Q:what bleach do you use on your hair/ and is it available in the uk . ta : -)
For my hair I use Salon professional 10Vol peroxide and blue bleaching powder. I do not use a toner, I simply use a blue shampoo for keeping it really white. Really, the brand makes little difference and peroxide and bleaching powder is available all over the world, so you will just need to get those. 10Vol does a lot more lift than people give it credit for though the strength you require will depend on the structure of your hair. If you have fine strands then that will suffice otherwise you may need to go to a 20vol. Dont let store clerks talk you into an atrocity like a 40vol. :)
A hair-cut for my Special friend.
I have a very precious friend and I love her very much. She is the source of so much inspiration to me and probably more than she realises. When Im doing it tough I think to myself “If SHE can study and stress and get through everything then so can I!”
This special friend of mine is one of the most beautiful girls I know inside and out, however not so long ago she went through a very long and devastating fight with an eating disorder. Sure, theres days that she still struggles but she has come through it tougher than ever even though she sometimes forgets just how tough she is.
Eating disorders are something that girls dont do ‘just for attention’. Its not a matter of ‘Eat some god damned steak’ and its not caused by selfishness. Eating disorders are becoming more and more common in today society and yet still they are the most misunderstood form of depression. Eating disorders akin to self harm stem from depression be it from a feeling of worthlessness, self consciousness, anxiety or self hatred. These girls dont need to ‘eat a steak’, they need to learn that they are loved, and to love themselves.
Today my special friend has been through a rough week, and she really loves my hair when I let it down in a bob to the shoulder. I was growing my hair out again, however in her honour I have cut it, just the way she likes it and taken over three inches off my hard hair growing! :p
For others out there struggling with eating disorders know that there are people who love you no matter how helpless you feel, and there are those of us out there who understand what it REALLY is to have an eating disorder and would never call you selfish, or an attention seeker.
So for my precious girl my new haircut:
Next time you put aside some money to donate to a charity I urge you to donate to the Butterfly Foundation which does fantastic work for men and women who suffer from depression and eating disorders. You can visit their website below:
Nature Grace hair extensions.
I have been wanting to do a review on a few brands of extensions Ive used for a long time and today Ive finally gotten around to it!
Of all the extensions Ive purchased for around the AU$100 mark, Natures Grace have been the best for quality and thickness.
For a while they had #60 available which was the best colour match for my hair, however recently they appear to only have #613 available as their lightest blonde.
These extensions lightened to white fantastically with only a 10Vol peroxide (remember less is more) with hardly any hair fall at all. The clips they use are wonderful big silicon backed clips.
Some of the extensions Ive used over the years have had the smaller clips which are absolutely abhorrent for pulling your hair out. The nature Grace clips are gentle and comfortable.
I did find that the clips needed a bit of a spruce up after a while and had a habit of coming a little loose, however this is common and not as bad in the Nature Grace extensions as have been in any others Ive used.
My Nature Grace extensions I wore for around five months before they needed to be replaced. This was daily wear. They curl and straighten really nicely however for longest life I highly recommend straightening with a hairdryer as opposed to using irons on them, and using a product like Flat Marvel on them for protection.
Above: wearing my nature Grace extensions after about 4 months of constant, daily wear.
Nature Grace extensions come in loads of regular colours however since this blog is about blond, blonde, blonde Ill concentrate on this colour only ;)
Above: Nature Grace extensions and packaging in 20” length and colour #613.
These extensions unlike a lot of others are thick and full right to the bottom. For the best quality extensions on a budget I highly recommend these. Their service and postage is great and they are extremely helpful.
Price: $100 (store free postage) or $89 (ebay store, free postage)
Nature Grace extensions can be purchased from their store at
Alternatively you can purchase them from their ebay store in Australia
How do I tell if my extensions are a synthetic mix?
Its much more common than you would think but buyers claiming to be selling 100% human remy hair mixes are often actually selling a real/synthetic mix. Most of the time a buyer wont notice and there will be just enough real hair in the mix for the hair to be able to be slightly lightened or dyed.
The problem with real/Synthetic mixes is that the hair has a much shorter life, tangles more readily, and can often look tacky.
I recently purchased some extensions from a seller (who will remain nameless as they were incredibly helpful in rectifying the issue and I would certainly buy from them again) that were not 100% human hair as was claimed but rather a real/synthetic mix. I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to show how to identify these mixes as opposed to 100% human hair. Its not hard but you get better at it the more you buy and handle extensions.
The most common method of identifying fake strand is the ‘burn test’. Synthetic strands do not burn in the same way that human hair does. When you burm human hair it kind of fizzles up and ashes. When you burn synthetic hair it burns very cleanly, does not ash and it much harder to ignite.
Above are the extensions. They were in colour #60 which is normally very white, however due to the nature of the real/synthetic mix they were quite dirty and looked much more towards the #613 shade. Generally (and since we are all here for white blonde hair!) #613 needs to be lightened with a gentle bleach to bring up to white, however #60 should only need a good wash with some violet or blue shampoo to bring it to the correct tone.
In the above photographs you can VERY clearly see the synthetic strands. Synthetic hair looks unnatural because it is plastic, lacks the natural ridges and imperfections that normal hair has as well as reflecting light differently. Because of this the synthetic strands are unnaturally shiny against the real hair mixed in with it. It is also a slightly lighter tone than the natural hair which in this case is particularly low quality.
In the above photograph you can see just how bad the quality of the REAL hair is, and the wefts are littered with dark brown and even black strands. Really, the artificial hair is the only part of the weft that is the correct tone of #60.
So lets place this synthetic/real mix beside another mix with a much higher percentage of real hair.
Can you see the difference?
With 100% remy hair, the cuticle is placed so that all strands are the same ‘way up’. Naturally this is how hair is and it stops it from tangling among other things. When a mix has a very high fake strand count you will also notice that the hair will fall out of the weft in clumps of fake hair. Looking at the tips of this hair makes it quite obvious that it is infact plastic. Here is a closeup of one of the clumps of fake hair that came easily away from the edge of the weft:
Yes, that cluster of synthetic hair is actually partly glued together.
So I hope this was helpful to all of you beautiful girls who like me just cant live without their extensions whether its for length, thickness or just to add a splash of bright colour here and there without damaging your natural hair.
Id love to hear about all of your experiences with hair extensions so if you have something to say or add, by all means I encourage you to ‘Ask me anything’.
How I do my eye makeup and eyebrows. :)
Blue shampoo on a budget?
I have done a few reviews on various blue shampoos and things, all of which really are quite pricey. Maintaining your stunning white locks is costly and requires a LOT of upkeep. Having had show animals (horses and rats) I know all about various blue shampoos, and when showing horses my favorite product to use was Magic silver white. This of course can be used on people too!
If you need a blue toning shampoo on the cheap then in all seriousness dont overlook shampoo’s designed for show animals. Often you will pay around $12 for what you will pay $30 for in a salon store, and it does the exact same thing.
Some of the main differences are that you will find the show pet shampoo’s are slightly harsher and will lift a lot more natural oils from your hair. This is why its important to use a good quality conditioner. Often though these shampoos only need to be used once or twice a week.
Show pets are VERY serious business and only the best quality products will do. Just like those designed for people you will find them in different concentrations. As a general rule the darker blue or purple the shampoo the more concentrated and the more violet deposit youre going to get.
When I was younger I was forever trying to cover my porcelain skin with tanning: lotions, creams & sprays. I tried every product on the market and became a pro at helping people find the best brands to use with their skin-tone to get the most natural looking tan.
To keep it…