How much will it cost me to go blonde?

This is a question we get asked A LOT, and the answer is not an easy one, so sit back and get ready for a word attack. Before we can even begin to answer this we need to know a couple of things about you; How long is your hair? What colour is your hair…

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Keratin Smoothing Treatments

What is Keratin? Keratin is a protein found naturally in skin, hair and nails, in addition to other sources. In human hair, it acts both as an external protective shield and an internal structural protein. Keratin is the first thing depleted when hair is damaged physically, chemically or from environmental factors such as the sun….

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Indie Hair Gel #mixitstrong

Indie Hair Gel #mixitstrong What is Indie? Indie is a really cool minimalist brand where they believe you shouldn’t need to use 15 products to get salon worthy results. Indie packaging combines pop-art brights, graffiti graphics and social media inspired names. What is #mixitstrong ? We prefer to call it ‘indie green’ at Salem.  Indie…

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Theorie Argan Oil Hair Care

What is Theorie? What is Theorie? Theorie is a relatively new player in the hair care game, so we’ll forgive you for never having heard of them! Theorie is a range from America, the products are formulated in France, using Argan oil sourced in Morocco What is Argan Oil? Argan oil is rich in nourishing…

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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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