Hair Advice/Tips and InfoPosted by Lauren Sun, July 03, 2016 21:32:26
So hello summer! Everything gets
lighter, brighter and you’ve just booked that holiday – so naturally, your wearing
brighter clothes probably feeling pasty and oh so fed up with your hair…
It’s time for a change!
So whats the difference between a
colour change and a correction, and why oh why!? Is it so much more expensive!?
There's no sugar coating here, this is really why you are paying more for a correction, than a 'normal' appointment ///
Before i start ~ i am a fully qualified hairdresser,but also Dyslexic - so along with no sugar coating; there may be a few spelling and grammar mistakes! - but hay! That me- and im blogging anyway #DyslexicBlogger #ProudToBeDyslexic
A colour change… Generally this is a
small change, you’ve been with your hairdresser a long time, and he/she knows
exactly WHAT is on your hair, and how it reacts, a simple ‘I’m going away and don’t
want to be to blonde’ shouldn’t be too much of a problem, adding a soft
lowlight is a small change, it may have no cost difference (as it’s the same
amount of product just a shade darker) or just a small added extra for and
extra colour, you may find if you have highlights you will need to have a full
head to keep it even
however very blonde or stubborn hair
may differ, for example its not always as simple as ‘putting a brown on’
applying a light brown to very light hair may turn ‘Khaki’(have a green tinge) a
lot of careful planning and time may be needed .
a colour correction, my view (and im
sure most hairdressers will agree) if you have box dye on your hair and it
needs ‘correcting’ if that’s lighter, dalker, more tones or to cover grey it’s
a colour correction, therefore you will pay more (not so cheap now ay!) Basically
we don’t train in them, they contain more ammonia (*on average) the is no real
lodgic to them, we ask what you’ve applied to try help us decide how to tackle
it, and of course we cant get a straight answer, ‘cappuccino’ is NOT a
colour,we deal in 5/65 or 5/rc (this totally depends on brand and training,
even if your home dye has a code to it, it un-lightly to match ours, for
instance 6 can be brilliant red in one brand or fairly boring cool brown in
another, not to mention box dyes are invented for ‘everyone’ and they do just
that, they are just a flat colour that goes on, if you’ve box dyed it 10 times
and over lapped it will look totally different to someone who’s used the exact
same colour just once and again on hair of a different colour… boggling I know!)
our other issue is tint doesn’t lift
tint, even if you’re a regular, there is no magic button,if you want to go
lighter expect a big sit, bleach and a bill.
So why are colour corrections so
- Training and education
(it costs us to learn how to do this, believe
it or not, hairdressing isn’t for the faint of heart ; it has a lot of
science and art involved)
this is a HUGE one, if you’re not a regular or you’ve been using box dye we
really can’t guarantee HOW LONG a correction will take, so we make the most
educated guess possible (were normally pretty good) but we have to book out A
LOT of time for you, and generally a little extra ‘run over’ time, now although
it sounds odd, we could have probably fit in another colour and cut in the space
it takes to transform your hair, so we have lost anywhere from £40-£95 and well
beyond in bigger cities of money before we start! So if you’ve been quoted less
than what you pay for two colours and cuts, you’re probably getting a bargain!
(most colour changes need a special order, we
need to make sure the correct colour is in and mostly you can need 2/3 tubes
and toner just for yourself – and weather we use the whole tube for you or not,
we had to order it for you… and that costs deliver/ time to go out and buy it)
- It’s a balancing act
(making sure your happy, yet lifting
your hair carefully enough so damage is minimum is hard work, we need to also
spend time doing a consultation , skin test and potentially a stand and porosity
test too… sound complicated? Nothing compared to deciding on what colour to
use! And we can ask you to use the correct products to enhance our work until were
blue in the face… but generally not all follow the advice of a professional, so
this may mean your colour may fade quicker or you may have more delicate hair
or worse a plastic coating! This means it may take 2/3 goes or need re
colouring in-between appointments, or your hair doesn’t take as expected)
*and on this point I do need to say,
by enhancing our work, your enhancing your own hair, skin tone and features!
- The lifting process
I mean process, ill go back to box dye here as its such a good example to use-
so you’ve been dying for 10 years? You’ve had red, chocolate, auburn and deep
brown … well when we apply bleach it almost goes through thouse stages, we know
if you’ve had red on! We cans see… so during your consultation when you said ‘my
reds all grown out now’… hummm. *scream* because its not.. here it is appearing,
so now your hair is patchy (because the colours where applied that way, almost
like a rocket lolly, because the ends of your hair have more colour than the
roots, oh the roots are blonde the midlenghts are red and the ends are orange….
I may have to cancel my lunch! This is again why cost may be higher as with
clients we have a detailed client card, we also don’t overlap if its not
necessary so hair lifts much smoother and more even!)
- Good old fashioned hard work
heard of no rest for the wicked? Colour corrections are totally wicked! Haha
dream about it, worry about it, wake up at 3am with the perfect colour
combination, find yourself at the wholesalers simply stoking colour tubes ,
then you’ve got the actual appointment, yes we stand for a living, but no you
never really get used to it. It can be a stressful, painful (my poor feet) and
hungry experience (bye bye lunch!) and of course totally worth it in the end,
you leave looking like a totally different person and bouncing away from us, it’s
worth every second!
So how to save money on a colour correction!?
Crazy I know, but invest in GOOD products, healthy, happy, shiny hair
will not only react better for us, but KEEP YOUR HAIR ON YOUR HEAD! Less damage,
less chance of falling or snapping under pressure
And of course (you know what’s coming) steer clear of DIY colouring!
But don’t expect it to be ‘cheap’
Remember you get what you pay for, be realistic.
It may take 2/3 sessions, it will take time, money and effort, you
will need to look after it and follow advise!
But hay! Nobody ever regretted taking too much care of their hair!
Its such a huge part of your look and how you feel!
And for me… worth every single penny (or should I say pounds?)
#colourcorrection 'thetruth #realanswers #hairdresser #dyslexicblogger
Wedding Hair BlogPosted by Lauren Sun, June 12, 2016 19:53:56
Alice in wonderland inspired shoot
Now amatively my day didn’t start well, but its amazing how these
things can cheer you up immediately!
It’s all about the details -
Walking into the pumping house (Nottingham)it’s such a
striking building, I always love the strangest things in buildings- like
windows and tiles and this one defiantly didn’t let me down,
I walked in to the table being set up, now obviously being a
Alice shoot, the mad hatter theme was just perfect, the table was laced with
vintage looking pages from the original book, beautiful settings and lots of
quirky stuff for the centrepiece all from Ace wedding designs, Jessie also made
a huge rose (so clever) , she has a real eye for detail!
Now I’m a total tea belly and own far too many tea pots, so
yes, cups and saucers do excite me! Vintage Tea Party provided the crockery
(you can’t have a mad hatter’s tea party without posh tea cups ay!)
We also had shoe’s by Haze , who brought a selection of quirky
Alice, tea cake inspired shoes, I love little touch’s like this for shoots, I think
shoes add so much personality!
And the cake… now let’s talk about the cake! I thought it
was a statue at first, I cannot believe it was edible and a CAKE! My only issue
is... it looked far too amazing to actually eat! (haha) I think I’d have to
look away when its cut into! (cake by strawberry cupcakes Nottingham)
Hair, Makeup and overall look
we had dresses from Shakespeare in love - bridal boutique (Stratford-upon-Avon) and Fur Coat No Knickers
Now I’m always excited to work with these two lady’s Kerry
from Beautiful you MUA, who’s flawless makeup once again looked amazing and Amy
from Dolls mad hattery, (yes she was made for this shoot!) who’s artistic,
quirky ideas are so wonderful , I can simply mention an idea to Amy and *poof*
it arrives , handmade and full of love!
Let’s start with our pin up beauty Amy, who just quite
simply seemed to be so pleased to have her hair and makeup done she was open to
anything (hair and makeup dream client!) so Kerry led the way with vintage , a
path I was oh so happy to follow, I decided on a quirky take to victory rolls,
and pin curls, the whole hair was set and put in rolls, I finished with glitter
spray and a few blue and silver pretty grips to marry up that amazing bow! Now dolls
mad hattery is always a pleasure to work with, this big sparkely bow was surprisingly
light and show stopping, and so very Alice! It fixed in easily and had a
detachable veil… now that’s cleaver, finished with a silver embroided dress
(and more glitter spray) we had our little pinch of Alice, our model Amy AKA ‘the
face’ (she’s just SO photogenic is infuriating) is actually from Strawberry
Cupcakes (who made the cake masterpiece)
Now to our lovely Jessie, who is now a little pro at photo-shoots,
we actually did my ‘small business’ shoot with this beauty, and it was a please
as always to have her back in my chair, Jessie does have very fine hair that
can fly away easily (thankfully I had my trusty gloss drops from beever hair
care!) now Jessie is such a natural beauty, I didn’t want to drown her but I was
so excited to do something a little quirky, I’m sure when I said the word Mohawk
she may not have been over the moon (Im sure I won her around! :P) but oh I absolutely love how she looked, not
every bride could pull off a hair vine, quiff, Mohawk and coloured beads along
with such deep lipstick, but what a beauty! (And it really showed off her
smile!) with the handmade vine from Dolls mad hattery being across the forehead,
Kerry (beautiful you MUA) decided on more delicate eye makeup and stronger lip
colour, this worked perfectly with the quirky hair design, I love the pop of
colour and different textures used between the hair and accessories! #dreamteam
– Jessie out model is actually from Ace Wedding Designs , so she managed to
look happy and serein whilst still setting tables and helping the shoot along!
The shoot was organised by That Black and White Cat, who
also helped the overall look, and is genuinely a pleasure to work with , and
photos taken by Thomas Thomas photography, who thankfully shares my love for
ELO, im so excited to see your photos!
Thanks so much for having us,
Were all mad here ….
Plaits And Pin Curls
#weddinghair #hair #blog #dyslexicblogger #photoshoot #aliceinwonderland #dreamteam #thankyou
Lauren's BlogPosted by Lauren Mon, May 23, 2016 10:00:25
NEC Competition – part 2, taking part!
Now before I begin its so important to say how amazed I am
with everyone involved, to our models who sat and smiled, our local small businesses
who really stepped up and of course Kerry , now you may think were used to
working under pressure doing wedding hair and makeup, but this was a whole different
kettle of fish! For those that don’t know, I’ve been on X Factor and sang in
front of 13 thousand people….. This felt worse!
We expected more people, but we were a little shocked. It felt
like double from last year!
And everyone involved brought their A game, homemade
dresses, head pieces, one lady had a beard! (yes I know, but special effects is
an outrageous category!)
We also seemed to a have double the judges, so it really was
impossible not to be nervous or be worried we were breaking any rules!
They were so complementary of mine and Kerry’s work; they
kept stopping to ask questions, put Kerry especially on the spot and encourage
us too, and I think a few seemed to recognize us from last year!
So our first category was winter bridal, and of course
Sammie looked amazing, our mood board seemed to be to standard (and nobody
seemed to notice my spelling mistake- or where too polite to say haha!) and the
dress from soar valley brides and shrug, headband, earing and broach from I do
wedding gifts really rounded off and finished our overall look , Kerry’s makeup
was just stunning – im defiantly no makeup judge or expert but Sammy lip, eye
colour and entire makeup was bridal perfect !
Along with the snowflake hair band (I do wedding gifts) the
flower studio very kindly gave us some gyp , these little snowflake like
flowers are one of my favoured things to use , and although Sammie has very
thin, fly away hair a good set and products soon made it easy to manage (Root
Boost from Beever Hair Care gave it some much needed grit and body, and Gloss
drops added shine and helped control the fly-aways)
Our overall look
Our second category was work inspired by a book, the Art or
Makeup – now your encouraged to put your own spin on things, so for us we
choose Great Gatsby and put a classic bridesmaid twist , and oh my gosh, the
beautiful Laura looked so elegant and like shed just fell out of a movie, again
out bold royal blue dress from soar valley brides was perfect, black shrug,
long gloves, art deco feather earing, necklace and hair slide was perfect, and I
had so many people complement the peacock feather slide in the back and once
again the look just couldn’t have been created without those small businesses,
Kerrys makeup techniques caught the eye of a few judges , and possibly the sweatiest
group of lady’s who decided to be our unofficial cheer leaders , the makeup was
beautifully bold and I defiantly need to get some of the red stick tips! (how
does she do it!?)
Along with the two feather hair slides (one peacock) and
blue ‘skrew in’ hair jewels , I decides to set curl, pin curl and roll the
hair, this was a bit of a challenge in two hours but im pleased to say we
managed it! I used Beever hair cares argon oil to give shine and help keep the
ends in a good condition and spritz fix for that set and shiny finish.
Our overall look
Now a few days before this competition I was talking to my
nan about it, I said were just going to join in, try and maybe feel a little
inspired to push ourselves and I’m proud to say we did that!
But im still a little overwhelmed to say we did a little
better than that due to our amazing team work I was able to take home first
prize for bridal hair!
None of us actually expected to win, so you can emagen my
shock! The lady giving the award actually styles hair for strictly, and bless
her she gave me the biggest cuddle and told me I’d done fantastic (there were
tears im not going to lie!) I think just random letters came out of me, im not
sure I actually made any sense (so if you ever find this and read it, I think I
was trying to say OH MY GOD THANKYOUUU!) (haha)
When the awards had finished another judge got back on
stage, and said he’d just got off the phone as he’d rang head office- he wanted
to give another award for hair artistry and skill, but as one didn’t exist
nether did a prize (but he would be in touch – eekkk!) , now I know he was
pointing at me and asking me to come up on stage AGAIN, but I couldn’t quite believe
it, thank goodness for Laura and Kerry snapping me out of my shock and getting
me to go up! (yes, more tears… this time was ugly crying) and again, bless him,
he shook my hand and told me not to cry, as I deserved it, I think my reply was
‘but I don’t win things.’
To win frist place was amazing, but to have an award created
for me – its still not sunk in! im unsure if it ever will!
I was lucky enough to get time with a judge to as for some
feedback, she came and looked at my hair styles, she was so complementary about
the look we had created and how we worked together, she said my hair was well
thought out, neat and balanced, I asked her for some nasty criticism… and this
is when the REALLY ugly tears appeared because she said there wasn’t really
much she could say! And it was ‘perfect’,
they all said they were really impressed with my skill.
I’m unsure if any of it really sank in, but before I knew it
I was back on stage having photos with the judges!
I have to say to be so supported by each other and all you
lovely lot on Facebook honestly made the whole day a bit surreal – we were all knackered,
nervous and totally In heaven, and I cannot thank the girls enough Laura, Kerry
It would not have been possible to win without you! It was
such a team effort, and I honestly wouldn't have won without your support and talent!
Thankyou again Beautiful You MUA , for your makeup wizardry
and general loveliness (you did yourself proud!)
Oh and of course Tom, who put up with weeks of mood boards,
earing dilemmas and who got up at 5:45 to help me load the car and made me
Lauren from www.plaitsandpincurls.co.uk
#muaawards #hairuk16 #beautyuk16 #firstplace #hair #dyslecisblogger #uglytears #thankyou #bridal #winterbridal
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Lauren's BlogPosted by Lauren Fri, May 20, 2016 19:58:43
NEC Competitions part 1 – prep
So im very pleased to say Kerry from Beautiful You MUA and I
are going down to the NEC to compete in the beauty awards, I was very excited
to be asked along again and out some of our knowledge from last year to help
towards this year’s judging,
Now before I start I need to say how overwhelmingly complementary
the judges where about Kerry’s work! She is of course amazing, and unfortunately
there’s no prize for 4th place but we were told we would have taken
it if there was! So win or lose Kerry was ASKED to return by a judge, and that’s
an achievement in itself – now this year the competition will be bigger, as it’s
a makeup and hair award this time, although my hair was counted towards the
overall look, I wasn’t being individually judged like Kerry , this time is different!
We will both be timed, watched, marked and judged!
So let me take you through a little of the prep!
We are entering two category’s; Winter Bridal and Great Gatsby
(I know perfect, but lets not count are
We will lose marks if Kerry uses her hands, are seen to have
a messy station, if hand sanitizer isn’t used, if we are not seen to be
behaving correctly or looking/working professionally (yeah, pressure!) and that’s
just a few ways we can be marked down!
We are also judged on the ‘overall look’ so it’s not ALL
hair and makeup , we are both in a fashion industry after all, having beautiful
hair and glamorous makeup may not make such sense in jeans and a hoody , so
this is where I need to make my thankyou’s – I Do Wedding Gifts have truly gone
above and beyond to lend us a huge selection of jewellery and accessories (the
peacock feather hair slide has especially won my heart, and is beyond perfect
for Great Gatsby) - Soar Valley Brides
is always supportive of myself and other little local businesses, and once
again she’s gone out of her way to lend us very stunning gowns, and the train
on the winter bridal gown is a definite show stopper!
Along with the overall look we also have a mood board to do
a little talking for us, and I have to say, there a lot harder than I realised
to create! I kind of thought, sure just stick stuff onto a board… but no. the
bloggers of this world helped me out! There advice of using buzz words to
capture attention, to use lots of different materials, colours and pens , mind maps
seem to be loved by all and to be clear on the subject by having a title and
using the subject words over and over may sound simple but trying to fit all
this information onto A3 was actually a challenge! (One I hope pays off, but
you never really know what exactly the judges want to see, and what may impress
one ; may seem boring or predictable to another!) I decided to put a personal
twist on the board by printing photos of the trials, dress fittings , jewellery
and even a few conversations between myself and Kerry to show the time and
effort put in!
So its needless to say it will be a EARLY start on Sunday,
and there will be a lot of talent to contend with, im sure I don’t need to say
how even coming in the top 5 would be a huge achievement to both of us (we are
from such small villages, and many others competing will have hired professional
models, brand new designer/catwalk gowns and may even be being sponsored by
some well-known names, salons or beauty parlours )now we don’t want to give to
much away (that will come in part 2) But we do want to say thank you to out two
extremely gorgeous and lovely models who have agrees to give up so much time to
support out businesses (not just an entire Sunday , but trials and fittings
two!) it’s not going to be easy being stared at but you’ll both be amazing!
And obviously the small businesses that helped us, I find it
amazing these small businesses took the time to lend us things so important to
their business just to help and encourage us
the gowns and accessories may not sound important to a hair and makeup
comp, but it actually may be make or break!
And of course all or friends, family and clients, all those
likes, shares and good luck’s have made us feel very loved J
We will be nervous, but were doing what we love, and win or lose
the feedback will help us improve out trade- and that’s extremely valuable
Oh and my last one for Kerry, thankyou Beautiful You MUA for
inviting me – lets do this!!
blog by Lauren at www.plaitsandpincurls.co.uk
- #NEC #weddinghair #weddingmakeup #comp #prep #winorlose
Hair Advice/Tips and InfoPosted by Lauren Fri, April 15, 2016 19:58:19
Rules to stick to if you really want that’s colour to last.
Its okay to turn up with day old hair, but extreme
oil can make it hard for the foils to grip!
Don’t wash your hair for 24 hours after a
colour, this should be followed every time!
Use a colour safe shampoo and conditioner that
will seal those ends
Colour safe shampoos stop water and other
nasty bits from flooding your hair follicles and taking your colour with it,
cleansing is important but scrubbing with sulphates and parabens will bring
your colour and especially toner out in as little as one wash! (what a waste!) (I
recommend Beever hair cares colour shield duo at £24.00 – just ask to place a
Was in cool water, heat damage isn’t just from
Use heat protect! It honestly makes a huge
diffence to your hair and colour!
(I recommend Beever hair cares heat shield for
£8.20 – just ask to order!)
Don’t use the highest heat possible, it worth
taking your time and treating your hair to a blowdry! You may get an extra day
before you need to wash your hair, therefor less damage has been done!
Conditioning treatments, anyone heavily bleached
or taking a long holiday in the sun should be using a treatment; it penetrates the
vortex of your hair like a quick condition cant!
Towel turbans are your friends, if your hair is
damaged using an oil is a brilliant way to help out (and give your hair shine
again!) pop the oil on and put your hair back into the towel turban, the heat
from your hair and head will let the oil sock in better than just applying and
(I recommend Beever hair cars recovery oil
at just £16.20, beautiful Argan oil – just ask to order!)
Smoking, fumes and swimming can affect your
hair! tell your hairdresser if you do / are around these chemicals/fumes daily!
Nicotine can especially turn blonde hair brassy, chlorine can turn you green
and petrol fumes can leave an orange tinge, protective measures may need taking
(like shampooing twice, using silver shampoo to combat or helping your hair be
less porous with oils ect)
Never EVER ever EVER! Use Henna, and if you have
done TELL YOUR HAIRDRESSER!
Henna can react, and create a cloud of
smoke above your hair, heat it up and end up breaking off! This is serious
business – even if you believe it all to be gone, be safe not sorry!
Bleach doesn’t lie, when lifting your hair we
can see exactly what’s under it (red, green, black!) if you’ve been dying your
hair with box dye for 10 years, a different tone, brand and depth each time…
please make sure your smart, start YEARS before a big event like your wedding
to get it fixed and healthy again
Just say no to head and shoulders and tresame
(these are the worst, there’s more!) DO tell your hairdresser if you use these,
we will tell you not to! But at least we can decide on the best method for your
hair, these products especially can cause reactions
If you’ve had a allergic reaction – SPEEK UP! Pretty
hair is not worth a trip to A&E and could cause us a lot of unneeded
stress, obviously we will skin test you- however if you know you will react
sometimes the little patch test isn’t really worth it- why stress your skin
when you know the service shouldn’t (and won’t be) done anyway!
#colour #beeverhaircare #noheat
Wedding Hair BlogPosted by Lauren Wed, March 23, 2016 13:56:01
what is ‘SLS’ free , and why avoid it?
average women add more than 200 chemicals to their skin daily, and more than
60% of these chemicals get absorbed directly into the bloodstream; I came to realize
as a hairdresser you are warned the danger of ‘bad products’ to your hair, but I
honestly have been stunned about the effect on health !
if you tell me, spend an extra £4.00 on my hair because it will look nice, im in!
take my hair off, its with me every day and id quite like it in old age (still
bright blue at 90 I hope)
the adverts have made us believe that the stuff on the shelfs ARE good; so it
can be hard work explaining WHY your being RIPPED OFF and putting yourself at
risk- I’ve turned to the science-y bloggers of the world to help me out, taking
snippets and adding a hairdressers input –
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth
are many products labelled as ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ that still contain
sulfates. The aim of SLS Free is to help you discover products that do
not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
Lauryl Sulfate (commonly known as SLS) is a widely used and inexpensive
chemical found in many mainstream personal hygiene products such as shampoos
SLS is a detergent and surfuctant which essentially means that it breaks surface
tension and separates molecules its inexpensive
and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is found in a number of industrial cleaning agents such as
engine degreaser and industrial strength detergents. It’s also widely used
as a skin irritant when testing products used to heal skin conditions.
I personally have
scalp psoriasis; and I originally had been told (by many people) to use (dare I
even say it) head and shoulders! I was completely covered in psoriasis! It was
all over my face and body, I now realize this was because in the bath and
shower it was aggravating my skin!
Thankfully I started
hairdressing at age 15 and stopped using ‘off the shelf’ shampoos, I can say
from personal experience; when I tell people I have it, they don’t believe me
now! Its so calm – but I was covered!
I can say my skin
problem has halved since swapping and from my research I can see why!
So having 'fallen out of love' with my usual go to shampoo and conditioner range , I set out looking for a Sulphate, SLS free and parobon free products I could bring to the door steps of my clients, friends and family!
I was introduced to Beever Hair Care by another hairdresser, who uses it- and sent me some to use, now it obviously ticked all the usual box's ; nice smell, nice to use, and my hair blowdryed well along with feeling soft and shiny! but hay! that's all expected yes!
But i fell in love because it was really impresses to find a salon quality product that didn't test on animals !
Nice hair is nice, but saving a few animal on the way... that's amazing!
We all know animal cruelty is not what we want to support, but sometimes the option is not there, hard to find; or simply not on our minds!
a quick google search turned a simple 'nice to know' into something i felt i needed to support!
if you would like any information on any products from Beever hair care, just ask!
the range offers everything from shampoo, conditioners , oil , heat protect and masks... and a lot more!
I can advise you on the best product for your hair, colour and even for health !
im also happy to say i will soon be offering packages to include these products to brides-to-be for the best possible results on your big day (along with lots of lovely shine and to help you grow your hair!)
#hair #SLSfree #notanimaltested #haircare #beeverhaircare #savethebunnys #shampoo #health
The Dyslexic BloggerPosted by Lauren Mon, March 14, 2016 09:44:47
Spa's... Along with being the most awesome place on earth are becoming a popular destination for Hen Do's or just a place for a Bride-To-Be to relax before her big day!
But how to be Spa Savy?
Now ive only been lucky enough to visit a spa three times; however this time I was taken by a totally Spa Savy Lady called Lorraine ; this lady need to run tours, what she doesn't know about a spa isn't worth knowing.
so ive picked up some tips...
1) (and this is mine) USE CONDITIONER!
almost every lady I saw had their hair pulled back in a pony; so either on dry or wet hair apply conditioner, you just look like you have wet hair, but its actually creating a barrier and the change from hot and cold temperatures will help it sink in ; most Spa's will have 'complementary' conditioner in the showers - I would advise you take your own, a moisture conditioner that's wonderfully thick! (but the one's provided are a handy back up)
2) What to take?
My advice is to take two swimming costumes/bikinis if you have them, you can get changed into a nice dry one to have your dinner in ; there is nothing worse than being cold, in a wet costume trying to have a nice meal!
I found if your having a back massage or treatment a bikini may be better (you can just slip your top off, rather than getting changed again or the dreaded paper pants!)
however a swimming costumer covers a few more sin's for me (you are sitting most of the day!) you also can lean back and relax and not worry about a 'strap' digging in or heating up in the sauna )
3) How to prep?
Now thankfully I was told by a beautician a few years ago, she advised me to exfoliate before I went, a lot of soaking, heating up and cooling down can mean that old top layer of skin will be taken off (yes gross I know, but that's why your skin feels SO good after a spa day!) so having a good scrub is better for all, but it stops that nasty build up feeling or peeling legs!
it also makes sure all your makeup has gone, panda eyes are nobody's favourite.
4) what to do first?
book! if you'd like anything done, massage, nails ect... its an idea to book first (even before you get changed!) you will find some services have better times- for example, false eyelashes, because you cant get back in the pool after, everyone wants the last booking of the day.
I know within my own business how important skin tests are, if your not a regular user or member keep in mind they will want to test you 24 hours before a eyelash, eyebrow tint, so it may be an idea to plan on services you need no testing for.
5) avoid the crowds and don't get to exhausted
now I was super excited about my spa day, I just wanted to get in the pool, our unofficial tour guide (Lorraine) advised us to do things 'later on' so we arrived, sat, had coffee and basically took it slow, we even went into the quite room read and had a little nap! when everyone else went for dinner that's when we hit the pools and sauna's, just as it started to fill again it was time for us to eat!
we decided not to book a meal ( I would advise big party's to) and eat at the café, we could arrive and leave as we pleased and there was enough choice to keep everyone happy!
as I am a grazer (I don't eat a lot, but I eat often) booking a meal wasn't for me, if your a 'fill your boots' kind of girl- book away!
from 5pm it tends to be members, so serious swimmers- if you want to swim laps go AM if youd like to have the sauna's and spa rooms to yourself go over lunch or as late as possible!
6) changing rooms!
you may find there is more than one, the furthest away from the pool is usually the quietist - I was lucky enough to have one totally to myself thanks to my savvy spa friend!
Obviously for most people a Spa day is such a treat, and although I wish I could live in the outdoor heated pool (oooohhh nice!) I unfortunately like most, have to go home when my day has finished,
I had a seriously wonderful, much needed pamper
thank you to Tom, Lorraine , Rebecca , Dave and other Dave
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The Dyslexic BloggerPosted by Lauren Wed, February 24, 2016 08:40:50
Now before I begin on my badly spelt story,
their are a few things you need to know about those wedding fayre's you visit on a Sunday!
Now unless your 'in the biz' this may be news for you, but wedding fayre stands are not free, the range from £80.00 - £200.00 per table, so yes. we pay to work! (crazy huh!?) Most fayres are held on a Sunday (please keep in mind most in the wedding trade work Saturdays, and we are up Early!) So the people you are meeting may be £200 down, and have just given up there only day off with their family's to grin at you, this is normally a complete pleasure and worth the 8-9 hours on our feet (because it can take some suppliers over a hour just to set up!) so when reading this story, please take it as such (I don't mean to rant!) but the people behind those well decorated tables have put so much time effort and a whole lot of money into looking good, just for you!
(I feel especially sorry for florists, at least I can re-use some of my decorations, they have to buy new flowers every single time... it must cost £100's !)
So it started with a Family, just a normal one... I cant even recall anything other than how lovely this lady was to come over to me and smile and tell me how lovely my work was! (nawww!) she picked up a photo I had on my table and said just how nice it was, and it looked like something of 'Pintrest' and asked if the flowers id used where real, I explained yes a very lovely florist had hand crafted each bud onto wire (thank you Claire from Budding Floral Design)
well as quick as I could blink! this lovely lady had her camera phone out and took a snap of my work , a little taken back I think I just stood there with my mouth open, she then looked at me and said 'Thanks' ....' Ill show that to our Charlene, she will be able to do that just fine, she learns of YouTube, and she's just as good, she can do anything!'
now... I am sure this lady was just proud of her (what I am assuming is) daughter/granddaughter, and that's wonderful ( I expect my nan does the same)
however.... this 'simple' shot took hours, hair, flowers, makeup, photography and editing
I understand there is always 'DIY' articles in the Bridal Magazines, YouTube tutorials and Facebook videos to help you believe you can in-fact 'create the look', admittedly sometimes you can! To feel inspired, get ideas and spend time pampering yourself by following these online tutorials is a brilliant idea (I especially love to see a good plait!)
My issue is not that this woman wanted her daughter to copy my work, I felt amazing that I was able to create something somebody wanted to steal! It was that she had taken hours of work and simply 'snapped' it away. our work 'lost' , now this lady could have shown 10 people this snap , they could have all loved it and asked 'oh my gosh who did that!?'
... I am sure the answer would have been 'some girl'... well that's my booking lost;
(she didn't take a business card, so I don't think she passed along any information)
Please don't think I am the only supplier that suffers, a stunning candy cart has a similar experience . their was a bloke who said ' I can put out a load of sweets from pound land, we don't need to spend extra' ' ... and I agree, you could; but please don't think it would look or have the same feel as the professional one (these girls put so much love and care into their work - Lasara Candy Carts)
So if you are planning to DIY your wedding and are walking around a fayre, please feel free to be inspired; but do not 'snap' away our hours of hard work, planning and education to achieve the original look, return smiles even if you already have it sorted.
We love out jobs! (we wouldn't be in the wedding biz if we didn't ) and we LOVE being apart of such a huge day of your life - it is honestly worth the aching feet and lack of dinner break, so enjoy. say hello! -
you may just be tempted by a professional and say goodbye to DIY
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