BEAUTY BUZZ: The speedy hair lifts that promise salon sleekness in 20 minutes

No time to pamper? The new speedy hair lifts guarantee salon sleekness in 20 minutes…

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These days, time waits for no woman. So, if you, like me, tut-tut as the hours drag by while having your hair coloured, say hallelujah for the new in-salon services that help you reboot your look in less time – at a fraction of the cost. Like a speedy blow-dry bar for permanent colour, the Redken Flash Lift Express Blonde service (from £50, tops up your blonde or takes you to ‘bronde’ (warm brunette-blonde) in 20 minutes, by applying its Heatcure Professional tool over foils to lift the colour pronto. Or try L’Oréal Professionnel Instant Highlights service (from £95,, which is available in four looks.


Choose Insta Contouring for its face-framing contouring techniques, Insta Lights for sun-kissed strands, Insta Revive to refresh your colour or Insta Pop for a splash of pastel. When you emerge from the salon with time on your hands, complete your reboot with Kérastase Eau De Vagues (£23.90, Using sugar rather than salt, the spray offers soft, tousled waves when you spritz, scrunch and brush it out. So you can get the cool, understated S/S 18 Alexander Wang look without having to book off half the day.

This week we’re…

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…taking a moment to pause, breathe and sip Conscious Water. The Flower Essences for Water Tasting Pack (£8.95, is a collection of sachets that contain natural essences said to rebalance our mind, body and soul. Choose from six ‘intentions’ – such as Happiness (dragon fruit and strawberry) or Love (lychee and rose) – then add them to water and let your worries float on by for a while.


You’ve got your bang-on leggings and your green smoothie recipes down pat. You’re au fait with the celebrity-studded Instagram accounts of trainers such as Tracy Anderson and Mary Helen Bowers and your workout schedule runs like clockwork. Yet while more and more of us are jumping on the fitness bandwagon, more than half skip cleansing after exercise, according to a recent Google Consumer study. Step forward Pretty Athletic – a range of post-workout products that aim to combat sweat-related breakouts. Sling the Cool Down Purifying Gel Cleanser (£18, in your gym bag now.

Feature by Bella Blissett