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If Reed Hair did beauty? Would our beauty be as fabulous as your hair?

July 5, 2018


Now is the time to find out!!!

Its time to experience the difference with a blend of indulgence, relaxation, pamper & infusion

Reed Beauty opens its doors on 16th July and our Beauty Therapist, Helen Lancaster, can’t wait to meet you.

Now, let me introduce you to Helen.

Helen joins us with a wealth of experience in the Nail & Beauty Industry. Helen started her working career in the West End of London pampering celebrities from tv, stage and music.

She progressed from London to become a training director for a global nail company and continued educating in the beauty sector. Helen has a loyal following and is a specialist in our brands, Sothys and Bio sculpture.

Now, most people have heard of the amazing nail product, Bio Sculpture, but maybe not Sothys!

The reason we chose Sothys is that it’s a family company…just like us! It’s been going for a little longer though, over 70 years! All their ingredients are grown in their French gardens and you will find the Sothys brand in high end London hotels and many exclusive spas through out the world.

Not too sure on Bio Sculpture? Read on…………

Bio Sculpture Gel is a premium product that doesn’t damage your natural nail. It lasts for up to 3 weeks and soaks off very easily. It is tried & tested and proven as the only 5-star safety rated gel. It doesn’t require excess buffing and is free from Formaldehyde, animal cruelty free and vegan.

So, a wonder nail product we thinks!!!! And it comes in teeny weeny cute bottles 😊


So if you are excited about Reed Beauty as much as we are please come to see us.

There are many ways you can get in touch –  visit our website on www.reedbeauty.com

Call 01621 842043/option 2 – visit our Facebook & Instagram pages or email: reception@reedbeauty.com

Thank you for reading and we can’t wait to pamper you  xxx

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Sophie Hannah Richardson’s Latest Blog at Reed Hair

February 18, 2018

sophie hannah richardson blue hair

Bleach roots is something I get done every 3 to 4 months. My natural hair starts to come through and after a while I have just a little too much root than I’d like. I do love having roots but it’s extremely hard to consistently keep a tiny bit of them so I have to get them bleached and wait for the regrowth. I used to bleach roots myself at home, however since going to a salon the last few times I thought I’d book a professional appointment again. I’m no hairdresser and it’s actually quite nice sitting down and taking time out whilst someone else gets the job done. I hardly ever pamper myself so it’s always a nice treat. 

This time for my bleach roots I went back to Reed Hair salon in Maldon, Essex. I had been before and loved the atmosphere, treatment and girls that work there so I thought, let’s go back. You can read up about my first appointment here. I was met by Abby when I arrived and she was going to be doing the whole job of bleaching my roots, treating my hair and trimming it! The process is always lengthy when you get bleach roots, but its worth the whole afternoon in the salon, as most hairdressers who bleach hair will recommend treatments to have whilst you’re there. Always listen to their advice and 100% do a treatment or two as bleaching hair can be damaging.

I was introduced to some new products during my appointment so I thought I’d write up a post about the steps Abby took to achieve bleach roots on my blue locks. I usually try and fade my hair as much as possible before I head to a salon as I always like to try and achieve an all over white bleach look. However this particular time, I didn’t realise how long my roots were, they desperately needed doing. Plus I’m also trying to time my bleach roots for my wedding so that I can get my roots touched up the end of April, beginning of May so that I have the perfect amount of regrowth for the big day. Yup, I’m planning my hair! Ridiculous I know, but every bride wants to look their best on that one day.


To kick start the appointment Abby and I chatted about what I wanted to achieve. I wanted bleach roots and then for it to be blended into the blue. I think we were both worried about how it would turn out but Abby had some great ideas through the process. She started off by mixing bleach which included a product called Wellaplex. This product helps reconstruct inner hair bonds to strengthen the hair whilst colouring. It’s amazing being able to use products like this now when bleaching as it’s less damaging. Abby started off by doing the mid bands of my hair and then the roots.


The bleach needed to be left on my hair for 50 minutes, so Abby went off and I spent some time relaxing. During the process Abby thought of an idea of how to blend the bleach into the blue by using a new Wella product called Color Renew; it’s peroxide free, zero damage and is used to help lift colours. Abby applied this onto my blue ends and worked it in. We left this on until it was time to take the bleach off.

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Abby then washed everything out of my hair and applied the second part of the Wellaplex treatment. This was left on for 10 minutes.


The next step was toning the roots. Abby wanted to achieve a nice silvery shade so that when I go and dye my hair back blue, it’ll act as a nice base. She used a violet based toner called Illumina Color. This was worked into the hair and left for for a specific amount of time.

bleach roots sophie hannah richardson


The toner was then washed out and Abby conditioned my hair with System Professional.


The colour was done! Then it was onto blow drying and trimming my ends. I’m wanting to try and keep the length as I’m getting an updo for my wedding, so Abby trimmed the ends and neatened up some breakages in my hair.

Bleach roots into blue

We were done! And I was so pleased with the results. Abby achieved a lovely clean finish on my roots and it actually look kinda cool having bleach roots into a pastel blue. If you want to know more about Reed Hair, check out their website here.

I hope you enjoyed this step by step salon process of bleach roots, any questions feel free to pop them below and I’ll do my best as getting back to you.


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June 21, 2017

Reed Hair – A Salon that cares and is dedicated to ‘My New Hair’

An Essex based stylist has joined a pioneering charity’s expanding network of Salons that Care.

Zoe Kingham from Reed Hair, which is based in Maldon, Essex, has become the latest addition to My New Hair’s 900-strong network of hairdressers and 800 salons which make-up the Salons that Care located across the UK and Ireland.

The charity, ‘My New Hair’, was founded and inspired by professional stylist Trevor Sorbie MBE, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016/17. My New Hair provides advice and support to anyone who has experienced medical hair loss, and has a national support network of independent salons and trained hair professionals who provide a wig-customisation service for their clients.

With the support of her salon Reed Hair, a dedicated member of the Salons that Care network for six years, Zoe has recently completed My New Hair’s Level 1 and Level 2 training seminars and will be completing her level 3 in September. As part of her work with the charity Zoe has pledged her commitment to responsible training and providing a caring and sensitive service for Reed Hair’s clients.

Zoe now helps clients with medical hair loss in Reed Hair salon’s private lounge. This special facility allows clients to have some privacy during their wig-customisation appointment and can be joined by friends or family for support.

Vicki Meredith, co-owner of Reed Hair Salon, said: “Zoe has been with us for 10 years and is one of the salon’s top stylist. She was looking to further develop her skills and was very enthusiastic to take up the opportunity to learn more with My New Hair. Zoe loved the courses and now feels very passionate about being able to help clients who are suffering from medical hair loss. We are really proud of her and thrilled as a salon we could further support My New Hair.”

Trevor Sorbie MBE, founder of mynewhair, said: “We are delighted that Zoe from Reed Hair has undertook our training and has become a part of our ever-expanding network of UK-wide Salons that Care. We greatly value the work all our hair professionals do for people who suffer from medical hair loss – and we wouldn’t be able to do it without them!

“When we started the charity over 10 years ago, we had no idea that we would grow to a 900-strong network of hairdressers and 800 salons, but we have big ambitions for the future. We look forward to welcoming more hair professionals to our future training seminars and helping more and more people to access our services.”

To find out more about My New Hair visit www.mynewhair.org or via Twitter @mynewhairorg, or follow the charity on Facebook and LinkedIn.

You can also donate to the charity by texting MYNH00 followed by the amount you wish to donate, to 70070.


 My New Hair


My New Hair has produced a booklet of advice and information in conjunction with the Department of Health and Institute of Trichologists. The Patient Information Resource booklet gives readers lots of detail on what happens when you lose your hair, choosing a wig, having your wig styled to suit you and aftercare/ hair re-growth.

These booklets are now available at Reed Hair.


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Our Latest Photo Shoot For Wella TrendVision 2017

May 22, 2017

It started with a photo shoot…..

So here I am again, banging on about Wella Trend Vision!!

But this dropped into my inbox today and I thought you’d be interested to see how it all started.

Huge thanks to Gary Nunn for producing our video – go check him out www.nunncreative.com

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May 2, 2017

So as our three finalists are busy preparing for their finals I thought you’d like to know what the Wella Trend Vision Competition  is all about…

Firstly in my words……

Hair by Sophie

Reed Hair have are so lucky to have not one but THREE finalists!! They have all entered into separate categories – Sophie CREATIVE VISION – Faye COLOUR VISION – Charlotte RUNWAY.

I cant tell you how much excitement this brings to our team and guests. This was Charlotte’s and Sophie’s first photo shoot and to say we are pleased with their images is a huge understatement. The excitement grows, sourcing the perfect outfits, building moodboards and generally taking inspiration and ideas from around the salon and beyond.

The whole team will be there supporting them on the 15th May… but if they’re not lucky enough to win they will try and try again… but in the meantime lets just enjoy the wonderful images they have produced!

Secondly in Wella’s words…….

Hair by Faye

For TrendVision 2017, there are two international categories; COLOR VISION and CREATIVE VISION, whereby the UK and Ireland winners will go on to compete at the International final in London in October 2017. New for 2017 – there are two exclusive UK & Ireland categories; MALE GROOMING and RUNWAY. These two new categories are purely for the UK & Ireland final and the winners from these two categories will get an exclusive backstage opportunity at the glamorous London Fashion Week.


For the first time, entries were submitted online. Competitors submitted an image encompassing their personal vision of what is current and inspiring for their chosen category.

The Photographic judging day took place at the Wella World Studio London with a wide range of highly acclaimed hairdressing experts and icons who worked their way through the record number of entries. The prestigious panel included journalists from leading industry press and industry icons.


Hair by Charlotte

We have been hugely impressed by the standard of the entries this year and the competition has been tough. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to enter and congratulations to our regional finalists. Special thanks must go to our judges who have given up their time to support this amazing competition,” said Wella’s Director of Education, Sheila Jackson.



Finalists will now compete at the UK Regional & Ireland Heats, where they will be required to create their look on a live model. The winners from that stage will then compete at the UK & Ireland final on Tuesday 5 September 2017 at The Roundhouse, Camden, London. The winners of the two international categories (COLOR VISION and CREATIVE VISION) will then compete at the International TrendVision Award Final in London in October.



Wish them luck

Vicki x




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The beginnings of Reed Hair 2007-2017

March 18, 2017

So, I was wondering if you guys wanted to know how Reed Hair all began.  Well, probably not, but here goes any way!

Just over 10 years ago I was a working mum (I’m now a working Nan!!). I was working as a part time stylist in a lovely little salon on Maldon’s high street, when suddenly the business came up for sale. Erm, I thought, this could be interesting! So, I asked my sister Jane, also a hairdresser if she’d like to be the joint owner of a small market town salon.It will be fun I said… It would be easy I said…. we wouldn’t have to do much…I said, just pop in and out… I said……. OMG how wrong was I!!!!

After 6 months of negotiating we finally opened our lovely re-branded  salon. Having celebrities as friends (we wished) we asked Bill Murry to come along and cut the ribbon on our opening day. Maldon had never seen such excitement…. we had people queuing along the road, and it was fabulous!

The opening of Reed Hair on Maldon’s High Street January 2007

Now fast forward 18 months. Our lovely little salon was getting just that…. LITTLE!

So, one day when I popped up to Greg’s for my daily sandwich I noticed that a furniture shop had come on the market. Walking past I had a little ‘erm’ moment again (I can tell you we have since had many little ‘erm’ moments !!)

I just had to go in! I instantly fell in love with this gorgeous Victorian building, set over 3 floors, with a wonderful sky light and original features.

BUT it was huge and needed LOTS of work!  Off I ran back to Jane… We could grow into it I said…. Our husbands would love to do the construction work I said….it wouldn’t cost much to do up I said ……. OMG how wrong was I!!!

Now, being a close family we had to get the approval of all our family, husbands-mum-dad-other sister- kids… luckily, they all felt the same as Jane and I. There and then the larger, even more beautiful Reed Hair was born

Now fast forward eight or so years to the present. Our team have grown from eight to twenty and we are still growing!

Our working space is even more stunning having just undergone a major transformation. (Luckily our builder husbands haven’t upped and left us!)

Last year we were privileged to win two major national awards for our customer service and front of house experience. We can only thank our wonderful Reed Hair team for helping us achieve our goals

So, if you haven’t been in, we’d love to see you……. waiting with our wonderful selection of refreshments……………what are you waiting for???

Until next time


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Winners of National Front of House Team of the Year & Customer Care Award

September 13, 2016

Great hair day for local salon as winners of national Front of House Team of the Year & Customer Care Award

Reed Hair announces a vote of total confidence as one of the hairdressing elite.

Today is a good news day for Reed Hair in Maldon as they stand tall over a vast industry of 245,745 professional UK hairdressers who work in just 35,000 hairdressing salons**. They have been awarded not one, but two awards at Hairdressers Journal International’s British Hairdressing Awards at this week’s prestigious awards ceremony held at the Lancaster London Hotel. This successful salon has been named as the Front of House Team of the Year, and has also been awarded the Customer Care Award, sponsored by Kerastase Paris.

These were awarded to Reed hair for how they put the clients journey through the salon at the heart of what they do. Their incredible front of house team members have such a positive impact on the business and the clients due to their amazing level of communication and how the team go above and beyond to make the clients feel valued.

Vicki Meredith and Jane Williams, owners, say, “We are absolutely ecstatic! This is our tenth year in business but we changed completely last year and had full support from our amazing team, so a huge thank you goes to them. This award means so much to us as customer care is fundamental to our business; we are so passionate about it and it is so important. Stylists work one to one with each customer which makes us unique. We have no apprentices, just one stylist for every client.”

Manager Jayne Robinson say, “We changed the business entirely last year and it was obviously the right decision! This is what we aspire to do, we want to get to the top and be the best salon out there. Hairdressing is sometimes undervalued and we believe winning awards like this build value and show how important every aspect of the business is.”