CND Shellac

Liquid Hair is a CND® SHELLAC® certified salon. This means we have been trained in the CND® SHELLAC® system and products. Why is this so important for the health of your nails? Read on to find out why...

CND® SHELLAC® is 'the original power nail polish', combining the ease of a polish with a fabulous high-gloss shine and 14-day extended wear. There's no drying time, and no nail damage because there is no filing or drilling. At Liquid Hair CND® SHELLAC® application is one of the most popular services at Liquid Hair. Quick and instant drying for a lunch time applicaiton on the run. Or combine the application with a manicure or pedicure as a great way to trmeet-the-colourseat yourself or as a gift for someone else.

There are several other imitation brands being used in nail and beauty salons in Australia, so it is important to be aware of the differences that make CND® SHELLAC® better than the rest, with no damage or compromise to the health of your nails.

Founded in 1975, Creative Nail Design (CND) is one of the global leaders in professional nail, hand and foot beauty. In 2010, the company revolutionized the nail industry with the introduction of  CND® SHELLAC®, a 3-part system with three unique patented components - a CND® SHELLAC® Base Coat, Colour Coat and Top Coat. Nails are cured under the CND Lamp for a zero drying time fnish. They also launched the CND® SHELLAC®Pro Certification. Through this, nail professionals become certified in the CND® SHELLAC® system and services. It also makes selecting a nail technician or beauty therapist for your CND® SHELLAC® application easy - just look focnd flora collectionr the sign!

CND® SHELLAC® is only choice for Liquid Hair when it comes to nail colour for five reasons:

  • 14+ days of high-performance  wear
  • Crystal shine
  • Zero drying time
  • Incredible 5 minute removal
  • No nail damage.

The patented system features a Base Coat, Color Coat and Top Coat – and the exclusive CND® LED Lamp – the CND® SHELLAC® brand system which work together like no other to deliver two weeks of high-performance wear with no nail damage*. To ensure you are getting an CND® SHELLAC® experience these steps and the products used must be adhered to. Look for:

  • The system: Base Coat, Color Coat and Top Coat that are CND® brand
  • The CND® SHELLAC® curing lamp - featuring the CND® logo
  • No filing - your natural nail should never be filed except to shape the free edge
  • Safe removal - The only way to remove CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail
    color is to wrap, remove and restore - nshellac lampo soaking or filing!

 

The only possible damage to the nail would be caused by improper application or removal of the polish by the nail technician or the client at home. For more details on CND® SHELLAC® and safety, click here.

Short and Sweet

We're getting inspired by all the short-hair girls out there. Here's a collection on images that we like from one of our favourite blogs http://myboycut.tumblr.com/...

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Hairstyling tools: Cloud Nine vs ghd

These days clients not only want to look great when they leave the salon. It is important for them to be able to re-create that just-left-the-hair-salon look at home. As well as prescribing the right products for them to be able to care for their hair, styling tools are a vital part of getting it right 'post-salon'. The days of having a 'hair straightener' at home are long gone. Now clients want a versatile tool - a styler - to curl, smooth, flick and give volume to their hair just like they would have in the salon. ghd and Cloud Nine are two of the most prominent companies with professional-quality styling tools available to consumers. What makes these tools the most popular? What are the points of differences between the two brands?

CLOUD NINE

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  Cloud Nine Stylers were launched in 2009, by the original creators of ghd with the motto 'less heat, more style'. The Cloud Nine styler features a temperature control switch,  allowing the user to adjust according to hair style requirements. The stylers come with recommended temperatures for different stying looks.  cloud-nine-irons-four_big                       The Cloud Nine styler has a swivel cord and head guard for safety and ease of storage. The styler is available in three different sizes,  the standard iron ($299), wide iron ($299) and micro iron ($149). All models have the added bonus of universal voltage for international travel. As well as the stylers, Cloud Nine have a range of curling tools such as a wand, a waving wand and TheO Pod. A great security feature is the built in safety chip which switches the iron into sleep mode when it is not in use for 30 minutes.  

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Good Hair Day, or commonly known as ghd, is a manufacturer of hair stylers based in Leeds in the United Kingdom.The stylers come in a range of price points: the ghd IV is the base model starting at $239, the ghd Bird of Paradise (limited edition) range is $279 and the recently release ghd Eclipse is $300. All the stylers feature ceraminc heat technology, sleep-mode after 30 minutes, floating plate to glide easily through the hair, universal voltage and a two year warranty. GHD Eclipse-500x500The Eclipse uses new and innovative patented 'tri-zone' technology: three sensors on each plate to ensure there is no loss of heat during styling. They styler boasts of more effective use of heat - a constant temperature of 185°C is maintained throughout styling. According to ghd researchers, this is the optimal temperature for styling hair and produces the best and longer lasting results. The Eclipse also states that it's a a 'one pass' tool - you will only need to go over a section of hair once, rather than multiple times to achieve a smooth professional finish.

Talk to your stylist about which stylers they recommend, perhaps get them to use them on your hair at your next appointment. You could even ask to try them yourself so you can judge the result and the feel of the tool in your hands and on your hair    

Besame Make-Up Workshop at Liquid Hair

To celebrate the launch of Besame Cosmetics Inc's 1920's Deco range, Liquid Hair is holding a Besame Make-Up Workshop in our salon, on Tuesday 24 June1920sbanner

Join us together with Besame Cosmetics Inc in a workshop designed to celebrate the world of The Great Gatsby; it’s decadence and idealism, by creating inspirational looks from the 1920′s jazz era. Besame Cosmetics Inc, a company founded by Gabriela Hernandez, is a cosmetics line infused with a romantic sensibility that is rich in historical details. Her inspiration for it was sparked by a combination of her background in art and design, a love for feminine detail, and fond memories of her glamorous grandmother. Launched in 2004, Gabriela created Bésame to become a company that reaches beyond the product.besame_logo

The unique cosmetics line includes delectable lipsticks, luminous lip moisturizing balms, and a  violet brightening powder together along with some other glamorous make-up bag essentials.

The workshop will inspire our guests to try the the latest looks, techniques and tricks of the trade from a Besame makeup artist and how to adapt them to each individuals' style.  Each guest will receive an individual touch of glamour and a take home goodie bag whilst being treated with champagne and nibbles.deco

Click here to find out further information about the evening, or call customer service on 08 8231 9185

Making a change with hair extensions

Hair Extensions are a fantastic way to update your look for an immediate change,  and if they are cared for correctly can last for months with little damage or no damage to your natural hair. Hair extensions are not only used for length they can be use for thickness, to change the look of your cut or even to add colour when you know your natural hair is not up to the chemical process of the colouring you would like to achieve.

One example of this is the Balayage look, that has been particularly popular over the last eight or so brown-curly-hairyears. Balayage is a French colouring technique that was developed in the 1970s. It’s a freehand technique where the colour is applied by hand rather than using the traditional foiling or cap highlighting techniques. The go-to for modern, chic hair, balayage creates depth and dimension, and leaves you with1 a sun-kissed finish. This effect sounds deceptively simple. It can however, take hours in the hair salon to reproduce, and may leave you with left with dry, damaged ends or blotchy colour.

Recently Great length Hair Extensions have released colour blocking or balayage coloured extensions and these are an ideal way to achieve this hair colour without the associated risks. There are 10 colour combinations to choose from, varying from subtle to dramatic, in two different lengths.

We choose to use only Great Lengths 100% human hair extensions as we firmly believe they offer the best quality, ethics and training available. Read more about Great Lengths hair extensions here. Each Great Lengths certified salon has undergone a full training in order to become a stockist of the product. This ensures that there is at least one certified technician in the salon who is expertly trained in precise application techniques, colour blending and advanced cutting. All these skills result in very professional, natural looking results.

Book for a complimentary Hair Extension consultation do discuss a new look! Call customer service on 82319185.

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Shorter hairstyles: salon inspiration from runway styles.

We are seeing a lot of clients who are opting to chop their long locks off and go for a shorter look at the moment. Love this gallery of short hair inspiration from Vogue Australia - check it out if you are looking for some ideas on changing you style...

Click the link here to see all the images

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The Cloud Nine Wand: less heat and more styling options!

Since it's launch in 2009, Cloud Nine has become a favourite brand of styling tool with professional hairdressers and their clientele who want to recreate that 'just been to the salon' look in their own home. Along with an essential series of straightening irons, the brand has created volumising solutions that have revolutionised at-home styling ease and accessibility.

Click here to purchase Cloud Nine styling tools

Charlotte, senior stylist at Liquid Hair, loves The Wand which was launched by Cloud Nine in 2012. She uses it at home herself! Here she takes us through a few of the benefits of her favourite styling tool, and gives a few professional tips onhow to use it!

"I love using the wand - it gives me loads of volume and movement, and it's so easy tphotoo use. Being able to adjust the heat means you can use a cooler setting which is better for long-lasting waves and curls," Charlotte said.

"Every time you can make the style individual by taking different sizes sections, and I really like the natural look of the waves you get from using this tool."

"I find the wand a lot easier than using irons to create curl, and so much quicker. Make sure you use a heat-protecting spray to take care of the condition of the hair. TheO Spray is also great for when you want to get that volume and shine without weighing your hair down. And remember to use the glove provided so you don't burn your fingers!"

Check out the Liquid Hair range of Cloud Nine styling tools here.

A bright idea…

Ok, so the days are getting longer, and our little corner of the world is slowly turning those much anticipated few degrees closer to the sun… Spring is only a few more sleeps away now, and those tantalizing warm rays of sunlight are making everyone feel more lively as the dreariness of winter starts to lift.

That can only mean one thing: new-season makeover time is here!

Of course Liquid Girl is up to date with all the directional cuts and colours for spring/summer – but exactly what are the looks that are making a statement for the upcoming seasons? Here’s the lowdown on ways to keep your style looking fresh and current…

The Pixie

The pixie cut is a short hairstyle with texture in the upper layers that should ideally be slightly messy, which is good news - this look does not require much fussing with products and styling! It will mean however, that you will need to come in to visit the salon a little more frequently to refresh your sexy crop, and maintain the shape of the cut.

The Bob.

The bob cut is back for summer style, and this season there are a couple of different variations to try. You could do a short, smooth bob cut with an eyebrow skimming fringe and bare neck – the clean lines of this cut really make an impact. Or try a longer, slightly messy style with volume and movement. This more intermediate length looks fresh, and is perfect for the eclectic, bohemian summer dresses and accessories.

The Fringe.

It seems like the fringe never leaves the hair fashion radar! It’s back again this summer. Try one that is cut long and to the side, or go for a statement full fringe that falls right on the eyebrow. A great way to add a touch of femininity and fun to your cut – a fringe suits just about every length of hair.

 

The Long Hairstyle

Long Hair always looks great – and this summer it’s the longer the better! The main advantage to a long style is that you can change the look each time if you want. Add some layers to give natural volume. Loose braids, pony tails and effortless-looking, tousled up-styles are perfect for keeping those long locks under control in the summer months, and are being seen in just about every editorial shoot in the latest fashion journals all over the world. Think bohemian and slightly disheveled. The middle part is still a hot look - just remember to be little wild with your long hair: voluminous and messy – the smoothed down styles of the past couple of years has been all ruffled up!

Set your style dial to bright if you dare when you talk to your stylist about a new shade for your ‘do… Think Rihanna red, or Lady Gaga blonde if you want make a hair statement that pops. Or maybe try some warm, natural tones with honey-coloured highlights to compliment your haute hippie summer styling… And last but not least, don’t forget to accessorise your summer hairstyle with some ribbons or tapes, or even flowers.

Pony Tales!

 

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Pony tails are making a come-back in 2011 (did they every go away?), Liquid Girl is loving the versatility of this favourite style. Loose, up high, barely there... So many ways to play. Pony tales are a classic, and easy way to up date your look... or save you from a bad hair day! Love the 70s vibe of this feather accessory!

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The ponytail was the backstage hairstyle of choice at many 2011 shows. Celebrity stylist Guido Palau can be credited with many if its newfangled iterations, including the "dominatrix," which he showed at Marc Jacobs, left, and in Paris at Emanuel Ungaro and Louis Vuitton... So hot!

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Long, wavy styles have been the look of choice the red carpet runway for what seems like forever, but lately, ponytails have been popping up on stars like Jennifer Lopez and Blake Lively. True Grit upstart Hailee Steinfeld made a big impression at the Golden Globes this January when she sported this  high, super-sleek pony look.

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Middle parts and supremely loose, low-slung ponies with more hair hanging out of the elastic than in it: sexy, relaxed street style.

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Somewhere in between girl and woman: Mattel's first Barbie doll, came styled with what was to become her iconic look: a bouncy blonde ponytail and fringe.

Don't know about you, but Liquid Girl will be wearing a high, sexy and sleek pony tail out this weekend!

Super star styling…

Boy meets girl - and everything else in between...

Kevin Murphy recently sent us these images of his latest photoshoot with uber-boy-model Andrej Pejic. Australian Andrej, who grew up in Melbourne, has recently been the face of Marc Jacobs and was the star of Jean Paul Gaultier’s spring ads: an international star on the sky rocket...  Even though Andrej is super feminine Kevin wanted to show him in a more masculine way, "... a little like the Glam Rock singers of the late seventies and early eighties."

Wow: taking boy beauty to the next level! Controversially, Andrej was ranked no.98 in FHM magazine's 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2011,an 'award' that caused controversy with a homophobic subtext that was removed from FHM's website...