Hair

Purple Reign

With a high demand for ash toned hair, purple toned hair care has taken over. It’s not a ‘new thing’ and has been around for decades. Purple rinsing it’s way through the 1930’s, neutralising yellowness and brassiness long before my time! But what’s different today is these purple hued products can be used daily as it’s not just the colour they effect. With healthy, shiny hair being of upmost importance, these purple hued formulas are nourishing enough to use daily and don’t cause damage to the hair long term.

Weather you’re a white blonde wanting to rid unwanted yellow tones, or the owner of a dark blonde balayage craving an ash reflection, there’s something for everyone. It’s a simple science in the sense that purple counteracts yellow, and with toned shampoos strong enough to not dilute back to clear when mixed with water, you can keep up that freshly toned look at home. Below are my top 3 go to products to keep blondes at their best whilst maintaining and improving condition.

First up, and the most gentle purple toned shampoo I love to work with is Paul Mitchell’s Forever Blonde. Imagine a pearl sitting directly under a spotlight, the iridescent tones you’d see is exactly what this shampoo and conditioning duo look like. I’m genuinely attracted to the sparkle. With bleached hair in mind, this protein enriched duo guard against further breakage whilst keeping blonde tones light and bright. Perfect for every day use and also great for natural grey hair to inject freshness back in to the colour and banish brassiness.

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If you crave something stronger, Sensua Illumyna Zero Yellow should be your go to. This is the strongest violet pigmented shampoo and conditioner I have worked with, and I’m always asked if I’ve just had my hair coloured when I wash my hair with Zero Yellow. Being a slightly golden blonde tone, the shampoo on its own is enough for me. One wash every other wash left on for 3 minutes removes any brassiness and gives me a whiter look. I’d recommend the shampoo and conditioner combo together to maintain ash, grey, silver and darker blondes colours. Please see photos below to see if this is something that could work for you. Both of my clients below are using the Zero Yellow shampoo and conditioner every 2/3 wash. (I’m not gonna lie - I’m totally tempted to use this on my 1 year old’s golden blonde locks over summer, is that wrong of me?!)

 

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Last but not least, and the product that gives me the upmost satisfaction after every use is a dry shampoo that cleanses, tones and deodorises in one swift spray. You know when you wash your hair and its feeling fresh, but then the next day your natural oils take over and your roots all of a sudden look 2 shades darker. (Nightmare!) If this is a problem for you - I give you Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo - Light tones. I used to wash my hair every day, leading to a blow dry, heat styling and inevitable breakage. Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo - Light tones gives me 4 days. The purple tone gives my blonde a lighter feel, whilst the rice starch absorbs natural oil. Moroccanoil’s signature scent deodorises all whilst adding a little boost at the root. I could not live with out it! This dry textured spray also adds volume to my hair, just another bonus on top of making it look fresh!

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If you’re unsure on what violet toned combinations could work for you, please feel free to ask me on Instagram. As mentioned above, from dark blonde hues to the brightest of silvers, there really is something for everyone to ensure your colour stays looking healthy, true to your desired tone and just as expensive as it did on day one!

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Seasonal Colour Change

If you cast your mind back to this time last year, you may remember reading a blog post titled ‘Spring Colour Change.’ I had taken Janet’s hair from a rich copper hue to a beautiful golden blonde ready for Spring. My intention was to adapt Janet’s colour seasonally to keep it looking it’s best and also to make sure Janet’s colour was current and felt new and exciting each season. Much like we are experiencing now, the sunshine (after a longgg cold winter) makes us fancy a little change. My Spring colour is booked in and I’m super excited to have a little change ahead of spring. (Two highlights in my fringe and a toner should do the trick!)

I’d asked Janet if she’s be up for seasonal colour tweaks, and explained it didn’t necessary mean going from one extreme to the other. Our mantra at Pure Hair is ‘Better Than Natural Looking Colour.’ and I wanted to showcase how the use of balayage and blended colour can be changed frequently, whilst maintaining good condition and a different look that can still work with your skin tone. Janet was happy to oblige, and we spent our first appointment discussing options for the year ahead! 

First up, a lift for spring. This appointment being the lengthiest appointment due to removing previous colour. A 4 step process including 2 Zalon colour removers, a root tint and balayage, followed by a toner. Zalon is a colour remover that only removers artificial pigment from the hair, making sure zero damaged is caused. (Some colour removers bleach the hair, therefore removing artificial and natural pigment, causing dryness and damage.) I believe this gentle colour remover set me up in good sted for our spring/summer transition to blonde and help keep Janet’s hair long and healthy. 

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Janet likes to have her roots coloured every 3 weeks, (she won’t mind me sharing her secret - there are a few greys that need covering and her hair grows very quickly!)  So 3 weeks later we opted for a ‘camouflage colour.’ With exactly the same root colour that I previously used, an inch either side of the parting and around Janet’s hairline is coloured. It’s a short appointment that keeps those roots in check until the full appointment is needed. With 3 colour appointments until our summer transformation I used a mixture of toning, root covering and glossing to keep Janet’s hair looking fresh, keep the condition at its best and keep the cost down. Balayage doesn’t have the be refreshed every appointment, it’s amazing how a treatment and a toner can lift the colour back to its best. 

 Fast forward to summer, and I lifted the blonde higher and brighter to give a natural, sun kissed, golden blonde hue. I re-balayaged, to add more blonde, however kept the balayage away from Janet’s hair line. The darker root colour is more flattering against Janet’s skin tone and we didn’t want the colour to look too artificial, as this can give harsher roots and look un-natural. This may work for some, but in this case we opted for subtle face framing colour. Janet loved her lighter look, so much so it saw her through wthe beginning of autumn. 

 

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 My intension was to carry out 4 transformations. (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) However... Janet was really feeling her blonde locks! The warm weather rolled nicely in to Autumn and I wouldn’t dream of taking someone darker for my benefit, therefore we waited until Winter. When Janet felt ready for her next change we decided to use a mix of subtle and bright copper tones to add warmth and dimension. You’ll notice throughout the 3 photos, Janet’s root colour is very similar. As mentioned before, by keeping the colour consistent at the root and against Janet’s hairline, the transformation doesn’t feel like too much. To keep the tone bright at home, Janet will use a copper coloured conditioner and I would imagine going forward, we’ll go back to our treat & tone top up appointment’s before adding a light sprinkling of warm blonde when the clocks change!

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Myself and Janet aren’t the only one’s who love a seasonal hair overhaul, it keeps things interesting and as the saying goes, change is good! I love to work with my clients to keep their colours fresh, on trend and exciting and I hope this has shown you how you don’t have to go from one extreme to the other to achieve a new look. A single highlight and slight tone adjustment can contribute towards a huge colour change. If this is something you’re thinking about doing, get in touch.

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January Round Up

It was Christmas, then I blinked and now it’s nearly February. With my days at the salon being just as busy as they were in the lead up to Christmas, and 2 Moroccanoil trips to Dublin and Barcelona, I feel like my feet have barely touched the floor. 

January/February are notorious for being quieter in the hairdressing world due to most people wanting there hair done before Christmas. However I’ve being lucky enough to have my days filled with clients who I’ve known for years, but also I’ve had the time in my diary to look after 8 new clients. My new clients were all recommended to me and it’s so lovely to know my regular clients are sending their friends and family my way! 

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The month started with an overnight stay in Dublin, tied in with our Moroccanoil post Christmas party. It’s always good to catch up with the Moroccanoil team, and the education put in place for us is by far some of the best training I’ve had. There wasn’t a hairdryer or product in sight for this one, it was to learn about our individual learning style as we will personally teach in the way we best learn. When I share Moroccanoil education with other hairstylists, it’s important everyone can understand and get involved in the way that suits their learning style. This course gave us tips on how to get everyone involved when we educate. Theorist/Reflector best describes my learning style, I’m someone who likes to make a decision based on the facts, and then spend (a lot of) time reflecting. That explains why on my return I wanted to find out EVERYONE’s learning style. I was still reflecting on my trip ya know?!

 

Next up was Barcelona, for Moroccanoil’s ‘train the trainer’ event. Every year Moroccanoil’s education programme changes, the courses are updated and shared with the European team before we go and share them. I had 3 courses (Bridal, Knotwork and Editiorial) to learn in 3 days, with 2 hair cuts thrown in for good measure. 3 courses in 3 days may sounds like a lot of information to take it, but when you’re fueled by copious amounts of tapas and a small (to medium) amount of wine, it’s all good! I had a great trip, not only was it lovely to spend time with the team, I learn so much from them all. We all live in different parts of the U.K, but we manage to get together regularly for various work events.

 

As far as January’s goes, it’s been a busy one. And with a busy February filled with appointments, education, and London Fashion Week amongst other things, it doesn’t look like we’ll be slowing down just yet!  

 

 

 

Festive Feels

I’m definitely a little late to the party with this post, but with a house move and a super busy work schedule, I’ve been keeping busy! I’d LOVE to tell you it’s actually because of all the Christmas parties I’ve been attending, however I’d be lying to you and to be fair, my idea of a good party these days is a 3 course dinner (table booked for 7pm, no later) followed by a cup of tea and an early night. I’ll occasionally go all out and open next days advent calendar door early, (YOLO) but that’s as crazy as it gets. That’s not to say I won’t be dusting off a red lipstick and going big with my party hair accessories when I do make it out to see friends and family over the festive season.

 
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Back in the day, Christmas events would be booked in the diary super early. I’d have my outfits planned way in advance. Two layers of fake tan would complete the look, basically I had too much time on my hands. Fast forward to now, I’ll think about it the night before and my outfit will usually be black. I do however, like to accessories my minimalistic outfits with heaps of jewellery and sparkle in my hair and if I’m feeling fancy.

 
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I’m a sucker for a glitzy hair accessory, and whilst recently waiting for a train at King’s Cross Station I discovered Oliver Bonas and their treasure trove of sparkling headwear. Navy crushed velvet headbands, covered in diamonds. Dainty bow hair ties to add interest to a basic pony tail. In my ‘kid in a candy shop’ moment, reality quickly kicked in - “Laura, do not buy hair clips, you’ve got important new house items to buy” - so I left empty handed... But then found a discount code about an hour later and ordered a sparkly star hair slide online instead. I’d like to share my go to party look that will see me through to the new year quite nicely. This look is what I’d call my signature up do. Textured twists, and pulled out barrel curls to give an undone lived in look that doesn’t look too formal. Depending on my mood, I can pull it out to give more volume or leave it neat if I fancy something a litter sleeker. In all honesty, it takes me no more than 10 minutes.

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I find this look easier to create if my hair has dried in its natural wave, or if it has been curled. When the ends have movement, it’s easier to tuck them in when I pin it. I wouldn’t be able do it in 10 minutes if I didn’t have my Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray. This spray preps my hair and gives it the gritty texture I need to make the grips hold. If I’m not feeling fancy I go accessory free, but if you can’t be fancy in December, when can you be?! I hope my little ‘festive how-to’ helps you create a perfect Christmas look. I’d love to see any photos if you try this look at home! With that being said, I hope your Christmas is filled with fun, family, friends and lots of sparkle.

Whats Damaging Your Hair?

Luckily for me, hair is a big passion of mine. I’m forever watching hair related videos, reading articles and trying to better my knowledge on our industry. So much so, that my boyfriend probably knows a fair amount about hair due to subliminally listening to what I watch! My brain seems to store more imagery (beautiful colour formulations, and bouncy curls wrapped in silk scarfs!) and less science. Don’t get me wrong I love the science, but it would appear my brains ability to store such information less so.

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The launch of Moroccanoil Color Complete back in early autumn got me thinking about all the factors that contribute towards dryness and damage. When a client tells me their hair feels dry, I’m the first to blame the change in season. “Oh have you put the heating on? That will explain it!” I’ve noticed the I blame the heating, and general change in season a little too much when actually there’s a lot more too it, and this explains perfectly why your hair can feel dry at different points throughout the year. 

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Environmental aggressors can cause damage to hair (and skin) daily, without you even realising. The first and one of the main culprits causing damage daily is UV light. You’d think living on this cold and windy island we call England we’d have no harmful UV light around at this time of year, but unfortunately that is not the case. If it’s light outside, the UV rays are very much there creating free radicals that over time oxide the lipids (the hydrating molecule) and the protein, the 2 main components that keep the hair strong. This not only has a drying effect on the hair, it can also cause discolouration, hence why a hot sunny holiday can cause extreme colour fade and brassiness.

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The second environmental aggressor that we are faced with daily is pollution. Tiny particles of dirt, dust and grime attach themselves to the hair and scalp like little magnets resulting in your hair looking dull, lifeless and scalp irritation. Pollution will make your hair feel heavy and the dirt will make your hair feel knotty and matted, most likely resulting in you washing and brushing it more than necessary. UV light and pollution teamed with all the small things we do daily, for example blow drying and styling, can over time contribute to our hair not feeling its best. 

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I’m a fine haired girl with a life long love of bleach (I’ve tried to leave it, but I always go running back to it!) and as much as I care for my hair when colouring, bleach will ultimately make the hair more porous and therefore more susceptible to further damage. Because of this I need to treat my hair regularly, and recently I’ve been making an effort to use my Hydrating Mask when I wash my hair and my Protect and Prevent Spray daily to not only make my hair feel moisturised and soft, but in a quest to protect it from further damage. Sometimes (probably out of laziness) I can fall in to bad hair habits and not give mine the TLC it needs, however after the launch of Moroccanoil Colour Complete, I’m putting my all in to giving my hair what it really needs.

 

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My Fall Overhaul

Didn’t Summer treat us well? Warm sunshine on top of warm sunshine, no wonder the colder weather has come as a bit of a shock. I’m taking the change of season as the perfect opportunity to concentrate on caring for my skin and hair. I absolutely love autumn. The changing colours, dusting off my boots and outerwear, cranberry and copper hued make up, my list goes on. However, I suspect the sudden change in temperature, combined with windier and wetter weather has contributed to my skin breaking out and my hair feeling dry. Over the last month I’ve been working on getting my skin and hair back to its best and I’d like to share with you some miracle products I’ve been using along the way.

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I had the pleasure of meeting skin care guru Renee Lapino at a PR event back in summer. I now watch her Instagram stories daily and what she says, goes. A trained medical facialist, Renee specialises in treatment, skincare, and lifestyle advice to achieve and maintain glowing skin. As I mentioned the drop in temperature, mixed with broken sleep (courtesy of my 1 year old), and a small amount of stress (courtesy of a house move!) my skin wasn’t feeling 100%. Cue Renee’s recommendations and my skin no longer feels dry or itchy. First up, Fillerina Day Cream Grade 1. Dubbed as ‘filler in a tube’ this day cream promises to smooth away fine lines, whilst plumping and hydrating. It felt gentle on my sensitive skin, and worked quickly providing day long hydration. It’s a yes from me! Not only did I notice visible improvement, this wonder product doubled up as a long lasting primer. Before switching up my skin care routine, I’d notice early afternoon my face start to itch, especially around my nose and top lip. Fillerina and I believe my next hero product have stopped itchiness and fully reduced redness.

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When my skin feels compromised, the last thing I want to do is cover my face in make up. It makes my skin feel tight, increases sensitivity and the redness can make me feel a little self conscious so it’s a vicious circle. I use foundation to cover the problem, however long term the clogging probably does more damage. (It’s not easy, is it?!) Renee, the Queen of Skin, pointed me in the direction of Oxygenetix foundation (shade - ivory). Not only does Oxygenetix address a wide range of skin problems, it can be applied directly to compromised skin to give even colour/coverage whilst supporting the skin’s healing process. A firm favourite amongst Medical Facialists, it can be used following surgical procedures and aesthetic treatments to support collagen production and skin cell growth. It took daily use over 5 days to eliminate the problem, but it genuinely helped and felt great on my skin. I will be sticking with this little 15ml miracle, if it’s good enough for Kourtney Kardashian, it’s good enough for me!

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My blonde beach waves call for 4 monthly bleach highlights and weekly heat styling - 2 of the main culprits contributing to breakage and dryness. Teamed with the colder weather and the drying effects of central heating, my hair needed soon TLC. My mid lengths and ends were starting to feel a little dryer than usual, you know that feeling when your hairbrush pulls on little knots - that was me. Luckily this problem was combated in one swift hair wash. A detoxing shampoo using Eufora’s Urgent repair was my first port of call. Now here’s a fact that not even many hairdressers know - Hard water has a negative effect on your hair. It makes your colour dull, the minerals from hard water build up on the strands and stop your hair swaying like it should. If your water leaves water marks on your shower door, the chances are you live in a hard water area. (UK hard water map.) Eufora Urgent Repair deeply cleanses the hair removing hard water and product build up. The clean fresh feeling Urgent Repair gives is hard to describe! It makes my hair feel lighter, more volumised at the root, it stays cleaner for longer, it’s just wonderful!

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With a clean canvas, next up is Moroccanoil Mask Light. I use this mask regularly through out the year as a twice monthly mask, however it can be used in replacement of conditioner for an intense hit of moisture. A teaspoon sized amount through mid lengths and ends left for 5 minutes transformed the textured of my hair instantly. The knots are gone for good, and my hair is soooo much easier to blowdry. I’ll be using my Moroccanoil Mask Light in place of my conditioner in to the cold winter months, to help keep my blonde locks healthy.

Babyliss - The Curl Collection

Following on from last weeks blog I wanted to share with you my thoughts and finds since using my new Babyliss electricals over summer. I was already an avid Babyliss wand/tong collector (I need all sizes...obviously), but I had never used a Babyliss hairdryer. It was the Babyliss Italia Brava I started with and I was blown away (see what I did there?) by the power. Designed and built in cooperation with Ferrari, the Italia Brava guarantees exceptional blow-dry results every time. 

The lock-in turbo boost gives strong, precise air pressure, whilst MaxLifePRO brushless technology ensures a quieter hairdryer. Last but not least, the Ferrari designed motor means this dryer will give you up to 10,000 hours of use - when used daily, that’s 27 years of hair drying perfection! Faster, Quieter, Lighter, Longer - on paper it sounds incredible. I have been using the Italia Brava over Summer and I’m in love. My bouncy blowdrys seem bigger yet smoother, blow drying time has reduced, and the lighter dryer has definitely helped my aching shoulder!

I’ve created 3 looks with my 3 favourite tools and I’ll start with ‘The Bouncy Blowdry’ created with the Babyliss Italia Brava. Helena naturally has thick, curly hair that’s prone to frizz. With the help of Moroccanoil we went for smooth volume. As I blowdried I left my brushes in and finished with a cool shot of air to set the movement in. Blowdried on a Saturday, Helena’s hair still looked amazing on Wednesday. Helena felt her hair looked smoother and shinier than usual, and I noticed this whilst blowdrying.

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‘The Soft Curl’ was the second look created using the Babyliss Pro Titanium Expression Waving Wand (34mm.) I’d say this is the most mainstream look of the 3, and the easiest to create at home. To create this relaxed undone curl, I opted for smoother roots through my top section. Basically meaning I started wrapping the hair around the wand from half way down to give a soft sweeping curl. My top tip would be to catch the curl in your hand as you let it come away from the wand, to let the hair cool down before letting it fall in to place. If you let the hot hair fall instantly, the heat could instantly make your new curl drop. To finish and separate the curls I used a wide tooth comb and a light spritz off Moroccanoil Luminous Spray in medium hold.

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Last up and my favourite look of the 3 is ‘The Brushed Out Curl’ created using the Babyliss Pro Titanium Expression 16mm Curling Tong. It’s not often I create this kind of look in salon. But Maybe it’s time to bring it back, just in time for Christmas! You will see in my photos below before the curls were brushed out, they sit in perfect ringlets. By brushing them out a softer fluffier curl is created. Don’t be scared to brush out your curls. I always mist my brush with Moroccanoil Luminious Spray (Medium) before I brush out, to stop any hair going static. As much as this look will take a little longer than a loose curl, it’s a great look to elevate your usual style.

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3 different looks, with 3 different tools, and I love them all. I love how the Babyliss Italia Brava blows volume through every curl whilst drying at a rapid speed. I love that I can create an everyday relaxed look with the Babyliss 32mm wand in under 10 minutes and I love how the Babyliss 16mm tong can create a curl in about 5 seconds flat. I hope you love ‘The Curl Collection’ I have created and if you’re a curly girl like me, I hope it inspires you to change your curls up!

 

 

Babyliss - A Backstage Story

Back in July myself and four colleagues had the opportunity to attend an education hosted by Babyliss Pro at the Contè Nast College of Fashion and Design, London. ‘Backstage Story’ was the name, and learning session styling tips to bring back to the salon was the aim. 

The education was delivered by session styling duo Sam Burnett and Ben Hards. I couldn’t help but grin when I saw Ben was hosting, as we’ve worked together at many fashion shows back in the day. (That makes me sound really old, but I’m going with it.)

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Ben Hards is a celebrity session stylists, and counts Zayn Malik as one of his loyal clients. He owns an award winning salon, The Square, in Sevenoaks and is a guest artist for L’Oréal, Kerastase, Shu Eumura, Oribe and Babyliss Pro.

Sam Burnett, owner of Hare & Bone, has recently opened his second salon giving him prime position in London and now Esher. At the age of 23 Sam won Newcomer of the Year at the British Hairdressing Awards (thats pretty big!) and since 2010 has worked as a freelance session stylist with his work featuring in Elle and InStyle to name but a few. 

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When working backstage, you need to work quickly. There isn’t time for a 45 minute appointment per model like there would be in salon. To ensure time doesn’t run over you need good products and the best electricals. The Babyliss tongs/wands have always been my go to styler when working at LFW. They’re reliable, available in all sizes needed and most importantly they can create a curl in under 10 seconds.

Babyliss had transformed the college in to a LFW backstage set up. With all electricals out ready, make up, clothes, a photographer and even a DJ it felt more like a party. After watching Ben and Sam create the looks we worked in pairs to recreate the styles and get our models ready for their photoshoot. In our industry there are no set rules when it comes to styling hair. There’s always room to learn and improve your skill and I’d highly recommend ‘Backstage Story - Session to Salon’ to anyone wanting to up their styling skills.

If you cast your mind back to summer, you may remember some festival looks I created with my model Helena. The Babyliss event was the following week and Helena agreed to come to London and model. Her hair still pink from our festival looks, she definitely made an impact. Below are the two final images after her photoshoot. 

 

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Thank you Babyliss for a great evening of education and thank you for stocking up my kit bag with an array of electricals . Since attending ‘Backstage Story’ I have not put my new hairdryer down. Check back next week to see some looks I have been creating along the way! 

 

Moroccanoil Color Complete

To all the blondes who have experienced brassiness, this one is for you. Brunettes who find the tone and depth of their colour fade, this one is also for you. In fact, any one who has ever experienced colour fade of any kind, let me introduce you to Moroccanoil’s revolutionary new colour care collection, Color Complete. 

A 360 degree approach to colour care, addressing all the daily environmental issues that contribute towards colour fade to keep your colour looking just as good as it does at the start, until your next appointment.

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Starting at your colour appointment, we prep your hair with the ChromaTech Prime to eliminate scalp sensitivities and ensures the porosity of your hair is even from roots to ends for the most even colour result. After your colour has developed its time to lock the colour in with the ChromaTech Post, a finishing infusion of COLORLINK technology. Not only will this lock your colour in, it will leave your hair shinier and stronger than before.

Next comes the ‘at home’ part. A 3 product regime including the Color Complete Shampoo, Color Complete Conditioner and the Protect and Prevent Spray. This system is scientifically proven to extend colour life and vibrancy by 100% after 10 washes. 

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Color Complete features 2 proprietary technologies to ensure your colour stays vibrant whilst improving its health. ArganID, found in all the products, uses ionic attraction to deliver argan oil deep in to the cortex of the hair whilst locking in colour pigments. COLORLINK is the second, and this groundbreaking blend of 3 colour actives works on repairing hair from chemical and mechanical damage. But don’t let me bore you with anymore science, here are some reviews from my clients and friends who have helped me test Moroccanoil Color Complete before it launched! 

 

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“Sometimes having blonde hair, it can be difficult to maintain the colour. I usually find that over time washing and styling my hair leads to it gradually becoming warmer and brassy in colour. Since last having my hair coloured, I have been using the Moroccanoil Color Complete Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as the Protect & Prevent Spray. I have to say these products have exceeded my expectations! The real test for me was going to be whilst I was abroad on holiday, and being faced with the usual challenges for my hair colour. The chlorine in the pool, the sea salt and of course, the intense heat and sunshine. It has now been seven weeks since having my hair coloured and I feel that it is still looking bright, fresh and it feels in great condition.” - Cheryl Dickinson.

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“Before spending my Summer in Las Vegas, I was worried my ash blonde colour would become brassy whilst out there. Laura had tried to find a salon that stocked the toner I have but didn’t have any luck. Just before I went away Laura gave me the Moroccanoil Colour Complete Shampoo, Conditioner and the Protect & Prevent Spray. I didn’t think it would work for the whole trip but I’m pleased to say my blonde stayed nice and white. On my return I decided to go dark, and was once again worried my new colour would fade over the blonde. However these products, along with the Chromotech service Laura used in the salon when she was colouring have kept my colour looking dark, rich and shiny. If your colour fades or goes brassy, I’d definitely recommend these products.” - Hayley Sawers

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“Being ash blonde, I always used to find my toner would wash out over time and I’d end up a yellow blonde. I would normally have to have a toner in between my scalp bleach appointments, however since using Moroccanoil Color Complete my colour has lasted so much longer. I haven’t had to have a toner in between and my hair still looks ice white!” - Claudia Coyne

 

 

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“I have always loved Moroccanoil products. I tried the Moroccanoil Color Complete because my hair often looked yellow towards the end of my colour. I have found to my surprise that with these product this is not the case. I have just returned from holiday and normally the sun would have bleached my hair, but not this time. It is still looking good. As always loving the smell and the packaging.” - Gerry Bell

A Day With Pure PR

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Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of representing Moroccanoil at Pure PR’s press day. The event was an opportunity for Pure to showcase the brands and products they represent to press, influencers and bloggers. With a ‘back to school’ theme the team had turned an empty art gallery in Eastcastle Street, London, in to The Pure Academy. A restaurant/show room of dreams, filled with an array of hair, beauty and wellbeing brands.  Back to school because the brands Pure PR represent are all top in their field.

Moroccanoil will soon be launching a revolutionary colour care line in the UK.  A 360 degree approach to caring for coloured hair. It was my job to introduce people to the line - I can’t wait to share more information about it with you guys soon! It was also an opportunity to reveal our Christmas gift boxes, whilst of course offering dry styling. Beach waves and braids seemed to be the order of the day, so I kept my Moroccanoil Original Treatment and Dry Texture Spray close to hand.

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I was surrounded by hair, beauty and wellbeing product lines. This is literally my idea of heaven! I spend my day working along side Sergio from E.L.F. A vegan make up a range and let me tell you why I was so excited about this! As a green eyed human being the best colour to compliment my eyes is purple. Now I’m (very) allergic to a product called Carmine. A red colouring derived from crushed beetles to create vibrant purple and copper tones in make up. I saw E.L.F’s bright purple eye shadow staring at me from across the room, and being a vegan range I knew this meant no carmine therefore it wouldn’t make me swell up like a balloon! Hallelujah!

Aromatherapy Associates are a brand I have used previously. But if I’m honest I didn’t know a great deal about them. After chatting to Christina, their global director of education, I have learnt about the wellbeing benefits linked to aromatherapy oils. Did you know essential oils can be used to aid stress and sleep? They can be used to boost your energy levels and relax the mind. I definitely think I need to spend more time focusing on relaxing my mind. Something as little as introducing the appropriate blend of essential oil in your daily routine could reduce fatigue and make you feel more relaxed and ready for your day. I left with the deep relax roller ball, a fragrance formulated to bring out peace and relaxation.

Last by not least I had the pleasure of working along side Renee Lapino. One of the best in the skin care business, Renee was representing Goldfaden MD. A skin care range utilising state of the art technologies, Goldfaden MD is one of Renee’s go to brands to work with. If I’m honest I wanted it all, however my stand out product was Doctors Scrub. A ruby crystal microderm Exfoliator that leaves skin hydrated whilst removing dead skin cells. The results could be seen instantly. I’ve only used this product twice and my face has never looked so good. I opted for no make up after use because my face just felt so fresh and so clean (clean!) I’m literally amazed and although it’s only September I will be adding some other Goldfaden MD products to my Christmas list. (*Boyfriend rolling eyes whilst reading this*)

Imagine a working day socialising with like minded people whilst sharing knowledge on products you love. The team from Pure are a dream to be around. Passionate about the brands they work with and all round cool girls. Like the new kid in class I was made to feel welcome and can’t wait to see them at London Fashion week soon.

#Filters


There is nothing more aesthetically pleasing than a beautifully themed Instagram layout, created by uploading photos with the same filter so every photo matches. Back in the day (before smart phones and apps) black and white and sepia were our only options. But now we have hundreds of filters and editing tools at our disposable on various apps.

 

I edit my photos, and I’m sure every flat lay on my blog has a warm hazy filter over the top to make it more pleasing to my eye - vsco T1 to be precise. I never filter photos when showcasing  colour work as it wouldn’t show the true result.

 

I love using photos as a tool when talking about colour, however it amazes me how many photos I see that aren’t real. You’d never know because the filter/editing looks real enough, but when you’ve seen the exact same photo in a different colour that is the give away. The ash blonde trend took photo fakery to a whole new level. There’s a beautiful photo of Cara Delevingne sporting an ash grey hue. The image isn’t real, the grey never happened. In a ‘Cara Delevigne Hair’ search on Pinterest you’ll see the original photo and the same with various filters on.

 

I shout FUGAZI at my iPhone way too much. (Wolf of Wall Street fans, you know.) Generally shaking my head at the same time. Here is an example of an image I altered earlier.

 

 

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These edits took me about 10 minutes to make. Granted - if you look closely this isn’t the best editing. (Finger drawing on an iPhone screen) However I did it on a free app to prove how easily it can be done. I have posted the real photo below for those interested. 

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There is absolutely nothing wrong with faking it in some cases. But what I don’t agree with is trying to pass a fake photo for real work. If I was to upload a photos to Instagram with the caption, ‘From copper to pink in one sitting!’ I’d be misleading my audience to believe this was achievable and it could encourage them to try the same. Not only will they be hugely disappointed when it doesn’t work, they might also think their hairdressing isn’t capable because someone else managed it. 

 

As I previously said I love to play with filters, however not on my work page. I use a ring light and an iPhone to take my photos and recently I’ve been making the background whiter to make my layout more appealing. If I was to filter the hair I’d only be making my life harder long term when someone requests the same non-existent filtered image.(FUGAZI!) Relevant to every social media aspect, don’t believe everything you see to be correct representation of reality, and hairdressers, stop filtering.


An Interview with Emma Chen

 

I have been following Emma on Instagram for a couple of years now. It was the textured up-do's and flawless make up that got me hooked! On many occasions I have tried to recreate Emma's hair and make up look on myself and clients. With daily tips in her stories I have picked up so many new tricks. Emma has 142k followers, replies to all social media enquiries and with a fully booked schedule I'm sooooo grateful to Emma for fitting in the time for this interview. I'd highly recommend a read for any one wanting to get started in the hair/beauty industry. Emma took a risk going it alone and it has certainly paid off! 

 

 Emma, you are undoubtedly one of the best hair and make up artists in Australia right now, but what came first, hair or make up? 

Omg your so sweet! I’m not sure if that’s true but I appreciate the love. I started off as a hairdresser when I finished school, I liked it but always saw it as a back up career. I first applied to do a Tafe photography course, but it was too expensive for my parents at the time. I ended up staying in hairdressing for almost 10 years. I was good at hairdressing but was too much of a worry wart. I would stress about every colour and never ever in ten years did I feel 100% comfortable cutting and colouring. I had been applying for admin jobs for months and couldn’t get an interview. So in 2013 I decided to do a short course in makeup (x2 nights a week for 3 months ) just for fun. I never imagined myself to be a makeup artist or dreamed of being able to make a full time living from it. As they say the rest is history...

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You have the relaxed beach wave down to a fine art. What are your top tips for textured beachy hair? (Us British like to pretend we’ve come straight from the beach!) 

 

Not over styling the hair, the key is to use your clients natural texture and add to it not try to change it.

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If you had to pick one product for your make up kit to give the glow we see so often in your photos, what would it be and why?

 

Becca Opal Liquid , as you can apply it on the highs of the face under foundation , you can mix it in with your foundation also to give a more luminous finish and its also great for the chest area .

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You have always replied to my social media messages, that I am very grateful for! How long do you spend on social media a day? 

 

Omg it can be a struggle working full time and trying to keep up to date with all the social channels, emails etc. But I would say on average I spend 1-2 hours on insta throughout the day, trying to reply to messages, comments and of course uploading content.

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If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

 

Morocco, I’m obsessed with all the imagery I see on insta and don’t even get me start on the rugs and homeware they make and sell!

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Run us through a day in the life of Emma Chen?

 

This is a hard one as every day is sooo different. Usually I will re pack my kit from the day before and do a cross check to make sure I have everything for the job that day. I tend to do a lot of driving to Byron so I always make sure I download a good playlist for the drive. Once my shoot has wrapped up I always come home and shampoo all of my brushes and sponges. A lot of artists only use brush cleaner on their brushes to sanitise however I love how soft they feel once they're washed and I find the shape holds better.  I will then try to get to my emails while my husband cooks dinner (I'm lucky I know!) and then recently we have been addicted to the TV show Married At First Sight, so we will watch that!

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When thinking about your career so far, what has been the most defining moment and why?

For me it would be at the start of my career & remembering all the fear I had in taking a leap of faith and going out on my own, free lance. I never thought I was good enough to make it. It was a defining moment the day I quit working for others, truly backed myself and took that massive risk. I was 29 at the time, so financially I was scared as I had so many responsibilities, but it paid off! I worked so hard and took every single opportunity there was. No way I was going to let myself fail.

 

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Lastly where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

I would love to travel a bit more with work and take on some different types of jobs to push myself out of my comfort zone.

 

Emma is a true example of hard work paying off. Incredible talent teamed with a good work ethos - a match made in heaven! The above photos are all Emma's work. For all things hair, make up give Emma a follow. Emma fills my feed with beautifully bronzed faces and I bookmark pretty much every hair up. Emma's stories are also quite funny, and you know - that always helps! 

Thanks again Emma, come and see us in England soon. (It may rain a little too much, but we make good tea!)

 

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My Italian Mini Break Essentials

I spend most of my holiday in bright flowing dresses. The kind of dresses I feel I just can’t get away with back home. I’ve built up quite a collection over the years and when teamed with delicate gold jewellery and simple sandals, I feel good but stay cool whilst exploring.

This year we stayed at a small villa in the Tuscan hills. A small village called Fiasole, five minutes away from Florence. Close enough to venture in to the Tuscan capital, but far enough away to relax in the tranquil surroundings.

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After lazy breakfasts and mornings spent by the pool, we spent our afternoons exploring. I have never been disappointed with Italy. I love the history, architecture and of course the food. My boyfriend planned this trip and he found some incredible places to eat and the best spots for afternoon cocktails.  My 1 year old stayed at home with Grandparents, so I could spend a little extra time getting ready in the evenings before dinner. I like to use my everyday products whilst away, because I know they work for me. Hotel product packaging can look nice, but it just isn’t the same!

 

Long weekends away call for hand luggage only, meaning I plan ahead when it comes to packing. I plan my outfits (down to accessories) in advance and prepare my 100ml travel sized hair and beauty products in a clear wash bag.

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This year packing was made easy by Moroccanoil. Their mini travel sizes are 100ml or under and don’t take up too much room in my cabin sized case. I opted for the ‘destination repair’ kit. Including a Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. A Moroccanoil Treatment Oil Original, and the styling product I can’t live with out - Dry Texture Spray. All containing nourishing, antioxidant rich argan oil, this is the perfect combination for hydrated, healthy locks. 

 

In regards to skin care, it had to be Eufora Beautifying Serum. For hair, skin and scalp, I may as well bathe in it! I apply it to my face twice a day and this is a MUST for holidays due to the soothing cranberry extract. Mosquitos, do what you’ve got to do, because Beautifying Serum will take away the redness and itchiness in a flash. I keep a travel size in my handbag, and have been known to whip it out when my friends have had skin complaints in the past. Spot? Beautifying Serum. Bite? Beautifying Serum. You get the gist! 

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Travelling light made this trip easier from the get to. We used local buses and walked around Florence with our cases. This wouldn’t have been fun with a 20kg case in 35 degree heat! Travelling light is something I’m become quite good at. So until next time, my travel sized bottles will be saved in my little clear lightweight bag, ready to top up! 

 

 

 

 

 


Head to Toe Argan Experience

If you read last weeks blog, you’ll know I have been celebrating ‘The Year of Ten.’ Ten years in the industry, ten years at The Pure Hair Salon and ten years with Moroccanoil.

 

It would seems there’s celebration all round, as it was ten years ago Moroccanoil pioneered a new category in the beauty industry. Moroccanoil took the hair industry by storm with their signature product, Moroccanoil Treatment Oil. A decade later, Moroccanoil now offer a full line of hair and body products - all infused with the finest argan oil.

 

In celebration, Moroccanoil have launched a 10 year Anniversary set. Consisting of two products to give you the complete head-to-toe argan experience.

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Moroccanoil Treatment

The original foundation for hairstyling, and the product that created the worldwide buzz on argan oil. Infused with the finest antioxidant rich argan and shine boosting vitamins, this wonder product reduces drying time, detangles, treats and smooths. When used correctly a bottle of Moroccanoil Treatment Oil will last month after month. To ensure the oil stays protected from natural and artificial light it’s beautifully packaged in an amber glass bottle. A luxurious addition to any dressing table display.

My Top Tip

Instead of using straighteners after blow drying, run a pea sized amount of Moroccanoil Treatment Oil through mid lengths and ends to give your blowdry an extra smooth finish and add even more shine.

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Dry Body Oil

This award-winning weightless formula instantly nourishes the skin. Antioxidant rich argan oil, along with olive and avocado oil absorbs quickly in to the skin to lock in moisture, soothe dry areas and improve the skins texture and tone. 

My Top Tip

Add a few drops to the bath. The delicate scent teamed with a relaxing bath are a match made in heaven.

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The Moroccanoil 10 year Special Edition boxes are avalible now, at The Pure Hair Salon, whilst stocks last.

 £40 (worth £54.85)

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The year of 10

Monday 18th February, 2008. It seems like yesterday I started my apprenticeship at Pure Hair. I was 16 at the time and living with my Mum. I had just met my boyfriend and didn’t really have a care in the world. Fast forward 10 years, I’ve been a stylist for over 7 years and I’m a self employed educator for Moroccanoil. I now live in my own home (with the same boyfriend!) and I’m a Mum to the most beautiful, full of life, 1 year old. It makes my head hurt if I think about it too much! Where on earth did those 10 years go? And how have so many significant life changing events happened?!

I wouldn’t say I started work with a plan of how I wanted my future to look. I have been given great opportunities, not only from Pure Hair, but from all our product lines. And let me tell you, hairdressing education is like nothing you’ve ever seen before! I’ve attended a Paul Mitchell education in Rome. (John Paul Dejoria, the co-founder of Paul Mitchell, also owns Patrón Tequila - that was a good weekend!) I’ve been fortunate enough to visit the factory in Tuscany where our colour line, Sens.ús is formulated and made. Not only was the Eufora education in San Diego one of the best events I’ve been to, San Diego at Halloween is on another level! 

At the same time I started my career in hairdressing 10 years ago, Moroccanoil was born. Their first product, Moroccanoil Treatment Oil, was the product that pioneered the world of oil infused hair, and created the worldwide buzz on argan oil. Not only did it treat the hair, it was - and still is - a styling and finishing product.

When Moroccanoil held an event, this huge buzz meant everyone flocked to see what was going on. Nobody wanted to miss out on free samples or Moroccanoil merchandise! Because of the demand, Moroccanoil reached out to their stockists asking if anyone could help at their events. I was totally up for 2 days of fun in London. I loved Moroccanoil and jumped at the chance to spend time with the team and help out.

Moving stock, handing out samples and assisting stylists were just a few of the things I did at my first event. I met some incredible people and couldn’t wait to help out on future events with the team. Since then, I have worked on PR events starting at 4am at the coolest locations. In 2012 I worked at V festival styling hair by day and watching Ed Sheeran by night. I’ve styled hair for Paul Smith, Alice Temperley, Aadnevik and Osman at London fashion Week. I thrive off a busy schedule and with no two days the same, I absolutely love it. Not only do I still attend these incredible events, I’m now a Moroccanoil Educator for the U.K. I love meeting new people, teaching them tips and tricks I have picked up along the way, whilst also learning new things from them. Hairdressing is a rapidly changing industry and much like beauty, hair and fashion are in the eye of the beholder. So there is always room to up your skills and knowledge.

My first Moroccanoil education was in Ireland, three years ago. The venue was a beautiful converted church in the centre of Dublin. Considering my Nan (who I lived with for 10 years) was Irish, this was the first time I’d been over to visit. Finding out the venue was right next to the school my Nan used to work at, was a sign I was in the right place at the right time.

I’m a firm believer in you get what you give. When I’m asked to do something I will give it 100%. I also take every opportunity given to me, because you never know where the opportunities may lead.

 So here’s to the year of 10. 10 years at Pure Hair and 10 years with Moroccanoil. <3 

 

 

 

 

 


Festival Hair

It’s the second week of Summer and crazy things are happening. My hairdryer has been unplugged, as I’m letting the warm air take care of drying my hair. My foundation is at the bottom of my make up bag, because my freckles are out in full force. I’ve even got a bottle of rosè chilling for the weekend. (Girl gone crazy.) I am. Totally. Feeling. Summer!

Summer is the most relaxed season, don’t you think? Clothes are brighter, my hair is lighter. And I will most definitely colour my hair rose gold to match said chilling rosè, because why not?!

Another huge part of Summer is the festival scene, and us Brits don’t do too badly when it comes to festivals. We may not have Coachella, but with Lovebox and Latitude next week, Wireless, V Festival and Reading in August, we do have a great Summer line up. Festivals are all about enjoying good music with good people - rain or shine - and if it’s not the perfect time to experiment with fashion, hair and make up, when is?! I'm talking glitter on top of tassels on top of diamonds, with bright make up thrown in for good measure.

Primark have introduced a new range for Summer - Glitter Junkie. With their beauty department rapidly growing, highly pigmented glitters and beautifully designed body gems are just a few of the things I picked up when I discovered Primark’s new Glitter Junkie range. Perfect for festivals, and Summer parties alike, I’d like to show you a few of the looks I have created using these festival accessories and Moroccanoil. 

 

Glitter Partings

At just £1.50 for a test tube full of the most amazing Glitter Junkie sparkle - I took one in every colour! I prepped Helena’s Hair with Moroccanoil Treatment Original and Moroccanoil Mending Infusion to create a smooth, shiny canvas ready to Dutch braid. Braids are the best way to keep hair in a secure style that won’t budge for days. Great for a 3 day festival. Once braided, I applied Moroccanoil Extra Firm Hairspray all over, holding the can 30cm away from the hair, followed by an additional spritz up and down the parting holding the can much closer. The hairspray looked slightly wet on the parting section, perfect for the glitter to adhere to. I then sprinkled the glitter down the middle and used the cold setting on my hairdryer to set the sparkle in place. 

I picked up the glitter in white, pink, silver and blue. Complete with water soluble body glue, this is a great accessory for body and hair art.

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Glitter Junkie Body Gems

Body gems over the last few years have got bigger and better. The trend started with small clusters of gems for the face. But now you can get body gems for practically anywhere on the body. The gems I used to create Helena’s festival look came in a pack of two (£3.00) and are actually designed to sit on the back of your thighs, just under your shorts. When I saw them, I felt it was something different and went perfectly with our pink theme. To create Helena’s lived in beach waves, I used a medium tong, leaving the ends completely straight. Not forgetting Moroccanoil Perfect Defense to protect from the heat. After shaking the waves out. I finished the look with a healthy dose of Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray. Great for effortless, undone waves that need to last through the weekend.

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The Midi Rings

These cute midi rings are just that - rings designed to wear on your fingers. But once again I wanted to experiment, and for a pack of 10, £1.50 was a very affordable option to create my last festival inspired look. With Helena’s waves already prepped from our last look, I added more Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray before braiding to give added grit. This makes the hair much easier to work with when using small sections. Using the rings is as easy as twirling the hair around with your finger to make it smaller, and sliding the ring down the hair. I then added the next section of hair, (much like you would with a French plait) and repeated with the next ring. I tied the ring mohawk and braids together with a clear band and finished with a relaxed topknot.

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My festival accessories cost £6, an absolute steal considering I can reuse them all. I would highly recommended a visit to your local Primark to stock up on all festival essentials! I will be keeping my glitter in my salon kit, so if you fancy a bit of sparkle after your blowdry - let’s go crazy! 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Hairdressing Wage

This is a subject most people don’t want to talk about, and quite rightly too. There are many reasons why you may want to keep your wage private.

I would assume that with most jobs you get paid an hourly/day rate. Some jobs you can earn extra from overtime, and some jobs will include a bonus sceme. I would like to explain how my wage works.

Now, I’m not doing this just for the sake of it. I’m doing this because firstly, I feel hairdressing as a career choice is still frowned upon by many. I have had people ask me why I decided against College and University when I achieved good grades at GCSE level. I have also been told I’m quite intelligent for a hairdresser and should have pushed myself more. (Classic!)

Secondly I think SOME hair stylists are under paid due to unrealistic goals being set by their employers and that reflects badly on the salons that pay fairly.

Lastly, and the main reason, is due to a Cosmopolitan article I read 2 years ago. It still haunts me a little occasionally! We, as hairdressers were ranked the 4th worst paid job in the UK, earning on average £10,019 per annum. I know you need highs and lows to make an average, but to see that written in an article is enough to put anyone off starting a career in hairdressing.

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So back to the wages...

I get paid on a commission basis. This means I get a percentage of the price I charge. I don’t have a target to hit to ensure payment of commission, I will always receive commission for every hair service carried out. My targets are only set so I can see how I’m doing over the month, they are not wage related.

I also receive commission on the products I retail. We stock, what we feel, are the best brands, and to recreate what I do in the salon and protect the hair, these products are needed. If my client has just spent £136 on their colour, they don’t want colour fade from a low quality supermarket bought shampoo. (Ekk!)

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The retail commission percentage will increase if we choose to spend it on self development. I have used mine to pay for 2 courses in San Diego, to build upon my skills and knowledge, knowing self development will lead to promotion.

I’m happy with my pay structure however I have worked hard from day one. (Maybe not every day, but most days!) I got an apprenticeship wage when I first started (£320 every 4 weeks) and this was increased at the age of 18. Todays apprentices get paid a little more, the minimum apprenticeship wage is currently just under £600 every 4 weeks. The apprentices at my salon Pure Hair get paid more than the minimum apprenticeship wage during their 2nd year. When I qualified I worked hard to grow my client base, and with the help of my employers and recommendations from happy clients, I did that quickly.

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With the realistic targets set and the fair percentage I get paid, I’m pleased to say I earned just shy of £40,000 last year. I was happy with that. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t still room to grow.

To get a pay rise I need to receive a promotion.  A promotion will be given on knowledge, experience and request rate (How many clients ask for me). So when my prices increase, my wage will rise.

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Another way is filling my day with higher paid services. I LOVE to colour, and colour will earn me more money as the service is a higher price.

I have worked in a salon where stylists don’t get paid on time; where colour stock is so low clients are lost because the desired result can’t be achieved; where the bottles at the shampoo area are filled with a supermarket brand because it’s cheaper! How can a commission based stylist reach their potential when they have to deal with this? (I didn’t work there for long!)

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As much as hairdressing is branded one of the worst paid jobs, it's also said to be one of the happiest and most fulfilling jobs. For anyone wanting to start a career in hairdressing, do your research. It can take time to find the right salon, so don't settle. Find a salon who invest in their team, who put training first, and who's hairdressers look like they genuinely LOVE what they do. Don’t be put off by negative comments, unfair employees and scary articles.


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Olaplex


I have been working with Olaplex for over 2 years and I fell in love with their revolutionary product instantly. Olaplex has completely changed my thought process when colouring hair. Olaplex allows me to go ahead with colour changes that once weren’t possible, without causing damage.

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Brought to us by Dean Christal and designed by 2 scientists, Dr Eric Pressly PHD in Material and Dr Craig Hawker PHD in Chemistry. Olaplex is the product that has changed hairdressing.

 

Olaplex is a single active ingredient. (Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate - very scientific!) Designed to reconnect bonds that have been broken by the process of colour, heat and mechanical damage. Olaplex repairs the internal structure of the hair, and can be used when colouring to prevent damage whilst repairing. It can also be used as a stand alone treatment to repair the hair in salon, or at home. 

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The internal structure of hair is made of disulfide bonds. These bonds are linked together from roots to ends. I think of these bonds like a shoe lace threaded through the eyelets. When tied together your shoe is secure, strong and can take the movement as your walk. When left loose the eyelets become weakened, therefore you’d be more prone to tripping and causing damage along the way. Olaplex re-links any broken bonds in the hair, to make the internal structure strong again.


As previously mentioned Olaplex can be mixed with colour to prevent damage and repair. As a hairdresser who looks after lots of beautiful blondes and regularly carries out big colour changes, Olaplex is a great tool I always keep close to hand. Not to be confused with a magic wand, Olaplex will only work if there are still bonds present in the hair. In very extreme cases hair can be so damaged, there aren’t bonds present. Stand alone Olaplex treatments and regular cuts would be recommended to get the hair back at its best before even thinking about colour if this was the case.

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Below I have coloured 2 pieces of hair to show a comparison. The hair is real hair and had previously been bleached.

Formula 1 /Right photo - Deco (a form of lightener/bleach) and 30 volume.

Formula 2/Left photo - Deco (a form of lightener/bleach), 30 volume and Olaplex.

 

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A picture is worth a thousand words, and you can clearly see the difference in the condition of the hair. After washing both pieces of hair, I roughly dried them without using any product. I could tell the hair coloured without Olaplex looked finer at the time of drying, but it wasn’t until I came back to them a few days later I could really see the difference. The over bleached piece of hair had swollen, looked angry, broken and frazzled. Whilst the piece of hair coloured with olaplex still maintained its original shine and strong structure.

The product I used to bleach the above hair was a strong formulation. It wouldn’t be a formula I would use on hair that has already been lightened, it’s clear to  see the damage that has been caused. If you are thinking about a drastic change or you feel your hair is not at its best condition wise, speak to a professional before your colour appointment and ask for a strand test so you can see what would happen on a smaller strand, before going ahead with the complete change. Search for a salon who uses Olaplex. Patented technology that works. 

It’s important to look after your hair from the inside out. If the structure is strong, goodness will follow. I’ve had clients comment on how their curls have come back to life and been less frizzy. I’ve had clients tell me their hair has never been so long. I personally used to dread having my hair cut, as it never seemed to grow. (It obviously grew, it just didn’t stay attached at the ends!) Now I’m having a solid inch cut off every time. Looking after your hair internally, backed up with a selection of suitable products to cleanse, condition, treat and style your hair with at home, will 100% give you the best from your hair.

 

Olaplex prices start at £18.85  @ Pure Hair Lightwater. For more information please don’t hesitate to contact me on Instagram (@laurabellhair) or to book please contact Pure Hair directly. (www.purehairsalon.co.uk/book/)