How to care for your hair this winter

Caring for your hair in the winter months

Caring for your hair in the winter monthsKeeping your hair shipshape is tricky enough during the summer because it’s prone to damage from exposure to the sun. With the onset of autumn and with winter in our sights, hair maintenance becomes an even tougher challenge.

Just as you may suffer from cracked hands (and dry skin generally) during harsher weather, your hair too can become flyaway, lack moisture, and your scalp turn dry and flaky. It’s much colder outdoors and much warmer indoors. These constantly fluctuating temperatures take it out of your hair.

With Christmas parties on the horizon, this isn’t how you want your hair to look for these special occasions! So it’s time to start giving your hair plenty of TLC so that it’s party perfect for the months ahead.

To help you out, here we’ve put together five top hair care tips to keep your locks glossy and healthy, whatever weather’s in store…

1. Wear suitable protection from the elements.
Invest in a fashionable selection of hats and scarves so you can cover up while out and about, but still be on trend! Don’t cover up too tightly, though, as this can restrict circulation in your scalp. Winter woollies can have a tendency to induce sweating which, in turn, irritates the scalp. Have a good anti-dandruff shampoo at the ready, should this become the case.

2. Don’t over-style and don’t go out with wet hair.
To avoid more drying out of your hair than is absolutely necessary, try to limit the use of hairdryers, curling tongs and straighteners which emit ultra-high temperatures. When you do, use heat protection spray and switch to lower heat settings.

That said, leaving home with still-wet hair is equally damaging as your hair can freeze causing breakage and split ends. If possible, let your hair dry naturally. Admittedly in colder weather this will take longer. If you’re in a rush, instead adjust the temperature on your hairdryer and allow extra time to blow dry slowly.

3. Wash carefully and less frequently.
As tempting as it may be, don’t turn the water temperature up in the shower or bath. Washing your hair in hot water will dry out your hair and harm the delicate skin on your scalp. Use warm water (cool if you’re brave enough!) only. Consider using a moisturising shampoo and conditioner, and give your scalp a good massage during shampooing as this increases blood flow.

Keep hair washing to a minimum – no more than two or three times a week, if possible – to prevent it drying out too much, and use a deep conditioning treatment at regular intervals – once a week is ideal – to replenish moisture. Some people use hair oil to keep hair supple and shiny too.

4. Don’t get dehydrated.
We all recognise the importance of drinking lots of water during summer, but it’s vital during colder months too. We are what we eat (and drink). If you’re dehydrated on the inside, it’ll show on the outside. Drink lots to keep your hair and scalp hydrated.

5. Trim your hair routinely.
Every six to eight weeks or so, get your hair trimmed. It doesn’t have to be much – just snipping the very ends will suffice – to keep dry, brittle, split hair at bay.

By following these handy hints, your hair will be looking its best in readiness for those Christmas dos! Get your party gear on and flaunt those tremendous tresses. You’re worth it!

The last thing you want in the run up to Christmas is a hairdresser-induced disaster. Should you find yourself in this unlucky and tormenting position, our expert hair damage claim legal team are on call to assist.

Autumn / winter hair trends

AW17 hair trends
AW17 hair trends

Summer has passed us by in a blur, and autumn’s arrived with a bump. And a cold bump at that! At the onset of a new season, it’s time to take stock of what’s trending in the world of hair.

We understand that you may lack the time to check out what’s rocking this season’s catwalks and red carpets, so we’ve helpfully rounded up what’s predicted to be the key in-vogue hair styles for AW17.

If you’re inspired and keen to treat yourself to a new haircut to match your changing mood, wardrobe and beauty regime this autumn, you’ll also find lots of advice on giving instructions to your hairdresser.

While it may be tempting to simply take along a photo of a famous model or celebrity’s runway- or paparazzi-ready hairdo for your next appointment, it can be difficult for your hairdresser to replicate the look on your hair. And a hair disaster’s the last thing you need as we embark upon Christmas party season.

So here goes…

Tousled hair image from Vogue website

Tousled hair
Gently tousled, curly, laid-back, almost messy-looking hair has been prominent for a while now and remains popular amongst the rich, famous and stylish. You’ll need a layered cut with a few long interior layers to add texture. To recreate the look at home, try styling products such as mousse and dry with a diffuser then gently ruffle your hair to finish for volumising results. Typically, it’s a tousled lob – that’s shoulder-grazing length – but occasionally longer too.

Blunt bob image from InStyle websiteBlunt bob
For something shorter and with more dramatic impact, there’s the bob which is making a comeback. A blunt-cut fringe is optional and adds an extra level of chic-ness to the overall style. Ask for a blunt bob with a few long layers. If you choose to have a fringe, request for that to be blunt too. A round brush for blow drying and curling tongs for finishing could prove useful in your quest for a sleek appearance without flyaways.

Pixie haircut image from InStyle website

Pixie cut
The more brazen amongst us are going even shorter and the pixie cut’s everywhere. Remember our recent blog post about Katy Perry’s pixie? If you fancy taking the plunge, speak to your hairdresser about keeping your hair slightly longer up top with a few choppy layers so that you can have the tousled effect. Simply run some styling products – such as clay – through your hair with your fingers to add movement to your style.

Shiny long hair image from Vogue website

Shiny, long hair
Pin-straight, high-shine, super-long hair is fashionable once again. The ponytail counterpart is heavily in favour as well, worn slicked close to the head and arrow straight down the back. It’s high maintenance though and demands real care of your hair. Your styling routine will comprise semi-regular trims to keep hair looking sharp and split end free. Hair straightening irons with heat protector spray and finishing products – such as serum – will become your essential tools to get your hair wave-free.

It may sound contradictory, but to achieve this style, your hairdresser may have to cut off around an inch of hair each time to really tidy it up. You may also ponder the use of extensions. Apply caution here. Read our earlier blog post regarding hair extensions to assist your decision-making process.

Good luck with your AW17 hair restyling goals. Should something go drastically wrong at your hairdresser’s, contact Hairdressing Claims for resolution. Remember we’re experts in claims against hairdressers.

Everything you did (and didn’t!) want to know about keratin treatments

Hair straightening treatment
Hair straightening treatment

Better known as a Brazilian blow dry, keratin is a chemical process of semi-permanent hair straightening. It involves depositing a liquid version of the protein keratin combined with a chemical preservative onto the hair. This is then ironed into a straight position.

Keratin treatments become ever more popular by the week amongst curly or frizzy haired women but they draw health warnings, not least by the presence of formaldehyde and methylene glycol. Both of these chemicals are known to be potential carcinogens.

So, do your due diligence and investigate exactly what’s contained in the formula your stylist is using. Even those purporting to be natural, organic or formaldehyde-free may not stand up to their claims. Using too-strong chemicals is dangerous, particularly if you have a sensitive scalp or certain allergies.

The ironing phase of keratin straightening too can cause harm. Using devices emitting high temperatures on hair that’s fine, coloured or not in the best condition to begin with, is a sure-fire recipe for hair disaster.

American actress Jennifer Aniston is reputed to have cut her world-famous long locks to chin length following damage incurred by keratin straightening. Be prepared to have to resort to the same drastic cure – that is having your hair cut short – to salvage your hair.

To help you decide if keratin straightening’s right for you, here are a few facts…

  • It’s not permanent: While it’s a great time-saving alternative to straightening your hair every day, you’ll need to get the treatment done at your hairdresser’s every 4 months or so.
  • It’s costly: Using a reputable, certified stylist is a must so be ready to pay upwards of £200. Cheap offers from lesser known, untrained stylists is false economy in the long run.
  • It takes time: Keratin’s a time-consuming treatment performed in several stages. Allow between 2 and 4 hours in the salon overall.
  • It requires aftercare: You’re advised not to do anything to your hair – wash, tie or style – for at least 48 hours, and use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner thereafter.
  • It’s potentially damaging: Chemicals and temperatures could be bad news for your hair. Discuss the possible risks with your hairdresser before you commit.

With the correct level of forethought and professional application of your keratin treatment, you’ll be the proud owner of sleek, straight, easy-to-manage hair. Should any negative side effects come about, having to sue a hairdresser may become an unfortunate necessity. If this is the case, our expert legal team can assist.

How to formulate your hair washing routine

Define your own hair washing routine
Define your hair washing routine

Wondering how often you should wash your hair is a conundrum as old as time itself. Okay, we exaggerate, as shampoo actually only became widely used from the early 1900s.

In saying that, predecessors of shampoo as we know it date back to ancient times using concoctions involving (variously) flowers, seeds, eggs, herbs and their extracts, and husks and straws of rice. In fact, even prehistoric woman (and man) will have concerned themselves with personal hair hygiene to support their communal living lifestyles.

Anyway, a history of hair washing aside, today’s blog post is about how the modern-day, gym-going, long-hours-working, image-obsessed shampoo user is (or should be) washing their hair.

In truth, the answer’s similar to ‘how long is a piece of string?’ It depends upon many factors. Before we delve into what influences your shampoo regime timings, let’s digress and look at exactly how shampoo does its job.

Sebum is an oil produced by the sebaceous glands with the purpose of lubricating hair. Sebum affects hair types differently. For example, it’s easier to travel down the follicles on fine, straight hair. Conversely, on coarser, curlier hair it’s a struggle, which means the hair’s more prone to dryness. As sebum builds up, hair becomes greasy, enabling dirt to cling to it. Shampoo is used to wash away this accumulation of oil and dirt.

The style of your hair’s important too. If your hair’s long, for instance, and requires a lengthy blow dry to style it, once a week for washing’s enough. If you use lots of styling products to achieve your look, you may prefer to wash each morning.

The final complication to add to the mix is conditioner. Unlike shampoo which cleans hair, conditioner’s role is to add weight and texture. For this reason, conditioner doesn’t have to be used every time you shampoo.

You could be forgiven for being confused. The conclusion is that how often you wash your hair is dependent upon many determinants and will range from weekly to daily, with conditioner applied less frequently.

For the brave, there’s always the no-products option. By using only water and natural substitutes (such as eggs), you’re not stripping your hair of oils, allowing your scalp to reach its sebum equilibrium. We’re not too convinced about this approach if only for the fact your hair won’t be emitting a head-turning fragrant smell. At least, not a good one anyway!

At Hairdressing Claims we’re committed to promoting good hair care and treatments. We’re also here to help if you’ve been let down and need to claim compensation from your hairdresser.

The pros and cons of hair extensions

Hair extensions
Hairdresser applying hair extensions

When we read magazines, watch TV, surf the internet and practically anything else really, we’re confronted by a constant barrage of beautiful models and famous celebrities with heads full of flowing hair. It’s enough to make you green with hair envy!

This is one of the reasons why hair extensions are increasing in popularity. In fact, the number of British women using extensions has reportedly risen by 70% in the past five years so the overall figure’s now into tens of thousands each year.

For some of us, our hair just won’t grow past our shoulders or look voluminous, try as we might. For others, over-styling and over-treating has caused damage that’s not easily repairable. For others still, when special occasions beckon, we simply want our hair looking at its best.

Replicating billboard-ready hair can be achieved with hair extensions but, like all types of hair treatments, there are pros and cons. It’s important to weigh these up before you reach for the phone to book your hairdressing appointment.

Starting with the positives, here are some of the pros…

  • It fixes all multitude of sins. Extensions add length and can be used even if your hair’s very short (around 3 inches, to be precise). They can add volume if your hair’s fine, limp or thinning. They can add highlights of colour if you’re looking for an alternative to dyeing.
  • The application process isn’t painful. Methods include braiding, gluing, weaving or, most gentle, clipping. Whichever you choose, it shouldn’t hurt at all.
  • They’re not hard to maintain. Contrary to preconception, they’re no more difficult than other hair treatments such as dyeing. The trick is to keep an eye on them and plan for an hour at the salon for upkeep every six weeks or so.

All well and good, but now we turn our attention to the cons, of which there are a fair few…

  • They’re expensive. Costs vary from several hundred to over a thousand pounds, depending on the type of hair and bonding method used.
  • They require careful care. If you buy synthetic hair, styling options are limited. Even if you buy human hair, a softly softly approach is still advised which means, amongst other things, using a special brush, lighter shampoo and conditioner, cool water for washing, sleeping with your hair tied back and regular hairdressing appointments.
  • There’s an unethical side to human hair extensions. Britain’s apparently the world’s third largest importer. The hair trade is said to exploit poverty-stricken donors in some of the poorest countries to cut off their hair for as little as £30-ish or even for free if pledged in the name of religion. Hair’s even taken by force by gangs. The way hair’s processed too has a shady side, often exploiting cheap labour to untangle, smooth, sort, comb, tie, soak and dye hair ready for shipping overseas.
  • They can cause irrecoverable damage to your own hair. With the wrong application method and too-heavy extensions, you can suffer from hair loss called traction alopecia because too much tension’s placed on the roots thereby pulling out hair and damaging follicles permanently. If your hair’s in bad condition to begin with, it’s only going to get worse with additional strain on it.

So, if you’re thinking about extensions, seek a professional who’s undergone the right training and ask questions which allow you to make an informed decision about the best type of extensions for you. And, if you notice anything amiss, such as the beginnings of hair loss, address it straight away.

Best case, your hair will end up looking longer, thicker and healthier than it ever has before. Worst case, you may have a hairdresser claims situation on your hands for which you’ll need expert legal assistance.

See some of the latest celebrity hair transformations

See some of the latest celebrity hair transformations
Celebrity hair transformations in the spotlight

Every now and then, it’s nice to freshen up your image and the easiest, and most obvious, place to start is your hair. But not all of us are brave enough to undergo anything too drastic at the hairdresser’s. Even with the best intentions, it’s not unusual to get cold feet once you’re sat in the salon chair.

That’s one of the reasons we all love a good celebrity hair story. Where their hair’s concerned, celebrities are the lionhearted amongst us. For famous people, it seems that frequently changing their hair is practically a pre-requisite for the job.

Not only do we enjoy watching our revered actors, singers, TV presenters, footballers, WAGs and others forever in the public eye rocking new looks on a regular basis, it’s also a source of inspiration for our own potential metamorphosis.

Here we’ve rounded up a few of the most dramatic before-and-after photos of popular heads from across the internet. There are no claims against hairdressers stories here! View our gallery and click on the links for further details…

Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner’s wavy new bob unveiled at Alexander Wang’s runway show.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez chopped her sleek, waist-grazing hair to just-past-shoulder length.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart goes from brunette to bleached blonde and shaved for her latest film role.

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek swaps her natural dark look for shorter, rose gold hair at the Cannes Film Festival.

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss’s dyed blonde bob revealed at the Met Gala.

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez had her Instagram followers fooled with this severe crop which, it turned out, was actually just a wig.