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Olaplex No. 6 Has arrived!

Olaplex No.6

If you’ve ever used Olaplex before, you’ll know how amazing it makes your hair look and feel. Whether you’ve used the 3-step treatment or you’ve ventured into using Olaplex No.4 and No.5, you’re in for another treat, because Olaplex No.6 has arrived!

What is Olaplex No.6?

It’s a leave-in styling creme that gets rid of frizz, hydrates the hair, and speeds up blow-drying time. According to Olaplex, it will get rid of frizz and flyaway hairs for up to 72 hours…hallelujah! It’s formulated with Olaplex’s patented bond building technology and it’s suitable for all hair types, from poker straight to curly locks. It won’t strip your colour, it’s non-toxic, and free from parabens and sulphates. It’s also cruelty-free and suitable for vegans. Oh, and it’s super gentle on your hair.

What does Olaplex no.6 do?

If you want to restore damaged hair back to health, add moisture, reduce breakage, and get rid of frizz, it’s the product for you.

It works because Olaplex’s patented active ingredient, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate (quite a mouthful!) repairs broken disulphide bonds, making the hair strong and healthy again. Disulphide bonds get broken when you over-process your hair, use too much heat on it, or from over-zealous brushing or combing.

So it’s good for your hair, what’s in it?

Fermented Green Tea Oil: The oil nourishes the hair and absorbs really well. The oil is one of the ingredients that improves how your hair feels almost instantly.

Coconut oil, vitamin E, fermented argan oil, and sealift: These soothe damaged hair and also provide anti-ageing benefits to keep the follicles in good health.

Grapeseed oil: Is an ultra-nourishing ingredient which contains active compounds such as beta-carotene, vitamins D, C, and E, essential fatty acids, and polyphenols (anti-oxidants) to protect and nourish the hair.

Phytantriol and Panthenol: you might think you’ve just stepped into a science lesson, but both of these ingredients are known for their conditioning and hydrating properties, and they work very well together. Panthenol is also known as vitamin B5.

How do you use Olaplex No.6?

It’s a leave-in product, but it won’t feel sticky or weigh your hair down. Start with a 10p sized amount of product and apply it to damp or dry hair, focusing on the mid-lengths to the ends. Comb the product through your hair for maximum coverage and style as normal.

Ask about Olaplex No.6 in the salon and let us help you discover your best hair yet!


The Right Way to Care for Blonde Colour-Treated Hair

how to take care of blonde colour treated hair

Do you look at blondes on Instagram and wonder how their coloured hair looks so effortlessly gorgeous, healthy, and shiny, especially if you’ve just gone blonde or been blonde for years, and your tresses look and feel like straw? But the truth is, looking after blonde hair properly is anything but effortless. It takes a lot of work. Here are my tips on the right way to care for blonde colour-treated hair.

Use products specifically made for use on blonde hair

When you go blonde, using any old shampoo won’t do. You need to use products made for use on blonde hair because they’ll be gentle and hydrating, and they’ll tone down any brassiness.

Use a nourishing mask weekly

Using a mask specifically for blonde, colour-treated hair will provide some much-needed hydration and will help balance out any brassy tones. Apply the mask after you shampoo, leave it on for the suggested time, and rinse it out thoroughly.

Take a break from heat styling every now and again

If your hair is colour-treated, it’s a good idea to minimise the damage it’s subjected to when you style it, so let your hair dry naturally and ditch the straighteners every now and again. Letting your hair dry naturally doesn’t mean it can’t look nice though. Try spritzing your hair with wave spray and braiding it when it’s damp. when you undo it, you’ll have lovely waves with no heat styling needed!

Protect your colour if you’re in the sun

The sun’s UV rays can cause colour to fade, and that’s the last thing you want if you’ve invested a lot of time and money into achieving your perfect blonde shade. If you’re going on holiday, or you’re going to be spending a lot of time out in the sun in general, wear leave-in protecting conditioners or invest in a hat to protect your tresses from fading and drying out.

Touch up your roots temporarily with a spray

If you don’t have time to go to the salon for a root touch-up to cover any grey hairs that are sprouting through, you can buy sprays that come in different blonde shades so you can cover any grey at least until the next time you shampoo.

Make sure you find a great colourist

If your hair has a long way to go before it’s your dream shade of blonde, it’s so important to find an experienced and professional colourist that will tell you realistically what shade you can achieve, how long it will take you to get there, and who’ll look after the health of your hair as much as possible the whole time.



Why Hair Gets Thinner As You Age (And What You Can Do About It)

hair thinning

As you get older, your hair can become drier, thinner, and less glossy. Ageing plays a big part in this, as does damage from pollution, chemical treatments, and heat styling, as well as stress and poor diet. In this blog, we’re going to look at why the hair gets thinner as you age and what you can do about it.

Why your hair thins as you age

Hair shedding accelerates while hair growth slows down

It’s normal to shed around 100 hairs every day, but as you get older, this speeds up, making the hair look thinner, especially at the crown. Hair growth also slows and hair follicles shrink, and they can even stop producing hairs completely.

The menopause

The hormone oestrogen stimulates the growth of healthy hair, and as oestrogen levels fall during and after menopause, hair loss can occur.

The body is less efficient at processing important nutrients

As you get older, the body processes some nutrients less efficiently, including iron, which is needed for healthy hair. Iron is needed for healthy red blood cells which carry oxygenated blood to the scalp and hair follicles, so iron defiency can cause thin hair that lacks lustre.

What can you do about thinning hair?

It might seem like your body is working against you, but no need to worry, we can help! If you’re suffering from hair thinning or loss, there are several ways we can help restore your hair and your confidence.

Hair extensions

Hair extensions can restore hair volume, and for fine or thinning hair, we can use a fitting method that puts the least amount of stress on your locks. You don’t necessarily need a full head of extensions either, they can be strategically used to add volume only where it’s needed. It’s worth being aware that if you have considerable hair loss and your natural hair is not strong, hair extensions might be suitable, in which case we would discuss your next option, a hair system.

Hair systems

There are several options available, from a micro parting to disguise thinning at the parting, to a topper to cover thinning at the parting and/or temples, and a full hair system if your hair loss is extensive.

Nioxin product range

Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp, and our Nioxin Scalp Renew treatment boosts the health of your scalp by unclogging your hair follicles of oils, dead skin, and debris so healthy hair can grow. Think of it as a facial for your scalp. Healthy beautiful hair grows from strong foundations.

Are you worried about hair thinning or loss?

We can help! Contact us to find out more about hair extensions, hair replacement systems, and hair strengthening products and let us help you restore your hair back to health.



Hair Loss Myths and Facts

hair loss myths and facts

Do you suffer from hair loss? Have you tried all sorts of pills and potions to make it grow back that haven’t worked? Do you have no idea about what you should believe?

Well in this blog, I want to separate the fact from the fiction and tell you what’s myth and what’s fact when it comes to hair loss.

Washing your hair or using heat styling tools too often can cause hair loss: MYTH

Washing your hair with the right products and at the right frequency for your hair type can keep your hair and scalp clean and unclogged by dirt and oils. Heat styling a lot can make the hair dry and brittle, so it’s important to allow your hair to dry naturally and use heat protection products when you do style it. Note: If you are seeing a lot of hair in your plug hole after washing, it might be time to seek some advice.

Wearing tight ponytails, buns, or braids can cause hair loss: FACT

Tight buns, ponytails or braids can cause hair thinning and loss. If you tie your hair too tight, you might end up with traction tension alopecia, where hair loss occurs because there’s too much pressure being put on the hair shaft. This type of hair loss happens over time. The hair shaft gets weaker, then growth slows down and eventually stops. Wear looser ponytails or buns lower down on your head to minimise the damage.

Stress causes hair loss: FACT

Stress can affect almost every system in the body, including the health and growth of the hair. A hair loss condition called Telogen effluvium can be caused by stress. The hair follicles stop growing sooner than they should then enter their resting phase and the hair falls out a few months later. As well as emotional stress, this type of hair loss can be caused by physical stress such as pregnancy, child birth, surgery, or an accident.

Wearing a hat or cap can make you lose your hair: MYTH

You might get a flat ‘hat head’ but there’s no evidence that wearing hats can cause hair loss. Plus, they’re pretty good for hiding a bad hair day!

My father or mother suffered from hair thinning or loss, that means I’m going to: MYTH

Hair loss can be hereditary, but there’s no definite pattern, so hair loss can skip generations. Wondering why your hair is thin when your parents both have fine heads of hair? Look at your grandparents or great grandparents and you’ll likely find hair thinning or loss somewhere along the line.


Are you worried about hair loss?

At Salon La Reine, we can help. We have the Nioxin treatment system and product range in the salon, so if you’re worried about hair thinning or loss, come in for a consultation and rediscover thicker, fuller hair that shines with health.



Scalp Micropigmentation: An Alternative Hair Loss Solution?

scalp micropigmentation

If you’re suffering from hair loss, you might have tried all kinds of solutions, from wigs, to hair pieces, shampoos, and lotions and potions that aren’t guaranteed to work. So where do you turn?  Would you consider tattooing your scalp to create the appearance of hair? In recent years, this has been growing in popularity, and it’s called scalp micropigmentation.

What is scalp micropigmentation?

Scalp micropigmentation is a non-surgical hair loss solution where tiny dots of coloured ink are injected on to the scalp to create the appearance of hair.

Is it less risky than getting a hair transplant?

Yes. A hair transplant is a surgical procedure, where a strip of skin is removed from your scalp, so there’s a risk of infection, bleeding, and scarring. Scalp micropigmentation is non-surgical and won’t leave a scar. Another big difference between the procedures is that a hair transplant does encourage hair growth, whereas scalp micropigmentation only creates the appearance of hair and doesn’t encourage growth.

Why have scalp micropigmentation?

If you’re suffering from balding, thinning hair, or alopecia, it can create the appearance of hair. It’s suitable for men and women, and it can really help to restore hairlines that are receding or cover up scarring on the scalp. Scalp micropigmentation is not just for areas of the scalp where there is no hair, it can be used in thinning areas to make the hair appear fuller.

How much does the it cost?

The cost will depend on the size of the area that is treated and other factors, such as if it’s near any scar tissue (which makes things a bit more complicated.)

What does it involve?

After a consultation with a specialist, pigment is matched to your natural hair colour and is injected into your scalp at different depths and in different directions to mimic the way natural hair grows. The amount of sessions you’ll need depend on the size of the area being treated, and the treatment is so precise that it can take a couple of hours.

Is the treatment safe?

It’s very safe, because the colour pigment that is used is naturally-derived, so it’s unlikely you’ll have any sort of reaction. Because it’s not surgical, there’s no need for anaesthetic, and if you’ve ever had a tattoo, you’ll be able to handle how it feels.

What do I need to do after the treatment?

It’s recommended that you keep your scalp as dry as you can for three days following your treatment. It’s also recommended that you don’t do anything that’s going to make you sweat. After three days, you can clean the area gently but don’t use shampoo or any other products on it for at least one week. You can use a gentle shampoo after the week is up.


Are you worried about hair loss?

At Salon La Reine, we can help. It’s recommended that you try hair strengthening and hair growth treatments for at least 6 months before you try anything more permanent.

We have the Nioxin treatment system and product range in the salon, so if you’re worried about hair thinning or loss, come in for a consultation and rediscover thicker, fuller hair that shines with health.




Do You Really Need a Hair Transplant?

hair loss hair transplant

A hair transplant is a surgical procedure where hair is taken from an area of the head that’s not affected by hair loss and transplanted in an area where there is hair thinning or baldness. Hair transplants are a treatment option for people with androgenetic alopecia, otherwise known as male and female pattern baldness, or hair loss caused by injury or burns.

Why is it a great option for those with androgenetic alopecia?

Androgenetic alopecia only affects the top and front of the scalp, because only the hair follicles here are sensitive to the hormone responsible for hair loss. If hair is taken from the back or sides of the scalp and transplanted to those areas, the hair will usually grow back indefinitely.

Do you need a hair transplant?

A surgical hair transplant is a drastic measure, and you should always explore other possible treatments before you resort to surgery.

How much will it cost?

The cost of a hair transplant varies depending on the severity of your hair loss, the type of procedure you have, the surgeon’s experience, and the clinic you choose to go to. You can expect to pay between £1,000 and £30,000.

Where can I get a hair transplant?

A hair transplant is considered to be cosmetic surgery, so it’s not usually available on the NHS. This means you’ll have to go to a private clinic or hospital to have your treatment.

How is a hair transplant done?

There are two main hair transplant methods:

The follicular unit transplantation (FUT) method

This is where a strip of skin that contains hairs is removed from the back and sides of the head and is divided into grafts containing about two hairs. The grafts are placed into small incisions in the scalp.

The follicular unit extraction (FUE) method

The entire head is shaved, then a special device is used to remove grafts of hair. The grafts are then placed into small incisions in the scalp.

Both methods can be done in one day and there is often no need for an overnight stay at the clinic or hospital.

Things to consider

  • You can usually go back to work quicker if you have an FUT procedure.
  • You can return to your normal hair care routine after 14 days, once the grafts are secure.
  • The full results of your hair transplant are visible 12-18 months after the procedure.

Are there any side effects?

Your scalp might be tight and swollen for a few days, and you’ll have a scar, but this should fade and not be noticeable.

Treatments after surgery

The hair around your transplanted hair might continue to thin and shed, so you’ll have to use some hair loss treatments to prevent hair loss and encourage the growth of new hair after your surgery.

Hair loss-how we can help

If you’re suffering from hair loss and considering a hair transplant, it’s recommended that you try other hair loss treatments for at least 6 months to strengthen the hair and prevent further hair loss, before you resort to surgery.

At Salon La Reine, we have the Nioxin treatment system and product range in the salon, so if you’re worried about hair thinning or loss, come in for a consultation and rediscover thicker, fuller hair that shines with health.


Traction Tension Alopecia: What Is It and What Can You Do about It?

Traction Tension Alopecia

Traction Alopecia is a type of hair loss that occurs when there’s too much tension placed on the hair shafts. This can cause damage to the hair follicle, and over time, hair growth slows down and finally stops.

What causes Traction Tension Alopecia?

The main cause is wearing hairstyles that put a lot of tension on the roots of the hair. These can include wearing hair extensions, weaves, braids, and cornrows, but even every day styles like ballerina buns or tight pony tails can put the hair under too much stress. As well as these types of hairstyles, pulling the hair too hard when brushing and backcombing excessively can cause traction tension alopecia.

How do you know you have Traction Tension Alopecia?

You’ll notice hair loss around the hair line, around the temples and at the front of the scalp. Over time, the hair loss can move further back on the head, causing considerable receding of the hairline.

Who is affected by this condition?

As hairstyles are a major cause of Traction Tension Alopecia, it mostly affects women, but men who have dreadlocks or ‘man buns,’ for example can also be affected. Man buns cause alopecia because the bun is usually worn tight and high up on the head. If the bun is tied looser and worn lower down on the head it can minimise some of the damage.

How is Traction Tension Alopecia treated?

It depends how bad your hair loss is. It is possible to prevent any more hair loss in the early stages by making sure no more tension is placed on the hair. But as time passes, if the hair is placed under continued strain, or if it grows back, then it’s pulled out again, this can make the hair grow back weaker and shorter, or in severe cases, not at all.

How we can help

If you’re suffering from Traction Tension Alopecia, we can help. We have the hair and scalp restoring Nioxin treatment system and product range in the salon, so if you’re worried about hair thinning or loss, come in for a consultation and rediscover thicker, fuller hair that shines with health.



Hair Loss during Pregnancy and Beyond

pregnancy hair loss

Pregnancy can affect the hair in different ways. Some women find that their hair looks better than ever and it appears thick and shiny, while some experience hair loss. This is because the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy affect people, and their hair follicles, very differently.

What causes hair loss during pregnancy?

Researchers believe that the hormone progesterone is responsible for hair loss in pregnancy. Progesterone levels are high during pregnancy, and high levels of the hormone can make the hair dry. Dry hair is not as strong and healthy, so it breaks or falls out more easily.

Hair loss after pregnancy

This is more common than hair loss during pregnancy. When hair loss occurs after you give birth, it’s known as telogen effluvium. This is hair loss that occurs when you’ve been through something stressful. Post-pregnancy hair loss can happen up to 6 months after you’ve had your baby, and the first thing you’ll notice is hair coming out in clumps in your hairbrush or in the shower. The good news is that the hair is usually back to normal after 6-12 months.

What causes hair loss after pregnancy?

  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • The physical stress of pregnancy and labour
  • Exhaustion from looking after a new-born and missing out on sleep

How can you prevent hair loss in pregnancy?

  • Use mild moisturising shampoos to avoid harsh chemicals and combat dryness
  • Don’t brush your hair too much as this can cause breakage. When you do brush your hair, use a good quality brush. Opt for a detangling brush if you’re just out of the shower
  • Don’t use heat styling tools too much as this can break brittle hair
  • Don’t wear tight ponytails or braids as this can stress the hair and cause breakage and loss
  • Eat well so that you nourish your hair from the inside out. Get plenty of fruit and veg, healthy fats, iron, and lean protein. Back up a good diet with a multivitamin designed especially for mums-to-be.

Are you worried about hair loss?

At a time when you’ve just had a baby and are feeling probably feeling stressed and self-conscious, hair loss can be devastating.

At Salon La Reine, we can help. We have the Nioxin treatment system and product range in the salon, so if you’re worried about hair thinning or loss, come in for a consultation and rediscover thicker, fuller hair that shines with health.



Medical Reasons for Hair Loss

medication hair loss

There are many reasons for hair loss, and losing your hair is a common symptom of some medical conditions. This is why it’s so important to have your hair loss investigated by a doctor or trichologist so the underlying cause can be treated.

Medical conditions that cause hair loss

Many health problems can cause hair loss, but here are some of the most common:

Thyroid problems

Problems with the thyroid can cause hair thinning and loss, but the good news is that once you’re put on the right treatment, your hair will grow back.


Anaemia is often caused by an iron deficiency, which is common in women who have heavy periods. Iron is needed for the production of healthy red blood cells that supply the scalp with oxygen and nutrients, so a lack of iron can cause hair loss.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS is a condition caused by an imbalance of male and female sex hormones. Sufferers usually have excessively high levels of androgens (male sex hormones) which causes ovarian cysts, infertility, weight gain, an increase in face and body hair, and hair loss from the scalp. PCOS if often treated with contraceptive pills and other treatments, plus lifestyle changes like taking more exercise and eating well.


It’s not the disease itself that causes hair loss, it’s the treatments like radiotherapy and chemotherapy that target the cancer cells, but the body’s healthy cells too, including the cells of the hair follicles.

Other medical causes

Aside from medical conditions, hormonal changes at different stages of life can cause hair loss, including during pregnancy, after childbirth, and during and after the menopause.

A word on medication

For some people, medications are needed to keep an illness under control. Unfortunately many of them come with side effects, and a common side effect of some medicines is hair loss. People who suffer from hair loss due to medication will notice it during the first few weeks of taking it, or if they increase the dose.

Medications that are known for causing hair loss in some (but not all) people include:

  • Blood thinners like heparin and warfarin
  • Beta-blockers like atenolol
  • ACE inhibitors like lisinopril
  • The contraceptive pill
  • Anti-seizure drugs
  • Some antidepressants

What to do if you think your medication is causing hair loss

Talk to your doctor. It might help if you note down when you first noticed the hair loss. Your doctor might suggest either changing the dose or trying an alternative drug, and their main concern should always be what’s best for you. Remember though, never stop taking medication without getting your doctor’s advice.


Are you worried about hair loss?

Worrying about hair loss can be a vicious cycle. You worry about losing your hair so this just makes you more stressed which leads to more hair loss.

At Salon La Reine we can help. We have the Nioxin treatment system and product range in the salon, so if you’re worried about hair thinning or loss, come in for a consultation and rediscover thicker, fuller hair that shines with health.


Does Stress Cause Hair Loss?

stress hair loss

A certain amount of hair loss is normal, but if you’ve been shedding more hair than usual, and you have no underlying health conditions, it might be a sign that you’re stressed. Hair loss can be caused by stress and anxiety, especially if the stress is chronic.

Why does stress make your hair fall out?

When you’re under stress, your body releases stress hormones which can affect many of your body’s systems, including your hair’s growth cycle. If you go through a hard time or experience something stressful or upsetting, you’ll notice hair loss between 1 and 3 months afterwards. This is because some of your hairs are forced into a ‘resting’ phase, where the follicle releases them and they eventually fall out. Hair loss caused by stress is often only temporary, and the hair usually grows back as normal once the stressful period or event has passed.

Types of hair loss that are related to stress

Telogen effluvium: This is when stress hormones cause a large number of hair follicles to enter a resting phase, and they suddenly fall out within a few months.

Alopecia areata: This is an autoimmune condition where the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles, and it has been linked to severe stress.

Trichotillomania: People who have this condition compulsively pull hair from their scalp, eyebrows, or other areas of the body, and it is linked to stress and anxiety.

What can you do about stress-related hair loss?

Try to deal with whatever is causing you stress and look after your general health and wellbeing by:

  • Getting enough sleep
  • Eating well and drinking plenty of water
  • Avoiding too much caffeine or sugar which can cause energy dips and contribute to stress
  • Exercising regularly to de-stress. Yoga is particularly effective if you’re stressed out
  • Learning to meditate
  • Talking to a friend or family member about what’s bothering you
  • Having plenty of ‘me’ time where you can relax or do things that make you happy


Are you worried about hair loss?

Worrying about hair loss can be a vicious cycle. You worry about losing your hair so this just makes you more stressed which leads to more hair loss.

At Salon La Reine we can help. We have the Nioxin treatment system and product range in the salon, so if you’re worried about hair thinning or loss, come in for a consultation and rediscover thicker, fuller hair that shines with health.





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