Hard water and your hair

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Hard water and your hair

Here in the West Midlands we are in a moderately hard water area. In Worcestershire it varies between moderately hard and hard.

So why don’t we look at what impact that might have on your hair.

What is hard water

So called ‘hard water’ contains high levels of chalk, lime, magnesium sulphates and other minerals. Therefore hard water can leave white limescale marks that can be very tough to remove. In very hard water areas a build up of these minerals can cause problems for boilers, washing machines and dishwashers.  Hard and soft water also taste different, but it’s not a health risk.

But what about my hair?

The most obvious problem with hard water is that it makes it harder to get soap to lather up nicely. So you’ll go through more of your favourite shampoo! It can also leave a residue on hair after washing resulting in rough, dry, unmanageable hair.

The build up of minerals on the hair can make it harder to style as it’s less supple.  Bronwen Robinson, hairstylist and executive director of global brand artistry at Bumble and Bumble told Allure, “if you’re doing a round brush blow-dry, it really doesn’t want to take the shape of the hairbrush.”

Hard water also wreaks havoc with your colour too, making it fade quicker or changing the hue.

What can I do?

Don’t worry, there’s lots that you can do to minimise the negative impact of hard water on your locks.

An expensive, but effective solution is to install a water softener. Luckily our water isn’t super hard in this region, but if you suffer from dry skin or eczema, this may well be a worthwhile investment!

A cheaper alternative is to fit a shower filter. These come in at under £20 and can be really useful if you’re struggling with dry and damaged hair due to your water.

What do you recommend?

Well some people use vinegar or lemon and lime rinses to redress the PH balance, calm cuticles and promote shine. We would advise caution when using lime though as it can lighten hair over time.

But why smell like vinegar when there are some amazing products available to help tackle problem hair, whatever the cause. For water-damaged locks, I would recommend the Young.Again collection from Kevin Murphy.  The wash strengthens and smooths dry hair, turning back the clock and promoting youthful shiny hair. The conditioner helps tame frizz and repair damage. The deep-conditioning Masque will kick start your road to long, luscious hair. They also have a leave-in treatment (not a conditioner) to complete the quartet.

From John Masters I would suggest Spearmint & Meadowsweet Scalp Shampoo, which removes build-up and stimulates the scalp while hydrating hair. Followed by Citrus and Neroli Detangler which not only smells amazing but is a lightweight conditioner that detangles and protects all hair types.

A leave in conditioner like Un.Tangled or Shimmer.Shine from Kevin.Murphy or Green Tea and Calendula Organic Leave-in Conditioning Mist from John Masters. Both are great for hair that’s been stripped of moisture. Especially if it’s left with mineral residues it can really benefit from all-day conditioning.

Of course, you could minimise the problem entirely by simply not getting your hair wet more than necessary! If that appeals to you, why not try out Fresh.Hair by Kevin Murphy. It replaces odors and excess oil with body and texture – you can’t say fairer than that!

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Dry, flakey scalp? It probably isn’t dandruff…

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Dry, flakey scalp? It probably isn’t dandruff…

Less than 5% of us have been diagnosed with clinical dandruff. So why is Head & Shoulders the No.1 selling shampoo in the UK? – It just doesn’t make sense!

Consider this, products that you use on your hair may be causing irritation which could lead to flaking or itching on the scalp. Most big brands contain Sulphate’s, Silicone, Tpegs, Parabens.. to name but a few.  Sulphates are a known irritant, they can cause itching on the scalp leading to redness or scabs around the ears and in the nape of the neck.

Non-soluble Silicone can build up in the hair and create a barrier to colour. Day-to-day dirt sticks to it and, over time it can cause dull and lifeless hair. Many people think that they need to change their shampoo when this happens but the result with be the same if you use a conventional chemical-laden brand.

These products are not only bad for your hair and scalp they have a negative effect on our environment too. We don’t often think about what we are washing down the plug hole, but maybe we should.

An educated decision is always the best one. At pHd we stock products that are free from all the nasties and gently cleanse and exfoliate the scalp without harming the world around us.

I highly recommend Kevin.Murphy’s Balancing.Wash to restore lustre and shine, bring balance and protect your hair. Or John Masters Spearmint and Meadowseet shampoo for stronger, more manageable hair and improved blood circulation.


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Love your curls

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Love your curls

I have natural curls, it’s my favourite hair type and I have many clients with curly hair. So it seemed like a good idea to share some of my hard-earned experience learnt from managing my own and my client’s hair.

Cutting curls – what to consider

There are so many types of curly hair and so many factors to consider when cutting, colouring and styling your curls.

  • Hair texture first, is your hair fine, medium or thick/course?
  • Then porosity, is your hair healthy, dry, weak, damaged? (by conventional colour or heated styling tools) All of these conditions will affect the way your curls look and feel.
  • What is your Curl type? Is your hair corkscrew curly, big bouncy, wavy, tight, uneven -more curly at the back than the front?
  • Consider face shape. Do you have a heart, oval, round, square shaped face?

There are so many things to consider before you have your cut and styled!

People with curls need to feel that they have a style, otherwise it’s just ‘curls’. A lot of women feel messy or untidy when they don’t understand how to manage their curls. There are many cutting techniques for curly hair and much more training and information available than there used to be. Drawing on my knowledge, training, experience in the industry and creativity I know that I can find the best hair cutting technique to suit your curly hair.

Curl loving products

As you know ‘one’ product never suits all. Trial and error over the years has made it easier for me to predict what will (and won’t) work. As a general rule, a light water-based gel or volumising spray is great for giving curl definition without weighing fine hair down. Kevin Murphy Anti.Gravity cream or spray or Killer.Curls are ideal.

A hair moisturiser, like Kevin Murphy Motion.Lotion or a leave in conditioner such as Leave-in.Repair or styling cream Smooth.Again or Easy.Rider anti frizz cream is great for thick unruly curls or if your hair has a tendency to go fluffy. If your hair suits an oil there are several options including Young.Again oil, Shimmer.Shine spray or Shimmerme.Blonde spray.

What if you don’t like to use too many products on your hair but you struggle with it being fluffy? This can sometimes be rectified by the correct cutting technique and using the right shampoo and conditioner. Avoid sulphate such as SLS, (sodium laureth sulphate), dimethicone, Tpegs( non-water soluble silicones), parabens and unnecessary chemicals in your hair products. They can cause itchy scalp, flaky skin and redness around or inside your ears and at the nape of your neck.

Drying curls perfectly

Drying your curls can be tricky. The cuticle layer of curly hair does not sit flat and smooth like straight hair, so it is more prone to moisture loss and doesn’t reflect the light as well. Lots of people like to leave their curls to dry naturally that’s not always practical for some lifestyles, jobs or weather conditions.

If you do use a hairdryer always use it on a low setting to protect your hair. Try using a defuser attachment on your dryer, it speeds up the natural drying process and stops the hair from being blasted and dried unevenly. For added volume tip your head over to the side or upside-down.

One of my hottest tips is never to grab and scrunch with your whole hand as this will just make it fluffy. Pinch the hair gently with the finger tips and lift a little to dry the hair next to the scalp as it takes longer to dry there. Finally, make sure you let the defuser do the work – over-drying the ends also causes frizz. Then, all you have to dois enjoy your gorgeous curls!

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Question everything

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Question everything
I have been so fortunate in my life to be so many things to so many people. All of them require me to be passionate, creative and a good listener. A mother, a wife and a hairstylist.
It may sound silly to some but you can experience so much down this path that I have taken and I would like to share some stories with you as well as helpful advise, tips and tricks of the trade and ,most importantly, my passion for the world we live in, for life itself and the industry.

The story so far….

I hope you enjoy my blog. Although it may be a little controversial at times it is written with passion and a genuine love for the industry, people and our environment. Changing the way people think or provoking a question about health and Chemical usage and making people aware so that they can make an informed decision is one of the most important things that I would like to achieve.

Human nature tells us to take people at face value and to trust- but sometimes the only way is to QUESTION EVERYTHING!

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