In the Chair - Real People Real Hair - Katerina

October 09, 2020

In the Chair - Real People Real Hair - Katerina

Fine hair can be challenging. But there’s so much we can do with our signature Diamond Dry Cut™, bespoke colouring, thickening products and simple but clever styling.

Let’s follow Katerina’s 3-hour makeover journey.

Like many people, Katerina struggled with her hair. Because it wasn’t well cut, she overworked the styling and the hair became very broken, with split ends unusually close to the roots. This was entirely down to hot dryers being held too close for too long.

Colour Correction

Our Senior Colourist Rocky is one of London’s handful of elite Colour Masters. Using a combination of foils and balayage she created a warm yet bright result, giving texture, dimension and contrast to the colour. This bespoke effect played to the strengths of Katerina’s natural hair colour and made her fine hair appear thicker. By lightening a few carefully selected pieces, to create sun kissed effects, these shades of blonde and caramel tones complement her skin and eye colour, creating depth and movement.

The cut
We chose a length to be flattering and versatile with long layers at the back to give movement and interest, and graduating lengths around the face to frame and lift the features.

Versatile Styling
I prepared Katerina’s hair with our two favourite thickening products. Thicker Quicker at the roots and Volumising Mousse on the mid lengths and ends. I diffused most of the moisture out using fingers to lift and create natural body. I then styled smooth for one look and then wavy to show another.

What makes a great haircut?
Katerina’s hair before, was cut square and one-length. Very basic. Many people with fine hair fear layering because they may have had an experience of a stylist hacking down short clumps that leaves hair looking thin and wasted. Not all layering is the same and clever layering can make fine hair look twice as thick.

“I'm so happy with my new cut. My hair has so much more movement and bounce, where it was just very flat before. I love the colour too - whilst natural it adds so much  excitement. Most of all I'm able to style it at home and feel like I'm working with my hair rather than trying to force it into something else”. – Katerina


For Katerina’s hair we used LifeSaver Prewash Treatment to rehydrate. People with fragile or fine hair avoid treatments because most are heavy and weigh the hair down. LifeSaver naturally rehydrates from within without oils or silicones. You cannot overuse LifeSaver even on the finest hair.

We cleansed with Cashmere Protein UV protective Shampoo and sealed with UV Protective Conditioner as this will help maintain the colour. For styling, a little Thicker Quicker blowdry spray and Volumising Mousse helped give much more body and control. We used the Medium Round Brush to style. Then finally a very little Ten Second Transformation to feed and smooth the ends of the hair giving a little shine and texture too. We used a medium round tong to style but could also have achieved this effect with flat irons.




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 Michael Van Clarke





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