Lets Heat things up…Especially your hair!

Spring & summer…finally things are heating up a bit!

I’m sure everyone can agree, we all think sun when these 2 words start being used!

I personally think longer days and warmer nights, sitting outside in a beer garden holding my Kopparberg are long over due! Thank god the clocks change this weekend!

It is certainly no coincidence that whilst we look forward to a bit of heat in weather terms, the trend forecast is screaming ‘HOT’ also!

The likes of Fendi, Rag & Bone, DKNY and Gucci (to name but a few) have their models sporting the latest red head shades down the runway.


Scorching Red Heads’ and ‘Singeing Burnt Coppers’ are the ‘MUST HAVE’ for your hair this SS17!


So what does this mean for your hair? What can you do to stay fashionable this season?



Well for those wanting to adapt their current hair colour in a subtle way, you can enrich pre-existing colours by having lowlights put through your current highlights. These lowlights can be burnt coppers or if that sounds a bit too scary even some caramel tones will give you a shot of warmth.





For those of you with a full head colour, why not try a semi-permanent tint? They last roughly four weeks and fade out rather than grow out. They are also extra moisturising for your hair so no unnecessary damage!  Not only are you fashion forward but because a semi-permanent colour fades out, you won’t have any harsh regrowth lines –bonus!


Now those who embrace the trends in full force, the true fashionistas, look to signature red heads: Isla Fisher, Emma Stone and Julianne Moore. Full head colours that are vibrant, glossy and striking to behold.

These can be done with permanent or semi-permanent colours. Then when we reach the pinnacle of summer you can opt for blonder highlights to break up the colour and give you that sun kissed holiday feel.



To make sure your colour stays healthy  and vibrant through the seasonal changes make sure you use colour locking products that help maintain shine.

My personal favourites are System Professional Colour Save Shampoo and System Professional Colour Save Conditioner by WELLA.
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Now if your hair is anything like mine and a normal conditioner is too heavy for my fine an
d fragile tresses – there is also a spray and leave-in conditioner call System Professional Bi-Phase Conditioner.        SYSTEM-PROFESSIONAL-Color-Save-Bi-Phase-Conditioner_d

Super lightweight  and still gives my hair the nourishment it needs to de-tangle. Great as a bit of an extra hydration shot in hot weather too! Just simply spray into wet or dry hair and comb through. ‘Simples’!

All products i’ve mentioned are available at Michael John Hair Artwork ltd, in Peterborough, UK.

Don’t forget – 10% off all products with your Michael John loyalty card.

Don’t have one? Come into salon and enquire today.


Now I believe that has given everyone some food for thought!

Stay tuned for my next post at the weekend…I have a surprise reveal on my own hair!

A xox

If you’d like to book in with myself or anyone at my salon for a consultation on what we can do for your hairs desires, please get in touch!

Take a look at some of my red heads in my latest collection at Michael John Hair Artwork ltd.


Fancy Colouring

Balayage, Ombre, Dip Dye… 

Hair Colouring has certainly come on in the past few months let alone years. But with this post I want to talk about a new products I’ve started using called Directions.

Directions is a temporary based colour, which means it isn’t mixed with peroxide or any sort of developer (which means less chemicals for those who like that kind of thing!) but this also means it doesn’t last as long as other types of hair colour.

BUT…what makes this range so special is this…

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I mean come on…just looking at them makes me want to relive my childhood days when you could buy coloured hair mascara and have blue and purple streaks for a weekend!

No they aren’t for everyone but, speaking as a hairdresser the reason why I am (I admit) falling in love with this brand is that due to their DNA, they can be for anyone.

Let me explain a bit of science to hair colouring…

When you lighten hair you remove the hair’s natural pigment. Done properly you will have minimal damage. Done incorrectly or in excess, your hair will snap off and the good old expression comes to mind “you’ll be taking it home in your handbag”!

So if we as hairdressers try to lighten hair to the extreme when it simply doesn’t want to, it’s not a happy ending. Now with this Directions you don’t need to lift it so light. Therefore the condition of hair is healthier and because of that the colour will last longer. 

Gone is the prefix of having to lift hair to the whitest of blonde you can possibly get which is a mean feat in itself.

The below photos are colours I have done and as you can see they weren’t ‘white blonde’. 

So this one was last week.


Obviously being so dark and coloured hair, I was a bit worried about how light i would have to get the hair first. I managed to get it to a pale red almost copper sort of colour. Which if I would have used our old brand of temporary colours it wouldn’t have done anything but, this is what i achieved…


Good hey?! I was pretty impressed. 

This is one i did today.

The starting point was lighter, a balayage I did few months back, but because it was already light i didn’t need to lighten it again. This was the result…


Again i was so pleased with the outcome!

I can’t recommend these colours enough. You can even turn any of the colours into pastel tones, they wouldn’t last as long as the brighter ones but still nice knowing. And because they are only temporary they don’t cost a fortune to have done – BONUS! 

If you’re interested in having these done or want to know more then please give me a message using the contact form. 

Thanks for reading!