guest post: Mermaid Look

Today’s guest post comes from the wonderful Peter Minkoff. Peter is a beauty and fashion editor for Your Style Forecast as well as a freelance menswear fashion stylist and he’s from Brisbane, Australia.

When he pitched this article to me, I begged him to write it as I love the whole look and all the pretty colours!

 

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By Peter Minkoff

Mermaid look is everything right now! Unless you’ve been living under a rock you sure have noticed all the rainbow colored hairdos (eyebrows and beards, too!), outfits and shoes strolling happily down the streets of your city. In fact, wherever we look, whether it’s real life or a TV/net commercial, we sure are seeing rainbow colors and falling in love with them over and over again.

It’s not really clear when and where everything started but the first time we actually noticed it we were reluctant to accept it – after all, it was weird, it was too colorful for anything business-like, it was simply too unusual. However, just as it happens with all cool fashion trends, this one caught up really soon, especially because it was accepted by little Kylie Jenner. It also didn’t hurt it that it came about sometime during spring/summer so the colors forced by the, what will later become “mermaid look”, were perfectly suitable for the hot summer days, beach parties and all those leisure vibes.

So, what exactly is this mermaid trend?

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Coloring your hair unexpected shades of grey, red, pink, blue, hot pink, yellow, turquoise, deep blue and green is a pretty easy way to sum this trend up.

The “granny style” that came before the “mermaid” trend sported grey locks that looked amazing on almost anyone who tried it! Sure, it was advised for younger people to try it out as their skins were still smooth and young-looking so there was no fear of someone actually looking aged due to their new ‘do. It wasn’t long before the “mermaid” trend came about and everyone wanted to replace the grey with some hot color.

Girls, boys – you name it – everyone became obsessed with going colorful on their hair and, apparently, making a statement with it. Like all unusual trends this one too became a synonym for hipster fashion but we didn’t mind. Blue eyed girls with their blue hairs and a huge smile were definitely worth all the head-turning during summer! And the boys, mh! Resembling mythical creatures from the deep, with their fashionable green ‘dos and long pink beards… yum! If only Ariel had known there would ever be a trend like this, she’d definitely think twice before choosing Prince Eric over a hot, turquoise-haired merman.

Is the mermaid trend limited to hair only?

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Absolutely not! Many a cosmetic labels launched nail designs, eye shadows, mascaras and lipsticks in mermaid shades (some labels are calling them ‘macaroon colors’) and as it seems, the trend isn’t likely to go away. More and more girls are hopping on the train to mermaid-town and it’s looking fabulous! It may be unusual and it may take some time to get used to, but some shades are simply to die for.

 

How did the fashion world react to the mermaid look?

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Let’s just say it has definitely paid tribute to it! From pastels dominating virtually every designer’s collection to gauzy gowns and sequins, the iconic look of the mermaid became the it factor to dress by.

“Sheer and sexy queen-of-the-sea gowns dominated at Atelier Versace’s Fall Couture 2015 show, while Givenchy showed a flared sequined skirt straight out of Ariel’s dreams for its Resort 2016 collection”.

The last info we have is that the summer of 2016 is going to be mermaid-huge! So, make sure you get your trendy one piece swimsuit on a latest swimwear sale before they are all sold out!

Who should go by mermaid look?

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Well, we’d love to say anyone but we can’t… unless you are working and living in a super easy-going environment, that is. Anyone who is in a “strict” line of business such as government, medicine, economy, education, marketing or anything that has to do with serious matters isn’t really the good candidate for the look. However, it’s a perfect fit for all the free, restless souls out there, artists, stage performers and all others who simply don’t care!

 

Thanks again to Peter for a great post.

 

Do you consider yourself part of the “mermaid look” club?
Would you want to try the look but can’t at the moment?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below.

 

Jenna

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how to: coconut oil your hair

So I’m not a beauty guru, nor do I profess to be and we all know that my hair can be a bit… temperamental to say the least.

I have however jumped on the bandwagon and become an advocate for coconut oil in all its rich, nutty glory. My Mum, who swears by it, bought me and my sister a tub of the Sainsbury’s one (£4.50) each for Christmas and I’ve been using it once a fortnight since then.
It isn’t just a fad though, it really does make a difference! My hair is softer yet stronger and has a really lovely shine to it despite all the bleach and heat its gone through over the years.

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Because of this, I thought I’d make a vlog showing you how I apply the coconut oil to my hair and see if you can see the difference it makes. Perhaps it will inspire some of you to give it a go yourselves. It’s much cheaper than most of the hot oil treatments I’ve seen in stores but I reckon it’s just as good.

Do you use any lifesaving products on your hair?
Have you tried coconut oil for anything?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below.
Jenna
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my silver hair journey – see how I got to pastel hair from red and the lovely things that Scissors did with it…
adventures: Scissors Christchurch Ladies’ Night – Nanny and I got pampered with bubbly, cakes and hair treatments!
Wella Instamatic Smokey Amethyst toner – what the last lilac toner we used did to my hair

Wella Instamatic Smokey Amethyst toner

So when we covered up my roots, we tried this Wella Instamatic Smokey Amethyst toner and the results are awesome! It’s the perfect blend between silver and lilac for me and the roots have virtually gone.

Be warned, this wasn’t easy! We used a 9% peroxide on my roots, then the toner mixed in with some 3% worked through to the ends… At least, I think that’s what it was but I can confirm with Emily if anyone out there is skilled enough to want to do it themselves!

Do you have pastel/silver hair?
Have you used Wella Instamatic before?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below!

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my journey to silver hair series – from red to blonde and my Scissors Winton experiences

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my journey to silver hair: the results!

In the beginning, me and my best friend Emily went through the painstaking process of getting from red to blonde, then I received a luxury cut from Elli and a gorgeous blowdry from Sophie. A year after I decided to start the journey, here I am happy to report that I have finally (with the help of some great professionals) achieved my dream hair, in all it’s silver glory!

My final Salon Experience visit to Scissors Winton was always going to be a long one: the Colour treatment. The lovely Jenise had already talked me through the different stages of what we would be doing that day, and we discussed products and end goals at the beginning of the appointment. A colour expert, Jenise knew just what to do to get me my silver hair, but she did say that it would be best to go a couple of shades darker to start with, in order that when I wash the hair, the colour didn’t fade out too quickly.

So what was the exact process?

Stage One: Get rid of those roots!

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This needed a scalp bleach which I have had before but boy, are they tingly – not for the faint hearted! Don’t do these without previous experience or a trained professional, you risk serious damage to your hair and scalp.

Stage Two: Lightening out the yellowy tones

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Slightly less irritant, this lightener was for removing the brassy, yellowy blonde that had been left by this bleach and previous bleaches. For silver, you want the hair to be as white as possible as a base.
(Please excuse my double chin, awkward selfie angle.)

Stage Three: The silver toner

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A lot less irritant – it even smells nice in a weird way! Jenise was saying that with this colour especially, it can be hard to tell the actual shade of the hair because of the purple/grey colour of the product, so it’s best to push the product around to try and see the hair underneath before you rinse.

All about the T.L.C:
The perks of my Scissors Winton experience were as before: invigorating scalp massage, deep cleansing shampoo and conditioner, complimentary beverages, opportunities to purchase and add-on treatments and products at a discount… all with great, accommodating service!

The end result

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I couldn’t be happier! Jenise has advised that I use a bit of lightener on the ends to take out the slight blonde tones left that snuck their way through, but otherwise I have my dream hair.
I thoroughly recommend Scissors Salons for any treatment, whether it’s a midweek blow dry to perk you up or a three-hour colour transformation. All of the staff are professional, talented and really friendly and I got some top care tips for keeping this colour and cut.

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The photo that Scissors themselves took!

Thanks especially to Elli, Sophie and Jenise for my experiences!

Have you ever been to a Scissors Salon before?

Do you have or want silver hair?

Have you had a drastic hair change recently?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below!

Jenna

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my journey to silver hair: part two

My first post in this series was all about how I went from red to blonde without destroying my hair and I included a review of Manic Panic Virgin Snow toner. Shortly after I used that, Josh treated me to a three-visit experience with the wonderful Scissors Salons and so I thought I’d write about what was included in my visits to the Winton one.

The invitation is for new clients only and is a marketing campaign by Salon Evolution. For only £50.00, the bearer of the invite is entitled to three separate visits (Hair Cut, Luxury Style and Colour) and has the opportunity to extend the visits to include other services or to purchase hair care products at a discount. You have four months in which to claim your visits before the invite expires.

So what’s included?

Visit A: Hair Cut

  • Personal Hair Design Consultation
  • Deep Cleansing Shampoo & Conditioning
  • Invigorating Scalp Massage
  • Designer Cut & Blowdry inc. Restyle
  • Colour Consultation
  • Complimentary Beverages

What was it like?
I was looked after by a lovely lady called Elli with bright red hair and tattoos. We had lots to talk about! After discussing the eventual goal of silver hair and the layered, long fringe look I wanted from the cut, I was sent to be shampooed. A massage chair with a leg rest and a glass of white wine by my side, I was in heaven! The wash and scalp massage were really nice too. The cut only took about 45 minutes but it was a total restyle and I’m in love with it.

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Visit B: Luxury Style

  • Personal Hair Design Consultation
  • Reconstructive Hair Treatment
  • Scalp Massage
  • Shampoo & Blow Dry
  • Complimentary Beverages

(You could also add a Designer Cut & Blowdry to this visit for only £25!)

What was it like?
I was going to wait until I had something fancy to attend before I booked in for this visit but I had such a great experience the first time that I just couldn’t wait! I was greeted by another lovely and friendly stylist called Sophie and we also discussed what I wanted from my hair – not just the colour goal but how I like it styled. She gave me a few tips on upkeep and blowdrying and recommended a barrel brush and some great products for taming my unruly fringe! Watch this space for some sneaky purchases…

After another luxurious shampoo, conditioner and scalp massage in the comfy chair, she created this awesome sleek look, still with a little volume! (Check out my fringe in the first pic, not cool.)

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At both visits, you have the opportunity to:

  • Add a Hair Treatment for £10
  • Purchase any Hair Care Products with 10% off
  • Add a Colour Service with 30% discount
  • Book your Next Hair Appointment before you leave the salon and receive 30% off

This experience is a great offer in terms of saving money on your hair treatments, but I also like the fact that you could add services and products at a discount. I have my Visit C booked for next Wednesday and I absolutely can’t wait because we’ll be doing the colour! I’ll take plenty of pictures I’m sure.

Have you had a salon experience recently?
Have you been to a Scissors Salon before?

Let me know or leave me links in the comments below!

Jenna

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my journey to silver hair: part one

In the past few years, the hair trend we have seen more and more on catwalks, beauty blogs and even amongst the celebs, is silver/white/pastel hair. Whether it’s an older woman’s natural gorgeous grey (think Helen Mirren) or a wintery icy white-blonde (a la Daenerys Targaryen) , the looks are perfect for summer and complimentary to almost any skin tone.

My interest in getting silver hair was sparked by my favourite YouTuber, the beautiful and zany Helen Anderson. Back in July last year, I consulted my hairdresser friend – always have a consultation before a drastic hair change! She warned me that it wasn’t going to be easy to achieve an all-over silver tone when my hair at that time was a cherry red, but I was willing to be patient to get my dream hair.

We started with a 3% peroxide, highlighting in foils, then realised that the stubborn parts would need at least a 6%. Inbetween the highlights, I was recommended to use Schwarzkopf Bonacure Color Freeze Silver Shampoo (£14.90) to take out any yellowy tones and Osmo Intensive Deep Repair Mask (£9.99) once a week to replenish the hair. It’s important to leave the Osmo on, preferably covered in a towel or cling film to keep hear in for at least thirty minutes to allow the hair to soak up what it needs.

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After about nine months of highlights, we did the first scalp bleach and boy, was that itchy! Always test before using peroxide, and I wouldn’t recommend that you try to do this by yourself unless you have training. The scalp bleach lifted my roots really well, and after a few washes (with the silver shampoo) the hair was almost all the same ash blonde colour.

When the next set of roots began to come through, we did another scalp bleach after which the roots had some orange tones. We think this might be partly to do with the glorious sunshine kicking in, because even the silver shampoo wasn’t working very well on them.

The next month when we did another bleach (scalp through to ends), the hair took really well and was almost all the same colour. I likened it to vanilla ice cream as it was very light but quite yellowy. I impatiently decided a few days later that I would try using Manic Panic Semi-Permanent Virgin Snow toner on the hair in an attempt to go closer to a white shade.

The toner is easy enough to apply with clear instructions on the pot, but the smell of the stuff was pretty bad! Unfortunately, it didn’t work as well as I had hoped as you can see in the images below but it definitely did have an impact.

Note: I have not used any filters/editing on these images so as to give the best representation of the results.

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Have you tried this toner before?

Have you got or tried to get white/silver/grey/pastel hair before?

Let me know in the comments below!

Jenna

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