For years I was one of those girls who dreaded getting their hair cut and always asked for “as little possible” off the ends, even though it needed a lot more. After the last time I went blonde, I decided enough was enough and cut my hair shorter. I hated it and it took a good two years to grow as my hair was so damaged from the bleach. But, as my hair repaired and became a lot more curly, it grew a lot quicker and getting it cut didn’t seem like such a big deal.
Over the past 6 months my hair has started to grow longer than it has since I was about 13 and of course I started to think about cutting it short (note that my definition of short isn’t actually, you know, short) as sometimes long hair is a bit of a pain, especially when it gets tuggy and matted after a day of curls! I decided to take the plunge when my mum bought me a gift card for Profile for my Christmas.
The New Do
I already knew I wanted to get highlights, as half of my hair still has a yellow tinge underneath from the bleach that just won’t shift. I didn’t want to change colour but the contrast makes my natural hair look a bit dull, so I opted for red and copper highlights. I went in with images of “pumpkin spiced hair” (none of which had anything near my natural colour as a base!) and when the salon owner, Amy, asked if I wanted go for a few pure copper tones in my hair, I decided to give it a go! As soon as the colour was washed off, I knew I loved it. Even with wet hair it was obvious that my hair was a lot more multi tonal.
The best way to describe the hair length I wanted is “armpit length” (if anyone knows a nicer name for this length please let me know!) and even though I was set on it, when I felt the first snip my heart had a little pang and for a split second I worried that I would regret the decision. As soon as my hair was blow dried I was so happy I went for the chop. My hair immediately had so much more life and bounce, as well as looking amazing with the highlights! When Paul was blow drying my hair it felt so effortless and my hair sat a lot better than it has in a very long time.
The first week after my salon visit was a little strange, I’ve not had short hair in so long so I kept using far too much product on it, leaving the ends looking raggidy and causing me to wash my hair ever other day. Now that I’ve adjusted, my hair is so easy to style! Most days I leave it to do its own thing, or put a few heated rollers in the crown to refresh the style. Even when I blow dry my hair, I can get away with blasting it dry and using a brush to neaten the ends.
As you can see by the photos on Profiles website, the salon is a chic little haven on Huntly Street with some seriously cool decor – I mean just look at the backwash, it couldn’t grab my attention more if it tried! As soon as you walk in the door you are immersed by the friendly, chilled out atmosphere and I always feel excited to be there.
The salon owner Amy originally took me on for both my weeks of work experience in my second and third year of college when I was younger and she made me feel so welcomed and at home even though I was obviously a bit clueless about working in a salon. She even showed me a lot of tips and tricks as we went along. I couldn’t think of going to any other salon as I’ve never felt like comfortable as much as I do whenever I go to Profile! (I’m sure anyone who doesn’t enjoy getting their hair cut will understand what I mean) Nothing is a bother and as I mentioned before, there is a friendly, laid back vibe running through the salon.
My usual stylist is Paul, who somehow manages to take my incredibly vague descriptions of what I want and magically gets it spot on. The best part of the experience is that Paul is so genuine, he doesn’t ask standard small talk questions and on the days where I’m not feeling so chatty, it isn’t awkward not to speak!
Profile is an exclusive stock list of the Italian based brand Davines, who create eco-friendly, sustainable products that are scientifically engineered to work. I needed to stock up on the All-In-One Milk and also came away with the MINU Shampoo* and THIS IS A MEDIUM HOLD GEL*.
The MINU Shampoo is designed for coloured hair and on the second wash it lathers into a creamy foam which gently cleanses the hair whilst protecting the colour. I can’t begin to describe how good the shampoo smells – it’s described as a citrus (orange blossom) and fresh scent, but to me it smells more…botonical? I’m not sure that’s what I mean, but it smells gorgeous and clean, how I imagine a spa would want to smell!
I asked for advice on how to get my curls to stay in after diffusing my hair as it tends to go fluffy, expecting to be shown some sort of mousse or creme. When Amy suggested the THIS IS A MEDIUM HOLD GEL it was a bit of a lightbulb moment – of course a gel would be great on curls! I absolutely love that this comes in its own little parcel, it’s like opening a present! I use this even when I leave my hair to dry naturally as it gives my locks more texture – I simply scrunch a tiny amount through the midlengths and ends of my hair, both when it’s wet, or even when it’s dry if I need a little more hold. I really want to try out the gel for a wet look ponytail or low bun, but I haven’t quite gotten up the courage yet!
I’m already considering going for a shoulder length cut next time and I definitely want more copper highlights, so it’s safe to say I’m a changed woman! Sometimes I look at photos of girls with super long hair pleats or funky styles and I do miss having longer hair, but I can’t ignore how much healthier and happier my hair is after being chopped, so for the next while I’ll definitely be keeping it shorter!
Where is your favourite salon? Let me know why it’s your number one in the comments below, and head on over to my Instagram to see my before and after (with added dog filter, of course!)