Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Hair spa vs head massage-- which is better?

Dull, dry, frizzy-- these tresses can be a pain to manage at times. Gone are the days when just shampooing and oiling your hair was enough. Our hair calls for some attention now!

Oil massage or hair spa, what is more beneficial?

Both aim at making the hair stronger, longer and reduce hair fall. However, the approach is different. Oil massages every week and hair spas once a fortnight or month protect your Hair Damage Claim. The good thing about oil massages is that it can be done in the comfort of home, an hour before you take a shower too. However, it is best to leave the oil overnight. Hair spa is more intensive and nourishes the hair more deeply.

Should people with healthy hair opt for a hair spa treatment?

With the considerable change in climate, lifestyle, eating habits and pollution to top it all, your hair needs a little more than the regular oiling. Like our skin and body, hair needs to be pampered too. Perfect looking hair requires maintenance and hence a is suggested hair treatment at least once a month for everyone.

At what age can one get a hair spa treatment?
Anyone above the ages of 14 can get a hair spa done. The earlier you begin the lesser work your hair will need.

What are the added benefits of a hair spa?

A hair spa regimen includes head or scalp massage, steaming, washing, application of hair mask and then shampooing and conditioning. It's like your hair is reborn. You can feel the difference right after the first sitting. There is a different oil for each type of hair. For e.g. tea tree oil helps reduce dandruff, while castor oil is best for thin hair as it helps add volume.

Steaming helps the hair regain its lost moisture-- perfect for managing frizzy and dull hair. Steaming is followed by a wash with a mild shampoo and conditioner for proper cleansing and conditioning of the hair.

The hair masks used are also targeted towards specific hair issues. There are masks for damaged hair, scanty hair, dull and dry hair, oily to normal and dry to normal hair, masks for treating itchy scalp and dandruff and many more. There are special masks for rebonded hair and colored hair too. Depending on the intensity of damage, hair therapies are repeated fortnightly or even once a week at times.

Who should not get a hair spa done?
Everyone needs a hair spa therapy. Even if your hair is perfectly tamed, you need to maintain its health. A hair spa is a must. Hair oil must be applied once a week and can be done at home too. For a hair spa therapy, it is best to visit a salon and a good one at that because you do not want spurious products causing further damage to your hair.

Oil massages every week and hair spas once a fortnight or month depending on the hair damage is what we suggest. Hair spa is more intensive and nourishes the hair more deeply.

A hair spa regimen includes head or scalp massage, steaming, washing, application of hair mask and then shampooing and conditioning. There are masks for damaged hair, scanty hair, dull and dry hair, oily to normal and dry to normal hair, masks for treating itchy scalp and dandruff and many more. For a hair spa therapy, it is best to visit a salon and a good one at that because you do not want spurious products causing further damage to your hair.

After browsing the delights of the womenswear section, it was finally time for our tour of the My-Wardrobe press day to move onto menswear. This is where the real fun/mental wish list began...

There are some really exciting pieces coming into My-Wardrobe this season and, whilst we may not be getting the same site overhaul as the girls just yet, the brands and products more than compensate this.

One label I'm incredibly excited for is Markus Lupfer. One of my favourite new womenswear designers, this season Lupfer has officially branched out into Menswear (although I already had my eye on a whole host of pieces from the Womenswear collections) and I am delighted it's been picked up by the folks at My-Wardrobe. If I was in the business of giving out brownie points, believe me, this would warrant a whole lot of them.

In general, (as I was told by the lovely Susie) we're seeing a lot of indigo's and blues this season, as well as a lot of classic stripes.You'll notice that this season, classic heritage brand Barbour (to the right), which we saw here, there and everywhere at festivals last summer, have expanded their range to a selection of bright primary colourways. They're certainly more exciting and vibrant but I can't see any farmers sporting a yellow one any time soon.

Everyone loves a celebration right? Well, next season Marc by Marc Jacobs celebrates it's 10th birthday and, whilst most of us probably won't be receiving an invitation to the star studded birthday party (we wish!), we can all at least join in the frivolities with this Marc by Marc Jacobs birthday tee.

Last but by no means least, we finished our tour with an overview of the rather extensive shoe collection. We're seeing a lot of brogues for next season, the majority of which come with stacked, contrasting or some otherwise contrasting sole (remember the 'sandwich' soled shoes at Prada?).

They say good things come to those who wait and, whilst the girls may have a swanky new site in the works, us guys certainly aren't being left out were it really counts, the clothes. Besides, it won't be long before we're getting a new site of our own and, let's face it, we have Markus Lupfer...


Tuesday, 30 November 2010

My-Wardrobe Spring/Summer '11 Press Day: Part 1

My-Wardrobe is undoubtedly one of my favourite online retailers and having worked with them in the past I was lucky enough to take a sneak peak at all the lovely pieces that will be filling their site next season.

Starting off our very thorough tour in the women's department, I was first shown one of My-Wardrobe's many My-Exclusives for S/S '11.

In my view, one of the most attractive qualities of My-Wardrobe, and one that sets it apart from other online retailers, is the wide range of world and UK exclusives. I really can't fault the buying team when is comes to their ability to secure interesting and unique pieces that offer customers a real feel of exclusivity.

One exclusive being offered up for next season comes in the form of the Ian R.N collection, designed by Rozae Nichols. The collection offers a range of luxe yet relaxed pieces with a distinctive sportswear influence. I'm seriously considering nabbing this piece for myself!

It may not be a new addition, but another brand I'm really excited about is Equipment. For those of you who don't know, Equipment is the uber cool shirt brand owned by none of than Carine Roitfeld's partner Christian Restoin! The brand is a simple, yet effortlessly stylish one; the same perfectly cut shirt in a multitude of different colourways and prints.

The colourways for next season, I LOVE the snakeskin print!

Another brand remaining strong for next season is one of my personal favourites, Joseph.

Effortlessly stylish with impeccable details it's hard to find a reason not to love Joseph.

 My favourite piece from the selection, this shirt combines one of the seasons hottest trends, sheer, with beautiful fabric and a superior cut.

I also caught a glimpse of some very cool yet very affordable shoes which were a hit with both myself and Alex.

Upstairs in the designer room, we were treated to the visual delights of Moschino, Missoni and Halston Heritage to name but as few.

I loved the embellishment on this dress by Moschino.

Some of the amazing pieces of statement jewellery.


With a complete site re-vamp and 'season sepefic' sections (Christmas and holiday shop) all in the works, as well as more great exclusives and the strengthening of previous brands, the only way appears to be up for My-Wardrobe. I can't wait to see the new site and next season's pieces in all their glory!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for Part 2 - Menswear!


Monday, 29 November 2010

Urban Outfitters Spring/Summer '11 Press Day

Wednesday was a day of press days, prawns and Pinot for myself and the fabulous Alex of Having been running late (yes, there's a surprise) and already received a enquiring message from an unsurprisingly icicle like Alex, I finally arrived at our meeting point outside Urban Outfitters Oxford Street store.

Hosting the press day in store, Urban Outfitters presented press with the opportunity to envisage exactly how the collection will sit in store; alongside the decor, soundtrack and minor touches that really define the company's ethos.

As they always do, Urban Outfitters presented a range that is unlike any other available on the high street. Encompassing much loved labels such as Cheap Monday and YMC, an endless list of cool and quirky brands and their own Urban Renewal range, Urban Outfitters really does offer something unique in a market swamped with choice.

A bag from one of my favourite jean brands, Cheap Monday, alongside some of the retro toys available in store.

Some Cheap Monday for the girls.

A glimpse of what's in store from YMC next season.

Yet again, the Urban Renewal range is really strong for next season, offering cool retro looks that fit perfectly with modern style.

Women's accessories was another section that proved to be particularly strong, including some AMAZING headdresses from Bitching and Junkfood and THE shoes we all drooled over at Felder Felder last Fashion Week.


Not only were we treated to a feast of visual delights, but we also had the opportunity to sample some culinary delights in the form of delicate and beautifully presented miniature rolls.

The temptation was strong but myself and Alex both resisted as we headed off to our pre-planned lunch at YO! Sushi, happily content that Urban Outfitter will definitely be a top destination for Spring/Summer 11...

Catch y'all around...

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Shudda Went On Britain's Got Talent NOT X-Factorrrrr....

After a bit of a moral dilemma over whether or not to actually post this blog (as the subject of my blog is NOT intended to be bitchiness) I decided it was just to funny not to share. [EXPLICIT NATURE, TURN YOUR SPEAKERS DOWN].

'The only person I actually do respect from all the ****ing little judges, is ****ing Dannii Minogue and I don't even like 'er that much'

'She shudda went on Britain's Got Talent NOT X-FAC-TORRRR'

'How dare they mate, how absolutely dare they'

'I need to sensuuuuu myself right now' (No, I don't know what this means either).

This isn't his funniest video but the one I found was related to a brand and so I chose not to blog it.

What I'm trying to work out is: 'Is this the new, chavier version of Chris Croker?'

Liiiiike Laterssss...

Friday, 26 November 2010

Ch, Ch, Ch Changes

Whilst I will admit I'm not always the most observant of people when I'm not looking at clothes, it definitely doesn't take a genius to notice a few things may have changed at FYI Blog since your last visit.

Firstly, after some ummming and ahhhing over whether to change FYI's domain name, I finally decided to take the leap and purchase a domain of my very own. Therefore, you can now find me at (but don't fret if you don't remember it straight away, blogger will redirect you from the old address). You can now also conatct me at

Today also sees the official launch of FYI's Facebook page in all it's glory. All you need to do to like FYI is investigate the little Facebook box in the column to your right and you'll be kept up to date with all the latest posts, videos, pictures and updates!

Lastly, but perhaps most obviously, last week I changed the background image to a shot of my lovely (and not at all heavily featured) friend Nia from a shoot I did a few weeks back. Out of all the images I shot that day, this was definitely my favourite by far.

The background was constructed from individually scrunched and pinned magazine pages and  took rather some time to complete!

So, all in all, I really hope you like the changes and as ever you can always get in touch via Email at, Twitter and now Facebook.

Au Revior

Callum Meets Clyde...

I may not be the next David Bailey or Richard Avedon but every now and then I am partial to taking the odd photograph or two. Having been given the task of recreating an iconic image as part of a project I'm working on, I stumbled across a shot from Richard Avedon's book 'The American West'. Having got the shot I needed on an old medium format camera, I decided to bring out the digital and play around with the concept of nature and animals as jewellery. Enter Callum and Clyde.....

Despite being half way through shedding, Clyde was very well behaved a didn't seem to mind being photographed in the slightest. You heard it here first people, snakes are soooooo the new statement.


Monday, 22 November 2010

Harry Potter and the Autumn Winter Cape Trend

As I'm sure many of you are aware, last Friday saw the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One. Now, call me a nerd if you wish, but I'm sure we all secretly love watching a bit of wand action from time to time and so I merrily skipped down to my local cinema to catch a glimpse of the latest from the wizarding world.

Whilst I'm sure you would all love for me to go into glorious detail about the film, I've decided to save you the pleasure and take a distinctively more fashion orientated stance. So, without further ado, here is my pick of this seasons capes.

Capes have been seen everywhere from Hogwarts to Catwalks (including Celine, Kenzo, YSL and Vivienne Westwood) and it's a trend I'm really loving this season. I don't know what it is about capes but they have this confident allure of power about them which I really admire.

Debit Card:

 Asos £50

Topshop £95

Credit Card:

Buona sera...
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