Time for your personal hair plan for 2018!

It’s still only March, so still plenty of time to look forward and set yourself some hair goals for 2018!

Working towards your dream hair takes commitment, so come and see us for your personal hair plan – a
structured approach to caring for your hair that will make it easier to
achieve the look and feel you’ve always wanted.
A great way to start your plan is with a KeraStraight KS Ultimate
treatment. This will give you up to four months of healthy, nourished,
frizz-free hair, creating the perfect foundations for beautiful hair the rest of the year.
Then book your next two or three appointments in
advance to fit with your stylist’s availability and to get the time slot you
want. Factor in whether you will want a cut, colour
and treatment, depending on your hair type and the look you want to
You might want to to go lighter for spring
and summer and use darker tones in autumn and winter. Or an
easy to manage hairstyle for their summer holidays – a ‘wash and go’
approach. Then maybe a more weather-proof style for winter so that
you still look your best despite being battered by the elements!”
At Anne Veck we’ll spend time with you at each appointment chatting
through your hair needs.
Everyone usually has something they would change about their hair
whether it’s increasing volume, reducing frizz, adding more shine or
making hair more manageable. We can advise you on all of
these and can help make you love your hair even more …with a plan!

I recommends the following first-class products for your all year round
fabulous hair.
1. A good shampoo and conditioner is the foundation for fabulous hair
all year round, You could try Revlon Be Fabulous Shampoo and
Conditioner to help you battle through the hottest summers and the
harshest of winters.
2. Use a good heat protector to avoid breakage during styling. If you
do have to style your hair with a hot hairdryer, tongs or irons make
sure you protect it first. There are lots of great products to choose
from, but look out for the ones that can help your hair to cope with
even the highest of temperatures. Damaged hair doesn’t easily
repair, so it pays to do your utmost to keep it looking its best
through effective protection. We use Revlon Lissaver to keep hair
in optimum condition and it protects up to 230oC!
3. A good oil is perfect for maintaining the hair’s moisture levels while
increasing shine and softness. I recommend Orofluido elixir to
also help reduce frizz and fly-aways, A little goes a long way, does
wonders and its not expensive. So with a little forward planning your locks will look lovely and stay healthy all year long!

Hot hair when it’s cold outside!

Hot hair when it’s cold outside!
or just because it’s cold it doesn’t mean your hair can’t be hot!

Here are my top tips for looking after your hair this winter. Whether it’s intense cold, harsh winds or the effects of central heating, the winter months can play havoc with your hair. But don’t panic, there are plenty of ways you canensure your hair stays looking and feeling fabulous.

The best way to protect your hair is to prepare it in advance. Get your hair ready to combat the elements with an intense treatment, such as Revlon Orofluido Mask.

It’s really important to prepare your hair for the battle with winter weather. Revlon Be Fabulous Shampoo and Conditioner` keeps hair smooth, sleek and shiny, making it more manageable and protecting it from the elements for long-lasting results.

There are a number of ways winter can be cruel to your hair. A general lack of moisture in the air during cold weather can lead to hair becoming dehydrated and therefore more prone to frizziness, split ends and even breakage. Dry hair also appears duller and less healthy, and no-one wants that at the height of the party season!

Also doing it’s bit to dry out your locks is the unnatural heat of central heating and hot air conditioning. Both are enemies to healthy looking hair, leading to dehydration, static and split ends. So inside, or out, your hair is liable to take a bashing unless you take measures to protect and nourish it.

Often, it’s the measure we take to combat the cold that leads to lacklustre hair. Hats and scarves can lead to flat hair, and, depending on the material they are made from, add to the static!

There is a range of products you can use throughout the winter months to keep hair healthy and gorgeous looking.

To combat dryness and dehydration,  I recommend Revlon Unique One Spray as it repairs, hydrates and seals in one, it’s great to keep in your handbag or gym bag for that quick fix. It’s like giving your hair a glass of water when it’s been exposed to the heating in your house and car, and the harsher elements outside.

To help combat static and dullness, I love Revlon Orofluido Oil which is infused with essential oils to add shine and keep frizz away. It keeps hair supple and creates a protective shield so that hair is not as exposed to the negative aspects of winter.

Finally, always apply heat protection when using an electrical tool on your hair. Revlon Double or Nothing Heat Protection Spray adds beautiful shine and protects up to 230c/446f  keeping it in the best condition possible for when you head out into the cold.

And to combat that flat hat-hair, try spritzing some Revlon Volume Elevator Spray into your hair after towel or blow-drying for added volume.

Finally, never leave the house with wet hair during cold weather. The last thing you want is tiny icicles forming in your hair, weighing it down and potentially causing breakage.

Just because its cold outside, doesn’t mean your hair can’t look hot!


Bicester salon now open!

Bicester salon refurbishment update! The salon is now open!

I hope you will love our new recycled, shabby chic, stripped back salon. So much love has gone into it and it’s not quite finished. Watch out for a new exterior and lots of tweaks and additions inside as the next few weeks go by!

Anne Veck Bicester will be closed from New Year’s Day until Saturday 12th January- reopening at 1.30pm on Saturday!

We are carrying out a complete refurbishment which will totally transform the salon and bring with it significant improvements to our service.

Why not be among the first to find out what the new salon is like by booking your appointment for Saturday 12th afternoon or the following week? Call us 01869 248495 for all appointments or book Styling ( cut & blow dry,  hair up, blow dry etc) online here

The Bicester phone number will operate as normal throughout the refit period so do call us. If would like an appointment while the salon is closed do try Oxford , 01865 727077.  And keep an eye on your email in box for our New Year gift to you!

See you in the fab new salon!

Anne xxx

Two evenings… two massive awards for Emmanuel Esteban!

Two evenings… two massive awards for Emmanuel Esteban!

Wow! Emmanuel won Black Beauty Sensationnel Avant Garde Hairdresser 2017 on Sunday 26th November for the third year running and then followed up on Monday 28th with one of the highest accolades available in world hairdressing…he is the British Hairdressing Awards Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year 2017! We do have some amazing talent in the salons these days!

Emmanuel has a highly impressive record of awards success in recent years. He was a finalist for Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year two years ago, when he also won The Alternative Hair Visionary Award. But 2017 is proving to be his annus mirabilis with his win at the UK Revlon Professional Style Master Awards back in the spring as well.

We are proud that Anne Veck salons has now won two years’ running at both The British Hairdressing Awards and  Revlon Professional Style Masters. Bring on 2018 we say…

What next for our uber talented style director, we ask? We think the world of session styling and international fashion weeks beckons. Whatever route his career is set to take, we know he will be a huge success.

Here are just two tasters of Emmanuel’s outstanding artistry: from left to right from his winning Revlon Professional Style Masters collection and then from “Million Eyes”, his BHA Avant Garde winning collection. Photography for both by Emmanuel’s favourite  photographer Bartlomiej Staszowski. And in case you don’t know him, EE is the one on the right in the final photo.



Anne Veck Oxford wins 2nd green business award this year!

Anne Veck Oxford  wins 2nd green business award this year!

Anne Veck’s Oxford salon has scooped its 2nd green business award and 3rd business award of 2017 at the prestigious National Hairdressers’ Federation Business Awards!

It has been announced that we beat finalists from across the country to win the Most Environmentally Friendly Business category. We collected the award at a glittering ceremony held at the VOX conference centre in Birmingham on Sunday 19 November 2017, which also celebrated the industry organisation’s 75th anniversary. .

NHF president Agnes Leonard commented: “Our winners have worked extremely hard to get to where they are today, so we wanted to use the Business Awards as an opportunity to recognise their success.

Receiving a national business award is a huge achievement for Anne Veck salons  so they should be thrilled with what they have achieved”

And we are!

We refitted the salon to feature as many environmentally positive features as possible back in January 2013  and followed up by entering 3 categories in the British Hairdressing Business Awards that year and in 2014. We got to the finals but didn’t win, so owners Anne and Keith are now very happy to have received 3 hair industry accolades 4 years on! Making the salon more green and sustainable is an on-going process, with recent innovations including carbon neutral broadband and telephony as well as (very soon we hope) partnering with the world’s greenest printers for all our future stationery!

Winter’s coming…Anne’s guide for wonderful winter wedding hair

Winter’s coming…Anne’s guide for wonderful winter wedding hair (or any season!)

Choosing your look

When choosing your look for the big day, remember to look like yourself! The secret is to create something beautiful  from your everyday look, but not to go so far as not be recognisable as yourself! Your hairdresser will be brilliant at helping you decide.

For example you’ll probably want a contemporary style but not so far out that it doesn’t stand the test of time (your wedding vid in 10 /20 years’ from now!). Chic and messy are among today’s trendiest wedding hairstyles. A romantic updo  with a crown braid is stunning.  Plaits, twists and knots are very on trend, too.

If you have a high forehead ,a fringe will look fab. Blunt or choppy, fringed or side swept, I love the look of fringes. They can completely transform a hairstyle and for longer hair without even cutting the rest of your locks. It’s a fun way to change  your look, so if you really don’t want a big change, try it after the wedding!

To make sure your hair stays in place all day, chose a hairdresser who is an expert in his/her field and has lots of experience. Look at her/his portfolio. Even the most effortless style has to be built on a strong base in order for it to last throughout your big day.

About styling products, less is more if you want to achieve a more fashionable hairstyle. It should be loose and messy to be more natural looking. My must have to keep volume and texture is Revlon Professional Volume Powder from their D:FI range. For great hold with great workability (for tweaking during the day!) I recommend Revlon Professional Style Masters Hairspray Modular 2.

A few tips on time scales and logistics….before & on the day

The key to beautiful hair on your wedding day is preparation. Make sure you meet your hairdresser well in advance to discuss your ideas and requirements for the big day. Then together you can  work out a plan to make sure your hair is in the best possible condition. Healthy hair is vital to ensure your wedding day look is as beautiful as you deserve. Aim if possible for a 6 month programme of appointments, including a trial session 2 to 4  before the wedding day itself, when you should bring along any accessories, tiara and a photograph of your wedding gown. You’ll feel more relaxed and confident knowing nothing has left to the last minute.

On the day, both you and your hairdresser will need to start on your hair quite early on. For example,  for an updo, you will have washed and dried your hair at least two hours before your hairdresser starts, otherwise  the curls are more likely to drop.

To help your hairdresser get everyone done on time, work out a rota for your preferred order – mother of the bride/bridesmaids/ flower girls – who is having their hair done when!

Above all, trust your hairdresser. He/she will probably not start and finish each person one at a time, instead probably prepping everyone’s hair first, leaving to cool down, then dressing the hair later.

Maintaining your colour

Use the right shampoo! Some shampoos can be quite harsh on your hair which, in turn, causes your colour to fade much quicker. It’s important to use a shampoo that is specifically designed to boost and promote colour. Follow your colourist/hairdresser’s recommendation.

Regular conditioning will help your colour last longer. If the condition of your hair is bad, the hair cuticle opens up and allows the colour to drop out. It’s important to condition your hair regularly, particularly when having colour, as this locks down the cuticle and seals in the colour, making it last much longer. Again, your hairdresser will recommend the best product.

Revlon Professional’s Revlonissimo range of shampoo and conditioners are my choice.

Going somewhere sunny for your honeymoon? Protection from the sun is vital! The sun can actually damage your colour, making it look tired and faded. The best way to protect your hair is to keep out of the sun completely but I know this isn’t very realistic! So when you can,wear a hat or use a protection spray. I swear by Revlon Equave Protection Detanging Conditioner spray!

Finally, if you are really pleased with the service, do recommend your hairdresser to others! A thank you letter and some photos (especially if you are happy for the hairdresser to use them on their website, blog etc) will be very much appreciated.

Lovely review by Muddy Stilettos!

Lovely review by Muddy Stilettos!

We were thrilled when lifestyle blogger Hero from MuddyStilettos.co.uk paid us a visit and this is what she said about us…

“Muddy says: arguably the best colourist in the county, the award-winning Anne Veck, French native turned UK snipper, has salons in Oxford and Bicester to tempt you.

My second visit to the Anne Veck salon and just as impressed this time round as the first.

There are two salons, one in Oxford, the second in Bicester, and they specialise fashion forward hairdressing with eco credentials (winners of Salon Business’ Best Green Salon Award 2017). The Oxford salon is just over the Magdalen Bridge on the ‘real’ side of the city, next to Cowley Road.

Anne is a colourist supremo – her own hair is an avant garde Toyah-esque mix of orange and red – and she totally looks the part. Plenty of gongs in the cupboard too – she won Style Master International Winner 2016 and Southern Hairdresser of the Year 2016, and she’s also the Revlon Professional Creative Brand Ambassador for the UK and Ireland. Pierre, my young French cut and colourist who turned my hair punky orange for a while (review to come shortly!) subsequently won the Tribu-te Paris Young Talent award, with style director Emmanuel Esteban won Afro and Anne Veck herself  overall winner across all categories.

Basically, the salon is really good!”

And we say “Three cheers to that”! Thank you very much you are a hero (sorry).

Here are our own three heros (pun intended again) with their big ones (cheer up Emmanuel you have a big one, its official) from left to right Anne Veck, Emmanuel Esteban, Pierre Ginsburg.

Anne Veck salons win SIX awards in Paris!

Oxford Salon Group Anne Veck Wins SIX International Awards

Oxford salon group, Anne Veck has continued its award-winning streak by scooping a record SIX international accolades at ‘The Big One’ Awards and the ‘Best Emerging Talent’ Competition in Paris, France.

Just two months after winning the ‘Green Salon of the Year’ accolade at the national Salon Business Awards, the Oxford and Bicester based business went head to head with almost 180 other entrants at ‘The Big One’ Awards, which are widely recognised as the biggest hairdressing competition in France. Held at the glamorous ‘La Cigale’ theatre in Paris, the ceremony saw the talented team scoop three gongs. Firstly, Stylist Pierre Ginsburg was named champion in the ‘Young Talent’ category, next Style Director Emmanuel Esteban secured a win in the ‘Afro Hair’ category and then Artistic Director Anne Veck was declared the overall winner of the contest, taking home ‘The Big One’ prize.

Less than 24 hours later, Pierre Ginsburg helped add another trio of awards to the bulging Anne Veck trophy cabinet at the ‘Best Emerging Talent’ awards – an international competition which celebrates young talent spotted by world-renowned mentors. The contest, which took place at the MCB by Beauté Sélection exhibition in Paris, aims to showcase young promising hairdressers, who are recognised for demonstrating incredible creativity.

During a two-hour battle, Pierre presented his artistic hairdressing creations, which were judged by an independent jury and the audience. He clearly impressed as he was named winner of both the ‘Catégorie Blond’ and ‘New Face’ categories, plus picked up 3rd prize for ‘Community Hair Challenge’.

Anne Veck, who opened her first salon in Oxford 26 years ago in 1991 and her second in Bicester ten years later, is delighted with their most recent achievements:

‘Wow! Winning one award is always great, so for our team to win SIX accolades on French soil and bring them back home to Oxford, is beyond incredible. We’re over the moon! Our team absolutely love entering competitions, as it’s a wonderful way to showcase our creativity to both industry peers and our loyal clients. We’re proud to receive such widespread and international recognition for our work and we hope it will help us achieve our goal of helping to put Oxford firmly on the global hairdressing map.”


Double nomination for BHA Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year 2017!

Anne Veck and Emmanuel Esteban have both been shortlisted for the title of Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year at the 2017 British Hairdressing Awards! This is Emmanuel’s 2nd nomination and Anne’s 8th! (14th in all categories!).

This is no small feat with the 2017 awards attracting hundreds of entries which take the form of photographic collections. The 75 first round judges drawn from industry experts, hairdressers, session stylists and creative leaders, viewed the UK’s biggest photographic awards exhibition as they spent the day marking the thousands of individual images.

Avant Garde hairdressing pushes creativity to the extreme and demonstrates that there are no limits to what you can do with hair, with the right creative vision and plenty of technical ability.

Anne and Emmanuel will now add 4 more images to their original entries and the winner will be announced at the British Hairdressing Awards gala dinner at the Grosvenor Park Hotel on Monday 27th November. Until then, their images are under embargo but click here to see a selection of their previous , beautiful, work.

The Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year category seeks to recognise the most inspiring and daring stylists in the industry, catapulting the finalists into the upper echelons of the nation’s very best hairdressing talent. A win can well and truly put a stylist on the map, securing their place not just as a creative visionary, but also as an authority on avant garde styling.Now in its fourth decade, the awards hosted by Hairdressers Journal International and supported since its inception by sole sponsor, Schwarzkopf Professional continue to go from strength-to-strength in its quest to celebrate the most diverse and creative talents in hairdressing.

Hairdressers Journal International’s Executive Director, Jayne Lewis Orr says: “The awards remain true to the original objective – to promote the professionalism and leading vision of British hairdressing, and importantly to celebrate its contribution to the wider world. I am so proud that we can see the impact that the awards have had on not only our own industry and the individuals within it, but also on partnership industries as its success is shared by many. This year more than ever, we encouraged entrants to produce work that’s aspirational and wearable, to really unify the bonds between creative hairdressing and the fact that this industry contributes £7bn to the national economy and employs 500,000 nationwide. Now that’s something amazing to celebrate!”


A how to of beach waves… no matter what your hair type

Lydia-Mai Shakespeare Apprentice

 A how to of beach waves… no matter what your hair type

Beach waves are Summer in a hair style; the disheveled, salty texture is perfect for that off duty, surfer girl vibe that we love while on holiday.
Though appearances can be deceptive,if you have to battle your natural texture to get waves that work then the effortless tousle can actually take a lot more energy and styling time than the look would have you believe…
The beach waves of today are disheveled and look best when tailored to our natural hair type whether that be big, loose waves or a more kinky, mermaid style texture. Our nifty guide will help you achieve beach waves no matter what your hair type so read on to be holiday ready!


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If you have tight curls or waves it’s about trying to lengthen them by stretching rather than scrunching them into a bigger, curlier cloud. Take sections of hair, larger for looser waves and massage product into it so that the waves look polished when finished.

Begin the styling when your hair is damp and pull product through the mid lengths and ends. Pull your curls down with the product so that as it air-dries there is enough weight for them to be stretched. If you don’t have time for air-drying then go for a rough dry on cool, do NOT blast your hair on hot or full power because this will cause major fly aways. Use your fingers and drag the hair longways until dry and tame any fly away pieces with a hair wand.


The toughest part of getting beach waves in fine hair is that you need product for volume and life but you do not want to weigh the hair down. Start with damp, towel dried hair and moisturize it with a spray from root to end.

Next use your sea-salt or texturing lotion and add about 2 pumps to the mid section and scrunch it, avoiding the ends. This is the only part of your hair that needs scrunching.

With finer hair do a bit of rough drying to get the hair off the scalp by lifting the roots away from your head with your fingers or a diffuser. When about 30% of the hair remains damp split the hair into two twisted buns and get the diffuser in them to dry on a medium heat and mid-low power. Shake them out and voila!


The method is the same to fine hair but you need a product with more hold to support the weight of your locks. A heavy mousse will help add hold and a light touch with a thick curling wand will help add shape to any stubborn, straight ends. Use them to enhance what you have created and pick up any sections at random to add to the under-styled vibe.


If you have coarse or frizzy hair then going for a salty, texturised style means that you need to moisturise the hair first to soften before adding the salt or the hair will appear over dry. Extra product is needed for the crown of the head, more moisture means more stick so concentrate your application to the mid-section of your hair and add it also to your hairline and parting to control any fly away or rebellious strands. Rough drying is often used to create more volume and texture which is the opposite of what you want so work your way carefully and slowly with the blow-dryer on a mid heat and low power, pointing the nozzle downwards so as not to ruffle any hair fibres.

For more on styling click here!

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