McGills Hairdressing November Newsletter.
Go Sober for October!
We would like to say a big thank you to all of you who donated to our Go Sober fundraiser. Maya, Garry and Heather ditched the booze for 31 days and raised £131.20 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Donations are open throughout November so if you’d like to donate, head to…
To mark the achievement, we hung up our scissors for the day and headed for the trees at Go Ape! Here are just some of the pictures from the day…
Ask the expert…
We asked our resident hair guru, Maya, what the most common hair problems are in Winter and her top-tips on avoiding them.
“Hair can become particularly dry during the winter for lots of reasons…”
- “Cold air can make your hair dry and brittle. Then having the heating up high can dry your hair out even further.
Use a nourishing treatment once a week. A mask, like the NOUNOU Nourishing Hair Mask, can help repair damage so your hair can retain moisture.
Leave-in conditioner re-hydrates hair and helps protect from further dehydration. I recommend the DEDE Hair Mist, which lightly moisturises and refreshes the outer layer of hair without weighing it down.”
- “Friction from hats and scarves. While we need to keep warm in these colder months, the continuous rubbing from your winter clothes takes its toll. Scarves can tangle and matt long hair, while hats can make your hair static and cause split-ends.
- Using a natural bristle brush with a wooden handle prevents static while brushing your hair.
- Shampoos and conditioners that strengthen and repair will help prevent hair breakage when wearing your winter accessories. If you’re concerned about split-ends, go for products designed for long hair like the Davines MELU range.”
- “Using hot water to wash your hair. When it starts to get chilly, it’s likely that the temperature of your shower will creep up.
Just like hot water opens your pores in your skin, it can prevent the outer layer of your hair from closing over which makes your hair look dull and encourages frizz. It can also leave the inner layer of your hair shaft more vulnerable to environmental damage!
Anti-frizz shampoo & conditioner. The LOVE Smooth range from Davines has olive extract which is full of essential fatty acids to smooth that outer layer and control frizz.”
- “Heat exposure from styling tools such as hairdryers, straighteners and tongs can leave hair dry and brittle.
Remember to dry your hair up to 20% with a towel or cotton t-shirt before turning to your hairdryer.
Always use a heat protection spray before using any heated styling equipment, such as MELU Hair Shield. Not only will this help protect the hair shaft from extreme heat but it also gives you a softer, shinier finish.
For an extra shine boost (and to keep frizz at bay), smooth on a small amount of your favourite hair oil after styling. Personally, I like the OI Oil with Roucou oil.”
- “Having a lower immune system or just feeling generally run-down can have a big impact on your hair.
- We tend to eat less green vegetables, salads and fruits compared to summer and we crave more carbohydrates and warm comfort food. (We also drink more alcohol during the festive season!) Not to mention a lack of sunlight and all of the nasty bugs flying around! When you’re not feeling your best, your hair can be dull, limp and lacklustre as your body’s trying to tackle more important issues.
- One easy way to help is to take a supplement. Vitamin D is called the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’ so it’s understandable that those of us living in Scotland over the winter might be a little deficient! It’s essential for healthy bones, skin, hair, teeth and high energy levels.
- Making sure you keep a balanced diet and lots of fluids will also help keep you in good general health. Remember dehydration can be a factor in winter too. And if you do start to feel run-down, taking a Multi-Vitamin can make a big difference.”
“Your scalp can be the first indication of many hair issues. Is it dehydrated? Oily? Flaky? The right diet and lifestyle and a targeted shampoo can solve most problems.”
If you’d like some personalised advice from Maya, book in for a free consultation!
The Gift Boxes have arrived in time for Christmas! And they are cute as a button! We’ve been taking pre-orders and they’re showing to be very popular. There’s a limited number available so get in quick. They’re perfect presents for birthdays, Christmas or just for yourself (we won’t tell!).
The ‘Bucks Fizz Package’ £38.00
Choose from: NOUNOU, MINU, LOVE Smooth or OI. Each gift box includes a shampoo, conditioner and styling product.
Compared to buying each product individually, it’s a saving of at least £15.00 per box.
The ‘Prosecco Package’ £50.00
Choose a gift box plus an additional product of your choice for only £50.00.
That’s a saving of at least £18.00 per box.
The ‘Champagne Package’ £125.00
Choose your gift box plus product, as above, as well as a £100 gift voucher for only £125.00.
That’s a saving of at least £43.00!
Ellie is the newest member of the McGills team. She joined us in October as our assistant and we are SUPER glad to have her! She will be starting hairdressing training in January with Maya so keep an eye out for modelling opportunities. Here’s a little bit more about Ellie…
- Describe yourself in 3 words… Fun, cheeky and crazy.
- What’s your guilty pleasure? Buying far too much makeup!
- What’s your favourite part of the job so far? Meeting new people and making clients smile.
- Do you have a nickname? My parents call me ElleBelle.
- What’s your favourite movie? Grown ups – it’s so funny.
- Any plans for the future? To become a successful hairdresser and do famous people’s hair!
Next time you’re in the salon, be sure to say hi to Ellie – our celebrity stylist of the future!