Sunday, 30 January 2011

Claire: Hair Clip Explorer

Taking Hair Clips To Illogical Extremes

Do hair clips and snow mix?
Claire finds out ...
Remember all that snow we had last month? I know, you probably have blocked it from your memory to protect your mental health.

Well, that Siberian Cold Snap had some unintended consequences in our little world of hair clips.

The snow literally stopped your orders going out and also from being delivered for several days. It hit not only Stone Bridge, of course. Thousands of mail order companies were affected, and most courier companies were very backed up in the run up to Christmas.

I blogged about this back at the time, which you can read about here if you're interested: Snow vs. Stone Bridge

While Claire and I were dealing with delivery problems, we also had a spate of customers getting in touch and letting us know that their French Pleat combs were snapping.

As you probably know, we promise you a hair clip that holds your hair properly without breaking or your money back. We stand by our guarantee unconditionally. So if you receive a clip or headband that isn't completely perfect for you, you get your money back. Absolutely not a problem.

Now the material we use in our combs is Italian cellulose acetate, which is strong and flexible. It can become rigid and more brittle over time, but generally speaking this takes decades. So Claire and I were left scratching our heads over these broken combs.

They had come from a factory that we don't get many products from, so it is possible that we had been unlucky and just had an old batch or had received combs made from defective material.

But it didn't seem very likely.

Claire: Fearless Hair Clip Explorer

A few weeks later, Claire had a brainstorm. She took a comb home over the weekend and put it in the freezer.

Claire's family wondered if she had put it there absentmindedly (as you do, putting your personal care items in the freezer). However, they are used to hair accessories or packaging materials showing up in strange places, usually as subjects in one of Claire's complex scientific experiments.

For example, one of her recent experiments came about when she was worried that a parcel delivered in the rain might mean your hair clips arrive water damaged. So she tested various ways of packing and sealing our boxes and then sprayed them with a squirt bottle to see which method protected your hair accessories the best when they were in transit.

These are the types of things we think about.

With the heavy snowfall in Kent in December, massive numbers of parcels were being collected and then taken to sorting offices, where they would be left caged up on open docks until someone was able to sort them properly.  We know this thanks to our many friends and informants inside the Royal Mail. (Yep, if your parcel is delayed, we pull strings!)

While the docks are under cover, they are left open 24 hours a day. The temperature at this particular time frequently fell well below freezing.

Claire wanted to know what effect freezing had on cellulose acetate and whether any change to the material was permanent.

Before Freezing

Cellulose acetate that hasn't been frozen is bendy. You can break it, but it is more like tearing. It doesn't generally snap.

Claire bent different parts of the comb to see how much effort was required to actually break it. The comb was really quite bendy.

Then our brave comb entered the freezer.

After Freezing

Claire froze the comb overnight for about eight hours. She then left the comb to thaw to room temperature for about three hours.

Bending the comb, the material immediately snapped under pressure.

The comb was left for another 24 hours at room temperature, but continued to be brittle, breaking easily.

Inescapable Conclusions

French handmade hair accessories are not suitable for home freezing.

Generally speaking, this shouldn't be a problem for you as a collector of Stone Bridge hair accessories. Your hair accessories will be going from wherever you do your hair (presumably at room temperature) to being in your hair, where they will be next to your roasty warm head all day.

However, if you keep any hair accessories in your handbag or in the glove box of your car, there is a small chance they could get frozen.

Something to keep in mind.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

You Can't See Hair Clips on The Radio ...

Stone Bridge Hair Accessories Receives Love From Amazing Radio Presenter Frankie Ward


Frankie Ward shows off her latest headband




You can't see stuff on radio, but Frankie Ward, presenter on independent digital radio station Amazing Radio and frontman (or is that frontwoman?) of the band Get Frank, has been blogging some love about Stone Bridge.

A woman after my own heart, she sent me this picture of her all glammed up in the studio.

Your hair looks great, Frankie!

Hair Clips for Fine Hair: Melissa's Top Recommendations

The Complete Roundup Of Melissa's Series on How To Choose Hair Accessories for Fine Hair

Perfect Hair Accessories for Fine Hair
As a follow-on from my video series earlier this month about hair accessories for thick hair, last week I went through our complete range of over 1000 hair accessories to show you the very best hair clips and headbands for fine hair.

If you missed all the videos and demonstrations, don't worry.

Here's a roundup of what I covered:

Day 1: Hair Claws for Fine Hair
Day 2: Barrettes and Hair Slides for Fine Hair
Day 3: Ponytail Elastics Gentle on Fine Hair
Day 4: Hair Forks and U Pins for Fine Hair
Day 5: Headbands and Alice Bands for Fine Hair

Enjoy!

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Hair Clips for Thick Hair: Melissa's Top Picks

The Complete Roundup Of Melissa's Series on How To Choose Hair Accessories for Thick Hair

Thick hair? We've got the
perfect hair clip for you...
It was a busy week last week, going through our complete range of over 1000 hair accessories to show you the very best hair clips and headbands for thick hair.

If you missed all the videos and demonstrations, don't worry.

Here's a roundup of what I covered:

Day 1: Hair Claws for Thick Hair
Day 2: Barrettes and Hair Slides for Thick Hair
Day 3: Ponytail Elastics for Thick Hair
Day 4: Hair Forks and U Pins for Thick Hair
Day 5: Headbands and Alice Bands for Thick Hair

Enjoy!

Headbands and Hair Bands for Fine Hair

The Last in Our Video Series about Hair Accessories for Fine Hair

All good things, sadly must come to an end. This concludes our series of videos about choosing hair clips for fine hair. If you missed any of these, either the original 2011 series or our up-to-date recommendations, you can catch up by clicking here.

But first up, take a look at our current recommended headbands that are perfect for fine hair.




Hair Accessories Shown In This Video

Super Comfy Skinny Headband (for Fine Hair only!)
Renaissance Silk Headband
Slim Silk Scarf Headband
(See also Allegria Wide Silk Headband  - perfect for fine hair)

Browse all headbands


(Original post, Vintage 2011!)

I wanted to share with you just one of the lovely emails we received in response to our videos last week about hair clips for thick hair:


"Just to let you know I am delighted with my hair clips I bought following your thick hair recommendation video on Wednesday, especially the weave claw which is amazingly secure considering its relatively small size and the thickness of my unruly hair. The large rectangle claw is beautiful and feels good if slightly less secure than the weave claw. "
 -Nicola S., Borders, Scotland

It's feedback like this which helps us to really know which of our 1000 hair clips will work for specifically for your hair type.

I don't want you to buy something that doesn't hold your hair. A hair clip that just sits in your drawer doesn't do anyone any good. I would rather you end up with something that does a proper job for you, that you love and love to wear.

On with our final video ...

Headbands or Hair Bands for Fine Hair



Headbands Shown in this Video

Super Comfy Entwined Tortoiseshell headband
Super Comfy skinny headband
Zig Zag skinny headband
Ficcare Twisted Skinny headband
Lambskin Leather bandeau
Paisley Silk Scarf headband
Lambskin Leather Wrapped Half Inch headband


Browse all our Scarf Style headbands
Browse some of our Super Comfy skinny headbands

Saturday, 22 January 2011

French Pleat Combs and Forks for Fine Hair

Day 4 Of Our Video Series about Hair Clips for Fine Hair

Customers have told us this series of tutorials we made back in 2011 was the best and most helpful we ever produced.

We've since updated our recommendations for you, but there's still value in the originals, chock full of good advice and ideas you'll find really valuable.

Scroll down to check them out, but first, here is our more recent video for you:




Hair Accessories Shown In This Video

French Pleat Large Comb (for thick hair ONLY!)
Vrille Hair Stick
Sourire French U Pins
Allegro Classic Hair Fork
Classic French Small Side Comb
(See also French Pleat Medium Comb - for hair that's "fine but a lot of it")

Browse all hair accessories Recommended for Fine Hair


(Original videos, Vintage 2011!)

How To Choose Hair Forks and Combs for Fine Hair



Hair Accessories Shown in this Video


How to Use a French Pleat Comb




The Combs That Work Best in a Pleat Style for Fine Hair




How to Use the Allegro Hair Fork


Hair Accessories Used in This Video

How to Use a Hair Stick in a French Pleat


Hair Sticks Best for Fine Hair

French Bright hair sticks
French Classic hair sticks

How to Use the Stone Bridge French U pin

Hair Pins For The Backscoop Technique

Sunday Rose Crystal U pin

Tomorrow's video ... Headbands for fine hair

Great Side Hair Clips and Slides for Fine Hair

Choosing Small Side Hair Clips to Hold Your Layers or Fringe

The bonus article I've made for you is about using smaller hair slides to hold your layers or your fringe in place.

You can click on any of these pictures to enlarge them for a better look at the hair clips.

Many of our customers with fine hair say they love our small French hair slides. Here I've used our Oval Small hair side in Silver Shell in a few ways.

Clipping Back Your Fringe
The first way is to hold back your fringe, just to the side. Our Circle slide and the Floralies slide are both very popular hair clips that work in this sort of style.

These are great hair clips to have on hand when you just need your fringe pulled away from your face, such as at work or if you're out in the garden.

Using Hair Slides to Hold Back Your Sides
With finer hair, these are also great for holding your hair up at the side. You can use one hair side on each side for a more traditional style.

Alternatively, a more modern look is to hold back just one side, leaving the other side of your hair down.

Using Hair Slides for A Quiff Style
This is my favourite use and one that works very well with finer hair because it helps create an effect of height and volume.

The first picture shows basically how a Quiff style introduces height to your face.

I guess a goofy grin like mine helps as well ... or maybe not!



Here you can see how I've used the slide to pull my fringe back, but "poofing" it slightly at the front.

Put the slide centre top of your head. These slides lie nice and flat on your head, creating an attractive profile.

You can also use a decorative grip or one of our dainty Classic French Side Barettes.

Again, a Side Barrette sits very close and flat to your head, which is what you want with fine hair.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Ponytail Elastics for Fine Hair

Day 3 Of Our Video Series about Hair Accessories for Fine Hair


We've redone this original 2011 video series, but it was so popular we saved the old ones for you as they still have good advice for your hair you can start using today if you want.

Scroll down to take a look, but first have a look at our current video just about the problem of finding elastics suitable for fine, delicate hair.




Hair Accessories Shown In This Video

Vivant Chenille Elastics
Baroque Cuffed Elastic
Carre French Cuffed Elastic (for Medium to Thick hair, NOT Fine Hair)
Arpege Cuffed Elastic
(See also Splendide French Cuffed Elastic for hair that is fine to medium weight)

Browse all ponytail elastics

About Ponytail Elastics for Fine Hair


Hair Elastics and Scrunchies Shown in this Video

Basic elastic
Knotted elastics
Houndstooth Cuffed elastic
Cote Cuffed elastic
Arpege Cuffed elastic
Satin Crinkle scrunchie


Browse all Stone Bridge elastic hair bands

Tomorrow's video ... Combs and hair forks for fine hair

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Hair Barrettes Perfect for Fine Hair

Day 2 Of Our Video Series about Hair Clips for Fine Hair

Originally from 2011, this has been one of our most popular video series ever. The original video has been saved for you down below as it is still full of great advice you can start using straight away.

But check out our current video for these timely tips just for fine hair.



Hair Clips Shown In This Video

Orleans Large Barrette (for thick hair ONLY!)
Classic Long Skinny Barrette
Classic Oval Barrette
(See also Glacier French Oval Barrette)
Arc Oval Barrette (for hair "fine but a lot of it")

Browse all barrettes recommended for fine hair


(Original 2011 video)

How To Choose Barrettes for Fine Hair





Barrettes Shown in this Video

Navy Buckle barrette
Arc Oval Classic Tortoiseshell barrette
Old Fashioned Gold barrette
Belle Long Skinny barrette


Browse all Stone Bridge barrettes and hair slides for fine hair

Tomorrow's video ... Ponytail Elastics for fine hair

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Hair Claws Just for Fine Hair

Day 1 Of Our Video Series about Hair Clips for Fine Hair

This series of videos first ran in 2011. We've saved the original video for you which is chock full of tips and advice you can use right now, but you might also want to look at our current video and see how Stone Bridge can help you and your hair today.




Hair Accessories Shown In This Video

Baroque Medium Claw (for thick hair ONLY!)
Classic Narrow Claw
Lisiรจre Narrow Clamp
Capitaine Clamp, Small

Browse all Stone Bridge hair claws for fine hair


(Original video, Vintage 2011!)

How To Choose Hair Claws for Fine Hair





Hair Claws Shown in this Video

Mahogany medium hair clamp
Frank and Kahn Long hair clamp
Swarovski Pave Crystal medium hair claw
Basket Weave small hair claw
France Luxe Scalloped medium hair clamp
Silk Wrapped medium clamp


Browse all Stone Bridge hair claws for fine hair

Tomorrow's video ... Barrettes for fine hair

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Headbands Perfect for Holding Thick Hair

The Last in Our Video Series about Hair Clips for Thick Hair

All good things, sadly must come to an end. This concludes our series of videos about choosing hair clips for fine hair. If you missed any of these, either the original 2011 series or our up-to-date recommendations, you can catch up by clicking here.

But first up, take a look at our current recommended headbands that are perfect for fine hair.



Hair Accessories Shown In This Video

Crystal Couture Headband
Classic Extra Wide Headband (Only suitable for Medium to Thick Hair!)
Torque Silk Headband
Glacier Double Headband
(See also Classic Double Headband - perfect in thick, curly hair)

Browse all headbands.



(Orginal post, Vintage 2011!)

I wanted to share with you one of the lovely emails we received this week in response to our video about hair claws for thick hair:


"Just to let you know I am delighted with my hair clips I bought following your thick hair recommendation video on Wednesday, especially the weave claw which is amazingly secure considering its relatively small size and the thickness of my unruly hair. The large rectangle claw is beautiful and feels good if slightly less secure than the weave claw. "
 -Nicola S., Borders, Scotland

It's feedback like this which helps us to really know which of our 1000 hair clips will work for specifically for your hair type.

I don't want you to buy something that doesn't hold your hair. A hair clip that just sits in your drawer doesn't do anyone any good. I would rather you end up with something that does a proper job for you, that you love and love wearing.

On with our final video ...

How To Choose Headbands or Hair Bands for Thick Hair




Headbands Shown in this Video

Mimosa Etched French headband
Classic Extra Wide French headband
Safari Links headband
French Fairytale Brocade Scarf headband
Ficcare Twisted Skinny headband
Lambskin Leather bandeau


Saturday, 15 January 2011

U Pins and Hair Forks for Thick Hair

Day 4 Of Our Video Series about Hair Clips for Thick Hair

Originally created in 2011, this tutorial series about hair forks and pins for thick hair was extremely popular. We've brought our recommendations bang up to date for you, but you can still see the original videos if you want if you scroll on down.

But first, here is our current video for you:



Hair Accessories Shown In This Video

French Pleat Large Comb (only for very, very thick or exceptionally long hair!)
French Pleat Medium Comb
Handmade Large French U Pin
Arpege Hair Fork
Pur Silver Hair Stick

Browse more accessories recommended for Thick Hair


(Original video, Vintage 2011!)

How To Choose Hair Forks and U Pins for Thick Hair




Hair Accessories Shown in this Video

Ficcare Moon Swarovski hair fork
Ficcare Leopard hair fork


How to Use a Hair Fork




How to Use the Stone Bridge French U pin





Hair Pins For The Backscoop Technique
Tomorrow's video ... Headbands for thick hair

Friday, 14 January 2011

How to Choose Ponytail Elastics for Thick Hair

Day 3 Of Our Video Series about Hair Clips for Thick Hair

Third up from our original 2011 advice series, the original video is just down at the bottom for you with more great ideas.

But do check out our current video here:



Hair Accessories Shown In This Video

Glacier French Cuffed Elastic (only for fine hair!)
Thick Ruffle Elastics
Carre Cuffed Elastic
French Columbine Cuffed Elastic
(See also Gardenia French Cuffed Elastic - perfect in thick, curly hair)

Browse all ponytail elastics

(Original video, Vintage 2011!)

How To Choose Hair Elastics for Thick Hair




Elastics Shown in this Video

Circle Bar Clasp elastics
French Knot Bauble elastics


Tomorrow's video ... Hair forks and U pins for thick hair

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Barrettes and Hair Slides for Thick Hair

Day 2 Of Our Video Series about Hair Clips for Thick Hair

First released in 2011, this video series has been incredibly popular. While we've since updated these recommendations, we've kept the original for you down below as it still have some little tips and tricks you can start using straight away.

But first, here is our more up-to-date video for you.



Hair Accessories Shown In This Video

Classic Oval Barrette (NOT for thick hair!)
Oriente Large Barrette
Orleans Large Barrette
Classic Extra Large Barrette (only for very, very thick or exceptionally long hair)

Browse all barrettes recommended for thick hair.


How To Choose Barrettes and Hair Slides for Thick Hair





Barrettes and Hair Clips Shown in this Video
Arc Rectangle large barrette
Coast Extra Large barrette
Ficcare Maximas Silky hair clip in Large

More Stone Bridge Hair Clips and Barrettes for Thick Hair

Le Jardin large barrette
Ficcare Maximas Classic hair clip in Large


Tomorrow's video ... Ponytail Elastics for thick hair

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Hair Claws Perfect for Thick Hair

Day 1 Of Our Video Series about Hair Clips for Thick Hair

How To Choose Hair Claws for Thick Hair

This series first ran in 2011. We've left the original video for you because it is still full of great tips you can use straight away.

But here is our current video as well:





Hair Accessories Shown In This Video

Chardon Long Hair Clamp(Sold Out!) (NOT for thick hair!)
Fat Capitaine Large Clamp
Rectangle Large Claw
(Also see Liberty Rectangle Large Claw)
Forte Extra Large Clamp

Browse all hair claws recommended for thick hair.


(Original Video, Vintage 2011!)



Hair Claws Shown in this Video

Barcelona large hair clamp
Wave hair clamp
Rectangle large hair claw
Frank and Kahn Weave large claw



Browse all Stone Bridge hair claws for thick hair

Tomorrow's video ... Barrettes for thick hair