I have used pretty much all that there are available when it comes to blue or corrective shampoos that are on the market! Some i love, some not so! For me, the problem is when they’re overused and we are seeing a lot of this at the moment in the salon with clients looking for a brighten up blonde over!
If we could control the level of tone with the shampoo that would be fab but most shampoos are pretty generic and it’s a one fits all approach which as we know, that’s just not how hair works. There then becomes a build up which makes the blonde almost disappear in appearance – it goes flat, dull and almost dry looking!
It’s IMPORTANT to keep the blonde clean and “detoxed” (watch this space!). It’s also IMPORTANT to keep brassy tones at bay, but any corrective product should work alongside a healthy prescribed hair and scalp regime. Think like The Hair Boss and utilise a 4 step hair care regime to combat those known issues.
It’s important that your shampoo and conditioner are prescribed to suit your hair type / density / thickness / colour background etc but corrective products should work hand in hand with your regime. You can dip in and out of the regime (none of us have the time to do all 4 steps every time we wash) and try to stick to it once a week at least, we should be doing all 4 steps eg on your girlie night / bath night / time for you night.
It may seem daunting but it can be so rewarding for your hair!
The request for ‘ice’ or ‘platinum blonde’ hair is on the up at the moment in the salon & we take our colour process very seriously to achieve a vibrant crystal white colour for our clients.
To achieve the icy blonde colour, one of our colour specialists will lighten all of the hair and then tone. We always try to be realistic with the colouring process and will advise the client on this process which can often take some patience to get to the finished look. It is also important to help maintain the condition of the hair outside of the salon and our stylists will always recommend products for you take home and help achieve this. We advise a take home range called Balmain Moisturising Shampoo & Conditioner and often will advise the use of a mask which you can use 1-2 times a week to help strengthen the hair after the lightening process.
Lisa & all of the team absolutely LOVE working with the Illuminating White Pearl Shampoo by Balmain Paris Hair Couture, simply because it improves the clarity and tone of blonde hair and reduces those unwanted brassy tones. It also helps with the condition of your hair, as once your hair has been lightened the hair becomes weak.
Bleached blonde, grey or highlighted hair is high maintenance and does require regular touch ups. This shampoo is enriched with pure violet pigments which help refract the brassy colours you can often see and brightens the hair without making it grey.
We would always recommend using this product for any client who is blonde or lightening their hair colour.
This time of year your hair gets HIT with all sorts of hair dilemas for a number of different reasons. Just look at our unpredictable weather – One minute the suns shining, the next its pouring with rain!
We tend to now put our central heating back on and out come the jumpers – all of these autumn habits can lead to fluffy, frizzy & overworked unruly locks. Hair can lack moisture this time of year.
Now’s the time to change up your hair regime ever so slightly. Get yourself something like Balmain Moisturising Hair Care Kit.
This has a GREAT shampoo that smells amazing but isn’t heavy and yet does the job. The conditioner is ample for most hair types, but if your hair needs that bit more then i would advise you opt for the Balmain Repair Mask instead. Once a week whack the mask all over and cover it with cellophane – (cellophane keeps the heat in – opens the hair and allows the heat in deeper).
When it comes to styling I like to keep it clean and non heavy. Balmain do a styling cream which is GREAT for those who want a product that will control and define – or if your the type who just want a swish of something at the very end of styling. The Balmain Argan Moisturizing Elixir is the perfect fit for this OR their gorgeous hair perfume. I mean, who doesn’t love BEAUTIFUL smelling hair!!
Hair perfume is FAB for next day hair! When you wake up and that fluff is back, spritz a smidge of the hair perfume and lightly Re-blow dry. It smoothes the hair back down ever so slightly without making it heavy
When it comes to using heat appliances with your stying, be careful but don’t avoid. All of the above will allow you to use electrical styling appliances and lets face it, not many hairdressers would ever dry without finishing off with a wand or a straightener. Just choose the right tool for the look you want to create and PROTECT the hair – More on this in next Months blog!