Monday, 26 November 2012

TRESemme Split Remedy Review Update

Find Out Why My Daughter's Going Back To Normal Conditioner Now

TRESemme Split Remedy: Cure or Curse?
Back in June, with much excitement, I reviewed the TRESemme Split Remedy conditioner.

You might recall I had worked myself up into a nerdy state of agitation over new developments in the world of hair care formulations back in 2011.

With huge anticipation, I invested in Split Remedy conditioner, handed it to my oldest daughter (with mid-back length hair who suffers from split ends) and held my breath until I could see this guy in action.

You can read the full review here, if you like.

Or, to make a long story short, the stuff works.


So why, you are asking yourself, does Daughter decide to give this elixir up for some old-school conditioner?

What happened is my greatest fear came true.

The way the product works is through magnetic fields, the two sides of your split end are drawn together as your hair dries.

The risk is that the product can't tell the difference between two sides of a single split, and different strands of hair generally, even though the field is pretty weak.

The fact is the effect is strong enough for longer hair to get snarled during the day.

Daughter noted that her hair became troublesome to brush even a few hours after her hair dried. By teatime, her hair was making her mental.

I am a big believer in not letting your hair dominate your mental health.

It's not worth it.

Do It Old Skool Stylie

So, she's gone back to the old fashioned method of dealing with split ends: regular trims and better daily hair care.

Fortunately for her, at Stone Bridge we've got just the thing for old fashioned conditioner and better hair care.

It's called the wide tooth dressing comb, and we've got a small selection of beautiful ones in your favourite French handmade materials on the website now.

Brilliant as a stocking filler and guaranteed to not damage your hair.

Function *and* beauty in one perfect product. What could be better than that?

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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Struggling With Styling Slippery Hair?

Melissa's Top Tips Just For You

I'm fresh back from our Christmas Shopping event at the beautiful Oriental Club in London.

I, Libby and Aiste got to meet a whole bunch of our customers. If you were one of them, we certainly had a fabulous evening. I hope you did too!

One customer in particular was determined to conquer the hair stick.

But ... bad news.

She has super slippery hair.

Click my video to find out my tippy top tips for how to get your slippery hair to stay put!

Hair Accessories Shown In This Video

Allure Chunky Hair Stick (Sold Out!) See our *new* Vrille Classic French Hair Stick
French Pleat Medium Comb
Moana French Beak Clip

Visit Stone Bridge Hair Accessories for more really pretty hair clips that will make you smile ... ;)

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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

A Plea From Melissa's Husband To Women At Christmas Time

Do You Know What You'd REALLY Like This Christmas? Your Husband Would Like To Know Too

Look out guys. It's Christmas time again.
Visit Stone Bridge for great gifts your wife will love!
Generally, men who need to "surprise" their wives or girlfriends on Christmas day with something delightful regard the run up to the Big Day with something approaching terror.

Some men love buying presents for the women in their lives. Most do not.

Melissa interviewed her husband and received some advice he wanted to share with our Stone Bridge friends like you on how to help your gift-buying man make great choices.

SB: Do you look forward to Christmas?

Husband: No. I like the family bit, but not the present buying. I find that stressful.

SB: Have you always found it stressful? Or only since adulthood?

Husband: It has always been stressful. Buying for my mother, my sister ... it doesn't matter.

Organising things that people will like is just impossible. You don't know until it's too late whether people will like what you've chosen and they make such a big deal about it.

I'm much more relaxed when people tell me what they'd like. Or if I'm buying for someone who I know truly doesn't care what they get. But there aren't many people like that, unfortunately.

SB: How do you view budgeting when someone tells you what they'd like to receive?

Husband: If I know they're going to like something, budget doesn't matter. Within reason, of course. But if it's affordable and it will make them happy, the price isn't important for me.

SB: Do you think a lot of men find Christmas stressful?

Husband: Yes, definitely. Everyone is different, of course, and people like the fun parts like the cooking and putting up the tree. It's just when expectations are high and the risk of disappointment is up there that it gets tense.

SB: If someone has told you what they want, how much leeway do you like in making decisions about specifics of the gift, like choosing the colour for example?

Husband: Unless I see something that I think is perfect for that person, I prefer to know the exact thing they'd like.

Just tell me exactly what you want.

Buying something and then not quite hitting the mark is just senseless.

SB: So the opportunity to "participate" in the selection process of buying the gift isn't important to you?

Husband: Again, people are different in what they like. But for me, it doesn't do anything for me. Making these choices is still stressful as even these little details can end up a total disaster.

SB: What should women do who've maybe not received the best gifts from their partners in the past?

Husband: Having a wish list that you can give to a man, ideally in November sometime, with a list of specific items you want is the best place to start. If you can mark things off in a catalog, like a choice of 6 things you'd like. Then he knows who to call and what to ask for.

If you just say, "get me something from Stone Bridge," I mean we're talking about all sorts of hair clips. Goodness knows what you'll end up with!

Tell your partner to ring Libby on 01732 883820 for excellent guidance on choosing a beautiful gift you'll be thrilled to receive. Or just send him a few links from We'll do the rest!

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

The Joy Of New Discoveries

Personal Recommendations Rock, and Melissa Shares Her Cebollitas With You

Discovering goodness in my mother's kitchen.
 All thanks to a recommendation.
I've recently returned from a flying visit to my parents in San Diego.

Normally when I travel I like to Discover New Things.

If you're at all like me, you'll agree there is nothing quite so much fun as finding treasures serendipitously.

But on this trip, my time was short  and I felt it was Very Important that every meal in particular be completely delicious.

So I asked my mother for recommendations.

What Do You Want? Margaritas. Naturally.

"Well, what do you want?" she asked, mentally riffling through her encyclopaedic list of great San Diego restaurants.

"Mexican," I said.

"There are a lot of good ones, but my favourite is El Callejon. The margaritas are excellent."

If my mother says a margarita is excellent, then there is no point arguing that it isn't. Because you would be wrong. And you'd also miss out on a great margarita, which would be silly.

"El Callejon it is," my husband said.

"And you must try the cebollitas. They are so good. You wouldn't even know they're on the menu, they're hidden away in a corner with the side dishes. But I really recommend them."

So Husband and I duly make our way to El Callejon. We order our (very nice) margaritas. And we of course order a side of cebollitas.

They were heavenly.

And, best of all, I think I know how to make them.

The next morning I leapt from my jetlagged bed at 5am, desperate for the supermarket to open so I can go buy my ingredients.

Make Life Better. Make Recommendations.

When you think about it, recommending your discoveries actually makes the world a better place.

Our business at Stone Bridge, probably like El Callejon's, relies on our customers enjoying their experience with us so much that they tell all their friends and family about us.

Like one of our lovely new customers, Alice, who wrote:

"I originally went on the Stonebridge website to order something for my Mum's birthday as she has raved about them. Well, that was dangerous!!"

Alice now has a nice little collection of Stone Bridge hair clips even her mother (a long-time customer in her own right) might envy.

If you've had a great experience with our hair clips, or even if you've learned a cool trick from our blog, please share Stone Bridge with the people in your life.

It will help them love their hair more and it helps us thrive as a business.

Make Life Better. Eat Nice Food.

Now, if you can't get yourself to El Callejon, you can whip yourself up a tasty Mexican snack in no time.

Couple this with a lovely margarita over ice (with a salted glass and a slice of lime, natch) and you'll have the makings of a perfect evening.


Serves 2-4, depending how hungry people are!

4 bunches spring onions
Vegetable oil for frying
1 Tablespoon beef bouillon paste
100 ml water
Juice of 1 1/2 lemons

First, prepare the sauce. Bring to a boil the water and bouillon paste, then lower to a simmer. Add lemon juice, increasing or decreasing to taste. If too watery, continue boiling to reduce and concentrate flavour.

Wash and trim the roots from the ends of the spring onions. In a very hot pan, fry off the the spring onions in the vegetable oil in batches until tips are crispy and the interior is soft, about 2-3 minutes. Don't crowd the pan to help maintain the heat.

Pour sauce over the spring onions and serve hot.


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Style Your Hair Like The First Lady Does

It's not long till we find out who the next President of United States will be.

Big name, big responsibilities.

I'm not not going to be drawn on politics.

But I'll happily argue all day about hair.

Today, waiting for the election results, I thought of the recent hairstyles of the First Lady Michelle Obama and the First Lady in Waiting Ann Romney.

Whoever gets to be First Lady for the next four years, we approve of the hair.

Get Michelle's Cool Half-Back Hair

First Lady Michelle Obama meeting the Queen, 2009

Hey, if it's good enough for a meeting with the Queen, it's probably good enough for you too.

Check out my styling video and you too can look as effortlessly elegant as the First Lady Michelle Obama:

Hair Accessories Used In This Video

Small Oval Stick Barrette
The X Slide

Create Ann Romney's Classic French Pleat

Ann shows up about 1:18 minutes into this clip, but it shows her hair at this recent rally quite well.

In this candid video, you might think "Hey, her hair's all messed up. Why are you showing me this?"

What I think is rather cool about this clip is earlier this very day she was on the beach in her actual swimsuit hanging out and talking to people.

So she's taken her hair from the beach to a massive rally and the French pleat has carried her through.

A wise woman.

Frankly, when you need to be impressing millions, you can't go wrong with a French pleat style.

Learn how to create this simple style just using a barrette.

Hair Accessories Used In This Video
Marcotte Layered Large Barrette (Sold Out!) See our Rectangle Large Barrette
Double Scroll Large Barrette (Sold Out!) See our Orleans Large Barrette 
Classic Long Barrette
Classic Wide Barrette (Sold Out!) See our Classic French Oval Barrette

Enjoy and let me know which style you liked more!

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