Christmas Shopping Event

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Christmas is looming on the horizon and it is that age old battle of what do we get for our nearest and dearest.

Well on 6th December the wonderful MoochiMoo will have a pop up shop within Christos to bring you some truly beautiful clothing and accessories that you will not find on the high street.

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So whether you are looking for a stunning sweater for yourself or a cosy hat to beat the winter winds, pop in and take a look at the collection.

Of course we will also have all our beautiful haircare and gents grooming giftsets available too, with some wonderful special offers.

 

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Top Tips for Wonderful Winter Hair

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OK, so you really should be looking after your hair all year round, but winter does bring its own specific challenges. Wind, cold weather and heating all play havoc with our tresses, leaving hair dry, dull and frizzy as hair becomes dehydrated.

While we may be able to cover our unmanageable winter hair with a hat while outside, this is the season of office parties and Christmas festivities so we want to be looking and feeling fabulous. 

The good news is, that with the right care, you can tame the winter frizz.

Our top tips for great winter hair

  1. Keep it clean

You will no doubt have been told at some point to reduce the frequency with which you wash your hair as drying and styling can increase dryness. However, a clean and healthy scalp promotes strong hair and strength is key to beautiful hair.

  1. Cover up

Harsh winds and cold weather damage hair, especially as we go from cold to hot and back again. Investing in a great hat not only protects your hair, it keeps you cosy and warm.

  1. Invest in protection

As our hair becomes dry it requires more styling. Increased use of hairdryers, straighteners and curling irons all strip moisture from our hair resulting in dry and brittle hair. Add a little Moroccan Oil to your hair care routine to nourish hair and reduce drying time.

  1. Trim and Treat

Make a point of having regular trims through autumn and winter to help keep hair in tip top condition. If your hair is already showing signs of damage why not make the most of the intensive salon only treatments available such as Olaplex.

Olaplex works on a molecular level to seek out broken bonds in the hair that are caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage and actively rebuilds compromised hair.

  1. Moisturise

Have you noticed that stores are more heavily promoting hand creams and moisturisers at this time of year? This is not simply just because they make great Christmas gifts. The fact is we use more moisturiser during the autumn and winter months. Hair cells require moisture too. Selecting a great hair care system can make a massive difference to the molecular structure and overall appearance of our hair. 

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We are thrilled to be working with hair repair giants Olaplex to provide our clients with amazing salon treatments that actively help restore the strength and vitality to your hair.

But the power of Olaplex is not limited to salon treatments. You can now repair and strengthen your hair at home with the 3-4-5 bond maintenance system.

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 No. 3 Hair Protector. £32

Dramatically improve hair health, texture, and strength with our at-home bond building treatment.

No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo £25.85

Repair bonds while gently cleansing all types of hair. Impart moisture, strength, and manageability with every wash

No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner £25.85

Restores, repairs, and hydrates without adding excess weight. Eliminates damaged frizz for strong, healthy, shiny hair.

***Special offer save £32 ***

For a limited time, we will be offering a free No 3 Hair Protector worth £32 when you purchase the shampoo and conditioner together.

Give the gift of great hair.

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Salon Update

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Salon Update

The refurbishment is reaching its final stages and we are all getting ready to breathe a huge sigh of relief.

There have certainly been some challenges along the way but we have looked upon these as part of the adventure, thanks to our wonderful clients you have supported and encouraged us through these.

The barber shop is now fully up and running back in the main shop, we have a gorgeous new reception desk and a comfortable waiting area for you.

Here are a few pictures we wanted to share with you, but please do pop in and see for yourself.

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An Exciting New Salon – Especially For You

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We are one week into our salon refurbishment and are excited to see the work underway as we create a wonderful new salon especially for you.

It is still business as usual and we have a temporary entrance via Union Street, just follow the signs and you will soon be greeted by our popup barber shop.

The great news is that the air con is working, the tea (or something cooler in this weather) is flowing and all our stylists are on hand to get you looking fabulous this summer.

Key highlights for the works include;

          Barbering services are business as usual with appointments and drop ins available with Steph, Cad and Mark. Don’t forget we have late night opening on Thursday too.

          All colour, cutting and speciality services remain the same and we have some availability throughout July and August to get you ready for your holidays.

          We have some availability for prom and festival hair but spaces are booking up fast so please get in touch.

          Patient Hair Care is open as usual and we have added two additional late nights on Monday and Tuesday for all clients that are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning.

This refurbishment is the result of the feedback from our clients and team and will incorporate many of the ideas that they have shared. We would like to reassure you that the renovation costs will be funded by Christos and you will not see any price increases to our services as a result of the refurbishment.

Thank you all for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in the salon soon.

To book an appointment please call us on 01908 611277

 

 

Protecting our hair through summer

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The great British weather has been, well, actually great. Temperatures have soared and the predictions are that we are in for a long hot summer.

No doubt you will all be regularly topping up the sun cream and rightly so, but what about protecting your hair? Have you ever wondered why hair loses its colour and shine during summer?

Just like our skin, our hair is also exposed to high-intensity UV light and we readily accept that sunlight bleaches hair. But this is not the only culprit, we also tend to go swimming a lot more during the summer months and whether that is in the sea or a pool, this can cause the hairs structure to be damaged.

The science bit

Hair is made up of cells and just like our skin cells, these require moisture. When hair lacks moisture, lipids are lost and the protein structure deteriorates. The result is porous hair and faded colour.

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High energy UV light impacts the hair in two ways. UVA, UVB and visible radiation breakdown melanin, the natural pigment in hair. Just like in our skin, melanin acts as a natural UV filter but it gets damaged in the process. This is what causes the fading of both natural and coloured hair and is called photobleaching. In addition, UV radiation reacts with metal residues on the hair leading to the formation of free radicals that damage the hair protein structure, which results in a weakening of the hair and a change in its surface shield, the cuticle.

Going for a dip

Whether you opt for a dip in the sea or are more of a pool person, you may find that your hair will lack shine and flexibility after continued exposure.

We all understand that chlorine is added to pools to kill germs and bacteria and are obviously required for hygiene purposes. But this chemical can have an impact on the hair’s components, physical properties and the electrical charge of minerals bonded to the hair. The direct chemical changes include reactions with the lipid film on the cuticle whose function is to protect the hair, the keratin proteins which form the cortex and give hair its strength, and the melanin pigments, which give hair its colour.

Chlorine crystallization can develop inside the hair and part the hair fibres which results in the hair becoming weak and prone to damage or breakage.

Salt water also has similar drying effects on hair. The natural moisture-lipid profile makes the hair elastic, feel soft and resistant to external influences. Seawater is osmotic meaning it draws moisture out of the hair leaving it dry and porous. The first signs of dryness are difficulty when combing and knotted ends and can leave hair susceptible to further damage.

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During summer we often hear more clients complaining of a green tinge to their hair, particularly from clients with naturally blonde or bleached hair. This is due to copper. Chlorinated pools often contain copper algaecides to prevent the growth of algae, this reacts with hair and presents as an unsightly green tinge to the hair.

So what does this all mean?

We promise we are not saying stay inside, and if you do venture out make sure you wear a hat (although sun hats are a very good idea). The summer is here, holidays are on the horizon and we should make the most of them.

What we would say though is make sure you give your hair and scalp a little TLC too.

Our top tips

  • Protect your hair.
    • Just like you use sunscreen to protect your skin against the harmful effects of the suns rays, make sure you offer the same care and protection to your hair and scalp.
  • Clean up
    • It goes without saying that after a long day of fun in the sun we come back and take a shower to clean off that oily sunscreen and the dirt, sand, saltwater, ice cream etc, but how thoroughly do we wash our hair and scalp? Make sure you use a moisturising shampoo that can effectively remove the residues built up on your hair and scalp.
  • Nourish
    • After cleaning your hair, it is important to condition your hair to repair sun damage and restore the moisture lost through salt and chlorinated water.

 

We love and recommend the System Professional solar range. The unique HelioGuard complex envelopes the hair to dramatically reduce the harmful effects of UV exposure, while avocado oil provides nourishment and protects against moisture loss.

Pop into the salon or drop us a line and we will have a chat with you and create a perfect summer hair toolkit to keep your locks looking amazing.

 

 

Festival Season

With the release of the new film ‘The festival’ it got us thinking about our favourite festival updo’s. Take a look at our summer fave’s and our easy ‘how to guide’ to get an easy festival messy bun.

 

 

The guide to an easy messy bun

  1. tie your hair up in a pony tail using a plain hair bobble.
  2. take a section from the pony tail and using a fine tooth comb and back comb the hair.
  3. take another section and back comb
  4. repeat till all of the pony tail is back combed
  5. take one section of the backcombed hair and wrap around the original bobble
  6. use some Kirby grips to pin in place
  7. take the other sections and repeat. pin them securely in place.
  8. pull the hair out a bit to create the ‘messy’ look.
  9. spray using your favourite hairspray. have you tried the Wella performance hairspray? its hand’s down our go to hairspray giving you a great hold without the sticky mess!
  10. use some tigi headrush to give a gorgeous shine!
  11. voila! you’re festival ready!

Thank You

Just a huge big thank you to all our clients who are enjoying our refurb as much as us. We are so excited for our new look salon. We are guessing we are half way through and what an adventure it has been so far. Today the rain brought us an extra challenge with our al fresco reception area and our pop up barber shop. I still have not had the afternoon Gin and Lemonade that many of you have mentioned!!

Watching the daily developments in the salon is fascinating. All of our builders take such pride in their work, they work tirelessly to keep to schedule and give into our ‘reasonable demands’ which change on a daily basis. It is always interesting when you start work on an old building the amount of history you learn especially from you, our valued clients. We think it may have been an old coaching inn back in the day and just to think of how many people have passed through the building for so many reasons it is amazing to say the least.

Our extra late night on a Monday for our Hair Loss Clinic is proving to be a great success, it is very rewarding to help so many of our clients.

Thank you again and I look forward to updating you very soon about the next step.

 

Moroccanoil Body Oil

We love the new Body Oil from Moroccanoil. Infuse your skin with the nourishing properties of argan, olive and avocado oils. The powerful benefits of this antioxidant-rich formula lock in moisture and improve overall appearance for healthy looking radiant skin. This oil dissolves into your skin and makes it feel truly amazing, moisturized without oily residues. This is the perfect time of year to treat your skin to a powerful hydrating Oil.

For those of you who love the Moroccan Hair Oil, their is a special offer on the combination of 100ml Hair Oil and 50ml Body Oil for £40, a saving of over £14.85.