House of Rush

A hair cut had been long over-due for me…. until this weekend I committed one of the 7 blogger sins of not having scissors anywhere near my head for eight months (gulp). Having bleached ends really didn’t help the matter – they had become very dry and no amount of hair mask would save them. 

When I had an office job near the Covent Garden branch of Rush, it would be my regular salon – until my ultimate hair-colourist upped and left it for Australia, and I ended up moving jobs. I always loved the salon and would come out feeling a million dollars. House of Rush is part of the same family – but on a much bigger scale. I, in fact, have never seen a salon quite as big!
As well as the usual hair cutting, colouring, extensions and other hair related things you’d expect to find at a hair salon, House of Rush also has an essie nail bar, as well as offering IPL hair removal, massages, facials – basically a one stop shop for all your beauty needs. 
Ahmed was my stylist for the day – I felt he listened really well to exactly what I wanted, and although the salon was busy, it felt like he had all the time in the world for my hair – taking his time and doing everything thoroughly and carefully. I have a massive head of thick hair, so it always means more time for me in the salon than your average Joe. 
It was the little touches that also meant a lot – the fact they have a full-blown cafe there so the drinks are amazing, the fact the leg part of the chair goes up while you’re having your hair washed to stop that awful neck-ache… and the fact the chair massages you too, if you so wish!
When it came to my drying my hair, I explained I didn’t want a big bouncy blow-dry, but did want some movement in the ends of my hair. Ahmed told me to look down – which I did, and carried on reading my book. Once I looked up, I realised my whole head was covered in round brushes, with my hair curled round them. Once he took them out, the result was gorgeous, even if I do say so myself! My hair was ready for a night out for sure, and the movement held up not only until the early hours of the morning, but until the next time I washed my hair!

My hair feels in such better condition now – I am definitely going to try to keep up the regular cuts from now on! I loved my experience at House of Rush – plus they are offering 25% off to all new customers – check it out here

Daniel Galvin Jnr

There are nice areas of London, and there are nice areas of London. Daniel Galvin Jnr is nestled in among the gorgeous boutique designer shops in London’s Belgravia – a very nice area of London, and fits in perfectly. The salon is decorated in a classic style, with high ceilings, lots of windows letting in light (even on the downstairs level) and fresh white flowers at each station.


I paid them a visit last week for an Organic Detox Treatment and was pleasantly surprised to see Daniel Galvin Jnr himself working in the salon. I realise the photo below looks like a rather creepy stalker photo – but I was trying to get a photo of the stations and it just so happened that Daniel is in the reflection!

Despite the fact I’d gone on a Thursday day-time, the salon was very busy – everyone seemed to be doing something, and the hair that I saw looked gorgeous. It’s the kind of place I would go to for a classic cut or colour – think the most gorgeous shimmering, natural looking highlights, or fantastic auburn hair colour with cuts that just seemed to work.

The Organic Treatment I was having began with a shampoo – then the Oh! OrganicHead Detox Hair Masque being applied to my hair. It smelled delicious – a kind of ocean breezy smell that reminds me of one of my favourite perfumes (MAC Turquatic), I was pleased that the smell remained on my hair after drying – I could not stop sniffing my hair!

The treatment is sold as one you can do in the comfort of your own home, but at the salon it’s much more of an intense masque as you are placed under a steam hood for half an hour which opens up all of the hair follicles and allows the product to really penetrate your hair. 
The Organic Treatment is designed to detoxify the hair and remove any impurities and pollution. I knew the moment it had been washed off and the brush went through my hair for the first time that it had definitely done some magic. My hair is normally a mass of knots post-wash, but this time the brush glided through. My hair was super-soft and knot free – amazing. 
Joe dried my hair to perfection – my bouncy curls were still in full force after two nights of sleeping on them – it seemed such a shame that I had to eventually wash my hair and wash them out!

My hair has definitely felt so much healthier since having the treatment – since bleaching the ends of my hair, they have been rather dry, but now they feel a little more like they should do! I’m looking forward to topping up the treatment myself at home, which I was given some tips for – leave it to work it’s magic while you’re in a steamy bath, or place a dampened towel in the microwave for 30 seconds then wrap your hair in to create some steam.

All in all, a very pleasant experience!

You can find out more info about Daniel Galvin Jnr by visiting www.danielgalvinjunior.com

My New Ombré Hair at Eleven Hair

I had been umming and ahhing over having my hair ombréd for ages – yesterday I finally decided to take the plunge, and I am so pleased with how it turned out! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen the picture I added at the time, but if you’d like more details and pics then read on!
In one of the beautiful little streets around Bond Street, lies Blenheim Street, home of Eleven Hair. It was my first visit to this particular salon and was greeted with a round of friendly faces and smiles. 
The staff that worked there were so welcoming and chatty; while I was having my hair done I honestly felt like I was one of their friends – to the point I would be happy going out for a drink with them – that’s how comfortable they made me feel. A little glance round the salon would lead me to believe this is how they make all their clients feel – everyone was having a giggle with each other, kisses on the cheeks when they left – it just all had a lovely feel to it.
One of the owners, Jason Welch, is one of the InStyle Beauty Award judges and was also named in ES magazine’s little black book as the man to go to to get your hair blonde in London. Since then, a lot of his work does involve giving people shimmering golden highlights, but with the current dip-dye trend, a lot more people are asking for ombré.
The gorgeous lady who took care of my locks was Jacqueline Tarlier, a certified Redken colourist hailing from Canada who very clearly loves her job. As we were chatting I discovered she is really into high fashion and she loves doing ombré dyes – perfect! 

After spending the past few years trying to make my hair light after it being black, I was worried about darkening the tops of my hair and it looking too dark overall. Both Jason and Jacqueline agreed that it would be a good idea to give me a few soft highlights around my face to stop it from looking too harsh – so that was done and then Jacqueline set to work on the ombré. 
She bleached the ends of my hair, darkened the tops and then blended the two together to give the gradual colour fade rather than strong contrast line which was something I definitely wanted to avoid.
Once it was done and washed off I had a toner applied to get the correct shade of blonde, then a treatment to reseal my cuticles. My hair honestly feels so amazing now, even after all that bleach – and here is the finished result!
I am absolutely in love with it! The blonde is the perfect, creamy tone, and I love the transition colour between the blonde and brown parts of my hair. It’s going to be so low maintenance too – win! If I had a little black book, I would say that Eleven Hair is the place to go if you want your hair ombréd! 
Eleven Hair is situated at 11 Blenheim Street, Mayfair. For further info, check out their website www.eleven-hair.com