Wednesday of the Cheltenham Festival is Ladies Day. Always an important fixture in my social calendar and one of my favourite days of the year. Each year a fashionable crowd of racegoers come back to the salon from all over the UK for their Race Day styling, hair and makeup. There’s always a lovely buzz in the salon and we see so many beautiful outfits and hats.
We had another amazing week during Cheltenham Festival at the salon, I would like to thank you all for your custom and for brightening up our week yet again.
We hope you loved your Laura Leigh Blowdries and look forward to welcoming you next year,
The event took place at Ellenborough Park on Wednesday 7 March 2018.
The Cheltenham Festival Style Preview included fashion from Holland Cooper, Denise Innes-Spencer and Keith Scarrott. Laura Leigh wanted to showcase the alternative style that racegoers should be wearing this year for Cheltenham.
Laura Leigh, Nadine Nolan, Sophie Myatt and Poppy Sharam created wearable hairstyles to compliment the equestrienne inspired looks.
Sam Day MUA and Christine Cara MUA were in house offering great tips and advice on the latest makeup trends.
Guests enjoyed tantalising cocktails by Chase Distillery, and a decadent three-course lunch created by Ellenborough’s executive chef, David Williams. Featuring a starter of caprese salad with buffalo mozzarella, basil leaves and beef tomatoes; a main of roast corn-fed chicken with glazed spring vegetables and heritage potatoes; and a refreshing dessert of raspberry sorbet with crushed raspberries and torn meringue, guests are in for a delicious experience.
Photography by Rebecca Northway
At Laura Leigh Hair and Beauty we know how important it is to keep your hair colour looking shiny and healthy after you leave the salon.
We’ve created the ultimate conditioning treatment ‘Smart-Fusio’
This treatment is a combination of two of our most popular treatments; Kerastase Fusio-Dose and L’Oreal Smartbond.
By combining them together you will have all of the conditioning and strengthening benefits of both treatments, giving your hair the TLC it deserves.
Take advantage of our brand new treatment package and add L’Oreal Professionnel Smartbond and Kerastase Fusio Dose ‘Smart-Fusio’ to your next colour service for just £25
Smartbond is L’Oreal professionnel’s latest smart ingredient. It is added to your colour to minimise any potential damage and protect your hair. This treatment is designed to protect bonds deep within the hair and strengthen them during the colouring and highlighting porocess, resulting in hair that is stronger, softer and shinier.
Transform your hair i 5 minutes with a made to measure highly concentrated Kerastase Fusio Dose treatment. Identify your hair needs with your stylist and create your tailor made Fusio Dose ritual. Your hair will be left stronger, healthier, smoother and more manageable.
Fusio Dose can be added on to any service separately for just £15
Simply ask your hairdresser to upgrade your colour appointment or book today 01242 530598
THE STYLE PREVIEW: RACES EDITION
Always an important fixture in my social calendar, I adore the Cheltenham Races, and of course the style that goes with. I’ve partnered up with Holland Cooper, Keith Scarrott and Denise Innes Millinery to put on my ‘ Cheltenham Festival Style Preview’ at Ellenborough Park – A stunning venue practically perched on the racecourse.
Come along and see my must-have trends for Race Week, of course with hair and beauty inspiration from the team and Christine Cara MUA.
Enjoy a fabulous three course designed by executive chef David Williams and cocktails from Chase Distillery.
To book your tickets view here
GET FABULOUS SKIN – AGE LATER
Free Facial Event: February 22nd, 9am – 5pm
Our guest IMAGE consultant, Charley, will be on hand for one day only performing FREE FACIALS. You heard that right – on for one day only, spaces are very limited.
Book a free Signature facelift or Ormedic Lift up to the value of £80 and be educated in your skin with an in-depth skincare analysis with our Image Skincare Professional.
To receive you free facial all you need to do if purchase 1 item of image Skincare that will be recommended for you by the Image Professional.
Contact the salon now to book you space!
Renew and Refresh with Yana
We know everyone is saying it – ‘January blues?’, ‘Over did it at Christmas?’, ‘New Year, ‘New You?’ – and whilst we’re never ones to jump on the bandwagon, there’s a reason everyone’s saying it.
January is the perfect time to have a physical and mental detox and weigh up what’s important to you right now. As you can imagine, we have a few ideas to help!
In this months’ newsletter, we talk about Veganuary, exclusive client discounts with Laura’s new personal trainer and Cowley Manor’s C Side Spa – all great ways of having a fresh new start. Our blog though, is all about the wonder of Yana.
For a bit of a change, this one is also for the guys out there – our guinea pig this month was Elliott, and he used Yana for a month, and followed it up with a signature IMAGE peel, and this is what he made of it!
OK – so this is my ‘dear diary’ on Yana, the daily collagen shot ‘beauty liquid’ that’s stocked exclusively at Laura Leigh Hair & Beauty – AND my experience of a signature IMAGE peel – also exclusive to LL.
So first up, Yana.
Yana is made by the clever people in the States behind IMAGE skin-care. The founders of IMAGE, Janna Ronert (who unsurprisingly looks amazing) and husband Dr Marc Ronert are an aesthetician and plastic surgeon respectively. This stuff is HUGE in America, and is stocked in 52 countries around the world.
Yana is basically a surprisingly good tasting shot of collagen that’s fortified with peptides, ceramides, antioxidants and vitamins. It reminded me on Benylin which is no bad thing if you ask me (taste wise!).
I’m 31-year-old semi health-conscious male, who has a gym membership and knows what almond milk looks like. I’m half way to being a convert, granted. My partner is on that journey, but hasn’t put his socks on yet, so to speak. Which is important, because he noticed a difference in my skin.
Routine wise, it’s dead easy. Have a shot in the morning and glass of water. There are other ways of doing it, but to me I found this super simple and I always have a big glass of water first thing anyway. Didn’t miss a day – anyone can do it.
Results wise, it was gradual but noticeable. My partner as I say, commented in week 3 that I looked younger, and asked if I’d changed moisturiser (OK, so maybe I’m converted already but that’s not the point).
I noticed a definite improvement in tone, firmness and surprisingly oil control. I’m a pretty standard combination skin type, so between the improvement in moisture and firmness on my dry areas and the mattifying effect on the oily ones, I was a pretty happy bunny.
I’ve been the guinea pig for several trials of such things with different companies – (which I shouldn’t name considering my next statement) – but this one for me definitely showed results in the time frame it claimed.
It’s an investment piece at £99 for a bottle to last a month – but I assure you, it’s worth a go. And – if you book a course of IMAGE peels Laura will give you a months supply to enjoy free!
It’s a great New Years resolution if you ask me.
So my next experiment, was to receive an IMAGE signature skin peel. These are performance treatments – not a namby-pamby spritz of rose here and tickle of geranium there one – so buckle up and expect some results.
I have relatively sensitive skin, particularly in my beard area, so opted for a relatively gentle treatment. The therapists at LL go through a really in-depth consultation with you to tailor the treatment – no one treatment is the same – and so we agreed this would be the way to go, but we’d see how I got on with the ‘tingle’ from the ‘peelers’.
Once taken downstairs in the salon, you can really see why ‘Spa in the City’ makes sense; it’s like a spa, but more urban, more edgy, and more Laura Leigh. I really like the grey tones downstairs in the beauty zone, and the treatment room itself is crisp and clean, elegant but not frilly and feminine. It works for guys as well as girls.
The treatment itself is a series of applications of what IMAGE call ‘peelers’ (i.e. the skin peeling agents) and ‘healers’ (i.e. the soothing moisturisers). The therapists talk you through each application, laying the products on your skin. With the peelers, each one being a different product to the last, from hyaluronic acids to stem-cell serums, the therapists check in with you to make sure the intensity doesn’t go over what you’re comfortable with. If it does, on go the healers; rich, creamy balms that have a great exotic scent.
With your first treatment, the LL team generously give you a starter pack of products, complete with Vital C (the big IMAGE product) and Max Repair – the stem cell cream, which you must use for 7 days after the treatment.
On walking out of the salon, I felt a million-bucks. Truly, I finally understood what a dewy complexion means. When I got home, I got another compliment from hubby to be and felt great. But, I knew what was coming – and that’s what I meant at the start when I said buckle up – this is about performance.
The team warn you that with these treatments, there will be results – first you skin will peel / shed before the fresh new cells are generated. They call it your ‘down day’ when this gets you, and it totally varies. For me, my skin was pretty dry and crumbly (like skin peel from suntan) around my mouth and cheeks. The product pack was to the rescue though – they really are amazing and so hydrating, they made me look normal in the day, and repaired by skin at night.
By the end of the week, I was more fresh-faced than ever and ready for more! It’s a great treatment and should be booked as a course. Check out the services on offer here – and remember, when a course is booked you’ll get a bottle of YANA free.
I’ll be booking in a course in the run up to my wedding this year, to look the best I can be – and chaps, have no fear – you’ll love it too.
IMAGE skin peels can be booked as part of a Spa in the City package – it’s a great gift to another, or to yourself. Especially as they include a lunch from the great Vinnie’s – our local Vegan restaurant, and will get you on the right track for Veganuary.
The Style Preview, by Laura Leigh
On the 2nd of November in a private invitation-only audience at Laura Leigh’s beautiful award-winning salon in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, the first ‘Style Preview’ had its debut.
Laura Leigh, with her finger on the pulse of fashion, created an evening to show case her top tips for the season, drawing her inspiration from the London Fashion Week runways, and her own inimitable sense of style. Models showcased this season’s must have hair colours and styles, and were dressed by Laura head to toe in Karen Millen from the brand’s Cheltenham boutique.
So, by candle light and with the crowd settled in with balloon glasses of fabulous Cotswold Gin, Laura Leigh introduced her first Style Preview.
Check out the video produced by Cotswold Eye: The Style Preview – Cotswold Eye
Foreword from Laura Leigh
“Whether we’re talking fashion, beauty or hair, metallics have never been so on trend.
We’ve seen models strutting their stuff down the runway in head to toe silver styles at London Fashion Week, inspiring influencers to also up the ante with some incredible metallic looks. The creative team at Laura Leigh is ready to help you achieve these coveted looks with the launch of L’Oreal MetalsWith five high-shine shades – including Silver Star and Pink Ash which reflects light to achieve that polished metallic finish – these shades provide a glossy, reflective, on-trend colour. That’s why the first Style Preview centres around these shades, and how to wear them.”
THE LOOK: Silver Star
New technique: Metallic lights
The Silver Star look is created using a silver hair shade from the new ‘Metals’ collection by L’Oreal, which achieves a beautifully polished finish for this on-trend look.
Whether you want to stay light and go for a silver blonde tone, or even go to the dark side with sultry, ashier hues, Silver Star achieves a lusciously polished finish to let your high-shine tones gleam.
Laura’s Tips: This look says I command attention!
The ‘greyage’ hair trend is here to stay and is probably the most popular of all. A-listers and models alike are wearing this cool trend. The colour makes a statement all by itself. Keep your styling simple but add hints of embellishment. Try metallic makeup, accessories and shoes.
Georgina wore a beautifully embellished mesh sleeve dress. A classic fit-and-flare silhouette. The geometric embroidery on the long sleeves is designed by hand at Karen Millen in-house atelier and the silhouette is enhanced by panels at the waist. Try yours with ankle-cuff heels and a pared-back clutch.
THE LOOK: Supernova Root Smudge
New Technique: Root Smudge
Striking dark roots that are smudged to melt into softer gradients of colour. So what is gloss smudging exactly? It’s a lot like what it sounds…smudging colour at the root of your hair to help it blend better and hide the line of where the highlight begins and ends.
“Think of it almost like an eyeliner with a smudger at the end,” Laura Leigh explained. “It takes out the deliberate look of the highlight at the root.”
Highlights that look more natural AND last longer? You can see why gloss smudging is about to be our new best friend!
Laura’s Tips: This look says Glamour-Puss
Molly wore a limited edition oversized fur coat from Karen Millen. This luxurious faux fur, with an oversized relaxed fit, features a pale blue and black enlarged leopard print. It’s irresistibly soft. Hang this coat over your shoulders with your favourite LBD for a dose of old school glamour.
THE LOOK: Pumpkin Spice
New Technique: Copper Foilyage
Combine this season’s hottest highlighting technique with bright and bold copper and you have Pumpkin Spice! Using this hot new highlighting technique, a balayage effect is created by having the lighter hair colour painted onto sections of the hair. The difference is that each section of hair is then wrapped in foil, as you would with bleaching, to intensify the colour. A deeper copper tone is applied throughout the rest of the hair.
You don’t have to stop at copper, there are numerous variations on tones of red to choose from, from rose gold to strawberry blonde and even burnt orange!
Your stylist will be able to combine the right shades of red to suit your complexion. Reds tend to fade, so make sure you invest in products designed for colour treated hair and book regular appointments with your colourist to see your colour through the Winter.
Product Tips: For Winter colour care, Laura recommends Kérastace ‘Reflection Bain Chromatique’ shampoo, enriched with chelators, UV filters and Vitamin E, alongside Kérastace ‘Reflection Fondant Chromatique’ conditioner, which intensifies colour with its powerful rice bran formula. To protect, complete the treatment with Kérastace Radiance Beautifying Oil enriched with Oleo-Complexe and Imperial Tea.
Laura’s Tips: This look says show stopper!
Belle wore a Karen Millen tailored button coat in a soft faux fur with oversized cuffs and a tailored skirt with a wrap silhouette in a gorgeous gold jacquard fabric, with a sleek buckle.
Copper red is a bright and bold hair colour, so you’ll want to tone down your overall look, and especially your makeup, by sticking to neutral and monochrome shades.
THE LOOK: Tigers Eye
New Technique: Strobing
Tigers Eye is a semiprecious rock with distinctive gold, bronze and deep brown stripes. The Tigers Eye hair trend applies these shades to your hair to give you a warm, integrated depth of colour. And just as the hand-painting technique made balayage so favoured, so too is it making the Tigers Eye hair trend extremely popular. The key to getting it right? Ask for caramel highlights paired with a warm, or dark chocolate base so it doesn’t look too bronze.
Laura’s Tips: This look says I’m sophisticated and forever stylish
Laurie wore a camel coloured coat and an orange knitted jumper (as seen on Holly Willoughby). This burnt orange knit is key for the season and compliments the colours of Tigers Eye perfectly.
After the runway, guests enjoyed more delicious canapes and left with goody bags full of super products, from Laura Leigh, Molton Brown, Cowley Manor and more.
The event also celebrated the launch of Laura Leigh’s new partnerships with Cotswold Distillery and Vinnie’s Eatery. Now the Cotswolds’ premier hair and beauty salon will also be serving top notch Cotswold Gin – look out for the signature Laura Leigh cocktail coming soon – along with pretty gold and pink Bottega prosecco, Moet champagne and more. In-salon dining will soon be provided by the lovely plant-based yet hearty Vinnie’s Eatery – watch this space for more updates on the exciting seasonal menu, and an exciting collaboration launching a range of cold pressed juices which unique qualities to improve skin and hair health.
To book a salon appointment, click here or call: 01242 530 598
To celebrate the launch of the Style Preview, all November bookings will receive double loyalty points.
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Winter is coming and while it’s the perfect time to turn up the heating and snuggle in with a cup of cocoa, you can’t ignore the fact that the changing temperatures can be just as damaging for your hair than the summer sun.
Here are our top tips to help you overcome dry hair and maintain the condition of your hair this season:
We love getting to know our clients when they come into the salon; it helps us to recommend the best styles to suit their personalities and lifestyles. But is there anything you’ve always wanted to know about your favourite Stylist or Colourist?
From common problems to top trend tips, find out more about our marathon-running, bob expert Ben, who is the team’s newest member and Style Director.
Congratulations! He’s popped the question and wedding planning is now well underway. Venue? Check. Dress? Check. Photographer? Check. Hair..?
How you look on your special day is paramount. All eyes are on you and your hair is just as important as your dress in helping you feel and look stunning on your big day. You have to put so much trust in other people to ensure your look has the wow factor you want, and thankfully Artistic Director Laura just happens to be one of the best bridal stylists in the Cotswolds.