Whether you’re a colour junkie or prefer a hidden pop of #colourfulhair , colour is one of the latest hair trends. See http://www.lorealprofessionnel.co.uk/colorful-hair for more.
When it comes to colouring your hair this holiday season – why not go all-out and embrace the hot trend of #colourfulhair, but be warned, this is no DIY, seek the advice of a professional hair-stylist who can help you achieve your desired look and not end up with poo-coloured hair…*smiles*!
So every 6 weeks I try to visit the salon to get my hair-fix and this week I popped into my favourite salon – Bespoke Hair, to seek the advice of my favourite hair stylist, Claire Swart.
Claire is a passionate, experienced hair stylist that specialises in colour and conditioning of the hair and has over 25 years’ experience in the hairdressing industry.
She started her career in 1991, where she was an apprentice with the Sloanes Company until 1993. For 12 years after completing her apprenticeship, Claire continued to gain valuable experience from the Sloanes Company.
Claire has also worked at Blow Hair Bar and has also owned her own hair salon, called The Salon.
Claire is well equipped with the knowledge of Wella and L’Oreal products, amongst others and keeps up with the latest trends by attending various workshops and training.
In 2015, Claire was approached by Donald Olive (Owner of Bespoke Hair) to join him as a member of his team, where she is currently based.
“As a Hair Stylist, good colour and condition of the hair is what I am passionate about. I also have extensive experience in hair styling for top-end fashion shows, mode photographic shoots as well as wedding styling,” says Claire.
For me, Claire is my go-to person when it comes to colour. I love the trend of grey-hair and wanted to go a slightly deeper grey colour than that of my previous shade. Whilst describing what I was looking to achieve, she recommended that I try out one of the new vivid colours that L’Oreal Professional recently launched. Being slightly adventurous, I opted to get a pop of colour instead of an entire head (I am not that brave yet) – and because I was already going grey, blue was the complimentary shade to try. So now, I am embracing a pop of #mermaidhair – a gorgeous ocean-inspired colour.
Because I don’t always have much time to spend in the bathroom (like most moms), I can be quite lazy with the treatment of my hair, so Claire always gives me advice on how to keep my “mane”, “tame”. See her tips here:
- When you shampoo – shampoo twice! This helps remove oils etc and also gives the hair body
- Towel dry hair before conditioning. This is logical. If the hair is too wet, the product will just be diluted and run off, but if the hair is slightly dry it will be able to effectively absorb the product. Also, try to avoid the roots and scalp when applying conditioner.
- Drying the hair – firstly with a towel – use the towel to squeeze the water out of the hair instead of vigorously drying the hair. When this happens, the hair’s cuticle cells lift and it causes frizziness and dull-looking hair– and no one wants that!
- When colouring – do not expect a colour to come out exactly as planned. Remember, every hair type is different and takes differently to products, just as not every person is the same.
- When it comes to vivid colour, if your hair is dark, it is likely to take more than one sitting to reach your desired colour, however lighter hair is likely to take much quicker. But this is all dependent on your type of hair.
- Keeping vivid hair, well, vivid! Use products that help prolong the life of your colour.
- When brushing your hair: If wet, use a detangling comb to brush through. Hair is weaker when wet, so do not brush it, it is likely to cause breakage.
- Try to avoid going to bed with wet hair. Once again, wet hair is weaker, but in addition to this, wet hair may cause dandruff to build up. Microorganisms tend to thrive in environments that are warm and damp – so it could lead to dandruff on the scalp.
Book your next appointment with Hair By Claire at Bespoke Hair Durban via their Facebook page or by contacting the salon on 031 303 5242.
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