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Hairdressers in Glasgow: things to know before you go

With so many quality hairdressers in Glasgow, every day should be a good hair day. Check out these handy questions and answers before booking your appointment.

Which is the best hairdressers in Glasgow?

Whether you’re looking to tame your locks or make a statement with your hair colour, the sheer level of choice available in Glasgow makes finding the categorical best hairdressers a challenge. These are some of Glasgow’s favourite hairdressers according to ratings by Groupon customers:

  • Fusion Salon in the West End, where you can get every kind of treatment from simple cuts to full colours and highlights.
  • Volume Unisex Salon may be on the western outskirts of the city, but it’s well worth a visit if you’re looking for T-bar highlights.
  • Oceanic Hair and Beauty is one of the best places to go for a haircut or colour in South Side.

Should you wash your hair before going to the hairdressers?

The short answer is: you can if you’d like to, but it depends on which treatment you’ve booked. You probably wouldn’t normally dream of leaving the house with greasy, dirty hair – but for a hairdressing appointment it’s perfectly fine. A professional haircut tends to be followed, or preceded, by a full wash and professional blow-dry. It’s usually included in the price of your cut.

When getting your hair coloured or highlighted, you’re usually advised not to wash your hair before as the natural oils in your hair help protect it against the treatment. However, if you regularly apply products such as wax, spray and gel, then it’s sensible to clean your hair of these before you turn up.

Do hairdressers use permanent dye?

When you want a temporary splash of colour in your hair or make a dramatic change, remember no dye is will last forever – even so-called permanent dye. Some dyes last longer, and contain less harmful chemicals, than others. These are how long different types of hair dyes tend to last at Glasgow salons :

  • Bleaches. Removes colour from your hair, makes it lighter in appearance and lasts for around six to eight weeks.
  • Semi-permanent dye. Temporary colouring that fades progressively the more it is shampooed and exposed to air – making it suitable for freshening up your regular hair colour.
  • Permanent dye. Applied right to your scalp, permanent dye contains chemicals that can cause hair damage when used to excess. However, Ammonia-free options are available.

Is permanent straightening bad for your hair?

While straightening your hair too much can cause damage, having your hair straightened by experts can deliver the results you want without the problems you don’t. Chemical straightening breaks down the disulphide bonds in your hair. This effectively presses reset on your hair alignment – so when done incorrectly can lead to:

  • Dryness
  • Breakage
  • Dullness
  • Permanent hair loss
  • Itchy scalp
  • Altered hair texture
  • Slower hair growth

As anyone who’s ever been frantically getting ready for a Glasgow night out knows, dealing with frizzy or curly hair can be frustrating. Luckily there are professional hairdressers near you – from the city centre to the West End and South Side – who can do the job in the safest and best way possible.