Variations of red are the latest hair colour trend. If it’s good enough for the models Gigi and Bella Hadid, it’s good enough for the rest of us. According to an article on Vogue’s website, fashion month was marked by the Hadid sisters stealing the runway show with their bright ginger and burgundy finish hair respectively. Now it’s tipped to be this season’s hottest colour.
The beginning of a new season is often typified by experimentation with our appearance, whether it’s a shopping spree for new clothes and shoes or trip to the hairdressing salon to try out a new style and colour. After the year we’ve just lived through, it’s hardly surprising that some individuals are heading to the salon for a dramatic hair change. (Read our ‘Post-lockdown hair trends’ blog on this subject.)
Keen to adopt this latest red-hue hair craze? Before you book your colouring appointment, read our advice so that your dye’s just right…
Take small steps
In the essence of not running before you can walk, begin with small sections of hair or streaks of colour only. This could be to the sides or underneath; or highlights throughout. Once you’re happy with the colour, go for a full head.
Pick your tone
Never mind 50 Shades of Grey, there are so many shades of red, it’s important to select the correct tone. From orange to ginger to red to purple, think about what will work best for your skin colouring, style and time of year. You could even mix it up and use variations of the same shade for a multi-colour highlights effect.
Consider your natural hair
Your hair’s texture and original colour determines how well the new dye will take hold. People with dark hair will have to bleach it before dyeing. Certain hair types (coily, for instance) bleach (and dye) well whilst others don’t. Your hairdresser will advise what is best for your hair type and colour.
Decide DIY or salon
Your decision-making process will include choosing whether to do it yourself at home with box kits or going to a hairdresser to have your hair dyed professionally. Our ‘Bad salon warning signs’ blog might prove useful here.
Your dye will need to be touched up every six to eight weeks as a minimum. The colour is likely to fade as time passes and, obviously, your roots will start to show. A good hair care routine helps too. Check out our ‘At-home hair colour maintenance’ blog for tips on making your hair colour last for longer.
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Planning a dye job by your hairdresser? To depart the salon feeling a million dollars with perfectly coloured hair that grabs everyone’s attention, we present some top tips to ensure your dyeing treatment goes to plan. Prepare for your upcoming colouring appointment by…
1. Not shampooing your hair
We don’t mean ever, obviously. Leave between 24 and 48 hours between your last shampoo and your dyeing session so there’ll be a protective natural oil layer on your scalp. This will form a barrier of sorts against the chemicals contained in most hair dyes. Unless your dye is made up of organic ingredients only, that is. (See our ‘Is your hair vegan?’ blog on this subject.)
2. Taking along inspiration images
You and your hairdresser should be on the same page so be clear and upfront about exactly what you want to achieve colour wise. Flick through magazines at home (remember you can’t do this at the salon anymore due to Covid rules… check out our ‘New normal hairdressing regime’ blog) to find photos of your desired hair colour. It’s then your stylist’s task to translate your request into the correct dye whilst also setting your expectations about what’s realistic. It’s part expectation setting, part reality check.
3. Bearing in mind your natural colours
This is about your skin tone as well as hair colour pre dye. Certain dye colours look different on particular skin tones. Casting your mind back to the aforementioned images, if your cut-out magazine photo shows someone with dark skin and yours is light (or vice versa), the final finish will not look the same on you. Similarly, certain hair colours will take certain dyes better than others. Chat with your hairdresser to decide if the colour you crave will turn out how you envision it.
4. Being patient to reach your ultimate goals
Following on from #2, although your coveted colour might not be possible after one dyeing appointment, it may be after several sittings. Apply the concept of ‘the best things in life are worth waiting for’ to your hair. Be in it for the long haul and you’ll get the hair colour of your dreams with time.
We have to add a word of caution here. Choose a reputable hairdresser you can absolutely trust. (Our ‘Bad salon warning signs’ blog will help!) As it’s likely chemicals are involved and potentially multiple appointments are required, you’re at risk of over-processing and all its inherent dangers to your hair and scalp (there’s more on this topic in our ‘What does over-processed hair look like?’ blog).
5. Planning your maintenance programme
Let’s face it, it’s not a case of getting your hair dyed once and you’re done. You’ll want to maintain your sparkly new colour. The length of time between colouring appointments varies person-to-person, colour-to-colour, finish-to-finish. Seek guidance from your hairdresser. Know this information before you embark on dyeing as your budget needs to cover ongoing maintenance too.
There are other things you can do at home to keep your colour fresher for longer, from conditioner and shampoo specially for coloured hair to switching up your washing routine. Access our previous helpful hints in our ‘At-home hair colour maintenance blog’.
Let’s be honest, colouring your hair can damage it severely. A lacklustre dye job will leave you feeling drab and disappointed. Far worse, a complete hair disaster caused by bad hairdressing and incorrectly used chemicals will result in all manner of serious problems from scalp blisters and burns to hair breakage and damage including over-processed hair falling out in clumps.
The onset of spring’s warmer weather and the easing of lockdown restrictions mean that wedding season is on its way. With so many couples having postponed their nuptials this past year, 2021 could be the busiest year for weddings for a long time.
To help you budding brides prepare for your wedding day – and, let’s face it, it’s one of the biggest occasions of your life – we’re here with crucial hair inspiration for the perfect pairing with your bridal gown.
Find your ideal match among these wedding day hairstyles then work with a professional stylist to make your dreams a reality:-
Classic low chignon or ponytail
This is an always-trending style as it’s timeless and simple yet elegant. There are many variations on the theme, be it knotted in a bun or tied as a ponytail, the latter enhanced with braids or waves, and even hairpieces used to give the appearance of thicker hair. (More on this later.)
Curly hair is the de facto standard for ladies tying the knot as they introduce a vital touch of glamour to proceedings. Choose tight curls or loose waves, pin up or leave down, and top it off with sparkly accessories (more below) for a stunning wedding day look.
There are myriad alternatives to traditional chignons, ponytails and pinned-up curls. Updos with wispy, face-framing loose strands depict romance like no other hairstyle. Your updo can be anything from a relaxed, slightly undone bun to a super sleek topknot with back braid, even half up-half down; the possibilities are endless.
Both artsy and humble, the braid works well for any event, weddings included. Just as with the aforementioned styles, braids come in all shapes and sizes. You may opt for a waterfall braid, braided barrette, fishtail braid or multiple similar-but-different options. Where weddings are concerned, you can’t go far wrong with the modest braid.
Straight and silky
Dare to be bold by keeping your hairstyle plain and smooth on your big day. Silken tresses will catch the light without overshadowing your face. Or detracting from your dress. Get your bridesmaids’ hair styled the same as yours for even more of a dramatic statement.
Decorations and hairpieces
Remember accessories such as scarves, bows, ribbons, headdresses, brooches, clips, crowns, flowers, headbands, tiaras and, of course, veils to add those finishing elements. You may also wish to add a concealed hairpiece for extra volume to really make an impact.
A hint of colour
Your wedding is probably not the best time to switch up your hair colour, however, you could experiment with a subtle colour change by, say, incorporating gentle highlights in watercolour hues or colouring your ends only. You’ll stand out but not shock your guests by suddenly looking totally different.
If dyeing your hair, heed our earlier warnings about undergoing strand tests pre colour treatment and selecting a reputable hairdresser. Don’t ruin your wedding because of a disaster at the hairdresser’s.
More wedding hair tips
Access our previous blog titled ‘5 essential wedding hair tips’ to guarantee photogenic hair at your celebrations. These tips comprise: (1) be wary of drastic restyling, (2) have a trial run, (3) be honest with your hairdresser, (4) think about the weather and (5) take other preparatory steps. We hope that, with our advice, your hair will be in tip-top shape for what’s set to be the happiest day ever.
You can always rely on your hair news experts (that’s us!) to bring you the biggest hair trends of the moment. The hairstyle making a modern comeback in 2021 is… drum roll please… the perm!
To give you a little background to this most contentious of hair trends, the perm reached the height of its popularity in the 80s. Just think of some of the greatest films from that era to appreciate how widespread the perm was at the time. There’s Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally, Jennifer Gray in Dirty Dancing, the list goes on.
Celebrities in the spotlight were sporting permed hair everywhere. From the actors in Dallas to rock stars on the stage, anyone who was anyone had an 80s perm. Or so it seemed, looking back through rose-tinted glasses (most likely in oversized fluorescent or aviator frames).
The perm is an easy styling option for individuals with poker-straight hair who are keen to introduce body as a way of counteracting an overly fine, flat appearance. Although the perm has been somewhat out of favour these past decades, people are once again falling back in love with it – not only the rich and famous; it’s featured heavily on catwalks of late too.
As with any throwback trend, the perm has undergone a transformation. Gone are tight corkscrew curls. The modern twist is loose beach waves. Gone too are plastic rods and excessive heat application which is how perms were achieved back in the day. Today’s laid-back hairdressing techniques involve soft rollers, foam pads, even plaiting for a more natural post-braid effect. Heat damage is limited by keeping the heat-shaping process at a constant temperature – called digital perming.
Despite this gentler treatment at the salon, chemical solutions are still an essential component of getting a perm. If you’ve read our earlier blogs, you’ll know that chemical ingredients can ruin your hair in a fairly major way. Access our ‘What does over-processed hair look like?’ blog to garner an insight. Chemical injuries are top of the list as one of the ‘6 reasons to sue your hairdresser’.
To avoid this fate, here’s our advice on averting disaster when having a perm:
Try alternative options first
A perm, being permanent, is a dramatic change. Once done, it’s hard to reverse, aside from simply growing it out. Experiment with different curling products – ask friends and family for recommendations, seek out reviews online, whatever. You may find something perfect for (and kinder to) your hair.
Recognise perms aren’t for everyone
If your hair’s very fine and limp, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to hold onto the new structure. If your hair’s in poor condition or bleached, perming will dry it out further still. A good cut might be in order before you begin.
Be clear about what you want
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to perms. The size, volume and finish vary vastly. Set your hairdresser’s (and your!) expectations by taking along some photos of what you’re aiming for – ideally a pic of yourself with curly hair that you love.
Insist on patch and strand tests
This necessitates dabbing a small amount of the chemical solution behind your ear and on a hidden section of hair, ideally 48 hours before getting your hair done. If you don’t experience an allergic reaction, it’s safe to proceed.
Choose a reputable hairdresser
Remember our ‘Bad salon warning signs’ blog? Keep our list of ten things to watch out for at the forefront of your mind when booking your hair appointment.
Employ great aftercare
A new hair care routine will be required afterwards such as washing with protein-rich products, using a detangler comb and drying with a diffuser. The last thing you need is to cause damage unnecessarily post salon visit. Your hairdresser should be able to offer advice on this subject.
Contact us if you’re injured by your hairdresser
It’s an unfortunate truth that perms can, and do, go wrong. Hair loss, hair damage, scalp burns and scalp blisters are some of the disastrous consequences of negligent hairdressing. If you’ve been hurt, get in touch with our specialist legal team in complete confidence to begin your claim for compensation.
Complex textures and curl patterns are part-and-parcel of Afro hair. As such, it demands a lot of upkeep. Another characteristic of Afro hair is its brittle nature. So, manipulating it unnecessarily day in, day out causes harm.
This is why protective hairstyles are popular. They’re low maintenance which saves vast amounts of time on daily styling. They’re also kinder to your locks and allow the freedom to grow out your hair. They’re fun too. By experimenting, you can change up your look effortlessly.
You’ve come to the right place for protective hair inspiration. From bantu knots and box braids to wigs and wraps, here’s all you need to know about protecting your precious textured hair whilst looking amazing to boot…
Bantu knots are a traditional African style that’s been reinvented as a cultural and fashion statement. Historically documented as a protective style, they help preserve longer lasting and curlier shaping.
Box braids are extremely versatile. They range in thickness from jumbo sized to thin as string. They can be enhanced with beads and wrapped in threads. They can be left loose or pinned into a halo or bun on top of your head. They can even be braided once again (braided braids).
Cornrows are worn under wigs or on their own. Not only are they great for keeping hair out of your face, they’re a canvas to express your artistic and creative skills. To keep your cornrows neater for longer, sleep with a silk bonnet or scarf. It’ll reduce pillow-induced frizz.
Faux locs are dreadlocks without the lifetime commitment. People with Afro hair are wearing as a professional style for school and work as well as red carpet and other events.
Space buns are either wrapped into a bun or simply tied. You can personalise them by how you part your hair, have a fringe or not, use a braid running from the edges of your hair to the bun, whatever. Neatly tying your hair into two clean buns avoids traction often associated with this type of ‘do.
Twist outs are a way of creating defined curls without heat application. For the optimum twist outs, hydrate with leave-in conditioner followed by a moisture-locking oil then use a wide-tooth comb or just your fingers to detangle for a spiralling curls effect.
Twist outs with a difference – natural flat twists
A slight deviation from twist outs and cornrows, as the name suggests, natural flat twists are styled flat to the head. They’re both easier and quicker to do, ideal for beginners or people in a hurry.
The ease of application and realistic appearance of wigs today make them a go-to protective style. Straight out of the package, spray with dry shampoo if your wig looks too shiny in order to achieve a natural finish.
Why not just tie your hair into a loose ponytail or plait and wrap a pretty scarf around your head? You can’t get any more protective than this and it’s chic too. Play around with colours and patterns as the perfect accessory for your outfit.
We conclude with a word of caution about protective hairstyles. Tightness and pulling can cause hair loss, otherwise known as traction alopecia. If a pulling force is applied due to a very tight or heavy style, traction ensues with hair lost at the pressure points. This is the opposite of what you actually want when choosing a protective hairstyle.
Our advice is to make sure your hair’s in good condition before you begin. A decent trim will work wonders. Once you’ve settled on your style, don’t fasten too tightly or apply too much pressure on any one section of your hair. Be mindful of not leaving protective styles in your hair for overly long, apply oil to prevent dryness, keep well moisturised to limit environmental damage, and get regular cuts to keep your hair healthy and strong.
Fake news abounds in cyberspace. In today’s blog, we’re not concerned with your average fake news headline about current affairs or state of political play. Unsurprisingly for a site dedicated to hair and hairdressing, we’re calling time on fake hair news.
You see, there’s lots of fake news, or myths, about our hair causing a whole load of unnecessary worry, effort and expense. Our task is to bust these myths once and for all so that you can enjoy stress-free hair maintenance which is kinder to you and your wallet.
Here’s the lowdown on ten hair myths and their accompanying truths…
#1: Washing your hair frequently is damaging
Have you heard that frequent shampooing can cause severe damage to your strands? Dry shampoo manufacturers will lead you to believe this, for obvious reasons. How often you clean your hair depends upon various factors – your hair type, hairstyle and lifestyle. The simple rule is this: wash your hair if it’s greasy and don’t wash it if it’s not. As with your facial skin, infrequent washing of your scalp can actually lead to a build up of dead cells, product residue, oil and bacteria. Learn how to formulate your own personal hair washing routine.
#2: Hair grows faster with more regular cutting
Does a trim every four to six weeks really speed up your hair’s growth process? In a word, no. Hair growth occurs at the roots, not at the ends, so a trim doesn’t affect the follicles in charge of growth. Although trims may not impact how your hair grows, there’s no denying they improve your hair’s overall appearance by removing split ends which can make hair appear stringy (and, therefore, shorter-looking) at the bottom. A trim every eight to twelve weeks is sufficient to keep split ends at bay.
#3: You should change your shampoo and conditioner at regular intervals
Do you buy new brands of shampoo and conditioner every couple of months so your hair doesn’t get ‘used to it’? Your hair isn’t a living thing so it can’t suddenly become immune to your favourite products. Instead, your hair may respond differently to certain external elements such as weather, humidity and colour treatments. Only spend money on new shampoos and conditioners if your hair ‘tells’ you its needs have changed.
#4: Conditioner is bad for greasy hair
Greasy hair is not caused by conditioner; it’s brought on when your natural oils build up around your scalp. Like shampoo, conditioner is good for oily hair as it provides a healthy dose of hydration, nourishment and protection. Choose conditioner specific to your hair type and apply just at the ends, avoiding the scalp entirely, to keep your hair from looking flat.
#5: Hair should be brushed one hundred strokes daily
Did your grandmother ever tell you this? One hundred strokes is an excessive amount of brushing that can damage the hair and exacerbate hair loss for those with fine or thinning hair. While brushing is essential, as it distributes oils from your scalp throughout your hair, it should be done gently, only as needed for detangling and with a ‘proper’ brush.
#6: Pluck one grey hair and two more will grow
Tweezing a few grey hairs won’t lead to a family of grey hairs appearing, however, it’s not advisable to pluck your greys as it can lead to thinning or scarring thereby preventing regrowth at that spot on your scalp. If you hate the greys so much, speak to your hairdresser about colour choices and put those tweezers away. Or maybe you should finally embrace the greys?
#7: Air-drying is kinder to your hair than blow-drying
Blow-drying causes more damage to your hair’s surface by applying heat but air-drying causes more damage within the strands themselves through long exposure to water. This myth, then, is both true and false simultaneously. When blow-drying, use the lowest heat setting on your dryer, hold the appliance at a safe distance from your hair and move continuously so you don’t concentrate on any one section for too long.
#8: Ponytails, dreadlocks and braids are styles which protect your hair
The reverse of this is true. Constant tension and traction on hair by styles that are pulled tight can cause a receding hairline or breakage that leaves hair thinner, weakened and damaged. Loosen up your ‘do by leaving pieces dangling, using bigger braids that start at the nape and tying with thick fabric-covered hair bands or scarves. We cover accessories in our ‘Eight hair trends for 2021’ blog and our styling tips will keep you on the right track.
#9: Dye is best applied to dirty hair
Colour actually sticks better to clean hair that’s free of styling product residue so be sure to wash your hair the night before your DIY or salon dyeing treatment, and skip styling helpers such as gel, mousse or serum. Then wait 72 hours before washing your hair again once the dye’s been applied to ensure the colour’s fully trapped in the cuticle. Read our previous ‘At-home hair colour maintenance’ and ‘Top tips for home hair dyeing’ blogs to get the intel.
#10: Washing with cold water makes your hair shiny
As your hair contains no living cells, it doesn’t actually react to cold or hot water. Although, icy water will make the hair light-reflective and not ruffled or dull looking. To really see a difference, you’d need to resort to an Arctic-cold shower which, for the average person, isn’t an appealing option.
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