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: Caring For Your Luxury Candles

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They say that of the five senses, our sense of smell is the one that evokes the most emotional response, and is most tied up with memory. From freshly-baked bread to the smell of the sea, or just one whiff of a certain cologne, there’s no question that scent is a powerful thing.

For many of us, scented candles are a go-to when creating a relaxing ambiance to relax unwind. While often you get what you pay for – the luxe ones contain 10 to 15 per cent perfume oil, while the cheaper ones can be as low as one to two per cent – whether or not you love the scent is more important than the price tag.

To extend your burn time and get the best fragrance ‘throw’, here’s our tips for caring for your scented candle.

  1. To ensure an even and smoke-free burn, the wick should be trimmed to a length of 5mm each time before lighting and discontinue when 10mm of wax remains.
  2.  In order to get the most out of your candle, burn it until the entire surface of the candle melts. Wax has ‘memory’ so it will follow the first burn so make sure not to extinguish the candle until the whole surface has melted.
  3. To preserve the fragrance, do not burn your candle for more than six hours at a time and turn the wick into the wax to extinguish so that there is no smoke created.
  4. Do not leave candle burning unattended. Keep away from children, curtains and pets. Always protect the table or surface on which the candle rests.
  5. Ignore people who say scented candles make for a rubbish present – they couldn’t be more wrong 🙂

Micellar Water: French Women’s Favourite Cleanser

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This product may be the secret to French women’s hydrated-but-never-oily complexions. Micellar sounds just like the gentle, hydrating cleanser we’ve been searching for our entire lives—and lucky for us, a trip to France is no longer required to stock up on them.

What exactly is micellar water?

Micellar water contains small particles called micelles. These work like a miniature sponges, mopping up dirt and makeup while hydrating your skin. Micelles have an oil-loving ‘tail’ that traps dirt, oil, and makeup and a water-loving ‘head’ that allows the micelles to dissolve impurities so they can easily be wiped away.

French women’s obsession may stem from the notoriously hard water in Paris, which can be extremely harsh on skin. On the other hand, the oil droplets in micellar water are hydrating to dry skin and don’t disrupt the natural pH of skin like foaming cleansers. All skin types can benefit from micellar water, but it is especially recommended for those with dry, sensitive, or acne-prone skin.

How do I use micellar water?

To use micellar water, simply pour it into a cotton pad and rub it over your face, like a toner. Then carry one with your skincare routine as normal—no need to rinse afterward.

Where do I get it?

Bioderma’s much-loved CréalineH Micelle Solution (a model favourite) is available at strawberry.net, and brands like Avène, Nivea, Simple and Garnier have come out with their own versions you can pick up at your local department store or supermarket.

How to Use Flat Irons Like a Pro

The flat iron is an essential hair styling tool. From straight, to wavy, to even natural looks, this tool can handle it all. While we all think we know how to straighten hair, we could all do with a refresher. And while this tool can be a lifesaver, by using it incorrectly you are causing more trouble in the long run. To avoid inadvertently damaging your hair, check out our three simple tips for using flat irons like a pro.

Protect Your Hair

Always start by prepping hair with a heat protectant like Eleven Miracle Hair Treatment. This will make sure hair stays healthy and easy to style.maxresdefault.jpg

Use Even Sections

The key for polished flat iron styles is even sectioning. When styling hair, keep sections the same size for a consistent and balanced hairstyle. Generally six even sections, illustrated in the image below, is sufficient. If you have very thick hair you may need to create more, smaller sections to keep things manageable.sections.png

Get Your Temperature Right

Finally, make sure you know what flat iron temperatures suit your hair and style. If your flat iron doesn’t have temperature settings, it’s probably time for an upgrade.

  • 80°C          Smooth frizz and flyaways
  • 105°C        Styling damaged hair
  • 130°C        Styling fine hair
  • 160°C        Styling loose waves or natural styles
  • 185°C        Standard styling and straightening
  • 210°C        Coarse, unruly hair

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The Two Try-Ons Rule: When To Return Your Online Purchase

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Are you a big online impulse buyer? Does your closet consist of 10 things you wear all the time and an embarrassing amount of unworn clothing you’ve never left the house in? Nearly all of us buy things online that we like the idea of wearing, but many online purchases end up sitting in the closet, waiting for our next frustrating trip to the op shop.

To avoid the horrible feeling that comes with a closet full of nothing you want to wear, use The Two Try-Ons rule. Here’s how it works: If you try on something twice and don’t leave the house in it, you must return it. This method requires you to be VERY honest with yourself (do these shoes pinch my feet, etc?), but most of us know by the first time we try something on, and nearly all of us know by the second try, if something isn’t quite right.

This rule is perfect for online purchases, especially once you realise how easy returns are. Most online retailers include a free return label in the original shipment. If you decide that you need to return the item, just peel the return label, stick it back on the package, and drop it at the post shop.

How To: Clean Your False Lashes

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Stop throwing your false lashes away after just one use! If you struggle with justifying the cost of false eyelashes given their lack of longevity, consider this easy cleaning process.

What You’ll Need:

  • Tweezers
  • Two round cotton pads
  • A cotton swab
  • An oil-free makeup remover 

    How To:

    1. Carefully remove any visible dried glue with tweezers

    2. Lay each lash on a round cotton pad soaked in oil-free makeup remover.

    3. Press the two cotton pads together for 30 seconds.

    4. Wipe away any remaining makeup using a solution-soaked end of the cotton swab.

    5. Lastly, go over your newly cleaned lashes with the dry end of your cotton swab bud.

 

This easy trick can make your falsies last for up to six uses. Give it a go and let us know how it works for you.

 

How To: Find Your Perfect Foundation Shade

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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.