Life as a stylist may look a little different these days, but that’s no reason to fall behind on productivity… But first – let me introduce myself and give you an insight into my career as an Education Manager for L’Oréal Professionnel.

My obsession for doing hair started in the early ‘80s, where I cut and styled fellow students’ hair. I loved it so much that I quit school and started working in a salon. At the age of just 17, I had the opportunity to buy the salon I was training in. Unqualified and seeing myself as a young entrepreneur, there was no way I would let this chance pass me by. I was successful in my goal and had this business for 18 years. 5 years in, I was hungry to get a second salon and bought one close to where I lived. I ran both salons side by side for 13 years and loved every minute.

During my time as a salon owner, I was approached by a product company to freelance for them. This led me to start educating like-minded stylists on understanding and using the products I used (and loved) for years. I enjoyed this role so much that I then enhanced my skills to the point the company approached me to go full-time. I decided to take on the challenge and after selling both of my businesses, I accepted the job role and continued my career at L’Oréal. My passion in Hairdressing Education for the freelance indirect market has led me to become the Education Manager for L’Oréal Professionnel that I am today.

Now that you’ve got to know me a little more, I’m going to share some tips on how you can structure your week during lockdown. It’s a difficult time for our industry, but if you are savvy and utilise the time wisely, you’ll be more than ready for re-opening.


Start the week on a positive note and connect with your clients to let them know that you are still thinking about them. Communication remains key and now, more than ever, clients are looking to social media for updates and connection – not to mention inspo for a post-lockdown hair appointment! 

Virtual Consultations: maintaining a professional relationship with your clients may seem difficult in these times, but it’s not impossible. The best way to do that during lockdown? Virtual consultations. Prepare your questions ahead of your consultation to get an idea of how you can help your clients. Here are some questions you could ask:

  • What do you love about your hair?
  • What do you want to change?
  • Could you please send me photos of the front and back of your hair?
  • These questions are sure to provide you plenty of opportunities to exercise your expertise and get your clients excited to see you again. 

Go Live: take to Instagram or Facebook and stream tutorials/how-to videos for your clients, asking them what you should cover next and keeping them engaged. This is a great way to tailor your content to what clients are personally seeking advice on. 

Keeping Connected: keep updating your clients on your reopening date, how they can pre-book and reminding them of all the care measures you have in place to prioritise hygiene and safety. And for your best clients, send them a DM to see how they (and their hair) are doing, and remind them to come see you when they can! 


Revamp Your Workspace: is there anything you could do to improve it? Perhaps a fresh new coat of paint or new chairs would make your working environment more inviting to clients when you re-open. Even the addition of a house plant can upgrade the ambiance. 

Update Your Menu & Inform Your Clients: use this time to create new service packages and enhance your menu so that you are organised for when lockdown measures are eased, and your clients are back in the chair. Keep your clients updated on any new services, perhaps express services that reduce the amount of time they need to spend in the salon if you are open, or any special offers you have coming up. You might want to encourage clients to book a package of services, such as multiple haircuts for a special price/added value or a ‘Welcome Back’ package.

Trends: tell your clients about the latest looks for the season. You can do this by sending bespoke hair colour ideas that you think they would crush- clients love a personalised recommendation!


Take “A Day Off”: remember, it’s okay to take time out for yourself so you don’t have to work every day of the week if you don’t want to. It’s important to look after your mental health during these uncertain times when you are out of work, so make sure you do this by exercising, taking a luxurious bubble bath or talking to your loved ones regularly. 


Admin Day: no one likes doing admin, but the books don’t do themselves! Use this time to do admin tasks that you normally wouldn’t be able to easily fit into your busy schedule… or perhaps you even avoid! Organise your accounts so that they are up to date and you are prepared for when you can re-open again. You could even browse different payment platforms to find the most user-friendly or best value – will you ever have time to do this again? Take advantage! 


It’s nearly the weekend! Take this time to brush up on new skills, from social media to learning a new hair technique and work on your digital strategy. Here are our 5 top tips for staying digitally relevant: 

  1. Make sure you have your Instagram account set up as a business account. This unlocks different features on Instagram and reassures clients that you are a professional;
  2. Use at least 10 hashtags in your Instagram feed posts to increase your visibility (using local hashtags will attract more local followers). Disguise your hashtags by doing them in the comment section- this makes for a more aesthetically pleasing IG feed; 
  3. Try to use Instagram Stories every day or as often as you can to remain consistent and present. You will remind clients to get in touch/book in and build stronger connections;
  4. Write captions that give value, are emotive or informative – encourage engagement by asking questions and starting conversations;
  5. Use the Instagram Highlights sections to showcase your work. The best way to impress future clients is by showing off your biggest hair transformations!

I hope that these tips have provided you with some areas to focus on so that you can structure your days and form a weekly routine for yourself. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and it won’t be long until you can get back to work and do what you love once again.

Wishing you all the best x

This blog has been provided by L’Oréal Professionnel. Here at THS we have a large range of L’Oréal Professionnel products on our website. Check them out here!

Lockdown 3.0 – All The Info

In line with the latest Government guidelines our stores are all closed to help do our part in stopping the spread of Coronavirus.

Our website www.tradehairsupplies.co.uk will remain open for online orders which we can process safely and securely for your personal haircare and beauty needs. At this time unfortunately we cannot guarantee next day delivery. We will have staff in on Monday and Thursday every week to take phone orders (01325 467761) and process any online orders for delivery Tuesday and Friday.

If you need any help logging in, please info@tradehairsupplies.com and we’ll get you set up as quickly as possible.

Do you need financial support during this Lockdown?

One off grants have been made available for salons, we’ve listed the support the government is offering:

  • £4000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under.
  • £6000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.
  • £9000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

What Is An INNOluxe Treatment?

Meet the secret to unlocking the hair you’ve always wanted. INNOluxe means you can be as bold as you want with your style, confident that it’s outrageously healthy.

Innoluxe’s innovative protein technology doesn’t just protect your hair during the colouring process, it repairs it and restores its strength. Building integrity within the hair’s structure, leaving it feeling thick, lustrous and healthy.

But how does Innoluxe work?


INNOluxe uses amazingly advanced protein technology to create a super strong network of sulphur bonds, repairing and rebuilding your hair and leaving it soft, strong, healthy and shiny.


INNOluxe is not just any old product to make your hair feel soft and smell nice. It is built on some seriously game-changing science, and we are going to be going over how this product is transforming the world of haircare.


Your hair is up to 91% protein. Crazy right? That is a whole lot of proteins. Proteins contain an amino acid called cysteine, and cysteine is important. Amino acids are the building blocks to compound proteins, think of amino acids as the seeds and keratin (the main protein of your hair) as the flower.

Cysteine makes up to 25% of your hair’s natural keratin and contains a sulphur atom. When you introduce one sulphur atom to another sulphur atom, they form a disulphide bond which joins the two proteins. And that, ladies and gents, is what gives your hair its form and its strength!

When you straighten, perm or relax hair, this bond is broken and then reformed with the hair pulled into a new shape. That weakens and damages hair. The bond can also be damaged by aggressive colouring, like bleaching and high-lift tint. In fact, any colour that works with a developer will challenge the structure of hair.
And like any of us, when hair is a bit delicate, it is vulnerable. There are lots of other factors that can weaken or break up those important bonds. Things like drying, ironing, or even the sun.

INNOluxe uses many different levels of exceptionally low weight proteins to reinforce the sulphur bonds, leaving hair stronger and healthier than before. On top of all that, in V2 there is the additiion of Cystine, an amino acid that delivers complete di-sulphide bonds direct into the hair, giving it unseen before strength and flexibility.

Love the sound of INNOLUXE? Well make sure you check out the full range on our website – including one of our favourites, INNOluxe V2 Elixer.

Founded in September 2015 by the team behind the KeraStraight range, INNOluxe is a British brand taking on the world. Working closely with an amazing team of scientists in Brazil, they are constantly pushing the boundaries of what a product can do to repair, rebuild and protect hair, so that you can keep pushing the boundaries of colour and style.

The Dazzling Diva Pro Styling Range!

Diva Pro Styling have been releasing some some stunning products in 2020, adding to their already great catalogue of salon electrical items.

With so many new products we thought it best to give you a run-down of some of our favourite Diva products!

Diva Atmos Dry Hairdryer:

Diva Atmos Dry Hiardryer

First up we have the Atmos Dry. Weighing a ¼ of the weight of a typical professional AC Motor, without compromising on strength or power. The 100,000 RPM motor has been expertly designed for ultra-fast drying with significantly less motor noise, allowing for a stress-free salon environment. Includes powerful Atmos PLUS conditioning system to help combat frizz leaving hair sleek and shiny.

Key Features:

  • Not only speeds drying time and improves feeling and manageability of your hair, the Atmos PLUS Conditioning System also visibly increases shine and reduces frizz & static.
  • Includes hassle-free attachable magnetic 6mm & 8mm drying nozzles and magnetic deep bowl professional diffuser.
  • Easy to use 3 Heats / 3 Speed / Cold Shot digital controls with heat and speed indicator lights.
  • Ultra-fine 2-stage air filtration removes impurities.
  • Use this product world-wide with the correct travel adapter.
  • Salon length 3m swivel cord for fuss-free styling.

Find it on our website here!

Diva Air Curl:

Diva Air Curl

Next up we have the Air Curl, an entirely new concept in hair-styling technology. This brand-new curling system provides heat and wave fixing technology in one lightweight, easy to use tool, to give quick, long-lasting curls for all hair types. This curl system requires less, and lower, heat to fix curls and waves, making it gentler, kinder hair-styling and fixing in one elegant tool.

Key Features:

  • Controls frizz leaving your hair hair sleek & shiny.
  • Provides even results.
  • Includes cold air fix functionality.
  • Easy to use, digital display.
  • Salon length 3m swivel cord for fuss-free styling.
  • Ultra even heat system enabling consistent styling.
  • Use this product world wide with the correct travel adapter.

Find it on our website here!

Diva Edit Fleur Dynamica 3500 Dryer

Diva Fleur Edit 3500 Dryer

The stylish Fleur Dynamica 3500 dryer features a high-powered yet lightweight AC motor for maximum styling and comfort throughout. 2100W of professional power combined with silky-smooth ionic conditioning levels of 18 million ions allow you to create strong, durable hair styles that are frizz and static free.

The Macadamia, Argan Oil and Keratin infused within the ceramic and tourmaline front grille encourages glossy shine and the 4 heat and 2 speed settings plus cool shot offer tailored styling for every client.

Key Features:

  • Controls frizz leaving your hair hair sleek & shiny.
  • Easy-use side switches
  • Use this product world wide with the correct travel adapter.
  • Incredibly long-lasting motor.
  • Includes a true cool shot for setting styles in place.
  • Salon length 3m, heat-proof cord for fuss-free styling.

Find it on our website here!

Diva Pro Styling Elite Straightener

Diva Pro Styling Elite Straightener

Gain back control using the Elite Styler with its variable heat settings complete with digital heat control. The radical heating and auto-shut off increase the Elite Styler’s utility allowing you to achieve soft, sleek and glossy straight hair at ease.

Key Features:

  • Easy-to-use digital, LCD temperature setting display.
  • Takes just seconds to heat up.
  • Salon length 3m swivel cord for fuss-free styling.
  • Includes a silicone heat proof mat.
  • Conditioning system that eliminates frizz and static, whilst reducing drying time.
  • Use this product world wide with the correct travel adapter.
  • Heat recovery 9°/Sec. Heat-up 8 seconds to 110°C, 20 seconds to 180°C

Find it on our website here!

Diva Auto Curler:

Diva Auto Curler:

Fabricate ferociously frizz free curls with deep shine as a result of the Macadamia, Argan Oil & Keratin infused barrel of the Precious Metals Auto Curler. The variable heat settings decrease heat damage making it suitable for all hair types and textures as well as the directional buttons allow you to easily choose the course of your curls.

Key Benefits:

  • Controls frizz leaving your hair hair sleek & shiny.
  • Easy-to-use digital, LCD temperature setting display.
  • Takes just seconds to heat up.
  • Salon length 3m swivel cord for fuss-free styling.
  • Use this product world-wide with the correct travel adapter.
  • Tangle-free safety system for full protection.

Find it on our website here!

Diva Pro Styling is a British company with an extensive range of hair electricals covering all styling categories. Diva is the largest brand in salon wholesalers in the UK with products also being sold in 30 global markets.

Products are designed, engineered, and tested in the UK and are used and approved in top award-winning salons. From backstage at fashion shows to behind the scenes on Film and TV sets, Diva products are a favourite with session stylists and celebrities alike.

What is a NioBomb?

A NioBomb is something we mention a lot on social media, so we wanted to talk about this fabulous treatment and answer the question of ‘What is a NioBomb?’.

First off let’s get into what a NioBomb is. A NioBomb is a colour pigmented treatment for your clients to take home. These are the perfect way to keep your clients colour strong, healthy and full of shine between appointments.

A NioBomb is created using a combination of two IdHAIR products, Colour Bomb and Niophlex No.3:

Colour Bomb

IdHAIR Colour Bomb is a new generation of colour conditioners for long lasting, creative freedom. A one step process that nourishes and intensifies the colour of the client’s hair at the same time. The range includes 22 shades of direct dye, from more natural shades like Caffe Latte to the more vivid shades like Crazy Violet and Power Pink.

Colour Bomb can be used both as a colour refresher or a semi-colour.


  • Strengthens the hair
  • Improves flexibility
  • Improves shine
  • Heat protection against thermal damage
  • Prolongs the life of hair treatments
  • Dramatically reduces colour bleeding
  • Prevents colour distortion

Niophlex No.3

Niophlex is a phlex step system designed for protecting the hair against damage, making it strong and more resistant, even as you are doing your colour or chemical treatment in the salon.

IdHAIR Niophlex Maintainer No.03 is the final step in the Niophlex treatment. This is a home treatment that is used twice a week to maintain the salon treatment. It softens, strengthens, makes the hair smooth and gives plenty of shine.


  • Easy to use
  • Long lasting results
  • Deposits fabulous tone
  • Conditions and adds shine
  • Maintains colour
  • Rehydrates the hair
  • Adds amazing gloss and vibrancy

Making A NioBomb

Niophlex plus Colourbomb

Mix your own NioBomb using 150g of Niophlex No.3 with 100g of your chosen Colour Bomb.

NioBomb pots can maintain clients hair at home, from the softest blonde to the most vibrant red and everything in between, each one being bespoke to your client’s needs.

IdHAIR UK products are exclusive to Trade Hairs Supplies and can be purchased through your sales representative, local branch or through our online shop.

Top 6 Tips For Reopening Your Salon

2020 has been a year of endless uncertainty and we know you must be counting the days until you can reopen your doors. Having to close your business, even if only temporarily, is a very difficult experience for freelancers, salon owners and staff. We know that keeping your business alive has been hard for you and many others, and we want to help you fight in any way we can.

To help you comeback kicking next week we have created a guide for reopening.

Communicate with your Clients and Stylists early:

Make sure your clients are updated on when you will be reopening as well as getting in touch with those clients that have had to have their appointments rescheduled. Getting in touch early means that you can get your schedules ready so there is no confusion when you open your doors. Make sure your stylists are in the loop too. It gives you a chance to check in on their wellbeing and gives them reassurance going into what will be a busy few weeks.

Use this connection time to share the specific changes that will be present in the salon when you all return, these won’t likely be as drastic as after the first lockdown but it is good practice to reiterate to both staff and clients the procedures in place. Whether you choose email, phone call, text, social media, signage or all of the above to communicate with your clients and stylists, you want to let them know what to expect well BEFORE they arrive.

We have some great assets you can use on our Facebook page, feel free to download them to use on you own social media page.

Review and update your team list and their schedules:

Lockdown has been a major challenge for all businesses, especially within our industry due to the close contact. Like many other sectors, salons have had to adapt to a new way of working – whether it be having to furlough staff or the new PPE requirements, it has been a steep learning curve.

Before reopening you will want to review your team member list and make sure everyone is updated regularly with reopening details. Your team may also have different work schedules now, so make sure those are updated.

Social Media is one of your strongest allies:

With people hunkered down at home during COVID-19 there are more eyeballs than ever online so make sure it is your business that gets found. Social Media marketing has increased by businesses all over the world.

Social Media marketing is something every business should be doing – if you need some quick tips check out this handy guide from CoSchedule once you have finished on our blog!

One of the key selling points for Social Media marketing is the ability to engage with your clients when they are not in your salon. You can also integrate many online booking systems directly into Facebook for free meaning you can also take bookings while you are away from the salon.

Check that your service list is accurate:

Have a look at your service list, including prices and service duration. Are there any changes you need to make? Perhaps you have chosen to no longer offer particular services while you focus on others. Or maybe you have been considering offering extra services but had no time to add them to your menu. Now is the time to do that. Make sure your service list is correct so clients know exactly what treatments they can book with you.

Consider what your approach to offers and discounting will be:

Following on from updating your service lists – It is likely that many salons will be offering discounts to drive more bookings when they reopen.

However, some may decide to freeze all discounts whatsoever. Before you reopen, you need to be thinking about what is best for your business and what approach you would like to take when it comes to discounts and offers.

Getting orders in early:

Next week is looking to be another busy week of appointments so it is important to be ready in advance. Try and get your orders in early so to avoid rushing last minute, make sure to check your schedules for clients that use specific products and order them sooner rather than later. That way next week you can focus on your clients and not have to worry about stock levels and last-minute orders.

If you do find you are running low, remember that all our stores are open as normal, and we also offer next weekday delivery on all orders before 2pm (Mon-Thurs) via our website.

We hope that you will find these tips helpful and can help add some clarity in these uncertain times. We are all in this together and we are here to help you in any way we can by phone or email. Just visit our contact page for all details.

New Matrix Light Master 6 Lift And Tone

Matrix have been killing I with their launches this year, even with all the lows 2020 have brought us. With brand new products such as; the SoColor Cult Eraser, stunning new SoColor Beauty shades and the rebranding of the ever popular ColorGraphic Range – Matrix really have been treating us.

Light Master 6 Lift & Tone is the new look for the popular Matrix ColorGraphics. With its fresh and clean look, the new Lift & Tone range slots nicely into the Light Master range – incorporating a unique highlighting system which lifts up to 6 levels.

With a rich conditioning effect, you can create multi-tonal bespoke highlights. It also features an anti-swell formula, perfect for colour control.

You can Lift & Tone in one simple step, using the Lightening Powder as a system with Lift + Tone promoters.

In a hurry? No problem! Use Light Master Lift & Tone with heat, for a 10-minute lightening service. Or use without heat and lift up to 6 levels in 50 minutes.

Love the look of Matrix Light Master? Well make sure you check out the full range on our website – including one of our favourites, Light Master 8 With Bonder.