Shampoos to care for blonde hair

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Having only dipped my toe in the blonde-pond by getting balayage, it’s been enough to see that caring for blonde, bleached, and lightened hair is incredibly important. Not only is hair drier and more susceptible to breakage, but you also have to worry about maintaining that perfect golden or silver colour.

Luckily for all of you lighter-haired ladies out there, there are a whole bunch of shampoos, conditioners, and treatments that have been specially developed to care for, treat, and maintain the health and shine of blonde hair. And here are just a few:

Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde™ Shampoo
The sulfate-free shampoo gently cleanses while ensuring blonde hair is kept light, bright and healthy. KerActive protein and safflower oleosomes help repair damage and restore lost moisture to hair. Oh, and don’t worry about the shampoo toning your hair – it can be used daily without affecting the colour of your blonde.

muk  Blonde muk Toning Shampoo
Hair feeling a bit brassy or yellow? Try this muk shampoo (which can be used on blonde, grey, and white hair) to help clarify the colour while leaving locks softer, shinier and stronger. A little goes a long way, too, with only a small teaspoon needed for a full wash.

John Frieda SHEER BLONDE® Colour Renew Tone-Refreshing Shampoo
The shampoo features some pretty fancy technology to convert UV rays to a white-blue light, making your blonde hair lighter and brighter. Pretty cool, right? And if your hair needs a bit of loving, it’ll deeply moisturise and nourish it without weighing it down.

bhave™ bombshell blonde shampoo
Colour-correcting pigments will help neutralize any brassy tones, while organic argan oil and keratin will ensure your hair feels refreshed and nourished and looks full of life. Added bonus: the shampoo is free from parabens, sulfates, and sodium chloride.

Schwarzkopf Professional BlondMe Illumi-Lights Shampoo
If you’re a regular highlighter, you’ll love what this shampoo will do for your hair. Besides cleansing hair and conditioning porous strands, it will illuminate and add radiance to your highlights, making sure you get the most out of your lighter locks.

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Posted by: starsr (Australia)

Thanks for the list, I will look into some of these :)

I was using John Frieda for a while and I think it has been the best I've ever used on my blonde hair! I recently changed to Nak because I wanted to switch to Aussie brands, and now my hair looks limp and greasy only a day after washing :(

Posted on: November 02, 2012 (Nov 2, 2012 5:14pm)

Posted by: apple8 (Australia)

I have dark hair, so have never known that blonde hair is drier and more prone to damage.

Posted on: November 02, 2012 (Nov 2, 2012 6:00pm)

Affirmations: Miranda Kerr uses them, so why don’t we?‏

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I was lucky enough to meet Miranda Kerr a year or so ago, and while I was most certainly mesmerised by her bouncy hair, super-cute dimples and luminous skin, she made a longer-lasting impression when she handed me a copy of her book, Treasure Yourself, and told me to keep it. Little did I know how intriguing and inspiring this read would be…

In addition to a peek at Miranda’s childhood and recent past, Treasure Yourself is a book filled with a collection of motivating thoughts, memories, life lessons and affirmations from MK herself, as well as renowned spiritual leaders and authors. It’s all about evoking self-confidence, acceptance and realising your inner beauty, as well as encouraging self-improvement.

Now, you’ve probably all seen it in bookstores before, but have you had a proper read of Treasure Yourself? You should. I recently picked this book up again, and upon flipping through its pages, I realised my life could do with some positive affirmations. Each and every one of our lives could, really. Miranda is huge advocate of affirmations, and if they work for her, they’re worth a try, right?

But what exactly are affirmations? Essentially, they are simple statements. And although some statements can be negative, it’s the positive ones that are most useful. These statements can be spoken out loud, inner thoughts you tell yourself, or written down and posted in a private or public place. And how do they work? Well, if you continue to repeat a positive statement over and over again, it is more likely to affect your life in a positive manner. For example, if you wake up and think, “I feel happy and joyous”, you’re more likely to see the positive aspects of your day, no matter how tiny or irrelevant they may usually seem. Because by bombarding your subconscious with positive thoughts and desires, you’re more likely to make them a reality. Interesting, huh?

A FEW AFFIRMATION TIPS AND TRICKS
#1: always be positive. “Today is going to be a fantastic day.”
#2: turn the negative thoughts around. Instead of “I am fat”, tell yourself this: “I will eat healthy and exercise today.”
#3: always use present tense. “I am going overseas this year.”
#4: repeat your affirmations throughout the day to reinforce their positive effect on your day-to-day life.
#5: always be specific, without being ridiculous. Instead of “I will get rich”, use “My hard work will soon be rewarded with a promotion”.

So, do you have an affirmation you’d like to make a reality? Maybe you have many? Or maybe you’d just like to add more positive thoughts to your day? Either way, why not get out a pen and paper and jot down your own affirmations. From exercising and health goals to self-love, relationship and general happiness, there are lots of positive life changes you can help bring into your life…

Have you read Miranda Kerr’s Treasure Yourself? Have you used affirmations before? What affirmations are you keen to use to bring positive changes to your life?

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Posted by: Mandy_1987 (Australia)

No I havent come across her book yet.Will definately have to find a copy though! I used to stick positive affirmations to my mirror when I was a teen,maybe time to start using some again:)

Posted on: November 02, 2012 (Nov 2, 2012 12:20pm)

Posted by: MissChriss (Australia)

I have never actually seen Miranda's book in a bookstore, mind u I didn't know she had one to look out for. I generally say everything happens for a reason and it will all work out in the end.

Posted on: November 02, 2012 (Nov 2, 2012 12:37pm)

Quick tips: hottest racing season hairstyles

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It’s hard enough trying to figure out how to do your hair for a big event – you ponder over beachy braids, XL buns and even some downright kooky ‘dos before settling on a style worth sporting. But add to that the stress of trying to add a fascinator into your hair style – eek! Talk about a struggle. And what tends to happen then is that most ladies end up choosing the easy option and just rock poker straight locks, but that doesn’t quite cut the mustard for me.

So I thought I’d put an end to the dreaded races-‘do-indecision (as well as the fascinator fear) and make life easy, with three celebs that always seem to get it right in the racing hairstyle stakes.

Do it like Kate.
As the daughter of racing royalty, Gai Waterhouse, Kate would definitely know a thing or two about appropriate race-day hairstyles. If, liker her, your headpiece is a little larger than life and does call for a down ‘do, try adding a few eye-catching waves to your strands. It doesn’t have to be difficult, and you don’t have to worry about rocking the Shirley Temple look either. Brushed out curls are a modern woman’s best friend. They feature the femininity of regular curls with the laid-back attitude of Blake Lively-esque beach waves. All you need is a curling wand (or straightening iron), some hairspray and a brush – oh, and around four minutes to watch our video how-to…

Do it like Emily.
If you’re keen on a sleeker style and a feathery accessory we have a few tips to help you get it right. First, ensure you choose a fascinator that’s lies quite flat on your head so that it doesn’t look too out of place on your sleek ‘do, and attach it close to your parting. We love Vixen Foxy Feathers Feather Hair Extensions in Teal (if you want to look just like Em!) Be sure to use a gel wax to really smooth down the sides of your ‘do. We like Clairol Professional Dual Ego because it can be used on both wet and dry hair. To finish the look, curl the ends of your hair to help prevent straight ends that stick out, and fasten your locks into a bun at the nape of your neck.

Do it like Emma.
Not only can Miss Freedman read the weather like a pro, she can rock a pretty races style like no one else, too. This style screams girly glam, and we love that she knows just how to wear her hair so that she can tackle an extra large fascinator with ease. To achieve her whimsical style, simply use a curling tong to add slight waves to the front pieces of hair (to make really subtle waves only leave your hair wrapped around the tong for two to three seconds). Continue the action throughout the lengths of your hair if you’d like to sweep your locks into a textured ponytail, or just do the front pieces and use your hands to fashion the bulk of your hair into a shabby chignon at the back of your head.

Which style would you rock for a day at the races?


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Posted by: katshepsutt (Australia)

I like Emily's look - it's chic and flattering without being overly obvious or tizzy, and it might even work with my short hair. Have never been to the races, only once to a racetrack (and that was for a Christmas party), but I thoroughly enjoy looking at the fashions :-)

Posted on: November 02, 2012 (Nov 2, 2012 5:33am)

Posted by: Blossy77 (Australia)

I like the chignon, though I never seem to be able to get them right. I guess the beauty of race day hair is you can stick your fascinator over the bumpy bits :)

Posted on: November 02, 2012 (Nov 2, 2012 6:35am)

Fake tanning without the commitment

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Here are two situations I often find myself in: 1) I want to go bare-legged and I’ve forgotten to fake tan, and 2) I’ve got a special event to go to and I want to be bronzed just for the night. Enter wash-off tanning products, the perfect solution for those days or nights when you want to look bronzed without committing to a proper fake tan. Just hover your mouse over each star to find out more about the products...

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  1. pureTan Instant Wash-Off Bronzer, $25.95, 03 9848 3039

    The transfer-resistant lotion spreads evenly to give your skin an instant summer glow and will wash off easily with just some soap and water.

  2. Bodyography Oxyplex Body Gloss

    The lightweight and super-nourishing lotion gives your skin a bronzed colour that can be intensified by layering the product.

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  3. Bloom Instant Bronzing Gel

    Available in both shimmer and non-shimmer, the gel is perfect for those days when you want a hint of colour. Plus, it's scented with essential oils, so you know you'll smell as good as you look.

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  4. Ella Bache Great Bronzeup

    Fast-absorbing, streak-free, transfer-resistant, great colour pay-off, and easy to wash off - what more could you want from a tanning product?

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  5. Naked Tan Goddess Shimmer

    Mica particles in the body lotion will give your entire body a natural shimmer. Just make sure you only use a little bit - you don't want to look too glittery!

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  6. ModelCo ONE NIGHT TAN

    The mousse glides on your skin to leave it a beautiful shade of bronze that doesn't contain any shimmers or illuminisers.

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  7. Le Tan Flawless Legs

    What freckles, veins, and imperfections on your legs? This spray-on bronzer will leave your skin looking...well..flawless.

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  8. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs

    The transfer-resistant make-up has been specially-designed to hide any imperfections and to leave your legs looking smooth, bronzed, and utterly drool-worthy.

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  9. Garnier Ambre Solaire Bronze Minute Tinted Moisturing Gel

    There's no need to wait for a tan to develop with this gel - it's instant bronzy goodness on application.

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  10. Natio Instant Bronzer

    Illuminating mineral pigments give your skin an instantimmediate bronzed effect, while tiny gold mica flecks brighten the look of the skin. And it all comes off easily in the shower!

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Do you ever need a quick bronzing fix? Do you have a favourite wash-off tanning product?

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Posted by: Blossy77 (Australia)

I've never bothered - I just go bare legged! I'd be concerned about using a wash off one. Murphy's law - I'll get rained on or splashed or something!

Posted on: November 01, 2012 (Nov 1, 2012 5:13pm)

Posted by: Neilrawson (Australia)

The wash off tanning products would be ever so convenient for occasions when you need to tan on the go. I do like the sound of the spray on versions.
The fake tans I have used need to be massaged into skin and a bit of prep work is involved.
Model Co, Sally Hansen and Le Tan are some brands I wouldn't mind trying.
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Posted on: November 01, 2012 (Nov 1, 2012 5:14pm)

This product does HOW much?

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You’ve heard of Lanolips, right? The Australian brand that has singlehandedly changed the way we look at lanolin as a beauty product? Of course you have! I mean, your handbag is stocked full of Lanolips Lip Ointments with Colour just like me, right? (Apples is my all-time favourite shade, FYI…)

I’m also assuming you’ve met the original Lanolips product, too. Her name is 101 Ointment, and she is the ultimate hydrator as she can hold up to 200 per cent of her own moisture, which means she’s an absolute wonder of a lip product. But did you know she is actually a multi-use product? This is absolutely true. In fact, here’s just a snippet of what this hard-working medical-grade lanolin product can do…

THE MANY USES OF LANOLIPS 101 OINTMENT
#1: treats chapped lips
#2: treats diaper rash
#3: helps heal minor cuts, burns, sunburn and skin abrasions
#4: soothes dry, cracked nipples during pregnancy
#5: soothe itchy stretch marks
#6: helps heal cracked skin
#7: treats eczema
#8: removes too tight rings from swollen fingers during pregnancy
#9: moisturises dry and itchy skin on elbows, knees and heels
#10: helps soothe ingrown hairs
#11: helps to heal recent tattoos
#12: soothes freshly-waxed skin
#13: treats dry cuticles
#14: hydrates dry nasal passages as a result of colds and flus
#15: keeps eyebrow hairs in place
#16: fixes a squeaky hinge
#17: treats cosmetic procedure wounds
#18: prevents hairline stains when applying at-home hair dye
#19: hydrates and plumps crow’s feet and brow lines overnight
#20: soothes rashes resulting from wetsuits and boardies
#21: helps assist in the healing and prevention of pimple scars
#22: helps heal cracked animal paws
#23: restores wooden furniture and softens leather
#24: mixes with your current moisturiser for intense hydration
#25: softens sticky residue on glass surfaces

Impressive, huh? Bet you didn’t know she could do all that! She’s got a few more tricks up her sleeve, too, but I’m thinking it’s high time you found them out by trying her for yourselves. Have fun!

Have you tried Lanolips 101 Ointment? Did you know it has many more uses than just a lip product? Have you ever used it for anything that’s not on this list?

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Posted by: Thepinkshoe (Australia)

I have this and love it! So moisturising! Fixes chapped lips really well

Posted on: November 01, 2012 (Nov 1, 2012 12:03pm)

Posted by: Nidhi1 (Australia)

I love it....a savior for my dry lips..but didn't know that it can be used for so many things.... :)

Posted on: November 01, 2012 (Nov 1, 2012 12:03pm)