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Do I Need Extensions?

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It’s about time, don’t you think?

It’s taken until year 9 of Cocco Salon to find some extensions we are happy to recommend.

The advances in hair quality and application methods in recent years means extensions literally could be for everyone!!

They’re not just for people who want super long hair, they can be added to give extra volume, thickness or just a few inches. We have clients who have thick hair in the back but very fine sides that never seem to grow, apply a few bonds or tapes an voila a beautiful perfect bob or full new style shall appear!

What about colour? Did you ever wonder what a colour would look like in your hair but your hair is too weak to take the chemical process, your hair simply won’t lift that light or you know you’ll change your mind pretty quick? Add some coloured hair… Beauty Works do some amazing balayage blended hair that will bring your look bang up to date without the chemicals.

Not as expensive as you might think… With some of the new application methods and by using excellent quality hair, you can often reuse your hair for up to a year if you do your home care!

I haven’t got time… Many of the newer application methods mean you can have a full head in just a hour!


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Am I Washing My Hair Wrong?

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It's amazing how many people wash their hair wrong... ok so it's not totally wrong, they use shampoo and it gets wet! That said, often your hair isn't actually clean....

One of the reasons professionals dislike shop shampoo is because they lather even if your hair is still dirty... yuk!

We all see the ads on TV showing the beautiful woman making rather dodgy noises in the shower with this huge lather on her head, this image, in most case is the only form of shampoo education they have ever had in their life. Apart from being half drowned in the bath as a child and getting shampoo in your eyes and up your nose!

So what are we doing wrong??

Let's leave the choosing of the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair out of the picture for a minute and concentrate on the science and technique, oh yes there's a technique!

OK, so let's think about this logically, hair will only lather if its clean. In the salon when talking about shampoo, this is the first thing we talk about. Remember running a bubble bath? Well it just doesn't work with dirty bath water does it? No way can you get that bath to bubble halfway through or at the end of the bath, it will only lather with clean fresh water. Hair is the same, if you apply a good quality shampoo to your hair that doesn't have loads of nasty chemicals in it to give you a super lather straight away, your hair usually won't lather. This is because the soap, sticks to the dirt to remove it when you rinse it. That's why we recommend a double cleanse. No matter how much more shampoo you put on your head, it won't lather any more, it's a total waste of product, rinse and lather again. Your hair will and should only lather when its clean. The typical long haired client who isn't an everyday washer, the one who goes 3-4 days without washing her hair and wears it up with dry shampoo and hairspray for the latter part of the week will lather her hair up to 6 times to make sure her hair is totally clean!!!! Now imagine she used shop shampoo and got the big lather instantly, imagine how dirty her hair still is!!!?? How does she know when her hair is clean?

Not cleansing your hair correctly can cause build up and dulling of your hair, so many clients begin their journey with us describing how greasy and lank their hair is. 9 times out of 10 their hair isn't greasy at all, it's the shampoo and conditioner they have been using, not cleaning properly and coating the hair in silicone... we will leave silicone for another day or this blog will become an essay!

The build up caused from this can take over 20 shampoos in a row to remove and mostly a deep cleansing shampoo will be needed for a whole week until its completely gone! If we know in advance we can book you in for a hair detox, which takes 30 mins but if we don't it's a shampooathon until we get most of it out and then over to you to do your bit at home!

Now we've sorted the shampooing out, let's talk about conditioner and hair masks... 

So what's the difference for a start? One closes the cuticle layer down, the other penetrates the hair shaft and repairs and strengthens your hair from the inside.

If I had a pound every time a client told me they condition their hair by leaving the conditioner on longer with a great big proud smile on their face, I wouldn't be sat here writing this blog!

Sorry guys but leaving conditioner on the surface of your hair will do very little to repair your hair. If you imagine the cuticle layer of the hair is like the scales on a fish or the tiles on a roof, shampoo opens the cuticle so you can clean around and under it, into the nooks and crannies. Now conditioner, closes the cuticle layer, so it sits flat again. Closing the cuticle is so important even if you have fine hair, if you don't lay your cuticles flat, you will damage and break them when you're styling and brushing your hair and it won't shine, because the surface of your hair is rough not smooth. If you don't 'get on with conditioner' it's often because your using one too heavy for your hair type, so ask your stylist to recommend a lightweight one.

Does everyone need a mask? Sorry to break it to you guys but your hair is DEAD! It died a very long time ago, when it just grew out of your head. So how exactly does your hair get goodness? Your hair receives no noureshment unless YOU feed it. My former boss Nicky Lazou used to say "hair is like flowers, feed it and it will grow" this has always stuck with me, because it's such a simple way of putting it. Masks feed your hair, it can be tricky choosing a mask but ask a professional which you need, as getting it wrong can be a total waste of money and time! Hair needs protein, moisture, keratin or a combination of all three, depending on the condition of your hair and how much you abuse it. Hair also changes with the seasons so it may be that you need a slightly different combination in summer months or following a big holiday to get your hair back on track. The good news is... Masks are very cost effective and a tub lasts around year, sometimes longer. 

Warning! Professional only guys! Why? Because most, if not all none professional (not from a salon) masks have such small quantities of the ingredients needed to make a significant difference to your hair, we are yet to find one that works. ALL the supermarket brands, including the celebrity endorsed products we have tried, have coated the hair to mask the damage. They do this by coating the hair with plastic like substances to give the illusion of a tight smooth cuticle layer that the light reflects off, making you think your hair looks healthier, when there is very little if any improvement. Also, if it worked, salon professionals would use it!

 

Top Tips For Getting Clean Hair

1) Use a shampoo & conditioner specifically for your hair type, prescribed by a trained professional.

2) Wet your hair thoroughly, I mean soaking!

3) Using a 10p -50p sized amount, depending on the length and thickness of your hair. Place shampoo around your head, don't just plonk a dollop on the top of your head, how do you expect behind your ears to get clean? Rub the shampoo in your hands and stroke some around your head, if you have thick hair, part your hair to get the shampoo to your scalp, the temples, crown and nape of the neck are spread out nicely and should give you a nice even lather and a clean head!

4) Use your fingertips to rub your head, the key here is to rub your scalp not your hair, your scalp is where all the sweat and dead skin is, so get rubbing! This exfoliates the scalp and stimulates blood circulation to the scalp and encourages growth. Rub your hair gently, remember it is at its weakest when wet, so don't over rub or it can take and break.

5) If it doesn't lather at all, it doesn't mean its not working, it means your hair is still dirty! Rinse and apply the shampoo again.

6) You'll know it's clean because you finally get the massive lather in the adverts and you will feel that your scalp is clean, when clean your hair will lather with just a 5p sized amount of professional shampoo because it's so concentrated.

7) If its hair mask day, squeeze excess water from your hair or towel blot so you use less mask and it absorbed easier. Apply your hair mask from root to tip and leave on the recommended time. When at home, wash your hair first so you can clean the rest of your body while the mask is working to save time. Once 'cooked' rinse thoroughly and apply your conditioner.

8) The condition, you should use way less conditioner than shampoo if your doing it right, rub a 10p size amount into your hands and smooth through your hair starting at your ends, leave on a few seconds and rinse out. You must really get your hands in your hair and move it to insure all the conditioner is out. There should be no slimy residue and it should feel free of product.

Now off to dry that super sexy clean hair!

 

 

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Thin Hair, High Hairline, Is A Hair Transplant For You? Maria Fowler Thinks So...

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You might think a hair transplant is a step too far. Not Derby’s own Maria Fowler. She and her fiancé both underwent the His 'n' Hers procedure back in September. Last night she showed the world of social media just how chuffed she is with the results. 'My forehead is like... reduced! I've actually got a good hairline.' She shared.

 

But would you dare to go under the knife to fix your hairline?

 

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source www.dailymail.co.u / @mariafowler_

Over the last few years we have been seeing more and more men opting for the procedure, but Maria, is the first woman, we've heard of doing it publicly. In the salon we see many clients with hair thinning and hair loss from a variety of different complaint and conditions. On one end of the spectrum there is minor, temporary shedding from seasonal changes, post pregnancy or stress, then we have more dramatic issues like alopecia, genetic balding conditions and scaring. Previously very few solutions were available and usually in the way of camouflage, clever styling or if you’re lucky an ointment to increase the hair growth, but could this hairline treatment be a game changer? There are so many pressures put on both men and women to look perfect now and especially on social media, is this hair restoring treatment set to be the next big thing? Maria loves her new hair line and we think it looks amazing! But for those who aren't so brave, there are a number or hair thickening and volumizing products that can make a huge difference. If fine or thinning hair is affecting your confidence, speak to your stylist and GP to discover the cause of your thinning and see what can be done to help.

Our hair clinic appointments can be booked by calling 01332 292129.



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Did You Know We Have A Magic Wand?

     Before KeraStraight, Thick, Wild Frizzy Hair        After KeraStraight

     Before KeraStraight, Thick, Wild Frizzy Hair        After KeraStraight


The man who gave us our secret weapon...

Jez Barnett, MD and Inventor of KeraStraight came to Cocco on Monday to educate the team. Jez travelled all the way from London before attending the Creative Head Awards being held back in London that night. He joined the team for a full day of advanced training on how to get 'that little bit more' from the smoothing treatment,especially on super thick, scary hair!

Despite the brand being known predominantly for taming thick, curly, frizzy, coarse hair textures and being huge with Asian and Afro-Caribbean clientele, it is amazing on super fine, thin and fragile hair too.

KeraStraight offers solutions to men and women's biggest hair problems and concerns. The 30 day intense boost treatment is a perfect and inexpensive way to totally transform your hair. 

The protein treatment bulks and thickens the hair, while reconditioning and strengthening the hair from the inside out, perfect for clients who's hair is flat, fine and lacking volume. The moisture treatment delivers hydration and reduces frizz and makes hair much more manageable, especially in damp or humid weather making it a pre-holiday ritual for most women.

The intense boost is also a great introduction to its big sister the KeraStraight ULTIMATE treatment, lasting up to 4 months and with far greater taming power. The ULTIMATE treatment takes around 2.5 hours to complete and you can cut your styling and drying time right down. Alana (age 10) our model above's mum Jenny used to take 1.5 hours to wash, dry and straighten her hair and post-treatment we took less than 10 minutes to get the after results. This will be life changing for Alana & her mum Jenny who doesn't have the time for the hair drying and drama of thick curly hair. The treatment is a smoothing, straightening & conditioning service that can be used on everyone, even children and pregnant & breastfeeding ladies as it's so kind. After washing we combed her hair to remove any tangles and simply blast dried her hair using no brushes, irons or even clips to show exactly what this treatment was capable of minus hairdresser trickery! 

This treatment is definitely our magic wand when it comes to helping clients in need, hair care has evolved so much in the last 15 years, imagine a world without GHD's or Olaplex, just think of the hair of the 80's! We no longer have to walk around like scary Mary or have to ask our friends to literally iron our hair. 

We can and should have the hair we want...

Want to know more about KeraStraight solutions. Speak to one of our texture experts call 01332 292129 for a FREE consultation