If you want great hair in perfect condition then you might need to forget everything you've learned about hair care and take up gardening. The Box's Guillaume Ossant fancies himself a bit of a green-fingered plant whisperer, so here are his three top tips for hair care inspired by horticulture. Stick with us because things will start to make sense, we promise.
The three basic principles of growing healthy, beautiful plants are great soil, the right amount of rain and knowing when to use the secateurs. In this herbaceous analogy let's assume the soil is your scalp, the rain is your washing and styling products and the secateurs are your trips to The Box.
First of all the soil, which in this analogy is your diet. The soil needs to be healthy, nutrient rich and free of nasties - the scalp is much the same only the good stuff come from your diet. You healthy hair superfoods are salmon, blueberries, strawberries, walnuts, avocados and eggs. Essentially, anything that contains the key building blocks of Omega 3 and biotin. Eat sugary sweets all day long and skip you five a day and your whole body will suffer. If your hair follicles don't have the best basic ingredients, they can't make the best hair, it's that simple.
Now, what goes on the body is as important as what goes in it. Just as too much rain will drown a plant and too little will dry it out; you have to be sure your shampoo and conditioner aren't stripping or saturating your hairs. Some products wash away the good oils that your hair and scalp need and others have harsh chemicals that damage the structure of your hair. When choosing products you want to avoid anything with damaging sulfates and as parabens. At The Box we use Davines shampoos and conditioners which are about as natural as you can get.
Finally, some hairs become too damaged or split and simply have to go. Regular trips to the salon can keep your hair looking healthy and in best condition just like employing a gardener means manicured lawns instead of a forest of weeds. Your hairdresser can maintain order and often repair daily and environmental damage with salon only products such as OLAPLEX. A good cut will maintain shape and minimise unsightly split ends.
So there you have it.. having great hair is just like gardening. So don't be a Jungle when you can be a Kew Gardens.
If you’ve visited The Box since we opened you probably noticed we stock some pretty interesting and unusual looking hair care products. A few weeks into trading we thought it might be nice to tell you about them and tell you why we think they’re so good for your hair.
First of all, we have chosen to stock Italian hair care brand Davines (apparently pronounced Davinez), who pride them selves on ‘Sustainable Beauty’. Since 1983 the company have championed a more holistic approach to haircare with an eye on the environment. The ‘Essential Haircare’ range we stock is paraben and sulphate free, made in a renewable energy factory and comes in CO2 neutral packaging. If that already isn’t fancy enough for you, the vast array of plant based formulas reflect the multitude of hair types helping you identify a product to match you. Based on your hair texture, volume and weight Guillaume can shampoo your hair with the appropriate Davines shampoo and conditioner so you can judge the results for yourself.
Now, a few years back, Guillaume was introduced to a salon only product called Olaplex when it first arrived in the UK. Since then he has used Olaplex professionally to manage total hair makeovers and repair and smooth over-processed hair. Flash forward two years and salons all over London now offer Olaplex to get the best colour results but only a few hairdressers have had as much time, training and experience using it as Guillaume. We’re not exaggerating when we say with Olaplex, his colours and conditioning treatments are genuinely transformative and give clients hair they never thought they could achieve. Here comes the science bit… Olaplex is a solution designed to reconnect the disulphide sulfur bonds broken by the process of permanent hair colouring and lightening, effectively re-building the structure of the hair follicle. What this means for the client is smoother, stronger, healthier hair from the inside out. This is where science truly meets haircare and you’ll want an experienced hairdresser you can trust to get it right.
In short, all the products at The Box are chosen because they benefit the health of your hair; strengthening, repairing and cleansing each strand. We believe great hair is healthy hair, and healthy hair always looks great.
If you want to experience these products in the salon for yourself book an appointment today.
The Box has just closed for the Bank Holiday weekend and we are taking a deep breath before we start again on Tuesday. This is an excellent opportunity to reflect on our first week of hairdressing at the Deptford Market Yard and share our thanks with all the people who helped us along the way. It's been great seeing so many of Guillaume's regular clients in the new salon and very reassuring to see so many new faces. Thank you to all the clients for their custom, kind reviews on Facebook Google and Yelp, gifts of flowers and wine and for even walking Jacqui.
A huge thank you to the very talented Selwyn Amos who built our stunning interior overcoming dozens of problems to help us achieve our very specific vision. We hold a glass up to your eye for detail, creativity and your incredible stealth. Five days for the entire build minus the three days they couldn't deliver the wood - that's impressive. We decided to share a few images of the progress from neglected Victorian railway arch to fabulous Deptford hairsalon.
We should also like to thank the whole team at U+I for getting the site shipshape and for the many media shoutouts. Keep up the good work guys! Thanks also to the site security, the builders, the cleaners and that really big German Shepard (Jacqui has a crush).
We are so excited to meet all our neighbours over the coming weeks and have already become great friends with Becki at Win & Ruby.
Together, let's make Deptford Market Yard London's coolest new destination and let's have fun doing it.