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

Female hair loss and thinning

As a woman, your hair is your crowning glory right? All that time we spend getting it just right would certainly attest to that conclusion. But what if you started losing hair - and lots of it. It may be the sign of a serious medical condition, that needs evaluation and treatment. Many studies have shown that female hair loss is not merely a cosmetic issue, but it also causes significant psychological distress: '... compared to unaffected women, those affected have a more negative body image and are less able to cope with daily functioning. Hair loss can be associated with low self-esteem, depression, introversion, and feelings of unattractiveness'.

It's normal to lose hair every day - your scalp contains about 100,000 hairs, and you generally shed roughly 100 of them each day. Brushing your hair, removing a pony-tail, as well as washing, conditioning, blow drying and styling are all likely to cause some hair loss. Hair goes through regular stages of growth, dormancy and replacement. But what if you're losing more than the allotted 100  hairs a day? Research shows that millions of women around the world are suffering from distressing excessive hair loss, caused by various medical conditions.thinning-hair

There are many causes of hair loss, from stress to chemotherapy. Noticing thinning hair can signal the onset of such conditions as hormonal imbalance, vitamin deficiency, excessive stress or poor nutrition, all symptoms of declining health status. For example, your hair loss maybe related to a lack of vitamin D, and suggest you are susceptible to a range of other illness linked to this deficiency, including diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, depression, multiple sclerosis, gum disease, seasonal influenza and tuberculosis. An Iron deficiency may also cause hair loss.

Declining levels of thyroid hormone, hormonal imbalance and a condition known as Telogen Effluvium are common causes of female hair loss. Telogen Effluvium can be a result of the abrupt hormonal changes that occur at the end of pregnancy, severe stress, physical trauma or crash diets. Click here for more information about Telogen Effluvium.

An unhealthy scalp can cause inflammation that makes it difficult for hair to grow. Skin conditions that lead to hair loss include seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff), psoriasis, and fungal infections such as ringworm.

Female hair loss and balding may also be genetic - the gene can be inherited from either your mother's or father's side of the family, though you're more likely to have it if both of your parents had hair loss.

These are a just few of the reasons that may be behind excessive female hair loss. The condition of your hair doesn't just affect your looks—it's an important indicator of your overall health. If you're experiencing hair loss, talk to a doctor, who can refer you to a dermatologist for further evaluation. We recommend David Salinger IAT MIT, who practices in the Adelaide and Sydney at the Trichology Centre. For further information and contact details follow this link

 

Liquid Hair styling sessions

Do you find it hard to style your own hair? Can you never make it look as good as when you left the salon? Do you look at a hairstyle in a magazine and wonder how to achieve the look?

Liquid Hair have the answers for you: no excuses for a bad hair day now!

Join us for a fun interactive hair styling lesson where you will learn the tricks of the trade while an expert stylist helps you to style your own hair.

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What: A  2 hour  Styling Session with a stylist for 1-3 people.

When: Any time you choose.

Where: Liquid Hair corner of Victoria Sq and Grote St.

Cost: $150  (1-3 people) redeemable on purchase.

*Please bring all of your own styling tools and products. We will have ours for you to use however we want you to learn with what you have at home.

For enquires or bookings please call customer service on 82319185

Dermalogica and Liquid Hair: skin savvy!

Liquid Hair recently held it's second Dermalogica 'Skin Savvy' event in the salon. The interactive workshop was hosted by a Dermalogica specialist from Sydney together with the Liquid Hair team, and provided the evenings' guests with an opportunity to expand their knowledge of skin health.

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After arriving to champagne and fabulous food (provided by Argo on The Square), the workshoppers got down to business, asking skin care questions, and experiencing the Dermalogica products in a personalised face-mapping session.

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The workshops provide a great way learn about common skins concerns and how best to treat them, and also how to make the most of the Dermalogica range of products through correct application methods.

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We can't wait for the next one - keep your eye out for information on dates and times! See you there...
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Men’s style file: classic fashion for the boys…

Mighty Man

Don't be fooled by the stereotype of a man who doesn't care about the way he looks. Modern men are just as (or at least almost) as concerned with their appearance as women. Healthy skin is a fundamental part of looking great.

For men, skin care is a mere afterthought. Beyond the world of shaving their faces, it is rare for a man to devote time to his skin. Yeah right! These days, skin care is no longer just a women's concern. We are in the 21st century and the pressure is on for a man to take care of himself. Men are increasingly aware and concerned about the health of their skin. More men than ever are interested in taking care of their appearance and ensuring that they maintain their youthful looks for as long as possible. Man's increasing desire for a groomed look is an 8 billion dollar industry. So why are men beginning to catch up with women's interest in hair and beauty products?

Most importantly, everyone wants to retain youthful skin for as long as possible. Along with drinking plenty of water and eating  a healthy diet, moisturizing and nurturing the skin is the best way to grow old gracefully. For a long time men were only comfortable in barber stores and over the past 20 years they have started venturing into what was once only a womans domain.

The hair and beauty industry have now woken up and are now catering for their interests by putting a masculine edge to their salon appointments and product ranges. This makes it easier for a man to ask questions without sounding sissy.

Industry professionals have now understood the importance of guiding this generation through change. Think about it in simple terms, little girls hand around their mothers watching their beauty regime and are quick to follow with hair styling and make up application, whilst little boys are too busy in the backyard playing to be interested in whats going on in dad's bathroom and lets face it, up until the past few years there hasn't been much going on.

So boys the message is clear, don't be afraid to ask questions there are plenty of grooming solutions out there for you-Just ask!

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...