Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas Gift Sets

The recurring dilemma of 'what to buy at Christmas' is upon us. We’ve window shopped since early October and with just a few days to Christmas, it’s time to make sure that we’ve got all of the gifts sorted for the big day.   With this in mind, the team at Reds have devised a wonderful hamper of pamper, with presents to suit all price ranges.

For the ladies this winter, Elemis brings us a delightful range of gift sets in the Christmas Collection - all of the dermatologist tested technology of Elemis, but in pretty festive gift kits. We love the ‘Ultimate Gift of Pro-Collagen’ gift set- the little black dress of a gift. The Pro-Collagen range has sky-rocketed in popularity over the past couple of years, and with the glowing complexions of Cheryl Cole and Sienna Miller as success stories, it’s not hard to see why. It’s the ultimate skincare package in this range (and it comes very highly commended), and it’s a great way to sneak in some of that celebrity acclaimed Pro-Collagen Marine Cream with some more treats for the lady in your life.

GHD have also managed to get their collection out in time for Christmas, much to the delight of straight-hair enthusiasts. Named the Rose Gold Collection, this limited edition kit features the ghd Classic styler in beautiful rose gold.  For that extra gift appeal, these little wonders are sold with a ghd hairdryer - a perfect present for anyone with wily, winter tresses.

As for the guys, of course, Elemis provide an extensive male skincare range but what if the man in question isn’t the moisturising type? Well, as an alternative this year, we bring you the wet-shave. A ritual that is proving to be hugely popular, the men who’ve experienced the difference of a professional shave return to the salon time and time again.  Using a traditional cut throat razor to shave, our fully trained barbers use hot towels to fully open hair follicles and provide a relaxing facial accompanied by Sky Sports- what more could a man ask for?

With a huge range of products and services on offer, it’s often difficult to choose that perfect present.  No fear- our Christmas Gift Vouchers could be the ideal gift for those who want to provide their loved one with the freedom to choose that perfect product or treatment.

But, if you’re still unsure about what to choose, feel free to pop in and have a coffee with one of my team. Our fully trained staff can talk you through any of our products or services, meaning that you’re guaranteed to provide your loved one with a gift they’ll adore.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Our Summer Kerastase Offer

Kerastase Travel Kits are brand new and they're ready for your holidays this season. So, whether you love your Bain Satin 2, Chroma Riche or Oleo Relax there is a perfect travel pack for you!

Each kit contains a 100ml 'Bain' shampoo and 75ml 'Masque' conditioner, all kept in a gorgeously sophisticated pouch which has enough room left in it for a couple of extra hair-ties and bits.

So, when you buy any three Kerastase products, you'll receive one of these great kits- they're airline friendly and conform to new regulations on the amount of liquid you are allowed in your hand luggage. Perfect!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Offering A-Grade Advice

We're thrilled to announce that we've several new Kérastase Ambassadors in salon.

After weeks of extensive training, our newly-qualified team will be fully equipped to offer clients the very best in haircare advice from the premium haircare brand on the market.

If you have any questions about your specific hair concerns, feel free to pop into the salon for a chat- there will always be an Ambassador available!

Introducing HD Make Up

HD Brows are branching out into makeup, and not just with the odd product. The company calls it a ‘capsule collection for red carpet glamour’, but the extensive range of foundations, primers, liners, eye & brow palettes, lip colours, brushes, and so on looks anything but ‘capsule’ to us!

Developed with makeup artist Francesca Neil, who’s toured with Girls Aloud and is a veteran on tv shows like X Factor, Strictly and Britain’s Got Talent, this is “hard-working makeup; it was developed to make you look amazing under even the most challenging circumstances.

The Reds beauty team call it ‘Red Carpet’ makeup because that is the look that the range seems to be going for: movie star perfection that holds up under the glare of any spotlight. It is glamorous but the shades are natural and flattering. HD Brows have produced a makeup to help women create a seriously enhanced version of themselves.

A lot of these products have been road-tested for two years by the company’s celeb clients (among them One Direction, who -whisper it- use the Brow Colourfix wands “to fill out little patches in their stubble”). The foundation is currently used on the ‘Splash’ contestants, “because it won’t come off in the pool.” Hard-wearing indeed.

Despite its long-wearing credentials (and, frankly, to my surprise), the makeup isn’t thick and cakey, but feather-light and easy to blend, with Nicola calling it Tom Ford quality at Benefit prices.  

We’ve just received the full range in salon, not long after the HD Brows team have used it to prep some of Hollywood’s great and gorgeous for the Oscars red carpet. Need we say more?

Makeup by HD Brows, priced £9 - £32.50, is available at Reds and Harvey Nichols department stores.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Colour Trophy Regional Finalists

After weeks of deliberation, practise runs and artboards filled of different ideas, we’re delighted to have performed so well at this year’s L’Oreal Colour Trophy.  Competing with 35 other salons, both our male and female looks won much acclaim from the judges in Leeds.  Amelia and Brooke’s male concept performed particularly well, with their curly-topped look finishing in the top four!

Having wowed the judges with last year’s pastel pink offering, our ladies’ look was dramatically different, leaving subtlety behind with a vibrant blonde shade.  It’s a look that our team were eager to try with Georgia, our salon assistant turned Colour Trophy model, so, after much discussion, the local girl had her look upgraded to a gorgeous rich blonde by Greg and the colour team at Reds.

Although Georgia  hadn’t been particularly daring with her hair before, she was quick to describe it as really fresh and modern.  She certainly loves the style, and tells me she’s going to keep my new shade of hair for a while. All of the Reds customers think her new hairstyle looks fab and that the shade of blonde really suits her – I’ve even encouraged her to keep it like this!

Susan x

We're Recruiting

Are you an experienced beauty therapist? We'd love to hear from you.

Due to the recent expansion of our beauty services, we're looking for beauty therapists to join our award-winning team.

Successful candidates will be fully qualified (NVQ Level 3) and have some experience of working in a beauty salon.  Positions are generally full time, but we're willing to be flexible to the right candidates.

You'll enjoy competitive rates of pay, a fantastic working environment and the opportunity to expand your service portfolio with our excellent training.

To apply, visit our online application site at:

Lauren's Favourite Kerastase Product: Ciment Thermique

Friday, 7 March 2014

Going Red

Fiery red hair is something Hollywood has loved throughout the ages. Julia Roberts, Christina Hendricks, Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton have all been redheads, and dazzling and talented actors Lindsay Lohan, Debra Messing, Susan Sarandon and Kirsten Dunst are among those who make us covet the vibrant colour.

But from strawberry blonde to auburn, crimson to copper, there are so many ravishing reds available that it's difficult to know which is right for you. Equally, the maintenance of red hair can cause difficulties.  Even without the presence of chlorine or shampoo detergent, pure spring water can draw artificial colour from strands, and UV rays from the sun can damage the already-vulnerable protein structure of colour-treated tresses. Whereas donning a hat and washing hair less often may suffice in the colder phases of our changeable climate, warmer weather, and the accompanying boost in sunshine, outdoor activities, and pesky scalp oil, calls for an updated hair care routine.

Primarily, if you don’t shampoo, it’s still important to rinse hair with warm water and condition.   Though it won’t give you the squeaky-clean feeling that high-foaming detergents in shampoo provide, conditioner does contain emulsifying surfactants and will replenish dry, colour-treated strands. Try a nourishing conditioner from the K√©rastase Chroma Riche line, which is great for preventing red from fading too fast. And, on the days that you do a wet shampoo, try to cleanse without working up too much of a lather- the less product you can get away with, the better.

Avoiding water altogether is the best colour-saving option on days you forgo a shampoo. Never underestimate the power of an oil-absorbing hair powder- even baby powder can also freshen strands and eliminate hair grease, and I know many a top stylist who swears by this cheap and cheerful solution.

To prolong your colour and make salon touch-ups less frequent, it’s important to invest in a colour-depositing shampoo- L’Oreal Chroma Care is my favourite. While the shampoos in the line not only contain UV filters and moisturising agents, they help to mend split-ends and are packed with pigment enhancers to help counteract fading.  Weekly use is enough with these powerful products, but the results will retain that vibrant colour and rich shine between salon visits.

Hair is composed almost entirely of keratin, a tough, fibrous protein. However, colouring hair can open up the cuticle, causing damage and environmental stressors like water and sun can further deplete hair’s natural protein structure. A post-colour treatment is an effective way to combat damage- a perfect way to bring hair back to its natural state and seal in colour.  Plus, it’ll provide the hair with a deeply glossy finish: perfect for that a-list appearance!

If you’re thinking of going red, be sure to pop into the salon for a full consultation.  It’s a colour which requires careful choice to match your skin colour, so contact our lovely reception team on 0191 511 0288 to find your ideal match.

We're Back!

After a year in Sunderland city centre, Amelia and Co. have returned to Reds headquarters in East Herrington.

"It's great to be back," explains Amelia. "It's such a good environment to work in, and the great facilities here allow us to offer our customers fantastic customer service."

To book an appointment with Amelia or any of our stylists, contact the Reception team on 0191 511 0288.

A Real Lift

It’s fair to say we’d all like to look a little slimmer, a little younger and feel a little healthier. Our celebrity friends seem to do it with ease- surely they can’t be that perfect- so what’s their secret?

For some time now, the world-famous and award winning CACI Facial Toning treatment has been voted the most effective anti-ageing treatment available. CACI has a huge celebrity following including famous faces from show business, music, media and royalty.

Therefore, it’s an exciting month for the Reds team.  The launch of CACI Ultimate treatments at our salon will allow us to offer cutting edge technologies like optical microdermabrasion, LED light therapy and Hydratone, a first for Sunderland and exclusive to Reds.

But how does it all work?  CACI uses micro-current stimulation of the facial tissues which delivers tiny electrical impulses that mirror the body’s own natural processes. In most cases, you can hardly feel it, with just a slight electrical tingling sensation.

At Reds, our CACI treatments start with a discussion about your skin, product use and usual routines.  Then, the skin is treated to a thorough buffing and cleansing with a unique microdermabrasion technique that incorporates silicone carbide coated tips to slough away dead cells.

The next phase, LED Light Therapy, is a cutting-edge treatment which is exclusive to Reds.  Using the latest technology, light therapy can reduce the signs of ageing and targets skin imperfections such as acne, blemishes, scar tissue, wrinkles and stretch marks. The Light Therapy system delivers specific wavelengths of red and blue light both stimulate the growth of new skin cells and deep cleanse the skin with an antibacterial effect. The combination of light therapy and microdermabrasion encourages tissue repair and healing, and is particularly useful for the treatment of acne, scar tissue, stretch marks and skin blemishes.

A first for the North East, we’re proud to offer Hydratone-  a unique treatment which takes just 15 minutes to perform yet provides you with an immediate and intensive skin hydration.  Combining active micro-current rollers with a unique silicon gel mask that has been infused with powerful hydrating properties, Hydratone is designed for people who are short of time but need deep hydration. The moisturising gel mask becomes ‘charged’ so that the whole face is bathed in rejuvenating energy, its dramatic softening action helping to plump out and smooth deep lines and wrinkles.

Although all of this seems complicated, clients always find the experience simple, enjoyable and relaxing.  And, unlike the hocus-pocus of many conventional treatments, CACI is a results-driven method that certainly works – and may help you avoid that scalpel for one more year!