I never wanted to be a blonde at seventeen or twenty-seven. My heroines were raven-haired Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Ava Gardener, the one woman who supposedly broke Frank Sinatra’s heart into little pieces. Then I ran into Terry, a Prince amongst hairdressers from a tiny place in New Zealand with ten vineyards and one shop. What is about gay men and the salon junior? They always make the best stylists.
Terry was using organic colour when most hairdressers didn’t know the meaning of the word. They probably thought it meant an application of steaming cow dung and howling at the moon! One day Terry decided that I need a little colour pick me up and proposed a few golden highlights. Wow! Nothing quite prepared me for the effect on my skin tones or the compliments that started to fly my way. Talk to any stellar makeup artist and they will tell you that a little gold around the face is the clever way to mislay a decade and make skin look luminous. I was hooked. Gradually, and without even noticing, Terry transformed me into a gilded Blonde: The kind that used to inhabit old Hollywood. The best thing? – now I feel Eve Marie Saint’s younger sister. Brando would approve.
Naturally, it all has to be done with Rolls Royce Organic Colour. I go to Karine Jackson – London Hairdresser of the Year in 2007. This bijoux salon is tucked away behind the Ivy and theatreland, and is a destination for any self-respecting ethical goddess who wants film siren hair, super natural ingredients and to keep chemical intervention to an absolute minimum.
Now let me share a great beauty tip with you. Organic colour looks so much more natural than the harsh, chemical-laden artificial stuff that I don’t even have to confess that I’m a blonde impostor! It is also great for the condition of your hair. Virtually every new client who walks through the door at Karine Jackson is asking to go organic with Herb UK’s pioneering, professional organic colour range which doesn’t contain ammonia, and gives a beautiful, almost translucent finish; and leaves hair feeling as soft as the caress of a Hermes scarf. Out goes tell tale brassy tones and in comes a subtle, golden halo of lustrous locks. The kind a man can’t resist running his fingers through; and girlfriends want to know the name of your hairdresser.
Going organic is also perfect for anyone who has ever had an allergic reaction or has sensitive skin. Candace – one of my favourite stylists at Karine Jackson and a wiz at painting the hair with light and shade suggests a subtle blend of apricots, peaches and rustic copper tones for winter and wonderfully undone curls to give a natural, unset look. Then it’s over to Arash for the most sought after blow dry in all of London. This is the man who can transform a girl into a goddess. With a spritz of serum and clever Shine Spray he is my Professor Longhair! Hair is meticulously dried section by section with brushes until it is transformed into a silken bed head of waves and soft, artful curls and even better the blow dry lasts five days.
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