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5 Simple Ways to Refresh your Hair for Spring

Let’s face it, we can all start to feel in a bit of a rut with our style every once in a while. From time to time, it just feels right to mix things up a little, but when you’re in the mood for a revamp, it can be tricky to know what to do to refresh your look and boost your spirits. Here are five simple ways to refresh your hair for spring…

1. Introduce sun kissed ends

Balayage has been popular for quite some time now, and it’s clear to see why. Replicating the natural tones you might find in sun kissed hair, balayage just seems to life your entire look and makes your skin glow. In addition, it’s a great way to subtly update your style without going for a complete colour overhaul. Try sun kissed ends in warm tones to nail this season’s hottest look.

2. Try a half updo

Sometimes a cut or colour isn’t the answer, and all you need to do is try styling your hair a little differently to soothe your itch for change. This spring, try a pretty half updo with a laid back topknot. Wear the length of your hair wavy, and scoop the top section back. Twist into a topknot, secure with pins and tease a few stands out, for a soft and pretty style that gets your hair away from your face for the warmer weather.

3. Go short

Shorter hair can be really refreshing for the summer months, making your hair feel lighter and easier to manage. Consider a blunt bob in 2019 for a style overhaul. This look isn’t for the faint hearted as it features angular lines, but your stylist can help you find the perfect length and finish for your face shape.

4. Invest in a conditioning treatment

Sometimes all we need is a little pick-me-up, rather than a new style. Over the winter months, your hair can suffer, becoming dry and brittle because of the cold weather and indoor heating. If you like your style, but feel like it needs a bit of help, invest in a conditioning treatment to reintroduce a healthy and glossy shine, or to tidy up split ends, book in for a trim.

5. Introduce a fringe for longer locks

If you have long hair and you want to keep your length, a great way to update your look is with a fringe. For the spring, consider going for a feathered fringe that’s thicker and a little longer to the sides, and lighter to the centre. This style looks really striking with long, wavy or curly hair

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Top Tips to Make the Most of your Salon Appointment

Whether you’re booked in for a trim, a complete restyle or a colour update, taking a little time in advance to think about your hair, any problems you have, and what you’d like to achieve can make a huge difference to the outcome. It’s all about communicating your pain points and vision well, so that your hairdresser knows exactly what you want. While we are trained to try to understand your requirements, there are a few key things worth knowing, to make the most of your salon appointment…

Do a little research

In advance of your appointment, it’s well worth sitting down for 20 minutes and having a look at current trends, celebrities and even bloggers to give you an idea of what you want. Jot down any problem areas, such as split ends, or finding your hair difficult to style, and think about possible ways to solve this. While your hairdresser can offer solutions, it’s always good to have any problems in mind, and styles that you like, as well as styles that you definitely don’t like.

Book a consultation

Give yourself enough time to think through new ideas and suggestions that your hairdresser might put forward. If you’re going for a restyle or completely new colour, what you want might not be 100% achievable with your current cut or colour, and so compromises and alternative options put forward by your stylist might not be exactly what you had in mind. In booking a consultation, you can discuss your options, and go away and think about things before your appointment, to give you plenty of time to consider everything.

Be clear on your own expectations, but avoid being too rigid

In advance of your appointment, think about your expectations and work out what’s realistic and what might not be achievable. It’s OK to have a solid idea in your mind of what you would like to achieve, but your hairdresser might have a few suggestions of their own. We are trained to understand both hair itself and the impact that it has on the shape and appearance of the face, to make the most out of your locks. Try to avoid being too rigid and remain open minded, but also be aware of your limits, such as how much you might consider having off your length, or how dark you might like to go. A new cut or colour can completely transform your look, so it’s well worth taking the time to consider it, and seeking professional advice. Remember that you’re always welcome to ask questions too, should you have any doubts or be unsure of anything.

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Top Facial Hair Trends for 2019

The beard is still going strong, with more and more men choosing to support various shapes, finishes and styles in 2018. Made popular by the likes of Movember, celebrity style and various cultural influences, men’s facial hair is still in for the year ahead, with there being a few stand out facial hair trends for 2019…

Short to Long

This neat style is the perfect way to introduce a beard, without looking unkept or a little messy. Ideal for those that need to maintain a smart look for work, the short to long style follows the face shape with sharp lines. Starting shorter high up the jaw, the beard becomes longer towards the chin, creating a rounded point. Ideal for those that want to maintain their face shape, instead of hiding it with facial hair.

Faded Beard

Ideal for men with square of oval shaped faces, the faded bead is usually kept fairly short. As the name suggests, the beard is faded up to the sideburns, starting off very short and becoming longer towards the chin. The main beard is cut with a square shape, and can be grown a little longer down from the chin.

Simple Stubble

This look is probably the easiest to maintain, as it doesn’t require any kind of professional skill to shape/trim. Stubble creates a rugged look, but maintains a relatively neat style when the stubble is kept quite short. Stubble is ideal for anyone that lives a fairly varied lifestyle, as it can be left to grow a little longer during busy periods, or trimmed shorter for when you need to look smart.

Rugged Beard

There’s still a demand for the thick and rugged beard. As we become more open to casual style in the workplace, the beard represents this shift perfectly. In addition, we are further embracing nature and working together to improve the environment, so it seems only natural that a more organic and laidback look to grow in popularity. When it comes to creating a rugged beard, the length is up to you, but the finish should be natural, with no sharp lines, and the mustache blending with the beard. If you’re unsure of which beard style will suit your lifestyle, face shape and your own sense of style, book an appointment and our stylists will be happy to provide you with ideas and advice.

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5 Ingredients to Avoid in Hair Care

Today we have a better understanding of the ingredients that we use in everyday products than ever before. With some elements of everyday or cheap haircare being harmful, it’s important to familiarise yourself with these ingredients, in order to make an educated decision as to what’s best for yourself…

1.Parabens

Parabens are possibly the most widely talked about harmful ingredient in haircare. Parabens are a preservative, that stop bacteria from growing. Our skin can absorb them through topical use, such as coming into contact with your skin or scalp. Parabens are known to mimic the hormone estrogen, which has been linked to an increased growth of breast cancer cells. Today there are various options of haircare products that are paraben free.

2. Sulphates

Sulfates strip oil from the hair and are strong detergents. When applied to the scalp a chemical reaction is created, binding with the sebum on the scalp and water to remove oil and any residue from the hair and scalp. Sulfates are very harsh and can damage the hair, causing it to be brittle and frizzy, in addition they can also cause allergic reactions to those with sensitive skin.

3.  Fragrance

We all like to have nice smelling hair, but due to a loophole in regulations, stating ‘added fragrance’ on an ingredients list means that haircare brands can include synthetic fragrances that use hundreds of artificial and potentially harmful chemicals. The term ‘fragrance’ isn’t regulated by the FDA, meaning almost anything could be used. It’s suggested that there are more than 3,100 chemicals used by the fragrance industry, so if you want to avoid these, use products that are naturally enhanced to smell nice.

4. Polyethylene glycol

PEG is considered to cause interference with the body, and is known as a ‘developmental toxicant’, meaning it can interfere with human development. In addition, it can be contaminated by dioxane, which has been linked to cancer.

5. Cocamidopropyl betaine

Cocamidopropyl betaine is worth trying to avoid if you suffer from skin complaints such as dry skin, eczema and rosacea. It’s found in most shampoos and is uses as a foam booster, which is why some all natural shampoos don’t quite foam up the same as synthetic alternatives. Many products use this along with dimethylaminopropylamine, which can cause skin irritation, and so worth cutting out if you suffer from sensitive or dry skin. Now that you have a clearer idea of just how some synthetic ingredients can impact on your health you can decide what’s best for you. There are lots of ‘free-from’ and natural alternatives available, should you decide to cut out any or all of the above.

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5 Colour Trends to Consider in 2019

When it comes to experimenting with our hair, many of us opt for a colour update, instead of a new cut. As we get older, we tend to understand better how we like to wear our hair, settling into a style such as long wavy locks, a straight short bob or a pixie crop. If you’re someone that’s confident in your cut, a great way to freshen up your style is with colour. Here are five colour trends to consider for 2019…

Chestnut Brown/Gold

Chestnut brown is a super flattering shade that can work for a number of skin tones. In 2019, this classic colour gets a subtle update, with the introduction of face framing golden brown highlights. Adding new dimensions to brunette hair is a great way to freshen up your look, without going for a complete colour overhaul. Easy to maintain, this is the perfect option for a spring/summer update.

Chocolate Brown/Copper

2018 was all about hot red tones and warm hues, but for 2019 red shades become a little more subdued. If you’re brunette and you’re looking for a subtle update, consider going chocolate brown for the year ahead. Copper shades will also be big, and can be interpreted for brunettes, blondes and redheads. Think strawberry honey for blondes – this is a super creamy shade that’s a great way to give a nod to red shades, without going fully red.

Dirty Brunette

We’ve all heard of dirty blonde before, but what about dirty brunette? This look is all about natural-looking brunette shades that also includes dark blonde pieces scattered through, in a smokey neutral shade, almost in the middle of warm and cool. Avoid going to far over into blonde for this style, the look should still very much be brunette.

Antique Blonde

White blonde is set to take a back seat this year, in favour of this classic and fresh take on light blonde shades. Antique gold is likened to the colour of champagne, with a mix of warm and cool tones. This colour is still light, but it’s more like beige than white, with a creamy finish that’s really pretty but still edgy.

Caramel Ombre

Ombre locks are still in, but for 2019 it’s all about rich dark hues with subtle caramel tones through the length. A mix of dark and mid browns is great for warming the complexion. If you’re already brunette, this is a pretty simple update, that involves lightening through the length of the hair by a shade or two to add warmth and depth.

With so many stunning shades to try this year, it can be tricky to choose just one. If you need advice on which shade will work best for you, get in touch to book your consultation.

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Spring/Summer Hair Trends for 2019

While spring might seem a little way off, now is the perfect time to start thinking about updating your style for the year ahead. Many of us start to feel that all familiar itch around this time of year, longing for a change from winter. A great way to inject a little freshness into the winter months is with a new cut or colour. With this in mind, here are the spring/summer hair trends for 2019 that we are loving…

The Blunt Bob

Angular hair is at the top of our lust list for 2019, with blunt bobs making a big comeback. Blunt cuts can suit all face shapes, because the length of the cut can be adjusted to suit each individual, while blunt edges can help fine hair look thicker, or thick hair look softer, depending on how the hair is styled.

If you’re considering going shorter and embracing the blunt bob this year, start slow. While it can be tempting to dive in head first, consider a cut a few inches longer than you might like to start, to check you’re happy with your shorter locks before taking the plunge.

Charcoal Tones

Grey has been big in hair colour for some time now, which is great news for anyone that’s naturally going grey. This year it’s all about smokey ashy greys, which can be used in blonde hair or hair that’s naturally grey. This stunning cool shade has a creaminess to it, making it really soft and pretty.

Super Straight

The super straight styles of the ‘90s are back. For a long time now, we’ve been embracing the natural look of soft curls and waves, but 2019 is all about a more structured look. Layers will be less important in cuts this year, with straight hair all one length being the stand out style. This means investing in a pair of GHDs, and a trip to the hairdresser to tidy up any wispy ends, or to level the length out.

Undone Topknots

Chanel’s 2018 ready-to-wear catwalk saw models supporting undone topknots, that appeared to have been styled within minutes and with little in the way of product. This is every woman’s dream that finds herself short of time in the morning, because the undone topknot is the updo of choice for the year ahead. To achieve this style, tie your hair into a ponytail before twisting into a bun. Let the ends remain loose and a little messy, if needs be you can quickly tease a few strands out to perfect the look.

Copper Velvet

Burnt orange, rust and terracotta are everywhere at the moment. From fashion and interiors, and now even hair. Copper is a reddish-brown shade, but copper velvet provides a stunning update with a beautiful multi-tonal finish. This is a complex colour, and so needs a professional touch to get right, but it can look really striking and yet still appears to be natural when done well.

If you’re ready to update your cut or colour, pop in and see us to discuss your ideas and what you want to achieve. Sometimes a new look is just what you need.

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Fringes by Face Shape: Which Style Will Suit you Best

Let’s face it, we’ve all had a fringe disaster at some point, most likely during our experimental teenage years. Fringes can completely transform your look, but because many of us are unclear on what kind of fringe would suit us best, we generally tend to avoid them, for fear of making a mistake.

Fringes can be super stylish, and provide a great way to update your look without altering the length of your hair, which is why we’re helping you work out which fringe might suit you, in accordance to your face shape…

Square Face Shape

Long eye-grazing fringes that are a little tapered on the sides will help soften square face shapes. Go for a fringe that sits just below your brows, sitting heavier at the sides so that your hair doesn’t get in your eyes. To the centre the hair should be a little feathery – no blunt lines here – this style should be soft.

Round Face Shape

A gently arching fringe is the best option for a round face, which compliments soft and rounded features. A blunt fringe might make a round face appear even rounder, so avoid any harsh lines. A curved shape is the right way to go, with thickness to the fringe, rather than a soft wispy finish.

Heart Shaped Face

Generally, if your face is heart shaped, it might be a little top heavy. A side fringe is the perfect way to add balance to your face. Opt for a feathered fringe where the shortest pieces meet the arch of your eyebrows, and the longest sit at the outer corner of your eyes.

Oval Face Shape

If you’ve got an oval face you can celebrate – nearly every fringe style will suit you, so you have a little more room to experiment. One of the most flattering styles for you is a light and textured straight fringe. Go for a length that sits just between the brow and eyelashes, and is a little longer on the sides. This will give you options to either wear your fringe straight and parted in the middle, or sweep it to the side. Fringes are well worth experimenting with, but avoid making a mistake by establishing what your face shape is, and what will suit you first, as they can take some time to grow out.

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How to Create Natural Waves

Naturally looking wavy hair is one of the most sought after looks around the world. Waves seem to always be on trend, and it’s this relaxed ‘I woke up like this’ vibe that we all want to achieve. Waves look soft, pretty and feminine, without being over done or too styled. Wavy locks are a go to for many occasions – from festivals and summer holidays, to bridal looks and everyday style – waves continue to be in high demand.

Night Time Buns

No time in the morning to style your hair? Try this simple way to create natural waves, without the addition of heat damage. Just before bed, part your hair and split into two sections. Twist each section into a tight bun and secure with grips. Use a spray bottle to spritz each bun to make the hair damp. Leave in over night to create natural looking waves. In the morning simply unravel each side. You might need to tease the hair into place here and there, and back brush a little to create volume, but you’ll only need five minutes in the morning and you’ll be good to go.

Mermaid Worthy Waves

Creating waves with your straighteners is easier than you might think. Our tool of choice is the GHD IV Styler Hair Straightener, as it’s the perfect size to create mermaid style waves. In addition, who doesn’t love having a tool that you can create multiple looks with?

To create waves with your straighteners, section off the top three quarters of your hair and secure with a band so that it’s out of the way. With the hair that’s left down, take a section at a time around one inch wide and place your straighteners at the top. Move them down the length of the hair curling in and out, in and out as you go. You can make your waves as tight or as lose as you want. Work your way around all of the hair that is down, then take down another quarter section of your hair and continue until you’ve done it all.

Back brush the roots a little to avoid the hair being flat at the roots, spritz with hairspray and you’re done.

Whether you want to create quick and easy waves without heat, or you want to go for a more precise look, creating waves at home is doable with these two methods.

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Top 3 Beach Worthy Hairstyles

Beach hair can feel tricky to approach. You want to look and feel great on the beach this summer, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time styling your hair. In addition, you want to protect your hair from the salty sea water and the sun. The trick is finding the right balance – creating a style that you love but that is practical and speedy to achieve. Read on to discover our top three beach worthy hairstyles, for your summer break in 2018…

  1. Half Up Braids

Keep your hair out of your face and off your forehead with this half up-do. The whimsical festival feel makes it perfect for a day at the beach. Simply section off the hair, taking two 2-inch wide sections at the front of the head. Begin to plait backwards, picking up a little more hair as you go to create french braids. Do this on either side, and secure at the back of the head with grips. Ready to go for a swim? Simply pop your hair that’s left down into a bun to protect your hair from the salt water.

  1. Half up Bun

This is another great style that will keep your hair off your face in the hot weather, as well as looking stylish. Split your hair into two, picking up the top half and leaving the underneath down. It’s best to section your hair off from the top of your ears, creating a line from your ears to the back of the top of your head, in an upwards motion. Use a comb to brush the top half of your hair back so that it’s neat, then twist into a bun at the top of the back of your head. Secure with grips and tease a few strands out to create a chilled out beach vibe.

  1. Side Swoop Braid

Keep your hair off the back of your neck and off one side too, with this beach-worthy braid style. This is ideal if you want to keep your hair neat, but don’t want to go for a full up do such as a ponytail or a bun. It’s also ideal if you’re going out in the evening and want to create beachy waves the natural way. Simply leave your braid in all day and sprizt until damp, leave to dry in the sun and take out in the evening for natural waves.

To style start by parting the hair on one side. At the front of your head, take a section about two inches wide and start to braid the side that has the most hair on. Sweep the hair from the other side and the back of the head round the back and onto the side you are braiding. As you go, start to add in more sections of hair from the back. This doesn’t have to be neat and precise, this is all about creating a laid back look. As you reach the length of your hair, you should now have all of your hair in the braid. Secure with a band, then take a section of hair and wrap round the band to conceal.

Beach-worthy hair doesn’t have to be a headache. Create stylish hair that’s practical too, with these three styles.

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How to Find your Perfect Hair Length

Many of us have a pretty good idea of what suits us, or the length in which we most like our hair. Choosing a flattering length and shape for your hair is key to feeling and looking your best everyday, but some of you might actually be supporting the completely wrong hair length for your features. If you’re thinking about trying a new style, or you simply want to find your most flattering hair length, read on…

Consider your Face Shape

While there are various factors to think about to find your perfect hair length, one of the biggest elements is your face shape. It is important to create balance to your overall appearance, and balance can be enhanced, just like imbalance can be emphasized through the shape and length of your hair….

– Long face: if you have a long and narrow shaped face, avoid long hair. Going for length will simply drag your face down, making it appear even longer. Instead, try a bob that sits just short of your chin to create better balance.

– Round face: If you have a round face, opting for longer styles will help to make your face look more balanced and oval in shape. Long length and a side swept fringe can help to slim your face and make it look more contoured.

– Square face: Try waves or curls in mid lengths to soften a square face. Shoulder length hair or a little longer is perfect for those with a square face.

Heart shaped: Long hair is great for a heart shaped face. Avoid blunt edges though, particularly in shorter cuts, and stay away from bobs.

Oval face: An oval face shape is considered to be balanced already. If you have an oval face you are lucky as you can try out almost any length.

Consider Texture

The type and texture of your hair matters when it comes to length too. If your hair is pretty normal – i.e. not particularly thick or thin, not coarse or frizzy, you can get away with most hair lengths.

– Fine hair: When hair that is on the fine side gets long it can end up looking limp. The longer it gets, the heavier it will be, and so the more it will drag itself down. Shorter haircuts can create more body and volume. If your face shape requires a longer cut but you have fine hair, consider going for a length just a few inches under the shoulders, with lots of layers.

– Thick hair: Those with thicker hair might find that their hair is unmanageable in shorter styles. Thick hair is often coarse and frizzy, which results in a mind of its own in short styles. Try growing it long to add weight and tame it. As your hair gets longer, it will naturally sit smoother and be easier to manage.

Finding the perfect hair length means achieving balance, and both your face shape and your hair type matters here. If you’re not sure what’s best for your hair, book in for a consultation to receive professional advice.

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