SAMI: SUPERCHARGE-O-RAMA

Posted by Sami on 31/10/12

As i’ve said time and time again any good hair style starts with good prep, and good prep always begins with good shampoo and conditioner.

Well! Good news for all of us style junkies, as BED HEAD have come up with 2 brand spanking new sets of S&C to make life all the more easier and sweet smelling. Image

First up is the pulsatingly pink RECHARGE, a soapy set ideal for those of us that have a serious addiction to product, and partying. This combo is essentially a clarifying treat for your hair. It will wash out any grease, grime or product build up, and then condition to leave soft lustrous hair that shines like a diamond geezer.

In the green corner we’ve another punchy pairing, this time, the perfect salve for anyone who’s a big tease, backcombing that is…. Unfortunate as it may seem, backcombing and intensive styling are not great for you hair, and you ideally need something to give it strength from within, to stop breakage, and snapping. ELASTICATE is just the stuff, packed to the tippity top with proteins and sweet almond oil it’s the equivalent of performance enhancing pills for your pouffed up pompadour. Get in there, get it clean, and get it conditioned, so you can keep on styling like a pro, without the worry of waking up the next morning with broken strands and split ends.

As with all BEDHEAD prdoducts they smell delicious like Orange, Apple, Strawberry and Vanilla. A right fruity punch in the nostrils.

I’ve been using both sets on both myself, and my clients ever since the launch last week, and we love them, so get down to your TIGI salon, and do your hair a favour.

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SAMI: AFRO & HAIR BEAUTY LIVE 2012!

AfRo Hair & Beauty LIVE is always something I look forward to, and this year, I had the pleasure of going with my good friend and Make Up artist Bea Sweet!

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(Me & Bea at the show!)

The show was oddly enough scheduled smack bang in the middle of the Jubilee weekend, and was a world away from the river flotillas and street parties going on all around it in Islington.

As with all hair trade shows, AH&B is a way for all the major brands associated with Afro hair and beauty to come and showcase all their new products and services to professionals as well as the public.

Highlights for me this year was the launch of “Miss Jessies” products a range i was familiar with from spending time in the US, made especially for girls (and guys) with very curly, and afro textured hair, the products are pretty impressive, and the demonstrations were thoroughly informative!

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Another innovative item was the “Edgestick” a small straightening iron made especially for those that have had their hair relaxed, a Brazillian Blowdry or even a regular blowdry and your roots have gone frizzy, or it’s grown out. This tool has been designed to get right in close to the roots to pull them straight without burning the scalp, something that is difficult to do with a pair of full sized Irons. It’s shape also means you can add maximum root volume by inserting near the scalp and lifting the roots up and out in a curved motion!

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I really thought this newfangled tool was a real winner. A must for every session stylist, as well as any curly top who wants to prolong their smooth locks!

There were plenty of other exhibitors to keep myself and Bea occupied, including a demonstration of a new hair extension product called “Bump it” from Sensationnel by World Renowned Afro hair artist Angela Plummer, and a great showcase on styling lace front wigs over at the “Sleek” stall.

Well worth a visit for anyone with an interest in Afro Hair and Beauty, and roll on next year!

STREET SQUAD: LOVEBOX 2012!

WE HIT LOVEBOX… HARD…

You can check out our expolits on Grazia Daily and see Harriet and Mimi on Vogue Online.

LOUIE: The other weekend the Street Squad and I set off to Lovebox with disposables in hand to snap stylish people for Vogue, Elle and Grazia… My Lovebox virginity was broken and it was one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time!

Highlights: Grace Jones, Chaka Khan, Chic, dancing around on peoples shoulders

and Dalston Superstore + Vogue Fabrics after party’s on Sunday!

Downfalls: How I felt on Monday!

See you next year Lovebox.

SAMI: Expecting the worst weather wise, I turned up in dungarees and wellington boots, but I needn’t have! A glorious day, if a little windy, was had by all. Highlights included bopping around to Little Dragon, and Maverick Sabre on the main stage, as well as watching Mimi and Harriett’s pastel barnets whirl past on the giant carousel. 

Unfortunately I think the expectation of bad weather caused most attendees to opt for substance over style – but not for the streetsquad – we were lauding it up in our finest wares, from booty shorts to bindi’s and back again!

Roll on next year!

HARRIET: This year the English countryside has made a comeback: to London. Not only are we told that the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics will feature 70 sheep, 12 Horses 10 chickens, 3 sheepdogs or “Green and Pleasant’ as described by the imagination and creator behind the ceremony Danny Boyle. This years Lovebox gave us a taster of what is to come in terms of scenery and setting for 2012, dubbed as “England’s Year”. On Saturday afternoon at Lovebox the street squad and TIGI Bed Head stormed through the 100,000 strong audience, armed with truant rainbow hair, silly-slash-courageous platformed Buffalos’s and disposable cameras.

The arena and backstage area mimicked that of a bohemian’s garden. Bushes trimmed in the most falic of shapes adorned the hilly lawn, 3 arches draped in lilac and pink flowers hung above you as you walked in. A “W.I” (Women’s Institute) tent with polystyrene “vegetables” were being heavily molestered by the drunken festival goers.

Music Muff Andy (street-squad’s musical connoisseur) glued me to a spot where i was persuaded to watch Little Dragon, her porcine nose and over energetic limbs really captured me.

That was me and mimi done for the day. We queued for hours for the 2 minute thrill of “Helter Skelter”, I nibbled on  a foot long. (Hot dog).  As the sun set and with the prospect of a full moon looming i disappeared into the night.

Lovebox was great, on par with Butlins (which is also great). Would i go again? Maybe Baby.

STEVIE: Lovebox on Saturday was terrific fun, filled with hipsters and muso’s alike, Victoria Park packed out to see a myriad of acts including Friendly Fires, Kelis, Little Dragon, Rita Ora and Emile Sande to name but a few and had some terrific highlights in smaller forms including the Sweet Toof graffitied car, and the african drummer in the smaller tents earlier in the day getting the atmosphere lifted to make way for a cracking day.

SAMI: GIZZI ERSKINE’S HOT NEW UP-DO!

Just last week, Louie, Lucy and myself had the pleasure of welcoming Miss. Gizzi Erskine into the TIGI BED HEAD studio’s for a day’s photo-shooting!

For this very special occasion, I wanted to create a new version of Gizzi’s classic Beehive up-do. Think Brigitte Bardot, as a brunette!

Here’s what you’ll need for this gorgeous soft soufflé of a style!

  • Soft bristle hairbrush
  • Small dressing brush
  • Pintail comb
  • A selection of pins (open and closed)
  • 2 Hairbands (the bungee type in the picture are much easier if you can get hold of them)
  • Some synthetic hair padding in a suitable colour for your hair
  • Your trusty can of TIGI SUPERSTAR QUEEN FOR A DAY for thickening the hair
  • An enormous supply of TIGI HARD HEAD for fixing the doo in place
  • Curlers, you could use hot or cold rollers, or tongs (I forgot to photograph these!)

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1. First make sure the hair is properly prepped, this style will not work on clean, silky hair. Spray some TIGI SUPERSTAR liberally onto clean damp hair and blow-dry in, it may feel sticky to start with, but this is good, as it’s adding texture! Use your soft bristle brush to help you with this. If your hair is a day or two dirty, add less TIGI SUPERSTAR, but still blowdry it in. You could also use some CANDY FIXATIONS SUGAR DUST on the roots to add volume and texture, if you’re hair is particularly fine or soft.

2. Get some movement in your hair; You can use whatever suits you best, but I prefer a curling Iron, you’ll want something with a relatively wide barrel, as we’re going for more of a soft wave, than a curl. Whatever you do don’t use a flat Iron, nobody should be using hair straighteners to curl or wave hair, it’s incredibly damaging. For first-timers and up-do novices, a set of hot rollers (look in your granny’s wardrobe) are often best. Here is me tonging Gizzi’s hair (assisted by the lovely Johnny – Thanks Johnny!)

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3. Brust the hair through with your soft bristle brush, and separate the hair our into 3 sections. From ear to ear under the crown, and from ear to ear about 2″ in front of the crown. Pull the back section up and brush it into a high ponytail, your small dressing brush will help you here, use a little TIGI HARD HEAD sprayed directly onto the brush to catch any stray hairs, but remember this is a soft look, so it doesn’t need to be pulled to tight, and a few loose hairs will look just delicious. Secure the pony with a hairband.

4. Now brush the middle section into the ponytail, and secure that with an elastic also! remember not too tight, it’s a soft updo! Section the hair into a loop a clip away to make the next step easier

5. Secure your hair padding around the double pony and pin firmly into place. Using padding reduces the amount of backcombing, and makes this style a little kinder to you hair!

6. Backbomb the front sections lightly (not including the fringe if you have one) and smooth back,  wrap around the padded pony, and pin perfectly! Again, a spritz of HARD HEAD will be very useful here!

7. Unravel the remaining hair, separate off into small sections, backcomb a little and pin into place  try and keep going in the same direction so it looks neat!

8. I would blowdry your fringe around a brush to round it off if you have one, of you’re minus bangs, then you could create this style in exactly the same way, but perhaps take a side parting, and backcomb more generously for height!

Mist all over with TIGI HARD HEAD to keep it all in place, and Bob’s you’re uncle, your very own Gizzi updo!

 

Try it at home, and email any photo’s of you with a finished Gizzi up-do to bhstreetsquad@purplepr.com with the subject heading ‘I’VE GOT A GIZZI UP-DO!’, I shall pick the best one, and send you a prize, in the form of some TIGI BED HEAD goodies to keep creating wonderful hair!

TTFN Sami xx

THE RETURN OF THE SET

We all know that retro hair and make-up are big at the moment, you can see it everywhere from the catwalk to the highstreet.

The ultimate in retro hair is the ‘set’ where hair is either wound onto rollers wet and dried, wound onto hot rollers, and allowed to cool, or rolled with a heated tong, and pinned into place until it’s cool and ready to be brushed out.

In the 1940’s and 50’s it was the norm for women to visit the salon once a week, and have their hair washed, set on rollers, brushed into style and laquered to last until the next visit a week later. In many european countries it’s still the norm today!

Unfortunately in the UK with changing hair trends, it’s no longer an option for most women to maintain their hair in this way, and with salon costs as they are, a blowdry or style is more often than not, a one off indulgence.

However, with the aid of modern hairdressing appliances, and great hair styling products it is becoming increasingly easier for madam to take care of her own setting needs.

I think the best and easiest way to achieve a great set at home, that will last you is to invest in a good set of hot rollers, better still raid your Mother or Grandmother’s cupboards for an old set of carmen rollers. I’d suggest getting a set with the large butterfly type clips for keeping the roller in place, you can even buy these clips seperately if you come across an old set without. It really does make it easier to put them in!

It might also be worth getting a timer plug, this was a recommendation from a client of mine, She would set her rollers to swich on 45 mins before her alarm went off, so she could put them in as soon as she awoke, then let them cool while she got on with her washing/dressing and breakfast schedule. A top tip if ever I heard one!

When applying the rollers, take sections as wide as the roller by about 1 or 2 inches, spray the section with a strong hairspray that brushes out easily, I find TIGI Bedhead Hard Head is best for this, it’s a great hairspray, with the perfect spray flow for this job.

Once the rollers are cool (and they must be cool or the curl will drop) use a soft bristle brush, and dress out the set. Brushing the curl around your hand will create a better shape. Finish off with more HARD HEAD to keep the style in place, don’t forget to spray the underside of the style too!!

I like to finish off with TIGI Bedhead Masterpiece hairspray. Using 2 different types of hairspray will always give you longer lasting hold, and Masterpiece has the extra added bonus of a shine oomph!

A well executed hot roller set will last days (especially when the weather is cool and dry), any greasy roots can be battled with some TIGI Rockaholic Dirty Secret dry shampoo.

Rollers in, Brush out, Easy peasy Rita Hayworth.

Photos by louie banks.

Posted by Sami