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Defacto Salons at the Scottish Hair and Beauty Show 2016
Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
On Monday we attended this years Scottish Hair and Beauty Show!
The exhibition was held in the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh and featured many names in the Scottish and British hair and beauty industry.
Our very own Natalie and Yvonne arrived for the opening of the event, to try out new products and to give you the best information on them they could!
The winding walkway through the different exhibitors was a bright pink carpet, leading us to our first stand, which was Beautiful Brows. Featured heavily in the beauty industry, beautiful brows are a semi permanent solution to thin pale brows. Offering products from brushes to a full eyebrow kit, Beautiful brows is a well established brand and through encouragement from their Scottish distributor Chris Christoforou, Yvonne was eager to give it a try. Using their brow stencil and a dark brown powder they swept back and forth over Yvonne’s brows, they thickened and lengthened her brows.
We also visited Novalash where Natalie tried out their crème eye shadows and eyeliner set, which was used also as a lipstick and lip liner! The eye shadows were pigmented and when used on the lips they had the consistency of a matte lipstick. The product didn’t feel tacky and lasted all day without creasing or causing chapped lips. A definite if you’re looking for a multipurpose product.
After making a pit stops at some demonstrations by Slick Barbers and the prosecco and cupcake bar, we went on to Max Estrada’s stall. Famous for his cutesy nail art, his skill isn’t to be underestimated. When we arrived he was working on a client, crafting a hand created rosebud.
His talent was evident from his creations and attention to detail. The Max Estrada stall was swamped with customers clamouring to get some of his products. No doubt he had people lined up to get their nails done.
A pleasant surprise at the event was the Ivy Dental stall, there promoting their dental clinic and their new lip filler procedure. They also gave away bags of dental goodies and that’s always a plus!
Dermologica was definitely towering over the rest of the exhibitors with a huge placement near the entrance, selling all their products. Dermologica is a fantastic brand for people looking to improve their skin. With products suitable for all types of skin, if what you’re using isn’t fully working for you then we recommend you give their products a try. Passing by Dermologica and heading to the back of the event hall we ran into a small stall called Golden Curl and they were offering up their new curling and straightening tongs. Natalie happily volunteered to be their guinea pig.
The tongs fully curled a section into a loose ringlet of hair in seconds. Very impressive and would probably cut some people hair routine by a considerable amount. The heat stylers also managed to bring out the natural shine in hair and we were pleased with the result.
Barclay Wolf were offering a new option for hair extensions that removes the damage level of bonded ones and the discomfort of clip ins. Tape in hair extensions is the way to go! With Barclay Wolf’s genius idea of having your extensions in a jar instead of a plastic wrapper they remove the annoyance of trying to fir your clip-ins’ back into the bag afterwards. They are removable, reusable and undetectable. They can last up to three months from the first insertion. We have an upcoming video and article on the way explaining how they are applied and showing how they look at the end. With both highlights and a full head of extensions. So keep an eye out for that!
Yvonne had a go at getting some highlights and she has assured us that they are weightless and barely even noticeable when she’s sleeping. Thanks Barclay Wolf!
Our last stop (as the exhibition was closing) was Nail Gaga. Established down south and trying to break into the market up here. They offer bright and interesting colours for your nails. They also sell professional brushes (with added diamantes in the stems) for whoever would like to try their hand at nail art.
Overall, the event was fantastic and offered a good look at what’s available in the hair and beauty industry for both customers and professionals. We’re looking forwards to attending again next year!
You can watch our short video summarising our experience!