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Peter Marcus - Winter Hair CareBritish seasons can take their toll on your hair, especially as the weather drops below zero in the winter.  Cold wind and frost can leave your hair feeling dry, brittle and damaged, and with a season of festive parties ahead, now’s the time we all need to look our best.  Here are our top winter hair care tips to keep you looking fabulous well into the New Year…

Wash your hair less - It may sound crazy, but washing your hair fewer times per week can actually make your hair feel healthier during winter.  Every time you wash your hair, you strip away natural oils and moisturisers.  Hair can often appear dry during winter, and so now is the time you need those oils most.  Try cutting it down to once or twice a week, and see if you notice a difference.

Oils, oils, oils! - There are so many great oil products available right now to help restore the natural balance of your hair and leave it looking silky and smooth.  Try massaging some oil into the scalp – be it Argan oil or olive oil (yes – really!) – before washing out with shampoo a couple of hours later to condition and nourish the scalp.

Turn the temperature down - Now, we’re not saying take cold showers, but turning down the temperature of the water from steaming hot to warm can prevent damage to both your hair and your skin.  Extreme water temperatures can damage your hair, especially when coming in from the freezing temperatures outside.

Dry naturally - Wherever possible, letting your hair dry naturally is much better than using heat.  If your hair is prone to dryness in winter, avoiding high temperature tools such as straighteners and curling wands is advised, as they only dry out the hair more.  However, it is important not to go out in winter with wet hair, as this can actually cause the hair to freeze and snap!  If you’re in a rush, use a leave-in conditioner before blow-drying.

Try out the Topstyler - If you just can’t bear not to sport your trademark curls this Christmas, why not ask Santa for the Topstyler?  Far more gentle than curling irons or wands, the Topstyler encases your hair in heated shells, cooling down naturally, leaving you with beautiful curls with less of the damage.

Watch what you put on your hair - Products with high alcohol levels can leave your hair feeling brittle and dry – consider investing in some salon quality products for a touch of luxury this winter.

Have a trim - Trimming the ends of your hair keeps it looking healthy.  You may also consider getting a more simple, easy-to-manage cut in winter.  The less fuss you need to make over your hair daily, the less split ends and breakages you will end up with.  Keep your haircut short and simple, and maintain a healthy, shiny look for longer.

If you want a ‘new do’ for Christmas, or just want a professional styling for a festive party, why not book in with Peter Marcus?  We’re a top Manchester salon, who welcome male and female clients.  Check out our Christmas news post for information on our extra opening times during December.  Feel free to give us a ring on 0161 834 1422 or call into the salon on Peter Street, Manchester.  You can also contact us via our website.

christmas at peter marcusHalloween is over which means it’s officially time to start getting excited about Christmas!

Christmas is a busy time for everyone – ourselves included. With Christmas parties, New Year celebrations and family dinners galore, December is peak season when it comes to hair. As one of the top hair salons in Manchester, we get a lot of requests during this time and we just hate turning people away. Which is why this year Peter Marcus will be opening on Sundays throughout the month of December! Whether you’re looking for a new colour for the new year or just a blow-dry for a bit of extra sparkle at the office Christmas do, we’ll be here to help. We’ll also be introducing more late nights to accommodate those who find it difficult to make it in during our usual opening hours.

And what is Christmas without gifts? Don’t forget, we sell a fantastic range of luxury hair products with something to suit everyone. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have to make sure you walk away with the perfect gift for your special someone – what better way to show your loved ones you care? Pop into the salon or give us a call to talk about our current range.

Everybody deserves to have a glamorous Christmas, so why not treat yourself during this hectic time? If you need some inspiration, take a look at our blog for our favourite looks for winter or book a consultation. And don’t forget our special introductory offer – we give first-time customers 25% off if you visit Monday-Thursday with selected stylists.

It’s never too early to start planning so get booked in now to ensure a place over the festive period – don’t miss out! Give us a ring on 0161 834 1422 or call into the salon on Peter Street, Manchester. You can also contact us via our website.

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The Topstyler has become the ultimate must-have hair tool for Autumn and Winter 2013. With hair and beauty fanatics all across the country falling in love with the unique “C-Shell” technology, it’s safe to say that the new release from the creators of Instyler has taken the UK by storm. Which is why we’re so proud that one of our top stylists, Marcus Shamim, is the official Topstyler UK brand ambassador.

One of the greatest advantages of the Topstyler is its ability to create such a vast variety of styles. Unlike a curling iron, which can only create one size of curl, the Topstyler offers much more flexibility. It’s all about how you form the curl, and how you brush the curl out. Rolling the hair around one finger, for instance, creates a tight ringlet. These can these be brushed through with your fingers to create natural looking, bouncy curls. Whereas rolling the hair around two or three fingers, before brushing out using a paddle brush, creates loose waves, for a relaxed, beachy look.

However, the possibilities don’t stop there. Why not try and get creative with your Topstyler? Those with short bobbed hair can use the Topstyler to add volume rather than curl. By curling from the root around three fingers to create large pin curls, the Topstyler creates volume and body, whilst still maintaining a straight and choppy style. Alternatively, the EZ Wrap Styling Wand which comes with every Topstyler can be used to create an on-trend retro style. Wrapping the hair around the two prongs in a figure of eight creates a sharp finger wave, which can then be brushed out on longer hair to create a 40′s style wave, or moulded using your fingers on short hair to create a traditional 20′s style. The Topstyler can even be used in place of a crimping tool, by plaiting the hair before wrapping and securing with the C-Shell.

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To book a consultation or appointment with Topstyler’s UK brand ambassador, Marcus Shamim, or any of our other talented stylists, get in touch! Visit our salon in Manchester (located on Peter Street) or get in touch by phone on 0161 834 1422 or via our website.

A new season means a new you. As the leaves turn brown and everyone returns to school, university or work after the summer, autumn marks a chance for a fresh start. And why not start with your hair? Here are our favourite hair colour trends for 2013…

Honey Blonde – Out with the pastel, peroxide tones of summer blondes. Embrace a more natural look and try a rich honey blonde. Seen on the likes of Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and now Kim Kardashian, a golden honey blonde warms the face and is the perfect transitional colour from summer to winter.

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Strawberry blonde – A strawberry blonde is a beautiful compromise for anyone a bit worried to take the plunge into blonde or ginger territory, perfectly complimenting paler skin tones. Perfect for the festive months, strawberry blonde is a much-envied and very rare colour naturally – so why not fake it?

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Orange – Taking a natural ginger and turning it up to eleven, orange stands out against dark winter clothing whilst still being seasonal. Whether it’s a dark reddish shade à la Florence Welch or as bright as possible as worn by Paloma Faith during LFW, now’s the time to bite the bullet. Go bright or go home!

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Chestnut brown – For those wanting to go dark without washing out your complexion, chestnut brown may be just the solution. With warming tones, chestnut brown suits all skin types and beautifully accentuates brown eyes.  We suggest styling this colour with soft curls for a natural yet eye-catching look.

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Midnight black – Edgy punk style is taking over the high street, so there’s never been a better time to try black. To avoid a flat one-dimensional colour, try a midnight black. The blue undertones catch the light and add shine with a funky twist. This shade also brings out the colour in blue eyes and maintains a hint of colour during the dark months.

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As Matrix ambassadors, Peter Marcus are masters when it comes to colouring hair and use only the best professional hair dye, including colours from the extensive luxurious Matrix range – locking in colour and ensuring a soft and shiny finish. To learn more about colours available or to book a consultation, call us on 0161 834 1422, use our contact form online or pop into the salon on Peter Street, Manchester.

The wonderful Marcus Shamim will once again be gracing our screens next week on QVC, this time demonstrating the Topstyler.

The product consists of heated ceramic shells, which infuse heat gently and evenly along the hair, minimising damage and creating a longer lasting curl. By keeping the hair in place until completely cool, the ‘C-Shells’ allow the curl to set completely without frying the hair, unlike traditional curlers or tongs. They also stay below way below the temperature at which hair naturally burns, keeping your curls natural and glossy, rather than broken and brittle.
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Through using the finger curl method, as opposed to wrapping the hair around a wand, the Topstyler allows you to create multiple kinds of curls with just one tool – loose waves, natural curls or just to give your hair a bit of extra volume. Marcus will be demonstrating the many possibilities of the Topstyler, plus his own favourite tips for creating a gorgeous curl set.

Not a stranger to the limelight, Marcus has appeared on QVC several times before as the UK’s Official Instyler and Topstyler Brand Ambassador. “I like to push myself and take myself out of my comfort zone,” he said, “Whether that be walking out in front of 2000 hairdressers to do a show in Ukraine or to go on national TV. It’s something that I like doing and I feel very privileged to be in that position and have this opportunity.”

We’re right behind you Marcus! You can catch Marcus on QVC on Monday 23rd September, demonstrating this season’s must-have styling tool. For an appointment with Marcus or any of our other talented stylists, give us a call on 0161 834 1422 or pop into the salon on Peter Street, Manchester.