• 0 What's an easy everyday style? My own style as a hairdresser.

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    • by Stephanie Dobson
    • 25-03-2017
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    Running a business, being a wife, daughter, god mum and friend and managing 2 chronic illness. Yeah thats definitely the definition of busy! I love my life but sometimes I just don't have time for myself especially to do my own hair, and this is more and more common for the average woman nowadays. So the burning question..... How do I get a salon look in no time at all? (to be honest I'd settle for a half way decent, I don't look like I only got 4 hours sleep so could't be arsed to wash my hair look!) Thankfully I was blessed with a decent amount of hair but this can have it's pitfalls, and it's wavy but not so much at the front. So when I have only 10 minutes to blow-dry and style, all of those things can get in my way! Then I found salt spray, gods most blessid creation for me and here's why....I can go from a half straight, half wavy crazy mess to beautiful textured waves in 7 minutes, a miracle has happened! And it's all thanks to 3 easy things; salt spray, diffuser and a quick & easy process. My point to this is, as hairdresser I am often asked how to get styles at home that are beautiful but easy & quick and people always assume that because I am a hairdresser my hair must be easy for me and thats why it looks good and I don't understand the struggle. Well quite frankly thats crap, yes I have a skill set you don't but I am still human and I do feel your pain, so I am here to help! (I hear women everywhere sigh with relief) Rules and Tips Before we start with any styling, get over your hair woes. You're different and thats the way we are made, stop moaning about it just find a solution that works for you. So if your hair is fine, think about hair extensions, if your hair gets greasy easily, get a good dry shampoo. You're beautiful! Find the right products and tools for you. Now clients say to me all the time 'oh I've tried everything', NO you haven't. After a 5 minute browse on the web I found there a over 100 brands of hair products in the uk and similar figures for tools. I'm not suggesting you go and buy 100 + and try them all but I am saying there will be something for you, you just need to find it. Ask your hairdresser, do some research, or ask friends and family what works for them. The 2 P's, Procedure and Practice. So you got the tools and products you like and that work well with your hair, what now? Well simple, work on it. Find some time and work on a procedure (method) that is easy for YOU! Don't worry about what is the right way, or what someone else said is best. We all learn differently and if there is anything I have learnt with hair, it's that there is no real right or wrong just what gets you to a beautiful finished result. Practice makes perfect! Once you found your products and tools & sorted your 2 P's, stick with them. Stop and think before you go and buy more, just because it's the latest trend doesn't mean you should have it. Remember this blogpost is all about saving you time for everyday, not your look for a wedding or night on a Saturday. It all comes down to that good ol' saying 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it" If you like your style you found and it works for you, don't try and mix it up! Life's too short to worry about having the latest curling device for the office or for home with just you and your baby, look good, not over done.  Follow these rules and you'll be on the path to better hair days.   Here's 3 of my everyday styles, the tools, the products to do them, and how long each one takes me.   Working with my natural waves. For prep: As this style can be drying I used Kerastase Aura Botanica, which makes hair shinier & healthier due to it's intense moisturising properties. Then for styling I use Alterna's Bamboo Kendi Oil while wet and towel dry as much of the water out of my hair, as possible. Now for the magic spray, I spray ICON's beachy spray ALL over. This spray contains salt just like the sea so it really is beachy waves!  Taking big sections I twist them and then using the Dyson super sonic with diffuser I dry my hair to about 90% then add 2 spritz more of the beach spray and scrunch then leave. Total time 7 minutes.   I've got a lot of hair so washing it everyday is not always possible. On non washing days I want something very quick and easy! So a bottle of Batiste to the rescue for oil control and texture, all over my roots and rubbed in. Then I braided from my side parting to about 3/4 of the way round, the remaining hair I put in a ponytail and braid that too. With both braids I wrap them around into a bun and pin. TIP for a bit more texture pull on each bit of the braids. total time 10 minutes.   I love that fresh flicky blow-dry that feels soft and light. For Prep: I want as much shine and gloss as possible so I use Alterna's Caviar RepairX shampoo and conditioner, my hair has been bleached and coloured so it keeps it healthy. Then I apply Alterna's Bamboo Kendi Oil while wet and rough dry until completely dry, ready to use one of my favourite tools, the instyler. This amazing hot iron and smoothing brush in one, is easy to use and gives the most beautiful results. So taking large sections I use the instyler to create a glossy flicky finish. Total time 20 minutes.    Product Credit:  Alterna Care Hair- www.alternahaircare.com  instagram: @alternahaircare  ICON Products- www.iconproducts.com  instagram: @iconproductsuk  Instyler- www.instyler.co.uk  instagram: @instylerireland_uk Batiste- www.batistehair.co.uk  instagram: @batiste_hair   I hope that this has inspired you to get creative with making your hair fabulous but in half the time and I'd love to see your creations and share them, or if you have any questions and need help please email them to: zxaarhairdesign@gmail.com   #zxaarhair 

  • 0 My Favourite Styles From The Oscars 2017

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    The Oscars is the creme de la creme so let take a look at some of the beautiful styles created by the best hair artists for the best screen artists!   Emma Stone opted for a classic hollywood waves and side parting. Get the look with: Cloud Nine Waving Wand, Alterna Bamboo Kendi Micro Mist Oil and Caviar Work It Hair Spray.   Ruth Negga was bang on trend with this Anne Boleyn hair accessory, which is set to be a big style in 2017 and seen from fashion house Altuzarra at New York Fashion Week.    Sofia Carson is rocking 3 trends, a defined side parting with a beautiful fishtail braid bun and finished off with a lovely gold leaf hair comb. Get the look with: Cloud Nine Irons And Alterna Caviar Luxe Shape Gel.   Leslie Mann's shabby waves is definitely a favourte of mine as it's stunning day or night! Get the look with: Cloud Nine Waving Wand And Alterna Caviar Perfect Texture Spray. Taraji Henson has gone for a beautiful volumed and textured bob with some face framing toffee high lights. Get the look with: Cloud Nine Irons And Caviar Perfect Texture Spray. Top Tip- Blowdry upside down to get volume and then curl using the irons, again turn your head up side down running your fingers through the curls and spray with the perfect texture spray, then head up and dress accordingly.     So get recreating these beautiful styles and tag me #zxaarhair I'd love to see them!

  • 0 My Top 5 Product Must Haves For Winter

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      My Top 5 Product Must Haves For Winter With winter a full gone conclusion and only 4 weeks till Christmas, I think it’s fair to say our hair takes quite a battering, whether its harsh weather and the cold to hot or the non-stop Christmas parties and social gatherings. But fear not I have put together a list of products your beauty cupboard should have this winter! 1) ICON India Shampoo and Conditioner £39 What makes this my winter rescue? I have to say the India range is a favourite of mine and that’s because it’s an all rounder. Known as the Pure Shine Shampoo & Conditioner it’s great for all hair types, the India range is packed with antioxidants that can rejuvenate even the dullest of hairs. It also is great to sooth the mind as well as your hair with it's sensual smell of Amber. I find this is a great one at Christmas because of its smell. The whole India range is based on ‘Hair Yurvedics’ that is an ancient practice that captures the essence of health and tranquillity. India does this through the power of oils to heal; these oils are Moringa, Argan and Amber.  Can be purchased at Zxaar Hair Reigate    2) India 24K Masque £32 What Makes This My Winter Luxury Item? Can you tell that I love the India products yet? Well I think it says it all in the name, this thick like double cream masque has a glittery & shiny gold colour and is packed with pure gold micro-burst beads that hydrates, nourishes and strengthens. This beautiful and luxury product is packed full of super ingredients of Moringa, Argan, Amber, Coconut and Olive Fruit Oils. Perfect to restore them tresses this winter. This is also my Christmas star buy & can be purchased at Zxaar Hair Reigate   3) Bamboo Kendi Dry Oil £22 What Makes This My Winter Must Have? Anyone that comes into the salon knows this is an absolute favourite of mine and here’s why. I use this one on everyone, as it’s great for all hair types. Especially great for those with fine hair, as you can’t over do it due to it ultra fine micro mist. Even fine hair needs hydration! This is normally used as a finishing spray but I have found that its much more versatile than that and can be used wet, before using heat or as a finishing spray. As we go into the party season our hair goes through a lot of styling and the Bamboo Kendi Oil helps to keep much needed moisture in, with it instant absorption. So order it now! Can be purchased at Zxaar Hair Reigate Or http://www.beautyexpert.com/alterna-bamboo-smooth-kendi-dry-oil-micromist-170ml/10818043.html   4) Alterna Caviar Perfect Texture Finishing Spray £27 What Makes This My Winter Party Hangover Cure? This spray is the love child of hair spray and dry shampoo, which to me makes this the perfect day after the party product. So if your style from the night before needs just a little adjusting or you just don’t have enough time for a wash and blow-dry then this is the product for you! I love using this when I am doing curls and waves in the salon on clients, as it acts like invisible scaffolding due to its bodybuilding polymers, which stops the hair from clumping together. Can be purchased at Zxaar Hair Reigate or http://www.lookfantastic.com/alterna-caviar-perfect-texture-finishing-spray/11089345.html   5) Alterna Caviar 10-1 CC Cream £25 What Makes This My Winter Miracle? Well you have all heard of BB creams so why not apply that to hair products? This is your before styling product that offers 10 benefits in 1 easy step. This fabulous product is a non-sticky creamy texture that doesn’t weigh your hair down. It’s great smoothing and softening properties make it good on it’s own or as a primer, and it doubles as a heat protector! Can be purchased at Zxaar Hair Reigate or http://www.lookfantastic.com/alterna-caviar-cc-cream-74ml/10850175.html