Saturday, 30 June 2012

Dead Easy, Super Glam Wedding Updo

This Week's Video Tutorial: The Rolled Chignon

Caroline Herrera AW 11    Image: GoRunway
This style has been all over the catwalks, done using a mouthful or two of grips and a bucket of hairspray.

But all that drama is unnecessary.

The low rolled chignon style is perfect for weddings or the races, or any other occasion where a hat is imperative.

This style must be practiced before the day of your event. I cannot stress this enough.

The amount of hair you take back at the sides will depend on your head shape and profile.

It personally took me about five attempts on different days before I landed on the right proportions for my head, and I think I'd want to play with this a few more times before feeling completely confident that I look more groomed than granny.

But that is the only tricky aspect to this particular style. The actual "doing" up of your hair honestly takes about a minute.

Enjoy the video!

How To Do An Easy Rolled Chignon Using A French Comb


Hair Accessories Used In This Video

Starlight Elastics

French Pleat Medium Comb

Other Hair Styling Videos You Might Like:

Pins and Forks For Thick Hair
How To Use Banana Clips
Are You A Hair Claw Addict? This Video Is For You

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Monday, 25 June 2012

A Rant About Biotin (And Supplements For Hair Growth)

It's Not Me Ranting ... But I Couldn't Have Said It Better Myself

Food and hair: Connected?
It's not very ladylike to rant.

So whenever one is likely to slip out in blog format, I delete it.

But this weekend I found a kindred spirit who is equally driven mental by the current fashion for popping vitamin supplements for hair growth.

If this post doesn't convince you that you cannot in fact eat (or supplement) yourself to longer, thicker, faster whatever hair then I just don't know what else to do.

Click here, gentle reader ...

The (in)famous biotin rant


And when you're ready for some pretty hair clips, visit Stone Bridge

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

TRESemme Split Remedy - Does It Work?

Our Verdict Is In ... The Job's A Goodun!

TRESemme Split Remedy - Does It Work?
You might recall last year my excitement at the research published about new hair care formulations claiming to repair split ends.

TRESemme is one of my favourite lines of hair care products, speaking as a formulation geek, because the products are generally straightforward, not full of silly magical ingredients and available everywhere at a great price.

So when I heard TRESemme were launching their own line using the new formula, my feeling was the market was truly going to give the public something "new and improved" for a change.

The Product

I picked up the TRESemme Split Ends Remedy conditioner in a 3 for 2 deal at Boots. So, no, I'm not on the payroll of TRESemme. You can put your mind at ease there.

The range has five products you can buy, from shampoo through to a serum.

In the past, "repair and protect" type formulations did their work, so to speak, by clumping slippery-feeling product around damaged sites along your hair. When the hair was dry and you ran your hands over your hair - incredible! - your hair felt smooth to the touch.

However the reality was that your hair was not repaired at all.

About two years ago a clever bunch of chemists worked out how to combine ingredients so that once your wet split ends were covered in product, the various bits of the split would be drawn together through electro-magnetic force as the product dried.

This creates a real seal along the fracture in your hair that stays together even when your hair is dry.

After three applications of product, the majority of split ends should be effectively "fixed."

And the fix is pretty darn good.

This means the split doesn't continue to travel up the hair, at least not at the rate you might experience in the olden days.

So your hair looks better and you should experience less breakage.

Back when the research was just being published, this new ingredient had some kinks to it that needed ironing out.

There was concern about how the product would feel to the consumer both poured out of the bottle and after rinsing. This is a real issue because even though the product might deliver, if the consumer doesn't like how it feels while shampooing their hair it will never gain popularity.

It was this sticking point that I was so interested to see once the product was out available on shop shelves.

The Test

My hapless oldest daughter, frequent unwilling guinea pig for my varied hair experiments, was our tester.

She has medium weight, stick straight (can you believe it?) hair that is mid-back in length.

Over the past couple years she has developed split ends which personally I think is the result of wearing her hair down all the time and inadvertently catching her hair under the shoulder strap of her ridiculously heavy schoolbag every day.

But I'm just her mother. What do I know?

After one application, Daughter said her hair felt fine and the number of split ends was noticeably reduced.

After the second application a few days later, her hair continued to feel nice and the number of split ends were further reduced.

However, she did complain that her hair seemed to get more tangled during the day - visibly so. And brushing her hair in the afternoon was more tedious than pre-treatment.

This weekend was the third application. You would struggle to find any split ends now, so there is no question that TRESemme Split Ends Remedy conditioner does what it says it does.

She feels that she isn't having the tangling problem as much now, but we'll keep an eye on it.

Tangles in long hair are NOT GOOD and contribute to damage. They indicate an increase in friction between the individual hairs, which means the cuticle surface is rubbing and catching and ultimately chipping away.

Melissa's Verdict

If you suffer from visible split ends, TRESemme Split Ends Remedy will probably do the job for you, whichever one product from the range you choose to use.

My opinion is that you do not need to use a combination of products from this range and that continuing with your preferred shampoo will not stop the product from working correctly.

TRESemme Split Ends Remedy is possibly best suited for hair no longer than just past shoulder length, given the tangling problem briefly experienced during our test.

You may experience this problem with longer hair, and so personally I would not recommend this range for longer hair.


Did you find this review interesting? Here are some other shampoo reviews I've done:

Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Shampoo Review

Shampoos For Coloured Hair: Do They Work?

Or, click to visit Stone Bridge Hair Accessories UK

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Headband Love From KTRStyle

"... felt like it was made for my head."

Super Comfy Triple Headband
Reviewed by KTRStyle
Fashion blogger KT from KTRStyle gave the Stone Bridge Super Comfy Triple Headband full marks this weekend.

We featured in her latest photoshoot, "Summertime Blues."

KT is famously picky about her hair accessories. And more especially headbands, saying:

When I'm at home I like to have my hair pulled back in a ponytail and tucked behind a comfortable headband, but my head always hurt after wearing a headband for a long time... Recently I tried out these classic headbands from Stone Bridge. These classic everyday wear headbands felt like they were made for my head. 
It's so comfortable I practically lived in them all weekend.

Pick up one of these beauties for yourself by clicking here:

Super Comfy Triple Headband

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Friday, 1 June 2012

How To Use French Side Combs 3 Ways

Inspiration For New Ways To Wear Your Side Combs

You can get stuck in a rut sometimes, always wearing your hair accessories in the same style day in and day out.

This week I wanted to show you 3 different ways you can style your hair using side combs.

Here I use our French handmade Round Edge Comb.

This is a comb we particularly recommend for our customers who have thick hair because of the thicker shape of its teeth, but it works very well in most hair types.


How To Use Side Combs: 3 Styles

Hair Accessories Used In This Video

Round Edge Combs

Browse more Stone Bridge French combs