Just Charlie G

I have never tried hair extensions of any description. Nor would I ever have done actually until I was asked if I wanted to try a ponytail from http://www.lovehairextensions.com/.

Love Hair Extensions Victorian Pop-on Ponytail

The ponytails are all made from a synthetic fibre but I was surprised at how natural it looked when I opened the box.

Love Hair Extensions Victorian Pop-on Ponytail

The ponytails come in a wide variety of lengths and styles and colours and I was sent the Victorian in Dark Brown which I thought would be the closest colour match for me. And actually it was pretty good. It’s not exactly right but its as close as I think you could get to my current hair colour and if you were wearing these for a night out I’m fairly confident no one would notice the slight colour difference at all.

Love Hair Extensions Victorian Pop-on Ponytail

A pretty good match no?

As well as coming in different styles and colours and lengths, each differnt style has two different fastening options, there is a crocodile clip style and a drawstring style which also has two little combs inside to help fix it securely to your head. I received the drawstring style and I’m not going to lie, I found it really tricky to use. It’s not that it’s hard and I have got the hang of it now, its just really fiddly and takes a bit of practice to get it on and feeling secure. I imagine the crocodile clip is quicker but perhaps it’s not quite as secure?

Anyway, the method of putting this on is simple, you put your own hair into a bun, place the ponytail over your bun, make sure the combs are in your hair and pull the draw string. It is easy in theory, but it just takes a bit of practice!

So now some pics. Brace yourselves!

Love Hair Extensions Victorian Pop-on Ponytail
Love Hair Extensions Victorian Pop-on Ponytail
¬†I’ve made that second picture there extra large for two reasons. One so that you can all see that I have a normal size nose since I always make my nose look huge in photos ūüėČ but mostly so you can see I forgot to tuck the drawstring away! Don’t do that, it looks rubbish!
Love Hair Extensions Victorian Pop-on Ponytail
Love Hair Extensions Victorian Pop-on Ponytail
I’m very impressed with how it looks, it looks¬†really¬†natural I think and it’s a great way of changing your hair style. You can style, wash and¬†do all sorts with these things and they are a great idea!
I have to¬†say I’m not overly keen on this style on me as I think it gives me a look not that far removed from¬†this:
¬†I’d prefer something more modern and sleek for myself as I find the long curls a bit ageing on me.
What this has done is whet my appetite and I’m now thinking I might go the whole hog and try out some clip in extensions at some point as the hair looks great and I think even a dunce like me might just be able to get them to work!
If you fancy giving these a go then I got them from http://www.lovehairextensions.com/ for ¬£30.99. I’m impressed. I might buy the straight one and I’m going to investigate the extensions now!
14. 04. 2011

Yes, last night I had my hair done again. Regular readers will be starting to learn that I change my hair very often, in particular the colour! I’ve never been afraid of change and as such I’ve had some mistakes and some big successes! I’m loving¬† my latest! I was toying with having all over red but chickened out so decided to go for a slice of colour and I left it up to Louise, my hairdresser, to pick the colour!

My style needed some work too as I was starting to look decidedly mumsy! I am growing my hair but Louise has taken my layers all shorter.

Anyway, enough waffling, onto the pics!

¬†So what do you think? I love it! It’s very “me” I think! I might have a bit more red next time ūüôā
Tommyguns Haircare

A few weeks ago I was very kindly send a few Tommyguns Hair products to try out and I’ve been giving them a good run for their money and am now ready to pass on my thoughts!

Firstly, the range is briliantly priced, all the shampoos and conditioners are  £4.99 and the treatments and styling range products are all £5.99.

The range caters to most hair types, dry, frizzy, oily, fine and normal, as well the products I was sent for Dry, Undernourished hair, which mine is. I must just add that some of the other products I didn’t try sound delicious, Pomegranite and Orange Flower (for Normal hair) and Fig and Plum (for Frizzy Hair) sound especially delicious!

The Dry Undernourished range is Jasmine based and it’s fortunate I absolutely LOVE Jasmine, I do know there are many who don’t though, but for me it was shower time bliss scent wise. The Shampoo is Jasmine and Wild Nettle and the conditioner is Jasmine, Wild Nettle and Sweet Almond. Yum.

Sadly the shampoo and conditioner didn’t work for me. I don’t know if it wasn’t the right product, but it left my hair pretty frizzy, usually its SLS free products that do this to my hair but this has SLS so I’m not sure what was going on. I have however forced myself to carry on using them up because I just adore the scent. I have just been managing the frizz after using other products. Which leads me nearly onto the other two products I was sent to try.

Firstly the “Leave Me in Conditioner and Styling Creme” a dual purpose product that does what it says on the tin. Again, sadly as a conditioner this did nothing for me but again this smelled out of this world, this time Wild Ginger and Green Tea. I had to stop using it as a conditioner on my damp hair BUT I have had a lot of use from it as a between-washes¬† product to pep up my hair. I can scrunch a dab of it in and it gives me a great tousled but not at all greasy style, beach hair! Really like this and actually given it’s amazing scent I can see me finishing the bottle no problems!

The final product I was sent was the Weather Protect Dew Drops Serum. Jojoba and Vitamin E are the active ingredients that help to smooth out your hair and this works a treat and is a nice product thats helped me control the unfortunate frizz!

So all in all a mixed review for me, I’m hesitant to write off the shampoo and conditioner because obviously it’s just how it worked o my hair and it may well work brilliantly for someone else, but the scent, the scent is amazing. Same goes for the leave in conditioner, as a conditioner it’s no good for me at all, but to pep up my hair between washes it does a fab job and again smells amazing, and the serum, well its a bog standard serum really, but it works really well.

Well worth checking out, and of course lets not forget the purse friendly prices!

Available from Ocado, John Lewis, Waitrose and http://www.tommygunshaircare.com/

Die hard Lush fans will no doubt be familiar with the Dirty fragrance, which was originally a men’s fragrance from the now sadly departed B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful. But now it’s back with some new additions to the range. Before you click away because you’re not interested in men’s products, stay with me, as I’m about to tell you how I’ve completely fallen in love with it.

I used to be a die hard lush fan, but not so much in recent years, time came where I couldn’t afford to spend the best part of ¬£4 on a bath bomb, but still there are products they do they I still very highly rate such as Ocean Salt scrub, Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter and a few things I regard as staples. But anyway I digress. Dirty has got me head over heels in love with Lush all over again and it took me by surprise as I wasn’t expecting the package that turned up in the post at all, in fact I’m so out of touch with Lush I had no idea Dirty was coming back…

The scent itself is a strange one, spearmint, thyme and tarragon and salty sea. It smells clean. Clean, fresh and amazing although that being said, it is such an unusual scent that it won’t be for everyone. My husband certainly doesn’t get my new obsession at all, claiming I just smell like soap, which is no bad thing to my mind.

Anyway, the range has been launched and what I really love is that each item in the range is slightly different so layering is fabulous and I can’t stop doing it. Anyway, the range…

Lush Dirty

See what I did there, put my Dirty products in amongst a pile of dirty dishes. Yes I know, amazing.

So first up the shower gel, Dirty Spring Wash, ¬£4.25 for 100g, ¬£8.50 for 250g and ¬£14.95 for 500g. I’ll be getting the big bottle when my little bottle is finished. This is really spearminty, but also herbal and just gorgeous.

Then there is one of the most amazing products in the range, the Dirty Shaving Cream ¬£4.96 for 100g. I’ve tried a Lush shaving cream before, it was not a success, all it did was leave me with a clogged razor so I approached this with some trepidation.

Lush Dirty

In the pot its like a body lotion, not a thick one, you just rub it in and shave it off. The scent of this still has all the Dirty elements but I detect lavender in this. Anyway my legs are so incredibly soft. I’ll be using this and repurchasing no doubt.

Then there’s the Body Spray ¬£12.50 for 180g. A-mazing. At first spray it makes me wonder if¬† like it, within a few minutes I’m sniffing frequently and insisting everyone near me sniffs me too. Beautiful and it lasts all day long.

Next up is the Styling Cream ¬£5.50 for 100g. Actually I kept looking at this and thinking I couldn’t use it, clearly it’s designed for short hairstyles, so that men can grab a finger full and work it through their short style, but I’ve found its great it if I rub my finger over the top so that my fingers are lightly coated (rather than grabbing a blob) and then working it into my hair for a matte-ish tousled beachy hair look and again… that gorgeous scent!

Then we have the Dirty Perfume, a tester size is ¬£2, 9g is ¬£9 and 27g is ¬£20 and again I’m just smitten. I dab this on after liberally applying all the rest of the products. If pirates wore perfume, they’d have worn this. Yarrr, sea salty, minty, herbal awesomeness. You’re getting the picture right? I LOVE this range. There’s also a solid perfume which I’ll probably buy when my tiny sample runs out as I can see me dabbing this on frequently.

Lastly in the range is a typically Lush innovation, the Dirty Toothy Tabs, ¬£2 for 9g. A little box of white tablets. Take one, crush it between your teeth and start brushing the tablet will foam and off you go and brush your teeth. Strange taste! The first one I tried was just vile, bitter and horrible, but I tried again this morning and I had this strange floral and minty taste, definitely no overpowering mint flavour here. I must say though that after brushing although my breath doesn’t seem minty fresh, my teeth feel squeaky clean. Absolutely amazing. I am so programmed though to want a heavily minted scent I can’t see me converting to these. These will be of special interest to anyone worried about or actively avoiding fluoride¬†since these contain none.

If floral isn’t your thing, but herbal, minty or oceanic is, then you have to check this range out, I’m totally in love. I mean who wouldn’t want to smell of sexy, clean pirates right??! And if it’s not for you then perhaps it might be for the man in your life!

02. 03. 2011
Moroccan Oil Review
You must have heard of Moroccan Oil by now. Well, I say that but perhaps you haven’t. The stars are all using it, its being quoted as being used on celebrities on red carpets left right and centre, and the buzz is building in blog world about it too. But perhaps if you’re a reader who isn’t a blogger or perhaps you don’t read lots of blogs you might be wondering whether it’s best for a light salad dressing or for deep frying. I don’t think word has really filtered down to your average shopper yet and this is where I step forward as this product is absolutely amazing and deserves to be known about by everyone!
So what is Moroccan Oil? Its a product for your hair that is not tested on animals, nor are any of its ingredients for starters. Moroccan Oil is a Argan Oil based hair product. Rich in vitamins and natural elements that fortify the hair and protect against free radicals and shields against environmental stressors.
So what does it do? Well it restores shine and softness to tired dry hair. You can add a tiny (5 pence) dollop to your hair whilst still damp to protect from heat styling damage and to add shine, it also reduces drying time (it really does!), you can use it on dry hair to tame ends and add extra protection from the elements, and you can use it while colouring your hair to aid colour absorption (which I’ve not tried yet but will be doing so next time I colour my hair). Oh and if thats not enough you can use it on wigs or¬†extensions to aid in detangling.
A 100ml bottle costs approximately ¬£29 depending on where you buy it. It sounds a lot, and its not a cheap product, but remember how little you use! I use a 5p sized amount on my damp hair and comb it through, and once dry I add half of that all over as a finishing serum. My hair has never been better. The first observation is it’s beautiful scent. Its not overpowering in any way, it’s very delicate. This won’t help you at all (unless you are my mum) but it smells just like a tiny little musk candle in a tin I bought her years ago. Warm, sweet and incense-y. The next observation is that my hair dries much faster than usual. I don’t even know how its possible, but it does. My hair is fine but theres a lot of it, and if I wash my hair at 7.00pm its still damp at 10.00pm usually, not so since I’ve been using this stuff.
The next observation is that my hair feels like silk. So incredibly soft that I keep stroking my hair. Obsessively.
And the shine. Oh the shine. Its lovely and bouncy and frizz free and shiny, and if I get my straighteners on it then it becomes a mirror like shine. Here, have a look, these aren’t the best pictures since I don’t have comparisons, but this is my hair naturally dried, with Moroccan Oil, and normally my hair is like a cloud, fluff city! (Modesty if you are reading, take note of the style!)
Moroccan Oil ReviewMoroccan Oil Review
Moroccan Oil Review
Moroccan Oil Review
¬†I suppose really those pictures are useless without comparison shots, you’ll just have to take my word for it, I just wouldn’t take any pictures with my hair as it naturally is, not a chance. Lets just say that crappy wall in the background of the last shot would have been obscured by frizz.
I was sent this bottle and it will last me a long long time, but theres no way I ever plan to be without Moroccan Oil in my life again. It’s given me the confidence to not straighten the life out of my hair because its just so shiny and full of volume. I highly recommend you check this out, I can’t think of anyone it wouldn’t suit.
Just as a final note, I must report that despite being an oil  it leaves no oily residue in your hair at all. Not one bit. I suppose if you get heavy handed with the stuff it might, but one pump is enough for me and perfect.

Shu Uemura Silk Oil - Camellia Smoothing Fluid
Until very recently I had absolutely no idea Shu Uemura had a hair care range, but then, the brand in general is fairly new to me and I only own a couple of items and now this, the Shu Uemura Art of Hair Silk Oil – Camellia Smoothing Fluid.

It’s a lightweight serum used in the same way most serums are, applied to towel dried hair before styling, or to your finished style. Applied to damp hair this gives you light styling control and heat protection and applied to dry hair this tames the frizzies and adds a lovely sheen to your hair.

It’s incredibly easy to use, but you do have to be careful, its also easy to use too much. One pump is more than enough for my nearly shoulder length hair.

In all honesty I’d say its styling uses are very light indeed, it doesn’t seem to hold my style any more than no product all does but then that’s no bad thing for me since I don’t use styling products. I’m more than happy with the heat protection offered and it does a great job of flattening out those baby hairs I get that poke up along my parting, without making it look greasy, and the shine it gives my hair is great. A very nice product.

This product retails in most places for ¬£22 but you can find online at http://www.activebeauty.co.uk/¬†for a bargain ¬£14.95. That’s quite a saving! You’ll find the rest of the Shu Uemura hair range there too, along with many other ranges with great discounts.

01. 09. 2010

Had my hair cut last night, it’s not that different but I’ve gone for heavy swept over fringe. So queue the posey pictures, I couldn’t decide which one to show you!

So there you go! You can see from the pics that all the mid brown dye has washed out now, the blonde you can see is the remains of the previous highlights which look fine but you can’t see the roots, so at some point between now and my sisters wedding (end of october) I need to work out what to do with the colour.¬† There’s also a fair amount of grey that needs hiding.¬† What colour shall I do next?

Firstly, please excuse the stock photo of the Fast Drying Spray and the total lack of photo of the Freeze and Shine Spray, I’ve had a nightmare with pics and now I’ve given up! So anyway, onto the reviews. I was sent these some time ago to try and its hard for me to review styling products as I’m a bit of a novice with them and am always a little worried that anything negative I have to say is due to my poor application.

The Fast Drying Sculpting Spray does indeed dry quickly and indeed imparts a lovely shine. The extent of styling is a bit of scrunching and this does indeed seem to hold it well and is easy to use. £9.70 ish for 250ml, I should think for those of you thatdo actually style your hair this would work well.

The Freeze & Shine Super Spray I didn’t get on with at all, it left my hair a bit ‘crunchy’ although I might just have been using too much, however, I’ve just read that it’s ideal for wedding hair and up do’s. This makes sense to me as it certainly does hold a style, so if you’re a regular wearer of up do’s this is probably well worth a look. ¬£9.80 for 250mls.

Hi All ūüôā

Well, as you all know my hair is very fine but I have a lot of it. Until very recently, volume wasn’t an issue for me since I was straightening my hair every day, but since¬†THIS post I’ve been wearing my hair naturally and volume has become more important. So step forward¬† Paul Mitchell¬† Lemon Sage Thickening Spray.

Paul Mitchell  Lemon Sage Thickening Spray

You spray it all over, comb through and then style as normal. It smells lovely, not too overpowering and most importantly, your hair doesn’t feel like it has any product in it.

Does it work?¬† Yes it does! It adds lots of volume to my fine hair which I never style, I just let it dry naturally. This is the result (the same pic I used the other day). Now I’m in my wavy hair phase I can’t see me being without this!

Paul Mitchell  Lemon Sage Thickening Spray

I don’t think my hair looks fine at all!

A definite winner of a product. 200mls is £11.50 ish and a little goes a long way. Highly recommended.

Hi All ūüôā

Well, as you all know my hair is very fine but I have a lot of it. Until very recently, volume wasn’t an issue for me since I was straightening my hair every day, but since¬†THIS post I’ve been wearing my hair naturally and volume has become more important. So step forward¬† Paul Mitchell¬† Lemon Sage Thickening Spray.

Paul Mitchell  Lemon Sage Thickening Spray

You spray it all over, comb through and then style as normal. It smells lovely, not too overpowering and most importantly, your hair doesn’t feel like it has any product in it.

Does it work?¬† Yes it does! It adds lots of volume to my fine hair which I never style, I just let it dry naturally. This is the result (the same pic I used the other day). Now I’m in my wavy hair phase I can’t see me being without this!

Paul Mitchell  Lemon Sage Thickening Spray

I don’t think my hair looks fine at all!

A definite winner of a product. 200mls is £11.50 ish and a little goes a long way. Highly recommended.