All About L’Oreal #COLORFULHAIR

Introducing the new in-salon temporary colouring range just in time for summer — L’Oreal #COLORFULHAIR!

We’ve got 8 brilliant new shades that you can intermix to create thousands of bespoke looks. These products are ammonia-free, and only need to develop for up to 20 minutes!

Mix a few shades together, or diffuse it for a more pastel effect. With so much versatility, we can guarantee that no one else will be sporting colour quite like yours. Use with L’Oreal Smartbond to maximize vibrancy and shine.

The possibilities are endless — rainbow plaits, oil slick fringe, pastel ombre, mermaid locks… You’ll be set for your summer festival, wedding, or holiday. And since it’s temporary, you’ll still look presentable when you get back to the office on Monday.

Tone it up and create a vibrant pop of colour, or tone it down and find your pastel personality.

 

#COLORFULHAIR lasts up to 15 shampoos*, so it’s perfect for keeping up with the trends, without a ton of maintenance. You will need a skin test with these products at least 48-hours before your appointment, so be sure to book with plenty of time.

Alessandra used these products for her entry into the L’Oreal Colour Trophy Back Stage Semi-Finals in Leeds in April. Take a look below for a glimpse at the results:

Model with pink hair coloured using L'Oreal #COLORFULHAIR

Before: model Sartoria came to us with home-made orange hair After: Alessandra gave her a 2-toned pink look using the L’Oreal #COLORFULHAIR range

*only a guideline. Durability may depend on a number of factors. Be sure to discuss what you can do to extend the life of your colour with your colourist during your appointment.

Jennifer Lawrence smiling with ice blonde hair

Hair Trend: Ice Blonde

The past few years have seen exciting and bold trends when it comes to hair colour. Now it’s more common than ever to see smoky grey, metallic pastels, emerald green, vivid rainbows, or even rock-inspired colours on all sorts of cuts and styles. And of course our favourite Hollywood stars are leading the charge, debuting their new looks left, right, and centre.

A great new trend we’re noticing is ice-blonde on shorter, edgier cuts. Pioneered by the likes of Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, Pink, and Jennifer Lawrence, this cool trend is heating up for spring.

Recently, Cara Delevingne arrived at Paris Fashion Week with a new bold look to add to her history of bold looks — a bright, icy blonde bob. The actress, top model, activist, spokeswoman, and new novelist (!!) has become known as a trailblazer of ‘quirky beauty’. Many attribute the re-birth of the strong brow to Cara’s naturally striking brows. And she’s kept a naturally dark brow while rocking bright-to-the-point-of-white locks.

Cara Delevingne with ice blonde hair.

Cara Delevingne at Paris Fashion Week 2017 with a platinum bob. (Getty Images)

 

Actress Kristen Stewart has also embraced the short, bleach-blonde look. Her platinum buzz cut is reportedly part of her portrayal for a new role, and she has dubbed the new ‘do as ‘practical’ (fair enough). The buzz cut is just the latest in the star’s ever evolving beauty; from girl-next-door fresh, to glam-Goth, and now to platinum bad ass, no one can say that she sticks to a signature look.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart at the premier of her new film Personal Shopper with a blonde buzz cut. (Getty Images)

 

Whichever works best for you — long and flowing or short and cropped — achieving an ice blonde look can take quite a bit of time and prep work, especially if you want to preserve the quality and health of your hair. Be sure to book in for a free consultation with one of our colourists before you make your appointment for your next big change.

Woman sitting beside the pool

How to Improve Your Hair Condition This Summer

As an industry, we understand that most people abuse their hair. That’s why it’s so important for us to give you the correct advice to fix or prevent the most common problems. Today we will be discussing a few points about your hair condition, specifically when it comes to the warmer weather, and the steps you can take to improve your hair this spring/summer and beyond!

If you missed Ross’s Spring/Summer 2017 Trend Report, take a read through that to get some tips about what you might see in magazines and social media in the next few months.

Hair Condition Vs. Your Holiday

In some cases the sun’s damage is irreversible. We all know the effects of the sun on our skin and how damaging it can be, but don’t neglect your hair on that fantastic holiday in the Med.

Colour will begin to fade in the bright sun, so be aware that if you don’t cover your head when it’s bright out, your amazing highlights may need redoing on your return. The sun will break down the colour molecules and make your hair appear faded and dull. The heat can also damage your scalp, drying it out or even burning it! So as much as you can, keep your head covered up with a hat or parasol, or stay in the shade when the sun is at its hottest and brightest.

Chlorine in the pool and salt in the ocean can also wreak havoc on your hair quality and colour, so be sure to saturate your hair in clean water before jumping in. If you will be spending a lot of time in the pool, dousing your hair in treatment before donning a waterproof cap is your best option for limiting the effects of the harsh chemicals in pools.

The must-have products to keep in your beach bag this summer are the Merlin Pistachio & Almond, Multiplex, or Pineapple & Lime treatment sprays. All three are leave-in hair treatments that help to maintain moisture, add support, and replenish vitamins and proteins — perfect for an easy beach holiday by the pool. Stop by the salon before your holiday so we can choose the best product for you.

If you’re looking for even more warm weather hair tips, be sure to watch our video here: https://youtu.be/UkclPTVpnmc

Hair Condition Analysis Service

If you would like a full, in-depth Hair Condition Analysis, this can be booked in with Ross himself, and he can put you on the right track towards healthy hair. He will perform all sorts of test like the strength check, silicone check, moisture check, and porosity check; he can get even more technical and organise a full microscopic analysis for the most serious of cases.

Ross has a real passion for helping people improve their hair. He uses a combination of family trade secrets and the latest in hair science, along with insights from over twenty year’s experience helping customers achieve great hair. Don’t hesitate to book for a consultation with him if you feel that you need extra help.

Just standing in the shampoo section of the super market and buying the nicest smelling product or the one with the most attractive bottle will not do! And please, certainly don’t buy from the bargain bin — they are there for a reason!

The Importance of a Skin Test

A skin test is a must for every colour customer. Our customers’ health and comfort are our first priority; doing a colour service without a skin test would put our customers at risk, which we will never do.

This doesn’t mean that we use volatile products known to harm our customers — quite the opposite actually. However there is risk associated with any chemical service, and as members of the National Hairdressers’ Federation, we are committed to a code of practice that includes ensuring we are performing every service safely and within NHF guidelines.

What is a Skin Test?

The purpose of a skin test is to determine if a customer will have a reaction to the products or ingredients used during a colour appointment. A skin test is performed by a qualified hairdresser or colourist in the salon. It only takes 2-5 minutes, though most customers choose to do it as part of their colour consultation. It must be done at least 2 days before your first colour appointment.

The test consists of:

  • answering questions about the health and condition of your scalp and skin
  • answering questions about your hair colouring history
  • application of product to your skin the product must be left on your skin without interference for 48 hours. If you know you need to go swimming or wash the area in that time, please take this into consideration before planning a time for your skin test
  • filling out your NHF Colour Record Card

If you notice redness, rash, swelling, or pain, wash the area thoroughly with water and let us know. If you experience a severe reaction, such as blistering, bleeding, or swelling or itching in the throat, consult your GP straight away.

Do I Need a Skin Test?

Every customer who gets colour done needs a skin test; this must be performed at least 48 hours before your appointment, as any reactions may take up to 48 hours to appear.

Now saying that, there may be exceptions — perhaps if the colourist will be using bleach only — however we advise a skin test for all customers, just to be safe. Client records are not shared between salons, so unfortunately we won’t be able to call up your last hairdresser to request your last skin test results.

Do I Need One Every Time?

If you get your hair coloured regularly at the same salon with the same products, you probably won’t need to have a new test done each time. The results can be valid for up to a year, so we will keep your record card secure at our salon and let you know when it’s time to re-test.

If you’re already a colour customer, you may need an early skin test if:

  • it’s been more than 6 months since your last colour
  • you’ve taken certain medications since your last colour
  • you have had a tattoo, henna, or permanent makeup since your last colour
  • you are changing brand or colouring product

Sometimes companies reformulate their products, or we may change the brand we use. Even if it’s something you’ve been exposed to regularly, you may develop a sensitivity to it over time. Certain medications or procedures can increase the risk of developing an allergy to colourants, so we are always sure to ask about them before we start your next colour.

 

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Ross Charles Spring/Summer 2017 Trends

Ross has his eye on the latest fashions and trends from the magazines, the runway, and his Instagram feed. Read on to hear what he’s forecasting for Spring/Summer 2017.

The Cut

Trend: Taylor Swift with a one-length bob at the 2017 Grammy Awards

Taylor Swift with a one-length bob at the 2017 Grammy Awards

The blunt bob has always been chic, but S/S 17 will see this trend boom.

The uniform length with no layering is super easy to work with at home. This versatile style suits a range of face shapes, with the straight edges making the hair look thicker. Customers with thick, curly, or triangular hair (i.e. hair that is flat at the top with volume at the ends) can also get a bob. We would soften the ends slightly to break it up just a touch, or use a variety of razor techniques on the internal structure; this can either remove excess weight or help to create shape in the desired areas without affecting the finished one-length blunt cut.  It looks great worn in a loose wave or with half the hair tied on top of the head with the underneath sections slightly tousled. We will be seeing the “done-but-undone” look a lot this season, and this style is the perfect low maintenance, user-friendly option.

From our last British Hairdressing Awards collection, Ross came up with a variety of short looks. It is important to mix the strong lines and shapes with softness in the areas where most women want to feel more feminine. This is the key for the majority of short styles for women this year. Have a look at the collection on this short video: https://youtu.be/alHbehFk5Bk

Colour

Trend: Kylie Jenner with a green lob

Kylie Jenner sports a green lob.

We are still seeing a lot of the Balayage Ombré however we are becoming much more bold with our colour choices this season. Greens were prominent at London fashion week, but for the less adventurous contrasting shades and colours of all levels will play a big part in S/S 17.

Men’s hair colour is going to be the next massive trend, from highlights to shoe shine colour. And we have some fantastic ideas waiting for any gent who wants to give it a try. All the ideas enhance the current styles, including fades and long fringes, so hair that’s still classy and healthy, with clean-looking colours are key — and certainly no bright reds and greens.

Remember that whatever your choice of hair colour, your cut and your own personal style (makeup, clothing, accessories, etc.) should complement. For an in-depth colour consultation, book with Alessandra, our Colour Specialist Director, who has a hair colouring degree. If you want to change your hair shape, then be sure to reserve a consultation with either the Senior Stylist, Rubén, or our latest addition to the team, Style Director Matt.

Men’s Hair

Trend: Italian model with highlights and long hair

Italian model with natural highlights and longer hair

It’s so exciting to see all the new men’s hair trends at the moment. In terms of facial hair, we are still seeing a few beards, but Men’s Fashion Week saw a lot of the clean-shaven looks showing off face shapes, jawlines, and cheekbones.

Fading is still going to be everywhere this S/S 17 season. We have been seeing faded cuts at all levels, from low- to mid-fades. What we haven’t been noticing as much are high-fades, making more room for the extra length that guys have been growing out on the top. This length has been worn a number of different ways — going back with a bit of bounce and height, or flopping in all directions, including forward over the forehead.

Our top product choice for this season would be our Effetto Opaco (matte effect styling cream) or the Ross Charles Fixing Spray. This spray boasts incredible drying speed, flexibility, and comb-ability, and it leaves no residue, which will not give an over-styled look, as healthy hair is always in style.

If you are already rocking some of these trends, tag us on Instagram @rosscharleshairdressing