Wanting to update my dip-dye roots to a full blonde look, I booked myself in for a simple colouring appointment at Vannoli Hair, a place near my work. Cheap and cheerful I thought, how wrong could it go…
Having opted for a light ash blonde shade, my Drew Barrymore inspired locks ended up looking like more Madam Mim than Daryl Hannah and had to be stripped for the unsightly grey, leaving a horrible yellowish tint. Needless to say but after sitting through three colours in less than four hours, my scalp was burning – there were even some painful sores – and I was in shock as I left the salon. Now I wasn’t getting married within the next week nor had I anywhere special to go that evening but I was horrified: How can someone who is a trained hairdresser mess up so royally?!
Waking up to a yellow scarecrow look, I sent out a desperate cry for help on Twitter the next morning. Luckily the wonderful Wahanda and Lisa Shepherd London replied within minutes, so in I went for a consultation with Director Jason Cocking and before I knew it I was booked in for a rescue hair colouring session the very next day.
On the sunny Saturday morning, Jason and his team welcomed me with smiles and a calm atmosphere – the salon recently won Salon Interior of the Year – that immediately made me less stressed. After talking me through the process, Jason mixed the Swartzkopf colour and applied it on my already over-treated roots – it offered a wonderful cooling sensation on my still burning scalp.
After 30 minutes of relaxing in the ‘break out’ area with a cold drink and magazines – Jason checked in regularly to see how the colour was coming along – the rinse and blow-dry was skilfully done and the result: sheer perfection!
In between the colour, rise and blow-dry I picked Jason’s brain about what the bridal trends for 2011 are. Jason believes one bridal trend this year will be plaits that incorporate the bride’s dress colour, for example sample material from the dress that is intertwined into the hair to create a romantic side pleat. This adds soft texture and will make an amazing catwalk look for any bride walking down the aisle.
He also thinks a classic look – the French roll – will make a comeback this year, again with a romantic feel that uses hair wavers to create a romantic feel rather than the sleek and shiny looks seen in previous years.
For bridesmaids, Jason thinks a good look is using rope plaits to create a half-up, half-down look, as recently seen on Pippa Middleton. This pulls the hair off the face and is suitable for all face shapes.
So what does Jason make of all the celebrity weddings this year? With Kate Moss, Lily Allen and Mark Ronson tying the knot this summer, he thinks “the hair will be undressed as these celebrities follow vintage trends.” We can’t agree more Jason.
And if you’re interested, here is the result of my colouring rescue!
To celebrate that summer is here the wonderful Lisa Shepherd London has kindly offered a 30% discount to all Bridalwave readers on their first visit. To take advantage of this amazing offer, simply quote ‘Bridalwave’ when booking your appointment.
Lisa Shepherd London
24 Mortimer Street
For appointments call: 0207 467 9560 or email [email protected]
And if you’re considering changing your hair colour ahead of your wedding day check out Lisa Shepherd’s tips on choosing the right colour and tone for you: