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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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Inside KENT wedding special out now!

I was asked by the editorial team at insideKENT to write a piece for their wedding special, out now. As a continual trend from last year, I opted for vintage looks… so if you are a bride that would like to add a touch of vintage or a particular decade to the theme of your wedding then grab your copy for my hair tips.

Thanks! Loved working with InsideKENT!

Vicki Lord: Winner of Kent Wedding Awards for best bridal hairstylist.

http://www.vickilordbridalhair.co.uk

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Pro Hair Column

For those of you that like my blogs... firstly thank you for always checking out what I am up to and the tips I have to share, secondly, I am also offering some advice on Next Root Style as a professional hair stylist… it is great to work with a fresh site that is all about hair… here is my profile page: CLICK.

 

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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12 Hair Tips for 12 Days of Christmas

Here are twelve hair care tips for you on the lead up to Christmas:

  1. It is coming up to party time and indulgent festive food eating, but try and ensure you have vitamin C and E to keep your hair in good condition from the inside out.
  2. It is the magic stuff – water of course, stay hydrated for great skin and hair.
  3. Use a protective spray on your hair before styling it with any heated appliances like straighteners or tongs.
  4. Use good quality combs and brushes and avoid yanking your hair, especially after back combing it.
  5. Try and allow your hair some breathing space from products and heat – so if you are not heading out to see friends or to socialise then wash your locks, but let them air dry.
  6. Avoid washing your hair every day, every two-three days is good, and then you are not stripping natural nutrients and oils.
  7. When you do wash your hair, use a really nourishing shampoo and massage it through thoroughly, and rinse well too in warm, not hot water.
  8. Try a home made hair mask, like this one: CLICK.
  9. Try a home made conditioner, like this one: CLICK.
  10. Use no-snag hair ties to avoid ripping at your hair.
  11. When going out in the winter sun, or even on holiday, protect your hair from the heat by wearing a stylish hat.
  12. Avoid stress, some studies suggest that certain hair loss conditions are caused by high levels of stress – so RE-LAX!
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What would you like to know?

Okay so it is nearly Christmas and New Year – a time when you’ve got lots to celebrate and lots of reasons to dress up and make your hair stand out – in a good way… so what is it you want tips and advice on? Maybe you are thinking ahead for the New Year – not long until 2015 now!  So anything you wish for me to answer you can email me directly: vicki@vickilord.co.uk or my PR, Jordan, access@portalpr.net – OR… you can connect with me via Facebook or Twitter… and we’ll get a blog post up answering your questions and providing you with more hair tutorials and general hair-inspiration… CHAT SOON and looking forward to hearing from you!

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Vicki Lord Studio

Yee Pee, after much time, blood, sweat and tears the Vicki Lord Studio is complete… it is in the lovely setting of my garden and it is the perfect place  for my brides to come for consultations and trails, as well as my regular clients. 

I live and breathe all things hair, so I’m super excited about having these space for creativity like creating my sculptures.

For fellow hair stylists here are five benefits of having a home based studio:

  1. If the studio is in a cabin, the garage or a separate building to your living space then it is easy to switch off from work.
  2. There is always the perfect environment for your clients, with equipment and that important lighting.
  3.  You can claim on your tax for everything you use for this space, which is important to remember too.
  4. You are looked at as professional, and serious about what you do, and offering that bit more for your clients.
  5. You can include enough room for more than one client, so in my case my trainee can be working with somebody at the same time as me.

 

Q: What hair colours have gradually been trending?

Answer: Pastel tones are still as popular as ever since Dame Helen Mirren continued the trend when she sported a fabulous cotton candy pink pixie cut at the BAFTAs last year in 2013. An dthis look has proved popular on all age groups, as has the pastel blues, and purples… It’s fun and different and will be sure to catch people’s eye. Try peach and apricots tones for a softer look too!

Ombré colours as seen on Alexandra Chung in the past, are still trendy however these have been more subtle in colour this year, especially in the summer for a more fresher look.

One colour I definitely see trending more and more is a glossy ink black on those ladies who are brave enough to take the plunge and want to revamp their locks and opt for dramatic and darker mysterious look. So a contrast with the pastels and the black… the choice is yours: Check out one of my previous posts on tips for dying or colouring your hair.

Thanks, Vicki x

Don’t Tell the Bride

Okay, so you may think that I am referring to the BBC show Don’t Tell The Bride… Well I am not! Even though that show is certainly interesting for someone like me who works with brides all of the time… I just don’t know how they can leave all of that important pre-wedding, vital-bridal stuff to the groom – who has a limited budget, no contcat with his wife-to-be, and just three weeks to prepare for the most important day of his and hers life. Oh! And don’t even get me started on the fcat that some of the husband’s to be do not even allocate a budget for pro hair and make-up…. ARRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHH!

So I am referring to the fact that as soon as you share the news of your upcoming wedding with friends, family, colleagues and any body in the street because you are so excited and eager, some of them… most of them, feel like they can say whatever they want, even if it makes you squirm with even more nervousness.

SO THIS IS A LIST OF WHAT NOT TO TELL A BRIDE WHEN SHE SHARES HER BIG NEWS… AND BRIDES, THIS IS A LIST OF WHAT YOU ARE BEST TO IGNORE JUST IN CASE PEOPLE DO DECIDE TO SHARE THESE LITTLE GEMS WITH YOU!

TOP Ten Don’t Tell the Bride:

  1. DON’T tell the bride: “The sex will be over as soon as you get married.” NOT TRUE so DON”T SAY, and so BRIDES IGNORE!
  2. DON’T tell the bride: “Well, you obviously can’t wear white.” THE BRIDE CAN WEAR WHATEVER COLOUR SHE WANTS TO, and so BRIDES IGNORE.
  3. DON’T tell the bride the percentage of marriages that end in divorce, even if these are facts, it is not the sort of information a bride-to-be will want or need to hear when sharing her news.
  4. DON’T tell the bride: “My brother was at the stag, and hardly recognised your hubby-to-be with those girls all over him!”
  5. DON’T tell the bride that you never thought she’d end up getting married, and you were starting to worry because she isn’t getting any younger.
  6. DON’t tell the bride: “I’m not sure if you two suit, are you sure he is the one?” ‘HE’ OBVIOUSLY IS, and so BRIDES IGNORE.
  7. DON”t tell the bride that she had better lose some weight, because that is her decision and if she is confident in her current shape and size, then she will be a beautiful bride.
  8. DON’T tell the bride that you think she is pregnant and it is a rush wedding. Even if she is that is hers and her husband’s-to-be choice.
  9. DON’T tell the bride that she is like her own mother or like her future mother-in-law – and so BRIDES IGNORE.
  10. DON’T tell the bride that she is wrong at any point of the preparation – It is her day, so she is always right, but you still have to give her good advice on anything she asks – try and be honest without being brutal! Be helpful, thoughtful and understanding!!!!

DO TELL THE BRIDE that Vicki Lord (that’s me) will create her perfect wedding hair for her special day ;o)

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Tips for Festival Hair

Are you heading to a festival this weekend? Or maybe in August, perhaps September… these months in this country are supposed to be lovely and sunny right? But, you know as well as I do that relying on the British weather is not always the best option… and when it comes to hair sweety, well, I would say be super prepared for any eventuality… afterall you want to look hot at the festivals even if the weather is not!

So here are some tips:

  1. GOOD HAIR NO MATTER THE WEATHER: Depending on your hair type and of course the weather, whatever you do may just end in a bad hair day… I am talking frizz if it gets wet, or humid, and dry if it is really hot. And if it is windy your hair may go flyway or tangled. For those of you with thick or afro hair you may just want to opt for braids… get them done a week before the festival, so they are more comfortable, you can even get funky beads as part of the hairdo for a touch of festival fashion. Hats, headscarves and hair bands can help a little with windy weather, but keeping your hair back is a better option to avoid having to de-tangle your hair. Try a braided look, a neat bun, or ponytail. Also, remember that you can add cute hair accessories or even fresh flowers to your hair. And if you opt for a neat bun, then it will gradually get messy over the time you are at the festival, which can look on-trend – OR you can easily use a hair smoother to neaten it up, and maybe even add a clip-on hair extension to add variety to your look, I love Balmain’s selection. If you use Aveda smooth infusion style prep smoother before you head to the festival its organic tapioca defends against humidity for up to 12 hours.
  2. DIRTY LOCKS: No showers, potential mass of mud? What to do with your locks? Well, you could try dry shampoo – These brands are topped as some of the best: Dove, Garnier Ultimate Blends, and Mark Hill – Beach to Bar. If you have the type of hair that gets really greasy at the roots, then you can just take a cool cap, hairband or headscarf. If your hair goes greasy all over just have hair bands and bobby pins at the ready and scoop the lot up into a sleek ponytail or a cute side bun. You can get a friend to help you, or use a digital camera or your phone as a mirror if you don’t have one packed… Another good opportunity for a selfy. If you do happen to get in a muddy situation, then use some bottled water (if this is all you have) to wash out most of the dirt and then opt for a low side braid with a cute cap, and groovy sunglasses – a winning festival look.
  3. MESSY MOP: Depending on your hair type, you may actually look really cool with that messy look – you know sexy and festival chick… if you can hack having a wild mop for a few days – you could add some flower accessories to add to the festival look, perhaps braid the front, and leave the rest to go crazy away from your face. You may want to spray the messy look into place, and go deliberate with it, but remember whatever mess your hair is in at the festival, it will need some serious care when you get home… So when you get back to the comforts of your own bathroom, brush your hair gently from the tips and gradually work your way up, do not yank it from the roots, you may find this easier if you apply conditioner even before washing it. And then use a really nourishing shampoo and conditioner that is perfect for your hair type.

Must have check list:

  • Mirror or camera phone
  • Dry shampoo
  • Leave-in de-tangler or smoothing serum
  • Bobby pins, or grips, plus hand bands
  • Flower hair accessories
  • Hat or cap or headscarf
  • Brush or comb
  • Clip-on or clip-in extensions

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