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How to Enhance Your Natural Curls
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
Whether you love or loathe your natural curls, there’s no denying that they can be difficult to maintain.
AW17 catwalks were full of models with all manners of curls. From soft waves to corkscrew curls, the fashion world couldn’t get enough of curls. So we think it’s time for you to harness your natural curls and start strutting your stuff.
Like we said, this is about natural curls, not creating curls with heat stylers, so ditch your curling wands and straighteners. Not the hairdryer though, we’ll need that. it’s time to embrace your hairs natural movement and here’s 4 ways to do just that.
Use the right methods when hair drying.
We’re all guilty of drying our hair too rough after a shower. But, the rigorous motion can crush natural curls and encourage a lot more frizz than you’d like. It’s much better to gently twist and press your hair to soak up any excess water. You should also use a diffuser. We feel like this goes without saying, which woman with natural curls doesn’t know to use a diffuser. But, a diffuser is essential for evening out curl patterns. To give your curls some shape, all you have to do is to turn your hairdryer on to the ‘low’ setting and drop them into the diffuser.
Use your hands to push your hair around to make sure you define every strand.
Get the right haircut.
Ask your hairdresser to feather your hair when you have your next visit. When you curl a ribbon with scissors, you scrape them along the surface of the ribbon to make it curl. This is essentially what feathering is and it will encourage all over volume and you get a healthy trim too!
Treat your hair right.
Curly hair is more likely to be dry and frizzy, which could mean it needs a little more TLC. Avoid using your hairbrush too much. Pulling a hairbrush through you hair will cause breakage and iron out your natural curls. To untangle, run a wide-toothed comb through your hair while you condition in the shower. Unless it’s an urgent tangle, try and leave it alone after that.
Since your hair is a bit more brittle and dry, it’ll need a bit more moisture to keep it going. Treat your curls with a deep condition treatment. This could be anything from a hair mask to an oil. Do it once or twice a month and you should notice the shine!
Use the right products.
A lot of products that would suit other hair types, wont suit your natural curls. Shampoos, conditioners and serums that claim to get rid frizz and flyaways will only give weight to curls and drag them down. Opt instead for light mousses or curl crèmes. These will define your curls and strengthen them, without the weight. If you notice some drooping throughout the day, fix with a light hold hairspray (to avoid the dreaded crispy curl) or spritz some salt spray and scrunch your hair a bit. Adding more mousse is just adding more weight.
We’re sure as someone with curly hair, you’ll no how to take care of it and keep it looking amazing. However, if you didn’t, we hope this article would have been of some help to you!
Do you have any hints or tips for dealing with natural curls? We’d love to hear them!
Why You Shouldn’t be Washing Your Hair at Night
Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
It’s always so tempting. Washing your hair at night for that extra amount of time in bed. But, apparently you shouldn’t be washing your hair at night!
Well, you can wash your hair at night but you can’t go to bed with it wet. People have always speculated that sleeping on wet hair is a little wrong (but the lie in feels so right!). Turns out they’re right to think that.
Not only does sleeping on loose wet hair mean that you’ll be covering up some serious kinks the next morning, but it could also be damaging. Washing your hair at night and sleeping on the damp hair can cause breakage. Your movements throughout the night are likely to cause knotting and this can lead to long-term damage. This is because hair is prone to breakage when it is wet.
The main issue with washing your hair at night and going to bed with wet hair is that the cuticle (outer layer) of the hair is more raised when wet. Which is why often some women find their hair is impossibly knotty when wet but not so when dry. Sleeping with wet hair could cause it to tangle more particularly if you move a lot in your sleep. And come morning, it could be difficult to comb through. There is also the fact that as your hair dries in the night, kinks and shape will set into it as it dries. So, like we said, who knows what you may wake up looking like in the morning!
So, what if you’re not a morning person?
You can still wash your hair at night, but either dry it before getting in bed, or loosely braid it. This will prevent it knotting and becoming tangled as you sleep and when you take it out in the morning your hair will have soft waves. But, it’s probably best to dry it. You’ll find out why.
It’s not just the damage we have to worry about when washing your hair at night…
The second issue with going to bed with wet hair is fungus. It likes moist warm conditions to grow and consistently sleeping with wet hair could contribute to an overgrowth in fungus or scalp ‘yeast’. Potentially leading to scalp problems or dandruff. Spores could also develop in your pillow due to the same damp warm conditions, which could contribute to breathing issues, rhinitis and allergies.
So you can wash it at night if you like, but you’re better drying it before you settle down.
Foundation Mistakes You Might be Making
Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
Our need for foundation is in the name; it’s the base for all our make up and when you find the right one it can change everything. However, when things don’t go right, maybe it’s not your base that wrong but foundation mistakes that you’re making.
There are so many ways to apply it. There are different types of foundation and different coverage levels. When you find your foundation soulmate you’ll know about it and you’ll preach to everyone about how amazing it is! However, you may already have a perfect match but it’s not working because you’re not treating it right. You may think you’ve mastered it but you could still be making these foundation mistakes.
Too much product.
We all have areas we want to cover up, like fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes. So, you apply more foundation than you should. The problem is, when your foundation builds up, it will draw attention to that area. Or it’ll settle into creases. Instead of building up product in these areas, dab the area with a make-up sponge or tissue to absorb excess product. Don’t forget to take it down your neck a little bit too, we don’t want a obvious jaw line. Blend, blend, blend!
Shade matching with your hand.
A common misconception is that that skin on your hand is that same shade as your hand. It’s not. So if you test the shade here, you’re bound to get quite a big surprise when you use it. But that doesn’t mean you should test it on your face either. If you want it to blend completely seamlessly, you need to go for a shade that works with the skin tone on your neck. One of the more basic foundation mistakes but one a few of us in the office still make.
Applying concealer underneath your foundation.
We doubt most of you do this. With the age of YouTube tutorials and instagram everyone can learn how to apply make up pretty easily. But, if you do still do it, it’s not the best. If you apply foundation over the top of concealer, you’ll end up moving the concealer from the area you need it when you blend. Apply your foundation first and then your concealer on top where needed.
You don’t use primer.
Again, something the ladies in the office admit to. “Isn’t moisturiser enough?” Sometimes it can be but not always. Does your foundation seem to change colour throughout the day? Perhaps go a bit orange? This happens when too much of the pH in the oil of the skin mixes with the pigment in the foundation. Otherwise known as oxidation. Primer provides a barrier, so this doesn’t happen.
Too much setting powder.
Not completely one of our foundation mistakes but it counts all the same. Setting powder is excellent at absorbing excess oil and controlling shine. However, you can have too much of a good thing. When applied too generously and not properly blended it bounces enough light from a flash to show up in photos. Something you’ve probably seen happen a lot on the red carpet. The problem is that you can’t tell it’s too much and not properly blended until a flash hits it.
We hope you don’t make these mistakes, but at least you know for the future! Do you have any mistakes you’ve made with make up in the past? We’d love to hear about them!
How to Hide Your Hangover
Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
It’s the festive season. Christmas parties and New Years parties are going to take a toll on you. So how to you hide your hangover?
Christmas lunches and dinners that turn into nights out often happen mid week. So it’s likely that you’ll have to drag yourself into the office the next morning and suffer. If you’re party is on a Friday then lucky you! You might still find these tips useful though.
The usual hangover cure involves lots of water, lots of carbs and even more being horizontal. If you don’t have the option of ordering food in and lounging around feeling sorry for yourself, you’ll want to liven up your skin. It can be easy to pretend you’re feeling fine but you cannot prevent your hangover from showing on your skin. So here’s how to hide it.
The first step to being able to hide your hangover is moisturising. Your alcohol-ravaged skin needs hydration. If you remembered to remove your make up the night before, bravo. If not, take a clean flannel and soak it in warm water before placing on the face and slowly massaging. Do this a few times to get rid of all the grime. Remove eye make up with an oil-based remover to nourish the lashes. Then take some time to massage a generous blob of rich moisturiser into your skin.
After a good moisture-massage your face should be looking plumper and hydrated. It’s still going to need some help to look alive so a face primer is a must. It will smooth the skin making it ready for foundation application. You can’t hide your hangover without foundation after all.
Choose the right foundation.
Invest in a hydrating, youth-boosting foundation for skin that looks like it had 8 hours sleep. Pick a foundation that promises you a dewey glow. This will make the skin look healthy and hydrated. Obviously, it’s best to invest in this sooner rather than later. Don’t forget to add some blush as well!
Focus on the lips.
Your lips can look chapped and pale after a night of drinking. One of the best ways to hide your hangover is distract with your lips. Try a statement red lipstick. Choose a shade with cool blue undertones to help calm the skin. Another (and slightly grosser) sign is sour alcoholic breath. Yes, you scrubbed your teeth this morning but booze can make a very unwelcome return throughout the day. Go for a minty gloss for added freshness.
Before you do all of that, make sure you’ve woken yourself up with a big, cold glass of water and a shower. This will immediately make you feel more alert and a lot cleaner. Try some dry shampoo to give volume if you don’t have enough time to wash your hair.
We hope your festive party season is off to a good start, hangovers be damned! We’re sure we’ll need this list at some point ourselves. How do you hide your hangover? Let us know.
How to Get Shiny Hair
Monday, December 19th, 2016
We all want healthy, shiny hair but some of us just can’t seem to make it work. It could be your hair type; it could be your diet. However we think there’s a way for everyone to get shiny hair.
As it is for many things to do with skin or hair, diet will have a lot to do with the condition of your hair. If you eat a lot of unhealthy foods and drinks, it’s likely it’ll show on the surface. Shiny hair is a sign of health.
We’re not going to give you a diet plan but focus on stepping up your game with healthier meals. Protein rich foods will aid in the health of your hair and foods rich in Omega-3 will be brilliant for shine. So stock up on fish and flaxseed!
However, sometimes our hair needs a bit of a helping hand and that’s where products and styling come in…
Improving its condition is the only way to get shiny hair. When your hair is damp, apply leave-in conditioner to damaged areas. Invest in a quality deep-conditioning treatment and use it once a week. Although blow dryers and straightening irons may add to the damage, they’re the only things that will make your hair look sleeker in the mean time. Your hair needs heat to smooth the cuticle; these are the tools that can do it. Put the blow dryer on a high setting and use an iron on hair ends. Apply drops of frizz-taming serum to dry hair.
Try adding a spritz of hairspray to your brush before running it through your hair to control static and hold the style!
It is the luckiest hair type of all when it comes to shine. The flat cuticle of straight hair is highly light reflective. To get shiny hair, wash and condition your hair, then blast it with a cold-water rinse for about three seconds. This helps seal in conditioner, making hair easier to style and adds a ton of shine. Blow-dry while brushing with a natural boar-bristle paddle brush. Apply a bit of light finishing serum to frizzy areas (like ends). Finish with shine-enhancing hairspray.
Try a clarifying shampoo if your hair still looks dull. You could be experiencing a build up of product and this will sort that right out!
Curly hair tends to have more shine-reducing short pieces and split ends. This becomes really noticeable when it’s blown straight.
Use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner and a straightening gel. Detangle with a wide-tooth comb. As you blow-dry, wrap 2 sections around a round brush to straighten. Apply a finishing cream from 1 below the roots to the ends.
To get super-glossy curls: After conditioning hair, don’t rinse completely, leave a little in. Apply a gel to damp hair and twist sections around your fingers. Let hair dry naturally.
Dos and don’ts!
To get shiny hair, use heat-activated shampoos, conditioners and styling products. The heat of your hairdryer releases the moisturisers in these products. Also treat yourself to a weekly deep-conditioning treatment or hair mask. This will do your hair the world of good. If your hair is curly, use your fingers to separate your curls once your hair is dry. A brush will cause your hair to frizz. If your hair is coloured, try a shine-enhancing hair-colour product.
You should avoid applying finishing products too close to your scalp, your hair will look greasy. Don’t weigh down fine hair with a heavy serum formulated only for very thick hair. Avoid heavy product before heat styling. You might end up cooking you hair! Don’t use a plastic vent brush to detangle wet hair. It stretches and eventually snaps the hair. Use it to brush as you blow-dry, to give your hair a sleeker look.
Hopefully, with these tips you’re well on your way to get shiny hair you’ve been dreaming of. If you have any tips you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them! Let us know by leaving a comment.
The Most Googled Beauty Questions 2016
Friday, December 16th, 2016
There have been a lot of beauty fads and hacks in 2016. So it’s no wonder there’s an actual list showing the most googled beauty questions of this year!
In no particular order we’ll tell you what beauty lovers were searching for the most this year. Hopefully we’ll be able to tell you how to do some of them too! Without further ado, here are the 10 most googled beauty questions 2016.
How to remove gel nails.
The best way to remove your gels or acrylics is by soaking them in a nail removal acetone. It takes a while, sure. But, at the end of the day you’re nails will be healthy. You can usually go back to wherever you had them done and have them removed there. Do not peel them off whatever you do!
How to curl hair.
We’re surprised that this is in the list of most googled beauty questions, but here we are. With such a wide range of tongs and non-heat methods on the market, you’re spoiled for choice. Curling with staightners is a bit like curling ribbon with scissors, but if you’re looking for tongs you have to identify what kinds of curls you want. Check out this list of tips from Total Beauty to help you on your way to the perfect curl.
How to make hair grow faster.
Thankfully we wrote an article on this! The quest for longer lengths can be slow, draining and irritating. Most of us focus on finding a miracle cure to our short hair. The thing is if you want longer, thicker, healthier hair, it takes commitment. Check out our article to find out how to get the hair of your dreams!
How to clean your make up brushes.
There are various tools and mits you can buy for this. We recommend the simple method of baby shampoo, warm water and scrubbing til their clean.
How to apply concealer.
As easy as this might sound, we’re not surprised it’s on the most Googled beauty questions list. While most people apply it only under the eye, you should apply it in a ‘V’ shape under the eye. Instead of just concealing, this also brightens the face.
How to shape eyebrows.
Call us biased but we do think you should be going to a salon or a professional for this one. However, if you’re looking to shape them with product then we can help you out. To get the perfect arch, try this blog from Elle. To get the right product, give one of our past blogs a shot.
How to do a fishtail braid.
Looks impressive but is actually pretty simple. Once you get the hang of this method, it can make a bad hair day, a great one. Check out this blog from Cosmo to get you on the right path.
How to fill in eyebrows.
The Instagram brow became a bigger deal than ever this year! Some love it and some hate it (we love it!). You can refer back to ‘How to shape eyebrows’ to find out what you need to know.
What is balayage?
At this point we’re surprised when someone says they haven’t had balayage at some point. Balayage is a style of hair dying. The hair will be dyed to give the impression that it is fading into a different colour (could be a lighter colour or a totally different colour like a blue or a grey). The official Google description is “A technique for highlighting hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.” Here are some of our favourites from our featured salons!
Did you Google any of these questions in 2016?
How to Grow Your Hair Quickly
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
While we think pixie cuts are just as beautiful as lengthy locks, there’s no denying that a lot of us still love having long hair.
The only problem is how long it takes to grow. Some people’s grows faster than others and that we can’t change. But, there may be some things that you could change or do more often now, for the future pay off…
Visit the salon regularly.
No, not because cutting it makes it grow faster. Unfortunately that’s a myth. But, when hair is freshly cut the ends will appear thicker without their damaged, tapered points. Plus by trimming it regularly and managing damage you’ll have to cut off less hair in the long run, so indirectly you’re speeding things up!
Deal with your diet.
Diet is very important for hair growth; you need to be eating sufficient levels of iron, B vitamins, zinc and protein. An idea would be to try spirulina in smoothies! As well as greens like kale and iron. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is high in iron (a very important mineral given that the deficiency condition, anemia, can be a major cause of hair loss). Taking supplements containing a combination of Vitamin B, Iron, Zinc and other minerals can also help to contribute to the maintenance of healthy locks if your diet isn’t well balanced.
Give your hair a break.
Washing, styling and chemical colouring, that is. Daily shampooing can compromise the scalp’s natural essential oils that stimulate growth, while excessive heat-styling, backcombing, brushing and chemically processing the hair can leave it brittle, appearing to shorten the length from the bottom-up when it breaks.
Don’t clog your follicles.
Dirt, oils and product build-up can clog your follicles, hindering healthy growth. To avoid this, try to give your locks a rest from overloading the root area with styling products – dry shampoo and volumising powders are common culprits.
Your scalp needs exfoliated too.
If your scalp is the gateway to healthy hair, it makes sense that exfoliating it helps promote growth. Use a detoxifying shampoo once a week to thoroughly cleanse and remove excess sebum from follicles – as well as the product build-up mentioned above.
Try some Caffeine.
Caffeine has been found to stimulate the hair shaft by blocking the effects of DHT, a chemical known to damage hair follicles. According to German scientists, it can speed up growth by 25 per cent. Unfortunately drinking it might not be the best way to getting growth. Instead try a caffeine shampoo. You may commonly know Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo as a method of hindering hair loss. Think similarly to that, but many brands stock caffeine shampoos.
Hopefully these tips help you on the way to the length you want. Do you have any tips for growing hair? If you do we’d love to hear them, let us know!
The SiliSponge is the New and Improved Beauty Blender
Monday, December 5th, 2016
It’s time to ditch those beauty blenders and get on board the SiliSponge train!
The Molly Cosmetics SiliSponge looks a little like a breast implant but is the key to flawless foundation. The Hong Kong based company has managed to create a completely clear, non-absorbent make up sponge.
The inner material is made from silicone and the outer shell is thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)—a flexible plastic that’s resistant to oil and grease. The main idea of the product is that when using a brush or a sponge, a lot of product is wasted and absorbed. That doesn’t happen with the SiliSponge.
Instead, makeup adheres to your face instead of the tool. The Molly Cosmetics website explains that after use, you just clean it with a little regular soap and warm water. No more endless scrubbing and squeezing with your beauty blender. You don’t have to toss it until the outer layer shows wear. Again, beauty blenders should be replaced after 3 months of use.
The fact that it doesn’t soak up any product also means that the SiliSponge doesn’t breed bacteria the way brushes and other sponges do. The product isn’t absorbed into the sponge, which makes it all in all a more hygienic tool.
Clips from the Molly Cosmetics Instagram show the product being used with a cushion foundation on someone’s skin.
While a lot of make up fanatics like Jefree Star are desperate to try the SiliSponge, some make up addicts aren’t convinced. One Reddit user said:
“So nothing fingers can’t do? I guess it’s like a spatula but soft enough to use on the face. I don’t see anyone other than professional muas having a use for something like this imo.”
Although many agreed with their sentiment, the product is only newly on the radar. So, we’ll have to wait a little longer to find out how it truly ranks. The fact that it has sold out on five separate occasions is something to write home about though.
What are your thoughts on the Silisponge? Are you dying to try it or are you happy with your beauty blender? Let us know!
The Low-Down on Glue-In Hair Extensions
Thursday, November 24th, 2016
We all look at celebrities and immaculate manes and wonder how we could get hair like that.
Long story short it’s either extensions or wigs. A high quality wig may be a little out of a persons comfort zone and price range. However, good quality hair extensions are a more reachable goal.
If you are someone that loves to constantly change your look, then extensions can be a great alternative. There are many types of hair extensions and they give you the opportunity to experiment and if they are done right they shouldn’t damage your hair. Most people have the pre-conception that glue-in hair extensions thin out your natural hair, which can be true, but only to an extent. However, with the right extension brand and the right person applying them your natural hair shouldn’t really suffer.
So what should you look for when getting glue-in hair extensions?
Be sure the brand you are interested in has a reputable name in the industry. The best way to start is by looking at their website and looking up the salons that sell those extensions, and how long they have been applying them for. Be sure your salon is experienced at applying them. Though it may be tempting to go for a cheaper alternative, don’t. With glue-in hair extensions, you get what you pay for.
Before you have them applied you need to be aware of your own hair’s health. Your hair and scalp need to be in optimum health before any extensions are applied. When applied extensions should not be too close to the scalp as this can cause traction alopecia. This is a form of hair loss caused by a pulling force, a.k.a your hair extensions pulling at your roots.
Can you colour them once they are in?
Glue-in hair extensions can be coloured once they have been applied but we advise you not to bleach them as this can damage the hair. Bleach can dramatically change the texture of your extensions and even when colouring you have to be strict with your aftercare. Use good quality hair care suitable for coloured hair. Your hairdresser should be able to recommend a good brand for you to use.
How long should I keep them for?
The general rule is 3-6 months but definitely not longer and the extensions should always be professionally removed. After around 3 months you may notice some wear and tear and maybe some thinning. You don’t have to opt in for a whole new set of extensions if you don’t want to. You can ask for your stylist to add in some newer glue-in hair extensions to pad out what you have left for the rest of the six months. Get a trim to tidy them all up though!
Some tips we’ll leave you with if you’re thinking of getting glue-in hair extensions. Don’t condition the roots of your hair and don’t towel-dry vigorously. This can tangle the bonds. Also, always remember to brush through your hair twice a day from scalp to ends with an extension appropriate brush.
If you’re thinking of getting extensions, you can browse our salon listing website for high quality salons. You’ll be able to find the perfect salon experienced in applying hair extensions near you!
Have you ever had glue-in hair extensions? What brands do you recommend? We’d love to hear any hints or tips you have to offer!
How to Get Big Brows
Friday, November 11th, 2016
Do you think you’re lacking in the eyebrow department? Don’t worry! We’re going to tell you some sure fire ways to get big brows!
We’re well and truly into the autumn/winter seasons. As far as make up goes, it’s a time for statement lips, smoky eyes and, also, big brows! The heavier your make up is, the more your eyebrows can get swallowed by everything else. So, in our humble opinion, this is the time to get those big statement brows.
We’re going to give you some options on how you can do that.
Lay off preening them yourself. Getting a professional to shape your brows to the right style for you if fine but you have to be prepared to leave them alone. Big brows don’t come to those who tweeze. You may also want to reconsider the strength of light you use when you’re grooming your brows. According to experts, brows are best tended to in soft dull lighting. If you have strong lighting you’ll see hairs you don’t normally notice and end up over plucking.
In order for your big brows to grow, the hair needs to be in an environment that promotes hair growth. This means, your skin needs to be well hydrated and nourished. You could try putting a light coating of almost any oil over your eyebrows. We wrote a blog on the usefulness of coconut oil a while back. Check that out! Oil creates a barrier that locks in moisture. But, it also increases circulation while stimulating cellular metabolism. This, in turn, promotes hair growth. You can also use Vaseline for a similar method as it helps the skins natural recovery method.
Try a serum.
Eyebrow growth serums are fairly common now. Who doesn’t want big brows! You can apply them daily and you should be able to find one within your price range. Eyebrow enhancing serums are created with hair growth in mind. They’ll contain proteins and peptides to target the production and strengthening of your hair. You can try RapidBrow Enhancing Serum (£37). It is boosted with a unique blend of fortifying proteins, stimulating peptides and nourishing ingredients designed to help condition, restore and repair the appearance of your eyebrows in 60 days.
Use Make up.
Even people with full brows fill in or enhance them with make up. So why not use make up to create yourself a whole new set of big brows! There are so many products on the market these days for eyebrow enhancement. A safe bet is always an eyebrow pencil or a pressed powder. however, you have to be sure that you don’t overdo it and end up with sharpie brows. You can try one of our previous blogs to give you some ideas on what products may work for you.
Grow Grow Grow!
They best way to get believable big brows is to try growing them out. This is the only way you’ll get naturally thicker eyebrows. Brows grow in a 3 – 4 month cycle, so step relax the tweezers for at least 12 weeks. They’re going to look odd to begin with but if you stick at it you’ll see a huge difference. Brush them every day with an eyebrow brush to promote growth.
We hope this has helped you in your quest for big brows! It’ll look a little awkward at first but you’ll thank yourself later. Do you have any tips on growing out your brows? We’d love to hear them!