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Could Ariana’s Signature Ponytail Actually Be Causing Hair Loss?
Joanna Fleming

Judging by Ari’s most recent haircut she shared on Instagram, it seems the chart-topping artist might be saying thank u, next to her signature pony (but her tweets tell me otherwise).


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What’s So Bad About A Ponytail?

While a slicked back high pony might seem like a good idea at the time, the headache you get about 15 minutes later generally makes you regret hairspraying every strand in place.

And it’s not just a headache you’re giving yourself, regularly wearing your hair in a tight ponytail can cause a form of hair loss called traction alopecia.

What’s Traction Alopecia?

Dermatologist Doris Day who specialises in hair loss told Allure, “Traction alopecia is caused by anything that pulls on the hair, ultimately damaging the root and can lead to scarring and permanent hair loss. It’s a process that usually takes years. Underlying causes can be tight braiding, tight ponytails, or even just pulling at the hair.”

Having hair extensions can also be a contributing factor to traction alopecia, which is usually characterised by breakage and receding around the hairline. So if you’ve been rocking a tight pony since 2010, what can you do to prevent traction alopecia?


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The Solution:

For starters, you need to give your damn hair a break. If you need to wear your hair up daily, try loosening your hair tie a little, or opting for a soft scrunchie instead. Also, don’t leave your hair tied up when you go to bed, as this often causes breakage. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase can also help too.

And if all those precautions fail, and you think you might be too far gone, there’s évolis Professional REVERSE 3 Step System.

– It’s formulated with a restorative blend of natural actives & antioxidants

– Enhanced with keratin & wheat protein to support hair health

– Designed to deliver hydration while not weighing your hair down

– Increase scalp health & improves the overall condition of the hair

– Developed by hair scientists based on biological research & results

– 95% of trial participants noticed an increase in hair thickness within 90 days

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The Shampoo Everyone With Dry, Brittle Hair Falls In Love With
Joanna Fleming

Most of us have had the unfortunate luck of experiencing dry, brittle hair at some point in our lives – and it’s a hair concern we get a lot of questions about.

While there are a lot of different products I could reference here, I wanted to talk about a shampoo that’s not only budget-friendly, but renowned for its softening properties. Enter: Redken All Soft Shampoo.


Tell Me More:

Boasting a number of five-star reviews, Redken’s best-selling All Soft range is the ultimate weapon in the fight against dry, brittle hair.

– It cleanses delicate & compromised hair with an ultra-rich formula

– Intensely softens & smoothes the hair leaving it silky to touch

– Contains a unique combination of super nourishing ingredients

– Renews hair texture & helps to restore strength

– Treats the hair from the root, to the core to the ends

– Leaves hair noticeably softer, shinier & more manageable

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The Key Ingredients:

Formulated with patented complexes specially designed to overhaul dry, brittle hair, I’m not surprised Redken’s All Soft Shampoo has the reputation of being a ‘holy grail’ product.

Both rich in essential fatty acids, Gold Camelina adds luminosity and lustre to your locks, while Avocado and Olive Oil restore moisture and provide replenishment.

Silk Amino Acids counterbalance any loss of protein, plus Arginine helps condition the hair by stimulating the scalp.


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The Reviews:

★★★★★ YES. YES. YES! – Ash

“This shampoo is the best one I have tried ever. It makes my hair feel so clean and soft and doesn’t cause it to become oily quickly. If you have dry hair or use heat on your hair regularly then you will not be disappointed!”

★★★★★ Love it! – Hope

“I tend to have many different brands of shampoo in my shower but even with all of the options, this is the one I reach for the most. Love how it lathers and gets the hair clean but doesn’t weigh it down. I have oily roots but drier ends and this shampoo is just perfect for my hair. It makes is so soft and manageable.”

★★★★★ I absolutely love this shampoo! – Audrey

“I have been able to really see a difference in the smoothness of my hair. I have long, thick dry hair that gets coloured every few months so it gets damaged and dried out. I very rarely use heat on my hair but I definitely see a difference when I straighten my hair. It stays straight longer than it would normally and has less frizz!”

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Why Does This Hair Oil Have So Many 5 Star Reviews?
Joanna Fleming

Does your hair fall under the categories of damaged, dry, brittle, course or frizzy? Maybe all of the above? Don’t worry, I’m not here to berate you for overusing heat tools or bleaching your locks to within an inch of their life.

I’m here to help bring your hair back from the brink and restore it to its former glory. And that’s where Wella SP Luxe Oil Reconstructive Elixir comes in.


What Does It Do?

This salon quality, non-greasy and weightless treatment is exactly what your hair has been screaming out for.

Wella SP Reconstructive Elixir restores & transforms hair texture instantly

– Protects the keratin in the hair for long-lasting smoothness & shine

– Creates an invisible, protective hair shield to prevent damage

– Gives lightweight definition to curly & wavy hair while reducing frizz

– Won’t leave heavy, greasy residue in fine hair types

– This oil intensely hydrates & nourishes dry, damaged hair

– Contains a combination of oils which work to restore the structure of the hair

– Has a pump action nozzle which controls the amount you use

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How Can It Be Used?

Pre-shampoo treatment: Divide the hair into sections, and apply 2-3 drops of oil to the hair and scalp. Massage and leave in for 5-10 minutes before combing through and washing out.

Post-blowdry protection: To smooth down dry, frizzy hair and control flyaways, use a few drops into your palms and apply through the ends after blowdrying (and use sparingly on roots to control flyaways).

Overnight treatment: For intense conditioning while you sleep, apply the Reconstructive Elixir evenly through the hair before going to bed, and rinse it out in the morning.

Smooth & shine serum: To define curls and waves and add enviable shine, apply a small amount of oil through dry hair post-styling.


What’s In It?

Featuring a blend of four naturally-derived oils, Wella SP Luxe Oil Reconstructive Elixir not only has repairing and protective properties, but is also smells ah-mazing.

The lightweight texture of Almond Oil offers superior hydrating properties, while Argan Oil acts as a nourishing hair conditioner to promote shinier, smoother hair.

Jojoba Oil works to protect the scalp and prevent split ends, while Camellia Oil offers antioxidant protection from environmental damage.

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What’s Everyone Saying?

★★★★★ RIP to flyaways  Lexy

“Literally in love with this product! My hairdresser first showed me it two years ago and I have never gone a single wash since without using it. Smells absolutely divine and can be used every day, due to how lightweight it is and the fact it never builds up on your hair. My hair is quite long, curly and bleached and it’s my saving grace to fame flyaways and frizzy hairs.”

★★★★★ LIQUID GOLD! Renee

“OMG if I could give this more stars I would. The smell is absolutely heavenly. My partner always comments whenever I put it in my hair. Aside from the glorious smell, it makes my hair so soft and manageable. From a girl that has been getting her hair bleached for years, this stuff is a lifesaver!”

★★★★★ LOVE  Belinda

“I have really dry and damaged hair from constant heat styling and colouring. I apply this after my shower on wet hair and let it dry naturally and boy is it ever so soft now! I like to use it on dry hair to tame awful frizz during the humid summers. Amazing hair oil that doesn’t weigh the hair down and it smells so good, like you just walked out of an expensive hair salon!”


Buy Wella SP Luxe Oil Reconstructive Elixir Here


Does Your Scalp Get Itchy After Having Your Hair Coloured?
Joanna Fleming

Love the feeling of freshly coloured hair, but the scalp itchiness that comes with it drives you nuts? Same.

It usually goes away after I wash my hair a couple of times, but when I met Christophe Robin in Melbourne recently, I learnt that there’s actually a really easy solution to stop the irritation in its tracks.


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What’s The Solution?

Ta-da! It’s Christophe Robin’s Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt. This soothing treatment is designed to deeply cleanse, purify and restore balance to sensitive and/or oily scalps.

Plus it’s particularly good for relieving that tingling, itching sensation you can get post-colouring. But wait, it has even more benefits:

– Acts as a detoxifying treatment shampoo & gentle scalp scrub in one

– Perfectly safe to use on freshly coloured hair to remove chemical buildup

– Cleanses & soothes while delivering essential hydration to the scalp

– Contains pure sea salt, which works as an effective natural exfoliant

– Eliminates impurities while encouraging natural blood circulation

– Removes product buildup & excess oil from the scalp

– This cruelty-free formula is free from parabens, phthalates & silicones

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How To Use:

You use this scrub as you would a shampoo. Apply a small amount onto wet hair, gently massage into the scalp, add some water, lather, and rinse thoroughly. You’ll get about 20 applications out of the jar, and you can use the scrub up to two times per week.

To relieve post-colouring itchiness, you can wash your hair with the Cleansing Purifying Scrub after you get home from the salon (it won’t affect your colour).

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What’s The Verdict?

★★★★★ Such a great product Kate

“I got a small tub as a gift with purchase and I was so impressed! I only have to use a small amount and it really gives my hair a good clean. My scalp feels really clean and fresh afterwards. I find it useful when my hair is dirty or full of product. It is expensive but a little goes a long way.”

★★★★★ Fantastic product that I highly recommend SC

“I have normal wavy hair with a tendency to a sensitive scalp. This is the best shampoo/scrub I have ever used. It lathers well and exfoliates your scalp. It doesn’t dry out your hair but cleanses really deeply. It has a different texture to an ordinary shampoo which takes a bit to get used to but it is well worth persevering.”

★★★★★ Love it!  Rosie

“I have fine, slightly oily hair and am in love with this product. It leaves my hair/scalp feeling clean, fresh, soothed. The smell is great and it foams up wonderfully. It’s a little pricey, but it lasts a long time. I’ve started to use it while taking a bath instead of a shower so I can take more time to give my scalp a nice massage.”

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You’re Not Going To Believe The Results Of This Blonde Shampoo
Joanna Fleming

This ‘before and after’ photo below was my first real introduction to Pureology’s new Strength Cure Best Blonde range. This result was after ONE wash.

Gobsmacked, I immediately needed to find out how this formula was different to all the others on the market.


What You Need To Know:

– The Best Blondes range features a shampoo, conditioner & treatment

– Caters to all shades of colour-treated blonde, highlighted or lightened hair

– The formula is sulfate-free & vegan-friendly

– Neutralises brassiness & instantly brightens ashy tones

– Also strengthens & rebuilds damaged, dry, brittle hair

– Protects against heat damage, colour fading & further breakage

– Leaves colour looking refreshed & the hair feeling soft, shiny & hydrated

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Desperate to see more results, we invited three blonde beauties – Brooke, Shontina and Annaliese – to experience the Best Blonde range and have personalised consultations with Pureology’s ambassador, Chad Wijayatilake.

Since I knew you’d all have questions, I asked Chad everything you want to know before you invest in yet another blonde shampoo:


How do different blondes get the best result?

“If you’re more of a creamier blonde, leave the shampoo in for 1 to 3 minutes and rinse out. You can leave the conditioner in your hair for 1 to 3 minutes and rinse out thoroughly.

If you’re more of a platinum blonde and can’t stand warm tones in your hair – shampoo twice and leave in hair for 5 minutes, rinse out thoroughly and leave in the conditioner for up to 15 minutes. You’ll get the coolest blonde you’ve ever had.”


What makes this formula so potent?

“The reason why Pureology’s Strength Cure Best Blondes is so good is that the shampoo has a violet tone that counteracts yellow, and the half blue and the half violet toner in the conditioner counteracts orange and yellow. It really controls any unwanted warmth – it’s the most effective purple shampoo I have ever used.”


What other benefits, apart from toning, does this formula offer?

“Best Blondes not only takes care of unwanted warmth but also strengthens the hair. Strengthening Keravis help replace the cysteine bonds and heals the micro-scarred cuticle to restore strength, leaving hair feeling soft and shiny. Not to mention Pureology’s exclusive anti-fade complex is also in there to help protect your colour from the harsh UV rays.”


Is it really necessary to use the conditioner too?

“Yes, it’s really important to get the conditioner. Conditioner helps close the hair cuticle back down after the shampoo and also softens and adds shine to the hair. If you are more of a creamy blonde, then the Best Blondes Conditioner can be replaced by the regular Strength Cure conditioner instead.”


 What Was The Final Verdict?

Noting they felt like they’d all “just had a fresh colour”, and that their locks were significantly softer and shinier, Brooke, Shontina and Annaliese also commented on how healthy their hair felt afterwards.

If you’re yet to find your holy grail blonde care products, Pureology’s Strength Cure Best Blondes could be it.


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Here’s What You Didn’t Know About The World’s Smartest Hairdryer
Joanna Fleming

Not gonna lie, I’m seriously late to the Dyson Supersonic party. Up until last week, I hadn’t even tried it.

Of course I’d heard everyone rave about it since it launched a couple of years ago, but I don’t usually cave in to the hype until I’ve actually tried something myself.


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So, What Was My First Impression?

It’s not very often I experience a jaw-drop moment with a product. In this case, I was speechless. Seriously. I’ll never question the price of this thing ever again – it’s worth every cent.

I had a really good hairdryer at home already, but the Supersonic is on another level that I didn’t know existed.

Usually after drying my hair, my colour-treated ends are boofy, frizzy and really knotty. After using the Dyson Supersonic, my hair is incredibly silky, smooth and straight with zero frizz and no knots. It’s also really light and comfortable to manoeuvre, and it’s so much quieter.


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What Makes The Supersonic Special?

The first of its kind, the Supersonic is essentially a ‘smart’ hairdryer. Clever design, advanced engineering and unparalleled technology combine to give you the best blowdry of your life.

– It features a digital motor that measures air temperature 20 times per second

– Prevents heat damage by regulating the temperature at or below 100°C

– Dries the hair in record time with an airflow speed of 105mph

– The acoustic motor allows for significantly quieter drying (I can vouch for that!)

– The ergonomic handle makes it extremely comfortable to use (amazing for stylists)

– Magnetic double insulated nozzles easily attach/detach & don’t overheat

– There are three speed settings & four heat settings for optimal styling

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Why It’s Better For Your Hair:

Dyson says damage to the hair begins at around 150°C – which is exactly why they designed the Supersonic to perform without the extreme heat.

It has three speed settings: fast drying, regular drying or styling; and four heat settings: 100°C for fast drying and styling, 80°C for regular drying, 60°C for gentle drying, and 28°C for constant cold. These settings allow you to defend your hair from damage caused by unnecessary levels of heat.

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What’s Everyone Else Saying?

★★★★★ I love my Dyson – Yolanda

“This is the absolute best hair dryer I’ve ever owned. It makes blow drying my hair a breeze. I think I’ll use this hair dryer forever. It’s so innovative and sleek. I can’t say enough good things about this product. It’s expensive but it’s absolutely worth it.”

★★★★★ So quiet! Sheryl

“Love this hair dryer because it is so quiet and doesn’t make the horrible noise of a normal hair dryer. It dries my hair quickly and doesn’t get hot and burn my scalp when I hold it in one spot for too long like my old hair dryer. The attachments are magnetic which just makes life so much easier to quickly snap them on! Love it!”

★★★★★ Worth it – Makayla

“This blow dryer is expensive but well worth the money. When I use it leaves my hair feeling soft, sleek, and smooth. It doesn’t tangle my hair like other hair dryers often do. It is a wonderful product that should be splurged on if you have the extra money lying around.”

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This Spray Is The Only Thing Your Hair Needs This Summer
Joanna Fleming

Summer in Australia is all fun and games until you get third degree sunburn or try to walk across the road barefoot on a 40°C day.

This climate we live in is harsh, and most of us protect our skin accordingly – but what about our hair? It gets ravaged by the sun, parched by salt water and damaged by chlorine, so what can you use to shield it from the elements?

Say hello to your summer hair saviour: Klorane Protective Oil With Ylang-Ylang.


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Why It’s A Summer Essential:

For under $20, this lightweight multi-purpose spray oil helps to protect your tresses from the drying and damaging effects that accompany the warmer months, leaving your hair smooth, soft and hydrated.

– It prevents colour fading while deeply nourishing the hair

– Has a weightless texture with a water-resistant formula (perfect for beach days)

– Protects against damage caused by exposure to the sun, salt water & chlorine

– It can be used on damp or dry hair before, during or after sun exposure

– Offers suitable protection for both natural & coloured hair

– Beautifully fragranced with a creamy coconut milk & ylang-ylang scent

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What’s In It?

The vegan-friendly formula of Klorane’s Protective Oil contains Ylang-Ylang Wax, rich in essential fatty acids, which forms a shield to help protect and nourish the hair fiber. Sunflower and Castor Seed Oils work together to smooth, protect and hydrate the hair, while Vitamin E offers antioxidant protection against environmental damage.

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What’s Everyone Saying?

★★★★★ I will use this forever! – Megan

“The first time I put it on I fell instantly IN LOVE. My hair is dry due to mild scalp psoriasis and highlighting. Because of the scalp issues my hair has just been so dry and I have hated it. After I used this once my hair felt like it was back to it old self. It was smooth soft and no longer felt dry with flyaways. It’s like it helped replace what having no natural oil took away. So glad I tried it.”

★★★★★ Who doesn’t need sun protection?! – Pamilla

“I love this oil’s scent, it’s so pretty. Definitely perfect for summer, but even more is the benefits of this protective oil. All the things we need protection from when hanging out in the sun or on the beach. Makes my hair really soft and shiny too!”

★★★★★ Wonderful product – Jessica

“This is that product that everyone is missing from their hair routine! It’s a high quality product that takes five seconds to apply, but makes a difference for years to come! Definitely recommend to anyone that isn’t using a product to protect their hair from the sun.”

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