I'm not great at the whole beauty thing.
I admire girls who stay in to wash their hair & leave whole afternoons free to pamper & paint themselves.But I'm not one of them.
I tend to leave it until I absolutely have to, then drag myself to the salon for a complete overhaul.
There's also only one woman in the whole world who I'll let cut my hair.
I started going to her when I was 11. I had a short little pixie haircut and I was very particular about it. Since then I've seen maybe 2 or 3 other hairdressers, all of whom have left me in tears whispering "It's only hair, it'll grow, it'll grow" to myself.
Now, when I was 11 it was easy. My mum would pop me in the back of the car with the dogs & we'd trundle down the road to Bath. Mel worked at Toni & Guy back then. Mum & I would go in, each have our hair cut and wonder around the sandstone streets, shopping and stopping for bites to eat and huge frothy coffees.
Now I live in London, it's a little trickier.It's a 2 hour train journey down to Mel's salon, but totally worth it. I grab a fresh new book at the station, arm fulls of nibbles & make my way back to the country.
But can you blame me when it looks like this?
She designed and built the place herself (a project I loved following on her blog "Happiest in Hunters"). Reclaimed, recycled and organic goodies cover every surface. The perfect mix of rustic & lux.
I had the works. Waxing, threading, mani, pedi & my locks chopped. Paint-wise, I opted for Essie "Mint Candy Apple" to match my kicks!
My favourite bit was actually totally unexpected. Sarah the lovely brow lady coaxed me into having my sluggish eyebrows threaded & tinted darker. She said I needed 'Snow White eyebrows'. I raised one of my slugs in amusement, but agreed. After a few minutes of torture (Iloathe being plucked) I was done, and ready to concede... I did indeed have Snow White eyebrows. See?
Y'all ask me for my hair tips nearly every day, so here's my tip to top the list: Find a great hairdresser. Mel's my favourite and I highly recommend her to all of my friends. She has two salons, one in Bath & a new one in Frome . None in London... yet, but I'll keep trying to persuade her, so watch this space! .