GOOD SALON GUIDE AWARD FOR SQUARE
The Good Salon Guide is the only independent guide to quality standards in hairdressing in the UK and Ireland, and we are delighted to announce that we have been recently awarded a Colour Expert and 5 Star Salon.
The Good Salon Guide is the easiest and most reliable means of checking out the best salons in any area. Recognised salons are visited and objectively assessed by top industry professionals, giving potential clients confidence in their choice. Salons are regularly reassessed to ensure standards are maintained so membership is as good as a personal recommendation!
Gareth Penn, Managing Director of the Good Salon Guide, said: “I am delighted that Square has succeeded in reaching the standards required to become a member of the Good Salon Guide. Being in the Guide means a salon is among the best in the country which undoubtedly attracts new business and makes existing clients feel good. For salon owners, membership brings a whole host of free services including business advice, the chance to feature in our magazines and on-line media as well as great offers.”
Tilly Atherton, the salon owner of Square, added: “Being a member of The Good Salon Guide shows we are a fantastic salon in every way. It’s great not only for our clients, but for our team to know the salon has reached such high standards. It makes us all very excited about the future of our salon.”
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.
If you are anything like us then the idea of neon hair sounds like something you really need to try, it’s awesome trust us! We have just added a range of neon hair colours to our colour menu and we want to try them all. These new colours show up as bright vivid colours in normal light but glow neon under a U.V light.
There are 7 perfectly bright shades to choose from and all can be muted down to create a more subtle look.
Watch the video to see how they look under UV light.
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.
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
Add shine-vitality and a keratin boost with a tonal twist to any hair type. £25
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
To try out this new range of hair colours, book an appointment with Square now!
Freelights by Wella is the latest innovation is pre lighting techniques and can help you achieve the most subtle ombre look yet. No foil is required so a more natural blend of colours can be created for those that do not want the harsher effect of highlights.
The flexible formula ensures easier spreading so colour precision is easier than ever. Up to seven levels of lift are available that are suitable for both natural and pre coloured hair, so this really is for anyone that wants a natural variation of colour in their hair.
For anyone that wants to achieve sun kissed summer hair any time of year then there is no better product than Freelights.
This product is now available at Square so be sure to book an appointment!