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Hair shows. It’s fair to say I’ve been to a few. They’re usually grand affairs with statuesque (and ever so skinny) models sauntering down a huge catwalk – the standard format for high-end coiffeur couture. Then there’s The Chapel, which grabs the whole affair by the short and curlies.
Regular readers will recognise this place is where I seek refuge for my follicle needs and thanks to Billie and Georgia, I no longer feel restricted by being told what is and isn’t right for me. The frustration I felt when I was strictly told by stylists that thick, blunt fringes weren’t suitable for me or that it was compulsory to layer my hair. How very dare they. Rules are made to be broken with The Chapel otherwise it’s dull being conventional.
On a rainy Monday evening last week, The Chapel hosted Episode One, a hair show like no other if only for one thing – it was in the dark. What? A hair show with the lights switched off? How does that work? There was no catwalk or seats to perch on, instead guests were encouraged to shine their torches from their phones and get up close and personal as Billie, Georgia and their team put on an intergalactic performance which included live cutting. And do you know what? It worked.
Inspiration and influences were clearly drawn from sci-fi, the 70s, the 80s, a bit of Mad Max and Ziggy Stardust, and it had me in awe of the incredibly clever things The Chapel team can do right before your very eyes. The turquoise hair? Nothing strange about that really – these girls gave me purple hair once.
And the glitter. Oh the glitter! Crazy, yes but it outrageously fun and that’s precisely the direction The Chapel like to pull you towards in. I could tell a considerable number of ideas came from the minds of Billie and Georgia (Georgia especially) as they often discuss what they’re plotting outside of the salon. To me, The Chapel is like the Illamasqua of hair. Now if only those two could get together, that would be one hot affair.
I’ll never understand this urge to remain in the comfort zone when it comes to what you do with your hair. The same hair style, the same colour, the same old routine people are set in their ways with. It’s hair, it will grow back if you don’t like it, it’s not like getting a frigging tattoo that you’ll be stuck with for life. Episode One has ignited a surge of excitement into hair dressing and it’s perfect timing that I’m due a visit next week with my two lovely ladies.
Bring on Episode Two…
You know how Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo is gentle enough for little ones? Well, forget that bold claim because there is so such thing as gentle when it’s filled with sulphates.
Love Boo is a new and natural, family-friendly hair range of skin care and hair care products. They are proudly void of all the nasties and perfect for children and grown-ups alike.
I was sent their Natural Soft & Shiny shampoo and conditioner as well as their Natural No More Knots Detangling Spray to try. While this range is designed with the delicacy of babies and mamas, it’s no reason why this big kid can’t enjoy it too.
Delightfully, the products smell of baby powder with cute packaging and it is very reasonably priced for a sulphate-free range (£8.99 a bottle). Love Boo prides itself on natural ingredients that include argan oil, fig and coconut to cleanse, soften and leave hair manageable, and if you or your little one has a sensitive scalp then this will be right up your street.
If you’re not familiar, sulphate-free shampoos do not lather up – certainly not with the first wash so I always go for round two which isn’t a bad thing since the product is not loaded with chemicals. A common misconception is a shampoo that lathers is properly cleaning your hair when really it’s the bubbles. I also find sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners last longer because you don’t need as much as you think you would.
Parents will love this – not just for their kids but for themselves and looking at the Love Boo website, I do wish I had discovered it sooner as there are some gorgeous things I would have loved to get for my friend’s baby shower a few months ago.
For the past few months I’ve been using a hair oil that’s given my locks a new lease of life. It’s called Hair Gold and it’s by Agese Oils. The name behind it is Emma Agese who has also formulated an oil to combat skin concerns after experiencing such problems as acne.
Hair Gold is a treatment (ideal for chemically treated hair) to stimulate hair follicles and prevent hair loss and greying. It’s a blend of rosemary and vitamin E oil and it also contains Brahmi and Amla oil. I recognise the ingredient of Amla as I’ve used it in its purest form for my hair to give it shine and it has a very distinctive smell which I recognised in this concoction. You’ll find bottles of Amla oil in indian food shops, stacked alongside coconut and almond, both also superb for hair and skin.
Upon closer inspection I noticed the complete set of ingredients for Hair Gold are Almond oil, Organic Virgin Coconut oil, Natural Vitamin E oil, Amla extract, Brahmi extract, Ylang Ylang essential oil, Peppermint essential oil, Tea Tree essential oil and Rosemary oil.
I’ve been rubbing the oil into my scalp and the rest of my hair usually the night before washing for maximum effect though a few hours before is sufficient. For a mixture of so many oils, it doesn’t have a greasy residue and the oils almost absorb into the hair. After washing and blow-drying, my hair feels much nicer to touch, healthier to look at and overall, has a lovely shine. I dare not miss it out of my hair care routine now because I value the end results so much.
I’ve not noticed a difference with hair loss, certainly not in the same way as I have with pure castor oil, which I still believe is the most effective natural oil treatment for hair loss and growth issues but nonetheless, Hair Gold has impressed me enough to want to purchase it.
The 50ml bottle which costs £25, is housed inside a bamboo container to preserve the oil and prolong the shelf life of these delicate oils. For more information on Hair Gold and the other products Agese Oils creates, visit www.ageseoils.com.