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How To Dye Your Hair Unnatural Colours… and Make It Last!

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“There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission…”

That’s right, I changed my hair! There’s no Photoshop trickery at play and I’m not wearing a wig, I REALLY dyed my hair blue!

So why the departure from my signature pink? Well, I’ve been a full time pinky since 2008, so I was ready for a change! It was a big and scary step though, and as Gala slapped the blue dye on my head last night a quiet wave of panic crept over me. “Am I crazy to leave the pink behind? What if blue doesn’t suit me? But pink hair is my trademark…!”

With the emotional support of my friends, I finally felt brave enough to do it and I am so happy that have. I feel like a new person! Oh and I am more than a little bit thrilled about how it’s going to open up my wardrobe. I can finally wear a hot pink dresses without looking like a crazy flamingo person!

Oh and because I know you’ll want to know, we used a mix of Special Effects Blue Mayhem, Manic Panic Mystic Heather and Manic Panic Amplified Ultra Violet.

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I always get a lot of questions via social media and in person about dying hair unnatural colours. People want to know what products I use, how I maintain my colour and keep it so bright. It honestly isn’t that difficult, and if you follow these few simple tips you’ll be well on your way to the rainbow tresses of your dreams too!

Get bleached by a professional

Having healthy hair is vital for long lasting colour. If your hair is really damaged, the colour just won’t hold. Unless you are blessed with naturally white blonde hair you will need to strip your natural colour with bleach first. Without a light base, the colour will look muddy and will wash out really quickly.

Make sure you always get the bleach process done by a professional (the colour itself doesn’t damage the hair, it’s the bleach you have to be cautious with) and follow my tips for treating damaged hair. I would never recommend that anyone should attempt at home bleaching. Believe me, I speak from experience about how much damage it can do!

The more saturated you want your colour you look, the lighter you hair will need to be. It can be tricky to get very dark, dark hair, white enough to dye it a bright colour on the first try too. Everybody’s hair is different though so speak to your colourist. Ask their advice when it comes to how light you can realistically get your hair without damaging it too much.

Please listen to them! If they tell you they can’t do it in one session, they’re not just being mean! It’s most likely because they know that rushing the process and bleaching the bejeezus out of it will really damage your hair. It may take a few gentler bleaching sessions over a series of months to get to your desired base colour.

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“Woohoo” headband from my bridesmaid collection with Crown and Glory!

Avoid heat

For most of us, blow drying and styling our hair is unavoidable. Yet whenever possible, you should leave your hair to dry naturally and avoid using straighteners. Heat strips colour faster than anything else AND is like kryptonite to delicate bleached hair.

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Dreaming of Flawless Skin? These Are My Current Skincare Essentials

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I love nothing more than a trip to Boots. It’s my idea of heaven. All those tempting lotions and potions, beautifully packaged, promising to transform our skin to its baby soft and blemish free best. It’s no wonder the average woman allegedly spends £100,000 on cosmetics in her lifetime!

I’ve been experimenting with my skincare routine a lot lately. I used to be very much a face wipe and whatever moisturiser I happened to grab at the supermarket kinda gal, but since hitting the big 3-0 I started to notice that my skin wasn’t looking its best. It was a bit dull, a bit flaky and prone to breakouts. In short, it was very unloved and completely neglected. So I made a promise to myself to do something about it.

Of course, these products might not be right for you. For the record I have normal to dry skin, and I’m super duper pale. Although I don’t really get that many spots, I occasionally have the odd break out, time of the month depending. My goal with my skin is to keep it as hydrated and luminous as possible. Since starting all this experimentation I’ve discovered that the more hydrated my skin is, the better my make up goes on and the longer it stays put – win win!

Cleanse

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Mariah, founder of organic skincare company Acquacures, came to The Blogcademy in San Francisco. At the end of day one, she came up to me and handed me a box of her products as a gift. Now that’s my idea of a good student!

I’ve been using the sulphate free gel cleanser almost exclusively since and I love it. It’s gentle and smells naturally delicious. I also keep my bottle of seawater cooling mist next to me on my desk. It’s perfect for a mid-afternoon refresh and lovely and cooling to boot which is an added bonus in this sweltering weather!

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WIN A ‘You Are Beautiful’ Prize Pack from Olivine Atelier

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One of my favourite treats in our San Francisco Blogcademy goodie bags was an adorable little perfume sample set from Olivine Atelier. With it’s sublime packaging and branding (done by none other than Ms Shauna Haider!) I instantly gravitated towards it… but that was only the beginning!

I tested each and every one of the seven perfumes we were treated to and when I came across Amongst The Waves I knew I’d found my new signature scent.

Imagine walking down a sandy beach, with your toes in the ocean. Imagine a cooling breeze with a sea salt lingering in the air. Imagine staring up at the sky at sunset, coconut-based cocktail in hand!

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Crazy for Coconut: 10 Ways To Use It

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I promised myself that 2014 would be the year that I finally started taking better care of my body. I don’t know if it’s hitting 30 that’s done it, or the fact that I’m going to be on the road so much, but I desperately feel the need to give myself some TLC as often as possible. I’m eating better, I’m trying (but failing) to drink less, and I’m investing in some really great beauty products and treats. But taking good care of yourself doesn’t have to be an expensive exercise.

My newest obsession is coconut oil. In fact so enamoured am I with my latest discovery that I’m dedicating a whole blog post to it. You totally need to jump on the coconut train with me! Not only is this one stupidly cheap product (I bought a massive 800g tub of Biona Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil on Amazon for less than £15) but it has so many amazing uses!

Here are ten genius ways you can incorporate coconut oil into your daily routine:

1. Eat it! In smoothies, fry with it in instead of other oils, spread it on your toast, blend it into a milkshake… there are so many yummy ways you can eat this stuff. The possibilities are quite literally endless.

2. As the best make up remover you’ll ever own. Fact. Plus it makes your face smell delicious.

3. As a pre-wash hair conditioner. This is my favourite use and I can’t believe it took me so long to discover it. Rub it into your hair (mostly the ends) and leave in for an hour – or overnight if you’re feeling extra indulgent – and simply wash out with shampoo in the morning.

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Summer Bridesmaid Hairspiration

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You know me, I’m no wallflower, so when Claire’s asked me if I’d like to play dress up using some of their brightest of the bright brand new hair adornments, I really couldn’t say no. When that trademark lilac packaging landed on my doorstep and I tore into it, I was greeted with so many pretty florals and bright colours that it instantly lifted my hump day mood. I immediately started thinking of ways I could dress them up, bridesmaid’s style!

So, on a slightly damp Tuesday afternoon, Shell and Elbie jumped on a train bound for Reading and we brought our own kind of sunshine to the proceedings! This was such a fun project, and from Shell’s amazing photographs you’d never tell we shot these in my (definitely not very glamorous) kitchen and back garden!

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Heaven in a Bath Tub: WIN a Year’s Worth of Blissful Bathing with The Bathory!

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Full disclaimer: I am writing this article in a towel. I just had the most amazing bath of my life, and I didn’t want to ruin that post-soak-glow by stopping to get dressed before telling you all about it!

I am a big fan of a bath. I really started having them because the shower in our house is completely rubbish, but now I really look forward to my daily splash. Working from home, it’s way too easy to go for days without properly getting clean (gross but true). In fact I usually start working in the morning without so much as brushing my teeth (again, gross but true) so come around 3 or 4pm I am in desperate need of cleansing!

It took me approximately 2.5 seconds to place an order with The Bathory when I discovered them online. Why? Because you get to create your very own customised bath soak! That is the kind of thing I love

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The idea is simple, yet completely genius. First you select what kind of bath you’d like from one of three bases – bask, soothe or detox. Then you add your own blend of up to three essential oils. You can choose them so they evoke a certain feeling (relaxed, revived, happy, sexy, confident, focused, inspired) or just go wild and pick your favourites. The scents aren’t too overpowering on their own either so there’s no need to worry about choosing a weird combination and it not working.

I chose the detox base which is made from pure Espom salts and Rhassoul clay and is designed to draw out toxins. I decided I wanted something reviving for my mid-afternoon pick me up so I selected eucalyptus, grapefruit and rosemary as my oils.

And ooh la la, it was glorious. So glorious in fact that as soon as I’m finished writing this I’m off to order another. I think I might go for the way to delicious sounding soothe (with hydrating oatmeal, honey and buttermilk!) base next.

The Bathory claim to deliver the best bath of your life, and you know what, I actually think they just might.

WIN 12 Bathory Bath Soaks!

Have I got you desperately wanting to indulge in a little bath time action? Well I spoke to Laura, the genius behind all this amazingness, and she’s offered the fantastic prize of TWELVE bath soaks which one of you beauties will win. Each soak retails at $30/£18 (this is not budget bathing by any means!) so this is a really awesome – and generous – prize!

You could order them all at once (cheeky!) or eke them out with one a month for the next year. Now how damn wonderful does that sound?

To enter, simply comment below by Sunday 11th May telling us what your favourite way to relax is. This contest is open to ALL readers of Rock n Roll Bride, wherever you are on the planet!

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Now excuse me, I’m off to fall into a post-Bathory coma. Over and out.

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