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Gym Haircare Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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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.

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

My Moroccanoil Top 5

 

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

 

Moroccanoil Treatment Original.

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

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

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Luminous Hairspray Medium.

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

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

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Dry Texture Spray

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

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

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Intense Hydrating Mask

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

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

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Perfect Defence

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

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

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

 

 

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