Wedding season hair inspiration

Hair perfection on your wedding day

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.)

Vintage curls

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.

Romantic updo

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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.

Beautiful braids

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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

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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

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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.

Do get in touch with us if you’ve been hurt by your hairdresser by emailing, calling 0800 141 3682 from a landline for free, phoning 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or completing our online enquiry form.

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Perms are making a comeback

The revival of 80s hair

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.

Email, call 0800 141 3682 from a landline for free, phone 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or complete our online enquiry form.

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Protective styles for Afro hair

Low maintenance styles for textured, curly hair

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

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

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.

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Faux locs

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

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

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.

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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.

If using a hairdresser, select a stylist who understands textured hair and has experience in protective hairstyles. Discover how to make the right choice by reading our earlier ‘Bad salon warning signs’ blog.

If you suffer injury during a visit to the hairdresser’s, get in touch with us to make a claim. Email, call 0800 141 3682 from a landline for free, phone 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or complete our online enquiry form.

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Hair myth or hair truth?

Sorting out hair facts from fiction

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.

If your hair or scalp’s been damaged by your hairdresser and you want to make a claim against your stylist or salon, get in touch with our team by emailing, calling 0800 141 3682 from a landline for free, phoning 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or completing our online enquiry form.

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How to guide: cutting your own hair

Don’t cut your hair without reading our guide

We’re still currently in the throes of national lockdown and getting your hair cut in a salon might not be possible for a long while, even when salon doors re-open, for a whole multitude of reasons (hairdresser’s backlog, shielding by yourself or hairdresser, work commitments as you recover from time lost during homeschooling, whatever).

If your hair simply won’t last until your next hairdressing appointment, maybe it’s time to channel your inner Vidal Sassoon and trim it yourself?

Imagine if we’d suggested DIY haircuts a year ago. Many people would have scoffed at the very idea. Three lockdowns later, with hairdressing salons mandatorily closed as per imposed restrictions on non-essential businesses, cutting your own hair doesn’t seem such a wacky proposal after all. Desperate times, desperate measures, and all that.

For those of you with overgrown fringes, straggly crew cuts, messy split ends and the like, we’ve scoured the web and rounded up some top tips straight from the horse’s mouth – by which we mean hairdressers – on how to dodge a home hair cutting disaster.

To point out an obvious and important disclaimer before our tips commence, our Hairdressing Claims team are lawyers, not hairdressers. The information here is a collation of guidance posted online by hairdressers. We cannot be held accountable for any haircut catastrophes. As you’ll discover in #6 and #7, in our opinion, the best thing you can do is sit it out and only let your hairdresser loose with the scissors or clippers.

Without further ado, read on…

#1: Small blades = small mistakes

Think nail scissors rather than paper scissors. The less hair you can cut per snip of the scissors, the better. It’s damage limitation for the non-hairdresser.

#2: Watch hair tutorials

To avoid any major mishaps (and minor ones, ideally!), it’s advisable to head over to YouTube and watch a few hair cutting tutorials. We recommend this 12½ minute video on the BBC website which covers long hair trims, men’s fade with clippers, short cut with scissors and bantu knots for Afro hair. It’s as useful a starting point as any.

#3: Focus on the edges of shorter hairstyles

Proceed with caution if your hair’s short. Try to tidy up the sides and back of your neck only. If it’s possible to do so, leave the rest untouched.

#4: Tackling longer hair

For long hair, plait half of your hair (on one side) then tie a hairband one inch up from the very ends on the loose side. This allows you to see all the ends together. Hold the hairband and make small vertical snips with your scissors. Once done, loosen the plait and repeat on the other side.

#5: Shaved or buzz cuts

First, make sure your hair’s fully dry. Second, set clippers according to your preferred hair length. Start with a bigger guard to prevent accidentally cutting too short. Most people go with the popular 3-2-1 style, for which you use a number 3 guard for the top of your head, number 2 on the sides and number 1 around the edges. Third, run your clippers against the grain.

#6: Use accessories instead

To cover hair that’s calling out for a cut, try out different accessories such as scarves, headbands, clips, fascinators and hats. You’ll feel a ‘new you’ without even picking up the scissors. Read our recent advice on ‘bigger is better’ where accessories are concerned.

#7: Style it up rather than cut

In the same vein, try out a variety of styles achieved with hot irons, hot brushes or curling wands to give your hair the blow-dry, fresh-from-the-hairdresser finish at home, without any cutting. You may decide a haircut isn’t actually necessary right now.

Since the beginning of the first lockdown a year ago, we’ve seen quarantine hair fails dominate the internet, showing that cutting hair isn’t as easy as your hairdresser makes it look. That’s because they’re professionally trained in their job. The best course of action is to sit tight until you visit your hairdressing salon once again.

Although rare, hairdressers occasionally make mistakes too. Perhaps more so when they’re rushing to clear a backlog once lockdown is lifted. Find out what can go wrong and what to do if you find yourself in the sorry situation of being hurt by your hairdresser.

To make a claim against your hairdresser, get in touch with our team in complete confidence by emailing, calling 0800 141 3682 from a landline for free, phoning 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or completing our online enquiry form.

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What’s trending in hair colour for 2021?

Blue hair’s forecast to trend in 2021

With spring in the air, there’s a renewed feeling of hope and anticipation of positive change. Lots of changes are afoot in every aspect of our lives currently, with these opportunities presented by the mass rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, reopening of our businesses and gradual easing of lockdown restrictions.

In our personal lives, change is epitomised by experimentation with our hair colour. As there’s not a single person who’s not eager for change in 2021, here we bring you the biggest hair colour predictions for the year. There are trending hair colours catering for individuals keen to make a bold statement as well as those with something more subtle in mind.

Blue – from pastel to denim

Make the January blues a dim-and-distant memory by welcoming blue hues, whether it’s ultra light such as aqua or dark, head-turning cobalt, or anything in between.

There are two important points: (1) Your hair will need to be pre-lightened before silverising. Without this preparatory step, your hair could actually turn out to be green rather than blue. (2) It can take a while to achieve your hair colour goal. Don’t expect perfect results first time round.

Once your hair’s been dyed blue, after care is just as vital to maintain your awesome colouring and minimise fading. Treat yourself to sulphate-free shampoo, use professional-quality conditioner and wash hair in luke warm (not hot) water.

Focus on natural colouring

On the other end of the scale to dramatic blue hair dyeing, people are embracing their natural colouring and using techniques that enhance it. There are a multitude of options for those working with colours that come naturally, ranging from grey blending to curl painting.

With these natural looking styles, you develop a colour palette that’s completely bespoke to you and requires less maintenance because they’re simply embellishing everything that’s already beautiful about your hair.

Two-tone hair

Balayage is going nowhere fast. Instead, it’s being taken to the next level with even more tasteful ways of placing colour throughout the hair coupled closely with carefully placed layering.

For the adventurous amongst us, there are face-framing colour styles too. Think softer, less extreme contrasts which complement your skin tone and highlight your cheekbones. Muted blondes and beige browns are the wearable colour combinations. Or, be braver with Alice band hair in prominent, even clashing, block colours.

Finally, there are full on 90s vibes with one vibrant colour underneath your hair and another on top, ideal for people who enjoy playing around with their hairstyle every now and then.

In keeping with previous articles about colouring, we end with a cautionary note about following the correct procedures as you embark upon your colour switch up. Only begin your colouring treatment if your hair’s in good condition at the outset. Once your hair’s passed this condition check, it’s time to test the dye on a small section of your hair to ascertain any potential reaction.

We hope you’ll never need to know, but it’s worth a handy reminder of what to do if the worst happens – by which we mean hair and scalp damage, and over processed hair falling out. Quickly recap our ‘6 reasons to sue your hairdresser’ and ‘3-step plan to suing your hairdresser’ blogs.

To contact our team in confidence about a painful experience at the salon, please email, call 0800 141 3682 from a landline for free, phone 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or complete our online enquiry form.

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