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Mar. 22.

Something Else Sunday: New Hair

ses-hair-thMy hair and I have had a love/hate relationship for quite a while. It is usually a messy, unruly, knotted mass that I affectionately refer to as “the bird’s nest”. Some days we are okay together, while others I am tempted to just shave the whole lot off (usually just after getting my brush caught in an impenetrable tangle). I have also wanted lighter hair for some time, and have been working on it for more than two years. Unfortunately, being unwell got in the way, and nobody so much as looked at my hair with a view to making improvements for 9 months. Until this week, that is.


I was looking for somewhere that could do something for my hair for a couple of weeks. Knowing what I wanted done, I was looking for a full head of highlights, a cut and blowdry. Cost was also a consideration, as not working means getting great value wherever possible. With that in mind, last week I got on to the SalonAddict website to see what was available. It was there I found Techniques Hair Salon, located on Aungier St. Handily enough I could get the Luas in to Stephen’s Green, and be to the salon in a couple of minutes. It was within my budget, so I happily booked and paid the deposit. Unfortunately a little while later I got a text message saying the appointment I booked was no longer available, but these things happen, so I called the salon the next day and got everything rebooked. So far, so good.

I arrived into the bright, airy salon a few minutes early for my appointment, but was soon enough in the chair, apologising for the state of my hair and explaining that I wanted to go “lighter, but not too light”. Looking at the highlights already in my hair, we decided to go one step up from where they were. Happy with that, my stylist (whos name I can’t for the life of me remember) got to work. It took about an hour to do all of the highlights, before they were left to sit for a little while. When everything was washed out, it was decided a toner was needed to help everything blend properly, which was sorted out without delay. It was then that we discussed what to do with my hair. Again, it was kept simple: Get rid of all the useless dead ends, then just give it a bit of shape and layering to tidy it up. Finally it was blowdried with a soft curl, which makes a change from the massively curly head  that I usually have.

At last the time came for me to put my glasses back on (I’m blind without them) and see the results. They were SHOCKING! Shocking in a good way though. I was amazed at how sleek, shiny and manageable my hair looked. The colour, somewhere in between blonde and brown looked gorgeous, and the shape with the blowdry was to die for. I was super impressed!


Of course, then came the point where money was to change hands. I wasn’t annoyed with this though, because the total to pay, for everything, was just €80. I have previously paid more and received less, so I happily paid up everything that was owed and a little extra tip, which was thoroughly deserved, as I was made to feel so welcome, and there was no more that they could do for me.

They say a new hairstyle can help change your mood, and it is certainly true. Since my trip to the salon on Wednesday, every time I have seen my hair in the mirror, I have been smiling. I may have to plan my next trip soon. Sooner than 9 months away anyway!


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Aug. 07.

Tested Thursday: Schwarzkopf Blonde Ultime Lightening Spray

tt-schwarzkopf-thI’ve had a number of products sitting around on my desk for quite some time. Some I just haven’t gotten around to. Some I’m not quite sure what to do with. This particular one came with my U Magazine prize, and was largely ignored for a while, as being brown haired, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be much use to me. However, after getting my hair done at the end of June I decided to revisit it and put it through its paces. So for Tested Thursday I’m looking at the Blonde Ultime Lightening Spray by Schwarzkopf.


First thing we see is that woohoo, there is a celebrity endorsement to go with this. In this case, it was developed with Claudia Schiffer. Immediately though the cynic in me shouts about her probably never going near the stuff. I always take celebrity endorsements with a grain of salt though. In a lot of cases it is just a financial transaction as opposed to something the celebrity actually cares about. But moving along. The front of the box also tells me that it has pearl essence and citrus oil, gives up to 2 levels of gradual lift, and is for natural looking blonde (not on my hair!)


The back of the box gives a bit more detail, including that it was developed with Claudia Schiffer’s “beauty insights from catwalk shows and fashion shoots” That it’s for “natural blonde results with subtle gloss” and extols the virtues of pearl essence and citrus oil. It also has the obligatory shade result pictures.

Inside the box is a navy blue bottle marked with instructions, warnings (contains hydrogen peroxide, patch test, don’t drink, spray in eyes and so forth) It also says to use gloves, but doesn’t include any. That’s kinda understandable as it is a multi use product, but for the cost of a few cents, I think they could have at least included a pair.

The instructions tell me that for all over lightening or refreshing, to spray on damp hair, making sure to cover surface and under sections. Fair enough. So, when using this, I took my normal shower, washed my hair and rinsed thoroughly to make sure it was perfectly clean, and got to work. I sprayed it in, working around my hair, and used an old comb to thoroughly work it through my hair, once that was done, I used my hairdryer to add some heat to my hair, which they say intensifies the results. It then says to leave it 2-5 days before reapplying, and that you can reapply 3-5 times.

From the bottle (100ml) I got 3 applications, but my hair is quite thick, and I was being generous to make sure I properly coated my hair. Your results may vary depending on length, thickness etc. You can ignore the claim on the box that it is sufficient for 15-20 applications. That’s way off.

And finally, we have to look at the results. I have a before and after photo. The before was when I got my hair done at the end of June, and after is from today, after 3 applications.




You can actually notice the difference. It is, of course, not blonde, and was never going to be with my original colour, but it has lifted the colour a little, and has made the few really blonde highlights I have more vibrant. I am happy with the results, as it is not extreme, looks tidy and doesn’t make my hair feel like a disaster. It may inspire me to go a bit further next time I am at the hairdressers to, but we’ll have to wait and see there.


N.B. For those of you wondering also, how I get my hair to curl like that. I don’t. It is all natural. The effort comes from getting it to not curl too much!

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