My Complete Hair Makeover with Sinead Kelly London

Sinead Kelly London Hair Salon in Barnes Jayne J Read with Red Copper Hair with L'Oreal Inoa

My hair has always been one of my most favourite features. It’s my security blanket, it’s what I consider my most attractive feature. I love to experiment with colours and be creative when it comes to make up and clothes but I’ve never had the confidence to do something drastic with my hair, because it’s so important to me. This is partially down to not trusting hairdressers at all, I’ve never trusted a hair dresser so have never felt capable of doing something amazing. This is until I met Sinead.

Sinead is an award winning Irish stylist, with achievements including the ‘L’Oreal Colour Trophy’ London regional winner and national finalist,’ ‘European Hairdressing Champion 2002 & 2004’ and Irish Hairdressing Champion. Sinead’s salon is based in Barnes, South West London. I met up with Sinead a few weeks ago, just for a girly chat and we got on so well, seriously felt like I’d known her for years, so I just knew that I had finally met my hairdresser soul mate, someone who I could truly trust to create something exciting for me.

So here’s my hair before, didn’t realise how long it was until I saw a  photo of the back of my head. This is home coloured using Garnier Olia and my roots had begun to show. This is a very typical example of a cut for me and pretty much what I’ve had for about 15 years…

It was great to have a consultation with Sinead, she really understood what I was looking for and we worked really well together to pull together some ideas via Pinterest and celebrity hair styles to help us on our way. I’ve never had a hair consultation in a salon that actually felt like a collaboration. Normally when I go to a salon I feel like the stylist is trying to talk me into something that they are comfortable with, whereas with Sinead, she gave me confidence to stick with my idea and helped feed that idea to be something perfect for me.

With the colour consultation, I was pleased to have Sinead spend a good few minutes talking through options and actually using the colour swatches to place against my skin tone to help establish which shade would be best. It was really interesting as at a glance the swatches look quite similar but against a skintone, you see different undertones.

Once we had chosen the perfect shade, Sinead prepared my hair by using a pre-colouring solution, which helps to create a even base for the chosen shade to sit on, so this is what phase one looked like, you can start to see what colour we were aiming for…

Phase two was the all over hair colour, of which Sinead used a L’Oreal Inoa copper red shade. L’Oreal Inoa is the professional version of Garnier Olia and uses no ammonia, which means no strong smell. Plus, L’Oreal Inoa is oil based (just like the Garnier Olia) which means it’s conditioning, leaving hair in the best condition possible from permanent hair colouring.  So, here’s the chosen shade after development time…

But that’s not the end! For the next step, Sinead enlisted her latest protege, Jose to balayage my hair using a peroxide based product from L’Oreal. I’ve been wanting a balayage or ombre hair do for ages, so was super excited to both see how the process works in the salon and see the results. Basically, it involved Jose taking sections or hair, backcombing them and then applying the product with a tint brush is a relaxed method. You get to look super cool whilst this develops…

A bit of snipping away from Sinead and we get the finished look, are you excited to see the transformation? You can see that the balayage effect is really subtle, it just breaks up the strong copper colour and adds something a bit different to the look. And yes, I know I said I would NEVER have a fringe again, but this is the type of fringe I’ve been looking for, one that frames the face and doesn’t hide it!

This was the first time I’ve ever been to a hairdressers where the stylist has actually given me practical hair styling advise too and this wasn’t a special case, all Sinead Kelly London clients receive advise and even demonstrations of how to best look after their new dos. Sinead showed me the best way to blow dry my fringe and even gave me a very simple demo of how to restyle into a big, glamourous look too…

This is a huge change for me, but I’m so pleased that I’ve done it. I’ve always wanted red hair and short fringe and finally found a stylist who I trusted with this big change. I love Sinead so much, would recommend her to anyone and will definitely be using Sinead as my regular hairdresser from now on. The salon is a wonderful place, chic and elegant but without the intimidating pretentious feeling you might get from other high end salons.

You can find out more about Sinead Kelly London on their website and of course, follow the lovely Sinead on Twitter @SINEADKELLYLDN, tweet her your hair questions, she’s very friendly!

What do you think of Sinead’s handiwork and my new hair do?

What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done with your hair?

Would love to read your comments and tweets @JayneJRead

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30 thoughts on “My Complete Hair Makeover with Sinead Kelly London

  1. OMG! How brave, you look sensational!
    The colour, the ombre, the fringe! It’s all amazing. I’m very jealous, I’ve been wanting to go for a big fringe for ages, I used to be so adventurous with my hair but I seem to be getting less so in my old age!
    Kudos to you lady x

    1. Used to be adventurous with your hair? Last time I saw you it was short and pink, I think that’s pretty brave! Thanks for your awesome comment, Sinead did an amazing job. I wouldn’t have done it if I wasn’t totally trusting in her skill and knowledge.

  2. wwwoooowwsers I think it looks fab! This looks amazing! I’m now wondering why my hairdresser didn’t pre-pigment my hair when she dyed it dark – As it faded it showed all the blonde underneath that we dyed OVER, as well as the roots, so I now look like I have mega huge roots as my hair changed colour – Not sure what happened there?!

    The colour really suits you, and the balayage definitely does tone it down nicely – I want this now! And the fringe! Wow you look fabby
    🙂

    xx

    1. Thanks Sarah, I’m really chuffed with it. 🙂 If you have any hair questions, I’m sure Sinead could help via tweet.

  3. WOW you look amazing Jayne! The fringe, colour, the lighter ends is just so unique when it’s all together.

    It really looks like you went to a great place with amazing hairdressers.

    Really love it so much!

    Fee x

    1. Thanks for commenting Fee! I can’t believe how great all the feedback is, Sinead is going to be SO happy.

    1. Thanks Andy, I’m so pleased I did it. I’ve always wanted red hair but never been brave enough. This is perfect for me. Now just got to wait and see what it’s like when I have to style it myself.

  4. Wow, your hair looks fab. I love the ombre!
    I use to be so creative with my hair, pink red streaks, a huge pink fringe, but sadly I’ve become a little boring over time haha.
    xxx

  5. Wow, it looks amazing! And with a perfect fringe too – I agree with you about wanting a fringe to frame the face, not just cover up half of it! Please do tell – what were Sinead’s tips for the perfect fringe blow-dry?

    1. I have so many tips from Sinead to share, I’ll have to write them up separately perhaps. For blow drying fringes with a round brush, she said blow dry on dry hair and shape from the ends not the roots, pulling and shaping the hair forward and round rather than up and over. Does that make sense?

  6. Wow, this looks amazing. It really suits your skintone too! I had a full fringe last year but I could never quite get on with it, my main pet peeve was it splitting in the middle throughout the day. How long were you in the salon for in total?

    x

  7. WOW! I love it, especially in the last couple of photos with all the volume – amazing!!
    I’m so scared of hairdressers, doesn’t help that I hate people touching my head/hair haha. So I count actually getting my hair cut as pretty brave…

    1. I usually hate hairdressers too, which is why I don’t get anything drastic done as I just don’t trust them. When I met Sinead though, I knew she would do something perfect, I trust her, that’s why it works.

  8. This looks great. Especially the short fringe.
    So nice with your petite features (facially, not making assumptions about your height) It looks so healthy too
    One day I hope to meet my hairdressing spirit guide

  9. As I write this I’m sat with a head full of Garnier Olia 6.60 (intense red) trying to sort out the roots on my salon-done bright red hair – my hair is naturally copper as above – lets say ginger, and this has made me really miss my natural hair! I’m tempted to get some ombré ends put in with the deep red now!

  10. mat.com

    Jayne, you look absolutely stunning. I love the fringe, the colour everything about the style. Congratulate your fabulous hair stylist.
    Want to do a shoot as soon as you are in yorkshire if you are up for it. x

  11. Hi!

    Which Garnier Olia had you used for your blonde before hair? It looks lovely as well, I’m currently a 10.0 and wan to go a bit darker… Thanks 🙂

    1. I can’t remember but if you search the brand name on my blog search bar it will come up as I reviewed it.

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