Inspiration

  • evo shebang-a-bang Wins Best New Styling Product Award | 2016 AHFAs

    On Sunday 10th April 2016, the Australian hair industry came together to celebrate the Australian Hair Fashion Awards (AHFA's). It's in 24th year, the award ceremony has cemented it's place as one of the most reconsigned and respected events of the year, honouring every facet of the industry including the products that make everything possible.

    This year, evo's shebang-a-bang was awarded the well deserved AHFA Best New  Professional Styling Product of the Year. Since it's launch, shebang-a-bang has become a staple amongst Haircare Australia staff and clients, offering an effortlessness that before trying you could only ever dream of.

    With a light fragrance holding top notes of basil, green tea and clean aromatic green base, this long lasting dry wax spray increases the texture and definition of hair with a satin-matte finish, light hold and general feeling of absolute hair success. With the aerosol delivery of the finest mist, even coverage and application means that with shebang-a-bang anyone can become the master of their hair. To top it off,  shebang-a-bang is also sulphate, paraben, dea, tea and propylene glycol free and

    So, who is shebang-a-bang for?

    evo shebang-a-bang dry spray wax is suitable for all types of hair to create that hint of effortlessness everyone is looking for. From short, fine hair looking for volume and separation, through to thick curls that need definition but want a clean, flexible, touchable texture, shebang-a-bang can do it all.

    "Flexible, non-greasy and way too easy to apply. Hard to use too much and even harder to put down. How do evo keep coming up with all this greatness?" -  evo Ambassador, Jules Tognini on his love of shebang-a-bang.

    How do you use it?

    This genius creation can be used on all hair types in both wet and dry hair. It is the perfect choice for everything from building volume and texture, to bringing out layers and bed hair, or even to define curls without leaving them feeling heavy or greasy.

    To Achieve Definition. 

    Spray evo shebang-a-bang on the ends of your hair when heat styling or blow-drying if you have dry, split ends; or if you just want polished definition through your style.

    To Achieve Texture.

    To achieve soft, textured waves, spray shebang-a-bang into damp hair, braid your hair and let dry before shaking out into soft, textured waves with a satin-matte finish.

    To Achieve Separation. 

    Spray shebang-a-bang through hair after blow drying and comb for separation without weighing the hair down.

    To all of the nominees, finalists and winners, we would love to take this opportunity to congratulate your efforts. Well done to all.

  • Salon Feature: The Nest Hair Boutique

    A place where all things grow, the Nest Hair Boutique is the perfect blend of creativity, consistency and care.

    Dreamer and “ideas girl”, Charlie, had a vision… to create a salon where customers can unwind and actually enjoy getting their hair done. An experience that’s not awkward, rushed or intimidating. But full of warmth, energy and new friendships. The Nest, is as charming as the name suggests, with a striped baby blue wall, rustic hanging lights, vintage furniture, and flower pots. Essentially, The Nest is as individual as the women that walk through their doors.

    So, who inspires you, Charlie?

    My stylists, of course… and I’m not just saying that. The passion these girls have… the way their eyes light up when they’ve created something beautiful… it’s more inspiring for me than watching a big league hairdresser, any day. When I know my team is happy and passionate in their work, it really drives me to develop the best environment for all of us to be creative in...

    What does your salon do, that’s different?

    Lots of things! From yoga, in-salon pop-up shops, creative outings or, my favourite at the moment, ‘The History of Hairdressing’ classes… we’re pretty much always doing something out of the norm.

    Okay, what is the one piece of advice you always give your clients?

    Take advantage of free consultations, before your appointment day. Free consultations are available from most salons to put you at ease, choose colours, styles and set your budget. You’ll also get a feel for the salon to make sure it matches the style you’re going for – and the experience you’re after.

    What’s your favourite Lakmé product? And, why?

    Gloss! It's ammonia free, toning is quick, the shine is incredible… and we love how intense the colours are for toning. It’s made toning more creative… and the possibilities are endless. One of my favourite toners for softening roots after foiling is 15g 8/00 + 10g Silver +2g 8/22.

    What do you think you’ll be seeing more of in 2016?

    My bet is… we’re going to continue with these beautiful natural looks, using a lot of freehand techniques. But, we’ll be introducing more rich browns with warm reflects, bronde, soft coppers and golden goddess tones. This will be interesting to see… because Australians are terrified of red heads, but nobody knows why! We’ll start to see people dipping toes in something a little different, which gives us colourists the chance to have a lot more fun!

    Charlie, what advice would you give to someone wanting to open their own salon?

    Start with ‘why’. Why do you want to open your own business? If it’s, ‘I want to make my own hours and make a lot of money’… think again. Running a salon is - at least - twice the work you’re expecting… and it’s definitely not a get-rich-quick plan. You need entrepreneurial qualities to run a business. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, that’s for sure. But, if you love it, that can make it work. And, then it’s totally worth it.

  • Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair | What You Need to Know

    Moroccanoil's Creative Director, Antonio Corral Calero ventured from Barcelona to Bondi during March to launch the new Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo. Set in the idyllic Bondi Icebergs  dinning room, Antonio gave beauty media the low-down on everything they needed know about this new beauty-cabinet-staple, paying particular attention to why it's such a perfect dry shampoo for dark hair.

    Starting out with the brand when it came to fruition as the first argan oil on the market, Antonio is  well versed in all things Moroccanoil and is globally recognised for his work with the brand and the international runway circuit. We were lucky enough to spend a few minutes with him to get his top tips for using the new Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo.

    Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair

    How do you recommend people with dark hair use dry shampoo?

    The Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo is available in both dark and light tones so those with dark hair no longer have to worry about that white chalky residue that traditional dry shampoos leave behind. The ultra-fine rice starches in the Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo break down and dissipate immediately leaving hair shiny and clean. To get the best results, simply shake the bottle well, section the hair and apply to the root area. Use a paddle brush and brush the hair from root to tip to help create lift in the hair.

    After a trip to the gym or beach, my hair is in a less than desirable state. Can dry shampoo reverse sweaty and salty locks?

    Yes! The Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo is excellent at absorbing salt, humidity and sweat. A quick spritz and brush from root to tip will help bring the hair back to it's natural state. Dry shampoo won't replace washing your hair, but it will allow you to get some extra days out of a wash.

    Static is a common issue for most people,  can dry shampoo be used to control it as we head into the cooler months?

    Dry shampoo is great at controlling static, simply spray it on to a paddle brush or directly on the hair and brush from root to tip so the product is evenly distributed and there you have it, static-free-hair.

    Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair 1

    I often overload my hair with product before an event, is it possible to reserve this without having to re-wash? 

    Using too much product is an issue that is easily reversed with Moroccanoil's Dry Shampoo. If you think about when you drop your phone in water, you use rice to extract the moisture, the same principle applies with your hair. The Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo contains rice starch which helps to absorb excess moisture bought about by too much product. Simply spray on the affected areas and brush from root to tip to restore the moisture balance.

    Can Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo be used on all hair types?

    This dry shampoo will not  weigh hair down and is suited to each and every hair type. For those with fine hair, I recommend spraying the Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo through freshly washed hair to help create the illusion of fullness. It's amazing for dark haired people too, as it instils shine and lustre into the hair. It's the perfect product for creating effortless hair with just the right amount of volume.

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  • Salon Feature: Organika Hair

    Exceptional hair. No compromises. These aren’t just words for Sarah and Lisa, the co-owners at Organika Hair.

    Swapping sulphate, paraben, gluten, chloride and phthalate for only natural and organic products, Organika Hair is like the Birkenstock wearing, gluten-free hipster – stylish, with an environmental conscience. Sit back with a drink, relax... guilt-free!

    Ladies, why do you have such a strong environmental focus in salon?

    It’s a lifestyle choice. A healthy body, a healthy mind, a healthy planet. It’s all linked. We believe you don’t have to compromise your health for great hair, in fact, we know you don’t have to.

    Lisa, who inspired you to open a salon like Organika?

    I worked in a salon for 10 years before Organika. That’s when, I discovered my beliefs and lifestyle were a contradiction to my work. I was living a green life at home, but the moment I walked into work everyday, I was exposed to all of the toxins. It just didn’t feel right using them on clients either.

    What do you love about the Neuma range?

    This range embodies everything we stand for. It always delivers results, without the compromise. It's leading the way in healthy
    products that actually work. It’s a win-win!

    How has being a Prestige Partner impacted you, Lisa? Would you recommend it?

    Being a Prestige Partner has given me the opportunity to be involved in all the amazing events. The trip to Hobart in August 2015 at MONA
    was a standout. I’d certainly recommend this initiative.

    Who inspires Organika the most?

    Our clients... and I’m not just saying that. They really are the ones who keep us motivated to do better, everyday. We love hearing about their lives, getting to know each and every one, and hopefully making a difference in the way they feel.

    So, what gets Sarah out of bed each morning?

    Making clients feel amazing about themselves. And the look in their eyes as they walk out of the salon, knowing they look fabulous. Best of all, doing this without putting any harmful chemicals on their body. Oh, and I can’t forget my beautiful, nine month old son, Roman. He has a special knack for getting me up very early in the morning. He’s my personal alarm clock!

    What are Organika’s goals for 2016?

    Maybe another Organika salon – interstate this time! Exciting times ahead for the Organika team.

    Okay, knowing what you know now, if you could go back in time, what‘s the one piece of advice you’d give yourself?

    Always, always, always... trust your instincts. I think there’s a part of you that truly knows what’s best for you. Often, we just don’t listen to it. Follow that inner voice.

  • Recreate Beyonce's Bob with Neuma

    Love Beyonce's hair from The Golden Globe Awards? We do! Neuma designer, Anthony Chiocchi, walks you through getting Beyonce's look with a little help from Neuma.

    "Neuma is so amazing with multi-textured hair 'cause you can never over use the product!" -Anthony Chiocchi
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    1. Using a box bob cutting technique, shampoo hair with neuMoisture shampoo and condition with neuSmooth leave-on condition.
    2. Apply neuStyle firm hold gel to roots.
    3. Mix neuStyling texturizer and neuStyling gelée together, then apply cocktail mix from mid-shaft to ends.
    4. Pin top of hair down flat to head then gently blow dry remainder of hair using a diffuser
    5. When dried completely, finger through neuVolume surf lotion. Set curls in place and stretch out every other section to give a multi-textural look.

    Stock Neuma in Your Salon

    Neuma is distributed in Australia exclusively by Haircare Australia. To find out more about stocking Neuma in your salon, call us on 1300 437 436 or fill out our contact form.

  • 2016 Lakme Collection

    At Lakmé we are focussed on equipping colourists with inspiration, tools and the knowledge to excel creatively; we provide industry-leading education coupled with the highest quality colour products.  Luxurious colour with a unique heritage that is great value.  A focus on innovation, sharing inspiration and knowledge, and fostering a sense of community is at the heart of what we do.

    2016 Lakme Collection: Renacido

    Lakmé’s heritage, grounded in artistic tradition and ties with nature, is the inspiration for the 2016 collection.  At the heart of this campaign is Antoni Gaudi’s vision to look to nature for inspiration.  His view being that nature does not go out of fashion.  The colour palette was derived from imagery of Spanish architecture, art and landscapes; styled to reflect the balance and beauty of the Mediterranean character, designed to inspire and encourage colourists to explore and innovate.

    Artists don’t just take inspiration from one area. They live and breathe it through every facet of their existence and it comes in all forms from the world around them. Renacido is an exploration of an artist’s true palette, if that artist were based in the cities, mountains and waters of Spain. The tones in Gaudi’s art, the colour of the hills and the shimmer of the ocean were the basis of our creation.

    To find out more about incorporating Lakme into your salon, contact Haircare Australia today.

    Watch the 2016 Lakmé Collection Launch Video

  • Treat Damaged Hair with the Moroccanoil Repair Range

    With all of the stresses that our locks go through on a daily basis from heat styling, colouring and environmental factors like the sun, it's no wonder so many of us are constantly battling with dreaded damaged hair.

    The quest for repaired, healthy hair often seems unobtainable but with the help of the Moroccanoil Repair range you can be one step closer to achieving luscious locks that are healthy, radiant and manageable. Moroccanoil's Global Creative Director, Antonio Corral Calero gives us the low down on what steps to take to prevent damaged hair around the clock.

    What are the tell-tale signs of damaged hair in need of a repairing treatment?

    Damaged hair is easy to identify: visible breakage, rough and spongy texture, dry and brittle strands, loss of elasticity, and even faded colour. These are all signs that hair is in need of a repairing treatment to restore it back to health.

    What causes hair damage?

    The two most frequent causes of hair damage are harsh chemicals and excessive heat. Overexposure through a daily heat styling regimen, for example, will uneven the cuticle layer that protects the hair shaft, resulting in rough texture, over-porosity, dryness and brittleness.

    What is your go-to product to repair hair?

    The Moroccanoil Restorative Mask is an absolute miracle hair mask! It is rich in argan oil and proteins that help fortify and restructure to instantly repair damaged hair in just 5–7 minutes. Its high-performance formula infuses protein back into the weakened hair shaft so hair actually becomes stronger, healthier and more beautiful. This mask should be used weekly at first and then less and less frequently as hair condition improves. After using the protein-enriched mask, I recommend following with your favourite Moroccanoil conditioner to de-tangle strands and keep hair silky soft.

    Treat Damaged Hair with Moroccanoil

    What products can I use to help improve my damaged hair on a daily basis?

    It all starts with a great shampoo and conditioner! For daily treatment, I recommend Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. These products infuse each strand with antioxidant-rich argan oil and highly reparative keratin, proteins and other nutrients, to help improve hair health over time.

    During fashion week, models are always asking for the perfect shampoo and conditioner to help repair and maintain their hair between days of back-to-back runway styling and my go-to is the Moroccanoil repair range.

    What are some easy hairstyles that help prevent hair damage?

    For most women, damage is caused by excess heat styling, so wash-and-go hair styling is a sure-fire way to avoid damaging strands. For curly hair, apply Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream throughout hair; it will define, moisturise and nourish strands while fighting frizz. Curls will look shiny and soft, with no sticky residue!

    For straight styles, apply a cocktail of Moroccanoil Treatment and Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream from mid-shaft to ends of damp hair and then allow hair to air dry. The combination will make hair shiny, tame frizz and manage fly-aways, leaving hair soft and smooth.

    If I want to heat style my hair, what products can I use to prevent damage?

    If you are using heat, it’s important to prepare strands with a protective spray, such as Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection, to shield it from high temperatures and possible thermal damage. Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection creates a unique thermal

    protective veil to shield hair up to 430˚F, helping prevent breakage and split ends.

    This product is especially essential during awards season when celebrities want to protect their hair from the stress of frequent styling. The best kept secret behind red carpet hair styling always begins with Moroccanoil Treatment to create the perfect foundation for styling, followed by Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection. This key combination provides manageability and protection when creating more elaborate red-carpet hair looks.

    Treat Damaged Hair with Moroccanoil

    Do you need to use conditioner after using a hair mask?

    After hair is fortified and restored to health, a daily conditioner is perfect to then de-tangle and soften the hair. Hydrating masks, such as Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask and Moroccanoil Weightless Hydrating Mask, are great for a deep conditioning treatment once or twice a week. As they are extremely rich in moisture, they can replace your daily conditioner when you use them.

    Do you have any tips for protecting colour treated hair?

    Absolutely! Protecting colour treated hair starts right at the colouring process. My number one tip is to apply Moroccanoil Treatment from root to tip before a colour process. This go-to product will absorb instantly into the hair to help fill gaps in the cuticle layer and create a thin, protective layer around strands for an even colour application and safe treatment process that won’t alter the colour results.

    I also recommend asking your colourist to mix 1 or 2 pumps of Moroccanoil Treatment into the colour as it will actually help the colour absorb into the hair while keeping the hair shaft smooth for a fantastic final result.

    How can you tell when hair is back to a healthy state?

    Hair that is in a naturally healthy state is soft and flexible, de-tangles easily and holds a style longer. Its looks and feels naturally touchable, smooth, shiny and beautiful from day to night.

    If you would like to become a Moroccanoil stockist, click here. Alternatively, if you're looking for a Moroccanoil stockist in your area, please click here.

  • Create Beach Waves with the Cloud Nine Micro Wand

    The art of creating effortless beach waves is one that many of us are yet to master. But, with the Cloud Nine Micro Wand, in just a few simple steps you can create beach waves any time, any where.

    Cloud Nine Ambassador and renowned Session Stylist, Sarah Laidlaw shows  you how you can achieve chic and effortless beach waves in minutes. So, stop tirelessly attempting to perfectly create beach waves and master them by watching this video.

     

    How To Create Beach Waves

     

    About The Micro Wand

    The most dexterous of the Cloud Nine Wand collection, the Micro Wand provides unparalleled portability and flexibility for all hair types, especially mid-length to short hair. You can gain complete curling and waving freedom with the the Micro Wands 14cm shine-enhancing barrel and dual temperature flexibility. The Micro Wand gives you the freedom to create beach waves effortlessly or tight ringlets that can be brushed out to achieve beautiful waves.

    Find out about the Micro Wand here.

  • Recreate Cate Blanchett's Oscar winning hairstyle with Renya Xydis and Brooke Testoni

    Cate Blanchett was the epitome of glamour at this years OSCARS sparking one of the hottest hair trends of 2015.

    Cloud Nine ambassador Renya Xydis created this look for Cate and has now teamed up with Brooke Testoni to show you how it's done!

    Stay tuned over the next few weeks as Cloud Nine will be recapping 2015's hottest hair moments.

  • Adelaide Fashion Festival Look Step by Step: Tribal Texture

    Using evo and Cloud Nine, Atilio Dusa and the clip joint creative team created this tribal twist on a Geisha bun achieving a minimal yet textured finish.

    1. Prep hair by using evo mister fantastic and blow drying using the pete paddle brush, then smooth the cuticle using Cloud Nine Wide or Original iron on a low heat.
    2. Section off the front top and sides of the hair leaving the back down. Using your evo bradford bristle brush, brush the hair from the top section in an upwards direction into a high ponytail. Using hat elastic, wrap around the base of the pony very tightly and tie off.
    3. Repeat same steps for second section through the back of the head bringing it up to join the top pony. (this can also be split up into a few sections if hair is thick).
    4. Using evo builders paradise working spray to smooth and fly always. Again using evo bradford bristle brush, brush a section of hair through the top front hairline, (between rescession lines) against the direction of the ponytail to create a textured, fly away effect. Then light spray more builders paradise spray to set.
    5. For the high bun, spray evo builders paradise into the pony and start to twist the hair from bottom to top and bring the twist back down to the base and pin tightly to base with fringe and bobby pins. Slightly pull bun apart to loosen and create texture but keep as much height as possible.
    6. Finish but doing a final spray of evo builders paradise

    Adelaide Fashion Festival / Sally Phillips / Step by Step

    Adelaide Fashion Festival / Sally Phillips

  • Abbey Lee Russh Magazine hair how-to with Cloud Nine ambassador Renya Xydis

    One of the most iconic looks this year was the hair from RUSSH Magazine shoot with Abby-Lee created by Cloud Nine ambassador Renya Xydis.

    Watch below as Renya recreates this look on Brooke Testoni.

    Stay tuned over the next few weeks as Cloud Nine will be recapping 2015's hottest hair moments.

  • Salon Feature: Mr Burrows

    Newtown / Sydney

    Escape to Mr Burrows’ rainforestesque basin room.

    A place to escape the hustle and bustle of Sydney's daily grind. Nestled away in Newtown, Mr Burrows takes the salon experience to the next level. From the luscious rainforest-inspired garden wall and Spanish moss hanging from the ceiling in their basin room to their signature Mr Burrows espresso martini offered on Saturdays, Mr Burrows is about more than just the haircut, it’s luxury.

    The focus at Mr Burrows is on the experience and the quality of their service. The team are committed to transforming people’s lives through amazing hair. Owner James knows the importance of investing in his staff through training and development. People go to Mr Burrows not only to enjoy their experience but with the knowledge that their hair is in good hands.

    Mr Burrows Hairdresser, Newtown / Sydney

    Mr Burrows Top 3 Tips

    1. Home hair care is insurance for your hair. Use the right products for your hair type and use them correctly.

    2. Shampoo your hair correctly. Shampoo the roots only, then towel dry the ends as hair is like a sponge. If you don’t squeeze the water out you won’t get the most out of your product.

    3. Always ask the client how open they are to trying something new. You never know how far you can push their next haircut, but we work with them to get the most out of it.

    What makes Mr Burrows unique?

    Our aim, from the moment you step through the front door, is to provide an escape to your everyday life. Our philosophy 'accessible luxury' means being able to deliver the highest level of service at an affordable price from a stylist that has been properly and continually trained. Our clients also love the little extras, like the individual cheese platters or cheeky vino that we offer.

    What are your tips for running a successful salon?

    Number one is consistency. Never forget who pays the bill. Clients need to walk through the door and be treated the same every time. Number two is your team. Without a happy, cohesive and supported team your salon will not be successful.

    You recently worked in the evo fashion week team, how was that?

    What a pleasure to be asked to work on this amazing show, overlooking Bondi beach. Reyna Xydis is great to work with, having her direction on a show is always inspirational and learning new techniques is what makes me love this job so much! The look we worked on was really cool, giving a just stepped out of the beach finish. We pre-styled the hair to create movement, then using serums and oils we drenched the hair down and it worked a treat.

    How has being a Haircare Australia Prestige Partner benefited your salon?

    The Haircare Australia Prestige Partner program has boosted my salon immensely. Being part of this program saves you time managing multiple accounts/stockists and of course money. Not to mention that it offers you a massive range of high performing products for really competitive prices. The access we get to training and support from a huge team of professionals is a big positive too. I am also booked on to the New York Study tour, which, without Prestige Partners, would not have been on my radar this year. This is no doubt going to be unbelievably inspiring and I can’t wait to bring this knowledge and enthusiasm back to my salon, team and clients.

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