Tangle Teaser vs Wet Brush…FIGHT!

I have been naturally blessed with thick, healthy hair. So much so that I am the kind of girl that suffers with snapped hair bands, broken claw grips, you name it. Most horrific is that painful feeling in your follicles when your hair has been up all day then you take it down and massage your head :(((.

The Tangle Teaser (mine is purple and glittery and awesome) has been a firm resident of my top drawer for about a year – my first choice when it comes to sorting out my tangly mane of hair. It is perfect for travel, it’s small and works great for keeping hair smooth and knot free! However, I had heard that there was something called a Wet Brush that is even better than a Tangle Teaser and I knew I’d have to try it out!

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Brushing wet hair is a dangerous game – unless you use a bloody good conditioner you will have tangly hair that needs to be sorted! I usually use my Tangle Teaser to work through the ends of my hair first so that I don’t pull and the hair doesn’t break. Then I can brush it right through without having to worry!

I felt like a bit of a traitor reaching for the Wet Brush over the Tangle Teaser, but hey needs must. So what I like about the Wet Brush is the bristles – at first when I heard someone say Wet Brush I thought it was a crazy hairbrush with like towel bits in it! The bristles on the Wet Brush are thin, bendy and get through hair pretty easy :). I wouldn’t brush right from the top of my head with a wet brush just because I’d worry about breakage, but it does just as good a job as the Tangle Teaser. I think the main benefit of the Wet Brush is that it doesn’t make you molt as much so it might be a bit less tough on your hair!

I’m trying to be more gentle with mine and taking skin/nail/hair supplements as around my temples my hair has started to feel a bit weaker and I don’t want to tug any out by accident!

I think the Wet Brush is definitely a worthwhile investment – the smooth finish of the brush handle is also very satisfying – it looks like the kind of brush you would take if you went swimming!

Which side are you on…Tangle Teaser or Wet Brush?!?!

Thanks for reading guys,

Roshni xxx

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How I Keep My Hair Healthy & Shiny!

Hello All!

Having healthy, shiny and glossy hair can be down to a number of things – you might have bloody good genes, you may get your hair styled at the hairdressers everyday because you are the Queen, or you might be a Barbie (poor you, you are plastic).

I’m kidding, for most people their hair isn’t how they want it to be and people are constantly on the lookout for the newest and best products to make your hair FABALUTH.

I’m pretty lucky with my hair – I’d say good indian genes are one of the factors my hair is shiny and smooth (my friend Geri always used to tell me Asian people have flatter hair follicles…and you can trust her, her mum is a lovely hairdresser :)). Aside from this, I’d say that there are a few things that I do regularly to make sure that my hair stays soft, shiny and manageable on a day to day basis.

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If you are washing your hair every day…STOP. I used to be really, really bad at this and used to hate the feeling of having unwashed hair. Washing your hair everyday with harsh shampoos can strip the hair of it’s natural oils and shine – I’d recommend washing it one evening and then skipping a day at first (this is just about what I can deal with lol).

At some point in your life, invest in a natural bristle brush! I use the Denman’s Natural Bristle Brush which is one of the best! I don’t use this EVERY day but after I’ve washed and dried my hair sometimes I use a natural bristle brush on it to smooth the hair down – it helps to calm down frizz, especially if you dry and wash your hair in the evening like I do and then sleep on it (because I’m lazy and can’t get up in the morning).

My usual hairbrush for every day is from the Body Shop and it’s a wooden brush with bamboo pins– it’s my favourite ever, it doesn’t tug and it doesn’t break the hair!!

Quick note – I used to have long hair but then cut it into a bob. When you have long hair, don’t expect to brush your hair from the scalp to the root and not encounter a painful tangle. When I had long hair, I’d firmly hold my hair halfway down and brush the ends out, THEN go back to the roots and brush gently. This protects against breakage.

Every now and then, I’d recommend either sleeping in a hair mask (a decent conditioner is good enough) OR apply a hair oil. To be honest, even if you don’t sleep in a hair oil but just apply some to the ends of damp hair that’s good enough – my favourite is MorrocanOil – you can’t beat it! It’s very thick, a tad on the pricey side but it’s worth it…smells amazing too.

If you want a healthy scalp, I’d recommend massaging your scalp as much as you can when you shampoo your hair! Healthy hair starts at the root and having good blood circulation to the roots is the perfect way to encourage healthy hair growth.

My favourite hair shampoos/conditioners are:

After washing my hair, I always use a heat protectant spray. My favourite one is by Dove, it smells A M A Z I N G (like sweet fruit!) and it does a great job of protecting my hair from heat damage.

After blow drying and straightening (I use GHD’s but try not to use them every day)…I like to smooth down any flyaways and run the Body Shop Brazil Nut Define and No Frizz cream, which helps your hair stay soft and smooth!

I hope you find some things in this post useful!

On another note – I’m thinking about doing a ‘Hair History’ where I do a post with pictures of hair styles I’ve had throughout my life (however good or bad) and tell you a bit about them – is this something you’d wanna see? 😀

Thanks for reading lovely people,

Roshni xxx

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Looking for some new hair curlers?

Apologies for my hiatus over the past few days – a fried Macbook charger cable had temporarily put me out of the blogosphere…but I’m back! (with a brand new charger free, thanks Apple!)

I bought the Bombay Hair 32mm Gold Waving Wand on Black Friday and filmed a brief review for you – where you can see how the curler actually performs as well. This barrel is thicker and this means it creates waves rather than full on curls. When I bought the curler it was actually half price – I had been keeping my eye on it and was really happy that it was promoted on Black Friday.

I’m not going to give too much away, in the video below I actually use the curlers in real time so you can see exactly how the waves come out, so you’ll have to watch it to hear my thoughts!

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Please leave a like on the video if you enjoyed it and subscribe to my channel if you’re new 🙂

Thanks guys, hope you have a LOVELY new year – stay safe, drink lots and be merry!

Roshni xxx

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No Kink Bobbles – Do they work?

So I’ve been curious about these little coils of plastic for a long time – the ones I have pictured aren’t branded Invisibobbles, I bought mine from Accessorise to try! They were around £2.50 – £3 and came in gorgeous two tone shades <3.

After a quick google I’ve found that these are called ‘Telephone Ponies’ – WTF.

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(My favourite is the blue and green one :))

The whole point of these coily little wonders is that you can tie your hair up without snagging it or creating knots, and it DOESN’T leave a massive kink!

I find that sometimes if I have used a normal hair band I will more often or not get a massive kink – no matter where abouts I put it. From the moment I started using these, I was impressed at their strength. I thought to myself – these are just coily bits of plastic! Now, because I have quite thick hair the only criticism I have is that they stretch quite easily and don’t go back into such a tight coil.

Considering that my hair is quite thick, they are surprisingly strong! It helps that they are tightly coiled in the first place, but as I said they do stretch quite easily (maybe the branded ones are better!).

But what I can say is that they do serve their purpose! They do hold hair well and I’ve not seen a kink as I’ve taken my hair down. I’m pleased with these and I do find myself reaching for them over normal hair bands.

They were quite a bargain too so I wouldn’t mind repurchasing them if they did end up stretching too far 🙂

Thanks for reading everyone!

Roshni xxx

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How to Wave Your Hair – Quick and Easy!

Lol, I’ve just had a thought. I’ve done this ‘how’ to on waving your hair but if you could see my hair now it’s all sorts of pineapple and Rod Stewart (I’ve just got up).

ANYWAY, I’ve filmed a new video that is a quick and easy wavy hair look – using GHD straighteners. I would usually straighten my hair first before curling or styling but I’ve realised this process for waving doesn’t actually need that.

I love this as it’s a great simple alternative to having it straight for everyday and it doesn’t look too ‘done’.

I hope you enjoy it!

Have an amazing Sunday everyone xxxx

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Want to grow your hair quicker? Then try this from Lee Stafford…

Hi Everyone <3!

Today I’m posting about something that I have been testing out for around 3 months already…

*read to the end of the post to see my before and after*

To show you that I like this product, I can prove it by telling you I have used around 3 pots of this stuff and still have 2 left that I bought as back up! I’m talking about the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment (the little pink pot) that everyone and their distant aunty has been talking about.

I cut my hair into a short bob at the beginning of the year (new year, new hair and all that – you can see my ‘transformation’ here). I loved having it short but because I went from having rather long hair to short quite quickly it was hard to adjust *weep*. The thing I missed the most was being able to scrape it into a pineapple explosion bun on the top of my head at the end of the day…ahh.

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So around July time I decided to try a few things to encourage my hair to grow. I had previously dip dyed my hair and made it ombré red – which looked great until my hair had become so dry the ends started to go a bit orange *ew*. So once I had cut my hair into a bob it had basically lobbed off all the manky frazzeldy end bits and I had much healthier and thicker hair again.

I originally heard about the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment  from the blogger and blogger Velvetghost (Gabby for those of you who are familiar with Youtube, I have met her and she’s lovely!). Instantly I had a feeling this would work well as she had used it to help her own hair grow and she had reported very good progress!

What’s great about this first of all is that if you buy it from Boots, usually there is a 3 for 2 going on which means that if you buy three of the hair growth pots it will only come to £16.98…AND you will get Advantage Card points!

It’s recommended to use this product each time you wash your hair, so basically what I do is get in the shower, wash my hair with my usual shampoo (I’m using the OGX Coconut Milk Shampoo at the moment) and then grab a golf ball sized amount of the Lee Stafford treatment and start to really massage this into my scalp. Part of me was sceptical that the only reason it’s worked so well is BECAUSE I’ve been really massaging it in and consequently stimulating the blood flow to my roots…but if it is a placebo I don’t care because it’s working lol.

Take a few minutes to really work this in – don’t worry about using this much as it doesn’t make your hair greasy it just helped my hair become shinier, healthier and stronger. You can add it to your ends too but I tended to just use my normal conditioner at the ends. I then would rinse this out – it smells amazing like really fresh herbs (which sounds weird but it smells good).

I really love this stuff, but more importantly I bet you guys want to see how it has helped me to grow my hair.

Well – here is a little comparison from when I cut my hair in January and how long it is now! Obviously I’ve only been using this product for a few months but I would say it has helped with the majority of the growth :D:

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All in all I think I’m going to continue using this as I’d love to have my hair long again, it’s in so much better condition now and I think that’s in part down to the Lee Stafford Hair Growth treatment…

Have any of you guys used this? Any other recommendations on how to help your hair grow healthily?

Thanks for reading,

Roshni xxx

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Battle of the Texturising Sprays

My hair is short, so doing things to make it look different is quite hard.

I tend to straighten it almost every day, at the weekend I give it a bit of a rest and it’s usually scraped up with a few pins in it to cure my mullet syndrome (not all of the hair fit in so I get a little tail at the bottom).

One thing I like to use is a texturising spray once it is straightened, which gives my hair more oomph and volume. I have two to review for you today, one of which is the spray I tend to reach for more often and the other one has it’s pros but it disappoints in the performance factor.

Round 1…ready…FIGHT!!

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The L’Oréal #TXT Texture Styling spray is designed to add volume without the backcombing. This is a thin tall bottle so it feels like you are still getting quite a lot of product which is great.

It sprays nicely and it smells so so lovely! The smell is what makes me keep using this, as unfortunately it doesn’t really do what it says on the bottle. At first, when you spray this into your hair and foof it up a bit your hair looks great, but it definitely doesn’t last very long.

I usually use this by lifting up the top section of my hair all around my head and spraying this into the root and the length all the way around. This way the top layer of hair doesn’t get too much product in it and it still holds the texture (if you’re using the right spray :)).

The other spray is called BlowPro (curious name, I know). This spray is much more pricey than the L’Oréal one (that one’s only £3.79 whereas the BlowPro was around £10 (click here for a link but I’m not sure if Superdrug sell it anymore :()

The BlowPro spray gives out a much finer mist, which I think I prefer. What I love about this one in particular is that I can spray it in in the morning, go to work and look in the mirror and I can see that it’s still working it’s magic :).

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SO, at the end of that battle the Blow Pro Textstyle Texturising Spray is the winner (applauds).

The claim on the bottle is accurate, so I’m pleased. It’s just a shame it’s almost finished now…

Have you used any great texturising sprays?

Thanks for reading,

Rosh xxx

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Top 5 Hair & Beauty Survival Kit

Hello Everyone 🙂

I was thinking about all the different new products that beauty bloggers review and new launches that are talked about, but I found myself thinking more of the items that we always end up coming back to. For me, there are key parts of my haircare and make up routine that haven’t changed in a very long time.

I don’t want these products to feel unloved and run away from home, so for once I’m going to shine a bit of lime light on them so we can rejoice in the splendour of THE HAIR AND BEAUTY SURVIVAL KIT.

Here is the survival kit that I’ve thrown together to give you inspiration for those days where you have the very basics at your fingertips:

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Tangle Teezer, Soap &  Glory Brow Archery, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara, Eve Lom Kiss Mix Lip Balm

To me, the most important part of this survival kit and the item I should mention first is the humble Tangle Teezer. I bought mine (in a fetching purple glitter finish) a good 3-4 years ago and it looks almost brand new! These things are life savers, when it comes to unruly hair that is knotty and temperamental. In particular, before I cut my hair short I really needed this, as when my hair was wet it used to get SO tangled. This reduces breakage and gently brush through tangles, which will in turn help your hair stay strong.

Then we have mascara, in particular my all time favourite is the Benefit Bad Gal Lash. Applying just a little mascara helps on those days when you are really tired, as it instantly opens your eyes up and makes you look more awake. Even if you aren’t wearing any other make up, just wearing a swipe of mascara will still make all the difference.

Right now, it is considered pretty much criminal to go out without having done your eyebrows. Obviously many people either can’t be bothered or simply don’t need to fill in their brows, but for me using an eyebrow pencil is a step that I wouldn’t miss out in a hurry.

Filling in your eyebrows helps to frame your face, and will help you look groomed and neat without having to spend too long getting them perfect. I love the Soap & Glory Brow Archery as this comes with a thin fine pencil on one side and a spoolie on the other to brush through particularly unruly brows.

This next item is pretty damn important to me in the mornings and it is the mighty concealer. For anyone who suffers from dark circles, like myself, this is going to be a staple in your make up kit. As well as helping to create a simple but clear base, you don’t have to go all out and use foundation, just dab and blend some concealer over any blemishes and under your eyes and you are good to go. The one I’m currently using is the Maybelline Fit Me concealer, which I really like :).

The last item doesn’t have to be the exact same as mine, but it is essentially a lip balm. If for some reason there is a freak accident and your make up bag gets lost, damaged or stolen by a racoon, lip balm is a great staple to have as it can act as a multi tasking groomer. You can use a slick of lip balm to keep lips moisturised, but you can also smooth a touch over your eyebrows to keep them in place.

One thing you can also do is apply a very small amount to your finger tips, and then smooth your eyelashes up repeatedly to make it look like you are wearing mascara, and open up your eyes. If you use something like Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream you can also use it to moisturise dry patches, but the one I am currently liking is the Eve Lom Kiss Mix which is a very intensive hydrating lip balm.

What are your hair and beauty essentials?

Thanks for reading 🙂

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Rosh

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5 Things you only realise once you’ve cut your hair short…

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In January I cut my hair short, it was quite long but I had ombréd (just realised this isn’t a verb) it around 3-4 times and they ends had got very dry and brittle. The chop was much needed and my hair is definitely healthier and thicker. I also dyed it back to dark brown as once I had it cut I still had some red ombré bits poking out at the bottom of my graduated bob.

Now I have had this cut for a few months I have been thinking of doing a little mini guide, to either PREPARE you for a long to short hair transition, PREWARN you or make you excited for biting the bullet.

On the whole I know that I made the right decision, but jeez as soon as I cut my hair off, this are the main things that I realised:

1. You can no longer forego a scarf

 When my hair was long, I admit I used to use it as a bit of a scarf. Now I have to actually USE normal scarves, which is great and cumbersome at the same time. It’s a hard life.

2. Your whole dressing style has to change

Things that you could wear before without a doubt in your mind, you either can’t wear now or have to really think about how to put outfits together with them. I have now found that nice little dresses and tops with collars looked great before, but now when I wear them because I have quite a baby face I just look 9 years old. Like I’m going to a party where we are going to play pass the parcel. (I liked that game in fairness, but not when you get the worst sweets out of the bunch when it lands on you and it’s just a layer of paper :'().

3. Having long hair can actually be quite slimming 

The only reason I say this, is because I have realised the reverse of this since having my hair cut. By the reverse, I mean that having your hair short can make your figure look quite different. I have started to notice more how my neck, shoulders and arms look simply because beforehand they were partially covered by my length of hair and now they aren’t!

Cue some running and a partially more active interest in exercise. (Yeah everyone should be the size they want and blah blah but hey, #justbeinreal)

4. Wait until the time is right to curl your hair

I remember a few weeks after I had my hair short, I thought ‘hmm this might look quite nice with it curled!’ What I failed to remember that was because I went for a graduated bob, the section at the back of my hair basically rested on my neck. This meant it was VERY SHORT, and hence could only just about go through straighteners. I did however try to curl my hair, and I ended up looking like one of those Betty Spaghetti dolls, but one that had been put in a tumble dryer. I think I’m now going to wait until my hair is at least shoulder length before I try again *slaps forehead*.

5. The first time you go to tie your hair up into a pineapple onto the top of your head, you will feel sadness

This probably pains me the most of all the points I have made here today *holds up hand in scouts honour gesture*. I now long for the relief and that feeling of tying your hair up into a messy but OH SO comfortable bun on the top of my head. I have to make do with either two clips (one for the top and bottom), a dissatisfyingly low bun, or PIGTAILS. Can you imagine.

I know I’ve been pretty short hair bashy in this post, but when I say I made the right decision, I do believe that. This is because it will make my hair much healthier when I grow it back to being LONG AND LUSCIOUS AND LENGTHY. LONG LONG LENGTH.

Do you have anything to add to this list? 🙂

Roshni xxx

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New Year, New ‘Do!

For a while now I have been toying with the idea of a graduated bob, as I have had long hair for many many years now. I dip dyed my hair recently, and I have done it a good 3-4 times before. This had caused my hair to become a bit dry, and the red section that was dyed had started to take on an orangey brassy tint. I have tried dying over the dip dye before but my hair hangs onto colour for ages, and the lighter orangey red would just be visible under any darker colour I put over the top. A good old chop was required to cut off the drier ends, and get it looking healthy again!

So, I decided to take the plunge and actually get my long hair chopped into a bob. I have a pretty round face, so I was worried the bob would just emphasise this, but because it is graduated it isn’t too bulbous looking.

Here is the obligatory ‘before’ shot:

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I was nervous I’ll admit, I know it is hair at the end of the day and it grows back quick…but still it’s a pretty big change!

The thought of less hair drying time, and the ease of spritzing a quick texturising spray and skipping out the door kept me stoic and determined!

Take a look at the mass of dip dye covering the floor!

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Extensions, anyone? *shudder*

Once it had been nicely blowdried and straightened, with layers put in I got excited and ended up being really really happy with it. Yes my head feels lighter, and my neck is a bit chilly, but I really love it 🙂 and my hair looks and feels SO much healthier!

Here it is:

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