How To: Caring for Brightly Coloured Hair

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Given the continuing trend for brightly coloured locks, here’s our guide to keeping your colour looking vibrant and healthy.

Prevent Damage

Bright shades require a very light base hair colour, which usually means that your hair needs to be lightened. It’s important to maintain the health of your hair as much as possible before going bright. Super-porous, brittle hair does not hold onto colour well. So maintain the health of your hair and the longevity of your colour, by asking your stylist to use Olaplex when lightening your hair.  Olaplex is a protein bond builder which is added to the lightening mixture to avoid damage when lightening.

Cleanse

Each time you wash your hair colour can fade – especially when not using a colour protecting shampoo. Stretch out time between washes with a dry shampoo like Kérastase Powder Buff and when washing use a shampoo designed specifically for coloured hair like L’Oreal Vitamino Colour.

Pro tip: When washing your hair, use tepid to cool water. This helps to keep the hairshaft closed, meaning that you’r less likely to lose colour when you wash.

Protect

A heat protectant like Kérastase Ciment Thermique will help to maintain the health of your hair and the vibrancy of your colour. UV rays also fade hair colour. The Kérastase Soliel range is specifically designed for sun worshippers to protect the health of colour-treated heat-exposed hair.

Trending for Men: Beach Blonde

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image via kevinmurphy.com.au

Taking cue from male celebrities, the latest trend in male hair colour has arrived: bleached blonde. This new trend gives a vintage feel to contemporary styles reminiscent of the ’80s and ’90s, and makes a bold statement to any man willing to take the plunge. Thinking about going blonde? Read on to find out how to achieve your the best blonde for you.

 

1. Your professional Reds colourist is trained to find the right blonde for your skin tone and lighten your hair without creating permanent damage. With so many factors at play when lightening your hair, avoid a hair disaster and leave this job to the professionals.

 

2. If you’re feeling adventurous ask your Reds colourist for a bold, 90’s rock band look. If you’re looking for something a little softer ask your colourist for a more natural, sun-drenched colour.

 

3. To keep your colour from fading or going brassy, use a specially formulated shampoo and conditioner for blonde hair like L’Oréal Professionnel Shine Blonde or L’Oréal Professionnel Silver.

 

4. Maintain your hair health in between salon visits with a deep conditioning mask like Kérastase Masque Chroma Riche for dry, highlighted hair and Kevin Murphy’s nourishing and blonde enhancing Shimmer Me Blonde spray.

 

All products are available at Reds hair now. To book online click here or call us at 04-239 9479.

Things to Do This Long Weekend

Go beyond brunch with these fun ideas for the long weekend.

Visit an Exhibition

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image by Paulene Morse via pataka.org.nz

Try Porirua’s Pataka with seven current exhibitions including a stunning collection of landscapes by Pukerua Bay’s own Pauline Morse.

Try Paddleboarding

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If the sun decides to come out why not take advantage of the day off with a Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) session. In Wellington, outlets include Ocean Outfitters on Mana Esplanade, Paremata and Ferg’s Kayaks on Queen’s Wharf, Wellington City.

Pack a picnic

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Whether it be on the beach, in a park or your backyard, a picnic is the easiest long weekend activity to do with friends or family. Grab a roast chicken, some dip and some fresh bread and you’ve got yourself an alfresco feast.

See a movie

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Considering the Oscar hype check out La La Land if you haven’t seen it already. Want something a little newer? Beauty and the Beast is also getting rave reviews.

Take a Hike

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Colonial Knob, Porirua.

Virtually every New Zealand town or city is surrounded by beautiful bush. Utilise our lucky country with a hike — or even just a short walk. The Easter long weekend is the ideal time, with favourable weather conditions, not too hot and not too cold. Here’s a pic from atop Colonial Knob’s mountain bike track to get you motivated.

Go to a Gig

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When was the last time you saw some live music? Wellington is home to some great live music venues. With something for everyone, check out the Wellington Gig Guide for who’s playing this weekend.

Men’s Styling Products Decoded: What they are and how to use them

 

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HAIR STYLING MIGHT seem straightforward, but men often struggle to get the look they want at home. This is usually because of a lack of knowledge about styling products and how to use them.

No two stylers work the same way, especially when applied to different hair types, lengths, or densities. There’s greater complexity yet when product is applied to dry hair vs. towel-dried, damp hair.

 

We recommend: Kevin Murphy Undressed

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We recommend: American Crew Classic Wax

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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.

All images via L’Oréal Professionnel

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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image via L’Oréal Professionnel

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.