The Style Preview Debut – 2nd November 2017

The Style Preview, by Laura Leigh

On the 2nd of November in a private invitation-only audience at Laura Leigh’s beautiful award-winning salon in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, the first ‘Style Preview’ had its debut.

Laura Leigh, with her finger on the pulse of fashion, created an evening to show case her top tips for the season, drawing her inspiration from the London Fashion Week runways, and her own inimitable sense of style. Models showcased this season’s must have hair colours and styles, and were dressed by Laura head to toe in Karen Millen from the brand’s Cheltenham boutique.

So, by candle light and with the crowd settled in with balloon glasses of fabulous Cotswold Gin, Laura Leigh introduced her first Style Preview.

Check out the video produced by Cotswold Eye: The Style Preview – Cotswold Eye


Foreword from Laura Leigh

“Whether we’re talking fashion, beauty or hair, metallics have never been so on trend.

We’ve seen models strutting their stuff down the runway in head to toe silver styles at London Fashion Week, inspiring influencers to also up the ante with some incredible metallic looks. The creative team at Laura Leigh is ready to help you achieve these coveted looks with the launch of L’Oreal Metals. With five high-shine shades – including Silver Star and Pink Ash which reflects light to achieve that polished metallic finish – these shades provide a glossy, reflective, on-trend colour. That’s why the first Style Preview centres around these shades, and how to wear them.”

THE LOOK: Silver Star

New technique: Metallic lights

The Silver Star look is created using a silver hair shade from the new ‘Metals’ collection by L’Oreal, which achieves a beautifully polished finish for this on-trend look. 

Whether you want to stay light and go for a silver blonde tone, or even go to the dark side with sultry, ashier hues, Silver Star achieves a lusciously polished finish to let your high-shine tones gleam.

Laura’s Tips: This look says I command attention!

The ‘greyage’ hair trend is here to stay and is probably the most popular of all. A-listers and models alike are wearing this cool trend. The colour makes a statement all by itself. Keep your styling simple but add hints of embellishment. Try metallic makeup, accessories and shoes.

Georgina wore a beautifully embellished mesh sleeve dress. A classic fit-and-flare silhouette. The geometric embroidery on the long sleeves is designed by hand at Karen Millen in-house atelier and the silhouette is enhanced by panels at the waist. Try yours with ankle-cuff heels and a pared-back clutch.








THE LOOK: Supernova Root Smudge

New Technique: Root Smudge

Striking dark roots that are smudged to melt into softer gradients of colour. So what is gloss smudging exactly? It’s a lot like what it sounds…smudging colour at the root of your hair to help it blend better and hide the line of where the highlight begins and ends.

“Think of it almost like an eyeliner with a smudger at the end,” Laura Leigh explained. “It takes out the deliberate look of the highlight at the root.”

Highlights that look more natural AND last longer? You can see why gloss smudging is about to be our new best friend!

Laura’s Tips:  This look says Glamour-Puss

Molly wore a limited edition oversized fur coat from Karen Millen. This luxurious faux fur, with an oversized relaxed fit, features a pale blue and black enlarged leopard print. It’s irresistibly soft. Hang this coat over your shoulders with your favourite LBD for a dose of old school glamour.









THE LOOK: Pumpkin Spice

New Technique: Copper Foilyage

Combine this season’s hottest highlighting technique with bright and bold copper and you have Pumpkin Spice! Using this hot new highlighting technique, a balayage effect is created by having the lighter hair colour painted onto sections of the hair. The difference is that each section of hair is then wrapped in foil, as you would with bleaching, to intensify the colour. A deeper copper tone is applied throughout the rest of the hair.

You don’t have to stop at copper, there are numerous variations on tones of red to choose from, from rose gold to strawberry blonde and even burnt orange!

Your stylist will be able to combine the right shades of red to suit your complexion. Reds tend to fade, so make sure you invest in products designed for colour treated hair and book regular appointments with your colourist to see your colour through the Winter.

Product Tips: For Winter colour care, Laura recommends Kérastace ‘Reflection Bain Chromatique’ shampoo, enriched with chelators, UV filters and Vitamin E, alongside Kérastace ‘Reflection Fondant Chromatique’ conditioner, which intensifies colour with its powerful rice bran formula. To protect, complete the treatment with Kérastace Radiance Beautifying Oil enriched with Oleo-Complexe and Imperial Tea.

Laura’s Tips: This look says show stopper!

Belle wore a Karen Millen tailored button coat in a soft faux fur with oversized cuffs and a tailored skirt with a wrap silhouette in a gorgeous gold jacquard fabric, with a sleek buckle.

Copper red is a bright and bold hair colour, so you’ll want to tone down your overall look, and especially your makeup, by sticking to neutral and monochrome shades.









THE LOOK: Tigers Eye

New Technique: Strobing

Tigers Eye is a semiprecious rock with distinctive gold, bronze and deep brown stripes. The Tigers Eye hair trend applies these shades to your hair to give you a warm, integrated depth of colour. And just as the hand-painting technique made balayage so favoured, so too is it making the Tigers Eye hair trend extremely popular. The key to getting it right? Ask for caramel highlights paired with a warm, or dark chocolate base so it doesn’t look too bronze.

Laura’s Tips: This look says I’m sophisticated and forever stylish

Laurie wore a camel coloured coat and an orange knitted jumper (as seen on Holly Willoughby). This burnt orange knit is key for the season and compliments the colours of Tigers Eye perfectly.


After the runway, guests enjoyed more delicious canapes and left with goody bags full of super products, from Laura Leigh, Molton Brown, Cowley Manor and more.

The event also celebrated the launch of Laura Leigh’s new partnerships with Cotswold Distillery and Vinnie’s Eatery. Now the Cotswolds’ premier hair and beauty salon will also be serving top notch Cotswold Gin – look out for the signature Laura Leigh cocktail coming soon – along with pretty gold and pink Bottega prosecco, Moet champagne and more. In-salon dining will soon be provided by the lovely plant-based yet hearty Vinnie’s Eatery – watch this space for more updates on the exciting seasonal menu, and an exciting collaboration launching a range of cold pressed juices which unique qualities to improve skin and hair health.


To book a salon appointment, click here or call: 01242 530 598

To celebrate the launch of the Style Preview, all November bookings will receive double loyalty points.

With thanks to:

Donna Banfield Make Up

Karen Millen

Cotswold Distillery

Vinnie’s Eatery

Elliott Wakefield Events

Five winter hair care tips

winter hair careWinter is coming and while it’s the perfect time to turn up the heating and snuggle in with a cup of cocoa, you can’t ignore the fact that the changing temperatures can be just as damaging for your hair than the summer sun.

Here are our top tips to help you overcome dry hair and maintain the condition of your hair this season:

Read more…

Meet the team… Ben

benWe love getting to know our clients when they come into the salon; it helps us to recommend the best styles to suit their personalities and lifestyles. But is there anything you’ve always wanted to know about your favourite Stylist or Colourist?

From common problems to top trend tips, find out more about our marathon-running, bob expert Ben, who is the team’s newest member and Style Director.

Read more…

Bridal showcase

bridal - katie and bridesmaids

Congratulations! He’s popped the question and wedding planning is now well underway. Venue? Check. Dress? Check. Photographer? Check. Hair..?

How you look on your special day is paramount. All eyes are on you and your hair is just as important as your dress in helping you feel and look stunning on your big day. You have to put so much trust in other people to ensure your look has the wow factor you want, and thankfully Artistic Director Laura just happens to be one of the best bridal stylists in the Cotswolds.

Read more…

Hair-raising Halloween fundraiser

Closeup of a mass produced Jack O'Lantern toy on a calendar marking Halloween.
We love an excuse to dress up here at Laura Leigh, and this All Hallow’s Eve the salon will play host to the most glamourous of ghoulish goings on; our Hair-raising Halloween Fundraiser in aid of Maggie’s, a charity close to our hearts that supports people with cancer, as well as their families and friends.

Read more…

London Fashion Week trend report

LFW trend report 2017Laura shares the best hairstyles fresh from the catwalks – All the hair inspiration you need next season.

London Fashion Week took the fashion world by storm; showcasing the best of British fashion and firmly setting the trends for 2018.

Take a look at Laura’s handpicked trends for your style inspiration.

Read more…

From frizzy to fabulous


Has autumn begun to take its toll on your hair, with drizzly days and changing temperatures causing frizzy flyaways, dry scalps and a whole new set of styling challenges?

The summer sun’s harmful rays and build-up of products, friction from hats and heat treatments can also contribute to brittle, dull looking hair. Now autumm has arrived and it’s all about keeping your colour clean and shiny, your hair needs moisture now more than ever.

Read more…

The secret to thicker, fuller, healthier hair


Almost auburn or subtle ombreWe were delighted to welcome so many of our fabulous clients to our recent Hair Health Masterclass, where we officially launched our new hair fillers; the bespoke service that adds natural looking body and bounce to any hair type.

If you were unable to attend the masterclass, and have hair thinning concerns, we can still help you achieve the volume you’ve always dreamed of, or help you transform your style with this must-have celebrity trend; exclusively available at Laura Leigh Hair & Beauty.

Read more…

Meet the team… Nadine

Nadine colourWe love getting to know our clients when they come into the salon; it helps us to recommend the best styles to suit their personalities and lifestyles. But is there anything you’ve always wanted to know about your favourite Stylist or Colourist?

From common problems to top trend tips, we launch our new series of team interviews with Nadine, our award-winning, motorbike loving Colour Specialist and Hair Extensionist.

Read more…

Sam and James say ‘I do’

Sam wedding


We’re delighted to announce that our lovely Front of House Manager, Sam, got married on Sunday 3 September to James Gardener.

With Sam looking absolutely stunning in her elegant fishtail gown, the two tied the knot in front of family and friends – and of course, the whole Laura Leigh family – in a beautiful ceremony at the Great Tythe Barn in Tetbury.

Read more…

Website Design by Five Fifty