Hair Care


Good morning! I have finally succumbed to loving this weather and I’m now embracing every minute of it! Isn’t it beautiful!?!?

“Never in a month of Sundays”? Umm, it has been sunny for more than a month… So: ‘RIGHT NOW IS a month of SUN DAYS (and then some!)’

Okay, this post has nothing to do with the weather, it’s predominantly on my new Brazilian Blowout… But, also, the weather! Thanks.

It’s apparently going to be record-breaking in Europe. Please enjoy it before #Brexit goes into full effect.

Brazilian blow-dries are a lot like this weather – they’re HOT! *laughs in Brazilian and books flights to do it in Rio*

Procedure: washing hair with cuticle opening shampoo (twice). Then, adding the natural solution/treatment. You then wait 10 minutes for it to soak in and blow-dry it in, then straighten it. After that, you rinse only with water and condition, then blow-dry it again. It’s a three hour process.

So, three hours well spent if I’m going to spend the next four months STILL not brushing my hair.

Anyway, long story longer, I had it done because my mum could not bear me leaving the house without brushing my hair…

Usually, parents have to do that whole Birds & the Bees talk, right?

My mum had nothing to worry about because I’m abstaining and that life chose me until marriage.

But, other lives that chose me were the “not-brush my hair” and “look homeless” ones. I actually sat my mum down at the tender age of 15 to tell her it ain’t happening.

I remember the speech, and she wishes she didn’t… It was and I quote: “mum, some people want to be astronauts, I just don’t want to brush my hair.”

She understood, reluctantly, and then continued to try as she might-ed to keep me strategically placed next to combs and hair brushes. She thought the days when I’d straighten my hair were a revelation, because they were so few and far between.

Brazilian blowdries, for me, just mean I can continue not brushing my hair. I can go four months without brushing AND hearing “can you brush you hair?”, “Do you want a brush?” and “Let me brush your hair!!!”

Why do I not brush my hair? There were 24 hours in a day last time I checked… There are 7 days in a week and four weeks in a month and 12 months in a year. Not one second/minute/hour/month/week/year/leap year/decade/millennium or anything time-related was made for me to pick up a comb and utter the words: “let me use you!” Who do you think I am, the Kings of Leon of hair brushers?

I LOVE Brazilian blow-dries. My USP is to I cut corners where hair brushing is concerned, and this gives me that…

It’s a treatment that straightens, nourishes, and softens the hair, giving it added shine. As I explained briefly, it lasts 4 months (if you only wash it once a week).

Yes, it is dependent on how many times you wash it. This is great because I don’t have to spend my showers washing my hair too! Extra time for me to do NOTHING! Lo’ AND BEHOLD! What a LIFE!

Thanks Jurema for doing my hair and making me look HOME-FULL! I actually look like I live inside of an abode now! My life has changed stratospherically.

My mum and my follicles are eternally grateful. I’m just grateful that I don’t have to hear conversations related to brushing of the hair.

Rating: 5*

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Aloha! Welcome to another post, and this time it’s the turn of a #SponsoredAd! My friends over at Gold Collagen sent me some of their new-ish Gold Collagen HairLift shot supplements to try, but I’ve only got round to trying and reviewing! It has been HELLA busy on my end, my job means I wasn’t able to keep up with my blog until now,,, But I’ve taken a well needed break, and I’ll be using the rest of my break to blog consistently – for now.

What do Gold Collagen say?

Full, vibrant and healthy hair puts an extra spring in your step, wherever you go.
The makers of the UK’s original liquid beauty supplement developed a specific formulation to support healthy hair growth.
It contains Hydrolysed Collagen, Hydrolysed Keratin, Biotin, Amla, Nettle, Rosemary, Pantothenic Acid, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E and more.

  • Nourishes hair from within 1Helps maintain healthy hair 1Helps support skin 2 and nails 3Drink one bottle a day, stop worrying about bad hair days and start turning heads.

First impressions:

I’ve tried Gold Collagen in the past and have always been pleasantly surprised. I’m a regular skin supplement drinker and cannot live without it. But, this isn’t about the skin one, is it? Oh no! This post is strictly about the HairLift and how it turned ‘Mii into Beyonce’s answer to ‘Becky with the Good Hair’ (with a hint of class and decorum).

HairLift is well packaged, like all other Gold Collagen products. Each shot bottle is made of glass and comes packaged inside a white and gold box. It looks very posh, and for the price you’d pay for a 30 Day supply, it’s well worth it.

Second Impressions:

Let’s get down to the taste… Fruity. It tastes delicious, as do all their previous supplements. The thing I love most is that it doesn’t taste medicinal, even though it actually is, (for the hair, skin and nails at least)! That’s right, Gold Collagen’s HairLift has added benefits for skin and nails too, in keeping with with the Gold Collagen brand.

Third Impression:

My hair dared me to try it,  I tried it – and saw results. My curls look bouncier than ever, the overall feel of my hair is softer, and it’s easier to maintain. It also looks glossier too. Honestly, the results post 30 Days are very noticeable. I will be continuing, I’ll be keeping it as part of my morning regimen.

Thanks, Gold Collagen for sending these over, I absolutely LOVED them. I don’t even know why I have to write this, but I’ll do it anyway, these thoughts are 100% my own. This is an honest post.I’ve even posted about their products before, unsponsored. So, THERE!

*link to previous post above*

Cost: £79.98 for a 30-day supply

Rating: 4.5*

I dropped .5 because I think the overall RRP is expensive. However, as I’ve said, the taste, results and packaging are well worth the price.

 

High!

Lo’ and behold that I is back like a composer! #Bach

How you doin’?

Anyway, thanks a lot for still reading what I have to say. It means a lot, and a lot more than you know…

I thought I’d do another review post because I haven’t done one of those in a while, crocs-a-dial!

This time, it’s the turn of Coco & Eve, the hair treatment that has taken Instagram by storm! Yesterday, I tried it and recorded a video of myself applying it [that I will be uploading in full at some point]… But, here is my review, post-experiment/trial.

Things I know/have heard about Coco & Eve: it restores your hair to pre-bleach or heat/pollution damage. It’s meant to put the elasticity and keratin back in the hair, making it stronger, softer and healthier. The transformation videos on Instagram look increds!

Thoughts? I’d pay more than a penny for ‘em…

I cannot believe how it’s turned my hair from homeless to home-full! Literally, I had split ends that could be added to bananas to make a pudding. Now? Gone. My hair looks healthier, shinier and softer. It feels so good!

Packaging? Perfection. Green/teal and white. Bae.

Ingredients? Coconut & Fig. My two fave fruits (apart from mangoes).

How to use? Wash hair with shampoo & confitioner. Towel dry. Dip the brush in the mask pot and comb through. Leave in for 10 mins. Dry with heat appliance. Viola.

The worst thing? I’m pretty sure that I’m allergic to combs/brushes… 😆 and there’s one in the package [which is to be used with the mask], and it’s a good one at that, but still. I don’t like brushes, at all. Reasons? I hate seeing unattached hair. I hate seeing hair in anything such as: drains [post-shower], brushes etc. I avoid that as much as possible! Also, I’d rather use that 10 mins (spent brushing my hair) sleeping or reading.

Right, so, that’s all I have to say about Coco & Eve. Try it for yourself to restore your damaged hair to its former glory.

Love.

Morning! Evening! Afternoon! Dusk! Dawn! Whatever! HELLO!

Today/tonight, I’m reviewing a new, to me, curl primer & serum oil by none other than: Bumble & Bumble!

Obviously, I’ve been able to brush my hair more of late, which is a ‘UUUUUUGE *in Matilda’s dad’s voice* development in follicle proceedings – even if I do say so myself…

So, I’ve been treating my curls to some TLC, because, this year, like the other 25 before it, I’ll probably be my own valentine.

(No, this is not a pity post. I really – at this stage – couldn’t care less; if it happens, great, if it doesn’t, it’s nothing new, y’know?)

Besides, I’d rather be with The One than with several Wrong Ones. Anyway, how the hell did I end up talking about this when I was discussing hair?!

Oh, yeah… Valentine’s Day is coming up, and Rapunzel (who’s famous for her hair) probably celebrated Cupid Appreciation Day with her Prince, (good for her as well).

So, back to Bumble & Bumble… Now that I’ve got my shampoo & conditioner routines sorted, I have to really work on my aftercare regimen… B&B (not a Bed n’ Breakfast) play a ‘UGGGGGGEEEE (there I go again…) part in that!

Packaging:

Pretty and feminine AF, even though I’m pretty sure they’re unisex.

Reasons to love them:

I like to think of them both to be leave-in products as well as pre-style ones. They’re multi purpose, imo…

One’s a spray and the other is an oil/serum.

Changes I’ve seen:

I have noticed that they’ve not just enhance my curls, which is what they claim to do, but given my hair a shine, a volume (extra loud, almost deafening  – think: mega, megaphone) and the look of nourishment.

I mean, it can’t have taken you this long to realise that I am in no way, shape or form an actual beauty blogger, because I chat absolute crap half the time… I cannot, will not and won’t not describe the difference between my belly button and a toe-nail half the time, but my luscious, bouncy, locks?!? Radiant, sublime or whatever the fudge the blogger terminology is… 🙈

In a nutshell, I love both products and will be buying again because they don’t weigh my hair down at all and make it feel and look salon-ready.

Also, although I spent 10 years thinking my hair was permed (fact), and then realising it actually wasn’t… (More on that below…)

I have curly hair, and had never let it grow past a certain length to realise before the age of, I’d like to say 11… I always used to rock a bob, so when it grew to shoulder length, I started to notice the less 50 Shades of Grey kinks and more… Vidal Sassoon ones… It shocked me, hence why I thought my mum’s hairdresser had permed my hair after putting me in the Elderly dryers… 🙈

It took a good few years to realise it’s naturally curled and not chemically so, thank God!

Anti-Humdity Gel Oil:

  • What: This frizz-fighting gelee has the hold of a gel and the hydration of an oil – and unfurls wound-up curls to create glossy, elongated shapes.
  • Why: Our curl-optimising HydraSculpt Blend™, mixed with Brazilian oils, helps create controlled, moisturised curls.

    Who: Ringlets to corkscrews.

    When: On clean, damp curls after using Bb.Curl Pre-Style/Re-Style Primer.

    How: Scrunch throughout hair. Air-dry or diffuse.

    Free of: Alcohol, silicones, parabens, sulphates and phthalates.

This stops me looking like Monica Gellar after she gets off the plane in Barbados. It works, it tames my frizz like a Snake Charmer does a serpent (or … *insert a probably more attractive metaphor here*). Like I said, this one is packaged in a little-ish tub and lasts a while. It dries glossy but not in a greasy, haven’t washed my hair in forever way…

The Pre/Re-Style Primer:

  • What: Detangles and defines on day 1. Refreshes and reshapes on day 2 (and 3 and 4).
  • Why: Our curl-optimising HydraSculpt Blend™, mixed with Brazilian oils, helps create controlled, moisturised curls.

    Who: All curl types.

    When: Before styling or re-styling hair.

    How: Spray onto damp or dry hair. Rake through and style.

    Free of: Alcohol, parabens and phthalates.

This one is a spray… You just spray it, scrunch your hair in your fingers (or use a heated appliance) and it enhances your hair’s curl whilst locking it in place. It keeps the volume and heat-enhanced curls for longer.

Both are great and can be found at Liberty online.

I’ll stop blogging in 5, 4, 3, 2… Juan. WHO DIS?!?

P.S. the wooden giraffe is for display purposes only. I am not selling him (or anything) on a Wowcher and the like, FFS!

GHD V Gold

Hello,

If you follow (or stalk) my inundated Twitter feed (sorry for tweeting so much – not a fan? Mute me.), you’ll know that I discovered how to curl my approximately 4cm long (grown a WHOPPING two since I tweeted) hair follicles using a GHD!

I’m rubbish at anything to do with hair styling… This sort of explains the ‘homeless head of hair look’ (6 and a half days per week) that I rock so well…

So, anyway – as if by magic I turned on my GHD and the rest is ‘kinky’ (the hair type) history!

I remember the moment I discovered this talent well… There I was with my 7 tonne knee – which swelled up like Roald Dahl’s GIANT peach – elevated, wanting something to do… I turned the straighteners on and went at it with my hair (after applying heat-protection spray, #PutSomethingOnTheTopOfIt as the Vidal Sassoon version of Jezza would say).

To be honest, there’s no ‘hocus pocus’ behind it… It’s just literally wrapping my (what seems like) couple of strands around the hot iron and hoping for the best… Upon release-tion, I was left with somewhat curlier hair.

Look, I forgot to mention that my hair is naturally curly, but it’s ‘slept in’ curls. You know when you sleep oddly and wake up with crinkles? Yeah, that. #SexyAF. Marry me, now. Or not. It’s up to you…

Back to my hair, I loved using the iron to curl my hair with.  It’s so much easier than a ting-tong for me tbh. Why? Probably because I honestly thought I was ‘clinically’ double jointed… No, seriously! What I mean is, like it’d never show up in tests but I also can’t hold anothing without looking weird (my opinion, everyone else’s shabillot)… Jheeze, I’m sounding more attractive by the second, aren’t I?!

I’m still unsure how 26 years (in Autumn) later, I’ve yet to be snapped up by an ALLIGATOR or a CROC! Let’s not tempt fate though, before I end up in a Steve Irwin (God rest his soul) situ…

Lord only knows how this post has gone from hair styling to a discussion about amphibians, but it is what is (and it is what it ain’t).

Peace out,

Curl on,

Miams!

P.S. if you thought I was going to give you a walkthrough of how to curl your hair using a GHD,  alI can say is: soz! I don’t have your hair length… I’ve only been awarded my own. Therefore, I can’t tell you how easy it is going to be for you.

Then again, you most probably already know, right? This might be old news… I’m a late developer (in everything). So, you’ve probably just come here to read me taking the piss out of myself. Which, tbh – I don’t blame you. <3

What hair straightener do I use? GHD V Gold Marine Allure, it’s so ALLURING that bae still doesn’t want to know.