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Ready for a chop?

Can a fringe really knock 15 years off your age? Lead me to Anne Veck salon in Bicester, I'm about to find out.


To put it simply – funk me up, and take 10 years off my age. So, you know *cough*, not too much to ask. My hair is naturally dark brown – a bonus at times as I have blue eyes and I like that combo, but unfortunately that chocolate is turning horrifically grey at the temples – I need to go a few lighter shades so I don’t end up looking like a geriatric Priscilla Presley impersonator. I’ve also become mightily sick of my 15 year no-fringe, so in for a penny, in for a pound – I’m planning to have some follicular frontage chopped in.


I seem to gravitate towards Anne Veck salons when I’m going for something very different. Last year I had a punky moment at the Oxford salon when I went bright orange (awesome while it lasted, but I decided in the end that brunettes had more fun). This time I’ve gone for the Bicester salon as it’s just had a massive refurb – a total ripping out of the old and in with reclaimed industrial painted woods, exposed brickwork, selfie-station (well, why not? it’s great for publicity) and dangly downlighters.

There’s also a lovely central table (with power points so you can work if you like) where you sit with your stylist for a face to face chat rather than staring back at them through the mirror. This is where you have your colour done too so that the cutting stations are freed up and you can relax. Great idea.


I talked through my issues with manager Ionas Kalimeris (soooo lovely, can definitely recommend) and then he set to work. This is what he did, in his own words, if you’re thinking of something similar.

The colour
I did roots in a Revlon natural dark blonde to keep it in a natural shade and then balayaged for light and shine. We toned it with a caramel shade, with the result that now there is a natural base colour with multitones, more texture to the hair and a sunkissed look. The greys will of course grow back but won’t look so stark against this lighter look. I also used a Revlon Plexforce treatment to keep Hero’s hair healthy and hydrated so as not to lose the keratin.

The cut
For the haircut we decided to lose some of the length to a more directional choppy long bob, framed by a Seventies-influenced fringe that is popular right now and also not too blunt or heavy, as Hero’s hair is fine and a bit flyaway. It’s also a versatile fringe as it can be worn to the side, parted gently in the middle or styled straight down.


Very different to the boring old brunette before, and I’m very happy! I’ve gone from the dark side, and who knows when I’ll ever go back? (Sorry Darth V). The fringe I love too – that’s probably the single simple thing that has knocked a couple of years off the old visage though I’m finding it a bit hot in this weather. Kind of miss hoiking it all off my face.


£58 for the cut and blowdry and £79 for a medium long hair balayage so £140ish all together which of course is a lot of dosh. But for a big change of direction and 4 hours of attention in the salon with coffees, biccies and a whole load of magazine action that’s great value in my book. The balayage won’t take so long next time either, now that the base colour is sorted.

Anne Veck, 17 Crown Walk, Bicester, OX26 6HY. Tel: 01869 248495. 


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1 comment on “Ready for a chop?”

  • Susan Mallett July 5, 2018

    Absolutely love Anna Veck, came across her through the review on your site, and when my hairdresser left my local salon, decided to give it a go. Best haircut for years.



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