Festive hair fix at Charles Worthington

IMG_5795It’s almost December and we are gearing up for the end of the year festivities which seem to be everywhere: the office, groups of friends, family… So many parties, so little time.

To give you a helping hand, Charles Worthington put together a festive dry styling bar menu, which takes only 15 minutes and costs an affordable £15 to get you party ready in no time.

You can have a Luxe or a Loose style, inspired by the AW15 catwalks.

There are braids, sleek straights and glamorous waves, which was my choice. CW_DRY_STYLING_2015_AW_NEW_FOOTER_HIRES

I went to the House of Charles Worthington in London’s Covent Garden. It is a lovely building with hair amazing-ness split between various floors.

I was greeted and offered a drink; there’s one included with every appointment, and you can have festive tipples like mulled wine too, as well as sparkling, wine and non-alcoholic drinks, so you can start the party earlier!

For £2 extra, you can have as many as you like during your appointment.

I got my pink sparkling and headed to the hair styling area, where the lovely Yana styled my hair in extra glam curls.

Even with the long hair, it took a short time (around 20 minutes) and I was party proof in the blink of an eye.

As it is dry styling, there is no problems if you are wearing extensions.

A great idea to take you from your desk to the heart of the party effortless.

Charles Worthington has three addresses in London, covering central (House of CW, Queen Street and Percy Street) and the city (The Broadgate Club).

To book an appointment, check online or just give them a ring (Queen St and Percy St:020 7831 5303 and City: 020 7638 0802), and dazzle at the parties!

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I was invited to try the service, but this review is based on my honest opinion on the experience I had.

Review: Schwarzkopf got2b Mind Blowing express styling range

Schwarzkopf got2b Mind Blowing review

Even though it is not a great thing, we are all rushing people. I, for once, always seem to be running that little bit late. Tools that helps us save a bit of time are always welcome, so I was glad to try the Schwarzkopf got2b Mind blowing range.

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French and fishtail plaits

At the moment, I am very much into doing different things to my hair. I have always been a straightened-hair-down kinda girl, mainly because I suffered from severe acne  in my younger years, and used my fringe to my best advantage.

fishtail plait

Two courses of Roaccutane and advancing age later, I am much more comfortable in my own skin (literally) and I am even welcoming the pull back dos (check my post on ballerina buns) , which were a big no-no in the past!

Plaits were, as well as the ballerina buns, a big part of my life when growing up. My mum was a big fan of many forms of plaiting and side ponytails.  I learnt how to plait my hair very young, and for most of my life, they played the “bad hair day” ally part.

What I never learnt was to do a French plait – this was always a frustration of mine.  And I had never heard (or seen) a fishtail plait until very recently.

So, as with all the things I like, I decided to give it a go. Armed with a comb and Youtube, I found video tutorials to help me fulfill my plaited dream.

Holiday hair - but where's the sun?

I found the French plait particularly useful for when on holidays. When done in the fringe, it kind of tidies up the frizziness of the whole hair, resulting on a  “polished” wild look.

As for the fishtail, I just find it prettier than a normal side plait; it is more interesting, I like the texture on it – after finishing it, I usually scruff it up a bit, to get a more natural, less tight look.  It also helps to keep the strands of  hair that are too short for a side plait tighter. For both, it took me a few attempts to get it right,  but now I am able to do them quite quickly!

Here is the tutorial I used for the fishtail plaits and the French plait, both by FoxyLocks on YouTube.

It is so nice to wake up and think we have options that won’t take you ages to achieve,  before reaching out to the good old straightener!