Musing and happenings from our salons with tips and tricks thrown in!
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!
Available at health food stores, olive, jojoba, and sweet almond oils are all wonderful elixirs for damaged hair. If your hair is thick and heavy, coconut oil works well. Dampen your hair and apply small amounts of the botanical oil until your hair is thoroughly covered. Top off with shower cap and warm towel for about 30 minutes, then rinse and shampoo your hair out.
You may think of tea as a sore throat remedy, but you can also use it to give hair a natural shine. use a quart of warm, unsweetened tea (freshly brewed or instant) as a final rinse after your regular shampoo. Tea can enhance hair color, so make sure to use a tea that works with your hair color. Blondes should use chamomile tea; black tea may darken their tresses. Brunettes should use black tea to enhance shine and enrich color.
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