The Hair Post: Enrapture Encode Totem Styler



 So a fair few months ago, I posted about a hair curler which I had fallen in love with, but now there's a new one on the block. Well, it's new for me. My last curler had quite a thin wand, but I wanted something thicker and the same width the whole length. That's where the Enrapture Encode Totem Styler* comes in! I had seen plenty bloggers use this and I was always impressed, so I was excited when I got to try one for myself.

The Totem Styler is perfect for creating different curls, depending on the length of the hair, it adds a little style to it! It has three blocks on the styler, which you can set to different heats. The first heat will only add a slight wave, the second will define a lot more and the third heat setting can create a ringlet if held for long enough. I tend to keep my heat settings to 2, 3, 2 to create the perfect wave for my hair. If I'm going all out, I will pop it all on the third heat setting to create a much more defined curl.
There is two ways to use the Totem Styler. The first is by using the mini flipper to hold the end of the section of hair, before curling the hair section. The second is by simply using it at as a wand, which I have been doing as I find the mini flipper to be too much hassle. It comes with a heat resistant mat, which also turns into a little pouch to pop the curler into, as well as a removable stand so the wand isn't touching any surfaces.

It retails for £39.98 in Boots, but I have seen online that you are able to pick these up in Home Bargains for as little as £17.99! So if you're in the market for something similar to this, pop it on your Christmas wish list and hope for the best!

Luce x

The Hair Post: BLEACH London Rose Super Cool Colour


So you all know I re-dyed my ombre a few weeks ago with the BLEACH London Dip Dye Kit and just like everyone else, I was excited about the Super Cool Colours, which also went into Boots stores. When Rose Super Cool Colour* arrived in the post, I knew I was going to bring back my pink dip dye. I went through a phase a few years ago of loving it and I had it loads of different colours, so I sort of feel 16 again with it.

For £5 you get 150ml of product and they're available in 12 different colours, so there's one to suit everyone! It's a non permanent hair colour cream which fades after 2-10 washes. I'm not sure how they will work on dark hair, so if you do want to achieve a bright colour, you might want to consider bleaching it if you aren't already blonde. They suggest to leave on for 15 minutes, but I did it once for 15 minutes and it hardly showed up. So I re-did it and left it on for twice as long to achieve this shade.
Looking at the shade of it, it looks as though it's going to fade to a peachy pink shade and it should be gone within 2 washes as it's quite pale. I will have to follow up with plenty of purple shampoo or a toner to rid any of the pink/peach colour. Or I might just follow up with some lilac hair dye I have in a drawer!

If you've been wanting to colour your hair for a while, these are perfect to play around with as they can be easily washed out. Plus, if you didn't like it, you could use a clarifying shampoo such as Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo, to get rid of it in one wash.

Luce x

The Hair Post: Bringing Back The Ombre




So I decided to re-dye my ombre yesterday. I haven't dyed my hair for well over a year now. I've had all colours and then after dyeing it all lighter blonde, I decided to let it grow out. It's so painful growing out hair dye, when I had bad roots, I was so tempted to dye over it again. My hair is naturally quite a dark blonde, except it's grown back a little darker than I remember.

I was going to go to the hairdressers to get it done this time, but she's a little useless so I bought the BLEACH London Dip Dye kit. I knew they were launching their products into Boots and this was only £7 so I gave it a go. With help of my mum, we ombred my hair in the bathroom. There was the usual bleach mixture, as well as a 'blending lotion' to make sure there wasn't a line of colour. I left the bleach on for about 15 minutes before washing it off and using the hair mask which is provided.
Overall, I think the kit is a good. I haven't used any others on the market, as in the past I literally just shoved bleach on the ends of my hair myself. A lot of the bleach went on 'virgin' hair as such, whereas other parts it already was quite light blonde. I can't decide if I'm happy with it though. The 'blending lotion' didn't really work as it's not very gradual so I will have to sort it out somehow.
It's a lot lighter in real life, the lightening & my camera has changed the colour slightly, so it's not as ginger. I'm going to find a toner to pop on top of it to tone it all out, which I think will then change it. It's making me want to put a purple or pink wash over the top though.

Either way, I'm stuck with it but I feel more like me as I'm used to being blonde. Do you like it?

Luce x

The Game Changers: Hair Edition

Every now and then, there will be a product what comes along and changes everything - The Game Changers. This time it's a few hair products which have made my hair silky smooth. A little background information, I have naturally very curly hair but that's only ever seen when I'm not leaving the house or on holiday, as I straighten it after washing. Due to all the heat used on my hair, it's very damaged and often quite dry if I don't get it cut enough.

Until now, I've been using the Tresemme Platinum Strength range mixed with a few others, like Bumble & Bumble Surf Duo. I like the way Tresemme makes my hair feel, but in reality it's full of silicone and sulphate which isn't doing my hair any good. Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is a product which Amelia from Liana Beauty raves about, so I nearly picked it up from Look Fantastic until I saw that in this months Instyle magazine, they're giving a 40ml tube for free. It's a pre-shampoo treatment, suitable for all hair types. Simply wet your hair and pop this on in sections and leave for 10-20 minutes. I just pop a shower cap over the top of it and go about whatever I was doing. Just wash it off before you shampoo and condition in the shower. It's meant to add elasticity, manageability, bounce and shine. One drastic change in my hair I've seen is that it's a lot stronger now and when it's blow dried, it's bouncy. This is a product that as soon as this has run out, I will be buying a bigger bottle straight away.

Aveda Damage Remedy range is for dry, damaged and chemically treated hair.Each product will restore the moisture and help repair damage. I started off with the Restructuring Shampoo*, which is a plant based blend, which is meant to leave it smooth and soft. Normally when I rinse the shampoo off, my hair feels like it is completely stripped and needs a big conditioning boost. But with this, my hair felt soft but still thoroughly cleaned. Rather than following with a conditioner, I've been using the Intensive Restructuring Treatment* which seals the long-lasting smoothness and protection.

I don't know if it's the pre-shampoo treatment or the mixture of the good shampoo & conditioner, but my hair feels healthy for once. I wash my hair every four or five days as it doesn't get greasy, due to it being so dry and after I've straightened it once, I rarely use heat on it again till its next washed. If your hair is dry and damaged, it's worth looking into these products. Especially if your hair is coloured, make sure you use a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner.

Luce x