28 June 2010

On Trend Hair Style - The Wet Look

So summer is here and all you want to do is enjoy the sunshine, so do we (becasue you don't know how long it is going to last!). So, with that in mind, we in the Specialist Hair office have decided it is worth finding out how some great summer hair ideas in order to make your hair look great without having to spend hours and hours doing it.

With a trawl around our favourite magazines, websites, and even having a chat amongst outselves, we came across this wonderful little article from Hello Magazine! So impressed, we were, by all of the wonderful advice from, Hello that we have decided to talk you through each step with a guide to the products that will work best for the wet look hairstyle.

The Wet Look Hair Style

So, summer is a time when you are in the sun, you are in and out of the sea/swimming pool and on the beach as much as possible. With all of this sun worshiping going on, your hair can be left looking a little lost for ideas. Well, that is why the wet look is so good for this time of year. Not only will your hair look great, but to maintain it is easier than you may think. This is also a versatile style that works equally as well on long hair and short hair styles.

Washing Your Hair

Normally the first thing we would do when going through a new hair care tip is tell you what to use to wash your hair. Well, as Hello Magazine rightly say, this is one of the only times where it is probably better not to wash your hair to achieve the desired effect.

Having said that, all hair has its limits, and so when you do wash, make sure you use something that is going to gently rinse away any build up but leave your hair in a good natural condition. A shampoo made using natural oils is easily the best option for the summer wet look hair style and so we would recommend you use Macadamia Hair Products; Rejuvenating Shampoo. The Rejuvenating Shampoo is made using natural Macadamia Oil, found in the South Pacific. The girls in our office (and some of the men!) have been converted to Macadamia shampoo ever since it arrived, and because it is natural it cleanses your hair gently, perfect for restoring your hair's natural beauty after a long day in the sun.

*Hair Care Tip* Just use a little of the Macadamia Natural Moisturising Shampoo every few days and you will be cleansing your hair, but leaving it ready for the wet look hair styling method.

Smoothing Time!

Hello Magazine say dampen your hair, so, if you haven't done so already, do that now! Now is the time to apply a smoothing gel to your hair. Now, don't worry, we aren't going to tell you to go and get one of those awful tubs of 'wet style gel' you find in the supermarkets, we wouldn't even dream of it!

Thankfully, there a much, much better products out there for achieving a beautiful smooth, wet hair style. When it comes to hair styling, there is one special range of hair products that we like to put in our 'best kept secrets' folder, as a wonderful range that only the salon experts know about.

That range of amazing hair styling products is called Urban Tribe Hair Products. Part of the Z:One concept range of hair products, and regular contributor to our hair care blogs, Urban Tribe have a wonderful array of hair styling products that not only smell beautiful, but work wonders!

For the wet look, we recommend you use Montibello HDs Wet effect Gel. Montibello Wet Effect is an amazing quality hair smoothing gel that will apply easily to your hair and won't make it feel sticky or dirty. Simply apply it from root to tip and then comb through your hair with a fine tooth comb, using your other hand to smooth and flatten the hair, you can use a few invisible clips to hold your hair down if you need to, and you can even apply a touch more gel to set your hair in place! The Wet effect Gel contains a UVA-UVB filter that offers protection from the damaging effect of the Sun's radiation whilst moisturising and strengthening the hair.

That's It!

Yes, I can't believe it either, possibly one of the most simple hair styling guides I have ever written. All you need to do is put some hair gel in! But wait, never underestimate the power of your hair products. The reason this hair style will look so great is because of the quality of the hair products that make it. The Montibello gel contains the ingredients to make your hair style shine, and the Macadamia shampoo will keep your hair healthy, even in the most harsh summer conditions! So, go on and have a go at this super easy hair style and please send us in some summer hair pictures, we would love to see how you get on! Why not subscribe to our newsletter, because it's great!

See you again next time hair lovers!

27 June 2010

Professional Hair Care's Top 5 Golden Secrets!

Ok, so looking after your hair seems like fighting a losing battle? It is one bad hair day after another and you are lost for ideas on what to do next. Well, fear not, because help is at hand. We at Specialist Hair have had a meeting on our top 5 exclusive hair care tips and have decided to share them! There are a few basic rules when it comes to hair care, and these rules must be followed if you want to keep a beautiful head of hair. So, in a completely organised fashion I am going to put these secrets into a simple list of '5 golden rules' so that you know exactly where to start when looking after your hair. If you get these right, you are onto a winner!

Our Top 5 Exclusive Pro Hair Care Tips

  • Don't Overwash - Right, so to kick things off we are going to start with this age old tip. Now it might sound like a cliche, or it may seem counter-intuitive but ignore this hair care tip at your peril. It is a simple one, don't wash your hair more often than you need to. Ok, so that sounds vague, so let me put some method behind it.

    As this rather handy hair care tip explains, there is no hard and fast rule for how many times a week you should wash your hair. Within your hair and on your scalp you will find your body's natural oils. When you use shampoo you are at risk of taking away these natural oils and thus causing your body to over compensate when it works the natural oil back into the hair. Too much of this and your hair will become greasy. The trick is to wash only dirt and daily grime build up from your hair, and as such it is advisable not to shampoo more than once every two/three days. It does, of course, depend on your type of hair but generally this golden rule is true across the board.

  • Use The Right Tools! - Hair care product makers spend lots and lots of time slaving over pots of shampoo and conditioner, developing the best concoctions with all types of hair in mind. With all of this expert development going on, there is no reason not to use a hair product that is targetted specifically at your type of hair. That's right, whether you have the most common type of normal hair, or you have completely unique locks, you can bet there is a hair product range just for you. So, stop wasting time with average products, invest a little care when purchasing your products and you will completely get what you pay for! Always wanting to give practical advice, we have decided to give you a little list of ideas depending on hair types to show you how to choose your products!

    For Dry and Damaged Hair - Macadamia Hair Products for dry and damaged hair

    For Coloured Hair - Milkshake Colour Maintainer Hair Products for coloured hair

    For Frizzy Hair - Keratin Complex Hair Products for frizzy hair (now in the UK!!!)

    You get the idea, have a shop around and spend your money wisely!

  • Trim - Yup, looking after your hair means giving it a trim from time to time. We suggest that every 6 (ish) weeks you pop into your local hair salon and get a trim. The reason behind this is to fight split ends. Split ends are one of the top reasons for making hair look tired and dry, so what better way to stop them spoiling your style than just cutting them out? At the same time, take caution not to over cut your hair as this will start to have a negative effect on your hair. Just give your hair a trim from time to time, a simple yet sweet golden secret!

  • Colour With Care - Hair colour is obviously important, but there are two things to keep in mind. One is that you cannot underestimate the power of a professional hair colour expert. Not only will the expert be able to colour your hair without making a mess of things, but they will also be able to take care of colour care rule two: choose your hair colour carefully. There are some colours that you just won't suit, and others that you definately will, get some professional advice and have a good ol' think about it before you colour your hair.

  • Hot Hot Hot! - Heat styling tool are everywhere we look now. You can't move for hair straightening irons these days, and that is ok, as long as you use the tools carefully. Make your hair look and feel great by using a proper heat styling hair product that will work wonders for your hair. Just spray a decent product on to your hair before styling and you will ensure that your hair wont be damaged by the heat and it will also make your hair look and feel amazing, it is a simple step that is definately worth taking!

So, that concludes our Top 5 hair care golden secrets, follow these and your hair will look and feel amazing all of the time! Be sure to spread the word because after all sharing is caring :-)

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