Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Hair myths debunked

This article was written by Lauren Grice on behalf of Hershesons, the go-to-experts for stylish hair. Get on-trend this season and transform your look from drab to chic with Hershesons hair accessories.


Can using beer on your hair really help? Is it just a myth that has transcended boundaries and oceans to fool consumers (like me), or is it an alternative hair remedy that actually works? There are so many folklores circulating the internet about what's good for your hair - but what is the truth?

Myth 1: Cutting your hair often helps it grow

Sorry to say, but frequently trimming your hair doesn’t affect the follicles in your scalp. Follicles determine how fast and how much your hair grows and whether you cut it or not, your hair will only grow a quarter of an inch, per month on average. However, regularly trimming your hair can help to get rid of split ends and reduce hair breakage, making it look fuller and healthier.

Myth 2: Olive oil and mayonnaise are great conditioners

Before I say anything else, please don’t go grab a bottle of mayonnaise from the kitchen cupboard and squirt it onto your hair. Likewise, I don’t recommend you grab some olive oil and tip it onto your head either. That’s just silly.
 

However, these ingredients do contain moisturising properties so applying them correctly can actually help. If you have really thin hair, it will only make it greasy but if you have quite dry, thick hair, concentrate a mixture of the two on the ends and leave it for at least half an hour. Make sure you thoroughly rinse your hair afterwards!

Myth 3: You’re pregnant, so you can’t dye your hair

It has long been foretold that you can’t dye your hair whilst pregnant. But, there aren't actually any studies that have proved that hair dye is dangerous. Anyone who is pregnant will be concerned about what they expose their baby to, and with good reason so if you're worried, speak to your hairdresser to find out what ingredients and products they use.

It has been widely reported that pregnant women should steer clear of formaldehyde. What's more, foils are said to be safer than the cap, because the hairdresser has greater control over application of the dye.

The NHS states that it is safe to use colour on your hair, as long as you wait until after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, when the risk of harming the baby is much lower. If you are doing it yourself, make sure you wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated room.

Myth 4: Beer is great for your locks

Who hasn't heard that washing your hair in beer can help you to get shiny, luscious locks? Well it's actually true! Alcohol is a cleansing agent that can soften your hair and make it shiny and the protein can help to boost your hair’s volume while the sugar tightens cuticles. Just use it like any other hair mask; the smell can be a bit off-putting but the results will be worth it!

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Today I'm wearing: my Grandmother's pearls


A few months back, I was scouting around the attic for a suitcase when I came across a box of my Grandmother's jewellery. She wasn't the type to wear pearls - at least not when I knew her. She kept the same trinkets on all the time, a mixture of gifts from family and pretty little costume pieces. It's funny how you think you know someone and then, when they're gone, you discover so much more about their life from the little things they left behind - like a simple pearl necklace.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Bargain of the week: Vivienne Westwood Melissa shoes at New Look

L: Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Virtue Flat Bow Slipper Shoes, £95, ASOS
R: Mel by Melissa Black Bow Strawberry Pumps, £29.99, New Look


Technically, these shoes are from the same company, Melissa, but that doesn't mean there isn't a fantastic bargain up for grabs here. While the pump on the left above is part of Vivienne Westwood's collaboration with the brand, the cheaper one on the right is Mel by Melissa - the company's cheaper diffusion line. At just a third of the price, you're guaranteed a Westwood lookalike while still getting a pretty decent (and strawberry scented!) pair of flats. Yum.
L: Mel by Melissa Cream Bow Strawberry Pumps, £29.99, New Look
R: Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Ultragirl Orb X Ballet Flats, £85, ASOS

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Transition into spring with ankle boots

Ecco Charm Lace Up Ankle Boots, Caprice Sarah Lace Up Ankle Boots
Marco Tozzi Olly Brogue Ankle Boots, Lotus Betony Black Leather Biker Boots
Lotus Campanula Ankle Boots, Unisa Tekel Suede Shoe Boots
It has become almost a tradition that the second the sun starts shining and there’s a glimmer of spring, I have a moment of wild optimism, leave my coat and winter boots at home, and spend the rest of the day deep in regret and freezing cold. Having learnt no lessons, this may be repeated many many times until spring actually does, well, spring.

Call it getting wise, call it trying to be a little more adult, but this year I’m not going to suffer the same fate. Which is lucky actually because it means a great excuse to invest in some ankle boots. Just think - you can still sneak on an extra pair of socks to keep your toes warm whilst wearing something much less cumbersome than your heavy winter boots. Not only that but now is a great time to pick some up in the sale and with the right styling they’ll transition all the way through to next winter. Genius, right? 


Monday, 11 February 2013

Valentine's day for single girls

Warning: this post contains an excessive amount of very bad humour

Call me a bitter old woman all you like but I just don't have time for Valentine's day. I'm not going to preach to you about how it's all over-commercialised drivel, pumped into us by evil corporations, because who cares if that's true or not? The thing with 14 February that I have an issue with is that isn't even a holiday. I mean, come on, we have to buy presents and don't even get a day off.

Anyway, none of that for me this year, I am a very defiant single lady at the moment. But a single girl does have certain expectations she must live up to. As we all know, us singletons are in a terrible position, doomed to watch rom-com reruns with our 60 cats while gorging on our tenth bag of cheesy Doritos and then crawling off to bed to cry ourselves to sleep - or so some factions of the media would lead us to believe. Obviously this is ridiculous. So this year, ladies I've put together a little guide to the things you probably should avoid this Valentine's - unless you really do want to be Bridget Jones. 


1. Admittedly, this sweater (£14.99, New Look) is kind of cute - but we probably should avoid anything that could get us branded as a crazy cat lady.
2. Nobody to hold your hand? Never fear, the hug-a-mug (£8.49, iwantoneofthose.com) is here! 
3. Super cute but super creepy if you're hugging it while watching very bad romantic movies over and over again (Pugs 'n' Kisses cushion, £16.99, ebay)
4. Better watch those calories with chocolate made just for ladies. Because only skinny girls get boys, right?  
5. Ryan Gosling colouring book (£6.00, Amazon) - need I say more?

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Nailed it: Paul and Joe nail varnish review

Soft and dreamy: Fairie Queen nail enamel by Paul & Joe
I love Paul & Joe - sadly their gorgeous designs are way out of my price range. However, their beauty offerings just so happen to be within my budget.

I picked up this nail enamel on a whim in the ASOS sale. I probably definitely don't need another nail varnish, but you know me, I can't turn down a bargain. 
I'm going to be completely honest though and tell you I wasn't expecting much. I've got a Chanel nail varnish which I waited on for months, then paid a pretty extortionate rate for - and it's terrible. It  doesn't give full coverage, chips easily and needs about three coats to look halfway decent. I guess you could say my view of fashion house's nail paints is pretty jaded. But I'm very pleased with Paul & Joe.

This sparkly offering is part of their Midsummer Night's Dream collection, inspired by the bard's tale of the same name. The whole range is pretty, sparkly and light - just what you need to bring a bit of summer dreaming to dreary February. It goes on well, dries easily and has just the right amount of chunky glitter.

This shade, Fairie Queen, is now sold out on ASOS but you can still get Sprite and Pixie for just £5.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Bargain of the week: £4.99 Mango LBD

Is it too early to call this bargain of the year? Probably, but this cocktail dress from the Mango outlet is already a very strong contender for the title. At just a little over 10% of its original price of £49.90, you'll have a dress that's guaranteed to wow in so many ways.

Cocktail dress, £4.99, Mango

Friday, 1 February 2013

February wishlist

The first inklings of spring always puts me in a Parisian kind of mood. Actually, any hint of tweed does that too come to think of it. But while I'm still on my spending less in 2013 kick, I'll be sharing my completely impractical (it's still pretty cold where I am!) dream purchases here instead. Let me know what you think, it's always great to get some style input!

1. Aztec Boucle jacket, £68, Topshop
3. Crochet waist flippy dress, £38, Topshop 
6. Essie mink muffs nail varnish 15ml, £7.91, beautybay.com
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