Apr
23

4 Foods that promote Healthy Hair

The old saying ‘you are what you eat’, has never been truer!  In fact, the health of your hair says a lot of things about you, not just your diet, but stress levels and more.   “Just like every other part of your body, the cells and processes that support strong, vibrant hair depend on a balanced diet,” says New York nutritionist Lisa Drayer, MA, RD, author of The Beauty Diet.

In fact, if you want healthy hair for the future, it’s important to eat right now.  The nutrients you eat today help fortify the hair follicle — from which each strand is born — and the scalp that surrounds it. “Healthier follicles? Healthier hair. Healthier scalp? Healthier hair!” Drayer says.

So, what are the foods that promote healthy hair?  There are many but below are 4 we think are super important…

Walnuts–Walnuts are rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids, and have a good portion of Biotin and Vitamin E which help protects cells from damage.  Walnuts also include a portion of copper that helps keep your natural color rich.  Walnuts are great for so many things.  Nuts are also good to help boost energy levels.

Eggs – Eggs are a great source of protein and have four key minerals: zinc, selenium, sulfer and iron.  Iron is important as it helps carry oxygen to your hair follicles.  If you don’t have enough iron in your body, one of the problems you will face is major loss of hair.  We all know iron is important particularly for women in so many ways.

Blueberries – Blueberries are a super fruit full of Vitamin C and Anti-oxidants.  Vitamin C is important for overall wellbeing but also helps circulation to your scalp.  Vitamin C naturally boosts Collagen which surrounds the hair strands making them strong, producing healthier hair.Vitamin C helps boost your immune system too, so make sure it’s part of your diet.

Fish–Oily fish are a must when thinking of growing beautiful hair.  They contain nutrients great for boosting brainpower, but also contain Omega 3 and a number of fatty acids that help you grow thick, healthy hair.  They have a natural way of hydrating the scalp and strengthening follicles.   All in all, fish products are great for you!

There are a number of foods you can eat to give your body and your hair the best chance of a healthy, radiant existence.  Why not add some of these to your regular diet from today, and in a few month’s time you will start to see some amazing results.

Apr
23

3 Top Tips to Looking after Kids Hair

Kids, gotta love them.  Some come into this world with bucketloads of hair, others enter the world with none (and some leave with none too!), but before long regardless of what they start with, their hair grows and it’s important that their hair is looked after just like it’s important we look after ours.

Here are 3 top tips to taking the best care of your little ones hair.

1)     Teach them about haircare from a young age.  Kids from the age of 3 onwards can learn personal hygiene and learn that it’s important to take good care of their hair, and even that they need to brush their hair as part of their morning routines.  Many things can be used as lessons in life, and this is just one of them.   Take the opportunity to teach them while it’s a novelty!

2)     Create habits that will last.  When I was a kid, I really HATED having my hair washed.  I remember having meltdowns, and then when it was left to me to get my hair washed, refused to do it regularly for a long time.  Once I realised WHY I needed to wash my hair, I understood its importance.  Once it became a regular habit, it wasn’t such an issue, and as I’ve grown into an adult, I’ve only improved on those habits even more.

Before long kids begin to attend kindy and school, so why not start those habits of really taking the time to care for and look after their hair every morning, as young as possible.  Once the school years hit, it won’t be one of the battles you’ll need to face every morning.  The ground work would have already been done.  The routine will be in place and the habits will automatically kick in.

3)     Regular cuts are super important for the health of a child’s hair.  Many mums choose to simply cut their own child’s hair for a variety of reasons, but cutting it the wrong way with the wrong equipment can result in damaged hair that can take a few years to fix.  Make the hairdresser appointment something to look forward to.  I always used to promise my little ones a chocolate biscuit at the end.  EVERY time we went to the salon, they knew that a chocolate biscuit was coming at the end, and so a new routine, and a happy memory was formed.

Got other tips on how to look after your child’s hair or get them into good habits?  We’d love you to come over to our Facebook page and let us know!

Apr
03

10 Pinterest Accounts to Follow – leading hair care/fashion/ideas

The opportunity to share information, learn new tricks, and even get ideas for any single topic you can think of has never been as easy as it is today.  Pinterest is one of the leading image sharing social media websites, and it’s one of the fastest growing on record!   If you’re on Pinterest you’ll know what all the hype is about.  If you’re not, you need to check it out!

We thought we’d share 10 great Pinboards you should be following for Beauty, Fashion & Hair. Of course there are now millions of boards on Pinterest, so if you find some others that you’d like to share with us, why not post over on our Facebook page!

1)      Fashion Forwardhttp://www.pinterest.com/fashion4wards/For all things fashion & healthy hair styles to shoes!   These guys showcase it all!

2)      Leading Lady Hair Inspirationhttp://www.pinterest.com/leadinglady996/hair-inspiration/.  A fantastic mix of all things hair and not only modern style, you’ll also see some vintage hair styles!

3)      Glamour Maghttp://www.pinterest.com/glamourmag/.  For all things Glamour, Fashion, Beauty and Hair!  With almost 5000 Pins on the Board, its probably safe to say they are one of the best!

4)      Eat.Sleep.Wearhttp://www.pinterest.com/eatsleepwear/.  Wow this is impressive, 1,045,632 followers.  Fashion blogger Kimberly of eat.sleep.wearhas created a booming Pinterest page with thousands of fashion and beauty pins.  Epic!

5)      And one to make you sparkle!  Glitter Guidehttp://www.pinterest.com/glitterguide/.  Glitter Guide offers Flashes of delight.  ‘Your guide to fashion, trends, beauty, design, food and culture.’

6)      Women’s Wear Daily (WWD)http://www.pinterest.com/womensweardaily/is the official bible for all things high fashion and luxe beauty — and it’s a must-follow Pinterest account for industry trends and backstage beauty (especially during Fashion Week).

7)      Sephorahttp://www.pinterest.com/sephora/ is a great way to keep up to date with the latest, especially the Trending now boards.  You can also gain ideas and find your favourites all while keeping up with the Jones’.

8)      One of the Hair specific Pinterest Accounts to follow is Hair Romance, and yes I could see myself getting quite attached to this Account!  http://www.pinterest.com/hairromance/

9)      Blogger and designer Megan Gilger knows beauty when she sees it — and she certainly has an eye for artistic expression.  Follow her on Pinterest for inspiration on so many things. http://www.pinterest.com/megangilger/

10)   Last but certainly not least, we are loving Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess.  Her blog is awesome, and her fashion pins are exquisite.  http://www.pinterest.com/elsiecake/

So there’s some of the most pinned accounts in Fashion, Beauty and Hair right now.   We hope you enjoy checking these out, and don’t forget to come and share your favourites with us over on our Facebook page.

Happy pinning!

Apr
03

No Makeup Selfie’s for Breast Cancer

No Makeup Selfie’s for Breast Cancer

You’ve probably seen them in your newsfeed, the ‘No Makeup’ Selfies by people to help grow awareness of Breast Cancer.  While many are calling this stunt, just that, a stunt, others are praising the initiative for bringing great awareness to a very aggressive and deadly disease.   It started with some of the Hollywood stars jumping onboard (as has Demi Lovato), and the initiative has gone viral.

The deal is that you not only post a ‘No Makeup’ Selfie, to help grow awareness of this Disease, but that you also nominate friends to do the same.  Not only that, it’s important that you also get involved as part of growing awareness and take this action one step further by donating to this worthy cause.

The best place to make a donation, is at the Official National Breast Cancer Foundation Website (NBCF) http://www.nbcf.org.au/.  There are a number of ‘foundations’ acting as collection bodies for this cause, but know that it’s always best to go to official websites and donate.

Breast Cancer is a horrible disease, some able to battle it and win, others not winning the battle.  The stats are terrible and highlight the importance of growing awareness and donating to such a cause.  Here are some of the stats from the NBCF Official Website

  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in Australia.
  • One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • In 2014, 15,270 women are predicted to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia.
  • In 2020, 17,210 women are projected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia. This is an average of 47 women every day.
  • Increasing age is one of the strongest risk factors for developing breast cancer. More than two in three cases of breast cancer occur in women aged between 40 and 69 years.
  • Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer have an 89% chance of surviving five years after diagnosis.
  • Improvements in survival are attributed to earlier detection of breast cancer through regular mammograms and improved treatment outcomes for breast cancer.
  • On average, seven women die from breast cancer every day in Australia. Finding breast cancer early increases the chance of surviving the disease.
  • Although rare, breast cancer can also affect men, accounting for about 1% of cases. Around 110 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia each year.

All information quoted from http://www.nbcf.org.au/.

So if you haven’t done your bit and taken positive action yet in growing awareness of Breast Cancer, get to it!  And make sure you don’t forget to donate, as this is crucial!

Mar
04

Tips on how to maintain healthy hair

Tips on how to maintain healthy hair

Keeping your hair Healthy is as important as brushing your teeth every day!  Your hair is what brings out the best in you, helps highlight your features, and for many women, it’s what makes them feel amazing!   Not looking after your hair and maintaining it correctly could cause damage, which could take quite a while to fix!   Here’s the basics of maintaining healthy hair.

Choose the right shampoo and conditioner

Ensuring you use the right Shampoo and Conditioner for your hair is crucial.  It’s always good to try a few different ones to make sure you find the best one for your hair.  If you are using an all in one shampoo and conditioner, you may be stripping your hair of much needed ingredients.  There are also different shampoos available for different hair types, for eg. Frizzy or dry or oily hair.

Regular Hair Cuts

Cutting your hair regularly can improve your hair health by removing the ends of your hair that may be dry or damaged due to exposure to elements such as heat, cold, saltwater, or scorching sun. By cutting even just the ends of your hair, you should see a visible difference in shine and strength.Regular haircuts are also important in ensuring the look you are after is easily achieveable.  You’ll notice when your usual ‘style’ just isn’t sitting as it normally would.  Chances are, its time for a cut!

Coloring Hair

Adding some color to your hair, even a similar color tone to what it is currently, can condition your hair and make it feel smooth, look glossy, and feel amazing.  Many find that hair with color in it can be easy to work with, while hair without color can be dry, and difficult to style.  Putting some color in your hair and keeping it maintained can ensure your hair grows and stays healthy.

Pamper your hair

From time to time it’s a good idea to pamper your hair, give it an extra special treatment or condition it with something special above your normal shampoo and conditioning routines.  Hot oil treatments, or other similar treatments offered at Salons can really give your dry lifeless hair, a real boost, bringing it out at its best.  You might even give your hair a few days break from styling or using heat tools, as a way of pampering and maintaining you hair.

Looking after your hair, is looking after yourself.  You deserve to look your best, so what could you do to help maintain your hair better this week?

Mar
04

Managing grey hair

Managing grey hair

Grey hair is one of those things we all know will show up at some point! For some, the process of greys appearing happens in their early twenties, for others it’s not until much later!  And of course, there’s all the in between’s.   Some choose to color over the top to hide grey hairs, others begin to embrace it, and use it as feature spot in their hair color and style.   I must admit, I love it when the older generation embrace it as part of their ‘signature look’.   For many though, they are unsure as to how to look after grey hair, so here’s some tips on managing them.

Don’t pull them out!

Firstly, when they start to appear, don’t pull them out!   Most jump to the ‘oh my gosh’ state of mind, and pull them out, but this actually encourages them to grow back thicker.  Consult your hairdresser for more information on this.   You know what, most people won’t walk up to you, and give you curry cause you’ve got a few grey hairs!   We will be the most aware out of anyone J

Regular Coloring

A good portion of the population, do color their hair, and even before the greys appear!   So you could continue to color your hair the same way you do it already.  As with any regrowth, it’s always good to keep your trips to the Hairdresser frequent so that you look your best anyway.

Highlights

Highlights or foils used to be something that the younger generation got creative with, but I’m seeing more and more that the older generation are getting ‘clever’ in their use of the extra colors.  It’s quite fashionable to get blonde/greyish/silver/goldish foils, or to mix blonde with grey.   For absolute best results though, consult with your hairstylist or fashion expert.   This is something you definitely need to do right!

Trim Strategically

For those with a lot of grey hair, regular and strategic trims could help the process of taking out any other color in their hair, and bringing in and embracing the grey.  Certain styles will also suit this process aswell.   So choose wisely, and consult your hairstylist.

Condition Regularly

Most women think that the grey hairs will grow out very course in texture, which may be the case.  But as with any hair care, ensuring it is well looked after and washed and conditioned regularly will be really key in the process.

Embrace your hair

No matter where you are along the grey brick road, its important to embrace you!  Do what makes you feel happy and amazing.  Yes its just one of those things in life, but it’s not the end of our world!   Embrace, be you, do what you can, and we know you will fine!

Feb
24

Our favorite hair styling tools

Our favorite hair styling tools

Women can be extremely picky when it comes to their beauty and especially when they need their hair done.  The Hair FashionIndustry is constantly updating with the trendiest, the newest and most formidable tools, but many times people are confused about which product would suit them the most.   The styling tools available produce the long waited waves, elegant curls and their users looking amazing, longer. Hairstyling tools are just as important as our jewelry stash, they all contribute to our final look. Here are a few of our favorites on the market at the moment:

1. Quick Styling Hot Air Kit

The kit is very practical, because the kit usually has got two brush barrels and each barrel creates different types of waves.  Works best on semi-dry hair, so first blot the hair with a towel, then use your imagination and make fantastic curls. With this tool, you will skip an additional drier so you can bring it with you to trips and holidays.

2. Interchangeable Barrel Curler Set

As its name suggests, the set contains several barrels that make waves of different sizes and styles. Heats quickly and the temperature stays stable even when the curls are done, so you don’t have to worry about results. It is advantageous if you don’t want to mess up with different types of barrels but only ceramic tools that functions rapidly.

3. Vidal Sassoon Curl Secret

There is one magical gadget that perhaps will make one enthusiastic. This super cute curler machine works in a simple manner in fact: gets the hair lock inside the round part and makes curls in only a few seconds, perhaps it makes to be the fastest curler of all above. Usually this type of tool has three time settings (8, 10 and 12 secs).

If you are unsure as to what to purchase for your hair type, and for the style you are after, it’s always best to speak to your local Hairdresser and get recommendations.  The Brand you choose can be the difference between charred hair and beautifully looking hair.  It can also impact on the amount of time it takes to get stuff done.   Australian Hairsalons Directory features a number of Hair Salons in easy to search categories.  If you’re after someone new, why not search our categories by State and see what you can find.

Feb
24

The Messy Hair Revolution – the new way of style

The Messy Hair Revolution – the new way of style

The trends of our days are changingmore rapidly than what they were 20  years ago, and many would say that the trends are so loose now, that anything goes!  We can thank the constant fashion bombs towards society and social media madness. Pinterest, Instagram are just a few of those platforms that let in the ordinary fashionistas from all around the Globe, show their hair extraordinaire.  We are also a busy generation, with less and less time, looking for alternatives to the hour long morning routines.  Women are realizing that there is nothing more beautiful than wearing hair in its natural form, but with just a few strategic tweaks.

The messy hair revolution is living its moment now and this trend is like a revolution: celebs and models don’t fuss with highly sophisticated buns but with simple messy hairstyles that are casual and more natural in many cases. It’s natural, simple, elegant and sexy, and it’s in!  We are using less product and going more natural, and why wouldn’t we?

It’s all about the styling: after drying, comb at the hair root level, then put some wax on the end of the hair locks. If your hair is smooth and thick, a little hair balm or conditioner can better the structure of it and can made it look shinier and healthier. At the end, use a little hairspray to help strengthen the look.   Finally, use your fingers instead of a comb, to ease up the locks a little and not to shatter the already fixed curls, you can also piece out the hair a little so that it’s got a bit more style to it.  But its not just about styling: it’s about embracing your hair no matter its color and texture and getting creative.  You can make a superb look of it and more importantly be proud of who you are, all while letting your natural beauty shine.

We are starting to see more and more ‘messy look’ styles at Fashion Shows and Major Events in Hollywood and beyond, The Messy Hair Revolution is about embracing the natural style of your hair, enjoying and sharing who you are in a more basic form, where less is more, and sharing your natural beauty with the world.  I say bring it on!

Dec
02

10 Fashionable Hair Accessories You Can Make Yourself

10 Fashionable Hair Accessories You Can Make Yourself

2014 will see Fashionable Hair Accessories remain as one of the top trends in hair fashion. Accessorising hair is new to some but to others, they are loving being able to compliment a hair style with accessories. These also make brilliant gifts too for that someone special.  Here are 10 different Accessories you can make yourself!

Boho Chic Headband

Make yourself a Boho beauty queen with this feminine romantic headband. The deception to this DIY is to add a good amount of glue to the headband before pouring on the beads and tap them down to stay in place.   To learn how to make a Feathered one, click here.

(Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lFm7mTuouY)

Pearl Hair Pins

Hair pins are functional. But, jewelled hair pins are not only functional, but also have style. Not all glitters are gold; some are made from pretty stones. Use hair pins to raise an up do. Let your hair shine accompanied by the jewels in the hair pins. This will compete with the stars!  Pearl hair Pins go with so much and are elegant and fashionable all at the same time Click here to get started.

(Link: http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-chanel-pearl-hairpins/)

Leather Hair Tie

Throw your hair in a ponytail as a part of your daily routine, thenmake it look amazing with a leather hair tie!These are so easy but look great with your shiny or black outfit at night time!  Check it out here.

(Link: http://www.ohthelovelythings.com/2013/09/5-minutes-diy-leather-bow-hair-tie.html)

Felt Hair Pins (for the little ones!)

These are so easy and make great gifts for little friends too.  Choose your shape, color felt, and thread color, and get to work!  You can see them done here.

Customisable Hair Ties

Whether you need a certain color hair tie for work, or the kids want special hair ties, or you may want something for a special occasion.  These fabric button hair ties are simple and easy to make.  Check them out here.

(Link: http://www.handmadekids.com.au/make-perfect-hair/)

Flower & Rhinestone Headband

Have a basic headband you want to make look simply amazing?  Want to customise it for a particular outfit?  Check out these super simple Flower & Rhinestone Headbands here!

(Link: http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-dolce-gabbana-tiara/)

Bobby Pin & Old Button Clips

If you love vintage you’ll love these!  Adding buttons of your choice to bobby pins are simple, customisable for color purposes, and great for the little ones too!  Mum and little once could even match!  Click here to see how easy these really are!

(Link:http://craftandcreativity.com/blog/2012/02/04/hairpins/)

Ruffled Headband

Headbands are so easily wearable and knowing you can make them yourself, means you can customise your accessory to match your outfit.  Here’s a simple tutorial on how to make ruffled headbands.

(Link: http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2011/06/ruffle-headband-tutorial.html)

Hair Cuffs

We love wearing cuffs on our arms as jewellery pieces, but did you know you can take that fabulous trend and use it with your hairstyles?  Learn how to make and style with them here!

(Link: http://www.makeitandfakeit.com/2012/02/diy-hair-cuffs.html)

Beret

A lot of people believe that all hatsprotect the hair. That is a fact. However, the hat can do more than a shield against the ravages of weather. It can also be used as an accessory that can be used to attract. Beret is undoubtedly the best fashion hat. Everyone can wear it since it is appropriate everywhere and can be worn for the whole year. You can find out how to make one here.

(Link: http://artycrafty.wordpress.com/2010/05/26/tutorial-making-a-beret/)

Hair accessories not only look amazing, they can be what makes you stand out from the crowd. If you want to check out other ideas, a quick search on Pinterest can provide inspiration and lots and lots of ideas!

Dec
02

5 Hairstyles For The Guys We Are Loving!

5 Hairstyles For The Guys We Are Loving!

In today’s day and age, mentake pride in their appearance just as the women do. Luckily, there are loads of role models men can look up to forstyle and fashion tips. If you feel like giving yourself a new look, then let’s talk about what’s hot for guys right now!   A new style can not only boost your self-esteem, but give you a new lease on life, or even grab that attention you’ve been wanting from the opposite sex!! So here goes…

Super Short

This isprobably one of the women’s all-time favourite hairstyles in men. It has a masculine look, and results in a soft hair that most women love to touch. You can get this new look by using clippers to shear off your hair. The length is uniform. It’s also easy for you to maintain, and a tiny bit of product can work wonders!
Shaggy Layers

Shaggy layers suggest that you’re not high maintenance or uptight when it comes to his appearance (and maybe life in general!). You can get this style by asking your barber to layer your hair and possibly thin out certain parts where it’s really thick. The longest ones should be no more than the length of a chin. To add some definition, use some hair styling wax or other product.
Square Cut

This hairstyle produces a clean-cut appearance, which symbolizes life in order. It emphasizes the manliness of your facial features by focusing your face’s angles. This cut needs a professional barber, and can be hard to maintain if not cut regularly.

Front Wave

This cut is seriously appealing and hot right now! It is the reminiscent of the 1980s men’s hairstyle. It also conjures the images of with John F. Kennedy’s the suaveness. This hairstyle needs locks and tapers. To keep the hair in place, comb it with a gel or mousse through the front.
Slicked Back

This hairstyle is a retro-inspired style that makes any man look like Don Draper. Despite his womanizing character, all women alive are charmed by his fictional and confident hair. This hairstyle works best on medium length hairs.

If you are conscious about your new haircut, don’t worry. Too short or too long, there is a hairstyle that suits best for you. If you’re really unsure of what to do with your hair, a hair stylist can give you some ideas.  You may also like to do some online research for ideas.  What are the stars wearing these days, what styles are people with similar face shapes to yours wearing right now?  If you’ve recently gone for a new look, we’d love to know about it!  Come and post a picture on our Facebook page!

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