why hair matters in our society?

Pierre and James care about hair!
At Pierre and James – Hair matter

When clients wait at Pierre and James, they often come up with odd subject of discussion. The latter one was from a male client voicing the fact he would save money if he did not have to come for a haircut…then he asked THE question: Why do we care about hair anyway?

Unlike other tissues of the body, scalp hair and body hair are not essential to our physical well-being. The loss of scalp hair by the physiologic process of balding (androgenetic alopecia) does not make us ill. The graying of hair by the physiologic process of aging does not induce any metabolic changes in our bodies.

Why, then, do we care so much when we lose hair by balding or lose hair color by aging…and why can we become so upset over hair cut too short or curly hair? I had an answer: We care because scalp hair isn’t just any tissue. It has special significance for us that is manifested in social, cultural and religious settings.

Great cultural and religious symbolism (i.e Sikhism) is attached to hair and its display in many societies. Carefully shaped and styled hair is essential to the well-groomed look that traditionally symbolizes trustworthiness and sincerity in the business or political world.

We don’t often think about the symbolic importance of scalp hair in our daily lives. Hair is, for most of us, a “fact of life”.

At Pierre and James, we see things differently and that is why for over 25 years we cared and still care for our client’s hair. Our stylists, our colorists, our wig specialists and our hair replacement team – all have one ethos – are here to make sure that our clients leave the salon feeling happier, more confident and willing to return to us.

Pierre and James offre free consultation on hair issues. Contact us on 01702 330 707. We also offer a Gift Voucher service for any occasion (not just Christmas).

Would you offer a shampoo to your wife at Christmas?

We are into the festive season and after the dreaded ‘Black Friday’ (something that should not exist in the UK as it is an American concept!) people are still running like headless chickens to find and buy stocking fillers and little gifts for friends, not so well known family members and work colleagues… What surprises me is that – too often – people are willing to buy cheap products rather than good products. Why would anyone choose to offer a smelly-harsh-on-your-hair shampoo from a high-street store rather than a good quality shampoo?

At Pierre and James, we like playing Santa and we have a huge choice of products in stock for you to choose from…and eventually look like a fashion connoisseur rather than a cheapskate. A brand we definitely recommend is PHYTO: Whether it is a specific treatment for an oily scalp or a daily regime to ensure healthy hair, PHYTO’s innovative products are designed with every type of hair in mind. With beauty must-haves adapted to your needs, such as Phyto’s Styling products and Phyto Plage for the sun and beach, their ranges guarantee to combine beauty, usability and efficiency through highly concentrated plant ingredients.

Here is a small selection of great products to put under the Christmas tree!


Phyto Subtil Elixir Intense Nutrition Shine Oil, 75ml

Formulated for dry and damaged hair, Phyto’s Subtil Elixir is a nourishing pre-shampoo treatment that helps to revitalise and hydrate your hair, leaving it soft and supple, and with a radiant shine.


Phyto Secret De Nuit Intense Hydration Night Treatment, 75ml

Nourishing and repairing overnight hair treatment to rejuvenate dull, dry hair.
Phyto Secret De Nuit is a silicone and paraben free hydrating regenerating night treatment suitable for all hair types.


Huile d’Ales

Phyto Huile D’Ales 5 x 10ml Ampoules

The must-have for “resuscitated” hair. Women love it.
With its unique water-soluble formula, HUILE D’ALÈS rinses out easily and delivers instant shine to dull hair. It is recommended for use before a color or highlighting process to protect the fiber and scalp

Here you go…three super products worth offering to any woman…and if you are unsure of what to buy, pop in at the salon and have a chat with one of our stylist!

Curly hair can be styled…everyday.

At Pierre and James we love curly hair.
At Pierre and James we love curly hair.

Curly hair can be difficult to style – it tends to be unruly in the morning, and in our Essex climate it is prone to frizz. However, if you use the right styling techniques, you can create smooth, glossy, gorgeous curls. The main request we have at Pierre and James is client saying they can’t re-style curly hair the way we do it: we say: It’s easy! Just a few products and some willpower, and you should be ready to go.

1. Use the right hair products. Curly hair can be prone to getting dry and frizzy, so it’s important to choose products that don’t cause damage. Using shampoo and conditioner made with natural ingredients is a good way to protect your hair from the damage that can be caused by chemicals like silicone and sulfates found in most commercially-manufactured products.
Some shampoos and conditioners are specially formulated for curly hair (we recommend Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo). It’s worth giving them a try to see if they help define your curls.
An Alterna Leave-in conditioner is a good option for curly hair, since it helps the curls stay smooth and moisturized throughout the day.

2.Don’t use hot water for your last rinse of your hair in the shower. Here’s the secret to taming your frizz: use the coldest water you can stand when you wash your hair. Hot water is hard on the hair shaft, while cold water causes the shaft to close, making curls look sleek and shiny when the hair is dry.
If you can’t bear the idea of taking a cold shower, try washing your hair in the sink instead of running the cold water over your entire body. When you’re in the shower, use a shower cap to protect your curls from the warmer water.

3.Let your hair air dry. The healthiest way to dry curls is to let them dry on their own time. When you get out of the shower, pat your hair dry with a soft towel. Don’t wring it out or rub it; this causes hair to become rough and frizzy.
Avoid using a hair dryer unless it’s a special occasion. On a daily basis, air drying is the better way to go, since it doesn’t damage your hair.
Curly hair can often take a very long time to dry, since it’s so thick and dense. If you don’t have the patience for air drying, use a hair dryer with a diffuser on the coolest setting.

4.Brush your hair after you take a shower. You don’t want to brush curly hair when dry because it will make your hair poof and frizz.
Wet or wash your hair in the morning to help the curls get back in shape. Use a moisturizing product (we recommend PHYTO 7 but we have a choice of other products and brands at the salon) to redefine the curls.

5.Add a curl defining product. Use more anti-frizz serum or specific product for defining curls to give your hair some gloss. Run the product through your hair with your fingers, being careful not to separate the curls too much.

6.Finish with a touch of hairspray. Use a medium-hold spray to keep your look in place throughout the day.

It is amazing with what a little bit of time and a few products (and a little help from us) can do for our curly haired clients.

If you have damaged curly hair or if you fancy a new style for your curls, call 01702 330 707 to take an appointment with one of our stylist.

Damaged hair is not a problem!

There is a solution for damaged hair.
There is a solution for damaged hair.

The rules of healthy hair tend to be a long list of depressing don’ts: Don’t wash it! Don’t crank up the blow-dryer! Never flatiron!
We make life hard for our hair: bad diets, stress, pollution, straighteners, bleaching… the hair is under attack every day!
The fibers become dull and rough, they break and the tips separate and form split ends… It’s not surprising that half of all women have problems with damaged or brittle hair!

At Pierre and James, we hear on a daily basis questions about “damages”…And we are asked questions on “how to” reverse damage, prevent future breakage, and return clients hair to it’s healthiest state.

We don’t shy away from answers and from our obligation as Hair Consultants to give the appropriate answers – our first and most simple answer is: Do not use cheap products – Do not use products made by unknown hair products manufacturers.

There are too many brands out there for us in a blog post to separate the good from the bad, so we will only concentrate on the very good…and the brand we always recommend to use is Phyto – a brand created by a French hairdresser: Patrick Ales.

A true visionary, Mr. Ales paved the way for botanical hair care long before the emergence of environmental awareness and “green” hair care trends. From 1968 and 1969, he released his first PHYTO products: Huile D’Alès, Phyto 7, Phytodéfrisant, and Phytopolléine. In 1969, Mr. Alès presented PHYTO to the public along with the opening of the Patrick Alès Salon in Paris, sill open today, where his clients such as screen siren Catherine Deneuve and former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, became the beneficiaries of his new botanical hair care line. With fervor and passion, he developed a range of highly concentrated, plant-based solutions to reveal air’s natural beauty. Phyto was born.

At Pierre and James we are advocates of the brand and for damaged hair, we recommend PHYTO.

It is the keratin in the hair that is damaged. Keratin is the raw material in the hair that makes it sturdy and malleable.
The more often the hair is exposed to aggression, the more the keratin is worn down, it is stripped away and water evaporates. Your hair becomes dry, it no longer shines, the cuticle opens and the hair ends up looking like straw!

When the hair is damaged, many women use a silicone-based product to give the illusion of healthy hair. However, the hair is no longer breathing and becomes fragile.

To restore health and shine to your locks, they need repairing with keratin. Unfortunately, the hair cannot repair itself!

PHYTO provides the answer: a unique precursor called PHYTOKERATINE: 100% botanical keratin products. PHYTO innovates by injecting botanical keratin into the deepest point of the hair fiber, and rebuilds the hair’s architecture as it.

Hyaluronic acid, with its remarkable ability to penetrate right inside the hair fiber, takes care of the hair’s water deficiency. After a few days of use, hair is rehydrated and more resistant. Healthy hair is restored!

Results from the PHYTOKERATINE range are surprising and positive. During a study conducted on 61 women, the program’s effectiveness was confirmed: 75% repairing effectiveness, 72% had more resistant hair.

After a few days of use, hair is rehydrated and more resistant. Healthy hair is restored! Next time you visit the salon, do not hesitate to ask us about our range of products. Alternatively you can shop all the Phyto products on our dedicated website PhytoShop.