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8 Steps to Katy Perry Hair

It was 40th earlier in the year – and I had a birthday week… well if you can’t do it on a special day like that when can you? I had a party and of course it was fancy dress-up, and of course I had to go as Katy Perry! Now I have had a few requests to share how I got the Katy Perry hair, so here is the look in just eight simple steps…

KatyPerryHiarMy hair is bobbed so I obviously had to use a clip-in extension! Balmain products as always – and I totally recommend! So here’s how to use my favourite extension… the 40cm complete memory hair from… ‘Balmain’

1) Wash and blow-dry hair using volume mousse like ‘Balmain Volume mousse’.
2) Curl hair with large tong to add lots of volume!
3) Spray root area with Batsise dry shampoo.
4) Section a off hair from top of ear to the other ear to create one horizontal line.
5) Backcomb this section slightly at the root area.
6) Now clip in the Balmain 40cm complete extension onto the backcombed section and secure into place.
7) Drop down the rest of the hair and blend with your fingers
8) Now spray with hairspray to keep in place.

YOU’RE GONNA HEAR ME ROOOOAAAAARRR!

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Have a Smashing Easter with this YOLKY hair mask…

Well, Easter is approaching and it is an important time for many… And eggs-actly (sorry couldn’t resist hehehe) a year ago today, I had a my egg mask recipe published on the Holistic Therapist Magazine website

When it comes to hair – there is one person that knows pretty much everything there is to know about it – the care, the look, the styles, the colour and how to make a hair mask from raw eggs… Here is celebrity Session Stylist, Vicki Lord’s recipe for shiny locks, and all in time for Easter – what an egg-cellent idea!

“Okay let’s get cracking!…

This is such an easy way to add shine and lustre to your locks… And it is a recipe for your hair not to eat! ALL hair types can use this too… Use one to three eggs (depending on your hair length) – and crack them in a bowl. It is best that they are room temperature! Whisk, or stir and add the same number of spoonfuls of olive oil as eggs (so if you are using two eggs then two spoonfuls) – you can use coconut oil as well as or instead of olive oil – and then mix it all together. It is advised to stand in the shower or sit in the bath and apply to dry hair – as it can be a little messy! You want to leave the mixture on for ten to twenty minutes – maybe with a shower cap to keep the dripping to a minimum, and then rinse with cool water first, and then shampoo as usual.”

That is a great way to use raw eggs this Easter… but it is fun to eat eggs too… so why not treat yourself to a healthy, hearty breakfast of soldiers and dippy egg… YUM! Photo above…

Have a GOOD Friday and Smashing Easter… Okay I will stop with the hot cross puns! Vicki x

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Ultimate Wedding Magazine

Ultimate Wedding Mag is a super duper interactive wedding magazine and they have featured some of my work see above, as well as a tutorial…

I am thrilled to have worked with such a great team on this, as it is the UK’s only fully interactive wedding magazine and it means that you can dowmload their latest issue and read my articles via the APP store or check out their website: CLICK HERE.

Vicki x

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Hair to wear for yoga practice

I have been doing yoga for literally years – not only do I get an overall balance, and feel great physically, but it has health benefits for me too. I am lucky enough to be able to practise yoga without having to worry about how I wear my hair, because the front part of my hair that would usually get in the way of my eyes and face is cut back to a blunt fringe, and the rest of my hair is short enough not to become too hot or sweaty or fall in my face.

Long hair can do just that right? I practised when I had long hair, and it just gets in the way! It doesn’t matter how many photos you see circulating the internet of perfectly executed poses with the person with hair loose and looking lovely, in reality we all know that there would be sweat, and maybe tears, but defo random strands of hair all over the place if not literally all over your face… Unless I was at the shoot to fix it just before the camera clicked ;o)

Here is what I would suggest you do with your lovely locks before your yoga practice if you have long hair or a choppy haircut, that could get in the way…

TIPS:

  • Wear a top knot, as long as you can achieve this with just a hair band and no grips. It needs to be secure, but you don’t want anything to dig in when you are in certain poses. And you also do not want it to be too tight, as you can create tension.
  • Avoid normal Alice bands, as they can easily slide off, leaving you looking for a loose hair accessory whilst trying to breath in downward facing dog. It will probably end up around your neck, leaving your hair back in your face and your focus away from the flow.
  • Avoid hard or plastic hair bands, as they can dig in, and if they do fall off will be dangerous – so opt for the zigzag sort. They don’t really dig in, are adjustable and quite flexible.
  • Go for a side bun or pigtails, instead of securing hair at the mid or low centre of the head, as you will feel uncomfortable when doing lying down poses.
  • French braids are great, as they keep all of your hair neatly tucked away and is quite flat, put it is still better to create the braid to one side instead of down the back.
  • Avoid clean hair, especially if you have sleek hair, as your hair tie or band will probably keep sliding off and leaving your hair loose. Damp or greasy hair are good for tying back…. you can always wash it after practice.
  • If you do choose to grip your hair away, then the Linziclip (available from Amazon) has a flat surface and it can easily be taken in and out of your hair in-between poses, and is less hassle than a hair tie… so it maybe a good idea to have one in your yoga bag as a back up, along with a zig-zag hair band.

Enjoy!

Happy Chinese New Year Hair

Not everybody celebrates Chinese New Year… I don’t really, but I have seen a lot of posts on social media since last week and thought I’d jump on the horse too… or the Goat in this case… as it is the year of the Goat/Sheep/Ram… Bah Bah… that was my impression of a sheep – good eh? Anyway here are some nice hair ideas for Chinese New Year…

  • Put a simple bun in your hair, and cross a pair of chopsticks through it to add an oriental touch to your look. It is also a great way of holding the bun in place. Wear it with a simple line of black kohl under your eyes or a little bit of red lippy. Keep it subtle though, you don’t want to go over the top geisha girl. Also choose pretty chopsticks not the plain brown or wooden ones you eat your sushi with ( yes, I know sushi is Japanese! but you know what I mean). I quite love the red Star Wars chopsticks available at Amazon. May the force be with you!
  • Oriental hair is great to work with, often very straight and very shiny, so to achieve this look, use a good shampoo and conditioner for your hair type, apply protective heat spray, and use a good straightener like GHD or Yogi all over, and give your hair a sleek finish with a shine serum.
  • Red is a lucky colour at Chinese New Year, so you may want to head to your salon for some highlights, lowlights or a full crimson look for extra luck!
  • Considering it is still chilly weather, you could go with the whole year of the Sheep thing, and wear a really cute woolly hat… They have a great selection at HatsandCaps.co..uk . Wear your hair loose beneath the hat, to create a feminine look, or with a side braid like the Disney characters in Frozen.
  • Chinese New Year traditionally is a time to get rid of the old and bring in the new… so any fun, funky hair style you have always fancied having – now is the time to try it.
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Loving Batiste Dry Shampoo!

I love working with dry shampoo! It helps create so much volume and thickness to the hair! Batiste is a fab brand, because it doesn’t just do dry shampoo, but it really does dry shampoo – and for different needs: brunette hair, blonde hair, dark hair, light hair, for refreshing hair and for extra volume – so you can go serious bouffant.

The bottles are funky, somehow a futuristic mixed with retro feel – and easy to hold and apply too!

Much of my work involves styling hair into up dos… and I do tend to spray dry shampoo at the root area to give the hair extra height and staying power! And as mentioned above, I so love the fact that the Batiste range is available in different colours, so I can really cater for all of my clients.

Recently, one of my clients was considering buying and regularly wearing a wig as her hair is so fine and limp, but now that I’ve introduced her to Batiste dry shampoo, the wig is just a distant memory!

Batiste is a permanent part of my hair kit ;o)

Check out: batistehair.co.uk

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Inject a new lease of life into your hair…

I love the New Year… who doesn’t? A fresh start and time to look ahead at all the exciting things to come… obviously a lot of my excitement is revolved around hair… of course it is!

Here are your hair tips from your Hairy Godmother Vicki Lord… that’s me ;o) on how to freshen your hair up for the new year…

  1. Go for a chop… even if it is a little trim.
  2. Inject colour… even if it is a wash-in, wash-out.
  3. Use a leave-in treatment, like a conditioner or hair oil.
  4. Get an Indian head massage, release the stress and stimulate the hair follicles.

If you have a good hair day then you have an amazing day ;o)

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What to do with leftover Hair Conditioner

Christmas is done, as is New Year – and when it comes to early January you may be thinking of all of that food you ate… YUM! Including those leftovers?

So the whole leftover thing got me thinking… you know when you have that bit of conditioner left in the base of the tube or bottle? And whilst I do all I can to use it up, I am just as guilty as the next person of moving on to a fresh bottle – maybe a new conditioner of my fav brand, or a Chrissy pressy that someone has given me… Sometimes there are two or three bottles lurking around… if you are often guilty of the same conditioner abandonment then you may want to use it for other stuff…  here are some ideas:

  1. Mix it with some raw, coarse sugar and use it as a body scrub.
  2. You can use on your legs as a shaving cream, but this can clog up the razor, so keep rinsing – leaves the legs smooth though, especially if you are not a waxing fan.
  3. It can be used to condition your nails, just dap on a little bit, and massage into the cuticles.
  4. Use small amounts on a leather handbag or shoes to add shine and nourishment to your accessories.
  5. After all of those parties over Christmas you may have a touch of hard skin on your heels, so use the conditioner to rub into these areas on your feet, and leave on with socks for a few hours before rinsing.

I love all stuff to do with hair – so no wasting those hair products – if you don’t want to use for any of the above, then you can opt to use your leftover conditioner as a leave-in conditioner, especially if you have had a wild party up-do, with lots of products and back-combing – this will give your hair the TLC it needs.

Thanks, Vicki x

You Bleach

I have had a great year of working with celebs, VIPs, gorgeous brides, great brands, as well as writing for bridal and fashion mags, one including British Mode… And an article I had published in the summer for them seems relevant now… bleaching is a bold look, but still very much on trend, especially with the likes of Gwen Stefani having rocked it for years, and now Rita Ora, not to mention the connection with icon stunners such as Marilyn Monrow and Bridget Bardot… I reckon that a striking snow queen look is great for the festive season… so can you carry it off?

Firstly, remember that bleaching hair for that lighter look can be quite damaging if not applied correctly – Here are my tips on bleaching:

Be realistic to your expectations. NOT every one can go blonde!

– Your hair colourist will advise you on the best way to go lighter. It may mean that if you have dark hair and want to go peroxide blonde, this is likely not to be achievable in one go. You will most probably have to do this gradually to achieve your target shade and be kinder to your hair.

– The level of damage done also depends on the amount of the colour change. For instance, going from a dark to a light shade is the most hazardous, as the bleach maybe stronger and possibly left on for longer.

– Adding a few ‘lighter’ extension hair pieces, is a great way to add colour but without the commitment or damage to your hair. Balmain offer a great range of ‘fill-in extensions’ so check out their new Ombré range!

How to care for your bleached hair!

– Bleached hair is very porous – And just like a sponge, it soaks up water quickly and then rapidly loses it.

– Once your hair has been bleached, it becomes weaker and the cuticles are very open. It’s important that you use products that will help close the cuticles whilst retaining the moisture.

– Be sure to regularly give your hair some TLC- Yes tender, love and care for your hair works a treat, and deep conditioning treatments are a must once a week. There are plenty of good conditioning masks out there on the market. Everyone’s hair is different so it is a case of trial and error to find the right one for you.

– Protect hair from heat by using a good heat protection product. We constantly put our hair through rigorous daily routines of blow drying, straightening, and curling – to name but a few, to create our day and evening hairstyles!

I absolutely swear by ‘Khiels straightening cream’ it is my favourite heat protection product. This product does what it says on the pot literally! It protects, smoothes, straightens hair and smells wonderful. I use it on every client of mine and the results are amazing – I just can’t get enough of it!

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Step by step guide on how to achieve a vintage faux bob…

The Vintage waved bob is one of my most favourite looks of all times… it looks amazing for a wedding or a special occasion, and can be dressed down without accessories for day-to-day. This classic retro hairstyle look is romantic, elegant, and oozes femininity. Hollywood beauty legends Veronica Lake, Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly, and Wanda Hendrix all sported this amazing look effortlessly. It’s even adopted by current Hollywood stars like Dita Von Teese, Charlize Theron and Drew Barrymore.

The side parting paired with short elegant face-framing curled vintage hair is extremely flattering and can be styled to suit various face shapes and hair textures.

Tools needed: fat barrelled wand, comb,, soft bristle brush, hair band, hair grips, hair pins, heat protector spray and hairspray.

Hair length required; shoulder length hair.

  • On clean blow dried hair, spray a good heat protector spray evenly throughout to protect the hair from the heat of wand.
  • Create a deep side parting best suited to your face shape.
  • Starting from the nape of the neck take large sections of hair and wrap around the curling wand, keeping the wand vertical as you go. Top Tip: Make sure you pin the curls in place with sectioning clips and allow to cool, this will create a stronger and lasting curl.
  • Once all the hair is curled and cooled, remove pins then gently brush hair through to create a soft wave.
  • Secure a band towards the end of your hair. Now tuck the band up and under your hair at the nape of your neck and secure with hair grips or pins to create a faux curly bob.
  • Smooth out the crown area of your hair and then gently tease out hair at the mid lengths of hairstyle to create fullness around the back and behind the ears.
  • Tuck one side of hair behind the ear then spray with hair spray to secure in place.
  • Try adorning your hair with a pretty slide for that extra special vintage dazzle!