Wednesday, 17 September 2014

CARING FOR YOUR HAIR: CUTTING SPLIT ENDS.

Photo credit to Google Images. 

Split ends are every girls worst nightmare, and the longer you leave them, they worse they get, as the split eventually travels up the hair shaft and damages your hair further. A lot of people get their hair trimmed every 6 weeks, but I'm not one of those people. If I can see that my hair is damaged, then I will gladly go and get a trim, but if after 6 weeks my hair is still in good condition with no split ends in sight, then I'll leave it be.

One thing I always do in between haircuts (I only get my hair cut maybe 3 times a year) is once every few weeks, I take a good look at my hair and cut off any split or damaged ends myself. I don't have the time, patience or money to be going to the hairdressers every couple of months, and to be honest I don't really trust hairdressers. Time and time again I've asked for an inch off the bottom and it turns into 4 inches, so because of this, I only go in for the chop a few times a year.

Invest in some haircutting scissors and go through your hair yourself. More often than not, most of my hair is in good condition, and there are only a few strands that have split ends, so I much prefer chopping them off myself rather than spending money on a professional when only a dozen hairs need to be cut off.

All I do is separate my hair into sections, and go through them one by one, having a look and seeing if there are any strands that need to be cut. It saves me a lot of money and time and I definitely think this is the better suited solution for me.

If you have damaged hair that does need to be cut every 6 weeks, then by all means go ahead to the hairdressers and have your hair cut every 6 weeks, this method is for the people with hair in pretty good condition, that doesn't need that much attention from hair dressers.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who does this, so if you do this too, leave me a comment!

Toodles!
Gx

Friday, 12 September 2014

CARING FOR YOUR HAIR: HAIR GROWTH TABLETS.




I definitely think that no matter how well you look after your hair, a little help is always great. A few months ago, J's mum bought me some hair growth tablets that she used a few years ago and said they were great, so when she presented them to me in all their glory in their cute white and blue packaging, I was over the moon. 
I got them in Belgium so I'm not sure if this particular brand will be accessible to people in different countries, but there are countless other brands that promise the exact same results. 

My pills are called Vitacys Hair and Nails, they contain Cystine, Methionine, Zinc, Vitamins B2, B5, B6, E and H. They were bought in a chemist, which I think is a definite plus because I'm not sure I trust the pills you can get over the internet or from supermarkets. I mean I'm sure they're safe and all, but I'm just not sure they will work as well as ones you buy from a professional.

Now I am terrible at taking pills, like I really can't swallow them at all unless they are either absolutely tiny, or cut up into tiny pieces. I can't even tell you how many hours of my life I have spent cutting a pill up or crushing it, just so I can swallow it. These pills are capsules, I tried swallowing one and pretty much almost choked, so what I like to do is break the capsule and empty the powder into a yogurt or something and fill that yogurt up with so much sugar that I can't taste anything else. I'm gonna have to stop doing that though because it always makes me feel sick afterwards, so from now on I'm just gonna empty the powder onto a spoon, swallow it and chase it down with 6 litres of water. I can't show you any results at the moment because I stopped taking them for a while. I got ill and was already taking other pills during the day and I just couldn't face taking another 2, so I stopped taking them, I then forgot all about them for ages, so here I am, months later, starting again.



You're supposed to take two of these pills a day for as long as they last you, which I think is about 5 months worth. I'm not lying when I say that they smell and taste absolutely disgusting, it's as if you're swallowing 3 day old cat food that even your cat is keeping away from. But hey, the things we do for hair! 

I'm going to start taking these pills again every single day, and hopefully I will notice a big difference in my hair. They promise to give you super healthy hair which will in turn make your hair grow a lot quicker and be in the best condition it can be. It also says it will give you longer and stronger nails, but my nails already grow pretty fast so I'm not too bothered about that. I will however keep you updated on the nail growth as well, just in case some of you are more interested in those results over the hair growth. I'm really hoping to see great results with these pills as I don't want to have to go though swallowing them daily, to get nothing out of them. 

I definitely think that no matter how happy you are with your hair, if you take some hair growth pills, you'll be even happier with it. They just give you that extra bit of help you need to keep your hair in great condition, so why not try hopping onto the bandwagon and giving them a go?

Lemme know if you've ever taken hair growth pills, and if they worked for you!

Toodles!
Gx








Thursday, 11 September 2014

CARING FOR YOUR HAIR: WASHING & STYLING.




It's a well known fact that in order to keep your hair healthy and shiny, you shouldn't wash it very often. I tend to wash my hair 2-3 times a week, but always try to stick to 2 times. If you wash your hair daily then I really recommend you cut down on your washing time, as washing your hair a lot strips it of its natural oils that it needs to stay healthy and grow. I know myself, from experience, just how hard it is to go from washing your hair every single day, to 2-3 times a week. You will definitely experience greasy hair because your hair is already so used to being washed every day and being stripped of its natural oils, that as soon as you stop, you'll find that your hair is pumping those oils out of your scalp like crazy! But no worries, as long as you can get past the greasiness (ponytails and high buns are your friends!) you'll be fine, and you'll be in a healthy hair washing routine in no time.

When it comes to washing my hair, I always try and use a shampoo that's gonna do my hair a lot of good. I really want to try out all natural shampoo, because the branded ones are packed full of chemicals that aren't the best for your hair. So until I find a great natural one, I've been using the Garnier Fructis Densify shampoo. It supposedly gives you thicker hair after every single time you use it, now I can't say that that is entirely true, at least not for my hair. It does say on the back of the bottle that it works best when you use the conditioner and serum with it, but I just preferred buying the shampoo. I don't know if it's the placebo effect or not but I have noticed that my hair is a little bit thicker, just not as much as the bottle claims.





I usually apply a little amount of shampoo and really scrub my hair, I use my fingers to massage my scalp at the same time, but I don't touch the ends of my hair because the shampoo dripping down onto it when you rinse it is enough to keep your ends clean. After washing once to get all the dirt out, I usually rinse quickly and then apply another tiny amount to just make sure it's all clean and that all the dirt is out.
For conditionner, I've been using this great 1 minute hair mask that I bought in Santorini. It's the Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair mask, and I think it's absolutely fantastic. I know that it probably doesn't do everything for my hair as the tub does say to only leave it on for about a minute, and that probably isn't enough time for it to really do anything great, but every single time I use it, my hair is suuuuuper silky soft afterwards and I absolutely love it. I use this every time I wash my hair, but seeing as I only wash it 2-3 times a week, I don't think it's too much for my hair to handle.



One of the worst things you can do to your hair, is apply heat onto it, so I try to do this as little as possible. I never blow dry my hair, I always leave it to dry naturally, unless I'm running super late and it's a hair emergency, but that rarely happens. I also only straighten my hair when I'm going somewhere important and I need to look very tidy, so I probably only straighten it once a month, if that. During my journey to healthy and long hair, I've learnt quite a few ways of styling my hair without heat, so I'll share them with you now.
Most of the time I love my hair when it dries naturally and I don't often need to do anything to it. But on the days where I'm having a really bad hair day, I stay away from heat appliances and do some of these tricks.

I think the most obvious one is putting your hair up in a ponytail or a bun, I've found that doing this is absolutely fantastic as it keeps my hair out of my face and really changes up my look. Recently, I've been mixing my up-do's up by putting a bandana in my hair to just give it that extra oomph, and I absolutely love it.



My next hairstyle is definitely one of my favourites. I love doing a fishtail braid, I think it's so much more interesting than a normal plait, and can really bring your look together. I either keep the fishtail braid simple, or I leave it in for a few hours, and then when I take it out, I have gorgeous beachy waves that stay in place for a good two days.



This next hairstyle is probably the one I do most often. I have a middle parting, and some days it can just look so limp and flat, so what I like to do is apply some dry shampoo (Batiste all the way - amiright?!) and just pin up the two front sections. Every time I do this hairstyles I full on feel like a tumblr girl because I think it's just so edgy, but it looks great!





The hairstyle that I have yet to try but am dyyyyyying to try once my fringe has grown out enough, is a hairstyle I saw on Lily Melrose's YouTube channel, which you can see HERE. I can't even explain it so I'll let this photo speak for itself. I've tried it multiple times but it just hasn't worked, and I think it's because my fringe is still growing out, so maybe I can pull this off in a couple of months time!



So there you go, there are some hairstyles for you girls out there who are trying not to use as much heat on your hair. I really love all of these hairstyles because they're so quick and easy to do, and they look great!

Lemme know in the comments if you yourself have any go to hairstyles for days that you just hate your hair!

Toodles!
Gx







Wednesday, 10 September 2014

CARING FOR YOUR HAIR: TANGLE TEEZER








Tangle Teezers are possibly one of the best inventions to have ever been put on the market. I didn't know this, but using a normal hairbrush that you can find in pretty much any shop, actually does your hair more damage than good. I don't know about super high end hair brushes because I'm sure they're wonderful and can do your hair the world of good, I'm talking about the brushes we've all grown up with and have just thrown into our trolly at the supermarket, because at the end of the day, "it's just a hairbrush".

After hearing hair horror stories about how much damage a hair brush can do to your hair, I immediately looked up alternatives. For quite a few months I stopped using hair brushes and stuck purely to wide toothed combs (which are also absolutely amazing and perfect for your hair FYI), until one day, my mum was getting her hair cut and I spotted a Tangle Teezer sitting in its box behind the reception, calling out to me. After seeing the name of it, I remembered a few blog posts I had read about it and how great it was for your hair, so I decided to buy it there and then. Although it did seem like a bit of a stretch for my purse to fork out that much for what may or may not have been a miracle brush, I'm so glad that I did because I cannot be more pleased with it.

If you're like me and you've developed kinda curly wavy natural hair over the years, you'll understand that brushing my hair throughout the day leads to one thing and one thing only - looking like a poodle. So because of that, I'm a "Only brush my hair when it's just been washed" kinda gal, and this is where the Tangle Teezer comes to the rescue.
Brushing your hair when it's wet it the WORST THING YOU CAN DO TO YOUR HAIR! I never even knew this! But when your hair is wet it's a lot more stretchy, flexible and vulnerable, and brushing it whilst it's wet is just a recipe for disaster, it causes split ends, it breaks your hair and it weakens it.

Once I found this out I was completely shocked and at a loss of what to do, which is why I'm so thankful to my Tangle Teezer. Tangle Teezers have soft bristles that glide through your hair without tugging on them or causing breakage or split ends. They're really gentle on your hair and do the job just as well as a normal hairbrush. The TT feels very snug in your hand, and I find it gives you more control than any normal hairbrush.
So since finding all of this information out, I brush with the TT before jumping in the shower to get all my tangles out, and then once I'm out the shower I'll either brush it again very carefully or I'll use a wide toothed comb, either of these options are fine.



I definitely think that everyone should have a TT in their lives, because it makes looking after your hair so much easier. You can get them in a really wide variety of colours nowadays and you can even get travel sized ones. I bought mine for just under 20euros, but that was from a professional hairdresser, so maybe you can find some cheaper ones online or in supermarkets!

Buying the TT has definitely changed the overall condition of my hair and has brought it back to health. I now see normal hairbrushes as devils and will never go near them again!



Toodles!
Gx


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

CARING FOR YOUR HAIR: COCONUT OIL.




I've raved about coconut oil in the past, and I will keep raving about it until the end of time. It's without a doubt the best natural hair care product I've ever used.

I'm doing a hair care series here on my blog, so I thought it only right to include my favourite product of all time. I've already done a post about caring for bleached hair which you can see here , and some of these tips are already in there, but I thought it would be smart to do one big hair care series so that all of the tips and tricks are in one place.

Biona organic coconut virgin oil is an absolute gem that every girl needs to have in their cupboards.
Make sure to buy virgin coconut oil, as its the best for your hair. You'll notice that it's solid when at room temperature, but once it touches your skin it starts to melt.



One of the best things you can do for your hair is a hot oil treatment. All you do is warm up some coconut oil for about 30 seconds in the microwave, and then apply it all over your hair from root to tip, and leave it for anything between 2 hours or a whole night. On days where I know I don't have to go out, I leave it on for as long as possible. I think my record is leaving it on for about 2 days! It doesn't do your hair any harm at all, so the longer you leave it on, the better!

Coconut oil is not only an amazing treatment for your hair, but it can also stimulate hair growth. The oil does this by seeping into your follicles and strengthening them. I can definitely say that using coconut oil has given me extra length and has completely transformed my hair.

When it comes to washing the oil out of your hair, it can be a bit of a job depending on how long/thick your hair is. I usually have to reapply shampoo twice when washing the oil out, maximum three times. But all of the extra effort is so worth it, because once it's all washed out, your hair feels like silk.

As for using a conditioner after you've shampooed, I think that's just really a personal preference. I've tried not using conditioner afterwards and I've tried using it, and either way your hair is going to feel like silk anyway because of all the hard work the oil has just done, so decide for yourselves!

You can also apply the coconut oil to the ends of your ends to keep flyways in place and to just protect your ends during the day, but make sure to only apply the smallest amount, otherwise your hair will look greasy.

Of course, coconut oil can be used for pretty much anything, you can use it as a body moisturiser, you can cook with it, you can put it on your lips during the winter if they get a bit chapped. It's an absolute godsend, but I'll always favour putting it on my hair rather than anywhere else.

You can find coconut oil pretty much anywhere I think, try looking in shops that sell organic products, but if you don't have any nearby, you can find it on amazon :)


Toodles!
Gx

Monday, 1 September 2014

FOODS FOR HAIR GROWTH.

Surprise surprise, another hair growth post! If you haven't noticed by now, I'm completely obsessed and my obsession won't end until I have luscious long locks!
I've noticed recently that my hair has been growing a lot, and dare I say it, faster than usual. I don't know what caused it but I'm buzzing about it none the less!

During my searches on the internet for anything and everything that will make hair grow, I came across a LOT of pinterest posts that talked about a couple of foods that can help your hair grow long and healthy. Ever since coming across these posts, I've been adding these foods to my shopping list, so thought I should share them with you all!

Queue ridiculously healthy shopping list!

Vitamin C: Brocoli, lemons, oranges, tomatoes, kiwis, strawberries, grapefruit.

Potassium: White beans, avocado, spinach, salmon, white mushrooms, bananas.

Iron: Apricots, onions, raisins, almonds.

Zinc: Eggs, peanuts, cereals, lamb.

Vitamin A: Carrots, sweet potatoes, red peppers, cheddar cheese, melon.

Biotin: Cucumbers, raspberries.

Seeing as this is my own personal shopping list, I've removed the foods that I don't particularly like/can't get my hands on. So here's a photo of the original post where I got my information from. All credit goes to Pinterest.


I mostly eat these sorts of food anyway, so hopefully my hair growth is down to eating all these great foods, keeping hydrated and treating my hair with care.

Let me know about your own personal hair growth and if you yourself have experienced any growth thanks to these foods. Also, feel free to leave me a comment if you have any tips of hair growth I haven't mentioned!

Toodles!
Gx

Sunday, 31 August 2014

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME.



The end of the summer is approaching us (dare I say it), so I thought it would be nice to have a little look back on a little holiday I went on with my mum about a month ago. We were only there for a one day and one night, but it was lovely none the less.

One of the (many) upsides of living in the South of France, is that it's SO close to Spain. An hour and a half in the car and you're there, so bearing this in mind, mum and me decided to pop down to Roses (Rosas) for a little getaway.

Once we got there, we checked into our hotel and went for a walk around to find a nice little restaurant to eat in. We found one pretty much straight away considering how hungry we were, and got an avocado and prawn cocktail salad each, along with a variety of tapas, and washed it all down with some delicious desserts, a crème brûlée for me, and a strawberry cheesecake for mum. By the time we were done we decided to have a little sit down on the beach, which was PACKED!









It was lovely none the less and we enjoyed ourselves, before heading back to the room to get ready for dinner. My family and I have been going to Roses for years, so we know our way around pretty well. A few years ago we all went to this beautiful posh restaurant that did the most amazing food, so of course, we went out searching for it. We were walking for 40 minutes along the beach searching for this restaurant, where we saw that there were so many - what I can only describe as - professional sandcastles! I had completely forgotten about the fact that at night, professional sandcastle makers line the beaches and make the most amazing sandcastles you've ever seen! One even had its own little swimming pool!











After taking what seemed like a hundred photos, we finally found it and sat down for dinner, and we weren't disappointed. They brought us Aioli, a traditional garlic dip that is EVERYWHERE in Spain, as well as some olives. For the main course, I opted for duck and my mum had this delicious pasta filled with sun dried tomatoes and a lot of garlic. We ordered some cocktails, a Tequila Sunrise for me and a Mojito for mum, as well as some local wine. We then shared a strawberry cheesecake type thing and were given some free champagne, result!








The next day, after waking up to the sound of the waves that were just meters away from our hotel, we hurried out to explore the shops. I really couldn't believe how many amazing shops there were. There seemed to be two streets, one for the high end shops and one for the independent shops, and I have to say, the independent ones were by far the best. We spent most of our time in this one shop just buying and buying and buying! The prices were really reasonable as well, so of course that made us happy! After a couple of hours of shopping it was time to hit the road again to go home, but of course we couldn't leave on an empty stomach, so we stopped off at a little cafe and ate some questionable sandwiches!

Shout out to the hotel for having a bath!
Toodles!
Gx