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Hair and beauty

  • 9 divine bath oils for a long soak

    We've put Blue Monday behind us. I think that calls for a relaxing bath, don't you? Here's how to make your evening soak more luxurious than ever.

  • The Popham treatment

    Oxford hairdresser David Popham worked with Vidal Sassoon in Sixties London - so he has five decades of cutting experience. Yeah, I think I'll let him loose on my hair!

  • beofore and after photo of blonde woman and hairdressers

    The new Popham salon reviewed

    Another Popham salon has popped up in central Oxford. Kerry Potter is seriously impressed as they fulfil her blonde ambitions.

  • cartoon illustration woman and beauty blow-dry shop front

    Breezy does it

    The trend for blow-dry bars in London has reached Bourne End in a light, bright, welcoming studio.

  • I’ve been ombréd!

    Holy craparoo, I've turned blonde! Read on for more pics and to see how Tom Bishop Hair in Beaconsfield rock-chicked me.

  • Tried and tested: Popham salon, Oxford

    Can’t say I’ve ever done a hair review – until this one – where I had my hair cut at one salon and then legged it up to a second salon for my colour but you’ll find out why I did it in a bit. But let me introduce the salons, those of Popham Hairdressing, […]

  • Hairbox – she’ll do your up-do!

    Gawd bless the brilliant Hairbox, the tiny hair salon that’s, er, literally a boxroom on Marlow High Street, and happens to be home to the supercool, talented Carol Baxter. Size is important in Hairbox (isn’t it everywhere?), where Carol gives clients the one-to-one private VIP treatment, washing the hair, bringing coffee, proferring small Tiffany jewellery […]

  • New year, new you, new barnet!

    From time to time I have fantasies of cutting my hair short and edgy and cool and dying it blonde but I know I’ll just end up looking that bloke from Erasure. So I stick to what know – dark hair, and a lengthy bob that’s long enough to look feminine but not so straggly […]

  • Cool little beauty room in Jericho, Oxford

      Karolina Lipinska, beauty therapist and owner The Beauty Studio, is clearly a woman doing something very right. Her therapy space is behind an anonymous door, next to a chemist and entirely hidden to the world in Jericho  (just around the corner from St Giles in central Oxford)… … yet a steady stream of clients […]

  • Muddy tries Sculpsure, non-invasive fat-blasting. Yes, I’m serious.

    Through this door (or if we’re being truthful, around the corner where it’s less obvious) is the S-Thetics clinic in Beaconsfield, winner just three days ago of Best New Practice South England and Wales at the #myfacemybody awards at the Park Lane Hilton. Those who read Muddy regularly know that I have an uncomfortable relationship […]

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