How To: Caring For Your Luxury Candles

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They say that of the five senses, our sense of smell is the one that evokes the most emotional response, and is most tied up with memory. From freshly-baked bread to the smell of the sea, or just one whiff of a certain cologne, there’s no question that scent is a powerful thing.

For many of us, scented candles are a go-to when creating a relaxing ambiance to relax unwind. While often you get what you pay for – the luxe ones contain 10 to 15 per cent perfume oil, while the cheaper ones can be as low as one to two per cent – whether or not you love the scent is more important than the price tag.

To extend your burn time and get the best fragrance ‘throw’, here’s our tips for caring for your scented candle.

  1. To ensure an even and smoke-free burn, the wick should be trimmed to a length of 5mm each time before lighting and discontinue when 10mm of wax remains.
  2.  In order to get the most out of your candle, burn it until the entire surface of the candle melts. Wax has ‘memory’ so it will follow the first burn so make sure not to extinguish the candle until the whole surface has melted.
  3. To preserve the fragrance, do not burn your candle for more than six hours at a time and turn the wick into the wax to extinguish so that there is no smoke created.
  4. Do not leave candle burning unattended. Keep away from children, curtains and pets. Always protect the table or surface on which the candle rests.
  5. Ignore people who say scented candles make for a rubbish present – they couldn’t be more wrong 🙂
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How To Prepare Your Hair & Skin for a Big Event

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Here’s our easy guide to looking your best for a big event.

 

One – Two Months Before

Ensure your hair, skin and makeup will look great by booking in your hair, makeup and skin care appointments early.

Reds Hairdressing offers great styling options for events, ranging from a standard blow wave to a comprehensive wedding hair service.

 

One – Two Weeks Before

You might think it’s better to cut and color your hair right before the event, but do it a week or so prior to give yourself time to fit in your other prep and get comfortable with styling your new look.

For your skin, try to exfoliate two to three times a week, looking for products that contain enzymes to promote natural exfoliation.

 

Three – Four Days Before The Event

It’s time to pamper your skin. You want to look glowing and fresh the day of your event, and that takes more than just 24 hours. Enjoy a soothing and hydrating facial, and avoid any procedure that includes extractions or chemical peels.

Hydrated, glowing skin is the best accessory for the red carpet, so make sure you drink plenty of water

 

 

The Day Before The Event

If you’ve taken care of your hair and skin ahead of time, you shouldn’t have the stress of leaving everything until the last minute, so relax and pamper yourself with a mani/pedi. Consider a gel polish to help avoid chips and cracks.

To boost brightness and plump your skin use a gentle hydrating mask.

Use a hydrating at home hair masque to keep your hair looking healthy and your colour vibrant.

Treat extra-dry, tough spots like heels and elbows with a body scrub in your evening shower, then moisturize with shea butter while skin is still damp, and cover the spot in a cotton glove or sock overnight.

 

On The Day Of The Event

 

How To Perfectly Style Your Fringe

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While a fringe can lift your style from plain to chic, our clients often have trouble styling their fringe after they leave the salon. To avoid the most common fringe complaints, here’s our top tips for keeping your fringe perfectly styled.

Styling After Washing your hair

Hairsprays on fringes can make the hair look too stiff and unnatural. For a lighter finish, use volumising powder like POWDER.PUFF. For something with a bit more shine and control EASY.RIDER is a winner as it is a light weight anti-frizz cream.

Styling The Second Day After Washing

Dry Shampoo is always a hair saver for flat second day fringes. A few sprays at the roots will work wonders to bring back volume and texture. If your fringe tends to be on the more frizzy side, try a light leave-in treatment like STAYING.ALIVE. Spray your fringe lightly and blow dry in to replenish moisture and reduce static.

If Your Growing Out Your Fringe

Growing out a fringe requires patience and time. Hair accessories and embellishments can help to smooth out the process. Find a sparkly clip to twist and pin your growing fringe out of your face while you wait for your desired length.

Still Confused?

Still having trouble styling you fringe? Your friendly Reds stylist is happy to help. All products are available through Reds. Book Now

 

Micellar Water: French Women’s Favourite Cleanser

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This product may be the secret to French women’s hydrated-but-never-oily complexions. Micellar sounds just like the gentle, hydrating cleanser we’ve been searching for our entire lives—and lucky for us, a trip to France is no longer required to stock up on them.

What exactly is micellar water?

Micellar water contains small particles called micelles. These work like a miniature sponges, mopping up dirt and makeup while hydrating your skin. Micelles have an oil-loving ‘tail’ that traps dirt, oil, and makeup and a water-loving ‘head’ that allows the micelles to dissolve impurities so they can easily be wiped away.

French women’s obsession may stem from the notoriously hard water in Paris, which can be extremely harsh on skin. On the other hand, the oil droplets in micellar water are hydrating to dry skin and don’t disrupt the natural pH of skin like foaming cleansers. All skin types can benefit from micellar water, but it is especially recommended for those with dry, sensitive, or acne-prone skin.

How do I use micellar water?

To use micellar water, simply pour it into a cotton pad and rub it over your face, like a toner. Then carry one with your skincare routine as normal—no need to rinse afterward.

Where do I get it?

Bioderma’s much-loved CréalineH Micelle Solution (a model favourite) is available at strawberry.net, and brands like Avène, Nivea, Simple and Garnier have come out with their own versions you can pick up at your local department store or supermarket.

Ten Reasons to Love 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. KEVIN.MURPHY’s range of colours, 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. Read on to find out why it’s time for you to try COLOR.ME.

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1.     Naturally Derived Ingredients

Just like your body, your hair needs the best nutrition in order to thrive. COLOR.ME uses naturally derived ingredients such as Shea Butter, Honey and Aloe Vera to smooth and condition the hair shaft and scalp. Together, these ingredients act as a power team to moisturise, nourish, restructure and protect hair from roots to ends. These highly effective, natural ingredients soothe and soften the scalp and hair while boosting shine and strength.

2.      Rich in Antioxidants

Infused with antioxidant-rich Pomegranate and Rose Hip, COLOR.ME utilises the powerful effects of these superfoods to provide both UV protection and long-lasting colour results. These invigorating ingredients protect against environmental influences like heat and mechanical strain, while repairing and restructuring the hair from within.

3.     Ammonia-free and PPD-free

Many scalp irritations result from an allergic reaction to harsh chemicals used during the colouring process. COLOR.ME is composed without damaging chemicals that can aggravate the scalp and hair follicle. Instead, COLOR.ME is formulated without ammonia and PPD, and uses gentle ingredients to ensure the healthiest colour possible.

4.     Full Grey Coverage

COLOR.ME offers full coverage for un-pigmented, grey hair. The multi-tonal characteristics of each shade ensure maximum colour coverage and longevity, even on the most resistant hair. This high performance line delivers natural looking results to balance and maintain colour with unsurpassed shine, replacing unwanted greys with beautiful multi-dimensional colour.

5.     Environmentally Responsible

Always conscious of their environmental impacts, the water used to clean the production machines and colour tanks for the COLOR.ME formulation is treated by the manufacturers’ in-house water treatment plants. It is then returned to the water source where it was initially taken, even cleaner than when it was harvested.

6.     Cruelty-Free Colour

With the launch of COLOR.ME, PETA has expanded its designation of KEVIN.MURPHY’s cruelty-free hair care to include the colour range in its Beauty Without Bunnies program. COLOR.ME offers cruelty-free colour, and reflects the brand’s heritage and values in its initiative to bring awareness to protecting the environment and its inhabitants, including animals.

7.     Molecular Couple Guarantee

COLOR.ME uses the latest technology to ensure that every pigment molecule remains in a secure bond when applied to the hair follicle. This means fewer skin irritations and allergic reactions, and less harm to our environment. Additionally, COLOR.ME uses a specialised method to delay the oxidation process to ensure even application and optimum colour coverage. Our special micro pigments penetrate deep in to the hair shaft with minimal cuticle swelling, resulting in shinier, healthier hair.

8.     Multi-Tonal Results

Every COLOR.ME shade has been carefully hand-selected to deliver a unique and natural multi-tonal finish. COLOR.ME respects the natural colour pattern of virgin hair and creates multi-dimensional colour on every hair strand, resulting in balanced hair with exceptional tone and unsurpassed shine.

9.     Intermixable Shades

With a flexible range of multi-tonal colours, COLOR.ME lets the stylist be an artist by allowing them the room to create unique colour formulations. With endless colour possibilities, this compact colour line allows the colourist freedom to create formulations that are all their own, specialised for each individual client. COLOR.ME offers a fashion-forward portfolio of intermixable shades, allowing maximum freedom and creativity.

10.     Hair Care Meets Technology

To ensure ultimate at-home colour care, KEVIN.MURPHY offers ALL.ABOUT.YOU their online product matchmaker. ALL.ABOUT.YOU helps you to find your perfect product combination, based on your hair type and your desired results, in just four easy steps.

How to Use Flat Irons Like a Pro

The flat iron is an essential hair styling tool. From straight, to wavy, to even natural looks, this tool can handle it all. While we all think we know how to straighten hair, we could all do with a refresher. And while this tool can be a lifesaver, by using it incorrectly you are causing more trouble in the long run. To avoid inadvertently damaging your hair, check out our three simple tips for using flat irons like a pro.

Protect Your Hair

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Use Even Sections

The key for polished flat iron styles is even sectioning. When styling hair, keep sections the same size for a consistent and balanced hairstyle. Generally six even sections, illustrated in the image below, is sufficient. If you have very thick hair you may need to create more, smaller sections to keep things manageable.sections.png

Get Your Temperature Right

Finally, make sure you know what flat iron temperatures suit your hair and style. If your flat iron doesn’t have temperature settings, it’s probably time for an upgrade.

  • 80°C          Smooth frizz and flyaways
  • 105°C        Styling damaged hair
  • 130°C        Styling fine hair
  • 160°C        Styling loose waves or natural styles
  • 185°C        Standard styling and straightening
  • 210°C        Coarse, unruly hair

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What is ELEVEN? Introducing our newest product range.

 

 

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The Reds team is excited to announce we’ve added the ELEVEN product range to our salon.

What is ELEVEN?

The ELEVEN range began with Miracle Hair Treatment launched in 2011. After Miracle Hair Treatment developed a cult following, ELEVEN expanded to offer a comprehensive 27 product range, catering to all hair needs.

ELEVEN Creative Directors are Australian icons and leaders in the hair industry – three-time Australian Hairdresser of the Year, Joey Scandizzo, and Australian Photographer of the Year, Andrew O’Toole. Working in the salon, photo shoots and runways; Joey felt the need for a range his staff and clients could easily understand. Together, they helped create ELEVEN.

ELEVEN’s Philosophy

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?! Your Reds Stylist can advise you on what ELEVEN products are right for you.

 

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The Two Try-Ons Rule: When To Return Your Online Purchase

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Are you a big online impulse buyer? Does your closet consist of 10 things you wear all the time and an embarrassing amount of unworn clothing you’ve never left the house in? Nearly all of us buy things online that we like the idea of wearing, but many online purchases end up sitting in the closet, waiting for our next frustrating trip to the op shop.

To avoid the horrible feeling that comes with a closet full of nothing you want to wear, use The Two Try-Ons rule. Here’s how it works: If you try on something twice and don’t leave the house in it, you must return it. This method requires you to be VERY honest with yourself (do these shoes pinch my feet, etc?), but most of us know by the first time we try something on, and nearly all of us know by the second try, if something isn’t quite right.

This rule is perfect for online purchases, especially once you realise how easy returns are. Most online retailers include a free return label in the original shipment. If you decide that you need to return the item, just peel the return label, stick it back on the package, and drop it at the post shop.

How To: Clean Your False Lashes

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Stop throwing your false lashes away after just one use! If you struggle with justifying the cost of false eyelashes given their lack of longevity, consider this easy cleaning process.

What You’ll Need:

  • Tweezers
  • Two round cotton pads
  • A cotton swab
  • An oil-free makeup remover 

    How To:

    1. Carefully remove any visible dried glue with tweezers

    2. Lay each lash on a round cotton pad soaked in oil-free makeup remover.

    3. Press the two cotton pads together for 30 seconds.

    4. Wipe away any remaining makeup using a solution-soaked end of the cotton swab.

    5. Lastly, go over your newly cleaned lashes with the dry end of your cotton swab bud.

 

This easy trick can make your falsies last for up to six uses. Give it a go and let us know how it works for you.

 

How To: Find Your Perfect Foundation Shade

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Finding the perfect shade of foundation is a struggle that many women know too well. This is in large part because it isn’t just about light and dark. To get a perfect match you also need to consider your skin’s undertones.

And here’s an easy trick to determine your skin’s undertone – look at your veins.

  •  If your veins are green, that means you have a lot of olive, yellow, and golden tones in your skin, so your foundation shades should have similar tones.

  • If your veins are blue and red, that means you have a lot of pink, red, and brown undertones, so your foundation should have similar tones.

To test the tone of the foundation swipe it along your jawline, where you’ll find your skin’s natural tone, and choose the shade which blends most closely with your natural tone.