Toothpaste is not something I add to my wish-list. No, I jot things like Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks or the latest Urban Decay eyeshadow palette. Toothpaste is a necessity, not a luxury and sure, I am picky about what kind but at the end of the day, toothpaste is toothpaste and it serves one purpose only – to keep my gnashers clean and healthy.
That self-belief has somewhat done a bit of a U-turn with Regenerate*, a first of its kind, ground-breaking toothpaste that could revolutionise the way we care for our teeth. Its main purpose is to rebuild or regenerate the enamel eroded away from everyday eating and drinking. We aren’t aware of how some foods wear away the enamel coating due to their acidic levels and unfortunately it’s not something we can visibly see until it’s too late.
Regenerate claims to reverse the erosion process with its unique NR-5™ ingredients that form a fresh supply of enamel mineral which wrap and integrate onto the teeth and ‘regenerate’ enamel with remarkably the same mineral tooth enamel is made of. Furthermore the paste protects and strengthens against cavities and helps to restore original whiteness. All this is concealed in a fresh minty tasting paste that isn’t gritty or chalky.
The first thing about Regenerate is the sparkly, iridescent paste. Pretty impressive actually. But I’ve found Regenerate isn’t just a paste that looks nice, it keeps my teeth clean and it tastes of a pleasant minty flavour.
I have been using Regenerate twice a day for about five weeks in place of my regular toothpaste although it was within a week that I noticed a significant difference. I can’t tell if any damaged enamel has been repaired (not even aware I have any) but my teeth appear whiter and feel smoother when I roll my tongue over them. I should mention I use an electric toothbrush which definitely makes a difference and is worth investing in. I would be interested to know if this works for those whose teeth enamel has been damaged from smoking, drinking coffee and glugging wine.
I am probably half way through my tube of Regenerate and plan to purchase it when this runs out. Put it this way, I don’t think I can go back to using regular paste. Call me a snob but I value my teeth and hate the thought of shelling out on dental bills so if Regenerate can help maintain my pearly whites, then it’s a small, painless price to pay in the long run.
Regenerate is stocked in Selfridges and Boots priced at £10. It’s a very fair compromise over the price when it’s the only one of its kind.
For more information on Regenerate, visit their website www.regeneratenr5.co.uk.
I don’t like cheating. A sense of guilt washes over me and I’m left with a blemish on my conscience. I still did it but in my defence it was for something pretty wonderful. You see, I played away from my regular hair salon with the latest hair innovation HAIRCVT.
HAIRCVT is a website which allows you to pick a hair style you desire by linking you to the specific stylist or hair salon. So let’s just say you fancy a blunt fringe, enter in the search engine and the website will bring up matches with pictures of real people with real hair along with details of the specific stylist and salon responsible. Then you simply book your appointment directly with the salon and with the hairdresser behind the look you want. It couldn’t be any more straightforward.
It’s designed to take the fear out of going to a salon and not knowing what you are getting yourselves in for whether you don’t go unless it can’t be helped or if you’ve moved and are thinking of finding a new stylist. I will say one thing over and over again: it’s only hair and it will grow out so dust yourself down and let the shears do the talking.
I wanted to find a stylist who can cut a fringe. I’m downright fussy about my bangs so in my search on the HAIRCVT website, I found just the person based at a new and intriguing salon that happened to be close to me. It’s called Gro and it has branches in south and west London but recently opened a branch in West Hampstead, in the O2 centre but actually accessible from Finchley Road.
A great start to finding Gro was walking into a rival salon inside the centre and asking for directions. Gro is actually where a Chinese restaurant used to be. I have passed Gro so many times in my car but didn’t know it’s a salon. It does not look like your typical hair salon from the outside not to mention inside too. Think industrial warehouse meets quirky boutique. It’s spacious, exciting and the decor is something special.
There are two floors with giant mirrors and comfy chairs, and interestingly enough the colour station is an enormous table that workaholic clients can sit at with their laptops.
My stylist was Serafina. Within a minute of speaking to her I knew I had made the right choice. For one, she looks so good in specs. I wish I looked remotely decent in mine. Secondly she loves cats but I know we are delving into a different territory here so I will refrain from going off on one.
We had an informal chat about what I wanted and what she planned to do, which was give my hair an intensive treatment using Kevin Murphy products (it’s been ages since I’ve used KM and I had forgotten how good they are), followed by cutting off an inch of my hair and getting rid of the split ends.
Finally my hair was blow-dried with a few curls added to give it more volume and body. I was pleased to see Gro uses a few favourites of mine like Oribe. High-end, luxurious products but so good – it’s like the cashmere of haircare. It’s also a great way to see how the products work in your hair before you think about committing to them.
Any way, I’ll quit my jibber jabber and show you the results:
The HAIRCVT site takes the chore out of hunting down a reputable salon and puts the client in the driver’s seat. If you don’t like your experience, just go back and find another. The service is entirely free, simply guiding you to a salon on the HAIRCVT network.
As it’s early days with HAIRCVT there are selected salons signed up to the programme dotted all over London though it is hoped the service will expand beyond the borders of the capital.
*I received a complimentary treatment and cut at Gro courtesy of HAIRCVT.