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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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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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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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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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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Want to grow longer hair naturally without resorting to supplements and hair extensions? Good food will make your hair grow faster – so make sure to constantly stock-up on fruits, vegetables, lean meat and even fish. Hair is made of protein, so changing your diet is a good start in order to promote keratin production.
A strong source of protein, vitamin D and essential omega-3 fatty acids which work together to promote a healthy scalp and avoid dryness or rough patches. If you simply don’t like the taste of salmon, there are always vitamins which are quick and easy to take as well.
Not only are eggs packed with wonderful omega-3 fatty acids which we earlier mentioned, but also contain something called biotin (vitamin B-7). This is an essential nutrient which can benefit hair, skin and even nails. Many people often choose to take biotin in supplement form which promotes rapid hair growth. Other foods which contain biotin include cauliflower, cucumber and brewer’s yeast.
Packed with vitamin A and beta carotene which has been proven to maintain a healthy scalp and also promote hair growth. There are simple ways to incorporate sweet potato into your diet, some of which include soups, chips, and even in your Sunday roast.
Another healthy snack which has high levels of biotin are almonds, which will also clear your skin, improve the appearance of your hair and comprise nearly 1/3 of your daily requirement. Enjoy just a handful of almonds a day, then sit back and watch your hair grow!
Avocados have been used for years as a classic treatment which leaves hair looking and feeling soft and healthy. Combine equal parts of avocado and sour cream, then apply to hair scalp and hair to stimulate collagen and elastin.
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Are you finding it difficult to narrow down just one hairstyle for your wedding? If your ends are dry and brittle, it’s probably a good idea to invest in some quality hair extensions for the big day. Not only will they give you a lot more variety in terms of hairstyles, but also fill-out the rest of your hair. Take some of our tips and suggestions into consideration while you’re searching for that perfect hairstyle to stay ‘I do’.
DO: Invest in high quality hair extensions
Do your research and find the kinds of extensions that work for you. There are four main types of extensions which include clip-in, bonding, weaves and mirco-rings. Depending on your needs, you’re looking at spending between $100-$1500 for a good pair of extensions, minus the labour it takes to put them in.
DON’T: Cut them yourself
Even if you’re planning on wearing clip-in’s, head to your hairdresser and get the extensions professionally cut. Despite saving a bit of cash on the side, it isn’t wise to cut your own hair – especially for your wedding!
DO: Experiment with your hair before the wedding
Hair extensions need to be treated with more care, so don’t use heat or styling products on them constantly. If you do have an idea of the type of style you want for your wedding, trial it on your hair beforehand.
DON’T: Colour extensions yourself
Just like cutting hair, leave it to the hairdresser. They will match the extensions to your own natural colour, and make it all blend in seamlessly. If you’re going for the balayage look, pop on your hair extensions before going to the hairdresser.
DO: Wear your hair up
People often think that hair extensions can’t be worn in a bun or ponytail. Take care in hiding any signs of clips, micro-rings, or even glue holding the hair together. Choose a hairstyle which will make you feel confident about yourself on your wedding day.
DON’T: Avoid going over the top
It’s easy to get carried away and add way too many hair extensions onto your natural hair. This look will often seem fake, and won’t blend into your natural hair. Make sure you are happy with the thickness of your hair, without adding too much into it.
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Long hair can be difficult to style on a daily basis, especially since it takes most of the morning to wash, dry and apply product to before stepping out the door. While most of us don’t have hours to get ready, here are ten quick and easy ways to style medium to long hair.
1. Low bun
Comb through your hair (focusing at the ends) then wrap into a low bun at the nape of the neck. If you do have a fringe or many layers, leave them out and spritz with some finishing spray. Then add a headband to refine the entire look.
2. Fishtail braid
An easy fishtail braid will keep your hair locked-in all day without constantly needing to fix it up. Start with hair that has been freshly washed, and complete a short braid which can be fastened by a thick elastic at the end. Take out at the end of the day to enjoy natural curls with no added heat.
3. High bun
This classic option doesn’t have to take up most of your day to achieve. Simply pin back your layers, then wrap hair around before fastening with a thick hair elastic. Choose a reliable elastic which will hold your hair for hours on end without requiring another touch-up.
4. Half up
Brush through the ends of your hair, then simply pin back the hair at the top of your ears. This is perfect for girls with layers since it will create a natural definition at the crown. Feel free to even twist your hair before pinning it back – this creates easy to achieve texture. Then wear a statement piece of jewellery on the ears or neck.
5. Hair accessories
Use a thick hairband to keep hair away from your face, then push it forward to create some volume. Tie hair into a low pony tail and create definition at the back of the head before fastening with another thin elastic band. Finish off with some hairspray to hold the entire look together.
6. Fringe braid
Switch up your look by incorporating a braid the very top of your head, and leave hair down at the back. Start by braiding from the arch of your eyebrow as a reference, then pin down under your hair on the other side. This look is super easy and will allow the rest of your hair to sit and enjoy it’s natural texture.
- If long hair is hard to manage, try and start off with braids and plaits if you find yourself with limited time in the morning. They are really simple to recreate and work well on both freshly washed and even second-day hair.
- A touch of dry shampoo can dramatically change the texture of hair, even if it is freshly washed. Don’t forget to keep a travel-sized can in your handbag for a quick change.
- Keep lots of hair elastics and bobby pins in your makeup bag, since they will very easily switch up your look throughout the day.
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Not only is almond oil rich in vitamin E and vitamin D, but it can be used to repair a variety of different skin and hair disorders. This concentrated serum is not only inexpensive, but is completely natural and won’t cause any irritation or discomfort to problem areas such as broken or chapped skin and nails. Below are just a few reasons why almond oil should be a permanent fixture in your beauty cabinet.
Almond oil is heavily used in aromatherapy techniques since it helps to relieve stress, anxiety and also to relax the entire body. Pure almond oil can be used for any skin types since it is non-irritating and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals which could interfere with your current skincare regime. Almond oil helps to repair and replenish the skin in many ways:
- Leads to a brighter and more vibrant complexion. Safe to use on the skin since it is gentle and super-moisturising.
- Healing properties which allow it to moisturise the skin better than creams or spray formulas.
- Helps to improve the effects skin irritation and inflammation on certain problem areas.
- Improves the side effects of continuous skin exposure. Almond oil deeply moisturises and hydrates the skin, which can help to delay the ageing process.
- Lightens any dark circles around the eye area if used for prolonged periods of time.
- Makes the skin smooth and soft – perfect to use on extra-dry areas such as elbows, knees, feet and ankles. Heals broken or cracked skin and helps to make the area feel soft and luxurious.
- Improves the appearance of skin rashes, and gentle enough to use on eczema or rosacea.
- Reduces the size and appearance of stretch marks.
- Can be used as a makeup remover by dissolving any unclean oils left on the skin. Then simply use your favourite cleanser to remove the excess makeup.
- Prevents dandruff and also helps to improve a dry and itchy scalp.
- Also works as a natural shaving foam which is great for people with extremely sensitive skin.
Ever used an oil serum on the ends of your hair? Almond oil is amazing at repairing split ends or broken strands with just a few drops. Simply pour 2-3 drops onto your palm and massage on the length of the hair, concentrating on problem areas. Gentle enough to use on blonde or bleached hair, and won’t stain or destroy lighter hair colours. Almond oil is packed with vitamin E which adds a youthful shine and texture to any hair type. This serum also helps to:
- Moisturise hair and smooth hair cuticles which are damaged by hair colour or heat products.
- Helps to create strong and thick hair after every application.
- Works as a deep-cleansing hair masque to nourish dry patches and repair split ends.
Eat just a few raw almonds every single day for better hair, nails and clear skin. Did you know that almond oil also helps the body from the inside out? Almond oil has been used for centuries as a natural painkiller, since it has a calming effect on the entire body. Some other health benefits include:
- Reduces cholesterol since almonds are packed with monounsaturated fats, health-promoting fats which are proven to reduce the chance of heart disease.
- Improves the digestive system by increasing the amount of good bacteria in the stomach.
- Helps to boost the immune system with just a single teaspoon of almond oil if taken once daily.
- Also works as a pain relief method. Almond oil has been proven to reduce pain levels, but also to relieve sore muscles and joints.
We recommend: In Essence Sweet Almond Massage Base Oil, $9.99
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Many people choose to colour their hair in a variety of shades which are permanent, semi-permanent and even using colour-chalk as a fun way to spice up the ends. Although coloured hair should be specially treated to last longer and look vibrant and fresh in between salon trips. Too much exposure to ammonia can cause hair to break and lose moisture if not treated on a regular basis. Below are a few simple ways to get the most out of your colour, while keeping hair looking its best.
Make sure hair can withstand being coloured and don’t attempt to bleach hair which is already damaged and brittle. The colour will only cause split ends and absolutely fry your hair while kissing away all the money put aside for a new colour down the drain. Treat your locks to a hair masque each week, since this will lock in moisture and get the hair in best shape before adding colour or harmful chemicals.
Try and incorporate coloured treating shampoos into your routine every time you wash your hair. Not only are these formulas gentle and less abrasive, but they easily lock-in colour and help make hair look shiny and brand new. Don’t always stick to the same old shampoo and conditioner combination, since the hair adjusts quite easily and you won’t necessarily see any results. Have a few options on rotation, and use a purple shampoo if necessary.
Rinse in cold water
Right at the end of your shower, it is best to wash hair in cool or cold water since this best locks in the colour. The cold water is best for people with highlights or lighter hair since it helps to keep hair looking brighter for longer. Not only will rinsing in cool water make hair look and feel shinier, but it won’t distress hair follicles which so often leads to breakage and tearing.
If your blonde hair is prone to turning brassy or even embracing orange tones, use a purple shampoo once a week to counter-act these colours. These shampoos work to eliminate unwanted tones by simply just leaving the shampoo on for a maximum of 5-7 minutes before washing off. Follow this up with a purple conditioner for best results.
Avoid heat and styling products
If you’re attached at the hip to your hair dryer, straightener or even curling wand it’s time to cut the cord and embrace a heat-free hair routine. We’re not suggesting you stop using these products completely, but try and let your hair air-dry at least once a week so it can recover. When heat is applied directly to the hair, use a heat protectant on the ends and avoid spraying on the scalp. This will only cause build-up of product and roots will only feel oily.
Deep conditioning mask
About once a week, indulge your hair in a deep conditioning mask or serum. These are very helpful products since they penetrate the hair follicle which helps hair to feel soft and gentle. Simply apply at the ends of your hair, leave on for 10-15 minutes before carefully washing it out until the water runs clear.
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