Let me take a Selfie…”The good, the bad and the ugly”

Everyone is guilty of it, everyone has done it, and there is nothing to be embarrassed about, its human nature……..its…..”The SELFIE!!”

It’s the latest THING to do, your at the beach, at a party, with your mates, or even in hospital giving birth, there is always the right time for a “selfie”, am I right??

There are so many selfie pictures on social media and magazines of beautiful people in their natural habitat looking amazing. It shits me really.

These stunners are always at the ready for a quick pic, and 10 times out of 10 they look bloody fabulous! I always like to ask myself how many pictures did it actually take do get looking that good? 2? 20? expert level 1?

Surely I’m not the only one who wakes up, puts on killer makeup looks in 3 different mirrors and thinks:

“Shit….I look the goods today!” or ” Geez, I’m all that and a bag of potato crisps” (brittish accent required). “I think I might just take a selfie!” so you go yet your trusty phone, click the camera icon, only to reveal an extremely unflattering upper shot of your nostril, position the phone always slightly raised so no one can see your double chin, pull a few faces and try some different angles, and the CLICK. All to reveal this…….

So verrrry attractive!!

But believe me when I tell you, a good pose at  just ..  the ..  right ..   angle can be the difference between a good pic and a OMG do I really look like that, I’m going to go rock in the corner quietly pic.

There is a great article I found by Fashion Gone Rogue, about how to take a great selfie! you can findit here :


Not all of us are blessed with the photogenic gene, and thats’s ok! Because at the end of the day, there is always filters to help those of us that have not been shined upon by the photo gods.

It only takes 5 minutes, a really good editing app, 50% black and white saturation with a slightly blue hue and a 60% increase in the blur filter to get things looking decent!! May the photo gods be forever in your favour!

Leave a comment down below if you can relate!! PMSL xxx

Let’s talk about Hair Colour…….The 1,2,3 on PPD!!!

what  the hell is ppd you ask?? and what does it have to do with hair colouring??? um…..a lot!!! here is the lowdown…….

PPD, also known as “Paraphenylenediamine” is a nasty ass chemical used in Hair Dye! It is known to cause horrific allergies and has even caused death! Holy Shit you say? Yep, its that bad! Let me explain:

PPD is an ammonia derived chemical. It is found not only in hair dyes, but may other things also, including: Fur dyes, dark coloured cosmetics ( I know! booooo ), temporary tattoos like henna, inks, black rubber, greases and a heap more!

What does PPD do you ask?? Ill explain it to you in a non scientific, I went to the best college sort of way…PPD basically helps the hair colour pigment stick to the hair shaft.  That is, without all the crappy terms, what it does! It is most commonly found in very dark hair dyes, like blacks and dark browns. It rears it’s ugly chemical head in not only permanent hair colours, but also in semi colours as well.

PPD is a known carcinogenic! It has also been known to cause cancer and other nasty stuff, and sensitises people who use it often, I know this because after being a hairdresser for 17 years, I AM EXTREMELY ALLERGIC!!!!

I have been exposed to this chemical for so long, that if PPD containing hair dye, comes ANYWHERE near my head, I blow up like a pufferfish needing a good fart!!

I blister, I ooze and I am in a hell of a lot of pain! It is not a pretty sight I tell you! PPD allergies can come on ant ANY time! It could be you 45th time of colouring your hair with the same brand, and WHAMMO! The scary thing is, not all allergies (like mine) happen straight away! My allergy experience, for example takes at least 24 hrs to show up, and boy is it a shit show when it does!! This is why I stress the importance of a patch test!!!! It takes 2 mins max to mix up a little bit of your colour and place it behind your ear or on the inner part of your arm!! JUST DO IT!! Believe me, you don’t want the alternative!

PPD is a cheeky shit, It goes under many different names on your hair colour ingredients list :

Para-toluenediamine, P-toluenediamine, PPD or PPDA, p-Phenylenediamine, Phenylenediamine base, 4-Phenylenediamine, 1,4-Phenylenediamine, 4-Benzenediamine, 1,4-Benzenediamine, para-Diaminobenzene, p-Aminoaniline

Signs and symptoms of a PPD allergy can be from mild to life threatening, these include:

Itchy or raised skin, red rash, swollen lips and eyes, swelling in or around the mouth, breathing difficulty, wheezing, nausea and vomiting, blisters and oozing, anaphylaxis, burning sensation.

If you ever have ANY of these symptoms, seek medical advise quick smart!!

SOOOOOO, What do I do know that I’m scared as hell to colour my hair???

By no means am I telling you not to colour your hair!! Everyone wants to have gorgeous, shiny, I want that colour now, in trend hair colour! I’m a hairdresser after all! I’m just giving you guys the heads up, just informing you and telling you to be aware! Patch test for god sake, I don’t want anyone to have a fab hair colour, but have you, look like you climbed out of the sewer, or live in a boiler room with puss and swelling and a face only a mother could love….jokes.

For people like myself with allergies, or people that are a little more conscious of the health and chemical side of things there is another way! DIRECT HAIR DYE! or semi-permanent hair colour!! These type of colours, are what they say….semi permanent. They do not oxidise…..(basically, they don’t need to be mixed, and don’t use a chemical reaction to process ), they are applied directly to your hair and sit on the outside of your hair shaft. Many of these colours DO NOT contain PPD and are actually quite conditioning for your hair. I have tried and tested so many its not funny!

Some of the brands I love the most include: Pulp Riot, Manic Panic, Adore, Unicorn hair by Lime Crime, Directions, Stargazer and Elumen by Goldwell.  I have black hair….( I know, best colour choice for a hair colour allergy… Not! ), but these hair colours I have mentioned have been my go to brands that I have used on myself for ages, with no reaction whatsoever! My most recent hair colour experience was from the brand PULPRIOT. I used there Noir Hair colour in deep black am I was extremely impressed I must say! Get on it!  http://www.pulpriothair.com

There IS a downside to using Semi’s or direct Dyes though, they do not have the same staying power as a permanent or demi permanent hair dye. Direct dyes usually last anywhere from 3 – 25 washes depending on how light or dark your hair is to start with. Direct hair dye companies, usually recommend to prelighten your hair first for the best results, this ensures, the colour is at its most vibrant and it lasts longer! These are a great way to add colour, shine and condition to your hair, and are a safe way to experiment with your hair colour without any long time commitment

( especially if you are colouring for the first time! or want a drastic change, and not too sure if you will like it, or will look like a mixed bag of lollies with bright pink hair! )

So there is my advice! Colour your hair, but be SAFE and AWARE and do a patch test first!!! And learn from my experience, a hair dye allergy is NOT fun, especially when you looked like me, ( insert pufferfish needing a good fart here ). xxxxx

Some of my Favourite Direct Dye Semi colours!


My Favourite Direct Hair Dye, websites: https://www.pulpriothair.com  https://www.manicpanic.com  https://www.limecrime.com