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Sulfates, Parabens and Silicones.

What are Sulfates, Parabens and Silicones and why should I care if they are in my Shampoo?   Sulfates Sulfates (alt spelling is sulphate) are the salts of sulfur. In haircare sulfates are used as surfactants, which means they cleanse, and emulsify (bubble). The most common sulfates in haircare are Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium…

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Basic Hair Knowledge

This is a VERY basic run down on hair structure.   The hair on your head is mainly made of a hard protein called keratin, and is usually formed in 3 layers. With a PH of between 4.5 and 5.5 your hair is considered to be acidic. The outer layer, called the CUTICLE, is made…

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Meet Laurie

Hi, I’m Laurie, (pronounced Law-ree) I am the owner and head stylist at Salem Hair Co. in Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt. (Salem is pronounced Say-lim, like the cat and the city.)   I started hairdressing in 2007. After deciding university wasn’t for me, my mum said to me, “Well that’s all well and good, but you’d…

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