Extend your locks with Country Hair
09 Jun 2011
Extend your locks with Country Hair
WHEN it comes to a flair for hair Marian Cocksedge, owner of Country Hair in Thurston, really knows her stuff.
Although she doesn’t look it, Marian has been working in hairdressing for 42 years, becoming expert in many hair specialisms along the way, which is what makes her a top choice for brides looking for the security and peace of mind that comes with allowing a seasoned stylist to tend their locks on their big day.
Marian started out with the highly fashionable Andre Bernards in Bury St Edmunds, later moving to the Ipswich salon.
Jobs in London followed, as did stints on cruise liners, which saw Marian work across the world, from New York, to the Caribbean and North Africa.
Marin then went on to train in London with L’Oreal as a technician, attending all the salons in Suffolk to give technical training, and teaching in colleges. But she missed hairdressing and set her heart on creating her own village salon, which she did, 28 years ago.
Now Marion is one of the most trusted hair stylists in Suffolk. Not only is she an expert in colouring and cuts, but she is also a trained trichologist too.
A major part of Country Hair though, has to be the hair extensions. Marian said: “We started in 1991 and were the first people in this area to do the Great Lengths extensions. We’ve been doing them for 20 years now and have people come from all over the country – we even have one lady come over from Ireland every three months for them.”
Now using Racoon extensions, which are made of the best quality real hair, Country Hair offers a full hair extension service.
Options include bonding, where individual strands of hair are colour blended to match your hair exactly, clip-in hair extensions for special occasions and flip-ins, where five to six rows of hair are inserted on an easy to apply and remove ‘fishing line’ like device..
Extensions are fantastic for brides who want to add length where they are finding it difficult to grow out their own hair, or where they want extra thickness.
A full set of blended for thickness takes about an hour and a half, or a whole head takes four to five hours, with that essential cut and style afterwards. Marian said: “It’s all about colour matching and finishing – a lot of clients don’t want people to know they have them.”
Marian recommends having extensions added five to six weeks before your wedding, topping them up before the big day arrives.
As well as hair extensions, Country Hair also specialises in Global Keratin straightening, which uses no chemicals and lasts two to four months – ideal for the bride who wants to be frizz-free for her wedding.
Country Hair is well known for designing bridal and special occasion hair, and offers a bridal service to include a consultations, practice run and styling on the day at your home or the salon.
Talking about wedding hair Marian said: “It’s almost gone full circle. In the late 60s and early 70s it was all hair up and we had a lot of hair pieces. Then, in the 70s, up dos were a no no. Everyone had their hair down and flicky. And now it’s turned around and we’re back to hair up – it’s gone quite classic again. This past year has been all about the one-sided style, and this year we’re looking at brides wanting more messy, low chignons at the back of the head.”
And how does Marian think the Royal bride will wear her locks? “ It’s hard to say because Kate wears it down - all of the photos we’ve seen of her are with hair down. I feel she will probably wear some kind of family jewels from his side and I think some of it would be up because it’s difficult to lay a tiara flat on the head.”
Find out more by calling Country Hair on 01359 230960.