How To Know What Blonde You Are

A glance on Instagram or the red carpet will show that there are a variety of blonde shades – platinum, honey, balayage, but finding the perfect one for you can be a difficult task.

Understanding colour science is key when working out the colour that will flatter you best. Start by determining whether your skin has cool or warm undertones. ‘Cool’ is defined by pink, red or blush undertones, whereas ‘warm’ is defined by yellow, peachy, golden undertones. You may be a combination of both, what colourists call neutral toned, which you will discover is a huge advantage!

The fundamental rule when choosing your blonde shade is to pick a tone that is opposite to your own skin tone. For cool undertones ashy, creamy or white hues look best; whilst for warm undertones honey, caramel or butterscotch shades will look fabulous.

If you have neutral skin then you’re really lucky as most shades will look great on you. One of the amazing things about going blonde is that it suits a variety of eye colours.

A soft balayage or baby lights will give you the most natural looking blonde and this can be achieved by using a combination of multidimensional hues incorporating warm, cool and creamy blondes with your base colour.

The only time blonde should be avoided is if the hair is extremely damaged. But if you have your heart set on being a blonde bombshell then a plan can be created featuring treatments such as Olaplex, which rebuilds the hair from the inside out. It just might take a little longer than you expected.

Going from black to blonde is possible but only over a number of sessions with your hair gradually becoming lighter in colour. Contrary to what you are implied on celebrity Instagram profiles, such a drastic change will not happen in just one simple salon visit! The main thing you need to expect is that after each session you will only be only a few shades lighter than you were initially at the start of that session. You will inevitably go through the orange / yellow stage. If a salon promises they can take you lighter without mentioning either of the above then I suggest you look at other salons – any stylist who fails to mention these factors either isn’t being truthful with you or he/she does not fully understand the process and what it entails. Remember your hair is your crown you never take off, so your hair needs to be in the best possible hands!

Hair-raising trends for AW 2019

If you’re feeling the need to change your hair with the new season, then why not take your inspiration from the runways of New York, London, Milan, and Paris, where an abundance of new trends – from the elaborate to the restrained- emerged, both in terms of colour and styling.

Colour your hair beautiful

Attributed to Lady Gaga’s character in “A Star is born”, red hair is enjoying a moment. Catwalks were awash with both natural red and deeper dyed red hair. In terms of blondes, it’s all about channelling the grungy look of platinum blonde with dark roots – use Courtney Love as your idol. 

On the opposite end of the colour scale was Bronde, sitting somewhere between blonde and brown. It’s one of the more reserved 2019 hair colours and is easy to achieve.  

Upstyle your pony

Ponies fall into two distinct categories this season – the playful Ariana Grande-style high ponytail or the elegance of a sleek low-hanging ponytail, perfect for showing off barettes and other on-point accessories.

Love your curls

Curls were a huge focal point for designers and fell into two camps: The sassy 70s full, voluminous curls that paid homage to Studio 54 with a centre parting or the retro romantic curls, which when teamed with a side parting had a timeless yet modern vibe.

Controversial crimping

Given the prevalence of braids the past few seasons, it’s hardly a surprise that crimped hair has experienced resurgence. This quick-to-come-quick-to-go technique shapes hair adds a lot of texture and volume to the hair and is best worn with tons of party-loving attitude.

Three Products Every Girl Needs for The Dubai Summer!

Julian, Stylist at Pastels Salon Ritz Carlton gives us the lowdown on what you should be using to keep your hair at its healthiest whatever the climate!

For many living here hair can feel dry and fine due to three factors which are quite specific to the UAE, namely the desalinated water, the air conditioning which saps the moisture out of the hair, and  the lack of seasons in the UAE – there is a constant stress on the hair due to excessive and prolonged  sun exposure, which dries the hair out. Hardly surprising then that people turn to hair care products to replace this lost moisture, and there are many on the market.

Kerastase Elixir’s Oil

When it comes to natural oils, Kerastase Elixir’s oil offers brilliant results. It also offers heat defence, locks in moisture and offers a terrific shine. You can use it as a serum or add it into your conditioner to intensify that product’s effect and you can use it overnight as a deep conditioning treatment. It can also be used as a blowdrying primer that cuts down blowdrying time, without compromising the effects of a blowdry.

Kerastase Moisture Mask

There are many treatments that you can have in a salon to keep – or put back – moisture in the hair. One such example is KeraStraight Intense Boost, which utilises KeraStraight’s latest groundbreaking Moisture Masks to repair, re-hydrate and renew hair from the inside out. Intense Boost rebuilds what the hair lacks and locks in moisture and strength for up to 30 days to leave you with head-turning, luscious hair. This is a great treatment to have pre-summer and there is a range of take-home products to keep its efficacy.

Kerastase Fusio Dose

One of the best-sellers in terms of treatments is Kerastase Fusio Dose, a range of intermixable shots that can be combined to create a bespoke treatment cocktail perfect for your hair. One thing you should remember is that there is a misconception that if the hair is damaged, it lacks moisture but often the case is that if it is broken; by adding moisture you just smooth over broken hair, whereas, in reality, you should fix the hair with protein products before expecting treatments to enhance the condition of your hair.

In the Middle East, the style icons tend to be based around women with long, voluptuous, healthy-looking hair.  So when it comes to cutting techniques, we want to create thick-looking hair.  This means layers should be kept long as the longer the layers are; the more hair collects to the exterior shape of the haircut, ensuring hair looks thicker and longer. But to have styles like this, hair needs to ​be in optimum condition, healthy and shiny so you should always use professionally-recommended products that will either repair broken hair or lock in moisture, depending on your needs.

Meet the treatment the region’s beauty editors swear by for sleeker, smoother hair…

Let’s face it, if a beauty editor gives a treatment her seal of approval it’s highly likely the treatment does boast terrific results; however, it could also be the case that while the treatment might have suited her, it might not yield the same impressive results for you. But, when multiple beauty editors – especially in a place as multi-cultural as Dubai – clamour to endorse a treatment, it’s a sure thing that the treatment will achieve iconic status and become a must-have. This is exactly what’s happened with the much-hyped KeraStraight treatment.

While many permanent straightening or smoothing treatments rely on harsh chemicals such as formaldehyde, KeraStraight’s innovative KS Complex does not. The treatment’s advanced protein technology is a game changer in the hair care industry. It encourages the re-building of keratin, which in turn repairs and strengthens the hair shaft, adding elasticity and moisture and protecting against environmental effects such as UV rays, smog, dust and smoke.

According to Vogue Arabia, the results included “Swingy, smooth strands that instantly appeared healthier” and two weeks later, the curl-haired editor was still delighted admitting “my hair still boasts its curl but is significantly more manageable, cutting my morning mirror time in half.”
The digital editor of Emirates Woman was just as wowed, saying “If you spend half your life fighting with your hair, this is the treatment for you – it not only vastly reduces styling time, but the effects last for up to four months. “

So while humidity, air conditioning and the water in the UAE can all wreak havoc on hair, leaving it dry, dehydrated and frizzy, this will be your haircare saviour as the treatment promises to eradicate that hated frizz, repairing the hair and leaving it shiny, healthy and far easier to style.

Call any of the branches to discover more, including our exclusive summer pricing available for this miracle treatment!

Beach HairStyle to Rock this Summer

Laid-back easy glamour, beach waves are now as visible on the Red Carpet as they are beach-side but how do you achieve them?

Jordan Robertson, Senior Stylist at Pastels Salon Ritz Carlton gives us the low-down on a trend that shows no signs of abating!

L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni ART Full Volume Extra Mousse
L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni ART PLI

To achieve tight beach waves, start by spraying some L’Oreal Tecni Art Pli only through the hair and smooth out the hairline, ensuring you don’t smooth the ends out as you want to keep the hair’s natural texture. Then, split the hair into small half- inch sections and starting from the back using a one-inch tong wrap the hair around the tong and hold for 20 seconds. Make sure you don’t twist the hair as you wrap it and when removing the tongs, avoid touching the hair. Tong the last sections on the hairline away from the face. Once the hair has all cooled down apply a good amount of L’Oreal Beach Waves and scrunch into the hair as well as the roots.

L'Oréal Beach Waves

For smoother, looser beach waves, apply L’Oreal Tecni Art Pli from the roots to the ends and blow dry smooth with little root lift. Working from the back, take one-inch sections and use a large tong to curl. This time, when wrapping the sections around the tong apply a little twist as you go. 
When coming to the hairline make sure the sections are away from the face again – this gives a natural look. 
Once the hair is cooled brush out with a wide tooth comb – never use a brush or a small comb for this, it needs to be a wide tooth comb.  Next, apply a little amount of L’Oreal Beach Waves. Try putting in a side parting and tuck one side behind the ear for an on-point look.

Mario Badescu Aloe & Cucumber Spray

To keep hair looking good at the beach, I would recommend ensuring you have these five hero products always in your beach bag – L’Oreal Beach Waves, L’Oreal PLI, a Tangle Teezer, L’Oreal full volume mousse and Mario Badescu Aloe and Cucumber spray. The last one is technically a facial spray but trust me your hair needs some moisture too, especially after a day of sand and sea exposure! So to rejuvenate your hair, spritz a little onto it and watch it transform into hydrated healthy and fabulous, perfectly ready to go from the beach to the bar.

What are the haircare must-haves of 2019

With an overwhelming array of haircare offerings already on salon retail stands and news about product drops constantly filling our social media streams, it can be difficult to get to grips with what you should definitely have on your bathroom shelf to maintain your best possible hair, especially if you have to consider not only your hair’s texture and type but also your lifestyle.  But, there are some products that are deemed must-haves and which leave stylists raving.

Check out what some of Pastels’ stylists consider their hero products.

“For long-lasting beach waves, nothing beats using Balmain texturizing spray with heat protection on each section before curling” – Riqui, Junior Stylist, Pastels Salon Ritz Carlton

“One of my favourite products is the Kerastraight serum. It is a heat protector which is perfect to use on wet or dry hair and it is very moisturising. I absolutely love how soft hair is after using it!” – Jessica, Senior Stylist, Pastels Salon Jumeirah

“Want more manageability and protection? Then Redken 25 benefits One United is a must. It is a light weight product with anti-frizz and detangling properties. It helps prevent breakage and has heat and colour protection, sealing the cuticle and giving a silky touch.” – Natalie Anne, Senior Stylist, Pastels Salon Mercato

“If you’re a brunette and you want to keep brassiness at bay, then you should invest in L’Oreal Color Corrector and use it once a week.” –  Vesna, Senior Stylist, Pastels Salon Ritz Carlton

“Are you after glossy, stronger, healthier hair, then ask for Olaplex 1 & 2 in salon use is for you, it‘s brilliant for all hair types and textures; before a blowdry, within a colour, after a colour or just as a stand-alone treatment. Then for a top-up at home then you can purchase the Olaplex no.3 home kit, it takes just 10minutes a week and will leave your hair feeling luscious for longer. After just one use, you’ll be hooked.” – Charlotte, Senior Stylist, Pastels Salon Mercato



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