Christophe Robin at Charles Aellen in Zurich

An invitation that couldn’t have been more perfect for me on a very hot summer day. My favorite Parisian coiffeur visited my beloved Zurich hair dresser for a morning full of laughter, beauty and the launch of a great new hair care line.

Nathanael, Charles, my humble self and Christophe in Zurich

As you already know I like the products by Christophe Robin a lot (for more info have a look at this previous post). Now they are not only available at Net-à-Porter, but also exclusively in Zurich at Charles Aellen Company. Charles took his whole team to Paris to train with the Robin staff known for being absolute experts in hair coloring.

Charles Aellen and his team with Christophe Robin

Beautiful salon I go to in Zurich: Charles Aellen Company

Aellen’s beautiful salon was the perfect backdrop to indulge into the world of Christophe Robin’s new hair line dedicated to make the dream of volume come true. I was skeptical towards those new products as in general everything that gives me volume makes my hair look dull and it tangles much easier. After having used it, I am completely sold. For the first time, I had nice volume that lasted for many days without looking frizzy.

What is the secret behind it? Robin told me that the biggest problem is that the hair cannot breathe when washed with volume shampoo. That is the reason why it collapses the next day. Therefore he was looking for an alternative providing volume that would first of all not damage the hair and that would stay for longer.

During a trip to Morocco, where hair care is considered an art de vivre, a lifestyle, he came up with the idea to use rassoul clay, also known as the most noble of clays, and rose extracts for his new cleansing volumizing paste. This unique formula creates real volume, noticeable from the first use and effects that build up day after day.

Its exclusive composition is 85% natural origin. Protected and fortified, the hair instantly shows more volume at the roots and density down its length. The best? When mixed with water, its surprising paste-like texture transforms into a light foam, creating a moment of pure well-being.

The hair care routine for long-lasting volume includes the following products from left to right:

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Volumizing Mist 150ml
Volumizing Conditioner 250ml
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I hope that you will like it as much as I do! Also try some of Robin’s other products, they are all amazing… While Christophe presented his line, he gave a tip for hair coloring. If you have the feeling it got too dark, just put some olive oil on at night on the freshly colored hair and sleep with it. You will be amazed in the morning by the result as it will wash the color out. Coconut oil by the way does not!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Christope Robin, Charles Aellen, Marietta Budiner and © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Kicking Off Paris Fashion Week

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Sunday, I flew to Paris for Fashion Week and went straight to the Akris S/S 2014 show. A huge highlight of the evening was the cocktail reception at the Swiss brand’s beautiful showrooms in the presence of H.S.H. Princess Charlène of Monaco, who was extremely lovely and charming to talk to. A truly amazing woman!

Sandra Bauknecht and H.S.H. Princess Charlène of Monaco

Sandra Bauknecht in Balenciaga

My look: White sculptural fitted crepe blouse, black waistcoat and buttoned skirt, all by Balenciaga (I am in love with Alexander Wang‘s designs and think that he is a great choice for the French brand), lace sleeves by Chanel, pointed leather Mary-Jane pumps by Saint LaurentPashli mini satchel iconby 3.1 Phillip Lim and rose ring by Piaget.

Below are some impressions of the night! Enjoy and stay tuned for many updates from PFW!

LoL, Sandra

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Me with my beloved hair stylist Charles Aellen who creates Charlène’s look.

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Sandra Bauknecht Outfit Akris

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht (Thank you, Mischa, for taking them!)

Shu Uemura Essential Drops

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Let me introduce you to Shu Uemura’s recently launched new range of ESSENTIAL DROPS, that help you to balance your scalp. I am a huge fan of the brand and the products.

A complete aromatherapeutic solution that contains a powerful blend of essential and vegetable oils. Each ingredient plays a role in creating an optimum scalp environment – balanced, revitalized, nourished. And please bear in mind, a perfectly maintained scalp results in healthy, beautiful hair. Formula is silicone, paraben and sulfate free.

Use Essential Drops 2-3 times per week either prior to shampoo or combined with shampoo, massage in for about 2 minutes.

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Relaxing Blendfor normal to dry scalp

It is enriched with cedarwood oil which has relaxing and moisturising properties. Its woody frangrance has a light warming effect.

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Purifying Blendfor normal to oily scalps

It is enriched with peppermint oil which has purifying and toning properties. With an aquatic, peppermint fragrance, it has a refreshing effect.

CHF 52.- (30ml) each.
In Zurich available at Charles Aellen Company among others.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of Shu Uemura

A Hairy Tale in St. Moritz

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From mid-December 2011 to mid-January 2012, Switzerland’s famous hair stylist (of course mine as well) Charles Aellen Company had opened a pop-up hair salon in St. Moritz. He transformed the so-called Château Papillon des Arts, an old joinery behind the Kulm hotel, into a stylish and ueber-cool hair temple.

Even that it is closed now, I would like to share the stunning photos with you. Please keep in mind, this was only there for 4 weeks! For all interior aficionados, a feast for the eyes and Charles did it all by himself! For those of you who missed it, it will be open during the next Christmas season again.

LoL, Sandra

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BathPhotos: Courtesy of Charles Aellen Company