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February 2016

    Colour transformation with Vas Mikellides

    Vas Mikellides is Sinéad Kelly London’s Colour Expert. Qualified as a L’Oreal Colour Specialist he is at the top of his industry game, and there’s nothing he doesn’t know about achieving the perfect hair colour; from subtle highlights to radical colour changes he is paving the way for beautiful hair transformations.

    When Gitanna came to the salon looking to update her hair colour from a mixture of coppers and browns to a dramatic pearly blonde, we knew Vas was the man for the job. When you’re as passionate about colour as Vas is, it’s these types of clients that really excite you.

    Thanks to the introduction of OLAPLEX, the product taking the hairdressing world by storm, dramatic colour changes are now possible, without destroying the condition of the hair.

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    Q1: How do you start a big transformation like Gitanna’s?

    Vas: I start off with cleansing the hair to remove all the old colours, which will reveal the raw undercoat of the hair. Don’t be shocked when you come back to the basin with a colour Vivienne Westwood would think was a bit on the ‘orange’ side’; this is a vital process in achieving the colour you want.

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    Q2: Does this mean if you want to be icy blonde there will still be some warmth in the hair?

    Vas: This is where you can’t rush such a big change. The second stage was to apply back-to-back foils, covering every inch of hair but leaving the natural root. I added OLAPLEX into the mixture at this stage, to ensure we preserve the condition of the hair whilst lifting it the lightest colour possible.

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    Q3: So once the hair has lifted does that mean she’s now a platinum blonde?

    Vas: If only it was that easy! Once the foils have been rinsed I add OLAPLEX no.2 to the hair and leave it to do its magic while I select the toner. This will give Gitanna the really cool icy blonde colour that is bang on trend this season. L’Oreal Dialight is my first choice for any toning. Once the toner had been rinsed out I opted for Kerastase Bain Force Architect to shampoo and Ciment Anti-Usure as a conditioner as this system replaces the protein in the hair that may have been stripped in the lightening process.

    Q4: Won’t the hair feel dry and brittle after so much lightening?

    Vas: As stylists, this used to be our biggest fear when clients wanted such dramatic changes, however with the introduction of OLAPLEX and with good after care products this isn’t an issue anymore. It’s important to replace both moisture and protein after a big colour change so when drying the hair I used Kerastase Nectar Thermique to give it a real moisture boost.

    Q5: What about after care?

     Vas: There’s a reason it’s called ‘Platinum Blonde’…being such a high maintenance colour can be pricey. Always make sure you use good quality products and would definitely recommend a purple shampoo like L’Oreal Shine blonde to keep it from going brassy. Ensuring your roots are touched up will help keep the cost down; as less root means less product, time and money.

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    The L’Oreal colour specialist degree is the industry benchmark for hair colouring and delves into the science and technology behind hair colouring. Giving stylists the knowledge to achieve the desired results with greater colour accuracy and maintain the hair healthy condition.

    To book in your next colour with Vas, contact the salon bit.ly/SKLcontact

    Vas Executive Stylist

     

    Your ultimate guide to winter hair care

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    Our hair has a tough time during the winter season. With cold and wet weather conditions and heating turned up to the max, our locks have a continuous battle to stay hydrated and in great condition. Award-winning hairdresser Sinéad Kelly shares her top tips for keeping your hair in good condition, whatever the weather throws your way.

    1. Including a good quality, deep conditioning hair mask into your weekly routine will add any lost moisture back into your hair. After showering at night, towel dry your hair to get rid of excess water, apply the mask and leave it in over night.
    1. Choosing the right shampoo for your hair type is especially important during winter months, to help give your hair all the love it needs. A moisturising shampoo and conditioner is a must to lock in the moisture that is sucked out by harsh central heating and cold winds. At Sinéad Kelly London we use Kerastase hair care products, which can be tailored to your specific hair type, whether that’s fine, greasy or dry. Ask a member of the team for the right one for you.
    1. Hair colour is at its best when the hair is in its best condition. So washing frequently in winter, which we do more often than in summer, can cause colour to fade quicker. Where possible aim to only wash your hair every few days. If you need to wash it more, turn down the heat slightly so you aren’t washing it in boiling water, which can also affect the rate at which the colour may fade.
    1. If your hair grows quickly, so will your dead and split ends. Book in for a regular trim to help keep hair in best possible condition.
    1. Many of us turn to our hairdryers and straighteners more often in winter, after being exposed to wet conditions or because we wear our hair down more frequently. To reduce the risk of drying your hair out unnecessarily, aim to spend more time and effort on your blow dry so you aren’t as reliant on your straighteners. Read my tips for the perfect 10-minute blow dry.

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