Category Archive: Top Tip

  1. 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

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

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  2. Q&A with Gemma Fisher From Kérastase

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    In this Q&A with Gemma Fisher From Kérastase, Salon Director Roz asks Gemma our clients’ most burning haircare questions, and all about the Kérastase range.

    You can shop the Kérastase range at all 5 of our salons. All of our stylists are experts on the Kérastase product ranges. At your appointment, theywill be able to give you the best advice and recommendations for your hair’s needs.

    Find your nearest Charlie Miller salon here. 

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  3. Autumn-Winter Hair Guide 2020

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    The days are shortening, the temperatures are dropping, and you and your hair are probably in need of a boost. We asked some of our Salon Managers for their top trend predictions and their inspiration for Autumn-Winter hair trends.

    If you are in the mood for something new, we have all the inspo you need.

    Hair Styling

    “This season is all about TEXTURE. We see Burberry kicking off LFW with soft textures in both their clothes and hair. You can create texture in even one length hair using heated tools. There are tongs, hot brushes, irons, and wands on the market that allow us to create different textures.” – Cat Nicholson, Ocean Terminal

    “With the launch of the ghd Rise this is the season to use this amazing tool and create the flow of your hair effortlessly. Think ‘model of the moment’ Olivia Vinten. Use Charlie Miller Mousse for heat protection and lift and finish with Charlie Miller Gloss Oil to pull off that runway look.” – Roz Orr, South St Andrew Street

    “A/W hair is very minimal and effortless with a focus on centred or the side of the head partings with loose soft straight ends as seen on Bella Hadid for Burberry and Kaia Gerber for Bottega Veneta.” – Elle Craik, Stafford Street

    Our brand-new Charlie Miller Haircare volume products are a must-have for creating body, volume and hold. Shop online here.


    Hair Colour

    “A/W hair will be seriously soft and sexy. Think modern Bardot; beautiful flowing golden hair that can be adjusted in every colour pallet. From glowing brunettes and wheat coloured blondes to sunset tones of red.” – Roz Orr, South St Andrew Street

    “Laidback colour will be huge this season. Think low maintenance barely-there balayage like Rosie Huntington-Whitely and soft baby lights like Alexa Chung.” – Amber Swift, Holy Corner

    Ready for a new colour? You can find your nearest Charlie Miller salon here.


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  4. Getting to Grips with the New ghd Rise

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    Over the last few weeks, our stylists have been getting acquainted with the brand new ghd Rise Volumising Brush. It’s no secret that we’re a big fan of ghd tools, and this newest offering definitely didn’t disappoint.

    At 185 degrees, this  hot brush delivers a more gentle styling and incredible volume from root to tip.

    Roz Orr, Salon Director in our South St Andrew Street Salon, has been loving introducing this tool to her clients.

    “For me, the ghd Rise couldn’t have been launched at a better time. 70’s hair has returned with a modern twist and the rise delivers this so well. It glides through the hair effortlessly; giving you control of volume body and movement where you need it!”

    For extra volume, we recommend adding an appropriate product to your hair before styling. This will help to hold your volume and lift in place, and will also help defend your hair against heat styling. You can shop our volume products here.

    We stock ghd tools across our Edinburgh salons. To inquire about stock in your nearest salon, please get in touch with our reception team – you can find all the contact details here.

    Watch the ghd Rise working its magic in the video below!

    Check out all our hair tutorials and haircare videos on our Instagram.

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    ghd rise styling

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  5. 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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  6. 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.

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  7. 5 Steps to Your Perfect Bridal Hair

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    We know that trying to imagine what you might do with your locks for the big day can be a daunting task. Fear not, follow these 5 steps to make sure you achieve your perfect bridal hair.

    Our 5 steps to achieving your dream bridal hair:

    1. Stay true to you

    Don’t compromise on your personal style and what makes you feel your most confident in order to follow trends. Trends change, but your memories and photographs will last forever. Having said that, have fun with it, don’t be afraid to experiment with accessories – floral wreaths, vintage brooches, headbands and other statement pieces. Ignore other people’s opinions on what you should and shouldn’t do. Choose a style which makes you feel beautiful and authentically yourself. Remember: on your big day you should feel like the best version of you, not like you’re playing dress up as someone else.

    2. Do a hair trial

    We can all get a bit carried away on Instagram and Pinterest, so it’s important to ‘try before you buy’ with your bridal hair. Bring all your ideas to a stylist, who will be able to advise you on the best route to take for your hair type and face shape. Book your trial in early in the day if possible, that way you can see how the style lasts throughout the day and how comfortable you are with it. Finally, take lots of pictures from all angles. This will allow you to see if you like how the style looks on you when photographed.

    3. Perfect your haircare routine

    If you want your hair to look its best, you need to give it the TLC it needs. Chat to your stylist to establish the best products and routine for your hair’s overall health. Go easy on the heat and use a hair treatment regularly to keep your locks feeling nourished. Make sure your diet is balanced and that you are including lots of B vitamins, zinc, and iron, which all promote hair growth and strength.

    4. Give it time

    Avoid making drastic changes to your hair, particularly your colour, immediately before the big day. In order to give you and your hair chance to get used to any changes, we recommend you do this gradually over a longer period. Have your final cut and colour a week or two before your wedding. This way, your hair will still look fresh and vibrant, but you will have a chance to get used to it.

    5. Be prepared

    Ask your stylist when you should wash your hair ahead of the wedding and which products to use. Most will recommend you wash the night before, but this will vary depending on your hair type and the style you are going for. On the day, make sure you have a little touch up kit to hand. Include some hairspray, bobby pins, and a fine-tooth come for refreshes throughout the day. Your style should last all day without any hiccups, but it’s always good to have peace of mind.

    Many of our award-winning stylists specialise in bridal hair. Do get in touch with our wedding coordinator Darlene (darlene@charliemiller.com) if you’d like to find out more about our bridal hair service.

    Photo credits:

    Makeup – Glam Candy 

    Hair – Charlie Miller Salons


    Finally, to celebrate Valentine’s day – we’d love to give you and your favourite galentine a treat for your hair. Head over to our Instagram @charliemillersalons, follow us, and tag your galentine in the giveaway post to each win a gorgeous bundle of Kérastase goodies (worth over £90 each!). Ends Friday 21st February 2020 at 9am. Full T&Cs on Instagram giveaway post here.

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  8. Winter Haircare: How To Keep Your Hair Happy

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    If, like us, you are an avid reader of Hood Magazine, you will have seen our ‘Healthy Hair MOT’ feature in the winter 2020 issue. The first few months of the year can be challenging for us all, which is all the more reason to invest a little bit more time on self-care. We know that great hair has the power to transform how you feel, so here are some top tips for keeping your hair feeling its best no matter how gloomy it is outside.

    1. Ditch the sulphates

    By now, you have probably heard that sulphate is a four-letter word in the hairdressing industry. Sulphates in products strip beneficial oils from your hair. More than any other time of the year, during winter it is crucial to ensure that your products are meeting your hair needs correctly. Look out for shampoos and conditioners which heal and protect your hair and remember that moisturising formulas are essential in the colder months. Top tip: treat yourself to an overnight hair mask or treatment once a week. Let the product work its magic overnight and you will wake up feeling wonderful.

    2. Turn down the heat

    Extreme changes in temperature can also contribute to dryness. It can be all too tempting to have a boiling hot shower during the winter months, but this can be extremely damaging for your scalp and will strip it of moisture. Instead, keep your showers luke-warm and try not to stay in too long (we know that is a challenge)!

    3. Avoid harsh up-dos

    We’ve all experienced that pain when taking out a tight up-do – ouch. Try to avoid placing too much pressure on your hair and scalp by opting for looser styles and wearing your hair at different heights every day. Hair bobbles are a major cause of daily hair damage, so opt for an invisibobble to avoid snagging and unwanted breakage.

    4. Get regular trims

    We might be biased, but you should never underestimate the power of a good haircut. Ditch those dry ends. We recommend you get your hair chopped every 6-8 weeks to maintain hair health. Trimming your hair regularly will get rid of thinning and fragile worn-out ends. Remember, their condition will only worsen over time. Getting regular trims will avoid your stylist having to take more drastic action when they are beyond repair.

    5. Have a look in the fridge

    Your hair’s health is often a reflection of your overall health. Good hair starts in the kitchen. We recommend nutrient-dense foods which are rich in vitamin C, A, E and iron. Fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and cereals, and meat and fish are a good place to start. Also, hydration is key. Make sure you are drinking at least 2 litres of water a day – no excuses.

    6. Give it a break

    Try and limit how often you are washing your hair throughout the winter months. Most of us wash our hair much more regularly than we need to. Leaving a little bit more time between washes allows your hair and scalp to keep their natural oils intact. Less washing also inevitably means less heat through blow drying and styling. When you do wash your hair, use a great heat protectant and follow-up with a powerful leave-in conditioning product. Finally, make sure you blow dry thoroughly, as letting wet hair dry in cold conditions can cause it to become brittle and dull.

    Out top products for winter haircare:

    Charlie Miller Hydrate Shampoo

    Charlie Miller Hydrate Conditioner

    Charlie Miller Gloss Oil

    Shop our full range of Charlie Miller haircare here.

    Read Hood Magazine online here.

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