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!!