Thursday, 30 January 2014

Product Reviews – For Our Clients and By Our Clients!

We recently acquired some new products in Salon from the Alterna Bamboo Gents range and thought it would be a great idea to get some of our male clients to review them on our behalf!
We insisted that the reviews were done as honestly as possible – If they loved them then fantastic but if the products weren’t that great then obviously we want to hear why!
We are excited to have the first review from Purav Desai who was asked to give the Alterna Bamboo Power Hold Gel and here is what he had to say about it..
“I have had chance to use the Alterna Power Hold Gel. But unfortunately I didn’t feel that this was a great product for me. I didn’t find that it provided a ‘power hold’ and felt that my hair was drying up. The product would not last for a full day and needed re-applying to maintain my style.”
We would like to extend a big thank you to Purav for a very objective and thorough review! 
The Vinery Product Review by Purav Desai
Over the next week or two we will hear back from Charles who tried out the Alterna Bamboo Thickening Lotion so watch this space!

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

A Man's Perspective..

This week we are talking Male Grooming..its the decade of the Metrosexual and boy is it becoming more and more important!
I have noticed over the past few months that men are placing huge importance on their grooming and it has come more and more into fashion, with gents generally taking better care of their appearance and placing huge importance on their personal look, style and products. As a Stylist I cannot help but notice how my clientele has consistently risen with males coming in who are placing a huge significance on their grooming maintenance and routine.
Younger men are booking in for their eyebrows, beards and even their ears trimming. In fact my male clientele have even started to bring in pictures and photographs with them to appointments to demonstrate the look their are either hoping to achieve to trying to maintain. More males are growing beards and it's no longer about sporting the ZZ-Top mammoth hair overgrowth,Image now beards are more tailored and fashionable and with celebrities like Calum Best, David Beckham and Johnny Depp leading the way with their carefully sculpted facial fuzz its no surprise that these trends have filtered down to the high street.

There are certain products now available for Beard aftercare such as creams, oils and moisturisers as well as specialist grooming tools including combs and bristle brushes aimed at keeping those rogue facial hairs in check. General haircare product sales have also seen a massive climb with gents buying more products to help them stay looking fresh and fashion-conscious. Image
Personally I try to take care of my hair as much as possible, but found that I was looking a tad thin on top over the past 18 months, something that every 20-something man dreads! So I went on to try Nioxin, a three-step hair loss prevention product system which I found helped immensely. Image Diet is also a big factor in the health of your hair, so like everyone else this New Year I have tried to cut down on a lot of things such as alcohol and junk food. Again I have seen a big difference in only 4 weeks, with my hair looking and feeling thicker and less fuzzy - and its not just me that has noticed - everyone is commenting on how healthy I look and how my hair looks great which is exactly the result i was hoping for! And i am not the only one who takes my looks seriously, its no longer about being seen as vain, its about building confidence and looking good. My friends take pride in their appearance too which just spurs others such as myself to do the same. Not only do I look after my hair but I try to look after my skin which is just important. I have started using Kiehls products on my face and can see the difference already so I would undoubtedly recommend these products to everyone!
For more information about male grooming products or to ask my advice on how to maintain the perfect hairstyle/beard just get in touch with me at The Vinery!
Love Jonathan x

Saturday, 11 January 2014

The Vinery’s ‘Must-Have’ Hair Predictions for 2014…

The Vinery team have been eagerly awaiting the start of 2014 with new hair colours and trends firing our creativity! Learning of the Pantone “radiant orchard” (purple with pink and fuchsia hues) becoming the colour of the year means we will see a return to the vibrancy of last years intense balayage effects. Over the top of your blonde ends, or if you’re feeling even more daring, a full head colour.
The advent of last seasons intense pink tones over blonde will mean that this season is going to be all the more brighter and in your face. Personally I think it’s a refreshing change to the subtlety of recent years, and it could make for some interesting colour effects.
Hairdressers Journal Gallery Collection
This seasons styles will see a shortening of the bob. After seeing the short choppy wigs on the catwalks of A/W, this will see the bob become more pixified or urchin like with messy textures a plenty.
The turn of the pageboy now, this was seen on the catwalks again using wigs, with such crops used on Fendi and L’Wren Scott. This again brings a more youthful look to hairstyles following the Indy shapes of last season.
L’Wren Scott 2014 Collection
For those of you that see a short bob (or any bob, for that matter!) a slow and painful demise, then why not put your lengthy locks through the paces of some of the seasons great ‘up do’s'?
The wind-swept thrown up look is fantastic for the morning after, just keep the finish matte and make sure it’s clean. Or opt for the old-world braid straight out of the renaissance, with soft tendrils dropping onto the features.
  Harpers Bazaar Spring 2014 Hair Trend Report 
Whatever you do with your hair this season, make sure it’s not too “done”!

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

David Bowie – Style Icon turns 67..

David Bowie – Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Producer and the chameleon of image changes turns 67 today (7 January) and it seems he won’t be claiming his bus pass just yet with the release of his latest album this year, The Next Day
Here at The Vinery we see David Bowie as something of a style icon, with a plethora of images and personas that have seen him storm through the decades at the forefront of both hair and fashion.
This Brixton boy was born in 1947 when Britain was on the road to recovery from the devastating impact of WW2. Bowie developed a unique sound, beginning with the folk scene that was popular in the 60′s, complete with long flowing hair and obligatory guitar…
images-10Bowie then pushed through the musical frontier, pioneering the Glam Rock sound and vision taking this to the hilt with the creation of his persona Ziggy Stardust – which soared DB to cult status:
Bowie’s musical and fashion direction took a new turn with his album Diamond Dogs and the song Rebel Rebel which saw him develop a more soulful and funky sound. In another twist Bowie developed another persona, the Thin White Duke.

We had the catchy Lets Dance in the 1980s and the classic (I think so anyway!) film Labyrinth – who can forget Bowie on that freaky upside down staircase?! Not forgetting his immense Mullet and those tight leather pants…
In the 1990′s Bowie married Somali-born supermodel Iman..and in the 2000′s entered the hall of fame with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
With 9 UK Platinum albums, 11 UK Gold albums and 8 UK Silver albums tucked under his umbrella it seems that slowing down isn’t an option for this sexagenarian who is releasing yet another album this year. We are eagerly awaiting his next fashion transformation for this decade…lets hope its as iconic as his previous forays!
See some of our favourite looks below (and above!)…

Even the Sebastian Cult Team have taken inspiration with their latest ‘Bowie’ photoshoot which saw Vinery Senior Stylist Lisa Bates involved with creating the look which can be seen online at:
From the Wella Sebastian Cult Team 2013
From the Wella Sebastian Cult Team 2013
Tell us about your favourite Bowie look from over the decades and lets hear about how he has inspired you…
Here’s to David Bowie – Happy Birthday!

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The Vinery plays host to some of the region's top hair professionals. With a combination of experienced and trainee Stylists, Beauty Consultants and Creative Designers we are able to cater for every need!