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The Power of Charcoal: Novex’s tips for healthier hair

We were intrigued by Novex’s new Powerful Charcoal Range. We’ve seen activated charcoal make a grand entrance into the teeth whitening category, and wanted to know more about how it can be used to improve our hair. We caught up with Novex to find out exactly how it works…

Why do I need to detox my hair?

On a daily basis, our hair comes in contact with all the impurities and toxins present in the atmosphere, especially in urban areas where there is more pollution. These toxins and pollutant impurities, such as particles, are deposited in the hair and scalp. They accumulate and end up clogging the root and capillary fiber, which impairs the absorption of nutrients and the growth of the strands.

These polluting impurities need to be removed effectively and without harming the strands as well as leaving them protected against external aggressions caused by pollution.

What do the charcoal products look like? Are they black?

All the products from Novex The Powerful Charcoal line have a standard white look and feel. The mask and the conditioner have a creamy and consistent appearance, which allows the strands to be well coated. The shampoo has a liquid consistency so that the product spreads well through the scalp. The spray also has a creamy consistency, so as to protect the conditioned strands.

Where does the charcoal come from?

Activated charcoal, rather than ordinary charcoal, is charcoal especially obtained from the burning of certain woods, cork or fruit peels (e.g. coconut) under very specific conditions. Burning must be at high temperatures (8000 °C – 10000 °C) and low in oxygen. This specific firing gives activated charcoal unique properties such antipollution and detoxification.

How often do I need to use them?

The Powerful Charcoal products are a daily care range and have been developed specifically to be part of the daily routine of capillary care (regular use).

What are the three biggest mistakes people make in hair care and how can they be avoided?

  1. Blow-drying your hair without heat protection
    •  Spraying a heat protector on your hair proactively protects hair from heat damage, plus it seals in shine, calms frizz, and keeps hair from becoming dry.
  2. Not using a conditioner
    • If you’re avoiding using conditioner for fear that your hair will become too flat, think again, you can achieve volume with the right conditioner. Just like your face, your scalp needs moisture too.
  3. Forgetting to moisturize and nourish your hair
    • Hair loses moisture quickly. You can use special hair masks according to your hair type to address this problem. Even if you think your hair is relatively healthy, the change of seasons can be hard on your strands, so it’s good to get in the habit of using a mask weekly to make sure you’re giving your hair the moisture it needs.

Like the rest of our body, our hair reacts to the world around us which is why detoxing, protecting, conditioning and nourishing your hair is important if it’s going to look its best.

Shop the Powerful Charcoal range now on the allbeauty website

 

*Information correct at the time of publishing

 

Seoulista Q&A: An Exclusive with Founder Una McGurk

Seoulista Beauty sources innovative skincare from Seoul, widely regarded as the epicentre of beauty. We explore this exciting industry – known as K-beauty – to discover the latest, award-winning innovations and bring them to your doorstep. South Korea, the country that brought you the BB cream and other game-changing beauty staples.

Here’s everything you need to know about Seoulista Beauty.

Where does the Seoulista brand take its inspiration from?

‘Glass skin’ was first made famous by the women of South Korea, with their luminous, plumped, poreless and oh-so-smooth complexions. World leaders in beauty innovation, we take inspiration from their flawless complexions and revolutionary hi-tech skincare staples, to bring K-Beauty to the discerning beauty lovers of the Western world.

What is your mantra and how do you live by this?

Great Skin. No Fuss. No Drama.

Sometimes there is just too much to do for busy people, so we have dedicated ourselves to making radiant healthy skin one less thing to worry about. The Seoulista mantra is about delivering professional-grade treatments in the time it takes to have a cup of tea; our Instant Facials infuse the epidermis with 25ml of active ingredients to deliver instant, long-lasting results all in one simple step. No Fuss. No Drama.

What has been the highlight of the Seoulista story so far?

At Seoulista we like to make skincare fun, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t serious; the exceptional reception we have had from industry insiders proves that, and each of our 8 awards so far ha been an incredible highlight for us. It’s made every long-haul flight to Korea and late-night phone-call with our wonderful team of dermatologists totally worth it!

How do your masks works?

Unlike many other typical ‘sheet masks’, our hi-tech fibre is made from a 100% natural and biodegradable ingredient called biocellulose, created from fermented coconuts. First used in medicine to treat skin burns, it has an unrivaled ability to work in synergy with the skin and hold and distribute more than 100 times its weight in water.  So it drinks up our serums, and then once on the skin, drives the powerful ingredients in to the epidermis for instant transformational results.

What makes your masks different?

Biocellulose, mentioned above, is one of the key factors that make our Instant Facials stand-out from the crowd, as well as the quality ingredients we use in our serums. But what separates us even further, is that every product has been formulated and tested by dermatologists to ensure the utmost efficacy and results for the skin.

What’s your number one tip for choosing a face mask this spring?

With the spring comes glorious days enjoying the sun and the great outdoors, so choosing products that protect the skin from external aggressors is key. Look out for products that use vitamin C as this offers an antioxidant shield for the skin, as well as helping to stimulate collagen production at the same time – what’s not to like?! Our Brightening Instant Facial is perfect for that vitamin C infusion and dewy springtime glow. Don’t forget your SPF too though!

 

Shop Seoulista Beauty at allbeauty.com 

Celebrating International Women’s Day With Dr. Hauschka

Celebrating International Women’s Day With Dr. Hauschka: Q&A

March 8th is International Women’s Day, and this year allbeauty are celebrating  the women who are bossing the beauty industry! We caught up with one of our favourite beauty brands putting the girl in girl power… 

Elisabeth Sigmund Dr Hauschka allbauty blogBorn in 1914, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and developer of the Dr. Hauschka treatments, Elisabeth Sigmund had always been fascinated by cosmetics and the powers of medicinal plant extracts. After founding her own cosmetics institute in 1952 with the blessing of the Swedish King, Elisabeth received a letter from Dr. Rudolf Hauschka inviting her to share her ideas for a new, ‘very special’ approach to skincare, and in 1967 Dr. Hauschka – or Dr. Hauschka Healing Skin Care By Elizabeth Sigmund’ was launched.

We caught up with  Dr. Hauschka’s Katie Holmes, who talked to us about how Elizabeth Sigmund inspires her, her favourite products and what advice she’d give to young women today…

Who?

Katie Holmes, Head of Sales and Education at Dr. Hauschka.

Why does the beauty industry mean to you?

The beauty industry has been my home for over 25 years and it is both liberating and fulfilling. There are not many industries that enable you to make such a difference to people’s lives through interaction, product and environment. I have been privileged to work in many areas of this industry and the warmth and generosity from those I have encountered has shaped me today.

What does gender balance mean to you?

Fairness to all. Working with Dr. Hauschka, gender isn’t a word we use to define who should be using which product. Instead, we look at conditions of the skin to define the regime.

What makes a good #girlboss?

The ability to listen, be fair, to see the big picture and to conduct your business with the greatest of respects for others and yourself.

What motivates you to succeed?

My daughter! She amazes me every day, and I always try to do better than yesterday in order for me to become her inspiration to succeed in her life’s journey

What advice would you give to young women who want to make it within the beauty – or any – industry?

DO IT! Don’t hold back. Know and research your business, execute with excellence and always smile! This industry can be fierce so stand tall and be confident in yourself and your abilities.

Who inspires you?

Professionally, Elizabeth Sigmund – one of the co-founders of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. She was a woman beyond her years with future-proof ideas and ideals. In a male-orientated environment she educated herself and was dynamic in her cause.

What are you favourite Dr Hauschka products?

Our beautiful Rose Day Cream has to be top of my list! Not only does this exquisite product tell the story of our brand, its unwavering scent of the damask rose radiates my skin to give me an all day glow, as well as a long term solution to my skincare needs – no quick fixes here!

I am also a huge fan of our NEW Eye Make-up Remover. Like all of our products, it is 100% natural and works wonderfully to remove even the most stubborn eye make-up. It’s become and essential in my skin care routine.

You can shop the Dr. Hauschka range at allbeauty. To find out more about International Women’s Day, head to www.internationalwomensday.com

Moroccanoil Exclusive: Carmen Tal Q&A

Celebrating International Women’s Day: An Exclusive Interview With Moroccanoil Co-founder Carmen Tal

March 8th is International Women’s Day, and allbeauty are celebrating the women bossing it in the beauty industry! We talk to Moroccanoil co-founder Carmen Tal about what motivates her to succeed, the women that inspire her and her must-have Moroccanoil products…

10 years ago, Carmen Tal found herself away from home with dry, colour-damaged hair when she discovered the amazing benefits of argan oil for her hair.  Inspired by the Mediterranean landscape, sea and culture, her goal has been to share the transformative powers of argan oil-infused products with women across the world to help them feel empowered.

Carmen Tal moroccanoil founder allbeauty blogWho?

Carmen Tal, Moroccanoil Co-Founder

What does the beauty industry mean to you?

Like most things, the beauty industry is constantly evolving. For example, over the last decade the beauty business has changed significantly based on ever-changing consumer demands. Today, accessibility and convenience are more important than ever. For us, we strive to continue to expand our offerings as a complete lifestyle beauty brand across all of today’s key consumer touchpoints to fulfil the needs of the modern customer. Nowadays, consumers are also much more educated in their purchases so as a company, transparency is becoming increasingly important.

My greatest inspiration was to listen to the inspiration around me… and to listen to the women around me, for whom I created Moroccanoil – Carmen Tal

What does gender balance mean to you?

I truly believe that being successful in your career or business is independent of whether you are a man or woman – we are equally capable of achieving anything we set our minds to. I am grateful for the fact that my parents raised my brothers and I to believe that anything is possible and did not treat us any differently based on our gender. They encouraged us to tap into our individual creativity and taught us the importance of a strong work ethic. Women and men alike making their way up the ladder should make it a priority to stay constantly informed and always be ready for change – in business today, it’s all about adapting to the constantly changing needs of the marketplace.

What makes a good #girlboss?

I think female business leaders today have an important responsibility to lead and inspire others by example. To me, inspiration is the vehicle for empowerment to pursue one’s dreams, and when you empower women, the sky’s the limit! It truly only takes one moment of inspiration to ignite positive change – the Moroccanoil brand was created from an inspired moment! Additionally, it’s so important for women to support one other – together, we can make an even more profound impact on the world around us.

What motivates you to succeed?

Women who inspire other women to follow their dreams and who are committed to making change for others. I feel most inspired when I meet amazing women who have genuine passion and love for what they do, and aren’t afraid to take risks! I find that passion is contagious, and I think it’s so important to be passionate about whatever it is that you do.

What advice would you give to young women who want to make it within the beauty – or any – industry?

I believe the key to success it to have a strong worth ethic  and staying continually focused on your goals. Trust and follow your instincts.

Who inspires you?

I have always had great admiration for Oprah. The countless lives she has touched and the difference she has made in the world is truly remarkable! I think she is one of the most influential, inspirational women in the world today.

What are you favourite Moroccanoil products?

Moroccanoil original treatment allbeauty blogMy ultimate must-have is Moroccanoil Treatment – I have it with me at all times! I also love to treat my hair to one of the Moroccanoil Hydrating Masks, such as Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask once a week. One of my ultimate skincare secrets is to always add a few drops of our Moroccanoil Pure Argan Oil into all of my skin creams. It’s rich with moisturizing and anti-aging properties, and makes my skin glow!

You can shop the full Moroccanoil range at allbeauty. To find out more about International Women’s Day, head to www.internationalwomensday.com

Neom Exclusive: Nicola Elliott Q&A

Celebrating International Women’s Day: An Exclusive Interview With Neom Founder Nicola Elliot

In this exclusive interview, Neom Organics founder Nicola Elliott reveals what inspired her to walk away from a hectic life as a fashion editor and start her own award-winning wellbeing business…

After noticing her wellbeing had taken a dive for the worst, former Glamour Magazine Editor Nicola Elliott gave it all up to train as an aromatherapist and nutritionist. She founded Neom Organics in 2005, running it from her two-bedroom Islington flat.  Twelve years later, Neom is one of the most recognisable and best-selling wellness brands in the UK.

We caught up with Nicola to see what inspired her to start her own business and how she balances family and work life…

Nicola elliott interview allbeauty blogWhat inspired you to start NEOM?

I suffered from anxiety and started creating 100% natural blends to help. They worked! I then followed on with a sleep blend for my sister who was suffering with insomnia, then my husband to boost his energy… when he left the house with 32 bottles for the football team I thought then we may be on to something!

Who are the women that inspire you?

There’s so many… my Mum, Sister, best friends, and our customers!

How do you juggle family and work life?

I have a great husband, Dave, who I tag team with. I couldn’t do it solo!  We do 50/50 around the home and with the kids.

Poor sleep, stress, low energy and mood swings. This kick-started my own wellbeing journey”

What advice do you have for starting a business?

See if you get traction whilst working your day job first… find a partner with different skills to you and prepare for it to take longer than you think. Hire the best people you can afford as soon as you can. Then… have fun!

What are your top wellbeing tips?

Create your own wellbeing toolkit – what works for one person won’t work for the next! It’s about finding those few things that you enjoy otherwise it becomes a chore, so whether that’s getting 5 minutes of fresh air at lunch time, meeting with friends, a yoga class once a week or a run; there really are small steps that we can take to feel our best every day. I always see time for myself as necessity not a luxury and it’s a work in progress, but I try not to sweat the small stuff!

You can’t look good if you don’t feel good! – Nicola Elliott, Neom founder

You can shop the full Neom range at allbeauty. To find out more about International Women’s Day, head to www.internationalwomensday.com

How To Get Rainbow Hair – EVERYTHING You Need To Know

Want Rainbow Hair, but don’t know where to start? We asked Rainbow Hair pioneer Anya Goy, those all-important questions…

rainbow hair anya goyIt feels like a new trend, but rainbow hair isn’t new – rewind back to the days of Scene Kids, Emo and even Punk and you’ll find plenty of examples. But over the last few years rainbow, galaxy, pastel and unicorn hair has taken the art to new levels and it’s firmly here to stay. Professional hair artist, author and educator Anya Goy was one of the pioneers of the modern-day rainbow look, beginning around 14  years ago (alongside fellow artists Ursula Goff and Melanie Dawn Harter). Anya trained with Vidal Sassoon and L’Oreal and worked extensively in the UK & Australia, including time with Wella and Toni & Guy, and it’s very likely you’ve already seen, pinned, liked and shared some of her own creations. Currently working with allbeauty, we took the chance to ask her everything we were dying to know (pun intended) about how to achieve rainbow hair….

Is rainbow hair suitable for everyone? Of any age?

rainbow hair guy

Absolutely! I’ve done young kids all the way to grandmas. The only criteria for wearing colourful hair is confidence and a sense of fun!

Is it harder to achieve on dark hair? Any hair colours that don’t respond well?

rainbow hair galaxy

These rainbow hair colours show up best on blonde hair. This is why usually, we need to pre-bleach the hair first to create a clean, blonde, blank canvas. If you are naturally darker, it can take longer to do this pre-lighten step, but you can still achieve your desired results. However if you have dyed dark hair, especially box black colour you have done at home, it will not be possible to get a clean blonde canvas. That’s not to say you can’t have some fun with it! You will simply be looking at a more limited colour palette. You would be able to achieve sunset designs, reds, burgundy wine tones, dark purples, oranges, sometimes even dark pinks and neon yellows are possible!

Isn’t rainbow hair really high maintenance?

rainbow hair fade

Not at all! It can often be less maintenance than natural colours. I have some clients who only need to visit me 2-3 times a year! Following the proper home hair care routine is what makes a massive difference. With all my colourful creations I give personal aftercare and maintenance advice. Just as a handmade designer garment comes with washing instructions, so do these unique hair designs. My clients have excellent long-lasting results with beautiful transitions to pastel shades as it fades.

What should I ask for at my stylist consultation / should I bring pictures?

Finding the right colourist is more important than what you should ask for. Not all hairdressers are experienced with rainbow hair, some may not even stock the colours. Do your research, look before you book. It’s a good sign if a salon stocks colour brands like Pulp Riot, Manic Panic, Directions, Pravana or Goldwell Elumen products, and uses bond builders like Olaplex. It’s also worth checking out their work on social media so make sure you like it. Go in for a full consultation and quote before you book. Finding the right hair artist is like finding the right tattoo artist. If you like their style, you will be able to trust them to create something you will love. Yes bring pictures, but also bring an open mind.

Which is easier to achieve: lighter pastels or dark colours, and can I get a contrast with both?

rainbow hair blonde

Totally depends on your current hair colour. For example, if you already have been having highlights for a while, pastel colours are super easy to achieve. But if you have naturally dark Hispanic or Asian hair, pastels will be harder to achieve. It’s best to discuss your goals in a consultation with your colourist. Of course you can get a contrast with both pastel and deeper tones, but again it’s best to discuss your desired colour palette with a professional who understands what colours are ‘friends’ and what colours won’t work together.

Will it destroy my hair’s health?!

If I felt the pre-lightening step would destroy a client’s hair, I would not even consider colouring it. In some cases, I’ve even had clients say their hair feel better after colour than it did before, especially when mixing a bond builder such as Olaplex or Smart Bond into every step. The hair’s health should always come first, no matter if it’s rainbow or even classic natural colours. If you have any concerns about the condition of your hair discuss it with your colourist before you book.

If I decide to go back to my normal hair colour, is it easy to re-colour rainbow hair?

Once you go rainbow you never want to go back! 😉 That said, if you needed to go back to natural of course you can. Some rainbow colour brands are much more highly pigmented and long-lasting than others, as such removing them can be challenging. Others are very easy to remove, and some brands will simply wash out with time. It’s important to discuss with your colourist how long you want your rainbows to last. It also depends what your normal hair colour is. Going back to brown is much easier than going back to a natural blonde.

How long (roughly!) does it take to get rainbow hair – is it a lengthy process?

rainbow hair dark

Works of art take time. A full head rainbow hair design on long hair can take between 4 and 6 hours, so bring a good book and some lunch or snack food. However, a small rainbow panel in short blonde hair can take less than 30min to apply! The more complicated the design, the longer the hair, the more challenging the starting colour… the longer it takes.

How harsh are the dyes that are used, for instance, are they vegan?

The bright rainbow colours are vegetable based dyes, no ammonia, no peroxide, highly conditioning and gradually fade from the hair. There are over 30 different brands on the market, and a lot of them are vegan. If you are vegan, check with your colourist to find out if they stock one of the vegan brands.

Anya: any question you wished clients asked (but usually don’t!)

Client: “What do you like better, Costa Coffee or M&S Choc Chip cookies? Never mind I’ll just bring you both!” 😉

Many thanks to Anya for her fabulous expert advice – you can learn more about rainbow hair at RainbowHairColour.com or by following Anya on Instagram.

Party Season Tanning with TanOrganic plus competition

Get the glow this party season with a gorgeous (fake!) tan. We spoke to all-natural tanning experts TanOrganic for their key tips. **Plus win a complete set of party season tanning products.

Meet TanOrganic, created in 2010 by Noelle O’Connor and quickly established in over 500 beauty salons. This party season get the glow with their range of award-winning, cruelty free self tan products.

party season tanningTan Organic Self Tan Lotion (pictured left) is an anti-ageing Aloe Vera based formula that’s intensely moisturising. With no synthetic ingredients (no parabens, colours or fragrances) it’s fully Eco-Certified and develops with no unpleasant aroma. Perfect for all skin types (even sensitive), the handy guide colour allows you to apply with ease, to develop a glowing, caramel shade. Want to go darker? Simple, just add a second layer. Each bottle contains enough for 5-6 applications and is suitable for anyone, including pregnant women.

A full range of supporting products are available, including dry oil to prep and maintain skin, self-tan oil for those wanting a more subtle tan, bronzer, tanning mitt and exfoliating glove. A beautiful, glowing tan can be achieved by using only TanOrganic products from start to finish, with no need to reach for any other brand.


party season glowWe spoke to Amanda @TanOrganic and posed 5 of your most asked party season tanning questions. **Keep reading for your chance to win a complete set of products!
 Q. I have a big event coming up – when do I need to start thinking about my tan?  A. You need to begin prepping your skin at the beginning of the week – with light exfoliation followed by moisturising. It is really important to have smooth skin before application, not only for a silky finish but to allow the product to last as long as possible too with a really nice fade off period.
 Q. What kind of preparation should I make? Does winter skin need a different approach?  A. Exfoliation is key. It involves the removal of the oldest skin cells that lie on skin’s outermost surface. It leaves the skin supple and soft for moisturising and tanning. The same routine can be used all year round and the beauty of using TanOrganic products is the natural elements meaning there are no parabens, synthetics or drying agents that damage your skin – TanOrganic’s products actively nourish and moisturise your skin.
 Q. Should I aim for the same depth of colour as a summer tan? A. The depth of the colour will depend on your skin tone and your preference. TanOrganic aims to provide a natural sun kissed glow. A lot of users like adding one layer during the week, with an additional layer for the weekend or an occasion. The key to using our products is all in the layering – you can add up to three layers if a deeper colour is desired BUT less is more when it comes to using our products so layer lightly each time.
 Q. I use a lot of skin creams in the winter to repair summer damage. Will these affect my tan? A. Skin creams might affect your tan depending on the ingredients, that’s why we felt the need to add a Multi Use Dry Oil to our range to ensure the correct prep before tanning and correct moisturising during tanning to prolong the colour and afterwards. If using products we would always recommend natural products to avoid drying your skin further.
 Q. How can I keep my tan going for the whole party season? A. You can keep your tan going strong by following a really good routine – prepping, applying, enhancing and maintaining 😄
 Q. I’m having a professional spray tan but I’m hoping to keep the glow – can I use a home product to top up?  A. Of course, this is the most important aspect of tanning – maintaining a good glow even after having a professional spray! At home products can almost be better because you get to choose the colour you desire. Sometimes salon sprays can be quite dark – they’ve provided us with endless funny stories and photos over the year, not to mention scared some people into never tanning again!

party season tanning

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