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The ‘No Mirror Challenge’ from QL in Wellingborough

Nene Local’s HQ yesterday was set up within the QL salon in Wellingborough.  As editor, Helen Dawson, had a day of pampering and the ‘no mirror challenge’ – read the first part of the story here  – Wellingborough Salon Provide a New Look.

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I parked up and did a Facebook live on Welcome to Wellingborough then set foot inside Diana’s Gym on Finedon Road.  QL salon is within the gym, so plenty of easy parking!

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When I arrived the mirrors were already covered and another lady was in having the challenge too.

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QL salon – no mirror challenge

Our hair was stripped of any colour so that a new colour could be applied, I said I was happy with anything, but you can opt for a more natural look and no colour stripping at all.

Once stripped of colour my hair was dried, the chemicals used seem very gentle as there was no ill effects on my hair.  Janine, who is an award winning colour technician began doing my colours, all in top secret of course!

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As my colour began to work, I headed over to Lu at the nail bar and had my nails done – lots of sparkles for me!

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My nails were completed then it was back to Janine where she cut, blow dried and finished my hair.  Make up was expertly applied by Lu and I was ‘complete’ and ready for the big reveal!

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It was such a fun day.  Sitting without the mirror is a weird experience as you sometimes see a flick of hair in your periferal vision as it is styled…one begins to wonder – was I pink? purple? red? multicoloured?  The whole is day spent wondering and you build a picture in your mind of what you look like.  I have to say I was totally wrong what I had imagined but loved what I had!

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QL Salon make a video of your day plus take lots of before and after photos, which are great as a reminder of your day.  I loved seeing friends react to my photos and I’m already wondering what to have done at the salon next!

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QL salon no mirror challenge

Book the No Mirror Challenge for yourself …

For more information and to book

QL

QL is within Diana’s Gym, 109e Finedon Road, Wellingborough

Lu Buckley 01933 275353

Email: info@quattrolounge.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QLnorthamptonshire

QL salon no mirror challenge

QL salon no mirror challenge

 

Award Winning Wellingborough Salon can Provide a New Look for Christmas

When Lu Buckley, the Creative Director of QL (formerly known as the Quattro Lounge) got in touch regarding advertising I didn’t know how the client/magazine relationship was about to pan out….award winning salon

We were putting our heads together to think of an angle that would grip the readers.  The QL salon does an amazing amount of services and have some great specialisms.award winning salon

  • Hair replacement for men
  • Braids
  • Hair Brightening
  • Afro specialists
  • Lip Reconstruction
  • Microblading
  • Nail Extensions
  • Pedicure and Manicure
  • Cut & Blow Dry
  • Restyle & Colour
  • Balayage
  • Eye lash extensions

And the “no mirror challenge“ which I believe to be a unique service in the area.  The “no mirror challenge” consists of a new hair style, a new hair colour…  nails, full make up, maybe the addition of some eyelashes too – in fact the full works!!award winning salon

All with the client completely oblivious as of course the mirror has been covered up!

It’s an amazing treat for someone who is stuck in a rut with their look and in need of inspiration, maybe someone who needs a treat after a bad few months, or someone in need of a confidence boost.  It would also make a fabulous gift for Christmas for someone special.

What’s the Angle?

After looking at the range of services, Lu offered me the “no mirror challenge” which I have accepted.  Next Wednesday I shall put myself in the capable hands of Lu and Janine who already have some secret ideas about what they plan to do….

There is a short appointment the week before to do a patch test and strand test on your hair.  We also discussed likes and dislikes. I said I was quite happy with colours so long as my hair was pale around my face, happy with a little restyle.  My only limit was, as a part-time reflexologist I have to keep my nails super short so could not have any acrylics applied.  The ladies are happy to keep within your wishes so it’s OK if you’re not too adventurous!

I’ll have some before and after pictures done to share with you next week….  watch this space!

Take a look at some transformations below….

For more information and to book

QL

QL is within Diana’s Gym, 109e Finedon Road, Wellingborough

Lu Buckley 01933 275353

Email: info@quattrolounge.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QLnorthamptonshire/

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award winning salon

award winning salon

award winning salon

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Beauty Queen Flies the Flag for Third Consecutive Year

Kettering based Stephanie Smith has been selected to take part in the first ever Ms Great Britain competition. She is delighted to be representing the East Midlands region in this new event for more mature ladies.

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Stephanie has now established herself as a beauty pageant veteran. In 2017 she entered Miss England and was Miss Northamptonshire Charity Winner. Then in 2018, Stephanie won Miss Northamptonshire for Miss Great Britain finishing second in the Public Vote by a mere 63 votes. Now she is looking forward to empowering women of all ages, shapes and sizes in Ms Great Britain in February of next year where she also expects to make lots of new friends.
Stephanie is looking forward to adding to the £15,000 that she has already raised for various charities. Ms Great Britain will be supporting Cancer Research UK and Alex’s Wish and Stephanie hopes to boost their efforts too.
Cancer is a blight on modern lives; a cruel disease which robs us of family and friends, often in the prime of their lives. Stephanie lost her own father to cancer in 2016, so this cause is especially dear to her heart. The charity funds the work of over 4,000 researchers, doctors and nurses throughout the UK, supports over 200 clinical trials and studies cancer and cancer risk in over a million people in the UK.

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Alex’s Wish is a charity set-up to eradicate Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, an aggressive form of Muscular Dystrophy that affects 1 in every 3,500 boys born and results in progressive muscle wasting. Every single muscle is destroyed due to a lack of protein. It also affects the heart and lungs as these are muscles too.

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Stephanie’s story is remarkable given that was badly injured in a car accident in 2011 and has had to endure 26 hospital procedures since then. She also suffers with fibromyalgia. Stephanie still manages to campaign actively for a reduction in the age for smear tests. She was recently interviewed by Helen Blaby on Radio Northampton and highlighted the importance of adult women attending smear test appointments throughout their adult lives.
Stephanie has just taken part in a music video for musician Kupid’s new song Diamond that was released earlier this month and just this week, has been strutting her stuff on the catwalk as a plussize model for House of Ikons at London’s Fashion Week. Stephanie modelled for NHN Couture, Rubina Kapoor and EndoWallks.

 
Even though Stephanie has endured a series of personal and health challenges she retains a heartwarming positive outlook on life. She wants to show that being a larger size or disabled need not be barriers to success. Stephanie is keen to remind everyone that 20th Century icon Marylin Monroe was a size 16 and that didn’t hamper her progress to stardom. Stephanie’s fundraising page is at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StephanieSmith36

Raunds Residents to take Part in Innovative Waste Collection Pilot

Raunds residents will pilot a new waste collection scheme from East Northamptonshire Council (ENC).

 

The WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) collection scheme goes live on Monday 23 September and will run until the end of 2019. If successful, the scheme could be rolled out across the district.

 

During the trial, residents will be able to place small and handheld electrical items out alongside their regular waste collection and these will be collected, taken to a dedicated facility for sorting and recycling.

 

Items for collection should be left next to recycling or refuse bin on normal collection days and the following small electrical items will be collected:

 

  • Hairdryers, hair straighteners, shavers, electric toothbrushes
  • Kitchen appliances such as toasters, kettles, hand blenders
  • DVD/CD Players, radios, MP3 players and remote controls
  • Clocks, watches, calculators and torches
  • Kettles
  • Telephones, cameras
  • Laptops, remote controls
  • Small electrical DIY tools such as drills and electric screwdrivers
  • Toys (remote control car or drone)
  • Chargers

 

Items should still have the cables attached and all batteries removed.

 

Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said:

 

“As a council, we are committed to helping residents with their recycling in East Northamptonshire. With a growing number of electrical items in households due to technologies constantly changing, this trial is the next step in ensuring that as many items as possible are sent to recycling facilities.

 

“We encourage residents in Raunds to have a rummage through their cupboards and dig out all those unused and unwanted household electrical items for our team to collect and recycle. At ENC, we hope that the WEEE trial in Raunds will be a success and we can roll it out across the district.”

 

Any electrical items collected will be placed in a specially designed cage attached to waste trucks and due to the cage size only small and handheld items, such as the above list, can be accepted. If the cage becomes full, the waste team may have to leave items, but Raunds residents are encouraged to place any items left behind out for collection the following week.

 

More information about the WEEE pilot scheme can be found at: www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/WEEE