After another month spent in lockdown, the hair and beauty sector is gearing up for its grand (second) reopening on December 2 and we couldn’t be more ecstatic. If the first lockdown taught us anything, it was the power and value of this billion-pound industry, and the fact that in most cases, we should forgo DIY temptations and leave the work to the skilled professionals.
Having kept our kitchen scissors firmly out of our fringes, we’re now booking ourselves in to our most-loved treatments ahead of next week, in a bid to continue supporting beauty businesses and salvage our tresses and complexions just in time for the festive season.
Brow Lamination with Daxita Vaghela
Daxita Vaghela is a firm favourite in our little black book of beauty therapists. I’ll be booking in for brow lamination next week. This treatment consists of a chemical to straighten the brows, allowing the therapist to ‘fix’ them in place: which to you and me means a naturally brushed up, full-brow look. I see Daxita, but it’s a treatment available nationwide.
Hair tint with Anita Rice at Buller & Rice in Walthamstow
My hair is in need of a big-time boost – and for me, that means a fresh set of Anita’s expertly-placed highlight tints. She masterfully lifts my naturally dark brown just a couple of shades – without bleach – which gives an overall softer look. The lightened pieces around my face do more for my complexion than any bronzer could, and fade naturally until I need a top-up around every 10 weeks or so.
Facial with Teresa Tarmey
When my skin needs a proper clean to exfoliate and brighten, I book in with the super facialist Teresa Tarmey at her new clinic in Notting Hill. Lockdown 2 for me has resulted in a few spots (thanks to more wine and sugar) but Tarmey reads your skin in a matter of minutes, and tailor-makes a treatment plan for what you need. She’s armed with a whole host of gadgets, too, so you are guaranteed to leave with much better skin than when you arrived.
Highlights and Balayage with Cetera Lamb at John Frieda
If there’s one thing I have not been able to abide during both lockdowns it’s my roots. It’s not just the greys that are coming through but the effect that my ashy natural hair colour has on my skin tone. Neither brown nor blonde, my natural hair is a mousy shade that drains the colour from my cheeks. Whenever I visit my colourist, Cetera, for a top-up I leave the salon looking – and feeling – brighter and more positive. Cetera understands my hair tones and personal style perfectly and always gives me the creamy, expensive looking blonde I like and I cannot wait to put my hair in her capable hands once again.
Microblading with Daxita Vaghela
I first got my eyebrows microbladed about 12 months ago and have been due for a top up for the last month or so. In case you don’t already know, microblading is a tattooing technique in which a small handheld tool made of several tiny needles is used to add semi-permanent pigment to the skin. Born with thin eyebrows with little gravitas, prior to having my eyebrows microbladed I was in the beauty salon every three weeks having them tinted and threaded, which was not only a financial drain but a logistical nuisance. In fact, the decision to go for microblading was the smartest thing I’ve done as it’s kept my eyebrows in shape for the whole of 2020 without having to pluck a single hair or use an eyebrow pencil to darken them. Microblading is not for everyone and all therapists are not equally skilled so if you are tempted to follow suit, please your research when going for any treatment that is semi-permanent. I chose Daxita because she is highly skilled and delicate in her approach which results in natural looking brows that last for up to two years.
Manicure at Hersheson’s
I spend most of my day tapping on a keyboard or ripping open packages followed by cooking dinner for my kids and washing up. When I have a few moments spare ‘me time’ I use it to unwind in a bath and treat my skin to a mask or peel. Doing my own nails doesn’t appeal to me because frankly, unless you are ambidextrous, a DIY manicure never looks as tidy and professional as it does when a trained manicurist does it therefore my nails are well and truly due for a makeover. One of the best nail artists I’ve found is Sasha at Hersheson’s in Harvey Nichols. This Wednesday I’ll be booking a gel manicure and pedicure in bright red to inch my way into the festive spirit.
Laser hair removal at Pulse Laser Clinic
I welcomed the reopening of the industry the first time around by booking myself into a course of six laser hair removal treatments. I managed to have my second treatment just before going into Lockdown 2, and have spent the last month with practically no hair on my arms and legs (believe it or not, I’ve wanted this since I was 13). I’m thrilled that I’ll be able to visit the brilliant technicians at Pulse Laser Clinic for my next session as planned on December 2, exactly six weeks after the last – in the world of time-sensitive laser treatments, that’s perfect timing. Phew!
Curtain bangs at SALON64
TikTok made me do it. I couldn’t help but jump on the trend for curtain bangs just before Lockdown 2, and am thoroughly glad the endless Instagram posts and TikToks tipped me over the edge. This new modern take on a classic 70s look has brought so much softness and body to my hair. Over a month since I had them etched in, my bangs have started to grow out and are desperate to be revived by the safe hands at Salon64, a haven for those who want the luxury, full experience – fire pits, bars and all.