The light aroma of hairspray tickled my nostrils, the sweet voice of Thurston Harris echoed around the room, and old 1950’s posters against art deco lined the walls – had I stepped back in time?
Stepping into the Le Keux Vintage Salon and Café, located in the Zelling Building at The Custard Factory, Birmingham, was like venturing into a salon from the 50s – 60s. I was warmly welcomed and introduced to Lilly, our makeover artist for the day who looked fabulous with her slightly bee-hived hair style and cute oversized bow; I knew we were in good hands.
My fellow journalist Katie was my willing
victim volunteer for the day as she hasn’t had a full makeover since her prom, so I thought it would be a whole new experience for her (and to be honest I was just as excited as she was to see her 1950’s look come to life!). We both sat down and flicked through some books filled with different hair and make-up styles – it was so difficult to choose as all the models looked stunning.
WE WANTED IT ALL!
Katie decided on Victory Rolls and the classic 1950’s look, the perfect vintage combination! As Lilly began curling Katie’s hair we all got nattering, as various 50’s style covers of modern songs continued to play in the background. Lilly is just one of 6 women who are all professionally-trained, either in hair or beauty (or both) who cater to hen parties and, more interestingly, the big wedding day itself! Although the Salons are exclusive to Birmingham and Leeds, most of their work is mobile, so don’t worry about having to arrange travel: they’ll come to you!
“Marilyn Monroe styled hair and Marsel Waves take the longest to style” – Lilly
As the curls were setting, we moved onto the make-up: some of which is from the Salon’s own brand (which are available to buy in the salon or online). The pot of ‘Black Cadillac’ eyeliner is one of their bestsellers, and it’s not hard to see why: it’s jet black and glides on for the perfect flick or cat eye!
Second to this is the lip & cheek paint, which come in various different shades. Not only are they amazing shades, they actively encourage you to play with them, mixing for different shades and blotting on powder for a matte look! You can see the full list of products available here.
Lilly took great time perfecting the make-up look, accentuating Katie’s beautiful features and complementing her skin tone. After finishing off the make-up the hair was also completed, and it was time for the photoshoot! There are several photo packages available, including boudoir style ones, but we opted for some dressing up fun!
Not only is there a salon, shop and café, but also different sets for you to have fun in! We ventured into a 1950’s home setting and took advantage of the salon area for some really fun and glamorous shots. It was safe to say we didn’t want the experience to end!
We were in the Salon for close to 2 hours, which flew by and was never anything but enjoyable. Open Wednesdays to Saturdays, drop-ins are more than welcome! If you’re feeling adventurous, why not pop in for a quick hair-do or make-up look, with a nice cup of tea and cake as well.
Le Keux’s Vintage Salon is an experience I would highly recommend to anyone, whether it’s a single experience or for a whole group of you!