The Dyslexic BloggerPosted by Lauren Wed, March 22, 2017 21:40:09
So, I have officially lost the plot!
I did something very stressful last year, and obviously
didn’t learn my lesson…. Because I’m doing it again! (I know!)
So if you’ve not guessed; I’m extremely pleased to say
Beautiful You MUA (Kerry Astill) and I are competing at the NEC hair and beauty
So why in the mists of my busiest wedding season to date are
we taking on a nationwide competition?
Apart from not learning our lesson, we absolutely love to
push ourselves, and I know with confidence Kerry will agree with me 1000% (not
with my bad spelling, but with my blog in general!)
Being self-employed, it’s very easy to not learn, not to
keep pushing yourself, to become comphy and do the same things on repeat.
There’s no mandatory meetings, training or improvement days
when your self-employed; you’re your own boss, Its up to you to take training, improvement
and creativity in your own hands and the
competition certainly pushes you, it’s amazing to feel creative and terrified
at the same time! (Sounds mad I know)
So… were going back, (ahhhh)
For those who have followed me for a while you may remember
I ACTUALLY WON last year, it was so incredible and an absolute shock, and I
still giggle at my 1st place trophies when I see it (I have a trophies
that’s not just ‘thanks for taking part at sports day now!) and I honestly can’t
thank everyone enough for their support, it really was a unexpected and crazy
experience; and I absolutely could not have taken any prizes without the
support of the team, (Kerry, Laura and Sammie) the businesses that helped us
out (soar valley brides, I do wedding gifts) and everyone who supported and
helped me at home!
However it does make this year even more terrifying going
I’m trying not to
Last year the categories where right up my street (I hit
lucky!) we were set the task of winter bridal and a great Gatsby (vintage up do)these
are things I get to practise a lot! So although I really wasn’t expecting to
win, and it was still hard work – I found my timings easier and we really where
just there to be their!
This year they have asked on both competitions for ‘high
fashion’ or ‘Avant guard’ (especially in the second category!)
So we are in the position of doing unusual hair and makeup
for our second category , under the eye of a lot of stick rules and judges
(leaving us not as practiced in theory, product or timing!)
So… were nervous!
So what the process of competing?
we start with the
mood boarded (judged and marked) face charts (Kerry’s work judges and marked)
dresses and clothes, accessories too (yes, even in a makeup and hair comp, it’s
all judged!) even mine and Kerry’s clothes are judged! (haha, there goes my
points! …. Do I even have a uniform!?)
For instance we can lose points just for warring large earrings!
And even what we are talking about, or if we are talking too
Kerry can lose points for using her hands, not explaining
products properly when asked, and usually gets grilled with questions id
actually just cry at!
If out model is in
the wrong position, (to close or far rom the table) if Kerry doesn’t clean her
hands or brush or whatever properly...yep! Points lost!
And after all that, they even mark how tidy your table is!
So under all that pressure… yep you’ve got to put lids on things and keep it
all in line, clean, clear and obviously safe!
And of course… in-between all this – were actually judged on
hair and makeup
For Kerry, application, Knowledge, Timings, photo finish,
product use, product choice, flawless-ness (yes that’s a word) look, finish,
prep, and… well since I don’t own foundation; I won’t try talk you though it
For myself, time, neatness, balance, product, team work, tidiness,
creativeness, end result…and more I try not to think of!
So what’s our aim this year?
To participate! Get out of our comphort zone, learn, and
Push out creativeness! (Pick up some hair and makeup skills
and knowledge from the watch and learn shows whilst were there… also; BARGINS!)
But mostly….feedback, it’s so valuable! And seriously…. You can
learn so much!
The judge’s feedback last year was huge for me especially! To
take on ways to improve or just feel confident in my work! It was amazing to
talk to people at the top of your field and get genuine 3rd party
They are always so pleased with Kerry’s work every year, and
they always invite us back!
There is a lot of pressure after last year’s win, but as
long as we take part, and push ourselves – that’s all we need! But we seriously
can’t thank everyone enough for their support … we will need it!
Win or lose! It’s a great way to both put ourselves though unnecessary
pain (ha!) and learn!
We need your support again! But we do go to learn, push ,
expland! To give out brides better service
The Dyslexic BloggerPosted by Lauren Thu, November 17, 2016 20:30:09
A random act of kindness
I’m always seeing amazing story’s online of people amazingly
making somebody’s day… just because
Sometimes small (a radio presenter brought train tickets for
a man to see his son) to a man who tipped an American waitress £100! )
I’m a huge believer in Karma, what goes around comes around…
so I wanted to do something nice, and setting my hairdressing skills upon
someone seemed the best way!
So whats happening? – I’m giving away a FREE hair pamper, to
someone. They can have the pamper any time in Jaunary (excluding sat and
Sundays) and when a winner is chosen, I will let you know exactly what is
Its all being done privately, so to enter you Private
Message my business Facebook page (plaits and pin curls) and let me know who you’d
like to nominate, where they live (eg. lougbrough) and who they are to you
(friend, mum, sister) (or nominate yourself)
Ill contact the winner before Christmas, and we can arrange
if you’d like it a surprise or not!
But first I have to tell you about my Altera motive… I have
been hairdressing for over 10 years (I know.. I started young! ) and im very
lucky, because my job is my passion! And I eat, sleep and dream in hair!
And I’m very lucky, to have amazing family, friends, clients
and brides… but in this ‘box dye’ day and age we live in means ive seen a big change
in hairdressing, and I’m beginning to believe wowcher and other discounting
sights along with being able to buy ‘dye’ and ‘scissors’ in poundland (oh
gosh!) may be starting to take the joy
of having your hair done, to sit down
and be pampered (in your home by a professional or in a salon) with a cuppa,
and a good natter with a hairdresser who really just wants to make you feel
There seems to be a rush to things, I constantly hear the
words ‘late, quick, fast,’ on a lot of Facebook groups, from women
searching for hairdressers
And along with wanting to treat someone to a hair pamper, I
wanted to remind people this is an art, a talent, a joy!
It should be a relaxing experience you can be pampered and
feel amazing after , that soft bouncy hair feeling after! (best thing ever!)
And it’s not just a nice thing for you! Hairdressing is hard
work! Long hours on your feet, constant back, neck, shoulder and hand issues,
no breaks , bad feet and posture, varicose veins … and the smiling. The hours
of endless smiling, you’re the last to get your hair done, so you always look a
state, you live of caffeine and chocolate..and your lungs are basically made up
of hairspray and bleach (not to mention there just no point to having your
nails done… because they’ll soon be a the same colour as your clients hair…)
But, when your client bounces back from the mirror after
checking out her new cut or colour, grinning like a crazy person!… ahhh…
Totally worth it,
When they recommend you to anyone that will listen, when
they tag you in a beautiful hair selfie or leave a review….
Really, really worth it!
January can be a hard month for the majority of us, cold, wet,
raining and lets face it… we’ve ate nothing but turkey, chocolate and spent all
our money on…. Well im not really sure where is goes (I think the elf’s take
So I simply wanted to make someone’s day, in one of the more
rubbish months of the year.
But I also wanted to remind people (and myself!) to enjoy having a hair
experience! No rushing, running – just a totally free hair pamper… just because
their friend, sister, mum, aunti,nabour thinks their lovely… and deserving .
I have already had some rather amazing messages, people
nominating people- I didn’t expect such a quick response!
I’m very sad I can’t treat you all, but some of you really
do have some amazing friends…
And its actually makes my night reading these messages!
And im really looking forward to doing… whoever wins hair!
find facebook link at www.plaitsandpincurls.com home page
#blog #randomactofkindness #hair #enjoy #nominate #relax #art
The Dyslexic BloggerPosted by Lauren Thu, September 08, 2016 19:29:32
Psoriasis is a autoimmune skin disorder/condition it can
affect the entire body, but usually shows up in the scalp, body and is most
common on joints.
I’ve had ‘P’ since I was around 15, and I was covered, I was
lucky to not have much on my hands or face (as it’s hardest to hide) however my
scalp always has been the worst! Anyone with P knows, it’s a red, itchy, flaky
and THE most annoying thing, it’s painful; it can weep , bleed and you know
that feeling when someone mentions nits? Yeah… your head itches, you can feel
That’s a bit like scalp psoriasis! Except, when you itch,
you get these lovely white flaks fall on your shoulder (and I have to say, 4
years of black uniform and what felt like a constant snow storm on my shoulders–
I can’t emagen anything more annoying! )
So, obviously I was filled full of prescription after prescription,
It was expensive, smelly (some medication really stinks. Like cold tar! Eww!) And
none of it really seemed to work, or had side effects.
Now before I start, I want to point put I’m obviously not a
doctor, and I chose my words very wisely ‘taking on’ not curing, healing or
magically making go away! You have to take on P because it’s a fight, and its
long term, You can get it under control, and then get ill or stressed and BOOM!
It took a long time for me to see a difference… but this is
how I took on my psoriasis naturally
Soak it up- let’s talk bath, it softens an
soaks skin and joints, adding dead sea salts (or my favourite) Epsom salts to
your bath can help remove excess skin, keep it warm and try to stay clear of
bubble baths *see ‘nasty chemicals’
Nasty chemicals – ‘SLS’ is the nasty
chemical that is in almost all bubble baths and hair shampoos (anything that
bubbles up is lightly to have it in!) it breaks down compounds and irritates aking,
SLS is not only (worryingly )in floor cleaner and engine degreaser, it’s something doctors use on a test to
irritate your skin and diagnose skin disorders! I started using SLS free hair
care range (Beever Hair Care) the Daily shampoo is a natural cleanser and
gentle, it’s also helped the P on my body as *see above* almost all bubble baths or shower jell has ‘SLS’
in so as I shampooed it actually started to clear up the P on my body
Moisturise – yes, find the moisturiser that
works for you! All we hear is about is ‘E45’ , someone’s sisters , cats ,
brothers, girlfriend has always been cured by coconut oil or E45 , don’t believe
the hype, find your own ; I find swapping regularly is great or my skin just
get used to a product, I found a great SLS free moisturiser from Cornwall , natural coconut
oil has worked in the past (the proper stuff that’s solid, and has to be rubbed
into a liquid) E45 was awful for me! Again,
do your research! I’ve also used ‘tropics’ is a very natural products and its
really helped my skin and clear up around my ears, and dry patches on my face.
Scrub- yes it hurts, but expholiate! The gloves
are brilliant because you don’t need bubble bath or shower gel to scrub, just
Sunshine- if you find any… let me know. But
we all know that oh so magical combination of a week with sunshine, sea , sand
and less stress
Diet – no mines not perfect, like most (I like chocolate
to much) But I find things like coke and other fizzy drinks don’t help, some
foods are natural anti-inflammatory (like sweet potatoes, salmon and broccoli) –
and of course alcohol and smoking will inflame.
Psoriasis can’t be cured… it just cant. It can
be kept under control and helped. Ive found treating naturally gave me some
control over side effects, I spent the money I would have spent on prescriptions
on products (try SLS, SULPAHTE AND PAREBEN FREE PRODUCTS)
And YES , let’s say the dreaded words (that
make you want to punch people in the face)…. “Well, just don’t stress “– (had
we known this, well gosh! We would have just changed our personalities and not
have stressed…why we didn’t think of that!?)
But stress does affect you! Going natural,
it may get worse before it gets better, it may instantly help! It does depend
on your stress levels, if it seems like it getting worse, be careful not to give
up; it could just be a coincidence with your flare up !
It took a long time, but im so pleased to say
it’s the best its ever been!
#Psoriasis #naturalblog #dyslexicblogger #stresshead #slsfree #helpmyskin #beeverhaircare #tropics
The Dyslexic BloggerPosted by Lauren Mon, March 14, 2016 09:44:47
Spa's... Along with being the most awesome place on earth are becoming a popular destination for Hen Do's or just a place for a Bride-To-Be to relax before her big day!
But how to be Spa Savy?
Now ive only been lucky enough to visit a spa three times; however this time I was taken by a totally Spa Savy Lady called Lorraine ; this lady need to run tours, what she doesn't know about a spa isn't worth knowing.
so ive picked up some tips...
1) (and this is mine) USE CONDITIONER!
almost every lady I saw had their hair pulled back in a pony; so either on dry or wet hair apply conditioner, you just look like you have wet hair, but its actually creating a barrier and the change from hot and cold temperatures will help it sink in ; most Spa's will have 'complementary' conditioner in the showers - I would advise you take your own, a moisture conditioner that's wonderfully thick! (but the one's provided are a handy back up)
2) What to take?
My advice is to take two swimming costumes/bikinis if you have them, you can get changed into a nice dry one to have your dinner in ; there is nothing worse than being cold, in a wet costume trying to have a nice meal!
I found if your having a back massage or treatment a bikini may be better (you can just slip your top off, rather than getting changed again or the dreaded paper pants!)
however a swimming costumer covers a few more sin's for me (you are sitting most of the day!) you also can lean back and relax and not worry about a 'strap' digging in or heating up in the sauna )
3) How to prep?
Now thankfully I was told by a beautician a few years ago, she advised me to exfoliate before I went, a lot of soaking, heating up and cooling down can mean that old top layer of skin will be taken off (yes gross I know, but that's why your skin feels SO good after a spa day!) so having a good scrub is better for all, but it stops that nasty build up feeling or peeling legs!
it also makes sure all your makeup has gone, panda eyes are nobody's favourite.
4) what to do first?
book! if you'd like anything done, massage, nails ect... its an idea to book first (even before you get changed!) you will find some services have better times- for example, false eyelashes, because you cant get back in the pool after, everyone wants the last booking of the day.
I know within my own business how important skin tests are, if your not a regular user or member keep in mind they will want to test you 24 hours before a eyelash, eyebrow tint, so it may be an idea to plan on services you need no testing for.
5) avoid the crowds and don't get to exhausted
now I was super excited about my spa day, I just wanted to get in the pool, our unofficial tour guide (Lorraine) advised us to do things 'later on' so we arrived, sat, had coffee and basically took it slow, we even went into the quite room read and had a little nap! when everyone else went for dinner that's when we hit the pools and sauna's, just as it started to fill again it was time for us to eat!
we decided not to book a meal ( I would advise big party's to) and eat at the café, we could arrive and leave as we pleased and there was enough choice to keep everyone happy!
as I am a grazer (I don't eat a lot, but I eat often) booking a meal wasn't for me, if your a 'fill your boots' kind of girl- book away!
from 5pm it tends to be members, so serious swimmers- if you want to swim laps go AM if youd like to have the sauna's and spa rooms to yourself go over lunch or as late as possible!
6) changing rooms!
you may find there is more than one, the furthest away from the pool is usually the quietist - I was lucky enough to have one totally to myself thanks to my savvy spa friend!
Obviously for most people a Spa day is such a treat, and although I wish I could live in the outdoor heated pool (oooohhh nice!) I unfortunately like most, have to go home when my day has finished,
I had a seriously wonderful, much needed pamper
thank you to Tom, Lorraine , Rebecca , Dave and other Dave
#spa #spaday #blogginghairdresser #toptips #hendo #bride #stressed #pamperideas
The Dyslexic BloggerPosted by Lauren Wed, February 24, 2016 08:40:50
Now before I begin on my badly spelt story,
their are a few things you need to know about those wedding fayre's you visit on a Sunday!
Now unless your 'in the biz' this may be news for you, but wedding fayre stands are not free, the range from £80.00 - £200.00 per table, so yes. we pay to work! (crazy huh!?) Most fayres are held on a Sunday (please keep in mind most in the wedding trade work Saturdays, and we are up Early!) So the people you are meeting may be £200 down, and have just given up there only day off with their family's to grin at you, this is normally a complete pleasure and worth the 8-9 hours on our feet (because it can take some suppliers over a hour just to set up!) so when reading this story, please take it as such (I don't mean to rant!) but the people behind those well decorated tables have put so much time effort and a whole lot of money into looking good, just for you!
(I feel especially sorry for florists, at least I can re-use some of my decorations, they have to buy new flowers every single time... it must cost £100's !)
So it started with a Family, just a normal one... I cant even recall anything other than how lovely this lady was to come over to me and smile and tell me how lovely my work was! (nawww!) she picked up a photo I had on my table and said just how nice it was, and it looked like something of 'Pintrest' and asked if the flowers id used where real, I explained yes a very lovely florist had hand crafted each bud onto wire (thank you Claire from Budding Floral Design)
well as quick as I could blink! this lovely lady had her camera phone out and took a snap of my work , a little taken back I think I just stood there with my mouth open, she then looked at me and said 'Thanks' ....' Ill show that to our Charlene, she will be able to do that just fine, she learns of YouTube, and she's just as good, she can do anything!'
now... I am sure this lady was just proud of her (what I am assuming is) daughter/granddaughter, and that's wonderful ( I expect my nan does the same)
however.... this 'simple' shot took hours, hair, flowers, makeup, photography and editing
I understand there is always 'DIY' articles in the Bridal Magazines, YouTube tutorials and Facebook videos to help you believe you can in-fact 'create the look', admittedly sometimes you can! To feel inspired, get ideas and spend time pampering yourself by following these online tutorials is a brilliant idea (I especially love to see a good plait!)
My issue is not that this woman wanted her daughter to copy my work, I felt amazing that I was able to create something somebody wanted to steal! It was that she had taken hours of work and simply 'snapped' it away. our work 'lost' , now this lady could have shown 10 people this snap , they could have all loved it and asked 'oh my gosh who did that!?'
... I am sure the answer would have been 'some girl'... well that's my booking lost;
(she didn't take a business card, so I don't think she passed along any information)
Please don't think I am the only supplier that suffers, a stunning candy cart has a similar experience . their was a bloke who said ' I can put out a load of sweets from pound land, we don't need to spend extra' ' ... and I agree, you could; but please don't think it would look or have the same feel as the professional one (these girls put so much love and care into their work - Lasara Candy Carts)
So if you are planning to DIY your wedding and are walking around a fayre, please feel free to be inspired; but do not 'snap' away our hours of hard work, planning and education to achieve the original look, return smiles even if you already have it sorted.
We love out jobs! (we wouldn't be in the wedding biz if we didn't ) and we LOVE being apart of such a huge day of your life - it is honestly worth the aching feet and lack of dinner break, so enjoy. say hello! -
you may just be tempted by a professional and say goodbye to DIY
Plaits And Pin Curls
Wedding Hair Specialist and Mobile Hairdresser
#blog #dyslexicblogger #weddingfayre #shocking #goodbyetoDIY #sunday