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BLOGGER OF THE MONTH: MEET MIXED GEMS

IT’S TAKEN ME A LONG TIME TO REALLY LOVE MY HAIR. NATURALLY DRY, COARSE, AND HARD TO STYLE, I’VE HAD TO LEARN LOTS OF TIPS AND TECHNIQUES TO REALLY MAKING IT WORK.

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I WAS DESPERATE TO HAVE BLONDE HAIR, BUT I FOUND IT HARD TO COMMUNICATE WHAT EXACTLY I WAS LOOKING FOR. AS A RESULT, MY NATURAL MOUSY BROWN WENT THROUGH THE MILL, JUGGLING HORRENDOUS YELLOW BLONDES (I DIDN’T KNOW TO ASK FOR A TONER) AND THEN THE RIGMAROLE OF ADDING RED INTO IT TO TRY AND TURN IT BACK TO A SEMI-NORMAL BROWN. AFTER YEARS OF BLEACHING, SNAPPING, CUTTING AND COLOURING, I FINALLY FOUND A STYLE THAT SUITED ME. GONE WERE THE DAYS OF TRYING TO EMULATE GWEN STEFANI AND NICOLE RICHIE; MY CASUAL MILKY HIGHLIGHTS WERE THE LOOK THAT WORKED BEST FOR ME. 

I REALLY STARTED TO LOVE MY HAIR WHEN I FOUND MARK AT UMBERTO GIANNINI IN BIRMINGHAM. HE IS SO SARCASTIC AND DRY; HE WILL POINT BLANK REFUSE TO DO ANYTHING THAT WON’T SUIT ME. HIS BRUTAL HONESTY IS WHY WE ALL GO BACK TO HIM, AND NOW I TRUST THAT WHATEVER HE SAYS IS GOING TO WORK FOR ME.

ONE OF MY FAVOURITE WAYS TO MANAGE MY SLIGHTLY CRAZY HAIR IS TO STYLE IT BEFORE BED. FRIZZ IS A HUGE BATTLE WITH MY HAIR, AND SLEEPING ON IT MEANS THAT BY MORNING IT IS SLEEK AND SOFT. I ALSO FIND THAT SLEEPING ON MY HAIR GIVES IT A NATURAL WAVE AND CURL, AND THE DOZING OFF ROUTE IS MUCH MORE USER-FRIENDLY THAN TRYING TO WIELD A CURLING IRON! JOKES ASIDE, LOTTIE AT GEORGE NORTHWOOD TAUGHT ME TO PERFECT THE BED-HEAD STYLE USING A GHD STYLING TONG WHICH IS NOW MY FAVOURITE STYLING PRODUCT.

FOR ME, THE JOURNEY TO LOVING MY CRAZY HAIR CAME WHEN I FOCUSED ON THE ADVANTAGES. MY THICK, COARSE CURLS MAY BE HARD TO STYLE, BUT THEY ALSO HOLD ANY STYLE WITH DEAR LIFE AND I GET DAYS OUT OF A BLOW DRY. AND AS FOR EMBRACING MY NATURAL CURLS, WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE? WHEN LEFT TO DRY NATURALLY, MY LION’S MANE MAKES ONE HELL OF A MESSY BUN AND FEELS GLOSSY BECAUSE I HAVEN’T HEAT STYLED IT.

REDKEN IS ONE OF MY STAPLE BEAUTY BRANDS BECAUSE THEIR PRODUCTS SIMPLY CUT MY MAINTENANCE TIME IN HALF. 

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EXTREME SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER: I LOVE BLEACHING MY HAIR TO ACHIEVE A SOFT, MILKY BLONDE, SO I HAVE TO BE REALLY CAREFUL TO KEEP IT NOURISHED. EXTREME IS MY SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER OF CHOICE BECAUSE IT KEEPS MY HAIR STRONG AND COMBATS THE WEAKENING EFFECT OF THE BLEACH.

CERAFILL RETALIATE: WHEN I GET STRESSED, MY HAIR STARTS TO NATURALLY THIN. AT THESE TIMES, I SWITCH TO CERAFILL RETAILIATE. I’M NOT GOING TO LIE, I DON’T PARTICULARLY LIKE THE CONSISTENCY OF THE CERAFILL RANGE; MY EXTREME STAPLES ARE SO MUCH MORE PLEASING. HOWEVER, WHAT I CAN’T DENY IS THE SHEER TRANSFORMATIVE POWER THAT THEY GIVE ME. IN A COUPLE OF SHORT WEEKS MY HAIR IS THICKER, FULLER AND BACK TO LIFE, WITH MY HAIRDRESSER OFTEN NOTING THAT HE CAN SEE LOTS OF NEW BABY HAIR. I ALSO GAVE THIS TO MY AUNTY WHEN SHE SUFFERED FROM A FEW STRESS RELATED BALD PATCHES AND THEY WERE RESOLVED IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS. IT’S A MIRACLE WORKER. 

PILLOW PROOF BLOWDRY EXTENDER: DARK HAIRED GIRLS WILL KNOW THAT THERE IS NOTHING MORE ANNOYING THAN BRIGHT WHITE ROOTS FROM A DRY SHAMPOO. THIS IN MIND, PILLOW TALK’S CLEAR CONSISTENCY MAKES IT ONE OF MY FAVOURITES. WHAT I ALSO LOVE IS THE SHEER FORCE AT WHICH THE NOZZLE DISPENSES IT. HALF THE TIME I USE IT FOR VOLUME, NOT JUST TO FRESHEN UP BETWEEN WASHES.

PILLOW PROOF BLOW DRY EXPRESS PRIMER TREATMENT: HAVING THICK CURLY HAIR MEANS THAT BLOW DRY TIME IS RIDICULOUSLY LONG. I CAN HAND ON HEART SAY THAT THIS PRIMER NOT ONLY HELPS TO CREATE A SMOOTH FINISH BUT IT CUTS MY BLOW DRY TIME IN HALF. MY HAIR GETS GREASY FAIRLY QUICKLY SO I RARELY USE STYLING PRODUCTS, BUT THIS DOESN’T LEAVE ANY RESIDUE. I WOULDN’T BE WITHOUT IT.

DIAMOND OIL GLOW DRY: IF I’M GOING OUT THAT NIGHT AND DON’T HAVE A CHANCE TO SLEEP ON MY HAIR TO CALM IT DOWN, I ALWAYS USE THE GLOW DRY. THIS OIL HELPS TO CREATE A REALLY HIGH-SHINE FINISH, AND FOR ME I FIND THAT IT HELPS TO WEATHER PROOF MY HAIR. I’M LESS LIKELY TO FIND MY HAIR PUFFY AND FRIZZY FROM THE HUMIDITY IF THIS HAS BEEN MY STYLING PRODUCT OF CHOICE. IN ADDITION, A BOTTLE IS HUGE AND LASTS ME FOR A REALLY LONG TIME. I GOT MY FIRST BOTTLE AT THE START OF THIS YEAR AND I’M STILL NOT THROUGH IT. 

I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I TRIED ONE UNITED. I TRAVEL A LOT AND I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS BRILLIANT; ALL OF THE INDIVIDUAL PIECES I USED TO PACK WERE NOW COVERED BY THIS ONE LITTLE BOTTLE!

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