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    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

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    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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    Hair tips to see you through the big day

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    IMG-20151203-WA0079Christmas comes but once a year, and somehow between herding over excited children, getting the turkey in the oven and topping up a sea of empty glasses you need to look fabulous in thousands of obligatory family photos.

    But don’t worry, we’re here to help with our top tips to keep your hair looking perfect through the day and into the night, so you have one less thing to worry about this year.

     It all starts on Christmas Eve

    Once you’ve busied the children and laid out Santa’s mince pie, it’s time to turn attention to you. Tomorrow will be constant Christmas cheer, starting with the little ones up before dawn, and the chance of grabbing 20 minutes to create the perfect hairstyle is unlikely.

    Volume and shine

    If your hair is prone to fall flat take action by applying a little mousse to the roots after towel drying. If your hair is dry and damaged, a little serum at the ends will reduce appearance of splits and boost shine.

    Blowdry

    The number one rule for a perfect blowdry is to make sure hair is bone dry before you finish. Any residual moisture will just revert hair to the flat or frizzy state you’ve worked so hard to avoid. For best results blowdry your hair upside down using a diffuser – this makes the most of the natural body of your hair.

    Prepare the hair

    Spritz your hair all over, and underneath, with a lightweight setting spray or silicone based hairspray. Don’t be tempted to skip this step as although your hair may be lovely and silky to touch now, any style you put in it will be long gone by morning.

    Style

    The hottest look this season is for glamorous tumbling waves; flattering, sophisticated and forgiving on any colour.

    Start by sectioning you hair with big clips. For the best finish use ceramic or tourmaline curling tongs (which minimise damage and give a more consistent heat) to curl the entire length of the hair away from the face.

    When you’ve finished either run your fingers through the curls to break them up slightly or turn upside down and give hair a good shake for smaller curls and fuller volume. Give hair a final spritz of setting spray or hairspray and scrunch curls with your hands.

    Time for bed

    Before you go to sleep pull up hair into big loose swirls and secure with bobby pins. Then pop on a hair net before turning out the light.

    The Big Day

    Christmas morning starts early. Whip off the hair net and tease out the pins letting curls fall naturally, you can give it a final spray and very soft sweep with a natural bristle brush to give high shine. If at any point in the day you feel curls are falling, flip upside down, spritz and scrunch gently. Now you can get on with the more important things, like presents!

    Merry Christmas.

    Last Christmas appointments available at Sinéad Kelly London. Call to book your appointment at bit.ly/SKLcontact

    OLAPLEX – now available at Sinéad Kelly Hair Salon

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    Relive the days of stronger, more youthful looking hair with the revolutionary strengthening product every hair care professional is talking about.

    After huge success in America, Olaplex has finally arrived on British soil and we’re excited to announce its launch at the Sinéad Kelly Salon this November.

    Formulated by top industry scientists, Olaplex is clinically proven to strengthen damaged, coloured hair by re-building disulfide bonds, using hair strand technology. The treatment is free from silicone, DEA, phthalates, aldehydes, gluten and sulfates and is never tested on animals.

    Sinéad Kelly says: “I can’t recommend the new Olaplex treatment enough. It does to your hair what calcium does to your bones; it makes it stronger and healthier. It’s mixed into your colour and is applied at the same time, involving no extra steps. You can now colour with confidence, knowing your hair will look its best and be in the best possible condition.

    As the only salon in the Barnes area to use Olaplex, next time you’re thinking about changing or updating your colour, book in with one of our colour experts and ask for Olaplex. You are guaranteed to enjoy the benefits of beautifully rejuvenated hair.

    Try Olaplex when you book your next appointment.