Five essential tips for blonde hair

17 October 2016

This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a long while, as I often get asked about the colour of my locks and what I use for hair care.
Many people are surprised to know that I was born a brunette. I don’t have many features that giveaway I’m not a natural blonde like some people might, and I’ve managed to get away with fooling people  of my hair colour for many, many years now. I’ve dabbled with a variety of shades of blonde over the years: honey, ash, platinum and silver, and one common denominator with all of them is that you have to massively nurture your hair to maximise the potential of the colouring.
With any dyed hair, it’s easy to make mistakes – believe me, I know and I’ve been there. I’ve put together five of my top tips for looking after blonde hair.

Tip One: Invest in blonde-friendly hair products
If you dye your hair blonde, you really cannot expect to treat your hair the same as the natural colour. It just doesn’t work like that unfortunately. Over time, you’ll find that cheaper shampoos and conditioners just won’t cut it, and will leave your hair dry and brittle. I use a mixture of products to keep my hair tip top. I cannot recommend toners enough to get rid of brassiness. I use products including purple toners & shampoos such as Bleach London & Pro:Voke Touch of Silver, blonde shampoos such as John Frieda 'Go Blonder'. I also like Aussie hair masks for a bit of a conditioning treatment. I'll also use a serum once a week to nurture the ends, and have been using John Frieda Frizz Ease as of late.

Tip Two: Avoid damage at all costs
When putting bleach onto your hair, you’re already forcing each hair strand under a lot of strain, making it more liable to breakages and dryness as standard. When thinking about damage, I’m talking self-inflicted damage. This includes heat damage, excessive styling damage and using the wrong brush for your hair type. I try not to dry my hair with a hairdryer for the majority of the time (unless I’m really under pressure for time) as this automatically gives your hair a bit of a break. I also keep the straightening or curling to a minimum these days, as thinking back to the daily regime I put my hair through as a teenager is almost too painful to remember. (Hands up if you religiously straightened or curled your hair before Sixth Form? Yep, me too!) It’s also worth considering the type of brush you use, as what may work for some hair types, may not work for another. I find Denman or Tangle Teezer brushes work well with eliminating breakages.

Tip Three: Use heat protectant in the sun
This is a super tip for when you’re on holiday and want to catch some rays. Rub some leave in conditioner to the ends of your hair or spray on some heat protectant to give your hair a bit of a mask whilst tanning. The conditioner/heat spray will create a bit of a barrier and massively help to keep your hair hydrated and happy during the hot temperatures.

Tip Four: Ketchup does eliminate green hues
Yes, it’s true. Ketchup really does get rid of the green tinge you might get after a holiday away swimming in the pool every day! Massage some ketchup into your hair, put a clear shower cap on and leave it for 30 minutes. I can’t promise you it will feel or smell nice, but it really will remove the green tone from your blonde hair. Many think it’s the chlorine that turns blonde hair green, but it’s actually a mixture of the metals in pools like copper and magnesium oxidising with chlorine. It’s been a plague for blonde haired gals for years but the ketchup theory really does work – don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

Tip Five: Limit your hair washes
I used to be absolutely awful at this. I was a serial offender of washing my hair every single day. The only upside of doing that was that it always smelled amazing. In essence, I was just rinsing my hair of its natural goodness and it was ending up dry and scraggly. After some serious hair wash detoxing, I have managed to wain myself down to 3-4 washes a week. I know some girls wash their hair less than this, but for me, this is good – trust me. My hair is a lot softer and the natural oils keep my scalp feeling looked after. I’d also recommend a trusty dry shampoo for in between wash days. With blonde hair, it’s amazing what you can get away with when you brush a little bit of dry shampoo through the roots.

Personally, I believe that your hair is only as good as you treat it. Give it some respect, and it will definitely treat you well back.

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Tailor-made dog food with

9 October 2016

It’s no secret that my Jack Russell Terrier, Max is one of the most important things in my life. To quote Forrest Gump, "we’re like peas and carrots" and I couldn’t imagine my life without my four legged baby. It’s been an honour to be able to share some pet related campaigns on my blog over the last 5 years, and I’m thrilled to be chatting about mine and Max’s experience with dog food specialists, tailor-made dog food

Max has a tummy a little on the sensitive side which has meant I’ve always had to be a lot more particular when buying his dog food. I’ve always been a big believer that you can’t buy cheap dog food and expect it to do wonders for your dog’s health, especially having watched a documentary a couple of years back about the additives and nasties that are thrown into some well-known brands dog food. In fact, feeding Max a couple of pouches of Pedigree when he was around 2 years old ended up with him being in the vet for a week, hooked up to an IV drip and being incredibly poorly. I vouched I would never put him through that experience ever again. Since then, I have bought his food online or from Pets At Home, and gone for brands that suit sensitive tummies, hypoallergenic and no preservatives. tailor-made dog food tailor-made dog food

When asked if Max would like to try their tailor-made food, I was interested to see how it would work. Personalised food to suit your dog’s needs? It sounds like the perfect solution, but how good was it really?

With Tails, you manage your dog’s details online. You enter the dog’s breed, age, details about how active they are during the day and their favourite flavours. The system then gives you the perfect food based on the dog’s information. Pretty clever indeed! tailor-made dog food

The food parcel arrived and Max knew straight away it was for him – he always does when he gets sent treats in the post! He was perked up and standing on his hind legs with the utmost excitement. The food bag comes with your dog’s name personalised on it – I absolutely loved this, and let’s face it, who doesn’t love things with your name on it, let alone your dog’s name? Along with the bag of food was a DIY scoop which told me exactly how much I should be feeding Max; very handy when the nutritional values are different in every type of food. Also included were the details of all the ingredients and the nutritional break down. tailor-made dog food

In terms of price, you can expect a unique price based on the dog’s details, i.e size and activity levels. I find that you have to wait a fair amount of time before you see the true benefits of how your dog is responding to a particular food where energy, coat and general health are concerned. However, a pretty good testimonial is whether your dog enjoys the food, i.e wolfing it down the minute you put a serving into their bowl. Max loved this food (a rarity with him) and I’ve seen no sign of an upset tummy or any digestion problems. For me, that equals a winning dog food!

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