Get your best curly hair yet

Get your best curly hair yet

We believe that 2021 is all about embracing your natural hair’s texture. With curly hair growing increasingly popular we have decided to turn to one of our experts, Kelly May, to get all the tips you need to get your best curly hair yet.

Firstly it’s important to understand that Curls can change over time, says Kelly May. You can go from having soft waves to tighter curls. Your hair goes through cycles that can change every several years. Pregnancy has also been known to change a woman’s hair. This can be due to post pregnancy hormones and the loss of hair. Post pregnancy your hair can grow back with a different texture and sometimes much curlier.

Whatever your type of curl or its cyclical changes, it is important to protect them. May, recommends sleeping on a silk pillow case or wearing a silk head turban at night. “ This will help reduce breakage and cause less friction when you are sleeping” adds May. To ensure healthy curls, it’s important to wash your hair in a certain way and ensure you indulge in regular conditioning treatments. Curls require a lot of hydration.

May advises, hair be brushed before it is washed and again when you apply conditioner. This helps eliminate the frizz. Use clarifying shampoo first, followed by a moisture based curl defining shampoo. The thickness of your hair will then determine what your curls need whether its moisture, protein, frizz control or volume. Curly hair has a tendency to require more moisture than most other hair types.

So what is the best brush to use for curly hair? At Neville, we recommend using a flat paddle brush or a denman brush. These are gently on your curls and great for tangles. Always remember to brush your hair when it is wet with conditioner or alternatively prior to washing it.

For those of you struggling with your curls and looking into potential treatments to help reduce frizz, we recommend Tanino Therapy, a chemical free smoothing treatment that will maintain your curl at the same time.

When it comes to styling using the right products is paramount. For rebellious curly hair, May recommends using the Kerastase discipline range which is great for managing thicker curls and frizz for a smooth and shinier finish.

If you are looking to embrace your natural curls or alternatively achieve a smooth blowdry, we recommend using L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni Art Liss control.

If you are opting for a curly style, it helps define the curls. Liss control is a light weight product with maximum effect. Alternatively, if you wish to smooth your hair liss control will help you achieve shiny and smooth hair.

Jack Merrick-Thirlway heads the Julien Fournié SS23 show

Jack Merrick-Thirlway heads the Julien Fournié SS23 show

Jack Merrick-Thirlway supported by Neville Hair & Beauty Salon using L’Oreal Professionnel.

How to achieve the look:

  • Prep the hair using L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni Art Pli.
  • Blow dry the hair smooth.
  • Using a medium sized barrel tong, create a subtle beach wave.
  • Apply a light mist of L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni Art Beach Waves all over and allow to dry naturally. This is to create a lived-in beach effect.
  • Break up the beach waves by adding one or two small to medium braids.
  • To finish apply a light mist of L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni Art Savage Panache.
Jack Merrick-Thirlway heads the Julien Fournié SS23 show
Jack Merrick-Thirlway heads the Julien Fournié SS23 show
Jack Merrick-Thirlway heads the Julien Fournié SS23 show

Neville commemorates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Neville commemorates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a replica of her iconic look

To commemorate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Neville Tucker recreated Queen Elizabeth II ‘s iconic look. He has paid homage to not only the Queen, but also Charles Martin who was the Queen’s hairdresser for a large part of her sovereignty. Neville worked with Charles for many years at his salon, Neville Daniel on Sloane Street during the early 90s where he held the Royal Warrant.

Here is a step by step guide of how to recreate Her Majesty’s iconic look put together by Neville Tucker, owner of Neville Hair and Beauty and Jack Merrick-Thirlway, creative director. The true beauty of this look stems from true, authentic, old fashioned setting and dressing using only hair brushes, rollers and a hairdryer and no heated tools.

Begin by washing the hair as normal, using shampoo and conditioner. Ensure to use plenty of setting and blow-dry lotion throughout the blow dry process to provide hold. Using a hairdryer, a small brush and small rollers for maximum movement, split the hair into small sections for ideal positioning. Once the rollers are in place, the model is then put under a hood dryer for around half an hour to achieve heat through all the rollers. The elimination of tongs and straighteners at this stage is vital for the iconic, vintage look - going back to basics is the key. Once the hair is completely dry and set, the rollers are removed, and the hair is brushed through. Using a wide tooth comb, the hair is moved into the desired place and silver clips are placed around the curls and waves to keep them in place. Around the back, the hair has been carefully back-combed to achieve volume and hold. Small pins keep the hair tightly in place. The crown is then added at the front once the silver clips are removed around the front and hair covered part of the crown towards the back. Use hairspray to complete the look at to add shine and dynamism.

Neville Hair and Beauty attends Cannes Film Festival

Spencer sisters at the Cannes Film Festival with Chopard and Hair by Neville Hair and Beauty

Cannes Film Festival is all about the glamour with a sprinkle more of glamour, where the world's acting elite gracing the red carpet in all their finery and wearing the most sophisticated hair and make-up looks.

From the designer gowns, to the A-list guests, and the insane amount of diamonds adorning them, Cannes is the place to go if you feel like being next level swanky.

No better stylists to call upon is the Neville Hair and Beauty who are a dab hand creative elegant artistic hair with the wow factor. From side swept chignons to effortless hair from the supermodel era, the team worked tirelessly to tame the tresses of celebrities, Royalty, Ladies, Miss Universe and actresses and actors.

The Neville Hair and Beauty team returned to the Croisette after a 3-year hiatus to celebrate the Festival de Cannes’ 75th edition in partnership with Chopard.

For this year’s edition of the festival, the Neville Hair and Beauty team supported by Philip Martin’s have expressed the quintessence of glamour through the creation of unique hairstyles.

Amongst the list of attendees, the Neville Team have had the pleasure to look after:

  • Lady Amelia & Eliza Spencer
  • French Actress Josephine Japy
  • French sisters Milla and Kookla Lapidus
  • French actor Vincent Elbaz
  • Turkish actress Meryem Uzerli
  • Miss Universe Urvashi Rautela
  • TV host Diala Makki
  • TV host Joelle Mardinian
  • Zara Martin
  • Catrinel Marlon
  • German actress Emilia Schuele
  • Jordan Grant
  • Emma Weymouth
  • Amy Jackson
  • Anastasia Barashkova
  • Did the nails for Candice Swanepoel
  • Madalina Diana Ghenea

Neville launches the Face Lift Blow-Dry

Neville launches the Face Lift Blow-Dry

Hollywood’s best kept secret is out: Neville launches the Face Lift Blow-Dry

Hollywood’s best kept secret has been unveiled and Neville Hair and Beauty have created the technique from the city of angels, which takes years off your face. A technique tweaked by talented senior stylist Afroditi Koutsouki, the Face Lifting blowdry is a small but genius knack that gives a lifted appearance and contours the face giving a tauter, instantaneous snatched face lifted look. Achieved in just under 40 mins, this blowdry is a game changer for those suffering from tired, softer skin.

Neville launches the Face Lift Blow-Dry
Neville launches the Face Lift Blow-Dry - Hollywood’s best kept secret is out
What happens:

Much like any blowdry, the service begins with a thorough shampoo and conditioner before being rough dried to remove any excess water. Then using a brush and hairdryer, the hair is blowdried to your preference. Afroditi sections the hair and draws in thin strands of hair from either side of your face around the temple area, braids the hair very tightly pulling at the back of the head and secures the two braids with an elastic. She then covers the two braids with the rest of the hair, concealing the invisible face lift. The rest of the hair is then rearranged to ensure that the “procedure” remains unseen.

Neville launches the Face Lift Blow-Dry
Neville launches the Face Lift Blow-Dry - Hollywood’s best kept secret is out

This instant boost of a dewy collagen glow, or otherwise known blowdry should not be kept for more than 48 hours to avoid prolonged friction and possible hair damage. And because the health of your hair is paramount to us, a safe removal two days after is included in the cost of the service.

Whilst we can’t guarantee you’ll be 100% wrinkle free, the lines on your face will certainly appear faded and skin more taut. Perhaps a solution to delay more invasive procedures?

Beware, this blowdry is highly addictive!

Restore and revive your hair ahead of spring

Restore and revive your hair ahead of spring.

Winter months are known to cause havoc on our hair due to the lack of moisture in the air, so if you have a classic case of winter hair, read on! We turn to senior colourist & stylist Domenico Casella to understand what really happens to our hair during those winter months and why, as well as the best products and treatments available to get your hair back into shape before spring.

So, what causes hair breakage?

There are a multitude of reasons why you may be experiencing breakage over winter months explains Domenico. First and foremost, your hair’s exposure to harsh cold elements such as rain, wind and snow and secondly the constant transition between cold weather and heated indoors. More often than not, this will cause your hair to be stripped from its moisture. Add to that, frequent colouring and the use of heat tools such as curling irons, straighteners or a hairdryer, and it’s easy enough to understand why your hair might be in distress. Not to mention a probably less attentive approach to nutrition, meaning your intake of protein, biotin, zinc of Omega 3 is lower than usual.

The degree of breakage will vary from person to person, with some people experiencing staticky hair, split ends or even hairline breakage.

It is important to note that hairline breakage occurs as the hair around the face tends to be finer than the rest of your hair. This can be caused by excessive bleaching, chemical treatments or repeated wear of high-tension hairstyles.

How to prevent breakage?

Although it may take time to reverse the signs of breakage, there are simple steps that can be taken and included in your haircare routine to prevent breakage from the get go.

This includes:

  • Avoid rubbing your hair with a towel and instead dab hair to remove excess water as wet hair is prone to break more easily.
  • Use a large paddle brush to untangle your hair after it has been washed and start from the tips working your way up and never the other way around.
  • Always apply a heat protector before using any heat appliance. Domenico recommends a lightweight spray heat protector for oily and fine hair, and a creamy / oily textured protector for thicker hair.
  • Do not colour your hair at home, always seek professional advice.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Wear a protective hairstyle such as braids or messy buns.
  • Swap metallic or ceramic brushes for wooden brushes.
  • Regular visits to the salon to your trusted professional, who can recommend an appropriate haircare routine for your specific requirements.

However, if the damage is done fear not! At Neville Hair and Beauty, we have developed an extensive list of treatments designed to tackle pretty much any hair concern and breakage features at the top of our list. But before we dive into the different professional treatments available, it is important to understand growth cycle and how long it is likely to take your hair to recover.

What is the hair growth cycle?

There are 4 stages in your natural hair cycle: Anagen, Catagen, Telogen & Exogen.

  • Anagen: Also commonly known as the ‘Active Phase’ refers to the phase when the cells in the root of your hair are dividing the most rapidly and therefore forming new hair. During this phase, your hair grows at an average of 15cm a year. The ‘Active Phase’ generally lasts between 3-5 years but can vary.
  • Catagen: Following the Anagen phase your hair will enter a 10-day phase called Catagen. This is a short transitional phase which signals the end of the hair growth. It also cuts the blood flow from the cells which produce new hair.
  • Telogen: After the transitional period, your hair will enter the telogen phase, also known as the resting period. This phase lasts approximately 3 months and simply means that during that time your hair will not actively grow.
  • Exogen: The last stage in the hair growth cycle is Exogen, and as the name suggests, it refers to the phase where you shed hair.

Once the cycle is complete, the process will start again. It is important to note that each hair follicle has its individual growth cycle, otherwise we’d frequently end up with no hair.

With that in mind, it is likely to take between 4-6 months to completely restore the health of your hair providing you follow your stylist’s advice.

What are the best professional hair treatments for breakage?

PHILIP MARTIN’S HERBAL HAIR REMEDY

With a blended mix of natural herbs and macadamia oil, this treatment is applied to the roots, lengths and ends of the hair and left to deeply nourish for thirty minutes. It is then washed off at the backwash using sulphate free shampoo and conditioner. Your hair will be left moisturised, glossy and weightless

METAL DETOX

Metal Detox is a four-step professional treatment that is designed to prepare the hair before any colour appointment and prevent breakage post service. It aims to rid the hair of any metal that could be affecting the longevity of the colour. This treatment is an ideal accompaniment to any hair colour appointment.

FORCE REPAIR

This treatment is most suited to hair that has been damaged by chemical processes and will leave the hair feeling restored and revitalised.

HAIR BOTOX

Hair Botox is a treatment that targets frizzy hair and split ends. Your hair will feel lightweight, tamed and shiny.

What are the best at home haircare products for breakage?

Manage and stop breakage now with our tips, to enjoy spring safe in the knowledge you really are living your best hair life!

Neville Launches the Herbal Hair Remedy

Neville Launches the Herbal Hair Remedy

Locking youth into our hair is just as tricky as it is the skin. Youthful hair relies on our hair being at its healthiest. We all yearn for soft hair with a sheen. To achieve this naturally is an added bonus ad now you can at Neville Hair and Beauty offer a natural cure for hair cuticles and shaft through an herbal hair ritual using the most organic of ingredients.

Italian Hair Healer and Senior colourist at Neville Hair and Beauty, Domenico Casella adores herbology. Ever the advocate of all things natural and organic, Domenico looked into “Officinal” herbs, which consists of plants and herbs used to create medicinal remedies, perfumes and cosmetics, to concoct the perfect treatment, suitable for all hair types, for very dry and stressed hair.

Dry hair can be the result of the imbalances inside and outside our body but most of the time this problem is related to environmental origins. For many people and in particular for women dry hair can be a big aesthetic problem because its dryness effect gives to the hair an unpleasant “straw effect” which gives a neglected feeling to it.

Designed to bring back youth, hydration and moisture to hair, the Neville Hair and Beauty Herbal Hair Ritual is a 4-step treatment by Philip Martin’s made from marshmallow, mountain arnica, soya, barley, Asiatic pennywort, all known for their glowing, nourishing, moisturizing and soothing properties.

  • Step 1: Domenico blends the herbs with hot water, until he reaches a creamy texture and then adds some Philip Martin’s Macadamia oil before blending the mix together.
    *For virgin hair Domenico excludes macadamia oil from the blend.
  • Step 2: After having washed the hair and towel dried it, Domenico applies the treatment all over the roots, lengths and ends at the wash station.
  • Step 3: He applies clingfilm over the treatment and places the client under the Climazon for 30 minutes to maximise absorption.
  • Step 4: Domenico then rinses the treatment and proceeds with a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner.

The result is an incredibly silky and glossy finish which lasts for days.

Price starts from £100 for short hair and £150 for long hair.

NB: The treatment requires a patch test.

Before and After Herbal Hair Remedy
Before and After Herbal Hair Remedy

The importance of investing in your hair

Delilah Belle for Pheonix Magazine. Hair by Jack Merrick Thirlway

Delilah Belle for Pheonix Magazine. Hair by Jack Merrick Thirlway

In a time of uncertainty like today with an impending recession, wars, debt crisis, inflation, energy and food shortages, as well as a disrupted supply chain, holding on to our hard-earned cash is a priority for most.

Choosing where and how to invest has become a necessity and a reality that applies also to our beauty routine.

I have been working in the hair and beauty industry for over 20 years and have noticed over that time frame, that beauty consumers invest in the service (whether it be a good colour or hair cut) but then fail to invest in the routine that will permit them to maintain and extend the lifespan of their hair investment.

Whether it’s picking up a supermarket shampoo or skipping the much-needed maintenance conditioning treatment out of ease or lack of time, we omit that these actions have drastic consequences to our hair and counter the effects of the initial investment.

In a world where we are buying the correct products for our cashmere sweaters to maintain its quality and softness, why do we not have the same approach to hair?

Take supermarket products for example, which are often white labelled, they are cheaper for sure, but the quality of active ingredients in these products are poor. In order to nourish the hair, it’s important to use products which are catered to your hair type but are also dense in active ingredients. The more active ingredients your shampoo contains the more expensive the product will be. It’s important to remember that you should treat your hair with the same care and attention as you would your skin. Ultimately, you need a product that repair the hair from the inside out as opposed to just coating the hair shaft. You will also notice that when using a better-quality product of superior quality, you won’t need to use as much of the product and will notice that your hair will improve vastly over time.

I often think of supermarket products as band-aids for the hair, they cover the scar, but they don’t really help diminish it. Amongst the best active ingredients on the market, I favour macadamia, aloe Vera and pro-vitamin B-5 amongst others. These help the internal structure of the hair by restoring strength, elasticity and shine, which are vital components of healthy hair. The ingredients we should avoid at all costs are formaldehyde, methylene and sodium chloride, I call them hair-nemies.

With that in mind, at Neville Hair and Beauty we have created a bespoke 3-step approach to help you get the best out of your hair.

Begin your haircare journey with one of our experts. Choose your preferred time and we will pair you with the stylist that best suits your needs.

Read about our personality matchmaking technique here.

During your conversation, your stylist will get a better understanding of your concerns and goals and will also assess your hair in order to provide you with a bespoke plan for your best hair yet.

We understand first hand that in order to achieve your full hair potential your goals need to be set together. When designing the haircare plan, your stylist will take into consideration lifestyle, budget and hair requirements, including aftercare, so that you can enjoy the results in a set time frame.

Let us not forget that if you go to your trusted stylist, they know your full hair history and will take all these factors into consideration when recommending the best course of action for you.

Most people believe that hairdressers try and sell you products because they are asked to, but the reality is that using the correct products on your hair makes their job a lot easier, but not only, yours also.

When I investigated why many clients choose not to buy products in the salon, it came to my attention that is down to a lack of transparency in pricing. Savvy clients rightfully say that they could buy the same products on platforms like Amazon or Look Fantastic at a lower price. Unfortunately, what people don’t realise is that prices are imposed to us by the brands, who then hold different deals with different platforms, hence the favourable rates to big buyers.

To tackle the complexities of pricing and maintain a certain level of transparency, at Neville Hair and Beauty we have decided to offer our clients an affiliates format on our e-commerce. The term affiliate is used primarily to describe a business relationship wherein one company owns less than a majority stake in the other company's stock. On this occasion we decided to partner with Amazon, to ensure and guarantee our clients with the most competitive pricing on the market.

And with that in mind, you can transform frustration with reassurance next time your trusted stylist recommends products that they know will work with your hair. They really do have your best interests at heart. For them it’s vital that you can replicate that feeling of wellbeing at home too.

Neville Hair and Beauty introduce the Chelsea Cut

Leila with The Chelsea Cut

The Chelsea Cut

The Chelsea cut at Neville Hair and Beauty lasts for much longer than the life-span of a butterfly! This cut offers more than just a re style - the cut is a health cut for hair, giving you an opportunity to refresh lifeless hair but without taking away the length.

Also, if you are stuck in a hair rut but want to spread your wings by adding some Va-Va-Voom the Chelsea cut is for you. The cut is a versatile layered hairstyle.

Neville Hair and Beauty stylists are famed for taking a slice of hair history and refreshing it with a modern edge. The Chelsea cut is a nod to the 90s shag but a versatile cut, where the layers are placed to flatter the shape of your face. The Chelsea cut frames the face but also adds some youth and volume.

The Chelsea cut is carried out using the Thermal Scissors System, a revolution in hairdressing and hair cutting. The state-of-the-art Thermal Scissor System is the hair hero. By cleverly warming the blades, the natural qualities of the hair are preserved by sealing the ends.

Permed, bleached and treated hair can all have a slice of this new scissor action and will be totally transformed into healthy hair.

This cutting tool provides a two-pronged attack. You receive a superb Neville Hair and Beauty cut with the knowledge your hair is being treated to a new type of cut, that will heal your hair for good.

The beauty of this cut is that it can be adapted to both long and short lengths and does not compromise the length, so not drastic but more dashing. . A total win-win.

Jack Merrick-Thirlway, Creative Director at Neville Hair and Beauty explains: The Chelsea Cut is a great way to give your hair shape, movement and versatility, without losing length. The most important factor of any haircut is the shape that cuts around the face as this determines whether the look suits or not. The Chelsea cut really is about the face framing layers that we then use to choose layer length and base length to create balance for the overall look.

Leila with The Chelsea Cut
Leila with The Chelsea Cut

Images courtesy of Leila Kashanipour.

Silk Press

Silk Press by Kash Bishop

Whether curly or coily in its most natural state, fashioned into protective braids or twists, or restyled with wigs, the flexibility of textured hair holds no bounds. Where straightening texture hair previously called for potentially harmful chemical relaxers, a newer, more natural technique is surging in popularity, the Silk Press Treatment. The best part? The results are similar, but damage is minimal.

What is a silk press?
To have the option of going straight in a safe way is game-changing. The silk press is a method of hair straightening used on textured hair, which ensures an incredibly smooth and silky finish. The total game changer is that no chemical relaxers are needed and will last as long as you keep your hair away from water, steam or sweat. Using Keracare’s three-step thermal wonder system – which is designed for silk press treatments – texture hair specialist Kash Bishop pre-preps hair with the conditioner, washes it out with the moisturising shampoo, then applies the sealing heat protectant to towel-dried hair.

A silk press is vastly different from the hair scorching torture where hair was left stiff as cardboard. Silk Press is far gentler and more detailed, as each section is straightened in small pieces using a special method which includes slow passes and a paddle brush to further detangle leaving hair soft. The straighteners allow the stylist to monitor the heat more accurately, depending on the coarseness of the client's hair. Minimal product is used, too, which results in the hair having maximum motion.The key benefit is that the technique allows every texture to go straight, regardless of how loose or tight the natural curl pattern is. In the past, women often had to turn to chemical relaxers to achieve this effect, but the Silk Press has come along to turn this on its head.

Read what the press are saying about our treatment.

Images courtesy of Florie Mwanza.