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.

Fun in the sun

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.

 

 

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Christos Wins Shop of the Year 2015 In Milton Keynes

Shop of the year 2015 inside Shop of the Year 2015 Outside shopA Double Celebration for Christos!

It was a snip! Christos Hair Salon have been overwhelmingly voted Newport Pagnell Independent Shop of 2015 by their devoted customers.
Mark & Tina Periclis, owners of the salon were over the moon to hear that they had won the accolade and the recognition is particularly special, as 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the setting up their business.
Mark’s father, Christos, started the business in 1965 and the world of hairdressing has changed beyond recognition since. Today’s salon is a constant hive of activity and the commitment to customer service is second to none. They have adapted their business to meet the needs of today’s busy client and keeping ahead of the fast moving techniques and trends has put them at top of their game.
The salon has also been working in partnership for the past 2 years with both MK and Bedford Hospitals and MacMillan to offer a unique and personal service to cancer patients and those who suffer with alopecia in their private first floor salon.
Mark said, “I was born and bred in Newport Pagnell, also 50 years ago! Dad has since returned home and I’ve been keeping this competition a secret from him, I just can’t wait to tell him the amazing news. What a great year its turning out to be!”
As an advocate of our local independant shops, I was so pleased with the fantastic response to this campaign as it gives customers the opportunity to be able to say thank you to their favourite butcher, florist, grocer, or whoever it maybe.
Many congratulations to Mark, Tina and all the dedicated team at Christos, it’s clearly not a case of “hair today and gone tomorrow!”

It’s Enough To Make Your Hair Curl!

It was a joy to be able to meet lucky voter, Ro Smith from Sherington and congratulate him on winning £100 to spend at Christos Hair Centre.
Ro was randomly chosen from over 350 people who voted in my campaign to find the most popular Independent Shop of 2015 in Newport Pagnell.
On meeting up with Ro, I learnt that he had been a customer at Christos for over 30 years, in fact he used to pop into their first shop in Wolverton when he was working as a truck driver in the steel works.
The family legacy continues on as Luke, Ro’s grandson, is already a regular customer at Christos and is delighted to learn that his granddad is willing to share his good fortune!

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The solution to fine and thinning hair

 

So many of us are told we have to suffer in silence about the issue of hairloss and hair thinning, nothing could be further from the truth. There are many solutions to female pattern baldness, thinning hair and fine hair, the most important thing is to take the first step and seek the advice of a professional. At Christos one of our most popular  service for fine thinning hair involves using a system from Banbury Postiche, the oldest wig making company in the UK.

The Postiche Lite Volumiser has been extensively tested on clients with fine thinning hair and hair loss problems. The finest quality eurotex hair is used in the construction of these hair pieces, they are ultra light to wear and easily integrated with natural hair. Our clients have been thrilled with the results, they have had lots of compliments about their hair and their confidence has been restored.

The Postiche Lite Hair Volumiser is made using the finest silk bases which ensure the most natural look and allows the scalp to breathe and keep the head cool. The hair has a natural wave and can be blow dried and straightened. Heated rollers can be used and the hair is easy for a professional stylist to cut and style.

The first step is an in depth consultation with our fully qualified stylists who are experts in the area of hair replacement. We carry out some non invasive tests on the hair and look at all possible solutions. Sometimes the client just might need a creative hair cut or a different colour to disguise the hair thinning. All our consultations are carried out upstairs in our private salon and they are free of charge. When we choose the Postiche Lite Hair Volumiser for the client we get a colour match and rebook the client in.

We get just as excited and apprehensive as the client on their fitting day. We prepare the clients hair and fit the Volumiser into place. It is not harmful to the hair, the client cannot feel anything, it is light and easy to maintain.The results are continuously amazing and the excitement ripples through the salon with everyone wanted to come and have a look. The system is worn 24/7 by the client, it is comfortable to sleep in and easy to wash. The client returns to the salon on a regular basis for us to remove the Volumiser, clean it, re-style the clients hair and re-fit the system.

Please do not carry on worrying or just living with your hair loss or hair thinning problems. Call us and book a free consultation. This system is affordable and easy to maintain, it will dramatically improve the density and volume of your hair and give you more confidence.

 

Now Recruiting – if you fancy a change read on……

Christos Hair Salon Now Recruiting a Salon Co-Ordinator.

Full time position, job share considered.  Working with a team of 20 Stylists in a very busy hair salon.

Objective – The role is to continue to develop a valuable link between our clients and our technicians.

Goal – Create sales and maintain the highest standard of positive client relations.

Would Suit – Responsible, competent, trustworthy individual with a friendly professional disposition. Superb people skills and mature communication skills are essential. The successful candidate will be task orientated, organised, neat, tidy and effective. They must have a clean and professional image. Salon experience preferable.

Duties will include:

Front of house – implementing all front desk procedures and policies in a consistent effective manner. Management of a busy diary to maximise appointments and benefit non appointment clients.

Salon Maintenance – Maintain the cleanliness of the salon at all times and assist in salon clean-up. Take part in scheduled deep cleans of the salon.

Salon Support – Support all of the technicians with their appointments, working alongside the stylists, prepare for client appointments including filling out record cards, filing and organising client information.

Inventory – Order and count stock, display and merchandise retail areas. Implement and promote special offers with the salon.

Communicate – Meet with General Manager weekly to update and raise any client concerns. Communicate with all salon personnel on issues relating to then ensuring client requests are the priority.

Good rate of pay and generous holiday allowance. Please contact Joan on 01908 611277 for further details or send us your CV FAO Joan, Christos Hair Salon, 74c High Street, Newport Pagnell. MK16 8AQ.

Why we love Seavite

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Seavite is a family owned Irish company. Seavite is well known in Ireland and is stocked in most chemists. The company was started in 1993 by husband and wife Patrick and Kaye. Patrick was a scientist and he specialised in the use of natural plant resources, he worked with the Department of Marine in Ireland and became particularly interested in the uses of seaweed for its therapeutic benefits.   The company are known for their use of the finest natural ingredients and their premium quality. I have known the family for many years and they are passionate and caring about using the goodness of the sea to help people all over the world.

Benefits for you

  • It is a natural product containing no sulphates or parabens, it is super for all ages and anyone with sensitive skin who like to use natural products.
  • Only 100% organic active ingredients are used in the formulation of Seavite, a lot of clients who have eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne and stretch marks use Seavite to sooth and nourish their skin.
  • The products are not tested on animals and the company are environmentally conscious with regards their packaging and the harvesting of the seaweed.
  • The range contains naturally occurring anti-oxidants which fight skin ageing. Say no more!!!!
  • The products smell lovely and make your skin feel like silk.
  • I would recommend these products to anyone particularly clients who are stressed, have any kind of illness or are recovering from an illness, have sensitive skin or a skin condition, clients looking for a good anti-ageing range and client who like to keep to products in the same range.

Additional information for you

  • The shampoo because it is sulphate and paraben free will not lather up as much as regular shampoo. Use a small amount for the first wash and massage into the hair and scalp, rinse and repeat, you should see more lather on the second shampoo.
  • You only use a small amount so the product will last a long time.
  • We have never had any back, clients come back to add to their range.
  • The feedback we have is superb particularly from clients with sensitive skin.
  • Those of us that use it really love it.

We stock the full range in the salon. For more details please email or phone us. Continue reading