Luscious Lips for Winter
(and all year round)
How to get smooth and soft lips
Our lips tend to take the brunt of harsh weather, and can easily get chapped, cracked and sore. There are plenty of clever ways to take care of them, however, and to fix any problems when they crop up. Once you’ve discovered these lip care hacks you’ll then be able to keep your lips soft and smooth all year long.
Make a natural lip scrub
First things first, let’s look at how to deal with dry lips. That flaky skin is oh-so tempting to pull off, but resist – that will more than likely lead to even sorer lips. It’s better to take a gentle approach, and remove dry skin with a homemade lip scrub that you massage into your lips.
All you need to do is mix together some sugar, honey and almond oil. The honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. So that part of the mixture will help keep your lips hydrated. The crystals of sugar help remove dead skin cells because they act as an exfoliator. The almond oil is moisturising and contains vitamin E, which is good for protection from sun damage.
Use a soft toothbrush
If you don’t want to use a lip scrub, there’s another way to gently buff away flakes of dry skin from your lips, and that’s with a toothbrush. Choose a soft bristle brush (like a kids’ brush) and gently work over your lips in a circular movement.
This acts as an exfoliating treatment. It’s something you can do in the morning and/or evening, before rinsing, drying and adding a layer of lip balm to your lips. Speaking of which…
Layer up the lip balm
Lip balm is your key tool in keeping your lips soft and smooth. It will help protect them when you’re out in the elements, and throughout the day and night when you’re at home too. Layer it on in the morning and evening, and top up during the day if necessary.
You might be wondering is Vaseline safe; petroleum jelly dangers are nothing to worry about, so you can put your mind at rest. There are no known common side effects with Vaseline. The answer to the question is Vaseline safe is yes, so you can slather it on.
Specifically, water! Our skin is a reflection of our inner workings as much as it is a result of external factors, so it’s important to work from the inside out as well. The government recommends drinking six to eight glasses of water a day, and it’s best to sip this at regular intervals rather than downing it in one go. This will help keep your lips hydrated.
Remember, central heating indoors will be drying out your lips just like the bitter winds will be outdoors, so keep your fluids up whatever your plans. Pop on your lip balm too, whether you’re staying in or heading out, and your lips will thank you for it.
These four tips will help keep your lips smooth and soft no matter what the weather.
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Top hair colour trends for Autumn 2018
If you are thinking of having a colour change for Autumn. The Painted Lady team is on hand to recommended their tips, hints and top hair colour trends for autumn 2018.
Jordan says softening down your balayage to warm golden tones, coppers and gold is the best way to freshen up your surf and sun bleached locks after summer holidays.
Pier says there is a move away from harsh platinum bleach outs with soft ash and midtone blondes being the way to go. Tone your bleached hair with dark blonde tones, think cappuccino blondes and true ash blondes. Gone are the days of stark white bleach outs. Soften your bleach out and make the regrowth last a bit longer by using a mid blonde toner to create gorgeous honey and cool caramel or latte tones.
Dark midnight blue highlights using crazy colour. Gives beautiful texture to naturally dark base colours. Highlight chunky sections of your hair and then tone down to create midnight blue or dark forest green hues. Subtle and beautiful but with a bit of an edge
Belinda says this autumns top hair colour trends are leaning towards strawberry blondes and translucent coppers giving lighter colours an etherial look..
or around and about in Shoreditch currently there is emerging ’90s inspired colour block. This is when a block of blonde frames your face. Think Ginger spice from the spice girls..
Products we use.
We use eco friendly Italian brand Davines as our main colour brand. For the vegan crowd we can tone you locks with Evo an Australian brand that is cruelty free and vegan.
L’oreal professional range is also on offer. Feel free to get in touch for a consultation with any of our team!
Festival Hair and Makeup
Sunshine, good music, fun fashion, a few drinks and camping.
The British summer time is an excuse pack up and escape the city. The U.K, Europe and the rest of the world play host to so many different festivals and nowadays there is a festival to suit everyones taste. At the Painted Lady we can help you with your festival hair and makeup. And don’t forget bespoke festival nail art.
Get the look
Once you have decided which festival you are off to, the next big thing is to think about is….. What you are going to wear? And of course, your hair and makeup.
If you are going to a weekend festival we would suggest having some braids.. They are easy care and look great after being slept on for a few days. They will last you a few days with no need to shampoo… If you dont fancy braids or prefer something more boho chic, you can also buy some great dry shampoos. R+Co do a few with cool names like Death Valley and Skyline. But our favourite is a new comer also by R+co called Spiritualized
It’s a dry shampoo mist which contains a revolutionary formula with micellar water, a magic ingredient which helps to cleanse your hair and scalp like a dry shampoo without leaving your hair feeling powdery.
From ’90s rave inspired hair and makeup to magical moon goddess, your festival look is only limited by your imagination!
If you are going to a day festival in London, or a weekend festival elsewhere, we can help you get festival ready. Perfect glitter makeup, mermaid inspired nail art, a set of space glitter buns or cute braids to last the whole weekend.
Get in touch to find out about the package deals available.
Perfect wedding hair and makeup
Wedding season is in full swing. Whether you are a guest, a Bridesmaid, the groom or the Bride herself, it is important to make sure you look your best. Here are some tips for achieving the wedding hair and makeup of your dreams on the big day.
Make a mood board
Having a mood board can be invaluable. It helps to organise your ideas. It is also great as a point of reference so you know you are on the same track as your stylist or makeup artist. On your moodboard put all types of images you love. Different makeup looks, flowers you like, colours palates you like and different hairstyles that inspire you.
Book a consultation
Make some time to visit your stylist. Every salon is different in terms of the times they recommend for your pre wedding visit. It is really what you feel comfortable. We have some people who are extremely organised and booking and making enquiries a year in advance and then others who book last minute 2 weeks in advance. (That is a little bit risky though)
During the consultation be ready to answer questions about what you like, what you don’t like and also to give a little input to your stylist about your themes and aspirations.
Plan your colour and haircut services.
Cuts, colours, beard trims, manicures and pedicures and and all pre wedding beauty treatments need to be planned in advance.
Fingers and toes should be painted the day before. This is a lovely idea for pampering with some girl-friends or mates the day/evening before with a glass of Prosecco or a bottle of beer. We have package prices at the Painted Lady you can see them here.
Colour depending on what kind of colour you have we would recommend 1-2 weeks before. If you are having extensions or a hair piece added to the updo, you can ask your stylist to tone the hairpiece so it matches your hair colour. It is always good to check with your hairstylist to make sure it will blend with your wedding hair colour.
If you are going for a more rock n roll bride look, then you may be having bright extentions or crazy colour. Be sure the colour is colour fast so it doesn’t run all over your perfect dress on the big day.
If you are having a trim, chat with your stylist about how it might affect your wedding hair or bridal updo.
We love seeing photos
We always love to see your professional images! Please do send us some of your photos so we can see the finished look from your special day.
All wedding hair, makeup and flowers in this post were styled by the Painted Lady team
Cruelty Free nails
At the Painted Lady we love to connect with other ethically minded brands. It’s also important for us to find the best brands to use on our clients. Brands that are honest and think about the world and everything in it.
So we have spent the last few months searching for outstanding cruelty free nail polishes that will deliver on performance as well as being earth conscious, health conscious and, of course, cruelty free.
We think we have found the best gel polish and it’s British made!. We are excited to be able to start using it on you for your next cruelty free nails appointment.
Free from nasty chemicals
Brighton based brand The Gel bottle is free from these nasties…..Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phithalate, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, Triphenol Phosphate, Sulfate or Sulphate, Paraben
These products can cause irritations to your eyes, skin lungs. They have also been attributed to cancer. So we’d rather not use them on you! I’m sure you would agree!
Long lasting gel nails
We believe this is the best cruelty free nails product on the market. We love the fact it is a British based company and that it is vegan and cruelty free. The colour pigment is amazing, they have a whopping 360 colour choices! And it lasts up to 4 weeks! That is great value for money!
We are currently featuring their new Summer collection, and we will be slowly switching out our old CND shellac nail polish. We would love you to come in and experience our new cruelty free manicure.
Come down to visit us. Want to know how much for a gel manicure? Our nails price list is right here.
We are offering £10 off until the end of July if you mention cruelty free gel polish when you book
The Best Haircare
We love bringing you the best haircare products from all over the world. So we are very excited to have a new and exciting brand R+Co sitting on our shelves in Shoreditch right now.
R+Co is an American brand and also one of the best haircare brands you can find around at the moment.
The best haircare ingredients
Aside from smelling INCREDIBLE, R+CO ticks all the boxes.
They use all the best haircare ingredients. Everything that goes in to the bottle is Vegetarian or Vegan, Cruelty free, Paraben and Sulphate free, Petrolium and Mineral Oil free. It even contains UV protection for your hair.
R+Co only uses premium ingredients and is one brand that truly does what it says on the tin.
What the stylists are saying…
Izumi thinks that ‘Twister’ the R+Co curl primer “is perfect for low maintenance curly haired people. It’s light in the hair and isn’t sticky.”
Pier says the shampoo is rich and luxurious and definitely worth a try. “A little bit goes a long way with these products, so make sure you don’t overload your hair with product and give it a good rinse after conditioning”
Jordan totally recommends the finish of High Dive “It make blowdrying a breeze and leaves my clients with perfect frizz free hair, it’s even great to use as a leave in styling aid for ‘no fuss’ sleek hair..”
Vintage Maven Rosina is in adoration of the hairspray ‘Vicious’. She says “Apart from having awesome packaging, this hairspray is flexible enough to brush out vintage waves and strong enough to make a beehive be the ‘last updo standing’ after an evening at a speakeasy or an all night jive.”
Make sure you checkout the R+Co instagram to find out more.
Fancy trying them out?
Fancying trying out some of our new R+Co products? Book in for a blow dry before the end of June and we will give you £10 off if you quote ‘love R+Co’
Come work with us!
Jobs at the Painted Lady
We’re looking for extraordinary stylists and nail technicians to work with us in our boutique salon in Shoreditch.
The Painted Lady specialises in high end hair colour, precision haircuts and vintage styling.. Have a look at some of our work on instagram.
Our database of unique clients make our job special. So we are looking for someone who can make our clients feel special too. You will need to be committed to providing dedicated and genuine customer service.
At the Painted Lady we believe beauty comes from within. We strive to create ‘easy care’ hair and beauty routines our busy clients can manage and maintain for their everyday lifestyles. We pride ourselves on creating and maintaining trends, from the streets of east London through to the fashion industry. We only use boutique and trusted salon brands which we believe in such as Olaplex, L’oreal, Evo and Davines.
We encourage our stylists to become imaginative and passionate hair stylists. We also value self development and support our team to become style leaders within the industry.
Where we are…
The Painted lady is situated in the heart of vibrant Shoreditch. A bustling area, which is full of creativity and individuality. Every day brings new and exciting clientele.
Skills you need
Colouring and/or cutting skills
Fully qualified stylists NVQ2 with at least 3 years salon experience.
A friendly disposition.
About the position
We are looking for creative and talented hair stylists/ colourists that are self motivated but like to work as a part of a team. You should be passionate about the industry and have a proven track record of providing an excellent standard of treatments.
We offer competitive commission based pay and great development opportunities & training.
If you have a passion for colour and hairstyling please do get in touch.
All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.
Tips to achieve your hair goals
It can be daunting to visit a new salon. It can also be a challenge to find a new stylist that you love.
Here are a few tips and suggestions to help you achieve your hair goals when you visit your favourite stylist or have a consultation with a new stylist.
How to achieve your hair goals
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. You can see our pinterest here.
Instagram is also a great platform, follow us to see what we have been up to.
Be ready to answer some questions
We want to make sure we are on the same page as you before we start your hair 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 for the spring? Mention this post when you book for £15 off your new do in May
Hair colouring: from colour to care
If you’re thinking about trying out a new hair colour, you’re probably wondering how to go about it. Our guide to summer hair explains the process of colouring your hair safely. Outlines some of the biggest colour trends and techniques, and also details the aftercare routine including how to make your hair soft and maintain your new hair colour.
Colouring your hair: the process
The process of colouring your hair depends a lot on your dream hair colour (We call it your target shade). Firstly we need to do a patch test and strand test to make sure we can lift your hair safely. Colouring very dark hair lighter is a long process, which can potentially take three to four visits to your colourist before it’s complete. Bear in mind that the faster you rush through the processes, the more damage you will do to your locks. Slow and steady wins the hair colour change race!
Hair colour: the trends
Hair trends are always changing, but recent years have seen a few stand the test of time:
- ‘Rose gold and Pink Ombre’ – blonde and peach tones that are an inspiring alternative to traditional shades
- Ice-cream pastels and rainbow – big colours, perfect show stoppers
- Denim – where grey meets navy for sophisticated, subtle colour as seen on beauty and lifestyle guru Danny DeFreitas
Of course, it’s not just specific colours that are popular – certain colouring techniques are also in vogue. Why not try balayage which involves freehand painting bleach onto the hair to create a very natural looking sun-bleached look? Or how about ombré (hair that is dark at the root and blends into a lighter shade towards the end) or sombré (a softer version that blends colours from higher up the head) for a more natural look? One benefit of all these techniques is that your colour commitment is very low! Meaning less visits to the salon.
Colouring your hair: the aftercare
Switching the colour of your hair is a fun way to bring a fresh new look, but you need to take extra care of your hair once you’ve coloured it.
- Wash your hair less frequently, and with cool water, to protect your hair colour
- Try using bond multiplying products such as olaplex before and after colour treatments to repair broken bonds in the hair shaft and help maintain the integrity of your hair
- Use specialist shampoos and conditioners to help keep the colour stronger for longer. (We really love mane tamer by EVO)
- Apply an intense, nourishing treatment weekly. This is one of the answers to make your hair soft again after colouring it – ideal if you’re worried about dry ends!
- Pay regular trips to your salon for touch-ups – your stylist can advise you on how often you should book yourself in. Or book in now for a free consultation
If you’re colouring your hair in time for summer then it is worth remembering that chlorine and salt water and the sun can damage coloured hair. Be sure to rinse your tresses thoroughly BEFORE and after hitting the pool or sea. you can also protect them with a sun protection spray or wear a hat while outside.
Now that you know what to consider before making a big change to your hair colour, plus how to take care of your hair and keep it healthy, the only question left is: which colour?
Fancy coming in for a chat?
Give us a call on 02077292154 and we can book an appointment for a free consultation.
Olaplex with The Painted Lady Shoreditch, London
Why we love Olaplex in London
We were lucky enough to be one of the first hair salons to start using Olaplex in London. This revolutionary product launched in the Summer of 2015. Olaplex has been a game changer for hairdressers in Shoreditch and London but also for our clients.
We now have a lot of clients asking us for Olaplex but still a lot of people havent heard about it. So I thought it would be great to introduce you all to it.
What is Olaplex London?
Hair colouring world has not been the same since it arrived on to our shelves. Many of our clients still havent heard of it and always ask what it is and what it does.
OLAPLEX contains a single active ingredient, designed to reconnect the disulfide bonds broken by the process of permanent hair colouring and lightening. OLAPLEX™ is free of silicones, oils, ‘aldehydes and parabens. The active ingredient is called Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate, this is neither a keratin nor a protein.
How does Olaplex work?
Olaplex comes in 3 parts.
This is the strongest part, it has the highest concentration of Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate (lets call it BAD-D) You can either put it in your colour service or use it as a stand alone treatment.
Part two has a slightly lower concentrate of the active ingredient BADD this goes over the top of part one in the stand alone treatment or over the top of all your hair once your colour treatment has been rinsed off.
Part three is the take home part that you can use at home between your visits to the salon.
Because Olaplex isnt protein or keratin product you still need to continue using protein and moisturising treatments in the form of a salon quality shampoo and conditioner to maintain the health of your hair. Our amazing team can recommend one of our boutique products that would best suit your hair.
Why we love Olaplex at The Painted Lady
We love Olaplex at the Painted Lady because it has made all of our colour dreams become reality.
It has suddenly made the impossible possible. (within reason) We think Olaplex is an amazing product, but it please be aware, if your hair is already severely damaged it may take some time to build up the integrity of your hair again.
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