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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.

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.

Natural Wax

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Body Shop Beeswax Texturising WaxYou can always rely on The Body Shop to keep things 100% natural. We all know that hair wax isn’t actually made of candle wax, but what about beeswax? Well that’s exactly what The Body Shop have produced – hairwax made from beeswax. It will keep hair exactly where you want it, and washes out easily without leaving any sticky residue.
Be warned though, it is for short hair only.

The organic beeswax helps to moisturise and condition hair and to keep in moisture. And of course the beekeepers get a fair share of the profit.

So go natural with your hairstyling products, keeping your hair free of harsh chemicals and perfumes, and making it much easier to wash out.

The Body Shop Beeswax Texturising Wax costs £5 and you can get it instore or online.

Glitter Spray is Back!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Fekkai Hair CrystalsWhen I was younger I used to love those glitter sprays you could get for your hair. Sadly though there came a time when my mum got a bit fed up of it – it used to end up everywhere – pillows, clothes, the sofa…and it just wasn’t cool anymore, which is of course used to be crucially important, and then it disappeared into obscurity

Excitingly though, you can now buy a grown up version! Fekkai is an American company who are the go-to stylists for many Hollywood A-Listers (or so they claim!). Their Spray On Hair Crystals will give your hair an all over shimmer, perfect for a quick spritz to take your hair from day to evening. Hair Crystals are available in three shades: Champagne, Copper and Bronze so they’ll blend into all different hair colours , or try and couple to create your own shade.

The spray also contains Panthenol, will soften your hair making it perfect for styling and prevent the stickiness that sprays can give. So if you fancy a bit of childhood regression without the mess, then head over to HQ Hair, where you can get a can of Fekkai Hair Crystals for £15.

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.

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.

No More Knots with the Tangle Teezer

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Tangle TeezerMy hair is quite short at the moment but when it was longer I always had trouble with knots. Not only did it hurt when I brushed them through but my hair would break and become thinner and thinner. My friend who is a hairdresser has just been telling me about the Tangle Teezer, she says she uses it all the time and it makes such a difference to the condition of her hair.

The brush was invented by celebrity colourist Shaun P who has 30 years experience in the hair care business and it won a competition in 2007 (Frizz Magazine’s Dream Factory Innovation of the Year).

By using this product you can apparently decrease splitting dramatically, the brush even de-tangles wet hair with little effort. If you suffer from tangled hair give it a go and let us know how you got on! The brush costs £9.99 and is available to order online at HQ Hair.

Shockwaves Boost It Hair Range

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Shockwaves MooseThe newest addition to my hair care products is the Shockwaves Boost It – Spray, Moose, and Hair spray. I do try to have my hair looking as full and boosted as possible and I have found this latest product to be very good at doing so!

There are a lot of products in the range, the moose and the spray are both equally as good, and I just had to have both. Apply the moose from root to tip and it instantly hardens your hair making it easier to play with when blow drying. You are able to use your large rounded brush to really lift the hair and dry into place. My hair is quite long so I do struggle with the weight of my hair, this moose manages to overcome this problem and add the boost that I need.

Once finished blow drying the Boost It Hair Spray is very good at giving that extra body with the staying power your hair needs! Until I bought these products I used various things and didn’t really do much for my hair, now I have found this range I know my hair will be boosted!

You can buy these products from Superdrug.