So if you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I’ve been on a bit of mission recently to take better care of myself. I’ve committed to taking really good care of my skin with the help of the experts, and for a while, I’ve been wondering if my hair couldn’t do with a bit of a revamp as well. You may remember that a while ago I visited Karine Jackson’s salon in London and I absolutely loved the Organic Colour Systems ethos and products. I was even more delighted to find out that there’s a salon even closer to me, The Hair Secret, Berkhamsted, that also uses the Organic Colour Systems range. Owner and Organic Colour Systems Mentor (one of only three in the country), Natalie Lupton invited me to come along and have a really in-depth hair consultation and a bit of a revamp – she also invited me to do it all live on her Insta-stories, which turned out to be the best fun. Here’s how I got on.
I love The Hair Secret salon – it’s tucked away down a little cobbled lane in pretty Berkhamsted. The staff are so chatty and friendly. I’ve been a couple of times and usually see lovely Amy, who I mentioned a while ago, but this was the first time that I’ve had my hair done by Nat. We started with a good old chat and Nat encouraged me to tell her all about my hair concerns:
- I’m worried that after years of highlights (and lots of sunshine) my hair is a bit frazzled and overprocessed
- I’m also worried that my colour (my hair throws up lots of warmth, then add in the effect of all that sunshine) is a bit brassy, which might also not be doing my face any favours
- My hair is SO fine, and I feel that it’s breaking off – I’ve never had layers cut into my hair, yet some pieces are noticeably shorter (I’m also a bit of a hair fiddler, and often end up with pieces of broken hair between my fingers)
Nat listened carefully to my woes, and asked me loads of questions about how I care for my hair (answer: it’s all a bit slap dash – I use whatever shampoo and conditioner comes to hand – at the moment it’s Redken All Soft and I blow dry it using too much heat, I suspect).
First up, Nat did the ‘stretch test’, which proved her suspicion that my hair is lacking in protein (hence, my hair not ‘grabbing’ the darker colours properly when I get my colour done, and also the breakage). Nat started me off with some hardcore help in the form of a pre-colour protein treatment, which gave my hair some strength before she added more brunette lowlights back into my hair as well as a softer blonde, followed by an all over toner to further remove those pesky brassy tones.
After a trim to give my hair a blunter, cleaner edge, and a sleek blow dry, my hair felt absolutely amazing: swishy and super soft, and the colour was so much more flattering: softer, more natural and – yes – younger and shinier too.
To help with the transition phase, and to give some body to my very fine hair, Nat suggested coming back to see Amy for a few subtle extensions. Now I know what you’re thinking, and I was the same, but honestly, today’s extensions are super modern, easy to look after and don’t damage your hair at all. Perfect for giving fine hair a subtle boost.
The Hair Secret use Easilocks, which are small clusters of natural hair which are then attached to small sections of your own hair with a ‘micro ring’. The little flugelbinder end of the hair extension (everyone that doesn’t remember Cocktail will have lost me here) is popped into the ring which is then pinched around your hair with a little tool and that’s it. Amy placed a few extensions, matched to my new colour in shades of blonde and brunette, in the sides and back of my hair, and because the little micro ring is tiny and colour-matched to your own hair, it’s impossible to spot, especially as your own hair lays over the top of it. After cutting the new hair to match my own, the transformation was complete.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much difference the extensions have made. With new fuller hair, ongoing care in the form of Organic Colour Systems‘ PowerBuild range (specially designed to strengthen and repair fine and damaged hair, adding shine and improving colour retention), regular visits to the salon and some tlc, my breakage should grow down in no time and I’ll once again have the swishy, shiny blunt bob of my dreams. The plan now is to just allow my hair to recover on its own. The extensions are proving really easy to look after too, which will allow my hair to just get better without me blasting it with heat all the time to try and give it some oomph!
Massive thanks to Nat and Amy at The Hair Secret, Berkhamsted for spoiling me rotten (and letting me run riot with their Instagram for the day). If you’re local, I highly recommend this fab salon – they also have an awesome beauty and brow bar too – I’ve booked in for a visit there as well.