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Lykke and Hygge... What does it mean?

Updated: Nov 28, 2023


Since we have opened our salon business, we have been asked countless times where we came up with the name and what does it mean?

 

So, to clarify: the words "lykke" and "hygge" are unfortunately not our last names. They are Danish words which we have adopted to give us a perfect salon ideology.

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Plants and foliage help to create a tranquil atmosphere in our salon

Lykke

‘Lykke’ (pronounced like or officially lu-Kah) is the word for joy and happiness. In a world full of negativity and disaster, how do we know where to begin to find joy and happiness? How can we measure the things that make us happy? In my opinion, the smallest and simplest of things can bring joy into our lives and when we sort out the little things, it often has a ripple effect towards the bigger things.


As we are fast approaching the winter, it’s a perfect time to slow things down. We can make the most of life’s simple pleasures as we have longer evenings, get togethers with friends or family and make the most of being in a comfortable, homely environment.


A woman relaxes with her eyes closed and a peaceful expression on her face
Lykke and Hygge are centred around bringing you inner joy and contentment

Hygge

The joy in life’s simple pleasures and wellbeing is what centres around the concept of ‘hygge' (pronounced 'hoo-ga'). This Danish word roughly translates to the word ‘cosiness’, but is built around so much more than that. Hygge is a mindset, a way of life, a general collection of Danish values that focuses on balance to keep you centred, grounded, calm, happy and relaxed.


We want to bring Lykke and Hygge into your vocabulary so you can introduce it into your life wherever and whenever you see fit.


Switch your mind off, forget about politics, frustrations or drama and make some time for Hygge.


What is wrong with taking some time for yourself?


Why do we feel guilty when it’s a perfectly reasonable request to yourself to dedicate some time for your own wellbeing? 


A woman holds a stack of chunky knitted blankets in an array of pastel colours
Chunky knits and textures help embody that cosiness that hygge is all about

Some typical Hygge ideas/tips 

- Inviting a few friends over to play games, indulge in food & drink, and enjoy each other’s company.

- Wrap yourself up in a blanket, light some candles and read that book you’ve been wanting to read but haven’t found the time.

- Scrapbooking some old photographs with a loved one to add some homely touches for your home, with a hot chocolate.

- Arranging to meet up with that friend you haven’t seen for a while, get outdoors and connect with people and nature.

- Putting on your comfy clothes and practicing a hobby that makes you feel like yourself. 

- Clearing out your house of things you don’t need and keeping the things you really want.

- Bake those cakes, enjoy making them, enjoy eating them.

- If life is stressful at home, take yourself off to somewhere you find relaxing, enjoy the company of yourself and others. Don’t think about the rest of your day/week whilst you're there.


The list is endless. I will be writing future blog posts on Hygge lifestyle so make sure you keep up to date with our latest blogs and I hope our introduction will bring you closer to ‘Lykke’ & ‘Hygge'. Hopefully this post has enlightened your understanding of the concept behind the beautiful salon we are proud to have created with your wellbeing at the forefront of our minds.


If you struggle to find your Hygge place where you can switch off - don’t worry, we have enough custom made Hygge space to share and we hope we can become the environment you can come to relax in.


Take a look at our gallery full of images of our beautiful setting inspired by the concepts of Lykke and Hygge.


If you love what you see, click here to book in for an appointment to come and experience our salon for yourself.


Ross Alexander 

Lykke & Hygge 

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Ross Alexander and Libby Naylor, Salon Owners and Creative Directors

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