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Did you know that Reed Hair Specialise in Afro Caribbean Hair?

July 28, 2017

Well, not a lot of people do!

In fact we have looked after black ladies for many years now. Our view is why do people with ethnic hair have to visit specialists salons? Hairs hair, isnt it??? Of course our stylists have been highly trained in the afro hair department and our products are second to none! As our most popular services are RELAXERS I thought Id give you an insight on how relaxers work on afro hair.

After reading through our favorite magazine www.blackhairmagazine.com  I came  across this great blog by @healthyandrelaxed. Its a perfect piece on advising the do’s and dont’s on relaxing hair…. thought I’d share it with you ………

RELAXED HAIR CASE STUDY

I was contacted by a fellow reader for hair advice. Let’s call her Amy. Amy provided a detailed hair story and I have decided to make it into a post as I believe it will help other readers.

Summary

Amy decided to go natural because her relaxed hair was damaged, so she big chopped. At first, she loved it, but soon realised that her 4c texture required more maintenance and didn’t give her the ‘desired look’ which made her self-conscious. Months later, she self-relaxed but didn’t attain the desired results. She corrective relaxed, and did a mini chop to improve the look. She was about 8 months post relaxer when she reached out. Her ends are thinning out and she is experiencing breakage on her hairline.

Overall, she wants thick, healthy hair regardless of the state (i.e.: relaxed or natural) and was contemplating whether to go natural or continue relaxing.

Response

Reading the story, 3 key things stuck out to me:

  1. Amy has 4c hair and she prefers straight hairstyles

Amy repeatedly hinted preference for straight hair throughout her story. Though she initially fell in love with her 4c natural hair, she became self-conscious of her texture as it made her “look like a boy”

I commend her for identifying her texture and for reaching out. There is so much politics surrounding black hair, but my stance is that you should do what works best for you. If you prefer straight hairstyles, then stay relaxed, as it is damaging to continually apply heat (i.e. blowout) to natural hair to achieve straight styles.

There is nothing wrong with preferring straight hairstyles to natural hair, but if you lose your confidence when your hair is not in a desired state, then there is clearly an issue. Your self-worth should never be attached to your hair.

4c hair is not meant to be straight. It coils tightly and shrinks to about 75% of its length. The only way to have ‘straight’ 4c hair is via a chemical treatment or a blowout. So, Amy, I suggest staying relaxed.

  1. Amy Prefers Low Maintenance (LM) Styles

Amy should steer clear of weaves, as she applies too much heat to ‘blend’ her weave out, which defeats the purpose of the style. Her front hair is ‘growing much slower’ because it is damaged from daily heat usage, which is a ‘no-no’ for hair. Also, note that a weave does not have the same texture as your hair, so it will not ‘blend’ seamlessly.

If you prefer LM styles, then you are better off staying relaxed. Relaxed hair may require less maintenance than natural tresses, but it is not an excuse for negligence. You must have a hair regimen that you consistently and diligently follow. I suggest styles such as braids and weaves. I highly recommend Ghana braids, as it has tremendously helped me achieve thicker hair.

  1. Amy wants thick, healthy hair and has no preference for the state (i.e.: natural or relaxed)

Thick hair has its pros and cons. The most notable pro is that hair looks amazing when styled, as it produces luscious curls.

The biggest con is that it is quite overwhelming to maintain and style, as there is so much hair! The most difficult part of styling my hair is my new growth. I have to be patient and gentle, as they are so thick and strong. I have to comb them gently to prevent breakage. #thestruggleisreal

If your goal is voluminous hair, then you must pick a hair state and stick to it. Thick hair will take time as it needs to adjust to your regimen. Jumping back and forth between #naturalhair and #relaxedhair is not good. Hair needs stability to reach its full (no pun intended) potential.

never, (EVER) go beyond 16 weeks without relaxer until you have a solid grasp of healthy hair care.

Make sure you have consistently followed your regimen for at least a year before attempting a longer stretch, or transitioning to natural hair. For transitioners, I suggest reading “The Science of Transitioning Hair” by Audrey Davis Sivasothy, the author of The Science of Black Hair.

Finally, I highly recommend a professional stylist for relaxer touch ups since they have the right products to relax and style your hair properly. If you self-relax and are never happy with the result or you experience relaxer burn, please see a stylist!

Final Note

So Amy, below are my 3 recommendations to you:

  1. Stay relaxed
  2. Never stretch your relaxer for more than 16 weeks
  3. Follow a hair regimen consistently

 

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REED HAIR’S LATEST PRESS RELEASE

June 21, 2017

Reed Hair – A Salon that cares and is dedicated to ‘My New Hair’

An Essex based stylist has joined a pioneering charity’s expanding network of Salons that Care.

Zoe Kingham from Reed Hair, which is based in Maldon, Essex, has become the latest addition to My New Hair’s 900-strong network of hairdressers and 800 salons which make-up the Salons that Care located across the UK and Ireland.

The charity, ‘My New Hair’, was founded and inspired by professional stylist Trevor Sorbie MBE, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016/17. My New Hair provides advice and support to anyone who has experienced medical hair loss, and has a national support network of independent salons and trained hair professionals who provide a wig-customisation service for their clients.

With the support of her salon Reed Hair, a dedicated member of the Salons that Care network for six years, Zoe has recently completed My New Hair’s Level 1 and Level 2 training seminars and will be completing her level 3 in September. As part of her work with the charity Zoe has pledged her commitment to responsible training and providing a caring and sensitive service for Reed Hair’s clients.

Zoe now helps clients with medical hair loss in Reed Hair salon’s private lounge. This special facility allows clients to have some privacy during their wig-customisation appointment and can be joined by friends or family for support.

Vicki Meredith, co-owner of Reed Hair Salon, said: “Zoe has been with us for 10 years and is one of the salon’s top stylist. She was looking to further develop her skills and was very enthusiastic to take up the opportunity to learn more with My New Hair. Zoe loved the courses and now feels very passionate about being able to help clients who are suffering from medical hair loss. We are really proud of her and thrilled as a salon we could further support My New Hair.”

Trevor Sorbie MBE, founder of mynewhair, said: “We are delighted that Zoe from Reed Hair has undertook our training and has become a part of our ever-expanding network of UK-wide Salons that Care. We greatly value the work all our hair professionals do for people who suffer from medical hair loss – and we wouldn’t be able to do it without them!

“When we started the charity over 10 years ago, we had no idea that we would grow to a 900-strong network of hairdressers and 800 salons, but we have big ambitions for the future. We look forward to welcoming more hair professionals to our future training seminars and helping more and more people to access our services.”

To find out more about My New Hair visit www.mynewhair.org or via Twitter @mynewhairorg, or follow the charity on Facebook and LinkedIn.

You can also donate to the charity by texting MYNH00 followed by the amount you wish to donate, to 70070.

 

 My New Hair

 

My New Hair has produced a booklet of advice and information in conjunction with the Department of Health and Institute of Trichologists. The Patient Information Resource booklet gives readers lots of detail on what happens when you lose your hair, choosing a wig, having your wig styled to suit you and aftercare/ hair re-growth.

These booklets are now available at Reed Hair.

 

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Our Latest Photo Shoot For Wella TrendVision 2017

May 22, 2017

It started with a photo shoot…..

So here I am again, banging on about Wella Trend Vision!!

But this dropped into my inbox today and I thought you’d be interested to see how it all started.

Huge thanks to Gary Nunn for producing our video – go check him out www.nunncreative.com

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REGIONAL FINALISTS IN WELLA TREND VISION…WHATS IT ALL ABOUT???

May 2, 2017

So as our three finalists are busy preparing for their finals I thought you’d like to know what the Wella Trend Vision Competition  is all about…

Firstly in my words……

Hair by Sophie

Reed Hair have are so lucky to have not one but THREE finalists!! They have all entered into separate categories – Sophie CREATIVE VISION – Faye COLOUR VISION – Charlotte RUNWAY.

I cant tell you how much excitement this brings to our team and guests. This was Charlotte’s and Sophie’s first photo shoot and to say we are pleased with their images is a huge understatement. The excitement grows, sourcing the perfect outfits, building moodboards and generally taking inspiration and ideas from around the salon and beyond.

The whole team will be there supporting them on the 15th May… but if they’re not lucky enough to win they will try and try again… but in the meantime lets just enjoy the wonderful images they have produced!

Secondly in Wella’s words…….

Hair by Faye

For TrendVision 2017, there are two international categories; COLOR VISION and CREATIVE VISION, whereby the UK and Ireland winners will go on to compete at the International final in London in October 2017. New for 2017 – there are two exclusive UK & Ireland categories; MALE GROOMING and RUNWAY. These two new categories are purely for the UK & Ireland final and the winners from these two categories will get an exclusive backstage opportunity at the glamorous London Fashion Week.

 

For the first time, entries were submitted online. Competitors submitted an image encompassing their personal vision of what is current and inspiring for their chosen category.

The Photographic judging day took place at the Wella World Studio London with a wide range of highly acclaimed hairdressing experts and icons who worked their way through the record number of entries. The prestigious panel included journalists from leading industry press and industry icons.

 

Hair by Charlotte

We have been hugely impressed by the standard of the entries this year and the competition has been tough. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to enter and congratulations to our regional finalists. Special thanks must go to our judges who have given up their time to support this amazing competition,” said Wella’s Director of Education, Sheila Jackson.

 

 

Finalists will now compete at the UK Regional & Ireland Heats, where they will be required to create their look on a live model. The winners from that stage will then compete at the UK & Ireland final on Tuesday 5 September 2017 at The Roundhouse, Camden, London. The winners of the two international categories (COLOR VISION and CREATIVE VISION) will then compete at the International TrendVision Award Final in London in October.

 

 

Wish them luck

Vicki x

 

 

 

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The beginnings of Reed Hair 2007-2017

March 18, 2017

So, I was wondering if you guys wanted to know how Reed Hair all began.  Well, probably not, but here goes any way!

Just over 10 years ago I was a working mum (I’m now a working Nan!!). I was working as a part time stylist in a lovely little salon on Maldon’s high street, when suddenly the business came up for sale. Erm, I thought, this could be interesting! So, I asked my sister Jane, also a hairdresser if she’d like to be the joint owner of a small market town salon.It will be fun I said… It would be easy I said…. we wouldn’t have to do much…I said, just pop in and out… I said……. OMG how wrong was I!!!!

After 6 months of negotiating we finally opened our lovely re-branded  salon. Having celebrities as friends (we wished) we asked Bill Murry to come along and cut the ribbon on our opening day. Maldon had never seen such excitement…. we had people queuing along the road, and it was fabulous!

The opening of Reed Hair on Maldon’s High Street January 2007

Now fast forward 18 months. Our lovely little salon was getting just that…. LITTLE!

So, one day when I popped up to Greg’s for my daily sandwich I noticed that a furniture shop had come on the market. Walking past I had a little ‘erm’ moment again (I can tell you we have since had many little ‘erm’ moments !!)

I just had to go in! I instantly fell in love with this gorgeous Victorian building, set over 3 floors, with a wonderful sky light and original features.

BUT it was huge and needed LOTS of work!  Off I ran back to Jane… We could grow into it I said…. Our husbands would love to do the construction work I said….it wouldn’t cost much to do up I said ……. OMG how wrong was I!!!

Now, being a close family we had to get the approval of all our family, husbands-mum-dad-other sister- kids… luckily, they all felt the same as Jane and I. There and then the larger, even more beautiful Reed Hair was born

Now fast forward eight or so years to the present. Our team have grown from eight to twenty and we are still growing!

Our working space is even more stunning having just undergone a major transformation. (Luckily our builder husbands haven’t upped and left us!)

Last year we were privileged to win two major national awards for our customer service and front of house experience. We can only thank our wonderful Reed Hair team for helping us achieve our goals

So, if you haven’t been in, we’d love to see you……. waiting with our wonderful selection of refreshments……………what are you waiting for???

Until next time

Vicki

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Winners of National Front of House Team of the Year & Customer Care Award

September 13, 2016

Great hair day for local salon as winners of national Front of House Team of the Year & Customer Care Award

Reed Hair announces a vote of total confidence as one of the hairdressing elite.

Today is a good news day for Reed Hair in Maldon as they stand tall over a vast industry of 245,745 professional UK hairdressers who work in just 35,000 hairdressing salons**. They have been awarded not one, but two awards at Hairdressers Journal International’s British Hairdressing Awards at this week’s prestigious awards ceremony held at the Lancaster London Hotel. This successful salon has been named as the Front of House Team of the Year, and has also been awarded the Customer Care Award, sponsored by Kerastase Paris.

These were awarded to Reed hair for how they put the clients journey through the salon at the heart of what they do. Their incredible front of house team members have such a positive impact on the business and the clients due to their amazing level of communication and how the team go above and beyond to make the clients feel valued.

Vicki Meredith and Jane Williams, owners, say, “We are absolutely ecstatic! This is our tenth year in business but we changed completely last year and had full support from our amazing team, so a huge thank you goes to them. This award means so much to us as customer care is fundamental to our business; we are so passionate about it and it is so important. Stylists work one to one with each customer which makes us unique. We have no apprentices, just one stylist for every client.”

Manager Jayne Robinson say, “We changed the business entirely last year and it was obviously the right decision! This is what we aspire to do, we want to get to the top and be the best salon out there. Hairdressing is sometimes undervalued and we believe winning awards like this build value and show how important every aspect of the business is.”