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How to Have the Perfect Hair Appointment

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

We’ve all been to a hair appointment and left unsatisfied.

Whether it’s a cut you didn’t like, a colour that didn’t suit or a hairdresser that was a little too scissor happy, it’s happened to us all. So, how do you have the perfect hair appointment? How do you leave that salon feeling like you’ve had a fulfilling experience?

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Choose the right place.

What kind of style do you have? Be sure to pick a salon that has a similar style to you. If you like fun colours and undercuts, choose a salon that showcases that kind of work. One of the best places to look is Instagram, it’s so common now for salons to show off their latest cuts and colours on social media, so why not look there? Every good hairdresser should be able to adapt to your own preferences, it makes sense to pick someone known for styles like the one you’re looking for.
Read reviews and research the places you’re thinking of going, other customers and their experiences will tell you more about the salon than anything else ever could. Once you’re sure, book a hair appointment!

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Take in pictures.

Everyone feels a little cringey taking in a picture of the hairstyle you want but why should you! A lot of stylists find it extremely helpful to see a visual of what you want, rather than going on the vague description you give them. If you’re stuck between a few looks, take pictures for them all. That way it’ll allow your stylist to inform you of what ones will suit you best. A good hair appointment is made when you both understand what the other wants and can give you.

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Be prepared to make some changes.

If you know exactly what you want and don’t want to compromise it’s okay. It is your hair appointment after all. But be aware that your stylist may be able to provide insights that could actually build on your own vision and lead to even better results. You may have a different hair type to the person in the image you brought in. You may not be able to go blonde in the first whack at dying it. That’s okay too! Your hairdresser is an expert for a reason. Allow them to make suggestions that’ll suit you better or be better for the health of your hair. You’ll probably thank them in the long run.

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Be specific.

Don’t sit and shrug because you’re too awkward to speak out or you just aren’t too sure. Whether it’s a hairdresser you’ve been seeing for a while or somebody new, being clear about what you’re looking for from your hair appointment is crucial. Make it clear precisely what you want, otherwise you’ll only have yourself to blame when you’re stuck with something you actually hate. Your hairdresser wants you to be clear about what you want, trust us.

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Be honest.

Don’t be impolite, but if you don’t like it, say so. The minute you see something not going as planned, be honest about it. If you aren’t happy with the end result then most good hairdressers will fix the problem, but it saves a lot of time and awkwardness if you chip in as soon as you see the issue unfolding. You don’t have to offend someone, but you do have to be frank about something that you don’t like.

If you’re unhappy, move on.

We bet you’ve heard a relative or a friend complaining about how their hairdresser never gets it right and you think to yourself, ‘why don’t they just move on?’ Sometimes you need to tell yourself that. If every time you go for a hair appointment, you leave unhappy with what you’ve had done, are you going to the right place? Staying out of loyalty is a common crux for some. Fight the feeling of betrayal and find a salon that treats you right.

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We hope you find the salon of your dreams! But, if you’re still looking, why not try our listing website. Defacto Salons will show you some of the best salons in the UK, look at some pictures and read some reviews! We think you’ll be spoiled for choice.

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The Low-Down on Glue-In Hair Extensions

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

We all look at celebrities and immaculate manes and wonder how we could get hair like that.

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Long story short it’s either extensions or wigs. A high quality wig may be a little out of a persons comfort zone and price range. However, good quality hair extensions are a more reachable goal.

If you are someone that loves to constantly change your look, then extensions can be a great alternative. There are many types of hair extensions and they give you the opportunity to experiment and if they are done right they shouldn’t damage your hair. Most people have the pre-conception that glue-in hair extensions thin out your natural hair, which can be true, but only to an extent. However, with the right extension brand and the right person applying them your natural hair shouldn’t really suffer.

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So what should you look for when getting glue-in hair extensions?

1. Quality
2. Reputation
3. Recommendation

Be sure the brand you are interested in has a reputable name in the industry. The best way to start is by looking at their website and looking up the salons that sell those extensions, and how long they have been applying them for. Be sure your salon is experienced at applying them. Though it may be tempting to go for a cheaper alternative, don’t. With glue-in hair extensions, you get what you pay for.

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Before you have them applied you need to be aware of your own hair’s health. Your hair and scalp need to be in optimum health before any extensions are applied. When applied extensions should not be too close to the scalp as this can cause traction alopecia. This is a form of hair loss caused by a pulling force, a.k.a your hair extensions pulling at your roots.

Can you colour them once they are in?

Glue-in hair extensions can be coloured once they have been applied but we advise you not to bleach them as this can damage the hair. Bleach can dramatically change the texture of your extensions and even when colouring you have to be strict with your aftercare. Use good quality hair care suitable for coloured hair. Your hairdresser should be able to recommend a good brand for you to use.

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How long should I keep them for?

The general rule is 3-6 months but definitely not longer and the extensions should always be professionally removed. After around 3 months you may notice some wear and tear and maybe some thinning. You don’t have to opt in for a whole new set of extensions if you don’t want to. You can ask for your stylist to add in some newer glue-in hair extensions to pad out what you have left for the rest of the six months. Get a trim to tidy them all up though!

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Some tips we’ll leave you with if you’re thinking of getting glue-in hair extensions. Don’t condition the roots of your hair and don’t towel-dry vigorously. This can tangle the bonds. Also, always remember to brush through your hair twice a day from scalp to ends with an extension appropriate brush.

If you’re thinking of getting extensions, you can browse our salon listing website for high quality salons. You’ll be able to find the perfect salon experienced in applying hair extensions near you!

Have you ever had glue-in hair extensions? What brands do you recommend? We’d love to hear any hints or tips you have to offer!

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Are You Shaving Properly?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

If you’re a man who likes to have a clean-shaven face, shaving your face in the morning is more of a ritual than a joy.

You get it done as fast as you can and then you’re out the door. It goes without saying that this isn’t the optimal way to go about it. A lot of men end up with irritation or five o’clock shadows. This could be to do with their skin in general but it also is highly likely that they are shaving wrong. Are you?

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Do you prep properly?

One of the main causes of irritation when shaving is hacking away while your hairs are too stiff and bristly. Cold water isn’t going to do the job. You need warmer water to soften the hairs and make them less resistant to shaving. Getting the full works at a barbershop with a hot towel treatment is an option for a reason. Heat and moisture is great for shaving. At home, replicate this by shaving when you’ve just got out of the shower. Brady also recommends using a light exfoliator to remove unnecessary oil and dead skin to soften your burgeoning beard before you cut it back.

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Do you shave against the grain?

It feels like a closer shave, there’s no doubt about that. But, there’s also no doubt its irritating your skin. Shaving this way is more likely to create lumps and bumps, potentially leading to ingrown hairs. Which are awful! Shaving with a manual razor is best done alone the growth of the hair.

Do you have the right tools?

The average razor is will have at least three, if not five blades stuffed into each cartridge. But the slim gaps between these blades can clog with stiffer hairs, resulting in a less efficient shave as new hairs pile on top of older ones. Multiple blades are easier to use and usually come on a flexible body, making it even easier to shave.

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However, opting for an older blade may give you a better shave if youre willing to put the time in. Old-school double-edge safety razors and cutthroat straight razors have a single edge, these won’t clog and a pack of 10 blades can be picked up for as little as a pound. They can cause irritation if you’re not skilled in shaving with them but they are worth the time and effort for a smoother shave.

Do you take care of your skin after?

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Once you’ve finished shaving and you’re all dried off, running straight for the door is not advisable. Your pores are open and exposed. Your skin has just had blades dragged across it. It’s a one-way ticket to irritation, shaving rashes and other skin problems. Post-shave balm or some moisturiser should be applied to the skin after shaving to seal everything up and hydrate the skin.

Do you have any tips? Are you a professional and want to highlight other things we may have missed? Let us know!

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Alcohol Skin: Is Your Skin Suffering?

Monday, November 21st, 2016

There’s a reason your skin looks grey and dull after a night out of drinking. It’s called alcohol skin and you could be suffering from it.

Waking up with a hangover is bad enough, also seeing your lackluster complexion is even worse. Alcohol is one of the worst, most aggressive compounds in destroying your skin. Allegedly it can take up to 30 days for your skin to recover from a hangover!

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Alcohol is basically sugar, with 50% more calories. Sugar causes
glycosylation (the attachment of sugars to proteins). It also forces ageing cells and tissue through higher levels of insulin. This can mean free radical damage, and reduce cell proliferation and collagen production. In the simplest of terms, all the things that keep you looking young slow down or reduce and all the things that age you are accelerated. Alcohol skin is not a pretty thing.

Alcohol is also a diuretic: it dehydrates you. You absorb nutrients less successfully and crave salt. In women it changes their hormones, creating higher levels of testosterone, leading to things such as spots, wider waists and bloated faces. You may notice a facial bloating as a symptom of alcohol skin after a night out of boozing. If it’s a one off it’ll wear off, but if it’s a regular occurrence it’ll become a common feature.

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With it taking 30 days for you to overcome alcohol skin, we’re considering some changes to our lives…

It’s true that Britain is a boozing nation. It’s common for the rich and famous to give up alcohol, or reduce their intake to barely anything to keep their skin glowing and their waists slim. The UK Government released guidelines earlier this year stating that you should have no more than 14 units a week. This is the equivalent of about seven 175ml glasses of wine. It’s also suggested you take a three- or four-day gap between bouts to give the system a break. We’re sure, like ourselves, some of you out there are questioning their intake.

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If you love a nightly glass of wine, we’re not going to tell you off. We do too! However, there are ways to keep having that glass of wine and not succumb to alcohol skin.

1. Always remove your makeup, whether it’s at the end of a work day or after a heavy night out. Don’t sleep with a full face. You can find out why by reading one of our older blogs.
2. Hydrate your skin in the morning by applying a good moisturiser or a sheet mask if you have time.
3. Being hydrated is the key to skin repair. Drink water and avoid excess caffeine, which dehydrates it further.
4. If you’re really feeling like being healthy an antioxidant-rich green juice containing leafy spinach, stomach-settling ginger and vitamin A-rich carrots

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We can’t all afford expert dermatologists and chefs to keep us on the straight and narrow with our skin and bodies. With Christmas party season coming up, we’re not expecting people (or ourselves!) to renounce alcohol. However, taking good care of your skin is always going to be beneficial whether your combating alcohol skin or not.

Do you have any skincare tips you’d like to share? We’d love to hear them!

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Friday, November 18th, 2016

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Hely Hair Studio

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Synergy Hair and Beauty

Absolute Beauty

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How to Get Big Brows

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Do you think you’re lacking in the eyebrow department? Don’t worry! We’re going to tell you some sure fire ways to get big brows!

We’re well and truly into the autumn/winter seasons. As far as make up goes, it’s a time for statement lips, smoky eyes and, also, big brows! The heavier your make up is, the more your eyebrows can get swallowed by everything else. So, in our humble opinion, this is the time to get those big statement brows.

We’re going to give you some options on how you can do that.

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Don’t tweeze!

Lay off preening them yourself. Getting a professional to shape your brows to the right style for you if fine but you have to be prepared to leave them alone. Big brows don’t come to those who tweeze. You may also want to reconsider the strength of light you use when you’re grooming your brows. According to experts, brows are best tended to in soft dull lighting. If you have strong lighting you’ll see hairs you don’t normally notice and end up over plucking.

Promote Growth.

In order for your big brows to grow, the hair needs to be in an environment that promotes hair growth. This means, your skin needs to be well hydrated and nourished. You could try putting a light coating of almost any oil over your eyebrows. We wrote a blog on the usefulness of coconut oil a while back. Check that out! Oil creates a barrier that locks in moisture. But, it also increases circulation while stimulating cellular metabolism. This, in turn, promotes hair growth. You can also use Vaseline for a similar method as it helps the skins natural recovery method.

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Try a serum.

Eyebrow growth serums are fairly common now. Who doesn’t want big brows! You can apply them daily and you should be able to find one within your price range. Eyebrow enhancing serums are created with hair growth in mind. They’ll contain proteins and peptides to target the production and strengthening of your hair. You can try RapidBrow Enhancing Serum (£37). It is boosted with a unique blend of fortifying proteins, stimulating peptides and nourishing ingredients designed to help condition, restore and repair the appearance of your eyebrows in 60 days.

Use Make up.

Even people with full brows fill in or enhance them with make up. So why not use make up to create yourself a whole new set of big brows! There are so many products on the market these days for eyebrow enhancement. A safe bet is always an eyebrow pencil or a pressed powder. however, you have to be sure that you don’t overdo it and end up with sharpie brows. You can try one of our previous blogs to give you some ideas on what products may work for you. 

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Grow Grow Grow!

They best way to get believable big brows is to try growing them out. This is the only way you’ll get naturally thicker eyebrows. Brows grow in a 3 – 4 month cycle, so step relax the tweezers for at least 12 weeks. They’re going to look odd to begin with but if you stick at it you’ll see a huge difference. Brush them every day with an eyebrow brush to promote growth.

We hope this has helped you in your quest for big brows! It’ll look a little awkward at first but you’ll thank yourself later. Do you have any tips on growing out your brows? We’d love to hear them!

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Men’s Hair Products and the Mistake You Make With Them

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

You may think you’ve nailed you hair routine but you might make making mistakes with those men’s hair products.

Having shorter hair can be a nightmare to style. You wake up with it in all kinds of directions and you have to spend your morning taming it. However, unfortunately you might be doing it all wrong. We’re here to tell you what men’s hair products you should be using and how you could be using them wrong.

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Are you over using product?

You’ll have heard the phrase ‘less is more’. When it comes to men’s hair products, that’s certainly the case. Short hair needs less products and if you’re using a good quality one you should know that. The secret to knowing when enough’s enough? The product should be completely dispersed once you’ve rubbed it between your palms. If you can still see it on your hands, you’ve used too much. If your hair feels thick and heavy, you’ve used too much. Using less will make your products last longer too…

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Make the most of your products.

There are probably almost as many men’s hair products as there are women’s ones. You could be over-purchasing or over-saturating your hair with them. Quality hair products – from pastes to oils – can be used in plenty of other ways than what’s detailed on their packaging. Try using a paste, not only as a finishing product, but also as a pre-styler when mixed with water. You could also try conditioning your hair with some beard oil if it looks a little dry. Be sure to rinse it out properly though.

Are you using men’s hair products that are water-soluble?

Petroleum-based products take about three washes to get off your hands and out of your hair. Therefore, it looks like grease more than gloss. It’s agreed that water based products are the better of the two and nowadays they aren’t hard to come by.

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Different hair needs different things.

Not all hair colours match with the products you may be using on them. Lighter hair is a lot more course than darker hair. You should be using products to suit that. Men with lighter hair (light brown/blonde/red) would suit a dry/matte finish. Whereas dark-haired men generally look better with a product that emphasises their hair’s natural shine. Be sure to get products to suit your hairs density.

Longer hair needs different styling.

Whether it needs a cut or you’ve deliberately grown it out, you cant keep styling it like it’s short. The longer the hair gets, the more susceptible it is to looking limp and lifeless. You’ll have to shampoo and condition your hair regularly – perhaps more regularly than you did when it was short. Use lighter products to style to avoid your hair getting weighed down.

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If there’s anything you need to correct, we hope you’ve picked up on it! If you enjoy articles from us telling you what you need to change you can head over and have a look at our blog on Men’s Grooming Mistakes or Facial Hair Mistakes.

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