How to wash your hair (like a hairdresser)

How to wash your hair (like a hairdresser)

Good hair is all in the wash. Sure, a great haircut and styling technique play a big part. But trust us, there’s a reason that your hair looks so incredible after you visit the salon. Think of it this way; a good wash provides the base for the rest of your style.

Here are our salon secrets for perfecting your at-home hair washing technique:
Temperature is important. Exposing your hair to super hot, or scalding water can leave it looking dry and limp. We like to keep things on the cooler side of warm; this opens the cuticle, which removes product residue and lets your products work their magic. If you’re game, try finishing up with a cold rinse to will close the hair cuticle and seal in moisture for extra shine.
Don’t scrub too harshly. The trick to perfecting a salon head massage at home is to keep things light. The health of your hair begins at the scalp, so don’t massage with too much pressure or use your nails! Too much friction can also damage the shaft of your hair, leading to frizz and damage. Start by massaging your scalp lightly with your fingertips, using vertical motions, and work your way around your head to the the base of your neck. The same rule goes when you get out of the shower – gently squeeze your hair to remove excess water instead of rubbing vigorously with a towel.
Rinse and repeat. It’s important to perfect your shampoo and conditioning technique. Start with a water rinse and make sure that your hair is completely wet before applying shampoo. Then lather gently, but keep it to your scalp. Feel free to rinse and repeat only if your hair is extremely dirty, or full of product residue. If you’re going to implement two consecutive washes, make sure you’re using a gentle shampoo to avoid stripping the hair. We love the Kevin.Murphy washes and rinses, which are paraben and sulfate free.
Nourish. Follow up with your favourite nourishing conditioner, applying a small amount from the middle of your hair to the ends. Work it in gently and use a wide tooth comb to gently de-tangle before rinsing. Be careful not to leave either shampoo or conditioner in your hair for too long, as this can lead to residue build up, and dull hair.
Professional products. We use the highest quality products at our salon basins, for the best results. Investing in professional products to use at home can be game changing for your hair. Ask your stylist for a shampoo and conditioner combo that suits your hair type to seriously boost your at-home results.

Bridal Hair Trends

Bridal Hair Trends 

You’ve sorted the venue, the caterers, the music, the dress … now it’s time to decide how you want to wear your hair for the big day.

Modern Bohemian: Lately, we’ve seen a rise in brides wearing their hair loose, flowing and textured. This effortless look works for both long and short hair – textured lobs are a huge trend right now. Soft waves can be complimented with final touches like skinny crown braids or flower crowns to up the wow-factor. This look is all about keeping things a little bit undone, but still polished. It’s the perfect compliment to a softer dresses with a bohemian vibe.
Sleek and Simple: If your dress is going to be the star of the show (think princess style, multiple layers or a dress with maximum embellishment) keep your hair simple so as not to compete. A low bun or a sleek ponytail works perfectly in this scenario. If you’re a fan of details, try a white floral hairpiece as a finishing touch.
Undone Up-styles: Traditionally, brides have opted for a sleek chignon or structured up-styles. This year, coinciding with the rise of non-traditional wedding dresses, we’re seeing a trend towards looser, laid back and more effortless up-styles. To perfect this look, leave things looking a bit wispy, a bit undone, a bit ‘almost falling out but not actually’.
Floral: Working fresh flowers into your wedding hair is one of the hottest bridal looks of 2017 -18 and perfect for a summer wedding. To nail the look, use flowers match your bouquet and incorporate them into a messy up-style (tiny flowers look incredible woven into a braid) or a flower crown. For ultimate inspo, check out pictures from the Rodarte Spring 2018 show.

Kevin Murphy, Great hair and easy styling

If you’ve been working hard to perfect your at-home blow-dry technique, you’ll know that a good arsenal of products is essential. The Kevin.Murphy range is a favourite amongst our team and clients. The range has a skincare philosophy, using only the highest quality natural ingredients, and the products are weightless and results-driven. All Kevin.Murphy products are sulphate free, paraben free and cruelty free, so you can feel good about using them. The range offers a number of products which make for great hair, and easy styling. Add a couple of our top picks to your beauty regimen to seriously boost your blow-dry game.

Angel Wash and Rinse

Use: Pre Blow-Dry

This cult shampoo and conditioner combo brings the goods and provides a perfect base for styling. As well as moisturising and protecting fine, dry and coloured hair, Angel Wash and Rinse won’t weigh down the hair. Plus, the combo works to protect both the hair and scalp, making it perfect for heat styling. The high concentration of natural ingredients delivers noticeable results: our favourite nourishing additions include Mango and Cocoa Seed Butters, Tangereine Peel Oil, Sunflower Seed Extract and Protein Enzymes.

Young Again

Use: Pre Blow-Dry

This weightless leave-in treatment oil is infused with Immortelle, a flower which is said to have anti-ageing properties. Young Again’s weightless and nutrient rich formula makes it a salon favourite for styling, and clients love it for its ability to moisturise dry and damaged hair. Apply to wet hair before you blow-dry to infuse your hair with shine, and protect it from the heat. The oil also absorbs quickly into dry hair, if you want to work it through your ends after styling.

Killer Curls

Use: Pre Blow-Dry

Whether your hair is extra-curly, coarse or wavy, Killer Curls combines Australian Fruit Extracts, Bergamot Fruit Oil, Watermelon Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice and Baobab Seed Oil to provide moisture, improve elasticity and tone and anti-frizz properties. Apply to towel dried or damp hair and scrunch to activate your natural curl. Rich in Vitamin C and Amino Acids, this product will hydrate and strengthen your hair, in addition to defining curls.

Anti-Gravity Spray

Use: Post Blow-Dry

Need a little va-va-voom? Apply this Manuka Honey infused spray to dry hair after styling, to add shine and reinforce volume. The honey acts as a natural emollient to seal in moisture, soften hair and add flexibility. The addition of Grapefruit Extract will benefit your hair with high levels of Vitamins C and E, to combat dry, damaged hair.

Hair Resort Spray

Use: Post Blow-Dry

This non-aerosol beach hair spray is like a holiday in a bottle. Ingredients like honey, cirtus and tangerine deliver a beautiful fragrence, while Wheat Amino Acids and Hydrolised Silk increase the hair’s ability to retain moisture, provide surface protection and impart glossy shine. Spritz into freshly blow-dried hair for textured, beachy volume and a soft natural hold.


Use: Post Blow-Dry

If you’re keen on hairspray, or have naturally oily hair, Doo.Over is for you. It’s a dry finishing hairspray with a light hold, which contains Tapioca Starch to remove excess oil and product residue. After blow-drying, shake well and spray the product evenly onto dry hair, focusing on the roots. It will give fresh hair a slightly lived in look, without making it look gritty or dirty or compromising its natural movement. Patchouli Oil provides added anti-ageing benefits – there’s a reason that they call Kevin.Murphy skincare for your hair!

All the Shine

If the onset of winter weather has left your hair looking dull and frizzy, it’s time to restore that shine! Our stylists have spilled their top tips for keeping your hair looking sleek and shiny until summer returns:

Dedicated Mask Time. We know that it can be hard to find the time to regularly mask your hair for 10-30 minutes. But deep conditioning is a sure-fire way to boost the condition and health of your hair, and build up strength and shine over time. Try to incorporate masking into your routine on your day off – apply a face mask at the same time for extra beauty points. If finding the time seems impossible, try working a deep conditioner into your hair before you go to bed if you’re planning to wash your hair in the morning anyway.
Olaplex. It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of Olaplex, a three-step system that helps to rebuild your hair during colour services. Even if you’re not a blonde, ask your hairdresser about trying out an Olaplex treatment the next time you’re in the salon. We promise that your hair will be left looking incredibly healthy and shiny. The take home No 3 treatment will help to maintain the results in between visits.
Invest in Silk. If you love a bit of luxury, consider investing in some quality silk pillowcases. Fabrics like cotton and polyester can cause friction while you’re sleeping, leaving you with frizz when you wake up. Silk is soft and gentle, and can help to maintain the condition of your hair for ultimate shine.

Avoid Chemicals. We’re so conscious of what we put into our bodies; but have you thought about how the products you’re using affect you on the outside? Shampoos, conditioners and styling products often contain sulfates and other chemicals which can strip away the natural lustre of your hair, and build up over time to cause dullness. We love Kevin.Murphy products for that reason; they’re paraben and sulfate free and chock full of goodness like antioxidants and natural extracts to help keep your hair in top shape.

Benefits of a salon blowdry

Do you love the way your hair looks and feels after leaving the hairdresser, but can’t justify visiting the salon as often as you’d like? Here are some excuses to treat yourself to salon blowdrys more often.
Treat yo’self. First and foremost, a salon blowdry is the ultimate pampering experience. You’ve got luxurious products, a head massage, and good salon vibes – what more could you want? Plus, the whole experience is about making yourself look and feel amazing. Think about how good you’ll feel when you leave the salon with perfectly styled, soft and beautiful hair. Nothing compares.
Avoid the struggle. If you have difficult hair, you’ll know that getting a hairdresser to do the hard work for you can be both a time-saver and a relief. Plus, a salon blowdry typically keeps your hair looking fresh and put-together for a bit longer than washing and styling it at home. Win-win.
Professional advice. Visiting the hairdresser more often provides an opportunity to voice any concerns that you have about your hair, and learn tips from your stylist about how best to style your hair at home. Ask questions about their technique or the products we’re using, and how to implement them in your haircare routine.
Healthier hair. Regular salon blowdries are a great way to avoid damage and maintain the overall health of your hair. Hairdressers are professionals who spend all day looking at, dealing with and talking about hair. We’re trained to treat your hair properly, particularly when using heat styling tools like blowdryers, and know what products to use to get the best results.
It’s a time-saver. It’s true that visiting the salon for a blowdry might take an hour-long chunk out of your day. But it will also cut out the time you’d usually spend in the morning washing, or styling your hair. A salon blowdry will keep your hair looking fresh for longer, with minimum effort. To boost your time-management, try working your appointment into your lunch break or scheduling it when you have another appointment or errand to run in the area.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.