The Trust is real!

I find the realtionship between each client and hairdresser so interesting!

If I were to ask each and every client that came into the salon whats the most important thing to them when it comes to finding a hairdresser, I think you would find everyone has a different answer. Ive asked a few and heres what they said;

Someone they can trust

Someone who understands their hair

Someone who they feel comfortable with

Good hair!

Most people spoke about the stylist and how they feel. Now isnt it interesting that its not just about the talent of the hairdresser. Of course this plays a big part but ultimately it comes down to trust.

Whats important for you? Is it the person? The skill? The experience?

Please leave your comment below, I would love to know?

I will leave you with a little picture of Carine and I having some photoshoot fun celebrating our 10 year hair relationship! @thefrenchiescot if you want to follow her on insta.. she is amazing!

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K x

It Clicked!

Quite years ago a hairdresser friend said to (a very young me) I should go copper, it would really suit me she said. My immediate reaction was absolutely not! Always a blonde in my late teens/early 20’s, the thought of copper was completely out of the question. (Copper was not being embraced like it is now.) What I didn’t realise was that I was about to discover the most important tool I would carry with me for the rest of my hairdressing career.

After a while curiosity got the better of me and I decided to give the copper thing a go. Starting off with a strawberry blonde and eventually I was  on a mission to be the brightest shade of tangerine I could find! The brighter and stronger the red, the more green my eyes became! The more even my skin tone became, and the less makeup was needed! It was then that I realised how important colour choice and suitability is!

The importance of looking at skin tone/eye colour was literally put right in front of my eyes. Now …. its the first thing I start analysing! 

Being young and inexperienced what I hadn’t quite grasped or learned yet was how your hair colour could massively enhance your most important features!  It wasn’t just about choosing  ‘A colour’ that a client was happy with. It is much more about what suited them. It gave me more confidence and  reassurance when it came to  recommending colours I knew would compliment my client. Having that confidence is what helps me take some of my clients out of their comfort zone. Taking them on a colour path that even they may not have realised was better for them.

Skin tone and Eye colour is now the starting point when talking about colour. Not everyone is brave enough to delve in but thats ok. Even small tweaks can make a big difference.

This is just the beginning of a subject that I will talk more about, theres a lot more to come so stay tuned.

I do have a message for all potential clients though…

Have faith in me… your colourist! I want you to look and feel your best! I promise!

 K x

 

Blonde Inspo for Aut/Wint 17

As the leaves are falling and the days getting colder its time to rely on your hair colour to warm you up!

For now lets look at some things you may need to think about.

  • Don’t go too dark!

If you are an all-year-round blonde and want to be the brighter lighter blonde your used to being in the summer, then my advice would be to not go too dark! Ideally just a shade darker to add warmth and shine. The consequence is having to cleanse your hair after to get back to where you were before. Enjoy having the softer blonde and enjoy all the shades you get whilst your hair is fading along the way. Which brings me on to my next tip!

  • It won’t be permanent

The tone will fade! So don’t be surprised that the colour will not last. This all depends on the condition and porosity of your hair. The healthier the hair the longer it will last. Even  by using a permenant hair dye you still won’t keep it any longer so I would suggest using a semi or demi permenant hair colour (ask your hairdresser if your unsure) Using a low or no ammonia colour for this is much better for shine and the hairs condition.

  • Use the best haircare you can afford!

To have the greatest chance of keeping your new hair-colour looking its best for longer then ideally use professional haircare as recommended by your stylist. They do work! For me the ultimate hair colour range is Pureology. They are sulphate free, paraben free and 100% vegan ingredients. They cost around £36 for the shampoo and conditioner together and should last at least 2 months. Its super concentrated so you only need a little at a time.

Now if thats not affordable then do not worry! For a good High street version I would go with Loreal Botanicals. Still Paraben free and silicone free ad a bit easier on the purse at around £16 for the two.

I would love to see your new Autumn Blonde so please post below;

If you are looking for hair colour inspiration Please check out my Pinterest page, I hope you find something you like!

 

K x

It’s that time! 

Yes! This time of year is for change! 

I love Autumn hair. So much I wish it was autumn all the time! 

It’s all about shine and warmth. The perfect recipe for healthy hair. Even blondes can get Involved with this one by toning down the sun bleached locks to something slightly softer and golden. 

This time of year we are looking to change our wardrobes around. Richer colours, multiple layers and of course some chunky footwear. It only makes sense to change your hair colour too. 

The question is … what colour is right for you? 
Keep an eye on my next few blog posts as I will be posting my fave colour inspirations for autumn/winter! 

What colour do you think you will go?


K x 

A is for … 

Assumptions! 
Let’s talk some hairdresser language shall we? 
Quite often I have a client use a word or phrase that to them means one thing but to a hairdresser.. something totally different! 

I’ll give you an example. A personal experience that happened to me a few years ago that made me change the way I consult with clients. 

Let’s call her ‘Susan’ 

Susan had been coming to me for at least a year or so every 6-8 weeks. Susan was always up for having some fun with her hair. Likes to have something a bit different each time and experiments with colour too! 

So when Susan asked me for a graduated bob I ‘assumed’ we were talking about the same thing. She was very confident in what she was asking and although it meant taking quite a bit of length off at the back I went ahead and cut the most beautiful sharp graduated bob. Susan has the type of hair that shines like a mirror. Very straight too so the perfect type of hair for this haircut. It was seriously sharp and perfect in every way. I showed Susan her stunning new do in the mirror excited to see her normally very smiley happy reaction 😬 

The horror when her face dropped…. she said ‘I think I meant an A-line  bob. ‘

My …heart… sank. It’s probably the hardest thing to hear as a hairdresser. I did the wrong haircut! I couldn’t believe it! I was as gutted as she was. 

Now if you don’t know the difference the graduated bob follows the curve and shape of the head, whereas an ‘Aline bob is all the same length all the way around slightly longer towards the Front.  From the side a similar shape to an Aline skirt or dress. 

It’s One of the biggest lessons I have learned in my career. Never ever assume! 

It has made me consult with clients in much more detail. Checking and asking lots of questions… to look at visual references … to describe how the hair will feel and how to maintain it. 

So a bit of advice for both us hairdressers and you when your going for your next haircut. 

Never Assume we know exactly what you mean. The outcome isn’t always what you think. 

A is for Assumption (or A-line bob) 


‘Bleach’ talk.. 

Firstly…. the word ‘bleach’!? I mean that’s enough to put anyone off surely? Isn’t that the potent stuff we like to spray around our house for a disinfected ‘clean’ smell. Doesn’t sound like the type of thing we want our hair to look? I think we need to rename it. Any suggestions?

An image that comes to mind when I say the  word ‘bleach’ ….

bad bleach

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t worry this is just a dummy head, but my point in this post is that things like that CAN happen… if your in the wrong hands that is!

Let’s look at a more appealing version.

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Hair Goals!
This too is possible… if your in the right hands!

This is actually a client of mine who I have been bleaching continuously for 3 years almost now? If you ask my hairdressing friends then they would tell you that when it comes to ‘bleaching’ I can be a bit particular. It does tale teamwork to achieve and maintain Long Bleach hair. Me being very considerate of the hair each time we do the roots and my client looking after it in-between by using the best she can. Pureology Strength Cure at the moment.

Hair texture / hair colour / ability to maintain / and of course the CONDITION. Priority is always condition. There is nothing worse in my opinion than ‘bleached’ hair that looks like candy floss. That’s broken from the root. That’s so weak as soon as you touch it, it breaks off in your hand. It’s so sad to see.
I’ve come up with a checklist to help out anyone considering ‘bleaching’. For a more expensive finish follow my guidelines.

Things to consider beforehand.

The Salon and Stylist – is it the sort of thing they have experience in? Are they knowledgeable? Does the Salon come recommended for this sort of service?

Maintenance – there’s no low maintenance way about bleaching hair I’m afraid, the up-keep is often expensive and very frequent,  4-6 weeks usually. So think long term as changing your mind going back and forth isn’t great for the health of your hair.

TLC – what haircare are you using? Your hair will need extra TLC after what it will go through so make sure you invest straight away. You won’t regret it!

Bond Multiplier Treatment– make sure you have this! Most brands have there own version but they all claim to do a similar thing. This will help the bonds that are in your hair to stay strong and weaker bonds get stronger. The most common ones are Olaplex, Smartbond, and PH Bonder.

There will probably be a lot of bleach talk from me as its something I’m really passionate about, but this is a good place to start.

K x