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How to Combat Product Build Up

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

I’m Natalie and I write the Defacto blogs. But, every now and then I like to take the blogs and make them a little more personal. So, today I thought I’d talk about something that has been affecting me. Product build up.

combat product build up

Not the sexiest of topics, sure, but something that happens all too frequently. Product build up is what it says on the tin. It’s a build up of product, specifically in the hair. It might not seem like a big deal but it can strike unexpectedly and honestly ruin someones day. More often than not, mine.

What is product build up?

It can be caused by a few things. Most common, however, is residual chemicals in the hair. Some of the gels, mousses, hairsprays, shampoos and conditioners contain chemicals that don’t dissolve in water. They leave tiny amounts of residue every time you use them. Over time, these residues accumulate, leaving a coating of gunk on your hair and scalp. So if you dry your hair and find yourself saying: “How the hell is it possible for my hair to be greasy, I just washed it!” You guessed it, product build up.

combat product build up

I have fairly long hair and it takes its sweet time to dry, even with a hair dryer. So I am guilty of washing it the night before and sleeping with it wet in a loose plait. I also get colds and sneeze a lot and they may be linked… So I can often wake up with a case of product build up and no time to fix it. It can make your hair; hard to style, greasy/dirty looking, dull and lifeless. It can also cause a situation that looks a lot like dandruff. It’s not! But the people around you wont know that…

How does it happen?

It could be that you’re not shampooing enough. If you’re a dry shampoo abuser and do your best to go as long as possible between hair washes then this could be an issue. Adding products on top of products without regularly washing them will inevitably result in that familiar residue on your scalp. This could also tie in with overuse and misuse of products, as well as not rinsing properly. If there is residual product, you’re going to end up with build up.

combat product build up

Like I mentioned earlier, the product build up could be caused by chemicals. Silicones and petroleum oils are added to shampoos to de-tangle and “moisturise” your hair and scalp. They give your hair that lovely soft sheen. The ironic thing is that they don’t moisturise at all. The simply coat the hair to make it seem softer

How to deal with it.

Obviously you’re going to want to get rid of it. The best way to do that is to identify what it is that’s making your hair a flaky, limp mess and eliminate it from your life. If you use cheaper shampoo brands opt for a clarifying shampoo like the Neutrogena Anti-Residue shampoo. Or spend a little more on salon approved brands that will genuinely give you what you want without the build up.

combat product build up

Also be sure to brush your hair regularly, this helps to break through the gunk at the root, making it easier to get rid of.

My personal hair care items of choice are the Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Daily Shampoo and Conditioner, Neutrogena T-Gel Theraputic Shampoo (mainly for my psoriasis but it works well as a clarifying shampoo too) and Lush’s I Love Juicy!

I hope you manage to blast your way through that product build up! If you have any tips you’d like to share with me I’d love to hear them! Drop them in the comments section below.

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Wrinkles and Their 4 Surprising Causes

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Wrinkles are a widely felt fear and getting them young is a terrifying thought. However, there are four everyday reasons you could be seeing wrinkles appear before their time…

What everyday things cause wrinkles?

What everyday things cause wrinkles?

There are tons of well-known remedies and rules for anti-ageing. We have all accepted that eye cream is a necessity and retinol could change your life. We’ve should schedule facials monthly (even though we mostly don’t) and wash our makeup off before bed. Simple things we do every day could be reversing that effort, anything that causes the facial muscles to contract can cause deep wrinkles with repeated use, even smiling is your enemy. It causes crows feet. What are the every day things that we all do that encourage the development of wrinkles?

The Causes

the funny faces you make when applying make up are one of the reasons

the funny faces you make when applying make up are one of the reasons

Applying Make Up

When you’re applying eye shadow, mascara, or eyeliner, focus on the face you make in the mirror. The majority of people raise their eyebrows up high and create lines across their forehead, with time, those lines will remain when your face is at rest.

Using Straws

Similar to smoker’s lines around the mouth, little lines can form with repeat pursing of the lips. The tighter you purse your lips, and the harder your contract those muscles, the deeper the lines.

Could you be suffering from tech neck?

Could you be suffering from tech neck?

Your Phone

What doesn’t having a phone do to you these days? You may have seen our blog on ‘Tech Neck’. Tech-neck is a new term that has popped up for wrinkles around the neck from staring down at your phone all day. Pay attention to the creases and folds that form when you’re peering down at your email—a wrinkly neck is sure to age your appearance quickly.

Needing an Eye Test.

If you’re squinting to read things clearly, you’ll not only strain the muscles in your eyes, but you’ll develop many more fine lines around them. Much like classic crow’s-feet, repeating squinting and contraction of periocular muscles eventually lead to many lines around the eyes. So, pay attention to what makes you squint—an outdated weak prescription, walking around on a sunny day without sunglasses, etc.

The frowning you do when you need new glasses could lead to wrinkles

The frowning you do when you need new glasses could lead to wrinkles

The Cures

Wrinkles caused by these things are known as ‘Dynamic Wrinkles’, this means they are caused by muscle contraction. You could cure them by having neurotoxin injections (example: Botox) but we know that isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Otherwise, you could try and train yourself not to do them as much; not using straws to drink, keeping your phone at eye level and maintaining your eye check ups. Investing in good, anti-ageing skincare may also be a good idea.

We hope you’re not seeing any premature wrinkles showing up, but if you are, at least you know how to combat it!


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How to Get Your Perfect Skincare Routine

Friday, August 5th, 2016

You might be feeling like your skin isn’t where you want it to be, it might be dry, oily or dull. It’s likely that you’ve been sticking with it for over a month (not including prescriptions) and your skin isn’t how you want it to look. Its time to change your skincare regimen! We’re going to help you identify the perfect skincare routine.

Who doesn't want to have beautiful skin?

Who doesn’t want to have beautiful skin?

Step 1: Identify your skin type
If you don’t already know your skin type, and have been purchasing products based solely on reviews, it’s time for a big change. Everyone’s has a different skin type, and knowing things like how your skin distributes oil, reacts to chemicals in products, and deals with the climate you live in, is of utmost importance. Looking at this diagram should be able to help you identify your skin type:

Different skin types

Different skin types

Step 2: Identify if you have sensitive skin
Now that you know your skin type, you need to figure out whether or not you have sensitive skin to determine the intensity of your skincare routine. A quick test to determine if you actually have sensitive skin is to run your fingers across the side of your face with light to medium pressure. You’ll know the skin is sensitive if it turns red. If you have a darker complexion, you’ll be able to tell if most skincare products you use sting or cause redness.

Step 3: Do you have any skin issues?
Do you have acne, the occasional pimple, rosacea, dry/flakey skin, or just seeking a general face wash for issue-free skin? Determining what you’re trying to work against is crucial prior to hunting for products. For example, if you have cystic acne, benzoyl peroxide (deep oxygen-based bacteria eliminator) is your most effective option, whereas with more superficial acne, salicylic acid (light exfoliator) and general cleansers will get the job done. Be sure to know what you’re working with.

The right cleanser is crucial

The right cleanser is crucial

Step 4: Find A Cleanser
Now that you have a fundamental knowledge of your skin, it’s time to choose step one of your routine – a cleanser. Various cleansers suit different skin issues, so it’s important that you find one that works for you. If you have non-sensitive acne-prone skin, benzoyl peroxide will be a life saver.

Step 5: Get a great toner
A good toner is one of, if not the most important step in your routine. After washing your face, your skin’s natural oils are stripped, leaving your pH balance all out of whack. Without toning, your skin will do its best to rectify the issue, and that could mean producing more oil to counteract your product(s). When you use a skin-identical toner, balance is restored to your face. Do note, different toners suit different skin types, and using the wrong one will leave your skin either too oily, or too dry.

Do you need to moisturise?

Do you need to moisturise?

Step 6: Do you need to moisturise?
Contrary to popular belief, a moisturiser is not always required in your skincare routine; It all really comes down to your skin type, the products in your regimen, and the time of day. If you have dry skin though, a moisturiser is crucial, depending on how emollient your sunscreen is. It’s always best to search for a non-comedogenic moisturiser that is optimised for your skin type. Just like a toner, the wrong moisturiser will leave your face looking oily and poses the risk of increased breakouts.

Step 7: Sun Protection Factor
Sunscreen is something many people take for granted, but regardless of how cloudy your neck of the woods is, you need to wear one. Not only will you prevent sun damage and scars because of it, but you’ll also keep your skin looking younger for longer.

Now go on and get the right skincare for you!


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Five Signs of Ageing and How to Fix It

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

The fear of ageing affects us all, men and women alike. However, men don’t get the coverage on it enough and we bet you’re also wondering how to identify and stop those tell tale signs.

Defacto are bringing you 5 Signs of Ageing and How to Fix It! We hope this helps you hold onto your youth and good looks.

Dark Spots


Dark spots are so common in ageing, in men and women, they highlight the damage the sun has done over the years. UV rays affect the skin in so many ways, and it causes a lot of ageing signs, however, they can take up to 25 years to develop. This means that those dark spots you’re getting now, might have been due to years ago so if you’re still young you should be making sure you’re taking good care of your skin now. For older skin you should lay off any kind of facial scrubs you’re doing, they lift a layer of skin and make it more susceptible to UV light, use good moisturiser and suncream and focus on eating omega oil rich foods. You should see an improvement.


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Another ageing sign caused by the sun, but also, stress, smoking and sugar. Although mens skin ages slower than women’s due to a larger collagen content, sugar can lessen the amount of collagen in your skin, meaning a high sugar diet could also mean A LOT more wrinkles. Alcohol is also a culprit, so avoid the things that cause wrinkles or work out how to battle it. Use a high protection suncream on your face and why not try a proven anti-wrinkle cream like this one from L’Occitane.



Unfortunately they happen, yes. Again this is down to the deterioration of collagen, which keeps everything firm and in place, it will happen naturally. However, the weakening of your gums has a lot to do with it as well. Good gum retention will also mean you keep your natural teeth longer. When your teeth start falling out, you loose gum mass, this means your face has no support and begins to sag. Investing in a good electric toothbrush that will promote great oral health could have a good impact!

Thinning Hair


This isn’t always a sign of ageing, a great deal of men under the age of 30 deal with thinning hair. Getting the right haircut could be a simple solution if you don’t want to invest in expensive solutions, short back and sides and length on the top will do a lot to disguise thinning hair. Home remedies haven’t been proven to work but Regaine has. Investing in Regaine will promote hair growth and limit the thinning of hair. 

Greying Hair

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Max Joseph from MTV’s Catfish

Again, its not always a sign of age. Avoiding this is a lot harder, if its going to happen then its going to happen. You can embrace it and just go grey like MTV Catfish’s Max Joseph or you can dye it. All over head dye doesn’t really look great on ageing men, so try getting a stylist to tactically dye it so you get a little salt and peppering or try a home dye like Just For Men’s Touch of Grey.

We hope this helps you in your quest for youth!


If you don’t know who we are, we’re Defacto Salons, a UK based listing website. We’ll help you find the perfect salon close to you! All you have to do is go to our homepage HERE and type in your location or the name of a salon and we’ll find it for you!

If you’re a business and you want to get involved with us you can contact our social media guru by email at or you can call our offices on 0141 4189659 or 0141 3336535. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Tips for Battling Summer Frizz

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Do you suffer from summer frizz? Lets combat that here and now.

Here are five simple every day things that could be causing your frizzy locks.

Lack of moisture

Your hair might be really dry or you might not be conditioning enough or over shampooing. The formula of your shampoo may also have an affect, shampoo with too high of a pH level can actually cause frizziness and breakage. Though brands probably wont advertise their pH levels, you would be able to do some research online. Using leave in treatments when you feel like your hair needs some extra TLC might be a good idea. You can also get conditioning treatments from your salon (use our listing website to find a salon near you!). If you would rather try it from home, affordable options like Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle are around £4.99.

Wearing your hair up


If you have your hair up all the time you are putting a lot of pressure on it. There will be a lot of tension from being up and tight in a pony tail and that can lead to breakage and split ends, which will inevitably cause frizz.

Heated Appliances

summer frizz

Although the severe heating element isn’t fantastic for your hair, having them set at the wrong temperature will be even worse. If you have them too high for your hair, it will be scalding your ends and killing them. They wont look healthy if they’ve been burnt to a crisp! Having them too low means you’re going to be over styling to get your hair the way you want it.

How you brush your hair


Particularly before you shower, brushing your hair before you shower, not brushing means that products like conditioner wont distribute evenly. Then you’ll also have a harder time untangling the knots that formed over night. If you get a lot of knotted hair go for a Tangle Teezer or The Wet Brush. Their flexible bristles have been designed to combat knots without leading to breakage. Brush from the bottom of your hair and work the way up.

The Sun


The culprit you were waiting for, the sun is 100% a cause of frizz. The heat when its very sunny can damage your hair, so if you like sitting out in the sun, avoid the UV damage by using a sun protect spray. This will help you avoid split ends and the dreaded frizz!

We hope these tips help you battle the frizz this summer! Let us know if you have any more tips we missed!

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Top Tips for Handling Greasy Hair

Sunday, May 29th, 2016


Greasy Hair can be a nightmare

Greasy Hair can be a nightmare

Everyone gets greasy hair, especially around summer time where the weather is getting warmer. We have some causes and some home remedies lined up for you to hopefully help you avoid greasy hair!

It can be a struggle having to get up and was your hair every. Single. Morning. If youre a full time worker, you probably rely on dry shampoo to be your saviour every second day. However, there are some nifty home remedies so you don’t break the bank but battle the grease!

Greasy hair is obviously caused by excess oil in your scalp, but what day to day situations could be causing this over production? Aside from the obvious increase in temperature.

Stress can have a massive impact on greasy hair

Stress can have a massive impact on greasy hair

Stress and Hormones can have a massive impact on your scalp, if youre on birth control like the pill this will have an affect also. The change in your hormone levels can encourage excess sebum production, leaving you with excess oil on your skin and scalp. This may also lead to breakouts so its worth keeping an eye on.

The wrong shampoo can make your hair greasier

The wrong shampoo can make your hair greasier

The wrong shampoo and over using shampoo can cause a lot of issues with your scalps oil production, so be sure youre using the right one! Your hairdresser may be able to help you find the right one for you. Also using serums for shine in you hair can actually just add oil you don’t need to your hair! Conditoner through the ends of the hair might be all you need.

Last but not least, you might be touching your hair too much! The oil in your hands will be transferring directly into your scalp so try and not touch it once its all styled… though we know that’s hard!

Rectifying oily hair is easier than you think and you might not need to be buying expensive shampoos and treatments to do it.

Aloe Vera's natural properties might help

Aloe Vera’s natural properties might help

Aloe Vera is natures catch all treatment for so many ailments, its an antioxident and a cleanser than can remove excess oils. Applying aloe vera and letting it sit for a while before rinsing with warm water could be a solution. Apple Cider Vingegar has similar properties for this, mixing it with water as a hair rinse. Using this rinse three times a week should do a lot to fight this issue.

Egg yolks are surprisingly useful

Egg yolks are surprisingly useful

Egg yolks provide the scalp with healthy cholesterol and nutrients that encourage healthy hair. It also gives the hair healthy oils that work to reduce the excretions of more oil. All you have to do is separate the yolk from the egg white and apply on damp hair. Leave it for fifteen minutes and later rinse with warm water.

maintaining a healthy diet will combat hair grease

maintaining a healthy diet will combat hair grease

Maintaining a healthy diet and staying hydrated with water is also a key component to having a healthy body in all senses, avoiding greasy foods and focusing on nutritious food will offer you a great improvement both mentally and physically.

We hope this helped and that you find something you’re keen to try!

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How to Find a Great Stylist

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Finding a good hairdresser is a key part of getting a good haircut.

I’m sure we’ve all had a dodgy haircut, whether that is a home do or a not so great stylist. However, there are ways of ensuring you’re heading to a good place and Defacto have done their best to think up some good tips for getting a good stylist.


Avoid Budget Places!

Unfortunately a lot of the time what you see is what you get and if you’re heading out looking for a budget salon you’re going to get a budget haircut. Of course not all places are the same so this might not be the case but it is likely. We love a deal for sure but should we really play with something as important as our hair?

Get Referrals!

If you know someone whose hair you like, ask him or her where he or she got it done! It’s likely they have a great stylist who can do great work on you. Ask around; find out who’s going where and why.

Look Around!

Don’t just look in one place and go for it, shop around. If you get a bunch of recommendations, have a look at all of them and see what one will suit your needs best. Compare their prices, check their social media, do whatever you can to have a look at what kind of work they’re doing.

Try Consultations!

So you’ve narrowed it down to a few salons you like, try going in for a consultation. See what they would recommend for your hair, how much it would cost, what techniques they would use and it will give you a good guess at their personality. A lot of places offer free consultations and you can go when it suits you.


Make Sure You Get Along!

Having a good friendship with your stylist is important, you’ll be seeing them a lot! You will want someone you can have a good chat with and someone you feel comfortable with.

Don’t Feel Like You Owe Them!

Don’t put yourself in the position where you feel obligated when visiting your stylist. If you don’t like the cut or that salon is no longer working for you don’t say you love it or stay because you feel like you have to. Politely ask them to fix what you don’t like or move on to another place to start over.

Don’t Cheat!

Do not cheat on your stylist. Don’t go to other salons on the side, your stylist might not be able to know what products or dye they’ve used on you and it might not be compatible with what they work with. They will know if you’ve went elsewhere and this includes cutting your hair at home, don’t attempt that unless you’ve had beauty school training or else you both might have a big mess to clear up!


We hope these tips help you in the search for a new stylist, you can use our listing website HERE to aid you in your search. We have thousands of salons across the UK on our database.

Good luck!

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Battling Oily Skin in the Summer

Thursday, May 12th, 2016


Whether its just getting a little hotter or you’re going away, battling oily skin is always a concern.

Nobody likes the tell tale shine of oily skin, especially not when you’re trying to look more glam in the summer weather so here are some things that might help you on your way to heat proof matte makeup.

Your skin will become oilier in the summer; whether you’re at home or away in the sun, this is because your body is producing more sweat to try and cool down and regulate your body’s temperature. This can mean oilier skin and a shinier completion, luminous is nice, shiny is not.

A good base to start with is an oil control primer like this Bare Minerals Prime Time Oil Control one.


It will reduce the appearance of shine and soak up any excess oil. You can also use mattifying powder or blotting paper to remove shine on the go while it builds up during the day.

Try increasing your daily intake of water your skin could be dehydrated and overcompensating for it by producing excess oil. We all work and therefore throughout the day transition from a comfortable air conditioned office to outside where its hotter and this can confuse your body and cause combination skin.

Primer, as we said, is an ideal starting base for shine proof make up, however, finishing powder or setting spray is also a good idea if your wanting to battle the shine.

Urban Decay are known for creating impressive setting sprays, this will hold your makeup in place and stop the excess oil showing through.


Also be sure to choose your makeup wisely, if it’s not good for oily skin then it’s not going to be good during summer. Maybe try switching up your foundation when it comes to heading out in hotter temperatures. Before any of these steps comes cleansing, be sure to use a good cleanser, the best way to clean oil is with oil. Steer clear of alcohol based cleansing solutions and wipes and have a go at using the gentlest formula you can. Your skin will thank you!

Let us know if these tips are useful and if you’re going to be heading anywhere nice this summer!

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