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Kérastase Paris' guide to beautiful, swishy hair

23 October 2014 1:04:33 PM AEDT

Think beautiful hair comes down to genetics? Think again (I hear that collective sigh of relief!)

As Kérastase Paris' Creative Stylist, Sarah Laidlaw, explains, a gorgeous mane is 99 per cent excellent products and maintenance - and as the 2014 Australian Hair Fashion Awards Session Stylist of the Year, we're lapping up her every word.


Sarah Laidlaw

Getting your chic, slow-mo swish hair is as easy as following Sarah's 1-2-3 method:

1. Haircare rules you should follow everyday
- Protect your hair from damage from styling tools with a heat protectant. Try Kérastase Paris Elixir Ultime
- Keep your locks hydrated with a moisture treatment. We love the Nutritive Collection
- Be gentle when you're handling your hair. Brushing, putting it up and towel drying roughly put a lot of strain on those fine little strands.


Kérastase Paris Lift Vertige

2. Product rotation
If you're using a high quality product like Kérastase Paris, and you're using a prescribed bath and care that is well suited to your hair, you won't need to rotate shampoos and conditioners. However, as your hair quality improves, you should change products to suit the current state of your hair.


Kérastase Paris Mousse Bouffante

3. The top  tip for fabulous hair
A lot of people want their hair to look fabulous without doing anything. Hmmm... maybe about one per cent of people can get away with that! Firstly, make the most of what you've got by keeping the quality of your hair at its optimum, then no matter what style you choose, your hair will have that healthy shine and bounce. Secondly, use a good foundation product so that when you style your hair, it lasts all day. Try Kérastase Paris Lift Vertige for impressive root lift, and Kérastase Paris Mousse Bouffante for lightweight body.

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The best 'do for you!

20 October 2014 1:03:06 PM AEDT

Got the outfit but still searching for the 'do? Here at Adore Beauty, we're ALWAYS on the look-out for a cheat's way to stylish locks and luckily our friends at Cloud Nine have kindly shared the trick to appearing fabulous, dah-ling. Drum roll please...


No more umming and ahhing over what would look good - here's our no-brainer guide to the best 'do for you!


My face is oval-shaped
You can wear any up-do and it will look great. Try a French twist for something different.



My face is trinagle-shaped
Create the illusion of width and height in the forehead area, with a side-swept fringe and wisps around the jawline.



My face is round
You look best with fringes and softness around the face, and height in the crown.



My face is square
Try a ponytail that's level with your eyeline, with loose tendrils at the front.



My face is heart-shaped
A swept-back chignon at the nape of the neck suits you to a T. Parting the hair off-centre is also most flattering.



My face is long
Minimise volume on the top of the head and add some instead to the sides. A loose plait will work with wispy bits around the face.



My face is diamond-shaped
Heavy, front fringes with a high ponytail are ideal, giving the illusion of a larger forehead.


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Kevin Murphy spills hairdresser secrets!

16 July 2014 4:13:55 PM AEST

You know when you leave the hairdressers with gorgeous locks and think to yourself, 'Why can't I look like this every day?' We'll let you in on a little can! Our favourite, award-winning hairdresser Kevin Murphy, is not only known for tending to tresses in person but has bottled his expertise, too. Meaning that with his at-home range, it's like having a personal hairdresser at your beck-and-call!

We were lucky enough to catch up with Kevin Murphy himself for all the goss on latest trends and his insider hair secrets you simply must follow, dah-ling.

Australian hairdresser Kevin Murphy talks exclusively with Adore Beauty

Where do you get your inspiration for your amazing products and signature styles from? 
All around! I love the Australian outback and all the amazing ingredients we can source here. They are rich in vitamins and nutrients, which make developing products that little bit easier as we don't have to alter them too much because they just perform so well. I get a lot of inspiration from magazines and runways from around the world, too. I enjoy old movies and TV shows when hair was super styled and hairdressers really dressed hair - I love looking at what they did back in the 20's 30's 40's 50's and then breaking it down and making it modern.

What are some of the things we should look out for this coming season?
Short hair is in, as are long layers, around collar bone height. You can actually do so much with hair that is that length - wear it wavy or smooth and tie it in cute knots and twists.

How can these be adapted for everyday use? Any tips for picking which styles suit which sort of person?
Get a great haircut and have a good chat with your hairdresser. Make sure it is a style that works for your face shape and hair texture. One idea is to take elements from a celebrity's style you love and make them your own.

I'm sick of my current hair colour. What are the shades making waves at the moment?
Natural, all-over colours in warmer tones, pastel blondes and rosy brunettes. Or if you are really game - super bright hair in one colour, all over, is still happening! You need to make sure this matches your general look though; you should never do anything that drastic just because it's fashionable.

Which hair product/styling tool can you not live without? 
My entire range!! I use most products daily, either on myself or on the job styling hair. With tools, I would say a medium sized, hot tong and my rollers - I love rollers! I adore my smoothing brush, too; it's perfect for most looks.

What's the one thing I should be doing every day and every week for optimum hair health?
You should brush your hair every day or at least massage your scalp. It's important to keep the blood flowing to your scalp for the best scalp health and of course, use the best wash and rinse for your hair and scalp needs. Once a week, you should definitely use a treatment or masque, especially in winter when our hair dries out in the wind. Plus sitting all day with the heaters on, we need to rehydrate our hair.


For more insider secrets, check out those of Adore Beauty Founder, Kate Morris.