Blogs 2021

December 2021
Hello to you all, so can you believe it’s the count down to Christmas and hasn’t this year just flown?We have tried to think up lots of treats and specials ideas to give you lots to choose from so keep your eyes out on our social media for the count down treat campaign with a different treat each day.There are also lots of gift ideas in salon, gift packs, pamper ideas and good old gift vouchers. 

Some times it’s the best option if you want to buy some one a pamper but you just get stuck for ideas. With vouchers you leave it up to them to choose what they fancy. Clients always tell us they were thrilled to get hair or beauty vouchers. One less thing to store and one great way to get some you time.A favorite use of gift vouchers is a facial. I’m right up with that to. It’s the most indulgent way to spend an hour or so to yourself. It’s quiet and so relaxing and you feel nurtured and so lovely after a facial.
In salon we use KASEO it’s a fab range smells divine.

The other great thing about Kaseo is that, not only is it a high quality skin care brand but also the products are natural, vegan and always cruelty free. The Kaeso ethos is to combine naturally derived ingredients with essential treatment formulas to deliver quality, professional only use products.
The range had a variety of products & targets any problem areas of your skin with high quality ingredients. There are plenty of options within the brand to personalise your treatment to your skin care needs…All our salon facial treatments are tailored to meet your individual needs, targeting specific concerns and helping restore optimum skin health. 

A skin consultation precedes each treatment to ensure maximum benefits to your skin and is suitable for men and women. The consultation starts with a manga light up close examination of the skin, this provides the therapist a great view of the skin’s condition. Any underlying problems and areas of concern that might be affecting your skin is discussed during the consultation.A facial treatment is relaxing de stress service, as well as being beneficial to your skin tone and condition, you will really enjoy the calming and soothing relaxing effect a facial has on your feeling well-being.Also very good for hormone related skin break out problems in teenagers.A salon facial has great effectiveness due to the strep by step procedure we follow. A little more time is spent than when we rush through our skin care routine at home and the benefit of that is felt even after one salon professional facial. 

Relaxation is the main reason that regular facial clients tell us is the reason that they book in once a month. Other things happening in salon is the Christmas & New year eve wash & dry treat. If you want a great start to the Christmas weekend & don’t fancy wishing your own hair then book in for a wash & blow-dry or curls and pay only £16.50 short hair & £18.50 to £19.50 on longer hair so a saving of up to £10.00 please call to book ASAP as we have limited numbers on this treat.

We will be working up to Christmas Eve Friday 24/12/21 then re open on Thursday 30/12/21 and New Year’s Eve Friday 31/12/21.The salon will then close again and re open on Thursday 6th January.
We are really looking forward to seeing you all during the run up to the festivities.Have a great December a lovely Christmas and a happy and health safe new year…Big virtual hugs from Ren from me & all the Colabella team x

 November 2021
For many of us our hair is our crowing glory, its something I have said for years, it has the power to make us feel great or not ! We all know regardless of sex how good a great hair day is. That being said most of us also can admit to the tied up & pony tail or hat on the bad days, just due to time or that extra 15 minutes snooze when the alarm goes off 🙂
So hello November and as we now enter into the penultimate month of the year there has been a lot to consider for us all.
It has not been an easy 18 months and we have had some tricky times but we are more back to normal, albeit with a few restrictions still around COVID-19. Not that we are being told or forced to but that we are choosing to in order to stay safe. Our policy in salon is still for the team to wear masks and though clients do not have to by law we very much appreciate it when they do. We still sanitise each station after use and still ask clients to anti bac as they enter the salon. This will continue.
It’s always great to sit and reflect back and consider time passed and how its unfolded up to now.
The Colabella hair & beauty business has grown over the 35 years since I started the salon and its had its ups and downs but I am glad to say we have come thorough the tricky times.
We have been through 3 big recessions and now COVID-19 and needless to say it has been tough but we are pushing through and trying to make the right choices for the business.
As a professional salon we offer so much more than using a mobile service at home. Our skills and customer service is continually monitored to keep our high standards in place.
Now this is not a rant but It is hard to compete with prices charged by mobile hairdresser or mobile beauty.
They have no overheads or high wage bills. They mostly pay no taxes or VAT or staff pension, no employer national insurance or public liability insurance, no private health care for staff, i could go on.
There is no doubt that there are some that do it correctly but as an industry we are told that 90% of mobile businesses do so operating on cash in hand only basis.
That being said its up to each individual how they run their business.
At Colabella we will always offer the highest level of customer service. We always use the highest quality products and in our case we are a Matrix L’Oreal salon, we also use Wella Professional GHD & Alpha Italia products or equipment .
Salon life is good and hair & beauty stylists are naturally vibrant characters and love dealing with people, our aim is always satisfaction.
The feel good factor we get from the buzz from delighting people is fab.
It’s easy when you love your job and you have a super team and so many lovely clients, we are blessed at Colabella with all of the above.
So lets have a catch up on salon life…
We have been having some great results with the Mark Birch hair loss products and supplements, it is not just about hair products, diet and nutrition has a big impact.
The products when used in conjunction with the LLLT (laser) has double the positive results.
As you can see from the before and after images.
We offer a free hair loss consultation so please do book in if you have concerns.
We offer so many services now in salon, follow our Instagram, Face book and Twitter accounts to stay up to date with services and offers.
Its the easiest way to get those updates out to many people quickly, if you are not on our text register its a great way to stay in touch.
Please be aware it is our priority to keep you safe whilst having services.We work tirelessly to develop and educate our team and you can always rest assured that we always follow best practice to deliver high standards of services. Our brand choices are the leading and most reputable brands and we work to their policies and protocols.
We cannot waver from these protocols and industry guide lines. We do get asked by clients if they can sign a waiver but this is illegal and the salon can be prosecuted as colour with no skin test dangerous for the client, you can become severely allergic even after years with no problems. As many of you may know from previous blogs, I my self had anaphylactic shock from hair colour. This is due to your immune system changing, it can change over the years for many various reasons.

 You will need to have a new skin test 48 hours before your colour if any of the below apply to you… . you have not had a colour with us before
. you have not had a colour with us in the last 6 months or a skin test.
. you have applied a home colour.
. you have been to another salon for colour services.
. you have had an allergic reaction to hair colourant products.
. you have had a service of tattoo or henna since your last visit.
. you have had a reaction to any skin tattoo including henna or permanent make up. . you have a rash on your face, you have an irritated or damaged scalp.
. you had a tattoo or semi permanent make up since your last colour.
. you have had an allergic reaction since your last colouration.
. you have had Covid since your last skin test or colour
Please book in for a fresh skin test is any of the above apply…
So a little about hair trends to finish this months blog…
• It’s still very much about the Balayage when it comes to medium to long hair still with the soft brushed out wave rather than a structured curl.
• The colour blends or melts as they are known can be used on shorted hair as well as long hair, these look great to add texture and movement if you have finer hair.
• Another great style for finer hair that is trending is the Wedge Haircut, this is new on the block and I have not seen this doing the rounds for probably a few decades now so we are loving it.
• Still being asked for and tending on shorter styles is the Pixie Haircut, another fab favourite of mine.
• Thinking about something edgy that can be worn on many lengths and whether that’s a side or nape Undercut or both sides, you can get a cool Undercut look to suite you.
• Stacked Bob Haircut…what’s this I hear you ask 🙂 Well its a chic 60’s hair cut that uses a graduated bob that has more of a round shape to the back of the head, it slopes down longer like a graduation at the front but is not cut so high up at the back. One to look out for it your wanting a just below jaw length style.

• For the guys I am stunned just how massive the top perm for guys is, I thought with the extra work it takes to maintain that it would not be so popular, it is sill massively trendy so if you guys are feeling it keep wearing those curls as they are trending more than ever.

• Colour for the guys is just subtle still with just tips of colour on the edges, especially with the longer length on top it works really well.
• In the beauty salon, it’s about soft natural lashes and brows, gone dark structured brows, brow lamination is much more popular rather than the micro blading, it’s less invasive too. When it comes to nails its a similar story natural finishes the chromes and rose gold chrome are very popular. Shellac and gel overlays on own nails has over taken nail extensions and again with very natural paint finishes.

So that’s it for November… Don’t forget if you are booking for December to have your card to hand as we will be taking deposits to have a confirmed booking.
Have a great month stay safe & well… Anna x

October 2021

It’s been a very strange time for us all over the last 18months or so and although things are relaxing slightly we still have to be careful so here at colabella we are still wearing masks and we ask our clients to do the same if they are happy to, we are also maintaining our cleaning procedures to keep our team and clients as safe as possible. 
Things are uncertain for a lot of businesses and industries so if you love coming to colabella hair and beauty why not support us by following us on social media…we are visible on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Every retweet, like or comment helps us out and of course we love to feel loved too!
Why not share our posts, when sharing our posts you get an automatic entry into a monthly draw to win a special gift from us to you!
Why not leave us a positive review? Reviews mean a lot and are easily accessible so why not support your local business by leaving a review, you can find our reviews on google.

Book your next appointment before leaving the salon! As a business that works to appointments, it really helps us out to schedule our days if we have appointments booked in advance, also don’t forget that every 5th appointment earns you 10% off a cut and blow dry when using our loyalty cards.
Bookings for Christmas are also coming In fast so to avoid disappointment call the salon to book in!

Talking of Christmas keep your eyes peeled for new product gift sets that will be available soon and remember we offer gift vouchers these work great for people who you struggle to know what to buy for because everyone needs a pamper ask in branch for more details.
Why not upgrade your next salon visit with a deep conditioning treatment, we have welcomed the olaplex range to colabella hair alongside our usual matrix range which has something for every hair type, wether it’s a toning mask to eliminate brassy hair or restructuring treatments for very delicate hair.
All of these little things help support us so we can still be available to welcome our lovely clients and keep doing what we love! 
Have a great October.

September 2021

While most of us are still desperately clinging to the final weeks of summer, at Colabella we also have our sights firmly set on the season ahead. 

One thing about hair & beauty is that we continually have to predict for the next trends and with so many diverse trends emerging in 2021 already, It’s been particularly interesting to find out what’s in store.

Autumn always brings in warmer shades and a little length in the collar to ward away the change and drop in temperature. 

This summer we loved trying out different styles and that lazy type of styling that summer brings, from braids to messy buns and from beach waves to opting for short pixie cuts. 

They all came with less maintenance but now it’s time for a look at what to do now moving into autumn.

Nails, lashes skin tanning along with hair takes a change of style at each new season.  

Lashes are far more natural, less dense and more of a whisper of fullness rather than long and bulky as seen this summer. 

Nails too, more french less lengthy, more gel over lays, almond shaped and shellac on your own nails. 

The change of hair colour normally heads for warm brown mocha, coffee blondes and depth creating coppers… sounds great right ?

Well I can tell you we love that in salon, as it gives hair a break from trying to bleach it within an inch of its life to create those pastel blondes many people reach out to during spring and summer months. 

In fact the tide had turned anyway from the heavily bleaching earlier this year, as clients were realising the up keep and damage even if done well that the blonde tones cause. 

No matter how great you are at colour, bleach is bleach and no tint will lift more than aprox 4 shades.

Simple scientific fact.

We meet new clients that come in as their hair is breaking or dry or going very thin and they tell us the last salon they visited had used a tint but they are a base 4 medium brown and their hair is a level 10 blonde! 

Sorry to say…but it’s bleach ! We will never be disingenuous we will always tell you exactly what it will take for your hair to achieve the target shade. 

But hey it’s a new season let’s move into it with options…

Come autumn some of us can find it difficult to find the right hairstyle or cut that will continue to look healthy throughout the colder months and it’s not just the summer that can dry your hair out, soon as those radiators click on our skin and scalp will need extra care.

All of the experts and ourselves included always stress that adding a nourishing hair mask or repair treatment to your haircare routine is a non-negotiable for autumn haircare. 

Make it a regular show of love for your hair 🙂 it will thank you in the long term.

But what cuts, colours  and styles are we predicting?

It won’t surprise you that the Bob is taking a turn at always being on trend, you got to give it up for a Bob it comes around with a little tweak every season. 

So it’s going to be a grungy Bob, bit choppier messier and tousled. 

I love that it just keeps surviving…

This year has seen fringes, and bangs to adopt the American term, they definitely aren’t going away. We saw the curtain fringe leading the trend for 2021, this we think will progress to into more dramatic full fringes.

Strong bold but also choppy fringes are in and can be perfectly tailored to you, they can still be full solid, choppy or side sweeping.

Possibly this year’s most edgy haircut was the mullet. This  will continue to be a popular choice for those seeking the high end fashion and more dramatic hair style to switch up for autumn, combine that with a pop of bright and bold colour to set it off…

Iv said it many times but Autumn is one of my favourite seasons for hair colour and we always see clients looking for a little switch up from summer pastels. 

Beautiful auburn, copper golden blondes and mochas, this will be to everyone’s taste but think autumnal leaves and the  vast array of colours that run thorough hair that matches the scenery around you.

For the guys it’s still about volume on top soft perm or utilising your own volume and with a little more length over the ear but the fade out is still not budging. 

So if you like it sharp and clean it’s still good and on trend.

So many options and as we always say if you want a change you can just book a consultation a week or two pre appointment then you don’t feel rushed at your appointment and it gives us as stylists time to talk through options for you.

Don’t forget the hair clinic so If you have hair loss or thinning concerns book in at Bilston branch for a hair loss therapy consultation.

With so many options to choose from we look forward to seeing you soon and as always any questions just ask…

Have a great September 

Anna x

August 2021

Summer is in full speed…

What can be better than warm sunny days, floral dresses, loose cotton clothing and ice cold green tea. That sounds like perfection if you ask me…

Summer, however, can bring a few challenges to our hair and skin. Summer heat as with our skin can damage our hair and sometime cause us oily scalps due to the extra washing of it. Pool water can turn our hair green when in contact with chlorine and really dry hair out if you swimming more this time of year.

Generally it’s in the summer months that we tend to venture to the swimming baths or in holiday resort, extra pool dips to keep cool.

As always if you need a hair colour you will need a skin test. It seems more than ever, we are being asked to provide colour services without a skin test. the implications of a bad reaction is immense. As well as shown in the image horrible swellings sores etc, worst case scenario it could kill you!

Now lets talk simple summer hair tips!

As a nutritionist one thing I always ask my clients is are you drinking enough water! 

Not only is it vital for your body and mind, but it also does wonders to your hair. Remember that water will hydrate your hair and scalp and also as well as good hydration, make sure that you are eating delicious healthy foods that are boosting hair growth.

Summer hair care steps up a gear, as with all the seasons hair and skin TLC is best maintained by regular care each season brings different needs.

If you are going to spend a long day in the sun, I recommend either applying a deep conditioner containing SPF protection or covering your scalp with a hat. We always remember our face but our head does get more neglected when it comes to covering it up. Over the years at Colabella we have sent a few clients off to their gp’s with worrying looking skin changes and moles on scalps and the back of the ear, so always be mindful.

Another way of protecting your hair is to avoid heat styling as much as possible, we know this can be challenging, but your hair will be very grateful:)

There are lots of heatless hairstyle ideas on line, it’s so easy now to get a quick tutorial on a new way of styling on line.

You may of heard about green hair that swimmers get after too much exposure to chlorine, it’s very true and we see it in salon especially on bleached blondes or porous hair. The key to avoiding the greenish color and chlorine damage is to prep your hair before taking a swim. Since dry hair acts like a sponge, you can rinse your hair with tap water before your swim in order to ensure it will absorb less chlorine. I swim with a cap so I apply conditioner to my hair then put my cap on, just for extra protection.

After the swim, shampoo and pay extra care on rinsing the hair really well, if possible. Follow with a good quality conditioner.

We see it too often…colored hair that gets ruined and damaged from all the salt water and sun exposure. This is because heat and sun oxidize our hair color, leaving our beautiful hair dry. Kertain Treatments can help revitalize and rehydrate our hair, bringing it back to life. 

Our most popular is the Biolage Keratin range, stand alone the best product I have used in 45 years in the industry.

It speaks for itself one use and your hooked…

Have you ever heard the recommendation to wash your hair everyday during the summer because it helps control oily scalps. 

No don’t…frequent washing strips your scalp of its natural oils, stimulating and causing additional production of oil as your body does its best to replace the sebum ( scalp oil) your scalp needs for protection.

It helps to wash your hair less. If you can stand it make sure to do the final rinse your hair with cool or cold water since it closes the cuticle and seals its moisture. 

A double bonus the cool water on your body is great for you immune system.

If you are not doing much and you have longish hair, tie it up. If your hair is short there are some fab fabric hair bands that will disguise the greasy hair line to give you and extra day in between shampooing.

When it comes to curly or textured hair, you know that feeling…like your hair grows in size the second you step outside on a humid day? Frizzy hair is definitely a challenge, especially in the summer months. Unless you are a die hair straight hair lover, I say let the waves or curls just be. Don’t fight them. You can spend an hour with the irons and it be frizzy within minutes if there is a lot of humidity.

Use a taming spray, we love the Biolage coconut infusion. It is not heavy like a lot of coconut sprays and helps moisturize your hair while also taming it against the humidity. It doubles up as a heat protection on days you want to style your hair straight. 

Running late and don’t have that much time again put it up if it’s long enough, a bit of holding hair spray your brush and run it through your hair, which will lock your frizzy and hold in place. If again it’s too short to tie up a bandana or fabric hair band look great on any length for a quick hide fix.

Lastly, as we journey through summer, this month make sure you make a little you time… when ever you get chance kick your heals back for some down time. 

Don’t feel guilty for taking some time out, be it a coffee shop meet up with a friend, or even alone if you have a hectic home life. A nice walk with a friend is my go to choice, I feel like I’m relaxing but also being active in a gentle way.

Be good to yourselves…And did I say…make sure you drink enough water? 🥰

Anna x


July 2021

July is here and we have not had the sunny sizzler we had last year in lock down but hopefully there is still time for some summer sun and fun that we all need. 

Now we have emerged post-pandemic and back into the flow of kind of normal, I think its safe to say we have all changed a little… how couldn’t we.

Talking to many clients its so interesting to hear all the different ways the pandemic has affected us all.

How we do stuff, compared to how we did, what we want for ourselves and our family, coping with loss and grief and just how its opened our eyes.

In salon the most noticeable thing that strikes out to me is that many of us have stopped stressing the small stuff. 

I am trying hard not to let those old stress habits creep back in but as you may know its not easy, I hope you are also trying to keep those levels down too.

Many of us seem more open to change and not just in our life but with our hair which as a stylist is great. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with a trusted style that works for you but at the same time there is nothing more enjoyable as a stylist than to create a whole new look for a client.

During consultations, we’re so enjoying finding out where you’re at. Maybe you’re channelling a new path in life and that includes a new look and style for yourself. 

Or you are all for getting right back to your usual hair and beauty routine. Maybe you’re going more natural and are planning project nurturing-of-self. This is a high on many agendas and we love that.

It’s not just about hair feel good time. There have been lots of back massages booked in. With so many people working from home in makeshift offices at the kitchen table and over a long period the ongoing aches and tension have needed a little help to settle down and there is nothing better than a nice back neck and shoulder massage to reduce tension. “Walking on air “ is how one client explained it…how lovely 🙂

No matter what your plan is, we have you covered.

At Colabella we always listen, give our best advice and provide hair and beauty that’s tailored to what you want to achieve.


Some times its good to just book a consultation, I cant say it enough that we are not just here to do, we are here for you to talk and discuss and help you plan your next new look. Its great to sometimes do that before your appointment so there is enough time to really talk it through.

If you don’t already know we offer a free 15 minute consultation by appointment or if you know you want a re style and have not had time to come in for that, tell us on the phone and we will allow the extra time at the start of the service. It helps the stylist out  to have the right time allocated out for you. 


Ren our salon owner, resident barber/style director has been passionate about hair loss for many years. The laser has been working away and we have had some fab results already with the hair loss treatment. 

As a Mark Birch official stockist the range runs in sync with our hair loss therapy but is also great to use if you really want a truly organic paraben sulphate free product.

As Mark Birch said to me himself, if you would not wash your face in the shampoo you use why would you put it on your head! Fair point I said…

For hair loss advice please book in for consultation its a slightly longer time slot usually 20 to 30 minutes but its still free but definitely needs to be booked as an appointment.

Its always good to talk about any concerns you have.


When it comes to summer styling we see the long bangs are still trending for those of you with long hair. I love that on long fringes it gives it such a soft edge around the face. 

The wavy mullet is a great summer look as seen here by Miley Cyrus


The 70’s is making an appearance too so shaggy looking long air for the girls and the guys. If you like short and sharp, the pixie or bob with a very blunt fringe as well as choppy bobs and lobs, so something for everyone. 

The fade is still on trend for guys but with a bit more length around the front but only a minimal quiff and also still soft top perms too.


Enjoy July and as a quick ps before I close…please let us know if you want to be a model for training sessions as we are starting to book the next training sessions for the next few months. The prices are discounted and always supervised and checked by our level 3 advanced stylists. 

Most important of all never get stuck in a hair rut, there is always something new that you can try and you know what they say about change 🙂

Big virtual hugs

Anna x

June 2021


As you can imagine we have been colouring hair for many years.

I started hairdressing aged just 11 years old in my Aunty’s hair salon, add that to the current and that’s 45 years of experiences. Along side me are my fabulous team, some of which have been with me since we opened. They bring an additional wealth of expertise experience and skill to our team.

So it’s fair to say over this time, we have built up a wealth of knowledge of all the do’s and don’ts to care for coloured hair and permed hair, actually of which is very similar and with more clients now turning back to perm for volume or the big hair many of us desire, the care regime is similar for colour and perm. 

The general rule when it comes to caring for chemically treated hair, is that it needs an extra bit of care.

When it comes to the preservation and condition of hair colour or perm, proper care and attention help to keep it shiny and the colour stay true for longer. 

Here are some top tips below for looking after your hair…

The best way to care for your coloured or permed hair is to wash it less, it sounds simple but it’s that easy.  We would recommend washing it just one ot town times a week max. If you tend to get oily roots, we recommend just a light spray of dry shampoo to help it last an extra day. Don’t over use the dry shampoo or it builds up on the scalp but a little once or twice a week is fine. Just make sure when you do shampoo your hair to pay extra attention to the scalp if you use dry shampoo.

No matter how great the colour or perm, the more you wash your hair, the faster the colour fades or the perm drops. If you try to cut down on excessive hair washing and your beautiful hair colour will last longer. Another plus is that it causes less drying and heat styling so if you want longer or thicker hair the less wear and tear you cause from over washing & drying the better.

When you have your hair chemically treated it makes sense to get our advice on what to use right ? Often products are purch while doing your shopping with no one to advise you what’s good or not. As we offer a complete salon service we are happy to advise you and we would always recommend a product health update to check you are on the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair.  Using your ordinary shampoo can actually damage the colour of your hair and wash it away. So many brands have plastic additives that not only stop the colour or perm taking as well but they can cause the results to not last as well. 

If you’re not sure of the best shampoo for your hair type and we have not asked then please ask us . 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.

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.

You can book a free consultation to discuss your hair needs by calling us and making an appointment so we can create the perfect hairstyle for you.

Have a great June

Anna x

May 2021

This month its a blog for the guys or those of you who like to wear a shorter style.

Are you thinking about change ?

Or maybe just up your look and trying a new haircut style? Look no further we got you covered.

The best thing to do if you feel like a change is book in first for a free consultation.

If you book a wash & cut but then decide on the day for a re style there may not be enough time allocated so don’t forget you can book the free consultation option a few days or weeks before your appointment.

When it comes to styling, there is much more to men’s hair than short, medium, and long. Although length is a key part of a haircut but so is the parting, fringe, having a curl or taper fade and texture cut…

Fade haircuts are still one of the most popular and easiest men’s hairstyle trends. They are everywhere because a fade can be added to any type, length, or style of. At the moment just like I predicted its been all about perms for the guys since coming back from lockdown no 3.

See our social media for some great before & after images.

Once you get your new look one thing we get asked a lot is what comb or brush to use, so here is a simple tutorial.

Brush or comb which works best…

This is an often asked question with all sexes who visit the salon.

It seems simple but with all the options can be overwhelming but here is what you need to know.

Combs work best for straight hair, creating parts, styling hair or combing the conditioner through your hair but if you have thick, wavy, or curly hair types then always use a wide- toothed comb to untangle hair and help distribute hair product thoroughly.

Hair brushes are for guys too and they work best to add volume to fine, straight, and long hair. If its a vent brush your using which is more square at the sides that can be used on any styes but not curly hair as brushing curly hair sends it frizzy, only comb or brush curly hair when its wet.

Brushes also help to speed to the hair drying process.

There are special blow-drying paddle brushes that also help hair dry faster as well as round brushes to straighten hair.

Brushing hair also helps distribute scalp oils and stimulate circulation or just do it because it feels good.

You can let hair dry naturally/air dry but if you blow dry your hair you will get a better finish. Blow drying hair cuts down on styling time, helps hair stand tall, and makes it easy to straighten hair.

If your hair is permed or curly its best to use a diffuser on the end of your dryer to stop the curl or perm from going fizzy.

By spending a bit of time on the drying it will give you a sharp salon finish look that sets any day off to a good start.

Start Blow drying hair cuts down on styling time, helps hair stand tall, and makes it easy to straighten hair. your head and work your way down. I always say your hair is your crowning glory so any time you spend on it is time well spent.

By giving it that extra TLC you’ll have soft, smooth, and shiny hair that just needs a touch of product for all-day hold.

Have a great hair day

Anna x

April 2021

Happy April.

Its great to check in with you all again. A quarter of the year has flown already.

The clocks have sprung forward and we are almost out of lockdown 🎉hooray for all of that except how fast the year has gone bye, that’s just crazy fast…

This month I wanted to talk a little about our re opening plans and a bit about trends to give you some ideas while you thinking time until we open.

So first things first:

Our Colabella salons are still due to re open on Tuesday 13Th April 2021.

It goes without saying that our usual high standards of safe practice and hygiene control will be as meticulous as always. We will still require clients to wear face masks or coverings to offer safe practice for all.

If you have not yet booked in yet then please call the salon line as soon as possible, all the contact numbers are on the answer service. Feel free to call us even before we reopen.

We are booked up and busy but we will do our best to book all new appointment request but the sooner you call the better.


If it has been over six months since your last colour or you have box dyed your hair, had micro blading or had an allergic reaction during lockdown, you will need a fresh skin test. If you need a fresh test, book that first and at the same time book an appointment to have the colour done when you are booking your skin test. Please be understanding when you are asked to attend for a skin test, some of the team get such a hard time from callers but they simply cannot bend the rules. Most clients understand but some object and there is no way around this.

I have said lots of times in previous blogs and I don’t mean to be a parrot but I had hair colour all my working life then out of the blue massive anaphylactic shock, rushed to hospital and thank god I was resuscitated and the rest is history. Don’t gamble with your life for the sake of coming in 48 hours before your colour.


The power of having great is a real feel good factor.

At the first sign of wrinkles or ageing, many rush to the dermatologists for fillers botox and miracles creams but wait… there is another way.

A change of hairstyle or hair colour could be just what you need to take years off you. If you are stuck for ideas or you are in a hair rut, check out popular celeb hairstyles. You can book in just for a consultation. Its better to do that than to book in and then there not be time to sit and look through styles ideas with your stylist.

A style and colour change can pick a real pick you up and make you look years younger.

You have only got to look at Jane Fonda to see how hair and fashion combined can take years off.


The undone bob will carry on being popular this year, this a great style as it can work for a variety of lengths.

Choppy bob, sleek bob and bouncy bob can all be styled from this cut.

A highly popular style that many clients keep it on going for years. Its very versatile and even if you want it just long enough to tie back, it works.

I really like the all one length bob or just a slight layer to the front and the rest one length, it gives a 90s feel which is very in right now, with the more bold and panelled hair colours that were popular back then.

Bob trends have moved away from the ‘dainty’ bob and are being worn with a lot more shape and texture. It’s such an easily maintained cut that is super stylish you can dress it up or down and requires minimum effort to maintain the style at home.

Easy hair is the thoughts for 2021 and no prizes for guessing why…but hopefully we wont get lockdown again any time soon.

Better to be prepared though now that we know the drill.

I love long glamour hair and it never really goes out of trend, this year very long layered hair is appearing in many of the fashion mags and its not easy to keep hair long and strong.

It takes work to keep your hair living long enough to get that length.

With heat and chemicals many people struggle to get that extra long length they desire.

As our hair gets older it gets more tatty on the ends and thats the main reason clients struggle to get length. Its better to have once centimetre cut off every six week than to leave it for a trim twice a year and wonder why it wont get any longer.

Short answer: Its fraying and breaking away, yes thats all it is.

Unless of course your have chemical damage but done correctly hair colour wont damage your hair. Swapping colour to colour and having colour strippers etc will but if you want natural very long hair something has to give. You have to aim for condition and strength so it gets a chance to reach that long length. Having it trimmed will not slow that down but continued breakage will.

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An option if you want long hair yesterday are tapes and bond extensions, these are good and when done correctly will not cause damage. We offer hair extension services at Colabella, Kirsty is our specialist so its an idea if you are thinking of going down that route of extra long look via hair extensions then book in for a consultation with her.

There is a small deposit for a consultation but it is refundable when you attend or give a full 24 hours notice to cancel the consultation.

So if its by hair extensions or the natural route, if you’re looking to stand out with your long hair, it’s time to take care of those ends. Regular trips to the salon for a trim plus a good haircare routine at home will see to it that your hair grows and maintains the best possible condition.


We are expecting the trend for nails to stay natural. Nail extensions will always be popular for the die hard talon style lovers but many of us are staying with Gel Polish Shellac to grow the length with our own nails, without having the tips bonded on. When done well and without the use of nail drills nail extensions are fine but be careful if you have the drill method as it can cause deep infections and long also term irreversible damage to the nail bed. 


In the barber salon we will continue to see the skin fade for a while longer, it gives longevity to a cut. The skin fade is a sharp clean look that is very popular with all age groups.

We touched on it in previous blogs but the man perm on top only is still trending. Permanent waves also known as a perm is a method of chemically curling hair. The perm can last 4 to 12 weeks depending how curly it has been wound.

It does not require a skin test as there is no PPD chemicals in perm lotion. It does take a bit of getting used to for the styling and the use of products that suit a perm.

The LLLT ( low level laser therapy) clinic will be available again as soon as we re open. Ren is the best person to book a consultation with for this. This treatment is aimed at any one who has thinning or shedding hair that would like to maintain and improve the hair loss.

It is a safe non invasive treatment when combined with specific natural hair products via the Mark Birch range, can give the best scalp environment to slow down hair loss and improve new hair growth.

This service is available at our Bilston branch and by appointment only.

Our trichology knowledge can offer support and advice on your concerns with hair loss or thinning hair. So that all being said, have a great few weeks and all of us at Colabella hair and beauty look forward to opening our salons back up very soon and welcoming clients old and new through our doors.

Happy hair days

Anna x

March 2021

Spring is in the air and we are all twitching to try get back to life as we knew it. It may never quite go back to that but we certainly have been lockdown for long enough and due to how long we have all been locked out from salons, it’s only natural that many of you will have long root regrowths.  Now we have a re open date it’s time to think about what you fancy to bring your lock down hair back into glory… If all stays the same we will re open our salons on Tuesday 13th April… Why not the Monday I hear you scream. I have to think of my team and having now been through this already I cannot risk burn out for my team. We will extend our opening hours on some days so don’t worry everyone will get booked in. Keep an eye on here and social medial if there are any new government announcements if things do change we will update our information. So now that we are on our road out of lockdown, lets be hair appointment ready. Many of you that went for a root drag or balayage are very glad you did 🙂 if you didn’t then it’s a great time to opt for a balayage look next time you are in salon for your colour and this is why… It’s low-maintenance option for our clients and gives you a little extra time to decide if you are going to go for that colour change you have been wanting for a while. When it comes to colour change the more natural root area we have to work with, the better the result. Trying to do a bleach colour strip on a full head of colour is something we get asked a lot to do. We always proceed with caution and lots of advice for what you should expect. The reality is that it takes months and many salon visits for this kind of work to get you the end result you may want. Many times clients just give up part way through as the time and expense it takes for some people becomes more than they can deal with. This is another reason why a Balayage is a great option for clients. Balayage and long root drag blend with your natural base colour which means the regrowth does not make you feel to reach for those dreaded box colours.  A colour melt is also another version of balayage where the roots are darker and melt into a balayage this also can be called a root drag. The up keep is much easier also leaving room for a cut & treatment in between colour appointments this is something we alway advise clients to do. Many of you have already made the switch and are enjoying the easy to maintain balayage while we are still in lockdown. Even though balayage is a low in maintenance colour option in that it doesn’t require 6 week colour visits to the salon, as I mentioned above this gives you room to show your hair some extra love.  If you are an existing client you will know how much we stress and recommend clients use salon treatments to ensure the condition of your hair is at its best. Healthy hair not only keeps its colour longer but it’s allows you options if you do fancy a change, so it’s vital to maintain the core strength of the hair bond.  The bond is like any chemical compound on earth, it can stretch and break when under pressure. Hair clouding no matter how well it’s done can affect the bond. This powerful image shows what happens when the outer cuticle gets slightly damaged right through to what happens when hair is so fragile the bond is completely broken and hair breaks off… We see this happen and when a client comes in hair that has broken to two inch long or worst gone all over even after all these years it’s a real shocker. So not to over make the point but hair is just held together by bonds.  To keep them strong be it from colour heat or just wear and tear, having a professional salon treatment in hair condition credit in the bank for future protection. Especially if you are guilty of not getting your hair trimmed as regularly as perhaps they should. Again a balayage although is a lightening service, it gives more time for your hair to rest in between colour appointments. Let’s face it all colour can fade or blondes go yellow so having a toner and a treatment instead of a colour is another great way to rest your hair but give it a freshen up and it’s important that you use the right products that keep the colour true. Our products and favourites are always recommend on our social media and you can have a hair product health check any time. This is best done in salon but you can book a free consultation for this. Some times clients call for advice but on the phone it’s not the easiest way to recommend products as we need to see your hair. Buying cheap is a false economy some products contain plastics that just make a plastic build up on your hair that eventually makes hair colouring or styling very difficult. The next image is of a clients hair after we have given is 4 rounds of shampooing to try to remove the build up.  I won’t say the brand but trust me you will all know it as it’s sits on every retail and supermarket shelf just at eye level as it commands that spot due to its cheapness and popularity. It’s shocking to see how the plastic beds into the hair and it takes a lot to remove. You can imagine the difficulties we have to try and colour hair through this kind of hard deposit of plastic. The better your hair care and routine the easier it’s is for you to look after your hair and hair colour at home. Again a balayage or root drag allows this because of the time it gives your hair in between services…it’s a huge thing if a business is trying to guide you away from high money making 4 to 6 week colour visits but I’m really giving this advice from the heart. As a business we need our regulars and regular colour jobs to keep finances coming in and us able to trade but think about this…you have options. You don’t have to get stuck in that rut of hating your roots each time they come through. Have a good think between now and when we re open if you actually would like a change. If you do make sure you come in before your appointment to chat as if you just book a colour then on the day want to talk about the change it just won’t be viable due to the time slots we work to. Book a consultation a few days before and try to come in with clean hair so we can really asses the colour and condition… The balayage works better on hair with some length but it can still be done on shoulder length hair and it can be tailored to any individuals’ hair length, texture and style. A root drag can still be done on short hair so that’s an option if you have shorter hair. We have ways of working depending on our client’s needs what ever the length. The reason this look is staying on trend is simply down to how easy it is to upkeep. With the lockdowns and all the time salons have been closed it’s forced many colour clients into a natural version on this look and I think it will be here to stay for the foreseeable future. So let’s hope that the natural (can’t get to my hairdresser) root drag look will be a thing of the past as will lockdown and just pray that the world will learn from what has happened so that we do not have to face anything like this again.  Our phone lines will open on 15/03/21 at 10 am so call for bookings we will not be taking text appointments and if you e mail we will get around to everyone but the quicker route to get booked in is to simply call…all numbers are on this web site and social media.  We look forward to seeing you all soon Have a great March anna x

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February 2021

So as this year unfolds, for those of us who are forced to stay home from our workplaces some of us have become slaves again to our comfiest clothing, forgone are our morning hair and makeup routines.

For me the lockdown bun has taken up permanent residence on my head…


I don’t mind except I do love having my hair set on big rollers and it to be all tousled and bouncy. I have super fine hair so it does not appreciate being scraped into a bun or pony. As you may know if you have read previous blogs any hair does not appreciate tension on the roots…hence best to go for the baggy bun or pony tail. If you keep pulling it back tight you will without doubt subject your root living part of your hair to some times damage that can take a long time to correct…the joys of having trichologist knowledge. Yes but it’s true so be nice to your living part of your hair, with that being said, also be nice to it once it pops out the scalp and spends years accompanying you until it one day it sheds away without you even knowing, unless of course you see it as it says farewell and lands on your shoulders or the sink…let’s be honest there’s nothing worse than a bad hair day, all of you with good thick hair…your blessed.

As a result of this I am pretty sure the low fuss air dry styles of hair will be all the rage in 2021.

What does this mean?

Well…It’s a haircut that uses invisible layers that vary in length, and means that you can leave your hair to dry and embrace your natural texture, as opposed to having to rely on straightening or curling.

If I am honest It really isn’t a bad thing as it brings out the best hair condition.

This works on every individual texture but if you have a bit of natural kink or wave you are on to a winner.

It’s still not bad for those of us with straight hair as long as you have a lot of layers chopped in to give some texture but in this age of low fuss everything, we want cuts that fall into place and require very little work on our part.

So If last year focused on natural texture and no-fuss hairstyles, 2021 is gearing up to be all that and then some…

Nice and natural with long grown out fringes falling into middle partings and diffused root colour drag so that during more lock downs it’s no real biggy if you have roots while your salon is closed. Let’s face it we just don’t know when and if more lockdowns will come so best to plan ahead from now on and talk to us about low fuss low maintenance hair styles and courts. Many of you already did so hopefully this current loads down has been more manageable for you from a hair maintenance point of view…

For the guys, well again let the length flow.

It’s not for all you guys but it’s a nice soft lengthy look Brad Pitt is wearing here and very low maintenance indeed.

I know it’s easy to look this way when the summer sunshine is beating down on you but take away the shades and it’s still a great winter look with a bit of hair around your neck to keep you warm 🙂 The other option is just to slick it back with wax until we get the go ahead that we can re open.

Speaking of which….

No, we have no idea yet of when we can re open. We only know what you guys know which at the moment is nothing !!!

Our best advice is as soon as you hear the news updates saying salons can open. Call us and book your appointment.

We will update our social media as soon as we know any more info and as always we will do our utmost best to get everyone booked as efficiently as we can…

We have been told that on 22/02/21 the government is going to make its first announcement about coming out of lockdown but we still have no idea how that will look. I guess it’s just going to be a case of looking at the numbers…

Kirsty has worked wonders preparing the on line shop and that’s now open so it’s very easy to stay stocked up on hair care…

It’s all up an running so If you are low on hair products pop and take a look at our shop…we are still also operating call and collect or click and collect or as I said delivery from our web site shop. We do price match so if you see something let us know and we will do our best to match or better the price.

Hips fully next blog we will have some good re opening news but until then do look after yourselves.

February is a tough month it’s always so cold, I’m a February Aquarian and it’s always freezing around my birthday time, so do try to stay positive, stay well, stay hydrated, stay moisturised, stay active, stay food healthy and stay safe..

Happy February

Anna x

January 2021

As we step into 2021 and 2020 comes to an end, little did we know when it started what a year it would turn out be and what was about to. Ren myself and all the team at Colabella hair & beauty want to say thank you.

You have been so understanding and supported us through the open and closures that COVID 19 caused, we have had many messages of support and the interaction of our social media, the kind words and the love we have felt from many people, we really thank you for all of it.

We plan to “keep on keeping on” which is our family and business motto and we look forward to another chapter in our journey.

During 2020 all of our worlds changed and changed fast! We didn’t have much time to even process the changes, we were all thrown from the normal into what we have quickly learned to be the new normal. I think we all deserve a pat on the back for following the rules and doing our bit to stay safe and reach out to help people that needed it. Many acts of kindness and community spirit were shown which gave help and support to people that were in need, not just in need of stuff but also in need of love and care. The NHS has been shown a new level of appreciation and value, as have the workers on all front line key worker roles. Its been nice to see the love being shown but very sad for all the lives lost…

Many of us learned that we need less and to appreciate more.

Over the last 12 months the salon went through changes as we do every year.

We are proud that its 36 years since the first Colabella salon opened and every year we hope to grow and shine more.

The last year has been challenging but as a business we have still continued to move forward, staying focused and pushing on and we are very proud of that. There have been some very positive changes and new services rolled out which in such difficult times is amazing.

We have employed new members to join our fab team, which have brought a new dynamic to the personalities in the team. We had two previous staff return to us after having had career breaks, we offered places to new apprentices and our current ones qualified up to styling. Our team even managed to get some new skills under our belts as we did continued learning from home during lockdown.

We launched the Laser hair loss therapy clinic and trichology training for our team.

We relocated the beauty nails/sun bed shop in Wood street in to a beautiful new salon with internal connecting door to the hair salon, that really was a great move for us and made it a lot easier for clients to get beauty services done while they were having their hair done.

We also added a range of new holistic therapies to our beauty department…

All that during a pandemic and the heart of the business continued to beat, even when we are in lockdown again now we are still busy planning and focusing on the future.

As the new year starts it is the perfect time to look back on the previous year and discern what it has taught you. I can only speak for my self but I have learned a lot this year and I hope to build positively on what I have learned…

Regarding salon re opening, currently we do not know when we can re open but we will be sure to keep you all updated of our re open plans.

All thats left to say is thank you again from Ren & Myself and we pray for a blessed healthy and peaceful year ahead for us all…

Happy new year..
Love and light
Anna x