Hairstylist's Inside Info
Since 1989 I have worked as a hairdresser. As a freelance stylist I worked on various pageants and shows including Miss World, Face of Africa and Fashion Week. I have an extensive portfolio doing fashion and catalogue work for leading fashion houses and fashion magazines as well as working on advertising stills and commercials. My portfolio includes work with numerous celebrities and supermodels both local and international. I have gained recognition by winning hairdressing awards and I have held the title of Educational Director of Carlton Hair International. I have written extensive hair articles for various magazines over the years and continue to do so. Today, I have a regular clientèle to whom I attend at Giovanni Battista in Bryanston, Johannesburg.
Posted in Uncategorized on October 10, 2013
With the increased awareness of organic foods and a return to naturally made products comes an increase in home remedies for hair.
Lemon juice to lighten, coconut oil to condition, egg for protein, avo for frizz, beer for body or honey for hydration – the question is – do these home remedies work??
While I am all for eating healthy, I do believe that organic and natural foods work when ingested. They often have little benefit when used in their raw form on the hair. They can often cause long-term damage rather than do any good to the hair.
The molecular structure of most of these products are not made to penetrate the hair shaft and give nutritional value where it is needed. They often coat the hair, giving an illusion of an instant fix, this coating is able to fill in the cracks in the cuticles and smooth the hair shaft, giving the hair a silky soft and shiny appearance. In truth, repeated layers of this kind of coating to the hair shaft can do considerable damage over time.
Perhaps the easiest way to understand it, is with an analogy of painting your nails – the nail varnish gives the nails a glossy and healthy appearance. This layer of polish through wear and tear begins to chip and flake, if you should paint another coat over the chipping layer of polish, it would look great again for a while, but repeated coats of nail varnish over time is going to damage the nail.
Using good foods that are unable to penetrate the hair shaft effectively is achieving the same result as painting layer after layer of varnish.
Foods can also be quite difficult to rinse out of the hair and not easily removed from the hair.
Today there are so many products available that work on specific hair problems, they have been scientifically designed to work on a molecular level to give you optimally healthy hair. There are also an ever-increasing amount of products available that are derived from natural substances and free of harsh chemicals and parabens.
Besides being a rather messy hair care experience, raiding your kitchen for a hair remedy is not likely to benefit you hair. Stick to eating healthily and use a good product that suits your needs instead.
Posted in Uncategorized on August 27, 2013
There are very few women who don’t go grey sooner or later, and as fashionable and striking as grey hair can be, most women still prefer to colour their grey hair.
When you start to go grey, the first few grey hairs can be easily covered or blended into your natural hair colour with some highlights or with a colour shampoo. Both of these options allow for easy maintenance and upkeep.
The problems start when your grey hair is at least 50 percent of your total hair colour or more. Visits to the hairdresser become more frequent and can become quite costly. This often entices women to try out home colouring, as it seems to be the most viable for clients at the time. In fact, home colouring starts to present a whole lot of new problems.
Home colours quickly start to look artificial, the colour often becoming too dark and solid, or if blonde, becoming very brassy. This can be very aging.
It is by far better to speak to your hairdresser openly and honestly about how often you are able to come to the salon for regular maintainance of your colour. It is also essential that you discuss your budget allocation for your hair with your stylist. Costs of maintenance can be reduced considerably, by staggering the colouring processes that you do. It is not always necessary to do a full head tint often a hairline colour or few highlights or low-lights might be all that you need at the time.
One of the first problems with covering grey is that clients want to keep the same colour they had when they where young. This is often not ideal especially if that colour was a dark or medium brown. Dark hair is aging and not nearly as forgiving as a lighter brown, honey or blonde. Not only is a lighter colour softer and less aging, it is easier to maintain, as the grey regrowth doesn’t show as quickly.
Whatever colour you tint your hair is always better to break the solidness of the colour with a few highlights. Fine highlights a shade or two lighter than the colour of the base tint colour works well as they look more natural and blend in with the overall colour, creating a look of natural elegance. The highlights also help to disguise the grey regrowth.
If you are a blonde, another option is to highlight a few different colours finely thought out the hair. This can very effectively blend the grey hair, it becoming almost imperceptible.
It is also possible to keep you grey hair colour coming though and enhancing the salt and pepper feel of the hair by adding low-lights to your already grey hair colour. This works very effectively in giving your natural grey hair striking depth and dimension.
The picture used in this post is credited as follows –
Hair: Gooseberry Artistic Team, Nottingham
Photography: Richard Miles
Styling: Jared Green
Posted in Uncategorized on June 14, 2013
Brighten up your hair this year with a bold new colour.
Have a look at some of the Essential Looks Spring/Summer 2013 Colour Buzz Collection by Schwarzkopf and be inspired!
A new colour might be just what you need. Try a bold red, a vibrant purple or a subtle coffee colour. The colours are applied in strong geometric shapes and will add dimension, texture and excitement to your hair this season.
There is a whole new world of colour waiting for you!!
All the pictures below are from the Schwarzkopf Professional USA Face Book page, like them or follow them on Pinterest and keep updated with the latest hair trends and hair care.
Posted in Uncategorized on May 14, 2013
For this post I have put together some of the most popular pins I could find on Pinterest – to see the amount of pins and likes that were given to these photos at the time of the searches you can hover your cursor on the picture. Where possible I have given a credit as per the Pinterest pin. Unfortunately most pins do not credit the source or the photographer of the photos. If you have any credit details for any of the pictures below, please inform me so that I can include the necessary credits.
Preparing this post turned out to be a very interesting exercise. My search for the most popular pins allowed me to explore what the public (or at least Pinterest users) like and aspire too when it comes to hair styles, colours and cuts.
I did various word searches on Pinterest – hair cuts, long hair, hair colour (using both spellings of the word), hair styles, highlights, pastel hair and so on.
The photos below speak volumes, giving a clear indication of what women want and what they like. Long hair, soft curls and warm tones of ombre highlights being the most popular. As you can see there no photos of short crops and very few with dark hair. You will see a few popular photo’s with braids and vibrant chalk or pastel colours, but mostly the hair styles and colours are natural and easy for a person to relate too.
Hope you enjoy looking though the pictures below, perhaps they will inspire you to treat yourself to a new look this season.
Posted in Uncategorized on April 16, 2013
All the pictures on this post are from GQ.com.au – for more fabulous guys hairstyles and grooming tips please go to the link below
Posted in Uncategorized on March 14, 2013
All the photos in this post are from the Women’s Wear Daily Facebook page.
A big thank you to WWD for keeping us up to date on fashion trends around the globe.
Posted in Uncategorized on February 1, 2013
We all want beautiful shiny and healthy hair, but how often are we prepared to pay that little bit extra for a salon recommend shampoo and conditioner.
No, your hairdresser is not trying to make an few extra dollars off you when they suggest a home care range for you.
A salon shampoo and conditioner is better for your hairs health and maintenance.
Your hair has an acid mantle which naturally protects the hair shaft. The pH of this layer is about 5.5 – salon shampoos are made at the pH level and thus they will not destroy the natural balance of the hair.
“Off the shelve” shampoos do not necessarily have a pH balance of 5.5 and be aware an supermarket shampoo may say pH balanced but, battery acid is also pH balanced. What is important is that the shampoo be balanced to 5.5 in order for the acid mantle of the hair to not stripped.
Remember your grandmother spoke of having squeaky clean hair. Well, when you have washed your hair and it is squeaky clean you have stripped the acid mantle from your hair shaft and removed your hair natural protection. A soap, which is alkaline will do this, as will baby shampoo which is balance to a baby’s tears to prevent the eyes burning.
Salon shampoos may not lather as much as “off the shelf” shampoos, but they are designed to clean the hair. Remember it is not the amount of lather you can accumulate while shampooing that will clean your hair but the action of the shampoo which is designed to open the hair cuticles and remove dirt and oils from the hair shaft.
Because of this action of shampoo which opens up the hair cuticles, a conditioner becomes essential. It is the conditioner that seals the hair shaft once the impurities have been removed. Many clients with oily scalps or fine hair are reluctant to use a conditioner, but as you see a conditioner is vital in completing the shampooing process.
I often tell clients with fine limp hair or and oily scalp to use a leave-in conditioner instead of a heavier conditioner which could weigh the hair down. It is also important to remember that when you are shampooing you should focus on cleaning the scalp first and then lightly working the shampoo down the hair shaft. Whereas, a conditioner is focused on the mid-lengths to ends of the hair. This will help prevent and oil build up on the scalp.
A sulfate free shampoo is essential for tinted hair as sulfate can remove colour from the hair faster than necessary. If you are colouring your hair in a salon your hair dresser is most likely to recommend a shampoo to help the colour last. In fact most salon will not guarantee a colour if you do not use their recommended shampoos.
Highlighted hair does not necessarily need a sulfate free shampoo, unless you use tints as your highlighting colours. Hair that has been lifted with a high lifter or bleached is most likely to need a keratin or protein based shampoo.
Fine hair is also most likely to need a keratin based shampoo, to help strengthen the hair shaft. Courser or frizzy hair will probably need a moisturizing shampoo.
The above is just a generalization though, for an accurate recommendation for your specific hair, it is best to chat to your hairdresser.
Have a look at some of the products below, they are all from Paul Mitchell. Paul Mitchell has numerous ranges of shampoos and conditioners. All of them fantastic and most definitely one to suit your needs.
Have a look at the Paul Mitchell website for more information on their products. The site also tells you where their products are available to purchase. All the pictures on this post are also from their site. Many of the pictures I have used are from their hairdressing school, as you can see they are producers of hairdressers extraordinaire!
Experience the tingle of Tea Tree Special, the citrus refreshment of Lemon Sage, and the soothing tranquility of Lavender Mint.
Tea Tree’s natural extracts and rejuvenating scents will turn your shower into a spa-like indulgence.”
Treat yourself to award-winning, luxury hair care at an affordable price. Paul Mitchell products combine quality ingredients and the latest technology to ensure top performance and flawless results with every style.”