My hair has been driving me crazy for weeks. I’d been putting off getting the full cut and colour because I knew that Blogopolis was only around the corner and I really didn’t have the funds to get it done twice. I whinged on twitter and the amazing powers that be (aka: Hair Romance
) digitally introduced me to Stevie English
who promptly invited me to come and sit in his chair for a little hair loving… or in my case a lot. In return I just tweet and blog about it… deal!
I rocked up at 2pm on the dot. By some miracle I’d nabbed a carpark right next to the salon which in Glebe, totally unheard of. My colourist and stylist asked me what I wanted done and what I’d had done previously. I explained that I had been rocking my signature look called “neglect” for several weeks but I was looking for a change, something with a bit of spice. They laughed, agreed that my tresses needed some TLC and they got started.
I wore my high waisted jeans, several white singlets layered on top of each other and a white lace vest with my new city chic jacket
. I also decided to wear in my brand new white shoes from payless shoes. They’re super soft and comfy not bad for $20, I can see myself wearing them a lot. Whilst the bleach set in for dip dyed ends I kicked back, sipped my water and pinned random lovely things on pinterest.
Dip Dying is a new look for me but I was super keen to try. First bleach is applied to the midlengths on the front section of my hair. Felt like it was on there forever but we were stripping away years of brown permanent colour.
Whilst the bleach was doing it’s thing I wandered around the salon taking random snaps. I love this one of Stevie doing his thing. The staff I spoke to were all friendly and when I enquired about how long they’d worked at Stevie English Hair
they all said around 2-4 years which is really good in hairdresser years, especially as the salon only opened in 2007.
There were lots of yummy products, everything smelt beautiful and all are based on botanicals which was lovely to see. I also found out that the salon is carbon neutral, covering it’s own carbon emissions and is a leader in energy efficiency in Australia.
Ever since Hair Expo I’ve heard a lot of talk about Original Mineral
. Maybe it’s been around forever and I’m the last person to know but since their shows at the expo I’ve been paying attention. Stevie stocks the range and uses their colours.
The salon is bright and busy, lots of patterns, textures and interesting people… it’s a happy space.
I didn’t catch his name but this stylist had some kickass shoes, I wanted a pair!
I waited and waited as my bleach set in and my roots. I tweeted, took photos and sent emails.
Finally the colour was blended into the rest of the midlengths and I only had a few more minutes to wait… so of course I took more photos of myself.
The Original Mineral hair dye was really different, it applied like a really fine molasses, cool on my scalp and really glossy. It didn’t pull on my hair or get sticky and later when it was washed out it didn’t stain my scalp, very cool. My make up is a mix of Dior
and Benefit Cosmetics
and yes I’m wearing “They’re Real
” mascara, fricken awesome stuff: false lashes in a bottle.
I was whisked away to the basins to have the bleach and colour washed away. The bright bold magenta dye was then added to my ends and then I was given a treatment. The chair was super fancy with automatic adjustments and even massage, was bliss. Once I was done I got my hair cut then blow dried, I felt like a film star.
A little bit of this and a little bit of that and squirt of Moroccan Oil
for good measure and I was done.
My hair looked, smelt and felt amazeballs. I kept swishing it like I am in the photo and I continued to do it all the way home. I was really happy with the colours and the way the cut framed my face. It will be interesting to see what it looks like straightened.
Excuse the nostrils but I really wanted to show you the magenta flicks. I love the movement the stylist has given me in the blow dry too, felt like a goddess when I walked into Hungry Jacks on the way home for dinner.
I’d never heard of NouNou before but that’s the shampoo and conditioner that was used on my hair, smelt like a day spa and made my hair so soft.
They also popped in a treatment. There was so much hair loving going on it’s hard to tell which one I liked the best. All I can say is that my hair liked it, all of it.
After I’d taken a trillion photos of myself and my new sexy do I posed for a photo with Stevie, a super buff surfer who’s passionate about hair and turned something he loves into a thriving business. You should tweet him (@stevieenglish) he’s well nice!
As I walked out of the salon I felt like I’d found a new little place to call my own, those are few and far between for me in the city. Glebe is such a nice area, I really want to explore it more with my camera in tow when I have more time to myself… maybe in six weeks time.
Stevie English Hair – (02) 9423 7033