grey hair root smudge
For lack of a better explanation, my hair got roasted last year. Though I’m fortunate to be friends with some of the best hairdressers in the world, a root touch-up at an unfamiliar yet expensive hairdresser before my best friend’s wedding basically boiled my hairline to pieces.

It wasn’t the end of the world (TGF Elasticizer) but I certainly didn’t want to damage or bleach the broken hairs further so headed to Vinokurov Studio London for a little bit of tress taming.

Dmitry Vinokurov, you see, is one of the industry’s most creative talents (a renowned hair stylist, Wella trendsetter, multiple award winner, et al) and his his first UK salon Рnewly opened in Chelsea Рboasts a team of care-focused stylists that have all been individually trained by him.

My favourite of which, Mauricio Dorneles, created the healthy root-smudged beauty on show, above.

The studio is luxe yet cosy and flooded with natural light, meaning you feel at home almost instantly. Over coffee, Mauricio and I discussed my woes (breakage), goals (keeping as much blonde as possible), and options before finally deciding to smudge my roots with nutritious semi-permanent colour (healing, rather than contributing to, the breakage) and toning the existing bleach to keep my locks as bright as possible.

As far as hair rehab is concerned, I could not have been more ecstatic with the results (seen above and below) so decided to return to Vinokurov a week later and kick breakage’s ass with a keratin treatment.

This, despite all Mauricio’s talents, I was a little dubious about. Keratin treatments are often PR-ed under miracle status; they promise smooth, sleek, shiny, “wash and go” hair of dreams and my natural hair (quasi-curly and erratic waves) has never been any of those things.

Two hours of treatment followed by 24 hours of unwashed “downtime” later, however, I’m sold. I was on planes for most of the time you’re supposed to keep your hair stick-straight and unwashed (this lets the keratin work its magic) and when I finally got to a shower, finally transported to Florida’s heavy humidity, my hair dried naturally like never before.

With the trade-offs for glossy keratin hair flicks amassing to 1) a trip to the hairdressers and 2) strict use of sulphate-free shampoo, I can’t believe I didn’t do it earlier.

Long live root smudges, keratiin, Mauricio Dorneles, and Vinokurov Studio London.

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mermaid hair
As the red toner faded from my most recent hair experiment, I couldn’t get the idea of My Little Pony Hair out of my head. With a bleached mane and the availability of hair God Jason Collier in my favour, I booked in at Smooth You.

As silver is the most ‘unnatural’ colour I have subjected my hair to, I knew I couldn’t be in safer or more talented hands than that of a man trusted with the manes of Victoria Beckham, Sienna Miller, Eva Longoria and more.

With Smoothie – the salon’s gorgeous resident Maltipoo – on my lap, a flooded inbox on my phone, and a night’s mask of argan oil on my locks, the process began. A two-hour dance of root maintenance, bleach bath and rinse before separately-ombred sections of pastel pink, baby blue, and silver.

As you can see, the result was utter My Little Pony Hair perfection. Beautifully muted and expertly blended creative colour with very little – if any – damage to the condition of my curls.

I have never felt more like myself.

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Before and After

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grey hair
Since bleaching my way from blonde to grey hair in June, the upkeep has proven as high-maintenance as fellow bleached babes forewarned. Having gone a bit too long between touch-ups and a bit too careless with complimentary conditioners while travelling (purple shampoo saves lives), my hair deserved a bit of a reboot…

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butchers salon
You know that first time you ate a Reese’s Cup and felt all “WHY IN GOD’S NAME HAVE I BEEN WASTING MY TIME WITH OTHER CHOCOLATE?!”? That’s kind of how I feel about Butchers Salon.

After meeting the lovely Jason Cocking at BeautyCon London, we bonded over all things hair and all the things I hate about my own. He then invited me to his resident East London salon he works at – Butchers – under the promise of dream hair.

How could I refuse?

When our appointment arrived, I was nervous. I had sent Jason a few references to platinum and silver hair colours that I liked but had nothing to comfort my bleach-heavy decision anxiesties but his relentless confidence.

Obviously, I wasn’t disappointed. I worked my way through the appointment – only having to pause for in-sink toning – and walked out a few hours later with my dream hair. Dream hair is such good condition that I didn’t even need a haircut.

Having lived with platinum/silver hair for just over a week, I believe the constant comparisons to Daenerys Targaryen was worth the hair makeover alone. The grey/silver tone is going strong (the bedhead photo at the bottom shows this best), my pale skin somehow looks glowier than ever before, and my hair is just as strong as it was when I went in.

If you’re looking for creative colour, Butchers is THE ONE.

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Tavi Gevinson Lofficiel
I am so excited to see Tavi Gevinson – of Style Rookie fame – on the cover of L’Officiel! Though she is still in her teens, she is essentially the Blogging Queen. Jean-Paul Goude photographed the blogger/Rookie Magazine Editor in head-to-toe Chanel for their latest issue of the magazine, and it is almost bittersweet; a reflection of “Tween Tavi” (probably the image burned into your mind) with grey hair, geek chic glasses, and a throwback-perfect hair bow. The flashback-esque shot couldn’t be complete without notebook in hand on a just-too-big chiavari chair, could it?