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Allergy just keeps breaking out

We’ve seen a rash of stories about allergic reactions recently. So hair and beauty professionals beware! If you use colour or tint – and nearly everyone does – make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions on testing for allergy first. And pass this important message on to your clients too. Actress Pauley Perrette from the […]

What happens when your client develops a reaction to hair colour?

It can be a salon’s worst case scenario. You’ve coloured a client’s hair and they’ve come back to you showing a reaction on their scalp or face. If you’re alert and sufficiently knowledgeable to identify that the reaction is an allergic one, and not a temporary irritation, one of the most important pieces of advice […]

Barbers are back!

FE Colleges are reporting a significant trend. The percentage of male students applying is on the increase. Why? It seems the popular unshaven look means that barbering skills like beard and moustache trimming are in demand. The fashion for stencilling and patterns shaved into the hair is helping too. Colleges that offer these skills are […]

Case Study: Charmaine Haughton – London

Charmaine Haughton is a highly experienced salon owner from South London. Not only is she a fully trained hairdresser, but Charmaine also has a PGCE teaching qualification and a Masters in Education. She divides her time between her salon and working part-time as a technical trainer for L’Oréal. Charmaine’s hair and beauty salon is called […]

BBC reports again on the dangers of ‘black henna’

The BBC’s ‘Fake Britain’ reporter Matt Allwright has been investigating two aspects of the ongoing story of the illegal and dangerous use of ‘black henna’ products. The first involved the Loxham family who were on holiday in Spain. Walking along the beach at Malaga they spotted a tattoo bar and thought it would be a […]

Do hair care professionals need to be ventilation engineers, chemists and lawyers as well?

New products, new research and new legislation all mean new headaches for professionals trying to run their businesses and offer creative services to clients. Two recent stories reinforce the challenges for the professional. The first concerns the increasing popularity of hair straightening and smoothing processes, for example the much-publicised Brazilian Blowout products. First an American […]