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November 16, 2017

You’ve heard of it, you’ve seen the dramatic before and after shots on Instagram, and you may have even looked into getting it done yourself. For some, the Brazilian Blowout has become notorious in the hair realm for its transformative (and dare we say, life-changing) qualities, especially if you spend a good hour fighting with the round brush after lathering up.

It works on just about every type and texture, even fine hair, Especially in the summer when humidity affects everyone, it can be game-changing, and your hair will be much easier to manage.

What Is It?

The Brazilian Blowout is a liquid keratin formula that bonds to your hair to create a protective layer around each strand, effectively diminishing frizz, sealing the cuticle, and providing armor against any external damage. The smoothing treatment originated in Brazil, and uses ingredients indegenous to the country including camu camu, annatto seed, and açai berry. After getting the treatment, your hair will be left hydrated, less frizzy, and more resilient to heat styling—not to mention, with an insanely glossy mirror-like shine.

How Is This Different From Other Keratin Treatments?

Although both end results are similar, the Brazilian Blowout has a mild formula that can be tailored to your hair type, and is a little less precious post-treatment. After you get a keratin treatment, you don’t have as many options. You can’t tie it back, you can’t style it, and you can’t wash it for the three or four days that follow. With the Brazilian Blowout, you get it done, your stylist rinses it out, and that’s it. You’re back to your normal life again.

Will It Make My Hair Completely Straight?

Not unless you want it to. Your stylist will seal in the treatment with a pass of a 450-degree flat iron, and the more your stylist flat irons, the straighter your hair will be. If you like to wear your hair curly, but just want to tame your frizz, this will help make your hair more manageable. Just be sure to tell your stylist exactly what you want, and they can tailor the treatment to either preserve the texture of your hair, or make it smoother. The overall goal is to make your strands less of a burden to work with, but keep in mind that if you have naturally curly hair, it won’t air dry to a pin-straight texture. You’ll still have voluminous body with waves if you air dry it, but if it normally takes you 30 minutes with a blow dryer, this can help you cut down the time to just 15 minutes.

Is It Safe?

The treatment is safe on any hair type, and actually helps to improve shine as well as moisture levels. Everyone is concerned because of the formaldehyde in the formula, but there isn’t any more in this than would be in your nail polish. There is a very, very small amount, but with any chemical processing, there is always a chain reaction of bonding the treatment to your hair. The only situation in which breakage does occur is when a stylist goes too hard with the flat iron, so be sure to tell your pro if your hair can’t take a lot of heat.

How Long Does It Take?

Overall, the process takes an hour to an hour and a half. The longest I’ve ever spent doing a Brazilian Blowout was around two hours, so it all depends on how much hair you have and how thick it is. Your stylist will begin by shampooing your hair three or four times to remove all the product and create a base for the treatment to adhere. Working section by section, the Brazilian Blowout formula will be applied from root to tip, then blow-dried smooth. A flat iron heated to 450 degrees will seal it in, then it’s back to the shampoo bowl to rinse out the treatment, followed by a deep conditioning mask. Finally, your hair will once again be blow-dried smooth.

How Long Will It Last?

Provided that you remove the shampoos that contain sulfates and chlorine from your shower, your treatment should last anywhere from three to four months—possibly longer if you don’t need to wash your hair as regularly as some. Once it wears off, your hair will return to its natural curl pattern. You’ll start to see it around the hairline first. That’s your indicator of when it’s time to get it redone. Even if you don’t get it touched up right away, there’s no obvious line of demarcation between the previously treated hair and new growth, unlike with other relaxing or straightening methods.

What If I Have Color-Treated Hair?

Brazilian Blowout is completely safe on color-treated strands, says Matos, and since it completely seals off the hair shaft, there’s a chance your hue will stay vibrant for longer. We’ve had clients who have gotten color done and followed it up with a Brazilian Blowout in the same day, and that would be the perfect time to do it since the cuticle is already open from the colour. If you’re doing this, just be sure to let your colorist know since doing one treatment after the other can make the color a bit brighter.

What Should I Do After the Treatment?

Unlike the post-keratin routine, there aren’t any restrictions as to what you can and can’t do in terms of activity, so you won’t have to skip out on your hot yoga class. Additionally, since the treatment is rinsed out in the salon, you can wait as long or as little as you’d like to wash it, but again, just be sure to use a sulfate- and chlorine-free formula to preserve its lifespan.

November 14, 2017

Balayage has been around for a while, but it’s a technique that’s crept back and is now hot on the lips of everyone in the hair industry. Our clients are opting for this dreamy hair trend to add natural looking colour to their hair.

WHAT IS BALAYAGE

Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. It is a free hand highlighting technique that is applied in such a way that it creates a graduated, soft natural look.

It allows for sun-kissed natural looking hair colour with less noticeable regrowth lines. Colour without the hassle!

Hair is sectioned, followed by a colourist applying the colour by free hand onto the surface of the hair. The colour is applied more generously from the middle lengths to the ends, preventing a harsh looking streak of colour. Processing time between 30-40 minutes is then followed by a wash and a colour glaze application to get that golden-hue you have been lusting after!

WHY WE LOVE BALAYAGE 

Natural looking. Highlighting with foils creates a line-up of perfectly placed streaks, whereas balayage allows you to achieve a soft colour that isn’t saturated from root to tip. Get those beachy tones you have been dreaming of!

Low maintenance. Balayage is all about sun-kissed, grown out and slightly unkempt. You don’t have to worry about heading back to the salon every month to touch up your colour, balayage is a low-maintenance look that grows out gracefully.

Bespoke colour. Your stylist can choose and mix a colour suited to your skin tone and perfectly place that colour so that it frames your face and brightens your features.

Balayage works on both light and dark hair. No matter how light or dark your locks are, balayage adds your desired colour whether it’s natural or strong – it’s all dependent on the application technique.

Works for all hair lengths. You can balayage a short pixie crop, but for best results, balayage on thicker hair that sits below the shoulders.

Not just for blondes. You don’t just have to go for blonde-hued balayage. You can opt for bold copper tones or dreamy pastel pink multi-tonal hues with this popular technique.

Balayage by stylists at THE SALON St Albans:

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OLAPLEX THE SALON ST ALBANS
September 14, 2017

‘Olaplex’ is the current buzzed about product in the hair and beauty industry – it’s the word on everyone’s lips!

Remember when Kim Kardashian seamlessly went platinum blonde and back to her brunette locks overnight? Olaplex made this possible! It preserved the integrity of her hair allowing her to change her colour and still have it looking healthy.

“When your hair is really damaged, if you sleep in that, it really works. I notice a huge difference.” - Kim Kardashian

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PUSH HAIR FARTHER THAN EVER BEFORE

Olaplex is not a conditioning treatment. It also isn’t a protein treatment, as over use causes brittleness and breakage.

It is a bond multiplier. Before, during and after a service it goes into the hair internally, finds broken disulfide bonds and cross-links them back together.

These bonds are broken by colour, lighteners, perms, relaxers, flat irons, curling irons, blow dryers etc. Olaplex works at the basic levels of chemistry and links these broken bonds.

“This is the first time we can repair hair, whereas conditioners just act like a band aid.” – Jordan, Olaplex Education

WHY WE LOVE OLAPLEX

Olaplex helps create stronger, healthier, shinier hair while allowing your colour to last longer.

  • Bonds are being repaired as they are being broken. A miracle!
  • Restores the strength, structure and integrity of hair
  • Enables stylists and clients to experiment with hair colour
  • Allows you to take hair where it has never been before
  • Free of silicone, sulfates, phthalates, DEA and aldehydes
  • No more hair breakage
  • Restores damaged hair
  • Enhances hair colour
  • Easy to use
  • Can be used before and after a colour service
  • Can be used as a standalone treatment

“Looking to go ombre, soften your hair with balayage or shake your style up with fashion colour? Olaplex makes this possible. It is a stylists and colourists dream.” – Danielle, THE SALON St Albans

Olaplex is applied in a 3-step process, before, during and after your service:

Olaplex 1 – BOND MULTIPLIER: mixed with colour

Olaplex 2 – BOND PERFECTOR: applied after rinsing colour from the hair

Olaplex 3 – HAIR PERFECTOR: take home and use once a week between chemical services to strengthen hair

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OLAPLEX AT THE SALON St Albans

If you want to ensure healthier locks, have Olaplex added to your colour service from £30.

If you wish to work at repairing damaged hair from colour and heat and are lusting after silkier looking locks, try a Olaplex standalone treatment £25.

“Olaplex isn’t just a trend. It is a miracle product that has dramatically changed the way we do colour.”– Amy, THE SALON St Albans

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March 25, 2017

KÉRASTASE AURA BOTANICA BAIN SHAMPOO

Revive dull, lack lustre hair with Kérastase Aura Botanica Bain Shampoo, a gentle, aromatic formula from the brand’s natural haircare collection.

Utilising 96% natural origin ingredients, including responsibly sourced Samoan Coconut Oil and Moroccan Argan Oils, the nourishing shampoo gentle yet effectively cleanses away dirt and impurities; it transforms into an airy lather and harnesses natural micelles to lift away dirt for shinier, revitalised locks.

Infused with Sweet Orange Essential Oil, the shampoo will expertly cleanse tresses whilst imparting an aromatic scent. Hair is protected against frizz for 72 hours and looks nourished, three times shinier and re-energised.

96% natural origin*.

Free from silicones, sulphates and parabens.

*We consider ingredients to be of natural origin if they retain more than 50% of their molecular structure after being processed from a natural source.

KÉRASTASE AURA BOTANICA SOIN FONDANT CONDITIONER

Revive dull, lack lustre hair with Kérastase Aura Botanica Soin Fondant Conditioner, a lightweight yet deeply moisturising conditioner from the brand’s natural haircare collection.

Delivering intense nutrition and frizz-fighting benefits, the deep conditioner melts effortlessly into the hair fibre, imparting a cocktail of natural oils ( (Coconut, Argan and Sweet Orange) to expertly nourish, moisturise and detangle. The revitalising conditioner will re-energise lifeless hair and delicately perfume locks with its Sweet Orange Essential Oil fragrance.

97% natural origin*.

Free from silicones.

*We consider ingredients to be of natural origin if they retain more than 50% of their molecular structure after being processed from a natural source.

KÉRASTASE AURA BOTANICA HUILE FRAICHE HAIR OIL

Revive and revitalise dull hair with Kérastase Aura Botanica Huile Fraiche Hair Oil, a bi-phase oil-mist from the brand’s natural haircare collection.

Utilising 99% natural origin ingredients, the lightweight, bi-phase formula combines four nutritious oils (Jojoba, Avocado, Coconut and Argan) with an aqueous solution; the two layers work in synergy to infuse hair with nutrition, moisture and frizz-fighting benefits. Use as a hair primer before blow-drying, or mist over dry hair to enhance softness and radiance. Hair looks rejuvenated and is delicately perfumed with Sweet Orange Essential Oil and Damask Rose Flower Water.

99% natural origin*.

Free from silicones.

*We consider ingredients to be of natural origin if they retain more than 50% of their molecular structure after being processed from a natural source.

KÉRASTASE AURA BOTANICA CONCENTRÉ ESSENTIEL HAIR OIL

Treat your hair to the nourishing benefits of Kérastase Aura Botanica Concentré Essentiel Hair Oil, a multi-purpose oil from the brand’s natural haircare collection.

Utilising 99% natural origin ingredients, the replenishing oil blend combines omega-rich Avocado Oil with Jojoba Oil and Rosemary extract to expertly soften, enhance shine and revitalise tresses. Luxurious and versatile, the elixir will lend hair mirror-reflecting shine whilst imparting an aromatic scent powered by Sweet Orange Essential Oil.

Can be used in a number of ways, including: pre-cleanse, treating thicker hair and massaging hands.

99% natural origin*.

Free from silicones.

*We consider ingredients to be of natural origin if they retain more than 50% of their molecular structure after being processed from a natural source.

October 5, 2016

Skin is very temperamental with most clients suffering with sensitive combination skin. Over many years most of us have tried quite a few skincare products. From some of the high street versions like Simple and Olay to the more premium end of the market like Clinque and Dermalogica. After so many years of trying different products from these brands our founder came across one of the best so far… Decleor!

Decleor products are naturally derived and that’s what caught our attention.

Here’s Aisha’s story!

My skin has always been dry, then oily, and sometimes I had some blemish issues – not too noticeable but very annoying for me. I had always suffered with combination skin and I put it down to diet and not drinking enough water, oily skin and hormone changes taking place. I discovered a Decleor product called ‘Aroma night’. It is a balm to be used at night, which helps to restore, re-hydrate and reduce redness and blemishes of the skin. Not only could it look to help reduce or even rid of these problems, it can also reduce scars (which I would use on my post birth c-section scar).  After approximately 2 – 3 weeks of using my Decelor skin care range I have noticed my skin has balanced and the dryness has improved. I always knew that dry skin will look aged and tired. I wanted a product that would make my skin glow whilst not leaving it feeling oily. I use just 3 products from Decleor twice a day (morning and night) to ensure a smooth complexion.

Decleor Aroma Cleanse Essentia Cleansing Milk 200ml –  Decleor’s description of this product is as follows: “A light-textured lotion perfect for cleansing and make-up removal on all skin types. Our paraben-free forumula contains Neroli Essential Oil to protect, repair and fight dehydration, leaving skin moisturised and radiant plus Sweet Almond Oil to help soften, smooth and bring comfort to the skin.”

1When used to the instructions, twice a day, this product is a winner for me. It gave me soft skin, cleaned off all of my make up and my skin never feels dry after using. It also contains neroli, an essential oil, which helps to treat skin exposed to stress and is a good hydrator. I would rate this product seriously as a 9/10. The reason it is not a 10 is it doesn’t quite get all of the make up off, particularly black eye liner, but it only ever leaves a little bit behind and the remaining comes off with the toner or the next morning when I re-clean my face with the cleansing milk.

They have a couple of toner options and I started off with one of them, but eventually switched to this one – Decleor Aroma Cleanse Fresh Matifying Lotion (toner) – Delecor states that this is a “A fresh lotion which tones, purifies and mattifies combination to oily skin. This paraben-free toner contains Ylang Ylang Essential Oil to help purify and balance the skin, Papaya Extract with its exfoliating properties helps to refine the skin and Mineral Powders to absorb excess sebum leaving a matte finish.”

2This toner has a different essential oil in it – Ylang Ylang (more below on this!). I believe using this toner once in the morning and once in the evening is why my skin is the best it can be – well hydrated, smooth, clean and moisturised. Once applied, this too doesn’t dry my skin out or make it feel dry and I believe this is down to the essential oil they use.

Finally from the Decleor range, I also use this product twice a week (I use it as part of my morning skincare routine) – Decleor Aromessence Ylang Ylang Super Serum – It is perfect for oily skin – finally a way to control the oil! Decleor say the serum’s “…Essential Oils purify the epidermis, reducing excess sebum and closing the pores. It is a real efficiency booster for the Aroma Purete Shine Control Oxygenating Fluid’

3All I do is put a little on my hands and pat it around the entirety of my face and neck. It helps for any moisturisers you put on afterwards to seep into the skin better.

I’m thankful I discovered a natural skin care range that I feel confident using on my skin with my little baby breastfeeding and being so close to my face all the time. I highly recommend!

Aisha Khayat

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