About Love Scarlett..

Photography - http://www.lisajane-photography.com/  Hair - http://www.smoothyou.co.uk/index.html Headpiece - http://www.dcbouquets.co.uk/

Photography – Lisa Jane
Make-up – Me
Hair – Smooth You
Headpiece – DC Bouquets

Penny from Tigerlily Weddings had a dream.  She wanted to create a platform to showcase the best of UK’s talent in the wedding industry and beyond. After months and months of hard work, her efforts has paid off, and Love Scarlett was born.

Love Scarlett is a beautifully designed online journal, featuring a team of people, including fitness instructors, sommeliers, photographers, DJs, and hair and make-up artists, to name a few.  By letting the normally ‘behind-the-scenes’ wedding suppliers have a platform, Love Scarlett aims to educate and enlighten people, whether they’re getting married, or just want to be inspired.

I’m proud to be one of the partners, you could view some of my work on the journal here, here, and here.  I will also be doing more how-to’s, shoots and events with the team, including workshops, so keep an eye out for them!

I hope that Love Scarlett will inspire you as much as it inspires me.  I’m looking forward to watching this precious flower grow.

Love Scarlett Website // Love Scarlett Twitter // Love Scarlett Facebook

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BLOWDRYING 101 – Part One

 

Further to my ‘How to make the best of your hair’ posts, I wanted to go into more detail, explaining how to do a salon-quality va-va-voom blowdry.

Often, it could just be one or two things that you might not do at the moment that will make a world of difference!

Starting at the basics:

TOOLS

Elbie van Eeden

1. Hairdryer:  A good quality hairdryer is going to make a LOT of difference.  I use hairstylist favourite, Parlux 3500 Compact.  Although it’s one of their lighter models, it’s still pretty heavy to do a  blowdry if you’ve got loads of hair.  You could also look at Diva hairdryers, or trusty Babyliss.

2. Nozzle:  That little pointed attachment you got with your hairdryer? Hope you kept it! This is almost as important as your hairdryer itself.  Frizzy hair will greatly benefit from using one.  If you don’t use a nozzle, the dryer will blow your hair all over the place, and open the cuticle (the outer surface of your hair) making the hair appear even more frizzy.  A nozzle will help you direct the airflow along the length of the hair from roots to ends to smooth the cuticle, create more shine and give hold to the hairstyle.

3. Hair sectioning clips:  You could get these from most beauty supply stores. Crocodile clips work well if you have a lot of hair.  As soon as you start sectioning your hair in smaller  pieces to blowdry, you’ll have much more control.  You will also end up saving time in the long run.

3.  Brushes:

  • Tangle Teezer:  Believe the hype.  This will brush through your hair painlessly, getting rid of knots and cause less breakage in the long run.  Use on wet or dry hair.
  • Basic Round Brush: This versatile brush works best to manipulate hair, to create volume and movement/loose curls.  Choose one with a heat-retaining barrel to help with keeping the desired shape.  I use these ones from Denman.  I like having a little bit of weight in my handle, I feel that it gives me more control when blowdrying.  Vary the size of the brush head depending on how much hair you are working with and how loose or tight you want the volume/curl.
  • Boar Bristle Brush: Whether you’re using it to create a sleek ponytail, or to blowdry, the densely packed bristles of a boar brush are great for smoothing hair.  This brush is great for blowdrying hair straight, as it smooths and straightens at the same time.

4.  Hair product:  Not everyone agrees with me, but I still insist on using some kind of heat protection in your hair before you use any heat.  You wouldn’t (well, shouldn’t!) lie in the sun without sunscreen, would you?

Some of my favourites (although these change!)

  • For smooth locks:  Kérastase Oléo-Relax - Trust me on this one.  a little goes a LONG way.
  • For mega volume:  Redken Guts 10 Spray Foam - Spray the mousse directly on your roots, no mess = genius!
  • For everyday heat protection:  Redken Satinwear 02 – a non-oily heat protectant, especially good because it won’t make you feel like you have ‘product’ in your hair.

I hope that this inspires you to look through your existing tools, and possibly invest in a few new ones to make your life easier.  I will go into more detail as the series continues, but feel free to let me know in the comments what your go-to hair tools are!

 

Time for a change?

*EDIT* – The promotion is now extended until the end of March, if you book to have a cut and colour done during weekdays between 9:00 and 16:00 you’ll still get 15% off!

 

Some of you might already know that apart from doing make-up and hair for shoots and weddings, I’m also a fully qualified hairstylist and colourist!  I’ve started my career training to be a salon stylist, and have been doing hair for the last 10 years.  I love a challenge, and my clients range from having chic highlighted bobs, to rainbow hair (I’m looking at you, Mrs Rock ‘n Roll Bride!)

I’ve added a price list below, and today I’d like to offer a 15% discount in Jan/Feb if you have a cut AND colour done (includes highlights).  Spaces are limited.  Based in South East London.

For more information, please email me at: info(at)elbievaneeden(dot)com

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Fried Hair.. Now what?

Whether you’ve been toying with the ombre trend, been a devoted bleach bunny, or dappled with pastel tones, you probably have noticed how your hair has started to become a bit brittle. This could range from being slightly dry, to completely snapping off (what we refer to as a chemical cut!)  Obviously you would like to try to avoid any breakage and damage, so I would like to share a few tips and tricks!

  • ALWAYS go to a professional to have bleach done.  This almost goes without saying, but I can’t recall the amount of times I had a client in my chair on a Monday morning with patchy, frizzled, orange and yellow hair that a friend has done on a whim, and has ended up in a lot of tears!
  • When considering a make-over, be open to set up a plan with your stylist.  The colour you have in mind might not be advisable to do in one visit, so when you work with a plan, going to the salon every 6 weeks, lightening your hair gradually, you’ll leave the salon with healthier hair, toning down the unwanted ‘inbetween’ colours. It’s so important to have a good relationship with your stylist, so make sure that you’re both on the same page!
  • Bleaching will dramatically alter the structure of your hair.  Without being too scientific, I will try to explain it like this:  Hair consists mainly of proteins.  Once you start chemically altering your hair, the proteins break down.  That’s what makes the hair sensitised and brittle.  I swear by using Redken’s CAT treatment before the bleach treatments (you could start a few weeks before you see your stylist), spraying it on your hair before bleach is applied, and then using it as an aftercare product.  Use this product 1 – 2 times a week, depending on the condition, after shampooing, but before conditioning.  What makes this product work, is that it prevents the hair from forming cysteic acid, which causes the hair to feel like bungee cord when wet.
  • You could also get a protein overdose, so alternate with a moisturising treatment to get the balance right.  Try using Redken’s All Soft Heavy Cream once a week, instead of your conditioner.  A little goes a long way, you’ll only need the size of a 20p coin for thick shoulder-length hair.
  • Take it easy on heat styling.  Give your hair a break over weekends, and ALWAYS use a heat protection product before using any heated appliance, whether it’s a hairdryer or a styling iron.
  • Go for regular cuts. If you’d like to maintain your length, let the stylist know, but also know that if you have damaged ends, you will need to have a good trim. (I’ve once had a client asking me to remove ‘half the damage’?!?!) Your hair will grow, and isn’t better to have healthy shorter hair than have long, wiry ends?

Everyone’s hair is different, and reacts different to products, so I’ll also recommend the following treatments:

I really hope that this has helped some of you!  I’m considering making these blogposts a regular feature, so if you’d like any questions answered, please leave a comment below, and I might use it in a future post!

Kryolan Relaunch – Chemistry Centre

Last week I got asked to do a last minute booking – super stylist Joey Bevan needed a hairstylist for a major relaunch for international make-up brand, Kryolan.  I’ve been planning to go this event with my dear friend, (and fellow make-up geek!) Ana, in anyway, and it was because of her that I actually ended up doing the hair for the event, under Joey’s watchful eye!

The event was held at the Chemistry Centre in Burlington House, which tied in perfectly with Kryolan’s strap line, Make-up is a Science.

The launch had 6 key looks, using Kryolan’s amazing products, and the make-up looks were truly extraordinary!  The looks were Beauty, Theatre, Body Art, Cinema, Special FX and Fashion.

For the official photos, please have a look HERE

I’ve had a brilliant time playing with Annabelle’s Wigs, using them for volume, length, a colour change for one of the models, and a winge (fake fringe!!)

For the fashion look, I’ve made a hair bow using the model’s natural hair.

For the body paint model, the whole head was covered with silver pin curl grips (in this picture, it’s still unfinished) This was to complement the futuristic feel of the body paint (which included a Kryolan QR Code!)

For the cinema look, inspired by Audrey Hepburn,  I’ve had to use quite a few hairpieces, including a fake fringe, as the model’s hair was much lighter than the colour we wanted.  Isn’t she gorgeous!

For the theatre look, I’ve tonged the model’s hair, then used a wig to bulk out her own hair.  I then used some of Annabelle’s Wigs Clip in Extensions to bulk out her hair even more, and to add more length.  The look was finished by spraying Kryolan’s white hairspray at the roots.

The beauty model’s hair was set to acheive big curls, then we used TWO of Annabelle’s Wigs 3/4 wigs to boost her hair.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a good picture of the special fx models, but you could have a look at the inspiration here.

ABOUT THE EVENT:

I’ve been using Kryolan since I’ve starting playing with make-up, and I was so excited to hear that they have revamped the range!!  I’ve been so inspired by the brand video, which you can see here.  It’s a short film to show the heritage of the family-owned brand, and you’d even be able to see how they manufacture some of their products!

The key products of the range for me are the following -

Lipstick in LC334 – This bright orangey-pink lipcolour feels really moisturising on the lips, and it’s a surprisingly wearable shade given how bright it looks in the tube.

Shimmering Vision Palette - I just HAD to invest in this for my kit!!  Gorgeous cream colours that blend like a dream, can’t wait to use this in shoots!

Make-up Blend:  Created to be mixed with cream make-up to make it smooth or dilute, whether it’s foundation or lipstick, this little bottle of wonder is set to be a kit staple now.

Eye Shadow Primer:  A tiny drop blended across your lids is all you need for eyeshadow to stay put, without any creasing.

All of these products will be available at the new look Charles Fox in Covent Garden, London.  I’ve paid them a visit yesterday, and it really is a make-up junkie’s dream!!

DIY: Cacharel-inspired coloured bobby pins

The weather in London has started to turn gloomy, so I thought what better way to spruce up a dark winter’s day than some colourful hair accessories?  I first spotted the look on Cacharel’s a/w 2012 catwalk, and thought that it would make for a great diy, using things that you most probably already have lying around your house!

You will need:

How To:

  • Fold the piece of card in half, then fold both sides back, forming a zig-zag shape. Position it so the middle part stays upright.  This is to make it easier to paint, and to prevent the grips from sticking together when it’s painted.
  • Push the grips halfway across the folded card (see picture)
  • Paint both sides of the grips with your chosen colour. Do two or more coats, but wait until each coat is dry before you do a next one.
  • TADAA!!!

This tutorial is so ridiculously easy, and it’s a quick and cheap way of changing things up a bit.  Have fun with it, paint it with glitter varnish or varied colours!  This is also ideal if you’re growing out a fringe, to keep your hair out of your eyes during the ‘inbetween’ stage.

Have you tried making any fashion-week inspired accessories yet?  Would love to see your versions!!

Wonderland Announcement!!

I’m happy to announce that selected work from the Wonderland series will be exhibited at three venues in the near future!!  For those of you who have been following the series, created by my dear friend and photographer/designer/magic-maker Kirsty Mitchell, and me doing the hair and make-up, this is an opportunity for you to view the images in limited edition size!

I do have to stress that this is not the final Wonderland exhibition, and that as soon as we’ve finished with the entire series, it will be exhibited as a whole.

Two of the exhibitions will be in London, the other in Korea.  The details are as follows:

SW1 GALLERY – September 11th – 15th

This will be Kirsty’s first solo exhibition, and selected Wonderland pieces will be on show.  Please view SW1′s website for more details.

QUAGLINO’S - September 19th – November 13th

Wonderland will take over Quaglino’s restaurant in Mayfair for about two months!!!

ULSAN INTERNATIONAL – 30th August – 6th September, Korea

Kirsty have been selected as 1 of 16 international artists to be showcased at the Ulsan International Photography Festival in Korea.  The following Wonderland prints will be exhibited: “The Queen’s Armada”, “Gammelyn’s Daughter” and “The Lavender Princess”.  Other artists include Oleg Dou, Gao Brothers and Thomas Devaux.

For more up-to-date news, please follow Kirsty’s Facebook page.

I would definitely urge you to see the works in print, that way you could appreciate the  true detail that has gone into each and every picture.  When I saw some of the big sized prints at the Karen Millen installation a couple of months ago, it was as if I’ve seen the images for the first time, they really come alive in print!!

I’m hoping to see some of you there!!

How To: Clean your make-up brushes

Nowadays we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to make-up brushes.. You don’t need to be a make-up artist to be able to be able to acquire a decent set of brushes.  And while I’m on the subject, I have to mention a fave (and not extortionate) brush collection in my kit – Samantha Chapman (of pixiwoo‘s)  Real Techniques, now available at some of the larger Boots.

So… when was the last time you properly cleaned your brushes?  Does the bristles resemble the hair of a wet dog, perhaps?  As you could imagine, dirty brushes will harbour bacteria, and why would you like to spread those nasties across your face again and again? Here are a few tips on how to care for your brushes.

Try to deep clean your brushes once a week, but quick clean it at least every 2-3 days. Eyeliner brushes should be cleaned after every single use.

Deep Clean

  • Wet your brushes, pour a little mild shampoo into your palm, gently swivel the brush around to soak up the shampoo.  Set this brush apart, and do this with all your brushes.
  • When all your brushes have been shampooed, start rinsing them under lukewarm running water, swiveling it in your palm again to get rid of the soap.  Make sure that ALL the soap has been rinsed out properly!  Do not tug at the bristles.
  • Gently squeeze the brushes with a paper towel to get rid of excess moisture, and shape the bristles with your fingers.  Try to taper the bristles so that they dry in their original shape, you don’t want them to be splayed when they dry, as this will eventually ruin the shape.
  • I like to dry my brushes overnight in an airing cupboard, but you could place them on a towel on a table.  I find it best to leave the bristles ‘overhanging’ the table, so that they could retain their shapes.
  • Do not dry your brushes upright – all the water would stay in the ferrule (the part of a paint brush that holds the hairs onto the handle) and this could loosen the glue holding the brush together.
  • You could also look at THIS VIDEO for other tips on how to dry your brushes.

(as a side note – if your brushes are extremely clogged, especially foundation brushes, use anti-bacterial dishwashing soap in the same way, then follow up with a shampoo cleanse.  This is not recommended for everyday use, as this could damage your brushes with continued use, but it is pretty effective. If this doesn’t clean it properly, it’s time to buy new brushes.  And get into a routine ASAP!)

 

Quick Clean (Spot Cleaning)

  • Use a conditioning brush cleanser.  I love Beauty So Clean, I find the spray quite handy when I’m on set, and it does its job pretty well.
  • Spray one or two spritzes on either side of the brush, and wipe the brush on a kitchen towel.  Remember to be gentle with your brushes!!
  • The cleaned brushes will dry within seconds, so you’re good to go.

You will soon find that with your brushes being cleaner, apart the hygienic benefits, your make-up will also apply better.  I hope that this has inspired a few of you to look after your brushes!

How do YOU take care of your brushes?

How to make the best out of your hair – Part Two

It’s about time I update my hair how-to series, and following up on my ‘how to wash your hair‘ post I thought it would be good to move on the next step – styling your hair.

I intend to do a series of tutorials on more intricate styling soon, but for now, let’s stick to the basics – the basic blowdry.  The techniques you use will all depend on your hair texture, how much hair you have, etc.  Like my first post, a lot of it is pretty self-explanatory, but I’m hoping that some of you might get a few tips from this!

THE BASIC BLOWDRY

ALWAYS use a heat protecting serum.  There are a lot of products out there that don’t feel like ‘product’ on your hair once it’s dried, a fave of mine is Redken Anti-snap.  It doesn’t have a hold factor to it, but your locks will thank you for it!!  Then, use a smoothing balm/volumiser if you like.  This will depend on your hair, and the end result you want.

Volume

Work a bit of volumiser in with your fingers, concentrating on the roots.  Start drying your hair, tip your head upside down for even more volume.  ALWAYS point the hairdryer’s nozzle in the direction of the hairgrowth to smooth the cuticle.  If you aim in the opposite way, your hair will have a lot of frizz.  Use your fingers as a brush, and pull your hair up and out for maximum volume. Dry your hair this way this way until it’s about 60 – 70% dry, then section it off in sections the size of your brush, starting from ear to ear (any bigger and you’ll lose tension in your hair)

Blowdry by placing a round brush underneath each section, lifting the hair as you rotate the brush.  The hair dryer should be drying from above the section, facing downwards, and not touching the hair.  (Quick tip:  for even more volume, blowdry the roots of the whole section you separated first, let it cool down properly, and only then carry on to the ends, pointing the nozzle downwards, smoothing the hair as you dry.)  Make sure you keep a lot of tension in the hair with the brush, lifting the brush upwards and outwards.  Repeat this action a few times.

For curled-in ends, leave the brush to cool facing downwards, with your hair spiralled around it.  For a flicked effect,  leave the brush to cool down facing upwards.  For a more tousled look, let your brush face sideways to cool down, alternating sides with each section.  The cooling down stage is almost more important than the blowdrying stage, as it sets the hair.

When you get to the top, and you want even more volume, do the same as before, and instead of leaving the hair to cool down around the brush, take the hair out of the brush and wind it around big velcro rollers like these, making sure the ends are smooth, and not buckled.  Leave this in for about 5 – 10 minutes.  Spritz your hair with a little bit of hairspray, remove the rollers, tip your head upside down again, switch your hair dryer to a cool setting, and shake out your hair using your fingers whilst setting it with a cool shot of air.  Flip your head back up again and finish with a bit of hairspray.

Smooth

If you have super curly hair, it will be easier to start blowdrying when your hair is wet, rather than rough-drying it first.  Comb a little bit of smoothing balm through your hair, making sure put some of the product in your hairline if you have frizzy bits.  Section off your hair in small sections, starting from the back.  Instead of placing the brush underneath the hair like before, place the brush on top of the hair, securing the hair underneath with your thumb.  Again, the roots are the most important aspect.  If your roots are smooth, the rest will fall into place easier.

To straighten curly hair, you have to keep tension in the hair to smooth it.    Use your thumb on the hand that’s holding the brush to keep the tension.  If you want minimum volume, instead of lifting the hair, keep on pushing it down.  Blowdry each section, keeping the nozzle in a downward direction.  With the midlengths and ends, use a combination of holding the brush above the hair and underneath it to smooth it, keeping the dryer nozzle facing downwards.   Then, if you want the ends straight instead of curly, keep on rolling the ends as if you want to curl it, but pull it down instead of letting it set in a curl.  Smooth your hair with a drop of anti-frizz serum.

Fringe

If you have a full fringe, start your blowdry by drying this first.  After you’ve applied your chosen heat protectant, section off your fringe.  If you want a natural-looking fringe (not too curled under, not too straight) try these tricks:  Using a paddle brush, shift your fringe to one side.  Start blowdrying, positioning the hair dryer nozzle in the direction you’re brushing it.  Then alternate it so you brush and dry it in the opposite direction.  Focus on the roots as you’re doing this. When the roots are dry, section your fringe in two sections, and quickly blowdry the underneath section with a large round brush.  Try not to lift it too much, otherwise you’ll get too much volume.  Repeat this step with the top section.

I hope these tips have helped a few of you, feel free to add your favourite tips in the comments section below!

How to make the best out of your hair – Part One

I have originally intended to write only one post on hair products, hair issues, and basically how to make the best out of your hair.  After a quick survey on twitter, I’ve been bombarded by hair problems that made me realise that I’d have to do more than one post (in fear of boring you to death by squeezing it all into one!)  So without further ado, here’s part one.

BACK TO BASICS – HOW TO WASH YOUR HAIR

(You could stop giggling now, you’d be surprised at how many people still don’t do it right!)

Step 1 – Wet hair (I’m cringing because it’s so obvious!!)  The water temperature should not be too hot.  ALWAYS try to use a shower head, you’ll struggle to get your hair squeaky clean washing your hair in a bath.  (Bad hair day cause  #1!)

Step 2 – Pour a SMALL amount (50p size for medium length) of shampoo in to your palm, work it through your hands like a moisturiser, then apply it EVENLY through your hair and scalp, using your fingers to work it through in circular motions.

Step 3 – Rinse, and repeat step 2.  This is important – the first shampoo gets the dirt out, the second wash makes the shampoo’s active ingredients work.  You’ll also notice that if you use small amounts twice, you’ll do better than using one big blob.

Step 4 – Rinse, and TOWEL DRY your hair by blotting – not rubbing – with a towel.  This step is often left out, but you’ll notice the difference, as the conditioner will now be less diluted when applies.

Step 5 – Work a small amount (£1 size for medium length hair) of conditioner through your hands, and apply it to the midlengths and ends ONLY.  Your scalp produces its own oils, what I normally suggest to clients is to apply conditioner on the ‘ponytail’ part of the hair.  You might see a massive change in flat hair if you do it this way!  You could also gently run a comb through your hair, as the conditioner will make it easier to comb.  Try to leave it on for a few minutes.  This would also be the time you would use a hair mask/treatment once a week, or as suggested by your stylist.

Step 6 – Rinse out thoroughly, until you feel that squeaky clean feeling.  Try to do the final rinse with cooler water for extra shine.  Then towel dry again by blotting your hair with a towel.  For longer hair, try gently squeezing the hair with the towel.  I flinch whenever I see people vigorously rubbing their hair!  Your hair is at its most vulnerable when it’s wet, and rubbing it is just going to damage it.

It sounds like a lot of effort, but soon it will become second nature.  I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences after trying this!

Now I need your input.  Feel free to comment on topics you’d like me to blog about.  I’m planning to cover common problems, styling tips, product suggestions, but it’s great to hear what people really struggle with!