Secrets you need to share with your hairdresser!

Most people know that the secrets held in a good salon are at times scandalous but hold the answers to the how & why when it comes to getting the hair you have always wanted. 

Your hairstylist needs to know what’s going on in your head so they can bring it to life on the outside!

Sadly a lot of salons still don’t get it and spend more time with decorating price lists and creating “deals” when they should be just talking and asking the right questions after all this is a people’s business. 


There is sometimes demons in our minds when it comes to going to your appointment, maybe it’s based on previous experience or maybe it’s just from never really loving your hair. Either way let’s help by giving you the heads up on what you can take with you for your next appointment. 

  1. Do your homework, no your not back at school but even while your sitting on the toilet go through Pinterest until you have a few references. Length, color, shape and also what you don’t want!
  2. Be honest, if there is one person you shouldn’t try to Bullshit it’s your hairdresser! Your diet, your fears, your dreams and what you ultimately want your look to be. 
  3. Don’t wash or blow dry your hair before you visit, we need to see reality & how your hair sits. Expect a indepth consultation PRIOR to heading to the basin. 
  4. Honesty on how long your prepared to spend on it daily, what products you use and if you want to be blow drying or just wash n go! 
  5. Don’t make drastic decisions based on recent heart ache or life events you may just regret it!
  6. If you have had a bad experience then share it, what happened and what went wrong so it doesn’t happen again. 

So basically if you don’t have a relationship with your hairdresser that includes the good bad and ugly then you need to change hairdressers because your missing out!

If you want the hair you have always wanted, then start with not thinking your salon is a drive thru Mc Donalds that you can order from!

You got your what pierced?

No secret that you can get almost everything pierced and yes I mean everything! Doesn’t really matter if you like it or not because guess what, it’s gangster level 10. Well the latest obsession is braided Peircing which takes your cute cornrows up a level in anyone’s eyes!

So before you think you have to drop your pants or take your top off to show everyone you are a star studded gangster check these out!


Itchy beard?

Any bloke with a beard will tell you that at times it gets itch as hell, you just want to scratch it till your face falls off. Obviously doing this in public sends off jungle man vibes ( and not in a Tarzan good way ) so it’s best to follow a few rules to keep the skin and face healthy to avoid this. 

  • Wash your beard daily, you can use the same shampoo as you do for your hair, beat to use a Sulfate & Parabin free products they are gentle. If you have a longer beard wash it after eating to make sure there is no food left it it 🙊
  • Condition only the ends of your beard, do not apply the conditioner on your face. Comb it with the conditioner in
  • Moisturise your skin under your beard. 
  • Do not! Apply oils on your face. 

Sadly a lot of guys tend to neglect your skin and when you have a beard the general thought is its low maintanence, which is true however there are things you need to do so it is easier but also looks groomed. 

Trimming your beard should be done every 2-3 weeks to keep it in shape, whilst it grows at the same speed as the rest of your hair, it can get out of shape faster. 

Disconnected men’s haircuts uncovered

There is a growing trend of having disconnected lengths through the interior to create a shape & style. Gone is the old school undercut and welcome in the evolved versions of the disconnected cuts!

“Sometimes it’s done due to hair texture, sometimes it’s to create shape and ease of styling” says our creative director Rod Anker

First seen during war times out of ease to be done by anyone not just trained professionals disconnected cuts were done out of need and typically worn slicked back with grease. 
The undercut has gained a lot of momentum especially in the last 12 months and we feel the need now to help you explore a few more options to help you evolve your hair. 


This keeps weight and length on the top whilst removing the exterior and going very short leaving an area that is not connected in length. Styling is simply with a little matte paste to create texture!


Well you work in a let’s just say not so youthful office that spends more time worrying about your clock in time and thinks “cool” haircuts and fashion like a weird language they don’t know. This keeps the length at the front so on the weekends you can change it up and show off your personality. 


Much the same as the previous but a little longer at the front, be aware the longer it is the harder for it to stay back ( it’s called gravity 🙂 )


Just because you like it short doesn’t mean it has to be boring! Shaving it super tight on the sides and leaving it slightly longer on purpose adds attitude!


Your head tattoo is too cool to cover cut! 


I want to look like a gangster out of GQ magazine undercut


I only want people to notice how cool my cut is from behind haircut!

So get yourself into the salon and get your hair game on point. 

Best cuts from 2016 that will change your life!

Only a netter of weeks we all will be watching the clock strike 12 and wishing our life away in some kind of magical way we think ( or at least pray ) that 2017 will be better. What better way to make sure you start the year feeling like a gangster than getting your hair game on!

Here are a few of our favourite cuts from 2016 

5 hair cuts that are not your typical Mom cut’s

There are several ways your mind works when you book in for an appointment, it’s maintanence or complete boredom ( sometimes with hair, others with life ) either way getting a radical change whilst it’s sounds daring and fun can at times be a decision that literally has to grow out!

Here we have 5 variations of “the bob” that if done right will make you look like a MILF rather than a soccer Mum!



Now sure they are not pastel blue or mermaid-esk like but when styling they lend themselves to the less is best in terms of look and feel.

These styles best friend products are

  • Sea salt spray
  • Curl control creme
  • Linseed serum
  • Smooth blow out creme

Make sure you get a little tutorial from your hair stylist so you can re create the look yourself or you may end up going back to putting it up in a bun!

Is your hair being deep fried like a samosa?

We get asked a fair bit about why some stylist pull the hair so much when blow drying, as well as the more serious one ” why is there smoke coming off my head?”


Either of these create not only split ends but also melt & destroy your hair. There is a few things to look at to help you understand why it’s important you stop doing the unthinkable to your hair. 

Signs that you need to change salons 

If the brushes they use are all melted and the plastic is literally not there, it should be clean and the bristles in tact, like this brush that is used daily in our salon for the last 6 months!


If they melt the brush guess what? Your hair is going to be fried!


Combing out your hair shouldn’t hurt, always start from the bottom and work your way up. Firstly a little serum or leave in conditioner to make sure there is lubrication. 

If it’s pulling, chances are hair is being pulled out!

Smoke coming from your head like  it’s on fire? 

I would think this is kind of obvious, yet it still happens in 2016. Girls this is NOT NORMAL. The only time you could possibly has a slight smokey reside “burn off” is when your doing a keratin treatment but it’s very very slight. If your hair has a coating of oil ( read below why oiling is a complete no no!) then the resedue or build up is most likely taking the temperature of your hair to burning point!

“Oil residue plus heat creates higher temperatures than hair can withstand causing unrepairable damage”

They tell you you need to do a weekly ” hair spa” screams Rip off to me! 

We know the salon business and the tricks that go on with the idea the consumer doesn’t know or won’t care however the concept of “hair spa” and the entire industry pushing it harder than the Trump vote the night before elections is kind of insulting. If your hair is that damaged the only two options you have are cutting it off or Olaplex to repair the internal structure.  We have a linseed treatment that strengthens the cuticle and adds moisture to assist in no further damage. 

If they put you under heat or steam, this causes stress on the cuticle and swells it so for a few days it feels smooth! 

So there is a lot more to hair and choosing a salon than the attractive rate card, it’s about education and training. 


Hair fall facts dropped

You’ve blocked the drain in the shower and every time you sit to eat food their seems to be hair in it?


Sound like you?

Well it’s a common issue and most people still live in the dark about how much is too much and what’s normal when it comes to “hair fall” and a lot of haircare companies simply react to people’s concern and bring out a shampoo for “hair loss” instead of providing information.  Here are some facts!

  • Loosing 100-150 hairs per day is considered normal ( the longer it is the more it will look like)
  • Not washing your hair because you think it’s falling out will make matters worst
  • Substituting shampoo with dry shampoo is wrong, it will cause more problems. 
  • Hair fall is seasonal and hormonal driven. More falls out at the change of season 
  • Prolonged use of “anti dandruff” shampoo can in fact cause hair fall due to the quantity of harsh chemicals
  • Oil rubbed on your scalp will leave residue and add to problems not prevent them
  • Using a leave in serum after I condition will help will lunricating hair whilst combing hence less friction & less breakage
  • Breakage is not hair fall, you can not destroy your hair with doing chemical services, abuse it with heat and label the breakage as hair fall. 
  • Diet has a large role to play in hair fall
  • Stress has a large roll in hairfall 

A little common sense when it comes to hair fall and consulting a doctor if you feel it’s abnormal ( which if your reading this you most likely feel it’s extreme )

Beware as many companies and clinics are cashing in on your insecurities and will happily apply this and that telling you it is what you need.

Remember this;

  • A clean scalp
  • Condition always 
  • Balanced diet 
  • Regular trims
  • Don’t over process your hair, chemical burn and breakage is real

Arm yourself with a educated hairstylist that can help you sort out fact from fiction!

Treat your hair like you do your skin!

So before you read whatever you want into this let’s set aside some not so ground breaking facts. Doesn’t matter if your growing it or simply want good growth you need to have to plan for success in whatever you do. 

The basics of skin care is cleanse,tone & moisturise 

Obviously or maybe not so obviously, when your cleanse your hair you must condition ( which will close the cuticle ) or the internal moisture of the hair shaft will be liable to decrease causing breakage, split ends and color fading. Yes we heard the stories too that conditioner makes your hair fall out, but we had a little chuckle because it’s a myth!

Conditioner closes the cuticle and makes the outer surface of the hair smooth, reflecting light, protecting the structural integrity of the hair or in basic terms keeping it healthy. 

Steps to a healthy hair care regime


Shampoo

Choose a shampoo that looks after your problems, if it’s coloured the choose a shampoo to look after the color etc. Yes Sulfate free shampoo is always our preference as it is less harmful on the quality of the hair. We use and recommend Alfa Parf & Label M products. 

Conditioner 

You choose a conditioner based on the texture of your hair, regardless of the thickness all hair once it has been shampooed needs conditioning. If the conditioner your using makes it too limp your either using something too strong or possibly applying it on the wrong area, it’s for hair not scalp. 

Mask or a leave in conditioner

Now depending on the quality of your hair, you may need a mask which is typically more intense than a regular conditioner and again depending on condition but would be done once a week or fortnight at home. 

A leave in conditioner or a protein spray is or hair that is fine and limp, it replaces a typical conditioner and is used every time you shampoo. 

Serum, this is a leave in product and used when the cuticle is stubborn AF or your hair is always on the dry side. This is done in conjunction with everything else it doesn’t replace. 

So now you know what it takes to daily look after your hair, the more time you invest in getting the right products the less time and money you will need to spend in the salon. Make sure you trim regularly ( every 6-8 week ) regardlessly. 

If this happens at your salon visit, get up and run!

A salon visit for some can create high anxiety especially if you haven’t been there before or if you have had a not so pleasant experience sitting in a chair. Obviously we need to point out here that prior research on experience is your best bet, however if you have curly hair then you will be more anxious for sure as it needs a little more TLC to make sure the curl sits right. 

Not everyone has a good understanding of hair movement when it has curl ( in fact a lot of salons pride themselves still in making it straight ) so you need to find the right person and have an in depth discussion on your expectations and find out if your living in a fairytale or if it’s in fact a possibility. 


3 Red Flags that should send you running out of salon

  1. They tell you to do keratin or rebonding If this is the first option then run. We should be looking for options that embrace your natural movement and curl not just by changing the texture using chemicals. 
  2. They want to cut it wet! Hair wet and dry has a completely different texture and finish, it behaves differently so therefore needs to be cut in its natural state ( dry )
  3. They want to use hairspray Curly hair especially should not have products which have alcohol in them you should be using creme’s, serum’s and moisturiser. It’s about boosting up the moisture levels.  

Remember curly hair revolves around the moisture levels in it, the more moisture in the air the better the curl, hence most people with curly hair love living close to the ocean. 


So when your doing your research for your hair make sure to sit and discuss your hair with your potential stylist prior to getting them to cut it. 

How to talk hair like a boss! 

For a lot of people they know what they want but can’t explain it, we decided to make things easier and give you the lowdown on the basic hairdresser coloring terms to help you describe the images in your mind. There will always be a different version of most things when it comes to describing something that you can’t physically see. Color charts ( or shade cards ) are possibly the worst guide to color ever as it’s not hair so it’s an instant misconception on result, shine, tone etc. 

We always spend more time to make sure the depth, tone, reflect and undertone of any color is discussed firstly so everyone has a clearer picture of the end result. 

Let’s look at some terms used in a salon and break them down 

Global color or base color

This is a color applied to your entire head of hair, can be done by itself or st the same time as highlights or foils. 

Warm &  cool tones

Warm colors refer to red, gold &a copper whilst cool tones are violet ash and flat blondes or browns. 

Brassy

Sadly we all have the friend who thinks she is blonde but it’s more like Garfield orange. That’s brassy. 

Ombré 

Now whilst Donald Trump recently referred this technique to some bad gangsters in the USA ( Donald Trump speech ) it is in fact the blending of one color on the roots to a soft transition to another color on the ends without a visable line. 

Dip dyed

Just like the name suggests it’s like getting your hair and dipping it in a bucket of color.  It’s bold. 

Ballayage

This is a freehand technique the hair artist uses to create a very natural shift of color throughout the head, it’s random, it can be done with multiple colors and it’s low Maintainence. Beware it should be done by a very trained colorist. 

Part line highlights 

As the name suggests it’s highlights just on the Partline, can also be called crown lights, tiara highlights, halo highlights and few more but you get the gyst. Can be done by itself or in between when your full head of highlights need doing when the bank balance only allows part payment. 

Hair Spa vs Hair Treatment

Well most people think of a certain brand when they think of the term “hair spa” let’s make things basic.  Hair spa is basically conditioner or a mask like product, a nice massage and maybe some steam. A treatment is a product that repairs on a cellular level, typically isn’t about massage but can include however is irrelevant to the end result.  

Toner

This is quite simply the adjustment of the tone of your color, used when going lighter to reduce or deposit certain tones. If your hair is brassy then ( depending on how bad it is! ) this could be the right thing for you. 

Now here are a few really common things we get asked or told ( no seriously we do )

I don’t need a full cut just a quick trim, is it cheaper?

I don’t want a lot cut off just the ends!

The color you did 4 weeks ago has grown out! Was it permanent ( as she points out the line which new hair color is showing )

I just had it trimmed 3 months ago it doesn’t need cutting. ( should be every 6 weeks )

Dont leave the color on too long or it will be too dark. ( color is chosen and mixed and timing has zero link to depth of color )

Don’t use conditioner it makes my hair fall out. ( we still hear this in the salon all the time. Conditioner makes your hair smooth hence the loose hair in your mane will slide out regardlessly )

So it’s best to have the right picture references possibly 2-3 together with your correct verbiage. 

Consultations are always free so drop into any professional salon and get an idea of what they can do.  


Could this pollution make me bald?

Easy answer is yes!

The most polluted city in the world right now according to W.H.O and so many variations on reports with everyone quoting numbers and scores daily like we have all spent 5-10 years studying science. 

 Can you fix the city or country, no but you can make sure your impact and contribution is low and together everyone will benefit. Stop asking for others to help, if we all do our bit the problem would not exists and in fact if we all had done this together we would not be having this issue rather a blame game. 


How to protect your hair?

  1. Firstly get used to washing your hair everyday! Yes EVERYDAY! No it’s not going to make it fall out that’s a myth, it removes the disgusting polluted air particles from your hair and scalp. Always condition every time! 
  2. Once a week use a clarifying shampoo, this is deep cleansing and again a conditioner every time. 
  3. Leave in serum to. Lose cuticle everyday 
  4. Wear a hat or scarf when travelling to avoid being in the open air. 
  5. Use filtered water on your hair, wash with sulfate free shampoo only. 

Yes this will help, not a 100% way to protect your hair but certainly going to help remove pollutants and free radicals doing damage on your hair & scalp which left there can cause an array of issues like hair loss, bacteria, fungal infection, itchy scalp and many more.

Do your bit by keeping energy consumption low, don’t fire crackers, no open fires, car pool, dispose of rubbish correctly and educate everyone in your circle. 

The one thing that will save your hair this winter!

Pollution levels that have shocked and  the world, a cooler climate with vertically zero moisture in the air we are headed into the most destructive climate. Without this secret weapon your hair simply won’t survive!


The miracle is called a Linseed treatment by Alfa Parf Milano. 

If your “go to” has always been a hair Spa then it’s time you just forget that and spoil your hair with this life saver!

” Semi De Lino Diamanté ” linseed treatment adds shine, softness & luminosity to dry and dull hair with linseed oil complex ( omega 3 omega 6 fatty acids and vitamins). It repairs capillary fibers and seals the cuticle leaving the hair softer,smoother and retaining moisture levels in your hair. 

Oh and I forgot to tell you that you won’t need 4-6 sessions or multiple add ons.  It’s one sitting, if your hair is super damaged you may need to follow it up in 3-4 weeks however for hair that is coloured or past your shoulders we recommend once every 6-8 weeks when your visiting to get your color or cut done. 

When is long enough too long?

It’s always a personal thing when it comes to length what you feel more comfortable or sexier with or without. A girl with a shaved buzz cut would get far more attention than a girl with hair to her knees but yet we still see people getting their Rupuzel on. 


The upside

You don’t need to carry a Shawl, you have your own

Clothes, uff you don’t need any no one will see them anyway

Bed linen, well you guessed it no need for that either 

Downside 

There is very little options for change or variation

The weight will cause headaches 

Your hair will almost always end up in your mouth, food, bed, on your clothes or flushed down the toilet ( your imagining it now aren’t you! )

On a serious note as we said at the begining it’s a personal choice but understand that your limitations of change are fewer the longer it is. 

At the end of the day, you can change the color but it is still a solid mass on your head. 

If you love having hair longer hair then make sure you do the following to maintain it in the best condition 

  1. Regular shampoo and conditioner. Yes condition every time. Use a sulfate free shampoo like Alfa Parf ( entire range is sulfate free) wash it every 2-3 days. The longer it is the more surface it has to collect dust pollution and dirt
  2. Regardless of length your hair needs trimming every 6-8 weeks to remove split ends. 
  3. If your planning a chemical service like keratin or worst like rebounding remember to get the condition back may take 3-4 years. Don’t make a hasty decision talk to a stylist and get multiple opinions.
  4. Don’t over iron it as over time this will damage it too much, once every so often is ok
  5. Always use a leave in serum and/or conditioner to make sure the cuticle is closed. 


What happens to grey hair when you color it?

So you have a few grey hairs ( 10-20) and you decide to cover it with a “global color” after a few years you decide to let it grow out and you’re shocked to find the 10-20 grey’s has now turned to 50-80!


No it’s not the color that has done anything to make you grow more, it’s the fact that it’s been completely hidden, they were multiplying the entire time and would have been regardless of you doing color or not.  Instead of a gradual increase visually it’s right up in your face in an instant. 

Colouring your hair doesn’t make it grey! 

Instead of having a solid block color if there is only 10-20 try highlights, doesn’t have to be super light just has to be a variation of slightly lighter to disguise the grey not cover it. It’s not only more natural it’s less maintanence. 

Drop into one of our salons and find out more
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