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.

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.

Shades of Blonde: How to care for your colour

From Platinum to ‘Bronde’, blonde hair is definitely a spectrum. Find out how to best care for your shade.

Platinum 

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This hue is for those who dare to be different, best described as a cool, ashy colour, with the grey end of the colour scheme. KEVIN.MURPHY’s Cool Angel a conditioning colour gloss that magnifies cool ash shades and removes stubborn red and orange hues from your hair. Perfect treatment in-between colours.

California Blonde Screen Shot 2019-04-14 at 9.17.45 PM.pngConsidered “true blonde”, this colour brings in those richer golden tones. Think honey and butter as the words to throw around at the salon. But at home, you’ll need to keep the hair as healthy as possible, because the power of a California blonde is that it looks effortless. Apply Eleven’s Miracle Hair Treatment to your hair once a week to keep it nourished and shiny.

Sun-Kissed Blonde

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The ultimate beachy colour, look to sun-kissed blonde if you’re obsessed with ombre tones that offer that super natural look. Play up this shades sun-kissed glow with KEVIN.MURPHY’s Shimmer Shine Spray, an antioxidant rich finishing mist that utilises light reflecting technology similar to that found in high-end skincare to create gorgeous, non-oily shine.

Highlights
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You might not have committed to an all-over blonde just yet, but you have the highlights to show for it. Don’t be fooled – caring for highlighted blonde hair should be taken just as seriously. Invest in KEVIN.MURPHY’s Blonde Angel Wash, a lavender infused, colour enhancing violet shampoo with optical brighteners to rescue dulled colour and restore shine.

Toner 101: All Your Questions Answered

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Looking to banish unwanted brassy tones? A professional toner is the answer! Read on to find out all about hair toner and what it can do to optimise your shade.

What is a hair toner?

Hair toner is a product which is used to correct or personalise your colour. It can add natural or more visible tones after a professional colour or lightening treatment and optimises the tone of your hair colour. It is most commonly used for shades of blonde hair, but can be beneficial for brunettes and redheads too.

What does a toner do for hair?

In-salon toning treatments optimise your new shade by making it either warmer or cooler in tone, correcting unwanted shades and ensuring you get an even hair colour from root to tip. It can also be used to add a bright pop of colour, without actually lifting the colour of your hair.

You can also find take-home products like KEVIN.MURPHY Colouring Angel conditioning treatments, which subtly tone your colour between salon treatments to maintain your shade.

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What colour results can you expect from toner?

There is no one-shade-suits-all toner. In fact, a toner is a way to make your hair tone your own. Your Reds stylist is professionally trained to mix colours together to create the right toner shade for you. Warmer tones include a coppery or honey hue. Cooler tones, on the other hand, are light ash or even silver for blonde hair. Toners can even be used to create a pastel hair, with shades of pink and lilac.

Is toner only for blondes?

No. Toners can also be used on brunettes and redheads who want to banish unwanted brassy tones, make their shade warmer or cooler, or for adding colour.

How long does a toner last after your salon visit?

It depends on your hair type, but toner can last between 2 and 6 weeks. Generally, the healthier your hair, the longer it will hold colour and tone. Previously un-coloured hair will also hold colour and tone longer than hair that has been coloured or lightened frequently. Using a premium quality shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for your hair tone can also significantly extend the life of your shade.

 

Why Brassy Hair Happens – And How To Fix It!

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Brassy hair happens to almost everyone with lightened hair, but the good news is, there are ways to reduce brass when it appears, and to avoid unwanted warmth in the first place.

So why does it happen?

Everyone’s hair has warmth lurking within – you may not see it, but it’s there. When your natural colour is removed by lightening, the underlying brassy tones of your hair are revealed. Colourists manage this by mixing colour and toning formulas that contain blue and purple tones to cancel out the unwanted reds and yellows that lightening exposes.

Once you leave the salon there are many other factors which can contribute to your strands becoming yellow over time.

Exposure to the elements

Oxidising is defined simply as the addition of oxygen. When hair colour is exposed to oxygen it begins to oxidise and fade. UV rays also contribute by damaging our hair and drying it out. When strands are damaged like this they become more porous, making your colour fade faster. When colour fades, it tends to reveal the underlying warm pigment in your hair.

The pool

Pools are infused with chlorine to kill nasty bacteria, however the chlorine solution used in pool is also a form of bleach. Bleach removes colour, and unfortunately that includes your hair. And when your hair lightens, those warm tones start peeping through.

Your shower

You may not realise it, but the water coming out of the shower head in your bathroom could be making your hair brassy! That is, if it has a high level of mineral deposits. This type of water can cause build-up in your hair, which then dries it out and makes it prone to damage. Hard water not only leaves mineral deposits in the hair, but it also prevents the penetration and absorption of moisture.

Your hair products
Your shampoo could be helping to turn those strands brassy. Some shampoos strip your hair colour and contain parabens and sulphates that actually damage your hair and contribute to brassiness.

How to fight brassy tones

First and foremost, if you should leave lightening to the professionals. Our colourists are professionally trained to understand how your hair will respond to lightening and how to lighten your hair without exposing your hair’s warm tones.

Once you leave the salon, the best way to maintain your blonde is with a special shampoo and conditioner designed for lightened hair. These violet-toned shampoos and conditioners counteract brassiness by cancelling out golds and reds with blues and purples. And don’t be alarmed by its purple shade – it is not going to do any damage to your mane, or dye your hair lavender!

We love KEVIN.MURPHY’s Blonde Angel Wash and Rinse, and Eleven’s Keep My Colour blonde shampoo and conditioner. Both ranges nourish your hair with naturally-derived ingredients and are paraben and sulphate free. And as an added bonus both are also certified cruelty free!

 

How To: Growing Out Your Colour

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We love a good hair colour switch-up, whether we’re after that on-trend hue or just  some subtle highlights, nothing says new me more than a new do. Sometimes however, our clients want to give their hair a breather, and this step can be a tricky one. Whether you want a change in colour or just feel like your locks have had enough, we’ve lined up our best tips on how to make growing out your colour that much easier.

 

Get Planning

Going back to your natural colour can be a fairly long process that takes a decent amount of planning. We recommend working alongside your colourist to find out the best process, and be sure to let them know your entire hair history so they can know exactly what your hair has been through – that spontaneous moment when you bleached your hair really does matter! With a colourist you can plan the route, and while it may take a few salon visits, it’ll be worth that extra time to avoid damage to your hair and top notch results.

Ditching the Highlights

If you already have subtle babylights or opted for balayage, you don’t have to worry too much, but if your highlights go right to the scalp it will take a little more effort to keep things looking good as you grow your colour out.

The aim of the game is to create seamlessly grown out colour. The best way to do this is by using a mixture of highlights and lowlights, letting your natural colour blend seamlessly. This will darken your entire hair colour and over time create a natural ombre look.

A gloss or toner can also be used on the roots to create a middle colour between your natural locks and your highlights. This will soften the harshness between the roots and highlights and ease your natural hair colour back into the equation.

Reversing the Blonde

When going darker from blonde, we recommend starting with a natural caramel blonde shade, then at your next colour appointment go darker again. Repeat until you’ve got the colour you want. Alternatively, adding some lowlights will reduce the contrast of your roots for a softer and natural look.

From Dark to Light

While you can disguise dark roots and light hair as an intentional ombre, light roots and dark hair can be a more difficult challenge. To avoid damage it’s important to take things slowly and work with highlights to subtly blend your multi-tonal hair.

Ask your colorist to create a base that is lighter than the dye but darker than your natural hue, and then subtle highlights can be added to lighten your look. You may also want to consider balayage on the lengths of your hair to balance your roots and ends.

Saying Goodbye to Pastels

Whether you’ve gone electric blue or pastel pink, these striking shades take up a lot of time and upkeep.

Surprisingly, these colourful hues aren’t the hardest to ditch because dyes this bright are usually temporary. Faded pastels, however, can look dull and you may still end up with a slight tinge of colour.

Once your hair colour has faded, you may want to add in some highlights and lowlights to add back the depth to your locks. A gloss treatment will also restore shine and vibrancy to your hair.

 

How To: Going Auburn

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So what is ‘auburn’? We define it as a balance of red and brown hair tones. And the best thing about this colour is it can look great on just about every skin tone.

Light and dark auburn shades tend to look good on most skin tones, ranging from fair to deep olive. Auburn hair colour neutralises pink tones in fair skin making the skin look creamier, while light to medium auburn warms up olive skin making it look glowy.

Because auburn is a balance of red and brown, it’s easier to make the switch to auburn hair if you’re starting with darker hair. This is because when you lift dark hair, it automatically has red tones that shine through. The darker the hair, the more auburn you’ll see.

Transitioning from blonde to an auburn shade is easy, however, blondes have a harder time keeping the red and auburn tones vibrant. This is because the pigments have a tendency to fade quicker. Blondes who opt for an auburn shade should expect their hair to require more maintenance, meaning monthly glossing treatments to help keep the colour vibrant.

Not sure if you want to fully commit? If you’d rather dip your toe into the auburn tress trend, try out highlights for a gorgeous, multi-dimensional finish.

 

 

How To: Caring for Brightly Coloured Hair

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Given the continuing trend for brightly coloured locks, here’s our guide to keeping your colour looking vibrant and healthy.

Prevent Damage

Bright shades require a very light base hair colour, which usually means that your hair needs to be lightened. It’s important to maintain the health of your hair as much as possible before going bright. Super-porous, brittle hair does not hold onto colour well. So maintain the health of your hair and the longevity of your colour, by asking your stylist to use Olaplex when lightening your hair.  Olaplex is a protein bond builder which is added to the lightening mixture to avoid damage when lightening.

Cleanse

Each time you wash your hair colour can fade – especially when not using a colour protecting shampoo. Stretch out time between washes with a dry shampoo like Kérastase Powder Buff and when washing use a shampoo designed specifically for coloured hair like L’Oreal Vitamino Colour.

Pro tip: When washing your hair, use tepid to cool water. This helps to keep the hairshaft closed, meaning that you’r less likely to lose colour when you wash.

Protect

A heat protectant like Kérastase Ciment Thermique will help to maintain the health of your hair and the vibrancy of your colour. UV rays also fade hair colour. The Kérastase Soliel range is specifically designed for sun worshippers to protect the health of colour-treated heat-exposed hair.

Go for the Gloss: All you need to know about the Reds Glossing Service

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Are you in need of a colour and shine boost? Bring your hair back to life with a Glossing service.

A Glossing service is a fast and demi-permanent colour service that enhances, enriches and tones natural or colour-treated hair.

Used on blondes it brightens and tones dull or brassy colour. It also adds shine and provides intense care for coloured hair, leaving it looking soft and beautiful. We recommend a Glossing service about 4-6 weeks after your regular salon colour appointment to enhance or maintain your colour.

Typically, a Gloss will last 6-8 weeks and will fade gradually – perfect timing for your next  salon visit!

Here are three reasons why a Glossing service is a must-have.

#1 Super Shine

We all love the sun, but sometimes the great outdoors can be harsh on your hair. Adding a Glossing service to your hair regimen will give it beautiful shine and also provide intense care for dry hair.

#2 Set the Tone

You loved your golden blonde six weeks ago, but now rose gold is all the rage. Ask for a Gloss to enhance or alter the tone of your current colour. A Gloss is also the perfect service to help neutralise your colour if it is looking a bit brassy.

#3 Protect Your Investment

A Glossing service in between colour appointments will help maintain your colour for longer. Due to daily washing and elements like sun exposure and heat, it’s only natural that your colour may start to look dull. With a Glossing service, you can give your colour the boost that it needs.

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Reds Glossing Menu:

Our Reds Glossing service includes a beautiful blow wave finish that will have you feeling fabulous.

Colour Gloss – $67

Add shine and depth to your colour or tone your lightened hair. Service takes 30 minutes.

Add up to 6 foils – $30.00

 

Offer is available with any stylist, available Wednesday to Friday, before 3pm.

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The fine print:
* Additional charge may apply for extra thick or long hair, but this will be quoted before your service is started.
* Express Colour service does not include corrective colour services. We can discuss your options in salon and you will receive a free quote for getting your colour back in order.

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How To Care For Your Colour

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A new hair colour always looks amazing, but some people struggle to keep their colour looking fresh between colouring. So here’s our guide to keeping your colour looking gorgeous for as long as possible.

1. TREAT YOUR COLOUR WELL

Coloured hair does need a little more care than normal hair. Change your shampoo and conditioner to a colour protect formula and add in a weekly treatment to nourish your hair as well.

2. DON’T WASH AS OFTEN

If you have a darker hair colour, every wash can slightly fade your hair colour. Along with a specially formulated shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair, dry shampoo can help to space out the time between washes and preserve your colour.

3. DROP THE HEAT

Really high heat can fade your colour right before your eyes. It’s still okay to heat style your hair, but just drop the temperature a little to make sure you keep your colour looking its best and always use a heat protectant.

4. SUNSCREEN FOR YOUR HAIR

UV rays don’t just damage our skin, they can also damage your hair leading to colour fade. If you know you’re going to be outside for a long time, pop on a hat and apply a product with UV protectants to keep your hair looking its best all summer long.