Take note ladies, because today we are discussing one of my favorite questions I receive as a stylist: Can I have silver hair and how much does it cost?
This question can strike fear inside every hairstylist because there is no easy answer.
Let me explain. If you walked into my salon with beautiful bright blonde hair and asked me to turn your hair silver I would ask you to take a seat and in two hours out you would go into the world with stunning silver locks ..... let me tell you this rarely happens.
Scenario number two...
My client is in asking for silver hair colour, she has dark brown hair which she has dyed herself several times....this is much more of a problem! You see hair has to be void of any colour if you want to achieve a silver tone. This is not something I could achieve in one appointment, this is something you have to build up to over a series of appointments.
The dark brown hair has to go through several different shades to lift up to very light blonde. This is hours of work and very costly. If the hair is not void of colour you risk your hair going green !!!
You will also be risking the condition of your hair, we can help with this by using products such as silaplex, an anti breaking treatment. But you guessed it this too is pricey (this is however liquid gold fir your hair and we would advise it in every colour)
So please please talk to your stylist, listen to the advice and enjoy the series of different colours you will go through to finally reach your goal ...we will get you there in time. xxx
What a week!!!!.. Have you ever had one of those weeks that starts off relatively normally and then life hits you with a frying pan from the side, that you never saw coming???... That my friends has been my week!!.. It's at times like this that you realise just who is with you and will support you. We are so lucky to have these people in our lives , you know who they are, people we may see everyday or maybe just people we consider 'acquaintances' but step up when we need them.
I was discussing with a client this week how we as hairstylists can talk so openly and honestly in that short time you are with us. I have often laughed, cried and had some deep conversations with clients. We aren't just artists, we are, therapists, peace keepers,actors ( I have smiled through many a hangover) scientists, (seriously, you should see the lotions and potions we have to mix)and when you arrive at the salon something happens. We see you. How do we do this? Simply because you relax, you don't need to be dressed up or have your best face on, you don't need to pretend or put on a pretence, you just are simply you...
Let me introduce you to the talented Lucy Powers. Lucy came to me for a job nearly a year ago and finally joined the team in June. Lucy specialises and is London trained in ballayage. The lovely thing about Lucy is she doesn't realise quite now good she is, but within weeks of being with us she has become a very busy popular stylist. Lucy has worked in top salons in Australia and England. She is also trained in micro, nano and keratin fusion bonded extensions .
Lucy lives with her partner Dave and their 2 beautiful children. She likes. Chocolate, massages, tulips, gin and disney films. Lucy hates crowds, sweetcorn, spiders and being late
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Today I'm going to talk to you about quick holiday hair . Last week we talked about looking after the condition of your hair but let's face it, it can be as shiny as you like but if it's hanging in salty glumps all down your face this will never be a sexy beach look. I have short hair with a long fringe so all you short haired ladies need a little help too....
I have spent the last week in Qatar and although stunning it was so hot you could cook your breakfast on the bonnet of the car ( really , I'm not kidding!!!). My advice with your hair is if you don't want to wear a hat ( I'm not a hat person, it always makes me look a little like a garden gnome ) pin it out the way. I'm not saying just stick a grip in it ( yuk), go out and buy yourself a pretty clip. A flower or something sparkly would do nicely. Firstly French plait the Front of your hair from your side parting and fasten with your clip. For those of you who can't French plait separate your fringe and just add as many small plaits as you can and then pin them all back with your clip ( quick, effective and pretty). Can't plait at all ( shame on you, that's bad 😂 come and visit and I will show you how) then back comb the front of your hair untill it stands up on its own, now leave it...... (Only joking) .... Gently comb over the top with a paddle brush to smooth the top layer and you guessed it, fasten with your clip... Now grab yourself a cocktail and go and enjoy the sun ...
Let me introduce you to the lovely Sophie Pitts. Sophie joined the team as an apprentice and amazed us with her hairdressing skills and soon became a talented hair stylist. Sophie very quickly built a loyal clientele creating some stunning results and now is always booked up. Sophie lives at home with her mum, dad , sister and younger brother. She enjoys keeping fit, spending time with friends, family and partner Romeo. Sophie is quite simply one of the loveliest people I have had the pleasure of working with so you will have an enjoyable visit as well as feeling safe in her very capable hands.
Sophie likes are... shopping, chocolate, dancing and cocktails ( sounds like my ideal day) . Sophie dislikes are...being late for things, olives and being too cold!
Wake up with static strands flying everywhere on holiday???
Pack a satin pillow case to reduce static, giving you a smoother look in the morning.
So the holiday season is upon us, and with that comes the stressful time of making sure that everything is planned down to the finest military exercise. As well as making sure everything is in place, we will find ourselves wanting to be plucked, polished and groomed for our week away. I myself have been trying to get my hair trimmed in the salon for my holiday this week. I can't tell you how hard that is when we are all so busy!! I begged poor Sophie for a tincy wincy trim in her spare 10 minutes today poised with her lunch half eaten ( you know I love you Sophie ) . Why do we do it? I'm not sure really, let's face it when we finally get over the stressful packing, sorting the kids bags out after they've unpacked them for the third time, turned back for the passports as we 'thought he'd packed them', seven hours on a stuffy plane sat next to the guy who wanted to sit in your seat as well as his own, waiting for your bag 'always the last off' and finally reaching your destination hot and sweaty and very 'un groomed'!!!!
Let me this week introduce you to the very gorgeous Emma Metcalfe. I have worked with Emma from the very start of her career and I have quite literally watched her blossom into a very beautiful and talented hair stylist. Emma has a natural flare for foiling and her ombre technique is hands down the best Iv seen in my 25 years of hairdressing.
Emma lives with her partner Ollie and her cat Prince. Emma and Ollie are planning a wedding in October which we are all looking forward to.As well as being a talented hairstylist Emma likes to spend time with her two sisters, family and friends. Emma loves Loyalty,Shopping, Mac Lipstick,hot days and Prosecco. Emma dislikes mushrooms..yuckkkk.. People who cut you up in a car... grrrr...not having enough sleep and scary films..
Holiday hair fact::
Sunshine and swimming can play havoc with your hair. But though most people wouldn't dream of jetting off to the sunshine without a bumper bottle of high protection sun cream, how many of us remember to pack some pampering products for our hair? Not many for sure...Do you??? After a few days of sun and sea, even the most healthy, glossy hair can deteriorate into a frazzled mess !!
It's a good idea to treat your hair to regular deep conditioning treatments a couple of weeks before your departure date, so that it's in peak condition for your holiday. Continue the treatments every three or four days while you are away and then every three to four weeks after you get back, to maintain the hair's moisture levels. Try and keep your hair covered up as much as possible and treat yourself to a uv protection spray (we sell them in the salon.... Just saying!!)
Happy holidays.... Xxx
Well this week the schools break up for a very loooooong summer holiday ( at least the sun is shining ) . I had this afternoon out of the salon to pick my youngest boy up from his very last day at primary school. As I waited I watched all the children file out of their classrooms for the last time . Lots of tears and sad faces from teachers and pupils.
It got me thinking that the things we do every day or on a regular basis can effect people's lives, createing strong relationships without realising it. At the salon we see many people time and again and I can honestly say many colleges and clients have become my friends . Not just sharing hair tips but also sharing thoughts feelings and great laughs. Only recently I had a client in and ended up laughing so much that I thought I ought to put my scissors down!!.... What other job allows you to have moments like that??
Talking of friendships , let me today introduce you to Natasha Beeson.
I have worked with Tasha for many years. She started with me at Salon 73 from the very beginning, giving her personal time up to get the salon off the ground. Tash was always ready with a helping hand and bundles of encouragement. Always lending an ear and some good advice, so much so that I've started to forget who was the boss, so thus she became the manageress ....
Tasha is an extremely talented hairstylist, who has achieved some of our best creative colouring. Tasha also excels in blowdry and hair up.
When Tasha is not working hard in the salon she likes spending time with friends and family. Tasha is mother to two gorgeous little girls who are a credit to her and her husband Jamie.
. Tasha likes prosecco, (who doesn't!!!) handbags, Spain and being a hairdresser. she dislike tomatoes, ( what's wrong with her !!!), exercise, standing in queues and no air conditioning on a hot day .
The average time a woman spends washing, drying and styling her hair is 1 hour and 53 minutes a week. By the time she is 65, she will have spent 7 months of her life doing her hair.... Imagine then, how much time a Salon 73 stylist spends doing hair in a lifetime!!!!
Welcome to my first salon 73 blog post. First and for most I'd like to thank the lovely Heidi Bawden from heidibawdenvideo.co.uk for filming, taking photos and revamping our website. It looks totally amazing!!!
The reason for this blog page is to let you, 'the client' get to know us 'the Salon73 team'.
Over the past 25 years that I've been hairdressing, I've come to realise that it's a traumatic experience walking into a busy salon full of strange people and although we too are a little strange (sorry ladies).
I wanted to show you that as well as very talented stylists we are also ordinary, nice, rather interesting people.
There are 10 of us all together, so today lets start with me...
Hi, I'm Vanessa.... Oh you want more!!!
I've been hairdressing for over 25 years and absolutely LOVE my job. I'm passionate about hair, my boys (more about them later), the salon, living life to the absolute fullest, my friends and family.
I love dry humour, shopping, coffee, interesting people and white chocolate. I can't stand negativity, boats, Brussel sprouts and fish... Yuk.
I am a mother of two boys, one 11 and one 13. I go to work for a break (anyone with children will be nodding and agreeing right now!) They are my world but I love to step into another calmer world for a while. I live with my husband Simon who is a shop fitter - which comes in handy at the Salon!!
I am the youngest of four siblings and have the most amazing mum and dad.
Well that's just a little about me!
I want to finish my blog posts with a little hair tip or fact, some funny, some useful and some just totally strange. So because my blog post today was about walking into strange salons, here's a strange fact about hair....
Women dyed their hair in ancient times, by mixing pigeon poop with ashes and then slathered it all over their hair. They then dunked their head in a pot of urine. Why?
The ammonia from human urine acted as a bleach, stripping the hair of it's natural colour.
It appears that in ancient times, if women couldn't achieve that sun-kissed look, they settled for a visit to the lavatory... Yuk, I don't think we'll be using this in the salon any time soon....