Autumn/Winter Hair Inspiration ….
After a scorching summer, the UK is going to start settling down into the cooler autumn months. These months of fabulous sunshine have bared witnessed to fantastic festival line ups, a stunning royal wedding and sizzling long weekends… its safe to say it was an all round great summer had by all.
At Gaudi we have witnessed some great summer hair changes, from brunettes wanting to add a little depth and blondes looking to cool things down. The spring/summer hair trends have showed us pops of colour and icy white blondes ….. not to mention vibrant coppers and reds to match the rising temperatures. But now we are slowly moving into the autumn some trends are set to change.
Autumn/Winter Trends 2018/19
Crossing over into the cooler months we will start to see blondes warm up and coppers deepen … but just because the sunshine is gone doesn’t mean the pops of colour and braids should be tucked away until next year. Check out these next few looks for some huge style inspiration!!
Coffee Balayage – Coffee or Toffee Balayage as it may be known consists of the usual freehand technique, blending and mixing colours together to create the most seamless of finishes. Changing up the tones and working with shades such as dark espresso to the soft lattes. The perfect shake up to your usual tones – fully embracing the warmer colour.
Over-sized Braids – During the recent fashion weeks we saw lots of deep side partings, tousled waves and low ponys. At the Simone Rocha show over-sized braids took center stage, tied with a ribbon and lace. This look is ideal for the winter months and can be perfect for all hair types and textures. Check out this great tutorial on an oversized pull through braid, its a really great technique that can be used on all hair types and textures.
Natural Curls – More and more curly haired queens are moving away from weaves and relaxers to embrace their natural curls and we LOVE it!!! Mizani’s True Textures range is perfect for all textures and curl types, with products suitable for freshening everyday curls, deep conditioning treatments and curl defining creams – what is not to love.
Rose Brown Hair – Elaborating on the original rose gold hair for lighter bases, this is finally something the brunettes can too get involved in. Creating this soft hue is simple to achieve and may not even involve lightening!!
Ballerina Bun – Forget the bun rings and over sized messy buns, its now all about the slick precise finish of a ballerina bun. Also a version of the top knot we are seeing these stunning buns all over the catwalk and on celebs alike. The higher the better and tighter on the sides secures sophisticated glam .. and we are loving it!
Soft Fringes and Undone Layers – This seasons must have style is the done yet undone look, soft fringes and grown out layers will give you the perfect look. From Victoria Secret to Runway models this look is a sure fire way to become a autumn fashionista. For more fringe inspiration check out these top celeb fringe ideas.
Don’t forget that your stylist will have a huge amount ideas to inspire you in these coming months .. whether it be a change in cut and style or a new change of colour, remember all change is good!!
Contact your stylist to arrange a consultation today on 01179298009 or Book Online today.
Winter Fashion Forecast
So what’s new this season? Padding, protective lines and cosy knits came together on the catwalks. Getting us ready for the miserable British winter. Whilst many of the trends are truly heading for more and more comfort, fashion is still retaining its sense of fun, its colour and glamour.
This season is well and truly about celebrating individuality!!!
Ostrich feathers were hugely showcased during the recent fashion shows. White only feathers, styled and neat for a touch of couture. Light feather replicas have been spotted in many high street retailers. As you can imagine they are slightly watered down and more everyday appropriate.
Feather like texture has also broke into the hair world. With subtle blends of feathered texture styled into smoothness. ghd have launched their newest product, ghd CONTOUR® PROFESSIONAL CRIMPER – creating effortless texture and movement instantly.
ghd have recently showcased an easy to create look with the Contour Crimper.
The ghd Freestyle Feather is subtle yet effective, feather like panels throughout the hair, creating stunning and elegant texture.
The Contour Professional Crimper is £95.00.
Double Denim Takeover
Heading to the top of the winter trends list is Denim Overload. Revisiting the 80’s, catwalks went into meltdown with this denim takeover.
From deep, dark denims to paler, pastel tones – the classic jeans and t-shirt combo is no more. It is all about double denim, whether you combine matching colours or clash your shades it all works.
With the denim trends still huge within fashion, hair trends are as always, following suit! Ash, Steel, Blue and Teal tones are all still in high demand. With L’Oreal Professional launching their Metals Collection, this is a hair trend we are sure is here to stay!!
5 NEW HIGH SHINE SHADES
- Silver Star – For a pastel grey look or an on-trend ash colour
- Crystal Ash – For a fashionable result with a sophisticated iridescent blend
- Ash Gold – For a desirable champagne blonde
- Pink Ash – For a beautifully soft pink result, a mix of ash and iridescent
- Hi-Lilac – For a neutralising yellow and leaving a balanced iridescent hue.
Speak with your stylist at Gaudi to discover endless metallic opportunities. Remember you can maintain your look with L’Oréal Professionnel Silver Shampoo.
The fashion world is feeling more and more intrigued by sportswear. Think spiced up ski jackets, rainbow tracksuits, retro gilets and cosy fleeces. Totally modern with no holds barred.
As spotted on many celebs recently, sportswear has moved on from the gym. Combining heels and sweat pants – anything really does go!
When ‘sporting’ this look the key for your hair is to keep it simple. With clothes and accessories speaking for themselves, the minimalist approach is the way forward.
Naked Beauty, as it has been described was spotted heavily throughout most shows this season.
Soft, effortless looks, showcasing natural beauty and gorgeous glowing skin.
Hair buns and sleek ‘dos were the main focus during many of the fashion shows this year. However glam waves and romantic hair twists also shone through.
And it’s not just fashion that makes a change during the winter months. Hair colours and styles are ever changing too. Whether you wish to tone down your summer blonde, or blend through your Balayage. This winter colour trends tick boxes for all.
Ask your stylist to recommend what would be suitable for you. All of our stylists are trained in identifying each individual clients needs. They will look in detail at your skin tone and complexion, deciding what tones and depths suit you best. They will also assess your hairs condition and make a decision on your hair care plan for the future. Putting plans in motion to create a bespoke colour, for each individual, creating a colour true to you. Prices start from £60.00, depending on hairs length and thickness and level of stylist the price may vary.
New to colour?
Every colour client will need to be Gaudi Colour Safety Tested. Whether you are new colour client to the salon, or new to the exciting world of colour. The Colour Safety Test needs to be at least 48 hours before any colour takes place. It only takes a few minutes and is included in our colour consultations.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
To create volume: Use large rollers (size of coke cans) on 50% air dried hair.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
And what’s even more outstanding, hairstylists Odile Gilbert created beautiful hair accessories from scraps of materials and fabrics from the collection.
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.
Victoria Beckham’s runway consisted of beautiful statement pieces with satin tailoring and lingerie references plus lush wallpaper florals.
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.
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!
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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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!!