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I am very pleased to announce that we are now using Keune UK hair products in the salon.

Keune products are renowned throughout the hair care industry and they proudly proclaim that their mission is to help professionals create beautiful hair.

The Keune Company was first established in Amsterdam in the Netherlands by chemist Jan Keune in January 1922.  Initially he focussed on the development of perm formulas and became the first perm manufacturer in Europe.  By the end of the 1920s the Dutch product was well-known and used in hairdressing salons around the world.

Following on from its successful perm manufacturing, the company became the first to introduce hairspray to the Dutch market in 1950.  Subsequently it launched the first European aerosol hairspray.

The company went from strength to strength and by 1995 it was operating from a brand new 20,000 sq m high-tech factory which integrates modern architectural, security and environmental technologies.

To fully appreciate the quality of these fantastic products why not call into our salon or call us on 01452 886262 to book an appointment.

If I had to choose the most important piece of equipment in the salon I’d have no hesitation in naming a pair of hairdressing scissors.

Aka haircutting scissors, hair shears or barber shears, the history of this most simple but crucial tool is a fascinating one.

It is generally accepted that the first authenticated pair of scissors dates back to Egypt, around 1500 BC.  They may not have been used to cut hair, however, as knives were pretty ubiquitous and probably did the job back then.

Over the years scissors have adapted to various uses and today you can find pairs specifically made to cut paper, wire, cardboard, fabrics and even bandages.

Our hairdressing scissors come in differing sizes, with blades usually ranging between 5 and 7 inches long.  Commonly they have an appendage known as a finger brace or tang which is attached to the ring finger.  This allows the user greater control and gives extra power to the cut.

In addition there are specialised pairs of hairdressing scissors, such as thinning and texturizing scissors, as well as razor shears which can be used to help sculpt hair.

Humble a pair of scissors may be but for the hairstylist they are a vital piece of haircutting equipment.

I’m often asked this question as washing your hair it is one of the basic ways of caring and protecting your hair.

Up until the start of the twentieth century it wasn’t a question many people asked.  Then came the rise of consumerism and the widespread use of shampoo grew as advertisements began appearing.  I was amused to read that the New York Times advised its female readers that they should really be washing their hair every two weeks, instead of monthly as had been the normal practice up until then.  

The basic fact is that your hair becomes greasy because of a build-up of an oil called sebum.  This oil allows dirt to cling to your hair and shampoo is used to wash that dirt away.

How often you need to use shampoo, however, will depend on your hair style and type.