Do You Have To Match Your Shampoo and Conditioner?

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You may think that it’s best to match your shampoo and conditioner, but that isn’t always the case. Depending on your hair’s needs and texture it can be a great idea to mix and match your shampoo and conditioner.

For thinner hair types volumising conditioners can create unwanted static flyaways. If you’ve noticed this, try using a volumising shampoo like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Plumping Wash and a hydrating conditioner like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Hydrate Me Rinse. Smoothing or deeply hydrating shampoos won’t give you lift, but will deliver nice softness.

If you have coloured hair you’ll need a gentle shampoo for colour treated hair like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Angel Wash and then a conditioner that gives you the volume, hydration, or repair that your specific hair texture requires.

To tame curly or highly textured hair, try matching a smoothing shampoo like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Smooth Again Wash, with a deeply moisturising conditioner like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Hydrate Me Rinse.

If your hair is oily, greasy, or is generally lifeless at the root, look for a really good cleansing shampoo like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Maxi Wash and match it with a conditioner that will deliver moisture without weighing your hair down like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Angel Rinse.

For hair that is dry or damaged, invest in a repairing conditioner like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Repair Me Rinse and a moisturising shampoo like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Hydrate Me Wash.

 

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.

 

Our top hair product heroes to make your hair INCREDIBLE

The beauty market is saturated with hair styling options. Be it serums or hair mousses, it’s often difficult to know where to start.

We’ve broken it down by picking our hair heroes. Take a look at our favourites below for your ultimate hair inspo.

Hero Hairspray

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KEVIN.MURPHY Session Spray. This aerosol provides a firm, brush-able, and weightless lasting hold with natural fragrance oils and a UV shield for colour protection.

 

Hero Treatment

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Eleven Australia Miracle Hair treatment. Suited to all hair types, this lightweight leave-in treatment delivers ELEVEN benefits your hair will LOVE.

 

Hero Dry Shampoo

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KEVIN.MURPHY Fresh Hair. A dry shampoo that removes odours, excess oil, and all your sins from the night before.

 

Hero Heat Protectant

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KEVIN.MURPHY Young Again. A weightless leave-in treatment oil infused with Immortelle to counteract the oxidisation and ageing process. Offers heat protection up to 200°F/93°C.

 

Hero Deep Cleansing Shampoo

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Eleven Australia Deep Clean shampoo. A deeply cleansing shampoo that removes stubborn excess oil from the hair and scalp. For all hair types.

 

Hero Styling Paste

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KEVIN.MURPHY Free Hold. A flexible hold styling paste with a natural shine and a thickening effect on hair. Contains essence of Bergamot, suitable for all hair types.

 

Hero Blonde Shampoo

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KEVIN.MURPHY Blonde Angel Wash. Refresh Blonde tones with this Lavender infused, colour enhancing shampoo. Optical brighteners rescue dulled colour and restore shine. For blonde or grey hair.

 

Hero Conditioner

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KEVIN.MURPHY Hydrate Me. A super smoothing and hydrating conditioner for hair that just cannot be repaired or hair that is naturally dry or hair that lives in a very dry climate. It will nourish dry hair and make split ends unrecognisable. This formulation is still packed with antioxidants as this gives the hair a healthy glow and stops the hair from losing any more moisture.

Our Top 3 Tips for Dealing With Oily Hair

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1. Choose your shampoo and conditioner carefully

First off, it’s essential to select your shampoo and conditioner carefully. Avoid any shampoos and conditioners designed for dry hair.  These products are often too heavy for oily-prone hair and may cause your hair to become dull and oily looking. Instead look for a product designed to add strength while not weighing your hair down. We love KEVIN.MURPHY’s Balancing Wash, an antioxidant rich shampoo for everyday washers that strengthens the hair and protects against colour fade. A fresh blend of botanicals makes this the perfect daily shampoo for hair strength and vitality.

 2. Add a purifying shampoo to your beauty arsenal

If you suffer from greasy hair, it’s likely to be because of oily buildup at the scalp. Consider using a purifying shampoo as this is a deep cleanser and will help remove any excess oil build-up. KEVIN.MURPHY’s Maxi Wash is a great detoxifying shampoo that breaks down fatty acids for a clean, clear scalp. The balancing essential oils penetrate the scalp to brighten hair and purify an oily or flaky scalp. It contains anti pollutant ingredients that remove build-up of unwanted products and chemicals. We recommend using a purifying shampoo on a weekly basis, followed with your usual shampoo and conditioner.

3. Don’t overdo it with the conditioner

When washing your hair, it is very important not to use too much conditioner as it can weigh down hair. Generally speaking, applying a 10 cent piece size amount of conditioner after two shampoos works best.

Pro Tip: Don’t use water that’s too hot when washing your hair as it will strip the natural oils off the cuticle and stimulate the scalp to replace it immediately, leaving hair greasy. Instead, use warm to tepid tepid water for your wash and cool water for the last rinse to add shine.

Fine Hair Doesn’t Have To Mean Thin Hair: How to Care for Fine Hair

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Contrary to popular belief, fine hair does not always equal thin hair. Fine hair is generally defined as a head of hair in which the diameter of each hair is smaller than usual. This means that you can have fine-thick hair, fine-dense hair, fine-thin hair and everything in between. Because there is such a broad range of hair types even within the fine category, it can be difficult to definitively talk about how to care for them all. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, though, if you’ve got fine hair in any capacity, there are still a handful of general tips you can use to care for your mane.

Cleansing

Fine hair tends to get greasy easily. This is because the shaft of the hair tends to be smoother and less porous than coarser hair types, so the oils sit visibly on top of the hair. That does change depending on the level of texture; fine hair that’s also straight can look greasy hours after washing, while textured fine hair can last a few days between washes. But generally speaking, it can be washed a little more frequently that coarse hair types.

Regardless of how often you wash it, in terms of keeping it healthy, where you shampoo makes a big difference for fine hair. We recommend shampooing the top where it’s dirty and not on the bottom where it isn’t. If you’re looking for volume, don’t use too much conditioner, especially at the scalp – this will flatten your hair out and leave it looking limp. However, if your primary goal isn’t volume and you do like your hair to feel a little softer, it’s OK to use a bit more conditioner, but be prepared to wash more frequently to avoid looking oily.

Cutting

Since fine hair is sensitive to the way that it’s shaped you’ve got to be careful—all the details, good and bad, show up in fine hair when you get a trim. But that fact can also be your hair’s greatest strength if it’s done right. Soft, subtle layers will look good on most people with fine hair. This style will give movement and texture, while still keeping the volume.

Styling

Because all people are different, the best way to find out what works for you is by experimenting.

Generally people with fine hair should look for styling products, which provide hold and volume rather than oil-based products which can weigh your hair down and make your hair greasy. Look for products like sea salt spray, dry shampoo, mousse and texturising mists. These products coat the hair, which helps to expand it and create volume and texture.

That doesn’t mean you can never use oil-based products. Oils, creams and serums can be applied to the ends of fine hair to create shine and nourishment.

With a little bit of trial and error and some advice from your Reds stylist you can find a product combination that works for your fine hair.

How To Prepare Your Hair & Skin for a Big Event

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Here’s our easy guide to looking your best for a big event.

 

One – Two Months Before

Ensure your hair, skin and makeup will look great by booking in your hair, makeup and skin care appointments early.

Reds Hairdressing offers great styling options for events, ranging from a standard blow wave to a comprehensive wedding hair service.

 

One – Two Weeks Before

You might think it’s better to cut and color your hair right before the event, but do it a week or so prior to give yourself time to fit in your other prep and get comfortable with styling your new look.

For your skin, try to exfoliate two to three times a week, looking for products that contain enzymes to promote natural exfoliation.

 

Three – Four Days Before The Event

It’s time to pamper your skin. You want to look glowing and fresh the day of your event, and that takes more than just 24 hours. Enjoy a soothing and hydrating facial, and avoid any procedure that includes extractions or chemical peels.

Hydrated, glowing skin is the best accessory for the red carpet, so make sure you drink plenty of water

 

 

The Day Before The Event

If you’ve taken care of your hair and skin ahead of time, you shouldn’t have the stress of leaving everything until the last minute, so relax and pamper yourself with a mani/pedi. Consider a gel polish to help avoid chips and cracks.

To boost brightness and plump your skin use a gentle hydrating mask.

Use a hydrating at home hair masque to keep your hair looking healthy and your colour vibrant.

Treat extra-dry, tough spots like heels and elbows with a body scrub in your evening shower, then moisturize with shea butter while skin is still damp, and cover the spot in a cotton glove or sock overnight.

 

On The Day Of The Event

 

How To Perfectly Style Your Fringe

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While a fringe can lift your style from plain to chic, our clients often have trouble styling their fringe after they leave the salon. To avoid the most common fringe complaints, here’s our top tips for keeping your fringe perfectly styled.

Styling After Washing your hair

Hairsprays on fringes can make the hair look too stiff and unnatural. For a lighter finish, use volumising powder like POWDER.PUFF. For something with a bit more shine and control EASY.RIDER is a winner as it is a light weight anti-frizz cream.

Styling The Second Day After Washing

Dry Shampoo is always a hair saver for flat second day fringes. A few sprays at the roots will work wonders to bring back volume and texture. If your fringe tends to be on the more frizzy side, try a light leave-in treatment like STAYING.ALIVE. Spray your fringe lightly and blow dry in to replenish moisture and reduce static.

If Your Growing Out Your Fringe

Growing out a fringe requires patience and time. Hair accessories and embellishments can help to smooth out the process. Find a sparkly clip to twist and pin your growing fringe out of your face while you wait for your desired length.

Still Confused?

Still having trouble styling you fringe? Your friendly Reds stylist is happy to help. All products are available through Reds. Book Now

 

Hair Myths Busted

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Don’t believe everything you hear! Here we debunk the most common hair myths out there.

 

MYTH: Shampooing will make your hair shed

If you don’t wash your hair, hair that is due to shed will simply fall out somewhere else, albeit somewhere less noticeable. Washing can actually be good for hair growth as oil build up can cause inflammation and stunt hair growth.

If you notice more hair loss than usual, stress or hormonal changes are often the culprit. Try to reduce stress where you can and talk to your Reds stylist about the range of hair care products that promote hair growth and thickness.

 

MYTH: The more you brush your hair, the healthier it will be

There’s no value in brushing your hair more than you already do. In fact, over-brushing can damage your hair’s cuticle (that’s your hair’s outer, protective layer.) Brush your hair when it’s knotty or when you’re styling it, but otherwise, leave it alone

 

MYTH: Your hair grows faster when you have it cut

Unfortunately cutting your hair will not affect its growth. Hair doesn’t contain any nerve endings or blood vessels and can’t respond to things that happen to it. However, frayed ends can make your hair look thinner and cause breakage, so when you cut them off, your hair appears fuller and healthier.

 

MYTH: If I pull out one grey hair two will grow in its place 

This one only seems true because one grey usually means more greys. This myth probably started because people plucked one grey hair, then noticed more afterwards. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but more silver strands would have surfaced no matter what—you can’t blame the plucking.

Still, that’s not a license to launch a full-on plucking war on your greys. Your hair will become weaker if it’s plucked too much over time, and it may eventually stop growing back. That’s not a big deal if you’re plucking here and there, but it will add up if you start going grey all over. Time to celebrate your silvers or book an appointment with your Reds colourist

 

MYTH: You can’t dye your hair when you’re pregnant

The main concern with dyeing your hair during pregnancy is the possible risk associated with inhaling the chemical ammonia and allergic reactions to irritants like Paraphenylenediamine (PPD).

At Reds we recently partnered with KEVIN.MURPHY to bring our clients hair colours that are free of Ammonia and PPD, and contain naturally derived ingredients like aloe vera, honey, shea butter and pomegranate, providing brilliant colour without compromising your health or the environment.

 

MYTH: Men inherit baldness from their mother’s side of the family

Many people think male baldness is a trait passed down from the mother’s side. However scientists argue you can’t blame mum for this one – multiple genes, from both mum and dad, contribute to hair loss in men.

 

MYTH: Colour absorbs better on unwashed hair

Colour always takes better on clean, dry hair. Product and oil build up can inhibit colour penetration, so make sure you wash your hair at least a couple of days before your next colour appointment.

 

 

How To Avoid Buying Hair Products You Won’t Actually Use

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Nearly every woman (and man!) is guilty of hoarding unused and unfinished hair and beauty products that weren’t quite what we wanted. Here we check out the main reasons people are unhappy with their hair care products and the best ways to ensure you’ll love your next purchase.

1. It left your scalp irritated. Some ingredients, like sulphates, can dry and irritate the scalp, fade hair colour and even corrode and damage your hair follicles, which leads to hair loss. This is especially true if you don’t properly rinse shampoo out of your hair. To avoid irritation, look for products like the KEVIN.MURPHY range of hair care and styling products which are all sulphate and paraben free.

2. You didn’t see results. Most hair thickening, strengthening and repair products take a few weeks of treatment to achieve a visible change. After that, you see no change, schedule an appointment with your stylist to be sure your product is right for you.

3. You didn’t like its smell or texture. Playing with the product in-salon is your best bet. Your Reds stylist is happy to take you through the different products we offer and provide take-home samples. KEVIN.MURPHY also provides an online product matchmaker tool to help you find your perfect product combination—based on your hair type and your desired results—in just four easy steps. And as a bonus, KEVIN.MURPHY employs their very own French perfumer ensuring the scents of his products are absolutely divine.

4. You found something newer and cooler. Indulge your impulse-purchase habit with samples. Free take-home samples from your next salon visit will let you test-drive products and spring for a full-size version of something you love.

Reds Partners with KEVIN.MURPHY

We are excited to announce that Reds have partnered with KEVIN.MURPHY to bring our clients the full range of exclusive KEVIN.MURPHY hair care, styling, and hair colour lines.

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Since seeing him in action at Hair Expo Australia back in 2012, we’ve been major fans of Kevin Murphy.

With a long career spanning fashion, runway, editorial and film, Kevin is one of the world’s most respected and sought after hairstylists. Internationally recognised for his long list of celebrity clientele and countless pages of editorial work for high-end magazines, the Melbourne born hair stylist began his styling days as an apprentice in a Queensland salon and went on to train at the famous Vidal Sassoon in London.

More than a superstar stylist, Kevin is a committed environmentalist, applying his beliefs to his salons and product range. As a world first, all Kevin’s salons strive to be carbon neutral. He also runs The Green Salon Project, providing salons with practical solutions to reduce their energy consumption, carbon footprint and impact on the environment. His hair product range, KEVIN.MURPHY, 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.

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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. And just incase you forget how to use your new product once you get home, the ingenious KEVIN.MURPHY product podcasts take the guess work out of hair styling, giving a simple how to guides for the entire product range.

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In 2015 Kevin launched COLOR.ME, a hair colour line born from his vision, fusing session work, fashion and hair colour. COLOR.ME delivers gorgeous, multi-tonal results using gentle and naturally derived ingredients. Continuing his commitment to environmental responsibility, all colours in the range are PPD free, Ammonia Free and use natural ingredients like aloe vera, honey, shea butter and pomegranate.

The exclusive KEVIN.MURPHY product range is available at Reds now. Your professional Reds stylist is happy to talk you through which products are right for you.