How to style your hair WITHOUT heat

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We all know that spending hours every morning styling hair is not always the easiest option. Most busy lifestyles mean, on average you have just 20 minutes to yourselves before commitments such as work or the school run takes over. The easiest way for most people to create an impact quickly with their hair is to use heated appliances such as straighteners or tongs.

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But as we all know using heated appliances can take its toll on our hair, so here is a guide on how to style your hair without heat!!

Most Heat-Free styling will always begin with freshly washed and conditioned hair.

  • Braids: Right out of the shower, towel dry your hair and detangle it with a wide-tooth comb. Use just a tiny bit of leave-in conditioner from the ends to the mid-shafts of your hair. L’Oreal Professional Serie Expert Vitamino 10 in 1 spray would be great for this!! Separate your hair into three sections, and braid every section from the mid-shaft to the ends of the hair.
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    Let it dry overnight or for a good few hours – once dried remove plaits and lightly use your fingers to tease braids out. Finish with a small pea size amount of Serie Expert Liss+ serum. 

TOP TIP – if you have thick hair you may wish to do more than 3 braids, this will encourage your hair to dry more efficiently.

  • Mousse/Curl Enhancer: Another way to make waves in hair is to use product and gently massage it into the ends and mid shaft of your hair. Use a combination of Tecni-Art Bouncy & Tender to smooth into your hair and then spray with Tecni-art PLI for hold. When you’re ready to make it wavy, just flip your hair upside down and scrunch it with your hands going upward toward your scalp. Keep in mind that these waves will be created once your hair is all dry. Continue to do this every now and again as your hair dries.

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  • Twists: If your hair is naturally straight the best way to create a curl is twisting. Wait until your hair is 60% dry, then add a palm-sized amount of the above product to your hair. While it’s still damp, start from the top of your head and twist each strand until it starts curling up toward your scalp. Once it’s pressed against the scalp, pin the strand. You can use grips or curl clips to secure. Repeat steps until all of your hair is twirled and pinned. Let your hair air dry for and then shake the twists out.

TOP TIP – The above twisting technique works so well in naturally curly hair too. Follow the same above steps for really accentuated natural curls.

If you feel like curly styling is not for you, why not try some of the below ideas.

  • Smooth Finish: Right out of the shower, towel-dry your hair and detangle it with a wide-tooth comb. Then, separate your hair into two sections with a side part. Comb flat and clip or pin the smaller side section back. Section by section comb flat to your head to keep smooth and start pinning or flat pinning small strands of your hair until it all lays flat on your head. Keep pinning in a circular motion around your head until all of your hair is pinned. You can either wait a few hours for it to dry, or sleep with it in a satin scarf overnight. Then release your hair by taking out all the pins and clips. Your hair will come out straight and silky.
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    To create volume: Use large rollers (size of coke cans) on 50% air dried hair.

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    Roll big sections of hair and secure them at the end with a pin or a clip. For extra body, roll the hair at the front and at the crown of your head. Wait a couple of hours until your hair is fully dry, then release your hair until it’s wavy. Finger through your hair and spray with Air Fix hairspray. You can also get rollers which you can sleep in – they have a soft center to ensure full comfort when sleeping.

  • HAIR UP: Putting your hair up for work or play is always a fun way to experiment with different styles. It doesn’t have to be complicated – even the styles that complicated can be created very simply. YouTube is a great tool which showcases thousands of different video tutorials and how to’s. You can try quick tricks such as plaiting or twisting your fringe. Messy twist up, for a soft hair up or the sleek top knot!!

So we hope you have learnt many ways how to style your hair without heat. Check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more daily hints, tips and how to’s.

Gents Grooming – A History to Present!

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For centuries male grooming or barbering has been an essential day to day for most men, therefore relying on their Barber to help keep all beards and hair in check.

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A barber is a person whose occupation is mainly to cut, dress, groom, style and shave men’s and boys’ hair. A barber’s place of work is known as a “barber shop” or a “barber’s”.

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Barber shops are also places of social interaction. In some instances, barbershops are also public forums. They are the locations of open debates, voicing public concerns, and engaging citizens in discussions about contemporary issues. They were also influential in helping shape male identity.

Starting from the Middle Ages, barbers often served as surgeons and dentists. In addition to hair-cutting, hairdressing, and shaving, barbers performed surgery, bloodletting and leeching, fire cupping, enemas, and the extraction of teeth; earning them the name “barber surgeons“. Barbers received higher pay than surgeons until surgeons were entered into British warships during naval wars. Some of the duties of the barber included neck manipulation, cleansing of ears and scalp, draining of boils, fistula and lancing of cysts with wicks.

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The barber pole, most commonly featuring red and white spiraling stripes, symbolized different aspects of their craft. In 1540, the law required barbers and barber surgeons to distinguish their services by the colours of their pole. Barbers used blue and white poles, while barber surgeons used red and white poles. In today’s modern world some poles show red, white and blue, some say it goes back to the red representing arterial blood, the blue represents venous blood and the white represents the bandages. When the barber poles are spinning the red stripes are meant to move in a direction that makes  the red (arterial blood) seem as if it is flowing downwards, as it does in the body.

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In the modern world, Barbers would not attempt surgeries, their work however can and will be just as precise and ‘Cut Throat’ as that of a surgeon.

Male Grooming has dominated the industry over the last 5 years, with many traditional barbering techniques incorporated in the modern world. Both Male and Female Hairstylists specializing in all aspects of barbering with many colleges and training centers running courses specifically tailored to barbering.

During almost all the 20th century, barbershops were only for men and hair salons only for women. At the end of the 1970’s, men started to wear very long hair, long sideburns and perms. The traditional male barbershops, did not offer those kinds of services, and it was more related to the women’s salons, and, in consequence, the barbers’ reaction was to expand their clientele and to offer their services to both men and women. In the 1980’s unisex barbershops started to be every day more common, and in the 1990’s, almost all salons were giving services to both genders and today all hair salons offer services for both genders.

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In all major towns, cities and small villages you will come across a huge array of barbershops and hair salons, all of which have their own specialist services. Traditionally today in barbershops, services are more commonly known and male grooming.

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Male Grooming services are huge for male clientele in today’s day and age, offering not only haircuts but services such as beard shaping and colouring, hair replacement services and facial waxing.

All of our stylists at Gaudi continue to develop their personal skills to meet the needs of all aspects of male grooming, from NVQ certificates in barbering and individual courses across the country with the top barbers and groomers in the industry.

 

Our stylists Lorelle and Maisie have recently enrolled in a barbering course at Reflections Training Academy, they are learning all forms of modern and traditional barbering. Soon to complete, the girls are using their new found barbering skills in the salon. They are keeping the whole team in the know with their new skills and knowledge by regular in-salon training and tutorials.

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Just recently our senior stylist Sinead and Lorelle visited the L’Oreal Hammersmith academy for a specialist barbering course with the award winning barber Sheriff Mehmet and his team from Envy Barbers, London. They spent the morning learning all about Sheriff’s successful business and his male grooming services he offers. They had a deep insight into the barbering world and learnt all about different tip and tricks you can use to help you along the way. They then watched a demo from the master himself showing off his skills on two male models, opening it up to a question and answer session for all those burning questions the students may have had.

In the afternoon the girls were given there own models to work on, it was encouraged by Sheriff to try out techniques learnt that day on the models. Both Sinead and Lorelle found this really helpful to try out the skills they learnt that day on a one to one basis with the whole team. Here are their finished looks; image1-1 image3-1

 

Here at Gaudi we offer a huge variety of male grooming:-

  • Contemporary cutting.
  • Traditional barbering.
  • A complete men’s hair product range.
  • A full consultation before every cut.
  • New suggestions for your hairstyle.

Whether you choose to maintain your current look or go for a complete restyle, you can feel at ease and enjoy:

  • Complimentary refreshments.
  • Tips on styling your hair at home.
  • A relaxing shampoo and condition.
  • Optional upgrade to our luxury shampoo and conditioning treatment with relaxing head massage.

No appointment necessary, although we do recommend you book an appointment to avoid disappointment. Click on the BOOK NOW tab to register for online booking and make your own appointments at your own convenience.

Fashions Hottest Month – Hair, Fashion and Beauty!!

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We are deep into fashions hottest month with New York Fashion Week concluding last week and London Fashion Week currently in full swing, Who doesn’t love fashion weeks? As the most creative people in the world of fashion, hair and beauty collide, we are showing you some of our favourite looks from the recent shows.

Altuzarra (NYFW)

Altuzarra (NYFW)

NYFW ’17 kicked off with a bang, huge shows from the likes off Tommy Hilfiger, Yeezy and Victoria Beckham. The front rows were all filled with A-list celebs all after a piece of the fashion pie!!

Whilst some designers opted for toned down, simplistic hair and beauty looks; others went for strong, bright lips and heavy wet look hair. Here is run down of our favourite looks and moments from NYFW.

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Image – Alexander Wang (NYFW)

Image - Alexander Wang (NYFW)

Image – Alexander Wang (NYFW)

Alexander Wang debuted wet look, beachy waves on his catwalk, with most models colouring their hair blonde.

Styled by Guido, their inspiration came from the impact the sun and sea has on hair – beachy, dry, light and salty.

His clothes designs were an array of summer-inspired and genderless neon sportswear, criss-crossing shirts and bulky chained bags.

Wang also debuted his fresh collaboration with Adidas. Models took their final walk in his Adidas tracksuits, which in true Wang style, featured their logo upside-down.

Not unlike the hair, make up looks were very minimalist; soft blushed cheeks and a slight lick of mascara these bear faced and beautiful looks are stunning.

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Image – Alexander Wang (NYFW)

 

MARC JACOBS wowed the crowds teaming his mismatched patterns with bright coloured dreadlocks. To close down NYFW ’17 Marc Jacobs show brought 90’s raver to life.

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Image – Marc Jacobs (NYFW)

Spun into messy top knots, the multicolored dreadlocks brightened up the already colourful show. The models walked wearing teetering platforms and boots (some lace-up, some covered in glitter, some decorated with emojis).

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Images – Marc Jacobs (NYFW)

Many of the party-ready looks — short, ruffled skirts and sweet baby doll dresses in silk, sequins, lace, brocade and patchwork leather, as well as metallic hot pants — were styled with thigh-high socks, either candy striped or embroidered with pearls.

The dramatic outerwear was a focal point, and incorporated everything from fur and feather-adorned shoulders, pinned and patched denim jackets, varsity-style coats with sequined collegiate stripes, military parkas, metallic and suede trenches and even a tangerine ruffled bomber.

Hairstylist Guido Palau and his team gained their inspiration from a long list collated by Marc Jacobs himself, including Boy George, Marilyn Manson, Ravers, Acid House Music, Fantasy and Harajuku Girls to name but a few. Meanwhile the Make-up lead François Nars and his team of MUAs created beautiful, pastel and watercolour finishes that were absolutely breathtaking.

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Image – Monique Ihuillier (NYFW)

At the Monique Ihuillier show models wore a simple yet sophisticated ponytails. All teamed with black ribbon, the hair wasn’t gathered too high or too low. Softly pulled back off the face this look could of almost been created by the models themselves.

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Image – Marchesa (NYFW)

The hair elastics then covered with the black ribbon, but not tied in a bow just simply knotted …. perfection!!

 

At Marchesa it was completely different, with tight sleek hair brushed off the models face. Some hair was left tumbling along the models back and some models was secured tightly in low ponytails. This sleek strong look really accentuated Marchesa’s stunning gown collection they debuted for NYFW ’17.

 

Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy created a twist on romantic collection for this season, a gothic twist. In the parade of dark bases were ruffles and frills, using sequins and lighter materials to soften the otherwise harsher looks.

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Image – Rodarte (NYFW)

And what’s even more outstanding, hairstylists Odile Gilbert created beautiful  hair accessories from scraps of materials and fabrics from the collection.

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The accessories were made from a jumble of Tulle, Sequin, Organza and String, fastened randomly at the back of the models heads. This simple yet effective look certainly turned heads and whats more they created this look on the day!!

Even models nails played a huge part on the runway, many designers wanting models nails to be as big a deal as the clothes, hair and make up. This fresh nail art will inspire your manicures for the forthcoming seasons. There were electric-orange colors, detailed line work, colorblocking, and trend-forward metallic shades.

 

 

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Image – Victoria Beckham (NYFW)

Victoria Beckham’s runway consisted of beautiful statement pieces with satin tailoring and lingerie references plus lush wallpaper florals.

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Image – Victoria Beckham (NYFW)

Her models hair was sleek with a high shine finish and bold statement ‘Amy Winehouse’ inspired eyeliner. Makeup artist Pat McGrath created 3 different looks for Victoria Beckham’s SS17 show using Victoria’s own makeup range with Estee Lauder. All of the models have beautiful luminous skin and lightly groomed brows with the focus on the eye. Blue, green or nude the look whichever of the looks the models had, each was non-geometrical and abstract. The blue eyes were applied with fingers, the green shade with brush and the nude eye was a mix of two different shades; a soft brown and a taupey colour creating 3 very different styles.

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Image – Yeezy (NYFW)

Kanye West debuted his 4th YEEZY collection at NYFW, and it certainly isn’t for the faint hearted! From unitards to cut out crop tops, collaborated with clear perspex knee high boots, The Yeezy collection got heads spinning!

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Image – Yeezy (NYFW)

The show colour palate cycled through whites to blacks, with a concentration

on pale colors that looked bleached or sun-faded. With very natural and personal looks each model showcased their own personality with hair and make up, all in keeping with the nude and soft colour theme.

So as the biggest month in fashion continues keep an eye out for influences following through in the hair and beauty world…

Once Fashion months concludes we shall give you our very own hair forecast for the forthcoming season!!

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Introducing Smartbond… Hair Strengthening whilst colouring!

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SMARTBOND is a unique system created by L’Oreal Professional, that protects and strengthens the hair during technical services (such as bleach and hair colour). The system consists of 3 components, the first 2 being used at the salon and the 3rd one at home. This new technology revolutionizes the strength of your hair after you have a colour service.

Sounds good.. but what does it actually do??

So without bombarding you with too much scientific jargon, we are going to briefly explain what SMARTBOND does to your hair . Your hair fiber and cortex is made up of Keratin chains and these are linked by bonds. The point of SMARTBOND is to strengthen these bonds to improve the quality, feel and look of the hair.

SMARTBOND will target weak parts of your hairs bonds to strengthen and limit stress to keep the bond in tact. It will also improve the overall finish of your hair colour as this will enable it to take more evenly. It will also reconstruct your weak bonds to reverse the feel of damaged hair.

So the first two steps begin at the salon, once you have decided to give SMARTBOND a go your stylist will add Step One to your colour mix. It works smartly during the chemical process to preserve the strong bonds and allow the reconstruction of the weak bonds.

Step Two is applied to the hair once the colour or lightener is removed as a pre-shampoo. It continues to capture the ions to allow the weaker bonds to reform and provides condition & shine to the hair with a blend of ceramides & polymers. Your stylist will then shampoo and condition as normal, the perfect end to a fabulous treat for your hair.

Step Three will help to re-enforce your salon service with an at home conditioner that continuously strengthens your hairs fibers week after week, allowing you to keep the outstanding salon result simply at home by using once a week for 1-3 minutes.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T COLOUR MY HAIR??? Don’t worry… SMARTBOND is suitable for all hair-types and textures, whether you have colour or not. If you do not have in-salon colouring services or you have no colour on your hair you can still hugely benefit from SMARTBOND. We will just skip Step One and continue the treatment as normal. This service is available in salon now, ask your stylist to upgrade your colour service today.

 

image3So you have all the information on SMARTBOND, let’s show you some results of the amazing product.

Recently our Gaudi team members Sinead, Lorelle and Maisie travelled to Guy Kremer Salon in Winchester to become part of L’Oreal Professionals SmartSquad. Exclusively using the SMARTBOND product before its launch in salons. They spent the day learning all about the product and its specialist technology, ending the day with hands on experience using the product.

These girls had the most amazing day and even one of our own (Sinead) got to use the product on her own hair. Here’s a little snippet into their day..

11am – when first entering the legendary Guy Kremer salonimage2 (3) in Winchester to the fabulous faces of L’Oreal, our girls were briefed on the days events and given styling station 5!!

11.30am -The SMARTBOND product training takes place, showcasing the new product and explaining its incredible technology! All models go for ‘Before’ photos and all of the colourists/stylists including Maisie and Lorelle then for a playful SMARTSQUAD photo shoot before attacking their models.

image3 (2)12pm – Maisie and Lorelle started to work their magic on their fabulous model Sinead. They opted to take her hair both lighter and brighter – this is something that Sinead has wanted for a little while. She has however been building up her hairs condition using professional shampoo and conditioner and regular salon treatments. By using step one in the colour this will help to keep her hair strong and protected during the colouring process.  image4

1pm – As the sandwiches and fruit emerged for lunch, Lorelle and Maisie finished applying their colour. This was then left to develop, during this time the girls took part in a mini shoot with the photographer for some funny ‘colour development’ pictures. They then got to explore the salon and take some time to relax.

2pm – As Maisie thoroughly rinsed off the colour, Lorelle was preparing a toner to soften the prelightened hair and remove any unwanted warmth. This also included Step One to again strengthen the hairs bonds. Once the toner has developed it was rinsed and Step Two was applied for 10 minutes. You then continue to shampoo and condition as normal.

image1 (3)2.45 – After a relaxing backwash experience, Sinead returned to Lorelle for a fabulous bouncy blow-dry and style in preparation for the ‘after colour’ photo-shoot!! The overall improved condition of Sineads hair can already be felt before drying has taken place. Once dried and styled the make-up artists nip over to apply some light make up on Sinead.

3.30 – Its time to smile!!! Once the transformation has been completed the girls take a trip to studio for ‘After’ images.image1 (2)

At first its serious so the photographer can ensure she gets the perfect capture of Sineads new hair, once the images have been taken its time for fun. The girls play around with props and do silly poses.

4pm – Then its time to pack up and say their goodbyes!! After an amazing day at Guy Kremer using and seeing results from the amazing SMARTBOND product, the girls are so excited to bring it back to the salon to use on everyone!!


image2For more information about SMARTBOND or if you want a chat with a professional about your hair please call or pop in and arrange a completely free consultation with one of our stylists who will be happy to help.

SMARTBOND is available at Gaudi Hair now, ask your stylist for an upgrade today!!

Before and After

Before and After

 

A simple guide to holiday hair!!

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The summer is finally here which can only mean one thing … holiday season is upon us. Whilst filling your case with essential items such as swimwear and factor 50 you should also be thinking about your hair care.

For most, when your away all you want to be concerned about is when your next cocktail is coming and what sites you wish to visit, the last thing you want to be thinking of is your hair. So do not worry we have it covered in this simple guide, from the essential items you will need to top hair styling tips whilst your away.

How should we prepare our hair before holiday?

Ensuring your condition is at its finest before you depart is a great start, asking your stylist what products are best for you to use to help moisturise, protect and nourish your hair. If you are not already using a fabulous professional shampoo and conditioner then you should be… as your hair will thrive from the specially formulated ingredients in all professional products. Intense conditioning treatments and leave in conditioners are also great for use prior to your holidays.

The Gaudi recommended leave in conditioners are:-

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IMAGE – L’Oreal Professional

L’Oreal Professional’s Vitamino Colour 10 in 1 Spray                                          Creates protection for hair colour radiance, shine, soft feeling, consistency, heat protection up to 230 degrees, detangling, helps blow-dry, anti-breakage, helps reduce the appearance of split ends and protects against the look of frizz.

MIZANI 25 Miracle Milk 

A lightweight leave-in treatment that provides 25 benefits in just one bottle. This easy-to-use product preps hair for styling, helps detangle with less breakage, provides moisture, protects against heat damage and is free of paraben, sulfate, drying alcohols and mineral oil. Made with hydrating coconut milk and fennel seed extract, this leave-in treatment works miracles on natural, relaxed or transitioning hair. Spray on freshly shampooed hair and use to detangle, strengthen and moisturise hair while styling or on dry hair as a daily refresher.

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IMAGE – Mizani Uk

L’Oreal Professionals Solar Sublime Spray                                                                     A light, leave-in mist formulation that features Mexoryl S.O and provides instant conditioning protection for hair during sun exposure, shielding it from drying effects, while leaving it looking super shiny. A simple spritz to improve your hair’s summer sun strategy. This is a MUST HAVE for your holiday packing list!!

 

 

Secondly a heat protection is also essential, all of the recommended products above contain heat protection however if your after that something extra ghd offer a heat protection spray.

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ghd Style Heat Protection Spray provides an invisible barrier against everyday heat damage on damp or dry hair. Containing the unique ghd Heat Protection System, this spray can be layered with other styling products to create the result you desire.

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IMAGE – LOREAL PROFESSIONAL

The newest product we have to offer here at Gaudi which helps with all your holiday needs is the Serie Expert Nutrifier blow dry cream. With the right dose of nutrition it helps to protect the hairs fibre from heat up to 230°c, helps hydration and penetrates coconut oil. Rich in essential fatty acids, it nourishes the hair without weighing down. Nourished, hair is instantly transformed : softer, more supple, shinier and more resistant.

 

The signs of dry and heat damaged hair include a raised hair cuticle, hair that lacks shine, feels rough and tangles easily. If left untreated, hair becomes more fragile and prone to breakage. This is where your stylist can recommend you a fabulous shampoo and conditioning treatment for continual use, not just on your holiday but all year round.

The next thing to think about is your hair colour and cut. If you do not get rid of split ends in advance the sun, sea and swimming will make them travel faster and further up your hair. Ensure you have a good trim at least two weeks before you go. Ensure you leave a small amount of time between your colour and your departure. This will ensure the hair has enough time to settle and if you need you can apply a treatment to strengthen your hair prior to going.

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Try and wear your hair up during the day on your holidays. A top knot is perfect pool-side hair, You can keep the water out of your hair when in the pool or sea, but it won’t collapse if you do get it wet. It is elegant in photos as it elongates your neck. Plaits, braids and twists are also great ways of ensuring your hair is safe and slightly protected from the chlorine and sun but also look fabulous. Ask your stylist at Gaudi to show you quick and easy ways to create braids, plaits and twists. Thousands of hair tutorials are also available online and give really great step by step videos showing you how to. Hair accessories such as hat and scarfs are also brilliant forms of protection but keep you looking stylish on the beach.

Don’t forget that although many hotels provide products such as shampoo, is it always best to take your own. Small travel size bottles are available for a huge amount of professional products however you can also transfer these to personal bottles that are suitable to travel.

Lastly we hope you have the most amazing holiday ever, we look forward to hearing all your stories when you return.

For more news and information all things Gaudi. Check out our website www.gaudihair.com alternatively visit our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Happy Holidays!!!!

 

 

 

 

Kinky, Curly or Coily?? Your guide to all things natural.

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IMAGE - Sinead at Gaudi Hair

IMAGE – Sinead at Gaudi Hair

For many people hair is the most important necessity to get right. If your hair isn’t good, nothing feels good. Our hair symbolizes everything about us, even expressing our personalities and culture. So if you are struggling to get things right for you, look no further.

Our blog is dedicated to all things kinky, curly and coily. Whether its tried and tested products or top tips on looking after your hair we have the answers for you. We will be clearing up myths and we have some styling solutions for all curl types and textures. We will also be giving out some fab advice for all of you that are currently making the transition to natural hair.

So lets start with products – no matter what you hear, products are your greatest savior. Yes natural ingredients contain less additives and therefore are kinder to your hair, however are you giving your hair everything it needs? If you have natural afro hair the key is moisture.

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Afro hair will grow in a tiny springy shaped curl varying in pattern. Often, the coarser the hair the more dry in appearance and because of the spirally shape it can be more prone to breakage. It certainly may appear to be the thickest hair type, but in actuality it has fewer hair shafts in comparison to straight hair. Because you have little or no chemical (relaxer, perm colour etc) your hair is in a natural state therefore it will crave oils and moisture. With no chemical damaging your hair the main aim is to keep it hydrated.

Mizani’s True Textures range is perfect for all curl types. Infused with marula, olive and coconut oils,  this helps to provide a balanced level of deeper moisture for an amazing natural curl pattern. The moisture replenish shampoo is sulfate, silicone and paraben free and will cleanse, hydrate maintain the curl texture. Teaming this with the intense moisture replenish treatment this will help to revitalize the curls for a soft, touchable curl. Promised with the Mizani Curl Care Complex, both are rich in anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids for healthy, moisturized and defined curls. For styling the Curl Pudding is a moisture rich cream which helps to loosen and extend curls – perfect to help the curl become defined – without drying crunchy. Check out http://www.mizani-uk.com for more information on the True Textures family.

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IMAGES – www.modernsalon.co.uk

 So now you have the products, how do you use them? Most bottles come  with a small how to on the back however here are some top tips for you.

 1. Ensure you shampoo once a week (at least) ignore the myths on too much and too little shampooing. Leaving your hair too long between shampoos can cause more problems.

 2. Always shampoo twice, perfect way to ensure all build up of product is removed from first shampoo and second to cleanse hair.

 3. Towel dry hair off before applying conditioning treatment. This way it ensures the conditioner does not slip off soaking wet hair.

4. Leave conditioner on your hair for a minimum of ten mins. To make it penetrate deeper add heat to the treatment. Cover in a plastic cap, shower cap or even a trusty carrier bag.

5. Once rinsed off, apply moisturizer/cream directly to your hair. Mid-lengths and ends first working it through with your fingers.

6. To really define your curls, take two sections and twist. Ensure there is lots of product on your hair when twisting. For a natural finish make some sections smaller and some sections bigger. Once dried fully you can untwist each section. This will leave you with a beautiful coiled curl.  Other great forms of styling are plaits and buns (bantu knots).

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  7. If you wish to leave your hair to create its own natural movement thats fine. Ensure your hair is hydrated and you have evenly distributed the product throughout your hair.

Your choice of products may vary if you are currently transitioning. The best way to look at it is you are currently sporting two types of hair on your head. The top section (regrowth) is natural so the product advice from above will work. However the ends of your hair are likely to be more sensitized because of the remaining chemicals. You will need to take this into consideration when selecting the correct products. Ask your hairdresser to assess your hairs needs and advise you on which products would work best for you. It may be that you need more protein to strengthen the ends and prevent them from breaking. If you are transitioning and trying to lay off using heated appliances you could follow the same steps as above. By twisting or knotting your hair you will be encouraging the old relaxed/permed ends to curl.

In some cases hair breaks off as quickly as it does grow – the myth of afro hair never growing or only growing so long is not true.  For men and women with afro hair if the hair care is there, so is the hair. A clean scalp promotes healthy hair growth, by removing build-up, dead skin, and other unwanted debris. Cleansing more frequently than once a week or twice a week is perfectly fine if you’re using a gentle sulfate-free cleanser.

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You may have heard of co-washing this is a perfect way to freshen up both hair and scalp throughout the week. Using a co-wash is very simple – its a little like a 2in1, containing forms of shampoo and conditioner. Simply wet the hair and run the co-wash through the hair and scalp – it will not foam but you can emulsify to remove build up. Rinse out and style as normal. We recommend Mizani True Textures Cream Cleansing Conditioner, enriched with the Curl Care Complex.

Quite often we pay less attention to the oldest part of our hair, the ends. They are the last part to receive moisture and product, but they are the first to lose these things. In addition to trimming split and damaged ends, you should apply your product for ends to tips. Always moisturize and seal your ends. Using serums and oils are good ways to seal the ends of hair and help to smooth out the cuticle.

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IMAGE – Halle Berry

So you are fully embracing the natural curls – the next on your list is styles and shapes. Just because you have afro hair it does not limit you to styles and shapes. Whether its long or short, wide or square – simply ask your hairstylist what they recommend for you. If you are concerned your hair will be too short if worn natural remember to use your elongating and stretching curl creams to pull the curls down more. If you are nervous to showcase your natural hair before you transition, why not experiment with wigs and hairpieces that have more natural movement. You can get a feel for natural curly hair and see if its for you.

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There are many ways of styling your natural hair to suit your every day needs. Plaiting, twisting and bunning are just a few ways you can style your natural hair. YouTube and Pinterest are amazing tools for this, people upload videos showcasing different ways to style their hair. Many people like to braid their hair to give it a rest, this is absolutely fine for short periods of time. Ensure it is not too tight and only wear it for a few weeks at a time. Remember your natural hair is under the braids too so make sure you are still moisturizing.

If you wish to colour your hair now is a better time than ever. Once the condition of your hair is in a good position any good hairdresser would love to colour beautiful afro hair.

  1. The key is healthy hair, and that’s about consistent hydration and a great knowledge in combining styling with colour.
  2. Start of small, easing yourself into colour is a great way of figuring out what you like or dislike. Start with freehand face framing sections or semi permanent colour for a subtle change.

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    IMAGE – Beyonce

  3. If you are concerned about using too much chemical opt for a ammonia free or vegetable stain, ask your stylist about this as your desire result may not be achievable with just these products.
  4. Continue regular treatments both in salon at home to keep your hair happy.
  5. Don’t rule anything out! If you’re with an experienced colourist that understands textured hair there are a variety of ways to reach a colour goal. Don’t forget to have fun with it, as nerve wracking as it can be colouring your hair is an amazing way to create texture and definition. In most cases it can completely revamp the whole shape and style of your hair.

Ensure you contact the salon prior to colouring for a consultation and skin test. The skin test is required by law before any colouring services and must be done 48 hours before colouring.

 

Many of you would of been warned against heated styling on natural afro hair.

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Rest assured this is not the case, although we don’t condone styling with 300 degrees of heat every day, we do understand that for some people this is a common thing. Heat protection is a must – ensure your hair is fully protected against the heat of dryers, tongs, irons etc. Don’t forget your hair needs protection from the sun also. If you are going to be spending large amounts of time in the sunshine please protect your hair. Your heat protection sprays, creams and serums are great but also wearing a scarf or hat is a great idea. Can be major stylish too!!

Mizani  Thermasmooth Smooth Guard Serum is perfect for applying into wet hair before drying. It’s a lightweight, leave-in heat protecting serum. It helps the use of heat tools by providing extra glide for easier manageability on natural and thicker hairtypes. The advance C3 Smoothing Complex with cationic polymers is designed to shield and polish while hair is being smoothed. Teamed with the Shine Extend Spray its a high shine finishing spritz. It helps to polish and lock in shine while lightly shielding the hair to from humidity. It has a light hold to help retain style memory but will easily comb out for a change of style. You can reapply the spray every time you are heat styling to retain a guard on your hair.

Kinky, Curly and Coily hair often requires really expensive and specialist equipment – MYTH! Most items you will require you may already have, if you don’t, local hair shops and supermarkets will have what you need.

Here is a list of things you will need –

  • Afro Comb (variation of sizes)
  • Tangle Teezer (perfect way of combing through conditioner)
  • Plastic Caps/Carrier Bags
  • Butterfly Clips
  • Applicator bottles (perfect for oil application and applying conditioner in the harder to reach areas)
  • Silk/Satin Scarf or Bonnet
  • Spray Bottle (sometimes useful for diluting product)
  • Hair Pins (normal and longer length)
  • Wide Tooth Comb

Don’t be afraid to ask your stylist for more advice in regards to what suits your hairs needs. Everyone’s hair is individual to them and at Gaudi we can make a bespoke hair care plan exclusively for you. As a leading south west Mizani stockist our stylists have a huge wealth of knowledge and skill, which they will be happy to pass on to you.

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