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How to make your colour last longer

Category : Hair

Everyone loves how their hair looks after a colour treatment. But a month or so later, the colour seems to fade and look dull. Good news! There is a way to make your colour last longer,  and you should definitely give it a try.

“ Everything looks better in colour”

What could cause your hair to fade faster?

  • Styling your hair every day with heat can be causing your hair to fade faster. Today, you may be able to find straightening irons that have a special setting for those with coloured hair. You also get special products that you can apply before styling, known as ‘ thermal protectants’
  • The most obvious cause for fading your hair colour is washing it too often. If your hair is not oily, try to wash every second to third day. You could consider using dry shampoo to extend the time between washes. Hot water is also a culprit when it comes to fading hair, so if you can, try to wash in cooler water. Only use the cooler water after conditioning as this closes the hair cuticles. If you do this after shampooing, the conditioner will have no real effect.
  • Sticking with washing your hair, it also matters what type of shampoo you are using. Some shampoos that contain sulphates and other chemicals can have an effect on the colour. It is best to purchase shampoos that are colour safe or more natural and sulphate free.
  • In the summer months, exposing your hair to the sun and harsh water can strip your hair of moisture and colour. Try applying a hair mask once in a while. The sun can also be a culprit when it comes to fading hair. Try using a shampoo with UV protection and if you do go out into the sun, remember to wear a hat.
  • Speaking of harsh water, chlorine is bad for your hair whether it is coloured or not. The best way you can take care of your hair is to wash out the chlorine before it dries completely. Some professionals also recommend using a leave-in hair conditioner before going to swim.
  • Be aware of hair products with large amounts of alcohol as an ingredient. These will dry the hair out and also fade hair faster.

Making your hair colour last longer

One of the first things you can do to help save your hair colour is not to wash your hair too soon after the colour has been applied. The dye needs time to settle and washing too soon can rinse some of the colour out and causing the colour fade faster.

You can try to apply most of the shampoo to the roots, work up a lather and then move a little bit of the shampoo over the rest of your hair before you rinse it off. The water that comes out of the shower may also have chemicals in it, these chemicals can be one of the causes that fade your hair colour. Today, it is easy to purchase a shower head filter that helps to stop any chlorine or other chemicals and metals coming through.

Keep your hair hydrated by applying a colour-friendly conditioner and using a moisturising treatment once a week. There are many products available for this purpose, but you can just as easily use one simple, natural product, jojoba oil. You can also use other oils including coconut oil or Argan oil.

Have a look at this video, which gives you the tips on how to make your colour last longer. You will also find a few recommended products that can easily be purchased from your local store or our salon.

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Hello Bold, Beautiful Spring Make Up Trends!

Category : Beauty

If you’ve never really considered yellow eye shadow before then now is the perfect time to test it out.

This spring’s catwalk look is all about being bold and bright. For now you can put aside those nude and natural eye palettes and splash out on some bright yellows, greens, pinks and blues for the eyes, matching the lips with equally bright colours.

Eye Shadow

Bright and bold covering the whole eye. Metallic colours are also all the rage right now.


A must and must be heavy thick lines for perfect cat eyes.


Lush and long. Use a great voluminous mascara or experiment with lash extensions.


Use cream lip colours is neons and pastel colours.


Go wild with unusual colours as the final touch to your signature look.


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Hairstyles that will make your hair look thicker

Category : Hair

Due to many factors, many people suffer from thinning hair and are always looking for ways to make their hair look thicker, while you also have those with naturally thin hair. In either case, most are looking for a bit of volume and thickness. There are shampoos and other products out there that say they help with thinning hair. There are also volumizing products that give you that extra oomph, but what actual hairstyles are out there that will make your hair look thicker?

First let’s look at some reasons for thinning hair.

  • Hereditary conditions and diseases
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Stress
  • Excessive coloring of hair and applied heat

Most times good nutrition and using some excellent products can help to thicken hair out. This is where different hairstyles come into play. Are there different styles and tricks that can give volume to your hair? The primary aim of these hairstyles, is to take your attention off the thickness of the hair and focuses on other points, like highlights. Some hairstyles or tricks can make your hair look thicker even without a cut or any kind of treatment. Although, if you do have thinning hair, medium to shorter hair is considered to add more volume than longer hair.

Some of the shorter hairstyles that will make your hair look thicker

The classic Bob, this hairstyle can be cut in a few different ways. You can create a messed-up look, that works great for those who just want to shower and go. Then there is the angled or inverted bob, which is one of the more popular styles today. The style is also versatile and can be an option for slightly longer hair. Next, is the shaggy lob, which works well with longer layers and can add nice volume and movement into the hair. There are a few other options as well from A-line to layered, short and long bobs.

“Sorry I can’t hear you over the volume of my hair”

The pixie cut might be a bit of a drastic change for many, but this hairstyle can be a fun and trendy decision. Adding to all these hairstyles so far, you can decide to include a fringe, which is also a great way to update your look and add dimension. The fringe is also great to help cover high foreheads as well as any wrinkles or a pimple that might be starting to show.

Hair that has a textured look with added techniques like highlights and layers, will add dimension. All of this distracts anybody from noticing thinner hair, by adding more volume and contrast. Have a look at these to see more details on hairstyles that will make you hair look thicker.

Here are some more techniques that could help make your hair look thicker

  • When styling your hair, you usually part your hair to one side, which tends to become flat and naturally flips to that side all the time. To add volume, flip your hair to the opposite side, spray with some hair texture spray and there you have your extra volume.
  • Oily hair is not good for those with thin hair, so a good volumizing shampoo and conditioner can help.
  • The idea of using your conditioner first and then shampoo creates the texture needed to add volume to the hair. There are products that are on the market that are specifically sold like for this purpose.
  • Avoid blow drying or using heat on your hair constantly, which can thin your hair out even faster.
  • Using a small dollop of hair mousse can add some volume and texture your limp and thin hair. Apply from root to tip before blow drying.
  • You can also purchase hair pieces or crown toppers. These are added into your own hair creating volume. The topper is specifically designed for those with thinning hair and are for those who don’t really need an entire wig. These toppers add just a little bit of extra coverage and fullness.


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Korean Women’s Beauty Secrets – trust me, you want to read this

Category : Beauty

You may have noticed how blemish free, silky smooth and radiant Asian women’s skin look, but especially Korean women. Ever wondered what they do differently? Did you know that the Korean woman’s beauty routine is vastly differently to ours?

Here are 8 of the Korean Women’s Beauty Habits that gives them a gorgeous glow and slows down the signs of ageing.

Don’t neglect the night. Clean your face properly, removing making up with  gentle oil based products or coconut oil. Wash your face with warm water using a light enzyme scrub once or twice a week. Place a warm face cloth over your face for a minute to allow it to steam and open those pores.

Pat your face dry – gently. Never rub your face with a towel.

Apply a nourishing sheet mask for 15 minutes. Korean women use sheet masks every evening, but adopting this habit just weekly will already improve your skin tremendously. More about where to buy Korean sheet masks in SA.

Don’t rinse off the excess mask. When removing the sheet mask, gently massage the remainder of the gel into your skin.

Layer up the moisture. Apply your usual moisturising night cream or serum before bed.

Hydrate before bed. Drink a cup of herbal tea or water.

Get enough sleep. Aim for 7 – 8 hours.

In the morning, wash your face with only warm water and pat dry before applying your moisturiser and sunscreen (sunscreen is not negotiable).

If this sounds like just too much effort, the be sure to book regular facials done by a professional.

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Why more women under 40 choose to go grey

Category : Hair

Looking in the mirror to find your first grey hair usually is a bit of a shock. The first signs of grey hair are the first signs of getting older. Many would make an appointment with their hairdresser to cover up the grey. Many women start to go grey in their 30’s and some even younger and most choose to begin dying their hair. Things change and new trends develop and today people, especially young people, are going to have their hair dyed a variety of grey options from an ombre effect to silver and highlights.

So why should women, who are starting to grey have to cover up? Men who are greying are seen as distinguished, so why can’t women embrace their natural grey look as well. In the media, there are so many commercials advocating dyeing your hair, which is not a bad thing, but women should not feel pressured into doing something if they don’t want to. Sometimes this is difficult as colleagues or even friends might comment on those grey roots showing. Whether you want to leave your hair natural or dye it, should be completely up to you.

Here are some of the options for, how to get grey hair and the summer trends.

Reasons for grey hair

Let us have a look at the actual reasons for those grey hairs. Let’s start with the basics, you have a pigment in your hair, known as Melanin. This pigment is responsible for the colour of your hair. The grey starts to develop when the cells that produce this colour pigment stop working, due to age or other factors. The melanin pigment can also be blocked by a buildup of hydrogen peroxide, which occurs naturally in the hair follicles. This then bleaches the hair and it grows out grey. Ethnicity may also play a role, as it seems that Caucasian people tend to go grey earlier, while those from an Asian or African heritage tend to go grey a little later in life.

Sometimes there is a cause for going grey prematurely:

  • Diet plays a major role in overall health, but also specifically in the health of your hair. A deficiency in Vitamin B12 may be causing the problem
  • Thyroid imbalances can also have an effect
  • Stress can be a major player in the existence of those grey hairs.  
  • Environmental factors can also play a role in the health of your hair.
  • Using too many hair products and styling can damage your hair
  • Medications may have a negative effect, especially when it comes to things like chemotherapy.

How to slow down the onset of greying hair

There are some steps that you can take to help slow down the greying process.

  • Live a healthy lifestyle, eat correctly and if needed take some supplements like Vitamin B12 to boost your bodies systems.
  • Smoking has been associated with accelerating the ageing process. The best thing to do is to stop smoking.
  • Look after your hair like you would your skin; apply regular moisturizing treatments or hair masks on a regular basis.
  • Let your hair hang loose, by putting your hair up into a bun or up style may cause trauma to the scalp area and therefore increase your risk of damage to your hair.

Another reason for choosing to go grey could be that dying grey hair might be more difficult. Sometimes grey hair doesn’t absorb the hair dye as effectively as it should. Colouring your hair can also be an expensive activity that you need to do on a regular basis. If you are a person who has dyed their hair for a long time, growing out your grey hair is a process. This process can take a long time to get your hair looking how you want it. Have a look at these testimonials and see if you can get some encouragement for your decision to go grey naturally.

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7 ways you can update your look

Category : Beauty , Hair


Have you ever felt like trying out something new, a new haircut or look, but just don’t know what to do? Many times we land up doing the same thing, because it’s familiar and safe. Making a big change like colouring your hair a striking colour or cutting your long tresses you’ve had for years, can be a big decision. So here is a little bit of help on how you can update your look, and also some current trends and styles.

  1. Hair Colours and trends

Let’s start off with hair colours, you could be thinking of adding a few highlights or, if you’re really daring, choosing the new trendy neon colour. Although, it seems that this year colours are a little less out there, but definitely still on the bold side. Those who have brunette or darker hair can easily get away with the more vibrant colours like a midnight blue or a deep red. Those with lighter hair have a variety of blond colours to choose from. They make up such enticing names for each colour like Rose Blond or Cinnamon Caramel Swirl. Even if you don’t want a whole head of new colour, highlights are the next best thing.


2. Hair Styles and trends

There are some really great hair styles, most of them leaning toward natural looks with minimal maintenance. The hairstyles include some fun short cuts, as well as easy to manage long hairstyles. Some of these styles include wash and go bob cuts to long pixie cuts and easy to manage bangs.


Let’s have a look at some of these great options: Update your look and style with these great hairstyles.

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3. Adding the feminine touch

Maybe you feel your hair is just fine the way it is, but you just want to add something new. Dress your up with some ribbon or other accessory, to create a more feminine yet playful look.

4. Pulling back your hair

Open up your features with a hair band. Today you have a variety of different hair bands and types to choose form. Use the band on long loose hair or use it with a ponytail or bun. The more popular or trendy look is to go for, is the 90’s thick leather headbands, which seem to be popular this year.

5. Change up your hair parting

How simple is this? Just change up the way you part your hair. You will be amazed at the change and difference it actually makes. This can help to increase volume and the hair will frame your face differently. Basically an instant new look without any fuss. If the style doesn’t want to stick, then try some hair styling spray and blow dry into the new direction.


6. Wet Hair Trend

Another simple and easy way to get a new look. This is especially great for those who have little time to spend on hours of styling your hair. Just get some shine and texture spray and apply to your hair roots and ends and then tousle your hair around a bit, and maybe even add a side path. Of course you can also get that glossy slicked back look, many celebrities have used this style over the years and it seems to be sticking around.

7. Long looped Ponytail is in

According to Marie-Claire, the long looped ponytail is very popular this year. The ponytail has just been glamorized by adding a higher looped and wrapped ponytail. Have a look at the 7 biggest hair trends from Marie Claire.

Read the Marie Claire Hair Trends of 2018 here.




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Which facial should I go for?

Category : Beauty

Millions of rands are spent on beauty services every year and quite a large portion of that comes from offering different facial treatments. This is because these facials are marketed to us promising the removal of blemishes, wrinkles and to help moisturise and rejuvenate the skin. But do these treatments actually work and which facial should you go for?


First off, nothing can replace good old fashioned daily home care and practicing a regular cleansing and moisturising regime. The standard facial involves something similar; starting off with a deep cleanse, followed by a massage and facial steam, then a mask or some type of peel and finally a moisturiser. Then you get the more involved treatments like microdermabrasion or micro-needling, which focuses more on the anti-aging side of things.


Let’s have a look at the different skin types out there:

  • Normal Skin is healthy
  • Dry Skin – skin that produces less sebum than normal
  • Oily Skin – increased sebum production
  • Combination Skin – different sections of the face produce different skin types


In most cases your skin type comes down to genetics, but the condition of the skin can also be affected by certain external and internal factors. Things like the weather, your diet, medications and stress can all have an effect. In most cases when going to a salon for a facial, the therapist will do an evaluation to determine your skin type. This helps the therapist determine what treatment will work best.

“Your skin is 90% of your selfie”


Now let’s have a look at the benefits a professional facial. Is there actually something in going to a professional and paying the price?

  • A facial is de-stressing; it is different when somebody else does the facial versus doing one on yourself.
  • The salon might use more effective products, and not everybody applies toner, cleanser, masks, and exfoliates every day. I hope everybody at least moisturizes every day.
  • Many facials involve some kind of extraction, which face it, excuse the pun; some aren’t keen on doing it themselves.
  • The treatment does improve circulation, but this part can just as easily be done at home.
  • The professional facial can deal more specifically with certain skin problems
  • The right facial treatment can also have great benefits before an important event like a wedding.
  • The therapist can advise on what products are best for your skin
  • You can only get the more advanced facials that use unique technology at a professional salon or spa.
  • Certain skin conditions are best left to be treated by professionals to avoid worsening the condition. Also make sure the therapist knows what they are doing, especially if you have sensitive skin.
  • The facial will help to improve the absorption of all facial products used after the treatment.


So now you know the benefits of a professional facial, how often should you get one? The general amount of times to go for a facial is every three to four weeks, because this is how long  the skin cell growth takes in a cycle. This will help you to keep your skin looking toned and clear. For many, this can turn out to be a bit on the expensive side, so try to at least have one once every season.


Home care is just as important if not more so and there are a lot of products out there to choose from. Some contain some exotic ingredients that come from some plant on an Island in the Pacific. These types of products are sure to have a price tag to go with it. You don’t have to spend a fortune, just make sure you find a product suited to your skin. Ensure you cleanse and moisturise regularly and most important, always apply sun protection.






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What is a Brazilian Blowout?

Category : Hair

To understand what a Brazilian Blowout is, let’s have a look at the process involved. First of all your hair will be washed a number of times, so as to remove any other hair products. Then the stylist will work slowly on portions of your hair and will add the blowout formula. This formula is basically a liquid keratin, which actually bonds to your hair. This helps to protect and smooth the hair out. This technique was developed in Brazil, hence the name, and many of the products also contain ingredients that are indigenous to the area.


Let’s have a look at some questions you might have about Brazilian Blowouts.

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Who should consider getting a Brazilian Blowout?

Those people who struggle a lot with frizzy hair or those who have used other products on their hair and it is dry and course. Anybody who really wants to have that straight and sleek look to their hair. Just remember the treatment does not restore damaged hair, it only  helps to reduce frizz and make the hair look shiny and smoother. Those who have severely damaged hair should maybe re-thing getting a Brazilian Blowout as it still uses a lot of heat, which might not be good. So if you have normal to very thick healthy hair that is unmanageable, you are a perfect candidate for the treatment.

What are some benefits of a Brazilian Blowout?

  • Hair will be hydrated
  • Definitely less frizz
  • The process helps the hair manage heat styling more effectively
  • It will give you a sleek and shiny look, but will still retain its body
  • Your hair will be more manageable
  • To blow dry and style your hair, will take you half the time than usual.
  • You can wash your hair almost immediately, unlike some other Keratin treatments
  • The treatment also allows you to go swimming or have that hot yoga class on the same day.

Will it take out the natural curl of the hair?

The Brazilian Blowout will only help to make your hair appear naturally straight, but won’t take out all the body and bounce. If you have very curly hair the blowout should help to lessen any frizz and will actually help to enhance the natural curl of the hair. On the other hand if you have straight hair and your problem is with the frizz, then the blowout will take that away, leaving your hair frizz free with a healthy shine.


What about if I have coloured my hair or if I have Highlights?

Yes, you can still have a Brazilian Blowout. In fact the whole process will help to condition and protect  the hair. The treatment will take out the frizz and most probably enhance the colour.

How long will the treatment last?

First of all the treatment itself will take about an hour and a half to complete, even up to two hours if you have really long and thick hair. After this,the Brazilian Blowout can last up to 10 weeks maybe more, but only if you use the aftercare products provided and look after your hair.

Why you should consider a Brazilian Blowout first

Some of the treatments offered use some very harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde amongst others. Exposure to these chemicals can affect some people negatively. To keep your hair looking like you just stepped out of the salon can also be a bit of a mission. Costs involved can also be quite expensive as you have the initial treatment, products to use and follow up sessions.


When booking a treatment always enquire about the salon’s treatment process and the products they use. Look for hair salons that use products that are formaldehyde free, so it’s best to ask around and even get some quotes.

Costs of a Brazilian Blowout


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Costs of a Brazilian Blowout can vary from salon to salon, so do your homework and ask around to find the best place. The range of prices can be anything from R1500 to R2400 for a good quality Brazilian Blowout. Of course many salons also offer specials on the treatments, so keep an eye out at a salon near you.


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Category : Hair

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How To Treat Lice In Children

Category : Hair

The thing that many mothers dread when their kids go to school is the illnesses they can pick up, and the day your child comes home with lice. Now, that doesn’t mean your child has dirty hair, in fact lice enjoy well groomed and clean hair or scalps rather. Unfortunately they are very hard to get rid of.


The louse, singular is a small parasitic insect that has no wings. They like to live in amongst our hair and feed off small amounts of blood that is taken from the scalp. Lice can become a problem anywhere, especially when there are many people working or playing close together, such as at schools.


Once the problem has been detected, it is always a good idea to act fast. The eggs of a louse are known as nits, and can take up to 7 to 10 days to hatch and then a further 12 days to mature into an adult. The next step is for them to mate and then lay their eggs again and again, and again. If the lice do not have any blood supply, say they fall off onto clothes, linen etc., they will die within two days.


Many people also think that lice can jump, which in actual fact is not true. They cannot fly or jump and only spread with close or direct contact. They are very contagious and can easily spread from one child’s head to another. So now that we know a little more about lice, how does one go about treating the problem. Do you wash your hair with prescribed chemicals or go the more natural way?

Treating Lice in Children

Treating lice does not have to go the chemical way, but if you do, always ask your pharmacist for the best and safest option for your child. They have the best knowledge on all medications. Prevention is always better than cure, so putting in place certain precautionary measures might save you a lot of hassle in the long term.


How to avoid Lice:



The most important thing to do if you apply treatments, is to make sure that you repeat the treatment about two weeks to one month after the initial dose. This is to ensure you get all those nits that may have survived the first round of treatments.


As I mentioned before, sometimes the more harsh chemical treatments can be abrasive. You as a parent can take preventative measures, this involves regularly checking your child’s hair and scalp.

Head Lice, What to look for?

The annoying parasites look like small yellowish or brown specks before they hatch from their eggs. The eggs are laid close to the scalp on the hair shafts. The adult louse is the size of a sesame seed and can be tan or off white in colour. By using a comb and parting sections of hair, or checking behind the ears regularly, you may be able to pick up on a problem sooner.


What should you do if you find head lice?

You can find the best treatment for your child and use it as soon as possible. Consider applying treatments to all family members as well. You should inform the school if your child has lice, so that an alert can be sent out to other parents, so everybody can then treat their children. This will help to prevent it from spreading and becoming a major problem.


Types of Lice Treatments

Your doctor may prescribe medicated shampoos that are available, a lotion or hair rinse. You can also get over the counter medications for the problem, but again always ask the pharmacists for their advice. Sometimes, if the problem persists, an oral medication may be prescribed. Today the lice also seem to be more resistant to the medicated products,


Treatment the old fashioned way

Sometimes for younger kids, you will have to remove the lice and nits by hand as the products would be harmful to the child. Even if you use products, you will have to check and remove nits by hand anyway. This may be torture to both parent and child, but many schools won’t allow you to come back unless the scalp and hair has been declared clear.


The best way to remove nits and lice by hand, is to take a fine tooth comb and run it through conditioned wet hair. Wetting the hair seems to momentarily stun the lice, while the conditioner just helps to make the comb run through the hair much more easily. You can also use olive or coconut oil as the conditioner. You will just need to rinse out the hair a few more times.

Natural remedies for treating lice

There are natural remedies from applying mayonnaise, petroleum jelly, tea tree oil, salt, apple cider vinegar and oil.


Here are some more natural lice remedies:


Many natural products can be purchased from outlets like Wellness Warehouse and Faithful to Nature. There are even more unique products on the market, such a the preventative ‘Lice Ban’, a hair band that has been infused with essential oils that kids with long hair can wear.


You can get them here: Lice Ban Elastics –