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Kevin Murphy spills hairdresser secrets!

16 July 2014 4:13:55 PM EST

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.

Spice up your 'do with American Crew!

18 June 2014 5:03:03 PM EST

Women change their hair hundreds of times throughout their lifetime, so men, why not do the same and experiment with different looks? Get rid of that old do' you've been sporting for years and try something different this winter, with American Crew.

Below, lead hairstylist for American Crew Australia, Phoenix Thomson, shows guys easy ways to update their locks.

Look 1 - Modern day comb over
1. For a smooth shape with a plenty of hold, prep the hair with American Crew Firm Hold Gel and allow to dry naturally
2. If you need it to dry faster, help it along with some heat and a small flat paddle brush
3. Brush the hair in the direction it moves naturally and use the blow drier at the front for an element of lift at the hairline


Look 2 - Rockabilly edge
1. For a shape that defies gravity, apply American Crew Firm Hold Gel liberally to damp hair
2. Using a dryer and your hands, lift the hair at the roots to get the height needed to re-create this shape
3. Then grab large amounts of hair in your hands and squeeze it as the dryer adds heat to cement the movement on the ends
4. Rub a small amount of American Crew Fiber into your hands and use this on the ends of the hair, for hold and a matte finish


Top tips from American Crew All Star Phoenix Thomson:
1. For a beachy finish on hair, run American Crew Light Hold Gel through damp hair, shake it out and allow to dry for a 'just out of the ocean' texture
2. If it's a groomed finish you want, put a 50 cent piece amount of gel onto damp hair. Comb your part in and dry for a smooth finish with a small paddle brush. It will give you a great foundation for your finishing product. American Crew Pomade is a favourite for high shine!
3. Drying in American Crew Superglue will give you a high hold, high shine wind-defying shape that will last all day. Always apply a small amount to wet hair and use your fingers or a small denman brush and use the hairdryer to lock in the height and form you want to create.
4. Always finish off with a dust of American Crew Boost Powder if you want to add more texture and definition

Shhhh...French Beauty Secrets Revealed

13 June 2014 12:06:43 PM EST

France is not known for producing some of the world's most stylish women for nothing! Here, twelve Gallic beauties share their make-up and skincare secrets...

"Sometimes when I have puffy eyes, I take ice and put some rose lotion and a cotton pad all together, and put it on my eyes in the morning," - Laetitia Casta, actress. Try this lotion from Nuxe.


"Use two different colours of mascara; black for your top lashes and brown for your bottom ones. It gives you a sharper look with more definition and makes your eyes look even sexier!" - Constance Jablonski, model. Lancome has some beauties.


"When applying skincare, use a light tapping, pressing motion, especially around the eyes," - Virginie Courtin-Clarins, heiress. You'll love Bioderma.


"It is good to have just a few products that are very good quality," - Ines de la Fressange, model.  We recommend La Roche-Posay or Gatineau.


"Put on black eye makeup before going to bed, so it looks all smudgy and beautiful in the morning,"- Jane Birkin, muse. Lancome's our fave.


"My trick is to protect hair with some borage. It's the best nourishing oil. I also put some on my skin after being exposed under the sun," - Julia Restoin Roitfield, art director. We love this from L'Occitane.


"I like masks, and sometimes I use them as a day cream," - Elisa Sednaoui, film director. Try Uriage's mask.


"I always start the day with a cup of hot water and lemon - I find it really cleanses and hydrates me," - Eva Green, actress. For the next best thing, try these from Guinot.


"Use a little lipstick as your blush!" - Isabel Marant, fashion designer. Stock up on these from Lancome.


"With eyeliner, I do a really thin line and almost straight out-I don't go all the way down and up because I have quite small eyes, so it can make my eyes quite droopy," - Josephine de la Baume, singer.  We can't get enough of Lancome's liners.


"When you're tired, Benefit's Benetint makes you look like you've slept for hours," - Astrid Berges-Frisbey, actress


"I know I shouldn't wash my hair so often, but it gets greasy very fast, so I use a tea tree oil shampoo every day and always let it air-dry," - Anne-Catherine Frey, fashion blogger. Check out these options.