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A little while a back I started to hear about Olaplex. It’s a hair treatment which is said to not just condition hair, but actually repair the proteins within each strand. Olaplex first came to my attention on Pinterest and beauty blogs claiming that it was how Kim Kardashian was able to go platinum blonde and not have all her hair fall out.

As someone who’s always had quite frizzy hair and quite a few highlights/lowlights/colours, the idea of something which could calm, thicken and strengthen my hair was interesting, however, when it first came out it was a struggle to a) find somewhere that offered the treatment and b) at a price that wouldn’t break the bank account!

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That said, the price has seem to have come down somewhat and last time I went for a hair cut at VOX, I was able to have the treatment before my hair cut. It was £25 which was significantly less than the forty-odd-pounds I’d had previously quoted elsewhere.

After the treatment, my hair genuinely did feel thicker and healthier. I was pleasantly surprised with the results – having been a doubter before, my hair felt different on my scalp. Sounds bizarre, but it was as if someone had given me my younger, undamaged hair back.

I had this done back at the end of February, but have been topping it up with Olaplex No.3 – the at home version of the treatment. Some reviews online have said that it’s done nothing for them at all, but from what I can see, they tend not to have had the first two professional treatments. It may, of course, just be down to hair type.

The best price I’ve seen for No.3 so far has been at Justmylook.com – £20.95 instead of a £32.00 RRP. If you do choose to go for No.3, it doesn’t come with instructions, so I’ve found this Refinery29 article on using Olaplex No. 3 at home super useful. I tend to do it once every two weeks and last time left it on for four hours (it was a lazy/pamper day). I’ve also been topping up with a conditioning mask too. My hair feels in the best condition it has for a long-time.

Until I reach for the bleach again….**le sigh**

 

 

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Crayola x Clinique

February 20th, 2017

From the moment I first saw these Crayola x Clinique Chubby Sticks on the US website I was in love! I immediately headed over to the Debenhams counter on my lunch to see if they’d come out yet. Unfortunately not, so I kept an eye out for when they headed over to our side of the pond.


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From the moment I first saw these Crayola x Clinique Chubby Sticks on the US website I was in love! I immediately headed over to the Debenhams counter on my lunch to see if they’d come out yet. Unfortunately not, so I kept an eye out for when they headed over to our side of the pond.

 

Then, when I saw the below Facebook post, it seem to good to miss! I already knew I was going to love Red Violet, Brick Red and Fuzzy Wuzzy.

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Needless to say I hot-footed it down there on my lunch break on the relevant day and got myself a beautiful little illustration from Nikki Groom alongside the set of mini chubby sticks for £35 – which is ace as I can try them all out. I’ve even entered their colouring competition on Instagram where you can win a whole year’s worth!

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A little while back I was desperate for a change. I’d had the same light-brown/blonde ombre look for while; and after a trip to Mexico and a bit of neglect, my hair was in a sorry state. Just look at that frizz!

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Embarrassingly, it was watching Twilight in a hotel whilst on a business trip, enviously taking in Bella’s lovely locks, that triggered my initial urgency to have my hair seen too. I needed to switch it up, so I was on the hunt for a new salon and hairdresser who could help me out.

Luckily, a well-timed Facebook post from a friend brought James Roberts Hair & Beauty to my attention. I booked in with James and I couldn’t have been in better hands. He was really helpful and reassuring when talking through what I wanted. I wasn’t sure about a couple of things and he was really knowledgeable, steering me in the right direction and providing me with useful advice about what would work for my hair type and face shape, as well how I could phase in the changes I wanted.

In terms of the quality of the cut and colour, the pictures below speak from themselves. The richness of the overall colour contrasts beautifully with the caramel highlights. I didn’t get chance to sample the beauty treatments this time, but they have a whole range of different options which you can ask for while you’re getting your hair did – two birds one stone!

They offer a whole variety of new and trendy beauty and hair treatments, so if there’s something you’ve seen on Instagram that you fancy, the odds are they’ll have it! If you’re ever not sure where to get something done – I highly recommend checking them out.

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