My favourite haircare tips and tricks

Hellooo everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful xmas and a great start to the new year. Wow, I cant believe we are in 2017 i really dont know where the last year has gone!

January is always a good time I feel for a new style, whether that be a new wardrobe or in my case wanting a new hairstyle. This week inthought I would share with you this month little tips and tricks for better hair which i have been using lately. Some of the tips are things that I always used to do, but sometimes when life gets busy my hair is usually the first thing that I start to neglect.

After getting my hair chopped considerably shorter in october im now ready to go back to longer locks. I really miss having long hair; its used to be very low maintenance! Most days I could get away with just leaving it as it is in the morning, something ive found I cant do with shorter hair. So ive decided to back to long waves (this time I wont be straightening as much!) once its gone past shoulder length. What I don’t want to go back to is having limp flat hair with no shine, so ive started doing the following things now so that it grows in a healthy way (im also hoping that using this tips will make it grow faster too, but that might be wishful thinking!

Hair oil

Just a selection of my much loved hair oils


Tip #1 change your shampoo if your current one isnt working well

Shampoo should never leave your scalp or hair greasy or dry. I (for many many years) have used and really like Tigi shampoos but using any shampoo for a considerable amount of time without changing could leave my hair feeling greasy and a bit static after a while. So now and again I really believe in switching shampoos and just trying a new one.  I started  using an Andrew Barton one i had in my bathroom cupboard and my hair now feels back to normal and has a bit more bounce.

Tip #2 change the WAY you wash your hair

I am a firm believer of the double rinse technique. I use a tiny amount of shampoo first to get the dirt/grease out and a second shampoo rinse to actually wash my hair. I feel this works for me for cleaner hair which makes it easier to handle and blowdry. There is a reason why all the top salons use this technique and its because it really does work to make hair feel like its just had a salon treatment!

Tip #3 If you suffer from frizzy or dry / course hair as i do, use extra conditioner

I now use double the amount of conditioner on the tips and length of my hair, and since doing this my hair has been far less frizzy. I don’t know about you guys but my shampoo always seems to finish a lot quicker than my conditioner, and therefore I just started using more conditioner. Since i’ve done this my hair tips are shinier and more manageable. I wouldn’t consider using more at the roots though as i would probably get oily hair.  I’ve also been using a hair reconstructor called aphogee 2 minute reconstructor which works wonders! I read up on effective reconstructors and found this had really good reviews so decided to try it, and so far so good. This conditioner is often used on ethnic hair to tame hair thats thick, frizzy or course.It is made up of Keratin and seems to really work to mend and make hair feel stronger.   I try to leave my conditioner in for a bit longer on occasions (when I can!) but this doesnt always work out with a toddler in the house!

Tip #4 ive always said it and ill say it again – oil oil oil!!

Use oil overnight, or for 1 hr if that’s all you can spare! I use castor oil, coconut oil and amla oil. I have plenty of oils at home for hair, argan oil is another favorite. I also use Loreol Elvive Extraordinary Oil in wet and dry hair as it doesnt leave it greasy and helps greatly with split ends. I just LOVE OIL. I can write a post just on  the benefits of oils and in future I will!  Many old wives tales believe that using castor oil make hair grow not only faster but thicker too. Scientifically this has show to be true, with many women now using it to regrow overplucked eyebrows and make eyebrows thicker! I use organic castor oil as a conditioning overnight treatment. 

Tip #5 last but not least try drying your hair with a tshirt instead of a towel

An oldy but a goody,  a close friend of mine has always done this and says her hair is always smoother when dried with a tshirt or an old cotton pillowcase (any similar fabric will do). It works for me and I will carry on using this method.  I am not sure how true this one is and it is considered a myth so i would be really interested to hear if drying with a Tshirt works for you?  and have you noticed any difference!?

So those are the top 5 ways ive been trying to keep my hair healthy which have worked for me so far. As to making it grow any faster only time will tell but ill sure keep you posted!!

I am always interested to hear of any haircare trick and tips to make hair stronger or grow longer so feel free to share and comment.

See u next time xxxoooxxx ❤️

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My favourite skin hair and makeup tips

A few years ago I enrolled on a make-up course where I picked up the following tips:

Smooth makeup always starts with soft skin. Keep skin makeup ready by using a cleanser and muslin cloth instead of a face wash. This method of cleansing keeps skin exfoliated everyday as the muslin cloths clears deadskin, and cream cleanser doesnt dry out skin and disrupt the PH level of the skin.

If you have uneven skin tone and want a quick fix without using makeup; or if you are not planning on wearing make up but are popping out of the house and would like to look a bit more awake, use a good CC cream or skin tone perfector cream.

Use a good base/skin perfector when going to parties- or anywhere where you will be snapped! There are loads of products that claim to make skin clearer such as Smashbox Photofinish, Mac Spotlight, but my favourite is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. It really does work in pictures.

If theres one skin care product to invest in, I think the most important is a good night cream. Secondly go for a good day cream which has an SPF of at least 15, and added anti-oxidants. Boots time delay do some really good ones for the price.

When choosing a concealer, many makeup artists suggest going for one shade lighter than your actual skin colour. I would disagree here and would say you need to get an exact match. No lighter or darker than your skin colour, try to find one that matches completely (well as close as you can get). One way of testing this is to apply to skin and wait a few seconds, once it has sunk in or dried a little it should not be too different to your skin colour. Then it can just be blended in on the edges.

A top makeup artist tip when applying eye liner is to always line the inner rim of the top eye lid. This makes eyes stand out more and makes lashes look thicker also. If you have dark circles or small eyes, do not line the bottom eyelid as this will just make eyes look smaller and make dark circles more noticable.

Hair

If you’re like me and use a dryer everytime you wash, invest in a good hairdryer. For me, a good hairdryer is one that is ionic. These keep hair frizz-free and in better condition that normal hairdryers. Also go for one that dries in the fastest time to limit hair damage.

If your hair needs washing and you will be tying it up, apply a bit of oil on the ends. Good ones to use are coconut, argan or almond, But almost any oil applied will stop split ends from forming allowing hair to grow longer quicker, and look healthier. No one would notice you have oil in your hair if its ties up and applied to ends only!.

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Favourite Avon Products

avon supershock gel eyeliner pencilavon advanced techniques moroccan argan oil shampooavon supershock gel eyeliner pencil

Hello there peeps!!!!

Avon has to be one brand that produces some of my favourite products. I recently just realised that I was running low on my all time favourite shampoo and one that I always end up going back to. Now this shampoo is relatively new and was launched by Avon not so long ago. It is from the advances techniques range and is called Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo. I buy this in bulk when It’s on offer and ridiculously cheap. (I have even got this for £1.60 for 400ml!!). 400 ml bottles last me ages, especially because with this shampoo you only need the tiniest amount, and it foams up really well. This shampoo is the best for curly, frizzy and coarse hair. It leaves my hair clean for days, super soft with no frizz, actually, since using this I no longer need my straighteners!. In this range, I use the Avon Advanced Techniques Moroccan Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner, and also the leave in treatment oil. The treatment oil is brilliant for dry hair and despite being an oil, absorbs into my hair without any grease whatsoever. I would highly recommend these products because I love them so much and im sure others will too.

The next product I will mention is a product I am new to. This has been sold by Avon for a while but it’s the first time I’m discovering it. I came across this product whilst having a conversation about eyeliner with a close friend. My friend Shilpa Vekaria who I’ve known since my uni days also mentioned her love for Avon and that she uses this product. I thought I would try it out and found Avon Supershock Gel Eyeline is AMAZING!! I absolutely have fallen in love with this eyeliner!!!. It is called a gel but actually goes on like any other normal pencil eyeliner. The best thing about it is that it’s the ‘blackest’ black eyeliner I have ever come across, and it does not budge!. I have tried removing this off my hand.. with wipes.. and it is hard!. It stays put to the very end of the day. This eyeliner comes in Black, a light pink, khaki, Steel, Blue and silver. I was actually after a light pink eyeliner to use on my waterline, and I bought this one. I could compare it to Benefit Eye Bright pencil. It’s a pinky white colour that will make your eyes POP and look bigger. This is the perfect dupe for Benefit Eye bright. It can also be used anywhere that you would use a highlighter such as below eyebrows on the brow bone. The supershock pencil is normally £6 but is regularly on half price for £3. The Avon website will even find your closest representative for you.