& tips from your side of the counter........
YEAR NEW YOU!
Happy New Year!! If, like me,
you went for a new style this Christmas, you may be struggling
to keep it salon perfect. Weve put together some handy
hints to help keep your style looking good into the New Year
so if its curls, spikes or lots of lift youre after read
HOW TO - LOOK AFTER A PERM
- Have your hair trimmed every
6-8 weeks this will help your perm last longer.
- Treat hair particularly gently
whilst wet hair is at its most delicate then, use only
a wide toothed comb to detangle when conditioning.
- Gently dry hair with a diffuser
attachment to encourage curl definition.
- Apply mousse and let hair
dry naturally for a tighter, more defined curl. Use fingers
to tease out only during the very last stage of drying.
- Once a month deeply condition
hair to restore elasticity.
- Always use a moisturising
shampoo and conditioner especially designed for treated
hair, an ordinary range will just not deliver enough moisture
leading to hair breakage.
- Protect permed hair from the
sun if you want to avoid the frizzies. Use a specially designed
product or better still, cover hair with a hat or trendy
headscarf if exposed for prolonged times.
TO CREATE LIFT AT ROOTS
- Apply mousse or gel at root
area then use fingers to lift and direct as you dry.
- For a softer look use a vent
brush to lift hair to create hair and volume.
- Apply mousse, then dry hair
with head tipped forward gently gripping and pulling roots
between fingers. Spritz with a small amount of hairspray
and blast roots with dryer for 30 seconds before tipping
CREATE THAT SPIKY LOOK
hair texture cut to two or three inches all over. Apply a
strong styling product to the root area. Dry hair from the
roots sectioning small twists as you dry. To finish, spray
hairspray onto hands and rub through hair for a truly separated,
women in ancient Rome who wanted to lighten their
hair to a golden blonde colour treated it with wood
ashes, unslaked lime and sodium carbonate. This process
was very damaging and women often experienced massive
hair loss as a result of its long term use.
the Renaissance period, borax and saltpetre were used
for bleaching as well as a solution of water in which
myrrh, lupins, forse and saffron had been boiled.
Roman and Israeli women often sprinkled gold dust
into their hair but women being what they are, natural
blondes chose to sprinkle silver in their hair as
did the women of the Court of Louis Napoleon!
days bleaching is a much safer process. Its usually
safer to visit a salon to bleach hair, especially
if youre a natural brunette, and of course, keeping
your hair in shape and using intensive conditioners
regularly is a must for hair that has been lightened.
If youre not quite brave enough for a full head of
blonde, chunky highlights framing just the face are
back in a big way on pop stars and catwalks!
HOW TO GET THAT SALON FINISH!
Mousse is undoubtedly the most versatile
and easy to use product. Its foamy consistency means it can be
used on wet or dry hair. Modern mousses contain conditioning polymers
to help nurture and protect the hair. Available in different strengths
ranging from soft to maximum hold it can be used to tame flyaway
hair, lift flat roots and create a scrunched look.
Tip although normal hold will suit
most styles if you want more holding power dont just use extra
mousse. This will weigh hair down and make it look dull. Use a
firmer hold mousse instead.
These lotions contain flexible resins
which form a film on the hair and aid setting whilst protecting
the hair from heat damage. There are various products to suit
different hair types and some add volume and others additional
shine. Some are also available in different strengths from natural
to firm hold.
Tip apply the lotion from roots
to ends and if using a hair dryer or heated styling appliance
always choose one with thermal protection.
Gel usually gives a stronger hold
than mousse and come in different forms from thick jelly to liquid
sprays. Used for precise styling and definition they are often
referred to as sculpting lotions, and are ideal for shorter and
Tip only use a small amount, preferably
rubbing between the palms before applying. Gel can be revitalised
the following morning by rubbing wet hands through the hair.
Styling waxes, also known as pomades,
are made from natural waxes and softened with other ingredients
such as mineral oils and lanolin to make them pliable. Some waxes
contain vegetable oil to give gloss and sheen. They are good for
controlling frizz and static and can be useful in smoothing sleek
Tip use only the finest film of
wax or hair will become lank and rub wax in palms first before
applying to warm it and make it more pliable.
Used to hold a style in place hairsprays
come in various strengths from light to firm holds and there are
types to suit different hair needs. Hairdressers often use sprays
to give longer lasting roller sets or for extra root lifts to
Tip a light application or spray
on your hairbrush can help tame flyaway ends or use to spray just
the roots if your hair is too limp to hold its style.
SET YOUR HAIR ON ROLLERS:
- Roughly blow-dry hair to remove
- Mist hair with thermo setting
- Divide hair into sections and
roll onto rollers, taking care not to buckle ends. Self-fixing
velcro rollers are perfect for this. Try LOreals Tec, Ni Pinless
Rollers from professional salons or Denman Magic Rollers from
chemists and department stores.
- Dry for 10 minutes using a hood
dryer like the Braun Uno, or use the diffuser attachment on
- Leave hair to cool completely
before removing rollers and dressing out.
USE BENDY ROLLERS
- Take a small 1-2 inch section
of damp hair the wider the section, the looser the curl.
- Before you start winding, place
tissue or perm paper on the ends of the hair for extra protection
and to prevent buckling.
- Wind hair with an even tension
to the roots, then bend the ends of the roller towards each
other to form a horseshoe shape.
- After hair has completely dried,
unwind rollers and allow the curls to settle a few minutes before
separating with your fingers.
- For a smoother look, brush out
the curls instead of using your fingers.