By Stephen Chapman Artistic Director, Contemporary Harrogate.
We are bracing ourselves for striding into Spring with overgrown roots and split ends due to not being able to have our maintenance hair appointments over the last few months. But don't panic, we are all in the same boat. Our hair is desperate for a trim, a colour and let's face it, we just want a good natter with our favourite hairstylists.
If your hair is desperately needing some TLC and you are on a waiting list for a much anticipated hair appointment, Stephen Chapman, Artistic Director at Contemporary Harrogate caught up with our Creative Beauty Director, Gemma Rimmington with his top tips for maintenance and beautifully conditioned hair.
I recommend you use a root touch up spray to mask those unwanted roots. We use root touch up by L'Oréal professional, it comes in a range of colours. It's a semi permanent solution so it will need to be reapplied regularly, but if you're nipping to the shops for milk, or socially distanced meet ups, your hair can always look it's best. Or using a dry shampoo on lighter hair will soften the regrowth line and also make your hair last longer between washes. A fantastic solution for all hair types to keep your hair looking it's best too.
Since the first lockdown I either encouraged my clients to grow their hair into a style that can withhold time or go extra short. My objective to deliver a low maintenance look. I worked with their natural movement to create fuss free hair that can still feel and look good on a daily basis. I talked to my short and medium hair clients about creating different looks as their hair grows eg tucking those outgrown sides behind the ear to create a better shape. For my longer hair clients a decent ponytail or quick hair up can hide a thousand sins.
Now would be the perfect time to really care for your hair as we start this new phase and potentially work through waiting lists to see clients. Using the correct products to improve the condition and make your hair feel luxurious. Simply ask your stylist for tips on the best products you should be using. I recommend Serie Expert or treat your hair to Kerastase both by L'Oréal. This is what we use in our Contemporary salons to help us create beautiful hair on a daily basis. Treat your hair to a treatment to strengthen, add moisture, give volume, thicken, their is something for every hair type in the L'Oréal range.
As we move through seasons, it’s a really great opportunity to de-clutter your beauty product shelf and consider tweaking your skincare routine and makeup styling.
The change between sunny days to staying indoors more and cranking up the central heating can play havoc with skin. The change in environmental conditions can cause breakouts, dryness and dehydration and that’s not even factoring in the new ultimate fashion accessory of 2020 - the face covering. Hello “maskne”…
The upside to seasonal changes is the fun you can have with fashion and makeup. The comfort of the chunky knit and the sass of a rich plum lip screams autumn babe. I am ready to embrace the exchange of a sunny day for crispy leafy walks in the park and the milky hot chocolate to warm up on an evening.
So, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some of my autumn beauty and self care favourites with you. With lockdown 2.0 now in commencement, you shouldn’t feel bad about indulging in some treats to cheer yourself up. Infact, I firmly believe it’s a necessity… now more than ever we need to feel good during these challenging times and if that means buying a gorgeous new lip to wear on your trip to buy the food shopping or buying a fabulously fragranced luxury candle to burn while you curl up and read your book just go for it!
Pat McGrath - The Celestial Divinity Collection
Ok, let’s start with some serious glamour and luxe beauty… the MTHRSHP MEGA: Celestial Divinity Palette is a makeup lover’s delight. Let me tell you, this is a purchase you will not regret - the application from brush to skin is a dream. This palette has 18 highly pigmented eyeshadows, including several stunning jewel-toned and rich dark colours perfect for this time of year - mixed with either a glitter, matte, shimmer or irridescent finish. I promise the price tag is worth the depleted bank balance if you are a makeup junkie.
Available from www.patmcgrath.com - £74.00
Filorga - Global Repair Essence
The Global Repair range targets and improves all of the visible signs of ageing. Jam packed with ingredients such as super nutrients, meso-factors and cellular boosters all working to restore skin suppleness, revitalise skin, boost skin defences from environmental nasties, plump and replace volume and brighten uneven skin tone. After clinical trials, women observed dramatic skin improvements 93% saying their skin felt instantly nourished. This is a great product to boost your skin while it’s battling against the central heating, weather changes and face coverings!
Available from www.lookfantastic.com and www.feelunique.com - £60.00
Too Faced - Melted Matte Pumpkin Spice Liquid Lipstick
This super cute liquid lipstick is a rich formula which applies like a gloss but dries to a matte finish. Unlike some longwear liquid lipsticks, this doesn’t crack or dry the lips out after application which is definitely a huge selling point if you are specifically looking for a long lasting application. It contains avocado oil and vitamin E which are very nourishing for the skin and hyaluronic filling spheres which provide a non-stinging plumping effect… and best of all, it actually smells like pumpkin spice!
Available from www.selfridges.com, www.debenhams.com
and www.toofaced.com - £20.00
MOR Correspondence - Kashmir Petals Body Cream
Replenishing the skin with moisture after a hot bath or shower is super important but it can feel like a chore when you just want to throw your clean clothes back on. I recommend buying yourself a luxurious cream with a fragrance you love - you will be more tempted to take an extra 5 minutes to drench your skin in a nourishing cream before getting dressed again. This body cream is contains lots of gorgeous hydration ingredients such as Rosehip, Coconut Oils, Rooibos, Pomegranate and Camomile. Rich in vitamin E, this cream will really treat your skin to a little TLC as well as smelling delicious.
Available from www.waitrose.com - £14.00 350ml
ESPA - Winter Spice Deluxe Candle
There is nothing better than lighting your favourite fragranced candle and grabbing a book on a gloomy evening. This luxurious candle is hand poured and has a seriously inviting aroma created from sweet orange, cinnamon, ginger and clove. This distinctive winter fragrance will fill your home with a real luxury vibe and your guests will never want to leave.
Available from www.espaskincare.com - £55.00 410g
If you are still looking for inspiration, here are some other autumn hero product recommendations from beauty professionals from around the UK…
Natalie Willingham, Makeup Artist, Yorkshire loves Dr Lipp - Original Nipple Balm
“The only thing that soothes and nourishes sore, dry lips. Versatile little wonder product that can be used anywhere, to moisturise, plump and shine."
Available from www.lookfantastic.com - £12.00
Lauren Garfitt, Hair and Makeup Artist, London loves Arbonne - Pollution Defense CC Cream
“This is my favourite product right now. It is really hydrating and gives a lovely medium coverage. It also has Broad Spectrum SPF 30.”
Available from www.arbonne.com - £34.00
Laura Porter, Makeup Artist, Aberdeen loves ICONIC - London Prep Set Glow
“This product is my personal favourite in my kit and in my own personal makeup bag all year round. My not-so secret weapon as I tell everyone about this illuminating spray. It adds that perfect “glow from within” look and it smells absolutely amazing.”
Available from www.iconiclondoninc.com - £22.00
Grace Lydia Muir, Hair and Makeup Artist, North Yorkshire loves Weleda - Skin Food
“It is cruelty-free, vegan and organic and adds instant hydration and nourishment to very dry skin. It’s natural so perfect for sensitive skin and amazing for chapped lips. There is also a light version for those with very oily skin.”
Available from www.hollandandbarrett.com - £12.50
Yvonne Aucott, Makeup Artist, Leicestershire loves Daniel Sandler - Watercolour Blush
“While my skin is dry and adjusting to the cold, harsh weather outside and the dry central heating inside, the Watercolour Blush gives a healthy glow that brings back instant summer radiance. It’s so versatile, comes in lots of colours (so I can use for eyes and highlight or just change up depending on mood/outfit) and I’m just in love with how easy it is to use.”
Available from www.danielsandler.com - £29.00
And what a glorious day it is too! Today, I went for a local run as I have been doing routinely during lock down to prevent my waistline from growing and to keep my mental health in a positive place and I am extremely grateful during this time to live in the midst of the beautiful northern coast and countryside. Less than 5 minutes walk from my house takes me straight to the North Yorkshire Moors and although I always appreciate my surroundings, now more than ever everything looks, feels and smells even more amazing.
On today's run, the paths were empty, the sun was warm on my face and the smell of the greenery (is that the right word?) transported me back to a holiday in 1988, being sat on my dads shoulders, walking up the leafy road back towards the campsite we were staying on. A lovely memory and I love how smells can transport us back to a moment in time...
So to celebrate World Earth Day I wanted to share an amazing initiative led by beauty brand InStyler, who design state of the art electronic hair products. Shockingly, electronic waste is one of the fastest growing wastage sectors in the world, with an estimated 50 million tonnes of e-waste generated globally in 2019.
With more of us now needing to stay at home, there has been a decline in air pollution so choosing environmentally friendly products contributes to us all doing our bit and giving back to our beautiful planet.
InStyler tools use less heat than traditional tools and offer a range of hair styling solutions from smoothing, curling and travel products so they are planet-friendly and there is something for all of your needs.
InStyler have created an amazing recycling scheme that allows you to recycle your working and non-working hair tools for free, regardless of the brand and where you bought them from. Once your tools are received, InStyler will email you a 35% OFF coupon to use towards your next InStyler.co.uk tool purchase!
CERASILK Styling Iron £99.99
TURBO Ionic Hair Dryer £89.99
MAX PRIME Revolving Styler £89.99
If this wasn't enough of a fabulous incentive to do something good for the planet, InStyler are also offering you the discount code ELOVE which will give you 30% purchases made during April and May - with free shipping.
Available from https://www.instyler.co.uk
It is brilliant to see beauty brands doing their bit for the planet, not just on World Earth Day but every day. Together we can all make the ethical choices that will make our world a better place.
Are you looking to try to new product to give your barnet a boost?
I have just been introduced to Cake Beauty and I am now a fan of this deliciously sweet smelling brand.
Cake Beauty was created by Heather Reier from Ontario and the brand have a full range of seriously gorgeous beauty products.
I have been using the "The Big Big Deal" thickening volume shampoo and "The Big Wig" (fabulous name!) thickening volume condition. As a product junkie, I was a fan of the cute pink bottle but an even bigger fan of the SMELL. Yummy! A little squish of the bottle and a glorious poof of sweet shop explodes from the lid. My hair is pretty fine so these products have really made a difference to my own hair. Jam-packed with natural ingredients the formula nourishes and plumps hair, making it feel thicker. A little bit goes a long way too. It lathers up like a dream!
Cake Beauty is a Vegan and Cruelty Free brand yay! Available at Boots from £2.99 #thisiscakeland