Settling back in my chair with my aforementioned lovely coffee, a bowl of almonds and with Bertie the salon ‘top dog’ pottering about making me feel even more relaxed, Craig set to work. He used a balayage technique (painting on the colours by hand with a brush, meaning no harsh lines like you can often get with standard highlights) using three shades of blonde to give me a sun-kissed natural colour, which will allow my roots to grow out in a way that means fewer trips to the salon (an oxymoron really for any salon, to encourage clients to come back less often!) This is part of the charm of STIL though; not feeling any pressure, to be reassured throughout the whole process and to want to come back. Once my colour had been washed out (complete with relaxing head massage) Christel gave me a chop, again explaining what would suit my face shape, and offering plenty of style tips to take away with me. I’ve already persuaded my mum to give up her regular salon and move to STIL, and I’m definitely going back to try out some new autumnal shades come October.
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