Using the right shampoo for you

Choosing the right shampoo can be difficult, so why not ask us, the professionals.

There is a shampoo out there for every hair type, you just have to find the right one.

Some people find there hair is getting pulled down, feeling greasy or just had a build up of product, this is all down to using the wrong shampoo.

Ingredients are a big issue when it comes to shampoo:
Some supermarket brands can actually strip the hair colour and remove the hairs natural oils.

Always look for shampoos low in sulphate which dries out the hair
Also look for ones with moisturising ingredients.

Alfaparf Shamppos

Parabens are used to kill bacteria in water based solutions and can be absorbed through the skin so look for paraben free shampoo.
Certain shampoos can end up leaving build up in the hair which can put a block on the hair shaft which can block colour from taking on the hair or conditioner not absorbing into the hair and can also cause a reaction on the scalp.

If you have limp lifeless hair:
Try use a light shampoo or volumising shampoo to help plump out the hair shaft and add body to the roots instead of a heavy shampoo that will pull the hair down.

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If you have coarse healthy hair but very dry or damaged ends:
Try use a discipline shampoo for the hair type and a repair conditioner for the condition of the ends of the hair.

If you use a lot of product on your hair daily and are finding its always looking greasy:
Try using a clarifying shampoo to help remove product build up in the hair.

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If you have quite fine hair on the roots and its not growing very well:
Try using an energising shampoo and scalp lotion to help stimulate hair growth and strengthen the hair.

Any questions ask away

 

Samantha and the Zinc Team 🙂 x

BRINGING YOU CHILD FOR THEIR FIRST HAIRCUT

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Clients often ask me when to start getting their children’s hair cut. Every child’s hair growth is different, some have a full head of hair at 6 months and others are still bald at 3!!

I think its never to early to start. It’s good for the kids to get used to a salon environment as its a noisy busy place and if you leave it until they are 2 or 3 they can be terrified!

Personally I think from about 6 months start to bring them in, even if its just to trim a little fringe or a bit at the back. We always welcome clients who have just had babies to bring them in with them, we love a new baby here in Zinc! This way they are used to it from an early age.

Its also a good idea not to mention the word “cut” as most kid’s association with that word is negative and means pain! Better to say lets make your hair lovely or tidy.

If your child starts to get distressed or upset, maybe just call it quits for that day rather than forcing it, it’s not fair on the child and it’s near on impossible to cut a moving target!!!

We like to give a lolly to kids afterwards like a lot of salon and understandably some parents don’t want this so just let the hairdresser know early on in the appointment. (Just in case we use it as a bribe to get them to sit still lol! )

The main thing is to have a relaxed approach with the child. Getting your hair done should be a fun, nice experience. Many of my clients who are kids now ask for a haircut and look forward to and enjoy it!

Hope you find this helpful.
Any questions just ask away!!

Lisa and the team in Zinc xxx

NEW YEAR, NEW HAIR?

Thinking of a change for the new year? Here are a few tips to follow depending on the change you have in mind!

Firstly number one rule before a scissors or colour brush is lifted to your hair. CONSULTATION, CONSULTATION, CONSULTATION!

We all love a change but it can be a scary prospect and costly too. Follow our guideline for the 3 main change you can make be it colour, cut or extensions /adding volume.

COLOUR CHANGE

Book a consultation with your stylist. It normally only takes about 15 mins and is generally free of charge in most salons. If you have been home colouring or attending another salon it allows time for the stylist to patch test your skin for allergies and strand test your hair to make sure the condition is able for whatever change you want to make.

Bring pictures as one persons auburn is another persons brown. Colour swatches can be confusing so a picture really helps.

From there you and your stylist can make a hair plan to achieve your desired colour and cost can be explained so there is no nasty shock at the till.

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NEW HAIRSTYLE / HAIRCUT

Again a consultation is a good idea as you don’t have to commit to an appointment and it gives you time to be sure you want to go for the chop with all the information you could need. Sometimes people book in for a haircut and panic at the last minute and just get a trim. Be sure you know what to expect with your new style!

Pictures are a great tool as it allows the stylist to see what images you have in your head and they can then take into account your hair type and regular styling routine. No point in giving u a high maintenance haircut if you don’t even own a hairdryer ( lots of my clients don’t

Is this new style high maintenance needing regular cuts ? Does it require certain products or tools to achieve the look ?

Remember your hair should sit in the shape you want when wet and that way if you have to dry it in a hurry it will still look good!

Watch out for how the hairdresser is drying and styling your hair and if she is using products to help! I know everyone thinks we are magicians but really we just know the secrets.

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ADDING VOLUME OR LENGTH WITH EXTENSIONS

Finally the latest craze in hair transformations is adding length rather than chopping it all off. Consultation is essential to help you decide what type of hair extension is for you, flip in, clip in, microbeads or my personal favourite keratin bonded.

Also you need to think about if you want some extra length or just added volume or something to hold a curl in your hair!

Your stylist will colour match you and advise you in the rigorous aftercare that extensions can require. Generally you need to allow 2/3 days for hair to be ordered and delivered.

Always ask if the price includes free removal as untold damage can be done to your natural hair if you try to remove extensions yourself. ALWAYS have a professional remove them for you and don’t keep them in longer than recommended.

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So why not start your new year off with a hair change? Big or small it will make you feel great!

Lisa and the Zinc team xxx