Hair Donation at Gaudi!

Have you ever thought about donating your hair to charity? The Little Princess Trust is a UK charity that aims to provide real hair wigs to young girls who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. The Little Princess Trust obtains wigs in two ways – they either buy them for £350 each, or they receive hair donations from people and have the wigs made free of charge. For this reason, it is an immeasurable help to the charity when people donate their hair after their appointment. Making wigs requires a lot of donations too – one person’s donation only makes up part of one full wig! As long as you are willing to donate at least 7”17cm that is in good condition you can participate! Hair donation can be a great way to help out children going through a rough time and freshen up your style simultaneously. Besides, every time you look at your new haircut you will be reminded of the happiness you would have brought to someone’s life.

We recently welcomed a lovely client, Bethany, to Gaudi Hair Salon for this very process. When we asked what motivated her to donate her hair she told us: “The kids deserve it and I might as well make use of it instead of the hair going in the bin!” Pretty reasonable, wouldn’t you think?! Bethany’s hair was quite long before her appointment – she had been growing it out for 5 years and it reached all the way down to her hips. Although her hair was in great condition, she really wanted to cut it short because walking to class every day in the summer heat with hair that long was just getting to be too hot! Spring and summer are the perfect time for a big chop anyway.

Before her cut, her hair was actually bright green and had to be dyed back to brown again. The Little Princess Trust wants wigs to look as natural as possible which is why they only accept natural colours.

Before:

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Maisie cut off about 12 inches from Bethany’s hair so that it reaches about shoulder length. In order to donate hair to charity, we sectioned off the area that we needed to cut and put four plaits in it – that way the hair is nice and neat and stays in place when we send it off. This method also makes the cut look nice and natural without any harsh edges!

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Bethany brought in a picture of Rosie Huntington Whitely as inspiration for her cut, and she also asked for a slight balayage.

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Here’s her ‘after’. We think she looks beautiful and we’re so thankful for her generosity in helping young girls in need!
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Find out more about the The Little Princess Trust here and check out their gallery here!

The Top Four Ways to Wear Hair Flowers This Summer

With all the festivals and outdoor activities that go on during the summer here in Bristol, our salon is ready for all of the coming trends.  One timeless hair trend that is becoming extra popular this year is adding flower accessories to the hair. Floral headbands, bohemian flower crowns, and strong floral accents were all over the runways this spring. What better way to welcome the warm weather and add a romantic factor to your look than to embrace flowers as an accessory?    Here are four of the top hottest ways to accessorise with flowers this summer.

1.  Sprinkled throughout.

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Zac Posen S/S ’14

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Nothing can top the enchanting, carefree vibe of curly or wavy hair with dainty little flowers sprinkled throughout. It’s like you just rolled across a field of dreamy daisies and you are so magical that instead of getting covered in dirt and grass you got covered in perfectly placed flowers.   This look would be perfect on all hair lengths, whether you have very long hair or a short pixie cut. Get some sprigs of Baby’s Breath flowers and pin them strategically throughout your hair with hair grips.  Unless your hair is naturally curly or wavy, you may want to texturize it with a sea salt spray or curling iron so that the pins are less visible.  Alternatively, you could put your hair in an updo and add some small flower clips (like these ones from Accessorize – £6) throughout.

 

 

2.  Wear a crown.

Picture found on BuzzFeed.

Picture found on BuzzFeed.

 

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Picture found on StyleCaster

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Picture found on showmeyourmumu.com

Dolce & Gabbana, Picture found on Fashioning

Dolce & Gabbana, Picture found on Fashioning

For a super easy throw-on-and-go look, wear a flower crown (or a partial flower crown). This idea is extra hot on the runways and a highly trending for festivals.  A floral piece like this is such a great way to dress up your hair if you want to just wear it down or natural. Opt for a large colourful crown if you want to make a fun statement, or go for a subtler crown for a whimsical, romantic look.

It would be really fun to custom make your own, but here are some pretty store-bought hair crowns we’ve found:

New Look –  Pink Floral Hair Garland £4.50

Top Shop – Large Rose Garland £16

New Look – White Flower Layered Hair Garland  £4.50

New Look – Multi Coloured Floral Hair Garland  £3.75

 

 

3.  Flower Clusters

Picture found on Harpers Bazaar.

Picture found on Harpers Bazaar.

Picture found on Fashionising.

Picture found on Fashionising.

Trending with Dolce and Gabbana on the runways this spring were chunky clusters of Venetian red flowers tucked into the sides of classic chignons.  Choose three or four natural looking flowers and pin them into a cluster formation on the side of a simple updo style.  You could buy fake flowers from a craft shop and make your own flower pins, or you could buy pre-made ones (like these from Claire’s, £4).  If you can get your hands on some real roses or carnations, even better.  This hairstyle would be perfect for a romantic summer dinner date!

 

4. Go Edgy

Bora Aksu S/S '15

Bora Aksu S/S ’15

Fendi S/S '15

Fendi S/S ’15

For an intriguing twist on the ultra-feminine floral look, go for flower themed accessories made from metal or synthetic leather fabric. While not quite as dainty as traditional flowers, these adornments make an extra bold statement that is just as enchanting.

 

Welcome to our brand new website!

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Welcome to our brand new website!  At Gaudi Hair, we are constantly trying to make our salon the best that it can be.  Creating a brand new website was a big step, but we feel it is of utmost importance that our clients have a luxury experience with us in person and online.  We think this new site design is much more representative of the creativity and artistic talents of our salon and stylists.  It will also be much easier to navigate and is completely mobile friendly, so you can access us through any device.  We worked with Day One Media, a creative agency in Bristol, to make this website happen!  Make sure you check our blog once in awhile for hair care advice, tutorials, beauty trends, and hair tips!

While you’re here, let us take the opportunity to introduce ourselves in case you don’t already know us.  Our founding stylist Angie has owned Gaudi Hair for 18 years and has since been committed to growing a powerhouse of professional, knowledgeable, and personable stylists.  We at Gaudi Hair now pride ourselves for being one of the most established luxury salons in Bristol.  Our award-winning stylists are expertly trained and maintain their education to stay on top of all the cutting-edge techniques and beauty trends.

One thing that truly sets our salon apart is our ability to treat all hair types.  We are one of the only salons in the South West to have expert knowledge of European and Afro hairdressing, with customers travelling from as far as Cardiff just to see our stylists.  We know that our clients with highly textured or chemically relaxed hair require highly prescriptive treatment, and we are able to provide that. Gaudi Hair is one of the only South West salons to partner with L’oreal Professional’s MIZANI brand, which is a product line engineered specifically for Afro and excessively curly hair types.  Our MIZANI partnership ensures that our stylists are on-trend with all the newest techniques and products available for Afro hair.  And, since highly textured hair requires unique home-care, we regularly host Afro Hair Events where we provide several hours of professional hair care education.  In fact, our next Afro Hair Event is coming up on Friday, June 5 at The Rose Green Centre from 6pm-9pm!

We are open Tuesday through Sunday, so come pay us a visit.  We provide results as individual as our clients!