Get Rose Byrne’s Hollywood Curls 

Short-haired celebrities such as Rose Byrne have an effortless hairstyle which is easy to maintain if you’re constantly strapped for time.

Create some signature Hollywood curls by using an iron or wand which keeps hair voluminous and bouncy for days. Follow this easy guide to achieve classic Hollywood curls just like our girl, Rose!

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1. Begin with hair which has been freshly washed and dried. For an extra lift on your roots, use a volumising shampoo which creates an extra boost with minimal effort. Massage gently into your hair, and rinse with lukewarm water.

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Edward Beale Volumising Shampoo, $8.99

2. After hair has completely dried, use a pea-sized amount of oil and work this into your ends. Don’t bring it to the scalp since it will only lead to flat, lifeless locks.

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Klorane Strengthening Serum with Quinine-Caffeine Complex, $32.95

3. To create those signature curls, use a wand, iron, or old-school rollers; it just depends on what you’re most comfortable with! If you are using a curling wand, section hair with a clip and start from top to bottom. This will ensure that the curls at the top will last, and won’t drop in the process.

4. Wrap small pieces of hair around the wand for 5-7 seconds, then release and shake the hair. This creates a classic, curl which doesn’t look too refined.

5. After you’re done, lightly spray your roots with a sea-salt spray. Work the product in with your fingers to create some extra volume before heading out the door.

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Lush Sea Spray, $12.50

Image via Talking Makeup

January 11, 2015

Get The Look: Selena Gomez’s Voluminous Curls

There is no denying that singer and actress Selena Gomez, has some of the best locks in the business.

While we love her hair looking super-straight and sleek, there’s just something about a curly hairdo which is perfect for creating drama on sad, lifeless hair. Create this look at home by following our five simple steps below.

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1. Start with hair that has been freshly washed and blow-dried, preferably using a volume-maximising shampoo and conditioner. Work the product into your scalp, and massage for a few minutes into the follicles of your hair.

Get the look - Selena's Voluminous Curls

Carolyn Harding Volume Maintenance Shampoo Wash, $13.99

2. When you’re just about finished in the shower, rinse hair one last time with cold water – this helps to keep hair shiny and frizz-free! While your hair is still wet, use a leave-in conditioner to control dry hair, and lock-in moisture without leaving hair too oily.

Get the look - Selena's Voluminous Curls

KMS California MOISTREPAIR leave-in conditioner, $31.95

3. To create Selena’s signature curls, use hot rollers or a curling wand. In this case, we suggest using a curling wand since it’s so much easier to use! Depending on how thick or thin you want your curls, choose a larger barrel for big curls, and a smaller barrel for tighter ones.

Grab small pieces of hair, curl from root to tip, and remember to style hair away from your face. This will ensure that your curls look natural rather than framing the face in an unflattering way.

Get the look - Selena's Voluminous Curls

John Frieda Curling Tong, $49.99

4. Spritz hair lightly with a heat protecting spray, and make sure to keep product away from the roots. Curl your hair working in sections, and start from top to bottom (this ensures that the curls on the top remain intact).

Get the look - Selena's Voluminous Curls

TRESemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray, $8.04

5. Take small strands of hair from above the ears, and pin back to the sides to achieve this bombshell look. Make sure the pins are the same colour as your hair – this will disguise any hair faux-pas!

Get the look - Selena's Voluminous Curls

Lady Jayne Bobby Pins (Black), $2.99

Image via Celebzz

November 28, 2014

Different Ways To Curl Long Hair

Having long hair can often be a burden and a joy at the same time, especially if you need some serious body to accessorise those super-straight locks. Curling your hair is the best way to give the illusion of some volume, especially if you love to experiment with your hairstyles.

But the technique itself takes a lot of practice, coupled with the fact that your hair might not make it last the distance! Below are just a few different ways to curl long hair, and keep it looking fabulous all day.

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Straightening iron

One of the easiest and time efficient ways to curl your hair is with a straightening iron, (especially if you want to keep your hairstyling products to a minimum). Start with freshly washed and dried hair, making sure that you’ve applied a heat-protectant to the ends.

Start by seectioning off your hair and grab pieces which are as thin as you index finger, since this will give the best hold. Glide the straightener through your hair (starting from your roots), then twist the straightener over the length of your hair. This should be a very fluid motion, since resting the straightener on your hair for a long time will instead cause kinks.

Different Ways To Curl Long HairnuMe Silhouette, $193.29

Curling wand

There are so many curling wands out on the market, thin barrels, thick barrels, clamps, and even clamp-less – and this just comes down to your personal preference. If you’re starting out, then think about investing in a clamp-less curling wand, this makes it so much easier to achieve a natural curl. The thicker the barrel, the more natural your curls will become.

If you are using a curling wand equipped with a clamp, just remember that it essentially works the same way as a straightener. Don’t apply too much pressure to the hair, since it could get locked in and create an artificial curl which won’t suit your face.

Different Ways To Curl Long Hair

Cloud Nine: The Wand, $299

Hot rollers

Rollers are a great way to give your hair a boost of volume if you have the time. As always, if you want a defined curl, use a smaller pair of hot rollers. Wrap thin sections of hair over the roller working from your ends up to the scalp.

Different Ways To Curl Long Hair

Babyliss Pro Multi Size Hot Roller Set, $159.95


Of course we’ve left the easiest one until last! Plaits are a super easy way to achieve a bit of texture in your hair, especially if you can sleep in them! Section off hair into two parts, and create a loose plait before securing the end with a hair tie.

How do you prefer to curl your hair?

Image via Victoria’s Secret

October 26, 2014

Get the Look: Christina Aguilera’s Tight Curls Hairstyle

Celebrity hairdresser David Babaii created Christina Aguilera’s gorgeous curly hairstyle for last night’s The Voice. If your hair has natural curl this is a cool hairstyle for nights out. All it takes is a little product to define the curl, and some volume, and you’re set!

1. Start by applying Big Sexy Hair Big Altitude Bodifying Blow Dry Mousse to the hair to add volume.

2. After adding mousse to the hair, David blow dried using his hands to create texture and life.

3. Then he sectioned the hair into four sections: top, crown, sides and nape. Starting at the nape, he curled very small sections using small barrel curling irons. He alternated between 1/4″ and 1/2″ curling irons, holding the hair for 10 seconds. Using different size curling irons makes the hair look more natural and bouncy. Complete the other sections of your hair.

4. To set the look, David used Big Sexy Hair Big Boost for added volume and definition. Take each section and lightly work the product in.

5. Finally, David created a zig-zag side part, and then sprayed the hair with Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play hairspray, which is the perfect hairspray for flexible hold on big hairstyles like Christina’s.

What do you think of Christina Aguilera’s curly hairstyle? Do you think it suits her?

November 21, 2013

Get The Look: 1920s Waves Like Christina Hendricks’ Emmys Hair

Need wedding hair inspiration whether you’re the bride or a guest? We think these flapper-inspired, 1920s waves, like Christina Hendricks showed off at last month’s Emmys, are the perfect elegant hairstyle for medium to long hair. Simply pair with a feminine dress, antique jewellery and a vampish red lip.

We asked celebrity hairstylist Dario Cotroneo to share his how-to to recreate this gorgeous hairstyle in just 4 easy steps.

1. Section a side part from the hairline to the crown area. Then section hair at the back of head into three even sections.

2. Begin each section in the back area by backcombing the roots and spray with Thermal Image from Wella. Place the hair under the MYCURL and roll up horizontally. Starting from the mid lengths area, secure the first strap then continue rolling the MYCURL to the roots and secure the second strap. Then clamp the irons over the MYCURL for 15seconds. Repeat for the other two back sections.

3. Divide the front sections into two sections on both side of the face, roll in two Large MYCURLs on both side sections away from the face without the backcombing, spray with Thermal Image from Wella and roll a Large MYCURL into the hair horizontally from the mid lengths and secure with straps around the cheekbone area. Then clamp irons over the MYCURL for 15 seconds. Allow hair to cool down for 20 minutes.

4. After hair has cooled, remove all MYCURLs and lightly brush hair forward from the mid-lengths to ends in order to separate the curls, and then spray some shine spray for a glossy finish. To keep your style looking polished and groomed, around the face and on the top layer, spray hairspray onto a makeup brush and brush around the parting and around the face.

Are you a fan of this 1920s hairstyle?

October 10, 2013

10 Hair Tips For Your Best Hair Ever

Having a bad hair day? How about a bad hair week? The good news is you don’t have to put up with average hair, and it doesn’t take an overpriced visit to the salon to get great hair. We’ve asked hairdressers and hair stylists for their hair care secrets and compiled our 10 best hair tips and tricks for your best hair ever.

1. Shampoo, shampoo, shampoo

Clean hair and scalp is your first step to having a healthy head of hair. Use a mild shampoo if you are shampooing your hair every day. The best way to wash your hair? Don’t rub it into your head roughly, piling your hair up on top of your head, instead, smooth it over the hair, using the fingers to massage it into the scalp gently. This way you get fewer tangles and less damage to the hair. Rinse well.

2. Invest in the best conditioner
Here’s a tip straight from hairdressers: if you’re going to spend money on hair care, spend it on a quality conditioner. Conditioners help your hair lock in the moisture and keep it soft and protected from environmental pollution. Conditioners with protein as an ingredient work best to repair split ends. Also, make sure you use a conditioner that’s suitable to your hair type.

3. Get a trim every 6-8 weeks
It’s important to trim your hair regularly, so get a haircut every 6-8 weeks. Not only will this stop the split ends from spoiling your crowning glory, hair cuts are a great way to give you a confidence boost.

4. Get a scalp massage
Feeling tired and stressed out? Get a scalp massage. Not only is it amazing for instant stress relief, it is also great for healthy hair, by increasing blood circulation and distributing essential oils to its roots. Don’t have time or budget to visit a hair salon? Then give yourself a massage, using light oils such as olive or coconut oil, and using only your fingertips. Leave the oil to penetrate for half an hour, and then shampoo your hair.

5. Homemade hair masks
Give yourself a luxurious beauty treatment with a DIY hair mask. Try these treatments for strong, healthy hair:

1. Beat 2 eggs with a little water. Massage into the hair and leave to rest for 15 minutes, then rinse with a mild shampoo.
2. Mix 1 egg with a few spoonfuls of yoghurt and smooth throughout the hair, then rinse with a mild shampoo. This is a great natural mask for curly hair, adding shine and strength to curls.
3. Combine a cup of full cream milk with few drops of honey and massage into the scalp and hair. Rinse with mild shampoo. This mask works wonders on dry hair.

6. Food for hair
Some foods are essential for healthy hair, including salmon for protein, Vitamin D and Omega-3 fatty acids, all of which will strengthen your hair roots; walnuts for biotin and vitamin E, which can prevent hair loss; oysters for zinc, which can also prevent hair loss; sweet potato for beta carotene, which helps in processing Vitamin A, which is essential for generating essential oils for the scalp; and eggs for protein and essential minerals such as zinc, selenium, sulphur, and iron, for healthy hair growth. Wish your short hair would grow faster? Eat more of these foods for faster growth.

7. Avoid too many chemicals
Too many chemicals on your hair, such as hair colour and styling products can leave your hair weak, dry and damaged. Look for organic and natural hair care products – especially products without parabens and SLS (sodium lauryl sulfates). If you want to add natural shine to your hair, rub a little coconut oil between your palms and smooth over your locks.

8. Protect your hair from damage
Our environment damages our hair more than you think. Think about the sun damage alone: we wouldn’t think of going out in the sun without SPF, but our hair and scalp get a roasting. Wear a hat, or channel Grace Kelly and tie a scarf around your hair to protect it against sun damage. Other seasonal damage includes wind damage and chlorine, so use hydrating conditioners and treat your hair to a weekly hair pack to repair the damage.

9. Go natural
Addicted to your hair straightener? Or maybe you wouldn’t leave home without a blow dry?  It might be time to ween yourself off your styling tools. The intense heat is very damaging to hair, stripping it of essential oils and leaving hair dry and brittle. Let your hair go natural, especially on weekends.

10. Treat dandruff with medicated shampoo
Dandruff is often the cause of hair woes, and should be treated with an anti-dandruff shampoo. Alternate between anti-dandruff and normal shampoo, and shampoo every day, to keep your scalp clean. Leave the shampoo on your scalp for five minutes and rinse off.

Tell us in the comments: what’s your best hair tip?


July 29, 2013

How to get curly hair!

Pic by Rob Hastie @ shibui for KMS

An abundance of catwalk curls at the recent Australian Fashion Week proved that the straight look has lost its appeal. Thanks to a few ‘must have’ products you too can learn how to do curly hair. The recently launched KMS turnstyle range and KMS Curl Up were the key products used backstage. Hair guru Brad Ngata turned hot designers sass & bide’s spring/summer 2002/3 into a theatrical and highly stylish affair. Ngata wouldn’t have survived without turnstyle Beach Hair, which helped him create volume and texture. Hair director, Julianne McGuigan created what she describes as ‘Bohemian Curls’ for labels Peck Your Pun, Orignalanguage and FJEXTO2. ‘KMS Curl Up Curl Quencher is the perfect primer for creating glossy and luxuriant curly styles, claims McGuigan. This look is ‘Seventies Cadbury’s Flake Girl’ really great curls.A tip from the pros if you have naturally wavy hair is to put your hair

Pic by Rob Hastie @ shibui for KMS

into four chunky plaits while it is still damp. Sleep with them in and the next morning and you’ll wake up with a really enhanced wave.Call (02) 9554 1900 for stockists information.

June 18, 2002

How to Get Sexy Curls

Our Ms Minogue is definitely the girl of the moment-want to get her hair?-Well here’s how.

Hairdresser and stylist Joe says to achieve Kylie’s locks you need to have clean, straight hair. Spray on styling lotion so that your curling iron will be able to grip on. You have to start at the back of your head and take one and a half inch sections missing out the first two to three inches of the roots. Wrap the rest of the hair in a spiral motion around the hot rod of the tongs. You then just work your way around your head. Never brush the curls through once you have done it. Rub hair shine (Aveda Hair Shine) through the ends of the curls only so they will stay. Voila you should now look like Kylie!

What you need:

Curling Iron (Breville Curling Iron)

Aveda Hair Shine

KMS Special Treatment for your styling lotion

Party Face

Don’t want to look like the dog’s dinner the next time you head out to a party? Then follow party face tips: We’ve all been there before. Oil slick forehead and cheeks, mascara that has run so far down your face you look like you’ve been punched and lipstick that is all over your teeth. Here’s how to look fabulous all night long:

  • Always wear the right moisturiser for your skin type. If you have oily skin and you add oily moisturiser you are only going to help your make-up slide off your face.
  • Your foundation should be applied a little heavier in areas that need cover such as under your eyes, nose etc. Never put too much foundation on your cheeks or forehead – you don’t need it.
  • Use a powder puff or cotton wool to apply translucent powder and press the powder into your face. It will set a lot better this way.
  • When applying your eyeshadow always use a base. M.A.C has eyelid foundation which is fabulous because it will keep your eyeshadow from creasing. Set it with powder before you start to apply eyeshadow.
  • To keep mascara from running down your face always apply several coats but do thin coats only. If you have big eyes always apply your mascara downwards and vice versa for smaller eyes.
  • You want your blusher to stick then always apply cream blusher over foundation but under your powder and then apply a powder blush over the entire lot. The secret to a perfect party face is a little a lot of times.
  • Lipstick never stays on but the best tip is to apply a lip pencil to your entire mouth as a stain before your lipstick. Once you’ve applied your lipstick, blot it with a tissue and don’t forget to check you don’t have lippy all over your teeth.
March 13, 2002

Spring/ Summer Hair Trend Preview (contd…)

Curls range from large and symmetrical to random and uneven. Key looks include crimped – looking like hair that’s braided wet, left to dry, then combed out; curls glossed and finger waved, ringlet curls, and masses of hair from ringlets that have been brushed out.

Still very trendy, “Straight” hair is casually air-dried or dried without any effort to smooth, providing texture in the volume of the hair and in natural bends and almost-waves.

GO PEEP: The big news is the fringe – large sections, dead straight, totally blunt and covering the eyes. Alternatively, hair is parted straight, deep on the side or right down the middle with no fringe at all. Or, hair is pulled back off the face with only the delicate wisps of fine hair at the hairline to soften the look.

TWIST IT, SISTER: Updo’s consist of twisted swatches of hair, round buns rolled smooth and chignons, low at the back of the head or starting at the front hairline and following the contour of the head, behind the ear and back. Hair is secured at the nape and manipulated into low, compact textures.

Braids also continue to gain prominence. Used at the hairline over the forehead as a natural hairband, adding interest to buns, combined with pigtails for an aboriginal look or looped over and around straight swathes of hair reminiscent of a Teutonic opera star, braids are guaranteed to be all the rage.

Spring/Summer 2002 is the season to express your individuality, using your hair, styling products and ingenuity.

Clairol presents Spring/ Summer 2002 hair trend slides from the European shows.

Come back next week for your chance to win some fabulous Clairol Herbal Essence colour products.

February 5, 2002

How to Get Straight Hair?

To get that perfect sleek straight look isn’t as hard as you think. It just takes practice and the right tools and products. However the curlier your hair is to begin with the harder it is to straighten. It should always be remembered that hair is at its best when you work with what you have naturally rather than try to fight it.Here are the tools you will need:

  • Hairdryer with nozzle to direct the airflow.
  • A large round real bristle brush.
  • A large paddle brush for final smoothing.
  • A selection of clips to keep unwanted hair out of the way (large flat professional hairdressing clips work best).
  • Gloss or oil to smooth over your hair and remove any unwanted frizzes to finish with.

Easy Option

If you haven’t got the time to do it by hand then purchase The Sunbeam Salon Finish Professional Hair Straightener. It only takes a few minutes to make your hair look straight and lustrous. Available from department stores and electrical retailers for $99.95.

How to do it:

  1. Shampoo and condition.
  2. Detangle your hair using a wide toothed comb and then rough dry using your hands until your hair is around 80 percent dry. You have to remember that your hair doesn’t take any shape until it is at least 80 percent dry.
  3. Starting with the hair in the nape, section off a 5cm deep piece of hair. If this section is wider than the brush, separate it into handleable amounts.
  4. Use your brush to remove any tangles that have formed in the section of hair. Draw your brush over the surface of the section from roots to ends, directing the hair down towards your shoulders and keeping tension in the hair. Wind your hair around the brush back towards the scalp. Use your other hand to smooth your hair as you wind.
  5. Now unwind the brush to reveal a length of hair to be dried. What you should have is the all-important tension that will get your hair really straight. You should still be directing your hair towards your shoulders.
  6. Pick up your hairdryer and direct the flow of air along the hair under tension. This flow of air must be from the scalp towards the brush but not on the brush. You are really drying the hair that is pulled straight between the scalp and brush, using the brush as a griping tool rather than a brush.
  7. If you start to get fly-away or frizzy bits, move the hair dryer and use the air flow to hold them down. At all times keep the end of the hair-dryer about 3-5cm from the hair, it is easy to burn the hair if you don’t.
  8. Check that your hair is fully dry and move onto the next section without disturbing the one you just finished until it is fully cool. Repeat 1-7 steps until all your hair is dry.
February 1, 2001