With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we thought we would take a closer, more clinical look at the cause of love (who says romance is dead?).
Commonly called the 'love drug', oxytocin is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland and is crucial to childbirth and breastfeeding. It is an important element of the bonding process in human (and human-animal) relationships. Proven to affect cognitive function, alongside emotional behaviour patterns, it is a factor in regulating social behaviour, reducing anxiety and helping people to build trust.
A recent study examined the levels of oxytocin in single people and couples. It was found that new couples have high levels of oxytocin present which remained consistently heightened over a period of six months. Other behaviours affected by this versatile brain transmitter include anger (it can increase over-sensitivity to others) and it has been shown to help patients suffering from depression.
If you are planning to meet the person of your dreams or celebrate love with your chosen one (including yourself) this Valentine's, come to SALAKO for an up-do, blow dry or new-look colour and cut and spread the love...
Martha Matilda Harper c.1914 - LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/LC-USZ62-76323
Here at SALAKO we are all about championing inspiring women. Our clients include professional women from areas such as the arts, law, science, the charity sector and business. But this woman in particular caught our eye via Atlas Obscura and we decided to feature her on SALAKO Journal as a fitting inspiration for the coming year.
Her name was Martha Matilda Harper who hailed from Canada (like our very own Vanessa Trudell). Born in 1857, she had humble beginnings but fortuitously became employed by a German doctor, who bequeathed her his hair lotion formula upon his death.
Continuing work as a domestic servant, she tended to her employer's hair and came up with the idea of public hair salons for women. With her own savings, she opened her first shop in 1888, later introducing self-designed reclining hair chairs and purpose built wash basins, which are now commonly seen in hairdressers throughout the globe.
Another of her innovations was the concept of franchising, setting up a network to empower poor women and opening 100 Harper's salons across the USA which expanded to 500 across the world by the time the company closed in the 1970s.
Her energy, ideas and dedication are an inspiration to us at SALAKO and we look forward to sharing our own creations and developments with you in 2017.
Martha Matilda Harper and the American Dream: How One Woman Changed the Face of Modern Business by Jane Plitt
EVENT: SALAKO London Thursday 22nd September 7- 8.30pm
Join the team from Will Williams Meditation www.willwilliamsmeditation.co.uk to discover how vedic meditation can change your life: helping with stress, insomnia, anxiety and other conditions which exist in our fast-paced, modern world.
Vedic meditation is a deep form of meditation that can be done anywhere, even on the bus! This makes it an ideal form of meditative practice for contemporary practitioners. Join us for an informal gathering which will focus on the many benefits that it can bring.
The evening will begin with an introductory talk with complementary herbal tea, followed by guided meditation and Q&A.
Free to attend but places are limited. To reserve a space, please email: email@example.com
© Ross McNeill
2016 has started with an extraordinary display by Nature. Clouds with a mother-of-pearl shimmer have been sighted drifting across the sky in Britain. A rare occurrence, nacreous clouds form when the stratosphere drops to polar temperatures to create a visually spectacular show similar to the Northern Lights.
Their colours however, are far from the rainbow, after which they are sometimes eponymously named. Although similarly-hued, with flashes of orange and yellow, they mainly take on the cooler end of the colour spectrum: purples, violets and soft toned pinks. Their overall look is nuanced, rather than clearly defined.
Nuance derives from the French for cloud: le nuage, 'to cloud' - to soften the edges and allow for a slippage between real and non-real.
Matilda © Jimo Salako
In hair colour, the skill involved in creating nuance is in using pigment to achieve an effect where both natural hair colour and applied hair colour blend to create a subtle difference in tonal range.
The results are no less stunning than the Winter sky.
For a colour appointment with Vanessa contact studio@salakolondon.
© Juergen Teller/Celine
Here is Angela Davis doppelgänger (Karly Loyce) with unrelaxed hair, little make up and no discernible undergarments looking dead-pan to camera, captured by Juergen Teller who does 'natural' so well. Pretty radical when you consider that Celine is a bona fide haute brand.
Why does natural seem so shocking, so confrontational? Following on from our post on Christopher Williams, perhaps it is because our collective gaze has become so accustomed to the unnatural: the plucked, contoured beauty idiom which permeates much of mass culture.
The advent of Photoshop and new developments in camera technology can now show us the world how we would like it to be, not how it really is.
Anna, Decorative Artist
© Jimo Salako / www.salakolondon.com
In our attempts to escape from reality and an increasing anxiety about what reality actually is - witness the evolution of Big Brother from an Orwellian-inspired fly on the wall show, to a knowing, branded enterprise complete with the creation of the 'real life' celebrity.
This fantasy beauty ideal has its counterpoint in the raw representations to be found in high end fashion magazines and campaigns. Make no mistake, there is a portion of the populace kicking against unattainable beauty and when future-thinking brands such as Celine are pushing the natural aesthetic you know that a change is going to come.
Sonya, Global Clinical Trial Manager
© Jimo Salako / www.salakolondon.com
Of course, a third way is for women to be liberated from an either/or approach and do exactly as they please: 'done', 'undone', curly, straight, short, long. All options are available at SALAKO: Real Hair for Real Women.
Marina, Art Director
© Jimo Salako / www.salakolondon.com
Bookings at: firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7262 5620
Over the past few years, there has been a surge of interest and content based around DIY culture (we don't mean putting shelves up or grouting tiles at the weekend). 'Normal' people have accrued thousands, sometimes millions, of followers on various social media sites to share tips on how they make up, style or coiff themselves.
This democratic revolution is something to be applauded as a shift away from content supplied from on high through the usual channels of big broadcasters, brands and publications.
This trend is evidenced in the world of art and culture too: we are all curators now and could even produce a record from our bedroom too, if so inclined.
And yet, the internet sensations followed throughout the world have distinctive voices. Not everyone can make a 'how to' tutorial absorbing, informative and entertaining. We endorse the refreshing, 'can do' mentality behind many of these homemade videos.
At SALAKO we are not averse to a self-cut fringe or home colour and are happy to rescue any casualties who might have taken on the DIY attitude with too much fervour. We are also champions of real women, to which our portraits attest. Our authenticity has not gone unnoticed, as our recent review by Harper's Bazaar describing SALAKO as a comfortable space with a 'chic, intelligent aesthetic'.
Here's to individuality and self expression, wherever it finds an outlet.
All images (c) Jimo Salako
March saw Jimo SALAKO head to New York at the invitation of MoMA to work on creating hair sculpture for the current mid-career retrospective 'Bjork'.
The MoMA show brings together the diverse elements of Bjork's creative range and Jimo's task was to interpret some of her many iconic looks.
Having worked with Bjork for the Nick Knight-produced 'Volta' album cover and associated PA's (including this appearance on the Jools Holland show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENERd6rjFnw), Jimo was ideally placed to duplicate the style featured in this iconic shoot, working once again with the original Bernhard Willhelm- designed costume to ensure the integrity of the finished piece.
The show is an ambitious attempt to trace Bjork's development as an artist, utilising sound, imagery and text to present an overview of her oeuvre to date.