4 easy tips to help improve your hair for your wedding!

So today I want to talk about hair care for the lead up to your wedding day. I feel a lot of brides don’t get enough information and are told to concentrate more on the style they want for the day of the wedding. Let’s face it, in an ideal world no bride would ever want dry, brittle, limp or broken hair in her wedding photos.

Okay so let’s get started, although everyone is able to help improve the health of their hair, there are some reasons for it being harder to do this which could be due to medications or health reasons. If this is the case then just try and add these to your routine and hopefully when your health starts to improve you could then see and feel the benefits of making the changes.

1) heat protectors – I find it’s still surprising to this day the amount of people who don’t use heat protectors. Our hair isn’t only effected by our heated electrical but also by weather, air con, heating egg. Using heat protectors will help add a protective layer to your hair that will help relieve some of the stress from everyday lifestyles. It’s up to you which one you choose, I personally use, Matrix biolage heat buffer, Ialso don’t feel any build up or stickiness from this either. Just remember something’s better than nothing!

2) Regular cuts – this is another one people put off. With a wedding coming up, you definitely don’t want any split ends. Not only do they not look good in photos but they also make it harder to style hair as they are stubborn. There is only one way to get rid of split ends and that is to have your hair cut! There is NO magical product to get rid of them! If you leave them to long then your hairdresser will need to take more length off as they will never stop splitting until they are cut off.

3) Hair masks/ conditioning treatments – I’m a huge fan of hair masks, not only do they make your hair feel amazing but it’s like you can have a mini spa treatment weekly! I’m big onmaking your own treatments as well. If you would rather by one then do so but I like making my own as I feel like I’ve accomplished something as well. Here’s one of my favourites which is so simple and cheap.

1 banana

1tbsp of honey

All you need to do is blend them together until you have a perfectly smooth texture. Apply to damp hair and leave 10-20 minutes and rinse. What I love about homemade hair masks is that you know and control all the ingredients.

I will do a blog soon with some of my favourite homemade hair masks.

4) Water temperature – so this may seem an odd one, but there is so many washing their hair in the shower (which is absolutely fine) however the majority of people love a bit shower which again is fine, however when it comes to washing your hair with hot water is a huge no no! It will dull any shine your hair naturally has, it will dry it out and become limp and brittle, especially if your waters hard in your area. When your about to wash your hair, try to change the temperature to a tepid heat to help shine and hydration.

So here are my 4 tips for the run up to your wedding which can be easily added to your hair routine. Try to continue after your wedding as well. There is a lot more you can do to help improve the health of your hair but if you add in to much at a time you will end up getting bored so it’s easier to add little and often.

Let me know how you get on or if you have any questions, please get in contact.

Steph x

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My Top 5 Shampoo & Conditioners of 2017

I wanted to put together my top 5 shampoo and conditioners of 2017 so far. I’m going to do the countdown from number 5.

Lets get started..

5) So at number 5 I have chosen Redken Diamond Oil shampoo and conditioner. I feel these are good value for money, they leave a nice shine on my hair and makes it feel stronger, however it feels as if I get a build up on my scalp and now and again, and so it makes my scalp feel very itchy even if I consciously rinse for longer. The shampoo is £9.55 for a 300ml bottle and the conditioner is £10.55 for a 250ml bottle.

4) TIGI Bedhead Colour Goddess.
So this is definitely my guilty pleasure when it comes to shampoo and conditioners! Possible the best smelling shampoo and conditioner made, EVER! I literally could eat it! it reminds me of salted caramel. My mouths watering now! The other great thing about this shampoo and conditioner is you can buy them in a twin pack for only £19.65! I know right, now that’s value for money! My only problem is with the conditioner, after I’ve washed my hair it doesn’t really feel like I’ve used a conditioner sometimes. I’m gutted about this but this is the reason this is at number 4. You can find this here

 

3) Bumble & Bumble, These products are slowly creeping up my list! My favourite shampoo I have used so far is the Sunday Shampoo. Anyone looking for an extremely cleansing shampoo then this is for you! Your hair literally feels squeaky clean.
My favourite conditioner from Bumble & Bumble is the Super Rich Conditioner. After Using the Sunday Shampoo This is exactly what you need. This leaves your hair feeling velvety soft and is ideal for chemically treated hair.
The only downside to the shampoo and conditions by Bumble & Bumble is that they are pricey. The Sunday Shampoo is £20 for a 250ml bottle and the Super Rich Conditioner is £22 for a 250ml Bottle. Although these are on the more expensive side, I would definitely say give them a go.

2) Matrix Biolage Keratindose Shampoo & Conditioner. I decided to put this shampoo and conditioner at number 2 because at one point when my hair was really quite damaged and dry this worked amazingly! I used this for a good 5-6 months and I found my hairs health had really improved and was a lot stronger. I find Matrix products very well priced! I’m definitely a life long fan! You can find the Keratindose Shampoo for £9.20 for a 250ml bottle and the conditioner for £9.20 for a 200ml bottle.

1) So my favourite shampoo and conditioner and also my go to is Matrix Biolage Colorlast. I think we all have that product we can always rely on and this is mine. I never feel any build up, it always cleanses and conditions my hair so my hair is easy to style after and feels soft to touch and without being fly away. I’m currently growing my colour out (we will see how long that lasts) but when I regularly had my colour done every 4-6 weeks it was the absolute perfect product. It keeps your colour fresh and bright. Basically it does what it says on the packaging! You can get the Colorlast Shampoo for £11.30 for a 400ml bottle (smaller bottles available). You can find the Colorlast Conditioner for £9.20 for a 200ml bottle.

So these have been my top 5 shampoo and conditioners of 2017. You can find all these easily on the internet. However these are all on the Feelunique website.

I hope you enjoyed the countdown and please comment with your favourite shampoos and conditioner, I always like trying something new.

xx

Why hairdressers discourage you from using home colours…

Have you ever visited your stylist and made the confession of using a home colour? Did you see the look of horror on their face? Then see them preparing to give you a lecture…

Well the reason for this isn’t because they’ve felt they missed out on a opportunity to make more money, money wise it’s quite the opposite as a lot of home colours that clients apply themselves who usually have a colour professionally applied unfortunately go wrong and so in turn that clients back in for a colour correction. Colour corrections are not cheap!

So why is it hairdressers hate home colours?

1) Your hairdressers spent a lot of time and effort on your hair and has explained the maintenance and price to keep it looking good… next month a home colours put over it… all that effort and hard work is out the window now. 

2) Seek advice. If you haven’t asked your hairdresser for any advice, then do so, that hairdresser could find a more economical service or a service that takes less time to fit your lifestyle.

3) Sometimes when a client applies a home colour it can feel like a kick in the teeth. Hairdressers have to train and carry on training throughout their career to stay up to date and on trend. 

4) Not taking your stylists advice, are you guilty of this? Home colours these days aren’t that different compared to professional colours. Professional colours are more likely to be healthier for your hair due to the added ingredients and are going to be pre pigmented a lot better for overall coverage. However you cannot perfectly colour match from a cardboard box and a tiny mirror in a shop… it’s a guessing game with what colour your going to end up with really, especially if you haven’t considered your natural depth or the colour you have already applied. Ever ended up with roots lighter or darker than your mid lengths and ends? Then that’s a prime example of a poorly matched colour.

5) Following point 4, sometimes clients think ‘oh it can’t be that hard to apply surely’ well this is when the colour corrections come into effect… it’s one thing matching the colour up and ending up with different bands of colour, but another applying it evenly.. this is a massive issue as this can leave a lot of patches and again banding throughout the hair. If bleach has been used then usually the hair is very over processed and needs to be rescued and rebuilt with a good cut and a course of treatments.

These are just a few reasons I feel that home colours aren’t the best path to take, especially if you love your hair.

Any questions, please ask!

Take care guys

Steph x

Hair care – What you should and need to know!

Hey guys!

This week I’ve put together hair care do’s and don’ts. It’s surprising how often we don’t realise we are doing anything wrong!

Firstly lets start with washing your hair… Simple right?
Yes, once your in the right routine and know the do’s and don’ts.

So when you are about to wash your hair make sure you saturate it, this helps as you wont feel like you need to use as much shampoo, which is more cost effective which in itself is a bonus. You shouldn’t need to use more than a 50p piece of shampoo. If your hair doesn’t lather the first time then rinse and apply the shampoo again.

When shampooing your hair concentrate on the roots and not the ends as the shampoo will run down the hair shafts.
Try using tepid to cool water when your washing your hair as this is a lot kinder. Using really warm to hot water on your hair can end up drying your hair out and end up with breakage and frizz issues. There is no need to wash your hair more than 2-3 times per week. If you wash your hair daily then you are actually stripping all the natural oils out of your hair. Your oil glands then go crazy and try to produce more oil, this then makes you think you need to wash your hair everyday as its feels like it gets greasy so quickly. When this happens its like you need to re-train the oil glands, yes you will have to leave your hair and it will most likely feel greasy to you, but add a day at a time of not washing your hair and stick to it and see how you get on.

Once you have finished shampooing your hair, gently squeeze some of the excess water from your hair. again using about a 50p piece apply conditioner to your mid-lengths and ends only and then rinse well. Conditioner isn’t made for the roots, even if you feel you have a dry scalp. If you do have a dry scalp then try applying oil to your scalp, this could be Aloe Vera oil or Olive Oil. Leave the oil on your scalp for a minimum of 1 hour, if you can leave it over night then great! When you are washing the oil out make sure you rinse really well to avoid any build up on your roots or scalp.

Once you have finished washing your hair, wrap a towel round and pat dry. Do not rub vigorously as you are then asking for frizz and damage to your hair. When the hair is wet it is in it’s most vulnerable state.
When you start detangling your hair do not use a brush, use a wide tooth comb and start from the ends to the mid-lengths then to the roots. To make it easier you could use a leave in conditioner. These are great products, I recommend and use myself, Matrix Keratindose renewal spray. Use this when the hair is wet. You can also use it as a finishing product which I personally don’t, but if you have very dry hair this could benefit you.
lastly apply a heat styler whether your going to use heat on your hair or not as this can help protect against everyday effects such as heating and air conditioning.

Activities and Weather

So lets start with hot weather which most of us love and try to make the most of, especially in the UK! However most of us know that it can also be really damaging to our hair. The heat can end up drying our hair out and make it become extremely brittle, even more so to bleach blondes! So how can we help protect it?
Firstly always use a heat a protector, as I said before, even if you aren’t using any heated tools. This will make sure you have some sort of protection there already.
secondly you can wear a hat, I know some of us don’t like hats due to not feeling they are comfortable or even just not feeling confident wearing them, however these will help to protect your hair and more importantly your scalp!
Thirdly what you can do is leave conditioner or a hair mask in for the day whilst your out in the sun. Yes this doesn’t look attractive but to get around that why not plait your hair and have a loose hair tie in the end so you do not cause damage, stay away from harsh elastic bands as this can cause a lot of tension and end up snapping your hair. If you are at the beach or lounging by the pool on holiday this is a great alternative, as it will leave your hair smooth and silky to go out that evening.
In summer we also use a lot of air conditioning which will eventually dry our hair out, to get around this use a moisturising conditioner, leave in conditioner after just on the mid-lengths and ends and try to do a hair mask once per week.
In winter months going out with wet hair when its really cold can cause damage to your hair, this is because strands will start to freeze and could end up breaking.
In winter months it’s a no brainer, we use a lot of heating.  So just like in summer months this will dry our hair out. Sometimes you will notice more in winter that your hair is drier due to the amount of heating we use, so it’s essential to do a weekly hair mask, I personally use Matrix hot oil treatments. Use a shampoo and conditioner to fit your needs whether that is to moisturise, retain your colour, repair damage etc. Always use heat protectors as well.

Moving on to activities. We always like to tie our hair up whether we are doing sports, cleaning etc. Now this is where a lot of people go wrong. Firstly never and I mean never put your hair up when its wet, as I said before this is when your hair is in it’s most vulnerable and weakest state and so the odds of your hair breaking are extremely high. If you must put your hair up, try to braid your hair and use a loose tie on the ends.
However even when your hair is dry and you tie your hair up this can potentially cause breakage. This is due to always tying your hair in the same position over and over and so its the same area that continually has that tension and over time can cause frizz and breakage. so make sure you change the position of your hair style regularly. Ideally with a pony tail you want to keep it low to avoid tension.
Chlorine is another big issue when it comes to the health of your hair! Obviously we aren’t going to stop swimming or going in the pool, so what we can do to help protect our hair is to saturate it in the shower prior to swimming as this will swell the hair with water rather than chlorine which will help. Once your finished in the pool rinse your hair straight away and then shampoo and condition your hair as usual.

Regular trims

Okay so I want to clear this up. Some people feel that going for a trim is not necessary, a waste of time and money… No, this is definitely not the case, if you want healthy hair whether it’s long or short it is vital to have regular trims. Your stylist isn’t encouraging you so they can take your money or keep their books filled, they know in a couple of months down the line you will come in and need a lot more cut off than you would have if you had kept up your regular trims. Trimming your hair will encourage your hair to grow as it is keeping it healthy, upkeep is key!
another aspect I would like to clear up, there are NO products that will get rid off your split ends, once they are there then they are there to stay until you have them cut off even if the product makes your hair feel amazing, they are still there!

Diet

A healthy diet is win win when it comes to your body and hair. This is where a lot of people struggle, especially with fast paced lifestyles. Imagine continually eating junk food, now imagine what your skin would be like.. Not nice right? well your hair is effected in the same way. If your body isn’t getting the right nutrients then it will suffer as will your hair.
Your hair flourishes with Omega 3, Vit C, Vit A, Zinc, iron and protein, this give the hair shine, strength and oil production to keep the hair healthy.
Adding daily supplements will really help over time.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this piece on hair care, feel free to comment or add any tips that you have.

Steph x

 

Literal cut crease!

So everyone’s living a cut crease! You can even incorporate it into a Halloween outfit now and it’s super easy! Here’s how!

Start by lining your crease, I used a red lip liner as the overall colour is going to be red. 

Next fill the crease with blood paste and also normal blood. A very thin brush I found the easiest for this application.

And your done! So easy!!

Hope you all enjoyed this!

Xx

Amputated Stitched Wrist

What you will need 

  • Brushes 
  • Liner pencil in black and white
  • Collodion (do a patch test) I used Kryolans.
  • Body paints in red and black – I used my Supracolour Palette by Kryolan.
  • Cotton cut into about 2cm pieces.
  • Blood – I used Grimmas.
  • Blood paste – I used Grimmas blood paste.
  • Spirit gum or DUO glue (do a patch test) – I used Mehrons spirit gum.
  • Tweezers 

Start by marking out where your severed wound will be with the white liner pencil so you know where you will be working.

Next your going to use Collodion where you have marked your wound. I ended up using 3 layers, wait for it to dry before building the layers.

Once the layers are dry start filling in the wound. I started by mixing the red and black body paint from my Kryolan Supracolour Palette and placed it along the middle of my wound to add depth. Then bring just the red paint up along the edges of the wound. Next using your black liner pencil draw in where the stitches are going to be.

Now you need to place your stitches on. I put spirit gum on each dot and placed the cotton on in crosses with tweezers. Let the spirit gum dry.

To do the finishing touches you need to add blood paste to each stitch that is sewn into the skin, then add blood to the wound and carefully spread with a small brush.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions please get in touch.

Have a great week!

Xx

Tutorial – sfx Stitched Scars

What you will need

  • Liquid latex – I used Kryolans (Please Test That you aren’t allergic to liquid latex before using it. Test on a little patch of skin, leave for at least 24hrs) 
  • Nail art spotter – Random one I keep for sfx work.
  • Body paints – The first colour needs to be one or two shades lighter than your skin tone and then the second colour needs to be red. I used my Kryolan Supracolour Palette.
  • Translucent setting powder – I used Kryolans.
  • Small make-up brushes – I use cheaper brushes for SFX work as these can easily get ruined.
  • Palette or cardboard to have your liquid latex on.

To start with make sure the area your working on is clean and dry. Pour a little bit of liquid latex on to your palette or whatever you maybe using as a palette.  Using the nail art dotter, dip it into the liquid latex and start drawing out the scars, let the first layer dry and do one or two extra layers to help raise the scar.

TIP – Keep wiping the dotter as the latex will dry on the end which in turn will make you end up blobbing the liquid latex and ruin the design of your scar.

Next blot with some powder, this will make the scar look matte. Then start adding some depth and definition with your two colours. Firstly start with the light skin tone colour on the actual scar. Only use a little bit at a time and I mean a dot of colour at a time as you can easily go over the top. As you add a dot of colour, blend straight away with your finger using a tapping motion. Next you need to do the same with the red but on the outside of the scar to add trauma and swelling.

In the photo above you can see my second scar has red dots on the outside, I just wanted to show you this as some of the larger dots were just to much, so really keep them small.

Lastly blend the colours well, use a blending brush if you find this easier and then set with some translucent setting powder.

Quick and easy stitched scars. 

I hope you liked this tutorial. If you choose to try this yourself I’d love to see your final results!

Xx

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