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Fresh Flowers for a Year


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I hope you enjoy this first issue of blu, our new in-salon magazine. At Blushes, we constantly review what we are doing and how we are doing it to make sure that we deliver the best customer service to our clients. I’ve never been more aware that our clients have a choice with how they spend their money and more importantly how they spend their time.

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We are very aware that these are turbulent economic times for everyone and we never forget that our clients have choices when it comes to choosing their hair salon. That’s why we are always striving to offer the best value for money, with top customer service, as well as first-rate hair styling.

Inside this magazine you’ll find features about latest developments in the hair world, expert advice on common hair problems as well as top tips on how to achieve this season’s styles. There are great offers on fashion and beauty and there’s the chance to enter our competition to win fresh flowers every month for a year! We are always keen to hear your views, so please drop us a line at and tell us what’s on your mind. Happy reading...

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CONTENTS Regulars…

Styles of the Season create autumn’s key looks

The Hot List 5 brilliant blow-dry products Stylist’s Top Tips how to make your hair shine


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Waging War on Thinning Hair

news, views and reviews from the hair world

Hair loss can be distressing but there’s a new batch of wonder products on the market that are helping sufferers to fight back. We put them to the test

Ask the Experts we solve readers’ hair problems 20




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What’s blu things to do, see, watch and wear this autumn

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Blushes Beauty Autumn essentials, insider tips on how to enhance your features, and the new treatments to boost your lashes Page 22

Meet the stylist Blushes’ style director Laurent Bressolles reveals his Gallic flair for hair, how he discovered Blushes, and why he’s losing weight living in England!

Editor : Emma Mercer Design +Artwork :

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Autumn Colour Scene

Reader competition!

From fiery coppers to cheeky chestnuts, this season’s hair colours are bold, beautiful and totally natural. Autumn colours have never looked – or felt – so good...

Win fresh flowers for a year…

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Get high this autumn with the return of the quiff, a great look for both men and women. But, if thoughts of Jedward fill you with fear, don’t worry – this quiff is more laid-back, more grown-up and definitely more stylish!

Tapping into fashion’s sixties theme, fringes are still a big trend for autumn. Whether it’s razor-sharp, blunt bangs or a soft, sweeping side fringe, this is a great way to make a style statement. This season’s fringe is feminine, flirtatiously framing the eyes, and is the easiest way to freshen up your look.

Get the look: This look is achieved by taking a diagonal parting before blow-drying. After hair is blow-dried straight, gently scoop the fringe with straighteners at the ends, much like you would when scoring a ribbon. Finish with a holding spray.

Get the look: Some fringes will suit you better than others so always speak to your Blushes stylist first. Do not attempt to cut your own fringe! And don’t forget, once you have had your fringe cut by one of our stylists, you can have it trimmed for free – just call in to one of our salons and we will do our best to accommodate you!


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Another key trend for this season is the seventies, and soft, tousled waves sum this look up perfectly. Update yours by adding volume, texture and shine for hair that screams effortless cool.

Get the look: Take small sections of hair, and starting at the root, tong each section with triple-barrelled tongs. Finish with a good hairspray that will hold the style.


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Tap into this season’s androgynous trend and don a hat, be it a trilby, a fedora or even a beret. This is one look that applies to both men and women and is a key way to update your look. Hats are the perfect transitional accessory – ideal on chillier days, but pay attention to your hair underneath: hat hair is never a good look!

Forget Heidi – this season’s plaits are altogether more daring, more adventurous and more grown-up. Try plaiting hair loosely to the side and tying with a simple lace or just braid narrow sections through the crown creating height and texture. However you choose to wear your plait, just make sure it’s dishevelled – this is no place for Kirby grips!

Get the look: Style your hair first before putting on your hat – you can do the finishing touches afterwards. Ponytails are a great style to wear under your hat. You could even try tilting your hat to the side for an edgy twist to your look.

Get the look: Gather hair and pull it in front of one shoulder, then loosely plait. When finished, carefully break the plait by teasing it apart with your fingers.


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blushes open for longer! ®

Blushes Cheltenham is now open every Sunday plus three late nights making it even easier to get an appointment at a time to suit you Image of Cheltenham Salon

“Everyone is juggling so many things and there are so many pressures on our time so we decided that we needed to do something to make life easier for our clients,” said Blushes co-founder Darrell Blake. “We believe you should have the freedom to choose when you visit us.”

The salon is open until 8pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, making it perfect for after-work appointments or getting ready for a special night out. Sunday opening hours are from 10am-5pm.

New manager @Cirencester Congratulations to Gary Bushell who has been promoted to Manager of Blushes Cirencester Gary started working at Blushes Cheltenham over four years ago after moving from London. He now takes his expertise to our newest salon where his intention is to raise the bar on client care and customer service. “We’ve got a beautiful salon here in Cirencester,” he says, “with a great team. We’re already number one for service but that doesn’t stop us trying to raise our standards even further.” To make an appointment at Blushes Cirencester, call 01285 656091

Try before you buy… Top quality hair deserves top quality products but these don’t come cheap Blushes now provides FREE sample sizes of top selling ranges such as Kérastase and Pureology, allowing you to try before you buy. Simply ask your stylist for the right product sample for your hair type next time you are in the salon.


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Pureology Pure Volume Thickening Spray Price - £16.85 This lightweight blow-dry spray is all you need to create volume and bounce. Its zero alcohol formula leaves hair shiny while the exclusive AntiFade Complex protects hair from heat and helps to retain colour. It’s also infused with aromatherapy oils for scent and conditioning.

For a brilliant blow-dry at home treat your hair to these top products...


Kérastase Bain Nutri-Thermique


Professional Hairdryer


Kérastase Elixir Ultime


Ceramic hair brush

Price - £15.25

Price - £40.00

Price - £33.50

Price - £7.75

Specially formulated to provide intense nourishment for dry and sensitised hair, this shampoo creates a protective film around hair fibres to prevent dryness. Its complex formula offers deep nutrition to damaged hair while adding softness and shine.

Create a salon blow-dry at home with a good hairdryer. At Blushes we use Head Gear hairdryers which are great for creating lift and body thanks to the nozzle attachment and different speed settings. It also has a cold setting for setting hair and an extra long lead for convenience.

Achieve gloss and shine with this treatment oil which contains a blend of four nourishing oils including conditioning argan oil. Just one pump smoothed onto the ends of towel-dried hair is enough to give you a salon sheen, and it smells pretty gorgeous too!

For a great blow-dry finish, use a ceramic hairbrush. The heat from the hairdryer heats up the ceramic plate making blow-drying quicker and easier, enabling you to achieve greater lift and volume.

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Beauty@blushes 10% OFF pain-free hair removal! Hair and beauty go hand in hand and now you can colour your nails as well as your hair with the Blink @ Blushes beauty salon. Busy Blushes clients can now book to have a manicure or pedicure while waiting for their hair colour to develop, or choose to have a beauty treatment to go with their new haircut, thanks to the opening of the new Blink@Blushes beauty salon. “Beauty and hair work so well together,” said Clare Johnson, Blink@Blushes co-owner. “We realise that women are very much on the go so it’s all about quick treatments - we even offer double-up appointments where you can have two treatments at the same time.” The Blink@Blushes salon offers the latest range of beauty treatments, including waxing, tanning, lash applications and facials using Dermalogica products. They are currently the only salon in the area to offer Applisonix Ultra Sound Hair Removal – an innovative, painfree form of hair removal which is fast taking over from lasers and electrolysis. Blink@Blushes is offering Blu readers 10% off their 1st ultra sound hair removal - just quote blu when booking.

To make an appointment at Blink call 01242 226644 or 07801 909919

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the year Blushes first opened in Barton Street, Gloucester


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the number of chocolate éclairs Blushes salons get through in a week


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the length of time in minutes for a lady’s cut and blow dry

There’s also the chance to win some fantastic prizes including goodie bags.

the number of haircuts a stylist might do in a day

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FRINGE BENEFITS With fringes still a hot look for autumn, the question is how to keep yours trimmed in-between cuts. Worry no more because Blushes now offers free fringe cutting for clients!

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the number of years training needed before Blushes stylists can cut or colour hair

Did you know? Blushes now offers children’s hair cuts every Tuesday and Wednesday. Simply call the salon of your choice to make an appointment.

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“Shiny, glossy hair is achievable if you follow these 5 simple steps”, says Gary Bushell, manager of Blushes Cirencester


Deep clean


Intensive conditioning

The imperative thing is that you use the correct shampoo and conditioner, so consult with your stylist about the right products for your type of hair. A good tip is to rinse your hair with cold water after shampooing to close the cuticle and keep it looking smooth.

An in-salon treatment will leave your hair in much better condition. These are very intensive treatments which your stylist can advise you about. Hair Botox by L’Oréal (£15) is popular and a good after-colour treatment is L’Oréal Power Dose (£10).


At home treatments You can use products like a mask conditioner or a spray-on-and-leave treatment at home. The L’Oréal Asbolut Repair Cellular (£12.80) is very good for fine hair – you just spray it onto wet hair after shampooing and leave it.


Styling This is just as important as products when it comes to achieving shine. Use a nozzle on your hairdryer so you can direct air flow from the root to the tips which helps to keep the cuticle flat. Choose a round bristle brush where the bristles are close together to keep the cuticle smooth and make sure you use the right styling product for your hair. Kérastase Elixir Ultime (£33.50) and Morrocanoil (£33.50) both contain argan oil which is great for condition. Run a small amount through the ends of wet hair and then apply your styling aid, such as Pureology Thickening Spray which has heat protector and shine.


Finishing touches For ultimate shine for medium to thick hair, use Kérastase Elixir Ultime as an alternative to a serum. For finer hair, finish with a shine spray such as L’Oréal Tecni Art Gloss Control (£9.10) which gives shine as well as hold. All products mentioned are available in Blushes salons. To make an appointment with Gary, call Blushes Cirencester on 01285 656091

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Things to do, see, wear and watch this autumn...

Wr ap it up! Get ready for cooler autumn weather by wrapping up in this fabulous vintage shawl by up and coming designer Hayley Menzies. Made from 100% pure winter warm cashmere, the shawl is finished with a vintage fox fur trim, meaning it’s ethical as well as unique - no wonder they’ve been seen draped over the shoulders of numerous celebrities in recent weeks! The shawls are available in a number of colourways, but we love this Bordeaux version that sums up autumn’s trend for ‘boozy’ colours. Wear it dressed up for the evening or dressed down for the day with skinny jeans and heels. Bordeaux winter warm shawl £225, Hayley is offering blu readers 15% off any of her shawls – simply go to and enter the promotional code ‘blu’

Michelle Blake is Back! One of the many special attributes of Blushes was our exclusive access to (the now) globally renowned Style Consultation Specialist Michelle Blake. Well... we can now report that Michelle is now firmly back in the bosom of the Blushes management team and will be mentoring the Blushes colour specialists on an ongoing quarterly basis. We believe our access to Michelle’s expertise is what originally set us apart from the rest and we want to maintain this lead in style expertise with her continued guidance.… For more details, please call 01242 226644 (Cheltenham Salon)

Get luscious with Blushes!

Join the Blushes team and learn all the tricks of the trade during a special lunch at Parkers restaurant. Top stylists will present new fashion and beauty trends while you enjoy a sumptuous threecourse lunch with wine. There will be hair and make-up demonstrations, oneto-one consultations, a Q&A session, as well as the chance to try free samples and meet some of the Blushes stylists. All ladies receive a gift on departure with a prize draw for one lucky lady to win a complete make-over. Spaces are limited so reserve your place now! Look & Feel Fabulous Luncheon: Monday 17th October, £29 per person. Contact Parkers restaurant at The Hotel to book tickets 01242 518898,

CATCH A GREAT READ AT THE CINEMA This autumn we’re seeing a number of great pieces of literature making it to the big screen. The most hotly anticipated is the novel of 2010, One Day, by David Nicholls, starring Anne Hathaway, and out now. Hot on its heels is the big screen adaptation of Allison Pearson’s blockbuster, I Don’t Know How She Does It, starring 12

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Sarah Jessica Parker. Lionel Shriver’s Orange Prize-winning We Need To Talk About Kevin, is due to hit the big screen on 21st October, starring Tilda Swinton. Bronte classics such as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre are also due for release this autumn while children can look forward to adaptations of The Lion

King, The Three Musketeers and The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn. We’ve never been more excited about a trip to the cinema!

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Cosy up in a coat This desirable jacket from contemporary fashion label Sandwich will be your autumn staple.

Beautifully fitted in double layer cotton, it gives a nod to the season’s military trend in autumn’s new colour, navy blue, and is available from fashion-forward boutique, Moi. “It sums up everything that’s great about this season because it’s casual yet smart,” says Moi co-owner Liza Bewick. “It will go over jeans or a stripe t-shirt dress, and can also be dressed up over a party dress. Team it up with a fine knit or a cashmere scarf and autumn is sorted!” Described as ‘a little bit of Harvey Nicks in the sticks’, Moi carries a covetable range of clothes, jewellery and accessories. Visit one of the Moi boutiques in Cirencester or Nailsworth or online at to discover a little bit of fashion heaven! Navy jacket £124 Moi is offering blu readers 10% off purchases until 30th November. Simply present this page when making your purchase.

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Capturing three major trends, we love these gorgeous dresses by Brit label Goat and available from awardwinning boutique, Foundation. Shift dresses are the new shape of the season and tap into the sixties vibe which is still so current. Red is a hot colour this autumn as are metallics, loved for their futuristic element. Chic, elegant and versatile – the shift is top of our wishlist this month. For more fashion finds, visit Foundation in Montpellier, Cheltenham, where owner Gemma Wiseman has put together an enviable collection of clothes, shoes, accessories and homewares. Red dress £385, metallic dress £480,

Putting together the perfect playlist can be time consuming but this musical genius from Bang & Olufsen does it for you! Simply select a song that catches the mood you’re after and the BeoSound 5 Encore will do the rest. It features an interactive screen and aluminium wheel so you can also take over as DJ, giving you access to over 13,000 radio stations, albums and tracks. With the same quality sound that B&O are renowned for, this piece of high tech kit will transform how you listen to and play your music collections.

Foundation is offering blu readers 15% off all GOAT purchases until 31st October. Simply present this page when making your purchase.

Visit Bang & Olufsen in Cheltenham’s Montpellier for a demonstration.

Enjoy new theatre Cheltenham’s newly revamped Everyman has now re-opened following its summer restoration. With new seating, newly opened dress circle boxes, a refurbished auditorium, and improved public areas, the much-loved theatre opens with an exciting autumn season. Catch David Haig (pictured) in Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III, or join in the theatre’s 120th birthday celebration on 2nd October where Robert Powell will take theatre-goers on a musical journey in celebration of Victorian theatre.

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utumn is our most colourful time of the year and the new season’s hair colours reflect this, with gorgeous coppery-coloured leaf tones leading the way. “We are seeing people choose warmer, deeper reds and being braver with orangey copper and chestnut tones,” says Sammi Gordon, senior colourist at Blushes Gloucester. This season’s coppery tones are particularly well covered by the revolutionary Inoa range by L’Oréal. Billed as ‘the hair colour of the future’, Inoa is made with natural ingredients, contains no ammonia, and actually cares for your hair and scalp too. “Because it’s oil-based, Inoa is softer on the hair and more moisturising,” says Sammi. “It leaves hair silky, shiny and soft and by your seventh application, your hair should be back to its pre-coloured, natural condition.” Creamy in texture, Inoa gives hair a real gloss with lasting colour. The range is ideal for covering grey hair, with 100% coverage, and it’s also a great choice if you’re new to colouring, thanks to its natural, conditioning formula.

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“I really believe this is the way all other hair colours will go,” says Darrell Blake, co-founder of Blushes. “The gloss is incredible, as is the fade factor. The real benefit is in the summer because the colour just doesn’t fade – it really stays true.” Blushes’ colourists understand that hair colour is unique for every client. “We always give clients a full consultation,” says Sammi, “and use colour capes to work out what skin tone you are. We then go through the colours – and products – that might suit you.” A good colourist will take into account a customer’s personality, wardrobe and even job role to make sure the colour will be a good match for the client’s lifestyle. Whether you want to just enhance your natural tone or go completely ‘conkers’, there’s a colour out there to suit you – why not book a consultation with a senior colourist to discover your new autumn colour?

Look after your colour with the Vitamino Colour (from £9.10) and Pureology (from £14.85) ranges, stocked in all our salons.

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ever there was a holy grail to be found in the hairdressing world, it would surely be to find a cure for thinning hair. With 40% of men experiencing noticeable hair loss by the age of 35, and 65% of men by the age of 60, it’s definitely time to declare war on thinning hair! There are up to 50 different reasons for hair loss, so a correct diagnosis by a proper trichologist is key to understanding why you might be susceptible. Mark Blake, co-director of Blushes, is currently studying trichology (or science of the human hair), with the aim of being able to offer in-depth consultations to sufferers in the future. “I look at hair and scalp problems everyday and decided that I would like to know exactly what I was looking at and how I could help people through this very dramatic time of their life,” says Mark. Unfortunately science is not able at the moment to reverse the process, but there are ways you can slow down or disguise your thinning hair. New products containing miracle ingredients have recently flooded the market claiming to strengthen and thicken the hair.

Thinning hair is a concern that affects over two-thirds of men - and increasing numbers of women - at some stage in their lives but thanks to major advances in new technology there are ways you can help combat the problem...

“The male market has grown hugely. Gone are the days when men used random bits of shampoo left over in the shower!”

If you’re concerned about thinning hair, why not come in for a free consultation and try a complimentary sample from the new Kérastase Homme Capital Force or Redken Intra Force ranges


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“The male market has grown hugely,” says Ben Colabella, assistant manager at Blushes Cheltenham, “and there are some really good products available these days. Gone are the days when men used random bits of gel or shampoo left over in the shower – we now have products that contain lots of technology that are readily available to us, and at good value.” Certainly the list of ingredients in some of the new male products sounds impressive and there’s no denying the amount of research that’s gone into these high-tech treatment systems, but wouldn’t it just be simpler – and cheaper – to get the clippers out and opt for a quick grade 1 at home? “Short hair will definitely add more texture making it look thicker and fuller,” says Ben, “but a shaved head doesn’t suit everyone. It’s better to get a good haircut with a good hairdresser who can look at your face shape and your hair type and then cut your hair to suit you. And if you get your hair cut every 6 weeks it will stay looking neat and full.” So, if you really want to win the war on thinning hair you need to think tactics before going into battle - high-tech ammunition combined with good oldfashioned common sense should just about do it!

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• Helps target thinning hair and also improves condition of the hair • Contains the wonder ingredient Aminexil which helps to maintain hair density • Uses a three-pronged approach with a daily shampoo, toner and a scalp tonic – the tonic is the key to the treatment

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• Densifying Effect Daily Use Shampoo restores vitality to hair and quickly improves the density of the hair mass • Its Système Taurine contains taurine, an amino acid essential for hair growth, ceramide which helps to strengthen the hair fibre and Arginine, an amino acid keratin component that adds body to the hair

• An intensive Hair Advance treatment is available, which also contains Arginine, B vitamins and Omega 6

• Includes three daily shampoos plus an activator spray to suit different hair types

• Brings high-tech science to the home market at a reasonable price

• Grooming products include Densifying Modelling Paste which helps to add texture to thinning hair

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BLUSHES BEAUTY Make-up master class: This autumn we’re loving...

enhance your features

Blushes make-up and beauty expert, Laura Cambridge, gives us her insider tips on how to enhance your features with these 5 subtle steps...

Exfoliating Body Scrub

Le Vernis Nail Colour

by Dermalogica

by Chanel

Prolong your holiday glow with this creamy exfoliator that leaves your skin noticeably smoother, more polished and energised. Full of refreshing essential oils, it also revitalises the body and awakens the senses – a great way to start the day! Available at Blink@Blushes

Where Chanel leads others follow and we’re certain to be hot on the heels of these three new nail colours for autumn. Graphite (a glittery gre y-black), Peridot (a pearled green with gold tint) and Quartz (a pearled brown) offer grown-up glamour in gorgeous autumnal shades. We love!

Big Bounce Eyeshadows by Mac

Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant Tinted by Jan Marini

The trend for natural eyes is big for Autumn and these new eyeshadows from Mac give a beautiful fresh sheen. Just sweep over the socket for a gorgeous wash of colour. We like Sizzlin’ Diva, a rusty copper highlighted with gold pearl, to match this season’s new hair colours.

An A-lister secret, Jan Marini leads the way in anti-ageing skincare. This light, tinted moisturiser is perfect if you don’t like to feel products on your face, but you still want to achieve a flawless, just-got-back-fromholiday look! It also contains SPF30.

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Give shape to your face – how you apply blusher can change the shape of your face. If you have a round face, apply it below your cheekbones to give structure, and if you have a small face, blend it on the apples of your cheeks to make your face look fuller Don’t be afraid of colour – it’s easy to get stuck in a make-up rut but colour can really enhance your features. Try shades of purple around your eyes for something new but that’s still subtle Choose matt for older skins – lots of people use frosted colours because they think it makes their skin look brighter, however, the iridescent beads fall into wrinkles and exaggerate them. Matt colours are much more flattering to older skins Frame your face – eyebrows can make a dramatic difference to your face. Choose a soft kohl pencil in the right colour and just give definition to your brows. You’ll really notice the result Eliminate shine – Mac Strobe Cream is a must, especially for photos. It gives the skin illumination while blotting out shine. Just dab it on your eyes and above your cheekbones to create lift

Laura offers bridal makeovers, special occasion makeovers and make-up consultations at Blushes Cheltenham. Call 01242 224466 to make an appointment.


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All of a flutter Make your lashes do the talking with these exciting new treatments… There’s nothing like the fluttering of long, luscious eyelashes to make men (and women) go weak at the knees. No wonder then that eyelashes are big news this season, taking over from nails as the number one salon treatment. But if you thought false eyelashes were teetering into drag queen territory, think again – it’s all about enhancing what you have and keeping it natural. “The heavy, thick look has gone out,” says Blink@Blushes co-owner Clare Johnson. “Clients want a more natural look these days.”


“We actually style our lash extensions to suit your face and eye shape. You can also choose semi-permanent mascara or opt for a lash lift, both of which enhance your own, natural lashes.”

Xtreme lash extensions for Blu readers!

Lash treatments at a glance If you’re ready to wave goodbye to your mascara wand, check out one of these lash treatments available at Blink@Blushes...

Xtreme lash extensions

Express lash extensions

Blink@Blushes is offering blu readers the chance to try Xtreme lash extensions for £60 instead of £120. Just quote ‘blu’ when booking. Offer valid until 24th December 2011

Semi-permanent mascara

Lash lift

synthetic eyelashes that are applied individually to each of your own natural eyelashes

a quick-fix lash extension treatment

lashes are curled then coated with a semi-permanent, waterproof mascara

lashes are pulled up, straightened or curled, then ‘set’ using a setting solution

Pros: full, natural-looking eyelashes that last for 4 weeks; no need to wear mascara; can be styled to suit your eye shape

Pros: full set can be applied in 20 minutes; ideal for holiday

Pros: cheaper and quicker than extensions; can be used on bottom lashes to complement extensions; ideal for holiday

Pros: last for 8 weeks; eyes seem more ‘open’

Cons: first application takes 2 hours; should be ‘topped up’ every 4 weeks

Cons: only lasts for 10 days; must be removed after 2 weeks

Cons: lasts only 2 weeks; lashes do not look as full as with extensions

Cons: application might not suit everyone; lashes do not look as full as with extensions

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If you have a question about your hair that you would like answering by a blushes® expert, send an email to and you could see you question answered in the next issue of blu

experts we solve readers’ hair problems

Louise Worthington

Gary Bushell

Senior Stylist at Blushes Cheltenham

Manager of Blushes Cirencester

Blushes’ Senior Style Director and Head of the Blushes Artistic Team

Specialising in hair cutting and styling, Louise has been part of the Blushes team for over seven years.

Gary has tended some famous locks in his time including those of model Jodie Kidd and radio presenter Zoe Ball, so he understands all about high hair maintenance!

If you want a new look, this is the lady to go to! Cheryl’s creative flair and eye for detail can be seen in the work she does leading and styling the Blushes photographic shoots.

Gary has worked at Blushes for over four years and recently took over as manager of the Cirencester salon.

Cheryl has been part of the Blushes team for 14 years and has a great instinct for knowing what style suits her clients.

Her expertise has also earned her a place on the prestigious L’Oréal Evolution team which gives her an insight into all the latest techniques and developments in the hairdressing world.


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I need blow-dry lessons! Charlotte Jack from Painswick asks:

How can I cease the grease?

I want a new look!

Adam Pearson from Stroud asks:

Ella Skelston from Slad asks:

How can I achieve a salon-look blow-dry at home? Whenever I have my hair cut and styled at Blushes, the salon blow-dry just finishes it off and I leave feeling great - my hair looks really smooth, shiny and bouncy. No matter how hard I try I just don’t seem to be able to achieve the same finish at home. Any tips?

Why does my hair look greasy again the day after I wash it? It feels really good the day I wash it but starts to get really greasy and lank the next day. I’m having to wash my hair every day just to keep it looking nice. Please help!

I’m bored of my hair – I’ve never really changed my hair style or colour since I was at school! After having three children, I’m now ready for a new look. I want to feel more grown-up but with a style that is easy to manage. How do I know what will suit me?

Louise says: “Start by applying L’Oreal Tec Ni Art Root Lift at the roots and Moroccan Oil on the ends of towel-dried hair. To achieve a good blow-dry, you need to work in sections around the head. Starting from the underneath, take a section of hair using a ceramic round brush (the size of brush will depend on your hair length).

Gary says: “One of the most common reasons that your hair can look lank soon after washing is that you’re using the incorrect shampoo for your hair type. It’s always best to speak to your stylist so they can advise you which products you should be using. Always make sure your shampoo and conditioner are thoroughly washed out as any residue can drag hair down.

Cheryl says: “Having a new hairstyle can be a great mood lifter and you don’t need to go to dramatic lengths to update your look. If you feel like a change it’s always best to come and have a free consultation with one of our stylists who will talk through your hair type, face shape and lifestyle with you and find out what you’re trying to achieve.

Washing your hair too much can also lead to oily hair because every time you stimulate your scalp when washing you are increasing the amount of natural oils in your hair. If you are prone to oily hair try washing your hair every other day and use a shampoo targeted for oily scalps.

An easy way to freshen up your hair is to add colour and a low maintenance fix is to try a scattering of high or low lights depending on your skin tone: these will only need re-applying every few months. Richesse is another colour fix that enhances your natural tones and creates a beautiful, glossy look.

Lift the section and dry the hair with the hairdryer on high heat, medium speed. Make sure the hair is being dried from the root to the ends to create a full and smooth finish. Make sure each section is dry before going to the next one. When your hair is fully dried, add a little Tec Ni Art Serum to smooth any stray hairs and finish with a squirt of L’Oréal Infinium hair spray to hold the style.”

Finally, don’t overload on styling products and only use product at the ends of your hair, not in the roots.”

For more blow-dry tips, check out our top 5 blow-dry products on page 9 We also run blowdry evening sessions where you can practise your blowdry techniques with a glass of wine!

If you suffer from lank hair why not come and talk to one of our stylists who can recommend the right products for your hair type.

To find out more, call our Cheltenham salon on 01242 226644.

You can even try many of our products for free before you buy!

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Depending on your hair length, you could try adding a fringe – this can give you a completely different look without changing your style dramatically.”

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We enjoy some blow-dry banter with Blushes’ new style director Laurent Bressolles

stylist Q: You are from France originally – what brought you to Blushes? A: It was a family decision – I have a little boy who is 18 months old so we wanted to move out of the city. We came to Cheltenham for the weekend and really liked it. When I was talking to people about where I should work in this area, Blushes came up a number of times. I think it’s the best salon in Gloucestershire and is really successful, so that was that!

Where were you working before? Before I joined Blushes in November 2010 I was working in Wimbledon in London. Before that I worked in Aix-en-Provence in France and also in Melbourne, Australia. I’ve had training all over the world! I think hairdressing is more exciting in England – people are more adventurous with their hair and the way they dress, especially in London.

How did you get into hairdressing? My uncle, Guy, is a hairdresser with his own salon in the south of France, in Toulouse. He’s a nice guy, and he was my inspiration. He started to teach me when I was 16.

What do you like about being a hairdresser? There are not many jobs where it’s so intimate. I love to make people feel happier about themselves and a good haircut can do that. 22

What is your speciality?

Which famous hair do you admire?

I would say I am naturally more into cutting. I used to do colour as well in France but in England you usually specialise in one or the other. Generally hairdressers don’t spend enough time cutting hair. We are lucky at Blushes because we give clients 45 minutes which is a lot more than some salons, but ideally we’d have at least an hour!

The French actress Catherine Deneuve always has good hair and I love the Italian actress Monica Bellucci’s hair – she has a lovely, sharp fringe and her hair is always shiny and glossy.

What request makes your day? It’s weird, but hairdressing is never boring. When you get to know your client, it’s nice to push things a bit, to sometimes try new things. For example I may suggest you keep your hair long this time or try a little fringe – it keeps it exciting. A total makeover is nice to do but not on your first time – you need to know your clients well so you can try new things together.

How are you enjoying our weather? It’s terrible! The lifestyle is so different here because it is all indoors. If the weather was amazing here it would be fantastic. I always say that if London had a beach and amazing weather it would be the best city in Europe!

And our food...? I’m much slimmer here than if I was in France! You eat differently here. The quality is good but in France we eat much richer foods like cheese and lots of meat. We are lucky that we live in Cirencester where there are some really nice restaurants.

Do you prefer to chat or cut in silence? Finally, what’s the one hair product I would say a little bit of both is nice. I am not we shouldn’t be without? naturally a talker but it is nice finding out a bit more about your clients each time. Darrell (Blushes co-owner) told me that the Blushes thing is about having a good client relationship as well as being a good hairdresser so it is important to get to know your clients. My English language has definitely improved since being here!

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Laurent works at Blushes Cheltenham and Cirencester. To book an appointment with Laurent call 01242 226644 (Chelt) or 01285 656091 (Ciren) Issue 1 Autumn/Winter 2011



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The hair and style magazine from blushes® Issue 1 Autumn/Winter 2011