Do you spend hours scrolling through instagram looking at all the vibrant, crazy hair colours wondering if you should just be brave and go for it? This is for you.  There’s a few things you should know before you book that appointment to have rainbow hair,

It’s highly likely we’ll need to bleach your hair. 

Bright or pastel colours need to be very light blonde hair to show up, so before we can give you that pastel mane or those crazy vibrant locks we need to bleach your hair as light as possible.  How light it lifts determines the colour palette we can choose from.  We are always happy to do a strand test for you so we can know this before we start to bleach.

It will be a long appointment.

This type of colour is a double process. As we said we will need to bleach your hair first, then apply the final colour, you may even need a toner in-between the two, so prepare to be in the salon for a few hours at least, especially if you are going for an all over colour.

The integrity of your hair is the most important thing.

There is no point bleaching your hair to the point of breakage to achieve that perfect pastel shade, if its not in good condition it won’t look good anyway, so trust us when we say “that’s as light as we can get it” what we mean is that’s as light as we can get it without causing damage, there may well be some one who says “I can get it lighter” but at what cost to the condition of your hair? Trust us it’s not worth it.

Olaplex is a necessity.

Olaplex is a bond builder, the tag line is “insurance for your hair” and it’s true, before olaplex a lot of the transformations you see were not possible without severely damaging the hair.  If you’re going to have all that bleaching and then another colour (i.e. another chemical service) on top then it’s important you do everything you can to maintain the condition.  For us olaplex is a must with almost every colour.

(you can read all about olaplex here)

Fashion colours fade.

Be prepared for your colour to fade in just a few washes, they are direct dyes which means they stain the outside of the hair so wash away each time you wash your hair, not only this but with the bleach underneath your hair will be more porous which again will make it fade. The more vibrant you are to start the longer it will last, if you are going for a pastel hue be prepared to top it up very regularly.

High Maintenance is the only way to be.

With all that going on it’s really important to keep your hair healthy so it holds on to the colour better and treat it carefully so you can get the most out of it.  Sulphate free shampoo is a big help, sulphates are quite harsh cleansers so will fade your colour much faster, sticking to good quality sulphate free shampoo will keep it looking better for longer.  You will need a really good conditioner, bleached hair always needs moisture and protein so having a good conditioner will help your new colour shine, and make it so much easier to detangle! Also minimise the use of heat and try not to wash your hair too often.

Treatments and Masks 

Weekly treatments will keep your hair healthy and ready to deal with all that topping up you’ll need to do, we recommend Olaplex number 3 and Alterna Caviar Replenishing Moisture Masque

 

If even after all that you still want to go bright or pastel book in for a complimentary consultation and we’ll do all the necessary tests to make sure its perfect for you.

Colour Creators

Wella Professionals have just launched an incredible new colour range and we’re so excited! Color Fresh Create is a series of pure tone semi-permanent colours consisting of 12 vibrant shades (and a clear shade to dilute the vibrants in to beautiful pastels).  All the colours are fully intermixable allowing you limitless creative opportunities with your hair. These new colours are also designed to fade in to beautiful pastels as they wash out so you don’t get any of those weird tones once it starts to fade.

 

Naturally we had to try it first so we opted for one colour from the cool side of the pallet and diluted it to make a pastel and then one from the warm side (Hyper Coral sounded like too cool a name to not try first!) which we kept just pure as it comes out of the tube.  We actually can’t wait for them to fade so we can get all the pastel shades too.

 

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New Year New Colour!

It’s here, we are in 2018 and it’s probably time to change your hair colour.  We’ve been keeping our eye on the latest trends and discovered there really is something for everyone, so take a look and get inspired for your next appointment!

 

Platinum

The colour we’ve all wanted to try at some point but unfortunately isn’t suitable for everyone or certain hair types but if you’re lucky enough to have the perfect starting point take advantage and go bold platinum or a platinum balayage for a softer effect.

 

Mid Brown

Perfect if you have brown hair naturally as this trend is centred on using varying shades of browns to create a little bit of texture instead of having just a boring brown.  Great on guys too looking to add just a hint of colour.

 

 

Going Green

Perhaps the most noticeable trend we saw beginning to surface in late 2017 was green, deep forest greens are the way to go here and work best either as an overall colour or together with dark hair, remember though there is usually lightening services required to achieve these vivid greens.

 

Coral

What’s not to love! We expect to be seeing much more of this colour heading in to Spring and with so many variations it can be truly unique to you.

Which new colour will you choose to update your look with?  Just remember an allergy test is required 48 hours before your appointment.

 

 

Lunchtime Treats

Colour Power Hour

We’ve added a range of services combing low commitment colour and a perfect blow-dry all completed in a hour or less, ideal for squeezing in on your lunch break.

 

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The services available are:

 

Colour On The Go

Pick your shade and refresh your colour.  Quick easy and low commitment service, plus take home shade available to keep your colour looking refreshed longer.        £40

 

Playful Tones

Add shine-vitality and a keratin boost with a tonal twist to any hair type.        £25

 

Refresh Fix

Re-boot your colour and generate intense shine.  Bring your hair back to life with a bespoke colour shot gloss.        £45

 

The Power To Shine

Add sparkle and light reflection into shine shy hair.  Showing your hair at it’s most beautiful and glossy best.        £30

 

Glamour Gloss

Luxury glossing services, combining hair colour, condition and crystal shine.  Giving your hair the VIP treatment it deserves.        £45

 

Call us now to make your appointment 01326 313931 or book online here.

Ikoo: The New Brush You Need

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We are pleased (and extremely excited!) to announce the arrival of Ikoo brushes at Square.  These amazing brushes are the detangling tool you need with the added function of giving you a head massage at the same time!

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The 3 key features that define the unique potential of the Ikoo brush are:

It’s optimised bristle architecture to painlessly detangle the hair and prevent breakage, or ripping hair out at the root.

The concave shape of the Ikoo is the perfect fit for the human skull, this ergonomic feature allows for the manual pressure when brushing to be evenly distributed.

The Ikoo massages the scalp with it’s purpose built bristle flexibility and hits important acupunture points as you brush your hair.

 

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The painless brushing of hair can be a useful contribution towards the relief of several symptoms, Experts of Traditional Chinese Medicine recommend daily brushing with the Ikoo brush as part of a holistic therapy concept, Traditionally head massages are used in almost all cultures.  This is because unconscious negative energy stagnates in the head and neck area, due to over working and over thinking.  Most people don’t have the ability to get a head massage everyday so the Ikoo brush is the perfect solution.

 

There are two sizes of Ikoo available, The Home Brush at £17.95 and The Pocket Brush at £15.95.

Both are available at Square or on our online shop here.

Hair Contouring

What is hair contouring and why do you need it?

 

Hair Contouring is the latest thing in the contouring trend, it appears to have moved away from the world of make up and into hair.  Contouring is the use of shadow and light to shape and mould the features of your face to enhance your looks, so how do we make this work for your hair?

 

Hair Contouring

 

Your stylist uses both colouring and cutting techniques to shape your hair,  this could be lighter or blonde areas around the face or on particular areas of haircuts to enhance shape and layering through to create softness.  Or it could be using dark colour to create the illusion of shadows in the hair and keeping certain areas of a hair cut heavy to give the illusion of density and thickness in both the colour and the cut.

 

Book a consultation, come and talk to us and we’ll find a colour palette that compliments your skin tone and eye colour and then work with that palette to create the shadow and light to contour.

 

Olaplex, Hair Magic?

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With all the hype lately you might have heard of a new revolutionary product called Olaplex.  If you haven’t, allow me to explain, Olaplaex is a three step treatment that changes the rules when it comes to chemically treating your hair.  Whether that be colouring, perming, keratin blowdries, even just your everyday heat styling, Olaplex allows you to change your hair drastically in just one day, or change your hair colour regularly, both things that in the past would have dramatically increased your stylists stress levels whilst they try to establish whether or not your hair can handle anymore.  Not anymore!

Remember this?

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Kim Kardashian going from dark to platinum.  The wonder product that made this possible? Yep you guessed it Olaplex.  Look how shiny the blonde is, before olaplaex this kind of colour change would not have been possible without lots of damage and breakage.  Don’t get me wrong it still didn’t happen in one application and still took hours in the salon but the result is incredible and well worth the time.

So, how does it work?  Olaplex is a three step system that can be used in multiple ways to effectively “reset” the condition of your hair.  It is a permanent thing that is only undone when more bonds break, e.g. you have your hair coloured afterwards without Olaplex.

No1 The Bond Multiplier is applied in different ways depending on the service you have chosen.  If you are having Olaplex as a stand alone treatment in the salon No1 will be applied to your hair at the basins and then left to soak in.  If you are having a colour service and adding Olaplex to that service No1 will be added to your colour formula.

No2 The Bond Perfector is applied directly after No1, if you are having a colour service the colour is rinsed after the development time and No2 applied before the hair is shampooed.  No2 is left on your hair for a minimum of 10 minutes up to 30 minutes depending on the current condition of your hair (the more damage present the longer we will leave No2 on your hair to work).  After this time your hair is shampooed and conditioned as normal and then blow-dried or cut and blow-dried.

No3 The Hair Perfector is your take home product.  It is highly recommended you take this product with you to get the most out of your Olaplex service.  It is a treatment to use before you shampoo your hair once or twice a week (again depending on the condition of your hair), just like No2 you need to leave it on a minimum of 10 minutes but with No3 you can leave it on as long as you like, (Kim Kardashian famously sleeps with it in).

Now to the science bit,  what does Olaplex actually do?

When you colour your hair or do any chemical service bonds are broken within the main structure of the hair and this is what compromises condition, Olaplex restructures these bonds within the hair to repair all of the damage done during in colouring, heat styling, perming, etc.  It is this magic that allows us as hairdressers to push the boundaries of what is possible when working with your hair, for example going from dark to blonde in just one day!

We offer Olaplex in two different ways although we always recommend the first option.

  1. Full Olaplex treatment includes No1 and No2 in salon and No3 to take home £50.00
  2. In salon only Olaplex treatment includes No1 and No2 in salon £20.00

Olaplex is available to book online when you book your appointment (under the treatments category) or ask your stylist how it will benefit your hair.

The Importance of Colour Safety

Hair colour reactions are rare and only occur within a small number of people however with studies and reports of allergic reactions to hair colour on the increase I thought you might like the risks explained and to know how best to avoid a hair colour reaction.

Firstly what causes an allergic reaction?

Your immune system protects you from bacteria and viruses and sometimes it mistakes a harmless substance for a threat and starts your body’s immune response. Unfortunately for hair colour, it seems the molecules that make up the colour seem to fit perfectly into your body’s receptors and can cause an allergic reaction. Allergic reactions can be very severe or even fatal so it’s important that we try to avoid them happening as much as we possibly can.

How do we avoid an allergic reaction?

The first thing we can do is an ALLERGY ALERT TEST this will tell you if you are allergic or have any sensitivity to the colouring products your stylist is going to use.

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An ALLERGY ALERT TEST is carried out in the salon 48hrs before your appointment, it takes less than 10 mins and is complimentary, your stylist will talk to you about your colour and what you are looking to achieve and together you can decide on the right colouring products and shades for your look. Your stylist will then mix a small amount of these colours and apply them in tiny dabs on the inside of your elbow. AND THAT’S IT! So long as you don’t experience a reaction in the 48hrs following your allergy alert test, you are good to colour your hair.

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The second thing we can do is choose colouring products which actively reduce the risk of developing an allergy such as Koleston Innosense, it uses a revolutionary new colour molecule called ME+ which has been awarded the FIRST EVER European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation SEAL ON PERMANENT COLOUR WITH UP TO 100 % GREY COVERAGE AND 3 LEVELS OF LIFT. Safe and effective, what more could you want from your hair colour?!

So when is an ALLERGY ALERT TEST NEEDED?

You will need to be allergy tested 48hrs before your first colour appointment and just once a year following that if your colour is saying the same. If you want to change your colour brand or the shades used you will need to be re-tested with the new colours, you will also need to be re-tested if you have had a tattoo since your last appointment or if it has been more than 6 months since you last had your hair coloured in the salon. If you are not sure if you need an ALLERGY ALERT TEST call the salon before your appointment and have a chat with your stylist they will tell you what you need to do, also if you are concerned for any reason it is completely fine to be allergy tested 48hrs before every colour appointment.

HAPPY HAIR COLOURING!

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Instamatic Colour

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Wella Instamatics is a new collection of six diffused temporary pastel hair colours that are designed to give your style a fresh twist every time new inspiration strikes. One of the unique things about Instamatics is that it has been designed to fade beautifully after each wash so won’t awkwardly stain your hair once the initial colour has gone.
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There are six available shades; smokey amethyst, muted mauve, jaded mint, ocean storm, pink dream and clear dust. All colours have been designed with the latest trend for unusual temporary hair colour in mind and are perfect for those that like to regularly try something new and change up their hair colour.
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To try out this new range of hair colours, book an appointment with Square now!