The Avant-Garde Weave

It’s been so good being back at college! While it’s mostly just induction for the first two weeks we have had the chance to do a couple of bits of practical. I thought I would share one of the ones I liked most here.

Avant-Garde WeaveIn the hair class I was really thrown in at the deep end! After learning some very basic sectioning on the fly I went straight in with this avant-garde weave style.
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Hospitals & Hair

What a week! I have not had time to sit down and write a single word here as every day this week I have had an appointment (or even two!) somewhere. So many hospitals! Oh the life of a spoonie!

On Monday morning I was at the vascular surgeon who is planning some scans and tests to hopefully rule out another possible rare condition (I’m not having much luck so far on those fronts so wish me luck!) and then over to haematology in the afternoon. I’ll worry about those if/when I know more after all my tests but I have several planned including scans and one involving a hospital stay which I’m hoping I can get out of the way before September. Continue reading

My May Favourites 2016

May has mainly been a month of winding down and self-care after the end of my course. While I’ve been resting I’ve not been doing nothing, I’ve been creating this new home for my blog, coming back to coding after many years away is quite the shock I’ll tell you!

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Anyway I’ll stop waffling now and tell you what beauty items I’ve been loving the most this month:

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L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Bundle Review

L'Oreal Elvive Clay

Extraordinary ClayI don’t normally foray into hair care products on my blog but since I had these new products to try out I thought “why the heck not?”
The Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing range is designed “to break the cycle and put an end to oily roots and dry ends, giving you 72 hours of purified roots and hydrated ends.” Sounds brilliant, so how does it work?

First you apply the hair masque to your dry, unwashed roots and scalp and massage it in well. Yes, that’s right the masque goes on first! Very unusual I thought but it works very well at absorbing all of that grease from your scalp. The product has an unusual but not unpleasant mild fragrance and is, surprisingly, quite a bright blue colour – I was expecting a more obvious ‘clay’ colour. My only real complaint about the masque was that its blue colouring stained my hands so I had to use quite a bit of exfoliator to get them back to normal again afterwards – I’ll be using some disposable gloves in future for this part. The masque is left on the roots for 5 minutes to do its work – during this time I was freaking out about my blue hands not washing clean but if you avoid that fate do sit and relax!

masqueAfter your five minutes are up it’s time to rinse out the clay masque. Despite my concerns I found the masque rinsed out of my hair really easily and my roots were already feeling so much cleaner than at the start.
The re-balancing shampoo, which blissfully doesn’t contain any silicones (which can build up on your hair over time) lathered up straight away – no need to “rinse and repeat” here. I also noticed from the ingredients list on the back of the bottle that it contains hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate) which is a great beauty workhorse and will help your dry ends hold on to moisture until you wash it again. I’m surprised they aren’t shouting about this on the front. The matching conditioner has the same (no silicones, and more hyaluronic acid than the shampoo) good points. The fragrance of the shampoo conditioner is very similar to the masque, maybe a slighter milder version of the same scent.

So how is my hair looking now it’s dry? It’s very clean feeling and quite shiny and seems fuller than usual – I guess the deep clean at the roots has enabled them to get a bit more natural volume! My hair has a lovely clean smell to it, a nicer version of the shampoo’s own smell. I’ll certainly be continuing to use this hair care system as I’m quite impressed with the extra volume, my hair is usually naturally very flat without a lot of blow drying and styling but blow drying is not something I can often manage (not enough spoons and keeping my arms raised makes them vulnerable to dislocation).

Did it last 72 hours without going greasy? That’s a big fat yes! Some of the volume had disappeared by then but I had spent my time outdoors wearing a hat due to cold and rainy weather which will have helped flatten my hair down significantly. I do think overall it was a little more flyaway in the lengths but that’s probably a result of washing away all the silicones from my previous shampoo. I will keep an eye on it as I continue using this product and I will update you all if anything dramatic happens (good or bad! I’m beholden to no one here.)

All three products are available together as a bundle from Boots.com for £10 or can be purchased individually online only. ETA: All three are now available widely, I hope you have as much success with the masque as I do.

Kath x

#NOTD: Masquerade Glitter

In all of my last minute preparations to go to the HMSA Masquerade Ball I somehow completely forgot about my nails! I have come up with this quick mani for the evening and it even matches my outfit:

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I thought I would take a quick snap to show you all my hair and nails while I wait for my ride to the Ball.
22230362984_f98b020971_zI have attempted to put a bit of curl and volume into my hair which has taken me most of the day with a lot of rest breaks and the amount of hair that I have – putting my arms up to do my own hair makes them very vulnerable to dislocations so rest breaks are a must. I think it looks pretty good – I do hope it stays in OK!

I’m really looking forward to the ball and I hope it raises lots of money for the charity. The HMSA are only a small charity but they punch above their weight with the amount of people that they help/support and also the amount of time they spend educating medical professionals about the different hypermobility syndromes which include Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Marfan Syndrome and many more.