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Restore and Repair Hair

Are you suffering world war three with your hair? I've been there, I have very thick, natural curly hair that I didn't really look after in my teens. Bleach after Bleach being wacked on my hair and wearing glue in exstentions left me with short hair and baldness, But after a couple of years of trying to grow my hair, I've researched ways to help my hair grow faster, Looked at natural remedies and taken a look at what chemicals are in the products that we use. The good and the bad. So to save you the hassle of all that research I've made a simple list of things to do, to get healthy hair to restore and repair you back to those luxurious silky locks. When I say simple, they really are simple tips, but they work. I should of always listened to my mum, because she's always right and sometimes looking after your hair the way they did years ago is a lot healthier for us. So here's my tips and the products I use;


Get Your Mop Chopped




You need to get your hair cut between 6-8 weeks. Products that say they stop split ends actually don't, They only make them look healthier. In order to stop your hair splitting and eventually snapping you need to get them chopped off. Your hair will thank you for it. It will help your hair grow longer, healthier and feel lighter on your head also. No need to bob off your long locks, just a trim every now and then will do the trick. 

STOP Killing Your Hair

(There's a reason It's called Hair DYE, minus the Y add an I, yep. you're murdering your hair.)


No matter how hard it is, Pick a colour and stick to it. I know it's hard with all the different trends that are going around but there are definitely healthier alternatives than dying your hair, There's chalks, chalk sprays, hair dye you can make at home, food colouring even. Be kind to your hair and don't burn it to sinders. If you're happy with your hair colour but it goes dull after so many weeks, then use shampoo and conditioner for your hair colour, Like Andrew Barton's brilliant blonde/brunette/red ect.. they really do keep your hair well nourished and your colour vibrant! 

EAT , SLEEP , NO HEAT, REPEAT




Hair dryers are cool, straighteners and curlers not so much. It doesn't hurt to straighten your hair or curl it even from time to time, but clamping them over your hair every day or even sometimes twice a day is really bad for you, no matter how much heat protection you use. I highly advise for you to dry your hair in the style you want it - that way, if you have any straightening to do, you're only straightening around 30% of your hair rather than a gruelling 100%. Or even aim to dry it straight without using straighteners, and to curl your hair, just blow dry and apply sea salt spray for gorgeous natural waves without the damage. 

Extra Tip - Little challenge for you - I try to have a 'No Heat Week' once a month. See if you can do it too. I promise your hair will love you for it. 

Wash What Your Doing!



Wash your hair with products that suit you. Look at the labels and make sure as the ingredients are all friendly. Make sure to rinse your hair for a good 4 minutes and towel dry hair to take some of the hard work off the hair dryer. (by towel dry, I mean squeeze and pat, not rub!) For extra help, spray a leave in conditioner through your hair, and don't forget heat defence serum, not sprays!
Serums cover your hair, Sprays don't. They won't protect your hair up to 100% like a serum will.


Vitamins Are Vital!


     

Weather you take some capsules or chewable's or get them through healthy eating, Vitamins are needed! What's good for the inside is always good for the outside. Not only will your skin be better and your nails but your hair will reap the benefits too! I use bassets Health Balance Chewable's + I eat healthily. Those, vitamins, fruits, veggies and seeds are vital. (Remember what Your Mum told you, Eat your veggies.. it all makes sense when we're older.) 

A Recipe To Please



2 egg yolks
1 tbl spoon honey
1/2 avacado
2 tbl spoon olive oil
1/4 lemon 

Blend together and apply to hair. Leave on for as long as you like.
Rinse out. (Do this once or twice a week and see the difference.) 




Products I use



Charles Worthington Finishing spray = It gives a nice soft touch to my hair, Stops fly away hairs and leaves my hair smelling like a bunch of fresh flowers. 

Coconut Milk = Containing Coconut and Egg Whites with a bunch of other stuff, this heat defence/leave in conditioner, is amazing for styling hair with, It puts silk and shine back into your hair. I'm crazy in love with this product, and it's apart of a 3 for 2 in boots at the moment.

Coconut Water Shampoo and Conditioner = Showering with these is like a Caribbean paradise, They make my hair smell divine, leave my hair soft, tangle free and well nourished and silky £7.99 each but well worth it and apart of 3 for 2 in boots also. 

Pure Coconut Leave In Conditioner - For when I don't have time to deep condition my hair, I use this leave in spray on my hair after I've washed. 

Coconut Oil - You're probably wondering why I have lots of coconut products it's because oils, waters and milks are all different. (I'll explain in another post.) However, this coconut oil, I use as a leave in conditioner or hair styler to protect me from the sun. 

Andrew Barton S.O.S leave in conditioner - I am a big fan of Andrew Barton, I love all of his sprays and shampoos. I use this from time to time (its smells amazing!) and also use, heat defence and volume spritz from his range also. 

Osmo Intensive Repair Hair Mask -  Review here

V05 Hot Oils - If you have recently died your hair or had a lot of parties where you've been curling and straightening your hair a great deal, then I highly recommend you use a hot oil, it doesn't have to be V05, other brands do them but V05 is the only one I've used and will use. 

Osmo Blinding Shine Serum - Review Here

Colour Effects By Superdrug - When your hair is going brassy or yellowish, Use this! It adds beautiful tones of ash into your hair, or even use it to lighten up your hair. It's better than using hair dye and they do also have brown shades and reds too, I've only ever used the blondes but I'm sure the others are just as fabulous. 

Touch Of Silver - You're probably wondering why I use so many shampoo and conditioners, Well, This is a shampoo but I use it as a toner. Rub onto dry hair and leave on for 20 minutes and wash off. Brassiness - GONE! Although, I do use touch of silvers shampoo and conditioner when my hair seems to be going dull. Best products for blonde hair, period! 

Andrew Barton Ultimate Blonde - Shampoo and conditioner again! I do like a swap and a change from time to time. These brighten my blonde and leave my hair smelling as fresh as a daisy! 

Although it's not in the picture, I use Tony and Guy sea salt spray - It's perfect for styling your hair without the heat and gives you beautiful natural looking waves. It's not a stiff product, there's no hardness to your hair like mouses and hairspray's leave, and it's easy to brush out. In fact - It's such a light product that you don't even believe you have product in your hair. 


Thanks for reading, I hope this helps! 
If you're curious about anything feel free to ask me on twitter @simplyamylouise






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Hair Care Hero's - OSMO


I really enjoyed last night's #bbloggers chat, mainly because I could get involved a lot more and it was nice to have a 'hair care' topic for a change, rather than blog tips, photography and make-up topics. A lot of you were interested in heat serums and were wondering what 'Osmo' was, so today's post is exactly that. Thank you to all that got into conversation with me last night about these products, I love them and I know you will too, so let's have a look at why they are hair care hero's;


Blinding Shine Serum


I've been using Osmo products for a long time now, I purchased both of the above from my hairdressers. I paid £5.00 for the hair mask and £10.95 for the shine serum, Little pricey but so worth it! You won't find it anywhere unless you shop in warehouses, ask at your hairdressers or shop it online. The thing I love about the binding shine serum is everything, here's what it does;






see, It has a lot of benefits for a little bottle. My hair is healthier than ever since using this serum. I have thick frizzy hair but since using this, my hair dry's straight and smooth and is really soft and healthy looking after I'm done styling. if you're one of those people who has uncontrollable hair like me, and you've tried everything in the book to get it to do as it's told then please think about giving this a try. My straightening balms have gone out the window since using this, No more wasting money on products that simply don't work. If you are interested in buying this product then you can get it for £6.34 here. (bargain.) 


"Remember; Heat Spray's Only target where you spritz. Heat serums cover your head root to tip!"


Intensive Deep Repair Mask


The best deep conditioner I have ever used! It's an intensive hydrating hair treatment mask that restore's moisture balance. (As good as a Thai conditioning treatment, If you've ever paid for one of those.) It has three brilliant ingredients, Jojoba, Patchouli and Ylang Ylang, which all work by adding shine, smoothing the cuticle, taming frizz and improving health to the scalp, and it also soothes hair while controlling excess sebum production. Plus - it isn't a heavy product, For the people who can't stand having thick products in their hair, This is the perfect consistency and there's many ways to apply; 

1)  Rub onto dry hair and leave for 5 - 7 minutes, then rinse out 
2) Apply to wet or towel dried hair and leave on for 10 - 15 minutes before rinsing
3) Apply to either wet or dry hair and leave on over night, (I do this every Tuesday night) 

another good point is that, heat intensifies it, so put a towel or bag around your head to lock the heat in, or on a low but warm setting, blow dry it into your hair. If you're interested in buying this, you can get it on sale from life and looks for £1.25.








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Madeleine Shaw's Book Review




I have wanted Madeleine's book for ages and I finally got it around a week ago from Tesco, For £10 (which is definitely worth it, if you ask me!) I've hopped from one diet to another and eventually gave up and lost hope but 'get the glow' is different. I've only been doing this for one week and I already feel amazing in my own skin, these are just a few things I've noticed this past week; 

changes so far


  • My skin is brighter and I don't have dark circles under my eyes.
  • I feel lighter & what I mean by that is, I have no heaviness to my shoulders or any ache in my back, knees or anywhere else for that matter. 
  • The meals fill me up and I'm really enjoying cooking and trying different things.
  • I'm sleeping a lot better. I used to sleep between 12-2am and wake up late too.. Now I'm asleep for 10pm and up at 7am (without an alarm.) 
  • I'm much more focused and motivated which helps when blogging or working out. 
  • I'm happier, I feel inspired and comfortable in my own skin for a change and it feels fantastic.

Other Changes

1. Well, I Immediately bought a juicer/blender and have been drinking nothing but pure juice and water and the occasional Savse (which, Madeleine has now partnered up with!) when before all I drank was coca-cola, tea and other sugar riddled drinks. - This alone I think has helped me feel the way I do right now.

2. I've not only kicked sugar and foods high in carbs, I've quit smoking too, and I feel fabulous. 'Get The Glow' is really helping to distract me from cravings. I have totally fallen in love with cooking again, I wake up excited every morning just to see what different Juice I can make or what yummy breakfast I can cook, Rather than waking up with no energy, drinking tea and smoking until 12pm. 

3. The scales aren't lying. I've weighed myself on three different types of scales just to make sure as I was seeing right. I've lost 1/2 stone in one week! I didn't even think that was possible, I was over the moon when I looked down to see myself 7lbs lighter and It's really given me a confidence boost. 

4. I'm eating foods I wouldn't go near before I got the book. Kale, seeds, oats, almond milk and 100's more, trust me - I've been experimenting, A LOT and now I eat everything! 


So as you can probably tell, the first week has gone amazingly and I have 5 left to complete (however, this is not a diet, it's a lifestyle change.) I highly recommend  that you, yes you reading this! join in with me on this 6 week programme. Just give it one week at least and feel the difference. 
You can get this book from Amazon or Tesco and Madeleine if you're reading this, thank you for being so inspirational and helping me change my life. Thanks for reading, Love; 











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Beauty Budget Wednesday #3


It's not just about what we put on our skin, it's about what we put inside our systems and also, what we do in order to look and feel good. In the last two beauty budget posts I've focused on make-up, detoxes, teeth whitening and hair vitamins. Today I was going to take part in the £10 face challenge however, I've decided I'm going to show you how to eat more healthily without paying out of the nose for organic produce, fitness equipment and protein shakes/dieting aids. Here are my top tips for saving money when it comes to health and fitness; 



Food
  • Go shopping around 6pm when most supermarkets reduce all their fresh goods.
  • Check online how much your shopping will come to and take that exact amount of money with you so you don't buy unnecessary things.
  • Always use points/vouchers off receipts, vouchers and groupon.
  • never shop when you're hungry.
  • grow your own veg and fruit, its not rocket science and its not too expensive either.
  •  shop at farmers markets for eggs, milk and vegetables (If your not growing your own)
  • plan your meals and only buy what you need for that week. 
  • check prices of food on the supermarket comparison site and see where's cheaper to shop.



Fitness

  • No need for equipment, follow workouts on youtube, it's free and easy.
  • If you have an Xbox one, download the Xbox fitness app, its jam packed full of workouts and it's totally free and brilliant for saving on monthly gym memberships.
  • make your own protein shakes rather than spending lots of money on tubs.
  • buy all of your slimming aids/vitamins when they're on 3 for £10 in supermarkets or 3 for 2 in boots. you'll save a ton when you buy in bulk.
  • Make your own smoothies and juices with a blender, you don't need an expensive juicer, just buy a standard blender for shakes and smoothies, and for juicing, blend as normal but pour through a sieve into a glass, it collects the pulp and leaves you a beautiful juice. 


So there you have it, 13 tips to save you money when it comes to food shopping and fitness. I hope this helped. Thanks for reading. love,



 

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Beauty Budget Wednesday #2



Today's Beauty Budget is a £20 make-over challenge, it's been tough but i've managed it. Instead of doing just one make-over I've done Five, so there's something for everyone. You can look glamourous without spending a fortune and i'm here to show you how. Next weeks beauty budget topic will be a £10 make-up challenge, I'll be doing my make-up with only £10 worth of make-up, It's going to be difficult but It's also going to be fun so jot it into your diaries or even have a go yourself and hashtag your results to instagram and twitter using #10poundface let's get started with today's challenge, first up; 



Total: £18.07 - Mission accomplished! From L-R - Dove summer glow gradual tanner, MUA shadow trio in smoke, Collection lasting perfection foundation, MUA nail varnish in bright pink, PB Intense lashes, Reveloution Lipstick in 'sweetheart'.  I chose these products because They're all good brands and cheaply priced, You can find all of these products at superdrug online or in store.

 
Total: £19.16 - Mission accomplished! From L-R - I love Make-up 'I Am Flawless' foundation, MUA nail varnish in black, NYC big bold bronzer, MUA smoke matt eyeshadow, V05 trousled style spray, MUA black waterproof mascara. This one was the most fun for me, You can have so much fun styling your hair with the texture spray and change your everyday look. Again, all can be found in store or online at superdrug.


Total: £14.97 - Mission accomplished! From L-R - Superdrugs own BB cream, MUA shimmer kiss blushes, Bourjois lace lashes, MUA nude lipstick, MUA mascara, Treseme Sleek Hairspray, MUA nude nail varnish. I find these products to be very slick and perfect for an evening out or a day shopping, weather a more mature sophisticated, elegant type of look is you or not, play around with many different styles using the sleek hair spray and go subtle with the make-up. (all found in superdrug, online or in store)

Total: £18.26 - Mission accomplished! From L-R, MUA lipstick, shade: Tulip, Garnier Solaire no streak bronzer, Superdrugs natural edition #12 lashes, L'oreal 'boho look' nail varnish, superdrug pink hair chalk spray. (all found online or in store at superdrug) Hair chalk is really cool and I'm so glad they now have a spray to save time and mess. 


Total: £20.37 - Mission not accomplished, but what's 37p between friends? From L-R - Bourjois lashes, Simple BB cream, Scunci plait styler, Simple illuminating cream, Sleek full fat mascara. It was too hard to not go over on this one. A casual look is more natural, but I couldn't not include the sleek mascara here, it's amazing! (all products available online or instore at superdrug)

So, there you have it! 4 out of 5 isn't so bad! I've shown you 5 different styles all of which are great looks. Next week I'll be doing the £10 face challenge, wish me luck...



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Overcoming Writers Block



Running a blog/website or writing a book can become very overwhelming, there's so much to take in and learn and so much you have to put out there in order for it to connect with readers. So, what happens when we succumb a dry patch and writers block kicks in? 

It's happened to me and it's the most stressful thing a writer can go through. Not knowing what to write or how to write, it's like your brain shuts down and you forget what letters are, like your a new born baby with no knowledge at all yet. But, I've been there, done that and got the T-shirt and what helped me may help you so with no further ado, here are my top tips for overcoming writers block; 

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