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Colour Me Different

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Purple HairChristmas is a great time to consider changing your hair colour – a new shade is the ultimate party accessory, and a great way to give relatives something to talk about! Just before you reach for the peroxide though, make sure you choose a shade that’ll compliment your skin tone.

If you’re feeling brave, then how about purple? This season’s hottest colour doesn’t just have to be for clothes, for the truly daring why not opt for something like in the picture? Drastic yes, but you could always dye it back to a more natural shade in the new year, and this cut will look great with any colour. Be sure to go to a salon for this though – it’s definitely not a do it yourself job.

Generally though, it’s about subtlety, think muted, not peroxide blonde, and warm light brown tones, like toffee, butterscotch and honey.

Finally, don’t forget to invest in a good colour protect shampoo and conditioner, to keep your hair looking tip top. Try Paul Mitchell’s range of Colour Protect Daily Shampoo and Conditioner, now reduced at HQ Hair.

The Natural Way

Friday, November 7th, 2008

MOP Mixed Greens ShampooNatural products are great for giving your hair a rest from all the harsh chemicals in some shampoo and conditioner, and they always seem to smell much nicer for having natural ingredients in.

Modern Organic Products (MOP) make their products using not only all-natural, food based ingredients, but organic too – good for you and the environment.

Their Mixed Greens Shampoo and Coniditioner is perfect for this time of year, as it’s specially designed to give extra moisture to try hair. It contains Olive Oil, which as we all know is the ultimate ingredient to inject moisture into hair. It also has Organic Apple Cider Vinegar which is great for removing any chemical build up and residue left in hair by other products.

MOP Mixed Greens Shampoo and Conditioner cost £9.45 each and are available from Boots online or instore.

Perfect Ponytail

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Bed Head Control Freak SerumThe humble ponytail is currently making a come back on the catwalk. Good news then, no tricky styles to recreate, all you need is a good brush and a strong elastic. However, as with all catwalk trends, there’s a certain way of wearing your ponytail. Sleek and groomed is the name of the game, so unfortunately that means even a ponytail will still require a bit of effort.

A good smoothing serum is essential – it’ll take care of any fly away, frizzy hair and help perfect that perfect ponytail. If you want to go the whole hog and straighten your ponytail as a finishing touch a smoothing serum will also help to keep it smooth and sleek all day.

Bed Head’s Control Freak Serum is perfect, and can be used on wet or dry hair. The light formula will ensure your hair looks shiny, not greasy, and it’ll protect hair against heat and humidity. It’s currently reduced from £10.80 to £9.18 at HQ Hair.

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.

Messy Hair = Extra Sleep

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

RealHair Real Base Conditioning MistThere’s good news for everyone who spends ages on their hair in the morning – this season’s slouchy slip knot means you can have a bit more time in bed, as the messier and rushed looking the better. All you need to do is part your hair into two, secure each side, tie the two ends together and pin them in place. Don’t worry about pinning up the two ends or securing any loose bits, as they just add to the effect.

Invest in a good quality conditioning hairspray to hold it in place and to keep your hair looking healthy. Realhair’s Real Base Conditioning Haircare Mist, at £17, will keep hair tangle free and protect it and is great for styling.

Available now at the Realhair website.

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.

A Treat for you Hair

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Body Shop Poppyseed Reviving MaskIf you want to give your hair a bit of a pampering session, but don’t fancy spending hours in a salon or spa, then pop down to The Body Shop and try this Poppyseed Reviving Mask. It works in the same way as a conditioner, just coat your hair with a thick layer and then leave it on for 3-5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly et voila! You’ll have shinier, glossier and happier hair! Poppy seed oil is rich in omega acids 6 and 9, and as well as repairing hair it’ll also create a barrier that’ll help prevent further damage.

Use it whenever you think your hair needs a bit of a boost!

It comes it a 200ml tub, which is a generous size that’ll last ages. It costs £8 and is available instore or online.

Tangle Free Elastics

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Blax Metal Free Hair BandsBoring as they are, hair elastics are an essential item for anyone with hair long enough to tie back. However, they can often be quite harsh on hair, particularly the metal join that can often get tangled up and end up pulling out a clump of hair when it’s removed.

So haircare company Blax have managed to create elastics without the metal part! These revolutionary bands are completely metal free, and the two ends of the elastic are fused together seamlessly. You can get them to blend in perfectly with your hair colour, as they come in blonde, black and dark brown. The elastics are the perfect thickness for pony tails, bunches, or whatever else you want to create! Not having the metal part also means they’re less likely to stretch out of shape.

You can pick up a pack of 3 Blax metal free hair bands for £3.50 from HQ Hair.

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.

Ojon Ultra Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Ultra Hydrating Shampoo and ConditionerPamper your dry, damaged hair with this fabulous shampoo and conditioner that I found on QVC. My hair is hi-lighted and I use straighteners every day, so gets quite dry, especially on the longer bits at the front. I like QVC for beauty products as you can try them out and if you don’t like them for any reason, you can return them within 30 days and they will give you a full refund; you can’t go wrong!!

This product really caught my eye as it contains 100% pure Ojon oil from the tropical Ojon tree found in the tropical forests of Central America. Apparently, The Tawira Indians from this region have used this oil for centuries and they have been nicknamed “the people of beautiful hair”, so I thought I must give it a try!

Mixed with shea butter and sweet almond protein it hydrates your luscious locks to restore moisture and shine and I found it made my hair much more manageable and easier to de-tangle! Both shampoo and conditioner have a lovely light, nutty fragrance which lasts for ages.

It isn’t cheap at £34 plus P&P, but you only need a small amount so it will last for ages!