I love, love, love being blonde. I’m naturally kind of mousey and… well, a bit dull, but with highlights in my hair, I feel brighter and happier and I feel it suits my colouring really well. I started off with just a few highlights (me, but after a couple of weeks in the sun), and swiftly became blonder and blonder. I love it, but sadly, it doesn’t love me. My hair is naturally very fine and every time I have highlights, it breaks and goes fluffy and difficult to manage. Ugh.
A while ago I shared a taxi with my fab friend, Katy, on the way to an awards ceremony. She has AMAZING hair, and I was interested to find out from her that she goes to London to a salon called Karine Jackson. I left a comment on her blog post about how Karine has transformed her hair, and Karine’s team got in touch asking if I would like to come along to meet Karine and experience her organic colouring expertise for myself.
TOO BLOODY RIGHT I WOULD!
I really love going to London anyway and I was SO excited I didn’t even mind that it was just starting to rain (it literally always rains when I’m going to get my hair done). I’m terrible at finding my way around but the salon is in Covent Garden and is only about a two minute walk from Leicester Square tube, so I found it really easily. The staff are lovely and friendly (and uber cool) and I was welcomed with a glass of bubbles and some salty snacks – nice!
Karine herself is a gorgeous bubbly Aussie who listened attentively to my hair woes. I was a bit worried about what she’d say – she’s incredibly talented (I’ve read about her L’Oreal Colour Specialist Degree, held by only the 1% of L’Oreal colourists in the UK) and I almost expected her to say what most hair stylists do when I first meet them: the only way you’ll really ever have healthy hair is if you go back to being a brunette, but no! Karine took a really good look at my hair, and did this thing called a ‘wet stretch test’, checking protein and moisture levels in my hair, by seeing how well it stretches and how easily it snaps. Happily, my hair didn’t do too badly in the test and Karine reassured me that – with a bit of work – my hair can be both blonde AND healthy. Karine’s salon uses Organic Colour Systems – a range of permanent colours that use only the miminum amount of chemicals and loads of healthy, organic ingredients. The colours are much kinder to the hair and have the added advantage of not having that hideous smell either (a bonus if you’re someone like Karine, who says she had a cough for years before starting to use the organic colours when, magically, it disappeared!).
Karine decided that I would benefit from some dark put back through my hair, to break up the blonde and give it some depth of colour, plus a slightly warmer blonde than I’m normally used to. While Karine was applying the colours, we had a great chat – she’s a fascinating lady – and after a bit of pampering and a flipping fabulous head massage, I was back in the chair. Nearly everyone always tells me to keep my fine hair one length to make it look thicker, but Karine pointed out that this means the broken, split ends of my hair aren’t getting any attention. She trimmed my hair all over, gently styling it to frame my face (it naturally flicks out at the ends). The end result was frankly amazing. My hair felt soft, hung better (if that’s a term) and was really shiny. Sadly, the rain poured down, so I looked like a drowned rat by the time I got home, but I took a picture a while later, once I’d blow dried it and you can see how shiny and soft it is!
For more info, visit Karine’s website here. Massive thanks to lovely Karine and her team – I feel like a whole new me 🙂