A New Look With Blown Away London

[AD] My hair has never been my greatest asset, partly due to the fact I never spend more than five minutes on it. A quick rough dry, scrape it back into a ponytail and this is pretty my day and evening look.

When youth was on my side and five pregnancies hadn’t stripped the life out of my hair this was never a problem. I am now however in need of a little more tlc and when the lovely Frankie from Blown Away London asked me to visit I was hopeful she could work some magic!

Blown Away London is a mobile hair dressing company that also works from the gorgeous RE NUE London in Banstead a couple of days a week.

Frankie is an expert in both blowdrys and balayage, offers tape extensions and so much more.

I am one of those annoying clients that enters the salon with not much idea as to what I want. Frankie talked me through a lot of different options that would be good for me and we finally came up with a look that I wasn’t really expecting to go for.

I must admit I was a little hesitant as I hadn’t gone for a lighter colour since my teens but felt it would be a bit softer for me now unlike the usual dark brown I opt for.

The colour started and there was no going back! My faith however was in Frankie and she happily sat and chatted whilst I was waiting for the colour to develop which made the time fly by!

Next up was the cut and having such thin hair I always worry that it will be to thinned our as it has in the past which means me leaving feeling deflated.

In the end all this anxieties and worries were taken away as she unveiled an glossy, bouncy and much welcome change to my hair.

I really couldn’t have been happier with the cut, colour and most importantly the great company!

Which Hair Treatments Work Best?

Over the years my hair has become thinner and thinner. I have tried to cut it into a shorter style over the past few years in an attempt to make it look thicker but this really hasn’t had much of an impact for me.

Hair loss is in fact a huge problem for so many people and it can stem from so many different causes, some of which I have listed below:

  • Physical and emotiona stress
  • Lack of protein
  • Male pattern baldness 
  • Pregnancy 
  • Medication
  • Overstyling 
  • Female hormonal changes 
  • Hereditary 

The list could probably go on and as you can see with so many causes it is hard to pinpoint where exactly the problem stems from and even if you can some of these things can be hard to change.

However their can be things we can change and try in a bid to improve or hault these changes:

  • Changes from the inside – we can change our diets to make them rich in protein, iron, zinc and B12 to nourish our bodies and help them to grow good hair.
  • Massage – this is a favourite of mine and I love giving my hair an extra long massage when I am applying my shampoo to promote blood flow.
  • Supplements – supplements are another way of feeding the hair from the inside and there are plenty in the market they are taliored specifically to promote hair growth. Finasteride from Online Doctor LloydsPharmacy are a great example of this.
  • Put down the tongs – limited the use of styling AIDS such a hair driers and tongs will keep your hair safe from the heat which can cause a lot of damge.

Is hair loss a problem for you and do you have any tips on improving it?
*collaborated post

The Drama Of Antenatal Hair Loss 

Those first few months with a new born are the most precious you will ever have and something that flies by in the blink of an eye.

They are also the most problematic and whilst you are getting to know your precious little bundle your body will be going through nearly as many changes as it has in pregnancy.

Your body will be slowly getting itself back to it pre-pregnancy state and those pesky hormones levels will be trying to get themselves back onto an even keel.

Unfortunately for me and around 40% of women the drop in hormones means that the long thick hair you have been sporting will leave; causing thinness and sometime receding hairlines and bald patches.

After five pregnancies and what seems like more hair loss each time I have been left with extremely lacklustre locks that has been a real knock to my confidence.

There are however some things you can do to help improve this:

  • A Good Diet – a diet rich in fruit, vegetable and good fats such as oily fish and nuts will help feed your hair from the inside and in turn rejuvenate hair growth.
  • Over Brushing – avoid over brushing your hair, especially when wet as your hair is at its most brittle.
  • Stop The Pigtails – putting your hair up in a ponytail of plaits everyday can put your hair under a lot of strain so make sure you give your hair a good break.
  • Advanced Trico Pigmentation – This is something for those of you that want to try something to really help you recreate fuller and thicker hair as well as recreate a hairline that may be missing from hair loss.

 

Mummy Treats On A Budget

A wrote a post a while ago on getting my mojo back and over the past few months it has disappeared again and I’m in the search for it again!

Since the beginning of the new year I have got my healthy eating and exercise back on track so next in the agenda is a bit of self care and an overhaul of my wardrobe.

With five children money for luxuries such as getting my hair and done is usually reserved for special occasions and so unfortunately with a serious lack of nights out my hair has not seen a hairdressers for a very long time!

I recently saw a post on Facebook advertising for hair models at Toni and Guy in Reigate and with a colour and blow dry for only £15 I thought it was worth a try.  My usual trip to the hairdressers would cost in excess of £80 so this is a huge saving. 

I took my frazzled grey hair along and was greeted by a lovely young lady that sat me down, asked exactly what I was after and set to work on my hair. Everything that she did was overlooked by her tutor although she was more than capable and you would never tell that she had just started out in her hairdressing journey.

The trip was nothing different to any other salon experience other than it being a fraction of the cost!

  
With a lovely new hair do I made my way home to have a sort out of my wardrobe.  I pulled out all of the things that I’ve not worn for over two years and put them straight into a box for eBay.  I have decided that instead of going out and spending a fortune on new clothes I am going to get some new accessories to jazz up my old outfits.

A colourful scarf or glitzy necklace can make something you’ve had for years feel brand new and can cost next to nothing.  I find ASOS fantastic for affordable accessories.  Last year I picked up a scarf, set of bangles and  great multi strand necklace for less than £10.

Im also going to pluck up the courage and start to wear some hats that I’ve not had the guts to wear before!  

 
What do you do to give yourself a treat that doesn’t cost the earth?