In the second of our new series, we chatted to Brighton-based lifestyle and parenting blogger Lyndsay Gardner of Fizzy Peaches about the evolution of her blog from beauty to parenting, how trying to copy Gwen Stefani’s style didn’t quite go to plan, and why she’s gone back to the ‘lob’ since becoming a mum.
What was the inspiration for starting your blog?
I started my blog in 2012 as a diary of my life where I could share my thoughts, photos, and just what I've been up to. I've always written a diary so it felt natural to me. My diary writing habit spans right back to my embarrassing teenage years where I had a fluffy notebook with a padlock on the side, I then moved onto Livejournal as the Internet grew in popularity, finally moving to blogging later on. Since then it's just grown and I've rolled with it as it's evolved alongside my life. Fizzy Peaches started out as predominantly a beauty and lifestyle blog but in the five years it's been in existence I've also featured posts on travel, food and crafting – this year it’s taken a huge shift into the parent blogging realm since my daughter Violet arrived! My blog doesn't exactly sit within a set 'niche' but I love the freedom and blend of topics, so it sounds cheesy but my niche is just me!
What defines a “good hair day” for you?
A day where my hair bounces with every step, it's shiny, clean and smells gorgeous too. My hair really impacts how I feel on a day-to-day basis, if my hair looks great I feel so much more confident, like I could take on the world. As a new mum, these days are a little more few and far between, but I'm pretty good at rocking the mum-bun these days too!
What’s your signature hairstyle, and how can our readers get the look?
Less is more when it comes to my hair. I love wearing my hair in a long bob (or lob!) and embrace my natural wave. I get the straighteners out to tidy up loose ends and rogue frizz, but I try and go with my natural style and wave rather than against it – this seems to not only be quicker but looks so much more natural too.
When does your hair feel at its best?
The moment I step out of the salon. I've tried my hardest to re-create that feeling but there is a certain special feeling when someone else has styled your hair for you. I don't get my hair done enough (maybe every six months, oops!) so when I've been in the salon all morning getting a full cut and colour, I walk out feeling like a new woman.
Have you ever had total any hair disasters, and how did you fix it?
I had a full head bleach once. I wanted to look like Gwen Stefani but ended up looking like Cyndi Lauper with yellowy, over-bleached hair. The bleach also really hurt my scalp as it was applied, the hairdresser gave me a comb to scratch it with and that just made it worse. I had to wait for it to grow out as you can't really fix bleach but I used so much conditioner to keep it as soft as possible during this time. Never again!
What was your most embarrassing haircut, and how old were you?
I think I've been lucky not to have too many embarrassing haircuts (probably as my general style isn't too brave) but I do remember my mum cutting my fringe for school and being embarrassed to go in the next day as it was way too short and a bit wonky!
How often do you change your hairstyle?
I go through phases about once a year where I'll be growing my hair as long as possible then it'll get really irritating and hard work so I go to the salon and get it all chopped off, back to shoulder length. I've currently just had this done as I was fed up of Violet pulling my hair (she literally can rip out clumps of hair at a time) so I think my dreams of long hair are over for a while!
What is your ultimate haircare tip?
Let your hair relax and breathe more often. I used to blow dry and straighten my hair every day without fail, however my hair was so dry, unruly and broke easily. Now, if I'm having a day at home I just leave my hair to air dry naturally, without heat styling – my hair gets a breather from those heat styling tools and has really thanked me since!
Who is your celebrity hair style icon?
Before going to the hairdressers, I always scour Pinterest for the style and colour I'm after (I find taking in a picture is so much better than trying to describe what I want!). A celebrity with amazing hair that always catches my eye is Rosie Huntington Whitely – she has her hair styled in such an effortlessly gorgeous, tousled long bob. Hair goals for sure!
It was lovely speaking to you, Lyndsay! We agree that you can’t beat that just-stepped-out of the salon feeling, though we reckon our Percy & Reed hair products come pretty close (if we may say so ourselves). To add to your ultimate haircare tip, we recommend applying our Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm to damp hair before letting it dry naturally, as it nourishes and smooths the hair’s surface to prevent frizz and fly-aways.