Hair magicians 

You have got the perfect reference, taken a booking and got your hair done only to see it looks nothing like the photo you showed the hairstylist the next day and you have no idea why or how to change it!


It’s super important we all get on the same page, hairdressers are not magicians but a good hairstylist will teach you how to recreate the look that you leave the salon with so everyday you love the look. Obviously the cut is the foundation to it all, if that’s not right then no amount of product or blow drying will fix it so the cut is super important. 

What products?

Very rarely will your bathroom consist of the endless supply that a salon has so it’s important you speak to your stylist on which ones you have to have and which ones would be good to have, it may mean getting one this visit and the rest next time. You should know how to use it, how much to use of it. 

Before leaving the salon a good stylist will explain the how, when, why, why not, the how hot & how cold to which direction to blow the hair as well as styling options. 

Good luck & see you soon!

Your hair is so big it needs its own base camp. 

Well if we didn’t think that wasn’t going to happen, then along came the big boofy circa 1980’s hair worn with so much confidence you really start thinking is this real!


It’s the most hideous “go too” for so many and yet it’s a total mystery why, unless it’s done for an editorial shoot or the runway then if it’s done right we can swallow it


But sadly we see hair so big it needs its own pin code and a base camp if you ever want to reach the top!


On a serious note now!

Having that much fullness obviously isn’t natural and is NOT flattering at all in fact makes most look like they are part of a drag show in Bangkok in a shady bar ( absolutely not discrimination intended just setting scene)

Less is best, apart from the extra head room in your car, your hair will thank you too because that amount of spray and teasing is just not sexy!

Stop it

Lakme fashion week Summer Resort 2017

We all wait with baited breath every time there is a fashion week to see which way fashion is moving, what’s going to be the new thing and what will inspire us not only in the industry but in life. Attended Lakme fashion week this season and we saw some definite trends dominating the ramp with hair

  1. The selfie
  2. Braids, lots and lots of braids
  3. Messy hair
  4. Afro’s, yes afro’s! Loved it
  5. Shorter hair! Yes short hair and great to see some diversity in hair lengths 


The runway around the world we see hair very differently, it’s about creating a feeling, an attitude vs creating uniformity. As an Industry we all have to work towards bringing out the best in each look whilst maintaining the overall vibe. That being said it has been great week in Mumbai, a few exciting things happening which we will share soon!

We feel diversity is the only way to grow, doesn’t matter if we are referring to immigration ( with what’s happening in USA ), culture, weight, size and attitudes is when there is a melting pot of the best of everything. Embrace everyone’s uniqueness and in fact encourage diversity that’s what enriches the world as well as tolerance levels. 

See all the looks Here thank you Lakme & Img for having me 

Pizza on the beach?

Your the type of personal who finds pizza on the beach more appealing than a stiff dinner in a hotel then Sea Salt Spray is your jam & we have your back girl! 

Now understand the difference between beach waves & Beach curl is beach waves are typically constructed ( styled that way ) vs beach curl which is more about creating or enhancing the natural movement ( or texture as so many want to call it ). 


Now both are great styles to use Sea Salt spray on without booking a trip to an island beach here goes

How to use it the best

A few pumps at roots and a few pumps throughout the hair when it’s fairly damp

If you want it messy spray don’t comb and let it dry naturally

For beach waves apply the same and style 

Our favourite product & the one we use is Label M Sea Salt


Hair is Art

I see hair like it’s a blank canvas, almost the same way I guess as a sculptor would view a piece of marble, rock or wood with endless possibilities. 

The future of each piece we create is living walking around for a month, then it is redone, re created, refreshed into a new vision breathing fresh air into the art again. Maybe it’s completely new, maybe it’s just a refresh from the previous creation but always art. 

Tricks and tips to getting and giving the best blow… out

When it comes to how to give an awesome blow out we know a thing or two! We thought we would help with sharing a few tricks to getting the best results. 


And for all those who are not paying attention we are talking the hair type!

  • Hot air dries the hair, cold air once it’s dry and hot will set it in place. 
  • Trying to style when it’s dropping wet causes breakage and damage. 
  • Always use a leave in heat protecting serum. 
  • Do not over shake the hair or it will go frizzy, it’s not a cocktail. 
  • To get the hair smooth finish with a blast of cool air using the nozzle. 
  • Dry in the direction of the cuticle. 
  • Do not burn or let anyone burn your hair whilst they try to “set it” it’s not the way a blow dry works or holds. 


Try these few tips and see how you go!

You want it rough?

You say you want it rough but you really want it more like a slow dance. 


The buzz word on everyone’s vocabulary lately is “texture” from designers, hairstylists to photographers but the word itself lends itself to leaving the hair like you just had a three hour romp in the gutter compared to what in fact texture should look like. 


Yes this is texture, a frizzy curl texture. 


This is a messy upstyle, again messy and wispy like it’s wind blown. 


This is texture but it’s a smooth loose wavy texture. 


This is texture, more like haven’t done anything to it texture and sadly when some hairstylist think texture this is what they do. Texture is basically hair that is not solid, so if your creating a mood board or think your the next big thing in hair understand the various textures and describe them as you imagine. 

Perfect products to create a variety of texture

Label m sea salt spray

Matt paste by label m

But remember not to over do it with product or teasing or it will look like a dogs breakfast. 

Pastel colors on Indian hair, alternative facts

So you’ve invested considerable time looking for the perfect color on Pinterest and now searching which salon to call before making the big step, let’s drop some not so “alternative facts” and help you sort through the nonsense that we heard you might be told! 


Understand a few things so you can leave the rest to a little common sense. The darker the hair the more it has to go through to get any light shade, the more you bleach it the more damage it can do. Hair is its gold yellow or red needs to be lighter to remove these undertones before being able to get the “mermaid” looking colors unless they too are red, yellow or orange. 

  • Depending on how dark your hair is, it can take 2-3 applications and up to 9 hours. 
  • May not be able to remove red, orange or yellow totally depends on your hair which in turn will effect end result 
  • Is more expensive than a regular color yes. Sometime a lot, 3-4 times. Anyone who offers this at a very cheap price or deal be suspicious 
  • Once you do the pastel shade over the blonde or lightened sections, understand it will fade fast, can stay for 10-15 washes or could last 1-3 months depending on hair quality after lightening. 
  • Will it make your hair fall out… no. If done incorrectly it could break but there are treatments to prevent this happening. 
  • Care and at home Maintainence? Sulfate free shampoo that won’t strip color. Pastel blondes may require a purple shampoo to maintain tone ( like kms blonde shampoo or clairol blonde available on line )
  • You can color it back close to your natural color yes however covering the color does not change the fact underneath its colored and could be damaged. Long term care is required. 

So the darker the hair the harder it is, the more work needed and the more upkeep.  Can it be done? Of course it can be but takes time and know how. 

You got a mouth full of hair?

Nothing worst than going in and getting a mouthful of hair, kind of a mood breaker if your locks are not maintained!

Shaving it could be an option but let’s talk Maintainence in case you don’t want to go bald. Guys with stubble, their face will act like Velcro and your hair will stick all over his face, which in itself can be ok unless your out with friends or family. Then it can look like things are getting hot when it was just an innocent peck intended. 
Let’s start with a few things you can do to prevent this!

  • Leave in serum like Cristali liquid by Alfa Parf which closes the cuticle and keeps the cuticle surface smooth. 
  • Regular trims, removes split ends which in turn creates smoother surface. 
  • Pony tail, keep it high which will keep your face and neck free for playtime. 
  • Pre planning is better if you can manage to shampoo and condition before it’s better, remember the smell of your shampoo on wet hair is like a wet dog, it’s not cool so dry it!
  • A little perfume inside your hair so he can’t smell the smoke from the night before your hair absorbed in the club ( when you said you were home watching re runs of friends)

We hope this helps you not giving your guy fur balls, the rest is up to you!

Double the thickness of your hair in one sitting! New technology from Pixar

The optic fibre light transfer hair rejuvenation pod just arrived! Using technology from Disney & Pixar it uses light to transform your hair without touching it with scissors or chemicals. Doubles the thickness of your hair back to the way you want it!

It is the first in the world, it’s the best, it transforms you in 5 minutes and it’s cheap! If you buy one session you get second free! If you buy 5 sitting you get 35 free and you can recommend a friend and they get 20% discount too! This is too good to be true but limited spaces available!


What does it do?

  • Doubles the thickness of your hair
  • Stops hair fall instantly 
  • Increases length by 2 inches in 24 hours 
  • Removes all grey hair forever! Yes no more grey hair, no more colouring. 
  • Say goodbye to dry scalp forever
  • No need to wash your hair, dirt is repelled using nano technology 
  • Using micro magnetic pulses it attracts attention from anyone your standing beside you, no need for tinder anymore!
  • Shake your hair in any open room of your house and it’s instantly cleaned 
  • Using the nano light transformation you can say goodbye to holidays, when sleeping it can teleport you anywhere you think of using brainwaves. 

Yes we do hair, we are bloody brilliant at it but there are limitations and you have to understand if it sounds too good to be true it probly is. The sad reality is some people will read this and think it is in fact true. 

Drop into our salon and let’s discuss fact & fiction 

Boxes are for pigeons not people! 

You are either out of internet coverage or live under a rock if you haven’t seen what’s going on in American this week that is and will effect the world. Everyone has an opinion and we certainly have ours but what’s most disturbing is the shift in what is considered ok in terms of human treatment. 


You can’t put everyone in the same box, I see it as do I’m sure a lot of others do too but daily we all do it and it’s just plain wrong. 

Just because of your faith doesn’t make you a terrorist, being born in a certain country doesn’t make you violent, born into a certain cast or specific area be a certain type of person. Light skin, dark skin that, fat be this, skinny be that, tall this, short that it’s just plain black and white descrinination! Justify it in your head, I’m sure you can but at the end of the day it’s wrong! 

The features on your face, the clothes you wear or the point in which you reach vertically to the length of your hair, your beauty is unique, it’s individual and your you. Yet we have people screaming  descrimination for Trump when daily we see the same thing happen. The difference is I guess the old train of thought where these “old school” ( should retire and step aside) people were and I say we’re literally, years ago relevant as too would be the rasist attitude of Trump and his supporters. 

It’s 2017, what feels like the verge of either civil war or global tensions being at the highest point for decades. We have to reset all our mindset on everything, what religious faith you have, skin color, where you were born, your skin color, height, weight and everything in between and start treating people as individuals not trying to put them in a box when you have no idea who they are. 


Respect everyone as equal and unique!

When you have taken your hair across the line!

When you place an order on line and it says shipping more than 24-48 hours you feel robbed right? Well imagine your hairdresser saying your hair can’t take a chemical service, a color, that keratin you so desperately want because it’s too damaged…. upset maybe even angry. 

We believe there are times when we have to say no, it’s about being ethical and respecting there are times when what you want is not actually what you want. Sure we assure you there is a salon within walking distance from every “no” you get that will do whatever you want, but we are only interested in making you look the best possible. 


If your hair has been taken over the edge and the condition sucks as Donald Trumps concept of humanity then here are the things you need to do. 

  • Get yourself a second opinion from the best salon you can find, not cutting nothing just a consultation. 
  • Depending on how bad it is the only option may be cutting it, lots of options for repairing however the only true way to get it back to healthy may be cutting the damage off. 
  • Don’t do another chemical service to fix the one that ruined your hair. 
  • The term “hair spa” sadly is used for a conditioner massage.  Waste of time and money. Olaplex and various bond rebuilders work, hair spa doesn’t. 
  • Always condition 
  • Always use a leave in serum
  • Avoid any oils always!
  • Don’t use excessive heat when styling. 
  • Trim every 5-6 weeks until the hair is healthy again. 

Remember a professional salon will never charge you for advice, it’s free so use it!

Is your bath plug is full of hair?

You end up picking up what seems like handfuls of hair every time you shampoo your hair? Are you suffering from sudden hair loss? Do you think if this continues you will be bald by mid next week?


Stop acting like a baby, your not going to be bald any time soon let’s help explain the facts based on science and not on trying to rename a treatment or shampoo as “hair loss”. We get asked daily about hair loss and to be honest a lot of salons, product companies etc make a lot ( I mean a LOT ) of money with hair fall specific treatments or products that do didly squat ( nothing ) to your hair. 

Facts

  • You have approx 100,000-150,000 hairs on your head at any given point
  • Your normal shedding of hair is approx 100-125 per day
  • If you shower every third day then when you wash you will see 300-375 hairs in your hands because each day it’s been falling but stuck in amoungst the other hair. 
  • Conditioner does NOT make your hair fall out, it closes the cuticle and hence makes the loose hair slip out
  • Washing it daily not only won’t make it fall out but WILL help keep your scalp clean
  • Hair fall shampoo’s…. use a Sulfate free shampoo good for everyone, color or no color, keratin or no keratin.  It’s low in detergent and gentle on scalp. 
  • Hair loss increases in seasons so whilst it may increase in short term long term it will settle. 
  • Medicine if your body has a deficiency however 100-125 is normal and no medicine will stop that. 
  • Water quality can cause hair fall yes, only real solution is washing in filtered water
  • Putting any oil on your scalp is a complete waste of time and in fact can increase hair fall by altering the ph level of your scalp.  It’s never reccomended and is one of those tales handed down generation after generation.
  • Can anything increase hair growth? NO you an try standing in a bucket of water thinking it will help you increase your height, chances are if enough people said it worked you may try it.  

There now clean the drain get some Sulfate free products, put the oil in the kitchen and cancel your “specialist” appointment lol 

The one thing not to do in the shower 

It’s a routine we all hopefully do daily and yet there are some people who still think it’s ok to do it, they use it openly and still ask why every 6 weeks. It’s cheap it’s big, it’s easy so why not?


We are talking about using Sulfate free shampoo! We use and reccomend Alfa Parf which is free from nasty Sulfates and parabins which will strip your hair color that you spend all that time and money on, dilute the intensity, possibly dry out your scalp as well as your hair!

So for about the same as your drug store shampoo you get a product that is not only going to gaurentee your color lasts the way it’s meant too but will look after the condition better also. Sure it doesn’t bubble up so much you can rumble around like your in a bubble bath but aren’t you meant to be washing your hair and not playing in the shower? 

Guys if your loosing your hair this is for you!

We’re always talking about what’s hot and what’s trending but what if you’re not blessed with a head of hair? 

Here, we break down the best styles for men with thinning hair. Let’s face it, topknots and quiffs have had their day – who needs hair anyway?
The crop

A little more tailored than the traditional buzz cut, this style is cool for men who are thinning  on top. The step between the shaved sides and top section is faded in slightly ( but you can go a full blown taper or fade too! )and there’s enough length and texture through the top to allow for a soft, smart finish. The best thing about this style is that it requires minimal effort to create each morning – after washing a little towel dry some matte texturising clay and your done.

The pompadour

You may be only in desperate need to cover the back area of your head but the front is still there whilst is disappearing by the day at the crown, the clever way to create the illusion of a thicker, fuller head of hair all. David Beckham’s cut is high and tight at the back and sides but has plenty of length through the top. The difference in length, together with the way it’s  swept back, helps create the impression of a volume. 


The close shave
If your like Jason Statham, your follicle situation is weak, then fluffing about what little you have left can look a bit like an old man clinging for his life doing a comb over!  Instead, embrace the bald and go buzz cut. Not only does this look fresh and sharp, but it’s super easy to maintain!

Donald trump’s hair is made from hair from 37 barbie dolls!

Lots of rumours around this head of hair, apparently it’s not real and in fact made from cut hair from barbie dolls ( made in China ) to the fact that there is a consistent regrowth that is the same in every photo. Could this be true? 

Is the leader of the free world’s hair actually be as fake as his tan that obviously out of a can?

We spoke to NASA engineers and they confirmed the indastructable style can withstand wind, rain, hail, scorching heat and countless meme’s. They have confirmed they are collaborating with him on a new shuttle shield based on his 1hour daily routine of styling. 


Obviously this guy has no idea how to run a country but we are thinking he should be doing some styling sessions at the local retirement home helping old men look like they have hats on. 


At the end of the day, no one cares about the hair, it’s only the content that comes out of your mouth, in his case it’s verbal sewerage. 


Can someone who spends this long on there hair be trusted? We say no!

They keep pushing it you keep swallowing it!

I don’t know when the day your average consumer will wake up and realise the utter crap some people shove down your mouth like it’s French fries 🍟


The sad reality is most dumb people believe it, the stupid Ines doing it and the stupid ones buying into it.  We see miracles that can make your hair silky in 10 minutes, the cheapest and the best this or that and yet no one wonders how? It’s called marketing if you were in 1980 but I guess thats another conversation, the cheaper faster best era where everyone claimed to be the best and the cheapest until the consumer got smarter and realised they wanted salons they could relate too and communication become more about reality than selling crap! 


Bar code standard talk is almost scripted and funnily I know people who teach scrips, this is a personal industry and words have to evolve organically. The only way that can happen is by education and not teaching scripts or standard one size fits all hairdressing.  

Words of wisdom, educate yourself and research salons not just browse a Facebook post it’s your hair. Personality sells

When your color fades like your sex life

You meet and can hardly keep your hands off each other to make coffee and a few months/Year  later you meet with a little peck. You get your color done and it’s as hot and deep as your hottest one night stand, several weeks later it’s faded and as lifeless as your sex life!


Don’t worry we can help you with getting your color intensity back, the other stuff you will need to work on yourself but I suggest getting your color on will help you feel hot so who knows!

Alfa Parf have created Pigments ( don’t worry its s professional product so no technical info is here just the awesome results)

It work as direct color pigment and is more gentle than your regular color as it’s watered down with shampoo or can be added in with your regular color also! It creates longer lasting depth more than regular colors. 

You can do it as a quick service I. Between your regular colors to freshen up the intensity so you don’t have to damage your ends doing unnecessary “global colors” that will damage and cost you money you can spend on candles or flavoured lube to fix you other problems, well because we fix hair rest is up to you to get back on track. 

Before
After


So now you have no reason to have faded color. Available in multiple reflects!

How a new look could keep you out of prison!

Imagine your out, some serious shit goes down and the description given for the offender is so basic it could be 99% of the population. Hope your following it so far, the trick is being unique or you may be pinned with something that you didn’t do so a new look is as much for you as it is for your safety!

Please make sure if your going to do the wrong thing that you visit us afterwards. 

Neon hair colors that actually glow in the dark

We all saw them on social media and probably all thought the same ( won’t be that cool in real life ) but we recently got a shipment from Alfa Parf Milano and tried them out and must say it’s better in person, it’s amazing! Condition, tone and longevity it is awesome!


We managed to convince Lir ( which didn’t take much as she loves experimenting with her color, in for a yellow neon which is the first time in India. 

Now can we predict that these cool colors will be a daily sight across the streets of India? Probly not because not everyone is this cool but you will be seeing more from us so make sure you are following Rod Anker Salons and Rod Anker

If your up for a eye catching color then give us a shout. 

Hair frizzy & fried?

You saw a photo of silky soft hair and thought yes, I want that now your left with hair that looks like frizz and neither straight or curly. 


Expectations vs reality are at times different and yes the stylist should have explained it and been more truthful but whatever the issue was it needs to be fixed. Here are some solutions but we recommend visiting a professional salon to determine exactly what is needed. 

  • If it’s rebonding it could be over processed which means your hair is on the verge of snapping. Olaplex will prevent it to some extent however removing some length may be only option. 
  • If it’s keratin it may have reduced the curl, depending on how curly it was to start with. This may be the success and final result as best you can achieve. 
  • You may have had too much color applications on top of each other which has caused the hair structure to be too weak to restructure itself. 

Will a ” series of hair spa ” treatments fix this? Easy answer is never

If the structure of the hair is Brocken so badly that hair comes off ( snaps off, not from roots but mid lengths ) then the only two options you have is to either cut it off  or have consistent Olaplex or similar treatments which will rebuild and strengthen it enough to hold it together until it’s cut off. 


Sadly some salons push such chemical services based on increasing revenue with little regard for quality of your hair or result and when things go south they will tell you a series of hair spa treatments will fix it. It won’t. 

Advice

Before you do any chemical service do your research and remember if the hair has had any color at all and that hasn’t been cut off regardless if it looks natural, it’s still there and needs to be treated with care. 

Tricks to get fuller hair!

There is never a day go by that someone doesn’t walk into a salon in some corner of the world and want hairstylists to perform miracles by adding volume. Yes it’s not always the most suitable fave shape to carry it off but we all want what we want right?


So let’s just imagine by adding fullness it will suit your face shape. 

Dropping a few tricks to help you out so your not having to sleep upside down hoping it stays like that during the day. 

  1. Shampoo your hair regularly so oiliness doesn’t build up. 
  2. Use a light conditioner only on ends
  3. A volumizing powder really really works, adds volume for hours
  4. Dry your hair upside down or standing upright lifting it directly vertical when styling. 
  5. Dry shampoo helps give a little grit to the hair adding volume. 
  6. If the weight is heavy no matter what you do it will go flop, add layers or texture it helps. 
  7. Remove some length this will lighten the load and help give it more volume. 

The right cut can make all the difference but a little tool like “dust it” by Label M helps create the fullness that maintains the shape longer.  Get some hands on tricks and suggestions from your stylist next time you get a blow out. 

Sweet talking in the salon

Hairdressing is such a personal service, your getting something that is on your body so it’s personal even if you don’t think it is, it is.  

We believe that running our hands through your hair is kind of a privilege, one that has to be earnt and is not something that can be bought to the highest bidder ( or the lowest price tag )

The biggest problem for hairdressing is communication, finding out what is going on in your mind, even at times when you  don’t even know, it’s about asking the right questions. You will go into the salon when your either bored or need “Maintainence” ( the obvious need for color regrowth or hair is literally in your eyes ) OR your just bored and it’s been a while and at times both. 

Now obviously the hairdresser has to have the technical skills to be touching your hair but equally as important they have to know how to communicate with you, it goes far beyond the pretty photos they show you or the perfectly priced menu. Choosing a salon or stylist isn’t like ordering food from a menu or getting your house built from a plan it’s completely 100% a personal service that comes down to personality! 

How do you choose the right salon & stylist?

Well that requires thought and a little effort because as we said earlier it’s not just about photos and price so you should be visiting and talking to them before you completely trust a new salon. A great way to start if your considering a salon is a consultation, all salons in every part of the world will offer free consultations, it’s not new, it’s a sit down chat to discuss your hair. Choose the stylist your after make the consultation booking and see how you feel after the talk. The questions asked, the solutions offered etc. At times hairstylist will say they can do things from turn your hair from black to white in one sitting to give volume to the three hairs on your head, remember there is fact and fiction it’s your hair. 

  • Ask why
  • Ask how
  • Ask price 
  • Ask about upkeep
  • Ask about condition

After that go away and ask yourself if this is the right salon for you. 

Feed your feed

Your personality is your gold and shows the world who you are and your true self. In a world that craves an outlet as much as we do attention we have to go out of our way to express how we feel. 


It’s not about selfies but it’s ok if it is, it’s about doing whatever you want. Doesn’t matter if your a hairdresser showcasing your work, a avid traveller showing the places you have visited or just someone who likes taking photos it’s about personality. 
Show your individuality and have fun!

The year of the Cock?

Yes in Chinese Years 2017 is the year of the Rooster and we thought it best to fluff our feathers in case your want to get your cockfighting game on fleek for 2017 here is some bird inspo for you


When you conditioner has run out


When you think your a mermaid but you are ugly AF


You got rebonding because, well because you got it cheap lol


Because you know hair is Art


No it’s not a wig, it’s natural 


Your stylist fell asleep learning Ombré oops


Well it’s cold 


Marylyn Monroe can do it so why not you!


I play bass in a band


Look at me I’m a Mermaid Cock


Selfie Cock 


You said I needed rebonding and color on the same day and you were giving me 20% off. FML you fried my hair Cock


Color game on fleek! 


I don’t have a regular stylist Cock 

So no matter what Cock you are channeling get yourself into see us soon and Happy Chinese New Year!

Line up for 2017

2017 has started and whilst some are still recovering from the year that was 2016 I know we are but we are set to make this year the best yet!


So what should we expect this year with hair, what’s new, what will will see more of and what for the love of god we hopefully won’t see again

Be seeing

  • Smoother hair, healthy hair kind of obviously but there will be more effort see more Hair that shines or Things we don’t do
  • Bangs, short cropped, long blunt, thin, thick it’s all about the bang but this one will last longer than your last one 😝 See more bangin inspiration
  • Guys don’t break out into a cold sweat you have some good news. Taper cuts & quiff’s it’s all retro. If your a rule breaker the 80’s bowl is back but not for the lighthearted or insecure. More taper ideas
  • Beach curls, although we saw our social media timelines infected with “how to get the perfect beach curls” it will still be happening this year. 
  • Neon colors yes glow in the dark color is a very new and super cool thing that’s happened. Not for everyone but if you have a per unicorn 🦄 then this is for you!

Turn me off in 2017

We will all be crossing our fingers and toes and hopefully stop seeing

  • Overdone hair, set looking hair
  • Box color
  • Hair that looks unhealthy
  • Asymmetrical haircuts! So done
  • Bad ombré that looks more like a bad DIY
  • The puff 

Yep these last ones drive is crazy but hoping not to see as much this year. 

You slept with who?

So you think that leaving your hair dry naturally is better than using a dryer well let us explain why its not

Although some stylists often recommend sleeping in damp braids to get beachy waves, turns out air-drying may be more harmful than blow-drying: Water causes strands to swell; over time, this could weaken hair from the inside out. In the study, hair samples that were shampooed and then air-dried for two hours were compared to those blasted at various temperatures. Only the air-dried samples had significant damage to the cell membrane complex, the cement that holds cuticle layers together. That’s not to say that dryers can be used without harm: As the temperature of the air increased, the study found, so did the damage to the outer layers of each strand. The healthiest option, if not the speediest, is to dry on the lowest heat setting, with the dryer held at least six inches away from the head.

So instead of trying the easy braid on wet hair and trying to get it overnight, maybe its time to learn how to do it with a hairdryer and a large curling iron.

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 20:  Model Chrissy Teigen visits "Extra" at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 20, 2015 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)

Planning a holiday with your new color?

If your planning a trip away or a holiday, half your luck but what is going to happen to your hair or how is your color going to be in the climate your going too? Is the water going to cause the color to fade?


A few days we can all live with and it’s all good but using the hotel products although some smell great are far from the best to use for maintaining color. 

Things to pack

  • Get some small bottles from your local chemist and transfer enough for the time your away 
  • Take a few hair ties to add options in case you don’t want to blow dry ( your o. Holidays )
  • Any styling products, keep in mind if your swimming you should be taking a leave in conditioner and a serum. 
  • A wide tooth comb, sounds basic but most hotels don’t have them in there in room kit. 
  • Dry shampoo, to help you get away without having to shampoo. 

Now your all ready, make sure you have visited your salon just before you leave so any color Maintainence is done and will get you through your trip without stress. 

Shopping for a little touch up?

Do you spend countless hours on line searching all things from how to bake the perfect banana bread to filling out travel horoscopes? 

You won’t say yes out loud, but I know your as bored af and it’s ok everyone gets bored from time to time.Is your version of a “touch up” getting your color done?


 Ok so let’s make sure you don’t get so bored you end up trying to lighten up your hair with lemon juice and household bleach and help you shop for a new color for your hair!


We are going to make this super easy for you so you can stop thinking and first thing tomorrow can book in for your new hair color. 

Are you able to return to the salon for Maintainence every month?

  1. YES -Great your ok with it then cool your options are wide open. 
  2. No -Your a realist that’s awesome, best for highlights maybe some ombré or sombre but subtle and not too much happening at the top so you can skip a month or two before getting any touch ups. 

Do you want people to notice it or does the color need to be subtle ( this means natural, not in your face and looks expensive )

  1. I want everyone to see it- Your options are mermaid pastel combination to a natural base to add depth
  2. Needs to be subtle – Ok so whatever your doing the color can’t be more than two shade difference from your natural color. 

It’s never about what others think because if your happy in your own skin then no matter what you do it will look good if you have the right attitude. So if it’s pastel then decide what tone, if it’s a natural color then it’s just a matter of matching your natural color and maybe you want to add a little lighter variation on ends then your ready to book in and finish the chat and get your new look. 

Thinking of getting Hair extensions you must read this!

Recently someone we know got some extensions done, the keratin bonded onto the root area of your hair. It sounds like an instant fix and no waiting for hair to grow but here are the facts. 


You see the little white bulbs at the bottom? That’s the hair roots that have been pulled out because the extensions were done too tightly. 

We don’t do extensions for this exact reason and whilst people think it’s great, if done perfectly then it really can be an overnight success however typically a problem in application can cause the next 6-12 months of problems for you far greater than the extra length you were after. 

This was done by a National trainer of a hair extension brand that trains all the hairstylist in the country. 

DIY hair care exposed

In most civilized parts of the world hairdressing in a trade that requires schooling, typically anything from 1-3 years depending on if it’s hands on or a college based curriculum. Now given the hours, weeks, months of study let alone hours and hours of practical which includes science of hair, body and nutrition it’s hard to believe someone can just walk to the fridge pull out some left overs and poof, your hair is left feeling like new!


Sure we all see DIY posts on YouTube or Facebook from some very eager kids thinking they have discovered the atom bomb or debuged a myth that the human make up of hair and science was wrong, or that they saw papaya on the list of ingredients so they will mash one up and use it as a hair mask. 

Wake up please!

Hair is dead keratin, it’s dead! Yes you can maintain the health or more like condition of the dead keratin by using certain products, use them a certain way etc but putting food scraps on your head is not going to perform miracles. 

Myths around putting oil on your hair still get thrown around with people explaining why they think it works but wondering why there hair feels like straw. 

A solid hair care regime that includes regular shampooing ( every second day with the right products ) and conditioning every time. A leave in conditioner or serum ( depending on quality & texture of hair ) along with trim’s every 6-8 weeks then there is no reason to panic or have bad hair. We see a lot of people getting things done they either don’t need or shouldn’t be doing when in some situations not doing it would be better for your hair e.g.; your getting your regrowth color done and instead of just doing the roots you get it taken right thru the ends when it didn’t really need to be done ( over processing already coloured hair )

Before you stumble across a pretty little DIY video on you tube and think your life has changed and flit off to the market to get some eggs, fruit and oil for your miracle hair mask think please visit a good salon and ask what can be done to get shinny hair or softer more conditioned hair.  Chances are there are several things you can do that will work instantly. 

Stop scratching your butt, I’m trying to do your hair 


When we talk about learning manners it goes a fair way past just learning which hand to wipe your butt with. Since your parents were too busy worrying about who you were going to to the movies with thinking it was a global concern  rather than teaching you to wear your seatbelt, not staring at people to not burping in public. 

    We thought we should outline some salon etiquette so you can stay and enjoy the music & the sick  AF hair your going to get. The following is kind of basic but you may not have heard it before as it actually happens;

    1. Don’t turn up 50 min late saying you tried to call but the phone was busy, guess what no one believes you
    2. Walk in late then ask how long it’s going to take, guess what it’s going to take how long it takes 
    3. Don’t burp or fart in a salon, it’s just not cool
    4. When asked for tea or coffee don’t request someone to run to subway and get you your lunch while your waiting ( your legs aren’t painted on are they?
    5. A trim and a cut, well guess what…. it is the same cost. 
    6. If your hair reaches your knees, you don’t want to cut layers, length or color it but want a total change. Your dillusional please leave stage left
    7. Run late then take a phone call and make us wait another 10 min?
    8. You don’t need to bring your aunt, maid, driver and your body Gaurds aren’t really required are they?
    9. An AK47, seriously if you don’t trust us then we have a problem! No one in here wants to kill you 
    10. If you use the toilet, please aim roughly in the bowl.  

    Well if the above sounds like a walk in the park then we look forward to seeing you soon, don’t need to bring a packed lunch or your own shampoo, we use what we sell and recommend and we don’t water it down. 

    I can see your underwear, move along

    We are not talking about VPL ( Visable Panty Line ) rather talking about being transparent in the way you behave, too often the motives take over and it becomes a game of skill to get what you want, using people as the pawns rather than the required skill to actually do a good job! When you think about being transparent with hair, we could turn this into a short film but rather lets just point out why some times we say no to doing certain things and the reason we do this is because its about being the best for you and your hair.

    When it comes to your hair, we only have one motivation and that is to create beautiful hair that works both for that split moment in time when you leave the salon but more importantly for the time after you leave the salon! There are some things we wont do like rebonding or straightening as it is too damaging on the hair, there are times when you may want to do a chemical service but we do not believe your hair health will be maintained so we will say no. We do this because we look after your hair’s best interest.

    Isn’t it more important to do things right once rather than having something done that requires the next 4-6 months fixing it or repairing it?

    Drop into one of our salons for a honest chat about your hair

     

    Your Copy Cat look is killing it for you

    In a world that is changing every day at a rate that almost no one can stay on top of, its more important than ever that you stand out both in personality as well as your Look yet a lot of people tend to follow the crowd almost like its easier than showing there true self. Not saying its all about your pastel hair and your OTT cut, its about what you like and what makes you feel the best ( yes that can be the most on point cut too ). The best cut you will ever have is one that will suit not only your face and hair type but your personality as well!

    The true definition of Crazy is doing the same thing day in day out and constantly thinking you will get a different result, yet we all see it daily in all of our lives, we have companies spending so much on advertising the same way year after year and expecting it to somehow keep us interested? Hardly! A new phone comes out, we all want it for its one extra life changing feature, a month later we are over it and looking for the next new thing so it goes without saying we have to keep evolving and growing in everything we do to stay interesting and interested.

    What would you do different if you had nothing to loose? 

     

    How to sort through the crap

    When it comes to marketing we all are inundated with ” we are the best ” type marketing. I know when looking for anything be it a product or service I look into everything before making a decision.

    How can you trust a company who says they are leaders but behave like a  mum and pop shop?

    Today our lives are under the microscope 24/7 you comment on a photo on line and everyone can see it, you eat out and everyone knows what you ate so it’s super important that more effort than ever before is made to not only stand out but be in the position to deliver what you say you will do, because its one thing to say your the best in fact its easy but its another to be able to deliver it day in day out.


    In today’s world we have to rely on our own research in finding out things, stuff and and with the internet we all think we have the knowledge of a Guru however experience will always carry more weight than theory so only trust professionals when it comes to services.

    Should I spit or swallow?

    If your like most people every now and then you get dished up something and put it in your mouth, slowly roll it around thinking I really don’t want this but it almost feels too late to just spit it out! It could have been at a relatives house for dinner or after a night swiping right on tinder. 

    Getting your hair done should never leave a bad taste in your mouth, or leaving the salon thinking wtf did I do in my life to deserve this. The best advice we have is simply spit it out, if your asking the question then it’s kind of obvious you should spit right?

    Don’t be lame and choose awesome, choose to take all the hair goodness we have to offer. 

    Meherchand Market & Noida sector 50

    We are referring to getting a head full of awesome hair

     

    How to evolve your look

    In life at times things get a little let’s just say blah, doesn’t matter if we are talking about work or relationships we have to make an effort to keep ourselves interested and interesting. With our hair we tend to get busy and forget to evolve our look from year to year let alone season to season and it takes effort and planning to do it.

    Nothing like the first month of the year to get ourselves into a new chapter and change our look, it not only keeps you looking on point but keeps life interesting.

    Merrylin’s earlier micro bang Shag

    New Year New look The bowl

    Merrylin Boro With her fresh AF bowl cut to get 2017 looking fresh.
    If your thinking of a fresh new do then give us a call and we can sit and discuss options or plan out how to take the step over the next few sessions so it’s not so dramatic.

    Choosing the right color for your skin!

    Anyone who has ended up with a color that looks like you did it yourself will attest that coloring hair is an art and needs to be done right the first time!  Unlike coloring a wall or a canvas, each time you color your hair damage is done that can not be reversed completely. 

    Some of the key things to keep in mind when choosing the right color are…

    • Upkeep, are you happy to get it redone when it’s needed? Some colors would need a lot of Maintainence whilst others very little. Ask about price, products needed etc etc
    • The nylon swatches are an indication, they are close but it doesn’t work like choosing a color for your walls, depending on your hair current hair color, the history of color your hair has been through on the result so if your not being asked these questions then you really need to re think your salon choice. 
    • Whilst some brands claim to be Amonia free, they refer to the tube of color that is yet to be mixed with the higher amonia to activate it before it goes on your hair.
    • Some colors can not be done or achieved without implications or possibly done over time and not able to be done in one sitting. A good stylist will tell you. 
    • Your skin tone is one thing yes, some of the other factors that can determine if a color will suit you are personality, lifestyle, hair texture to name a few. It’s not just skin color. 
    • Understand color names for goodness sake!! Red and gold and different colors, red isn’t gold and gold isn’t red. A warm color is as the name suggests it’s warm ( red, gold, copper, mahogany, yellow magenta etc etc). A cool color is as the name suggest it’s cool ( ash, silver, blue etc ). 
    • Ask questions before getting it done but JUST AS IMPORTANT listen! If your stylist is saying don’t do it then maybe they have a good reason, if there are things to consider then consider them then.  
    • Don’t shop on a budget and expect a magazine cover result, it’s NEVER going to happen. Cheap is cheap! 


    Remember that any business that requires you to cut out a coupon, the main focus is typically not about result. Do your research google is free!

    You think about getting Roots at 3am?

    It’s 3am and you must be lonely, but we know that there are some night owls out there that take pride in stalking the internet for things be it the perfect little black dress, the perfect holiday destination to OMG I need my color done! Nothing will keep you awake more than realizing you skipped your hair appointment and now look a tad gastly. 


    We know you, we are kinda weird too so thought it best to give you a few heads up in case this is your reality and by 10am you have forgotten. It’s far better to be looking for references for hair goals than swiping left or right ( don’t know which lol ) on other app’s if you know what I’m saying. 

    • No we are not open 24/7
    • Drop an email to info@rodankersalons.com or slide us a DM to either Facebook or Instagram with your color question or booking. 
    • If you see the perfect color reference take a bloody screen shot, Murphy’s law you will never find it again. 
    • Next time you visit your salon make the next booking before you leave!

    Now once you have emailed us, maybe even with a reference you can go back to spooning and get some sleep. 

    Reserve one extra chair for my Birkin

    Everyone has there one prize possession, for some it’s there indepedance or there free spirit for others it’s there vintage Birkin. Some people take there BFF to the salon and they wait whilst getting there hair done others reserve a few extra chairs ( one for there bag, one for there maid, one for security and one extra for there sunglasses) 

    Some will read this I’m sure and think WTF do people actually do this, some will read this and say of course either way we proudly don’t do ” plus one for my bag”


    Whilst we are loving the look and love your 3 story perfectly curated closet, sadly most establishments don’t allocate extra seating for your fetish. 

    Tips for how to walk around town and care for your over loved bag. 

    • Be happy to put in on the floor
    • Have your entourage care for it
    • Leave it in the car, it’s not the runway, it’s a salon we don’t really care what bag you own or don’t own. 
    • Carry a backpack, maybe the type Dora the explorer carries, its way cooler fits in everything and will turn more heads than your vintage OTT BAG. 

    Happy travels 

    Your what is bigger?

    Recently there was a discovery of epic proportions that a shoe size in the UK is different to US and completly different from manufacturer to manufacturer ( let’s just say this was a new discovery for the only person left on the planet who didnt know )


    Just like different parts of the world decided to screw your happiness over shoe sizes we all are very different when it comes to both physical as well as emotionally. A “short” haircut in LA will be a completely different version of short in Bangladesh or Delhi, I guess again this is not a new concept.

     The key to getting it right is communication and an in depth discussion with your stylist over what your version is, be it length or color etc. A lot of the time when things go wrong with hair it’s generally lack of understanding from both parties. 

    Few helpful ways to help

    • Save some photos from Pinterest or Instagram of the length, color that you like
    • Save some that you don’t like
    • Go in before your appointment day and discuss it in detail if the salon doesn’t do an in depth consultation. 
    • Don’t order your new look like your order extra bread rolls at the bakery
    • Change salons


    And remember that everyone is different, color, size, beliefs and everything in between that’s what makes this world incredible. 

    Glow in the dark Hair Color

    Yes you read it right!

    We are looking for 2 hair models to be part of this first in India to have glow in the dark color!

    If you think your up to it, or know someone who has the personality that would totally be up there alley please pass our details along. 

    Need to be free mid January 2017

    info@rodankersalons.com

    How to get a different heads every day

    Yes it’s true variety is the spice of life so when it comes to changing things up daily there is no easier way than your hair!

    Every cut can be worn multiple ways and with the right cut and the right advice and a little training from your stylist you should be able to master at least 3 options in styling your hair. 


    We at Rod Anker Salons believe that a good cut should come with a few instructions to give a few variations to wear it along with maintaining the look on a daily basis. 

    Always watch and ask as many questions as possible, the right products, the right amount at the right time. 

    See you in the salon  soon

    The product scandal only good salons will tell you!

    There is nothing like a good clean out, can be your car, bathroom cabinet, spare bedroom or your closet full to the brim for the last 6 months. Our minds are exactly the same and every day, week and year we keep stockpiling utter crap into them, every now and then it’s good to wipe the slate clean and get a fresh viewpoint. 

    Now when it comes to cleaning out the bathroom cabinet we have a few tricks to not only save you money but also streamline your hair care regime so here goes!

    1. Pull out all the hair products, past and present and assess what needs throwing out and what needs using up asap 
    2. Before you buy anymore finish what you have ( we always encourage finishing what you have UNLESS it’s harmful to your color. 
    3. Sometimes ( sadly more often than it should ) you will be sold product that you simply don’t need or maybe you did then but your hair has changed. Write a list of what you have and show your hairstylist and see what needs to be put in the bin or replaced. If you have products you have no idea what they are or how to use it, take it with you next visit and ask. 
    4. If it’s got 3 drops in it, please throw it out don’t hold on to it. 
    5. Put them all back in the cupboard with the ones you need to use now and start using them! 


    With a little planning and knowing what you have not only will you save money, your hair care will have a plan with the right products to take care of it!

    2017 the year to Bang

    We have always maintained trends come and go, we re hash them make them relevant and the circle of fashion is again complete. 2017 is all set to be the year that we all want change, the easiest way to change your look completely is bangs!

    After all there at times when you want a total change but not prepared to loose length this is a perfect time to do bangs!

    Here are some options that we hope you get a little inspo!

    5 things not to do in the salon

    So besides the fact that it’s Christmas week, let’s make it clear a few things you should not do in a salon ( in no particular order ). We know for a lot of people they search for a salon based on location or price or even Facebook numbers! If you want a whatever salon and don’t really care then congratulations “average” is everywhere.  If your after more then make sure you don’t do these things in the salon when you turn up 10 min late. 

    1. Safe to say walking in, not saying anything other than the words “Cut” is not going to get us off on the right foot!
    2. Don’t tell us how to do your hair,tell us how you want it. Doing hair is our job. 
    3. Use the salon with respect, talking on a phone so loudly is plain rude, people come to the salon to get away from this. 
    4. Don’t ask a professional hairdressery ” hurry up ” as that does not end well at all. 
    5. Bring your lunch in and spread it out all over the salon thinking your on a picnic with your hairdresser. 


    Yes seriously all of these happen!

    Tucked in updo is back

    Winter is here and with it comes it’s own set of fashion challenges, the dreaded task to look good or to keep warm!

    Well the tucked in hair trend has been around for a while and maintains a regular appearance when the temperature drops and if done right we kinda like it!


    We already hear you saying it’s too messy but that’s what’s so cool, it’s like you put your jumper on and didn’t pull the hair out!

    Try it the next time your heading out, let us know what you think. 

    Hair up’s for Dummies

    Even if you have the hand eye co ordination of a elephant we decided to drop a few looks to make this entire holiday season a little stress free and you can a little more time celebrating!

    All of these are easy and can be done on dirty hair, in fact better on day old hair as long as it’s not oily. 


    Now the secret to effortless, it’s not meant to be overly neat and plastered down with spray!

    Embrace the mess, don’t encourage it just love it!

    Color decoded

    We all say words, that to us have a definite meaning based on our life and our experience. Your feelings or thoughts on those words and others is not correct or incorrect it’s simply different. Let us explain a few examples to make sure we are all on the same page because it’s super important that your hair stylist & you have a complete conversation around the words you use when we talk color. Someone who’s hair that is above the collar will have a certain picture in their mind what is short and if your hair is halfway down your back chances are your version of  short will not be the same. 

    Let’s look at some variations of gold or copper


    Now let’s look at some variations of red’s


    So you can see when you are describing color there is many factors to consider, be it your filter of the word itself to the experience you & the stylist have had. Using images as a reference is the best way to explain your version making sure to have references of what you don’t like. 

    Defining your idea of the color will help the hairstylist and you be able to achieve your goal. 

    What is Jugaad hairstyling?

    I call it ” rough enough is good enough” hairstyling. We rarely post country specific content but after seeing the Standard of “beach waves” to a simple Top Knot recently we feel the need to show you the difference, doing hair for editorials or shoots are a privelige that is typically earnt and not just a job, they tend to be chosen through budget constraints or even more sadly based on friendship. Stylists don’t see the difference between sleek and messy further than the looks that were relevant in the 90’s and think hair is like choosing the lunch menu and barely care how it will look since they hope the overall styling will out shine the crappy hair. No, this is not a attack rather a frustration that the Only way the overall imagery will grow and develop is if the right people are either chosen or at least trained. 

    Producing beautiful images is a team effort and hairstylists are an important part of the process that can now not be overlooked, can turn your $5,000 shoot from backpage to cover easily.

    Beach wave references


    The version of beach waves achieved! 


    This is the result! 

    Let’s look at soft waves 

    References


    Results


     As an Industry let us try to set ourselves apart and become better! If you are a brand then you need to address the hair you want in your editorial rather than only adding it to your conversation on the day of the shoot. 

    If your a stylist, know the difference and know who is capable of doing it and who isn’t, the overall image is your work so make sure you stand out!

    If your a photographer, well hopefully you already agree and have the right people to work with. 


    Hairdresser problems

    So many authorities on everything that the only true test if you belong in a salon is the following. 

    Your wardrobe is literally a rainbow of black 


    Others call you crazy but you know the real term is gifted


    You have heard of people going to salons and find it relaxing, you struggle to get someone to do your color and end up driving home to finish it. 


    Your toilet stops involve texting, eating lunch, mixing color and uploading funny things online. 


    When the hair iron becomes your go too fix. 


    Your nails look like a shade of blue black literally every day. 


    When you literally want to beat the crap out of someone who thinks they can share some secrets of hairdressing even after 20-30 years you never knew. 


    When saying yes your hair looks natural is easier than saying sorry girl you look stupid!


    When you get shown a photo like this and you tell them what’s involved, the cost and time and your told OMG that’s so expensive. 


    When your client comes in like this not wanting layers, anything cut off length, no color, no bangs but I want it to look different and “nice” but everyone should notice it. 


    When you want to replace the Tip Jar with this! 


    You can tastes the difference in hairspray’s like your a critique.  


    When your lunch has part of your last two clients in it. 

    Round up of 2016


    Well the same crap every December when we think next year will go slower but yet it doesn’t 2016 has been full of its own events let’s check them out! ( not in any particular order )


    The hidden Rainbow trend got more attention but trying to get less attention! 


    The entire world said enough is enough we should all be equal, black white pink or grey your human and we are all the same! #blacklivesmatter


    An entire country stop taking their medication long enough to elect this twat!


    Possibly our generations  most followed woman was robbed at gun point in Paris. Returns to New York with a 15 car convoy. 


    Kanye West has a series of break down moments and is hospitalised. 


    The black and white double trouble color that depending on the way you part your hair can be black or blonde. 


    We opened our Flgship salon in Meherchand and is rocking 


    Every salon in India still hiding their password the same place as there talented stylist lol ( no one can find them )


    Hundreds of new DIY’s made us busy fixing color after color and even had a few disasters with bangs that made us secretly smile. 


    People started growing their hair whilst waiting in ATM que’s around the country just to get a few bucks to buy essentials whilst the “elite” spent countless hours on google trying to find a way to develop a scam to exchange their loot! 


    Yep America decided as a country to stop taking med’s and have gone completely mental now the rest of the world is issuing travel warnings based on your mental health safety 


    Over a year on after over 8000 people died in Nepal and still rebuilding from the worst earthquake in their history. 


    A medieval town in Italy after its series of earthquakes that shocked the world killing over 300 people. 

    We need a holiday



    We all decided that the constant crap we are exposed too is just crap, media is changing, our life expectations are changing and we as humanity are less moved by devastation and only react to shock rather than facts. Sadly a lot of the media we see is cleaverly written misleading headlines to get clicks on posts in the hope to be bigger stronger and more “viral” than last week or last year. 

    Let’s pray for us all in 2017 that we get more human and more intelligent in what we see, how we treat each other and what we put as priority in our lives.  



    How to have a perfect haircut every time!


    Nope not going to tell you to come visit us however I will share a fool proof way that you can get the hair you want every visit. Firstly you have to realise that choosing a salon should be based solely on communication!

    If your shopping for 4g connection you do it based on the quality of reception don’t you? 

    I’m sure a lot of you reading this have had an experience or two that was based on what you thought was easy, you visited the salon, had reference photos and for whatever reason things just went wrong. 

    Unicorn color



    It’s safe to say that communication between you and the hairstylist is the ONLY way your going to discover beautiful hair each and every visit. It’s not about the number of salons has, the impressive ad in the newspaper, the fact that some salons try to do everything, it’s about the team that are actually doing your hair. 

    We suggest a detailed sit down conversation between you and the hairstylist you want to do your hair, find out if it’s possible ( be warned if everything is “no problem or yes yes” chances are this is not the salon for you!!)

    Do your research, google and best thing is to check out feedback on social media, chances are if it’s a half assed salon it won’t be that hard to find out!

    • We don’t do makeup or beauty because we are a HAIR SALON not a SALOON or PARLOUR. 

    See you soon 😜

    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. 

    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 

    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. 

    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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    How to get sexy af hair in 5 easy steps

    No matter how good your profile picture is on Tinder, if you want a second encounter let’s give you a few pointers on how to get that sexy af hair you have always dreamt of. 

    One thing a lot of our clients tell us who try to get that “just got shagged” hair is that when you end up doing it on yourself it feels messy, chances are you tried too hard. You end up looking in the mirror thinking holly cow I looked like I just got shagged. Well don’t panic here are some pointers to help. 

    1. Styling on dirty hair is best, if it’s oily then best to wash & condition it the morning of your night out. If you forgot or got lazy then use some dry shampoo because messy hair that’s oily just looks dirty!
    2. On dry hair using a large curling tong ( 32 inch ) vertically curl two inches from roots leaving the ends out. 
    3. Don’t be particular about sections it shouldn’t besectioning  challenge starting at the nape try to cover to top in 4 row sections. 
    4. After your done, head upside down and a little mess up using finger tips at the roots, a light spray of dry shampoo from approx 30-40 cm away and flip your head upright. 
    5. Pull and place a little optional you can add a little curl Creme on sections or a little paste but do not go crazy. 

    A few things to keep in mind are do not use too much product and once you flip upright don’t take it too much, this is not a pretty little afternoon tea with your girlfriends at the old age home. Your getting ready to impress!

    Best worm with ripped denim, a loose vintage shirt, very little makeup and a ” I really don’t care ” what you think attitude. 

    If you love that shaggy hair you should also check out Shaggy hair

    How to step off the plane looking ramp ready 


    Ever wondered how celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Gigi Hadid to Kendal Jenner all step off a flight looking immaculate? We have decided to make life easier for you because no one wants to be going through customs looking like a drug dealer and go through those invasive searches.

    Here is 5 things you need to do

    1. Before getting on the plane, have your hair freshly blown out, use very little product just a serum that’s it ( too much product will create a birds nest at the back of your head)
    2. A low pony tail in a loose elastic to stop it getting frizzy or tangly. 
    3. A good neck pillow, apart from being good for your neck it will stop those questionable creases on your face you may wake up too. 
    4. For those with straight hair a braid is a perfect go too and will keep everything in order and you can take it out and with a light ruffle of your fingers can look HOT
    5. Things to carry on the plane, we all know we are limited so a 16ml bottle of “Cristali liquid” by Alfa Parf the liquid gold of frizz control plus “Reserection dust” by Label. 

    Just as they wake you up for landing get these two little saviours out and head to the washroom. A very light sprinkle of resurrection dust ( soaks up excessive oil and adds volume ) two drops of cristali liquid rub it in your hands and add from ends to mid lengths. 

    Donald Trump joins the hairdressing fraternity and dislikes bad Ombré 

    If you interest in the American elections has replaced the re runs of Friends and you missed the last Presidential debate then you missed Donald Trump talking about “America having some bad ombre’s” or did he mean Hombre’s ( The Spanish word for Dude ) either way we are not sure so we thought it best to clarify.

    Mr Trump your right America does have some bad Ombre but it’s not just USA but this is what bad Ombré looks like so we can all be on the look out for Color gone wrong.


    Here is some Good ombré for you Donald!


    So we think it’s safe to say anyone who doesn’t know good Ombré from bad Hombres should just gracefully drop out of any race or it could lead to a hairdressing backlash that no one wants to see. 

     

    Come see us and we will help shed some light on it. 


    How Hairdressers will get you selfie ready 

    In a world where everyone needs to be insta-ready, phone manufacturers selling phones just because of their selfie mode is better than others it makes sense that your hair gets it’s A game on and is photo ready 24/7. 

    Before you download every photo filter app let’s get a few basics on for your hair to get you channelling Pro vibes. 

    Chiara Ferragni via Instagram

    1. Still stuck on “too placed” hair? It sends uptight vibes and looks posed. Let it be a little free, of course if it looks like you have just been shagged in the back of a car then give it a little lick and pat down. 

    2. Color plays a big part of the photo, if your hair is dark then make sure there is ample light hitting it ( preferably filtered light ). If the light is coming from behind a dark Color can throw off red or gold and look a little off.

    3. Has to be said, having a feed full of side comb-over style flips may give the impression that your hair is either thin on the top or you just don’t know what to do with it. 

    4. No one wears the same clothes month after month or year after year ( well we all have our favourite pieces that we just do but those are exceptions) your hair should evolve and change even if it’s a slight change.

    5. Try playing around with braids and styling products before you get your phone out and try something different, who knows you just may like it. 

    6. Speak to your hairstylist & get a session on options for your length on styling.  Most haircuts can be worn several ways with very little effort. 

    7. Keep it in top condition and this doesn’t mean weekly visits for ” hair spa’s” this means a constructive dialogue with your hairstylist on Maintainence and condition. At times it can be just adding one product to your routine.  

    8. Try it completely natural, it’s a fact that hair when cut well, will sit well and move beautifully. There is something carelessly perfect about letting it be free!

    9. Have fun, try out some accessories. It could be hair clips, scarves, embellished headbands, coloured bands & elastics add a fun element to your look. 

    10. As basic as it sounds if you’re like most people your camera lens may be dusty or have finger prints on it so make sure it’s clean before you start clicking away!

    Just like styling there are rules but they need to be broken to know what feels right when it comes to your own photos. Make sure it’s fun and not forced. Having an in-depth discussion with your hairstylist with your expectations on what you want your hair to do will get you on the right track. 

    Products you need!

    Alfa Parf cristali liquid – shine and tame the frizz

    Label M – resurrection dust for more volume than a Led Zeplin concert. 

    Label M – dry shampoo because you never know when you need to have a quick freshen up. 

    Beard game on level 10

    A lot of you guys get to winter and think damn I should have grown a beard but by the time you do, it’s already the end of winter. 


    Because a lot of us ( guys ) need a gentle reminder to do even the basic things we decided to let you know the ideal time to start growing your facial short & curlies.  

    The time to grow it is now!

    All our body hair grows on average of 1.25cm per month so unless you want to look like a Norweigan lumberjack you should be good by the time winter sets in if you start now. 

    Things to do to get it right

    1. Trim the edges, if you don’t it can look unkept and a little “homeless” also helps make it appear thicker the more even it is. 

    2. Trim it overall every 6-8 weeks but the mustache area possible weekly. 

    3. Wash it several times a day, yes you heard me! If your heading in for a little tongue wrestle the last thing you want to have her smell is the left over chicken Currie you had for lunch you left in your beard in case you got hungry later. 

    We will see you all in winter looking like true Wolverines!

    5 reasons to use Detergent free shampoo 

    It’s not new, but it may be new to you but Sodium Laureth Sulfate is the detergent found in a lot of shampoo’s as well as floor cleaners, engine degreaser and your kitchen detergent and can strip you color, dry your scalp and remove your keratin. 


    Before you get on the phone and start calling salons getting the cheapest color known to mankind or trying to get the best deal since land on Mars went on sale let’s just put some facts down to help you make the best decision. Because getting something cheap is not always about getting it done right, having the right products to maintain color and condition you may have to initially spend more however over the course of 1-2 months it is not that much more + your hair will look amazing! 

    1. Sulfate free shampoo cleanses the hair but will not strip color or dry out your scalp, which can cause hair loss and dry scalp. It lathers less but still cleanses perfectly. 

    2. Safe to use everyday and in fact we encourage it in a polluted city or area to remove any pollutants, perspiration on the hair and scalp. Not shampooing daily can in fact do more damage to your growth than you think, causing bacterial infections and dry scalp. 

    3. When your conscious of what your using you tend to use the suggested amount and not waste it so in fact it will work out cheaper than your no name or mass product ever would. 

    4. Condition of your hair dramatically improves as it is not causing excessive stress on the cuticle every time you use it. 

    5. Colors last longer and stay true to tone longer so your not left with brassy or golden hair which can look half done. 

    We suggest Alfa Parf shampoo which the entire range is sulfate free and has natural extracts to enhance shine and maintain condition. 

    Drop into one of our salons and get more information. 

    The one hair trend every guys needs to get onto

    If you think the girls only look into your eyes guys and don’t notice your hair then your sadly mistaken.

    Courtesy of Pintrest

    From the era of the 50’s & 60’s out of having a low Maintainence haircut came the fade or taper cut, it’s the haircut you need when you don’t want bum fluff all over your neck.

    Don’t get a Lego haircut that looks like it’s been done with a knife it’s time to get your taper game on.

    Why wearing a helmet can make you bald & not wearing one can kill you

    With over 100 million bikes on the road in India and temperatures that soar upwards of 45 degrees, perspiration can do damage to your scalp. 

    We have all seen guys wearing a scarf under the helmet in the attempt to soak up excess perspiration yet it’s not enough. Perspiration from the head can be more obvious than any other area of the body so it’s important to protect your skull not only from an accident but also from bacteria and infection. 

    When we perspire the moisture contains a compilation of water & electrolytes which further contain sodium, chloride, potassium, urea and calcium amongst others. The importance of removing this from your skin & scalp can be detrimental to keeping your hair. For healthy growth of  hair is determined by the quality of the scalp and leaving perspiration to dry of your scalp without washing it off will change the balance of your scalp in such a way that can cause hair loss, fungal infection, alopecia along with an entire list of things that will put you off breakfast lunch and dinner for a week. 

    What can you do to prevent bacteria?

    1. Shampoo your hair daily, use a Sulfate free shampoo this will remove any impurities from your scalp and maintain the right PH balance on your scalp for healthy growth. 

    2. If your scalp is prone to becoming itchy then you should on top of shampooing daily try a peppermint treatment by Label M which has peppermint extract and menthol which acts as a cooling  and an anti bacterial. 

    3. Add texture to your hair, this removes bulk, lightens the amount of hair, cools down your scalp and can make you look on trend. 

    4. If your wearing a scarf that’s fine just always wash & dry it before you use it again as this can breed nasty bacteria. 

    5. Do not add oil on your hair or scalp as when you add oil it acts as a conductor of heat and will increase perspiration and trap bacteria on your scalp

    Don’t listen to myth on shampoo causing hair loss or oiling as sadly they are not only outdated but scientifically incorrect. 


    Always wear a helmet to protect your head whilst driving! 

    5 ways to get your hair to shine now

    Well it’s coming up to festival time in India and everyone wants overnight results. If you had of been reading our posts throughout the year or visiting our salon you could save yourself the drama and stop here. In case your not please pay attention now and then give us a call. 


    1. Refreshing that color, it adds to the hairshaft and close the cuticle which will reflect more light. 

    2. A clear color, yes you heard me it’s a clear gloss which its only job is to add a clear sheen to reflect light. 

    3. Get a Linseed treatment, closes the cuticle adds moisture to the structure of the hair and will make it shine and feel amazing! ( do this monthly your hair will thank you!)

    4. A weightless serum like Alfa Parf cristali liquid or the Diamond drops, weightless and adds shine and UV protection. 

    5. Use a shine spray! Be careful not to use too much or it will make it look oily. 

    Now obviously the best treatment is prevention, your hair should always be ready so having the right hair are regime and stylist is always better than trying to get overnight results. Either way your on the right track now so enjoy! 


    5 hair looks for fashion week to get you sorted

    Well it’s Fashion week in India next week and rather than rolling over in bed morning of day one and trying to do the bed head look we thought we would help you a little. 

    Braids are still in and have been on the runway as well as off, oversized scarves and casual bun with an oversized scarf it’s sure to get you in the mood for the shows. 



    So if you want to stand out and look effortless plan your hair it’s a few days away!

    Have you morphed into a Viking?

    It’s perfectly normal to get carried away with a good thing but we need to know when enough is enough. It may be coming into winter or you have just completely forgotten to stop and look in the mirror as part of your morning routine but your beard may becoming a state of its own! 

    The important fact on beard Maintainence is the shape has to work with your face shape and can very easily add 10-15 kg’s to your look so be careful. Sure if your frowning it for a early 18th century warrior movie, or have just purchased that Harley Davidson then completely ignore this now, you look great!


    If you or someone you know is sending  Viking vibes a little too much please seek professional help. 

    Beard grooming helpline 

    011-41010011 

    5 things to know before you become a mermaid

    Anyone on social media will have seen hundreds if not thousands of pastel colors, some real some fake and possibly a few of you have thought about it ( maybe only for the sheer shock value ). Well before you pick up the phone and call your local salon here are a few facts to think about before you take the plunge in the deep. 


    1. You can’t create this look in 1 hour, 2 hours and most likely 3 unless your hair is already very light. It needs to be lightened. How much depends on the final result and how dark your hair is. 

    2. Once your hair is lightened the pastel color is applied, the more even the hair is in depth & tone the more even the pastel tone will be. 

    3. How long will it last? Well I would typically say 3-4 weeks if it’s looked after but depends on tone, depth etc etc. 

    4. You have to use a sulfate free shampoo ( detergent free ) to reduce fading and maintain intensity. You have to use conditioner every time you shampoo to make sure cuticle is closed. 

    5. Can you do it and color it back if you don’t like it? The easy answer is is yes however you need to be sure beforehand unless you have unbelievable condition hair and have loads of time and money or it’s just a waste. 

    Now there is a lot more to it and we suggest you see someone’s work before trusting anyone with this as it is easy to miss the goal and get average when with a little more effort and training it could have been incredible. 

    Alfa Parf Milano Asian hair Awards 2016

    In every Industry there is a deep rooted desire to be the best and be recognised as a leader, an opinion maker and a success in your chosen career. Alfa Parf Italy together with their Asian partners every year hold “The Asian Hair Awards”. This year it is being held in tropical Bali. 

    Earlier today Rod conducted a workshop for hairstylists from Asian, showcasing his take on the current Alfa Parf collection. 


    It’s a fantastic platform being Director of Education for Alfa Parf India to be part of the larger network of young hairdressers from around the world!


    Stay tuned for the final looks!
    Thank you Alfa Parf

    Sulfate free shampoo is the new normal

    It seems like only a few short years ago that finding a Sulfate free shampoo was a challenge let alone find people who knew about it and the benefits.

    One of the reasons why we use Alfa Parf both professionally and retail is because it was one of the first to ensure all of their products are Solfate & Parabin free. 

    What does this mean?

    It means so much in terms of Color and the intensity of your Color lasting longer. 

    The Ph value of your scalp is maintained between 4.5-5.5 as it should be for maintaining healthy growth. 

    The internal moisture of your hair is not stripped, the cuticle is not stretched too wide so it remains stronger and is able to close tighter therefore making it glow and shine more ( less frizz )


    A hair are brand that’s first priority is hair integrity vs anything else is a brand I certainly want to use hence its our key product in all of our salons. If you have not used or experienced Alfa Parf you really must you will love it!


    Understand you want have the bathroom over flowing with bubbles because Sodium Laureth Sulfate is the detergent in the shampoo so expect less bubbles. 

    Your hair is making you look like Knob!

    Gone are the days when your talk about your hair is 12-15 days I get it cut, sounds more like the routine of rotating your indoor plants rather than a hair plan!



    Often we hear the same thing from  guys, ” I want it short, should look different but can’t look different Monday to Saturday because I’m in a office”.  Sound familiar?  We can’t look and act like everyone and expect to be noticed no matter how good at what we do, we all need to keep everyone excited about our look and personality. 


    No you don’t have to shave your head to resemble a knob, but I guess if you did it sure would turn heads!


    So no matter what your searching for, be it the perfect job, that promotion or your idea of the perfect girl before you think your the catch of the century with your splashing of 90’s labels your highly tucked pants with your branded belts make sure your hair isn’t so off track it’s cross country!

    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. 

    Saturday, it’s time to bang!

    Every season someone will say they are in and others will say they are out, some will say long and over grown others will say short. So basically whoever you believe someone has to be lying or misinformed right?

    Bangs always have a place, it’s not about being on point with bangs, it’s about being on point with the overall look/feel you have or going for. 


    Depending on the overall length, look your going for etc adding or altering your bangs can really change the overall look dramatically. 

    5 Things to be careful of when getting bangs

    1. Your hair texture and density have to be taken into account eg; thinner hair the bangs should be one length or close to it or it will appear thinner. 
    2. If your hairline & growth pattern is full of attitude, keep the weight and length longer to avoid twists and bends ( unless you want movement in that case perfect )
    3. Never let anyone cut it wet, it will shrink once it’s dry. ( micro bangs the exception )
    4. Don’t be scared to experiment with changing your bangs each visit, it changes the overall look dramatically. 
    5. Don’t use too much product in your bangs, it shouldn’t need it, you don’t want product touching & running on your forehead all day. 

    Now if your keen for a dramatic change but don’t want to cut your hair off why not bang it?

    Yes your cut should be coming with instructions


    You have all most likely had your hair done at some point and before leaving the salon thought ” FML it’s never going to look the same” right?

    It’s a fairly common problem and we recognise it, with training and daily practice of course your hairdresser can get it bang on, the right equipment and a room full of product right? Well no, we don’t believe hair should be that difficult in fact 2 styling products is our maximum goal because who has that much time to style their hair. 

    How can you get salon hair daily?

    Easy, seriously!

    1. A good stylist should be going out of their way to show you how to recreate what is done in the salon. 

    2. What products to use, why, how & when. 

    3. How to dry it, the brush needed the direction of the air. 

    4. Options on styling because it’s boring wearing it the same day in and day out. 

    5. When you need to come back in to make sure it looks good all the time. 

    On top of all of this, there should be a plan in place, an evolution of your look so to speak. Transition from season to season or if you have a little commitment issue with styles then it can be month to month. 

    Regardless of where you live, what you do with your hair you should be able to work within your confort zone and abilities to hair salon hair everyday!

    Bippity bop we are not a One stop shop

    In a world where convenience is not a luxury but everyday life, it’s a battle to be everything for everyone every minute of everyday. It’s not a challenge it’s actually unrealistic. 


    We see so many startups and established businesses being proud they do a little this and that. Seems everyone is developing an app for booking everything from a taxi to on line hair appointments and going to extreme lengths to be average at everything but master of nothing. Sure there is a market for that, it’s not us and never will be. When you try to deliver great everything I’m sure most people if your honest will admit it rarely happens ( in fact I’ve never seen it ). 
    We believe in being the leaders in hair and will put all of our efforts to continue to do so by concentrating our focus on education. 
    We are a hair Salon, we do awesome manicure and pedicures and we do not do makeup, beauty, spa, waxing, laser hair removal or sell tacos or chicken tikka although I’m sure if we did they would be awesome 🙂


    So just like Olympic athletes train for one sport not all, we too train to be the best at certain things not everything for everyone. After all wouldn’t you prefer your hair being done by someone who takes the craft serious with passion with the only goal to do their best in one thing?

    Why we do not do Rebonding

    Well you have all heard the words poker straight and at times anyone with curly hair especially would love to have straight hair even just for a day, after all grass is greener right?

    There was a big move towards making your hair as straight as an arrow which gained momentum in early 2000 and started to slow down a few years later once the novelty wore off and people tried to grow it out or even worst get color at the same time. Now globally, companies who care about hair health like ALFA Parf do not produce such products.


    We as a company are only interested in being able to produce quality hair, day in day out in an ethical way. Rebonding is possibly the most aggressive service that you can do to your hair, it breaks down the structure of the hair to the point that it’s completely fragile, resulting in un repairable damage that only a cutting will fix. Sure you have products that will add moisture, make it feel slightly better and some may or may not be able to fix it.

    Our view is very simple, why would you do one service that needs another to “fix” it? The movement and texture of your hair, should be respected and worked with by your hairdresser. With effort, skill and know how any head of hair can be tamed in a way that won’t lock you to the salon getting treatment after treatment to fix the condition after your straightening.


    Do we do or recommend  Rebonding?

    No we don’t it’s too aggressive to the hair.

    Is there an alternative?

    The alternative is keratin, which adds strength and relaxes the hair leaving it in better condition than before you had it. Make sure it’s fermaldahyde free

    Why do some salons push Rebonding still? 

    Can’t answer that other than its an easy way to sell two services, one is Rebonding, the other is the “hair spa” to fix it.

    Why do these companies still make it?

    Alfa Parf is one of the only global companies that do not produce it.

    Hair has to have some amount of texture and movement in order for it to hold a shape hence we believe in keratin treatments as they allow the hair to still move and be styled as well as maintain the integrity of the hair.

    Hair on point, moves!

    Hair color myths

    When we are born out hair & skin can be a different color, for some it can be dramatic for me my hair was blonde but it’s not now. Over time your hair and skin change color, it’s life. For you to look natural over time your hair needs to be slightly lighter. 

    There is more to colouring hair than just covering grey, or having one solid color which can look as fake as wearing a wig! Hair naturally will have various shades, multiple tones from roots to ends and different reflects in light that you will never be able to achieve out of a box!

    One of the most common issues we see with people colouring their hair at home is using the wrong color as well as a complete blanket coverage that leaves you looking like, well not as natural as you thought. 


    Some color myths answered

    Can you change your diet to stop your hair going grey? No

    Will colouring your hair make it grey? No

    Will colouring your hair make it fall out? No

    Should the ends be slightly lighter than the roots if I want it to look natural? Yes

    If your colouring to cover grey then keep in mind that the darker you color it the faster you will notice the white hair. 

    If your colouring for attitude or a fashion result then the rules are up to you!

    Best to do your research, consult a professional. 



    Quality in quality out

    Where can you find inspiration when your only seeing the one point of view?

    How can you grow and develop if your only listening to the one voice?

    You can’t 

    I know I’ve spoken about this before but I personally believe you end up morphing into what you see and/or believing it to be the best simply because you don’t have any other reference to calibrate it by. 


    I’m a little bit of an Instagram addict, not because I care what others are doing but to stay connected to what is happening in the world. There is so much information, inspiration right there in real time it’s bound to keep your battery like mine ( at 5%). 

    If your not on it or on it but only following your friends or posting selfies then you are missing out!

    Check out our salon Salon Instagram & Rod’s Instagram and stay connected. 

    Why it’s important to talk before we do it!

    Communication is important in everything we all do, it’s no surprise there but yet sometimes the unspoken look or the actions are exchanged thinking we know what the other is thinking. A lot of time someone will book in for service x and once you meet them the discussion unfolds and in fact the thing they booked in for is the exact opposite to what is needed. 

    As professional hairdressers, we have to take the time to get that picture or feeling out of the mind of our client and discuss it in a way to get the facts and reality not just do what we are told because a lot of the time it will give you the result you don’t want. Now clearly reading this sounds like hairdressers will be doing whatever they like, well no it’s about a discussion about what you want, what you desire, what hot hair looks like to you, what degree of styling you will do daily, what products you will use, how you will use them  and a lot more. 

    For us it’s never about selling product it’s about making sure you have the right tools in order to re create the same thing at home day in day out, so we both look better!


    With little conversation you will never be able to achieve something you truly love, it becomes hit and miss. 


    So before you get your next hair cut make sure your consultation is more than just a few words, a sign of a professional hairdresser is the consultation.  

    What comes out needs to have value! 

    Curly hair like a BOSS

    Well I am sure a lot of you girls think that if you leave your hair curly you cant be taken serious or that the world thinks your a mess! Well Sakshi Malik took home Bronze for India in Wrestling in Rio a few days back!

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    Ready to take on the world with her curly hair and a few colored clips, Sakshi is not someone you want to tell her hair looks messy or you may end up flat on your back! Congratulations Sakshi

     

    Products that will help you get your curly hair game on

    Curl control creme by Label M – add 1 pump after you have showered and conditioned your hair lightly comb tangles out with your fingers and your good to go!

    Alfa Parf Cristali Liquid-  2 drops at the same time as the curl control creme and your hair will shine like a Boss!

     

    NB: Good to see both Curly hair and braids wrestle on the matt, no doubt Sakshi nailed it but lets just say that braids are second best right now!

    Healthy choices for your hair

    With a large shift globally of us all choosing more natural food, less processed and more organic and ethically produced produce it only makes sense at some point we question our hair choices. So many myths, blogs, advice and DIY information out there that almost always contradicts itself. 

    Here is my tips for things you can stop, start or continue depending on what your currently doing. 

    1. Shampoo choice – depending on the state of your hair, if you have color, damage, fine, thick etc etc but a sulfate free shampoo or one that is low in sulfate like “organic” by Label M is ideal. Will cleanse gently but not strip color or moisture. Once a week using a deep cleansing shampoo to remove any pollution or impurities is a must also. Keeping in mind when you shampoo you must condition every time ( just your hair ) shampoo daily or very least alternate days. 

    2. Rebonding is in my opinion one of the most aggressive things you can do to your hair and creates a nightmare long term for both styling as well as Maintainence. Alternative is Keratin ( fermaldehyde free) we use Global Keratin. 

    3. Regular trims, yes 6-8 weeks and if the thought scares you is probly to do with the scissor happy hairdresser you go to so change. Removing and split ends is essential for healthy looking & behaving hair. 

    4. The most over used word in Asia is HAIR SPA peeps understand majority are beautifully packaged conditioners. You need protein and moisture and treatment will do that so repairing damage is part of the purpose and a lot simply can’t do that. We use ALFA Parf linseed treatment and Olaplex. 

    5. Styling, a lot of hairstylist burn, pull when styling your hair and this if done weekly will create damage that only scissors can remove. A blow dry should never really be felt let alone be painful. 

    If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you already have. Hair you love starts with a few choices by you.  

    Monsoon hair hacks like a pro!

    It’s kind of obvious we should be now taking the umbrella everywhere we go just in case but if you do get caught here are some hacks that will help!


    It starts in the shower

    The cuticle layer which is the outer layer of your hair is the key to keeping moisture out & in which will prevent the frizz & dehydration. A lot of people still skip using a conditioner after shampooing in the hope to have fuller hair, which will leave your hair dry & prone to frizz and breakage.  Always use a conditioner. 

    Don’t over touch or agrivate your hair.

    The trick is not to touch it unless there is a good reason, you should be only doing the touching in the shower. When the conditioner is in, a wide tooth comb to remove the tangles and rinse.  Do NOT TOUCH IT AFTER THIS! 

    I’m often suprised when  people shake their hair like a hall carpet after a dust storm and then wonder why it’s frizzy. Don’t flip your hair upside down and wrap it in a towel, this is creating frizz because of the direction your drying it.  Pat dry or blot dry your hair, never shake, toss it or start flipping this way and that. 

    Wet to dry & cool 

    If your hair happens to get wet, or you get caught in the rain try and get it dry as soon as possible. Aim to blowdry it as soon as possible, also make sure all of the moisture leaves the hair using the cold button make sure the hair is cooled down, this closes the cuticle hence helping to repel moisture in and out!

    Pretty in Silk

    No it’s not just for royalty, get yourself a silk Scarf and wrap your hair  in it before going to bed. 

    Products to help

    Cristali Liquid by ALFA Parf, closes cuticle helping repel moisture radicals. 

    Dry Shampoo by Label M – this will help absorb a little moisture. 

    A protein spray, a leave in conditioner – various brands and helps lock cuticle closed

    If all else fails then stop fighting it and go with it, add some creme or paste and load it up and let your hair go free!


    Texture like a boss

    Everyone likes to look their best in their most natural state but does little to none effort to listening when someone offers an honest advice/opinion. Its just like going to the doctors and listening to them about how we should sleep well,eat well,exercise and put away that junk, but do we actually follow whats best for us?! The same goes for when a hairdresser suggests what and how our hair would or could be in our best state we listen in one ear and comes out from the other.
    We Instagram stalk all the “It girls” whose hair is effortlessly cool and the most common factor in all of them is getting the right cut and texture into it which helps you to be the wash and go kind of gal. There is something awfully sexy about that effortless,laid back vibe but still holding your whole look together.
    There has been a strong shift towards empowered women who wants to look beautiful and polished but don’t want to be slaves to their hair and spends hours on blowdrying every morning, lets be honest it looks a little too placed and hoity toity for an everyday look.



    We at Rod Anker Salons give more than 100% into consultation and approach every haircut as a conversation and know what your lifestyle is like, what you want from your hair, so we can tailor make every haircut to your need and textured, without them putting in little to no work into it.

    Face shape matters

    I see so many blogs, articles etc on face shape and honestly most same more or less the same thing sure some are better but for the most part apparently we have all read it. 

    The sad reality is most people think it doesn’t apply to them, or their face. So to put things into perspective let me explain it, if you have a face ( even tho most weekends you get off your face, that’s a completely different discussion ) then you need to make sure your hair is not making it harder, fatter, thinner, wider or longer. 


    Sure it’s a hard task to find the best salon or hairdresser when everyone is claiming to be the best but you have to do your research. Too many times I see people with very hard features that make them look harsh, angry or masculine when a few small tweeks could completely change not only the look but how others treat you!

    Get on line find the best person to speak too or Talk to your hairstylist. 

    State winner

    So many want to be biggest & fastest etc but when it comes to our ethos we just want to be the best, create an environment that encourages, supports and pushes the next generation to excel. Creating people who want to win, who are empowered to excel is what makes building our brand the most fun and rewarding because this will change lives forever!

    Very proud of Simran Kaur from our Salon at Pullman hotel for taking out first place in the state championships! Winning some cash and now competing in the National finals, where the winner will be off to the Middle East to compete for the Global title against the rest of the world. 

    It goes without saying how proud of Simran we are and she will be training hard over the coming month in preperation for the Nationals.

    Go Simmy Go

    We don’t want your blood, we want your heart & soul 


    Anyone who is successful at anything will always be asked by others to teach them how and show them something they can do to be the same. Yeah sure there is some techniques, experience, personality etc etc and the list goes on but the one thing that makes it all happen is….

    Passion! Without heart and soul nothing will have the fuel to survive. The funny thing that I have to mention which is not as easy to grasp as a leader, boss educator is that with passion comes opinion, you should not try and put out that fire in anyone’s  belly. By trying to dominate others opinion you are dulling their passion for what they are doing and in effect what you have them on your team for! Too often I’ve seen so called bosses tell people not to think just do as they are told, then wonder why their business is average. 

    Encourage diversity in the team, full hearts and minds with hunger for more. Having one of the best teams in the country I can honestly say we don’t always agree,but I’m incredibly happy with that because that’s who we are as a brand. 

    Want to be part of the @rodankersalons team then shoot us a message or drop an email to info@rodankersalons.com 

    The newest way to Color  is here!


    Most of you who have ever searched YouTube a make up tutorial you will be familiar with the term “contouring” with make up, its the use of lighter and darker shades to to define or highlight areas of the face be it jaw line, cheek bones etc. This has now moved into assisting in creating the perfect color specifically for your face shape. Everyone has a different face shape and hair texture so its important when you are choosing what color you are going to do that you get the right advice, not just based on what’s in but also what would suit you best after a consultation from the experts.
    Its about choosing light and dark tones in certain areas to create depth or shadow on the face and can completely change the way you look! If you are looking for a trend that is unique then look no further because this will not only be on point but bring out the best version of you possible.

     

    Lets look at a few various face shapes so it makes it a little easier to understand how this will change the way you color your hair forever!

     

    oval

    When we look at an Oval face we have to expand it a little so it’s about creating lighter shades on the lower lengths and on the underneath of the sides and deeper or darker shades on the top to give the illusion of a slightly wider face

     

    round

    The goal here is to stretch out the look, so adding depth to the ends and lightening around the hairline will do exactly that and give you a more elongated look

    square

    Again it is about bringing proportion to the shape, accentuating the length and softening the lines using lighter and darker shades around the ears which adds interest and softness.

    heart

    Lightening around the jawline will soften the jawline and the lower section of the face, the top layers should be slightly lighter to take the eyes away from the width.

    Its never about trying to be someone else, its only ever about trying to be the best version of you possible. If you are coloring your hair and if by chance its a block color then your doing it all wrong, naturally no one has the same color on every strand on their head from roots to ends, its incredibly artificial making hair contouring is the go to technique to either make you look naturally hot or over the top crazy ( the same thing can be done with bright colors be it pastel pink, reds, blues etc )

    Make sure your following us on Instagram

    Your face shape matters

    By now I hope you know that just because certain hair looks good on your friend or favourite personality it won’t always be the same case with you and your head! The biggest challenge with trying to appeal to the masses is that everyone has a different face shape, different personality and unique goals and dreams. Not everyone should have fullness, not everyone should wear their hair long or short, curly or straight. 

    When your choosing your stylist make sure you go to one that discusses your goals and understands your hair, face shape and personality enough to be able to make you look the best!

    The biggest exit since BREXIT

    With the entire world occupied 24 hours a day between looking after people in the real world to attracting people in the on line world, be it for personal or business purposes we all have less and less time for the things we used to have ample time for just a few years ago so it’s no wonder why trends are changing. In order for us to adapt to the world there is always small changes that happen over time so we can survive, sadly some of us at times struggle with change and try and hold on to what we did years ago in the hope that nothing in our world will change.

    Well no matter what we do its changing and there is nothing you can do to stop it, embrace it because change is always good no matter how scared you are you have no choice but to ride it as a positive!

    With hair trends the move towards more natural and free hair started a few years ago and is now gaining momentum here in India with more and more people looking for ways to break free from getting their same blow out every few days, here is a few tricks to help get a more natural look without much effort.

    1. Comb your hair with a wide tooth comb whilst in the shower with conditioner in it, the conditioner acts as a lubricant and will prevent friction on the hair
    2. Once out of the shower, only pat do not shake- remember the more gentle you are on the hair the less aggravation on the hair so the less frizz
    3. Using a leave in conditioner, serum, moisture crème is all a good idea unless you have super fine hair, but remember lightly and not on the roots
    4. Sea Salt ( Label M is my go to for all texture styling ) should be used the moment you get out of the shower depending on length 4-6 pumps on roots to mid lengths
    5. DONT OVER TOUCH IT – Sometime we get a little over anxious and want to touch it too much, do not play with it, let it be and do not run your fingers through it, this will create frizz

    Give these tips a try and I am sure your hair will be looking more relevant and cool

     

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    Hot hair comes out of salons not boxes

    It’s not a new request to get asked for DIY instructions, just like chefs get asked for the recipe it’s never going to be the same. Well for me anyway doesn’t help even with YouTube, maybe get you closer to getting the end result but there is always hidden issues. 
    After training for 4 years to become a qualified hairstylist you can never put that amount of info on the back of a box no matter how small the font. 

    Natural is the new black

    There has been a mass exodus on overdone hair that’s high Maintainence and just plain too stiff.  Good thing too, none us have the time and none of us want to see it anymore. 

    If your trying to make the transition it can be a little rough because no matter what anyone says you may feel as tho your hair looks a little messy.  Here are some tips and tricks to try. Hope it helps

    1. Use a leave in serum when the hair is wet, closes the cuticle and reduces frizz ( check out Alfa Parf Cristali liquid )

    2. Don’t blowdry,pat dry only and don’t be tempted to comb or brush once your out of the shower. 

    3. Until you get used to the look products are your best friend, it’s all about texture & control. Have a few in the bathroom like a leave in conditioner, sea salt spray and a paste or light creme styler. 

    Once the hair is dry a few pumps of sea salt at the roots will add movement and texture. If it’s getting a little fly away or frizzy try a light creme on the ends or a few pumps of leave in conditioner will sort that out fairly fast. 


    Now just because you want it to look like you haven’t done it, don’t think you don’t have to do anything! In fact you still need to be visiting the salon every 6-8 weeks it’s important to maintain the foundation and condition of your hair. 

    Products I would use

    Protein Spray by Label M

    Cristalli liquid by Alfa Parf

    Curl control creme by Label m

    Leave in conditioner by Schwarzkopf 

    Fast food & made to order Hair

    Your hungry and don’t really care about what your eating because your about 35 seconds from eating your arm then you pick up the phone and order the fastest thing. It’s ok we have all done it, certainly not the best thing for you  if your planning on it being a daily activity but once in a blue moon is fine I say!

    Now when it comes to your hair a lot of you ( yes a lot! ) choose your hair salon based on the best deal, coupon or promotion. Now whilst I know and it’s true for all of us that there is a budget for us all for most things. We need to understand the difference and the actual cost of a bad or under researched decision.

    1. A good haircut should last your 6-8 weeks, should sit in shape and be manageable for most of this time.

    2. A lot of people I talk to say they get a color every 2-3 weeks and hate being tied to the salon. I would say 5 weeks is ideal anything before that your color is either A. High fashion color B. Wrong choice of color.

    Either way your spending too much and wasting too much time, re asses the look vs time you are happy to spend in the salon.

    3. This is the most sensitive one which very few will admit. Most salons have a treatment or several treatments ( or maybe you understand if I say ” hairspa” ) that do very little to improving hair condition but are a great money earner. Yes it’s true a LOT are just as basic as a conditioner! A waste of time and money.

    4. You will be told to go for this or that, your hair needs it etc etc and whilst sometimes it’s true a lot of the time it’s not. Some salons will try to convince you to do services that lock you into visiting more regularly just to squeeze a little out of you more often which means your spend is higher.

    Now don’t get me wrong I’m not throwing stones I’m simply trying to explain that buying anything on price isn’t always cheaper. Besides all of the above there is obvious other factors to take into account.

    Next time your out shopping on price maybe Google quality then drop into the salons shortlisted and have an honest conversation about what you can afford and what look your after.
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    Dudes time get your hair game on

    Guys tend to be lazy and lets be honest we do not invest the same amount of time or planning as woman do, clearly we are not as smart or well planned but times are changing! There is really no excuses that we blokes can sit back and think its fine not to make sure that your hair or grooming can be below average or at best average, no one is attracted to average other than other average people!

    We think its about time that guys started spending more time and thought on there hair to change it up a little and stop looking so basic! Here are some cool ideas for you as we know you wont bother reading you simply want pictures so here goes!

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    But if you think this is too short and you want to look a little bit more rockstar here you go!

     

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    I suggest you make some time and head into the best salon and get a proper consultation on what you want, what would work and how to manage it!

     

    Guys man up, get your hair game on!

     

    Rohit Bal gets his cool on

    Its a rare thing sadly that we come across someone who is so successful and is so down to earth!

     

     

     

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    Great to have Rohit in our Salon on the weekend , as always lots of laughs and a solid chat about life!

    If you want to get your look summer ready, be a boss and look on point then its time to come into see us at our new Salon in Meherchand market

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    Braiding is the new Black

     

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    Well thanks to a little help from the Kardashian girls we have seen a influx of braiding on social media which is great considering its summer here right now so its the perfect look to both keep you cool as well as looking hot!

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    The great thing about braiding is the options, gone are the days when its just a simple braid, the options are only limited to your pinterest search so we thought it best to help you out with some ideas for the weekend in advance!

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    Or if you feel you want to be a little more gangster then this is perfect!

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    Spring / summer 2016 hair trends

    Both on the catwalk and backstage, we are seeing a lot of new trends and the return of some classic favourites. Don’t worry, we are saving you from flipping through it all and have hand-picked some of our favourite looks so far this season.

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    Baby Bangs – From models slaying SS16 Fashion week, to celebrities, to the trendy girl living next door to you, or in Rod’s case in the same house, short Bettie Page bangs are all the rage this season.  This style gives your face a fresh look and highlights your facial features. Keeping’ short messy bangs will never fail to add some edge, plus you don’t have to worry about hair coming on your face.

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    Hair Accessories – SS16 saw the rise of hair accessories like never before. This season is all about getting your crowns out and wearing it like a ‘queen’. Simple accessories like metallic clips, or regal crowns that rocked the runaway at Dolce & Gabbana, it’s time to spend a little on hair accessories this season. But most importantly put some thought into it and don’t be mainstream!

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    SLEEK PONYTAILS – Who doesn’t  love this one? Straight hair left loose, or tied up into low, sleek ponytails (easy as shit). We saw models at Chanel rocking this look with simple accessories, if you want to soften the edges, you can “Dior” it up from the  runaway  by tying it low with a ribbon, be bold.

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    Ruth Bell, we all have been crushing hard on this babe.

     

    BUZZ CUT – The biggest (and boldest) cut of the season is the buzzcut! Only for the brave, if you have been dying to get a drastic make over and you have the right personality and attitude to pull it off, this look will change it all. When the temperature is boiling hot, time to SHAVE IT OFF! For some its the only choice they have, for many its a statement.

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    CHOKER HAIR – We saw an influx of this style throughout fashion week, hair tucked into scarves and chokers, one look you can get really creative with, using chokers, to scarf’s to tuck in your hair. Perfect for a bad hair day or for times when you’re running out of time to style your hair, just tuck it in! For the Christopher Kane show you can also re use the plastic ties if anyone annoys you on the metro too!

     

    Who knew zip ties could be cool?