Three Hair Saviour Mini’s | secondblonde

Image-1We are in the full throws of Summer so with the extra sun rays hitting your locks it’s a good time to protect, prevent and repair. Here are a few of my fave hair mini’s that I have received (paid for not gifted) in beauty boxes.

Moroccanoil Treatment is an oil that is instantly absorbed by the hair and doesn’t leave you looking oily! It helps to increase elasticity, whilst giving locks a natural, silky finish. Argan Oil is a powerful antioxidant and UV protector rich in vitamins that help to naturally strengthen and renew the structure of the hair.

Apply to your hair after washing and style as normal. I forgot how much I love it as it makes my hair much more manageable and speeds up the drying time. I’ve recently started using it again and it smells so good.

Percy & Reed Hair Wonder Overnight Recovery is a pre-shampoo sleep in hair mask. What’s great about it is that when you apply onto dry hair it dries instantly so you don’t have to wait for it to dry in before going to bed. It contains natural protein to boost the hair’s ability to retain moisture. I do like it, it does help revive my lack lustre hair however, I do find I still need to use a conditioner after shampooing even though they recommend that you don’t. It’s not a problem but worth a mention. It does smell lovely.

Hey Holla Hair Ties fun neon brights and double up as cute wrist bands. Apart form not causing any damage to your hair they also do not leave a ‘kink’ where your ponytail has been. I love the fact that they look cute on your wrist too.

There you are, 3 summer hair gym/holiday hair saviour mini’s that will help to protect, prevent and repair your hair.

Secondblonde x

Find Out Why Davines Aftersun SU/Hair Mask will see me into the winter months | secondblonde

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Summer may be well and truly over. British Summer Time has officially come to an end with the clocks going back yesterday giving us an extra hour in bed! However this SU/Hair Mask by Davines just keeps on giving…

It’s an aftersun mask that doubles up as an anti-ageing treatment for all hair types, win win. It replaces moisture and leaves your hair soft and shiny. The smell is a floral, fruity, woody fragrance which is very lovely – to me it smells like sweets. Apply to your hair after shampooing, it’s light enough to use from roots to tips if you wish. It will do it’s stuff between 5-15 minutes depending on your hair needs. I pretty much use mine on a regular basis and only need to leave it on 5 mins in the shower while I cleanse my face and wash my body.

SU/hair mask contain natural active ingredients: Chinotto (from Savona) anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory action and Shea Butter for a nourishing effect.

You may be wondering what anti-ageing has got to do with hair care? Well when your hair is longer it means it’s older hair, so most of us that have medium or long hair have hair that’s a few years old – therefore it needs a lot more nourishment to keep it manageable and healthy looking just like skin does.

Summary I love this mask as it’s quick and easy to use in the toothpaste style packaging, it’s very nourishing but also very light so it  doesn’t weigh down my fine hair yet moisturising enough to prevent my hair getting static and flyaway. I started using it at the end of August and still have loads left. It’s a great product that will probably see me through to the end of the year and really good value at £19.30 for 150ml here

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

Secondblonde x

 

 

New Monday + New Week = New Goals | secondblonde

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I try to start each week with new goals and I don’t mean bigger picture life changing goals I just mean I try and start each week with a fresh focus no matter how big or small the goal is. Although working in retail your days/weeks can get a bit jumbled I still stick to Monday as the best day to set myself a personal or professional target.

The target could be a mundane one such as a household task like clearing out/tidying up an area of the house you’ve been putting off, which when it’s done is satisfyingly rewarding. It may be a personal  goal like setting more time aside for yourself or to start a new hobby or catch up with family or a friend you’ve been meaning to make time for. Or it could be dealing with your finances and searching for better deals saving you money annually that can go towards another goal! You get the picture. Whatever you decide to do set yourself a realistic goal. Plan it, write it down and stick to it! It doesn’t have to be complicated just a simple list will do and tick it off as you achieve it…seeing the results can be quite rewarding and give a sense if achievement with a positive impact to do more.

This week my focus is my beauty blog and social media platforms I manage- I’ve been so busy with “life” I’ve somehow neglected my passion but now I’ve set myself some goals my blogging mojo is back!

What are your personal goals this week?

Secondblonde x

Color Wow Kale Cocktail bionic tonic 200ml | secondblonde

I was so happy to have been sent these new Color Wow products thanks to Imagination PR which I’ve been playing around with and finally got round to share my thoughts with you guys. These new hair cocktails are such a fun way to apply a “bond reinforcing” product to your hair.

You may have already watched me talk about these fantastic new colour wow products on my YouTube Channel

The whole range of cocktails are leave-in bond building supplements formulated for colour treated hair. Depending on which one you use they either strengthen, thicken, renew elasticity, retain suppleness, protect and prevent further damage. You can even mix them together like you would a cocktail for what your hair needs. I’ve been using the Kale Cocktail for my processed fine/prone to breakage hair for a few weeks and I absolutely LOVE it!

The Proudct The Kale cocktail is a bionic tonic which contains sulphur rich sea kale known to help reinforce hair vital bonds. It also contains protein building amino acid and vitamin B which works in one single application. The Kale cocktail can be mixed with the coconut or the carb cocktail for when your hair may need an extra hydrating or body building boost! You must shake before use and for best results the product is accelerated and enhanced when heat is applied.

The Promise The kale Cocktail promises to reinforce hair bonds and strengthen each strand. Detangle hair, help reduce further breakage and help guard against UV ray’s.

My Verdict I’ve been applying a small amount (of shaken not stirred product) to towel dried hair mid lengths to ends combed through then styled as normal with my hair dryer. On work day’s I do apply hair irons too to smooth out my crash helmet kinks. The consistency is light and milky and easy to apply, it’s not sticky and smells really fresh and pleasant to use. When my hair is dry/styled it doesn’t feel like I have any product in it (which is a good thing) however there is a noticeable difference in how my hair hairs/looks/feels. It instantly looks healthier, feels stronger and is soft and smooth to touch without being fluffy.

Summary I love this product so much and have already recommended it to a few friends. My husband who’s a hair colourist – you can check him out here has also started using it on some of his clients post colouring services. I will definitely re-purchase this product however in the meantime I will experiment with the coconut and carb cocktails too!

You can pick them up at a John Frieda hair salon or online here £22 Have you tried these or any other products from the Color Wow range?

Secondblonde x

The Only Detangling Hairbrush You Need | secondblonde

image1 (9)I can’t be without my trusty tangle teezer, I own two (original stylers) and have them dotted around the house in my bathroom and bedroom. In addition to these I have two travel sized ones (compact styler) that I throw in my handbag and take away with me. I first wrote about my love for this clever detangling brush in 2013 in a post titled “Tangles Be Gone” read here to find out why I love these brushes so much.

So you can imagine how excited I am that they’ve just launched some cute new limited edition brushes such as this candy coloured “Lemon Sherbet” pictured above in the original styler size. For all the pug dog lovers there’s a fun compact styler called “Pug Love” plus one for the starry eyed disco divas called “Star Bright”.

If you still haven’t got one yet, what are you waiting for? Nadine Baggott (TV Presenter/Beauty Journalist) is a big fan take a look at her vlog including her Tangle Teezer Thick & Curly as one of her all time hair hero’s watch here

The lovely people at Tangle Teezer have a brush to suit your hair type from straight/fine hair to thick/afro hair, 7 types in all. They are still designed and made in Great Britian and give back by supporting three charities.

Go check them out here Tangle Teezer from £10.60

Secondblonde x

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3 Beauty Products I’m Using Right Now | secondblonde

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Watch my Vlog here to find out what I am using right now!

Hi Everyone welcome back to my YouTube Channel secondblonde, hope you are all having a nice week so far. Today I’m sharing with you some beauty products that I’m using on a daily basis right now. Hope you enjoy it and thanks for coming back, don’t forget to like, share and subscribe.

If you have any questions or feedback please add them to the comments, I love hearing from you it gives me the confidence to carry on. Anyway here are the links of where to buy and further info on the products I’ve mentioned in the vlog:

Color Wow Kale Cocktail £22 here

Dr Sebagh Luminous Glow Cream £72 here

C.O Bigelow Mentha Lip Balm Stick with SPF 15 £8.50 here

 
You can also find me:
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Twitter: @secondblonde
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Thank you for watching.

Secondblonde x

Magic Multi-Purpose Oil; Goe Oil 85g |secondblonde

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I’ve completely fallen in love with Goe Oil by Jao Brand. It’s a 100% natural semi-solid all over body oil that turns to a liquid when slightly warmed between your hands, it smells gorgeous as it is lightly scented with Monoi Tiare from Tahiti.

What’s in it? It contains 28 plant, fruit, flower oils & butters as follows…

Jojoba Butter, Sunflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Avocado Butter, Grape Seed Butter, Grape Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Soy Lecithin, Pumpkin Seed Butter, Mango Butter, Cupuacu Butter, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Hemp Seed Oil, Kukuinut Oil, Chamomile Oil, Beeswax, Calendula Oil, Essential Oils, Tocopherol, Vitamin E, Acetate, Rosemary Extra

It’s a multi-tasking product you can use from head to toe, their tagline on their packaging is “HANDS. HAIR. BODY & SOUL” which couldn’t be more true.

Verdict It keeps my skin soft and hydrated all day and is also great for spot applying on dry patches. Some use it as an intensive hair mask which I think will suit very course/curly or frizzy hair which soaks up moisture like a sponge. I tend to use a very tiny amount on dry hair to tame my fly-aways.

* Watch my YouTube review of Goe Oil here

Summary I love this product and already have my second tube ready to go. It costs £35 so it’s not cheap however well worth every penny and a very little goes a long long way, you can buy your here

A customer I recommended it to at work came back two weeks later to personally thank me as she had received so many compliments on the overall look of her skin and being asked “what are you wearing” due to the soft scent. She also has long luscious ringlet naturally curly hair and this has defined her curls making her hair look healthier and shiny. This feedback made my day!

Jao Brand have been kind enough to send me their lip-balm and skin cream to try out what a lucky girl I am! keep posted for my review of them soon.

Thank you for reading, let me know if you’ve tried this oil or any similar as I’d love to hear from you.

Secondblonde x

 

REVIEW: Ozzie Rizzo Argan Oil 50ml

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I was given this to try by Ozzie and thought to myself not another hair oil, but then I tried it and have fallen in love with Argan Oil all over again.

If you haven’t heard of Ozzie Rizzo here’s a quick background. Ozzie and his two brothers started their hairdressing career at Vidal Sassoon in the glory days and trained alongside Trevor Sorbie and others you’d recognise. Ozzie soon become the youngest Creative Director at Vidal Sassoon at the age of 21 with 60 stylist’s under him.  In the 80’s Ozzie and his brothers founded Sanrizz leaders in the industry with 10 salons and a hairdressing Academy. Ozzie has two stand alone boutique salons called Ozzie Rizzo in Mayfair and Richmond however they are still all part of the Sanrizz group. The brothers are respected in the hair industry and are the guy’s behind the Alternative Hair Show (raising money for leukaemia now in it’s 33rd year)

The Product: The packaging is clean and streamlined, with Ozzie’s logo. It’s in a plastic container with a high quality finish, a silver lid and a good size push down pump applicator. The base of the product has weight to it which means it won’t keep toppling over, nice touch! Also the side of the bottle has a little “window” a bit like an ink pen does, so you can see the amount you have left. All in all my first impressions are good, the packaging is impressive so to me this means quality.

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It can be used on damp or dry hair and is a combination of 3 oils that add spectacular shine and smoothness to the hair. It also reduces drying time when applied to towel dried hair.

My Verdict: The smell is sweet which is quite strong luckily it fades when dried into the hair which is great. The consistency is light and not gloopy. I tried it on the back of my hand first. It absorbs into your skin quite quickly leaving your skin feeling smooth without any greasiness-and thought this is going to be amazing in my hair!

Trial One: I applied to towel dried hair, one pump (may need two pumps for long hair) rubbed into the palm of my hands, then I applied to my hair evenly from mid-lengths to ends. Dried my hair as I normally do (get moisture out first then smooth with a denman brush in three sections) My hair did actually dry quicker and was easy to manage, when dry it was looking sleek with no fly-aways, I’m really happy with the results.

Trial Two: This time I applied to clean dry styled hair, again one small pump rubbed into the palms of my hands and applied evenly to my mid lengths and ends, then lightly smoothed my parting (only do this after when you have very little product on your palms) My hair looks very shiny and smooth without weighing it down or looking heavy. The only thing I’m not keen on is the smell.

Summary: This is a nice hair oil, it’s light, versatile and does exactly what it’s mean’t to do. I don’t think I will re-purchase however I had compliments all day at work from my customers noticing I have shiny hair for a blonde!

What hair oils do you use? Would love to hear about them.
Secondblonde x

Review: Pureology Hydrate Hydra Whip Masque 150ml

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My hair is starting to feel dry which is normal at this time of year as the air gets cooler outside and the central heating get’s cranked up inside, also due to using hair irons when l’m at work (it’s the only way to quickly remove all my helmet hair kinks)

I’ve started using this hydrating masque as a daily conditioner after shampooing leaving it in my hair (mid-lengths and ends) for 2 minutes before rinsing out.

This masque has been formulated for hydration and helps to keep coloured hair vibrant due to the clever anti-fade technology. It helps restore suppleness however I use Philip Kingsley Elasticizer to restore suppleness and elasticity about 2-3 times a month as a treatment.

Hydra Whip is great for adding moisture to your hair without weighing it down and keeping it looking shiny and bright. The texture of this masque feels different like it’s been whipped, it’s all kinda light and airy as you massage into your lengths, it feels good. The smell is nice, to me it’s fruity/floral scent which doesn’t linger in your hair after drying.

I really like this masque as a moisture boost when my hair needs it and I’m sure it will make it on my empties list, it’s half empty already.

It costs around £25 in most salon’s, however, you can find good deals on-line like Look Fantastic £18.85

Have you tried any of pureology’s shampoo’s/conditioner’s or masque’s? I’d love to hear your experiences.

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The history behind Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer and Audrey Hepburn

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Since I’ve been working at Liberty London lot’s of my work mates and old client’s I bump into whilst they are shopping in store talk to me about the condition of their hair and ask me to recommend a good hair treatment…

If you are a regular reader or have worked with me in a hair salon you will know that I have an all time “go to” product that simply works: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer. I talk about it all the time on social media and have blogged about it before. Elasticizer apart from being a fantastic product has a wonderful story behind it too. Philip (a leading trichologist with clinics in London/New York) counted Audrey Hepburn as a client in the early 1970’s who instantly become a dear friend and regular client of his until she passed away in 1993. She was booked to see Philip as she needed a treatment to repair/prevent damage to her hair as she was wearing wig’s for stage and the friction was causing damage. Philip got to work on a hair treatment prescribed for her needs which indeed was the original elasticizer.

I met Philip in 2012 at a hair event celebrating the launch of the Daily Damage Defence Spray. I had the pleasure of hearing his story first hand and about his first meeting with Audrey Hepburn. She was booked into his NY clinic under the name Mrs Dotti as she was married to an Italian doctor of that name at the time. Philip is so endearing I could listen to his knowledge/wisdom/stories all day, he is a true gentleman with a wonderful family and a great team behind him. He told me when she arrived for her first consultation she was sat across his desk, he was filling out her details checking all was correct when he suddenly put his pen down looked up from his desk and said “please forgive me for saying but I must say you have an extraordinary resemblance to Audrey Hepburn?” She replied rather sweetly “I am Audrey Hepburn” the rest is history…

Elasticizer (name was given in 1980) has gone on to be the best selling in all of the PK ranges becoming the “hero” product and multi-award winning all over the World.

Read all about Philip’s teachings in his book (I own one of course) Philip Kingsley The Hair Bible. Check out his full product range or find out about his clinic’s and prescriptive product range here. You can read Philip’s tips for applying elasticizer here.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Have you tried Elasticizer or any other of the fabulous PK products yet?

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