Health & beauty tips: Advice from Liverpool’s salon experts – for him and her
Want to look and feel great but simply don’t have hours to while away in salons, barbers and spas? We’ve called on some of Liverpool’s top style, beauty and wellbeing experts to provide quick, effective and budget-friendly DIY tips that will help keep you in tip-top condition.
Curated by Natasha Young
Inner Beauty | White Wolf Yoga
“When practiced regularly it’ll help declutter your mind, making more space for joy.”
Inner calm can be crucial to feeling happy and confident and Louise Fitzsimmons, owner of Liverpool’s White Wolf Yoga, says meditation is an easy way to maintain a clear head and stay stress-free.
“When practiced regularly it’ll help declutter your mind, making more space for joy, and give you a feeling of inner calm and peace,” she tells YM Liverpool.
Overcoming stress and anxiety, boosting creativity, improving digestion and cardiovascular health, and increasing your mental focus are just some of the benefits of meditation, and Louise suggests a five-minute practice to start with:
- Find a comfortable seated position with a nice straight back and your feet flat on the floor. Rest your hands gently on top of your thighs and sit quietly for one minute.
- For the second minute, pay attention to your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Notice where you’re breathing from – the nose or mouth – and whereabouts the breath flows to. Which parts of the body do you feel rise on the inhale, and fall on the exhale?
- For the third minute, pay attention to the body and how it feels. Notice where you’re holding onto any tension. Straighten the spine, feel the chest open and relax the shoulders away from the ears.
- For the fourth minute observe what’s going on in the mind without any judgement. Try not to get involved with any thoughts – just watch as you would a film – and if your mind starts to wander, watch where it goes and bring it back onto the breath.
- In the fifth minute, put it all together. Sit up tall, be aware of the breath and the body and watch the thoughts.
Keep Skin in Check | Urban Calm
“One myth is that coconut oil is good for your skin. This depends on your skin type.”
There’s an abundance of online skincare suggestions but Sarah Moore, an expert at Liverpool’s Urban Calm spa, warns of the myths to beware of.
“Reading articles online can teach you a lot, but it’s finding the genuine facts within these,” she says.
“One myth is that coconut oil is good for your skin. This depends on your skin type – if you’re prone to acne, it’s a no go for you.”
“Another is that sunscreen can block pores and increase oily skin, but a form of SPF should be worn every day no matter what the weather.
“There are so many sophisticated formulas providing sun protection with added skincare benefits. Foundations or moisturisers can have this already included, just check the label or ask for advice.
“Then there’s the idea that natural products are best. ‘Natural’ may be in right now but if your skin is seriously suffering, medical graded products may deliver better results for you.
“This doesn’t mean seeing a doctor – many brands have products with stronger ingredients in, it’s just finding the right solution so ask a specialist if you’re unsure.”
“Finally, I’m not saying don’t drink water but drinking eight glasses a day definitely won’t magically get rid of spots. A good skin regime mixed with this will help you quicker.”
Stay in Style | Cutthroatpete’s Barber Company
“I find most men don’t like their hair to look too polished and perfect.”
“As a barber and male grooming expert I educate my clients daily on how to recreate the hairstyle they have after they leave my barber chair,” says Pete Cranfield, owner of Cutthroatpete’s Barber Company.
“Many guys now have longer hair and I find that they still want it as low maintenance as possible. So to create a great textured look in longer hair you can apply a salt spray to damp hair, right from roots to tips. Massage it in well with your hands then, with your hairdryer on medium heat and slow speed, simply scrunch your hair and arrange it as you’d like it to look.
“A pea sized amount of hair paste, spread through your palms and added to the hair, will define the style even more. It’s as easy as that, and gives the hair a great lived-in look.
“I find most men don’t like their hair to look too polished and perfect. Regular visits to your barber will help with maintaining your hair at home, making it that little bit easier.”
Nailing Perfection | Nails by Greta
“Teabags are saviors if you have a nail with a little ripped corner.”
“Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise – I can never advise this enough,” says Greta Jakaityte from Nails By Greta, which is currently based in White Haus Hair & Beauty in Cleveland Square. “As a home remedy use warm olive oil or coconut oil and simply massage it in to your cuticle and the nail plate.
“By moisturising nails, oil makes them more flexible, less brittle and the skin around your nails becomes softer. After using it regularly you’ll see fewer signs of hanging and peeling skin.
“More importantly coconut and olive oil both have anti-fungal properties, meaning they’ll help protect your nails from the possibility of getting nail fungal infection.”
The expert also has a handy solution for keeping nails intact, even when it might seem like it’s too late.
“Teabags are saviors if you have a nail with a little ripped corner or even a bigger split but you’d like to save it rather than cut it short.
“Cut a piece out of a teabag similar to the size of your breakage, wet it with nail glue or dab the glue onto your nail, place the tea bag on the breakage and add a little more glue if necessary. The teabag should be covered in glue.
“Wait till it dries and buff it so the surface is flat and even and there you have it – a fixed nail!”
Heavenly Hair | James Begley Hair and Makeup
“Try to avoid using excessive heat on your hair throughout the week.”
Chic, shiny, strong hair doesn’t have to mean hours in the salon or dousing your locks in expensive products.
“There are a few home remedies you can try to keep your hair in top condition without breaking the bank,” explains James Begley, the owner of the James Begley Hair and Makeup salon in Hunts Cross.
“Once a week use natural coconut oil on dry hair as an overnight treatment, then shampoo, condition and style as normal in the morning.
“Also, try to avoid using excessive heat on your hair throughout the week. If you have longer hair, try wearing top knots and messy braids when you’re at work and save the styling for weekends.
“Always sleep with your hair up in a ponytail or a braid if it’s long, using a soft scrunchie to secure it in place. This will stop your hair from knotting and matting through the night.
“Finally, invest in a good quality hair serum with heat defence and use it daily before drying. Also apply a small amount through the ends of dry hair on non-wash days.”