Thursday, 2 August 2018

How to cope with post baby hair loss

‘I’m not a trichologist, but...’

I’ve been a hairdresser for 24 years and I’ve had three babies, so the subject of post baby hair loss is something I’m familiar with.

Until I had babies myself the worst thing about this process was trying to put foil highlights into all the short little new hairs of my colour clients six months after they’d had a baby! Trust me... not an easy thing to do.

My hair has followed the same pattern each time I have had a baby.
No hair loss at all for the last trimester (bring on the lush and lovely hair!) and then it starts to drop out in handfuls three months after baby is born.
While this can be a little alarming, it’s totally natural and nothing to worry about. It’s just your body getting back to normal (whatever normal is)
By the time my first two babies were four months old my hair was feeling a little thin to say the least. I noticed I had some serious balding in my temple area.

The first time I changed my hair colour from blonde to dark, added a fringe and even had some extra hair added with extensions to give it some more body... slightly extreme measures perhaps but when you’re working in the trade you can make the most of it!
At almost a year after the birth of my first son my hair looked quite strange.  The only way I can describe it is that was like I had two styles going on at once, within my long hair I also had a bob (due to all the new hair growing to about 5-6 inches long by this point).
This was the reason behind another new look and I had my long hair cut to meet the ‘secret bob.’

When I had my second baby I didn’t register these changes as much. I wasn’t as worried about the hair loss as I knew I would probably follow the same pattern as before. Instead, I had fun playing with bleaching my hair and adding different pastel toners, whilst keeping the short fringe as I’d done the time before. Looking like Stephanie from Lazy Town was great to keep the kids entertained too...

And now I’m going through it all again. I’m very happy with my hair currently... the balayage blonde and my loose perm have given me a very easy boho beachy look which requires no styling whatsoever... using the Davines Oi oil and liquid spell work like a constant treatment so I’m keeping my condition at its best.

However for the last two weeks my hair has been coming out in handfuls and my scalp is itching like mad (I’ve checked myself and my kids for lice about five times, it’s not that!)... Again, I know it won’t last forever as it’s part of the hair loss/regrowth process and the NaturalTech calming shampoo and superactive are helping with the itch.
I cannot say that I won’t want to change my style as the months go on... I will use my knowledge of hair and the way my own looks to decide.

If you are experiencing any of the things I’ve been through in the year after having a baby and would like some help and advice- I know a good team who can help.  The team at PS welcome you, even just for a consultation if you want to have a chat about what is possible with your hair, as there is always something that can be done to make you feel fabulous.

It’s taken me twice as long to write this blog as it normally would have. While writing, I have been interrupted many times by my beautiful little girl making her lovely little noises, and smiling like it’s going out of fashion. And I’m delighted to stop writing and play with her.
She reminds me that whatever physical challenges I’m dealing with are worth it!

For every new mummy going through the weirdness of the ‘fallout’ we can console ourselves that we made something awesome!

Thursday, 18 January 2018

P.S... we are recruiting

A New Year has begun and we are so excited about everything 2018 has in store.

We are currently looking for a hairdresser to join us here in Frimley, Surrey.

P.S. Hairdressing is a family run eco salon offering classic and contemporary styling for all.

We are looking for a positive, enthusiastic hairdresser to join our team.

Working with an amazing brand Davines, the fastest growing haircare product in London right now
and we know why. Brilliant training, environmental ethos and beautiful products.

Skills needed- Cutting, colouring (balyage, foil highlights, tinting), hair-up, Gents hair.

All round salon skills will be required in addition to hairdressing... reception duties, computer bookings, preparation and salon care.

NVQ level 2 qualification a must, NVQ level 3 is good but not necessary. Minimum 2 years experience.

Salary- Good set basic salary with great, achievable commission targets..

Responsibilities and Duties
Hairdressing duties.
Reception work.
Salon care.
Training in new techniques.

Qualifications and Skills
NVQ-2. qualification
Salon experience
Good level of cutting and colouring skills and knowledge

Company pension scheme.
Team incentives

To apply please email your cv to
or drop in to the salon at 62 Frimley High Street, Frimley, Surrey GU16 7JF

You can find out more about us by visiting us online at;

our website




Friday, 1 December 2017

P.S...Introducing our New Treatment Menu

Our consideration for your hair doesn’t end when you walk out the door; we spend a lot of time researching the best products and techniques to create conditioning treatments that care for your hair.

We know that there are many reasons for using treatments to make your hair and scalp better.  Reasons might include wanting hair that is stronger, healthier, shinier or with greater colour longevity.
We’re delighted to say that we have created a new treatment menu.
Following the success of our Minu post colour treatment launch in the Autumn Pippa has created a range of treatments that take just 5 minutes and don’t have to be booked in advance.

We have christened these Baby treatments.

If you want to book your treatment in advance choose from a Classic or Butterfly treatment.

The Classic treatments take just 15 minutes and gives your hair the opportunity to bask in your chosen mask.

To give yourself the ultimate relaxation we recommend booking a Butterfly treatment.  During this 30 minute service your hair will luxuriate in your chosen mask while you enjoy our signature butterfly massage.

 Davines Authentic treatment

The most intriguing new treatment on our menu is the Authentic treatment.
The Davines Authentic Formula products are suitable for hair, face and body.  Most of the team had only ever used the Authentic formula as a skin care product so we are so excited to use it as a haircare product.

Authentic nourishing treatments stand out from the others because the process begin with Authentic butter being applied to dry hair.  This approach seems unconventional but it leaves the hair moisturised and soft.  These products are oil based so particularly suit hair that is dehydrated from chemical treatment or curly hair with unwanted frizz.

Choose from the Baby, Classic or Butterfly Authentic treatment.

Davines Oi treatment

Oi Oil, also known as liquid gold, is our favourite haircare product.  The active ingredient is roucou oil, incredibly rich in beta-carotene which is perfect for restructuring and hair growth.

The Baby Oi treatment combines Oi Oil, Oi Conditioner and a five minute scalp massage. 

 The Oi range also includes the in salon Absolute Hydration. This intense hair oil is used during the Classic or Butterfly treatment at PS Hairdressing.

Davines Essential treatment

The Essential line Minu contains quinoa protein and caper blossom. Minu has been formulated to prolong colour and enhance shine. We recommend using Minu for coloured hair.

Whether you want the Baby Minu post colour treatment, the Classic Minu hair mask or the Butterfly Minu hair mask treatment, we would love to give your colour the extra care it deserves to look incredible.

The Essential line Nounou is perfect for hair dehydrated from perming, straightening and colouring.

Choose from the Baby Nourishing Oil treatment or Classic or Butterfly Nounou mask treatment.

Love Curl
Davines have recently expanded the line of Love Curl haircare to include more products tailored to the needs of curly and wavy hair.  The noto almond used in this range gives your curls the greater nourishment required.

We would recommend the Baby Love Curl Cleanse as the perfect introduction to Love Curl Cleansing cream.

Or if you want to book for a longer, more deep reaching treatment book our Classic or Butterfly Love Curl featuring the Love Curl mask and massage.

Davines Naturaltech

Many of you will be familiar with the Davines Naturaltech range which offers specially formulated shampoos, conditioners and treatments that address specific hair and scalp problems.
The Baby Naturaltech treatment is perfect for weak hair that is prone to falling out.  This treatment can be added to any service without pre-booking.
Alternatively, we would recommend our Classic Naturaltech treatment for hair that is dry and brittle, with dandruff scalp.
The Butterfly Naturaltech treatment is for dry and damaged hair with a normal scalp and utilises the Nourishing Hair Building Pak.

The real beauty of the Naturaltech range is that the products have been designed to work together.  So, if you are presenting more than one concern, we can create a bespoke treatment for you.  Please speak to your stylist at your next appointment about any concerns you have about you scalp or hair and she will be happy to help you decide what we can do to bring your hair into harmony. 

If you want to find out more about any of these treatments your stylist is always happy to recommend the right one for you. 

Many of these treatments can be recreated at home and we can advise on the best way to do this too. 
You will love the way treatments combined with scalp massage make you feel happy and relaxed.  And now you can choose the level of hair benefits and relaxation you need with our new Baby, Classic, Butterfly and Bespoke treatments at PS Hairdressing.

Friday, 1 September 2017

P.S. Stays Green All Over

In June we posted about our green mission at PS Hairdressing and how we are trying to get greener by reducing what we take in the first place. You can read the blog here

As single use items cause the greatest amount of waste this was our focus.

Sammi, Pippa, Ellie and Amy all focused on reusing carrier bags.

While Charelle, George and Chloe were determined to cut down on their use of plastic water bottles.

Beverley is super eco conscious when it comes to her shopping and recycling and had already made lots of little changes  to the weekly shop. These include switching orange juice brands to one sold in a recyclable container.

We have all greatly reduced the single use items we use and are much more aware of our choices at work and after work time.

Going green means paying attention to the details so it is easily incorporated into our approach in the salon. 

The most important element is a change in mindset which stays with you wherever you go.  Even if you have gone all the way to Vancouver...

And with Paula testing her eco ability over the waters in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada it seems PS are making steps in a bigger greener global community.

Vancouver is making great steps to becoming the worlds greenest city by 2020, mirroring a lot of changes that Paula has seen once before right at home in Surrey.

'Instantly I felt great comfort in Vancouver with their mentality to create a greener city leading to a cleaner world. Firstly when choosing a salon, I had plenty of choices to be able to stick with PS's commercial recycling mentality, as Canada is one of few countries that has a community called 'Green Circle salons'. Then I got straight into commuting to work on my bike, using the cities safe green bike paths that connect throughout the whole city.  And when it's time for refuelling a backpacking budget has meant food and drink come at a new price. Creating my new water bottle by reusing the first one, and buying my veggies from the cheaper market stalls has definitely saved a lot of shop bought packaging and time spent navigating my way around walmart :)'

Paula has managed to get a great little garden going to provide her with herbs and leaves for lovely fresh salads.  And some gorgeous sunflowers have been blooming these past few weeks, brightening up the street for the neighbours.   It's particularly lovely as lots of us here in Frimley have seen our sunflowers come into flower too.

With all these little steps adding together to create greener salons, greener streets and greener cities hopefully we can all play our part in creating a greener world


Thursday, 29 June 2017

PS Hairdressing guide to Summer haircare

For us at PS Hairdressing, the way your hair looks and feels the whole time is important... it's not just when you walk out of our door. Here we have compiled some great tips to keep your hair feeling beautiful all summer long.

Keep it healthy

This is the boring bit we know but the surest way to keep your hair healthy is to start off with it healthy.  Make sure you are having regular trims so your hair doesn’t become too dried out in the first place.

We are always happy to advise you on the best hair care products to use. 

For coloured hair especially you will need to make sure you use the right balance of moisture and protein, to keep your hair strong and soft. 

And if you redeem your loyalty card we will give you shampoo and conditioner from the Davines Essential range for free.

Keep it simple

Try to avoid washing your hair too much during sunny weather. 

To keep a longer period between washes we recommend using a homemade dry shampoo.  Simply squirt a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil into a suitable container.  We’ve discovered that a new salt cellar is perfect for this.  Add some cornflour and shake well.  Sprinkle some into your roots, massage in, leave for a couple of minutes then brush through to avoid any powder build ups.

Avoid the use of heat- we know hairdryers and straighteners give a lovely finish but experimenting with loose plaits, buns and ponytails is perfect for keeping hair looking stylish. 
And it reduces stress on the hair.

Keep it covered

It seems obvious to keep our skin covered up in the summer time but is the same true for hair? 

A hat or scarf will keep your hair and scalp covered.  If you favour keeping your hair on display make sure you use a protecting hair milk, such as SU hair milk which protects from UV.

We would also advise using a leave in conditioner, again SU hair milk would be perfect, before swimming to give your hair extra protection from the chlorine.  A swimming hat would be a great addition too but unless your holiday look is Olympic Chic you may decide against this one! Using a shampoo designed for use after swimming will also help reduce the damaging effects of the chlorine.  Davines SU hair and body wash is ideal as an after-swim shampoo.

Keep it conditioned

To combat the drying effects of sun, sea and swimming treat your hair to a conditioning treatment once a week.

Coconut oil or Avocado mixed with a little olive oil can both be used for a homemade conditioning mask.

Another option would be adding Oi Oil to your regular conditioner and leaving it on for 30 minutes.  Or even overnight with a shower cap on!

Alternatively, use Davines SU hair mask or Davines Nounou hair mask.

Keep it stylish

The weather can present lots of gorgeous opportunities for time spent outside but it can also present problems for your hair style. 

If you are going for the blow dried look we would recommend an anti-humidity spray.  Your Hair Assistant Blowdry Primer is perfect.  It can be used in place of a mousse but has the added benefit of protecting your style from the moisture in the air.  For more tips on blowdrying go to our blog here

If you have decided that avoiding heated styling is the best plan embrace the undone look with Davines More Inside Sea Salt Spray. As you’ve probably guessed it emulates the delightful effects of fresh form the ocean hair without a day at the beach. 

It can also be used to add volume to a blowdry.  And can even be used as a dry shampoo- Sea Salt Spray really earns its place in your suitcase!

Enjoy the summer!