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  1. How To Wash Your Hair Like A Professional

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    Have you ever marvelled at the technique used by hairdressing apprentices to get the right balance of clean yet manageable hair when they wash yours?

    Read on to find out exactly how to wash your hair like a professional!

    Having your hair washed in the salon just hits different. Often, we get a lot longer out of our wash after a visit to our hairdresser.

    But what makes a professional wash so superior to the routine we have at home?

    Having shampooed clients by the thousand, our hairdressers and trainees are the perfect people to teach you how to wash your hair like a professional.

    Not ones to gatekeep, we asked our team to share the secrets of their routine. They help us translate their technique so that you too can be a shampooing expert!

    The first reason you’re likely to get longer from a professional wash is that hairdressers use a salon approved shampoo chosen for your hair’s specific needs. 
    Finding the right product is a game-changer.

    Using the wrong product is more common than you might think, and while it might not sound like a big deal, it’s prime suspect when looking into what’s making our hair greasy the day after our wash, or why it feels like we can’t get any moisture into our manes no matter how hard we try.

    We’ve formulated our very own haircare range to help your hair feel salon fresh every day.

    For a lighter shampoo to encourage body, our hairdressers might suggest our volume range. For an intense hit of moisture, we’d encourage the use of our hydrate shampoo and conditioner.

    “Before I started, I didn’t realise I wasn’t washing my hair in the best way possible”, says Toni Partridge, one of our amazing Salon Stylists.

    Based in our newest location at Stockbridge, Toni has four years’ experience in caring for clients. Amongst many other things, one of Toni’s main duties before she qualified was to shampoo and condition our client’s hair, ready for our stylists to cut and blow dry.

    Perhaps the next reason you’re not getting as long from your at-home wash is that professionals tend to shampoo twice. Once explained, this makes complete sense!

    “People often wonder why we do two shampoos,” says Toni. “The first shampoo will cleanse your hair of any dirt, oiliness, or product. The second will treat your hair with the benefits of the shampoo. For example, if we’ve chosen a hydrating shampoo such as Charlie Miller Hydrate, the first one cleanses the hair and scalp while the second gets to work at its particular job; which in this case will be to intensely nourish the hair and scalp.”

    Toni has perfected her technique over the years.

    “Wet the hair with warm water, rubbing your hands together slightly for activation and to ensure you’re applying it evenly.”

    There’s no need to add shampoo to the lengths and ends of your hair.

    Concentrate on the scalp and roots, and the product will work its way through as you rinse. Your first rinse doesn’t have to be super-thorough; you’re going to repeat the process.

    You need only use a small amount of shampoo too.

    A little goes a long way with professional products, so start with a 20p size for each shampoo, depending on the length and thickness of your hair. “You shouldn’t need more than a 10p size amount” suggests Toni.

    For an experience more like your professional service, get to know their expert moves!

    “I always start at the nape of the neck” says Sophy, a hairdressing apprentice at Stockbridge. “Then I work my way up the head, concentrating on the crown and then the front of the head, being careful to reach every part of the scalp.”

    Toni agrees. The crown and the nape of the neck are the areas people miss on their own hair most often.”

    This tried and tested technique calls for a relatively firm hand. Using the fingertips to push in toward each other, interlacing and then repeating this motion. Do this for around a minute, then rinse.

    Many of our clients tell us that having their hair washed- alongside a luxurious head massage- is their favourite part of the experience.

    Great for nourishing and thoroughly cleansing the scalp, enhancing blood circulation in the head and neck area and strengthening the roots. It also simply feels like a luxurious treat.

    Traditionally at Charlie Miller we introduce our head massage during the second shampoo.
    You can try this at home on yourself, by lathering up and then concentrating on your pressure points.

    Trainee Jodie gets many compliments on her head massages from clients. She recommends being firm yet slow.

    “The five pressure points are at the front of the head, the temples the backs of the ears, the nape of the neck and then the crown. Work your way round with your fingers in this order, keeping the pressure, and making three circles with your fingers at each point. Go back round, pressing on each pressure point this time.”

    You’ll probably find that the shampoo doesn’t lather on the first shampoo, because it’s getting to work on the oils. On the second, you’ll feel a lot more foam. This is a great way to check if you’ve got your wash technique correct.

    To truly wash your hair like a professional, condition the right way!

    Use around a 5p size amount of conditioner on your lengths and ends. Again use more if your hair is thick or particularly long. Comb through gently, and then rinse after 3-5 minutes.

    Avoid your roots! Warns Toni. “If you feel you need a little conditioner on the ends of a long fringe or around the hair framing your face, go ahead and apply it to them.”

    It can be so easy to over rinse your conditioner, fearing a greasy blow dry, but your hair shouldn’t feel squeaky clean. It should detangle easily without feeling oily if you’ve got the balance right.

    Toni warns us off wrapping our hair in a towel, as it can cause breakage. Instead, lightly dry with a microfibre towel then wrap it loosely.

    “Always finish with your desired heat protector before you begin your blow dry. Skipping this stage can undo all of your hard work. ”

    Heat protectors create an essential barrier between your hair and your styling tool. Our Smoothing Blow Dry Crème protects up to 230 degrees, and keeps hair looking smooth, soft and frizz-free after styling. Again, a little goes a long way- apply 1 or 2 hazelnut sized drops through your lengths and ends, then onto your blow dry!

    A professional and effective wash takes our trainees a few weeks to master, so don’t worry if you’ve not achieved the desired results straight away.

    With a little practice, you could be shampooing and conditioning like a professional, encouraging your hair to be the best it can be and getting a few more precious days from your blow dry!

    Alternatively, book online for a wash & blow dry in any of our city centre salons, and get some expert advice first-hand!

    Need a recommendation on the right shampoo and conditioner for you? Visit any of our locations for some friendly, complimentary advice.

    Our team de-bunk some more common myths in this Masterclass.

    To keep up to date with all things Charlie Miller, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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  2. Help us Name a STEKAskills Hairdressing School in Malawi!

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    We are thrilled that with our clients’ help in the past 2 years we have raised enough money to kit out a STEKAskills* hairdressing school in Malawi.

    The young people at the Malawian STEKA care home are so thankful, they have asked us to name the school and we’d like your help!


    On our social channels you will have the chance to either suggest a name for the school or choose a favourite from the 3 suggestions below:

    1. Tsitsi Lokongola School – meaning beautiful hair in Chichewa (Malawi’s main language
    2. The Lotus-Miller Hairdressing School – the national flower for Malawi is a Lotus
    3. The CM School of Hairdressing

    We are selling the decorations again this year too. We are hoping to raise money to pay for a teacher, hairdressing kits and even some scholarships.

    These beautiful decorations are made by some of the people at the STEKA care home. They are available in all 5 salons whilst stocks last.

    *STEKAskills is a Scottish charity partnered with the Malawian charity STEKA (Step Kids Awareness) to support STEKA’s ambition to build a Centre for Vocational Skills & Community Enterprise in Malawi. Young people there are being helped to build a sustainable future.

    To keep up to date with all things Charlie Miller, make sure you are following us on our social channels. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To find your nearest salon click here.

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  3. Post-Treatment Hair Series – The Third Cut

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    Sarah’s post-chemotherapy hair journey – The Third Cut

    Throughout her process, we have been publishing Sarah’s updates about her hair journey following treatment. In her first blog you can find out how her first visit after treatment made her feel normal. Her second blog describes her delight that by following the scalp hair regime as prescribed by her stylist she began to see healthy new hair growth, giving her hope of reaching her hair goals. The Third Cut brings you right up to date and with colour too!

    Identity Struggle

    I’ve been struggling with my identity these past few months. After the initial relief of my hair growing back last autumn, followed by my few cuts to encourage healthy growth and hone a style, I started to feel more like the old me. Then, lockdown II happened and my short crop lost its way. And, in turn, I lost my way too. 

    You see, I’ve been used having long blonde hair most of my adult life. It shaped how I dressed, what styles and colours I gravitated towards, even the makeup I wore. Now, with short dark hair that was growing wildly in places (sadly not on top as I wanted), my clothing choices looked frumpy or just plain wrong. My makeup needed extra oomph. My colour palette, an overhaul. I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror so I avoided going back to the hairdressers thinking I would forgo a trim to let it grow as quickly as possible. 

    Eventually, after seeing one particular picture of myself, I realised enough was enough and made an appointment. A teeny tiny trim, I told them on the phone. The third cut. 

    On the day, I plucked up the courage to explain how I was feeling. It was the biggest relief. The team instantly put me at ease, explaining precisely why my hair growth had led me to this stage. When you have short hair, and especially when you have short hair post-chemo, little and often is the way to go (as often as every three weeks). Small trims every few weeks would have kept my hair looking sharp, and stimulated my much-longed for growth on top. Instead, I was left with no style. Oops.  

    Colour?!

    When they suggested colour to give me a further lift, I was initially reluctant. With hair this short, and my seriously warm undertones, it could easily look wrong. But instead of a typical all-over tint or woven highlights, the team recommended a hair gloss with just a hint of colour.   

     

    Hair gloss has been around for a while now and the service does much more than add noticeable radiance and mirror-like shine finish to your hair. It can even fine tune hair colour and add a subtle, semi-permanent tint for a natural-looking hue. For post-chemo hair, it offers a safe and much needed boost to fragile hair.

    The team recommended the best colour for me and it was quickly applied and left on for just 20 minutes before my hair was washed and trimmed. The result was a transformation for me. My colour was elevated and enriched, my hair looking super healthy. Even my husband noticed.

    And that teeny tiny trim? It made the biggest of difference, both to my look and my confidence. I was back.

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    We are delighted that stylists Roz and Casey at South St Andrew Street have been there for Sarah and although her hair goal journey is not over, she is looking amazing! We’ll keep you posted as the journey continues.

    And remember, you can keep up to date with all things Charlie Miller by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To find your nearest salon click here.

     

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  4. Embracing your Curls in 2021

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    Curls….love them or hate them! Where do you stand?

    During the lockdowns many of you decided to leave your hair do its own thing instead of opting to style or straighten it. Those of us with curly hair also sought out new ways to control the waves, coils, kinks, spirals, S-bends and naturally textured hair.

    Embracing your curls in 2021 is on the rise. When style blogger Sophie decided she no longer wanted to fight her curls but to embrace them, she asked Stafford Street’s Leigh for tips and guidance on how to work with its texture. The results are fantastic!

    In her first blog you can read all about Sophie’s reasons for embracing her curls. Her second blog reveals all the advice and techniques she was given from Leigh, and the products that worked for her curly hair.

    Prior to applying the colour, Leigh used an Olaplex treatment to help repair and protect the damaged and broken bonds in Sophie’s hair. She then applied Majirel copper tones in foils with a Dialight gentle toner that was taken through the mid-lengths and ends to diffuse the ‘lockdown’ root and tone in Sophie’s blonde.

    Sophie’s hair was shampooed with Charlie Miller Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner for added moisture. To help control the curls she also had a Curl Manifesto Instant Treatment from the new Curl Manifesto range by Kérastase.

    Before being diffused dry, Sophie’s hair was then twisted with Charlie Miller Gloss Oil mixed with Shu Uemura’s Kengo Feather. Leigh finished the look with a little more Charlie Miller Gloss Oil to shake out the curls once the hair was dry. Embracing your curls in 2021 can lead to beautiful results!!

     

       

    To keep up to date with all things Charlie Miller, make sure you are following us on our social channels. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To find your nearest salon click here.

    You can shop our full haircare range online here, or on Amazon UK. 

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  5. Snap & Share – Client Competition

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    SNAP & SHARE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN CHARLIE MILLER PRODUCTS!

    Join our online community and simply share your look on Facebook or Instagram for your chance to win!

    After your appointment in the salon, upload a picture of your ‘do’ with the tag @charliemillersalons and we’ll enter your name into a monthly prize draw for your chance to win 3 Charlie Miller products!

    It’s that simple.

    Terms & Conditions

    • By entering this prize draw you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.
    • We will only allow one entry per individual, per calendar month.
    • To enter simply post a picture of your hair to Facebook or Instagram using our tag @charliemillersalons.
    • We will not accept images entered via stories on Facebook or Instagram.
    • Your hair must have been cut, coloured or styled in a Charlie Miller salon.
    • By entering the competition you agree to your image, social media handle and name being used on our social platforms.
    • At the end of each calendar month we will randomly select one winner from all the entries.
    • The winner will be notified via direct message on Facebook or Instagram.
    • You can win one bottle of shampoo and conditioner, and a styling product from the Charlie Miller Haircare range.
    • Collect the prize from a Charlie Miller salon.
    • The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternatives will be offered.
    • We will reserve the right to substitute prizes of equal or higher value.

    Our lucky winner in May 2021 is the very lovely Claire who visits Hannah at the Ocean Terminal salon. Will you be our June winner?

    To keep up to date with all things Charlie Miller, make sure you are following us on our social channels. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To find your nearest salon click here.

    You can shop our full haircare range online here, or on Amazon UK. 

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  6. COMPETITION CLOSED – Father’s Day Giveaway Special!

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    Do you have a man in your life who needs a treat?

    In celebration of Father’s Day (20th June) we are giving away FIVE GENTS HAIRCUTS: one in each of our 5 salons to redeem by end August.

    Nominate a father, husband, brother, uncle, nephew, male cousin, grandad, or even great grandad for his chance to win and, FOR YOU, we’ll throw in a Blow Dry appointment with a Kérastase instant Hair Treatment.

    Good luck!

    HOW TO ENTER
    Simply send an email to iwanttowin@charliemiller.com and include FATHER’S DAY GIVEAWAY in the subject line.

    In the body of the email why not let us know who you are nominating and your reason for choosing him.

    Entry to the competition closes at midnight on Sunday 20th June 2021. Five randomly selected winners will be contacted directly and announced on our social media channels on Monday 21st June.

     

    T&Cs

    • Competition is open to UK entries only, not including Charlie Miller employees and family members.
    • One email entry per person.
    • The prizes must be booked in advance, are non-transferable and have no cash alternative.
    • The prizes must be redeemed by 31st August 2021.
    • By entering this competition, you consent to our team to contact you directly or by email if you are one of the lucky winners.
    • By entering the competition, entrants’ consent to their name(s) and photograph(s) appearing on the Charlie Miller Facebook, Twitter, and/ or Instagram feeds.
    • Our prizes are subject to availability. In the event that the original prize is not available Charlie Miller Salons reserve the right to substitute the prize with another prize of similar value.
    • This giveaway is not endorsed by Instagram or Facebook.

    To keep up to date with all things Charlie Miller, you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To find your nearest salon click here.

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  7. Embracing Your Grey in 2021

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    Gone are the days of ‘grey hair only suits men’. So many amazing women are showing up online to encourage others to ditch their preconceptions about grey hair, and fully embrace their natural locks.

    You might be warming to your natural grey but feel a bit apprehensive after years of colour treatments and have no clue how to begin your transition to a new look.

    Fear not! We have rounded up some of our top tips from our professional colour specialists, to help make your journey to silver locks as smooth as possible.

    photo credit: @silverstrandsofglitter on Instagram

    Create a Natural Transition with Colour Treatments

    Your stylist knows best. They know you and your hair and will be able to recommend the best colour treatment, specifically for your needs and preferences. They will advise the best combination of lowlights, highlights and toners that will tastefully phase out any existing colour.

    Some of our clients prefer this gradual process, but some choose to bleach their colour out completely, and use silver shampoo and toners to enhance their cooling tones as their hair grows out. Every head of hair is different, so speaking to your professional stylist is the best way to choose a method which will work best for you.

    Metallic and ash tones are hair trends that aren’t going anywhere, so there really hasn’t been a better time to make the transition.

    Keep Your Grey Fresh with Silver Shampoo

    Silver shampoo is our number one hero product for silver/grey hair, bleached or blond highlighted hair as it’s formulated to neutralise and remove yellow tones. Using a Silver Shampoo once a week in your hair care routine will help to keep your grey looking lively and fresh. Our Charlie Miller Silver Shampoo is also formulated with antioxidant rich sage oil, which promotes hair development and helps your hair to retain moisture.

    photo credit: @k_growing_gray on Instagram

    Master Your Grey Hair Regime

    White and grey hair has a very high porosity, so it is crucial that you invest in some good quality haircare to keep your hair looking its best. Grey hair can be silky but can often be a little coarse in texture too, so it’s very important to use products which encourage smoothness and add moisture to your hair. Always use a heat protectant when heat styling, and finish with a nourishing oil.

    Don’t Underestimate The Haircuts

    Finally, invest in a great cut. Short, cool, choppy styles work great and help speed up the process to full head grey. A chic bob, if it’s really sharp, can also look just as fabulous. No matter what your hair goal is, haircuts are essential to maintaining the health and condition of your hair.

    If you need more inspiration to embrace those natural greys, have a look at the following hashtags on Instagram: #silversisters #silversistersinternational #greyhairmovement

    photo credit: @the_gray_gal on Instagram

    To keep up to date with all things Charlie Miller, make sure you are following us on our social channels. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To find your nearest salon click here.

    You can shop our full haircare range online here.

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  8. Post-Treatment Hair Series – The Second Cut

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    Long-term Charlie Miller client, Sarah Howden, is sharing her post-chemotherapy hair journey with us.

    Throughout the process, we will be publishing updates from Sarah, as well as sharing advice and recommendations from her stylists Roz and Casey. Along with other stylists across the company, Roz has a wealth of experience in helping clients deal with hair loss during cancer treatment and giving guidance on how best to encourage growth and optimise the health of the hair.

    If you missed Sarah’s first blog, you can catch up here.

    Reflecting on the First Cut

    I have to admit, I was nervous about my first post chemo cut. It has taken me an age to grow what little hair I had, and I was reluctant to lose any length. But, I never forgot stylist Roz telling me pre chemo to come back early for a cut to encourage healthy growth.

    Wow, she was right. Trimming the ends of my hair, which were chalky from the effects of chemotherapy, left my hair glossy-looking. The expert cut also injected some much-needed depth and texture, fine-tuning my short hair into a stylish pixie crop. However, as Roz and the team highlighted, I had work to do too – namely, looking after my scalp and hair health to help stimulate cell turnover and maximise growth.

    Haircare At Home

    Their eponymous sulphate and paraben-free haircare range, which is designed to lock in moisture, sooth scalps and encourage new hair growth, was used religiously and felt seriously indulgent. A little of their products go a long way too making them great investments. As was my Manta hairbrush which I massaged onto my scalp daily to encourage hair growth. After each wash my hair was glossy and healthy looking, the results make for addictive usage!

    That first cut – and my new haircare regime – stimulated some serious growth on my sides and back. And just five weeks later, in December, I was in need of a tidy up. I was self-conscious about the lack of growth along my hairline so Roz recommended I add a new product to my skincare regime – L’Oréal Pro Serioxyl Denser Hair Treatment. Just like I would diligently use a facial serum every morning and night, this water-based scalp treatment was applied every evening along my hairline and massaged into my scalp, using my Manta brush, to stimulate my follicles and encourage more growth. Then, it was re-applied every morning after my shower.

    It’s now January and, if it wasn’t for lockdown, I would be back for another trim…my scalp care regime is clearly working and my hairline has had a serious growth spurt. I suppose this month will allow me to focus on my whole scalp and haircare regime in the hope my next cut gets me more to my cropped hair goal.

    Sarah will be back in the salon soon for her first appointment post-lockdown. So keep your eyes peeled for her next update in the coming weeks.

    If you don’t want to miss this series, make sure you are following us on our social channels. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To find your nearest salon click here.

    Products mentioned in this post:

    Charlie Miller Haircare – Hydrate Shampoo (also available in Charlie Miller Salons)

    Charlie Miller Haircare – Hydrate Conditioner (also available in Charlie Miller Salons)

    Manta Brush (also available in Charlie Miller Salons) 

    L’Oréal Pro Serioxyl Denser Hair Treatment

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  9. 12 Days of Christmas – Facebook Live Series

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    12 Days of Christmas Facebook Live Videos.

    All this month, we have been streaming live on Facebook; sharing top tips & discussing all things hair. In case you missed them, catch up below…

    To keep up to date with all things Charlie Miller, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can shop our products online here or on www.amazon.co.uk. To find your nearest salon click here.

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  10. Post-Treatment Hair Series – The First Cut

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    We all know that hair loss is a common side effect when undergoing cancer treatment, and something that effects thousands of people every year.

    Our hair is a very important part of our identity and losing it can be a distressing experience in an already challenging time. But what happens post-treatment when the hair starts to grow back? It may have changed colour and texture. It may have grown back unevenly and at varying speeds.

    Following treatment, our very lovely, long-term client Sarah Howden experienced just that and asked us for help and advice. And, to support others in a similar position, she has kindly offered to share her journey in a series of post-chemotherapy hair blogs, this being the first.

    Throughout the process, we will be publishing updates from Sarah, as well as sharing advice and recommendations from her stylists Roz and Casey. Along with other stylists across the company, Roz has a wealth of experience in helping clients deal with hair loss during cancer treatment and giving guidance on how best to encourage growth and optimise the health of the hair.

    The First Cut

    I have been having my hair cut at Charlie Miller Salons for over 30 years, originally sitting on a booster cushion as I was so young, and having Charlie himself trim my long, thick hair. I absolutely loved the whole experience, always left feeling so special and it is why, as I enter my 40s, I wouldn’t consider anywhere else.

    The team have styled and transformed me through every big moment of my life. My graduation. My first red carpet movie premier (for work, sadly!). My wedding. The birth of my three children. And my cancer diagnosis last year. My stylist counselled me through wig choices and took the time to look at my selection, guiding me to the best one. She cut into my selected wig to ensure it looked as natural as possible and chopped my own hair short in preparation for it falling out. The team made me feel normal and gave me the confidence to enter this new terrifying stage with my head held high – hair or no hair.

    My hair did fall out, just two weeks after my first IV chemotherapy. I was so unwell with the cocktail of drugs and the extreme effect it had on my body that I actually didn’t care. Losing your hair does strip you of your femininity and it was hard to look at myself in the mirror. However, I was prepared, and my wig looked great on the days I was well enough to put it on.

    Now, more than a year later, after six rounds of chemotherapy and a gruelling stem cell transplant, I have new hair. It is dark (I used to be blonde), it is messy, it’s different lengths and textures but it’s back. And so, my first cut was a big deal to me. It was symbolic. I had made it to remission and my new stem cells had grown me a new mane.

    I was only ever returning to Charlie Miller Salons and, as ever, I felt instantly at home. And special. First up was a bit of an education on scalp and hair health to stimulate cell turnover and maximise my regrowth. I invested in their eponymous haircare range as all are sulphate and paraben-free, formulated with jasmine extract, organic calendula flower extract and organic sage oil to lock in moisture, sooth scalps and encourage new hair growth. Post cancer, you become extremely aware of what you put on and in your body.

    I also picked up a Manta hairbrush, a super gentle and anti-breakage innovative brush that also hugs the contours of your head, massaging the scalp to encourage hair growth. Funnily enough, it was developed by a professional hairdresser who created this brush for his wife who’d lost her hair after cancer.

    Then it was haircut time. My consultation had revealed that the ends of my hair where almost chalky with the effects of chemotherapy and needed to be cut away to promote healthier growth. After a wash, head massage (oh how I’d missed the Charlie Miller massages!) and hydrating treatment, my stylist trimmed and tidied my hair, expertly working it into the choppy pixie look I was hoping to achieve down the line. I was then shown how to style it and the best products to use to add depth and texture.

    The result was perfection, a masterclass in transformation. Friends and family loved it, strangers in the street complimented me. I no longer looked like a cancer patient and, importantly, for the first time in a long time, I felt good. Pretty, even.

     

    In the next post, Sarah will share an update on her progress with her hair: how it is growing and feeling, and how she has felt getting to grips with her new products and routine. Roz will also be sharing the wisdom behind the products she is recommending, as well as other advice for promoting hair health.

    If you don’t want to miss this series, make sure you are following us on our social channels. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To find your nearest salon click here.

    Products mentioned in this post:

    Charlie Miller Haircare – Hydrate Shampoo (also available in Charlie Miller Salons)

    Charlie Miller Haircare – Hydrate Conditioner (also available in Charlie Miller Salons)

    Manta Brush (also available in Charlie Miller Salons)

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  11. Charlie Miller Christmas Shopping Event

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    Thank you for tuning in to our first Christmas Shopping Event!

    The quiz is now closed & the winner has been contacted.

    Remember all the exclusive offers from tonight’s event will only be valid until 6pm on Friday 20th November – so don’t miss out!

    To keep up to date with all things Charlie Miller, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can shop our products online here or on www.amazon.co.uk. To find your nearest salon click here.

    Full Terms and Conditions:

    • This prize is open to everyone aged 16 or over, not employed by Charlie Miller Salons.

    • Our competition ends on Friday 20th November 2020 at 6pm.

    • One lucky winner will be drawn at random from the top scorers and will be contacted directly before Friday 27th November 2020.

    • Vouchers will be posted to an address within the United Kingdom only.

    • By entering the competition, entrants’ consent to appearing, if required, on the Charlie Miller Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds.

    • By providing their full name and email, entrant’s consent to being contacted directly by Charlie Miller in relation to the competition.

    • The prize for the winners are non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.

    • Our prizes are subject to availability. Charlie Miller reserve the right at all times to substitute any prize with another prize of similar value in the event the original prize offered is for any reason not available.

    • Charlie Miller reserves the right at any time to modify, amend or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this competition with or without prior notice.

    • This prize draw is in no way endorsed by Facebook or Instagram.

     

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  12. Charlie Miller’s 55th Birthday Giveaway *CLOSED*

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    This month, we are celebrating 55 years in business! To mark this milestone, we are giving away 5 amazing prizes, to 5 different lucky winners. **GIVEAWAY CLOSED**

    You could win one of the following amazing prizes:

    1. A complimentary cut & colour appointment
    2. A complimentary in-salon treatment
    3.  A £20 Charlie Miller Gift Voucher
    4. A box of @charliemillerhaircare goodies
    5.  A box of Kérastase goodies

    To enter simply head over to our Instagram and Facebook pages and follow the instructions on our giveaway posts. Remember, you can enter on both pages!

    Find the Instagram post here.

    Find the Facebook post here.

    Full Terms and Conditions:

    • This prize is open to everyone aged 16 or over, not employed by Charlie Miller Salons.
    • Our competition ends on Monday 30th November 2020 at 9am.
    • Five lucky winners will be randomly selected and announced on social media before Friday 4th December 2020.
    • Vouchers will be posted to an address within the United Kingdom only.
    • By entering the competition, entrants’ consent to their name appearing on the Charlie Miller Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds.
    • The prize for the winners are non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
    • Our prizes is subject to availability. Charlie Miller reserve the right at all times to substitute any prize with another prize of similar value in the event the original prize offered is for any reason not available.

    • Charlie Miller reserves the right at any time to modify, amend or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this competition with or without prior notice.
    • This prize draw is in no way endorsed by Facebook, Instagram or Kérastase.

    Good luck everyone!

    To keep up to date with all things Charlie Miller, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can shop our products online here or on www.amazon.co.uk. To find your nearest salon click here.

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  13. It’s Here! Charlie Miller Volume Mousse!

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    Introducing the latest addition to CM Haircare;
    Charlie Miller Volume Mousse

    Volume Mousse is the perfect add-on to the Charlie Miller styling range. It’s a lightweight mousse that will add volume and lift to dull, lifeless hair,  giving it a fuller, thicker look. This hair mousse will add natural body and lift without weighing your hair down. It also provides heat protection and helps boost texture.

    Key Ingredients and benefits:
    Adds volume and body to the hair and provides instant detangling, de-frizzing and combability
    Helps boost texture and provides thermal protection
    Nourishes hair from the inside, out
    Leaves a lasting shine
    Paraben-free, vegan and gluten-free

    With its refreshing fragrances, Volume Mousse will tickle your senses with top notes of green tea, orange and lemon combined with soft jasmine, rose and lily, gentle herbs, musk and oakmoss.

    The expansion of the Charlie Miller haircare range has been the ultimate goal for Joint Managing Directors, Jason and Josh Miller. “We’re thrilled to be expanding our product range and couldn’t have anticipated the amount of success that it has already received. It’s a dream come true!”

    You can buy Volume Mousse and all our other styling and haircare products in all 5 Charlie Miller salons or online at www.charliemillerhaircare.com and www.amazon.co.uk.

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  14. 500 Free Haircuts For NHS Workers

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    ALL 500 FREE HAIRCUT APPOINTMENTS HAVE NOW BEEN FILLED. Thank you to all our lovely clients for your support, and to all our NHS staff for your incredible work.

    During our closure, team Charlie Miller announced that we were donating at least 250 appointments to NHS staff when we reopened our salons. In additional to this, we gave clients a chance to help us pay it forward further.

    We sold online e-vouchers for clients to redeem off future appointments. For each and every £100 online e-voucher purchased, we added an additional appointment for an NHS worker to our total.

    We are thrilled that, thanks to the help of our amazing clients, we have reached our target of 500 free haircuts for NHS staff.

    Until now, appointments have only been available for existing Charlie Miller clients. We are thrilled to announce that our 500 free NHS haircuts are now open to new clients!

    If you would like to redeem one of the 500 appointments, please email all of your contact details to info@charliemiller.com, along with which of our salons you’d prefer to attend for your appointment. Please note that appointments will be allocated dependent on salon and stylist availability.

    All salon locations can be found here.

    This offer is of course still open to existing clients. If you have an upcoming appointment, please get in touch to let us know you would like to redeem this offer. If you have had an appointment since we reopened and missed out on this offer, you can contact us to book your next appointment in advance to make sure you secure your slot before the appointments fill up.

    These appointments will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis, and are already filling up fast! Get in touch with us soon to secure your slot.

    You will need to present a valid NHS staff ID at your appointment to redeem this offer.

    We will announce on our social media channels once all 500 appointments have been filled.

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  15. What To Expect At Your Post-Lockdown Appointment

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    Here’s a quick look at what you can expect at your post-lockdown visit to your Charlie Miller salon. Our number one priority is making sure our clients & our team feel reassured and safe in our salons.

    We are so grateful for all the amazing feedback we have received since reopening on Wednesday 15th July. We’re thrilled that you all feel safe and are able to enjoy your Charlie Miller experience. Watch our video to find out what you can to expect when you visit us post-lockdown.

    We kindly ask you to take note of the following changes:

    PPE COSTS: there are no price increases. We will apply a temporary charge of £5 that will be added to your bill to cover the PPE and COVID 19 costs which have been required to make the salon as safe as possible for everyone. We will also apply an additional charge of £10 for tinting and £20 for highlighting which will cover the cost of longer appointments and the additional product required.
    ARRIVING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT: waiting areas are limited so please arrive just in time for your appointment. If you’re running late please call the salon. By the same token, we may be running a little late on occasion, and as we cannot have congestion in the waiting area please bear with us if the salon contacts you to come in 10 minutes later than your scheduled appointment time.
    CANCELLATION POLICY: we are currently not taking deposits, though we now have a cancellation policy where we politely request that you notify the salon at least 48 hours in advance if you wish to cancel or reschedule your appointment to avoid paying a cancellation fee. Missed appointments or cancellations that have less than 48 hours notice will be charged in full.
    SAFETY IN SALON: for everyone’s protection, we have installed screens at reception and between the backwash basins. Please come alone and bring as little as possible with you and use the hand sanitiser provided. Everyone coming into the salon will be issued with a face mask on arrival if required. To help support social distancing, we will limit and manage capacity in the salons by using alternate workstations. You will also be given a disposable gown and disposable towels.Between appointments the workstations and product bottles will be wiped down with steriliser liquid and stylists hair tools will be machine sanitised.
    REFRESHMENTS/MAGAZINES: we are not able to serve hot drinks at this time and only water in a disposable cup will be served. You may bring your own but kindly ask that  you take it away with you when you leave. We offer a curated digital collection of complimentary fashion and lifestyle magazines via Digi-Mags. You can simply scan our QR code in-salon and browse a huge range of magazines on your smartphone or tablet. You are welcome to bring your own reading material but, again, please take away with you when you leave.
    CARD PAYMENT ONLY: we will be operating a cashless till for the time being, card payment only will be accepted.

    Please allow 14 days after foreign travel before attending an appointment in the salon. If you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath or sore throat please do not come into the salon and call to rearrange your appointment.

    We post consistent updates on our social media channels, if you don’t want to miss any of this make sure you are following us via the links below:

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  16. Hair SOS: How to Look after Your Scalp at Home

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    Happy scalp, happy hair. If you want your hair to thrive in-between salon visits, you must pay attention to how you look after it at home.

    Your scalp can become dry and sensitive whenever it loses too much of its natural moisture. This can be due to all kinds of factors like cold weather, build up of hair product, general dehydration, or over-washing your hair. Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp, getting your sensitive, dry scalp in check will allow your hair to grow and thrive. 

    As we are all at home, now is the perfect time to put a little bit more thought into your self-care routine and get rid of your dry scalp woes for good.

    Here are some easy tips we recommend for improving the health of your scalp, and some products we would recommend to make a big difference. 

    When washing your hair…

    Be careful with your temperatures. When showering, use warm water instead of hot, and don’t stay directly under the water for more than 5 to 10 minutes at a time. Too much exposure to hot water can strip your skin and scalp of its natural oils. 

    This is why it is preferable to leave an extra day or two in-between washes, as this time will give your scalp a chance to preserve its natural oils and keep your hair well moisturised. 

    When you do wash your hair, make sure you shampoo twice. The first shampoo will remove oil, dirt, and product build up from the scalp. The second shampoo will then be able to effectively treat the hair. 

    To really treat a sensitive scalp, we recommend the cleansing hair of impurities. It’s enriched with Zync Pyrithione, a significant anti-irritant and antioxidant, as well as Salicylic Acid, which is known to help reduce visible flakes and form a protective barrier to seal in moisture. Suitable for oily or dry hair types.

    If you have an extremely dry scalp and dry lengths, we recommend the Specifique Dermo-Calm Bain Riche Shampoo from Kérastase, to nourish both your sensitive scalp and your dry lengths.

    This product is packed full of botanical extracts to help rid hair of impurities and grease whilst calming scalp irritation and hydrating the lengths. It’s infused with comforting Calophyllum Oil as well as Glycerin, which works to repair from within and form a protective barrier. Piroctone Olamine revitalises dry ends and seals in moisture, whilst Menthol extract adds a burst of refreshment.

    Our number #1 tip to get the most effective treatment with whatever shampoo you choose, is to massage your scalp while you do your second shampoo. The s the perfect brush to use for this. Massaging the scalp with a Manta brush will not only insure you are getting a deep clean, but it will also stimulate your hair follicles and the blood vessels in your scalp which carry oxygen and important nutrients to your scalp. 

    When styling your hair…

    Make sure you are using products which add a boost of moisture to your hair. Leave in conditioners and oils are a great place to start. 

    You shouldn’t use oils or conditioning products directly on the scalp day-to-day, as this might give the appearance of a very oily scalp. Instead, apply oils and hair masks as overnight treatments the night before you wash your hair. This will give your hair the injection of moisture that it really needs. 

    When styling your hair, try to avoid heat as much as possible. If you need to use a hairdryer, make sure you keep it on a low to medium heat setting, to avoid drying out your scalp. If possible, allow your hair to air-dry, and if you’re worried about frizz, you can use a light smoothing product through your lengths and ends. Our Charlie Miller Blow Dry Crème is our hero product for keeping hair smooth and silky in between washes. 

    Finally, have a look at your diet. A well-balanced diet full of nutrient dense food and protein will not only promote the health of your scalp, but the overall health and condition of your hair. 

    Take this time at home to give your scalp the little bit of love and attention, and we promise you and your hair will feel the benefits. 

    At Charlie Miller, we are using this lockdown period to provide our clients with lots of helpful and educational content which will help them to take better care and to feel better about their hair at home. If you have any dilemmas you’d like us to solve, please get in touch! 

    Check out our full series of Hair at Home videos on our Instagram. 

    Finally, to keep up to date with all things Charlie Miller, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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  17. THANK YOU NHS: Help us Pay it Forward

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    When we re-open our salons we will be donating more than 250 free haircuts to our extraordinary NHS staff.

    You can help us to pay it forward and help them even further. We are currently selling online e-vouchers for clients to redeem off future appointments. For each and every £100 online e-voucher purchased, we will donate an additional appointment to an NHS worker on your behalf. Also, as an extra thank you for your support, you will receive a complimentary Charlie Miller product when you visit the salon for your next appointment.

    Buy your vouchers online

    Full list of Terms & Conditions:

    Purchasing a Charlie Miller £100 E-Gift Card

    • For every £100 E-Gift Card you purchase we will give one complimentary haircut to a member of staff from NHS Scotland.
    • As part of your purchase you will receive one complimentary Charlie Miller Haircare product, of your choosing, at your next appointment.
    • The £100 E-Gift Card can only be purchased online at charliemiller.com. There is no limit to how many E-Gift Cards you can purchase.
    • The E-Gift Card will be delivered electronically to the email address you registered your Charlie Miller account with. We cannot be held responsible if the address is entered incorrectly and someone other than the intended recipient uses the E-Gift Card.

    Redeeming a Charlie Miller £100 E-Gift Card

    • Our E-Gift Cards can only be redeemed in salon as full or part payment of products and services. An E-Gift Card cannot be used to purchase a further E-Gift Card.
    • The E-Gift Card must be brought to the appointment in order to be redeemed. This can either be printed out or viewed on a phone/tablet device.
    • E-Gift Cards cannot be exchanged for cash.
    • E-Gift Cards may only be redeemed against products purchased in the same currency as the E-Gift Card.
    • We are not responsible if an E-Gift Card is lost, stolen, destroyed or used without permission and no replacement will be provided in these circumstances.

    Validity

    • All E-Gift Cards are dated and expire 12 months from the date of issue.

    NHS COMPLIMENTARY HAIRCUT APPOINTMENT

    Booking an appointment

    • When the Charlie Miller salons re-open, appointments can be made over the phone and in salon. Please state when booking that the appointment is for an NHS Scotland staff member.

    Appointment Validity & Availability

    • Valid for one haircut appointment. Additional services can be added at the time of booking and paid for at the appointment.
    • The haircut appointment is valid Monday to Saturday, at all salons and with all stylists. Subject to availability.
    • Appointments will be available until all complimentary haircuts have been donated.
    • The NHS Staff must bring their NHS Staff Identification Badge with them to their appointment or they will be required to pay for the haircut.

    Charlie Miller reserves the right to update and change the terms and conditions of our Charlie Miller E-Gift Cards at any time. This does not affect your legal rights. Use of your Charlie Miller E-Gift Cards constitutes acceptance of our Terms and Conditions. 

    Keep an eye on our socials, as all announcements regarding when we will re-open will be shared here. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

    In the meantime, take care & we can’t wait to see you again soon.

    Team Charlie Miller

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  18. Hair SOS: Make Your Colour Last at Home

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    How to make your colour last at home…

    This is a tough and unprecedented time for all of us. Everything is uncertain: our routines have been flipped on their head, and we are all having to make a huge amount of change in order to adapt. It’s a challenge, but the one thing that is certain is that we are all in this together.

    Whilst our salons’ doors remain closed to ensure the safety of our clients and staff, we would love to use our social channels to help you keep feeling your best (even if your biggest social engagement is with Netflix and the sofa).

    We all know that how you are feeling on the inside often reflects on your outside. That’s why in these challenging times it is crucial that you practice good self-care. Use that little bit of extra time to do things that bring you joy and confidence. Your hair is a very good place to start…

    We will be posting regularly throughout the next few weeks with our top tips, products, and regimes to keep your hair looking and feeling fabulous from home. We will also be sharing the rituals our Charlie Miller family are adding into their personal lives to keep a sense calm, hope, and mindfulness.

    Today, we would like to talk about colour maintenance. Understandably, many of our lovely clients have reached out to us to express their concern about not being able to maintain their hair colour during self-isolation.

    Here are some of the top questions we have received, and some helpful solutions…

    1. Can you sell me my colour pre-mixed so I can apply at home?

    Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. The colour we use in the salon has a delicate shelf life, and needs to be mixed with accuracy immediately before it is applied to the hair. If we were to pre-mix colour to deliver it to clients, it would go off before it could be used. All our colour services are completely bespoke, so you would need multiple combinations of colour, and oxidant. Colour is chemically formulated and must be handled with caution. To be blunt, it could end in a disaster.

    2. Can I use a box dye?

    We completely understand the temptation for a quick fix, but please consider the lasting effects that using a box dye can have on your hair.

    As mentioned, the colour services you receive in salon are completely bespoke and multi-dimensional. Box dye is one formula, one flat colour. ONE application of box dye can undo all of your stylist’s hard work to get you to your desired colour.

    The condition of your hair will be compromised. Box dyes are packed with huge amounts of pigment and ammonia, this is a completely unnecessary overload which applied without expert care will have a drastic effect on the health and condition of your hair.

    Even though it might seem like a quick fix, undoing the effects of a box dye is a lengthly, and pricey process in the long run. Please resist the temptation, you will thank us later.

    3. What can I do to maintain my colour while I can’t go to the salon?

    There are some fab products on the market which will help you in the meantime, without having detrimental effects on your hair in the future.

    If roots are your concern, we recommend a temporary root spray. They come in a multitude of shades; you apply them to dry, clean hair, and they will last until you shampoo them out.

    Our stylists recommend Color Wow Root Cover Up or ProL’Oreal Professionnel Hair Touch Up.

    If you’re worried about tone, you can keep the brassiness at bay with a good silver shampoo. The purple-toned pigment in the shampoo will neutralise and remove yellow tones in highlighted, bleached or grey hair. You can order our Silver Shampoo here.

    There are other simple steps you can take to elongate your colour and stop it from fading. Give it a break – over-washing your hair strips the hair of its natural oils and dislodges colour molecules, causing your colour to fade. Use a good heat protectant, frequent heat styling can also cause your colour to deteriorate. Finally, give your hair a little TLC, use gentle and sulphate free formulas, and deep conditioners. Keep your eyes peeled, as we will be sharing our stylists’ hero products which you can use at home over the next few weeks.

    We know this is a stressful time and we are here to help you through it. Please let us know what helpful tips and tricks you would like to see from us in the coming weeks.

    Stay safe and take care,

    Team Charlie Miller

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  19. How To: Create Perfect Curls at Home with India Miller

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    The #1 question our clients ask their stylists is how to recreate salon curls at home. In this tutorial, Salon Director India shows a step-by-step on how to create perfect curls, and recommends the best products to make your curls look even better & last even longer.

    Book your next appointment here.

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  20. Little Princess Trust & Team Jak Event

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    On Sunday 1st March 2020, 29 amazing individuals will be visiting our Stafford Street salon to donate their hair to Little Princess Trust & raise money for local charity Team Jak.

    The event is a celebration of leap year and is also hugely inspired by our lovely friend Agatha King. Back in February 2015, Agatha was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and lost her hair during treatment. On being told that she was going to lose her hair Agatha asked for it to be cut off and donated to the Little Princess Trust which, Charlie Miller Managing Director, Jason did in the ward on 3rd March 2015. Fast forward to 2020, Agatha is now 2 and half years in remission and is a healthy happy 9-year-old. Her hair has fully grown back, and she is having it cut again on the day by Jason.

    Agatha and her family are also tirelessly fundraising for Team Jak. Team Jak was created at the request of inspirational teenager Jak Trueman following his own journey with childhood cancer.

    Inspired by Jak’s dreams, they provide practical, social and emotional support to children and young people with cancer, aged 0–25, as well as their families, friends and those bereaved. Agatha and her family were helped immensely by Team Jak’s services, and they want to help them continue to provide support to other families going through incredibly difficult times.

    If you would like to show your support, you can find the fundraising page here. All donations, big and small, will be gratefully received by Team Jak.

    To see all our coverage of this exciting event and to keep up to date with all things Charlie Miller, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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