Why Balayage Is Great For Short Hair Too

Very often people think that balayage is only for long hair, but that’s really not the case. Here at Zebra Hair salon in Sleaford, we have created some amazing balayage looks on short hair, as well as long hair.

If you have long hair, short hair, curly hair or even thinning hair – balayage in Sleaford can work for you and your hair. It’s a hair colour technique that sweeps different colours and shades into hair of all lengths and textures. Balayage adds volume, vibrancy and life to your hair.

However, balayage needs experience and skills to achieve the stunning results that you can get when balayage is done right. We do a lot of balayage appointments in Sleaford for our clients. We have lots of experience with this technique. You can rest assured that we can create the new look you want for your hair.

The great thing about balayage is that there really is something for everyone. If you are looking for the ‘just back from holiday’ sun-kissed naturally looking hair colour, this can be achieved with balayage easily. You can also create that statement look with the help of bright and bold colours for your balayage.

If you are looking to add warmth, volume and fullness to your hair then we would recommend the richer and deeper colour tones for your balayage. Balayage also offer eye catching colours and transformations that really turn heads. But if you want something more natural why not opt for subtle hues and blends? These will gently accentuate your look and style.

The best results from a balayage colour appointment is with a good, fresh cut. If you have shorter hair, this is even more important. The sweeps of colour from balayage will bring different elements to your hairstyle and really put you in the spotlight. Make sure your cut is as clean as your fresh colour to give that ‘wow’ look to your hair.

If you thought your hair was to thin, short or curly for balayage hair colour in Sleaford, we hope you can now see you were wrong. Call us now to book your hair colour appointment and let’s see what amazing results we can create for you.


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The Golden Rules Of Colouring Hair In Sleaford

When it comes to colouring hair in Sleaford, there are some golden rules that need to be followed. This is especially the case if you haven’t coloured your hair before. In this blog post we share some of the golden rules of colouring hair in Sleaford. These rules help you understand the importance of hair colouring safety and how to get the most out of your hair colour.


The first thing we will do is book you in for a hair colour consultation. This gives us chance to look at your hair and your skin tone. Our hair colourists in Sleaford will talk to you about your hair routine and your dream hair colour goals. If you have photos of hair colours you like, bring these along. It’s important to remember that hair colouring is a chemical process. If you have coloured your hair before, professionally or at home, we will need to know.

Test Time

Don’t worry, there will be no tricky questions for you. This is when our professional hair colour experts will test your hair. They will look at the elasticity of your hair and how porous your hair is. This will help them understand how well a new colour will work on your hair. You will have a skin allergy test so we can make sure you won’t react to the hair colour. This needs to be done 48 hours before your hair colour appointment. We may also do a colour test on a strand of your hair too. This will help you see what the new colour will look like.

Get Planning

What happens to the condition and integrity of your hair will always be at the front of your hair stylists mind. They want you to have fabulous looking hair that screams with health and shine. If there is any doubt over the condition of your hair, your hair colourist may recommend a leave in treatment or an in-salon treatment to boost the health of your hair.

Going Blonde?

It’s important to note that if you are choosing to go blonde, this will take time. Dependent on your hair colour, it is unlikely your blonde hair colour dreams will be achieved in one session. Darker hair needs to be lifted slowly and gently over time. Patience is a virtue, but it will be worth it in the end. Each visit will bring you a step closer to your dream hair colour.

Book your free hair colour consultation now and let’s see what fabulous hair colour we can create for you.



Balayage Versus Highlights

Balayage Versus Highlights

One of the most common questions we are asked at Zeebra hair salon in Sleaford is what the difference between balayage and highlights is. Our clients want to know if they should have highlights or balayage, which is better for their hair, and why. In this blog post we compare balayage to highlights. But first, let’s look at what balayage and highlights are.

What Is Balayage In Sleaford?

Balayage is a French word. It means ‘to sweep’ or ‘to paint’. Balayage isn’t a look, instead it is a technique. The colour is painted on to selected strands of your hair without the use of foils. Balayage commonly creates a warmer colour finish than highlights. It creates a natural sun kissed look for our client’s luscious locks.

What Are Highlights in Sleaford?

Traditionally highlights are select strands of hair that are weaved out of as thin subsection of hair. Foil is typically laid over these hair strands and a lighter colour is used to lighten the colour of the hair. The highlighted hair will be lighter than the rest of the hair. These highlights will lift the level or brightness of the chosen hair strands.

Balayage Versus Highlights

Now let’s compare the two hair colouring techniques to see which could work best for you and your hair.

  • Application

With traditional highlighting, the application is very structured. The highlighting technique covers the whole head. Meanwhile, with balayage, it’s more a free hand painting technique. The hairstylist is Sleaford has more control over where and how the colour is placed on your hair.

  • Finished Result

Classic highlights will compliment your natural colour. This is because they are applied all the way from the roots. The finished result from highlights is a lighter look, from roots to ends. However, with balayage you do not have to have the roots colours. But you can have the roots coloured if you choose. The hair in balayage is natural at the root. It is then blended from the mid to end of the hair, so the style gets progressively lighter towards the ends.

  • Regrowth

For highlights in Sleaford we would recommend that you could back roughly every 8-12 weeks to have your colour done. However, because balayage is a more blended look that blends into your natural hair colour, you have more flexibility as to when you want your next balayage appointment in Sleaford again.

Why not book a hair consultation with one of our stylists so we can discuss the best hair colouring technique for you?



The Fringe Is Back

Are you looking for a quick and creative way to freshen up your hairstyle as we come out of our 3rd lockdown? How about adding a fringe? It’s a great way to update your look, freshen your style and modernise your hair too. The fringe is back; are you ready?

There are some gorgeous fringe ideas out there. We have certainly come a long way since the Lego-style fringes of our school days. Fringes are fresh, modern and very in trend. Whether you’re looking to make a statement or go for a more casual look; we can create the fringe you’re looking for.

These are our three favourite fringes to celebrate the return of the fringe;

  1. Casual Side Sweeping Fringe

If you hate the look of a freshly cut fringe, then a casual side-sweeping fringe is for you. The length of a casual side sweeping fringe should skim just above the top of your eyebrows. This creates a more versatile look to your hairstyle. The finish is a longer, overgrown looking fringe that beautifully frames the face.

  1. Micro Fringe

The micro fringe is for the bold and adventurous among us. It is a blunt cut. The micro fringe should sit around a centimetre above the eyebrows, creating a funky and edgy look. The super short fringe trend is very popular among celebrities too. Just look at Bella Hadid who ricks this super cool fringe in true style.

  1. Coloured Fringe

A really popular fringe trend at present is to add a flash of colour into the fringe. This could be a hidden hair colour that is only seen as you sweep your fringe or pop it up. Alternatively, you could add a vibrant flash of red, purple or blonde to your fringe to really make a statement. Have a chat with your hair stylist about suitable hair colours and colouring techniques to best suit your fringe, hair and face.

Welcoming the fringe back after lockdown is the perfect way to freshen up your look and try something new. Whether you want something bog and bold, or a more gentle and natural style – we can help. Enquire about a hair consultation now and we can get you booked in for when we can return again.

The fringe is back; but will you be trying it?

How To Prepare And Repair Your Hair At Winter

The cold weather and that means the central heating is going on. However, cold weather and central heating are both things that can take their toll on your hair. They will dry your hair out and leave it dehydrated. But don’t worry; help is at hand!

In this blog post we share the 5 ‘H’s of how you can prepare and repair your hair at winter;


A thick hat is a great investment for the winter months. It will stop the elements getting close to your hair. Covering your head and hair with a hat or scarf is a great way to protect your hair from the cold or wet weather.


The cold weather and warm central heating will dry your hair out, so you need to keep it hydrated. Drink plenty of water. If you’re staying hydrated on the inside, this will show on the outside too. Keeping your water levels topped off will result in healthier hair and scalp.

Heat Prevention

Try to avoid the heated tools for styling your hair. The heat will dry out your hair and can risk serious damage to your hair and scalp. We would recommend that you reduce the heat of heated tools on your hair and reduce how much you use them too. If you do have to use them, make sure you use your heat protectant products too.

Hair Care

While you may be tempted to turn up the heat of your shower, this will do your hair more harm that good. Avoid using very hot water as a way to warm you up, as it will harm your hair and scalp. We would recommend that you blow-dry your hair in the winter (carefully as above), to dry your hair. The cold weather can freeze your hair which can result in breakage.

Hair Cuts

The cold weather will result in dry and brittle ends for your hair. Regular trims will help reduce the number of split ends. These trims every few weeks will also encourage healthy hair growth which is always a good thing.


We know that these top tips to prepare and repair your winter will help your hair get the best start in the new year. However, if you are looking for a new hair colour or hair style; give us a call to book a hair appointment in Sleaford.

Easy Ways To Keep Your Hair Healthy This Winter

The cold, wet and windy winter weather can be really harsh on hair. All the winter elements will make your hair dehydrated and more prone to breakage. In this blog post we share just some of our hairdresser’s top tips and easy ways to keep your hair healthy this winter.

  • Turn Down The Heat

A hot shower on a cold, dark morning may feel like the perfect treat, but it will not be a treat for your hair. The hot water will strip the moisture from your hair, and also your skin. We would recommend you keep your showers lukewarm and as short as possible. If you are desperate for a hot shower to warm up, make sure you grab your shower cap.

  • Add Extra Moisture

Treating your hair to some extra moisture is a great idea and will combat your dry hair. There are loads of great moisture creams and leave in moisture masks out there. While the nights are cold and we are stuck in lockdown, why not treat yourself to a pamper evening full of moisturising? Your skin and hair will thank you for it.

  • Opt For Air Drying

It may be fun to have a blow out or straighten your hair so it looks fabulous, but it will not do your hair any favours. Instead allow your hair to air-dry as much as possible. Give your straighteners and curling irons a break and your hair will stay healthier this winter. If you do have a special night our and really want to use your heated tools, make sure you grab the heat protectant!

  • Grab A Hat

As we’ve said, the winter weather elements can do a lot of damage to your hair, so grab a hat to literally protect your hair. If you’d rather a hooded jacket to avoid the risk of hat hair, that will protect your hair too. A satin lined cap is a great option to keep the hat but avoid the hat hair this winter. It will reduce the risk of frizzy hair too.

  • Keep Up With Haircuts

While we know that hasn’t been easy this year with the first lockdown followed by a second. However, as soon as your local hairdressers in Sleaford opens, make sure you are in there. Check out our website now to pre-book your appointment for when lockdown is over. We can give your hair a trim and recommend any other products your specific hair type or hair care routine may need to keep your locks luscious during these colder months.


We can’t wait to welcome you back into our hair salon in Sleaford soon.





3 Common Blow Dry Mistakes To Avoid

Here at Zeebra Hair Salon in Sleaford we do a lot of blow-dries for our clients. These range from curly blow-dries to straight blow-dries, blow-dries for volume and blow-dries for that special nigh out. However, we also know clients like to do their own blow dry at home.

These are 3 common blow dry mistakes people make, and how you can avoid them.

  1. An Average Hair Dryer

Your blow dry will only be as good as your hair dryer. If you want the perfect, professional blow dry with the ‘fresh from hair solon’ look – then you’ll need a professional hair dryer. While a cheap hair dryer may be tempting, or perhaps you have come attached to your old one, a brand-new professional hair dryer will create that professional blow dry look. A professional hair dryer will also come with the attachments that you need to create the perfect blow dry. Pop into our salon and we can recommend the best professional hair dryer for you to help avoid this common blow dry mistake.

  1. No Heat Protection

This is a huge no-no. We are amazed at how many people skip the heat protection products when doing a blow dry at home. This stuff is designed to protect, care for and look after your hair. Why wouldn’t you use it? It’ a super simple step in creating the perfect blow dry that you really shouldn’t ignore. If you’re not sure of the best heat protecting product for your hair, speak to our hairdressers in Sleaford. We will take a look at your hair, ask about your hair care routine and recommend the best hair protecting product for you.

  1. Where You Start

We see so many people that begin their blow dry at the back of the head – but you actually need to start at the front. It may feel awkward at first as it’s not what you’re used to, but it will be worth it. The front of your hair is the bit that you’ll see the most. Concentrating on the parts that are most visible will ensure they dry out less before you get around to them. Work front to back, not back to front. It will result in a beautiful blow dry and reduce the risk of frizzy hair too.

If you have a girl’s night out, date night or a special occasion coming up – book yourself in for a blow dry in Sleaford. You’re guaranteed a great finished result and it will give you time to relax and enjoy yourself too.

Hair Care Tips For Your Autumn Hair

As the sunny skies are replaced with cold winds and rain – it’s time to change up your hair care routine. The cooler weather of the autumn often brings dry and cold air. For many of us this can mean frizzy, brittle and even unmanageable hair. But this can be avoided! We have put together some hair care tips for your autumn hair to help keep your healthy throughout the autumn season.

Relax The Ponytail

The ponytail is a great style for summer, but as the weather turns colder it can result in serious breakage and scalp stress. Try to keep your hair down during the colder months, or softly pinned up. If you have to wear your hair in a ponytail do it a few times a week at the most. Avoid wearing your hair in this style when you go to bed.

Get It Trimmed

No matter your hairstyle, or the hairstyle you are trying to achieve – you need a regular trim. A regular haircut every 8 to 12 weeks, even if it is just to clean up the ends, is highly recommended. During the summer weather the sun exposure can leave your hair damaged and friend. Check with your hairdresser in Sleaford to see if more than a little trim is required.

Add The Moisture

This is our top hair care tip for your autumn hair and one you definitely need to take on board. It is vital that you add a mask of glass treatment to your hair care routine. This will condition the ends while adding lots of healthy shine to your hair. A bi-weekly deep conditioning treatment is recommended. If you’re not sure of the best moisture adding hair product for your hair type, pop into our hair salon in Sleaford. We have a fab selection of products we can recommend.

New Shampoo & Conditioner

When choosing your new shampoo and conditioner, always speak to your professional hairdresser in Sleaford for their recommendation. You need a quality cleanser that will wash away any normal wear and tear from the environment. However, you need to ensure it doesn’t strip your hair of its natural oils and lipids though. Again, have a chat to out fantastic hair stylists in Sleaford. We can recommend the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type.

If you’re looking to have fabulous healthy hair throughout the autumn months, book your hair appointment now to start the right way.

Three Reasons To Visit Your Hairdresser Regularly

Three Reasons To Visit Your Hairdresser Regularly

You will have heard that you need to visit your hairdressers regularly, but you might not be sure why. In this blog post we talk about three reasons to visit your hairdresser in Sleaford regularly and how that will benefit your hair. Ideally you should visit your hairdresser every 4-6 weeks if you want luscious locks.

These are just three of the reasons you should visit your hairdresser regularly.

  1. Healthy Hair

By visiting the hair salon on a regular basis you are keeping your hair in the healthiest condition possible. By visiting once every 4-6 weeks our hairdressers in Sleaford can make sure your hair is well groomed and still in good condition. We can also treat you to a deep conditioning hair treatment to give your hair some extra love and attention. If you have any hair care worries, then we can discuss these too and recommend ways to fix your hair before more serious damage is caused. A regular visit to the hairdressers will keep your hair looking fresh and feeling healthy.

  1. Vibrant Hair Colour

Regularly visiting your hairdresser when you have coloured hair is essential for keeping your vibrant looking hair. We can freshen up your hair colour to ensure that it stays fresh and vibrant. We can offer a root touch up or a toner refresh, for example. Both of these treatments will keep your hues dazzling and stunning. We will keep a record of the tailor-made hair colour you have, so we can make sure your colour stays the same gorgeous shade.

  1. Stronger, Longer Hair

It doesn’t sound right, but by cutting your hair it will actually grow longer. Visiting our hairdressers in Sleaford will encourage strength and vitality in your hair. A regular trim every 4-6 weeks will promote healthy hair growth. The trim will get rid of those weaker and damaged tips and rid you of split ends too. When split ends are left too long they will work their way up your hair strands. Heat on your hair and general wear and tear can cause serious damage to your locks, so a regular hair appointment can give your hair the extra care it needs.


When you’re next at our hair salon in Sleaford ask your hairdresser when they would like you to come back. Everyone is different and their hair is different too. Your next visit could be anything between 4 and 8 weeks away. This is dependent on your hair condition, colour, style and cut.


How To Care For Your New Fringe Haircut

How To Care For Your New Fringe Haircut

The full fringe hairstyle is a bold look, but it looks incredibly and has loads of benefits. It is a hairstyle that can go with a classic bob or a gorgeous long hairstyle. The fringe frames the face perfectly and beautifully –but it does need caring for!

In this blog post we have put together some top tips so you know how to care for your new fringe haircut. If a fringe is a completely new hairstyle for you then these simple fringe hair care tips will come in really handy!

Clean Fringe

Your fringe touches your face and this can result in oils from your skin getting into your hair and making it look greasy. If you have a fringe you or shorter hair then you may need to wash your hair more than usual. However, if you prefer not to wash your hair too often then just shampooing the fringe is fine. You may even prefer a quick spray of dry shampoo which will also do the job.

The typical British weather can often bring unexpected windy days or heavy showers, so pop a comb in our handbag. This way, no matter what the weather brings, you can keep your fabulous fringe looking, well, fabulous!

Fringe Styling

You will love trying out new styles with your new fringe and haircut in Sleaford. Take the time to play around with your new fringe. You can try out up-dos, different partings, pinning sections back and even the classic beehive if you have time. Your new fringe gives you a new look. Embrace this new look; find some different hairstyles to suit you and the day ahead.

Blow Drying

We would recommend that you blow-dry your fringe when you get out of the shower. This is because your fringe will dry much faster than the rest of your hair. You need to grab a curly bristle brush and then use the nozzle of the hair dryer to direct the hot air where you want it. Do not forget to use heat protection products on your hair to reduce the risk of heat damage.

If you want to tuck the ends under then blow dry your fringe from above with the bristle brush below. You could also comb the fringe straight and blow dry it for a neat and straight look. However, if you prefer a natural look you can twist sections of your fringe so they dry in same direction as the rest of your hair.

Fringe Maintenance

It is important that you keep your fringe the right length and right shape for your face. You may want to book in for a trim in between hair appointments in Sleaford. This will help maintain your fringe and keep it exactly as you want. There is no need to book this appointment at your hair cut, just wait and see how quickly your fringe grows and then you can book a trim in Sleaford, before your next ‘main’ hair appointment.

If you’ve been considering a fringe for a while but you’re not sure if it is right for you; book a free hair consultation. Our friendly hairdressers in Sleaford will have a chat about your hair and the look you want to achieve. They can then recommend the best hairstyle of fringe for you.