13 quirky hair tips you’ve never heard before
Insider secrets that’ll help you up your hair game
By Iantha Yu
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / May 26 2017
Just like visiting a skin specialist, a visit to the hairdresser is always rewarding. And we’re not just referring to getting your hair done professionally; we’re talking about the countless number of tips that you pick up from seeing an expert work their magic on your ‘do.
Each hairdresser has their own portfolio of nifty tips up their sleeve, and because visiting a different one each time you need to get your hair done for the sole purpose of picking up some of their tricks can be an effort, we decided to do the hard work for you. We thought it’d be a good idea to chat to not one or two, but thirteen of the best in the biz for their best tips on caring, colouring and styling your hair. And we guarantee that you haven’t heard of most of these out-there tips. You’re welcome.
If you want to hide split ends
“Apart from snipping split ends at a salon, the best thing for an instant fix is to curl the hair inwards and hide the split ends,” says Katy Reeve, National Creative Director of TONI&GUY. “Simply wrap the ends of the hair around a brush and blast with some heat to lock it in, and that way you have created the illusion of no split ends alongside gorgeous bouncy curls.”
If you want squeaky clean hair
“If your hair has any silicone build-up from bad shampoos and conditioners, saturate hair with Coca Cola and put in a shampoo cap,” explains Lauren McCowan, ambassador of evo. “The Coca Cola will break down the buildup so you can properly wash and treat your hair.”
If you want a tight ponytail
“Use Mr Smith Foundation to prep and prime damp hair, blow-dry, then paddle brush to sweep hair away from the face and gather it at the nape of the neck,” explains hairstylist Elyston Hayden. “Next, use a snag-free elastic to secure the desired pony, and take a cable tie and wrap it around the elastic and tighten. Cut the cable tie end off and slide the elastic off for a cool industrial vibe.”
If you want a custom hair colour
“We use different-sized paint brushes from Bunnings,” says hairstylist Anthony Nader of Raw, “We've found that it gives a more natural ‘bleed’ and therefore allows the colour to fuse together beautifully. The bigger the brush, the more camouflaged the blend will be.”
If you want beachy waves
“Divide your hair in four or more sections, plait, then apply a straightening iron along the plaits for no more than three seconds,” says Jules Peacocke, owner and director of Lily Jackson Hair & Makeup. “As you heat up each length of the plait, let the hair cool and take out the braid.”
If you want to embrace curls
If you want voluminous hair
“For an airy texture to the hair with a LOT of hold, mix one packet of sugar with water in a spray bottle and spray it into the hair before styling,” says Justine Marjan, Global Stylist and celebrity stylist of TRESemmé.
If you want a smoother finish
“Apply hairspray to a natural-bristle toothbrush, and run it over your hair to tame flyaways,” says Adam Reed, founder of Percy & Reed. “This way you can apply a small amount of product and it won’t overload the hair.”
If you want your curls to last for hours
“For a long-lasting curl, curl your hair at night, then sleep with a very loose high ponytail and on a satin pillow,” says Rose Hoffman, creative director of Kérastase’s flagship institute, AlanaKristian. “The next day, your curls will still be intact.”
If you want cool, casual hair
“To create undone texture, apply a primer, like Redken Pillow Proof Treatment Blow Dry Express Treatment Primer Cream, and allow to air-dry for a ‘nude’ textured look” says Dmitri Papas, Redken Global Artist and 2015 ‘Australian Hairdresser Of The Year’.
If you colour your hair at home
“I use a Beautyblender to apply hair colour,” says Lizzie Liros, hairstylist and Philips Haircare Ambassador. “This tool is great for root-stretching, which is where you create more regrowth for a more natural finish.”
If you want just a bit of texture
“Apply a curl cream, like ELEVEN Australia Keep My Curl Defining Cream to damp hair,” explains hairstylist and founder of Eleven Australia, Joey Scandizzo. “Tie sections of hair in twisted knots all over the head and sit under a dryer to create lived-in texture with a natural-looking wave.”
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Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.
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