Self-Care Tips to Try at Home

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The current situation that we find ourselves in is not something any of us could’ve foreseen, so it is natural to feel confused, worried and even scared. Let’s begin by saying there is no correct way to react to such a situation. So, however, you are feeling, be sure to acknowledge, accept, and love yourself.

It is a marathon duration to spend in one location, most of us usually spend a lot more time out and about, and socialising. The lack of socialisation is very confusing and isolating, but there’s nothing we can do about that at the moment except phone and text lots. What we can do is practice self-care and look after ourselves as best we can. Take a look at how below:

Take a breath

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Learning some breathing techniques will help you to force your system to relax a little bit and let go of the panic. Taking slow deep breaths releases endorphins into the brain and you will feel instantly calmer. Alternate nostril breathing is a great way to get started. Using the third finger on your left hand block your right nostril and inhale through your left nostril for a count of seven. Use your thumb to block your left nostril and hold your breath for a count of four. Release your finger from the right nostril and exhale for a count of seven. Repeat this a couple more times and then try the other side, breathing in through the right and out through the left.

Keep moving

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The temptation to sit and chill out for long periods is huge, but it is important to our bodies moving. You will not be getting the same amount of exercise as you used to, even if it was just things like walking around the office or going out at lunchtime to the shops. If you have one, this is a great time to use your exercise bike as something other than a clotheshorse, and also a perfect time to develop a yoga practice. Try and alternate some cardiovascular activity, perhaps run up and down the stairs or whack on your favourite tunes and dance. Plus, add in some stretching based workouts too. 

Have a sort out

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Some of us thrive on sorting out and rearranging. However, at this time, it might seem somewhat overwhelming, but it can still be a very worthwhile thing to do. If you find it all a bit much then just start with a tiny corner perhaps where you sit to watch television, or your desk if you have to work from home. Just take 10-15 minutes to shuffle, take out things that don’t need to be there and generally tidy up a bit. Add some nice pictures or a plant.

Finally, don’t forget to rest. It is actually perfectly acceptable to spend some time binge-watching box sets or catching up on your favourite programmes. Above all, be gentle with yourself and take care.

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Top Hair Care Products For Bleached and Colour-Treated Hair

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If you get your hair coloured or bleached, it’s not just the processing part that needs care and attention – it’s how you look after it at home too!

You’ll want to keep it looking fresh for as long as possible, so the products you use are vital to ensure it stays in the best condition.

In my previous post, you can see my hair is bleached, and then a toner is applied to achieve the icy white colour. However, toners do fade after a few weeks, and even sooner if you wash it often.

So how can you keep the colour and vibrancy of it in between salon visits? Simple, it’s all about the products you use.

Avoid washing your hair every day

First things first, I want to chat about how many times you wash your hair a week. I’ll admit I used to wash my hair every day because I thought it looked greasy after a few hours. It probably didn’t and after chatting to my stylist Cameron about how quickly it would fade - I soon started leaving it a few days between full washes.

Choosing the right products

The products you use are a vital part of the aftercare process. For me, keeping the cool tones is essential. I used to think that I needed to soak my locks in purple shampoo for ages to keep it looking fresh. Most often, this just created a purple tint and washed out pretty quickly. However, now I take a completely different approach.

The products you use every day can help to keep the colour fresher for longer and improve the condition of your hair. I have been trying some products for the past few months, and here are my recommendations if you need an extra boost for your colour treated hair.

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Kevin Murphy Repair range

These products are great for colour treated hair. They are enriched with powerful proteins and amino acids to strengthen the hair from root to tip. Check out the products I’m using at the moment:

REPAIR-ME.WASH – A restorative shampoo that cleanses, strengths and repairs hair.

REPAIR-ME.RINSE – A reparative conditioner that nourishes and restores health and vibrancy.

LEAVE-IN.REPAIR – A lightweight leave-in conditioning treatment that repairs and restores fragile hair.

RE.STORE – An ultra-conditioning treatment to replenish dry and damaged hair. It’s designed to be used in place of shampoo and conditioner once a week.

SHIMMER SHINE – A treatment and finishing spray that adds a glossy and radiant shine to your hair.

Each of the above products is available at Steven & Laurent Hairdressers. Plus, your stylist can chat to you about which are suitable for your hair type.

You don’t have to use a lot of each product when you’re applying it either. Trust me; you’ll know if you’ve applied too much :)

I leave my hair for approximately 8-9 weeks between appointments. In that time, I use purple shampoo maybe once or twice because the Kevin Murphy products help to keep it in the best condition.

It’s also advisable to chat to your stylist about purple shampoos, as they can be harsh on your hair and lead to breakage if used regularly.

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Whether you want to get a few products for yourself, or are buying for someone special - there is a selection of haircare sets available at the salon that make the perfect gift.

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My Blonde Hair Colour Transformation at Steven & Laurent Hairdressers

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I’ve experimented with different cuts and colours from a young age. You name it; I’ve had it! Bright colours, long hair, short hair, highlights, bangs, and even a perm, which seemed like a great idea at the time! My hair has been on quite a journey and the things I’ve put it through, I’m surprised it’s still going strong.

Before coming to Steven & Laurent Hairdressers, I was really miffed about the condition and colour of my hair (and that’s to put it politely!). A few years ago, I wanted to go lighter, and I was fully aware of the time it would take to get my hair to the colour it is now. However, after a costly and frustrating time at a previous salon, I ended up with numerous tones and very dark roots that were nowhere near my natural colour.

Choosing a new salon to sort out my issue was a little stressful, as I knew it needed significant work to get it where I wanted it. Plus, there was putting trust in someone new after my previous experiences.

I researched tons of salons in the area, and time and time again, Steven & Laurent Hairdressers were recommended as the perfect choice. Taking a look at other transformations the stylists had done, I was confident they could tackle my locks.

Consultation

The booking process was super easy, and I chatted to Witney on the phone about my hair issues. She set me up with a consultation with senior stylist Cameron to determine whether what I wanted my hair to look like was achievable. Plus, I got an appointment on a Sunday, which was fab!

I’m sure Cameron was probably thinking ‘oh my’ when he saw my hair and I wouldn’t blame him. I was actually a little embarrassed about it. However, he put me at ease when he said he could fix it. After explaining what the process would be, and how long it could take, I booked an appointment.

I cannot stress enough that if you’re going really light, and practically icy white (like my colour is now), it can take hours to achieve, in numerous appointments. Looking at pictures of white-blonde hair on the Internet can give you an idea, but you have to take into consideration lighting and filters, and that your hair condition might not achieve the tone you want.

I was under no illusion that it would probably take a few appointments to fix the three-toned look I had going on. But, I was prepared for the commitment. Funnily enough, I don’t have many pictures of my hair when it looked like this, as I worked the angles and filters to try and block it out!

My first appointment

As I mentioned before, this appointment was booked in for quite a few hours, and I think I must have been there for at least 6! The different tones in my hair meant that Cameron had to even it all out and because I already had bleach on the ends, he was super careful not to over-process these areas.

Even though I was there for a good part of the day, I was well looked after. The drinks menu is fab, and I was stocked up on snacks. Steven also came round and snapped some pictures of the process for Instagram, which you can see below.

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After Cameron worked his magic, I couldn’t believe the results. I wasn’t expecting anything near the colour he achieved, and for the first time in ages, I was so happy with my hair.

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Achieving an icy white blonde

Let’s not sugar coat it, keeping on top of all-over blonde is not for the faint-hearted. There’s root touch up and toners to think about, plus the aftercare too. But once you achieve that perfect colour, you’ll want to make sure it looks amazing.

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Since getting a clean blonde base, I’ve been a couple of different colours including a lilac shade, which you can see below.

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My typical hair appointment now consists of bleach on my root growth, toner (mixed by Cameron), and Smartbond treatment. I’d certainly recommend going to a salon that uses this type of treatment or similar, as it strengthens your hair during and after a colour service. It’s particularly important if you colour your hair a lot!

At the moment, I’ve been sticking with cool blonde tones, and I think it’s become part of my signature style. I literally couldn’t imagine being any other colour at the moment (which I’m sure Cameron will be pleased to hear!).

Aftercare for blonde hair

Once Cameron does the hard work, it’s then up to me to try and keep it looking and feeling healthy. As I mentioned before, bleached hair needs TLC, so the products you use are really important.

I personally use Kevin Murphy products to keep it in excellent condition between top-ups. At the moment, I’m trying out the Repair collection, which includes:

REPAIR-ME.WASH – A restorative shampoo that cleanses, strengths and repairs hair.

REPAIR-ME.RINSE – A reparative conditioner that nourishes and restores health and vibrancy.

LEAVE-IN.REPAIR – A lightweight leave-in conditioning treatment that repairs and restores fragile hair.

You don’t have to use a lot of this product either to get great results and that way it also lasts a while too. I also use purple shampoo to keep the cool tones, and Kevin Murphy has a Blonde range which has products that banish brassy tones.

This is my colour at the moment, and you can see the transformation from when I have my roots done, and toner applied too.

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If you’re thinking about going lighter this year, the biggest takeaways from my experience are:

  • Avoid using bleach at home (believe me, it’s not worth the heartache when it turns an orangey colour!)
  • Be patient – it might take a few appointments to achieve the colour you want, especially if you have a darker base.
  • Use recommended products to take care of your colour and condition in between appointments

If you have any questions about colour services or products, chat to your stylist, and they’ll be happy to advise on the best options for your hair.

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Top Tips For Healthy Hair This Year

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With colder weather setting in, it’s not just your skin that needs some extra attention this winter. The change in temperature can wreak havoc with your tresses, giving you anything from flat hat-hair to heat-damaged frizz.

We’ve all been there and taming those locks can sometimes be a little trickier than expected. So before you head for the heat to flatten that frizz, take a look at these handy tips to make your scalp and hair healthier over the winter months.

Choose the right shampoo and conditioner for you

Ok, so we might just head to the brands that are the cheapest but just taking the time to consider your hair products can make a world of difference. Some shampoos and conditioners are laden with chemicals so opting for professional products are often the best choice. You’re looking for products that will not only cleanse your hair but give it that boost of moisture too, which is perfect for keeping it super hydrated when you need it most.

Avoid heat

It may be tempting to tame unruly hair with hair straighteners or a hairdryer, but leaving your hair to dry naturally will do wonders for its appearance. Excessive heat and harsh products can cause the scalp to dry out and flake, which can create dandruff.

Turning down the temperature when washing your hair will also help prevent scalp upset. The thought of a steaming hot shower on a cold day sounds heavenly. However, this excessive heat is damaging to your skin, both on your body and your head. Your skin may become drier and start to flake, and your scalp will also try to compensate by producing more sebum that may actually make your hair appear greasy. A no-win all round!

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Get it trimmed regularly

As the winter kindly brings us cold snaps, knitted hats and days battling the wind and rain, your hair goes through a lot and can look lacklustre quicker than usual. A regular visit to your stylist will soon sort out those split ends, plus it gives you some time to indulge in a hair treatment. These specialist treatments will give your hair a moisture boost plus they keep colour looking fresher for longer.

At-home treatments for your hair and scalp

There are some easy things to try at home to give your hair and scalp that extra boost of hydration. A simple treatment is a hair mask. It’s really easy to fit into your routine and is the perfect excuse for a pamper session. If your hair is feeling super dry, why not leave a hair mask on overnight and rinse in the morning for super smooth and silky locks.

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Avoid playing with your hair

Most of us do this without even thinking about it. But running your fingers through your hair or touching your scalp regularly transfers the oils, grease and dirt from your hands directly to your head. Touching your hair, twirling it around your finger or scrunching it up can also lead to breakage and unnecessary pulling of the root, which may lead to irritation and sometimes in extreme cases, hair loss.

Chat to your stylist

If you have any questions about how to tame your tresses this winter, chat to your stylist, and they’ll be happy to help.

 

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Happy New Year From Steven & Laurent Hairdressers

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Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed some well-deserved time off. It’s been a while since we last posted, so I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce myself as Steven & Laurent Hairdressers new blogger.

I’m Natasha, a freelance fashion and lifestyle creative based in North Devon. I started my journey as a blogger back in 2013 and have since had the opportunity to write for a range of well-known brands and publications, including Huffington Post UK, At Home Magazine and Women’s Fitness.

I am also the Editor of British Style Society, a life and style hub founded in February 2016. Here I feature a wide range of information including hotel and restaurant reviews, interiors, travel, fashion, beauty and wellbeing articles.

Alongside my freelance career, you’ll also find me on Instagram @tashaahenson, where I love styling outfits and sharing bargain vintage finds!

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What’s coming up on the blog?

Simply put, a little bit of everything. I’ll be covering news and updates on the salon plus reviews on hair products and treatments. I’ll also be sharing my hair journey, and I’ve had a pretty big transformation since I first walked into the salon nearly two years ago! (Big thanks to Cameron).

There’ll be lots of lifestyle posts too, including styling tips, haircare advice and gift ideas. Do let me know if you’d like me to cover anything specific in the comments below.

I’ll be sharing my first haircare tips post soon, but until then have a fabulous New Year!

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