How To: Upgrading Your Pony

A ponytail may be everyone’s favourite lazy style, but you don’t have to get stuck in a pony rut! Here are three easy ways to upgrade your pony.

Pump Up the Volume

Nail the classic-meets-cool pony like Amal Clooney by pumping the roots with volume, we love KEVIN.MURPHY’s Body Builder, then pulling out face-framing layers in a deep side part.

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Go Sky High

Give your sky-high pony extra height, by ditching minuscule elastics for a wide-set accessory. Finish with KEVIN.MURPHY’s Shimmer Shine to give your ‘tail a beautiful lustre.

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Wrap It Up

Don’t want to spend time sculpting an extraordinary ‘tail? A chic scarf will do the trick. Try wrapping your dead-straight pony with a silky, floral scarf that instantly upgrades the lazy-day style to runway worthy.

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Scalp Care 101

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What exactly does your scalp do?
Think of your scalp as an extension of the skin on your forehead – there are oil glands and sweat glands, and like the rest of the skin on the body it’s constantly replacing old skin cells with new. However, the scalp contains a greater number of oil and sweat glands than any other area of the skin, as each hair follicle is attached to a sebaceous gland. Importantly, your scalp supports your hair follicles and the hair that emerges from them, so it has a major impact on the health of your hair.

How do we know if we have a problem?
Itching, irritation, sensitivity, flaking, redness and breakouts are all signs of an unbalanced scalp. Another symptom is an excessively oily scalp. Over time, styling products, sweat and natural sebum can build up on the scalp and hair. Products, especially those containing silicone, can lead to clogged hair follicles and limp hair; and excessive use can lead to follicle inflammation and even hair loss. Giving your hair and scalp a regular detoxifying cleanse with a product like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Maxi Wash can prevent this and reduce the need for every day shampooing.

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When the scalp is in good condition, hair has a healthy base for optimum growth. In terms of the immediate appearance of your hair, if your scalp is cleansed and clean, your roots will be bouncy and shiny.

How To Banish the End of Summer Blues

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As the evenings draw in and the air chills, it’s natural to feel a bit sad about the end of summer. However, there really are plenty of things to look forward to in autumn and the coming winter. Here’s our guide to beating the end of summer blues.

Bring the beach home
Basking in a warm epsom and sea salt bath is an at-home way to replicate a day of ocean swims. After salt, magnesium (found in epsom salt) is the most abundant ion in ocean water. Adding a cup of epsom and sea salt to running bath water will boost your body’s magnesium stores and is a superb muscle and mind relaxant.

Find something to be grateful for
A gratitude practice isn’t just some airy-fairy thing. They have been scientifically proven to boost your mental wellbeing and mood level. What you focus on gets louder, and by actively focusing on the things you have in your life, rather than reflecting on all the things you don’t, you can rewire your mind to feel positive, and this can boost your overall immune system. Thinking ‘upwardly’, i.e. looking at life with a glass half full, is a skill and the more you repeat, the stronger the new neural pathways become. Make a start by keeping a gratitude journal by your bed to complete every morning or night.

Cosy up with some seasonal comfort food
Now is a great time to make the most of the local, autumn produce that’s coming into season. As the days get shorter and the weather cools we’re craving warm, comforting food, full of nourishing seasonal ingredients to counter the frosty bite in the air.

Cut off dead ends

Getting rid of those dry summer ends for autumn is always a great idea. A new look can both symbolise and feel like a fresh start. Our favourite style right now? Styled shaggy with lots of volume, or sleek and straight, the bob is definitely having a moment. 

Toner 101: All Your Questions Answered

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Looking to banish unwanted brassy tones? A professional toner is the answer! Read on to find out all about hair toner and what it can do to optimise your shade.

What is a hair toner?

Hair toner is a product which is used to correct or personalise your colour. It can add natural or more visible tones after a professional colour or lightening treatment and optimises the tone of your hair colour. It is most commonly used for shades of blonde hair, but can be beneficial for brunettes and redheads too.

What does a toner do for hair?

In-salon toning treatments optimise your new shade by making it either warmer or cooler in tone, correcting unwanted shades and ensuring you get an even hair colour from root to tip. It can also be used to add a bright pop of colour, without actually lifting the colour of your hair.

You can also find take-home products like KEVIN.MURPHY Colouring Angel conditioning treatments, which subtly tone your colour between salon treatments to maintain your shade.

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What colour results can you expect from toner?

There is no one-shade-suits-all toner. In fact, a toner is a way to make your hair tone your own. Your Reds stylist is professionally trained to mix colours together to create the right toner shade for you. Warmer tones include a coppery or honey hue. Cooler tones, on the other hand, are light ash or even silver for blonde hair. Toners can even be used to create a pastel hair, with shades of pink and lilac.

Is toner only for blondes?

No. Toners can also be used on brunettes and redheads who want to banish unwanted brassy tones, make their shade warmer or cooler, or for adding colour.

How long does a toner last after your salon visit?

It depends on your hair type, but toner can last between 2 and 6 weeks. Generally, the healthier your hair, the longer it will hold colour and tone. Previously un-coloured hair will also hold colour and tone longer than hair that has been coloured or lightened frequently. Using a premium quality shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for your hair tone can also significantly extend the life of your shade.

 

4 Easy Ways to Stop your Phone Addiction

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Feeling like you’re chained to your smartphone? Here’s some easy tips to help you become more mindful about your screen exposure.

1. DELETE YOUR MOST ADDICTIVE APPS

It might hurt a little, but this will help short-circuit the dopamine loop you’re stuck in by reducing the number of triggers at your fingertips.

2. SET UP A ROADBLOCK

To stop reaching for your phone the second your programme cuts to commercial put a hair tie around it. It will act like a little speed bump and jolt your brain out of autopilot. When you see the hair tie, ask yourself whether or not you actually need to open any apps right then. If the answer is no, put your phone down (or, better yet, in another room).

3. GET SOME DISTANCE

Remove the temptation by stashing your phone in your bag while at work or in a drawer when you want to have a real conversation at home. If you’re worried about missing something important, set up your phone to allow calls only from important contacts.

4. DOWNLOAD TO DETOX

There are a number of apps for both iPhone and Android that can track your screen use and help you manage your screen time. Best of all many of these apps are free!

How To Prevent Tangles

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Are your stands unwilling to part ways? Here’s a look at what causes hair tangling, how to deal with it and ultimately how to prevent it.

The Causes of Tangles

1. Lack Of Hydration

When your hair lacks moisture, the outer layers of your hair shaft break, resulting in rough and damaged stands that catch each other more easily.

2. Sleeping With Your Hair Down

Sleeping without braiding or tying your hair up can lead to some serious tangles. Another major no-no is going to bed with wet hair. Hair is most fragile when it is wet and as the tangles dry they shrink and tighten, making them a nightmare to remove.

3. Untrimmed Dry Ends

Going long periods without trimming your hair results in dry and split ends. Dry ends also tend to break easily. And once your hair splits, it cannot be repaired. Dry, frizzy strands and split ends tangle much more easily than healthy hair.

5. Damaged Cuticles

Regular heat styling without heat protection can damage your hair’s outer cuticle, leaving the inner hair shaft exposed, unprotected and vulnerable to tangles.

How To Untangle Hair

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  1. Apply a moisturising product like Eleven’s Miracle Hair Cream to smoothen the hair cuticle. This stuff really is a game changer when dealing with dry, knotty hair!
  2. Allow the detangling product to soak into the hair for a few minutes before you start detangling.
  3. Divide your hair into manageable sections.
  4. Use your fingers to detach the knots before using a wide-toothed comb. This can reduce the size of the knots substantially and make detangling less painful.
  5. Use your comb to detangle the ends first, working your way up to the roots.

How To Prevent Tangles

1. Condition

Always use a moisture-locking conditioner after washing your hair. Conditioner smooths the hair shaft and softens dry strands. For dry or damaged hair let the product sit in your tresses for a couple of minutes before rinsing.

2. Use A Wide-Toothed Comb on Wet Hair

Wet hair is much more fragile. Brushes and fine combs can tear open the shafts of wet hair. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb to gently remove knots.

3. Apply Hair Masks

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Applying a hair mask once a week can improve your hair texture drastically. Treatments like Eleven’s Three Minute Repair, hydrate and smooth your dry cuticles, leaving your locks silky and soft.

4. Rinse With Cold Water

This is a simple yet effective step. Rinse your locks with cold water at the end of your shower to close your cuticles and prevent any breakage. Doing so also keeps rough and dry strands at bay.

5. Always Use a Heat Protectant

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Heat styling tools like blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons can take a toll on your delicate locks. To avoid damage always apply a heat protectant like KEVIN MURPHY’s new Heated.Defense before styling and use the tools on low to medium heat settings.

6. Go Easy With The Towel

Twisting and rubbing your hair with a towel immediately after a shower can cause damage. Instead, gently squeeze your hair with a towel and let it air dry. Microfibre towels are a great way to dry hair quickly and gently.

7. Invest in a Silk Pillowcase

If you wake up ever morning with knots, try investing in a silk pillowcase. Silk doesn’t cause friction and can prevent tangles. If tangles are a problem avoid cotton pillowcases – their rough texture can dry out and break your hair.

8. Avoid Products Containing Sulphates and Alcohol

Although there is a wide range of products that claim to be natural, it is vital to look for the ones that are true to their claim. Look for products that are free of sulphates and alcohols that dry out and damage the hair cuticle, leading to tangling and breakage.

 

 

Our top hair product heroes to make your hair INCREDIBLE

The beauty market is saturated with hair styling options. Be it serums or hair mousses, it’s often difficult to know where to start.

We’ve broken it down by picking our hair heroes. Take a look at our favourites below for your ultimate hair inspo.

Hero Hairspray

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KEVIN.MURPHY Session Spray. This aerosol provides a firm, brush-able, and weightless lasting hold with natural fragrance oils and a UV shield for colour protection.

 

Hero Treatment

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Eleven Australia Miracle Hair treatment. Suited to all hair types, this lightweight leave-in treatment delivers ELEVEN benefits your hair will LOVE.

 

Hero Dry Shampoo

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KEVIN.MURPHY Fresh Hair. A dry shampoo that removes odours, excess oil, and all your sins from the night before.

 

Hero Heat Protectant

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KEVIN.MURPHY Young Again. A weightless leave-in treatment oil infused with Immortelle to counteract the oxidisation and ageing process. Offers heat protection up to 200°F/93°C.

 

Hero Deep Cleansing Shampoo

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Eleven Australia Deep Clean shampoo. A deeply cleansing shampoo that removes stubborn excess oil from the hair and scalp. For all hair types.

 

Hero Styling Paste

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KEVIN.MURPHY Free Hold. A flexible hold styling paste with a natural shine and a thickening effect on hair. Contains essence of Bergamot, suitable for all hair types.

 

Hero Blonde Shampoo

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KEVIN.MURPHY Blonde Angel Wash. Refresh Blonde tones with this Lavender infused, colour enhancing shampoo. Optical brighteners rescue dulled colour and restore shine. For blonde or grey hair.

 

Hero Conditioner

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KEVIN.MURPHY Hydrate Me. A super smoothing and hydrating conditioner for hair that just cannot be repaired or hair that is naturally dry or hair that lives in a very dry climate. It will nourish dry hair and make split ends unrecognisable. This formulation is still packed with antioxidants as this gives the hair a healthy glow and stops the hair from losing any more moisture.

Six Hacks to Painlessly Break In Your New Shoes

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Here’s some tricks of the trade that actually work when you need to break in your new shoes.

1. LITTLE AND OFTEN

It’s a good idea to buy shoes well in advance of the event they’re for. That way you can break them in gradually. Try slipping them on when you’re at home in the evenings or pop them on for your lunch time stroll.

2. SANDPAPER YOUR SOLES

New shoes can be very slippy – especially heels – and trying to keep yourself from going flying on their debut outing can mean your feet are doing a lot more work than they need to. To avoid getting blisters from ever-scrunched toes, buff some sandpaper on the sole of your shoes to give them a bit more grip.

3. CRANK UP THE HEAT

Using heat on new shoes is a great way to soften and stretch the material. Put on some thick socks, slip on your shoes and gently add heat with a hairdryer. Make sure the heat is evenly distributed by moving the shoe around to avoid melting the material and then walk around in the shoes. The heat will loosen the fabric, while the socks will stretch it out.

4. ICE, ICE BABY

If heat doesn’t work, try the other end of the temperature scale. Fill freezer bags with water (remove all air from them before sealing) and stuff them into your shoes. Stick them in the freezer and leave them for approx. 4-8 hours. Water expands as it freezes, stretching your shoes at the same time.

5. SOAK IT UP

If your new shoes are leather, spray some rubbing alcohol on the inside of your shoes, put them on and walk around in them for at least 20 minutes. The alcohol will soften the leather and help the shoes mould to the size and shape of your feet.

6. TAPE YOUR TOES

If all else fails, tape your third and fourth toe together. Sounds weird, but it works. There’s a nerve split between the two toes which hurts when pressure is put on it. By taping the two together you’re perfectly aligning your muscles to avoid pressure on that nerve.

Four ways to reuse your beauty packaging

According to research conducted for the recent Zero Waste week, the cosmetics industry produces 120 billion units of packaging per year. By 2050, it is predicted that there will be up to 12 billion tonnes of plastic in landfill generated by the beauty industry alone.

The good news is it’s easy to research products before you buy. Plenty of beauty brands – including our very own KEVIN.MURPHY and ELEVEN hair care ranges – are taking big steps towards sustainability. And sustainably-sourced doesn’t just mean minimal impact on the environment, it also means high-quality ingredients.

Here are a few simple ways to take an environmentally responsible approach to your own beauty habits.

Reuse your candle glasses
Candles are perfect for reuse – from the charming labels, to textured finishes. Wash the finished candle glass by adding boiling water – this will soften the remaining wax and raise it into an easily removable disk – then wash as you would any other glass. Candle glasses also double up as perfectly sized tumblers.
Use old make-up compacts and product containers for storage

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Clear out any remaining powder from your finished compacts. Wash and dry thoroughly and use as a secure storage container for small fiddly items like paper clips, safety pins, buttons and hair ties.

Be a smart shopper
Seek out brands with viable, environmentally-friendly initiatives. For instance, at MAC you get a complimentary lipstick for six empties. Dior has dropped all cellophane and excessive paper from its packaging, while KEVIN.MURPHY makes every effort to use packaging that is recyclable or biodegradable.

Turn perfume bottles into diffusers

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Beautiful perfume bottles are hard to part with – and there’s no need to when you can reuse them as room diffusers. Just place reeds into the bottle and the scent will fill the room for weeks to come.

Four Proven Tips for Beautiful Hair

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A Haircut

A haircut is one of the most important things you can do for the health of your hair. If you’re dealing with split or damaged ends – often a result of excessive heat damage – book in for a cut and then adhere to trims every 8 weeks thereafter. Styling-wise, you’ll notice the difference instantly.

In-salon treatment

We’re proud to offer the fabulous Kevin Murphy TREAT.ME in-salon treatments. Containing ‘Super Proteins’, amino and alpha hydroxy acids from vegetables and plants, they strengthen the hair shaft and repair damage created by heat styling and chemical services. TREAT.ME can be tailored to suit each of your individual hair needs and will make the surface of your hair more smooth, supple, and elastic. TREAT.ME is colour safe and like all Kevin Murphy products is sulphate-free.

Colour

Our hair colour line COLOR.ME uses gentle and naturally derived ingredients to naturally moisturise and rejuvenate your hair, creating natural looking results with incredible shine. From rosy golds to icy blondes and velvety toffees to ruby reds, give your hair a beauty boost with our range of luxury colours.

First comes health, then comes texture

If Alexa Chung, Chrissy Teigen, or Blake Lively are your hair muses, chances are you favour the look of a rough-and-tumble texture. But that’s not to be mistaken for unhealthy hair. Firstly, towel-dry your hair for 15 minutes before flipping your head upside down and blow-drying until it’s eighty percent dry. Finish by smoothing the ends – The last three inches are key, so move your brush and dryer right down to the very ends of the hair, before applying a texturising spray and scrunching up to the mid-lengths.