Meet The Team: New Stylist Saffi



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 new Stylist Saffi!

1. Hairdressing for how long?

I’ve been hairdressing for 5 years; I trained with the international company Toni & Guy achieving my NVQ level 2 & 3 and advanced cutting technique diploma.

2. Specialism?

I love working with long hair, I love blowdrying.

3. Most common client problem?

Heat damage caused by hair straighteners and curling irons, this can be solved with a good heat protective product – Try Kerastase Ciment Thermique it’s a heat protective primer that smooths the hair, adds shine and prevents breakage.

4. Your one piece of advice for clients thinking of changing their style?

Choose something that you will be able to manage yourself at home. I will be able to advise on the best style to suit you

5. Top trends this season?

Long heavy layers, fully bouncy blowdries, textured bobs and festival braids!

6. Your hair routine?

I like to wear my hair textured and un-done I usually use a L’Oreal sea salt spray to give my hair a ‘lived in’ texture

7. Claim to fame? 

I won an award for styling and blowdrying in a national competition in London.

8. The best thing about working at Laura Leigh?

The salon is such an inspiring environment, I love the buzz of the salon atmosphere, the team are lovely and we have lovely clients.

9. Favourite product/service?

I love La Brasiliana, it’s a hair smoothing system that lasts for up to 3 months, helping to eliminate frizz and making the hair easier to blowdry.

To book in with Saffi, please call the salon on 01242 530598 

Meet The Team: Style Director Mel!



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 new Style Director Mel!

  1. Hairdressing for how long?
    I’ve been hairdressing for over 20 years; I trained with the international company Toni & Guy.
  2. Specialism?
    I am a L’Oreal colour specialist but I work with both to create the perfect look for my clients.
  3. Most common client problem?
    Hair breakage and colour fade, which can be solved with a good product prescription – Kerastase, of course – Try a reconstructive treatment like Smart-Fusio and a great hair cut.
  4. Your one piece of advice for clients thinking of changing their style?
    Book a complimentary consultation with me, we can discuss the latest trends, colour and style ideas and we will create a bespoke look for you
  5. Top trends this season?
    Soft Balayage, long textured layers and fringes.
  6. Your hair routine?
    I have naturally curly hair so I use Kerastase Nutritive shampoo and hair mask every wash. I also apply a L’Oreal smart bond treatment once a week to protect and strengthen my coloured hair. I apply a heat protective product by Kerastase before blowdrying and my favourite finishing product is serum therapiste by Kerastase.
  7. Claim to fame? I’ve worked backstage at London Fashion Week, as well as high profile competitions and photo shoots.
  8. Tell us something most people don’t know about you. I am a fully qualified beauty therapist specialising in holistic therapies with a qualification in reflexology
  9. The best thing about working at Laura Leigh? The salon environment, friendly professional team and lovely clients. The job satisfaction I get is incredible; making people smile and feel great is pretty special.
  10. Favourite product/service? L’Oreal Smartbond: SMARTBOND is our new hair service that protects the hair for stronger hair fibre during lightening and colouring services.

To book your next appointment with Mel, please call the salon on 01242 530598



Holiday Hair Tips from Laura Leigh!

Summer portrait of a woman in a straw hatUnderestimating the damaging effect of the sun on our hair is something we are all guilty of. We wouldn’t dream of going out in the sun without wearing SPF, so why do we forget to protect our hair? The fact is, most of us are having too much fun while we enjoying the sunshine to make protecting our hair a priority. It is only when we return home with faded colour and a frizzy and frazzled texture that we realise there is a price to pay for that neglect. There are steps you can take, before, during and after your sun-soaked break. We happily reveal the best ways to protect and repair sun-damaged hair.

Embrace the sun

Don’t have your hair colour made lighter before a holiday. If you want sun-kissed lights, let the sun do its work for you. It can add a wonderful natural balayage effect to brunettes and dark blondes. But if you already love your colour and don’t want it to change, you need to cover up.

Hats on

If you have spent a lot of money having a hair colour that you love and it is already perfect, the last thing you want is to let your holiday ruin it. So don’t forget your hair SPF. It doesn’t have to be oil – it can be a light-as-air spray such as Kerastase Micro-voile spray. Just remember to spray it on your hair every two hours. Available in salon now! And you can always wear a super-stylish silk scarf or sun hat.

Shampoo sense

I’m always amazed that women pack their skincare but not their haircare when travelling, often relying on hotel shampoos and conditioners. These tend to be of pretty poor quality and will strip your colour and condition. Invest in a gentle shampoo to counteract the different water quality abroad and use a repair mask. Apply your conditioning mask before a day by the pool and let it sink in in the heat and humidity, then wash it off at the end of the day when you shower. You will then have made the heat, humidity and sun work for your hair, not against it.

Colour correction

If you do forget to look after your hair, don’t panic; just be honest with your colourist as they can help. Sometimes the sun is great for darker, thicker hair and can give you gorgeous Gisele tortoiseshell colour, but most often it bleaches and dehydrates and leaves hair in need of colour correction hair is porous, so it will lighten in the sun without even being near a pool or sea water. Along with the swimming pool, many holiday islands also have chlorinated and desalinated water in the shower and this can leave hair with a strange greenish tinge. Using a gentle shampoo should help counteract this, while your colourist can also remove the mineral metal deposits easily when they colour correct.

Repair the wear and tear

Woman at the swimming poolYou will also need to repair and rehydrate sun-damaged hair. L’Oréal Professionnel’s new Smartbond system is an in-salon treatment to repair the damaged sulphur bonds in your hair. Added to your colour and applied post-holiday, it will not only repair damage but also prevent hair breakage and make colour last longer. Available with any colour service for £15. For home use, invest in Smartbond conditioner apply it at least once a week.

For more advice or to book an appointment call the front of house team today 01242 530598 or book online

Welcome back Luke!

LUKE-3-719df96d-e7b9-4996-b948-240c75b0e635We are delighted to welcome Style Director Luke back to the salon following his 6 month adventure across india.

Luke shares his story with us…

“I spent six months in India starting in Goa it was very easy to adjust to the beach lifestyle where I swam, ran and did yoga most days.
I ventured out of the comfort of the south Goan beaches and delved In to the real India and stopped off in Kerala for sometime where I did a 10 day vipassana.
My mother joined me for two months over new year, we travelled to Hampi, Mumbai, New Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and then to Rishikesh for the annual international yoga festival. Rishikesh is the home of yoga and I really fell in love with the practice here with some very strict but fun teachers. I continued up north do Dharamshala and did a Tushita course ‘an introduction to Buddhism’ where I met his holiness the Dalai Lama. After the course ended I hiked in the Himalayas in the snow. I met so many beautiful people and many other travellers, india is a very inspiring place, so much to see and I will definitely go back again.”

I hope to see you in the salon soon,

With Love
Luke x

LUKE-7-d69e106-815e-4570-92fb-58f56e5bf76dLuke joined Laura Leigh in 2016. Throughout his career his passion for hair, fashion and travel has taken him to Australia, Berlin and most recently to India where he began his Yoga training. Luke has returned to the salon on Thursday’s, Friday’s & Saturday’s, balancing his passion for hair with his love of Yoga, Reiki and travelling. Luke’s wealth of experience coupled with his unsurpassed expertise and warm demeanour ensures he knows exactly what to deliver when a client needs a full and detailed consultation to revitalise, change or simply maintain their signature look.

To find out more about Luke’s adventures book an appointment with our creative Style Director Call 01242 530598


Balayage is a French word that means to sweep. It is a hair colour technique that allows for a sunkissed and very natural look. Its ultimate goal is to create the gold reflects that the sun gives naturally to hair in summer. More natural than a full head of colour, balayage is the ideal choice when you want something subtle, or to boost the natural reflects, and give a new dimension to your hair.

This timeless technique is the most popular hair colour requested in salons today. Balayage gives a healthy looking finish that looks glossy and expensive, which can be worn subtle or bold; it’s all about the application. Its popularity comes from the fact that it is extremely low maintenance. A balayage will grow out beautifully and very naturally so you don’t get a clear regrowth line.

Nadine Nolan Hair Colour specialist at Laura Leigh says: “The beauty of balayage is that you work with the natural fall of the hair and use the natural variations of tone to create a look that is fresh and modern and totally tailored to each individual. Balayage is all about soft contrasts and gives an effortless look. Because it grows out without solid lines you won’t need to visit so often (except for a touch up to cover greys if that’s applicable…)

Natalie Ursell Senior Colourist at Laura Leigh says:
“I love balayage as it allows me to place colour more visually which means each client can receive a bespoke colour completely tailor made for them. It’s great for giving a multitonal effect whilst still looking natural, high shine.

An ultra natural Balayage result with a subtle hint of colour to add a bit of warmth to your hair, just in time for the summer. Think salted caramel and warm mocha tones, this look will give your hair a radiant and natural-looking glow.
This look is perfect for a soft and bespoke Balayage result. If you are wanting to go a little lighter around your face but not yet ready to go the whole hog, the Soft French Balayage service is perfect for you. With a few lighter pieces placed strategically around your jawline to frame your face, this look will give your hair that extra boost and feeling of ‘je ne sais quoi’ this summer. The technique will give you a really natural and blended colour result to enhance your favourite facial features and bring on the summer holiday vibe.
If you are already a lighter blonde but want to turn up the dial, the Defined French Balayage service is perfect for you. It gives a beautiful sun-kissed hair colour result for a bright summer glow. The lightened pieces sculpt the face and jawline to contour the face and bring out your best features. The technique uses contrasting blonde shades to add depth to the hair and give your blonde more definition. Go on, brighten up your summer and give your hair a boost of sunshine.
The blonder the better? Look no further. Our Intense French Balayage service is the one for you.It combines medium to narrow lightened pieces throughout the hair to create a bright and bold Balayage result. The technique uses contrasting blonde shades to add extra depth and dimension to the hair for a full and intense look. Make a bold blonde statement this summer and turn up the heat!

To book your next colour service, call the front of house team 01242 530598

Please be advised that a skin test must be done at the salon 48 hours before any colour service. No appointment necessary.

We are delighted to introduce our new range of 99% organic products

We are delighted to introduce our new range of organic products for the more sustainable-conscious client. It’s time to experience a new source of professional beauty. ‘Source Essentielle’ from L’Oréal Professionnel.

Ethical, sustainable products that produce less waste, with no compromise on luxury or effective performance.
Source Essentielle from L’Oréal Professionnel combines nature, scientific expertise and professional performance.

Natural formula:
Natural formula, professional results
Free from silicone for a natural hair feel
Free from sulphates, parabens, mineral oils, synthetic perfumes and synthetic colourants
The ingredients list describes not just the natural derived ingredients in detail, it also adds that the remaining ingredients are necessary to guarantee the sensorial qualities and to preseve the formula


‘Source Essentielle’ has been designed with a sustainable approach to innovation. Eco designed square-shaped bottles, efficiently stackable for a transport optimised environmentally friendly solution from packaging to merchandising –

Better packaging
The packaging is intentionally square shaped to hold a maximum amount of product in a minimum amount of plastic. The shape also means the products stack together perfectly, so they can be transported in a more environmentally friendly way and, in salons, can be simply stacked on top of each other, eliminating the need for point-of-sale material and reducing the carbon foot print!

Unique refillable Shampoo Bar
After your first purchase you can come back to the salon and refill your shampoo bottles for a discounted price. This is a first for L’Oréal Professionnel UK  and marks an important step towards more sustainable consumption in salons.

For more information or for details of our launch event please call 01242 530598DAILY-SHAMPOO

Give your hair a boost with Smart Fusio


We’ve created the ultimate repair treatment: ‘Smart Fusio’. This treatment is a combination of two of our most popular treatments;  Kérastase Fusio-Dose and L’Oréal Smartbond. By combining these together, you will receive all of the conditioning and strengthening benefits, giving your hair the TLC it deserves.


Smartbond is a protective and strengthening system created by L’Oréal scientists specifically to be used in salons. It is ideal for coloured hair, and is mixed into the product to reduce any damage during colour application and development. This is then coupled with the Fusio-Dose treatment at the backwash to reinforce the strengthening properties.


The experts at Kérastase have started a new era in salon conditioning treatments with their Fusio-Dose range. Consisting of five ‘boosters’ that can be mixed with four intensive concentrates, there are 20 possible combinations. From these, your hairdresser will create the ultimate tailor-made treatment for you. The hair ‘shot’ is applied to the hair at the backwash, and only needs 5 minutes to take effect. The result? Deeply conditioned hair that will feel both healthier and shinier!

Simply ask your hairdresser to upgrade your colour appointment to take advantage of this fantastic spring offer.

This offer can be redeemed now, and is available while stocks last – so don’t miss out on giving your hair a ‘Smart Fusio’ boost!



We are proud to support Cheltenham Beauty Week 2018

We will be participating in a range of exciting events to support Cheltenham Beauty Week 2018
Each day we will be hosting a different event. There will be product talks and demonstrations, an opportunity to meet some of the best industry experts, to enjoy some of our favourite treatments and more.
Cheltenham Beauty Week celebrates all things beauty; from style to fashion and products to well-being experiences.

The week will see a variety of events, workshops, treatments offers and discounts across the town from local Cheltenham businesses. There will be lots of exciting events and offers each day across cheltenham.
For more information visit the Cheltenham beauty week blog

Please see some of the scheduled events below:

Monday 23rd April, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Beauty from Within with Image Skincare

Discover the secret to beautiful skin. Learn about the 360′ approach to skincare. Meet our expert skin specialist and receive a tailored skin care prescription. There will be on the day discounts, demonstrations & more.

Tuesday 24th April, 9am – 11am

Kerastase Hair & Scalp Masterclass, with Nikki Downing

Learn how to unleash your hair’s full potential. No matter what your hair type or hair concern you will discover the right kerastase hair treatments to thicken densify and perfect your hair.
Free hair & scalp analysis for every guest and take away a luxury Kerastase goody bag.

Wednesday 25th April, 12pm – 2pm

Mini Jessica Manicures at Molton Brown

To celebrate Cheltenham Beauty Week and Molton Brown’s relocation to a brand new store we are delighted to take our new Jessica nail bar into their beautiful store on the Promenade Cheltenham.
Molton Brown is renowned for their expertly blended luxury perfumes, shower gels, body lotions and candles.
We are offering free Jessica mini manicures with any Molton Brown purchase over £20

Thursday 25th April, 10am – 4pm

Cowley Manor’s C-Side Spa Pop Up

Bringing the spa to the city, for one day only you will find the C-side team and Silke van der Laan at Laura Leigh.
Experience mini on the day discounts, product demonstrations and complimentary mini treatments for all clients booked in the salon on this day
To book your complimentary treatment or for more information please email or call 01242 870900

Friday 27th April 9.00am – 6pm

Kerastase Fusio Friday Offer

Discover your personalised combination of our high performance treatments to target any hair concern.
Fusio-Dose treats your hair and immediately transforms for lasting results. The boosters, five concentrated care formulas, are mixed with the concentrates, four powerful active ingredients, offering multiple combinations for a custom designed treatment to instantly and lastingly transform the hair.
50% less breakage
3 times more moisture
3 times the shine
£10 Fusio-Dose treatment with every appointment saving £5

To upgrade your service please call the front of house team: 01242 530598

Saturday 28th April, 10am – 4pm

Pop-up Blow Dry Bar & Make up artist at Topshop

The Laura Leigh blowdrybar will be at TOPSHOP Cheltenham on Saturday 28th April from 10am.
The team of expert stylists and makeup artists from Laura Leigh will be offering complimentary dry-styling and mini make-overs with all TOPSHOP purchases over £50

All offers subject to availability.

For more information on Cheltenham Beauty Week  call the front of house team 01242 530598

We hope to see you at one of our exciting events during Cheltenham Beauty Week

With love – Laura xCBW_Supporting_SubPink

Cheltenham Ladies Day 2018

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,

With Love

Laura x

The Cheltenham Festival Style Preview at Ellenborough Park Cheltenham


Laura Leigh and Cotswold brand Holland Cooper collaborated to host a fashionable event at Ellenborough Park ahead of this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

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 


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