Inflight Hair & Beauty Tips



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For those lucky enough to be planning a winter escape to warmer climes, here are our tips for stepping off your flight feeling and looking refreshed.

Skin care

Prior to your flight, exfoliate and cleanse your skin then apply a hydrating moisturiser to combat the drying effect of aeroplane air conditioning. To freshen up, spritz your face with a hydrating mist every couple of hours. On long-haul trips, a hydrating serum will give you an extra boost.

Hair care

Wash your hair the night before and apply a leave-in treatment before blow-drying. Carry a hair oil in your hand luggage and apply on the ends, avoiding the roots as it could make your hair oily. Braiding long hair will keep it out of your way and make it easy for sleeping. Before you disembark, undo the braid and add a light hairspray or styling cream for an instant loose curl. If you have short hair, spray a dry shampoo at the roots to create volume as styles often go flat during the flight.


Try to wear minimal make-up on board to allow skin to breathe. If you need to apply cosmetics before disembarking, use a cream foundation or a BB cream as a base, followed by blush or bronzer and a slick of colour on lips. On a long-haul flight, cleanse your face with wipes and apply moisturiser, waiting a few minutes before applying your foundation or BB cream. (Hint: use an illuminator under your foundation for extra dewiness.) A concealer under the eyes will remove any dark circles.



How To Winter Proof Your Hair



Extreme temperature changes can not only affect your skin but can also mean serious consequences for your hair. So as the days begin to get shorter and colder, it’s time to adapt your hair care to protect your hair in the winter months.

Dry and warm

In cold weather your hair can take longer to dry. Take the time to allow it to properly dry out before you turn hot tools on it like straighteners and curling wands. Doing this on wet hair can damage the strand, as water makes your hair more elastic and vulnerable to damage. The inner structure can be weakened by the hot steam that comes from the water in your hair heating up.

Wait until your hair is around 70 percent dry before turning a hair dryer or hot tool on it. If you hear a sizzle when the plate of your straightener comes into contact with your hair, put it down and try to wait it out.

Wash cycle

Colder, less humid days means your hair produces less oil. This means you shouldn’t need to wash it as frequently as in summer. If you continue to wash your hair as often, natural oils will be stripped away and your hair will dry out. Make a conscious seasonal adjustment to combat this.

Under wraps

If your go-to style is having hair out, reconsider. Dry winter air combined with heaters and wind will suck moisture out of your hair. Consider styles that will keep hair contained like low buns, braids and plaits.

Winter fuzzies

Frizz might be something you associate with the humid summer months but if you’re not careful you could be creating frizzy fluffy hair yourself. Stepping out of the shower and immediately wanting to be warm and dry might tempt you to give your hair a rough once-over with the towel. Instead pat it dry then wrap your hair up with the towel and gently squeeze it over the wet hair.

Coat hair

Ever taken your coat, scarf or jumper on and off throughout the day and ended up with a knotted mess at the back of you hair? You’ve been experiencing coat hair. Knots will rough up the hair cuticle, making it even rougher and frizzier. Anti-static sprays will deal with this and many are formulated to condition the hair at the same time (hopefully preventing it from happening again).

Heavy duty

A moisture injection from a mask or treatment can be exactly what hair needs in winter but be wary of overdoing it. Hair that is overloaded with product will quickly become dull, so think about using a hair cleanser. Look for products with the word ‘clarifying’ in the name. They’re made to lift residual buildup from your strands, giving your hair a reboot and a fresh base to look after.


Reds Summer Hair Care Tips


Sizzling temperatures, UV, chlorine, and sweat should never prevent anyone from having a perfect mane during the hottest, most humid months. Here, we share our secrets to great hair this summer.

Sunscreen isn’t just for your skin


Because sun exposure can be just as damaging to your unprotected tresses as it is to your skin, it’s crucial for sun worshippers to think about regular sun protection for your hair. Make sure the products you regularly use have an SPF rating such as the Kerastase Soleil range.

 Highly Recommended: Try Kerastase Soleil Aquaseal for amazing protection from salt and chorine. Apply daily to double as styling aid and sun and chemical protector. This product is like wrapping your hair in glad wrap!A must have for anyone who swims regularly.

Rinse off

Always rinse hair with a clarifying shampoo after swimming to remove colour and texture-altering impurities like chlorine and salt from your tresses. A cool rinse after conditioning will also smooth the hair cuticle making your hair appear shinier.


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The sun, arid environments, and salt water dry out ends incredibly fast, so use an at-home reconstructive mask at least once a week. For a spa experience at home, after you apply the mask, wrap hair with a hot towel to help the ingredients absorb faster. Rinse out your hair when the towel is cool to the touch.

Wear a hat

A wide-brimmed hat is great for protecting your scalp and hair from damaging rays while also protecting your face and helping to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Prevent fading


To protect your hair from UV-ray damage and fading use sun protection filters before sun exposure. Products such as Kerastase Soleil Huile Celeste to prevent colour fade and dryness caused by sun exposure.

Turn down the heat

If you normally blow dry and use hot styling tools every day, try and give your hair a break during the summer months. Consider letting your hair air dry or take time out from ironing or curling. Hair braided when wet will air dry into beautiful waves.

Top Signs You’re Due For a New ’Do


Some women have bad hair days. Others have bad hair years. Read on to determine if it’s time to refresh your style and get out of that hair rut.

1. You’ve gone big time; your hair hasn’t

As a general rule, any lifestyle change that necessitates a new wardrobe also necessitates a new hair style. Dry, unruly and over-highlighted hair doesn’t pair well with a power suit. A shorter, more even-toned style will do your professional image a world of good; adding a fringe or layers can also shape up your locks.

2. Your locks lack personality and volume

For most women, flat hair is rarely flattering. Removing excess length is one way to banish the limp look, but if your hair is healthy and you love the length, a quick pick-me-up may be all you need. If you always wear it straight, ask your Reds stylist to show you how to style it into loose curls. If you have fine hair, invest in lightweight products like the Kerastase Volumactive range. And when you want real volume, great hair dryer is unvaluable, coming with various nozzles allow you to achieve different levels of body, wave and curl.

3. You haven’t made ch-ch-changes in more than a decade

If you haven’t changed your style since high school, your look almost certainly needs a revamp. For those resistant to change, remember that a subtle transformation can yield as much impact as a total makeover—or at least warm you up for more dramatic changes in the future. Start with baby steps, such as face-framing highlights or a soft, eye-grazing fringe.

4. You’re a ponytail-loving gal for all occasions

Yes, there are many variations of the pony—from the messy and gym-appropriate, to the sleek and side-parted evening coif—however, if this is your signature look, it could be time for a change. Asking your Reds stylist for a cut that looks great up and down, means you can mix it up a little, even if it’s only on the weekends.

5. Your hair products expired in 1982

What’s in your bathroom cabinet? If you’ve been using the same dried out gel and watery mousse for years, going on decades, it’s time to assess your styling situation. On the other hand, if you own so many products that you can’t possibly put them all to good use, consider reorganising your cosmetics and weeding out the unsavories. Most beauty products expire 12 months after opening, but toss anything that smells funny, feels unusually sticky or goopy, or has changed colour. Use this spring cleaning exercise as an excuse to stock up on some fabulous brand-new goodies.

Kerastase Initialiste: The Trial



Kerastase has just released Initialiste, an advanced scalp and hair concentrate that promises more beautiful hair by treating the scalp and hair fibre. A result of 24 years of research and 10 publications, Initialiste is a revolutionary formulation inspired by skin care and based on stem cell research and plant-based biotechnology.

Suitable for all hair types, Initialiste promises thicker, fuller and shinier hair in 7 days. Within a month it claims to reduce hair breakage by 93%, improving hair quality and making hair stronger to the root.

Here at Reds we thought these huge claims should be put to the test. We have enlisted Reds client Joana, as our trial subject.

Joana’s hair was dry and sensitised from lightening and heat styling. After one month Joana has noticed a huge difference to the health of her hair:

“I’ve been using Kerastase Initialiste Advanced Scalp and Hair Concentrate for about a month now. Diana recommended it because my hair (particularly the layers in front) never seem to grow since I blow dry and flat iron on a daily basis. My verdict: I love it…. My hair looks shinier, its definitely thicker and it has actually grown a little bit too! This product has transformed my hair from frizzy/dull looking to shiny and radiant. I will definitely be buying another bottle when this one runs out!”

Joana: Before and After

Joana: Before and After

After seeing such great results with our clients, many of the Reds team have begun using Initialiste and have also seen huge improvements to their hair’s shine, strength and volume.

So if you’ve been searching for a miracle product for thicker, shinier and stronger hair, Initialiste will definitely impress.

Watch for more before and after footage with Initialiste.


Disaster Proof Hair: Our top product for keeping your hair looking good no matter what


Wow, Mother Nature has really given Wellington a hard time lately! The Reds team hopes all of our wonderful clients and your friends and families, have got through this crazy time with your homes, belongings – and nerves (!) – intact.

As professional hair stylists, the storm, power outages and now the earthquakes, got us thinking about what product we would use to keep our hair looking good even when the power goes out. One product sprang to mind: Spilt Milk Mineral Hair Powder.


For those who haven’t heard about this product, Spilt Milk was created for busy women who are in-between shampoos, colours or blow dries. It’s made from Australian clays and minerals straight from Mother Earth herself, making it naturally preserved and completely free of dyes, alcohol, and artificial colours.

Spilt Milk Mineral Hair Powder will absorb excess oil, help disguise re-growth (including greys), extend the life of your blow dry and bring body and life back into your mane so you can look, smell, and feel fabulous – all without the need for washing or heat styling.


Coming in shades that will keep blonde, light and dark brunette, red-head, copper-haired and black-haired women looking fresh, your Reds stylist is professionally trained to determine which shade is right for you and can give you personalised advice on how to use Spilt Milk Mineral Powder.

So while our fingers are crossed that we get a break from storms and earthquakes for a while, this product is definitely a must-have for busy women – even when Mother Nature is being kind to us!