How to protect your hair during Summer

By now we have all had enough, its been above 40 for the past 3 weeks with the temperature only going to mid 30’s in the early hours of the morning so its no wonder your hair may be feeling a little dehydrated. It can cause color to fade, increase split ends, go frizzy and just make you feel like crap so its a good all round reason to make sure you get on top of it if it hasn’t already.

Here is what you can do right now to top up the moisture levels!

  1. Book yourself in for a trim 011410100 11 – you should be trimming it every 6 weeks regardless of if you want to grow it or not, it removes damaged ends from heat, sun, styling and life so it can continue to look good
  2. check the shampoo you are using, use a sulphate free one, its more gentle and will keep moisture levels better than any other shampoo. We use and recommend Alfa Parf, yes we stock it and its for sale
  3. Stop doing chemical treatments just because everyone else is, possibly the worst treatment you can do is Rebonding or smoothening, some call it different things but the process is the same. Kerating should ONLY be done if there is no other option and will reduce curl and/or frizz but not 100% so be aware of reality vs great before and after images on social media!
  4. Always condition and use a leave in serum, if your hair gets oils then wash it daily but skipping these two will dry our your hair.
  5. Don’t take your color through the ends, its not needed and will cause damage.

Hope this helps and remember to cover up your hair in a hat or scarf when your outside, wash it to remove perspiration build up on your scalp which in turn dries out your scalp. Don’t be scared to wash it daily as long as you are using a good product!

Stuff that in your mouth girl

So you want to be hot, have awesome hair, eat and drink what you want and everything to be amazing?! Well there most likely is a window in time when you possibly can do this and for those still in those very few years 18-20 go for it piggy. For the rest we have to have balance, both in life and the fun we put our bodies through. We get asked a lot is there a food that would make our hair grow, well considering Rod is bald, if there is such a food then someone needs to tell him!

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Fast food is fine in moderation but having a diet that is not balanced will eventually catch up on you, your hair and your body. Have a balanced diet, get the right amount of sleep and be kind to others.

Saying that we are writing this on a Saturday so I guess you can start this tomorrow!

We do hair not fill your bathroom with products

I often wonder what motivates some people from trying to push products onto you, is it they have that big margins they make so much money from selling it? Is there a bulk deal they had to buy 2000 of them now they need to offload? We don’t really get it, our thought process is simple, if you are better off with it then we will tell you, if not then we don’t bring it up.

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So if you come in and you find us talking non stop about the best places in to get. A pinacolada then its most likely your hair is fine, either that or someone has a hangover. After all we are in the business of doing hair and making you look the best possible not making a few rupees on filling your bathroom with unwanted or product that is not needed.

You have been listening to the wrong people

So recently we were told about several people that promoted DIY hair, no they were not hairdressers, actually nothing to do with hair, you know those people who are blessed at knowing everything.


How to do this or that and almost like an authority you almost think omg it must work, beautiful photos of fruit and veggies 🌶 you kinda get sucked in. Let’s face it we have all googled to find a cheap cure for something at some stage 😳.

Well when it’s hair and you’re on a budget best thing is to go too a professional salon tell them what your wanting and give them a budget, see what can be done, maybe nothing or maybe just maybe you will get close to your dream Hair the right way.  Maybe getting it done right the first time will save you money and time also.

What happens when you wrap your hair up 

There is convenient then there is hatful sadly these two are the same thing so unless you want to improve your hair quality stop teasing g this now!

When you hit snooze you had no idea that it would cause your hair to break off or be pulled out, I guess it was more about sleeping for another 3-5 min cos your tired AF


When your hair goes from wet to dry it shrinks, so when you put your hair up and wrap a towel around you are stretching the hair tightly. Your hair dries slowly which make it get tighter, the hair pulls tighter and will snap at the weakest point. On top of all of this it’s been wrapped upside down in the complete opposite direction to how it will sit. No it won’t make it full it’s only putting undue pressure on the hair strands which will cause it to go frizzy, break and be dehydrated.

After the shower, pat dry with a towel and don’t shake it or put it up.

We are the best, they said

When you have searched and searched finally you found the salon, perfectly scripted quotes on Facebook, the staff were so confident it was scary. You make an appointment and explain what you want, your perfect color. The hairstylist keeps saying relax I got this! Then……..


It’s Monday morning you’re back at work searching for help hoping no one in the office will notice!

We fix overconfident hair and we won’t tell you to relax, we will tell you to keep your mouth shut!

Grow a beard they said, the girls will love it they said

Yes we did say grow a beard you twat, we just assumed you knew it needed maintaining not just grow it!

Beards are not meant to worn like this!

Maintain a good beard, lumberjack is cool, homeless look is not

Is you pillow breeding bacteria?

You use it everyday, for some only a few hours and most 8-10 hours a day yet you most probably only wash it once or twice a week.


Safe to say you should wash your pillow case every second day, using a satin pillow case is also recommended to reduce friction on the hair which can cause damage.

If you are putting your head on the pillow ( which is most likely ) you must make sure it’s clean or bacteria will breed and cause scalp irritation.

Hair tattoo facts

If you thought the only choice for a hair tattoo was a pulse line at the side of your head or a pyramid at the back of your head, you have been living under a rock and possibly need to upgrade your 3G connection.


Sure it’s not for everyone but if it is your thing, or at least thought about it maybe it’s time to have some fun.

It lasts about 2 weeks or until it grows out, if the surface length is short then it disappears faster. The possibilities are endless and you can add color to it to create more drama or wow appeal!

Yes we do it, it’s not excessively expensive however depends on design so best to drop in and have a chat about it.

You think your only option is brown?

You may have grown up eating meat and two veg type food ( boring and a little basic ) or in India Dhal & rice. That doesn’t mean that there are not more options out there, because there are endless possibilities. 

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Just like your wardrobe, although obviously any hairdresser will typically lean towards black, hair color options are far greater that a base color and a few highlights. It’s your blank canvas that expresses who you are and your personality. 

You don’t have to be outrageous or OTT it just has to be an extension of your personality. 

Why wait, give your hair salon a call and give your hair some color! 

What type of hot dog are you packing?

It’s a topic that most guys have had, could be with themselves a friend or a partner but it’s happened for sure!


Now just like these hot dogs, at the end of it all, for the sake of the argument they all taste the same. 

Now if your wanting to get your score card up apart from learning how to use your tools it may be time for you to look at your reflection and working on becoming an Urban guy with a few changes to your hair care regime. 

So guys if you think you could use a little help, in the later then give us a call 📱 01141010011

A girl is more worried about who you are and how you look more than what your packing. 🌭

We are on sale!

Seems most of the country is having a sale, 50% off or end of season sale yet is that one or two new items in your wardrobe going to give you a fresh new look? 


We can already hear you say “yes it will!” But chances are within minutes of your squad seeing it the  shine will be gone and back in the wardrobe it will go. The sad reality is when you get something new that you love you can’t wear it daily or it risks looking like it’s the only thing you have!

Now a fresh new cut or color will have a longer WOW factor both externally to your crew as well as give you that “I feel great” feeling 24/7 no matter what you wear at a small portion of the outfit your eyeing off. Therefore it makes better sense to get yourself into the salon than heading to the mall this Monsoon!

Why washing every second day is wrong

It’s 40 degrees and your perspiring, your in and out of airconditioning. What does that dried up sweat 💦 do to your scalp?


Well let’s talk about it without trying to put you off your dinner for a week!

Perspiration is your bodies fluid, a salty substance excreted from your pores, left on your skin will dry and dry out the surface and change the PH level of your scalp. Now imagine dust and dirt being attracted to the moisture and sticking, so now you have dust, dirt, salty sweat sitting on your scalp breaking bacteria. 

You had a long day, work sucks and you really can’t be bothered washing it, after all it will take you another 30 min to dry it or even more embarrassing your cut sucks so much it has to be blow dried or you look like you spent 4 days riding around town in an auto rickshaw. 

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Always shampoo your hair daily and always condition it! We use and reccomend Alfa Parf products

When you want a warm brown but get zoo orange 

Keeping your color on tone from visit to visit to your salon takes effort ( not much so chill ) but it does require a little planning. 


Warm browns when they fade can end up looking a gastly shade or Orange 🍊 or copper and no matter what you want to call it, if it’s not on purpose it can end up looking like a cheap box color so here is how to make sure your color stays on fleek. 

  • Wash with a sulfate free shampoo 
  • Always use conditioner it closes the cuticle and keeps the color from fading and color molecules shrinking 
  • Use a leave in serum or protein spray. This helps added UV protection. 
  • Don’t over process your hair, some people think you need color on the ends each visit when in fact it’s like a one in every 3-4 touch up thing ONLY when it’s not looking right. 
  • Don’t over do it chemically, if your straightening and coloring chances are your reading this and thinking yeah that’s me, we don’t do straightening or smoothening for a reason, it’s too aggressive causing the hair to be so damaged it won’t hold color! Try keratin it’s not going to ruin your hair!

Yes you can wash it daily, as long as it’s sulfate free shampoo and as long as you condition it each time. 

How to get & maintain Chocolate brown color

If you have ever wanted chocolate brown hair you will know that there is a zillion variations of it, because chocolate comes in almost black to white so let’s just assume we are are talking above the most common yummy chocolate brown like this one 👇🏻 ( bottom left corner )


Now achieving this is fairly basic if your hair has not been colored or has any chemical services but I guess that’s as rare as cheap weekend away so let’s just push that aside for now. 

Now chocolate is a combination of warm tones that include gold & brown. To maintain this tone requires follow through on your part which if done you will look delicious for the 6 week gap between visits. 

Understand color is not color, there is a huge amount of variables that need to be taken into consideration, one brand is NOT the same as the next and depending on what your color is prior to the chocolate as to how it will hold and the end result achieved. 

Now Maintainence doesn’t have to be a nasty word that makes you think of expensive products and countless trips back to the salon but does require a commitment. 

We reccomend a sulfate free shampoo and condition daily, if you do not close the cuticle your color will literally wash out before your eyes!

Things to use

  • Sulfate free shampoo we use and reccomend Alfa Parf Milano products. 
  • A leave in serum and/or conditioner to make sure the cuticle is closed. 
  • Alfa Parf has a product called pigments ( it’s not a DIY or at home product ) but if any fade does occur it can be applied between visits and is safe and conditioning, pure color pigment which will lock inside your hair and assist in tone change. 

Always have an indepth chat with your stylist before and color on condition, Maintainence and always forward plan your next look. 

Is your Shampoo removing color?

A lot of times the intensity of your color completely depends on home hair care, now this is where things get complicated. You ask one hairstylist they tell you this one ask another they tell you that one. So who do you believe?


Well regardless of the marketing campaign or the ignorance of some hairstylists or even salons sadly you need to be using a sulfate free shampoo, it’s labelled on the back of the bottle as sodium laureth sulfate or SLS or SLES ( Read what it is here ) and paraben free ( Read here ) and to be honest getting these products has been challenging to find till recently. 

A lot of companies who spend millions of dollars and simply put ” color protection ” on the bottle thinking that’s enough to keep you happy when in fact it means very little if they still pump it full of detergent using to clean engines!

We use Alfa Parf Milano which the entire range is both sulfate & paraben free!

So don’t spend a fortune getting the perfect color the wash it away with shampoo that clearly isn’t worth it to you or anyone else. 

Your shower is causing your hair fall

It’s a shower, you clean yourself and let’s be honest you should be doing it everyday if not twice if you’re a little obsessive. 


If you like a lot of people you have a little of this, a little of that, a jar practically the only thing left is the fragarance and you can’t bring yourself to throw it out. 

Clean up your bathroom!

Go get all the bottles now and start by putting in the bin the ones you have actually finished, the ones that are almost empty put in the bin! Before you buy anything else this all needs to be used up or given away. The shampoo and co dictionary your using now is not the same as it was 2 years ago. 

Once your done and finished with all these bottles or found a home for them, then it’s time to get into the salon and plan your hair care regime with intention. But until you make the effort in the bathroom nothing will follow suit. 

Always get the right advice

There is always a reason for everything we do, sure at times our explanation may be different but it usually gets our point across.  


When you have the right tools or products but don’t know the exact way to use them things can go very wrong, maybe not as wrong as the image above ( who read use small amount to make anything spicy 🌶 hot )

When we talk about hair care it’s always as much about how to use it rather than just selling it because if you don’t use it the right way, you won’t like it and won’t see the benefit so it’s useless. It’s all about knowing how, when, where and how much. A great hairstylist will explain all of this to you and should be reducing the amount of things your using to get the desired result rather than filling up your bathroom full of things you will never use. 

Get some free hair advice, drop in and see us!

Does conditioner cause hair fall?

Let’s start again and try and forget what you know, what you have read and what your parents, grandparents and go through some facts why, how and when soy our hair has every possible chance to be in the best condition possible. 

Choose your shampoo & conditioner based on hair texture and no matter what your desired end result you have to use conditioner. If you open the cuticle  you must close it, if you don’t condition and some people think because they want big hair they should leave it a bit rough by not conditioning it. The truth is it may but will cause a little rough hair getting a touch more fullness that day but will leave your hair in bad condition and open to spilt hair and damage.  


Let’s look at the most common myths about using conditioner. 

  1. Myth-Conditioner makes my hair fall. No this is a myth, it closes the cuticle and makes the hair shaft smooth. When your hair is rough it sticks to each other so imagine there is 100 hairs falling ( naturally per day ) you wash it every 3 days so now there is 300 hairs that have already fallen in your hair that will come out once it’s washed. Don’t be fooled thinking it’s falling more than normal. 
  2. Myth-  I want full hair so I don’t condition it. If this is your goal then your approaching it wrong. Don’t use a conditioner and your cuticle will be open, the moisture levels reduced, your color will fade and spilt ends get worst. If you want fullness then look at using a styling product like Sea Salt Spray by Label M or Resurrection Dust by Label M which will easily give you a level of volume that will keep you looking like the lead singer in a 60’s girl band. 

You filthy Animal

Its no surprise that we all are dying in the heat and perspiration is a fact of life, even a short walk to the car can make you wetter than a night out at the strip club!

To make sure your scalp is not wet all day and becoming a bacteria farm you need to make sure your using the right products and in the right way to keep your scalp healthy, healthy scalp means healthy hair growth! Your hair once it is visible is dead keratin, the growth is internal, under your scalp and the only really obvious way you can help your growth is making sure your intake is a healthy balance covering all of your dietary needs. Sure its boring to say a balanced diet and a good amount of sleep and your body will function the way it was designed.

We get asked a lot about hair growth, how to grow your hair faster, thicker, healthier etc etc its really the basics you need to get right in order to have the best hair possible. We have put together a checklist to make it a little easier in the hope that next time you come in we can chat about more random things but if you still need help give us a shout!

 

What shampoo should I use? 

Your shampoo should be decided on what your hair, scalp is doing at that particular time. If its the peak of summer you don’t have colour then its fairly possible you need a good cleansing shampoo, if you do have color then the conditioner should be chosen for the color.

Will washing my hair everyday make my hair fall out?

This is not at all true, in fact not washing your hair enough will have more adverse effect on your hair growth than washing it too often. Good quality products is the key and that doesn’t mean you choose the product that you saw on the side of a bus, it means a little research. Of course we will tell you our products are the best like every salon because if they didn’t believe in what they are selling then there is a real problem. We use Label M and Alfa Parf, both internationally known and respected products, we use and recommend those because we truly believe they are the best, its not about pushing, its about having the right products and tools to make sure your hair looks the way it was intended long after you leave the salon.

Conditioner makes my hair fall out!

Conditioner closes the cuticle layer of your hair, sealing in the moisture and making sure it is smooth and tangles free leaving the hair with shine and looking healthy. When you put conditioner in your hair, actually put it in your hair on the ends and work it upwards towards the scalp, using a wide tooth comb starting at the ends comb it through. When your doing this, the hair will become slippery and you will get some loose hairs coming out ( because now its slippery and loose hair that was already out was previously stuck within the other hair ) This is not hair fall this is normal. Having 150-200 approx a day come out is in the space of “normal” sure it can fluctuate and will increase slightly in summer months as we tend to shed a little more hair but overall this is considered normal.

Conditioner makes my hair flat

Conditioner is for the hair, typically the ends so if your using it properly then chances are you using the wrong one! Every time you shampoo, you must condition your hair, if you open the cuticle you must close it!

Serum makes my scalp oily

Wow, yes i hear this one often, hello serum is for your hair not your scalp! Serum on your ends not the scalp

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A quick tip to help keep the frizz in check is when you have the conditioner on in the shower, using a wide tooth comb starting at the bottom comb the hair through and get rid of all the tangles. With the conditioner in it acts as a lubricant and reduces tearing of the hair. Don’t brush your hair when its dry unless your a cartoon character called Rapunzel as it damages your hair!

Just because a hair care product company saturates the media does NOT mean it is the best! Do your research

All else fails you have two choices

  1. Shave it off
  2. Give us a call

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Summer Ready Hair

While we all thought that Summer was here for the past month or two well guess what, its officially summer in 48 hours and there is more heat heading our way! When it comes to our hair and skin we all suffer from dehydration and no matter what we all read about drinking lots of water at times it becomes difficult for whatever excuse we can come up with be it too busy or plain forgot. I am sure that most people think about their hair hydration only once they are in the salon ( unless your one of the rare ones and in that case congratulations ).

 

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We thought we would make your life easier by giving you a few helpful hints that is far greater than doing a name sake “hair spa” to make sure your hair is at its peak and not  like a dried up prawn.

 

  1. Hair Spa typically is a glorified conditioner, a conditioner closes the cuticle and in doing so will make your hair look and feel better however its temporary. You need to condition every time you shampoo, open the cuticle you have to close it.
  2. A massage will relax you, it won’t do anything else, especially for your hair. Yes it helps with circulation, however so does a full body massage but neither is going to brings miracles.
  3. Oiling your hair- well this is a Myth buster! Oil and water don’t mix right? Your hair is dead before it leaves your scalp, Oil doesn’t penetrate into the skin does it? Now if that isn’t enough think about adding oil on your body and standing out in the sun, it would make your skin burn right? YES same goes with your hair, even if you wash it off there is always a fine layer of residue left which will increase the heat internally and then causing dehydration.
  4. Serum – Easy answer is YES, always after you have washed and conditioned, if you hair goes flat then your using the wrong serum or too much!
  5. Leave in conditioner, again if its too heavy then change the one your using. Every time you shampoo and condition and use serum then a leave in conditioner.
  6. Shampoo Everyday? With extra heat comes perspiration, if you don’t remove that from your scalp then it can create bacteria on your scalp and therefore effect the growth. You should be using a shampoo and conditioner for your hair, if its colored then a sulphate free shampoo to reduce the color fading. Always use a conditioner. 150-200 hairs falling out per day is NORMAL.
  7. Always comb your hair with a wide tooth comb when you have the conditioner in, while your in the shower.

If this doesn’t set things straight then please go and read it again or come visit us!

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