Three Fave Hair Styling Products

When you have coloured hair, especially bleached hair, you need to take extra care of it and make sure you're using the right products for styling so you don't damage your locks even more. Here are a few of my current favourites...

Color Wow Raise The Root (£16.50) is a great little product that I use every time I blow dry my hair. Unfortunately bleaching has left my hair finer than it was so sometimes getting volume can be an issue, but if I spritz this into my roots and comb it through before blow drying it really does add lots of volume and give my hair a thicker appearance. It doesn't leave your hair feeling crispy like a mousse can and the lift really lasts. I couldn't live without this stuff now!

Redken Smooth Lock (£15.45 - used to be called Smooth Down) is a gorgeous oil that I smooth onto the ends of my hair before blow drying. It not only smooths and helps prevent frizz but it's also a heat protector and nourishes my dry hair at the same time. I've tried quite a few oils now and this is one of my all time favourites, plus it's great value at only fifteen quid for a generous 150ml bottle!

Schwarzkopf got2b Rise n Shine Hairspray (£4.19) is my favourite at the moment. It has a great smell compared to most others and it keeps my styles locked in without being too sticky and going clumpy. The fine mist is great and means you can really control how much you're using. When I curl my hair I spritz a little of this on to each curl as soon as I've taking the curling iron away and let it cool and this stuff helps it stay put for hours!

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GUEST POST - The joy of plus size fashion with Betty Pamper

Even a few years ago plus size fashion was a narrow prescriptive place. The sheer lack of availability of clothes in sizes over a size 14 meant that for the average UK fatty channelling the latest fashions was just an unattainable goal. Online retail was in the infancy and the high street offered very slim pickings indeed (no pun intended) you could choose generic classic items from Evans (this was before they started to include collections like The Cut ) stretchy jeans from M and S and if you were really desperate the odd jumper from Ann Harvey. Trying to style that little lot out was often impossible. It’s wonderful to think how far plus size fashion has come and with it a limitless array of possibilities.

Every morning I wake up and I still get a small surge of excitement. Rather than being faced with the same three or four Dawn French style tunics and boot cut trousers I can be whoever I want to be. Some days this is pretty, outfits so sweet it makes your teeth ache. Pastel coloured confections, swing dresses and floral circle skirts. Other days I can do pared back city chic androgyny, boyfriend jackets, cigarette pants and jersey tees in grey marl and taupe. Clothes are my story telling, they give the world all the information they need about how I am feeling on any given day and its great to be able to offer a blockbuster rather than a pamphlet.

The freedom of expression this availability of clothes had offered not just me but a nation of plus size women is just phenomenal. Sure there is still some way to go, plus size ranges which finish at a size 26 are my pet hate and my big dream that one day Topshop will take their sizes up to plus may never be realised (why Philip Green why?) but overall the landscape for curvy girls is vibrant, eclectic, and this is encouraging a whole generation of plus size women  to throw themselves headfirst into fashion like children at a ball pool. I’m holding my nose and diving in - come join me wheeeee!

Betty Pamper writes the daily plus size blog


Give It Some Oomph

I love how a cleverly cut piece of clothing can completely change your figure. The skater dress is definitely a great choice if you want to fake that hourglass figure as the emphasized skirt usually hangs in a way that give the impression of wide voluptuous hips. This lovely little number from Yours Clothing has extra oomph as it has wonderful pleats and a really full skirt that is emphasized by the horizontal stripes. I really love the addition of a sheer mesh stripe too, it's a very cute touch!

Black, White and Mesh Stripe Skater Dress - Yours Clothing - £35.00*
Crop Leggings - Yours Clothing - £8.00

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