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Trichotillomania: What is Hair Pulling and What Can You Do About It?

hair loss trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is a condition where the sufferer has an intense urge to pull their hair out. It can be the hair on their head, eyebrows, eyelashes, or elsewhere on the body.

Around 1 in 20 people have this condition and because of a lack of awareness about it, many people suffer in silence and feel deeply ashamed.

In this blog, I want to talk about what hair pulling is, what you can do about it, and how I can help you find the perfect hair loss solution to help you grow your hair back healthier than ever.

Why do sufferers pull their hair out?

People who have this condition feel an irresistible urge to pull their hair out:

  • When they feel tense, bored, or stressed
  • When they are experiencing intrusive thoughts

It becomes such a habit that some people don’t even realise they are doing it.

What are the effects of trichotillomania?

Sufferers are often left with bald patches, sparse eyebrows, and barely-there eyelashes. This usually results in attempts to cover up their hair-pulling with hats, wigs, semi-permanent make up, or false eyelashes. But if the hair loss is at the point where it can’t be hidden from view, it can really affect someone’s self-esteem. Sufferers can avoid going out or interacting with others because of the fear of being stared at or judged.

How is trichotillomania treated?

Treating trichotillomania is not just about finding a wig or hairpiece to cover up the external problem. Sufferers need help to get to the bottom of what is causing them to want to pull their hair out. This can be talking therapy, like CBT, which looks at unhelpful behaviours and tries to change your thought patterns, or if the person has another condition like anxiety or depression, they might be offered medication to help.

What I can do for you in salon

hair grown back, hair loss solutions trichotillomania

First, I want you to know that you are not alone. I want you to know that you can come into the salon and get some support and understanding, as well as some practical help to get your hair back to health.

The hair loss solutions I offer like wigs, toppers, hair systems, and hair extensions can help cover any thinner areas while removing the urge to pull the hair. This will give your hair the chance to grow healthy and strong while giving you your confidence back with a hair loss solution while it grows out.

Do you suffer from trichotillomania?

Maybe you can’t imagine feeling confident in yourself and having beautiful healthy hair, but believe me, with a supportive and understanding stylist and proper treatment, you’ll get there.

Get in touch and book a consultation to find out how I can help you.

Why You Should Steer Clear of Box Dye

steer clear of box hair dye

I know how desperate some of you are to sort out your root regrowth, cover your greys, and make your hair look gorgeous and glam again, and I also know that while the salon is closed and we are all in lockdown, you’ll be tempted to reach for that box dye, I have one word of advice for you: don’t!

My advice to you would be to get creative and find ways to hide the regrowth or greys rather than slipping a home colour in your trolley when you do your weekly shop. Here’s why you should steer clear of box dye.

DIY boxed colours can damage your hair

When I mix colours in the salon, I blend a colour that is going to suit your skin tone and the texture of your hair. I also use products like Olaplex to protect your hair from damage during the colouring process. I always have a pretty good idea of how it’s going to turn out, but with box dyes, there are no guarantees. Will it dry your hair out completely, or will it turn out a totally different colour from what you expected? There is no way of knowing, especially if you have a colour or highlights in already.

A lot can go wrong

I know, you’re probably thinking ‘she would say that’ but it’s true. If you use a box dye, you might ruin the colour that it’s taken us a lot of appointments to create. Then there’s the issue of application. You no doubt know that there’s a bit of the back of your head that you just can’t see, and if you miss areas when applying the colour, you’ll get a patchy result.

Correcting mistakes can cost you dearly

Think about how much you have invested coming into the salon for a haircut, trying to achieve your dream colour, and getting your hair in beautiful condition. Then imagine ruining your hair with a £6 box of dye and having to pay a small fortune to have it corrected. It’s really not worth it, hang in there and focus on keeping your hair in good condition instead.

There are other options

If you want to cover roots and grey hairs, there are plenty of temporary products out there, like root touch up sprays and powders. These aren’t harsh on your hair and they’ll do the job until you’re able to get into the salon to see me again!

You can also try different hair accessories and hairstyles if you want to camouflage roots or hair that needs a good cut and colour.

 

I know that for many of you, your hair is your pride and joy, but embrace this time and use it to be kind to your hair, and get it in good condition so that when you do have your next colour, it looks shiny, healthy, and amazing. Use less heat, embrace your natural texture, and slap on a deep conditioning mask while you’re watching Netflix. Your hair will feel so good, you won’t want to go near box dye!

 

Look After Your Hair During the Lockdown

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So here at Salon La Reine, we’ve had to close our doors temporarily because of the coronavirus outbreak, just like salons all across the country. It was a hard decision, but it was the right one because we all need to protect ourselves, families, clients, and other people we might come into contact with. But I know that the forced closure is leaving many of you wondering what state your hair is going to be in by the time things get back to normal. Here are my top tips on how to look after your hair during the lockdown.

Don’t be tempted to cut your own hair

Whether your split ends are rearing their ugly head or your bangs are out of control, don’t be tempted to do a DIY cut-it rarely ends well. If your hair badly needs a cut, or it’s in that ‘awkward’ stage, you can disguise the fact by wearing it in a loose boho-style ponytail or a messy-updo like a top knot. Nice accessories can also hide a multitude of sins, especially if you have to jump on some video calls with friends and the family.

Steer clear of box dyes

If the thought of potentially having 3 months’ worth of root regrowth coming through fills you with dread, you might be tempted to rush to Tesco and grab a box dye. My advice would be DON’T. If you already have highlights or colour on, there’s no way of knowing how the colour will turn out, and you really don’t need the extra expense of having to have a colour correction down the line. Box dyes can also dry the hair out and cause damage to your locks.

If you really want to temporarily disguise roots, opt for a root retoucher instead to tide you over until things get back to normal.

Focus on the health of your hair

If you’re stuck indoors, why not spend some time looking after your hair and improving its condition?

If you’re not going out and you’re not going to be jumping on any video chats/work-related conference calls, why not pop on a deep conditioning hair mask and leave it on all day? Your hair will feel smooth, sleek, and healthy. Try to let your hair dry naturally whenever you can too; who needs to style it if you’re not heading to the office, right?

A note about hair extensions

For all of you ladies with hair extensions, please only use products that are tailored for hair extensions, and it goes without saying, don’t try to remove hot fusion bonds yourself!

I have put a video up on my Facebook page showing you how to remove wefts, Micro rings, and Nano rings-check it out, don’t ruin your hair!

 

I get how difficult it is for many of you who can’t visit the salon, but as long as we all follow the advice, hopefully you’ll be back in to see me before you know it.

Keep an eye out for more blogs full of top tips, Facebook lives, and more to help you (and your hair) get through this!

 

 

 

 

Welcome to our February Newsletter!

I’m sure you all would have heard the awful news about Caroline Flack and here at Salon La Reine, we have decided to take a stand against unkindness and bullying by banning gossip mags from the salon.

We do not believe in promoting magazines that slate people, put them down, advertise personal problems for the world to see, disrespect people’s outfits and bodies…the list goes on. Ladies, we need to build each other up, not knock each other down, so from now on when you come to Salon La Reine, you will be able to read good old-fashioned books, educational magazines, and even some colouring books. Hopefully this will catch on in lots of other salons!

We’re all about the goodness…

Salon La Reine interior Aveda concept salon

We know that you millennials are more conscious about the environment that older generations, and we know that you’d rather spend your money on eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and vegan products. That’s why we’re proud to be an Aveda concept salon, and we’re proud to use their gorgeous cruelty-free and 97% vegan and plant-based products. Come and experience them for yourself in salon.

Hair extensions-always, always, always go to a professional!

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Ladies, I know I always go on about this, but it’s so important! If you are trusting someone with your hair and your money, please go to someone who is well-trained and experienced. These are just a few examples of what can happen when you don’t go to someone who knows what they are doing. I often see wefts and bonds placed and distributed incorrectly throughout the hair, and often the extensions that have been applied weigh too much for the client’s hair type. This can result in severe damage to the natural hair and even tension traction alopecia in severe cases. Please book a consultation with me if you’re considering getting hair extensions. If you pay for cheap hair extensions, you might get more than what you bargained for, and not in a good way.

Extensions aren’t just for adding length

picture of client who is regrowing hair after chemotherapy

Most people get extensions because they want longer hair, but hair extensions are an accessory, so you can wear them for lots of reasons. Maybe you want to add a splash of colour, have some lovely highlights or balayage without using chemicals, or you want to add length to the sides of your hair that never seem to grow. The options are endless!

Want hair extensions but don’t want to go near heat or glue? Go nano

nano hair extensions

Nano hair extensions are one of the safest methods of application because there’s:

  • No heat
  • No glue
  • No sewing
  • No tape-in
  • No chemicals
  • No braids
  • No fusions

You can find out more about nano hair extensions here.

Hair loss solutions

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At Salon La Reine, we’re all about providing the best custom hair loss solutions to make you look and feel gorgeous and confident. Get in touch to find out more about our custom-coloured wigs, hair loss systems, toppers, and micro partings.

Speaking about hair loss…

Our latest blog is on hair loss and regrowth after chemotherapy treatment, and it includes some great tips from one of my lovely clients. Read all about it here.

Ending on a happy note

There’s nothing better than a happy client, and I love it when they are kind enough to leave us some lovely feedback. We give 100% to each and every client and are always striving to be better. Thank you @bellathynnee!

“Had an amazing experience at Salon La Reine. Couldn’t find any hairdresser that did Nano rings and Micro Beading in Bath or Bristol. I found Salon La Reine online and then messaged her on Instagram, and booked an appointment as soon as possible. Beautiful salon, fast but a perfectionist, overall a great experience. Definitely coming back!”

Until next time,

Love, Lorraine x

Hair Health and Growth During Chemotherapy and Beyond

picture of client who is regrowing hair after chemotherapy

Cancer treatments like chemotherapy kill cancer cells but they can also kill healthy cells in the body, including the hair follicles, which results in hair loss.

Hair loss is one of the side effects of treatment that women fear the most, because their hair is a big part of who they are and losing it can really affect their confidence and self-esteem.

The good news is that for most women, the hair does grow back. Obviously everyone has different experiences, but my lovely client @lyndsaymaderis shared these tips with me on growing your hair out after chemotherapy and I just had to pass them on.

Cold caps can help reduce hair loss and speed up regrowth

This is because the blood vessels in the scalp constrict when they are exposed to cold, which reduces the flow of blood to the hair follicles. This means that less chemotherapy medication reaches the hair follicles and you’ll experience less hair loss.

Hair follicles can take a few months to regenerate after the end of your treatment

Remember that after treatment, your immune system will probably be low and you’ll be a bit run down, so don’t expect miracles in terms of hair growth, it can be slow. The slowest growing areas are often around the hairline, and at the crown. Once your body starts recovering properly, your hair will start to grow in faster.

Your hair will feel thicker as it’s shorter and it may even be a different colour or texture

Many women who lose their hair when they are getting cancer treatment find that the colour and texture of their hair changes, and it can even go from straight to curly and vice versa. Your hair might return to its usual state, but it needs plenty of tlc until then.

Wigs hats and scarves won’t slow hair growth down

Wearing wigs, hats, and scarves is a popular way to deal with hair loss. This is completely safe to do and it won’t limit new hair growth at all.

Avoid harsh colouring as this keeps the new hair strong and growing in faster

Hair can be dry, brittle, and delicate following chemotherapy so it’s best to avoid any harsh colour processing or chemical treatments until its health is restored.

Medications and hormones will affect the health and strength of the hair

Medications and hormones can affect hair growth, texture, and condition. Many drugs cause hair thinning and dryness, so be prepared for this, care for your hair properly, and eat well during your recovery.

Keratin fusion extensions are a safe and fun way to protect the hair as it grows out

You will need at least 3 inches of hair to make sure the extensions are hidden, but they last 12-16 weeks and they’ll help get you past that ‘awkward’ stage until your hair is long and strong enough to cut into a great shape.

If you’ve recently gone through cancer treatment and you’d like to look at hair loss systems and options, get in touch and see what we can do for you here at Salon La Reine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights Decoded: Which Type Are Your Perfect Match?

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Do you want new hair for the new year? Are you unsure about whether to get a new haircut, change your hairstyle, or add some colour?  Well if you’re not sure what you want, instead of doing something dramatic, why not add a new dimension and a tonne of lustre to your locks with some highlights? Don’t know your balayage from your babylights? No problem, in this blog, we’re going to decode the different types of highlights for you so you can find your perfect match!

Babylights

Babylights are subtle and delicate highlights that look like the natural tones you see in children’s hair. The difference between babylights and normal highlights is that much smaller strands of hair are put into the foils, and the finished result is very natural and sun-kissed hair.

Balayage

Balayage is French for ‘sweep’ which pretty much describes the technique. Highlights are painted randomly through the hair to add depth and lustre. Most of the colour is focused on the mid-lengths and ends of the hair. Balayage suits everyone from blondes to the darkest brunettes, and the most vibrant of redheads, and it’s a bonus for those who like low-maintenance locks; they look ‘grown-out’ because they’re meant to, which means no root-related nightmares after a few weeks.

Flamboyage

An interesting name for an interesting technique! This technique combines balayage and Ombré methods, but adhesive strips are used in place of foils so that highlights look gorgeously natural. The result is that your natural colour is enhanced, and you’ll look like you just spent a few weeks at the beach. This technique works on all hair types too.

Ombré

This is one of the most popular highlighting techniques, where a darker root extends down to a lighter tip. It’s a low-maintenance option which is great for the summer, and it works best on people whose hair has a little bit of natural body.

Sombré

This is a gentler version of Ombré, where the ends of your hair might be dyed just one shade lighter than the hair closer to the roots. This is a great choice if you’re afraid of going full-on Ombré. If you’re all about low-maintenance, this is a perfect option for you.

Chunky sliced highlights

This is a more on-trend version of those chunky highlights from the 90’s. Larger pieces of hair are coloured to create a more dramatic effect. Always have these done by a professional though, because if they go wrong, you can end up looking more Garfield than gorgeous!

Frosted highlights

These are similar to chunky highlights. The tips of the hair are lightened to create multi-dimensional shades of blonde. And don’t worry, you won’t look like a throwback from a 90’s boyband, the finished result is actually super pretty.

Ribbon highlights

This technique is similar to balayage, but the difference is that the colour is not concentrated on the ends of the hair. Highlights are weaved through the hair which creates a lovely contrast between the lighter strands and your base colour.

Do you want to give highlights a try?

With traditional highlights, you have to come back to the salon every 6 weeks for maintenance, but with the techniques I’ve talked about in this blog, you’ll only have to come back 3-4 times per year, which means healthier, less processed hair.

Ask about highlights next time you’re in the salon and let me help you find your perfect match!

 

Welcome to Our January Newsletter!

Hi everyone and welcome to our latest newsletter!

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and New Year (I know it seems like a lifetime ago now) and hopefully you’re getting in the swing of things again. I know we are here at Salon La Reine; it’s been busy, busy, busy!

As well as being non-stop in the salon, Me and my amazing hubby @zase have been celebrating our five-year anniversary, as well as our beautiful son Elijah’s 8th birthday. I’m so happy and grateful for my life as a boss babe, wife, and mum; I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Do you suffer from hair loss? 

hair system for hair loss at salon la reine

If you suffer from hair loss, whether it’s due to illness, medication, medical treatment, hormones, or any other diagnosed condition, we can help. We have the perfect hair loss solution for you. At Salon La Reine, we offer hair systems and hair extensions for hair loss.

When you’re suffering from hair loss, you’re understandably worried about damaging the fragile hair you have left, but if you opt for one of our hair systems, there’s no glue, clips, tape, caps, latex, nothing. Just hair. Our systems won’t cause damage to your natural hair; in fact, they’re integrated into it and allow your scalp to breathe, unlike wigs and hairpieces. Unlike wigs, they don’t need to be styled and/or removed every day, just fit it and forget it.

If you have a busy lifestyle, a hair system won’t get in the way. You can shower, swim, sweat, and face everything that the British weather throws at you without a care. You can blow dry it, style it, curl it, straighten it, and run your fingers through it; it’s the next best thing to a full head of your own hair.

Our hair systems are nice and light, so they won’t stress your natural hair and you’ll get that confident glamorous look back that you’ve been missing. Oh yes, and the hair system is 100% created, tailored, and colour-matched for you. If you’re suffering from hair loss and you’d like to find out more about our hair systems, click here.

Hair extensions for hair loss 

hair extensions for hair loss at salon la reine

Hair extensions can be a great choice for thinning hair, and I used single sided tape on this lovely guest, which is especially designed for women with extra fine hair. By using half as many Tape-In wefts, the extensions are gentle on delicate hair. It’s a weightless, smooth solution for a natural look. For more information on the best hair extensions for thinning hair, get in touch!

New product alert! 

nutriplenish at salon la reine

Introducing Aveda nutriplenish™, a nourishing, fast-absorbing, superfood-infused formula for hyper hydration & next-level nourishment, now available at @salonlareine. It’s formulated with omega-5-rich organic pomegranate oil, mango butter, and coconut oil for lush, visibly healthy, manageable hair. It’s available in Light Moisture with fast absorbing oils for those that want a lighter formula, and Deep Moisture, for hair in need of detangling and hydration. You can even choose the perfect products for your hair type! Click here to find your nutriplenish match made in heaven. And just when you thought this range couldn’t get any better, it’s made from 94% naturally derived ingredients, has a gorgeous scent of cocoa, organic cardamom, and ginger, and it’s vegan and completely cruelty-free.

Ask Salon La Reine
Q: What’s the difference between purple and silver shampoo?
A: Purple shampoo was created for people with blonde hair. It helps to get rid of any brassy or yellow tones whether they are natural or they’ve been caused by colouring your hair. After you use purple shampoo, you’re left with a beautiful fresh shade of blonde, like you’ve just stepped out of the salon. Purple shampoo should not replace your everyday shampoo.  I recommend using it mixed with your own shampoo once or twice per week. You’ll love the results! But be careful or you can end up with lilac dull grey-ish hair. Remember it’s a toning shampoo so it can make your hair really dry. Make sure you do a mask once per week to add moisture and hydrate the hair, and make sure you use serums and heat protection too. When it comes to purple shampoo and silver shampoo, there isn’t really a difference, they both do the same job, which is removing brassy tones from blonde hair.
Until next time,
Lorraine x

Aveda: Switch to A Cruelty-Free Brand That Cares

Aveda Cruelty-free products bunny

We know that you millennials are far more conscious buyers than previous generations. You want to buy more sustainable and eco-friendly products, and this includes products that are cruelty-free. This is why brands like Aveda are becoming so popular, with their cruelty-free, naturally-derived products that are gentle on the skin and kind to the planet. We are so proud to say we use Aveda products in the salon, and we love them!

Why test on animals in the first place?

As a nation of animal lovers, most of us are appalled at the idea of using products that cause them suffering. Thankfully, in 1998, animal testing was banned in the UK, but many products made outside of the EU are still tested on animals.

The main reason animal testing happens is because government bodies need to prove whether certain ingredients are safe for people to use or not. But the truth is, ingredients have evolved, and many companies are using more naturally-derived ingredients in their products, so animal testing is unnecessary.

The benefits of choosing a cruelty-free brand

Well the obvious benefit is that animals don’t suffer. But there are also benefits for you. Most cruelty-free brands contain naturally-derived ingredients instead of potentially harmful chemicals that can cause skin irritation and more. So they’re better for your health, your conscience, and for our furry friends!

Aveda- a cruelty-free brand

The good news is that as a customer, you can choose to buy from cruelty-free brands and dictate the way the market develops. The more cruelty-free brands you support, the more they grow, and the companies who are using cruel and outdated animal testing practices get left behind.

Aveda is a cruelty-free brand that never tests on animals and never ask other companies to do so either. All of its products are tested on people.

Its cruelty-free brand status is an important part of its mission to care for the world in which it operates-and this includes animals.

Aveda’s biggest achievements

  • In 1989, Aveda was the first company to sign the Ceres Principles for corporate responsibility, which focuses on safeguarding the earth, its people, and animals.
  • The majority of Aveda’s products contain no ingredients that are derived from animals. The very small number that do might contain beeswax, honey, or whey-based protein.
  • The company’s manufacturing plant in Blaine, Minnesota is certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. It worked with the federation to produce ‘drive with care’ signs to protect animals living on or around the site.
  • Aveda works with a bird conservation charity called Audubon Minnesota to protect bird nesting habitats at the manufacturing plant. The work they’ve done together includes the construction of a chimney swift house, a purple martin house, wood duck nesting boxes, and bluebird houses.
  • Aveda has also supported the charity’s Upper Mississippi River Initiative through the Aveda Earth Month programme since 2007. The company has funded work to improve and maintain water quality to protect the river habitats of birds and other animals.
  • Aveda sponsors the Aveda Butterfly Garden at the Minnesota Zoo. Aveda subsidises the garden so that people can visit for free and learn about the importance of protecting butterflies and other insects that pollinate plants.
  • Since 2010, Aveda has collected old mobile phones from its employees to donate to Minnesota Zoo’s Recycle for Rainforest Project. Funding from the programme supports Ape conservation projects in Africa.
  • Aveda donated to the Animal Humane Society after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and to the National Wildlife Federation after the terrible Gulf Oil spill.
  • Aveda practices bee-friendly gardening at its headquarters in Blaine, Minnesota.
  • Its gift boxes are made from handmade paper from Nepal, which is Certified Wildlife Friendly® by the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network. By using this paper, Aveda has helped to protect 34,000 acres of forest, which is the habitat of 21 endangered species, including the grey wolf, snow leopard and wild yak.

Find Aveda cruelty-free products in salon

Next time you’re in salon, try some cruelty-free Aveda products for yourself. From haircare to makeup, and skincare that’s gentle on your skin, smells gorgeous, and is kind to animals and our precious planet, you’ll be converted from the first use.

If you want to find out more about Aveda’s environmentally-friendly and socially-responsible credentials, click here.

Welcome to our November Newsletter

Welcome to our November newsletter!

Where has the time gone? It feels like it was only yesterday that I was enjoying time in the sun with the kids, and now Christmas is around the corner!

Speaking of Christmas being around the corner, it’s time to get your appointments booked in ladies! If you want a new do, colour change or extensions in time for Christmas, visit booking.salonlareine.com

Current offers in salon

10% off Aveda aftercare, haircare and body care

We are proud to be an Aveda Concept Salon and we really believe in their plant-based, gentle, and cruelty-free philosophy. Here are just some of the reasons why we love Aveda:

  • Naturally-derived plant-based ingredients
  • 97% vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Natural fragrances
  • Free from nasties like parabens and sulphates
    Find out more about Aveda here.

15% off hair extensions- (full head only)

Get luscious longer or thicker hair in time for Christmas. Just quote AutumnWaveDontCare at the salon. This offer is valid until 30th November, so get booked in quick!

hair extensions

Colour services…Aveda vibrant colours coming soon

violet hair colour aveda

The most popular colour service this autumn is rich and beautiful copper but there are some Aveda colours on the horizon that are definitely a bit more daring!
From fuchsia to violet and baby blue, are you brave enough to make a statement on the darker days? Watch this space for more info!

Holiday hair fix

olaplex holiday hair fix set

While you’re out shopping for your Christmas pressies, why not give yourself the gift of gorgeous hair on the run up to the big day and beyond? Treat yourself to the Olaplex Holiday Hair Fix set to help you repair, rebuild, strengthen, hydrate, and eliminate frizz just in time for the office party or your big night out with friends.
The set contains a full-size Olaplex hair repairing pre-shampoo N°3 hair perfector, travel sizes of N°4 Bond maintenance shampoo and N°5 Bond maintenance conditioner, and a full-size Olaplex highly-concentrated, frizz eliminating N°6 bond smoother to keep hair free from frizz for up to 72 hours.

Aveda Clean Water Campaign

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Aveda is partnering with charity: water to bring clean, safe drinking water to people in need in India, Nepal, Madagascar and Ethiopia. Charity: water is a non-profit organisation which has funded over 29,000 projects around the world since 2006. Their work is so important because 663 million people in the world don’t have access to clean water. Can you even imagine that?? Can you imagine having to walk for hours every day just to get some water for your family, and then the water you do get isn’t even clean? It carries diseases that make people sick.

Clean water means:

  • Around 16,000 lives could be saved every week.
  • People (especially women) have more time to grow food and earn an income, and kids have more time to go to school because they aren’t spending it collecting water.

Would you like to support this amazing cause?

Aveda’s campaign has raised over $1 million in the past three years, and 100% of donations go to projects, as private donors cover charity:water’s operating costs. You can donate and make a real difference here.

Latest blog

Our latest blog is up! It’s all about eco-friendly, cruelty-free products and why everyone, especially the millennials among you, love them so much! Read all about it here!

That’s it for this time. Stay warm and cosy, and don’t stress on the run up to Christmas; it will all get taken care of!

Until next time,

Lorraine

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Aveda Products: Eco-Friendly, Super Gentle, and Cruelty-Free

aveda eco friendly plant-based products

Research shows that millennials are more conscious about the environment than older generations, and we know that you would rather choose to spend your money on eco-friendly, vegan, cruelty-free products.

As you might know, we are an Aveda Concept Salon, and we’re so proud to use their amazing cruelty-free, 97% vegan plant-based products. Aveda are a company that have made it their mission to be pioneers of holistic beauty and champions of environmental responsibility, and it all goes back to its founder.

Aveda’s founder, Horst Rechelbacher was a hair stylist who was a victim of his own success. He ended up chronically overworked, and turned to herbal remedies, meditation, and yoga to help him recover from burnout.

He went to a retreat in India where he discovered Ayurveda, and how wellness and balance in the body, mind, and spirit can help someone achieve their beauty goals. While he was in India, he was inspired to create Aveda, and to create products from botanicals that would benefit both the user and the planet.

Aveda product ingredients

Aveda uses naturally-derived, certified organic ingredients from botanicals wherever possible, but its commitment to making products that are kinder to us and kinder to the planet goes deeper than that.

All of Aveda’s products and formulated without nasties like parabens, phthalates, and sodium lauryl sulphate, and key ingredients can be traced from their source to make sure they’re both sustainable and high-quality.

Aveda is a company that cares

It cares about animals

Aveda is a cruelty-free brand that never tests on animals, and while its products are not certified Vegetarian or Vegan, most of them contain no ingredients that come from animals at all. A small number of products contain beeswax, honey, or whey-based protein.

It also uses Certified Wildlife Friendly paper to wrap its gift boxes, which protects the trees that are home to endangered animals like the snow leopard.

It cares about people

For the past 12 years, the company has bought handmade paper from Nepal to wrap its gift boxes. This has given almost 5000 papermakers an income, and the chance to rebuild their communities after a devastating earthquake in 2015.

It supports research

Every year, Aveda releases a limited edition version of its hand relief™ moisturising creme, and donates some of the funds raised to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. More than $4 million has been raised since 2001.

Aveda also donates funds to cruelty-free research on the link between genetics, toxic chemical use, and breast cancer.

 

Want to know what all the fuss is about?

Pop into the salon and find out all about our Aveda cruelty-free, plant-based, and super gentle haircare, skincare, and makeup. We’re currently offering 10% off!

If you want to know more about the brand, and why we love its mission and what it stands fo, click here.

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