Kérastase Has Just Dropped Their First Blonde Line – This Is What We Think

As a relatively new blonde, it didn’t take me long to realise that it can be a real pain in the ass. I recently went overseas for two weeks, without any toning products, and came back feeling dull and lifeless (and that wasn’t just the post-travel depression).

I immediately booked an appointment to dye my hair back to my natural brunette hue. This blonde was definitely not having more fun.

Before going back to brunette, I was lucky enough to attend the launch of Kérastase’s new Blond Absolu range in Sydney. Before the event, I was going to trial the products in-salon for a lil refresh in preparation to interview Blond Absolu’s ambassador, international supermodel and actress, Andreja Pejic.

Due to Sydney fog, my flight was delayed by three hours so I had to attend the event with my dull, brassy, flat blonde hair *sobbing*

When I returned to Melbourne, I booked in to try the range at Xiang Hair, with only a few days remaining before my appointment to go back brunette. The stylist did a double shampoo (first with Bain Lumiere, then Bain Ultra-Violet) then I sat back and relaxed in the Masque Ultra-Violet. Finally, she used Cicaplasme to protect my hair from heat styling.

Before I tell you more about the range, these were just a few reactions from friends, families and colleagues post-treatment:

“Why did you dye your hair blonder if you’re going back brunette?” – my mum

“I’m loving this colour. I think you should cancel your appointment” – our Beauty Editor, Joanna

“🔥” – a guy who slid into my DMs on Instagram

Tell Me More:

Blond Absolu is for any blonde, bronde or balayage (okay, well, not ANYONE; the price point is pretty bougie but, hey, you get what you pay for), so you can tailor the range to your brand of blonde.

There are three key ingredients in the range:

Hyaluronic acid: The hydration hero we see in skincare can also be used to restore the health of your hair.

Edelweiss flower: This ingredient is famous for its ability to resist climate and environmental damage.

Ultra-violet neutralisers: Duh. Blond Absolu delivers the highest concentrations with a mix of blue and purple pigment and I was very impressed with the immediate results.

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The Results:

With only one treatment, my hair went from zero to 100, ie. “I hate being blonde” to “maybe I want to stay blonde”. The dull yellowness that had plagued me for the last few weeks was instantly revived into a glossy, creamy blonde – like I’d had a fresh colour without 8 hours in a salon chair.

 

So now I don’t know what to do. Blonde or brunette? So, I’m asking our readers for your help. Send us a DM on Instagram!

 

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What On Earth Is A Curl Bar?

For anyone else who has little to no upper body strength (you should see me try to do a push up), this tool eliminates that classic strained shoulder and wrist you get from trying to curl your own hair.

What I didn’t realise when I cut my hair shorter was that using my wand was going to be even harder. Getting to the hair at the back almost always results in a burnt finger. So, enter Hot Tools 24K Gold Curl Bar.

What Is A Curl Bar?

Well, as you can see, it’s just like your standard curling wand, but on a 90-degree angle. It’s ergonomically designed to ease the strain on your arms and make styling simpler. I’ve now been asking myself why curling wands weren’t all made like this?

– The Curl Bar has a 25mm barrel with a 24K gold surface for even heating

– The digital temperature control dial adjusts from 160° to 230°C 

– Has a timer control from 0-10 seconds to signal when to release each curl

– Reduces strain on shoulders, wrists & elbows while styling

– The sizing of the barrel is ideal for creating tight & loose curls, as well as waves

– It has a 3 metre professional length swivel cable plus worldwide voltage

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How To Use:

You know how both sides always look different when you curl your hair? The best part about the Curl Bar is that it allows you to evenly style on both sides because you don’t have to manoeuvre the tool at multiple different angles like a regular wand. See how it’s used below:

The Reviews:

“I like to reach for this curling wand more than any other hot tool I own. It’s just so easy, and no matter how you hold the wand, it creates waves that are consistently loose and gorgeous. I thought this wand would be intimidating, but using it, I found I really couldn’t screw up.” – Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure

“Just a few days ago, despite having no special occasion, meeting, nor other reason to dress up on my calendar, I took 20 minutes in the morning to use the CurlBar. That’s a true testament to how good this styling tool is. It has finally turned me into a person who actually styles her hair. So far, I’m loving it” – Kristina Rodulpho, Elle

“In terms of combining a more comfortable user experience with subtle techy extras to make the whole process more seamless, it’s one of the more clever curling tongs I’ve tried.” – Ayesha Muttucumaru, Get The Gloss

 

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I Dyed My Virgin Hair Blonde And It Actually Feels Healthier

If I was going to lose my virginity to anyone, I’m glad it was Olaplex. I’m one of those girls who likes to constantly change my look, so it’s been a long-standing dream of mine to go blonde. Each time I’ve pondered the idea, it ended up going in the too-hard basket. The time, the effort, the money, the upkeep – I had too many unanswered questions.

I needed to put my trust in someone to prevent my biggest fear: my hair snapping off like straw. The first brand that came to mind was Olaplex (because duh, the queen of hair transformations Kim K raves about their No. 3 treatment). Their newest products – a shampoo and conditioner – won multiple beauty awards last year and their Take Home Treatment Kit (which contains all three at a discount) is one of our best-selling products.

Before this transformation, I had virgin hair (beauty speak for chemically unprocessed hair) so I never had a reason to try Olaplex. And frankly, “bond multiplier” didn’t mean a whole lot to me. So one of my first questions when I sat down in the salon chair was what exactly is Olaplex?

How is Olaplex different from other treatments?

Olaplex contains a patented ingredient which repairs damaged hair from the inside out by restoring the bonds broken by heat-styling, colouring and bleaching. If you’re like me, you might be wondering, “WTF are bonds?”

Hair is made up of proteins which are held together by disulfide bonds. Unlike some hair treatments which coat the hair to make it look smoother, Olaplex actually repairs these broken bonds, which is vital to maintaining the strength, elasticity and manageability of blonde hair.

In a past life, I had very long hair with balayage and no amount of leave-in hair treatments would fix it, so I made the (very tough) decision to chop off all the colour-damaged hair – 10 inches in total. If I’d known about Olaplex then, I may have kept my long locks.

Preparing To Go Blonde…

In the lead up to this transformation, I treated my hair with Olaplex’s Take Home Treatment Kit. You should start the treatment process a minimum of one month prior to going blonde and follow this process in between colour services:

Shampoo with No. 4 (you only need a 5-10 cent piece) & condition with No. 5 (leave in for at least 5 minutes). Comb the No. 3 treatment through towel-dried hair every second wash, and leave for at least 20 minutes. The longer it’s on the more effective it is – I sleep in mine overnight.

Throughout this transformation I had Olaplex professional salon services (No 1 & 2). I had these before and during the lightening services to prepare and maintain my hairs integrity. I relied on Olaplex No. 3 to strengthen my hair before & after the colouring process.

The Colouring Process:

It took two sittings, two full heads of foils and many, many hours in a salon chair to get to my final colour, with 2 weeks in between. That’s to be expected when going from dark brunette to blonde. Normally, this process would take longer and potentially more sittings, however thanks to my virgin hair and having just had it chopped, I was able to do this in a shorter timeframe.

If I eventually decide to go platinum blonde, I would need to continue using the Take Home Treatment Kit to further rebuild the bonds. But my initial fear factor of going bald has gone. I was genuinely blown away by the health of my hair after the bleaching process – to be honest, it actually feels better than before.

 

Maintaining Healthy Blonde Hair:

Continue the Take Home Treatment Kit routine. Start by using No. 3 every second wash and then as your hair health improves, you can reduce this until you are using the treatment once a week.

Always use a heat protectant like evo’s Icon Welder Protection Mist, and try to avoid extreme heat. Keep your styler under 150 degrees for straightening and 175 degrees for curling.

And to keep your actual colour looking fresh, use a conditioning toner like evo’s Fabuloso Colour Intensifying Conditioner.

 

Thinking of going blonde? Contact our customer service team and they will be able to help you find an Olaplex ambassador.

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Did This Routine Make A Difference To Our Thinning Hair?

Thinning hair is a topic our customers ask us about constantly, and if you’ve got very fine or thinning hair yourself, you’ve probably invested in countless products that promise to thicken your hair to no avail.

That’s where we come in – we’ve trialled Aveda’s Invati range on your behalf, which is designed to reduce hair loss due to breakage.

About The Range:

The Invati range (meaning “invigorate” in Sanskrit) is made up of three products: an Exfoliating Shampoo, Thickening Conditioner and Scalp Revitaliser, which work together to target thinning hair.

The shampoo gently exfoliates, cleanses and renews the scalp with salicylic acid to remove debris build-up that can clog follicles. The nourishing formula also helps to prevent breakage during shampooing.

Aveda’s Invati Thickening Conditioner does just that – thickens. But it also weightlessly conditions the hair with plant oils, while amino acids strengthen the hair from roots to ends.

And finally, the Scalp Revitaliser penetrates the scalp to help support the hair’s natural keratin. It instantly provides a thickening effect to help lift hair at the root while ginseng and turmeric invigorate the scalp. So the question is, did it work?

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Tresna: Thinning Hairline

“I have loads of very fine hair, except for the top of my head towards my fringe area. I find myself having to clip my hair in a particular way to hide what looks like a balding scalp! The shampoo and conditioner left my hair feeling good and I think they definitely helped my hair to appear thicker. The spray took a little getting used to – too much product left my hair feeling crunchy and I ended up having to wash my hair more frequently to remove the build-up of product. Eventually, I figured out I only needed 3-4 sprays for this part of my scalp. Did it work? I definitely see an improvement in the appearance of my hair in this area, with the hair seemingly looking thicker and fuller. I also have a lot of new growth which I believe to be a combination of this product and also upping my collagen intake over the last month.”

Charley: Naturally Fine Hair

“Initially, upon trialling the Invati range I struggled to have an opinion on it either way.  I have fine, naturally straight hair, with oily roots. The conditioner felt beautiful, and the Scalp Revitalizer cooling, however, I wasn’t used to having a shampoo that didn’t really lather, so found this a challenge to begin with. I persevered and once I’d worked out how best to use the shampoo for my hair, I began to enjoy the product more – and it’s worth the wait! Not only did my hair loss reduce and my hair feel stronger (less fallout in my brush!) the overall health of my hair has improved.  My colour appears less dull and my roots are less oily, and the best part – I can go an extra day between washes, woohoo!”

Liz: Post-Treatment Hair Loss

“After having chemotherapy a few years ago, my hair never regained its thickness, and has remained very thin and sparse especially at the crown, which I usually disguise with a colour spray. I decided to try the Invati range, and while I do really like the shampoo and conditioner, I’m not sure there’s been a noticeable change in hair growth. But I still would repurchase the Invati shampoo and conditioner as they seem to give my hair more body and a feeling of fullness.”

 

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Is This The Strongest Toning Shampoo On The Market?

I’m banking on the fact that, if you are reading this and you’ve long been a blondie, you probably already know about this toning shampoo.

I’m a balayage brunette who struggles constantly with brassiness – and let me tell you, this sh*t is stronggg. When I say strong, I mean it will literally transform yellow tones into pearly white in one wash.

Anyway, I won’t keep you guessing – I’m talking about Fanola.

TELL ME MORE:

Fanola‘s range features highly potent toning products designed to effectively (and quickly) remove brassy, yellow tones from lightened hair. In my professional opinion, it’s probably one of the best on the market.

The No Yellow Shampoo is for light blondes or those with bleached hair – as the name suggests, it tones down any yellow for a cool icy finish. The No Orange Shampoo on the other hand, is for hair like mine that’s lightened on the ends. This one eliminates unwanted brassy, copper tones from the hair (which is a godsend for me!)

There are toning “masks” in the range, which can be used in conjunction or separately to the shampoos, but these aren’t conditioners. I’d recommend alternating with Fanola’s Nutri Care products as the No Yellow and No Orange can be pretty drying on their own.

WHAT MAKES THE FORMULAS DIFFERENT?

I get it, you wanna know what makes Fanola different to every other blonde shampoo you’ve tried? Let me just say this: first-time users should only leave it on for 1 minute. If that’s not an effective purple shampoo, I don’t know what is.

The No Yellow formula contains ultra-potent violet pigments, while the No Orange has blue pigments to target the different undertones that come through in blonde and highlighted hair. Plus, it’s fairly easy to customise your ideal level of toning.

These salon-quality toning products are ideal for maintaining and extending your colour between salon visits.

 

 

 
 
 
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The Reviews:

★★★★★ Absolute favourite – Michelle

“This is my absolute favourite shampoo to get rid of brassiness and yellow in my bleached/balayage blonde hair. The pigment is extremely strong and it works it’s magic even if I leave it in for only a couple minutes. A little of this product goes a long way. There really is no need for any other purple shampoo because none really do compare.”

★★★★★ One of the best purple shampoos I’ve tried – Alexa

“I’ve been a few different shades of blonde, most recently ashy/platinum mix and this really does the trick – it brightens but also helps maintain the ash appearance. You can tell that it works because the shampoo is so heavily concentrated purple it leaves my hands that colour for the rest of my shower! Don’t worry it comes off but definitely worth the purchase.”

★★★★★ You will not regret it – Jaime

“If you have blonde hair and you are not using this shampoo, drop everything you’re doing and buy it right now. I am not kidding, you will never find a better purple shampoo (ESPECIALLY not for this price). It can dry your hair out, but as long as you use a good conditioner, you’ll never even notice a difference. Every week, after my good Fanola wash, I get compliments and people asking me if I just got my hair done.”

 

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We Bet You’ve Never Tried A Salt Spray Like This One

…mainly because it’s not a spray – but I compare the results of R+Co’s Sand Castle to that of a really good sea salt spray, or an actual day at the beach.

This dry texture creme is a shortcut to natural beachy movement and messy volume, all in an ultra-lightweight formula. The bonus? It’s for all hair types.

Not only does Sand Castle manage to add serious oomph to the hair, but it also absorbs excess oil at the same time, and it has a non-greasy texture which easily washes out of the hair.

On finer hair types, Sand Castle strengthens the hair and makes it feel more robust, while thicker hair feels hydrated and nourished – each with added texture and volume.

As with all of R+Co’s products, it smells bloody amazing too (more specifically like a blend of lemon, tangerine, eucalyptus, green tea and amber). Plus, it also protects against UV and heat damage, so it really does have all bases covered.

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What’s In It?

First things first, R+Co’s Sand Castle is vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free. It also combines the following hair-loving ingredients:

Moroccan Lava Clay: this mineral-rich clay purifies the scalp and absorbs oil, leaving the hair voluminous & bouncy.

Shikakai Extract: gently cleanses the hair and helps to strengthens hair roots.

Vitamin E: rich in antioxidants, Vitamin E deeply conditions hair, adding shine & offering protection from environmental damage.

Argan Oil: softens the hair while smoothing frizz & reducing the appearance of split ends.

Coconut Oil: deeply hydrates & conditions strands.

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How To Use It:

I don’t think it could get any simpler. All you’ve gotta do is scoop a bit of Sand Castle out of the tub, rub it between your fingertips and then apply it through the roots, piecing through the mid-lengths and ends for added texture.


 

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The Leave-In Hair Treatment That Has All Bases Covered

As someone with fine, often limp-looking hair, I’d always avoided leave-in styling products at all costs (unless it said ‘volume’ on the packaging).

It wasn’t until maybe 12 months ago that I tried a multi-purpose leave-in treatment after I’d washed my hair and realised what a huge difference it made to my hair once I blowdried it.

If your locks are dry, damaged, frizzy, dull or course and you’re looking for a no-fuss, quick-fix product that can do it all, evo’s happy campers wearable treatment could save the day.

What Is It?

This daily protective and restorative styling treatment was designed for all hair types, particularly weakened, brittle and colour-treated tresses. But what does it actually do, you ask?

happy campers protects hair from both UV & heat damage from styling

– Makes styling the hair simpler & speeds up blow-drying time

– It reduces frizz, while adding hydration & strengthening weakened hair

– Detangles knotty manes with conditioning ingredients

– The protective properties in the treatment can also prevent colour fading

– Can be used as a spray or as a cream for a concentrated effect

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How Do You Use It?

evo’s happy campers acts not only as a leave-in treatment, but also as a styling aid. It does provide light hold and a little bit of volume which makes achieving quick ‘lived-in’ looks much simpler.

It can be applied on damp or dry hair, or you can spray it directly into your palm to create a lightweight cream.

The Reviews:

★★★★★ Smell is incredible – Lily

“The smell of this product is amazing, the first day I wore it I even got some compliments. My hairdresser recommended the product to me as it is free of so many of the nasties. My hair now feels stronger and I am having far less breakage.”

★★★★★ A handbag must! – Kate

“I’m so happy with this purchase! I now carry it around in my handbag. Wet or dry hair, it works a treat. I can’t help but spritz some through my hair throughout the day, it’s just so lovely. It’s a beautiful light treatment that doesn’t make my hair oily/dirty. Gorgeous scent too!”

★★★★★ This product is the BOMB! – Jess

“Firstly, this product smells like heaven! Secondly, it actually works wonders for my hair. I’ve used it on my hair, both wet and dry – both are good ways to use the product. It leaves my hair feeling so lovely and soft. I love that it works as a treatment and also protects my hair from curling wand as well.”

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The Concentrated Treatment You Can Add To Any Routine

Is your hair suffering because of your busy schedule, downright laziness or refusal to go to your hairdresser out of fear of an overzealous trim?

We’ve all been there. I’m damn good at maintenance, but even I can’t be bothered leaving a hair mask in for 20 minutes (just washing your hair is enough torture, am I right?)

The good news is, I’ve found us all a little shortcut to healthier hair. Let me introduce you to Oribe’s Power Drops.

Tell Me More:

Oribe’s Power Drops are a collection of highly-concentrated treatment serums designed to target either hydration, damage or colour-treated hair.

You can either used them alone as a serum on damp hair, or simply mix your customised drops with any other products in your hair routine. Yep, it’s that easy.

Which One Do I Choose?

We’ve got three options: Damage Repair Booster, Colour Preservation Booster or Hydration & Anti-Pollution Booster. Let’s work out with one is right for your hair:

Damage Repair Booster

Oribe’s Damage Repair Booster provides an intense dose of essential nutrients to rebuild and restore dry, damaged, weakened hair.

– Contains linoleic acid, biotin & sea kelp extract to repair & fortify strands

– Helps reverse damage & strengthens resistance to environmental damage

– Improves hair health, reducing hair fall & increasing softness

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Colour Preservation Booster

This booster delivers a blend of antioxidants and amino acids to protect hair from colour-fading UV rays to maintain vibrancy.

– Preserves colour by defending against oxidation which can cause fading

– Conditions & increases shine for healthier hair

– Formulated with vitamin C, bioflavonoids & quinoa protein

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Hydration & Anti-Pollution Booster

This one gives the hair an intense dose of deep hydration while defending against environmental pollution.

– Formulated with nourishing hyaluronic acid, creatine & moringa seed extrac

– Creates a protective barrier against free radicals & moisture loss 

– Shields hair from dryness, oxidative stress & cuticle damage

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This Is How I Finally Combatted Frizzy Hair

Remember that Friends episode “The One in Barbados”? Yep, the one where Monica gets her hair braided to combat her frizz in the Caribbean humidity.

Funny, right? Well, not so funny if this actually happened to you in real life.

To give you some context, I was 18 on my first overseas trip to Thailand without my parents, and I had the ingenious idea to get my hair braided. I reasoned that anything was better than my frizzy lion’s mane – desperate times call for desperate measures (and we all make mistakes, please don’t judge me).

A Bit Of Background…

This was not my only attempt at managing my holiday hair in very questionable ways. When I was 20, I spent two months travelling through South America. As soon as we got to Brazil, my hair was a big, fat, boofy mess. So I marched myself off to the local hair salon and signalled to the hairstylist, in my non-existent Portuguese, that I wanted it permanently straightened. Three hours later (and smelling of formaldehyde), I walked out with poker-straight hair. Hurray!

My hair, inevitably, fell out rather soon after returning to Australia and I ended up with a (very sleek) reverse mullet. Unlike the regrettable tattoo I also got in Brazil, thankfully this decision wasn’t permanent. My hair eventually grew back.

Many years, and many hair mistakes later, I want to share some wisdom with you.

My Top 3 Tips For Frizzy-Haired Friends:

TIP 1: Cut it off.

I can’t stress this tip enough. Just. Do. It. I clung to my long hair because I thought mermaid hair was really sexy. Not so sexy is dirty, greasy hair tied permanently in a bun because you’re too lazy to wash and straighten it. Seriously, cut the dead weight!

TIP 2: Don’t travel without a hair straightener

I’m ashamed to admit that I got my hair chemically straightened more than once overseas. Remember, this was an era before compact ghd straighteners. I couldn’t very well lug my Muster hair straightener in my backpack! The ghd platinum+ is my styler of choice – it effortlessly smooths my curls and flattens frizz in minutes.

TIP 3: Invest in quality products that work

I’ve struggled to find products that actually work on my hair but after a lot of trial and error, I’ve become a big fan of Aveda. I use their Damage Remedy Shampoo & Conditioner, which is more than I would usually like to spend, but honestly, it’s worth it.

Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother is my holy grail of hair products when it comes to styling because it makes the whole process faster and easier. It has cut my straightening time down from 60 to 5 minutes, defends against humidity for up to 12 hours, and protects against surface damage from heat styling.

★★★★★ Must-have product – Rosie

“I initially received a sample of this to try and after I used the very small amount I had to buy it!. I am prone to flyaways and frizziness, especially living in the tropics however this product has fixed those problems.”

★★★★★ Another great Aveda product! – Kellee

“This product is a game changer for my naturally wavy, prone to frizziness, hair. It’s light, smells great and leaves my hair shiny and definitely less frizzy when the humidity normally wreaks havoc on my hair.”

★★★★★ Lovely – Beauty Bee

“The Style-Prep Smoother prevents frizz and it’s smoothing quality leaves hair looking shiny and healthy. It makes blowdrying easy and I find my hair feels ‘protected’. Also has a light herbal scent.”


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How To Style 2019’s Most Popular Haircut

Before I even give you a visual, close your eyes and see if you can imagine the haircut I’m talking about. I bet you know it – actually, I bet either you, your best friend, or your work wife probably has this haircut.

Yep, it’s the long bob. That length you go when you’re scared to go too short, and you also want to tie your hair up at the gym, but you also want to be super dramatic and post a ‘short hair, don’t care’ pic on Instagram.

Since everybody’s doing it, I thought I’d take one for the team and ask award-winning celebrity hairdresser, Joey Scandizzo to show us how to style the long bob.

 

What You’ll Need:

To Wave: ghd curve tongs soft curl tong 32mm

To Prep: ELEVEN Miracle Hair Treatment, ELEVEN Sea Salt Texture Spray

To Hold: ELEVEN Give Me Hold Flexible Hairspray

To Texturise: ELEVEN I Want Body Texture Spray & Volume Powder

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The Technique:

Prep:

On damp or dry hair, prep using the Miracle Hair Treatment and Sea Salt Spray (we styled my hair from wet).

I already used a sea salt spray in my routine, but I’d never used it in the prep stage, nor had I sprayed it into my roots – but Joey reassured me that it wouldn’t make my hair oily, instead it would give me much-needed volume and texture.

Style:

Using your ghd curl tong, take small sections of hair curling away from the face. That means anti-clockwise if that’s an easier way of explaining it. You want to leave a few centimetres of hair out at the ends.

An important tip from Joey when it comes to the front sections, is to bring these sections forward as you curl them (shown in video). This allows the front sections to drape more naturally across the face for a softened effect.

Set your finished sections as you go with the Give Me Hold Flexible Hairspray (it’s a brushable hairspray so you can rework it).

Finish:

Using your Texture Spray, lightly spritz this through the hair (without wetting it down too much), and use fingertips to tousle the hair, or tip your head upside down, shake and flip.

For even more texture (this step is optional), use the Volume Powder through the roots and work through with fingertips. You can also add it to the mid-lengths for messy texture.

 

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Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness Spills The Tea On His Go-To Styling Product

I’m a huge fan of the revamped Queer Eye on Netflix, and without a doubt, Jonathan is the star of the show. I mean, his green concealer tip in episode one is iconic. And if you follow him on Instagram, he’s also become quite an accomplished figure skater.

Since JVN is always dishing out the best grooming advice, I thought I’d go digging for his own personal faves – and I stumbled across one of his holy grail hair styling products.

“Using a priming product on wet hair means it’ll look more sleek and glossy once it dries”, Jonathan told Cosmopolitan. “I love to use a primer called Wonder Worker by Shu Uemura and let air dry.”

Why Is It JVN’s Holy Grail?

Shu Uemura’s Wonder Worker has been aptly named given that is actually does work miracles – hence making Jonathan’s list of must-have hair products.

– Works weightlessly to hydrate, detangle & tame frizz instantly

– It’s an air dry and blow dry primer suitable for all hair types

– Wonder Worker also smoothes, conditions, boosts radiance & adds silkiness

– Contains Moringa Extract which provides intense moisture & long-lasting shine

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How To Use It:

As I mentioned above, Wonder Worker can be used to aid both air drying and blow drying.

When used before blow drying the hair, it locks in moisture and tames strands for a much smoother, softer and more manageable finish. If you’re using it as part of an air drying routine, Wonder Worker enhances the hair’s natural texture, improving frizz and adding natural shine.

Simply spray through mid-lengths and ends on damp or dry hair and let it do its thang.

The Reviews:

★★★★★ I love the convenience of this product – Holly

“It allows me to heat protect and condition my hair locking in moisture before blow drying. The fact you just spray it in and go is a huge plus because you don’t have to get any sticky product on your hands. It also seems to last for quite a long time too which is awesome.”

★★★★★ Great product! – Laura

“I’ve been using this for about a month now and will definitely be repurchasing, it smells amazing and my hair drys so beautifully while feeling really soft smooth and hydrated but still holding my waves without feeling heavy in the hair.”

★★★★★ Great hair primer – Eve

“I never used a hair primer before my hairdresser introduced me to this and it works really well and protects my hair and makes it more manageable for styling.”

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Got Breakage? Time To Change How You Tie Up Your Hair

I rely on my group iMessage with my friends more than I rely on Google these days – and beauty-related topics are often on high rotation.

One of my friends recently asked the group if we wear our hair tied up when we sleep *cue horrified emoji*. To justify, she explained that she finds her hair gets oilier when she sleeps with it out, but her hair keeps breaking…

Why Does Sleeping With Your Hair Up Cause Breakage?

Using a regular hair tie can cause friction and tension on the hair, which especially on fragile, dry and damaged hair can cause extensive breakage.

You’ll usually notice this in the form of shorter or baby-like hairs around the crown (depending on how you tie your hair up to sleep), or shorter hairs that stick up from the roots like flyaways.

What’s The Solution?

If you insist on wearing your hair up while you sleep, opt for a gentler option like the Shhh Silk Scrunchie. The softness of the silk reduces tension and pulling on the hair, meaning significantly less chance of breakage.

The best part about the Shhh Silk Scrunchie is that it keeps wild hair tangle-free throughout the night, it’s much more comfortable to wear while sleeping and it won’t leave kinks.

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The Reviews:

★★★★★ So good! Bette

“I use this scrunchie constantly at home, if I have my hair done I can just lightly put it up and it doesn’t change the shape of my hair at all. Definitely worth the price tag, I’ve been looking for so long for something that can keep my hair out of my face without damaging it.”

★★★★★ Love! – S

“It’s an expensive scrunchie but the quality is worth it! Doesn’t pull or tug on your hair but stays put. I use this morning/night when I wash my face and do my skincare routine and even just around the house when I want my hair out of the way. Highly recommend!”

★★★★★ Luscious Abby

“Yes this is expensive for just 1 scrunchie I do agree, BUT it is such nice quality, doesn’t rip your hair out, I use when I’m washing my face morning and night to pull my hair back and just when I’m going out and can’t be bothered doing my hair, very cute.”

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Your Favourite Affordable Skincare Brand Has Just Released A Hair Product

In memory of Brandon Truaxe, founder of Deciem.

Y’all seem to trust The Ordinary a lot with your skin, so when I heard this cult brand was releasing a hair product to target thinning hair, I knew I had to write about as soon as possible.

I mean, it’s a pretty big deal – The Ordinary is behind some of our best-selling and highest reviewed products, so will the Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density live up to expectations?

All The Details:

Much like their range of skincare, The Ordinary’s Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density is designed to deliver on its promises with a concentrated and results-driven formula (with a very reasonable price tag, of course).

– Specially formulated to deliver fuller, denser & thicker hair with continued use

– Penetrates the scalp to encourage circulation & promote healthy hair follicles

– Formulated with a potent blend of natural extracts, peptide complexes & caffeine

– This lightweight serum has an emollient base to ensure it absorbs effectively

– Helps to condition & repair the hair, retain moisture & control oil

– Suitable for all hair types, especially fine or thinning hair

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How To Use It:

Apply a few drops of The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density to a clean, dry scalp before bed, then massage the serum thoroughly into your scalp.

There is no need to rinse it out after application, it’s a leave-in treatment, so you can wash your hair in the morning.

The Results?

★★★★★ Does what it says! – Nora

“After two weeks, fine baby hair is growing along my hairline (I have mild post-partum hair loss) and at the back of my crown. This product isn’t greasy and a little goes a long way. “

★★★★★ Works wonders for fine hair – Miranda

“My hair definitely felt denser after a few weeks and running my fingers through my hair from the roots to the ends you can certainly feel a difference from where the product is working. It can make your hair a little oily, so I like to apply mine in 2 stages. I do the first few drops around the base and back of my head and really rub it in and then I apply a smaller amount to the top of my head and around my hairline to help limit the greasiness. This is one of my all-time favourite beauty products so far.”

★★★★★ I really love this product! – AO

“I’ve always had brittle and thin hair and periodically lose hair because of stress etc. I was in one of those bad periods when I started with this product and after a month use, I can really see a difference in overall quality and also that the hair is growing back and just looks much healthier.”

 

Shop The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density Here

 

It’s 2019 And Hair Perfume Is A Thing

Before I knew hair perfumes existed, I would just lightly mist my daily fragrance through my hair, hoping that as I whisked past people, my perfume scent would linger after me – that’s why everyone wears perfume, isn’t it?

While it might sound totally unnecessary, I can assure you SACHAJUAN’s Protective Hair Perfume isn’t just a gimmick, it’s a multi-tasker.

 

What You Need To Know About It:

– It’s a fine, multi-purpose fragrance designed particularly for hair

– Instantly freshens the hair with a mist of the signature SACHAJUAN fragrance

– Treats the hair with Glycerin, Sunflower Seed Extract & Silk Amino Acids

– Increases shine, adds UV protection & reduces static

– Counteracts free radical damage caused by environmental aggressors

– Creates a weightless veil to protect against dryness & colour-fading

– Spritz onto dry hair for instant freshness or use it as a body mist

– The Swedish-inspired minimalist packaging is ultra-stylish

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What Does It Smell Like?

If you’ve ever used SACHAJUAN haircare, this hair perfume smells exactly the same. If not, I’m aware that conveying a scent is a little tricky when you can’t actually smell it yourself. The best I can explain this scent is a sophisticated fruity floral fragrance.

It has top notes of litchi and green apple, a heart of peach, rose and ylang-ylang and base notes of patchouli, cedarwood and white musk.

It’s not overpowering, but it softly lingers for hours. I love that it smells clean and fresh, with an understated mixture of floral, citrus and woody undertones.

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What Everyone Thinks:

I love this scent. I use this ‘hair perfume’ as an all-over scented mist, because the fragrance is so beautiful – I’m usually inclined to go for quite masculine scents, with woody undertones, so if you’re into the same kind of thing, I think you’ll like this.

★★★★★ Amazing product!  Kate

“I love this product so much. It smells absolutely divine and it’s long lasting. I find when I style my hair with heat I end up losing the smell from my shampoo, but this perfume quickly refreshes my hair again and leaves it smelling freshly washed!”

★★★★★ LOVE LOVE LOVE  Paige

“I am a gym junkie and I use this after each session each day to give my hair a nice smell, and believe me this smell is to die for. My hair not only smells great but it has left it super soft as well – I always get comments from others too when I wear it.”

★★★★★ Amazing scent  Su

“Smells like fresh, crisp green apples. The scent lasts all day on my hai, and can double as a body mist. It helps a bit with anti-frizz, but I’d buy it for the scent alone.”

 

Buy SACHAJUAN Protective Hair Perfume here

 

This Non-Traditional Dry Shampoo Could Change Your Life

dirty hair regret (noun)

1. Waking up in the morning after putting off washing your hair the night before and realising you’ve made a poor choice.

When experiencing a case of dirty hair regret, I used to reach for my trusty dry shampoo and douse my hair in it, but that always left it looking powdery and feeling chalky (that’s when I’d resort to a slick pony).

But things changed recently when I was introduced to R+Co’s Spiritualized Dry Shampoo Mist – it was life-changing.

 

Tell Me Everything:

I’m naturally a dramatic person, but when I say this dry shampoo was life-changing, I mean it. I can safely go any extra 2 days without washing my hair and entirely avoid looking like an unkempt human oil slick.

– This mist uses cleansing agents in micellar water to cleanse the hair & scalp

– It doesn’t leave behind that dry, powdery feeling regular dry shampoos can

– It’s a non-aerosol, lightweight mist formula suitable for itchy & dry scalps

– Ideal for quickly & effectively cleansing/deodorising the hair post-workout

– Beautifully scented with Bergamot, Wild Fig, Lotus Flower & Cedarwood

– Leaves the hair feeling & looking cleaner without the usual negatives of dry shampoo

– It’s vegan, cruelty-free, safe to use on coloured hair & travel-friendly

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What’s In It?

Glycerin: A naturally-occurring humectant that helps hair retain moisture by maintaining the water balance of hair.

Silica: A micro-nutrient that nourishes the hair and scalp while improving the overall strength and condition of hair.

Castor Oil: Acts an effective humectant that draws moisture into the hair to keep it looking soft and shiny, adding fullness and reducing frizziness.

 

How To Use It:

R+Co’s Spiritualized Dry Shampoo Mist isn’t like your usual dry shampoo. It will actually make your hair feel wet when you spray it on, so the key is to spray it into the hair and let it sit for 30-45 seconds. You’ll then massage it through the roots to activate and cleanse. Grab your hairdryer and blast for around 10-15 seconds.

I find it makes a massive difference to the volume in my hair (when my hair is dirty it’s usually ultra flat), so it gives the illusion of almost freshly washed hair. The hairdryer part is important – make sure you throw that step in if you want to get the most out of this product.

 

The Reviews:

★★★★★ New holy grail! – Aly

This dry shampoo mist is a must have! I gym in the mornings before work, a little spray of this in my roots, rub it around and quick cool blow dry makes my hair look and feel so light, fresh and soft – no one can tell you had sweaty gym hair that morning. I love that it leaves no dry powdery build up in your hair at all.

★★★★★ Holy cow I love this product – Alyssa

“I wash my hair like 2 times a week and I’m a blonde so the oil is very apparent. I always struggle to find a dry shampoo that doesn’t leave white spots in my hair and that gives it volume. This product is amazing. I used it for the first time last night, then I slept on it, which will usually turn the roots black with oil. I just woke up and my hair looks like it was just washed. I’ll never buy another dry shampoo again.”

★★★★★ Hands down absolute favourite dry shampoo – Melissa

“Sprays on wet, but dries on contact and leaves my hair and scalp feeling clean and refreshed, without that typical build up & cakey feeling like powder ones. Great for second and third-day hair!”
 

Buy R+Co Spiritualized Dry Shampoo Mist Here

 

 

 

Could Ariana’s Signature Ponytail Actually Be Causing Hair Loss?

Judging by Ari’s most recent haircut she shared on Instagram, it seems the chart-topping artist might be saying thank u, next to her signature pony (but her tweets tell me otherwise).

 

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What’s So Bad About A Ponytail?

While a slicked back high pony might seem like a good idea at the time, the headache you get about 15 minutes later generally makes you regret hairspraying every strand in place.

And it’s not just a headache you’re giving yourself, regularly wearing your hair in a tight ponytail can cause a form of hair loss called traction alopecia.

What’s Traction Alopecia?

Dermatologist Doris Day who specialises in hair loss told Allure, “Traction alopecia is caused by anything that pulls on the hair, ultimately damaging the root and can lead to scarring and permanent hair loss. It’s a process that usually takes years. Underlying causes can be tight braiding, tight ponytails, or even just pulling at the hair.”

Having hair extensions can also be a contributing factor to traction alopecia, which is usually characterised by breakage and receding around the hairline. So if you’ve been rocking a tight pony since 2010, what can you do to prevent traction alopecia?

 

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The Solution:

For starters, you need to give your damn hair a break. If you need to wear your hair up daily, try loosening your hair tie a little, or opting for a soft scrunchie instead. Also, don’t leave your hair tied up when you go to bed, as this often causes breakage. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase can also help too.

And if all those precautions fail, and you think you might be too far gone, there’s évolis Professional REVERSE 3 Step System.

– It’s formulated with a restorative blend of natural actives & antioxidants

– Enhanced with keratin & wheat protein to support hair health

– Designed to deliver hydration while not weighing your hair down

– Increase scalp health & improves the overall condition of the hair

– Developed by hair scientists based on biological research & results

– 95% of trial participants noticed an increase in hair thickness within 90 days

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The Shampoo Everyone With Dry, Brittle Hair Falls In Love With

Most of us have had the unfortunate luck of experiencing dry, brittle hair at some point in our lives – and it’s a hair concern we get a lot of questions about.

While there are a lot of different products I could reference here, I wanted to talk about a shampoo that’s not only budget-friendly, but renowned for its softening properties. Enter: Redken All Soft Shampoo.

 

Tell Me More:

Boasting a number of five-star reviews, Redken’s best-selling All Soft range is the ultimate weapon in the fight against dry, brittle hair.

– It cleanses delicate & compromised hair with an ultra-rich formula

– Intensely softens & smoothes the hair leaving it silky to touch

– Contains a unique combination of super nourishing ingredients

– Renews hair texture & helps to restore strength

– Treats the hair from the root, to the core to the ends

– Leaves hair noticeably softer, shinier & more manageable

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The Key Ingredients:

Formulated with patented complexes specially designed to overhaul dry, brittle hair, I’m not surprised Redken’s All Soft Shampoo has the reputation of being a ‘holy grail’ product.

Both rich in essential fatty acids, Gold Camelina adds luminosity and lustre to your locks, while Avocado and Olive Oil restore moisture and provide replenishment.

Silk Amino Acids counterbalance any loss of protein, plus Arginine helps condition the hair by stimulating the scalp.

 

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The Reviews:

★★★★★ YES. YES. YES! – Ash

“This shampoo is the best one I have tried ever. It makes my hair feel so clean and soft and doesn’t cause it to become oily quickly. If you have dry hair or use heat on your hair regularly then you will not be disappointed!”

★★★★★ Love it! – Hope

“I tend to have many different brands of shampoo in my shower but even with all of the options, this is the one I reach for the most. Love how it lathers and gets the hair clean but doesn’t weigh it down. I have oily roots but drier ends and this shampoo is just perfect for my hair. It makes is so soft and manageable.”

★★★★★ I absolutely love this shampoo! – Audrey

“I have been able to really see a difference in the smoothness of my hair. I have long, thick dry hair that gets coloured every few months so it gets damaged and dried out. I very rarely use heat on my hair but I definitely see a difference when I straighten my hair. It stays straight longer than it would normally and has less frizz!”

Buy Redken All Soft Shampoo Here

 

Why Does This Hair Oil Have So Many 5 Star Reviews?

Does your hair fall under the categories of damaged, dry, brittle, course or frizzy? Maybe all of the above? Don’t worry, I’m not here to berate you for overusing heat tools or bleaching your locks to within an inch of their life.

I’m here to help bring your hair back from the brink and restore it to its former glory. And that’s where Wella SP Luxe Oil Reconstructive Elixir comes in.

 

What Does It Do?

This salon quality, non-greasy and weightless treatment is exactly what your hair has been screaming out for.

Wella SP Reconstructive Elixir restores & transforms hair texture instantly

– Protects the keratin in the hair for long-lasting smoothness & shine

– Creates an invisible, protective hair shield to prevent damage

– Gives lightweight definition to curly & wavy hair while reducing frizz

– Won’t leave heavy, greasy residue in fine hair types

– This oil intensely hydrates & nourishes dry, damaged hair

– Contains a combination of oils which work to restore the structure of the hair

– Has a pump action nozzle which controls the amount you use

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How Can It Be Used?

Pre-shampoo treatment: Divide the hair into sections, and apply 2-3 drops of oil to the hair and scalp. Massage and leave in for 5-10 minutes before combing through and washing out.

Post-blowdry protection: To smooth down dry, frizzy hair and control flyaways, use a few drops into your palms and apply through the ends after blowdrying (and use sparingly on roots to control flyaways).

Overnight treatment: For intense conditioning while you sleep, apply the Reconstructive Elixir evenly through the hair before going to bed, and rinse it out in the morning.

Smooth & shine serum: To define curls and waves and add enviable shine, apply a small amount of oil through dry hair post-styling.

 

What’s In It?

Featuring a blend of four naturally-derived oils, Wella SP Luxe Oil Reconstructive Elixir not only has repairing and protective properties, but is also smells ah-mazing.

The lightweight texture of Almond Oil offers superior hydrating properties, while Argan Oil acts as a nourishing hair conditioner to promote shinier, smoother hair.

Jojoba Oil works to protect the scalp and prevent split ends, while Camellia Oil offers antioxidant protection from environmental damage.

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What’s Everyone Saying?

★★★★★ RIP to flyaways  Lexy

“Literally in love with this product! My hairdresser first showed me it two years ago and I have never gone a single wash since without using it. Smells absolutely divine and can be used every day, due to how lightweight it is and the fact it never builds up on your hair. My hair is quite long, curly and bleached and it’s my saving grace to fame flyaways and frizzy hairs.”

★★★★★ LIQUID GOLD! Renee

“OMG if I could give this more stars I would. The smell is absolutely heavenly. My partner always comments whenever I put it in my hair. Aside from the glorious smell, it makes my hair so soft and manageable. From a girl that has been getting her hair bleached for years, this stuff is a lifesaver!”

★★★★★ LOVE  Belinda

“I have really dry and damaged hair from constant heat styling and colouring. I apply this after my shower on wet hair and let it dry naturally and boy is it ever so soft now! I like to use it on dry hair to tame awful frizz during the humid summers. Amazing hair oil that doesn’t weigh the hair down and it smells so good, like you just walked out of an expensive hair salon!”

 

Buy Wella SP Luxe Oil Reconstructive Elixir Here

 

Does Your Scalp Get Itchy After Having Your Hair Coloured?

Love the feeling of freshly coloured hair, but the scalp itchiness that comes with it drives you nuts? Same.

It usually goes away after I wash my hair a couple of times, but when I met Christophe Robin in Melbourne recently, I learnt that there’s actually a really easy solution to stop the irritation in its tracks.

 

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What’s The Solution?

Ta-da! It’s Christophe Robin’s Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt. This soothing treatment is designed to deeply cleanse, purify and restore balance to sensitive and/or oily scalps.

Plus it’s particularly good for relieving that tingling, itching sensation you can get post-colouring. But wait, it has even more benefits:

– Acts as a detoxifying treatment shampoo & gentle scalp scrub in one

– Perfectly safe to use on freshly coloured hair to remove chemical buildup

– Cleanses & soothes while delivering essential hydration to the scalp

– Contains pure sea salt, which works as an effective natural exfoliant

– Eliminates impurities while encouraging natural blood circulation

– Removes product buildup & excess oil from the scalp

– This cruelty-free formula is free from parabens, phthalates & silicones

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How To Use:

You use this scrub as you would a shampoo. Apply a small amount onto wet hair, gently massage into the scalp, add some water, lather, and rinse thoroughly. You’ll get about 20 applications out of the jar, and you can use the scrub up to two times per week.

To relieve post-colouring itchiness, you can wash your hair with the Cleansing Purifying Scrub after you get home from the salon (it won’t affect your colour).

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What’s The Verdict?

★★★★★ Such a great product Kate

“I got a small tub as a gift with purchase and I was so impressed! I only have to use a small amount and it really gives my hair a good clean. My scalp feels really clean and fresh afterwards. I find it useful when my hair is dirty or full of product. It is expensive but a little goes a long way.”

★★★★★ Fantastic product that I highly recommend SC

“I have normal wavy hair with a tendency to a sensitive scalp. This is the best shampoo/scrub I have ever used. It lathers well and exfoliates your scalp. It doesn’t dry out your hair but cleanses really deeply. It has a different texture to an ordinary shampoo which takes a bit to get used to but it is well worth persevering.”

★★★★★ Love it!  Rosie

“I have fine, slightly oily hair and am in love with this product. It leaves my hair/scalp feeling clean, fresh, soothed. The smell is great and it foams up wonderfully. It’s a little pricey, but it lasts a long time. I’ve started to use it while taking a bath instead of a shower so I can take more time to give my scalp a nice massage.”
 

Buy Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub Here

 

You’re Not Going To Believe The Results Of This Blonde Shampoo

This ‘before and after’ photo below was my first real introduction to Pureology’s new Strength Cure Best Blonde range. This result was after ONE wash.

Gobsmacked, I immediately needed to find out how this formula was different to all the others on the market.

 

What You Need To Know:

– The Best Blondes range features a shampoo, conditioner & treatment

– Caters to all shades of colour-treated blonde, highlighted or lightened hair

– The formula is sulfate-free & vegan-friendly

– Neutralises brassiness & instantly brightens ashy tones

– Also strengthens & rebuilds damaged, dry, brittle hair

– Protects against heat damage, colour fading & further breakage

– Leaves colour looking refreshed & the hair feeling soft, shiny & hydrated

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Desperate to see more results, we invited three blonde beauties – Brooke, Shontina and Annaliese – to experience the Best Blonde range and have personalised consultations with Pureology’s ambassador, Chad Wijayatilake.

Since I knew you’d all have questions, I asked Chad everything you want to know before you invest in yet another blonde shampoo:

 

How do different blondes get the best result?

“If you’re more of a creamier blonde, leave the shampoo in for 1 to 3 minutes and rinse out. You can leave the conditioner in your hair for 1 to 3 minutes and rinse out thoroughly.

If you’re more of a platinum blonde and can’t stand warm tones in your hair – shampoo twice and leave in hair for 5 minutes, rinse out thoroughly and leave in the conditioner for up to 15 minutes. You’ll get the coolest blonde you’ve ever had.”

 

What makes this formula so potent?

“The reason why Pureology’s Strength Cure Best Blondes is so good is that the shampoo has a violet tone that counteracts yellow, and the half blue and the half violet toner in the conditioner counteracts orange and yellow. It really controls any unwanted warmth – it’s the most effective purple shampoo I have ever used.”

 

What other benefits, apart from toning, does this formula offer?

“Best Blondes not only takes care of unwanted warmth but also strengthens the hair. Strengthening Keravis help replace the cysteine bonds and heals the micro-scarred cuticle to restore strength, leaving hair feeling soft and shiny. Not to mention Pureology’s exclusive anti-fade complex is also in there to help protect your colour from the harsh UV rays.”

 

Is it really necessary to use the conditioner too?

“Yes, it’s really important to get the conditioner. Conditioner helps close the hair cuticle back down after the shampoo and also softens and adds shine to the hair. If you are more of a creamy blonde, then the Best Blondes Conditioner can be replaced by the regular Strength Cure conditioner instead.”

 

 What Was The Final Verdict?

Noting they felt like they’d all “just had a fresh colour”, and that their locks were significantly softer and shinier, Brooke, Shontina and Annaliese also commented on how healthy their hair felt afterwards.

If you’re yet to find your holy grail blonde care products, Pureology’s Strength Cure Best Blondes could be it.

 

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