Tuesday, 1 August 2017

16 Week Blow-dry at Monet Hair Belfast - UPDATED!

UPDATE - Monet Hair has ceased trading but in Belfast, I can recommend Root Cube Hair & Michele International for Brazilian blow-dries (not QOD). I've not used either personally but friends whose opinions I trust have and speak very highly of both.

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.

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 (Chantelle is your woman). 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 him 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, 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 mainly because it contains a 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 during the 16 weeks, 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. 

16 Week Update:
It's been a while since I wrote the blog above but I have had so many people ask me about the treatment so I thought I better tell you how I got on with it after the 16 weeks had passed.
I would say that I got about 10 weeks of fabulous hair that needed little or no extra manipulation (i.e. straightening). After that, I did return to my weekly blow dry (mainly because Chantelle is my friend and I was really missing our weekly catch ups!!) but she said that my hair was much easier to work with and took less time to style for a number of weeks after that.
The best bit about this treatment is that I was able to grow down my hair so easily. The relaxing effect of it gave me some length immediately and the silky smoothing finish meant that my hair just hung so beautifully for 12 weeks or so, which was just enough time to get me past that awkward mid-length stage which for me is a difficult one as my hair tends to grow out, rather than down!

Would I have it done again?
Yes! It's the sort of treatment I would have done in the summer time, when life is busy and I have less time to myself. I would also have it if I wanted to grow my hair down a bit more as it definitely helps with that. So with that in mind, I'm going to have another treatment done in May or June. I'll blog about it and link to the post here.

Things to note
There is a perm lotion pong with this treatment which some might find off-putting. It lasts for about 4 weeks and is most noticeable when you're using heat on your hair. I didn't mind it too much but my kids hated it! Just to bear in mind if you're thinking of having the treatment. Perhaps ask your hairdresser about it. I've heard since that the QOD treatment is less smelly than others. Again, it's hard to know about this without having tried others. Please do comment if you have any experience of this as it's so helpful for everyone reading - and for me!

Regarding the salt free shampoo - I managed to find a good one in TK Maxx for about £6 so that's a good place to look if you don't want to buy the salon one. Watch out for versions of salt in the ingredients list - basically anything with sodium mentioned is a salt derivative from what I can tell. It doesn't have to be called sodium chloride. Equally, watch out for sea salt ingredients that some natural shampoos use!

As always, if you've any questions, please just ask!

Ax

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! 


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

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

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  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!

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    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

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  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

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    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

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  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.

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

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