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How To Get Smooth Hair Everyday For Under 10 Minutes

I have never been good at blow drying my hair. Whenever I tried to replicate the sleek look my hair stylist had done it always turned into a frizzy afro disaster. So I relied on my hair straighter. However the constant high temperature for long periods of time on my hair everyday was wreaking havoc on my locks, and the time it took to tame every strand was exhausting. So mum bun or the dreaded ponytail became my go to look.

It wasn’t until I was speaking to my hair stylist when she told me that the secret to great styling is the tools you use. Good quality blow dryers make all the difference. I was skeptical at first. It was true that I didn’t have the top of the range hair dryer but I didn’t have the cheapest either. So I did some research and after speaking to some of my friends who had everyday great hair, I found that blow drying was apparently the way to go.

 

So I bought a GHD Air Blow Dryer to see if I could get great everyday smooth hair without frying it. The first time I used it I was hooked. I had dry, shiny salon hair in 10 minutes. It left my hair feeling soft and silky with no fly aways. My hair wasn’t frizzy and I wasn’t sweating from being under the heat for so long.  I finally understood the secret to a good blow dry! Since then my hair dryer is my best friend and has saved me lots of time getting ready. I feel less like a yucky mummy and more of a yummy mummy when my hair is on point.

My Hair Routine

I start by spraying some heat protection spray over my wet hair. I am not sure how effective these sprays really are at protecting your hair. However I am not willing to risk it. Healthy hair means less hair cuts!

Using a medium heat, Iwave the blow dryer through my hair to get it about 50 to 75% dry. Then using a paddle brush I take sections and start drying turning the brush out. Always remember to keep the nozzle pointing down and away from my face.

The bits around my face are always the hardest to do because I always have a kink near my forehead. So I use my big round brush and roll the brush up from my scalp while drying. I repeat until I get the look I am looking for.

Once I am finished drying my hair I rub a few dollops of Moroccanoil in to my hands and then run my fingers through the ends of my hair. Moroccan oil is amazing for split ends and nourishing the ends of your hair. I have tried to use less expensive versions but none of them compare.

Viola!!! Smooth silky hair in less than 10 minutes! Great for busy mums like me!

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Get Glamorous Hair : Add Volume with Micro Bead Hair Extensions!

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I have always wanted to get hair extensions. A lot people who know me are probably reading this and thinking ‘ Whaaaat’! Yes I know, I already have quite long hair. But it is not about length. Despite having long hair, the one thing that my hair lacks is thickness. And that make all the difference.

I cannot pull of the sleek straight look. I end up looking like someone has just poured a bucket of water over my head because it is so flat to my scalp. I also have trouble achieving glamorous voluminous waves no matter how many times I curl my hair. Thin hair is thin hair no matter what you do.

So with my upcoming nuptials and my recent vow to get out of Frumpy-ville. I decided to take the plunge and I absolutely love it.

After doing some research, I chose to go to Salon 70 on Great Western Road here in Aberdeen. Sarah is the expert ( and yes she is the gorgeous mum from my frumpy post, check it out here) She will tell you exactly what you need as soon as she sees your hair.

I was a little hesitant at first as I have heard all of the horror stories and the last thing I want is to go bald just before my wedding. However Sarah was quick to put me at ease by explaining her technique. She uses micro beads with little silicone hooks to attach the extention to your hair. The pros are that is doesn’t do any damage to your hair at all. The con is that if not looked after properly the beads can slide and slip off.

All the hair she uses are 100% human hair and she will colour test your hair before you make your appointment to get them attached. It usually takes 1-2 days for your extensions to arrive and once she has them you are ready to go.

Prices vary depending on what you are looking to achieve and what texture your hair is. As I didn’t need to add a lot of length and just wanted volume and thickness we went for half a head which was 180£. Once you have paid for the hair, then the big cost is done. After that it is just getting them reattached every 10 weeks.

The whole session took just under 2 hours and I am really happy with the results. My hair looks so glamorous I can’t stop staring at it in the mirror! Sarah will supply you with your own special brush and instructions on how to look after your extensions. You must use a silicone and sulphate free shampoo, luckily for me I already do. Check out my post here for more information. My hair is thick and soft to touch and I can now pull off the sleek look.

Now I have no worries for my wedding day!

My hair just after getting it styled by Sarah 3 weeks ago!

My hair now!

What do you think? Have you had extensions before?

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Why Sulfate-Free Shampoo Is The Key To Gorgeous Hair

I often get asked about my hair. I am not sure if it is because of its natural curvy waves. Or because it is dark and long. But for some reason the number one thing I get ask about is my haircare routine. Like most women I strive to have healthy looking hair.  It is what makes a person stand out. If your hair is not on point then you can almost guarantee that your whole look is not on point. Even if your outfit is banging. So what is the secret? What is it that makes those luxurious locks stand? Well it is all in the shampoo. Sulfate-Free Shampoo that is.

It took me years to figure out that what I was putting on my hair played a huge role in its overall appearance. When I was a teen I often went for the brands that were blasted all over TV. They promised long, shiny frizz free hair at the right price. But despite their claims I always ended up having to cut chucks out of my hair every time I went for a ‘trim’. What was I doing wrong?

What is Sulfate?

It was only when I went down the organic route with my food and products that I started to see a real difference. By default a lot of organic brands ban sulfates and silicones in their products. I was amazed. My ends that were usually frizzy and split, where sleek and soft. And I found that when I went in for my routine cut. I didn’t have to take off as much as I did before.

Sulphate is the basic detergent that is used in most skin and hair care, and also in household cleaners such as fairy liquid. It is what makes your shampoo turn into a sudsy foam. Though sulfates might be great for cleaning dishes and floors. It is not so great on your hair or your body!

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Why no sulphate?

I put it to the test and bought a regular shampoo when I first moved to Aberdeen. It was for convenience. I didn’t have time to wait for an order to arrive and I wanted to wash my hair asap. Worst decision ever! My hair became dry, and I mean really dry. The slightest bit of manipulation would cause my strands to break and I ended up having to cut off a massive 15cm ! My hair was so damaged after just a month of using a sulphate shampoo. I can only imagine the damage after extended use.

Besides the obvious reason above there are countless reasons to switch to a sulfate-free shampoo.

  1. They strip your hair of all of its natural oils

Yep, like I said sulfates are very good at cleaning. However there is such a things as too clean. Without the natural oils in our hair our strands become very brittle and dry. Making them easy to break.

2. Bye bye expensive professional colour

Just got your hair coloured and treated? Then definitely do not use a sulphate shampoo. It can strip the colour from your hair after extended use. Leaving it looking dull and faded. Not to mention that colouring your hair already dries out your strands!

3. Greasy roots, frizzy ends.

The over cleaning of the scalp makes the skin dry and promotes access oil production. Which will leave your roots being extra oily and your ends looking frazzled and dry. The irony is that you will wash your hair more frequently to combat the greasy roots, making it worse!

Does it have to be Organic?

Going organic is what made me aware of the ingredients in my haircare. But that doesn’t mean that you have to go organic. There are a lot of products readily available on the market.

My favourites are Art Naturals Argan Oil shampoo and Living Proof. Both are easy to order online and are reputable brands. There are some other alternatives that are cheaper. You just need to check the ingredients.

Hopefully this will help you to transition to a Sulfate-Free Shampoo.

If you liked this post then check out my post on how to get smooth straight hair in under 10 minutes

 

 

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