If any one missed these Inspiring Women Warriors on TV this week…… now’s your chance to see that ‘BALD IS BEAUTIFUL’ !!!
If any one missed these Inspiring Women Warriors on TV this week…… now’s your chance to see that ‘BALD IS BEAUTIFUL’ !!!
Bleach roots is something I get done every 3 to 4 months. My natural hair starts to come through and after a while I have just a little too much root than I’d like. I do love having roots but it’s extremely hard to consistently keep a tiny bit of them so I have to get them bleached and wait for the regrowth. I used to bleach roots myself at home, however since going to a salon the last few times I thought I’d book a professional appointment again. I’m no hairdresser and it’s actually quite nice sitting down and taking time out whilst someone else gets the job done. I hardly ever pamper myself so it’s always a nice treat.
This time for my bleach roots I went back to Reed Hair salon in Maldon, Essex. I had been before and loved the atmosphere, treatment and girls that work there so I thought, let’s go back. You can read up about my first appointment here. I was met by Abby when I arrived and she was going to be doing the whole job of bleaching my roots, treating my hair and trimming it! The process is always lengthy when you get bleach roots, but its worth the whole afternoon in the salon, as most hairdressers who bleach hair will recommend treatments to have whilst you’re there. Always listen to their advice and 100% do a treatment or two as bleaching hair can be damaging.
I was introduced to some new products during my appointment so I thought I’d write up a post about the steps Abby took to achieve bleach roots on my blue locks. I usually try and fade my hair as much as possible before I head to a salon as I always like to try and achieve an all over white bleach look. However this particular time, I didn’t realise how long my roots were, they desperately needed doing. Plus I’m also trying to time my bleach roots for my wedding so that I can get my roots touched up the end of April, beginning of May so that I have the perfect amount of regrowth for the big day. Yup, I’m planning my hair! Ridiculous I know, but every bride wants to look their best on that one day.
To kick start the appointment Abby and I chatted about what I wanted to achieve. I wanted bleach roots and then for it to be blended into the blue. I think we were both worried about how it would turn out but Abby had some great ideas through the process. She started off by mixing bleach which included a product called Wellaplex. This product helps reconstruct inner hair bonds to strengthen the hair whilst colouring. It’s amazing being able to use products like this now when bleaching as it’s less damaging. Abby started off by doing the mid bands of my hair and then the roots.
The bleach needed to be left on my hair for 50 minutes, so Abby went off and I spent some time relaxing. During the process Abby thought of an idea of how to blend the bleach into the blue by using a new Wella product called Color Renew; it’s peroxide free, zero damage and is used to help lift colours. Abby applied this onto my blue ends and worked it in. We left this on until it was time to take the bleach off.
Abby then washed everything out of my hair and applied the second part of the Wellaplex treatment. This was left on for 10 minutes.
The next step was toning the roots. Abby wanted to achieve a nice silvery shade so that when I go and dye my hair back blue, it’ll act as a nice base. She used a violet based toner called Illumina Color. This was worked into the hair and left for for a specific amount of time.
The toner was then washed out and Abby conditioned my hair with System Professional.
The colour was done! Then it was onto blow drying and trimming my ends. I’m wanting to try and keep the length as I’m getting an updo for my wedding, so Abby trimmed the ends and neatened up some breakages in my hair.
We were done! And I was so pleased with the results. Abby achieved a lovely clean finish on my roots and it actually look kinda cool having bleach roots into a pastel blue. If you want to know more about Reed Hair, check out their website here.
I hope you enjoyed this step by step salon process of bleach roots, any questions feel free to pop them below and I’ll do my best as getting back to you.
But, we’re calling it. 2018 is going to be even better.
You know what they say “new year, new hair” and there’s going to be some serious hair flipping going on with these trending colour, cut and style ideas.
Get ready for some inspiration overload…
Statement middle parting
Changing your parting can change your life (well, your hair look at least). This year it’s all about splitting it straight down the middle. The more dramatic, the better
Straight up luxe.
We’re going back to 2001 when ghd first launched and the only way to wear your hair was super straight.
Ballerina buns are back, only this time we’re keeping them smaller (RIP donuts), sweeter and slicked back. Add a braid to your lengths before twisting into a bun for a little something extra
If you’ve noticed a little more hair tangled in your brush in recent weeks, you’re not alone. It may not be one of the sexiest beauty issues to discuss, but it seems seasonal hair shedding is affecting many of us right now – whether we’re openly talking about it or not.
Research has shown that the changing seasons directly affect the amount of hair we shed, and many of us are currently at the height of our hair-loss cycle. But before you start to panic, there’s probably nothing to worry about.
“There are three stages of the hair growth cycle: anagen (the growth phase), catagen (an intermediary phase), and telogen (the resting phase)” explains Anabel Kingsley, trichologist at Philip Kingsley. Simply speaking, the telogen phase signals the start of the shedding – hair is likely to fall out around 100 days after entering this phase.
Studies have found that we have a higher number of hairs when we enter the telogen phase in July, meaning we notice increased shedding come November. There are many theories as to why this happens: one is that we hold on to more hairs in the summer to ensure protection from the sun, letting them fall in the winter when they’re less needed.
“It is ‘normal’ to lose up to 100 hairs per day, provided they are growing back” says Anabel Kingsley. This may sound a lot, but bear in mind the average head hosts 100,000 hairs.
However, if you’re noticing bald patches or discomfort, it may be time to see a doctor. Anabel advises: “If you consistently notice you are losing more hair than usual, or that the nature of your hair shedding has changed, it is probable that there is an underlying cause that needs to be addressed. You should also seek help if hair comes out in patches or if hair loss is accompanied by a sore or inflamed scalp.
“You will usually know if you are shedding an abnormal amount of hair – you’ll notice more hairs coming out when you shampoo, brush and style, and perhaps on your floor, clothes and pillow. It is not unusual to lose as many as 300 hairs, that is three times the normal amount.”
So, while everyone’s experience with hair loss is different, if you’re simply noticing a little more fallout than usual right now, it’s probably natural.
Although you can’t stop shedding in its tracks, there are things you can do to keep it to a minimum. Read on for six smart moves to help your hair…
Healthy hair begins at the follicle, so it pays to take proper care of your scalp. Luckily, there’s a host of products out there bringing skincare technology to the hair arena. Philip Kingsley’s Tricho 7 scalp treatment, £50, contains a mixture of Zinc Sulphate, Vitamin B6 and Azelaic Acid to help create the optimal environment for healthy hair growth.
Hair loss can be encouraged by nutrient deficiencies, so if you’re experiencing heavy shedding it may be time to assess your diet. Avoid any restrictive eating habits or ‘quick-fix’ plans, as they often involve excluding certain food groups that healthy hair growth depends upon. Be sure to stock up on leafy greens (think spinach and broccoli) to amp up your iron intake, and look to salmon and nuts for essential fatty acids.
While supplements may not actually stop your hair from shedding, they can strengthen and thicken the hair strands that you already have, helping to disguise any thinning. Look for supplements containing high levels of silica, a trace mineral used to stimulate circulation to the scalp, thus encouraging healthy hair growth. For those in need of a protein boost, try Philip Kingsley’s PK4 Dietary Supplements, £28, which contain a soya-based protein rich in hair-strengthening amino acids.
Excessive heat styling not only dries out the hair fibre, it can burn your scalp too. We’re not suggesting you stick to air-drying in these frosty climes, but opt for a hairdryer with variable heat settings to minimise the damage, being sure to keep the nozzle moving constantly so not to overheat sections of the scalp. GHD Hairdryers have the latest technology to keep your hair in tip-top condition
It’s not just heat that can speed up shedding – friction can contribute too. Try switching out your usual towel in favour of a bamboo alternative – we love Hydrea’s Bamboo Hair Drying Towel Wrap, £11.50 – as the natural fibres will absorb moisture quicker than cotton and reduce abrasion from harsh towel-drying. Come night-time, slip on SILKE’s Hair Wrap, £45, to reduce abrasion against your pillow – it’ll keep your blow-dry intact until morning, too.
The wrong brush can really wreak havoc on your hair, often pulling out strands in clumps. Heavy-handed brushing can erode the cuticle of the hair fibre, eventually leading to breakage. To keep damage to a minimum, use a brush with thick, plastic bristles, as they’re kinder to the hair than spiky natural ones.
What’s more, never use a regular brush on wet hair – wet, swollen hair fibres stretch easily, leaving them prone to overstretching and snapping. Always use a wide tooth comb on wet hair.
You can find the complete range of Philip Kingsley and GHD at Reed Hair
Main images: Davide Ragusa. Other images: iStock
Kate Hudson is the latest star to embrace the buzz cut. Following in the footsteps of friend Cara Delevingne, who also shaved her head for a film role earlier this year, Hudson debuted a striking short crop in brown. It certainly makes a difference from her signature beachy blonde waves.
As of late we’re seeing more women celebrating the buzz cut look, and why not. It’s normal for boys to do it, why can’t it be the same for us girls? On the runway, streets and Netflix screens, there are so many different reasons why women are choosing to undergo the buzz cut.
Model Adwoa Aboah decided to shave hers off after a bad hair cut, while Victoria Secret’s model, Jourdana Phillips announced on her Instagram after finding the clippers ‘I’m so glad I did! It’s helped me overcome the idea that my beauty is synonymous with the length of my hair’.
In the past, it was misogynist record executives who ‘pushed’ musician Sinead O’Connor out the door straight to the barbers after telling her to wear miniskirts and grow her hair long.
Meanwhile 12-year-old Millie Bobby Brown buzzed off her locks for her star-making role in Stranger Things, and the world told her she was inspiring. When Britney Spears did it, the public’s immediate reaction was ‘breakdown’. She responded a year later ‘People thought that it was me going crazy and stuff like that, but people shave their heads all the time. I was going through a lot, but it was just kind of like me going through a little bit of rebellion, or feeling free…’
But it’s not just celebrities, in times of support women have partaken to shaving their head to support a loved one going through cancer.
During the 20th century, the dark side of liberation, woman’s heads were shaved as a mark of humiliation. And in times of liberation, to say as simply as ‘f**k you world I’m doing what I damn well please’.
Whatever your reason for taking the plunge there’s no denying that the buzz cut will remain a weighted symbol of power and defiance, long after Instagrammers come up with a new hashtag.
To celebrate the androgynous buzz cut look, we’ve rounded up the buzz cut styles that have inspired us (yes the thought has crossed our minds)…
Courtesy of Layered-On-Line
We break down each style so you can find the one that suits you best. Whether you have long and spindly fingers or your digits are short and stubby and you need guidance on short nail shapes, we have you covered.
See below for the definitive guide to nail shapes.
Overview: feminine, classy, classic.
Wear if: you have shorter fingers or shorter hands with wide, stubby nail beds, as an oval shape will create the illusion of length. It’s also a good shape on longer fingers that have wide and short/stubby nail beds.
Best with: nail art.
Overview: glamorous, chic, feminine.
Wear if: you have long or short fingers but your nail beds are narrow and long.
Best with: plain, shiny and metallic polish colours.
Overview: stylish, clean-cut, low-maintenance
Wear if: you have long fingers and long, narrow nail beds.
Best with: block, bold polish colours.
Overview: classic, natural, suits all.
Wear if: if your nail beds are wide and long. Squoval nail shapes will look good on short or long fingers.
Best with: geometric nail art.
Overview: chic, glamorous, high-maintenance.
Wear if: you suit square or squoval shapes (narrow and long nail beds).
Best with: tidy and unchipped acrylic nail shapes with pale polish colours.
Overview: loud, high-maintenance, elongates hands.
Wear if: you have time/money for upkeep, and want to make a statement.
Best with: elborate and pretty (and unchipped) nail designs.
Overview: tidy, elegant, elongates shorter fingers.
Wear if: you have short fingers with short or narrow nail beds.
Best with: any shade of polish or left unpainted.
Courtesy of Grazia
This is something very close to Reed Hair…. If you are a qualified stylist, you can look after all hair types…right???
Well actually no! Most “white normal salons” will shy away from cutting afro hair. We actually embrace it and welcome this day to educate like minded stylists …………….
The inaugural World Afro Day, which takes place on Friday 15 September 2017, aims to celebrate the value and beauty of natural hair. This is an opportunity to change the often-negative perceptions that exist around afro hair with an event that people of all backgrounds and hair types can enjoy.
The WAD team will be attempting a RecordSetter World Record for the ‘Largest Hair Education Lesson’ at the event in London, England. Five hundred children of all backgrounds will take part in the world record, which will also be live streamed across the world via social media.
WAD Founder, Michelle De Leon, believes education is key to changing the way people view afro hair and this starts with young people;
“Their mental well-being and self-esteem are a top priority,” says Michelle “It’s in all our interests to promote self-love and make young people, no matter what their hair type: curly, straight, wavy or coily, feel great about themselves. No limitations should be placed on a person of African descent because of their original hair type; whether they choose to be a ballerina, sit on the board or run for Prime Minister.”
Alongside their world record attempt, the World Afro Day team will be hosting a public debate to discuss how various industries can support the inclusion and appreciation of afro hair in the workplace. The esteemed panel includes model and mumpreneur, Keisha Omilana, Berkley Professor and Campaigner, Angela Onwuachi-Willig, and internationally acclaimed hair stylist, Vernon Francois.
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.
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.
Reading the story, 3 key things stuck out to me:
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.
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.
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!
So Amy, below are my 3 recommendations to you:
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.”
You can also donate to the charity by texting MYNH00 followed by the amount you wish to donate, to 70070.
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.
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