I'm pretty late to the party on this one, but I tried Shellac for the first time only a few months ago when I visited one of my favourite hair salons in London, Daniel Galvin, (where I got my bright red dip dyed hair did last year) and I'm hooked. It's rather good, isn't it?

I spent my birthday morning in May getting my hair and nails done and emerged a much more polished, glossier version of myself. I got my hair trimmed by Olivia, lifted a shade or two with a warmer, lighter brown by Daisy and a pale, white-ish pink on my nails by Carole, which lasted well over two weeks.  My only concern with Shellac was hearing those stories about how it wrecks your nails once it's removed, but I got it soaked off and my nails were in the same good condition they were before.  So now I'm going to stick to a 2-3 weeks on, 2-3 weeks off pattern, to allow my nails to breathe.

Similar to the finger painting dip dye style I had last year, the colour was applied freehand to my hair, teased through chunks by hand which means no foils and no distinct lines where the colour starts for a more natural, sun-kissed look.  I'm naturally very dark brown, but I've enjoyed having lighter chestnut brown hair this summer.  Now autumn is setting in, time to go back to (near) black...

obligatory birthday Champagne