Balayage: How To Go Naturally Blonde With Live True London

If you’re considering going blonde, or flirting with the idea of a natural looking balayage, look no further than Live True London.

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be blonde. What does it actually mean to have a blonde moment? Do blondes have more fun? You know me, these philosophical questions eat me up inside -I needed to find out first hand.

I started with a few highlights about a year ago, then in September I added some balayage. But I knew that for the real thing, I needed to bring in the big guns. Live True London.

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Live True London has salons in Clapham, Brixton and Vauxhall. I visited the Clapham salon and it was probably the most relaxing hair salon experience I’ve ever had. The salons sport incredible interiors, the service is next to none and the staff are super friendly. You cannot ask for much more for a weekend pamper.

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5 tips if you are considering balayage

I’ve been blonde for a little while now, and the comment I’ve received the most is how seamless my balayage looks -it blends in so beautifully with my darker roots.

If you’re considering balayage yourself, hopefully you will find these tips useful:

  1. Make sure your hair is healthy before you consider balayage. Your hair will go under quite a bit of stress with the bleaching and your ends might struggle a bit. To prevent this from happening, I recommend using Olaplex before and after your treatment, which will keep your hair hydrated and protected;
  2. Ask your hairdresser for an icy blonde. A cooler look will look less artificial than yellowy, brassy tones;
  3. Stock up on blue shampoo -this will help maintain the icy blonde tones;
  4. Use heat protectors before styling your hair to protect against breakage and damage.
A photo showing hair before balayage treatment
A photo showing the end result after balayage (wavy)
After – Wavy
A photo showing the end result after balayage (straight)
After – Straight

So -the question you’ve all been asking. Do blondes have more fun? They definitely do.

How I dropped a dress size: easy tips for weightloss

So I’ve been going through a bit of a healthy phase lately. I say the word “weightloss” almost guiltily because, to be honest, I feel a bit sorry for us millennials.

So much is expected of us. We must have our careers in check, our relationships on track, enough savings to buy impossibly expensive homes and -to top it all off- perfect bodies, strong friendships, active lifestyles and a love of food (but not gluten).

So when I say I feel guilty for going through a healthy phase, it is because I don’t want to make anyone else who might be struggling with motivation feel like they aren’t doing enough. We are all in this together -I get you.

For example, my personality type is ENTP-T. I am a thinker and a debater. But when it comes to implementing my ideas, particularly when it comes to weightloss,  I struggle -a lot. So I have come up with a few “life stabilisers” to help me along the way.

FYI, I’m not a nutrition/health expert. And I don’t blame you if you’re thinking -DUH!?

1. Protein diet

Weightloss is hard. Especially in this lovely weather, surrounded by temptation. There are so many bbqs, parties and afternoon teas to enjoy. No one likes feeling FOMO.

So my number one tip is to stick to a Mon-Fri protein heavy diet (lean meats, fish, eggs etc), and then have a bit of fun at the weekend. SO boring, I know. Works though.

2. Walking 

Disclaimer -I used to hate walking. But recently I have found that it’s actually the perfect time to catch up with friends/family on the phone. If your commute to work/uni is too long to walk, walk for part of it. I swear to god it works for weightloss.

3. No alcohol 

Now, you might be of the Grace (from Grace and Frankie) school of thought that alcohol has its own rules. This may well be true -as I said, I’m not a health expert. But what I do know is that empirically speaking, cutting out alcohol works a treat for me. I find that it makes me look less bloated and, more importantly, it ensures that I don’t end up in maccie ds at the end of the night.

4. LipoFirm Pro 

My final “life stabiliser” is a treatment called LipoFirm Pro. A few months ago, I was invited to undertake 8 sessions of LipoFirm Pro at Coco Nail Bar in exchange for a review. So I thought -why not? Let’s give this a go. I was given a choice of which area I wanted to target: thighs, glutes, stomach, neck.  I decided to target my stomach (PROBLEM AREA!).

As you can imagine, I was a little sceptical about the treatment at first. If I’m totally honest, I didn’t notice much of a difference after the first couple of sessions. However, after the 3rd or 4th session, I started to notice a real increase in the elasticity and tightness of my skin due to the collagen rejuvenation and contraction caused by the radio-frequency energy. Around the 5th session, I noticed that my stomach felt a lot more toned. Come session 8, I had lost a total of 7cm around my stomach.

Since I started the treatment, I have dropped one dress size. I believe this was thanks to a combination of all of the above “life stabilisers”.

Click here if you would like to find out more about the LipoFirm Pro treatment at Coco Nail Bar.