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 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

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 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!

Anne Veck Oxford wins Best Green Salon award!


Anne Veck Oxford scooped the Best Green Salon Award at the Salon Business Awards 2017 on Monday night 26th June.

We joined over 200 guests at the elite Century Club, in the heart of Soho on London’s Shaftesbury Avenue for the presentation.

This followed months of anticipation after Keith submitted an online entry for the judging panel, which included award-winning hairdressers Errol Douglas and Barrie Stephen.

Anne Veck Limited Director Keith Mellen said of the win: “ I was surprised and of course thrilled that we won. I’m familiar with one or two of the other finalists who I knew were paragons of sustainable best practice so I didn’t expect us to win! With hindsight, I think the judges must have liked our achievements in reducing energy use and carbon emissions by around 50% and maybe also how we are on a journey towards zero carbon emissions which is very challenging!”

Here’s Anne posing with our sexy BlueGen ceramic fuel cell which generates electricity from our gas supply at an amaxing 75% efficiency rate ( compared with 35-40% in a poer station). Hence reduction in carbon footprint & energy consumtion. Plus the usual LED lighting, water saving, recycling and other eco actions!


With canapés and an abundance of aperitifs on offer on the exclusive rooftop terrace, the finalists were in good spirits to celebrate the most outstanding business models, stunning salon design, first class education, strong team work and much more over the past 12 months.

As the sun went down, guests were invited downstairs to the Green Room where exposed brick walls, decorative lighting and solid wood floors created a warming atmosphere.

It was here that Joanne Charlton, Publishing Editor of Salon Business, introduced the awards to an excitable crowd, eager to hear who had wowed the judges.

Each and every finalist helped to make the awards what they are today, ensuring the bar is raised year upon year. They certainly gave the judges a tough job, and now it is time to announce the awards,” said Joanne.

Speaking after the awards Joanne said: “It was a huge success and a great atmosphere. There was a great blend of networking with fellow peers, having fun and of course celebrating the winners – all of whom were truly deserving with phenomenal entries of an extremely high standard. We hope to see them and the finalists back next year along with a host of new entries.”

Salon Business would like to thank their esteemed panel of industry professionals who judged the awards, including sponsors TIGI, Paul Mitchell, milk_shake, Eco Hair and Beauty, Remi Cachet and Maletti, many of whom who have supported us from the beginning.

Final comment from Keith, “The Green Salon Award was sponsored by Eco Hair and Beauty, based at Southampton University and it was fascinating to catch up with Denise and Shirley from the project. I’m sure we’ll be co-operating further in the future to spread the word across the industry about the benefits of environmental best practice.”

And, why, you ask, was Anne Veck not there? Well, poor old Anne was forced to attend Revlon Professional / Creative HEAD magazine’s amazing Artistic event over in Shoreditch on the same evening. Featuring our very own Emmanuel Esteban , this event explored the premise that hairdressing is art. Check out Facebook for some great coverage.

The secret to the perfect airdry…

This beautiful image by Emmanuel Esteban was one of three in his winning entry for Revlon Professional Style Masters UK  2017.

We all know that our hair needs a break sometimes and this is where air drying comes in. Not only will it save your hair from heat damage but it’s perfect for Summer meaning less styling time and no blasting hot air in your face during a heatwave!

The results of air drying can be flat and lack lustre – no competition for the smooth and bouncy results that only a blow-dry can muster BUT airdrying doesn’t have to be that way…

Most of us can achieve the results that we’d like, it just takes a little preparation that begins with the condition of your hair. Making sure that your hair is properly conditioned no matter what your natural texture is essential. If your hair has proper moisture then it will be less prone to frizz and have plenty of shine.

Begin by……

Washing your hair with a prescriptive shampoo, appropriate to your hair type and then apply a light hold cream. Applying too much product will result in a dull finish so go for a splodge no bigger than a 10 pence piece depending on your hair length and thickness. Begin at the ends of your hair and work up towards the midlengths then use a wide toothed comb to detangle and avoid damaging your hair while wet.

If you would like volume then twist your hair high upon your head into a bun and secure with pins. Remember that your hair will dry in the way that you style it so if you want lift then the higher placed the bun, with the less hair lying flat to your head the better. For added volume you can brush your hair the opposite to your natural parting and secure it that way, then when it is dry it will have more life and movement.

When your hair is dry, which shouldn’t take too long if you’re out in the sun then let it down and detangle with your fingers to avoid frizz.

There are a few more tricks that you can try for added volume such as taking the front of your hair and fastening it in two large pin curls on the crown.

If ever you are fastening the hair up, even in a bun then take care to use hair pins that will not leave lines and never use hair elastics because they cause kinks.

If you do have any out of control sections such as at the front or sides then smooth over them with straighteners *yes this is a little bit of a cheat but it makes a big difference with only 2 seconds of styling time*

When dry. add a little oil to the mid lengths and ends for shine but again don’t use too much or this will weigh the hair down.

If you have curly hair and wish to sleep on it then the Plopping method is perfect. When your hair is washed, tip your head upside down and rake all of your hair forward with your fingers. Take a t-shirt and put it under the hair (while your head is still upside down) then tie it around your head. This method keeps your curls in shape as you sleep and stops the hair fibres being ruffled up from your pillow. A towel is no good for this technique as the fibres are too static and will give you frizz!

In the morning you can diffuse any damp parts and scrunch the hair up. If there are any crazy pieces left over then wrap the strands around a hair wand to smooth them out and give them more shape.

Using a tong or straightener to polish the fronts of your hair takes only a few minutes and can make all of the difference. Let us know how you do!

For more on styling at Anne Veck salons wizz over to here!



Anne Veck Oxford was announced in the June issue of Hair magazine as the best hair salon in the south of England! Wow we are absolutely thrilled and having been a finalist in 2015, this is one award we really wanted to win.

The judges went for our commitment to being as green as possible as well as loving the salon design and our amazing international creative team – a real hotbed of hairdressing! Thank you everyone for your dedication, work and talent and thanks too for the lovely testimonials you, our clients, gave the salon.

Hair magazine’s The Cut Awards are the leading consumer focused awards in hairdrressing and it is a major honour and achievement to win! Do come and see us!

See Anne Veck’s beautiful colour collection “L.E.D.”!

 See Anne Veck’s beautiful colour collection “L.E.D.”!

The mood for my 2016 colour collection L.E.D was inspired by floodlights and back stage lighting! These looks hit you with their shine, glamour and energy and I aimed for a colour kaleidoscope incorporating light, shade and colour placement. And of course, these days, you should only use energy efficient L.E.D. lighting!

I entered a selection of 4 images for the British Hairdressing Awards Schwarzkopf British  Colour Technician of the Year 2016 but didn’t make the final ( sound of bitter sobbing). Nevermind, all my other entries finalised ( Southern Hairdresser of the Year, Avant garde hairdresser of the Year and Afro Hairdreser of the year and i won Southern! So can’t complain…let’s see what 2017 brings.”

Click here to see the whole collection.  Huge thanks to my team on the shoot: Hair assistant Allister Evans | Make-up Melodie Biere | Photography Desmond Murray Collection sponsored by Revlon Professional



Anne Veck Oxford was announced in the June issue of Hair magazine as the best hair salon in the south of England! Wow we are absolutely thrilled and having been a finalist in 2015, this is one award we really wanted to win.

The judges went for our commitment to being as green as possible as well as loving the salon design and our amazing international creative team – a real hotbed of hairdressing! Thank you everyone for your dedication, work and talent and thanks too for the lovely testimonials you, our clients, gave the salon.

Hair magazine’s The Cut Awards are the leading consumer focused awards in hairdrressing and it is a major honour and achievement to win! Do come and see us!

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