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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
For 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!!
As the warmer months roll in, and the sound of music gets louder it can only mean one thing… festival season is upon us. Across the continent the biggest music festivals open their gates to millions of fashionistas, looking for the next fix of music through their veins and to of course debut their latest festival fashion collections. Whether it is Glastonbury, Coachella or Benicassim, or even Bristol based festivals such as Love Saves The Day & Tokyo Dub, style is the forefront of all festival goers’ minds.
Whether its comfort, fashion or for fun here are some hints and tips to keep you looking your festival best.
Pretty much all festivals in this day and age have hair and beauty salons on site, so if styling and make up is not your thing, let someone else do it for you. Most festival salons will have running water so wash and blow-dry’s are a great way to create the ultimate festival glam. Be aware these pop up salons can be a little pricey however will be worth it for some indulgence and pampering.
If you are happy to style out yourself, dry shampoo is a must!! L’Oréal Professionals Morning After Dust is the go to festival product. It helps to revive your style and release a delicious perfume scent for up to 24 hours. It ensures a long-lasting fresh feel, with no visible residue after brushing. Hair feels and smells like freshly washed hair. Spray 15-30 cm away from the roots and shake fingers through hair.
Other great hair options are accessories such as headbands, flowers and clips, perfect to hide the 3+ days of dirt. Flower crowns can be found in most high street stores and online, however if you want something truly special wait until you get onto the site. Most big festivals have amazing gift shops where you can pick up all of your hair and beauty must haves. Hats and scarfs are also a great way to mask the horror of festival hair.
Don’t be afraid to try something different, plaits and twists will help to secure your hair into place, keeping it out of the way whilst creating a fashionable look.
Ask your stylist to show you how to achieve a simple braided or twisted style.
A huge look this festival season is Glitter Roots, now unless you have been living under a rock; you must have seen or heard of this!! It’s a huge trend that swept across the festival scene last year and is back bigger and better this year. It is an ingenious way to hide the greasy roots and to create something sparkly. It can be as ambitious or simplistic as you wish. To achieve this you will simply need a pot of glitter (or glitters) of your choice and either a wet hair spray or gel. Simply spray or lightly gel the root area and sprinkle to your hearts content.
Now you are all set in the hair department lets cover a few other areas of festival fashion. Of course the most important part of the experience is the music however you must look good whilst watching the headliners, correct?
Remember most British festivals can’t predict 100% sunshine so be prepared with some waterproof clothing and sensible footwear. Just because you are being sensible doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish. Wellies and ponchos come in all sorts of styles and colours so you can dress to impress whatever the weather. Don’t forget some warmer clothes (just in case) jumpers and cardigans are your best bet. Also a number one Gaudi top tip is to pack a pair of tights in your bag so you can easily slip them on at any time. Remember this is your time to shine and anything goes, bold prints, tassels even rubber – festivals are the perfect excuse to think outside of the box and let your fashionista run away with you.
Looking your best at a festival is hard going especially when the lack of sleep and mud catches up with you, in this situation make up is your saviour. We are not suggesting a full face of contoured perfection however these few tips may help you feel less festival freak and more festival chic.
Look at the check list below to help you pack the ultimate festival make up bag.
- Waterproof mascara – essential for those tears of joy (or to help when the rain falls)
- A bold lipstick – nothing says festival like a bright lip colour
- Concealer – perfect for when the bags start to appear under the eyes
- Glitter, glitter and more glitter – whether its eyeshadow, liquid liner or loose powder, glitter is perfect for covering every blemish and brightening up your whole look.
So there you have it the ultimate guide to festivals and fashion the Gaudi way. For more hints, tips and advice and to keep up to date with all things Gaudi follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
With all the festivals and outdoor activities that go on during the summer here in Bristol, our salon is ready for all of the coming trends. One timeless hair trend that is becoming extra popular this year is adding flower accessories to the hair. Floral headbands, bohemian flower crowns, and strong floral accents were all over the runways this spring. What better way to welcome the warm weather and add a romantic factor to your look than to embrace flowers as an accessory? Here are four of the top hottest ways to accessorise with flowers this summer.
1. Sprinkled throughout.
Nothing can top the enchanting, carefree vibe of curly or wavy hair with dainty little flowers sprinkled throughout. It’s like you just rolled across a field of dreamy daisies and you are so magical that instead of getting covered in dirt and grass you got covered in perfectly placed flowers. This look would be perfect on all hair lengths, whether you have very long hair or a short pixie cut. Get some sprigs of Baby’s Breath flowers and pin them strategically throughout your hair with hair grips. Unless your hair is naturally curly or wavy, you may want to texturize it with a sea salt spray or curling iron so that the pins are less visible. Alternatively, you could put your hair in an updo and add some small flower clips (like these ones from Accessorize – £6) throughout.
2. Wear a crown.
For a super easy throw-on-and-go look, wear a flower crown (or a partial flower crown). This idea is extra hot on the runways and a highly trending for festivals. A floral piece like this is such a great way to dress up your hair if you want to just wear it down or natural. Opt for a large colourful crown if you want to make a fun statement, or go for a subtler crown for a whimsical, romantic look.
It would be really fun to custom make your own, but here are some pretty store-bought hair crowns we’ve found:
3. Flower Clusters
Trending with Dolce and Gabbana on the runways this spring were chunky clusters of Venetian red flowers tucked into the sides of classic chignons. Choose three or four natural looking flowers and pin them into a cluster formation on the side of a simple updo style. You could buy fake flowers from a craft shop and make your own flower pins, or you could buy pre-made ones (like these from Claire’s, £4). If you can get your hands on some real roses or carnations, even better. This hairstyle would be perfect for a romantic summer dinner date!
4. Go Edgy
For an intriguing twist on the ultra-feminine floral look, go for flower themed accessories made from metal or synthetic leather fabric. While not quite as dainty as traditional flowers, these adornments make an extra bold statement that is just as enchanting.