Make Me Over with Lucie Luella

A Month or so ago, I saw a repost competition on Instagram from someone I avidly follow, Lucie Luella.

I have been a follower of hers for some time. She posts the most amazing hair posts, stunning  updo’s, total colour changes, vintage waves – you name it, I love them all!

I am a huge fan of the colour changes that she does. From black to blonde, brown to shocking red, not to mention the pinks and blues and every colour inbetween! She also has the most wonderful hair herself. As you can tell, I am a real fan.

Anyway, she ran a competition on her Instagram to win a hair colour makeover. Well given that I am in a bit of a rut with my hair (for the first time ever) I decided that “nothing ventured, nothing gained” and happily went and reposted the Instagram picture.

For the past 2 or so years I have had black (with the odd flash of red or purple) hair. Then I went slightly lighter with a very dark brown. Then I stupidly tried to strip my hair and ended up with all manner of different shades. However, for the past couple of months I have been a gingery auburn colour, but it has no oomph or depth.

So, imagine my surprise when two weeks later I had a message to say that I was the lucky winner!!! I literally was over the moon with this as I really needed some help to decide in what direction I wanted to go next.

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WINNER!!!!!!

I immediately emailed Lucie Luella and we started trying to match a date up that we could go ahead with the transformation. I had some idea that I would like to return to a lighter colour, maybe a more natural blonde colour, even a platinum eventually, but knew I would have to rely on Lucie Luella for further direction.

We eventually settled upon a date and I eagerly wrote it down in my diary. Transformation here I come!

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At the start of the day

I left home the afternoon before my appointment to Stockport where Lucie Luella is based. The journey was relatively simple, approximately 3.5 hours and I arrived at a local hotel where I planned on staying the night so I would be ready and raring to go the next day.

My appointment was for 12 noon. I arrived with about 10 minutes to spare, to see a lovely lady dressed in dungarees with a headscarf coming towards me from a distance. It had to be her!

Entering her lovely pink and blue beauty salon, filled with vintage equipment and decor, I literally fell in love. Lucie Luella and I fell into easy conversation and it was like we had been friends for YEARS.

Discussing what I wanted to do, I put myself squarely in her hands. I knew the length of my hair was in poor condition due to dyeing and hormonal middle aged woman things. It had become very thin, and I had been growing it with the intention of getting a lot cut off. Well, it was now or never!

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Fuzzy Monster

Lucie Luella explained that given the darkness of some of my hair, it would be tricky to get it to platinum blonde without doing a lot of damage, but how did I feel about Strawberry Blonde?

Well, it was not a colour I had ever really been before, so why not?

We started the laborious process of bleaching the darker colour out of my hair. Olaplex was used to protect and repair the hair and we sat and waited.

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Peroxide On

Rock and Roll music was playing in the background, I had some pink lemonade in a little glass bottle and were were chatting like old mates.

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How Cute?!?

After the peroxide was washed off, Lucie Luella took up her scissors and started cutting. I knew I would lose a lot of the length, but to be fair it really did need it. By the time she had finished, I had lost several inches, and my hair was already looking in better condition.

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Short and Bleached

The colour was then put on, and we waited for it to process. As we were talking, we found so many acquaintances and friends that we had in common. The Vintage world really is a small world.

Eventually the dye was washed off, and now came the even more exciting bit! The vintage styling.

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Pouffed up

Now of course I had no idea what Lucie Luella had in mind. I just let her have free rein and watched as she created her masterpiece/

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All Curled

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She explained she was creating a pageboy style and used tongs to create individual barrel curls, before teasing and pinning and spraying.

The end result took my breath away. It was a style I had seen on so many of my idols, and I loved every little detail of it. The pouffed out bottom, the sculpted curls and the high rolled front. I literally couldn’t believe it was me.

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Pageboy Style

I never thought my hair could ever look as vintage as what she had transformed me into. I was so happy with my new style that I couldn’t wait to get home to show everyone.

Only a three and half hour drive till I could do that……

I honestly can’t thank Lucie Luella enough! She really is a master at what she does, and I know that the pictures here don’t even show a small percent of the masterpiece she had created.

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Ecstatically Happy!

If you need your hair Vintagified, then I highly recommend giving her a call; although I know she has quite a waiting list – well you would have when you are as skilled as she is!

Thank you once again for giving me the Vintage Do of my dreams xxx

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The Wonder Woman herself! Miss Lucie Luella

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  • ROBIN RUSH

    Your hair is gorgeous–vintage and stylish!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Robin x

  • LaaLaa

    WOW!! Tanya, you look amazing, I adore that colour on you Lucie did a beautiful job. I’m so glad you was comfortable there, seems like a well deserved win 🙂 xo

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so very much! It was a drastic change for me, but I absolutely love it xx

  • Wow your hair looks absolutely amazing – it really suits you! x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much Sarah xx

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Wow I was expecting to love your hair as much as I do, it looks just amazing x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Awww thank you so much! I am so pleased with it x

  • You look wonderful, Tanya! Lucie is crazy talented.

    • Tanya Brannan

      She really is!! Thank you xx

  • Kathryn

    Oh wow! You look, as always, fabulous. I love the hair decoration xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much! It just matched the dress perfectly xx

  • Lovely lady with lovely hair! You look absolutely STUNNING and the hair style so suits you! Lucie is clearly talented!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Ahhh that is so lovely of you to say! She really is a wonder with hair xx

  • Jodie Whitham

    Well done on winning the competition! You look really beautiful :D! Wow! x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much Jodie xx

  • Congrats on winning the competition. Loved your auburn hair but your strawberry blonde vintage curls is beautiful too xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      I was really looking forward to a change, and this certainly was a drastic one. So very happy with it too xx

  • Oh wow congratulations on winning, the hair do is so beautiful and nicely styled. It suits you I think

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much Anosa! I am really loving it too xx

  • Oh my gosh, what an amazing opportunity. She really did a great job on both the color and the style!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Didn’t she just! She is just simply fantastic x

  • Well done on winning the competition, what a gorgeous haircut and style! 🙂
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    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much sweetheart xx

  • The lighter hair really suits you and Lucie did an amazing job on your hair! x

    • Tanya Brannan

      She did! It got rid of all the fuzzy thinning hair at the bottom too, so is in much better condition now xx

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    What a fab makeover – your hair looks amazing. I love the little bottle of pink lemonade too.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It was an amazing experience, and the hair was the icing on the cake x

  • Very glam – you look so perfectly vintage in that dress with the lovely styling!!!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so very much xx

  • Congrats on winning the competition! Your hair looks fab, love the colour on you! x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Stephanie xx

  • Teresa Bowen

    I love vintage hairstyles. She has given you a real 40’s film star glamour and it suits you perfectly.

    • Tanya Brannan

      I just wish I could recreate it myself! I guess I will just have to go and visit her more often x

  • Congratulations on the win! That hair colour is amazing on you xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much Baby Isabella xx

  • Laura

    Oh wow congratulations on winning the competition. You look absolutely fabulous! xxx

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thanks Laura I think she did a great job! xxx

  • Jessica Dearnley

    Congratulations on your win, your hair looks so pretty – I love vintage styles.

    • Tanya Brannan

      Me too Jessica, She did an outstanding job! x

  • Francesca Nelson

    Oh wow how gorgeous does your hair look!! I love the colour on you!!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so very much Francesca xx

  • congrats on winning! i love the outcome of your makeover. the hair colour is stunning

    • Tanya Brannan

      I couldn’t be happier with it Nicol! xx

  • Congrats on winning. The transformation is fantastic. You look beautiful.

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    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so very much, I am over the moon with it x

  • Ali

    Wow what an amazing colour! You’ll have to have your hair done by her all the time!

    • Tanya Brannan

      I know! She really is amazing x

  • What a fab makeover, you look stunning!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much Tara xx

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    Your hair looks amazing! I love the colour x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Hannah, I am really chuffed with it! x

  • Sarah | Susty Meals

    Oh wow, I didn’t realise that there was such a cool vintage salon in Stockport! I’ll have to let my friends know.

    You look amazing with the new lighter hair, and they style is great too.

    • Tanya Brannan

      She is amazing Sarah! I highly recommend her. I am so pleased with the final result too x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Wow she did a great job didn’t she. That last time I tried to go blonde I ended up ginger so didn’t go to have my hair coloured ever again. It’s a shame she isn’t closer to me.

    • Tanya Brannan

      She does work in London also, so maybe that would be better for you? xx

  • GlamourGlitterGloss

    Fabulous! You are absolutely rocking that style, so glad you got to meet her after following her for ages. Looks like you had a great day

    • Tanya Brannan

      I really did, and she is a simply amazing lady! Can’t wait for her to do my hair again soon x

  • Nikee Rayner

    Eeeeek! LOVE THIS COLOUR ON YOU! Can’t wait to see it in person, you look wonderful x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you sweetheart!!! Hope.to see you soon xxx