How To Make Your Curls Last Longer

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We love beautiful, flawless, bouncy curls. But you know what’s even better? Beautiful, flawless, curled hair that lasts all day. Find out how to make your curls last longer with our five tips below.

1. Get Your Curls To Stay: Cool Them Down

One of the most effective tricks on how to get your curls to stay is to let the curl cool down and set before letting it go. Take each fresh curl (still keeping the curl shape) and secure it with a clip or a bobby pin. Wait till your curls have cooled before unpinning and brushing them out. Letting your curls cool allows the hair cuticle to close, making your curls last much longer.

Pro Tip: If you don’t have time to wait 10-15 minutes for the curls to set, pin them all to your scalp and use your blow drier to blow cold air on them from a distance.

2. Use the right hair products

Products designed specifically to enhance curls will amplify your hair’s natural texture and prolong the lifespan of your curls. We love KEVIN.MURPHY’s Motion Lotion which enhances curls while taming frizz. A light mist of hairspray after you’ve heat styled – we love KEVIN.MURPHY’s Bedroom Hair – will help to lock in your style for longer lasting waves and curls.

 

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Hint: Don’t hold the hairspray too close to your hair. A light mist will provide a flexible, natural looking hold.

3. Invest in good heat styling tools

Yes, good tools may be more expensive, but they heat up better (so you will apply heat for a shorter period of time), use technology to protect your hair while heat styling, and last much longer than cheaper tools. We recommend to set your tools at a heat temperature of 300-350 F to achieve an optimal curl.

4. Use the right barrel size

When using a barrel wand to create curls, many people think that a large barrel will give you those sexy Victoria Secret Curls. We find, however, that most of the time, a smaller barrel will do the magic. Depending on your hair, try using a 2.5 to 3.5 cm (1-1.5 Inch) barrel, and see what difference it can make! Not only will the curls look better, but they will also last longer.

5. Your hair still doesn’t curl?

This may be a sign that your hair is damaged. Overly damaged hair (including split ends) doesn’t curl well, as the cuticle is too damaged and can’t hold a shape. If you suspect this could be you it’s time to give your hair some love and get a trim! If you are worried about cutting your hair, let your Reds stylist know. Our stylists can offer treatments to repair damaged hair and are trained to work with you to achieve your perfect look.

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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

 

Ten Reasons to Love COLOR.ME

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What goes in the tube of your hair colour is just as important to the health of your hair as it is to the environment. The Reds team and our clients are becoming more and more conscious about the products that come in contact with our skin and hair. KEVIN.MURPHY’s range of colours, COLOR.ME, offers a moisturising and rejuvenating experience with natural, gentle ingredients that are suitable for all hair types. This compact colour line stays committed to the integrity of the hair while imparting superior colour performance and natural-looking results. Read on to find out why it’s time for you to try COLOR.ME.

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1.     Naturally Derived Ingredients

Just like your body, your hair needs the best nutrition in order to thrive. COLOR.ME uses naturally derived ingredients such as Shea Butter, Honey and Aloe Vera to smooth and condition the hair shaft and scalp. Together, these ingredients act as a power team to moisturise, nourish, restructure and protect hair from roots to ends. These highly effective, natural ingredients soothe and soften the scalp and hair while boosting shine and strength.

2.      Rich in Antioxidants

Infused with antioxidant-rich Pomegranate and Rose Hip, COLOR.ME utilises the powerful effects of these superfoods to provide both UV protection and long-lasting colour results. These invigorating ingredients protect against environmental influences like heat and mechanical strain, while repairing and restructuring the hair from within.

3.     Ammonia-free and PPD-free

Many scalp irritations result from an allergic reaction to harsh chemicals used during the colouring process. COLOR.ME is composed without damaging chemicals that can aggravate the scalp and hair follicle. Instead, COLOR.ME is formulated without ammonia and PPD, and uses gentle ingredients to ensure the healthiest colour possible.

4.     Full Grey Coverage

COLOR.ME offers full coverage for un-pigmented, grey hair. The multi-tonal characteristics of each shade ensure maximum colour coverage and longevity, even on the most resistant hair. This high performance line delivers natural looking results to balance and maintain colour with unsurpassed shine, replacing unwanted greys with beautiful multi-dimensional colour.

5.     Environmentally Responsible

Always conscious of their environmental impacts, the water used to clean the production machines and colour tanks for the COLOR.ME formulation is treated by the manufacturers’ in-house water treatment plants. It is then returned to the water source where it was initially taken, even cleaner than when it was harvested.

6.     Cruelty-Free Colour

With the launch of COLOR.ME, PETA has expanded its designation of KEVIN.MURPHY’s cruelty-free hair care to include the colour range in its Beauty Without Bunnies program. COLOR.ME offers cruelty-free colour, and reflects the brand’s heritage and values in its initiative to bring awareness to protecting the environment and its inhabitants, including animals.

7.     Molecular Couple Guarantee

COLOR.ME uses the latest technology to ensure that every pigment molecule remains in a secure bond when applied to the hair follicle. This means fewer skin irritations and allergic reactions, and less harm to our environment. Additionally, COLOR.ME uses a specialised method to delay the oxidation process to ensure even application and optimum colour coverage. Our special micro pigments penetrate deep in to the hair shaft with minimal cuticle swelling, resulting in shinier, healthier hair.

8.     Multi-Tonal Results

Every COLOR.ME shade has been carefully hand-selected to deliver a unique and natural multi-tonal finish. COLOR.ME respects the natural colour pattern of virgin hair and creates multi-dimensional colour on every hair strand, resulting in balanced hair with exceptional tone and unsurpassed shine.

9.     Intermixable Shades

With a flexible range of multi-tonal colours, COLOR.ME lets the stylist be an artist by allowing them the room to create unique colour formulations. With endless colour possibilities, this compact colour line allows the colourist freedom to create formulations that are all their own, specialised for each individual client. COLOR.ME offers a fashion-forward portfolio of intermixable shades, allowing maximum freedom and creativity.

10.     Hair Care Meets Technology

To ensure ultimate at-home colour care, KEVIN.MURPHY offers ALL.ABOUT.YOU their online product matchmaker. ALL.ABOUT.YOU helps you to find your perfect product combination, based on your hair type and your desired results, in just four easy steps.

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.

Product Spotlight: ANGEL.WASH

For those of us with fine, coloured hair, achieving natural looking volume without weighing our hair down can be challenging. KEVIN.MURPHY’s ANGEL.WASH offers a gentle cleanse while adding weightless volume and delivering a dose of natural ingredients to repair and protect your hair. ANGEL.WASH also maximises colour retention, protects against free radicals, and inhibits UVA oxidation, which is essential for repair of damaged hair.

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Read on to learn more about the powerful natural ingredients found inside ANGEL.WASH.

1. Sunflower Seed Extract 

Perfect for those of us with coloured hair, this ingredient helps to prevent the stripping of colour from your ‘do.

2. Green Tea Leaf Extract

This powerful antioxidant will encourage strength in your hair.

3. Hydrolysed Oat Protein 

This ingredient adds weightless fullness and body to your locks.

4. Tangerine Peel Oil

The scent of Tangerine Peel Oil will stimulate the senses while adding antioxidant Vitamins A and C to soothe and moisturise.

5. Hydrolysed Wheat Protein

This ingredient will improve body and shine while imparting a conditioned feel to the hair.

 

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And like all KEVIN.MURPHY products ANGEL.WASH is sulphate, paraben and verified cruelty free!

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.

 

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner – but no worries, we’ve got you covered! Here’s our Mother’s Day gift edit with some last minute gift ideas that we guarantee mum will love.

 

Kevin Murphy Minis

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We have a limited selection of the popular Kevin Murphy mini styling lotions available including Motion Lotion. Motion Lotion is a curl enhancer and frizz controller, all in one weightless lotion. This gorgeous product is just $9 and makes a fantastic gift for those with curly locks.

 

Kérastase Masque

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Kératase has developed professional hair masques for all hair types. From $65 these luxury masques have been designed to condition, nourish, add volume, strengthen, & boost hair colour.

 

Professional Heat Styling Tools

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A good quality hair hairdryer is at the top of any mums’ wish list. We recommend the fabulous Wahl SupaDryer hairdryers, available at Reds for just $129.

 

Reds Gift Vouchers

The perfect gift for the mum who has everything. Spoil mum with a Reds Hairdressing gift voucher. Available in $20, $50 and $100 dominations.

 

All of these fab products are available at Reds now. And to make it easier for you, if you can’t get up to see us, give us a call with your Credit Card number and we can courier your new products straight to you!

Happy Mother’s Day from the team at Reds!

Trending for Men: Beach Blonde

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Taking cue from male celebrities, the latest trend in male hair colour has arrived: bleached blonde. This new trend gives a vintage feel to contemporary styles reminiscent of the ’80s and ’90s, and makes a bold statement to any man willing to take the plunge. Thinking about going blonde? Read on to find out how to achieve your the best blonde for you.

 

1. Your professional Reds colourist is trained to find the right blonde for your skin tone and lighten your hair without creating permanent damage. With so many factors at play when lightening your hair, avoid a hair disaster and leave this job to the professionals.

 

2. If you’re feeling adventurous ask your Reds colourist for a bold, 90’s rock band look. If you’re looking for something a little softer ask your colourist for a more natural, sun-drenched colour.

 

3. To keep your colour from fading or going brassy, use a specially formulated shampoo and conditioner for blonde hair like L’Oréal Professionnel Shine Blonde or L’Oréal Professionnel Silver.

 

4. Maintain your hair health in between salon visits with a deep conditioning mask like Kérastase Masque Chroma Riche for dry, highlighted hair and Kevin Murphy’s nourishing and blonde enhancing Shimmer Me Blonde spray.

 

All products are available at Reds hair now. To book online click here or call us at 04-239 9479.

Men’s Styling Products Decoded: What they are and how to use them

 

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HAIR STYLING MIGHT seem straightforward, but men often struggle to get the look they want at home. This is usually because of a lack of knowledge about styling products and how to use them.

No two stylers work the same way, especially when applied to different hair types, lengths, or densities. There’s greater complexity yet when product is applied to dry hair vs. towel-dried, damp hair.

 

We recommend: Kevin Murphy Undressed

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We recommend: American Crew Classic Wax

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