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.

Best Men’s styles for Summer

We had a look through pretty much all the popular men’s hairstyles and chose these as our Summer favourites.

  1. The Peaky Blinder

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Going nowhere anytime soon, this cut with it’s shaved short sides and length on top with a defined edge is still one of the biggest styles for Summer.

2. Longish and Layered

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Again it’s been around for some time but this cut os perfect for Summer if you like to surf or spend time on the beach, easily styled with some salt spray and a matt paste.

 

3. Modern Textured Crop

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A slight twist on the classic textured crop as this style has shorter sides and a little bit of length left on the fringe area, but still very textured through the top.  Perfect if you want to update your style without too much of a change.

 

4. Blunt Fringe with Fade

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A bit more of an extreme look than the modern textured crop but if you’re brave enough this is most definitely the style of the season.  It can be customised by altering the length of the fringe and the texture/bluntness of the fringe, also the fade doesn’t necessarily need to be that tight, but we say if you’re going to do it you might as well go for it, it’ll grow back soon enough!

 

 

 

Best Summer Styles

With all the hot weather we’ve had recently and with holidays to look forward to, we round up the best styles for Summer.

  1. Beach Waves

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A classic, beach waves are always a summer staple style, and being the easiest to create are prefect for hot summer days and evenings.  Simply spritz in some label.m sea salt spray and allow to air dry, or for more unruly coarser hair spray some Alterna Kendi Dry Oil Mist or some Alterna Caviar Moisture Milk through the ends and twist in to shape before letting your hair dry naturally.

 

2. Baby Braids

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One step on from the beach waves is baby braids, style your hair in to beach waves and then braid some small pieces throughout your hair to add interest.  If you really want to amp it up you can add in ribbon or coloured extensions.

 

3. Braided Bun

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The best style for looking effortlessly cool even though you’re melting! The head band added here just gives it a more polished finish.

 

4.  Accessories

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Our absolute favourite! Accessories finish any hairstyle and with so many available to choose from it’s too easy to add in to your hair.

Men’s Fashion Week – The Hair

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We scrolled through all the images of Men’s Fashion Week to check the trends set to show up in men’s hair.  Good news if you like your hair short the buzz cut is going nowhere! Also still going strong is the longer textured cut, but if you like to stand out that little bit more our favourite are the styles with the short close sides and heavier longer fringe.

 

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However if you’re not that brave you could try this version.

 

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We’re really looking forward to seeing these styles out and about!

 

Festival Hair

We scoured the internet for the best festival hair inspiration to see you through the season.  Some of these looks can be created by yourself at home, others are a bit more difficult, but you can come see us for that!

  1.  The Pixie

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Probably the most perfect style for festivals, up and out of the way for when you know you won’t be washing your hair for a few days.  The Pixie is knotted braids with your baby hair left out, it’s a style that you don’t want to be too perfect and looks effortlessly cool. The Pixie is available in salon as part of our Fashion Fix dry styling menu priced at £20.

 

2. The Braided Top Knot

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Create this festival style by taking a large triangle section on the top front of your head and french plait it towards the crown leaving the hair outside the triangle down, once you’ve secured the braid create a top knot with the top half of your hair including the sides.  Add a bit of colour with Label.m Highlighting Toners available in the salon for £10.95

 

3. Glitter Roots

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Glitter roots has to be the easiest look to recreate, just apply some gel to your roots and apply the glitter! The grey colour here really works for this style but if you have pre lightened hair we have a huge range of beautiful bespoke pastel shades, vibrant rainbow shades and neon/U.V colours, available in salon starting from £20. *Skin test required for colour services*

 

4. Soft Loose Braidsfestival hair

If you love the floaty romantic side of the festival vibe then these looks are for you.  You can even add accessories to make it even more romantic!

 

We will definitely be trying out all these styles this summer, we might even add a pop of colour too!

The Best Fashion Week Hair

Now the shows have finished for another season we thought we would put our absolute favourite hair looks from across all the big four fashion weeks New York, London, Milan and Paris in one place.  We will be prepared with all our hair looks for Autumn/Winter 17/18.

 

A common theme running throughout the shows was the centre part, perfectly clean and crisp every time.  The best way to achieve this is to use a pin tail comb and put the parting in when the hair is wet and then dry your hair in to place making sure the part remains.

 

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The look we most want to recreate is the wavy textured pony tails we saw at burberry, perfect for Summer as well as Autumn/Winter, and definitely one you can recreate your self with a sea salt spray and texturisier.

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Second to that was the super natural waves at Fendi.  Easy to recreate quickly in the morning before work.  Sea salt spray is going to be our must have product for this season!

 

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We loved the braids at Antonio Beradi, messy and textured we might pinch this one for summer too! (sea salt spray again!)

 

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So we’ll be all sea salt spray, waves, braids and pony tails next time you see us!