How To Protect Your Hair From Chlorine

With gyms and swimming pools reopening and holidays in the UK very much on the cards for a lot of people, the worry of chlorine arises too. In this blog post we wanted to share some top tips with you to help protect your hair from the damage chlorine can do to it.

  • Soak Your Hair

Before you hop in the pool soak your hair with freshwater. This will swell your hair with non-chlorinated water, and it means that the chlorinated water of the pool will be less likely to penetrate it and cause damage to your hair.

  • Swimming Cap

Swimming caps may not ever be the fashion accessory of the season, but if you are keen to protect your hair then they need to be worn.  A latex swimming hat is your best bet as it will keep your hair dry. However, it is important to note that some swimming pool water will seep in under your hat.

  • Hydrating Cream

If you really don’t want to wear a swimming hat, then you need to make sure you hydrate your hair. There are some really good water-resistant hydrating creams out there which you will need to smooth liberally onto your hair after dampening it. One of the best on the market is the Philip Kingsley Swimcap Cream which was originally made for the American Olympic Synchronised Swimming Team.

  • Get Rinsing

Chlorine will linger in your locks. This means you will need to pay extra time, care and attention when washing your hair. It’s a good idea to shampoo twice to ensure all the chlorine is definitely out of your hair. We would also recommend a conditioner that offers slightly more moisture than usual to give your hair that extra bit of care.

  • Detangling Spray

Many of us with longer hair will have a battle against tangles after a dip in the pool. Detangling spray is a great hair care tool for this. Spray the detangling spray or serum onto your hair and then use a wide-toothed comb to gently work out the tangles in your hair.

  • Hair Masks

Swimming pool water that is full of chlorine can weaken the protein structure of your hair. The chlorine in the water make your hair strands drier, less elastic, easily broken and less manageable too. A weekly hair mask can help increase the moisture in your hair to make it more manageable, while smoothing your hair cuticles and restoring your natural hairs shine.

  • Regular Trims

Make sure you keep up with your hair appointments and regular trims. Chlorine will damage your hair so maybe book in for a trim a week sooner than you would normally. This will help keep your hair in great condition. Your hair colour could also be affected by the chlorine, so make sure you speak to your hair colourist in Huntingdon to keep your hair colour looking fresh.

You Deserve Shiny Hair

You Deserve Shiny Hair And Here’s How To Get It

The desire for shiny hair transcends all hair types, textures and styles. We all dream of gloriously glossy locks that shimmer in the natural sunlight and shine throughout the day. The fight against dry and dull hair is real.

Shiny hair is a sign of healthy hair. In this blog post we share our top tips for getting the shiny hair you deserve.

Leave In Conditioner

Hair masks and leave in conditioner are designed to nurture your hair. They do this by locking the moisture into your locks. Purchasing a good quality leave-in conditioner from our hair salon in Huntingdon will achieve incredible results for you, such as stronger, smoother and hydrated hair that’s isn’t tangly. Add the regular use of a hair mask into your routine and you’ll be well on the way to getting your shiny hair you dream of.

Hair Toner

Hair toner is a like a ‘top-coat’ for your hair. However, it has a lot of forms and can offer huge benefits to your hair. Toners are basically semi-permanent colouring products. They are used to enhance the natural toe of your hair. This is why toning your hair adds extra shine and body to your hair. It’s important to note that toning can be a complex process so please speak to our hair colour experts in Huntingdon before attempting it at home.

Heat Protection

The biggest enemy of healthy and shiny hair is heat! While it may seem annoying and time consuming to use heat protecting products before grabbing your heated tools, your hair will thank you for it. The extra effort is really worth it. Good quality heat protection products will create a protective barrier between your fragile proteins that make up your hair and searing heat of your tools. They will also give your hair that extra gloss and shine you’re looking for.

Regular Brushing

Brushing your hair regularly throughout the day with a natural bristle brush will help add shine to your hair. The natural bristles of the brush will help to distribute your natural oils through your hair, which results in healthier and glossier looking hair. Nylon bristle brushes can actually do your hair more harm than good. If you are looking at investing in a new natural bristle brush, we would recommend a boar bristle brush.

Book your next hair appointment in Huntingdon now and we can offer more recommendation for shiny hair, based on your hair type and hair routine.

Covering Your Roots Without Hair Dye

Hair salons in Cambridgeshire are set to open their doors later this month, but a lot of us are struggling with roots NOW! The average hair grows around 1cm per month. If you had your hair coloured in Huntingdon before the lockdown, you can see why your roots may be very visible now.

While we will soon be open, we have lots of people on our waiting list. We will also need to complete hair colour tests 48 hours before hair colour appointments in Huntingdon. This means you may have a little longer to wait until you can come in to freshen up your colour.

However, help is at hand. There are some natural ways to cover your roots without hair dye, until you can get back in our salon again.

For example, you can accessorise. Grab the hair bands, scarfs and clips to create some really cute looks until you can come and get your hair coloured. A strategically placed clip where re-growth is more visible is a great way to detract from the roots with beauty.

Why not change your hair parting? Move a centre parting to the side or flip the side-parting to the other side. This can help reduce the amount of visible re-growth. Have a go at moving your parting in the mirror. See which parting position minimises the amount of root growth you can see. Remember, this is only for the short-term until we can get those roots covered for you.

Adding volume on top of your heard can help reduce the depth and visibility of your roots. Try curling your hair or event back-combing it. Both of these techniques will add volume to your hair which can detract from the root growth.

Another option to disguise those roots is through plaits. Side plaits, fresh plaits and loose plaits are a really good way of sweeping your hair back to disguise your roots. It’s a really great look too and a hairstyle you might get used to going forward.

Now could be the time to embrace your natural hair colour and grow out any hair colour you have. Balayage and ombre are really popular hair colouring techniques in Huntingdon. Why not leave your roots to grow out naturally and give your hair stylist more opportunities to create your dream hair going forward?

If you haven’t booked an appointment for our reopening later this month yet, call our team. We will book you in for a hair consultation and make sure you and your hair look and feel fabulous.




How To Care For Coloured Hair

Our expert hair colourists in Huntingdon have been colouring hair for years. Over this time, they have built up a wealth of knowledge and now the top tip to care for coloured hair. The general rule when it comes to caring for coloured hair, is that it needs an extra bit of care.

With proper care and attention, you can maintain your hair colour, leaving it silky and shiny for longer. Our Huntingdon hairdressers share their top tips to care for coloured hair below. Have a read and give them a go. The incredible results may surprise you.

Wash Hair Less

The best way to care for your coloured hair is to wash it less. We would recommend washing it just 2-3 times a week. If you tend to get oily roots, we recommend a spray of dry shampoo to help it last an extra day. The big issue is, the more you wash your hair, the faster the colour fades. Try to cut down on excessive hair washing and your beautiful hair colour will last longer.

The Right Shampoo

When you have your hair coloured in Huntingdon, we would always recommend a colour protective shampoo to protect your new colour and keep it looking fresh. Using your ordinary shampoo can actually damage the colour of your hair and wash it away. If you’re not sure of the best shampoo for your new colour or hair type, ask. Our hair stylists are here to help and offer advice to ensure your hair stays looking great.


Hair does get damaged through colouring and will become more fragile. It is common for some people to say their hair feels and looks dry after colouring, if it’s not looked after properly. One of the biggest factors of healthy hair is hydration. Every time you wash your hair, use the conditioner too. It will form a protective barrier and prevent your hair colour from washing out. Deep conditioning masks are a great idea and a nice treat for your hair too.

Minimise Heat Styling

We all know that heat styling tools can damage our hair. However, using excessive heat on coloured hair can cause the colour to fade and make hair look dry. If you can only air dry your hair, this is the best solution. However, if your hairstyle needs heated tools, just use them sparingly and turn down the heat.

Here at Rumours Hairdressers in Sawtry, we will always take the time to understand you, your hair and your hair routine. Get in contact now to book a hair consultation and appointment so we can create the perfect hairstyle for you.

Post Lockdown Hairstyles For 2021

Post Lockdown Hairstyles For 2021

It’s fair to say that 2020 didn’t come without its challenges. It affected the health and wellbeing of many of us, and it damaged our hair too. But we are in 2021 now, and brighter days are coming. We’re sure of it! Now is the time to focus on the future, and some fabulous post lockdown hairstyles for the year ahead.

We’ve been closed on and off for a year now. This means we have a lot of clients desperate to get their hair appointments in Huntingdon with us. Sadly, this means we will not be able to fit in everyone within that first week. So, we have put together this bog post of some post lockdown hairstyles you can rock, just as soon we can get you in the hair salon. A little lockdown hair inspiration to keep you going.

The Lob

If you normally wear your hair short, then it’s likely it has grown out slightly over the last few months. This means that now could be the time to mix things up a bit. Depending on how long ago your last hair cut in Huntingdon was, you may be able to consider some different hairstyles. Maybe a nicely textured lob or sharp bob is the new look for you?

Natural Colours

The biggest thing that many of our clients are noticing is their hair colour. The roots are a little more than obvious in many of our client’s hair, where we haven’t been able to see them for so long. But maybe now is the time to work with that? When was the last time you saw your natural hair colour? Maybe now is the perfect time to embrace it. Instead of booking for a full head of colour in Huntingdon, why not consider something different? You could have some highlights or balayage, or just ask your hair stylist to blend in your natural roots and brighten up your hair.

Crazy Fringe Time

Now could be the time to be brave and try something a little different. The best way to change up your look without a complete fresh hairstyle, is to add a fringe. This doesn’t have to be the severe fringe you may be picturing. Instead, it could be soft subtle bangs, or a side swept fringe. If you decide that you’re not keen, you can just grow it out.

Do you feel inspired by our post lockdown hairstyles? Now is your time to change your look, and your hair is ready. Book a hair consultation to help you choose the best hairstyle and colouring for you. We can’t wait to see you back in the salon, just as soon as we are allowed.



Celeb Hairstyles That Will Make You Look Younger

At the first sign of wrinkles or aging, many of us rush to the dermatologists for fillers and miracles creams; but there is another way. A change of hairstyle could be just what you need to take years off you. Below we have listed some of the most popular celeb hairstyles that will make you look years younger.

Charlize Theron & The Sharp Bob

Avoid the severe matron look and go for a more modern sharp bob like Charlize Theron. This chin-length bob gives off the illusions of fullness. The shape of the cut creates fuller. younger looking hair too. If you want more volume, ask your hairstylist to cut into the ends. This will result in an uneven edge which creates a fresher, more flattering look that a standard blunt bob.

Jane Fonda & The Curly Bob

Long hair can drag down the eyes down and emphasis any dropping features we might have. Meanwhile, a shorter cut is the equivalent of a non-surgical facelift. The eyes are drawn away from any imperfections on the face. Instead, the hair frames the face and perks up the features. The curly bob adds a lifting effect to the face.

Rashida Jones & Asymmetrical Bangs

If you have a high forehead then bangs are a great idea. However, if you don’t have a high forehead, we would recommend you step away from the bangs as they attract attention to any imperfections. Very long bangs work brilliantly at covering forehead lines. The different lengths of asymmetrical bangs don’t hide your eyes or make them look droopy, instead they balance out a long forehead and emphasise cheekbones.

Halle Berry & Angular-Cut Bangs

Less precise cuts on bangs creates a finish of more shape, without hiding your eyes and your entire forehead. If you want to add depth and warmth to the style, why not add highlights to long bangs like Halle Berry? This will add depth and warmth to the hair, but also the contours of your face.

Jennifer Aniston & Golden Highlights

Jennifer Aniston in now in her 50’s ad some say she is looking younger than ever. We feel this is due to her sunny golden highlights, loose waves and face-framing layers. The shades in her hair match her gorgeous olive-tones skin perfectly to create a younger looking finish to her hair and face.

If you’re looking for a celeb hairstyle that will make you look younger; why not book your next hair appointment with us now. We are covid-safe and following all government guidelines. Our team will get you booked in for as soon as we can open again.

Caring For Red Hair

If you’re been thinking about joining the red hair club; now is your chance. Red heads are the rarest hair colour of all and a really popular hair colour shade. However, achieving the perfect red shade and keeping that shade can be tricky. But don’t worry. Help is at hand. We have put together some top tips for caring for red hair.

  • Prevent Fading

Every time your hair gets wet, your hair cuticles will swell. This means that the dye molecules will escape. These escaping hair colour molecules will result in your hair colour fading. We would recommend that you wait at least three days after you have been to the hair salon to wash your hair for the first time. This will help to ensure that your hair cuticle is fully sealed.

  • Go Darker

Red hair will always start dark and fade. We recommend that you go slightly darker than your desired colour to get the perfect colour. Don’t panic when you come back from the salon and your hair is bolder than hoped. It will fade to your chosen colour. Your chosen hue will then last longer and not fade.

  • The Colour Palette

Red isn’t just red anymore when it comes to hair colour. The red colour palette starts at shades like apricot. It then goes up to fire red engine, after going through gorgeous ginger and colourful copper shades. You can even view the red colour palette right up to a vampy dark red or violet. Make sure you check out the different red shades and choose the right colour would your hair colourist at Rumours Hair Salon to ensure you get the right red for you.

  • Refresh!

Your roots will start to reappear after roughly 4 to 6 weeks. This is also the time that your hair colour may be due a refresh. That said, everyone’s hair is different. Check with your hair colourist in Sawtry when they are doing your hair colour. They will be able to recommend that best time for you to return and book your next hair appointment in Sawtry for you.

Weird Things That Happen To Your Hair In The Winter

Every winter there are weird things that you will notice happen to your hair. It’s the cold temperatures that the winter weather brings. According to science, these are the most common, but weird, things that happen to your hair in the winter.

  1. Your Hair Will Be Dry

It doesn’t matter how moisturised and wonderful your hair is the rest of the year, the cold winter weather will make your hair dry. When it comes to maintaining healthy hair, you’ll quickly find that dry hair is the root of all evil. As the weather gets colder the moisture in the air decreases and this leaves your hair feeling dry. We would recommend you treat yourself to a deep hydrating mask, just once a week during the winter months. It will help keep your hair moisturised and hydrated during those chilly months.

  1. Your Hair Will Be Dull

Another of the weird things that happen to your hair in winter is that your hair will become dull, as well as dry. The best way that you can keep your hair shiny and glowing is with the hydrating mask, which helps hydrate and moisturise your hair. There are some brilliant shine mist sprays on the market too. These are a great product for maintaining the sheen to your hair. If you don’t want your luscious locks looking a little worn, treat yourself to a shine mist and some hydrating hair masks. You’ll soon get the shine back in your hair again.

  1. Split Ends Will Appear

As the air becomes dryer, your hair will become more brittle too. This means that your hair will be more prone to breakage, in particular split ends! Just as with dull and dry hair, we would recommend a moisturising or hydrating mask. You can also slow down the process of split ends by holding back on heated tools or using less heat if heated tools are required.

  1. You May Lose Some Hair

There is such thing as seasonal hair loss. While some people think that the cold weather results in hair loss, this isn’t quite the case. Instead, you are more likely to lose more hair during the colder months due to a mix of a lack of hydration and a lack of humidity. This is especially the case when you compare the hydration and humidity through warmer weather to the colder weather in the winter months. While it is one of the weird things to happen to your hair in the winter, it is normal and not something that you should worry about.

Why not book in your hair appointment in Sawtry now, ready for when we open again. We can chop off those split ends and treat your hair to some essential hydration products too.




Should I Dye My Hair At Home Or In A Hair Salon?

Taking the hair colour plunge for the first time? Or maybe you have had the same colour for years and feel like you’re ready to change it up for something new? It’s only normal that you may be wondering if you should just dye your hair at home. Or maybe it would be better to have your hair coloured in the salon?

Hundreds and thousands of people colour their hair at home. Yet, hundreds and thousands of people also get their hair coloured in the hair salon. Below we explain why we think you should get your hair coloured in a hair salon, instead of at home.

Hair Consultation

The biggest advantage of having your hair coloured in a salon is the free hair consultation. Our hairdressers in Sawtry have spent years training and colouring hair. They know what colour you can achieve form your hair. They also know what colours match your skin. You can have the best intentions when colouring your hair at home, but the final colour can be vastly different from what you expect.

Expert Knowledge

If you want to achieve a hairstyle with dimensions, shades and colour graduation then you’ll need expert knowledge. While an all-over hair dye at home may seem simple, what if you want something more? Our experienced hair colourists in Sawtry can help you with grey hair blending, highlights, lowlights, baby lights and balayage. Our hairstylists are experienced at creating stunning and natural looing hair with vibrant colours and tones.

Greys Be Gone

If you’re trying to banish grey hair, then a salon for your hair colouring is definitely the best option for you. Box dyes can conceal your grey hairs at first, but after a week or two the strong and sharp lines of your greys will soon come through. Our hairstylists in Sawtry are experienced at grey hair blending. They know the tricks, tips and tools to use to blend in your grey hairs, so you won’t need to touch up every week or two. This will save you the strain on your hair and your purse from repeat colouring and touch ups.

You Could Save Big

Box dyes might look like the perfect colour for your hair, but they are based on the hair colours of everyone. Mid-brown to you may be completely different for someone else. The thickness and condition of your hair needs to be taken into account. We often see ladies come into our salon with hats or scarves on because the box dye colour that looked so perfect, turned out so wrong. It then costs more to do a hair colour correct treatment, as opposed to just getting the right colour the first time with our professionals.

Should I Dye My Hair At Home Or In A Hair Salon?

The bottom line, as with everything, is that you get what you pay for. Only a qualified hairdresser can deliver the exact colour you are after in the exact style you want. They’ll be able to do it professionally for you, while you sit back and relax (without ruining the towels at home that you would when doing your own box dye).

Call us now to book your free hair colour consultation or hair colour appointment in Sawtry.

The Five Biggest Haircut Trends Of Autumn 2020

There are some awesome haircut trends of autumn 2020 we just had to share with you. Think rebellious crops and iconic throwbacks along with 60s and 70s references. This autumn has some incredible haircut trends coming. We have shared some of our favourite haircut trends of autumn 2020 with you in this blog posts. So, grab a cuppa, sit back and have a read while you dream up your next fab hairstyle.

  1. The Shag

The 70’s shag haircut is set to be the biggest haircut trend of this autumn. It works really well with long and short hair, while being easy to maintain. This haircut is a mixture of a feather cut around the face and lots of choppy layers to create some fabulous volume. If you’re looking to add more volume, a nice salt spray will be your perfect product.

  1. Bold Fringes

The bold fringe was a really popular look in the 1960’s and is back for more love and attention. From side fringes to heavier blunt bangs – autumn is definitely the season of the fringe. If you’re worried about overwhelming your face shape, opt for a lightly cut, wispy fringe.

  1. Blunt Bob

With the summer lockdown there was a real rise in grown-out bobs and lobs. This season, however, will be all about sharp blunt bobs that hit the jawline. Precision cutting of shorter styles will also take centre stage this autumn. If you have a rounder face, an angular or asymmetrical bob will frame your face perfectly.

  1. Pixie Crop

If you’re looking for the ultimate low maintenance cut, then the haircut trend of autumn for you in the pixie crop. It’s a really nice bold and voluminous style. Retro icons like Mia Farrow worked it well, but if you want to keep it modern go for choppy layers which will add great volume too.

  1. Classic Collarbone

The collarbone cut s a very class haircut trend for this season. If you’re not looking to go too short, then it’s the perfect haircut for you. This style is a classic face-framing style for all face shapes. If you’re looking to add volume, then stick to blunt ends and a few layers. This is a fantastic take on the sharp bob, without loosing the hair length you love.

Looking to try out one of these biggest haircuts trends this autumn? Call our team or book a hair appointment in Sawtry. We can chat about the style you like and talk about how it will work for you.