Below are the answers to the most frequently asked questions in our salon. We hope you find everything you are looking for, if you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to call the salon on 01277 364118 and book an appointment, your stylist will consult with you and answer any queries you may have.
I want to make a drastic change; I have always been a brunette and would love to go blonde. What should I do?
I’m bored with my long fringe. How can I grow it out painlessly and keep it looking good at the same time?
Every winter my hair goes dull and lifeless, why is this and what can I do to stop it?
I love all of short styles that lots of the celebrities currently have but don’t know if it will suit me, what do you think?
I have never died my hair but I’m beginning to get a few grey hairs, what should I do to cover them up?
I have natural curls but they are always really frizzy, how can I tame them?
When I go on holiday and spend a couple of weeks in the sun my hair colour always fades, is there anything I can do to avoid this?
I WANT TO MAKE A DRASTIC CHANGE; I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A BRUNETTE AND WOULD LOVE TO GO BLONDE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Star by having a consultation with your hairdresser, all good hairdressers should offer these for free. They will be able to advise you on choosing your shade and maintaining it. For example, an all-over tint will need root-retouching every four weeks, while fine highlights can wait 10 weeks before they need doing again.
Make sure your hair is in the best possible condition before colouring because the chemical process can make hair more fragile. Dry, damaged hair is not only prone to breakage – the colour is also more likely to fade and turn patchy.
Don’t try lightening your hair with a semi-permanent colorant. Semis only add colour – like red or brown tones – but they can’t remove colour or make brown or mousey hair lighter or blonder.
Finally, never attempt to correct a colour that’s gone wrong. Although covering a disastrous blonde with a brown sounds logical, the result is often an even more disastrous khaki-green. Always go to a salon for colour correction.
I’M BORED WITH MY LONG FRINGE. HOW CAN I GROW IT OUT PAINLESSLY AND KEEP IT LOOKING GOOD AT THE SAME TIME?
Try having some soft shaping cut into the front of your style so it blends in with the fringe. Then use a light gel, such as the Aveda confixor, to move the fringe to one side and keep it in place.
You could try an angled parting to scoop the fringe along with the rest of the hair and blend it in. Another idea would be to add a few slices of colour through the front, which draw attention away from the fringe and give your look more style.
EVERY WINTER MY HAIR GOES DULL AND LIFELESS, WHY IS THIS AND WHAT CAN I DO TO STOP IT?
Don’t worry, it’s not only you, everyone’s hair suffers in winter. Harsh winds whip hair into a tangle, ruffling cuticles which depletes shine and can lead to split ends, central heating dries out the natural oils and wearing hats causes the scalp to sweat which makes hair flat and lank.
Don’t worry, it’s not only you, everyone’s hair suffers in winter.
The problem is that the more damaged our hair becomes the more we feel the need to wash it to try and make it look good – this again removes moisture and makes matters worse. You should give your hair some extra tlc. Always use moisturising products, try the Aveda re moisturising range.
Every 2 weeks treat the hair to an intensive conditioner, this is like a face mask for the hair. It infuses each strand with moisture and leaves it looking shiny and healthy. Another instant pick me up for dull hair is a semi-permanent which coats the cuticle and gives colour and shine. These won’t damage the hair; wash out gradually leaving no re-growth.
I LOVE ALL OF SHORT STYLES THAT LOTS OF THE CELEBRITIES CURRENTLY HAVE BUT DON’T KNOW IF IT WILL SUIT ME, WHAT DO YOU THINK?
If you are not too sure about taking the plunge from long to short then take it in stages. The advantage is that if you don’t like the look you can simply grow your hair again. If clients aren’t sure we suggest that they have the first cut so it is long enough to still tie back in a ponytail which so many women love to do.
For people who have made the decision to go for the chop and have no reservation then don’t be timid – go for it. We suggest that you book an appointment for colour and cut, the result will be even more dramatic.
Either way, before you go to the hairdresser make sure you find pictures of looks you like and ask the hairdresser about whether they will suit your hair type and lifestyle. Finally, make sure you pay attention to how your hair is styled and blow-dried so you can do it yourself at home.
I HAVE NEVER DIED MY HAIR BUT I’M BEGINNING TO GET A FEW GREY HAIRS, WHAT SHOULD I DO TO COVER THEM UP?
Grey hair is caused by a reduction in the amount of melanin your body produces; it is melanin that gives your hair its natural colour. We recommend:
Hide the first few grey hairs with a vegetable or semi-permanent colour in the same shade as your natural colour. The result will last 6-8 shampoos, gradually washing out.
Mask up to 50% grey hair with a longer-lasting or demi-permanent colour that fades after around 20 shampoos.
Disguise 75% grey hair with a mixture of low and highlights. On the darker sections go for lighter shades, or the lighter sections, warmer shades. This can only be done at a salon and will need redoing every 3-4 months.
Replace colour completely by using a permanent colour, which grows out leaving a regrowth (roots will need retouching every 4-6 weeks.) Choose a shade slightly lighter than your original colour to avoid any hardness.
Go grey gracefully with specialist products designed to enhance silver hair. Banish green tones in grey hair (often the result of swimming in chlorinated water) or brown tinges (often the result of being in smoky atmospheres) by using a shampoo that removes build up of pollution and chemicals, such as Philip Kingsley No scent no colour Shampoo and Conditioner.
I HAVE NATURAL CURLS BUT THEY ARE ALWAYS REALLY FRIZZY, HOW CAN I TAME THEM?
When washing your hair make sure you always use a conditioner and once a week we recommend you use an intensive treatment. Then, after shampooing blot your hair with a towel to remove excess water, don’t rub it dry as this ruffles the cuticles and causes frizz.
For the smoothest curls possible work a curl cream through hair and gently form curls with your fingers. Then leave your hair to dry naturally, lifting hair from scalp to allow air to circulate or if you are in a rush then diffuser dry. To finish, work a little serum through curls – this forms a microscopic barrier that prevents moisture from being absorbed and sending hair into a frizz.
WHEN I GO ON HOLIDAY AND SPEND A COUPLE OF WEEKS IN THE SUN MY HAIR COLOUR ALWAYS FADES, IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO AVOID THIS?
Colour fades in the sun due to free radicals (yes the same ones that cause ageing), but don’t worry you can help your hair.
Step 1: Use a shampoo and conditioner that contains anti oxidants (the Philip Kingsley range are all colour safe and combat free radicals)
Step 2: Your styling products should contain a UV filter; this helps prevent the sun acting as an accelerator in the fading process
Step 3: Rinse chlorine from the hair as soon as you leave the pool
Step 4: You can have colour before or after your holiday, as long as your care regime is correct and the hair in reasonable condition.
We like the philosophy of enjoying your holiday and taking simple measures to prevent further damage, then pamper yourself when you get home with treatments. At home try the Philip Kingsley Elastisizer intensive treatment.