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

Taking good care of your hair extensions!

Dear lovely clients, whether you are new, or a seasoned and experienced wearer of hair extensions, here at Anne Veck, we think its always good to refresh your memory on how to properly care for those luscious locks. It’s important to get into a good routine with your hair extensions from the start because good habits equal longer lasting extensions.

At Anne Veck Oxford we offer a few different types of extensions: we have Loxbox (glued in bands), Gold Class (individually bonded), clip in extensions, and we also stock Balmain. Clip in extensions are obviously removed in the evening, but still need to be taken care of to last. Loxbox can look great for up to 6 weeks before they need salon maintenance (and what’s totally ace is you can re-use the hair if you have taken good care of the bands), and Gold Class extensions look fab for up to 8 weeks. Of course these time estimates all assume you will be taking regular care of your extensions! So here are the tips, tricks, and information you need to make the most of your manes.

First tip: avoid too much heat and too much product. Like real hair attached to your head (because all our extensions are real human hair) this damages it. However, unlike real hair, extensions are not growing and do not “renew” themselves. Excessive heat will damage and burn the hair, and obviously this will not grow out, and too much product will make you wash your extensions more than necessary, which can wear them down. So once in a while, let your hair air dry, and avoid the hairdryer 🙂
Now… if you do use products, make sure you are using the correct ones (Davines have a few great products such as the OI Oil for heat protection, and the OI set in general–> ask your stylist for more info on exactly which products would e most suitable for YOUR extensions) and avoid anything with these ingredients: SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Alcohol Denat, Ethanol, SD Alcohol 40, Propanol, Isopropyl, and Propyl, as these “burn” and massively dry out the hair.

Tip two: Now, regardless of whether you have clip in or “permanent” extensions, brushing them (either on head or off) is literally a make or break it situation, and I can not emphasize enough how important it is TO USE THE CORRECT BRUSH!!!! The wrong brush can cause split ends, end damaged hair, which can be trimmed off, but as we all know, extensions don’t grow, so if you want to re-use them after, you may end up having to cut your hair to match the extensions, rather than the other (more logical) way round!
Davines do a fabulous Cushion Brush, great for basically any and all extensions!!!

Trick number three: How to reduce shedding! Now, like the hair you have growing out from your scalp, this is unavoidable, but to make your extensions last as long as poss, you need adhere by a few easy rules!
The first and quite possibly one of the most important rules is to brush your extensions (gently) out before washing them and only once the hair is 90% dry. This helps minimize the possibility of breakage and shedding during the washing and because the hair is at its weakest point when wet.
Also, do not wash you extensions too often, because similarly to too much heat, or product (mentioned earlier) this can cause dryness and breakage and …SHEDDING! Now obviously this will be different depending on if you have clip ins or extensions permanently attached to your head, but really play it “by eye” and only wash them once they truly need it!

Numero Quatro: avoid dying/especially bleaching your hair once extensions have been put in! Do this before, and at the salon we can dye your extensions to match the colour before we put them in! Some of the components of hair dye will soften the glue used in Loxbox bands and Gold class/Balmain bonds, causing them to fall out faster, and bleach will dry everything out for sure!!!
If you want your clips in a different colour, don’t hesitate to pop in and bring then with you, we will happily sort them out for you 🙂

And advice number five, really only applicable to clip in hair extensions: storage. Keeping your extensions some where safe, and taking care of them before putting them “to bed”, makes a huge difference. After removing your clip-in hair extensions, ensure that all of the clips are closed shut. When prepping your extensions for storage, I recommend brushing the set. Always make sure you store your extensions in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight (like a closet, cabinet or dresser drawer). Also, ensure your extensions are completely dry when storing them to prevent mold and other bacteria from growing (because yuck).

I hope you find these tid bits interesting and helpful! I myself have had all the different types of extensions, and can attest first hand that taking on these good habits does make a difference!

Have a fabulous day xxx

Summer Festival Hair At Last?

As summer draws closer, so does the feeling that we may get to enjoy a normal sunny season this year! And if, for you, thats usually dancing and drinking at multiple festivals all summer, it looks like thing might be on the up and up (check out this BBC article “which festivals will go ahead in 2021?”)

So, this begs the question, WHAT style, vibe and look are you going to be rocking at your first festival in two years? after year another lock down, let’s not just throw on a flower crown or a diamanté tiara and call it a day! You’ve got to make up for lost time, make one hell of an entrance, and make sure your hair is as unforgettable as the festival(s) you’ll be attending!

Get a reverse Ombre Pink? I wrote a article recently “Pink it to Win it” , and yes it is true, pink hair isn’t anything revolutionary at a festival, but the reverse ombre, with darker roots and lighter ends, gives it a new twist! And you can get some fabulous Davines products in store to maintain that pink throughout festival season!

Use some funky hair pins to spruce up any style?! Anne has collaborated with Dirty French Girl Jewellery (Moi) to make some pretty fun hair clips that would look banging on the festival circuit (or anywhere you want to be honest).

And what about hair chains? Anne and DFG have been working on some fun designs, so keep your eyes peeled, it could be your next summer look!

Be sups extra?

Get yourself some cool hair gel that’s also coloured and scrape it all back! And don’t stop at your hair, get some sticky diamantes and glitter involved and you’ll be the most shiny fairy unicorn fairy partying at any festival!

Hope my two cents have inspired you! Can’t wait to see what looks you all go for!


Hippy Hair: 2021’s summer of love!

As we gear up to come out of lockdown numero tres, I think we are all ready to enjoy some time outdoors, no stress, rocking the summer vibes, chilling that relaxed mood… and as I look into what hair trends I think are going to be big in the coming months, this is a wave that totally translates into what I have dubbed Hippy Hair.
I don’t know about you, but when I think Hippy, I think 70s, relaxed, chilling out, maybe smoking something you shouldn’t be, catching some rays, and just enjoying life… basically what we are all looking forward to doing! So, them 70s fashion vibes gonna be hitting the streets hard! what exactly does the mean? well, let me give you concrete hair examples of the coming big trends!
(Editors note: Hippies were in the 60s. The Summer of Love was 1967. I know I was there.)

1.The Mullet Shag!
Now, if you follow many or any hairdressers on the gram, this is a style that has been rearing its hairy head since the first lockdown, and is now gathering momentum with the general populace, in no small part thanks to Miley Cyrus rocking the look! And it’s cool, the shaggier and messier the better and cooler you look! Anne has been rocking this style, in varying degrees of mullet ness, for a couple years now, so if you want to give it a go, she’s your gal!


2.Curtain Fringe 🙂
Personal favourite (currently growing my fringe out so I can have one) the name explains it well! Long fringe, parted at the middle, as a sort of curtain for your face (or it can be cut shorter getting longer from the middle outwards). Easy to style (doesn’t need to be super precisely blowdried straight like a traditional fringe) and quick to grow out if you decode its not for you!

3.The Long Mod Fringe!
So Rihanna is rocking one of these at the moment, and really looks superbe! Typically heavier, thicker, longer, this fringe has deffo 70s hippie vibes! and there is just something so sexy about it: that cool girl smoulder just kills it every time!

4. Pink it to win it!
Its summer, we’re feeling those hippy vibes, and who says hippies, says colour!!! check out an article I wrote a few weeks ago all about how pink is the colour to try this season —> Click Here

5.Supa Dupa Long Hair!
One perk of lockdown, plenty of time to grow your hair! and who doesn’t love long beautiful locks of hair in summer, shimmering in the sun? If if you didn’t grow the as much as you want, enquire about Anne Veck’s awesome hair extension services!!!

So, do you think you’ll be trying any of these styles out? Whether you’re hungry for something new, or want to stick to your tried and trusted, we’re open again soon, so email to book now 😉

Have a lovely day
xxx DFG

Pink it to win it!

Anne, with her trade mark varying hues of pink hair, called it!
The trend for playful pink hair began during lock 1.0, when bored celebs decided to get experimental! But here we are one year on, and the trend has not died out, the craze has grown and we now see rose hair everywhere from the streets to on the gram and tiktok!

But pink hair is a fair bit of work, and needs to be applied on a a clean bleached base to look its best! so can IT work for everyone? DIY hair, especially when it involves bleach, is risqué!!! But if you can wait til 12th April for your “pink hair don’t care” spice of life, we have some utterly fantastic products that will get you down that pink brick road in no time!

Pink is high maintenance colour! It can only really be achieved as a toner, on a bleached base! This means it washes out rather quickly, however with our awesome Davines Alchemy Range, which is basically a combo of colour and conditioner, you can maintain you pink at home in a safe nourishing way!!!

So as tempting as it may be to try and copy all those celebs, wait for the proper hair care, so we can get you looking pretty in pink, without all your hair falling out 😉

Remember, to book your pink transformation, email with your mobile telephone number.

til next time


by DFG

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