How To: Make your own scrunchy

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Scrunchies are the 90s trend that we just can’t get enough of. In fact, Pinterest revealed a 6309% surge in searches for the term “hair scrunchies” in its recent Pinterest 100 report, which means, despite not really paying scrunchies much attention since they were our favourite primary school accessory, they’re back in a big way for 2020.

Our only issue is that we don’t have enough of them, and can’t seem to stop losing them (where do they even go?!).

We’ve decided to put together a guide on how to create your own, so that you can design your ideal scrunchie, match them with your outfits, and make so many that losing them isn’t even an issue.

Here goes…

You will need:

  1. Your fave fabric. Get creative!
  2. A hairband. You can use an invisibobble if you prefer
  3. A sewing machine (if not, you can hand sew)


  • Cut a rectangle of fabric. It should be around 45cm long and 12cm wide. We love using velvet, but cutting old T-shirts will also work. It’s best to use a fabric that can be stretched.
  • Fold the fabric around the hairband, inside out, so that the side of the material that you want on show is inside the fold. (You’ll see why later!) Line the edges of the fabric together.
  • Using your sewing machine, sew the fabric all the way around the hairband, in a straight line. When you reach the end of the fabric, stop sewing. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can hand-sew this!
  • Starting from the gap, flip the fabric inside out, so that the preferred side is now facing outwards. This is time consuming, but not difficult!
  • Take one of the ends, and place it inside the other end, to ensure that the whole circle is complete. Sew a line across the width to join the ends together.

Trending: What is Gua Sha?

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Gua sha may be the hottest new self-care and skin-boosting technique but why (and how, and how often) should we be doing it? And what is it, anyway? Here’s the low-down on the benefits of this ancient natural therapy.

What is gua sha?

Used in traditional Chinese medicine, the practice involves scraping a flat, rounded tool, usually made of jade, over the skin. Translated, gua means press or stroke, and sha refers to a rash or redness, but while traditional Chinese therapists work hard and deep – skin can be left bright red – for its beauty benefits, you need a lighter touch.

Gua sha treatment relaxes the muscles, gets the energy and blood moving and shifts any puffiness. It boosts the circulation – studies show by up to 400 percent – which takes away toxins and brings in oxygen and nutrients.

Best described as a hands-on mix of a massage and a workout, it helps release tension (many find it amazing for headaches and tight jaws) and leaves skin instantly more supple, glowing and healthy-looking. You are also creating a controlled trauma [that short-term flush of redness], which the skin then starts to repair by making new collagen and therefore improving skin elasticity and appearance.

Which tool should I use?

As with face rollers, there is a variety of tools to choose from. In Chinese medicine jade is known for its balancing effects and its ability to cool, so it helps de-puff features while clearing inflammation. Rose quartz traditionally relates to the heart, so it’s especially good to use on the neck and chest, but not at night, as it can be too stimulating. And while amethyst is associated with evenings and winter, citrine is good for summer and mornings.

Tools are widely available on the internet and cost between $20 to $60 dollars, depending on the tool’s size and the type of crystal.

As all natural crystals are porous, it’s important to give your tool a good wash in warm soapy water after each use to prevent any nasties building up.

How to do gua sha: Beginner’s guide

At last, you’ve received your shiny new gua sha tool and you’re ready to go! Here are the beginner steps:

1.  Prime your skin with a bit of lubricant to ease friction. Moisturiser, serum, or essence will do just the trick. (Not a critical step, but definitely feels great.)

2. Starting at the base of your neck, take the flat side of the tool and move upwards towards your chin applying reasonable pressure. You don’t want the tool to be too blunt (as if you’re going in for a slice), so hold it as flat as you can while still maintaining a solid grip. Repeat this on all sides of your neck three times.

3. Move to the chin. From the base of your chin, take the same flat edge and sweep upwards towards your cheekbones. Repeat this step on each side of your face three times. If you feel particularly tense in your jaw, you might want to focus on this area.

4. Switching to one of the smaller angles on your Gua Sha tool (there are usually a few, you can choose the most comfortable for your face shape), begin on the side of your nose and sweep outwards over the cheekbones towards the temples. Repeat on each side three times. End with a few swipes up the nose towards the forehead.

And voila! Tension? Pressure? Stress? Where?

Although gua sha is done relatively gently (you’re in control of the pressure and the shape of tool you use), it’s not for you if you are prone to broken capillaries. It should also be avoided over broken skin or acne breakouts.

Introducing Ever Smooth


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Sleek styles were all over the high fashion runways this year. No matter the finish – straight, wavy, or curly – they all had one thing in common: they appeared smooth, shiny, and healthy! When it comes to recreating this look, it is all about the prep work that goes into the hair. To get the desired finish, our latest release – EVER.SMOOTH – is the styler you’ve been waiting for.

A product that treats as it protects, EVER.SMOOTH is formulated with long chain polymers to lock in moisture, shine, and the structure of your style. Apart from creating a beautiful, long-lasting look, EVER.SMOOTH addresses split ends and damaged cuticles with a network of protection that lasts well into your next wash. Whether your concern is frizz from environmental factors, damage from blow dryers, wands, or flat irons, you’re sure to fall in love with this latest release.


When heated, long chain polymers are activated to form a durable network of protection around the hair. This technology is derived from skincare and allows the product to remain lightweight without compromising its effectiveness. The result is a frizz-free, silky smooth, and longer lasting texture, without the feeling of residue on the hair.


Long Chain Polymers 

Heat-activated polymers self organise on the hair shaft to create a layer of protection by forming an invisible hydrophobic shield. Their effectiveness lies in the ability to lock in condition while protecting your finished style from environmental elements, such as humidity.

Wood Bark Complex

With a high level of antioxidants, Blue Cypress, White Cypress and Lemon Aspen act much like AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) to condition both the skin and hair. Gently protecting the hair, water-soluble Phyto-acids work to create resilience – further prolonging the life of your style from frizz.

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From the ingredients selected to the packaging used, EVER.SMOOTH is in line with Kevin Murphy’s sustainable practices – using Ocean Waste Plastic (OWP) bottles and containing ingredients that were sustainably harvested and support community-led change.

“I look to ingredients that not only protect, condition, and smooth the hair, but they also need to be sustainably harvested and support community-led change. Our Wood Bark Complex derived from Indigenous Australian plants do just that. Blue Cypress, White Cypress and Lemon Aspen have been specifically chosen due to their high content of antioxidants that actually behave like an Alpha Hydroxy Acid for skin and hair conditioning.”- Kevin Murphy

Due to its lightweight formula and groundbreaking innovation, EVER.SMOOTH is suitable for all hair types – soft, fine, frizzy, flat or textured. During styling, it protects against cuticle damage. Further treating and improving the hair while cutting down on drying time and extending the life of your style.


Need a Post-Holiday Hair Rescue?


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


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


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.



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


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.


What We’re Splurging on this Christmas

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.


GHD Platinum+ Professional Smart Styler Pack


For some serious brownie points this Christmas! These GHD platinum stylers come with a free travel bag and Paddle Brush – $385.

GHD Glide


A good quality heat styler is at the top of any girls’ Christmas wish list. We have very limited numbers of the new GHD glide for $260.



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. We have gift KEVIN.MURPHY gift packs to cater for every hair type. Each set comes with a shampoo, conditioner, and free styling product.

Hydration, Volume, Smooth & Fresh – $98

Shimmer & Blonde – $106

Eleven Gift Packs


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 $79.
Blonde pack $85.

Silver Bullet Travel Dryers


At just $39 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.

Super-sized Miracle Hair Treatment


Restore and revive your hair the ELEVEN Miracle Hair Treatment, a revolutionary lightweight formula, delivering 11 major benefits to help keep your hair strong, silky, and smooth for any occasion. Suitable for all hair types. This super-sized version provides 40% more in each bottle $39.

Cezanne Stocking Stuffer Duos


This daily sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner replenishes moisture to maintain and protect the life of your Cezanne Smoothing Treatment. Perfect for everyday use and is safe to use on colour-treated hair. This cute duo includes a 59ml Perfect Moisture Shampoo + Conditioner for just $25.

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!


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.

Introducing our Ammonia-Free and 100% Vegan CREAM.LIGHTENER

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We are excited to announce CREAM.LIGHTENER AMMONIA-FREE as the newest addition to the COLOR.ME line. Crafted with naturally-derived ingredients like Murumuru Butter and Inca Inchi Oil, this gentle formulation leaves the hair feeling healthy and moisturised. The Bees Wax used in CREAM.LIGHTENER’s original formulation has also been replaced with plant-based Candelilla Wax, making this new option 100% vegan!

The innovative creamy consistency allows for up to six levels of lift providing a beautiful, natural, and even result while preserving the integrity of the hair – all without the use of ammonia – for a kinder, gentler solution for going blonde.

Interested? Talk to your Reds stylist about CREAM.LIGHTENER during your next COLOR.ME service.

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.


The Dos and Don’ts of Dry Shampoo

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Dry shampoo can be a life saver. Used correctly, it disguises greasy roots, gives great texture and allows us to rock second-day hairstyles effortlessly.

But if you’re wondering why everyone else is so obsessed (since it’s never worked for you), it’s probably because you’re not using it quite right.

Here’s every do and don’t for your best dry shampoo experience yet.

DON’T Spray Too Close

Most dry shampoo instructions say to spray from 10-15cm away to ensure an even application and avoid any chalky spots.

Best practice is to spray from a fair distance away, then leave for a minute or two to allow the dry shampoo to soak up excess oil, before styling.

DO Brush It Through

Spray it and leave it? You’re asking for residue. Always brush it through after applying to distribute the dry shampoo through the hair.


DON’T Use It For Days On End

Your scalp, like the rest of your skin, benefits from being cleansed. While dry shampoo is the ultimate hair refresher and will keep your style lasting longer than usual, it doesn’t replace the benefits of a hair wash.

How long you can go depends on your hair and scalp. In general, dry shampoo can postpone a wash for a day or two.

DO Blast It With Your Hairdryer

Following up your dry shampoo application with a blast of the hairdryer will help distribute the product away from the scalp and a little into the mid-lengths. It also helps with volume and removing any visible residue.


DON’T Just Spray The Top of Your Hair

A common mistake people make is to only spray the visible part of their roots or even just along the parting of their hairstyle.

But to get the most out of your product, you should section the hair once or twice (more if you’re blessed with thick locks) and spritz the roots in between each section.

This will give you more volume and do a better job at mimicking an all-over hair wash, rather than only absorbing oil from the top layer of your hair.


DO Use It To Add Volume

If you thought dry shampoo could only be used on dirty hair, you were wrong. If you have thin, fine or limp hair, it can also make for a great volumiser.

Try spraying it at the roots and then backcombing for a serious lift effect.


Don’t Sub It For The Real Thing

Dry shampoo is not a cleanser – it absorbs excess oil. The only way to really cleanse sweat and oil is to use real shampoo.


Our Favourite Dry Shampoo

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Here at Reds we love KEVIN.MURPHY’s Fresh Hair. Fresh Hair is a dry cleanser for the hair that gives body and texture, removes odours, excess oil, and all your sins from the night before. And as an added bonus, for every can of FRESH.HAIR sold, a financial contribution is made to help reduce global carbon emissions.