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Keep Brassiness At Bay with Aveda Blonde Revival

Aveda blonde revival purple toning shampoo

Your colourist helped you achieve your dream shade of blonde and you’re summer ready. But only a few weeks in, you notice your blonde locks look brassy and it’s not a good look. Why does your blonde hair look brassy and how can you keep brassiness at bay? Read onto find out!

What does it mean when hair goes brassy?

Hair can look brassy if it has been lightened and it starts to develop yellow or orange tones. Why does this happen?

If your beautiful ash blonde has developed a brassy tinge, it could be down to:

  • Your hair having natural warm tones: you might long to be ash blonde but if you were born with natural warmer tones in your hair, your blonde can easily fade into brassy tones.
  • Your hair has been exposed to chlorine or the sun: these are both big causes of hair discoloration for blondes. If you are going to be exposed to either this summer, keep your hair covered or use the best leave-in hair protection you can find.
  • You’ve used a shop bought dye: Home dyes can often turn hair brassy, that’s why I always recommend a professional job when are trying to achieve your dream colour.

How can you keep your blonde from turning brassy?

The number one thing you can do is invest in a purple toning shampoo and conditioner. This will help to neutralise brassy tones and keep your blonde looking vibrant. It might seem scary putting a blob of purple shampoo on your head, but trust me, it works. The reason it works is all down to colour theory. Purple is opposite to yellow on the colour wheel, which means that it cancels any yellowness out.

I 100% recommend blonde revival™ purple toning shampoo which will help neutralise any brassy tones and brighten your blonde. It’s a sulphate-free, silicone-free, and cruelty-free formula which will gently cleanse your hair without stripping the colour or the hair’s natural oils.

For best results, use it with the blonde revival™ purple toning conditioner to keep hair soft, smooth, and healthy.

What else can you do to stop blonde hair turning brassy?

  • Do regular deep conditioning treatments: when hair is dry and damaged, your colour fades faster. Deep conditioning treatments will make your hair healthier so your colour stays vibrant for longer.
  • Use heat protection: heat styling can dry out the hair over time which means that your colour can go brassy and fade. Minimise heat damage by letting your hair dry naturally when you can and always using a heat protection product when you are heat styling.
  • Protect your hair from the sun and chlorine: you can prevent your colour from going brassy by wearing a hat when you’re in the sun and wearing leave in protecting products when you are swimming.

Need advice on maintaining your colour between appointments? Get in touch or check out the rest of our blog for tips and advice.

Welcome to Our Newsletter!

It’s been so good to open our doors to our gorgeous guests again after yet another lockdown. I’m really enjoying transforming your hair and making you all look and feel amazing. Here’s a little update about what’s been going on in the salon and some reminders for all our guests.

Salon Refurb

Salon La Reine interior

As you will have seen if you follow us on social media, just because our doors have been shut for a lot of the past year, that hasn’t stopped us creating a gorgeous, relaxing environment for you. From installing plant walls and flowers to comfy seating, we’ve made the salon into an Instagrammable and of course, Covid-safe environment for you all. We hope that when you visit, you love it as much as I do!

We’re on our way to becoming an Eco Salon!


Green salon collective logo

We are an Aveda Salon, so we already only use their gorgeous products which are 96% naturally derived* Vegan ,Cruelty free, and Sulphate and Silicone free. Not only that, but we recycle all of our waste products instead of throwing them in the bin so they end up in landfill.

But we’re not stopping there.

Aveda has partnered with the Green Salon Collective to make salons even more sustainable.

Why is this necessary?

Well we all love the hairdressing industry, but it has an ugly side too. Toxic hair colour gets poured down the sink. Foils and colour tubes get thrown in the bin because they can’t be recycled. We use tonnes of plastic and paper, and don’t get me started on the energy we use laundering gowns and towels!

The Green Salon Collective wants to change all of that.

Every salon members gets help with recycling and education on being more sustainable, and the collective recycles, composts, and recovers hair, used foils, empty colour tubes, chemicals, PPE, plastic, paper, and even salon towels on our behalf. This means that recyclable materials like aluminium foil don’t end up in landfill and hair is added to compost, used to absorb oil to keep our waterways clean, or donated to wig making charities. Nothing goes to waste.

What’s even better is that 100% of any money raised from recycling your raw materials or new products made from recycling waste goes to charity.

We are proud to be a salon that cares about our guests and the planet.

We’ve been shortlisted!

British hairdressing awards pic

We were delighted to win Best Hair Extensions Salon in Bristol last year, and this year, we’ve been shortlisted again! Thank you to all of you who nominated us, it means so much that we’re appreciated for what we do. You all inspire me to keep doing better.

Appointments are going fast!

Just a little reminder to get your appointments booked in fast. June is almost full and appointments in July are going fast. We’re fully booked this month and August, but we can still do consultations and add you to our cancellations list.

Reminder about our FCA licence

Don’t forget, ladies, we now have an FCA licence and our Payl8r plan option is live and ready for applications! You don’t need a consultation to apply and you can pay as little as £25 and spread the cost of your services and products over 3-12 months.

If you want to check prices and costs, there’s a calculator on our website, and feel free to message me if you want any more info. Spread the cost and have amazing hair this summer and beyond.

Until next time,



Is Going Sulphate-Free Better for Coloured Hair?

Woman with coloured natural hair

Every now and again, a hair care or skincare ingredient becomes public enemy number one, and in recent years, it has been sulphates.

You’ve probably seen more and more sulphate-free shampoos appearing on the shelves, but is going sulphate-free better for coloured hair? Are sulphates really as damaging as they say?

Why do sulphates get such a bad press?

Read the marketing claims of companies that sell sulphate-free shampoos and you’ll notice that they say that sulphates will strip the colour and moisture from your hair. Their message is going sulphate-free will help keep your colour vibrant for longer and your hair nourished and shiny.

How true is this?

Well sulphates are the ingredients that make your shampoo lather and while they do grab the natural oils from your hair and they may strip some colour, they are not the only enemy of healthy looking hair.

As well as the products you use, you have to consider what the rest of your hair care routine looks like too.

Make sure your hair care routine isn’t damaging

Sulphates in your shampoo aren’t the only thing that can affect the condition of your locks and make your hair colour dull.

How often you wash your hair can contribute-if you wash your hair too often and you heat style every time, this can strip your colour and make your hair dry, dull, and brittle.

If you don’t use heat protection products when you heat style your hair, or you don’t turn down the heat on your appliance, this can cause dryness and dullness. Remember too, that when your hair is coloured, especially if portions of your hair is balayaged, it needs to be treated with more care than hair that isn’t coloured.

My advice?

Go sulphate-free if you wash your hair often. In fact, hair products that contain natural ingredients and less damaging chemical nasties like our Aveda range, are far kinder to your hair and scalp. But it doesn’t matter what products you use if the rest of your hair care routine is causing damage. Ask me for advice in salon if you need to overhaul your hair care routine!



We are an Aveda Salon and our goal is to nourish and protect your hair with products that contain gentle ingredients and minimal harsh chemicals.

Visit us and see how we can help you on your happy healthy hair journey.

How to Reduce Hair Breakage from Colouring

Woman with coloured hair balayage

Any kind of chemical processing can damage the hair, and colouring is no exception. Repeated colouring can leave the hair dry and brittle, so growing it can be a challenge.

If your hair is getting near the length you really want it, you might be tempted to avoid getting it cut. But there are no two ways about it, split ends need to be cut off for your hair to be able to grow healthily. If you don’t trim them, it just leads to more damage and breakage.

But there are a few ways that you can nourish and protect your coloured hair so you can avoid breakage.

Here’s how to reduce hair breakage from colouring.

If you want to keep your hair strong, healthy, and hydrated so it can withstand the colouring, styling, and everything else you put it through, there are some easy tweaks you can make to your hair care routine.

Experience Aveda Botanical Repair with your colour

Aveda Botanical Repair is a miracle product range that strengthens, repairs, and nourishes the hair from within. It’s a great addition to a colour treatment because it helps offset some of the damage that can be done by colour processing.

Brush your hair the right way

Yes, there is a way to brush and not brush your hair if you want to avoid damage. Choose a natural bristle brush and never brush the hair when it’s wet as this can cause breakage.

Use strengthening hair products

The right products will help strengthen and hydrate your hair so it’s protected from damage. This means that you are far more likely to achieve healthy hair growth. We only use Aveda products in salon which are packed full of natural, nourishing ingredients and free from nasties like parabens.

Reduce heat styling

Heat can cause hair damage and lead to breakage, so if you want to grow your hair, ditch the heated styling tools every now and again. Embrace your hair’s natural texture, use some good styling products, and let your hair dry naturally as often as you can. If you do really want to heat style your hair, make sure you use heat protection products.

Use a hair mask

Use a deep conditioning hair mask at least once per week to nourish the hair and keep it in good condition. This will protect it from damage and maybe save some of your precious locks from being cut off when you visit your stylist.


We are an Aveda Salon and our goal is to nourish and protect your hair with products that contain gentle ingredients and minimal harsh chemicals.

Visit us and see how we can help you on your happy healthy hair journey.

Should I Opt for Ammonia-Free Hair Colour?

Woman with blonde coloured hair

We are more aware than ever of the effects of harsh ingredients on our hair and skin, so we want to know what’s in the products we use.

Hair products are no exception. But what’s good for our hair and what’s not? There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there, so in this blog, I want to talk about ammonia.

The word itself might not make you think of anything pleasant, but you will have come across it if you colour your hair. So is ammonia bad for your hair, what role does it play when you colour your hair, and should you opt for ammonia-free hair colour?

Read on to find out.

What is ammonia?

Ammonia is a powerful alkaline chemical and you’ll remember from chemistry at school that it smells a bit nasty in its pure form!

What does ammonia do and why is it in hair dye?

Human hair is acidic, but using an alkaline chemical like ammonia can open up the hair’s cuticle and allow it to absorb hair dye. This means that hair colour will ‘take’ better.

Does ammonia damage the hair?

Any type of chemical processing can weaken and damage the hair.  This includes using hair dyes that contain ammonia.

If I want to avoid ammonia, how can I colour my hair?

A great semi-permanent colour option if you want to avoid ammonia is Aveda’s Full Spectrum Demi+™ Custom Deposit Treatment Hair Colour.  It’s ammonia-free, 93% naturally derived, and packed with natural organic oils including sunflower, castor, jojoba, and kukui. These nourish the hair during the colouring process and will give it an instant healthy sheen.

Using natural oils on the hair will make it look and feel far healthier and more manageable than using ammonia.

If you do love your usual colour and aren’t put off by ammonia, you can use deep conditioning and restructuring masks and treatments which will help minimise the damage that chemical processing can cause.

My advice?…

The best hair colour for you is that one that makes your hair look and feel amazing. Whether you want to use ammonia or not, it’s important to know the benefits and the risks.

We are an Aveda Salon and our goal is to nourish and protect your hair with products that contain gentle ingredients and minimal harsh chemicals.

Visit us and see how we can help you on your happy healthy hair journey.

Why a Patch Test is Non-Negotiable

Woman with coloured hair. Image by Aveda.

As someone who experiences severe skin reactions to hair dyes, let me tell you, patch tests can save you a lot of discomfort. In some cases, they can even save your life.

I know you can’t wait to have your colour done after lockdown and a patch test just seems like a waste of time, but they are so important.

Allergies to certain dyes can develop over time, even if you’ve had the same colour done with the same product 100 times before. A patch test takes seconds, and it can be the difference between having your colour done safely and suffering a nasty reaction.

Here’s why a patch test is non-negotiable.

What happens during a patch test and how could my skin react?

Usually a little bit of dye is applied to the skin behind your ear and it should be left on for 24-48 hours to check for any sign of a reaction. If your skin shows no signs of a reaction during this time, then the dye is probably safe to use.

If you do have a reaction to a dye, it can be anything from local irritation, itching, and redness of the skin to hives and a full on serious and potentially life-threatening swelling of the face and the airways. This will require emergency medical attention.

What is the main cause of allergic reactions when using hair dye?

If your skin reacts after a patch test, the likely culprit is a chemical called PPD or to give it its scientific name, paraphenylenediamine. It sounds scary, but it’s safe to use for most people.

PPD is found in most hair dyes, and you might also see it listed as PPDA, 1,4-Benzenediamine, and Phenylenediamine base on the label.

If I have a reaction during a patch test, does that mean I have to stop colouring my hair?

No, there are alternatives that aren’t likely to provoke an allergic reaction such as henna and lead-based dyes. However, you should still patch test before using these to make sure that you don’t have a sensitivity to them too.

My advice?…

Do it the right way, ladies. I know you just want your colour done yesterday, but NEVER skip a patch test, it’s just really not worth it.

We are an Aveda Salon and our goal is to nourish and protect your hair with products that contain gentle ingredients and minimal harsh chemicals.

But even the most natural products can make the skin react (think about how it’s not recommended to use essential oils neat on the skin).

So play it safe, get your patch test booked in, and come to your appointment safe in the knowledge that your quest for gorgeous hair isn’t going to put your health at risk.


Got Coloured Hair? Here Are The Shampoo Rules to Live By

Bottles of Aveda Shampoo flat lay

Do you know how to use shampoo? You probably think that’s a stupid question, but if you want your hair to look and feel gorgeous and healthy, you have to choose the right products and you need to get your shampooing technique on point. This is really important if you colour you hair. The right shampoo will keep your colour looking vibrant for longer, and who wouldn’t want that when you invest so much time and money in it?

If you’ve got coloured hair, here are the shampoo rules to live by.

Think about whether you really need to shampoo as often

Do you really need to wash your hair every day? Even if you use a moisturising shampoo, exposing your hair to heat styling and the rigours of washing every day can make it brittle and cause colour fade. Wash your hair a little less often and make strategic use of dry shampoo, hair accessories, and different hair styles to extend your blow dry by a day or two.

Find the right shampoo

If you think you have limp, oily, frizzy, or dry lacklustre hair, you might not have problem hair, it might be your products that are causing the problem. To find the right shampoo for you, think about what your main hair problem is and choose a product that’s formulated for that. For example, for dry, damaged hair, choose a nourishing and strengthening product like Aveda damage remedy™ restructuring shampoo.

If you are worried about your colour fading, try a colour-protecting product like Aveda color conserve™ shampoo.

Get your shampooing technique on point

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that more shampoo and lather means that your hair is going to be cleaner, it’s not true. You probably need less product than you think! If you have short hair, you need a dollop that’s about the size of an olive and just a bit more on longer hair. Make sure your hair is wet through then massage some shampoo into your scalp gently. Rinse through then repeat, this time, working the shampoo down the lengths of the hair with the fingers. Try not to rub, just massage the product down your strands with your fingertips.


Salon La Reine is an Aveda Salon, and when you come to us, your hair is nourished and protected from the get go. From Aveda Hair Colour with protective plant oils, to a range of Aveda products that keep the hair strong, free from damage, and radiating health, we care about your hair’s health.

What’s even better is as well as being kind to your hair, Aveda products are kind to the planet. They are cruelty-free, almost 100% derived, and free from parabens and other nasties. What’s not to love? Ask about our range in salon.



How to Choose Your Hair Topper Colour

hair topper colour

As well as choosing the right base and size topper for you, you also need it to match your hair colour as closely as possible. Some shades can be quite tough to match, so sometimes choosing the right colour topper can be a little tricky.

We’ve put together this guide that will hopefully make it easier for you.

Here’s how to choose your hair topper colour.

Send us a selfie!

Take a few photos of your hair in natural light and send them to me via email at or DM on Facebook or Instagram, then I can recommend a colour match for you. This is a good option in times like we’re in now, when you can’t physically see me or get to the salon.

Use a colour ring to judge your perfect shade

A colour ring comes in really handy when you want to find the right colour hair topper. We can send you one, just get in touch. Then all that’s left to do is compare the colour swatches against your natural hair to find your perfect shade.

Tips for finding a topper that matches your hair colour

  • If you’re having a hard time matching your natural hair colour exactly, I would recommend buying a light coloured hair topper (like platinum which makes a great colour base) then dyeing it to match your hair.
  • Sometimes, toppers can be difficult to colour match, but there’s nothing stopping you from dyeing your natural hair if you find a topper you love in a gorgeous colour.
  • You’ll get a more accurate colour match if you match the topper to the exact shade of the hair that’s on top of your head (usually 1-2 inches from the front hairline). Remember that your hair can be lighter and slightly darker in places, for example, the hair that frames your face is often lighter.

If finding the right shade of topper is causing confusion, get in touch!

If you have any questions or concerns about finding a topper that matches your hair colour, get in touch and I’ll do what I can to help.

That goes for any other topper-related questions too, though you might find just what you’re looking for in our other recent blog posts on how to choose the right topper base, which size topper you should go for, and much more.

Are you considering getting a hair topper?

At Salon La Reine, we are specialists in hair loss solutions like wigs, toppers, and hair systems, that can help you disguise any hair thinning or loss while your natural hair grows back.

At your consultation, I’ll answer any questions you have and I’ll help you find the perfect hair loss solution that suits your lifestyle and needs.

Get in touch with me via our contact page, or alternatively, you can DM me on Facebook or Instagram.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Hair Toppers #3 The Lowdown

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If you’re thinking of investing in a hair topper, I realise that there’s probably a lot about them that you’re dying to know! That’s why I’ve put together this handy guide to everything you ever wanted to know about hair toppers.

Here’s the lowdown.

What are hair toppers?

A hair topper (you might also see them referred to as a ‘wiglet’) is a hair piece designed to cover hair thinning or loss that occurs on the top of the head. They are lightweight, easy to fit, and they come in different styles, sizes, colours, lengths, and textures.

What are hair toppers for?

They are a hair loss solution for women who have hair thinning or loss on top of the head, but they are also great for women with really fine hair who want a bit of volume and oomph!

What makes hair toppers different from wigs?

Wigs cover the whole head and hair toppers only cover a specific area, usually the top or front of your head. Wigs cover your natural hair, whereas toppers blend in with your own hair and your own hair is still visible.

What are toppers made from?

They usually have a monofilament (a fine mesh), lace, or silk base and the hair can either be human hair or synthetic hair. Toppers are usually handmade and take around two weeks to make.

How do I choose the right size base for me?

Check out our last blog which has a handy guide on how to measure your hair loss and find out what size base you need.

How do I style my hair topper?

Ideally, you would lay it on a mannequin head and spray it with water, then style it the way you want. After toppers have been styled the same way for a little while, they will usually start to just fall into that shape.

Why does my hair topper have short hairs on the top?

This is called the hair return and it’s a necessary part of the hair topper production process. Say you have an 18-inch topper. This would usually be made with 22-inch long hair which is looped through the base of the topper, so four inches is left on top. This creates more volume on top and leaves you with tapered ends which are easier to blend in with your natural hair. You can blend the shorter hairs in with the rest of your hair using water and a comb, or by running your straighteners over it.

How often should I wash my hair topper?

When it comes to washing your hair topper, it doesn’t need to be washed as often as your natural hair. I would say wash it every two weeks, and believe me, you can get away with this because the topper won’t get greasy as it doesn’t pick up oils from the scalp like your own hair does. Washing your topper too often will dry it out.

How long do hair toppers last?

If you wear your topper every day, it can last for between 6 months and a year if you take good care of it. Taking good care of your topper means using sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners, deep conditioners, and other nourishing products like argan oil and serums to keep the hair hydrated and soft. When you aren’t wearing your topper, it’s a good idea to store it in a box to keep it free from dust.

Can I colour my topper to match my natural hair colour?

Most of the time, I’d recommend that it’s okay to dye your topper darker, but I wouldn’t advise you to bleach it lighter as it can damage the hair and dry it out.

What does a hair topper cost?

It depends on the size of the base, the lengths and thickness of the hair, and whether or not you choose human hair (which is more expensive but also lasts longer and helps you achieve a natural look). The cost of their individual hair topper is something I would always talk to my guests about during the consultation, as well as answering any other questions they have.


Are you considering getting a hair topper?

At Salon La Reine, we are specialists in hair loss solutions like wigs, toppers, and hair systems, that can help you disguise any hair thinning or loss while your natural hair grows back.

At your consultation, I’ll answer any questions you have and I’ll help you find the perfect hair loss solution that suits your lifestyle and needs.

Get in touch with me via our contact page, or alternatively, you can DM me on Facebook or Instagram.


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hair Toppers #2: What Size Base Should I Choose?

When it comes to choosing the right topper, selecting the right sized base will make your topper feel as natural and comfortable as possible. To make it easier for you to work out which is the right size for you, we’ve put together this handy guide.

First things first

The best place to start when choosing the right sized hair topper is to look at the amount of hair loss you are experiencing.

hair topper hair loss guide

Beginning Stage Hair Loss

Hair loss starts with a thinning of the hair at the crown. If your hair loss is at this stage, you’ll need a topper with a smaller base

Progressive Stage Hair Loss

Hair loss starts to become noticeable and the scalp becomes visible. If your hair loss is at this stage, you’ll need a medium to large base.

Advanced Stage Hair Loss

Hair loss is very noticeable at this stage and some areas of the scalp are completely bald. You’ll need a large base size to cover the hair loss, or depending on the amount of hair lost, you might want to think about shopping for a wig.

How to measure how much hair you’ve lost

correct and incorrect fit of hair toppers

Measuring how much hair you’ve lost can give you an accurate picture of what size hair topper base you will need.

Use a fabric tape measure and record the measurements of the widest points of your hair loss. Measure front to back and side to side. It might be helpful to use a mirror or ask someone to help you. If you ask someone to help you, they can double check the measurements for you as well.

If the area of hair loss is larger than the toppers that are available, think about opting for a wig instead of a topper.

Pro Tip: When you record the measurements, add one inch to each measurement. This will allow for extra space on each side for the clips to be attached.

Hair loss can progress, so I recommend taking these measurements again at least every 6 months to make sure that you are wearing the right size base. Wearing the wrong size can cause damage to the natural hair.

Are you considering getting a hair topper?

At Salon La Reine, we are specialists in hair loss solutions like wigs, toppers, and hair systems, that can help you disguise any hair thinning or loss while your natural hair grows back.

At your consultation, I’ll answer any questions you have and I’ll help you find the perfect hair loss solution that suits your lifestyle and needs.

Get in touch with me via our contact page, or alternatively, you can DM me on Facebook or Instagram.


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