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Review: Most fabulous for reviving you and your hair: Shine, Brighton

Posted July 14, 2014 by Bethanie Lunn

The Finished Look by Shine, Brighton

So why is Shine so worthy of a fabulous badge?

Shine is a Hair Salon on the outskirts of the very cool North Laines, Brighton with a small Aveda Beauty Salon inside.  They pride themselves on making your appointment dedicated to you and your relaxation, as well as tailored hair styling to suit your individual needs and personal touches to make a difference.  The result?  They claim to ‘help you be the very best you’.
Let’s see if they delivered…

Booking Procedure:

This is very easy.  You can call or email directly using the details below.

First Impressions:

Tucked into a corner slightly off the beaten track, I was greeted with a bijoux tranquil garden setting and open French doors which lead to an uber-cool interior and smiling faces.  Strong steels and hanging bare light bulbs blend with sumptuous brown leather seats and wooden benches for an overall industrialised feel.
I was shown to my seat in minutes, offered a drink and the option to enjoy a complimentary hand massage and / or express head and shoulder massage.  This is something offered to all customers and is the way they like to begin giving you your ‘me time’.

The Consultation:

The appointment began via a consultation with my hair colourist and hair stylist, who worked together to ensure the cut would maximise the colour and vice versa.  My hair colour was a shocking mash up of colours and bleach following a previously unsuccessful hair appointment and bleaching by the sun. Being in need of a lot of TLC was something they both identified.  All staff are friendly and efficient and my stylists left me feeling well listened to, comfortable and  confident – all in double-quick time.

The Treatments I had:

We agreed on a trim to ‘tidy it up’ and get rid of dead ends, since I love the length of my hair since it’s so versatile.  My colour prescription was to revive the blonde, recover its gloss but break it up with other shades of blonde to add texture and phase out the all-over tint I’d had previously.
Eventually, I’d like to try ombré, graduating from a mid-blonde to a light blonde at the tips so this was step one to helping me achieve it long term while reviving my locks short term.
If you require, Shine can offer colour that is up to 99% natural and colour that is designed for sensitive skin with every colour used guaranteed to add shine.
As well as cut and colour, Shine offer beauty treatments from facials and pedis to massage and manis so you could enjoy a holistic makeover or treat if you so wish.

What was the result?

One soothing hand massage and a send-me-to-sleep head and shoulder massage later, my colour and cut ensued and I loved how friendly the team were, full of knowledge, happy to chat if you are but also brilliant at offering you the little luxuries that make the appointment so luxuriating.  Set up with Vogue and an espresso, I was highly contented as my colour got to work.
My hair stylist showed me the length she suggested trimming off BEFORE cutting it, to ensure I was happy and, following the blow dried finish I desired, my hair was glowing with lustre.  I loved the different tones of blonde and my lank, fine hair had volume and swing, not an easy fete, I assure you.


This appointment was just one week after I moved house and it was the first time I felt I could really unwind.  I nearly fell asleep twice, once during the massage and again in the massage chair at the wash basin.  This is a great sign of how peaceful Shine is as a setting and how the team here makes you feel.
The most impressive factor about Shine is that they make your hair look as invigorated as they make you feel.  Head there to recoup both your liveliness and your locks.

Useful knowledge:

Shine offer a 30% discount to children under 12 and 30% discount to students (with a valid NUS Card), both Monday to Thursday between 10am and 5pm.
You can also enjoy 10% off any beauty treatment while your colour is processing.

Reader Offer

All Modern Girl’s Guide readers can enjoy a generous 20% off until the end of July.  Just quote this blog when booking to redeem.
111 Gloucester Road, Brighton BN1 4AF
Phone: 01273 604 404


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