Is Pixie Hair and Beauty Glasgow’s Coolest Salon?
Friday, September 30th, 2016
Pixie Hair and Beauty may only have been open for a year but it has definitely made waves.
It has been named one of the most Instagram worthy salons and it’s not hard to see why. It’s bold interior and stylish staff are the first impression of a very impressive salon.
With expert make up and brow artists and talented colourists, it’s well and truly earned its place in Glasgow as one of the trendiest salons around. We spoke to Pixie Hair and Beauty Owner Emma about her journey. As well as a few other things…
Where did you train, what’s your background in hairdressing? How did you end up with Pixie Hair and Beauty?
I started when I was 15 with a Saturday job in a salon. I done that for about a year and then went to college to d fashion merchandising. My dad didn’t think hairdressing was a good enough career. I completed that and then thought sod it, it’s my life! Went and did hairdressing when I was 18 at Clydebank College and got my level 3 there. I then just worked my way up in different salons and done different courses. Done barbering and everything, even though I didn’t stick so much with that. I prefer colouring; it’s always been my forte. Anything that’s a little more creative. So I stuck with that and just worked my way up! I was salon manager in a few and the next step was obviously getting my own place. It was August last year we got the keys for this place. It’s been a quick year!
Emma’s latest hair style.
MUA’s and getting your hair done before nights out has become a big thing lately. Is that a big part of your business?
In the last two or so years it’s gone crazy! No girl goes out nowadays without getting her hair and make up done. There’s no such thing as doing your own hair and make up for a night out! Which is great for us! It’s been chokka with make up. Dale does the make up and it’s been full on Saturdays and Fridays. She specialises in eyebrows and they’re amazing.
What brands do you follow and associate yourself with and why?
First of all Wella. I started with it and loved it. I’ve never heard a bad word said about it. People know the brand and they’re happy with you using it. We use them for colouring. They’re great to deal with! Everyone here at Pixie Hair and Beauty is very happy using it too!
There’s something happening in the barbering world just now, where barbers provide therapy. (The Lion Barber Collective) So if someone is depressed or feeling suicidal, barbers are getting training to talk with their clients. Do you see hairdressing going in that direction?
I think we already do that to be honest. Women come in here and tell me stuff they wouldn’t tell their best friend. They’ve just got that trust. We don’t ask them to. They just do. Hair is such a big thing to women and they trust you with that. So they must just be more open with other things. Maybe that’s the key though; it’s someone who’s virtually a stranger. It can be easier to talk to someone who’s out of your circle. Who are we to judge, we just listen. We’re really good listeners and that’s maybe why people trust their hairdresser and barber so much. I love a moan so helping other people get stuff out is another reason of why I love my job so much.
What’s the hardest part of the job?
For me, the business side of things. Making sure you have the money ready to pay this bill or that bill. The finances and keeping the social media up to date. Other than that, nothing, I love this job. I love to come in here every day. Nothing about it is a chore to me. I just love it. I love my clients and everything about it. The first year’s the hardest and we’ve done that. We’ve done so much better than I thought, it’s great.
What inspired the interior?
First, obviously I wanted to be different from anything else. As you know there are so many salons and I wanted this one to really stand out. I wanted it to have my personality! I like funky, I like arty and I love decades. So Pixie came from the 60s, the iconic haircut. So I continued that and had 60s décor and then we got in our interior designer and we were knocking our heads together and this was born. It ended up being more 80s but it’s amazing. My brother did the artwork on the wall and my boyfriend made the light! [A chandelier type piece made out of retro, yellow hairdryers and fixed with lightbulbs.] I’m so lucky to know so many people who have helped. So free haircuts for life!
Favourite pub or restaurant?
Can I get a list?! I love going out and having good food. I love Mexican food. If it’s a birthday night out we usually don’t do food. We usually just go straight to the pub. My pal owns Tingle in the centre which is a shot bar. So we start off there and then we’ll head to Twenty-Nine and then we’ll always end up in Sanctuary. We know everyone there now and you never have a bad night out there. You end up with 20 of you on a night out. Finneston as well.
Italian or Chinese?
Italian all the way! Pizza til I die! There’s always a battle with me and Stuart [Her boyfriend] and we go to Bella Notte. They do Italian and Indian so I can get a pizza and he can get a curry. So that has us sorted!
If you won the lottery on Friday how would that change your life?
Not that much to be honest. I’d get in here finished probably. I’d open another Pixie Hair and Beauty somewhere. I don’t know where! I would buy my mum a house. I’d buy Stuart and myself a house. Buy my mum a car. I’d quite like to buy a house abroad as well. With all the interest, you wouldn’t need all that money! I’d give some of that to charity. I’d still be working and I’d have my winnings so I’d give the interest to a dog charity or one for kids I think. Macmillan as well, because my mum had breast cancer so that tugs on the old heartstrings.
If you want to find out more about Pixie Hair and Beauty you can have a look at their page HERE!
Autumn/Winter Styling Ideas for Men
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
We all know summer has well and truly ended. The first of October is at the end of the week and nights have gotten significantly longer. So, what seasonal style moves should you be making with your hair? We’re going to dish out some A/W styling ideas for men.
In the UK when we enter a new season, we’re made well and truly aware of it. It’s gotten colder and wind and rain is becoming more frequent. Your hair has to be ready for that. You need to have styling ideas in your back pocket for every season…
Number 1 – Slick is Sleeker
Something a little smarter may be more apt for A/W. Overall styling ideas for men in these seasons veer towards tailored coats and smarter boots. Opting for a slicker look will match this vibe a lot better. Pomades, a side parting and a pompadour are more likely to hold in the autumnal winds and rain. Should you get caught in it. So that it’s not too formal, focus on texture and body on the top. You don’t want it plastered to your head.
Number 2 – Practice with Pastes
When the weather changes, it’s a good idea to move away from the natural finishes created by texturising dusts. Or the textured volume created by salt sprays. Why not try a paste or a cream instead. Running it through your hair from the root and styling your hair. Since its also hat season, pastes offer you the ability to restyle it throughout the day. Although, it isn’t suitable for finer hair.
Number 3 – Shift the Stubble
Not in the sense of getting rid of it. But instead, in the sense of mixing it up. Beards are still incredibly popular. With winter approaching beards are a good way to keep your face just a little bit warmer. If you haven’t already got one, grow one! If you have, take care of it. Use moisturiser or beard oil to keep the hair and the skin underneath hydrated. Beard dandruff isn’t one of our styling ideas.
Number 4 – Twin the Times
While early autumn lends itself to a new, exciting style, make sure you don’t go overboard with a look that you can’t handle. Go for something manageable. You can go for a short back and sides, with a nicer taper – and keep the top textured, but neat. Stylish but easy to maintain in the unruly weather.
Number 5 – Suit your Style
Don’t be that guy who wants a simple messy haircut and beard, though he works in the city and wears a pinstripe suit every day. Instead, take your overall look into consideration. Don’t mix too many trends. Get a hairstyle that suits your lifestyle. Not the lifestyle you wish you had.
We hope these styling ideas are useful for you during the current seasonal change. Are you going to be switching up your look? If so what kind of look are you going for? Let us know!
Accessorising the Modern Man
Monday, September 26th, 2016
There are so many options for accessories when it comes to women. What about accessorising for the modern man?
We know the two obvious ones, which we’ll get out of the way first, man-bags and watches. But, are there other options for men to style their outfit? Are there more options than the two well-known staples? We think so.
Briefcases have been out for a while. They’re difficult to carry and not as cool as they used to be. The era of the man-bag has been reigning for a while now. A man-bag is a great way of accessorising an outfit. It’s practical too, it’ll hold all the stuff you need for your working day and it looks great too.
Watches have always been a key component in mens accessorising. However, now its arguable that look is coming before name. a rising name in the watch world is MVMT. Incredibly stylish looking watches with an affordable price tag. They look the part but don’t cost it. A more casual, versatile watch is becoming more desirable over the flashy big brand names. We kind of prefer that.
The wrong belt can ruin an outfit. So ensuring that you’ve got the right one on with the right outfit is key. Leather belts are always the winners in our eyes. They never go out of style and they compliment what you’re wearing. They key to wearing leather is to match it with the other leather you’re wearing. Brown leather shoes with a brown leather belt. It’s a simple way of remembering what you should wear but it’s also fool proof.
It seems that vintage and retro styles of glasses are back in. Ray-Ban clubmasters and thick rimmed frames are mostly what we’ve been seeing right now. A good way to stand out from the crowd is to go for some statement eyewear. However, you have to be sure that you pick the right frames for your face shape. You can see which style of glasses you should be accessorising with HERE.
This is a bit of a different one. Most luxury runway looks stay there. They’re too expensive. Too impractical. They’re the kind of thing that looks good in fashion mags, then like hell in the street. However, we think that neckties are something that could work on men with certain styles. They add a little individuality, something that can be a bit harder to come by in mens fashion. If you think you could rock a necktie we fully support you!
Is there anything we’ve missed? Do you think guys should bring back accessorising with leather wristbands or shark-tooth necklaces? Let us know by commenting!
Why Self-Care is the Most Important Part of Your Beauty Routine
Monday, September 26th, 2016
Despite the title, self-care doesn’t always include beauty items. But, it should be a part of a routine to make yourself feel beautiful, inside and out.
There’s no doubt that life can be stressful at times. I’m sure the majority of us are guilty of letting that get on top of us. I know I am. Currently, I am trying to buy a house with my boyfriend. So, if I have a particularly stressful day, going home and dealing with all the stuff that comes along with buying a home leaves little time for me to relax. That can get very tiring very fast.
That’s why I wanted to talk about why self-care. Ensuring that you get me time is essential. It can be hard to find the time but if you’re able you should make time. It lets you wind down, do something for yourself and it does a lot to recalibrate where you’re at mentally. We all need that sometimes.
SO! Lets brush aside the idea that me time has to be bubble baths and manicures. For some that’s the ideal self-care routine. However, for others, others not so much. Personally, I’m very much a fan of doing things that I enjoy. Doing something that will make me feel better about myself. Or allowing myself to have or do something I really want to do.
Taking more time to do my make up
If I’m going on a night out or to an event, I like to set aside as much time as possible to get ready. Yes, sometimes this can mean four hours. I’m not slightly ashamed, I love every second. This allows me time to really slow down my make up application and make it perfect. It means I am a lot happier with how I look by the time I leave and I’m not stressed and rushing. I always end up rushing somehow. But at least I got a good chunk of self-care time anyway.
Bingeing on Netflix
Or any other TV watching service. I love TV shows and catching up or starting new ones is a great way for me to relax. Obviously I was one of the many fans of Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ and if you haven’t seen it then you’re obviously living under a rock and need to get your head in the game. Another favourite of mine recently was ITV’s period drama Victoria. If you like period dramas definitely give this a go. Sure, people might see you as a couch potato but who cares!
Pampering myself a little
I’m tying in baths and manicures and all that jazz into this section. Doing beauty things I don’t normally have the time to do is a big part of self-care for me. Taking time to do my nails properly, doing a proper all over moisturising session, doing a facemask or having a relaxing bath are all things I struggle to do regularly. Maybe it’s laziness, maybe its how busy I am. That’s for me to know. Doing this on a Sunday night is a great way to set your mind in the right place for your office return on Monday morning.
Cooking something I love
I love to bake and cook. Making something from scratch, no matter how simple, is a great way to take your mind away from what you’re stressed about. Then you get a great meal or treat at the end of it! What’s not to enjoy about that! In my humble opinion, food is a great way of self-care. Having a healthy meal can make you feel great inside. (Ordering a Chinese is great too though)
Going for a walk
My parents live right on the edge of a forestry walk. So, when I visit and the weathers good, going away out into the wooded area for a walk around can be really relaxing. You’re getting so much fresh air and beautiful views. It’s exercise too and we all know that does wonders for both physical and mental health. Exercise should be a part of your self-care routine, but I wont pretend I’m not incredibly guilty for neglecting that.
Getting time to yourself is absolutely essential. Try not to neglect it. I’d love to hear what your self-care routine is! Maybe I, and whoever reads this, could get some tips for the future! If you agree with some of my methods or have some of your own you’d like to share, let me know in the comments!
Best Bars in Manchester
Monday, September 26th, 2016
Manchester has swiftly become a weekend destination for those looking for a good night out. So where are the best bars in Manchester?
Whether you’re having a weekend away with your friends or you’ve just moved there, there are some places you should know about. Manchester boasts a vibrant and versatile night-life, with bars and eateries for every occasion. However, we want to offer your some suggestions as to the best bars in Manchester that you should give a go!
Gorilla occupies the space in the railway arches of Whitworth Street that was formally Manchester’s most experimental performance venue, the Green Room. Spread over two floors (gin parlour upstairs, standard bar down), Gorilla works as a place to drink or a place to eat. Offering a simple but delicious menu that includes burgers, salads and full English breakfasts. Veggies take note – the meat-free Sunday roast is the best in town. But that’s not all. Once the bar was established, the performance space re-opened, making Gorilla a great, mid-sized venue for gigs, book readings, club nights and everything in between. The line-up suggests a desire to mix established artists with those still emerging or trying to break through, so it’s good to see that some of the old Green Room ethic still remains. Definitely one of the best bars in Manchester.
This sits halfway up Beetham Tower (Manchester’s tallest building). It separates the lower Hilton hotel with posh apartments above and consists of two floors. Cloud 23 is a bar offering the best views of any in the city. The bar itself is impressive the moment the lift doors open and you’re welcomed with a smile, shown to your sofa or table and offered a cocktail menu as dizzying as the heights that you’re occupying. From traditional favourites to complex creations with dry ice wafting out of them, the drinks do not disappoint. There’s a fine selection of wines and beers too. Though it is in high demand so you may need to book well in advance
Black Dog Ballroom
When it’s closing time for all the other bars, there’s only one place to go. That place is Black Dog Ballroom. Open until 4am on school nights and even later on the weekend, this is the place for that ‘one more drink’ you definitely don’t need but crave so desperately. The American prohibition theme of the bar sneaks into the food, too, with New York-style diner food. Mostly it consists of burgers, homemade pizzas and gigantic onion rings. The speakeasy vibe doesn’t make for the most welcoming eating and drinking environment during the daylight hours, but for an afternoon playing pool, there’s nowhere better.
For people who like the taste of the Caribbean, Hula’s Tiki Lounge will be right up your street. A slice of the tropics is on offer here, where you can indulge in a remarkable array of rum infused cocktails amongst other delights. Soak up the atmosphere in an exotic inspired interior whilst being the envy of friends and colleagues alike. Located in the Northern Quarter, this bar is comfortably affordable and great for a night out.
This Bohemian bar, set over two floors on Thomas Street, represents the Northern Quarter better than most bars – an unpretentious place to relax with regular live folk music hosted by The Travelling Band, a fantastic jukebox, and DJs from Piccadilly Records, amongst others, spinning everything from funk, soul and blues to psych, Kraut and garage. Throw into the mix a great pub quiz and an amazing selection of ales and spirits, and you can see why this is one of the best bars in Manchester.
We hope you find the bar that’s right for you when you’re visiting Manchester. Have we missed out any of the best bars in Manchester out? Any that you think should be on this list? If so, let us know!
Prepare Your Skin for the Cold
Monday, September 26th, 2016
It’s October and it’s getting chilly here in the UK. So what steps do you need to take to prepare your skin for the cold weather?
In some places throughout the world, the transition between summer and winter may not be that harsh. Here in the UK the transition can be very harsh indeed. We definitely require changes in our beauty routine. Lets prepare your skin for the cold months of autumn and winter!
The colder it gets the dryer your skin gets. This means a build up of dry, dead skin cells that need to be buffed away. Not doing this can make your skin look dull; enhance the look of fine lines and make you feel dry, itchy and irritated. Think of using a gentle face and body scrub or cloth, mitt or tool that helps loosen and remove those dead, flaky skin cells quicker, leaving you with glowing fresh skin and a less itchy body.
Again dryer skin needs more moisture. Amping up the moisturiser on your face and body will keep your skin hydrated like it should be. You may need to use your moisturiser more often throughout the day and possibly a heavier lotion at night. Apply while your skin is still damp and apply liberally. A heavier moisturiser on your face at night will help heal and repair the damage done by cold weather during the day. Moisture is one of the best ways to prepare your skin for the cold.
Protect your exposed skin from the cold and wind with hats, scarves and mitts. Nothing gives away our age as much as our hands, which often bear the brunt of harsh climates. Moisturise, sunscreen and cover up hands, ears and necks. If you spend much time outdoors during the winter, consider a protective cream to prevent the exposed skin from chapping.
Resist the steamy shower urge
We know the feeling, it’s a cold morning, you’re tired and you need to get out of you warm bed. What’s a better way to gently wake up than a super warm shower? The truth is we do more damage than good with that hot water. It strips the body’s natural oils that help protect and moisturise the skin. Without that our skin is immediately drier, itchier, flakier and possibly compromised. Keep the shower temperature warm but not hot.
Take care of your lips
You may remember all you need to prepare your skin for the cold. But, don’t forget your lips! They have a tendency to chap and go flaky in the cold climate. Not the best look underneath a lipstick. Be sure to always have something on hand to keep them moisturised. Beauty bloggers all over the world rave about the Elizabeth 8 Hour cream. For good reason too, it’s fantastic for keeping your lips perfectly soft. Otherwise a standard Chap Stick is a good shout for keeping on hand.
We hope these tips are already on your mind as the temperature drops. But, if they weren’t, we’re glad to have been of service. We hope you’ll prepare you skin for the cold so well you wont even notice the seasonal change!
5 of the Best Budget Beauty Brands
Monday, September 26th, 2016
Make up can become an obsession. Most of all it can become a pricey obsession. However, we’re going to tell you our top 5 budget beauty brands.
We cannot deny that a lot of high-end beauty brands do live up to their price. However, there are some beauty brands that are very affordable and brilliant at the same time. These are 5 of our favourite budget beauty brands.
Soap and Glory
With both skincare and make up products, Soap and Glory is a great all rounder company. Not only do their body washes, scrubs and lotions smell fantastic, they also do great make up as well. They have a wide range of make up, all in vintage styled packaging and they cover every make up trend. From colour correcting to contouring, Soap and Glory are a great addition to this budget beauty brands list. With most of their products in the region of £7 – £12, they’re definitely one to try.
Sleek is one of the fastest growing high street brands. What makes them different from regular brands you see in Superdrug or Boots is the quality of their products. Not only is their packaging quite high-end looking, their make up is fantastic too. Their eyeshadow palettes are talked about frequently for their colour pay off and they offer a wide range of products. From crème contour to liquid to matte lipsticks, Sleek are one of the budget beauty brands to watch. In fact our blogger and social media lady Natalie done a whole blog on Sleek’s Matte Me lip range! With their bestselling crème contour kit coming in at £10.99 why wouldn’t you give them a try?
NYX is a new addition to the shelves of Boots in the UK. However, we couldn’t be happier! The American brand has crossed the water and gifted us with their vast make up range. They offer bold colours and affordable products. With lipsticks in blues, greens and purples, NYX is one for the experimental. But, with lipsticks that come in at a fiver, we think you can afford to be a little experimental.
Aussie is a well-known and well-loved brand. This budget beauty brand started off down under with a bunch of bush plants. Now it’s in every supermarket we have and used by millions. Aussie is a company based around keeping your hair silky smooth. Their products average around £5 and cater to every hair type. Not only to they have shampoo, they also have hair oils, mousse and hair masks. Their products smell great and they leave your hair feeling brand new!
Commonly found in ASDA, this is a budget beauty brand that won’t disappoint. Their range is extremely affordable and features body washes, face washes and body creams. Their stand out product, however, is their facemasks. With a bunch of options for different skin types, they’ll rejuvenate your skin and make you feel a million pounds! There’s nothing for you to loose, give them a go!
We hope you pick up a new favourite product from our top 5 budget beauty brands! If you have any more that you know of, let us know!
A Week in Review (17th – 23rd Sept)
Can You Pull Off Peroxide Blonde?
Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Slowly but surely men with peroxide blonde hair and becoming more and more common…
Celebs and footballers alike are trying stints with peroxide blonde locks and we’re still not fully sure how we feel about it. However, do you think you could pull it off?
The first to give it a go was Welsh footballer Aaron Ramsey. Something he later apologised to parents for after influencing young Wales fans to follow his lead. Lionel Messi soon followed with his own peroxide blonde do.
Where has it come from?
It wasn’t the footballers that started the trend, however. It was pops finest, Justin Bieber and Zayn Malik who reintroduced peroxide blond to the scene. Although, they made the wise decision to blend it with darker roots. This achieves an overall more stylish look. It’s a small part in a larger 90s revival we’re sure you’ve noticed is happening. But, would you suit peroxide blonde?
Where to do it?
Do not DIY this one! Bleach is a serious business. Doing it by yourself opens you up to all kinds of mishaps. Bleaching your hair happens in a two-stage process. Firstly the bleach on your hair, which, if left too long, can painfully burn your scalp. And then the adding of purple toner to enhance blonde colouring – without this you’ll end up ginger. Not strawberry blonde. No matter how many times you say so. Get it done professionally. Please.
Expect to pay £70-£100 for a full head of colour. This is depending on how dark your current hair is. And make sure they first give you a skin test to see if you react to the bleach.
Looking after it.
Obviously bleaching your hair is going to do some damage. Youll need a strengthening shampoo to stop your hair feeling course and dry. If you feel like it, you can even let your hair grow some roots before blending them into the peroxide blonde and follow in the steps of the more stylish pop crowd.
In conclusion if you can pull it off, go for it! If you have doubts, don’t. You cant quickly restore the damage bleaching does to your hair and you wont want to have to try if you make a mistake.
Are you thinking of bleaching your hair? Let us know!
Autumn/Winter Hair Trends 2016
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
We’ve all come to accept that summer is over. Now it’s September and we should all be looking forward. That means it’s time to experiment with your seasonal look. So what autumn/winter hair trends should you be looking out for?
We’re past our summer fling with ombre and mermaid hair. However, you may still be able to hold onto that summer look while incorporating some of these autumn/winter hair trends.
A big feature of the A/W fashion runways, Hair jewellery is a fantastic addition to formal outfits. Whether you’re attending a wedding or you’re going to an event. This is one of our favourite autumn/winter hair trends because of how unique it is!
A tight ponytail never goes out of style, especially not this season. Slicked back hair is in! So for those of you who want to emulate that Kim Kardashian wet look, or those who want a perfect topknot, this is your time.
Big curls. The bigger the better! 70s style seems to be making a bit of a come back at the minute. That means that big bold textures are what you should be aiming for. We’ll be loading up on the texturising products because this is one of the autumn/winter hair trends we’re most excited about!
It’s a retro method but it’s still a good one. Used a lot in the 20s and 30s, finger waving has stood the test of time. This can take a lot of practice, as it requires patience and dexterous fingers. But, it’s the only way you’re going to get that perfect wave throughout your hair!
If we’re honest we feel like plaits never go out of style. We don’t want you thinking of plaits in the terms of what your mum used to make you wear to school though. Messy plaits and plaited up-dos are all in right now and why wouldn’t you want to experiment with this boho style!
More specifically, wispy or choppy fringes. It doesn’t feel like fringes come into fashion all that often but when they do they’re a good way for you to mix up your style without the change being too drastic. We’re seeing a lot of celebs trying out the fringe these days so why wouldn’t you? Though a fringe doesn’t suit all face shapes, for some it can be a fantastic way to frame the face.
We hope you’ve found something you’re willing to try in our autumn/winter hair trends! Although, keep in mind that sticking to your own style is always the best trend you can have.