Tuesday, 20 July 2010

New Video: How to use side combs

Melissa's Comedy Hair Plus Some Useful Ways To Use French Side Combs

I think my daughter is collecting "Stone Bridge Video Bloopers" on the sly. You wouldn't know that I am in fact hugely camera-shy by the number of hair styling and hair accessories videos I've been making.

So if a bunch of outtakes of me suddenly show up on YouTube one day, some young lady is going to be seriously grounded.

In this video, I whizz through four different ways you can use French side combs to create a few different hair styles. The comb I'm using is our Classic French Handmade side comb, but you can also use dressy combs for any of these styles.

The styles are:
The Quiff (my comedy hair moment, please forgive me!),
A traditional Half-Back,
The Bouf (my favourite, a modern bouffant style), and
The traditional Sides Back style

How to Use French Side Combs

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Monday, 19 July 2010

Melissa's Olive Oil Deep Conditioning Treatment

Deep condition your hair
at almost no cost!
You can pay a lot of money for some deep conditioning treatments, but I'll let you in on an industry secret that the shampoo companies DO NOT want you to know, which is this:

The same ingredients that are in the bottle of conditioner in your shower are in one of those £10 single deep conditioning treatment packs, but with less water.

All conditioners are the same

The truth is, conditioner is conditioner. You can use more of it or less of it, but your hair can only be so conditioned.

 Any chemist in the industry will tell you the same. And conditioner pretty much does all its "conditioning" work in five minutes.

So there's no point leaving your hair all glooped up for hours on end or overnight. You will not get any more out of your conditioner for your trouble.

Anyhoo, I wanted to share with you my favourite way to get rid of my family on a sunny Saturday and that is my olive oil deep conditioning treatment.

Oil vs. Conditioner

Oil and conditioner are not the same thing. Conditioner is made up of slippery molecules that coat the outside of your hair so that the individual hairs tangle less and so get less damaged.

Conditioner is an important part of maintaining the long term health of your hair because it has a role in protecting the cuticle layer.

You oil your hair to restore a bit of moisture to it that has been stripped out by, frankly, shampooing it. Oil is not as effective as conditioner is for adding "slip" to your hair.

There are two oils that are absorbed best by human hair and that is olive oil and coconut oil. Which you choose is down to what you've got available and how you want to smell.

Can you use any other oils?

Of course you can, but they will probably be more expensive and won't be absorbed as readily as olive oil or coconut oil.

Nothing bad will happen if you use argan oil, grapeseed oil or vegetable oil. It all pretty much works fine.

Melissa's Olive Oil Deep Conditioning Treatment

So, first I tell my family that I mustn't be disturbed under any circumstances for at least an hour. Then I put on my bikini and lay out my sun towel.

Now, for the important bit. With DRY hair (because it is more absorbent) I pour a bit of cheap olive oil in my hands, and work it all through my hair, but especially the ends.

I like to get my hair really coated throughout in oil, but you don't have to do this. If you have straight hair, you may just want to oil the lower half of your hair only.

Then, I concentrate on lying in the sun for as long as I can get away with.

When you're all done relaxing, go shampoo out the oil twice through and condition as normal. Your hair should feel wonderful after this.

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Monday, 12 July 2010

The Latest Celebrity Hair Care Craze ...

Is it Magic or Just Another Way to Part You From Your Money? You Decide.

Wow. Another new way to get rid of frizz is the incredible Moroccanoil. Apparently beloved (and I don't doubt it) by Miley Cyrus, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lopez - hair experts all three, right?

The magic ingredient in Moroccanoil products is Argan oil. Now, argan oil is neat stuff. It tastes great, it smells nice, it is nice to put in your homemade skincare products or homemade soap. And it's expensive, as oils go.

But for 100ml of Moroccanoil you're going to pay about £30. To buy a beautifully packaged 100ml bottle of pure argan oil, it comes to £12. If you're not so fussy about the bottle, I found one for £9.99.

Moroccanoil try to help you get over the sticker shock by saying a little of their product goes a long way. I'm sure it does. All oil goes a long way in hair.

But why put argan oil on your hair? On a salad, it's divine. On your skin, I can understand. But your hair? Your hair doesn't benefit from vitamins or antioxidants being rubbed into it. It's dead material.

If you need to moisturise your hair, olive oil does the job brilliantly, and the cheap stuff is better than the extra virgin. Tesco's brand sells at £1 for 250ml. The bottle won't look so pretty on your bathroom counter, true, but the money will feel nice in your pocket!

In my next post, I'll share my favourite deep conditioning method using olive oil.

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Sunday, 11 July 2010

Adding Height or Volume to Your Hair

This is a really simple trick to add height or volume to your hair, particularly if you prefer to air dry your hair.

When your hair is still wet or damp, if you want to add a lot of volume to a particular part of your hair, such as your fringe or the crown, pinch up the relevant section with a large styling clamp.

This is something I do every day with my fringe. And here's the picture to prove it.

I only need to keep my clip in for about twenty minutes or so, usually the time it takes to make and drink my coffee. Plus I'm rushing around the house so much, it is almost the same as using a blow dryer!

If you don't want to add quite so much height, you can use a small steel salon clip, like these:

 Just clip up the hair so it stands up from your head, more exaggerated than how you'd like it to dry. Don't worry, your hair will relax back once you take the clip out.

There is no need to use any additional styling product in your hair for this to work. You only need your hair to go from wet or damp to dry in the time you have the clip in your hair.

You can add volume from the root this way to any part of your hair. Me, I've got a boxy shaped head, so the back of my head is flatter than I like.

I took a picture, so you can see:
Here, you can see that I would have a better profile if I could make the back of my head appear more rounded at the top.

You can create this illusion by styling your hair with hair accessories, or you can try and get your hair to just stand up a bit more.

And here's the result when dry.

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Sunday, 4 July 2010

If You Knew You Could Buy Decent Hair Clips Would You Still Put These In Your Hair?

Office Products as Hair Accessories

You wouldn't think hair accessories would come up in conversation much, but it sure seems to in my life.

A few weeks ago I was fixing my hair in the ladies' toilets in a large office building. In walked a professional, fashionably-dressed woman in her forties, who started to fix her hair as well.

"Agh!"she said as she wrestled with her fringe. "I've got this new haircut, but the fringe is too long and keeps hanging in my face. It's driving me nuts!"

She turned to me, pushing her fringe down to show me how it hung in her eyes. It was a good hair cut, but the fringe was indeed (fashionably) rather long. Very annoying when you are trying to get your work done, for sure.

"Nevermind, though." She turns back to the mirror and reveals that she has a paperclip in her hand.

"An old trick. I've been wearing these for years."

So, as the owner of a company who could sell her very beautiful, classic and professional-looking hair slides, do I risk telling her that office products actually may hold her fringe back, but they look ... hmmm ... what's the word I'm looking for?

What would you do?

Hair Slides I Recommend Instead of Paper Clips

Also Effective For Controlling Your Fringe

Stone Bridge Classic French Side Combs