A Cut & Colour with Charlie Miller Edinburgh*

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When it comes to hair colour – being blonde can be a blessing and a curse. I don’t think that it’s possible to feel better about yourself, than when you bounce out of a salon, roots freshly done; ends suitably creamy, hair shiny and full of life. But I will also admit that I spend alot of time thinking about it. My hair grows quickly and turns brassy even faster, so when it was time to pull myself together, I popped into Edinburgh icon Charlie Miller’s Holy Cross salon to hit the refresh button.

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The salon itself is beautiful. All white walls and mirrors, it feels like it should be in the middle of a swanky part of London rather than Edinburgh. When I popped it on a Saturday morning, it was already buzzing – women sitting in various degrees of foils, whilst men were clipped into shape. The staff are all unfailingly helpful and smiley – with tea and coffee proffered at every chance.

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As a not-so-natural blonde, I’m always a bit worried about bleach damage. I’d killed my hair a couple of years ago through continual bleaching, and it’s been a long road to claw back some hair health, so, when my stylist Emily mentioned that the salon uses SmartBond technology, I knew I was in good hands. As well as using the best products on the market (the salon also has a huge retail section groaning with Kerastase as well as other brands), Emily assured me that the SmartBond would prevent damage being done.

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After discussing what I was after (natural, cool-toned and creamy blonde) Emily mixed the first part of the SmartBond process with my colour, and got to work with my highlights. Even though my hair is a bit finer than before, I’ve still got a lot of it, but she was more than prepared with her dyes and foils. She was also super speedy – so as she got to work, I got to sit back, relax, and enjoy some magazines!

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After the colour ‘took’ it was time to head over to the sinks, get a shampoo and enjoy a head massage. This is where stage two of the SmartBond process takes place. It’s applied as a pre-shampoo, and it’s rather technical – the formula  contains maleic acid which capture ions to allow the weaker bonds in hair to reform. It contains a blend of ceramides & polymers to provide condition & shine to the hair. It’s basically a magic wand for ends, especially if you’re a blonde!

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Then it was time for a cut! To be honest, I’m probably a hairdresser’s worst nightmare, because I’m so boring when it comes to trims. But Emily listened to my concerns, agreed with my request to take a couple of inches off the end and got to work. Super happy and chatty, it was such a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning, with Emily working her magic, and I positively floated out of the salon!

Thank you so much to Charlie Miller for having me!

A cut and finish with Emily costs £53 and a full head of highlights costs £99.50.

You can find out more about Charlie Miller here

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