Foiled Again: The Shortcut to Salon-perfect Hair

Since my allergy to peroxide made itself known (read more about it here) my hairdresser has had to bleach my roots in foils extremely carefully, ensuring none of the compound has the potential to touch my scalp. This takes aaages, but thankfully my hairdresser is extremely patient, and we’ve even become friends from spending so much time together. Needless to say this is when we tend to have a quality girlie catch-up.

Prior to my appointment I also do a patch test with each individual coloured dye – even if I’ve used it before. I generally find Manic Panic to be the kindest on my hair and scalp.

After the bleach my hair is usually dyed in crazy-coloured streaks, which means yet more foils. Since I like a trim too, this becomes a lengthy process, resulting in almost a day at the salon.

Well, I don’t know about you, but between work and kids I don’t have a day to devote to my hair – especially if I want the colour to last. Add in a chronic illness which means I’m not great at being upright for any length of time, I’ve had to come up with an alternative system to speed up the process.

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Sunny Side Up! | Colour Inspiration | Style Over Coffee

Sarmistha from Styleovercoffee was sweet enough to comment on one of my posts, and from there I discovered her blog and Instagram.

Needless to say, Sarmistha’s my kinda girl, blending pattern or print with a certain style sensibility. Take this image, for example: yellow and pink being one of my favourite colour combinations (the other is pink and orange). I also love the way she’s chosen a bright blue tarp as her background, which makes for an atmospheric image! Clearly not only a talented lady but a resourceful one too: I ❤

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Dressing Against Depression

I’ve suffered from Depression on and off for decades now, and I find that wearing bright clothes helps lift my spirits. When I wear colour I feel as though I’m fighting my inner darkness from the outside.

Medication, yoga and a SAD lamp help as well, along with a healthy diet and music (very important!), but it’s the little everyday action of putting on colourful clothes in the morning that sets me up for the day.

When I’m at my blackest I’m actually projecting how I’d like to feel: bright and cheerful, not shrouded in cloud. This means that when I’m feeling painfully low I’m carrying my shield around with me: I am the sunshine.

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Fantastic Mrs Fox – Roald Dahl Day 2016

This year is the tenth anniversary of Roald Dahl Day – an event that has become a huge success here in the UK and abroad. It’s usually celebrated around the 13th September, which was Dahl’s birthday back in 1916. It’s amazing to think that had he been alive today he would have been 100!

It’s a great excuse to indulge the kids in a spot of storytelling and fancy-dress (or ‘costume’ as Americans like to call it) in order to promote reading and to raise money for charity.

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Going Electric Bananas

I like to keep things fresh, and in an effort to try something completely different, back in April I decided to dye my hair yellow. After all, I’d been every other colour under the sun, so I reckoned it was time to finally be the sunshine.

Being a huge fan of Manic Panic I chose their Electric Banana tone, firstly because of the colour’s hint of neon (fun), its lime tinge (double fun), its silly name (more fun) and lastly because of the dye’s glow-in-the-dark attribute – well OK, glow-under-UV/black light (but still, quadruple fun!). There was even an accompanying Electric Banana hair gel to enhance this final feature. Amazing. ‘Girls just wanna have fun’ indeedy…

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