Introducing Ever Smooth

 

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image via Instagram/love_kevin_murphy

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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image via Instagram/love_kevin_murphy

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.

How To: Make your own scrunchy

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Scrunchies are the 90s trend that we just can’t get enough of. In fact, Pinterest revealed a 6309% surge in searches for the term “hair scrunchies” in its recent Pinterest 100 report, which means, despite not really paying scrunchies much attention since they were our favourite primary school accessory, they’re back in a big way for 2020.

Our only issue is that we don’t have enough of them, and can’t seem to stop losing them (where do they even go?!).

We’ve decided to put together a guide on how to create your own, so that you can design your ideal scrunchie, match them with your outfits, and make so many that losing them isn’t even an issue.

Here goes…

You will need:

  1. Your fave fabric. Get creative!
  2. A hairband. You can use an invisibobble if you prefer
  3. A sewing machine (if not, you can hand sew)

Method:

  • Cut a rectangle of fabric. It should be around 45cm long and 12cm wide. We love using velvet, but cutting old T-shirts will also work. It’s best to use a fabric that can be stretched.
  • Fold the fabric around the hairband, inside out, so that the side of the material that you want on show is inside the fold. (You’ll see why later!) Line the edges of the fabric together.
  • Using your sewing machine, sew the fabric all the way around the hairband, in a straight line. When you reach the end of the fabric, stop sewing. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can hand-sew this!
  • Starting from the gap, flip the fabric inside out, so that the preferred side is now facing outwards. This is time consuming, but not difficult!
  • Take one of the ends, and place it inside the other end, to ensure that the whole circle is complete. Sew a line across the width to join the ends together.

Trending: What is Gua Sha?

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Gua sha may be the hottest new self-care and skin-boosting technique but why (and how, and how often) should we be doing it? And what is it, anyway? Here’s the low-down on the benefits of this ancient natural therapy.

What is gua sha?

Used in traditional Chinese medicine, the practice involves scraping a flat, rounded tool, usually made of jade, over the skin. Translated, gua means press or stroke, and sha refers to a rash or redness, but while traditional Chinese therapists work hard and deep – skin can be left bright red – for its beauty benefits, you need a lighter touch.

Gua sha treatment relaxes the muscles, gets the energy and blood moving and shifts any puffiness. It boosts the circulation – studies show by up to 400 percent – which takes away toxins and brings in oxygen and nutrients.

Best described as a hands-on mix of a massage and a workout, it helps release tension (many find it amazing for headaches and tight jaws) and leaves skin instantly more supple, glowing and healthy-looking. You are also creating a controlled trauma [that short-term flush of redness], which the skin then starts to repair by making new collagen and therefore improving skin elasticity and appearance.

Which tool should I use?

As with face rollers, there is a variety of tools to choose from. In Chinese medicine jade is known for its balancing effects and its ability to cool, so it helps de-puff features while clearing inflammation. Rose quartz traditionally relates to the heart, so it’s especially good to use on the neck and chest, but not at night, as it can be too stimulating. And while amethyst is associated with evenings and winter, citrine is good for summer and mornings.

Tools are widely available on the internet and cost between $20 to $60 dollars, depending on the tool’s size and the type of crystal.

As all natural crystals are porous, it’s important to give your tool a good wash in warm soapy water after each use to prevent any nasties building up.

How to do gua sha: Beginner’s guide

At last, you’ve received your shiny new gua sha tool and you’re ready to go! Here are the beginner steps:

1.  Prime your skin with a bit of lubricant to ease friction. Moisturiser, serum, or essence will do just the trick. (Not a critical step, but definitely feels great.)

2. Starting at the base of your neck, take the flat side of the tool and move upwards towards your chin applying reasonable pressure. You don’t want the tool to be too blunt (as if you’re going in for a slice), so hold it as flat as you can while still maintaining a solid grip. Repeat this on all sides of your neck three times.

3. Move to the chin. From the base of your chin, take the same flat edge and sweep upwards towards your cheekbones. Repeat this step on each side of your face three times. If you feel particularly tense in your jaw, you might want to focus on this area.

4. Switching to one of the smaller angles on your Gua Sha tool (there are usually a few, you can choose the most comfortable for your face shape), begin on the side of your nose and sweep outwards over the cheekbones towards the temples. Repeat on each side three times. End with a few swipes up the nose towards the forehead.

And voila! Tension? Pressure? Stress? Where?

Although gua sha is done relatively gently (you’re in control of the pressure and the shape of tool you use), it’s not for you if you are prone to broken capillaries. It should also be avoided over broken skin or acne breakouts.

Introducing Ever Smooth

 

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image via Instagram/love_kevin_murphy

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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image via Instagram/love_kevin_murphy

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.