SASSOON “Downtown” Collection workshop & BIKRAM

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So excited to announce the launch of the new Sassoon collection “Downtown”. Just like in fashion we have collections that come out to the public every spring/summer, autumn
/winter, and a mid season. It’s a very exciting time for hairdressers all around the world who are avid followers of Vidal Sassoon, but especially for us who work for the company.

Generally, the concepts for the new collections come from our international team based out of London. Our international creative director, Mark Hayes does a great job of really listening to the teams from all of the Sassoon salons for inspiration.


For every collection that launches, every team has an evening where we all get together, usually a Wednesday after work, and display the new looks inspired from the collection on our own models. New techniques, new colors, and with the looks being pretty avaunt guard, we make sure to find models who are seriously open for big changes, that is the exciting part!


Hair, great hair, can really build an image for someone. These looks are usually pretty bold and daring and can really put someone’s confidence to the test. So we try to find people who will rock some amazing looks .

My model, Ruth, was adorable . She had recently moved here from London, and was very familiar with the Sassoon model/haircut set up. She was super cool and open to whatever I wanted to do. Blank canvas. Ahhhhhhhh, that is the best. Let me know what you guys think??

She said the only thing she wanted me to know, was that she was horrible at styling her own hair (she doesn’t own a hair dryer) and wanted something with no fuss. My kinda girl, it’s funny, I’m a hairdresser yet, I never style my own hair, meaning I always make sure my haircuts have no at-home maintenance. You see, I have wavy hair, so If it’s cut right, I can just let it air dry out of the shower, and it looks great.

Well, her texture was pretty similar to mine, so it was fun seeing how her hair was moving and adapting as we cut it.

Everyone did a great job, and the air felt creative! Some great looks came out of tonight.

Since I was really tired and busy this morning, I skipped my ritual Wednesday morning workout and figured I could stop at the gym on my way home. Ugh, I hate working out at night. I’m definitely a morning sweat sesh type person, so I was already annoyed about that, plus it was now 7:30 pm. It was a long day.

Wellllllllllllll……a couple of the girls at work are into Bikram yoga and mentioned that they were going to a class later on that night. I was thinking ” what the hell time is this class?.”
Turns out….. Yeah, 10 freakin PM!!! I’m usually asleep by then, like a total G-ma, but I was determined to get some kind of workout in, so It took everything in me to agree to go. You know how it is. When you get home from work, all you wanna do is get cozy, watch your favorite show, catch up on stuff, eat a nice meal and pour a glass of wine. I swear I almost passed out tired waiting to leave the house. It would’ve been a lot easier if we had done the 8p.m class, but nooooooo.

Those of you who are not familiar with Bikram yoga,

Bikram Yoga is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional hatha yoga[1] techniques and popularized beginning in the early 1970s.[2][3] Bikram Yoga sessions run for exactly 90 minutes and consist of a set series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises.[4] Bikram Yoga is ideally practiced in a room heated to 105°F (≈ 40.6°C) with a humidity of 40%,[5] and is the most popular form of hot yoga (a series of yoga poses done in a heated room).

Ok so, I have to admit, yoga has never been my thing or on the top of my training list. I maybe just haven’t found the right fit, as far as the style of yoga of the right teacher for me, but I keep trying. I do feel good after class but I do think this particular class is too long. 90 minutes. Also I think that I wasn’t in the right mind frame, especially with it being so late for me. I also felt like this style of practice focused a lot more on breathing techniques and flexibility poses. We were doing lots of back bending type stuff, that I don’t think I should’ve been doing seeing as it was only my second class ever. Sometimes are bodies are just not conditioned to be bent backwards, you know.(my neck was killing me after) What I’m trying to say is that, I think I’m just more of a ” I need to be jumping around like a crazy, or lifting like a beast type person” but I do know this, if you are like me,
It isimportant to vary the way you train. Add a day of a good stretching class, a low impact yoga or Pilates sesh wouldn’t hurt. We are all guilt of not always being aware of stretching after a workout, slowing down and focusing more on the breath, and taking more time to adjust your form and posture.

Like any workout, I think that yoga doesbring something really good to your life, especially for the everyday. How many times have you accidentally caught yourself in the mirror with the worst posture? Huh? Or realized you were sticking your stomach out as if you had a food baby? Yoga is something that helps to encourage better alignment and a stronger sense of being centered.

With all that preaching, I’ve decided I am more of a Core Power yoga type rather than the Bikram type.