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By Emy Hassan, Sep 26 2019 09:28PM

Is your hair feeling rough, dry, and unmanageable? Does your scalp feel sensitive, and maybe a little itchy? It could all be down to your shampoo.

When you’re on a budget, it can be tempting to pick up a bargain basement shampoo with your weekly shop but it could be doing more harm than good.

Here are the nasties you need to know about in in your supermarket shampoo.


These are chemical preservatives that give shampoos and other beauty products a longer shelf life. While it’s great that they’ll last longer on your bathroom shelf, did you know that they’ve been linked to toxicity and some types of cancer, even when used at low levels? Definitely an ingredient to avoid, if you ask me.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)

This is a cleansing detergent that’s used in a lot of shampoos, shower gels, and pretty much anything that lathers. While you might love a lather and think it’s getting your hair squeaky clean, SLS strips the hair and scalp of its natural nourishing oils, causing dandruff, dryness, and irritation.

Sodium Laureth Sulphates (SLES)

This ingredients is similar to SLS and it’s a known carcinogen that has been linked to kidney damage.

Synthetic Fragrances

While you might love the smell of coconut or strawberry when you waft your hair, the substances used to create the scent are chemicals which can be toxic. It’s these fragrances that are responsible for allergies, dermatitis, asthma flare ups, headaches, and more.

Polyethylene Glycol

You’ll see this on the label as PEG, and it’s a chemical that it used to give shampoos and conditioners their creamy texture. It has the potential to be toxic and is an irritant, especially if it comes into contact with broken skin.

Avoiding the nasties

Many of us are becoming more concerned about what we’re eating, and we should think just as hard about what we’re putting onto our hair and scalp.

The best way to avoid chemical nasties that are harming your hair and potentially your health is to go back to basics. Choose hair care products containing naturally-derived ingredients and check the label to make sure they are free from nasties like sulphates.

We have brought in the fabulous Pureology range in the salon because I love their ‘no nasties’ philosophy. All of their shampoos are sulphate-free and are 100% vegan, and they’re especially great for coloured hair.

With Pureology your hair will not be left with a layer of unsoluable silione, it will be left in a smooth/soft state that will be easier for you to replicate at home.

I’m so convinced of the need to use more gentle and natural products, even if that means spending a little bit more money. What price would you put on amazing hair and good health?

By Emy Hassan, Sep 5 2019 07:48PM

How many times have you described your hair as lank, frizzy, or unmanageable then spent an age in the haircare aisle at the supermarket trying to find the shampoo and conditioner that claims to make these problems a thing of the past?

What if I told you that often it’s these kind of products that cause problems with your hair in the first place? Cheap supermarket shampoos contain a lot of nasties that are really not great if you want healthy hair and a healthy scalp.

Here’s the truth about supermarket shampoos and why the manufacturers are selling you a lie.

Many of them don’t really cleanse your hair at all

When we use shampoo, we think the nice lather is cleansing our hair, but many supermarket shampoos contain non-water soluble silicone which makes your hair look clean and shiny but also makes it dull and dry over time. Non water soluble silicone forms a layer on the hair which makes it look shiny but it also stops moisture getting in, so the hair eventually dries out if. This layer of bad silicone stays in the hair even after you’ve washed it, and using heat tools actually seals it in-you’re virtually laminating your hair!

Have you ever wondered why your hair looks greasy the day after you wash it at home but it doesn’t when you’ve been to the salon and your hair has been washed and conditioned with quality products (that contain WATER SOLUBLE silicones... the good type?

They don’t make your hair healthy and hydrated; they dry it out

There are loads of shampoos in the supermarket that will claim to hydrate, smooth, and nourish your hair, but if you understood the label, you’d soon see why that’s not really true. Many cheaper shampoos contain a high amount of sulphates (a cleansing agent that creates a lather.) Check the label; most will contain sodium lauryl sulphate or sodium laureth sulphate. In large amounts, harsh sulphates can strip the hair and scalp of their protective natural oils, and the result is a dry irritated scalp and brittle hair.

They strip your gorgeous colour

You spend time and money in the salon getting your perfect colour, so it makes sense that you would want it to look good for as long as possible. The sulphates in cheap supermarket shampoos actually strip the colour from your hair and can leave it looking and feeling dry as a bone.

The marketing often promises more than the products can deliver

Some cheaper brands might contain some ingredients that are good for the hair like organic oils or botanicals, but what they don’t mention is that they are often diluted so that your hair isn’t getting as much of a benefit as you think, and you’ll probably go through the product a lot faster so it’s pretty much a false economy. It would be far better to invest in a high-quality product that nourishes your hair and makes it feel amazing in half the time (and half the washes!)

It can be tempting to go cheap on hair products when you don’t have a lot of spare cash, but there’s a reason why higher quality products cost more-they contain ingredients that are far more beneficial for your hair. You might spend a bit extra, but it will be totally worth it when every day is a good hair day!

By Emy Hassan, Aug 16 2019 09:15PM

If you’ve been following us on social media, you’ll remember the lovely Alison, our competition winner from last year who won a free hair integration system. Well since then, she’s never looked back and she recently got married in Vegas!

I spoke to her about how her struggles with hair loss and how her hair system has changed her life.

The Hair Confidante (THC): When did you start suffering from hair loss?

Alison (A): My hair started falling out 13 days after my first FEC-T chemotherapy treatment for triple negative breast cancer. My hair never grew back after treatment, which I was told is rare.

THC: What solutions did you try before trying a hair system?

A: I tried lotions that you had to apply to your scalp to encourage hair growth, and I also tried shampoo treatments and wigs.

THC: What made you choose The Hair Confidante?

A: I saw a post from a lady on the Younger Breast Cancer Network (YBCN) Facebook page, and I thought I’d take a look. I noticed Emy was running a competition to win a hair integration system so I entered and couldn’t believe it when I won 1st prize!

THC: How did the hair system change your life?

A: It gave me my confidence back. I no longer had to worry about my wig blowing off and I felt amazing as I’d never had long hair before. Emy made me feel at ease from the moment I went for my consultation. I was overwhelmed with her generosity and kindness, and I felt extremely lucky. It has completely changed my life.

THC: Was the system easy to manage?

A: Yes, it was easier to manage than I thought. It’s easy to wash, though drying and styling it takes me a bit of time, but I absolutely love it.

THC: What advice would you give to people suffering from hair loss?

A: Go and see Emy! She will advise you on which hair loss solution is the best one for you. I wouldn’t be without my hair system now. It’s worth all the sacrifices to have such wonderful hair!

THC: And finally, huge congratulations on getting married! How did having a new hair system make you feel on the day?

A: Thank you! I felt beautiful, confident, and so much more feminine than I would have done wearing a wig. I was able to style my hair and it just felt so natural. I can’t thank Emy enough!

Do you want to start your journey to a hair loss solution?

If you are suffering from hair loss and the cause has been diagnosed by a doctor or trichologist, come and talk to us to find out how we can help.

We’ll discuss your hair loss and your options in a compassionate and understanding environment where your privacy is assured.

Contact us to book a consultation.

By Emy Hassan, Jun 21 2019 08:38PM

As you know if you’re one of my lovely loyal clients or you follow me on social media, modern hair systems can look absolutely gorgeous. They look just like your own hair and you can swim, go to the gym, sleep, shower in them, you name it.

But there are some differences between hair systems and your natural hair which you need to know about so you can keep your own system looking and feeling as amazing as the day it was fitted.

How a hair system differs from your natural hair

If you lose hair from your hair system, it won’t regrow

Unlike natural hair that usually grows back, once hair is gone from a hair system, it’s gone. This is why you have to follow my aftercare advice and have proper maintenance. You need to avoid things that cause hair loss and breakage as much as possible.

Your hair system won’t be protected by your scalp’s natural oils

The glands attached to your hair follicles make a natural oil called sebum which coats your hair and keeps it nourished and hydrated. Your hair system won’t have access to these natural oils so you need to keep it hydrated with conditioner and deep conditioning treatments.

My top tips for looking after your hair system


*Detangle hair with a wide-toothed comb or good quality hair brush. Start from the ends and work your way up.

*When you wash your hair, only use the recommended products

*Pat shampoo over your hair system rather than massaging it in which can cause tangling

*Use a deep conditioning treatment once per week to keep it hydrated

*Sleep with a 100% silk scarf on or on a silk pillowcase to prevent friction and breakage

*Sleep with hair tied back

*Learn some good blowdrying techniques to keep your system looking sleek

*Use a heat protection cream or spray

*Use professional quality products such as leave in conditioners and serums, avoid heavy hairsprays

*Use a good finishing serum or Argan oil to keep return hairs at bay and to keep your ends subtle.


*Wash your hair system too often as this can dry it out

*Wash your hair system with hot water

*Rub your hair system when drying it with a towel, pat it dry instead

*Sleep with wet hair as this can cause matting

*Use poor quality or heavy silicone lined products

*Attemp to colour your hair system yourself

*Expose your hair system to excessive sunlight, harsh chemicals, or chlorinated water. If you swim, use a leave-in product to protect your hair system and Malibu C swimmers products and then wash and condition it as soon as you get out of the pool. If you know you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the sun, wear a hat, or use products with added UV filters.

The important thing to remember is that your hair system is an investment so it makes sense to look after it. Natural hair can recover from chemical treatments, excessive heat styling, and other damage, hair systems can’t.

Do you want to start your journey to a hair loss solution?

If you are suffering from hair loss and the cause has been diagnosed by a doctor or trichologist, come and talk to us to find out how we can help.

We’ll discuss your hair loss and your options in a compassionate and understanding environment where your privacy is assured.

Contact us to book a consultation.

By Emy Hassan, Apr 28 2019 08:25PM

If you’re one of our regular customers, you’ll know that I have a lovely and talented assistant stylist working with me. Her name is Cara, and I thought I’d take the opportunity to introduce her in this blog. Here’s a little ‘get to know you’ Q & A, and if you want to know anything else, I’m sure she’ll be happy to tell you the next time she’s beautifying your hair in the salon…

Q: Did you always want to work with hair?

A: “ When I was little, I was always interested in hair and I had a doll’s head that I always played around with, trying out different hairstyles. When I finished school, it just felt like a natural next step to study hairdressing at college.”

Q: What do you love most about your job?

A: “I love making people happy with their finished look. There’s nothing like it. I like seeing people leaving the salon feeling confident, with a big smile on their face.”

Q: If you could give people suffering from hair loss one piece of advice, what would it be?

A: “When a client comes in to the salon, I would say don't worry about your hair loss because we can give you a hair replacement system that fits you and your lifestyle perfectly. We have a great range of hair loss solutions, so there’s always something that will work for you.”

Q: What do you think makes The Hair Confidante different from other places you’ve worked?

A: “The Hair Confidante is a specialist salon that offers a unique service. Our clients are loyal because we give personalised service, show compassion, and offer them complete privacy at all times. We listen to their concerns and we never judge. That’s not something you get at every salon.”

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?

A: “ I love going to the cinema and going out with my friends.”

Q: Tell me something about you that not many people know.

A: “I was a Young Leading Girl in the brownies for 5 years. Ah, they were happy and much simpler times!”

Cara is a wonderfully talented stylist who loves what she does, and when she does you hair, you’ll see that it shows. If you like to book an appointment with her, click here. You won’t be disappointed.

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