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Meet Clarisse

Meet Clarisse, the founder and independent artist behind SO. and Stand Out Hair Couture.

Based in London, Clarisse provides Chic and timeless hair but serves clients worldwide.

She's absolutely obsessed with promoting healthy hair and scalp.

As a Color Specialist and Balayage Expert, Clarisse channels her passion into Color Correction and offers premium services such as tape extensions.

In Stand Out Edits, Clarisse takes personal care to handpick the finest hair products and accessories from SO.'s collections, ensuring you get the best for your hair.

  • Blonde balayage Edit

    My favourite routine and hacks for my blonde balayaged ladies

    Inspire me! 
  • 8 Tips for a healthy scalp

    As a professional hairstylist and colourist, I am sharing my 8 top tips to easily take care of your scalp daily. 

    Read now! 
  • Cool Brunette Edit

    Is brassiness is your worst nightmare?

    Inspire me! 

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8 Tips for healthy scalp

As a professional hairstylist and colourist, I am sharing my 8 top tips to easily take care of your scalp daily. 

Over the years, I have noticed that more and more people get chronic scalp issues such as redness, overly oily and sensitive scalp, alopecia areata, dandruff... the list goes on. 

  

Hair is the reflection of your health.

 

Do you believe in this saying? I do.

Change in your scalp is often a symptom of an underlying condition. 

Each transition of our life or state can be affected by the natural shift of our hormones, which directly impacts our scalp and health in general. 

Any condition must be considered seriously to be treated; however, how do you take care of your scalp daily to keep it as healthy and fresh as possible while living life to the fullest? 

 

Here are my top 8 tips for YOU, followed by some haircare to help you with your healthy scalp journey. 

     

    TIP 1 Do not overwash your hair 

    Wash your hair too often could cause scalp irritation, and your colour will wash out too quickly. 

    Refrain from washing your hair 3-4 times a week; instead assess how dirty your hair and scalp are + if there is any dry shampoo build-up justifying a hair wash. 

     

    TIP 2 Best hair care or nothing 

    Do Not pick a product based on how attractive its packaging is or how lovely it will look in your bathroom shelf. Instead, let's aim for clean composition, or as natural as possible, ideally not organic, to ensure your chemically processed hair gets the love it needs. 

    You can defo rely on Davines. 

    Davines Oi Collection, best smelling and natural products for all hair types

     

    TIP 3 Avoid harsh products. 

    If you feel your hair is never clean or too oily, focus on finding the "why" instead of using the strongest cleanser that won't help fix the issue and could make things worse + dry your hair. Instead, treat your scalp with rebalancing treatments rather than cleansing. 

     

    TIP 4 Invest in scalp scrub.

     We love a scalp scrub, yes, but not any, as some can be very oily, and the scrub could be very irritating too.

    My absolute favourite is a shampoo called Detoxifying by Davines; it gently cleanses the scalp and smells of fresh mint... love it! 

     

    TIP 5 Reduce the build-ups. 

    Anything building up causes your scalp to suffocate, and when your scalp cannot breathe, this is when troubles arise; this is why you want to use silicone-free products + avoid using too much dry shampoo ( try this dry shampoo ), especially overly powdery ones.

     

    TIP 6 Use scalp massagers

     Scalp massagers are trendy, extremely efficient, and good for your scalp. Use one with soft bristles and bendable material. 

    You can use manual scalp massagers but you can also use an electric scalp massager; have you ever tried one?

    It feels so good! Transform the dreaded hair wash into a blissful moment, and your scalp will absolutely love it! 

     

    TIP 7 Scalp serum 

    Hydrate your scalp with a scalp oil or serum treating your scalp to a lovely fingertips massage. It will enhance the blood flow in the neck and head area and promote hair growth; it also conditions the scalp, helping to prevent flakes and a dry and itchy scalp. Plus, this is such a relaxing moment.

     

    TIP 8  Reduce stress + mind your diet 

     

    I am not here to tell you off or judge your diet or lifestyle. 

    However, here are some facts: 

    • The subcutaneous blood flow delivers oxygen and nutrients for the hairif you're not getting certain nutrients from food, you might see the effects in your hair → eat well and do not hesi­tate to take supplements when needed.
     
    • Stress impacts your hormones and health on so many levels. Stress increases the production of certain hormones and releases pro-inflammatory chemicals that disrupt the skin's barrier function and can trigger skin irritation and inflammation. 

      I hope my 8 top tips will help you better understand the benefit of caring for your scalp and your hair in general.

      Are you a time-poor person? Here is a link to an editable READY-TO-SHOP CART with all my favourite haircare and brushes for a heathy scalp. 

      Sending you love and positive vibes, 

      xxx 

      Clarisse 

       

      Blonde balayage

      Balayage is not a colour but a versatile technique where we hand paint on hair, and I genuinely believe it can make anybody happy when it comes to low maintenance.


      Of course, low maintenance does not mean any home maintenance at all.

      In fact, beautiful hair is the result of teamwork. In the salon, we create your dream colour, and your mission is to keep it fresh and alive until your next appointment. Not to mention that keeping your hair will totally serve you in the long run.

      I am often asked, "how often shout I wash my hair".
      The brutal reality is that every time you wash your hair, your gloss will fade a little more, meaning the less you wash it, the better. This is why a dry Shampoo will be a game changer, but unfortunately - and for your scalp's sake! - you cannot live on it for weeks. Imagine how convenient it would be!

       

      Blonde Balayage edits
      Here is my Balayage Edit for YOU my blonde ladies who aim to keep their hair gorgeous and healthy. Let's always aim for the next level.

       

       

           

       

       

      Hair Routine suggestion

       

       Shampoo

       

      If your hair tends to be very dirty when you wash it or if you've been sweating a lot, always do two shampoos. 

       

       Conditioner/mask 

       

      Heart of glass intense Treatment once a week and Oi Butter the rest of the time. 

       

       Styling
      • Heat protector and lightweight leave-in conditioner: Heart of glass glaze
      • Post styling - will finish with a drop of Oi oil and some Hairspray (anti-humidity).

       

       Game changer

       

       

       

       

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      Embrace the fall season

      As the vibrant hues of summer begin to fade and we transition into the cosy embrace of fall, our hair often needs some extra TLC. 

       

      As a professional colourist and hair stylist, the back-to-school season marks a significant shift in my work. 

      During this season, many of you, my people, find that their hair and scalp require more attention. After the summer months, sun exposure, saltwater, and chlorine, your hair colour and overall scalp health can take a toll. 

      But no worries, I've got your back and a list of juicy tips and tricks to help you restore and rejuvenate their hair, ensuring they step into the new season with confidence and style.

       

      "NOTHING LOOKS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN HEALTHY AND SHINY HAIR"

       

      So, how do we transition from summer to fall? Especially if you live in London, you can have both seasons in just one day!

        During this transitional phase, Davines' Naturaltech Nourishing haircare range comes to the rescue; it offers a perfect solution to nourish, replenish and protect your hair. 

       Do you want to know more about the SCIENCE behind the NATURAL TECH NOURISHING treatment?

      Davines has long been a pioneer in the world of sustainable and effective hair care. Their reformulated Nourishing family, part of the Naturaltech line, is no exception. This range takes haircare to a whole new level with its combination of science and nature, helping you achieve soft, luscious, and nourished hair even in the face of challenging seasonal changes.

       

       Key ingredients

      1. Vegetal Keratin: At the heart of the Nourishing range lies Vegetal Keratin, a unique blend of rice protein and a mix of amino acids. This powerhouse ingredient is designed to mimic the natural keratin found in hair, helping to repair and strengthen it from within.
      2. Biacidic Bond Complex: Developed by Davines' Research and Development Laboratories, the Biacidic Bond Complex is a cutting-edge blend of molecules that seal hair cuticles. BBC locks in moisture but also helps repair the structural integrity of damaged strands, leaving your hair more resilient, smooth, and nourished.

       

      Nourishing Hair and Scalp: A Holistic Approach

      I love Davines, and one of the standout features of Davines' Nourishing range that genuinely captivates me is its holistic approach to haircare. 

       

      "It's more than just a collection of hair products; it's a complete regimen that understands the interconnectedness of hair and scalp health."

       

      Many haircare brands focus solely on addressing issues like dryness or damage. While that's undoubtedly important, Davines is committed to treating the whole ecosystem of hair health.

       

      The Nourishing range isn't content with temporarily making your hair look good. Instead, it dives deeper, considering the importance of a healthy scalp as the foundation for strong, beautiful hair. A nourished scalp means hair follicles are healthier and better prepared to produce vibrant, resilient strands.

       

      Can you use it all year long? 

      The Nourishing Range is a treating range, once or twice a year, ideally post-summer and when your hair deeply needs moisture, repair and hydration. 

       

      The Nourishing range isn't just about short-term fixes. Its carefully curated ingredients and innovative technology offer long-lasting results that keep your hair looking and feeling its best throughout the fall and beyond. By sealing the hair cuticles and providing deep nourishment, you can enjoy the benefits of healthier hair for an extended period.

       

      Click on the products selected in the link below, you will find all my personal tips!

      Additionally, you can customise your order with editable baskets, and you have the option to select your preferred size, whether it's the full size or a convenient sample sachet.

       

      1-Traditional treatment 

      Includes: a shampoo + a building pack + a hair mask + a Keratin sealer 

      Editable ready-to-shop cart

       

      2- Deep treatment - I also absolutely love a pre-wedding prep; 3 to 6 months before the ceremony, it works wonders for the hair and the scalp. 

      Includes: a shampoo + a building pack + a hair mask + a Keratin sealer + royal jelly Lotion 

       Editable ready-to-shop cart

       

       

      DAVINES NATURALTECH  NOURISHING RANGE

       

      The secret for shiny hair

      As a colourist, I am obsessed with hair glossiness, but why does shiny hair look so expensive and beautiful?  

      Shiny hair is a sign of health (NOT WEALTH!) and vitality.

      To help you achieve that glossy look all the time, I wanted you to understand what makes your hair shine and how to care for it properly.

       

      Do you know what causes your hair to appear shiny or not?

      It might not seem very easy to understand at first, but I am sure that after reading this, it will make sense. 

      The eye perceives the shine of the hair through the reflection and refraction of light. When light encounters the hair strands, it undergoes several optical processes. The outer layer of the hair, called the cuticle, reflects light, contributing to the overall sheen. Additionally, the hair's internal structure, such as its thickness and smoothness, affects how light interacts with it.

      Smooth and well-maintained hair tends to reflect more light, creating a shiny appearance. The natural oils on the hair's surface can also enhance this effect. Ultimately, the eye detects variations in the intensity and quality of light reflected from the hair, allowing us to perceive its shine.

       

      What makes hair shine?

      1. Natural Oils: Your scalp produces natural oils, such as sebum, that help keep your hair shiny. Avoid over-washing to retain these oils.
      2. Protein: Your hair is primarily made of a protein called keratin. A protein-rich diet can promote hair health and shine.
      3. Hydration: Proper hydration, inside and out, is key to shiny hair. Drink water and use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner.
      4. Avoid Heat Damage: Excessive heat styling can strip your hair of shine. Use heat protectants and limit the use of hot tools.

       

      10 TOP Tips for Shiny Hair

      1. Balanced Diet: Eat foods rich in protein, vitamins (like Biotin), and minerals (like Zinc) for healthy hair.
      2. Gentle Washing: Don't wash your hair daily; it can strip natural oils. Opt for a sulfate-free shampoo - The Davines shampoos are sulfate-free.
      3. Condition Regularly: Use a good-quality conditioner to lock in moisture. Remember to use hair masks at least once a week. 
      4. Cool Rinse: Finish your shower with a cool water rinse to seal the cuticle and boost shine.
      5. Hair and scalp treatments: Within the scalp, blood vessels supply essential nutrients and oxygen to the hair roots. This nourishment plays a crucial role in promoting hair strength and health. Treating and massaging your scalp contributes to the resilience and vitality of each strand. Therefore, a healthy blood flow is fundamental in nurturing strong and vibrant hair.
      6. Avoid Tight Hairstyles: Wearing tight hairstyles can lead to hair breakage and dullness.
      7. Regular trims + gloss in hair salon: Get your hair trimmed if needed; damaged hair does not look good but dull. Getting your hair gloss/toner refreshed is essential as its PH will close the cuticles of your hair and lock in the pigments and shine. They will also intensify your hair colour, warming up or cooling down, making it look fresh and radiant. 
      8. Protect from the Sun: UV rays can damage hair. Use UV-protective products or wear a hat in the sun. Here is a selection for you. 
      9. Choose the Right Products: Io use hair products that are suitable for your hair type. Avoid using products that are too heavy or cleanse too much, even if they are of good quality.
      10. Silk Pillowcase: Sleeping on a silk pillowcase reduces friction, helping maintain hair's shine.

       

      Conclusion
      You can always maintain shiny hair with proper care. To achieve this, focus on maintaining a healthy scalp, protecting your hair from damage, and following a hair care routine that suits your needs. It's important to remember that consistency is key to unlocking the secrets of shiny, lustrous hair.

          

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