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Go Metallic this Party Season!

The party season has arrived, and what better way to get into the festive spirit than a brand new look. The UK may seem chilly during these winter months, but fashion cannot not simply be centred around sunny beaches and rose scented fields. These bitterly cold days are a chance to experiment, be creative, push personal boundaries and refresh your look for the new year. There is no better way to start than with your hair, remove those ear muffs and lumberjack inspired hats and show off your party look for the seasonal celebrations that are fast approaching.
Colour specialist and salon director Alessandra Ferrara discusses some exciting new styles very much in this season, and takes us into the incredibly trendy world of metallic. ‘Low commitment, high shine and a shimmer to get you in the party spirit’, it is clear this futuristic and quirky new colour pallet is the best this winter has to offer. Most would consider colouring ones hair silver, gold, rose gold or even pink a big step, and one that would require a lot of work and money to sustain. Alessandra reveals that with the right toners applied to the hair and a good working set of products bought can stand you in good stead to achieve that all important party look, but knowing that if you so choose to return to your own natural hair colour then you can by simply growing the hair out. As a result the metallic colour will fade, but you can be sure that when you go metallic you will be more than happy with the mind blowing results.
Of course, finding the right metallic based colour for you requires a keen eye and skilled touch, both that are very much achievable at Ross Charles hair salon in York. Being party ready is something Alessandra likes to deliver to all of her clients hair, making them feel fresh and confident in their new look.

Check out our front cover of Estetica USA this month with a gorgeous metallic pink. Hair by Ross Charles for the All tomorrow’s Parties Collection   

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Short Metallic Pink haircut by Ross Charles for the front Cover of Estetica USA

With years of experience in the field Alessandra is happy to share her expertise with you and discuss your needs over a consultation in the salon. Guiding you through the best products and treatments on offer, one of which is sold within the Ross Charles salon. Sojourn, an incredibly respected name within the hard care industry, is on hand at the York salon and with either the volume or moisture shampoo and conditioner at your disposal you will find your hair is not only keeping your colour fresher for longer, but revitalising and adding texture to your hair.
Christmas parties and New Years celebrations are a given and good hair is a must, so show off to your friends and let them know that if you want your hair as stylish as your own visit the Ross Charles hair salon. Ross’s dedicated and award winning team, along with a great selection of in house products, will see your metallic dreams come true.

Man with a beard looks over his left shoulder

4 Tips for Better Beard Care

At least half of the Earth’s population has the potential to grow a beard or moustache. You’d think with 50% of people capable of it, proper facial hair care would be common knowledge. Yet we often see folks come in with all manner of beard care practices — good, bad, and ugly. Whether you’ve got a lot or a little (and whether that’s by nature or by choice), here are Ross’s ultimate tips for keeping your facial hair healthy and happy.

  1. Invest in the tools

    Whether you’re trimming it or shaving it off, investing in the right tools will make a world of difference for your face fuzz. Cheap trimmers can pull or damage the hairs and skin, while dull or cheap razors can cause ingrown hairs or infections. Using poor quality shaving soap or foam will also give shoddy results. Get the best tools and products you can afford, and be sure to keep them in good repair. Clean them after every use, and don’t be afraid to replace them as soon as you notice them start to fail.

  2. Don’t fear the comb

    Never underestimate the benefit of daily grooming. Not only will a decent sort out make whatever you’re working with appear fuller and more orderly, you will also be helping to ‘train’ your hairs to grow in the direction you want them to. This means less styling time, a tash that stays out of your mouth, and eventually less ingrown hairs! Daily combing will also help distribute moisture and oils more evenly throughout your beard, which means a healthier, better conditioned beard.

  3. Good beard care is good skin care, too

    Speaking of oils, investing in a good quality beard oil will ensure that you have the most glorious beard around. Not only will it condition your beard hair, making it soft and pliable (but still manly), it will also keep the sensitive skin under your beard in good condition, while also acting as a styling product. And while we’re on the topic, you can’t expect to have a beautiful, healthy beard if your skin is spotty and scaly underneath. Avoid ingrown hairs and beard dandruff by exfoliating and moisturizing the skin around your beard (including your neck).

  4. Lather, rinse, repeat

    There is a bit of a debate about how and how often, you should be washing your beard. Some suggest daily (or every time you shower), while others say never use shampoo. Using a good shampoo and conditioner can improve a dry, hard-to-manage beard if that’s what you’re facing. If you’re wanting to try it, a good rule of thumb is to shampoo it 1-2 times per week, and condition it daily (or whenever you shower). It’s important to clear out all of the food, sweat, and products, but it’s just as vital to ensure it’s hydrated, so you will want to avoid over-cleansing.

Over a few weeks or months, you will notice your beard becoming more soft, pliable, and overall easier to manage. Don’t take your foot off the pedal! Keep going with the daily grooming and you will have great facial hair for life.

So there you have it — 4 tips for better beard care. Will you be trying some of these tips? What’s your top beard care tip? Be sure to let us know! xx

 

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.

Merlin Guide: Intro to Merlin

Welcome to Part 1 in our Merlin Guide. Today we will be introducing you to our personal favourite hair care brand, Merlin by Curzon International. Stay tuned for next week’s post, where we will be teaching you how to wash your hair using these products.

Great hair is good science. You may not think of it, but in order to give a customer his or her best hair cut or colour, it is important to know the structure of hair, what angle to cut it at, the ratio of tint to peroxide, the salt content of hair, the pH level of your shampoos… and all of that is science.

Merlin is a UK-based brand created by a hairdresser for hairdressers who value the science of great hair. Each product in the Merlin range has been carefully crafted by owner and ‘International Hair Wizard’, John Curzon. They address your individual hair concerns, using the latest in science and art. Whether your hair is dry, weak, chemically damaged, limp, or you’re dealing with scalp issues, there is a Merlin product to help you re-build, re-strengthen, and repair your hair.

At Ross Charles we carry three types of products from the Merlin range: shampoos, treatments, and conditioners. Each bottle has been formulated for a specific purpose and intensity — to moisturize, to re-build, or to strengthen. But even though each bottle has its particular purpose, all ingredients are natural, organic, and low on the pH scale — all very important to maintain healthy feeling and looking hair.

Shampoos

Shampoos remove the dirt, oil, styling products, etc., that have built up on your scalp and hair since your last shampoo. During that process, it also opens the hair cuticle, the scaly outer layer of your hair that surrounds the core of your hair. When selecting a shampoo, it is important to find one that has a low pH, that is silicone-free and filler-free, and that is specially suited to your hair type.

Treatments

Treatments are an optional step used in between the shampoo and the conditioner that many people forget or don’t think that they need. The word ‘treatment’ can mean many different things, and has been used to describe everything from intense conditioners to the many oils, elixirs, and procedures designed to improve your hair. Merlin treatments work on the inside of your hair to repair any damage or deficiency — that is why they must be used after the shampoo but before the conditioner, when the cuticle is open to allow the treatment to enter the cortex.

Conditioners/Sealers

Conditioners (called sealers in the Merlin line) are the final step in your hair washing routine. It works by sealing those cuticle scales, leaving your hair protected and smooth, and is the final opportunity for you to add anything to your hair. If you skip the conditioner, your hair will become damaged and dry over time as the cortex is exposed and those cuticles are left open. If you colour your hair, an open cuticle can lead to the colour quickly fading.

We use the finest ingredients in their most concentrated form. We never compromise on our high quality standards, therefore always guaranteeing superior product performance. Our product delivers the results we promise, nothing more, nothing less. — John Curzon

So now hopefully you know a bit more about how important good, specially formulated products are to building and maintaining good hair. If you’re curious about the Merlin product range, or about your own hair’s needs, stop by the salon for a Hair Condition Analysis and book in for a 15-minute treatment before your next cut or colour. xx

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!

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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

Hair Trend: Tiger Eye Colour

Tiger eye colour: Marie Claire has hailed it as THE hair colour for 2017, set to match the likes of the ombre and balayage as the go-to hair colour trend. InStyle has described it as the perfect transitional colour to bring you into the lightness and sweetness of summer. Celebrities like Jessica Alba and Chrissy Teigen have shown off their tiger eye-inspired locks on red carpets and social media. Are you ready to try the new favourite hair colour for 2017?

What is Tiger Eye Colour?

No, we’re not suggesting we add white, black, and orange stripes to your hair. Instead, we would add bits of gold, brown, and caramel through the lengths and ends of darker hair. This adds warmth, dimension, and intensity to what can be an otherwise flat colour palette.

Tiger eye gets its name from the tiger eye stone, which contains a mixture of browns and golds. In some cultures, the stone represents healing, balance, and protection against evil. Bonus!

Why Should I Try It?

Tiger eye is a perfect transitional colour to take you out of winter and into the warmer months. Starting with a deep base means that you won’t look to out of place while we wait for spring to spring, and your hair won’t lighten too much on its own without strong sunshine to bleach it. The placement of the different lighter tones mean you won’t have to completely overhaul your hair once you’re ready to start adding more lightness to it come summertime. All-in-all, it’s as low-maintenance as the ombre and balayage, but will give your hair a fresh update ready to greet the sun.

Who Should Try It?

Tiger eye is a form of highlighting, so naturally would look great for people with mid-length to long hair. However people with shorter hair can also rock this trend! Just be sure to book in with a colourist who is skilled at colour placement to avoid a patchy or striped look.

Folks starting out with a darker base would find it easiest to give this trend a try. However if you’ve got lighter colour and want to venture to the dark side too, book in for a consultation with a colourist before making your appointment. And no matter what you’re starting with, always be sure to ask about adding a colour protecting additive such as L’Oreal’s Smartbond or Merlin Colour Protect.

What do you think? Will you be one of the first to try out this new hair trend? Call in to book a free consultation with one of our colourists today! xx