If you follow me on Twitter you will see that I was very excited last week as I got to attend a glitzy ball with work. The training programme I wrote was nominated for an award at the North West Contact Centre awards so it was important that, as a finalist, I looked the part. I booked into Regis at the Trafford Centre to see if they were up to the challenge of sorting out my hair for the occasion.
I’ve walked past this salon many times in the past and even bought Kerastase products from here but had never considered having my hair done. I’m not entirely sure why, you can park for free and with ease unlike my regular hairdressers. It was mandatory that I have a skin test at least 48 hours before my appointment and, whilst this could be considered a slight inconvenience, I was really impressed. I have never had one of these before and I have been to many different hairdressers in my time. I’ve been dying my hair since I was 18 so I was pretty sure I wouldn’t have a reaction but it is nice to check and also, for the salon to cover themselves should I have an averse reaction to any of their hair colouring products.
This is my hair the last time I had it coloured. I had my ombre lightened slightly on the ends and a lighter colour put above so the colour was gradual and less harsh. During my consultation my stylist asked if I was happy with the colour and gave some recommendations of how to keep my ombre looking vibrant but also modern for the winter months. She suggested I have a toner on the blonde to take away the ‘yellow’ tinge it had developed that would also bring it on trend for winter with a cooler tone. She also suggested having the brown above this a shade lighter whilst blending it with the dark brown shade of the rest of my hair. I am indecisive at the best of times so I love a stylist who takes control and makes suggestions rather than relying on me to make all the decisions.
Like most stylists I have seen before her, Amy explained that my hair is fairly fine but I have a lot of it. This is always nice to hear as I explained that I always feel like I lose a lot when I wash it. She suggested I try Regis’ own designline products specifically the expandability shampoo and conditioner. I wasn’t even aware that Regis did their own haircare range! These products smell amazing containing prosecco grape seeds and macadamia seed oil to nourish the hair and encourage volume making it easier to style. I can’t wait to try it at home and I will definitely buy some when I have used the backlog of shampoo products I have in my shower.
Once my colour was ready to come off Amy suggested I have a Kerastase treatment to nourish my hair and my colour. She used a Kerastase colour save treatment with a moisture boost cap to help my dry curly hair along in the condition stakes. As with all Kerastase products this had an intoxicating smell and I could still smell it with my hair styled! Amy was careful to make sure there were no tell-tale hair dye traces around my hair line and entertained me with the weird things she had seen used to remove dye from the skin on set when she has taken part in shoots. Did you know cold cigarette ash can be used? Or milk? I had to question how people initially realised that these products worked?!
My hair was blow dried straight and then wrapped around a curling wand before being lightly brushed through for the waves you can see here. It was so quick and I am sure, with some practice, I could learn to do this myself at home. Before my visit I had asked for ‘Kate Middleton waves’ and I’m pretty sure this is what I have here… I never thought anyone would be able to achieve this look with my frizzy curls and so quickly!
To help boost the volume in my hair Amy used this Regis design line get pumped volume foam. Like the other products this smells amazing and is a really lightweight mousse foam. I’ve used many mousse products on my curly hair in the past and had never found one that left my hair feeling manageable and soft, this one did but with a bit of structure. Perfect! So perfect that I bought some to try and recreate the style at home.
Now I was a little naughty and had been talking to Amy throughout my appointment about the awards with its 1920’s jazz theme. Whilst my hair was being coloured Amy had googled hair up styles of the 1920’s and came back with lots of suggestions for styling my hair. This hadn’t been part of the plan for my appointment but she was so enthusiastic I just couldn’t say no…
Lots of hairstyles from the 1920’s are finger waves and short styles. When it comes to long hair the styles were gentle curls, lightly pinned. Knowing that it was only 11am and my hair had to stay in place until the early hours of the next morning Amy got to work with a bowl full of grips and a can of hairspray, doesn’t it look amazing? I love the way my ombre looks all curled up and the amount of volume she has managed to keep with this up do it impressive.
Unfortunately I didn’t win the award on the night but my hair stayed in place and has been in great condition ever since. I’ll certainly be back to this bright and airy salon with its friendly stylists in the future, I wonder what I can test them with next time!
My appointment was free of charge but as with all my reviews, I was under no pressure to give a good review and my thoughts are completely honest. I paid for all products I left the salon with.