My hairdresser disaster – the nightmare sombre

Hello, sorry for being absent for such a long time. There were few things that kept me away from writing, hopefully not for too long again. I just wanted to describe my horrible hairdressing experience. As you might remember I try to grow my natural hair. My roots are quite long and visible now so I had started to feel bored and I wanted to change something but without radical moves. While roots were dark and cool, the rest of my hair had brassy,  yellow tone, that I really didn’t like. So I started to think about a sombre to get a nice, natural look and let my hair grow without roots being so visible.

My hair a few weeks before the visit:

I’ve only been at hairdresser’s once, just before my wedding and it was a nice visit, however, I still try to avoid them (lack of trust)  :).

This time I’ve chosen the place carefully (they had some really nice pictures on their facebook page) and I went in to make an appointment.

The big day has come and I sat in the hairdresser’s chair. A young and a very nice girl (a student?) was responsible for doing my hair that day. I explained that I  wanted my roots to be blended down with lowlights (darker colour, similar to my natural) to hide a demarcation line and to achieve a very natural, sombre look (I don’t think that the lady understood the “sombre” word, but it could be my bad English pronunciation ). What I wanted was to tone my yellowish ends as well.  And I also asked to avoid bleaching because I didn’t want to damage my hair anymore.
I showed her those pictures and she was quite sceptical- she said that we couldn’t achieve it without the bleach. So I said that  I still want to keep it blond, but  I don’t mind going a bit darker, so instead of highlighting, I want to try with lowlights.

She seemed to understand perfectly what I mean, however, she went to consult the colour and toner with her boss (?) and the other lady. And there was my mistake: I trusted her and didn’t ask to show the colour they chose. When she started to do foils I asked: “are you putting a darker dye now?”. She answered: “No, I’ll level up your blond because it’s nice.”  I thought it was the first step of the work, so I didn’t want to disturb her anymore (silly, I know). When she finished I realised she only used one colour for all my hair, and I started to feel anxious.

I paid extra for using Olaplex- I had it done at home before so I knew the procedure pretty well. They’ve  put it on for less than 4 minutes- it was impossible for Olaplex to work. My hair was then washed with a hot water and the lady started to do some rubbing with the towel.  After that,  she started to brush my wet hair (!!!)  with something that looked like Tangle Teezer. Then the drying started- with… a very hot air.  My hair couldn’t bear it anymore so I said politely: “OK I think it’s dry enough now”. I paid for the service (I couldn’t see the result properly at hairdresser’s – my hair was still a bit wet) and I went back home to realise… how bad it was.

That’s before on the left and after on the right.

I wanted to achieve the sombre effect and it turned out to be completely opposite: my roots were more visible, because of the high contrast between dark roots and a very light colour of the length.

C’mon, seriously? Is that how they teach to do balayage now?

I’ve been trying to fix that disaster for the last couple of weeks, but the condition of my hair is so much, much worse now (it’s not visible on the pictures – I saw the result when I washed all the silicones that were used).  This situation made me very sad, I know it’s just hair, but for someone who really takes care of it, it might be very upsetting. I’ll be in touch.
See you soon 😉

Film of the month: And then there were none (by Agatha Christie)

Hello, nice to see you!
I’m sorry it’s not literally a “film” but TV series again. However I watched 3 episodes (1 hour each) with no breaks, so it was kind of the “film show” for me 😀 There is nothing better in the cosy evening than a blanket, your dog next to you, a hot cup of tea, and a good crime:)  And then there were none was based on one of the best and the most popular stories by Agatha Christie.
I’m a great fan of her books, despite the fact it’s not the most ambitious type of literature. They are relaxing me, I just can’t help it.  I’ve read about 36 of Christie’s novels so far and I had only guessed few times who the murderer was. No, it’s not a great success. Well, I don’t really try to play detective while reading because I love to be surprised by the Master of Crime. Or maybe it’s an excuse and I’m just not clever enough! 😀
And then there were none also known as Ten Little Indians or Ten Little Soldier Boys was my first Agatha Christie book. I had read it ages ago and I fell in love with the mysterious mood that is present in her novels. I know they are a little bit old-fashioned, but it doesn’t really bother me.

Can you believe that I missed And then there were none on TV? I didn’t even know it’s been released!  And I’ll be honest with you: I haven’t seen something so good for a very long time.
What  I really loved about the serial were: great music, amazing actors and nice costumes. But there was something even more important for me: the film is faithfully reflecting the book, on the contrary to the previous adaptations!
The atmosphere of the mystery starts from the beginning. 10 people (who apparently have nothing in common, but is true?), isolated island, nursery rhyme, murders, and a perfect, oneiric mood.
In my opinion, that was the best adaptation of any book by Agatha Christie. Well done BBC! And Aidan Turner even in Poldark hasn’t looked so sexy.


Check my previous film and series reviews HERE.
Do you like crime stories? Have you watched or read anything interesting this month? Thank you for visiting, have a lovely day!

Basic tips to fix chemically damaged hair

Hi, guys! I received a couple of messages about fixing chemically damaged or even burnt hair. Is it possible to make it healthy again? As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, it might be really difficult. Hair that was damaged or bleached hasn’t got the ability to regenerate (it’s not a living tissue, but just a protein filament). There is no one perfect way that will bring health back to your hair. But there are a couple of methods that will help hair to look better. However, you need to follow them regularly- time is definitely your friend in the case of chemically damaged hair.

  •  Oiling
    Adding oils and other emollients to the daily care can visibly improve the look of your hair. These substances cover hair to keep it hydrated and they protect it against damages.
  • Proteins
    Use some proteins in the conditioner or mask. They will temporarily fill elements that are missing in hair’s structure. Remember: balance is the key-  it’s quite easy to overuse proteins.
  • Trimming
    It’s necessary to regularly cut damaged part of the hair. Otherwise, split ends will travel further up and make hair look even worse.
  •  Moisturising
    Yes, your hair really needs that. It’s like a watering a very dry plant. The humectants are hygroscopic substances used to keep hair moisturised.
  • Protecting
    Silicone serum is another haircare essential. It protects your hair from bad environment factors and keeps hydration in your hair.  One drop of serum is usually enough to keep hair healthy for longer.  Remember- it must be alcohol-free!
  • Olaplex
    It’s a new but very popular method already. Olaplex is definitely a good idea if your hair was damaged recently. I couldn’t see a big difference after the treatment, but my hair’s condition wasn’t so poor when I tried it. I would probably notice a big change if I had Olaplex treatment straight after bleaching.
    Repairing damaged hair always takes some time. It could be a very tough and frustrating problem to solve, but proper and well-balanced care is a key to success. It’s also very important to avoid destructive factors like heating, intensive bleaching etc. That will help your hair to recover and grow healthy.

3 biggest nutrition lies I used to believe

We could be overwhelmed sometimes with all the nutrition or diet information and studies revealed every day. Depends on the source we hear and read different pieces of advice.
When I was a teenager my self-esteem was quite low and I  suffered from eating disorders. I was looking for the diet advice on the Internet, but I wasn’t able to judge which page is really trustworthy. After many years I realised that I had believed some nutrition lies, that were propagated by the mainstream.

  • Fat makes you fat

    That’s my favourite! I’m sure, all of us heard it so often and we were all confused if we should reduce fat from our diet. The studies published in British Journal of Medicine and American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveal that there is no correlation between fat and obesity or even the heart disease.
    In fact, good quality fat in the diet is not only essential for our health but also makes us feel full for longer. Usually while reducing fat, we need to compensate it with sugar or carbs, which are the true cause of “making you fat”.  Don’t hesitate to add these products to your diet:

    -nuts,
    -avocado,
    -seeds,
    -fatty fish,
    -unrefined oils:

  •  Light products make you Healthier

    They are so popular! And usually, you can find the low-fat version of any dairy product. In fact, instead of using natural fat, food producers add substitutes: artificial ingredients and sugar to compensate a lack of the taste. With no success in my opinion – I can immediately say if the product was made with natural ingredients. But reading and comparing labels could be also very helpful. All artificial stuff and chemicals added to the food are not neutral for our body and can even mess with our hormones.

  • Margarine is better than butter

    It’s another well-promoted myth. The range of vegetable spreads and margarine is really rich in our supermarkets. Butter is a natural food and could be even made from cow’s milk by yourself.
    What’s the margarine then? It’s an artificial mixture of ingredients like:

    -vegetable oils,
    -emulsifiers,
    -preservatives,
    -colourings,
    -synthetic vitamins,
    -flavourings.

    While producing margarine, vegetable oils are heated to the high temperature.  And that process is followed by the formation of the free radicals, which could be really dangerous to our health.

    Did you hear about those nutrition lies? Are there any different ones that you believed?

Currently favourite- Planeta Organica Toscana Hair Mask

I thought it might be a good idea to describe my currently favourite hair cosmetics. They could be OK for girls with similar hair type to mine: thin, dry and previously damaged.
Today I will tell you a little bit more about Planeta Organica- Toscana Hair Mask, that I use at the moment and I’m really happy with.

It’s not easy to find that mask in The UK, so I bought mine in the online shop, encouraged by many positive reviews I had read. It is also available on Ebay or Amazon for about £7, which is a good price in my opinion.

Ingredients:
Aqua with infusions of Organic Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (olive oil), Organic Cymbopogon Citratus Essential Oil (organic lemongrass oil), Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil (grapeseed oil), Punica Granatum Fruit Extract (pomegranate extract), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (almond oil), Saccharum Officinarum Extract; Cetearyl Alcohol (emollient), Glyceryl Srearate, Bis (C13-15 Alkoxy) PG-Amodimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Ether, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Parfum, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Citric Acid.

That hair mask is not too watery- it has got very nice, buttery consistency. The great advantage of that product is the fact that it is really rich in emollients and they always work pretty well for dry and damaged hair.
The fragrance of Toscana Hair Mask is quite specific and intensive- it’s very nice for me, a little bit oriental, but it doesn’t stay on hair too long.

Using that mask is really a pleasant experience:) And hair definitely looks smoother and nourished after.
I try to use it at least once in 10 days for 20-30 minutes. Sometimes I add other natural ingredients, but it is not necessary- it works pretty well on its own:)
I was positively surprised by the effectiveness of that mask and I am going to test other products of the Planeta Organica brand:) Have you ever heard of it? Are there any hair products you can recommend?

Film of the month- (for Mother’s Day) The Light Between Oceans

I had just watched that film and my first thought after was: “I must recommend it to my mommy”. Mother’s Day is on Sunday but unfortunately, my mom lives far away from me, so we can’t celebrate it together.

I must confess that I’m a little obsessed with Alicia Vikander.  She is one of the most talented young actresses and I always look forward to seeing her in the new roles. I also admire her beauty, style and… ability to speak English with no accent, despite the fact she grew up in Sweden.
I was so happy to see a cover of The Light Between Oceans at Sainsbury’s Entertainment Department.
I missed it in cinema, so it was a great chance to see Alicia again (I’ve already watched all of her interviews on Youtube, excluding those in Swedish of course:P).
I am definitely not a fan of melodramas so I only watched it because of Miss Vikander. And you know what? That film was so much better than I expected!

What is the story about? Don’t worry, I try not to spoil:)
Tom is an emotionally wounded former soldier, who took a part in the World War I. Now he tries to find peace of his mind and to forget about traumatic war memories.  Soon he takes a job of the lighthouse keeper and falls in love with a beautiful girl. Young couple starts a new, happy life on the isolated island. But after the devastating experience of Isabel’s miscarriage,  something unexpectable happens.

What is really charming about that film? There are true love, amazing colours, incredible landscapes, and of course perfect acting, but we also observe moral dilemmas, difficult life- changing choices and tough decisions. Maybe it is a little too sentimental, but I believe that we must expect it while watching a romantic drama;)
The light itself is very important in that film indeed. It creates a beauty of the picture but it also reflects main characters’ state of mind. Did you know that name Lucy (which is used in the film) has got the Latin origin and means Light as well? That makes the title of the movie significant.

In The Light Between Oceans mother’s love and sacrifice is an essential subject and I think it is a perfect film choice for Mother’s Day.

Have you seen that film yet? What would you choose to watch with your moms on Mothering Sunday?

Check my previous film reviews HERE 🙂

How to get soft hair? Try homemade linseed gel!

For someone who dyed their hair in the past, having shiny, soft hair is often just a dream. Does your hair stay matte and unhealthy even though you really try to nourish it? Let me introduce one of the best natural solutions for dry hair. Flaxseed/ linseed gel is a humectant and that basically means it gives your “thirsty” hair some moisture:)

The recipe to prepare that hair gel couldn’t be easier. It doesn’t  really matter if you use gold or brown seeds. There are few different methods, but here is the one I usually follow:

-put 1 full tablespoon of linseed in the pot,
-add 1 glass of water,
-slow boil and stir frequently until it gets thicker,
-strain the mixture through the sieve.
It’s done, you can get rid of seeds or use them in the kitchen. Keep your gel in the fridge for maximum 7 days.

What can you use it for?

  • As a moisturising base before oiling hair. Put a little bit of gel on your hair and scalp. Wait a couple of minutes and apply the oil on your hair as usual.
  • For the last rinsing after washing: 700 ml of warm water with a half glass of warm gel. It’s a great start if you plan to stylize your hair later.
  • As a mask or conditioners addition. Linseed gel is one of the best moisturisers.
    Adding it to mask with a little bit of oil (explanation below) will make your hair look softer.
  • For stylization: use gel to create or just define lovely curls.

    As you know humectants usually need an emollient cover. Don’t forget about adding some oily substances to conditioner or use a drop of silicon serum when your hair is already dried.

    What are your favourite methods to get soft hair? Do you like natural, homemade treatments? Or do you absolutely trust professional products from drugstores?

Drinking salted water. Is it crazy method to stay hydrated?

I’m sure that you are all aware how important it is to stay hydrated and to drink enough liquids during the day. Recently I’ve read some interesting, medical articles about the hydration and its influence on the general condition of the body.  We often forget how destructive could dehydration be.

Recent studies provide the evidence that people often mistake serious illnesses for simple dehydration, which is a deficit of total body water.
Did you know that migraine could be a result of water insufficient as well?
Some of the other symptoms are:

  • tiredness,
  • feeling dizzy,
  • dry mouth
  • and of course feeling thirsty.

I must admit that I didn’t really drink much water. Juice, tea, smoothies and coffee were always more attractive to me. They are not bad of course (they are still liquids!) but not as good as water in process of rehydrating. And it is essential for all body cells.
To stay hydrated you can put a small pinch of Himalayan salt on the tongue and drink a glass of water after that.

Why is it good?
Even drinking a lot of water won’t hydrate us as well as a water with salt.  Some people add salt straight into the filled glass, but I can’t drink it like that. I prefer to take a small pinch on my tongue and then drink a clear water after (as I mentioned above). Both methods are equally good.

Remember: it shouldn’t be the basic, refined kitchen salt,  but the one that contains a range of minerals (I’m using Himalayan because it’s really rich in those).
Salt increases an ability of the body to absorb water quicker. It also helps to keep important water and electrolyte balance in the body.

Since I started to drink water with a little bit of salt addition, I can feel some positive effects (my skin is not so dry, I have got more energy and nap is not a necessary point of my afternoon any more).

We loose minerals during the whole day and the night- it’s really important to replace them.
Bad news:  plastic bottles could be toxic for water (especially if they were left in the hot car for a few hours). A good choice is buying water in glass bottles, but let’s be honest: it is much more expensive.

Do you always remember about hydration?
I’m gonna challenge myself with drinking 1.5 l. of water daily. I’ll let you know how I am doing:D
Thank you for reading and see you soon 🙂

Haircare essentials, PART 3- EMOLLIENTS

Hello, everyone!  It’s another part of my Haircare Essentials series. We’ve already talked about humectants and proteins. Today, it’s time to look closer to emollients!  When does your hair need them? How can they be recognised on the cosmetic labels? Where else can we find them?

The emollient in the hair care is a substance responsible for keeping moisture that we supply with humectants. In the nutshell: emollients cover hair to keep it hydrated and protect it against damages.

IS YOUR HAIR DRY, DAMAGED and MATTE? YOU PROBABLY NEED SOME EMOLLIENTS in your haircare!

They are necessary ingredients when we want to keep hair moisturised. I must tell you that, adding emollients to my hair care was the first step to see the real improvement. And oils had a huge, positive influence on my hair’s condition.

As well as humectants we can find emollients not only in professional and expensive hair products but also in our kitchen cupboards.
How to recognise these substances on the ingredients’ lists? Here are some examples of emollients:

1. Natural oils:
(look for the elements with “oil” or “butter” in their name)

  • Argania Spinosa kernel oil (Argan oil),
  • Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil (Linseed oil),
  • Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive oil),
  • Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cocoa butter)
  • Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba oil)
    and many others.
    2. Fatty alcohols:
    (that’s right, there are some good alcohols in hair products)
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Lauryl Alcohol.
    etc.

    3.Fatty Acids:

  • Stearic Acid,
  • Oleic Acid,
  • Lauric Acid,
    etc.

    4.Silicons:

  • Dimethicone
  • Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Trimethicone,
  • Amodimethicone
    etc.

My favourite way of adding emollients to the hair care is oiling in the night time. Sometimes I add oil to the conditioner or mask in the washing process.
In the case of emollients overuse, hair starts to look greasy, lifeless and unwashed.

Remember: emollients don’t moisture hair by themselves, they need a moisturising base just to keep hair “hydrated”.

Examples of products rich in emollient substances:

Garnier Fructis Oleo Repair
Vatika Naturals Virgin Olive Hair Mask
Kallos Blueberry Hair Mask

or any other cosmetics that contain ingredients I mentioned above.
I think the easiest way to start using emollients is putting a little bit of oil onto the hair for a couple of hours. Then you can decide which oil works the best for you.

Thank you for reading and see you next time:)

Baking soda- health benefits and features

You probably have got one in your kitchen drawer right now!:) I’m sure you were using it not only for baking but also for cleaning (it’s very efficient!) or as a fridge odour solution.  But did you know that baking soda (which is an alkalizing agent) also has got fantastic features and different health benefits?

You can use it in so many  ways, for example:

  • as an antiseptic solution: soda shows antibacterial and antifungal activity.
  • A permanent cough and sore throat remedy: try an inhalation with hot water and 2 spoons of baking soda.
  • Hygiene: natural deodorant (trust me it’s really effective)- paraben and aluminium free. Mix soda with a few drops of 3 % hydrogen peroxide and apply under your arms like a usual antiperspirant. You can also try it as a mouthwash or toothpaste (by adding coconut oil and natural peppermint extract). It’s  fluoride free and neutralises acids!
  • Heartburn relief: a half teaspoon of bicarbonate soda to a half glass of warm water, about 2 hours before the meal, but that shouldn’t be done too often (*read the explanation below).
  • Detox: by adding baking soda to your bath (as much as you like). It promotes toxins elimination and gives a relief to muscles and irritated or itchy skin.  Bath with sodium bicarbonate addition leaves skin softer and thoroughly refreshed.  It’s also helpful in case of yeast infection.
  • Anti- Candida supportive treatment:  1 spoon of soda to a 1 glass of warm water for maximum 3 evenings. (*read the explanation under the picture).
*Remember: PH of stomach should be always acidic! Drinking water with a baking soda for a longer period is a very bad idea. it neutralises necessary stomach acids and that could be dangerous for our health. Moderation is the key!

Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is a non-toxic, super cheap and really effective remedy for lots of problems. It balances our body PH and promotes healing.

Did you try any of those uses? Do you know other benefits of soda?