Monthly Archives: March 2014

TREATS ON TRIAL: CLOUD NINE MAGICAL POTION


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It’s evident from my previous blog posts that I’m huge fan of the Cloud Nine tools as a whole. If i’m honest I was a bit skeptical when I was told the Brand I love were bringing out a hair care product, but I must say I’ve been pleasantly surprised.

The magical Potion was brought out at the end of last year and a whirlwind of excitement came with it. Press, Stylist’s and Industry figure heads all raved about it from their very first application and it was set for huge success.

I decided to do a little experiment on my own hair, because I felt that if I was going to promote it, I wanted to make sure it did exactly what it claimed. For the experiment I towel dried my hair and then applied a generous amount to one side, drying my hair with a blow dryer made the results clear to see. One side of my hair was completely dry whilst the other still pretty damp.

Not only does this product actually halve drying time (FINALLY the hours spent under a hairdryer are over!) but it also protects against heat, UV rays and tames frizz without weighing down the hair, so it’s an ideal product for everyone.

The Magical Potion comes in two sizes; the 50ml travel size which is only £6.95 for those of you who might want to try it first (or just an extra to take on your summer holiday) or the larger size 200ml, which is only £17.95.

It’s been completely selling out all over the country so I would invest pretty quickly.

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A SHAMPOO TO SUIT YOU


Finding the right shampoo is a hard one because everyone’s hair types are different. For me, a good shampoo removes dirt easily, smells great (but not too fragrant) and leaves my hair feeling cleansed and not drenched in product. It also helps if that packaging is nice too.

The Japanese brand; Shu Uemura originally started as a luxury makeup brand that many of my makeup artist friends swear by. However a few years ago, they decided to bring out an elite range of luxury hair products that are only sold in a handful of salons and high end department stores across the country.

Personally I have oily hair and without using the Shu Uemura Cleansing oil shampoo, I’d have to wash my hair once a day but if I use this product I can usually go 3 days.

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Similar to an oil product that removes makeup. This shampoo is the first oil based formula that gently removes all excess product or oil build up from root to tip.

Though this shampoo isn’t cheap at £31, it does last a lifetime and you do get a lot for your money.

 

 

 


TREATS ON TRIAL: TOP 5 HAIR TREATMENTS


What is a hair mask?!

A hair mask is a deep conditioning treatment. I’d recommend using a hair masque once a week for optimum results, but the most important thing is to make sure it’s right for your hair type.

It’s worth spending money on a hair mask as it will last forever and will really pack in all the nourishment your thirsty hair needs.

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The Shu Uemura ‘Full Shimmer’ treatment is perfect for anyone with natural or coloured hair. It packs the hair full of luxurious oils and gives the hair a shine that I never thought was possible.

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For those of you with curly, Afro or frizzy hair, this will be your new best friend. Curly hair is naturally more dry and it needs extra TLC so the Kerastase Oleo Curl range is an ideal smoothing aid.

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Another Kerastase masque that also gets my vote is the Masque Force Architecte. One of the only treatments around that actually strengthens hair. This is the product for you if you have brittle, very damaged hair with split ends. (And those of you who over colour your hair….you know who you are.) images

L’oreal Professionel have been a firm favorite with all the beauty editors with the relatively new, Mythic Oil masque. With the use of argon oils, avocado, cottonseed and grape-seed your hair is bound to feel amazing.

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As soon as you take the lid off this Davines ‘absolute beautifying conditioner’ you’ll fall in love. The smell is just incredible and it leaves the hair feeling as if it’s been brought back to life.

 


PRO HAIR LIVE


Unfortunately I’m not able to attend Pro Hair Live this year (PHL) which is annoying as it’s definitely one of my favourite industry events.

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Held over two days (23rd & 24th of March) at Manchester Central, this fairly new event in the hairdresser’s calendar isn’t one to miss. Packed full of seminars, shows, demonstrations and exhibitors, this is the place to get all your kit and inspiration for the year ahead.

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In 2013 myself and the The Sally Montague Hair Group Art team, presented our Couture Bridal Collection at the event to an audience of 150 professionals.

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Nicola Shannon, editor of Professional Hair Magazine says “We want to give professional hairdressers the best chance possible to advance their skills and techniques by gaining access to the hairdressing elite and at the same time seeing all the latest innovations in hair care and products.”

 

As far as I know, its the only show where you buy one ticket and it gets you into ALL of the seminars, workshops and shows.

 

A MUST for anyone in our industry and I’m gutted I can’t make it this year.


TREATS ON TRIAL: THE 5 BEST HAIRSPRAYS


Hairspray’s are always difficult to recommend as each person has a different hair type and desired result.

Whether you want your hair to stay in the same place for the next 24 hours like Pat Butcher’s or you still want movement there is a product out there for everyone. I’ve decided to share with you my five favorites in the hope that this may help you when you’re next faced with the challenge of choosing.

IMPORTANT: Hairspray’s come in different forms, a wet hairspray and a dry hairspray. The list below are all dry hairsprays that don’t leave too much residue on the hair. Wet hairsprays coat the hair and are much stronger. Always ask about the hairspray you’re about to purchase.

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Bumble & Bumble ‘Spray De Mode’ is a new entry for me. I’ve only started using it frequently this year but I’m loving the finish it gives on the hair. It’s flexible, has a memory and is great when used with heat.

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ELNETT- The most famous hairspray of all time. Elnett has been around for donkeys years and I don’t think they’ve changed it in a long time either. However I don’t think companies will ever be able to match it’s versatility. The perfect accompaniment to any hair up and a product shelf must have!

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Shu Uemura Art of Hair ‘Sheer Lacquer’ is a beautiful hairspray. It may slightly break the bank but if you’re a hairspray fanatic it’s worth it. It’s lightweight and build-able hold, make it ideal for those of you who still want your hair to feel like hair.

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L’Oreal Professionel’s Infinium is the closest rival to Elnett, without the smell. It’s just the right weight in the hair and allows you to correct mistakes by simply brushing the style out.

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Kerastase are the brand that everyone’s talking about at the moment. I’ve waited years for them to bring out a strong, styling range and they did that alright. Kate Moss is the current face of the brand and it’s selling out like hot cakes. The Laque Couture Hairspray is the best smelling spray out there as well as protecting against UV rays, heat protection, colour protection and anti-fizz.

 


IN THE PRESS…LCT 2014 JUDGES ANNOUNCED


I’m thrilled to announced that L’Oreal Professionel have picked me to judge one of the biggest competitions in the Hairdressing calender; The L’oreal Professionel Colour Trophy.

Judging will take place in locations across the country starting in April and will continue until the Grand Final at the Grosvenor House in June.

Here’s what L’Oreal Professionel had to say on the announcement;

 

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As the competition continues to gain momentum and entries increase by the day, L’Oréal Professionnel release the names of the competition judges for 2014!

Every year the L’Oréal Colour Trophy competition attracts and showcases some of the highest profile award-winning judges in the industry. The list of judges for 2014 does not fail to disappoint. Each stage of the competition will be judged by the Hairdressing Industries most iconic names including, Sibi Bolan from Daniel Hersheson, Nick Malenko from Royston Blythe and Angel Montague-Sayers from the Sally Montague Hair Group.

“It’s an honour to be asked to judge at one of the most long-standing and prestigious awards events in the hairdressing calendar. The L’Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy is the perfect platform for fresh, fashion-focused talent to truly showcase their technical abilities, and I can’t wait to see the creativity that is uncovered at this year’s event.” Angel Montague-Sayers, Artistic Director, Sally Montague Hair Group.

 


KIT BAG ESSENTIALS


I spend so much time testing and trialing new products and kit bag must haves, and I now need to share with you something I couldn’t live without.  Japanese hair pins are the Godfather of all hair pins. I’d recommend all hair stylist’s to buy a pack and I challenge you not to fall in love with them.

They’re super strong and have a corrugated finish which means they stay put in the hair. Some Manufacturer’s get away with making the worst pins that literally disintegrate in your fingers, although these pins aren’t cheap (£29.95) they are definitely worth it.

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TREATS ON TRIAL: KERASTASE ELIXIR ULTIME


 

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Kerastase Elixir Ulitme is the creme de la creme of hair oils and no bathroom cabinet should be without it. It’s multi purpose uses make it ideal for every client and the perk is that each one has a distinct perfume smell, ranging from Tom Ford black orchid to Coco Chanel Mademoiselle, so whats not to love.

Not only is it designed to leave your hair feeling, silky, smooth and smelling delicious but it can also be used as a pre-shampoo hair treatment so it’s a great investment. (it also last’s months)

Kate Moss is the new face of the french brand and as their 50th anniversary they’ve launched their first television campaign.

“As a leading professional hair care brand, supporting our industry is paramount,” says Kenneth Campbell, managing director of L’Oreal Professional Products. “This year, Kerastase celebrates its 50th anniversary and it’s the perfect time to introduce the brand to a wider audience through TV and digital channels with a stunning ad featuring the brand’s muse Kate Moss. We believe advertising like this will raise awareness of the brand and the hairdressing profession and link the consumer to the salon.”

A MUST for all hair types!

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IN THE PRESS….IT GIRL AWARD


I can’t believe it’s been 7 months since my win at the CREATIVE HEAD IT AWARDS & now the next winners will be putting their cases together, ready for the deadline in May.

Since being named ‘THE FASHIONISTA’ back in 2012, I didn’t think it was possible to be successful two years in a row, however winning ‘THE IT GIRL’ award has been sensational and I’ve loved every minute of it (apart from walking into the National History Museum, as I’ve never been so nervous).

 

I’m really looking forward to my 8 page spread in April’s Creative Head Magazine which will show my year so far.

Follow the link to see my advice on entering the biggest competition in the Industry.

 

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Follow this link to see what happened on the night!

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TREATS ON TRIAL: BALMAIN ‘SESSION STYLING LINE’


I’m fortunate enough to try hundreds of hair products, and I’m always on the hunt for the next best spray or the next best hair oil.

When I received a collection of the Balmain Session Styling line, I was instantly in awe. The branding is this same as the famous Parisian design house (They are the same company, this confused me too at first) And because of their simple packaging, they look super chic in my bathroom.

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The Collection boasts a range of just six products, which I like because it proves you don’t have to have a mega line to get great results.

I’m loving the Balmain styling mousse because it has enough hold to give the hair some strength yet when worked in, it doesn’t leave the hair feeling saturated with product.

For best results with this or any mousse, always spray into your hand first (not straight onto the hair) work it in and make sure you apply it evenly all over. This mouse acts as a great foundation and allows you to layer products however you’d like.

People often freak out when the word ‘Mousse’ is used, I think it’s because you instantly think of those 80’s crispy curls, but honestly times moved on and it’s a product I wouldn’t be without.

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