HAPPY NEW YEAR!

What a whirlwind of a year: it only seems a short time ago that we were celebrating our first Christmas at Randle & Randle, and the second one has now been and gone.  A heartfelt thank you to all our clients for their continued support of our business, and to the staff for providing quality services throughout the year.

So what can you expect from us this year?

We have some fantastic offers coming up over the next few months, the first of which is due to launch 9th January.  We’re introducing a new massage therapist to the team on alternate Saturdays and there is a huge discount of 50% if you book with Donna on the 9th, 23rd or 30th January.  Donna trained at The Sheffield School of Beauty and offers a caring, thorough, professional treatment (I know I’ve tried it, and heck am I picky?!)

If you need to overhaul your skin regimen then the half hour Dermalogica Microzone treatment is for you.  This targeted treatment addresses your skin concerns and educates you in how to care for your skin at home with the correct products, taking the guess work out of buying.  After a consultation your skin condition is assessed and a prescriptive treatment performed.  You will be given a facemap analysis chart along with samples to take away and recommendations for purchases.  This service is also on offer at 50% off; a snip at £14.50!

Keep your eyes on the website, facebook and twitter to make sure you catch all our promotions in the coming weeks – Jenny will be back writing next week!

Hope 2016 is your best year yet

THE LOW DOWN ON GEL POLISH

Is this a familiar sight at this time of year? Tried to get your socks and shoes back on too soon?

download-47

Don’t be ashamed; mine are exactly the same. There’s just no point faffing about with regular painting through winter – if you go to the salon you have to leave in flip-flops while it dries (in the cold and rain? No thanks) and if you do it at home you have to sit with your feet out, again, to let them dry while looking longingly at your slippers. I’m sure you’ve had that “they’ll be dry now” moment, only to find they really weren’t.  If I’m going out and plan to wear open toe shoes my trotters are lucky if they get a single coat of polish on all of them (because no one can really see your baby toe, right?). And if you’re not going to put it on properly, base coat and all, you’re going to stain them so they look even worse when you take it off again. Nightmare.

Enter the miracle of gel polish. The process of applying it is just as quick as applying regular nail polish; the only difference is that when each layer is applied you put your hand/foot under a UV light for 30-60 seconds to cure it to the nail. Once it’s cured, it’s dry. When I say “it’s dry” I mean IT’S DRY! No chipping, no spending the next hour delicately trying to get things out of your bag or walking about on your heels, no smudging; it’s not going anywhere. I love having gel on my toes through the winter, it’s hassle free and a really affordable option (Randle and Randle charge £15 for hands or feet) because it lasts sooooo long – up to 6 weeks! And who can’t resist a bright pop of colour when you take your socks off?

download-48

Gel toes: easy, affordable, mood-enhancing. What’s the catch?

download-49

Of course there has to be some minor t+c’s, so here comes the boring (but important) bit. Because gel cures to the nail, it can dehydrate and weaken it, therefore it is highly recommended, essential really, that it is removed properly to avoid any damage to the nail (don’t pick it off as you could cause your natural nail layers to peel). Randle and Randle have invested in the Essie brand due to them formulating a conditioning remover that you soak the nail in for approximately 5-10 minutes;  the remover contains keratin to keep the nail hydrated and nourished. Don’t let this minor soak off detail put you off – it’s available at the salon for £5 and can be done right before you have a new colour put on (have a cuppa and flick through a magazine), and by following this proper procedure you can expect minimal damage to the nail.

Keep your eye on the website for upcoming offers in the New Year; I’ve been promised a new selection of colours and mega deals!

Written by: Jenny Marshall

Edited by: Amanda Randle

 

ITS CHRISTMAAAAAS!!!!

Alert! We are in December!

Shops are about to get busier, you’re slowly realising you haven’t bought all your presents and the idea of battling down the high street is filling you with dread; it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Fear not! Randle and Randle have a fabulous selection of Christmas gifts and offers to suit every budget and client, so here’s my break-down of their best buys this winter:

Sebastian Haircare – by WELLA

Sebastian have some great value-for-money gift sets in three of their best product ranges, each presented in stylish gift boxes. All include a 50ml shampoo and 50ml conditioner with a full size styling product.

For taming: HYDRE (My personal favourite)

“Intense, nourishing formula rehydrates dry, frizzy and chemically treated hair”

Set includes:

Shampoo and Conditioner
Travel-size WHIPPED CREME: A lightweight curl enhancing mousse
Full size RE-SHAPER: Strong-hold hairspray

All for £29.90 – Save over £7

download-50

For added volume: VOLUPT

“Volume-boosting to give weightless styling, shield in lightness and enhance style”

Set includes:

Shampoo and Conditioner
Full size VOLUPT SPRAY: A light gel spray to add va-va-volume to hair

£21.90 – Save over £6

download-51

For thermal protection: TRILLIANCE

“With rock crystal extract, to cleanse and polish the surface of the hair, remove residue and give greater light reflection”

Set includes:

Shampoo and Conditioner

Full size TRILLIANT: A thermal spray treatment that protects hair and locks in shine

£21.60 – Save over £6

download-52

Dermalogica Skincare

Randle and Randle uses Dermalogica products exclusively in their skincare treatments. Why? It’s the best. Trust me – I’ve been using it for over 7 years now and refuse to use anything different… I could dedicate this entire blog to my adoration for Dermalogica. But I won’t, I’ll crack on with these OFFERS!!!As well as gift sets for every skin type, this winter you can get:

2 free products with the purchase of a 100ml moisturiser

Choose from:

download-53

Active Moist – lightweight, great for oily skin Skin Smoothing – Medium weight moisturiser for combination to drier skin (my favourite) Intensive Moisture Balance – full of nourishing antioxidants for dry skin

Each set contains a free travel-size cleanser and facial cleansing mit. Prices starting from £44.60

And to top it all off, Randle and Randle are offering an EXCLUSIVE voucher for a free microZone facial (half hour targeted skin treatment) in January when you spend £75 or more on ANY Dermalogica product(s).

Still unsure of what would be the best gift? If you prefer to let your loved ones choose their gifts, you can buy a personalised gift card at a set value, or purchase a specific treatment (hair and/or beauty) they can enjoy to wind down after the madness of Christmas is over.

 

Want to make your shopping even less stressful? Randle and Randle offer free gift-wrapping on all Dermalogica products too! Job done

Written by Jenny Marshall

Edited by Amanda Randle

WAXING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND

Are you a waxing virgin? Or like me, tried it a couple of times and thought shaving was more convenient? Thinking of getting back into it? THE TIME IS NOW!

download-54

I recently had a half leg wax at Randle and Randle; since it’s winter I don’t have my legs out as much, so thought it would be easier to ‘grow them out’ and get into the waxing routine. Now is the best time to do it! Plan your waxes around events where you want to get your pins out, and the rest of the time you can secretly let them grow wild under woolly tights, leggings and jeans; all the joys of the winter wardrobe.

Getting into a routine of waxing will reduce the way the hair grows back: waxing removes the hair from the root, meaning some of the bulb (the cells around the hair at the root which looks like a white sock when its removed) will be pulled out too; resulting in that hair not growing back as quickly, since the entire bulb has to regrow before the hair can even think about getting in on the act. Pulling hair out from the root means hairs that grow back will have a gentle tapered end (shaving just takes the top of the hair off), be finer and softer, therefore thehair that grows back will be less noticeable inbetween waxing treatments. Starting waxing now, in the winter, will mean that by the time summer comes and you want your legs out more, in the time between waxes there will be less hair that grows back, and the hair that isthere will be less noticeable than the tell-tale speckles of day-old shaving regrowth (not to mention scars from shaving off the heads of mozzy bites!)

download-55

I won’t lie, it’s a bit of a grin-and-bear-it kind of experience… maybe I’ve got a low pain threshold… but it’s not so painful that I’d never do it again. I’d compare it to the first time you plucked your eyebrows – I bet you thought it would never get less painful, but now you probably whip them out without flinching. It’s been 10 days since my wax, and the regrowth is similar to what I’d experience a couple of days after shaving and I can already see the difference in the thickness of the hairs.

I was taken to the treatment room which was clean and warm.  I was left to undress and climb onto a beautifully warm bed and was asked to cover myself with the towel provided. The therapist knocked before entering the room to check I was ready and then the fun began!  She checked the extent and pattern of hair growth before cleansing the skin and applying a fine layer of talc (it stops the area from being too sticky).  A thin layer of wax was applied to cover the entire front of my leg (no going back now!) and followed this with a muslin fabric strip to remove the wax and hair in a quick, methodical manner (leaving little time to catch my breath) and the first shin was done! The whole procedure took about 15 minutes and was finished off with a moisturising antiseptic cream to soothe. Ta-dah!! Hair free pins.

So here are my waxing DOs and DON’Ts:

DO: Book in for a wax at least every 6 weeks. Your hair has a natural regrowth cycle of this time scale and by sticking to a schedule you’ll be completely/noticably hair free for at least 2-3 weeks (summer holidays with no razor!)

DON’T: Shave or use creams in between waxes; the whole point of waxing is to alter the hair growth, repeated treatment will cause finer regrowth meaning less noticeable hair

DO: Exfoliate and moisturise at least once a week to allow natural regrowth

DON’T: Use any perfumed moisturisers, take excessively hot showers or spend time in a sauna/steam room/swimming pool in the 24 hours after getting waxed and definitely don’t apply fake tan until at least 48 hours after.

DO: Check that the salon you go to has a competent/qualified therapist and that they work in a hygenic/safe manner (e.g wear gloves/apron)

Randle & Randle offer hot and warm wax services to ensure effective hair removal from any area.  Waxing priced from £4 for lip/chin upto £25 for Brazilian or Hollywood waxing.  Check out the products/services page on the website for more info on cost.

Jenny Marshall

“I THINK WE SHOULD SHAVE YOUR HAIR OFF !”

Hello readers!

I’m delighted to announce that I will be the new blogger for Randle and Randle (Jenny Marshall).  Each week I’ll be road-testing products and treatments, giving you information on the latest trends and keeping you up to date with the salon’s latest offers.

This week I’d like to talk about the absolute necessity that is hair consultation.

Every time you go for a hair treatment it is ESSENTIAL that your stylist gives you a thorough consultation before doing anything else.  I’ve been to salons before where I’ve been whisked straight over to the sinks for a shampoo before even seeing my stylist, so when they come to ask me what I want, they can’t see my hair’s natural shape, how I normally style it, or see and feel its texture; resulting in a shoddy cut.  I have entrusted my tresses to Glynn at Randle and Randle for the past 3 years; he knows how to work with it and because he’s been styling it for so long, knows what to suggest.

Which brings me back to the terrifying title of this blog: “I think we should shave your hair off.” I recently had my thick, wavy hair cut again with Glynn – (my current style is an A-line bob), which had overgrown .  In my consultation I said that I was thinking of growing it out, because although I absolutely love the style, I found it difficult to manage day-to-day as I have to tie my hair up a lot and having the short bits falling out all over was a bit of a pain.  Glynn’s response was that he could see how much I loved it short (mainly because I kept saying it), so he suggested doing an undercut to reduce the amount of hair I have to deal with, making it easer to achieve the sleek style which I love – hence the shave around the back of my neck.  I would never have thought of that!  Now I have the style that I want that is 100% easier to manage –  hoorahhh!

download-56

NB:  I am not suggesting that you all go and have undercuts, this was recommended for myhair and its’ characteristics!

So my point is: talk to your stylist and trust them.  If you’ve been with the same one for a while you should have a good rapport (if not then why not?) and they may be able to suggest something that you never imagined.  They are qualified and working in a professional industry, and though you know your own hair better than anyone, they have a pretty good understanding of what will look good.

Next week: WAXING

Jennifer Marshall is 23 years old and in her 2nd year at Sheffield University where she is studying English Literature.

AUTUMN ……………….TIME FOR A CHANGE?

The summer is well and truly over; leaves are turning from green to golden brown, red and ochre.  The rich deep purples of the fruits of elderberries and blackberries are fading and the horse chestnut tree is getting ready to drop its spiky covered treasure, while the squirrels are in abundance gathering acorns for the winter months.

For the hair and beauty industry this is the time for us to overhaul your colour/hair cut and skin regimen to make sure you stay looking as healthy as possible through the long, dark winter nights.

Here at Randle & Randle we would like to help you achieve your Autumn/Winter look enjoying the convenience of being able to undergo the whole process in one visit.

NAILS

download-57

 

The latest colour trends consist of a mix of rich berry colours, vibrant blues/greens with some classy nudes and peaches for a softer look.  Well manicured nails never go out of fashion; more and more clients are turning to gel polish as they get a “good to go” finish which means they aren’t wasting time sitting for polish drying before they leave the salon.  Nevertheless nail polish wearers love the fact they can change their colour quickly without soaking off a product; this means you can keep your look on trend all the time.

 

SKIN

download-58

dermalogica2

At this time of year your skin will begin to change, possibly becoming drier and showing some sensitivity.  This is down to a number of factors, including:

Environmental changes – central heating, fires, cold mornings, wind, all dehydrate the skin and can lead to redness/dryness

Dietary changes – eating more comfort food and less salads, veg and fruit makes the circulation a little more sluggish and the skin cells turnover will slow down, leading to a duller looking complexion.

Stress levels – in the run up to Christmas many people’s stress levels rise, add this to ill heath in the form of colds/flu and your skin can become irritated and sensitive, or lead to pustular breakouts.

Using the wrong products – as your skin changes over the seasons the products you used in the summer months may not be doing the job anymore, causing congestion and problem areas, especially around the jaw line and forehead.

Pop in to see us and we will look over your skin regimen, perform the signature Dermalogica FaceMapping procedure and try products out with you.  You’ll get a personalised prescription of products to suit your skin condition with a guarantee if they don’t work we’ll take them back!

HAIR

download-2

The focus is still on keeping coloured hair in as good a condition as possible by using careful colour techniques.  Colours in general are staying cool, whilst blondes are going bronde.  If you’re bold then reds are always a winner, just remember that the colour does fade quickly so using shampoo with colour protection is vital – we recommend Pureology.  Colour is also moving away from the ombre and dip dyed looks, instead the colour is travelling back towards the roots with halos of natural colour worked through the top to keep maintenance low.

download-59

Cuts should be to suit your face shape, but the bob is undoubtedly a universally flattering cut, whether worn wavy or short the versatiltiy of the style means it will flatter every woman.  Longer length hair trends are still showcasing the boho look, with soft loose curls and middle partings. Shorter hair cuts are a fast moving trend and the cut needs to suit your lifestyle since it generally requires washing and styling everyday.  For all styles your hairdresser will recommend styling products, shampoos and conditioners which will keep your locks in tip top condition.  High St brands usually contain cheap fillers, sulphates and parabens which will damage the condition with prolonged use.

download-20

Listen to your professionals for sound advice on how to maintain skin, hair and nails as the seasons change and watch out for special offers to help you keep on trend throughout Autumn and Winter.  The team at Randle & Randle look forward to meeting your needs!

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT FROM A NAIL TECHNICIAN?

When Randle & Randle opened in February 2014 Jess was our resident nail technician.  Carly joined the team in March 2015 and together they have steadily built a loyal clientele. They specialise in silk and acrylic nail extensions and also gel polish application along with regular manicure and pedicure services.

So what does it take to achieve a fantastic set of nails which stay looking good between salon visits?

carly1

You certainly need an eye for detail and the desire for perfection every time.  Fine motor skills play an important role in sizing the tips and ensuring they show no visible attachment or blend lines before silk or acrylic is applied.  By achieving a seamless finish at this stage the overlay product is smooth and ridge free ready for either polish application or gel.  Following on with good homecare advice provided by your technician is a must to protect the good work carried out and give longevity for the structures – so please invest in a pair of rubber gloves for pot washing and cleaning, why pay for a service and ruin it with daily life?

download-28

Another skill for a succesful nail technician is the ability to be able to chat with the client and work at the same time! Clients like to be able to talk in a friendly relaxed environment and know the technician is also concentrating on getting the result they want, in the time slot they’ve allocated.  A smiling face and generally good engagement throughout means that the time passes quickly for a client and encourages repeat booking if they’ve had an enjoyable experience.

A professional nail technician will always aim to protect the natural nail, even when applying extensions.  If you’ve ever had any nail trauma you know how painful it is; always tell your technician if it hurts!! It shouldn’t, but there might be occasions when some heat curing on sensitivity might be expected.  There are some products which are used in budget nail salons that are actually banned from use because of the damage they cause to your natural nail; check out the page below and read for yourselves

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2909292/How-safe-manicure-budget-nail-salons-using-substance-strong-s-BANNED-US.html

So what should you expect from Jess and Carly?

When you come for an appointment and you have products already on your nails then a soak off or polish removal will start treatment before they assess the condition of your nails. If there is no damage then your requested service can go ahead.  If they feel that another service from the one booked would be more beneficial, then they would recommend an alternative.  The most important factor for Jess and Carly is that you know what is going on your nails and how you can look after them between visits.  So if you feel unsure of anything, just ask – they know their stuff!

 

WHIRLWIND OF A YEAR………………..

It’s August already, how the heck did that happen? I haven’t written for 4 months (shameful)

So what’s been happening?

Our competition with Underground Fitness was well recieved and our lucky winner was duly notified; only one slight snag, she had just found out she was expecting and consequently had to put the prize on hold!! But thankyou all that entered.

We’ve been enjoying lovely busy days and the team is working well together.  We’ve introduced Essie in the salon, which is a fantastic gel polish range that actually conditions your nails with keratin.  This means that you can keep soaking and re-applying without causing your nails to dry out, bonus!

We held a charity event for Look Good Feel Better in June, and are planning our MacMillan coffe morning for September 24th (cake….mmmmmnn)

There is a new product in the salon which we’ll officially launch on Wednesday 26th August and hold an evening promotion to show you the amazing benefits of using Nioxin.  Briefly the products are formulated to help with thinning hair, breakage and blocked follicles.  After a consultation we’ll look at your scalp through the Nioscope (hand held microscope) and assess problem areas to present you with a solution.  The products work within 2 weeks or you claim your money back.  Look out for your invitation! There will be a scientific blog to follow once I can get my head round it to write in easy to understand terms.

Hope you’re all enjoying your summer break – parents will be planning the kids return school before you know it!

HOLIDAYS

Hi folks

Just to let you know that we are open next week as usual; the shut down plans were changed, to spread the work load.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG……………

Happy days; light nights, bird song in the mornings, busy work days and lovely walks with our growing puppies.

Thank you to all of our lovely clients, old and new for making our working days fun packed and productive.  We’re gaining a strong reputation for providing quality services which means we’re getting busier week on week and as a result have two new members of staff on board, as well as a new level 2 hair apprentice.

Introductions

Carly has joined the team as a nail technician/beauty therapist, having moved from Salon229, where she had built a loyal clientele.  She is passionate about nails and provides a precision service in silk, acylic and gel.  She is a fun and bubbly character who will make you feel at ease quickly.

Rachel is our new part-time stylist with over 20 years experience in the industry, salon and mobile services.  She has worked with Glynn over the years and wanted to return to working in a salon part-time to recapture some team spirit (being mobile and working independently can be quite isolating).  She is a mature stylist with a strong work ethic, great professional attitude and is never stuck for conversation!

Alex is our new apprentice and is working towards her level 2 hairdressing qualification.  She is showing good potential and once she builds confidence will be an asset to the team.

Changes

From this week (13.04.15) we have decided to shut a little earlier on Wednesdays, closing at 6pm instead of 7pm.  And I’m taking Wednesdays off to work from home – and obviously spend some quality time with “the boys”; it means that Mr Glynn can come home at a reasonable hour and have a meal ready for him at least once a week.  Eating late 3 nights a week isn’t good for us so we’re trying to get the work/life balance a bit more in our favour.

Holidays

We closed the salon early on the Saturday before Easter and also on the Tuesday so that we could all have a well deserved long weekend.  We went to Norfolk and recharged our batteries; lots of fresh air and walks on the beach combined with nice food and wine!  We agreed that to ensure we all got another stress free rest,  we would close the salon for a week in August.  So put the date in your diary and get your appointments booked in pre or post shut down.

AUGUST SHUT DOWN – 5pm Saturday 1st August until 10am Monday 10th August

 

Promotions

We’ll be running a special promotion in conjunction with Underground Fitness http://www.underground-fitness.co.uk/ from 18.04.15 for one month.  There will be a postbox in the salon for those wanting to win a FREE 6 week bikini fit/trunks fit fitness package with Georgia and her team.  All you need to do is write your details on a postcard and drop it in the box.  The winner will be drawn 19.05.15.  Georgia is one of the most inspirational personal trainers you’re ever likely to meet – I’ve known her for about 18 years and she is a font of knowledge, has boundless energy and gives easy to follow advise to help achieve your goals.  Get your entries in and experience the force that is Georgia Hall and Underground Fitness

Remember to check out the offers page for budget beauty and nail services.