Mermaid hair: DIY hair extension colouring

I never thought thought I’d dye hair extensions at home – the sound of it had always been scary to me… until Schwarzkopf came along with all the fabulous LIVE colour.

Add to that the guidance and tips from the fantastic, hair colouring extraordinaire Lyndell Mansfield, a little kit from Schwarzkopf and I felt confident to try at home. You can read all 10 tips I used and abused at the bottom of this post.

At the event, I made the Raspberry Rebel set and got some help rinsing and drying… so I decided to take part of the dip dye set, coloured with Sea Mermaid, to finish at home and see how easy it is to actually do it on my own.

Buying extensions that are already discoloured are your best bet. Saves time, expertise (especially if we are talking dip dye  or highlights). Then make sure they have been washed and dried.

I made myself a protected “board”, with cardboard and cling film, big enough for the hair length, as we used something like that at the event.

Box opened, I read the instructions and popped my gloves on. Protection, guys, is essential!

I then laid the hair on the protected surface and mixed the colour in the bowl, with the brush. I decided to go bright, so didn’t add the Pastel mix.

I applied the dye to the hair, in upwards and downwards strokes but also sideways to make sure it gets in there.

Extensions flipped, you do it all again on the other side. Surprising how much you actually need when you flip! In fact, bleached hair is more porous so absorbs more dye – always bear that in mind when buying your kits.

Then I ran my Tangle Teezer through it several times and finally worked the dye in with my fingers. Just a good massage!

Pop in the bowl it goes, for about 20 minutes so the colour can stick and develop. Coffee ensued. I then washed the hair thoroughly – very important to do that until no colour comes out.

I applied the conditioner that comes with the kit, rinsed and dried, but not before spraying it with Got2b Guardian Angel, which protects the hair for styling up to 220 degrees.

Finally, I sprayed with Got2b Oil-licious weightless Dry Oil Mist, which is amazing – it delivers finishing oil goodness without being sticky and heavy.

Style as you please. Here, I just curled using a bit of Got2b Twisted mousse. The whole process was much easier – and quicker – than I thought so I am definitely down for it again.

Both colours are absolutely stunning – vibrant, deep and multi-dimensional. Hair was not dry after dying and because they are extensions, you will wash less often then your own hair, meaning colour last longer!

As for maintenance, after every use I brush with the Tangle Teezer, spray some Dry Oil Mist and put it in the extension storage case so it hangs nicely, next for the next use.

I wash them normally in the shower, usually on lukewarm water and use the Schwarzkopf Color Expert Color Sealer Shampoo, Conditioner and rinse off Treatment – after all, I want my bright colour to last the as much as the 15 washes LIVE can deliver!

Lyndell Mansfield tips

You can get Schwarzkopf LIVE Colour, which is semi permanent lasting to up 15 washes, at retailers country wide for around £5.50 a box (very affordable!). For a long set of extensions like mine, or long/thick hair, you will need at least 2 boxes.

It’s available in over 40 shades, from classic to vibrant, and endless combinations – you can also mis shades for a personalised hair colour and use more than one for ombré and rainbow effects! Check out the LIVE Colour website to see them all!

written by DaniYou know the drill, but I’ll say again: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

So Many Lovely Things beauty retrospective 2015: hair and body

hair_body_somanylovelythingsToday we get to the final instalment of the So Many Lovely Things retrospective 2015. What a fantastic year it has been!
And to finish it off, see my favourite which products rocked my hair and body in 2015.

Hair

Multitasking

got2b_allstar_review - 1The Schwarzkopf Got2B All Star tends to 10 hair concerns. Although the volumising and texturising properties on this are my favourites, it delivers in all fronts.
revlon_professional_uniq_one_coconut_hair_treatment_review - 1With the coconut bonus, the Revlon Uniq One spray also delivers on its promises. Hair is soft, hydrated, easy to brush.

Serum/oil

got2b_oilicious - 4The Schwarzkopf Got2b Oil-licious styling oil is a little delight. Smells great, tames, gives shine and leaves hair feeling fantastic.
wella sp luxe oilThe Wella System Professional Luxe Oil is another little gem, with a great smell, leaving hair smooth and silky.
ultimate blends honey treasures reviewThe Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Strength Restorer serum is great. De-frizzes, smooths and has the most amazing smell of honey.

Shampoo and conditioner

liz earle hair careA great duo: Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo and Conditioner. Smell fresh and leaves hair super clean.
ultimate blends honey treasures reviewI am in love with the whole Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasure range. It smells divine and leaves hair feeling soft and nourished. Plus, it is great value for money.
Swell is still part of my routine. It has been since before 2015, but it’s just too good to leave out!

Mask

The Taya Inner Core Hair Strong Anti-breakage mask is great. Feels supple and extra moisturising on the hair and smells delicious.

Dry shampoo

Swell Ultimate Volume Dry ShampooThis is undisputed: The Swell Ultimate Volume Dry Shampoo is the king of my tresses. All natural and with a powder spray, it is a must have. Last forever!

Styling tools

revlon_perfectionist_2in1_dryer_review - 1My styling tool discovery was the Revlon Perfectionist 2 in 1 Dryer. A hot air hair brush that works and delivers great blow dry results at home.
babyliss diamond waves wandThe Babyliss Diamond Waves Curling Wand was also well used this year. With the easy guide to creat lovely curls.
Also, a mention to my faithful GHDs, which never, ever let me down way pre 2015 to straighten, curl and wave.

Styling

Schwarzkopf got2b Mind Blowing reviewBeen totally in love with Got2b Mind Blowing Express Styling range. All products are great and speedy.
Talking about Got2b, their Rise ‘n Shine hairspray is also amazing. Styles without stiffness and smells amazing, like all other Got2b products!

Vitamins

hairfinity2Definitely Hairfinity for me. Made a massive difference to my hair, I am still using it; have it on auto-order.

Extensions

irresistible_me_hair_extensions_review - 3Of course, the fabulous Irresistible Me. Just wow. Great quality, fabulous colours, friendly service. Never been so happy and intend to purchase more.

 

Body

Moisturiser

A tough call between a few favourites…
dover_derma_spa - 1The Dove DermaSpa range is just fantastic and the DermaSpa Goodness³ Body Lotion and cream are just great!
I am a fan of Bath & Body Works; Velvet Sugar is one of my favourites scents. Sweet Pea comes a close second. Rich and yum.
coconut_products_somanylovelythings - 6The Yes to Coconut Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion was also a fave this year. I love it is a spray lotion; it feels light and nourishing. And yes, it is coconutty!

Oil

thisworks_energy_bank body makeoverThis Works Energy Bank Body Makeover oil is fabulous. Great on the skin, an awakening smell and integral part of my gym bag.
The Spa Technologies Hydrating Laminaria Oil is one I’ve been using all year and is almost over.

Scrub

fake_bake_coconut_macaroon_scrub - 1I love a good scrub, especially pre-tan. The Fake Bake Dolce Dreams Coconut Macaroon Body Scrub works a treat and smell divine.

Tan

heshi_express - 1Hands down my favourite tan, the HeShi Rapid One Hour Liquid Tan. not only delivers a great tan, but doesn’t smell and works as fast as one hour. Sold!

Hands

crabtree_evelyn_hand - 3There is no competition: the Crabtree & Evelyn  60 Second Fix for Hands. The scrub is amazing and their hand moisturiser is just the best. Take note.

Deodorant

dove soft feel deodorantThe Dove Soft Feel is the deodorant of the year on my books. It has all the quality of a Dove deodorante and the fragrance is absolutely stunning. Love.
I am going to include the Halo deodorant wipes here. Just too handy!

Body wash

dove_empower_hour - 3Again, it’s a Dove item. I love their Gentle Exfoliating Nourishing Body Wash. it is very gentle, but effective. Skin is left clean and moisturised after use.

Bath Oil

An awful lot. Too much. It is soothing for the body and the mind. A true moment of calm, so needed in everyday life.

Intimate wash

sass_intimate_refreshing_mist - 2Sass was a great discovery this year. Their Refreshing Mist and Intimate Wash are just amazing. They are very mild; gentle and effective.
What worked for you in 2015? What are your favourite hair and body products this year?
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A 10 in 1 hair product? Meet Got2b All Star Styling Treatment

got2b_allstar_review - 1You know I have  thing with Schwarzkopf, from hair spray to oils, they are my go-to styling products.

You also know I love a multi-tasking product and they don’t come more multi-tasking than the Schwarzkopf 10-in 1 All Star Styling treatment.

Yes, yes, you heard it right. Ten. In one. How? Well…

Its (magical?) formula sees to style and shape hair at the same time as treating it. It gives shine, smoothness, volume, combats frizz and humidity, protects against heat and adds thickness and volume. Phew!

It is meant to be used on damp hair and the smell is amazing! I apply to the tips after washing and it helps tame to create a smooth style and keep hair in place, even in the London weather. Hair feels lovely when using it.

got2b_allstar_review - 3The volumising, texturising and thickening effects are, for me, the best feature. This product is great to use before you have your hair styled in any way; it gives hair grip and “puffiness”, but tames the frizz at the same time, helping create sturdy styles.

Plus, I love the colours in the packaging!

It is perfect to have on the go, especially when travelling, so you don’t have to carry lots of heavy and voluminous bottles around.

On top of that all, there should be an 11th wonder: its price. At under £3, from major retailers nationwide, this is a no-brainer.

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This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

A little hair saver from Schwarzkopf Got2b

got2b_oilicious - 1As you read this post I am getting to the end of my holidays. And I can tell you the Schwarzkopf Got2b Oil-licious Tame & Shine Styling Oil was an all-round lifesaver.

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Review: Schwarzkopf got2b Mind Blowing express styling range

Schwarzkopf got2b Mind Blowing review

Even though it is not a great thing, we are all rushing people. I, for once, always seem to be running that little bit late. Tools that helps us save a bit of time are always welcome, so I was glad to try the Schwarzkopf got2b Mind blowing range.

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Review: Schwarzkopf Got2b Oil-licious Weightless Dry Oil Mist

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This past year I’ve been obsessed with oils – body, face, eyes, you name it.

Hair oils have been in my repertoire for a while, so I was very happy to try the Schwarzkopf Got2b Oil-licious Weightless Dry Oil Mist.

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