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GEL NAILS

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HOW TO REMOVE GEL NAILS

Now is the ideal time to remove any gel and give your nails some DIY attention. Follow our very simple steps below to remove your gel without damage.

The main essentials that you will need are; cotton wool discs x 5, aluminium foil, a nail file and nail polish remover (with acetone is ideal).

There is also an OPI video tutorial here…

THE BASIC STEPS

Firstly, wash your hands for over 20 seconds.

Buff the the top coat gently with a file (once the shiny part is removed there is no need for more filling).

Soak a piece of the cotton pad in the removal agent and place it over the nail.

Wrap the nail in foil.

Leave for 15 minutes or until the gel is lifting completely away from the nail. This may be longer than usual depending on what removal agent you are using. Please do not be tempted to scrape the gel off. 

File and shape the nails.

Wash your hands again before applying hand cream – our hands will all be incredibly dry at the moment!

OPTION

You may have some OPI Nail Envy at home, this is a nail strengthener with a touch of colour. If you have Nail Envy to hand then paint two coats and add an extra coat every other day.

Cuticle Oil can also be added at the end, if you are painting your nails then hand cream should be the final stage 

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COLOUR WOW

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COLOUR WOW DURING COVID-19!

We have had lots of messages regarding root colour over the past few weeks so we thought that a guide to a colour alternative may help! If you want to disguise your roots then we are recommending either Colour Wow or a temporary root spray, both can be bought online.

The most popular shades of Colour Wow now seem to have sold out on several websites. We can post Colour Wow to you and have set up a temporary shop on the gift voucher page of the website here.

WHAT DOES COLOUR WOW DO?

Cover greys and dark roots, refresh highlights, thicken hairlines…

Covers grey seamlessly, even covers dark roots and extends highlights without peroxide

Precise application, no mess like sprays

Never stiff, sticky or waxy like mascaras and crayons

Looks completely natural, mimics hair’s reflective qualities

Water resistant formula, you can even swim in it

No waxes, dyes or parabens

Can also be used to fill in hairlines and cover gaps to create the look of thicker hair

Sally’s Tips and Tricks

  1. Load the brush with powder, you will need quite a lot for full coverage. I would advise using the longer bristled brush end.

WATCH VIDEO ONE HERE

2. Pull you hair back and push the powder into your hairline. Instantly you will see the greys being covered.

3. You only really need to focus on your hairline and parting. There is no need to be very precise but try not to colour your scalp.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO TWO

4. The powder will last until you wash it out and will not affect your colour in any way.

5. If you have highlighted hair, you can use the small end of the brush to emphasise these.

HOW TO DISGUISE YOUR ROOTS

WATCH VIDEO THREE HERE

How I will be wearing my hair for the next few weeks…

Let’s take this as an opportunity to use less heated tools and instead use all of those hair masques and samples which we all have in cupboards!

If you would like us to post any specific hair or skin care advice, please email [email protected]

 

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SPA TIPS: SKIN BRUSHING

WHY DO IT?

The largest organ of your body, skin is often neglected. Dull, dry and dehydrated, covered up all winter and exposed to the sun all summer – under loved, your skin is constantly pushed to the limit.

Exfoliating with a body brush will improve your waxing results and reduce ingrown hairs. Giving skin a daily brush will also significantly improve tone, helping to banish cellulite and boost cell renewal for smoother, softer, more radiant skin.

With countless health benefits, body brushing is a fast and effective way to exfoliate – helping your skin absorb product faster, increase circulation, improve the appearance of cellulite, assist lymphatic drainage, improve muscle tone and stimulate the nervous system.

A fantastic gentle and therapeutic way to start your day, follow our body brushing ritual to detoxify, tone and firm your skin.

A DAILY RITUAL

Encourage lymph drainage by using a firm dry brush on skin every morning before showering or bathing. Ensure each sweep is made several times, working towards your heart. Enrich the ritual by following each sweep of the brush with a gentle stroke from your free hand.

HOW TO BRUSH LEGS

Starting at one of your feet, brush the lower leg in upward movements towards the knee, working from the inside of the leg to the outside, then the back of the leg.

Using the same method, work around the kneecap stroking up the thigh from the inside to the outside. Move around the back of the leg and up and over your bottom, then repeat for the other leg.

STOMACH AND BACK

For your stomach, brush down from the side of your waist, across to the centre of your lower stomach several times – then repeat on the other side.

Moving to your back, brush up the back from your bottom towards your shoulders as far as you can comfortably reach. Repeat for the other side.

The benefits of this ritual will be lost with too much pressure, so make each stroke is light and take care not to drag, irritate or redden the skin.

ESPA SKIN BRUSH

With natural bristles from Mexican cactus plants swiftly stimulating circulation and eliminating toxins, this ESPA Skin Brush would a good addition to your daily routine.

Priced £20, available at Ashbourne, Belper, The Old Hall and David Lloyd salons.

 

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SAVE THE DATE

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INDUSTRIAL CHARM

A wedding shoot at Haarlem Mill…

Late last year I took part in a collaborative wedding photoshoot at Haarlem Mill Wedding Venue, Wirksworth, with other Derbyshire based businesses, including Ivory White Bridal shop in Duffield. 

Working onsite requires a different set of techniques to working in salon, especially when working alongside other artists. There is often limited time and space to complete the look, and you must be prepared with all products and equipment to hand, and often work on the hair at the same time as others are working on the models make-up or costume. It is incredibly important to be flexible at all times to ensure that everyone works as a team to create the best overall look.

It was great to be able to collaborate with Sophie at Ivory White, Duffield, and Make-up artist Ruby Jones on the New Romantic inspired Winter look. We took our inspiration from the offwhite and grey wedding dress chosen by Sophie, and worked as a team to create a look that both complimented and enhanced the dress. I used soft braids and twists that mirrored the lace and embroidery on the dress and incorporated 3 small pearl hair combs to add a touch of wedding glamour.   

I thoroughly enjoyed working on this shoot, and hope to be able to do more session styling and collaborative work in the future.   

You can read the SAVE THE DATE blog post here…

Rustic Scandinavia meets Industrial Charm

Kathy is a Stylist at the Duffield salon, please call 01332 843 000 to make an appointment.

MEET THE SUPPLIERS

PLANNING & PHOTOGRAPHY  EKR PICTURES

PLANNING & STYLING  SASS WEDDINGS

BRIDAL  IVORY WHITE

MAKE-UP  RUBY J BEAUY

HAIR  KATHY GENTLES FROM SALLY MONTAGUE HAIR GROUP

STATIONERY  AMELIA, MILLIE STONE UK

VENUE  HAARLEM MILL

FLOWERS  MARIA’S FLOWERS

CAKE  HANNAH, BAKE ASHBOURNE

BRIDESMAID DRESS  CUDDLE AND KISS ATELIER

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COVID 19

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COVID-19 UPDATE

To our wonderful clients and friends, 

Sadly, I have made the heartbreaking decision to close the salon group for the foreseeable future due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

The health of our team and clients is our number one priority and we must all now play our part and stay at home to save lives. On Friday March 20th we closed the David Lloyd and University salons. Now the Ashbourne, Duffield, Belper, Sadler Gate and Old Hall salons will all join the closure. 

This is first time in almost 37 years that our business will be closed – salons are a fantastic place of community and we will greatly miss welcoming you. 

Gift voucher and Studio Class Pass expiry dates will be extended and other measures will be released next week. We want to keep in touch throughout this difficult time and provide wellbeing advice and inspiration where possible via social media and our e-newsletter. 

We will review the closure according to government guidelines. You can book online via our app and website from 1st May onwards. 

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your ongoing loyalty and continued support. We will use this period to reset and will look forward to welcoming you back once this nightmare is over. 

Until then, please take care and look after each other.

My thoughts are with you all,

Sally x

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MARCH

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THE DISCOVERY BOX 

A new and limited edition monthly hair and skin care package, released on the first of each month.   Designed so that you can try new hair and skin care products, think of this as the professional version of a beauty subscription box. Each box will contain one full sized product and a selection of hair and skin care essentials which are suitable for everyone. 

Every monthly box will be priced £30 and worth more than £60 – the March box is worth £84!

MARCH DISCOVERY BOX

The boxes are all the same and this month contain the following: 

1. A full size 10 IN 1 PERFECTING MULTIPURPOSE SPRAY

A versatile, lightweight spray infused with Gold Quinoa + Protein to resurface the hair and reduce damage.  Instantly detangles hair and reduces blow dry time while protecting hair from heated tools. 

Spray over clean, towel-dried hair and style as desired.

2. A Kerastase luxury candle, fill your home with the Elixir fragrance 

3. New! Kerastase Genesis Bain Nutri-Fortifiant travel size

Anti hair-fall fortifying shampoo for dry weakened hair, prone to falling due to breakage. Its gentle cleansing action soothes and hydrates hair from root to tip, leaving a lightweight feel. Hair is nourished and fortified with a fuller look.

4. A travel size Shu Uemura Skin Purifier

A cleansing oil to remove impurities and stubborn makeup with no residue.  Simply spread on your face and lips, even eye makeup .Wet your face until cleansing oil turn milky and rinse with lukewarm water 

5. An ESPA ‘Replenish & Revitalise’ bag

Discover the ESPA favourites with this travel set in a gold cosmetic bag: Replenishing Face Treatment Oil, Pink Hair & Scalp Mud, Fitness Shower oil & Optimal Skin Pro Cleanser

6. OPI Advanced Softening Socks

Foot rescue containing ultra-hydrating Macadamia oil & Shea butter

7. Vita Liberata Self Tanning Gradual Lotion, 50ml 

Achieve a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow. Ideal for all skin tones, the lightweight formula acts as a daily body moisturiser, whilst delivering subtle colour that slowly intensifies without transferring onto clothing.

RESERVE YOURS NOW

There are limited numbers of each box and details will be sent out on every monthly newsletter. Simply email [email protected] or  call 01335 343893 to reserve yours, specifying which salon you would like to collect from. Your box will be at your chosen salon within 48 hours, ready for you to take home. 

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STUDIO

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STUDIO SESSIONS

OUR MULTI-PURPOSE STUDIO AT ASHBOURNE  IS A SPACE WHERE YOU CAN TAKE PART IN A VARIETY OF CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS. WE ALSO HAVE CHANGING AND SHOWER FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO ALLOW YOU TO COMBINE CLASSES WITH TREATMENTS AND HAIR APPOINTMENTS.

2020 TIMETABLE

MONDAY

6 – 7pm YOGA

TUESDAY

9.30 – 10.30am PILATES

10.45 – 11.45am PILATES

WEDNESDAY

8 – 8.45am SHRED

6pm – 7pm INTRODUCTORY YOGA

THURSDAY

9.30 – 10.30am PILATES

FRIDAY

9 – 10am YOGA

10 – 11am YOGA

SATURDAY

7.45 – 8.30am SHRED

SUNDAY

10 – 11am YOGA

 

OUR CLASSES

Yoga: Yoga is a mind and body practice with historical origins in ancient Indian philosophy. Each class combines physical poses, breathing techniques and meditation.

Shred: Circuit HIIT training for all abilities, this class aims to burn calories and aid fat loss.

Pilates: Pilates will enhance your body awareness, improve posture, balance and co-ordination helping to achieve a longer, leaner and stronger physique.

CLASS PASSES

The classes we offer at Ashbourne offer excellent value for money and small class sizes. You can attend any class by purchasing a pass which can then be used over a three month period. A 5 Class Pass is £50 and an 11 Class Pass is £100.

For January 2020 we are offering an introductory TRIO CLASS PASS for £30 to enable you to try our classes without a bigger commitment. You can use the three credits for any studio session.

Individual classes are priced £12. Reserve your place in any studio class by emailing us at [email protected] or by calling 01335 343893

We hope to see you in The Studio soon!