Thursday, 20 June 2013

Pregnancy Hair

Being a hairdresser can bring lots of challenges. One of which is dealing with pregnancy hair. I have helped  many of my clients through their pregnancies and tried my best to protect their hair. Unfortunately there is no miracle cure and every single person is different. Pregnancy affects every woman differently. Some keep their hair the whole way through the pregnancy and don't start to lose it until their babies are about 3months old. Others find their hair goes very fine and lack lustre throughout the whole 9 months, and its only once the baby is born and they aren't having to use all their extra vitamins etc to grow and protect their baby, that their hair starts to go back to normal (although define normal these days). Due to our wee babies having to take all our goodness to grow and stay healthy in our wombs, our bodies sometimes suffer. All worth it in the end mind you ;) 
I myself am 7months pregnant and have found that my hair and nails have become more fragile and weak. When I first found out I was pregnant, I went from taking folic acid to pregnacare plus with omega 3. It has every vitamin needed to help you and your baby. The omega 3 helps with brain and eye development. Once my baby is born, I will be taking a skin, nail and hair supplement. This will help with the control of hair loss.

Tips for washing your hair to avoid tats (so not pulling out any hair - we need to keep it)

Always try to wash your hair in the shower standing up as this will help with the tangles and knots. Use a wide toothed comb to comb the conditioner through. Leave on for at least 5mins. Never towel dry your hair. This causes friction and creates tats. Pat dry your hair with your towel and use the wide tooth comb again to comb through your wet hair before applying any product.


When your hair is damp and just before you blowdry it, here are a few of my favourite thickening products. Every little helps as they say ;)


Bumble & Bumble Prep Spray and Thickening Hairspray, both can be applied when hair is damp and help give hair a boost.
Also, a good mousse, Wella do a fab one called extra volume wet mousse.

Some products and accessories I recommend to use are -

* The Loreal Elvive extraordinary oil is amazing and is only £9.99 so won't break the bank. 
* Tangle Teezers are amazing! They don't pull your hair or rip it out, they help reduce the amount of hair that comes out with every brush. 
* Also, if you can use a hair bobble that has no metal connection, this helps with hair breakage.

Boots and Body Shop sell these products :)


Be good to your hair and skin throughout your pregnancy and drink plenty of water! Nettle leaf tea is also great to help promote healthy hair, nails, skin and bones :)

Hope this helps, even a little. Thank you for reading - xo


Sunday, 9 June 2013

Loving Art - A Natural Talent

Some people are born with god given talents. They can create something beautiful out of nothing. This talent has been gifted to my friend Rachel Hutchinson, now White. 
Her ability to work with textiles and paints are incredible.
If you had an old run down chair or piece of furniture that was sentimental but on its last legs, you could talk to Rachel. She will lovingly sew up a new life for your belongings.

Rachel's work can be seen in the maternity ward of the Ulster Hospital, which I will have the honour of looking at in August when I go to have my first child.

When Rachel got married, she hand sewed her own wedding bouquet, it was exquisite, as I'm sure you will agree from this photograph. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the dream of making them for other brides will be fulfilled and you too will be able to have your very own personalised bouquet from her shop on (not yet set up) - Yeah!, it's now set up. Here is the link to follow -

This biography is taken from Rachel's website,

Rachel Hutchinson is a Textile Artist from County Antrim who has exhibited in a variety of galleries in Belfast, London, Reading, Halifax and Brighton and has received a number of awards for her artwork. Following her 1st class Textile Art degree in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in 2003, she moved on to become ‘Product Development Executive’ for a leading homewares company in Manchester before returning to Belfast to start her own business in 2006. Rachel recently produced the Major Textile commission for the Ulster Hospital maternity unit, and a textile installation piece entitled ‘Fragment’ for Windsor Woman’s Centre, funded by ‘Arts & Business’ and Stratagem.
 “Layering textures, I combine vintage fabrics, papers and paints with detailed stitch-work. I use hand-embroidered mending and traditional patchwork techniques in combination with contemporary compositions which serve as decorative pieces of artwork, while suggesting an undercurrent of contained history, narrative and identity.”
Working primarily to either public or private commission, Rachel strives to work with each individual client to create something distinctive, unique and precious to them.

I am very proud of Rachel and her work. 
Please check her out and see for yourself. 
Thank you - xo  

Sunday, 2 June 2013

love and the shoreline

Every now and then inspiration strikes and in the world of creativity this brings people together.
I have been blessed throughout my hairdressing career to work with some crazy talented people and this shoot was no different. I think the bar was most definitely raised!
Wedding stylist and event designer Alise Taggart of has worked with one of my all time favourite photographers, Elizabeth Messina, so when I was first asked to create the hair for this shoot I of course jumped at the chance. Alise found Paula O'hara while looking for her own wedding photographer and like me fell totally in love with her work. To me, Paula O'hara is right up there in my most admired photographer list. The work Paula creates with natural light is just breathtaking. So when these two creative forces got together to create a wedding shoot, I knew it could only be one thing.........MAGICAL!!!
I couldn't wait to work with Paula again and knowing that make-up artist Jennifer Ireland, was on board, well, it was a no brainer really, heehee. My wee dream team were back together! Although, I won't lie to you, deep down I was a little scared! Could I achieve and create the hair to match up with such wonderful expectations?! This was a biggy!
Michael Toman owner of Story of Eve collaborated with his sister Paula O'hara to create the most beautiful video of this shoot. It can be seen here -
We went to Whiterocks Beach in Portrush for this shoot and as we had already postponed the shoot from our original date due to our Northern Irish weather, we just had to grab the bull by the horns and work around the wind and rain. Which our two models Ruta Mineikyte and Piaras Smyth did brilliantly.  
Due to shooting on the beach there was no electricity so I had already prepped Ruta's hair in my house before we set off. This meant that everything else could be finished on location and I had to get creative which was lots of fun and challenging at the same time. I'm  6 1/2 months pregnant and 5ft 1" tall, so trying to reach two nearly 6ft models was I'm sure, funny to watch :)
There were too many wonderful aspects and elements to this shoot for me to pick a favourite. From the flowers created by Tim of Floral Earth, to the macaroons lovingly made by JBird Bakery the shoot came together beautifully.
Paula and Alise's vision was well and truly achieved that day. They even managed to bring a stunning horse into the mix. These two are a team to be watching out for.
Please click the following link to view for yourself the stunning work these girls created
 - Enjoy - xo
Here is a list of everyone involved in making this shoot happen. Thanks guys xo
Photographer - Paula O'Hara
... Alise Taggart - Stylist
Cinematography - Story of Eve
Floral Earth - florals, driftwood, hurricane vases,
Ursula Bamford - headpieces,
Jennifer Ireland - makeup
Lynette Murray, - hair
Ivory & Pearl, - dresses
Table 10 - chivari chairs,
Paperbark - stationery
Ruta Mineikyte - model
Piaras Smyth - model
Cakes by James
J Bird Bakery - macarons
Innocent Chaos Jewellry - feather bouquet
Edie- the horse - owner Jenna Coote 


The beautiful dresses were from