Month: September 2014

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Products I can’t live without!

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Like every hair stylist, I have my favourite products, and I’m always looking for new ones to give some Vicki Lord love to – at the moment for myself, and fashion shoots I do adore Batiste Dry Shampoo. And as far as my essential basic kit for brides, check out the photos – it gives you some idea of what goes into making a bride’s hair perfect for her special day.

 

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Create your 1960’s Beachy Waves by L’Oréal Préférence Platinum’s

I loved working on the L’oreal commercials, creating different styles with the platinum hair… here is another I did for creating a 1960’s Beachy Waves  – it is fab easy look for everyday – or paired with a glam accessory – you could rock this hairstyle on a night out at a party, club or concert.

Here is the quick and easy tutorial by myself, Vicki Lord:

 

Winner kent weddings award

Can’t believe a year has passed since I won!

So last year has whizzed by hasn’t it? – and it was around about this time I entered the Kent Awards… And I’ve gone and done it again! I really want to win again, not because I’m competitive – because I’m not really  – But I am a perfectionist when it comes to hair… and for my brides especially, because I know how important it is that feel and look great on the most wonderful day of their lives. So wish me luck! And of course I’ll keep you updated with the competition.

Friends Premiered 20 Years Ago Today! See the Cast Then and Now

Who doesn’t like a dose of Friends… retro maybe, but funny! And the ever changing hairstyles, well, that is enough reason for me to watch! Check out my post on Jennifer’s hair too.

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Back to School HAIR for kids

I am so glad you loved my tips on Back to School Hair for Mums, and I am writing this post, for those mums that have asked me to give them tips for their kids’ hair in the morning too! So now that the holidays are over – here are tips for mums and dads who need to do their children’s hair.

  1. Mostly boys are easy – I don’t have sons – but if I did I would probably keep a nice neat short hair cut that just needs a quick comb each morning. By the time boys get older – mainly into their teens – they will want to take more time on their hair – but when they are younger it is often left to the parents to make sure the child looks tidy. So simply keep to a nice short cut. If your son does want to be a little cooler, or on trend, then you could have the style slightly longer on top and use a mild mouse, or wax to style it. Short hair with a little product can also avoid the dreaded head-lice/nits that are common at school.
  2. With girls, again it will depend on hair type, I would choose a ponytail, bun or braids with long hair that can easily tangle throughout the day. French plaits and braiding across the front of the hair are a great way to keep hair away from the eyes. With buns, secure with a net or cage. The ponytails are probably best placed at the back, centre of the head, this way they don’t get in the way. Ponytails can fall out if they are lower on the neck, unless really secured, and they can hurt on the top of the head, especially if worn for a whole day. Also hair worn loose, can be a problem if they have sports as it can get in the way, and lots of girls have accidents with scissors or chewing gum too…. (well such don’t give them scissors or gum right?)
  3. Afro caribbean hair is best braided – obviously this takes a long time, so do it at a weekend, and it will last a while. Most children’s hair does not need product, but if your child’s hair is really curly, you may want to add a smoothing spray or product when the hair is wet.
  4. You probably only need to wash your child’s hair a couple of times a week too – and keep in mind that head lice is common at school, and so ensure you check your child’s hair regularly. YOu can get preventive spray too – your chemist can help with options.
  5. Avoid putting lots of clips and accessories in your daughter’s hair – whilst this looks pretty – it is likely they will get lost, broken or fall out – and the hair will come loose from its up-do. A good hand tie and a few plain bobby clips – ones crossed over the other will secure the hair. If you child has a fringe that gets in their eyes – think about cutting it shorter, or giving them a band to wear. Choose the hair band according to their hair type, as some can slide off sleek hair.
dotty vintage weddings

My Marcel Wave in Dotty Vintage Weddings

Everybody knows how much I love the marcel wave, particularly for brides – it oozes elegance, and glamour – and it always looks pretty perfect…. So I was delighted when Dotty Vintage Wedding wanted a tutorial from me. This beautiful online and print magazine is a great place to head for all things weddings, so have a look around the site – after of course you have read my article ;o) CLICK.

 

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More Bridal Trends

Current trends range from chic buns, low-slung ponies, rock ‘n’ roll waves and sixties beehives.

The 1960’s messy beehive has always been a favourite of mine and many of my brides have opted for this fabulous look. Beehives ooze style and elegance that creates extra volume on top giving the illusion of height. Beehives can be adapted to suit lots of different hair textures and face shapes.

Points to watch when choosing your beehive bridal hairstyle;

  1. A round face may better suit more height with foreheads showing to elongate the face.
  2. An oval face may better suit a slightly lower beehive but be sure to wear a fringe whether its a full one or sweeping.
  3. A square face may better suit a more undone beehive with strands of hair gently falling out to soften features.
  4. A heart shaped face would suit most heights and textured beehives but is best suited with a sweeping fringe.

If beehives aren’t your thing then try wearing a low bun adorned with a intricately jewelled skull cap that sits asymmetrically on the side of the head. Check out the amazing Gillion Millions collection.

High shine low slung ponytails with deep side partings look great for a simple but fresh bridal look too. Add a lace or pearl forehead wrap to compliment the look.

If you feel more comfortable with your hair down, try rock and roll waves with a centre parting this look is effortless and soft, try adding a romantic Juliet cap veil to really set this hairstyle off.

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To grey or not to grey? THAT is the question!

As a hairdresser of over 20 years I’ve had many clients ask me this big question ‘to grey or not to grey’!?

It’s seems in general that most women go grey at 30yrs plus although stress is making more women under thirty reveal those silvery strands slightly earlier!

Many women including myself who came across their very first grey hairs simply plucked out those wiry little so and sos hoping that the myth ‘if you pluck out one grey hair, two or three will sprout in its place’ is not true… While this isn’t true, Phew! But plucking out hair strands is a bad habit. Even though I know that the pop and pluck feels so damn good!

When reality kicks in and you know that no amount of plucking is going to help it is time to hit the colour bottle! The chemist is calling you, looking at all the boxes of promised looks of au natural blonde, vibrant red, fiery copper, chocolate brunette the list is endless! Where do you start?!! Once you’ve made that decision and purchased your ideal dream colour to regain your youth, it’s application time!

Sometimes you can hit the jackpot and achieve your desired look but for some it can be a complete disaster!

The amount of my lovely ladies that have been creative with the home boxes that I’ve had to rescue is no end! Either they have turned up in my chair with canary yellow, rainbow bands of colour or even over processed and broken hair.

My advice to all those box ladies please leave this to the professionals. We work on % grey, It maybe that you only have 10% grey so therefore just a few high light or low light foils may take the edge off the grey for you. Therefore not committing to a full head colour. If you have more that 50% grey you maybe better with full head foils. Although any more that 50% grey I would suggest a full head tint with maybe one foils in the parting to break up the full colour and help those naughty grey hairs showing as the colour grows out.

I’ve had lots of clients that over the years have had these types colour treatments and eventually pop the question ‘Vicki.…. To grey or not to grey’ that is the question! Well to be honest if Dame Helen Mirren can rock grey hair then why can we! If you dare to bear then my advice is to go for an Elfine sexy crop, make sure you funk it up with good products and stand proud!

Read my other post on colour, and my post on trending colours.

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Vicki Lord Studio

Yee Pee, after much time, blood, sweat and tears the Vicki Lord Studio is complete… it is in the lovely setting of my garden and it is the perfect place  for my brides to come for consultations and trails, as well as my regular clients. 

I live and breathe all things hair, so I’m super excited about having these space for creativity like creating my sculptures.

For fellow hair stylists here are five benefits of having a home based studio:

  1. If the studio is in a cabin, the garage or a separate building to your living space then it is easy to switch off from work.
  2. There is always the perfect environment for your clients, with equipment and that important lighting.
  3.  You can claim on your tax for everything you use for this space, which is important to remember too.
  4. You are looked at as professional, and serious about what you do, and offering that bit more for your clients.
  5. You can include enough room for more than one client, so in my case my trainee can be working with somebody at the same time as me.

 

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Some Wedding Photos…

I loved working with the fantastic makeup artist Jo Freeman, at the lovely Lucy’s wedding.

Lucy and I opted for a nice, elegant, natural but gorgeous ponytail, to compliment her plunge neckline, and lace dress.

Her bridesmaid also got some Vicki Lord air treatment on Lucy’s special day, with an elegant, neat side bun – I used Balmain clip-ins to make this look even more glamorous.

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A gorgeous, natural ponytail for the elegant bride Lucy.

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Jo applies makeup on Lucy

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The bridesmaid gets a side bun, using a Balmain piece.