Go for the Gloss: All you need to know about the Reds Glossing Service

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Are you in need of a colour and shine boost? Bring your hair back to life with a Glossing service.

A Glossing service is a fast and demi-permanent colour service that enhances, enriches and tones natural or colour-treated hair.

Used on blondes it brightens and tones dull or brassy colour. It also adds shine and provides intense care for coloured hair, leaving it looking soft and beautiful. We recommend a Glossing service about 4-6 weeks after your regular salon colour appointment to enhance or maintain your colour.

Typically, a Gloss will last 6-8 weeks and will fade gradually – perfect timing for your next  salon visit!

Here are three reasons why a Glossing service is a must-have.

#1 Super Shine

We all love the sun, but sometimes the great outdoors can be harsh on your hair. Adding a Glossing service to your hair regimen will give it beautiful shine and also provide intense care for dry hair.

#2 Set the Tone

You loved your golden blonde six weeks ago, but now rose gold is all the rage. Ask for a Gloss to enhance or alter the tone of your current colour. A Gloss is also the perfect service to help neutralise your colour if it is looking a bit brassy.

#3 Protect Your Investment

A Glossing service in between colour appointments will help maintain your colour for longer. Due to daily washing and elements like sun exposure and heat, it’s only natural that your colour may start to look dull. With a Glossing service, you can give your colour the boost that it needs.

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Reds Glossing Menu:

Our Reds Glossing service includes a beautiful blow wave finish that will have you feeling fabulous.

Colour Gloss – $67

Add shine and depth to your colour or tone your lightened hair. Service takes 30 minutes.

Add up to 6 foils – $30.00

 

Offer is available with any stylist, available Wednesday to Friday, before 3pm.

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The fine print:
* Additional charge may apply for extra thick or long hair, but this will be quoted before your service is started.
* Express Colour service does not include corrective colour services. We can discuss your options in salon and you will receive a free quote for getting your colour back in order.

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Blow-Wave 101: How To Use a Diffuser

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With a noticeable move away from the dead-straight look of previous years, curls are definitely making a comeback. And if you have some natural waves or curl to your hair can look amazing with a little help from a hairdryer attachment called a diffuser.

 

Now, if your hair is truly straight, a diffuser won’t magically make it curl, but so many of us unknowingly really do have the potential for gorgeous, curly hair.

The magic is all in the diffuser and proper technique. Here’s our how to guide:

  1. After washing and conditioning, comb any knots out with a wide toothed comb.
  2. Gently press excess water out of your hair with a towel.Make sure to towel-dry it well, but never wait until parts of your hair have already dried to begin blow drying. These dry pieces will just become fly-aways and will result in your finished product looking frizzy.
  3. Scrunch in a styling product specially designed to enhance curls like Kérastase Curl Fever.
  4. Always start your diffusing process at the ends and work upwards as the hair dries. This allows the curls to spring up without the weight of the water pulling them down. To avoid creating fly-aways, make sure to always keep the nozzle of the dryer horizontal, not vertical.
  5. If your hair is long or medium-length, it’s best to start upside-down, then switch from side to side as you get closer to the roots. Make sure NEVER to comb through with your fingers while you’re drying! Only use your hands to lift the ends of the hair and take the weight off the curls as they are drying. Some gentle scrunching is OK.
  6. As you get to the roots, use your hands to make a “claw” then make small circles on your scalp with your fingertips. This encourages the curl and volume all the way to the roots. If you have a diffuser with “fingers” like the Cloud Nine Airshot Diffuser, you can actually press these points directly against the scalp and make circles as you hang your hair to one side and then the other.
  7. Once your hair is dry, grab your wide-tooth comb and loosely work it through your hair. This will gently separate and soften the curls to create a modern finish. Just remember to do this AFTER the hair is completely dry or you’ll create the dreaded frizz effect.

 

A diffuser works like a sprinkler on the end of a garden hose; it breaks down and separates the air enough that the heat can pass through your curls and dry them without breaking them up. This is the secret to the perfect soft, springy curl. But, it’s important to know that not all diffusers are created equal.

To test if your diffuser will create the soft, springy curls you want, hold it about 15cm from your hair and turn the dryer on. If the diffuser blows your hair like a jet engine, it’s just going to create frizz. But, if it sends a gentle breeze though your hair, you have a winner!

 

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!

How To Care For Your Colour

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A new hair colour always looks amazing, but some people struggle to keep their colour looking fresh between colouring. So here’s our guide to keeping your colour looking gorgeous for as long as possible.

1. TREAT YOUR COLOUR WELL

Coloured hair does need a little more care than normal hair. Change your shampoo and conditioner to a colour protect formula and add in a weekly treatment to nourish your hair as well.

2. DON’T WASH AS OFTEN

If you have a darker hair colour, every wash can slightly fade your hair colour. Along with a specially formulated shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair, dry shampoo can help to space out the time between washes and preserve your colour.

3. DROP THE HEAT

Really high heat can fade your colour right before your eyes. It’s still okay to heat style your hair, but just drop the temperature a little to make sure you keep your colour looking its best and always use a heat protectant.

4. SUNSCREEN FOR YOUR HAIR

UV rays don’t just damage our skin, they can also damage your hair leading to colour fade. If you know you’re going to be outside for a long time, pop on a hat and apply a product with UV protectants to keep your hair looking its best all summer long.

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.

How To find Your Face Shape

Before picking a new hairstyle it’s a great idea to determine your face shape. Why? Because a style that looks great on a person with an oblong face, won’t complement a square face in quite the same way. So grab a flexible tape measure and follow the guidelines below.

First, take the following measurements:

1. Forehead: Pull the tape measure from the peak of one eyebrow arch to the peak of the opposite arch. Record that number.
2. Cheekbones: Measure across your upper cheeks, starting and ending at the sharp bump below the outer corner of each eye.
3. Jawline: Measure from the tip of your chin to the point below your ear where your jaw angles upward. Multiply that number by two.
4. Face length: Measure from the center of your hairline to the tip of your chin.

Write down these four measurements.

 

Now, note which measurement is the largest, and use the information below to determine your face shape.

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Round: Cheekbones and face length have a similar measurement. They are larger than forehead and jawline, which also have a similar measurement. The angle of the jaw is soft.

Square: All measurements are fairly similar. The angle of the jaw is sharp.

Oblong: Face length is largest. Forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are similar in size.

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Diamond: Face length is the largest measurement. Then, in descending order: cheekbones, forehead, and smallest is jawline. The chin is pointed.

Triangular: Large jawline, smaller cheekbones, and smallest forehead. Face can be any length.

Oval: Face length is larger than the width of the cheekbones, and forehead is larger than the jawline. The angle of the jaw is rounded.

 

Once you’ve got your shape figured out, you’ll be better able to spot styles that will also look great on you.

Proven Secrets for Longer, Stronger Hair

Long, thick, healthy hair is a wish of many of our clients. And while we can’t create longer, stronger hair overnight, over time these secrets are proven to create fuller, longer and healthier hair.

1. Eat. Foods rich in biotin, a B-complex vitamin, are ­essential for promoting hair growth. Try to eat a palm-size serving (try ­almonds, eggs, and avocado) daily. Also important: iron, which ­oxygenates ­follicles (eat it at each meal; oats, spinach, and ­hummus are chock-full), and daily servings of protein (chicken, fish, beans), hair’s primary building block.

2. Deep Cleanse. Buildup of excess oil, dead skin cells, and hair products can create ­inflammation and blockages, causing hair follicles to weaken. Remove buildup with a purifying shampoo like L’Oréal Professionnel’s Serie Expert Pure Resource shampoo, focusing on the hairline as well as the back of the scalp, where buildup tends to be heaviest. If dandruff is contributing to the inflammation, we recommend Clear Dose, L’Oréal Professionnel’s single dose anti-dandruff cleansing treatment.

3. Stimulate your scalp. A five-minute head massage once a week will promote circulation, and deliver oxygen and nutrients that stimulate your hairs’ stem cells, for more rapid hair growth.

4. Pop some pills. Over the counter dietary supplements high in collagen, zinc and vitamin A are an easy way to ensure optimum intake of nutrients that promote healthy hair growth.

6. Thwart thinning. Genes, high ­levels of stress, and hormonal shifts (like post-pregnancy and menopause), can cause thinning hair as early as your 30s. The Kérastase Densifique daily scalp treatment is clinically proven to boost hair density & fullness by increasing follicular activity to reveal over 1700 new hairs in three months of treatment.