I’ve become somewhat of a shampoo snob vowing to stay devoted to sulphate-free shampoos after parting with my hair extensions last month. But by some strange coincidence, suddenly all these shampoos and conditioners which aren’t sulphate-free have emerged, tugging at my arm and I feel kind of dirty about going back to the dark side.
One name responsible for luring me back is Trevor Sorbie’s Straight range which has been put together in one helpful collection. It is specifically for those who are fond of maintaining poker straight hair (like me) and comprises of a 250ml shampoo, a 250ml conditioner, a 50ml Styling Smoothing Serum and a 50ml Straight Protect & Shine spray. In the name of research, I have been using all of these products to see whether it’s beneficial at all.
The shampoo and conditioner has a lightweight formula that apparently tames flyaways and helps to remove kinks and waves, the serum is for use on wet hair before blow-drying and the Straight Protect & Shine spray is designed to guard the hair against temperature of up to 230°C from styling tools.
Truth be told, I’m a little bit in love with this range. I can’t say I have noticed anything with the shampoo and conditioner claiming to take out any kinks and waves in my hair but they have left it feeling like I’ve had it washed and styled in a salon. Simple things such as brushing and blow-drying alone has made the arduous task of styling my hair easier and quicker. The heat spray is wonderfully lightweight and gentle without building up congestion on my tresses, which is a first for me as normally heat protecting sprays leave my hair feeling icky.
At this point I need to give the Styling Natural Hold Hairspray a special mention even though it’s not part of this collection. It is, however, the icing on the cake – invisible to touch, couldn’t even tell it’s there (you’ve no idea how elated this makes me feel) and it does its job to keep my hair in place with minimal disruption.
And here’s genuinely how my hair looks after the Sorbie treatment:
…like I just walked out of a salon! Super sleek and glossy. Hnnggggh!
Having taken on board the advice Ian Carmichael gave about making good use of styling products and embracing hair spray as a layer of protection against man-made and natural humidity, the Straight range by Trevor Sorbie works in harmony for me. I will be adding the heat spray and hair spray to my list of supplies to stock up on fo’ sho’.
Trevor Sorbie’s Salon Approved Straight Collection is currently available at Boots for a bargainsome price of £15. Each product from the Straight range is available individually with prices starting at £5.29.
P.S: Happy birthday, Sheenie!
If you know eyebrow threading, you’ll know who this lady is. Well, I do. Shavata Singh is the queen of brow shaping and a few weeks ago I had the honour of meeting her AND having my brows shaped by her too. I was beyond excited to say the least.
When I started having my brows threaded, it was considered an alien thing. Now the ratio of brow bars equals coffee shops – there’s one on every street corner and the temptation has meant I’ve developed an awful habit of sloping off to any brow bar simply for convenience. However after a visit to Shavata’s flagship salon, I realised I ought to stop neglecting my duty of care on my brows and treat them with the same respect as I do with my hair.
Your brows are an important feature. They define your face hugely. If they’re shaped wrong, it can add years on. If they’re not shaped evenly (as I’ve discovered in the past), it totally messes up the symmetry of your face. Eyebrow shaping is as much an art and skill as hair cuts and bikini waxing. But plucking them alone isn’t where the buck stops. It goes beyond that which is what I discovered upon meeting Shavata.
Shavata is a stunning lady. A slim pretty thing with a firm handshake. I like that. I don’t have time for anyone who does limp handshakes. Shavata has been on top of her game for 25 years. The grooming guru of brows used to be based in Harrods’ Urban Retreat but in the summer, opened a new salon a stone’s throwaway from the Knightsbridge store on Beachamp Place, which takes pride at being her flagship brow studio. It is two floors with the basement currently undergoing a change to introduce massage and treatment rooms. There are also 21 brow studios all over the country, including ones at Debenhams, House of Fraser and Harvey Nichols offering a range of beauty treatments including waxing and lash extensions.
After being introduced to Shavata, I had a consultation about my concerns and what I was looking for with my brows but I had put my trust in her before I met her. I know this lady is amazing, why should I dispute her opinion? Besides if anyone understands brows better, it is ALWAYS an Asian. Trust me on this.
Shavata is the first person I’ve met who will use up to three different methods to shape brows. Leanne (a virgin to threading) also had her brows tinted. For me, Shavata went straight for a strip of wax before threading to further define the arch of my brows. It’s the first time I’ve let wax touch them. Terrifying! Then she advised me how I could enhance my brows more and fill in the gaps with a soft pencil and a highlighting pencil. I must admit this made a noticeable difference.
Shavata’s belief is to keep brows looking natural and to not look as if they have been ‘done’. No one should leave a brow bar with tranny brows. Clients of all sorts come to Shavata whether it’s someone with pale skin and red hair and Shavata will do something magical. She truly goes one step further.
I’m afraid the only pictures I got of my brows were on my phone but you can see how Shavata perfectly shaped and shaded them. I’m so pleased with how they look:
I left Shavita’s salon feeling like I had been pampered just as I would from a hair cut or facial. The next day, I bumped into a friend whilst out shopping and her immediate reaction was “I love your eyebrows!”. I haven’t heard that in a long time. Come to think of it, I don’t think I have heard that at all.
Prices start from £17.00 for brow shaping with a therapist, £25.00 with a senior therapist and £35.00 with Shavata.
Shavata Brow Studio is at 60 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NZ, open Monday-Saturday. To find your nearest brow studio, visit www.shavata.co.uk.
*I was a guest at Shavata Brow Studio
Trevor Sorbie. Trevor Sorbie MBE. Celebrity British hairdresser. A man whose products I would sneak into the shopping trolley when mum wasn’t looking. Little did I know that many years later, this man would shake me by the hand and offer to take my coat. How? Well a couple of weeks ago I paid a visit to Mr Sorbie’s flagship salon in Covent Garden for an intimate master-class in how to create easy-peasy hair styles.
I wasn’t holding much hope because firstly, I only wear my hair in one style – straight – and secondly, I’m in the in-between stage. I’m neither short nor long, just bloody awkward! And I have fine hair that likes to frizz up when I’m stressed or in sheer protest for travelling on public transport. Despite my fears and woes, I was assured this would be like a dummy’s guide to hair styling.
Juan was the first stylist to demonstrate a couple of looks. All I could think of was, ‘I want to grow my hair as long as that model’ and ‘Life’s not faaaaaair! I wish I had her hair!’
Then came Ian Carmichael. Ian is the Queen’s personal hairstylist, and on this night, he was standing three feet away, towering over and fixating his eyes on me. I’m sure I looked vacant at times but I promise you ‘Rod Stewart’ did not cross my mind, however these words did slip out of Ian’s mouth. Come to think of it, Rod is Scottish like Ian so it’s quite a compliment, no?
Once Ian opens his mouth, he is absolutely terrifying. And hilarious. I’m not sure if he’s permitted to unleash his stand-up act on HRH the Queen but woah, his tongue is like a whippet on acid. I froze on the spot every time he directed some razor sharp dialogue at me but Leanne fired back some corkers.
Ian (along with Juan) demonstrated a variety of effortless hair styles you can do yourself with a few simple products and styling tools. It was very much ‘go with the flow’. Neatness was not an issue. Neither was the need for fresh, clean hair. The best condition for styling hair is ideally hair that hasn’t been washed on the day and by adding more products it will make styling more manageable.
It was nice that short hair wasn’t left off the agenda with one particular style using the influence of Downtown Abbey. However, I did feel a pang of guilt hit me when Ian declared ‘straight hair is not sexy’. Well, it’s the only thing I can do!
The master-class made me realise hair products don’t just enhance but also protect. The only time I ever use hair spray is when it’s done at the salon otherwise I rarely bother with it. I’m still of the mindset that it will make my hair as stiff as a board (probably because I’ve made the mistake of buying the wrong type). I’m also extremely frugal with serums and other styling sprays for fear of the products weighing my hair down. Not all of them defy gravity and ruin hair. Like clothes it’s about finding the right one to suit you and using it correctly.
I can’t say I will be able to recreate the above styles but I have taken on board some ideas and tricks demonstrated at the master-class and could very well come up with something to suit my hair and length.
For more on Trevor Sorbie’s salons and products, visit www.trevorsorbie.com.