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What do people really think about grey hair? 

In recent months it’s has become much more noticeable that I’m getting the odd grey hair. At 35 this was bound to happen sooner or later. 

Worried about this ageing me, I’ve been pondering what do do with my greys. Ignore it, pull them out or reach for the hair dye. 

I decided to do a little bit of research as I was curious to see what people really felt about grey hair. Particularly as 2016 saw granny hair being a big trend. For the record, I didn’t get the ‘grey hair trend’.

One 24hr twitter poll later I had a slightly better understanding. 

Almost 3/4 of the people who responded to the poll agreed that they weren’t actually that bothered about going grey as it happens to us all. That’s kind of good to know, I’m not suddenly past it! 
Interestingly though 100% of people agreed that society is more acceptable of men having grey hair. 


From a personal perspective I sit very much on the fence with my feelings about my hair turning grey. 

My hair is currently its natural colour. I grew out any colourant that was present and then had the remnants cut off. 

I would describe my hair as mid brown, it is actually a lot lighter than I remember after it being dyed a darker brown for so many years. In the past year I have had my first noticeable greys. They actually sit under my parting so are only really noticeable if I pull my hair back. 

The texture of these are different though and feel much coarser. 

I can deal with this for now but am unsure how to proceed with my hair when it becomes more noticeable. To be quite frank I can be very lazy when it comes to my hair. One of the main reasons I stopped colouring it in the first place was that I found it such a chore keeping on top of the roots. 

I also think very white or silvery looking hair can look quite stunning on the right person. 

When it came to peoples response to grey hair, using hair dye was the most popular response. Though I was actually surprised that leaving greys alone was a very close second. 


I’m not rushing out to dye my hair anytime soon. I also get enough fall out all ready that I’m not going to voluntarily pull out any extras.   For now I’m in the ‘leave it alone’ camp and am comfortable with that. If these results are accurate people aren’t actually that bothered by the odd grey hair anyway. 

Do you agree with this poll? 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. 

5 Essential Beauty Products for Autumn 

The clocks have gone back and we are officially heading towards winter. As the nights are drawing in and it’s gets chillier my beauty needs inevitably change. I have certain products that I have returned to  time again over the past few years. They are hard working and get me through the season. This year I’ve discovered a couple of extras to add to my beauty routine. 

So here I am sharing 5 of my Autumn/winter beauty must haves;  

 Evolve Organic Beauty Hyaluranic Serum – £28

Now I have succumbed to putting the heating on my skin is starting to feel dry and tight. 

I have added this Hyalauranic acid based serum to my morning skincare regime before I apply my moisturiser. As Hyaluranic acid can hold up to a 1000 times its weight in water it grabs on to all those moisturising ingredients making them work harder and more effectively. I have really noticed the difference in how my skin feels. 


The Bodyshop Shade adjusting drops Lightening – £10

Summer has officially passed and I’ve returned to a very pale version of myself meaning my current foundation options  are way too dark for me. Not wanting to leave them to expire by the time next summer comes around these lightening drops are the perfect solution. 

I did a full review of these drops in a recent blog post that you can check out here.

The Bodyshop Hemp Hand Protector – from £5 

Anyone else suffer with hands that chap and bleed as soon as it hits November? Not only does it hurt, but it’s not pretty! This is the hand cream I reach for every year as it seems to be the only one that actually works to prevent that from happening. 

I’m not going to lie the hemp scent is a bit funky but I can over look that as the cream itself is so effective. 


Soap & Glory Heel Genius – £5.50

Now, boots not only look fab but are great for keeping your feet warm and dry throughout the Autumn and winter months.  What they aren’t so great on is the skin of your feet. Nope prolonged wear can leave feet looking a bit dry and crusty, yuck! 

This particular foot cream works a treat though to keep my feet looking and feeling great even when I’ve been wearing nothing but boots. I apply it each night before bed. The peppermint scent is also soothing if you’ve got aching feet. 

 Avon Advance techniques dry shampoo – £3.50

I love a bobble hat at this time of year to keep me warm and cosy on my walk to work. What I don’t love is hat hair. That is why I keep a can of dry shampoo in my bag for an instant freshen up once I’ve got to work. This one from Avon is great as it doesn’t leave a cast plus it also acts as a volumizer to get rid of that flat hat hair. 


Please bear in mind Avon have changed the packaging of all their Advance techniques products recently but the formula is still the same (mine is still the old packaging). 

What are your must have beauty products for Autumn? 

Please note any Avon products featured link to my Avon representative selling page. 

5 coconut based bath & body products worth trying 

I have a bit of a love for all things coconut related. Candles, beauty products and food, I love it all. Put it this way, I’d share my last Rolo but no ones getting a bite of my Bounty!

My love for coconut has meant I’ve tried my fair share of coconut based bath and body products. I actually realized this sat in the bath and everything on my shelf had coconut in the title. I told you I’m a bit obsessed.

So queue a bit of  bath time blog post inspiration and here I am sharing a round up of my 5 current favorites coconut bath and body products.

1. Queen of … Ooh la la Shaving Gel £2.99 superdrug 

It took me a little while to get used to this shaving gel as it doesn’t create a thick layer of foam typical of traditional canned shaving gels.

Instead what you get is thinner but creamy  and nourishing layer of protection for the skin.

The coconut and vanilla scent is fab. It also contains Aloe Vera and Tea Tree Oil which have soothing and healing properties. It is free from those nasty parabens and is not tested on animals.

My skin is left feeling super soft and smooth post shave. It must be love as I’ve just finished my fourth tube.



2 & 3. Avon naturals coconut & starfruit Shower gel and body lotion.

Last year I picked up Coconut water chill shower gel and body lotions from Bath & Bodyworks. They smelt amazing. Alas I can’t replace them because a) they’ve been discontinued and b) we don’t have a store in the UK.

This little duo from Avon though smells exactly the same. I did a little ‘Oh my freekin god!’ happy dance when I first smelt this. Naturally as soon as I see Avon discontinuing it I shall be stock piling it. Don’t judge me!

4. Palmer’s coconut oil formula deep conditioning protein pack £1.99 superdrug. 

If your hair is feeling a bit on the dry side and in need of some TLC then this treatment mask is a must try. I have previously reviewed this hair mask on the blog. For a full review check out that post here.

To sum that up in a few words though expect a natural treatment that leaves hair tangle free and deep conditioned.



5. Alberto Balsam coconut & lychee conditioner £1 Boots (currently 4 for £3).

I love everything about this conditioner. It leaves my hair feel conditioned and healthy. Oh and the smell, ummmm, even the the husband comments on the smell of my hair when I’ve used this conditioner. Oh and for s £1, what’s not to love?

Are you a fellow coconut lover? I’d love to hear what coconut based products you recommend I should try. 

Living proof no frizz humidity shield | My hairs new best friend

Having recently had my hair cut into a little boxed bob I have had to adapt my hairstyling routine to suit my hairs new needs. 

It’s actually is a lot easier to look after my hair now but does require putting the effort in to blow dry my hair properly into its style. I can’t just throw the mess up into a top knot. It Stands to reason then I want my style to stay looking it’s best for as long as possible. 

That is why I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to try some haircare products from luxury brand Living Proof. 


The no frizz humidity shield finishing hairspray by Living Proof has fast become a firm favourite in haircare arsonal. 

My hair has a natural wave, add humidity and it likes to grow. Think a slightly less extreme version of Monica Gellers hair when the Friends clan visited Barbados. 

Fortunately with some careful styling my hair will behave itself to a degree. I say that because once Ive slept on it usually requires me repeating the whole styling process again. Not going to lie, I really can’t be bothered with that! 

Since using the no frizz humidity finishing spray I can actually get away without having to wash and style my hair everyday. I experience zero frizz, big claim I know. Yes it might look a bit flat but a quick spray of dry shampoo (also curtesy of living proof) to my roots adds the bounce back. 

The effectiveness of the products I put down to the brand focusing on a science led development team of expert stylists and biotech scientists. The outcome being high performance products using unique patented molecules that will change the way hair behaves. It does this without the use of sulfates, silicones and oils. 

My only bug bare has to be that having looked to find places to repurchase online it’s sold out. Whahhh! Nooooo! 

I suppose that must show how good it is but I need to have this in my life. Sure Space NK is one of the few that have it in stock, that’s the larger £20 can though , me I can honestly only afford the £11 60ml can at a stretch, and that is out of stock. Perhaps if I give my coffee habit up for a month? 

Anyways regardless of my own personal monetary dilemma this is a product I would splurge on it because most importantly it works. Not only that it smells lovely, think a light and refreshing perfume rather than hairspray. I shall keep stalking stockists for the smaller can. 

In the mean time though does anyone have any suggestions for a similar product that is a little more purse friendly? 

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter In-Shower Lightening Treatment | Does it Work? 

Over the years I’ve played with colour but always seem to come back to brown. Until fairly recently I would always take my hair darker. As I have got older this has been more difficult to keep on top of my roots as the brunette spectrum of my hair seems to be less dominant. A few of those greys are also creeping in. 
Not knowing how to deal with this It was easier to leave my hair alone. 

Consequently It’s been a very long time since I have coloured my hair. So much so that I had actually grown out and trimmed off any remnants of old colour. For a long time I’ve been my au natural bog standard brunette. Not gonna lie though I’ve been getting a bit bored. 

Now I’m what could be described as a bit of hairdressers tart, I don’t have a regular hairdresser. Instead I keep my eye out for the latest groupon voucher or trainee model session. Basically I hate paying out loads of money on my hair. Any hoo, I had a little chat with the last hairdresser I visited, and her tip was that it is easier to lighten hair to conceal greys than to go dark. 

Not ready to commit to highlights I saw the  brilliant brunette visibly brighter In-shower lightening treatment (phew mouthful) rrp £9.99 and decided that this was worth trying out as a more suitable option for me. 

This is a single use treatment that claims you will see a lighter shade of brunette after just one wash. As it works to lighten only the natural brunette spectrum of your hair it shouldn’t leave hair looking bleached, or that horrible orange shade us brunettes can go when we try to lighten our hair. Yup made that mistake in the past! 

The formula is made up of two different liquids that are kept separate until usage. 

To use all you do is apply the entire treatment to wet hair, leave for five minutes and then rinse. I used a 2 in 1 shampoo  and conditioner after as I wanted to make sure I had rinsed everything out. 



It is worth bearing in mind before using the treatment;

  1. It contains peroxide 
  2. It is a permanent product. 
  3. You should only use the treatment once a month. 

I found this really quick and easy to use plus It is far less messier than traditional hair dye. 

Below are my before and after pictures.

Ignore the fact that my hair desperately needs a cut, I hadn’t realised how badly till taking these pictures. 

As you can see this has certainly brightened up my shade of brunette. I’m actually really pleased with the outcome. 

If you are looking for a drastic change this won’t be for you as the effects are subtle. However if like me you want a very natural looking ‘perk up’ this product is perfect for you. 

I have already decided I shall be using the treatment again next month. 

Current Haircare Favourites 

Recently my hair has actually been behaving itself. I don’t feel I’ve had a bad hair day for quite a while. Big claim, I know! 

Want to know my secret? I put it down to my current favourite hair care products. So if you want to know what they are, then read on. 

 
Batiste Dry Shampoo Dark & Deep Brown £3.99 (currently buy 1 get 1 half price at Superdrug). 
  

Dry shampoo is one of those hair products that I consider a necessity. It perks up day three hair so I can get away with washing my hair less, adds volume and smells nice. Having said that, I have had a bit of a love hate relationship with it in the past. As a dark haired girl it’s been tough finding one that doesn’t leave a white cast on my hair. 

Thank you batiste for coloured dry shampoo! They also do one for red, blonde and medium brown hair. That white cast? It is now a thing of the past. Plus It comes with the added bonus of helping to disguise the one or two greys I have without having to reach for the hair dye. Yes it comes to us all! 

The Body Shop Banana Conditioner £5

  

This smells AMAZING!! It isn’t the most moisturising of conditioners, so if your hair is dry and damaged you probably won’t find this effective. My hair is fairly good condition It’s not dyed and is rarely heat styled other than blow drying, so for me this provides enough moisture. 

It is the banana scent that keeps me repurchasing this conditioner time and time again. I love it!

Tigi Catwalk Blow out balm £8.99

  

My daughter has crazy thick  curly and often frizzy hair that is difficult to manage. A couple of pumps of this through her hair before blow drying makes a huge difference. 

A straight blowdry will last her a good few days now without become frizzy. A bonus effect of this product is that I’m convinced it also reduces drying time. 

Lush Seanik Shampoo Bar £5.95

  

This handy shampoo bar lives in my gym bag. Apologies that it looks mucky but that just proves its regularly used and loved. 

This contains, seaweed, sea salt and lemon so is great for creating tousled volume. At the same time It leaves my hair looking shiny which is something that regular sea salt sprays can’t provide. Plus no crunchy feeling either. 

It does smell s bit funky if you get the actual bar too close to your nose, think wet seaweed, but nothing very offensive. 

A bar of this lasts so much longer than regular shampoo so is great value for money as well. 

Have you tried any of my hair care favourites before? Why not suggest your favourite for me to try. img_0613-2

Is Co-washing right for your hair? 

Co-washing is the act of washing your hair with just conditioner and skipping on the traditional shampoo step. Over the past couple of years more ladies have been ditching the shampoo in favour of Co-washing.

Why? Washing with just conditioner doesn’t strip the hair of natural oils meaning hair feels nourished and in better condition. Does it actually work though?

I’m not going to lie, I was kind of sceptical about this. Surely it would leave hair looking greasy?

Typical me I decide to do a little bit of research in to this as I wanted to find out more about the claims of Co-Washing.

As it turns out Co washing isn’t actually that new. Women with curly hair, particularly Afro textured hair, have been skipping shampoo and washing with just conditioner for years.

Most conditioners contain small amounts of detergent known as ‘quats’. When these are mixed with water they pick up small amounts of dirt leaving the hair gently cleansed.

My Interest piqued I decided it was about time  I gave Co-washing a try. Not wanting to part with a large sum of money I opted to try out Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Cleansing Conditioner Rrp £5.99. You can find it in Superdrug or online from Amazon and FeelUnique.


So how did I get on?

Firstly it would probably help by telling you about my hair type. I have hair that is naturally wavy and tends to get dry feeling quite quickly, especially at the ends. Oh and don’t get me started on it’s prone to frizz, if treated incorrectly. I have actually had a fair bit of hair chopped off recently so my hair is currently in good condition.

Co-washing is most definately a technique you have to get used to. It actually took me a couple of washes before I could confidently say I was using it correctly.

My first attempt left my hair feeling weighed down and It actually looked more greasy than when I started. Not one to give in though I have tried and tried again.

Here’s a quick guide to the correct way to use a cleansing conditioner.

  • Rinse the hair with just water thourghly first.
  • Make sure you massage the cleansing conditioner into the scalp well and through the length of your hair.
  • It helps to use a wide tooth comb to disperse it evenly through the hair.
  • It will not lather, so don’t be surprised by this.
  • Leave in the hair for a good 5 minutes before rinsing THOURGHLY.

You certainly are not left with that squeaky clean feeling you get after using shampoo. I would describe it as second day hair, so if you like a bit of texture this helps. Due to this frizz is also not an issue.

I wouldn’t like to comment on the long term effects this has had on the condition of my hair as I have only been using this for about 3 weeks. It hasn’t felt dry at all though, even the ends.

It’s worth bearing in mind that Co Washing may not be for everyone. Having experienced that initial weighted effect on my hair (when I didn’t use it properly) I can imagine if you have fine or very straight hair it would weigh it down. Also if you are someone that has a particularly oily scalp this probably would make that worse.

If you have colour treated hair that is perhaps dry or damaged or a natural curl to your hair then you may find this works for you.

This particular Co-wash gets bonus points as well as it is free from Sulphates and parabens which is great if you are someone trying to keep chemicals to a minimum.

Have you tried Co-washing before? what was your experience?

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Boots Sun Swim and Gym Haircare Range – Rave Review

Are you someone who likes to go swimming a lot? Have you noticed how drying the chlorine in the swimming pool can be on your hair? My hair hates it and left to its own devices my hair becomes dry and brittle and prone to split ends, not ideal really. This is where the Boots Sun and Gym Haircare Range £3.29 – £3.59 has been a hair saviour.

 

 I have three products from the range. These are;

3 in 1 Shampoo for normal hair – This product is great it can be used both as a traditional shampoo and bodywash, making it ideal for my gym bag.  It really does leave my hair and skin feeling hydrated, and removes that tell-tale chlorine smell.

Leave in Conditioner for normal hair – After washing my hair I use a liberal spritz of this conditioner. It makes the job of combing any tangles out of my hair very easy.  It also has UV filters so helps to protect hair from the sun as well. I had a few split ends before I stated using this product and I can honestly say the appearance of these have been reduced to virtually zero. Big claim I know!

Protection Masque for normal hair – I don’t think I have  come across another product quite like this before. It is a hair mask that you apply to dry hair before you have your swim. It helps to lock in moisture and actively protects the hair from chlorine damage whilst you swim. I have been using this before every swim I have had over the past month and have noticed a huge difference in how my hair looks and feels.

I cannot recommend this range enough, the difference in my hair since using it is amazing. These products are going to take up permanent residence in my gym bag. I am heading off on my beach holiday next week so they will be coming with me there as well.

If you wanted to try this range out for yourself it is currently on offer at 2 for £5.00 so the timing couldn’t be better. 

Have you tried any of this range before? Do you have any other tips for protecting hair from the sun and swimming?

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Super Easy Updo – Twisted Bun Tutorial

So who doesn’t love a bun? they are quick and easy, and you can look put together in minutes.

Some times though you want some thing a bit more glam than a standard bun. This is where this multi sectioned twisted bun is great. The best thing about it is it’s easy. Yes it will take you about 5 -10 minutes to do, but it’s so worth the extra time it takes.

First up you need to put your hair into a semi high pony tail, though it really is up to you where you position this.

All you do next it take sections of hair and twist tightly from root to end. The more you twist the hair it will natural start to bend into structured twisty loop. Secure this with a Kirby grip around the base of the pony tail.

Carry on taking sections of hair, twisting and pinning, untill there is no loose hair left. Just a little tip for you, I find this easier to manage with slightly damp hair.

Once all the sections are in place set the hair with hairspray. I like to use a non areosol formula, but that’s just my personal preference.

Et voila, one simple yet intricate looking up do. The picture above is a bit messy as I did this prior to my daughter heading to bed. She likes to do this as a way of creating ringlets for school the following day. If you were doing this before heading out try to get the top of the hair looking as sleek as possible when putting the ponytail in.


Would do you think, are you a fan of a simple bun? Do you have any ways you like to up the style factor of your bun?

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Introducing Bowtown – Pretty accessories for young and old. 

Hi guys! Just a quick one for you today as I wanted to share with you these gorgeous hair accessories from new startup business Bowtown. 

All the accessories on offer are hand made, by my  talented Cousin Nicky. You can purchase from stock or she is able to customise  items to order.  There is a huge variety of colours to choose from, and you can have the bows made from either chunky glitter or leatherette.

 

What’s so great about these little headbands is that they can be worn in so many different ways. The bow is functioned on a removable clip that can be worn either on it’s own or with the Alice band. She even does a version that is suitable for babies. 

 

 

My 2 year old niece is modelling hers  quite proudly, she has named it her pretty. This set cost me £5, orders can be placed through Bow towns Facebook page here. Or you can also find her on instergram as BowtownBow.

   

   

In the spirit of diversification Bowtown will soon be launching shoe clips. I can’t wait to get my hands on a pair or two. I fancy some pastel leatherette bows for my pumps this spring. 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂