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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.

Kevin Murphy sets

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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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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