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5 ways a Haircut can go wrong and how to avoid them

by Administrator

Posted 16 November 2018


5 steps to getting a great haircut and not the wrong haircut

It can be so devastating when you get a haircut you are not happy with

 

There are only normally two reasons a haircut goes wrong one is Skill and the other is Communication or to be more precise lack of communication. This 5 step checklist will help you avoid a bad haircut Before it becomes a reality

 

 

 

  • Take a photo with you, hairdressers are not mind readers a verbal description will never replace a visual representation. At the very least it's a start and you will know whether you are on the same page and not reading a different book.
  • A proper consultation, if you don't get one run for the hills at least on a first visit "How do you want it" just does not make the grade. This is just as important for the stylist as the client do you Get each other?
  • Listen to the stylist suggestions they do this stuff for a living you might have a really strong idea, however be open to the possibility that it might not suit you. On the flip side of that if they don't have any ideas I would question that as well Is this the right stylist for you?
  • Stand outside and watch, do the clients look happy and do the staff look friendly
  • Check out the salons work on social media and read their reviews do you like the looks, then find out which stylist did the work. Do the good reviews all mention a certain team member?. Do a bit of research or get a recommendation from a friend.

This gives you a bit of a plan, the key point here is communication and consultation everything starts with that. A really good stylist will take time to find out your needs and make suggestions and most salons offer consultations for free.

 

 

 

 

 


Do you need to colour for a few Grey hairs?

by Administrator

Posted 09 November 2018


What's the easiest solution for a few Grey hairs

If you have a few Grey Hairs what is the best solution?

I would never advise a complete coverage hair dye (Tint) as a first solution. That's like trying to break a walnut with a sledgehammer. I can only speak for myself and I want to build a long term relationship with my clients. They are definately not going to thank me for giving them a solution that looks awful when it grows out, and costs them a ton of money to maintain. So what's a good way of tackling a few grey hairs?

 


Highlights or lowlights these will detract away from the grey hair and blend them in. Choose highlights if you want a lighter appearance to the hair or lowlights if you want to accentuate the darker and warmer tones
Semi permanents have no peroxide in them so they tend to add lots of shine and stain the grey rather than covering it. This is a good first step but not if you want complete coverage
Temporary cover powders and sticks if you only have a couple of greys this is a great solution, ask your stylist to suggest a good one
Fashion colour techniques for instance slices of colour in the areas that are grey. This is very effective and gives a great result, I personally would not suggest Balayage prefering a stronger technique
Use a grey enhancing shampoo if you decide to go grey be aware that it has a tendency towards yellowing especially if you are in a smoky enviroment. There are some great Silver and Purple shampoos on the market that combat this problem
Finally don't skrimp on the products Grey hair has a tendency towards being dry and coarse. Invest in a great shampoo and a conditioner, and try to have regular trims and treatments
Most good salons offer free consultations and will be more than happy to give you advice on what to do about a few grey hairs.

 

 

 


Hot Wax winter offer

by Administrator

Posted 31 October 2018


Winter Hot wax offer for the holiday season

If you like Hot wax for your intimate waxing then check out our Holiday offer

 

From 1st November until 8th December we are offering 20% off Hollywood and Brazilian Hot waxing when you book online via our website. Just enter the code HWO at the booking screen and the discount will be applied to your bill.

 

Offer ends 8/12/18

cannot be combined with other offers

Only applies to Hollywood or Brazilian Hot waxing


Colouring your hair, 5 secrets of the best hair colourists

by Administrator

Posted 31 October 2018


Colouring  your hair ,5 secrets that the best best hair colourists use

So you want to get your hair coloured?

 

Here are 5 things to consider,

 

  • The salon you attend should perform a skin test 48 hours prior to the service, if the colour is going to be touching your skin . We insist on this for the first visit clients don't always understand especially if they have been colouring their hair for years. The exception is highlights as the colour is isolated in foil. We know it can be a pain to come in for a skin test, however I tell the team I would prefer a client was upset at us for "because we wouldn't do their hair" than upset at us because of something we did to their hair such as a reaction.
  • A professional stylist will give good advice, sometimes it's not what the client wants to hear. For example a tint will not lighten hair that is already tinted, you have to either use a colour remover or lighten it with bleach.I spend more and more time explaining what I'm not able or willing to do, but again I would prefer them to be upset because I wouldn't do their hair than because I did.
  • Not all colours suit, a good stylist will take into consideration your skin tone and the colour of your eyes. They will talk to you about what you want to achieve and make suggestions.
  • Balayage is very popular at the moment, It is achieved by sweeping the colour onto the hair with a freehand motion. It looks great if it is done well but there are many other techniques that can also get a great effect. Sometimes a few well placed foils can make all the difference. A colour specialist will advise you what is best for you.
  • Take care of your colour you spent a lot of money on it. Use the best shampoo and conditioner you can. Some salons have colour refreshing products you can use at home to keep the colour looking bright

If you do want a second opinion we do consultations for free. The salon is 5 minutes from Russell Square underground station. We are also very close to Kings Cross, St Pancras,Bloomsbury and Holborn. We accept all major credit cards including American Express.

 

We are also a Treatwell top rated salon and have been nominated for Treatwells Salon of the year

 

https://cloud.treatwell-beauty.com/votesalon?c=gb

 


Sale ..... Beat the Holiday season rush and save some money to boot

by Administrator

Posted 31 October 2018


Our November hair colour and waxing sale

It's the most wonderful time of the year as the song goes...... unfortunately also the most expensive.

 

That's why were doing a Colour and Waxing Sale

 

  • Everybody wants a Holiday season appointment we get booked up really early
  • Then you find something else came up "The boss wants everything completed by the holidays" so you don't get your Hair or Beauty treatment done after all
  • Everythings a last minute rush and you still need you Highlights and your waxing.. that's a must however you forgot the crackers

Sound familiar?

 

So in November we are doing an online sale, it's close enough to the Holiday timeframe and it's also much more relaxed. All you have to do is book online from our website enter the code NCS and 20% will be deducted from your bill at the checkout.

 

Here's the details

  • Online appoinments only
  • Enter the code NCS
  • Covers all waxing treatments,Foil Highlights,Cut and blow drys and Wella Plex treatments
  • Cannot be combined with other offers
  • Subject to availability
  • Offer ends 30th November 2018

 

 

 


Foil highlights or lowlights what is the difference

by Administrator

Posted 30 October 2018


Foil highlights or lowlights what is the difference

Highlights or lowlights, Confusing isn't it? 

 

Highlights mean we are lifting the colour or going lighter, and low lights mean we are enhancing the colour with darker shades. Usually this would be done with foil, lowlights are not generally suitable for Balayage techniques. This is because the shades are not usually strong enough to show when using a freehand technique. So which one is best for you, a good stylist will start with a consultation and the best indicator would be your skin tone and eye colour. It's important to get the right shade, as the wrong colour can have a dramatic effect.

 

If I am doing foil highlights I will usually enhance the colour around the hairline to frame the face, I normally start a small section back so that it looks natural. I highlight across the parting to give some flexibility to the client when styling their hair. With lowlights I would use a stronger technique as the colours are more subtle.

 

Foils are very flexible and we can even do just a few packets which is a high impact solution for someone wanting a bit of colour without much commitment.

 

 

I realised a long time ago that just because I understand our industry technical jargon, it doesn't mean my client will.

 

We take the time to explain the options, consultations are free with no obligation to book with us. We are very close to Kings Cross, St Pancras and Russell Square stations. We accept all major credit cards including American Express and you can even book and pay online on our website.

 

A full head of highlights and a cut and blow dry starts from £141 however we can usually suggest a colour solution to suit most budgets. We offer a student discount of 15% Monday to Friday and also to Key Workers such as NHS employees.

 

To book a consultation call 0207 837 0021 and mention this blog post

 


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