Frequently Asked Questions

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Do Perms Suit All Hair Types?
Can I Colour My Hair With a Perm?
Will a Perm Damage My Hair?
Which Type of Perm Can I Have?
How Long Does Getting a Perm Take?
How Long Does a Perm Last?
Is Balayage The Same as Highlights?
Can Balayage Be Done On All Colours & Lengths?
How Long Does a Balayage Appointment Take?
Is Balayage High Maintenance Hair Colour?
Which Hair Colours Can I Have With Balayage?
What types of haircuts and styles does Hoop Hair Salon offer?
How do I know which haircut or style is best for me?
Can I bring pictures of hairstyles I like to my appointment?
How often should I schedule a haircut?
Do you offer styling services for special occasions or events?
What types of hair extensions does Hoop Hair Salon offer?
How long do hair extensions typically last?
Are hair extensions damaging to natural hair?
Can I style my hair extensions?
Do you offer consultation appointments for hair extensions?
What bridal hair services does Hoop Hair Salon offer?
Do you offer bridal hair trials?
Can you accommodate bridal parties?
How far in advance should I book my bridal hair appointment?
Do you offer on-location bridal hair services?

The perm is ideal for those with straight hair or hair that lacks volume, who want more texture and movement. A perfect perm candidate is someone who has always longed for curly hair, using styling tools on a near daily basis, perms also work best on hair that has not been previously coloured. The perm is ideal for those who have naturally curly or wavy hair, which has dropped over time. The modern perm is amazing for putting the bounce back into the hair so, if this sounds like you, you can recreate your childhood curls.

If you would like to speak to one of our experts about whether a perm hairstyle is for you, book a free hair consultation at our Clacton on Sea salon.

If you normally have your hair coloured at Hoop Hair, we would recommend visiting us either two weeks before or two weeks after having the perm done. Unfortunately, a perm doesn’t work on overly bleached hair, so if you’ve had lots of highlights in the last few years, this may not be a suitable treatment for you. If you have hair that’s prone to lots of frizz, we may recommend a hair smoothing or nourishing treatment in our salon...

This is one of the biggest concerns that clients have when considering a perm. As long as your hair is in good condition to start with there should be no damage to your hair. A consultation with our perming experts will allow your Hoop Hair expert to assess the health and structure of your hair. We may recommend a hair cut with layers prior to your perm, to create movement and relieve weight from your hair, which will help the perm hold longer, as the curls won’t be so weighed down.

It is important that you discuss the finished look that you desire at your consultation. Your Hoop Hair perm specialist will assess your hair and advise you on how we can get your desired curl.

If you’re concerned about getting curls that are too tight, ask your Hoop stylist to show you the rods that they will use to perm your hair. Factors that can determine the tightness or looseness of the curl include the rod size and how long the perm solution is kept in. We can wind your hair differently, depending on the curly style or volumised look you would like us to create.  Options include:

    This will give your roots a lift rather than creating waves and curls.
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    Traditional small perm rollers are 0.5cm, but we can now also use up to a 2.5cm bendy roller for looser curls, depending on the curls that you desire. This will produce a large curl or wave which can still be straightened using styling tools if you want to change your look at home.
    This option involves leaving approximately 2 inches from the crown to produce a style is flat on top but gives volume and curls on the sides.

The length of your perm appointment will depend on the length of your hair, but we recommend you allow up to 2 hours. We will always start your appointment with a refresh from your consultation to ensure we are clear on the look that you desire.

Perms can last up to six months, depending on your hair type and your choice of perm. Ask your Hoop stylist about ways you can help to maintain your perm as much as possible.

Balayage is a French hair colouring technique where the colour is hand-painted onto the hair to create natural-looking, sun-kissed highlights. Unlike traditional highlights, balayage creates a softer, more blended effect with less noticeable regrowth lines.

Yes, balayage can be customised for various hair types and lengths. Whether you have short hair, long hair, straight hair, or curly hair, our skilled colourists at Hoop Hair Salon can tailor the balayage technique to suit your individual needs.

The duration of a balayage hair colouring session depends on factors such as the complexity of your desired look, your hair's current condition, and its length. On average, a balayage appointment can take around 2 to 4 hours.

Balayage is designed to have a soft and seamless regrowth, which means you can enjoy longer periods between touch-ups compared to traditional highlights. However, some maintenance may still be required to keep your balayage looking its best. Our stylists can recommend the appropriate touch-up schedule based on your hair's needs.

Balayage offers versatility when it comes to hair colour options. While popular choices include natural-looking shades such as caramel, honey, or sun-kissed blondes, clients choose bold fashion colours, reds, brunettes and even pastel hair colours! You can discuss your desired colour with our expert colourists. They will assess your hair and skin tone to suggest the most flattering shades for your balayage look.

Our salons offers a wide range of haircut and styling services, including precision cuts, layered cuts, textured cuts, blunt cuts, bobs, pixie cuts, and more. Our experienced stylists are skilled in creating versatile styles to suit your unique preferences and hair type.

Our stylists at Hoop Hair Salon offer personalised consultations to help you determine the best haircut or style for your face shape, hair texture, lifestyle, and desired look. During the consultation, we'll discuss your preferences and provide expert recommendations to achieve a hairstyle that enhances your natural beauty, showcases your personality and makes you feel fabulous!

Absolutely! We encourage clients to bring inspiration photos of hairstyles they like to their appointment. This helps our stylists better understand your vision and tailor the haircut or style to your preferences. We'll work with you to recreate the look while considering factors like hair texture and suitability.

The frequency of haircuts depends on various factors, including your hair's growth rate, desired style, and maintenance preferences. As a general guideline, most clients benefit from scheduling a haircut every 4-8 weeks to maintain their desired shape and manage split ends.

However, our stylists will provide personalised recommendations based on your hair's needs.

Yes, Hoop Hair Salon offers styling services for special occasions and events, including weddings, proms, parties, and more. Whether you're looking for an elegant updo, glamorous curls, or a sleek blowout, our stylists will create a stunning hairstyle that complements your outfit and makes you feel confident for your special day. We recommend scheduling an appointment in advance to ensure availability.

At Hoop Hair Salon, we offer a variety of hair extension options to suit your needs, including micro-ring extensions. Our experienced stylists will help you choose the best type of extensions based on your hair type, desired look, and lifestyle.

The lifespan of hair extensions depends on various factors, such as the type of extensions used, how well they are maintained, and your hair growth cycle. Your Hoop extensions expert will be able to advise you on the correct aftercare and how regularly you will need to visit us for a maintenance appointment.

When applied and maintained correctly by trained professionals, hair extensions should not cause damage to your natural hair. Our stylists at Hoop Hair Salon are skilled in proper extension application techniques that minimise stress on your hair, ensuring both the longevity of the extensions and the health of your natural hair.

Yes, you can style your hair extensions just like your natural hair. However, it's essential to use caution when applying heat styling tools to extensions to preserve their quality and lifespan. We recommend consulting with one of our stylists for personalised advice on styling your extensions at home.

Yes, we encourage all clients interested in hair extensions to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our experienced stylists. During the consultation, we will assess your hair, discuss your desired look, explain the extension options available, and provide recommendations tailored to your preferences and lifestyle.

At Hoop Hair Salon, we offer a comprehensive range of bridal hair services tailored to suit your unique style and preferences. Our services include bridal hair consultations, bridal hair styling, updos, braiding, hair extensions, and more.

Yes, we highly recommend scheduling a bridal hair trial with one of our experienced stylists. During the trial, we will work closely with you to understand your vision, try out different styles, and make adjustments until we achieve the perfect look for your special day.

To book your bridal consultation and trial, simply call us on 01255 474392.


Absolutely! We specialise in catering to bridal parties of all sizes. Whether you're looking to have just the bride's hair styled or need hair services for the entire bridal party, including bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and groom, flower girls, etc., we can accommodate your needs.

We recommend booking your bridal hair appointment as soon as your wedding date is confirmed. This ensures that you secure your preferred date and time slot, especially during peak wedding seasons. However, we can try to accommodate last-minute bookings based on availability, so don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Yes, we understand the convenience of having your bridal hair services done at your desired location. Whether you prefer to get ready at home, your hotel, or your wedding venue, our team will travel to you, ensuring a stress-free and enjoyable experience on your wedding day. Please enquire about on-location services when booking your appointment.