Blow-Wave 101: How To Use a Diffuser

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With a noticeable move away from the dead-straight look of previous years, curls are definitely making a comeback. And if you have some natural waves or curl to your hair can look amazing with a little help from a hairdryer attachment called a diffuser.

 

Now, if your hair is truly straight, a diffuser won’t magically make it curl, but so many of us unknowingly really do have the potential for gorgeous, curly hair.

The magic is all in the diffuser and proper technique. Here’s our how to guide:

  1. After washing and conditioning, comb any knots out with a wide toothed comb.
  2. Gently press excess water out of your hair with a towel.Make sure to towel-dry it well, but never wait until parts of your hair have already dried to begin blow drying. These dry pieces will just become fly-aways and will result in your finished product looking frizzy.
  3. Scrunch in a styling product specially designed to enhance curls like Kérastase Curl Fever.
  4. Always start your diffusing process at the ends and work upwards as the hair dries. This allows the curls to spring up without the weight of the water pulling them down. To avoid creating fly-aways, make sure to always keep the nozzle of the dryer horizontal, not vertical.
  5. If your hair is long or medium-length, it’s best to start upside-down, then switch from side to side as you get closer to the roots. Make sure NEVER to comb through with your fingers while you’re drying! Only use your hands to lift the ends of the hair and take the weight off the curls as they are drying. Some gentle scrunching is OK.
  6. As you get to the roots, use your hands to make a “claw” then make small circles on your scalp with your fingertips. This encourages the curl and volume all the way to the roots. If you have a diffuser with “fingers” like the Cloud Nine Airshot Diffuser, you can actually press these points directly against the scalp and make circles as you hang your hair to one side and then the other.
  7. Once your hair is dry, grab your wide-tooth comb and loosely work it through your hair. This will gently separate and soften the curls to create a modern finish. Just remember to do this AFTER the hair is completely dry or you’ll create the dreaded frizz effect.

 

A diffuser works like a sprinkler on the end of a garden hose; it breaks down and separates the air enough that the heat can pass through your curls and dry them without breaking them up. This is the secret to the perfect soft, springy curl. But, it’s important to know that not all diffusers are created equal.

To test if your diffuser will create the soft, springy curls you want, hold it about 15cm from your hair and turn the dryer on. If the diffuser blows your hair like a jet engine, it’s just going to create frizz. But, if it sends a gentle breeze though your hair, you have a winner!

 

Easy Styles For Short Hair

You might think short hair can only been worn in one way, but really there are so many possibilities! If you want to change up your look, here are three quick and easy styles that only take a few minutes to do.

– Go Sleek

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This minimalist style always looks elegant and is a great sleek style to wear at night. It has a slight masculine feel while exuding elegance.

TIPS TO STYLING THIS LOOK:

  • Start with wet hair, and use a fine comb to create a neat part. If your hair is curly or frizzy straighten your hair before you begin this look.
  • Comb your hair forward and around your hair line and set it in place with a little gel or hairspray.
  • This style is great in dirty hair. If you don’t have time to wash your hair, embrace it and go sleek.

 

– High Volume

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Short hair doesn’t need to be flat. The trick to adding more volume is to go completely crazy and then tame it back down.

TIPS TO STYLING THIS LOOK:

  • Blow dry your hair in the opposite direction and back comb at the roots. Adding a volumiser helps to create long lasting volume.
  • Shape it your way – you can either leave your style up high in a quiff, or comb it over to the side with a little more volume.
  • If you don’t have a volumiser, you can also use hairspray or a little dry shampoo to add a little bit more volume into your normal style.

 

 

– Plait It

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Even in short hair you can do a simple braid to add a little bit more extra detail.

TIPS TO STYLING THIS LOOK:

  • Dutch plaits are the reverse of French plaits, instead of going over, you add hair under into the braid. This means the plait stands out on top of your hair. They also hold better in short hair or hair with layers.
  • You only need to do a couple of stitches of the plait in short hair. To finish it, pin at the end in place and then place some hair over the pin to hide it.
  • Twists and plaits are a great way to keep your hair off your face on a hot day. If you hair isn’t holding, add a little dry shampoo. This style works even better in dirty hair too!

How To Care For Your Colour

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image via L’Oréal Professionnel

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.

Five Simple Tips for Rocking Your New Haircut

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Hair by Nicki Miti, Reds Hairdressing

1. WATCH HOW YOUR HAIRDRESSER STYLES YOUR HAIR

While you’re in the salon chair, don’t be shy and ask your Reds stylist lots of questions. Ask them which products they’re using and why, and then what order they’re using them as well.

If you’re already at home it’s still okay to give the salon a quick call and ask them for some more advice over the phone. We want to make sure you’re wearing your new style the best you can, so never be afraid to ask for advice.

2. HAVE A PLAY

Once you’re back at home, it’s time to start playing with your new haircut. You’ve seen how your hairdresser styled it, but a great cut can be styled in multiple ways. Play around and try a few different looks.

Try parting your hair in different places – a middle part will give you a completely different look to a deep side part. Keep playing until you find a way that you like your hair to sit. Take a couple of selfies as a reference, so you can recreate the styles you love.

3. GET YOUR PRODUCTS IN ORDER

Products that worked for your last haircut may not work for your new style. It’s a good idea to check through the hair products you already have, and add new products your stylist has recommended. It can take a couple of days to test out products in your new haircut, so have fun with it and try some new looks.

4. TEST OUT A NEW TUTORIAL

While you’re playing with your hair products, why not try a new hair tutorial as well. A simple google search, for something simple like a twist or braid, might help you find a great new way to show off your style.

5. TAKE NOTES

It can take a few days to go through these tips, testing new products and styles, so we really recommend taking notes. Just pop them in your phone or even on a calendar so that way when you have a really good hair day, you’ll know exactly how you did it and you’ll be able to replicate it again and again.

How To find Your Face Shape

Before picking a new hairstyle it’s a great idea to determine your face shape. Why? Because a style that looks great on a person with an oblong face, won’t complement a square face in quite the same way. So grab a flexible tape measure and follow the guidelines below.

First, take the following measurements:

1. Forehead: Pull the tape measure from the peak of one eyebrow arch to the peak of the opposite arch. Record that number.
2. Cheekbones: Measure across your upper cheeks, starting and ending at the sharp bump below the outer corner of each eye.
3. Jawline: Measure from the tip of your chin to the point below your ear where your jaw angles upward. Multiply that number by two.
4. Face length: Measure from the center of your hairline to the tip of your chin.

Write down these four measurements.

 

Now, note which measurement is the largest, and use the information below to determine your face shape.

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Round: Cheekbones and face length have a similar measurement. They are larger than forehead and jawline, which also have a similar measurement. The angle of the jaw is soft.

Square: All measurements are fairly similar. The angle of the jaw is sharp.

Oblong: Face length is largest. Forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are similar in size.

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Diamond: Face length is the largest measurement. Then, in descending order: cheekbones, forehead, and smallest is jawline. The chin is pointed.

Triangular: Large jawline, smaller cheekbones, and smallest forehead. Face can be any length.

Oval: Face length is larger than the width of the cheekbones, and forehead is larger than the jawline. The angle of the jaw is rounded.

 

Once you’ve got your shape figured out, you’ll be better able to spot styles that will also look great on you.

How To: Snowflake Nails

Looking for some Christmas inspired nail art? This step-by-step snowflake nails guide will get you in the Christmas spirit.

What you’ll need:

  • A clear base coat
  • White nail polish
  • A Thin Striper Nail Brush
  • A clear top coat

How to:

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1. Paint on a clear or light nude coloured base coat.

2. Use a thin striper nail brush dipped in white polish to draw three lines on your nail. This will create the foundation of your snowflake.

3. Make tiny Vs at the end of each line to make the ends of the snowflake.

4. On a few fingers, create a larger snowflake to mix up your look. Draw a horizontal line on your nail and then an X over the centre for a perfect six-prong snowflake. Then create the tiny Vs on the ends just like you did in step three.

5. Draw a hexagon connecting the intersecting lines of the snowflake.

6. Add tiny dots in between the six prongs of the snowflake.

7. Wait until the white polish is dry and finish it off with a top coat for shine and durability.

How To: Rope Braid Pony Tail

 

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This easy braid is perfect for those days when you’re short on time and looks more complicated than it really is.

 

What you’ll need:

  • A soft bristle brush
  • Two hair elastics
  • A styling product – we love Kérastase VIP – to create grip and hold.

 

  1. Apply your styling product and brush hair up into a high, smooth pony.
  2. Secure your pony with a hair elastic.
  3. Separate a small section of hair from the bottom of your pony tail.
  4. Wrap the small section of hair around the ponytail elastic until you’ve run out of section.
  5. Tuck the tips of the section under your ponytail elastic to secure them; this is the step that might take some practice. You want to secure just the tips beneath the elastic without making the hair tie visible again – try using a pencil or hair stick if it’s not working with your fingers.
  6. Divide your remaining ponytail into two equal sections.
  7. Twist the two sections around each other once.
  8. Begin twisting one section clockwise and the other section anti-clockwise (in two different directions).
  9. As you twist the sections in opposite directions, twist them around each other to create the rope.
  10. Keep twisting until you run out of hair.
  11. Secure your rope braid with an elastic.