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Lockdown Locks !

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Many of you are undoubtedly avoiding all mirrors in the house and waking up in despair at your hair! You are not alone and in these unprecedented times rest assured there are many more imperative things such as health, family and happiness to worry about. That being said it has a major impact on our mental health if we feel a mess. There are some things we can do to ease the pain.

Firstly, you can treat you hair to time, care and attention you would ordinarily not be able to give. So try leaving your conditioner on a little longer to allow it to really soak through the cuticles of the hair shaft and penetrate properly to help repair damage. Maybe even using that deep conditioner/treatment that you have at the back of the shelf that you were given last xmas (or was it xmas before!)

Spend more time on a head massage when applying conditioner. Hairs food and nourishment is the blood supply, therefore massage draws blood to the surface and feeds the hair follicle. This means regular head massage can promote hair growth at a time where some may have issues due to the stress of our current situation. It ultimately is also relaxing and if you can persuade someone else to massage your scalp even better!!

Some people struggle with fragile and brittle areas of hair, particularly around the hairline. Often this is due to excessive styling of these areas and sometimes due to tying hair back into ponytails and such like. Being at home may mean that you can use hot hair tools less frequently and leave your hair down, both of which will help improve brittle areas.

Now covering those tell tale roots can be more challenging from home and unfortunately many of my clients are already in touch with news of their “home hair accidents”. If you feel up to trying to use styles that obscure your parting, this is the way to go. Using a zig zag parting can work well. To do this you use a pintail comb (or skewer?) start at the front of your hair on the parting line. Zig zag along the parting towards the crown then pull the comb up and divide the hair. This will give a little body across the parting and hide the root area. You could also try backcombing a little at the roots to help hide an obvious root.

Now if you absolutely can’t stand the line and feel desperate enough to reach for the box dye, (for me should be a last resort!) then hopefully you are aware of the depth of colour your stylist uses. The encouraging news is that the colour numbering system is universal for professional and non professional colours and whilst you may struggle to obtain the correct tone you can get fairly good match of depth. So the first number is the depth and lets you know how light or dark you are. I would advise you get someone to carefully apply to your root area only with a basting brush to avoid sticking it all over your hair.

Hopefully that’s of help. Next time I may be forced to explain the safest way to let your husband/son/daughter cut your fringe. Here’s hoping we will all be back under the care of professionals before that is necessary!

Stay Safe and embrace the roots, I am certain that this lockdown will inspire a future fashion!!!

Greg and Ashley.


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Bronde and Balayage Highlights

Bronde not blonde!!

This month Stylist and Colourist Ashley Taylor from Greg Malloy Hairdressing Penrith talks us through the latest colouring trend.

This season we are still seeing all the celebs sporting “Bronde” hair dos. This is the perfect balance between brown and blonde and is a colour that suits all age ranges. It is more flattering to those with medium to dark skin tone and is a much better option than the previous trend for overly dark hair. This look compliments the skin tone and gives a natural sun kissed look whilst maintaining shine and depth in the darker areas. This look is achieved by using Balayage highlighting techniques and mixing it with a touch of Ombre colour. This technique replaces the foil highlight and makes the hair lighter only in the areas which would ordinarily be tinted by the sunlight. It means that it grows out much more naturally and is therefore less maintenance. It is a less uniform look and this technique can be used with other colours (reds/browns)

It is derived from the French word for sweep and that is exactly what it is. Sweeps of colour hand painted through your hair!

So if you fancy achieving the current red carpet colour ask for a stylist who can apply Balayage highlights and get the look.

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Hot Hair!!!

This month’s article comes from senior Greg Malloy stylist Ashley Taylor. Ashley is a vastly experienced stylist who is extremely enthusiastic about colouring hair and the colour trends and techniques. She is looking at what is in, what is out and what is coming!!

The summer has seen the ombre colouring technique being at the forefront of fashion. With celebs such as Rita Ora and Beyonce all competing for the best ombre look it has hit the salons in a big way. For me it looks better on light to medium based natural colour and needs to be done cleverly using a blend of three to four shades to achieve the most classical look. It does however get confused with the “dip dye” which tends to be one colour directly into another with no blend and an obvious transition line. This has been popular with the younger generation but we are now seeing an end to that as we move into the colder months and the richer colours. The dip dye will still feature but it will be with vibrant fashion colours and not blondes or natural looking shades. Ombre colouring will fade out also but for me has been an interesting trend.

Who knew that dirty dark roots that most of us would have two years since been embarrassed to have would become the height of fashion!! Personally I love the way the hairdressing industry has been so compliant with the recession!!!

Now we are going to enter a very colourful stage in hair fashion. This month L’Oreal launches their Hair Chalk range that will feature massively in the national press and various advertising campaigns. Having got to grips with this product already I can see the attraction. It lasts 2-4 washes and goes on all hair colours to give bright fashion colours. So you can have wacky coloured strands in your hair for special events and it really is just like accessorizing your hair in much the same way as you would paint nails!!! It takes anywhere between 5-15 mins and salon costs will vary but around £15-£25 would be the expected cost and the great potential I see is that you can do it yourself and on friends at home! It is also a retail product so I expect to see it on many Christmas lists! Having a teenage daughter myself it is a relief to know that this is a temporary product that will be less damaging, less expensive and lots of fun.

Other brands will be sure to follow but for now I think it will spice up hair nicely for Xmas parties and special events and equally for those who fancy being a bit reckless for about 48hours! I have many clients who I am sure would like to shock their friends with a sneaky purple or pink streak!!

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Prices!

Cut and Blowdry is from £28.50 and will never be more than £31.

ALL SENIOR STYLISTS ARE THE SAME PRICE!!     (including directors cuts)

L’Oreal Colours – full head colours from      £57.00          (including cut and blowdry)

full head Highlights from                                   £63.50    (including cut and blowdry)

Get booking to secure your stylish summer look.

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curly hair!

For those of you who like me have trouble controlling curls my tip is to consider using products designed for straightening or smoothing hair. I find that these products will control frizz and define curls better than some of the curly hair products!!!

A classic example of this is liss control cream by L’Oreal. I use this for corkscrew, smooth curls and it leaves my hair frizz free. Of course this will only work on hair that is naturally very curly and is not for someone with wavy hair.Try it out and see what you think.

Thanks Ashley x