If there are two people in Beijing who are very detailed, extremely perfectionist, and good at their work, it’s Leo T and Nadia Werlinich. Leo T is a hair guru and has just relocated to Xiao Mi Salon in Solana Mall. Werlinich is the owner of Little Eco One, where she makes teepees and other organic fabric miracles. She has been in Beijing since this summer and had no luck finding a hairdresser that she liked. We took her to see Leo T, who previously worked at London Loft.
Werlinich has very high standards for her looks, so Beijing salons can be somewhat challenging. Leo is a hairdresser who knows how to please, and he created a fresh-look balayage technique. He cut her hair touching her shoulders to give it some movement and swing. Leo has a cozy private room with amazing products like VSP’s new traditional Chinese medicine shampoo. You might think this would smell “interesting,” but we were surprised by its luscious scent. Leo showed us some tricks when washing hair: after a wash and before you put in the conditioner, make sure to towel dry your hair so the conditioner sticks before you rinse it off.
We have featured several Beijing fashion and jewelry designers, but this time we wanted to showcase “slow fashion” and a movement called “Clothing Auctions” brought to Beijing by Rebecca Archer. We all have clothes in our wardrobes that we have not worn since forever, and sometimes even clothing with the tags still on. These clothing auctions happen on a regular basis, and women attending these nights together not only socialize but also sort through huge piles of clothing which they can buy for as low as RMB 10, depending on who else is bidding on it. The good part is that all the money raised is donated to charity and the women walk away with “new” clothing. In a time where we focus on zero waste and trying to keep the world a healthy place, these auctions are simply a great solution.
Archer helped us dress Werlinich by bringing a suitcase full of clothes-auction clothing! Archer specifically styled our model from top to bottom. Even the necklace is an auction piece! Werlinich worked the lens like a diva and we could not have made a better match in the client-hairdresser world. Bring in this magazine when you go to see Leo T at Xiaomi Salon in Solana Mall, to receive 20 percent off your visit.
Photos: Uni You
This article appeared on p14-15 of beijingkids April 2018 issue