PRESS RELEASE Vanity Van’s Glastonbury festival salon post event report
Vanity Van had their biggest salon yet for their sixth year trading at Glastonbury this year. Based in the John Peel area of the festival the operation has been doubled in size this year to cope with the insane demand from festival goers.
The Vanity Van’s Glastonbury festival salon received over 800 pre-bookings from as far away as Australia and Dubai. The clients and rain both came in floods to use our hero Batiste products and to make the most of our DIY stations to resurrect those damp frizzy locks.
Along with the massive downpours of rain came the inevitable electrical problems but the team pulled together to resolve the resulting back ups juggling around appointments and delivering piping hot teas and coffees to cold, wet customers squeezing together under the salon roof to protect their newly styled hair. Even Rudimental’s set was cut short on the Pyramid stage when the electrical storm started. We clocked 10 inches of rainfall in less than an hour. But Glasto wouldn’t be Glasto without a bit of torrential rain…
Vanity Van had the biggest alfresco salon ever trading at Glastonbury featuring 9 stylist stations and 13 DIY slots which were fully booked all day Friday and Saturday and in total saw almost 1700 customers in their record breaking salon over the weekend. Plaits and glitter face art were the two main trends this year with festival goers coming in their hundreds in need of colourful sparkly face makeup and boho style plaited updo’s.
Bouffants, big hair and curls were also hugely popular which the team used Pixie Lott’s fun and floral to give hair that clean, fresh look and leave it smelling gorgeous. To create quiffs volume and general body we used buckets of XXL Plumping Powder. Express hair styling was a popular request this weekend where hair was getting frazzled in the baking sun then the next minute being rained on and left a frizzy mess. Our stylists used Batistes conditioning mist which contains Argan oil to smooth out the flyaways and add back some much needed condition to the ends.
Glitter was found in unimaginable places around the salon and campsite as punters were throwing it over each other and sharing it via hugs like some sort of contagious bug. Some clients were asking for a dash of glitter as a reminder of the festival when they got home so people in the office would know they had been. Others didn’t even realise they had it anywhere on their body until we pointed it out. Face paints over the eye were popular for the women and children we had in the salon and one customer even had Dolly Parton drawn onto her cheek as she was a big fan, we added glitter too of course! Other face paints included full face sugar skulls and a special birthday tiger for a lucky customer!
Our hair wash stations were incredibly popular and welcomed a wide range of clients including staff on site and people of all ages wanting that fresh feeling that only a hair wash can give. Our assistant manager Graham was on hand with jugs of warm water to speed up the system when the queues reached an all time high level. Our new power pump showers proved a success and gave our clients fast, powerful hair washes.
Massages were also very popular for those tired aching muscles after the first day of torturous, gruelling work getting the tents put up, although luckily it wasn’t yet raining at this point. The team were digging their feet deep into the sticky mud that overtook the salon to massage the clients at a good pressure and aid sore backs, necks and shoulders. Also Sunday saw a mass influx of battered festival goers who after 3 days of trudging around in the mud were in agony.
We had lots of regulars and repeat customers this weekend including celebrity Angel Haze. She came in for her personal favourite the luxury makeover shes also a fan of a massage and supped lemon honey tea while she had her treatments. She left with bouncy, glamorous curls and bold makeup to go on stage later in the day.
Another regular Caroline Flack also booked in but didn’t turn up, maybe that had something to do with the torrential rain? Or maybe she was just hungover…
The team were really happy to see that The Kooks were revealed as the “TBA” acts on Sunday at the John Peel stage next door to the salon. The girls were all dancing and singing along to their music which we could just about hear from the salon. The Kooks were visitors to the Vanity Van at Radio Ones Big Weekend.
The Vanity Van salon are poised and ready for their next adventure at Latitude Festival and will also be backstage at Leeds and front of house at Rewind.