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Written by Liza Prideaux

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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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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