The “Sorry I haven’t posted a post in ages” post

I am sorry,  it’s been ages , poor neglected blog. I have a few posts planned about products I’ve been using up and have pics of the empties to share  with you. Coming soon. Meanwhile, by way of apology, here are some pics of Dr Experimentsinstyle dressed as a Fairy on a swing at sunset. Enjoy.    
Catch you all later!


100 Pleats in 100 Days Stonebridge Hair French Pleat Challenge. Day 100! Voila. 

Well. Here we are then. 100 pleats completed.

There were times when I didn’t think I’d make it to 30, let alone 50 or 100 pleats. There were moments of ennui. Moments of being rather ill, and not feeling like taking photos. Moments of busy family life putting silly fripperies like pleats on the back burner. Moments of feeling like a complete and utter pillock for taking photos of the back of my own head! For crying out loud! Especially when trying to get a Ted or an Elf in the background too.

But more than these moments were those moments of making myself smile, or even chuckle aloud with silly ideas for pleats and posts that amused me. Moments of immense personal pride when I realised I’d met the 1000 view milestone. Moments of camaraderie and inspiration between fellow Pleaters. Moments when I realised that other people; lovely people; people like your own good self, were actually reading what I was putting “out there”.

So – would I do it again?

You betcha!

So, I thought the last pleat should be a bit of a showstopper. A hair equivalent of a firework, if you like.

But , you know, family life. Christmas, family birthdays, other commitments. So. We have the best I can do under the circumstances. As many Stonebridge hair accessories as my hair could carry. And a special helper with “100” sticker duties. It’s a bit silly. And a bit fun.

Wanna see?


So, thankyou so much, friends of Experimentsinstyle, (that’s YOU!) for reading along and being here with us. I wouldn’t have got to Day 100 without knowing you were there reading along all the silly trials and tribulations. The pleats that didn’t work. And the ones that did.

Huge thanks also to all the team at Stonebridge Hair, whose idea it was in the first place, and whose encouragement and generosity is amazing. Especially half way through, when it truly seemed that I might give up. Especial shout out to Claire, who must have done an amazing amount of work behind the scenes. You guys are the gold standard of customer service.

Friday’s Quick Post: Dr Experimentsinstyle’s favourite Friday afternoon choccy treat : Lindt “Hello” Salted caramel choc bar. 

Oh my gosh! If there’s something a bear loves even more than honey, it’s salted caramel. And this Lindt bar has it sussed. A perfect blend of salty and sweet caramel, in a very rich, creamy chocolate bar. It’s a very nice little treat to share during those Friday afternoon down times here in The Lab, over a cup of tea. Is there anything finer?! Dr Experimentsinstyle would sure like to know if there is!  

Caramel bear

 Dr Experimentsinstyle cannot get enough of this absolutely delicious Salted Caramel Spread. On toast. On icecream. With bananas. Warmed. And pancakes. Oh yes. And even *gasp* straight out of the jar! I mean, we are not animals! Oh. Wait. At least one of us is.   

It’s made with Maldon sea salt, by Wilkin and Sons in Tiptree. They also make the excellent “Little Scarlet” jam, which is James Bond’s fav jam. (Little Scarlet is mentioned in Ian Fleming’s “From Russia With Love”. ) You can get yours here.

Bear Faced Selfies.

New selfie stick – I’ve hit new lows! Got me a selfie stick. Yup. The shame.  Well, how else are we to take pictures of the back of my head in order to participate in the “100 pleats in 100 days” Stonebridge hair challenge??! What’s that? The bear? Nope, I’m afraid he has refused to photograph my pleats. French or otherwise. He claims it is not in his job description. So, here we are. It is actually *whispers and looks around furtively* quite good. It is made by Anker, (what?!) and I bought it from Amazon. I’m pretty certain it was this one, at less than a tenner.  It uses Bluetooth, so there’s no wires, and it’s very versatile, you can angle the camera/phone camera fairly easily  and it fold up really neat and small. Perfect. Dr Experimentsinstyle gives it the thumbs up.



Mayonnaise hair treatment.

Today we conducted an experiment to determine the effectiveness of mayonnaise as a deep conditioning pre-shampoo treatment. The control was an Ojon pre-shampoo deep conditioner.
In all experiments, the treatments were applied, then the hair was covered with aluminium kitchen foil, to increase warmth and aid penetration of the treatment into the hair shaft. (And it’s less messy!) The aluminium foil can be fashioned into cat/rabbit/teddy bear ears or a Martian space helmet, whatever grabs your artistic flair, for a bit of extra fun. (All credit to Dianne Brill – This is an idea I initially read about in Dianne Brill’s excellent 1990s classic – Boobs, Boys and High Heels, which is an excellent read if you can track it down. In fact, it would be great to read whilst you have your foil hat on)
Wait 20 minutes at a minimum, longer is better, then shower off. Use tepid water, anything too hot and you will have scrabbled eggs on your hands. And egg on your face. So, tepid water to start with, then apply a shampoo and conditioner of your choice, as normal. We at The Experimentsinstyle Lab currently favour Tommy Guns fig. Then dry off, blow dry, and – hey presto! Swishy glossy hair!
So the mayonnaise compared favourably to the Ojon hair treatment. I actually preferred the mayonnaise , it seemed to give slightly softer, glossier hair. And the Ojon has the most peculiar smell. Can’t say I disliked it, and Dr Experimentsinstyle commented that it reminded him of a strange combination of his grandfathers pipe tobacco and chocolate. But my family members voiced their opinion on the scent. “It is stinky!” was their considered opinion. So, at least the mayo doesn’t have that strong scent. (And yes, I know you can get unscented Ojon, but I bought the scented version, and, to be honest, I won’t be repurchasing Ojon when the mayo does the job so well)
So – let’s look at the cost savings. The Ojon costs £6 for 250ml. The mayonnaise I purchased was 80p for 500ml. We used Sainsburys basics mayonnaise , but any cheap, high fat supermarket mayo is probably fine. So, ml for ml, the cost consideration is £. Per ml for the Ojon, vs £ per ml for the Sainsburys mayo. So a considerable saving. But I will tell you a secret that meant the mayo was even cheaper than that. It was just some mayo that we happened to have in the fridge anyway that I was going to sling out because it was slightly past its “use by ” date. So, effectively, it was free! Win!
NB: In all experiments, only human hair was used. (As usual, I was the willing volunteer. My hair is mid length, and not coloured or treated)
Your mileage may ,of course , vary. If you have treated, coloured, sensitive scalp or straightened hair etc. and even if you don’t, a little strand or patch test would probably be sensible before going the whole hog in any case. I’m sure Ojon is a great brand, and you may find, as one of my very good friends had, that Ojon works fantastically for your hair. It’s all about experimenting with what works for YOU!
No treatments were applied to teddy fur , I’m pretty sure that neither Ojon nor mayo would do teddy fur any good at all. Dr Experimentsinstyle was a “good egg” by playing along and very gamely wearing his own foil hat. But no treatments were applied underneath. So, let me know in the comments below if you tried it, I’d love to hear how you got on.