all forms of sugar that are feeding your addiction. Other names for sugar include but are not limited to: high fructose corn syrup, barley malt, sucrose, dextrose, rice syrup, and agave.


At Busy Bee Well I teach my clients to purposefully add in sweeter vegetables like beetroot, carrots, sweet potatoes, onions, and squash to their meals to naturally reduce their refined sugar cravings. For example, by adding a sautéed onion to your morning omelette and beetroot to your afternoon salad, you will be nourishing your body with vegetables that satisfy your sweet tooth throughout the day. So by the time 4pm comes around, you won’t have the urge to reach for a refined sugar calorie bomb that derails your day’s wellness efforts.


Finally, get a proper night of sleep especially during the week. Scientists have recently proven that lack of sleep blunts brain function linked to making healthy eating choices. By discontinuing screen time 60 minutes before bed and going to bed at the same time every night you will boost your brain’s decision making ability-including the ability to resit sugar cravings.

 

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The supplement market is a very confusing one, with pills promising to make you feel more energised in a flash. Is there anything you’d recommend to help get back on track with nutrition?

Most supplements, in my opinion are a great way to make your pee very expensive! All kidding aside, so long as you are eating a well-balanced diet, all of your nutrients should be accounted for. However, depending upon your wellness goals you can boost your efforts over 30 or 60 day periods while you are forming new habits. For example, if your wellness goal is to improve digestion I would recommend adding in an aloe vera supplement in the mornings before eating or drinking. Aloe vera improves the digestive systems function while preventing bloating, constipation, and gas. There are supplements that I believe can be taken everyday to great effect. High quality Fish Oil and Vitamin B12. Fish Oil contains Omega 3 Fatty Acids which are essential to preventing and managing heart disease. Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that keeps the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy. It also helps prevent a form of anemia which causes people to become tired and weak. The main sources of vitamin B12 are animals, so if you are a vegetarian, vegan, or eat a largely plant-based diet, then this is the supplement to add in longterm.

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I work until 8pm, so easy nutritious meals are a must when I get home late. Can you recommend some quick and easy recipes that are packed with all the good stuff, but don’t take long to make?


Meal prep and semi-homemade are the two key words that will keep you on track! Whenever you do have time to cook, abide by this principle: cook once and eat three times. Eat what you have prepared once and put the other two servings in either the refrigerator or the freezer for later. With regards to semi-homemade, do not be afraid to buy high quality, organic, precooked quinoa (a complete plant-based protein), cauliflower rice, bone broths, etc. These readymade items easily pair with fresh or frozen veggies in dishes that can be prepared in under 15 minutes.

One of my favorites are veggie packed fritatta muffins. They’re high in protein and you can customize them any way you like! My base recipe is: https://www.busybeewell.com/veggie-packed-mini-frittatas/

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With Blue Monday a few weeks away - the day where the most sick days are taken, due to people feeling down, anxious and not 100% - what would you recommend to ensure we get to Monday 21st January feeling refreshed and the best version of ourselves.

Avoid anything extreme. Over the holidays you likely overindulged, do not try to reverse this by depriving and restricting yourself. Instead, return to a pattern of balanced eating, drinking, sleeping, and exercise to prevent mental, physical, and emotional burnout. If you have never kept a gratitude journal, this is the year to give it a go. Everyday write down three to five (or more!) moments that made you smile. These can be anything from waking up without pressing the snooze button, drinking all three litres of water, or finding the perfect shade of pink for your manicure. Now, whenever you are having a tough moment or you’re feeling anxious, sad, or ready to quit, you have a notebook filled with your accomplishments and reasons to keep going! Remember your wellness journey is about progress and not perfection.

 

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Emily’s above tips and recommendations will 100% help me go in to the New Year feeling my best, and I guarantee if you take Emily’s advice you will too!

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2018 - Thats a Wrap

2018 has been an amazing year. I always wonder how the year flies by so quickly, but as the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. As much as sometimes the business of life can be overwhelming, how lucky am I that all the things that keep me busy, I love?!

I’m greeted every morning by my 18 month old son and his out of control bed head. Even though sometimes the 5am wake up calls aren’t ideal - his cheeky grin and crazy hair never fail to make me smile. I always thought my energy was a little out of control, as I don’t like to sit still for too long. However Arlos is on another level. He doesn’t seem to need much sleep and the only person tired after an extreme soft play session is me. He’s such a character and has some amazing friends that we love to meet up with regularly. He really is the most precious, important thing and he makes everyday a good day! We have a close knit family and Arlo gets to spend lots of time with his Grandparents, in fact the only person he will stay still for is his Granddad. Therefore it’s his job to control Arlo for family photos!

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As you may have read previously, we have recently moved house. The idea of moving started back at the beginning of the year and as some of you probably know, the moving process can sometimes be a long, drawn out one. I’m proud to say we have moved in to our dream home and I can’t wait to get my interior design head on in the new year. (Hello Pinterest!)

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Back in March I returned to work after 9 months away from the Salon, and I remember feeling all the emotions prior to returning. Will I be able to get myself and Arlo ready and out the house for 8am? Can I remember how to Balayage? Will I miss my baby too much? I was genuinely worried. However it turns out I had nothing to worry about. We’ve found the most incredible childminder who keeps Arlo sooo busy, he wouldn’t even have time to miss me. I can still Balayage, and getting us both ready is no problem. I have a great bunch of clients, and as much as I still have time in my diary for new clients generally I start my day knowing who all my clients are, and what the plan is for their hair. I look forward to seeing them, catching up with them on what they’ve been doing (I have really interesting clients!) and most importantly letting them leave feeling really good about their hair. Don’t get me wrong, it wouldn’t be a Saturday if I didn’t get home and moan about my back pain, but on the whole I do ok!

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I started my blog whilst on Maternity leave, and with the help of my boss, I have learnt how to run my website and use photoshop. (Very basic photoshop skills, but I’m still learning!!) My job is hair, however I spend my time talking about uplifting, interesting things and I thought why not share the fun things I get up to, and things that make me feel good?! I love listening to my clients, so who knows - maybe a few of them like listening to me!

Lastly I’ve managed to keep up my work with Moroccanoil, whilst taking on a new role as a Moroccanoil Ambassador for the UK - something I’m very proud of. With the recent launch of Moroccanoil Color Complete, Moroccanoil needed someone passionate about hair colour to look after their VIP clientele. Mixing Moroccanoil with my colour brand of choice has been great fun and given me the opportunity to meet some amazing people, whilst also pushing me out of my comfort zone.

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2018 has been a good year, however there are a few things I’d like to work on in 2019.

I’d like to keep doing what I’m doing whilst trying to maintaining a good work life balance. I’d like to spend more Sundays with my family and stay off social media on that day.

I’d like to continue my work with Moroccanoil, and with 2 trips booked for January to Dublin and Barcelona, and Fashion Week not far around the corner in February, it’s looking to be a good year.

The third big thing I’d like to work on in 2019 is video tutorials for my blog. I’ve previously been asked to do video tutorials, but as soon as I press record, I seem to morph in to this stiff wooden board with long arms that forgets how to do hair. This one may need a bit of practice, but I’d quite like to give it a go!

So there it is, basically a blog written by me, all about me! I hope you’ve all found joy (even if it’s just a little bit!) in 2018, and I wish you all a happy, healthy 2019.


Happy New Year

Xx

Festive Feels

I’m definitely a little late to the party with this post, but with a house move and a super busy work schedule, I’ve been keeping busy! I’d LOVE to tell you it’s actually because of all the Christmas parties I’ve been attending, however I’d be lying to you and to be fair, my idea of a good party these days is a 3 course dinner (table booked for 7pm, no later) followed by a cup of tea and an early night. I’ll occasionally go all out and open next days advent calendar door early, (YOLO) but that’s as crazy as it gets. That’s not to say I won’t be dusting off a red lipstick and going big with my party hair accessories when I do make it out to see friends and family over the festive season.

 
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Back in the day, Christmas events would be booked in the diary super early. I’d have my outfits planned way in advance. Two layers of fake tan would complete the look, basically I had too much time on my hands. Fast forward to now, I’ll think about it the night before and my outfit will usually be black. I do however, like to accessories my minimalistic outfits with heaps of jewellery and sparkle in my hair and if I’m feeling fancy.

 
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I’m a sucker for a glitzy hair accessory, and whilst recently waiting for a train at King’s Cross Station I discovered Oliver Bonas and their treasure trove of sparkling headwear. Navy crushed velvet headbands, covered in diamonds. Dainty bow hair ties to add interest to a basic pony tail. In my ‘kid in a candy shop’ moment, reality quickly kicked in - “Laura, do not buy hair clips, you’ve got important new house items to buy” - so I left empty handed... But then found a discount code about an hour later and ordered a sparkly star hair slide online instead. I’d like to share my go to party look that will see me through to the new year quite nicely. This look is what I’d call my signature up do. Textured twists, and pulled out barrel curls to give an undone lived in look that doesn’t look too formal. Depending on my mood, I can pull it out to give more volume or leave it neat if I fancy something a litter sleeker. In all honesty, it takes me no more than 10 minutes.

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I find this look easier to create if my hair has dried in its natural wave, or if it has been curled. When the ends have movement, it’s easier to tuck them in when I pin it. I wouldn’t be able do it in 10 minutes if I didn’t have my Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray. This spray preps my hair and gives it the gritty texture I need to make the grips hold. If I’m not feeling fancy I go accessory free, but if you can’t be fancy in December, when can you be?! I hope my little ‘festive how-to’ helps you create a perfect Christmas look. I’d love to see any photos if you try this look at home! With that being said, I hope your Christmas is filled with fun, family, friends and lots of sparkle.

Whats Damaging Your Hair?

Luckily for me, hair is a big passion of mine. I’m forever watching hair related videos, reading articles and trying to better my knowledge on our industry. So much so, that my boyfriend probably knows a fair amount about hair due to subliminally listening to what I watch! My brain seems to store more imagery (beautiful colour formulations, and bouncy curls wrapped in silk scarfs!) and less science. Don’t get me wrong I love the science, but it would appear my brains ability to store such information less so.

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The launch of Moroccanoil Color Complete back in early autumn got me thinking about all the factors that contribute towards dryness and damage. When a client tells me their hair feels dry, I’m the first to blame the change in season. “Oh have you put the heating on? That will explain it!” I’ve noticed the I blame the heating, and general change in season a little too much when actually there’s a lot more too it, and this explains perfectly why your hair can feel dry at different points throughout the year. 

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Environmental aggressors can cause damage to hair (and skin) daily, without you even realising. The first and one of the main culprits causing damage daily is UV light. You’d think living on this cold and windy island we call England we’d have no harmful UV light around at this time of year, but unfortunately that is not the case. If it’s light outside, the UV rays are very much there creating free radicals that over time oxide the lipids (the hydrating molecule) and the protein, the 2 main components that keep the hair strong. This not only has a drying effect on the hair, it can also cause discolouration, hence why a hot sunny holiday can cause extreme colour fade and brassiness.

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The second environmental aggressor that we are faced with daily is pollution. Tiny particles of dirt, dust and grime attach themselves to the hair and scalp like little magnets resulting in your hair looking dull, lifeless and scalp irritation. Pollution will make your hair feel heavy and the dirt will make your hair feel knotty and matted, most likely resulting in you washing and brushing it more than necessary. UV light and pollution teamed with all the small things we do daily, for example blow drying and styling, can over time contribute to our hair not feeling its best. 

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I’m a fine haired girl with a life long love of bleach (I’ve tried to leave it, but I always go running back to it!) and as much as I care for my hair when colouring, bleach will ultimately make the hair more porous and therefore more susceptible to further damage. Because of this I need to treat my hair regularly, and recently I’ve been making an effort to use my Hydrating Mask when I wash my hair and my Protect and Prevent Spray daily to not only make my hair feel moisturised and soft, but in a quest to protect it from further damage. Sometimes (probably out of laziness) I can fall in to bad hair habits and not give mine the TLC it needs, however after the launch of Moroccanoil Colour Complete, I’m putting my all in to giving my hair what it really needs.

 

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A Day With Monica Vinader

I woke up Tuesday morning feeling a little nervous. I was about to travel to King’s Cross to meet a group of girls I’d never met before. We’d then be travelling to Norfolk together for a very special event. I’d been told to look out for Nicola, wearing a beige coat standing underneath the departure sign. I arrived super early, and began to make eye contact with everyone wearing beige. It felt like a very strange first date, but when we all found ‘Nicola in her beige coat’ we laughed at how shifty we must have looked lurking around Kings Cross.

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The 5 ladies I was meeting, like me, had won a competition to visit Monica Vinader and her team at their Head Office in Norfolk. We had a lunch date with Monica organised, a jewellery styling session and a drive through Holkham Estate in which the offices are situated. Excited.com!

I absolutely love Monica Vinader jewellery, I discovered the brand about 8 years ago and have slowly been building my collection. As I have mentioned in a previous blog, my ideal day out is a trip to The King’s Road for a spot of food, a relaxed look around finishing at Monica Vinader’s Duke of York Boutique to treat myself! I love to travel to new places and I love meeting new people, so I knew this was a trip I couldn’t miss.

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Before I left, I said to my Mum, “Imagine if nobody wants to talk to me on the 2 hour train journey?!” But luckily I had nothing to worry about. Myself and the girls instantly bonded over not only our love for ‘MV’ jewellery, but our passion for our jobs, our families and we didn’t stop talking from King’s Cross to King’s Lynn. I couldn’t have asked for a lovelier bunch of girls to spend my day with.

The drive to Holkham was spectacular. Small country roads surrounded by acres of land and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, it was a beautiful Autumn’s day. I decided not to research Monica Vinader HQ before my trip. I’m getting a lot better at taking my days as they come instead of knowing all about the places I visit before I go, and I’m so glad I had no idea what was waiting for us.

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A converted 16th Century cart-shed on the Holkham Estate is home to Monica Vinader and her team. A beautiful mix of old and new, makes this workspace like nothing I’ve seen before. Strawberries and cream are a must on the lawn in Summer, and with freshly made lunch brought in every day for the team, it was like no ‘office’ I’d visited before.

We visited every department, from the design studio, to quality control, and it’s like anything, until you see the work that goes in to something behind the scenes you don’t truly appreciate it. Lunch with Monica and her team was such a lovely experience. We chatted for hours over the most tasty nutritious lunch. Time really does fly when you’re having fun.

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I can’t go in to too much detail *top secret stuff* but we were privileged enough to be shown the new 2019 collections. Monica and her team were intrigued to know our thoughts on the new pieces, and quite honestly I loved it all! A mix of 18ct rose gold, ethically sourced pavé diamonds, and amazonite gemstones had drawn me in, and this was just a small part of the collection. It’s not just the jewellery I love, it’s also the brand. Monica Vinader have recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary, (exactly the same age as Moroccanoil!) and since I discovered them I have always loved what they do.

What a brilliant way to spend a Tuesday, an amazing opportunity to spend time with a group of lovely people. You should have seen us on the way back to the train station, like kids in a candy shop, with our very generous gifts. Thank you to Monica, her team and my fellow winners for a brilliant day.

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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.