Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Adding Volume To Your Ponytail Style

All you need is a good barrette

I've been messing around with the ponytail barrette a lot recently, ever since I saw an interesting "loose" sort of style on the catwalks for the Autumn/Winter collections.

When I was fooling around with the fashionista version, I discovered this technique where you can really alter the shape of your profile easily and quickly.

So I made a video for you to share with you this method.


Barrettes Shown In This Video

Portofino Crystal barrette
Classic Wide barrette (Sold Out!) See our Classic French Oval Barrette
Classic Long barrette (Sold Out!) See our Arc Oval Medium Barrette

Browse All Stone Bridge barrettes 

Saturday, 27 August 2011

How To Make A French Pleat

A Silly Hair Styling Challenge


Hair Accessories Shown in This Video

Ficcare Maximas hair clips
(For a handmade French clip, our Moana French Beak Clip is very popular)

Double Scroll large barrette (Sold Out!)
(For lots more like this clip, take a look at these Barrettes for thick hair)

Arpege Short hair fork

Allegro hair fork

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Hair Clips: The Best Way To Cheer Yourself Up ...

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If you're looking about how to cheer yourself up, then read on fearless Internet Sailor!

"The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up." -- Mark Twain

A few years back I met a woman who was devastated after her husband left her for another woman.

She was still young, gorgeous with a good career. But with the sudden collapse of her marriage, she felt worthless and unattractive.

Fortunately, she had a very wise pastor who told her the best way to see out of your own problems is to help others out of theirs.

She embarked on an enthusiastic programme of voluntary work, which helped her put her troubles into perspective, gave her self-esteem a huge boost, and was also of enormous help to the community.

Small Actions Spread Happiness Too

This is a dramatic example of Mark Twain's advice about your own happiness.

But small efforts work well too.

I was reminded of this when I got an email yesterday from one of our very nice customers, Ruth from Glasgow. She wrote:

Hi Melissa,  re your small business and your  lovely request for your customers to spread the word. Can I suggest an alternative strategy?
I first bought one of these clips with  Christmas gift vouchers. I would not have believed the difference in cost to the others was in proportion to the difference in quality until I owned one.
Sometimes you just want something new and different and I think it would be a good idea if the clips that a person had moved on from were given to someone else because a practical test is always more convincing than a testimony.
Best of luck, Ruth

Now, Stone Bridge is a small business and our success over the past few years (during one of the worst recessions in 100 years, remember) has been entirely down to customers like you being so pleased with their hair clips that they've spread the good word about us.

But I love Ruth's idea.

She's probably a marketing guru or something up there in Scotland, because this is a beautifully simple, genius idea.

Basically, you could let your friends try out your Stone Bridge hair clips.

Think about this.

1. Your Stone Bridge hair clips give you happiness.
2. Your friend doesn't know how happy a hair clip could make her. Tragic.
3. By passing on your hair clip to your friend, you are both a little happier.

Mull this over a little.

Hey, and if you want to start a Stone Bridge swap site on the internet, I'm totally okay with that.

Recycling is a good thing!

Oh, and if you have got some creative ideas that might help us spread the good word about Stone Bridge, don't hold back. Some of the best business ideas have come from our customers.

Email me! I'm all ears. And eyes ... or something ...

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What a 6 Year Old Can Teach You About Hair Clips

What Truly Makes a Hair Clip Perfect And Other Philosophical Questions

Here we are, in August and true to seasonal form, my kitchen is infested with flies.

Spoon collection, Jurgen Lehl, 2008
Good for rice. Not good for flies.
I’m stalking the house with my damp teatowel, making my husband jump every few minutes with an enormous “THWACK” pounding the furniture.

At lunch yesterday my youngest daughter, who’s six-and-a-half-and-don’t -you-forget-it, was getting herself a spoon from the drawer to finish off a bowl of rice when she got a rude fly-by by a fly.

“Oh!” she said. “I nearly whacked that fly with my spoon.”

“That wouldn’t have been nice,” I said.

“No. Spoons are no good for whacking flies.” Then she paused while she contemplated this new philosophy. “And fly swatters are no good for rice.”

This is just so true.

Things usually are only good for one job, and terrible for others.

This is true, of course, about hair accessories too.

Hair Clips That Are Good Not Good

I’m sure to you this is totally evident, but we get calls – very rarely, mind – from people who’ve ordered something from us and shout down the phone, “This clip is terrible! The WORST hair clip I’ve ever seen. WHO could even wear this?”

The WORST hair clip ever?
So obviously, the clip was not suitable for this person’s hair.

That’s fine.

She can send it back.

Not a problem.

However, what we then find this sort of person has difficulty understanding is that there is no such thing as the perfect all round, good-for-everybody hair clip.

And no, she doesn’t want any suggestions of a clip that might work better for her.

How dare we.

Good Not Good In Action

Last week I was lucky enough to visit a customer for a Personal Consultation in Oxfordshire. 

She has such a gorgeous cottage style garden, absolutely alive with butterflies and bees. Wonderful.

She also has extremely fine hair, but she likes it long and being an active person she needs to be able to put it up securely.

The claw that turned out to be the great success of the morning was our new Debouche Cutout Narrow claw.

Perfect hair claw for very fine hair
Other claws that could close down securely on her hair either had teeth too long, that stuck out through her hair, or were too deep and sat proud of her head and joggled about.

But the Debouche claw had the perfect balance of design elements that made it work brilliantly for her hair type.

She also, as I expected, got on very well with our Moana Etched Beak clip, which is superb if you have very fine hair.

It is also selling like hot cakes, and you WILL want to grab one for yourself soon-ish, if you're interested.

So the Debouche claw is fantastic for fine to very fine hair.

But it is TERRIBLE for thick hair. The WORST hair clip I’ve ever seen!

See? Good, not good. That’s how it is.

Better Hair Clips For Thick Hair

I promised last week I’d stop being so darn helpful to our fine haired readers, so good news for you if you have thick hair.

I’ve got a bevy of new clips just for you today.

Rectangle French Large Claw
If you have thick hair, this claw is the one for you. Handmade in France, this claw is easy to use and will hold your hair all day. 

This French Claw has interlocking, rounded teeth that provide a really firm hold. What better than keeping all that hair off your neck? 

And if you like barrettes, I’ve got two pretty new large barrettes for you here.