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Ashley and Martin – Hair Treatment

August 12th, 2015


Article written by Unnamed Guest Contributor

There are literarily hundreds of treatments promising to regrow your natural hair, but how many of them actually work?

I had always been concerned about losing my hair and did all that I could in my younger years to ensure a full head of hair. However, I started to notice slight thinning of the hair in my thirties, and I have to be honest – it is the most traumatic experience emotionally, dealing with the fact you may lose all your hair.

In my sheer state of panic, I decided to try anything that promised to regrow my hair. I tried shampoos, vitamins and all sorts of solutions. None of what had promised me a full head of hair actually worked and resorted to the fact of dealing with my reality and either shave my hair or invest in numerous caps to disguise my hair loss.

A couple of months ago, I was approached to write an article on hair loss treatments, so I jumped at the chance. I mean who better to write this article than myself, given the amount of products and treatments I had already tried and tested for my own personal reasons.

I decided to go straight to the source who claim they have been “restoring hair since 1964”. That’s right guys, Ashley and Martin – they claim to be the number 1 medical hair clinic, so if anyone was going to regrow my hair, its these guys.

In a mad rush and sheer excitement, I rang the CEO of Ashley and Martin and arranged a time to visit their medical clinic in Chatswood for a consultation. On the day of my appointment, the treatment was explained to me fairly thoroughly and various photos were taken to document my progress.

The treatment products were tailored to my needs, and were delivered within a week for me to commence my journey to thicker and fuller hair.

Within the first month, I noticed my hair to have a little more volume and not as flat. Was this the first sign of baby hairs growing? To be quite honest, I really didn’t care what it was as the results were starting to be visible.

This continued as the weeks progressed. My hair was constantly feeling thicker and fuller. It was during the third month, I noticed hundreds of hairs growing much to my excitement.

For years I had not received compliments on my hair, and to finally have people commenting and telling me how great my hair looked, was a great sensation as I was no longer dealing with hair loss.

I am currently in my six month, and I can confirm my hair feels and looks thicker and have gained thousands of new healthy strands of hair.

I must admit, losing my hair and coming to terms with the awful reality had really taken a swipe at my self esteem. Coming to terms with it wasn’t easy, and I think I was in denial to a point.

I have never been a stranger to having treatments and a few jabs to turn back the ageing clock. You tend to walk away from these treatments feeling good for a couple of days, then it becomes the norm. However, I must say seeing Ashely and Martin and what they have done for me and my self esteem is unforgettable, as I no longer have to deal with what was my reality.

The verdict is, outstanding results and a team of professionals that have been nothing but an absolute delight to deal with. I would highly recommend Ashley and Martin to anyone going through what I had been dealing with.

Do yourself the favour and gain back your confidence by contacting the medical clinic and speak to one of their helpful professionals.


Let’s Meet The King Of Hair And Looking Younger – Troy Thompson

September 20th, 2010

Troy Thompson is definately a man who knows what he wants. He set out young, trying to achieve a goal – and guess what, he ge got it.

A caring and thoughtful person, he takes good care of those people close to him. He works hard, endless hours – but enjoys every minute of it.

The successful Troy Thompson Hairdressing Salon in Rose Bay (soon to be Potts Point) has seen him grow from strength to strength, eventually getting his own role on the hit TV show, 10 Years Younger in 10 Days.

He has just launched his new book… But i’ll let him tell you about it, and everything else about his private life!

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I have just launched my new book, Troy Thompson’s Guide To The Younger You. [Click HERE to read about the book]

I’m currently working on my book project, pulling together the next one and also trying to finish up loose ends for our move to our new salon in Potts Point.

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

I don’t follow fashion; I think that is boring and so predictable. I believe you should have your own style and create your own fashion style.

On the home front i have been told I do like a bit of Versace and know how to do a room like Ralph Lauren, but seriously i like simple furniture and a easy space for living and having great friends who enjoy your space.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

It’s funny you know I don’t really have one, it’s so not who I am about. But I do like my cowboy boots I have had several pairs made for me.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

Kitchen, i love to cook for people. It really does make me feel special when i can do that for someone.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

My god I’m Italian, I love all food and all drink, if it’s on the table ill eat it.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Massage every week and a facial every 2 weeks; I’ve done it for years.

Greatest lesson learnt?

Don’t allow someone else control your business details.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Stick it out… It pays off in the long run, crap money to begin with but show that you have passion and you will get the rewards, Big Time.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

Not sure how to answer that, at this point in my career I don’t have a balance, but I’m happy with that as I’m a work horse, and I love going to work, I’m happy to work 10 to 12 hours a day and more if I could.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

Tom Ford, because he makes it look simple and easy, and that’s what it is all about for me. Plus I’ve always wanted to get into his pants.

How did you get into doing what you do?

Well funny you ask that, I often think the same thing but it always comes back to arriving in Sydney from the country and not knowing what i could do, i knew I could plat a horses tail and do a great braid as well, so i decided to become a hairdresser and remember there were lots of apprenticeships back then so it was easy.

My Mother/Father always told me…

You’re on your own.

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

I’m a ambassador for the Ted Noffs Foundation, i want to help this cause as they look after kids with drug related problems and people shy away from these issues, it could have been me if I didn’t get that guiding hand, at a crucial age.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

Fratelli Paradiso in Challis Ave Potts Point. Love Love Love this place!

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

Just about every night, i don’t like to cook for my self so i go out.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My Dog Stud, i did once and i never forgave myself. I’m a bad father some times. I forget about him and his needs.

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

Nothing I love it and everything about it, we are so lucky to live in the most amazing city.

If you were Clover Moore, what would be the first thing you’d inject money into fixing?

My Fashion sense and updating my resume, she is doing a dreadful job and should be voted out.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

I hate the beach I find it such a waste of time sitting there doing nothing. Plus I can’t swim.

Three pet hates?

1. Boring people

2. Bad manners

3. Untidy people

What is your one diva demand?

I don’t wait in line for anything or anyone, EVER.

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

Ok I love Paris, I could live there forever.

When was the last time you cried? If you wish to divulge, why?

God I cry all the time I’m a big sook. But I won’t tell you why i last cried because I’ll cry again, I love crying. It’s good for you.

What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

I don’t drive I have a full time car service and its fab, I love Phil the driver he has looked after me for so long I wouldn’t know what to do without him anymore.

Your best grooming tip?

Get a hair cut.


Troy Thompson’s Guide To The Younger You

August 30th, 2010

Last week, Troy Thompson launched his exciting new book, Guide To The Younger You.

A fantastic book showing you all the ways you can look, feel and live better, ultimately making you be a younger you.

In depth on all topics from dressing, to hair and skin, all the way to injectables like Botox, Troy has all the information and advice you need to help you with looking and feeling younger.

Inspired by the involvement with TV show 10 Years Younger In 10 Days and the unfortunate loss of his best friend to Cancer, Troy felt compelled to collaborate all his best advice and research on making you look and feel younger on the outside – but it wasn’t just that, it was how he could also make you feel better from the outside in.

After having a read through this book, each of the chapters involve some of Australia’s leading professionals in their field, with some great tips and advice from the likes of Will Fennell, Samantha Wills, Jenny Craig, Dr. Gerarchi from The Face Institute and L’Oreal.

Visit www.TroyThompson.com.au for more information, his blog and to purchase the book.

A Woman Of Many Talents – Katie Underwood

April 12th, 2010

Ten years ago, Katie Underwood was a household name after winning a place in the all girl band Bardot.

After an extremely successful run in the band, it dissolved and all the band members went their own ways.

Melbourne girl Katie, perused her successful solo career, in both Australia and the UK, having hits played nationally and internationally on commercial radio, as well as reaching the top 50 in the Aria charts. She took the dance and club avenue, becoming well known in the club scene for her high energy music and collaborations with other well known artists and DJ’s like Disco Montego.

She has made a mark for herself in the entertainment industry, and continues to do so. She has her finger in every pie – theatre, television, music and radio.

She is a down-to-earth and unaffected women, with a unique sense of style and popular sound.

Her life journey took a different avenue, now performing jazz music around Melbourne… But I’ll let Katie tell you what she’s up to at the moment… (P.S. – You must hear her version of the amazing song Hallelujah on her website)

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I have recently been performing with my jazz band around Melbourne, but hoping to tour regionally and around Australia later this year. I have also been spending some time writing and collaborating with a few DJ/Producers with the aim of releasing another dance track in the future.

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

I prefer my surroundings to be calm and somewhat ‘Zen’, so I guess the Japanese style of decor is most prevalent. My favourite piece of furniture at home is a Japanese circular display unit.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

I’m really getting into white these days so anything white, pants, tops, bags I’m enjoying, especially in warmer weather. Favourite accessory would be a steel Owl pendant.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

A huge painting of a Bird Of Paradise plant.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Favourite new cocktail is the Aviation – making a comeback in a few of the cocktail bars around Melbourne.

What is your greatest extravagance?

My fondness for Veuve Clicquot and Billecart-Salmon Champagne

Greatest lesson learnt?

Success is about feeling happy with what you do, not what you’ve achieved in the eyes of others.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Think very carefully about what you want to achieve and learn before you begin because once you’re in it, it’s often hard to see clearly and remember what you really want.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I currently work from home so I’m not sure I do have them balanced! I am conscious of taking a break to catch up with good friends regularly. They keep me grounded and sane.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

I honestly don’t pay much attention to main stream fashion so I wouldn’t know where to begin!

How did you get into doing what you do?

My first major break came through Popstars (Australia’s first reality TV talent show) but the path that lead me to that point was quite diverse. I had been singing and also recorded a dance track with a guy in the UK. I guess I was started to gain confidence and experience in the music industry and Popstars came along at the right time.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

Less is more.

My Mother/Father always told me…

It doesn’t matter what you do but how you do it. Take pride in your work, whatever it is and strive to be the best you can be.

Where is your favourite place to relax when you’re in Sydney?

Relax in Sydney? I didn’t know that was even possible….

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

Not as often as I would like! I live on Fitzroy St so there’s so much good food literally on my doorstep it’s hard not to take advantage and eat out quite a bit.

Signature dish?

Vegetarian Noodles with Fresh Coriander. Simple but effective.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My iPhone. I finally converted.

Being a Melbourne girl, but having spent alot of time in Sydney, what frustrates you most about Sydney?

That I don’t get to travel there as much as I used to!

When you come to Sydney, what is your favourite beach and why?

I’m not a huge beach lover but I always enjoyed Bronte beach because it’s quaint and quiet.

Three pet hates?

1. Superficiality.

2. Intolerance.

3. Judgement.

Fashion and home must-have’s?

A nice set of cocktail glasses and a shaker.

What is your one diva demand?

I’ve never had one. I might ask for a pineapple juice or something, maybe some Champagne (if it’s a club gig) but I won’t cry if I don’t get it. Life’s too short to be THAT kind of Diva.

Be sure to visit her website for more information: www.KatieUnderwood.tv

Who Is Most Original & Mineral?

April 1st, 2010

Being a guy with really short hair, I haven’t really paid all that much attention to the quality of the shampoos and conditioners I use. For the not so substantial amount of hair that I have, I never really justified spending too much.

That was up until recently, when I got given two bottles of the Original & Mineral Hydrate & Conquer Shampoo and Conditioner.

At first I looked at the bottles and immediately thought how great they would look in my bathroom. They are funky and look so much better then any bottle on the market. How typical of me to look at how something would look in my home!

It was that night, that I started using the shampoo & conditioner that I realised there is a difference between your normal products and O&M products. O&M use natural ingredients, without all the nasties we don’t need and all the goodness we do. The product range is sulfate free and doesn’t contain things like parabens, proplene glycol, triclosan and more…

When I popped the lid open, the first thing I noticed was the smell. One of the most pleasant smelling products I’ve ever smelt. I felt clean already and hadn’t even applied it! Camellia and almond oil are the dominant fragrances.

I poured a little into my hand and lathered away. Smelling great, I rinsed the shampoo and then added the conditioner. I left it in for abit and rinsed again. It’s not till after I dried my hair that I noticed the biggest difference of all. My hair felt soft, nourished and clean – and that is in short hair!

I always have people staying over my place, so I thought to really test the O&M Hydrate and Conquer Shampoo and Conditioner, I’d get my close friends Florence and Drew to use it when they stay over. They both have long hair, Drew’s hair being fairly dry and damaged from colours, straightening and product.

Drew washed his hair with the shampoo and conditioner – he dried his hair properly to prepare it for straightening. He said his hair was so soft and hydrated, even after just using once! Normally his hair after towel drying would be quite dry, brittle, stand upright and be unmanageable to straighten, but after using this O&M product, it dried soft and fell easily, and the straightener just glided over the hair.

Florence, who spends a fortune on using top of the line products to wash her long blonde hair, said the same thing as Drew – “I loved it, I noticed a difference straight away. I love the smell and feel of my hair”, as she runs her hands down the lenght of her hair.

Now that has to be a sign that the people over at Original & Mineral have got something VERY right. They have developed a complete package – it looks great, smells great, actually works, natural and healthy for hair and is good to the environment.

All their products are natural and are specific for a particular need. O&M’s CEO Jose talks about the brand in the video below. I enjoyed hearing about the brand. You will too.

For stockists, call 1300 724 635 or email hello@originalmineral.com

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