Heart's Beauty Diary
Heart's beauty editor brings you the lowdown on what's hot right now. This month: presenter Margherita Taylor visits hairdresser to the stars Jamie Stevens' new salon, we test designer eyebrows and a vitamin-packed facial
Heart's Margherita Taylor visits Jamie Stevens Hair's new salon
When I found out that Celebrity Hairdresser of the Year 2010 winner Jamie Stevens had opened his first salon in London (he also owns a salon in Woolavington, Somerset), I couldn't wait to try it out.
Jamie has styled many a celebrity, including Kylie Minogue, Elle McPherson and Myleene Klass on top of being hairdresser-in-residence for X Factor and Gok’s Fashion Fix, so I was confident he could deal with my (occasionally) unruly curls…
As soon as I met him I realised that he has that great hairdresser ability of making even the most nervous customer, like me, relaxed and comfy in minutes - but then he's been working in hairdressing since the age of 8, helping out at his mother's salon!
During my visit we discussed how to get my curls in great shape without the pressure to cut my hair there and then which I really appreciated.
I decided to try a glossing treatment and toner which added a lovely shine and depth to my curls over the next few weeks.
I really enjoyed my visit and I really liked the modern and relaxed atmosphere of the salon, which made me feel at ease as soon as I stepped in, and the central London location is very handy if you live in or visit the capital.
Watch out for Jamie Stevens, you're going to be seeing much more of this very talented and charming man in the future. http://www.hairbyjamiestevens.co.uk
Whether it's Kate Middleton's or the Scouse variety, eyebrows have been huge in beauty this year.
The trend for thicker, well defined and filled in brows has really had an impact on women's grooming, and unkempt ones are just not an option anymore.
Before you start tinkering with your eyebrows, it's good to have them shaped at a salon, to have the perfect blueprint to work from and choose the shape that works for your face type.
The eyebrow specialists HD Brow Shapers offer a state of the art shaping service and are available all over the country.
Unlike other brow treatments who use a ‘one shape fits all’ technique, HD Brows Shapers assess the face shape and colouring of a client before creating a bespoke brow, tailored exclusively for them. A consultation is followed by tinting, waxing, threading, tweezing, 'soothing' and finishing. The treatment lasts up to 4 weeks, during which you can use a eyebrow pencil or shadow to keep the look salon-fresh if necessary. http://www.hd-brows.co.uk/
Environ Active Vitamin Treatment at Skin3
The idea of finding out how fast your skin is ageing and the impact the environment and lifestyle have had on it may be rather terrifying, but it's a good step in responding to your skin's needs and prevent further damage.
I went along for a consultation at Skin3, a lovely, welcoming and relaxing salon tucked in a leafy area of north London.
To assess my skin, friendly consultant Faye took an image of my face with a machine that utilises ultra violet rays to see beyond the first layer of the epidermis.
The results were then shown on a screen and they had measured sun damage, moisture in the skin, sebum, lines and elasticity (I'm are very happy to reveal that time is currently being kind to me, and pat myself on the back for using sunscreen daily).
After a consultation in which Faye happily and knowledgeably answered any questions I had, I was recommended the Environ Active Vitamin Treatment, a facial designed to stimulate the production of collagen, soften fine lines, hydrate, improve the elasticity of the skin and boost radiance.
Faye used a pain-free low current emitting machine on my face and neck to drive deep vitamin A, C and antioxidant into the lower layers of the skin and help them penetrate. This was followed by a soothing facial massage and a few minutes to 'wind down'.
I loved the results: beautiful, plump and replenished skin. I was very impressed. Environ Active Vitamin Treatment £70 for 55 mins http://www.skin3.co.uk