Jason Collier Celebrity hairstylist talks with Sparkle PR about hair trends, aw18, anti-ageing your locks, creating a look in 5 mins, banishing grease, celebrity style and the question you should always ask your stylist, and much more.

Published in Exclusive Interviews
Thursday, 29 March 2018 11:30

9 Super Tips To Ensure Healthy Hair Growth

Whether it’s a half-up hairdo, a long braid, a wavy style or a straight, layered cut, long hair has been a favorite trend amongst both men and women for thousands of years.

Published in Beauty
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 18:48

Ways To Give Your Hair More Volume & Body

Not everyone is born with thick, voluminous hair.

Published in Beauty
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 11:00

4 Ways To Add More Volume To Fine Hair

Everyone wants quick and doable ways to volumize fine hair, even if they don't have fine hair.

Published in Beauty
Thursday, 16 March 2017 21:29

Curls Aloud

Diane C Bailey

Incorporating decades of hair care philosophy with ethically sourced (and gorgeous smelling!) ingredients has helped create an inclusive and award-winning product line for SheaMoisture. The brand mantra that ‘the best ingredients come from nature’ is proven with each of the nourishing masks, sprays, shampoos and conditioners.

You will not find any nasties commonly found in many other hair care solutions in SheaMoisture, the brand stays clear of: Parabens, Sulphates, Phthalates, Paraffin, Formnaldehyde, Mineral Oil, Petroleum, DEA, artificial colour or synthetic fragrance and SheaMoisture never test on animals.

Diane C.Bailey, celebrity stylist and SheaMoisture brand ambassador shares exclusive tips on the curl wrenching mistakes many of us are making, creating curls for specific hair-type, insider tips and much more, ensuring that we have the low-down when it comes to curl world.

From styling Beyoncè to creating trend-setting looks for the runway, Diane’s expertise and passion allows all SheaMoisture customers to expertly pick the right products for their individual hair types.

Mistakes People With Curls Make

Diane explains the most popular mistakes that she sees often are that: “Many of my clients with curly hair or type 3 hair types want frizz-free curl definition. For full head curly girls, I recommend “less is more” – use products with a light touch. Many curly girls use heavy oily products to smooth the cuticle to reduce frizz, weighing down the hair. Light hydrating oils with anti–frizz benefits are the best solution. For voluminous curls minus the weight, I use SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Texture Spray and the Coconut & Hibiscus Hold Curl Enhancing Smoothie.”

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SheaMoisture, Coconut &Hibiscus Hold Curl Enhancing Smoothie £10.99, Boots

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“A lightweight mousse and light hydrating spray are ideal for type 3a to redefine fine to medium “S” shape wavy/curls on either wet or dry hair. I use the moisture mist on the red carpet as style refresher, to bring out shine and bust frizz.”

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SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Texture Spray, £10.99, Boots

Frizz Free Curls

Hair type 3c has a tighter curl pattern with more density and a coarser feel. To create frizz-free curls Diane recommends these three top tips:

“Use the “LOC” method with your favourite leave-in, oil and cream, selecting products that work for your hair’s texture, thickness, porosity, etc. This works well to nourish, moisturize and reduce frizz, while creating lasting styles. On freshly shampooed damp hair, moisturize hair with a small amount your favorite leave-in. I use SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Grow Leave-in Conditioner, applying it sparingly to hair, avoiding the roots. To define curls follow with your favourite styling cream. My go-to is Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie. Finger coil to define and set curls. Finish with several drops of oil to seal in moisturize and bring out shine. Apply lightly throughout hair.”

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SheaMoisture, Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strenghten & Grow Leave-in conditioner £10.99, Boots

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SheaMoisture, Coconut & Hibiscus Hold Curl Enhancing Smoothie £10.99, Boots

How To Define Your Style

Applying a product such as SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Detangler helps to smooth dry, damaged hair and restore body. Diane recommends to “run the detangler through wet hair to achieve the best look and apply large pin curls. Begin to curl hair from the ends, working your way up to the roots, once you have curled one section secure in place with bobby pins. Blow dry hair with a diffuser which will set curls. Once dry, finger comb and style.

Learn How To Blend Textures

“To blend multiple textures, section damp hair, sparingly apply styling cream and braid hair section. Blow dry with a diffuser or let hair air dry, take down braids, carefully separate and apply a lightweight oil or serum to add shine and minimize frizz.”

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SheaMoisture, Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Detangler £10.99, Boots

Creating Perfect Curls

Trying to tame and perfect curls can be tricky, Diane advises that you should:

“Avoid heavy oily products that just lacquer. Find products that hydrate, without leaving a flaking, heavy, sticky finish.”

Prep work is essential too – “If you have a special event, shampoo your hair several days before. Curl memory takes a few days to find its moisture and curl balance.”

Remember to keep with what works for your hair type and your budget. Diane says: “Quiet your inner product junkie. If it works for your strands and supports your hair’s health, stick with it.”

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While straight and silky hair is perfect for going out to an elegant event, a wavy look is sometimes the more appropriate style when going to a more casual event.

Published in Beauty
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 15:57

Dominican Hair Care To Tame Your Frizz

When you have a daughter with long curly hair it is wonderful but problems can occur when their hair gets frizzy and dry and you are unable to find the right hair care. Every month we have to try new products as they do not moisturize the hair properly and it once again becomes frizzy especially at the front of her hair. Over the past two weeks I have tried Dominican Hair Cares;

Doctor Cabello Biotina magic hair shampoo (1): This is said to revitalize your hair and contains vitamin E, which nourishes dehydrated hair. Each strand of your hair gets coated with Biotin to leave your hair feeling moisturized, hydrated and it stops any further damage to your hair. (I washed my daughters hair with this shampoo and then rinsed it off).

Doctor Cabello Biotin magic hair treatment (2): This promises to give new life to damaged and tired looking hair. Also full of vitamin E, Biotin and B5 it restores your hairs natural volume, repairs any damage and adds a healthy sheen to your hair. (I left this on my daughter’s hair for 20 minutes before rinsing it out).
Doctor Cabello Biotina magic hair balsam (3): This is said to give your hair the loving care that it deserves. The vitamin E and Biotin rich conditioner instantly refreshes your hair and stops any breakage. (I left this in my daughter’s hair for 10 minutes before rinsing it out).

Doctor Cabello Biotina leave-in conditioner (4): This is suitable for any hair types just like all the other products in their range but was specially created for bringing moisture to dry hair. Just like the other products it too is enriched with vitamin E and Biotin to give your hair that healthy feeling and look. (As it is a leave in conditioner I massaged this into my daughters hair after towel drying it).

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After using all the treatments in her hair the frizz was no longer and her hair became silky as the tangles were no more. Her hair is now back to the curly, shiny and healthy texture that it once was. As her hair is so easy to comb through now she is able to do it herself which saves me a job in the mornings. Her hands always seem to be stroking at her hair feeling how soft it is, she loves how good it feels. www.dominicanhaircare.co.uk 

Written by Hayley Sweeney

Published in Blog
Friday, 06 November 2015 14:43

Hot Hair Trends This Winter

The days are getting cooler, the dark nights are already here, we wrap up in big jumpers, coats, scarfs and hats but don't let that stop you from looking beautiful. Look forward to the new season by trying out some of the new hottest hair trends. From a classic French twist with a modern update, low ponytails or my personal key hair trend bohemian waves there's something pretty for everyone this new season.

The Low Ponytail

Messy or sleek, side or straight, the low ponytail is big this season. The trick to the trend is to wear it very low. Choose a messy low ponytail for the daytime and by night opt for a sleek sophisticated look wither straight or to the side. If you're wearing one of winters hot metallic eye makeup trends why not wrap some metal around the ponytail.

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French Twist

A classic French twist with a difference is massive this season after seeing it on the catwalk with both Chanel and Tom Ford amongst others. The key to the trend is to make the twist looser and younger. Make it much messier or try adding waves to the hair first, hold the twist with statement pins or ribbon.

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Bohemian Waves

My key hair trend is exactly this. Beautiful long, thick, textured kinky waves that simply look like you plaited your hair wet and let it air dry; and why not do exactly that? If you don't want to leave your hair to dry in plaits simply spray some sea salt spray into damp hair before drying

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Published in Blog
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 23:34

Hair care From Salon Science

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My hair texture is fine, professionally highlighted, tends to dry out on the ends and its naturally curly, with a tendency to frizz and fly out in all directions.

I’ve been using both products for over a week now. I only used small amount of mousse to start with but slightly larger amount that suggested on the packaging works better with my fine hair. Both products work best when used together, however the mousse worked best on my towel dried hair, after I brushed it. After I dried my hair I used small amount of oil to smooth the waves.

Overall, I am pretty impressed by both products – hair stays nice silky texture for about two days without the need for washing and the ends aren’t drying out. The hair keeps its shape and there is no uncontrollable frizzing. I only needed to use a bit of the serum in the morning to get the hair under control without having to wash it again. I prefer both products to similar hair products that I’ve been using so far.

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Both products can be purchased from Boots - Salon Science Cellumax Volumising Foam PhytoCellTec Swiss Apple 150ml - 17.00 and Salon Science Reglosse Smoothing Serum GSP-T Swiss Grape 50ml - 18.00

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Summer is on its way and by know we have started shopping for our summer wardrobe, and doubled up on exfoliating and moisturising our bodies. But what about spending some extra time on preparing your hair for your summer holidays. The exposure to sun, salt and chlorine can damage your hair leaving them dry, brittle and prone to breakage. Here are some tips to help you prepare your locks for those sunny days lounging by the pool or on a sunny beach


Prevent Damage

Prevention is better than a cure, deep conditioner once a week as this will keep your hair in good shape all summer long. Also get colour treatments before the summer and avoid heat styling as much as possible.


Macadamia natural oil Deep Repair Masque, rebuilds dry and damaged hair with its combination or macadamia and argan oil.
Available at www.feelunique.com

Macadamia natural oil Deep mask

Swim Care

Chlorine sucks the moisture out of your hair, so be sure to wet your hair before and after swimming to get rid of the salt and chlorine.
Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo clarifies and removes copper, iron, hard water and minerals as well as product build up and suits all hair types.

Available at www.feelunique.com

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Sun Protection

Too much exposure to the sun can leave your tresses dry and lifeless so spray your hair with a SPF spray. Wella Professionals sun protection spray contains a double phase formula. Phase 1 helps to protect hair against UV rays while Phase 2 contains a vitamin complex that hydrates the hair leaving healthy and soft to the touch.

Available at www.feelunique.com

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Moisturize

Humidity brings out the frizz monster so you want to thoroughly moisturise your hair. Natural curly hair needs extra moisture, keep a spray bottle with a mixture of water and leave in conditioner to spritz your hair throughout the day.

I love the Naked Range and finds that the Naked Style Gorgeous Curls Taming Cream and their Leave-in conditioner helps to keep my natural curls defined and moisturised.

Available at Boots www.boots.com

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No To Greasy Hair

Summer means everything is a bit oily so dry shampoo is great to keep oily hair at bay so spray your roots to absorb any oil and freshen up your locks.

Klorane gentle dry shampoo with oat milk softens and protects while cleaning.

Available at www.feelunique.com

Klorane dry shampoo

Colour Treated hHir

If you have coloured your hair before heading of on your summer holiday and want the same vibrant colour throughout use a treatment designed for colour treated and damage hair and use sulfate free shampoos and conditioners to keep it looking healthy.

Kérastase Reflection Chroma Riche Treatment Masque, protects and boosts radiance for dry, highlighted and colour treated hair.

Available at www.feelunique.com

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After Summer Care

Three months of fun in the sun will leave your hair damaged. So you want to make sure that is not just your glowing tan you showing off when the sun fades but also fabulous looking hair. Get your hair back to its former glory with the Redken extreme strength builder fortifying mask for distressed Hair deep. It deep conditions and strengthens hair from the inside out.

Available at www.feelunique.com

Redken strenght builder masque

So before heading on your holidays make sure to give your hair some TLC so that it is not just your body and skin that is ready for all your summer frolics.

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