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You notice your roots starting to grow out, your vibrant colour is beginning to fade, we know how tempting it is to reach for that box dye but if you resist the temptation, we promise your hair will thank you.

Head into your favourite hair salon in Bristol and talk to your hairdresser about the options that will leave your hair refreshed, revived and gorgeous without the risk of damage due to harsh chemicals.

Drugstore box dyes are a seemingly great way to go, they are convenient, fast and most of all they are budget friendly, but you will never have that fabulous shine and light as a feather bounce that only comes from a trip to a professional hair salon in Bristol.

We could sit here all day and talk to you about how fantastic it is to get your hair coloured by a professional hairdresser,, but let’s talk about why it is so important to do so.

1.Nobody applies hair colour like a professional

There are many reasons to take a trip to your local hair salon in Bristol and let a professional hairdresser colour your hair, but one big factor to take into consideration is the application.

Sure you can pour a bottle of dye in your hair and lather it up like shampoo and sure, to the blind eye it might look fine, but when you really look at it you are bound to notice uneven colour and patches of hair that are missing colour altogether.

Uneven hair colour can be quite unpleasant to deal with and why put yourself through that if you don’t need to? You lead a busy life and the last thing you need to worry about is covering up those pesky spots and worrying about being embarrassed by your hair.

2.Your hair is just as unique as you are

One size fits all may work for some things in life, but your hair is not one of them.

At BME Salon, a hair salon in Bristol we are aware of that, and we will go above and beyond to make sure we find a colour formula that works for you personally. When a box promises to give you a beautiful and vibrant head of hair regardless of your hair type, it is safe to say that maybe you should put it back down and go see a stylist.

At the salon, a professional will use a certain amount of toner and developer for your particular type hair, you can not get this level of attentiveness from a box. If your shampoo and conditioner are intended for a certain type of hair then there is no way that a box of dye filled with harsh chemicals can magically colour any type or texture.

3.It is incredibly difficult to come back from the box

Maybe you’re in a pinch, maybe your favourite hair salon in Bristol is all booked up this week, and you’re in a hurry.

There are a lot of possible reasons that grabbing a cheap bottle of dye might seem pretty enticing, but one thing we urge you to consider is how difficult it will be to repair any unnecessary damage or correct any colour mishaps you are left with. Virgin hair is every stylist’s dream for the simple reason that there is no previous colour or chemical for them to fight with.

Every box is different, and every person’s hair is different. There is no telling how your hair is going to react to certain colours being placed on top of existing colours. If you walk into a salon after dying your own hair, you need to be ready to spend a little more time as well as money to get your hair back to that gorgeous healthy state in which it once was. What once seemed like a cheap alternative to a salon grade colour has now turned into a much more expensive and time consuming option.

Ready to get your dream hair at the salon?

To put it simply, hairdressers exist for a reason. If we could all just do our own hair and have it look and feel the way we do when we leave our local hair salon in Bristol, we wouldn’t need salons in the first place. Next time you are browsing your local drugstore and you see that box with the beautiful model smiling back at you through a veil of stunning, vibrant locks, please keep in mind that model did not achieve their beautiful colour from a box dye.

Come in and visit us, you won’t regret it.

In the UK, when it comes to dealing with hard water and your hair, it can be exhausting.

As a hair salon in Bristol, we know first hand how frustrating it can be when hard water affects the overall health and look of your hair.

Which is why we’ve put together this blog on how to remedy the quality of your hair with hard water. We’ll start by explaining what hard water is and how it affects your hair, and then move into some solutions to get your hair feeling as amazing as the last time you left the hair salon in Bristol.

What is hard water?

It’s water that is high in dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium, which causes limescale, a chalk-like substance.

Hard water can leave mineral deposits on your dishes, glassware, clothes, faucets, skin, and what we’ll be talking about in this blog, your hair.

How does hard water affect your hair?

While hard water is very healthy to drink, it sometimes can have damaging effects on your hair, skin, and nails. The main problem with hard water is that it cannot bind to shampoos, conditioners, and soaps. This means the products aren’t as effective, and you’ll have to use them more frequently. And after many washes, the minerals that are being dissolved into the hard water create a film on the hair - which means moisture can’t enter the hair. It also created build up on the scalp leading to dandruff and itchiness. If you find you have dry, itchy, dull, tangled hair with a faded color, hard water is probably affecting you. You might have even worse reactions, such as your hair breaking off or thinning.

If you’re wanting to have that “just left the hair salon in Bristol” feeling, then keep reading to see our suggestions to rescue and revive your hair at home.

Treating The Effects of Hard Water

The best way to reverse the effects of hard water is simply to stop using hard water, but that’s not always possible.

Using a Vinegar Rinse

Vinegar is strong on the hair, and it can leave your hair dry if done too often. And it smells very strongly as well. However the acidity of vinegar works to remove calcium buildup from your hair by balancing the pH of your hair to leave you hair feeling soft and silky.

There are many different recipes out there, but the best way we suggest is to use one part of apple cider vinegar and two parts of water, ideally bottled or filtered water. After you shampoo your hair, massage the vinegar rinse into your hair.

Rinse with Filtered Water

Using plastic bottles, of course, is harmful to the environment. However, filtered water such as from Brita, won’t have as many mineral deposits. It’s a great option to do as a final rinse after shampooing and conditioning your hair.

It will help get some of the mineral deposits out.

Use a Clarifying Shampoo

Clarifying shampoo is similar to the vinegar rinse in that it will remove the build-up of hard water. They break down the residue from hard water and excess products on the outer surface of the hair. You’ll want to look out for ingredients like vitamin C, apple cider vinegar, and EDTA.

There are a million different types of clarifying shampoos that focus on different problems. But some of our favourites for hard water is Kevin Murphy’s Maxi Wash.

Always follow with a deep conditioner and good moisturizers.

If you’re not sure which product to use for your hair, ask your hair salon in Bristol for advice.

Install a Showerhead Filter

Shower head filters are a great alternative for those who are letting their homes and can’t convince landlords to install a full water softener. You can find them at home improvement stores or on Amazon. They’re also a great option for those on a budget who want that fresh from the hair salon in Bristol feel to their hair.

All you need to do is attach it to the shower head and then wash your hair like normal.

Filters break up the calcium and magnesium that comes out of the taps. So, it’ll reduce the limescale

Treat Hard Water Hair with Your Hairdresser in Bristol

Your local hair salon in Bristol has seen a lot of damaged hair over the years.

Whether your hair is thinning, breaking, falling out, dried out, or fried from heat damage, bleach or hard water, the BME team, a hair salon in Bristol, knows how to revive and restore your hair.

When it comes to styling our hair, it’s pretty hard to avoid heat. Whether we want sleek pin straight hair or big body classic Hollywood curls, we’re probably going to be using hot tools to achieve the glitz and the glamour we want.

But the good news is, to avoid heat damage, you don’t have to give up the hot tools all together. BME, a hair salon in Bristol, wants you to protect your hair from damage while still achieving the beach waves of your dreams.

If you want to learn more about how to protect your hair from heat damage, keep reading.

What is heat damage?

First, let’s talk about what heat damage actually is.

Heat damage happens when styling tools are used at a temperature that is too high. This is a very common occurrence that many people tend to overlook when styling their locks.

Unfortunately, once the damage is done and the structure of the strands have changed it can not be reversed. You may not be able to undo the effects of heat damage, but if you visit your local hair salon in Bristol, you can take preventative steps to ensure the damage doesn’t happen in the first place.

The best way to avoid permanent damage to your hair is by knowing the signs.

Signs of heat damage

There are a lot of tell-tale signs that your hair is damaged. Heat damage can be very obvious, or it can sneak up on you, and nobody wants that. Here are a few signs to look out for.

Split ends

Split ends occur when your hair physically splits apart or becomes frayed at the ends. Though they are called split ends, the split can happen anywhere along that strand of hair. This is often the result of dehydration from excessive heat draining your hair’s moisture. You can visit your local hair salon in Bristol for regular trims to keep up with split ends.


Frizz is nobody’s friend! When your hair is exposed to an excessive amount of heat it will lose its’ elasticity and break off, what’s left are tiny broken hairs standing out causing the frayed look everyone loves so much.


Your hair looks its best when it is shiny, vibrant, and full of life. When your hair starts to lose that shine and becomes dull looking and dry, there is a good chance that heat is the culprit. If you visit your local hair salon in Bristol, you can learn what you need to maintain that healthy shine and you will leave feeling like a supermodel.

Changes in hair texture

Your hair is part of you, and you want it to be as smooth and manageable as possible, but when your hair becomes too damaged, you may start to notice that it is losing the soft, silky feeling that you are used to. You can recognise heat damage based on whether or not your hair has become unusually coarse or feels frayed at the ends.

Now that you know how to identify heat damage as well as a professional hair salon in Bristol, you just need to know how to prevent heat damage.

How to prevent heat damage in your hair

Knowing how to recognise heat damage is great, but knowing how to prevent it from occurring in the first place is definitely better. You can visit your local hair salon in Bristol to purchase products that will help protect your hair and keep it looking healthy and strong. Here are a few things that you can do in order to prevent heat damage.

Keep your styling tools at the right temperature

When you turn on your flat iron, it may be tempting to crank that heat up to 230 degrees and get the quickest results, but if you avoid the maximum heat settings you may just save your hair from becoming damaged. However, if you want that fresh from the hair salon in Bristol feeling, we recommend using a GHD professional quality flat iron at the right temperature. One of the best things about GHD professional quality flat irons is the fact that they have only one optimised heat setting. Keeping your flat iron at this setting will help you avoid overheating and drying out your hair while you style it.

Use a heat protecting product

There are plenty of creams and sprays out there that you can use on your hair before styling. These products act as a shield for your hair and allow you to style without having to worry so much about the potential damage that is being caused. Kevin Murphy Heated Defense spray, available for purchase at our local hair salon in Bristol, is designed to protect hair from heat damage up to 232 degrees celsius.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

You know how important it is to keep your body hydrated, it is also important to do so for your hair. One of the biggest causes of heat damage is your hair losing the moisture that it needs to stay healthy. There have never been more products available to you that can help to keep that moisture in and maintain the bounce and elasticity that makes your hair look beautiful. It is easy to forget the hydrating step in your routine but your hair will thank you for it,

You should be able to feel confident about your hair and there is no reason that you can’t.

Following the simple steps to prevent heat damage and recognising the signs of it are crucial in ensuring that you can go out with your head (and hair) held high.

Visit your local hair salon in Bristol and give yourself the star treatment you deserve.

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