What Will Re-Opening Look Like?

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I hope you and your families are keeping well and staying safe. I just wanted to say a massive thank you to each of you who have sent me the loveliest messages during this lockdown period, it really has meant so much!

Following on from the government’s announcement on 23rd June, I’m delighted to let you know that from the 4th July, I can re-open for hairdressing services.

At the moment, my other services, such as Tanning, Nails and Facial Waxing are still not able to be booked or take place until the government release further guidance and give the go-ahead. I am of course keeping a close eye on this and will let you know of any further changes as soon as they are published.

I cannot wait to see you all, I want to do this in the safest and fairest way possible. This post will detail my plans for re-opening what that will look like.

What Happens Next?…

Over the coming week or so, I will be in touch with each of you to reschedule your hair appointment. Please do bear with me, I will get to you as soon as I can, but I will be making my way through my list in date order from the 23rd March, which was the day lockdown began and all treatments stopped.

I’m hoping this won’t apply as I kindly asked for you not to colour your own hair at home… However if you are a lady who has colour applied directly on to your scalp and you have coloured your hair during this lockdown period, please do let me know when we speak, as before I see you for a colour appointment, you will need to have a skin test. Due to the recommendations from Wella and my insurance company, I would be unable to apply any colour to your scalp until a skin test has been carried out.

When We See Each Other…

As much as I have missed each and everyone of you, for the foreseeable I will aim to keep as much distance during your appointment as physically possible. It is not compulsory at this stage for you to wear a face covering, however should you wish to, please feel free to do so.

I will also be running through a client questionnaire with you on your appointment, which will need to be signed off using your own pen, so please ensure you bring one with you if your appointment is at my home.

I will be carrying antibacterial hand sanitiser, Dettol spray and Barbicide so that I am able to sanitise both myself and equipment when out visiting you in your home. This will include sanitising and disinfecting my footwear before I enter your home.

Appointments throughout the day will need to run slightly differently as I’ll need to have time in between clients to ensure that all equipment is sanitised and disinfected thoroughly. Your co-operation and support on this will be very much needed and appreciated by arriving for any appointment, whether that be at my home or yours, on time. I cannot stress enough how important this will be going forward to ensure that each and everyone of you gets the appointment they so desperately need.

If your appointment is at my home, I would kindly ask you to please bring with you a bottle of water or your own tea or coffee in a travel cup. I will also be doing the same when I come to visit you in your home too.

If you or any member of your household are displaying any symptoms or feeling unwell in any way prior to or after your appointment, it is imperative you let me know as soon as possible.

To Put Your Mind At Rest…

Over the last 3 months, I’ve been doing all I can to increase my already high standard of health, safety and hygiene. I am more than happy to share with you the extra safety precautions and steps I have put in place to keep us both safe. These measures include the recommended PPE, regular hand washing throughout your appointment, sanitation and disinfection of all of my equipment before and after each client, along with double bagging all of my client gowns and towels until they are then washed at 60 degrees at the end of each day.

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If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything at all, please feel free to get in touch via email.

In the meantime, I hope you and your families remain safe and well and I cannot wait to see you in the coming weeks ahead!

Love, Nina x

A Day In The Life Of A Business Owner…

Back in 2013 I started my own Hair & Beauty business. It’s been a crazy journey with so much to learn, but four years on and I’m still absolutely loving it! Therefore I wanted to take you behind the scenes and share why running a business is a world far away from lazy days, long lunches and why I wouldn’t swap it for anything…

Morning…

My day often begins around 6.00am when the alarm goes off and after the initial feeling of being way to cosy under the duvet to move, I get up and head straight to the pool for 6.30am and start my morning swim. (I’ll be completely honest, there are days that this is harder than others, like when you have to scrape the ice off the car first or it’s raining) However, this is my chance to switch off from everything for a while and really set myself up for the day.

I get home around 7.45am and depending on what my day has in store, I’ll either be getting ready to head back out the door to work with clients or I will be sitting at my desk planning what I need to get done by the end of the day. One of the many things I enjoy about running my own business is that no day is ever the same.

My first job this morning is catch up on some emails followed by writing a feature for Sienna X to use in their latest newsletter. I absolutely love doing things like this and feel really lucky to have the opportunity. (You can catch up on my latest press features here.)

I’ll then try and break for lunch (this doesn’t always happen) there are many occasions when I get so engrossed in what I’m doing, I’ll look up from my work to find it’s gone 2.00pm!

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Afternoon…

This afternoon I need to do some work on my website, create some social media posts for Facebook and Instagram, place some orders with Wella and Sienna X, create my newsletter and then get my tanning kit ready for tonight… Days like this really light me up and make my heart sing… I love being busy!

Evening…

Tonight I have a tanning party and there is just enough time for me to grab a bite to eat before I need to leave. Tanning parties are always so much fun! What could be better than a night in with your girls, a bottle of Prosecco, a few nibbles and a spray tan? Ooo that reminds me, I need to create the goody bags too! 

It’s now just coming up to 6.45pm and with my tanning kit all packed in the car, I’m all ready to go…

It’s 9.00pm and I’ve just got home. I had a great evening at the party, they were such a lovely group. Time for a glass of wine I think and half an hours relaxation before heading to bed.

Someone asked me recently, “If you were to win the lottery, would you still do what you do?” Without a shadow of a doubt I would! I cannot tell you how much I love what I do. Making busy women like you reading this right now, feel beautiful and giving them back some well deserved “me-time” is one of the best feelings in the world. I may have long days but they are all so worth it and I wouldn’t go back to the 9-5 for anything!

Until next time, go and chase your dreams and love what you do!

Love,

Nina x

April Blog: Beautiful Hair No Matter What Your Age…

 

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I often get asked, what are the latest hair trends? What’s hot and what’s not? As a Hairdresser, I love nothing more than attending Salon International in London and seeing the shows from Toni & Guy, Percy & Reed and many more. However, being honest, my passion is creating hair that my clients can actually wear, and feel beautiful in, no matter what their age. So, here is my guide to beautiful hair for your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond…

30’s

Don’t think that just because you are no longer in your twenties, you can’t have a striking look that reflects your personality, you can have this at any age. For a short look I absolutely love Frankie Bridges’ style. The strong shape combined with the softness through the top looks beautiful and gives this look femininity. Her rich colour also really enhances her skin tone.

40’s

Wearing hair a little softer as we get older is very flattering. Layers which create texture, movement and volume can work really well. By creating softness to frame the face, like Jennifer Aniston, mid length hair can still look absolutely beautiful. A side fringe could also easily be incorporated with this to create even more of a softer look. By opting for pieces of caramel and biscuit tones within the hair, this can also help radiate fairer/cooler skin tones.

50’s

Choppy bob’s are really on trend for 2016, as well as the “Wob” (Wavy Bob) and the “Lob” (Long Bob) with many celebrities wearing them. This style has great versatility, by wearing it smooth and voluminous or curly and textured just as Halle Berry does is really beautiful.

I think it is also really important to remember, it’s not just about the cut, style or colour of hair, it’s also about trying different styling products, to create a different look or maybe try experimenting with some different make-up shades to. A change of blush or even lipstick can make a really big difference. I am always more than happy to help, so feel free to book your free 15 minute consultation with me at any time. We may not have celebrity status or have personal stylists to assist us each day, but we can still Be Beautiful just by embracing ourselves and what we have…Let’s create our own trends?

Until next time, enjoy being the BE-YOU-TIFUL you!

Love, Nina x