Month: April 2014

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Avocado Hair Conditioner

I have shared another super quick and super easy natural hair treatment with the readers of Holistic Therapist Magazine, and so if you would like to find out how super duper easy peasy it is to condition your hair with a creamy fruit then click here: It’s Easy and Creamy with Avo

Vicki Lord

Wedding Hair Vicki Lord

Why get professional hair done on your wedding day?

I know many women who have done their own hair on their special day – and make-up too. And more often than not they achieve a nice look – mostly simple and natural. AND natural is achievable – but remember it actually takes skill and time to get a natural image that looks effortless and that lasts an entire day – and often for the reception too.

I am all for people loving hair and experimenting with looks, but I would suggest keeping this for parties, clubbing nights, or even other people’s weddings… BUT when it is your day, the day that you have longed for, often since you were a little girl – well, it is so worth stashing an allocation of cash for hair and make-up.

Obviously I speak for the hair only, but I am sure my make-up artist friends would agree… that it is not worth compromising your look on your special day.

Here are few things to think about when deciding whether to get your hair done professionally:

  • Even if you are extremely good at hair and make-up yourself – are you going to be doing your mum’s, the bridesmaids etc too? – All on your big day? It is the one day for you to feel and look absolutely out of this world – like a princess, or a queen, or a Hollywood star – so you need to feel like one too – this is no way going to happen if you are messing around doing tasks that should be done for you on this day.
  • When I am booked for bridal, I arrive with everything my bride will need and more, including spare everything – extensions, pins etc. And I work with the latest equipment. You may not have all you need – and if you have to buy it – you may as well have allocated for the whole stylist treatment.
  • I do consultations and rehearsals too, so there is plenty of time to make adjustments prior to your big day!
  • Unique look: A session stylist can help you choose the perfect style for you and may encourage you to look at things you have never thought of… If you do your own hair, it may be a case of wearing it safe just in case! And even if you do know exactly what you want, a pro will defo do it just so.
  • It doesn’t matter how good you or your friend are at doing up-dos, when it comes to achieving certain looks, a professional experienced session stylist will always nail it and will have you feeling outstanding, leaving your friends and family wowed… and all without you sweating it! PHEW!
  • I am a perfectionist when it comes to hair and I always want the bride to be stunned and amazed with her hair – giving her a style that suits her face, make-up, theme, personality and of course her dress – so that she really can have a dream wedding. What more could you want on your special day!?

So when it comes to your wedding day you just want to concentrate on the ‘I do’ and leave the up-do to a session stylist!

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Happy Easter…

Okay so it is not quite easter yet… but I was asked by the fabulous Holistic Therapist Magazine to provide a quick hair mask recipe… and to celebrate Easter – I decided to give them a raw egg hair mask recipe – for the hair only and not for consumption obviously! It’s all about using eggs for the hair sweety, so you can eat the gorgeous chocolate ones delivered by the Easter Bunny… ;o)

Check out the post on their website

And for more on hair head to my website.

Inspired by the News this week…

I have been so busy this week, and love it! But I have managed to get glimpses of important news this week too… How could I miss the following?!

  • The sad and unexpected death of Peaches Geldof… Like millions of others I am shocked, and my thoughts go out to her friends and family.
  • The Voice is finished, hosted by Emma Willis and Marvin Humes… the winner being Jermaine Jackman.
  • Kate and Wills head to the other side of the world… I used to live and work in Aus, and think it is great!
  • The fact that Kate Moss has been working for forty years now! Amazing!

So like all of you I will have my thoughts on all news including the above… but what I do is hair! So I am using these news pieces as hair-inspiration...

Peaches Geldof has been a queen of style and colour change, and whilst I think she has suited many of her hair choices, my favorite on her was the more recent style, because it has a retro elegance, and looks effortless. It reminds me of some of the red carpet looks I have styled… that fusion of rock-chick, and grooming but with effortlessness, and with Hollywood glamour.

I also loved the rock chick style of Peaches’ mother Paula Yates – and I can see that many modern celebrities are inspired by her look. You can even achieve Paula Yates’ look if you have longer hair… Check out the blonde bombshell video I did for L’Oreal.

Totally loving the super sleek bob that Emma Willis wore at the final of The Voice… she shone and her hair looked in fantastic condition!

When it comes to Kate Middleton’s hair – I love the safe pretty princess look – It is retro too – and has a feel of the classic Wonder Women… So sweet and still sexy – perfect for a princess… but I would really love to style her hair one day!

Lastly, FROM ONE KATE TO THE NEXT… I think it is amazing that Kate Moss has literally been rocking it for forty years in the fashion industry! Talk about icon… And how can I seriously even begin to sum-up all of her hair dos and don’ts over those four decades… but I can tell you one thing that is for sure – she manages to rock any look – long, short, classic, modern, blonde, red, dark, light, shaggy, smooth… Another lady I would love to get my hands on…

What do you say Kate? And Kate?

Vicki Lord

Vicki Lord Cheeky Photo

Oh Spicy!

You all know how much I love a sprinkle of spice in life! I have experimented with my hair colour in the past.. and I love the spicy shade of my modern bob. More than a few people have compared me to the lovely Katy Perry – and I get flattered every time – and just like my so-called doppelganger, I love to change my hair colour… but it has to be the right colour right? And once you find it, you can stick to it… because it is a commitment changing your hair colour, and it can change your whole image! So here are a few things to think about before opting for a new hue.

Consult a great hair stylist/colourist… and consider the following:

  • Consider your skin tone – does this change with seasons? If your choice of colour is likely to wash you out, but you still love it, then consider looking at your foundation and other makeup choices too… maybe a whole makeover would be worthwhile.
  • Does your colour choice suit your style? Or do you want or need a re-style too?
  • Are you covering some grey, lots of grey – or no grey? Think of what it is that you want to change.
  • Are you going for a natural colour or something more experimental like sapphire, chilli red, or even pink? If you are going for something more drastic, maybe consider a transitional colour to avoid a brassy finish, before going the whole way.
  • Have you thought about whether you want block colour or highlights, or low-lights? Maybe try on a few wigs first!
  • Consider all options: home dye kits or heading to the salon… (if you are doing a home kit, ensure you do the dye test and follow the instructions properly – or get a friend to help you that has done it before). Oh and if you are going for home kits – you may need more than one box if you have very long or thick hair. Sometimes the shades on the boxes are not fully accurate and the colour can be darker on your hair, so maybe choose a lighter shade.
  • Think about how often you may have to re-do the colour, or the roots too… a good colour and your ideal look needs to be maintained.
  • Depending on your current hair colour or natural colour, there may be certain shades that will not take on your hair, or that will vary slightly in the final colour effect.
  • Do you have hair extensions… have you thought of matching that colour? Or getting them dyed in the same colour before having them fitted/clipped/attached/glued-in.
  • What type of dye are you going to pick? If it is a home kit – then do you want a foam or liquid application? Foam is less likely to drip on to your face, so if you are a bit clumsy or have sensitive skin on your face or neck this maybe a good option.
  • Another note on home kits – which I do think are fab, by the way, as long as you apply carefully for your needs… apply in the day when you have good natural daylight, and also apply to dirty hair… because it is easier to manage and also the ‘dirt/grease’ – or natural oils are like a protective layer too. Remember you can get some dyes that are more natural in content – which you may prefer.

You see! Lots to think about! And there is still probably more too… the main thing is you are happy with your choice and safe with application… enjoy bringing lots of colour into your life and hair.. ;o)

Vicki Lord