Lee Stafford Academy Flat Iron Hair Straightener

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No matter how straight your hair is, it can always be smoother, neater and straighter through the use of hair straighteners. The Lee Stafford Academy Flat Iron Hair Straighteners are total proof of this, and may just be the best straighteners around. I have been using them over the Christmas period and have to say, as a quick fix beauty item, they are hard to beat.

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The Lee Stafford Academy Hair straighteners are both quick and easy to use. Once plugged in, they heat to your required temperature in seconds, making them perfect for fixing your hair when you are in a rush for work or the school run. The LED display on the front shows you the temperature, and it is easy to increase of decrease by using a button on the inside of the plates. The straighteners come with a useful information card that gives you the suggested temp for different hair types – I used 180 degrees as my hair is fine and flyaway, and this worked perfectly, but the plates heat up to 230 degrees for thicker, bushier or curlier hair.

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The floating plates allow your hair to glide through effortlessly, and the tongs themselves are substantial, but also quite lightweight, which again makes them easy to use (I can’t be the only one who’s arms ache when using a particularly famous brand of straighteners.) The tongs also look very sleek, and have grip points that make them easy to grip and hold as you create your style.

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For me, style is all about speed. I never leave enough time to get ready and so am always rushing around. The time that the Lee Stafford straighteners need to heat up means that these have become a vital part of my hair/beauty routine – I really only need a few minutes to leave my hair silky smooth, straight, and without the hair static that can be a bane of my life.

If you would like to win a set of Lee Stafford Hair Straighteners, you can enter the competition below.

 

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Introducing Stone Bridge Hair Accessories

Every so often, you find a new company who not only offer beautiful goods, but fabulous service too. Stone Bridge is just one of those companies. Offering french hand-made hair accessories, Stone Bridge’s website is just chocked  full of beautiful barrettes, clips and slides that you will want to add to your hair wardrobe. But it is the extra hair services that Stone Bridge offers that makes this company stand out from the crowd. Let me explain…

I have had long hair for most of my adult life, but rarely wear hair adornments for a very simple reason. My hair is fine, but there is a lot of it, and so I have never been able to find anything that will secure it neatly, whilst also looking pretty.  I have basically stuck to simple bands to secure pony tails. And that’s where Stone Bridge comes in. They offer a service where you can find out the best products for your hair before you just go ahead and buy anything. You answer a simple questionnaire about your hair type, and then, and in few hours you receive an email from an hair consultant with suggestions of hair clips that will work best for your hair. Which I think is an amazing idea.

I was recommended the Klee large barrette. This is a beautiful clip that has an almost animal print style to it, making it look oh so elegant. For medium to thick hair, this was perfect for my locks, able to secure all my hair in a low pony tail, and also looking really pretty worn slightly above my ponytail.

The 2nd item I chose was another barrette, this time the Classic tortoiseshell Arc barrette. This barrette had such a classic design and finish – I just loved the fact that this would be perfect for everyday use, especially as it was suitable for use if you want to wear fine hair in some sort of twist .

Here are some of the other styles that were recommended for my hair type.

I totally love the pieces I received from Stone Bridge, they are beautifully made to a very high standard, and they look great. I think these would make fabulous presents for hair obsessives this Christmas, and also think the website is worth a visit if you truly don’t know what to wear in your hair. If you need any further encouragement, I would say that the attention to detail is not limited to the items themselves, I was really thrilled with the packaging too – such attention to detail is a real sign of quality.

 

 

 

 

Celebrate ghd’s 10th Birthday with Selfridges

Whatever did we do before ghd’s? It’s hard to believe there was ever a day when we didn’t have the Aston Martin of stylers, but once upon a time we left the house with some pretty strange, not to say rather frizzy, hairdo’s. But this month sees the 10th birthday of the nation’s favourite straighteners/stylers, and to celebrate, Selfridges are running a special, month-long promotion for fans of ultra sleek and stylish hair and the product that won Best Life-Changing Product in the Fabulous 2011 Beauty Awards.

Until the 31st July, you can save £20 on the Iconic Eras of Style range, featuring the new ghd Gold Classic Styler. This is the fab range with an ad campaign fronted by the gorgeous Katy Perry, who describes the brand as having “the best products in the biz”. The Iconic Eras of Style collection promises to appeal to your inner glamourpuss, whatever your  favourite era. You can embrace  50’s Glamour, 70’s Boho Chic and 80’s New Wave, or all three, if you  are a style chameleon.

Each limited edition set contains the ghd Gold Classic styler (the sleekest to date), a stunning bag representing the era that gives a nod to this season’s catwalk trends, and an exclusive get-the-look book showing you how to recreate these iconic styles at home, all beautifully presented as a striking gift set.

The discount will enable you to get any of  the three iconic eras of style packaging for £109, a £20 saving. But the other is only valid until the end of the month, so you need to snap yours up pretty quickly!