Wednesday, 22 April 2015

KeraStraight's KS Ultimate and KS Boost

We have relaunched our amazing 'Brazilian Blowdry' treatment by KeraStraight. The new KS Ultimate is fast and simple to apply and will give you smoother, easier-to-manage hair for up to four months.

KeraStraight is an innovative process that smooths your hair without damaging it. The brand uses the natural protein 'keratin' and can be used on all hair types including colour treated hair. The range of treatments and styling products offered will radically transform your hair, leaving it feeling repaired, revitalised, looking gorgeous and most importantly; easy to manage. 

At PS we offer both the KeraStraight Ultimate service, as well as the the KeraStraight Boost (a quick fix introductory treatment to the technique). The keratin protein used in all KeraStraight products reduces frizz and the time YOU need to spend blowdrying your hair. We tested both services out on two of our clients and had some wonderful feedback...

KS Ultimate - price from £170
This service combines speed, ease and simplicity with KeraStraight's combination of award winning proteins and straightening application. With KS Ultimate you can expect smoother, healthier and easier to manage hair for up to four months. Because this new treatment is easier and quicker to apply, you can expect to spend less time in the chair and also less money. The KS Ultimate service costs £170 at PS Hairdressing (or £200 for very thick hair) and includes a free KeraStraight shampoo and conditioner to use at home. 
This treatment is the updated version of the original KS Complex treatment we offer in the salon. KS Complex is priced at £200-£225.

Here's what Heather, PS's model for the KS Ultimate, had to say after receiving the treatment...

"I was thrilled to be asked to be a model to receive the KeraStraight treatment at PS Hairdressing. My hair has always needed a lot of straightening to get rid of the frizz. Now after washing I can get away without straightening; although a quick go with the straighteners just gives it that smooth look as well."

KS Boost - price £25
Enjoy an introduction to KeraStraight with KS Boost. This 30 minute treatment repairs and re-hydrates hair from the inside out, rebuilding whatever the hair lacks. This quick-fix treatment transforms weak, dry and damaged hair into healthier, stronger and smoother hair, and lasts up to 30 days. This service costs £25 and is a perfect way to sample KeraStraight before indulging into the full treatment we offer. It's also a great way to add a longer life to your KS Ultimate treatment if applied three months in. 
We recommend a salon blowdry with this treatment, or you could book in at the same time as your cut, blowdry and finish. (Please see our menu for pricing of this). 

We tested this treatment out on our client Karenne, who seemed very pleased with the result...

"My hair is coarse and curly by nature but just over a week ago I had a KeraStraight Boost treatment at PS Hairdresssing. Wow - it has left my hair soft and easy to manage and still has plenty of body. Even after quite few washes it's still soft and manageable with the added bonus that it takes less time to do. A big thank you to the girls at PS who provided me with an excellent service and great advice!"

Below are Karenne's before and after photos...

If you would like to book in for a KeraStraight treatment then give us a call on 01276 469766. Or feel free to pop into our salon and chat to one of our friendly stylists who will be happy to provide more information on the process and offer advice on how KeraStraight will work for you. 

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Awards Season 2015

As always the awards shows that took place in the last couple of months proved inspirational for both female and male hair trends, as well as fashion and beauty looks. At PS we constantly look to celebrities and the fashion world for emerging hair trends that we can feed back to our lovely clients in the salon. For this blog post, we thought it might be fun to introduce a few of our favourite fashion looks chosen by Amy Trayford – a fashion graduate and the brains behind our blog, along with beauty looks as picked by Katharine Shaw – makeup artist and sister to PS owner’s Pippa and Paula. Last month was Katharine's first in the team and we are excited to get her input and opinion on the top looks from this year's shows.  Focusing on women’s hair trends is Pippa – PS’s founder and creative hair stylist, while Paula - the barber at PS has contributed her thoughts on the best gent’s styles at the awards.
 Starting with our favourite fashion looks…

Sienna Miller at the Golden Globes
The Golden Globes is the first big night on the Hollywood calendar which means all eyes turn to the event for emerging trends. Making a comeback this year is Sienna Miller who chose a gorgeous metallic embroidered Miu Miu dress, and accessorised it with Jimmy Choo heels and Tiffany & Co jewellery. The soft nude hue of the dress complimented the actress’ natural-looking tan and dewy skin.
Emma Stone at the Golden Globes
Another standout look from the Golden Globes came from Emma Stone who chose a stylish Lanvin jumpsuit for the occasion. The black cigarette-cut trousers complimented Emma’s slim frame, while the heavily encrusted bodice added glamour and opulence to the overall look. Finishing the jumpsuit off was an oversized satin bow, tied at the waist.
Katy Perry at the Grammys
The final look from our top 3 is Katy Perry at the Grammy awards. The Grammys, arguably the biggest night in the music world, attracts the leading names in the industry and is the best place for spotting a variety of directional looks. Katy opted for a tasteful sheer sheath dress with all over crystal fringing. She wore the Zuhair Murad dress with a thin gold waist belt and metallic strappy sandals by Sophie Webster. 
Moving onto the best beauty looks…

Rihanna at the Grammys
Rihanna showed flawless skin with a hint of highlights on her cheekbones, keeping blusher and bronzer to a minimum. The singer’s eyebrows were in a perfect strong straight line without being overpowering by keeping a very natural colour. Her lip colour was kept natural with a light pinky shade and matte finish, while her eyes were awash with shimmery gold and finished with mascara.
Lea Seydoux at the BAFTAS
Lea added 40s glamour to the BAFTAS with a warm make-up palette to match her honey blonde hair. Her eye shadow was a warm bronze shade with soft brown for definition and finished with mascara. Not too much colour was added to her cheeks allowing the focus to be on her lips with a gorgeous glossy red for a full pout.
Keira Knightley at the PGA Awards
Keira chose a very soft look for the Producers Guild of America Award, creating a feminine and dainty ballerina-esque look. A soft contouring technique was applied, using highlighting more than bronzing to produce glowing natural-looking skin. Her eyes were shaded with nude tones and finished with plenty of mascara, whilst her brows were perfectly in place with a definitive full shape. Finishing off her make-up was a pretty deep rose pink lipstick with a velvety matte finish. 
Next is our favourite female hair trends…
Katy Perry at the Grammys
Katy Perry showcased a daring choice with purple tousled hair. At PS we love playing with artist’s shades, especially purple tones. This is a great choice if you have, or are growing out, bleached hair. To achieve the same look as Katy, curl with straightners and then tousle with Davines Oi Oil.
Beyonce at the Grammys
Another top female hair look that was spotted at the Grammys was the queen of pop herself – Beyonce. Beyonce epitomised the boho-chic look with beautiful, ultra-long golden waves. To achieve this style spray with Davines More Inside sea salt spray and plait overnight.
Rebel Wilson at the SAG awards
The comedy actress demonstrated an elegant vintage look at the Screen Actors Guild awards with loose 1940s style curls. To curl your hair the old-fashioned way – dust off the Carmen’s rollers! Once they are cooled, brush your hair through then soften into place with your fingers. Add Davines More Inside Finishing spray, et voila!
Reese Witherspoon at the SAG awards
Finishing off the best female hair looks is Reese Witherspoon who at the SAG awards opted for the ultimate up do – the classic ponytail. Follow in Reese’s steps by blow drying volume into your hair (use rollers for added oomph and finish) then pulling back into a soft ponytail. Take a piece of hair and wrap it around the base of your ponytail, pinning it with a kirby grip, to transform your look from daywear to red carpet.
Lastly – our favourite gent’s styles…

Jared Leto at the Oscars…
With the Californian sun playing backdrop to the Oscars’ red carpet, it’s no surprise that us Brits turn to the award show for spring/summer hair inspiration. Always one for showcasing a more daring fashion is Jared Leto who this year opted for a lilac Givenchy suit for the Oscars, teaming it with a white shirt and bow tie and all-white shoes and of course his trademark caveman locks.
Matthew McConaughey at the SAG awards…
This year saw Matthew McConaughey gelling down those lovely curls at the Screen Actors Guild Award - setting the trend for a more tousled look that is perfect for longhaired gents this summer. Matthew added even more style with a shiny royal blue suit jacket to finish off his otherwise traditional monochrome ensemble.

James Bay and George Ezra at the BRITS…
Providing inspiration from our side of the pond was the cool and understated James Bay, along with our salon fave’ George Ezra. Both young musicians displayed well conditioned hair, with George opting for a smarter swept across do, whilst James accessorised his long effortless waves with his trademark fedora hat.
Benedict Cumberbatch and David Beckham at the BAFTAS…
As always, the BAFTAS proved to be the best place to turn to for the top formal hair dos from a host of scrubbed up handsome gents. Benedict Cumberbatch added style to his traditional short back and sides look with a sophisticated curl. David Beckham also opted for the conventional cropped sides hair, finishing his look off with a sleek and high quiff, which certainly says dapper a lot better than that Alice band from the old days.

Overall our top look had to be Katy Perry, who featured in both our favourite fashion and hair trends for her style at the Grammys. The singer looks classy and elegant while her purple hair gave her an extra edge. Now she has won the prize for PS' best awards look,  the only question is - which gent would she go for? Jared Leto in his matching lilac? Or perhaps one of our Brit toy boys; George Ezra or James Bay...
With spring now here and summer just around the corner now is the time to update your look for the coming season. Take inspiration from our favourite looks above and don’t forget, our salon can advise you on the best style to suit you. Remember to check out our Instagram and Twitter pages to find out what is going on in our salon, as well as all our thoughts from the latest events including the MTV Movie Awards which takes place this Sunday!