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Oh Natural!

“Natural formula, Professional Result”
Loreal Professional have just launched their first ever natural hair care range. Not That we’re not loving their Serie expert range, but we can’t deny that people are wanting something more natural. So they have got rid of the Synthetic surfactants and replaced them with natural cleansing agents.

 What’s the Goss?

Their range consists of 2 types of shampoo, conditioner and a hair mask. All Sulphate, paraben and silicone free by the way! It’s 80% – 99% completely natural ingredients, the other % is still there to make sure you get that soft to the touch finish.

The Products;

• Daily shampoo – 80% – the shampoo for everyone. This consists on acacia leaves and aloe essence.
• Delicate shampoo – 80%- for them sensitive souls. This contains calendula flowers and chamomile flowers.
• Radiance balm –99%- This conditioner is for coloured hair. It contains fig pulp and soybean oil.
• Daily detangling cream – 99% -For normal to fine hair. Full of aloe essence and Argania spinosa kernel oil
• Nourishing balm – 99%- For the hair that needs more TLC. It consists of sesame oil, sun flower seed oil and coconut oil.

What are the perks?

All these products will give your hair all the goodness it needs without the guilt. Loreal have worked wonders with these proudest to give you what your hair needs, whilst looking after our planet too! All the packaging from these products have been made from recycled materials. The shampoos have been designed so they can be stacked on top of one another. Meaning more can fit on those delivery vans, Keeping their carbon footprint that little bit smaller.

We have the full range of Source Essentielle in salon for you to #FINDYOURESSENTIAL. Ask a Professional today!

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The Metals by Majirel

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What’s New?

Colour Trends are forever changing, so we are here to make sure you know whats going on it the world of hair colour!

L’Oreal professional have introduced 5 new shades to the Majirel colour family. They are suitable for natural bases between 6 (dark Blonde) -10 (lightest blonde). Using these colours on a natural base means the Metals colours come out softer. If you are darker then a level 6 or are feeling creative and want a more obvious result; you’ll need your hair Pre-lightened. This will make your hair light enough to be able to take the Metal colours. The lighter your hair colour goes the better the result. This won’t happen overnight for most of you, darker hair colours take longer to lighten, but isn’t completely impossible. When you come to see us we can decide together what your hair needs/what you want and will be able to give you a tailor made hair plan.

How does it work?

L’oreal have increased the ratio of to base, for a visible and translucent effect. Which means the new shades do not make your hair darker or lighter but works with the existing depth and adds the desired reflect. Whether that is be pearly pink or a pastel grey look. L’Oreal are always working on their brand to come up with new on-trend ideas and products. The Metals are the next hair craze of 2018, fitting right in with the latest fashion and make up trends.

The Colour Contenders:

.11 – Silver Star – For a pastel grey look or an on-trend ash colour

.12 – Crystal Ash – For a fashionable result with a sophisticated iridescent blend

.13 – Ash Gold – For a desirable champagne blonde

.21 – Pink Ash – For a beautifully soft pink result, a mix of ash and iridescent

.22 – Hi-Lilac – For a neutralising yellow and leaving a balanced iridescent hue.

Aftercare

These colours are great when you walk out of the salon. But Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. If you are considering one of these colours you have to be prepared to keep it up. Depending on how often you wash your hair, these colours will be at their best for 2 weeks.  As a salon we offer top up services in-between your services to keep that salon finish for longer.

 

Which one is your favourite Metal colour?

 

 

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May the INFORCER be with you

Shampoos and conditioners are a must have in your cabinet. Your hair is at its weakest point when wet, so you have to look after it!

Do you….

Want stronger hair?

That’s softer to touch?

Easier to brush and style?

With less breakage?

If you answered YES, YES, YES then this is the product for you. Look no further than INFORCER for all your hair needs. It’s a great product for all hair types to use, with a healthy balance of protein and moisture. We understand there is a obvious difference in price between high street and professional, but its worth every penny. Most high street shampoos contain Sulpahtes, Parabens and Silicones as do ours. However, in professional shampoos, the ingredients are water soluble, so they don’t stay in the hair. If these ingredients don’t get washed out of the hair it will create a product build up, and this can open a whole other can of worms. For instance, a build up on silicone can cause your colour to not take properly, if not at all. We have cleansing shampoos in salon if you feel like there is a build up on your hair.

What’s all the fuss about?

Inforcer is a strengthening, anti-breakage shampoo and conditioner. The formula is infused with vitamin B6 and biotin to strengthen the hair and make it more resistant to breakage. B6 is good for the body in many ways such as energy and red blood cell production. However, studies have shown that B6 may prevent hair loss and encourage new growth. A 2001 study based in Poland found that B6 helped improve hair condition in a group of women suffer from diffuse alopecia. Then there’s the Biotin, to look after the hair you already have, leaving it feeling thicker and fuller.

 

Pop in to salon and try today!

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Keratin Therapy- Say Goodbye To Frizz

Tired of having DRY, DULL, WEAK OR FRIZZY HAIR? Maybe you have a combination of them all? We are here to change that for you!

Introducing…Keratin Therapy Lisse Design Treatment. Keratin Is everything your hair needs. And so is the treatment!

Our in salon treatment is a progressive smoothing treatment with keratin, intended for a gentle yet highly effective smoothing service with results lasting up to 3 months!

SAFE – The treatment is formaldehyde free, tested, safe and legal.

VERSATILE – For all hair types including coloured and treated hair.

HIGH PERFORMANCE – While being gentle on the hair, the keratin reshapes the arrangement of the hairs keratin chains making the hair SMOOTHER, STRONGER and FRIZZ FREE. The treatment is combined with Babassu oil from the Amazon leaving hair SOFT, SILKY and SHINY!

What to look forward to

Salon service – When you come in for your treatment we will use a deep cleansing shampoo to prepare your hair for absorbing all the benefits. We will then apply the treatment using the smoothing fluid, after applying and leaving under heat we will rinse and use the hydrating mask before locking in the treatment using heat. When we have finished the service you will then see the benefits for yourself.

Sounding good so far?

Aftercare

If it didn’t sound good enough already you will also receive sulphate, salt and paraben FREE shampoo and conditioner when you leave to help maintain and prolong the effects of the treatment. This helps Guarantee the treatment will last the full 3 months. We also give you a keratin refill spray, which is a light, velvety fluid that recharges your hair with keratin and collagen, helping to keep your hair smooth, strong, soft and tangle-free. Spray into wet hair before you blow-dry. Keratin oil elixir also available for purchase.

Call 0121 442 4905 or pop into the salon to have a chat with one of our experts today. 

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The All Important 5

Your hair will be good to you if you are good to it. So here are our favourite 5 products to use in salon.

Mythic Oil

What is it? – Mythic oil is empowered by highly concentrated oils, adding nourishment and shine onto the hair fibre without weighing it down. It softens and protects the hair leaving it silky and magnificent from root to tip. If that wasn’t enough, the oil now has the added bonus of heat protection up to 230 Celsius!

How to use – Put 1-2 pumps into your hand, warm the product with your palms before distributing to the lengths of your hair.

RRP: £15.99

Constructor 

What is it? – Constructor is a thermo-active spray for texture and hold. It is a must have product for textured, choppy, wavy styles and enhances layers really well. The thermo-active technology also adds protection when using heat.

How to use – Spray on damp or dry hair, then work with fingers under the heat of the hair dryer to create texture.

RRP: £13.49

Volume Architect  

What is it? – Volume architect is a thickening blow-dry lotion for fine and fragile hair. It creates volume and natural looking movement, leaving hair soft to the touch. The product adds heat protection to hair and is a must have if you have finer hair and your wanting a fuller, thicker look.

How to use – Spray onto towel dried hair, evenly distributing throughout but for greater volume spray directly onto the root area.

RRP: £13.99

Crepage de Chignon

What is it? – Crepage de chignon is a mineral powder fixing spray that creates texture and volume, great for finishing a curly blow-dry and textured styles. Has some hold but no residue is left.

How to use – To amplify the volume, apply at the roots and blow-dry creating root lift. For wilder and oversized texture, blow dry while scrunching the lengths.

RRP: £14.99

Density Material 

What is it? – Density material is a texturizing wax-paste which is ideal for men and women. Works well for shorter, textured cuts but can be used for placement and hold on longer cuts. Wax is re-workable and leaves a natural/matte finish. We love this wax in the salon and we would not use anything else!

How to use – Rub a small amount in hands before distributing through hair, starting with the ends/length.

RRP: £13.99

All products listed are available in salon and if your not sure what would suit/work for your hair then we are happy to advise. If you like the sound of any of the products then ask for them to be used on your next visit so you can see how good they are for yourself 🙂

 

 

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Colour Placement – The New Trend

Colour doesn’t need to be all over to have an effect, little is more here. Colour placement lets us use your hair type/face shape to get the most out of your colour.

 

L’oreal has created 5 different colour techniques to help give customers a picture perfect look.

Soft Contouring.

You may have heard of this technique as it has been trending for a while now but this form of contouring softly shapes your face with a subtle combination of lighter and darker tones. This is good if you like highlights or if you have a grown out balayage.

Blonde model portrait shot

Strobing.

It creates the illusion of volume by adding a shimmering lightness to your hair. This is for you if the hair is finer and you want to create the voluminous look.

Brunette model portrait shot

 Bronzer.

This look is good if you are a brunette and you fancy doing something different without having too much of a change. Add a bronze glow to your hair to brighten up your brunette.

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 Draping.

If you are bored of the brown and fancy a change then this is the look for you. Boost your brunette locks with a subtle blend of tones that gently melt into each other to give your hair depth & texture.

Brunette portrait shot

Colour Glow.

Get your hair glowing with a natural ray of soft golden lights delicately framing the face and illuminating your complexion. This technique is good for refreshing a grown out ombre.

Bronde model portrait shot

If you like any of the above looks and want to try one for yourself then come into the salon for a consultation and see what we can do for you. All of these looks can be created while using SMARTBOND, which is a hair protector that keeps your locks soft, strong and shiny even after being coloured. For more info on using this in your colour services and the benefits check out our Smartbond article or ask in salon.

For more info on these looks and to see other pictures of the styles then go to: http://www.lorealprofessionnel.co.uk/picture-perfect

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Oscars 2017 Highlights

Who rocked the red carpet?

We love to see what hair makeovers the celebs have undergone for nights like the Oscars. Theres so many to choose from but here are our “dos and don’ts” favourites;

Hallie Berry

Opted for a curly, natural look instead of her pixie cut which she is known for. She took to the red carpet rocking her big curls with caramel pieces through them for added texture. She received mixed reviews online with some making jokes on twitter but we loved the curly ‘fro, especially since it was all her natural locks! (yes, all of it is her own hair!

 

Emma Roberts

Went for a colour change for the award ceremony moving away from her usual blonde and darker looks to a light copper. The new copper tones went so well with her eye and skin colouring. The look was finished off with a soft curl through the ends and classic red lips! The new look apparently was done just a few hours before the event so well done to the colourist for making it come out so well as there was no room for error!

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They were the two looks that caught our attention for good reasons but there were also two stars that made me look twice for all the wrong reasons!

What went wrong?

We don’t like to pick faults at other people’s work but what was going on with some of the fringes?! Olivia Culpo and Sofia Boutella, what was you thinking! Olivia looked good as far as her sparkling silver dress was concerned, but her fringe looked greasy and stuck to her forehead. I am guessing the stylist was going for a wet look but it just didn’t work!

As for Sofia’s fringe, were assuming it was intentionally cut the way it was but it looked a good few centimetres too short and the broken up. The choppy style she was going for wasn’t finished properly and ended up just looking uneven and unflattering. Take a look below and judge for yourself 🙂

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So there you have it, that is my best and worst highlights of the star’s hairstyles from this years Oscars. Remember to come in for your complimentary fringe trims to avoid any red carpet disasters!

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Superbowl ad takes a dig at Trump

It’s not all about hair

Hair stylist can talk sport too ! Plus, it wouldn’t be right to start an article about the Superbowl without saying what a comeback from the New England Patriots! They were trailing by 25 points in the third quarter and produced the greatest comeback in Superbowl history. Beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime and claiming their FIFTH Superbowl title. Tom Brady and James White were the stars of the show with Brady leading the comeback and White scoring a record 20 points!

Back to what we know best

We know were not a sports channel but the reason we are talking about the Superbowl is because an ad during the break caught our attention. ‘It’s a 10’ hair care brand did an ad showing various different hairstyles some serious, some comical but the voice over to the images said:

“America, we’re in for four years of awful hair, so it’s up to you to do your part by making up for it with great hair,”…“Do your part. … Let’s make sure these next four years are ‘It’s a 10.’”

Quite obviously a dig at Donald Trumps hair but great marketing by the brand as it certainly got my attention and the attention of many others. If you want to check the ad out then click the link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH2bCJ5xm9I

Great hair is not something that just happens, depending on what is needed to achieve your look, products and hair care is essential to keeping hair looking and feeling great. We have a range of styling products for various hair needs from thickening lotions, for creating volume and fullness for finer hair to texture sprays and a range of waxes/pastes to create your individual look and as shown in previous articles hair care treatments to make your hair softer, stronger and shinier!

To find out how our styling products could help create your look then ask one of our stylists on your next visit or pop into the salon anytime 🙂 If it is more the condition that concerns you then ask about our range of treatments and we will be happy to explain how they can help your hair! See you soon and keep your hair looking great!

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Treat your hair to Pro Fiber

Give your hair some TLC

We hope you’ve seen our post about Smart Bond, which helps protect your hair from damage during colouring services. But let’s introduce you to L’Oréal’s PRO FIBER treatment. Pro fiber is an express treatment which works on the outer layer of your hair.

Why would you use it?

Damaged hair is something a good majority of women have had to deal with at some point. It can be challenging to style and look after when the hair is damaged. Everything from combing to drying can cause issues as the hair is weaker, making it knot up and break a lot easier. The dryness of the hair can also leave the colour looking dull. Because the cuticle is broken the hair won’t have the healthy shiny finish that we all crave. Pro-fiber offers an in-salon solution to help combat all levels of damage, from chemicals to heat.

The range;

After 15 years of research L’oreal has brought forward the range pro fiber which will make damaged hair feel and look softer, shiner and healthier. Depending on the level of damage to your hair there are 3 treatments in the range to choose from. The first being revive, this is for slightly damaged and finer hair. The second is restore, which is for damaged average thickness hair. Finally we have recover for very damaged, thick hair. Along with the in-salon treatment there is also products you can use at home in the range that will prolong the benefits.

How does it work?

After an in-depth consultation we will prepare your hair by applying the appropriate shampoo in the range cleansing the hair of any barriers, I.e. grease, products. We will then apply the concentrate onto the damaged areas of your hair. Last but never least, we will apply the renew masque on top of the concentrate and massage it into the hair for 5 minutes to Lock it all in. you can instantly feel the benefits of this treatment, even before its dried! The more damaged your hair is, the longer it will take to get the condition back. But don’t give it, regular pro fiber treatments will get your bounce back before you know it.

How long the expect to results

The benefits will last between 3-6 weeks depending on your hair routine at home, for example how many times a week you wash your hair or the amount you use straighteners/curlers. Each treatment in the range has a shampoo, conditioner,masque and leave-in conditioner home use. but the most important product is the re-charge booster, you use every fourth shampoo instead of the conditioner which you leave on for 5 minutes and rinse.

If you like the sound of softer and healthier hair then ask about having a pro fiber treatment on your next visit. For prices and any further questions ask in salon and we will be more than happy to help.

Information about pro fiber was collected from :   http://www.lorealprofessionnel.co.uk/pro-fiber

 

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SmartBond – All You Need To Know

What is smartbond?

Smartbond is Loreal’s bond strengthening system that has been specifically formulated to work with their colour products.This treatment is a two step process which allows us to protect your hair and prevent damage during any colour service at limelight.

How does smartbond work?

We add step 1 to your colour when mixing, then apply and develop as we normally would. Even though we are using a protection we can not extend the development time for our colours. We won’t push the hair more then it can handle, condition will always be number one priority. When we rinse the colour off we apply step 2, pre-shampoo, and leave it on for 10 minutes. Then we rinse and finish the shampoo process as normal.

Why you ask?

You are not obliged to use Smartbond when having a colour service with us but there are risks to not using it, which are:

  • Damaging the hair by having repeat colouring or lightning services without it.
  • Making the hair bonds weak/brittle and causing the hair to feel dry.
  • Causing too much damage that the hair bonds are not able to be repaired (meaning you need to cut them off and start again).

However if used then you don’t need to worry about the problems above as Smartbond will:

  • Strengthen and keep the hair bond in tact while targeting damaged parts of the hair to improve them.
  • As hair will be in better condition it will improve the finish of your hair colour making it a more overall even colour.
  • Help repair the weak bonds to reverse the feel of damaged hair.

 

Does it effect the colour?

No, as mentioned above Loreal have made sure it works with all their lighteners and colours and doesn’t affect the lift you get or the tones in the colour.

How much does it cost?

When using Smartbond in tint service’s we charge £10 and when using Smartbond in lightener service’s we charge £20.

Virgin hair but still want smart bond? 

Look no further than our luxury Smartbond treatment! You can add this onto either a cut or blow-dry service and it will be applied at the backwash in 2 steps leaving the hair feeling stronger, softer and shinier while helping repair any damaged or weaker hair bonds. We price this treatment at £25 so ask to have one added to your service when booking so you don’t miss out on the day 🙂

This should answer any questions you may have had about Smartbond but if you need to know anything else then ask in salon and we will be happy to answer any questions!

Information form this article was collected from  L’Oréal Professional

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