The Reds Difference: Our Products


When searching for products that align with Reds’ commitment to sustainability, we looked for hair care, styling, and colour lines that offered products of the very highest quality, while remaining kind to the environment.

The exclusive, salon-only products we use at Reds provide our clients with the ultimate indulgence with the added benefit of naturally beautiful, beneficial ingredients.

Read on to learn more about the carefully selected, luxury product lines we offer at Reds Hairdressing.


ELEVEN’s haircare philosophy is simple: Haircare doesn’t need to be complicated, it just needs to work. ELEVEN’s product names tell you what they do, making it easy to pick the right product for your hair needs.

ELEVEN’s effective products use naturally luxurious ingredients. Ingredients like Avocado Oil, Organic Cucumber, Papaya Extract, Australian Macadamia Nut Oil, Silk Amino Acids and Organic Argan Oil work to penetrate the hair fibre and nourish your hair from the inside out.

With PETA approval, 100% recyclable packaging and paraben free formulas, what’s not to love?!


Developed by superstar stylist Kevin Murphy, our KEVIN.MURPHY luxury hair care and styling range is proudly sulphate and paraben free, made from sustainable resources, using pure essential oils, plant extracts and natural antioxidants. They are also certified by PETA as cruelty free, with all packaging made from recycled ocean waste plastics.

We can vouch that Kevin’s quest to be green hasn’t come at the expense of quality. His range of salon-only hair care products was created by Kevin to meet his needs as an editorial hairstylist. Inspired by the philosophy of skin care, the luxurious KEVIN.MURPHY range of shampoos, conditioners, treatments and styling aids, caters for every hair type.


What goes in the tube of your hair colour is just as important to the health of your hair as it is to the environment. The Reds team and our clients are becoming more and more conscious about the products that come in contact with our skin and hair. Aligning with our commitment to environmental responsibility, all colours in the COLOR.ME range are PPD free, Ammonia Free and use natural ingredients like aloe vera, honey, shea butter and pomegranate.

COLOR.ME offers a moisturising and rejuvenating experience with natural, gentle ingredients that are suitable for all hair types. This compact colour line stays committed to the integrity of the hair while imparting superior colour performance and natural-looking results.

Reds at Easter


Its not too late for Easter styles, but … if it’s too late for you, you’re welcome to book in as soon as the Easter holidays are over. We’d love to see you.

Why Does Our Hair Go Grey?


For many people, grey hair is a fact of life. It’s a sign that we are getting older and that our bodies are going through change.

What creates our natural hair colour?

To understand why hair turns grey, we first need to understand why it has colour in the first place. The answer is a special type of cell known as a melanocyte. These produce melanin, the pigment that gives your skin, hair and eyes their distinctive colours.
Melanin comes in two forms, eumelanin (black or brown) and pheomelanin (reddish-yellow). Combinations of these two create the spectrum of eye, hair and skin colours found among humans.
One way to understand how melanocytes determine hair colour is to think of these cells as tiny printers, applying their ink to paper. The paper in this case is our hair strands, formed of keratin, the same protein that makes up our fingernails.
Just as a printer sprays ink onto a sheet of paper to produce an image, melanocytes produce pigments that are embedded into the growing hair strand, providing them with colour. The melanocytes live within the hair follicle, so each hair strand has its own colour-producing printer.
While some people’s melanocytes print a lighter ink combination, such as blonde or red, others have darker colour palletes and so have black or brown colourations.

Why we go grey

Now that we understand how hair gets its colour, we can understand why it goes grey.
In hair, grey is not a colouration like any other shade: it is the lack of colouring. The keratin of people with grey hair lacks pigment because their melanocytes have died, revealing the natural grey-white colour of the keratin protein.
Because each hair strand has its own melanocytes, some go grey before others. Exactly what decides which strands go grey first is still unknown. However, age, exposure to certain chemicals and even the climate can influence how early the melanocytes die.
The strongest influence, however, is written in our genes. The genetic influence on hair colour is so strong that if your parents have grey hair, yours is likely to grey at around the same time as theirs did.

How To Find Your Curl Type


We know that decoding your curl type can be confusing. Several different textures can exist on one head alone, which all have to somehow look cohesive when you style your hair.

Created by hairstylist Andre Walker and modified by the curly community, this curl-coding system can help you to identify your curl pattern (or patterns), so you know where to start when it comes to hair styling and care.

Where To Start

Your curl type is determined by the shape of the follicle that your hair grows out of from your scalp. The flatter or more oval shaped the follicle, the curlier your hair; while the more circular the cross-section, the straighter your hair. Your curl pattern is also identified by the shape that the strands of hair make – whether they kink, curve, or wind around themselves into spirals.

Most curly girls have more than one type of pattern – kinky, coily, wavy and curly – on their head. For most people, identifying your dominant curl shape and pattern will give you a great starting point to how to style your hair and the best way to care for your curls.

In this system, 1s are straight, 2s are wavy, 3s are curly, and 4s are coily. The sub-classifications of A to C are based on the width or diameter of your wave, curl, or coil pattern. As have a wider pattern size, Bs medium, and Cs the smallest of the three.

The Classifications

Type 2 waves are bendable, can be fine to coarse, and have a definitive S pattern that lays closer to the head.

2As have a fine, barely-there tousled texture that’s very easy to straighten. People with this texture have to be wary of using heavy styling products that can easily weigh their hair down, rendering them limp and lifeless. The most common problem for 2A waves is a lack volume at the root. Using an airy, root-lifting mousse, like KEVIN.MURPHY Body Builder, will add a bit of oomph at the base and to make your hair look fuller.

2Bs are flatter at the crown with defined S-shaped waves starting from the mid-lengths. Strands are thicker in diameter than a 2A, and you’ll have to put in a bit of elbow grease into getting it straight. To enhance your natural surfer-babe waves, use KEVIN.MURPHY Hair Resort Spray for sexy texture that’s never crunchy or stiff.

2C waves are thick, coarse, and more susceptible to frizzing. The S-bends are well-defined and begin at the roots. Lorde is the perfect example of this hair type. Use a non-lathering, sulfate-free shampoo so as not to strip essential moisture from strands, like KEVIN.MURPHY Hydrate Me Wash & Rinse. After washing, applying a leave-in treatment like Eleven Miracle Hair Treatment will lock in your hair’s natural wave pattern while adding hydration.

Type 3

Type 3 curly hair can range from loose, buoyant loops to tight, springy corkscrews which have some sheen but are prone to frizz.

3A strands tend to be shiny with large, loose curls that are about the size of a piece of jumbo chalk. Scrunch KEVIN.MURPHY Killer Curls creme into towel dried hair to help emphasise the curl texture. But keep your hands (or brush or comb, for that matter) from touching your curls afterward, or you run the risk of frizz. To maintain those  springs, simply spritz your hair with a curl refresher, like Eleven’s Smooth and Shine Anti Frizz serum when it needs a boost.

3Bs have coarse, springy ringlets with a circumference similar to a Sharpie marker. This hair texture can get dry, so look for products that add moisture. A weekly in-home moisture masque, like KEVIN.MURPHY’s Hydrate Me masque will also help you get curl definition without the frizz.

3C curls are tight corkscrews that range in circumference from a straw to a pencil. Strands are densely packed together, giving way to lots of natural volume. Frizziness can be an issue with this type, so use a sulfate-free, moisturising products to avoid drying out your hair. Applying your styling product when your hair is sopping wet will also allow your curls to clump together and dry faster.

Coily hair, commonly referred to as Afro-textured or kinky hair, is naturally very dry and spongy in texture and can be soft and fine or coarse and wiry. Strands form very tight, small curls of zig-zags right from the scalp and are prone to major shrinkage.

4As have dense springy, S-patterned coils that are the circumference of a crochet needle. Styling should be done frequently to keep this coily texture looking beautiful, with soft, pliable strands. A curling cream with a leave-in moisturiser like KEVIN.MURPHY KIller Curls is a must for adding moisture and definition.

4B strands are densely packed and can bend in sharp angles like the letter Z. A serum, like Eleven’s Frizz Control Shaping cream will help to keep coils and kinks fresh and hydrated between washing, or as a style quick-pick-me-up during the day.

Ten Reasons to Love COLOR.ME



What goes in the tube of your hair colour is just as important to the health of your hair as it is to the environment. The Reds team and our clients are becoming more and more conscious about the products that come in contact with our skin and hair. KEVIN.MURPHY’s range of colours, COLOR.ME, offers a moisturising and rejuvenating experience with natural, gentle ingredients that are suitable for all hair types. This compact colour line stays committed to the integrity of the hair while imparting superior colour performance and natural-looking results. Read on to find out why it’s time for you to try COLOR.ME.


1.     Naturally Derived Ingredients

Just like your body, your hair needs the best nutrition in order to thrive. COLOR.ME uses naturally derived ingredients such as Shea Butter, Honey and Aloe Vera to smooth and condition the hair shaft and scalp. Together, these ingredients act as a power team to moisturise, nourish, restructure and protect hair from roots to ends. These highly effective, natural ingredients soothe and soften the scalp and hair while boosting shine and strength.

2.      Rich in Antioxidants

Infused with antioxidant-rich Pomegranate and Rose Hip, COLOR.ME utilises the powerful effects of these superfoods to provide both UV protection and long-lasting colour results. These invigorating ingredients protect against environmental influences like heat and mechanical strain, while repairing and restructuring the hair from within.

3.     Ammonia-free and PPD-free

Many scalp irritations result from an allergic reaction to harsh chemicals used during the colouring process. COLOR.ME is composed without damaging chemicals that can aggravate the scalp and hair follicle. Instead, COLOR.ME is formulated without ammonia and PPD, and uses gentle ingredients to ensure the healthiest colour possible.

4.     Full Grey Coverage

COLOR.ME offers full coverage for un-pigmented, grey hair. The multi-tonal characteristics of each shade ensure maximum colour coverage and longevity, even on the most resistant hair. This high performance line delivers natural looking results to balance and maintain colour with unsurpassed shine, replacing unwanted greys with beautiful multi-dimensional colour.

5.     Environmentally Responsible

Always conscious of their environmental impacts, the water used to clean the production machines and colour tanks for the COLOR.ME formulation is treated by the manufacturers’ in-house water treatment plants. It is then returned to the water source where it was initially taken, even cleaner than when it was harvested.

6.     Cruelty-Free Colour

With the launch of COLOR.ME, PETA has expanded its designation of KEVIN.MURPHY’s cruelty-free hair care to include the colour range in its Beauty Without Bunnies program. COLOR.ME offers cruelty-free colour, and reflects the brand’s heritage and values in its initiative to bring awareness to protecting the environment and its inhabitants, including animals.

7.     Molecular Couple Guarantee

COLOR.ME uses the latest technology to ensure that every pigment molecule remains in a secure bond when applied to the hair follicle. This means fewer skin irritations and allergic reactions, and less harm to our environment. Additionally, COLOR.ME uses a specialised method to delay the oxidation process to ensure even application and optimum colour coverage. Our special micro pigments penetrate deep in to the hair shaft with minimal cuticle swelling, resulting in shinier, healthier hair.

8.     Multi-Tonal Results

Every COLOR.ME shade has been carefully hand-selected to deliver a unique and natural multi-tonal finish. COLOR.ME respects the natural colour pattern of virgin hair and creates multi-dimensional colour on every hair strand, resulting in balanced hair with exceptional tone and unsurpassed shine.

9.     Intermixable Shades

With a flexible range of multi-tonal colours, COLOR.ME lets the stylist be an artist by allowing them the room to create unique colour formulations. With endless colour possibilities, this compact colour line allows the colourist freedom to create formulations that are all their own, specialised for each individual client. COLOR.ME offers a fashion-forward portfolio of intermixable shades, allowing maximum freedom and creativity.

10.     Hair Care Meets Technology

To ensure ultimate at-home colour care, KEVIN.MURPHY offers ALL.ABOUT.YOU their online product matchmaker. ALL.ABOUT.YOU helps you to find your perfect product combination, based on your hair type and your desired results, in just four easy steps.

How To Self Tan at Home


Avoid wrinkles and sun damage this season by getting your tan the easy way. Done right, self tans can be flawless, flattering, and fabulous.


image via St. Tropez


PREP: Fake tanning products grab onto dry and rough skin and cause over-dying in certain areas, so try to remove as much dry skin as possible prior to application. Scrub the areas you’re tanning with a body scrub or exfoliating tool, working in small circular motions. Pay special attention to tougher areas like knees, elbows and feet.

APPLY: Some people prefer to apply sunless tan with gloves to protect their hands from dye, while others simply wash their hands well afterwards.

If you’re really nervous about getting orange knees or elbows then take a damp flannel and gently wipe off any excess product from these areas. Now use your fingers to blend the leftover product back into the knees and elbows. Work a damp flannel into your hairline and over your eyebrows if you’re tanning your face as well to stop product buildup.

A great tip for a super smooth application is to apply your product with a tanning mitt, which is specially designed to evenly distribute product on your skin without streaking. It will also protect your hands from the product.

HANDS AND FEET: Novice sunless tanners often find getting the hands and feet to look natural is too hard, so simply avoid these areas completely. Unfortunately this often makes us look like we have ‘floating’ white appendages.

Here’s an easy trick to hands and feet that look naturally tanned: Try painting your tanning product on with a cosmetic brush or sponge – this way you can avoid the nails and get product into every crevice. You should have avoided your palms, but rub them with a damp flannel just in case to make sure they’re completely free of product. As these parts of the body tend to absorb product faster, you only need to apply the product for a short time. Allow your hands and feet to dry for 10 minutes, then apply hand or body lotion all over your hands and feet. Wipe off everything with a damp flannel. Your hands and feet should be subtly tanned and blend in well with the rest of your body.

LET IT DRY: Different products have different drying times, but it’s always good to overestimate the time needed to avoid streaks and smears. In a hurry? Speed up your dry time by turning the hairdryer on your skin. Wear loose and flowing clothing until you’re absolutely sure the product is dry.

How To: Faux Bob


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Wanting a bob but not ready for the big cut? Faux, silver screen-era bobs are all the rage for modern leading ladies like Kerry Washington and Claire Danes, who wore theirs to the Emmys, and Jessica Chastain, who went retro for opening night at the Metropolitan Opera.

The key to the look is length that hits the sweet spot — not too long and heavy that it won’t hold up, not too short that you can’t create volume at the bottom.

How To:

After you have blown out your hair and made a deep side part, you have two options, depending on the thickness of your hair.

Thick Hair

If you have very thick hair, take a small section of hair at the base of your head and braid two tight ‘corn rows’ against the nape of your neck. This gives you something to pin the top sections into. Flip the top sections of hair up and under and pin into your corn rows to secure.

Fine Hair

If you have fine hair, like Claire Danes, backcomb your hair at the nape into a pad. Lay the top of your hair over the backcombed pad and pin it under, into the backcomb.

Finish each style with shine-enhancing hairspray — matte, rough texture looks too messy on a style this ladylike.

Voilà! An instant, reversible cut that unfastens into cool waves for the after-party.

Reds: Westpac Business Awards Winners


Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 1.03.49 pmWINNER –
Small Business

Health and Beauty

The Reds team is delighted to announce that we won in two categories at the Westpac Porirua Business Excellence Awards on Friday night.
Huge thanks to all our wonderful clients – without you nothing is possible!!!

Come in and have a glass of bubbles to celebrate with us!

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists and big thanks to all the sponsors and the Porirua Chamber of Commerce for making the awards possible.

Does Hair Oil Make Your Hair Oily?



Does hair oil make your hair oily? A lot of people ask this question. Our answer: not if you’re using it the right way.

It depends on your hair type.

If your hair is curly or dry, you know your hair craves moisture. It needs conditioning every day. You shouldn’t be washing your hair that often but you should be moisturising your hair every day.

For curly hair, hair oil can be used three ways:

  • In wet hair, add 1 pump in to your hair when it’s still wet. You can lock in the moisture to your hair before applying curl cream or gel.
  • In dry hair, I use 1 pump of hair oil to tame any frizz that’s there after diffusing curls. It helps to shape curls and add shine and definition.
  • In second-day hair, dampen hair slightly and use hair oil to re-twist messy bed heads and add more shine. Oftentimes second-day curls are even better than the first.

If you have fine hair, use a lighter oil like L’Oreal mythic oil. For fine hair the trick is to never spray in one spot. You want to move the bottle as you press the spray nozzle down, like a can of spray paint. This way the fine mist diffuses into your hair, instead of sitting in one spot.

For those with very fine hair, spraying into your hand rather than your hair is recommended.

For all hair types, apply the oil to the ends of your hair first. Grab your hair from the ears down and run your hands through your hair. Once you’ve applied the majority of the oil to your hair, take the residue on your palms on smooth it over the top of your hair. You can catch any flyaways and brush them down into your hair.

Never apply heavy product to the top of your hair. That’s the mistake that will make you think hair oil causes oily hair. It’s the ends of your hair that need hair oil the most.

So what does cause oily hair?

Many things can cause oily hair. Most often, your scalp feels dry so it goes into overproduction of the body’s natural hair oil, sebum.

Washing your hair every day can also make your hair oilier. It totally depends on your hair and skin type.

Hair oil is not going to make your hair oily, unless you apply too much to the roots of your hair. Just remember to always start at the ends and work back up your hair until you get to your desired result.

The Lob is Still Hot


Think the lob is over? Think again. The above-the-shoulder length—whether in a classic bob or a more mussed-up lob (read: longer bob)—is decidedly timeless.​ Here are three lobs you can’t go wrong with.