Haircare

The Best Shampoo And Conditioner For Your Hair Type

Whether your hair is damaged, dry, or frizzy, every great style starts in the shower. Using the right hair care products is the first step to achieving those lush locks that you’ve always wanted.

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However, a trip to the supermarket to select the right shampoo and conditioner can feel like you’re sitting in high school chemistry with no idea what’s going on!

Smoothing, volumising, moisturising, ant-dandruff, colour-safe – it’s a jungle out there. That’s why we’ve put together some tips to help you choose the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair type so you can meet your perfect match.

Your hair texture, thickness, and how often you wash and style your hair are all contributing factors.

Dry or damaged hair

Shampoo

Hair prone to dryness needs moisture rich shampoos that don’t contain sodium laureth sulfate (which is a stripping detergent). Your shampoo should gently cleanse your hair with rich conditioning ingredients like shea butter that smoothes and detangles the hair.

Conditioner

A moisturising shampoo should be used from the ends of your hair to the root, with the least amount of product being used on your scalp. Natural oils, shea butter, and protein are essential ingredients for dry and damaged hair. Leave-in conditioners applied to the ends of your hair can also help to re-invigorate dull hair.

We recommend: Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Barbary Fig Oil Restorative Shampoo 200ml and matching conditioner.

Curly, wavy, or thick hair

Shampoo

Like dry and damaged hair, thick and curly hair is prone to drying out and frizz. As such creamy and moisture rich products should be your best friend. Avoid washing your hair every day and instead let your scalps natural oils work their magic.

Conditioner

Curly and thick hair types work particularly well with conditioners that contain silicone and proteins, which coat the cuticle of the hair and reduce frizz. Conditioners with smoothing properties like wheat protein and soy will also give your hair an extra boost of moisture.

We recommend: Aveda Be Curly Shampoo and Conditioner.

Coloured hair

Shampoo

Coloured hair needs hair-products that keep your treatment looking bright and fresh. Therefore, colour-protecting shampoos that contain fewer harsh cleansers are great because they prevent fading. These types of products will help to re-hydrate your hair and restore shine.

Conditioner

Once again, targeted conditioners that are developed specifically for colour-treated hair. These products contain UV filters that act in a similar way to sunscreen that prevents colour fading.

We Recommend: Biolage Delicate Care Shampoo and Pureology Hydrate LightConditioner.

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August 20, 2015

Natural Ways To Grow Your Hair

Rather than waiting months or even years for another inch on your hair, did you know that there are a few natural ways to speed up the process?

Some of these items are probably already in your pantry, and require minimum effort to achieve long, healthy hair.

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Apple cider vinegar

Regularly cleanse your hair with equal parts of cold water and apple cider vinegar after coming out of the shower. Apple cider vinegar acts as a natural cleanser, and will help those suffering from dandruff, or simply just an irritable scalp.

The smell is also really pleasant, and won’t leave your hair looking sticky or stiff.

Cut down on heat

This one might seem a little obvious, but cut down on the amount of heat and styling products you apply on your hair. Not only do they cause large amounts of irreversible damage, but they also damage your hair follicle.

If your hair is quite thick and takes a few hours to dry naturally, wrap it in a towel and go to sleep. It should be dry by the next morning, and won’t soak your sheets overnight.

‘No poo’ method

Don’t worry, this is not as bad as it sounds! The ‘no poo’ method is just another name for a natural cleanse which minimises the amount of shampoo you apply to your hair. Rather than using all these chemicals such as sulphate which break down the hair follicle, rinse your scalp with baking soda, and condition it with apple cider vinegar.

Rosemary rinse

To receive the complete benefits of rosemary on your hair, it is important to rinse at least once a week. Use one cup of rosemary and bring it to a simmer, this could take anywhere between 15-30 minutes depending on the temperature.Once the rosemary has liquified, strain it, and allow it to cool down to room temperature.

Apply onto damp hair, and focus on any problem areas applying from root to tip. Don’t rinse it out.

Scalp massage

There is no denying that scalp massages are relaxing, but did you know they actually make your hair grow faster? Regular massages help to stimulate hair growth and blood circulation to the scalp.

Use a light coconut oil on your fingers, then start the top of your head with a zig-zag motion to awaken the hair follicles.

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August 18, 2015

5 One-Stop Online Beauty Shops

Who doesn’t love to indulge in a little retail therapy after a long day at work? Even better if it’s online, late at night, and doesn’t require hoards of people fighting over the same product.

If you’re looking for a few new beauty websites to add to your favourites, don’t hesitate with the following which have become holy grail status in our books.

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Adore Beauty

Stuck for new skincare and beauty products? Adore Beauty is a great place to start, offering over 3000 products from big names such as Dermalogica, Clarins, Aesop and many more. Shipping is super quick, and comes with a few tasty goodies as well!

www.adorebeauty.com.au

Escentual

If you’re looking for French pharmacy products without buying a first-class ticket to Paris, this is the website which needs to be in your favourites. Featuring cult beauty products from La Roche-Posay, Nuxe, Bioderma and Avene to help kickstart your beauty obsession.

www.escentual.com

Ry

Australia’s largest hair and beauty salon is the best way to have any product delivered straight to your door – and at a discount price! Specialising in hair products which are hard to find (or those which are exclusive to hairdressers!).

www.ry.com.au

Beauty HQ

This new Australian platform has just recently launched and carries just some of the most sought-after beauty and makeup products directly to your door. Big names such as Ardell Lashes, Bondi Sands, Indeed Labs and many more are available now, with a special 20% off site-wide sale until 31st July 2015.

www.beautyhq.com.au

Beauty Bay

One of the only places to get your hands on Urban Decay cosmetics is through UK based retailer, Beauty Bay. The site offers free worldwide shipping on orders over $20 (which isn’t difficult to achieve), and comes with a variety of free samples to test out!

www.beautybay.com

July 9, 2015

Jet Set Hair Care Essentials

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.

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Volumising shampoo

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.

Beauty tips: Jet Set Hair Care Essentials

Malin + Goetz Peppermint Shampoo, $26

Frizz

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.

Beauty tips: Jet Set Hair Care Essentials

Joico Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray, $25.95

Dry shampoo

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.

Beauty tips: Jet Set Hair Care Essentials

Soap & Glory Glad Hair Dry Shampoo, $10

Headbands

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.

Beauty tips: Jet Set Hair Care Essentials

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.

Beauty tips: Jet Set Hair Care Essentials

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $35

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July 5, 2015

Banish Dandruff From The Inside

Dandruff can have a real impact on your confidence. It can make you avoid black dresses, tops and jackets, and can make you very conscious of shaking your hair so that you don’t make it snow on your shoulders. You might feel embarrassed when friends notify you of some scalp flakes stuck in your hair and the itchy feeling in your scalp is hella frustrating! While dandruff is quite common, it’s nonetheless embarrassing at times, so let’s look at some ways that you can combat dandruff and get your carefree confidence back.

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Shedding cells on your scalp is normal and healthy, but when your scalp gets inflamed, the cells stick together forming clumps of visible flakes that make up dandruff. The scaling skin on the scalp is often itchy, causing you to scratch, cause sores and these then form crusty scabs, making your dandruff even worse.

Dandruff can be caused by dry skin, so keep hydrated and make sure you’re getting enough fluid. It can also be caused by not washing your hair enough or washing too much, so find the perfect balance that suits your scalp. Dandruff can also be caused by other skin conditions and health issues like eczema, or those with a weakened immune system.

One of the easiest ways to combat dandruff is to use an anti-dandruff shampoo regularly. Shampoos like Head & Shoulders and Neutrogena’s T/Gel are great ways to say goodbye to that shoulder snow.

However, there are other ways to help farewell those flakes and they include some simple lifestyle changes to work from within. Eating a healthy diet with plenty of zinc, Vitamin B and healthy oils can help combat dandruff from within. After all, you are what you eat – and what you put in your mouth really matters for your health.

Getting a little Vitamin D from the sun can also have a positive effect on your scalp condition, however, be careful not to spend too much time in the sun and always wear sunscreen with a high SPF to keep your body protected from skin cancer. Learning to manage your stress is not only good for your dandruff, but also for your overall health.

If you’re a big fan of multiple products on your hair, it may be time to reevaluate, as too many products can cause dandruff and it could be one of the said products that is irritating your scalp too.

For best results to get rid of your shoulder snow, combat your dandruff from the inside and use an anti-dandruff shampoo on the outside.

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June 28, 2015

What Is The Morocco Method Detox?

Ever heard of the Morocco Method? This hair detox has been used for years and basically all about using holistic methods to look after your hair.

If you’re looking for a sulfate-free alternative, the Morocco Method is the best way to give your hair some natural loving.

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Below are just a few benefits of the Morocco Method, especially if your needs little TLC every now and then.

Avoid soap

Using too many suds in your hair can strip the scalp of its natural oils. If you’re looking for a little detox, invest in shampoos and conditioners with no added Sodium Laurel or Laureth Sulfate which usually cause the most damage. Natural shampoos replace these chemicals with cocamide diethanolamine (DEA) which is actually made from coconut oil.

Switch it up

Rather than using the exact same shampoo and conditioning treatments, keep your scalp guessing with new products. Rotate your haircare on a regular basis so your scalp doesn’t rely on the same ingredients – otherwise your money is going down the drain!

Hair rinse

Treat your hair to a rinse at least once a week to remove excess skin and oils from the scalp. This is particularly handy if you suffer from a dry scalp which is producing too much dandruff.

Use an apple cider vinegar rinse to carefully exfoliate the scalp without making your skin extra sensitive afterwards. Simply rinse with warm water and leave hair to air-dry.

Henna as dye

Rather than damaging your hair with peroxide and other nasties to achieve that perfect colour, use henna instead. From blonde to black, there are a variety of natural-based hair colorants which are semi-permanent, but won’t leave your hair feeling dry and brittle.

The Morocco Method Detox

Morocco Method Natural Henna Hair Dye: Light Blonde, $9.50

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May 12, 2015

6 Pampering Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Treat your mum this Mother’s Day by making her feel her best with a pampering gift. We have compiled the perfect pamper list including body scrubs, teas and hair products, which is sure to make mum happy over the weekend.

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Frank Body Mumma’s Bundle, $19.95

Who hasn’t seen a picture of the famous Frank Body scrub somewhere on Instagram before? This two-in-one gift is perfect for a mum and bub who need a little TLC after a stressful day. The pack includes one large body scrub for mum and a smaller scrub for the baby.

5 Pampering Mothers Day Gifts

Joico Mother’s Day Hair Care Pack, $49.95

Spoil mum this weekend by gifting her with the ultimate hair care pack. It includes a nourishing Body Luxe Volumising Shampoo and Conditioner, K-Pak Intense Hydrator, Instant Refresh Dry ShampooFlip Turn Volumising Finishing Spray and a cute carry-case.

6 Pampering Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Pukka Womankind Tea, $7.95

A delicious new fruit tea blend by Pukka called Womankind has been developed to nurture and maintain a woman’s health. Offering a delicate blend of organic cranberry, rose and sweet vanilla, this fruity cup will help keep mum calm, content and beautifully balanced.

5 Pampering Mothers Day Gifts

Bellabox Beauty Box, $53.85

If you’re not quite sure what to get mum this Mother’s Day, a subscription box is another great way to find her something she’s bound to love. Simply sign her up as a giftee and she will receive three boxes across 3 months, featuring a variety of beauty products for her skin, hair type and personal preferences.

5 Pampering Mothers Day Gifts

Puretopia Bath and Body Set, $14.95

Gift your mum the ultimate pamper pack by Puretopia featuring a Body Polish enriched with Acai berries, and a super-soft lotion to treat the skin.

5 Pampering Mothers Day Gifts

Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Masks, $29.99

With winter just around the corner, now is the best time to treat the skin to a hydrating mask after a long day. Mum will love these sheet masks since they’re the perfect way to create a plump, moisturised complexion.

5 Pampering Mothers Day Gifts

What are you getting your loved one this Mothers Day?

May 7, 2015

9 Timeless Overnight Beauty Tips

There’s no wonder it’s called beauty sleep; it is the best time for your skin to breathe, hair to relax, and it allows your body to take a break from the stress of daily life.

We’ve rounded up our favourite overnight beauty tips which have been used for years to rejuvenate the skin and to make the most of those 8 hours per-night.

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Remove your makeup

Even if it’s 2am and you’re hobbling into bed, always take your makeup off. Just think of the state of your pores which have been wearing heavy-duty makeup and moisturiser all day long – let them breathe!

Use a micellar water and cotton pads to remove all traces of your makeup (even mascara), before hitting the sack. You don’t even need to wash it off!

Moisturise

If you suffer from extremely dry or flakey skin, it’s important to moisturise every single evening. Hydrate your face and body with a lightweight moisturiser which isn’t too greasy and sinks into the skin instantly.

Have a bath

Not only is a bath extremely relaxing before bed, it will also help those who are suffering from sleep apnea. Use a bath bomb or salts to create a relaxing environment and help your body to sleep better.

Lip balm

We might moisturise our face religiously, but what about those lips? Apply a lightweight lip balm right after brushing your teeth to combat cracked lips. By the next morning, they should feel so soft and nourished!

Hair oils

Apply an overnight oil from root to tip and wrap your hair in a towel before going to bed. While you sleep, the oils work their magic by nourishing damaged hair, and help to combat split ends.

Face mask

Revitalise your skin with an overnight face mask which helps to lock-in moisture and combat existing fine lines and wrinkles. Most of these formulas are actually quite rich, so a little goes a long way!

Essential oils

Not only are essentials oils good for the mind, but they work wonders on all skin types. Mix a few drops into your nightly moisturiser to replenish dry skin and relax before it’s time for bed.

Longer lashes

Apply a mixture of essential oils and a lightweight moisturiser with a cotton bud onto each lash to help them grow. The serum is lightweight, so it won’t cause irritation to your eyes and works while you sleep.

Healthy cuticles

If you change your nail polish every single week, the odds are that your cuticles aren’t in the best shape. Soothe them by applying a cuticle cream every single night and we promise you will see results in a week!

The nourishing formula penetrates the skin and leaves your cuticles looking brand new by the morning.

What are some of your overnight beauty tips?

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March 5, 2015

10 Makeup Products Not Worth The Hype

Ever spent money on a beauty product that’s been endlessly endorsed, but find that it doesn’t quite work for you? We’ve compiled a list of ten makeup, skincare, and hair products which just aren’t worth the hype.

If you have any products that you regret buying, or just don’t work well on your skin, share your story in the comments below!

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Makeup For Ever Sens’Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser, $24

The good: Removes eye makeup easily without the tugging at the sensitive skin around your eyes.

The bad: It stings and burns after every single application.

10 Makeup Products Not Worth The Hype

Aveeno Ultra Calming Daily Moisturiser SPF, $13.99

The good: The formula is great for all skin tones, and protects against the sun.

The bad: Leaves a white cast on the skin, and takes a very long time to absorb. Wouldn’t recommend using it before applying your makeup, since you can get a flashback.

10 Makeup Products Not Worth The Hype

Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara, $13.56

The good: The colour gives a great lift for tired lashes.

The bad: Since the applicator wand is too big, it’s difficult to curl lashes at the inner corner without getting mascara all over your eyelid.

10 Makeup Products Not Worth The Hype

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink, $35

The good: Waterproof so will stay on your lids for hours on end.

The bad: The formula dries up almost instantly, and makes it difficult to use without popping the entire bottle into the microwave to warm it up.

10 Makeup Products Not Worth The Hype

Krystal Milk Hair Trilogy, $24.95

The good: Keeps ends looking soft and smooth whilst also taming any flyaways.

The bad: The formula is extremely sticky, and leaves hair feeling crunchy if you apply too much by mistake.

10 Makeup Products Not Worth The Hype

e.l.f Essentials Eyelid Primer, $3

The good: Cheap and affordable if you’re on a budget.

The bad: The formula is extremely tacky, and smells like glue.

10 Makeup Products Not Worth The Hype

Arcona Triad Toner Pads, $41

The good: Quick and easy if you don’t have time to tone your face with a liquid formula and cotton pad.

The bad: The toner is extremely abrasive, and has a very strong berry scent to it. You can even smell the product on your face even after applying makeup and moisturiser.

10 Makeup Products Not Worth The Hype

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation, $23.95

The good: Comes in a variety of shades, and sits at a good price-point for an affordable drugstore foundation.

The bad: The formula acts-up when used in conjunction with oily or combination skin. Problem areas include an extremely oil t-zone, even when used with a setting powder. Not ideal for sensitive skin types.

10 Makeup Products Not Worth The Hype

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream, $12.99

The good: Quick drying formula which settles well into the eye area.

The bad: Doesn’t really have a remarkable change on the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

10 Makeup Products Not Worth The Hype

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation, $11.96

The good: Comes in at an affordable price, and is available in a variety of different shades.

The bad: Doesn’t stay matte, even when used with a translucent setting powder.

10 Makeup Products Not Worth The Hype

What are some products that you regret buying?

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December 13, 2014

7 Important Hair Care Hacks

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.

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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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November 17, 2014

The Best Dry Shampoo For Textured Hair

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

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Percy and Reed No Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo, $24

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

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

The Best Dry Shampoo For Textured Hair

A Beautiful Lie All Nighter Styling Powder, $22

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

The Best Dry Shampoo For Textured Hair

Polished London Dry Shampoo Bonny Blonde, $4.95

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

The Best Dry Shampoo For Textured Hair

Cedel Dry Shampoo, $8.99

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

The Best Dry Shampoo For Textured Hair

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November 4, 2014

Tried And Tested: Minikin Hair Extensions

I’m generally pretty reluctant to make dramatic changes to my hair, especially something risky like hair extensions. We’ve all heard – and seen – the horror stories (sorry Britney Spears, we’re thinking of you). Inevitably, though, I got so fed up with my hair stubbornly refusing to grow that extra two inches that I decided to try hair extensions for the first time.

Before taking this big leap of faith, I was determined to do my research. I firstly learned there are two types of human hair extensions. Virgin hair extensions are 100% human hair, cut off in one ponytail, and have never been processed in any way. By comparison, remi (or remy) extensions – the most common type across Australia – have been chemically treated to achieve a different colour and/or to set all hair follicles in the same direction.

Further research taught me the different ways hair extensions can be applied. My hair is already quite damaged, so I wanted to avoid tapes and glues that would need to be removed with acetone. Meanwhile, weaves are more suited to people with shorter, coarser hair. That made microbeads (or microrings) the best option for my new do. The latest innovation in this type of extension is the minikin bead, which is about one-tenth the size of a regular microbead.

Like a virgin

At my initial consultation at Lady Boss Hair in Sydney’s Newtown, it was recommended I get a full head of minikin extensions, to add both volume and length. The actual application process took just under three hours, including hair colour matching (Lady Boss Hair claims to use only virgin Russian hair) and a cut and style at the end.

Minikin Hair Extensions

A month down the track, I’m pleased to report that my experience with minikin bead hair extensions has been mostly positive. I’ve certainly received lots of compliments from loved ones about how healthy my hair is looking, how much it has grown, etc., so the virgin hair was obviously a good call. Personally, I’m also pretty pleased to be rocking my favourite styles with longer, thicker hair that everyone else thinks is my own.

Keepin’ it real

Some specific maintenance is required to naturally integrate the minikin extensions. For example, your own hair needs to be strategically styled to mask the beads, especially with ponytails and other up-dos. (This is probably partly why stylists won’t apply extensions to hair shorter than 10 centimetres.)

The virgin hair extensions also need to be washed with non-sulphate products, which may be an added expense for some. And whilst the extensions can be blow-dried, straightened, and curled like your own hair, a wide-tooth brush or comb is required to avoid tugging at the extensions. That’s fine if you’re happy to wash-and-wear, but a proper blow-dry takes longer than normal because individual sections need to be carefully separated and lifted to limit pull on the beads. Even with these precautions, I found that individual extensions started dropping out after a couple of weeks. So far, it has only happened when I’m washing my hair, but I am returning to the salon to have my extensions re-fitted/adjusted after just four weeks – well ahead of the prescribed six-eight weeks – to avoid any embarrassing situations.

Minikin extensions? Yes or no?

I’d certainly recommend minikin bead extensions if you’re looking to add natural-looking volume and/or length to your hair, but do beware of the time and costs for ongoing maintenance. You’d also better sign up with a stylist you like because you’ll be undoubtedly be spending more time in the salon chair each month.

By Deanne Jackson

October 26, 2014

How To Get Shiny Hair Overnight

It seems that both women and men are going to great lengths in order to achieve shiny hair overnight. The last few years have seen a progressive increase in hair masks, vitamin supplements, and even expensive Keratin treatments which are only temporary.

Try some of these tips and tricks the next time you’re going to spend half a fortune (and maybe some of your sanity) on achieving shiny hair.

RELATED: 5 Overnight Beauty Treatments 

Aloe vera

While we knew that aloe vera is known for revolutionising skin, did you also know that it’s the perfectly inexpensive way to shiny hair. Feel free to buy an aloe hair mask from the drugstore, or simply create your own at home. Extract some aloe vera leaves and mix with 2 tablespoons of yoghurt before applying directly on your scalp.

If you’re daring enough, leave the treatment on all night with the help of a shower cap, or simply wash off with lukewarm water after an hour.

Beer

That’s right, we’re actually suggesting you wash your hair with beer. Almost any kind of beer is perfect to use since it’s packed with vitamin B (how fitting), and gives all the essential proteins which hair needs. Drench your ends in beer then wear a shower cap to sleep, or simply just wash it with shampoo if the thought of beer in your hair doesn’t quite work out.

Olive oil

Now this can get a bit tricky if you don’t thoroughly wash out the olive oil after you’re done, but it’s truly a lifesaver for damaged hair! Apply just a few drops of olive oil onto 2-3 day hair, and leave overnight. It’s best to keep the solution away from your scalp, since it can really leave your scalp feeling super-oily! Wrap hair in a thin towel, then just wash-off with shampoo first thing in the morning.

Coconut oil

This inexpensive treatment is readily available at the pharmacy, and works well with almost any problem you’re currently experiencing. Use the coconut oil at room temperature, then comb through the ends of your hair. Make sure to smooth the product over problem areas such as damaged ends, split hairs, and hair which has been destroyed by peroxide. It’s best to keep this product on for 2-3 hours, then wash clean with shampoo when you’re done.

Follow-up with a purifying conditioner which will seal your ends, and allow hair to dry naturally.

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October 23, 2014

Simple Ways To Care For Coloured Hair

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.

Pre-colour care

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.

Colour-treated shampoos

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.

Purple/violet shampoo

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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July 11, 2014

The Best Shampoos For Dry Scalp

Anyone suffering from a dry scalp could tell you that picking up any old shampoo just isn’t in the cards. There are very few products on the market which are sensitive enough to use on a dry scalp every day without over-drying the rest of your hair. These shampoos are packed with essential vitamins which soothe an irritable scalp and put a stop to dandruff without over-treating the ends.

Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Moisturising Dry Scalp Shampoo 350ml, $8.00

Shampoos and conditioners which have an added Nutrium 10 technology are important to look out for if you suffer from a dry or flaky scalp. A specialised blend of 10 unique vitamins and minerals help to nourish hair to create stronger strands and a clean scalp.

Hope’s Relief Formula 2 Scalp & Hair Conditioner 200ml, $17.99

Dealing with dandruff and an itchy scalp seems like a nightmare if you’re not using the correct products. This specialised conditioner uses 5 active herbal ingredients which feed the scalp and stop future dry patches when used in moderation. Safe enough to use for the rest of your hair, this conditioner should be applied to the scalp and washed off after 2-3 minutes.

Organix Hydrating Macadamia Dry Styling Oil 100ml, $20

Macadamia oil hydrates and strengthens hair and is concentrated enough to use on both the scalp and ends of your hair. The formula softens problem areas and leaves hair feeling smooth and shiny.

Apivita Nourishing & Repairing Hair Mask for Dry Deydrated Hair with Almond and Honey 150ml, $29.99

Hair masks are a fantastic way to treat your hair 2-3 times a month, since they are super-hydrating and work to repair both your scalp and ends. This mask is packed with an antioxidant called rosemary infusion which repairs hair and acts as both an antiseptic and anti-irritant. Leave on for 3-5 minutes then wash off with lukewarm water. Perfect for anyone with an itchy scalp.

Appelles Blackseed Shampoo with Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, and Lavandin Super 150ml, $16.95

The lightweight formula is gentle enough to use every single day and will clean and nourish a dry scalp and almost any hair type. Massage gently into the scalp to remove excess oil and dead skin cells then wash off with lukewarm water.

What products do you recommend to treat a dry scalp?

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By Felicia Sapountzis

June 15, 2014

4 Tips For Healthy Hair

Thick, long hair isn’t always due to genetics as some might suggest. Eating correctly and receiving the necessary vitamins and nutrients from food can help achieve healthy hair before you know it. If you aren’t getting these nutrients from food, supplements are also available to help in this battle for long locks.

Don’t overtreat it

How often do you wash your hair? There is always a great debate over how many times a week women should wash their hair. Washing too often could lead to scalp problems and drying which are a terror to deal with. Only wash your hair when it needs it, and be sure to alternate shampoo’s since hair does get immune to the formula. Regularly let your hair air dry, and limit the use of straightening or curling products since this does damage hair.

Food

Diet is a large factor which contributes to healthy hair, and an overall healthy wellbeing. Foods which are high in Silica help to renew hair by stopping breakage at it’s source. These include oats, rice, cucumbers, lettuce, potatoes, strawberries and avocados. Similarly, the key to eating the way to great hair is all about the vitamins that the body requires to keep those locks healthy. Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Omega -3 are all imperative steps to luscious hair which can be found in easy to find foods such as meat, vegetables and fruits.

Oils

There are many hair oils on the market that promise to deliver shiny hair after just one application. The most popular include Moroccan Oil and Macadamia Oil, which if used in moderation can dramatically change the appearance of hair over time. Treatments like this should be used once a week, and applied at the ends of the hair. If used too much, hair does become dependant and could dry out if you choose to eventually stop using it.

Supplements

There are many hair, nail and skin supplements that can work wonders on improving hair growth and shine. Look for products that include Silica and Blood Orange which help to form healthy bone tissue and collagen. As we age, the amount of Silica in the body is not as easy to replace, and should be topped up by a supplement or eating foods with this nutrient.

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By Felicia Sapountzis

May 6, 2014

Chemical Vs Organic Hair Products

When deciding which hair products to use, many of us are often faced with the question of whether or not chemical-based shampoos and conditioners will damage our precious locks. The truth is, we all have different types of hair, and therefore a number of factors can come into play when considering product choice.

John Brennan, the managing director of Fuente Australia (fuente-australia.com/au), weighs up the pros and cons of both chemical-based hair products and organic hair products and the outcome is concerning.  Although tolerable in the short-term, synthetic hair care products have been shown to cause serious long-term damage – not only to the quality of the hair, but to our general health and well-being. In fact, research has revealed that there are currently loopholes in Australian law which allows potentially untested and unsafe ingredients in personal care products that we use on our bodies every day. In some instances, these ingredients have been linked to toxicity in the nervous system, weaknesses in the immune system and even cancer.

Chemical-based products

Pros

1. Some synthetic hair care products can be specifically formulated to target and manage hair problems that can result from bleaching or constant hair-colouring, making them a saviour for significantly damaged hair.

2. Most chemical-based hair products offer a short term solution to problems such as dryness and breakage, helping in the relief and management of these symptoms.   The results however are short term and do not address underlying issues.   Chemical based products may even cause further damage.

3. Synthetic hair products are also often designed to aid in preventing heat damage which is caused by frequent use of hair straighteners or hairdryers.

Cons

1. Isopropyl alcohol is found in a large range of hair products, particularly in hair colour rinses. It is a denaturant, meaning it changes the natural qualities of your hair, and inhalation of the vapour can actually cause headaches, nausea, dizziness and in some instances, vomiting.  The long term health impacts are not known but are generally considered to be very concerning

2. Colours, preservatives, stabilizers, fragrances, and thickeners are found in many products targeted to scalp care to prolong the shelf life of the product. These may be absorbed into the skin and can cause substantial irritation for sensitive types.   Again, the long term health impacts are not known but are generally considered to be very concerning

3. For relatively natural hair that has not been exposed to consistent colouring, synthetic products may cause more harm than good, and in some instances have led to toxicity in the nervous system and even cancer.

Organic hair products

Pros

1. Organic products gently infuse your hair follicles and skin cells with natural minerals, herbal extracts, and oils. This protects the integrity of the hair fibre and ensures damage will not occur over the long-term, gradually nourishing your hair to its healthiest state possible.

2. Organic hair products avoid harsh elements that are found in chemical-based products. As such, the likeliness of irritation, allergic reaction or detrimental exposure is significantly lower (if at all) than that of synthetic products.

3. Natural hair products are much better for the environment than chemical products. Given that the ingredients are naturally-derived, they impose less damage on the environment. They tend to be better for washing down the drain, more biodegradable in landfills and safer for animals on either water or land.

Cons

1. Organic hair products are slightly more expensive than chemical products due to the higher quality.

2. These hair care products are less commercial and therefore more difficult to find than standard hair care products in your local supermarket.

3. Instant damage repair is not a feature of organic products, as the natural ingredients take a longer period of time to be absorbed by your hair than chemical-based ingredients.

In summary, while chemical-based products can deliver instant results and provide a longer term shelf life for products, the overall health impacts are very concerning. Organic products, despite a being a little more expensive, deliver long-lasting results that do not infringe on the quality of both your hair and your personal well-being.   Also, when looking for a hairdresser, try to find a salon that offers organic hair products or ask your hairdresser to introduce organic hair products as well. 

April 19, 2014

10 Expert-Favourite Beauty Products

We all have our favourite beauty brands, but what do the experts use? Ry.com.au, Australia’s leading online hair care and beauty retailer, asked their leading hairdressers, beauty therapists and makeup artists to uncover the best beauty products that the rest of us don’t know about – yet!

1. Davines NOUNOU Nourishing Illuminating Shampoo & Conditioner
The Davines Haircare range has been around in salons for quite a few years, used predominantly by industry professionals. The NOUNOU Nourishing Illuminating range, in particular, is up there with many of the best ranges in the hair care industry and is now available from Ry.com.au.

2. L’Oreal Professional Pro Keratin Masque
This is a new product in the L’Oreal Professional range and we’re suckers for anything with keratin in it. We think this will be a cult product very soon, so get it quick!

3. ASAP Super A+ Serum
ASAP pride themselves on their continued research and ingredient updates in both their skincare and mineral makeup products. With popular cleansers and exfoliators, this little miracle product is a genius product to try out.

4. Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine Intense
There are a few industry leaders when it comes to oil treatments but this diamond is yet to get the ‘hero product’ status it deserves within the Redken range.

5. Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub 14%
With 14% glycolic acid, this scrub is one of the most active cleansers in the skin care market, a must-try for any skincare fanatic.

6. NP Set Pre-Foundation Primer
Over-shadowed by its big brother, the famous Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Primer, this little tube works wonders and is also paraben-free.

7. Medik8 Retinol 3 Tr
The Medik8 range is used by beauty therapists in day spas throughout Australia. Their Retinol 3 Tr is a treatment that can be used at home to combat skin-ageing concerns such as wrinkles, lines, folds and a loss of firmness.

8. Cloud Nine Hair Straightener
Like the pros, we love Cloud Nine hair products and their hair straightener is no different. We’ve gone through a lot of straighteners and this gets the job done beautifully.

9. VS Sassoon Venezia 2400 AC Professional Dryer
This baby is hard to beat. One of the most popular hair dryers on the market and for good reason. We’ve been using VS Sassoon dryers for years and they really are the best.

10 L’Oreal Professional SteamPod Hair Treatment And Straightening System
Let’s not confuse this with just a straightener, this styler also treats your hair while styling. It is bulkier and a little bit awkward but the results are better than any other at-home styling product.

What are your favourite underrated beauty products?

August 28, 2013