The Times They Are A-Changin’


As the summer comes to an end, many changes are taking place in Reflections which Jonathan has decided to address in this month’s column. It is time to say goodbye to some of the salon’s superstars and open the doors to welcome new, fresh, talented members to the team.

Much ado...

I am going to start the column off on a happy note and share with you one of my favourite events of the summer – the Carada’s wedding. A few years ago, I was asked to do the hair for Kara Carada’s wedding and a friendship was quickly born from a mutual admiration of backcombing and volume. It was a match made in heaven, one that will stand the test of time.

I was, of course, delighted to be included in the wedding of Kara’s sister Penny this summer. I have always been made to feel part of the family and it was an honour just to be with them while they got ready for the big day, never mind look after their hair.  It was honestly one of the best Saturday mornings I can remember, we spent the whole time laughing; it was simply lovely.

Penny’s look was ‘fairytale princess’. From the word go it was all about elegance, so she wanted a timeless classic up-do. Though do not be fooled into thinking this was a simple look; the fact that this said up-do took a couple of hours to achieve the desired Grecian inspired look might give you a little more insight into the complexity of this hairstyle. When I say “complex” I refer to intricate use of one of two pieces of false hair. In the interest of my safety, I am not allowed to divulge what exactly when into the ‘do’, suffice to say that if she had gone near a magnet or a naked flame her wedding day would have turned out rather differently!

It would be a lie to say I wasn’t worried about the weight of her hair, and wouldn’t have been surprised if it caused her head to fall off while she attempted to do the Irish jig. She was under strict instructions not to bend down at any point, as there was no way she would be getting up again.

The bridesmaids (her sisters) were guided by Penny with variations on the theme of a side ponytail, each look being tailored to suit their unique personalities. The bride’s mum, who is always effortlessly understated wanted, in her own words, to feel “normal” on her daughter’s special day, so I softly wanded her hair to achieve a boho look.

Again, I am not going to divulge anything that went on that day while creating the Caradas family’s hair do’s, but let’s just say there was more than one bag of hair floating around that afternoon. I escaped a clip-on ponytail by the skin of my teeth. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

On a final note, I can testify to the durability of my work, evidence being available in the form of a video showing me hurling Kara around the dance floor to Little Richard. There wasn’t a hair out of place.

Time to say goodbye

It is with great sadness that all must good things must come to an end. After eight years my Lottie has decided to spread her wings and move on to ventures new. As regular readers will be aware, she has, for some time, been suffering with an incurable addiction to her phone. Having taken professional advice it was suggested the only way to proceed was to remove her from the environment in which she couldn't keep her sticky little fingers off her phone. If Steve Jobs was still around he would have received a stern email from me by now, requesting compensation for loss of man hours.

Lottie needed a new challenge, something upon which  to focus her brilliant mind and this was presented in the shape of Lash Crowd, the new salon which specialises in all things brows and, as the name suggests, lashes. She can now be found adorning their sumptuous reception. I have sent her on her way with a big kiss, lots of love and the very best wishes for whatever the future may bring. However, this hasn't stopped me from telling people I sacked her for fiddling. Same days I just can’t help myself. All jokes aside, love you Lottie.

New beginnings

As the summer draws to a close, our usual exodus of summer staff has begun. As anyone with a business in Marbella knows, it is either feast or famine. We are desperately on the hunt for new staff.  It is with a heavy heart that I bid farewell to our fabulous beauty therapist, Cristina Camacho Herrera who has left to focus on her own business. As the saying goes, she would be welcomed back with open arms whenever she chose. This, of course, means we now have an opening for a full-time, experienced beauty technician.

As many of you may know our hairstylist Rachel Leamy has been leaving since March and, after weeks and weeks of false starts, she’s wending her way back to the Emerald Isle and I wish her all the best. (I am actually a bit bored with all this ‘best wishes’ malarkey and am getting on my own nerves now!)

It’s all kicked off

If any talented hairstylist who excels in all areas of hairdressing fancies working in one of the most established salons on the Coast please send your CV to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Don’t be put off by the rumours - I am actually very easy to work with and don’t bite. Well, only sometimes!

For anyone who wants a laugh then please get onto Facebook and look out for Gerry’s six seconds of fame with his Taekwondo promo video. The jury is still out to which celebrity he most resembles, my favourite being Grandpa from The Munsters. It has provided me with hours of entertainment and the video has had numerous hits on YouTube and Facebook although, having said that, I am probably responsible for about 1000 of them. I am still astounded by how high he can get his leg for a man of a certain age. That foot has skimmed my ear on more than one occasion!


Love Jonathan

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