I generally find going to the hairdressers traumatic – too much chatter, weak coffee and hair I totally didn’t want at the end of it. Scary stuff.
So my experience with began well – I planned to visit whilst I was down in London so they sent me a skin allergy test, to see if I turned nasty on with PPD (a chemical in hair dye which turns some people out in terrible rashes):
You apply this to your skin like a tattoo, and wait to see if you have a reaction. I did not, amazingly enough!.
So the main reason I was trying out Karine Jackson’s was for the hair dye. As my regular readers will know, I have a sensitive scalp which I am forever trying new remedies for, so I wanted to try something that is gentle but also effective.
My hair before. Ooohhhhh it was so long! So long! So long! So long!
Anyway, when I arrived, my stylist for the day was the adorable Candace, professional, chatty but not annoying. We decided on the colour by holding a chart under my chin which had warm/cool groups, and colours from reds to blacks to gold to..something else I can’t remember. The point is that the right kind of colour makes your eyes sparkle, makes your skin glow. The wrong kind of colour (on my case a flat black) made my eye circles look worse, made me look tired. The best shades for me were gold, but since we decided that my goal was to get my hair looking healthy again, two shades were going to be mixed together, one a dark brown, the other with some gold undertones in it.
Ooh yes – the coffee and biscuits were fantastic:
I felt a bit guilty as the other half was waiting outside for me as I was drinking latte and munching away on Viennese biscuits but that soon faded away when I remembered how embarrassing he was on the train down, sleeping gaped mouthed in public.
My hair has natural red tones in it (which I am always trying to fight!) but seriously, its too much work! So the dye was mixed, and applied. Candace told me how Organic Care Systems dye has:
1. No Ammonia
2. Is stink free
3. Is kinder to scalps
4. Normal dye has about 8% PPD, Organic Colour Systems has 0.4%
5. The dye is heat activated
6. The dyes can be a little warmer than others, so this is adjusted by the technician
I found the dye to be completely stink free and it felt very comfortable on my scalp. I didn’t have any stinging or pain…it just felt really comfortable and easy to have on my head.
After my colour was rinsed out, Candace set on with the cut. Now – my hair was very very very long, so it was full of split ends. My hairdresser at home was pretty insistent about me keeping my length although it annoyed me how after a cut I was still surrounded with split ends – over drying, over drying meant my hair was spilt end city. So we decided – a good 6 inches to get rid of the tatty ends. Then a general neaten all the way around to get things looking glossy.
It feels a lot shorter to me, but it is still long. Without a doubt it looks a million times healthier and shiny for once. I am struggling to find a split end on my hair, whereas before it was my hobby at work.
I am also glad I did the dark colour in a professional salon. My previous experience with going dark made me look like Elvira, mistress of the dark and the second experience faded within a week. This Organic Care colour is still rocking, looking strong, flattering and shiny. are recommended to preserve the colour and I have reviewed their Aqua Boost shampoo before here.
I saw my Mama and Aunt earlier, ever brutal, and they said it made me look “younger”, “much better” and “less tatty” (the b*tches!).
I would highly recommend‘s salon and the Organic Colour System dyes – so much kinder to the scalp than others I have tried and also my stylist, Candace.
Salon Info: 24 Litchfield Street, London, WC2H 9NU, Tel: 020 7836 0300, or for more information email: [email protected]