Flora and Fauna

Flora and Fauna

I don’t know of any other salon that has its own private garden, so I consider us very privileged. It’s taken just over 2 years to turn what was once a muddy dumping ground for scaffolding, bricks and building paraphernalia, into a tranquil space in which to relax and reflect, with our Garden Therapy Room taking centre stage.

Our original olive tree sits surrounded by old fashioned flowers such as hollyhocks, roses and a camelia. Lupins, which have been left to seed, are springing up everywhere; we even have a purple lupin thriving in a crack in the paving slabs.

We are currently working on the raised rose bed to improve the quality and longevity of the blooms. Then there’s the daisies, pots of sweet smelling pinks and sweet peas, which will hopefully add their colour and heavenly scent along the fence line later in the summer. 

A Perfect Setting for a Wellness Therapy

A Perfect Setting for a Wellness Therapy

I took my mother-in-law to have a back massage with Erika yesterday. It was a gloriously sunny day and a lot of the flowers are now in full bloom; hanging baskets, the sweet scent of old fashioned roses and pots of pinks, hollyhocks, lupins, tiny olives on our olive tree and an abundance of mint, sage and thyme which I use in cooking and as daily treats for the bunnies, Eric and Butters.

I arrived back about 5 minutes before the appointment was due to end and sat chatting to Erika’s next client, each of us with one of the salon’s fabulous cappuccinos in hand (socially distanced at separate tables of course!), and she voiced exactly what I was thinking… isn’t this just perfect. And it was. I just wished I was staying for a treatment instead of going home to conquer a pile of ironing.

My Lash Lift

My Lash Lift

Finally had my Lash Lift and Tint and a slight top up tint on my brows… which I’d ruffled up especially for the photo… because I’m never going to be great at doing this sort of thing, but you can see how much of a difference it makes to my eyes and also it looks very natural, which is what I really like.

 

Lash Lift

Lash Lift

 

Working at Cabelo means I get to see many fabulous befores and afters and none are more physically transforming than the lash lift and tint, especially when combined with a matching brow wax and tint or brow lamination and tint.

I used to think lash lifts and tints were for the younger age group, but I soon discovered that it’s a very beneficial treatment to my age group and older. At 60, I just wanted to give my faded features a natural looking definition without the usual daily wallops of rushed and often poorly applied, slightly dried out mascara. I had my first treatment last summer and have never looked back.

Lash Lift & Tint £25

You must have a patch test at least 24 hours prior to any treatment. The patch test simply involves putting a tiny dab of both the lifting solution and tint onto your skin to ensure you are not allergic to the products.

In truth, I was quite anxious about my first treatment, but really there was no need as I found the whole process surprisingly relaxing. Whilst I was lying comfortably, tucked up and warm, my lashes were gently placed across a small sticky pad, which had been temporarily fixed to my eyelid. The time taken to arrange the lashes varies, but more time will be needed if you have a double layer of lashes or your lashes are particularly long. Once your lashes are carefully arranged into the final shape, a perming solution is applied. Again, there is nothing to be anxious about. I didn’t find the smell too bad at all, and importantly there was no sensation when it was applied.

Finally, my lashes were tinted before being gently soaked away from the pad.

I couldn’t stop staring at my eyes the first time I was directed to the mirror – I literaIly looked like I was wearing beautifully applied mascara on swept up lashes! And then I was thinking how great this would be on holiday, particularly as I swim a lot.

For me, I didn’t wear any mascara for approximately 5 weeks and after that time I found it was the tint rather than the lift that needed some attention. My mascara looked great on what was left of the perm for another couple of weeks. Everyone is different, but I would say generally repeat treatments will be required every 6-8 as your lashes naturally shed and regrow.

 

Beauty Rocks by Erika

Beauty Rocks by Erika

Beauty Rocks by Erika @Cabelo (formerly at Patshull Park)

Erika Guest is a familiar name to anyone who has experienced the wonderful spa, beauty and unisex holistic treatments offered at Patshull Park over the past 17 years. Now Erika is based at Cabelo and is offering the same vast range of expert treatments in the Garden Therapy Room Monday to Friday.

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Book your appointment by phoning or messaging Erika on 07402 268370