Warren Holmes Nicky Clarke shares his top survival tips for festival hair

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Guest blog from Warren Holmes, International Creative Director, Nicky Clarke

Backstage Hairdresser of the Year 2013 Warren Holmes has kindly put together his TOP TIPS for maintaining fabulous festival hair.

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Here are my tips to managing and styling your hair throughout a festival:

• The night before, give you hair a good wash and use an intense moisturising conditioner. Use a good foundation product when wet like a strong holding mousse and dry into your hair

• Tong your hair, so it has movement and shape…..the bigger the better, you have 3-4 days for it to drop and play with.

• Accessorise, Hair accessories are huge for Spring/Summer 2010, look at Marc Jacobs for inspiration. Bows, Berets, Headbands and the obligatory oversized Hats are all always cool but why not try something a little different, a sailors Hat or Knickers pinned into your hair. (Check out my 4 way plait video for a video tutorial on this look)

• Dry Shampoo is a great product to replenish hair and make it feel fresher. It also adds great texture and builds up some volume at the roots which is ideal when hair gets greasy and ways it down. If Dry Shampoo isn’t an option then go for Talking Powder.

• Avoid too much product, Serums, waxes etc.  Your Hairs natural oil’s will show through themselves so avoid anything else that will make Hair oily.

• Plait hair at night to keep a curl and avoid frizz

• Avoid touching throughout the day, dirt on hands will build up grease

Mostly remember, have fun with your hair- it’s a great accessory and can be styled in many ways. Plan daily looks as you would an outfit. Tong your hair before you go and work it out throughout the weekend by brushing and combing out. Plait Hair to one side or pin the back underneath leaving just the sides out, use bows berets and anything you can think of and at least one day wear a hat but make sure your hair is still done underneath that hat. Have Fun and beware of the beers flying overhead!”

Follow Warren – @WarrenMHolmes or facebook/WarrenMHolmes.


For further information on Warren Holmes, International Creative Director at Nicky Clarke please call Rachael Grieve at ajc pr on 0131 621 7210 or email rachael@alisonjamesonpr.com

Red Carpet Manicure hits the festival circuit with us!

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What better way to kick off the festival season than with a Red Carpet Manicure!

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Don’t you just hate the hassle of chipped and non-lasting nail colour!? Especially at a festival!

Well your problem has been solved! Red Carpet Manicure is a do-it-yourself manicure system which takes minutes to apply and last for weeks! Not only is the technology of Red Carpet Manicure very professional and long lasting but it produces amazing results!

Red Carpet Manicure gel polish

Just what you need when experiencing several days camping it out at a festival with no time or resources to paint just the odd nail! And luckily enough for you festival goers Vanity Van has teamed up with Red Carpet Manicure this festival season to ensure you are looking your very best!



Red Carpet Manicure offers the endurance of a long-lasting manicure as well as an on-trend festival look. The Red Carpet colour palette is an exhaustive palette offering seasonal, classic and fashion statement hues. So whether you’re feeling a classic red or a bold statement green there is a shade to cater for everyone.


Get that festival look by using Red Carpet Manicure’s brand new spring collection. Parisian Chic, a crème gloss mint, or Crème de la Crème, a crème gloss nude, both are perfect for the hot sunny festival days.


Fabulous Miners Cosmetics giveaway at Glastonbury !!

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We are excited to announce that our fabulous friends at Miners Cosmetics are organising an amazing giveaway for us at Glastonbury this year !

The first 50 customers to book in for a make up related appointment – which includes express eye makeup, basic makeover, luxury makeover and creative face art – small/med/large will be given not one but two Miners Cosmetics Mood Glosses ! These festival inspired lip glosses have colour changing technology that reacts with your individual ph-level creating a lip colour that is completely unique to you. They are even called Peace Pout and Glastonberry !!

To pre book your appointment and ensure your free gift click here to see full details of what we are offering at Glastonbury and how to book.

Miners Cosmetics Mood Gloss Glastonberry



Vanity Van’s Glastonbury festival mobile beauty salon bookings and price list announced !

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We are happy to announce our mobile beauty salon at Glastonbury festival price list and how to book. See below for the details of what we are offering, prices, packages etc..

To book simply email bookings@vanityvan.co.uk providing all your personal details, what treatment/s you would like. Please state your preferred date and time slot – most appointments are every half hour except for DIY hair which is a 15 minute slot. If you are booking a hair treatment please state your hair type – e.g. long/med/short and thick/med/fine as this can effect your booking. If you are booking multiple treatments for multiple people please provide their full information and requests.

Once we receive your booking we will reply confirming whether the slot is available or offering an alternative and detailing how to pay to confirm your appointment with us. Any questions please email bookings@vanityvan.co.uk

Happy booking and we look forward to seeing you in the fields of Glastonbury !!!

Glastonbury Festival mobile salon flyer price list

Glastonbury Festival mobile salon flyer price list

Vanity Van: festival mobile beauty salon tour 2013 – dates announced

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Here’s to a beautiful summer!

Forget dishevelled hair and dirt in your nails – festivals will be BEAUTIFUL this summer. Vanity Van have announced the first confirmed dates of their festival mobile beauty salon summer tour. After a busy winter working on The X factor the Vanity Van team are more than a little excited that summer is just around the corner.

Glastonbury festival mobile salon 2013

The highlight of the Vanity Van festival mobile beauty salon tour is their large-scale salon in the John Peel area at Glastonbury festival, June 24-30 2013. Vanity Van are Glastonbury veterans this being their fifth year on site and they are expecting once more a fully booked salon with more than 1,000 clients through the doors. Who knows what celebs will pop in at Glasto… previous years have seen Lily Allen, Jamie Winstone, Marina and the Diamonds, Jo Whiley and Groove Armada swinging by for treatments.   They are also confirmed to work backstage with the artists at Radio One’s Big Weekend (May 24-26); Latitude (July 18-21); and Bestival (September 5-8). More dates will be announced shortly so get your press requests in today to secure your slot and talk to them about how you can work together to create some fun festival orientated beauty content.

DJ Fresh having his hair styled at Beach Break live 2012

In the past few years, Vanity Van has tended to the likes of the Lady Gaga, Mumford and Sons, Maccabees, DJ Fresh and Paulo Nutini in their backstage festival beauty parlour. They work with the best British brands and their salon is an oasis of calm and glamour amongst the madness of the festival background.


Vanity Van includes a full hairdressing salon, featuring Nicky Clarke and Batiste products and equipment. There is both a DIY area and a stylist’s area for hair cuts and styling.

Make up stations using Miners Cosmetics are manned by some of the countries top award-winning make up artists, who will touch up make up or apply beautiful creative face and body art. They have a full range of strip lashes to frame your festival look ranging from natural looks to crazy coloured feathers.

Festival salon mobile beauty treatments

This year, amongst their standard manicure and pedicure ranges they will also offer Red Carpet Manicure for long-lasting gel colour and a stunning range of nail wraps.

To relax and refresh, their skilled staff offer massages including hand/foot massage or the head neck and shoulder express refresh on professional massage chairs at the front of the salon. You can even upgrade to the intensive unwind or the complete revival and enjoy a full body massage in their private treatment room.

Facials and Body treatments use Arbonne’s fantastic range of organic high end skincare products. Plus essential maintenance such as eyebrow shaping, waxing and tanning, are also available.

Why not swing by and come relax and unwind with the team in their sumptuous waiting room which has magazines and sweets and free samples for clients on offer.


Nicky Clarke hair styling productsVanity Van hair stylists will be using a full range of professional Nicky Clarke products this season, including the NEW Tease Me backcomb in a bottle. This is the perfect glamour-to-go festival product, adding lift and volume to curls and waves, perfect for a boho beehive. It can also be used on gents as a replacement for wax, to thicken and style. They will also have their full range of Nicky Clarke’s moisture and volume shampoos and conditioners to give your stressed out festival locks a treat.

The Nicky Clarke range of electrical products includes a wide range of styling tools each designed to respond to any individuals hair styling wants and needs – from the leading DesiRED range to the Frizz Control range there is something for every hair type and every style. Straighteners, Dryers, Rollers, Tongs, Wands and more combine to help you get great looking hair at home.

Bastite dry styling productsBatiste, The Uk’s No 1 Dry Shampoo brand will be on hand for dry styling, transforming festival hair from flat to fabulous in a matter of moments. The Vanity Van expert hairdressers will be using and gifting Batiste’s award winning dry shampoo and the brand will also be unveiling their new range of styling products. These goodies include XXL Plumping Powder, a little pot with big ideas to help you achieve gravity defying styles; Strength & Shine Dry Shampoo which will be on hand to refresh and revive tired and dull festival locks and New Smoothing Conditioning Mist, a dry feel conditioning spray which will instantly nourish and smooth your mid lengths and ends making sure your hair lasts as long as you do. And if that wasn’t enough you can even pick up your free Cherry sample to keep bad hair at bay.

Miners cosmetics products mobile salon partnerIn terms of make up, it’s got to be Miners Cosmetics. Vanity Van make up artists will be using the hottest festival favourites in their collection. Your complete festival look can be created with Miners Tin O’ Tint lip balm, for super-soft and smooth lips all day; Miners new Maxi mascara for perfect peepers; Miners Matte Factor lip gloss for lasting, pigment rich colour; Miners Colour & Kohl in black and brown for natural definition; and a selection of eye shadow trios. One of their favourite products of the festival season is the new Miners Mood Gloss, especially made for the festival season, its colour changing technology reacts with individual ph-level creating a pink shade unique to you.

Red Carpet manicure mobile salon partnerFor festival nails, we have something very exciting. Vanity Van is happy to announce they will be working with Red Carpet Manicure to demo the world’s first at-home gel polish manicure kit. The LED light included in the kit will set the polish with no waiting around for fear of chipping or smudging nails – perfect for hard-wearing colour that’s festival-proof! The revolutionary brand has transformed the popular professional gel manicure; a treatment previously exclusive to salons and spas, into an easy, affordable and high quality at home system. Red Carpet Manicure is forever updating their extensive colour palette, which extends to 70 shades! Including regular new collections and seasonal shades