The 5 looks for spring – all you need to know

Garbos top stylists break down the need-to-knows for the 5 looks for spring / summer 2022.

If you take only one thing into 2022, let it be a heavy dollop of inspiration for your next hairstyle. Because, while we love the expensive brunette and shadow root hair trends of 2021, there are fresh and exciting hair opportunities to be found in 2022. Namely, stacked bobs, soft bangs, spiky buns and fluffy 90s-inspired layers – all waiting for us on the horizon. 

1. Bottleneck Bangs

“Bottleneck bangs are an exceptional technique to frame the face,” explains Stylist Tara. “Many people don’t suit a classic ‘fringe’ (the solid horizontal line across the face), but most can wear bottleneck bangs to add softness to the face.

“In essence, this hairstyle takes inspiration from the neck of a bottle; starting slim and short

in the middle, curving longer around the eyes, and then longest following the line of the cheekbone. This allows the length and angle to be adjusted depending on whether you want to make  your cheekbones appear wider or stronger, or maybe you’d prefer to slim and narrow a wider face, drawing focus to your eyes and lips.

“Bottleneck bangs also soften the face when tying your hair up into a bun or ponytail as you can leave them out to frame the face. You could also leave just the shorter softer fringe pieces or longer face-framing tendrils out, too.”

2. Fluffy Hair

 “Gen Zs are calling Adele’s blonde blow-dry style the ‘fluffy hair trend’ and it’ll be even bigger in 2022. The 90s layers are all about bounce and volume and are great for longer and thicker hair, providing fluffy, effortlessly glamour. It’s all about cushioned and airy volume with a soft blended contrast. The fluffier the better. Use your product to smooth and lift, not to weigh down,” says Stylist Wade.

3. Contouring

“With Sarah Jessica Parker back on our screens, the famous Money Piece hair trend is back with a modern twist. In 2022 it will evolve into the ‘Hair Contour’.”

“Instead of clusters of highlights, hair contouring uses a softer-contrast lighter shade, painted around the face in a soft colour block, incorporating all the hair directly around the face including the shorter baby hairs,” explains Charlotte.

“This is a great technique for those who flip their hair over or push their hair back away from the face as the softer contrast between hair colour and skin tone lifts and brightens the face. 

“It is also reasonably low maintenance because there is less contrast with the colour along the hair part which does tend to look more obvious as it grows out.”

4. Stacked Bobs

 “The ‘Stacked Bob’ (sometimes known as a ‘Table-Top Bob’) is a triangular silhouette that works best on textured or curly hair. Cutting a blunt horizontal line that allows the curls to stack up creates a triangular silhouette that really shows off the beauty of natural curls as they are shown in contrast with a strong silhouette and a structured shape,” says Stylist Tristan.

5. Shag 2.0

 “The shag-mullet hybrid has had a softer, more polished upgrade for 2022,” says Stylist Andrew. “This look is more wearable in comparison to the more extreme, shorter-layered looks we’ve seen in 2021.

“Not only is the shag 2.0 softer, but the styling has more bounce, volume and a more polished finish.”

Creating a Photoshoot

Creating and getting involved in a Photoshoot is an ideal opportunity for a stylist to show off their creative flair and to do things they would not necessary do on a client in the salon. The Garbo’s Art Team produce two photoshoots a year.

Saturated is the latest photographic shoot from the Garbo’s Hair Art Team.

The idea for the shoot came from the creative mind of Stylist Tristan who used a combination of 1920’s elegance with an undone modern twist as an expression of the beauty of being caught in the rain.

Every member of the Art Team gets to choose a theme for each shoot and this was the turn of Tristan to let his creative juices flow.

Tristan choose local photographer Joe Burford for his winter themed shot and Billie Jean was the makeup artist who has worked with the team many times. Veteran Hairdresser Trish Mosely also came in to help the team with their finger curls. All the models were scouted locally as is always the case in any Art Team shoot.

Why you need a special shampoo for grey hair

Embracing grey hair isn’t a new notion. However, it’s only in the last 18 months – since the first lockdown began and salons temporarily closed – that the silver hair celebration has exploded. We’ve helped more more clients transition to grey than ever, offered tips on enhancing their natural locks, and glossed their strays in-salon to keep those silvery hues looking fresh year-round.

But, to each of them, we’ve said the same thing: ‘you need a good shampoo for grey hair in your at-home kit’. Here’s why the right care is crucial, and how you can glow up your own greys…

Why Does grey hair need extra care?

Even the most glittering natural greys may be prone to brassiness and yellow tones. There are all manner of culprits that can cause shade fade, from pollution to chlorine to, quite simply, genetics. When dullness strikes, only the very best care can help those silver strands sparkle once again, which is why pigment-depositing products are key for renewing the tone without changing the color.

Grey hair can often appear dry and wiry, too. Just as each strand loses pigment over time, the sebum glands on your scalp can start to slow down, which means they gradually produce less of the essential oils your hair craves. As a result, not only does grey hair need a little tone top-up from time to time, but it also requires plenty of moisture to look its glossy, frizz-free best.

What does purple shampoo do for grey hair?

You know that purple shampoo is perfect for reversing brassy tones in blonde hair– but what about grey? Turns out, violet pigments can dial down overly warm hues in silver locks, too. It all comes down to color theory. Shades that sit opposite one another on the color wheel have the ability to cancel each other out, in effect neutralizing unwanted tones. And, because purple sits opposite yellow, it can rid you of that yellowy cast. Try it with the INVIGO Cool Blonde Color Refreshing Shampoo.

shampoo for grey hair

Used once per week (or whenever yellow tones start to appear), this purple lather reduces brassiness in a single wash. Simply wet hair, lather up, leave it on for up to five minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Grey hair will be looking fresh and bright once more.

Let’s talk in-salon options

While using a shampoo for grey hair will take care of brassiness and dull tones, Wella’s new Silver Glow by True Grey service can be used to add depth and dimension or refresh silver hues. With less commitment than a toner or gloss, the service offers a hint of a tint that’s as gentle as water, making it a damage-free option for those who want to celebrate their greys. Just check out the before and after above.

Opt for the light tones (like Pearl Mist Light or Graphite Shimmer Light) to give natural hues a glow-up. Or, why not turn to the medium and dark tones (like Steel Glow Medium or Graphite Shimmer Dark) to create volume-boosting shadow? The toners only take up to 30 minutes to develop – 15 minutes for a subtler sheen – so the service is as quick as it is flattering. Perfect for a lunch break pick-me-up.

Going Red @ Garbo’s Autumn 2021

Red hair colour has never been hotter. Call it the Queen’s Gambit effect or point to any number of celebrities who recently took the copper plunge GiGI and Bella Hadid, Zoey Deutch—the fact of the matter is that there are more gorgeous takes on the shade than ever before. And they’ve got the names to prove it—mulled wine, peach cobbler , sangria spice…the list goes on.

The Garbos Team have some amazing ideas to achieve the best red hair colour for 2021, no matter your skin tone. Some general advice: Softer peach and cinnamon look great on pale skin, deep violets and cranberries complement deep skin, and Zendaya-esque rubies and coppers look incredible on everyone. Let’s get ready to book an appointment.

Ginger Orange

If The Queen’s Gambit had you considering going red, you’re not alone. The show was the inspiration behind Gigi Hadids new ginger hair which she debuted at the Versace fall 2021 show this month.

Front Streaks

Bella Hadid recently went a different red route from her sister, which you could either deem subtle or bold, depending on your personal preference. Instead of a whole head of red, just her face-framing pieces are tinted auburn for a cool touch.

Genetic Ginger 

If you’re not a natural redhead, you can fake it with a shade hairstylist that Tara Bone calls “genetic ginger.” The key to getting a natural look is layering different red tones. “The layering technique features a primary tone surrounded by two other colours that are cohesive, yet have a bit of a motley mixture of colour,” he says. “The combination creates a perfect balance of depth and brightness with eye-catching vibrancy that can grow out naturally. It gives a very real red—almost as if you were born with it.”

“This is one of the more pale sides of the copper family and has a soft, delicate feminine tone,” says Wella Master Colour Expert Natalie Burley. She adds that because it’s a bit on the pink side, it’s a great way to ease into red, or a fun way to fade out of a deeper red

Neutral Copper

“This colour is a mixture of copper and neutral tones,” says Wade Bennet. “So you don’t have that orange feel when you step out in the sun—just a rich, silky warm colour.” To get this colour, she recommends you ask your colourist for a copper base, with a mixture of very subtle neutral highlights and lowlights.

Deep Ruby

Wade predicts that Zendaya’s toned-down red will be everywhere in 2021. She says the key to getting it right is the lived-in feel. “It’s darker at the root with brunette undertones,” she says, “so it doesn’t come across as a fashion colour, meaning it’s wearable for every day.”

GARBOS GOES VEGAN WITH WeDo/ from Wella Haircare

weDo/ Professional is a new eco-ethical haircare brand that is on a mission to help people transition to a happier, healthier, & more sustainable lifestyle through acts, not words. weDo/ was created by a small group of people within Wella Company sharing a common passion for sustainability. Coming together to act and push for positive change within the company by challenging traditional processes. Driven by determination, the team co-created with Wella’s hairdressers and scientists weDo/ Professional – a new natural brand of which all products are designed to be more eco-ethical, Vegan Society certified, and Cruelty Free International approved while delivering professional performance.

From its origination, weDo/ Professional is acting together with its community of #weDoers by collecting 8 plastic bottles from the  environment for every weDo/ Professional product sold together with Plastic Bank – an international organization that fights against plastic pollution entering the oceans while improving the lives of those collecting it. While all weDo/ products are designed to be 100% recyclable and are made from up to 94% recycled plastic, we simultaneously work on new ways to decrease our plastic impact, with solid forms for example. Read more about our partnership with Plastic Bank in Our Commitment.

Our Awards

WeDo/ are delighted that our passion and love for haircare, the planet and the animals has already received recognition. weDo/ has been awarded as Best Sustainable Haircare Brand at Marie Claire’s Hair Awards 2021. Even though we are just 1 year into our journey, our 360° approach to sustainability has been recognised and given the praise as “nothing short of inspiring”.

Marie Claire also awarded our sustainability hero product, the No Plastic Shampoo Bar with the honour of Best Natural Formula Shampoo. The shampoo bar is formulated with 95% natural-origin ingredients and does not contain any sulfates, silicones or artificial dyes. It’s great to see this product getting the recognition it deserves!

WeDo/ have also won the Gold award at the Vegan Awards 2020 by Boussias Communications, under the category Best Vegan Haircare product. We thank our colleagues in the Greek weDo/ team for their efforts that have led to this award and recognition. This is the 1st year of the Greek Vegan Awards, aimed at  highlighting and rewarding excellence and innovation in the products and services of companies that promote the vegan lifestyle. The Vegan Awards were organized by Boussias Communications with the sponsorship of V-LABEL.EU (European Vegetarian Union).

A responsible & holistic brand

Beyond the idea of “natural,” we wanted the brand to be as responsible and holistic as possible. We strived to achieve this by not only looking at composition and quality of ingredients but also by looking at packaging sustainability, animal welfare, and overall human impact. This is what we mean by eco-ethical. 

Fall in love with your Curls

Why is it that we always want what we haven’t got?

As Hairdressers we see this everyday. If you’ve got dark hair you want blonde hair.  If you’ve got curly hair you want straight hair.

Garbo’s would like you to stop fighting and embrace you curls.  Here are a few tips to help you get there.

Avoid over-shampooing

Shampooing every day isn’t a good idea for people with curly hair. Shampooing can strip the hair of its much-needed natural oils.

You may need to experiment with a cleansing schedule to see what works best for you. In general, try shampooing every other day or ideally every 3 days.

Choose the right brush or comb

Curly hair is often dry and brittle and can break easily when combed or brushed. Try brushing or combing curly hair in the shower to avoid breakage.

Start with a wide-tooth comb to break up any knots. You can also comb while the conditioner is still in your hair to make it easier and to ensure the conditioner coats all your strands.

When choosing a hairbrush invest in a high quality brush with natural bristles instead of plastic. A boar bristle brush can help spread natural oils from the scalp through the ends of the hair.

Another option is to not use a brush or comb at all. If you have particularly springy curls, try applying a leave-in conditioner and then raking through wet hair with your fingertips.

Avoid split ends

Split ends are hard to avoid completely. Also, there’s really no way to repair them except cutting them off.

The best way to avoid split ends is to be very gentle with your curly locks.

To prevent split ends:

  • Use a de-tangler when brushing to avoid pulling and yanking.
  • Try not to tie your hair back into tight ponytails or buns.
  • Make sure to use a wide-tooth comb.
  • Stay away from heat tools.
  • Get a trim from a Garbo’s stylist roughly every 8 weeks

Heat styling curly hair

Most stylists will recommend that you let curly hair air dry because using a blow-dryer can make it frizzy and damage it.

If you want to use a blow-dryer or straighteners every once in a while with a straightening iron, it’s important to use some sort of heat protecting spray or treatment before you do so. Look for a spray containing silicone or keratin to seal the cuticle and make it more resistant to heat damage.

You can add a diffuser attachment onto your blow-dryer to help limit how much direct heat hits your hair.

What not to do if you have curly hair

Curly hair is delicate, so avoid the following:

  • products containing sulphates, alcohol, harsh chemicals and fragrances
  • using clarifying shampoos more than once a week
  • sleeping on your back
  • using heat styling tools more than once or twice a month
  • rinsing with hot water in the shower
  • pulling your hair into a tight ponytail or bun all the time
  • fine-toothed combs
  • trying to detangle dry hair

We are coming back

Did you know that one of the only times one changes their hair style is at the end of a bad relationship.  Well I don’t know about you but the team here at Garbo’s feel that’s just what we have come out of with Covid 19.

After the first lockdown 80% of you guys opted to keep your hair long as it was one of the only times that you had had the opportunity to let your locks grow, then your second appointment after lockdown you asked the team to cut your hair back to it’s original style.

So it’s time for that restyle

It’s time to shake things up in 2021, at least when it comes to hair. We spent most of 2020 skipping trims and doing root touch-ups in the privacy of your own home, so there’s no time like the present to finally experiment with your haircut, colour, or style. The best hair looks for 2021 are all about being bold and making changes (hopefully with the help of your Garbo’s salon experts).

If last year focused on natural texture and no-fuss hairstyles, 2021 is gearing up to be all that and then some. Ringing in a new year calls for fresh starts of all kinds, making it the perfect time for new hair trends to guide us straight to the salon.

We’re taking last year’s low-maintenance styling up a notch with statement-making cuts that do all the work and call back to decades past—only the fashionable ones, of course. If you’ve been wanting to make a chop, there are shaggy layers, blunt fringe, and retro styles just waiting to be shorn. (We’re talking modern updates on vintage bobs, bangs, and long cuts, too.)

Here are the trendy haircuts you’ll be seeing everywhere this year.

Colour for 2021

2020 was the year of cutting, styling and dying our own hair at home. Basically, we all took some chances during quarantine—whether they were regrettable or not only you can say. But one thing’s for sure, now that we’ve let our adventurous side out to play, we’re stepping into 2021 with more beauty confidence and curiosity. From ruby reds to pastel pink, here are the biggest hair colour trends for the new year.

1. COPPER GINGER

Yup, you have The Queen’s Gambit to thank for this fiery pick. “Copper Ginger is one of the most attention-grabbing colours out there.” The red shade  incorporates a mix of subtle copper, auburn and blonde highlights, and it’s shiny finish complements all skin tones, especially people with fair skin.

2. BRONDE FOLIAGE

This low maintenance style involves minimal bleach, so it’s a great way for those with dark hair to gently lighten things up. “Bronde Foliage is the perfect way to transition out of the dark times of 2020. You’ll get a gorgeous balance of colour by pairing delicate babylights and framing the face and roots with a stronger balayage.”  This look has a universal appeal since it works for most hair colours within the range of dark black to dark blonde.”

3. GLOSSY BLACK

This is not your average all-black shade. While it might sound like the easiest colour to do, there’s actually an art to getting the right amount of shine and the perfect cool tone. There are actually multiple tones involved to get the right shine and movement without looking inky and solid.

4. CHUNKY MONEY PIECES

Money pieces were big this year, and the team @ Garbo’s thinks the ‘90s trend is going to spill into January and beyond. Social media platforms like TikTok have many girls doing iconic looks from the late 90s and 2000s, such as the chunky highlights. We have learned to take from the past and give it a more modern take.” How to achieve this look? Simply focus on the strands right around the face (aka your moneymakers), but be sure to add a few more light strands throughout your whole head for an updated approach.



Your hair during lockdown

If you’re reading this then you’ll probably agree that having your hair done is one of life’s essentials. Popping to your local salon to relax with a book, have a deliciously decadent head massage and be make to look fabulous is one of life’s little pleasures. Since the lockdown started and our salon closed its doors, we’ve been hearing from lots of our lovely clients who are desperate for a cut or have roots crying out for a touch up. Not being able to get to a salon is proving a hugely frustrating time for lots of you so we though we’d offer some respite with a helpful guide of how to look after your hair during lockdown!

lockdown haircut

How to cut your hair at home

Our first tip about caring for your hair whilst the salon is closed, is how to cut your hair at home. Our advice is – JUST DON’T DO IT! 

Hair cutting is a highly-honed craft and there are so many ways it can go wrong without the proper training, so the chances of a hair disaster when trying to cut it at home are high. 

Hair stylists train for years to understand the inner workings of hair and to become professionals in their field. Our highly-trained stylists have spent many years gaining the experience required to execute creative professional hair cutting and styling here in the salon. If you try to replicate this at home it’s likely you’ll end up with a wonky ‘do or something much shorter than you hoped for which will need salon assistance! Something which we sadly can’t provide right now.

Dyeing your hair at home; The Pros and Cons

Shudders… some of the most dramatic hair fails we’ve had to fix in the salon have come from home hair dye efforts. Home hair dyeing can be SCARY.  

Half-head inky black/deep orange ombre efforts, and hair snapping clean off due to the bleach being too concentrated from a cheap home bleaching kit. Hair dyeing at home is really rather risky because unless you have pure never-before-dyed hair, you don’t know what the home dye kit colour will do to the remnants of colour you already have on your hair. Hair colouring is a science and the chemistry behind it and the carefully balanced ratios of colour agents is something we take years to perfect here in the salon.

Unless you’re one of the rare exceptions, your hair will not look like the colour it tells you it will on the box and you will ruin the colour we have worked so hard to achieve here in the salon. Someone with fine hair can get a completely different result than a person with coarse hair, even is they use exactly the same box of home hair dye. 

haircut during lockdown

In a Nutshell

We know it’s hard but try not to do anything too drastic to your hair at home before we can see you again. We envisage the salon will be opening by March so we are really looking forward to getting back to (the new) normal and making you all look fabulous once more.


Why Salon Shampoos are better for your hair

You’ve just spent an afternoon at the salon, your hair is looking its finest… fresh, vibrant colour, a deep nourishing olpaplex treatment and a good cut… its looking its absolute best! Have you considered that aftercare at home is just as important to maintain it.

There are a number of ‘nasties’ that can be found in shampoos. These ingredients might be effective in cleaning the hair of dirt and oils, but can often lead to damage and scalp complaints if they are too strong.

A salon shampoo is more expensive than what you can buy in a supermarket but it is worth the investment in professional hair care. The truth is that salon shampoos really are better for the hair.

Some of the main chemicals and ingredients now being avoided in salon shampoos are:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Silicones
Sodium Chloride
Polyethelene Glycol (PEG)
Mineral Oil
Parabens

Many professional salon shampoos are formulated without, or with less, of these chemicals, and more of the good stuff. Salon shampoos contain a bigger proportion of high-grade ingredients that protect and nourish the hair, and less of those that strip the hair of its natural strength.

So, let’s take a look at some of those unwanted shampoo ingredients to avoid and find out exactly what they do to the hair…

Why is Silicone Shampoo Bad?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, otherwise known as SLS, is a common ingredient found in shampoos, soaps and many other cosmetic products. They are just one of many types of sulfates that are often used to produce the foam in shampoo that achieves that ‘squeaky clean’ feeling.

However, while your hair might feel fresh after a wash, it might also feel dry and brittle. This is because along with that dirt, SLS will also strip away all of the natural oils in your hair. For those with sensitive skin, this can also irritate the scalp.

A shampoo that is free from sulfates (SLS) uses a milder cleanser that isn’t as harsh, resulting in healthier hair that can retain its own protective oils.

Why Is Sodium Chloride Bad in Shampoo?

Commonly known as salt, sodium chloride is often used as a thickening ingredient in shampoos so you get a manageable texture that can easily be distributed through the hair.

However, it does have a downside. Sodium chloride attracts moisture, so it can again leave your hair feeling dry – especially if you are already experiencing dryness and need as much moisture as you can get!

What is PEG in Shampoo?

PEG – full name ‘polyethylene glycol’ – is another chemical used to improve the texture of the shampoo. Again, this can be bad for hair, as this synthetic ingredient can be very harsh on the scalp and hair, leading to dryness.

Why is Mineral Oil Bad For Your Hair?

While there are plenty of oils which are moisturising and nourishing for your hair, don’t be fooled into thinking that mineral oils is one of them.

While it does act as a lubricant that can help detangle the hair and retain moisture inside it, mineral oil is sometimes used to ‘pad out’ the oil content of other, more expensive oils. So, if your shampoo says it contains argan oil, for example, but it is listed as one of the last ingredients in the list, it is likely mineral oil has been used as a cheaper way to dilute it.

What is the Benefit of Paraben-Free Shampoo?

There has been much discussion around the use of parabens in hair and beauty products. While they have been used for many decades to preserve shampoos and prevent them from growing any unpleasant bacteria, recent studies have shown that they can cause skin irritation and even hormone imbalances.

For these reasons, many shampoo brands have chosen to go paraben-free, with plenty of consumers now preferring them.

So now you have a bit more knowledge on Shampoo ingredients, here at Garbo’s we use Sebastian Professional.

Sebastian is redefining the limits of fearless hair fashion, with versatile, groundbreaking products that revive the industry and style that now.

With innovative products, you can create superior styles and transform hair from day to night-professional to provocative, whenever you want.

And don’t be afraid to mix it up. Combine products for the most unique effects: gels and oils, creams and clays – there’s no limit to what you can create.

Modern Hairstyles for Women with Fine Hair Over 50

A shaggy hairstyle for fine hair over 50 is a layered haircut with textured ends. Nothing says “youthful” better than this hairstyle’s trendy and modern vibe! Plus, its volumizing powers bring life to the hair and its wearer, making it the best option.

Aside from the convenience it offers, this cut cancels out wrinkles on your face with its soft finish.

A Shaggy style will help your haircut last longer because of the shorter layers. They work either styled or air-dried. Tousled hair is in, so the shag is a pretty fail-safe choice! It is great to wash and wear or style out, so it’s versatile for many lifestyles

A chic haircut that adds extra volume exactly where you want it? See these trendiest shaggy hairstyles for fine hair over 50!

Chin length, effortless with bangs! Lots of movement and texture to add volume to fine locks.

This stunning grey layered shaggy style, with a fringe that works well on fine hair. The ashy tone will take years off you. Its long enough that you can pull off an updo!

This sassy shorter shag style features choppy layers and a side fringe . Suits a square shaped face. One of the best hairstyles for a women in their 50s!

A few inches past the shoulders, wavy texture with lots of movement.

A shaggy hairstyle that’s easy to maintain. Styling with a textured spray and adding a few fine babylights and lowlights to add dimension.

Jane Fonda… bouncy volume, lots of short choppy layers and caramel, sandy tones to create depth and dimension.