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Hair Secrets from the Experts

Welcome back to Millimetre’s Salon Secrets where you can get beauty and hair secrets from the experts – our very own hair and beauty professionals.

This week we had a chat with Kelly, one of our Area Managers. She has been working with Millimetre since 2012, with 13 years of hairdressing experience…

“When you apply a treatment like a hair mask at home, don’t skip the conditioner too. Most people think a mask is enough but these two products can actually work together for super smooth hair.”

“Shampoo and condition your hair as usual, combing through any knots while you’re applying conditioner. Next, towel dry your hair and apply your hair mask. You’ll avoid wasting product while combing your hair and you’ll only use what you need.

Some more great money-saving hair secrets from the experts!

For more advice from Kelly, book an appointment now at our Harrow branch here.

Happy Christmas Eve! We hope you’re having a great one wherever you are.

During the holidays we can all be guilty of eating/drinking/partying a bit too much. And all the cold weather, socialising and indulgence can take its toll on our hair and skin.

Here are our top hair and beauty tips for the festive season to keep you looking your best all the way into the new year…


Beauty is only skin deep
The first thing that the cold weather, lack of sleep and a few too many glasses of wine can attack is our skin. Make sure to exfoliate your lips and to keep your skin moisturised during the colder months.

 

The Hydra Floral collection from Decléor is one of our go-to products to keep skin moist and hydrated during the day.

Remember that you can always get a free face map at Millimetre Harrow, Notting Hill or Palmers Green to find out more about your skin needs.


Put your best foot forward
Cosy socks and winter boots are perfect for the chilly weather but we sometimes neglect our toenails until we have to pop on our party shoes.

Get a SPA Pedicure at any of our Millimetre Beauty Salons to finish your Christmas party look. Book now at our Harrow, Notting Hill or Palmers Green salons – and you can choose from normal or gel polish too.


Keep those locks glossy
Make sure you keep your hair shiny with a replenishing and nourishing hair mask.T

Apply a hair mask to freshly washed and towel-dried hair twice a week during extreme cold weather. Massage the mask to spread it evenly on the length of your hair all the way to the tips but remember, never on the roots. Rinse and style as desired!

The Pureology Hydrate mask is perfect for providing locks with the right amount of hydration, without weighing it down.


 

All the products mentioned above are available at selected Millimetre salons – contact your local salon now to check availability.

GHD Curl Tutorials

All our Millimetre stylists are BIG FANS of the GHD. No matter your hair length or type, there’s a GHD for everyone. Check out these awesome tutorials from GHD for the ultimate Good Hair Day…


How to curl hair with straighteners
Every girl gang needs someone that can curl with straighteners. Be that person with this helpful how-to! No need for more than one tool when you’re travelling… create gorgeous curls and waves with your GHDs. With just a spritz of hairspray and a comb to assist – curling with flat-irons is easy as G-H-D!


Flat waves
Want to add waves and texture to limp locks? Whatever the length of your hair, you can get that rock chick, wavy and choppy look with your straighteners.

You can rock a centre parting or swoosh the hair to one side throughout the day/night – the best thing about this style is it’s the ultimate in cool. Messy hair, don’t care!


Mermaid waves
Are you ready to fall in love? These beach-inspired waves loved by the likes of Gigi Hadid and Khloe Kardashian are so hot and so Hollywood!

For a fairytale-inspired look the curls can be precise and bouncy as they tumble down your back, or dress them out into waves for a more LA approach to your style!


Still stuck? Why not book in for a bespoke blow dry at your local Millimetre salon and we can show you how to do it?

Find your nearest salon now!

Beautiful Hair

Your hair goes through a lot over the summer – heat, pollution, UV rays, sea salt and chlorine can all contribute to hair cuticle damage and promote split ends.

That’s why we’ve come up with our top tips to stop split ends in their tracks so that you can keep your hair healthy, shiny and strong…


System Professional Luxe Oil RangeLeave it in
Use plenty of conditioner when washing your hair – it’s essential to closing the cuticle after shampooing and keeping your hair sleek.

Invest in a decent leave-in hair oil or a nourishing hair mask to really boost that shine. We would recommend System Professional’s Luxe Oil which is also a heat protector and can be used every day. You could also try the System Professional Keratin Restore Mask once a week to keep split ends at bay.


Turn down the heat
We know it’s hard to put down that hairdryer when you’re rushing out to work in the morning but laying off the styling tools will really help your hair to repair and grow.

Try washing your hair the night before and putting them into loose braids to avoid damage and bypass the hairdryer and curling iron the following morning.


Tangle Teezer

Brush with care
Not dealing with tangles correctly and brushing your hair when it’s wet are two surefire ways to cause more damage to your hair.

When brushing our tangly hair make sure you brush down starting at the ends of your hair and making your way up to the roots. It will prevent hair breakage and also reduce damage to the scalp.

If you have to brush your hair while wet, make sure you use a Tangle Teezer to ensure that you are not snapping the hair cuticle. You can pick one up at your local Mm salon or ask your stylist for more info.


Hair CutGo for the chop
When getting your hair trimmed, ask your stylist to cut about one and a half inches above your split ends. This will remove any damage and allow your hair to grow in healthy and sleek.

If you follow the steps above you should find yourself having to take less and less off each time as your split ends reduce.


Book a cut with your local Millimetre salon now and start your journey to shiny, split-end-free hair!

Festival Season

After a brief hiatus, it seems the sun is back again and here to stay! And it’s just in time for festival season! Our trend team at Millimetre have been keeping their ears to the ground for the top hair trends from this year’s festivals so far.

So whether you’re bigging it up at Bestival or loving life at Leeds, we’ve got the perfect look for your festival adventures…


Touch of pink
It’s no secret that we have a massive crush on Game of Throne’s Sophie Turner. Not only is she a hair inspiration but she’s also the global ambassador for one of our favourite products WellaPlex.

With WellaPlex your stylists are now able to treat your hair whilst carrying out your colour transformation. Which is why Sansa Stark is able to keep her hair looking so healthy whilst pulling off so many colour transformations.

One of this season’s trends – as inspired by Sophie Turner – is natural wavy hair with a pink touch to the ends, for a girly but edgy festival look.


Double trouble
We’ve loved space buns since back in the day, when the Spice Girls and Gwen Stefani rocked them first. And we love that the trend has come back around with new twists and reinventions.

Try the classic backcombed buns, or plait your hair for a different look. We love these cute afro buns from the Insta feed of @phanie_00 – that beautiful natural hair and those eyebrows on fleek have got us swooning!


Wear the rainbow
Festivals can give you the chance to experiment with colour in ways you’ve only dreamed about. Rainbow hair is still a hot trend this summer.

If you don’t still want to look like a unicorn back at work on Monday you can try hair extensions or hair chalk to get that temporary rainbow look just like the stunning @JosephineSkriver.


Life is better with glitter
We are loving this look from @bazaar – pairing space buns with a glitter parting is the ultimate festival look.

There’s lots of different glitter looks to pick from and we’d suggest buying your own to take to the festival so you can spread the glitter look far and wide!


90s back, alright!
The 90s trend just will not quit and we are not complaining.

We adore the crop tops, skinny sunglasses and cutesy hair-dos.

Think Cher and Dionne in Clueless mixed with a little bit of Julia Styles in 10 Things I Hate About You and you have the perfect 90s look.


Flower power
Channel your inner hippy with big, bold wavy hair.

It’s the perfect festival look as you can survive the lack of showers by using plenty of dry shampoo and adding braids or a flower crown to cover up any less-than-fresh roots.

We adore this look from@LisaOlsoon


Hat’s cool
Keep cool in the summer sunshine with a wide-brimmed hat.

It’s also a good way to cover your roots between washes at a festival.

Check out your local charity shops for a bargain, and remember to drink lots of water and stay hydrated!


Hair piercings
Hair piercings have been around since last summer but they’re still very on-trend.

We’ve seen them all over the catwalks and they’ve even been modelled by the likes of @ArianaGrande this summer (p.s. congrats on your engagement Ari).

Simply attach the hair piercings and jewels to your braids so a super glam summer hairstyle.


Foulard chic
One of our favourite evergreen trends is the foulard – aka the printed silk scarf.

Pair it with a pair of statement earrings and a bold lip for instant glam.

So what’s your excuse to not try one of this Summer 2018 trends?! Share with us your best look and tag us on Instagram at @millimetre_salons

And don’t forget to ask in your local salon about our special offers on festival treatments!

Holiday Hair Tips

Here at Millimetre, we love the sunshine – especially for the tanned skin, freckles and sunkissed hair! But if you’re not careful, all those UV rays can damage your hair meaning more to chop off when Autumn comes around. The sun’s rays can break down your hair shaft, whilst salt from the ocean can alter the hair cuticle causing dry, frizzy and weak hair.

This month we sat down with our specialists to discuss the top tips to prevent sun damage to the hair so you can enjoy your holiday without the frizz…


Oil up
Forget that tanning oil – try hair oil instead! We’re always prompted to put sun cream on our skin but we often forget that we also need to protect our hair from the sun’s rays.

A perfect solution for this is System Professional’s Solar Sun Oil. Run 2-3 pumps through the hair with your fingers, focussing on the ends (which dry out faster than the roots and are more susceptible to damage). 


Hats on
Another top tip is to cover your head and hair with a hat, bandana or turban.

This will not only protect your hair but also your scalp and can help you to avoid sunburn, peeling scalp and sunstroke. 

If funds are low check out your local charity shops or vintage stores for a bargain bonnet!


Rehydrate
After spending the day in the sunshine, make sure you give your thirsty hair a drink.

Why not try a thirst-quenching hair mask like the Pureology Hydrate Hydra Whip – a nutrient and moisture treatment that it will help your hair to fight dryness and frizziness.


Braid away
To avoid your hair to breaking or getting weaker when you are dipping your toes in the sea or pool, why not try tieing your hair in
a beautiful braid?

You can share your braid snaps and tag us @millimetre_salons in your pictures on Instagram to show all your creations.


Rinse thoroughly
After a swim in the sea or a dip in the pool, remember to rinse your hair as soon as possible.

Salt and chlorine can mess with the structure of your hair or even compromise your colour, so it is highly recommended to rinse your hair after a good swimming session.  

Just do it like @leverflack in her tropical shower!


Drink lots of water
Last but definitely not least, make sure you drink lots of water.

Staying hydrated is very important for your body and skin, but it can also keep your hair healthy. Make sure you’re getting your 2 litres of water per day to keep your hair looking healthy and stunning!


Book your summer hair consultation at your local Mm salon now!

Tips for Curly Hair

(that actually work)


Curly haired gals (and guys) – you are not alone! We know the pain of untameable curls and that dreaded frizz! We understand the anguish of always running out of conditioner before you run out of shampoo and snapping hair ties like they’re going out of fashion! Check out our top tips for taming those tresses….


Sebastian Taming ElixirSebastian Taming Exlixir

HYDRATING – FRIZZ-TAMING – SMOOTHING

This weightless smoothing crème serum is the answer to your curly-headed prayers! A mild frizz-tamer with essential avocado oil. For hair that’s touchably supple, without the feel of product build up.

How to use:
Dispense a few drops onto your palm. Apply to damp hair for light definition and frizz control. Blow-dry for a smooth, natural finish. Use flat or curling irons on dry hair for a softly defined style.


Pureology Smooth Perfection Anti Frizz SerumPureology Smooth Perfection Smoothing Serum

SMOOTHING – ANTI-FRIZZ – HEAT-PROTECTION

This anti-frizz serum offers silky smoothness, lasting frizz control and heat protection for normal to thick colour-treated hair. This smoothing serum also helps protect hair from heat-styling damage.

How to use:
Apply serum to damp hair and blow-dry for a perfected, smooth finish. Can also be applied to dry hair to tame fly-aways without weighing the hair down.


System Professional Smoothen Curl DefinerSystem Professional Smoother Curl Definer

ELASTICIZING – DEFINING – ANTI-STATIC

This Elasticizing Cream defines curls and gives them incredible bounce and energy. It tames and bundles curls to prevent fly-aways through the anti-static effect. The cream can be used to create soft waves as a base for a styling and improves the definition of curls in dry hair. For defined, supple curls.

How to use:
Distribute a small amount onto towel dried hair, comb in and shape the curls. Then blow dry with a diffuser leave the hair to dry naturally. Use on dry hair for curl definition and texture.


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Sebastian Potion 9

THE ORIGINAL WEARABLE STYLING CONDITIONER

This wearable styling treatment restores hair’s natural condition, protects, enhances manageability and renews shine.

How to use:
Apply Potion 9 to damp or dry hair. Blow- or air-dry for silky, touchable looks, or use hot tools for refined curls. On dry hair, reapply to add texture and control. Apply anytime for an instant style boost.


All these products are available at every Millimetre Salon in the UK! Visit your local Millimetre Salon NOW and ask your stylist to try out the products while you’re having your hair done – you won’t be disappointed, we promise!