What a fantastic summer we have had this year and lets hope it continues into the winter months...looking pretty good so far this week and if the forecasters are correct it could last into October......Any way now is the time of year that most people are looking to either refresh those faded high -lites or spruce up their limp locks or maybe you fancy a completely different look....and yes whilst professional hair colour does change the way it looks it can also provide body and improved lustre and shine.
The careful use of hair colour and the many varied techniques that are available to our colour stylists are only limited by your imagination........
Take a look at some of the websites we have gathered for you to see the difference that colour can make.....


Regards Carl
    The proper blow drying technique is gentle on your hair and leaves the hair with plenty of bounce and lustre. Above all, it is important to use the right kind of blow dryer. You should be able to adjust the temperature and the air stream. At least two settings should be available including a low-temperature setting.
The hair structure may be damaged if you blow-dry hair too long or use the high temperature setting. The results may be dry, brittle hair with split ends and an irritated scalp.

These styling aids help you blow-dry your hair safely and properly:
Heat protectant spray, a paddle brush, a diffuser attachment for your blow dryer and a large hair grip.

•    The Best Blow-Drying Tips and Tricks
We have gathered for you 10 tricks of the trade, which ensure gentle and proper blow-drying with gorgeous results. Your hair will be healthy and shiny!

1. If at all possible, don't use the high heat settings of your blow-dryer. The air stream should feel comfortable on the back of your hand.

2. Keep your distance! Keep the hair dryer at least 8 inches away from your hair.

3. If your hair is fine you should set the air stream to low. Otherwise, you may end up with tangles in your hair.

4. Blow-dry every individual hair strand from the roots to the ends. This technique provides smooth cuticle layers, which are the basis for healthy, shiny, and well-protected hair.

5. You should keep the blow-dryer moving constantly to avoid applying too much heat in a single spot. We recommend dividing the hair in several portions and securing the strands with large hair clips or grips. Work your way up blow-drying your hair from the neckline to the crown of your head so that you don't hit the same strand of hair multiple times.

6. Most of us have to somehow live with the morning rush. Whenever you must speed up drying your hair use a higher setting for the air stream, not for the heat.

7. Always use a heat protectant. These products help prevent blow-drying damage.

8. Try not to blow-dry your hair immediately after shampooing. Ideally, you should allow your hair to first dry for 15 minutes under a towel turban. This saves effort and also cuts down on the hair exposure to the blow-dryer.

9. The diffuser attachment of your blow-dryer spreads out a more even air stream. This also prevents exposing individual strands of hair to too much heat.

10. Once you are done blow-drying your hair, briefly apply a stream of cool air. This cooling step gives your hair more elasticity.

1, For extra body, wait until hair is completely dry, then take small sections and spray directly at the roots with a firm-hold hairspray and dry again, lifting the hair away from the direction it would naturally fall.

2, Make the best of what you have, rather than damaging your hair trying to turn it into something it isn't. Healthy, shiny, well-conditioned hair - whether it's curly, straight, long or short - is what you should be aiming for. Try and keep it natural.

 3, Before going on holiday, take a supplement like vitamin B complex to improve the condition of your hair and prepare it for the sun. Also, try to eat protein-rich food, like chicken and nuts, to feed the natural protein in your hair.

4, Never brush curly hair while you're drying it - this will only lead to serious frizz and zero shine.

5, Warm styling product in your hands before distributing evenly through hair - it will work better and more efficiently.

6, If you don't have time to wash your hair, rub a small amount of talcum powder into the roots to soak up the grease, dry shampoo on the cheap!

7, Ask your hairdresser for a blow-dry lesson. You need to know which brush and which products to use, note the direction that the handryer is pointing its all about control.

8, Alternate your shampoos - if you have coloured and fine hair, use a shampoo for coloured hair one day, then use one for fine hair the next day to get the best of both formulas, usually one shampoo is sufficient.

9 Use a daily conditioner on coloured hair. Choose a protein-based one if your hair lacks oomph. To make it softer, use a moisture-based conditioner.

10 Never blow-dry soaking wet hair - let it dry naturally or waft dry with your dryer for speed until it's about 70% dry, (apply stying products at this time if you apply when the hair is wet through you will lock the water in and increase the drying time as well as dilute you product) hair only takes shape from this point on wards; if your hair is curly, let it dry naturally until it's about 90% dry.  Always let your hair cool naturally after styling or using straighteners, tongs etc, it will stay in much longer. Try it it really works!

Regards Carl

Would you wash a cashmere sweater the same way you would a cotton T-shirt? If you did I bet you won't like the results. The same is true if you treat frizzy hair with a conditioner meant for straight, silky tresses -- or vice versa. For results you’ll love, learn how to choose the right conditioner for your hair type.
Hair requires special care. "Some of us have strands similar to wool, and others are more like silk, to have the most beautiful locks possible, it is very important to utilize the correct maintenance regimen".
That means choosing the right conditioner for your hair type. Recognizing the signs that you have the wrong one is sometimes more obvious than others.

Sign #1--Your conditioner doesn't match your stylist's advice.
Your stylist is like your own personal guru -- at least when it comes to hair care suggestions. That's why our number one tip is to ask for advice at the salon -- then follow it!
Our professional stylist can help you pick the right product that is perfectly matched for your hair type. We will consider the texture of your hair and what chemical treatments you've had in the past or present to make the correct recommendation.

Sign #2--Your hair is coloured, and you're not using a colour-safe product.
If you don't use colour-safe conditioner and shampoo on colour-treated hair, then "what you've paid to put in there, you're washing away". It's like watching your money go straight down the drain.
Using the right colour-safe conditioner will keep blonde brighter and brunette bolder. You may get 2 more weeks out of your hair colour before you have to pay for another one.
Labels on colour-safe conditioners use terms like "colour extend," "colour care," and "sulphate-free." They protect against the dulling effects of washing and over styling -- two of the main reasons hair colour fades. Products with "UVA/UVB protection" offer a layer of protection to prevent the sun from fading your colour, we recommend Biolage Colorcarethe’rapie shampoo and condition regime. 

Sign #3--You're using volumizing conditioner on big, curly hair. Or, you're using a smoothing one on flat, fine hair.
When you use conditioner, you're doing one of two things to hair--you're making it bigger, or you're making it smaller.
If your hair has lots of volume, you need a conditioner heavy enough to give you the amount of smoothing you need to tame frizzies and flyaway’s and get hair back under your control, we recommend the Smooththe’rapie range just perfect for taming. 
If your hair is fine and flat, you need a lighter conditioner. If you have fine hair and you use a smoothing treatment, it's going to feel oily, limp, and lifeless! Use a lighter-weight product that won't weigh down fine hair for instance Fortethe’rapie as its name implies to help strengthen and fortify.

Sign #4--You have dry hair, and you're using a strengthening shampoo.
Extra strength won't help dry hair. If you're not getting enough moisture then you're not treating the true problem. "It's kind of like eating a steak when you're thirsty."
Dry, damaged hair needs a rich, moisturizing daily conditionerfrom the Hydrathe'rapie range. At least once a week, revive parched hair with a deeper, leave-in conditioning treatment. Or once a month, treat yourself and have it done in the salon.

Sign #5--You bought the most expensive conditioner.
While you don't want to buy the cheapest conditioner available, you also don't need to spend £100, or even £30. A conditioner that is five times more expensive won't necessarily make your hair look five times better. We believe that the Biolage range represents the perfect balance between performance and cost with a product for every hair type.

Once you get the best conditioner for you, use it right. These are our recommended steps:
1.    Shampoo the roots gentle massage with water temperature not too hot
2.    Condition the ends. That's where damage like split ends occurs 
3.    Only in rare cases do you need to deep condition the scalp
4.    Use a wide-toothed comb to evenly distribute the conditioner throughout your hair. Keep one in the shower just for this if you have the time leave it on for a couple of minutes (the single biggest mistake is to rinse off the conditioner straight away, it doesn’t have time to work, try it and you will notice the difference) Remember less is more, our professional products are concentrated you will only need the size of a 10 pence piece on most heads.
5.     If you shampoo daily or your hair is fine and flyaway or prone to static one shampoo is all that is needed. 
regards carl
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Regards CARL