Hydration Secrets for the Winter Months!

We hear so frequently from clients at this time of the year, that their scalp & hair has been feeling drier than usual. It is mostly due to the change in seasons, going from Summer into Winter is a shock to our bodies… All those humid days & nights are replaced with frosty mornings and artificial heating, which suck all the good stuff out of our skin & hair.

Oils Masks: Natural oils are a great way to hydrate your locks without loading them up with unnecessary chemicals or proteins. If you haven’t tried it already, you have got to get on the Hello Hair train! They have the best, well priced, beautifully scented oil masks on the market.

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But, if you want to try out a little oil treatment before committing to a purchase, go for Olive Oil! It’s super rich and a great place to start, and now that it is available in an aerosol spray its nowhere near as messy to apply (remember, shampoo your hair thoroughly after any oil mask to avoid being Slick Rick!).

Turn Down the Heat: We all love a blow dry & a beach wave, but we don’t need to fry our hair in the process of achieving our fave styles! When you see steam coming off your hair with any hot tool, that is all your moisture in each strand running away! If you style on a lower temp, it will lock the moisture in which will help the style to last longer! Get yourself some tools with heat control then you’re on the right path. Try to avoid putting heat onto your hair daily (if you can stick to heat styling on wash day only, you get a gold star!), embrace braids, twisted hair, top knots, beanies & hats!

Push out your Hair Wash Day: Too much of a good thing can be bad! The shampoo process is vital for clean healthy hair, but doing this too frequently will dry your hair by stripping it of the natural oils it needs to stay hydrated. Try to push your wash day out by just one extra day, to allow those natural oils to soak in and do their thing!

Switch to a Rich Conditioner & top up your hair in between Wash Day: If you feel that your hair is still NQR after all of the above, switch to a heavier, richer, moisture infusing conditioner to give your hair some extra love. Conditioning between wash day can also be an option. Just be sure to concentrate on the mids & ends only to avoid heaviness in the roots! My recommendations are:

• R&Co Atlantis Moisture Conditioner. Try leaving this one in your hair for 10 mins & it will act as a treatment!

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• Evo The Therapist Conditioner.

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• Mr. Smith Hydrating Conditioner (and the Shampoo if you want to full kit!).

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Hopefully some of these tips can help you alter your routine slightly to keep your mane intact during the colder months of the year!

Love Kirby x

The Great (Blonde Shampoo) Debate!

Platinum, silver, purple shampoos- call them what you want -these days you can pretty much walk into any old haircare place and they’ll have some sort of blonde shampoo available for you to tone your hair at home… But be warned.. after you’ve spent up to 3-4 hours in the chair and forked over your hard earned cash for the perfect creamy blonde balayage it only takes a few washes with the wrong product to take your hair go from bright perfection to dull and murky looking- often meaning even more work when you land back in the chair 12 weeks later.

And my bet is that random Priceline gal probs doesn’t care about maintaining your perfect violet/iridescent/champagne hue as much as your colourist, and will more than likely sell you the ‘strongest and best’ that they have- even if it’s the wrong product for you. So If you want to know how to keep your hair as bright and sparkly for as long as possible, read on!

1. Moisture is actually key here!! Your hair is like a sponge and (especially after a colour service) it’ll be soaking up as much as it can from anywhere it can in the hope of re-balancing itself. This is the main reason people find themselves reaching for the blonde shampoo – their hair is soaking up chemicals from the water/pool/environment and it’s looking flat and lacklustre. Your best bet here is to hydrate with treatments and leave-in conditioners from the get-go so that  your hair can’t soak up the other stuff. Remember- a wet sponge can’t soak up any more when it’s full of water, got it?!

My favourite leave-ins are:
• Oribe Supershine Light
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• Evo End Doctor
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• Oribe Gold Lust Hair Oil
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2. Toning Treatments are what your hair is really asking for, they outdo toning shampoos by a mile! Unlike a shampoo, toning treatments work by hydrating your hair from the inside out, meaning your strands have a smooth surface to be able to reflect the light from. They also have the neutralising tones of a purple/blue to soften any brassy yellow tones, but it’s much harder to overtone with a treatment so you’re less likely to get out of the shower to find you’ve given yourself a purple/grey rinse.

Ones I adore and recommend are :
•Baby Blonde by Christophe Robin (gently lightens your blonde and keeps it bright and creamy at the same time- move over sun-in!! This is a genius product that I recommend to all my blonde clients- 5 stars!!)
•Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner 
•Platinum Evo Fabuloso – a great price point, but more like a conditioner than a treatment in my opinion.
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3. (Bonus points) Clarifying shampoo- a shampoo which will gently cleanse out the build up of dull tones. You’ll only need to use one occasionally, but they can make a massive difference in the way your hair is able to reflect the light. If you were to go ahead and use a toning shampoo on dull hair, it’s actually going to look darker (gasp! Which is totally not what you’re going for) but use it before a toning treatment and you’ll get a great result. You can even leave it in for 5-15 mins under a shower cap and you’ll have a whole new colour afterwards. Note though, clarifying shampoos can be drying with ongoing use, so go for something mild like Christophe Robin which uses chamomile extract to gently lighten and lift out dull tones.

And there you have it. I’m a big believer in colouring in a way that allows my clients to leave their hair for up to 3 months in between visits, but it’s important you know how to maintain the tone at home yourself so that you’re loving it for the whole 3 months and not begging for your next appointment to come around! Otherwise what’s the point right?

Love, Lauren X

Giving your Hair some Love from the inside!

Vitamins! They’re everywhere and promise everything…. How confusing! Trying to find the right ones to hone in on your sad hair can be a mission, but be confused no more! I have narrowed it down to the finest few.

It is important to do all the right things internally as well as externally if you want that mermaid mane of your dreams to come true… So listen up, and start downing some of these goodies!

Fish Oil: These bad boys are great from your skin & your hair. As well as making your hair stronger & shinier than a disco ball, fish oil is also known to assist in antiaging (amen to that!). We’ve  never heard of anybody overdosing on Omega3, so don’t be shy, and take twice daily if you can handle it!

Silica: This will not only strengthen your hair, it will also make it grow like wild fire! You can get your source of silica from many foods (get on google for the breakdown!) but if you feel your hair & skin are lacking, try taking twice daily, and you will for sure notice a difference when you start your second bottle. The tablets can be a bit massive & overwhelming for some people, so if liquids are more your thing, you can buy silica in a gel form. Alternatively, a natural & sustainable source of silica is Bamboo Leaf Tea! A few cups a day should have you sorted!

Hair, Skin & Nails: These combos are great if you want and all round dose of some good stuff! They contain some hearty ingredients, including silica, biotin, zinc & a heap of antioxidants. We have seen great results from Health Fusion, Blackmore’s, & Natures Own. Again, once you hit your second bottle, you will be able to see & feel a difference in the quality of your hair!

Vitamin D: This little beauty is new to the growing hair game! Only just recently, Vitamin D has been proven to wake up dormant hair follicles, helps to create fresh new follicles for hair to grow & assists in preventing hair loss! Take this one once daily, be sure to take it just after you have eaten & don’t over indulge… Too much of a good thing like vitamin D can be bad!

I hope this little Pill Popping advice has put some of you in the right direction, as it has helped us over the years to strengthen our fine, sad locks!

Happy Hair Days!

Love, Kirby X