Whatever your hair type, there’s a style, hair length and treatment regime to suit you. Pop in to our salon on George Street in Bath for a free consultation, and discuss your needs with one of our highly trained hairdressers.
MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR CURLS
When booking a trim or restyle, always make sure your hairdresser has plenty of experience with curly hair. Special cutting techniques are needed to prevent the hair from shrinking too much, and to achieve the correct shape.
Curly hair is more prone to dryness and frizziness. When drying your hair, avoid blasting it with heat. Instead, use a diffuser or low setting on your hairdryer and gently scrunch the curls with your hands. A good hair serum will help to soften and add shine, but for more dramatic curls, apply a light mousse or gel to your damp hair. Once dry, add definition to your style with wax, and use hair spray to keep the curls in place.
CONTROLLING YOUR FRIZZY HAIR
A healthy diet
Frizziness indicates a lack of moisture and natural oil in the hair shafts. Because hair shafts are naturally absorbent, the moisture in the air settles into the hair causing the shafts to stand up and appear frizzy. A well-balanced diet, with plenty of protein and lots of water, will help to reduce frizz and moisturize the hair.
If you suffer from frizzy hair, it’s important to use the right haircare products. Your best choice will be a good moisturising shampoo and conditioner. You should avoid washing it every day, as this can cause further damage and dry it out even more. Twice a week should be enough to keep it clean and healthy-looking. After conditioning, rinse your hair with cold water to lock down the cuticles and prevent frizzing. The best way to control your frizz is to use a deep-conditioning treatment once or twice each month. This will help to restore and repair your hair, making it smooth, soft and well hydrated.
Drying your frizzy hair
Avoid over-using hairdryers, tongs and straighteners as these can all seriously damage your hair and cause excessive frizzing. Try to limit blow-drying to once or twice a week and apply a heat-protecting product before styling. Point your hairdryer in a downwards direction rather than sweeping it up and down which can cause split ends and frizzing. Leave your hair to dry naturally as often as possible.
You can also use pomade, specially designed for curly hair, to tame frizz. Apply a small amount to slightly damp hair, spread it evenly throughout, and leave to dry before styling.
Never brush your hair if it’s prone to frizzing, even if your hair is straight. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb to style your hair. Using a hairbrush may cause split ends and can make your hair frizz even more.
REDUCING THE FULLNESS OF YOUR THICK HAIR
Here at our George Street salon, we don’t recommend thinning out naturally thick hair because this can dry it out and create split ends. Thick hair needs the correct cut and extra care and attention should be given to maintaining its condition. Always use low-cleansing shampoos and strong humectant (moisturising) conditioners. When drying, use a serum, which will soften the hair and add shine.
Drying your thick hair
To dry thick hair, use a large, flat paddle brush. Sweep the brush gently through your locks, following it slowly with the hairdryer. Take time to hold the brush in your hair for a few seconds without heat. The heating of the hair followed by the cooling is what locks in the smoothness, so it’s worth taking your time. Once finished blow-drying, add more serum or a light wax for separation.
INCREASING THE VOLUME OF YOUR THIN HAIR
Thin hair tends to be either dull and lifeless or static and clinging to the head. It’s important to choose your style carefully and use only the very mildest of products. Dull hair is caused by a build-up of products, wax, gel or conditioner, which will need to be stripped out using a strong cleansing shampoo. Once treated, you should return to using a very mild shampoo and conditioner. Flat or flyaway hair can indicated that your hair has been over-cleansed. Leave it for two days before shampooing and then use a very mild shampoo and conditioner.
Drying your thin hair
When drying thin hair, direct plenty of heat to the roots by pulling the hair up from the scalp, using either a brush or your fingers. This will give the hair a much-needed lift. After drying, complete your hairdo with a tiny amount of mousse, gel or wax.