Trending: Burgundy Hair

The enduring popularity of burgundy hair is probably because the purple-y hue has the unique ability to flatter every skin tone. But, if you’re still a little freaked at the idea of dyeing your whole head a different hue, don’t worry: You can still get in on the burgundy trend with a few expertly placed highlights, or a subtle ombré.

Check out these three ideas—from subtle to all-in—to help you get one step closer to your hair-colour goals.

 

All-Over Burgundy

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As a rule of thumb, skin with cool undertones looks best with warmer shades of burgundy, and skin with warm undertones looks best with cooler shades of burgundy. To keep your shade looking fresh between colours ask your stylist for a gloss treatment to keep hair shiny and your colour bright.

 

Subtle Burgundy Ombré

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If you don’t want to jump off the deep end just yet, go for a very soft ombré that only looks burgundy when the light catches it.

 

Burgundy Highlights

 

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Make a bold statement with vivid highlights. If you have curly or wavy hair, ask your stylist for chunky highlights to make sure your burgundy really pops.

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Five Fashion Bloggers Over 40

While the world of fashion blogging may be dominated by 20-somethings, there is a group of fabulous over 40s who are also killing it in the fashion blogging world. Here’s our top five fashion bloggers over 40 who inspire us.

The Middle Page

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50-something blogger Cathy Williamson earned her blog, The Middle Page, legions of loyal fans when she documented her trying battle with breast cancer in 2013. Now that she’s cancer-free, she uses the blog to document her incredibly chic, high-minded style, which proves that being in your 50s does not mean having an old-fashioned aesthetic.

 

Accidental Icon

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Lyn Slater has earned herself plenty of accolades and press for her vivacious spirit and similarly poised sense of style. Her blog, Accidental Icon, is aptly titled: Slater had a successful career as a university professor before she embarked on her blog, which started as a fun hobby and launched her into the sartorial stratosphere.

 

Not Dressed As Lamb

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Over-40 British blogger Catherine Summers has achieved great success with her blog, Not Dressed as Lamb, which she founded when she was 39 as a way to document how her style changed once she entered her 40s. Since then, she’s won numerous blog awards and was even featured in The New York Times style section.

 

That’s Not My Age

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Tagged ‘The grown up guide to great style’, you might describe Alyson Walsh as the Alexa Chung of her generation: She prefers wearing a good pair of jeans and a T-shirt over anything too fussy. She writes that she started her blog, That’s Not My Age, with one mission: “I’ve always strongly believed that you don’t have to have youth to have style, and I wanted to share ideas and celebrate inspirational women (and men) of all ages.”

 

Not Dead Yet

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The title of Patti Gibbons’s blog, Not Dead Yet, really says it all. She might be a woman in her 60s, but she’s not dead yet—and she certainly doesn’t dress as such. With a penchant for a power print and a commitment to wearing exactly what she feels like wearing, Gibbons has our stamp of approval.

Wedding Nail Ideas

Whether it’s you’re tying the knot, or your just there to celebrate the happy couple, here are some on-trend nail ideas for the big day.

Classic Pink

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Nothing says bridal like the most classically feminine shade of modern times: Pink. Just don’t forget to add a long-lasting top coat for a chip-free finish that will last well into your honeymoon.

Modern French Tips

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If you’re not into a traditional French-tip manicure, but still want the clean, minimal look, try this new twist on an old classic.

 

Confetti Nails

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Ready to party? Why not try a sophisticated sparkle.

 

Gold Digger

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The perfect balance between out-there and barely-there, this iridescent and cheekily named shade will make your wedding day just a touch more fun.

4 Easy Ways to Stop your Phone Addiction

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Feeling like you’re chained to your smartphone? Here’s some easy tips to help you become more mindful about your screen exposure.

1. DELETE YOUR MOST ADDICTIVE APPS

It might hurt a little, but this will help short-circuit the dopamine loop you’re stuck in by reducing the number of triggers at your fingertips.

2. SET UP A ROADBLOCK

To stop reaching for your phone the second your programme cuts to commercial put a hair tie around it. It will act like a little speed bump and jolt your brain out of autopilot. When you see the hair tie, ask yourself whether or not you actually need to open any apps right then. If the answer is no, put your phone down (or, better yet, in another room).

3. GET SOME DISTANCE

Remove the temptation by stashing your phone in your bag while at work or in a drawer when you want to have a real conversation at home. If you’re worried about missing something important, set up your phone to allow calls only from important contacts.

4. DOWNLOAD TO DETOX

There are a number of apps for both iPhone and Android that can track your screen use and help you manage your screen time. Best of all many of these apps are free!

Splurge and Save: Christmas Gift Ideas from Reds

Still stuck for Christmas gift ideas? From stocking fillers to luxury gifts, our friendly Reds team can help you track down the perfect present. Here are our top picks for affordable and luxury holiday gift ideas available now at Reds.

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Tangle Teezer

 

Screen Shot 2018-12-12 at 11.09.05 AM.pngWith the season of gifting upon us, this is the perfect present for your mum, sister, best friend or Secret Santa. Give the gift of painlessly detangled, amazing hair this Christmas – you’ll be the most popular person as a result and from only $24 it’s a savvy steal.

KEVIN.MURPHY Mini Shampoos & Conditioners

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These little luxuries make the perfect stocking stuffer from $12.

Invisibobble

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The Invisibobble is a ponytail holder that won’t crease or damage your hair, holds your style in place without pulling and doesn’t tangle with dry or wet hair and is just $15.00.

Travel Sized KEVIN.MURPHY Styling Sprays

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These handy little products would be a welcome addition to any woman’s handbag. The Fresh Hair Dry Cleaning Spray gives body and texture while removing excess oil, while the Session Styling Finishing Spray provides a firm, weightless and lasting hold. Body Builder gives weightless volume, while Doo Over gives a moisturising, light hold while also removing excess oil and product residue.

$35 for 100ml.

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KEVIN.MURPHY Travel-Sized Gift Packs

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Holiday hair at its very best! These gorgeous KEVIN.MURPHY ‘On The Glow’ mini gift packs are everything holiday makers need in one pack. Only $59 – Valued at $71.

 

Wahl Travel Dryer

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At just $49 this compact hair dryer will give you the look you want, while being small enough to easily pack into your suitcase for your summer holiday.

 

KEVIN.MURPHY Hair Care and Styling Products

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All KEVIN.MURPHY products, are proudly sulphate and paraben free, made from sustainable resources, using pure essential oils, plant extracts and natural antioxidants. They are also certified by PETA as cruelty free. We can vouch that Kevin’s quest to be green hasn’t come at the expense of quality. From just $48, this range of salon only hair care products caters for every hair type.

 

Eleven Hair Cocktail Gift Packs

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Christmas is sorted with these awesome gift packs from Eleven. Four options to cover every hair need. Each pack contains your favourite Eleven shampoo and conditioner, and a luxury styling product!

Volume, Smooth and Hydrate packs $75.
Blonde pack $83.

Professional Straight Styler

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A good quality hair straight styler is at the top of any girls’ Christmas wish list. We have a limited number of the premium GHD and Eleven professional straight stylers available for $230, $320 or $380.

Reds Voucher

Still can’t decide? Give the gift of great hair with a Reds voucher. Available in $20, $50 and $100 dominations, there’s a voucher for every budget.

 

All of these fabulous products are available at Reds now. And to make it easier for you during the silly season, if you can’t get up to see us, give us a call on (04) 2399 479 with your Credit Card number and we can courier your new products straight to you!

Merry Christmas from the team at Reds!

Three Easy Holiday Hairstyles

It’s party season! From classic up-dos to beachy down-dos, we’ve got the perfect style for you.

Beachy Waves

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Soft, side-swept beach waves are a classic yet relaxed style that will work with any outfit.

  1. Flip hair over and lightly spritz hairspray like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Bedroom Hair on underside. Flip upright and spray on the top. Finger-tousle as it dries.
  2. Gather your fringe-hair area and bobby-pin it out of the way so you can style the rest of your hair first.
  3. Curl 2cm sections (away from your face). Start wrapping your hair around the iron at ear level, not above. And leave your ends out of the curling iron.
  4. Unpin the fringe section and curl as you did the rest of your hair.
  5. Spread your fingers through your curls and shake your hair (but do not run fingers through) to make the curls messy.
  6. Now pin back a piece of hair on each side of your part. (Remember, messy = good.) Secure them together with a bobby pin and mist with KEVIN.MURPHY’s Shimmer Shine spray.

Sleek Pony

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Take inspiration from this season’s most stylish catwalks and opt for a simple yet effortlessly elegant sleek pony.

  1. Pull hair back into a low ponytail using a flat bristle brush to create a bump-free finish. Secure with an elastic.
  2. Separate out a small strand of hair — roughly the width of a pencil — from the ponytail.
  3. Spray that piece well with hairspray then wrap it around the ponytail holder.
  4. Bobby-pin the end of the small piece under the tail, and tuck in any loose ends.
  5. Lightly mist a finishing spray like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Session Spray over everything and smooth with your hand.

 

Meghan Markle Inspired Updo

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Each time Meghan Markle’s chic, fuss free bun has quickly become her signature look and is a perfect unfussy holiday party look. Here’s how to recreate her look at home.

  1. This style is best suited to dirty hair, so the good news is you don’t have to start with an ambitious washing and drying regime. If your strands are too clean and soft, give them a quick once over with a dry shampoo or dry texture spray like Eleven Sea Salt Texture Spray over the root area and massage the product through.
  2. Then, lightly brush the product through to distribute the product evenly from mid-lengths to ends.
  3. To create the bun, tilt your head back and scrape your hair from the hairline back to the nape of your neck, securing it just below your crown area.
  4. Tie this up into a twisted knot and secure with bobby pins.
  5. An important part of this look is the shorter pieces framing the face, so loosen a few strands to get the modern edge that is required for this look.
  6. Finish with a finishing spray like KEVIN.MURPHY Session Spray fora firm, weightless lasting hold with natural fragrance oils and a UV shield for colour protection.

Why Won’t My Hair Grow Past a Certain Point?

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Is your hair stuck at shoulder length? We understand how frustrating it can be when you’re trying to grow your hair, but it just won’t grow!

Here’s why your hair doesn’t seem to get any longer and what you can do to stimulate hair growth.

1. Breakage

Hair grows at an average rate of 1.5cm every month. That means, the average person’s hair grows about 18cm every year. If your hair is not receiving the care it needs and is breaking off at the same rate as it is growing, it will stay the same length all year until you change your hair habits.

Some issues that contribute to brittle hair and breakage include:

– OVER-PROCESSING

We often see hair that has been coloured or lightened at home that has been over-processed. Over processing hair leads to major breakage. Exposing your hair to the harsh chemicals contained in in-home colouring kits strips it of its natural oils, while synthetic dyes lift up the outer cuticle causing damage to the hair strands. Healthy hair cuticles lay flat, making hair look smooth and shiny, while a lifted damaged cuticle causes hair to become dull, brittle, and frizzy. Over-processing leads to split ends and breakage making it virtually impossible for hair to get past a certain length.

– OVERUSE OF HOT TOOLS

If you’re trying to grow your hair it’s important to keep it as strong and as healthy as possible. Hot tools can accelerate damage by drying your hair. Parched, brittle hair can only withstand so much styling before the split ends form and breakage begins. Make sure to always use a good quality heat protectant when heat styling to maintain your hair’s strength and to avoid breakage.

– AGGRESSIVELY STYLING YOUR HAIR

How you handle your hair can greatly affect the quality of your mane and ultimately the ability for your hair to grow out. If you are too aggressive, using uncovered elastics or fighting with your curly or coarse hair, you may be contributing to breakage.

2. Split Ends

We’ve all had to deal with split ends, which are literally ends of hair that have split and regularly break.

Once split ends occur, it is not possible to undo them. The only thing you can do is cut those suckers off and prevent them in the future. Leaving split ends in your hair will just cause them to split further, leading to more hair breakage, and slow hair growth.

3. Genetics

Sometimes, hair growth and health is just dependant on genetics. Everyone has a cycle of hair growth specific to them. Hair stops growing once a certain amount of time has passed, not once it reaches a certain length. Therefore, once the hair has reached the end of its growth cycle, it will no longer grow and will either break off, shed, or be cut off at the hairdresser. Each hair strand has its own growth cycle, which is why we typically have different lengths of hair strands throughout our head. This cycle can last anywhere from two to six years, and no matter how well you treat your hair, cannot be extended simply due to your DNA.

4. Age

Just like your genetics, your age may also be the reason why your hair just won’t grow. In older people the six year cycle can be reduced to a two-year cycle, making the hair thinner, and unable to grow past a certain point. In addition, as you get older, the scalp begins to produce less oil leading to coarser, dryer hair and hair that is more prone to split ends and breakage.

5. Diet

As the old sayings go, “you are what you eat”. A balanced diet, rich in colourful veges and healthy oils, supports a healthy scalp, and strong, long hair.

Iron, Vitamin D, B-complex, and zinc is optimal for healthy hair. Iron can be found naturally in eggs, spinach, and chicken, while salmon, mushrooms, and natural sunshine are great, natural sources of Vitamin D. B-Complex includes biotin, niacin, and cobalamin, which all give the hair thickness and shine—avocados, legumes, eggs, and whole grains are a great source for these. Finally, load up on lamb, turkey, and pumpkin seeds for an extra dose of zinc.

6. Buildup on the scalp

To help your hair grow you need to go straight to the root of the problem—literally! A healthy scalp equals healthy hair. We often forget to give our roots and scalp extra TLC because we are so focused on the ends, however, buildup on the scalp can also impede hair growth.

Whether it’s a buildup of products over the years or our body’s own production of sweat and oil, if hair follicles are blocked, hair simply cannot grow and can even fall out. Be sure to check all of your styling products, if they have silicones, ditch them! Over time silicone-based ingredients build up on the hair, weighing it down, dulling its natural shine, and blocking hair growth. It’s totally normal for hair to fall out, but a blockage on your scalp will stop new hair from growing back in, leaving you with thinning patches of hair.

If you are experiencing an excess of buildup in your scalp, use a clarifying shampoo to wash away impurities and keep hair and scalp squeaky clean.

 

If all else fails…

Consult your stylist. Our professionally trained stylists are able to assess if your concerns can be managed in-salon or need to be treated by a doctor.

 

How To Prevent Tangles

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Are your stands unwilling to part ways? Here’s a look at what causes hair tangling, how to deal with it and ultimately how to prevent it.

The Causes of Tangles

1. Lack Of Hydration

When your hair lacks moisture, the outer layers of your hair shaft break, resulting in rough and damaged stands that catch each other more easily.

2. Sleeping With Your Hair Down

Sleeping without braiding or tying your hair up can lead to some serious tangles. Another major no-no is going to bed with wet hair. Hair is most fragile when it is wet and as the tangles dry they shrink and tighten, making them a nightmare to remove.

3. Untrimmed Dry Ends

Going long periods without trimming your hair results in dry and split ends. Dry ends also tend to break easily. And once your hair splits, it cannot be repaired. Dry, frizzy strands and split ends tangle much more easily than healthy hair.

5. Damaged Cuticles

Regular heat styling without heat protection can damage your hair’s outer cuticle, leaving the inner hair shaft exposed, unprotected and vulnerable to tangles.

How To Untangle Hair

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  1. Apply a moisturising product like Eleven’s Miracle Hair Cream to smoothen the hair cuticle. This stuff really is a game changer when dealing with dry, knotty hair!
  2. Allow the detangling product to soak into the hair for a few minutes before you start detangling.
  3. Divide your hair into manageable sections.
  4. Use your fingers to detach the knots before using a wide-toothed comb. This can reduce the size of the knots substantially and make detangling less painful.
  5. Use your comb to detangle the ends first, working your way up to the roots.

How To Prevent Tangles

1. Condition

Always use a moisture-locking conditioner after washing your hair. Conditioner smooths the hair shaft and softens dry strands. For dry or damaged hair let the product sit in your tresses for a couple of minutes before rinsing.

2. Use A Wide-Toothed Comb on Wet Hair

Wet hair is much more fragile. Brushes and fine combs can tear open the shafts of wet hair. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb to gently remove knots.

3. Apply Hair Masks

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Applying a hair mask once a week can improve your hair texture drastically. Treatments like Eleven’s Three Minute Repair, hydrate and smooth your dry cuticles, leaving your locks silky and soft.

4. Rinse With Cold Water

This is a simple yet effective step. Rinse your locks with cold water at the end of your shower to close your cuticles and prevent any breakage. Doing so also keeps rough and dry strands at bay.

5. Always Use a Heat Protectant

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Heat styling tools like blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons can take a toll on your delicate locks. To avoid damage always apply a heat protectant like KEVIN MURPHY’s new Heated.Defense before styling and use the tools on low to medium heat settings.

6. Go Easy With The Towel

Twisting and rubbing your hair with a towel immediately after a shower can cause damage. Instead, gently squeeze your hair with a towel and let it air dry. Microfibre towels are a great way to dry hair quickly and gently.

7. Invest in a Silk Pillowcase

If you wake up ever morning with knots, try investing in a silk pillowcase. Silk doesn’t cause friction and can prevent tangles. If tangles are a problem avoid cotton pillowcases – their rough texture can dry out and break your hair.

8. Avoid Products Containing Sulphates and Alcohol

Although there is a wide range of products that claim to be natural, it is vital to look for the ones that are true to their claim. Look for products that are free of sulphates and alcohols that dry out and damage the hair cuticle, leading to tangling and breakage.

 

 

How Megan Keeps Her Hair Super Smooth

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Meghan Markle has worn her hair straight for the past twenty years, so many people don’t realise that it’s naturally very curly. Able to withstand even Wellington’s blustery weather, many of her former stylists have credited her super smooth locks to in-salon Keratin treatments.

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So what exactly is a keratin treatment? Simply, the hair is saturated with a keratin formula to restore the keratin levels in your the hair. This creates a silky, frizz-free, shiny look.

THE PROCESS

The first step is applying a Clarifying Shampoo which removes oil and buildup to prime the hair for treatment.

Your hair is dried, then the Keratin Smoothing Treatment is applied with a brush to small sections at a time and left on for 30 minutes.

After half an hour the treatment is rinsed out, then hair is blow dried again, and flat ironed meticulously.

It can feel like a long process (allow three hours), but the results are worth the wait.

Thinking of getting a treatment? Here is what you need to consider:

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.

Cheaper keratin treatments can contain chemicals which may be very harmful, so it’s very important to do your research when choosing a salon, stylist and which kind of keratin treatment you are getting. If you aren’t willing to pay for a professional treatment, it might not be worth the risk of damaging your hair and scalp with a cheaper form of keratin treatment. Everyone’s hair needs are different, so going to a reputable salon will make all the difference.

Reds Hairdressing uses Cezanne Perfect Finish Smoothing Keratin Treatment. Compared to other chemical hair smoothing processes, the Cezanne keratin treatment does not contain formaldehyde and can improve hair from the inside out, by delivering a unique blend of keratin, botanical extracts and vitamins into the hair.

 

IT’S ACTUALLY A BETTER OPTION THAN STRAIGHTENING YOUR HAIR EVERY DAY.

Straightening your hair every day can be one the most damaging things you can do to your hair. So, if you are someone who is a day to day hair straightener, considering a keratin treatment might be the more healthy option for you.

HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?

If you use the right sulfate-free hair care and avoid washing daily, Cezanne can last up to three months, wearing out gradually.

 

How To Tame Those Pesky Baby Hairs

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Are baby hairs the bane of your existence? Especially when you’ve been carefully blow-drying your freshly-washed hair only to see those fine, feathery wisps suddenly showing themselves.

Don’t worry, it’s not just you. These thin ‘baby’ hairs are notoriously tricky to control. Here are some dos and don’ts for taming your misbehaving baby hairs…

DON’T shave or wax your baby hairs

We’re only human, and frustration can sometimes lead to drastic measures. But no matter how much your baby hairs are annoying you, waxing or shaving should be out of the question. Some women do opt for threading, but remember all of these methods aren’t permanent and you will have to deal with the hairs growing back. And unless you can commit to serious and costly laser hair removal – there aren’t any realistic, long-term solutions.

DO try this hairspray trick

Your best bet at taming those baby flyaways is hairspray and knowing how to use it.

We recommend sticking them down with KEVIN.MURPHY’s Session Spray anytime you’re trying for a sleek ponytail or updo.

And the secret to taming those baby hairs? Spray a spoolie (eyebrow brush) or unused toothbrush with hairspray and then gently run it over your baby hairs to smooth them down. The thickly clustered bristles will ensure not one tiny hair escapes.

DO go for relaxed styles and updos

If sticking your baby hairs down just DOES NOT work, go for more relaxed and casual styles instead. Work with what you’ve got by trying a messy bun or half up-half down style.

DO consider a pixie cut or fringe

You could also consider disguising your baby hairs within your cut. Soft fringes are great as they hide most things (an alternative to botox too, some say) as well as pixie cuts.