How Sustainable is your Hair Do?

I think that by now, it is safe to say that we have all, to some greater or lesser extent, tried to implement more eco friendly habits into our lives! Whether it be bags for life, installing solar panels, going veggie or vegan, going to work on a bike, or all the above plus even more, there is still one aspect of our lives we often forget to consider: the services we use regularly.

Consider the experience of an average colour appointment; bright lights, dryers going, music playing, screens on. Highlighting foils, refreshments, gowns, towels, washing, rinsing, more towels…Multiply this by an average day’s clientele and you’re potentially looking at a large energy bill and an even larger carbon footprint.
Well I’m here to tell you that if you get your hair done at Anne Veck, you do not need to worry! Fret not, as they are THE carbon neutral salon!!!

In 2013, Anne and Keith redesigned and refurbished the whole salon to be eco friendly and sustainable. Since 2019 they have held the accolade of “Certified Carbon Neutral” from Carbon Footprint Ltd and aim to work with companies who have the environment at the forefront of their business ethos! So from the moment you enter Anne Veck Oxford you are greeted by a business that’s both commercially successful and environmentally sustainable.

Anne says, ‘We work with sustainably conscious companies because not only do we love the results that they achieve but we love what they stand for. They manufacture with renewable energy, use recycled packaging and naturally derived ingredients, are carbon neutral and some are B Corp. We also love that we can provide our clients with a refill bar for Davines Shampoos and conditioners.’ Anne and Keith work hard to not only let their clients know what they are doing, but also get word out in the trade media, so that other salon owners what options are out there, and hopefully also start to run their business in a greener fashion. To speed this up they wrote SalonRe:Source, a toolkit for salon owners.
So, to answer the title question of this article, if you’re part of the Anne Veck Oxford community, your hair do is hella sustainable!

Have a great day!

xxxDFG
www.dirtyfenchgirl.com
PS forgot to mention, they won “Sustainable Hero” at the Creative Head magazine Most Wanted Awards 2021!
DFG

Most Wanted Sustainability hero 2021

Five Autumn Hair Trends Not To Miss!

We’re out, We’re About, and Anne Veck Oxford is keeping us fresh!
As autumn approaches, with it’s gusty winds, falling leaves and cooler weather, what looks are we trading our “keep my neck fresh” buns and pony tails in for?
I took Anne Veck out for coffee and picked her brains, so here is what the AV team thinks you should be keeping an eye out for!

-Raw Textures and Layers
Movement and face framing layers, with minimal styling and working with your hair natural texture, will be a go to this autumn! Still “recovering” from a lot of DIY lockdown hair experiments, this trend is gorgeous and great for growing back that healthy hair!

-Buzz Cuts
This can be a radical change and look for women, but also very low maintenance and keeps you looking on point whether it be for work or a night out. So if if you want to look swag with minimal effort this is a great way to go!

-Grown out Fringes
Blunt, choppy or curtain fringe, a grown out bang can look utterly fab on straight or curly hair! But do it right! Get it trimmed in salon so it looks purposefully 70s negligent rather than just a bit ill forgotten.

-70s Vibezzz
Perfect intro to our next trend: 70s everything, everywhere! Fashion is a cycle, and the 70s are for sure coming back around. Keep your eyes peeled for chic and understand 70s references, in people wardrobes, hair…. everything!

-All the Bobs!
The bob. Timeless! Not sure when this style is ever out of fashion! Any cut with a distinctive shape is always a statement and always in! The “wash and go vibe” is great now that we’re getting back to our busier lives.

So… what style are you thinking of sporting this autumn? We can’t wait to see you in salon to find out!

xxxDFG
www.dirtyfrenchgirl.com

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!

xxxDFG
www.dirtyfrenchgirl.com

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!

THE TRENDS

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.

xxxDFG
www.dirtyfrenchgirl.com

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

xxxDFG
www.dirtyfrenchgirl.com

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

xxxDFG
www.dirtyfrenchgirl.com
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.

xxxDFG
www.dirtyfrenchgirl.com

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.

xxxDFG
www.dirtyfrenchgirl.com

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.”

xxxDFG

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