Product Spotlight: Colouring Angels

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As we are all having to postpone our colour services for a few more weeks , the Kevin Murphy Coloured Angel treatments are the ideal product to freshen your colour.

As colours age, blondes can throw unwanted gold tones and coppers and brunettes can lose their vibrancy and shine.

The Coloured Angel range is a family of four colour enhancing treatments.

Perfect treatment in-between colour services for you if you have lightened or coloured hair. Available in four luminous shades  AUTUMN, SUGARED, CRYSTAL and COOL.

Designed to improve the condition of all hair types, impart a lustrous shine and offer a range of tonal solutions. The pigments have been selected to enhance existing tones, neutralise unwanted tones and improve colour longevity without build up on the hair.

SUGARED.ANGEL Creamy beige colour enhancing shine treatment

COOL.ANGEL Cool ash colour enhancing shine treatment

CRYSTAL.ANGEL Illuminating gloss colour enhancing shine treatment

AUTUMN.ANGEL Apricot rosé colour enhancing shine treatment

APPLY. ABSORB. RINSE.

Directions: (Super Easy!)

Wet Hair. Shampoo first. Apply the desired COLOURING.ANGEL. Wait 3-5 mins and rinse.

Rich in essential Fatty Acids, Murumuru Seed Butter helps to even out the moisture levels in the hair.

Olive Leaf Extract mimics the hair’s healthy oils providing essential moisture to the hair.

Green Tea Extract improves the hair’s flexibility while adding moisture and protection.

A great source of Linoleic Acid, Grape Seed Oil is easily absorbed by the hair to improve moisture retention.

Jojoba Seed Oil makes the hair more resistant to tangles and prevents damage.

Linseed Oil offers protection and nourishment while reducing breakage.

Lavender Oil protects and soothes while adding shine and delivering a distinctively calming fragrance.

FRINGE DRIVING YOU CRAZY?

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BE HONEST- ARE YOU THINKING OF CUTTING YOUR OWN FRINGE?

READ ON!

STEP ONE – BREATHE 

Ask yourself ‘Do I really need to do this”?

First, consider why you are making the decision. Is it because your existing fringe is in desperate need of a cut? Have you been considering a change of style for a while? Or, are you simply bored, with a little bit of extra time on your hands? 

If it’s the latter, know this. We are all definitely suffering from cabin fever at the moment.

So my advice is, enter with caution. Don’t do anything crazy or dramatic. Take little bits at a time and start with giving yourself little face-framing pieces. I don’t want anyone chopping all of their own hair off.” 

STEP TWO  – TOOLS YOU WILL NEED

  1. Fine tooth Comb for sectioning- way more accurate than cutting through your fingers
  2. Sharp, Clean scissors
  3. Sectioning clips or hair ties

Ensure your fringe is dry and blow-dried smooth. Use your normal parting and fringe as a guide.

While some of our stylists might also utilise a razor, we don’t recommend you try this at home.

STEP THREE -CUT WITH CARE

A good trick is to use your eyebrows as your guide.

For the first section, as you divide the hair, the fringe section you create should be no thicker than the highest point of your brow. For a fuller fringe or layers, go back and take more hair, so the section ends level with the end of your brow.” 

But, never go further than that. That starts to get the side hair involved and your fringe will become too wide.

 Tie the rest of your hair back off your face with clips or hair ties to keep your fringe separate from the rest of your hair. 

Ensure there is no tension on your hair.

Now, from the sectioned out part, “take a small section (roughly 1cm) of the hair in the middle” Roughly the measurement from the top knuckle on your thumb to your thumb tip.”

“Trim this section with scissors using a point cut method –cutting the hair in small movements keeping the blade pointing up, as opposed to one blunt slice across.” This will then act as your guide for the rest of your fringe.

It is always better to cut slightly less off than you think you want. You can always go back and cut more. 

If you already have a full fringe and want to trim it to ensure it doesn’t fall into your eyes, comb it onto the bridge of the nose and then use that as your guide and cut across along that.

For longer fringes – and a more subtle face-framing finish – “comb it down until the end of the nose” and use that as your point of reference instead.

 STEP FOUR: THE COMBING ‘BOX’ TECHNIQUE 

The next step is to comb your hair down in front of your face, which sounds simple enough, but don’t be tempted to brush it out at an angle away from your eyes. 

When you are combing the hair down, you want to imagine that you are working in a box that is from the corners of your section, straight down.

If you start moving hair outside of the box  i.e.  if you flick it either side of your eyes, you will make the outer edges of your fringe shorter, which is not good.

Basically, if you cut a straight line on a curve(your head) you will get a soft curved fringe.

STEP FIVE –   DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR HAIRSTYLIST 

While being able to trim your hair at-home certainly has its benefits, I think we all agree you can’t replace years of training and practice at the hands of a skilled stylist 

We recommend that you come and see our wonderful stylists at Reds as soon as we can reopen.

Hopefully ,if you follow the steps above, we can save you from making a dreadful mistake and we won’t have anything to fix when we see you next.

 

Need a Post-Holiday Hair Rescue?

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Summer sun, salt water, and partying can play havoc on our hair. With the summer break coming to an end for many, now is the perfect time to start repairing the damage done by all that holiday fun.

If you’re hair is in need of some serious nourishment, the KEVIN.MURPHY Repair regimen is your best bet to bring your dry and damaged hair back to life.

Step 1. REPAIR.ME Wash

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Nourish overtaxed hair back to life, and make dry, damaged, frizzy over-processed hair a thing of the past with a little help from REPAIR-ME.WASH. Enriched with powerful proteins and amino acids this wash will help to strengthen the hair from root to tip, while gently removing impurities and soothing damage.

Step 2. REPAIR.ME Rinse

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Repair, renew and restore dry, damaged, frizzy over-processed hair with REPAIR.ME.RINSE, a deeply nourishing and strengthening conditioner that helps reconstruct and repair the hair. Packed with a powerhouse of ‘soft-state proteins’ and enzymes, REPAIR-ME.RINSE delivers gentle lubrication to the hair, while helping to restore and protect against future damage.

Step 3. LEAVE-IN.REPAIR

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This leave-in treatment delivers intense repair and nourishment for shiny, glossy, weightless hair with the added bonus of heat protection. As the name implies, you just wash, condition and leave to allow the repairing treatment to get to work repairing and restoring damage where it is needed most.

Step 4. RE.STORE

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This potent, cleansing and repairing treatment is bursting with the goodness of powerful superfood proteins and fruit enzymes that work to naturally bind moisture to help reconstruct damaged hair. With the help of amino acids, the building blocks of repair, RE.STORE helps to rebuild and restore hair’s elasticity strength and moisture levels. For optimal repairing results, use 1-2 times per week as a substitute for shampoo and conditioner and as part of the REPAIR regimen.

 

Our Commitment to Cruelty-Free Sustainability

 

ELEVEN AUSTRALIA

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ELEVEN’s haircare philosophy is simple: Haircare doesn’t need to be complicated, it just needs to work. ELEVEN’s product names tell you what they do, making it easy to pick the right product for your hair needs.

ELEVEN’s effective products use naturally luxurious ingredients. Ingredients like Avocado Oil, Organic Cucumber, Papaya Extract, Australian Macadamia Nut Oil, Silk Amino Acids and Organic Argan Oil work to penetrate the hair fibre and nourish your hair from the inside out.

With PETA approval, 100% recyclable packaging and paraben free formulas, what’s not to love?!

KEVIN.MURPHY

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Developed by superstar stylist Kevin Murphy, our KEVIN.MURPHY luxury hair care and styling range is 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, with all packaging made from recycled ocean waste plastics.

In 2018, KEVIN.MURPHY made the decision to manufacture their bottles with 100% Ocean Waste Plastic (OWP). “China used to accept waste from all over the world, but now they no longer accept it, so the waste goes to developing countries who can’t afford not to take it, and have no solutions to deal with it. As a result, eight million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year, which equates to 150 million tons of plastic littering our oceans” Kevin says.

Because of this devastating truth, they made the decision to move to a more responsible manufacturing platform. Beginning with the cult product Angel Wash, KEVIN.MURPHY is aiming for all bottles to be made from 100% OWP by 2020. Every time you choose a package that is made from OWP versus virgin plastic, it’s the equivalent of removing 3-4 plastic bags from the ocean.

We can vouch that Kevin’s quest to be green hasn’t come at the expense of quality. His range of salon-only hair care products was created by Kevin to meet his needs as an editorial hairstylist. Inspired by the philosophy of skin care, the luxurious KEVIN.MURPHY range of shampoos, conditioners, treatments and styling aids, caters for every hair type.

 

COLOR.ME

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What goes in the tube of your hair colour is just as important to the health of your hair as it is to the environment. The Reds team and our clients are becoming more and more conscious about the products that come in contact with our skin and hair. Aligning with our commitment to environmental responsibility, all colours in the COLOR.ME range are PPD free, Ammonia Free and use natural ingredients like aloe vera, honey, shea butter and pomegranate.

COLOR.ME offers a moisturising and rejuvenating experience with natural, gentle ingredients that are suitable for all hair types. This compact colour line stays committed to the integrity of the hair while imparting superior colour performance and natural-looking results.

 

Trending: Shadow Roots

Roots are a natural part of the growing out process — they’re going to happen, and this trend embraces them by making them part of the look.
With shadowy roots, you can go two ways: 1.) Your natural roots create a shadow when against your fresh dye job or highlights or 2.) Newly dyed roots create contrast against your natural hair colour. Just take a look at some examples below.

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As you can see, there are plenty of paths to getting the Shadow Roots look. Folks with both long and short hair look great with it, and it can be super subtle or extra bold.
The most important part is deciding what you want (Pinterest and Instagram are a great place to start) and working with your stylist to find shades that are right for your skin tone.

How To I.D. Your Hair & Skin’s Undertones

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When it comes to hair, understanding the difference between cool and warm undertones, and what works best for your complexion is key. If you’ve ever experienced a colour job that either washed you out or appeared to add redness to your complexion, it was probably the result of not working with your undertones.

The good news is figuring out whether you have warm or cool undertones is simple; if you have a warmer skin tone, stick with warmer hair colours. Similarly, if you have a cool skin tone, stick with cool colours. Knowing how undertones work will ensure you select a hair colour that’s most complimentary.

How to determine your skin’s undertones

Warm toned skin tends to have a yellow or golden hue. If your eyes are brown, dark brown, amber, or hazel and the veins on the inside of your wrist have a greenish tint, you have a warm skin tone. Gold jewellery will be most flattering.

On the other hand, people with a cool skin tone will have a pinkish hue. If you have blue, grey, or green eyes and the veins on the inside of your wrist have a blueish tint, you have a cool skin tone. Silver jewellery looks best on people with a cool skin tone.

If you think you are somewhere in between, you likely have a neutral undertone which means you have a wider array of shades to choose from.

When researching colours, play the name game. Cool hair colours will usually include words or names like ash, platinum, or champagne whereas warm colours have names such as golden, bronze, or copper. As their names suggest, warm colours (golden blonde, copper brown) add colour and warmth to the skin, whereas cool colours (platinum blonde, ash brown) can have a calming, cooling effect.

Splurge and Save: Christmas Gift Ideas from Reds

Still stuck for Christmas gift ideas? 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 now at Reds.

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Tangle Teezer

 

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KEVIN.MURPHY Mini Shampoos & Conditioners

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These little luxuries make the perfect stocking stuffer from $12.

Invisibobble

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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 and is just $15.00.

Travel Sized KEVIN.MURPHY Styling Sprays

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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. Body Builder gives weightless volume, while Doo Over gives a moisturising, light hold while also removing excess oil and product residue.

$35 for 100ml.

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KEVIN.MURPHY Travel-Sized Gift Packs

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Holiday hair at its very best! These gorgeous KEVIN.MURPHY ‘On The Glow’ mini gift packs are everything holiday makers need in one pack. Only $59 – Valued at $71.

 

Wahl Travel Dryer

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At just $49 this compact hair dryer will give you the look you want, while being small enough to easily pack into your suitcase for your summer holiday.

 

KEVIN.MURPHY Hair Care and Styling Products

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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.

 

Eleven Hair Cocktail Gift Packs

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Christmas is sorted with these awesome gift packs from Eleven. Four options to cover every hair need. Each pack contains your favourite Eleven shampoo and conditioner, and a luxury styling product!

Volume, Smooth and Hydrate packs $75.
Blonde pack $83.

Professional Straight Styler

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A good quality hair straight styler is at the top of any girls’ Christmas wish list. We have a limited number of the premium GHD and Eleven professional straight stylers available for $230, $320 or $380.

Reds Voucher

Still can’t decide? Give the gift of great hair with a Reds voucher. Available in $20, $50 and $100 dominations, there’s a voucher for every budget.

 

All of these fabulous 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 on (04) 2399 479 with your Credit Card number and we can courier your new products straight to you!

Merry Christmas from the team at Reds!

Three Easy Holiday Hairstyles

It’s party season! From classic up-dos to beachy down-dos, we’ve got the perfect style for you.

Beachy Waves

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Soft, side-swept beach waves are a classic yet relaxed style that will work with any outfit.

  1. Flip hair over and lightly spritz hairspray like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Bedroom Hair on underside. Flip upright and spray on the top. Finger-tousle as it dries.
  2. Gather your fringe-hair area and bobby-pin it out of the way so you can style the rest of your hair first.
  3. Curl 2cm sections (away from your face). Start wrapping your hair around the iron at ear level, not above. And leave your ends out of the curling iron.
  4. Unpin the fringe section and curl as you did the rest of your hair.
  5. Spread your fingers through your curls and shake your hair (but do not run fingers through) to make the curls messy.
  6. Now pin back a piece of hair on each side of your part. (Remember, messy = good.) Secure them together with a bobby pin and mist with KEVIN.MURPHY’s Shimmer Shine spray.

Sleek Pony

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Take inspiration from this season’s most stylish catwalks and opt for a simple yet effortlessly elegant sleek pony.

  1. Pull hair back into a low ponytail using a flat bristle brush to create a bump-free finish. Secure with an elastic.
  2. Separate out a small strand of hair — roughly the width of a pencil — from the ponytail.
  3. Spray that piece well with hairspray then wrap it around the ponytail holder.
  4. Bobby-pin the end of the small piece under the tail, and tuck in any loose ends.
  5. Lightly mist a finishing spray like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Session Spray over everything and smooth with your hand.

 

Meghan Markle Inspired Updo

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Each time Meghan Markle’s chic, fuss free bun has quickly become her signature look and is a perfect unfussy holiday party look. Here’s how to recreate her look at home.

  1. This style is best suited to dirty hair, so the good news is you don’t have to start with an ambitious washing and drying regime. If your strands are too clean and soft, give them a quick once over with a dry shampoo or dry texture spray like Eleven Sea Salt Texture Spray over the root area and massage the product through.
  2. Then, lightly brush the product through to distribute the product evenly from mid-lengths to ends.
  3. To create the bun, tilt your head back and scrape your hair from the hairline back to the nape of your neck, securing it just below your crown area.
  4. Tie this up into a twisted knot and secure with bobby pins.
  5. An important part of this look is the shorter pieces framing the face, so loosen a few strands to get the modern edge that is required for this look.
  6. Finish with a finishing spray like KEVIN.MURPHY Session Spray fora firm, weightless lasting hold with natural fragrance oils and a UV shield for colour protection.

We Care: Our salon’s journey towards zero waste

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Here at Reds we believe it’s important to minimise our impact on the planet. To create a sustainable future for our business we have committed to practices that will support and sustain our environment and we’re proud to have won a number of awards for our work. Here’s the ways we follow the principles of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to address our practices in the areas of waste, water and energy.

 

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The first and most effective component of the three R’s is reducing the waste created. Here’s some of the ways we have changed our practices to use fewer resources and create less waste:

  • With a combination of monitoring and incentives we have achieved a 5% decrease in our annual rate of product wastage while retaining the same colour service level at around 50%. We are proud to have achieved an average wastage of less than 1 gm per client.
  • We use energy efficient hairdryers – our New Parlux 3800 is the latest eco-friendly ionic and ceramic hairdryer. This energy saving, ozone-friendly dryer is also made from recyclable materials
  • To reduce chemical use we only stock Kevin Murphy and Eleven hair care products which are paraben and sulphate free. These products are also certified by PETA as cruelty free and only contain ingredients that are ethically sourced.
  • Our Kevin Murphy ‘Colour.Me’ range of hair colour is PPD and ammonia free.
  • We ensure taps are turned off between shampoos and have low flow hose attachments.
  • We use ‘Rockfoil’ when colouring – made from recycled environmental waste that is photo degradable.
  • All our cleaning products are eco-friendly.
  • Our LED lighting is energy efficient and eco-friendly.
  • We save residual power by always turning off switches.
  • To reduce both excessive use of water and power, due to continuous washing and drying of towels, we have introduced disposable, compostable towels. All other washing is dried on the line outside.

 

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We have devised a number of ways to ensure much of our waste can immediately be reused to minimise the strain on the environment:

  • Our new client and pre-quote form is laminated and reusable.
  • Tea towels, cleaning cloths, and capes are washed and reused.

 

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When waste is eventually discarded, separating items for recycling from other waste is important. We have created an efficient recycling system to radically reduce the amount of waste we send to the landfill.

  • We recycle all paper, cardboard, foil, tint tubes and plastic.
  • We use our Reds worm farm to compost hair, coffee grounds, tea bags, compostable towels and kitchen waste. We donate our vermicast to fertilise a local community garden.
  • The packaging of our entire hair care and colour range is 100% recyclable.
  • Our retail bags are recyclable and biodegradable and made with recycled paper.

 

These small adjustments have helped the Reds salon become an environmentally responsible business. We have seen the benefits and continue to actively seek more sustainable options and practices. We believe that by practicing the three R’s we are helping to make a positive difference to our planet.

The Reds Guide to Eyebrow Tinting

 

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If you’re fed up of filling in your eyebrows, then brow tinting might just be for you. Tinting is the one of the quickest ways to achieve thicker, natural-looking brows. It’s a semi-permanent option that gives you a longer-lasting look, without the need to fork out on expensive microblading.

But what does eyebrow tinting involve? Here’s everything you need to know before getting your eyebrows tinted.

What does eyebrow tinting involve?

Much like when you’re getting your hair coloured, a base cream or petroleum jelly will be applied around your brow area to stop any of the dye from staining your skin.

Then, the semi-permanent dye will be mixed up before being applied to your eyebrows with a brush. Some places will custom-mix the tint to get the perfect shade for you, whereas others might achieve the right shade by leaving the tint on for different amounts of time.

As a rule of thumb, you should stay within 1 or 2 shades of your hair colour. Too matchy-matchy can look unflattering, and anything super dark can look harsh.

How long does eyebrow tinting take?

It takes between 1-5 minutes (depending on the hair type) before the dye is wiped away and your brows are done! The skin around your eyebrows shouldn’t have been affected by the dye – but if there is any staining don’t panic, this will wash away over the next day or so.

Can anybody get their eyebrows tinted?

Unless you’re allergic to any of the ingredients in hair colour,  eyebrow tinting works for nearly anyone. Even the brightest of blondes and redheads can get their brows tinted.

How long does eyebrow tinting last?

A tint normally lasts between 4-6 weeks depending on your hair growth, time spent in the sun and how much you wash your face. It will fade away naturally and you’ll barely notice it’s even happening.

Do you need a patch test for eyebrow tinting?

Yes, you need to have a patch test 24 hours before. When booking an appointment the beautician should make you aware of this. It’s a bit of a faff and can be annoying if you haven’t factored it in time-wise, but do not skip it, we’ve all seen the horror stories.

The patch test involves having a tiny amount of dye applied behind your ear or in the crease of your elbow and left overnight. It takes all of 30 seconds to do, so just run in and have one done a day or so before.