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May 08, 2020
Heavy hair visually saps energy and adds weight. In bringing hair to life, cut, colour and condition all play their part. In this popular series of blogs, we look at the common mistakes hairdressers make, and how to get the best out of your hair.
Sara’s hair is very thick and it swamped her face. It swamped her face not because she has thick hair but because it was cut as a one-length Bob without any shaping or layering. The benefits of this is that it only took the hairdresser ten minutes and...and, and nothing else but negatives for Sara. Heavy, frizzy, dry, dull, difficult to manage. Not attractive. The condition, colour and haircut all conspired to drain life out of the hair, draping like a heavy blanket around her shoulders - which then reflected in Sara’s aura.
This is what we did…
1. Cut - The haircut hung so heavy around her face, that Sara mostly kept it up in ponytail. Her A-Line one-length outline and lack of layering meant the hair was also much drier and frizzier looking than it need be.
We graduated the hair at the front taking up to eight inches off in places, and connected through to long layers at the back. All without losing any of the length. The Diamond Dry Cut™ is our natural method of sculpting. I cut hair dry to see the shape evolve and create a unique look for each client. Sara’s hair can now move fluidly, and I deliberately pushed hair onto the face in this video to show how it still lands in shape and doesn’t overwhelm her face.
2. Condition - The original haircut had dry uneven ends at the front which made them look frizzier. When hair becomes this dry and decayed its more difficult to manage and colour fades quickly.
We gave Sara the LifeSaver Prewash Treatment. Nothing injects moisture, elasticity and shine quite like this. Read…The Facts of LifeSaver. Sara is continuing at home with LifeSaver UV Leave in Styling Treatment as she likes the natural wavy effect this gives. I use this on my own hair too.
3. Colour – Hollie, our talented Colourist, crafted a delicate network of lowlights to create the tonal contrast in the colour, and enhance the sense of movement in the hair. The combination of the new haircut and the LifeSaver Treatment has also enhanced this new colour.
Before – A Lazy haircut, essentially one-length. This lack of fluidity in the haircut shape also stunted movement in the hair. The flat haircut shape also flattened the colour. The extra frizziness in Sara’s hair was caused by the silicone-rich serums and oils she used which dry hair out long term, so she used more of these widely available products just to get through the day. The frizz is also exaggerated by the poor haircut.
Read…Why Silicone is Bad for your Hair?Read…The Lazy A-Line
After – The new haircut has narrowed the old pyramid shape (flat around face, too wide at the bottom) and given lift, movement and vitality with precise long layers. This haircut will look great smooth or left naturally wavy. Bounce, swing, vitality, vibrancy, strength, suppleness, flexibility, spring, elasticity, lustre, resonance.
All words we associate with youthful, healthy sexy, hair and especially longer hair that can swing far and wide. Poor condition and a long A-Line base shape are the two main things that kill this energy. Correcting the shape dealt with the haircut. Our LifeSaver Treatment helped repair condition. This unique silicone-free formula is our best-selling hero product.
For Sara’s hair we used our exceptional LifeSaver Prewash Treatment to rehydrate, then Cashmere Protein UV Protective Shampoo and Conditioner. A little Volumising Mousse mixed in the hand with LifeSaver UV* helped smooth, give heat protection, body and control. We used the Large Round Brush to style. Then finally a little Ten Second Transformation and Magic Oil to feed and smooth the hair giving a little shine and texture too.
Michael Van Clarke
March 18, 2023
How many Bobs have you got?
These quick clunky haircuts are becoming prolific as hairdressers become less and less able to layer hair properly. Emily had the very common 3-step Bob. The baseline, a step four inches off the bottom, and a sort of torn irregular piece suggestive of a long
March 16, 2023
Tray bakes are great because they’re usually simple to make, create an abundance of treats for the effort put in and leave less washing up. I prefer to bring sweetness into these recipes from fruits where I can, and this one has a little added coconut sugar.
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