Supporting Little Princess Trust -Donating hair in aid of Cancer

Cancer doesn't look at age, race, gender or sexual orientation - it does not discriminate.

A natural hair wig can make such a difference to someone who has lost their hair during cancer treatment helping them to regain their self-esteem and confidence.

At Aspen Hair and Beauty, we support the Little Princess Trust.

When Gaynor came in for her first ever visit to Aspen Hair and Beauty, she arrived with a mane of healthy long natural hair. Ideal to use in wig making. It was during consultation with Lorna that Gaynor decided that she wanted a complete restyle and wanted to take her hair from long to shoulder length.

We discussed during the consultation that it would be such a waste to let the hair simply end up on the salon floor and to be swept into a bin and simply end up on a landfill site!

Between us and we decided on a style and then Lorna secured the hair in a ponytail slightly below the length that the finished style would be - checking before cutting that Gaynor was comfortable at what would be her new style length.

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The ponytail could then be sent off to Little Princess Trust and utilised to make more wigs and hairpieces.

www.littleprincesses.org.uk

Thank you Gaynor for your very generous and selfless donation - and added bonus was that Gaynor completely suited her new look !!!

 

Wedding Day Makeup Tips

Eyes

Use light layers of mascara and ideally make it waterproof - if you know you cant hold back the tears on this emotionally charged day then go for an invisible gel either to coat your lashes or to act as a top coat to your coloured mascara -this will make your lashes resistant to tears and also can act as an eyebrow gel to keep any strays in place .

Primer

Primers will smooth, flatter and conceal whilst often reducing the appearance of enlarged pores, helping to provide a smooth surface and evening out skin tone providing a smooth base for your foundation to adhere too and ensuring long-lasting results.

Primers are available in creme, gel and powder form. They will also save you money by using a primer means you will need to use less foundation.

Apply your primer using your fingertips - this will also help to get the blood flowing underneath the surface of the skin and help to promote a healthy glow.

Concealer (for blemishes) 

To conceal blemishes use your fingertips to apply the concealer onto clean, moisturised skin -gently dotting the concealer onto the area you wish to target.

When concealing a blemish which may be raised, use a cotton bud and apply the concealer in an “X” direction. This will lightly and effectively coat the blemish without the risk of unsightly build up.

Gently press the concealer over the blemish with your fingertip using a rocking motion.

Allow the concealer few moments to “set”  and blot the face with a tissue to remove any excess oil before applying foundation.

When the skin's surface is uneven or blotchy -DO NOT use a foundation brush but rather opt for a stipple brush which will give good coverage and an airbrushed finish.

Apply foundation in a round stippling motion -doing this will ensure that you will get even coverage without removing the concealer.

Concealer (for dark circles)

Using a concealer with a yellow/orange undertone will neutralise the purple hue visibly present and commonly termed dark circles.

Gently dot a warm-toned concealer over where the dark circles present themselves and with a soft concealer bash start to blend.

if eyeballs are prevalent at this stage, using a very light concealer you can draw a line at the eyeball crease and using your ring finger ( this finger presents the least pressure ) gently blend this in too.

Finally using a makeup sponge and a light reflecting concealer cover the whole area -allow to set and apply foundation.

Foundation

There are three types of foundation coverage: 

Sheer - a light veil of coverage
Medium - to cover redness or a few blemishes
Full - a full opaque coverage

When applying foundation, start from the centre of your face and work outwards. This will prevent harsh lies and a build-up of colour which would be visible on the parameter of your face.

Very gently blend from the face to the neck with a light coverage so as not to get a demarkation mark.

Powder

Powder will help to “fix” the foundation in place and therefore help the effects last longer.-Apply with a large brush in an upward and then downward light circular movement.

Blusher

Used on the “apple” of the cheeks - suck the cheeks in and apply with several very light brush strokes in circular movements - building up the colour rather than applying in one “harsh” stroke.

Highlighter

Used above blusher to reflect light and highlight -bringing into focus the cheekbones. 

Contourer

To add depth and shade to the overall look and enhance facial structure - enhancing natural shadows and slimming down the face.

Fixing Mist

This will hold your make up in place all day having the added bonus of restoring radiance and smoothing away fine lines -you can also keep a mini version in your bag to use through the day to keep refresh and revive your make up and add a duet hue.

Blotting Sheets

If you are lucky enough for beautiful sunshine weather on the big day, don't forget to add a little sachet of makeup blotting papers.

These can be applied over the top of already applied makeup and will remove any shine caused by the heat in the sun and 'melting' makeup.

Makeup Mistakes

Don’t try to remove any makeup mistakes with tissue but rather use a cotton bud dipped in a little cleanser and just target the mishap area. This will mean fewer repairs to the rest of your make up .

Looking forward to the Summer

Personally, summer is my favourite time of the year, hearing the birds sing and observing the beautiful countryside all around us - its time to cast off the layers of cover-up clothing and look after skin and hair.

At Aspen Hair and Beauty were always on hand to help you to achieve the best version of you possible and are always happy to give advice on Haircare and Beauty treatments.

This post is going to focus on skin Acne achieving maximum radiance.

Allegedly our skincare industry is set to be worth £1.23 Billion by 2020!

85% of teenagers at some point will suffer from acne of a varying degree but according to doctors and dermatologists mature acne is on the rise - largely due it would seem to work-related stress, poor diets and air conditioning.

So…whats the best course of action?

A cleanse, Tone and Moisturise Regime

Adopt a CTM (Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise) regime morning and night.

What's the function of each of these products? 

Cleansers - Remove dirt, excess oil, makeup and other debris such as bacteria pollutants and old skin cells.

Toners - A good toner will remove any residue of oil, dirt or debris left behind by the cleanser hydrating and soothing the skin whilst closing the pores.

Moisturisers - following cleanse and tone, a moisturiser is applied to hydrate the skin and prevent any further moisture being lost. It will also act as a good base -evening out skin texture before applying makeup ensuring that your make up lasts longer.

Holidays and festivals, this is the time that we are most likely to go for a fresh, natural look  and lighten up on our make up regimes and go for a softer, more natural look and (with the protection of a spa of course) hopefully soak up some of those lovely warm summer or holiday rays and of course benefit from some vitamin D too.

However, advance with care and you will look radiant, healthy and glowing using a high SPF face cream which will both protect your skin from sun damage and premature ageing.

Choose a soap-free cleanser and use morning and night to remove makeup, excess  skins oils and general skin day to day debris - these cleansers are non-irritating and non-comedogenic (don't block pores). 

 

 

A step by step guide to a salon finish blo-dry

Our hair is the Crown we never take off and one of the most valuable accessories.

Makeup is great, but if your hair is not right, even if you have the best makeup application - without your hair being right, you just won't feel as good as you could.

We all want what we don't have - people with naturally curly hair want straight and vice versa. It's about making the best of what you have -here is a step by step approach to achieving salon finish hair.

Hair Preparation

  1. Massage the scalp in the shower for 5 mins -this really pays dividends as it will stimulate the scalp to produce more sebum ( the hair and skins natural moisturiser )
  2. Towel dry -squeezing the hair through the towel to remove the excess moisture ( do not rub) as this will cause breakage, knotting and tangles)
  3. Never use a brush to initially take the tangles out of the hair after shampooing - ALWAYS use a wide-toothed comb to remove tangles - ( a brush may put undue pressure on the wet hair and cause breakage )
  4. After towel drying the hair -blast the hair up to 75% dry with a hairdryer on medium heat BEFORE applying product .-you will use less product this way and it will be more effective -saving you not only time but money too !!!
  5. Section your hair into four even sections -two at the front -two at the back, this may seem time-consuming but will actually save you time !!and give a much better, professional result.
  6. Choose whichever brush for the effect that you wish to achieve

Types of Brushes

Paddle - (flat) brush for medium to long hair for a straight smooth effect.
Round brush - the smaller the barrel the more curl you will achieve.
Small barrels - short hair, curl effect
Medium barrels - mid-length hair -soft curl/bend
Large barrels - long hair - slight bend but mainly smooth finish with volume 

Drying

Take the hair in 1” sections and work from nape to crown. Then, temple either side to crown till all of the hair is dry. Work in the direction that you want the finished result to be. 

When the drying process is complete if necessary use tongs or straighteners depending on the effect you wish to achieve. Again, do this in sections so that they work effectively. Too large a section and the heat will not penetrate leaving an unsatisfactory result and meaning you have to go over the section again - unnecessarily overheating the hair which could lead to damage.

Voila! Salon finish hair styling.

Hair Colouring Treatment Terminology Explained

Balayage 

The process of painting on highlights of blocks of colour strategically onto the hair directly, and without using foils.With this technique, the coloured sections will be placed artfully around the head developing the look of naturally sun-kissed strands.

Foiling

Using actual aluminium sheets cut to size for highlighting ( lifting and making the hair lighter ) or low lighting (adding colour and /or tone to the hair.

Colour Correction 

Careful placement of colour mixed with additional (missing) tones will have to be added to correct the overall colour.

Bleach Shampoo 

This process can be carried out periodically to remove colour build up or a toner.

Toner

Applied after the colour, this treatment leaves the hair glossy and shiny and will add warm tones to the base colour. 

Semi-Permanent Colour

Used to add tone and depth to the hair, these products WILL NOT lift or lighten the hair as there is no peroxide added. They usually last 6-8 shampoos.

Quasi Permanent

Often misleading sold to the general public as semi-permanent colours -the only difference between these colourants and permanent colours is the strength of peroxide used and the length of developing time which is approx 20-25 mins whereas a permanent colour is 35-45 minutes. They are lovely colours but rather that grow out as would a permanent colour these colours will fade leaving a less rigid line of regrowth.

Partial Highlights

With partial highlights, colour is applied to the hairline ( parting ) and crown of the head. This method is also known as express highlights and can be all that is needed to lift and refresh in-between full highlight treatments.

 

Why choose a salon colour to home colouring? 

The salon quality product helps to protect hair against breakage during the colouring process, achieving a rich, polished shade and takes all the hassle out of trying to reach all root areas in order to achieve a flawless natural result.

The result - a shinier, stronger and smoother result with an extra long - lasting shine. 

So, whether you want to have a whole new look or just take care of those ever advancing greys at Aspen Hair and Beauty we can build a bespoke colouring treatment especially for you meeting your expectations and requirements.