Your Summer Wedding Hair Detox

Your Summer Wedding Hair Detox

It's that time of the year again when one's hair is controlled by hot weather humidity, no matter how much one tries to straighten it with tools.

In NYC a couple of weeks ago, I was having a total hair mare: it was a heatwave and my long tresses were all over the place, I could hardly even get a brush through the fuzzy tangles. Can you imagine dealing with humidity halo hair on your wedding day?!

Once I was home it was time for some drastic hair action. A big chop to get rid of all those rat tail ends and a Brazilian blow-dry straightening treatment to remove that awful frizz. I guess you could call it a hair detox.

I remember doing almost the same about a month before my wedding four years ago. I had a hefty trim to give my hair some shape and a healthy swing, and several deep-conditioning treatments to make it soft and glossy. At the time, Brazilian blow-dries didn't exist - but boy if they did I've have had one in a heartbeat.
Today they are in almost every good salon around the country and since I'm always up for trying new variations of the formula, I thought I'd research a new salon.

Over on Twitter there's a great community of beauty editors who share their favourite treatments and products, so thanks to Alexandra Steinherr (the beauty director of Glamour) and Newby Hands (the beauty director of Harpers Bazaar) I was convinced to visit the hairstylist Zoltan at his salon Compton Hair in Covent Garden, who tames the luscious locks of these two particularly well-groomed editrices. Alex was the first to discover Zoltan's amazing straightening skills a few years ago and assured me he could work his magic on my tired, unsightly mane.

The lovely Zoltan was completely dedicated to finding the right straightening treatment to suit my hair-type (rather than a one-fits-all approach). After a chat about how I wanted my hair to behave, he chose a fairly strong formula to remove all traces of frizz, and which would last well into autumn but would still let my hair look thick and bouncy.

The best part of the whole treatment is that he washes it out instantly, so you don't have to wait for three days marinating in it. I'm not sure why some salons insist on this - Zoltan believes the treatment acts immediately once it's ironed into the hair cuticle. And he's right. My hair is now silky and swishy without any kinks.

With this changeable summer weather, I feel absolutely confident that a rain shower won't leave my hair in a messy nest. Summer brides, this is one hair investment you won't regret.

Brazilian blow-dry treatments with Zoltan start from £129; for Compton Hair in Covent Garden call 020 7240 3240; for Compton Hair in Barbican & City call 020 7253 7995 or see www.comptonhair.co.uk.

Space NK Beauty Sample Sale

Space NK Beauty Sample Sale

Fill your bridal beauty bag at Space NK's first ever sample sale taking place at The Music Room in London. The luxury skincare and cosmetics emporium will be selling discontinued items from brands such as Diptyque, Rodial, Shu Uemera, Laura Mercier, Jurlique, Fekkai and many more with up to 50 per cent off the usual retail price.

Whether you are stocking up for yourself or treating your bridesmaids (a selection of top quality make-up or skincare products would make a lovely thank-you gift for your maids) - this sale is certainly NOT to be missed!

The Space NK Sample Sale will take place at The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 5AB on Thursday and Friday June 23 and 24 from 8am-8pm, and on Saturday June 25 from 9.30am-5pm.

Scents And Sensibility

Scents And Sensibility

Scenting your wedding with candles is no new concept but it's always the vessel that can be a little disappointing. Unless you absolutely want to show off to all your guests that you've picked a specific brand, some brides I know would rather have something subtle and high quality, but not showy with obvious product placement.
Say hello to perfume house Miller Harris' new Edit Candle Collection, pictured. As you can see there is very little branding and the natural warm grey and white colours will blend beautifully into most spaces.

My favourites are the skinny dinner-table style and the large grey pillar candle for window-sills or church altars, respectively fragranced in Bois Fumé and Bois Sauvage. Whereas most scented candles can be horribly overpowering, these are only lightly washed in soft earthy perfume so they will simply enhance a space rather than clash with it, especially if you're serving food.

Miller Harris Pillar Candle in Bois Sauvage - £55 for 2kg
Miller Harris Dinner Candles in Bois Fumé - £30 for 6 x 7"
Miller Harris Large Candle in Bois Figuier - £65 for 615g

See the full range at www.millerharris.com  

James Read Tan Launches

James Read Tan Launches

Self-tanning guru James Read has developed his own professional spray-tan treatment, which you can have exclusively at his tanning spa in London.

James is the beauty industry's undisputed tanning expert with a list of clients who never get seen with a streak or tide-mark: from celebrities such as Rosie Huntington Whiteley and Lady Gaga to magazine beauty directors and top editors, plus a host of high-profilers (he sprayed dozens of guests for the Royal Wedding and Lily Allen's weekend nuptials). James is on everyone's speed-dial as his unique spraying technique ensures a photo-friendly realistic glow without a single patch. His gentle layering method ensures his tan fades evenly, unlike most tanning therapists who try to impress clients with one dense layer (we are not garden fences!)

After years spent using other brands he's created his own formula that takes the best parts of spray-tans (natural colour, subtle colour-guide, hydrating, quick-drying) and removes the two biggest pet-hates: the biscuit smell and tango-tone. In fact there's absolutely no scent at all (James toyed with a lemony fragrance but it turned overly synthetic once the tanning ingredient DHA developed) and when you shower off the product you don't get that hideous river of mud running down the drain.

In the run up to your wedding, James recommends exfoliating in the shower every day to create a perfect canvas, getting your waxing done mid-week and having your tan two days before the wedding.

Book your James Read Tan with the man himself at Agua Spa at the Sanderson Hotel, Berners Street, on 020 7300 1414. Spray tans from £35. Find out more at www.sandersonlondon.com