A Drastic Change (kind of)

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I’ve never understood why people are so precious about their hair. But then again, I don’t have waist-length, glossy auburn curls, so maybe that’s why I can sit down in a hairdresser’s chair and say ‘do what you like’.

Over the past five years I’ve gone from long and naturally blonde to highlighted, bobbed, cropped, pixie cropped, fringed, brunette, red (unintentionally – damn you home dye), brunette again (phew), ombrΓ©, approaching shoulder length, curly and moving towards blonde again. My hair, once baby soft and shiny, was looking tired, dry and under stress. So when Leeds salon Russell Eaton asked if I’d like to pop in for a colour, cut and blow dry, I said ‘oh God yes’.

I love changing my hair and experimenting with different looks, and I’m not afraid of coming out looking a bit odd – it all grows back eventually. So when I arrived at the salon, I gave my stylist – the lovely and perfectly-pink-haired Amelia – a general idea of what I wanted but with the prefix ‘I’m not really bothered’. She talked me through every stage of my cut – although I’m growing my hair, she pointed out the slight mullet situation I had going on and suggested we shorten the back and even out the length. I mused over a fringe and she agreed, telling me fringes give fine hair body and volume. And we decided to get rid of the ombrΓ© effect altogether, going for subtle highlights and a richer, darker colour. With all that sorted, we (well, she – I just sat there and ate a biscuit) got started!

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When I was arranging my appointment at Russell Eaton, I couldn’t picture the salon at all but it’s actually a very prominent building – if you’re a Leeds local, it’s at the bottom of Briggate, on the corner across the road from Nando’s. Inside it’s very calm and relaxed – I often find going to the hairdressers a stressful experience, but I was soon settled with a water and a biscuit (hot drinks are available – I just don’t drink them!) and was given a complimentary head and shoulder massage. At first I was a little apprehensive about this, but it’s so soothing and not at all weird. I promise.

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With my highlights in place and a stack of mags to keep me busy, I sat back and relaxed for 35 minutes.  Lovely members of staff kept checking on me as they walked past, and salon owner Rob popped a clip in my foils when he noticed they kept flipping forward into my face. And it wasn’t just me getting the special treatment – there were customers either side of me enjoying the same attentiveness.

This photo is ridiculous.


After a quick wash in a very swanky sink area, I was back in the chair for my cut. Amelia explained the products she was using, all of which were suitable for my hair type – I’ve had my hair cut by so many hairdressers who have no idea what to do with fine hair, which means I leave the salon with an overloaded, limp mop that I just have to wash and style again at home. Not this time though!

When each strand was snipped, Amelia dried my hair and styled it with a very small amount of serum and some hairspray. She’s the first hairdresser in a good few years who hasn’t tried to tip half a bottle of that awful volumising powder onto me, so she gets huge props for creating volume without resorting to what is basically cornflower.

And the result?

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Makeup: YSL Le Teint Touche Γ‰clat foundation in Beige Rose | Benefit Boi-ing concealer in 01 | Rimmel Hide the Blemish in Ivory | Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder in Medium | Benefit Hervana powder | Topshop Neon Rose cream blusher | Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow in Bootycall | Fashionista Gel Liner in BlackBenefit They’re Real mascara in Black | Shavata brow highlighter | Shavata brow pencil in Dusk | Topshop lipstick in Whimsical
Clothes: Dress, ASOS

I’m so pleased with my new look – the dry, damaged ends are gone, the colour’s more even and flattering and I love the fringe! Thanks, Russell Eaton!

What do you think?

Heads up – I was treated to a complimentary colour, cut and blow dry at Russell Eaton Leeds, but didn’t receive any payment for this post. 



Wow, I hate going to the hairdressers but I wouldn’t if I got results like this!


I never comment on blogs, because I’m lazy and not a sycophantic teen. But my word, that is a superb haircut! You look absolutely lovely and have inspired me and my limp mane to strut into the hairdresser on Saturday and demand something that will make me (and my stringy, blah hair) look as good as you. Ta.


WOW this style suits you perfectly. I am very precious about my hair. I never used to be until I had a god awful experience and realised just how important it is to me. I use my hair and style as part of a look too, like a piece of clothing xx


It looks great. Really suits you.

It’s a great colour too!

I’m on the hunt for a new hairdresser in Sheffield to get a big change done colour wise but it’s so hard trusting someone new! I am dying for someone to recommend somebody good in the area.

Anyway, you look FAB! x


Good luck. I moved to Sheffield 2 years ago and haven’t had a decent haircut yet! I’m trying (another) new one out on Saturday in Dore village so fingers crossed. You must let everyone know if you find a decent one, I’ve been to four so far…

Piper Alexander

Love it! This is similar to what I’m planning next w/my hair. I’m like you – I don’t understand why people fuss about their hair, it grows back – and I’m constantly changing my look with cut and color. BTW, the styling is definitely helped by Aveda products – they make great sh*t.


I love the new look! Such a gorgeous cut, really suits you. Sounds like a great salon – I’ve had so many horrible hairdressing experiences, it’s nice to know great ones still exist! x

Rachael Marian

Beautiful classic colour and the colour looks so healthy and natural. Wish I lived in Leeds so they could do something with my unruly thick curly mop x


You look brilliant, it’s really cute! I love it when salons really make you feel valued and at home πŸ™‚ x


Perfect, perfect cut. It makes me want to run out and get the exact same cut! Sounds like a fab salon. Also LOVE the gingerbread man print on your dress!


Looks ace – the colour really suits you, they obviously know their stuff! I love a blunt fringe but I always think they make me look a bit like a school girl, not quite the edgy look I imagine! xoxo


Jen, your hair looks amazing! So different but completely gorgeous. I have exactly the same attitude as you when it comes to hair, I’m not really too bothered with what they do because it does grow back. I love going into the hairdressers with one style and coming out completely different and over the years I’ve had it so many different colours but for the first time in a very long time I am trying to grow it which is annoying and quite difficult at times especially since I’m not ready to give up the bleach blonde yet


Love the fringe! Wish I could pull one off, but I still have nightmares about the last time I had a full fringe… (Primary School was not my most fashionable of eras.) x


Oh, I know that salon! I always walk by and think it looks very swanky.
The hair is completely gorgeous! I bet you’re chuffed with it =)


I’ve been looking for a good salon in leeds since I moved here in december. I think I’ll give these a try, they did a great job with your hair!

Megan Norris

You look amazing with your new hair do! Really love it when you come out of a salon actually fully pleased with what they’ve done πŸ™‚ x


It looks lovely! I have short (sort of bob length) hair and have toyed with the idea of getting a fringe for years, but always thought it wouldn’t look right with a short cut. But yours looks very right indeed! x


Oh wow! You look stunning! I love it! I can totally relate to how you were feeling about your hair…although I never thought yours looked dry like you say. I’m currently living in India and my curly hair is HATING it πŸ™ I can’t wait to come back to the UK in October and have a new style…you’ve inspired me πŸ™‚ x

sam x

I am the same with my hair. I always go in and let the stylist free on my mop!

I love the new look. The fringe really suits you and the colour is really pretty.



aw jen, i love love love it! totally transforms your face, and the colour is so pretty!

as soon as summer is over, im getting a fringe. i have mega hair envy!

Fleur De Lis

It looks amazing! It really suits you. I’m currently going from black (dye) to blonde (natural) and I’m in the awful awkward hair phase. I suffer with fine hair too so might be needing a fringe to bulk out the blonde.

Fleur Xx

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Looks lovely Jen! I really like the blunt shape with your glasses as well. Its so difficult when you’re in that fiddly inbetween growing stage- I’m quite bad at sticking it out and normally just chop it off again!


Love the cut & the colour really suits you. Its makes you look very young & modern, which you are being a one of those fashionable young things. πŸ˜‰



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