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.

The Dos and Don’ts of Dry Shampoo

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Dry shampoo can be a life saver. Used correctly, it disguises greasy roots, gives great texture and allows us to rock second-day hairstyles effortlessly.

But if you’re wondering why everyone else is so obsessed (since it’s never worked for you), it’s probably because you’re not using it quite right.

Here’s every do and don’t for your best dry shampoo experience yet.

DON’T Spray Too Close

Most dry shampoo instructions say to spray from 10-15cm away to ensure an even application and avoid any chalky spots.

Best practice is to spray from a fair distance away, then leave for a minute or two to allow the dry shampoo to soak up excess oil, before styling.

DO Brush It Through

Spray it and leave it? You’re asking for residue. Always brush it through after applying to distribute the dry shampoo through the hair.

 

DON’T Use It For Days On End

Your scalp, like the rest of your skin, benefits from being cleansed. While dry shampoo is the ultimate hair refresher and will keep your style lasting longer than usual, it doesn’t replace the benefits of a hair wash.

How long you can go depends on your hair and scalp. In general, dry shampoo can postpone a wash for a day or two.

DO Blast It With Your Hairdryer

Following up your dry shampoo application with a blast of the hairdryer will help distribute the product away from the scalp and a little into the mid-lengths. It also helps with volume and removing any visible residue.

 

DON’T Just Spray The Top of Your Hair

A common mistake people make is to only spray the visible part of their roots or even just along the parting of their hairstyle.

But to get the most out of your product, you should section the hair once or twice (more if you’re blessed with thick locks) and spritz the roots in between each section.

This will give you more volume and do a better job at mimicking an all-over hair wash, rather than only absorbing oil from the top layer of your hair.

 

DO Use It To Add Volume

If you thought dry shampoo could only be used on dirty hair, you were wrong. If you have thin, fine or limp hair, it can also make for a great volumiser.

Try spraying it at the roots and then backcombing for a serious lift effect.

 

Don’t Sub It For The Real Thing

Dry shampoo is not a cleanser – it absorbs excess oil. The only way to really cleanse sweat and oil is to use real shampoo.

 

Our Favourite Dry Shampoo

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Here at Reds we love KEVIN.MURPHY’s Fresh Hair. Fresh Hair is a dry cleanser for the hair that gives body and texture, removes odours, excess oil, and all your sins from the night before. And as an added bonus, for every can of FRESH.HAIR sold, a financial contribution is made to help reduce global carbon emissions.

 

 

How To Layer Hair Products Before Heat Styling

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Product can be a game-changer, but when using multiple products, how do you know which product to use, in what order? Your friendly Reds stylist will talk you through when and how to use the right products for your style, but until then, here’s our quick guide.

Serums

Start with the lightest/thinnest product first. This is often a serum that nourishes your hair. These are usually applied first so that these nourishing products can reach the hair fibre and do their job.

Creams

You may have cream-consistency products that volumize, reduce frizz or define curls. Apply these types of products in sections, providing light and even coverage throughout your hair.

Liquid sprays

Apply wet-spray products, such as volumizers, heat protectants or treatments next. Again, make sure you section your hair so that the product is evenly applied throughout the hair.

Foams

You should finish with the thickest product. These are usually foams that provide root lift or encourage bouncy curls.

 

Remember – if you feel like your hair is weighed down, you may be using too much product! Trial and error is the best way to determine how many products you can use without overwhelming your hair and weighing it down.

How To Undo Common Styling Mistakes

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Messing up your ‘do sure can put a damper on your mornings! To help make life go a little more smoothly—at least in the hair styling department— here’s a list of common styling mistakes and how to fix them without starting from scratch.

Fixing a curling iron bend

A curling iron bend is essentially a crimp that occurs in your hair from leaving it in your hair for too long, or from curling your hair in the wrong direction (against the clamp, rather than in the same direction).

So, what to do next time this happens? First off, just let it cool. If you’re in a hurry, resist the urge to try to fix your mistake right away as this will just make the bend harder to correct. When you continue to apply heat to your hair, you’ll find that the section of hair falls flat and becomes harder to curl. Not to mention, you’re putting excess heat on your hair unnecessarily, which in turn, causes more damage.

Instead, simply apply some heat protectant, like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Heated Defence, to the section to reset your strands and allow them to cool entirely. Then, a minute or two later, curl the section of hair again, making sure you’re curling the hair away from your face to avoid another annoying bend. It’s that easy!

Applying too much dry shampoo

We’ve all been there: you’re in a rush to get ready for work in the morning with not enough time to wash your hair. So what do you do? Dry shampoo, of course! But, for darker shades especially, it’s easy to end up with too much product, producing that tell-tale grey hue.

Before you panic and run your scalp under the tap, take a breather. Start off by patting the area with a damp towel. This should absorb the excess product that’s sitting on the surface of your hair. Avoid brushing through your roots at this stage; you want to avoid pushing the product into your hair further, as this will make it harder to remove.

Although the towel step should get rid of the excess powder, you’ll likely still find that your hair has a white cast. Now, apply a few drops of hair oil, like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Young Again, to your fingers—a little bit at a time to avoid making your scalp look oily—rub your fingers together and carefully apply to the area of your scalp with too much dry shampoo. The hair oil will mimic the natural oils on your scalp to help absorb the excess product.

Finally, brush through your hair to disperse what is left of the excess product and ta-da! Your hair should look fresh, bouncy, and free of any dry shampoo residue.

Dealing with a hair elastic dent  

So you’ve spent hours giving yourself the perfect blowout, but you don’t want to miss that morning workout class you love. We don’t think you should have to sacrifice good hair for good health, but it can be annoying to have to start from scratch each time you hit the gym.

While dry shampoo can definitely help with combating the post-workout sweat, it can’t make up for the dent you get in your hair when you pull it back for your workout. The first step here is prevention. Rather than opting for a standard hair elastic or worse, a rubber hand to secure your bun or ponytail, use a scrunchie. The soft fabric is less likely to create a dent in your hair. Plus, it’s less likely to cause pulling, snagging, and hair breakage.

If you still find your hair has a dent mid-way through your lengths when you take your hair down, simply apply some heat protectant spray or some water to a hairbrush. Next, begin combing through the area while you blow-dry your hair. Remember, you don’t need to re-blowout your hair from root to tip, simply concentrate the heat where the dent is as this will help smooth it out and restore your hair to its former glory.

 

How To I.D. Your Hair & Skin’s Undertones

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When it comes to hair, understanding the difference between cool and warm undertones, and what works best for your complexion is key. If you’ve ever experienced a colour job that either washed you out or appeared to add redness to your complexion, it was probably the result of not working with your undertones.

The good news is figuring out whether you have warm or cool undertones is simple; if you have a warmer skin tone, stick with warmer hair colours. Similarly, if you have a cool skin tone, stick with cool colours. Knowing how undertones work will ensure you select a hair colour that’s most complimentary.

How to determine your skin’s undertones

Warm toned skin tends to have a yellow or golden hue. If your eyes are brown, dark brown, amber, or hazel and the veins on the inside of your wrist have a greenish tint, you have a warm skin tone. Gold jewellery will be most flattering.

On the other hand, people with a cool skin tone will have a pinkish hue. If you have blue, grey, or green eyes and the veins on the inside of your wrist have a blueish tint, you have a cool skin tone. Silver jewellery looks best on people with a cool skin tone.

If you think you are somewhere in between, you likely have a neutral undertone which means you have a wider array of shades to choose from.

When researching colours, play the name game. Cool hair colours will usually include words or names like ash, platinum, or champagne whereas warm colours have names such as golden, bronze, or copper. As their names suggest, warm colours (golden blonde, copper brown) add colour and warmth to the skin, whereas cool colours (platinum blonde, ash brown) can have a calming, cooling effect.

Six Hacks to Painlessly Break In Your New Shoes

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Here’s some tricks of the trade that actually work when you need to break in your new shoes.

1. LITTLE AND OFTEN

It’s a good idea to buy shoes well in advance of the event they’re for. That way you can break them in gradually. Try slipping them on when you’re at home in the evenings or pop them on for your lunch time stroll.

2. SANDPAPER YOUR SOLES

New shoes can be very slippy – especially heels – and trying to keep yourself from going flying on their debut outing can mean your feet are doing a lot more work than they need to. To avoid getting blisters from ever-scrunched toes, buff some sandpaper on the sole of your shoes to give them a bit more grip.

3. CRANK UP THE HEAT

Using heat on new shoes is a great way to soften and stretch the material. Put on some thick socks, slip on your shoes and gently add heat with a hairdryer. Make sure the heat is evenly distributed by moving the shoe around to avoid melting the material and then walk around in the shoes. The heat will loosen the fabric, while the socks will stretch it out.

4. ICE, ICE BABY

If heat doesn’t work, try the other end of the temperature scale. Fill freezer bags with water (remove all air from them before sealing) and stuff them into your shoes. Stick them in the freezer and leave them for approx. 4-8 hours. Water expands as it freezes, stretching your shoes at the same time.

5. SOAK IT UP

If your new shoes are leather, spray some rubbing alcohol on the inside of your shoes, put them on and walk around in them for at least 20 minutes. The alcohol will soften the leather and help the shoes mould to the size and shape of your feet.

6. TAPE YOUR TOES

If all else fails, tape your third and fourth toe together. Sounds weird, but it works. There’s a nerve split between the two toes which hurts when pressure is put on it. By taping the two together you’re perfectly aligning your muscles to avoid pressure on that nerve.

Hairpins: What they are and how to use them

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We all know about bobby pins, but what about their U-shaped cousin, the hairpin?

Hairpins

Like the bobby pin, the hairpin is double pronged, but its prongs are open, making a shape like the letter “U,” which is why it is often called a U-shaped pin. Both prongs of a hairpin have ribbing to help it stay in the hair and keep the style in place. If your hair is extra soft and fine, look for hairpins that have textured prongs instead of the traditional sleek metal prongs.

Hair Styles Using Hairpins

Hairpins are great for styling delicate updos because they are light and disappear into the hair better than bobby pins. Their open shape means they won’t flatten your bun like a bobby pin can, while still holding your style in place.

How To Create a Messy Bun with Hairpins

To create a modern, messy bun with hairpins, first gather hair into a pony tail anywhere on on your head. Keep in mind that your ponytail placement will determine where the centre of the bun will be.

Next, divide your ponytail into sections and lightly backcomb. The texture will help the hairpins stay in place.

Wrap your backcombed ponytail around the base and pin in place by holding the hairpin perpendicularly to your head and catching about two centimetres the hair that’s in the bun.

To secure, flip the pin flat against your scalp, and push in toward the centre of the bun.

Three Easy Ways To Curl Your Hair

1. Classic Curl 

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This gorgeous curl is by far the easiest.

First, wrap your hair flat around the curling barrel. Make sure that there are no spaces between the wraps of hair around the barrel – it should resemble a ribbon.

Make sure that you hold the curl around the barrel for between 10-15 seconds so that it sets. Then, release the curl into your palm and let it set for a few seconds. As you will see, a very classic curl comes out – perfect for ball season, a nice dinner out or any other special occasion.

 

2. Twist Curl

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Grab a small section of hair and twist it away from your face.

As you twist it, curl it really tight around the barrel and leave for 10-15 seconds.

Release it into your palm and let it cool down in your hand. You will get an interestingly shaped curl that ends up looking like a nice beach wave.

 

3. Loose Wave

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If you ever wonder how to get loose waves with a curling iron, this is it. This option is also great for when you are in a rush, since you will be working with bigger sections of hair.

Take a thick section and place it around the barrel.

As you curl your hair, don’t just hold it in place, instead, do a slight rolling motion (up and down). You should get a gorgeous loose wave as a result!

How To: Fix Brittle Nails

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Dry cuticles and brittle, weak, or peeling nails can be frustrating to deal with, and can make your polish chip prematurely.  If this sounds like something you’re dealing with, here are the three major causes and their corresponding solutions.

 

Problem #1: Mineral Deficiencies
Zinc, Selenium, Iron, and B12 are common mineral deficiencies that can affect nail growth and health.

Solution: Take a daily multivitamin. You can also discuss your diet with your doctor and check your levels of many of these minerals with an easy blood test.

 

Problem #2: Too Many Manicures                                                                                       

That’s right, there is such a thing as one too many manicures.

Solution: If you can, let your nails breath for a couple of weeks, sans nail polish. Keep moisturiser on hand and routinely use cuticle oil.

 

Problem #3: Harsh Chemicals
Tidying up around the house and washing the dishes can truly affect your nails. Frequent hand washing or cleaning with harsh chemicals can cause your nails to weaken and even peel.

Solution: Slip on a pair of rubber gloves before you start your housework.

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.