Looking Good for a Makeover at Les Ciseaux by Cilla
It's not often I manage to get to the hairdresser anymore - and when I do, it's always an occasion. In the past I've been know to regularly treat myself to what was then an essential part of my life - I've spent more money than I dare imagine on waxes, mousses, perms, highlights etc. - but that was way back in the years b.c. (before children).
These days, it's not just an opportunity to do something about those 'natural highlights', or 'sparkly bits' (thanks for trying, Karen) - better known to you or I as grey hair, but it's a chance to sit, drink coffee, read, relax and know that you can do nothing else when you're head is in somebody else's hands!
This was an unusual day. Not only was it Mo's birthday but also the much needed visit to the hairdressers had become something really special - I was going to Les Ciseaux (30 Newland Avenue) to get a facial and make-up job too.
It was a Thursday. Kids to school, hasty removal of yesterdays crusty mascara (always too tired before I go to bed - Yes, I know I shouldn't) and a couple of glances in the mirror - just to check my 'best side' for the photos. Gave that up fairly quickly. And off we went, to put me in the hands of the experts.
Les Ciseaux Salon is jointly owned and run by sisters Karen Grant and Cheryl Boulton, aided by Jeannie. Karen is a stylist with 19 years experience in the business and it was her job to make my hair look gorgeous! Cheryl, the salons resident beauty therapist was going to do her best with my face!
Time for more 'before' photos. Karen is camera-shy, I had no choice! Mo got to work, clicking away at me with my dreadful hair, pale, piggy face - there's no room for dignity at a thisisull.com photo-shoot! Every angle, as close-up as you like - have you ever seen 'roots' like these?
Karen described exactly what she would do. I was having highlights - tiny strands of hair coloured rather than all of my hair - 2 colours, one blonde (phew) and one my 'natural' colour (mousey) to cover the sparkly (grey) bits. My face would have to wait till later.
Looking Good for a Makeover at Les Ciseaux continued by Cilla
So off she went, with Mo in hot pursuit, into the little back room to mix the colours which would transform me in to the model in the poster on the salon wall (and knock 20 or so years off me at the same time)! Karen said it would be no problem. I do like a hairdresser with a sense of humour!
Mo decided that in the interests of artistic license, he should photograph Jeannies colour mix, too - it balanced the picture!
Now was when the hard work began. First Karen divided my hair into sections. She worked from the back of my head, upwards.
It's important to distribute the colour evenly so that I don't end up looking like a badger, with clumps of blonde all over my head!
So Karen painstakingly divided my hair into tiny sections and using a weaving action, selected the tiny strands of hair.
Next Karen places the strands onto the special spatula and paints the hair with the colour mixture.
It's a long, labourious job for Karen to continue to re-section my hair bit by bit, painting dye on to the strands as she goes.
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