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How to Repair Festival Hair with Olaplex

woman at festival coloured hair

What comes to mind when you think about music festivals? Okay, so there’s the inevitable mud and rain (it’s the UK, after all) and maybe copious amounts of dry shampoo and wet wipes that double up as a beauty routine. But there’s also the excitement of choosing your look; your outfit, accessories, and the all-important hairstyle.

You might have good intentions, but if you want to rock fishtail braids, rainbow colours, glitter, or any other elaborate festival hair do, you’re going to be putting your hair through a lot, and you’ll probably find it doesn’t look or feel too healthy when you get home.

So how do you restore your hair to its healthy former glory?

The answer is simple, you turn to Olaplex!

Olaplex festival hair rescue: The salon remedy

If your hair is feeling dry, rough, and uncared for, you can book in for a stand alone Olaplex treatment in salon. It’s an amazing treatment where Olaplex No.1 (the concentrate) and No.2 (the concentrate and a cream additive) are applied to the hair and left in for a minimum of 10-20 minutes to work their magic.

At the basin, Olaplex No.1 is applied to dry hair* and left on for 5 minutes. The treatment is NOT rinsed out. Olaplex No.2 is then applied to the hair from roots to ends and combed through. The treatments are left on for around 20-30 minutes, then the hair is washed and styled as normal.

* If your hair has a lot of oil or product build up, it will be washed first then the treatment will be applied.

The result is stronger, thicker, nourished and shiny hair that will look and feel like it’s been nowhere near a festival.

Olaplex festival hair rescue: The home remedy

If your hair needs some at-home intensive tlc, try this:

  • Cleanse the hair, restore scalp health, and promote healthy hair growth with Olaplex No.4 and its hair-loving ingredients like Rosemary Leaf Extract, Biotin, Oregano Extract, and Burdock Root Extract.
  • Apply Olaplex No.3, the hair perfector, to nourish the hair and strengthen bonds. Comb it through the hair, leave it in for 10 minutes then rinse thoroughly.
  • Condition the hair with Olaplex No.5 which rebuilds bonds and adds essential moisture.
  • Apply No. 6 Bond Smoother before styling. If you read our last blog, you’ll know that it’s perfect for blow drying as it eliminates frizz and adds moisture, making hair look and feel a whole lot healthier. It also reduces blow drying time, so you’ll expose your hair to far less heat, which after the stress you put on it at a festival, is definitely a good thing!

Need advice on caring for your hair post-festival, or just in general? Discover Olaplex next time you’re in the salon!



Have Your Best Blow Dry Ever with Olaplex No. 4, 5, and 6

blow dry

Have you ever had a blow-dry that was so great that your hair still looked amazing after a few days of being slept on, whether your hair is straight, curly, healthy, or not so healthy? This is a sign of a talented stylist with great technique and even greater products.

Speaking of great products, I want to talk to you today about using Olaplex No. 4, 5, and 6 to achieve the best blow-dry you’re probably ever going to have.

The blow dry process

First the hair is washed with Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo to cleanse away any oil and impurities while repairing any broken bonds. As ever with Olaplex, a little goes a long way, so no need to overdo it.

Next, the hair is conditioned with Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance conditioner, which nourishes and hydrates the hair, rebuilding its strength from the inside. The result is shiny, smooth, and strong hair. After the conditioner is rinsed out, the hair is towel dried, then there’s the step that really makes a great blow-dry- Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother.

What can I say about this?!

It prepares the hair for the blow-dry and it’s an amazing detangler. Us stylists can spend a long time wrestling with hair that is very frizzy or curly when we’re blow-drying, so having this to help us is a gift from God!

Olaplex No.6 helps make the hair more manageable by getting rid of frizz for up to 72 hours, adding moisture to it, and making it look and feel a whole lot healthier. Because it reduces frizz and fly-aways, it also cuts blow-drying time, which is a huge bonus if you have a busy lifestyle.

It works for all hair types-and it’s good for your locks

It works wonders on all hair types whether you’re a straight, curly, or coily girl, and what’s even better is that you’re not putting any nasties on your hair. It’s completely non-toxic and free from Parabens, Phthalates, Colorants, 1,4 Dioxanes, Formaldehyde, Methylisothiazolinone, Toluene, Triclosan, SLS, SLES or ALSs. There’s also no silicone, sulphates, peroxide, gluten, soy, or dairy, so if you’re a Vegan, you got the green light!

I guarantee that you’ll never have a blow-dry like the one you’ll have when you use Olaplex No.4, 5, and 6. Your hair will look and feel shiny, strong, and smooth, and you won’t wake up with a bedhead full of frizz in the morning!

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


Confused About Different Types of Hair Dye? Read Our Guide

our guide to hair dyes

Have you ever bought a hair dye and not got the results you wanted? The chances are that your hair might not have been healthy enough to let the dye take properly, you needed a colour correction before you could achieve your desired shade, or you used the wrong type of dye for what you wanted to achieve.

Different dyes can bring you different results, and if you find choosing a hair dye or colour confusing, here’s our guide to the different dyes available and the results you can expect.

Permanent hair dyes

Permanent hair dyes are what people reach for when they are 100% certain about the shade they want and when they want to cover grey hair. They provide the most effective grey hair coverage, but if the colour is very dark, sometimes it can look a bit unnatural. Permanent hair dyes don’t wash out, but you’ll still need regular appointments to dye any new hair growth.

Never use a permanent dye, or any other for that matter, without doing a patch test. Paraphenylenediamine is a chemical in permanent hair dye that can cause serious allergic reactions so it’s important to apply a small amount of the dye to your inner arm or behind your ear with a cotton bud and leave it on for up to 48 hours. If there’s any redness, burning, itching, or stinging, the dye is not safe for you to use.

Semi-permanent dyes

Semi-permanent dyes don’t penetrate deep into the hair’s cortex, they are deposited on and in the cuticle, your hair’s outer layer. They’re milder than permanent dyes so they’re suitable for hair that’s more fragile. Because they don’t penetrate the hair deeply, they can only cover around 30% of grey hair and they tend to wash out in around eight shampoos.

Temporary hair dyes/colours

If you’re a bit of a colour chameleon, you might opt for a temporary hair colour. These tend to just sit on the hair’s surface so they wash out after a couple of shampoos, but if your is quite porous, they can last longer. They tend to come in more vibrant and unusual shades like pink, blue, or green.


Do you need advice about which hair dye will help take you towards your dream shade? Contact Salon La Reine today and book your consultation!

Choosing the Perfect Shade of Red (And Beating the Fade)

red hair colour

If you love colouring your locks in shades of red, you’ll know that even though it looks amazing at first, it often doesn’t last very long. So why do this happen?

Well the main reason is because red colour molecules are larger and heavier than other colour molecules, so they are often too big to fully penetrate the hair shaft. The result is that the molecules cling to the surface of the hair so they’ll wash out more easily.

But if you love tones of red, don’t give up! In this blog I’m going to look at the process of going red, choosing the right shade of red for your skin tone, and how to keep red hair as vibrant for as long as possible.

Going from brown to red

If you’re a brunette and you fancy a rich, burgundy shade, this is easy to achieve. But if you want to go more than two shades lighter than your current colour, you’ll probably have to have your hair bleached before going red. Don’t worry though, it’s a far quicker process than going all the way to blonde.

Going from blonde to red

If you hair is bleached, steer clear of cherry reds. The blonde tones tend to cling onto any pink in the red dye, so your hair will be a dead-ringer for candyfloss! In this case, any journey to red will have to be done a bit more gradually.

Choosing a shade of red to match your skin tone

Fair skin tones: If you’re pale, you’re more likely to suit strawberry blondes and bright copper tones.

Fair to medium skin tones: If your skin is a little warmer than porcelain, copper shades with hints of gold will look great on you, and reduce any yellow tones in your skin.

Medium skin tones: If your skin is medium or olive, you can look at deeper shades of red like auburn.

Darker skin tones: Deeper cherry reds will look amazing on you.

How to keep red hair looking vibrant

It goes without saying that you should use products that are formulated for coloured hair. I would also recommend going as long as you can between washes. Make dry shampoo your best friend, and your beautiful red shade will last much longer.

Try to avoid heat styling as much as you can, as it can cause dryness, damage, and colour fade. If you must use heat, always use heat protection products.

Want to go red? Come see me in the salon for a consultation and I’ll help you achieve your dream hair!


How to Choose Your Perfect Blonde Shade

blonde hair

As all of you natural blondes will know, there’s not many of you around; in fact, natural blondes account for only 2% of people with blonde hair. The rest of you blonde beauties have a helping hand from the bottle.

Around one in three women dye their hair blonde, and while blonde hair looks stunning, it’s one of the most difficult hair colours to get right and maintain.

How do you know which shade of blonde is the right one for you? We’ve put together this handy guide to help you choose your perfect hue.

When choosing your perfect hair colour, you need to think about your skin tone, eye colour, and natural features.

If you have pale skin:

You should opt for ash, beige, or pearl blondes.

If you have medium to olive skin:

Caramel or golden blondes will suit you best.

If you have blue or green eyes:

If you have grey or blue eyes, lighter shades of blonde will look gorgeous, whereas green eyes beautifully match shades with a slight copper tone.

If you have brown eyes:

Caramel blondes or brondes complement brown eyes perfectly.

How to maintain blonde shades

It’s not easy, but the best thing you can do is to keep your hair in good condition by using products tailored for blonde hair. Use purple shampoos to remove unwanted yellow tones and red shampoos to give strawberry blondes a boost.

Making sense of blonde shades

If you don’t know your ash from your platinum, here’s a little guide to help you make sense of blonde shades.

Pearl blonde: This is slightly warmer than platinum though it’s still a cool shade. Think Swedish blonde.

Ash or Champagne blonde: This is a light shade of blonde with red undertones. The warmer undertones make it a better choice for warmer skin tones.

‘Bronde’ or honey blonde: This is a great choice for anyone who wants to change from brunette to blonde.

Beige blonde: This is an ashy beige colour and is a good choice for anyone who wants to go from blonde to brunette.

Golden blonde: This is a warm shade of blonde, but beware, it is prone to developing yellow tones. If this happens, silver shampoo will help neutralise any brassiness.

Strawberry blonde or copper blonde: Strawberry or copper blonde is one of the few colours that suits all skin tones.

Still confused about your perfect shade? Book in for a consultation and start your transformation!

What To Do If Your Brunette Hair Turns Brassy

Brunette hair

Blondes aren’t the only ones whose hair is prone to brassiness-it turns out that even you brunette ladies can go a little brassy too!

When brown hair goes brassy, you’ll see tones of red or orange appearing in your hair, when all you want is glossy, dark locks. So how can you fix it? Read on to find out!

How to prevent brassiness

Use products formulated for coloured hair

Make sure you only use products that are meant for coloured hair. Any old shampoo won’t do, you need a gentle hydrating formula that won’t strip your colour.

Protect your hair from the sun

UV rays can affect any hair colour, not just blonde. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the sun, wear a hat, and use products that contain a UV filter.

Don’t use too much heat on your hair

Too much heat styling can affect your colour too. Try letting your hair air dry every so often and work with the natural texture of your hair. Apply a wave spray then braid it when it’s damp. Undo the braid when it’s dry and you’ll have lovely beachy waves.

What should you do if your hair has already gone brassy?

Use a toning shampoo

Blue shampoo works for brunettes in the same way that purple shampoo works for blondes. When hair colour starts to fade, it can turn brassy, and natural pigments in your hair such as red tones can appear. Blue will cancel out orange or red tones in the hair and ensure that you keep your warm, deep brown shiny locks. It works because colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel cancel each other out, so blue cancels out red and orange, just as purple cancels out yellow or green.

Consider an ashy tone of brown

Warmer browns are more likely to appear brassy, so you can always try choosing cool or neutral browns like ash brown instead. Ask your colourist for advice.

Always have your colour done professionally

I know you think ‘she would say that!’ but some things are best left to the professionals. If you’re getting some brassiness coming through in your hair, give me a call and I’ll do my best to restore your dream colour.


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.




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