My Hair History
I've had a LOT of different hairstyles over the years. Even just in the course of having this blog, I've had a bob, I've tried hair extensions, I've had a fringe and ombre hair, I've been blonde...I've been blonder. The list goes on! Pre-blog, I had bright red hair, I had sort of purplish ends in my hair, I even had those awful tiger stripe blonde/orange highlights. Safe to say - I like to change my hair up a lot.
My hair is currently at the longest length that historically I've let it get to before I've got bored and chopped it off. I tend to find that at this length it starts to look a bit limp and lifeless, it gets knotty and ratty looking and I just can't be bothered anymore and lop it off. NOT THIS YEAR. I'm getting married in October, and I know that I want to have my hair up with lots of volume and pretty plaits, which means that cutting it into a bob right now would be the worst possible decision.
I can't dye it either, because Sean (and my mum, and Sean's mum...and me I guess) would like me to have my natural hair colour for the wedding photos, rather than something that I'll get bored of in a year and then never have ever again in the course of my entire lifetime.
So I figured I was pretty much doomed...until, enter Austen Thomson Hair in Leith!
LEARNING HOW TO DO A GOOD BLOWDRY AT AUSTEN THOMSON HAIR:
After I had a good chat (maybe more of a rant) to the LOVELY hairstylist Lauren, who greeted me when I walked through the door, she suggested that maybe I'd be a bit happier with keeping my hair pretty much exactly how it is for the next few months if I spent a teeny bit of time properly drying and styling it, rather than just tugging a brush through it and chucking it up in a ponytail.
I'd always thought that it would be too much of a hassle to do this in the mornings if I was in a rush to get out of the door, but I was persuaded by the promise of a few tips and tricks that would cut this right down.
- I was told that I should change up my shampoo and conditioner, and use the sort of brands that are used in hair salons, not just whatever's on offer in Boots that day. (I have now done this, and can confirm that I can notice a difference in the condition of my hair!)
- Lauren also recommended that I start taking the time to do some hair masks or hair treatments on a more regular basis, to keep the ends of my hair in better condition - let me know if any of you guys have a must have product I should try!
- To cut down on the amount of time that I would spend styling my hair, the next recommendation was to blast my hair upside down until it's about 90% dry, which would add volume even before styling.
- The last 10% required my nemesis - a round brush, but I've found that now that I wait until my hair is almost dry before doing this bit, it's much easier to do.
- To add a bit of texture without weighing my fine hair down with loads of products, Lauren suggested splitting my hair into sections and just tonging the bottoms to add a slight wave, using only a dry shampoo and a non-crispy hairspray so that it stayed looking and feeling very natural.
Voila - an easy, quick-ish way of making my hair look like I actually put some effort in, rather than just leave it to do whatever it wants on a daily basis.
Since my visit, I've been putting into practice some of the tips that I was given and I've definitely been noticing a difference - I don't tend to find knots in my hair so much by the end of the day and Sean has even commented that my hair has been looking nice - an accomplishment indeed from someone who once took an entire day to notice that I'd added extra furniture to the living room.
A blowdry at Austen Thomson Hair costs between £35 and £50 and is a great experience with lots of advice on products and technique, plus a bloody marvellous head massage thrown in for good measure. I reckon I might have to pop back on my birthday as a bit of a treat and I'll also definitely be heading back for my first haircut after the wedding - maybe I'll go short, or maybe by then I'll be so enamoured by longer hair that I'll only be after a bit of a trim!
The atmosphere in the salon is fab, with great music being played, cool decor and friendly, chatty hairstylists offering teas and coffees pretty much as soon as you've sat down. If you're looking for a hairdressers in Edinburgh and haven't found one you like yet, I'd definitely suggest giving AT a try - they were just shortlisted for Scottish Salon of the Year at the HAIR Magazine Awards, so you know it's not just me who thinks it'd be worth your while!
*My visit to Austen Thomson Hair was complimentary for review purposes, but as always all opinions are very much my own - and I came away with products that I paid for myself because I was so persuaded! (Much to Sean's annoyance...)