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Coresport – The best exercise shirt in the world?

Have you ever attempted to do a cardio workout in a cotton t-shirt? If you have, I’m pretty sure you’ll have winced just reading that sentence. The claggy (good word, right) sweat that literally clings to your body as you attempt to writhe out of the shirt is something to behold. Or not… I learned the hard way when I was relatively new to running. I went out on what I thought was going to be an innocent jog in the sunshine, but half way through – and when I say halfway I mean about 500m – the shirt started to stick to me in places nothing should ever stick to. I was a sweaty mess and my t-shirt just wasn’t giving me the benefit of the doubt. Fast forward a few years and I’d like to think I’ve learnt a thing or two about appropriate training gear. So when I was asked if I wanted to review a top that claims to be the ‘world’s best workout shirt’, which apparently cools you down the …

Reunited with Headmasters, Mayfair

Moving away from home is hard for many reasons. The hardest thing for me was missing my friends and family and a single day didn’t pass without wondering what they were doing, wishing I was there with them, laughing at their jokes and attempting to make them laugh with my nerdy jokes. Before As well as missing the usual things like tea bags, English chocolate and the BBC, I also really missed my regular hairdressing salon, Headmasters. After a couple of visits to the Biba Academy in Melbourne, I decided to leave my hair to do it’s thing while I travelled and pay Headmasters a visit when I eventually arrived in London. I cut my trip down by two months and arrived in London a few days ago. Jet lagged, I ventured into central London and walked into Headmasters Mayfair feeling like I had never even been away. I started off with a much needed complimentary coffee and Pervin made her way over to me for a quick Colour Theory Consultation, a new service to …

An Interview with Sian Quinn – Headmasters

1) What is your earliest hair memory? My earliest hair memory was playing with hair mascaras and braiding. Being the only girl in the family with three brothers, my mum always played around with different styles on my hair so I learnt how to braid really early and it’s still one of my favorite things to do. 2) How old were you when you decided to become a hairdresser? I knew I wanted to be a hairdresser from my early teens. Going to the salon was the biggest treat and watching the stylists create glamour in a 45 minute appointment amazed me. 3) How did you start in the profession? My career started at 16. I started studying at 6th form but I was desperate to leave and get into the salon and any spare time I had I’d research session stylists. I was following the work of Zoe Irwin who was working at Headmasters at the time and was really inspired. I joined the Headmasters apprenticeship program, which allowed me to work and learn …

Running in Heels Review: La Clairière, Alsace

This was originally posted on Running in Heels following a press stay at La Clairière in Alsace. Even in the dim evening light, the quaint villages between Strasbourg and eco spa hotel La Clairière are a fairytale feast of delicate gabled roofs and charming crooked cottages. Further on, as you speed  through dark forests, the impression grows stronger until, suddenly, La Clairière looms up out of the foliage like Rapunzel’s tower. I, however, had not come to eat enchanted gingerbread or drink magical wine – or indeed, anything approaching either of those at all. Instead, I was here for a detox programme, one of the many wellness programs offered by the Alsace-based spa hotel. Three days, scores of treatments, four-course detox lunches and dinners and unlimited use of the spa – I was ready to go. First though, I headed upstairs to check out my room, which was far more traditional than the brightly coloured communal seating area downstairs and equipped with twin beds, a living space with a sofa, two balconies, a TV, mini bar and kettle with …

Headmasters Blow Dry Review – 90’s Style

Hot… And Not Bothered, as it was affectionately known, was a Brit Pop, garage and cheesy pop fun filled extravaganza held at Biddle Bros in Clapton. It was my first 90’s club night, a resounding success and we’re looking forward to planning the next evening. It wouldn’t have been a 90’s night without the fashion to go with it. My friends Lex and Olivia rocked the best 90’s looks and I wore a black mini dress but jazzed it up with a new ‘do’ by James at Headmasters in Mayfair, who refreshed the colour and gave me a 90’s inspired blow dry from the new blow dry menu. Before: I usually go for a polished blow dry with bouncy waves but considering I was hosting a 90’s night, James suggested we go for a crimped look. I agreed and he set to work. How did he do it? He rough dried my hair, separated it and plaited sections. He then got a pair of straighteners and straightened each plait a few times over. Following this, …

Semi Permanent and Super Fine Baby Lights at Headmasters

After a tumultuous couple of months, I knew that a fail safe way to cheer myself up was a trip to the salon. A few Tuesdays ago was a particularly bad day but I had a Headmasters appointment after work to look forward to. And boy did it cheer me up. Before: I was there to see James who gave me lighter coloured hair than I have had in years. Still ginger, yes, but he ran some amazing super fine baby lights through the colour and only partially topped up the red colour – so I was left with a very light red colour and beautiful highlights that shimmer in the sunlight. I felt very sorry for the colourist next door to me who was dealing with a woman that I recognized from somewhere. She was being so difficult and asking so many questions that I was convinced she was a mystery shopper. James was half way through my head before she had even finished her consultation and I was so impressed with how the …

A Colourful Afternoon at Headmasters

I honestly believe one of the best feelings in life is walking out of the hairdressers after a long and relaxing appointment, hair glowing, bouncing from side to side, full of body, a la Jennifer Aniston from those infamous L’Oreal adverts. The last time I visited Headmasters in Mayfair was no exception. I had just enjoyed three hours with Siobhan, Colour Director, who took her time to make sure that I was going to walk out with near perfect locks. Siobhan analysed my hair and we chose a semi permanent red but I had a surprise in store. She wanted to use foil hilights to colour a few strands in order to make the colour look as natural as possible. From what I remember I have only ever had foil highlights once in my life so this was an extra added treat for me. Not only did I have highlights but Siobhan also used Micro Wand treatment before washing the colour out, a unique technique using an ultra fine hair colouring wand to delicately place …