Friday, 21 August 2015

Five Star Hair Clips Only For Thick Hair

Have you got thick hair? Check out this list for clips that will actually hold your hair...

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One thing we're really good at here at Stone Bridge is designing hair clips that really work for different hair types. And if you've got thick hair, finding a great clip you can rely on every day that can actually hold all your hair securely without breaking is not as easy as it ought to be.

We know. We speak to hundreds of women every week going through the same thing you're going through. We understand thick hair.

It's always helpful to find out what your fellow thick-haired sisters are using and loving so we've done a little trawling through the reviews and shopping baskets of this past season to see which clips have been coming out as the sure-fire winners of the summer.

After going on a corporate retreat where we built our teamwork skills going down zip wires and other such thrilling activities (no, not really) we got down to brass tacks to find out which products were the most popular and most loved by our thick-haired customers this season.

We are very proud to present: The Winners Your Thick Hair Needs.

★ 5 Star Barrette For Thick Hair: Orleans French Large Barrette 

The elegant scrolled cutwork design worn over a twist-up style has received a lot of love this summer.

This is what one fan had to say: Very excited! I can add this to my collection of Round Edge Combs and Large Barrettes. Honestly, Stone Bridge is it. There is no other hair clip company.

★ 5 Star Claw For Thick Hair: Liberty Rectangle Large Hair Claw

Our best-selling large hair claw style in this beautiful, true-blue Liberty print. If you've never had anyone compliment your hair accessories before when you're out and about, get ready to be stopped on the street. You'll want to wear this baby every day.

You sent in your comments: I bought my first claw from you in 2009, and it's still going. So when I saw it in this pattern, I just had to have it.

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★ 5 Star Headband For Fine Hair: Glacier French Double Headband

Our Double Headbands give the elegance of a skinny headband with the holding power of a wide one. Plus, our Super Comfy range of styles give you that hold while still being unbelievably comfortable.

You said: The colours are beautiful and the headband, frankly, just flippin' works for my thick hair.

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Monday, 17 August 2015

Want longer hair, faster? Well, don't buy this...

Style Over Substance Triumphs Again

What would you pay for hair like his?
Kashmir Goat, Great Ormes Head, Llandudno, N. Wales
**Originally published May 2012**

Picture this.

Beautiful, hot sunny day. I've just finished eating a delicious summery sandwich of tomato, fresh mozzerella and plenty of ground pepper.

Before starting my next project of the weekend, I sit down and **foolishly** start surfing the internet.

On my favourite topic, of course:


And what do I find that completely ruins my day?


"This unique complex of naturally derived cashmere proteins in a blend of select conditioning agents penetrates deep into the hair shaft; repairing broken bonds and helping to protect the hair from further disintegration. The natural cashmere proteins and amino acids closely match the molecular structure of human hair so fit better in the gaps and hold longer. A stitch in time saves nine. After shampooing, 3"' More Inches Conditioner then provides a further protective seal on the surface.

Following the 3"' More Inches System slows down the ageing process so your hair stays healthier and grows longer before it dries out. It will be easier to manage, more vibrant looking, and hold its colour for longer, giving you more inches of youthful, silky, supple, sexy healthy hair."

My myth-busting instincts go into overdrive as my forehead smacks the desk in despair.

3''' More Inches by Michael Van Clarke is a silly new way you can throw your money away in pursuit of a common desire to grow your hair longer, faster.

A cup full of shampoo will set you back £17.00, but hey the shipping is free.

It ought to be at that price.

And what's in this incredible elixir?

Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride Glycol Distearate, Glycerin, PEG- 7, Glycerin Cocoate, Panthenol, Cocamide MEA, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PG- Propyl Silanetriol, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Benzoic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Methylchloriosothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

So, what we've got here is fundamentally a bog standard shampoo.

This is supplemented with glycerin, which is a superficial (but perfectly good) conditioner that adds the feeling of "moisture" to the touch.

It's there to make your fingers feel good, basically.

What else?

Let's crack on to the "unique" cashmere proteins, shall we?

This shows up in the hydrolyzed keratin. Basically, they've taken a bowl full of cashmere which is the hair from a goat.

The really nice cashmere that you and I both love in our jumpers comes only from the neck of the cashmere goat. 

So what is your goatherder to do with the rest of the fibres?

Heck, lets liquidise it and put it into personal care products because everybody knows cashmere is soft. And if you word it right, people might think it will make human hair as soft as cashmere wool!

Natural cashmere proteins and amino acids (which are the same thing, right?) resemble human hair, because cashmere IS hair.


Once cashmere (or silk or any other fibre these companies like to include in their products) is hydrolysed (which usually means dropped into acid and pressurised into a liquid), the amino acids cannot "penetrate" the hair shaft. The molecules are too big.

What they do, at least in the past, is sit on the surface of your hair and have some infinitesimally small conditioning effect.

Indeed you'll notice the panthenol and hydrolysed wheat protein, which actually can do some conditioning, are higher up the ingredients list.

Welcome to the Future

Now, one ingredient that does leap out (to me) is PG-Propyl Silanetriol, which I think is the true the star in this formula.

This is one of a small group of ingredients that are making their way into quite a lot of hair care products.

It is basically made from silicone, but when combined with a protein has the interesting property of "cross linking" as it dries, forming a hard, shiny protective network over the surface of the hair.

This has the benefit of providing a bit of thermal protection during heat styling, and also helping to repair a damaged and  ruffled cuticle.

It truly can help extend the life of damaged hair.

However, this ingredient is in a number of shampoos and conditioners making their way onto store shelves these days, so it isn't enormously novel when considering the £17 price tag.

I am also left with a vague curiosity about whether the PG-Propyl Silanstriol has been combined with the wheat protein (which is more common) or with the fabled cashmere fibres, or perhaps with a unique blend of both?

In either case, the effect will be the same and I suspect the use of cashmere is merely style over substance at the end of the day.

For a similar effect, at a substantially lower price point, you could go for TRESemme's Split Remedy (which I picked up from Boots during a 3 for 2 offer), a range I've been eagerly waiting to try out since last year.

If you are actually interested in why I'm so excited by PG-Propyl Silanetriol and other siloxanes that are popping up all over the place, there's a brief explanation here.

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

How To Use A Banana Clip

Make This Cute Cascading Ponytail Style

Plage French Banana Hair Clip
Ponytails. Okay, here's the truth of the matter:

Ponytail elastics are just not good for your hair. There's too much friction, too much tension in the elastic and it's all concentrated on a small bit of your hair. Put all this together and you are gearing up for breakage and split ends.

If you have hair with some texture in it, or you can "texturise" your hair with a bit of old fashioned mousse, a banana clip is frankly one of the best alternatives going.

If your hair is slippery (or you insist on putting that silicone serum stuff in your hair all the time, which also isn't good for your hair by the way) then this design is no good for you. In your case, a barrette is the better option.

But for all other people, banana clips are great.

Here's a video I made waaaay back in the day when we made our first French handmade banana clip, showing you how to do this style.

Click! Watch! Enjoy!

Stone Bridge Banana Clips

Plage French Banana Clip

Classic French Banana Clip

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