This week I wanted to tell you all about my 'Blonde Haircare Routine', if you never seen my last blog you probably don't know that I took the plunge to the light side and am now a blondie. Every time this happens I forgot how much more care I need to take of my hair as it often ends up fragile, frazzled or going extremely yellow (although this time, so far so good!). So here are some great products and tips you can try if you're new to being blonde or just need to give your hair a little more TLC.
RESTORING THE COLOUR
Blonde hair tends to go dull and can gain a yellow tinge, which I have experienced OH SO many times, but this can be prevented easily by using a Purple coloured shampoo. There are many great High End and Drug Store brands, though the one I tend to opt for is the Matrix So Silver Shampoo, as a Hair Stylist I am a huge lover of Matrix products as they are Salon quality though very affordable, this Shampoo is so pigmented it's literally like a Toner for your hair, though I would not advise using this more than once or twice a week, depending on how brassy your hair is, this product costs around £8.95, however it lasts me about 3 months. My second favourite would be Touch Of Silver Shampoo which can be picked up in any Supermarket for around £2.50, this one is great though I use it a lot more often than the Matrix shampoo and find myself buying a new bottle every 3-4 weeks.
RESSURECTING DAMAGED HAIR
There are some AMAZING products available for damaged hair, though no matter what a company may tell you, if your hair is literally frazzled and/or snapped, it ain't coming back from that, regular hair appointments are vital to keep the damage at bay and to stop those split ends from getting worse. If your hair is feeling extremely dry, or 'spongy + stretchy' when wet, that is when these 'Miracle' Products come in handy. My all time favourite hair mask, which I recommend to all my clients is, once again, Matrix Total Repair Hair Mask, this is a deep conditioning treatment which i find works best if you heat it for a few seconds, apply to your hair, and allow to absorb for 10-15 minutes. A small tub of this costs around £9.30 and a little does go along way. A new favourite of mine is one I've been using a lot recently and mentioned a few weeks ago in an earlier blog, Bed Head Antidotes Resurrection Mask. Though I don't remember the exact price, it was fairly inexpensive and you get A LOT of product, using this twice a week leaves your hair feeling silky smooth with a healthy shine (not forgetting to mention the amazing smell)!
*QUICK TIP* Apply KMS California Silk Sheen Conditioner or Matrix Sleek Wonder Oil to towel dried hair, then dry & style *QUICK TIP*
Thank you for reading again, hope you all have a Fantastic Christmas & New Year
I'll see you in 2016,
This week I wanted to talk about Semi-permanent make-up and share some of my personal experiences with it. Semi permanent makeup is often referred to as a 'Cosmetic Tattoo' and can normally be applied to 3 different areas, your eyebrows, your eyelids and your lips (it is often said the lips are the most painful). This service can take up to an hour and is fairly inexpensive when taken into account the length of time it lasts, which can vary from 5 to 10 years.
TRYING TO GET THE PERFECT EYEBROWS
In 2012 I spent months and months getting my eyebrows waxed, trying to achieve the perfect arch whilst also making my brows thinner (which seemed impossible with my thick, bushy brows). I had always thought about shaving my brows off completely and drawing them in on a daily basis, but worried about the shape and how much time I would need to put into it. Then one of my family members told me about Semi-Permanent Eyebrows, where they tattoo them onto your face (which sounds like an extreme and painful concept). I eventually told my beautician that I wanted my brows shaped into the perfect style so I could go and get them tattooed in the same shape, as before hand they were just horizontal lines. (See Picture)
RESEARCH & PROCEDURE
I tried to find somebody as local as possible whilst still having a great reputation and 'respectable' if you like, clientele. The person I eventually decided to with after seeing her portfolio is a Self employed woman based in South Gosforth, extremely friendly, hygienic and informative. The session cost £100 plus a free check- up/top-up 4 weeks after your first appointment to make sure your brows are perfect. I sat and talked with her for about 15 minutes before the procedure on the desired outcome, what my expectations were etc. In total, I was in the chair for an hour, she cleansed my face, threaded my brows slightly, applied numbing solution (in LARGE quantities to ensure I didn't wriggle about in pain) and talked calmly throughout. The hour seemed to fly past, she then explained that I needed to keep my eyebrow region make-up free and lathered with Vaseline to make sure they didn't dry and scab.
IS IT WORTH IT
It has been just over 3 years since I had my eyebrows done and I'm planning on booking in for a touch up in the New Year as they're a bit faded (See Picture), which costs only £10. The shape of my brows are still perfect and clearly visible, though I always fill my brows in with a pencil or using a Brow palette in the morning as they are a lot more faded due to excessive sun exposure. I have absolutely no regrets about having this done, though the lady said she recommends keeping some of your natural eyebrow hair for a more natural look, I prefer to shave mine for a more sharp and defined look. Considering you have a needle in your face this is a fairly painless procedure, there is also plenty of numbing spray at your disposal so do not let that put you off if this is something you're considering doing.
Thank you for reading.
Do you fancy having your eyeliner tattooed on? Share your thoughts in the comments.
There won't be a post next week, but I will see you the week after,