This week, we were excited to get the chance to interview award-winning fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger Sarah Wong of Temporary:Secretary. We chatted about how Sarah looks after her hair, the wonders of dry shampoo (don’t we all know it?), and how much of a difference it makes to find a great hair stylist you trust.
What was the inspiration for starting your blog?
I started my blog as part of my online retail business, which I launched back in 2008 while I was still at university studying Fashion Marketing. I decided to call it Temporary:Secretary after the Paul McCartney song and I sold handmade, quirky jewellery. The brand and the products had a lot of personality and that’s what made it stand out. A few years down the line, I changed it into a place where I could document my personal style and the fun things I got up to as a girl boss!
What defines a “good hair day” for you?
I like the minimal and effortless look, slightly wavy and tousled. Think Lucy Hale and Jennifer Lawrence.
What’s your signature hairstyle, and how can our readers get the look?
Loose, beach-waves – it works best on ‘next day hair’ when the curls actually stay in! I use either ghd hair straighteners if I’m pushed for time, or the Totem Hair Styler for more defined curls. To finish the look, I spritz on a sea salt spray and a matte-finish texturising hair spray to set it in place.
When does your hair feel at its best?
I have very dark, thick, straight hair so I’ve never been the type of person to roll out of bed with great-looking hair. I can’t wash it the night before because I never know what type of mess I’ll get in the morning! My hair feels the best the day after it’s washed. It’s more manageable, less fluffy, and less-static. I swear by dry shampoo not to give my hair a boost of clean, but to tame the static and fly-aways!
Have you ever had any total hair disasters, and how did you fix it?
I have had a few bad haircuts and it honestly plays on your confidence. I normally ‘fix’ it by straightening every single day – I hate doing that because of the damage it does – but it’s what I do before I have the strength to go to the hairdressers. I have always visited different hairdressers up until recently. I am fussy and have never been happy with my haircuts. Now I’ve found a great stylist, I don’t have a complex about getting my hair done anymore!
What was your most embarrassing haircut, and how old were you?
I haven’t had an embarrassing haircut but my mum tells me that when I was about three years old, she took me to the salon to get my hair trimmed and I absolutely hated it (some things never change!) To stop me crying, she gave me a lollipop and the lolly was covered in hair within minutes – but it did shut me up for a while!
How often do you change your hairstyle?
I’m not adventurous when it comes to changing up my hairstyles. It’s either really long or really short. Anything in between just annoys me. I do love changing my hair colour though. I haven’t dyed my hair in a really long time because I wanted to give it a break, it was in a such a sorry state so I knew I had to give it a couple of years for my hair to repair. I’m itching to get it coloured soon though… especially as I can see the greys coming through – argh!
What is your ultimate haircare tip?
Use a good quality mask at least once a week. I apply a hair mask every Sunday morning and I leave it in for up to 30 minutes. Also, when you’re using heat appliances, apply a primer or heat-protecting spray.
Who is your celebrity hair style icon?
Apart from the two I mentioned above (Lucy Hale and Jennifer Lawrence), I also love Lily Collins’ and Zooey Deschanel’s hair.
Thank you so much Sarah for taking the time to chat with us, we’re also big fans of using hair masks to regularly treat your hair and avoid damage – we’d recommend our Percy & Reed Totally TLC Hydrating Mask.