Ombre, balayage, highlights, pretty much the go-to techniques for ladies looking to give a little ‘lift’ to their hair colour. We love to lighten our hair – it denotes a healthy, outdoorsy lifestyle soaked in sunshine. But it can sadly have a harsh effect on our poor tresses, leaving them damaged, brittle and a bit worse for wear, especially if your colour is coming from the bleach bottle. I’ve had ombre’d hair for about three years so the very tips of my hair are definitely feeling a bit sorry for themselves now.
So when, a couple of months ago, I was invited to a consultation with Jennie Roberts, a Treatment Technician for Ojon, I knew she would have some top tips for me. Jennie recommended a number of products from Ojon for me and also addressed some of my haircare worries. As my hair is not coloured from the roots, a lot of it is ‘virgin’ hair. My hair is fine and tends towards the greasy end of the scale, especially from day two so is only dry on the bottom third and I have a sensitive scalp. Therefore I need my moisturising products to be light but effective.
I left with a few wonder products to get my locks in order. First of all, the Ojon Rare Blend Protecting Treatment*. This is a heat protecting styling spray. It’s incredibly light so I use this when I feel like cremes will weigh down my hair too much. Heat is the number one enemy for damaged hair so a heat protecting treatment is a must. Secondly I went for the Ojon Rare Blend Oil. There is a number of varieties of this oil available but Jennie recommended the Rejuvenating Therapy Lightweight Texture* one for me (seems obvious but I would have totally got sucked in my the pretty colours of the Medium and Thick Texture ones!). She also recommended using just one drop at a time and only adding more as I used the product over time and my hair started to repair its dryness. I can say that this has worked wonders!
Lastly, I picked up the Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment Plus*. This is an intense hair treatment that you use like a mask. It is a hard waxy texture in the tub that you need to scoop out with a teaspoon and warm in your hands to apply. I use this just on the coloured ends of my hair – it would be too heavy for the roots and lengths. I must admit I don’t love the smell, but it is bearable for the 15 minutes that it takes to soak into the hair and do it’s stuff. I use this once a fortnight and that’s enough for me to see a difference – I’ve had no split ends when normally they would be appearing by now.
Ojon is a premium brand so it’s expensive but you do get your money’s worth with the quality of the ingredients which include 100% natural essential oils. And as Jennie explained to me, for my hair type, less id more so these will last me a long time. If you were only able to pick up one, I’d recommend the Hair Treatment Plus which starts at £19 – it is amazing. Ojon is available at Boots so do check them out. Your ombre will thank you!
What are your essentials for colour treated hair?
To some extent, the perfect blow-dry is all in the technique. At least it is for me. On my own I can get the front section looking pretty good, then I get tired arms, or I’m not quite coordinating both hands round the back… This level of hopelessness needs some pretty fool-proof products in my arsenal.
Luckily, the Bumble and Bumble Blow Dry* range is exactly that: fool-proof. Recently, they have added two more products to the bestselling Blow Dry Straight creme, Repair for damaged hair and All-Style for fine hair.
Straight is not really designed for my already straight hair. However, a few curly haired ladies I know swear by this stuff. As it’s a blow-dry treatment, it has built in heat protection, perfect for hair that’s about to be blasted with hot air and straighteners. It’s lightweight formula smooths without weighing down and leaves hair feeling soft and healthy.
Repair is the best option for anyone with self-inflicted damage on their do – and let’s face it, that’s most of us. I like to use a bit of this on the ombre’d lengths of my hair. It adds extra protection and nourishment to the bleach-stripped tips while sealing split ends. It’s slightly heavier in consistency than Straight, but as you only use it on the lengths and ends it doesn’t leave hair lank.
My favourite of the bunch is All-Style. Designed for fine or oil-prone hair, it truly offers something different. The formula includes oil-absorbing powders to soak up grease, making your blow-dry last longer. Genius. Used from root to tip, All-Style is a do-it-all crème which simultaneously smooths, de-greases, and adds a bit of much needed texture to flat hair.
The Blow Dry range is £23 each and is available here. I definitely recommend All-Style, I wouldn’t be without it now.
Haircare experts are often warning against the perils of over-washing your hair – some recommending getting it on a three day wash cycle. Well that’s easily said, but not so great when you’re on the evening of day two and already reaching for the bobble hat to hide your tresses. Of course, there’s always dry shampoo, but on days when even that’s not cutting it, a cleansing conditioner can be the answer.
Formulated with no sulphates or glycerin, the Ojon Rare Blend Moisture-Rich Cleansing Conditioner* is a low-lather crème which gently cleans and add moisture without stripping the hair of it’s natural oils. It is specifically designed for people with curly or wavy dry hair – neither of which I have so I was a little apprehensive about how it would work on my poker-straight locks. However, it turns out that the Ojon Cleansing Conditioner is suitable for everyone. On day two hair, it was a quick refresher that meant I could go another two days before reaching for the shampoo bottle. Result! It removed greasiness from my roots and added moisture to my bleach-parched ends.
I did get a touch of fluffiness after drying my hair, but that’s where the Ojon Rare Blend Tamer* came in handy. This is a neat idea with Ojon’s unique blend of oils packaged into a tube with a mascara wand. You simply wipe off the excess and gently use to smooth down flyaways. I wouldn’t necessarily describe the tamer as an essential, but it definitely works and if flyaways are something that bug you, you might want to investigate this option.
The Cleansing Conditioner costs £18.50 and is available here. The Tamer is £20 (one tube will last you forever) and is available here.
You may have noticed that I’ve embarked on the Blog Every Day in May challenge where I am following the prompts but I still wanted to post a few of my regular posts in between. It’s been a couple of weeks since I did a catch up post so here’s what has been going on…
Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh On Wednesday I went along to try out the new menu at Hard Rock Cafe on George St. As you can imagine, this was pretty epic! We got to try the new artichoke and spinach dip, beef, chicken and veggie Nachopalooza and the Jumbo Combo. I really enjoyed the dip (much more than I thought I would) the southwest chicken nachos and the chicken tenders. Oh and the bruschetta. Yeah, so everything. The starter portions are huge. You could share one between two and not need a main, otherwise go one between three or four!
Mains were hickory smoked ribs and bbq pulled beef brisket. The meat was so tender and the sauces just delicious. We also got to try some of the their burgers – the one I tried was their Fiesta Burger which was served on a brioche bun with fresh guacamole – a winner in my eyes.
I have a super sweet tooth so of course I was excited about dessert. We tried the Hot Fudge Brownie and the Oreo cheesecake. My word, that cheesecake was outrageous! So good. I hadn’t been to Hard Rock for a good couple of years and this has reignited the love for it. Will definitely be back for cocktails and cheesecake very soon.
Not the best photo, but I got my haircut finally! Shorter and blonder for summer. It was cut, bleached, toned with two shades and cut again but three hours later it was worth it. I got this done at Myles Hairdressing and I would definitely recommend this salon to anyone looking for an affordable but quality hairdressers on the west side of town. My hair was done by Joanne and even though it was a very busy Saturday she took her time to get it how to what I was after, even when I was being a bit vague.
Doune Castle On Sunday we went for a drive and ended up at Doune Castle. I’m going to do a full post on this trip on Thursday for the BEDM Local History post so check back then if you’re interested in Castles. You should be, this one is pretty famous…
“One day, lad, all this will be yours.”
“What, the curtains?”
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Tagged Burger, Castle, Catch Up, Edinburgh, Food, Hair, History, Life, Lifestyle, Live, Restaurant, Sunday
Er make that Saturday favourites!
This Re-Animator poster!
How awesome is this?! I love a good film poster and this one on Deviant Art by SamRAW08 caught my eye this week. I’m also particularly feeling the love for Re-Animator this month as I recently went to see the musical adaptation at the Fringe (hilarious) and my long-awaited DVD just arrived in post in time for Halloween Movie Night with the NMMS girls. None of them have seen it so they are in for a treat!
Check out this account: www.samraw08.deviantart.com for more horror posters.
French Braid Tutorial
I’ve seen this style on Pinterest loads and I absolutely love it but it’s so hard! I’ve got the hang of the sock bun but I cannot do the french braid it – upside down or not! This YouTube tutorial by Luxy Hair explains the technique for a french braid really clearly (and is kinda funny cos she’s hanging her head upside down as she’s doing it). So I tried it and I did it! Messy, but the foundation is finally there. Happy!
Visit www.youtube.com/user/LuxyHair for loads of great hair tutorials.
This is a fairly old post from Bakerella but I was looking for decoration ideas for Halloween and these are the right balance of cute and creepy while also actually looking achievable. I’ll let you know how I get on!
If you haven’t already, visit www.bakerella.com for baking inspiration and also just to see the originator of cake pops.
The Wild Things by Dave Eggers
This is what I am reading at the moment. It’s hard to read after having watched the Spike Jonze Where the Wild Things Are film since it’s a direct adaptation, the book is as near to the screenplay as possible basically. That said, I love the film and I’m enjoying this far – just reached the boat – so we’ll see how it goes.
Thanks for reading, see you next FRIDAY!
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Tagged Artist, Baking, Books, Cupcakes, DIY, Film, Hair, Halloween, Illustration, Poster, Tutorial