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.

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.

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*

 

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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!

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.

 

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!