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I am envious of every girl who can do something pretty with her hair. Whether it’s loose, tumbling curls or a pristine French twist, I envy them – even more so when they make it look so effortless and quick. I just straighten my hair because it’s the only thing I can’t go wrong with.

This might be about to change with A) my hair growing to a manageable and workable length and B) a clever little thing from hair stylist Mark Hill. Big Bun* is a hair pillow or a hairy sausage with two small clips to grip onto your hair. Clip it down, wrap hair around it and secure with pins. It makes messy buns and beehives a dream come true, giving hair extra oomph. It comes in two colours – brunette for dark hair and blonde to blend discretely into your natural hair.

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Pairing up nicely with Big Bun is Big Tease BBF*, a superbly gentle yet effective comb for er, backcombing and giving that much needed volume for bouffant hair. The secret with this ergonomic comb is the multi-length triple row of teeth which backcombs hair without the pressure and damage inflicted from conventional combs.

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I wanted to see how a really nice up-do would look on me so at Mark Hill’s press event recently, I begged the stylist to put my hair up. She took a section from the top of the crown and backcombed it with Big Tease BBF. Then she clipped the pillow under the backcombed hair, secured the hair over it with pins…and voila, we had a beehive do. In 15 minutes I went from flat to fabulous. Something so simple can transform dull hair into a glam barnet.

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I tried it myself at home and my first attempt was slightly messy. It’s pretty fiddly to get to grips with plus you can’t be sure how neat (or untidy) the back of your head looks. I think the way to do it is to spritz hairspray and backcomb a section from the top, roll it forward, then take a section from each side, add more hairspray and backcomb before bringing the sections together and pinning them under the pillow.

Any way I accomplished some kind of an up-do – I just need more practice and then hopefully I will have a glam hairstyle to do for special occasions. (Sorry for the grainy image – lack of light in the room!)

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Mark Hill’s Big Bun and Big Tease BBF are priced at £9.99 and £6.69 respectively and are available exclusively in Boots stores and online. For more information on Mark Hill, you can visit his website www.markhill.co.uk.

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I’ve been told countless times I have very good nails. They’re strong and they grow mighty quickly. I wish the same could be said about my hair.

It’s very fine, which in my culture is perceived as a sign of inferiority while thick locks is a thing of beauty. From a young age I had been singled out for having thin hair, which is not my fault! Unfortunately I couldn’t devote years of massaging coconut oil into the scalp to stimulate thick hair as my mum did when she was growing up in Pakistan. She has amazing hair – so jealous! Over there no one bats an eyelid if your hair is cooking in coconut oil, in fact it IS a cultural tradition and even men indulge in it (although some look slimey!) but here it’s just not easy to incorporate into everyday life.

To this day, only black castor oil has helped significantly with encouraging hair growth but it’s greasy and the process is very slow. A couple of months ago I came across Grow Gorgeous’s Hair Serum in Boots when I was actually looking for its 12-in-1 Cleansing Conditioner.

This serum costs £29.99 for a 60ml bottle which sounds like a lot when you see the size of it but with the realisation it’s a concentrated tonic, seems justifiable. 

I can’t talk about the product without commenting on the packaging first. Grow Gorgeous prides itself on being kind to the hair with no sulphates so it’s cute that their packaging is resourceful and practical. The outer packaging is entirely made of recycled card (with no cellophane) and opens to reveal the bottle securely sitting inside. 

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Now onto the actual and all important potion. It’s an advanced formula containing a complex blend of 7 technologies to make visibly longer, thicker and fuller. It’s all listed on the back of the box with explanations in a non-geeky science way. All I want and all I hope for is that it delivers on its research.

The serum comes with a pipette and the instructions are very precise: 20 drops to be daily to the scalp either in the morning or evening and massaged evenly and thoroughly until the serum has been absorbed – and you will feel this. It is imperative to use this every day for results to show months later. Yes, it’s slow but hair growth generally is.

I use it mostly on the crown as that is the most troublesome area. The hair above my neckline is actually very healthy and thick because it doesn’t have as much pressure inflicted on it from styling tools.

The serum is very cooling on the scalp, which feels therapeutic and it’s not greasy either. It also smells gorgeous, like boiled sweets and the colour of the liquid remind me of cola cubes. The bottle claims to last two months on the basis it is used every day though it ran out for me after six weeks. 

I have been using the serum daily (bar the odd off days) for almost two months. Apparently results show after four months, which makes sense since it takes 3-4 months for hair to grow significantly.  Although I have just reached the half way mark, my hair does appear noticeably fuller especially in the patchy parts.

The serum is far less messy than a hair oil though an oil can also deep condition. I love the Cleansing Conditioner from Grow Gorgeous and so far, things look to be heading in the right direction with the serum. I am going to report back in two months when I’ve reached the four month mark and will see if my hairdresser notices a difference on my next appointment. Have you tried Grow Gorgeous’s Hair Serum? If so, how are you finding it?