Are Hair Extensions right for you? What do you need to do to look after them?

Are Hair Extensions right for you? What do you need to do to look after them?

My love affair with extensions began  years ago, and I’ve adored them since. Going longer can be a pretty big step and quite a commitment: the results are dependent on the type of extensions and the system used to apply them. But with a silly amount of choice out there, how do you figure out what’s right for you? and whether you can look after them.

Here is my latest set, as you can see its a MASSIVE difference, this was just 150 strands! You can get the look for just £170 from Blondie Locks Hair Extensions in Newcastle (which is where most of the information for this post is from, its so helpful!)

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Pre- Fitting
Everyone should attend a consultation appointment. This will include;

  • A colour match
  • Selecting the best hair extension method for your hair
  • Arrange a time & date for fitting
  • A non refundable deposit will be required
  • You will receive a clarifying shampoo to use before your fitting.

Things to consider before fitting…….
To be able to have hair extensions, your natural hair should be a minimum of 3-4 inches in length, just about long enough to put into a ponytail. Ideally, the longer your hair, the easier it is to blend the natural hair with the hair extensions.

Do you have a bob or a blunt cut? If so, you may not be able to have hair extensions. Your natural hair needs to be point cut and thinned towards the ends, prior to application to get  the best possible visual result

If you have given birth in the last 3 months or are pregnant, we can not apply hair extensions due to the hair thinning and hair loss that is often experienced after the baby is born.

At the consultation you can decide on what hair would be best, and to get a colour match to suit your hair colour to perfection using one or more colours.

If your hair has any chemical process like colour or perming, this will have to be done 4-7 days prior to having the extensions fitted. After the extensions are fitted, you will still be able to have your hair coloured, as long as care is taken to stay away from the extension bonds or you could risk needing new hair from the damage. It is advised you have this chemical process completed by a professional to obtain the longevity of the hair.

If you are happy to go ahead with the hair extensions and would like to book an appointment, a non-refundable deposit is usually required.
Hair extensions can take between 3 – 5 hours to apply a full head. This includes preparation of your natural hair, the application of the extensions & blending  of the hair, to achieve the ultimate look you desire.

After you have had your consultation and are happy to go ahead with having the extensions fitted do not dye your hair. This will effect the colour match and affect how the extensions stay in the hair.

Wash your hair the day before you are due to have your extensions fitted, use only a clarifying shampoo (supplied)  to completely remove any styling products or residue off your hair. Do not put any conditioner in your hair or any further products in your hair afterwards as this can cause the bonds to fail. Conditioner and other after care products coat the hair in a silky substance which can cause the bond/micro ring to not stick to your own hair and slip.

Do not have your hair trimmed just before your fitting as a natural look rather than a blunt cut will blend in better with your extensions.

Daily Routine

Morning
-Upon waking, brush hair and freshen up with straighteners if necessary (heat styling is not bad for hair extensions, it will improve the appearance of the hair and make it silkier, however it is highly recommended to use a good quality hair straightener such as GHD or Cloud 9 and a heat protection spray.

Evening
-Before bed brush hair with hair extension brush then apply Argan Oil into mid lengths-ends of hair. Do this every evening. Throughout the day the hair extensions are exposed to heat, wind, sun and they receive no natural nutrients from our scalp like our own hair does so it is very important to rehydrate and replenish them with treatment oil.
-Put hair in low loose plait for sleeping

Weekly
-Wash once or twice a week with hair extension shampoo and conditioner (supplied in your aftercare pack)

After-care Instructions

I not recommend colouring, tint or perming the extension hair. These types of products contain elements that can damage the extension hair. Even if the hair extensions  are 100% human hair, it is not receiving nutrients from the scalp like your own natural hair. The more heat you use on the hair extension the shorter the lifespan of the hair.

Treat your extensions with the same respect as you would with your own natural hair. Superior aftercare and regular maintenance will keep your hair feeling and looking great for longer.

The first thing that you may notice is that immediately after the installation of the extensions, and for the next day or two your scalp may feel tender. This is normal and will go away by the third day at the most. Rest assured that this is not a sign of a problem but just because of the added weight of the hair.

Tie your hair back in a loose ponytail or plait using a soft scrunchie for bed. Never wear your extensions for longer than 3 months. In the 3 months of wearing your extensions your hair will have grown by approx 1.5 inches, the roots of your hair often start to tangle together if you have not separated the bonds correctly and therefore it is not healthy for the hair if left.

Please Note:- Lighter Shades have a bleach content therefore will not last as long in life span as non bleached hair. The lighter shades will need extra care and less heat application to increase the lifespan.

Products such as hairspray and mousse will dry out your hair extensions and can destroy them.

Washing

Your extensions should only be washed a maximum of twice per week, dry shampoo can be used at the roots of the natural hair to absorb excess oil

Do not to wash your hair for at least 5 days after having your extensions fitted. This will give the bonds plenty of time to set and avoid hair shedding from the bonds later on.

Before washing it is advised to detangle your extension hair with a wide tooth comb and separate the bonds.

It is essential you only use shampoo and conditioner supplied by us in your aftercare pack, as any other products that haven’t been approved by your stylist may ruin the hair extensions and dry them out! Your stylist will not be held responsible for this. Extra Shampoo and conditioner can be bought by contacting us.

When washing your hair, do not tip your head over the bath as this could cause tangling – always wash with your head upright – in the shower is ideal. Smooth the Blondie Locks shampoo down the extension hair – do not rub vigorously. Only condition from the mid lengths to the end of the hair. Do not apply any conditioner to the bonds as this will cause slippage.

You can pick the top section of your own hair up and apply condition to this section. Pat hair gently when washed – do not rub.

Do not brush the hair when wet.

If hair extensions dry out it is because you haven’t followed our correct aftercare and/or haven’t used recommended  shampoo and conditioner. We will not be held responsible on hair being damaged.

Do not use Xten/X10, it will make your hair extensions feel dry, tatty and damage the bonds.

Drying

After washing with the Blondie Locks Shampoo and Conditioner, follow by detangling with a wide tooth comb, making sure you avoid the bonds. Make sure all bonds are dried completely. Be very careful when brushing the hair when wet, make sure you support the extensions hair by holding the bonds.

For a sleek finish, section your hair off and blow dry using a round brush with soft bristles. Be very careful that you do not snag the bonds. Finish by using a good quality straightening iron.

Heated Rollers, Straightening Irons, crimpers and tongs can all be used on the extension hair although it is advisable only to use heat protection sprays, Serums, gels etc that are recommended or supplied by your extensionist, other products may contain ingredients that may do more damage than good.

Brushing

Remember your extensions are attached to your own natural hair, pulling too hard or mistreating your extensions can result in your own hair being pulled out. The only brush you should use near to your extension bonds is an extension brush. When brushing the extensions always hold the bonds, making sure no additional stress is put on the hair.

Day to Day Activities

If you use a sunbed it is advisable to wrap the hair in a towel first. Sun beds can dry out the hair and melt the bonds. If you work out regularly or have regular use of a sauna or steam room make sure the bonds are completely dried as soon as possible after your session – leaving the bonds in a constant damp environment could cause them to deteriorate.

I do not advise getting Hair Extensions if you are pregnant or for one year after having a baby as hormonal hair loss during and after pregnancy can be accelerated by wearing hair extensions.

When working out or doing any exercise that can make you sweat you will need to wash your hair immediately afterwards as your bodies salt can dry your hair extensions out.

Swimming & Holidays

I do not recommend that you swim with your extensions, however if you do, I advise you take the following precautions

Place long extension hairstyle into a braid, using a covered band.

Avoid getting extension hair wet when swimming. Keep your head above the water, do not swim under water and no diving.

The chlorine in pools and salt in the sea combined with heat can cause the extension hair to discolour and matt. Chlorine, pool chemicals and salt will cause the keratin bonds to break down and disintegrate which will result in the loss of the extension hair if the pre bonded or micro loop system is used as they both contain a bond or micro bond.

If the extensions do get wet during this activity dry extension hair immediately after swimming, ensuring first you rinse the hair in fresh water.

Do not brush extension hair when wet, dry immediately. Ensure that Extension hair is tangle free after swimming.

Do not sleep with wet hair extensions, ensure they are dry before you head for bed.

Do not use a sunbed while wearing hair extensions as this will dry them out.

Holidays abroad in the sun will dry out extensions. I recommend you try and keep them covered this may not protect them though or remove them while abroad. The water also in different contains chemicals that are not good for the hair some hotels (places abroads) have boilers that have water softeners, the salt breaks down the bonds and drys out the hair.

The Importance of Good Aftercare

It is crucial that you make the most of your extensions by taking good care of them and using the correct products.

Correct aftercare is just as important as fitting the extensions correctly. Many people try to save money on aftercare by watering down regular shampoo’s/conditioners etc to “make do” which can have really disastrous results such as dryness, matting and dullness in the extensions.

Hair extensions are a great way to change your look but they do require some maintenance and care. Once you have had your extensions fitted your stylist will guide you through how best to look after your new hair. Hair extensions often cost a lot of money and can take a while to attach, so it is in your interest to look after them properly.

With your new hair extensions you won’t need to wash your hair as much as you would normally. You shouldn’t need to wash your hair any more than twice a week as any more than this can put too much stress on the extensions due to excessive heat styling etc.

It is important to only use a shampoo and conditioner recommended for hair extensions. This is because many of the standard high street brands contain high volumes of sodium chloride (salt) which will dry out your hair and silicone based ingredients which can cause the bonds to weaken and break down. Loose bonds will cause the extensions to fall out – so either way it is a lose – lose situation.

You also need to keep your hair in really good condition by using a moisturising conditioner. However, you need to make sure that the conditioner does not come close to the actual bonds as this can also cause the bonds to weaken.

Once you have washed your hair you need to take extra care when drying and styling it. The hair is at its weakest when wet so ensure it is dried gently and handled carefully. Hair extensions will last longer and look better for longer when properly taken care of so it is well worth taking the extra time to get it right.

When brushing your hair, make sure you are using a hair extension brush as this is specifically designed for your extensions. Other brushes with balls on the ends can rip and break the hair. You need to keep your extensions tangle free by brushing your hair up to two times a day, but avoid over-brushing as this can cause unnecessary shedding.

It is perfectly normal to lose some hairs when brushing, remember most people actually lose up to 100 hairs a day! You are actually doing less damage to your hair by having extensions as you aren’t using heat directly onto your own hair.
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Deepwave and Bodywave Aftercare

The deep wave hair can be brushed when it is wet and must be left to dry naturally, as it is drying you need to twist the hair round your finger to get it back into shape.

The body wave hair must be blow dried back into shape with a round hair brush

Both types can not be brushed when they are dry. Most of the colours are custom made, this takes approx 1 month to produce,

The curl last really well, if you do the correct after care the hair should last about 4 months.

Middlesbrough (Smoggie) Translation

Middlesbrough (Smoggie) Translation

As I am from Middlesbrough and live in Newcastle, I often get people misunderstanding the meanings of my words, even my daughter (who has lived here most of her life) and I have a language barrier sometimes, which also results in her teasing me and mocking my words!

So I have decided to put together a ‘Smoggie Translator’ to prevent any further misunderstanding between myself and my friends, Please do join in and I will add to the list as I think of more 🙂

Firstly here’s a bit about my home town; Middlesbrough is town in the North East of England, situated on the river Tees, which is also about the 13th largest town in Britain.

Home of the ‘Smoggie’ A person originating from Teesside, so-called originally from the smoke from the Dorman Long, and other industrial works on the Tees (knocked down years ago and where the Riverside Stadium is) Shortened from original nickname of “Smog monster.”

Locals call both the town and the football team (Middlesbrough FC) “Boro”, while outsiders misspell the town’s name as MiddlesbOrough.

There is a distinctive Teesside accent, distinguishable from the Geordie (People of Newcastle) or Mackem (People of Sunderland) accent. Just to clarify there is 40 miles separating Geordies and Smoggies with Mackem’s 20 minutes each way in between.

Some of the words found in this dictionary did not originate in Middlesbrough and can be heard in different dialects, also some words/meanings are found in the regular dictionary and some have been changed through generations, but they have now become a main part of the Teesside dialect due to frequent use and Smoggies putting their own spin on them.

To give you an idea of the comparison to me and my daughter (Who was brought up in Newcastle) and to show the reason I created this Translator/ Dictionary here is a short clip I took a couple of weeks ago

A

Aka – Crazy

“He was going Aka”

As – Used to add emphasis to a sentence

“She was sad as”

Ayas – “Ayas coming or what?”

Aggy Boo- Sarcastic way of laughing at someones bad luck

Av’it– Take that

Afta– Have to

“I afta sort it out later”

Areyeravinalaff?– Are you playing some kind of unfunny joke on me?

Akki – Filthy

Away/ Haway – Come on

B

Bang On – Just right (See spot on)

Bray – To hit, bang

“I was braying on the door for ages before you answered”

Bag head – Drug addict

Bang Out – Out of Order, If someone does something that is extremely unfair, or says something that’s offensive or hurtful.

Beck – Viking word for Stream

Beck Jumping – The sport of jumping over becks to entertain yourself

Baccy – Tobacco

Black un – Drinking all day

Buzzin’ – Ecstatic

Battered – Confused, emotionally exhausted

“My heads battered”

Balastic – Crazy

“He just went propa balastic there like”

Bobby/ Bobbies – Police- from Robert (Bob) Peel – 1st police commissioner & founder of the police force

Beaut – Used as an insult

“Go away you little beaut”

Berra – Better

“You berra hurry up”

Bait – Packed Lunch, dinner

Budgies – Ill fitting trousers, trousers that are to short

Bongo–  A club found over the border

Boltic / Baltic– Freezing cold

Buhha – Butter

Baffs – Swimming Baths/Pool

Buh – But

Binjer – A cigarette end

C

Canny – Someone nice, pleasant.

Class – Very impressive

Chew – Bother

“I don’t want no chew tonight like”

Chuck – Throw

Chore – Friend, mate

Coggy/ Croggy – To catch a lift on someone’s bike

Champion / Champo – Brilliant, good

Chockablock /Chocka- Packed, full

Clemmy-  Stone / Lump of mud

Coz – Because

Canna – Can I

Claggy – Sticky

Cotters/ Cottery-  Knots in hair

Cocka/ Cock – Pet, chum, friend

“Ey up Cocka”

Crank – Idiot

Cack – Discusting, not very good

Clart /Klart– Muck

Codja–  Old Man/ Lady

Cut – Path leading through somewhere

Clamming – Hungry

Cadge – Borrow

Chuffed – Well pleased

Cob on–  Bad mood

Chorva – Best friend

Clout – Hit, strike

D

Devoed – Devastated

“I’was proper devoed me like.”

Dunno – Dont Know

Down Town – Visiting Middlesbrough centre

Duds – Pants, trousers

Doggie – Nickname for an area in Middlesbrough named North Ormesby

Doanah – Dont I?

Divvy/ Div/Doyle – Idiot

“Wha ya doin tha for ya divvy?”

Defos – Definitely

Deck – Threat to incapacitate someone

“‘I’ll deck him, me

Ding-  Idiot, fool

Do ya in – I will assault you

Dark End –  Nickname of an area named park end

Do One – Go away

Dump/ Docker – cigarette that’s been put out to save some for later

Darl – Shortened from the name darling, just overused in Middlesbrough

E

Eeee  – “Eeee, I can’t believe it.”

Ere / Eeya – Here, can I have your attention?

Ee’s– He’s

er- Her

Ed – Head

Ed the ball – Insult

“You’re a proper ed the ball you like”

Ey up – Hello or hold on, look what we have here

Ert– Hurt

Egg in a bun– Man that is going bald but has a nest of hair

Eh? – I beg your pardon

F

Fumin’ – Very angry

Fags – Cigarettes

Filum – Randomly adding a ‘U’ to the word ‘film’

Fadgie – A bun made with lard instead if butter

G

Gunna- Going to

Goosed – Shattered, really tired

Gadgie – Man, male

Get Lost– Stop teasing me

Gerrit-  Get it

Get in/ Get in there/ Gerrup – Pleased about something

“Get in, I’ve gorra day of work today”

Gereer – Get over here

Gizit-  Give me that

Geggs – Glasses, Spectacles

H

Hills – Eston Hills

“Im gunna go up the hills on ma bike”

Heavin – Really busy

Hacky – Dirty

Howay/ Awayy / Owayy– Come on

Howl – Laugh
“That proppa made me howl last night!”

Hammered– Incomprehensibly drunk

I

‘im- Him

J

Jokin arn ya?- That better not be true

Jafta – Do you have to

“Jafta do that?”

Janoaworramean? – ‘Do you understand what i am saying/talking about?’

Jizza – Social Security Giro

K

Kick off – Cause havoc

Kick right off – Cause lots of havoc

Knack – To hurt

My feet were knacking off those shoes”

Knackered – Really Tired

Kid – Refrence to a friend or mate

Knocky Knocky Ido, Knocka door run– Game of knocking on someones door and running away before the answer

Ket– Sweets

Keggie/ceggie – a bump or swelling (often on the head)

L

Laffin – Nice one, thats good

Lemon top – Ice cream with a tangy lemon top.

Ledge – A hero, Legend

Like – A meaningless word used as a filler in sentences

“ya know warra mean like”

Laterz – See you later

Looka – Excuse me, can I have your attention

Leccy – Electricity

M

Mufti Van- Police Van

Mam – Mum, Mom, Mother

Mint – Very good

“It’s proper mint that like.”

Minted – Have lots of money

Maftin – Boiling

Muppet – Idiot

Mucca/ Mush – Mate, Friend

Munter– Ugly

“Shes a right Munter”

Meff– Idiot

Minger /Minging – Something or someone that’s disgusting

Me – Used a lot at the end of a sentence

“I’m from Middlesbrough Me” “I love carpets me”

Manky– Filthy

Mert- Mate

Mortal – Very drunk

Mooch/ Mooching– Going out, exploring

“I’m going on a mooch”

N

Napper – Head

“That lass does my napper in”

Nor-  No

Nowt – Nothing

Necta– Amazing

Naff- Nothing

“We went all the way there for naff all”

Now then – Greeting, Hi everyone. How are you all?

Nick off – To skive, Play truant

Nits – Head lice eggs

Nash – Social Security office

Nithered – Cold

N Thaa – Randomly added to the end of a sentence

Nightmare – Unlucky

“That’s a nightmare that like”

O

Our – My, a family member

“Its’ our mams birthday today”

Our Lad/Our Lass – Other half, partner

Our ‘ouse – My house

Over the Border- The area of St Hilda’s arrived at by going under the railway tracks at the bottom of Albert Road (Home of the Bongo Club).

Ow – Excuse me

“Ow, where dya think your going?”

Ow Do- How are you doing

‘Ows about – ‘Think of it this way’

Orite – All is good, OK

“Is everything orite”

Offit- Mental, crazy

Owt – Anything

“Do you want owt from the shop?”

Owee In – Come in

Orr eeya- Usually said in frustration

Orr eeya, I cant be doing with this like”

Our Kid – Brother

Oggy/ Hoggy – Lift

“Do you fancy giving us a oggy over that wall”

Oggy Raiding – Taking peoples apples from their garden without permission

Our End – The area that I live in

We don’t have one of those round our end”

P

Parmo / Parmesan A breaded cutlet dish originating in Middlesbrough

Proper/ Proppa – Very much

Pilla – Pillow

Pattie- Potato, battered and fried, usually with fish.

Pigbag – Matchday song for Middlesbrough FC

Packitin – Stop it

Paraletic – Basically means being so drunk you can’t walk or talk properly

Plaggy Bagging/ Polly Bagging – The sport of riding down hills in the snow

Plaggy – Plastic, fake

Parky – Park attendant

Peggin – Someone who steals clothes from watching lines

Q

Quality – Very good

“It was a quality night.”

R

Righto – Okay then.

Ripped Off – A product or service that is overpriced or of poor quality- An act of exploitation.

Rank/ Rammy – Disgusting

Radged – Mental, Crazy

Rammed – Busy, Full

S

Smoggie – A Person originating from Teeside, Apparently the original Smoggie term comes from the smoke from the Dorman Long, and other industrial works on the Tees (knocked down years ago and where the Riverside Stadium is) Shortened from original nickname of “Smog monster.”

Sound – Good

Proper sound that like”

Stoppy Back – Extra drinking time in a pub after closing time

Scran – Food

Scunner – A person withno moral background

“He’s a right scunner.”

Shockin – Out of order

Scrounged/ Scrounger- A person who tries to get something for nothing/or a person that is greedy/will not share

Shot – Throw, hoy, chuck

“Shot those things in the car for us”

Sly Off – To sneak off

Scraps– Bits of leftover batter usually sprinkled over on chips

Summat – Something

Snidey – Sly, fake

Spot on – just right

Swear down/ Swear to god – I’m honest

“I swear down on our mam’s life.”

Slaggy Island – Area in Boro named South bank, it was nicknamed Slaggy island as it was surrounded by slag heaps

Smashun – Smashing, Great

Sket – Dirty Girl

ShitHot – Brilliant

Sozzard – Though a shortening of a phrase of the ilk ‘Sorry there hard man’, it is often meant sarcastically and derogatorily, and is used against someone making a unbelievably rubbish and/or pointless point

Skank/Skanky- Dirty (often ascribed to women)

“She’s a right skank”

Scut /Scutty –  Dirty, unclean, unwashed

Scally– A naughty/undesirable type- usually a youth.

Skivvy– Servant

“I am not your skivvy”

T

Tara – Bye

Tahoo – Tattoo

Toggyender – Kicking a ball with the toes

Tarzy – A rope hanging over a tree used as a swing

“We made a tarzy up the hills today”

Tattie – Potato

Tarm – Time

Taxed – Pinched, Stolen

Torchered – Harrased, teased

Twat – Hit, Strike, To physically assault

Toasted – To be beaten by an opponent

You just got toasted on FIFA there like”

Touched – Mentally disturbed

“You’re touched you like”

Tan – Get a lift on someones bike (see also Croggy/Coggy)

Tekking – Taking

“He’s tekking the micky now”

Turned round – Used to describe what was said during an argument

” She turned round and said to me……”. “I turned round and told him to…..”

Two Dog – Two Litres of cider

Twocka – A person who takes things that do not belong to them

Tranies – Training shoes

Tret – The way someone has been treated

“I tret our mam to tea last night”

U

Us – Me

Pass us that salt please”

V

The Van – Mobile shop

“D’ya wan owt off the van??

W

Wod – Pile of cash

Wrecked – Extremely drunk

Wouldja dare – Something you wouldn’t do

“Wouldja dare be you.”

Worritisright- ‘This is how it is’ , Used to start a conversation that usually results in ‘chew’

Woppa – Insult

“You’re a proper whoppa you, arn ya?”

Winda – Window

Wahha – Water

Worra – What a

“Worra load of rubbish

Y

Young’un – Somebody younger than yourself usually your child/brother/sister

Yous – You people

Ya’d – You had

Yonks – Ages

Yer wha? – “I’m sorry, I never quite heard you there”

Night out in Newcastle, Where to go?

Night out in Newcastle, Where to go?

Iv’e lived here for 4 years now, and LOVE a good night out here, its probably the best place in the country 😛  us northerners are known for being so friendly and of course for not wearing coats, well we don’t want to hide our new frocks do we?  Thousands of people visit the ‘toon’ for the wicked night life to celebrate hen/stag nights, birthdays & any other occasion they can find an excuse!!

So where is there to go?

I’l start with my personal favourites and how I like to enjoy a night out! obviously it starts at home  with a good old pampering session, picking out the clothes & the most important thing THE SHOES! and a few ‘pre-toon’ drinks.

Me & my friends would usually head to The Gate for the first drinks.  The Gate is an indoor centre, it  includes an assortment of bars, cafes and restaurants. (as well as a 12 screen cinema)  The bars include Tiger Tiger, Mood, Indigo, Bar Bannatyne, Opera, The Keel Row (Lloyds), Sam Jack’s, Players and Beyond Bar. there is a variety of people here depending on the bar so there is something for everyone, the drinks are reasonable prices especially in Lloyds, Keel Row where you can get a good head start with drinks such as 2 jugs of cocktails for £10 and 4 Jagerbombs for just £5!  Bannatynes is one of the nicer more expensive bars its a little quieter if you prefer to sit down and talk and Opera next door often has live music. Mood has recently re-opened and every time I have walked in it has been a little empty and dull.  Indigo has two floors and it has a dark smokey atmosphere with UV lights everywhere and only beautiful bar staff! the music is funky house, club classics, house, dance & rnb and has live DJ’s every night, including mad mambo on the bongos ( a must hear!) Sam Jacks is probably more suited for the stags, with the bucking bronko and the dentists chair watch it here. Players is a sports bar, has two floors and live male & Female dancers.

After The Gate some would head down to the Bigg Market , The Bigg Market A no-holds-barred area where you won’t find much in the way of culture, but you will find a lot in the way of drink. A selection of bars mainly playing hardcore, scouse house music and the majority of the people being chavs & high as kites. Be prepared to wear your drink as there’s no stopping their dancing shoes!

However, I would then head down towards Newcastles Diamond Strip which is 100 meters of trendier bars including Revolution, Madame Koos, Baby Lynch, Floritas, Perdu, Ohso, Attic, Bijoux & the Lodge. The kind of people who go here are usually  20-35yr olds, young, cool, mature people. The area attracts these kinds of people by selling a range of drinks including cocktails, bottles, and long drinks. You will not find any girls here drinking pints with a straw! The decor in these places are ultra contemporary and there are also comfortable places to sit and talk while you get in the mood for a dance.

I usually start at Revolution and try out a new flavour of Vodkas  its a vodka bar. it has some amazing flavours! I also visit Ohso regularly which is a nice bar with a good atmosphere and Perdu which gets packed with a variety of people but its a great place to be and everyone is friendly. The queue’s for the bar in these places can be a bit of a wait depending on the night.  My ultra favourites and the highlight of my night are Floritas and Madame koos these are all part of  The Apartent Group and are linked via the VIP sections. Floritas has live music and the decor in here is Fab! there is so much to take in when you go in here, the atmosphere is great and there is also booths if you prefer to sit down. they have a ranch of cocktails including a pineapple punch that is served in the actual pineapple. Madame Koos is a downstairs bar,it has comfortable seated areas aswell as a dance floor where you can move your feet to Koo’s fusion beat of all the classic soul, disco, RnB, indie, rock and pop. Also at the centre of the strip there’s a nightclub called Tup Tup Palace I have only been here a hanful of times but apparently its ‘where clubbers enter a bohemian world of escapism, luxury and eastern finery. Boasting indoor waterfalls, an elliptical recessed champagne snug, privately serviced tables and a selection of the worlds finest drinks brands…Tup Tup prides its-self on providing quality service to a soundtrack of quality music’

By this time I have usually taken off my shoes and I am swinging them around whilst singing out loud waiting for a taxi (which are all meter operated by the way)  to take me home for a glass of water and to fall into my bed fully clothed.  So if you do regularly visit Newcastle or are planning a visit, be sure to get back to me and let me know your views and reviews!

Much Love xx

Tup Tup Palace
Tup Tup
Floritas
Floritas
Madame Koos
Madame Koos
Revolution
Perdu