Celeb stylist Sam Overton’s brilliant hair advice


Celeb hairstylist Sam Overton has worked on many a famous head – Jess Hart and Carmen Electra are just a couple of his clients – and the Unilever Haircare Creative Director had some pretty interesting hair advice to share with us.

#1: Where your balayage should actually start

Some hairdressers will start the colour pretty high up, and others will take it fairly low down, but Sam says to factor in your eye colour and skin tone when working out where the lighter shade should start. For example, if you’re a brunette with dark eyes and a medium-to-olive complexion, it’s a good idea to let the colour start below your eyes, as this will complement your features the most. But if you’ve got lighter features, your colour can start a bit higher up.

#2: The etiquette on washing your hair before going to the hairdresser

In short? Don’t worry about it. As Sam puts it, “It’s like going out for dinner and saying, ‘sorry, I had a steak before I came in!’”

#3: Don’t cocktail your haircare

When you have a range of hair concerns (for instance, your locks are both frizzy and coloured), it can make it hard to pick a shampoo and conditioner duo. Well, don’t think buying the shampoo of the colour range and the conditioner of the frizz-fighting range will do the job. Sure, your hair won’t fall out from the combo, but you also won’t get the maximum benefit from either range. Instead, use the matching shampoo and conditioner on one occasion, and the other duo the next time you wash your hair. 

#4: Don’t doubt supermarket brands

Some people think that supermarket isn’t as superior as nsalon, but when it comes down to it, the companies behind some supermarket brands invest a lot in research and development and focus on groundbreaking technologies. In fact, Unilever has 20,000 patents worldwide, and they file about 250 new ones each year. So next time you wonder whether or not it’s worth picking up that Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner when you’re doing the groceries, the answer is a resounding yes.

Do you wash your hair before the hairdresser? Are you guilty of mismatching your shampoo and conditioner?

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