& tips from your side of the counter........
Okay, own up!
make me feel better by knowing I'm not
It's a rotten miserable day outside, your thighs are definately
bigger than they were yesterday and you've got the mother of all
zits about to erupt on your altogether less than perfect face.
Any woman worth her salt knows that the 'ugly syndrome' only attacks
her and that Gwyneth Paltrow couldn't look ugly if she wore a sack
and dyed her hair blue! You know from first hand experience that
cellulite does exist and that smiling gives you wrinkles.
Sounds familiar? Are we downhearted? Well frankly...yes. So what's
the answer? ( Sorry what was the question again? )
Well, you've already cut a few bits off your hair when you were
'ugly' last week so it's time for some serious action. It's definately
time for that all too familiar brisk walk to the chemist, no not
for a bottle of arsenic, but the next best thing. The solution to
all your problems. The panacea of all ills and the answer to every
woman's dreams. The trusty semi-permanent! Now don't you dare try
to pretend that you're not guilty because I know you are. I'm not
in this alone. I can't be the only person bringing a smile to the
Clairols Managing Directors face. I'm not the only one contributing
to Recitals bank balance.
So, you've bolted down to Boots, marched purposefully to the appropriate
counter, a determined look on your face - I will be beautiful -
and there you are with the 'Outrageous Red' box gripped firmly in
both hands. Study the picture. Yeah she looks like a 'happening
chick'. Turn the box over, glance at the instructions ( it would
be rude not too, right?) Turn the box again, pretend to read and
understand the long list of petrochemicals about to 'care' for your
hair. Aqua? Yes, you recognize that one. Always top of the list
on all products so it must be okay - can't pronounce the next one
so it's back to the picture.
And then, all of a sudden it happens. That voice. That little nagging
doubt. Well, maybe not 'Outrageous Red' but definately 'Daring Damson',
Actually, 'Subtle Sable' might be more me. Change boxes. Then it
catches your eye. Natural brown. You don't give it a full on look,
that would be backing down. No, you avert your eyes to the 'Positive
Plum' whilst surreptitiously shuffling your feet along to the 'Nearly
Natural' section. Taking great care not to drop the determined look
from your face you fix your eyes on the box of 'Brilliant Beetroot'
in one hand while cleverly reaching for the 'Natural Brown' with
Now, yes, now's the time to raise your eyebrows and look mildly
surprised as your eyes slide over the box. How did that get there?
Oh gosh, I must have picked it up by mistake but, oh yes, now that
I look closer that shade really suits that otherwise plain-looking
lady on the box. Note how exquisitely it highlights her features,
compliments her skin tone and looks altogether so erm.. Natural!.
(Arch the eyebrows here again, just for effect) Giving the 'I didn't
know brown hair could be so interesting ' look you discreetly push
the 'Purple Passion' to the back of the shelf. Saunter sexily to
the counter (Well Natural Browns can be interesting too!) hand over
your cash and emerge from the store clutching your precious parcel.
Looking like you've just conquered Everest (or made a successful
soufflé) you stride home grinning like the proverbial Cheshire
Great! well .. maybe great. Well ... sort of okay. Oh all right
then. It's there again. The voice! Well I'm going to ignore it.
Okay, I admit' to any reasonable sane
and logical human being it may seem utterly ridiculous to spend
hard earned cash on a bottle of liquid that will turn your hair
into a psychologically modified replica of the shade you woke up
with, but hey what the heck? Who wants to be a reasonable sane and
logical human being anyway? I'm a woman for Gods sake - enough said!
to try -
Geometricks!. A nifty little hair styler which comes with
six interchangeable styling attachments. It has straightening
irons, three different curling stylers, a crimper and a soft
wave brush. Priced at around £23 it's pretty good value.
If you're a little
confused with colouring jargon, especially if it's your first time,
look out for key words.
Permanent - as
the name suggests this should last until it grows out. Contains
both ammonia and hydrogen peroxide it can produce dramatic colour
changes. But remember, if you want to go from dark brown to blonde
you will need to use a 'pre-lightening' product for best results.
Semi-Permanent - These usually last about
8 - 10 washes and
fade out naturally. Particularly good for enhancing your own colour
or for less dramatic changes but as they don't contain peroxide
they can't really lighten your hair.
Toners - Usually wash in - wash out these are the
least permanent of all colours Good for enhancing natural hair colour,
brightening light strands and enriching dark ones. These only last
a few washes but are useful for adding interest maybe for a special
occasion or party and have no re-growth problems.
Colouring mousse - This is completely non-permanent
and will wash out easily. Good for ringing the changes
as you could use a different one each week. Helpful if you can't
decide what suits you best but least dramatic of all colour methods.
If you have taken
the plunge and coloured your hair don't forget to change your range
of products accordingly. Look for ones specifically designed to
keep coloured hair looking good. Try the L'Oreal Elvive range which
contain a sunscreen or one of John Friedas Sheer Blonde range (
A favourite with the stars!). Aveda's range of colour enhancing
shampoos and conditioners are reputedly amongst the best, and give
a wonderful shine to coloured tresses.
you know? That many trichologists recommend regular
scalp massages. Apparently it increases circulation and encourages
sturdier hair shafts and promotes growth. Many Salons offer
scalp massage but you could try it at home for yourself. A
leading trichologist suggests using either a face mask or
exfoliator to gently massage in before shampooing. A mixture
of witch hazel and mineral water is a suitable massage for
oily hair whilst warm olive oil works well for a tight, dry
scalp. A tip here though, if using olive oil - apply shampoo
before water to eliminate oily residue when washing