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The Solid Shampoo Revolution

October 14th, 2008

Lush Solid Shampoo - The BlondeTraditionally, shampoo comes in a liquid form, in a bottle. Some are thicker than others, but it’s all definitely liquid. Well being the innovators that they are, cosmetics company Lush have developed the solid shampoo. It looks and feels exactly like a bar of soap, but you use it on your hair! Simply lather it up in your hands as you would soap, and then rub into your hair, and simply rinse off!

There are more than ten different varieties, from The Blonde (pictured) which, as the name suggests, will restore faded blondes to their former glory, at there’s even one called Hard, which is specially developed for people who live in hard water areas to help reduce the effects of hard water on hair.

If you look after your shampoo bar properly by keeping it dry (Lush also make a handy shampoo bar tin), then it should last for about 70 washes. They range in price from £3.50 to £5.25, which is pretty good value considering how long they last, and as with all Lush products only natural ingredients are used and they’re not tested on animals.

Have a look in your local Lush store or online and embrace the solid revolution!

On Trend and In Hair

October 10th, 2008

Urban Outfitters Oversize Patent BowOversize? – check. Patent? – check. Bow? – check. This cute Oversized Patent Bow from Urban Outfitters must be the most on trend hair accessory I’ve seen all season. It covers three major trends all in one go, and you can wear it in your hair!

This is a great accessory for everyday wear, or for adding some extra excitement to evening wear. And it’s not kidding around when it says oversize – this little beauty measure 15 centimetres wide! It can be worn however you fancy, clipped onto the side of your hair for the ultimate statement, or use it in a ponytail, a half -up-half-down, or use to hide the messy ends in a beehive.

It costs £8 comes in pink, yellow and black, although pink is currently unavailable. If you’re lucky enough to live near an Urban Outfitters you can hunt one out in there, or it’s available from their website.

Glitter Spray is Back!

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

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

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.

Affordable Alice Bands

September 24th, 2008

South Beach Rocks Daisy Satin HeadbandThe Alice band is definitely here to stay, and it seems the highstreet knows it. Add a bit of detail to a plain hairband and it seems the highstreet with charge anything from £10 upwards for it. Luckily you can still get your hands on this seasons hottest accessory without spending too much. South Beach Rocks makes loads of different accessories, including a range of hair accessories.

This Daisy Satin Headband costs £5.95 and has a great jewel flower detail on the side that sets off the black satin finish perfectly. The flower jewel is available in a slight blue tint, or clear. These neutral colours means it’ll match any outfit, so you can wear it with anything.

South Beach Rocks have also got some other great hairbands so have a look at their range over at HQHair.

Supersize Hair Clips

September 22nd, 2008

Dorothy Perkins Animal Mix ClipsIf you’ve got thick hair like me, you’ll know that you need about twice as many hair clips as everyone else does to do the job. Whilst cute, ornamental hair clips and slides are great, they often don’t stay put in thick hair, or won’t clip shut. So I think the current trend for over sized hair clips is great, as they’re perfect for using on thicker hair and actually work on more than a few strands. I picked up a set at the weekend and haven’t stopped using them since, and they haven’t fallen out once.

These Animal Mix clips from Dorothy Perkins are brilliant. More exciting than plain old silver, you can use them as a feature or just use them to keep your hair tucked out of the way. They cost £5 for 3 and you can get a set online or instore.

Stock up on them while you can because as with all trends, they’ll soon disappear from the shops.

Face Boutique for your Hair

September 18th, 2008

Face Boutique Hair Laundry ShampooThese days it’s really easy to get hold of products that are free from chemicals, but sometimes they can fall a little short in the smell and image stakes. Realising this, Face Boutique decided to launch a range of products that look great, smell great, are free from chemicals, and do the job.

Their Hair Laundry Shampoo and Conditioner keep things simple with one product for all hair types. The lack of any chemicals means that you can use it as often as you like and not worry about damaging your hair or stripping it of it’s natural oils. It’s mild formula contains fruit oils which are all naturally source so there’s nothing nasty in it. The conditioner is great for repairing split ends and will also nourish the scalp. They cost £9.50 each.

You can get these products and the rest of the Face Boutique range at their website.

Molten Brown Hair Products

September 15th, 2008

Molten Brown ShampooMolten Brown have launched a great range of haircare to go with their other luxury products that include handwash, makeup and skin care.

They’ve kept it simple and have four different kinds of shampoo that target different hair troubles. There’s purifying plum-kadu that cleans your hair of general dirt and pollution, radiant lili-pili refreshes the scalp and leaves hair with a brilliant shine, moisture-drench rosella untangles hair and moisturises, and de-stressing pandano is a cream shampoo for colour-treated or permed hair. There is also a conditioner to go with each one, giving your hair the complete treatment it needs, no matter what type it is.

There are also some deep-cleansing products for repairing hair.

Molten Brown are infamous for their wonderfully fragrant products, and I imagine their hair care range will be no different, meaning you’ll be able to smell their wonderful scents all day!

The shampoos and conditioners cost £16 each and all the products are available from Molten Brown online or instore.

Johnny Loves Rosie

September 11th, 2008

Johnny Loves Rose Rose Pear Bobby PinsJohnny Loves Rosie is a brilliantly named UK fashion company who make unique accessories and jewellery. Created by Maryrose Monroe, the name is inspired by her parents, who are called Johnny and Rosie.

These Rose Pear Bobby Pins are great for adding a bit of sparkle to your hair, and are really versatile. You can make a feature of them by pinning back the sides of your hair with them, or use them to add detail to a pony tail or up-do. They’re also great for securing bits of hair that just won’t go in a pony tail in a stylish way. The rose crystal effect gives a vintage feel, and if pink isn’t your colour you can also get them in Crystal or Sapphire Crystal.

They’re retailing at £12 for 2 hair pins, and you get them from the Johnny Loves Rosie website.