What to Think About Before Getting a Fringe

Know your face shape

Your Reds stylist will be able to assess the best fringe type for your individual face shape, as well as how far back on the crown to start it. As a general rule, heart-shaped faces suit just about anything, while narrow faces can pull off a fringe that’s ultra-blunt. For a universally flattering style, make it arrow-shaped: longer on the edges and slightly shorter at the centre, like it’s framing the eye line. And remember, wearing a fringe with confidence overrides any rule book.

Start small

Stay on the fringe of the trend, so to speak, with a ubiquitous style that hovers between side-sweep and full-blown bangs. Take cues from the French and leave it lengthy enough to just dust your lashes. It’s noncommittal, too: the extra length will ensure it’s long enough to pull back into a pony, or side-sweep within a few weeks.

Invest in dry shampoo

While fringes may not take hours to style each morning, a fringe will require an element of daily coercion. If you exercise regularly, you’ll also have to deal with extra oil and sweat, so dry shampoo will be your new go-to product. Ditto your hairdryer. Whether you’ve washed or not, a quick blast of heat, followed by a cool blast for setting, will tame any wayward tresses.

Growing pains

Unless you’re 100% committed to your new fringe, you’ll inevitably experience the grow-out phase. Hair grows at an average rate of 1.25 centimetres per month, but that doesn’t mean you need to forgo trims altogether. Ask your stylist to feather out the ends so they eventually blend with the rest of your strands, and choose a part line – middle or side – to sweep once it starts blocking your vision.

Do Hair Loss Supplements Really Work?

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With all the  extra stress caused by Covid 19 we have a number of clients who are currently experiencing  higher than normal hair loss. We thought  with so many people currently experiencing this new and disturbing phenomenon we would dig a little deeper into the causes and remedies.

Hair loss and thinning is an issue half of all women will face, so we thought we’d examine exactly why hair loss happens and the steps we can take to hold on to our strands. Specifically, we want to know whether supplements can really help, or whether they make promises they simply can’t keep.

Hair Loss Causes

Hair loss can be caused by a wide range of  factors – from stress and short-term illnesses (such as the flu) to genetics, long-term illnesses (such as a thyroid disorder), hormonal imbalances (particularly post-pregnancy), auto-immune disorders, mechanical trauma, and of course general ageing too. Seasonal shedding is also real – in Europe for example, hair loss has been shown to peak around August and September when the fewest follicles are in the Anagen (growth) stage of the hair cycle.

Diet is another very common cause. This is because hair is, physiologically, a non-essential tissue making it the last part to receive the nutrients we ingest and the first to suffer when our diet is lacking.

 

Can a supplement really boost hair growth?

A supplement can most definitely boost hair growth if you are losing hair due to nutritional factors and supplements containing protein and biotin can also bolster the strength of newly growing strands. However, if your hair loss is completely unrelated to diet, supplements are not going to fix it.

What ingredients should you look for in a hair supplement?

Hair is made of protein and because many people don’t eat enough, a protein supplement is a safe and easy way to support hair growth. In terms of other ingredients, it depends on your individual requirements. You definitely don’t want to be popping loads of supplements if you don’t need them! If you’re concerned, a yearly blood test will give you an accurate indication of any nutrients you’re lacking, allowing you to base your supplement intake on those results.

Can you get the same effect from changing your diet?

Hair cells are the second fastest growing cells the body produces, it means strands need a consistent supply of energy in order to grow which means it can be difficult to give it all the nutrients it needs through diet alone. Supplements can therefore be incredibly handy as they provide an extra boost of readily available vitamins and minerals but it should always be a combination of the two.

While incorporating meat, eggs and oily fish will provide you with the key ingredients for healthy hair, those following vegetarian or vegan diets, or their lifestyle is too busy to incorporate these food groups into the diet daily, may benefit most from a supplement.

Other ways to boost hair growth

1. Try to manage your stress levels as stress can affect the hair growth cycle. Yoga, meditation and Pilates are all good options.

2. If your hair is breaking at the ends, it won’t be able to grow past a certain length so use a weekly pre-shampoo conditioning treatment to strengthen strands.

3. Scalp health is key to healthy hair growth. Try to shampoo regularly to keep your scalp clean and flake-free as a flaky scalp can cause hair loss. Once weekly use an exfoliating scalp mask to gently lift away dead skin cells as like the skin on your face, your scalp benefits from gentle weekly exfoliation.

4. Never skip breakfast – it’s the most important meal of the day for your hair as it’s when energy to form hair cells is at its lowest. A ‘hair-healthy’ breakfast will include a portion of protein and a complex carbohydrate.

5. Snack between meals. Energy to form hair cells drops four hours after eating. To keep energy levels sustained, snack on a nutrient-dense food to keep your follicles happy between meals.

Do Hair Loss Supplements Really Work?

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With all the  extra stress caused by Covid 19 we have a number of clients who are currently experiencing  higher than normal hair loss. We thought  with so many people currently experiencing this new and disturbing phenomenon we would dig a little deeper into the causes and remedies.

Hair loss and thinning is an issue half of all women will face, so we thought we’d examine exactly why hair loss happens and the steps we can take to hold on to our strands. Specifically, we want to know whether supplements can really help, or whether they make promises they simply can’t keep.

Hair Loss Causes

Hair loss can be caused by a wide range of  factors – from stress and short-term illnesses (such as the flu) to genetics, long-term illnesses (such as a thyroid disorder), hormonal imbalances (particularly post-pregnancy), auto-immune disorders, mechanical trauma, and of course general ageing too. Seasonal shedding is also real – in Europe for example, hair loss has been shown to peak around August and September when the fewest follicles are in the Anagen (growth) stage of the hair cycle.

Diet is another very common cause. This is because hair is, physiologically, a non-essential tissue making it the last part to receive the nutrients we ingest and the first to suffer when our diet is lacking.

 

Can a supplement really boost hair growth?

A supplement can most definitely boost hair growth if you are losing hair due to nutritional factors and supplements containing protein and biotin can also bolster the strength of newly growing strands. However, if your hair loss is completely unrelated to diet, supplements are not going to fix it.

What ingredients should you look for in a hair supplement?

Hair is made of protein and because many people don’t eat enough, a protein supplement is a safe and easy way to support hair growth. In terms of other ingredients, it depends on your individual requirements. You definitely don’t want to be popping loads of supplements if you don’t need them! If you’re concerned, a yearly blood test will give you an accurate indication of any nutrients you’re lacking, allowing you to base your supplement intake on those results.

Can you get the same effect from changing your diet?

Hair cells are the second fastest growing cells the body produces, it means strands need a consistent supply of energy in order to grow which means it can be difficult to give it all the nutrients it needs through diet alone. Supplements can therefore be incredibly handy as they provide an extra boost of readily available vitamins and minerals but it should always be a combination of the two.

While incorporating meat, eggs and oily fish will provide you with the key ingredients for healthy hair, those following vegetarian or vegan diets, or their lifestyle is too busy to incorporate these food groups into the diet daily, may benefit most from a supplement.

Other ways to boost hair growth

1. Try to manage your stress levels as stress can affect the hair growth cycle. Yoga, meditation and Pilates are all good options.

2. If your hair is breaking at the ends, it won’t be able to grow past a certain length so use a weekly pre-shampoo conditioning treatment to strengthen strands.

3. Scalp health is key to healthy hair growth. Try to shampoo regularly to keep your scalp clean and flake-free as a flaky scalp can cause hair loss. Once weekly use an exfoliating scalp mask to gently lift away dead skin cells as like the skin on your face, your scalp benefits from gentle weekly exfoliation.

4. Never skip breakfast – it’s the most important meal of the day for your hair as it’s when energy to form hair cells is at its lowest. A ‘hair-healthy’ breakfast will include a portion of protein and a complex carbohydrate.

5. Snack between meals. Energy to form hair cells drops four hours after eating. To keep energy levels sustained, snack on a nutrient-dense food to keep your follicles happy between meals.

Why it’s OK to Never Change Your Hair Style

Many of our clients tell us that they’re “boring” because they get the same style every time they visit the salon. While changing up your style can be exciting and refreshing,  it’s perfectly OK to never change your hair, especially if you have a style that you love.

Hair Rules Of Past Generations

In the past there were a lot of very rigid rules about hair. A good example was that you had to cut your hair shorter when you reached a certain age. Other so called rules included regularly changing your hairstyle to stay ‘on-trend’. While most of these rules have faded, many people still believe they need to change their hairstyle on a regular basis to keep it fresh.

It’s Your Hair To Wear As You Wish

Regardless of the so-called rules, it’s your hair. You have the final say in how you want to wear it. Many people see their signature hairstyle as a key part of what makes them who they are.

Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Anna Wintour have basically worn the same hairstyle for decades and still look amazing. In our book it’s always a fabulous thing when someone wears their hair exactly the way they want to wear it.

In today’s world there are no rules, no right, or wrongs, or shoulds. There’s only the rule:  you should wear your hair the way you love to wear it.

And if you love the style you’ve always had, perfect! If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

What Makes Hair Go Curly When it Rains?

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If you have long hair, you probably don’t need to look up a weather report to get an idea of how much humidity’s in the air: You can simply grab a fistful of hair. Straight hair goes wavy and if you have curly hair, humidity turns it curlier or even frizzy. Why? Because human hair is extremely sensitive to humidity, specifically the chemical element Hydrogen.

The majority of your hair is made up of long keratin proteins. These keratin proteins are chemically bonded together in two different ways.

The first, a disulfide bond, is permanent—it’s responsible for the hair’s strength—and isn’t affected by the level of humidity in the air.

The second is a hydrogen bond, which is much weaker and temporary, with hydrogen bonds breaking and new ones forming each time your hair gets wet and dries again. (This is the reason why, if your hair dries in one shape, it tends to hold that shape until it’s wet again).

On a humid day the air has a much higher number of water molecules (and therefore Hydrogen – the H in H2O) than dry air. When hair is exposed to this humid air it forms many more hydrogen bonds. When these bonds are formed between the keratin proteins in a strand of hair, it causes the hair to fold back on itself at the molecular level. When more hydrogen bonds are formed than usual, it causes naturally wavy or curly hair to become curlier or frizzier – Now you know!

Tired of frizz? We love KEVIN.MURPHY’s Smooth again wash, rinse, and treatment to eliminate frizz, leaving you with smoother, silkier more touchable hair.

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How To Care For Naturally Frizzy Hair

Frizz can be caused by so many different things, from humidity, to the wrong hair cut, to over-cleansing. While permanent Keratin straightening treatments are available, when it comes to hair, we’re all about loving what you’ve got. So, if your looking to embrace your naturally frizzy texture, read on!

More moisture = less frizz

If you’re looking for a smoother finish, make sure you only wash your hair a couple of times a week and use gentle, moisturising shampoos which don’t strip your hair of vital moisture. We love KEVIN.MURPHY’s Hydrate Me wash and Eleven’s Smooth Me Now shampoo. Adding a mask, serum, or treatment into your routine – like KEVIN.MURPHY smooth again – will also boost your hair’s moisture and manageability.

Air dry vs blow-dry

A huge debate when it comes to frizz is whether blow-drying or air-drying gives smoother results, and the answer usually varies from person to person.

When blowdrying naturally frizzy hair, use a smoothing nozzle on your hairdryer and always finish with the cool shot to smooth down the cuticle. Investing in some great products to protect your hair from heat damage and maximise smoothing, like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Untangled leave in conditioner, will make a real difference to your hair’s texture and will extend the life of your style.

If you prefer to air-dry, add a smoothing product, like Eleven’s Frizz Control shaping cream and style your hair with a wide-toothed comb while it’s still wet so that it dries smooth, rather than trying to shape it once it’s dry.

Don’t brush your hair

Or rather, try not to brush it too much. Over-brushing can damage your ends and cause them to frizz. Synthetic bristles can also cause static and frizz.

Always comb your hair while still wet, then style with a boar bristle brush to help prevent breakage and frizz.

If your hair starts to go frizzy halfway through the day, add a little smoothing product and re-smooth using your boar bristle brush and hairdryer.

How To Undo Common Styling Mistakes

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Messing up your ‘do sure can put a damper on your mornings! To help make life go a little more smoothly—at least in the hair styling department— here’s a list of common styling mistakes and how to fix them without starting from scratch.

Fixing a curling iron bend

A curling iron bend is essentially a crimp that occurs in your hair from leaving it in your hair for too long, or from curling your hair in the wrong direction (against the clamp, rather than in the same direction).

So, what to do next time this happens? First off, just let it cool. If you’re in a hurry, resist the urge to try to fix your mistake right away as this will just make the bend harder to correct. When you continue to apply heat to your hair, you’ll find that the section of hair falls flat and becomes harder to curl. Not to mention, you’re putting excess heat on your hair unnecessarily, which in turn, causes more damage.

Instead, simply apply some heat protectant, like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Heated Defence, to the section to reset your strands and allow them to cool entirely. Then, a minute or two later, curl the section of hair again, making sure you’re curling the hair away from your face to avoid another annoying bend. It’s that easy!

Applying too much dry shampoo

We’ve all been there: you’re in a rush to get ready for work in the morning with not enough time to wash your hair. So what do you do? Dry shampoo, of course! But, for darker shades especially, it’s easy to end up with too much product, producing that tell-tale grey hue.

Before you panic and run your scalp under the tap, take a breather. Start off by patting the area with a damp towel. This should absorb the excess product that’s sitting on the surface of your hair. Avoid brushing through your roots at this stage; you want to avoid pushing the product into your hair further, as this will make it harder to remove.

Although the towel step should get rid of the excess powder, you’ll likely still find that your hair has a white cast. Now, apply a few drops of hair oil, like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Young Again, to your fingers—a little bit at a time to avoid making your scalp look oily—rub your fingers together and carefully apply to the area of your scalp with too much dry shampoo. The hair oil will mimic the natural oils on your scalp to help absorb the excess product.

Finally, brush through your hair to disperse what is left of the excess product and ta-da! Your hair should look fresh, bouncy, and free of any dry shampoo residue.

Dealing with a hair elastic dent  

So you’ve spent hours giving yourself the perfect blowout, but you don’t want to miss that morning workout class you love. We don’t think you should have to sacrifice good hair for good health, but it can be annoying to have to start from scratch each time you hit the gym.

While dry shampoo can definitely help with combating the post-workout sweat, it can’t make up for the dent you get in your hair when you pull it back for your workout. The first step here is prevention. Rather than opting for a standard hair elastic or worse, a rubber hand to secure your bun or ponytail, use a scrunchie. The soft fabric is less likely to create a dent in your hair. Plus, it’s less likely to cause pulling, snagging, and hair breakage.

If you still find your hair has a dent mid-way through your lengths when you take your hair down, simply apply some heat protectant spray or some water to a hairbrush. Next, begin combing through the area while you blow-dry your hair. Remember, you don’t need to re-blowout your hair from root to tip, simply concentrate the heat where the dent is as this will help smooth it out and restore your hair to its former glory.

 

How To Care for Your Heat Stylers

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It’s taken several years of dusty makeup bags, a dozen cracked palettes and one too many breakouts, but these days, most of us are wise to the need to wash our beauty tools on a regular basis.

And while you may have your six-step skincare routine and best brush practice sorted, there’s one everyday tool that’s flown under the weekly wash radar, and it’s sitting on your heat pad right now.

Yep, it turns out that hair straighteners actually need as much care and attention as our other makeup tools to keep bacteria at bay – and our hair in tip-top condition.

Neglecting to clean your straighteners could lead to a buildup of dirt and grime, which not only affects the quality of your straighteners, but could also damage your hair too.

Think about how many styling products are standing proudly on your bathroom shelf right now. Those same creams, serums, sprays and oils that you use on our hair every day are coating your trusty GHDs too – not to mention the natural oils from your own scalp.

The good news is that there’s a super easy cleansing regime to ensure your ceramic plates stay in perfect nick:

Once you’ve finished styling, place the heat resistant plate guard on your styler and allow to cool on a heat resistance surface such as a heat mat. When the styler has cooled down, it should be stored without wrapping the cable around the styler as this will shorten the life of the product and damage the cable over time. To clean your styler, use a lightly damp soft cloth or a baby wipe on the plates – NEVER submerse your styler in water.

 

Trending: Longer Hair for Men

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Maybe it’s the change in season but there’s a new trend growing in the male grooming space – locks have been getting longer, with short cropped cuts giving way to wavy, textured mops.

But growing out your hair isn’t as easy as breaking up with your stylist. It’s a process and guys are often unsure how to style and care for their hair as it grows. Avoid that awkward-length stage, and read on for your growing-out game plan.

 

First, get visual

It’s basic advice but bring a picture to your stylist of you end goal hair. Visual aids are the best way to communicate to your stylist exactly the look you’re going for so you guys can get a plan of attack together.

Next, prepare to be patient

Truth time: transitioning from a short back and side to long hair is a process that can take anywhere from several months to a couple of years. The top will take the longest to grow out, so during the early stages make sure you book in for regular trims to keep the back and sides shorter to avoid an accidental mullet.

Don’t stop getting haircuts

It’s a common mistake to stop getting cuts whilst growing your hair out, but maintenance is key. Booking in for a trim every eight weeks on your journey to longer hair will help maintain your style, making the growing-out process an easier transition.

Finally, rethink your products

During the awkward growing out phase it’s a matter of controlling hair and keeping shape, plus longer hair tends to need something softer and more hydrating, so be prepared to use different products from the ones you used on your shorter hair. A small pump of ELEVEN Miracle Hair Treatment is a great way to keep your longer hair soft and moisturised, to achieve that lush longer look that’s so popular right now.

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Trending: Jade Rollers

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Jade rollers combine two of our favourite things: skincare and crystals.

Whether you’re using one made from rose quartz, amethyst, or the original green jade, these soothing stone face tools are hailed by beauty influencers as effective devices for de-puffing the skin, relaxing face muscles and even calming inflamed blemishes.

But in order to reap the rewards, you need to know how to use them properly – so keep these tips in mind the next time you’re looking to roll and glow.

  • Don’t roll dry: Use your jade roller with a serum, oil, or moisturiser. The lubrication will not only make rolling easier, but the facial massage will help the product penetrate deeper into your skin.
  • Gentle pressure only: You don’t have to press hard to get results. All you need is gentle pressure when rolling, especially around the eye area.
  • Roll towards your ears: One of the main objectives of jade rolling is to provide lymphatic drainage. So as a rule of thumb, wherever you start on your face roll toward your ears and then down the sides of the neck, which is where your lymph nodes are located.
  • Always roll in one direction: When you’re rolling your skin you want to “drain” excess fluid out of your face.  When you roll back and forth it will still feel great, but you won’t be receiving the lymphatic drainage.
  • Store it in the fridge: For an extra cool jade roller that will work wonders on de-puffing eyes and soothing inflamed spots.

Jade rollers are easily brought online here in New Zealand. Most cost between $20 – $40 NZD, so it pays to shop around to find a good quality roller at a good price.