I decided to write a feature on dealing with men’s thick, wavy or unruly hair after so many guys had written comments after my first two articles.
Getting up at 5.20am for the last three weeks has been a killer but that is how long my induction has been for Crossfit. I have been going three times a week from 6-7am to learn about this fitness programme. It was a friend of mine who had mentioned it to me and I thought it sounded great so I signed up! test
Crossfit is a varied strength and conditioning programme which is designed around functional movements that are used in sports and everyday life. The programme is pretty intense and the results are meant to be incredible as you are pushed to the limit doing circuits which is great for the core and muscle building.
On day 1 we had to do a set circuit which was timed, we then had to repeat the same circuit on the last induction to see if we had gained strength and speed. I couldn’t believe how much faster I had got in such a short amount of time. Matt who’s the instructor spent the time talking to us and showing how each movement is done properly. Most of the exercises require a lot of coordination which is something that doesn’t come naturally for me!
I am really excited to see what next week will bring when i start classes properly. I’m glad to be having another hour in bed from now on!
I was recently interviewed for the Liverpool Daily Post for their business section called “Step Into My Office”.
Here is my second article that I wrote for FashionBeans.com titled “What are we doing for you today”, it’s an article about how to choose a haircut.
My first article did really well, it’s the most viewed and shared column on FashionBeans this year which I’m over the moon about.
On February 17th I spent the afternoon filming in Barbara Daley hair salon for Channel 4 programme “Super Scrimpers”.
I was asked to go and test different shampoos which were of a different price range and give my views and opinions on each one. All three shampoos were in plain bottles and I had to guess which was the cheapest, mid-price and expensive shampoo.
As I recommend professional hair products in my salon I was concerned that I was going to get the whole test wrong! There was three stylists including myself testing the shampoos and had to mark them out of five. I have to say I was massively surprised at the difference in the quality, fragrance and lather with each shampoo. I luckily managed to figure out which one was which
Growing up I have always been massively into my pop music. I remember every Sunday religiously listening to The UK Top 40 on Radio 1 to see who was in Number 1 that week and watching Top of The Pops every Thursday night to watch my idols on stage.
Everything about the music industry has changed over time but we all still love a boyband or girlgroup.
Thanks to programmes like X Factor and Pop Idol everyone growing up wants to be and now possible has the chance to be a pop star, we all think it’s a glamorous lifestyle and you get to hang out with other celebrities and get to have your hair done and wear all new clothes, you also get to travel the world and see different countries.
The reality of what life is really like when you’re young, rich and famous has been shown on ITV2’s “The Big Reunion” every week. Seeing the pressure and the exhaustion each band went through is an eyeopener and I’m sure I’m not the only one who used to think that they were all just best mates having a laugh getting to do what they love…. So many of those band members have paid a price for the fame they once had. It has been so interesting watching the stories unfold each week with the different bands involved in the show, Five, 911, B’Witched and of course we have all seen over the years the ongoing story of Kerry Katona from the original Atomic Kitten line up.
I have to admit I couldn’t have been anymore excited though than for my trip to London to go and see The Big Reunion Live at The Hammersmith Apollo, the first gig for most of these bands for about ten years . I suppose for many of these bands they have seen the success of Take That reforming and see it as a great opportunity to do it all again.
I have been in my element over the last few years, Take That, Spice Girls, Boyzone and ….. have all gone back on the road. And so now it’s time for 911, Liberty X, Honeyz, B*witched, 5ive and Atomic Kitten. Seeing all of them on stage was unbelievable, I think watching them all on The Big Reunion and seeing what issues they have with each other and dealing with fame it was very clear to see how emotional it was for every band to be back on stage performing together again. I thought some of them would have looked uncomfortable or unfit on stage but all the bands looked pretty slick each performing 3 of their biggest hits. I can only hope we will see each and every one of them back in the charts once more!
On Sunday 24th February myself and Ian went along to the launch of the new GHD Eclipse styler at The Radisson Hotel, Manchester.
GHD first came on the market 12 years ago as an exclusive in-salon styler and the brand revolutionised the way everyone styles their hair today. Since launching their first stylers, they have bought out a vast portfolio of other products, the Ghd Air, The Ghd V Gold Series Stylers, GHD Style hair products and a range of brushes and combs.
As a leader in the market, I was intrigued to see what GHD could come up with to outdo their own product. The GHD Eclipse has been nearly four years in the making, this styler has a new patented tri-zone technology which makes light of the toughest of hair types and textures such as very thick, curl or even afro hair.
Watching seven demonstrations on stage it was clear to see how different these stylers are. Zoe Irwin, Ken Picton and the GHD artistic team showed us how easy and simple it really was to smooth out difficult hair without damaging the hair.
The styler has 6 sensors which keep the stylers at a constant temperature whilst the barrel stays cool which allows the hair to set as the hair is styled with them, this will allow the style to lock in for longer. Creating curls with the stylers looks so much easier than before.
I walked into Hooka with the silky GHD bag containing the new stylers which we’d been given to try out and the staff were like children on Christmas morning. I can’t wait to see what we can achieve with them!!
Everything about these stylers scream “luxury”. They really look and sound the part. When you switch them on and off they make a nicer melody than the usual “bleep bleep” that we’re used to. You really feel that GHD have pushed the boat out with this styler. The technology has really been well thought out from the shape of the styler to allow the freedom to style the hair in whichever form. I love the way the plates feel more fluid on the hair and they genuinely do glide through the hair like no other styler. The GHD brand has done what Apple do with their iphones, they have looked at everything and thought “How can we make this better”… I suppose there are only so many times you can recolour the same old stylers. This styler will be on everyone’s wish list once more just like a new IPhone! Hooka will start taking preorders soon I’m sure.
Some information from GHD:
WHAT IS TRI-ZONE™ TECHNOLOGY?
Six quick thinking sensors and super-thin plates mean perfect heat control for maximum impact and styling power. Bring order to the chaos of hard to tame hair. The new ghd eclipse will empower you to rule over every hair texture, from the first pass to the final flourish. All textures will obey; from the rebellious and unruly to full-on headstrong afro hair.
WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT THE ghd ECLIPSE®?
- breakthrough patented tri-zone™ technology
- six quick-thinking sensors for precise thermal control
- one-stroke texture taming for all hair types
- constant heat at an optimal 185 degrees C
- super-fine precision-finished plates for ultimate heat transfer, efficiency and smooth styling
- aerogel insulation for a cool-to-the-touch outer shell, even after 45 minutes of use
- makes light work of hard-to-tame hair
- a styler that hits and maintains optimum heat in seconds