A Peek Inside BLOW Shawlands

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When word got out a few months back that BLOW Finnieston were going to be opening a second Glasgow salon, it didn’t take too long before beauty junkies all over town (and by town, I obviously mean Instagram!) were speculating about where it was going to be. Not only that, but it was apparently going to be bigger than its original, with other services available.

Before the rumour mill spiralled out of control, BLOW revealed that their newest venture would be south of the Clyde, and not only would it be a salon – it would also be a training academy too. A place where up-and-coming stylists can learn the business’ own badass brand of creative colour, styling and hair care in their brand new (but still oh-so-BLOW) surroundings.

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This month, the doors finally opened and I got a peek inside BLOW Shawlands to see what we can expect from Kilmarnock Road’s newest resident…

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1. It’s bigger. Like, a LOT bigger. Yup, with two floors, a wraparound styling bar and a fully functioning academy downstairs, there’s certainly a lot more room for hair goals to be achieved at BLOW Shawlands.

Don’t worry, there’s still the same Pinterest-worthy decor, custom selfie wall, freshly popped popcorn and eye-catching window display (would it really be BLOW if there wasn’t?), there’s now just SO MUCH MORE ROOM FOR ACTIVITIES!

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2. There’s a secret garden in the back. First and foremost, BLOW are of course known for their hair cutting, colouring and styling skills. That’s a given. But, it is probably no surprise that the gang at BLOW also know how to throw a heck of a party! And the psychedelic garden in the back is the kind of place that will make you think you’ve died and gone to wonderland.

Seriously dreamy and the perfect spot for a summer soiree.

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3. It’s not just hair that’s on the menu. BLOW Shawlands is more than just a hairdresser’s, it’s a seriously stylish hangout that you feel immediately relaxed in. So when I heard that the new salon would be offering an afternoon tea experience, I was excited to come and try it out!

The afternoon tea has been created in collaboration with one of my favourites – Cafe Strange Brew – with sandwiches, cakes and scones to enjoy (I couldn’t get enough of the salted caramel brownies!). The package (£35) also comes with a signature BLOWdry, making it the perfect girly treat to start the weekend.

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It’s not a visit to BLOW without a selfie – just call me Curly Sue! 

These are just a few things that make BLOW Shawlands well worth a visit, but be sure to check them out for yourself! I like to think of them as BLOW 2.0, with all the same style and attitude as their first location, but bringing along some new ideas in their bag of tricks.

Will you be visiting BLOW Shawlands?

Love,

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5 Places to Visit in Finnieston

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One of the things I love most about Glasgow is that there are so many neighbourhoods jam-packed with things to see and do. The kind of areas you could easily spend an afternoon in, on any day of the week, and not get bored.

Finnieston is one of those neighbourhoods. Filled with independent businesses and just a hop, skip and a jump from the river, it’s the perfect place to get lost in for a little while (not LITERALLY, of course – it is pretty much a straight line!).

Today I’m sharing five places to visit in Finnieston, so feel free to bookmark this if you need inspiration for your next day off (or your next trip to Glasgow if you’re from out of town!)…

The Lunch Spot

If there’s one thing Finnieston isn’t short of, it’s places to grab a bite to eat. From light bites at Piece to slap-up meals at The Gannet, there’s really something for everyone. Lately though, my lunchtime hankerings just can’t get enough of Seb & Mili, an awesome cafe and bakery at 1122 Argyle Street. Once you get over the glorious smell of just-out-the-oven bread (if that’s at all possible), you can order from a delicious menu of sandwiches, salads and brunch items.

My absolute favourite lunch dish here is the watermelon, feta & mint salad with a freshly-baked brioche muffin on the side (or maybe it’s the other way around…?). Also worth noting: Seb & Mili can fix you up with a picnic of goodies if you’re hitting the park for the day – well, it IS just around the corner!

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Digging for Treasure 

For me, a day out in most areas means sniffing out a good vintage shop to dig around, and Bunker 1026 is one of Finnieston’s finest for upcycled furniture and antique homeware.

You’ll find everything from recliners to record players in this gem of a store on – you guessed it – Argyle Street (told you it was practically a straight line!). Happy hunting!

The Hair Paradise

This surely isn’t the first time you’ve found me talking about #BLOW’s Finnieston salon, and with a brand new Shawlands branch flinging open its doors last Saturday, this Glasgow-born company just keeps going from strength to strength. If you’re in the area and looking to get pampered or brave a bold restyle, you’ve found the right place.

As well as creative colour work and the bounciest blowdrys around, #BLOW are also known for their uber-stylish decor. Next time you’re cruising along Argyle Street be sure to check out their Clueless-themed window display by I’ll Be Your Mirror, it’s way existential.

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The Stylish Showroom 

Keep walking up the street and you’ll find IOLLA, a contemporary glasses company dedicated to changing the way we shop for spectacles. You can find a whole list of reasons to pay this lovely team a visit here, but trust me when I say you WILL fall in love with their frames!

I don’t wear glasses myself, but IOLLA have enough pairs of gorgeous sunnies to keep me coming back for more. Plus, they have so many selfie props and mirrors in the showroom that you’ll stop playing coy and start to play dress up in no time.

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The Sweetest Treats 

Does it get any better than doughnuts and coffee? Well, how about small-batch doughnuts in a dreamy selection of seasonal flavours (pistachio and hibiscus, anyone?) and locally brewed coffee? Oh yeah.

Tantrum Doughnuts finally opened their own place at Christmas time last year after their number of insanely popular pop-up events had foodies all over Glasgow going ga-ga for their gooey treats. You can find them at 35 Old Dumbarton Road making their doughnuts fresh on the premises and generally being awesome (THAT BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE THOUGH!).

So there you have it! Five of my current favourite places to visit in Finnieston and do you know what the best part is? They’re all local indie businesses doing things their own way and showing others that it can be done!

Have you spent an afternoon in Finnieston? Where are your favourite places to visit?

With love, swishy hair and a full tummy,

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Cruelty-Free Care for Coloured Hair

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As someone who has been colouring their hair for way over a decade now, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the downright weird when it comes to dyes, treatments and maintenance products.

From flamingo pink, to turquoise, violet and beyond (and oh-so-much bleach!), my poor locks have been through a lot over the years! Nowadays, shiny liquorice-hued hair has been my go-to look, and ever since I got my sleek, 1920s-inspired bob at BLOW about 18 months ago, keeping my hair colour healthy and vibrant is just as important as the cut itself.

I also have sensitive skin on my scalp, so I’m pretty picky about the dyes and products that I choose to put in my hair. No-one likes to feel THAT kind of burn, trust me!

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Recently, I was introduced to Paul Mitchell’s Color Protect range, which I’ve started to use to wash, condition and strengthen my hair colour. So far, I’ve been really impressed. As well as being a leading salon brand, Paul Mitchell also have become well-known for their cruelty-free approach to product development – standing up for furry friends since 1980.

So, not only are their products kind to my hair colour and my scalp – but also kind to animals. Now, that’s something I can truly get behind!

The Color Protect Daily Shampoo helps colour to last longer and boosts shine, while the Color Protect Daily Conditioner moisturises and smooths hair. Both work together to prevent hair colour from fading and protect against UVA and UVB rays (and with so many sunny days recently, heat protection is a must!). It’s no secret that the sun’s rays can seriously affect hair colour, so for extra protection I’ve been spritzing my hair with Paul Mitchell’s Color Protect Locking Spray – which does an awesome job of extending colour intensity.

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But what about vegan dyes? After a consultation with my stylist, Rachel at BLOW, I decided to incorporate some animal-friendly colour into my latest dye job. In case you hadn’t heard, BLOW have recently partnered with Manic Panic hair colour – another company that stands against animal testing – and have incorporated the brand’s range into their menu of hair treats. With so many fun shades to choose from, we talked about mixing two together to create a custom colour  – a twist on a classic!

Mixing together Manic Panic’s After Midnight and Raven, the result was an intense black with a slight blue sheen and a ton of shine. Who said that cutting back on chemicals meant cutting back on quality?

Cleansing and conditioning my newly-dyed locks with the Color Protect range also means that my hair colour still packs a punch AND stays nice and glossy!

With a rainbow of shades available at BLOW and an amazing range of products from Paul Mitchell to help keep things bold and beautiful, there’s never been a better – or easier – time to choose cruelty-free care for coloured hair.

Do you have any tried-and-tested favourites when it comes to gentle, animal-friendly products? Has your hair colour changed over the years too?

Love,

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