Hair shows. It’s fair to say I’ve been to a few. They’re usually grand affairs with statuesque (and ever so skinny) models sauntering down a huge catwalk – the standard format for high-end coiffeur couture. Then there’s The Chapel, which grabs the whole affair by the short and curlies.
Regular readers will recognise this place is where I seek refuge for my follicle needs and thanks to Billie and Georgia, I no longer feel restricted by being told what is and isn’t right for me. The frustration I felt when I was strictly told by stylists that thick, blunt fringes weren’t suitable for me or that it was compulsory to layer my hair. How very dare they. Rules are made to be broken with The Chapel otherwise it’s dull being conventional.
On a rainy Monday evening last week, The Chapel hosted Episode One, a hair show like no other if only for one thing – it was in the dark. What? A hair show with the lights switched off? How does that work? There was no catwalk or seats to perch on, instead guests were encouraged to shine their torches from their phones and get up close and personal as Billie, Georgia and their team put on an intergalactic performance which included live cutting. And do you know what? It worked.
Inspiration and influences were clearly drawn from sci-fi, the 70s, the 80s, a bit of Mad Max and Ziggy Stardust, and it had me in awe of the incredibly clever things The Chapel team can do right before your very eyes. The turquoise hair? Nothing strange about that really – these girls gave me purple hair once.
And the glitter. Oh the glitter! Crazy, yes but it outrageously fun and that’s precisely the direction The Chapel like to pull you towards in. I could tell a considerable number of ideas came from the minds of Billie and Georgia (Georgia especially) as they often discuss what they’re plotting outside of the salon. To me, The Chapel is like the Illamasqua of hair. Now if only those two could get together, that would be one hot affair.
I’ll never understand this urge to remain in the comfort zone when it comes to what you do with your hair. The same hair style, the same colour, the same old routine people are set in their ways with. It’s hair, it will grow back if you don’t like it, it’s not like getting a frigging tattoo that you’ll be stuck with for life. Episode One has ignited a surge of excitement into hair dressing and it’s perfect timing that I’m due a visit next week with my two lovely ladies.
Bring on Episode Two…
Just a quickie this time! Head over to Illamasqua’s site for an interview with me. I am thrilled to be their Beauty Spotlight feature this week, discussing my favourite products and recommendations. Thank you for choosing me, Illamasqua.
Saturday mornings for me means that much needed lie-in I look forward to at the end of every working week except at the weekend just gone, I was up earlier than I wake up for work, heading for one of the most congested parts of central London – Oxford Circus – to watch make-up artist and friend, Daniel Sandler host a make-up seminar.
It’s the second one Daniel’s held this year, attracting a lot of attention and enthusiasm from women keen to watch and learn from Daniel in how to create fuss-free make-up looks that take you from day to play and more importantly, to be confident about it because there is this awful tendency to market make-up for those with Photoshopped complexions. And it really feels like a class – held at the London College of Fashion’s main auditorium with face charts and pens handed out to every attendee.
The theme this time was Christmas Party Looks and with the shops awash with beauty products for the festive season, it is a little overwhelming what to go for. Daniel demonstrated how to vamp up your look with a handful of products and without breaking the bank.
One look was smoky Cranberry eyes on the first model, Amanda using Bourjois’s new Color Edition 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Prune Nocturne as a base on the lids and Daniel’s quad Beyond Sunset packed on top. The finished look was so flattering with Amanda’s blue eyes and it’s got me thinking I should do this look on myself too because it suits all eye colours and skin tones.
Then it was my turn to hop onto the stage to be a model for Daniel’s final look. It sounded like a great idea when we talked about it in the run up to this event. Then I clapped eyes on the camera projecting onto the big screen in HD and it was quite a different story. HD is made for David Attenborough’s wildlife documentaries, not for my visage. *cries*
I’m not one to err on the side of caution when it comes to wearing bold make-up so Daniel had my utmost approval to ramp things up. When I saw the colours he wanted to use, I wasn’t surprised he was so excited. Daniel went for peacock shades with Tom Ford’s Emerald Lust quad, his Instant Tan as a blusher and finished off with a sensational pair of Shu Uemura lashes he had been hoarding for years and gothic lips with his (sadly discontinued) Micro Berry lipstick. The entire look took less than 30 minutes and it was right up my street! I have been neglecting aquatic shades for so long and I realised they’re such flattering shades I should wear more often.
It’s well worth catching one of Daniel’s classes. Not only does the man have the patience to encourage and inspire those afraid of make-up, he adores his job and is profoundly honest. You needn’t fork out a fortune to look good and it’s not difficult either.
To discover more on Daniel, visit www.danielsandler.com.
* I was an invited guest of Daniel Sandler