Friday, 18 April 2014

My curly haired friend...

I'd thought I'd share a few tips to manage and condition curly hair. As a curly haired girl I had consigned myself to frizzy hair for eternity. But then I became more interested in beauty and with a bit of research my hair has improved massively. So...

1. Don't brush
This is the biggest change I made and it's made the biggest difference. Brushing curly hair breaks up the curls and in my case results in frizz. Instead...

2. Comb your hair in the shower
CAREFULLY! Either using a very wide toothed comb or your fingers to get rid of loose hairs.

3. Rinse with cold water
A commonly found tip, it seals the hair fibre and keeps it healthy (apparently).

4. Leave-in conditioner
This has also made a big difference. Curly hair lacks moisture so conditioning is important to replace it. Personally I prefer a leave-in conditioner to a rinse out product. Herbal Essences split ends protection cream (in a red bottle) is a life saver.

5. Treat your hair like lace
In other words be nice to your hair, don't over wash it or treat it  roughly.

6. Get rid of water
In the shower squeeze your hair with your hands to get rid of excess water then repeat with a towel before wrapping your hair in the towel. Curly hair get frizzy as it dries so this will shorten the drying process.

7. Avoid heat
I only use heated products for special occasions or when I go to the hairdresser, instead I let my hair dry naturally. Normally I put my hair up in a loose bun with hair pins (not bobby pins) and leave it, if I'm at home I'll leave it loose.

8. Experiment
We are all different! What works for me may not work for you so try different products and methods until you find your perfect match.

Monday, 10 February 2014


Modigliani 1913

I have curves. There is no denying the fact, however hard I try. Think of a scaled-up Misty Copeland. I am under no illusion that I am exceptional in any way, yes I have a decent bust but not enormous, yet the 'high street' would have me thinking otherwise. At 5'7" I am not exceptionally tall although finding skirts long enough to avoid flashing the neighbourhood is near on impossible, especially with the rise of the skater style. I do not have a 23" waist, although finding trousers with a waist less than 3" too big is also almost impossible. Yes I have athletic legs but not olympic cycling big, yet finding trousers that don't act like liposuction is, you've guessed it, almost impossible. 

The world of fashion and media do not seem to realise there is a difference between 'curvy' and 'fat'. They are two different entities, it is entirely possible to be fat and not curvy. The well known statistic that women's waists are getting bigger and less curvy may be misleading. How many of those women are overweight? If everyone was a size 10 we would have more curves than we think. If you use a straight up and down size 6 model and scale it up, the result is a curveless size 12. 

Today I tried on a size 12 top at H&M and, no joke, could not get it over my head. This is ridiculous and I am pretty sure I am not the only one.

In fashions past, although restrictive, they emphasised and enhanced the female form making women look more feminine. I am all for masculine style dressing but we have lost the art of dressing curves.

The amazing Misty Copeland

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

The Smell of Ballet...

Ballet's popularity, brought on by the now infamous 'Black Swan', is showing no signs of waining. The latest form is that of scent with Repetto and Penhaligon's both releasing ballet inspired fragrances. Both look very appealing, thanks to the packaging and the publicity. I am, however, sceptical about the actual scent, to me ballet smells like pointe shoes and sweat- not the most appetising combination! Penhaligon's 'Iris Prima' was created in association with the English National Ballet (now headed by Tamara Rojo), and Repetto have their origins in making ballet shoes so I am sure both will be 'authentic'.

However the Penhaligon's perfume is on the expensive side at £85 for 50ml.

Repetto  €30 for 30ml

Penhaligon's Iris Prima released on 9th September
£85 50ml