We at beijingkids wanted to make this issue artistic and a bit romantic, so we decided to indulge a couple of parents. Shelby and Stephen Gleadow, who both hail from the US but have lived in Beijing for over 10 years, were ready to spend a day relaxing together. Shelby is an ESL teacher, and Stephen is an artist and designer. The couple had their second baby seven months ago, but Shelby wanted to give her hair some oomph, and while on holiday she had a perm which had gone wrong.
This is where Blow+Bar comes in. Blow+Bar not only make people’s hair look pretty, they also are great at reversing mistakes you might make with your hair. We gathered at the Shunyi location to spend the whole day in the safe hands of Angie and Andy. Shelby needed many treatments to make her hair straight and supple again, but she was very glad and surprised when she felt her hair was back to being her “own” style again. She had a small amount of haircut but kept the length the same. Then Andy added some very subtle highlights. Blow+Bar made sure that Shelby could still pull her hair up into a bun and that it was low maintenance, something a mother of two young boys needs.
Stephen opted to have his hair and beard cut and dyed blue. With the amount of time he had to wait on his wife, there was an opportunity to do something dramatic. Plus with his artistic and design work, it was only fitting that he was made over in an “artistic” way. We were happy to see that the blue hair made him not blue, but instead look very hip and young.
To glam up Shelby even more, we chose Starfish Project jewelry. Starfish Project provides vocational training, healthcare, and shelter to women escaping human trafficking and exploitation in Asia. The women create jewelry and become managers, accountants, graphic designers, and photographers. We were lucky to be able to have a first peek at their new line of jewelry. Shelby fell in love with the tassel earrings, and we equally thought they were showstoppers.
To top off her romantic look, we asked the help of Malinda, who owns a small boutique in Sanlitun called 3M&K. She sells well-known international brands to compliment her own range of silk cashmere cover-ups. The first top is a Chelsea & Theodore, and the floaty, all-silk dress is a Matthew Williamson. Malinda is a star at finding outfits for any kind of figure and style.
Photos: the Beijinger, Uni You, Pixabay
See the magazine version of this article (p14-15) in beijingkids February 2018 issue for the whole makeover part.