No.11 Cadogan Gardens Partners with Errol Douglas Salon for Royal Ascot

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No.11 Cadogan Gardens have partnered with leading luxury hair salon Errol Douglas to create the ultimate ‘Haute Hat Hair’ package in celebration of Royal Ascot this June.

Guests at No.11 can experience a two night stay in a beautiful suite with champagne on arrival, as well as a full English breakfast daily. On the morning of the races, guests will be chauffeur driven to the Errol Douglas salon in Knightsbridge where they will receive a mini manicure and have their hair styled to perfection in preparation for Royal Ascot.

The package will include:

  • A choice of classic or avant-garde styling
  • A blow-dry or up-do depending on your hat’s style
  • Re-varnish for your nails
  • Glass of champagne

Senior stylists at Errol Douglas will not only style, but also share their top hat hair tips to maintain the style when the guest wishes to remove the hat. Following the Errol Douglas experience, No.11 Cadogan Gardens can arrange for a car to pick guests up from the salon and whisk them on to a day at the races.

Myself and the Errol Douglas salon team are delighted to partner with our stylish neighbour, No. 11 Cadogan Gardens on a service designed specifically for that tricky hat hair challenge for guests attending the races. With the right expertise and styling, there’s no need to keep the hat on for the post-race parties, and we’re delighted to be styling and sharing tips on how to do it seamlessly - Errol Douglas.

The No.11 Cadogan Gardens and Errol Douglas ‘Haute Hair Package’ starts from £1,350 based on a two night stay in a luxury suite with daily breakfast and a hair appointment at the Errol Douglas salon with a senior stylist, as well as a re-varnish. The package also includes a bottle of champagne and a chauffeur service to the salon and on to Royal Ascot.

No. 11 Cadogan Gardens is located just off Sloane Street in the heart of Chelsea. A member of the internationally recognised brand, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this enchanting urban hideaway is full of character and charm. Originally built as four separate Victorian townhouses by Lord Chelsea in the 19th century, No. 11 Cadogan Gardens has a unique and rich heritage forming part of the historical Cadogan Estate. No. 11 Cadogan Gardens is perfectly located for guests to enjoy local attractions such as The Saatchi Gallery, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, The Royal Court Theatre, The Natural History Museum, The Victoria & Albert Museum and the Kings Road.

*Package is only valid for a minimum stay of two nights between 16th – 20th June 2015. To book, contact +44(0)207 730 7000 or [email protected]. For information on Errol Douglas please visit: www.erroldouglas.com and www.no11cadogangardens.com.

Anna Baker, Senior Artistic Stylist at Errol Douglas gives her tips for easy ‘Haute Hat Hair’

Classic elegant hats and fascinators:
To best flatter classic millinery shapes, look more towards a polished and voluminous blow-dry.  The essence of this look is to complement and enhance the silhouette of such a traditional shape and to go for a bouncy blow-dry with oodles of body that supports the width of wide brimmed hats, or glossy groomed lengths that balance the height with fascinators.

Avant-garde hats and fascinators:
The more creative and elaborate the style of your hat, the greater the opportunity is to do it justice by pairing it together with a beautifully dressed up-do. They not only compliment the flamboyance, but also enhance the drama and architectural statement that this type of hat commands.

Five easy tips to achieve a seamless, no ‘hat hair’ race day to night transition:

  1. Product preparation is vital for hair that will last, so working through a heat styling balm to eliminate any potential frizz, and layering with a firm hold mousse before drying, delivers strength and volume.
  2. Even for those who wear their hair sleek and straight, hats can flatten even further at the roots. Blow-dry with a large bristle brush and set using extra-large Velcro rollers. This will guarantee root lift without creating a wave through the lengths.
  3. Backcombing is back! The easiest way to give a little structure to the softest of hair is to take a fine toothed comb and begin from the hairline, continuing all around to the crown. Take 2inch width sections and hold up and away from the scalp, place the comb two inches back from the roots and slowly but firmly comb back 2-3 times, creating a puffed and full backcomb at the roots. Spritz a little hairspray over each section as you go, then smooth the hair surface lightly using a flat bristle brush.
  4. Hairspray etiquette - when using finishing spray blast up and into your hair rather than the classic 'halo' of spray, which will sit on the top of the hair and weigh it down. Full blow-dries or up-dos need gravity defying support, so this technique acts as scaffolding to aid hold.
  5. When removing your hat, above all take your time. Your hairstylist can explain how the hat fits into the direction the hair has been styled, so follow the tips as you remove it so as not to disturb your overall look. Remove any grips around the Alice band base before pulling it away, or place fingers behind combs as you remove so as not to drag the hair with it. Always keep a miniature hairspray in your handbag with a small comb to tidy strands after.

Credits: Hair: Anna Baker, Senior Artistic Stylist, Errol Douglas Salon. Make-up: Jasmin Allen, Errol Douglas Salon. Photography: Morgan Hill–Murphy, www.morganhill-murphy.com. Hats: Susie Hopkins, www.susiehopkins.co.uk

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