What to Think About Before Getting a Fringe

Know your face shape

Your Reds stylist will be able to assess the best fringe type for your individual face shape, as well as how far back on the crown to start it. As a general rule, heart-shaped faces suit just about anything, while narrow faces can pull off a fringe that’s ultra-blunt. For a universally flattering style, make it arrow-shaped: longer on the edges and slightly shorter at the centre, like it’s framing the eye line. And remember, wearing a fringe with confidence overrides any rule book.

Start small

Stay on the fringe of the trend, so to speak, with a ubiquitous style that hovers between side-sweep and full-blown bangs. Take cues from the French and leave it lengthy enough to just dust your lashes. It’s noncommittal, too: the extra length will ensure it’s long enough to pull back into a pony, or side-sweep within a few weeks.

Invest in dry shampoo

While fringes may not take hours to style each morning, a fringe will require an element of daily coercion. If you exercise regularly, you’ll also have to deal with extra oil and sweat, so dry shampoo will be your new go-to product. Ditto your hairdryer. Whether you’ve washed or not, a quick blast of heat, followed by a cool blast for setting, will tame any wayward tresses.

Growing pains

Unless you’re 100% committed to your new fringe, you’ll inevitably experience the grow-out phase. Hair grows at an average rate of 1.25 centimetres per month, but that doesn’t mean you need to forgo trims altogether. Ask your stylist to feather out the ends so they eventually blend with the rest of your strands, and choose a part line – middle or side – to sweep once it starts blocking your vision.

WANT THE PERFECT BLOW DRY ?

The Top Ten Tips to avoid when blow drying your hair

Studio Session-405When you blow-dry your hair at home  does it sometimes feel like it takes forever? Ugh, we’ve been there. And when your hair is finally dry, does it lack that post-salon voluminous look? How disappointing.

If you want to blow dry your hair like a pro follow these tips

BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #1: YOU START DRYING YOUR HAIR WHEN IT’S TOO WET

Stop Trying To Blow Dry Your Hair When It’s Sopping Wet!

Not only will your blow dry take forever, but blowing hot air on your hair for such a long period of time can cause damage.

So, the next time you towel off, allow your hair to air dry about 80 percent of the way before reaching for your blow-dryer. Your hair will thank you!

BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #2: YOU DON’T DRY YOUR HAIR IN SECTIONS

The most efficient way to dry your hair is actually by taking the time to go section by section—when you don’t do this, your hair dryer can’t get to all of your hair strands.

If you practice and do it the right way, sectioning off your hair every time you blow-dry isn’t as time-consuming as you’d think.

To do so, simply section your hair into three separate sections. Start your blow-dry from the bottom first and ensure each section is completely dry before you let the next section down.

In order to focus on one section at a time, use sectioning clips to keep the rest of your hair out of the way.

BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #3: YOU SKIP USING HEAT PROTECTANT

Using heat tools without applying a heat protecting product beforehand could potentially cause damage. That’s why you should always use a product like Kevin Murphy Heated Defense mousse before you pick up your hot tools.

Not only will this best-selling product protect your hair against heat damage, but it will also help minimize your overall blow dry time. What’s not to love? Ask your stylist to show you how to use.

BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #4: YOU USE THE WRONG HEAT SETTINGS

I am sure you’ve noticed the different heat settings on your blow-dryer, but do you really put them to use? When it comes deciding which one to use, it’s all about your hair type. If you have thicker hair, you may need to use a higher heat setting to dry your hair in a reasonable amount of time. On the other hand, if you have fine hair, a lower heat setting might be enough to get the job done. Of course, the less heat you put on your hair, the better, so experiment to see what works best for you.

BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #5: YOU GET TOO CLOSE

We’ve all been there: You want to dry your hair as quickly as possible, and it seems like the only way to do so is to cram your blow dryer deep into your tresses. However, this is not the answer to speeding up your blow dry! Holding it too close could cause heat damage, so move that blow dryer back!

BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #6: YOU DON’T CLEAN YOUR BLOW DRYER

Every time you use your dryer, hair product particles and dust collect in the filter, which can lead to your blow dryer not being able to work as well. Worst case scenario is your blow dryer can heat up and cause your hair more damage….or just blow up!

BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #7: YOU AREN’T USING THE RIGHT BLOW DRYER

Not all blow dryers are created equal. If you have dry hair that tends to frizz, consider using a ceramic blow dryer. If you’re looking for the quickest drying time, pick up an ionic blow dryer. Again ask your stylist to recommend a dryer that will work best for you.

BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #8: YOU AREN’T USING THE RIGHT TYPE OF BRUSH

I personally believe that everyone needs two brushes to achieve the perfect blow-dry.The first one needs to be a flat paddle brush or similar and the second one should be a round ,ceramic barrelled brush.

It is difficult to achieve volume without the correct sized brush round brush.

Ask your stylist to show you how to achieve this look using the correct sized brush for your length of hair.

BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #9: YOU DON’T USE LEAVE-IN HAIR STYLING PRODUCT BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Do you typically notice little frizzies popping up right after you blow-dry? If so, consider using a small amount of leave-in hair styling product, such as  Kevin Murphy Young AgainRRP $70 or Eleven  Smooth and ShineRRP $32 before you dry or finish with a couple of drops worked through to the ends.

Not only can the right product help tame frizz, but it can also help keep your locks hydrated and healthy.

BLOW-DRYER MISTAKE #10: YOUR HAIR IS NOT COMPLETELY DRY WHEN FINISHED.

Applying all of the above techniques will be in vain if you fail to completely dry your hair.

The roots especially will collapse and go flat if you leave any moisture in.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST PRO TIP!

CONSIDER BEING SEATED RATHER THAN STANDING WHEN BLOW DRYING YOUR HAIR! THIS CAN BE A GAME CHANGER!

HAPPY BLOW-DRYING

Our Commitment to Cruelty-Free Sustainability

 

ELEVEN AUSTRALIA

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ELEVEN’s haircare philosophy is simple: Haircare doesn’t need to be complicated, it just needs to work. ELEVEN’s product names tell you what they do, making it easy to pick the right product for your hair needs.

ELEVEN’s effective products use naturally luxurious ingredients. Ingredients like Avocado Oil, Organic Cucumber, Papaya Extract, Australian Macadamia Nut Oil, Silk Amino Acids and Organic Argan Oil work to penetrate the hair fibre and nourish your hair from the inside out.

With PETA approval, 100% recyclable packaging and paraben free formulas, what’s not to love?!

KEVIN.MURPHY

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Developed by superstar stylist Kevin Murphy, our KEVIN.MURPHY luxury hair care and styling range is 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, with all packaging made from recycled ocean waste plastics.

In 2018, KEVIN.MURPHY made the decision to manufacture their bottles with 100% Ocean Waste Plastic (OWP). “China used to accept waste from all over the world, but now they no longer accept it, so the waste goes to developing countries who can’t afford not to take it, and have no solutions to deal with it. As a result, eight million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year, which equates to 150 million tons of plastic littering our oceans” Kevin says.

Because of this devastating truth, they made the decision to move to a more responsible manufacturing platform. Beginning with the cult product Angel Wash, KEVIN.MURPHY is aiming for all bottles to be made from 100% OWP by 2020. Every time you choose a package that is made from OWP versus virgin plastic, it’s the equivalent of removing 3-4 plastic bags from the ocean.

We can vouch that Kevin’s quest to be green hasn’t come at the expense of quality. His range of salon-only hair care products was created by Kevin to meet his needs as an editorial hairstylist. Inspired by the philosophy of skin care, the luxurious KEVIN.MURPHY range of shampoos, conditioners, treatments and styling aids, caters for every hair type.

 

COLOR.ME

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What goes in the tube of your hair colour is just as important to the health of your hair as it is to the environment. The Reds team and our clients are becoming more and more conscious about the products that come in contact with our skin and hair. Aligning with our commitment to environmental responsibility, all colours in the COLOR.ME range are PPD free, Ammonia Free and use natural ingredients like aloe vera, honey, shea butter and pomegranate.

COLOR.ME offers a moisturising and rejuvenating experience with natural, gentle ingredients that are suitable for all hair types. This compact colour line stays committed to the integrity of the hair while imparting superior colour performance and natural-looking results.

 

Introducing Ever Smooth

 

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Sleek styles were all over the high fashion runways this year. No matter the finish – straight, wavy, or curly – they all had one thing in common: they appeared smooth, shiny, and healthy! When it comes to recreating this look, it is all about the prep work that goes into the hair. To get the desired finish, our latest release – EVER.SMOOTH – is the styler you’ve been waiting for.

A product that treats as it protects, EVER.SMOOTH is formulated with long chain polymers to lock in moisture, shine, and the structure of your style. Apart from creating a beautiful, long-lasting look, EVER.SMOOTH addresses split ends and damaged cuticles with a network of protection that lasts well into your next wash. Whether your concern is frizz from environmental factors, damage from blow dryers, wands, or flat irons, you’re sure to fall in love with this latest release.

HOW EVER.SMOOTH WORKS

When heated, long chain polymers are activated to form a durable network of protection around the hair. This technology is derived from skincare and allows the product to remain lightweight without compromising its effectiveness. The result is a frizz-free, silky smooth, and longer lasting texture, without the feeling of residue on the hair.

KEY INGREDIENTS

Long Chain Polymers 

Heat-activated polymers self organise on the hair shaft to create a layer of protection by forming an invisible hydrophobic shield. Their effectiveness lies in the ability to lock in condition while protecting your finished style from environmental elements, such as humidity.

Wood Bark Complex

With a high level of antioxidants, Blue Cypress, White Cypress and Lemon Aspen act much like AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) to condition both the skin and hair. Gently protecting the hair, water-soluble Phyto-acids work to create resilience – further prolonging the life of your style from frizz.

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WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

From the ingredients selected to the packaging used, EVER.SMOOTH is in line with Kevin Murphy’s sustainable practices – using Ocean Waste Plastic (OWP) bottles and containing ingredients that were sustainably harvested and support community-led change.

“I look to ingredients that not only protect, condition, and smooth the hair, but they also need to be sustainably harvested and support community-led change. Our Wood Bark Complex derived from Indigenous Australian plants do just that. Blue Cypress, White Cypress and Lemon Aspen have been specifically chosen due to their high content of antioxidants that actually behave like an Alpha Hydroxy Acid for skin and hair conditioning.”- Kevin Murphy

Due to its lightweight formula and groundbreaking innovation, EVER.SMOOTH is suitable for all hair types – soft, fine, frizzy, flat or textured. During styling, it protects against cuticle damage. Further treating and improving the hair while cutting down on drying time and extending the life of your style.

 

Blonde? Why you should be using a purple shampoo

If blondes have more fun, how come brunettes don’t have to spend their days trying to combat the effects of brassiness? Whether you’re a natural or have highlights, overly warm, yellow-tinged undertones can affect both equally.

But with the right haircare routine, you can ensure your colour stays fresh and beautifully toned at all times. Switching out your regular shampoo for one with a purple tones works magic. Since it’s on the opposite end of the colour wheel, purple works to neutralise yellow, effectively erasing it from our strands. And, if you pick one with plenty of moisturising properties, you’ll notice a huge difference in the longevity of your colour and softness of your hair.

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Here at Reds we love KEVIN.MURPHY’s Blonde Angel wash and treatment. This lavender-infused, colour enhancing shampoo takes on all tones – from creamy to platinum, and with the help of added optical brighteners rescues dull colour. Combined with Blonde Angel treatment, this regime conditions and moisturises bleached, highlighted and grey hair, putting the bounce back into your blonde, while repairing any brassy or yellow tones.

Do Hair Loss Supplements Really Work?

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With all the  extra stress caused by Covid 19 we have a number of clients who are currently experiencing  higher than normal hair loss. We thought  with so many people currently experiencing this new and disturbing phenomenon we would dig a little deeper into the causes and remedies.

Hair loss and thinning is an issue half of all women will face, so we thought we’d examine exactly why hair loss happens and the steps we can take to hold on to our strands. Specifically, we want to know whether supplements can really help, or whether they make promises they simply can’t keep.

Hair Loss Causes

Hair loss can be caused by a wide range of  factors – from stress and short-term illnesses (such as the flu) to genetics, long-term illnesses (such as a thyroid disorder), hormonal imbalances (particularly post-pregnancy), auto-immune disorders, mechanical trauma, and of course general ageing too. Seasonal shedding is also real – in Europe for example, hair loss has been shown to peak around August and September when the fewest follicles are in the Anagen (growth) stage of the hair cycle.

Diet is another very common cause. This is because hair is, physiologically, a non-essential tissue making it the last part to receive the nutrients we ingest and the first to suffer when our diet is lacking.

 

Can a supplement really boost hair growth?

A supplement can most definitely boost hair growth if you are losing hair due to nutritional factors and supplements containing protein and biotin can also bolster the strength of newly growing strands. However, if your hair loss is completely unrelated to diet, supplements are not going to fix it.

What ingredients should you look for in a hair supplement?

Hair is made of protein and because many people don’t eat enough, a protein supplement is a safe and easy way to support hair growth. In terms of other ingredients, it depends on your individual requirements. You definitely don’t want to be popping loads of supplements if you don’t need them! If you’re concerned, a yearly blood test will give you an accurate indication of any nutrients you’re lacking, allowing you to base your supplement intake on those results.

Can you get the same effect from changing your diet?

Hair cells are the second fastest growing cells the body produces, it means strands need a consistent supply of energy in order to grow which means it can be difficult to give it all the nutrients it needs through diet alone. Supplements can therefore be incredibly handy as they provide an extra boost of readily available vitamins and minerals but it should always be a combination of the two.

While incorporating meat, eggs and oily fish will provide you with the key ingredients for healthy hair, those following vegetarian or vegan diets, or their lifestyle is too busy to incorporate these food groups into the diet daily, may benefit most from a supplement.

Other ways to boost hair growth

1. Try to manage your stress levels as stress can affect the hair growth cycle. Yoga, meditation and Pilates are all good options.

2. If your hair is breaking at the ends, it won’t be able to grow past a certain length so use a weekly pre-shampoo conditioning treatment to strengthen strands.

3. Scalp health is key to healthy hair growth. Try to shampoo regularly to keep your scalp clean and flake-free as a flaky scalp can cause hair loss. Once weekly use an exfoliating scalp mask to gently lift away dead skin cells as like the skin on your face, your scalp benefits from gentle weekly exfoliation.

4. Never skip breakfast – it’s the most important meal of the day for your hair as it’s when energy to form hair cells is at its lowest. A ‘hair-healthy’ breakfast will include a portion of protein and a complex carbohydrate.

5. Snack between meals. Energy to form hair cells drops four hours after eating. To keep energy levels sustained, snack on a nutrient-dense food to keep your follicles happy between meals.

Product Spotlight: Colouring Angels

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As we are all having to postpone our colour services for a few more weeks , the Kevin Murphy Coloured Angel treatments are the ideal product to freshen your colour.

As colours age, blondes can throw unwanted gold tones and coppers and brunettes can lose their vibrancy and shine.

The Coloured Angel range is a family of four colour enhancing treatments.

Perfect treatment in-between colour services for you if you have lightened or coloured hair. Available in four luminous shades  AUTUMN, SUGARED, CRYSTAL and COOL.

Designed to improve the condition of all hair types, impart a lustrous shine and offer a range of tonal solutions. The pigments have been selected to enhance existing tones, neutralise unwanted tones and improve colour longevity without build up on the hair.

SUGARED.ANGEL Creamy beige colour enhancing shine treatment

COOL.ANGEL Cool ash colour enhancing shine treatment

CRYSTAL.ANGEL Illuminating gloss colour enhancing shine treatment

AUTUMN.ANGEL Apricot rosé colour enhancing shine treatment

APPLY. ABSORB. RINSE.

Directions: (Super Easy!)

Wet Hair. Shampoo first. Apply the desired COLOURING.ANGEL. Wait 3-5 mins and rinse.

Rich in essential Fatty Acids, Murumuru Seed Butter helps to even out the moisture levels in the hair.

Olive Leaf Extract mimics the hair’s healthy oils providing essential moisture to the hair.

Green Tea Extract improves the hair’s flexibility while adding moisture and protection.

A great source of Linoleic Acid, Grape Seed Oil is easily absorbed by the hair to improve moisture retention.

Jojoba Seed Oil makes the hair more resistant to tangles and prevents damage.

Linseed Oil offers protection and nourishment while reducing breakage.

Lavender Oil protects and soothes while adding shine and delivering a distinctively calming fragrance.

FRINGE DRIVING YOU CRAZY?

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BE HONEST- ARE YOU THINKING OF CUTTING YOUR OWN FRINGE?

READ ON!

STEP ONE – BREATHE 

Ask yourself ‘Do I really need to do this”?

First, consider why you are making the decision. Is it because your existing fringe is in desperate need of a cut? Have you been considering a change of style for a while? Or, are you simply bored, with a little bit of extra time on your hands? 

If it’s the latter, know this. We are all definitely suffering from cabin fever at the moment.

So my advice is, enter with caution. Don’t do anything crazy or dramatic. Take little bits at a time and start with giving yourself little face-framing pieces. I don’t want anyone chopping all of their own hair off.” 

STEP TWO  – TOOLS YOU WILL NEED

  1. Fine tooth Comb for sectioning- way more accurate than cutting through your fingers
  2. Sharp, Clean scissors
  3. Sectioning clips or hair ties

Ensure your fringe is dry and blow-dried smooth. Use your normal parting and fringe as a guide.

While some of our stylists might also utilise a razor, we don’t recommend you try this at home.

STEP THREE -CUT WITH CARE

A good trick is to use your eyebrows as your guide.

For the first section, as you divide the hair, the fringe section you create should be no thicker than the highest point of your brow. For a fuller fringe or layers, go back and take more hair, so the section ends level with the end of your brow.” 

But, never go further than that. That starts to get the side hair involved and your fringe will become too wide.

 Tie the rest of your hair back off your face with clips or hair ties to keep your fringe separate from the rest of your hair. 

Ensure there is no tension on your hair.

Now, from the sectioned out part, “take a small section (roughly 1cm) of the hair in the middle” Roughly the measurement from the top knuckle on your thumb to your thumb tip.”

“Trim this section with scissors using a point cut method –cutting the hair in small movements keeping the blade pointing up, as opposed to one blunt slice across.” This will then act as your guide for the rest of your fringe.

It is always better to cut slightly less off than you think you want. You can always go back and cut more. 

If you already have a full fringe and want to trim it to ensure it doesn’t fall into your eyes, comb it onto the bridge of the nose and then use that as your guide and cut across along that.

For longer fringes – and a more subtle face-framing finish – “comb it down until the end of the nose” and use that as your point of reference instead.

 STEP FOUR: THE COMBING ‘BOX’ TECHNIQUE 

The next step is to comb your hair down in front of your face, which sounds simple enough, but don’t be tempted to brush it out at an angle away from your eyes. 

When you are combing the hair down, you want to imagine that you are working in a box that is from the corners of your section, straight down.

If you start moving hair outside of the box  i.e.  if you flick it either side of your eyes, you will make the outer edges of your fringe shorter, which is not good.

Basically, if you cut a straight line on a curve(your head) you will get a soft curved fringe.

STEP FIVE –   DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR HAIRSTYLIST 

While being able to trim your hair at-home certainly has its benefits, I think we all agree you can’t replace years of training and practice at the hands of a skilled stylist 

We recommend that you come and see our wonderful stylists at Reds as soon as we can reopen.

Hopefully ,if you follow the steps above, we can save you from making a dreadful mistake and we won’t have anything to fix when we see you next.

 

Shellac vs. Gel Manicures: What’s the difference?

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Choosing a manicure you’ll still love to see on your fingertips two weeks post-appointment comes with a laundry list of choices: funky design or solid colour? Round or oval nail shape? And the most fraught manicure choice of them all: shellac vs. a gel manicure?

Shellac nails and gel nails are crowd favourites for semi-permanent manicures. They’re both used by top nail artists and they’re both known for low-chip, long-lasting quality. But there’s a few minute differences that make shellac nails a better fit for some manicure lovers out there. Allow us to clear up the differences between shellac nails and gel nails—so you have one less thing to decide ahead of your next manicure.

THE POLISH

The shellac vs. gel nails debate first comes down to the formula used for their similarly shiny, durable looks. Shellac nails are a patented form of polish, with over 100 shades available. Shellac polishes mix two types of nail coating: gel (for durability and nail protection) and traditional nail polish (for colour and shine).

On the other hand, gel nails are made with—you guessed it—liquid gel. It’s not exclusive to one polish distributor. Gel polishes are made with a mix of acrylic monomers and oligomers that harden under UV light to create a hard, glossy coat.

THE TIMESTAMP

If you’re looking for a long-lasting manicure, you can’t go wrong with either shellac or gel nails. Both manicure variations last between 10 and 14 days. But shellac nails are partially made with standard polish, so they’re more vulnerable to chipping than gel nails.

THE REMOVAL

Where shellac nails lost a half-point for chipping, they earn extra points back for a breezy removal process. Shellac nails can be removed with by a manicurist within five to fifteen minutes—without scraping, thanks to a special acetone-based remover made specifically for shellac polishes.

Gel nails aren’t known for stress-free removal. Peeling off a gel manicure can do serious damage to the surface of your nails—so it’s more common to have gel nails removed at the salon via a good, long acetone soak and scrupulous filing.

THE TAKEAWAY

Shellac nails and gel manicures have earned their shared reputation for long-lasting nail colour. Choosing between the two comes down to precisely how often you’d like to switch up your nail design. We’ll let you be the judge on the option that’s best for you.

Blonde? Why you should be using a purple shampoo

If blondes have more fun, how come brunettes don’t have to spend their days trying to combat the effects of brassiness? Whether you’re a natural or have highlights, overly warm, yellow-tinged undertones can affect both equally.

But with the right haircare routine, you can ensure your colour stays fresh and beautifully toned at all times. Switching out your regular shampoo for one with a purple tones works magic. Since it’s on the opposite end of the colour wheel, purple works to neutralise yellow, effectively erasing it from our strands. And, if you pick one with plenty of moisturising properties, you’ll notice a huge difference in the longevity of your colour and softness of your hair.

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Here at Reds we love KEVIN.MURPHY’s Blonde Angel wash and treatment. This lavender-infused, colour enhancing shampoo takes on all tones – from creamy to platinum, and with the help of added optical brighteners rescues dull colour. Combined with Blonde Angel treatment, this regime conditions and moisturises bleached, highlighted and grey hair, putting the bounce back into your blonde, while repairing any brassy or yellow tones.