TIME OUT FOR MUM

The Young Par­ents team tries two new pam­per­ing ser­vices for busy mums.

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We tried out two new pam­per­ing ser­vices for busy mums.

COLOUR ME ASH BROWN

I don’t have time for a full face of makeup on most days. I just want to look as if I’ve had enough sleep when I haven’t.

What al­ways helps perk up my look, though, is nice hair colour. But for the long­est time I’d been play­ing it safe with just a sin­gle hue.

So, I jumped at the chance to try L’Oreal Pro­fes­sion­nel’s new Ash Brown Bay­alage col­lec­tion, which was launched in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bel­gium choco­late brand Go­diva.

French bay­alage is a tech­nique dat­ing back to the 1970s, where colour is hand­painted on and looks mul­ti­di­men­sional. It’s also said to al­low colour change with­out the high main­te­nance and strong re­growth lines of tra­di­tional high­lights.

The process is sim­ple and fun. Choose a Go­diva-in­spired base shade (dark, co­coa or creme), then se­lect a colour blend from a range of me­tallics. Fi­nally, pick a third colour if you wish. My stylist, Enda, from NK Hair­works, deftly worked the var­i­ous hues in – some parts of my hair were bleached to get the lighter shades.

Three hours later, I had celebrity mum hair – gor­geous from any an­gle. And it didn’t look dry, ei­ther, thanks to the Smart­bond sys­tem used dur­ing the colour­ing process to strengthen hair fi­bre bonds.

The Ash Brown Bay­alage process is avail­able at par­tic­i­pat­ing salons such as LeeKaJa Beauty Salon. Prices vary, but at NK Hair­works, for in­stance, you can ex­pect to pay about $250 to $300.

VISIT www.tinyurl.com/AshBrownBay­alage for a list of par­tic­i­pat­ing salons. – Stephanie

COLD COM­FORT FOR THE SKIN

I have a cab­i­net filled with skin­care prod­ucts, but there’s noth­ing like hav­ing a skilled ther­a­pist to pam­per my skin.

I was look­ing for a fa­cial treat­ment to deeply hy­drate and perk up my tired skin when I chanced upon Art by Verita, the medispa arm of The Well­ness Clinic. The treat­ments and pro­ce­dures here are said to be de­signed by cer­ti­fied doc­tors.

Its sig­na­ture fa­cial treat­ment, Cry­olift Cor­rect Hy­dra Fa­cial Ther­apy, sounded like what my sen­si­tive skin needed, so I gave it a shot.

How it worked: Af­ter thor­ough cleans­ing and ton­ing, my ther­a­pist, Ros­abel, gen­tly ex­tracted black­heads to im­prove con­gested skin be­fore ap­ply­ing skin-friendly acids.

Next, it was time for a cryother­apy ses­sion and she prepped me for the cold­ness that came with it. Ros­abel showed me a cir­cu­lar metal rod ap­pli­ca­tor which would help cool down the skin rapidly to about mi­nus 10 deg C. It was bear­able, thank­fully, as the ap­pli­ca­tor stays on each area of my skin for only a few sec­onds.

The cold helps skin ab­sorb the serum used dur­ing this process faster and soothes in­flam­ma­tion. When she passed me a mir­ror, I could im­me­di­ately see that my com­plex­ion was brighter and firmer.

A gen­tle face mas­sage, fol­lowed by a cool­ing mask, rounded up the 75-minute treat­ment. This costs $210, and you can also opt for a 90-minute ver­sion, which in­cludes the neck, for $270.

VISIT www.art­byverita.com. – Elisa

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