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Hair Secrets

Hair Secrets.

Want to up-your hair game, but feel like you’ve tried every trick in the book? No problem! Our stylists have shared some of their more unusual tips for beautiful, strong and healthy hair.
Antioxidants aren’t just for your face. Refresher: antioxidants are molecules which are linked to minimising the signs of ageing. Antioxidants like selenium, Vitamin C and Vitamin E (to name a few) work to protect the skin against sun damage and increase its repair time. Antioxidants work in the same way for your hair, promoting its health and shine. Kevin.Murphy products have been billed ‘skincare for your hair’ for this very reason. They utilise antioxidants from kakadu plum, orchid, lotus flower and desert lime to reduce breakage and repair chemically damaged strands naturally. Time to incorporate some antioxidant action into your routine and reap the benefits.
Try the ponytail facelift. This tip may sound silly, but hear us out – it totally works! When your hair is pulled high and tight enough away from your face, it provides a small but noticeable lift to your skin. Plus, it’s no secret that most people equate ponytails with their childhood and teenage years. In combination, these factors give the humble ponytail a youth-enhancing effect. Just remember to keep the ponytail high on the head and super-tight. A good hair brush and quality smoothing serum are essential to elevate this look to its full potential.
Collagen supplements. Collagen makes up a large part of our hair – it’s what gives it strength and elasticity, and helps with its growth and regeneration. The body’s natural collagen production starts to decrease with age, which causes a decline of collagen levels in the body. It may be worth considering supplementing your diet with collagen capsules to boost the health of your hair shaft and follicles. Added benefits include a boost to digestive health (which is linked to healthy hair) and the appearance of your skin and nails.
Go loco for coconut oil. Ok, this one isn’t really a secret. Everyone and their mother (and father, sister, brother and grandma) knows that coconut oil is an incredible deep conditioner. This is because, when applied directly to the hair, the oil penetrates the shaft to moisturise, repair and protect hair. Remember that it’s difficult to remove coconut oil from your hair using only water; use your shampoo of choice to remove any oily residue before you hop out of the shower.

Should I get a pixie cut?

If you’re a long haired lady who has been thinking about cutting your hair much, much shorter, you’ll know that the thought process behind a pixie cut can be daunting. After all, there’s nowhere to hide with a pixie cut. There’s no quick growing out period, no option of putting your hair in a ponytail to hide the cut; to be frank, there’s nowhere to hide at all! Opting for a short cut requires both confidence and commitment. If you’re still thinking about going ahead, here are some things to consider:

Do you trust your stylist? There’s nowhere to hide with this look, so it’s important that the haircut is done well and with proper technique. Have a chat with your stylist about the look you’re going for, different styling options, and what will best suit your face.
Your styling options become streamlined. A pixie cut means no more equivocating about whether you should opt for curls or a smooth blowdry for a night out. You’ll no longer have to decide between ponytails, or braids, or upstyles. If you’re low maintenance or indecisive, the lack of options will be seen as a blessing. With the right styling product and technique, you’ll be out the door faster.
Will the cut fit with your overall look? Everyone can pull off short hair and a pixie cut works with a multitude of looks. However, it’s important to think about how a statement haircut will work with your overall aesthetic and whether you’ll want to tone your look down, or up, after the cut. Do you usually opt for bold, statement making outfits? Are you dedicated to neutrals? Will you need to change up your hair colour also? Considering these things will help you during your initial consultation with your hairdresser, to ensure that you end up with a look that suits you.
You’ll have to give it time. It’s completely normal to freak out after making a huge change to your hair – you’re only human! It’s no secret that humans sometimes have trouble dealing with change, and it’s important to keep this in mind before and after the cut. Give yourself a few days to get used to your new short hair, muster your confidence and give different styling options a try. Once you’re no longer hiding behind your hair, you’ll probably realise how much you love your face.

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PRODUCT NEWNESS: Kevin.Murphy Bedroom Hair

We’re always excited for a bit of Kevin Murphy newness. The Australian label is best known for innovative, skincare inspired products which are weightless and results driven.

In September, we’re excited to welcome e. packaged in a gorgeous pastel blue bottle, this is a light and flexible hold hairspray which adds shine and hold for that perfect ‘lived in’ look. Key ingredients include sunflower seed extract to provide protection and essential nutrients for hair health and strength, ginger root extract to strengthen, condition and protect your hair and vegetable glycerin to prevent moisture loss. This trio of natural ingredients keeps hair soft and manageable, with a flexible ‘all day’ hold and touchable texture.

How to use it? Apply as a finishing touch to dry hair. It’s the perfect way to create lived-in hair without the fuss. Think post-nap ‘i just woke up like this’ hair, with just the right amount of volume and soft texture.

Like other Kevin.Murphy products, it’s sulphate and paraben free, and perfect for all hair types, colours and textures.

Pastel Blonde Hair Colour

Colour trend alert – Pearlescent colour

It’s safe to say that beauty has gone straight up mythical. The latest hair trend is no different, inspired by mermaids, unicorns and holograms. Say hello to straight up dreamy pearlescent colour.

The ultimate incarnation of this look is muted multi-toned pastel tones (think pearly, soft blues and pinks), seamlessly blended together and finished with a shell-inspired mother-of-pearl sheen. First, the hair is lightened to a pearl tone; this can be the hardest step to achieve. Layers of iridescent colour are then painted on to the hair, before being toned. The final result is subtle and muted, but equally mesmerising.

For clients who can’t get away with rocking rainbow hair on the daily, an opalescent milky toner will achieve a similar effect when paired with platinum blonde hair. Opt for a shimmering rose gold toner if you’re looking for a different take on the look.

If you’re thinking about going all the way with this trend, keep in mind that the look is difficult to achieve and requires a lot of post salon maintenance. You’ll need to spend hours at the salon to perfect your base colour (a white blonde base is essential, so multiple preparatory visits may be required), fastidious upkeep afterwards to keep the mixture of tones looking fresh, and a whole lot of deep conditioning. If you’re still keen, make sure to show your stylist photos of the exact look that you want to achieve as there are lots of different takes on this trend.

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Trending Colours

It’s no secret that our team are blonde obsessed – and with Olaplex, we’re able to push the boundaries when it comes to creating bright white blonde tones. But although the trend for 2017 is icy and bright, it also has a natural element. Keep things soft with fine blonde highlights and natural fade to the root, to avoid harsh and obvious regrowth. The final result should illuminate your complexion, rather than wash you out.

Blorange

From blonde, to bronde, to blorange – this new trend is a fun take on peachy spring pastels, mixing blonde shades with creamy orange and rosé tones. This unique hybrid is surprisingly flattering on most complexions. The trick to perfecting this colour is nailing your blonde base first, which will help the colour to really shine through. If you’re not game to try this colour all-over, give a muted blorange balayage a try.

Golden Tones

For brunettes, 2016 was all about jewel tones – the key trend for 2017 is equally as luxe. Right now, we’re obsessed with complimenting deep chocolate tones with gold toned shimmering balayage, to frame the face and brighten the complexion. Again, this look is all about avoiding obvious changes in tone and keeping the colour soft and seamless.

Chocolate Mauve

If you’re a fan of pinky tones and are looking to update your look for the new year, then look no further than chocolate mauve. This look draws on the popular rose-gold trend of 2016, but with a darker edge. Deep rose tones are blended with rich brunette colour and painted onto the hair,creating a stunning multi-tonal result.The variations in shade should be evident, but subtle. Be warned – the colour works well on natural blondes, but will generally require some lightening for those with darker base colours.

What’s next for blonde colour?

Now, no doubt fuelled by the influx of dedicated hairdressing pages on Instagram, the hottest trend is soft, sun-kissed blonde balayage that flatters and frames the face. Our team has this technique down to a fine art, but remain aware of the fact that blonde colour is a constantly evolving medium.

Thankfully, the focus in the past few years has moved towards healthy hair – gone are the days of straw like blonde strands which are damaged from over-bleaching. Colour innovations like Olaplex are to thank for this, which allow colourists to take clients lighter more quickly and without compromising the integrity of the hair. Products like the Evo Fabuloso Blonde Colour Intensifying Conditioner and Kevin.Murphy Blonde.Angel treatment also help to minimise damage from bleaching. Regular use of these products has the added benefit of helping to maintain salon colour for longer, by banishing brassy tones.

The rise of hybrid blonde trend colours like blorange and bronde have also taken blondes to a new level, which packs an striking punch. The popularity of these trends are no doubt linked to the fact that they have made blonde colour accessible to a wider range of people. They act as a happy mid-point for clients with naturally dark hair or red undertones, who would have difficulty achieving a true white blonde.

Right now, blonde colour is moving towards a natural, seamless look, where it’s near impossible to distinguish where the client’s natural colour begins and ends – even where a client has darker roots. For hairdressers, this requires focus on technique and precision, and an understanding of colour selection and placement. A key part of the process is choosing tones which will flatter each individual client. After all, blonde colour is all about brightness, and leaving each client feeling like their best self. We’re crowning 2017 the ye

Perfect your at home blow-out.

Perfect your at home blow-out.

Achieving a salon look at home just got easier – our hairdressers have spilled the beans on their tips and tricks for nailing your at-home blow-dry.

Dry a little first. Before getting started with your blow-dryer, make sure to towel dry your hair to remove at least 35-40% of moisture from your locks. Make sure to be gentle with the towel; use soft movements and avoid vigorous rubbing or pulling at the roots. After towel drying, blow-dry using only hot air and your fingers before coming in with a brush.

Be gentle. Proper technique is all about being gentle, and avoiding damage to your hair. Be sure not to pull your hair when brushing, and avoid using the high heat setting on your blowdryer if possible. And remember to keep the blow-dryer moving at all times, to avoid concentrating heat on one portion of hair.

Focus on the roots. If you’re after body and volume, use your fingers to comb your hair upwards from the roots while you blow dry. Using a brush for this step is less effective, as you won’t be able to get as close to the scalp.
Work methodically. Divide your hair into 4-6 sections (depending on how much hair you have) from ear to ear, and secure each one with a sectioning clip. Starting from the back of your head, working with a round brush, point the nozzle of the dryer at your hair and move it directly down the hair shaft from root to tip. Keep working the brush through each section until it is completely dry. Dry each section of the back half, before getting started on the front.

Use products sparingly. Investing in good products can be futile if you’re using them incorrectly. Keep in mind that less is generally more when it comes to leave-in heat protectants and conditioners. Opt for a dollop of products the size of a 20 or 50 cent coin (depending on how much hair you have) to avoid a stringy finish. Make sure to concentrate the product through the ends of your hair, to avoid an oily scalp. And always apply voluminising products to the roots only, so as not to weigh the rest of your hair down.

Ask your hairdresser. Ask your stylist for at-home blowdry tips the next time you’re in the chair. Professional insight can make all the difference, particularly when it comes to the proper way to hold your brush and blow-dryer.

The Secret to Perfect Hair

The Secret to Perfect Hair

Ever wondered what the secret is to perfect hair? Look, we’ll be honest – we don’t have one easy answer for you. What we do have are five top tips from our stylists to keep your hair in great condition. Implement their advice and you’ll be a little closer to flawless hair in no time.

Moisture, moisture, moisture. Your hair is like any other part of your body – it needs to be moisturized frequently. So don’t skip out on the conditioner; just make sure to keep it to the ends of the hair to help prevent split ends and fight against dryness. If your scalp is dry and flaky, invest in a good quality detoxing shampoo (like Kevin.Murphy Maxi.Wash, which is great for scalp health) and massage it gently into your scalp like a serum. Use firm, circular movements to invigorate your skin and encourage blood circulation.

Cut back on heat styling. Hands up if you’re guilty of straightening, or curling your hair every day? Repeated exposure to heat styling tools can damage the hair shaft and cause dry, damaged strands. Try to let your hair air-dry whenever possible, and play around with different products and partings to perfect your natural hair texture. If you are using hot styling tools, always use a protective treatment beforehand (we love the Kevin.Murphy Young.Again treatment) and don’t go full throttle on the temperature control.

Find what works for you. There’s a lot of debate around how many times a week you should wash your hair for optimum health. We have clients who swear by the no-poo method, and others can’t imagine not washing their hair every day. The answer? There is no answer – everyone has different hair, meaning that what works for you won’t necessarily work for everyone else. Find your solution and stick to it.

Love your hairdresser. Perfect hair requires a perfect foundation – the kind that only a professional cut can provide. A great haircut will not only act as the perfect compliment to your face shape and colouring, but also cut down your styling time in the morning and cause your hair to air-dry better. Frequent trims also are the only way to truly eliminate ratty split ends. Plus, visiting your hairdresser on a regular basis is the easiest way to pick up styling and hair-care tips, tailored for your hair type.

Eat well. You probably don’t need to hear it from your hairdresser too, but we’re going to lecture you anyway – a nourishing, vitamin rich diet and lots of water plays a huge part, especially when it comes to your hair. Healthy fats, Vitamins A and E and protein are key for strong, luscious locks.

Styling Trends for 2017

Styling Trends for 2017

Want to know our stylists top styling trends to try in 2017? These are our picks, perfect for formal events, or just a night out.

Bling. Accentuate basic styles with shimmering hair accessories. The key to keeping this look fresh and wearable is staying subtle – so stay away from glitter parts. Think tiny ironed-in gold stars in long loose waves, holographic strands woven through boxer braids and mini gold clips to embellish intricate up-styles.

Body. The bigger the better in this case! Think voluminous side parts, big curls throughout and lots of movement on the ends. Invest in a round brush and rollers to nail the look (or just book a body blow-dry at the salon depending on your patience).

Pony club. The ponytail is making a comeback this year (again, we know!). Although we love a good high pony, right now we’re all about low loose styles tied with a thick black ribbon bow – if done right it works for all occasions.

Curl styling. Soft beachy waves have been trending for a long time – but we’re talking about curls of a different variety. The look for 2017 far tighter and 80’s perm-inspired. If your hair is naturally curly, all you’ll need is a great haircut and curl enhancing products to work with your natural texture. Otherwise, a curling wand with a small barrel is a necessity to achieve this look.

Need assistance? Our stylists are always happy to help! Email us at mail@yotshair.com.au to organise an appointment or free consultation.

Balayage – the Techniques

Root shadow

Also known as faux ombre, this balayage technique is a great way to minimise harsh lines and regrowth for blonde clients. To get the look, a dark toner is applied around the roots for a natural halo effect, and seamlessly blended with lighter, blonde sweeping highlights to frame the face. A lighter toner is then applied all over the highlighted sections to perfect the hue.

Contouring

Yep, it’s not just for your face! Hair contouring is a colouring technique that combines free-hand painted balayage and highlights, which are carefully placed throughout your hair. The key is picking out tones which complement each other, as well as the client’s unique colouring, and artfully positioning them to frame the face. Lighter tones reflect light to highlight and lengthen, while darker tones are used to frame and sharpen. We like to play around with different tones and depths of colour, for unique results suited to each individual client.

Colour Melt

This technique was probably the hottest colour trend on Instagram in 2016 (just check out the #colourmelt hashtag to see what we mean). It’s akin to statement ombre, but with a soft and natural twist – different tones of colour are woven and blended with each other to create a ‘smudging’, or ‘melting’ effect. Multi-tonal colour is seamlessly worked down from the root area, and blended to eliminate any harsh or obvious lines.
Babylights

For a fresh, flattering and natural look, baby-lights are the ultimate colour technique. These fine, subtle and super-soft highlights mimic the natural multi-dimensional colour seen on children, placed all over the head. This look can be tweaked to work for all hair colours and skin-tones. Remember that baby-lights process requires your colourist to work with tiny pieces of hair, so expect this service to take extra time.