19 June 2013

How Macadamia will keep your hair healthy this summer!

In the lead up to summer, there’s an understandable focus on how to protect the skin and combat the negative effects of over exposure to the sun. But what about your hair? Intense heat, UV rays, sea water, chlorine and sand can all expose hair to unwelcome elements that render it dry, brittle, dull and lifeless. It can also impact adversely on colour. Increasing awareness of the effects of summer on your hair and scalp means you can prepare for combat, ensuring your hair remains in perfect condition all summer long!

Hair loves the sun...but how can you protect it against the elements?

We all love spending time in the sun and our hair does too! It accentuates its natural shine and vitality by reflecting light, but we also need to take extra care to offset some of its more negative impacts.
Intense heat and humidity have a drying effect that causes frizziness, flyaway hair that’s difficult to control, whilst sand and sea water can result in tangled unruly hair that needs intense conditioning to restore its beauty and sheen. This is where Macadamia performs its magic!
Macadamia lady, long, straight, shiny blonde hairWith a signature blend of Macadamia seed oil and Argan oil infused throughout the entire collection, Macadamia Natural Oil equips your hair for summer like no other. Proven to be highly beneficial in providing intense hydration, deep nourishment and UV protection, the combined action of natural botanicals with the oils promise results unlikely to have been experienced before. Both inside and out, hair is left luxuriously soft, silky smooth, frizz-free and ultra manageable.
It actively re-establishes equilibrium between the hair and scalp to reveal the hair’s natural, inner beauty as its replenishing, restorative properties yield anti-ageing benefits that render hair vibrant, more youthful and in optimum condition.
Moreover, the protective UV properties found in the range’s special formulation ensure that hair is shielded from sun exposure, while the oil blend seamlessly replenishes the lost natural oils produced by the scalp. With the miraculous Healing Oil treatment leading the way, Macadamia allows you to distribute these essential oils throughout the rest of the hair with a spritz of Healing Oil Spray as it simultaneously scents hair with a distinctive, moreish fragrance, whilst imparting natural shine and a silky smooth finish.

Whatever the effect of summer on your hair, follow Macadamia’s recommended routine and be hair happy every day this summer!

Washing and Deep Conditioning

Protect hair from the build up of chlorine and sea salt by regularly washing with Macadamia’s sulphate-free Rejuvenating Shampoo. This rich and luxurious shampoo will not irritate an already dry scalp as its rejuvenating lather infuses our exclusive oil cocktail to add moisture and protect, replenishing dry and damaged hair to leave it soft, ultra-shiny, light-weight and manageable!
As an innovative alternative, why not try Flawless? This revolutionary subs-free one-step system delivers 6-in-1 benefits to cleanse, condition and refine the hair without the use of surfactants, such as harsh sulphates.
To restore and nourish the mid-lengths use Deep Repair Masque. This 7 minute treatment reconstructs, penetrates and rebuilds damaged hair to give it improved shine, elasticity and eliminate the possibility of dryness, brittleness and split ends. As well as being formulated with the all-important infusion of Macadamia and Argan Oils it’s also rich in Tea Tree and Chamomile to feed the hair all the nourishment and moisture that is often striped away by heat.

Maintenance and frizz control

Infused with Macadamia’s signature oil blend, Healing Oil Treatment softens, smoothes and renders hair rejuvenated and iridescent making split-ends a thing of the past. For extra nourishment, spritz hair throughout the day with Healing Oil Spray – a fine mist which protects from UV rays.
Summer humidity can leave hair frizzy and suffering from fly-aways. The oils and proteins in Reviving Curl Cream work in synergy to revive hair and deliver intense nourishment whilst also strengthening from the inside out. Moisture is locked in and humidity disappears; whilst the effect on texture is something to behold! Curls, waves and textures are noticeably defined and accentuated whilst, frizz and flyaway hair is controlled.
Chlorine and sea salt often cause hair to become tangled and almost impossible to brush through. Applying No-Tangle Pre-styler is crucial to de-tangle hair without pulling or breaking. Simply spray onto the tangles of towel dried hair and comb to leave hair sensationally soft, nourished and with improved elasticity. Don’t forget, for the ultimate travel companion
Macatravelgroupwhen jetting off on holiday, take Macadamia’s travel kit... The ultimate hair care regime in a nifty, stylish and conveniently compact travel bag. This also features the ingenious Healing Oil-Infused comb so you can stroke through Macadamia’s oil concoction through your hair as you groom.

Links to the Macadamia products:

Flawless 250ml: £25.75
Healing Oil Spray 125ml: £23.50 60ml: £14.90
Healing Oil Treatment 125ml: £28.09, 10ml: £5.36
Travel Kit: £45.00
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18 June 2013

Summer hair colour trends (yes, it's still summer)!!

Hair Colour

The Ombre

What's taking off right now is of course the hair ombre! Increasing in popularity daily, what is a movement of colour across the hair in which the colour is graduated from light to dark.
Platinum blonde to pastel pink hair ombre colour style; acheived using milkshake direct coloursIt is low maintenance and certainly makes life easier for us ladies who want to grow out their hair colour whilst maintaining an air of distinction. Don't let that fool you though, this hair color style is versatile, adaptability is what sets this trend apart! In fact, you can choose how many colours you want to add, where you want to add them and the gradient of change in between them. To change hair colour completely isn't out of the question either and there are some really good variations out there. I particularly like those using bold bright colours, those using platinum and pastel tones and similarly those that are using contrasting natural hair colours, don't be afraid to show your roots! Click here to have a little look at some of the best Ombr├ęs we've found!

The Balayage

If you prefer a more natural style of colour a subtle balayage could be for you. What is the sister trend to the hair ombre the balayage can offer you something more in terms of subtlety with nothing sacrificed in terms of eye catching style. Balayage comes from the french verb to sweep, so therefore balayage refers to a gentle sweeping of hair colour change. A change in hair colour from dark hair to light hair in an effect created by your stylist to represent the natural lightening effects that the suns rays have on your hair. The natural sun kissed hair color style is achieved by painting the colour onto the hair vertically and thus avoiding the harsh contrasting lines achieved by the ombre hair style. Click here to see some beautiful examples of balayage hair colour change.
Photo: Keke Palmer

Whether you go for a subtle balayage or a large tonal shift in colour with an ombre or you opt for some seriously cool pastel tones I would advise you to get it done professionally. Hair dye accidents can be costly, they can also be very damaging to the natural condition of your hair and they will always be expensive to correct. So ladies, please seek help and get it done right.

Summer colour 

We have it on good authority that the colour of the summer is going to be... well, if it looks good and you can rock it then; it's going to be pretty much any colour that you fancy! So go out and get exploring those colour charts! 

The wonderful thing about hair dye today is that there is a vast amount of semi permanent colours available on the market place, so if you fancy trying a trend, before you commit then just talk to your stylist. They will be very willing to help you. Semi permanent dyes colour the cuticle rather than penetrating it as they use low levels of developer, peroxide or ammonia and are therefore safer for damaged or fragile hair. Ask your stylist for the Milkshake direct colour range that now includes 6 stunning new shades: Pink, Lilac, Blue, Petrol green Yellow and Grey. (As you may already know, we're big fans!)

For longer lasting colour use Montibello Chroma Colour protecting spray is a protecting texturiser that contains active ingredients that uphold the internal moisture of the hair, so maintaining its flexibility, elasticity and shine. Chroma colour protecting spray also contains a UVA-UVB sun filter that protects against unwanted fading and weathering of the hair.

Make your colour last longer by taking extra care of your hair whilst washing and conditioning with Keratin Complex Colour Care Shampoo 400ml and Keratin Complex Colour Care Condtioner 400ml . Keratin Colour Care shampoo has been made specially to care for coloured hair by using a special mixture of ingredients developed to strip your hair of drit and grime without stripping your hair of its colour, whilst the Colour Care conditioner is gentle on the colour of your hair whilst it smooths out unwanted frizz and detangles your hair with amazing professional results. 

The Secret to Great Looking Summer Hairstyles!

Summer Hair Style

How to wear your summer hair:

It's a glorious summer here in England, we're not quite sure why but were faced with a whole lot of new hairstyle options. It's time for summer hair styling and like many of you I like to keep it simple. Owing very much to it's practicality the up-do is a timeless classic that will always increase in popularity over the summer months and that certainly isn't about to change this year. Come on ladies... Who's got time for styling when you just want to be outside in the sunshine anyway!?

Photo: Maegan Tintari
Whether you're heading to and from the beach, reading by the pool, having fun at a festival and out socialising of a balmy evening my advice to you is to keep it simple with an easy updo! I'm talking, buns, pony's, plaits and braid's. 

A loose pony is great for keeping hair up out of your face and from your neck and whats more it will accentuate your cheekbones. I prefer a pony with plenty of volume at the crown. Pulling a pony too tight puts the hair under stress by stretching the hair and in some cases snapping it, so go easy. Use No inhibition 12 wonders to ensure your hair's elasticity is at its' greatest. A fantastic hair beauty product that does what it says on the tin, it'll even help protect your colour. 12 benefits, 1 product, what's not to love!?

The fishtail is a fantastic updo that can be worn tightly woven or with some sections gently teased out for a more laid back approach. They always look very sophisticated and elegantly elaborate yet with a little practice the fishtail is relatively simple to pull off...
Have a look to see how... click here!
Dress it up and wear it out OR wear it low and loose, pull out a few pieces around your face to soften the overall look and feel of your hair. At this point a good volumising spray always comes in handy. I personally would recommend one with UV protection, on this occasion try: Montibello volumising root spray. Or you could always try the brand new No inhibition Matt volumising powder if you want the same medium to long-lasting hold with versatile flexibility in powder form.

Wear your updo with a silk scarf covering the tops of the ears, it is a perfect look for the summer with a nod to the 60's bohemian lifestyle and the French Riviera. Click here to be amazed by these beautiful reworked antique silk saris by a talented young Indian designer that will definitely catch your eye! Or... if you're embracing the return of the nineties then you could always go for a scrunchy!? 

Dress up or dress down a simple updo this Summer whether it is a Fishtail, a Messy bun or a classic Pony... you will be bang on trend.

Extending the (hair)style: 

Once you're ready to take the ponytail or braid out, start by pulling your hair apart and gently mess the braids up with your fingers whilst enhancing the loose strands of hair with an iron. Wear them down in loose beachy waves and finish with a light to medium hold hairspray: Milkshake lifestyling Open Air Hairspray 500ml  Open Air Hairspray offers a light and manageable hold, it is good for your hair and is conscious of the environment. When pulling apart the braids, take care to avoid creating knots, easier said than done, I know. Try using Macadamia Healing oil Argan infused comb that's great for detangling and fighting frizz, which works wonders when used alongside Macadamia Healing Oil Spray to replenish the vitality and moisture lost whilst you were having fun in the sun and the sea.