My must-have products!

The ones I love, use on my hair and on my clients.

 

Shampoos – one of the most important products you use daily!

Using shampoo in your hair is like putting cleanser on your face. The better quality cleanser with less chemicals and alcohol, the better for your skin. It’s the same for shampoo.

Many over the counter shampoos contain ingredients that make your hair feel lovely and clean but can dry it out and strip that lovely colour you spend money on maintaining.  As the saying goes ‘you get what you pay for’. Paying the extra few euros on a good quality shampoo is worth it as your colour fades less, you get more shine and your hair is in better condition. Go to your local salon or salon services shop to get advice and prescribed a certain type of shampoo for your hair.

My hair is dyed blonde and recently I added brown to my roots, My hair is dry but oily also. So I guess you could call it combination. Some of my favourite shampoos are:

  1. Kevin Murphy – Balance wash – I find this great as it treats coloured hair with its anti-fade properties but it’s light and kind enough to use daily.
  2. Kevin Murphy – Blonde Angel Wash – I love this to keep my blonde nice and clean. I use it every third day and it really brightens my blonde.
  3. Kevin Murphy – Maxi Wash – I use this once a week. I find it great to give my scalp a proper clean from using products daily. It really helps get rid of product build up.
  4. Redken – Clear Moisture – Is a moisturizing shampoo that gently cleanses your scalp and can be used for everyday use. It’s lightweight and your hair always feels lovely from it.
  5. Joico K Pa – This is amazing for really damaged and chemically damaged hair and has a keratin silicone

 

Both Kevin Murphy and Redken do a whole range of shampoos prescribed for different hair types. These are ones I find work best for me. Every 6 months to a year I try out new shampoos so my hair doesn’t build up a resistance to products.

Conditioner and Leave in Conditioner – like your moisturiser!

The better quality the conditioner, the more hydrating and nourishing it is for your hair. My hair is dyed blonde and I tend to have dry ends and oily roots. Here are some of the conditioners and leave in conditioners I love:  

  1. Kevin Murphy-  Hydrate Me Rinse – I love to use this after I have had a spell of styling my hair with hot tools or using a lot of colour or product in it. I put it through my mid ends and ends and leave it for a couple of minutes.
  2. Kevin Murphy- Angel Rinse – is my favourite conditioner as a daily wash. I find it nice and light and really hydrating.

I could not live without a leave in conditioner and always recommend to my clients to have one. You will never look back once you start using one. The are full of protein and goodness for your hair. It’s like using a daily serum on your face. My two favourite are

Redken Anti snap and Kevin Murphy Leave in repair. Both are great for daily use and you’ll see a noticeable difference in your hair. Especially if you have dry or chemically dyed or damaged hair.

 

Texture Spray – my all time favourite product!

Who doesn’t want loads of texture and volume plus that undone look that is all the rage!

My go to texture sprays are:

Kevin Murphy- Doo-over (Dry finishing Spray) – adds gorgeous light texture. I prefer Doo-over for down styles as it’s a lighter texture and I usually want to spray it all over myself it’s smells so good! I usually prep the hair with this for dry down styles. I also love it as a finishing spray as it recommended but it is miscellaneous product.

Label M texture spray – great for upstyles and adds loads of volume and sits on the hair well.  also love it as a finishing product and works great on long and short hair. (Available at all Toni and Guy Salons Nationwide )

Kevin Murphy Bedroom Hair texture spray – I have just started using this and it does exactly what it says on the tin. Definitely something I’ll be adding to my kit again.

 

What’s in my hairdressing kit bag?

 

Redken Anti Snap (An investment for your hair) Redken Anti Snap

Kevin Murphy Doo-Over (You won’t regret splashing out on this) https://kevinmurphystore.ie/products/doo-over

Kevin Murphy Bedroom Hair https://kevinmurphystore.ie/products/bedroom-hair

Label M Texture Spray – All Toni and Guy Salons Nationwide

Kevin Murphy Shimmer me Blonde Spray – (I have an obsession with this and the smell is to die for) Great for blondes Kevin Murphy Shimmer me Blonde

Kevin Murphy Full Again (An amazing thickening and styling Lotion)  https://kevinmurphystore.ie/products/full-again

Kevin Murphy Anti Gravity (I love this oil free volumiser, really light with great results and you can get it in spray form) https://kevinmurphystore.ie/products/anti-gravity

Tigi Masterpiece ( I love, love this hairspray, it’s light but with great hold and my favourite to work with) Tigi Masterpiece

Kevin Murphy Session Spray (AMAZING Hold and I like to use it at the very end of particular upstyles) https://kevinmurphystore.ie/products/session-spray

Kevin Murphy Powder Puff (A great little product that adds volume without been to gritty and gorgeous texture for them dreamy upstyles) https://kevinmurphystore.ie/products/powder-puff

Kevin Murphy Hair Resort (Fantastic for people with a curl or kink, add some leave in conditioner with it and I love using this and drying the hair with the diffuser) In a spray option also https://kevinmurphystore.ie/products/hair-resort

Kevin Murphy Fresh Again ( I really don’t like a dry shampoo that is to powdery or leaves too much residue but this one is amazing and smells so good) https://kevinmurphystore.ie/products/fresh-hair

Moroccan Oil Dry Shampoo ( Another amazing lightweight product with really good results. You can get it for darker or lighter hair tones) Moroccan Oil Dry Shampoo

I have an abundance of products in my kit but these are my favourites and everyday go to. All products are tagged and if anyone would like advice or a consultation on your hair and products that would be suitable and prescribed to you please email me on blownawaywestcork@gmail.com

 

‘Invest in your hair, it’s the crown you never take off’

E x

 

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Tips for Styling Short Hair

I recently took the plunge and cut my long mane into the much talked about “lob”. Like every girl with long hair, the thought of cutting it petrified me. My long hair has always felt like a part of me. Hairstylist or not, we all get used to our daily grooming routines and styling our hair in the same ways that we know suit us. I wanted a change but thought short hair would give me one mundane, unchangeable look. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

My hair is naturally straight and enjoys sitting flat to my head if given the opportunity. I could wash my locks & run out the door only to achieve the lifeless look. For the ladies trying to tame fuzzy manes, this probably sounds like a dream. However, those of us lacking volume feel more like we have a mop hanging over our ears.

If your hair sounds like mine, I cannot recommend this cut any more. First of all, the condition improved an enormous amount. My hair was instantly so much thicker and for the first time ever I naturally had a bit of body.

So, for those of you contemplating cutting it all off but are not sure what you will do with it thereafter, here are some of my favourite styles for short hair that are super easy to do at home.

 

Beachy Waves

Beachy waves give my new locks an effortless look. It takes me a quarter of the time to achieve this style it and my shorter hair holds this so much better. I could get two days out of it whilst before my wave could be gone in a few hours.

Products: Kevin Murphy Full.Again Thickening Lotion,  Kevin Murphy Body Builder Volumising Mousse or  Kevin Murphy Anti Gravity Oil Free Volumiser,  Kevin Murphy Doover Finishing Spray or LABEL M Sea Salt Spray.

Styling: While my hair is wet, I massage Anti Gravity Oil Free Volumiser (mousse is fine too) into the root and put Full.Again Thickening Lotion from the mid ends to ends of my hair. I blast dry my hair without brushes or styling until completely dry. For best results, I recommend using a curling wand next but the same look can be achieved with a straightener. I then section my hair and curl the middle part of each section, leaving the end straight. I then let the curls set for a few minutes before running my fingers through the sections. To finish off the look I add Doover Finishing Spray or Label M Sea Salt Spray for added texture and that tousled beachy look.

 

Half Up, Half Down Top Knot

This is really cute and funky style on shorter hair. It dresses the hair up with minimal effort. Its great for days you’re not washing you hair.

Products: Dry Shampoo & Texturising Spray (I recommend Label M Dry Shampoo & Sea Salt Spray)

Styling: Minimal styling is required here. Add some dry shampoo to the root, a little texture spray to the ends. This look is supposed to be a little tousled so there is no need for major styling. Separate the amount of hair you want in your bun and up it goes. Tease the bun until it’s the size you like. Et voila, an effortless style for short hair.

 

Adding a scarf or headband.

I am all about hair accessories but options can be limited for shorter locks. This is why I love a cool scarf or headband.

Styling: Clipping your hair back and adding a headband is super funky and really easy. To soften the look loosely pull through your fringe or a few bits of hair out the front of your headband.

 

Messy Buns

This can look really cool on short hair. It can give the hair added texture and fullness. It can dress up an outfit or look with very little effort.

Products: Texture Spray and Volume Powder (I recommend Label M Sea Salt Spray & Kevin Murphy Powder.Puff)

Styling: Spray the hair with plenty of texture spray. Gather all of your hair on top of your head and twist it until you have created a bun shape. Put a bobby pin to hold the bun in place (you can use a few if you need to). Finally play around with “messing” your bun until you achieve the desired look.

 

The tousled voluminous curl

I love this look, it’s so 90s. A major side partying curled with your favourite hot tool.

Products: Volume Powder & Light Hairspray (I recommend Kevin Murphy Powder.Puff & TIGI Masterpiece Hairspray)

Add some light backcombing or some volume powder to the root. Spray the rest of the hair with some light hair spray. It’s a great effortless looking style for your favourite night out. If you have a natural curl in your hair, and want to keep it,  drying it with a diffuser really defines your natural curl and adds masses of volume. Adding curl cream and some light mouse when it’s wet and adding texture spray as your finishing product to achieve a really natural, volumised look.

 

Braids

I love braids as they can funk any style up. The more dishevelled the braid the nicer it looks. On certain short hair you can do two dutch braids and clip it in the back. This can be a really funky, cute style that’s off your face. The more you pinch and pull at the braid and messier it looks and the nicer it is. Braiding the two front sections of your hair and clipping them back with waves is a gorgeous look for an event or just to dress up your short hair.

 

’Invest in your hair, it’s the crown you never take off’

E x

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Tips for Girls with Fine Hair

Here are some of my tips for the limp hair war.

Finer textured hair can be the bane of our lives when we want to style it. We all want that big bouncy look, with lots of added volume. Having naturally finer, limp hair, I am always looking for products, tools and techniques that will help me achieve this look.

 

  1. Rough it up

Rough drying is a must for somebody with fine hair. Too much brush drying will flatten the hair too much. Dry at least 90% of your hair roughly before getting a round brush to smooth it down.

 

  • Making the cut

The right haircut makes a massive difference to finer texture hair.

If your hair is longer length, a long layer is essential to add volume and movement.  Shorter styles work really well on fine hair as it’s not weighed down by length. Pixie cuts and blunt bobs are great styles to combat the limp hair war. Bangs are a major hairstyle trend this year and they can work great on fine hair. A blunt or pixie fringe adds a really cool edge and thickness to a hairstyle.

 

  • The product queen

Using the right products can make a big difference in giving your hair that volume and life you are lusting.

A lightweight root lift product is a must have! I love Tigi Superstar Queen for a Day. This root lift thickening spray adds masses of volume and is an amazing product.

If you prefer a cream texture to thicken up your hair Pureology Blowdry Amplifier adds masses of volume to your mane. Add it to towel dried hair, blow dry your hair and wow does this feel like you’ve inherited another thicker head of hair.

Kenra Texture Spray  adds great volume, texture, doubles up as a dry shampoo and gives you that lovely tousled, beachy look.

We all love a good sea salt spray! It’s a must have to add sass and a beachy vibe to that flat head of hair. My favourite is Label M Sea Salt Spray

Dry shampoo is every girl’s best friend and the best to give your hair an extra boost when needed.  Joico Instant Fresh is one of my favourite dry shampoos but there is a lot on the market on low key budgets. Keep one in your handbag for any emergencies.

Use a light hair conditioner day to day. If you want a style to last for the day, ditch the conditioner for that day. Don’t be heavy handed with the products you use as too much will weigh down your hair.

 

  • The style queen

Styling your fine hair can be quite hard and keeping it in place can be even harder.

Using good quality hot tools is essential. Use a wand or ghd to add beachy curls. Add texture spray or mist on a sea salt spray after waving your hair for extra texture, volume and an undone look.

If you want to go for more a groomed curl (for a wedding or big event), curl your hair with a hot tool and pin the curls in place for while. When you take them out, put a soft brush or fingers through them, add hairspray or your favourite finishing product and VOILA you have a gorgeous soft curl with volume.

 

  • Healthy hair starts inside

Having a healthy diet and adding vitamins to your daily routine can do wonders for your hair. Adding B – Complexes, Biotin, Fish Oils, Vitamin D or C and Zinc are great options. A good multivitamin with any of these is a great bonus. Getting professional advice on this topic is advised to make sure you are taking the right and suitable supplements for you.

I hope these tips help you to ‘Be a Queen Everyday’ and add masses of volume to your gorgeous hair.

 

           ‘Invest in your hair, it’s the crown you never take off’

E x

 

 

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