How To: Caring for Brightly Coloured Hair

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Given the continuing trend for brightly coloured locks, here’s our guide to keeping your colour looking vibrant and healthy.

Prevent Damage

Bright shades require a very light base hair colour, which usually means that your hair needs to be lightened. It’s important to maintain the health of your hair as much as possible before going bright. Super-porous, brittle hair does not hold onto colour well. So maintain the health of your hair and the longevity of your colour, by asking your stylist to use Olaplex when lightening your hair.  Olaplex is a protein bond builder which is added to the lightening mixture to avoid damage when lightening.


Each time you wash your hair colour can fade – especially when not using a colour protecting shampoo. Stretch out time between washes with a dry shampoo like Kérastase Powder Buff and when washing use a shampoo designed specifically for coloured hair like L’Oreal Vitamino Colour.

Pro tip: When washing your hair, use tepid to cool water. This helps to keep the hairshaft closed, meaning that you’r less likely to lose colour when you wash.


A heat protectant like Kérastase Ciment Thermique will help to maintain the health of your hair and the vibrancy of your colour. UV rays also fade hair colour. The Kérastase Soliel range is specifically designed for sun worshippers to protect the health of colour-treated heat-exposed hair.

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



We recommend: American Crew Classic Wax


Go for the Gloss: All you need to know about the Reds Glossing Service


Are you in need of a colour and shine boost? Bring your hair back to life with a Glossing service.

A Glossing service is a fast and demi-permanent colour service that enhances, enriches and tones natural or colour-treated hair.

Used on blondes it brightens and tones dull or brassy colour. It also adds shine and provides intense care for coloured hair, leaving it looking soft and beautiful. We recommend a Glossing service about 4-6 weeks after your regular salon colour appointment to enhance or maintain your colour.

Typically, a Gloss will last 6-8 weeks and will fade gradually – perfect timing for your next  salon visit!

Here are three reasons why a Glossing service is a must-have.

#1 Super Shine

We all love the sun, but sometimes the great outdoors can be harsh on your hair. Adding a Glossing service to your hair regimen will give it beautiful shine and also provide intense care for dry hair.

#2 Set the Tone

You loved your golden blonde six weeks ago, but now rose gold is all the rage. Ask for a Gloss to enhance or alter the tone of your current colour. A Gloss is also the perfect service to help neutralise your colour if it is looking a bit brassy.

#3 Protect Your Investment

A Glossing service in between colour appointments will help maintain your colour for longer. Due to daily washing and elements like sun exposure and heat, it’s only natural that your colour may start to look dull. With a Glossing service, you can give your colour the boost that it needs.


Reds Glossing Menu:

Our Reds Glossing service includes a beautiful blow wave finish that will have you feeling fabulous.

Colour Gloss – $67

Add shine and depth to your colour or tone your lightened hair. Service takes 30 minutes.

Add up to 6 foils – $30.00


Offer is available with any stylist, available Wednesday to Friday, before 3pm.

The fine print:
* Additional charge may apply for extra thick or long hair, but this will be quoted before your service is started.
* Express Colour service does not include corrective colour services. We can discuss your options in salon and you will receive a free quote for getting your colour back in order.

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How To Care For Your Colour

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Proven Secrets for Longer, Stronger Hair

Long, thick, healthy hair is a wish of many of our clients. And while we can’t create longer, stronger hair overnight, over time these secrets are proven to create fuller, longer and healthier hair.

1. Eat. Foods rich in biotin, a B-complex vitamin, are ­essential for promoting hair growth. Try to eat a palm-size serving (try ­almonds, eggs, and avocado) daily. Also important: iron, which ­oxygenates ­follicles (eat it at each meal; oats, spinach, and ­hummus are chock-full), and daily servings of protein (chicken, fish, beans), hair’s primary building block.

2. Deep Cleanse. Buildup of excess oil, dead skin cells, and hair products can create ­inflammation and blockages, causing hair follicles to weaken. Remove buildup with a purifying shampoo like L’Oréal Professionnel’s Serie Expert Pure Resource shampoo, focusing on the hairline as well as the back of the scalp, where buildup tends to be heaviest. If dandruff is contributing to the inflammation, we recommend Clear Dose, L’Oréal Professionnel’s single dose anti-dandruff cleansing treatment.

3. Stimulate your scalp. A five-minute head massage once a week will promote circulation, and deliver oxygen and nutrients that stimulate your hairs’ stem cells, for more rapid hair growth.

4. Pop some pills. Over the counter dietary supplements high in collagen, zinc and vitamin A are an easy way to ensure optimum intake of nutrients that promote healthy hair growth.

6. Thwart thinning. Genes, high ­levels of stress, and hormonal shifts (like post-pregnancy and menopause), can cause thinning hair as early as your 30s. The Kérastase Densifique daily scalp treatment is clinically proven to boost hair density & fullness by increasing follicular activity to reveal over 1700 new hairs in three months of treatment.

Christmas Specials: Hair Care Gift Packs available at Reds

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Look no further! Here are all the exclusive Christmas hair care gift packs available at Reds now. Stocks are limited so get in quick!

And to make it easier for you during the silly season, give us a call with your Credit Card number and we can courier your new products straight to you!




Pureology is giving a free gift for Christmas! Created especially for professional colourists and their clients, Pureology’s highly concentrated shampoos and conditioners help colour-treated hair retain its fresh-from-the-salon vibrancy. All Pureology products are 100% VEGAN, with multiple formulas providing custom care for every hair type. Each limited edition gift pack contains a free Colour Fanatic Masque or Spray valued at $44.

~ $83.00




Kératase luxury hair care rituals are customised to address every hair care need. Perfect for the summer traveller, these travel sized packs contain mini versions of your favourite Kérastase luxury wash, masque and styling products.

~ $52

L’Oréal Professionnel

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Available in both 500ml and 750ml packs, these super-sized duos provide fantastic value. Vitamino Color Formula is designed for colour treated hair, protecting hair colour radiance and boosting its intensity and shine. The Absolut Repair formula has been designed to target the hair fibre, making hair feel stronger and more resistant to damage.

500ml pack ~ $75.00

750ml pack ~ $83.00


American Crew for Men


This Travel Grooming Kit for men contains travel sized 3 in 1 Wash, Shave Gel and Post-Shave Lotion. Small enough to fit easily into your bag and suitable to take in your carry-on lugguage, this makes a great gift.

~ $25.00





Highlights: How to Lighten Your Hair Without Damage


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As the temperature begins to increase, many of our clients start thinking about lightening their locks. However, aggressive chemical lightening can seriously compromise the health of your hair. To avoid damaging your hair, here is our guide to lightening your hair this summer.

Lightening Dark Hair
To avoid damaging your hair, lightening dark hair should be a gradual process. Lightening by one or two shades at each appointment will mean you’re left with better longevity of colour, as the condition of your hair will be left intact.

Lightening Light Hair
A great technique to refresh already naturally light hair is ‘babylights’. These are super fine highlights around the face and through the part line. Babylights look very natural and provide your colour with a lift while creating depth by maintaining the low lights of your natural colour.

Reds offers Olaplex, a premium hair treatment, as part of your colour service. Olaplex is designed specifically to protect and improve the strength and condition of colour-treated hair. Its unique formula multiplies bonds to make hair stronger and healthier, while your colour lasts longer, with more vibrancy – Ask your Reds stylist for details.

Because sun exposure can be just as damaging to your unprotected tresses as it is to your skin, it’s crucial for sun worshippers to think about regular sun protection for your hair. Make sure the products you regularly use have an SPF rating such as the Kerastase Soleil range. An at-home reconstructive masque once a week will maintain your hair’s condition and moisture levels and also help to maintain your colour. We love the Kérastase range, with a masque for every hair type.

How To: Long Lasting Frizz-Control Blow Wave

This warm and damp weather can wreak havoc with your style. When it’s humid its not just the blowdryer or straightener needed to smooth out frizz, but also prepping and product to preserve your do. Here is a step by step on how to control the frizz and enjoy a long-lasting blow-dry.


  1. Prep damp, towel dried hair with a hydrating smoothing oil like Kérastase Sêrum Oléo-Relax.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 4.02.51 pmSection off your fringe or the front pieces that frame your forehead (width distance temple to temple). Using a round brush smooth this section away from your forehead gliding the dryer along the top of the hair to seal and smooth. ( The key here is to point the nozzle not directly on the hair to dry, but to let it rest slightly above the hair. Doing this will allow you to control the hair creating a smooth and sleek look.)
  3. Continue with the front section and wind it into a tight coiled bun. Clip and leave to set.
  4. Next section off  hair on your right and left side. If you need to create smaller sections within these sections you may do so.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 4.04.22 pmStart with either side and smooth both sides using your round brush gliding the blowdryer slightly above the hair. With your round brush direct and blow the hair toward the face. This will help create volume at the root as well as create a equally balanced look and smoothness for both sides.
  6. After your sides are smooth. Work your way to the back of your head. Here create two horizontal sections. Clip top section and tuck away.
  7. Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 4.06.51 pmStart with the bottom half and section into two vertical sections. Using the round brush smooth each section bringing the hair towards the face when blowdrying. (Continue step 8 for other sections.)
  8. Once you’ve reached the last section (top of the head) continue the same smoothing technique, styling everything forward (towards the face).
  9. Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 4.08.16 pmWhen you’ve completed smoothing out hair. Gently blow warm air across the top of the head to tuck away any baby hairs (the key here is to not blow directly on the scalp but to hold the dryer at an angle. Use the palm of your hand and fingers (faceup) to comb through the hair from the scalp while drying. This will help control the hair and tuck away those stubborn baby hairs).
  10. Now remove clip from first section, unwinding it split in half or your desired part.
  11. Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 4.09.09 pmPolish off your frizz free blow-dry with a finishing humidity spray. This will preserve a long-lasting sleek look. We love L’Oréal Professionnel Fix Anti-Frizz


Splurge & Steal: Perfect Gift Ideas from Reds

From stocking fillers to luxury gifts, our friendly Reds team can help you track down the perfect present. Here are our top picks for affordable and luxury holiday gift ideas available at Reds.


Kevin Murphy Minis


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.

Kevin Murphy travel size Fresh Hair Dry Cleaning Spray & Session Styling Finishing Spray 


These handy little products would be a welcome addition to any woman’s handbag. The Fresh Hair Dry Cleaning Spray gives body and texture while removing excess oil, while the Session Styling Finishing Spray provides a firm, weightless and lasting hold, both for only $20 each.

Sugar Hair Bun Maker 


Perfect for an easy summer up-do. With excellent online tutorials available, these make these a great pick for anyone with long hair at just $12.99.

L’Oreal Professionel Hair Chalk


Great for that New Years Eve party, these wipe on – wipe off colours are fun and fantastic for just one night. Available in a range of colours for only $25, they make the perfect stocking stuffer for any party girl.

Eleven Miracle Hair & Three Minute Repair Treatment Pack

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These amazing products do it all, including protecting your hair from the rigours of heat styling, chlorine and salt water. They detangle and soften and also contain a sunscreen….the list goes on! And for a limited time we have both these cult treatments available together for just $40.



Kevin Murphy Styling Products


All KEVIN.MURPHY products, are 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. We can vouch that Kevin’s quest to be green hasn’t come at the expense of quality. From just $48, this range of salon only hair care products caters for every hair type.

Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector 


Olaplex will make your hair stronger, healthier, and your colour will last longer. Using Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector for $49 at home once a week will maintain strength, structure, integrity, softness and shine between salon visits.

L’Oreal Professionnel Styling Trio


The L’Oreal Professionnel Styling Trio is a complete home haircare system that features innovative molecular precision technology. Packs are available for all hair types and at just $58 a real bargain this Christmas.

Kerastase Masque


Keratase 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



A good quality hair straight styler or hairdryer is at the top of any girls’ Christmas wish list. We have a limited number of the coveted GHD Platinum stylers available for $279.  We also have fabulous Wahl SupaDryer hairdryers available for just $129.


All of these fab products are available at Reds now. And to make it easier for you during the silly season, 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!

Merry Christmas from the team at Reds!