Saturday, 12 October 2013

Styling My Locks at The Vinery Hair Salon, Huddersfield.

You know those people that hairdressers probably dread?
The ones with a serious case of 'SAS', or 'Scissors Avoidance Syndrome', no specific style, lots of split ends, and a badly done home box dye?

Well...they haven't met me.

For two and a half long years, no actual proper scissors un-belonging to my poor mum have been allowed to stray anywhere near my long, (and I'd love to say luscious but that would mean major LOL's) locks.
For two and a half long years, the only colour to touch my head has been courtesy of a box dye, which despite almost always going well, has still managed to leave me with an accidental multi tonal brown/black mess, thanks to a dye which *ahem* 'lied' about its colour, and err...may or may not have been left on too long.

For one and a half or those two and a half long years, I hammered my hair with umpteen tonnes of hairspray, (the hardcore stuff) and back-combed it to within an inch of it's short actually rather long life, in a bid to channel my inner Cheryl-a-la-US-X-Factor-disaster-hair, which it seems subconsciously I liked.
For one and a half of those two and a half long years, a large amount of my hair ended up in the bin, having gathered in disgraceful amounts in the trusty old hairbrush handed the task of removing six inches of back-combing every day...

My hair was suffering, literally breaking off from my head in a bid to escape the daily brutality...
There was just one solution.

I was strong.
Ditched the back-combing and hairspray, ditched the curlers, and decided to shove my hair up in a bun, stick a few litres of Argan Oil on it and hope for the best.

A year later, and I have gained very long, surprisingly healthy but err...very uneven hair in desperate need of 'work'.

Then came my saviour:

Her name?
Charlie Whale, a Senior Stylist at The Vinery Hair Salon in my glorious home town of Huddersfield :)


I know The Vinery well, having had my beloved  LVL Lashes and HD Brows done there by 'Fairy-Lashmother' Rachel several times over, so I was more relaxed than I'd possibly be on a regular hair cut day; the staff are friendly and the atmosphere is welcoming - imagine how nervously excited I was to pop along and have my hair cut and blow dried* professionally? 

I was booked in with Charlie, a Senior Stylist who has recently worked behind the scenes at London Fashion Week, (can she get an 'ooooh?') and felt right at home.
Quite often I'm the most socially awkward and irritatingly quiet person to make conversation with, (hair salon's in my younger days were a challenge) and whether it was the relaxed atmosphere or my new-found wisdom in my old age of 23, (I'll have you know I now have wisdom teeth and therefore have gained brain cells...and a few pain receptors) the conversation flowed and all was fine and dandy.

First off I had my consultation, where Charlie had a good look at my locks and explained what she was going to do. 
I asked her to take off as little as possible, seeing as my hair is more than a bit precious to me, and after a natter we decided that a few layers framing my face would be a nice idea...seeing as err, mine had grown out.
Following that, it was down to apprentice Hayley to wash my hair.

You know when Shampoo/Conditioner smells like heaven?
Nothing quite beats the smell of hairdressing products - oh how I've missed them!
Hayley washed and conditioned my hair using the Sebastian 'Trilliance Range' - just some of the products which the salon carries throughout, and then it was back to Charlie to whip out the *gulp* scissors...

*dramatic pause*

Okay so I had nothing to worry about, Charlie kept true to our consultation and really did just trim what was needed from the lengths of my hair - now this was a good couple of inches but boy were they necessary!
Two and a half years is no joke.
My hair instantly felt and looked better - and oh my gawdddd it looks and feels thick!!

Thick hair does not happen for me.
My Cheryl dream may happen peeps!

Charlie spritzed my hair with a heat defence spray, before blow drying my hair in that way that only a hairdresser can manage, then straightening it so my new front layers curved nicely around my face.
She used a variety of Sebastian products to help show off my new style; including the 'Volupt Spray' and 'Stylixer' because we all love a bit of volume now don't we?
She finished my hair using the Sebastian 'Halo Mist' to add a shine to my new do, and I was good to go.

Overall I am more than a bit happy with how the end result looks - Charlie did exactly as I'd asked and took off the smallest amount, meaning my hair is still very long, and making my hair look and feel so much nicer!
I'm in danger of sounding like I'm off an advert here, (Cheryl hair please?) but my hair is shiny, soft and manageable in a way it hasn't been for some time!

Because I'm worth it? ;)

The Sebastian products were so lovely, I've washed my hair since and swear it is still more shiny than previously! 
My Poundland VO5 shampoo and conditioner maybe don't serve me as well as I thought...

So it has to be said my experience at The Vinery Hair Salon was a great one - Charlie was a fantastic stylist and all the other staff I met were equally lovely, the salon is stylish and modern, and being just outside the town centre, (up the road from Laserzone you Huddersfield peeps!) the prices are very reasonable; the cut and blow dry* I had costs from £42, but you can see a full list of prices and services here.

*dons award ceremony voice*
I'd like to say a big thank you, (literally bigger) to The Vinery Hair Salon and Charlie for not only inviting me to come, but for somewhat rescuing my hair and giving it life and style again, meaning I can now wear it down without fear of someone noticing it being longer on one side than the other.
Sorry mum, not your fault, your scissor skills are fine, just, you know, not the same...

Right, before I go!
The ever so tech-savvy staff at The Vinery have just entered the big, bad (actually quite good) world of blogging!
So along with their website, you can check out their blog too.
You can also now book online as well as all the usual ways- tech-savvy indeed!

Am I over my 'SAS'? Yeah, I think so :)
Shame no amount of hair styling can rescue hair from 'DARS' though,

'Drizzle and Rain Syndrome', a common affliction here in Huddersfield - say no more...
Just say, no, more.


  1. Looks lovely hun!! It really suits you down too :)
    I know what you mean about avoiding the scissors!! I get embarrassed to go to the hairdressers when my hair is in dire need of help! Which kindaaa defeats the purpose of the hairdressers!? lol Aimée Xxx

    1. Aww thank you missy!!
      Haha that is me exactly :p

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  3. Your hair is so so gorgeous and looong! I always get scared to get my haircut because the hairdresser seems to chop off most of the length! :(. Plus I have too many cases of cutting my own hair and pretty much ruining the style of it LOL. Catch 22!

    I love how you wrote this post out. Its like a fairytale (short story of your hair) haha! :)

    Hamida xx

    1. Totally get where you're coming from lovely haha, I've done the same!!

      And thank youuuuuu :D xx

  4. You absolute babe! You are the same as me - NO ONE CUTS MY HAIR bar me! I refuse! I went to an hairdressers about 2-3 years ago, and asked for 2 inches off - SHE TOOK 4-5!!! I was mortified, and only now am I back to my lovely long hair! Your hair looks gorgeous, so healthy and glossy!!! xxx

    1. Oh my my myyyy I'd have cried!! And thank you Miss Gemma - it's so much healthier now!

  5. such pretty hair! I'm desperately trying to get mine this long but all the vitamins and deep conditioning treatments in the world dont seem to be helping- I'm stuck at the awkward 'below shoulder length' it's not fun. I'll have to try a few litres of argan oil too and see if it works for me too lol xx

    1. Awwwww I'll keep my fingers crossed for you and good hair growth girly!! Haha Argan oil ftw!

  6. I hate the hairdressers too, so I know just how you feel Hun. I managed to find a lovely hairdresser who come to my house & does all my family's hair, so much more relaxed that way. Your hair looks lovely, the style really suits you :)
    Maybe Its Megan Leigh xx

    1. Aww that sounds really good - I know a few people who have done that :) and thank you Megan :D

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  10. Hi
    Nice one! I like the outfit of the characters. Wish i could do the same thing too but im not that techie.i like the outfit of “from farmer to warden”.. really interesting

  11. Thankfully, I don’t suffer from 'Scissors Avoidance Syndrome'. I can’t say the same with the 'Drizzle and Rain Syndrome' though. Blow drying could only give it a temporary relief, but the ‘curse’ is back after showering. What's needed is constant hair treatment that will restore the health of hair and scalp. Beulah May @ Bernard’s Salon And Spa


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