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The Biggest Hair Colour Trends This Autumn

The mercury is beginning to fall, and it’s time to put on our cosy knits and even consider turning the heating on! The change in seasons is also a great time to experiment with some new looks that fit the recent trends for autumn. Warm browns and reds naturally fit in with the falling of the leaves, but this year we also see some impressive blonde tones too. So, if you’re thinking about a change this season, check out some of the biggest hair trends this autumn.

Red hot tones 

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One of the biggest trends for hair colour this season is red. Most tones of red are featuring highly but sticking to the warm auburn hues can be the perfect fit. Brands have debuted their red velvet hair colouring which is simply stunning and if you prefer something a little darker why not consider red wine-coloured depths for your hair this October.

Copper hues

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Why not consider bringing a copper tone to your hair which adds warmth and depth, matching the style of the season. Of course, it doesn’t need to be all one colour you can experiment with natural roots and lifted tones towards the ends of the hair that gently frame the face. When copper perfectly complements your skin tone, it gives you that gorgeous glow that will turn heads when you are out and about.

Warm up blonde tresses

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Don’t worry; there is still a place for blonde bombshells this autumn. It’s all about honey and golden tones. Two shades of blonde offers a stunning look that works well with every skin tone and brings a depth of colour to your hair that you will love.

Bring on the balayage

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In an alternative to honey blonde, you can opt for blonde balayage which perfectly mixes the cool and warm tones to create a gorgeous colour. Keeping your roots natural, your stylist will mix in the perfect combination of cool tips and darker roots that create a beautiful new look that works perfectly for the season. 

Mocha with a dash of caramel

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Brunettes don’t despair; autumn is all about the caramel coffee colours that combine seamlessly for stunning multi-tonal browns that really speak of autumn. These rich colours work well on many different skin types and can be tailored to your preferences. 

Autumn 2020 has a wide range of perfectly on-trend colours. If you want some more inspiration, check out Instagram and Pinterest for lots of autumnal hair colour options. 

Don't forget your stylist is always on hand to offer advice on the perfect colour for your skin tone and share those all-important tips on colour maintenance.

 

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How to Keep Your Hair Healthy and Hydrated This Summer

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While you might love the sun on your body, it can actually play havoc with your hair. And it doesn't end there. Taking into account sand, seawater, and chlorine, our hair can actually go through the mill during these warmer months. For some people, it can also create a frizzy nightmare as humidity rises. So how do you look after your locks when the sun is shining?

No added heat

While it might not be the news you want to hear, summer is the perfect time to ditch your hot styling tools. Your hair is already going to be under some stress, so hair straighteners, blow-dryers and curling tongs are only going to make things worse. If you're looking to add some volume without the heat, why not wash your hair and plait it just before heading to bed, and when you wake up, you'll have bouncy summer beach waves. 

Wear a hat

Sun on the head, is damaging because of the ultraviolet light within the rays. It has a toasting effect on the shaft of the hair. You are basically baking it, and this damages it, drying out the outer layer which is normally nice and smooth. So, wearing a hat when you're going to be out in the sun for a while makes a lot of sense. If you have coloured hair, it may fade in the sun, and bleached hair can become brassy. Whether you fancy a large floppy sun hat or a baseball cap, the fashion choice is entirely yours, but if you can tuck most of your hair up under the hat more so the better or ponytail the rest, so it stays in the shade of the brim.

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Rehydration

There are three main products you can use to rehydrate your hair, shampoo, conditioner, and a hair mask. There are plenty of moisturising formulas on the market, so have a look around and see what might work best whether you have coloured hair, frizzy hair, thick hair etc. You can also find shampoos that have a sun protection factor which will help you even outside of the shower. Once a week, consider a hydrating mask that can be applied to the hair and left in for a while before rinsing out. Again, you may need to do some research on the best mask for your hair type, but there are so many out there, you are sure to find something to restore shine and condition.

Head into the water with wet hair

Hair can only absorb so much water, so it actually makes sense to head into a pool or the sea with your hair already wet. By rinsing it under clean water before you start, you limit the amount of chlorine and salt that can get absorbed. You should then wash your hair immediately when you come out. If you are going to be sitting in the sun after your swim, you can also apply hair sun cream to add more protection. 

If you have any questions about how to keep your hair healthy this summer, chat to your stylist who'll be happy to give you advice and product recommendations. 

Images: @tashaahenson

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Saying Goodbye To Lockdown Hair

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One of the things I was most looking forward to when lockdown started to ease was getting back into the salon. If like me, your roots were a good few inches long, but you resisted the temptation to get the box dye out – congrats we made it!

The new normal

It’s no surprise that the phones were off the hook trying to get an appointment at Steven & Laurent Hairdressers as soon as they announced the re-opening. Getting my hair done is certainly something I’ve missed during lockdown, and I’m sure many people felt the same way.

After booking my appointment, they went through all the things that were in place and what to expect in the salon. I didn’t have any reservations about going, and once I arrived, as normal, I felt totally at ease. I still haven’t got used to wearing a face-covering though, but it’s the new normal until the situation changes.

If you’re booked in over the next few weeks, you can expect the same fantastic service as always. There are just a few more safety elements in place so that everyone feels comfortable and safe during their appointment. For more details, check out this Facebook post.

Hello refreshed locks

From my previous posts, you’ll know that I have bleach on my regrowth and toner to make it icy white. Of course, with around four months of no touch-ups, you can imagine my roots were pretty noticeable. If you follow my Instagram (@tashaahenson), you’ll see that I made good use of hats during the lockdown period. Plus, I also kept up a ritual of leaving it a few days between washes and using Kevin Murphy products.

My stylist Cameron said my hair was in great condition, and while I usually have a good few inches chopped off - this time, we decided to leave it slightly longer as the condition was fab.

Check out the result below:

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Your next appointment

With lockdown easing, all the new safety precautions and wearing a face covering can feel quite daunting. However, the team are on-hand to answer any questions you have to help make the process super easy. You can also check out the Steven & Laurent Hairdressers Facebook and Instagram pages, where you’ll find regular updates and information on salon appointments.

Invest in your hair - it’s the crown you never take off.

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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.

The team at Steven & Laurent Hairdressers can't wait to get back to normal. But in the meantime, stay safe and well, and we'll get you booked in as soon as we reopen! Don't forget to contact us on Facebook or Instagram and get on the guestlist to be notified as soon as we're back! 

 

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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!

Don’t forget to join us on Instagram and Facebook.  

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CAN YOU DYE YOUR HAIR WHEN PREGNANT?

 

Hey guys, I hope you're all well and getting into the Christmas spirit?! I know it's still November but I just can't help myself. I just love the Christmas holidays, I do still have lots of shopping to do but I love going late night shopping and taking in all of the festive spirit. Anyway, I'm not here to talk Christmas today although if you haven't booked your next hair appointment I'd get booking right away, we are open late most nights and spaces are filling up fast! 

Today I wanted to just talk about something I have been asked a lot recently and that is "Can you dye your hair when pregnant?" The reason I've been asked this is because I'm currently 28 weeks pregnant with my third child. I remember when I fell pregnant with my first child I didn't have my hair dyed until after my 12 week appointment but the answer to your question is yes, It's absolutely fine to dye your hair during pregnancy and I've had mine dyed from the very start with this baby and it's been absolutely fine.

However I would recommend mentioning that you are pregnant to your hairdresser before booking. I have foils so the colour never touches my scalp. Highlighting your hair, by putting the dye only on to strands of hair, also reduces any risk. The chemicals used are only absorbed by your hair, and not by your scalp or bloodstream. Your hair can change during pregnancy, it may react differently to colouring or perming than it usually does and become more or less absorbent, frizzy or unpredictable. If you are worried then I'd recommend having a strand test to see how the colour reacts, and if it takes how it usually would. 

I hope that has answered a few questions if you are pregnant and Congratulations! Get yourself booked into the salon for a lovely pamper.

 

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MY HAIR JOURNEY WITH STEVEN & LAURENT

Hey guys, hope you are well? I just wanted to pop on today and share with you my hair journey with Steven & Laurent. I've been visiting the salon for a few years now and I've had a few different hair styles, and colour changes. I have been documenting this over on my YouTube channel so instead of talking you through each process I wanted to share a few of my "Come to the salon" videos with you incase you haven't seen them yet. 

Click this link to watch my Hair salon playlist. 

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HOW TO GO FROM DARK TO BLONDE WITH MINIMAL DAMAGE

Hi guys I hope you're well and enjoying the sunshine?! I just wanted to pop on here today to share with you some photos of my hair journey so far. I've been many shades of blonde and I've also been brunette so I wanted to talk you through how I've managed to get super blonde again and maintained healthy hair during the process.

Going super blonde can't really happen in one session unless you're naturally quite fair. So it has been a gradual process but it's also been the best thing for my hair. In the past I have had a full head bleach which left my hair very brittle and also very yellow. I have naturally dark, warm hair so lifting it can be quite difficult. Now that I'm happy with the shade of blonde I currently am I do a few things at home to maintain a fresh colour and healthy hair. Healthy, blonde hair needs care so here's what I do.

  • Regular trims. I have my hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks which is when I also have my roots topped up.
  • Roots only! I never have the colour pulled through to the ends, the ends of my hair are blonde already so there is no need to over process.
  • Smartbond. I've been having the Smartbond treatment done at Steven & Laurent for a couple of years now and it's the best thing I have done for my hair whilst going blonde. It helps to protect and strengthen the hair and I've noticed a huge difference since using it. I also use the step 3 conditioner at home once a week.
  • Silver Shampoo, I like to use a silver shampoo once or twice a week and this just helps to keep any brassy tones at bay. The toner usually helps with this but it doesn't last until my next hair appointment so to keep the blonde looking fresh between appointments I'll opt for silver shampoo.
  • The final thing I do to keep my hair in good condition is use minimal heat. I used to blow-dry and straighten my hair 3-4 times a week and that is the worst thing you can do. I now try to let my hair air dry as much as possible then straighten it and I also like to leave my hair natural as much as possible now too.

Tell me about your hair journey, will you be lightening your hair up for summer or going dark? Would love to know!

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NOW STOCKING KEVIN MURPHY PRODUCTS!

Hey guys, we hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year. Here at Steven and Laurent we pride ourselves in finding the best products for you all. We've tried and tested many over the years and we are so proud to announce that we are now stocking a fabulous brand of hair care products by Kevin Murphy. We just know you are going to love them, from gorgeous packaging to creative and effective products.

This professional range has been developed an incredible Australian international session stylist, Kevin Murphy. Kevin Murphy make every effort to do their part to help the environment by utilizing packaging that is recyclable or biodegradable. We love every single thing about this product range, please visit Steven & Laurent to chat with one of our team who can advise you on perfect products for you.

Liza our blogger has been trailing the REPAIR.ME range, below are her thoughts.

If you've been reading this blog for a while then you'll know I have blonde hair which is coloured by the fab S&L team. The team do such a great job and making sure the condition of my hair is great by using the correct products on my hair and by also giving it a regular trim. (So important) but I also like to make sure I'm using the best products at home because in between my 6 week appointments I feel it's equally important to take care of my hair whilst at home.

I was kindly gifted the REPAIR-ME Repair & Polish Gift set just before christmas and I've been trying it out for a few weeks now and thought I'd tell you a little more about the products. This is the perfect shampoo and conditioner combo if you want to strengthen and transform damaged, brittle hair.

REPAIR-ME.WASH: The reconstructing shampoo contains powerful proteins from Bamboo and Silk Amino Acids that work together to strengthen hair while gently removing impurities.

REPAIR-ME.RINSE: The rinse works to reconstruct, and strengthen the hair with superior conditioning ingredients including Shea Butter and Aloe Vera. These natural extracts gently lubricate the hair strands to help protect from damage, enhance manageability and provide a reflective shine.

The set also includes a limited edition REPAIR-ME BODY.POLISH for the ultimate spa treatment in the signature REPAIR.ME scent. It's a smoothing and moisturising exfoliating body treatment that gently buffs away dead skin cells revealing brighter, more radiant skin. Who doesn't want glowing skin?!

Here at S&L we have extensive product knowledge of the whole Kevin Murphy professional system. We can recommend the very best care for your hair type and styling needs. Call us or pop into the salon for your personal product consultation.

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CHRISTMAS HAIR || THE RETURN OF CRIMPING

This Christmas grab your crimpers and get crimping! Yes, that's right it's back and I'm going to show you a few ways you can wear your hair this Party Season. Retro styles are back and this is a really fun one to embrace, it's also really wearable. Here's how. 

Selective Crimping: Take random pieces of hair and crimp, this is much more wearable and it will add a little bit of drama and playfulness to your look. 

Clever Crimping: Not sure you want to go crimp crazy? Don't worry, this is also a really great way to add volume to your hair without having to backcomb. Simply crimp the root area to add volume with ease (remember to leave the top section crimp free). 

Dramatic Crimped Pony: Create a really sleek pony then crimp the rest, I really love the super-smooth pulled back look with a dramatic twist. This is a really easy way to make the look feel modern and fresh. Plus it's perfect if you hate wearing your hair down but still want to be on trend this season. 

Glam Crimp: You can really work this trend with a healthy dose of Hollywood glam. Shorter hair, with a side parting and a full crimped do' will incredible. Wear this with a red lip and a sparkly dress! Gorgeous.  

Have fun! Crimped hair should be fun, so don’t be afraid to play around with different styles. Add extra interest to up-dos by crimping your hair before putting it in a braid or bun, or leave your top layers straight for an instant volume boost. Don't forget to add some glitter and get your sparkle on! 

Will you be trying the crimping trend this season? Ask in the salon to see how we can make it work for you! 

 

 

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5 STRUGGLES FOR GIRLS WITH CURLY HAIR

STRUGGLE 1: Brushing your hair is a big NO, NO!

Brushing your hair can mess up the curl pattern and create huge amount of unwanted frizz. The best thing to do is de-tangle your hair in the shower. Use a good amount of conditioner, then use a wide tooth comb to remove any knots and tangles. Stay away from the brush! 

STRUGGLE 2: You hair always feels dry 

You hair never feels "normal" right? Dryer and coarser than usual, this is completely normal for curly hair. Try and use products to help even out your hair’s porosity, us curly girls have very porous hair which means it sucks up a lot of moisture.

STRUGGLE 3: You have to get up hours before everyone else to sort out that Maine. 

Don't worry there are now plenty of products available to help you get that extra beauty sleep. No blow dry creams are a life saver. They simply style your hair for you, no hot tools, no fuss and definitely no frizz. Hoorah! 

STRUGGLE 4: Humidity, just NO. 

Any amount of humidity will just flatten and ruin your hair. Whether you've decided to go for a bouncy blow-dry and want that straight life for a while or if your curls are looking perfect any amount of humidity is going to ruin that good hair vibe. Try using hair gels or hair oils to tame the frizz and keep that style looking perfect all day long. 

STRUGGLE 5: The wrong haircut can make you look like a poodle. 

Book yourself in with a stylist here at Steven & Laurent right now. We know how to make your curls look their very best and can also give you all the advice you need on what products to use on those precious locks. 

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10 HAIR HACKS YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Hack #1

If you know you're not going to have time to wash your hair in the morning, apply dry shampoo the night before. This is the best time because the dry shampoo will work itself into your strands overnight giving you fresh looking locks and added volume in the morning. Need a new dry shampoo? Try our Shu Uemura Color Lustre Dry Cleaner, it's fab and smells amazing! 

 

Hack #2 

Oily hair? Ever wondered why your hair is oily and flat, even after washing? Oily hair attracts a lot of dirt and grease, this is very hard to get rid of with one rinse. Make sure you shampoo your hair twice in the shower to make sure your hair is squeaky clean. Your hair will be left smoother and more voluminous. 

Hack #3 

Bobby pins constantly sliding out of your hair? Spray them with hairspray for that extra grip. Tip: Always lose your bobby pins? Pop them in a tic tac container to keep them together. Decorate with some washi tape to make it look extra pretty. 

Hack #4 

If you are scared to try permanent colours but want to try something new then try some fun spray in colours. These are temporary and are perfect for the festival season. While you're at it why not try the glitter parting, glitter makes everything better right? 

Hack #5

Flyaways or baby hairs bugging you? Spray a clean mascara wand or toothbrush with some hairspray to tame those flyaways. Nobody wants a sleek pony with random fluffy bits! 

Hack #6

Got a date planned and you want to make sure you are smelling extra fabulous? Make your hair smell amazing too by spritzing your hairbrush with your favourite perfume, brush through gently and Voila! Gorgeous smelling locks! 

Hack #7

Thin hair-line or greys coming through? Use an eyeshadow close to your hair colour and dust it over the sparse/grey areas. This makes the hair appear thicker and hides those greys for a few more days! 

Hack #8

Curly haired girls, swap towels for tees. Towels lead to frizz. Instead, consider opting for a t-shirt to dry your hair and enjoy the benefits of being frizz-free. Give it a try, it really does help!

Hack #9

Always clog the sink when washing your hair? Brush before to get any loose and/or tangled hair out. My husband always thanks me for this!

Hack #10

Hair looking dull, lifeless and a little boring? Come visit us at the salon, we are always here to make you feel amazing!

 

I hope you enjoyed these hair hacks, I'd love to hear yours! 

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How To Restore And Repair Damaged Hair || Best Products and Treatments

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It's no secret, I like to over bleach my hair and have it as blonde as possible but with that comes damage. Unfortunately when going super blonde damage can't really be avoided but there are many products out there to help repair and improve the hairs texture and feel. First of all it's very important to have regular trims to ensure those dead ends stay well away and there are also some great treatments and products you can use to keep your hair as healthy as possible.

Being blonde these days is much easier than it used to be, there are amazing salon treatments that you can have during the colour process which is something I have every time without fail. Smartbond is a unique system by L'Oreal that protects and strengthens the hair during technical services (such as bleach and haircolour). The system consists of 3 components, the first 2 being used in salon and the 3rd one at home. It has made the world of difference to my hair colouring experience and I'd highly recommend trying this service if you haven't yet.

Next up let's talk products. Here at Steven & Laurent we take great pride in making sure your hair looks it's very best at all times and we have the products that can help you achieve the same looks we create at home. We now stock Shu Uemura products, a luxurious brands with products to match. Shu Uemura was named after its founder and legendary Japanese make-up artist, has been breaking the boundaries of beauty for over 50 years.

There are a few products I've been using on my hair since having it coloured at the salon and I have to say they have made a huge difference. Let me talk you through some of my favourite products, these were recommended to me when I was in the Salon last and they've made my hair feel great.

Ultimate Remedy Shampoo
A unique and innovative shampoo designed specifically for damaged hair. Featuring Lotus Infusion and Ceramide 1000 PPM technology to restore the strength of hair fibres, this shampoo purifies and gently cleanses to leave you with luscious locks. Also working to rebalance the scalp and infuse the hair with natural goodness, your hair will transform from dull, damaged and lifeless to healthy, voluptuous locks with a salon fresh shine.

Ultimate Remedy Masque
A restorative hair masque designed to treat damaged hair. Featuring Lotus Infusion and Ceramide 1000 PPM technology, this masque strengthens and solidifies hair fibres to leave hair feeling improved with a soft and flexible feel.

Ultimate Remedy Serum
Designed for use on ultra-damaged hair, this dual-chambered leave-in formula features a cream with powerful ceramide 2000 PPM technology, and a serum rich in lotus infusion to control frizz, hydrate and deeply nourish. Its revolutionary formula keeps the hair fibre sealed and imparts lavish shine whilst ultimately protecting.

When it comes to styling it's also very important to use the right products. I'm not really one to use too many products as I like my hair to feel as lightweight as possible, I find that some products can really weight my hair down and the style doesn't last long if I have product overload but these three have been working amazingly well on my hair.

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I always keep this Travel Sized Essence Absolue on me, I tend to use it when my hair is feeling a little dry or looking a tad frizzy and it really helps to tame. This is basically a nourishing and lightweight treatment that will give you silky soft, tangle free hair. Infused with Camellia Oil to protect the hair fibre, this innovative formula combats frizz and dryness.

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Before I dry my hair I tend to spitz some of the Shu Uemura Straightforward Time-Saving Blow Dry Oil. It has been designed for medium to thick hair delivering a faster blow dry while the oil based formula coats every strand for smoother, sleeker and shinier hair. I did worry that with it being a dry oil it would leave my hair quite oily but it actually leaves it frizz-free, sleek and gorgeous!

I hope you found this helpful, when you are next in the salon or have five minutes free come and talk to our friendly staff to see what products they can recommend you from Shu Uemura. Everyone needs to try this brand!

 

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Valentine's Day Hair Inspiration

 

Valentine's is just around the corner and you know what that means? Getting glam for once, of course! I don't know about you but I tend to just shove my hair up or leave it a wavy mess most days so making that extra effort to create a nice sleek style for Valentine's is rather appealing don't you think? I've picked three amazing styles you can recreate this Valentine's, but don't worry. If you feel you can't recreate this at home, or just fancy a nice Valentine's treat then get yourself booked in at the salon and one of our amazing Stylists at Steven & Laurent can hook you up with an amazing romantic do'. 

Perfectly Polished:

Want to look utterly sophisticated and chic? Then a perfectly polished hairstyle is for you. A tight topknot is not only super easy to do but it's also really easy to dress up or down so if you've got a date after work then you can create this look in the morning and easily take the look from day to night within a matter of minutes. 

Glamorous Waves: 

For a really flirty look opt for sexy waves. Use curling irons or even your straighteners to create a really pretty, loose curl. I recommend brushing the curls out once finished for a really soft and natural finish and just run your fingers through with a finishing serum or cream to add some texture and movement. 

 

Fake it: 

Have quite short hair to start with and fancy adding some extra length? Grab yourself a hair piece or some hair extensions to create a real wow factor. There are so many different styles on the market to create some really amazing looks. You could get a clip on pony for that sleep undo or even get a hold head piece for extra volume. Your new dramatic look will definitely get heads turning and make you feel like a total babe at the same time. 

 

 

How will you be wearing your hair this Valentine's? Will you be opting for something simple and sleek or going all our with big sexy hair?! 

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The Launch of the Bumble and Bumble Christmas Gift Sets

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Tomorrow evening here at Steven and Laurent we are hosting  'A Very Hairy Christmas' special Opening Night 6pm till 10pm.. Tickets are only £10 per person (LIMITED TICKETS ONLY)

Join us for a Christmas Party Night to Remember! We are celebrating a little early with the launch of Bumble & Bumble Christmas Gift Sets and we want you to be there. Some of the gift sets on sale will be the amazing 'A Few Of Our Favourite Thing's set' featuring lot's of staple favourites and also not forgetting the men out there this fabulous 'Bb Man Set' which includes a Thickening Shampoo which Leaves hair feeling clean and ready to style a Thickening Conditioner to Moisturise without weight, and separates strands for fullness plus a full size Sumotech! There are so many sets on sale, we can't wait to show you them all. 

This will be an evening of pure entertainment from the Amazing Singer Jackie 'Jax' Gibbins singing songs from her 'New' Album and a few Christmas song to get us in the party mood.. Who's got their tree up already? We are also super lucky to have with us on the night Hayley from 'Temple Spa' educating us on how to look our best for the coming season and there will also be a few more extra surprises along the way including yummy Canapés from Caffe Collective and free flowing Presseco & Christmas Cocktails. 

Our very own S&L Nail Bar will be open offering mini manicures, buffs and polishes plus the Award Winning S&L Team will be on hand to talk to you about any hair enquiry and offer complimentary hair ups and dos..!! The wonderful Jenny Gifford from Queens Annes Dental Practice will be on hand to chat about any Facial Aesthetics Services you might need before Santa arrives. 

You could also WIN a S&L Hair Make Over and a years Free Hairdressing with our Christmas Raffle, WOW. 

Call the salon Now on 01237 473326 and get ready to have a Very Hairy Christmas..!!

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5 New Winter Hair Colours

 

Autumn and winter is a great time to switch up your hair colour, traditionally many go darker for the colder months but that doesn't mean you have to. Read this post to hear about some fab new hair colours for winter, I hope they inspire you. 

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Rose Gold

Whether it's just a simple hint of rose gold by adding some subtle highlights or the full shebang, this is a huge trend and a pretty one too. We all love a bit of rose gold right? So why not translate that in our hair colour, I actually tried out the rose gold trend earlier on in the year by adding a pretty pink, peach and lilac toner to my hair. It was subtle, pretty and washed out really easily so it's a really fab way to add a temporary bit of colour to you hair. 

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Raven Black 

Ah a classic, if you already have quite dark hair and fancy a change but don't want to go lighter than why not go even further into the dark side and dye your hair a beautiful raven black. Simplistic yet classic, who doesn't want to look like Adriana Lima?! 

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Creamy Blonde

Who says you have to go dark in the winter? I'm actually about to lighten up my locks and opt for a creamy blonde this month and I couldn't be more excited. If you are not a fan of completely blonde locks then you can be subtle and go for more of a dark roots blonde ends look, roots are in and they are way easier to maintain so embrace them! White winter snow, blonde tresses and faux fur. I'm there! 

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Sepia 

Sepia, no it's not just an Instagram filter. It's also a very popular hair colour and huge this AW. Think caramel and pink hues with a slight ashy tone. A really simple look to achieve and maintain, gorgeous! 

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Born This Way Red

Reds are always huge in the winter but how about switching it up from cherries or magentas and go for a true-born this way red, against softer and porcelain complexions this is just a stunning look. So natural yet very eye-catching, warm and inviting. 

Will you be switching up your colour for AW? 

 

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Problem Solving Hair Products by Bumble and bumble

We all have issues with our hair right? Today I'm going to talk you through a few products from Bumble and Bumble that are going to be your hair saviours, whether you have flat lifeless hair, dry coarse hair or just plain ol' greasy hair then I'm going to sort you out and tell you all I know about these hero products. 

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Dry Hair

If you have dry hair then the Hairdressers Invisible Oil range is for you. This range features a number of products including a shampoo and conditioner, a primer and an oil I'd highly recommend it. All of the products will leave your hair feeling smooth, feathersoft and will give it a trace of shine. Flyaways disappear, too and you can say goodbye to those dry frizzy locks! 

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Lack Of Texture And Oomph! 

There are a number of products that can help you with your flat, boring hair. If you like to blow dry your hair then I'd highly recommend the Surf Foam Spray, this is part mousse and part salt spray. It's very lightweight, there is no grit that you'd usually find with salt sprays and it creates big, beachy texture with heat-styled polish. If you need a bit of texture then the whole Surf range would be amazing for you.

Greasy Tresses 

We've all been there, whether you just have greasy hair or you're just feeling a little lazy and can't be bothered to wash it there are products out there to give you an extra day or two and Bumble have got some real gems to help you out. Pre styling, the All-Style Blow Dry cream would be amazing for you, this cream has (invisible) microfine oil-absorbing powders to extend the life of your blow dry right from the start. To style dry hair check out PRET-A-POWDER, it's equal parts dry shampoo, style extender and volume in a pinch. Super easy to use and smells gorgeous too! 

Do you have any other hair issues we can help with? Just ask and I'd be happy to help! 

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