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How Behind Her Eyes and I Care A Lot Have Made Us All Want A New Hairstyle

Why 2021’s must-see Netflix shows have made the blunt bob the haircut everyone wants

If you’ve been spellbound by two of the latest Netflix releases – namely psychological/supernatural thriller Behind Her Eyes and the compelling black comedy I Care A Lot – you’re joined by millions of similarly obsessed others – team Gaggler included. But aside from the brilliance of the story that unfolds in both these must-watch TV masterpieces, there’s another star element that unifies the two productions in their eyeball-glueing abilities – a magnificent, glossy bob in the leading role.

With Behind Her Eyes’ pivotal character, Adele (Eve Hewson) rocking a raven black, side-parted bob as perfect and shiny as a freshly-split conker, and I Care A Lot anti-heroine Marla (Rosamund Pike) showing off a blunt, blonde bob as faultlessly executed as her dastardly business dealings, it’s impossible not to be transfixed by the simple beauty of this classic, chin-skimming do – as well as the fascinating insight it gives into the personality of the characters who wear them.

So if you, like us, have been bewitched by the magic of the classic blunt bob – courtesy of Misses Hewson and Pike – whilst sneakily eyeing-up the army of bobs on Chanel’s SS21 catwalk and eternal hair icon Alexa’s Chung’s recent return to her bobbed best should you consider trialling the undisputed haircut of the season?

We quizzed Tanya Van Reenen, Senior Stylist at Pastels Salon Jumeirah, on everything you need to know before going for the chop with a banging blunt bob:

THE GAGGLER: What exactly should I ask my hairdresser for?

TANIA VAN REENEN: Ask for a blunt bob. It’s a good idea to take some images of the style you wish to achieve to the hairdressers with you to show your stylist. This allows your stylist the chance to see if this exact style is possible for your hair, or if it needs to be adapted slightly to take into account your hair type, face shape and lifestyle. This is really important, because how much time you are willing to spend styling your hair everyday will determine the kind of cut you can realistically manage, as well as one that suits you the most.

THE GAGGLER: What kind of hair does a bob work best for?

TANIA VAN REENEN: Generally, bobs make hair look thicker, so this style is ideal for someone with fine to medium hair. Avoid completely if your hair is thick, curly or unruly. 

THE GAGGLER: Which face shape suits a bob?

TANIA VAN REENEN: Sleek bobs best suit oval or round faces as they contour the face beautifully.

THE GAGGLER:  How easy is it to maintain a blunt bob?

TANIA VAN REENEN: It really depends on your hair type. If you have fine hair, you’ll need a mousse like Redken High Rise Volume to add some body to the hair without making it sticky.

For hair that’s slightly frizzy and dry, Kerastase Elixir Ultime is your best friend. This iconic shine-enhancing hair oil offers heat protection from appliances, gives long-lasting radiance and durable frizz protection.

THE GAGGLER: How often do I need to get it cut to keep it looking tip top?

TANIA VAN REENEN: Ideally every 6-8 weeks. NEVER attempt to trim it at home yourself!

THE GAGGLER: What products doI need to make it look my bob look gorgeous and glossy?

TANIA VAN REENEN: Redken Shine Flash is brilliant, but you could also try an in-salon gloss treatment to add long-lasting shine. 

THE GAGGLER: What tools do I need to style it?

TANIA VAN REENEN: A paddle brush and a medium-sized round hairbrush. You will also need a hairdryer – I really like the Dyson Supersonic as it will not overheat the hair, which makes it go frizzy. 

THE GAGGLER: How should I dry it?

TANIA VAN REENEN: Blast dry it and brush it out with the paddle brush. When it’s  almost (90-95%) dry, use the round brush to smooth it and turn it under. Et voila! Netflix-perfect glossy blunt bob!


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Natural Hair Fall Treatments for Thick, Lustrous Locks

Your hair will thank you.

Hair loss, two words that scare us crazy, is a common concern for both men and women, impacting self-esteem and overall well-being. While a range of factors can contribute to hair loss, understanding the causes is essential for effective prevention strategies. Let’s explore hair loss and what can be done to support hair health.

What Causes Hair Loss?

As an internet-savvy, skin and hair-obsessed tribe, we are very attuned to the impact hair fall can have on our mental and physical health. It’s important to understand the possible root causes of hair fall to be better able to determine how best to tackle the issue, and that’s why we are here to help. Here are the most common triggers that can lead to hair fall and cause your crowning glory to lose some of its glam factor.  

Genetic Factors

Genes play an important role in many health concerns. Androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as male or female pattern baldness, is primarily influenced by genetic factors. It typically results in gradual hair thinning and receding hairlines.

Hormonal Imbalances

Fluctuations in hormones, such as those occurring during pregnancy, menopause, or thyroid disorders, can contribute to hair loss. Hormonal imbalances affect hair growth cycles leading to shedding or inhibited growth.

Nutritional Deficiencies

Inadequate intake of vital nutrients, including vitamins and minerals such as biotin, Vitamins A, C, D, and E, as well as, iron and zinc, and proteins, can weaken hair follicles and impede healthy hair growth.

Stress and Lifestyle Factors

Chronic stress, poor dietary choices, lack of sleep, and exposure to environmental pollutants and smoking can disrupt hair growth cycles, leading to hair loss.

Tips to Manage Hair Loss

Managing hair loss can be approached through various strategies that promote hair health, address underlying causes, and provide cosmetic solutions. Here’s your to-do checklist:

Maintain a Healthy Diet

If you are like us and time-constrained, then it is of the utmost importance to tailor your nurtritional habits to consume a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that promote hair health. Include foods rich in iron, biotin, zinc, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids. Supplements are an overlooked part of our diets so restoring them would be a great place to start.

Manage Stress

Chronic stress can contribute to hair loss and let’s be honest, who doesn’t suffer from stress? Incorporating stress management techniques into your daily routine, such as exercise, meditation, yoga, or engaging in activities that bring you joy, is a must-do. Wake up early, sleep early, be selfish and look after yourself is the mantra for the day, every day. It’s called self-love and it matters.

Be Gentle with Your Hair

Reduce Harsh Styling

Avoid harsh brushing, combing, or styling techniques that can cause unnecessary tension or damage to your hair. Using wide-toothed combs or brushes with soft bristles to prevent breakage. This is such a small yet effective tip that many overlook the importance of handling their hair in a more gentle way.

Also, avoid tight ponytails, buns, braids, or hairstyles that put excessive strain on your hair and scalp. Opt for looser styles that allow your hair to breathe and minimize tension.

Limit Heat Applications

Excessive use of heat-styling tools, such as flat irons, curling irons, and blow dryers, can weaken your hair and contribute to hair loss. Limiting the use of these tools and applying a heat protectant spray liberally on your hair, before styling will help reduce hair damage and hair fall. This tip literally costs nothing to do and ensures you are in balance when it comes to styling your hair.

Choose Gentle Hair Care Products

Use mild, sulphate-free shampoos and gentle conditioners that are specifically formulated for your hair type and concerns. Avoid products that contain harsh chemicals or irritants that may further damage your hair or scalp.

Consult a Dermatologist or Trichologist

If you experience significant hair loss, it is always advisable to consult a dermatologist or trichologist. These experts can help identify the root cause of your hair loss and provide specific treatments or recommendations. Always good to get scientific, professional and trusted advice if your hair fall is not improving with natural remedies!

Secret Ingredients to Manage Hair Loss

Green Tea

Did you know that Green Tea is a natural ingredient that has gained popularity for its health benefits, including its potential effects on hair health? While research on the direct impact of green tea on hair loss is limited, it is believed to possess properties that can promote scalp health and reduce hair loss. Here are a few ways in which green tea may contribute to improving hair health:


Green tea is rich in antioxidants called catechins, which help protect hair follicles from oxidative stress and damage caused by free radicals. This protection may support overall hair health and potentially reduce hair loss.

Stimulates Hair Growth

Some studies suggest that the polyphenols in green tea stimulate hair growth by increasing the activity of certain growth factors and promoting blood circulation in the scalp.

DHT Blocking

Green tea contains compounds that inhibit the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone associated with hair loss in individuals genetically predisposed to androgenetic alopecia. By reducing DHT levels, green tea may help prevent hair miniaturisation and shedding.

Scalp Health

Applying green tea topically can help soothe the scalp and reduce inflammation, which may contribute to hair loss. It can also provide a gentle cleansing effect and help control excess oil production on the scalp. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to prepare a green tea rinse to use after shampooing your hair:

Green Tea Rinse for Scalp Health

1. Brew a cup of green tea by steeping a tea bag or loose leaves in hot water for 3-5 minutes. Ensure the tea is sufficiently cooled before use.

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2. After shampooing your hair, pour the cooled green tea over your scalp and massage it gently for a few minutes.

3. Leave the green tea on your scalp for around 5-10 minutes to allow the beneficial compounds to penetrate the hair follicles.

4. Rinse your hair thoroughly with cool water to remove the green tea.

You can repeat this process a few times a week as part of your regular hair care routine.

Argan Oil

While oils alone will not provide a miraculous turnaround solution, specific oils such as Argan Oil have shown promise in promoting healthier hair growth and reducing hair loss. Argan oil is a popular natural oil that has been used for centuries for its hair and skin benefits. While it may not directly treat hair loss or stimulate new hair growth, Argan oil can help nourish and improve the overall health of your hair, which can indirectly contribute to reducing hair loss.

Argan oil is rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and Vitamin E, which can help moisturise and nourish your scalp and hair follicles. Keeping the scalp hydrated may help create a healthy environment for hair growth. Applying Argan Oil directly to your hair can help make it softer, more manageable, and less prone to breakage, which can minimise hair loss caused by damage or brittleness. If scalp inflammation is contributing to hair loss, the anti-inflammatory properties of Argan Oil can help soothe the scalp and reduce irritation. The antioxidants in Argan Oil help protect your hair from environmental stressors, such as heat styling, UV rays, and pollution, which can cause damage and weaken the hair.

Alternatively, blending Sweet Almond Oil with the essential oil, Ylang Ylang, can provide a rich moisturising solution for your hair as well.

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Remember, hair loss is a common concern faced by many so you are not alone. For individuals desiring an immediate solution to hair loss, we recommend trying out our Green Tea Scalp Rinse and Hair Moisturising Essentials as a great place to get started with products that can naturally enhance your hair. If your hair fall is not improving or you are losing hair in clumps, seeking support from specialist professionals is important to obtain the appropriate treatment for your situation. Consulting with a healthcare professional or trichologist can provide personalised advice and recommendations tailored to your individual needs.

The Gaggler team is passionate about finding and sharing great products with our readers. We take pride in researching and testing products to find the best of the best, and we only recommend things that we love and think you will, too.


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