Pro Hair Live 2019 Manchester

On Monday 25th February the Wonderland Art Team ( W.H.A.T) were asked to present our work on the Fellowship Stage at ProHair Live in Manchester! We were honoured to be asked for a second year to showcase our latest collection. As an Art Team we take time out at the beginning of the year to discuss plans for the year ahead and brainstorm ideas, trends what has caught our eye on the catwalk or in general things we like! We are really lucky because we all have an eye for the same aesthetic which as a team works well!

Our collection is called ‘The Digital Sisterhood’ which is spilt in to two feelings one being more natural and authentic, the girl who is naturally artistic and more free with styling but everything is pure and organic. Then the girl who is the opposite to this completely in the way she wants to be noticed and create a trend and will go out her way to stand out! But what these girls have in common is they both use social media as a platform to showcase there individuality

The feeling for our collection is gender proud and what it means to be a woman and how technology and social media have taken over as a place to express our individuality but also to follow trends and fashion. We took inspiration from Alexander Mcqueen’s SS19 collection keeping the hair head hugging, feminine but strong! And also from Louis Vuitton SS19 collection, where they are dressing women to empower them asking the question does it give them strength? Is it powerful? 

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Self Love

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Valentine’s Day is a key date for many in the February calendar. 
This month I think we should celebrate love for ourselves. With the world of social media taking over, heavily filtered and photoshopped images are flashing through our news feeds subconsciously telling us we are not good enough. The urge to compare and want to ‘fix’ ourselves is a constant for some.
However, presenting ourselves is not purely aesthetic it’s about wellbeing. That inner glow that comes from loving ourselves a little more each day. Letting go of the worry and comparing ourselves to the heavily filtered images we are endlessly subjected to. Making time to do the things that make us feel good. Whether that is getting your hair done, maybe having a facial or taking 5 minutes in the morning to meditate and give yourself a compliment, make time for fitness or learn a new skill.
 The world could be a different place if we all celebrated the things we love about ourselves, leading the way in self love for the next generation. 

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Trend vision journey


Many of my clients have asked about my recent experience taking part in Wella Trend Vision Award this year, so I thought I’d write a little bit about it all.

I am so so pleased to have struck GOLD with WONDERLAND. Nearly 4 years with the team now and I never truly believed I would be able to achieve what I have since joining.

This journey started with an idea, a Thursday night in salon, messing around with my phone and some lighting help from Sophie. To then submit an image from that night and gain a place at Scotland and North East regional finals was incredible. From that moment to subsequently bring home the UK GOLD prize is completely overwhelming(but exciting) It was a brilliant opportunity to share a place with other creative people, network and socially involve myself with the industry on the big stage in London. I am so happy to bring the gold back to Scotland for the first time and the whole journey has been toped off by my work being showcased on the front cover of the industry’s leading magazine. Chuffed!

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have ‘yourself’ a merry little christmas


With christmas fast approaching, everyone is looking for that perfect gift. We sell a lot of special christmas gift packs during the festive season. They come in beautiful boxes, which saves wrapping and generally have ranges of products suitable for everyone.

 The interesting thing is that a lot of these packs work out much better value than buying the products individually. Some you get a whole product free, or more. I started looking at beauty and skincare products too and it seems across the hair and beauty world there is huge deals to be had during the christmas madness. Do a bit of research on your favourite brands and see what they have to offer this christmas and treat yourself or stock up for the year!  

Our favourite for big savings are Davines Oi haircare gift set, (availible in salon) and Elemis pro collagen jewels skincare set (availible online and elemis beauty stores) 

Top tips for getting the most out of your hairdresser

Go with ideas!

Give your stylist as much information as possible. Tear out pictures from magazines, celebrity references, even bring in photos of friends with hair you like! Be descriptive with what you don't want as well as what you do want. These are equally important pieces of information for your hairdresser.

Its good to talk

It's important that you feel comfortable enough to chat with your stylist as communication and building trust will encourage a great relationship with your hairdresser. Don't just think about the haircut you're having right now, but think about the haircut you'll be having in the future. 

Be realistic

Your hairdresser will advise you on what's best for your hair and which styles will suit you, as well as recommending colour that will enhance your features and flatter your skintone. Listen to your stylist! Your hair is a representation of their work and they always want you to look your best! 

The key to shiny hair

 Shine is something that can be bought in the form of a serum or a spray, however we can achieve natural shiny, glossy locks by simply understanding how it works and tweaking our routines! The outer layer of hair is covered in something called the cuticle. Close-up it looks.  like fish scales. The main task when you're blow drying is to close the cuticle down and make it smooth. For example- cold water will close the cuticle down, hence the old saying that a cool rinse will make your hair shiny. 

The truth is so will conditioner, keeping your hair hydrated with treatments will too. Try using the cool shot button on your hairdryer, and always use a nozzle as it directs the airflow directly down the cuticle layer. Ghd stylers are also set at exactly the right temperature to shut down the cuticle and retain moisture. Try eating things like salmon, that are full of fatty acids that are great for glossy locks.

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Sun, sea and strands?

We all love the sun, quite simply we do not see enough of it!! Although sea, sun and hair are not always the best combination. Uv exposure can break down hair proteins causing hair to look dull, feel straw like and weaken hair’s tensile and physical properties. Thicker hair can be more resilient to the Suns Ray's whilst finer hair will suffer more causing frizziness and potentially breakage. To add to it sea and chlorinated pools can also add to dehydrating our locks so make sure you rinse with clear water after a dip!

The best options whilst enjoying the sun are to protect your hair using a hat or try using a uv protector to banish the harmful rays. Keep your hair hydrated in the lead up to your holidays. Try leave in masks and  when in the sun protect it and spritz with sun specific products that have uva/uvb filters.
Wonderland loves the parables free 'SU' suncare range by Davines.

Healthy hair is always in fashion

After summer holidays Dry,dull, dehydrated hair can be reawakened with some simple tweaks to your routine. Did you know the surface of the hair is covered in a cuticle layer? Close-up it looks like fish scales, and if all these scales are sitting up and open the light won't reflect in the same way it would if they were sitting smooth and flat. 

Basically what we need to focus on for shiny hair is shutting that cuticle down so it's as flat as possible and reflects the light again. 

The 3 keys to shinier hair 

1.) a good conditioner. Shampoo opens the cuticle and cleans the hair, conditioner shuts it down and smoothes it. Always invest in a good quality conditioner.

2.) cold water rinse. Hot water opens the cuticle and is great for washing , try cooling it down a little after conditioning to close the cuticle down and increase shine.

3.) blow dry your hair with hot air- go over it afterwards with cools air which will not only close the cuticle further making It shiny, but it will set the hair holding your style for longer 

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Post holiday hair remedies

After the summer sun has faded, has your hair too?

Sun and hair are not always the best combination. Uv exposure can break down hair proteins causing hair to look dull, feel straw like and weaken hair’s tensile and physical properties. Thicker hair can be more resilient to the suns ray's whilst finer hair will suffer more causing frizziness and potentially breakage. 

The best time to refresh your colour is after a holiday. Opt for a semi-permanent gloss to restore vibrancy and shine. Keep your scalp hydrated by drinking plenty of water and restore moisture levels with leave-in masks. If you haven't already, ask your stylist to add Olaplex to your colour which works by holding the bonds that are normally broken with chemical process and putting them back in place.

Upgrade your shampoo routine to something more moisturising immediately after a sunny break, Wonderland loves the Davines ultra moisturising OI range

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Products working with life choices.

There is a big demand on products to fit our lifestyle and choices. The beauty industry has recognised and delivered us some amazing products with no compromise. You can now fit a treatment regime into a hectic schedule and fitting your lifestyle choices.

I looked around for the best products to fit all needs. 

 At Wonderland we stock Davines, a brand that has true care for the world we live in. An ethical background to all they do and within the range a vegan friendly range and an organic range, also a lanolin free range with labels detailing which farm the key ingredients came from. Peace of mind for people who want to know exactly where their products are coming from or have sensitivity to lanolin.

if quickness and efficiency is what your looking for, ghd ‘split end therapy’ is a treatment that is blowdried in and smoothed over with stylers to seal the treatment in, therefore not adding any time to your daily routine. The result is super shiny, glossy hair with ends that feel smooth and nourished.

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