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Wedding Hair Tips and Recommendations for Afro & Textured Hair

Dress by Rita Colson – Hair by Something Blue

There are so many amazing hairstyles that look great on black women, yet it can be difficult to know where to start. Whether that’s with looking for a stylist who is comfortable working with your hair (especially if you live in more rural parts of the UK!) or knowing what products or styles will work best for you.

At Rock n Roll Bride, we believe that ALL marrying couples, deserve to have a wedding day that makes them feel like their most fabulous selves, so we reached out to some hair stylists who are experts at working with textured and afro hair to put this feature together. They are all linked at the bottom of the post so please do check them out and consider hiring them for your own wedding!

Finding a hairdresser who will know how to work with your hair

Picking your suppliers is one of most important things to do when organising your wedding, and when it comes to hair (and makeup), it’s really critical that the hire people you hire know what they’re doing!

♥ Look at potential stylist’s social media feeds and portfolios. Do they have lots of examples of past clients with similar hair texture to yours? Does their style and work reflect the style you want to recreate for your day?

♥ If they don’t, then it may be worth reaching out to ask them if they are comfortable working with your hair type and curl pattern. It’s much better to find out before you book them, than to get to the day and they have no clue what they’re doing!

♥ A good stylist will always ask questions about how you style your hair regularly to find out what is working and what may not be working for you. They’ll also have the correct products for your hair texture. If they don’t or they ask you to bring your own, run an absolute mile. It is not OK for them to ask you to provide something for their services because of your hair texture that they would not if you were white.

♥ It’s a good idea to book a trial with two or three hairdressers to compare them as well as to have the chance to try out a variety of different looks and styles.

♥ Finally, remember that your wedding morning is also one of the most important mornings of your life. You want to feel relaxed and taken care of so make sure that you like the person you choose! You’ll be spending a good few hours with them (not to mention if you do trials in the run up too) so liking them as a person is imperative!

Photos by Maxeen Kim – Hair & make up by Makeology Brides – Images submitted by Queen of Hearts Floral Design
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Shades of Beauty: Make Up Tips for Black & Brown Skin

This shoot and article were put together for issue 17 of the magazine with the help of makeup artist Joyce Connor. It was originally published in Nov/Dec 2017 yet it was never shared in full online. We think that you should be able to easily find hair and make up tips to make you feel the most beautiful on your wedding day, regardless of your skin tone. The exact same make up will look wildly different on varying skin tones and we’re here to show you how to get the best result, whatever shade of beauty you are. Over to you, Joyce:

The amazing thing about having a darker complexion is that you wear bright colours on both the eyes and lips at the same time. This dispels the usual rule of either having a strong eye or lip. When I first planned the looks for these two gorgeous ladies I wanted do to one simple one and the other a lot stronger without the usual (and obvious!) jewel colours on the eyes. I wanted to create looks that would match any skin tone from olive through to the darkest black. These looks can be diluted onto paler skin tones too. Anyone can wear any make up look, it’s just about adapting it for you and choosing the right depth of colour for your skin.

Darker skin tones naturally have more melanin which tends to make skin slightly on the oily side. Choosing the right skincare products will help to control excess oil. Having a good skincare routine is essential to making your make up last all day. Excessive use of oil stripping products will make your skin produce more so avoid using alcohol based products and anything that makes the skin dehydrated. Pigmentation can be a problem for some darker skins. Using a sunscreen daily will protect the skin from UV rays and reduce excessive melanin production.

Both Tamara and Chantelle, our real bride models, are wearing the exact same products apart from their foundation and bases which I colour matched for their skin tones. I cleansed, used a hydrating spritz, eye cream, serum and moisturiser followed by a primer. Dewy make up is currently on trend and to achieve that look use a glowy serum under the make up and only powder the t-zone areas on your face.

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Eternal Beauty from the Inside Out AKA How I Transformed my Bleach Damaged Hair

Around five years ago, after way too much abuse from DIY bleaching, my hair was in a bad place. It was dry and brittle and wouldn’t grow past my shoulders before breaking off. Naturally, my hairdresser wasn’t impressed and helped me to see the damage I was doing to it through over-bleaching. If you’re partial to a splash of unnatural colour in your hair the chances are you can totally relate to this problem.

Fast forward to now and the difference is night and day. My hair is longer, stronger and so much softer. And I know it’s not just me seeing the difference, people are always asking on my Instagram how I manage to keep the bright colour without causing damage. Among the shopping list of tips I always give them is Xtend-Life’s Omega 3.

It was actually a friend who recommended this fish oil supplement to me and I first wrote about it in 2014 as a satisfied customer. This stuff literally transformed my hair in about six months and I’ve been a convert ever since. Here’s a quick before and after comparison of my hair for you to judge:

So, having used their products for five years or so I was super-interested to find out more about their new Eternal Beauty Collection – six solutions which promise to rejuvenate, strengthen, protect, repair and otherwise pamper you… from within! I could very easily spend all my money on all the latest beauty products and be very happy indeed. However, there’s really no point slathering ourselves in creams if we’re not taking care of what’s going on inside our bodies first.

The Eternal Beauty Collection, made up of six of Xtend-Life’s most popular products, is a daily supplement program complimented with some of their most popular topical skincare items. It’s specially designed to help support the healthy growth of hair and nails as well as promoting radiant skin and a strong immune system. As a bride-to-be, I reckon this is the perfect pre-wedding pamper kit for glowing skin, hair and nails (collagen and omega supplements). It even comes in a branded wash bag and saves you a whopping $40 over buying them individually!

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The Life Changing Power of Amazing Eyebrows: Getting Microbladed by Sian Dellar

By now you’ve probably already heard of, or even considered, having your eyebrows microbladed. A few of my friends have had it done and always raved about it, but I’d honestly never really considered it for myself.

I’ve always been pretty proud of my brows. Thankfully, I managed to swerve the over-plucked trend of the late 90s (due mostly to laziness than anything else!) so I didn’t think I really need it done. However when I was invited by Sian Dellar to try it out, I thought it would be a really interesting experiment.

Here’s what my browns looked like before, photographed with no extra brow products or make up…

My right brow was a little off-centre compared to my left making them look slightly asymmetrical, and they were a little far apart, but neither of these things massively bothered me. After all, they’re only brows right? Wrong! Since having this treatment done I can tell you that ‘on fleek’* brows make all the difference!

*OMG did I really just say that?

Here they are before with my eyebrows filled in. If you’re curious I use either the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz or the NYX Tame and Frame Pomade, which one depends how much brow-effort I want to make (ha!)

I arrived at Sian Dellar’s clinic, located at 1 Harley Street, and was met by the lovely Carrina, who was doing my treatment. After a quick patch test (a little scratch behind the ear, left for 15 minutes to see if there was any reaction) and we were ready to go.

I told Carrina I didn’t want anything too extreme, “Insta-brows” were definitely not my goal. I just wanted to see what difference a more subtle treatment might make. She then did all kinds of measurements before drawing a template on so I could see the shape she was aiming for to make sure I was happy with it. She suggested bringing them inwards a little, raising my arch slightly and extending them just a touch at the ends.

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The Ultimate Guide to Dying Your Hair Fantasy Colours: Keeping it Healthy, Rescuing it When it’s Damaged & Making the Colour Last!

If there’s one thing I get asked about more than anything else, it’s my hair! Whenever I post a selfie I have at least a couple of questions about how I keep it healthy, what to do when its damaged from bleach and how I make my colours last. While I’ve written a few posts on this individual topics before, I thought it was time for an update (things are changing all the time) and I figured one ULTIMATE post, covering everything might be helpful. I hope you agree!

Keeping Hair Healthy

Bleaching

First of all, unless your hair is naturally super light blonde, you WILL need to bleach it if you want to dye your hair a bright, fantasy colour. The colour simply won’t show up, or will look muddy, on hair any darker than light blonde. This is the one stage I would never recommend that you do yourself! It’s very, very easy to fry your hair if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing so the best thing you can do for your hair is go to a colour specialist for this part.

The brighter and more saturated you want your colour you look, the lighter you hair will need to be (however if you want a pastel look you’ll also need a super light base to work with too). It can be difficult to get very dark hair, light enough in one sitting to get the exact colour results you need. Everybody’s hair is different though so speak to your colourist and take their advice! The texture of your hair may mean you need a few gentler bleaching sessions over a series of months to get to your desired base colour.

I also never, ever bleach my hair more than once. I’ve heard about people doing two or even three passes of bleach over their hair in one sitting and the idea makes me wince! Even using protection such as Olaplex (see below) this just seems like a really terrible idea. When I get my hair bleached, we only ever do the roots. If I need to fade my colour to change it up, I just quit topping up the colour for a few weeks before I go to the salon to get it as light as possible.

Olaplex (or similar)

Olaplex revolutionised the hair care market when their three step system launched a few years ago. So much so that there are now 32 competitor brands producing a product that (claims to) do the same thing! I’m yet to use any of them other than Olaplex, but I’m going to a salon soon that uses Innoluxe so I’ll report back. Using these products not only limits the damage the bleach does to your hair, but it can also help rebuild damaged hair too! As soon as I started using Olaplex, my hair transformed. I can not recommend it enough.

These products are salon-only meaning you have to go to a hairdressers to use them. While you can buy them from places like eBay and Amazon, I’ve heard that due to the popularity a lot of them are fake, so I wouldn’t recommend risking it! The cost is between £30-£50 on top of the usual cost of having your hair dyed.

If you want to read more about Olaplex and my experience you can do so here!

Rescuing Hair When it’s Bleach Damaged

I have written extensively about this before so if you haven’t already, you should definitely read this article first.

My biggest tip for fixing your hair when it’s either breaking off, or super stretchy and springy is to give it time. It WILL take a long while for it to get healthy again so you need to treat it with kindness and have patience. Depending on the extent of the damage you may also need to cut some of it off and start again. I had to do this and it was painful but so worth it in the end!

Restore the protein

The reason hair gets damaged by things like bleach and heat, is because they attack the natural proteins (also known as keratin) in your hair. In order to get it healthy again you need to restore these proteins with treatments such as the Redken Extreme range.

Slather it in moisture 

As well as being deficient in keratin, your hair will likely be very, very thirsty. Healthy hair has the perfect balance of both protein and moisture in it, so you need to make sure you restore both. A lack of moisture is what makes your hair straw-like or causes it to snap off when it gets to a certain length. I love anything by the Moroccan Oil brand.

Avoid heat (as much as possible)

Even though my hair is pretty healthy these days, I try to leave it to dry naturally as often as I can. Intense heat, like bleach, is one of the biggest things that will damage your hair fast. I then style it with straighteners on the lowest setting. Always use a heat protecting spray too! If your hair is in a really bad state, you should avoid heat at all costs, however if, like mine, its in pretty good condition then using heat on it occasionally is OK.

Give it a break

It should go without saying, but if your hair is damaged you need to treat it with care and that means no more bleaching, no more heat and lots of lovely treatments to help it recover. You should also avoid brushing it too often, rough-drying it with a towel or wearing tight hairstyles.

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Are Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks Worth the Hype?

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I’m wearing Rio by Anastasia Beverly Hills in these photos

I’m really into watching beauty reviews on YouTube right now. I know, I’m about 5 years late to the party and probably about 10 years older than their average viewer but it’s SO FASCINATING. I did actually momentarily consider filming this post rather than writing it, but then I decided to stick with what I know because being on camera is the cringiest thing ever (I just joined Snapchat and I’m trying to get better at it though, My username is kat_rocknroll if you want to follow me!)

Aaaaanyway… Apart from YouTube, the other thing I am unashamedly obsessed with right now is liquid lipsticks. I swear to God buying them is such a compulsion and I literally can not stop. I really wish they’d been around when I got married too because something with staying power that’s also kiss proof is ideal to wear on your wedding day.

There is always a lot of chat about the best long lasting lipsticks in the Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group, and as I’ve now amassed quite the collection of brands and colours, I thought I’d put together a little side by side review for you.

I’m rating each brand on overall pros and cons, how long they last, if they come off when you kiss someone (thanks for being the guinea pig Gareth!) how drying they are (1 being the sahara desert, 10 being as moisturising as anything) and the cost.

Lime Crime Velvetines

Pros:
♥ Loads of colour options.
♥ New colours released all the time.
♥ One of the longest lasting.

Cons:
♥ Lime Crime don’t have a great reputation.
♥ The swatches online are often quite inaccurate.
♥ You have to order them from the US which can be expensive, especially if you’re stung with customs.
♥ They have a weird kind of a chemically, fake sweet smell.

Lasting power: 9/10
Kiss proof factor: 10/10
Dryness: 8/10
Cost: £14 + £8 shipping + £8 customs. Total: £30 (approx)

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick

Pros:
♥ The wand is super easy to use, flexible and very accurate. It’s definitely the best one of all the liquid lipsticks I’ve tried.
♥ Really, really long lasting.
♥ Creamy consistency.
♥ You can mix these really easily to create your own colours (I use the nudes all the time to lighten up other ones).
♥ Allegedly you can also use them as eye liners, but I haven’t tried that myself.

Cons:
♥ The most popular colours always seem to be out of stock.
♥ The colour choices that I’d actually wear are a bit limited. I love you Jeffree but I have no desire for white, blue or green lips.
♥ While there are some UK stockist, they never seem to have many colours available.
♥ Shipping/ customs from the US makes these pretty expensive.

Lasting power: 10/10
Kiss proof factor: 10/10
Dryness: 9/10
Cost: £13 + £8 shipping + £8 customs. Total: £29 (approx)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

Pros:
♥ Shipping from the USA is super fast (within 2 days!)
♥ The colours are super bright and the swatches on their site are very accurate.
♥ They last almost all day with no need to reapply.

Cons:
♥ There are no UK stockists. You have to order them from the US which is expensive.
♥ Flakes a little after a few hours.

Lasting power: 8/10
Kiss proof factor: 10/10
Dryness: 7/10
Cost: £14 + £13 shipping + £8 customs. Total: £35 (approx)

LASplash Cosmetics Lip Couture

Pros:
♥ Loads of colour options.

Cons:
♥ The colour doesn’t go on very evenly. I generally need to apply two coats and then it feels really thick and heavy on my lips.
♥ They flake really badly after wearing for just few hours.
♥ Shipping to the UK is ridiculously expensive.

Lasting power: 2/10
Kiss proof factor: 7/10
Dryness: 8/10
Cost: £10 + £20 shipping + £8 customs. Total: £38 (approx)

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

Pros:
♥ Available to buy in the UK.
♥ Super bright colours and the online swatches are very accurate.
♥ Lighter weight than a lot of the others.
♥ I love the packaging, very simple but very ‘MAC’.

Cons:
♥ One of the most expensive ones (but if you’re in the UK, once you’ve paid shipping and customs on the ones from America, they’ll actually work out about £10 cheaper!)
♥ A lot of the colours are sold out right now.
♥ Not as budge-proof as some of the other brands and I had to reapply after I ate. However when it starts to fade it does so evenly, rather than flaking.

Lasting power: 8/10
Kiss proof factor: 9/10
Dryness: 10/10
Cost: £21

There’s no such thing as too many pink lipsticks

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