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The great school run beauty glow-up

Dropping the kids off at school and legging it? Muddy's Robyn was! We tasked a local salon to give her a hair and beauty glow-up. Here's how she got on...

Back to school beauty blues? Having gone through my own drop-and-run phase last term, I can totally recommend a salon hair and facial MOT to help you get your school-run mojo back.

Finding myself legging it away from the school gates – and shrinking deeper into my hood at pick up – I realised something must be done. Here’s what happened on my great school-run hair and beauty glow-up.

Arcana Hair

First up, a consultation with Arcana Hair and Beauty, on Jewry Street, Winchester, where I spilled my beauty and school run woes. In a nutshell, lack of time and the always-hectic balance between mum duties and work had left me feeling more than a little jaded in the beauty stakes. (I see you nodding!).

Their recommendation? A full hair and beauty glow-up comprising skin peel, mask, shoulder and head massage, hair treatment and blow dry. Well, in for a penny…

Skin deep

As a rule I never go for facials – give me a nice relaxing massage any time. But after this one, carried out on the third floor of the salon, I was a total convert. After an hour spent horizontal on the table undergoing a RegimA treatment, my skin went from totally dehydrated and dull to soft & shiny and so clean.

Word of warning – don’t plump for this if you want a snoozy relaxing hour. The treatment involves cold cloths on your face, the fruit acids sting a bit and slightly burn. It’s a bit uncomfortable at first but quickly calms down – and it absolutely won’t harm your skin.

Therapist Julie put me at ease throughout. And the end results were incredible: my skin literally soaked all the goodness of the fruit acids in, leaving it all glowy and radiant.

Terrific tresses

Afterwards, it was back downstairs to the ground floor hair salon. Before my facial, Arcana’s lovely owner, Bev, put a Davines Heart of Glass Intense Treatment on my hair, leaving it to soak in. She then washed, shampooed and reconditioned it and gave me an outstanding blow dry.

Peeking into the mirror, she’d transformed what I admit were pretty shaggy locks, making them smooth, sleek and shiny.

The verdict: Two hours very well spent for a full hair and facial glow-up. Later that day I literally skipped to the school gates beaming happily at everyone – no more hiding under a hood!

The damage: Not cheap – but well worth it. The RegimA skin peel, mask, shoulder and head massage was £80. The Davines Nourishing Restructuring Miracle treatment was £10 and the blow dry was £35.

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