How To: Find Your Perfect Foundation Shade

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image via Instagram/maccosmetics

 

Finding the perfect shade of foundation is a struggle that many women know too well. This is in large part because it isn’t just about light and dark. To get a perfect match you also need to consider your skin’s undertones.

And here’s an easy trick to determine your skin’s undertone – look at your veins.

  •  If your veins are green, that means you have a lot of olive, yellow, and golden tones in your skin, so your foundation shades should have similar tones.

  • If your veins are blue and red, that means you have a lot of pink, red, and brown undertones, so your foundation should have similar tones.

To test the tone of the foundation swipe it along your jawline, where you’ll find your skin’s natural tone, and choose the shade which blends most closely with your natural tone.

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.

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.

Cleanse

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.

Protect

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.

Things to Do This Long Weekend

Go beyond brunch with these fun ideas for the long weekend.

Visit an Exhibition

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image by Paulene Morse via pataka.org.nz

Try Porirua’s Pataka with seven current exhibitions including a stunning collection of landscapes by Pukerua Bay’s own Pauline Morse.

Try Paddleboarding

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If the sun decides to come out why not take advantage of the day off with a Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) session. In Wellington, outlets include Ocean Outfitters on Mana Esplanade, Paremata and Ferg’s Kayaks on Queen’s Wharf, Wellington City.

Pack a picnic

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Whether it be on the beach, in a park or your backyard, a picnic is the easiest long weekend activity to do with friends or family. Grab a roast chicken, some dip and some fresh bread and you’ve got yourself an alfresco feast.

See a movie

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Considering the Oscar hype check out La La Land if you haven’t seen it already. Want something a little newer? Beauty and the Beast is also getting rave reviews.

Take a Hike

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Colonial Knob, Porirua.

Virtually every New Zealand town or city is surrounded by beautiful bush. Utilise our lucky country with a hike — or even just a short walk. The Easter long weekend is the ideal time, with favourable weather conditions, not too hot and not too cold. Here’s a pic from atop Colonial Knob’s mountain bike track to get you motivated.

Go to a Gig

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When was the last time you saw some live music? Wellington is home to some great live music venues. With something for everyone, check out the Wellington Gig Guide for who’s playing this weekend.

Beauty Tips for Going Grey

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Whether you are ageing gracefully and relishing your grey hair, or you’re trying the latest hair colour trend, going grey is more popular than ever. Wherever you land in that spectrum, grey hair does need a little bit more care. Most of these tips here are for naturally grey hair, but even if you have embraced the trend and coloured your hair grey, you’ll also love these beauty tips too.

COOL IT DOWN

Grey is a very cool hair tone. If your previous hair colour was a warm blonde or brunette, you need to rethink your wardrobe and beauty products to best match your new cooler hair tone. Don’t be afraid of embracing brighter colours to go with your grey hair.

TEXTURE CHANGES

Grey hair is usually a different texture to your original hair. Switch to a more moisturising shampoo and conditioner, and add in a weekly hair treatment to make sure that your new grey hair blends well with your natural hair.

HINT OF PINK

Adding in a hint of pink in your blush or lipstick is flattering no matter your age. It picks up on those cooler tones of the grey but adds in a little flush to your skin and gives you a healthy glow.

BAN BRASSINESS

As with blonde hair, grey hair can be more reactive and can pick up unflattering yellow or brassy tones. A blonde salon toner treatment along with a purple shampoo will knock out any yellow tones and keep your grey looking fresh.

PLAY WITH YOUR PART

People often begin to go grey in sections. It’s  common to go grey around the temples first or just around the front of their hair line. If you are letting your hair change naturally, try playing with your part to see where it sits best so you can make the most of your grey hair.

BRIGHT LIPS

Many people whose hair was previously dark notice that they lose the strong contrast between their hair and their skin when going grey. A bright lipstick or lip stain is a great way to recreate that striking contrast.

CURL IT UP

Even if you’ve never had curly hair, your natural grey hair may have more of a curl to it. The trick to encourage this curl is with moisture, and by using a curl cream, you can control the frizz but keep the curl. Apply it to damp hair and twist a few sections to encourage the curl. You can also smooth a little over dry hair if you’ve got any frizz.

Styling Tips For a Perfect Fringe

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A great fringe frames your face, gives your hair a distinct style, and can even make you look younger (goodbye, forehead fine lines). But most fringes require some deliberate styling to look good. To make the styling process a bit more enjoyable, here’s our must-know tips for a perfect fringe.

Always Blow-Dry Right Away

For best results, blow out your fringe while your hair is still very wet. Your fringe dries faster than you think, and the moment it starts to air-dry it has already begun to set into its natural shape. The sooner you start styling, the better your results will be.

Blow-Dry the Right Way

A small, round boar-bristle brush is the best type of brush for fringe styling because the tightly packed bristles grab every hair, allowing you to use the right amount of tension. Once you’ve got the proper brush and a powerful hairdryer (with the nozzle attached), you need to master the fringe blow-drying technique. Hold your hairdryer over your head, facing down toward your forehead, and brush your fringe from side to side until dry. This takes care of any cowlicks and ensures your fringe falls straight. Finish by rolling the ends under.

Invest in a Tiny Flat Iron

To tame frizz and seal the shape, finish by smoothing your fringe with a flat iron. Start on one side of your face and take vertical sections all the way across. The best way to do this is with a slim flat iron that can get all the way up to the root.

Scale Back on Product

When it comes to styling product and your fringe, less is more. You can use whatever product you would normally use, but apply it to your hair first, then use only what is left on your hands for your fringe.

Keep it Clean

Fringes often get greasy before the rest of your hair. To avoid them looking greasy, give your fringe a light shampooing before you wash your face in the morning, or use dry shampoo between washes. You don’t need a lot, but a quick spritz before you head out the door will prevent separation or flatness.

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!

The Unexpected Thing That Could Be Damaging Your Hair

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We all know that things like heat styling and colouring can damage our hair, but did you know that the humble pony tail may also be causing damage? A ponytail is an easy go-to hairstyle but wearing your hair in same up style every day may cause damage.

If your ponytail is very tight, it puts pressure on the roots of your hair and can cause hair loss known as traction alopecia. Luckily this hair loss is not permanent but it can be pretty obvious and difficult to deal with.

As well as hair loss, there’s also damage caused around your hair elastic. Wearing your hair in the same style each day can put pressure on that area of hair. Over time this can mean breakage around your hair elastic.

The solution to this is simple – just vary your style from day to day. And if you can’t gave up your ponytail addiction, we also stock the fabulous Invisibobble. The Invisibobble is a ponytail holder that won’t crease or damage your hair, holds your style in place without pulling and doesn’t tangle with dry or wet hair.

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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.