Tuesday, 1 August 2017

16 Week Blow-dry at Monet Hair Belfast

Today I had a treatment on my hair that I've been wanting to do for ages. And I know it's only day 1 but I'm excited to share with you as my hair feels AMAZING - like it's never felt before. It's a QOD 16 Week Blow-Dry, available exclusively in Northern Ireland at Monet Hair on the Lisburn Road.

The salon opened last month and as per most events over the summer, I missed the opening because of my back. But I heard so many great stories about it and was reading up about the QOD 16 week treatment and just decided as a treat to my weary body, to give it a go.

So to set the scene, my hair is ok - it's not mad mad frizzy but it is very thick, coarse hair and needs to be worked with after I wash it myself. So much so, I mostly can't be bothered and I regularly pay £11 for a blow dry at Metro in Stranmillis. And here's where the thick coarse hair becomes a winner because a professional blow dry lasts me a full week. 

But with my swimming lessons and the summer holidays, it's been difficult to book blow dries and to get the full week out of them so when I add up what I spend on my hair over a period of 3-4 months, I figured this was worth a try.

So here's the before picture - outside the salon...
Skirt - M&S
T-Shirt - M&S
Trainers - Adidas Stan Smiths
Jacket - H&M
Handbag - Accessorize
And waiting in the chair...
The treatment starts with a cleanse of the hair, after which Lee blow dried it with no product. This is a good time to tell you about Lee Stinton. Local girls in my age group will likely remember Lee from Toni & Guy in Belfast city centre - way back when. It was in the unit where Space NK currently is on Donegal Square South. He's been working with Preen salon in Dublin for the past few years, winning awards and doing the hair of many a celebrity and blogger. I am hugely impressed that he's done James Butler's hair - my favourite snapchatter. Lee also confirmed that Pippa O'Connor is as lovely in real life as she is online and even more beautiful. 

Anyway, enough of the celeb chat (there was a funny story about Gok too!!), the treatment began and it's basically like getting your colour done. Lee worked in sections, brushing the product onto the hair and combing it straight. The product is blue'ish in colour
and doesn't really smell strongly at all. Here I am completely covered and then the waiting began..
In total, it was like a colour too in that I waited about 30 minutes for it to take and then my hair was rinsed. There's a bit of the product left in the hair to keep working its magic after you leave the salon.
After rinsing, the hair is dried straight, left to cool and then straightened with irons....and here's the finished article:
and the man himself - Lee
It doesn't just look fab after all this, it feels amazing too...soft and silky. Here's the best picture of it afterwards but you'll probably not even register the hair because look at that puppy!!! This is Lee's French bulldog, Elizabeth Taylor (but she's a he) and he's just the cutest. In love.
Ok - some specifics, starting with the official description of what the product actually is. The QOD Organic 16 Week blow dry uses keratin-based conditioning and volume-reduction technology to produce greater shine, smoothness and manageability than any other keratin formula. It is free of formaldehyde.
And now to answer the questions I got online about the treatment when I featured it on social media, Leave any more questions in the comments below and I'll answer them (if I can).
  • After the treatment, you can't tie your hair up or get it wet or sweaty for 48 hours while the product continues to work but once 48 hours have passed, you can wash, colour, style etc your hair as normal.
  • If you're having a salon blow dry after the treatment, it will be easier for the stylist as your hair is so much smoother and silkier.
  • You need to use sodium chloride free shampoos after the treatment. QOD sell their own via each salon who does the treatment or you can chose to buy your own also.
  • It does lighten your hair a little - be aware of that....I am loving the ever so slightly lighter tint.
  • The cost? It's £140 and if you want to buy the shampoo/conditioner, it's £30 extra. 

What about the next 16 weeks? Well, I'll give you an update throughout.....the big test is will I have it done again? Watch this space....

Thanks to Lee Stinton, Patrick Mone and mostly Elizabeth Taylor, the french bulldog, for a lovely morning in this new salon. You can check out their website on this link.


Disclaimer - I was offered the treatment at half price in return for an honest review. I paid the full RRP of £30 for the shampoo and conditioner. I'm not being paid to write this and as you know, the words are always my own! Thank you for supporting the businesses that support this blog.



  1. The treatment sounds fab!! It has left your hair so so sleek

    1. Thank you Alison - I'm so pleased with it! x

  2. Your hair looks gorgeous! Is it specifically only for thick, coarse hair? Would it be no good on fine, thin hair?

    Another question - your swimming lessons. Could you blog about that a bit? I have toyed with the idea of taking adult swimming lessons and there are some available at my local YMCA, I'm just a bit shy about it. Thanks!

    1. Hi Patricia, sorry for the delay replying to this! So it works on all types of hair yes, though the results are more noticeable I'm guessing on coarse hair.
      Regarding the swimming lessons - YES! I promise I will. Only had 2 so far and have struggled to get a date to suit since holidays with the kids off and the back injection but hoping I'll get something tomorrow or Thursday. I'll blog a little later in August x

  3. Your hair looks awesome Avril... can't wait to see how you get on with it yourself... I found that I still needed to blow dry mine though it look about half the time and even less effort, which was brilliant! Tempted to try Lee next time if you're happy with the results x

    1. I'll keep you posted Nic! I found the first wash and dry really easy...still had to do some work with it but the results were much more salon-looking than what I'd normally achieve - fingers crossed this continues! Ax

  4. What a perfect post! Great hair, lovely clothes and a cute puppy too. Wishing you well after your injection and hope you are pain free and mobile again soon. Sharing your journey with the pain I hope helps you as much as you help others in sharing your story.

    1. Thank you so much Louise - your comment is so appreciated x


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