Hair Damage Diary #1

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Screen Shot 2015-08-30 at 21.15.36I don’t usually post videos here unless they complement a post bit today it’s just a shameless plug and a heads up that many of the products mentioned are heavily discounted right now. I’ve experience some serious hair breakage and hair loss recently and although I’m not 100% of the cause right now I thought it might be useful long term to share my story/journey (gosh, that sounds dramatic, doesn’t it?) so that someone might find this in the future and follow it along to a resolution.. worst case I am going to have A LOT of fun with wigs!

Here’s the video…

And here are the products I’ve been/I’m going to be trialling..
Redken Extreme Shampoo
Redken Strength Builder Plus
Redken Anti-Snap
PureologyPerfect For Platinum Shampoo/Conditioner
Pureology Colour Fanatic Treatment Spray
Joico K-Pack Deep Penetrating Reconstructor
Fountain Hair Molecule Supplement
Grow Gorgeous Growth Serum
LUSH Roots Hair Mask
Nanogen Thickening Treatment Shampoo/Conditioner

Is this something you’ve suffered from? I experienced something similar after both of my pregnancies which is why I suspect this might be more hormonal than bleach related but you just never know so I’d love to hear from you if you’ve ever had anything similar happen to you! How did you deal with it?

Miss BB

Redken Extreme

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You may or may not know that part of the reason I recently went darker recently was because of the breakage I suffered through bleach. It’s quite severe, I have tufts around my hairline reminiscent of my post partum hair loss after having each of my children. I haven’t quite developed bald spots yet but I feel certain that if I don’t take action now that’s where I’m heading. The hairline and parting are just about the worst place to have to hide breakage too but I’m taking various steps to help halt and prevent further damage. One such step was the purchase of the Extreme shampoo and Strength Builder mask from Redken. I’d heard a lot about the Anti Snap treatment and when I went online to purchase that I ended up getting these two full sized products and a sample of the anti snap for free. I’m not the worlds most consistent with styling products/treatments so I thought this was the better way to go, this way I will see how much I really do use of the product and hopefully do some longer lasting good to my hair via these other fortifying treatments.

A couple of things to note about the Extreme range, it smells like rose jam, not a scent I would have been able to identify had it not been for my recent dalliance with all thing rose jam from Lush. It started with Ro’s Argan, it continued with the Bubbleroon (post to follow) and next stop is the shower gel, I just can’t get enough of the fragrance and this stuff smells exactly like it to me. If you’re not familiar don’t let the ‘rose’ put you off.. it’s not at all floral, it smells like the inside of a strawberry cream.. just yummy! Second, they are protein packed so overuse will lead to crispy, dry feeling hair. This isn’t damage and it’s not NOT doing it’s job but you need to follow up with an oil or alternate a moisturising shampoo/conditioner to really feel the benefit without the crunch. Overall I definitely think these products combined are making a difference! If I run my hands through my wet hair I was losing clumps after every wash and I’m finding this less and less. I AM being more careful now and trying to let me hair dry 100% before combing through it at all but it’s tough. I’m going to take some current photos of the breakage and start a little diary for those of you going through something similar (that sounds so dramatic but hey, crowing glory and all that) now or maybe finding this in the future so that I can hopefully help someone of you by sharing what worked/didn’t work for me. I’m being positive here and assuming something will and that I haven’t just developed alopecia or something but I’m pretty sure I could rock a variety of wigs if it comes to it.

Redken extreme available online here

Miss BB

Tape-In Hair Extensions

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GL App Tape Hair Extensions ReviewSo it’s been a couple of weeks since I took out my hair extensions and I thought it was about time I shared my experience with you. I didn’t talk much about them while I had them here on my blog but I did share some  thoughts along the way in videos/vlogs so some of you may already know a little of what I’m going to say but I feel like I can be more objective now my regular hair is back in a comfortable ponytail. I once had bonded hair extensions because of an awful pixie haircut (not my idea) and in hindsight they were terrible but at the time I LOVED them. The long swooshy hair made me feel so glamorous and (I’m just going to say it) feminine. I’m not saying I don’t like my short hair but there’s something about that length that makes you want to whip it back and forth is all. So when Great Lengths contacted me to see whether I’d be interested in their new temporary extensions I jumped at the chance. They’re effectively tape ins but Great Lengths call them ‘apps’ – you can find their approved salons online here as well as a gallery of before and afters that I spent hours pouring over ahead of my appointment.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABefore the application I went in for a consultation with Kirby (see her salon here) who recommended I go for the more permenant bonded extensions as she thought they would better blend with my blunt bob but what appealed to about the GL Apps was the temporainess. She decided that she could make them work if she packed a lot of them in and so the colour was matched and the appointment was made. Now as any bleach blonde knows it’s near impossible to keep the same shade of blonde for more than a few washes so when I returned to have the extensions applied my hair didn’t quite match the way it previously had. Not the end of the world but something worth mentioning, I think blondes would be better with a mix of tones to be on the safe side. The application took around 3 hours start to finish, Kirby applied each weft herself, sandwiching small sections of my own hair between what is effectively strips of hair with double sided tape attached. They felt really secure and flat to my head, it was an adjustment to sleep in them at first but only for the first few nights. I had read that you should keep them tied up to prevent tugging and breakage but I found them more comfortable if I left them ‘free’ and I can’t say I experienced any damage worth talking about. I got a little footage of the application in this video which will beter explain the process for those of you wanting to see it in action.

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 17.36.46Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 17.32.19Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 17.31.30Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 17.32.46When Kirby first put in the extensions I wanted to keep as much length as possible but a week in I realised that wasn’t practical. Her salon was too far to travel just for a trim (so I thought) but having had the ends cut far too bluntly I would highly suggest you go to an extension professional for any cuts.. It needed some major thinning out to be manageable and if I had my time again I would have made the trip. Care wise I had to brush it twice a day to avoid tangles and honestly I could have stood to brush it more.. the longer I went without a comb through the bigger and more wig-like it got. I used a sulphate free shampoo and avoided conditioner near the bonds when washing and serums and oils like crazy to avoid dry ends but product wise I really didn’t really do anything special. When it came time to remove the extensions me being me I did it alone, I was prepared for this to be more damaging than having a pro do it but I can honestly say I dont think it was at all. I put oil all over my roots, left it for 5 or 10 minutes and started to peel apart the wefts. It took me maybe half an hour and I did it by myself.. I know, I know but really.. what did you expect? I’m sure I’m missing so much but if I get enough questions I’ll do a follow up! The last thing to mention is the curling wand I used – It’s from Cloud Nine (expect a full post on this if not a video) and it gave me the best, longsest lasting curls, it made it so much easier to blend the extensions with my short cut and I only had to style it every few days. It’s pricey but by far the best hair tool I own! I believe the GL hair is supposed to hold a curl better than your average anyway but even on my bob it lasts til I wash it! A+

Watch my rambly video review here

Miss BB

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