Splurge and Save: Last minute gift ideas from Reds

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.

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KEVIN.MURPHY Mini Shampoos & Conditioners

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These little luxuries make the perfect stocking stuffer from $12 – $15.

Invisibobble

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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 and is just $15.00.

Eleven Travel Packs

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Perfect for anyone going away this holiday season, these fabulous packs include a Hydrate my Hair Shampoo & Conditioner, Body Wash and Moisturiser (all 50ml). And cheap as chips at just $30.

Travel Sized KEVIN.MURPHY Styling Sprays

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These handy little products would be a welcome addition to any woman’s handbag. The Fresh Hair Dry Cleaning Spray gives body and texture while removing excess oil, while the Session Styling Finishing Spray provides a firm, weightless and lasting hold. Body Builder gives weightless volume, while Doo Over gives a moisturising, light hold while also removing excess oil and product residue.

Each spray comes in 50ml size for $25 and $35 for 100ml.

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Wahl Travel Dryer

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At just $49 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.

KEVIN.MURPHY Hair Care and Styling Products

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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. From just $48, this range of salon only hair care products caters for every hair type.

GHD Gold & Platinum Gift Sets

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A good quality hair straight styler is at the top of any girls’ Christmas wish list. We have a limited number of the premium GHD Platinum gift sets available for $380, or $320 for the GHD Gold gift set. Both sets come with a chic, and heat resistant, storage bag and a complimentary OPI nail polish.

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 with your Credit Card number and we can courier your new products straight to you!

Merry Christmas from the team at Reds!

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Instagram: Tips for Beginners

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It’s visual, it’s quick, it’s mobile and it’s simple to use.

There’s no better time than now to get started with Instagram. These tips can help you make the best out of your Instagram experience.

Post Colourful, Interesting Photos and Videos

Instagram is all about providing interesting content, especially if you want more followers and likes. To increase engagement, try to post photos and videos that evoke some kind of emotion – happiness, humour, motivation, nostalgia, love or anything else. High-quality photos with a lot of colours tend to get the most action on Instagram.

Don’t Overdo it with the Filters

Instagram provides a number of filters that you can apply to your photos to automatically enhance the look and style, but that trend seems to have already hit its peak. People want photos and videos that are colourful, but relatively natural looking. Although filter effects may be tempting, try to limit your use of them to keep the colour and contrast normal in most of your photos.

Use Hashtags Sparingly

Using hashtags is a great way to increase you reach on Instagram, encourage more engagement and even attract new followers. Unfortunately, some people take it way too far. Their captions are often filled with hashtags – many of which aren’t even relevant to the topic of their photo. If you do decide to use hashtags, make sure to keep it to a minimum, and only use keywords that are relevant.

Use the Explore tab (popular page) to find great new content

The Explore tab on Instagram is where some of the most popular photos and videos get featured. The photos that are shown here are tailored to you according to the photos and videos that have been liked or commented on by people you follow. You can find new users to follow or engage with by checking out this tab regularly.

Post often to keep followers interested

If you want to keep followers engaged, you need to post new content on a regular basis. That doesn’t mean you need to be posting 10 photos a day. In fact, posting once a day – or at least once every other day – should be frequent enough to keep your current followers interested. If you go long periods of time without posting, don’t be surprised if you lose a few followers.

Interact with your followers

Never ignore your most loyal followers who regularly like and comment on your photos!  You want to make your followers feel valued. To do this, reply to their comments or even go check out their account and like a few of their photos.

Don’t be tempted to purchase followers

There’s a lot of hype around buying Instagram followers. And it’s true that you can get some big numbers for pretty cheap. The problem with buying them is that they’re often mostly fake and inactive. Your account may look a little strange to users who see that you have 15K followers, but almost no likes or comments on your photos and videos. Stick to real engagement. It’s not all about the numbers.

Our Timesaving Styling Tips

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Are your mornings feeling rushed? Try these easy time saving tips.

PREP THE NIGHT BEFORE

Not everyone is a morning person and the same is true about hair. If you have hair that’s stubborn and frizzy in the morning, start with prepping the night before. For a wavy, textured look, apply KEVIN.MURPHY Motion Lotion to damp hair. Braid your hair in two plaits and leave until the morning. In the morning shake out with your fingers and apply a little Bedroom Hair for soft and flexible hold. Hairstyling done.

WASH YOUR HAIR WITHOUT WATER

No time to wash your hair? Dry shampoos like Eleven’s Give Me Clean Hair and KEVIN.MURPHY’s Fresh Hair remove excess oil from your hair and scalp, leaving your hair looking and feeling fresh. The dry shampoo also doubles as a styling product. By adding a bit of texture to the hair, you can create a whole new look.

 

DETANGLE HAIR IN SECONDS

Dry, damaged hair is almost always the cause of hair tangling. Using a leave-in treatment like Miracle Hair Treatment will not only get rid of knots and tangles but also promotes healthier hair. Simply apply to damp hair and comb through.

KEEP YOUR HAIR HEALTHY

Healthy hair is always easier to style. Adding an effective treatment to your weekly regimen can dramatically improve hair health, leaving it more manageable. Eleven’s 3 Minute Repair Rinse Out Treatment is a blend of protein and shea butter to strengthen and hydrate hair. Simply use instead of your regular conditioner once a week and leave in for just three minutes to see dramatically healthier, more manageable hair. No time to rinse? Try KEVIN.MURPY’s Leave-In Repair to add strength, reduce breakage and replenish damaged hair.

All About Keratin Smoothing Treatments

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So what exactly is a keratin treatment? Simply, the hair is saturated with a keratin formula to restore the keratin levels in your the hair. This creates a silky, frizz-free, shiny look.

THE PROCESS

The first step is applying a Clarifying Shampoo which removes oil and buildup to prime the hair for treatment.

Your hair is dried, then the Keratin Smoothing Treatment is applied with a brush to small sections at a time and left on for 30 minutes.

After half an hour the treatment is rinsed out, then hair is blow dried again, and flat ironed meticulously.

It can feel like a long process (allow three hours), but the results are worth the wait.

Thinking of getting a treatment? Here is what you need to consider:

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.

Cheaper keratin treatments can contain chemicals which may be very harmful, so it’s very important to do your research when choosing a salon, stylist and which kind of keratin treatment you are getting. If you aren’t willing to pay for a professional treatment, it might not be worth the risk of damaging your hair and scalp with a cheaper form of keratin treatment. Everyone’s hair needs are different, so going to a reputable salon will make all the difference.

Reds Hairdressing uses Cezanne Perfect Finish Smoothing Keratin Treatment. Compared to other chemical hair smoothing processes, the Cezanne keratin treatment does not contain formaldehyde and can improve hair from the inside out, by delivering a unique blend of keratin, botanical extracts and vitamins into the hair.

 

IT’S ACTUALLY A BETTER OPTION THAN STRAIGHTENING YOUR HAIR EVERY DAY.

Straightening your hair every day can be one the most damaging things you can do to your hair. So, if you are someone who is a day to day hair straightener, considering a keratin treatment might be the more healthy option for you.

HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?

If you use the right sulfate-free hair care and avoid washing daily, Cezanne can last up to three months, wearing out gradually.

 

 

How To Wash Your Hairbrush

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No matter what kind of brush you use, it’s important to take good care of your tools. Hairbrushes are often full of product, oil and often even dirt and dust, which can transfer onto your hair and affect your style. So today we’re sharing five tips for keeping your hairbrushes in their best condition.

1. Remove hair.
Removing hair from your brush is simple, and it’s the best way to keep it clean and free of any dirt or dust that will gather. Our advice? Simple take the pointy end of a hair comb and run it between the bristles of your brush. It should loosen, and you should be able to “peel” the hair off the brush. Keep repeating the process if you don’t get it all the first time.

2. Wash with shampoo.
Just as you wash your hair to remove product and oil buildup, it’s important to do the same for your brushes. Once hair is removed from the brush, use your favorite shampoo to gently wash the base and bristles of your brush. Remember: anything stuck on your brush can be transferred to your hair while brushing, so it’s important that it stays clean!

3. Air dry or blow dry.
To avoid damaging your brush, don’t try to dry it with a towel. Instead, let your brush dry naturally in a dry, bright place. If you’re in a hurry, use your blow dryer on a medium heat to effectively dry your brush.

4. Stay away from sprays and creams.
Although product will inevitably get in your brush through use, it’s important to avoid  applying sprays and creams directly onto the brush. It may seem like a good way to evenly distribute product, but it can cause damage to the brush itself.

5. Repeat every 1-2 weeks.
A clean brush is the secret to beautiful hair, so be sure to take great care of yours often!

How do you care for your hairbrushes and other hair tools?

The Best Hair Tie for Your Hair Type and Style

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The wrong hair tie can cause snags, breakages, hair loss and even migraines. We’ve rounded up our favourite hair ties for different hair types and styles to keep your hair and style looking great.

Highly textured or curly hair
Those with highly textured or curly hair know that the wrong band will snag hair and pull any damaged strands out with it. To avoid knots and pulls, choose a hair tie that has no metal fasteners, and is made of silicone or another no snag material.

Wavy hair
To keep beachy waves in place, we recommend a scrunchy. With the current influence of 80s fashion there are so many styles and designs to choose from, and the casual style will pair perfectly with your windblown tresses.

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Thick hair
Tame your thick hair with a heavy-duty elastic. To avoid hair breakage or drooping ‘dos, we recommend a soft, thick, and seamless band-style hair tie.

Thin hair
To keep thin hair safe from the annoyance of breakage, opt for a silky smooth hair band in a soft material.

If you don’t want a crease
There are few things worse than a good hair day being ruined by a ponytail crease. To avoid this annoying problem, try an Invisibobble. Not only does it prevent hair creases and breakage, it also does a fabulous job keeping a ponytail or top knot in place, even during a workout.

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For buns and topknots
When you want your updo to make a statement all on its own, you don’t want the hair tie to distract. The perfect way to keep your ‘do at the centre of attention? Choose a sturdy, metal-free hair tie in a shade that matches your hair.

For dressed-up ponytails
To spice up a ponytail for a fancier event, there are tons of options available. We love hair cuffs, beaded head bands and bows — you can never have too many!

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Which type of hair ties do you prefer?

Share your favourites in the comments!

Five Easy Halloween Looks to Try

Need something easy for Halloween this year? Check out these easy makeup looks.

Red Tears

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Get this look with just some a liquid eyeliner and a steady hand.

Ghoul

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Use an all-over ultra-light foundation and go heavy on the eyes for an extra spooky look.

Stitched Up

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This look actually pretty easy; eyeliner, pale face, vampy lips and eyeliner for the stitches.

Spiderwebs

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If your handy with the liquid eyeliner, this is an easy look.

 

Bullet Wound

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Gory but effective. Just add some fake blood and you’re done.

How To Make Your Curls Last Longer

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We love beautiful, flawless, bouncy curls. But you know what’s even better? Beautiful, flawless, curled hair that lasts all day. Find out how to make your curls last longer with our five tips below.

1. Get Your Curls To Stay: Cool Them Down

One of the most effective tricks on how to get your curls to stay is to let the curl cool down and set before letting it go. Take each fresh curl (still keeping the curl shape) and secure it with a clip or a bobby pin. Wait till your curls have cooled before unpinning and brushing them out. Letting your curls cool allows the hair cuticle to close, making your curls last much longer.

Pro Tip: If you don’t have time to wait 10-15 minutes for the curls to set, pin them all to your scalp and use your blow drier to blow cold air on them from a distance.

2. Use the right hair products

Products designed specifically to enhance curls will amplify your hair’s natural texture and prolong the lifespan of your curls. We love KEVIN.MURPHY’s Motion Lotion which enhances curls while taming frizz. A light mist of hairspray after you’ve heat styled – we love KEVIN.MURPHY’s Bedroom Hair – will help to lock in your style for longer lasting waves and curls.

 

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Hint: Don’t hold the hairspray too close to your hair. A light mist will provide a flexible, natural looking hold.

3. Invest in good heat styling tools

Yes, good tools may be more expensive, but they heat up better (so you will apply heat for a shorter period of time), use technology to protect your hair while heat styling, and last much longer than cheaper tools. We recommend to set your tools at a heat temperature of 300-350 F to achieve an optimal curl.

4. Use the right barrel size

When using a barrel wand to create curls, many people think that a large barrel will give you those sexy Victoria Secret Curls. We find, however, that most of the time, a smaller barrel will do the magic. Depending on your hair, try using a 2.5 to 3.5 cm (1-1.5 Inch) barrel, and see what difference it can make! Not only will the curls look better, but they will also last longer.

5. Your hair still doesn’t curl?

This may be a sign that your hair is damaged. Overly damaged hair (including split ends) doesn’t curl well, as the cuticle is too damaged and can’t hold a shape. If you suspect this could be you it’s time to give your hair some love and get a trim! If you are worried about cutting your hair, let your Reds stylist know. Our stylists can offer treatments to repair damaged hair and are trained to work with you to achieve your perfect look.

Trending: Curtain Fringes

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The Bridget Bardot inspired fringe is trending. Worn by it-girls like Alexa Chung and Sienna Miller, their eye-grazing fringes sit somewhere between a classic fringe and a sweeping side fringe.

 

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The secret to the curtain fringe is that they have to flutter way below the eyebrows, giving them a flirtatious feel. If the curtain is cut too short, it’s going to look too 30’s inspired and it will fail in giving that sexy curtain look.

To achieve this look ask your stylist to take the fringe section quite deep and wide, which gives impact and emphasises the sexiness of this look. Also ask that they make the middle of the fringe shorter, angling longer towards the outside of the face. This gives that beautiful sweeping motion.

But be warned, this is a look the requires maintenance, as keeping your curtain fringe the right length will mean visiting your stylist every few weeks.

For those with a strong cowlick in the front, you can still maintain this look by using a small, round brush and blow-drying the cowlick in the complete opposite direction, so that it sits more flat on the face. Another way of maintaining the look is to make the hair appear soft and ethereal, not thick – so go easy on the hair product. Only use light-hold product or powder to give that light airiness to it.

Time for a chop? Book online here or call us on (04) 2399 479 to make an appointment.

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 🙂