So it’s been a while since I have had chance to share………the salon has been so busy, home has been manic and so very much has happened!!
We made it to the ripe old age of 10! 10 years of my dream being a living breathing reality………..I thanked a lot of people for their support and pinched myself that it had really happened. I looked back and realised that I had learnt a lot, but knew that lessons learn the easy or hard way are now part of me and for that I am glad and looking forward to the next 10 years!!
Where to start…………well Illumina our new colour product from Wella has to be my product of 2012 and probably 2013, if it is possible to be in love with an inanimate object them I am! I have created some of my very best colours with Illumina, I enjoy colouring and always have done; to have someone explain an ideal to you of how they would like to look and for me to be able to interpret that idea and make it a reality is amazing. I have the power to make someones life completely different, I can give them confidence, inner strength and change their whole day, week or even month! I now have an extra power……….I can take their idea and make the result even better than they imagined.
Now I can honestly say that it does not suit everyone, but out of all of my clients there are only 2 who asked to return to their original colour product but those who have stayed with it are still amazed nearly 5 months on! Illumina has the ability to change the whole feel of the hair, the shine is amazing and it lasts past the first week, the tone stays true with minimal fade and regrowth seems to be hardly noticeable. This all seems to be down to the Microlight technology which manages to manipulate light and showcase the colour. I am so very proud of the colours that I have produced from straight from book or those that I have individualised for clients and what I love most is the feedback from clients………..some have had their hair colour noticed for the the first time ever!!
So what else has been happening at Michelle’s…………we have ourselves a new apprentice, Lucy! She has been with us for a few months full time after serving her time as a Saturday girl, the rubbish jobs during didn’t seem to put her off in the least and she is just about to start the hard part! Her first hairdressing assessment is next week and I am pleased to say that she seems very calm about it all…………..maybe 5 minutes before we may see some nerves!!!! Kelly is nearly at the end of her Level 3 qualification and is on the lookout for some models who will be brave enough for a complete re- style……..they seem to be a bit thin on the ground! A full advertising attack force has been set into action in the hope we can find a few brave people.
Today our lovely Wella rep left me a new product to play with…………..Wella Oil Reflections! Now I had seen this on the web and in trade press and as is my natural predisposition was very intrigued, so when a bottle appeared from that magical bag that all rep possess a warm fuzzy feeling started! I managed to contain myself long enough to seem polite, listened to the rep and then finally she handed it over…….also to my utter joy saying those magical words ‘You can keep that bottle, have a play, see what you think?’ Now to someone who has been in this industry as long as I have you will know that this is a rare occurrence in recent years! Reps are usually issued with a few products that they are only prepared to share with you for as long as you supply them with coffee and if you happen to be on their route at the end of the month, you are left with the dregs of a bottle/can/tube that has been manhandled to within a inch of it’s life, the spray/pump has usually broken or they have just plain run out!!! SO to have a whole new shiny bottle to play with also eliminated the need to grab all members of staff whatever they were doing and start to scrunch/spray/rub product onto them whether it’s suitable or not!!!
I felt confident and still a little fuzzy later in the day when I had the time to use Oil Reflections on my own hair in my own time and I have to say I do have a little bit of a crush, which by tomorrow if my hair still feels this lush might turn into an infatuation! Why do I like it so much? Well…………..we have all used oils or had oils used on us, all tried to pick up a brush or our hairdryer after without washing our hands and promptly realised our mistake! This is because the concentrate of these products in so condensed and rich that all surfaces are coated and need a good wash…………that is also what happens to our hair. Unless you have a head of hair that is thick enough to absorb this type of oil then you are left with super shiny limp hair, not the most attractive result! I know this as having naturally limp, fine hair I have to avoid product like this or risk looking somewhat deflated and rather insipid! Oil Reflections is lighter, much lighter! I applied it to my hair when wet and continued to dry as normal and wow………..I had shiny hair that also had volume, unknown and quite a shock for my hair in an oil induced state! I am writing this about 12 hrs after application and my hair is still in the same state, hence my crush! If it still feels the same in the morning it will officially be infatuation.
The blend of Macadamia Seed Oil, Avocado Oil and Vitamin E which is known for it’s natural antioxidant properties allows beautiful reflections in the hair. It has lightweight oil technology that conditions the hair and smooths it. It can be used on wet or dry hair, leaves hair up to 86% more reflective, the Vitamin E forms a protective barrier around the hair, neutralising free radicals and protecting against damage.
I thinks that’s it for now, my New Year resolution is to blog regularly……………it may save my poor family having to listen to me rattle on!!
P.S. While writing this my dog reminded me that I had not walked him yet so I took a little wander with him and decided that infatuation with Oil Reflections can begin this evening as my hair has resisted the delightful British weather and still looks lush!! x