& tips from your side of the counter........
growing in my
patio tub. I say tub, I have actually got a dozen or more but as
I can never remember to plant bulbs in the Autumn I have to wait
for the warmer (ha!) weather of May to fill everything in sight
with minute bedding plants and pray they fill up the spaces quickly.
Not quite enough to fool my mother though. On observing my few pathetic
stragglers her only remark was "I should stick to evergreens if
I were you dear"! Of course, her fifty four daffodils in ten different
varieties and eighty two tulips all standing to attention in a rainbow
of colours only took half an hour to plant! Greatly given to exaggeration
and master of the understatement my mother always manages to undermine
my already meagre capabilities. "Are you going to do something
with your hair before we go to town dear?" and "Ooh, that
is going to be a nasty spot on your nose, love" are the type
of comments I have learned to accept. And I never seem to be able
to think of a witty, off-the-cuff remark until she has gone home
to her immaculate lawn and perfect herbaceous borders! Not that
I would dream of saying them if I did. But I could whisper them
under my breath behind her back like I did when I was ten! Of course
her accounts of my attributes change dramatically when chatting
with friends. Eaves-dropping on her weekly tea-party with friends
I heard her extol my virtues both real and imaginary, my patience,
thoughtfulness, abounding energy etc etc but I really had to stifle
a laugh when I distinctly heard her say "And you should see her
garden! Marvellous Mavis, absolutely marvellous!".
TULIPS AND MOTHERS!
has sprung! Officially that is.I
have not seen much evidence of it myself
unless you count the two
daffodils and four tulips
wanting to make a liar of my wonderful Mum, this Bank Holiday
I went off to the Garden Centre to seek out some instant colour.
Oh, and I will be putting a note in the October section of my
diary. Buy bulbs. Plant bulbs. Ring Mum!
Did you know - That UV rays and chlorine can turn
colour-treated hair green! Protect your coloured hair
with a trendy hat in sunshine if you can, and check
out some of the latest products specially designed
to cater for the swimmers amongst us. Boots stock
a good range of these products.
to Anthony Mascalo at Toni & Guys, hair should
always be gently towel dried before styling. "It
removes excess water that weighs down hair during
styling. Divide hair into 4 sections and very gently
squeeze each section with the towel starting at
the roots and working down. Work gently to avoid
breakage - remember hair is at its most fragile
Dying to Try
-Origins The Last Straw (Conditioning Shampoo)
absolutely love the name as it sums up my hair perfectly!
On the pricey side though at around £12.50 for 200
ml but it claims to put moisture back into sun-fried
(in this country?) dyed and over dried hair, smoothing
the hair shaft, making it less vulnerable to damage.
Well my hairs neither sun-fried, dyed or over dried
but straw-like? Lets just say if I stood in the
garden with my arms akimbo no bird would dare to
Don't know quite what to do with your hair?
Well a recent magazine article featuring questions and answers
may answer some of your queries.
have recently coloured by hair for the first time and want to
know how to keep it looking great?
Galvin - "I have recently launched the Daniel Galvin Miracle
Solution which retails for around £4.99. It been described as
the great innovation in hair colour products since the launch
of anti-frizz ranges. The natural vitamin formulation works from
inside the hair out. The three products are designed to enhance
highlights, brighten up colour or remove unwanted tones from hair".
short, textured hair is easy to manage but how can I get it to
look drop-dead gorgeous for a glamorous party?
Sorbie - "It is all about changing texture. If you usually
wear it textured try going slick. Apply a generous amount of gel
and comb through with a dead straight parting. To make it look
like its been put up just slick back the sides and secure with
a grip behind each ear. Slick the hair upwards from the nape and
secure. Next, take small sections and mould to give the illusion
of an up-do with Trevor Sorbie wax, priced at around £4,99. Finally,
mist with a little Sorbie Fixing Spray, around £3.79".
can never get my fine hair to hold a style. How can I get it to
Worthington - "To give all day hold and volume use products
from my Big Hair range. Apply Big Hair Styling Spray to damp hair
for extra body. Pin up the top layers to get to the hair underneath
and dry in sections at right angles to the scalp using my Big
Hair Rollerbrush priced at around £13. Repeat with top layers,
unclip the handle and leave the roller section in your hair for
volume. Blast the hair with cold air and remove the roller when
hair has cooled down. Spritz with Big Hair Lift Off Ultrafine
Hairspray to hold the finished look".
recently dyed my hair a lot lighter and now my roots are showing
through. I want to go back to my own colour but how can I disguise
the regrowth in the meantime?
Clarke Once you have lightened your hair with bleach or tint,
the only way to disguise the regrowth is to have lowlights put
in and reduce them gradually over time. Whilst dark roots can
look sexy and a bit 'rock chick' they are not for everyone. Speak
to a professional colourist and start the slow process of gradually
restoring your hair to its natural colour. Keeping your hair in
tip top condition whilst you restore it to its natural colour
is essential - use an intensive conditioning treatment on the
mid-length and ends, which tend to dry out the most. Try my 60
Second Secret at around £6.25".
hair is at the mid-length, in between stage and whenever I try
to put it up strands always come loose. Any advice?
Collinge - "The best way to cope with wayward hair is to use
little butterfly clips around the temple and crown. First, dry the
hair and work in some of my Thickening Mousse Gel, £4.50. Then put
in a few rollers at the roots and leave for ten minutes. Gather
hair into nape of neck, twist upwards and secure with a large clip
near the crown. Use the smaller decorative butterfly clips to deal
with any stray strands".