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Showing posts with label beauty. Show all posts

Monday, March 25, 2013

Brazilian Hair Extensions: The Next Big Thing?

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If like many people short, fine hair is the bane of your life, you may be considering getting hair extensions fitted.  Hair extensions allow everyone to have the long, thick glamorous hair that they dream of.  You may have heard lots of people shouting about Brazilian hair extensions recently, especially in the celeb world.  But why are they a good option? What makes them better quality than other types of hair extensions?

Why use hair extensions?

Very few of us are lucky enough to have naturally lustrous, thick, shiny hair.  Even most of the celebs we see with immaculate hair are faking it.  Hair extensions are becoming more and more popular with celebrities with Kim Kardashian, Alesha Dixon, Cheryl Cole, Tyra Banks, Beyonce, Nadine Coyle from Girls Aloud, Una Healy from the Saturdays, Alexandra Burke and many more all openly admitting to enjoying the benefits of hair extensions.  With so many different options available on the market and every one of them claiming to be the best that there is, it’s difficult to know what the best option really is. 

Why Brazilian?

Brazilian hair extensions used to primarily be a secret of the celebs, but now they are widely available to everyone.   Hair extensions made from real, natural, high quality hair rather than synthetic hair have a lot of advantages over synthetic hair extensions.  Synthetic hair extensions do not have a very long life as they are sensitive to the sun and styling and don’t blend in well like natural hair.  Real hair extensions can be treated like your own hair and dyed, styled and washed in the same way.

Brazilian hair extensions are made from real hair that has been sourced from people in Brazil.  Good quality Brazilian hair extensions are usually referred to as being virgin.  This means that the hair is 100% natural and has never been treated, dyed or bleached before.  Brazilian hair extensions are normally made from Remy hair as well.  Remy hair refers to the way in which the hair has been collected.  Remy hair is collected carefully to preserve the hair’s cuticle and with all of the hair cuticles facing in the same direction.  This means the hair is completely natural in appearance and will remain soft, shiny and tangle-free.

Brazilian hair extensions have been gaining popularity recently with more and more people swearing by this high quality type of hair extension.  Brazilian hair extensions can be expensive but this is because of their natural look and strong, full-bodied, durable texture.  The high quality of the product means that they will last for between 8 months and 2 years, so they can be refitted over and over again.  They are available in curly, wavy or straight and their strength makes them ideal for colouring.

How are they fitted?

There are a number of ways that you can choose to get your hair extensions fitted.  The one that is kindest to your hair is the micro-ring method.  The micro ring does not use glue or wax to attach the hair extensions; instead they are clipped into tiny rings that are secured at the root of your natural hair.

Pre-bonded hair extensions glue onto your existing hair.  They are pre-tipped with keratin wax which is heated and bonded to natural hair, this method is very flexible as it allows for extensions to be placed at any point in your hair, including your fringe.  The pre-bonded option also allows for very natural movement of hair.

The micro ring weft (weave) does not use glue or wax either.  The micro ring weft uses a long weft of hair that is then fitted to your head using micro rings.  This is a good low commitment option for people who do not want to wear the extensions for a very long length of time.  Generally a weft needs to be refitted every month or so and will last for up to 8 months.  It’s a great option if you want to add volume to your hair.

Brazilian hair extensions are on the rise, and with their natural appearance and texture and ease to maintain it’s hardly surprising.  With the endorsement of so many well-known celebrities you know you must be onto a good thing!  With Brazilian hair extensions the celebrity hair secret is out, now everyone can have the thick, glossy hair that they dream of.

This is a guest post written by Sarah Hewitt. Sarah Hewitt is a new blogger who blogs about anything and everything. You can contact her via her Twitter or Google+

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Top Hairstyle Trends of 2013

Whenever a new year beckons, new hair trends emerge and take over the hair, fashion and beauty industry. Some hair trends are futuristic, chic and transcend the passing of time whilst others however, come and go. Although we’re only a month into 2013 we’re already getting a glimpse of the hair trends that will be in vogue this year.

In this article we’ll show you which hair cuts, colors and styles will rule the roost this year.

Trend #1: The Pixie Cut

From Emma Watson to Rihanna, the pixie cut has made its way out of 1965 and is hitting runways and celebrity coifs. What makes this style so stunning is that it highlights stunning facial features and is low maintenance.

 Pixie cuts particularly favour individuals with striking facial features- think Halle Berry’s cheek bones, Emma Watson’s eyes or Rihanna’s lips. To get the best cut possible, always make sure you visit an experienced hairdresser and take a photo of the pixie cut that you like.

Trend #2: Purple Hair

Katy Perry isn’t the only one who’s spotting purple tresses. This year hair coloring will take on a new trend which encompasses unconventional colors. If you’re more conventional but want a drop of purple to spruce up your style, try experimenting with darker purple colors.

In contrast, if you’re more of a risk-taker dare to be different and opt for multi-layered purple tones.

Trend #3: The Low Bun

In 2012 the high bun was the most popular hair trend. However, in 2013 we’re heading in the completely opposite direction with the low bun taking over as this year’s go-to hairstyle.

Trend #4: The Side Sweep

Conjuring up memories of vintage Hollywood starlets like Marilyn Monroe, side swept curls represent glitz and glamour. However, the side sweep isn’t just perfect for formal events; it can in fact be a go-to hairstyle for everyday occasions.

To get this look, it’s best to wear your hair in pin-curls at night and then unravel them in the mornings. Furthermore, keep bobby pins on hand so that you can neatly pin your hair to the side so that it falls effortlessly.

Trend #5: Bangs

When Kate Middleton stepped out with bangs, we were stunned! Who knew the Duchess was such a trend setter? Her hair was particularly striking because of its vintage-retro feel. 2013 will most definitely be the year of the bang.

This is a guest post written by Vicky Olubi. Vicky is passionate about all things beauty related and is the Director of My Curls; a natural hair care company based in London.  Visit her website at  

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Make me up – There are no uggly women just bad makeup!

Hello girls, I'm new in the blog and I'll cooperate with this project, writing about all kinds of things that make women beautiful!

So to start I'll tell you a little secret about makeup: there are no uggly women, just bad makeup! ;) First things first and the most important thing to do is to pick the right foundation for your skin tone, my advice is, in doubt, choose the lighter one, because you can always adjust the tone with your loose powder. 

This part is really important because if you choose a really dark loose powder, it'll ruin it all! You could choose a darker tone than your foundation, but be carefull don't over do it, gold tones make a really awesome effect in our cheeks, besides covering our skin imperfections they also illuminate the face! 

Our eyes are the most expressive part of our face, so you'll want them to look gorgeous everyday! If you don’t know what eye-shadow color is the right one for you, keep it simple! A really soft white eye shadow and a black waterline pencil could perform a miracle for your daily looks and its really easy to put on! 

 So girls with these tips you can look absolutely beautiful everyday, whether you're heading to work or to lunch with some friends!
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