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Choosing your next hair colour is no easy feat, do you go lighter, darker, a different colour all together? Then you have to consider the spectrum of tones that exist within each colour. Do you pick ice blonde, ash blonde? And just to top it off, when you finally find a colour, you have to check that it will actually suit you, rather than washing you out *kisses ice blonde dreams goodbye*.
Quite frankly, it’s exhausting. But it helps when you have basic knowledge of what cool and warm hair shades actually look like, as well as an understanding of your skin's colouring. That’s why we’ve put together a handy colour guide to help you on your way. So go crazy girl, become that blonde bombshell or that fiery redhead that you’ve always dreamed of.
Identify your skin tone
To uncover your undertones, look at your wrists. If you see blue or purple veins, that’s an indicator that your skin tone is cool. If you see greenish-looking veins, then your skin has warm undertones. For those that see both, you’re most likely neutral, lucky devils.
If you’re still unsure, here’s a little trick to try. Put in silver earrings or a silver necklace and look in the mirror, then switch to gold. What colour looks better? Cooler skin tones look more radiant in silver, but gold jewellery pops against warm skin.
Now that you’ve identified your skin’s undertones, you can pick a colour that will suit you. A good rule of thumb to follow is to choose a colour that is opposite to your undertones. So warm skin tones should pick cooler colours and vice versa.
So what colour should you go for?
Platinum, ice, silver, ash, sand, beige, champagne
These shades are great on porcelain skinned gals (and guys) with reddish undertones, since those icy hues tend to neutralise redness. They also look fab if you have warm skin with warm undertones.
Gold, caramel, honey, butterscotch
Fair skin with cool undertones looks better with warm tones. We’re thinking strawberry blondes, copper, honey, and gold. These colours also tend to be better for those with olive or deep skin.
Red, dark auburn, burgundy
Red is a really great option if you have pale skin with red in it. Those with warm, peachy complexions will also see their skin pop with cooler, auburn reds.
Strawberry blonde, copper, amber
Strawberry blonde colours are great on fair and neutral skin tones. A light, warm red colour counteracts cool tones in pale skin. If you have deep skin and you’re wanting to become a red head, opt for a cooler, brown-tinged auburn instead.
Dark chocolate, chestnut, dark auburn, mocha
It's pretty hard to go wrong with brown as it’s very flattering for most skin types but cooler browns look particularly striking on those with warm skin. For those with deeper skin, lightening from black to deep mocha brown can look really gorgeous.
Caramel, honey, golden brown, amber, mahogany
If you have medium skin, picking one of these colours that contrasts with your complexion will look amazing. Caramel brown shades look best with skin tones on the lighter side of olive, with a bit more yellow and green tones to them. These colours look really beautiful on a base or roots that are naturally dark.
True black, espresso, blue-black, Liquorice
Just like everything, black comes in all kind of shapes and sizes (well just colours, but you get the drift). Different tones of black look completely different and suit different people. A cooler shade can be a tad harsh on those with fair, cool skin, but for those with warmer or neutral undertones, it has a dramatic, porcelain effect on the complexion. The same applies to olive skin.
Dark mocha, brown-black
Cool blacks look great on deep skin, but adding chocolatey tones is a flattering way to warm it up. Those with fair, cool skin who really want to go dark should opt for a warm black, rather than something cooler.
All the colours of the rainbow
For rainbow or unicorn hair, there is no rule. We fully encourage you to be as crazy as you possibly can and let your creativity shine through. Darker skin tends to look washed out if paired with paler shades, while saturated hues enhance deeper skin tones. Just remember that these colours will fade quicker so make sure you are armed with good quality, colour protecting products.
If you’re still unsure, pop in for a free consultation.
We all love beautiful, bouncy curls. But do you know what’s better? Beautiful, bouncy curls that don’t drop after five minutes.
To make sure your curls last all day, we’ve put together our top tips and tricks
1. It all begins in the shower, or not
The perfect, long lasting curls start in the shower, or rather not the shower. Grit and texture in your hair is more likely to make your curls last, so if you can avoid if, don’t wash your hair before curling it. Dry shampoo can work wonders if you are worried that your hair looks oily.
However, if you do need to wash your hair, skip the conditioner as this can make your hair too soft and slippery and will lead to your curls falling out faster.
2. Preparation is key
As we mentioned above, it’s important for your hair to have the right texture to hold curls and this can be achieved with the right products. Before you start curling your hair, apply a voluminising, thickening mousse from your roots to your ends. Mousse, like hairspray contains alcohol, so it removes moisture from your hair and enhances grit and hold.
3. Use the right products
The way most women cause the majority of damage to their hair is through heat styling so it’s really important that you use a heat protectant before you start curling.
Help your curls last all day and night with a good holding hairspray.
Once you’re done curling, finish with a texturising spray. It’s light so won’t weigh your curls down which will allow them to stay bouncier for longer. If you feel you need more volume, add a small amount of styling powder.
4. Invest in your tools
If you aren’t already, switch to using good quality styling tools. If you think your hair drops quickly, this might be the reason why.
High-end curling irons and wands are usually coated with tourmaline or ceramic, which are proven to cause less damage to your hair. They may be more expensive but they are less damaging and they heat up better so you will apply heat for a shorter period of time, plus they will last you years - worth the investment. If you’re not sure what to go for, just ask one of our stylists next time you’re in or drop us a message.
5. Size is important - barrel size that is
Barrel size is really important because the tightness of your curls goes hand in hand with how they will wear and fall. Generally speaking, the smaller the barrel size, the tighter the curl and the longer it will last.
You should also consider the difference between a warn and an iron, which will give you different types of curls. A curling iron is usually ideal for those tight curls, while a curling wand gives you more freedom to customise your curls. Sometimes though, all you need is a different technique to achieve larger or smaller curls, using the same tool.
6. Cool your curls
One of the most effective tricks on how to get your curls to stay is to let the curl cool down and set before letting it go. Take each fresh curl and secure its spiral shape with a clip, take the clip out once your hair has cooled down. The longer you can leave it, the better.
Don’t have time? Hit that cool button on your hair dryer.
7. Keep your curls tight
Once your curls have cooled down and you’ve unclipped them, toss your head back and gently shake out the curls. Run your fingers through your hair to break them up but be sure to leave them a lighter tighter than you want them as your curls will drop out slightly. Leaving them a bit tighter will ensure your curls last longer than they would have and when you’ve got to where your want to go, they will be perfect.
8. Your curls still aren’t holding?
This could be a sign that your hair is overly damaged as damaged hair doesn’t hold styles well. It’s time to give your hair some much needed TLC. Pop in for a good trim and a conditioning treatment. You can book any service online using our booking system.
We live and breathe hair so it's always difficult to narrow down our favourite looks but we take a look back at the last 12 months and pick out some of our top styles from 2018.
We started the new year with a gorgeous subtle balayage by Vicki. Balayage will always be a favourite of ours whether subtle or bold.
An oldie but a goldie. We just love these golden blonde highlights by Vicki.
With Spring on its way, our clients flocked to the salon for lighter locks. This amazing close root balayage by Grace will always stick out as a favourite.
We throw it back to April when this client braved the chop for the Little Princess Trust. It was also the beginning of her journey to blonde hair. An amazing transformation by Grace.
Wedding season started with this beautiful hair up by Kim.
This full head of blonde is definitely one of our favourite looks by Grace this year. The perfect colour for the summer months.
This balayage had to make the cut. After three sessions Grace lifted this client's brunette hair to this gorgeous ice blonde.
Team work definitely makes the dream work. Kim and Grace both worked their magic to achieve this incredible transformation.
If you ask us, pastels will never die. We adore these purple locks.
This is what 150 strands of Angelslocks tiny tips looks like. Are you as in love with these extensions as we are?
Stunning blonde curls by the boss.
We ended the year on a high with this amazing blonde balayage.
We're looking forward to all the transformations to come this year. If you'd like to book your hair appointment, you can do so using our online booking system.
You may have seen that we've been running a competition over on Facebook and Instagram.
We'll be picking two people to win two amazing Philip Kingsley products just in time for Christmas. You need to like our page, like the picture and tag three friends in the comments. The Closing Date is 15th December and the winner will be announced on 17th December. The prize will be posted if you can't get to salon and the competition is open to the UK only.
Here's what you'll be getting your hands on if you win the giveaway and why you should enter.
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer
This incredible treatment will leave your hair feeling silky, smooth and strong. It's a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment that delivers elasticity, manageability, bounce and shine to all hair textures. Using it frequently will leave your hair stronger and healthier looking with less breakage.
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is free from parabens and fragrances and is full of amazing ingredients like castor oil and hydrolyzed elastin that rehydrate your hair. It gives your hair added strength and elasticity to protect it from everyday damage like brushing and heat styling.
Now we're going to get a bit science-y! The key ingredients are hydrolyzed elastin, castor oil, olive oil and glycerin.
Hydrolyzed elastin is a protein that penetrates your hair and increases its elasticity without weighing your hair down. Elasticity is what gives your hair stretch and strength, so it will break less.
Castor oil helps your hair to lock in moisture.
Olive oil is high in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids which moisturise and make your hair look shiny and healthy.
Glycerin helps your hair to retain moisture, which makes the effects last longer.
A little birdie told us that Philip Kingsley designed this miracle product for Audrey Hepburn, to give her that movie star bounce and shine she was missing after weeks of styling on set. If it's good enough for Audrey Hepburn, we definitely want in!
Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence
We really want to help keep your hair happy and healthy this winter. The second product in this giveaway is the Daily Damage Defence Conditioning Spray. This is an anti-breakage, heat protecting, conditioning spray that offers protection against everyday damage. Your hair will feel detangled, protected and conditioned with this award-winning formula.
Philip Kingsley refer to this spray as the everyday Elasticizer so it will pair nicely with the Elasticizer. It makes your hair easy to de-tangle whether it's wet or dry, making it more manageable and reducing the chance of breakage. It will also protect your locks from damage caused by heat styling.
What are you waiting for? Enter today!
We’re often asked by clients what are three favourite products are so we thought we’d turn it into a blog and let the world know our worst kept secrets.
Montibello Decode Finish Radiance
Kim’s favourite product is Montibello’s Decode Finish Radiance. It’s a high shine finish spray that holds hair in place all day. It’s super-fast drying and doesn’t add any weight to your locks. One of our favourite things about this product is that it has humidity resistant resins which make your hairstyle last even longer.
Philip Kingsley One More Day
Dry shampoo is a must have for every female. Missed the shower? Need a freshen up? Extra volume? This dry shampoo does not disappoint. The award winning formula is lightweight and ultra-fine. It refreshes and soothes the scalp whilst getting rid of dirt, oil and odour. The spray adds much needed volume and texture to hair.
Montibello Smooth Sleek Serum
This moisturising anti-frizz serum is another one of Kim’s favourite products. It eliminates frizz and static electricity and is also resistant to humidity. It makes you hair shine bright, adds softness and seals your ends.
Vicki’s favourite product is Moroccan oil. She uses it every day on every client. It’s amazing for repairing damage, detangling hair and giving your locks a healthy shine.
Philip Kingsley Maximizer
She also uses Philip Kingsley Maximizer every day in the salon. It’s an amazing spray that volumises hair from the root. It’s especially great for fine, limp and flyaway hair and it also adds a bit of shine.
Montibello Decode Raise Up
Montibello’s Decode Raise Up is a volume styling cream and is one of Vicki’s go to products. It gives long lasting hold with texture and body. Added benefits, it moisturises hair, gives it shine and makes styling easier. Easy to see why it has made the top three!
Montibello Smart Touch
Another hit from Montibello is the Smart Touch treatment. This is a 12-in-1 spray that nourishes, moisturises, repairs and protects hair colour. It also offers heat protection, increases shine, boosts volume and body, controls frizz, improves resistance of hair fibre and seals split ends. Is there anything this spray can’t do?!
One United Detangling/Conditioning Spray
It’s easy to see why this has made Grace’s top three products, this leave in conditioner leaves hair feeling super soft, looking healthy and it also has heat protection in it to guard your locks from styling damage.
Evo Haze Styling Powder
Grace uses this product every day to add volume. It’s long lasting and goes the extra mile to keep the curl in your hair.
As well as using these on our clients, we also stock all products mentioned so if something tickles your fancy, ask about it in the salon.
There are many incredible skin benefits of double cleansing, including:
You’d be forgiven for thinking that double cleansing involves using your regular cleanser twice, however, double cleansing requires two different kinds of cleansers to effectively remove the different kinds of build-up found on the skin at the end of the day.
The first of your two cleanses should take place using an oil or balm to melt make up, sunscreen and remove excess oil from the pores. Dermalogica’s PreCleanse is the perfect product for the first step of your double cleansing routine. The lightweight oil contains an expert blend of botanical oils, including; Borage Seed, Apricot Kernel, Kukui Nut, Sunflower Seed and Rice Bran, which work together to remove make up and sunscreen from the skin, as well as liquefying sebum and unclogging the pores, ready for the second cleanse.
The PreCleanse removes even the most long-wearing make-up, including liquid lipsticks and waterproof mascara. Simply apply a few drops of the PreCleanse to a damp cotton round to remove eye and lip make up, then apply the PreCleanse oil to the rest of your face using dry hands to dissolve make up, oil and dirt.
The second of your cleanses should take place using a cleanser that’s tailored to the individual needs of your complexion to truly target your skin concerns and replenish your skin. The Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel is suitable for all skin types and is the perfect addition to your double cleansing routine. The concentrated gel formula works to effectively cleanse the skin, removing dirt and impurities without stripping the skin, while the calming agent works to soothe and purify the complexion to leave you with thoroughly cleansed and nourished skin.
Simply follow up with your favourite toner, serum and moisturiser for the ultimate skin care routine.
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As the most important step in your skin care routine, it makes sense to cleanse not once, but twice. The first cleanse should remove make up, bacteria and dirt from the skin. The second cleanse should target your skin care needs to deeply cleanse and care for the skin, as well as creating a healthy foundation for the rest of your skin care products.
Washing the slate clean every night is even more important for problem or acne-prone skin.
Leaving the day's dirt, makeup, excess oil and even dead skin cells on your face over time can lead to blocked pores, irritation, skin barrier damage and spots. Any blocked skin pores left untreated and not cleansed can lead to comedones - black heads and white heads – and this creates the perfect conditions for inflammatory acne to develop," warns dermatologist, Dr Philippa Lowe.
Always on the quest for perfect skin, skin care experts, Dermalogica, believe that the extra cleanse really makes all the difference.
Tune in next week to find out how to double cleanse and what products to use.
Pick the right products
There’s a reason we recommend salon professional shampoos and conditioners for colour treated hair. We know they’re more expensive than what you pick up at your local Superdrug, but trust us, they are so worth it. You’re spending money on your colour so you may as well look after it and make sure it lasts.
Don’t believe us? Check out this video!
We stock Redken Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner in the salon so you can grab it after your appointment.
Skip the hair wash day (if you can)
When you wash your hair less, your colour lasts longer. If you can go a day or two between hair washes, your colour will thank you. Save your locks between washes with a little dry shampoo at your roots.
Turn down the heat
A hot shower opens up your cuticle releasing colour and moisture. It’s sad, we know, but turning the temperature down in the shower when you’re washing your hair will make your colour last much longer. We’re not saying you need to stand in a cold shower, just wash your hair as cool as you can.
Conditioner is your friend
Smooth on a deep conditioning mask once a week to keep your locks hydrated and healthy. In a previous blog we explain how to use coconut oil to condition your hair to keep it looking fab.
Avoid hot tools
Hot tools such as hair dryers, straighteners and curling tongs speed up the process of colour fading. We suggest avoiding them for the first week after your appointment if you can. When you are applying heat to your hair, be sure to use a heat protection product as this will protect your hair and help reduce colour fade.
In short, if you want your colour to look fabulous long after you’ve left the salon, look after it. Avoid chemicals and heat where possible as these will speed up the process of your colour fading. But most importantly, have fun with your new hair!
We’re sure you’ve heard of coconut oil by now. It’s been hailed a miracle by health and beauty enthusiasts everywhere. So we thought we’d try out the popular, and not so popular uses for coconut oil in our beauty regime to see if it truly is all it’s cracked up to be.
Coconut oil as a conditioner
Ok, we were pretty dubious about this one, oil in hair is a recipe for disaster surely? Well very greasy looking locks anyway. Not great when promoting a salon but we gave it a go.
We put the coconut oil in our hair just like a conditioner, paying lots of attention to the ends of our hair – this is where your hair is more dry and this means it’s more likely to break and split, not good girls. We wrapped our oily hair in a towel and pottered around the house for 20 minutes or so. After washing the oil out with shampoo, go ahead with your usual shower routine.
The result? We were pleasantly surprised. Ok it was only one application but our hair actually felt smoother and looked slightly shinier. Plus, it was a bit a pamper that we quite enjoyed!
Quick tip, make sure you thoroughly wash the oil out otherwise you’ll look like you haven’t showered at all. We want shiny hair, not greasy.
Coconut oil as a moisturiser
This one seems the most obvious to us. It was very moisturising but it was also quite greasy. We’re not sure we’d use it as a full body moisturiser all of the time due to drying time but if you got time to kill, go for it.
We do think it would be great to use on your dry areas before self-tanning so we’ll give this a go next!
Coconut oil as an exfoliator
Simply mix with a bit of sugar and get going. We did this in the shower as it seemed like a sticky mess but again we were pleasantly surprised. Our skin felt silky smooth and also moisturised. I think we’ll be sticking with this recipe for a while.
If you’ve got sugar and coconut oil in the house it’s a great way to save a few quid on an exfoliator!
Coconut oil to remove your make up
Pardon us now? This stuff removes make up?!
Girls, this was a great make up remover! Even our stubborn waterproof mascara was no problem! Take some coconut oil in your fingers and simply rub it over your face.
Just a warning, use a flannel that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Removing make up with coconut oil gets a bit messy! Other than the initial mess of eye make up smeared around your eyes, we liked it. Our faces felt really clean after and it was an added bonus that we didn’t have to apply moisturiser afterwards!
I don’t think it’ll totally replace make up wipes because let’s face it, a flannel and coconut oil aren’t quite as accessible as some wipes but we’ll definitely be doing it again!
We’ve quite enjoyed experimenting with this so if there’s anything else you’d like us to try for you, drop us a message!
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