Fake it!


Gone are the days of sitting for 2 hours to have a full head of foil highlights packed into your hair… Balayage

 has been coming increasingly popular in the mainstream and now at the painted lady it is one of our most popular colour services…

What is a balayage?

Is a freehand highlighting technique that creates natural looking highlights… also known as Californian highlights the word “Balayage” comes from a French word meaning “to sweep”.


In Balayage just the surface of the hair is coloured to create dimension and a more natural look. This technique looks like natural sun-kissed highlights throughout the hair. The transition is more natural and it is less maintenance than an ombre.

Does a balayage damage my hair?


All colour services can slightly damage your hair.  But using Olaplex can drastically reduce breakage. Have a look here to find out more about Olaplex

We always recommend you use a salon quality shampoo conditioner and hair mask to keep your hair silky and soft after the colour process. At the Painted Lady we use Davines and Evo, both eco conscious 


and animal  friendly brands.

Does a balayage have to be blonde?

No, once we have lightened the hair we can tone with many other shades depending on how light your hair has been lifted. We tone now with of fun colours such as blue pink and purple

How often do i need to maintain the colour

Because the colour is softly blended it grows out beautifully and more naturally so you won’t get an obvious regrowth line and and can wear it for longer between appointments.

And for the virgin hair girls, balayage is the perfect way to start your hair colour adventure because it is can be so natural that there is very little commitment after you have it coloured for the first time.

Is it suitable for all hair types/lengths?

It works on both light and dark hair.

Most hairdressers would agree that you will achieve best results on virgin hair, but who has virgin hair colour these days right?

You would need to come in for a strand test and a patch test before hand to see that we can safely lift your hair.

Balayage can also look amazing on really curly hair to create beautiful depth to the colour and it is equally lovely on straight hair too.

What if my hair is really dark and I want it really light?

In this case, especially if you have already had colour on your hair, we would need to do a strand test to see how much it will lift.

How do you do a strand test?

A strand test is when we take a small amount of your hair from the back where yo cant see it and lift colour using bleach to see that the integrity of the hair is maintained. One of our qualified stylists will be back in touch to let you know how the colour lifted.

Hair by Alice and Pier at the Painted lady.

Give us a call on 02077292154 to discuss or to book a balayage with us.

or book online here


Check our ‘WOW’ January offers

Beat the winter blues with David Bowie and our ‘WOW’ January offers

£25 off your hair and 1/2 price on all our manicure services for the whole of January

January can be a tough month to get through. So we wanted to make those dark days a little brighter by giving you some great offers for your hair and nails.

So, here are our exclusive hair and nail service offers to help you get through the winter doldrums..

All that cold weather can make your hands feel dry so we are offering 1/2 price manicure services until the end of January.

And to sweeten the deal you can also get a whopping £25 off your cut and finish or colour services over £60.

Right up until the end of January.

Just mention the January offer when you book.

And now for the icing on the cake…

Receive an extra 10% off your services if you share this newsletter on Facebook and Twitter (Please show us when you come in)

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Help! I need new hair!

The new year is upon us and many of us like to to make some changes in January. Having a hairstyle change is a great way to treat yourself to a little pick me up during the dark, gloomy evenings post Christmas.

Here are a few tips and suggestions to help you achieve the hair of your dreams with your favourite stylist.

Be visual.
We are a very friendly bunch here at the Painted Lady so feel free to bring along some images of your dream hair to help explain your hair goals. Try Pinterest We find it’s a great tool to brainstorm and create moodboards and find inspiration. Check out the Painted Lady pinterest here.

We want to make sure we are on the same page as you before we start the journey. So here are a few questions that your stylist should ask you about your hair ambitions.

What do you like/love about your hair?

We certainly don’t want to change what you love about your hair.

What don’t you like about your hair or what do you want to change about your hair?

When was the last time you had it cut/coloured?

This is so we can get an idea of how short it was last time you had it cut or how much the colour has faded and even how quickly it grows.

How much time do you have to spend on your hair in the morning?

This is an important question, because some styles take a lot of blowdrying and styling in the mornings. We really want you to be able to recreate your style at home and if your a low maintenance kinda person we don’t want to be committing you to a life-time of ‘early rises’ so you can style your hair. 😉

How do you style your hair? Do you use any products?

How often do you wash your hair?

This might seem like a weird question, but if you are having a colour change, the frequency that you shampoo your hair can have an effect on how long your colour lasts.


Questions to ask us…

How long will it take?

Some colour services are a lot more in depth… Some people stay with us all day at the salon to achieve that perfect pink platinum or rainbow hair!!

what is the upkeep for this style/colour?

Do I need a patch test?

Yes! Definitely and in some cases a strand test to make sure your hair can be coloured safely.

Is it permanent colour?

If it is then just be aware that all colour fades to some extent.

How much will it cost?

Fancy having a change? Mention this post when you book for £15 off your new do in January.

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Love Lipcote

Back in July I was asked to become a brand ambassador for Lipcote’s new campaign #LockYourLook. Having been a fan of lipcote for years, of course I said ‘Yes!’

So on a lovely English summer morning (it was raining) I jumped in an Uber, with my five year old Violet in tow, to South London to the studio of master photographer, Simon Webb for a photo and video shoot.

I had to start my preparation for the shoot the day before by having my hair blowdried by my colleague Alice. I knew time would be short to get everything prepared on the day and I had to help prepare for an event at the Painted Lady before I went over. When Violet and I arrived at the studio it was all hands on deck (amazing team work) Another ambassador, the beautiful Julia, was the resident makeup artist perfecting our Lipcote pouts and making sure the makeup was flawless. Even Tommy the wonder dog was on hand for cuddles all afternoon.

It was such a lovely day full of laughs and I got to meet some amazing personalities, leading Instagrammers, and video bloggers from the beauty industry. All passionate about great beauty products, all fabulous, all special.


I was first introduced to Lipcote by my good friend Teresa and because I love wearing bright coloured lipsticks I instantly fell in love with the brand. Lipcote was and is the perfect solution to stop the lipstick wearing off during my busy days working cutting hair, running the Painted lady alongside my talented team and also doing mum stuff (Got to stay glam!). I have collaborated a number of times over the years with Lipcote producing super cute ‘how to ‘ videos and supporting each other by hosting charity events together.

For a bit of ‘back in the day’ beauty video DIY have a look here…

This week I am being featured on the Lipcote journal. Check out their feature here

A special thank you to @lipcoteandco for the all the great times


Some of the ammbasadors include

@georginagrogan_ @kandk1, @allyyfreeman, @jameswlsh, @justskai, @teresahavvas,

@mdmflow, @discerningman, @thefashionfitnessfoodie, @julialaza and finally @tommythewonderdog


Office Christmas party dilemma solved!

Do you need an idea for your office party? Or help getting ready?

Did you know that we can come to you? We can bring our skilled hairstylists, makeup artists and nail technicians to your office place to make getting ready a breeze.

Whether its glitter braids sparkly makeup and henna or a traditional vintage inspired look. We can adapt our packages to suit your style requirements.

We also have a lovely space which we can hire out to groups for our popular party packages.

Our space

Set over 2 floors, the Painted lady is the perfect place to host intimate events for up to 20 people. With easy access to the trendy bars and restaurants in Shoreditch we can help you get ready before you party the night away. Email us to find out about booking one of our packages.




By the light of the Moon

Gaze out in the shadows

Samhain night

At which hour Jack glows orange

And the moon casts her silver light

For thy mischief makers and fairies

Will cometh out in revelry

Thee who wisheth

May partake in pre hallow’s trickery and fakery

On new year of witches

Thou ought glide to the Painted Lady

For maquillage of horr’r and of magic

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