On-Point Party Prep with Glow Spa & Hollywood Hair
Hair and beauty experts Glow Spa & Hollywood Hair share their tips for looking fabulous and feeling energised this holiday season.
The holiday season is here and we’re busy with Christmas shopping, family gatherings, Christmas parties, festive preparations and perhaps getting away from Hong Kong for a week or two! Taking time-out to keep yourself looking and feeling fantastic can be challenging in the silly season.
Luckily the Glow Spa team have some tips that will make sure that you don’t end up in a frazzled heap on the floor with the discarded wrapping paper come Christmas day!
Prepare for all those party photos by getting your hair appointment booked NOW – don’t leave it to the last minute! Lock your appointments into your schedule and commit, because as we move closer to Christmas it will become increasingly difficult to reschedule.
Having a great hair cut, highlights, colour and style can make all the difference not only to the way you look but also help you get in the party mood.
Sooth Dry & Damaged Hair
Cooler, drier weather means drier hair, less gloss and more frizz. There are several ways to give your hair a boost and restore the silky shine.
For a quick at-home fix, use a hair masque. These super hydrating treatments will feed and nourish your hair and restore the shine and gloss.
At Glow we love the bhave™ deep intense conditioning masque. It contains certified organic argan oil, macadamia oil and vitamin E, and is particularly beneficial for stressed, coloured or damaged hair. It provides intense moisture and helps repair and restore elasticity, improves strength and boosts shine, plus it is free from parabens.
In the salon
For a more complete soloution, pamper yourself with an in-salon hair treatment. We have several options at Glow.
Bhave rescue – It uses Replicine Functional Keratin, which is the only commercially available fully functional keratin protein that has been extracted using a patented technology from pure New Zealand wool. This treatment will restore and repair damage, nourish and calm frizz. Its takes about an 75-90 minutes and costs $780. Results last for 5-6 weeks.
Goldwell Kerasilk and bhave Smooth PLUS
Keratin treatments are very popular in HK for managing dry and frizzy hair. Two of the most popular treatments are Goldwells Kerasilk treatment and the Bhave Smoothe Plus treatment. The keratin saturates the hair, adding nourishment, strength elasticity and shine and when heat is applied smooths the cuticle so the hair appears glossy and very healthy.
Both treatments are formaldehyde free and applied to the hair and not the scalp so they are first the choice of many pregnant and breastfeeding mums. Read more advice on choosing the right smoothing and straightening hair treatments here.
Changing it up at Christmas
I always advise against dramatic hair changes just before Christmas – unless you are really REALLY sure. If you are desperate for a pre-Christmas change up, then be very clear with your stylist about your exact expectations. A great stylist should be able to advise on colour, a shape to suit your face, and what maintenance you need to factor in.
Personally, I think it’s better to save major changes until the new year. Remember, not every change works out first time and it can be a massive headache getting another appointment with your stylist to do corrections – which may lead to Christmas photos that you’re less than happy with!
Also, hair colour changes often required wardrobe changes… so I like to suggest combining your hair colour change with the post Christmas clothing sales!
A quick trick to looking and feeling fantastic, especially in those bare-arm party dresses is to have a beautiful tanned glow! Spray tanning allows you to have that sunkissed, “just back from a beach” look all year round, without the harmful effects of UV sun exposure and tanning beds.
If you decide to spray tan this Christmas, we recommend that you choose a professional salon tanning brand, applied by an experienced therapist in the salon to ensure an even and streak free look.
Professional spray tans develop to a beautiful colour these days and most salon professional brands offer an express (4-6 hours) or an overnight (10-15 hours) option. Typically your tan will last 10-14 days with good care, and will fade very evenly over this period. To prolong the tan, we highly recommend using a tan extender or gradual tan.
At Glow we use and recommend LDN:skins, it’s the largest selling professional spray tan in the UK and is used by many celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Beckinsale, Pippa and Kate Middleton. It is also 100% organic! For home tanning, the LDN:Skins (UK) and ECO Tan (from Australia) have a beautiful range of Instant Tans in both a lotion and mousse, that are very easy to apply at home and develop overnight.
Keep Skin Hydrated Inside & Out
Remember to keep knocking back plenty of water alongside those Christmas cocktails and it will show in your glowing skin. At this time of year we tend to consume more alcohol, eat larger and richer meals and over-indulge in desserts. This is all part of the Christmas experience, but remembering to keep hydrated will support kidney function, helping to eliminate the toxins from your skin and body, and it will aid digestion, helping you to feel less bloated and more energised.
And as the weather cools and humidity drops our skin dries out too. Keeping on top of your water intake and scheduling a regular nourishing facial every 4 weeks will help promote a clear, well-hydrated complexion and will help your skin look fresher and younger.
Bat Those Lashes!
Eyelash extensions are perfect for adding that extra brilliance to your eyes. Strand by strand extensions are in at the moment and the impact of full, long lashes is absolutely beautiful. Lash extensions look great with or without make up, they define the eye area and help to make your eyes look bigger.
The lashes are applied individually and a full set typically takes 90 minutes to apply and will last for 4-5 weeks before they need to be reapplied/filled in. The lashes are usually made from synthetic silk or synthetic mink fibre and are very close in texture to a natural eyelash.
I urge you question your eyelash extension technician before having lashes applied. This is not a treatment where you should try to skimp and save money. Ensure that the salon is using a professional, medical grade adhesive to ensure a light, natural look and feel to your lashes. It’s essential that you’re confident that strict hygiene management practices are applied in the salon. I want you to enjoy those luscious lashes without any allergies or irritations!
On-Trend Christmas Nails
One of the quickest and cheapest ways to brighten up your look and get into the Christmas spirit is to have your nails done!
Like hairdressers, nail technicians also have their busiest time of the year from late November to January, so book in your appointments now and if you have your nails done every few weeks you may want to book in multiple appointments.
At Glow, we have the latest range of Shellac, Bandi and OPI colours fo the 2016 winter season – they are a gorgeous range of beautiful deep reds, coppers, golds, and dark blues in either polish or gel.
Book Your Pre-Party Pampering at Glow
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