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Easy Rollers

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Boots Essentials Bendy RollersCurling straight hair can be a pain at the best of times, but using rollers can make things especially tricky. Most of the time hair just doesn’t stay put, or hair ends up in a huge tangle. Boots Essential Bendy Rollers do make things a bit easier though. Made of wire encased in foam tubes, all you need to do is roll up the hair and then twist the ends together, and voila, they stay put. They’re also really easy to undo again, just untwist the top and roll them out for lovely curls.

They can be used on wet hair or dry hair, and you can vary how tight you want the curls by how tight you wind them. You get eight in a box, but if you’ve got thicker or longer hair, you might need more. At £5.60 a box the bendy rollers are definitely a cheap way to curl your hair.

You can buy them from Boots online or in stores.

Exploding Kirby Grips

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Dorothy Perkins Exploding Stone ClipsKirby grips are, let’s face it, one of the most boring hair accessories on the planet. Annoyingly though, they’re also pretty essential when it comes to doing almost any kind of hair style, or even just keep your fringe off your face in the gym.

Luckily though, Dorothy Perkins have taken two of the humble grips and turned them into something lovely! These Exploding Stone Clips are great accessories, and useful too. The exploding effect rhinestone gems will add a sparkly detail. Wear them with hair down to pin the sides back, or add them to an up do for a bit of sparkle.

Clips like this are also great for accessorising an evening outfit as a change to, or as well as, a bracelet or necklace.

The Exploding Stone Clips cost £5 for a pack of 2 from Dorothy Perkins instore or online.

Vintage Style Hair Combs

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Accessorize Pansy Vine CombAccessorize have got a wide range of hair accessories at the moment, from clips to Alice bands, and even scrunchies!

Personally I think these vintage style combs are great. Vintage clothes are hugely popular at the moment, so why not extend it to accessories? Buying a vintage inspired hair clip means that you can wear the vintage look without worrying about catching someone else’s head lice! This Pansy Vine Comb captures the vintage brooch look with it’s stone embellished flowers and bronze effect. It can be worn on any length of hair – add it to the top of a pony tail for a nice detail, or sweep up a bit of hair and the side or back with the comb. You can also get it in a silver finish it you want to add some extra sparkle and bling to your hair.

The Pansy Vine Comb costs £12 and is available now from Accessorize.

The Happy Hairdryer

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Nutriheat Hair Nutrition HairdryerOne of the few good things about winter has to be hairdryers…there’s nothing better than warming yourself up in the morning by drying your hair and warming up with a lovely blast of hot air! Sadly though, hair doesn’t appreciate the warm air like the rest of me does, and heat on hair does not equal happiness.

However this Nutriheat Hair Nutrition Hairdryer is a hairdryer that’s actually kind to hair! Whilst it’s blowing away it releases silk proteins that nourish hair and stop it from getting too dried out from all the heat. It will also give nearly 100% less frizz, and give extra shine and hydration… all from a hairdryer!

At £39.99 it’s pretty good price for a hairdryer and about six hair products all in one! And yes, it still blows hot hair so it’ll keep you toasty on winter mornings!

The Nutriiheat Hair Nutrition Hairdryer is available now from Boots.

Winter Hair Care

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Natural Source Almond and Coconut Deep Moisture ConditionerDespite the fact that it rains all time, winter results in dry everything – dry skin, dry lips, and dry hair. During the winter the best plan is to use a shampoo that’s specifically designed to protect damaged hair everytime you wash your hair, helping it to maintain moisture and ultimately prevent it from getting too dry in the first place.

Products with natural ingredients are great for this as using it frequently means you won’t be coating your hair in any chemicals and it won’t lose any of it’s natural oils. Original Source are made with all sorts of lovely smelling things that do wonders for your hair and use 100% natural oils, with no synthetic fragrances. Their Almond and Coconut Deep Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner will make your hair smell delicious, will nourish it, and is mild enough to use all winter, and cost a very reasonable £1.99 each.

Natural Source products are available in most Boots and Superdrug shops.

Protect and Perfect gets even Better!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Protect and Perfect Glossy Locks SpritzBoots No7 Protect and Perfect range has almost achieved cult status in the last year or so. Their Protect and Perfect Beauty Serum claimed, like other similar products, to be scientifically proven to reduce wrinkles. However, as a BBC documentary showed, the product was pioneered after many tests and trials were carried out. It did indeed reduce the appearance of wrinkles caused by premature aging, and in particular damage done by the sun.

Boots have now launched a Protect and Perfect product for hair, the Glossy Locks Hair Spritz that will protect hair from sun, chlorine and sea, so it’s perfect for taking on holiday. Simply spray it all over and hair is protected. It’s also got a lovely summery smell to it and won’t make your hair look greasy. At £5.75 it’s a steal for a product from a premium range, and it’s also available in the current buy one get one free offer on Boots’ No7 suncare.

Stock up for a late summer holiday or winter sun trip now from the Boots website or in any Boots store.

Satin Bow Hairband

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Topshop Satin Bow HairbandHairbands are a great way to jazz your hair up when it’s hanging loose, and Topshop have got some great hairbands to add some drama to your hair with no kerbigrips or hairspray involved!

This Satin Bow Hairband is a really simply way to create the current bow trend sweeping the nation. The thin black band has a huge red bow attached, which means you can position it at either side and there’s no need to worry about it falling out.

Wear it during the day as a stand out accessory to a casual outfit, or wear it with a little black dress as a great statement piece.

It’s available in red, pink, purple and black so there’s one to match every outfit and mood.

At £25 it’s a touch extravagant for a hairband, but the bow is 100% silk and bows are a trend we’ll be seeing throughout AW08.

Available now from Topshop online and instore.

Ban Oily hair…with Oil

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Body Shop Olive Glossing ShampooWe’ve all heard that olive oil is good for your hair, but personally I’ve always been a bit scared to try it incase it wouldn’t rinse out and my hair ended up, well, oily. Luckily, The Body Shop have produced their Olive Glossing Shampoo. It contains olive leaf extract rather than oil, which makes hair glossy as well as helping to protect hair from damage. And, because it’s The Body Shop, you can lather up guilt free, as the oil is sourced from a co-operative in Italy, making sure that it’s top quality and the producers get a fair cut of the profit.The shampoo also contains organic honey which moisturises and conditions the hair.

There’s also a conditioner, which does contain organic olive oil which gets right inside the hair to condition and nourish, as well as protect.

If you fancy trying it, the shampoo and conditioner are available in a small 60ml size which contains enough for 3 or 4 washes, and perfect for taking on holiday.

Find it at The Body Shop online or in store.

Curls Ahoy!

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Rageaze Twist & Curl WrapsHaving straight hair, I have, of course, always had a desire to have curly hair. I also, however, have very thick hair, and as a result my many efforts with the curling tongs have lasted approximately 30 minutes before the curls dropped out and I was left with unfortunate looking kinks.

Rollers were also a non-starter for me, as, when I put them in wet hair to dry overnight I a) nearly suffocated as I had to sleep face down to avoid squashing the rollers, b) my hair, due to it’s thickness and being rolled and twisted, often wasn’t dry by morning and c) I never had enough rollers to do all my hair.

So I’m rather excited to have found these Rageaze Twist & Curl Wraps. They only take an hour, can be done in dry hair, and there are 25 sheets in a pack, which should be more than enough for my hair. You simple roll up a section of hair in the pre-soaked tissues and tie the ends up. They’re also kinder to your hair than rollers and tongs and are cheaper too at only £4.35, available at HQ Hair.

Accessorise Your Hair

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Tartan Button ClipsNext season sees an almost ‘anything goes’ mentality in the hair department. Up-down, down-do or no-do, it’s not about how you wear it, but what you wear in it. We’ve already seen the return of the Alice Band over the summer, and now all kinds of accessories are being used in hair styles, from brooches to clips, ribbons and bows, and even the humble bobble.

Dorothy Perkins have a great selection of hairbands and clips, including these cute Tartan Button Clips, and there are lots of bargains to be had in their current sale.

The great thing about this trend is that it can be achieved cheaply with shops like Claire’s Accessories, or you can go for one statement designer piece. Haberdasheries are great for picking up ribbon, as there’s a huge variety at very cheap prices.