The politics of hair: iconic hair and historical meanings

The politics of hair… hair is so much more than just a fashion statement. It can convey strength and power (although if done wrong can also make us look ridiculous and taken less seriously… *cough cough…Boris…Trump*), and carry some heavy political statements. I wanted to look back on a couple iconic styles, that actually have a loaded history, which you may not have thought about.

The Bob. This iconic crop really rose to popularity in the 1920s and is closely associated with this era’s flapper fashion. But women started sporting this cut in the early 1900s, for the same reasons though! It was a feminist statement. Cutting one’s long hair was a way of cutting ties with society’s expectations of women, a not so subtle way of cutting away from tradition. It created a fresh erogenous zone and was a very visual way for women to assert their independence. Read more Here!

Corn Rows. So, maybe this is common knowledge, but I found out that corn rows used to be used as maps to freedom! While we sometimes think cornrows to be a modern trend, it is a style of braiding hair that has been around for more than a millennia. They have been traced back as far as 3000BCE, but in our more “recent” history, it is a style that is loaded with political meaning and used as a tool of resistance against slavery and bondage: braided into intricate patterns, they could map out routes to escape the homes of slave owners. This link has loads of interesting information on the history of a today’s many black hair styles, looks often thought to be just modern trends.

Are there any other hair styles you’re curious about? Let us know and I can do a bit of research 🙂

Have a great day!


How lockdowns have changed our values and our hair!

After almost a year and a half of yo-yoing between being locked in our homes, the occasional liberties and momentary freedom, it is safe to say that everyone’s everyday day lives have irrevocably changed! Professional and social landscapes have altered and the reflection of this is visible in so many overlooked mundane happenstances!
And our hair is no exception! The reasons why and the trends that have surfaced as a result, are really refreshing. Lockdowns have caused many of us to re-evaluate our priorities: what we hold dear and important. As a result, a new wave of self acceptance has bubbled to the surface.

Working from home
Make shift kitchen and sofa desks are now a standard feature for many! And let’s be honest, we’ve all worked from our bed too. And unless there is a 9am Zoom meeting, simply getting dressed seemed like slight overkill when you can’t leave the house! Just brushing and detangling our hair had become enough. And why shouldn’t it be?

Salons were closed
Some tried out every hair dye under the sun, others just embraced what God gave them. Regardless, without the pressure of leaving the house everyday and being seen, we just didn’t care as much and allowed ourselves to try things we might not have felt conformable doing before. But salons are well and truly open now, so whether you are going au naturel or crazy coloring your way through summer, pop in so we can help keep your hair healthy!

Considering Costs
Furlough was great, but we have all felt the financial pinch of Covid. We are re-evaluating many things, from our values to our spending and as much as we LOVE having you back in the salon, we are aware that people’s spending habits have changed. Luckily for us, you guys still enjoy treating yourself and taking care of your hair!


Natural hair!!!!
This is a huge trend since lockdown! Maybe it’s all that time spent alone, allowing self reflection and self acceptance, but we have definitely noticed that fewer of you are hiding the grey and instead you are embracing it! Either leaving it be, or enhancing your natural colour, we’re loving the celebration of the organic vibes! To keep silver strands shining, we recommend silver or grey shampoo.Many think these are only for bleached hair, but not at all: they do a fabulous job of removing brassy tones from all hair, coloured or not.

Crazy Colours!!!
OK… so it may look like I’m contradicting myself, but either you guys are going au naturelle, or you are craving those crazy colours! After so long without a hairdresser, you want some thing that pops, sizzles and cracks to celebrate your re-entrance into society! And actually naturally grey or white hair is a fantastic base to try a bit of paint on!

Face Framing!!!
A very low maintenance and subtle colour! Framing only your face with colour, but not touching the bulk of your hair! So all that healthy regrowth stays that way, healthy, but your face is framed, highlighted and refreshed!

As always, hope you found my two cents interesting! Don’t forget to book your next appointment at Anne Veck Oxford….
Stay safe.


Anne Veck for Jean Paul Gaultier

Anne invites you to smell good enough to eat and check out the Jean Paul Gaultier new “La Belle Le Parfum” campaign she had the pleasure of working on. Styling the hair for The Garden of Gaultier, the team created a world full of flowers, sensuality, and love. The campaign was shot by Magic Owen, and featured talent such a @elleschar, @jamie_windust , @itsstayce and @charlihoward. Promoting self love, self acceptance, sexuality and the power of owning ones truth, the campaign was launched on instagram just a little while ago. Will you follow Anne to the Garden of Gaultier?

Have a great day


Blast from the past-the rise of the 90s

I have recently been re-watching Buffy… and although some of the character roles have aged badly, I’m really not hating the 90s fashion and hair.

For the past decade or so, fashion has been all about that “I woke up looking this way” nonchalant beauty, which meant very minimal hair styling: a sort of rebound from the 90s blowout and aughties more is more vibe. But after a year of living indoors and scraping together any excuse to get dolled up, full glam is back!

This means the utterly fabulous, bouncy and voluminous hair of the 90s is back. Think Cindy Crawford, think Cher… think of hair that is unapologetically done up, rocking that “rich bitch” vibe, after a year of greasy pony tails. Just check out one of Selena Gomez’ recent Insta selfies, rocking the iconic Rachel from Friends super polished long bob, complete with thick fringe, and finished off with a gorgeous blow dry blow out.

We’ve even seen rise in the popularity of Mullets. Celebs like Doja Cat rocked the style at this years Grammy awards, complete with a choppy fringe and that 90s dark eye makeup. Billie Eilish has gone for a slightly softer style, but still riding that 90s train, with a layered, voluminous blond shag cut: serving up major 90s punk rock vibes.

SO if you feel like your hair needs a blast from the past, don’t hesitate to ask us to style it that way for you after your cut or colour 🙂

Have a great day

PS 1st image by our former hair heros Allister Evans & Cassie Jennings

How to match the perfect crop to your perfect face!

So we all know about face shapes. We all know we have one: oval, round, square, heart… But what we don’t all know is how to choose a cut to match whichever of these geometric designs we have been blessed with.

Fret not fam, for I am here to help! I have compiled a little guide, a how to on how to choose the perfect crop, for your perfect face!

What is My Face Shape?
Before you can find your most flattering hairstyle, you need to identify what your face shape is.

The easiest way to do this, is to take what will probably not be your most flattering selfie. Put all your hair back and out of the way so we can clearly see your face, and then look straight into the camera and snap away. You can then trace the outline of your face and see which shape it resembles most.

Do you Have a Rectangle/Square/Diamond Face?
If you want to soften the lines of your face without elongating your appearance, I recommend mid length layered cut, with wavy, curly styling: this can can enhance cheekbones while disguising the corners of the face. Fringes can also work, as long as you go for the soft, wavey hippie kind, not the strict and straight Parisian bob type fringe, which would only make your face harsher!

Do you have a Round face?
If you have a round a face, you will to do the opposite to what I said above.
Round face shapes typically feature a similar length and width as well as prominent, rounded cheeks. Therefore, the most flattering hairstyles for ladies with round faces are those that add definition and shape. So choppy pixie cuts to add angles, short fringes to add length are great (lots of curls, and single length cuts with can balloon around your face not so much).

Do you have an Oval/Oblong Face?
If you do, you are one of the lucky one, who can basically get away with just about any cut, what will suit you will surely be down to personal preference and what makes you feel confident and good.

Do you wear your heart on your sleeve?
(terrible pun, sorry not sorry) If you have a heart shapes face, your bone structure will feature a broad forehead and cheekbones with a narrow jawline and chin. SO you probably want a cut that “balances” this out, and makes your forehead look smaller whilst enhancing your jawline. A long side-swept cut will disguise part of your forehead while drawing eyes down to the bottom of your face. Alternatively, a side-parting pixie cut with textured ends can also appear gorgeous on a heart face shape, as can a bob which will ensure fullness around your jaw.

Do you have a triangle face?
If you do, your jawline that is wider than the forehead, so good to pick a hairstyle that will balance out the jaw and minimize the bottom-heavy appearance of the face. For this lots of layers is always good, short choppy pixie cuts and bobs also, as long as they end around the eyes/top of the collar bone, so they mirror your jaw and balance your face shape.

I hope you found this helpful! But as always, don’t hesitate to ask your stylist, who will be able to give the best advice on what hair cut (and colour) to get!!!

Have a lovely day.


Product Review-Davines Shampoo Bar

Shampoo Bars have now been around for a little while. And, don’t get me wrong, I get how they are so much better for the planet in the simple straight forward way that they have no plastic packaging…. however I have always been a tad reticent to try one out: this may be due to that fact that I have tried to wash my hair with actually soap before, which I do not recommend, it ends up in an odd combo of dry, greasy and tacky hair. I think the similarity in aesthetic between a bar of soap and the Shampoo Bar is what has made me take so long to give it a go.

However, I do love basically all of Davines’ products, they smell great, always do what they say on the tin, and have never left my hair tacky. So, I got me a bar of the Davines Shampoo Bar, and gave it a go. (and they are ethical & sustainable. Editor’s note)

I changed nothing else to my hair washing routine… I don’t really have routine, what I mean is I still shampooed twice and used my normal conditioner, so that only one factor changed and I could acertain with complete certainty wether or not I enjoyed the product

So here is a picture of me before I entered the shower, very au natural, no makeup and rather greasy hair.

So I hopped into my shower and proceeded to start washing my hair. I rubbed the bar a tiny bit directly to my head, but then just worked it between my hands to gather a good soapy lather. It foamed less that a traditional shampoo, but as you can see from my below (again make-up less) selfie, my hair is looking clean and fresh and rather thick afterwards.

So if you want to be your best eco warrior self, this shampoo bar seems to be a good, easy way to start!

Have a lovely day.


Bold and Beautiful – Blondes of 2021

With many of you lovely clients returning to the salon with large regrowth and most likely wanting to return immediately to your beautiful blonde looks, you of course need to ensure that you (and we) do it right. Discuss with your hairstylist what you want – how blonde you want to go and whether you’re willing to change the shape of your hair. It’s all about your hair history as well, how blonde your hair looks after it’s bleached all depends on what you’ve done to your hair. If you have photos/selfies of your hair over the last few years thats always super useful, because you need to go as far back as the length of your hair (3 years if it’s passed the shoulder).

Bright Future

Summer is definuetly going to have us seeing a lot more blondes and what we call ‘mushroom blonde’, this is somewhere between bronde and grey, here lies the most obscure blonde hair trend to hit 2021. This trend is having had a massive interest from clients (you guys) who are now embracing more of their natural tones. The ashy-toned, not-quite-brown-not-quite-blonde Mushroom Blonde shade is still going strong and conveniently works on brunettes and natural blondes. There’s also an underground blonde trend rebelling against icy white that we’re sensing is going to be big as well.
However, if you still want to go icy, the great thing is you can have a lot of fun with toners. Ask your stylist about all the wicked conditioning colours we have by Davines.
It used to be about getting your hair whiter than white because it was so unattainable, but now golden shades with warmer tones is just as popular. If the passed two years have taught us anything, it’s that life is too short to give a damn what mainstream media dictates, so do whatever you damn well please with your hair!

Is this the New Salon Post- Covid Culture?

As we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and start to believe this pandemic could possibly come to an end, Anne reflects on some salon trends she thinks will continue to benefit clients and salon owners as we move out of lockdown.

“The value of the hairdresser

If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that cutting and colouring hair is best left to the experts! The love and appreciation we have felt since reopening has been overwhelming. In the past, hairdressing has been seen as an undervalued career but during the pandemic it was all anyone could talk about. We definitely feel more valued, and more people now recognise the high level of skill required to create professional and beautiful hair.

Intimate appointments

Social distanced appointments are as standard in hair salons, with each client comfortable at their own styling position. However, we’ve found that the privacy and calmness of appointments following reopening has been beneficial to our clients and team. Many salons may look to continue with staggered appointments and fewer people in at one time, to support a more peaceful experience for their customers.

Embracing natural hair

Not only have clients lived with their natural hair colour and texture during lockdown, they’ve started to celebrate it! For those with white and grey hair, we’ve definitely seen more people wanting to enhance their natural colour rather than cover it. There are some fantastic colouring products that help stylists to blend white and grey hair so that it still makes the clients look and feel great. Plus, many have been enjoying a curl comeback following their time away from the salon. We’ve enjoyed working with clients to enhance their curls and waves for a more natural finish.

Recognition for high hygiene standards

On reopening, all sectors are prioritising the health and safety of customers, but for salons this is standard practice. Hair salons have always worked to a high standard of cleanliness to keep their environment sanitised for their clients and it has been nice to see that customers value the safe space we have created.”


Make that Lip Last!

So, you’ve just had your hair done, you’re feeling yourself, you have plans to see friends, go shopping… and show off your hair!
But, dayum, that pesky mask… it’s going to ruin your lipstick!

Worry not my stylist wandering warrior, I have some tips for you to keep you looking liptastic and feeling fab!

AVOID, avoid, avoid shiny lipsticks and lip glosses!!! The matter your lipstick, the less chance for mask transfer, face smudging, and looking like a 4 year old has applied you lip for you!

USE lip liner!!! Lip line a thickish “border” around your lips, and don’t apply too much lipstick to the area of the lip, again were avoiding smearing here, so when you take that mask off, no joker type surprises, you still have the face you remember putting on that morning.

TIP! exfoliate your lips with a home made scrub: mix brown sugar an a bit of honey, let it dry, then wet your finger and gently rubs it off. This way your lips and free of dry bits of skin and you can apply you lipstick carefree!

If you are still worried, look into purchasing a lipstick sealer! I tried it out the other day (my house mate had a few) and that stuff really works! Doesn’t seem to mater which brand either.

Happy to have you all back in the salon!


Calm those curls so you can really go crazy this summer

Want to smooth that frizz and calm those curls? Look no further, we have what you you need!

You will have heard of the Brazilian Blow Dry (the name is somewhat unforgettable for all the wrong reasons lol), a product and service used to eliminate frizz and smoothen out those unruly curls. However, BBDs are typically full of harsh chemicals that can cause damage to your hair in the long run and don’t do our mother earth any favours either! So here at Anne Veck we use Nanokeratine System – NanoSmooth Pure, which contains 0% formaldehyde and 0% aldehyde. The company has also invested a lot of time and research into creating a fantastic product that does not damage the planet!

How does it work?
We start by shampooing your hair, twice, with the special Nanokeratin Shampoo. We the dry your hair, and apply the NanoSmooth Pure and comb your hair every 10 minutes. Afterwards, we rinse your hair, and blow dry it. Then with a flat iron we straighten your hair. After this, we shampoo your hair again and apply the NanoMask, and once we have combed this through and it has taken effect, we dry and style your hair however you wish.

Will my hair be completely straight?
No. You will not end up with the stick straight Japanese look of the 90s. NanoKeratin keeps your natural texture, but removes all the frizz, calms the curls and makes it more manageable.

Will it work on my hair?
Nanokeratin works on all types of hair, regardless of length, thickness and history. But, like any service, make sure you ask your stylist for more information, so you understand the full implications of the service and have realistic expectations of what can be achieved.

-How do I maintain my hair?
NanoSMooth is a fantastic low maintenance way to have silky smooth hair that looks like you’ve spent hours styling it. The treatment can last up to 12 weeks (sometimes longer, depends how often you wash your hair). NanoSmooth embraces your natural textures, so even as your hair grows, the gentle formula does not weigh your hair down, so it will look glossy and beautiful the whole time.
We recommend not washing your hair for three days after your treatment and then using sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners when you do (ask our awesome stylist about which of our beautiful Davines products would be best for you) for maximum efficiency and durability.

Is it safe?
YES! NanoKeratin System prioritises not only the planet, but your hair’s safety!

Our vision

So what are you waiting for?
Call the salon now for a consultation now on 01865 727077!

Have a lovely day

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