Which celebrity do you look at as a hair role model? My top three are Holly Willoughby, Davina McCall and Rosie Huntington-Whitely as they’ve all got great shape and volume as well as bright yet natural-looking colour in their hair. What’s more is that their coloured hair always looks glossy. How do they do this?
When I found out that Holly Willoughby is a regular at the Sinead Kelly London Hairdressing salon in Barnes, West London, I knew I had to visit to see what her secret was. Could Sinead and her team find me a colour that wouldn’t dry out my hair? I’ve got naturally dark brown hair that’s so dark that it’s almost black. After my sister bleached her hair and dried it out so badly that it fell out, I’ve been wary about colouring it. In fact, the last time I coloured it was 10 years ago. However, with summer coming up and with that my wedding in July, it’s about time I started experimenting with different styles. And if I’m going to try colour, I might as well see how the experts do it.
This is how my hair looked when I walked into the salon:
If you’re feeling curious, scroll down to the end of this blog post to see the After pics…
But first, I wanted to talk you through the process as this salon excels in customer service. Staff are very keen to help you achieve your hair goals as there was a very thorough consultation process. They asked to see photos of how I wanted my hair and I gave them images of long bobs – Davina McCall and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley style. The colour I liked was the honey blonde tones of Jessica Alba. After, I’d told them what I wanted they made suggestions about what would actually work on my hair. I was told that I could pull off a long bob as long as it was kept simple because I have a lot of hair and layering would mess it up. I was also told that balayage would be best for my hair with some lighter brown and caramel colours added to the middle and ends of my hair.
Sinead and her team also recommended something that I’d never really heard of before. This was Olaplex. Have you heard of Olaplex? It’s a revolutionary treatment that keeps dyed hair as shiny as virgin hair – if not more shiny. Kim Kardashian used it when she went from dark to platinum blonde and Khloe Kardashian is also a fan. Sinead’s used it herself and she has gorgeous blonde hair that’s in fantastic condition.
After the consultation, Sinead gave my hair a trim so that the colour would take better and then I was left in the capable hands of the salon’s manager, Natasha Curry. My hair was washed, conditioned and then the colour was applied, mixed with the first Olaplex stage (bond multiplier).
After the colour was rinsed out, the second Olaplex treatment was applied (bond perfector). The third step (hair perfector) would be for me to use at home once a week like a hair mask.
Then I was transferred into the capable hands of senior stylist Sarah Jackson who cut the shape of my long bob. I was slightly scared by how much was coming off but I couldn’t fault the result. When she blow-dried it to create soft waves I felt like Cindy Crawford in her prime. My hair had volume, body and shine!
Now let’s compare the Before and After pics in more detail:
I was really happy with the cut and blow dry and the fact that my hair and been dyed and looked healthy and glossy was the icing on the cake. I loved it so much that I’m already planning my next visit. When you’ve found somewhere you like, why go anywhere else?
Also, a couple of days after I visited, the Sinead Kelly London hairdressing team were awarded first place in the London regional heat of the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Awards 2016. Colourist Vas Mikellides and stylist Sara Bergantini fought off strong competition and wowed a panel of high-profile award-winning judges with their Autumn/Winter 2016/17 fashion-inspired look and were the only independent salon in London to reach the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Grand Final event in June.
If you’re thinking about dying your hair, you need to visit Sinead Kelly’s London salon and have an Olaplex treatment. Check out the Sinead Kelly London website for more details.