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So I thought today I’d tell you about two treatments I had done recently.

The first I’ve had done before but Toni & Guy done such a good job that I thought we’d talk about it a little. I wanted something a little different for winter but went in without much of a plan. I went in to see An who is a colourist and stylist at Toni & Guy North Audley Street. We decided to go a little darker but keep a hint of the balayage towards the tips and just tidy the shape up a little. I wasn’t too happy with my previous cut and colour (which I had done elsewhere) but I love the current colour and shape. An also applied Olaplex, which if you haven’t tried, I honestly think it’s amazing and a must for coloured hair!

It’s also worth noting that they have a Fashion Fix Menu in-salon which is perfect for all your festive hair needs. You can choose from 24 key Blow Dry styles to statement up-do’s, all done within 30minutes.

Onto Nouveau Lashes LVL treatment…

I’ve had Nouveau Lash Extensions before and I liked them but felt that they were a little too much work for me but LVL, that I can get behind! It’s a semi-permanent treatment which straightens your natural lashes at the root (lifting them up, similar to curling your lashes with a lash curler), making them look longer and thicker. They also tint the lashes which creates a mascara-style look.

I went in for my treatment on Harley Street and was made to feel super comfortable. The beautician and I spoke through the treatment and decided to start with the medium size curl as some of my lashes are quite straight and they’re quite long so could end up printing onto my brow bone. It’s ever so slightly uncomfortable but pain-free and only took 45minutes which is much quicker than lash extensions.

The reason why I prefer it to lash extensions is because it requires less maintenance and only needs to be topped up every six or so weeks, the treatment is shorter and you’re free to use whatever products you want on your lashes after. Plus, I like that no one can say they’re fake as they’re completely real just enhanced. If you want the super thick effect lash extensions give you then these aren’t for you but if you want enhanced lashes that don’t require too much work I can’t recommend LVL enough! I’ll write a bit of an update after I’ve tried it a few more times to share my thoughts about how it wears and the effect on my lashes.

hair 3 hair 1I was actually growing my hair until last Friday and I know I have had lots of comments recently from people who think my hair would look nicer longer but sometime you just need a good chop and last Friday was that day.

I had my hair done at Daniel Galvin in Kensington which such a beautiful salon! I went in for a bit of a trim and a colour refresh but after discussing the (not so good) condition of my hair we decided to take a little off the length too. Colour wise nothing has changed to much; my roots are slightly darker and although I kept the balayage, it’s a little softer. I absolutely love the colour, and although I probably will be going a little lighter in a few months, it is perfect, low maintenance and has that perfect sun-kissed look to it.

On to the cut…

As I mentioned I only went in for a trim but the truth is that my hair was pretty dry and I’m not too precious with the length of my hair. I was initially a little shocked I think but I actually love it! Although it’s short I can still tie it up if I need to and it’s surprisingly low maintenance. My hair wasn’t long to begin with but taking off just a inch or two really changed the whole overall look. I haven’t worn it straight yet but I love how easy it is to just rough dry and then add a few lose curls for an effortlessly chic look (kind of).

Although Daniel Galvin is quite a pricey salon I do think you get what you pay for and I am in love with my new hair and would highly recommend booking in for your next hair appointment.

A huge thanks to Cheryl and Sarah for the perfect cut and colour!

Going to the hairdressers is often quite a nerve racking thing to have to do. Will they be friendly? Will they actually do what you ask? Worse, will they cut off too much or dye your hair blue instead of a carmel brown?

After having heard great things about Gro Clampham I thought I would try out my local Gro Hair Salon- Gro Hampstead. 
Gro Hair Salons are a relatively small group of salons- Gro Hampstead is the newest out of the six London salons and the only one not in South West London.
Gro Hampstead is probably one of the largest hair salons I have visited as well as being one of the most welcoming. The decor is perfect, I love the quotes on the walls and the industrial feel to the place.  I particularly love the two large tables designed for those in for more than a cut and blow dry to relax, get some work done or simply read some magazines. 
I’ve been in twice now to seen Serafina, the first time just for a cut and blow dry and the second for a colour. Colours always take a little bit longer so it was lovely to be able to use the tables, get out my laptop and get some work done rather than be restricted to the small tables in front of the mirror. And anyways, who wants to look at themselves in the mirror for 2 hours straight?…. not me!
Serafina and I decided to go a little darker for the autumn and winter as well as getting a steam treatment. I had the chance to get some work done whilst Serafina applied the dye to my hair and then we waited a little while for it to take. She then washed the colour out and I had the steam treatment which is something I have never seen before- it looked like I was being abducted but it actually just helped open the hair follicles to hydrate the hair a little better. 
She then blow-dried my hair with a bit of volume and finishing with some great Oribe and Kevin Murphy products. It took a day or two to get use to as it is significantly darker but I love the colour! 
I’ve already booked my next hair cut with Serafina at Gro Hamstead and would highly recommend her if you are local to Hamstead. If however you live in South West London there are a few Gro Salons and I have heard great things about them. 
Have you gone darker for the winter?

Since I was going away for 4 weeks I felt
it was essential for me to get my hair cut and coloured beforehand. I’ve had my
hair done in Portugal before and it’s always ended in tears so that was
something I was going to deal with again.
Since I loved my hair cut and colour last
time I went back to ColourNation but this time to Lucia. I had a consultation a
few days before which I found very useful, we talked though photos I had,
possible colours and how we could get what I wanted to work on my hair.
I was after just a little bit of a touch up
on the baliage I already had but a little darker on top and a little lighter on
the bottom so there was more of a difference between the two colours. We
settled on colours before hand, which Lucia logged all ready for next week.
I think colouring your hair is always a
little scary, the reason I like ColourNation is because that’s what they’re
famous for and most people in salon are getting their hair coloured. I was also
made to feel very at ease by Lucia and felt that she knew exactly what I
wanted.
Last week and after a few hours in Salon I
left with newly refreshed hair, lighter ends and darker roots just how I had
asked. Oh and a great blow dry!
Very happy with my hair and I look forward
to going back to Lucia, I’m thinking dark for the winter maybe?

Do you colour your hair? If so, are you
always a little nervous before hand?

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I feel like I am forever fighting off dry skin, hair and everything else. In the winter the cold harsh air and central heating leave everything parched but so does sun exposure in the summer, especially now I have my hair bleached. I’ve been trying to rehydrate everything, bring some life and glow into everything.

For me hair has been the biggest challenge, I’ve always had healthy hair but as I did get it bleach it has become inevitably a little bit drier. I tried hair oils and hair mask but felt it was time to cut the problem off (split ends) and get an intensive treatment. I went to House of Rush in Piccadilly where they took care of me, remove a tiny bit of length, added n some body and left my hair feeling as good as new.  I had the Kerastase Conditioning Treatment Hair Masque Treatment which really isn’t too expensive and I would highly recommend if you live near a Rush Salon, it left my hair smelly amazing but more importantly also shiny and soft, meaning I can now comfortably brush it now with no knotty, matted parts. 
Legs are the one thing I only ever thing of in the summer but since I love shorts I do give it a lot of thought throughout June, July and August. I’ve been trying to dry body brush as I know it can really make a difference to the overall look of your skin but haven’t been as successful as I’d hoped. Instead I’ve been exfoliating loads with L’occitane Delicious Paste (£29), trying out a few toning products and moisturising daily. Shaving also really dries out your legs so make sure you are moisturising lots, ideally morning and evening. 
I’m not too fussy about what I use on my lips; Nuxe Reve De Meil (£9.50) or Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream (£17) have been what I’ve been reaching for although in the sun I can’t recommend SuperGloop Lip Balm SPF30 enough. 
I’m not loyal to any body products, it’s simply what’s the nearest, smells nice and I feel like using. Still I have been using Weleda Skin Food (£9.95) more than anything else recently although I have also been trying out the new Dove Purely Pampering Body Oil (£8.99- not out yet) and using the Neal’s Yard Beauty Sleep Body Butter (£22.50) in the Evening. 
However if I have been in the sun recently than nothing beats a good after sun, this year I will be taking the Clarins After Sun Moisturizer Ultra-hydrating (£20) away with me but I swear by the cheaper Aloe Vera After suns such as Nivea and Vaseline.
Of course looking after yourself post-sun is all good and well but don’t forget the SPF (This may be getting boring but it’s true!), minimum of SPF15 for the body and SPF40 for the face but obviously much higher if you tend to burn. I also recently discovered that Clarins Radiant Oil Spray (£19can also be used in your hair if you too have dry hair like me. 
And of course drink 2 litres of water a day! 

What products do you rely on to keep your skin and hair hydrated through the summer?

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