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Organic Skincare and Self Love – Are They The Same?

Awake Organics skincare

Many of us are trying to switch over to organic skincare, after learning scary facts about parabens, and discovering many personal-care products contain chemicals linked to cancer. Moving over from big brand products to organic ones can be a bit of a minefield; sometimes companies claim to be organic or natural, only to discover they are […]

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Start Your Plastic Free Journey with These 6 Products!

Instagram is a great platform to connect with people, find like minded friends who share your beliefs and passions, and meet people on similar journeys to yourself. I started following Eco Green Revolution a few months ago and was fascinated by all the posts of their plastic free, zero waste products. Suzanne only launched Eco Green Revolution a few […]

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The Best Natural Cruelty Free Mascara

Today I’ve got a brilliant natural beauty swap – a natural cruelty free mascara! But first you may have noticed I’ve changed my name to – “Does it Work?”  Shirlaw Sanctuary is the name I use for my salon and it has worked really well, and I thought this blog would be an extension of that. […]

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Dani’s Top 5 Green Summer Beauty Swaps

Dani Guinsberg is a celebrity make up artist, and is represented by Carol Hayes Management. Dani has been a make up artist for over 20 years, and has worked on campaigns, advertising, TV, magazines and premieres. Like many of us, Dani is now trying to use natural, vegan, and paraben free makeup, where possible. I asked Dani for […]

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Keep Your Hair Healthy with Vegan Butter Bleach

Turning over to natural products can be difficult, as sometimes, they don’t work as efficiently as you would like. But as you all know, it’s my mission to find the best natural alternatives, and post them here on my blog. So it’s been quite a journey finding a natural vegan bleach. Working as a hairdresser, I […]

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About Me

Hi, I’m Natalie Shirlaw, a professional hair stylist on a personal wellness journey.

My aim is to help women live a more natural life that will leave them looking and feeling amazing. Ever since I was 10 I’ve been fascinated with the hairdressing business and officially started working when I was 14. I’ve worked in some of the top UK salons and for some of the best hairdressers in the world, and I now have my own salon in Kent.

 As a hairdresser I’ve always wanted to give my clients the latest and best products and even ended up being a technical consultant for L’Oreal, but one thing was common throughout my career - 

I am passionate about finding natural and organic products that work just as well as the big brand alternatives, and that are ultimately better for you too. For over 10 years I’ve been actively researching, and testing as many products that I can. Everything from skincare, to makeup, to food and even home wear. I’ve been incorporating these products and tactics into my daily life since and I’ve never felt better. Outside of my regular work I’ve studied martial arts and other Eastern practices like Reiki, meditation, Feng Shui, EFT and NLP.

 So as you can see I’m a big advocate for all around healthy and natural living. I’ll be sharing my best tips, tactics and products here, that you can implement easily to live a more natural life, where you can feel and look amazing. I’m really excited to have you with me on this journey and can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together!