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About flea143

Just another Brit living in Cape Town South Africa. A complete hippy at heart. A part time beauty lover and a part time geek. Girlfriend to the most wonderful creature on the planet. Utterly opinionated.

Easihair Pro

I was luckily enough to be invited to the pink media launch of easihair pro hair extensions at the beginning of the month.

Before the event, my knowledge stretched as far as: Hair extensions -

  1. are either clip-ins, bonded or taped to your natural hair.
  2. are expensive.
  3. are incredibly high maintenance.
  4. take ages to be applied.
  5. are not very good at staying in and random pieces end up falling onto the ground at inconvenient times.
  6. start to look a bit washed and worn out after a few weeks of wear.
  7. damage your hair when being removed.
  8. are not very easy to remove.
  9. apparently make you wish that you never bothered with having them put in, in the first place.

So, as you can see from above, I had VERY little experience and knowledge when it comes to hair extensions, until I met Garron Reynolds the managing director of Fascination Wigs, FRIKA Hair Pty Ltd and the newly ‘launched’ to the SA market, easihair pro South Africa. Amongst the hair business, he certainly has some know-how.

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easihair pro has already taken the overseas market by storm, as Garron put it, not all tape-in extensions are made equal. A lot of tape-in extensions which are already on the market have a bad reputation both with the hairstylist and consumer because although they apply well, they have a tendency to “slip” from the root of the hair. If I have to speak to any of my stylist friends they all despise hair extensions because of the above mentioned reasons and possibly why one of the reasons I have never ventured to extension avenue (apart from 2 blue clip-in extensions I had when I was 17 for about 2 days that I completely despised).

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easihair pro was founded by Garron’s brother, Paul Reynolds who lives in the USA and the company still remains a family owned and operated business, with a no nonsense approach. This very approach has won over the hearts of salon owners along with the sheer quality, functionally and durability the extensions offer to both a salon, stylists and consumers alike.

Although I’m still pretty clueless about extensions, I learned the following about: easihair pro extensions -

  1. are tape-ins, with special technology to curb “slipping”.
  2. are pricy but affordable especially as they are reusable – so long as they are looked after correctly.
  3. are medium maintenance. I don’t believe they are the highest maintenance extensions available but if you don’t look after them, in turn, they will not look after you.
  4. are in investment, provided you look after them correctly.
  5. are quick and easy to have applied.
  6. are perfect for endurance of all kinds, exercise is nothing for these beauties .
  7. are quick, easy and effective to be removed.
  8. are perfect for commitment-phobes who can’t decide on long or short, high-lights or low-lights. Quick, simple and effective changes can make the difference to your hair.
  9. look natural. You really can’t tell the difference between your own hair and the extensions.
  10. are the easiest choice for the consumer and stylist when it comes to the demand for high quality hair extensions.

The entire event which was held at Scar in Kloof Street had a wonderful dash of pink, in honour of October being breast cancer awareness month. Featuring pink drinks to pink snacks and it finished off in style with the guests leaving with a dash of pink hair courtesy of easi-pro. For someone, like myself who has never coloured their hair, that was quite a moment and all the better that in order for me to get my 2 dashes of pink – I didn’t need to peroxide my hair first…  I have been sporting my pink hair with pride for the whole month and absolutely loving it! The stylist, Leandi from Scar, who applied my strand split it into two, so I have a pink strand on each side. Quite far underneath my hair so its not in your face but rather subtle and shows a pop of colour when my hair is loose.

birds of paradise limited edition ghd coral styler and bag

birds of paradise limited edition ghd coral styler and bag

We were showcased the absolutely breathtakingly beautiful ghd V coral styler which is a limited edition model of the bird of paradise collection. The colours are tropical, bright and happy. This beauty is on sale until 31 October and retails for R2,380. The reason why this beautiful straightener is so special is that all proceeds of this ghd are donated to CANSA. Morgan Taylor nails also treated us to a wonderful shade of Pink, called Let’s Go to the Hop.

Morgan Taylor : Lets Go To the Hop

Morgan Taylor : Lets Go To the Hop

I am still unsure whether I, personally will try the extensions realm but I do know for sure that if I decide to try them, my only option would be easihair pro.

x flea143

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Murphy’s Law to Eco Friendly Fabulous Hair

A week ago, I visited my wonderful hairstylist, Terry from Capelli in Blouberg. He has just started stocking a new brand called Kevin Murphy, and he is currently one of the only salons who are stocking this brand. I asked him, what is so special about it? He gave me a long detailed technical explanation but I am not hair expert, if you want it – go ask for him. The gist of it I got and understood and I’ll explain it as best as I can below.

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Well to begin with Kevin Murphy is a luxury hair care brand hailing from the shores of Australia who produce hair products which are 100% ecologically sound, 100% cruelty free and 100% guaranteed for results. Kevin Murphy range of products stem from the same philosophy as skin care but for your hair. All the products are weightless on your hair and made to show results in delivering performance, strength and longevity. As such due diligence is taken in delivering such a quality product using only natural eco-friendly sourced ingredients through  micro cultivation, organic growing practices, or ecologically sound wild harvesting techniques there is absolutely no sulphates, and no parabens present in the products. Resulting in a greener approach and more healthy approach for your hair care.

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The Kevin Murphy range covers Styling, Washes, Rinses, Treatments and Styling Products. All of which will be suited to your own specific hair care need. Before curling my hair, Terry used their Full Again thickening styling agent, which with just  a rough finger blow dry gave my hair incredible volume.

This was my hair after the curls. Big hair means I can keep a lot more secrets….

Kevin Murphy’s range incorporates the brands identity down to very packaging of the products. All the packaging (with the exception of the aerosols sprays) are completely bio-degradable and are designed in such shape that they take up minimal space for packaging in order to reduce waste.

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Making wise choices about investing in companies that invest in the better of the planet for our future is a crucial factor in becoming the change we are all striving for, in order to reap the benefits of a better planet.

if you are looking to try some product and forever change your hair, visit any of the stylists at Capelli.

XO Flea

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The Only Hairbrush You’ll Ever Need

A couple of months ago, my body was in a state for some unknown reason and was acting really weird, one of the unusual things it was up to really affected my hair ,which was literally falling out and I felt like I was leaving a trail everywhere I went. I spoke to my hairdresser about this and he advised that the minute I know of someone going over to the UK, I need to ask them to bring me back this wonderful brush from Aveda. One he uses in his salon. He showed me this giant brush, which looked nice, but it was just a hairbrush…. I umm’d and aah’d about this for ages, simply because why should I ask someone in the UK to get me something as trivial as a hairbursh? Well, eventually, after losing more hair I thought you know what – what do I have to lose. So I started searching online. I could only find positive reviews from people with all different hair types. I found the Aveda Paddle Brush on the Aveda website and went and ordered one. When my folks came back in September before my trip to Italy my hair had calmed down on the falling out but it wasn’t back to its normal self. I have religiously used this brush morning and evening (or lets be honest, when I can be bothered to brush my hair) and I am so impressed with the results. My scalp is no longer sore and sensitive, my hair is left with a lovely finish after brushing and there is very minimal to no static (in Johannesburg’s winter there was a little bit). I have been using it for post-drying to calm down the hair and all the new hair that is growing from my scalp so I don’t look like I’ve stuck my finger in an electric socket.Aveda-Wooden-Paddle-Brush

The price on the Aveda website is £19.00 approximately R280. Initially I thought, wow, that is expensive… for a hairbrush? Well, I own makeup brushes that are tiny in size comparison and cost a great deal more, so really, is R280 a lot of money for a hairbrush? For something as necessary and as widely used in my daily routine as a hairbrush I don’t think so.

The Aveda Paddle brush is designed for scalp treatments and easily detangling hair. The bristles are made to massage the scalp while easily freeing any knots or tangles. The brush, although large, is extremely lightweight.

Although I’ve only had my lovely brush for a couple of months, I’ve read reviews where people have had their brushes for 8 years and they are only starting to deteriorate now.

If you want to do your scalp and hair some favours, think about this investment piece for your beauty routine.

XO Flea

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Hair With a Shine

Schwarzkopf, a name unanimous with affordable effective hair solutions.

A while ago, I received the new Schwarzkopf Gliss Million Gloss Shampoo and Conditioner both of which have the most gorgeous brilliant turquoise packaging but it is what is on the inside that counts after all, right? Well, the inside is a hair care formula revolution in gloss and shine which has been designed to leave hair with a flawless gloss that can last up to 10 days after use. The hair is ‘coated’ or ‘laminated’ in a weightless gloss which makes the hair shine bright and reflect light for an added sparkle. The way that it makes the hair shine so bright is that the entire hair is ‘laminated’ in shine that is better than other hair shine products which only partly cover hair leaving a rough surface area that only results in a partial shine. The secret ingredient which assists in the ultimate hair shine is the Gloss Elixir found in in the Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Treatment mask.

Gloss Million Gloss Conditioner

Gloss Million Gloss Conditioner 200ml R52.95 400ml R66.95

Gliss Million Gloss Shampoo

Gliss Million Gloss Shampoo 250ml – R52.95 400ml – R49.95

Before embarking and using my Gliss Million Gloss shampoo and conditioner, I didn’t think my hair was dull however there has been a noticeable improvement in the shine visiable in my locks. I believe this an affordable solution for beached out hair this summer from all the salt and sunshine which makes hair appear dull and rough. Adding the Gloss Million to your hair care routine will combat this and give you ultra smooth, extra shiny tresses which would rival any haircare advert.

Additionally to the shampoo and conditioner, in the Gliss Million Gloss range there is also a 10-Day Shine Treatment for smooth, high gloss hair for the ultimate long-term dull hair solution.

Gliss Million Gloss 10 Days Shine Treatment 150ml R89.95

Gliss Million Gloss 10 Days Shine Treatment 150ml R89.95

To get your paws on some shine-in-a-bottle be sure to check out your nearest Clicks store.

x flea143

Disclaimer: The Shampoo and Conditioner were given to me for review purposes. This has in no way altered my view of the products in anyway.

 

 

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Konjac 6 Wave Body Sponge

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A body spa treatment everyday? Yes please. That was my selling point when buying my latest purchase. The Konjac Sponge Co’s French Green Clay 6 Wave Body Sponge for Oily and Combination Skin. Confession time: I have not used a body sponge in years, in fact I can hardly remember when the last time was that I did! I have had a loofa in the shower which hardly got used, as I’d prefer to just use my body wash with my hands – quick, easy and fuss free but that being said, I have noticed that I am lacking a bit on exfoliating… I am not very good at it, don’t particularly enjoy the sensation and keeping up with it using body scrubs is something that I start out with good intentions but just never get round to doing it… not to mention its messy and requires a great deal of planning. So, after reading about the Konjac Sponge Co. and their philosophies I was intrigued and thought I should give it a try.

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The Konjac Sponge Co’s French Green Clay 6 Wave Body Sponge for Oily and Combination Skin

Essentially, The Konjac Sponge Co create a range of face and body sponges. The one I have been using (and loving) is the Konjac 6 Wave Body Sponge with French Green Clay (for Combination Skin) it a body sponge that doesn’t look very special. Taking it out of the packaging felt like somewhat of anticlimax, the dry sponge which when dry was not big and had a rough texture to it made me shudder at the thought of the sponge being rubbed against my skin. However once the Konjac sponge is completely wet the sponge feels like jelly and is incredibly smooth. The hidden powers of this much talked about sponge actually lie within the wet sponge. The Japanese have harnessed the benefits of the Konjac plant for centuries.

The Konjac body sponges have 6 ranges, one for every skin type (oily, problematic & spot prone skin; for combination skin; for dry and/or mature skin; for tired devitalised skin; for newborns; and one suitable for all skin types) and you’d be sure to find one to suit your specific skin needs and they can be used with or without soap to accelerate the skin cleansing process. The Konjac gently exfoliates, your skin feels incredibly soft and smooth once you are finished and not sensitve at all. The body sponges also assist with with preventing ingrown hairs which is an added bonus as those little buggars are sneaky and from my experience not easily avoided! If you shave, you can use the sponge to assist in lathering shaving foam/cream all while gently buffing the dead skin cells resulting in an even smoother shave.

From my first time using one in the shower, I made sure I massaged the sponge with a circular motion concentrating on all my delicate and problem areas of my skin along with my normal shower gel. I have not yet used the sponge entirely on its own as I prefer to use a body lotion but I will try this eventually! When I get out the shower I feel refreshed, and my skin feels conditioned, radiant and rejuvenated.

The bonus is that the sponge and its properties are 100% natural, and contains NO colouring or additives making it safe for everyone to use.

The downside – for a body sponge – especially for someone that hardly ever used a body sponge, it is not a cheap product. 27Pinkx sell this sponge for R230 and Beauty-Worx sell this sponge for R250 (where I got mine from) and just FYI both online shops ship for free. I ultimately believe my bank balance will forgive me because my skin feels revitalised, rejuvanted and FRESH.. thanks to my latest addition… Konjac! The sponge is not meant to last forever, but with proper care you can get up to 3 months out of the sponge by rinsing it properly by squeezing gently (never wringing) after use and leaving it to dry in an airy or warm dry place. Once the sponge has reached its life span, it is advisable to chuck it into your compost heap (if you have one) and let it go back to nature after serving you and your skin well.

x flea143

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