Blonde? Why you should be using a purple shampoo

If blondes have more fun, how come brunettes don’t have to spend their days trying to combat the effects of brassiness? Whether you’re a natural or have highlights, overly warm, yellow-tinged undertones can affect both equally.

But with the right haircare routine, you can ensure your colour stays fresh and beautifully toned at all times. Switching out your regular shampoo for one with a purple tones works magic. Since it’s on the opposite end of the colour wheel, purple works to neutralise yellow, effectively erasing it from our strands. And, if you pick one with plenty of moisturising properties, you’ll notice a huge difference in the longevity of your colour and softness of your hair.

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Here at Reds we love KEVIN.MURPHY’s Blonde Angel wash and treatment. This lavender-infused, colour enhancing shampoo takes on all tones – from creamy to platinum, and with the help of added optical brighteners rescues dull colour. Combined with Blonde Angel treatment, this regime conditions and moisturises bleached, highlighted and grey hair, putting the bounce back into your blonde, while repairing any brassy or yellow tones.

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.

Shellac vs. Gel Manicures: What’s the difference?

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Choosing a manicure you’ll still love to see on your fingertips two weeks post-appointment comes with a laundry list of choices: funky design or solid colour? Round or oval nail shape? And the most fraught manicure choice of them all: shellac vs. a gel manicure?

Shellac nails and gel nails are crowd favourites for semi-permanent manicures. They’re both used by top nail artists and they’re both known for low-chip, long-lasting quality. But there’s a few minute differences that make shellac nails a better fit for some manicure lovers out there. Allow us to clear up the differences between shellac nails and gel nails—so you have one less thing to decide ahead of your next manicure.

THE POLISH

The shellac vs. gel nails debate first comes down to the formula used for their similarly shiny, durable looks. Shellac nails are a patented form of polish, with over 100 shades available. Shellac polishes mix two types of nail coating: gel (for durability and nail protection) and traditional nail polish (for colour and shine).

On the other hand, gel nails are made with—you guessed it—liquid gel. It’s not exclusive to one polish distributor. Gel polishes are made with a mix of acrylic monomers and oligomers that harden under UV light to create a hard, glossy coat.

THE TIMESTAMP

If you’re looking for a long-lasting manicure, you can’t go wrong with either shellac or gel nails. Both manicure variations last between 10 and 14 days. But shellac nails are partially made with standard polish, so they’re more vulnerable to chipping than gel nails.

THE REMOVAL

Where shellac nails lost a half-point for chipping, they earn extra points back for a breezy removal process. Shellac nails can be removed with by a manicurist within five to fifteen minutes—without scraping, thanks to a special acetone-based remover made specifically for shellac polishes.

Gel nails aren’t known for stress-free removal. Peeling off a gel manicure can do serious damage to the surface of your nails—so it’s more common to have gel nails removed at the salon via a good, long acetone soak and scrupulous filing.

THE TAKEAWAY

Shellac nails and gel manicures have earned their shared reputation for long-lasting nail colour. Choosing between the two comes down to precisely how often you’d like to switch up your nail design. We’ll let you be the judge on the option that’s best for you.

Blonde? Why you should be using a purple shampoo

If blondes have more fun, how come brunettes don’t have to spend their days trying to combat the effects of brassiness? Whether you’re a natural or have highlights, overly warm, yellow-tinged undertones can affect both equally.

But with the right haircare routine, you can ensure your colour stays fresh and beautifully toned at all times. Switching out your regular shampoo for one with a purple tones works magic. Since it’s on the opposite end of the colour wheel, purple works to neutralise yellow, effectively erasing it from our strands. And, if you pick one with plenty of moisturising properties, you’ll notice a huge difference in the longevity of your colour and softness of your hair.

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Here at Reds we love KEVIN.MURPHY’s Blonde Angel wash and treatment. This lavender-infused, colour enhancing shampoo takes on all tones – from creamy to platinum, and with the help of added optical brighteners rescues dull colour. Combined with Blonde Angel treatment, this regime conditions and moisturises bleached, highlighted and grey hair, putting the bounce back into your blonde, while repairing any brassy or yellow tones.

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.

 

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.

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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.