Eyebrows

Since I turned 40 in July I have been feeling unhappy about the way I look, not really about my age because after being so sick when I was 30 I still believe getting old is such a privilege. But I definitely felt like I was overweight and perhaps could do with putting a little bit more effort into the way I look.

Beginning of September I joined weight watchers and began to exercise a little more than what I have been doing, this has been a great success so far with me losing 21 lb by the beginning of December! I still have more weight to go but I am feeling so much happier about myself.

One thing that is hard is most of my customers take pride in their appearance and always have lovely nails, eyelashes, eyebrows and hair of course. Then there is me, most days I look like an overweight girl that’s been dragged through a bush backwards! So I’ve started getting my nails done too in the last month as a treat to myself for sticking to my diet.

I have always had very thin light-coloured eyebrows which is strange as my hair is very dark, and with eyebrows being such a thing these days I started getting eyebrow envy nearly every day. So I decided to go and investigate the options I have at a lovely shop just round the corner from where I live that do semi-permanent make up.

So I met the lovely Amy from Absentia. I was in the shop discussing eyebrows and then we got on the subject of eyeliner, so I ended up leaving the shop with a booking for brush stroke brows and eyeliner. I was very excited about the eyeliner and very nervous about the eyebrows, the last time (and only time) I went out with my eyebrows penciled in, I met my boyfriend in the pub and he looked too long in the direction of my eyebrows, then asked me what I had done. Needless to say I went straight to the pub toilets and washed my eyebrows straight off.

The day came for my eyeliner to be done, it was slightly uncomfortable but not painful and even though there was swelling afterwards I absolutely loved them, they even had a tiny flick at the end. I think I will keep having this done even when I’m 90 because I love it that much.

The following day I went back for my eyebrows, I felt sick with worry, what if my boyfriend hates my face after this, what if my parents find out (I know, I know, I’m 40 what does it matter) but it does matter to me that they are not disappointed in me.

Amy marked my face up and said she would not make my eyebrows to big, so I relaxed into it and when we stopped halfway through I had a sneaky peek and they looked amazing too. So after another hour she had finished and I looked at them, they were perfect but just so dark and big, I felt like my face was not my face. Amy said it was because of swelling and that it would fade in about 10 days.

That night I was freaking out about my eyebrows and I had work, I wore a hat pulled right down to my eyebrows all the way through work, my customer probably thinks I’ve lost the plot. I will explain to her next time I see her.

Day 3 after having my eyebrows tattooed on, I’m due to go out for dinner with my friend Anita. Obviously the hat is coming with me to dinner as I’ve not taken it off, I’ve even been wearing it to bed as I fear my son would not recognise me with these new gigantic eyebrows. He did ask the question “what’s with the hat?” and i told him I was feeling very cold all the time!

When I got to Anita’s she just kept saying how wonderful the eyebrows are, then her friend Sarah came round and loved my eyebrows too, so the hat stayed at home and me and my eyebrows went out for dinner.

My boyfriend said on day 4 when i saw him that he really liked my eyebrows but that he felt he was staring at them a lot haha. My parents did not mention my eyebrows when I saw them on day 9 but they did keep saying how well I looked…. So I got away with that one.

I’m 16 days past having my eyebrows done now and I love, love, love them, they have faded slightly and shrunk as the swelling has gone down.

More things on the list I would like to try is semi permanent lipstick and Botox. Should I wear a name badge from now on while working, so all my lovely customer know that it is me… “Bev, just an updated version” x

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Horse Riding

Horse riding

Horse ridingI finally got to use my Christmas present from my lovely boyfriend from last Christmas due to a very busy year! It was a trip to Dorset to have a private horse riding lesson / Trek along Studland Beach.

We both used to ride a lot when we were children but not so much as adults. I was very nervous as the last time I went riding was about 6 years ago with my friend Anita. She booked us an experience riding ex racehorses which looking back was perhaps for the more experienced rider as my horse just took off as if he was trying to win the 3.30 at Newmarket and I had no control over him!

So I was nervous and asked Daniel to tell the stables I wanted a slow small pony, We got to the stables at 8.30 in the morning and I was shown to a horse that still am unsure of his name, (I’d been calling him one name all morning and when we returned to the stables the groom called him something completely different to which I can’t remember either of these two names). But anyway he seemed a nice horse, not too big which was very good just in case I do fall off, Daniel was given a very big horse called Boris (That was an easy name to remember due to Boris Johnson)

So off we go to the beach which took about 20 minutes all the while I felt very anxious and the instructor was in front of me trying to have a conversation but I could not really hear her and Daniel was behind me asking what the instructor was saying, all I wanted to do was concentrate on staying on.

We got to the road that ran along the beach and we started trotting, this was when I knew I no longer fitted into the category of someone that looks like a horse rider, I had lost all my skills. When we got to the beach it was so beautiful, it was cold so the beach was empty apart from a few people walking their dogs, you could see a few miles down the coast with the perfect white sand.

The instructor asked if we wanted to canter along the beach which I was not too sure about but thought I would give it a go. We trotted then (with me at the back) Daniel and the instructor where off cantering away from me. I don’t think my horse was enjoying the trip out as he did not want to canter and after some time of asking this of him he gave a massive buck and we were cantering, such a wonderful feeling, like being free.

After that I got over my anxiety and started really enjoying it all, we rode for about a mile down the beach and then turned to head home, again we all went to canter but this time my horse knew we had turned and were on our way home so he skipped the canter and went straight into a gallop, his head straight up. No more lazy horse. I should have been frightened but I loved it so much. Brought back some lovely memories of being young and spending all my weekends horse riding.

The trip was made even better as Daniel said it was one of his dreams to ride on the beach, so dreams really do come true.

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Washing your hair extensions

Washing hair extensions

Washing hair extensionsToday’s tip is on … washing your hair extensions

Washing Your Extensions: Once the hair extensions have been applied, you should avoid washing hair for two to three days. After a few days we recommend your extensions must be washed only two or three times every week (no more than this) before washing we suggest brushing your hair extensions thoroughly to remove any tangles using a soft brush to separate these bonds. We also suggest you do not use hair products which have alcohol as one of their ingredients some can dry out your hair excessively! When you wash your hair, avoid tipping your head over your bath since it can cause them to tangle. Wash them with head upright, ideally in a shower. The hair should be gently massage on the scalp with your fingertips, using a light up and down motion. Never rub the hair together as these can cause tangles or even matting. Once hair is washed, pat them gently rather than rubbing them together. Conditioner should be used only from mid length of the hair till the ends. Avoid applying the conditioner or anything oily to your bonds since these will cause them to become slippery and soft.

How To Care For The Extensions Before Sleeping: Always make sure to thoroughly dry your hair out before you hit bed for the night. So, if you are planning on washing your hair, make sure you dry it several hours before bed time. You also need to tie up your hair gently before you sleep so that the hair does not tangle up.

Drying Your Extensions: Do not brush the hair whilst wet. Before you untangle your hair, it is advisable to use leave in conditioner spray. Ensure all bonds are completely dried. it’s best to let the hair dry out naturally. Use a thermal protection serum before using hair straighteners for a smooth and silky finish.

Styling Your Extensions: Tongs, crimpers, irons and heated rollers can be used on your extension hair. However, it is advisable that you use heat protection spray for protecting your extension hair and natural hair before you use them. Hairspray, gels and serums can be used but the keratin bonds should be avoided as it can cause slippage, stickiness and even cause the bonds to weaken. Try not to overuse heat tools as this can cause your extensions to dry out excessively, again use a protection serum to avoid these issues.

Brushing & Combing: The extensions are attached to your natural hair and therefore pulling hard or mistreating them can result in pulling out of your natural hair. Start styling your hair from the bottom and then move slowly to the top portion. Always brush in a gently holding your bonds to ensure there is no added stress on your hair.

Everyday Activities: Those who use sunbeds should wrap their hair first in a towel. These sunbeds will dry out hair and can weaken or even start to melt the keratin bonds. For those who work out regularly or use steam room and sauna regularly should ensure that their bonds are dried/cooled down completely after each session. Keeping bonds in a damp environment can make them deteriorate.

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The hair I use

Coloured hair extensions

Coloured hair extensionsThe Remy hair extension range is carefully selected for the highest possible quality. Cuticles are intact and laid in the same direction as your natural hair. This will provide a smooth texture and will result in longer lasting hair extensions. Extensions are available in lengths from 14 inch to 22 inch although we can order extensions up to 26 inch long but there may be a longer delivery time. Hair extensions are available in over 100 colours. From natural shades to extravagant bright colours, beautiful dip dyes and blended mixed tones.

All extensions we use are either 0.5 gram or 1.0 gram, mostly I use 1.0 gram as this weight is perfect for adding length and thickness. I only use 0.5 gram if using extensions for highlights or the client has very thin or fragile hair. With extensions that are in bonds, example: micro, I tip, Nano and Fusion, the total weight of each strand is 1.0 gram, whether it is 16 inch or 22 inch, each strand will still weigh 1.0 gram. This means that a 22 inch extension would appear to be thinner than a 16 inch extension as is is longer, This does mean that if you are having 22 inch extensions you might well need a full head instead of a 3/4 head so that there is enough hair to blend perfectly.

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