Head to Toe Argan Experience

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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! 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Hairdressing Wage

This is a subject most people don’t want to talk about, and quite rightly too. There are many reasons why you may want to keep your wage private.

I would assume that with most jobs you get paid an hourly/day rate. Some jobs you can earn extra from overtime, and some jobs will include a bonus sceme. I would like to explain how my wage works.

Now, I’m not doing this just for the sake of it. I’m doing this because firstly, I feel hairdressing as a career choice is still frowned upon by many. I have had people ask me why I decided against College and University when I achieved good grades at GCSE level. I have also been told I’m quite intelligent for a hairdresser and should have pushed myself more. (Classic!)

Secondly I think SOME hair stylists are under paid due to unrealistic goals being set by their employers and that reflects badly on the salons that pay fairly.

Lastly, and the main reason, is due to a Cosmopolitan article I read 2 years ago. It still haunts me a little occasionally! We, as hairdressers were ranked the 4th worst paid job in the UK, earning on average £10,019 per annum. I know you need highs and lows to make an average, but to see that written in an article is enough to put anyone off starting a career in hairdressing.

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So back to the wages...

I get paid on a commission basis. This means I get a percentage of the price I charge. I don’t have a target to hit to ensure payment of commission, I will always receive commission for every hair service carried out. My targets are only set so I can see how I’m doing over the month, they are not wage related.

I also receive commission on the products I retail. We stock, what we feel, are the best brands, and to recreate what I do in the salon and protect the hair, these products are needed. If my client has just spent £136 on their colour, they don’t want colour fade from a low quality supermarket bought shampoo. (Ekk!)

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The retail commission percentage will increase if we choose to spend it on self development. I have used mine to pay for 2 courses in San Diego, to build upon my skills and knowledge, knowing self development will lead to promotion.

I’m happy with my pay structure however I have worked hard from day one. (Maybe not every day, but most days!) I got an apprenticeship wage when I first started (£320 every 4 weeks) and this was increased at the age of 18. Todays apprentices get paid a little more, the minimum apprenticeship wage is currently just under £600 every 4 weeks. The apprentices at my salon Pure Hair get paid more than the minimum apprenticeship wage during their 2nd year. When I qualified I worked hard to grow my client base, and with the help of my employers and recommendations from happy clients, I did that quickly.

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With the realistic targets set and the fair percentage I get paid, I’m pleased to say I earned just shy of £40,000 last year. I was happy with that. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t still room to grow.

To get a pay rise I need to receive a promotion.  A promotion will be given on knowledge, experience and request rate (How many clients ask for me). So when my prices increase, my wage will rise.

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Another way is filling my day with higher paid services. I LOVE to colour, and colour will earn me more money as the service is a higher price.

I have worked in a salon where stylists don’t get paid on time; where colour stock is so low clients are lost because the desired result can’t be achieved; where the bottles at the shampoo area are filled with a supermarket brand because it’s cheaper! How can a commission based stylist reach their potential when they have to deal with this? (I didn’t work there for long!)

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As much as hairdressing is branded one of the worst paid jobs, it's also said to be one of the happiest and most fulfilling jobs. For anyone wanting to start a career in hairdressing, do your research. It can take time to find the right salon, so don't settle. Find a salon who invest in their team, who put training first, and who's hairdressers look like they genuinely LOVE what they do. Don’t be put off by negative comments, unfair employees and scary articles.


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Olaplex


I have been working with Olaplex for over 2 years and I fell in love with their revolutionary product instantly. Olaplex has completely changed my thought process when colouring hair. Olaplex allows me to go ahead with colour changes that once weren’t possible, without causing damage.

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Brought to us by Dean Christal and designed by 2 scientists, Dr Eric Pressly PHD in Material and Dr Craig Hawker PHD in Chemistry. Olaplex is the product that has changed hairdressing.

 

Olaplex is a single active ingredient. (Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate - very scientific!) Designed to reconnect bonds that have been broken by the process of colour, heat and mechanical damage. Olaplex repairs the internal structure of the hair, and can be used when colouring to prevent damage whilst repairing. It can also be used as a stand alone treatment to repair the hair in salon, or at home. 

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The internal structure of hair is made of disulfide bonds. These bonds are linked together from roots to ends. I think of these bonds like a shoe lace threaded through the eyelets. When tied together your shoe is secure, strong and can take the movement as your walk. When left loose the eyelets become weakened, therefore you’d be more prone to tripping and causing damage along the way. Olaplex re-links any broken bonds in the hair, to make the internal structure strong again.


As previously mentioned Olaplex can be mixed with colour to prevent damage and repair. As a hairdresser who looks after lots of beautiful blondes and regularly carries out big colour changes, Olaplex is a great tool I always keep close to hand. Not to be confused with a magic wand, Olaplex will only work if there are still bonds present in the hair. In very extreme cases hair can be so damaged, there aren’t bonds present. Stand alone Olaplex treatments and regular cuts would be recommended to get the hair back at its best before even thinking about colour if this was the case.

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Below I have coloured 2 pieces of hair to show a comparison. The hair is real hair and had previously been bleached.

Formula 1 /Right photo - Deco (a form of lightener/bleach) and 30 volume.

Formula 2/Left photo - Deco (a form of lightener/bleach), 30 volume and Olaplex.

 

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A picture is worth a thousand words, and you can clearly see the difference in the condition of the hair. After washing both pieces of hair, I roughly dried them without using any product. I could tell the hair coloured without Olaplex looked finer at the time of drying, but it wasn’t until I came back to them a few days later I could really see the difference. The over bleached piece of hair had swollen, looked angry, broken and frazzled. Whilst the piece of hair coloured with olaplex still maintained its original shine and strong structure.

The product I used to bleach the above hair was a strong formulation. It wouldn’t be a formula I would use on hair that has already been lightened, it’s clear to  see the damage that has been caused. If you are thinking about a drastic change or you feel your hair is not at its best condition wise, speak to a professional before your colour appointment and ask for a strand test so you can see what would happen on a smaller strand, before going ahead with the complete change. Search for a salon who uses Olaplex. Patented technology that works. 

It’s important to look after your hair from the inside out. If the structure is strong, goodness will follow. I’ve had clients comment on how their curls have come back to life and been less frizzy. I’ve had clients tell me their hair has never been so long. I personally used to dread having my hair cut, as it never seemed to grow. (It obviously grew, it just didn’t stay attached at the ends!) Now I’m having a solid inch cut off every time. Looking after your hair internally, backed up with a selection of suitable products to cleanse, condition, treat and style your hair with at home, will 100% give you the best from your hair.

 

Olaplex prices start at £18.85  @ Pure Hair Lightwater. For more information please don’t hesitate to contact me on Instagram (@laurabellhair) or to book please contact Pure Hair directly. (www.purehairsalon.co.uk/book/)

 


Babylights


What’s more exciting than a visit to the salon for a full colour? Well let me tell you - said colour looking just as good, without a root in sight 8 weeks later!

 

I give you babylights. The traditional highlight’s baby sister. Smaller, finer and delicate in appearance. Used to create a soft blended look whilst keeping hair colour looking better than natural.

 

By leaving space between the foils and following the natural curvature of the head, babylights are also a perfect option to contour the face with lighter pieces, (Natural colour will always be lighter on the ends and around the hairline.) Also a great alternative when you want to change up a balayage. I don’t go a day in the salon without using this technique. Here are some examples of my recent work.

Please follow me on Loren's last appointment to see if babylights are something that could work for you. I have coloured Loren’s hair for 8 years, and babylights have been our choice of technique for the last 2. We keep the colour current by changing tone, and occasionally adding a darker root, because as we all know,  change is good. A subtle change can lift your mood and actually make you feel pretty special! After all, your hair is one of the first things you see when you look in the mirror.

Loren leaves her colour in my hands, and with a pending holiday just over a week away, it was time to take that golden blonde tone whiter and excentuate Loren’s natural lighter hairline. 

 If I’m totally honest Loren’s hair looked great when she came in. I found myself questioning how long it had been since we last coloured. It had been 10 weeks. Loren wanted a colour purely for a change, not because her roots were bothering her.

 

Before 

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I used one colour to babylight, knowing Loren’s natural colour would act as a second. Followed by a toner, Sensus inBlonde to be precise. The inBlonde range tones the hair beautifully and evenly at a slow and steady pace. Meaning the longevity of the tone will last a lot longer than your average toner.

 

After

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As you can see in the photos, we have lifted the hair blonder and opted for an ash tone . You may notice the root area still looks darker than the ends. This is the beauty of a babylight. Loren won’t notice her roots as her hair grows out, but we have still achieved a beautiful bright blonde. Complimented with a long textured bob, perfecto!

 

Babylights aren’t a trend - they’re a modern way of colouring, used to keep colour looking stripe free and natural. Low maintenance, current and lived in, babylights are 100% for you if you don’t want roots dictating when you need a colour appointment.


Eufora - but not as you know

Eufora are a big love of mine. You may have read my post last week on why. This week I wanted to share with you some of the unique ways I use their products.

Eufora only use ingredients that benefit the hair, scalp or skin. These ingredients make some of Eufora’s products liquid gold when it comes to skin care.

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Fortifi - After Sun Exposure

I have learnt as I’ve got older that sun exposure of any kind is not great for your skin. After years of running away from my Mum when she tried to put suncream on me as a child, and spending my teenage years trying to use oil (arhh!) on my extremely pale skin, I now stick to factor 50. I love being out in the sun, however even with my factor 50, I would still peel a week or so after returning from a holiday, due to my skin being dehydrated and damaged.

This changed when I discovered Fortifi spray. I no longer travel to sunnier climates with out it. Not only a great protein spray for hair, the high level of organic certified aloe vera makes this more hydrating on the skin than a standard aftersun. Mix the aloe with the natural proteins Fortifi contains, and you have a wonder product that when applied every day after sun exposure aids skin repair and can stop peeling. It keeps skin moisturised and when kept in the hotel fridge, feels utterly amazing when sprayed all over, after a hard day by the pool! This is one of my holiday must haves.

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Beautifying Serum - Face Serum

It was around the time I started using factor 50 I also started a skin care routine. I have always had (what I’d class as) good skin, however I assume like a lot of teenagers, I neglected my skin when I was younger. As long as my face was covered in a thick coating of foundation, life was good. Once again, as I’ve got older, I have learnt more about skincare. It was 2 years ago at the age of 24 I started a skin care routine. I use 2 Eufora products in my skin care routine and my face always feels clean and healthy. Beautifying serum is the serum I choose to use in the morning and evening after cleaning and toning. The vitamin packed aloe moisturises and heals the skin, whilst the cranberry extract works as a great anti-inflammatory on any blemishes. Beautifying serum is lightweight, fast absorbing and non greasy. Making my skin feel hydrated, smooth and plump after every use.

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Illuminate Shine Mist - Eye Make Up Remover

This is the second Eufora product I use as part of my skin care routine. Thank you Debbie Digby-Smith for sharing this secret! Illuminate Shine Mist sprayed liberally on a cotton wool pad, removes eye make up in one clean sweep.

I have very sensitive eyes and if I scrub too hard to remove my mascara, the delicate skin around my eyes can stay red for hours. Illuminate Shine Mist ensures my skin stays moisturised whilst the squalane (derived from the skin of an olive) melts away eye make up in a flash. 

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The Aloe Therapy Range - Eczema

I’ll begin by saying this was not recommend to me by a doctor as a way of treating my son’s Eczema when he was 6 months old. I took it upon myself to use the range, as I believe the high quality ingredient would help sooth and improve the topical skin condition he was suffering with.

I use the soothing hair & body cleanse as bubble bath and to wash Arlo’s skin every other day. The aloe stem cells sooth and calm irritated skin, whilst the oat avenanthramides is scientifically proven to reduce redness and itchiness. I definitely noticed Arlo was itching less when I made this change to his bath time routine!

I also used the Aloe Therapy Hair & Body Mist twice a day to give Arlo added moisture and to help reduce redness and itchiness. In 2 weeks his legs and arms were eczema free, and the large red patch on his face had gone. I will continue to use Aloe Therapy on his sensitive baby skin to sooth, moisturising and maintain healthy skin.

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Eufora

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wedding Memories


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

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

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

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


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

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


Augusta Floral

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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The Eucalyptus & Freesia Duo

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

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Dried Wheat and Lisianthus on a Bed of Foliage

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

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Eucalyptus, Lisianthus, Heavy Fragrant Freesia Combined with Foliage

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

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

 

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

Instagram - @augustaflorals

Email - studio@augustaflorals.com

Website - www.augustaflorals.com

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An Interview with Antonio Corral Calero

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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


My Moroccanoil Top 5

 

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

 

Moroccanoil Treatment Original.

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

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

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Luminous Hairspray Medium.

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

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

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Dry Texture Spray

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

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

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Intense Hydrating Mask

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

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

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Perfect Defence

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

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

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

 

 

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


Anthropologie

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

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

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

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

 

The Astrid

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

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The Floral

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

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The Silk Scarf

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

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