What is Smartbond and why do we use it?
SMARTBOND is a unique system that protects and strengthens the hair during colour services. Many salons charge extra for this service, however, we feel by using Smartbond your hair condition is preserved therefore we can create, softer, shinier, stronger hair which gives us optimal colour results that last. For this reason we have absorbed the cost into the colour price and use it in all of our colours. When your hair shines, so do we!
How does it actually work?
During the colouring process, the hair often suffers stress to the bonds of the hair which is what basically webs everything together. Smartbond is a special formula that we add into the colour during the mixing process. The formula contains Maelic Acid which protects, reforms and strengthens the bonds. Once the colour is rinsed, we add step 2 at the basin. This also helps reform and strengthen the weak bonds, leaving your hair strong, shiny and radiant.
Step 3 is an optional at home treatment to help get the most out of your in salon Smartbond service. You apply after shampooing in place of a conditioner, leave for 1-3 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
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How often should you be washing your hair?
We often get asked the question "how often should I be washing my hair?"
To put the answer into plain and simple terms- it depends on your scalp.
Just like the skin on your face and body- everyone if different and there are no two faces or two scalps the same. The key to managing different scalp conditions are to treat the scalp differently from the hair. So here are a few tips for different regimes.
The everyday shampooer-
If you feel the need to shampoo your hair everyday, the chances are you have an oily scalp. You need something that will help to balance the scalp ph and control the overactive production of oils. I like Kevin Murphy Balancing Wash and Daviness Well Being conditioner. If you also have fine hair and want a little more lift, Kevin Murphy Plumping Wash or the Daviness Replumping Shampoo is also the perfect choice. The conditioners can be tailored to suit your hair type.
Dry and Flaky scalp-
Dandruff is one of those conditions that can be so severely mistreated! There are plenty of products on the market that remove the superficial dandruff, but don't really treat the problem at the core. Generally speaking there are two main types of dandruff, Oily and Dry. Both require deep exfoliation and daily treatment. To start with, treat the scalp with Daviness Purifying Gel. This is a once a week treatment that goes deep into the follicle to sort out the root of the problem. Follow on with Daviness Purifying Shampoo. Dandruff is often a sign of an underlying issue often linked to gut in balance or food allergies. This is best sorted out by an allergy specialist, naturopath or trichologist. *Do you have dry, itchy patches of dandruff? You may have a condition called Psoriasis. This is also best diagnosed by a doctor or health care professional.
"I only feel like my hair needs to be washed once a week. Is this ok?"-
Of course, and lucky you! If you don’t feel the need to wash your hair than that is totally fine! Just keep an eye on if your scalp becomes dry and flaky or if there is an odour starting to form . If so, make your hair washing a little more regular. It's also important to use hydrating products
Will washing my hair more often strip my colour?
All Kevin Murphy and Naturaltech shampoos are colour safe so please don't feel your beautiful colour is being jeapordised by shampooing your hair more often.
- This look is best achieved on wash day. While hair is still wet, apply a lightweight heat protectant such as KM Young Again.
- Blowdry with a paddle brush, moving the hair off the scalp in a side to side motion. Make sure you find your desired part before hair is totally dry.
- Once Hair is dry, section small layers of hair from bottom to top (about an inch at a time). Sectioning is really important and one of the most underrated steps in hairstyling! It may seem like a hassle, but trust me you will end up saving time by creating the perfect look the first time around.
- Iron straight down. Be sure not to bend the irons outwards. This will create flick. A slight bend in is ok.
- Once all sections are complete, finish with a light serum such as Davines Oi Oil.
- Simply section a horseshoe shape and create a half up loop bun.
- Use your hands to mess up the loop bun and secure with 1 or 2 bobby pins. That is all!
- Deconstructed waves. It’s hump day after all so why not have some fun.
- Apply a texturizing product into freshly washed hair. KM Anti Gravity Spray is great to create a bit of texture and hold, but if you need a little more oomph let’s go with KM Body Builder.
- Blowdry your hair with a Paddle brush from side to side to create lots of volume. Tip your head upside down if you need more help in this department.
- Take sections of 2-3 inches from bottom to top. Then take about 3 sections across each of these.
- Angle your straightening iron vertically and gently clamp and twist down the section. Don’t ‘curl’ too much. You want this to be just a slight amount of movement. Also avoid bending the ends too much as this will create too much curl and volume through the ends.
- Rake your fingers through with a texturizing spray such as KM Hair Resort to break up and deconstruct the style
- To finish, flip to a deep part.
- Find that deep flipped part again. Go deeper if you wish. Take quite a large section for the start of your braid so it’s nice and thick.
- Braid across the hairline until you reach the back of the head.
- Secure with a bobby pin and allow hair from crown area to fall over the end of braid hiding the pins.
- Tousled curls. You never know where Friday could take you!
- You got this! Just repeat Wednesday, but this time give a little more bend to create that bit of extra va va voom!
- Use Yesterdays curls as your base.
- From here we want to re create Tuesday’s halvsie section.
- Now split it down the middle.
- Tie each into a loop bun and again use your fingers to create a messy bun. Secure with bobby pins. Cute as.
- You may need to re wash your hair and recreate Wednesdays deconstructed waves or Fridays Tousled curls as a base, however this also works on just blow dried hair.
- Section the same as Saturdays double buns
- This time we are going to braid both sections straight back and secure them into 1 loop bun in the middle.
- Once the loop bun is created, mess up and secure with bobby pins.
This Rock ‘n’ roll inspired do is achieved by creating loads of choppy messy layers. It works on most hair textures and lengths, creating instant volume and movement. Think David Bowie meets Alexa Chung.
Styling the shag can be as simple as scrunching in some product, hair texture permitted. We love Kevin Murphy Body.Builder. For some, a little twist and flick of the cloud 9 might be needed. And finally to finish, a dusting of Kevin Murphy Powder Puff and a spritz of Kevin Murphy Hair Resort will have you rock ’n’ roll ready in no time.
It’s your day to be a princess. To avoid looking too Cinderella, pair your crown jewels with a soft blowdry or a simple ponytail. Keep your outfit simple and elegant.
This season, wavy hair has a new meaning. Waves are flowy and slightly lived in. Beautiful honey tones compliment by a soft and understated blow dry. This style suits most hats and fascinators so you really can’t go wrong!
A contemporary version on the fascinator classic. The headband is a versatile accessory that can tie in with almost any outfit choice. We love hair out for headbands but that’s not to say with the right choice you can’t tie in a soft up do.
Our favourite local milliner is Meredith McMaster Millinery. Check out her beautiful pieces on her Facebook page.
- Are you a blowdryer? Or an ironer? If you spend time round brushing your hair, then yes. If you quickly dry off or mostly air dry, then no.
- Are you a gadget person? Some people just like to have the latest and greatest. Dyson has a great reputation for delivering outstanding quality products and warranty.
- Is the condition of your hair compromised? Teamed up with the correct home care a Dyson dryer could be a valuable asset to getting your hair back on the path to recovery!
Adding subtle highlights will give multi dimension, which adds the illusion of more volume.
Using volumising products such as Davines Texturizing Volume Dust to dry hair will create grip and texture. If a smoother finish is desired, Davines volume boosting mousse will be your new best friend.
Ever wondered why your hairdresser can create a big bouncy blowdry and you just can’t? It all comes down to the brush! My top pick is the YS Park BRISTLE RADIAL BRUSH. Its ergonomic and lightweight design makes round brushing a breeze.
A blunt finish flatters finer strands. A small amount of layering is often flattering to help give lift, but keep any layers long to avoid losing thickness from your midlengths and ends.
- Salmon is loaded with Vitamin D & Protein. It also contains Omega 3 which keeps the scalp healthy.
- Yellow Capsicum have 5 ½ times the amount of Vitamin C than an orange. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which will strengthen the hair shaft and prevent breakage.
- Oysters contain an extraordinary amount of Zinc. Zinc deficiency has been noted to cause poor scalp and hair loss.
- Eggs are a fantastic source of aforementioned Omega 3’s & Biotin which many people take in supplement form. Be sure to eat the yolk as well as it helps to absorb the full nutrients.
- Sunflower Seeds are full of Vitamin E which helps blood flow to the scalp and makes the hair grow faster.
- Sweet Potatoes are rich in Vitamin A which also promotes healthy scalp and hair growth.
- Avocadoes contain essential fatty acids which keeps skin and hair smooth and glowing. It also stimulates collagen and elastin production.
- Swept back and centre part. This is such an easy style. Simply section out the front of your hair from ear to ear and give yourself a middle part to the crown of your head. Bun the back section of your hair, and then wrap the side pre sectioned pieces around the bun, securing with bobby pins.
- Shake it off, just as Taylor did! Lob it or bob it for your back to work transformation!
- One wave. Would you like to get a little extra mileage on a Monday morning from the weekends curls? Work a little Oi non Oil (More Inside) through the midlengths and ends, and brush out with a good quality bristle brush (I like the Macadamia bristle brush for this) to create a more polished wave for the office.
- Everyone loves a fringe! And what a perfect way to complete your new corporate look!
- Sleek Pony tail. An oldie but a goodie. The key to perfect this style is to prep the hair correctly. Make sure your hair is pencil straight before you begin this style.
- Fresh start- Yes ladies, this means a haircut! Even a small trim can make all the difference to those worn ends and can freshen up tired looking hair.
- Treat your tresses- My Naturaltech Vegetarian Miracle Conditioning masque teed up with More Inside Oi Non Oil will help to rehydrate from the inside out. A lot of masques and treatments out there are packed with low grade silicones and chemicals that put a coating on the outside layer of your hair which is like a bandaid affect as far as truly treating your hair is concerned. The Vegetarian Miracle and Oi Non Oil are both derived from plant extracts and essential oils and extremely performant.
- Touch up Toner- The effects of the Sun, salt water, chlorine and general wear and tear play influence to those brassy tones you can be left with after a summer holiday. You may not be due for you roots to be done yet, but coming in for an in between toner will make the world of difference to your colour! Starting from $20 this is also an inexpensive way to stretch out your next visit!
- Living the Dream- If you want to maintain that effortless and undone look you have been sporting this summer, here is a cheats way without dipping your head in the ocean! Braid you hair cornrow style. 5 sections will be ample. This gives you that zig zag look. If you have longer hair, you can also just plait your pony tail loosely. Sleep on this style and when you take it out you will have a really effortless and easy style! This style limits heat styling and preserves your hard efforts of resurrecting your hair.
- Less is more. I know, I know… we hear it all the time. Less doesn’t mean understated or small. I am talking about less feathers, less glitter, less tacky! Let the shapes speak. I think a classic example is this Morgan and Taylor “Mia Fascinator” I found on The Iconic website. Hair styles for this type of fascinator should be up. A sleek straight pony tail would be perfect, or if you prefer a bit of volume and wave through your do, a swept high upstyle that mimics the textures of the flower would be ideal.
- Now for something a little different. I’m calling this a bun wrap. I love it. I think it is the epitome of fresh youthfulness. A new take on the old hat. This look needs to be paired with appropriate attire, or it could end up looking random and porely thought out. I think the broaches are a nice touch to finish off the look and incorporate the rest of your outfit. The hairstyle for this look is fairly self explanitory, a nice high bun. It must be HIGH, borderline on the top of your head to avoid loooking random. When looking for a scarf, make sure it is not too big. This will make it tricky to attach to your hairstyle, but will also make the bun become solid and large which will take away from this effortless look.
- The wide brimmed hat. An oldie but a goodie, you can’t go wrong! If you wanted a different take on the simple hat, use a large scarf and tie onto the head to create a low ponytail off to the side with the scarf, and then place the hat over the scarf. (See method 4 in link for a better explanation http://www.wikihow.com/Tie-a-Headscarf) It’s important to have a paired back and simplistic approach to your hair if you go for this look. A low bun would work perfectly. I would still centre the bun, or if you would prefer have it off to the side, make sure you have the hair on the same side as the scarf. If you have short hair you can tuck it all in to the scarf whilst tying the knot.
- If you do decide to go vintage, do something unique and stay true to the era from head to toe. I absolutely love this little cap hat. This look if perfect for all you ladies with short hair! My guess to finding something similar to this would be to trawl specialist stores such as Paddington Antique Centre, Adornments or Retro Metro which are all in Paddington Brisbane. When going for the vintage style it is so easy to fall into the trap of imitations floating around thanks to recent trends, keep it classy and source the real deal.
As a stylist I find myself asking my clients "how do you like your hair to look and feel?"
The answer is almost always "just shiny and healthy".
So here are my 5 top tips for shiny healthy hair.
1. Brush your hair. It goes back to the old wives tale of "brushing your hair 100 times before bed". No, you don't have to be quite this excessive, but brushing through to your scalp with a good quality bristle brush before you shampoo will make the world of difference.
2. Healthy hair comes from a healthy scalp. Yes we have all heard it from Miranda Kerr herself. But the reality is most people don't have scalp problems properly diagnosed, so they don't treat their scalp appropriately. Your scalp is just like the skin on your face. People spend hundreds of dollars having facials and purchasing all sorts of lotions and potions for their face, and will then neglect their scalps with cheap "medicated" shampoo. Shampooing your hair regularly is also a must. Again, just think of the skin on your face or body... if you neglected to cleanse, you would have a build up of skin cells, oils and pollutions that all clog the follicle and restrict healthy new hair growth. Remember scalp analysis is a specialised skill. Get advice from the professionals.
3. Coconut oil. The newest craze in the kitchen is also good for your hair (and skin). It will leave an oily coating over the hair so I usually recommend working it through the hair at night, and shampooing it out in the morning. An exception to this rule is people with thick, course, curly hair who should only work the oil through your ends if you are going to leave it in overnight.
4. You are what you eat. Ok mum you were right... Vitamins C and Zinc in particular have been proven to promote healthy and thick hair growth. Fatty acids such as omega 3 will leave your hair beautiful and shiny.
5. Avoid ammonia. Unfortunately most old school stylists still have their head in the sand thinking ammonia free products don't work. I started avoiding using ammonia for my own health benefits, but it was the comments from my clients that convinced me to convert completely.
People were commenting on how much healthier their hair was, and we all know healthy hair means less colour fade... Double bonus!