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Short or Long? How to Decide What Length Will Work for You

It can be a tricky decision choosing between a short or long hair style. Your face shape, the texture of your hair and your lifestyle are all important factors when considering the best hair length for you. Here at David & David we take pride in working with each and every client to ensure that whatever length of hair you choose, we create a unique style which works for you. We treat each and every client as an individual and take time to listen to your wishes so that you bounce out of the salon feeling utterly fabulous every single time.

Are you debating about cutting your long hair and finally committing to a shorter hair style? Do you have short hair but are considering growing it out? This blog post is for you!

The Pros and Cons of Long Hair

Lots of our clients have long hair and have done so for many years. It’s a seemingly easy option, and many people with long hair  enjoy low maintenance and the fact that it is versatile enough to enable them to create different looks depending on their day. However, looking at the pros and cons of a long hairstyle is important when considering whether to keep the long hair you’ve loved for years or not…

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THE Pros of long hair

  • Lower maintenance. You can simply throw it up in a bun and you’re set for the day
  • Less frequent hair cuts (also see ‘cons’)
  • You can choose to wear it in plaits, buns, topknots, waves, curls, poker straight… the options are endless and can be adapted to suit your mood
  • Long hair can be easily changed and updated with colouring or the addition of a fringe/layers
  • Longer styles always seem to be on trend and have never really gone out of fashion
  • Whether you’re male, female, old or young, long hair can suit anyone and celebrates your individuality

THE Cons of Long Hair

  • Long hair can look straggly and unkempt if you don’t keep up regular trims
  • You will need to use more shampoo and conditioner than with shorter styles
  • It takes longer to blow dry long hair which can cause heat damage
  • It can shed if not looked after properly, blocking your sink and filling your brush
  • Split ends!
  • Long hair can look outdated or messy if you don’t look after it properly

The Pros and Cons of Short Hair

Short hair can make a style statement and beautifully frame the face, giving you a feeling of empowerment and freedom. Short hair styles are supremely versatile and ‘short hair’ doesn’t just have to mean a short pixie crop; bobs, shoulder-length dos, lobs and textured shorter hair styles can all come under the banner of ‘short hair’ and can work beautifully on all manner of face shapes.

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THE Pros of Short hair

  • Short hair usually looks in better condition as it has regular cuts to keep the shape and style
  • Those with short hair find that it is quicker to wash and style, taking less time in the mornings to look ‘made’
  • Shorter hair can look more stylish and modern
  • Short hair isn’t weighed down like long hair can sometimes be, so shorter styles can look fuller and more voluminous
  • Less hair = less products! Short styles require less shampoo and conditioner so are kinder on the pocket
  • Cutting off significant length from your hair can remove damage previously caused by heat/colour and give you a fresh new canvas to ‘start again’
  • Shorter hair styles are often easier to manage if you are sporty, active or work in an industrial environment. Shorter dos are also cooler in summer!
  • Short hair looks good on curly, wavy or straight hair and can work on any hair type

THE CONS of Short hair

  • You actually have to style it in the morning as opposed to just tossing it up in a ponytail
  • More frequent trims are needed to keep your style looking sharp
  • Although you’ll use less shampoo, you may need to wash it more often to stop oil and product build-up
  • Once you’ve plucked up the courage for that big chop, there’s no going back! Short hairstyles take a while to grow out so be sure before you make the decision to go short
  • Short hair means limited styling options – no long braids, long-pony, big top knot or curls if your hair is really short

Should I Cut My Curly Hair Short?

Curly hair can look amazing in a shorter style, especially if the cut is done right. Cutting curly hair will not make it curlier, but could help enhance your natural curl pattern. Whilst it’s true that cutting your curls can make them appear bouncier and springier, your final results will still come down to your unique curl type and how your hair is cut.

If you’re a follower of David & David Hair Salon, you’ll know that we are the South West curly hair specialists and clients come to us from miles around to benefit from our curly hair expertise. Many curly clients ask us whether cutting their hair short will help their curls to bounce and give their curly hair more shape. It takes a skilled hairdresser to successfully cut layers or other haircuts in curly hair. When we cut curls, each curl is cut individually and normally at an angle so as to not disrupt the curl pattern. If choosing a short curly cut, before you take the plunge be sure that your hair stylist knows the curly girl hair method and that they are able to cut the curls where they naturally sit to ensure a beautiful end result.

Unlike straight-haired clients who may visit the salon every 4-6 weeks, the slow-growing nature of curly hair means that curly clients usually only need to visit the salon 2-4 times per year and so a shorter haircut might be a great option for curly haired clients looking for a style update.

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Which Length hairstyle Works for Me?

So now we have looked at the pros and cons of short and long hair, how do you decide which style works best for you?  A shaggy medium length bob (see image above) can work wonders for those who like the flexibility of long hair but want a modern update, whilst a striking pixie crop can really define your features and give you a new zest for life. Boho babes who love the soft romantic look can opt for long tresses, whilst gents looking for a statement style can grow their hair out and celebrate their mane. But what else should you consider before choosing the perfect hair length for you?

  • Face Shape

    Certain haircuts are more flattering on certain face shapes so it’s essential to identify which one is right for you before you commit to a new length.  Every face shape is beautiful, and you want to determine what hairstyle might suit your face shape so that you can flaunt your best features. For example, layers have the advantage of adding height and volume to your facial shape which can be flattering, especially on people who have prominent cheekbones. Chat to your stylist to discuss what style might work best for you and your face shape.

  • Hair Type

    Your hair type plays a major role in how long or short to wear your hair. Those with fine hair can really pull of a sleek bob with the addition of layers and slight, piecey waves to add some oomph. Cropped pixie cuts also work well for fine hair, add a fringe for extra face framing. Those with thick wavy hair will look incredible with a mid-length textured bob – the natural wave will add movement and make it look fuller and healthier. Tight Afro curls can look amazingly striking if cropped short, whilst fringed bobs can also celebrate Afro curls beautifully.

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  •  LIfestyle and Personality

    If you’re a busy parent with not much time for styling, then choosing a short hairstyle might mean less drying time. You can use texturing products to help you to look ‘finished’ without the need for blow drying so it saves you time in the morning rush! Others find that the ease of a messy ‘mum bun’ is all they have time for in the morning, it really depends on the individual, the style, and type of hair. Sometimes, all you need is a certain personality to flaunt a certain hairstyle. Pick a hairstyle that works well with your persona. You will be surprised how well you can pull off a look that you never thought of sporting and how it gives you a new confidence.

Whichever hairstyle you choose, long or short, make sure that you choose a salon with stylists that you trust. Here at David & David Hair Salon in Plymouth the incredibly talented team of stylists are passionate, creative and take pride in their craft. Making clients look and feel fabulous is what drives us, no matter what style you choose!

Get in touch today and let us transform you and your hair – you won’t regret it.


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8 Summer Hair Care Tips – How To Avoid Heat Damage in the Sun

8 Summer Hair care tips

This hot weather is amazing for those who love feeling the warmth of the sun on their faces and the mood-boosting effects of long, hot summer days. However, just as the sun can damage your skin, your hair is also at risk of being harmed when temperatures soar. Here are our top summer hair care tips about how to avoid heat damage in the sun. Your hair needs this!

How to Avoid Sun Hair Damage

The sun’s heat and the effect of UV rays can damage the outer cuticle of the hair, leaving it frizzy, flat and at risk of damage. Aside from this, when the sun is out we are more likely to go for a dip in an attempt to cool off. Whether that’s in the sea, lake or a pool, this can all lead to damaging the hair’s delicate structure and leave your hair dry and in need of repair. Frizzy hair is dry, unmanageable and prone to breakage and this, coupled with sweat and added moisture, can all lead to your hair looking substantially lacklustre.

Use our summer hair guide to help keep your tresses in tip top condition and minimise the risk of damage when you’re out enjoying this beautiful weather…

1. Cover Up

The best way to avoid sun damage on the hair is to cover it up. Whether you wear a  hat, cap or scarf, covering the hair is the easiest way to ensure your hair is protected from the direct heat of the sun. If your hair is curly or naturally prone to frizz, consider a silky scarf or turban-style headwrap to protect the delicate structure of the hair.

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Cover up your hair in summer with a hat

2. Apply UV Protection

Prolonged sun exposure degrades the protein structure of hair, often resulting in low elasticity, breakage, split ends and lack of shine. Just as we should regularly apply sun cream to our skin, applying a UV hair protection product to your hair before you go out in the sun can minimise any damage and keep your hair feeling protected and moisturised. If your hair is thin/fine choose a lightweight  UV spray to keep it bouncy. For thicker hair choose a rich moisture-boosting UV cream or oil.

3. Keep up the regular trims

Hair which is in need of a trim is more prone to breakage in the sun because the flyaway ends will be more likely to split. Keeping up your regular hair care routine with a decent trim is a fail safe way of protecting the hair from more breakage when exposed to high temperatures.

4. deep moisturising treatments

Using a deep moisturising treatment such as Olaplex can give your hair a protective moisture boost in hot weather. Olaplex is a hair care treatment system which actually re-builds broken bonds in the hair, returning your hair to the lustrous, full and healthy hair you were born with. When using Olaplex, all thermal, mechanical and chemical damage is reversed and broken ends are fixed.

5.  Hydrate from within

If your body is dehydrated then your hair will follow suit. Keeping hydrated in hot temperatures is vital for a healthy body, and this will also transfer to your hair’s health. Drink lots of water and cooling fluids in summer to provide hydration to your hair strands and keep them in tip top condition.

6.  protect the colour

When the sun is out your skin colour may darken, but hair colour is likely to fade. Using a top quality hair colouring system (such as Neale and Wolf which we use here in the salon) will protect the hair and make it less likely to break. Avoid shop-bought colours (always, not just in the heat) to ensure that your hair colour remains shiny and radiant all summer long.

7.  avoid using heated hair tools

The temptation to use heated hair tools such as straightners may seem like a good choice when your hair is frizzy and in need of some love, but this will only mask the problem and ultimately, add to the problem. Using heated hair tools when the temperatures are soaring outside will only serve to increase hair damage and make your hair even frizzier. Instead  consider lathering on a rich moisturising treatment and letting your hair dry naturally,  or get it professionally blow-dryed in a salon.

8.  post-swim Hair care

If you’ve been for a cooling dunk in the sea then your hair will be prone to damage because of the drying effect of the salt water. Likewise, chemicals like chlorine in pools can damage the hair and make it brittle. Use salon-quality shampoos and conditioners to remove all salt and chlorine after a swim and your hair will thank you for it.

Now you know how to protect your hair, go out and enjoy this blissful sunshine because we all know it probably won’t last forever! Take proper care of your hair and it will return the favour by remaining strong, shiny and healthy all summer long.

Make an appointment for your next trim/deep conditioning treatment by clicking the button below, we can’t wait to welcome you 🙂

5 Foods For Ultimate Healthy Hair

With winter fast approaching, we thought it a good idea to share our top tips with you for foods which can help your hair health so that you can really make the most of the hair you were blessed with, even when the weather is doing its dogged best to make it frizzy and untameable! 

Here at David & David we firmly believe in the holistic approach to healthy hair. You can’t expect a tree to grow well in contaminated soil, and likewise you can’t expect to grow shiny, strong beautiful hair if you don’t look after your overall health and diet.

Which Foods Can Help me Have Healthier Hair?

Whilst you can’t change factors like genetics or age, what you eat can have a huge effect on the health of your hair. Eating a balanced, nutritious diet can help promote healthy hair growth, especially if you’re experiencing hair loss due to poor nutrition. Eating well can improve your mood, your vitality and also help your skin and hair glow from within. By choosing clean, nutritious foods, you can really give your natural hair the best chance of being the very best version of itself it can be.  

We believe that there are three main essentials when it comes to healthy hair growth:

  • Staying hydrated and drinking lots of water
  • Choosing good food for healthy hair via a healthy, balanced diet
  • Taking good care of your scalp by keeping it clean and free of build-up

6 Foods for Stronger Hair

Good health starts from within and it’s true what they say, you really are what you eat.  Here are six  foods which might be beneficial towards helping you achieve healthier, stronger, shinier hair.

1. Eggs

Two nutrients which can be beneficial for healthy hair are protein and biotin. Eggs are a rich source of both of these nutrients and, when eaten as part of a healthy diet, can promote healthy hair and strong growth with less split ends and breakages. Biotin is essential for the production of a hair protein called keratin. Keratin is the structural building block of your hair and so by consuming more eggs, it can help you to achieve a healthier, stronger you. Eggs are also a great source of zinc, selenium and other hair-healthy nutrients so be sure to enjoy eggs as part of a healthy balanced diet. 

2. Avocados

Avocados are a nutrition powerhouse which contain magnesium, vitamins C and D, E, potassium and vitamin B6. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and can help to reduce stress and free radicals which could potentially negatively impact the scalp.  Avocados are also rich in essential fatty acids which are a vital component in building cells. Our bodies can’t produce fatty acids and so it’s important we include foods like avocados as an overall health-boosting nutrient-rich addition to our balanced diet.

3. Green Leafy Vegetables

“Eat your greens” is an oft-used phrase which has been passed down through the generations, and for good reason. Leafy greens such as spinach are jam-packed full of beneficial nutrients like folate, iron, and vitamins A and C, all of which may promote hair growth. A cup of spinach can provide up to 54% of your daily vitamin A needs which is great news for hair because Vitamin A helps the skin glands produce sebum which moisturizes the scalp to keep hair healthy. Spinach is also a brilliant source of plant-based iron – iron is crucial as it helps red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body to fuel your metabolism and aid growth and repair. Without adequate iron in your diet your hair will definitely suffer. 

4. Fatty Fish

Omegas have been linked to healthy growth of skin and hair, and fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and herring are full of omega-3s which can contribute to a healthy, strong head of hair. A study found that omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids were pivotal in reducing hair loss and increasing hair density, so opt for the salmon or mackerel when you next dine out and be glad that we live in a sea-faring city where such delicacies are available fresh from the boat!

5. Nuts and Seeds

Just like fatty fish, nuts and seeds are full of good omegas and all manner of powerful nutrients which can be beneficial to hair health. Just 28 grams of  almonds provides an impressive 37% of your daily vitamin E needs, and flaxseeds and chia seeds are bursting with vitamin E goodness. This vitamin is essential for healthy skin, which includes the skin on your scalp! A healthy head of hair can’t grow if your scalp is in a bad condition, so getting enough vitamin E is vital. Nuts are an easy (and delicious) way of incorporating B vitamins, zinc and essential fatty acids into your diet. 

6. Good Hydration

Drinking more than 8 glasses of water a day helps to support and revitalise hair growth from root to tip. Being hydrated also helps prevent split ends and stops hair from becoming brittle and snapping. If you drink enough water your whole body will benefit, and that means your overall health will flourish as a result. A more hydrated you means a more hydrated scalp which cuts your chances of developing skin problems like dryness, itchiness, or dandruff. 

If the idea of getting all these vitamins into your diet sounds difficult, fear not! It’s easier than you might think. Sprinkle nuts and seeds onto your porridge or salad for added omegas, stir peas into your risotto for added B vitamins, or choose a berry smoothie instead of your usual coffee one morning a week. Taking small positive steps can make a huge difference to your overall hair health and ensure your tresses are as shiny and strong as can be. 

When you come to visit us next, let us know the changes you’ve made and I’ll bet you see a difference when you look in the salon mirror…. We can’t wait to see you at your next appointment and make you feel fabulous 🙂

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How to Look After Your Hair During Lockdown

If you’re reading this then you’ll probably agree that having your hair done is one of life’s essentials. Popping to your local salon to relax with a book, have a deliciously decadent head massage and be made to look fabulous is one of life’s little pleasures.

Since the lockdown started and our salon closed its doors, we’ve been hearing from lots of our lovely clients who are desperate for a cut or have roots crying out for a touch up. Not being able to get to a salon is proving a hugely frustrating time for lots of you, so we thought we’d offer some respite with a helpful guide of how to look after your hair during lockdown!

How to Cut Your Hair at Home

Our first tip about caring for your hair whilst the salon is closed, is how to cut your hair at home. Our advice is – JUST DON’T DO IT!

Hair cutting is a highly-honed craft and there are so many ways it can go wrong without the proper training, so the chances of a hair disaster when trying to cut it at home are high.

Hair stylists train for years to understand the inner workings of hair and to become professionals in their field. Our highly-trained stylists have spent many years gaining the experience required to execute creative professional hair cutting and styling here in the salon. If you try to replicate this at home it’s likely you’ll end up with a wonky ‘do or something much shorter than you hoped for which will need salon assistance! Something which we sadly can’t provide right now.

Going DIY isn’t just a style risk, it can also damage your hair. We bet that very few of you have professional grade hair cutting equipment at home… reaching for the kitchen or office scissors is a common mistake which causes split ends due to the blunt blades. As well as having specifically designed blades for cutting hair, professional hair cutting scissors are manufactured from the hardest stainless steel. You just won’t get the results you crave from using tools you find at home. Blunt blades will ‘fray’ and split the delicate hair shaft meaning it will look more frizzy and less well-kempt as a result. Certainly not the look you’re after!

Now is not the time for a grand re-style. If you want to have a new fringe cut in or want to cut your long hair into a dramatic bob, we strongly advise waiting until we’re open again so we can perform this transformation for you. If you are absolutely desperate and need to trim your (already-existing) fringe, or nab split ends at home then we advise using the sharpest professional hair scissors you can get your hands on (anything else will wreck your hair’s structure) and exercising complete caution. It’s important to realise that you can always take more away, but you can’t stick hair back on (!) so a gentle ‘nibbling’ at overhanging fringes and gentle very small snips at the ends will be the safest way to avoid a hair disaster. And remember, if you’re cutting your hair while it’s wet it will look even shorter once it dries.

Dyeing Your Hair at Home; The Pros and Cons

Shudders… some of the most dramatic hair fails we’ve had to fix in the salon have come from home hair dye efforts. Home hair dyeing can be SCARY. Think tobacco-yellow bleach jobs, half-head inky black/deep orange ombre efforts, and hair snapping clean off due to the bleach being too concentrated from a cheap home bleaching kit. Hair dyeing at home is really rather risky because unless you have pure never-before-dyed hair, you don’t know what the home dye kit colour will do to the remnants of colour you already have on your hair. Hair colouring is a science- the chemistry behind it and the carefully balanced ratios of colour agents is something we take years to perfect here in the salon.

Embracing grey hair and letting your silvery strands peek through can make you become a new more confident ‘you’. Whether salt & pepper-y, silvery or ashen, your natural shade of grey may be both chic and flattering so why not try to let yourself go au naturale? Even aside from it being the hottest hair colour of the season, showing off your silver locks with pride and magnificence can be incredibly empowering! 

Professional colourists use a precise combination of art and science to create custom formulas that are suited to the texture and colour of each individual client’s hair. Whilst we make it looks effortless (!), when we apply colour in the salon we have a pretty good idea of how the hair in question will respond. Also, a home dye box doesn’t say how much ammonia is in the product; as a result, you might be applying far more ammonia than is necessary to get the job done, and that can be very damaging for your hair and cause irreparable damage. You also need to be very careful that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients and that you take care to do a patch test at least 48 hours before using a new dye. We do this meticulously in the salon, and it’s extremely risky to use a dye you haven’t used before without doing a patch test in case of allergic reactions.

Unless you’re one of the rare exceptions, your hair will not look like the colour it tells you it will on the box and you will ruin the colour we have worked so hard to achieve here in the salon. Someone with fine hair can get a completely different result than a person with coarse hair, even is they use exactly the same box of home hair dye.

If you’re a regular here in the salon then you would’ve invested a lot of time and effort with your stylist to create the style, condition and colour you have achieved over the years. To ruin this by using an £8 home hair dye box will take you back to square one and it could take many appointments to correct the home hair dye damage!

If you really must home dye your hair, then there are root sprays and powders available which can touch up roots in a less scary, non-permanent way. If you think this might be for you, then we advise that you look for the best quality professional ones on the market. Feel free to contact us for advice, we’re always here to help!

Salon-Quality Shampoo, Conditioner and Styling Products

We really don’t advise using supermarket shampoos and conditioners if you can help it. All they do is cover up dry brittle hair. No shop bought products can “heal” damaged hair — all they do is coat the hair strand to change the appearance or how manageable it is. Many brands do this with silicone, which makes the hair feel smooth and shiny, but some people find this builds up over time and makes their hair heavy. Professional-quality hair products are able to penetrate the hair shaft to provide it with nutrients which strengthens it, rather than just coats it.

For all those missing salon-quality products and craving beautifully healthy hair, you can now buy your favourite Keune UK products from our online storefront partnership with Keune. This easy and convenient way to purchase any Keune products online and delivered to your door is proving an incredibly popular way of keeping your hair salon-tastic during lockdown.  Just click here to shop the range.

In a Nutshell

We know it’s hard but try not to do anything too drastic to your hair at home before we can see you again. We envisage the salon will be opening by July at the latest so we are really looking forward to getting back to (the new) normal and making you all look fabulous once more.

The safety and well-being of our clients and staff is absolutely paramount and we have being crazily busy behind the scenes to ensure that when we re-open the salon it will be as safe as it can possibly be with social distancing and protective measures firmly in place.

Every stylist in the salon has recently undergone a Barbercide training course to ensure that they are well-versed in the most up-to-date information about safely working in a hair salon post-lockdown.

We are (nearly) ready for you! We just have to wait for the nod from the government and then we’ll re-open our doors with a big welcoming (socially distant) smile. We can’t wait to get back to business! xx

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5 Things No-One Ever Tells You About Hair Extensions

If you weren’t born with naturally flowing, long, glamorous locks then hair extensions may seem like the perfect solution. After all, they’re the beauty ‘secret’ of those red carpet hairstyles we all swoon over, and are what give our favourite celebs such impossibly luxurious looking hair. With the addition of bouncy, voluminous, silky hair, hair extensions can give you that heavenly Rapunzelian hair you’ve always dreamed of.

Here we tell you everything you need to know about hair extensions… so listen up and indulge yourself. Amplify the beauty of your hair, create a new persona for you and add a certain ‘oomph’ to your look. Remember that you’re worth it, and you only live once!

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5 Things No-One Ever Tells You About Hair Extensions

1. You Get What You Pay For

This one seems fairly obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people think that they can get incredibly luxurious-looking locks for a fraction of the price. The synthetic, plastic-looking extensions you may buy online for cheap may seem like a good deal at the time, but when they’re tearing your hair out at the root and making your hair look tattered you’ll wish you paid more. As the old saying goes, “buy cheap, buy twice”!

If you’re serious about having hair extensions you need to pay a little more to get extensions made of real hair because synthetic versions just don’t cut the mustard. Real human hair can be styled with hot tools and coloured just like your own hair (synthetic hair extensions doesn’t offer those benefits, nor does it blend as well with your own tresses!). Real hair extensions last longer than synthetic hair and so you won’t have to re-purchase them as regularly. If you want your hair to look natural and beautiful, then real hair extensions are the only way to go.

2. Use Remy Real Hair Extensions for Best Effect

“Remy hair” refers to the quality of human hair used in your hair extensions. 100% remy hair is used to create the Beauty Works hair extensions we use here in the salon, and it simply means the cuticles are kept intact and all go in one direction which stops any tangling or splitting. Remy hair looks super shiny and much more natural due to the meticulous process that the hair goes through to ensure the cuticle isn’t damaged. Usually this means using virgin hair or hair that has been minimally processed to protect the integrity of the hair.

With non remy hair, the hair cuticles are stripped usually from over-processing and the hair is thrown together which causes tangling. To mask this, some manufactures use heavy silicone to make the hair appear shiny and healthy, but beware as soon as you wash it the silicone comes off and the hair mattes into a huge mess. Some hair salons even guarantee the extensions until you wash them because they know what will happen once you hit the shower! Be aware of this and only use real remy hair extensions and a professional fully-trained stylist.

3. Select Your Hair Extension Stylist Wisely

Not all hair extension technicians are created equally! If you’re going to invest in hair extensions then you should do your research and select a great stylist (like our Toni – Plymouth’s best hair extensions technician!). Selecting the stylist who works with your extensions is just as important as the hair itself. You need to select a fully-trained hair stylist who has heaps of experience and who has had specialist training in the application of professional hair extensions. Improper application or removal can really damage your hair so you should certainly never attempt it yourself!

It’s also important to use a stylist who has a good eye for colour because an inaccurate colour-match will make your extensions look fake and they won’t blend with your real hair. Once your extensions have been fitted you’ll also need a great hair cut to ensure that they are undetectable and the cut works with the hair extensions. For this reason you must go to a great stylist who knows hair extensions inside out!

4. Density and Placement Matter

You can have hair extensions fitted to make your hair thicker- they are not just a length thing. Lots of our clients come in with thin, wispy hair and have hair extensions to make their hair more luscious and full; this can really have a ‘wow’ effect and make your hair look incredible!

The weight of hair extensions can put additional stress on your roots, so you have to match the extensions to your hair’s density to avoid extra tension on your natural hair. If you have fine hair, opt for extensions of a lighter density. The thicker the hair, the denser you can go. Placement is key so a professional stylist will know exactly where to place the extensions to get the desired effect. If you put extensions on the neckline for example, hair is too weak there to be able to hold the extensions on for long and they will fall out. Placement is key to the longevity of successful hair extensions!

5. Comb and Condition, Even if You Didn’t Before

Once you’ve had hair extensions applied your hair care routine may have to change slightly to ensure that you keep them in tip top condition. Taking care of your hair extensions will ensure they stay soft and silky, slack off, and chances are they’ll end up dry, frizzy and straw-like. Combing your hair carefully from top to bottom will need to be a daily activity to protect against tangles at the roots as your hair grows. Be gentle, and hold onto the microrings when brushing to avoid yanking them out. You’ll also want to ditch any hair care products that contain alcohol and switch to hydrating sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to keep the hair strong. Also, try to wash and condition in one direction only; vigorous rubbing and circular motions won’t do your hair any favours! Don’t sleep with your hair wet as it could damage the extensions- always dry your hair before bed (and indeed always).

Best Hair Extensions in Plymouth

Who doesn’t dream of long, luscious locks?! Now that you know what to look out for it’s time to come in for your hair extension consultation. Our supremely talented hair extension specialist (Toni Lloyd) uses the very highest quality hair extensions to weave wonder for anyone looking for longer or thicker hair. We use Beauty Works real hair extensions because they are the market leaders and you won’t get better, simple as that.

Beauty Works offer award-winning hair to some of the most prestigious salons and backstage stylists. We use micro ring hair extensions which means we carry out application with absolutely no glue, no heat and no braid. The hair extensions strands are placed into the hairline with colour-coded rings to suit your root colour. This method offers longer term application and can last up to 3 months before reapplication.

How Much Do Hair Extensions Cost?

The cost of real hair extensions all depends on the length, colour and thickness required. Your expert hair extension stylist in Plymouth Toni Lloyd will discuss everything in detail with you during your consultation to ensure that she knows exactly the look you desire. Click the hair extension price list below to get an idea of costings…

To book your consultation and come in for a non-obligation chat, please get in touch with Toni by calling the salon on 01752 669641 or book your appointment online now (click link). She can’t wait to work her magic and transform your tresses into the beautifully thick and luscious hair you always dreamed of…

6 Tips for Healthy Winter Hair You Need to Start Right Now

As we side-step pavement puddles and pull up our coats tighter to protect from the lashing wind and rain outside, we are more aware than ever that winter is well and truly here! When winter arrives, many of us take extra precautions to protect our health by upping the doses of vitamin C, eating wholesome warming food, and hunkering down as the weather whirls outside. But what do extra measures do we take to protect our hair?

During winter months, winter hair care can often be forgotten and as a result dryness, static, frizz, and general lack of that luscious, smooth, shiny summer hair is all too common. Many of us don’t consider the harmful effects that the constant changes between cold weather and indoor heating can have upon our tresses.

So how can you minimise damage and protect your hair during winter? We’ve put together these top winter hair care tips to help you keep your mane in tip top condition all winter long…

winter hair care tips

6 Top Tips for Healthy Winter Hair

1) Never Leave Home With Wet Hair

Even if it is a (bad!) habit which you usually do during warmer weather, in winter it is even more important to protect your fragile hair strands from the elements. Anything that is cold expands, and this is what can happen to your wet hair shaft in colder weather, causing damage. You hair is at its most fragile when it is wet and in winter it will take much longer to dry naturally outside, which leaves it vulnerable to breakage. If you must let it dry naturally, try to do it while you’re indoors (and apply a few drops of a good hair oil first), but we advise adding an extra few minutes to your daily hair care routine to make sure you blowdry it with a good quality hair dryer for optimum winter protection.

2) Keep Hair Hydrated

Going from the warm indoors to the cold outside constantly can wreak havoc on your hair and leave it dehydrated, dry and frazzled. In winter it’s a good idea to up your hair care routine by adopting a regular rich moisturising conditioning treatment. Once a week, you should baby your hair and indulge it: slather conditioner on and take 30 minutes for the moisture to penetrate into the hair shaft. Or better still, pop in to the salon for a regular deep conditioning treatment! We use Olaplex here in the salon and those who have used it will know its revolutionary powers and how it can bring back to life even the most lifeless of hair. It actually re-builds broken bonds in the hair, returning your hair to the lustrous, full and healthy hair you were born with – even in winter.

3) Go Darker

Platinum blonde is an ever-popular head turner which will never go out of fashion, but you can’t deny that all that bleaching takes its toll on hair, leaving it parched and in need of some nourishment. By going a few shades darker during winter months it gives your hair a rest from chemical colouring and time to heal before summertime comes and you crave that gorgeous lemony blonde again. Deep chocolate shades look modern and healthy, giving your hair effortless shine and a deeply delicious tone. Consider applying a semi-permanent darker hue until the weather is kinder and you won’t regret it.

brunette hair in winter

4) Line Your Bobble Hat With Silk or Satin

Sounds a little ‘extra’, we agree (!) but wool, cotton and other coarse fabrics can really interfere with your hair and cause split ends, especially for those with curly hair! Warm fitted hats can trap oils at the root, leaving the ends dry and prone to damage. While cotton and wool may feel soft to the touch, its weave actually grips and tugs at individual hair strands, causing breakage (which is also why we also recommend sleeping on a silk pillowcase at night!). It’s easy to line bobble hats with silk- just cut an old silk scarf or shirt to size and sew into your hat, easy. On arrival at your destination when you remove the silk-lined woolen hat your hair will be sleek and glossy rather than flat and flyaway – winter magic!

5) Use Less Heat

This is a good tip for all year round, not just a winter hair care tip. Hair tools like straighteners, curling wands, too-hot hairdryers and such like can all wreak damage upon fragile hair and leave your ends splitting like crazy. Try putting your hair in plaits or a bun some days; the insulating effect of hair wrapping around itself will really protect hair from the elements and give it a day off from styling damage.

plaited hair to protect

6) Stay Hydrated

Did you know that a single hair strand is made up of 25% water? Staying hydrated is good advice anyway for general health and well-being, but hydration starts from within so drinking lots of water will mean your hair will be more energised and encourage healthy hair from root to tip. Staying hydrated helps prevent split ends and brittle hair, fostering shiny, radiant hair so take that (plastic-free) water bottle with you wherever you go this winter.

Do you suffer from damaged hair in the winter? If so, then pop in to the salon for a free consultation and let us give you our top tips and professional cut, colour and hair care advice to make you glow from the inside out and feel fabulous all winter long. Just get in touch with us here at our Plymouth city centre hair salon and we’ll have a nice warm David & David welcome ready for you! Stay cosy 🙂