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!)


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!)


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 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


Sami’s gluten free photo-shoot cookies!

It’s great to be on a photo-shoot doing the job you love with a great team, but my goodness its hungry work!

It’s essential when doing any work to keep your energy levels up, but one of my all-time pet peeves is heavy doughy pizza or carb filled pasta at lunch time, it makes me really sluggish in the afternoon, certainly not the best state to be in for creating massive hair on gorgeous girls!

I have found (through much testing) that salads or sushi are the best option for munch time, they are delicious and keep you going, and they are both super healthy meals to have That said we all crave sweet instant energy foods like sweets and cake, so I came up with a less carb intensive version of my very favourite treat, chocolate chip cookies!

For my fabulous gluten free treats you will need –

  • 150g Ground almonds
  • 100g Rolled porridge oats
  • 200g Round rice
  • 2 Teaspoons sea salt
  • 260g Unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 330g Packed light-brown sugar
  • 200g Granulated sugar
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Bar of dark chocolate smashed to pieces
  • 200g Toasted pine nuts.
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 °C, and line a baking tray with grease proof baking parchment.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugars.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl mix together the ground rice, salt and almonds, combine well.
  5. Mix your dry ingredients into the wet a tablespoonful at a time with the mixer on a medium speed (or your arm!)
  6. Add the smashed chocolate and pine nuts
  7. Drop a tablespoon of mixture onto the pre-lined baking sheet; make sure there is 2 inches in between each cookie. Bake for 15 minutes and then let them cool on the tray for 10 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack.

This recipe will make about thirty cookies, plenty for you and all of your friends. Enjoy!

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.


One comment on “SAMI

  1. Soner says:

    Picking the right smpahoo for your hair can be a process of trial and error, try out different smpahoos to see which one works best for you and also rotating smpahoos periodically can be good for your hair.


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