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.

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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.

 

Six Steps for a Quicker Blow-Dry

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As we head into winter, now is definitely the time to avoid venturing out with cold, wet hair. And for those who shampoo in the morning, that means sacrificing precious time to blow-dry.

In the interest of saving you time, here are the six steps to speed up your morning blow-dry routine.

1. Shake it off.

Shaking the water out of your hair as soon as you finish showering will cut down on dry time. Take a minute or so to gently shake your hair, then squeeze out any excess water. Then, to really remove all the excess water you can, repeat the whole process one more time.

2. Towel-dry with caution.

When towel-drying your hair, make sure to be gentle – this means no rough rubbing! Consider investing in a microfibre towel designed specifically for hair. These towels are more gentle than standard bath towels and help eliminate frizz and damage before you turn on the blow-dryer.

3. Use a heat protectant.

While it may seem like an extra, unnecessary step, skipping heat protectant is never a good idea — mainly because of the long-term damage you’ll be doing. Plus, the right formula can actually shave minutes off your blowout by decreasing drying time and protecting your hair from breakage. Apply it to damp hair before rough-drying, and it’ll do double duty in protecting and styling your strands.

4. Pre-dry for protection.

Before using a round brush, you should start by “pre-drying” your hair to get rid of any excess moisture. This is the part of the blow-drying process where you blast your entire head with heat to get about 80% of the moisture out of your hair. Apply your favourite heat protectant, then work the blow-dryer from your roots to your ends, moving your fingers in a fork shape to lift hair away from the scalp to speed up the process.

5. Flip it up.

It’s also important that you don’t concentrate the heat on one spot for too long. A good rule of thumb is to flip your head upside-down and dry that section first, before proceeding to the rest of your hair. This will give you some natural root lift and volume to your blow-wave.

 

6. Use the right tools.

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These steps work best when paired with a blow-dryer that’s designed to work as speedily as possible. We love the Wahl Supadryer for super fast drying results, available at Reds now.

How To: Caring For Fine Jewellery

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As much as we adore trendy costume jewellery, there’s something extra special about fine jewellery. Perhaps you treasure a family heirloom, your engagement ring, a well-loved keepsake or any other piece of precious metal. Whatever it is, it’s important to take good care of your delicate and high-quality pieces. Not sure how? No problem… This guide has got you (and your favourite jewels) covered!

How to Store:
First things first; it’s important to have a safe place to store each piece of fine jewellery. As a general rule, each piece should be kept in an environment where the temperature is relatively constant – not too hot or cold – and away from humidity or damp. Within that environment, each piece should be kept separate and in a soft-lined container. Avoid allowing the pieces to touch each other, as they can scratch. A great option is to store rings and bracelets in soft, cushioned boxes in a clean and dry location. Hang necklaces individually to avoid scratching and tangling.

How to Clean:
To clean your nicest jewellery, it’s important to use gentle, quality soap. Invest in a jewellery cleaner from your favourite jeweller, or use an ingredient you probably already have in your home: gentle dish soap. After rubbing gently with your dish soap and cool water, rinse and pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth (Avoid paper towels, as they can scratch your jewellery.). Then, lay your pieces to dry to avoid excess moisture transferring back into your jewellery storage unit. This method will work for simple cleaning of all your nice jewellery, but certain pieces require certain additional care.

Silver: To reduce tarnishing on silver pieces, go the homemade route by mixing three parts baking soda with one part water. Rinse with cool water, then rub or pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Gold and Jewels: To clean your favourite gold pieces and your most precious gems, mix mild dish soap with sparkling water, then rub gently (try lightly scrubbing with an unused toothbrush for really hard to move grime). Why use sparkling water? The bubbles help to loosen the tiny debris that cause your jewels to appear dirty or clogged.

Pearls: Pearls are incredibly porous, so it’s easy for them to lose their beauty. To fix this problem, clean them gently with shampoo or another mild soap-and-water solution. Be sure to lay them flat to dry, as pearl strands are often prone to unwanted expansion when wet.

Bonus tip: Want to keep your finest jewellery in good condition for longer? Take them off while washing hands, showering, moisturising, and while exercising. Instead, store them as mentioned above, then put them back on when you’re all clean and dry!

How do you care for your fine jewellery?

Share your best tips and tricks in the comments!

How To: The Meghan Markle Updo

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Each time Meghan Markle has made a public appearance with fiancé Prince Harry, she’s opted for a chic bun, complete with a few strands left out in a fuss-free way. It has quickly become her signature look and so we decided to let our readers know how to recreate her look at home.

  1. This style is best suited to dirty hair, so the good news is you don’t have to start with an ambitious washing and drying regime. If your strands are too clean and soft, give them a quick once over with a dry shampoo or dry texture spray like Eleven Sea Salt Texture Spray over the root area and massage the product through.
  2. Then, lightly brush the product through to distribute the product evenly from mid-lengths to ends.
  3. To create the bun, tilt your head back and scrape your hair from the hairline back to the nape of your neck, securing it just below your crown area.
  4. Tie this up into a twisted knot and secure with bobby pins.
  5. An important part of this look is the shorter pieces framing the face, so loosen a few strands to get the modern edge that is required for this look.
  6. Finish with a finishing spray like KEVIN.MURPHY Session Spray fora firm, weightless lasting hold with natural fragrance oils and a UV shield for colour protection.

Five Easy Halloween Looks to Try

Need something easy for Halloween this year? Check out these easy makeup looks.

Red Tears

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Get this look with just some a liquid eyeliner and a steady hand.

Ghoul

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Use an all-over ultra-light foundation and go heavy on the eyes for an extra spooky look.

Stitched Up

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This look actually pretty easy; eyeliner, pale face, vampy lips and eyeliner for the stitches.

Spiderwebs

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If your handy with the liquid eyeliner, this is an easy look.

 

Bullet Wound

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Gory but effective. Just add some fake blood and you’re done.

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