This is Fun

The Barber Brown Blog

This is FUN Blog introduction.

Introducing the new Barber Brown's Blog! “This is Fun”

We will be posting about events we have on in the salon, new and upcoming ideas, trends, video tutorials and stories from within the salon.

Let’s start off with a little bit about us and what we do!

We are a “Gender neutral” non-judgemental Salon. That means that we do not have any preconceptions when it comes to gender roles / what societies roles “should be”.

This means that everyone is welcome here, people who don’t conform to these gender roles can come here comfortably, people who feel they may be nervous to ask for a specific style as they may be worried what the stylist may say, everyone and anyone is welcome at Barber Brown’s and we are very proud to be working with this ethos.

We believe in equality here at Barber Brown’s, which is why our pricing is based on the length and amount of hair you have, nothing else. We don’t understand why “Men’s haircuts” should be differently priced to “Women’s haircuts”.

We are always looking for new things we could be doing to make us different from any other salon.
We are preparing to go to a homeless hostel and do a day of free haircuts, we run Macmillan coffee mornings to help raise money for “Macmillan Cancer Support”, we are going to be putting up vlogs within the salon which include; styling tutorials, selecting an appropriate shampoo and conditioner, tips and advice for maintaining healthy hair, updates on any events we are hosting / attending and many more ideas still to come.


Happy Valentine's Day

2020 at Barber Brown's so far...

We did it! We made it through January!


Before Jess even became manager at Barber Brown's Jess was keen on having an all vegan Salon. And truth be told we were already around 80% of the way there. Veganuary has come and gone but we'd just like to share any useful tips and links to those who are looking at continuing the vegan lifestyle.


Fact #1 - ALL of our products that we use in the salon are organic, cruelty free and vegan.

When we say all, this ranges from:

  • Cleaning products (example, the eco egg; eco-friendly and hypoallergenic alternative to washing detergent – uses natural cleaning pellets that contain no harsh chemicals)

  • Towels are bio degradable and arrive wrapped in paper (zero plastic)

  • Washing up liquid is cruelty free and vegan (I mean who would have thought that washing up liquid is still tested on animals - crazy!)

  • Sampoos and styling products

Fact #2 - The milk we use with teas, coffees, hot chocolates etc are all plant based milks. We use soya milk, oat milk and almond but there are so many more for you to try. Oat milk seems to be the creamiest which is great for coffee but our most popular is soya milk, preferably sweetened.

Fact #3 - All our drinks are served with a small snack, lotus biscuits and you guessed it, they're vegan! Along with oreos, party rings, bourbons, sugar-free Maryland cookies plus many more! We also have sweeties available for our fans, such as skittles, starburst and mint chocolate sweets. Please note the sweet selection does tend to very.

Did you try veganuary this year? Or did you have a dry January? Comment on our Facebook post and start chatting!!

We have left some links below if you wanted to look into anything discussed above.



Product range

Milk alternatives

Vegan snacks

Some of January's styles...

We're now mid February! Its the month for Love! ..

Not really, EVERY MONTH is for Love! And whoever you love and

whatever you love just remember, WE LOVE YOU! Oh gosh...CHEESY right?

We like to make Barber Brown's a fun environment, come and keep us

company at Barber Browns,we are ALL Single! We sadly don't have a speed dating event on but we do have sweeties!!!

Get a gorgeous colour, cut or blow-dry for a date with a special someone, or just yourself!

And remember... in a room full of people want yourself first.


Gender Neutral

And what this means to us


Gender Neutral in our salon means that you are not subjected to specific roles depending on your sex / gender.

We follow this because hair is hair, it takes the same amount of time to cut / style no matter how you identify as

a person. We believe in equality, hence why we follow this rule so closely, we want people to walk in and feel immediately welcome in the salon without having to think “Do they cut Men’s or Women’s hair?” or having to think “Will they cut my hair?”.

We have a fair ruling in that no matter who you are (or identify as), we only base the amount of your service, on the amount of hair that you have / time taken to complete the service.


I’ve personally always wanted to work in a Gender Neutral salon ever since I started hairdressing. We have had a number of people come to us, having previously been refused by a barbers due to their identity. (and who feel intimidated entering a salon as they are unsure of how to present to a hairdresser what it is they want)
The idea that a certain sex / gender pay more or less because of how they were born sounds crazy when you say it out loud, and the truth is, it is crazy!

A style should be suited to your client not to their sex / gender.
Coming to the salon is the first step to changing your identity, by doing this we are helping people to identify the way they feel, which to us is the most important part of coming to the salon.


Unrealistic Expectations

And price transparency

Social media can be a very powerful influence in modern society, people post about everything!
Whether its food, nails, holidays, presents, animals or hair, someone… somewhere… has instagrammed about it. This can be amazing, and we really benefit from getting the word out and showing the world what we can do! However, this can also hinder us in a way that people edit their photos so much that people expect colours that in some cases don’t even exist. The expectation that you can go from Black to platinum blonde like Kim Kardashian did, is not real!

People expect that they can walk in and walk out with a complete change in a short amount of time, or for a cheap price and realistically, that can’t happen. We believe in honesty among ourselves and our clients, so if you think you can walk in with box dye on your hair and then walk out being a rose gold / ashy blonde in a few hours, we’ve got some news for you…


We love big changes and we love that social media has given you so much more choice and confidence to be bold and daring, it’s just a lot of photos out there have had such good editing / photoshop that they can give an unrealistic image of what can be achieved / applicable to your hair. The best way to avoid disappointment when looking up ideas is to:

1. Cover the face of whoever you’ve seen a cut / colour on and see if you still love it / can imagine it on yourself. We’d all like to look like Jennifer Aniston / Zayn…

2. When looking at a picture and you’re thinking that you would like that colour, can you keep zooming in without it pixelized (becoming blurred)? If not, then that means that this picture has been edited multiple times and that isn’t the true hair colour.

3. See if the type of hair you have is similar OR you’d be willing to put the time into managing your hair to achieve the look you’re going for.

4. If the colour is a big change from where you are to where you want to be, arrange a colour consultation and talk us through your ideas, that way we can give you a realistic expectation on price, time and result. You can even go one further and test a strand of your hair, giving us a real result.

5. Be aware that your hair will begin to fade immediately, this is the same for everyone, this is not something that you are doing however there are ways to help prevent further fade.

Buying a shampoo and conditioner that is completely free from sulphates, parabens, waxes, mineral oils and sodium chloride. This will help look after your hair which in turn means your hair will hold the colour for a longer period of time.

Your colour can fade into different colours, such as purple hair can fade into green, red into pink, green into blue or lilacs/silvers into beige. You will need the opposite tones for example if you’ve had purple put on your hair you will require red or pink tones put on after some time to cover the green. We are happy to provide you with a top up as an add-on to your service in which there will be a small fee applied.

Ash tones will NOT LAST! This is true across the board, there are no brands that have a wanted ash tone that will stay in your hair. (We have put the word wanted since some colours do fade into green which is an ash tone.) The ash tones mentioned here are lilac and silver.

Some tones can only be applied to pure WHITE hair (lilac/silver), there must be no hint of warmth (yellow) and again this is something that is everywhere, and we are making you aware of this before your service.

Not to say this can’t be done, but lifting hair in the gentlest way possible, can and will take time.

When your regrowth comes through this will need topping up. The longer you leave it to get your colour topped up the more this will cost you as it begins to fall under colour correction. Anything longer than an inch of regrowth can cause something called banding. Banding is where your root colour matches your ends but there is a mid-section that has taken differently and creates an unwanted band throughout your colour.

To keep up with your colour we recommend rebooking within four to six weeks at most. This isn’t a must, but this will benefit you and the best results all year round.


All in all, we are so happy when you come in with photos, just try to be a bit understanding if it takes some time to achieve or if we have to slightly tweak your idea to be a bit more realistic. And being aware that the look that you want might actually be achieve but over multiple visits or over take the full day which will be priced higher than a root touch up.


Manic Panic

“Manic Panic Hair Color Is Tested on Celebrities, Not Animals!”- Manic Panic

Wanting to try something a little bit more daring? Maybe you’re thinking of going all out with a bright and bold colour!? Why wouldn’t you!?

At Barber Brown's we use Manic Panic which is a 100% vegan and cruelty free semi-permanent colour.
The ingredients are natural and are free from; parabens, gluten, PPD, ammonia, resorcinol and phthalates. This means as well as it being cruelty free and vegan, there are no ingredients in the direct product that’s going to cause any damage to your hair or person.

We love doing all the bright and crazy colours, but they do require a lot of thought!

If you’re thinking of going for something bright and beautiful there’s a few things you should be aware of;

  • Colours do fade without a doubt.

  • They do need to be topped up.

  • They can in some cases take a long time to achieve.

  • You will look amazing.

  • People will definitely want to ask you about it!

These colours are always eye catching and of course worth it but are also something you need to commit to, after having a consultation about your colour choice with us, we can go through with you the best ways to keep your hair looking fresh and vibrant! We can also send you away with some of the dye we used to top up your bright colours / keep them from fading to an undesirable colour.

The Information below was taken from the Manic Panic's website:

Manic Panic hair dye does not damage hair and contains restorative properties, acting as a conditioner that hydrates and "fills” processed hair.

 Manic Panic Hair Color should be used exactly as supplied and described on the packaging. Do not add peroxide or other permanent hair colorants.

 Manic Panic hair colorants may temporarily stain skin and permanently stain the fabric of clothes, towels and bedding etc.

Ethical Hairdressing

What do you do for the environment?

Being eco-friendly or environmentally friendly is becoming more and more important. You can see the term used in everything from job ads to dating profiles to even listings houses and vacation homes. So, what is being eco-friendly?

The simplest way to define what being eco-friendly means is to say that it is the act of living with intent. The intent is focused on not creating harm to environment, and to prevent as much harm from occurring to the environment through your interactions with it. At Barber Browns sustainability is at the forefront of our minds.

How do we run an ethical and sustainable salon?

Our salon brand Affinage is a UK brand, made in the UK which ultimately keeps our c02 emissions for transportation of your colour from the manufacturer to your hair.  Most well-known salon products are made in a region in Italy meaning the C02 emission is considerably more.

INFINITI® formulations contain more than 90% naturally derived ingredients, obtained from sustainable and renewable sources. The conditioning emulsion cream base with Shea Butter and Argan Oil adds protection, suppleness and incredible shine for beautiful, healthier looking hair. Affinage products are also Vegan and cruelty free.

Compared to other salons who; wash their towels, use tumble dryers, use soap and detergents as well as a lot of water and electricity we say NO to destroying the environment. Our towels are made from “100% soft and natural biodegradable wood fibers from certified sustainable sources.” They are up to 15x more absorbent than traditional cotton hairdressing towels, so you only need one from wash to finish. They are also a vegan product and biodegrade within 8 weeks and are compostable.

Not only are the towels we buy biodegradable, but our gloves are also biodegradable.

We are a vegan salon this means we serve delicious hot and cold drinks; serviced with soya or almond milk, our snacks and the occasional sweets are plant based.

Healthier Lifestyle

Along with the eco-friendly benefits, there are also personal benefits that coincide with using all-natural products. Plastics, for example, are known to have BPA, lead, and other harmful chemicals that can cause many different illnesses and diseases in both children and adults. For adults, the risks include diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and reproductive system abnormalities. For children, it can cause premature puberty, diabetes, stunted growth, and autoimmune disorders. Eco-friendly, all-natural products ensure safety from all dangerous chemicals, and allows families to avoid risky additives that can cause any of these issues. Using eco-friendly products improves quality of life in terms of mortality, age, diseases, and illnesses. They ensure the safety of families and the planet.

If you would like to read more then I will leave some links below. - Our Towels - Where the healthier lifestyle information is from – plus lots more helpful information - Affinage Home Page


How to Look After Your Colour Treated Hair!

All the tips and tricks..

So you’ve just had your hair coloured at Barber Browns!?
You must look amazing! Let’s keep it that way!

Here’s what you need to do at home to make sure your coloured hair lasts, and stays as perfect as possible!

Step one, ask yourself a few questions:
Am I using the right shampoo and conditioner for my hair type?
Am I using anything that will further damage my hair?
Have I listened to my hairdressers advice?

Firstly Shampoo and Conditioner are very important first steps to making sure your hair is in the best condition it can be, and by using the correct products on your hair you can ensure colours last longer and look glossier overall!


Secondly making sure you aren’t damaging your hair by using excessive heat on your hair via straighteners / blow drying with too high a temperature / washing it too often. Its important to use heat protectors / oils before using any heated equipment. When using heated

equipment most straighteners / wands range from 95 – 170°C. After hair is exposed to over 130°C damage occurs to the hair. Colours can be made brassier if affected by heat and can also lead to discolouration. Heat protectors don’t completely protect the hair from heat damage but can reduce the effects of heat on the hair by up to 50%.

Thirdly our advice is important, we want the best for your hair and will only promote the things you need! We aren’t trying to force products on you if you don’t need them, all of our advice comes from a place of care and wanting your hair to be in the best state it can be, to show off your colour and to show you how much we know about the science of hair.

It’s also worth noting that if you have changed your colour quite dramatically that you may need to pop in for toners to build up your colour or semi’s if you are wanting them to last longer. By doing this you build up the tone in the hair which allows the colour to last longer, giving you more longevity and shine.



Alex's Story

A Gender Neutral Salon Experience at Barber Brown's


In order to protect this persons identity I will refer to this person as “Alex” (not their real name).


In order to protect this persons identity I will refer to this person as “Alex” (not their real name).

 Alex came to us having been told that we are a gender neutral salon and that we accommodate everyone. Alex has come to a recent realization that they identify as a transgendered woman and wanted a more feminine haircut. It’s very hard to tell people that you know about this realization, let alone complete strangers, that’s why when someone comes into our salon in this situation we always do are very best to be as understanding as we can and tailor their new style to them.

This can be difficult when completely changing a style as the person may have never seen themselves with this type of cut, which is why going through every step and making sure the person is comfortable and knows what’s going on is the most important thing to us at Barber Brown's!





We will never refuse a type of haircut, how you want to present yourself and how you identify is a very important thing to each individual. We will however guide you on what we think will be the best course of action and how you can help style your hair to perhaps make the haircut look a little more feminine as Alex wanted. Or the opposite and styling the hair for a sharper and slightly more masculine, we will offer tips and help you plan the next move, as you might need to grow your hair to get the desired look.


Face shape and bone structure can also be a large contributing factor, for example someone might want the opposite to Alex in the sense that they'd prefer a more masculine look. If this person has soft features then shaving their hair could have the opposite effect than the desired result.  It can be difficult to tell someone what they might think they want could actually be a step in the wrong direction. We're not just here to cut your hair, we're here to plan for next several haircuts, we're here to guide you and help you feel as comfortable as you can possibly feel in your skin.

At Barber Brown's we are trained to exclude your actual gender and include how you choose to identify.

Alex was booked in with our Manager Jess and has since recommended us to their friends.

*These images are not of Alex*

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