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    Review | EVO Haircare

    One of the most comprehensive Australian beauty retailers is RY.com.au, with over 250 brands available at the online store. evo is just one of these brands, and I’m excited to share my review on the two brands products recently trialled, the Ritual Salvation Shampoo and Conditioner.

    Bursting with personality, evo are a luxury salon quality hair care products that are also sulphate, paraben and propylene glycol free. In the Ritual Salvation range, the treatment shampoo and and rich conditioner work to strengthen hair while protecting the fading of hair colour, i.e great for weak and brittle locks. A huge tick for me is the fact the shampoo has a low foaming action, which gives a gentler cleanse and of course much better for the environment. Even though I am definately a gal who loves the sensation of a great shampoo lather, these two products together leave me with the shinest and softest locks that I don’t even mind this minor detail.

    Both the shampoo and conditioner smell just like a hair salon – think luxuriously expensive – and the packaging is both stylishly minimalist yet witty enough to re-read each time the products are reached for. I really enjoy the especially yummy feeling once I’ve rinsed the conditioner out, and once my hair is dry I could literally play with my hair ALL day, it just feels like velvet. I’ve noticed enhanced shine using these two little guys, and I’m always reminded how important salon quality haircare is when I drop back to supermarkets brands – I’ll admit it!

    I am a daily hair washer and these products have had 10+ applications and I’m yet to feel a dent has been made inside, the containers still feel as heavy as the first day – the products are very concentrated that only a little bit is required each time.

    With many brands available on RY.com.au, including Alpha H, Bareminerals, Bioderma, BECCA, Christophe Robin, Deciem, ghd, Lanolips, La Roche-Posay, NUXE and Olaplex – this is your first stop for beauty in Australia.

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    Review | Goldwell Dual Senses Shampoo & Conditioner

    Ever use a product that you think you’ll never live without, and then find yourself reminded of it five years later and think ‘why did I ever stop using this?’. Yep this was me, with Goldwell Dual Senses Rich Repair shampoo and conditioner. I remember using this years ago after it was recommend by a hairdresser at the time, I think I was gradually going lighter after many many a black box dye, and I thoroughly enjoyed both products.

    My hair was so dry after multiple rounds of bleach and these two little guys instantly smoothed my stressed locks, and give me that smooshy feeling when I massage it into my hair. You know that feeling that just makes you swoon and want to touch your hair all day afterwards? Yah that one. So anyway, I ended up chopping and changing shampoo and conditioner over the years until I again recently picked up this duo set at my local salon. Seriously, as soon as I opened the nozzle, I remembered that sweet familiar scent of the products and was instantly taken back to a previous time in my life. From that day a few months back, I’ve had these guys in my shower ever since.

    Dual Senses claim to restore even the most severely damaged of hair structures from deep inside, which is why it was recommend some years back by that smart hairdresser, and I gotta say, it does what they say it will. As Goldwell put it, it’s as gentle as water, and I’ve read that lost lipids (from chemical treatments) in the hair are replaced with this duo effectively and deeply for intensive regeneration of the inner hair structure. These lipids also repair the hair surface layer too! The shampoo and conditioner are both cream formulas, which feel thicker and more expensive to be honest, and since I recently lightened my hair up again, I’m falling in love all over again.

    Also worth noting is the unique FadeStopFormula minimizes color fading with every use. I can’t say I’ve noticed any less colour fading, as my grey roots show through before this can even happen, but I do know that my ends remain correctly toned between each appointment and never require additional DIY toning. My hair is so soft to touch using these products and give great shine, I wear my hair down more than ever when I use these two. To me, that’s proof they’re great.

    Goldwell products are available in-salon and at home, and I strongly recommend you try these if you are suffering from dry and damaged hair, or simply just have chronically colour-treated hair.

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    A Totally Natural, Luxury Vegan & Cruelty Free Hair Care Range

    Australian made hair care range Reverly Hair Co has recently joined me in the shower and I couldn’t be happier. With their shampoo and conditioner completely free of SLS, SLES, parabens, silicones, PEGS, pthalates, gluten, artificial colours and fragrances, harsh detergents, mineral or palm oils, animal derivatives and never tested on our furry friends, it’s a hair-match made in heaven!

    Revelry Hair Co was created by Wendy Esplin & Cathryn McCann, two entrepreneurial friends with a passion for health, wellness and high performance natural products. Together they had over 30 years experience in the hair & beauty industry but were never able to find a hair care range that was clean, green & active enough to rival chemical loaded products – so they set out on a mission to create their own. With years of research, testing and sourcing the most innovative natural ingredients, they finally came up with a formula that not only met their strict criteria but was completely different to anything else they’d ever used before. 

    A totally new concept; a hair care range that cleans & repairs the hair so well that it remains fresh & healthy at the roots and glossy and frizz-free at the ends for days not just hours.

    I was fortunate enough to have trialled the Repair Therapy Trio over the last few weeks, and because I’m a naughty daily-hair-washer, I’ve already noticed a significant decrease in the oiliness on my scalp – which is part and parcel really of washing hair so often. I feel that if you suffer from a sensitive / extra oily scalp, this would be simply perfect. As I have quite dark hair, I do often have a nice shine to my hair but I’ve noticed a softer feel to my hair, even with my balayage-d midlengths and ends, which I’ve read is Sunflower Seed Oil & Jojoba Extract strengthening and protecting my hair from future stress. The products have a natural citrus fragrance to up lift and energise, which is very subtle and pleasant – especially first thing in the early mornings. What intrigues me more though, other than everything else I’ve mentioned is, the Repair Elixir serum. This all natural pre-shampoo intensive hair mask is quite literally skincare for your hair, with a luxury blend of organic avocado, argan, desert lime, jojoba, rosehip & macadamia, corrects the scalps natural oils & deeply nourishes the hair from within.

    Using this slightly runny oil of an evening from root to tip, before shampooing the next morning, I gotta say – it simply compliments the results from the shower. I’ve noticed that of late, pre-shampoo or scalp treatments are becoming more and more popular, and I get it. Treating the scalp just makes sense, as the hair strands are getting the best possible TLC to grow long and strong – right?

    So to sum up the review, if you want super glossy hair, that lasts longer between shampoos, with products that actually feel good for your hair – I suggest you take a chance on Revelry Hair Co and give it a try.

    Yours in great hair,

    *Sponsored: While I have received payment for this blog review, all thoughts and opinions are 100% mine and a true & accurate reflection.
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    Want California Cool Girl Hair?

    If you want to achieve that effortless California cool girl hair, I’d like to introduce you to Playa. Playa, the newly launched haircare brand out of Venice Beach, created by the stunning Shelby Wild, who thoughtfully combined natural oils and botanicals with hand-selected clinically active ingredients for that gorgeous touselled bed-head hair we all covet.

    After living in New York City for years, Shelby’s bathroom cabinet was an overflowing graveyard of half used products as she “had like, six sea salt sprays and none of them worked perfectly. I wanted to minimize and de-clutter.” Upon moving to Venice Beach, Shelby began creating her dream products, formulating each product to be different from anything else on the market so we, the customers, get radical results with fewer products. Former fashion stylist Shelby says, “I wanted them to be infused with the laid-back California spirit I love so much.  I wanted them to be effortless and healthy, but I also wanted them to actually work”.

    Natural hair texture is enhanced, roots are stimulated for growth, and youthful luster is restored.

    Playa do not use SLS, parabens, phthalates, or dyes in any of the products. Cruelty free and not tested on animals, no animal derived ingredients are used either!

    From start to finish, Playa has your hair covered with:

    • Every Day Shampoo – An SLS-free, every day shampoo that’s anything but ordinary. This coconut-derived, every day clarifying shampoo gently foams to remove impurities while preserving your hair’s natural oils. Coconut water weightlessly hydrates; sugar beet extract stimulates roots to promote volume and growth. 
    • Supernatural Conditioner – This intelligent deep conditioner self-adjusts for all hair types: the more damaged your hair is, the harder it works to condition and repair. Baobab protein rebuilds strands for renewed youth; Brassica and copaiba oils smooth frizz and impart sublime shine. Post shower, you can supercharge the reparative properties by applying heat (sunshine or a blowdryer).
    • Pure Dry Shampoo – This rare blend of botanicals and minerals refreshes and revitalizes hair instantly—no shower required. Rose powder invisibly absorbs excess oil at the roots while keeping hair soft; star anise extract treats scalp and eliminates impurities. Use on clean roots as the final step for extra volume, or to refresh dirty strands.
    • Endless Summer Spray – Made with sea salt harvested in Southern California, this formula gives you the perfectly tousled hair texture you usually only get after a day at the beach or out on a board. Our proprietary Marine Collagen Complex nourishes strands to add fullness and shine; natural UV filters shield hair and scalp from harmful rays. Spray all over damp or dry hair after using Ritual Oil.
    • Ritual Hair Oil – This weightless blend of natural oils penetrates deeply to radically transform your hair without the use of harmful silicones. Apricot, kukui, and our proprietary derived coconut oil blend restores moisture to soften strands; sunflower oil tames frizz and makes hair shine. Apply liberally before surfing or swimming to protect hair from damage caused by salt and chlorine.
    • Hair Essentials Set – Playa’s five products work in harmony, so they’re all you need for beautiful, healthy, beachy hair. This sweet box is packed with a full-size bottle of each, making it even easier to have laid-back, effortless style.

    Styling tips for tousled texture: Apply Ritual Oil from mid length to ends of dry hair and follow by spraying Pure Dry Shampoo on top.

    For beachy volume: Spray Endless Summer Spray on roots and rough dry with a blow dryer.

    So far I’ve trialled the Endless Summer Spray, Pure Dry Shampoo and Ritual Hair Oil – with extremely good results. Each product smells slightly different, however the scent is overwhelmingly just Summer; think beach, cocktails at dusk and endless days of sun – literally. If you have the chance, please take a sniff or two – simply <3

    Playa is sold exclusively at Violet Grey or at Playa.ca, and for the ultimate inspiration I’ll leave you with this quote from Shelby, “We love calling Venice Beach home, and our eclectic community continually inspires our products. While we spend most of our time working on Playa, living a balanced life is important to us. We don’t have an office, ride our bikes instead of drive, and get out to the water and surf every day we have waves”. Sounds blissful. 

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    Must-Have Haircare by Christophe Robin

    Christophe Robin has just released a new product to his cult status volumizing range of haircare, in the Cleansing Volumising Paste. Launching back in 2013, the volumizing range with rose extracts was one of the first volumizing ranges dedicated to color treated hair. Becoming one of the staples of his brand, Christophe wanted to complete the product range with a volumizing and re-mineralizing shampoo that blends care and incredible volume. As Christophe puts it ‘a daily care ritual that promises natural volume and respects your hair’.

    The unique new cleansing volumizing paste is made with pure Rassoul clay and rose extracts, that creates real volume, noticeable from the first use and effects that build up day after day. Its exclusive composition is 85% natural origin. In addition to restoring hair health, these innovative products and unique textures are also free of parabens, silicon, SLES and oxidants.

    Free of any surfactant agent, the Rassoul’s cleaning process acts like blotting paper, to absorb impurities, and restore balance to the scalp while preserving the hair’s protective cuticle layer.

    Rassoul is rich in trace-elements and minerals (magnesium, iron, calcium, sodium, and potassium) that are essential to the hair vitality, and has strong re-mineralizing properties. It is renowned for giving even the thinnest hair strength, resistance and volume. For the best results, begin with Cleansing Volumizing Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts, apply Voluminizing Conditioner with Rose Extracts and finish with a spritz of Instant Volumizing Mist with Rose Water. In addition to restoring hair health, these innovative products and unique textures are also free of parabens, silicon, SLES and oxidants.

    To learn more about Christophe, I recently had the opportunity to speak with him via email – here is our conversation!

    Hello Christophe! From beginning a hairdressing apprenticeship at the age of 14, to owning your first salon at 24 – in Paris no less! – you’ve had a hugely inspiration career. Is Paris the most beautiful place that you’ve created great hair? I would like to say that my family home in the French countryside is also the most beautiful place with Paris, as it was there that I discovered my love for colour! Every Sundays with my mom and her friends, creating new colours for their hair.

    I am utterly obsessed with the rose scent of the voluminising range, did you always have the rose additions in mind for this set of products that first launched back in 2013? As rose is a natural volumiser, it was always going to be at the heart of this range. It was only when I discovered the miraculous effect of rassoul clay on creating more density for fine hair that I decided to add another product to the routine. Rassoul clay combined with rose extracts is an innovation for women who experience problems with flat hair with not enough bounce. Its amazing how many natural minerals and ingredients the Moroccan’s have been using in their beauty regimes over the years, they are only just being discovered by the rest of us!

    Do you have a favourite product within your hair care ranges? The Cleansing Cream with lemon is forever one of my favourites, it is the rolls royce of products and can change hair for the better after just one use. I developed it in 1999 with the moisturising oil with lavender to repair and protect the coloured, stressed hair of all the actresses and super models that I worked with, and it is still as effective and important as it was then.

    Do you have a favourite moment or achievement during your career? My new salon and boutique in Rue Bachaumont is the feather in my hat, I am proud of what we’ve created. It is a unique space and concept, and I am in love with the area and the history that surrounds it.

    Christophe, what is the hottest trend in hair right now, and what will we begin to see more of come 2018? For me, trends are always led by colour! Reds are my personal favourites and they are enjoying a moment in the sun. Strawberry blonde similar to Jessica Chastain at the Met Gala is very on trend right now. It is so sensual, and warming. It lights up the eyes and warms up pale skin before summer.

    Low maintenance is more and more a demand of women these days. Balayage is the best technique to achieve this, the modern way is to hand paint little touches of light to create natural contrast. It always looks chic, laid back and contemporary. With my shade variation care in golden blonde, it helps to achieve an incredible lasting shine that keeps colour looking fresh and ahead of the curve.

    Christophe’s Cleansing Volumising Paste is now available online via Sephora, Adorebeauty, QueColour and select salons. For the most luscious smelling of your life, this is it.

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    The International Icons Heading Down Under to Hair Expo Australia

    If you’re a hairdresser in Australia, believe me, this is one event you cannot miss in 2017. Hair Expo Australia is the premier trade event for hair professionals and will take place from Saturday 10 to Monday 12 June (Queen’s Birthday long weekend) at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney. Who’s attending you ask, well let me share with you!

    He’s worked the tresses of Lady Gaga; set global hair trends on the runways of fashion houses like Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney; and worked on editorial campaigns for designers like Calvin Klein, Jil Sander and Giorgio Armani. Lauded as a true visionary of the industry, hairstylist Eugene Souleiman will grace Australia’s shores in June for a rare appearance at Hair Expo Australia, where he will take stylists through his unique approach to cutting and styling during a masterclass in partnership with Mizutani Scissors.

    [ Guy Tang ]

    Joining the stellar line-up at Hair Expo 2017, Hollywood colourist and social media superstar Guy Tang will return to Australia on the Olaplex World Tour, following his celebrated appearance at Hair Expo 2016 in Melbourne. Guy has amassed a following of “#HairBesties”, with more than 1.5 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, 1.3 million Facebook followers, and 1.9 million followers on Instagram. These hair groupies follow Guy’s uniquely whimsical and vibrant hair colour tutorials, many of which go viral with styles like Unicorn Hair and Phoenix Neon Glowing Hair. This year, Sydneysiders will have their turn to witness Guy’s colour mastery in the flesh during a creative session in partnership with Olaplex and Haircare Australia.

    In an ode to the popularity of barbering, the illustrious Scumbags of Rotterdam, the Schorem Barbers, will also visit Hair Expo Australia in June to showcase their unique approach to classic men’s barbering in partnership with Reuzel and Haircare Australia. The subjects of social media fanfare, the barbers are known to have queues lasting up to five hours outside their small Rotterdam barbershop, as men from around the world wait for a turn in one of their coveted barber chairs. Hands-on learning with hair heroes Hairdressers will have bucket-list opportunities at Hair Expo Australia 2017, with the chance to participate in intimate workshops with hair legends in a live setting.

    Direct from the UK, Mark Hayes and Edward Darley of Sassoon will lead three exclusive technical skills workshops, which will be limited to just 12 people. Stylists will have a never-before-offered opportunity to learn directly from some of the best in the international hair education industry. Also offering more personal, intimate education for hairdressers at Hair Expo is reality television star and expert business advisor, Tabatha Coffey of ‘Tabatha Takes Over’. Tabatha will take four roundtable classes limited to just 12 people per session, where she will consult on key business considerations from staff motivation and leadership; to how to best use social media to improve the success of your business and reach the right customers. These hands-on learning opportunities have been designed to equip business owners and salon managers with the tools to ensure guaranteed commercial success.

    [ Tabatha Coffey ]

    Three nights of hair couture, never to be seen again. Be swept away by the art of hairdressing during Hair Expo Australia’s popular evening events, which have received a restyle in 2017. On Saturday 10 June, the new Masters of Hair grand stage will present intimate insights into the minds and craft of the biggest names in the industry, including Mark Hayes and Edward Darley of Sassoon; 2016 Hair Expo Australian Hairdresser of the Year, Frank Apostolopoulos; Tabatha Coffey; the teacher of all teachers, Sharon Blain; Jayne Wild with her legendary poppets; and 2016 Hair Expo New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year, Danny Pato, among others.

    On Sunday night, the GenNext Gala, designed to provide a platform for up-and-coming talent in the hair industry, will be injected with inspiration from our favourite reality TV shows (think ‘The X-Factor’ and ‘The Voice’), pairing eight creative teams with four sets of mentors who will guide them to success. Mentors for this year include Dmitri Papas and Justin Pace; Caterina Di Biase; Emiliano and Lisa Vitale; and Stevie English. On Monday night, the pinnacle event for the hair community – the Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards Gala – will announce the winners of the distinguished Hair Expo Awards while the crowds are entertained by a spectacular Schwarzkopf Professional Essential Looks show.

    In 2017, Hair Expo is thrilled to be back in Sydney at the new International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour, where visitors will be able to see and try the latest products from brands like De Lorenzo, Olaplex, Oribe, R+Co., TIGI, Glampalm, Trichovedic, Wahl, Mizutani, and Napoleon Perdis, among others. After Hair Expo saw a 35 per cent increase in visitors and 30 per cent increase in exhibitors in 2016 when held in Melbourne for the first time, the 2017 event is set to be bigger than ever, with 85 per cent of floor space already sold at a bigger venue.

    The full programme, event registration, and early bird tickets are now available at www.hairexpoaustralia.com

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    Maintaining Your Hair During The Summer Months

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

    Although it’s heading towards the colder months here in Australia, the other side of the globe is just starting to warm up nicely. With that in mind, Sam James-Cockayne Creative Director of EVY PROFESSIONAL Thermal Styling Tools and Salon Director at Orbe North Adelaide and Travis Bandiera, Salon Manager, and Principal Stylist & Colour Specialist at Royals Hair Hornsby (NSW) share their expert advice on maintaining the health and colour of your locks during Summer 2017.

    [ the barefoot blonde ]

    TREATMENTS PLUS

    As Travis mentions, “long hot summer days can be nasty on hair; by the end of the season we are left with completely different hair due to the elements – sun, sand, surf, chlorine. To combat this, add in a leave-in moisturiser or a repairing oil such as Kevin Murphy Young Again Oil to your hair care regime. They are weightless but leave the hair feeling extremely soft. A shine spray will keep your hair (especially blondes) looking light reflective and polished. Heat protection is a must particularly when using thermal styling tools in summer (or anytime for that matter!).”

    HYDRATION

    “Great hair starts with hydration! Whether you’re styling with your blow dryer or hot tools, it will only last if your hair is healthy and hydrated otherwise it will fuzz or drop very quickly. KMS Moist Repair Revival Crème is a natural infused Leave-In Treatment and is my GO TO product for everyone with any length hair. Apply to wet hair after every wash and every other day in dry hair to restore moisture. This is so lightweight you won’t feel it in the hair at all so no oily feel or residue is left. So many of my clients keep this in their handbag and reapply at their desk for added protection from sun, sea and sand or heating and cooling”, says Sam.

    Sam says, “during summer, with all the added stress to our manes, choose professional styling tools to help curb heat damage. I use and recommend EVY PROFESSIONAL thermal styling tools as they actually help keep hydration and shine in the hair due to the brand’s incredible technology, which provides the hair with 32 hair hydrating and strengthening minerals originating from Japanese volcanic rock. Using tools that look after the hair means we can use them much more frequently rather than having to rely on air-dried hair through summer AND hair is left looking shiny, healthy and hydrated!”

    CONSISTENCY

    “Whatever you do don’t leave your hair all summer then run to your stylist in a panic at the first sign of colder weather. It is so important to be snipping those ends regularly to avoid split ends creeping up the hair, which will only lead to a bigger haircut. Remember healthy hair is much easier to maintain and always makes us feel fabulous”, shares Sam.

    SWIM SAFE

    “Bear in mind, unfortunately our hair can take a battering after a long beach resort style holiday. To avoid losing the beautiful condition of your hair whilst relaxing on your summer break, start your mornings with a moisturising conditioner, or treatment for thicker hair types, applied to your hair slightly damp not wet, and clip or bun in up til the evening then rinse”, says Sam.

    COLOUR PROTECTION

    “For the blondes, amp up your blonde shampoo and conditioner usage. If you only use yours once or twice a week normally, then swap your routine and use this every time you’re washing. For the reds and brunettes, you’re more than likely using colour safe cleansers and treatments but throughout summer swap to a brunette colour pigment conditioner which adds a tiny amount of colour back into the hair to retain optimum colour and brightness. For many options with shades my go to is the EVO Fabuloso conditioners. They hydrate the hair beautifully without being too heavy, whilst maintaining longevity of any colour”, says Sam.

    “Yes, blondes need to swear by blonde shampoo to avoid brassiness and brunettes need a cleansing shampoo to avoid build up from swimming. You also can’t go wrong with a sea salt spray such as Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray – it creates that beach babe look without the damage from salt water on the hair”, shares Travis.

    What’s your best tip for maintaining your summer locks, share with us in the comments!

     

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    2017 Hair Predictions From The Experts

    Just as fashion trends and styles comes and go each season, so too does hair. With Summer slowly fading away and Autumn fast approaching here in Australia, I invited two hair experts to share their views and predictions for 2017 hair trends so you ensure you are one step ahead of the game.

    PINK Collection // Hair: Sam James-Cockayne Photographer: Haley Renee Photography Salon: ORBE North Adelaide.

    Sam James-Cockayne, Creative Director of EVY PROFESSIONAL Thermal Styling Tools and Salon Director at Orbe North Adelaide shares “this coming Autumn, be prepared for retro fun, volume and bangs as well as a touch of classic and timeless. For those always searching for their next seasons’ look, there is so much choice. Choose to be daring with either a rockin’ super mini choppy fringe or the “XXLong in my eyes but I love it” look. Ultra volume with mass texture, even crimping is making a comeback with the likes of Jeremy Scott and Gucci creating 80′ inspired hair looks for the runway.  Also try a popular wet look on occasions to amp up those cool glam feels.

    For the classic fashionistas, effortless long lengths and long fringes with subtle layering will be key to best complement new fashion trends, as seen on the runways of H&M and Elie Saab. Lobs are gaining length, and introducing bangs or soft texture will revamp the old favourite styles into 2017 hot trends. In styling, super elegant retro rolls and waves as well as hair embellishments have also been favourites spotted at Marc Jacobs, Gucci and Alexander McQueen.”

    Travis Bandiera, Salon Manager, Principal Stylist & Colour Specialist at Royals Hair Hornsby (NSW) – who can also claim title to 2016 Hair Expo New Creative Force Finalist – said that “as the seasons change from the warmer into cooler months we are going to see people become a little more experimental with colour. We’ll start seeing strawberry blonde tones shine through. I imagine they will be less traditional and have more variation with soft pinks and rose golds subtly hidden within the colours.”

    1. NEBULA Collection // Hair: Mary Alamine Colour: Travis Bandiera Photographer: David Mannah Makeup Artist: Mikele Simone Salon: Royals Hair.
    2. HOURGLASS Collection // Hair: Travis Bandiera Colour: Travis Bandiera Photographer: Daniel Knott Makeup Artist: Mikele Simone & Stephanie Pettito Stylist: Clare Frith Salon: Royals Hair.

    As we go forward in 2017 Sam & Travis, what hair trends can we expect to see become popular?

    “Colour is nowhere near as questioned as it used to be. With more and more companies using ammonia-free products everyone wants in. This season’s key technique will be revamping the ombré where one colour merges into another. We’re taking it next level with numerous colours being blended into each other throughout the length of the hair. The trick is to keep a harmonious colour palette so there is hardly any contrast and you can’t see where colours stop and start. The darker root won’t be quite as contrasting this season and and overall seamless result will be the demand”, said Sam. “Key fashion shades are still very much pastelized with white being the new grey and blorange being the new pink. Imagine cutting open a blood orange then pastelising it – #amazing. With tamer palettes you can expect to see warm blondes and cool brunettes. Darks are getting darker, choosing shades closer to black for extra depth and intense shine. Undertones of cool auburn and matte chestnuts will also feature. Blondes are becoming brighter with peekaboo strands of extreme lightness framing the face and overall tones of honey, caramel and roses golds making an appearance.”

    Travis says: “As the seasons change from the warmer into cooler months we are going to see people become a little more experimental with colour. We’ll start seeing strawberry blonde tones shine through. I imagine they will be less traditional and have more variation with soft pinks and rose golds subtly hidden within the colours. I think in 2017 we are going to see people embracing their own natural colours again; balayage and ombres have been at the forefront of trends for the past two years and now I’m seeing colours returning to their rich natural colour. One technique I predict which will be huge throughout 2017 is foilyage – an advanced version of balayage which incorporates a root area that is still highlighted and than subtly softened giving a natural blend whilst still enhancing the natural hair colour.

    I’ve actually come across a new hair product that’s worthy of a mention, that is Dessata Detangling Brush. This pretty little guy detangles your hair quickly with no effort or pulling, on all types including fine, brittle or coarse hair. It’s the perfect size for your handbag, gym bag or to pop away in your bathroom and protective cover ensure it’s always safe and ready to use. Plus it’s oh-so-cute! Oh, and if you pick up the Summer Collection as pictured, you’ll enjoy delicious coconut scented bristles!

    What’s your plan for your hair this year, any big updates? Share with me in the comments!

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    Meet Your Virtual Hairstylist

    Stocking luxurious brands including Balmain, Sachajuan, Davines, and Rare Marula Oil, Hyde Hair Care is a 100% Australian owned and operated hair care boutique, dedicated to offering the highest quality of professional hair care products. With the help of their virtual stylist, you are guaranteed complete product suitability for your individual hair needs and satisfaction. Just a few questions to answer about your hair, and a personalised hair care regime specifically for you is provided. Whether you are looking for volume, sun protection, colour protection or moisture, a personal recommendation will be produced in seconds!

    Founder Lily said “The idea of Hyde Hair Care started with making online shopping much easier and this is where our virtual stylist came into play. I wanted to ensure every customer was receiving the correct products for their individual hair needs, rather than simply guessing what was suitable, just as in a hair salon- the hairdresser recommends the products. After 10 months researching hair care brands globally, I came to find my 6 lines I wanted to stock. Each and every brand I have offer something unique, they are all high end products but they are affordable and they perform.”

    A handful of the standout products available through Hyde Haircare include;

    Balmain Hair Argan Moisturising Elixir: The ingredients stimulate an optimal moisture retention within the hair cell to repair and protect damaged, dry and weak hair from environmental extremes. The Travel Size Argan Moisturizing Elixir has a wonderful signature fragrance of the Balmain Paris Styling Line, a unique blend of notes which will steal you away to the perfect summer’s day. Each time the product is used, it enriches hair with nurturing ingredients and fragrance hair with this mysterious, feminine and sexy scent. Rejuvenating pure organic serum gives an instant boost Creates a smooth and healthy look. 

    The famous Balmain fashion house was founded in 1945 by the renowned couturier Pierre Balmain, known for his elegant and super feminine Madame Jolie-style. In 2005 the fashion brand took a twist when Christophe Decarnin came on board as a head designer. With his outstanding, edgy, glamorous and sexy looks, he brought rock & roll to the catwalk, making Balmain into the most wanted fashion brand amongst trendsetting party girls and celebrities all over the world.

    Davines Detoxifying Shampoo: Treating shampoo that combines delicate surfactants of natural origin with scrub particles for a gentle, yet deep cleansing of scalp, and a protective action against free radicals. It is intended for an in-depth cleansing of the scalp, in the case of asphyctic scalps (non-rosy appearance) and temporary and light exfoliation.

    Davines Love Curl Cream: Ideal for all curly or wavy hair to achieve better definition. Its leave-on formula is recommended to define curls in an invisible way. It does not weigh down the hair. It does not leave residue and keeps the hair soft and shiny.

    Marula Oil Rare Oil Treatment: Instant hydration for medium to coarse textured hair. Absorbs immediatly without weighing the hair down. Apply to damp or dry hair.

    Sachajuan Colour Save Shampoo + Conditioner: A special care formula with Ocean Silk Technology to create healthy shine and protect the colour, and condition containing UV-protection. This gives a long lasting care for coloured hair. It leaves hair with bounce and a silky shine, with superior detangling properties. 

    All products purchased through Hyde Haircare are authentic, with no grey market products, plus all orders over $50 comes with two FREE travelsize products. All orders over $80 will receive free shipping, but please note only Australian shipping available. If you’re a hair lover, whilst you’re browsing the website, make sure you check out Lily’s interviews with Tabatha Coffey and Eden Sassoon!

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  • InCelebrity, Hair, Make Up

    John Frieda® x Glamazon at The Iconic Swim Event

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    Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach turned up the heat this morning for The Iconic Swim event. The first event of it’s kind held on Bondi on November 30th 2016, models showcased The Iconic 2017 Swimwear to over 100 media, influencers and celebrities.

    John Frieda® exclusively in conjunction with Glamazon created two hair looks that will be the must-have looks of the summer, led by hair stylist Isabelle Jackson and makeup artist Samantha Symonds for Glamazon.

    John Frieda’s award-winning Beach Blonde® Ocean Waves Sea Salt Spray was the hero product that transformed 16 models to Bondi beauties. “Everyone’s loving braids and wild messy texture. It’s a raw and undone look, girls have stepped from the festival to the sand, typical of Bondi” Isabelle Jackson for John Frieda & Glamazon.

    The makeup is all about the glow  as “given the location the models need to look fresh and luminous with that gorgeous Aussie beach girl glow. A natural look that doesn’t look like you are wearing any makeup” Samantha Symonds for Glamazon.

    Look 1 – Hair – Statement Curls

    Curls of all kinds from tighter to spiral to brushed out and wild.

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    For naturally curly hair apply to damp hair the Frizz Ease® Dream Curls Perfecting Spray, to restore definition and elasticity to curls. Dry off naturally or with a diffuser.

    For tight spiraled or brushed and wild curls, prep damp hair with Frizz Ease® Heat Defeat Protecting Spray, to condition and protect hair against heated stylers. Follow with Beach Blonde® Ocean Waves Sea Salt Spray for texture and movement. Dry hair off loosely and use a small curling tong, about the size of your index finger. Divide the hair in to small sections and wrap the hair tightly around the tong, from top to tip Leave for 8-10 seconds and release.

    For the tighter curl look, leave curl in until just before parade then separate loosely with your fingers. For the wild curl pull apart or brush the curls out and spray finely with Frizz Ease® Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray,Tease around the forehead if required.

    Finish all looks with the Frizz Ease Perfect Finish Polishing Serum to add shine and protect hair against humidity and fly-aways.

    Stylist tip: For extra volume use two different sized curling tongs and alternate the direction in which you curl.

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    Makeup – Peachy Keen

    Start with an illuminator mixed with foundation for an all over glow. Brows are brushed up and filled with natural colour. Bronzer is applied to all areas the sun naturally hits.

    A wash of peach eye shadow taken all the way to the inner eye, finished with lashings of black mascara and a natural glossy lip.

    Look 2 -Hair – Tribal Braids

    Tribal girl meets Bondi babe.

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    Volume is key Start with the Luxurious Volume® Root Booster Blowout Spray which boosts your hairs volume at the roots. Follow with Beach Blonde® Ocean Waves Sea Salt Spray through strands, crunching hair as you blow dry. For extra volume part hair on opposite side to normal and section blow dry.

    Leave front halo of hair pulled out, teasing from the crown, into quiff. Lightly spray with Frizz Ease® Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray. Start braid over one ear to base of head then bring in more strands for a fuller ponytail.

    Stylist tip: For best results recreating this look work with two-day-old hair.

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    Makeup – Bronze Metallic

    Similar to look 1, start with an illuminator mixed with foundation for an all over glow. A highlighting bronzer is applied all over the face, around the cheekbone and outer eye. Brows are messy and brushed up.

    A metallic bronze eye shadow is swept to just under the brow bone and carried down under the lower eye rim. A super fine black liner is used for definition followed with loads of black mascara.

    A soft and subtle powder peach blush. The entire lip is coloured with a peach lip-liner, blotted and then touched up with a peach matte lipstick.

    *Photography by @latessaphotography

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  • InBeauty, Hair, Make Up, Skin

    Summer Beauty Advice From L’ORÉAL and Napoleon Perdis

    Just how beautiful was Kookai’s SS16/17 runway launch last week? Oh my – the venue, the dresses and you know I was all about the hair and makeup! Just recently, I got the chance to interview Peter Thomsen, the L’Oréal Professional Hair Director and Anna Papadopoulos from the Napoleon’s National Creative Team, after the big event to discuss beauty in Summer 2016.

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    Hello Peter & Anna! Tell us, what is Summer Beauty defined by?

    Anna: “This summer it’s all about a gorgeous glow and skin that looks lit from within.  Think sun kissed accents of gold and bronze on the eyes and skin, glassy pink lips and soft flirty blush. Steer clear of dark dramatic lipstick as the look should feel natural and effortless”.

    Peter: “For me, summer beauty is defined by the elements and working with them. From the heat and humidity to the salty sea air, the warmer climate has this great feeling of freedom. For summer hair I always go for ‘less is more’, we feel more an alive, energetic and carefree so we want our hair to complement that and our lifestyles”.

    Anna, you’re totally in the know with this – can you make a matte makeup look work in the summer?

    Anna: “Yes definitely as long as the amount of product used is minimal. To control excess shine try a matte mineral foundation for a more understated look. Apply only where you need it so your natural beauty is enhanced, not covered. Keep it modern by adding dimension and luminosity to the top of the cheekbones using a cream highlighter.  For the lips, matte formulas are fab as they are incredibly durable. To avoid a dry feeling on the lips when the temperature soars try prepping the lips with a little lip balm before application”.

    I’ve gotta say that I’m not much of a CC cream user as I just don’t enjoy the coverage they provide. Anna, can you recommend a similar type of products that isn’t heavy or cakey during the warmer months?

    kookai-photos-by-lucas-dawson-photography-390“Yes! Our BBB Cream or tinted moisturiser is the perfect base for summer. Your base should look lightweight and fresh which is exactly how the skin looks with these formulas. To add a soft wash of pigment and an extra boost of hydration a tinted moisturiser is ideal. If you need to cover spots or redness, simply add a touch of concealer. Our BBB Cream is also a good choice if you like a bit more coverage and a luminous glow. It helps to create a youthful and refreshed look to the skin and is ideal for long summer days”.

    Peter, what hairstyle/s do you think will be popular/on trend this summer?

    “Hair looks from braids to texture pony tails and centre parts with the hair pulled away from the face and even the bun pulled more towards the back like a ballet bun are really versatile looks for the Australian summer. It’s so warm and humid that these types of styles work really well day to day, but you can make them your own by adding braided or rope details and gorgeous texture”.

    Anna, please share which beauty products we must have this summer ?

    “A bronzy/gold eyeshadow palette is perfect for summer as you can create so many beautiful combinations ideal for the day and night. I am also a big fan of a soft sweep of pastel pink blush. It’s the most cute shade for summer and doubles as an eyeshadow. For the lips I love a fun flirty mix of peach and pink. It has to be ultra-creamy and glossy to make the pout pop!”.

    What is your best makeup tip you can share with my readers?

    Anna: “Not to Prime is a Crime! Whatever skin type you have there is a primer that is perfect for you! Primers act as a  bridge between your skin and makeup and help to keep your base in place all day. There is such a wide variety of primers that target skin concerns like dehydration, dullness, excess shine and even work to smooth out the eyes and lips. My must-wear is the Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer which is ideal for all skin types and works to calm and smooth the skins surface”.

    And lastly Peter, what’s the best hair tip you can give?

    “My hair tip for summer; work with your hair’s natural texture! Don’t over complicate your hair look and embrace your hairs’ kinks and waves. You usually just need to make sure the texture and body is even. An easy way to do this and build texture into your hair is by investing in a good quality texture spray like L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Messy Cliché. Spray it onto damp before drying, twist the lengths and create a bun on top of the head wrapping the hair around its self or maybe even a lose plait. Then if you’re heading out that night and want a quick change take out the in the bun or plait and shake up the lengths with your fingers. Make a centre part and push the hair at the front behind the ears then you’re ready to go!”.

    Bring on the hot days by the beach and warm nights with a cocktail I say!

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  • InBeauty, Hair, Make Up, Style

    Kookai’s Spring/Summer 2016/2017 Collection Beauty

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

    On Tuesday the 4th of October, aboard Seadeck, cruising around Sydney’s Darling Harbour at sunset, KOOKAI unveiled their latest Cruise Spring Summer 2016 collection in the most stunning of ways. KOOKAÏ, known for their large production seasonal runway shows, have taken their launch in a new direction for this collection, reserving it for an intimate crowd of carefully selected guests from the city’s A-list.

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    Fresh from New York Fashion Week’s front row, Australian rising star Gabby Westbrook Shone as the show’s opener, alongside local favourites Astrid Holler, Georgie Perkins, Cassie Lapthorne and Amy Pejkovic. Guests on the night included Ksenija Lukich, Laura Dundovic, Bachelor beauties Anna Heinrich and Olena Khamula, Monika Radulovic, Charlotte Best and social media stars Pia Muehlenbeck, Natalie Roser, Aisha Jade and Ryan Ginns.

    KOOKAÏ’s Cruise Collection was created by the brand’s Melbourne-based design team, taking inspiration from European summers spent sunning on the Amalfi Coast and Isle of Capri. The season’s colour palette is bright and bold, with tiled prints and rich laces fashioned into playsuits, bustiers and off the shoulder styles. The theme of the night, in line with the collection, was playful, vibrant and indulgent. Guests aboard the floating venue, itself European-styled, were treated to summery cocktails on arrival.

    THE NAPOLEON PERDIS DRESS CODE

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    For lustworthy skin, begin by cleansing with Auto Pilot Hydrating Milk Cleanser; massage into skin using your fingertips, spritz the face with Auto Pilot Moisture Mist and massage further for a deeper clean.

    Plump and perfect with Auto Pilot Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum; massage into the skin using fingertips or buff with Complexion Perfection Brush 23s.

    Boost under eye hydration with Supreme Eye Cream. Pat over the under eye area using your fingertips.

    Add luminosity and an extra shot of hydration with Auto Pilot Radiance-Boosting Primer; apply using Complexion Perfection Brush 23s.

    Frame the face by defining the brows with Eyebrow Pencil Pale Rider. Set in place with Wand-er Brow Clear to Go. Extend your lashes with Total Bae Own It! Mascara Jet. For added volume apply a second coat.

    Lighten and brighten eyes with eyes with The One Concealer. Tap around the eyes and any areas of concern. Fuse into the skin using Correct & Conceal Brush g14.

    Achieve a dewy finish using Auto Pilot BBB Cream. Blend over your skin using fingertips or High Definition Concealer/Foundation Brush g20.

    Set and perfect the base with Camera Finish Powder Foundation. Dust over the feature focus area.

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    Add warmth to the eyes using Color Disc Tawny Temptress over the mobile lid, blending upwards past the socket of the eye for a fused finish. Add a soft sweep along the lower lash line for subtle definition.

    Sculpt the eyes further by sweeping Color Disc Espresso to Go softly through the socket and along the lower lash line for a smokey effect using Sculpting Brush 10r.

    Highlight the inner corners of the eyes with Loose Eye Dust Mosaic Gold.

    To brighten the eyes, tap Loose Eye Dust Star Light onto the mobile lid.

    Add a flushed hint of pink to the cheeks with a sweep of Blush It! Blush Powder Cheeky using Chisel Blush Brush 22b.

    Using Matte Bronze, sculpt the face and create a sun kissed look by applying to the high points of the face.

    Create golden highlights using Light Switch Luminizer Pallette Gold on the top of the cheekbones, cupids bow and down the bridge of the nose.

    Layer with a generous amount of Loose Eye Dust Honey Child for intense sparkle and shine.

    Team your bronze eye with an application of DeVine Goddess Lipstick Electra.

    STYLE- DIAL THE LOOK UP OR DOWN TO SUIT YOUR MOOD

    For added volume and definition, style eyes with a pair of Lashes Zinnia. Cut to customise, coat the lash band with glue, position and pinch into place!

    To subtly blend the false lash into the natural lash, apply a thin line of Neo Noir Liner to the top lash line.

    Get creative and layer Luminous Lip Veil Pretty in Peach onto lips for a perfect blend of pink and peach.

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    To complement the tailored playsuits and breezy sun dressers, Peter Thomsen of Chelsea Hairdressing created two stunning pony tails to help women take their style from beach to bar over the warmer months.

    “The hair has a beautiful nautical, relaxed and windswept feel to it. It’s quite windy on the boat tonight so we need a style that not only works with the clothes but also works with the elements.   The pony tail is a really versatile and practical hair look for summer. It can be simple but also looks incredibly chic,” explains Peter Thomsen. “We have two looks here tonight, both ponytails. One has a beautiful soft wave through the lengths while the other is straight and has a great dry natural texture to it. The key to both of these styles in is the preparation and positioning.  It’s really important to build texture into the hair as you blow dry.”

    Peter Thomsen, L’Oréal Professionnel Hair Director

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    LOOK 1: TEXTURED PONY TAIL

    Apply L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Volume Lift from roots to ends and blast dry.

    Spray lengths and ends with L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Wild Stylers Next Day Hair to create a dry texture and brush through to distribute the product evenly.

    Take small sections of hair, spray with L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Wild Stylers Beach Waves and then curl the section from eye level down, horizontally using a medium sized curling tong.

    Brush the hair back off the face and tie lengths into a pony tail just above the occipital bone.

    Finish with L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium Hairspray to hold the style in place.

    image007LOOK 2: NATURAL PONY TAIL

    Apply L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Pli to roots to ends. Blow dry the hair straight without curving the ends.

    Follow with L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Wild Stylers Next Day Hair and brush through to distribute the product evenly.

    Brush the hair back away from the face and secure into a ponytail just above the nape.

    Spray L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium Hairspray to hold the style in place.

    And that’s your 2016/17 Spring Summer clothing, dress and makeup sorted!

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  • InHair

    Review | Head & Shoulders Shampoo & Conditioner

    *sponsored

    Black on black clothing is the epitome of style. But if you have a pretty little sprinkle of dandruff on your shoulders, not so much…

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    When I was invited to trial Head & Shoulders Clean & Balanced 3ActionFormula Shampoo and Conditioner recently, I was super interested as I suffer from a bout of dandruff from time to time each year – #truestory – which I put down to the daily washing of my hair which in turn, leads to a dry itchy scalp. But even though I’ve tried to extend the days between washing numerous times, I cannot ignore the fact I just don’t feel clean after a shower unless I’ve washed my hair. Such is life hey?

    I remember using Heads & Shoulders back when I was younger as it was all my parents would recommend it for my dandruff, even though my dad though it was “a little expensive for shampoo!” – my mum hooked me up. Thank goodness I can happily buy my own shampoo now, my dad might actually have a heart attack if he knew the prices of some products I’ve bought over the years….

    This is a rave review really, because as a daily hair washer, not all products that are labelled ‘safe to use daily’ are actually good for such frequent washing – anyone remember the 2in1’s? Both the shampoo and conditioner are lovely and creamy, without the feeling of weight and oil dripping down my hair, and is a really great pre-blowdry option. I have used H&S on and off over the years and I was excited to see that the yucky ‘off’ smell was still not present whatsoever in either products which isn’t the case with some anti-dandruff prods – you know that scent I’m talking about! I’m very happy to report that my hair smells just as yummy as the high end products do and I’ve found a little actually goes a long way, and I’m a chronic overuser of hair care products – well expect oils, I’ve learnt my lesson there. The shampoo lathers and foams up nice and good, without the feeling of being stripped of any oils, and the conditioner has that real smooshy feeling that leaves my detangling comb gliding through my hair.

    No sly itching of the head within the last week so that’s another plus, along with no flakes within my hairbrush – told you it’s a rave!

    The packaging works too, both products sit comfortably upright in my shower holder and the SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER text is easy to read on the labels. The price is right too, with the shampoo retailing at $12.49AUD for the huge 400ml products.

    Have you used Heads and Shoulders before, is it your go to for eliminating dandruff?

    HOT TIP : Realised your hair is full of oil/grease/dirt/the smell of last night’s pub crawl but completely out of your usual clarifying shampoo? Anti-dandruff shampoos are the bomb substitute for deep cleansing shampoos, it’s tried and tested at Why Hello Beauty HQ – pass this important information on to your bestie, it’s a hack everyone needs to know!

     

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  • InHair

    Winter Hair Inspiration

    Rosie Viney Hair

    || Hair by Hair on the Boulevard staff ||

    Hello, it’s Rosie again!

    As John Snow would say “Winter is coming!”. And what’s better to do than embracing the cooler months by heating things up with a new hair colour? Here are my tips for changing it up this chilly winter!

    For those girls that are quite blonde already, I would recommend to only have a small change by adding some natural lowlights in caramel, copper, beige or ash tones. These colours will help blend your natural root colour in a little more, giving you a lovely contrast in your light blonde colour.

    For those that are closer to a darker blonde, there is the option of the stunning blended balayage. This colour is great for people that prefer lower maintenance colours, as it’s very versatile with options varying from quite a dark root colour to very light on the ends (1) or the roots being close to your natural colour with only a honey or caramel blonde on the ends (2) or even using your natural base as the root colour with highlights on the ends (3).

    For those that want an extreme change (given you have consulted with your professional senior hair stylist) can try out a dark all over colour. This colour should only be chosen by a professional for your skin tone to look as natural as possible and not going any further than two shades darker than your own natural root colour. *By not going any further than two shades also helps it to stay lower maintenance as your regrowth won’t be as obvious. If you want to go darker than that keep in mind you will get a more obvious lighter regrowth and will be higher maintenance. The darker you go you may need to make a few appointments closer together as it may take a little bit for your colour to adhere to your hair the first few goes depending on how healthy your hair is. Also if you are the type of person that likes to change a lot, I would recommend only having a semi colour as it is easier to lift out when you want to go back lighter. When my clients go dark I recommend our NAK Colour Masque Conditioners, these boost colour intensity (for bright red and purples), promote vibrancy and give a gorgeous shine. They also prevent against colour fading and will maintain your colour in between services. They do act as a mask so use only as needed, say once a week or fortnight.

    All these variations shown are lovely colours and changes for winter but please don’t attempt these colours at home, they need the love and care of a professional like myself 🙂

    Go on, take the plunge and speak to your hairdresser about a new hair colour for winter. Please feel free to add my salons Facebook page Hair on the Boulevard and our Instagram @hairontheboulevard or my personal hairdressing page @rv_hairdressing for ideas as well. Why not even try a new cut or style while you are there?

    Rosie VTake care, Rosie xxx

    Hair on the Boulevard

    2/32 The Boulevard Shearwater, Tasmania

    (03) 6428 7117

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  • InFeatures, Hair

    A Day in the Life of a Hairdresser, with Kristy Rattray

    I wanted something new for Why Hello Beauty in 2016 and I can finally present to you, the first in a regular feature ‘A Day in the Life Of’.

    As a beauty lover who doesn’t work within the industry (yet!), I am curious and also envious of those who do and thought I could live vicariously through them, within this platform. I have beauty therapists, nail technicians, makeup artists and various others working within the beauty industry all lined up to contribute throughout the year but first up, I have a Kristy Rattray, a local Tasmanian hairdresser sharing a typical day doing all things hair!

    “Hi – Kristy here; hairstylist, wife and mumma to my 7 month old daughter Evie. I live in beautiful Devonport, Tasmania and work 3 days a week in my fathers family business Get Smart Hairdressing. I’ve been invited by Emily to write a blog post detailing a day in the life of me. As you can imagine, with a little baby it can be fairly busy but I think I have everything pretty much down pat now after a couple of months of practice – and the days it all falls into place, I feel like supermum! For a typical day of a senior hair stylist, keep reading on!”

    6 – 6:30am: This is where my day usually begins with Evie waking up ready to start the day. If it’s not a work day, I go and get grab her and pop her into bed with me for another couple of hours snooze, but today I’m off to work so I get her up and give her a feed. When she’s finished, I usually express the other side (I am still breastfeeding so my days usually involve some pumping between clients!), then I change her and pop her on the play mat with her toys while I get ready for my day to start.

    7:30am – Once I’m showered, I always do my makeup before my hair. My hair takes ages to dry so I pop some Kerastase Ciment Thermique heat protectant in and let it air dry as much as possible while I finish the rest of my routine. Breaky time consists of weetbix and banana most of the time, this is also when I prepare Evies breakfast for her to have later on in the morning, usually whatever fruit I have in the fridge pureed with some yoghurt. I also pack her bag for the day ahead.

    8:30am – Now to do my hair, I’ve already put my heat protectant in so I use a round brush to blow-dry and straighten my locks and I’m ready to start the day. Now it’s time to drop Evie at her at Nanny or Grandmas house for the day, I usually feed her one last time before I head off to work.

    10:00am – Finally time for my working day to start – I must say once I walk through the door of the salon I can breathe a huge sigh of relief! My first client for the day is a ladies haircut, my apprentice had already coloured her for me earlier in the morning, so when I walk in she’s being rinsed off at the basin. Following her, I have a mens haircut to do, which both of these clients I have been doing for over 4 years so it’s a great start to the day.

    11:15am – Next up is another womens haircut, this client I haven’t seen for over 12 months as she has been travelling around Australia, so we have a great catch up! I cut her hair into a gorgeous concave bob, she rebooks for a cut and colour in 6 weeks time, just in time before she heads off again on another adventure.

    12pm – Lunch time! On a Monday I usually head up to my mother in laws to see my daughter for a feed and grab some lunch, they live very close to town and it only takes me 5 minutes to drive there.

    1pm – From now on my afternoon is filled with blonde clients, I like to think of myself as a bit of a blonde specialist – it’s definitely my favourite thing to do!

    First up is a full head of foils & toner and while that’s processing I complete another ¾ head of foils and tint.

    Once these have processed, I then tone and cut their hair. Over the years I’ve tried many different foiling techniques in order to perfect my blonde retouching, it is one of the hardest things to get right, and being blonde myself I know exactly how I like my colour to look. It is so important to get the highlights nice and close to the root and totally seamless and natural looking. I have now developed my own technique that I have been using for around 4 years, which some of other staff also use on a daily basis.

    5pm – My final client is a little boy whose hair I’ve cut a couple of times now, his mother is also a client at the salon. Once that is completed, we shut up the shop and I head off to pick Evie up and head home.

    6pm – Dinner time for hubby, Evie and I, she has vegies and we have whatever is going on that particular night. Next up for Evie is a bit of play, bath time, story time and bed, sometimes while she’s playing and being bathed I head to the gym or go for a walk, for that bit of me time. The rest of the night usually consists of other house hold chores, a bit of Facebook and Instagram updating, chats with the husband, TV and then bed around 10:30pm.

    So there you have it, a working day in the life of me – extremely hectic but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

    Please visit my Instagram @kristyrattrayhair to check out some of my work and inspiration.

    For appointments, call Get Smart Hairdressing on 64243833, visit our website at www.getsmarthair.com or simply email me at kristyarattray@gmail.com.

    With love, Kristy x

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  • InHair

    Get Your Best Blow-Out Yet

    I always used to buy cheap hairdryers. They all blew out the same hot air, right? Wrong!

    Since I was a frizzy haired teen, hair dryers have come a long way and the hi-tech ones now include special conditioning technology that reduces static & damage and actually trap the moisture inside your hair – rather than expelling it with every blow of heat!

    VS Sassoon have recently launched their Diamond Brilliance Ionic Ceramic AC Dryer, which I have been lucky enough to experience at home and give you my thoughts here on Why Hello Beauty.

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    Here’s the deets you need to know;

    • This dryer has a powerful 2100W motor within, with 6 control settings to deliver flawless results, with any hair type. If you like a sleek straight blow out, use with the attached concentrator or for full and bouncy curls/ waves, simply pop on the diffuser and you’re set.
    • VS Sassoon have also included the much-needed ‘true cold shot’ that immediately switches the air to cold to really seal the style you have just your time creating.
    • This dryer has a longer than usual cord that allows you to move around much more freely when styling and has a cute little hook to hang within your beauty room / bathroom whilst not in use.
    VS Diamond Brilliance2

    I use this hair dryer almost daily (I know, I know – worst thing I could do) and really notice a difference between this dryer and dryers of old. The technology inside this baby really leaves your hair feeling silky and touchable, and when mixed with a styling brush gives you such a salon-worthy look! So far, I’ve had the obligatory sleek blowdry, a cute and playful top bun with the remainder of my hair messed up and on a rather lazy day, I used the diffuser for frizz-free relaxed waves.

    VS Sassoon Diamond Brilliance Ionic Ceramic AC Dryer retails for $69.95AUD and can be purchased in stores around Australia/ worldwide and of course, online.

    For a little something extra, here are my tips for your best salon-style blow out ever!

    • Start with freshly washed wet hair with a touch of oil (i.e. Moroccan Oil) for health
    • Work some stylish mousse or similar product into the roots of your hair and mid-lengths
    • Grab a large professional round styling natural boar bristle hair brush and dry approx. 1 inch sections until completely dry, ensuring that you have curled each section in the direction that you wish for it to sit (i.e. to curl around your face, blow dry the hair towards this direction)
    • Blast the hair from above whilst using the brush to smooth any frizzy spots on the top layers, rather than below to seal the hair cuticle down and not roughen up the style you are creating
    • Once the style has been created, give your head a quick shot of cool air (again, from above) and spritz over with your desired hairspray
    • Add mascara and lippie and oh wow, you’re suddenly Kate Middleton! *Princess tiara optional

    Oh! And before I forget, if you’re located within NSW & VIC, be sure to catch VS Sassoon’s live instore demonstrations next month, showcasing their revolutionary new product Curl Secret. Best part is, if you purchase a Curl Secret on the day, you’ll also score a $40 rotating brush as well – winner winner chicken dinner! Catch all the deets here at CS LiveDemo!

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    What’s In My Shower Right Now?

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

    Because I love the videos on youtube that show what people actually use on their hair and skin, I thought I would share what is currently in my shower right now. Please share with me what you are using too, I’d love new product finds!

    FACE

    Sukin Revitalising Facial Scrub

    Affordable, cheap and gentle on the skin, it’s been in my shower for months now – my man swears by this for his dry skin.

    ~Burts Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser

    This gives the skin such a silky smooth feel, I use it each morning whilst washing my hair.

    The Bakery Sugar Lip Scrub

    I picked this up in Thailand a few months back at a gorgeous little beauty shop for about $6 simply because it was so cheap and cute!

    HAIR

    Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Moistursing Lather Shampoo & Keratin Cream Rinse 

    My everyday shampoo and conditioner that smells like an expensive liqueur and gives my bathroom a gorgeous scent!

    Catwalk Fashionista Brunette Shampoo & Catwalk Fashionista Brunette Conditioner 
    When I feel my hair is lacking shine and depth, I apply this shampoo for about 5-10 minutes (depending what time of the morning it is….) and step out with refreshed glossy locks!

    Sephora Detangling Comb

    I purchased this comb with a recent Sephora order with ShopandBox and I rave about it. No pulling, tearing or hurting hair with a comb this big!

    SOAP

    ~ It may sound odd but I often splurge on soap for the shower, I feel it’s such a luxury and makes me feel so special. I pay around $22.95 in store for the MOR Lychee Flower Triple Milled Soap but it’s a vice I completely believe is worth the price <3 Plus an added benefit is,it smells ridiculously amazing!

    What are you using in your shower right now? Have you got a staple shower product that you wont ever stop using?

    Have a beautiful week all

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  • InHair

    My Visual Diary of Growing Out My Hair

    Growing Out My Hair

    Have you ever found yourself loving yourself with short hair but one day decided “shit, okay so my hair is now too short”? I got to that point early last year.

    After a breakup a few years back, I decided to do what I had always wanted to do and chop off all of my long brunette hair into a pixie cut. I also indulged in wayyyyy too much bleach over the next few months purely because well, I finally could, as my naturally-dark locks were now short enough to play around with bleach.

    I got to a point where I noticed quite obvious hair-breakage around my hairline and temple area and decided the rank regrowth I had within two weeks of a hair appointment was enough. It was time to restore and grow out my hair. And so it began.

    The first step to healthy longer hair was cutting out the bleach cold turkey and return to a blended brunette base whilst keeping my lighter ends. This then allowed me to play around with colours whilst growing out my hair, I remember having lilac, dusty pink and silver shades at some points last year! This was a nice distraction from the awkward shapes my hair was making….. :/ Keeping my as moisturised and hydrated as possible was also key, using specific conditioner, oils and treatments as often as necessary.

    Head scarfs, beanies in the cooler months and plenty of bobby pins helped me through the tough times but I did have another secret weapon. I just had gotten to a point where I was so over this growing out phase that I decided to have some Gorgeous Tape Hair Extensions placed in my hair for about six weeks, which helped in two ways. a) It allowed me to play with braids, buns, ponytails and touselled waves for the first time in YEARS whilst b) allowing my hair to grow a few extra inches. When I finally took them out, I found my hair had grown that much that I was almost able to have a real ponytail, with just a few loose hairs falling out which I can live with.

    Now that I have almost gotten to a point where I am happy with my hairs length, I’ve decided to completely return to the dark (brunette) side but I still like to keep my ends a touch lighter for an on-trend look. My goal is to now completely grow out ALL of my existing layers to a solid bob/lob for a choppy cool look.

    *One product I cannot rave more highly about and one that I have always paid full price for is Kerastase Initialiste Advanced Scalp & Hair Serum Concentrate. Just a few pippets daily applied to the roots will greatly reduce hair growth and thickness within 8 weeks. I used this for a few months last year whilst growing and I completely believe it works. It’s expensive yes but in my opinion, worth it. For further information on this gem, see this link.

    Are you too growing out your hair? Have you found a product that promotes hair growth?

    Share with me in the comments!

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  • InHair

    My Paul Mitchell Haircare Review

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

    Paul Mitchell says:

    ‘Your ultimate defense against colour fade. Ultimate Color Repair harnesses the reparative power of quinoa to lock in hair color, restore luster and reverse the signs of damage. Discovered by the Incas thousands of years ago, quinoa is an ancient grain rich in amino acids that penetrate into the hair and bond like a magnet, creating a protective shield.’

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    Emily says ‘”This is really amazeballs!”.

    Shampoo and conditioner are something I am really funny with as I tend to gravitate towards those that really leave my hair silky smooth even though I nearly always rock a messy bed head style… I love that feeling of really conditioning smooshy shampoo (no other way to describe!) and a velvety conditioner, that’s for sure.

    This shampoo provides this, the best I’ve actually tried from recent memory, other than the always-reliable Redken All Soft. My fingers glide through shampoo without any knocks and having previously bleached the life out of my hair, which is kind of a big deal. The conditioner is just as nice, leaving me with soft smooth hair even without applying a hair oil.

    The smell is fine, nothing bad or offensive but it does smell familiar, I just can’t put my finger on what it reminds me of. Obviously quinoa comes to mind but it’s not that ha! The consistency looks gritty / curdled but it doesn’t have any crunch at all, again weird! I WILL definitely repurchase this once empty, promise.

    These two products retail at $25.95AUD and can be purchased instore at Paul Mitchell salons or at various places online.

    What is your favourite brand of hair products?

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  • InHair

    The Right Way to Blow Dry Your Bangs

    A cowlick should not discourage you from learning to appreciate bangs, especially with bangs becoming such a huge trend over the past year. Whether you are trying out bangs for the first time or have faithfully sported yours for years, cowlick is just one of the realities you have to deal with. One of the most important skills that you will be able to learn with your bangs is in terms of blow drying it. If you know the right tricks, it is easier to style to suit your hairstyle so you won’t ever have to suffer from bad-bang hair day again (if there is such a thing!).

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    Follow these tips to tame your cowlick with the use of your blow dryer.

    1. Timing is crucial. You should gently dry your hair and bangs post-shower but do not wait too long. If you wait for the bangs to air dry, it also gives it time to set. Once your bangs have set, it will no longer conform to the style that you wish to create no matter how much you blow dry it.
    2. Positioning is key. Locate where the cowlick starts and then place the thumb of your hand that you are using to hold the brush underneath the specific section you intend to blow dry. At this point, you must place the brush above the thumb such that the bangs are squeezed in between them.
    3. As you are directing the heat from the blow dryer down the hair shaft, pull your bangs towards the right and then to the left. From there, pull it straight down. You have to maintain the tension on the pull of your bangs as you go. Do this until your bangs are completely dry. It is a simple technique yet does a lot of difference in giving your body and style to your bangs.

    If you want to further enhance the blow drying process on your bangs, keep these in mind:

    • If you want a smooth finish to your bangs when you blow dry it, use a nozzle attachment. This attachment will help direct the airflow so you can maximise the heat coming out of the dryer.
    • Brush your bangs in a criss-cross motion while you blow dry it per section. This is a highly effective technique to fight cowlick.

    What other techniques do you use to get more shape into your bangs with a blow dryer?

    AUTHOR: Abby is a writer and social media marketer for My Hair Care. If you are looking for additional resources on hair care and beauty, drop by their blog at http://www.myhaircare.com.au/blog.

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