Category Archives: Style Tips

Hair Styling Tools

Hair Styling Tools

Sam Macdonlad Hair | Hairdresser Trigg Scarborough Double View City Beach Wembley Downs North Beach Karinyup Carine Duncraid Sorrento | Hair Styling Tools

The Hair styling tools you choose really do make a difference to your end result and your experience getting there.

Its easy to blame yourself and lack of expertise which of course can be part of the problem however its often not the whole picture.

Take your blow-dryer for example. You may not realise but they have different amounts of power and a low power blow-dryer not only takes longer to do the job but will also effect the end result.

This is one of those many examples in life when you do get what you pay for. It is worth investing in good tools for a more professional job.

So maybe you’re wondering how you can tell if your tools are right for your hair? Simple, next visit take them to your hairdresser and simply ask.

How about you have a blow drying lesson? This is something I offer and your hairdresser may offer too.

In this visit you bring in all the things you use on your hair for a couple of reasons:

– it means you use your own equipment so you can re-create the look more easily at home.

– it also means you can have all the tools and products you use looked at. This way advice can be given to you as to whats working for you and what isn’t.

I think sometimes its easy to think your hairdresser is only there to cut and colour your hair but there is a wealth of knowledge that can be shared with you if you ask.

If you’d like to book an appointment to give your hair or scalp some love. I’d be happy to talk through it’s current condition as part of your initial consultation. All the details to make a booking can be found here.

Co-washing, What Is It

Co-Washing What Is It

Sam Macdonlad Hair | Hairdresser Trigg Scarborough Double View City Beach Wembley Downs North Beach Karinyup Carine Duncraid Sorrento | Co-washing What Is It

Co-washing is short for conditioner washing, does that clear it up? What do you mean no? ?

Its actually super simple, instead of shampooing your hair first and then conditioning it, you just use conditioner as if its shampoo.

Whey would we do this you ask?

Like a lot of learned human habits, shampooing the hair is not actually necessary to clean your hair and scalp. In fact you are removing a protective layer that your body is intentionally making.

The oil that your scalp produces, (named sebum), is produced to protect your skin from sun and UV. Removing it is a little counter productive whether you have an oily scalp or a dry one.

That being said we do need to cleanse our scalp to remove dead skin cells, that’s why we still need a process.

To co-wash your hair all you need to do is:

– wet your hair thoroughly as usual in the shower

– take out the excess moisture with your hands

– using a good quality conditioner scrub your scalp as if you’re shampooing it

– rinse thoroughly

That’s it, done faster than a normal wash using less products.

It will take a little time for your scalp to adjust, its been getting used to shampoo for your whole life. Dryer hair types come good a lot quicker than oily hair types.

The benefits:

– Your colour will fade at a slower pace

– If your prone to scalp/skin issues, this can fix it as your allowing your body to sort itself out rather than using a detergent, (essentially what shampoo is), to cleanse

– You’re going to save money as you only need a conditioner. No excuses now not to use a good one!

– For dryer hair types the small amount on natural oil you have won’t be washed away, it will ends up making your hair more manageable and shiny.

– For oilier hair types, once your body adjusts the production of oil will slow giving you longer between washes and not getting oily on the same day you’ve washed it.

I’m not gonna lie, when I did this with my oily hair it took 2 months of horrible hair till my body worked out what was going on. Now though I don’t get oily on the same day as washing which used to drive me crazy and lead to excessive dry shampoo use.

As always if you have any questions I’m here for them.

I heard a great quote today which is the only stupid question is the unasked one.

If you’d like to book an appointment to give your hair or scalp some love. I’d be happy to talk through it’s current condition as part of your initial consultation. All the details to make a booking can be found here.

Put Your Hands Up If You Want Thicker Hair

Put Your Hands Up If You Want Thicker Hair

Sam Macdonald Hair | Hairdresser Trigg Scarborough Karinyup Carine Duncraig Noth Beach Hands Up If You Want Thicker Hair

For those of us who are a little lacking in the hair department, (that would be me), who has ever wished they could have hair more like this beautiful girl eating a flower.

How many different products or gimmicks have you tried to see if you can change the hair you were born with?

Sadly, we can’t create more actual hair on our heads. We can however, make the most of what we have. There are two main parts to this.

Firstly, we have to make sure we get the right nutrients and lead a good lifestyle will give our bodies a chance to make the best hair we can have.

I’ve covered this in more detail in previous posts so I if you’d like more information please feel free to go back and have a look.

So that’s got the body covered to create the best hair it can. Once its out of your head there are things we can do to make it fuller and have more volume.

– A bodifying shampoo and conditioner to help create body

– Styling products especially for your hair, things that are great for fine hair are texturizing dust, mousse and styling sprays.

– Learning how to properly blow-dry and style your hair. YouTube has heaps of tutorials or you could book a blow-drying lesson with me.

– Hair extensions can be used to create more volume.

– Hot rollers, teasing and a good hair spray. Yes, it sound old fashioned but it can do the trick!

The big key here is to educate yourself on the options. Next time you’re at the hairdresser don’t be scared to ask for tips. Look up from the magazine or your phone to see what your hairdresser is doing and maybe you’ll pick up some tips…

If you’d like to book an appointment to give your hair or scalp some love. I’d be happy to talk through it’s current condition as part of your initial consultation. All the details to make a booking can be found here.

How Do You Treat Your Hair?

How Do You Treat Your Hair?

Sam Macdonald Hair | Trigg Scarborough North Beach Sorrento Carine Duncraig | How Do You Treat Your Hair

Do you treat your hair like a fragile silk scarf or a hardy linen shirt?

We need to start thinking of our hair as a material because that’s exactly what it is! Unfortunately, it’s closer to silk than linen so we may have to re-look at how we treat it.

Let’s look at the two examples:

Linen: We iron it at a high temperature because it can handle it

Silk: We try to avoid heat but if we have to it’s at the lowest setting

Linen: We can wash it in hot water repeatedly, no problem

Silk: Cool temperatures only for this delicate fabric

Our hair only grows 1-1.5cms per month.

That’s a maximum of 18cm per year and that’s not including what we’re removing with regular trims.

I should note here that avoiding these regular 6-8 week trims will only result in your hair fraying faster than it grows so its totally counterproductive. Don’t skip those trims people!

So 18cm per year means that someone with hair to their shoulders has probably had it on their heads for 3 years approximately.

Now think for a minute, what have you done to your silk scarf, (your hair), in those 3 years?

How hot is the water you wash it in? Especially in winter.

Do you use moisturisers to help replace lost moisture in the ends of your hair?

How often do you use hot tools in your hair? A normal straightener or curling iron runs at about 200 degrees or more.

Are you over-washing and removing the natural oils to frequently?

I hope this has given you some food for thought because at the end of the day your hair is the fabric you never take off…

If you’d like to book an appointment to give your hair or scalp some love. I’d be happy to talk through it’s current condition as part of your initial consultation. All the details to make a booking can be found here.

How Does A Perm Work?

How Does A Perm Work?

how does a perm work | Sam Macdonald Hair | Hairdresser Trigg Scarborough Northe Beach Karrinyup Carine

Ever asked yourself how does a perm work?

Well wether you wondered or not, today’s post will answer this question.

I have previously described how we can temporarily reshape the hair through styling by changing the physical (otherwise known as the temporary) bonds of the hair with heat or moisture into the desired shape. What if we wanted a permanent curl or to remove the curl to create straigtness, from the hair for good?

Yes that’s right, a “perm” can be used to straighten curly hair too!

When we curl or straighten the hair permanently we also work with bonds in the hair. Instead of the physical ones, we work on the chemical ones. We wind the hair and place in the shape we wish it to take, for example different sized rollers for alternative shapes or flat boards for straighness. Then we apply a solution that literally breaks apart the hairs chemical bonds.

Once enough bonds have broken, the hair is rinsed for approximately 10 minutes to remove the solution from the hair. In addition to this, the oxygen from the water starts the rebonding process which creates the curl shape, then a new solution called neutraliser, is applied to make the new shape permanent.

It’s sounds aggressive because it is!

We literally break the hair apart to reshape so there is always at least a little loss of moisture and/or strength, as well as breaking of bonds that do not reconnect.

I bet not many of you have perms these days but it’s important to know that these bonds in the hair can be sensitised by too much colouring, bad home care and also your styling regime.

The good news is that we now have special bond treatments in salon to help protect them at the time of colouring/perming as well as being able to upkeep at home to help prevent all that damage that happens at home.

I will share more about bond treatments next time but for today I hope you enjoyed the answer to ‘How Does A Perm Work?’

If you’d like to book an appointment to give your hair some love I’d be happy to talk through it’s current condition as part of your initial consultation. All the details to make a booking can be found here.

I guess the really important thing to tell you though is that I don’t offer perms of any type!

Understand Why Your Curls Drop

Maintaining Hair Styles – Understand Why Your Curls Drop!

Understand Why Your Curls Drop | Sam Macdonald Hair | Hairdresser Trigg North Beach Scarborough Karrinyup | Maintaining Hair Styles

Do you remember when the weekly set was a thing? Hard to imagine a curly style that would last you a week these days isn’t it?

If you’re a lover of curls then you’ve probably often asked why they can drop out when you’ve put in so much effort to get them in your hair in the first place.

In today’s post I’ll help you understand why your curls drop out.

When we style hair there are 2 things that effect us getting a temporary change in the hair in terms of style.

Firstly hot to cold.

Think hot rollers for example, they start off hot and we put them in dry hair until the rollers are completely cool and woo hoo, we have curls or waves. In some hair types this will only last a day, if that, and we do get a great style for a short time. Another example of this is our straightener we use for curling, we use a hot straighter to style into the shape we like, let it cool and we have waves.

Now think back to our weekly set which is lasting a whole week…

The second way of holding a shape in hair is wet to dry.

When we do a set, we roll wet hair into a curl shape and dry it on the roller, this is a stronger result than the hot to cold option and therefore lasts longer.

The reason for all of this is we are reshaping what we call the physical bonds of the hair. Physical just means temporary because as soon as we wet our hair we have to start all over again.

Now you can see why a permanent wave is called a perm, short for permanent.

Hope that has helped you understand why your curls drop out.

If you’d like to book an appointment to give your hair some love I’d be happy to talk through it’s current condition as part of your initial consultation. All the details to make a booking can be found here.

How To Prevent Heat Damage To You Hair

Prevention Is Better Than Cure; How To Prevent Heat Damage To Your Hair

Long straight hair | prevent hair heat damage | Sam Macdonald Hair | Trigg WA

In my last post I shared with you what the effects of hot styling can do to the hair over time. This time I will share the easiest way of preventing damage and keeping your hair looking at its best…

Firstly you need 3 foundation products and they are a good quality shampoo, conditioner and leave in conditioner for the ends.

The best way to know you are using the right ones, is to have them prescribed especially for you by your hairdresser or a hairdresser in a salon you don’t go to can also advise you. Don’t fall into the trap of simply reading the bottle and reading for yourself, although its seems simple, there as often a little more to it so professional advise is a must.

The next thing you MUST have if you intend hot styling is to use a heat protector. A heat protector will not stop all damage, but it will drastically decrease the heat damage to your hair.

A good way to see if your heat protector is any good, is to spray it on the back of one of your hands and then get the blow dryer close to the skin and see the comparison of the heat on the protected hand and the unprotected hand.

These 4 products are a must and you may also require further styling that your hairdresser can recommend.

When it comes to doing the right thing by your hair and being proactive about protect ing your hair from damage don’t guess what you could do. Instead ask your hairdresser for their advice as they’ll be able to talk to you about your hair, it’s actual condition and the right products for you.

If you’d like to book an appointment to give your hair some love I’d be happy to talk through it’s current condition as part of your initial consultation. All the details to make a booking can be found here.

What Is Using Your Straightener Doing To Your Hair?

What Is Using Your Straightener Doing To Your Hair?

Hair Tip Sam Macdonald Hair | Trigg Scarborough North Beach

Have you ever stopped and thought about how you treat your hair, when using your hot tools including hair straighteners and curling thongs?

When I see hair that is struggling from over styling I will ask how often hot tools are used and usually get a response such as, ‘not very often, just once or twice a week’.

I know this doesn’t seem like much does it but lets do some sums…

Lets assume your hair is a silk scarf, as chemically hair and silk are quite similar.

Your hair grows 1 – 1.5 centimeters a  onth so if your hair is at your shoulders, that means its on average 2 years old.

Most hot tools are at about 200 degrees so imagine that you iron your silk scarf once a week for 2 years.

Now imagine you do it twice a week for 2 years…

That’s 208 times, what does that scarf look like?

Wow this is starting to get scary isn’t it!

Now imagine your hair is actually longer than your shoulders and is 4 years old and you iron it twice a week at 200 degrees….

OMG, using your hair straightener you’ve ironed your hair 416 times at 200 degrees…

Put on top of this showers that are too hot in winter, summers spent in the sun and salt water, UV light and every other little thing that your poor hair goes through…

Time to start thinking of your hair as the piece of clothing you never take off, isn’t it!

There are some amazing things you can do to prevent this damage happening in the first place and secondly (though not ever as good as prevention) is reconnecting some of the bonds that hold your hair together and therefore impacting the condition. I will go into these at a later date.

If you’d like to book an appointment to give your hair some love I’d be happy to talk through it’s current condition as part of your initial consultation. All the details to make a booking can be found here.

Davines Love The Frizzy Hair Solution You have Been Looking For

Davines Love, It’s The Frizzy Hair Solution You’ve Been Looking For

frizzy hair

Davines love smoothing conditioner is amazing for helping to weigh down frizzy, unmanageable hair.

It contains beautiful Italian Olive extract from Mr Messina’s farm in Italy. Why is this important?

Because Davines is all about sustainability, they use local farms ingredients in this line of products, the essentials.

If you’re struggling with frizzy, unmanageable hair then book a consult and I’d be happy to work with you to create a cut and style that works for your hair type. In addition I can recommend the right products to support you to maintain your hair between visits, as effortlessly as possible.

LOVE Davines | Sam Macdonald Hair | Hairdresser Trigg North Beach Scarborough Marmion Carine WA