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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.  

ghd

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    

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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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

 

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.

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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.

Moroccanoil – great for curly hair too!

When we use the brand name Moroccanoil the first thing that come to mind is their hero product the original Moroccanoil Treatment. Taking the world by storm this product revolutionized the hair industry and outsold many products globally. But lets not forget that this amazing product sits alongside other great products within the range. Emma Bayly, Director of Liquid Hair takes us through a few of her Moroccanoil favourites.

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"I've always been a fan of naturally curly hair but many people blessed with this see it as a curse. They are always stretching it out straight or just wearing it up not being able to tame it. Then on the other hand some people love curly hair and wish they could achieve the look but don't realise with the correct cut and correct product selection they can encourage their hair to bounce right up." Emma's tips are outlined below:

Curl Defining Cream: Frizz free definition for fine medium or course hair. Great definition for wavy or curly hair while hair retains movement.

Curl Control Mousse: I like to use this product on finer hair, not only is it weightless it give support to curls that need some extra bounce.

Intense Curl Cream: A high gloss product great for extremely curly hair. Curls remain moisturised smooth and soft.

Moroccanoil range also includes some great treatment products. The Restorative Hair Mask is great for all hair types, and is rich in protein - perfect for chemically or thermally damaged locks. You can even add the Morocanoil treatment oil to the mix for extra benefits.

Ammonia-free hair colour is a major trend in hair colour technology, and over past few years all the major hair colour brands have launched, or are launching, ammonia-free permanent colour ranges. So how do ammonia-free colours work and what does it mean for the health of your hair?

In the past ammonia has been used in permanent hair colors to give better, more durable colors and allows for more significant color changes. Ammonia partially removes the natural colour from the hair. It opens up the surface of the strand so that the hair colour can get through and effectively lifts out the natural hair pigment so that the hair colour molecules can penetrate and deposit.

Essentially, ammonia has been largely responsible for hair color's ability to alter hair hue without washing out after only a few shampoos. This method of depositing colouring the hair has been commonly reported to have side effects such as stinging the eyes and scalp, and of course there's that distinctive od0ur...

The environmental and health concerns raised by an ever-increasingly educated and health-conscious clientele have pushed the hair colour technology industry to develop alternative colour delivery systems.

Ammonia-free colours most often work by using an ammonia alternative called MEA, or monoethanolamine, or an oil-based delivery system, to more gently open and penetrate the hair shaft. A new development has recently been launched by Goldwell, Nectaya which uses intra-lipid ammonia-free technology. Goldwell states that this new colour system has an advantage over other oil-based delivery systems as it doesn't weight the hair with heavy oils, and leaves the hair in exceptional condition.

Previously it has been thought that ammonia-free hair colour systems were not able to produce the same lasting and permanent results as those containing ammonia, or the same lasting grey coverage. Developments in ammonia-free technology now mean uniform and lasting colour, with perfect coverage of up to 100 percent white hair with vibrant shades and lightening ability.

Using ammonia-free colours may prevent that dry, over-processed feeling that has been a side-effect of using ammonia, and they are gentler on the hair, and with no unpleasant odor or irritation.

Next time you walk into your salon to have a hair colour ask your stylist about the benefits of ammonia-free colour, and  compare the feeling and look of your hair with an ammonia-free colour delivery system.

Goldwell had launched Nectaya - a new intra-lipid hair colour delivery system