Hair Can Flourish After a Crisis – so Can YOU!

I was asked to go on the Chrissy B Show again… to talk about hair of course… but hair in a way that can help people after a break-up.

Jeanette has suffered some difficult times, and is a survivor of Cancer… she is a wonderful women, and she shares her story after we do the make-up reveal.

There was a time when Jeanette had to wear wigs dud to her chemotherapy and we talk a little more about that too…

Chemo targets cancer cells, and healthy cells… and it also destroys hair cells. Within a few weeks of having chemo hair can occur – in patches or completely. The extent of hair loss depends on your treatment.

It is no surprise that when people lose hair that they can be shocked, or depressed… and this can worsen recover. It is a time when a lot of family and friend, as well as professional support is needed. Here are so tips for this sensitive time:

  1. Many ladies will want to cover their baldness by wearing a turban, scarf, or wig. There are so many fantastic wigs out there to try, some are synthetic, which are very light to wear or there are more natural looking human hair wigs.
  2. Try on different styles and lengths of wigs to see which one feels comfortable.
  3. Opt for a slightly lighter colour wig than natural hair colour as the treatment may make  skin tone a little paler.
  4. Ask a hairstylist for advice and whether they would be able to cut and shape the wig. Cutting wigs is an art in itself as one snip wrong then the whole wig is ruined! And that’s an expensive mistake to make!
  5. Hair normally starts to grow back after Chemo within a few months, but with very fluffy hair for the first week or two then it will start to grow back at its normal rate. The new hair may differ from before, some hair will grow back, curly, thinner, or even thicker. I’ve had some clients come back to me after treatment and their hair is a completely different colour too.

Jeanettes hair has grown back beautiful and shiny, but is a little finer than before. Jeanette has a round face shape and I wanted to create lots of volume and height at the crown to lengthen and flatter her face shape.

Watch below,

Vicki x



Why is fab hair needed after a break-up?

Listen… Good, I have your attention. Fab hair is needed all the time – not just after a break-up… But here are three reasons why having a restyle can make you feel better when you are nursing a broken heart or fractured ego:

  1. If you look good, you feel good – it may seem shallow – but true! And sometimes you need to re-find yourself after a break-up. re-connect with yourself and your own identity, not that of one half of a pair.
  2. Going to the hairdresser can make you feel relaxed and the hairdresser chat, we are so commonly known for, can make you feel as though you have a friend… and that you are not alone. The hair washing and styling is so relaxing, and this can be stress relieving.
  3. Beware not to do anything drastic with your hair – as going for the chop maybe something you regret – so watch me on the Chrissy B show to see what alternatives there are, so you don’t regret your impulsive hair choices.

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Winter Wonderland Wedding

There are many fantastic perks to being a winter bride, obviously brides are still going to be praying for either snow or sunshine, whichever  you are hoping for.

  • For a start brides can create a wonderful winter ambience for their special day with twinkly winter lights, rich vibrant colours, glowing candles and roaring open fires.
  • They also avoid make-up meltdown, expensive flowers wilting in the summer heat.
  • If they are very lucky they have soft sparkling snow which looks absolutely amazing in photographs.
  • Some of the other main advantages include a wider choice of dates as not everyone is rushing to get married at this time of year – as it is not conventional wedding season, so suppliers have more availability in their winter schedule and guests always welcome a winter party during festive period.
  • Brides will also benefit from lower prices across the board as suppliers will be cheaper during the quieter winter months. It is of no surprise then that brides are increasingly choosing to get married during the colder season, creating their own winter wonderland of love and romance.

It is a given that every single bride wants to look beautiful on her wedding day and whilst some may argue that winter hairstyles do not differ that much from those in other seasons there are some things you really ought to consider for winter wedding hairstyles. Here are my top tips:

  1. Looking radiant in the winter will take some extra work and care, however armed with the right products, preparation and mind-set the bride can look perfect even in the windiest weather.
  2. Winter weather plays havoc with hair and causes it to dry out and become frizzy especially in cold, less humid climates. Moisture is sucked away from your locks causing hair to become static so it is best to use a natural bristle brush or a wide tooth wooden comb. I recommend Bristle Brush.
  3. In the leading months to the wedding I recommend choosing a deep conditioning treatment to keep the hair and scalp moisturised. This needs to be religiously applied to the locks frequently to feed and nourish the lengths and ends. It might seem painstaking to do this but it really doesn’t take much to implement this into a beauty regime and will make all the difference on the day.
  4. For strong and glowing locks on the wedding day instead of a frizzy and flakey finish I recommend using Aveda’s Damage Remed Intensive Restructuring treatment, which deeply penetrates to help repair, seal and smooth even the most damaged hair. Using the power of pure plant oils and quinoa protein, it restores health, silkiness and shine.
  5. Kerastase, Serum Nutri-Sculpt is also an amazing lightweight serum that makes hair soft and shiny without looking oily and helps with split ends.
  6. For fine hair use treatments, but stay away from the hair roots.
  7. Winter brides also need to think about their natural hair texture and type more than summer brides. I strongly recommend that brides let their hair be itself and try and work with the hair’s nature instead of fighting against it. Hair can to a degree be forced into unnatural shapes, but with cold winds and air, along with the steam and heat of building curls will creep up and fine, straight hair will be more prone to drop the curl.
  8. Updos are great for attempting to tame unruly hair and are more likely to withstand climate changes, because the hair will be neatly tucked into a beautiful style that won’t budge throughout the day.
  9.  Use premium products on the hair to avoid hair disasters on the brides’ special day.
  10. Hair products will vary depending on the style but for curls I recommend a good volumiser such as Aveda volumising tonic or Bumble & Bumble – Defrizz as an anti-frizz. I also recommend the hairstyle is set with a good helping of a good quality hairspray such as Loreal Elnett to ensure it doesn’t loose shape.
  11. Most brides at this time of the year will probably wear a lovely faux fur stole or shrug to keep the chill off them whilst walking down the aisle and having their pictures taken outside. Brides considering a shawl consider that if wearing a low bun at the side or back this may mess up the hairstyle. If the bun is too low, the bottom of the bun may rub against the stole making the hair looking windswept and wiry, weakening the hairstyle and causing it to fall out. So hairdressers please ask your bride what they plan to wear and include it in your decision making.
  12. Many brides go for heavy luxurious fabrics when choosing their winter wedding dress and these may have many buttons at the back which you would hate for the hair to get tangled in. I would recommend having your hair up if you are going for this option, so the intricate detailing on the wedding dress can be shown.
  13. Brides choosing a high necked dress should try and wear their hair up as high as possible to create height, this will elongate the neckline and make them feel tall and slender. Or opt for hair to be swept to the side with all the hair up and have a few loose strands to frame the face.
  14. Winter brides can indulge not only in rich colours and fabrics but plenty of sparkle too. As the winter light fades and crisp cold night falls a winter bride will look stunning with a glitzy hair accessory.
  15. Flowers may be a little more limited at this time of the year but brides can experiment with feathers, diamantes and beautifully coloured jewels. These days brides have a wide range of hair accessories from headbands, combs, tiaras, fascinators, skull caps or hair pins… there is something for everyone regardless of whether you want an extravagant statement piece or a more simple accessory.

Photography: http://www.breadandshutter.co.uk

Makeup: http://www.lucyjaynemakeup.co.uk


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Winterwonderland Part 1…

The Internet and magazines are full of inspirational images for Summer festival brides, and Spring brides and Autumn time brides, but what about Winter wonderland brides? December is a beautiful time to wed, and January is ideal, because it is quiet and whilst February is still very chilly, Valentine’s is sure to add a loving glow to your wedding day.

In the UK we are always worried about the sun not shining for our big day and the outdoor photos not being a wash out, but opting for a Christmas wedding means you have the best of whatever weather comes… If it snows, it is a bonus; if it is bright blue skies with sunshine, then the contrast looks beautiful with bare trees and seasonal flowers.

So with the weather not an issue, you can focus a lot of your attention on what hairstyle to choose.

Most brides this time of the year will probably wear a lovely furry snug or soft shawl, and this is a good idea to keep the chill off them whilst walking down the isle and having their pictures taken.

If you are planning on wearing a shawl you must take into consideration your hairstyle first. For example, if you decide to wear a low side bun or back bun, then the chosen cover-up garment may cause stress on your hairstyle. If the bun is too low, the bottom of the bun may rub against your shawl then your hairstyle may become weak and fall out. So always make sure your hairdresser is aware of everything you plan to wear, as it may be worth opting for an alternative hairstyle, or catering for the extra clothing… So you could still wear a bun to the side or back, but instead of it being a low do, it can be a bun set more central.

For those of brides opting for beautiful lace sleeved dresses. I would recommend having your hair up. Most of the time these types of dresses may have many buttons at the back, which you would hate for your hair to get tangled on! Also you don’t want to hide any intricate detailing of the dress! You could opt for hair to be swept to the side if you feel uncomfortable with all of your hair up!

Brides choosing a high necked dress can try wearing the hair up as high as possible to create height this will elongate the neckline and make you feel tall and slender!

There are some beautiful crystal skull caps, mini top hats and bride cage veils available, so try adding a more elaborate head dress to your hairstyle keeping the jewellery simple, as you may find flowers are more limited this time of the year.

I am getting so festive it is crazy… just on the train to a corporate job, doing the hair of ten clients for their Christmas do at Kingsley Napley. Vicki x 

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Working with bridal flowers!

Modern brides are really loving the flower look these days… And we are talking fresh flowers… so here are the best flowers that I’ve worked with on bridal looks…
1)Orchids (my personal favourite),
5) wax flower,
6) spray roses,
7) baby’s breath,
8) Ivy
9) Peony

TOP TIP: The Bride’s florist must choose flowers that are in full bloom, so the petals are fully open. Otherwise if the flower is still in a bud shape, it will look very awkward and protrude out of the hairstyle! It’s important to have the loose flowers on a wired stem to make it easier to secure into the hairstyle.

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Festival Hair and Return to School Hair

Okay – so these two things don’t go hand in hand – festivals and mums taking their kids to school… but it is festival season, and it is also fast approaching the return for children going to school… and I just wanted to make a point that when it comes to festival hair that whilst latest trends and fashions are important – it is actually all about the practicality of the hair… and there you have it! The link between festival goers’ hair and mums’ hair… keep it practical.

So here are my tips on doing just that… CLICK ON Tips for Festival Hair if you are going to an outdoor music or arts event this summer 2015, and for all of you mums out there planning the back to school morning routines in a couple of weeks then CLICK ON Back to School Hair for Mums

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Setting up your own Studio

Hairdresser’s Journal published my tips for setting up a home salon… Read them here: CLICK, or below…

Ten Top Tips on Launching a Home Studio

Vicki Lord has nearly thirty years of experience as a session and bridal hairstylist and this year she has set up her own home-based studio…. Here are ten tips on how you could do the same:

  1. Plan

Just like you book in trials for your clients, or sketch out ideas before a VIP session booking, your home studio needs this same type of TLC… because planning is everything! Planning can include writing the pros and cons for having a home studio, as well as listing the equipment you think you will need, and how you want the studio to look. What is it that you need the studio for? Who will visit? Existing clients? Brides? I use my studio for bridal trials, session styling, shoots, training my staff, and providing small group Habia-approved courses via my academy. Discuss your plans with your family and partner, because remember it is their home too, so you all need to be happy.

  1. Funds

A big part of the planning is budgeting. Ensure that you can allocate some funds to setting it up – yes, there will be some outlay, but with your home studio you can offer your clients more and it will cut down your travel and hire costs too, plus as it is work related, much of what you do and set up for operating your business will be tax deductable. Your accountant will be able to tell you more about that part. Try to be realistic with your budget, making it clear what is essential to your home studio, and what can hold back on until you look at your numbers at the end of the project.

  1. Place

My home studio is based in my garden, which is perfect – because it gives me that physical separation from my home life and work life. It did mean that my husband and I had to change our outdoor space to accommodate the studio. The other benefit is that there is a separate entrance for my clients. You need to think carefully about where in your home is best suited to a studio space, a place that is big enough, and that is ventilated… (Especially if you use a lot of hairspray!) Maybe you have a garage that you can convert, or an outbuilding that can be converted. You may need to apply for some conversion or planning permission, and whilst this all may feel a little daunting initial, if you plan properly you will have your home studio up and running before you can say ‘snip.’

  1. Warm

As soon as you decide where your studio will be, before you get to the fun part of decorating and kitting it out with all of your equipment, you have to think about the shell of it! Is it going to be warm enough for you to work in and for your clients to feel comfortable? Ensure that your studio is well insulated and double-glazed – you want your clients to have the best experience under your care and with your services as possible.

  1. Brand

Is your studio going to reflect you, or are you going to re-brand? Think about your business as a whole, if you have new business cards and a new website, then make sure that your potential clients and existing customers know that it is still the same ‘you’. The brand needs to also show in the décor of the studio – whilst this is at your home, it is important that the taste is neutral, so that it caters for all clients’ tastes. You will need to ensure that you have the necessary equipment i.e. the big mirrors, bright and mood light options, swivel chairs, comfortable waiting chairs and plenty of plug sockets.

  1. Share

Okay so now that you have a fabulous home studio, what comes next? Well, you have to tell people about it. Share the news on social networks, and ask your friends to share it too. You can get some discount or offer leaflets printed and post them in the letterboxes of your neighborhood to encourage new bookings.

  1. Safe

Is your new studio secure? Even if it is attached to the house, you want to make sure that you have either a security camera or automatic sensor light, and definitely adequate locks on your doors and equipment and data. Treat it as you would if it were a high-street salon. Make sure that your insurance gives you the correct cover; both for the contents, the building and the fact you are working with people from your home.

  1. Clean

Word of mouth is the biggest form of publicity for small local businesses, and you want people to say nice things about you and your new studio… so hygiene is a must, for obvious reasons, as well as wanting to maintain a good reputation. Always have cleaning products, as well as a floor brush and regularly clean dustbins and keep the windows and mirrors polished too. It is vital that at the planning stages that you get good, reliable plumbing installed by a registered plumber, for washing hands as well as hair. You may also opt for toilet facilities or clients can use a downstairs cloakroom in your home.

  1. Chill

It is a big decision and business move, and a great one too, but there were times that I felt stressed when setting everything up, and juggling it with bookings, photo-shoots and mumhood… so I would advise taking a breather if you need to, try not to let it get you down, and try to remain positive and patient. Remember if you set out a thorough plan and try your hardest to stick to that, as well as to the budget then even the more challenging times won’t be that bad!

  1. Launch

Don’t get so caught up in all the business side of things that you forget to celebrate your achievement. Make sure you take photos, invite a few friends and family over for nibbles and drinks and even cut the ribbon before you let anyone get a glimpse of your brand new studio.

Congratulations and good luck with your new venture of working from home!