small ways to find joy in the everyday

12 Small Pleasures to Elevate Your Everyday…

We understand that this lockdown is important to keep the most vulnerable members of our community safe, but we really miss normal life! We miss the buzz of the salon, the cheery smiles and the light-hearted banter as we bring you a steaming hot coffee. We miss the enormous grins as clients skip out the door after being made to feel fabulous. We miss our friends, we miss our colleagues, we just miss LIFE.  Spring is just around the corner and lets hope it brings with it the promise of fresh hope, sunshine and freedom.

Sometimes in these troubled times it’s easy to lose sight of the small pleasures in life so we thought we’d share with you some ideas of how to elevate your everyday. Finding joy in the little moments can provide a much-needed boost in times of uncertainty.  And it’s got to be better than reading the news at the moment!

How to Find Joy in the Everyday…

1. Luxuriate 

Whether you’re pushing the vacuum around after the kids or stripping the bed sheets, why not inject a little joy at the same time? Do it wearing a hair/face mask and you’ll feel awesome afterwards.  We recommend Olaplex for silky soft strong hair you’ll want to show off.

2. Dance

Stick on your favourite music, turn it right up and really let loose in your kitchen. No-one is watching so just go for it! You never know, a dance might be just what the doctor ordered and make you smile from ear-to-ear. We love dancing around in the salon staff room when no-one is watching… shhh don’t tell anyone.

3. Send Flowers

Sending flowers to someone else always makes you feel a warm glow inside, but don’t forget how awesome it is to receive them too. Send flowers to yourself and enjoy the display of colour and heady scent every time you walk past them. Pure joy.

4. Bake 

The smell of fresh bread baking in the oven is thought to have mood-lifting properties. Whether you’re Mary Berry or not, baking a cake or some buns is a sure fire way to make you feel like you’ve achieved a little joy in your day. And you get to scoff them afterwards too…

5. Be You 

If you feel like wearing a slick of red lipstick, your best dress and spending ages doing your hair ‘just’ to knock about the house in, DO IT. Nothing makes you feel better than getting all dolled up and feeling like the old you. Similarly, if you only feel comfortable in your slouchiest loungewear then you have more than an excuse to remain that way just as long as you please!

6. Be Kind to Yourself 

Giving yourself a break and letting go of the things which cause you upset is harder than it sounds. Pick your battles and let go of all the little things which can wait. This especially extends to those of you with kids at home…everyone is feeling the strain right so give yourself a break and don’t beat yourself up – you are doing AMAZINGLY.

7. Find Time for You

Be sure to give yourself that much-needed ‘me’ time, even if it means just taking a quick walk around the block whilst dinner is cooking -there is much joy to be found in getting some headspace. If you can have a blissful long soak in the bath with no kids around then better still…absolute heaven.

8. Do a Blow Dry 

After indulging in a hair mask, give yourself a really beautiful blow-dry and take your time doing it. Whether you prefer tousled, curled, sleek or straight, taking the time to really look after your hair will make you feel incredible (and your hair will thank you for it too).

9. Drink Water 

Make sure you are drinking at least 2 litres of water every day. Why not inject some extra joy into your daily hydration with a slice or two of lemon or cucumber? If you are properly hydrated your hair and skin will look radiant and you’ll feel so much better for it.

10. Glow 

Turn the lights off when you have your nightly bath/shower and light some candles instead. Close your eyes and make some positive affirmations about the day ahead, breathing deeply and setting your sights on happiness. This lockdown is only temporary and there is a glimmer of hope as Spring comes around. We can almost feel the warm glow of sun on our skin and feel the click of the lock as we throw open the doors to the salon again…. Please let’s hope it’s not too far away!!

11. Cuddle Your Fur Babies 

Digby sure is missing you all, and we can’t think of a better way to feel joy than by cuddling your fur babies! Whether cat, dog, hamster or rabbit, stroking an animal is a sure-fire way to boost endorphins and feel the love.

12. Enjoy Nature 

Getting outdoors and enjoying the beauty of nature is a proven way to boost mood and make you feel great. Even if its raining, the feel of just being outside can invigorate you and make you feel whole again. Spend a few minutes in the garden each day as you drink your morning coffee, just breathing and listening to the sounds all around you- it can work wonders and energise you for the rest of the day.

We hope that these fun ideas of how to inject some small joys into your everyday lives are useful. They are just a bit of fun to remind you that we are thinking of you all, and can’t wait to open the doors to the salon once more! Please stay tuned on our social media channels to hear news of reopening, we’ll let you know just as soon as we hear more from the powers-that-be.

Until then, stay fabulous and let us know of any small daily joys you think we’ve missed!

For appointments just get in touch or use the ‘book now‘ button our website. We can’t wait to welcome you all back (hopefully soon!).

Grey Hair is Having its Moment – and People (of All Ages) are Loving It!

Celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Kelly Osbourne have dyed their hair grey in the past but recently, more and more people are hopping on the grey hair dye train. “Mushroom blonde” (a glossy greige shade) has skyrocketed on Pinterest, with the search site noticing a 308% spike in users looking for the shade (the biggest of any other hair shade this year). 

What started as a popular hair colour on Pinterest grew to be one of the most sought-after beauty trends on Instagram and the grey hair trend is now stronger than ever, with over 10,000 people in the UK alone searching for ‘grey hair dye’ each month!

Cool grey looks like it’s going to be the colour of the summer and people are either embracing their natural greying hair or choosing grey hair dye to stay ahead of the trend pack. So sleek, so shiny, so sexy – and we have to say, we love it! 

Owning Those Natural Silvery Strands 

Many people are shy of showing off their first grey hairs and attempt to cover them up with permanent dyes. 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! 

Caring for Grey Hair

If embracing your natural grey hair then it’s important to remember that grey hair can seem coarser because when you have grey hair the oil glands in the scalp produce less sebum, which will result in drier and tougher, textured hair.  With age, hair loses density, shine and pigment—and is thus more fragile and sensitive to the sun’s rays – so it’s crucial that you properly care for and protect your grey hair to ensure that it stays glossy and strong. 
White and grey hair is also more likely to oxidise, which sometimes leads to a yellowing effect which can make it look tarnished.

Because of these traits of naturally grey hair, it’s necessary to add moisture to your hair care routine through a deep conditioner, a shampoo, or your styling products. Here at David & David we use Keune Silver Saviour shampoo which cancels out any yellow tones keeping your greys on the cool/white side. The powerful purple pigments tone and cool, provitamin B5 softens and plumps, and wheat proteins strengthen and thicken to make sure that your natural grey hair stays silvery and shines bright. This grey shampoo and conditioner range by Keune also works great after a lightening/blonde hair dye treatment to keep your colour looking bright. 

Rocking the Dyed Grey Hair Trend

Grey hair isn’t always earned by having a full and active life – lots of fashionistas are choosing to dye their hair grey to make a hot style statement for the summer. The juxtaposition of a young face with ‘old’ hair makes a striking and fun look for men and women alike! Just search the hashtag #grannyhair and you’ll see what we mean…

Unless you have a naturally light-blond hair colour, going grey means bleaching your hair to strip out the colour before dyeing your hair. Bleaching your hair means there’s a potential for some breakage and damage, so we recommend using an Olaplex treatment which nourishes each individual hair strand and permanently rebuilds the damaged disulphide bonds in your hair that are broken during chemical processes. If you’re looking for more fashion-forward effect,why not choose a grey root gloss but leave the ends lighter and brighter- the grey version of the ‘ombre’.  

Dyeing your hair grey to embrace the current trend of the season can give you a really fresh update for summer and make you look utterly fabulous. From silver blondes to shimmering greys, metallic hair hues that will convince you to reach for that silver hair dye and embrace your inner Daenerys Targaryen.

Take a look at these grey hairstyles making silvery waves this summer and let us know your favourites. Will you be inspired to go grey this season!?

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Why Should you Choose a Cruelty-Free Hair Salon in Plymouth?

If you’re one of the many people who’ve decided that this is the year to commit to a kinder outlook by adopting a vegetarian/vegan diet and aiming to live as responsibly as possible, then get ready to take the next step. Here at David and David we are proud to be the leading cruelty-free hair salon in Plymouth.

Vegan beauty has begun to dominate our bathroom shelves and ethical brands are taking over our makeup bags, so why shouldn’t that extend to our hair styling and colouring too? At David & David we are proud to use products which not only make our clients look and feel fabulous, but which are cruelty-free and use the purest ingredients which are gentle on the planet.

David & David is committed to making you feel good, both inside and out. Our creative director Jonathan has been a vegan and animal lover for many years, so being cruelty-free and ethical is a crucially important aspect of our salon ethos which we strive to maintain across the whole business.

Our discerning clients can rest assured that when they choose David & David, they are choosing the very best ethical, cruelty-free hair salon in Plymouth that genuinely cares about its impact on the world around us.

Cruelty-Free Hair Care with Keune

After careful product research we have chosen to use Keune professional hair products here in the salon – not only because they produce incredible results, but also because all of their products are vegan and plant-derived. The company prides itself on upholding good ethical and moral standards, and Keune never uses ingredients which have been tested on animals as animal welfare is a priority.

Guilt-Free Indulgence with Keune Hair Colour

The Keune colour range we use for hair colouring offers a vegan-friendly, environmentally conscious option to those who want to experience the joy and beauty of coloured hair without harming the planet. The entire range is ammonia- and paraben-free. Worlds away from the pungent chemicals of times past, essential jasmine and sandalwood oils ensure a spa-like, aromatic experience for optimal bliss and relaxation during the treatment. Keune shades are enriched with certified organic argan oil, making the formulas extremely gentle and even nourishing. Argan oil is rich in vitamin A and E, which protect the hair from external influences. The coconut base protects the scalp from staining while added phytokeratin, a plant-derived ingredient with natural keratin.

Better for you, better for the planet. Naturally…

Naturally Cruelty-Free Boucleme

A fairly recent addition to our arsenal of cruelty-free professional hair care products is the Boucleme range of shampoos, conditioners and styling creams. The entire Boucleme range contains 0% sulphates, silicones, mineral oils, petroleum, propylene glycol, PEGs, parabens, and artificial fragrances and colours. It’s as natural as it comes.

Boucleme is specially formulated for curly hair and is an extremely popular range for our numerous clients who follow the curly girl method as they are paraben and sulphate free. Curly hair is drier and more fragile than other hair types, it requires nourishing and penetrating ingredients to help hydrate and strengthen the cuticle from the inside out. Boucleme restores moisture and gives nutrition to lacklustre hair, reviving it from the inside out (naturally).

Boucleme not only makes incredibly effective natural chemical-free hair products, but the UK company cares passionately about the planet and about sustainability. They ensure that they only use ingredients which come from UK farmers who are paid fairly. All the packaging is recyclable and the ingredients are biodegradable, meaning that Boucleme is as safe for the environment as it is for your body. Boucleme test their natural products on real curls, never on animals, and work with a panel of testers with different curl issues to get the amazing results for which they are renowned.

We adore Boucleme and so do our clients; we are always needing to order more to keep up with demand! For every 300ml bottle you buy, Boucleme plant a tree so why not give it a try next time you’re in Plymouth’s favourite cruelty-free salon?

Moroccanoil Hair Products

We choose Moroccanoil shampoos, conditioners and styling products to use in our salon because people love the incredible results it brings about. Moroccanoil’s nutrient-rich, antioxidant infused formulas are made with the highest quality, authentic ingredients, creating long-lasting smoothness, increased manageability and boosts shine, all whilst being cruelty-free. Moroccanoil is wholeheartedly committed to never testing on animals, and it  never asks third parties to conduct animal testing on its behalf either. The brand actively supports animal protection organisations such as The Humane Society in support of their commitment to animal rights. For this reason, we love Moroccanoil here at David and David and so do our loyal clients who expect cruelty-free when they visit Plymouth’s favourite hair salon.


The miracle-worker they call Olaplex is free from sulphates, parabens, gluten and is vegan-friendly. Here at Plymouth’s favourite cruelty-free salon we love Olaplex, so much so that we wrote a blog about it (see here). Since its inception Olaplex has been built upon a foundation of health and integrity, it is ethically made and never tested on animals.The whole Olaplex range is free from parabens, phthalates, colorants, 1,4 dioxanes, formaldehyde, methylisothiazolinone, toluene, triclosan, SLS, SLES or ALS. Olaplex is also free of silicone, sulfates, peroxide, gluten, soy, and dairy. And it doesn’t get purer than that!

So Why Choose a Cruelty-Free Hair Salon in Plymouth?

Being a leading cruelty-free salon in Plymouth is very important to us
and we’ve noticed that our discerning clientele are more conscious and responsible than ever before. Because of our passion and dedication towards being a responsible salon, we see clients coming to us from far and wide. Perhaps then, the question shouldn’t be ‘why’, but ask yourself why wouldn’t you choose a cruelty-free salon in Plymouth?

If you’d like to book your next hair appointment at the leading cruelty-free salon in Plymouth then please get in touch. We can’t wait to offer you a warm David & David welcome…

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The Secret is Out! What is Olaplex and Why Do You Need it in Your Life?


If you haven’t heard of Olaplex treatments, pull up a chair and listen very carefully because this is a hair industry secret you (and your hair) can’t afford to miss. Olaplex is a miracle. OK perhaps it’s not quite the ‘turning water into wine’ scale of miracle, but it certainly comes very close! Those who have used it will know its revolutionary powers and how it can bring back to life even the most lifeless of hair. Olaplex is a treatment loved by professional hero salons and beauty fans the world over – we’ve been using it for a while here at David and David, but for those who haven’t experienced the wondrous results yet, read on…

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What is Olaplex?

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. Olaplex works on a molecular level to ensure that your hair is ‘fixed’ from the inside which makes it look (and feel) incredible. Olaplex is formulated with a patented bond-building chemistry to strengthen hair, hydrate, boost shine and reduce frizz. It is free from sulphates, parabens, gluten and is also vegan-friendly. The good news for our lovely curly clients is that Olaplex is also curly girl method-friendly! This ground-breaking technology can be applied while colouring right at the foil stage to allow the achievement of lighter blondes without breakage. It protects the hair bonds and so removes the risk of damaging the hair which colourists previously feared with dramatic chemical colour changes!

How Does Olaplex Work?

If you have had lots of chemical treatments over the years or haven’t looked after your hair quite as well as you could have, the result could be frizzy, difficult to manage and dry hair. Olaplex works differently than other conditioning treatments… in fact it doesn’t even use the over-used phrase ‘conditioning treatment’. All too often ‘conditioning treatments’ merely coat the hair strands with a silicone coating which is like putting a fake plastic seal on the hair. It doesn’t actually mend or fix the problem. Olaplex nourishes each individual hair strand and permanently rebuilds the damaged disulphide bonds in your hair that are broken during chemical processes. It’s like ‘resetting’ your hair after years of damage – giving your hair a new lease of life and rebuilding the strength, structure and integrity of your hair. It’s an absolute god send for clients wanting a radical colour change. Do you want black to platinum in one session? With Olaplex- no problem!how does olaplex work

THE Five Stages of Olaplex

The first two steps of the Olaplex treatment system must happen in an Olaplex-approved salon. David & David is one of only 3 hair salons in Plymouth who are qualified to use this revolutionary hair treatment system, and we are fully-trained to professionally deliver the Olaplex technology to lovely clients looking to improve their hair health. Here are the five stages of Olaplex in a nutshell…


1) Olaplex Number 1:

The first stage is the Olaplex bond multiplier which can be used as a stand-alone treatment or mixed with colour and put straight onto your hair in the foils. This concentrated first salon step rebuilds broken disulfide bonds and begins the process of preventing damage and repairing hair.

2) Olaplex Number 2:

After number 1, the bond perfector is then put on after the colour is rinsed out. Number 2 is left on for 10-15 minutes to really allow it the time to work its magic and fix all of those broken bonds resulting in the strongest, shiniest, and healthiest hair possible.

3) Olaplex Number 3:

The third stage is done at home- the hair perfector is a take-home treatment which is recommended to use once a week. Number 3 is best applied prior to your shampoo and conditioner and left on for 10 minutes at the very least (but up to 30 minutes if you can!). The longer you can leave it the better (Kim Kardashian swears by sleeping in hers overnight).

4) Olaplex Number 4:

The Olaplex bond maintenance shampoo can replace your regular shampoo and will help to hydrate, strengthen and topping up your hair care at every wash. Designed for all hair types, Olaplex shampoo is formulated without sulfates and parabens and is colour safe. Thanks to the coconut-oil derived surfactant in the shampoo, it’s super bubbly and a little goes a long way.

5) Olaplex Number 5:

There is also a bond maintenance conditioner which is the final step in your Olaplex hair care treatment. It can be left on for up to three minutes before rinsing and enjoying the hydrated smooth hair you’ve always dreamed of.


If you would like an Olaplex treatment during your next hair appointment then we deliver this revolutionary treatment for £47 (this will be on top of the price for your cut/colour)- just let us know when you make your appointment so that we can allocate the extra time needed! We currently sell Olaplex  in the salon so be sure to grab a bottle after your next visit to Plymouth’s favourite hair salon.

If you have any questions about the Olaplex treatment system just get in touch and we’ll be only too happy to help.  We can’t wait to welcome you to the salon and show you just how fabulous your hair can look and feel!

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Official Provider of Olaplex Treatments in the South West

STOP THE PRESS! Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher Praises Plymouth Hairdresser for Hair Cut

The proprietor of a top Plymouth hair salon has gained a world-famous fan. Jonathan Fulton (who owns David & David hair salon on Mayflower Street) was over the moon when Liam Gallagher sent him a message saying ‘good haircut’ in response to a tweet Jonathan had sent him on the social network Twitter.

Hairstylist Jonathan had tweeted Liam Gallagher a picture of his son Gabriel Fulton, age 6, wearing a Liam Gallagher t shirt to tell him how excited Gabriel was to watch his hero play on 6th December at Plymouth Pavilions. The former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher replied to Jonathan’s image with a tweet saying, ‘good haircut’. Jonathan had created his son’s signature “rock & roll-style” hairstyle, and so was absolutely delighted with the praise from the famous rock legend.

The Plymouth salon opened in 2007 and is famed for its creative styling.

Liam Gallagher plays Plymouth Pavilions on 6th December for a solo gig as part of his UK tour ‘As You Were’. #RockAndRoll.

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Celebrating Ten Years of David & David

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The Premier Hair Salon in Plymouth

Plymouth city centre has seen a lot of dramatic changes over the past few years causing numerous fledgling businesses to rise and fall. David & David Hair Salon in Plymouth has ridden the wave of economic uncertainty and this year is proud to be celebrating its ten-year anniversary, making it one of Plymouth’s longest-standing hair salons.

To celebrate ten years of success in business, the team here at David & David Hair Salon will be holding a big anniversary party at the Seco Lounge in Plymouth’s Royal William Yard on 22nd July at 7:30pm. All clients (present and future) are invited so that Jonathan and Simon can thank them for their continued support and to raise a glass to the continued success of Plymouth’s premier hair salon.

We wouldn’t be anything without our wonderful clients so we hope to see you there to enjoy a glass of something sparkly on us. Please RSVP letting us know if you (and a plus one) can join us by using the contact form and putting ‘RSVP’ in the subject line.

We hope you can make it!

D&D x

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