Dry-hair

The Best Dry Shampoo For Textured Hair

Looking to add a little body and bounce in your flat, lifeless hair? Dry shampoo can be used in many different ways other than keeping hair fresh until that next scheduled wash and blow-dry. If you suffer from chronic flat-hair, try using a few of our favourite products the next time you want some instant texture.

RELATED: The Best Shampoos For A Dry Scalp

Percy and Reed No Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo, $24

As one of leading hair salons in the United Kingdom, Percy and Reed have formulated the perfect dry shampoo for those who want perfect hair all day long. The dry shampoo won’t have your hair feeling weighed down, and you don’t get the terrible white cast of a traditional formula.

Their entire haircare line will also be stocked in Sephora once it opens it’s doors at Sydney’s Pitt Street Mall in December!

The Best Dry Shampoo For Textured Hair

A Beautiful Lie All Nighter Styling Powder, $22

The ultimate natural styling product which is packed with vitamins and minerals specifically formulated to soothe both dry and oily hair. The powder will quickly absorb any excess oil on both the scalp and ends without drying it out.

The Best Dry Shampoo For Textured Hair

Polished London Dry Shampoo Bonny Blonde, $4.95

Available in colours which suit blonde, brunette, and even red hair, this dry shampoo is fragrance-free, and won’t have your hair feeling crunchy. Simply spritz into the roots of your hair, and the colour will match with your hair type – super quick and easy!

The Best Dry Shampoo For Textured Hair

Cedel Dry Shampoo, $8.99

The waterless, concentrated formula is perfect for women who are constantly on-the-go, and want to freshen up their hair. All you have to do is lift the hair and apply directly onto roots before styling and heading out the door. The fresh smell is pleasant and will remove any excess oil or dirt from your scalp. Keep a can in your handbag to make sure your hair is looking voluminous all day long!

The Best Dry Shampoo For Textured Hair

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November 4, 2014

How To Repair Your Dry And Damaged Hair

When your hair is lifeless, frizzy and dull, it’s almost certainly dry because it hasn’t received enough moisture. This can be caused by a number of reasons including if you live in a hot, dry climate, if you spend lots of time in the sun, if you frequently swim in chlorinated water, if you wash your hair too often or if you frequently use heating products to style your hair.

RELATED: Here are the top 3 nourishing hair oils for dry hair

So if you think your hair is in need of some nurturing, check out these handy tips to get your hair back on track, looking sleek and nourished.

  • Don’t shampoo every day, in fact a couple of times a week at the most is more than enough. Shampooing too often will strip the oils and nutrients from your hair, leaving it feeling dry.
  • Always condition after a shampoo, especially the ends which are prone to splitting and once a week treat your hair to a deep conditioning treatment that can replenish the moisture and seal the cuticles.
  • Always use a heat protecting product before you straighten or curl your hair. Something like Moroccanoil can protect your hair from the intense heat, reducing the risk of split ends.
  • If you don’t have to straighten your hair every day, don’t. If you’re a regular user of heating irons then you’ve probably been unfortunate enough to burn yourself at least once, so you’ll know how hot the iron can get. If it’s burning your skin then just imagine the damage it’s doing to your hair.
  • Invest in a high quality hair brush with natural boar bristles which are gentle on the hair and help to smooth the cuticles. Look for brushes with thicker and stiffer boar bristles for the best quality.
  • Have your hair trimmed regularly to get rid of any split ends and to stimulate the growth of healthy hair.
  • Make sure you drink plenty of water to keep your hair hydrated and strong and ensure that you aren’t skipping protein filled foods which will enrich the quality of your hair. Foods such as fish, eggs, fruit and vegetables are best for keeping your hair healthy.

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September 29, 2014

Top 3 Hair Oils For Nourishing Your Dry Hair

Hair oils are all the rage at the moment and it’s no surprise really because they can do wonders for your hair. Hair oils replace the moisture that your hair loses when you wash and style it and they also make your hair more manageable. They can reduce static, restore shine and protect your hair from heated hair tools. Using just a few small drops every day can make an incredible improvement on the quality of your hair so if you haven’t tried it before, give it a go. I can almost guarantee you’ll wished you had tried it a lot earlier.

Here are 3 of the best hair oils on the market:

Ojon rare blend oil

Ojon Rare Blend Oil is a blend of many different oils including Kukui, Tahitian and Ojon oils which create a potent and effective nourishing treatment for your hair when mixed together. The oils settle in the bottle in three different layers – red, clear and amber but when combined they give your hair instant shine, they repair your hair from heat damage and they take away that annoying frizz. Ojon Rare Blend Oil is packed full of powerful antioxidants, proteins and minerals but the best thing about this oil is you only need one drop before you start noticing results.

Moroccanoil treatment

This is one of the most well-known hair oils on the market and is used by many top stylists. The award-winning formula is used for styling, conditioning, finishing and it speeds up the drying time of your hair. Moroccan oil contains antioxidants for protection, fatty acids, omega-3 oils and vitamins for shine as well as protein for strength. It absorbs quickly into your hair and if you find the formula is too heavy, try Moroccanoil Treatment Light.

Top 3 Hair Oils For Nourishing Your Dry Hair

Redken all soft argan-6 oil

Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the Argan tree and is where Redken All Soft Argan oil is derived from.  This oil is enriched with omega-6 fatty acids which intensely nourish dry hair whilst protecting it from heat and environmental damage.  It can be used a number of ways – before a shampoo to moisturise, before you blow dry to protect, after your blow dry to smooth, when you style to increase shine, as a treatment booster to enhance softness and as an overnight treatment to deeply recondition.

Top 3 Hair Oils For Nourishing Your Dry Hair

 

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August 19, 2014

The Best Styles For Curly Medium-Length Hair

We all want what we don’t have right?  Those who have curly hair wish they had straight hair and those who have straight hair long for a natural wave. My hair is naturally curly but most mornings I tend to break out my trusty iron and straighten it – why?  Probably because I haven’t yet found a hairstyle that suits my curly hair.  I’ve now realised that the trick to a great curly hairstyle begins with the perfect haircut.  It seems logical but finding a stylist that can competently cut curly hair can be difficult but if you can find a hair stylist that has a similar textured hair to yours they’re probably going to know how to cut curly hair better than straight hair.

After you’ve found a stylist, they should be able to recommend what cut is going to suit your hair the most.  Depending on whether your curls are tight or loose, how wide the curls are and how much spring they have, are all going to be factors in determining which cut will suit you the best.  A popular cutting technique for curly hair is the ‘Carve and Slice’ which removes most of the bulk to avoid the pyramid look, whilst leaving the curls to fall gracefully in their natural pattern.

Once you’ve decided on a cut with your stylist the next important thing to remember is to use the right products to tame the frizz and manage your curls, as curly hair tends to dry out more than straight hair.  There are an abundance of products that are suitable including Moroccan Oil that nourishes and conditions dry hair without weighing it down or making it stiff.  Great product can make the difference between an ok hairstyle and a great hairstyle, so make the investment.

So here are some curly medium length hairstyle ideas, from tight curls right through to waves, to prove that curly hair doesn’t need to be an unruly mess.

Best Hairstyles For Curly Medium Length Hair

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The Best Styles For Curly Medium Length Hair

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Best hairstyles for curly medium length hair

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Best Hairstyles For Curly Medium Length Hair

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July 24, 2014

Shiny Happy Hair!

It seems that the cutest dog in the world, the one and only Snoopy, is the new top dog in fashion. Ever since Snoopy’s creator Charles M. Schulz’s death in 2000, everyone?s favourite pooch and friends are regaining cult appeal. Snoopy collecting is fast becoming a fashionable habit. Fans of the fun-loving beagle are now busy trading on the Internet and scouring second-hand shops for anything from badges, stickers, key rings, t-shirts and posters. Japan is always a step ahead when it comes to the fashion stakes and they even have a chain of shops called Snoopytown, which is dedicated to all things Schulz.Hot products

Take time to look after your hands this winter with the latest products and tricks:

Crabtree & Evelyn?s groundbreaking ‘La Source’ hand cream actually exfoliates and moisturises your hands at the same time. You don?t believe us? The amazing thing is that this super-smart hand cream is designed to be rinsed off. Gasp gasp! No more butter fingers! Even after you have done the rinse, the shea butter and macadamia oil in it keeps your hands soft and super hydrated.

Crabtree & Evelyn stores nationally.We can?t get enough of Christian Dior?s nail transfers. What an easy way to achieve the new chic-punk look that swamped the overseas runways for Spring/Summer 2003. All you have to do is peel back the transfer and place it on your nail. Wet it with water and carefully press it down. The final touch? Add a layer of clear nail varnish to seal the ‘tattoo’. Not available just yet, but should be hitting our shores in time for the hotter months. For stockist enquiries contact Christian Dior Boutiques.

Nails get damaged in winter too. During the cooler months they really suffer, so keep them rehydrated with natural oils. The most effective is actually Vitamin E and rice bran. Vitamin E is available at selected pharmacies nationally and health food stores.

Tricks of the trade

Smother your hands in Elizabeth Arden ?Eight

Cream?. Grab a pair of old socks and leave your hands to soak in them overnight. You won?t believe how soft and supple your hands will look and feel in the morning. We recommend this to be a monthly treatment-does long-term wonders and creates soft, silky hands.Shiny Happy Hair!

We all know that healthy hair equals shiny hair and we all want it don?t we? So read on.

But remember, if you have stick straight hair you will already by half way there to getting great “shine”. However, the more curl or wave you have, the less your hair will shine. It’s all to do with the reflection of light and curly hair has an uneven surface so it doesn?t reflect light as easily as straight hair. You can however improve the level of shine by following a few of these tips:

  • Keep your hair healthy by using heated styling tools less frequently.
  • If you use a dryer, use one with a nozzle attachment to direct the airflow from roots to ends to create smooth sections.
  • Blow-dry your hair right side up, not bent over upside down as this can create frizz.
  • Avoid brushes with plastic bristles. A natural bristle brush is always better.
  • The correct shampoo and conditioning regime can really help boost shine. Moisturising shampoos and conditioners will help seal and smooth the surface of your hair allowing it to reflect light. Once a week, use a clarifying shampoo to remove product build up which can make your hair look dull. Check out www.virtualhaircare.com.au for some of their great hair tips and product suggestions.
  • Using a wide-tooth comb whilst in the shower to distribute your conditioner evenly will also improve shine.
  • Give your hair a final cool rinse just before you leave the shower to seal down the surface of your hair so it reflects light better.
  • Consider a special in-salon treatment. It?s a bit like applying a ?gloss finish?. A sheer wash of colour is applied to your hair like a non-permanent colour would be. This will boost your hair’s natural colour without changing it and it slowly washes out in 4 to 6 weeks without any condition worries. 
July 23, 2002

How to Get the Perfect Ponytail?

By Gabrielle McCarthy, Editor of Australia’s haircare site, VirtualHairCare.comUnfortunately for some, ponytails are not the best look even though they are easy to manage. You must first ask yourself if you wear your hair tied back more often than not? If you do then why do you have all that hair? Maybe a shorter look that you can manage would suit your lifestyle better and be more flattering. Just a thought. Saying that they are easy does not mean that they don’t come without the odd problem, so a few points need to be made when wearing a ponytail:

With all ponytails, excessive tension can cause breakage. Always go gently when making a ponytail, as using too much force can result in a very nasty condition called tension alopecia. This is permanent hair loss and leaves you looking like you are receding. This is often caused during childhood.

The use of coated rubber bands or soft scrunchies is another important point as they will not break or damage the hair. A sign that you are getting hair breakage from bands is when you see a line of shorter hairs 10cm to 15cm from the scalp. Headaches from ponytails can also be caused by excessive tension combined with the weight of the hair. Try Alice type bands to keep your hair off your face or cut it a little to relieve some of the weight.

 

Here are our tips:

The best way to achieve a good clean looking ponytail is to brush the dry hair back, gather it in one hand then slip a band from around the fingers of the other hand over it. Finally use a little hairspray over the head and smooth your hands immediately over the surface following the line of your head to remove any frizzy bits. For a variation try a ponytail with side twists:

  1. Part your hair down the centre .
  2. Working one side at a time, take a rough section of hair that encompasses all of the hair from the parting to the temple.
  3. Pull it back away from the face and twist it at the same time.
  4. When the first section feels tight against the scalp, take similar sized section immediately behind it and twist that in with the first.
  5. Repeat this adding in more hair until all the hair on one side is used up and secure it in the nape with a band whilst you repeat the process on the other side.
  6. To finish, either leave both side separate or join them together. Leave the loose hair hanging down your back.

This is a great ponytail if your hair is layered around the face and would normally fall out, as the twisting holds in the shorter bits.

Click here for all the very latest looks, what’s new and happening and everything else you ever wanted to know about your hair” www.VirtualHairCare.com

June 3, 2000