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October 28, 2015

Hair How-To: MBFWA Edition

Since we are at the end of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia, what better time to bring you the hottest looks straight off the runway?

RELATED: 3 Office-Friendly Hairstyles For Long Hair

Starting with hair and then onto makeup, below are just some of the techniques and products you need to recreate signature show looks from Aje, GALANNI, Macgraw, Steven Khalil, Jennifer Kate, and Manning Cartell together with Goldwell.

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Australian womenswear label Aje, brought their SS15/16 collection, Vihara to life with the help of Goldwell. Try this hairstyle for yourself with our exclusive step-by-step guide below.

Hair How-To: MBFWA Edition

Styling

  1. Create a natural centre part with your fingers, apply StyleSign Power Whip evenly throughout the hair and blast 90 per cent dry maintaining the part. Direct front hairline toward the face when drying.
  2. Part the hair horizontally, mid-way behind the ear in a curve shape and follow through to the nape of the neck, leaving approximately 2cms free around the hairline.
  3. Take this bottom section and tie into a secure ponytail at the occipital bone. Lightly backcomb the mid-lengths and ends of the pony, wrap into a bun and secure to the base of the nape. This will serve as a volumising filler later in the style.
  4. Use bobby pins to attach the coloured weft around the bun and secure tightly.
  5. Dry remaining hair with a medium sized round brush paying attention to the ends, as well as the root direction around the face. Root lift should be natural, with some body through mid-lengths and ends. Be sure to blow-dry a natural movement into the hair to assist tonging.
  6. Using a 3cm curling tong, heat sections in a random shaped but consistently dense pattern, directing hair away from the face. Allow to cool and then run a wide tooth comb through to break up the style, then add StyleSign Naturally Full and gently backcomb for extra volume and lift.
  7. Loosely pull hair back at the chin and secure with a loose tie, there will need to be a moderate amount of give in the elastic to enable altering of the shape and texture of the style.
  8. Delicately pull loose hair above the ears and letting those natural, shorter hairs around the face fall away from the bulk of the hair to create a slightly ‘undone’ finish
  9. Lightly spray with StyleSign Magic Finish to hold the style.

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Colour

  1. Take an 18 inch weft and carefully distort the middle part to prepare for balayage.
  2. Using Goldwell Colorance, have the darkest colour ready to do first and apply the colour evenly and precisely paying attention to create a natural looking meld line.
  3. Once the colour has developed, rinse with Dualsenses Color Fade Stop Shampoo and towel dry.
  4. Prepare the lighter colour, apply to the weft where needed and then process again
  5. When ready, remove the colour product and shampoo and condition using Dualsenses Color Fade Stop Shampoo and Dualsenses Color Detangling Conditioner.
  6. Dry the weft to 70 per cent and apply StyleSign Power Whip mousse to give the weft some hold and blow-dry in.

GALANNI

Mother/daughter design team Lenna and Catherine Vasilas of couture label GALANNI went for a sultry look to accompany their SS15/16 collection.

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Hair Director Ida Tirimacco took the lady-like glamour from the GALANNI collection and workshopped a sophisticated and elegant hair look for the show.

“With the structured components of the gown, we decided to go for a softer, sexier and more fresh hair look to in the hair. We wanted to maintain the femininity and glamour of the range, but have some movement in the hair.”

TECHNIQUE

To achieve the GALANNI hair look, follow Ida Tirimacco’s step-by-step instructions below:

  1. Apply StyleSign Double Boost root spray to the roots of the hair and section a parting up straight from the corner of the eye from right to left, back to crown.
  1. Take inch squared sections Spray each section with StyleSign Hot Form styling lotion and spray a little StyleSign Unlimitor onto the ends only to help thicken.
  1. Use a conical iron on each section and pin to hold, continue this process all the way around the head, alternating the direction of each row. When working the top section, take each part on a diagonal forward and pin half on and half off base as the roots will need to be looser here.
  1. Spray StyleSign Big Finish all over to set the curls and let cool.
  1. Once hair has completely cooled, start un-pinning and allow hair to fall and relax. Run a couple of drops of StyleSign Melting Diamonds through the ends before brushing section by section with a Mason Pearson brush.
  1. Spray StyleSign Satin Guard as you brush to keep the hair fro separating too much and reducing any natural frizz in the hair
  1. Part the hair as low as possible to give an edgier look, without too much height on top of the head, this will allow the soft curls and movement to really make a statement.
  1. Finish with a spray of StyleSign Magic Finish to add a glossy finish and set the style.

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STEVEN KHALIL

Featuring his couture collection for the very first time at MBFWA, Steven Khalil showcased his fine attention to detail through outstanding blouses, pencil skirts and breathtaking gowns.

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Hair Director Sharon Blain took a nod from Steven’s chic couture styling by creating an intricate style which had a classic simplicity to it:

‘The idea for this hair look evolved from looking at the gowns, the fabrics, their textures and also the embellishments. We wanted a design to complement the collection but not to overpower.’

TECHNIQUE

To achieve the Steven Khalil hair look, follow Sharon Blain’s step-by-step instructions below:

  1. Spray the hair with StyleSign Hot Form styling lotion and directionally blow dry the hair with a paddle brush from a centre pony tail, towards the nape to create a smooth finish.
  1. Make a parting in line with the top of the ear from ear to ear, dividing the hair into two sections. Run StyleSign Diamond Glossthrough the hair for a high shine finish.
  1. Work a three strand scalp braid in a 5cm panel down the centre of the forehead down to the back at the nape. Secure with a small band to hold. This can be lightly roughed for texture, but the braid should be tight.
  1. Direct the sides softly back on both sides and secure at the nape. A light back combing on the sides with finer hair will help give body.
  1. Divide the pony in two sections and work a three-strand braid to the end, band to hold.
  1. Make a loop out to the sides and secure the ends at centre to hold.
  1. Repeat on other side, pin well and spray with StyleSign Magic Finish to hold.

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MANNING CARTELL

Recently celebrating their 10th anniversary, Manning Cartell showcased their newest SS15/16 collection, Introduced Light. A collection of light, reflection and contrast pulsated with a dynamic synergy of colour and print and a strong hint of glamour.

The hair was all about volume, texture and even a hint of an athletic streak which is right on trend this season.

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Hair Director Dale Delaporte took inspiration from the patterns and textures of the fabric when working the 70’s references into the hair look. Recreate this style at home with the following key products and techniques.

TECHNIQUE

To achieve the Manning Cartell hair look, follow Dale Delaporte of Prema salon’s step-by-step instructions below:

  1. Take a deep, diagonal side part finishing at the outer corner of the left brow. Without losing parting, section from ear to ear intercepting the crown and clip front away
  2. Apply StyleSign Power Whip evenly throughout back area until the hair is saturated, then blow dry in sections with plenty of root lift.
  3. Using a small hot tong, create movement in the back by winding generous sized sections of hair around the tong, so as to not create curl. This step is for creating movement to be manipulated later.
  4. Take a two-inch section on the occipital bone from ear to ear, leaving one inch around hairline for coverage. Scalp braid this section and then double over braid and pin into a spiral reaching to either end. Add padding to the area surrounding and pin firmly to the braid.
  5. Saturate front left section with StyleSign Glamour Whip and dry, while stretching the hair upwards towards the crown, then spray lightly withStyleSign Magic Finish and hold in place with crease free clip to set.
  6. Move to right side and apply StyleSign Glamour Whip until saturated. Take the bottom two inches and dry, stretching directly back with zero volume.
  7. Take the front inch of free hair and dry with zero root lift forward over face. Over direct hair closer to parting just slightly to the left to give extra swing in the fringe.
  8. Repeat with remaining sections, progressively directing hair more diagonally forward as you get to less and less hair left over. This will ensure there are no holes.
  9. Apply a small amount of StyleSign Roughman to the very top layer of the fringe area to maintain a solid, and smooth surface. Then, using a very fine bristle brush, shape the fringe to sit forward and skimming the bridge of the nose to then cover the right eye. Occasionally mist with StyleSign Magic Finish over the top to help grip the brush and keep the desired shape.
  10. Continue shaping until the fringe covers the eye and curves to tuck behind the ear. Secure fringe section to behind the ear with a small pin, leaving hair above for hiding the pin under.
  11. Lightly brush out the rest of the hair, being sure not to lose any volume, then collect the hair in the bottom section of hair, and following the direction of the hair, loosely tie off with a small elastic to remove bulk and allow easy styling finish.
  12. While spraying the hair with StyleSign Naturally Full loosen up and create the desired shape in the back. Being sure to accentuate where that padding was place earlier.
  13. Use a small amount of StyleSign Roughman and rake through the left side in front of the ear, keeping that upward motion and spray withStyleSign Sprayer to secure.
  14. Remove any clips still in the hair, and use more StyleSign Sprayer through the fringe area to keep shape and create a glossy sheen.
  15. Spray StyleSign Magic Finish through the back are of the hair to keep texture in place, and make the most of that volume.

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MACGRAW

This year, Goldwell continued their partnership with fashion design duo Macgraw, to create a look which brings life to the SS2015 collection, Shepherdess.

To achieve the Macgraw hair look, follow Goldwell hair director, Benni Tognini’s step-by-step instructions below:

Hair How-To: MBFWA Edition

Technique

  1. Start by blow drying the hair into a full, voluminous style with a centre part, using StyleSign Double Boost at the roots and working StyleSign Naturally Full through the ends of the hair
  2. Spray the sides of the hair with StyleSign Hot Form spray and wind each section into knots. Run hot irons over the knots and then brush out
  3. Back comb the back of the hair to add some volume to the roots and create the slightly messy texture, spritz with StyleSign Magic Finish to hold the body
  4. Draping the hair over the ears, pull the sections together and secure into a low pony tail at the nape of the neck.
  5. Backcomb the pony tail once secured and mist StyleSign Sprayer to set the style. Add ribbon to finish the look.

Hair How-To: MBFWA Edition

JENNIFER KATE

With a clean aesthetic for her debut at MBFWA, Jennifer Kate paired her must-have leather and suede pieces with a modern take on the traditional braided ponytail.

Hair Director Marie Cain worked to create a look which would allow each model to still look individual, through a statement hair look made with clean lines in the structure, but still had an element of softness.

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TECHNIQUE

To achieve the Jennifer Kate hair look, follow Marie Cain’s step-by-step instructions below:

  1. On thick hair apply a generous amount of StyleSign Hot Form styling lotion, to dry hair from roots to ends. On fine hair apply a generous amount of StyleSign Double Boost root lift spray from roots to ends
  1. Directionally blow-dry the hair into either a side or middle part (depending on which finish you prefer) and blast dry hair, then mist the same product lightly back through and texture blowdry with a small round brush or very lightly tong with a medium wand, this is to create the right amount of texture to do the remainder steps.
  1. Generously spray hair throughout with Dualsenses Ultra Volume Dry Shampoo, this will help to catch the flyways and build a chalky texture
  1. Take a section of hair, approximately 4cm wide, that starts in at the top of the crown, and section straight down to the nape. Keep the section very clean and tightly braid down and tie off tightly and neatly at the bottom of the nape.
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Take one hand in ponytail position at the bottom of the neck, with your free hand feed the hair into the stationary hand, the detailing of this part is very important as this will allow for hair to be fly-away and soft. Tie hair into ponytail with clear hair tie, secure it a little closer to the nape and then drag down once fastened.
  1. Take another tie, place around the first tie once, then half loop through, allow for flyaway and long pieces to fall out, take a very thin piece of hair to wrap around and cover the hair tie, fasten only with a spritz of StyleSign Sprayer to hold.
  1. Finish the look by tucking hair behind the ear, pulling pieces of hair out and exaggerating the softness of the look. Spray with StyleSign Big Finish to secure the look, but keeping the soft finish.

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What’s your favourite style from MBFWA?

April 17, 2015

Versatile Hair Trends From Paris Fashion Week

If you need a little inspiration for the new season, then it’s perfectly coinciding with the end of Paris Fashion Week.

Whether you have an upcoming wedding, work event, or simply need to switch-up your standard hairstyle, then the following looks will surely work for you.

RELATED: London Fashion Week Trend Report

Pastels

Where: Louis Vuitton Fall 2015/16

Temporary coloured hair is the new black. Why? It can easily wash out (well, in a matter of 6-8 weeks), and is perfect for those who want a bit of a change. Baby pink works better on girls with blonde hair, whilst darker shades such as blue and green are better if you’re a brunette.

5 Hair Trends From Paris Fashion Week

Bangs

Where: Saint Laurent Fall 2015/16

Bangs, a front fringe, or whatever else you want to call it were on display at Hedi Slimane’s presentation for Saint Laurent. Choose a cut which ends just around your lashes, and curl inwards with a brush for a perfect look.

5 Hair Trends From Paris Fashion Week

Braids

Where: Lanvin Fall 2015/16

The humble braid returned at Lanvin this season, which is a low-maintenance way to wear your hair. Pin back any loose strands and tie the end with a simple black ribbon. Très chic!

5 Hair Trends From Paris Fashion Week

Bun

Where: Isabel Marant Fall 2015/16

For a quick and easy hairstyle (which can hide your second-day hair), try the bun as seen at Isabel Marant. Apply some hair oil onto your palms and massage gently around your ends, then wrap and secure with an elastic.

5 Hair Trends From Paris Fashion Week

Crimps

Where: Maison Margiela Fall 2015/16

Not only did this show mark the long-awaited return of John Galliano, but also crimped hair. Models had the front layers of their hair crimped, but in a subtle way. Combine with lots of dry shampoo for a truly voluminous look.

5 Hair Trends From Paris Fashion Week

Images via style.com

March 16, 2015

How To Use Clip-In Bangs

Do you want to try a front-fringe without the added commitment?

Rather than going for the big chop, there are a number of clip-in hair pieces which are easily blend-able, and look flawless when used in the correct way.

If you’re thinking about changing your look, read these tips to make your hair look perfect for any occasion.

RELATED: Get The Look – Kim Kardashian’s Relaxed Curls

Instructions

1. Start with freshly washed and dried hair which has little or not product at the roots. If you do want to make the process easier, straighten your hair with a pair of wands.

2. You may need to trim the bangs before applying them, so use a small pair of scissors and lightly cut the hair at an angle.

3. Most bangs will have 2-3 clip in points which make it really easy to grab onto your existing hair. Position the extensions firstly in the centre of your parting, and clip onto the middle of your head.

4. Simply pin down the other two sides, making sure to have enough hair on each side. If the piece does feel a little loose, use a bobby pin to discreetly lock it into place.

5. To disguise any thick tracks, create a milkmaid braid and secure with a few extra bobby pins. Not only does this make the hair look natural, but it’s also a stylish way to wear your hair!

Tips

  • Most clip-in pieces are made from human hair, so wash, dry, and take care of them as you would your own. Don’t apply too much heat, and be sure before cutting them – they won’t be growing back!
  • If you have highlights, take the fringe to your hair dresser and they will sort out the colour for you. This won’t be a major concern if you have balayage or two-tone hair.
  • If your hair is synthetic, don’t use too much product on it. It will most likely damage the hair, and will set you back in the long term.
  • Clip-ins are only temporary! If you find yourself wearing this style on a daily basis, why not get the trim? It’s much more easier to manage.

How To Use Clip-In BangsBellami Bangs, $54.99

How To Use Clip-In Bangs

Goddess Hair Clip in Fringe (Human Hair), $49

Image via She Knows

February 28, 2015

How To Wear The Coloured Hair Trend

Celebrities such as Nicole Richie and Kelly Osbourne have truly brought back the coloured hair trend, but how can the rest of us incorporate this not-so-subtle style into our daily lives?

Rather than colouring your entire head one colour, why not try some subtle highlights or balayage? This way, you can disguise the colour while you’re at work, and style your hair in a sophisticated bun.

RELATED: Never Shampoo Your Hair Again – Benefits of Co-Washing

Short and curly

An angled hair cut really makes colours like purple, pink and blue pop, especially on hair that is naturally quite thin. It creates the illusion of thicker hair, and is really easy to style with a pair of curlers.

How To Wear The Coloured Hair Trend

Faux mohawk

Who doesn’t love to experiment with their look every once in a while? Pink shows us just one of the best ways to rock the faux-mohawk – with an entire can of hairspray! Her light pink locks are perfect for girls who have naturally blonde hair, since the look isn’t too harsh for their overall appearance.

How To Wear The Coloured Hair Trend

Side ponytail

An elegant side ponytail is the best way to rock this style, since it shows off every angle of your colour! Create a side parting, and carefully back-comb the hair to make a voluminous quiff. Then simply fasten the rest of your hair into a side ponytail. Ideal for girls with thick hair, since it stays in place for hours!

How To Wear The Coloured Hair Trend

Ombre

We can’t mention ombre coloured hair without Kylie Jenner. The young reality television star certainly nailed this look, which shows that dark-haired girls can also pull off blue! The look requires a little more maintenance since your ends must first be bleached blonde.

How To Wear The Coloured Hair Trend

Tips

  • Chalk and cream colours are the easiest ways to bring this trend to life. If you’re looking for a temporary colour, then chalk is the best way to make this happen. Simply rub the colour back and forth on damp hair, then allow it to air-dry naturally. Chalk typically lasts for a few days, or until you wash your hair out.
  • Cream dyes last for 4-6 weeks since they are more concentrated. Apply onto freshly washed hair, and leave on for 30 minutes. To enhance the colour of your hair, wrap small pieces in aluminium paper.

How To Wear The Coloured Hair Trend

Manic Panic Vegan Hair Colour, $23.99

What is your favourite way to wear coloured hair?

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February 21, 2015

Essential Styling Tools for Flawless Hair

Finding the best styling tools for unruly hair can often be a lifelong chore in itself. What happens when your trusty straightening iron decides to sadly stop working, and you’ve got an important event coming up?

While this situation is all to common (and mostly inspired by real events), we share just some of the best styling tools you need now.

RELATED: Tips And Tricks For Thinning Hair

Straightening iron

If you are absolutely addicted to the idea of super-straight, flyaway-free hair, then a straightening iron is a must-have in your cupboard. Choose one which meets the needs of your lifestyle (travel-size is best if you’re constantly living out of a suitcase), and think of it as an investment, well, isn’t it?

Curling wand

We seriously envy anyone with curly hair, since you have the option of going curly one day, and super-straight the next. The rest of us have to fake it with the help of a trusty curling wand.

Since there are so many available right now, just remember one simple rule: thin barrels create tight curls, and thicker barrels are best for achieving a natural, beachy look. Most also come equipped with a handy glove to keep your hand safe from the heat (and imminent burns).

Hair Dryer

Keep hair looking frizz-free by investing in a trusty hair dryer. You don’t have to break the bank and choose a model which looks fancy, but doesn’t actually deliver fantastic results. You only need it to dry your hair! Make sure to always use a diffuser to keep hair from burning, or possibly getting caught inside the motor – again, inspired by real life events.

Hair Rollers

Unless you love using a curling wand, then hair rollers aren’t really an essential. These are for women with shorter hair who find it almost impossible to use any other device for long-lasting curls. It is absolutely your choice if you prefer hot rollers, or the old-school velcro variety.

What are some of your essential hair tools?

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January 30, 2015

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

Hair Growth Supplements – Would You Try Them?

Want to grow super-long and thick hair without waiting months or even years? Now you can get the hair of your dreams without turning to often expensive extension pieces, or even waiting up to a year for your hair to grow.

Hair supplements are widely popular, some of which even endorsed by Kim Kardashian – so exactly what are these products made from, and do they actually work?

RELATED: Check out the Spring Hair Trends For 2014 here

What ingredients help hair to grow?

If you want some extra assistance in the hair department, look out for these three ingredients which will help to make the process a lot smoother. They include:

Biotin

Most hair supplements include a special little ingredient called Biotin, which encourages the production of protein. Used for both hair and nail growth, biotin protects the hair follicle against dandruff, dry patches and hair breakage. Used best on men or women who are suffering from damaged hair and brittle nails.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Taking a fish oil supplement or simply indulging in some smoked-salmon on a weekly basis will help to control any hair problems you might be experiencing. Why? Salmon is a fatty fish which is packed with omega-3, and helps to hydrate your hair from the inside out. Pretty remarkable, isn’t it! This awesome nutrient is also found in avocado (which you can layer on top of your salmon, yummy!).

Vitamin B

The last ingredient which is usually found in hair supplements is vitamin B. This essential vitamin is important in regards to hair growth, since it actually helps in preventing hair loss. Did you know that vitamin b12 helps the body to absorb iron, which counteracts any iron deficiencies you may be suffering from.

Do hair supplements work?

Although hair supplements seem to appear to good to be true, it’s because they probably are. They probably won’t make your hair grow much faster, but they will encourage a tiny bit of hair growth – although you won’t be able to control where. This means hair on your arms, face, legs and other unmentionables gets thrown into the mix – so is it really worth it?

The good thing about hair supplements is that they work from the inside out – that is, they will help to keep your hair shiny and free from damage. Otherwise, you can always include foods such as salmon, avocado, almonds and even eggs into your diet and eat your way to stronger, healthier hair!

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September 26, 2014

The Best Haircut For Your Face

Haircuts are extremely important because they frame the face, compliment bone structure and also give some body and definition to tired hair. While we’ve all experienced our fair share of bad haircuts, the key is to understand which style suits your face best. Whether it’s a short pixie cut, or long cascading curls, below are a few suggestions on how to nail your next haircut.

Round face

A rounder face is usually characterised by usually having no definition on the jawline. It is best to choose haircuts which hit below the chin, as this will also give the illusion of a pronounced jaw. Stay away from short haircuts such as pixie cuts or super-short bobs which will only make the face seem rounder.

Square face

Square faces usually have a pronounced jawline which is strong and angular. The best option to highlight this feature is to get an asymmetric cut which is shorter at the back and longer at the front. Square faces have the ability to pull off this look because of their strong jaw and cheekbones. Subtle bangs are also a great option since they frame the face in a sweet and delicate way, and bring the focus to the upper part of the face.

Oval face

One of the most common shapes, oval faces look suit almost every haircut you give them. Avoid very long and straight hair without layers, since this look will only make the face appear longer. Instead, opt for shorter and more defined layers around the chin. Before going in for a super-short cut, consider your hair texture since this may not be a realistic option to deal with on a daily basis.

Heart-shaped faces

Kylie Jenner and Reese Witherspoon have classic heart-shaped faces, which are usually defined by a pointy chin and higher cheeks. These shapes can pull off a cropped cut at the chin, which highlights the pronounced cheekbones and also draws attention to the eyes.

Long Face

Similar to the oval shape, long faces look best in almost every haircut. However, it is important to introduce shorter layers starting at the chin. This will allow the hair to hold a natural body and bounce, and will avoid making the face look long and tired. Beach-waves are amazing since they also make the face appear wider at the sides, where there is usually no definition in the cheekbones.

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July 13, 2014

Top Summer Style and Colour Trends

Who hasn’t been thinking of changing up their hair colour for the summer, or maybe trying a new cut or style? Celebrity hairdresser Dario Cotroneo has revealed his top style and colour trends for spring/summer.

“Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is our muse this summer,” says Dario. “Her hair is a fabulous mix of bold colour tones which create a healthy glow and colour palette. As the temperature rises, it’s time to brighten up and refresh your tresses to compliment your complexion.” At DARIO Salon this look is achieved with a unique technique called Riviera Lights which shapes colour around the face.

For blondes and brunettes this spring/summer, the colour palette is fresh and inspiring. Blondes become lighter with earthy tones such as strawberry and golden coppers placed throughout the top areas of the head, and brunettes are softened with golden browns to reflect a more natural sun-kissed look.

Hairstyle trends that will be gracing our warmer months are an assortment of curls, still much in demand from the red carpet to the concrete catwalk. From chic and luxe, to playful and off-duty, curls are set to be a hit this season.

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In complete contrast, a very minimal style is making waves of a different kind (pictured above).

“This style is all about ‘minimal, simplistic hair’ so it works perfectly when you are wearing an outfit that is classic and powerful in design – this will show off your inner confidence,” says Dario.

However, before you hit the salon to embark on a new season colour or style, it’s a good idea to make sure you are doing everything you can to protect your hair come the warmer months, especially as the glorious sun turns up the heat!

Dario and his team of expert stylists share their top salon tips to ensure you’re locks are healthy and ready for the new season antics!

  • Always use professional products for coloured hair, as recommended by your stylist/colourist.
  • Be sure to invest in a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week!
  • It may come as a surprise, but avoid washing your hair everyday. Try to shampoo only every second or third day. If your hair becomes oily, use a dry shampoo or (sneaky tip!) sprinkle baby powder on your roots.
  • Stock up on vitamins such as silica and fish oil as these are great hair strengtheners!
  • Be sure to maintain regular haircuts and salon treatments at least every six weeks to encourage hair growth by removing split ends.

Long hair? Short chop? What’s your favourite summer hairstyle?

October 7, 2013

How to Get the Perfect Ponytail?

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

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

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

 

Here are our tips:

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

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

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

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June 3, 2000