Hair loss is something a lot of people go through on a daily basis due to a number of different factors. Everyone sheds hair but if you're noticing a large amount of loss then try to investigate why, and if anything has changed in the last 6 months. Scroll down to read some of our top tips for hair loss...
The most obvious sign of stress is loss and breakage, which happens because stress hormones cut off the flow of nutrients and oxygen to your hair and skin. Crazy right? Finding out that you're losing hair can also trigger more stress so don't get stuck in a vicious cycle and try out some meditation or yoga at home to help de-stress.
Vitamins are a great way to restore your hair back to health. Be patient as it can take some time to see results. Our favourite supplements are the Viviscal Maximum Strength. Formulated with nutrients Biotin and Zinc, this wonder product will share the secret of maintaining healthy hair growth from within, helping to thicken out your locks and stop loss. The supplement boasts the key ingredient of AminoMar C™, a rich protein compound of marine extracts blended with organic soluble silica and fortified with Vitamin C.
CHANGE YOUR DIET
Everything always comes down to diet. You really are what you eat so if you're not getting enough nutrients and vitamins from your food you may want to make some changes to your lifestyle. Exercise can also help with the blood flow and circulation.
Your hair is delicate so make sure to treat it with care. Are you over bleaching or using too many heat styling tools? Take a visit to your hair salon and ask for a healthy chop along with a good conditioning treatment to help your hair breathe and grow.
HAIR LOSS PRODUCTS
There is a whole world of hair loss products out there that it can be quite overwhelming and time-consuming to do all the research. Our favourite product for hair thinning is the Davines Energising Superactive Serum. This magic product stimulates cellular metabolism and improves blood circulation which helps to combat hormone related hair loss and alopecia. Massage into your scalp every other day for 1 month to see results.
We hope this helps any of you that are dealing with hair loss rn!
Sometimes we just don't have time to try and create new hairstyles - especially if you love to hit snooze in the morning. We've found our favourite hair hacks from Pinterest so that your hair can look effortlessly hot, without the effort! Scroll down to see how...
THE FAUX BLOW DRY
This one is perfect for the girls that love a good bouncy blow dry without the arm ache! Simply tie your hair up into a high pony and curl 3/4 sections of hair with a big wand. Take your hair out and run your hands through to give it volume!
THE SPEEDY UPDO
Got a fancy event or wedding to go to? This speedy up-do will change your life. Start with wavy hair from the mid-lengths down and divide into 3 sections. Plait each pony and secure with a plastic band. Roll each plait up to the back of your head and pin in place. Pull out any sections or bits of hair to make it look wispy and undone and you're good to go!
THE FAUX PONYTAIL
Extensions can be time-consuming and pricey so why not try this savvy hair hack to making your high pony look longer and fuller? This style works better with wavy/curly hair.
Start by taking the top section of your hair and tie with a band - as if you're doing a half up, half down look. Flip the top pony out the way so you can take the rest of the hair and make a lower pony, in line with the top of your ears. Put the top pony back and move bits around so that it covers the band underneath. Easy AF.
THE FAUX FRINGE
We've done a whole post before on how to cut your own fringe so you can read more about it here. However, if you're looking for a quick, temporary fix why not try a clip in fringe? Take the front section of your hair and keep it in front of your face. Clip the fringe in on your parting and brush your real hair to the sides. Fool everyone for the day ;)
FAUX BEACH WAVES
Everyone knows about the sleeping in braids trick with damp hair for beachy waves. If you've forgotten to do that the night before or you don't have freshly washed hair then this one's for you. Simply make 2 braids in your hair with a middle parting and leave in whilst you get ready. Go over the braids a few times with straighteners before taking your hair out. Spritz in some sea salt spray for hold and you're ready!
FIX YO FLY-AWAYS
Baby hairs can be super cute but can also be super annoying when you're trying to do a sleek hair look. Get yourself a mini toothbrush and spray it with your fave hairspray to tame your fly-aways and they will stay put the whole day!
Let us know if you try any of these looks out!
We're back again this week sharing the best #HairGoals from Instagram. They say your selfie is 90% hair and 10% face and I think that we agree! Scroll down to see the products you can use to achieve the same looks...
Cherry bomb red - we know Kylie only had this hair colour for a hot minute but we love this fierce wig.
🖤MARGIELA🖤 @maisonmargiela couture this morning! a dream come true for me...I still can't believe it...!!! John Galliano has been one of my fashion idols for as long as I can remember and an icon to so many... Thank you so much @jgalliano @lexyroche for having me in your show...Just being able to watch you work was an honor for me.. All of my love Makeup by our MOTHER queen @patmcgrathreal Hair by the coolest cat @eugenesouleiman
How cool is this wet look blonde hair? This look isn't for everyone but it looks cool AF on Bella.
The queen of perfect, luscious curls.
This celestial look is super cool on Cara for the cover of GQ.
We know Selena's had the short hair for a while but we just can't get enough. Short hair is so in rn.
We LOVED Niomi's hair for the #GleamFest summer party!
What was your fave #HairGoal from Instagram this week?
For this week's salon Q&A we have our senior colour technician, Rachel Syas. Find out who her favourite Kardashian/Jenner is as well as her cult products to use...
Name: Rachel Syas
Position: Senior Colourist
Fave celeb mane? Zendaya
Which celeb mane would you like to get your hands on? Jasmine Saunders (Golden Barbie)
Top 3 products/tools: Shu Uemura Oil + Davines 3/1 Milk.
Top 3 Instagram accounts for hair inspo? @maneaddicts + Balayage artists
Fave hair trend of all time: Balayage/Freehand Colour
Any embarrassing hair moments? That time I had a bob and blunt fringe. No.
What's your go-to hairstyle? Deep wave + centre part
What's the best thing about working at SCL? Getting to do what I love whilst listening to my favourite tracks!
Favourite TV/Netflix series RN: Power
Most used apps on your phone: Uber, Natal Charts, Shazam.
Describe yourself in one word: LEO!
Favourite album to play in the salon? Destiny's Child - Survivor
Favourite Kardashian/Jenner? Kylie. All day, every day!
Fave emoji: 😏
Make sure to follow Rachel on Instagram to keep up with the major hair goals > @rachelsyas
Do you ever read the ingredients list on any of your products? If you're the type of person that does then you'll know about some of the toxic ingredients that are in some of our everyday products. We've found some all natural, DIY alternatives to your essential hair products. Get the DIY pots at the ready...
What you'll need:
Arrow Root Powder
Dry Shampoo can often leave your hair feeling dirtier than it was before and with an itchy scalp. The best natural alternative is Arrow Root Powder. It's a white, flour texture powder that can be found in your local health food store.
Use a make-up brush to pat onto your roots when needed. If you're a brunette, add cocoa powder and if you're a redhead add cinnamon to make it less visible.
What you'll need:
2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 1/2 Cup of water
Forever on the hunt for sulphate free, paraben free shampoo's that will cleanse your hair thoroughly. This DIY cleanser helps balance your pH and kills bacteria on the scalp. Apple cider vinegar’s anti-fungal properties fight and alleviate dandruff without leaving your strands dry and thirsty.
Combine ingredients into a spray bottle. Separate dry hair into four sections, and spray ACV mixture between each layer of hair from root to tip. Massage the ACV into your scalp and let stand for 3-5 minutes before rinsing.
Coconut oil is rich in anti-microbial properties, lauric acid, and medium-chain fatty acids that strengthen hair, condition the scalp, and help to regrow hair. There's a reason why everyone is using it in their hair, skin, body and food!
As an intensive conditioner to restore hair, after washing with a gentle natural shampoo, apply 1 teaspoon (for short hair), 2 teaspoons (for shoulder length hair) and 1 tablespoon (for long hair) after warming in the palm of your hands. Apply to hair shaft and ends, and then rub into scalp. Cover with a shower cap, and leave on for 1-2 hours, or overnight. Wash with a gentle shampoo, and style as normal.
There are so many oils that you can use in your hair for that healthy shine. We recommend using a pea size amount of Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil on the mid-lengths to ends of damp hair. If using on dry hair, use the tiniest amount only on the ends to prevent oily hair.
Will you be switching out any of your cult products to natural ingredients?
We're back with some killer looks from Instagram this week. We can't get enough of the all the summer party and holiday looks. Scroll down to see more...
Bella looking stunning with that golden hour glow in Venice. Hair by Jen Atkin of course!
We're all going to need this pink scrunchie now to recreate this look...
Gorgeous lowlights in the sun and we're loving this length on Ashley 🙌🏻
Tasha's bronzed tan and blonde beach locks are giving us all the holiday FOMO right now.
A sleek, middle parting look on the gorgeous Tanya for the Serpentine Summer Party. Hair by Adam Cooke at Samantha Cusick London.
Olsen twins vibes with this super messy yet chic low pony.
Did we miss out on any? Let us know!
For this week's salon Q&A we have our senior stylist/technician, Konstantinos. Find out what his cult products are as well as his favourite album to play in the salon...
Position: Senior Stylist
Fave celeb mane? Emma Stone
Which celeb mane would you like to get your hands on? Adriana Lima/Gigi Hadid
Top 3 Instagram accounts for hair inspo? @maneaddicts + Balayage artists
Fave hair trend of all time: Waves/Balayage
Any embarrassing hair moments? When I cut my hair short.
What's your go-to hairstyle? Wavy.
What's the best thing about working at SCL? Being myself
Favourite TV/Netflix series RN: Game of Thrones/Arrow
Most used apps on your phone: Instagram, Snapchat, Uber
Describe yourself in one word: Greek God (2 words)
Favourite album to play in the salon? Lemonade/Pink Floyd - The Endless River
Favourite Kardashian/Jenner? None! I hate them all!
Fave emoji: 😘
Follow Konstantinos on Instagram for major hair inspo - you're bound to find the colour you want! @konstantinos_hair
It just wouldn't be possible to go from brown to blonde or to have unicorn locks without damaging your hair - until Olaplex was born. The healthy, shiny results we get after using bleach on our clients is always down to Olaplex and here's why...
Olaplex is a 3 step system that repairs and builds bonds on the internal shaft of the hair that gets destroyed due to chemical or thermal services. Since the bonds are being re-linked it gives the hair strength, elasticity and allows the colour molecules to have more to latch on to decreasing porosity.
No.1 - BOND MULTIPLIER
This concentrated first salon step rebuilds broken disulphide bonds and begins the process of preventing damage and repairing hair.
No.2 - BOND PERFECTOR
The second salon step applied after rinsing continues to rebuild and restore any remaining broken bonds ensuring the strongest, shiniest, and healthiest hair possible.
No.3 - HAIR PERFECTOR
This final retail step provides our client's continuous protection from ongoing damage at home. To use once a week.
Most salons now have Olaplex so always ask for it as an add-on treatment as well taking the No.3 home with you! It's a must-have for healthy, shiny locks even when bleach has been applied onto hair.
Pop by the salon to get your bottle!
A heatwave hit London this week and whilst we were serving strawberry daiquiris at the salon, a whole lot of hair inspo was popping up on our Instagram feeds. Scroll down to see our faves from Instagram this week...
The blonde bombshell popped into the salon last week to have her locks refreshed and we are living for that wavy blonde mane! Colour by Konstantinos at Samantha Cusick London.
Loving these swept over side bangs and messy tousled hair on Suki.
Ashley looking fierce with this half up, half down top knot mastered by Justine Marjan.
Does is get any cooler than this? Pink curly hair in the coolest pink hotel in Ibiza.
This hair and make-up look is everything!
Sam looking like a goddess with her voluminous, wavy locks.
Happy summer hair!
More and more people are after the magic frizz-taming treatment but not many people know a lot about it! We've put together a little guide with FAQ's for anyone that's thinking of going for it. Scroll down to find out more...
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KERATIN + A BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT TREATMENT?
Keratin treatment is a hair smoothing process involving formaldehyde, in which protein attaches to the hair and seals down the cuticle, producing a more manageable mane.
Brazilian Blowout is a lighter version of the keratin treatment and will help to tame frizz whilst still enhancing the natural wave/curl the same.
Another difference is that the keratin treatment can take up to 3 hours in the salon and the treatment is left on your hair for 3 days before washing out. However, BB is applied in 90 minutes and dried in the salon so it's a lot less hassle.
WHICH HAIR TYPES ARE SUITED FOR KERATIN + BB?
Keratin is the right option for hair that is overly curly and overly voluminous. The treatment will reduce the volume and make hair far easier to manage and style.
Brazilian Blowout is better suited if you want to keep volume and movement but just want to tame frizz and create reflective shine.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
This is dependant on the length of your hair but it can be anything from around £200 for short hair up to £400 for long hair. See our prices for the treatment here > http://www.samanthacusicklondon.com/prices/
HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
Both treatments will last up to 3 months using sulfate-free shampoo only. The less you wash it, the longer it lasts.
WILL IT MAKE YOUR HAIR DEAD STRAIGHT?
While both treatments make hair appear straighter and smoother, neither of these treatments are permanent such as Japanese straightening treatments or hair relaxers which are known to permanently alter the structure of the hair.
CAN IT DAMAGE YOUR HAIR?
Make sure you go to a good, trusted hairdresser the same way you would if you were bleaching your hair. We wouldn't recommend either treatment if you have heavily bleached hair as there are a lot of chemicals and heat involved.
We hope this post helped any of you thinking about having a Keratin Brazilian Blowout treatment done!
Feel free to pop to the salon for a consultation.
Bangs have been all over our feeds since last year so it's only right we dedicated a How To post on them. All our fave celebs have rocked a fringe whether it's faux, wispy or side bangs. Scroll down to see how you can cut your own bangs from home...
TYPES OF BANGS
First - let's sort out which type of fringe you want to go for...
AUDREY HEPBURN / SHORT BANGS
LONG SIDE FRINGE
CHOPPY FULL BANGS
HOW TO CUT YOUR OWN BANGS
STEP 1: Make sure your locks are dry. It's difficult to measure the length when hair is wet and this is when people overcut.
STEP 2: STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND GO TO THE HAIRDRESSER!
Fringe trims are usually complimentary if you have a regular hair salon and already have a fringe, but if your thinking of changing up your look with a fringe its better to talk this through with a professional. We've all seen and lol'd at those youtube fringe fail vids - be better than that!
Clip in faux fringes are the perfect way to try out bangs without committing to actually cutting it. It's also a good way to see how it looks on you before getting the scissors out!
Tag us in your DIY fringe pics on Instagram!
It's been a horrific week for London and we are so sad for the families in the Grenfell Tower fire incident. We want to support our neighbourhood and collect all donations at the salon which we will then drop off at the help points.
Scroll down for this week's #HairGoals...
KIM KARDASHIAN WEST
KKW BEAUTY?! We don't what's more exciting- the beauty line or this bomb AF wet hairstyle.
How sassy is Ashley Graham?! This long wavy hair flip is everything.
Loving this 60s tribal hairstyle on hottie Jlo. Styled by Chris Appleton.
When I tried out for Coyote Ugly, they played Prince's "Kiss" for the dance portion of the audition — I was like, here we go, one of my favorite tracks. Nail this, Tyra! I was supposed to groove for a couple of seconds, but then I realized they weren't stopping the song... So I danced for the ENTIRETY of "Kiss" in front of the producers! When I was done, I was a sweaty mess. They told me they were enjoying the show so much, they let Prince's song play and play... Needless to say, I got the part. Just another example of Prince stepping into my life and creating some magic. I'm wearing my #PurpleReign TYover in this pic, celebrating the artist that'll get my ass dancing anytime his song comes on — even when I'm nervous as hell at an audition. Go to tyrabeauty.com to learn more about #PurpleReign 🎶 💜
Chain braids and textured hair. We can't get enough of this look on Tyra.
We can't deal with how cool Bella looks in every hairstyle. The short locks suit her so much!
Jen Atkin slays Khloe's shorter hair. We need that kind of volume in our lives.
Did we miss out on any? Let us know!
This week we're sitting down with our colour director April Taylor to talk about her fave products and celeb manes! Scroll down to see more and some of April's colour magician work!
Name: April Taylor
Position: Colour Director
Fave celeb mane? Tasha Oakley/Chrissy Teigen
Which celeb mane would you like to get your hands on? Adele
Top 3 products/tools: Davines Dry Texture Spray, GHD Iron, Nioxin Diaboost.
Top 3 Instagram accounts for hair inspo? All balayage artists!
Fave hair trend of all time: Balayage.
Any embarrassing hair moments? Bleached undercut. LOL
What's your go-to hairstyle? Topknot with waves
What's the best thing about working at SCL? Doing beautiful hair with great people + clients all day.
Most used apps on your phone: Phonto, Boomerang, VSCO Cam.
Favourite album to play in the salon? Trevor Nelson (???)
Favourite Kardashian/Jenner? Kim
Fave emoji: 💜
Follow April on Instagram to keep up with all the mane inspo > @aprilhairlondon
Have you ever wondered how the Olsen twins get their effortless wet look hair? Or how they do the glam wet hair on the red carpet? We've got your answers here with 3 different wet looks for you to choose from. There's the beach/surfer girl look Kim wore a few months ago and a couple of more polished wet look styles. We've linked the best hair products to use for these looks too!
THE WAVY WET LOOK
STEP 1: Apply Bumble & Bumble Grooming Creme into damp hair from the mid-lengths down.
STEP 2: Use a hair oil (coconut oil will do) on top of the creme to lock moisture and add shine.
STEP 3: Spray in some texturizing mist and work it through with your hands to bring out your natural texture.
STEP 4: Use the diffuser attachment on your hair dryer until hair is completely dry.
STEP 5: Once dry, use a hair straightener to go over any waves, perfecting them or adding more (if you don't have any natural waves).
STEP 6: Finish with a shine mist and soft hairspray.
THE SLICKED BACK WET LOOK
STEP 1: After shampooing hair, apply leave in conditioner to prep hair.
STEP 2: Add styling gel throughout, from the roots to the ends.
STEP 3: Use a fine-toothed comb to evenly distribute gel and to smooth hair.
STEP 4: Take the top section of your hair (above the ears) and comb the sides back securing in place with bobby pins underneath the top section of hair.
STEP 5: Lightly tease under the top section and smooth back to cover bobby pins. Add hairspray to hold and finish the look.
THE MIDDLE PART WET LOOK
STEP 1: Start by adding Bumble & Bumble's Invisible Hair Oil all over damp hair.
STEP 2: Blow dry hair smooth and go over with a GHD styler to get it silky straight.
STEP 3: Using a tail comb, part your hair down the middle and brush down behind your ears.
STEP 4: Add finishing creme to the top of your hair and hair oil to the ends.
STEP 5: Use Bumble & Bumble Does It All Hairspray to hold it all in place.
Tag us on Instagram if you try any!
Different week, different hair. We love that there's always something new and inspirational when it comes to hair. Scroll down to see our faves from Instagram this week...
Ariana did us proud in Manchester last week and so did her fire ponytail. Such a boss babe.
Madison looking like the cutest Bratz doll with these unicorn stripes. We're diggin' it.
Is there a hairstyle that Bella can't rock? Jen Atkin worked her magic on Bella with this cute AF fringe.
It looks like Kylie got some cute subtle bangs and we're here for it.
Love this effortless get up by Chris Dylan Hair.
JENNA DEWAN TATUM
Serious waves goals. Volume and sass by Kristin Ess.
Did we miss out on any? Let us know!
We're kicking off our Salon Q&A series with Adam Cooke so you can get to know the SCL team a bit better and see pictures of their amazing work!
Name: Adam Cooke
Fave celeb mane? Kimmy K (for changing it up all the time)
Which celeb mane would you like to get your hands on? Beyonce.
Top 3 products/tools: Davines Dry Texture Spray, GHD Iron, Oi Oil.
Top 3 Instagram accounts for hair inspo? @maneaddicts, @salsalhair @chrisappleton1
Fave hair trend of all time: Beachy realness.
Any embarrassing hair moments? When my mum forgot to put a guard on the clippers and took a chunk out the back of my hair.
What's your go-to hairstyle? Soft textured waves for clients.
What's the best thing about working at SCL? Working with my friends all day.
Favourite TV/Netflix series RN: RuPauls Drag Race
Most used apps on your phone: Instagram, Whatsapp, Daily Mail (gossip)
Describe yourself in one word: Bam. *finger click*
Favourite album to play in the salon? Beyonce Lemonade
Favourite Kardashian/Jenner? Koko
Fave emoji: 💃🏼
Follow Adam on Instagram for some serious #HairGoals!
The last thing you want after paying to get your hair coloured is for it to not last or to go brassy in the sun. Here are a few ways to make sure your hair colour lasts during the summer months...
Hair needs SPF just as much as your skin does. Not only does the sun dry out and burn your hair but the UV rays can change the tone of your hair, making it lighter. Avoid frazzled ends with an SPF hair spray.
USE A GLOSS
Treat your hair to an at-home gloss treatment to refresh colour and brightness every few weeks. The gloss will give you that salon shine without having to go back every couple months for a colour refresh.
We all know by now that purple shampoos are the way to go when you want to avoid brassy/yellow tones. If you feel your hair colour is fading, use one of these shampoo's to lift the colour and change it back to cool tones.
AVOID THE POOL
We're not saying you can't go in the pool but if you can avoid putting your hair in you would be saving your hair colour. Mineral deposits found in pool water are what cause the green tinge that no one wants! Pineapple hair to the rescue...
USE A FILTER
Washing your hair too much is the main reason why colour can fade quickly. Try to wash your hair less frequently and always wash with luke warm water. Adding a filter to your shower head will also cut down on minerals like iron and lime which can be harsh on your hair colour. You'll also notice how much softer your hair is when using a filter!
A perfect mix of blonde, brunette and straight up mermaid this week. Scroll down to see our fave #HairGoal moments from this week...
Selena bringing brunette back. Long, chocolate locks by Danielle Priano.
We turned Katie into a mermaid last week with this mermaid opal locks! So obsessed!
So sleek and shiny. We need this level of shine everyday.
Fresh chop and colour on blonde bombshell Zoe. Cut and colour by Samantha Cusick London.
These corkscrew curls on Bella are everything!!
Hailey rocking the pineapple hairstyle in a more sophisticated way...
Did we miss out on any?
We're surrounded by so many sassy, clever and influential boss babes these days and nothing is more inspiring than hearing their success stories. It's so important to follow inspirational people on social media so that your feeds are full of good vibes and motivation! Scroll down to read more...
You're probably one of the 3.5 million followers of Iskra Lawrence, a swimwear model changing the game by posting only unretouched photos. Iskra got into the modelling industry at just 13 when she was told she was too big to be a model and was also told she was too slim to be a plus sized model.
After seeing so many heavily photo-shopped images of herself, she decided to stand up for real women with real bodies and start a YouTube channel on fitness, health, self-care and eating disorders. Iskra became a model for Aerie, a swimwear brand that promotes real, unretouched bodies and rapidly grew her following with relatable content and fun dance videos. It's so refreshing to see girls like Iskra that uplift and motivate girls rather than making us feel crap about ourselves like the unrealistic, airbrushed models do.