Had it not been for the huge surprise received by my mom when we first heard of the drastic hairstyle changes proposed by the London Loft stylists, this September edition of Indulge would be another one of those about mom-pampering experiences. However, my mom is not the kind of lady who is nonchalant about having a large portion of her hair cut off without prior notice, and I confess my part in the “blame” for not explaining the details of this salon experience to her earlier. But it is safe to say that this pleasant little surprise did not turn out to be disappointing to us at all; rather, it lead to an unprecedented and innovative approach to having a mother-daughter photo-shoot instead of the typically huge makeover done by our magazine in previous issues.
Since my mom slightly withdrew from the idea of completely transforming herself, we decided that she and I could each have a smaller-scale makeover and then do a lovely picture together. My mom has always been my best friend with whom I have no untold secrets, and I am really impressed by how she can care so much for me and still excellently perform all her duties at her company. As for the former, my mom has devoted all her care to me, and has spent every free occasion with me, from the time when I was an infant to now. She also inspired my passion for reading literature. Speaking of which, even though Charles Dickens said in one of his renowned novels that “every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other”, my mom and I are certainly no mystery to each other. My mom has worked in several foreign companies including IBM in Beijing, and has always found time for family despite job pressures.
This is our first time at London Loft, and we found the environment to be comfortable. Leo, an amazing stylist at the salon, decided the best looks for us at the start of the makeover. Leo told me that small locks of my hair can be dyed brown, and then pulled up into a bun after some cutting and major braiding work. For my mom, Leo didn’t change a lot except to pull her hair up into a beautiful and complicated bun and apply some moderate make-up.
Following the makeover, my mom and I were both very excited with our new hairstyles; especially me, since I have never dyed my hair before! My mom told me that when she went back to her office, all of her friends exclaimed and complimented her on how great she looked, and were excited by the new look. However, we know from this experience that not everyone can experience such an exquisite makeover as London Loft were able to provide!
Leo examines Penelope’s hair and is figuring out the best hairstyle.
Locks of Penelope’s hair are dyed dark brown.
Mom’s hair is curled, which will be pulled into a beautiful bun later.
Some hairspray is added to mom’s hair to make it into a perfect bun.
Small portions of Penelope’s hair are cut.
Make-up artist at London Loft applies blush to mom’s cheeks.
Penelope’s hair is blow-dried to add volume.
Leo adds colorful hair extensions to the bun made for Penelope.
Finally, the make-up artist applies blush.
10am-9pm. 2/F Shimao Gongsan Mall, 13 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang (135 2019 9568)
Photos: Uni You
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