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Revive Dry, Damaged Post-Holiday Hair with Aveda Damage Remedy

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Have you just been on your hols, or are you planning a late summer getaway to escape the suddenly very changeable British weather? If so, you need to protect your locks from the sun so you don’t come back home with dry, damaged hair that looks and feels like straw. Here’s how:

Protect your hair every day

You protect your skin from the sun so why not your hair? Too much sun exposure can cause hair damage, dryness, and colour fade. Remember to wear a protective leave-in product or spray with UV filters to protect your locks from the sun’s harmful rays.

Give your hair some nourishment

Hair that’s dry, damaged, or just been coloured needs some extra nourishment, and Aveda’s damage remedy intensive restructuring treatment is the perfect nourishing treat. It contains quinoa protein to add strength and shine to hair. Apply it after a long day in the sun, and you’ll be able to see and feel the difference.

Don’t wash your hair too often

If you’re in a humid environment and you shampoo too often, this can cause the scalp to dry out and go flaky.

Use a hair mask to fight frizz

If you have frizz prone hair, you’ll be familiar with how big and unmanageable your hair can get in humid environments. This is because dry hair lacks moisture so it absorbs moisture from the air and it expands. If you’re prone to frizz, use a hydrating hair mask once per week to add some much needed moisture and nourishment to thirsty hair.

If your hair is dry, damaged, and frizzy, I’d advise that you take a step away from the heat styling tools. But if you really want to use them for a sleeker blow dry, apply a heat protection product then blow dry your hair with the nozzle of your hair dryer facing down. Keep tension on the hair at the roots with your brush to smooth out the hair and get a sleeker finish. Finish off your blow dry with a few drops of hair oil to smooth the hair and add shine.

Is your hair dry and frazzled from your hols?

If your hair looks and feels like straw after your hols, book in to the salon for a reviving cut, colour, or conditioning treatment and restore your locks to their former glory.



The Tell-Tale Signs of Hair Damage (And What You Can Do About It)

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Is your hair damaged or is it just dry? Dry hair can be remedied with some simple changes to your haircare habits, while damaged hair needs some intensive care.

A test for hair damage

Next time you wash your hair, take a strand of wet hair from your head and gently pull on either end. If the hair stretches by about one third before springing back, your hair is nice and healthy. If it doesn’t stretch or hardly stretches before breaking, your hair is damaged. Dry hair tends to stretch but not spring back.

The tell-tale signs of hair damage

Dry hair that lacks ‘oomph’: Your hair is dry and brittle and you have a lot of split ends.

Your hair lacks shine: This is because the outer layers are rough and damaged.

Your hair is frizzy and unmanageable: When hair is damaged, the cuticle doesn’t lie flat so it appears rough, and the hair is in dire need of moisture so it absorbs more from the atmosphere.

Your hair is rough: It looks and feels like straw even though you’ve tried every product that claims to fix damage and hydrate your locks.

Your colour fades fast: dry damaged hair doesn’t absorb or hold onto colour well.

Do you see all the signs of damage? Here’s what you should do:

Give your locks a hit of protein

Protein is the building block of hair and it’s essential for keeping your locks strong and healthy. Aveda’s fab damage remedy range that we use in salon contains quinoa, which is high in protein and helps rebuild the hair’s strength from within, and adds shine.

The restructuring shampoo helps protect the hair from environmental damage and the restructuring conditioner helps reduce breakage by detangling and smoothing the hair.

Have a break from heat styling

Frying your locks with straighteners, tongs, and hairdryers can cause damage and strip the hair of its natural oils. Let your hair dry naturally wherever you can, but if you must use styling tools, use damage remedy daily hair repair to protect your hair from damage.

Use a hair mask every week

You don’t think twice about using a face mask regularly for your skin, so why not do the same for your hair? Use damage remedy intensive restructuring treatment once per week and leave it on for 5 minutes for stronger, shinier, hydrated hair.

Get a regular trim

I know I go on about this all of the time, but it’s so important. Get a trim every 4-6 weeks to get rid of any split ends and encourage healthy hair growth.


Repair Damaged Hair With Aveda Damage Remedy

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We all want our hair to look good, but unfortunately, most of the things we do to make it look good also do a lot of damage to it. From blow drying to colouring and straightening, we put our hair through a lot. Do you know if your hair is damaged or not? Answer these questions* to find out.

How does your hair feel?

  1. A) Normal, not too dry, not too greasy
  2. B) A little bit rough
  3. C) Really rough and dry

Do you colour or bleach your hair?

  1. A) No
  2. B) Sometimes but only now and again when I fancy a change
  3. C) I have regular appointments

Do you use heat styling tools?

  1. A) Not that often, I try to let my hair dry naturally (go ahead to question 5 if this applies to you)
  2. B) A few times per week
  3. C) Every day

Do you use any heat protection products?

  1. A) Always
  2. B) Sometimes
  3. C) Never

Do you have regular blow dry appointments?

  1. A) No
  2. B) I like to get a blow dry for a big night out or a special occasion
  3. C) I have one regularly

Do you have split ends?

  1. A) No. I’ve recently had a good haircut
  2. B) A few
  3. C) I have loads

Do you use any treatments on your hair?

  1. A) I use a deep conditioning mask every week
  2. B) If I’m at the salon
  3. C) Never

How often do you wear your hair up?

  1. A) Never. My hair is too short/ I prefer to wear it down
  2. B) Sometimes, but I never tie it tight
  3. C) I love a secure ponytail or bun

Do you have any chemical treatments: perming, keratin, relaxing, or similar?

  1. A) Never
  2. B) Every now and again
  3. C) Regularly

How do you brush your hair?

  1. A) I always use a detangling spray first
  2. B) I brush it gently
  3. C) I’m forever dragging my brush through my hair to get rid of knots

If you answered:

Mostly A:

You’re a star. You’re treating your hair well and keeping it in good condition. But everyone’s hair needs a little extra help at times, so why not ask me about adding an Aveda damage remedy daily hair repair treatment to your blow dry, cut, or colour service next time you’re in the salon?

This leave-in treatment will instantly improve the look of your hair while detangling and protecting it from heat styling. What’s even better is that it’s made from 98% natural ingredients so you know your hair is getting some gentle goodness.

Mostly B:

You’re doing okay, but you could be doing a little bit more to protect your hair from damage. Introduce the damage remedy restructuring shampoo and conditioner to your routine, as well as the daily hair repair. Once per week, use the damage remedy intensive restructuring treatment to smooth and strengthen your hair. Think of it like a face mask for your hair. All of these products are packed with quinoa protein and other natural ingredients that will leave your hair silky soft, strong, and shiny.

Mostly C:

Your hair is definitely in need of some damage repair. Try introducing a hair repair routine with all of the Aveda products I’ve mentioned above, and next time you’re in the salon, let’s have a chat about how you can reduce hair damage. Maybe you need to have more regular trims, take a break from chemical dyes and treatments, or let your hair dry naturally more often. Let the journey to your best hair yet begin!


*Questions adapted from


How to Stop Frizz in Its Tracks

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If the hot weather we’ve had recently has turned your normally sleek hair puffy, unmanageable, and frizzy, this blog is a must read.  Any type of hair can become frizzy in certain conditions, but curly or wavy hair that’s prone to dryness is usually the hair that gets it worst. The good news is, there are plenty of things you can try to stop frizz in its tracks.

Change up your products

Shampoos that are full of harsh chemicals like sulphates strip the hair of its natural protective oils and leave it dry, brittle, and more prone to frizz. Try using gentler, more nourishing hair products for healthier, more manageable locks. The Aveda products we have in salon are full of plant-based goodness and are far gentler on your hair and scalp.

Use a deep conditioning hair mask

Hair masks give hair a much-needed moisture boost. If your hair is getting all the moisture it needs from the mask, it won’t need to absorb moisture from the air. Use a hair mask at least once per week.

Use a nourishing hair oil

Used sparingly, a good quality hair oil like Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil can hydrate and nourish the hair and get rid of frizz.

Don’t wash your hair too often

If you wash your hair daily, stop. Washing too often can strip away the hair’s natural oils, leaving it dry and prone to frizz. You shouldn’t be heat styling your hair every day either.

Choose the right hair brush

Brushes with natural bristles can help reduce frizz because they’re better at dispersing the natural oils from your scalp down to the ends of your hair. This protects the hair, adds moisture and reduces frizz.

Use heat protection products

When you do use heat on your hair, use a heat protection product to protect your strands from the worst effects of your hairdryer and straighteners.

Apply Olaplex No. 6 Bond Smoother before blow drying

This product is a God send for anyone with frizzy hair. Apply it before blow drying to eliminate frizz, add moisture, and cut down on drying time. The best thing is, the effects last for 72 hours!

Has your hair gone wild and frizzy in the heat? Ask me in salon how you can tame it.








Introducing the Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil

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Image: Olaplex 

If you’ve been following us on social media, you will have seen me getting super excited about the arrival of Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil. I’ve raved about the difference Olaplex can make to hair on the blog, and this product is no exception!

Olaplex calls this a ‘weightless reparative styling oil’ which can repair, strengthen and hydrate all types of hair. This wonder product also offers heat protection, and it promises to increase shine, softness, and even the vibrancy of your colour! Oh, and it’s ultra-light.

Where does No.7 fit into an Olaplex routine?

Well if you’ve read my previous blog posts, you’ll know that No.1 Bond Multiplier is used in salon with your colour to prevent any damage, especially from bleach. No.2 Bond Perfector is used to hydrate and strengthen after your colour is taken off. No.3 Hair Perfector is the one you can use as a mask at home to keep hair strong and super smooth. Then there’s the trio of products that will give you the best blow dry ever; No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner, and No.6 Bond Smoother which all hydrate the hair and fight frizz.

And now we have the No. 7 Bonding Oil which can be used before heat styling or as a smoother and pick-me-up if your hair is feeling a little dry.

Why should you use hair oils?

Oils have actually been used in hair care for thousands of years, but today’s oils are much more advanced. They’re light, formulated to not leave the hair looking greasy, and they contain nourishing extracts that leave the hair looking and smelling amazing.

Hair oils mimic the action of your hair’s natural oils that are produced in the scalp’s oil glands and protect and soften the hair. They also keep the hair hydrated by preventing water loss.

Of course, an oil is still an oil, even if it is light, so a little tends to go a long way. Whether you use a hair oil daily, or you use it just when you feel it’s needed, they can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your hair.

Ask me about Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil in salon and experience it for yourself!




Can You Get Hair Extensions When Your Hair Is Damaged?

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When you make the decision to have hair extensions, it’s usually because you’re not happy with the length or thickness of your natural hair, or you’ve had a drastic hair cut that you’re now regretting. But what about when you want hair extensions but your hair is damaged?

If your hair is very damaged, you need to discuss this with your stylist because your hair might not be suitable for extensions.

Why is damaged hair not suitable for hair extensions?

Most of us have some hair damage, whether it’s from too much heat styling or chemical processing, and this doesn’t mean you can’t have hair extensions, it just depends on the extent of the damage. Very damaged hair may be too weak to take the weight of hair extensions.

Your priority needs to be improving the condition of your hair

Any extreme uses of heat styling or over-bleaching can really weaken the hair and cause breakage and damage to its structure. The best thing to do in this case is to work on getting your hair in better condition before you consider hair extensions.

We have Olaplex in salon, and it’s amazing for hair that needs rebuilding from within. It rebuilds broken bonds and leaves it strong, shiny, and primed for healthy new hair growth.

Otherwise, don’t use heat styling on it for a while and use a deep conditioning mask at least once per week to add nourish the hair and add moisture.

Hair extensions are a commitment

Hair extensions do take a lot of looking after, and I will always explain what’s involved in the aftercare at your consultation. Ask me as many questions as you need to before you commit so that you can a) keep your extensions looking amazing for longer, and b) ensure that you’re able to keep your natural hair nice and healthy while you’re wearing extensions.

Don’t go cheap!

When they’re fitted properly, hair extensions should not damage your natural hair, though I have seen a few cases where extensions have been very badly fitted and the hair has been left damaged. It goes without saying that you should always go to a qualified and experienced professional to have your extensions fitted, not someone who’s offering the cheapest price on Facebook. I’ve had to re-do my fair share of botched extensions, and believe me, going cheap is not worth the health of your hair!

To see the full range of hair extensions we offer and to book an appointment, click here.


Our First Ever Newsletter!

Salon Lareine


Hey all!

So this is my first newsletter. I’ve been wanting to do one for ages but I’ve had so much going on-mummy duties, wifey duties, and not to mention completely renovating the amazing house we bought and opening up my new salon!

This year marks 25 years in hairdressing for me, so I felt like this was the perfect time to start telling you all about the exciting things that are going on, both in the salon and in my life.

My hairdressing journey

So my hairdressing journey started when I began training with Toni and Guy. I moved around different salons in Oxford and then in 2008, I moved to Bristol with a friend. I worked at Toni and Guy in Bristol for a while then I started teaching at Reflections Training Academy. For those of you who know me, you’ll know that I suffer from allergies and the teaching allowed me to take some much needed time away from dyes and other chemicals.

From there, I worked in another salon up until my son was born in 2015. That was the year I decided to become self-employed. I love my job but I also really love and value my family life. I’ve never looked back.

Our new home-and my new salon!

I worked out of my dining room for six years until last summer, when me and my husband (a really well-known graffiti artist in Bristol-check out his Instagram page here) decided we needed a bigger house. The kids are getting bigger and we both wanted space to work from home, and we came across a total gem of a house in Kingswood.

Our new home in Kingswood

It’s like a mini secret castle tucked away on the High Street, and hardly anyone knew it was there. We’ve done a complete renovation from top to bottom. Me and my husband have outhouses to work from, there’s loads of land, and we even found a secret room under the kitchen!

In the next newsletter, I’ll give you the details of the Instagram and Snapchat accounts we made for the renovation incase you want to have a sneaky peek…

So as well as my new home, I opened the doors to my new salon. Welcome to the new Salon La Reine! It’s a total dream come true.

The new and improved salon la reine

Salon News

We now have apprentices

I’ve now taken on some lovely apprentices and I’m training them well to keep the standards high in the industry. You might have seen me post a picture of some very poorly fitted hair extensions on a client who came to me recently. I hate seeing things like that. Poorly trained stylists are taking peoples’ money and ruining their hair. Some rules to abide by with hair: when choosing your stylist, look at examples of their work, ask about their qualifications and experience, and DON’T go cheap!

We’re now an eco-friendly salon

We now use eco-friendly products that are better for the planet and for your skin. I get dermatitis so I know how important it is to not expose your skin to harsh products and chemicals. The new products are better for me and safer for my lovely clients. Experience them for yourself next time you visit.

Me with our good salon guide five star award

We’re now officially a Five Star Salon!

I’m delighted to say that we’ve been awarded the Good Salon Guide 5* award. This is the highest standard that a salon can achieve in the industry for both customer service and for the services I can offer, being a Colour Master and Hair Extension Master, not to mention our Blow Dry Bar.

This award is normally only given to the bigger salons with loads of employees so it’s a huge achievement and honour for Salon La Reine. We will continue to provide the very best service we can to all of our clients and we will keep on pushing on and improving.

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Bristol Boss Babe

As you might know, I started a networking group last year for self-employed women in Bristol. It made sense to me, because I’m a bit of a hairdresser’s hairdresser. People from across the hair and beauty industry come to me to get their hair done, and we all send clients each other’s way.

But Bristol Boss Babe is for self-employed women in any industry, so whether you craft, run a creche, or you’re a personal trainer, you can come along and network, share ideas, and get some support. When all the house-related craziness has settled down, I’ll hold some open evenings and social get togethers where people can come along, tell everyone what they do, and we can share ideas, offers and discounts. Work takes up a lot of time, especially when you’re your own boss, so it’s nice to be able to spend some time with people who are in the same boat.

Find Bristol Boss babe on Insta here


Coming soon

Colour, hair extension, and hair replacement masterclasses

I’ve decide to start running masterclasses for hairdressers and beauticians who are qualified to AT LEAST NVQ Level 2. Watch this space for more information…


That’s it for our first newsletter,

Until next time,



How to Revive Your Post-Holiday Hair

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So you’ve had a gorgeous relaxing break in the sun. You have an amazing tan and you feel refreshed, but you look in the mirror and catch sight of your hair. It looks dry and frazzled thanks to plenty of sun exposure and chlorine from the pool, and it’s in desperate need of help. Don’t worry, we’re here to give you some tips on how to restore your locks to their former glory. Here’s how to revive your post-holiday hair.

Give it a good cleanse

Get rid of any traces of chlorine and other impurities with a clarifying shampoo.

Hydrate it

Use a deep conditioner and mask to rehydrate your parched locks, really focusing on the dry ends. Try and avoid heat styling for a while and embrace your hair’s natural texture.

Have an Olaplex treatment in salon

If your hair looks and feels dry and brittle, it needs some intensive care in the form of Olaplex. It’s an amazing treatment that I’ve raved about many times on the blog now and for good reason. It rebuilds your hair’s broken bonds and nourishes and strengthens it from the inside out. Olaplex will give you your strongest, shiniest, and healthiest hair yet.

Have a trim

Getting a trim will remove any dry, split ends that have been caused by excessive sun or chlorine exposure. No amount of conditioning can make your hair look as healthy as it does when you’ve had a fresh trim.

Revamp or correct your colour

Does your hair look dull after you’ve spent countless hours in the sun? Whether you want to make your dark locks look richer or you want your blonde more sun-kissed and glowy, book in and I’ll help brighten up your look.

A common problem with blonde hair is that is can look brassy after you’ve spent time in the sun. A toner can help neutralise any brassy tallow or orange tones and restore your beautiful blonde shade. Purple shampoo is great for neutralising brassy tones in blonde hair.

Do you need help restoring your hair to its former glory after a holiday in the sun? Get in touch to find out what we can do to help!


Why You Should Switch to More Natural Haircare Products

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If you follow me on social media, you might have seen that the salon recently became an Aveda Concept salon. This means we’ll be using eco-friendly products which are kinder to my skin and gentler on my clients’ scalps.

Why organic and natural hair care is becoming more popular

Organic hair care that’s made from natural ingredients is becoming much more popular mainly because people are becoming much more aware of how many chemicals they are putting on and into their bodies on a daily basis. People with eczema, allergies, and other skin issues are switching to more natural products too as there’s far less chance of ingredients causing an unpleasant flare up.

Another reason why people are thinking about exactly what’s in the products their using is because they’re becoming more concerned about the environment. They’re starting to think about the chemical nasties that they are washing down the plughole and the damage it might be causing.

Kinder to your hair

Let’s face it, all of these are great reasons to switch to organic products, but if your hair is your crowning glory, or it’s damaged, switching to gentler products is far better for your hair. Take away the nasties like sulphates and parabens and you’ll be left with a product that will nourish your hair and add strength and shine, rather than stripping away natural oils, causing damage, and leaving it looking and feeling like straw.

So with the demand for more natural haircare products, manufacturers have taken note, and they’ve started developing innovative alternatives to the synthetic chemical formulas. They’ve created natural conditioners, natural alternatives to silicone, natural styling products, clarifying shampoos, you name it.

Natural products are just as effective

Plant-based products like the Aveda range we use have great benefits for every hair type, and this is backed by science.

If you’re sceptical and think that natural products can’t possible work as well as synthetic products, think about this; is the fact you need to use so many products down to the damage that’s already been done to your hair by chemical-laden products? If your hair is dry, frizzy, or it’s prone to breakage, this is probably the case.

If you’re willing to put aside what you find a little strange about the more natural products, like the fact that they tend not to foam so much, you’ll see that they’re just as effective. We equate more foam with the hair being cleaner, but that’s not the case. With natural shampoos, use half the amount you normally would, but wash the hair twice, making sure you use a lot of water and massage it well into the scalp to get a lather going.

Do you have dry or damaged hair? Do you have skin issues or allergies which flare up when you expose your skin to certain ingredients? Try our gentle eco-friendly Aveda haircare range in salon and see and feel the difference for yourself.

Olaplex No.6: The Frizz Tamer You Need in Your Life

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Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother is the latest release in their product range, and as you might have guessed, it also does wonders for your hair! If you want to revive damaged hair, add moisture, detangle, strengthen, or eliminate frizz or flyaways, this is the product you need.

What’s in it?

One of the things I love about Olaplex, apart from it being an amazing product, is that it’s very gentle, non-toxic, pH balanced, and free from parabens, sulphates, and SLS/SLES free. It’s also cruelty free, so it’s a great choice for vegans. I love knowing that I’m using products in the salon that are safer for me and my clients.

Here are some of the key ingredients:

Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate: Olaplex’s patented ingredient. It works by repairing disulphide bonds in the hair that are broken when the hair is over processed and too much heat styling is used.

Fermented Green Tea Oil: This penetrates the hair deeply, nourishing it and improving its feel.

Coconut oil, vitamin E, fermented argan oil, and sealift: These soothe the hair and have anti-ageing benefits particularly for the hair follicles.

Grapeseed oil: This contains antioxidant compounds like beta-carotene, and vitamins C and E, vitamin D, essential fatty acids, and polyphenols to protect and nourish the hair.

Phytantriol and Panthenol: These ingredients help to prevent damage and thicken the hair while improving shine.

What hair types is it suitable for?

It works its magic on all hair types, whether your hair is fine and straight, or thick and curly. Whatever hair type you have, a little goes a long with Olaplex No.6. Start with an amount equal to the size of a 10p piece and add more later if needed.

Its superpower: prepping the hair for a great blow dry

If you read our recent blog, you’ll know that Olaplex No.6 works best when you team it up with No.4 and No.5. Once you’ve used them to cleanse and condition the hair, towel dry it and apply No.6. You’ll find that the hair is so much more manageable and less frizzy, and this cuts down the drying time-great news for all you ladies with super busy lives.

Olaplex No.6 helps get rid of frizz for up to 72 hours, so when you wake up in the morning, you won’t have a frizzy bedhead, you’ll have sleek, shiny, gorgeous hair.

Do you want to try Olaplex No. 6 during your next blow-dry? Ask me next time you’re in the salon!



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