You know that whole
'I'm growing my hair' & 'I want long hair'
nonsense I've been spouting for the past few years.
Yeh, well, that's out the window.I was fed up with nothing hair. No style, no colour (apart from some worn out ombre ends) and no interest. Being a hairstylist it's embarrassing when people clearly look at your hair when you tell them what you do - I know what they're thinking!
Seckingtons in Northampton, with my phone stuffed full of pictures of possible restyles. I had decided to go shorter, and change my colour, I'd left it to grow out and hadn't coloured it full head in a very long time. And I'm so glad Seckingtons were the salon to help give me a restyle.
Walking into the salon I immediately felt at ease - greeted warmly and taken to a station to await Macey (Salon Manager and all round lovely human being and super colourist!) It was lovely to see a salon so busy and with a great atmosphere. I can't stand the overly sterile salons with weird dance music and attitude. I loved the mix of music being played at Seckingtons - including Alisha's Attic!!
Chatting with Macey, we decided on going a little darker than my natural colour all over, leaving the ends lighter and giving them a peachy warm tone for Winter. I've been dark before and because it was a flat all over colour it looked a little dull and really washed me out. By going for a warmer brown it meant my colour looks multi-tonal and has helped lift my skintone a bit and if anything made my eyes look darker - they are pretty much black already. The lighter ends are an ombre effect but a bit more grown up - it feels a little more sophisticated and tidy which is what I wanted.
Onto the cut, Johnny (Salon Owner and again, lovely human being) came over and we chatted hair. We discussed my natural wavy hair and the fact a fringe just won't stay together, and decided to work with nature gave me. The sign of a great hairstylist is honesty. Telling a client that a style won't suit or colour may not work and recommending something more suitable is the way to keep a salon busy with lots of happy customers.
To finish, Johnny used some gorgeous smelling styling products from Aveda - I was particularly impressed with the Pure Ambundance Spray (volumising) and Phomollient Foam (volumising and shine) but from start to finish I loved the products used from the Aveda range - including the hand creme used for my complimentary hand massage. I am thrilled with the colour and cut - slightly graduated to fall forward, it's shorter hair without the shock. And a change I'm very glad I made. I can wear it wavy or straight and it looks so shiny!
If you live near or in Northampton, I'd highly recommend Seckingtons. It's a really lovely salon and the staff are friendly and certainly know their stuff. It's great to see a real mix of ages coming into the salon and a mix of staff from stylists newly qualified to experienced and highly skilled senior members of staff. Prices and more info can be found on their website.
*I had my hair cut & coloured FOC, in exchange for review. This is no way reflected in my opinions on the salon or final result