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By donovangoode, Mar 31 2017 10:40AM

Ask any mother (especially one with two kids under five) what they'd like for Mothers Day and you'll get one of, or multiple, stock answers:


A lie in.

To wee in peace.

'Me' time.


My husband got the top one. I possibly mumbled something about being 'perpetually tired' anyway. I didn't ask for the miracle of an audience-free wee and I don't recall asking for 'me' time.


So imagine my excitement when the day before Mothers Day I was treated to a pamper at a local salon! A whole hour and a half of massage and facial treatments. Bliss!


The salon belongs to Beth and her business partner Tina. Beth has over a decade of experience in the beauty industry (she once massaged Dean Cain - so technically she's massaged Superman!) Beth is the beauty expert whilst Tina and her team can do fantastic things with hair.


The salon is in Blaby, a bustling little town in Leicestershire. The salon itself is bright, spacious and contemporary whilst being welcoming and friendly.



The beauty salon is situated upstairs which really allows you to feel as if you are escaping the outside world for a little (or a long) time. You first come to the Nail Lounge which is in keeping with the contemporary theme of the rest of the salon but with cushions, soft lighting and drapes which make it feel calming and luxurious.




The Nail Lounge


I was lucky enough to be treated to a 'Back to Life' back massage and a 'First Class' facial, which is personalised to your skin and what you need. The salon uses Spa Find products which are made using combinations of pure Dead Sea minerals, organic plant extracts and de-ionised water. The products contain no genetically modified or animal ingredients and are not tested on animals. The idea behind Spa Find is that many skin complaints and conditions are due to an imbalance of minerals and vitamins in our bodies. By using these products, the aim is that our bodies can re-balance and restore from the inside out.


I was shown to the treatment room which has lovely little touches like heated treatment bed (table/bench - whatever the technical word is!) and a pot of deodorant spray, hair brush and cotton pads for after your treatment.


The back massage was both relaxing and purposeful. Of course, relaxing WAS the purpose, but I also had some real knots in my back from the usual 'Mother of Toddler' stuff like sleeping on his bedroom floor for three hours in the middle of the night, and carrying him round the supermarket whilst also pushing the trolley because he is refusing to sit in said trolley despite me trying to bribe him with crisps. That sort of thing.


Beth worked on certain areas of my back that had taken the strain of the supermarket carrying and the floor sleeping, ensuring that the tension was released and that I wasn't going to leave with muscles just as knotted as when I'd walked in! But it was also bliss to just lie there and feel that tension slip away. No wonder it's called 'Back to Life' (though, ironically, you may also be so relaxed that you nearly fall asleep).


Once my back massage was finished (sob!) I had my facial. However, I enjoyed this just as much, possibly even more so. Beth asked about any problems with my skin (mega hormonal in case you were wondering) and applied products accordingly. Stabilizing cleanser, toning spray, moisturiser and calming serum, as well as a deep peeling cream, a black mud mask and an eye and neck rejuvenator. Whilst the mask was on I also got a scalp massage (divine). I wish I'd taken a before and after picture of my skin because the difference, especially the following day was amazing. It really did look, and feel, as if my skin had stabilised after a couple of weeks of being decidedly unstable.


The whole experience was wonderful. I have visited the salon before but never for such a long indulgent treat! The best thing about this salon is that you really feel listened to. You feel important, never rushed, and that your treatments are individualised and personalised to work for you. The salon has typography behind the reception desk and it sums up their approach perfectly:



I was asked to write up my honest experience and, as a thank you, Donovan Goode is offering my wonderful readers a £10 discount when spending £35 or more on beauty treatments by quoting the blog 'And Then There Were Two'. I am also doing a little competition over on my Facebook page meaning you could also win £20 credit from me just for reading and sharing. So, if you're in Leicester (or anywhere else and you fancy a little jaunt to see where King Richard was buried or you want to visit the home of the reigning Premier League Champions - might need to hurry up on that one) then pay the salon a visit, say you've read this and pamper yourself (or your mum, auntie, boyfriend, sister etc etc)! You can follow the salon here on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Snapchat: donovangoode15

By donovangoode, Jan 27 2017 11:10AM

What is BOND Ultim8 and what is it used for?

BOND Ultim8 is a hair bond protecting system that delivers lasting bond protecting benefits. It prevetns bond breakage during chemical hair processes and protects the bonds over time.


Eight things you need to know about BOND Ultim8

Discover eight benefits in one with the power of BOND Ultim8. Protect bonds and keep hair strong in the same service:


1. Helps protect bonds during lightening

2. Maintians expected lift

3. No reformulation needed

4. No additional time needed

5. Helps prevent hair breakage

6. Helps preserve hair fibres

7. Deeply nourishes

8. Hair looks healthier


How does BOND Ultim8 work?

Step 1 of the treatment preserves the strong bonds in the hair and traps ions by removing damaging bleach. Step 2 restores the bonds that have been weakened by the chemical process. You can continue the process at home using Step 3, the Weekly Sealing Treatment, which maintains and reinforces bonds. Ask us for more information during your next visit.

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By donovangoode, Oct 19 2015 12:59PM


Olaplex - The revolution in hair care is here at Donovan Goode


Have you been colouring your hair for years? Do you worry the damage that is being caused from constant colouring? Do you long for hair with better condition and shine? Then look no further!


Olaplex has arrived at Donovan Goode. Designed by scientists outside of the world of cosmetic science Olaplex has been created to “reconnect the disulphide sulfur bonds broken by the process of permanent hair colouring and lightening”; which to you and I means that this revolutionary product in hair care made up of a single active ingredient is applied during the colouring process to help protect your hair from damage and breakage. The even better news is Olaplex is permanent and offers a high level of protection and strength from its first use, so we can offer our clients this luxury hair treatment giving us the ability to bring hair back to health.




Olaplex can be used alongside a number of colouring techniques from full head colour, highlights, glosses and toning, so we can offer you our client higher levels of lightening and blondes without compromising the condition of your hair.




This miracle product was the brain child of Dean Christal alongside Dr Craig Hawker PHD who carried out an extensive test on two individual hair swatches with the aim of proving the true ability of this revolutionary product. The first swatch was relaxed twice and then bleached at the highest volume with the inclusion of Olaplex, it was then permed and despite this high level of abuse the hair remained in good condition.


The second hair swatch without the Olaplex treatment was put through the same process and disintegrated half way through the test proving the true power of this amazing product when strengthening and caring for your hair.


We at Donovan Goode are proud to be one of the few exclusive salons offering this revolutionary treatment. To experience this product first hand simply ask in salon next time you come for a colour to get stronger, fuller, healthier hair.


Olaplex is free from silicones, oils, aldehydes and parabens making it a healthier option in hair care and is never tested on animals.




By donovangoode, Sep 15 2015 01:00PM



It's official Donovan Goode Hair and Beauty is open for business! We had a fantastic night at the salon for our official launch and we were overwhelmed by the turn out, we couldn't have asked for a better evening surrounded by family and friends, existing and loyal clients, as well as those new from neighbouring businesses.


The evening kicked off with live music courtesy of the very talented singer and guitarist Daniel Giardiello who serenaded us with a number of acoustic sets, while guests enjoyed Prosecco and Pimms alongside a plethora of canapes from Dimblebee Catering; the layered desserts in mini mason jars were a particular highlight!




Sarah Salotti and Dan from Digital Dreams were also on hand to capture the fabulous evening.


Upstairs in the beauty area file and paints were available for guests along with touch ups of colour and make up advice from Rebecca our Jane Iredale make up representative. The full range of Spa Find products were also on display to show guests what products we recommend and use in our treatments.





A superb catwalk show was put on to show our guests what we at Donovan Goode are about and what we can do. A short commentary of each models style, colour and make up was explained so guests could see in depth the makeovers. The models gave a dazzling display in stunning gowns thanks to Divine Boutique Leicester.






The official opening was made with the cutting of the ribbon, followed by speeches from Beth and I. We wanted to share our plans for the salon and our new home Donovan Goode, along with our ethos that all good hair, beauty and make up starts with an in-depth consultation, something that often in our industry is overlooked. We have designed our own 'Be You' consultation to make your experience and service as personalised as we can here at Donovan Goode. We have had amazing feedback so far; it's fantastic to see that we are already making a huge impact on our clientele and that our stylists feel they are getting to know their clients quicker.




Alongside our usual services we also hold workshops for:

- Skincare

- Make Up

- Hair styling


With many of our clients saying "I wish I could do it like you" over the years we feel this is the perfect way to teach all in small groups or one to one; so far we have had a great response.


All in all a real night of celebration with unbelievable support from friends, family and clients. We look forward to welcoming our new and current clients to our new home Donovan Goode in Blaby and helping you discover your new 'Be You'.












By donovangoode, Jul 7 2015 01:00PM



Donovan Goode is the collaboration of Tina Donovan, formally of Donovan Hair and Beth Goode of Bettie Lottie Make Up. This dynamic duo have brought together their passion and experience to enable them to offer a complete solution for all your hair, make-up and beauty needs.


Both have extensive experience in their fields; Tina a well established hair stylist within the midlands specialising in wedding hair who also holds a strong training background having worked with Matrix as a craft educator for over 10 years delivering colour, cutting, styling and retail education, enabling here to continually develop her skills and experience and evolve within the industry; something that is crucial to keeping one step ahead when it comes to whats new and hot. Tina loves styling, designing and creating to bring you her clients the look that lets you ‘Be You’


Tina has worked with many leading names within the industry on hair shows and other projects, as well as getting the opportunity to work with Gok Wan on his make over shows. On working with Gok Tina said “Gok was fantastic to work with backstage on the 60 minute make overs”.


Beth on the other hand is a make up specialist who has excelled in her make up business Bettie Lottie with her brand being well recognised for weddings and makeovers. Beth specialises in special occasion and wedding make up while having a passion for fashion and editorial make up, making her the perfect choice for photo shoots and events.


Prior to make up artistry and make overs Beth specialised for 12 years in beauty therapy and travelled the world as a first class in flight beauty therapist; she will therefore be offering a wide range of therapies and treatments all of which have been inspired by her time travelling and can be personalised to you and your skins needs.


This is not the first time the two have collaborated Tina and Beth have been working together on an off for the last 5 years on weddings, photoshoots for editorial work, wedding shows, fashion and hair shows.


The duo are excited to be launching their joint venture as Donovan Goode a boutique hair and beauty salon in Blaby, Leicester, sharing the same ethos and professional attitude to the industry and their clients.


Tina and Beth want to offer their clients a complete package and be a salon with a difference “we want to share our secrets with our clients” says Tina. In order to do this Donovan Goode will be offering a range of workshops alongside their other services including Skincare, Make Up and Hairstyling. They will also be offering a make over service so you can feel amazing for that long awaited night out or special occasion.


Donovan Goode understand that clients need a personalised service and that not all clients want the same thing or the same experience, this is why initial consultations are a priority at Donovan Goode. Tina and Beth have created the ‘Be You’ consultation that gets to know you and your hair much quicker so they understand your needs and hair and beauty wishes letting you walk out of the salon feeling confident and ready to ‘Be You’.


Through this blog we want to keep you up to date with all the latest news on our services, new products, events and what we’re up to, so please keep checking back for all the latest news.


Our new salon will be open from 20th June, to book your appointment please call Tina or Beth on the numbers below or email us: hello@donovangoode.co.uk


Tina: 07968802233

Beth: 07971125786


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