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Pantene Beautiful Lengths Hair Donation 12

I can feel summer is so close that I can almost touch it. It is exciting but we have had a particularly warm Spring so far and I feel like we are in for some extreme heat over the next few months. It is at this time of year I get an itch to cut off all my locks. A dramatic change that will be less work during the hot, sweaty days. Perhaps it was just my recent experience with a fabulous short style that has me itching. However, I have learnt my lesson from years gone past that there are some things to consider before getting a massive style change.

If you are in the same boat as me, and thinking about a style change, you may want to get some expert advice. I chatted with Alan Buki, Co-Founder of Original & Mineral, Owner of Original A and Co-Founder of O&M.nyc to get the tips we need to know.  Continue Reading

Original Mineral nyc Salon Front Doors

Finding a hairdresser to entrust with your hair can be stressful and scary. Well, it is for me. I have never had “my own” hairdresser. I have always jumped between places and I didn’t even have a method to choosing where I would go. I would end up going somewhere that is nearby to home or work, or I would pick a place based on how it looked, or I would just go somewhere that stocked products I liked. I could count on one hand the number of hairdressers I have actually returned to more than once, and that frustrates me some what. As I get older I want to find someone that knows my hair and that I can just sit down and trust they will do what looks best.

My recent hair makeover at Original A Salon has me thinking that this could potentially be that place. However, I am a commitment phobe so I thought I would ask Alan Buki, owner of Original A Salon, what I should be looking for when choosing a hairdresser. I hope his expert tips help you too.  Continue Reading

Underlights Before After Hairstyle

The last time I had anything done to my hair was when I chopped it all off for Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths 2012. I had the honour of the fabulous Barney Martin doing the cut, but with such a huge amount being chopped off I wasn’t in the mood for anything else at the time. Cut to me 12 months later and I was practically bursting for a new hair-do. I felt bored and tired of my natural hair colour, and the cut Barney did had well grown out (and no, I didn’t have a trim since, eeep!).

When I heard that the fabulous Original & Mineral founders had just revamped their salon I thought it would be the perfect time to take a visit. I was first introduced to the O&M products at Cosmoprof in 2011 and had used them at home since, but I had never seen them in a salon environment. Seeing as though the products were actually created for salon use I thought it was time to see how they performed under pressure …. and hey, I needed a new hairdo after all. I was happy to see anyone from the salon but I was extremely lucky to find the head honchos had some time to do my hair.

Colour

Up first was the colouring and I was delighted that Wayne Lewis, Colour Director at Original A salon and Technical Director for Original & Mineral, would give me the hottest colour trick of the moment – Underlights!. What the hell is that? Don’t worry, that was my response too. Let me explain …  Continue Reading

VS Sassoon Big Hair Styler Before Front

Everyone thinks their own hair is the worst, but in my opinion you don’t know suffering until you have thin, fine hair. My wispy hair sticks to my head, makes me look bald if I tie it back too tight and gets oily within 24 hours of washing it. On the plus side, it does dry quickly and heat styling only takes a few minutes … but with that comes some concerning bad points. Fine hair is fragile and gets damaged quite easily. To all the fine haired girls out there, I know your pain.

If you have fine hair it is important to keep it in good shape. I spoke with Alan Buki, Co-Founder of Original & Mineral, Owner of Original A and Co-Founder of O&M.nyc to get the facts about managing fine hair.

  1. It is important to still condition hair even though it is fine because conditioner can add nourishment without adding weight. Try O&M’s Fine Intellect which conditions the hair but is weightless as it uses camomile.
  2. If hair has flyaways make sure that you use a natural bristle brush not synthetic as this can sometimes cause static.  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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