Listen Up!

2016-09reflectionsThis month Jonathan tackles the sensitive subject of mental illness and how hairdressers can use their professional skills to help others. In other news, he welcomes two 'newbies' to the team! 

It´s good to talk

If I was going to do anything else apart from be a hair stylist I would be a psychologist. If you think about it, I have probably put in more man hours listening to my clients' problems than any psychologist out there. As it is something that I am very passionate about, when I read about The Lions Barber Collective, an international collection of top barbers who have come together to help raise awareness for the prevention of suicide, it really touched home. Its objective is to offer hope to customers who may feel down, yet have nobody else they feel they can open up to. This made me sit down and think about the unique position we hairdressers are in and how we can use this to help others. As hairdressers we obviously spend a lot of time talking to our clients, we keep their confidences and they trust us, therefore our profession allows for a unique connection with clients.

But why do people feel they can open up to their hairdresser? I believe it is because  we are let into their personal space as we have to touch their hair. I think touch is the key here, as it opens a connection. Also, a client knows that they have my undivided attention while I am with them (sometimes they may have Nader's as well, but don’t get me started on that again!) With the music and hairdryers on no one can hear what you’re saying except me and maybe Nader, but that’s because he can hear a bloody dog's whistle. It is the perfect place to talk about your troubles. My clients have shared everything with me. If you think of what your deepest, darkest most sordid secret is, believe me, I have heard it before.

In my experience, clients will often open up to their hairdresser when they have no one else to turn to – or when they don’t feel they can talk to family or friends.

Sometimes opening up to a stranger is easier than sharing your problems with friends and family. It´s a fresh pair of ears, someone who is not directly involved and is objective, whereas loved ones may be quick to judge or might prefer simply to tell you what you want to hear.

Male pride

Men are particularity hard work. They are not natural talkers and see emotions as the enemy. As suicide is now the biggest killer of men under 45, men need to forget about manning up and open up about depression instead.

The Lions Barber Collective theory is based on giving men an opportunity to talk and share feelings, which could potentially help to lead them away from suicidal thoughts. Utilising the very special bond between a trusted, friendly hairstylist we can create a safe spaces for men to talk about anything they want to. This has to be a good thing, right?

Can a hairdresser really help?

People immediately feel better when they get their problems off their chest, so the hairdresser may not actually be able to do or change anything but just listening has made a difference for that client.

If the client is unsure about opening up to their stylist, just think about the following; it is very likely that, whatever problem you are facing, your hairstylist will have either experienced the same thing themselves or will know of someone who has, so they can offer advice from that. Never think you are on your own as there is always someone who can relate to you.

I would actually like to see training being offered to hairdressers on how to spot early signs of depression. We are in the unique position of being able to make a big difference - as long as we are aware of the signs that someone may need help.

Look after yourself

It can be very humbling, hearing tragic stories, yet it can also be emotionally draining, so anyone who works in this industry needs to protect themselves and be careful not to take work home with them. A friend once told me to imagine myself covered in light before walking into the salon every day and when I come home the first thing I do is take a shower to cleanse my body and mind.

We've been blessed

Having done a bit of Cosmic Ordering I am pleased to announce the arrival of Nick from LARNDAAN Town. He is like a breath of fresh air, enthusiastic, s**t hot with a pair of scissors and amazing at a Scouse blow-dry. What is also refreshing is, instead of starring at Gerry's miserable face or trying to avoid Nader's prying ears, we now have some serious eye candy in the salon.

And she's back

I just want to welcome the boomerang back, our lovely Tori, who has has been on a sabbatical but has now returned to the people who love her. Honestly, I have missed seeing her smile every morning, not to mention her skills as a therapist. Her massages are legendary and once our clients experiences a massage with Tori, it’s guaranteed they will be booking another.

If your feet have taken on an avian look from the heat and flip-flop wearing and now resemble falcon's talons more than human nails, Tori will whip them into shape in no time at all. Yes, her pedis are really that good! What we love about Tori is she is totally unassuming, has no hidden agenda, what you see is what you get and we could do with a few more like her round here.



Fresh Faced at PureSkin


Sofia Saide of PureSkin on Marbella’s Golden Mile tells Society about her search for the best facial treatments.

When Sofia Saide started PureSkin she had a singular intention; to provide high quality skincare treatments that would improve the texture and quality of her clients’ skin. Furthermore, Sofia wanted to deliver a relaxing spa-like experience as well as facials that were significantly better than the standard offering.

Sofia’s first step was to source the best skincare brands for her facials. Her first choice was Intraceuticals, an Australian brand. Its Oxygen Infusion facial delivers various weights of hyaluronic acid combined with vital skin-enhancing ingredients such as Vitamins A, C & E as well as Aloe Vera and Green Tea to the various layers of the skin. This brand has many fans and garners testimonials from various celebrities, including Madonna, who never gives a testimonial for anything!!

Her next step in the pursuit of excellence was a trip to New York and a visit to the Big Apple’s hottest ‘facialist’ Ling Chan who is a favourite with Hollywood actors, fashion designers and Victoria’s Secret models.  According to Sofia, Ling’s facials are truly special and she attributes much of PureSkin’s success to her use of Ling’s methods. Indeed, Sofia calls Ling her “guru of glow” and swears that her facials provide the deepest cleanse that Sofia has encountered in her 30-year career.

Following Ling’s technique, Sofia uses steam and extraction in this treatment, a method that is fading from use. The extraction process is aided by the use of a variety of very light peels that ensure your skin is not stripped of its natural oils and the skin is left feeling really clean as well as hydrated.

Of the Ling facials, Sofia’s absolute favourite is the Triple Peel Energy Lift facial that leaves the skin feeling clean, hydrated and rejuvenated. This is a two-hour treatment and it ticks all the boxes of what a facial should be: it is deep cleansing, relaxing, and the use of an infrared device to infuse anti-ageing serums into the skin is the icing on the cake. The only side effect is that it is difficult to get off the couch afterwards. You can buy Ling's products from PureSkin to use at home and Sofia reports that they never disappoint and that it is the top selling brand in the PureSkin boutique.

But, if you’re not a fan of steam and extraction, Sofia has an excellent alternative; it is the Bee Venom Facial from the UK's Deborah Mitchell who is famed for giving facials to the Duchesses of Cambridge and Cornwall. This facial lasts for about an hour and incorporates a cleanse and a skin polish made from a blend of organic liquid sugar cane, aloe vera and calendula. The use of the Bee Venom extract tricks the skin into thinking it has been stung; this triggers a healing response from the skin that includes increasing the production of collagen and elastin. The Bee Venom mask is available for purchase at PureSkin so you can try it at home.

The prestigious Diamond facials from Spanish brand Natura Bissé are also on the PureSkin menu and one of Sofia’s favourites incorporates a carboxy glycol peel that fizzes up like champagne to gently remove the layer of dead skin and allow the other ingredients to penetrate more effectively. Or, perhaps you’d choose Hydrafacial, the treatment ‘du jour’ loved by Kate Winslet and Beyoncé. The choice at PureSkin is incredible and you’re bound to find a facial you fall in love with here – Sofia and her team are waiting to welcome you. 

Reflections, Colourful Clientele and more....

2016-08ReflectionsThis month Jonathan answers those who try to tarnish Reflections’ reputation, dishes the dirt on the Royals and gives a little insight into the unique characters who make up Reflections’ varied clientele.


Reflections is repeatedly accused by certain individuals of being old-fashioned, having a predominantly elderly clientele or being ‘middle-aged’ (I actually find this one to be the most insulting). This is a total misconception as our clients range from 18-90 and we cater for every age group and demographic.

The diversity of Reflections’ clientele can be quite challenging, not only for the stylists but also for our receptionists, especially when you have both ends of the spectrum in at the same time. It’s like oil and water - you just can’t mix them. I like to think of it as wearing different hats throughout the day and I have become an expert at modifying my behaviour to suit the client. I am like a bloody chameleon, come to think of it.

Any day you can walk into the salon and it will be filled with a mixture of Russian socialites, retired ex-pats, metro-sexuals, models, journalists, billionaires, fashionistas, yummy mummies and their little ones, real estate tycoons, business women, media moguls, ladies that lunch, fashion designers and even landed gentry.


We have Lady Roston, who has connections with our own Royal family and, depending on her mood, will allow me to dip rather than give her the full customary bow that etiquette demands, which really does save my knees and back. It shows how far we have come with the Royal family integrating into society. Playing the secrecy card I wouldn’t be able to divulge the day-to-day goings on of the Royals, but it couldn’t hurt to let it slip that the Queen is still having her wicked way with Prince Philip, could it?

As 2016 saw our Majesty celebrate her 90th birthday, one of my other ladies will be sharing the same milestone and would you believe it if I told you that she still continues to have her hair styled every week, without fail?

In fact, she will happily admit that she would rather skip a doctor’s appointment before she missed getting her colour done. Even after being my client for nearly 15 years and seeing me religiously every Saturday afternoon, we have yet to be lost for a topic of conversation.

At the other end of the scale I have the renowned ‘Death Star.’ The story behind her nickname needs a column all of its own. She was sent to me primarily as a client and then became a fabulous friend, purely and simply to make sure my feet were always on the ground and most importantly to make me laugh until my stomach hurts. Many of my closest friends actually started off on a professional level. I seem to attract people with strong personalities, possibly because I am the only one that can handle them.

My clients travel to see me from all over the world, and even book their flights round appointments. It’s the norm here to have a client call up and ask reception please not to move their appointment as they are going to be heading straight to or from the airport. Last week I even had a husband pull me to one side and tell me that his wife had made them buy an apartment here just so she could wangle more appointments with me per calendar year. Now that is dedication for you!


I often think that I have been blessed with my amazing clientele but every now and then, after a particularly trying day, I sit back on my terrace, down a glass of wine or two and wonder if I have, in fact, been cursed. What horrendous things must I have done in my past life to deserve the clients I got lumbered with that day? I dread to think.

With such a wide range of personalities the topic of conversations can vary and are usually filled with content that would make the Pope’s head explode. However, it’s not easy to have a personal conversation in the salon. Just as you are getting to the juicy details, Nadar, who is stationed next to me, will lean in and say, “Would you remind repeating the last part as I couldn’t hear it over the hairdryer?” I wish he would just get on with his own work - in fact he should focus on his own complex love life rather than everyone else’s. There’s a thought; maybe we could delve into that mess in the next column?

Gerry is better behaved and appears to not be listening to my conversations, however 24 hours later he casually ask, “So Mrs. X is having marriage troubles again?” Sandwiched between those two is like having Interpol after you.
My professionalism - and also because I love to get one over on them - means that I will never reveal anything that my clients share with me. Oh, the secrets I will be taking to my grave! Believe me, some of them could bring a government down.

Talking about Gerry, now here is a man who is the polar opposite of me. He gives a new meaning to the term reserved. If it wasn’t for the fact his hands were moving, people would think he was in a coma. I tell him on a daily basis that it’s a good job that he’s a fantastic hairdresser as they sure aren’t coming back for his personality! Gerry is a prime example of how ‘old-fashioned’ Reflections apparently is. His column is adorned with the names of supremely fashion conscious men; you know, the type of metrosexuals who you would expect to see frequenting one of the new trendy barbers. It seems that style lies hidden beneath that austere persona.
Who knew?



The B-Lite Breast Implant

Cirumed leads the way in the ‘lighter’ implant revolution

2016-09CirumedOver recent years, Cirumed has become one of Marbella’s most successful brands, not only within Spain, but also far beyond. Cirumed’s surgeons fly to countries across the globe to give lectures at international conferences. Director, Dr. Alexander Aslani, who is also formal Head of the Plastic Surgery

Departments of Hospital Quiron Málaga and Quiron Marbella, is frequently invited to perform demo-surgeries for other surgeons, mostly because of Cirumed’s expertise in advanced body contouring procedures for breast and buttocks.

The Cirumed Clinic has established a healthy reputation for pairing an unmatched surgical track record during a decade of experience together with a constant striving for innovation. In light of this, Cirumed has now become

one of only two centres in Spain which is able to offer B-Lite lightweight breast implants. B-Lite implants are based on high-quality German cohesive gel technology, which has been used in conventional breast implants. However, B-Lite implants are around 30 per cent lighter. “The effect on our breast surgery practice is dramatic,” says Dr. Alexander Aslani, who founded Cirumed back in 2006.

“At present, the weight of breast implants is the most significant factor determining the longevity of breast surgery results. The heavier the implants, the more weight stress on the breast; heavy breast implants cause tissue to stretch, thinning of breast tissue and sagginess. Withstanding 30 per cent less weight is a distinct advantage.”

The impact may best be appreciated using the following calculation: An average conventional breast implant may be around 300cc and weighs 300grams. The volume and weight percentages are usually identical. A B-Lite breast implant with the same 300cc volume only weighs 200 grams, which is 100 grams less.

Say you take 3,000 steps a day – the weight stress on your breast is reduced by 30kg every single day.

“This will totally change the face of breast surgery for all our patients, especially those who are prone to saggy breasts, exercise a lot or need to change old, heavy implants,” says Dr. Aslani. “Since they are based on a very established German technology, their safety has been approved and there is very little difference in

surgical technique.” The introduction of B-Lite implants at Cirumed firmly sets the clinic apart from others in the field and marks them as a main contributor to Marbella’s image as the place for breast surgery.

At Last - A Technique That Waves Goodbye To Baldness


FUE hair transplant surgery has become very popular around the world, especially over the past five years. It seems that every time you open your web browser, buy a magazine, or pick up a copy of your local newspaper you will see an advertisement for hair transplant surgery at discount prices. If you are losing your hair, these advertisements can be very tempting. But what do you get for your hard earned money at discount hair transplant clinics? A lot of questions, is the answer to that. When dealing with discount hair transplant clinics you don't know who is doing the surgery. Maybe a doctor's name is associated with the clinic – maybe it isn't, but the people that are doing your surgery are usually technicians with no formal medical training. Many only have secondary school diplomas and are working part time to help with bills. In any other field of cosmetic surgery, doctors perform the entire surgery with assistance from technicians only.

Medikemos Hair Restoration is different. At this clinic, technicians are not left in charge of performing your hair transplant surgery. Medikemos Hair Restoration is founded and supervised by Dr. Emorane Lupanzula, who will be responsible for your surgery from beginning to end, with assistance only from technicians. This is what has led Dr. Lupanzula to be recognized as one of the most consistently excellent hair restoration surgeons in the world; he does not take short-cuts.

Dr. Lupanzula received his medical degree as a doctor of medicine, surgery and obstetrics from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, specialising in acute and emergency medicine. He eventually went on to Université Claude Bernard de Lyon where he obtained a diploma as a specialist in Hair Transplantation and Treatment of Alopecia. Dr. Lupanzula has been to almost every conference and FUE Workshop since 2007, where he closely examined the techniques of dozens of the leading FUSS and FUE surgeons in the world. Dr. Lupanzula has taken components of various techniques from these doctors and clinics from around the world and adapted and modified them to suit his own unique approach to surgical hair restoration. This approach has allowed Dr. Lupanzula to create some truly excellent results for every kind of hair loss sufferer.

FUE hair restoration surgery should be performed with expertise that can only come from years of experience. FUE hair transplant surgery requires the removal of each and every hair with extreme care and skill in order to ensure complete survival once they are transplanted to the recipient zone. With technician based clinics you can see additional shortcuts being taken through the use of motorised tools to transplant this hair which only serves to speed the process. Dr. Lupanzula, however uses a hand held manual system that allows him to detect subtle differences in the hair shaft to ensure 100 per cent safety of the hair. When the hair is safely removed, it will have the best chance for survival and will eventually grow into strong and healthy new hair. Dr. Lupanzula performs the entire removal process with his own two hands; you have total dedication from one of the most respected hair restoration doctors in the world.

Dr. Lupanzula started Medikemos Hair Restoration in 2010 and designed the clinic to be state-of-the-art without losing the warm and welcoming ambience, which is vitally important to his patients. Dr. Lupanzula wants to ensure that clients feel relaxed, which is why he designed the first ever 'comfort room' into the Medikemos clinic; nothing like this will be found in any other hair restoration clinic. This room is a quiet space for patients to go and relax during breaks or before they begin their procedure. This is the unofficial theme of the clinic and everyone at Medikemos Hair Restoration strives to ensure that patients feel welcome.

If you or someone you know is considering hair restoration, it is wise to consider what you want and expect, so it is important for a clinic to gain your trust. Doctor-only FUE extractions, minimal technician assistance, a reliable and consistent track record of excellence and a warm and inviting environment for maximum patient comfort should be top of the agenda. This is the Medikemos way and if you agree that these factors are important  to you, we will be happy to welcome your inquiry for a no-obligation online consultation. Also, you can meet with Dr. Lupanzula at the Medikemos clinic or during one of his frequent journeys to Spain.

Regardless of your choice, you will receive a thorough consultation which should provide you with the necessary information and education to enable you to make the right decision. At Medikemos, we believe that an informed and educated patient is a happy patient.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Lupanzula is the international leader in hair transplant and he will be at HC Marbella International Hospital from September 11th to 17th.

Diabetes: An increasingly common condition


Dr. Luis Hidalgo, Medical Director at HC Marbella International Hospital, answers all your questions about diabetes.

What is diabetes? What does it involve?

Diabetes mellitus is a disorder in which the body is unable to regulate glucose (sugar) in the blood. The cells of the body need sugar to function normally. Sugar is introduced into cells with the help of a hormone called insulin. If there is insufficient insulin or if cells do not respond well to insulin, blood sugar levels increase. This is what happens in people with diabetes.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

On many occasions diabetes does not produce any symptoms. If they do occur they can include the need to urinate frequently, thirst, weight loss and blurred vision.

Why should we worry about it?

Because, although it might not cause any symptoms and the patient may not feel unwell, over

time diabetes can cause serious problems. If not treated correctly it can lead to:

  • Heart attacks
  • Stroke (cerebral infarct)
  • Kidney disease
  • Sight problems including blindness
  • Pain or loss of feeling in the hands and feet
  • Need for amputation of the fingers or toes.

 How can I find out if I have diabetes?

You will need a blood test to measure the concentration of glucose in your blood.

What are the risk factors?

Some factors which increase the risk of diabetes have been identified. They are as follows:

  • Being overweight
  • Being over 45 years of age
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Having given birth to a baby weighing more than 4.1kg or diabetes in pregnancy
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased blood cholesterol (hypercholesterolaemia)
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome.

At HC Marbella we recommend a blood test to rule out diabetes in individuals who are overweight and have one of the other risk factors. Patients without the above mentioned risk factors should be tested from the age of 45.

How is diabetes treated?

There are many drugs that can be used to control blood glucose levels. Some people need to take tablets which help the body produce more insulin or which help the insulin to be more effective. Others need medication which cannot be taken orally but needs to be given via a small injection. This includes insulin and a new group of drugs known as GLP-1 receptor agonists. Prevention of the problems which can be caused by diabetes is important and can be achieved by keeping blood glucose within normal limits. However this is only one aspect that requires attention. High blood pressure and high cholesterol frequently cause more serious problems than those caused by high blood sugar. Compared to the non-diabetic population, diabetics are two to three times more likely to suffer a heart attach or stroke. For this reason, people with diabetes often require medication to control blood pressure or cholesterol levels to reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke.

It is not only medication that is an important tool in the management of diabetes. We also recommended that sufferers should follow a Mediterranean Diet. This includes plenty of fruit, vegetables and wholegrain cereals with a limited amount of meat, fried foods or foods rich in saturated fat (or 'bad' fats). It is also important to take regular physical exercise and avoid being overweight. If you are a smoker, then it will be immensely helpful if you give this up as soon as possible, since it has been shown also to help people with diabetes to remain healthy.

Can diabetes be prevented?

It is possible to reduce the likelihood of developing diabetes. The most important thing that you can do is to control your weight and avoid obesity. If you are already diabetic, losing weight can improve your health and help to control your blood sugar levels. Physical exercise also aids in prevention and control of the disease.

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