This will save you a lot of time.
Looking to protect your scalp from harmful silicone and sulphate additives found in shampoo’s and conditioners? Not only can these ingredients lead to a dry scalp, but they can also strip your hair of its vibrant colour. Shop from our list of sulphate-free products below, and protect your hair from the harmful elements.
The Colour Shampoo
If your hair has just been freshly coloured, it’s best to keep your haircare routine as low-maintenance as possible. Avoid sulphate’s and silicone’s which can strip the colour from your hair, leaving it brittle and lifeless. Look for ingredients which contain vitamins and nutrients to give your hair extra shine.
Kiehl’s Since 1851 Sunflower Colour Preserving Shampoo, $27.59
Treat your hair to a fortifying conditioner which will lock-in moisture, and leave it feeling super-smooth. Apply it onto your ends, and carefully comb through the product to remove any existing knots or tangles. Wash in cold water for best results, and pat your hair dry with a towel.
MooGoo Cream Conditioner, $17.50
The Dry Oil
Use a dry oil once a week to lock-in moisture, or simply apply it to your hair just like a mask. The concentrated particles help to soften split ends, and make your hair feel like brand new.
L’Occitane Shea Fabulous Dry Oil, $52.27
The Hair Mask
If your hair needs a bit of a pick-me-up, a hair mask is your best option. Not only does it help to strengthen and nourish the follicle, but it can repair damaged ends.
Sukin Protein Hair Treatment, $12.95
The Dry Shampoo
We all need a little dry shampoo once in a while, but it doesn’t need to dry-out our entire scalp. Luckily, Klorane is a lifesaver from the French pharmacy and it’s so affordable! Packed with oat extract (and without those nasty sulphate’s) to soothe hair from the outside.
Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Extract, $7.50
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Female hair loss is both common and affects women of all ages. Think it won’t happen to you? Think again. There are many health causes for it, ranging from anaemia through to vitamin deficiencies and the simple, unavoidable aging process.
Twice in my life, I’ve lost considerable amounts of hair. The first was due to stress: I was working crazy hours in a full-on job for a media giant and was stupidly neglecting both my physical and emotional health. My fine, shoulder-length, blonde hair started to thin out to the point that it resembled fairy floss, as my husband unhelpfully (but not unkindly) pointed out when we met during that time. Boy, has he lived to regret those tactless words! It didn’t help too that my hairdresser at the time was obsessed with giving me platinum locks, making my naturally-fair hair even weaker from all the vigorous bleaching and overstyling.
It was only after I left my full-time media job while on maternity leave when my hair began to thicken and grow like wildflowers. This was partly due to the wonder of pregnancy hormones, whereby increased levels of estrogen prolong the growing stage, there are fewer hairs in the resting stage and fewer falling out each day, so you naturally have thicker, more luxuriant tresses. However, I firmly believe my rapid hair growth was also largely as a result of my great personal joy and immense relief – mind/body and spirit – at no longer having to work under such stressful conditions.
Of course, my hair fell out again somewhat, as is natural and normal, following my having two babies very close together. Postpartum hair-loss is common due to a massive dip in estrogen levels and, rest assured, it does grow back again soon! It’s a tad confronting at the time though, granted. My postpartum hair loss during breastfeeding both children was quite dramatic; so much so, I remember asking my new, fabulous hairdresser – a few months after giving birth to my second child – if I was in fact going bald!
Today, my hair is super-healthy, strong, thick and mid-way down my back. It’s the best condition it’s ever been in, but I do take great care of it, spending a small fortune on it every six-eight weeks with a regular trim and colour, if needed. Here, senior Queensland hairdresser Elyse Louise, 22, answers all my questions on hair loss, from her expert point of view. Of course, you may also want to see your GP if hair loss is a problem for you.
Why is female hair loss so common?
I think in this day and age our lifestyles are changing; there are always new and improved diets – which aren’t always so good for us – and we’re under more stress and taking more medications than ever before. There are so many reasons why your hair might start to thin or fall out. The real issue is figuring out what reason it is for you. Even if it’s none of the above, there is still something we [hairdressers] can do to slow it down or even stop it.
Whom does hair loss most affect?
A lot of people don’t realise it, but hair loss affects women just as much as it does men. Both genders struggle with it – the only difference being is that a lot of women like to keep their hair to look feminine and feel good about themselves, so you do start to see a little bit of thinning and patchiness unfortunately, whereas the vast majority of men decide to go really short to disguise the start of hair loss.
What products can you use to combat female hair loss?
I’m a Kerastase-trained hairdresser. So, first of all we need to look at what has caused a client’s hair loss. I always like to tell my clients to talk to their doctor and to see if it could have anything to do with medication they’re taking. Next up, I recommend Kerastase Aminexil – an intensive hair protection treatment which reduces the rate of hair loss. It goes into your scalp and helps sort out the problem from the source: your hair’s bulb. This is where you hair grows out of and it’s vital to your hair’s growth and strength.
When this bulb hardens due to health conditions and/or medication, it strangles your hair to a point it gets thinner and eventually may not even be strong enough to grow anymore. Therefore, you feel your hair thinning and losing density. This great product contains a series of vials with a weightless serum in them which you apply morning and night to help reenergise and strengthen your hair. Then, in three month’s time, clients should be able to see brand, new hairs growing through. I recommend my clients apply the treatment twice a year, leaving about three months in between to give their hair a break, and see if thick and healthy hair has been restored.
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A good hairdresser is worth their weight in gold. They’re a rare and highly covetable breed whom you may find yourself incredibly invested in – so much so, you contemplate moving cities if your beloved “hair engineer” – gasp – moves to a faraway salon.
Okay, maybe not quite, but you get my drift: I’m addicted to the high of good hair and so my beloved, talented hairdresser occupies a special place in my heart. I tell her all my secrets and have laughed and cried under her care and then, like my own fairy godmother, she makes my hair look better and better each time I visit. I fully understand and support celebrities spending thousands of dollars to fly their hairdressers with them all over the world. Wouldn’t you, if you could?
But have you ever wondered what your hairdresser is really thinking? The secrets only they possess in their quiet, calm reverie? Read on, for senior Queensland hairdresser Elyse Louise, 22, was kind enough to share her top 5 salon dos and don’ts. Here, Elyse dishes the dirt on big industry no-nos and the appropriate hair etiquette we should all adopt.
- Creepy crawlies: One of Elyse’s pet hates is, understandably, coming across a client with a head full of nits! Gross! As heinous as this is, it does happen, she says, and leaves hairdressers with no option, but to refuse their services and send the client home. Aside from being totally rank, it’s against hairdresser workplace health and safety to work on a nit-plagued ‘do. Elyse says she’s seen young kids through to teenagers with the dreaded infestated hair.
- Celebrity lookalike: There’s nothing a good hairdresser hates more, says Elyse, than a client bringing in a photo of celebrity and saying: “Make me look like that”. For starters, you may not resemble your fave celebrity in any way and hairdressers are expertly trained to match your hair style to best suit your individual facial structure and hair type. This means that as much as you might think and hope your hairdresser can suddenly transform you into the likes of supermodel Gisele, it just ain’t going to happen.
- Clients with no idea: Another big hairdresser hate is clients who say: “Just do whatever you want”. This is a big gamble: how do you know your hairdresser isn’t a complete sadist who will shave off all your hair just for kicks? Elyse says hairdressers much prefer it when you come into a salon with a strong idea of what you want; otherwise you’re just wasting everyone’s time.
- Invest in a change: If you’re looking for a major, new ‘do – for example going from black to blonde – be prepared for the fact that you can’t do it in one session, Elyse says. A big change will take many salon visits to accomplish unless you want less-than-amazing results. So, be patient and persist with it. Hairdressers, as amazingly talented as some of them are, still cannot perform miracles (bugger).
- Hairdressers aren’t psychics: The next time you’re tempted to say to a new hairdresser: “Do it exactly the same as the last person” – give yourself a little slap, Elyse says. Hairdressers aren’t mind readers and it’s inevitable they’ll cut and colour your hair differently than the last stylist. Sure, you can carefully instruct them on exactly what you want, but they most likely will not give you exactly the same result as a hairdresser from another salon. Be open to change, or don’t ever go to a new hairdresser.
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A long-haul flight can mean that your hair can really take a turn for the worst. The texture can change, humidity is never a good thing and it can just feel flat and lifeless. Make sure you have the following products in your carry-on luggage to give your hair a spruce before heading off on your next adventure.
Before stepping foot on the plane, make sure your hair has been freshly washed and dried. Don’t apply too much product at the roots since it can make the follicle feel sticky and oily. Use a volumising shampoo to give the illusion of extra body without getting a professional blow-dry.
Malin + Goetz Peppermint Shampoo, $26
Eliminate frizz by keeping a finishing spray in your handbag at all times. This is an essential in warmer climates since the hot air almost always ruins a slicked-back hairstyle.
Joico Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray, $25.95
A can of dry shampoo is a must-have for saving hair that is starting to feel oily around the roots. Simply give it a quick spritz and make sure to comb it out to get rid of any white residue.
Soap & Glory Glad Hair Dry Shampoo, $10
To keep any bangs or layers away from your face, make sure you have a soft headband packed in your carry-on luggage. Keeping your hair down on a long-haul flight is just impossible, especially if it’s constantly in your face.
Lady Jayne Headband, $8.99
Sea salt spray
Who knew that sea salt spray could be so versatile? Simply spritz it into your ends and scrunch up the hair for extra volume and texture.
Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $35
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Fragile ends and grey hairs are some of the first signs that your hair needs a little more TLC. Treat your hair and scalp to a moisturising treatment at least once a week to seal those split ends and to control any breakage, which comes with age.
Below are a few of our holy grail products that can be used on fragile hair, coloured hair, or just as a special treatment to lock-in moisture.
Joico Cliniscalp Advanced Thinning Rescue, $35.96
To protect hair from the early stages of thinning, the Cliniscalp collection by Joico helps to stimulate and protect the scalp and hair follicles. Use on a daily basis for stronger, thicker hair.
Argania Pure Argan Oil 100% Certified Organic, $19.99
Skip those other gimmicks and stick to the natural argan and coconut oils, which are great for both your hair and the environment. They are packed with fatty acids which help to repair the hair on both the inside and the outside. Use as a purifying mask, heat protectant, or apply it over your hair for extra shine.
Kerastase Resistance Bain Age Shampoo, $46.50
Give your hair an instant lift with this purifying shampoo, which tightens the scalp and prevents excessive hair loss, while moisturising each hair follicle and keeping your strands feeling soft and luxurious.
Redken Time Reset Youth Revatiliser, $26.40
Treat your hair to this intensive hair mask which locks in moisture, especially during the colder weather. Apply it directly onto dry hair, then rinse with lukewarm water for best results.
Pantene Expert Hair Regrowth Treatment, $9
Pantene has created the ultimate hair elixir that helps to renew your hair from the outside. Apply it generously over your scalp once a week to revitalise the hair follicle and promote hair growth.
What are some of your haircare must-haves?
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Do you find that your hair gets so many knots and tangles, especially during the summer? Rather than pulling it all apart and causing extra split ends, why not try a few of our favourite detangling products below. They are suitable for both adults and kids, plus they won’t cause damage to the hair follicle.
Joico Daily Care Leave-In Detangler, $14.99
Spritz your hair with this lightweight detangler which protects hair from the elements, tackles those nasty tangles and leaves hair feeling soft and smooth.
Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique, $29
Treat your hair to this luxury leave-in treatment which acts as a hair detangler and a thermo-protecting cream. Apply onto towel-dried hair and let it sink into the hair follicle before styling.
Paul Mitchell Lite Detangler, $11
If your hair is prone to the occasional tangle, use this lightweight mist to carefully smooth out the hair without weighing it down. Spritz onto damp ends, then carefully comb it out to avoid tearing the hair follicle.
Not Your Mother’s Knotty To Nice Conditioning Detangler, $6.20
Do your kids suffer from constant knots and tangles on a day-to-day basis? This child-friendly detangler is packed with a sweet conditioning formula which separates those sticky locks without causing long-term damage.
What are some of your detangling tips?
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Ever wanted to lighten your hair without using harmful chemicals which can damage your hair and scalp?
There are actually a number of ways to naturally lighten your hair which are safe to use for all different ages. Try some of our suggestions this summer without using ammonia or peroxide on your hair.
Lemon juice has been used for many years to bring out the natural highlights in blonde and brown hair. Apply it directly with your fingers, then use a comb to distribute the juice on your ends. Let it soak for 20 minutes, then wash with lukewarm water and mild shampoo.
Ever since I was a kid, my mum would fill a bowl with lukewarm water and drop 3-5 chamomile bags into the mixture. All you need to do is dunk your ends into the water, then wrap hair into a towel. Let it sit from 30 minutes, or air-dry naturally in the sun.
Treat your hair to a honey mask which will keep it soft and smooth, but will also lighten up your ends. Ideal for men and women with light brown hair since it will make it look shiny and clean.
Apple Cider Vinegar
The no-poo method (washing the hair without shampoo) has actually proven to lighten hair over time. Cleanse your hair and scalp with a mild apple cider vinegar solution which will give your hair natural highlights!
Who knew? Apply 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda onto your scalp which will help to keep your colour lasting for longer. This is also a great idea for men and women who want to keep their salon colour from fading fast.
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Who doesn’t love the idea of balayage? Root touch-ups are few and far between, damage is almost minimal and all you need is a chop every 4-6 weeks. To keep your blonde balayaged hair looking its best, try a few of these holy grail products to nourish your colour between the salon visits.
Shampoo and Conditioner
Joico’s new shampoo helps to neutralise brassy tones and preserves colour in lightening or highlighted naturally dark brunette hair. Use every 2-3 washes to preserve your hair colour, prevent against fading and always look its best between salon visits.
Joico Colour Balance Blue Shampoo and Conditioner, $19.95 (each)
A leave-in treatment is another must-have for girls with freshly coloured balayage. Why? It helps to smooth out the hair follicle and won’t dry-out your hair in the process. Apply sparingly to your ends and brush lightly with a wide-tooth comb.
Lee Stafford Hair Growth Leave-In Treatment, $18.95
There’s no denying that blonde hair can go brassy, it’s just a fact of life! Therefore, make sure to keep a toner or toning shampoo in your bathroom cabinet to bring back some life to your hair. Massage the treatment into your hands, then apply on your hair for 3-5 minutes.
If your balayage is super-light make sure to monitor your hair since it can turn purple! Brunette’s are encouraged to use a silver shampoo to bring back the glow in their balayage.
Redken Blonde Glam Perfect Platinum Colour Treatment, $29
To keep your ends looking smooth and shiny, use a serum immediately after stepping out of the shower. Just one pump is enough to cover your ends, and make sure to massage it well into the follicle. This is a must-have if your hair has been chemically treated, coloured blonde, or even exposed to the sun and sea.
Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment, $20
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How many times has your hair been ruined by bad weather? This season, save your hair from the wind, rain, and anything in between with a few of our favourite products – all of which are sure to keep it looking crisp, clean, and most importantly, frizz-free!
When hair is already damp, use just 2 pumps of your favourite serum to smooth out any knots and bumps. This is a must-have for girls with curly or textured hair that freaks out at the sign of moisture.
Yes To Carrots Anti Frizz Serum, $7.99
This amazing product should be a haircare staple since it’s so quick and versatile to use. Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of instant gratification? Simply mist onto dry or damp hair to tame the frizz and to absorb any excess oil on your head and scalp.
Joico Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo, $17.99
Want to control that nasty frizz which has completely changed the texture of your hair overnight? A mousse is a must-have product since it melts into the hair without leaving it feeling greasy afterwards.
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Take Charge Curl-Boosting Mousse, $5.99
If your hair feels a little OTT after running through the rain, a finishing spray is the perfect way to nurse it back to good health. Forming a protective shield around the hair follicle, it will also give your hair a lasting hold for hours on end.
Nak Fixation Finishing Spray, $11.20
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Want to naturally colour your hair without any added toxic chemicals? Henna has been used for hundreds of years on skin, hair, and even nails as a semi-permanent beauty trend and is still just as popular today.
Different types of henna
Neutral henna: This is the standard green powder which is used for mostly hair and semi-permanent tattoos. It should smell like freshly cut grass and is of a fine consistency.
Red henna: Using red henna will most likely stain your hair a red-orange colour – this is most commonly used to create a bright, vibrant colour.
Black henna: Finally, black henna is actually of a dark purple consistency and is used for body decoration. It typically stains lighter skin tones, so make sure to use this with caution.
Colour your hair with henna
1 thick brush
1 large spoon
1 container with a lid
500ml whole or full cream milk
200g henna or mehendi powder
- Pour 250ml of the milk into a large container and the rest into a cup.
- Combine 2-3 tablespoons of henna or mehendi powder into the container and mix well.
- Pour the rest of the milk into the container and keep mixing until you have a fine paste. Use just a splash of water to clean the sides of the bowl and combine the rest of the mixture.
- Add some filtered water into the container, then pat it lightly over the paste. Store in the fridge overnight and allow it to develop.
- The next morning, your paste should look like a whipped paste. Apply it on clean, dry hair and work your way from root to tip. For pale skin, apply a moisturiser on your hairline so it doesn’t stain.
- Let the henna develop for 2-3 hours and wash out with lukewarm water.
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Did you know that some hairstyles can cause hair damage?
Unnecessary hair loss can easily be prevented by simply taking more care in our daily hair routine, but what does this actually entail? Sometimes your hair loss could be a sign of a hormone imbalance (this usually happens after a pregnancy), so take care with the following tips:
Not only is coconut oil great for cooking, but it’s also fantastic for hair and skincare. Apply directly onto your roots and make sure to massage slowly – it also doubles up as a soothing head massage! Keeping your scalp hydrated and healthy will actually encourage hair growth in the long-term and will also decrease the chance of dandruff.
Primarily found in eggs, whole grains and bananas, biotin is great for repairing hair and nails. It is packed with vitamin H, which benefits the entire body – even though it’s quite rare to suffer from a deficiency. If your hair is looking brittle and lacklustre, you can purchase a supplement which is also normally combined with silica for healthy skin.
If your hair is particularly dry or brittle, then you may want to consider Fenugreek seeds. They are so quick and easy to prepare, and adds instant softness to dry or damaged hair. Make your own DIY hair mask which includes Fenugreek seeds, coconut oil, and water to replenish the hair follicle once a week.
Did you know that even the most common hairstyles could be damaging your hair? As a general rule, never put wet hair into a bun or ponytail since the follicles are actually most vulnerable. If hair is wet, leave it down or use a clip instead to divide your hair.
Use a soft bristle brush such as a wet brush to detangle any impending knots. They’re actually much more gentle on hair than a comb and won’t lead to nearly as much breakage. Use on dry hair to protect the hair follicle from damaging.
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Whether you simply want to give your hair a bit of a trim, or even cut yourself some new bangs, there’s nothing wrong about cutting your own hair at home.
Although we don’t recommend our guide below for any drastic makeovers, read through some of our great tips to get rid of any stray hairs.
DO: Use sharp scissors
Use special hair scissors which are available at all drugstores in your city. They are super-sharp and won’t leave your hair blunt or damaged.
DON’T: Cut wet hair
If you’re planning shorten those layers in your fringe or length of your hair, make sure to work on dry hair. This way, it’s easier to see if you’ve made any mistakes rather than waiting until your hair dries.
DO: Divide hair into small pieces
Take it easy and cut your hair in small pieces, rather than putting your hair into a ponytail and going all Edward Scissorhands into your longer strands.
DON’T: Cut hair without doing your research
There are so many video tutorials on YouTube which show you step-by-step ways to cut hair at home. All you need to do is find one which is suited to the type and texture of your hair.
DO: Use a mirror
That is, at the back of your head. This way, you can easily see if your hair needs straightening or if it looks nice and even.
DON’T: Cut your hair before a big event
Or colour it yourself if you have an event just around the corner such as a wedding or formal. If something does go wrong, you can always slick it back into a ponytail, or put it up into a bun.
DO: Remember, it grows back
If you have made a mistake on your hair (we’ve all done it), remember that it does grow back. You can always go to the hairdresser and they can fix the problem in the meantime – just use this as a lesson!
What are some of your DIY hair blunders? Let us know in the comments.
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Do you ever find that your shampoo doesn’t live up to its expectations? Volumising formulas only work if you use a diffuser, coloured shampoos don’t really lock-in your colour, and don’t get us started on those formulas designed for textured hair!
Find your perfect shampoo with our guide below, and you’ll always have a good hair day.
If your hair is straight, thin, and often difficult to style, then you probably fall into the category of fine hair.
Look for a thickening or volumising shampoo which gives your hair a lift at the roots, and doesn’t make it look thinner than it already is.
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo, $32
How to use it: Work the product into your roots, slowly massage it from the start of your hairline to the back of your neck. Rinse thoroughly, and use twice for extra volume.
Damaged hair is usually anything which has been bleached, chemically treated, or even hair which is brittle and dry.
Your hair needs some hydrating, so use a shampoo which is nourishing from root to tip, and get into the habit of using a hair oil or mask at least once a week.
L’Occitane Repair Shampoo for Dry/Damaged Hair, $26
How to use it: Packed with essential oils to hydrate dry and damaged hair, simply apply to damp hair and leave in for 2 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and air dry.
As a girl with thick hair, I am often faced with the struggle of lots of frizz that just won’t go away!
To combat this, be extra generous with your conditioner, and brush your hair whilst it’s still wet to avoid the build-up of extra frizz.
Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo, $14
How to use it: Massage gently into your hair from root to tip, and rinse with cold water. Use a towel to carefully dry your hair, and allow it to air dry slightly before applying a smoothing oil to those troublesome areas.
Maintain your colour and shine (without booking another appointment at the hairdresser) and use a shampoo specifically for colour treated hair.
They are not as harsh as your usual shampoo, and won’t strip your hair or leave it dry and brittle. Otherwise your expensive colour is literally going down the drain.
Malin + Goetz Peppermint Shampoo, $26
How to use it: Use as normal to damp hair to cleanse and remove any impurities. Rinse with cold water to maintain your colour and shine.
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We are all guilty of working late and cramming way too much into one day. Only have 5 minutes to get ready before heading out the door? Leave the house feeling polished and get ready in a flash with beauty expert and Nad’s brand manager, Natalie Ismiel’s 5 tips to get ready in 5 minutes.
Get the most out of your beauty products and save time and money by opting for multi-tasking products. BB and CC creams are perfect time savers in the morning as they moisturise, even out your skin tone and protect your skin with SPF. Makeup tints that work on cheeks, lips and eyes are easy to use and also great for those short on time.
Time taken in the morning = 3 minutes
Say goodbye shaving and hello waxing
Don’t waste precious time in the morning with time consuming shaving. The quick and easy option for longer lasting, hair free skin is waxing. Unlike shaving, which leaves unsightly stubble, the hair regrowth from waxing is actually softer and finer with each waxing session as the hair is removed by the root. An added benefit is that the long term effect of waxing is less hair growth overall. I recommend Nad’s Body Wax Strips (RRP $10.95) for those looking for an easy way to remove unwanted hair anytime and in just minutes. The specially crafted natural beeswax formula effectively removes hair gently and moulds to all your curves, making it easy to reach those tricky areas.
Time taken in the morning = 0 minutes (your legs are already silky smooth!)
Dry shampoo is a miracle product for when you are too busy to wash and style your hair. Not only is it great for soaking up excess oil, it can add volume, leave a nice fragrance in your hair and can lengthen the life of a blow dry.
Time taken in the morning = 1 minute
Don’t have time for a full face of makeup? A simple slick of brightly coloured lipstick can instantly pull together your whole look and have you looking and feeling polished. Corals, pinks and reds freshen up your face and are on trend for Summer.
Time taken in the morning = 1 minute
Organise the night before
Take 5 minutes out the night before to choose what you’re going to wear and store everything in an easy to reach place for the following morning. Organise your makeup and beauty products and streamline your routine so that you know where everything is and are not having to spend time trying to locate things in the morning.
Time taken in the morning = 0 minutes (it’s already done the night before)
Total Time Taken in the Morning = 5 minutes
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Colour-treated hair might look amazing, but sometimes all the extra maintenance can feel a little daunting.
Rather than protecting your hair from all the elements, we have compiled your go-to list of tips for treating your hair, and making the colour last that much longer.
1. DO: Use an oil
Once your hair is damp from the shower, use a few drops of hair oil and work this into your ends. Rather than lathering up your locks from root to tip, keep it confined to your problem areas which could include split ends. Oils are essential because they help to mend the hair follicle, and make your hair look thick and shiny.
2. DON’T: Apply too much heat
Using too many heat products on your hair will only make it dry and brittle – this is common sense!
Why not take advantage of the warmer weather and let your hair air-dry naturally, rather then using a blow-dryer, straightening irons, and curling wands all in one go. Give your hair a rest at least one day a week, the extra frizz is worth it!
3. DO: Regular trims
Especially if your hair is bleached blonde, booking in those trims every 6-8 weeks is essential for smooth, silky hair.
4. DON’T: Make any drastic changes yourself
Although it might seem like the cheaper alternative, making a drastic change from blonde to black (or the reverse) will only damage your hair. Not to mention the huge risk of your hair turning orange in the process! If you do plan to colour your hair for the first time, use a permanent shade which will eventually fade back to your natural colour.
5. DO: Use a wet brush
Move over Tange Teezer, the Wet Brush is the new hair tool you must use! It helps to de-frizz and untangle your hair in one simple motion. The super-thin bristles won’t cause your hair to split and break (unlike other brushes), and is safe enough to use almost every single day.
6. DON’T: Use standard shampoo
Since your hair is coloured, it’s important to use specialised shampoo to prolong your colour. There are a number of products available to brunettes, blondes and even redheads to help seal the colour, and make it look shiny for longer!
7. DO: Use a sulphate-free shampoo
Sulphates are small chemicals found in a number of mainstream shampoo’s, and they have the ability to strip the colour out of your hair. Use specialised formulas which are packed with essential vitamins and nutrients to keep your colour from fading.
8. DON’T: Wash in hot water
Hot water dries out the hair, and could leave your colour looking dull and lifeless. Rinse your hair with cold water since it locks in shine, and keeps your scalp from drying up.
9. DO: DIY hair mask
Try your own hair mask packed with eggs, honey, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil to bring back the shine to your hair. This is beneficial for all hair types and textures, and won’t weigh it down. Apply from root to tip, and wash-off with shampoo after 1 hour.
10. DON’T: Colour it all the time
While sometimes it might be tempting to go back to the salon and add a few more highlights, this ultimately isn’t healthy for your hair. Allow it to breathe for at least 3 months before adding any additional peroxide to your ends.
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How would you like to never pay or use shampoo ever again? A popular trend called co-washing is another way to wash your hair, which doesn’t involve the usual two to one ratio of shampoo and conditioner.
It basically means that you only use one product to condition and clean your hair, which is ultimately free from soap and harmful sulphates.
Originally created for curly or textured hair, co-washing or ‘conditioner washing’ has recently enjoyed much publicity in the YouTube community thanks to avid vloggers such as Claire Marshall.
What are the benefits?
One of the main reasons both men and women make the switch to co-washing is because it’s much gentler on textured hair. Since the formula is soap and sulphate-free, the condition of your hair is much sleeker, and frizz-free than usual. Although the process might take a bit of getting used to, it’s actually a much healthier way to preserve the natural state of your hair.
Who shouldn’t be co-washing?
Although co-washing is ideal for those with a natural curl or texture to their hair, this doesn’t mean it’s completely off limits to everybody else. If your hair is already straight and fine, co-washing won’t be of any additional benefit because your hair is mostly under control anyway.
If you suffer from chronic-frizz (this should probably be a real diagnosis for some of us!), then co-washing is an amazing way to control the amount of oil your head and scalp produces.
How can I get started?
Once you have identified if this is beneficial for your hair type, then you can finally start the early process of co-washing. To ensure that your hair won’t completely freak out, or if you suffer from an extremely oily scalp, it’s important to use a shampoo every second wash. Use a sulphate-free shampoo which won’y feel too harsh on hair which is chemically treated, or even human-hair extensions.
However, if you suffer from a dry scalp and find that this isn’t working if you, then the complete switch to co-washing will best suit you. Each wash gently cleanses the scalp without removing too much excess oil, and won’t leave your hair and scalp feeling too squeaky clean. If you want to get started and are looking for products, try these:
1. Ojon Rare Blend Moisture-Rich Cleansing Conditioner, $27
2. Wen Bamboo Green Tea Cleansing Conditioner, $59.95
3. Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo, $7.49
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It is a well-known fact that transitioning from black to blonde hair can best be described as a nightmare.
The switch isn’t as easy as colouring your hair once and ending up with wonderful blonde locks. The process can often take weeks or even months since peroxide leaves the hair follicle dry, brittle and prone to breakage.
Although if your curiosity is getting the better of you, catch up on our guide which will safely take your hair from black to blonde.
Have your hair stripped
While it’s sometimes more cost-effective to colour your own hair at home, a big transition like this should be made with the help of an experienced hairdresser. There are also a variety of do-it-yourself hair kits which will easily strip all of the black colour out of your hair. Be warned, almost all steps involve using a high-strength peroxide to remove black colour out of your hair, and you should strictly follow the information on the back of the box.
Most hairdressers won’t strip the colour out of your hair in just one session. To avoid breakage, they will carry out the procedure over a number of weeks, so the hair follicle has enough time to repair itself. In the meantime, indulge your hair in weekly deep-conditioning treatments, and avoid using too many unnecessary styling tools.
Colour your hair brown
Depending on the condition of your hair, the hairdresser will more than likely choose to colour it brown before going blonde. A semi-permanent colour is then put into the hair, and left for a 6-8 weeks; we warned you that blonde hair won’t come overnight! It’s also a great idea to put in a few blonde highlights, to see how you might like the switch before completely going blonde. This gives your hair enough time to repair itself, and helps to strengthen the follicle before adding more peroxide.
Trim split ends
After all of the heavy duty processing which your hair has been through over the last few weeks, it might feel dry and brittle. Get your hairdresser to trim any split or damaged ends so the colour will look fresh on your hair.
Try balayage instead
Rather than making the harsh leap from black to blonde hair, why not try some balayage? This technique involves hand painting the ends with blonde or caramel highlights, which looks like a sun-kissed glow. Even though this also involves pre-bleaching the ends, it won’t be as damaging to your hair follicles in the long-run. Since balayage allows you to keep your darker roots, trips to the hairdresser will also decrease!
Use a toner
To keep blonde hair looking its best, use a toner at least once a week to remove brassy colours. Coloured blonde hair can sometimes turn orange or lacklustre due to chlorine and salt water, so it’s important to use a purple shampoo to counteract these harsh tones.
Leave on for 5 minutes, then wash off with lukewarm water. There is no denying that blonde hair requires more maintenance, but it’s worth it since the colour also looks amazing when completed!
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Girls with thick hair will share the woes of ponytails that never hold, chignon’s which always drop, and locks which take most of the morning to tame.
Use these simple tips to tame your thick hair, and also look good at the same time!
Co-washing or conditioning hair just means that no shampoo is used, but rather hair is cleansed with just one product. This is a great alternative for women who have naturally thick, curly, and textured hair which is difficult to tame.
Even though thick hair takes a long time to dry naturally, put down the styling tools and give your hair a break (at least once a week). Apply a nourishing oil to your ends, and allow your locks to air-dry especially on a hot day which should help the overall process.
Invest in a few extra-hold clips and elastics which are suited to thicker hair. Sometimes bobby pins and other flimsy hair accessories aren’t suited to thick hair, so don’t waste your money on them!
Use organic shampoo and conditioning products which are sulfate-free and won’t leave your hair looking and feeling too frizzy. If you have a sensitive scalp, these products are perfect since they aren’t filled with chemicals which can further irritate damaged skin.
Use tools and products which are designed specially for girls and guys with thick hair. A boar bristle brush or wide-tooth comb are ideal since they won’t damage your ends, promote frizzy hair.
Tame unruly hair by using a hydrating oil at least once a week while your hair is still damp. Not only does this make it easier to style, but it moisturises hair and keeps it looking and feeling soft and smooth.
How do you manage thick or textured hair?
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As women, we’re always looking for new and creative ways to make the most out of beauty and haircare products. If you want to learn a few tricks which will change your hair for the better, keep reading to find out some of our simple haircare hacks.
Hack #1: Shiny hair
The secret to healthy looking hair doesn’t come from a Keratin treatment or even from a good cut and colour. An inexpensive tub of coconut oil is enough to make your hair look and feel amazing.
Simply apply all over (even on your scalp) and leave for 1 hour before washing out with shampoo. If your hair is in need of a deep-conditioning treatment, leave-on overnight for best results.
Hack #2: Long-lasting colour
To keep your colour from losing it’s shine, rinse hair in cold water before stepping out of the shower. Sometimes too much exposure to hot water can make coloured hair lose it’s brightness, especially if your hair is blonde.
Hack #3: Straighten hair without heat
Create this easy hair mask the next time you need a sleek hair-do without the added heat. Mix one cup of water, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and spray into damp hair. Leave it to hair dry, and you will have straight hair in no-time!
Hack #4: Easy curls
Avoid spending hours curling your hair by doing this simple trick. Part your hair down the middle and create 2 braids. Then lightly go over each braid with a hair straightener. Remove the elastic band and your hair should have perfect curls!
Hack #5: Longer hair
Massage aloe vera into your hair and scalp every night to stimulate the hair follicles. Leave in for up to one hour before washing off, then rinse with warm water and allow hair to air dry.
Hack #6: Bobby pins
Did you know that the correct way to use your bobby pins is with the wavy part down? This ensures that your hair will actually stay on for longer, and won’t fall out!
Hack #7: Flyaways
Control your flyaways by first spraying your hands with a bit of hairspray. Then carefully pat down any stray hairs to avoid that sticky, crunchy feeling of using way too much hair product.
Do you have any haircare hacks of your own? Share with us in the comments below.
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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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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Having curly hair can be both a blessing and a curse, but sometimes the humid weather doesn’t agree with those long, curly locks! The best way to keep it in control is to adapt a simple haircare routine which both emphasises and controls your curls.
Try just a few of our tips to tame your curly hair, without resorting to damaging styling products!
Flaxseed hair gel
Keep your hair looking shiny and frizz-free by treating it to a hair gel every few weeks. Make this simple gel at home which won’t leave your hair feeling crunchy, heavy, or with a heavy residue at the roots.
All you need is 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of flax seeds, and aloe vera for extra protection. Boil over a medium heat, strain the water, then apply directly to your hair. You can leave it in as an overnight treatment, or simply apply to your ends before air-drying.
Did you know that curly hair is twice as likely to become frizzy? As a general rule, it’s best to stay away from haircare that includes alcohol and sulfate as main ingredients. Not only do these ingredients make hair look dull and lifeless, but they also strip away the natural oils from your scalp, which can cause dandruff.
Stay away from heat
We all know that heat damage is bad for all hair types, but can create the most visible damage to curly hair. Split ends, dull colour, flat roots are all common symptoms of heat damage which can often be difficult to cure.
Leave your hair to air dry at least once at week, or simply use a diffuser with the temperature on cool – this will be a life saver for your hair, and will maintain those bouncy curls!
Don’t use a heavy conditioner on you roots since this can really weigh down your hair. Instead, concentrate the product on your ends. Apply conditioner on freshly damp and shampooed hair, then comb the product through with a wide-toothed comb.
Stick to combing your hair with a wide-toothed comb which won’t cause more damage to your ends. Excessive brushing can lead to severe hair breakage, and it’s best to keep this to a minimum (or sometimes not at all, especially for curly hair that’s been coloured blonde).
Since curly hair is naturally dry, it’s not always a good idea to wash it every single day. This can lead to a dry, itchy scalp and cause damage to your ends from the sulfate which is mostly found in shampoo and conditioners. Use a deep conditioning treatment every 2 weeks to keep your hair looking its best.
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Anyone with short hair will tell you that styling it is a breeze – straightening your hair doesn’t take long, curling it takes even less time, and applying a volumizing product to the ends basically takes under a minute.
If you’re out of ideas when it comes to styling your short hair, below are just a few tips to make your haircare routine that much more interesting.
If you’ve got the time, invest in some high-quality rollers for your hair. Choose thin, small rollers if you want more defined curls, and thick rollers if you want more body in your hair. Once you’ve taken your hair out of the rollers, mist lightly with hairspray and comb out any loose ends.
Not only will this give hair a natural body and bounce, but it also works while you sleep!
You don’t need to go to the beach to get those genuine beach waves anymore. Use your hair straightener on an angle and create subtle curls all over your hair. If your hair is angular (shorter in the back, and longer in the front), you may need a friend to style the back for you.
Hair accessories are amazing in all types of seasons, but a scarf is perfect if you’re heading to the beach or park. Not only will it keep your hair intact throughout the entire day, but a little wind won’t cause it from completely falling out of place.
Create subtle braids at the nape of the neck if you want to keep hair looking neat and tidy. All you need to do is divide the hair into 2 sections, plait, then carefully pin them down at the nape of the neck. Is this the best 1-minute hairstyle – we definitely think so!
Expert tip: If your hair feels a bit thin and lack-lustre, spray a touch of texturising hair product onto damp hair. If you’ve just stepped out of the shower, pat hair dry with a towel before applying a touch of volumising oil on the roots. Blow-dry your hair upside-down for instant volume that will last all day long!
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Frizzy hair and flyaways often creep along and ruin any chance of a good hair day. But did you know that there are many ways to keep your hair frizz-free without being strapped for cash? Follow just some of our tips below so you can have a killer hairstyle sans-frizz or flyaways.
DON’T: Rub your hair
Instead of rubbing the towel on your hair, simply pat it gently over the ends. This is one of the most common ways to avoid having flyaways, since the static from the towel interacts with the cells in your wet hair. Try and wring out as much water as you can, then gently pat downwards to remove any excess moisture on your hair, before applying a serum.
DO: Use a serum
Apply a serum to the ends of your hair before using any heat products to style those out-of-control locks. Hair serums and oils are important because they help to lock-in moisture, and will leave hair looking sleek once it’s finally been dried and styled.
Use: Goldwell Ultra Rich Keratin Care Oil, $32.95
DON’T: Brush wet hair
Even though it’s very tempting since many knots and tangles can develop once you’re out of the shower, it’s best to avoid brushing or combing hair when it’s wet. It will only lead to faster split ends, and make your hair brittle once it’s been dried. Once your hair is completely dried, use a soft-bristle brush or comb and carefully brush through the ends before making your way to the scalp.
DO: Use a hair pomade
Hair pomades are specially formulated water-based styling products which help to reduce the frizz caused by heat. Massage the product into the ends of your hair just before leaving home to carefully tame any impending flyaways.
Use: Uppercut Deluxe Pomade, $24
DON’T: Forget to condition your hair
Conditioner is just as important as using a shampoo, since this short little treatment gives life to dull or problematic hair. Look for conditioners which are silicone-based since they coat the hair follicle, which makes it less prone to damage. Leave-in for 3-5 minutes before washing out with lukewarm water.
DO: Use an anti-frizz shampoo
These products actually work quite well at eliminating frizz, since they are packed with moisturising ingredients such as aloe vera. The only way to have frizz-free hair is to keep your locks hydrated and avoid using too many heat or styling products directly onto unprotected hair. Anti-frizz shampoos will work as a temporary solution since they replenish hair without drying out the ends.
Use: L’Oreal Paris ELVIVE Smooth-Intense Anti-Frizz Shampoo, $13.95
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Memories may not last forever, but photographs certainly do – so it’s good to make the best impression possible by testing your hair and makeup before the big day. Follow our special style advice to avoid these common hair and makeup mistakes.
1. Trial your makeup
If you don’t plan on doing your own makeup – it is crucial to book a trial run. This will determine how the products sit on your face, and which colours work with your skin type. Your makeup artist will be your saviour on your big day, so let them know the look that you want to achieve and if it’s actually possible!
2. Stay true to yourself
Don’t go all-out and recreate the exact same look that you saw on somebody else. Keep true to your own personal style and create something which you’ll be happy to look back on in 20 years time.
3. To tan, or not to tan?
That is the big question! Most women choose not to fake tan their face along with their body. Choose a colour which will complement your skin tone (and your makeup). It is best to arrive at your makeup trial with the fake tan already on the rest of your body -this will make it easy for the makeup artist to match the colour.
4. Go waterproof
Nobody likes panda eyes, do they? Choose makeup products which won’t budge on your big day. Waterproof lip liner, lipstick and mascara are must-haves (think of all the crying!).
5. Touch-up kit
Keep a small selection of products in an easily accessible place so you can constantly touch-up your makeup throughout the duration of the wedding. A lipstick, blending brush and face blotting wipes are some of the best products you can use.
1. No fresh locks
If you’re planning to create some loose curls on your hair, don’t wash it the day of your wedding. This will cause hair to drop, and look flat and lifeless. Work with 1-2 day hair since this has enough natural oils for the hairstyle to stay intact without dropping.
2. Bring ideas
Don’t turn up empty handed to your hair consultation – this is a big no-no! Bring along a variety of different hairstyles and work with your hairdresser to create something which you’re both happy with. Bridal magazines, Pinterest and Instagram are all a great source of hairspiration.
3. Try extensions
If your hair is very short and thin, it’s a good idea to think about hair extensions for your wedding day. Mirco beads are the best option because they look the most natural, and can be disguised under a lovely hairstyle.
4. Don’t dramatically change your hair colour
It is best not to dye your hair blonde before the lead-up to your wedding – not only is it difficult to maintain, but will also damage your ends due to large amounts of peroxide and ammonia.
5. Flattering hairstyles
Somebody please think about the dress! Don’t forget to factor in the style of the dress when creating that perfect hairstyle for your wedding day. Strapless dresses look amazing with hair styled up or down, so take this into consideration as well.
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