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bhave Smoothe Plus Keratin Therapy review

When health was restored to my hair with the bhave Rescue Therapy hair treatment I found myself searching for a definitive answer on how I would like my hair to be. I’ve been a hair chameleon over the years having died it every colour of the rainbow, tried every chemical and non-chemical treatment, and cut it into all kinds of shapes, but my interest of late has been finding a hair cut, colour and style that just works with my life.

I’m lazy with styling my hair but I always want it to look neat and styled. I love long hair because it’s more versatile and I can tie it back when I don’t want to bother with it. How could I get the best of both worlds at once? The answer was hidden in a lob and a keratin treatment.

I went back to Neil Cleminson, the Creative & Technical Director for bhave, and told him my woes. I was hesitant about cutting off my long locks but with summer here it was just getting messy anyway. The decision was made to cut my hair into a long-bob (lob) and the rest of my hair troubles would be solved with the Smoothe + Keratin Therapy treatment. My review takes you through it.  Continue Reading

bhave Rescue Shampoo Conditioner

After my recent bhave Rescue experience it was important that I continue to strengthen my hair so that it can return to a healthier place. To compliment the Rescue in-salon treatment, bhave created the Rescue Intense Repair shampoo and conditioner for ongoing maintenance. The same key ingredients are included, raw natural keratin, which is said to keep rebuilding the structure of the hair through continual use.

For my trial I continued using it for 4 weeks on average 3 times per week. Did it keep strengthening my hair? Have I noticed any improvement beyond what the in-salon treatment provided? I tell you all in this review.  Continue Reading

bhave Rescue hair treatment

Some of my body parts that are showing the signs of ageing more than others. One that I’ve noticed going downhill particularly fast is my hair – it’s quality isn’t what it used to be. Each hair strand is getting thinner but at the same time frizzy, it’s not feeling as soft and it’s looking dull. It’s like my hair is having a mid-life crisis but before I went to New York Fashion Week I decided enough was enough, something had to be done. I started looking into keratin hair treatments, something I had explored many years ago before the technology was refined.

Neil Cleminson at Reveur Cheveux Salon is also the Creative & Technical Director for bhave. After moving to Melbourne in May I was yet to find a new hairdresser so I was very happy to find out Neil was located just minutes from my house. New hairdresser found and coincidently I had heard from some fellow beauty editors that bhave’s Rescue Therapy wasn’t like any other keratin treatment.

Before going in for the treatment I looked into why it was different – the answer was Replicine Functional Keratin, which is the only commercially available fully functional keratin protein that has been extracted using a patented technology from pure New Zealand wool. Now, as many of you know, I’m vegan and therefore I’m personally against using any animals to benefit humans but when it became clear that many of you were requesting information on keratin treatments I had to put my personal feelings aside because this blog isn’t about me being vegan, it’s about helping you all to find the best products out there. I couldn’t recommend any keratin treatments until I did one myself.

Was my ethical sacrifice worth it? Have I found the answer to your hair woes? Let’s find out! Continue Reading

AUTUMN 2014

Australia has a pretty spectacular summer and I for one am terribly sad to see it end. The only way you can get a smile on my face is if you win one of these awesome beauty prizes. Rewarding you beautiful people makes me happy so check out the amazing prizes we have on offer to keep you going through the season.

We have a massive prize pool valued at over $1,700. I can’t wait to see what you win!  Continue Reading

Bhave Hydrator

Have you done a bit of damage to your hair this season? Whether it is the bitter cold up in the northern hemisphere or the scorching heat in the southern, lack of moisture is a year round drama for our hair. Without moisture our hair becomes tired, faded and reminiscent of steel wool. With the hope of avoiding this, I wanted to find a product that was good for my hair without any nasty chemicals. Bhave is one Australian haircare brand offering essential hair products without the parabens, sulphates and sodium chloride so I gave their Hydrator range a try. Here is my review of their shampoo and conditioner.  Continue Reading

Professional beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries shares her personal blogger burnout advice and tips.

This article is Part 1 of a three-part series about my personal experience with Blogger Burnout – My Demise + My Recovery + My Future

In Part 1 of my Blogger Burnout story I shared about how my 5+ year blogging career was blown apart. In Part 2, I shared with you the work I put in to learning some big lessons. Now, in Part 3, I’m going to share what happened as a result of my blogger burnout and absence, and what the future may hold for The Plastic Diaries. I have some important blogger burnout advice and let’s not forget, like all trilogies, the third instalment is the best, right?  Continue Reading

Professional beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries shares her personal blogger burnout recovery story and experience

This articles is Part 1 of a three part series about my personal experience with Blogger Burnout – My Demise + My Recovery + My Future

In Part 1 of my Blogger Burnout story I shared about how my 5+ year blogging career was run into the ground. In this post, Part 2, I’m going share with you what took place after burning out. I’ll share the journey of my blogger burnout recovery and how rebuilding a life meant destroying it a little more first.  Continue Reading

Professional beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries shares her personal blogger burnout story and experience

This article is Part 1 of a three-part series about my personal experience with Blogger Burnout – My Demise + My Recovery + My Future

I started The Plastic Diaries in 2008, became a full-time blogger in 2010 and vanished from the blogging universe in 2015. Where did I go? Why? What happened to me? These are questions that have been asked of me during my 18+ month disappearance. The short answer was blogger burnout – a rarely spoken of condition that is fast becoming a serious concern amongst the influencer industry. Have you ever followed a blogger and notice that one day they have just disappeared? Their blog stopped posting new content, their social media went untouched – it happens often. In my almost 9 years of blogging I have lost count of the bloggers that have come and gone, most of which I have no idea why or where they went.

Upon my return to blogging at the end of last year I’ve put off explaining what exactly occurred in my life. I confided in a few select friends and trusted individuals about my story but I’ve brushed over it with the wider community by saying the cause was “personal stuff”. I don’t believe bloggers owe anyone an explanation when they disappear but I know that when my favourites have gone AWOL I’ve missed them and been concerned for their wellbeing. I didn’t want to be another blogger who vanished without a trace and leave you wondering. I also believe Continue Reading

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