My Highlights/Balayage Treatment at Live True London and how to care for your blonde hair this Winter

Happy Friday beauties, and happy 1st of December! Where has the year gone?!

I was recently invited to visit Live True London, which is a lovely hair and beauty salon in Vauxhall, so today I want to tell you all about my experience getting my hair done.

I’ve never been to Live True before but I’ve heard some great things about the salon from fellow bloggers and friends, so I was really looking forward to my appointment. The salon was really easy to get to from central London and only a 5 minute walk from the tube station.

Upon arrival I was kindly greeted by my lovely stylist Paco, who was super sweet. I told him all about my hair and the look I was going for, we discussed ideas while having a nice cup of coffee 🙂

I absolutely love the beautiful decor of the salon! Big ornate mirrors, gorgeous chandeliers … it’s very much my style.

I wanted to freshen up my balayage and also get some subtle highlights done in the top section of my hair, to get those nice ashy blonde tones back. Paco explained that he would have to use bleach and foils to achieve the desired look, which was absolutely fine with me.

He used Redken Professional and Olaplex, a treatment that protects and strengthens the hair during bleaching and colouring. I have had Olaplex done in the past and it honestly does wonders to my hair, it makes it really soft and healthy looking, as opposed to dry and brittle.

I was very kindly offered some light refreshments while waiting for the highlighting process,  I also had my manicure done, I opted for a bronzey/gold shimmer, perfect for the festive season. The nail technician Edyta was so lovely and very professional, she did an amazing job and I would highly recommend her, here is a link to her work.

After a little while my stylist took me to have my hair washed, he applied two different ash toners to neutralise all the brassiness, he then cut my hair to get rid of the dead ends and added a few layers to frame my face. He followed with a blow dry, which left my hair feeling so light and bouncy.

I left the salon very happy and pleased with the results. I absolutely adore the colour and style, thank you so much! I would highly recommend Live True London if you are looking to experience a five-star hair treatment, my stylist Paco is absolutely brilliant, you can check out his work here.

I also wanted to mention some of the products I have been using at home to maintain my colour, which were recommended to me by my stylist. They’re all by Redken – a brand I truly love. So I have been using the ‘All Soft’ range (shampoo + conditioner) which is perfect for nourishing dry, highlighted hair. It also contains a Protein Complex and Omega 6 enriched Argan oil to give your hair that lovely softness and shine.

Then I’d follow up with the Blonde Idol hair mask, which I like to leave on for a about 15 minutes to deep condition my hair, it’s pretty amazing! If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen my story last week all about the products I use and the order I use them in.

I have also been using Olaplex No.3 home treatment once a week which really helps strengthen and condition weak/highlighted hair, and it really does work!

It’s very easy to use just dampen your hair and towel-dry, then apply 1-3 teaspoons of Olaplex No.3 evenly through your hair and leave on for 10 to 30 minutes before rising out.

As my last step I would apply Redken Extreme Anti-Snap leave in treatment, which helps with breakage and to strengthen weak hair, it also contains Protein which I have noticed really helps after any chemical treatments.

So many of you have asked me hair related questions ever since I’ve had my hair highlighted, so hopefully I have managed to answer all of them, but if not please feel free to leave them below 🙂


Thanks so much for reading and have a lovely day,

Victoria xo


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