07 February 2015

A fabulous hair experience at Andrew Watson Hairdressing

Andrew Watson Haridressing is quite a recent addition to the Lisburn Road. The road is well known for being a wealth of hairdressers so it can seem like a bit of a nightmare as you don't know where to start! I was delighted to be invited down as stylist Leighann wanted to take part in the big blow-dry challenge. Leighann is an experienced hairdresser in all aspects of the trade but also in the application and maintenance of hair extensions. 

From the exterior, Andrew Watson Hairdressing so a no fuss hairdressers. Facing the police station, its inoffensive exterior sits amongst a row of shops and it could so easily be missed. However, the interior of the hairdressers is one of the nicest I have ever seen. It's not fancy or in your face but rather it is calm, unfussy and quiet. I have to say I've never been in a hairdressers quite like this and even before my hair had been touched, I had a lovely vibe about the place. I visited on a weekday and it was very busy but it was not noisy or overwhelming like many salons can be.

Leighann looked at my hair very closely before she decided what we would like to do. She suggested cutting my extensions as they had a lot of weight at the bottom that was making them sit a little bit too heavy. I agreed and post washing with the Wella range that they use in the salon, she set about chopping into the extensions. I was so happy with this and allowed her to cut more length off them. You can see from the picture that they are much shorter now but I think they look much more natural and they are also easier to manage. 

Leighann prepped my hair with Wella SP Style Resolute Lift which is a blow-dry lotion. She sprayed this liberally throughout my hair and sprayed the ends with Wella SP Luxeoil. I loved the idea of a spray oil as it made life a little bit faster and easier! My hair was rough dried then sectioned. The sections were then blowdried with a medium sized brush and set to cool in a velcro roller. Leighann worked in a New York salon for two years so I was fascinated with her blowdrying technique. This involved lots of movement rather than tension. You could see how much curl she could get just from the brush. This was a sign to me that the blow-dry was going to stay in well! Leighann was great at giving me tips about blowdrying my hair including how to blow-dry the front of your hair forward in order to get it to sit back off your face. There were lots of rollers in my head as you can see and my hair felt very smooth when these were removed. 

She curled the odd section with Cloud Nine straighteners just for a little extra face framing. She then lifted the roots and sprayed underneath with hairspray. This was something I haven't seen anyone do before but it really helped to keep the blow-dry volume in around the front of my hair. Obviously as I have extensions, the roots are more likely to drag down but I feel like she managed to get really good volume in my hair. I will be back to get her to blow-dry my natural hair in a few months as I know she could have it sitting SO huge!

I was so impressed with my blow-dry. I'm currently on day three and it's actually got nicer as the days have gone on. I haven't used any dry shampoo or product in it yet! I have it up in a big curly pony-tail today and I imagine I will get another day or two out of it if I use some dry shampoo.

I honestly would advise anyone to visit the salon. It's such a haven of relaxation and as someone who finds it hard to relax, that's no mean feat! Leighann was a lovely, friendly girl and I know I'll be back in the near future.

Thank you to Andrew Watson Hairdressing for a truly fabulous experience. For more information on the salon, visit: