I’ve been feeling a bit ‘blah’ for a while about myself in general, and specifically with my hair. So I made this list of things I needed to do to kick that ‘blah’ feeling in the butt and top of this list was a hair cut and colour refresh. For a while now I’ve wanted to go back to my ‘properly’ blonde roots. Having toyed with going darker last year, and as much as I like it in some ways, at heart blonde is much more ‘me’ so I knew I wanted to go blonder and was in need of some new hair. I wanted to go so blonde in fact that the word ‘platinum’ has been banded about…. oh yes people, I’m talking PROPERLY blonde.
One of my favourite beauty-things to do is treatments and salon experiences – it’s something I’ve loved since I was a teen and my mum treated me to my first facial at the local beauty salon that she’s been a regular at for as long as I remember. So be it for a facial, a hair cut or a spray tan I’ve always loved that in-salon experience. So I always get really excited to head somewhere with the prospect of some chill out beauty time, and heading out feeling a little bit spruced up. The salon I was entrusting with my super-blonde make-over is one tucked away in the cutest little square (technically a triangle) in Chelsea called ‘Real Hair’. It’s a stones throw from Kings’ Road and tucked between Sloane Square and South Kensington tube stops.
The salon itself is really minimalist and stylish – it feels really bright and airy with sleek mirrors all along the walls and nice big windows opening on to the street. It’s a lovely space, but in all honesty – a stylish salon doesn’t make a great haircut or colour, it’s all about the people cutting/colouring your hair. This is where I felt Real Hair really did such a fantastic job. From the moment I walked in I felt totally comfortable and in very safe hands.
I had the lovely Chanel colouring my hair – she had a good look at my hair as it was, I showed her some photos of ‘inspiration’ (basically Jennifer Lawrence silvery bright platinum blonde bob from recent red carpets) and we got to work. She explained she was going to do all over fine highlights, which would still let a touch of my natural neutral blonde shade show through and avoid it looking too flat/wig like. This sounded good to me – along with the reassurance that that sort of pale blonde would suit my skin tone.
Cut wise, Andy – the creative director for the salon – was really great. I felt very comfortable and confident he understood what I wanted and what would work for my hair. He took a bit of length off, probably a touch more than I had in mind but it worked. The length was ideal for the new colour. My flat/fine hair looked healthy and full of volume, which NEVER happens. He styled it just how I always want it to look – with loose modern/slightly messy waves that didn’t cross over into the bouffant blowdry territory. Plus his styling skills are so impressive that the day after I woke up and my waves were still in place AND my hair still had healthy looking volume. Andy used a few Schwarzkopf Professional products that really did work a treat in styling so it held but didn’t fall out – the Hairbody Volume product to protect from heat but also add some oomph and hold, finished with the fine Elastic hair spray and a dusting of the Osis+ Dust to add some extra volume towards the back of the hair. Again, volume and style that lasts more than a day never happens with my hair and seriously impressed.
All in all – I am SO happy with my new hair. The thing that really did it for me was that as Andy was styling my hair and I could see the colour properly as it was dried I could feel myself with a big old smile on my face. None of that ‘Oh God, is it ok, is it the colour I wanted, is the style too short’ type fear. Just a pure feeling of YES – nailed it. I haven’t stopped swishing my newly super-blonde hair since.
A huge thank you to Chanel and Andy for doing such an amazing job! I really love the newly super-blonde new hair, it’s really given me such a boost and was exactly what I needed. The power of a good haircut and colour eh?!
For more information on Real Hair: realhair.co.uk
I was a guest of Real Hair, Chelsea.