Hair

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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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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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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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.

Babyliss - The Curl Collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Babyliss - A Backstage Story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Moroccanoil Color Complete

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

Aadnevik SS19

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Temperley London LFW SS19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hair After A Baby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Creative Head Awards ‘18

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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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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!


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)