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Living with Hair Loss: From Alopecia, Age, or Genetics

shutterstock_603653063Human hair wigs applied by a highly trained salon professional can provide an effective and immediate hair loss solution, helping you to regain your confidence and get out there.

Although hair loss is deemed inevitable for some individuals through aging, non-aging hair loss  is more common than you think. Here is everything you need to know about alopecia and genetic hair loss, and quality human hair replacement options you might like to consider. 

Alopecia: The What, Where, Who and When

A condition involving hair loss, alopecia can affect one or several areas of the head, face or body.

One of the most common types of alopecia is alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition with onset typically occurring in childhood. It affects both males and females, all races, and will be experienced by around 2% of the general population at some point during their lifetime.

In alopecia areata, as with other forms of alopecia, the immune system attacks the affected hair follicles, preventing the hair growth stage from occurring. This results in patches of hair loss, most commonly on the scalp. The hair loss can range from mild to extensive, and for some individuals, all scalp hair will be lost (alopecia totalis).

The condition can be lifelong, but milder cases of alopecia areata commonly resolve over time.

Genetic Hair Loss

AKA ageing hair loss or androgenetic alopecia (the other most common type of alopecia), this is inevitable as you get older. Androgenetic alopecia, as the name suggests, is caused by genetics. Contrary to popular belief, the balding gene doesn’t only come from the mother – it can come from either the mother or father.

In men androgenetic alopecia is often referred to as male pattern baldness, where the hairline gradually recedes and thins at the top of the crown any time from around the age of 20 – in some cases until there is complete baldness.

While a woman’s hair will not recede as she gets older, it is normal for it to undergo thinning all over the head, which becomes most apparent from menopause (although you might notice a thinning of your ponytail from around the age of 30) – and explains why a combover is the go-to hairstyle for women in their 70s and 80s.

Hair Replacement Alternatives

Chilli Couture and Chilli’s sister salon Mr Walker’s Wiggery offer a variety of premium hair replacement options, from the finest ethically-sourced human hair weaves and wigs to top closures. Or you can rock the bald look. Either way is beautiful!

Choose Chilli Couture for Human Hair Wigs in Perth

Perth’s salon specialists in hair loss and hair replacement procedures, Chilli Couture handcraft beautiful custom-made wigs, weaves and top closures from real hair – to help you feel like yourself again.

Introduce yourself today and book in your FREE hair replacement procedure consult so that we can find the best wig option for you.

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8 Hairstyles to Turn Heads this New Year’s Eve

Want to give the New Year’s Eve look you’re envisioning for yourself that extra wow factor? Rock one of these DIY, easy-to-achieve hairstyles and your look will go from an 8 to a 10. These will all hold through the night, and into the morning too.

 

Slicked Back

Fabienne 7Sleek and sexy, this bold hairstyle screams confidence adds immediate sophistication by pulling your hair away from your face. To achieve this look, before blow drying, spray your hair with a texture spray. Blow dry your hair upwards at the roots and crown of the head with a small bristled brush. Then blow dry the sides of your hair in a backwards motion. With bobby pins, pin back the sides of your hair, making sure to not to flatten the top. To create volume, brush your hair backwards at the front hairline and crown; smooth with a fine-tooth comb and add a texture paste with your fingers to achieve the desired height. Apply a strong-hold hairspray and complete this look with a low-cut, wide-leg jumpsuit and stilettos.

 

 

Tousled

Nakia 5Perfect for a beachside new year’s and paired with a floral maxi and jewelled thongs, this carefree, natural look can be achieved with saltwater spray – which instantly adds more texture and ‘hold’ to your hair. Next, tease your hair – moving the brush downwards towards the scalp; a great way to gain extra volume. Keen to rock the pink hair-look with this style for one night only? Try hair chalk – colour without the commitment!

 

 

 

 

 

Loose Chignon/Twisted Bun

Rachel Hall 5A sophisticated-chic hairstyle that can be mastered with shoulder-length-to-long hair. Perfect teamed with a classy outfit and some statement-making earrings for a more formal evening.  To achieve this look, divide your hair into two equal sections; wind the two sections together into a thick twist and then roll up the twist into a doughnut shape at the back of your neck. Use bobby pins to pin up the top, bottom and both sides of the twist. For a thicker bun, pull the style gently and tease your hair slightly.

 

 

 

 

Half-Up with Loose Curls

Shannon 5A real party hairdo achieved with a curling iron. The curls will hold with a good dose of hairspray. A great way to complement balayage or ombré hair colour. Work it with a fun party dress or playsuit with a splash colour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voluminous Curls

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Achieve this glam look with old-school hot rollers – unlike your curling iron, these will give you curls that LAST all NYE. Complement your curls with a bold-coloured outfit or something with sparkle, plus stilettos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lob

jess 1AKA a long bob, this is your universally flattering style because it beautifully frames any-shaped face. Low-maintenance too – all you need to do is run a straightening iron through your lob; for a glossy finish, apply a shine serum and you’re good to go! The lob and the little black dress are made for each other – a simple yet sophisticated look all-round. For a temporary festive pop of colour on your locks, try hair chalk.

 

 

 

 

 

Waves with Oomph

Tom 4Simply wrap your hair around a 1-inch curling wand for voluminous waves. To tame fly away/frizzy hair, spray a makeup brush with hair spray and then brush fly away hairs with the makeup brush for a smoothing effect. Team this feminine hairdo with a flowy dress or a plunging neckline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Textured Cut

Rachel Hall 3A small curling iron will help you achieve these textured waves, finished with a dry texture spray – it’s worth keeping a small bottle of this in your handbag for any touch-ups needed over the course of the evening. Take this rocker look to the next level and pair with a dark coloured outfit, perhaps throw in some dark denim and of course, some bling – statement diamond earrings would work a treat.

 

 

 

 

 


Try These Hairstyles at Home or Find a Hair Stylist in Perth

For some extra guidance when re-creating these looks at home, check out our hair styling videos – or if you’d prefer your NYE hair to be in the hands of an expert, come into Chilli Couture and we can recreate the look for you!

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How to Prepare for Your Hair Appointment

hair-salon-perthWant the best results from your hair appointment? Preparation is key. Here’s what you should – and shouldn’t – be doing prior to, and at your hair appointment.

First Time at a Salon?

Best to come in for a consult prior to your appointment. It will only take 10 minutes, and will give you and your stylist or colourist the chance to chat about what you want and need, as well as what will work best for you. It will also mean adequate time is scheduled for your appointment, as the size of the job can be properly determined.

To Wash or Not to Wash Before a Colour Service?

Pro-tip: wash and condition your hair a day or two before. This will ensure the hair is clean enough and manageable, while allowing for a slight build-up of natural oils for extra scalp and skin protection during colour application. However, for on scalp bleach application we prefer you go as long as possible without washing your hair.

Find Inspiration

Just saying you “need a change”, or providing a vague description doesn’t point the hairdresser in much of a direction. Do some research and arrive with some pictures to help them better understand what you envision. But take note: look for hairstyles and colours that you think will suit your style and that you reckon you could naturally pull off well – not celeb girl crushes rocking awesome hair that isn’t you.

Think Long-Term

Inspiration is great but you need to be realistic. Take going from black to blonde hair, or the other way round: for a fabulous result, it can’t just happen overnight and will have to be a gradual transition with the help of your colourist. Tempted to cut a lot of length off? It might be worth not going the full distance in one appointment – why not reduce the length over the course of several appointments? This will help you transition or adjust into your new look – and also prevent tears and regrets! However, if you do want a big chop, definitely go to a salon that collects hair for donations to charities – you can rest well knowing someone in need will love your discarded locks!

Be Honest About Your Hair History

Embarrassed about how old the colour in your hair is, or how long it’s been since you last had a haircut? Don’t be. And it’s not worth white lying about it either. Hairdressers need to know your hair history as this can affect the results of your hair appointment. For example hair can be four to five years old in some areas (really!), and so you might have an underlying build-up of colours and chemicals; if your colourist doesn’t know how old the colour really is in your hair, they can’t deliver the best possible results with your colour.

Show Up On Time

Stick to your allocated slot – being late will affect the rest of the appointments in the day and may deter other clients from returning to the salon in the future. If you are too late, you may even end up being turned away, which is disappointing to both you and your hair stylist!

Get Feedback Fit

Be prepared to take on honest feedback from your hairdresser. They know hair, they only want what will look and work best for you! Remember that a hairstyle that works for someone else might not work for you (and vice versa).

Choose Chilli Couture – The Best of Organic Salons in Perth

Run by Perth’s top award-winning hair colourist and stylist Rachel Walker, Chilli Couture is an organic salon that will give you the hair you always wanted. Get in touch with us today for a chat about what we can do for you – and start prepping for your appointment!

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Hair Extensions in Summer: Withstand the Aussie Sun, Sand, & Surf

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If “high maintenance” or “too hot and heavy” is the first thing that comes to mind when you’re contemplating getting hair extensions for the summer, hear us out!

Hair extensions in the summer are 100% worth it.

If you choose the right kind of hair extensions and take care of them in the right way, your locks will look full and fabulous with no discomfort and minimal maintenance, all summer long!

Choose Your Extensions Type Wisely

Which hair extensions work better in summer? Tape-ins and weaves, or clip-ins?

Clip-ins can be handy for one-off occasions but can look more obvious as hair extensions – especially when you want to tie your hair up or go swimming on a hot summer day – and can feel quite bulky and heavy on your head.

Weaves and tape-ins are the ultimate hair extension choices for the warmer months: unlike clip-ins, they’re invisible (even when you tie your hair up into a pony), lightweight, waterproof and sweat-proof – which makes them reusable, lasting all summer.

Prepare for Swimming

You don’t have to totally avoid swimming in the Summer if you have hair extensions! Although, we do strongly advise not getting your hair wet with sea or pool water, as this can damage the extension hair and loosen the grips for tapes, weaves and clip-in extensions. Clips can also be prone to rust, if using metal clips. If you’re going for a dip with hair extensions, it’s worth tying your hair up in a high bun, just to keep them out of the water when possible.

If Your Extensions Happen to Get Wet

We don’t recommend getting your hair extensions wet with pool or salt water, however we do understand that they may accidentally get wet from time to time. The building up of styling products on pool or salt-water-ridden extensions can cause them to lose their silkiness and shine and using heated styling products can act like a fryer and damage your extensions, potentially discolouring them. To keep them damage-free and to avoid unnecessary extra hair stylist appointments, make sure you wash your tape-in extensions properly with a quality salon shampoo before applying any styling products or heat after a day at the pool or beach. 

Wash Hands After Using Lotions

The grip of tape-ins or clip-ins can become loosened if exposed to facial creams or sunscreen too often. We’re not saying not to use moisturiser or sunscreen; just make a point of washing off any extra lotion on your hands after applying, so that your hair extensions don’t get lotion all over them (you’d be surprised at how many times a day you run your hands through your hair!).

Brush Regularly

Channel your inner Marcia Brady and brush your hair every day; this is even more important as a daily ritual if you have extensions, especially during summer. It’s worth getting an extension-friendly brush from your hair salon, one with looped bristles that glide through your hair instead of pulling at your extensions. It can also help to hold the tape-in while you’re brushing, to avoid any unnecessary yanking.

Prevent Dryness

Extensions are prone to losing their silkiness in the summer with all the heat, humidity and saltwater, so a nourishing serum is key for making sure they don’t tangle, go frizzy, or dry out – but take note: only apply the serum to the lengths and ends, not the roots or base of the extensions, as this can damage them.

Use Sun Spray

A silicone coating spritz, used sparingly, can help to protect your extensions and your actual hair against damaging UV rays. This will keep them nourished and moisturised, and your locks looking pool-party-ready.

Perth Hair Salons for Hair Extensions

If you’re leaning towards getting hair extensions but want to make sure yours are done right and look natural, head to Chilli Couture – the hair extension specialists in Perth! Contact us today for some summer hair TLC.

 

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What Is A Hair Spa Treatment?

And Why You Need One Stat!

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Not just for the sake of a good-hair-day, a salon hair spa treatment can really help to restore the accumulation of all the vital oils needed for optimum hair growth. The outcome? Healthier hair, and a reduction in the day-to-day hair issues you’ve been dealing with for what feels like forever.

 

 


Deep Conditioning

Providing your hair and scalp with a thorough massage, heat, and wash, think of your hair spa treatment as your facial equivalent for your scalp and hair roots. By opening up the pores on your scalp, a salon-grade heat machine also allows nutrients to be absorbed faster and better by the hair roots.

Strengthening of Hair Roots 

You want your hair roots to provide a strong foundation. Weak roots can mean dull, malnourished locks. A hair spa treatment is your ‘moisturiser’ for your hair roots and follicles, if you will – providing the roots and scalp with nourishment and the hair follicles with strength.

Removing of Impurities and Repairing of Damaged Hair

By eliminating the inevitable dirt, pollutants and contaminants that land up in our locks, your hair growth will be stimulated with a hair spa treatment. Your hair will be all the more shiny, stronger too…we’re talking that oomph-factor. Dandruff-prone, or feel like you’re shedding more than usual? A hair spa treatment can sort out your tress stress, long-term.

Balancing Oil Secretions

If your hair tends to be on the oily or excessively oily side, a hair spa treatment might be just what the doctor/hairdresser ordered. Excess oil secretion is a recipe for clogged pores in the scalp, which means more dirt and debris getting stuck in the hair, only worsening your hair’s current situation, be it too-oily hair or increasing hair fall.

Restoring Vital Oils

The oils that your hair actually needs to return to its shiny, not-dry, frizz-free former self will be applied to each and every strand in a hair spa treatment, from the root down.

Improving Blood Circulation

The head massage included in your hair spa treatment isn’t just for indulgence/pampering purposes. It also helps to improve your scalp’s blood circulation – which means more oxygen and hair-loving nutrients to your hair follicles to get the blood moving and your scalp stimulated – a recipe for hair growth.

Treat Your Hair at a Perth Hair Salon

A reputable hairdresser will first check your hair texture and quality and then start applying suitable products. At Chilli Couture you’ll be treated to a customised hair spa treatment to address what your hair really needs to look and feel healthier, long-term. Give us a call today, or come say hi at our salon, where one of our trusted, highly trained stylists will take care of your hair and you can see for yourself why Chilli Couture is the best hair salon in Perth.

 

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Is it Safe to Treat My Hair Whilst Pregnant or Breastfeeding?

pregnancySo you’ve just found out you’re pregnant…congratulations!

Along with that pregnancy glow that some (we said some!) expecting mums are blessed with, pregnancy can also work wonders on your hair, with the hormone changes giving it a new-found softness and volume – something you may have already seen in expecting friends, or now, in your own locks.

But sigh, pregnancy can also have the opposite effect on your locks, with some expecting mums suddenly finding themselves with uncharacteristically dry, frizzy hair (keep reading…we can fix that!) and unbeknownst to many, the majority of mums experience extensive hair loss approximately 3 months after childbirth – although we can’t change that, we can certainly work with you to manage your style during this time.

What’s most important though, is the health of you and your bub-to-be, and now as an expecting mum, you may be finding yourself erring on the side of caution regarding everything from the food to eat through to your skincare and hair products.

Suddenly wondering whether hair treatments – colour included – are safe during pregnancy?

Here’s what you need to know.

 

What’s Really In Your Hair Treatments?

If you rely on a salon to get your hair coloured, straightened, curled, bleached, relaxed or permed, it’s a challenge finding salon treatment products not loaded with chemicals – ones that sound like they should be in cleaning products – like ammonia, sodium hydroxide and guanidine hydroxide…say what?!

 

Using Hair Colouring While You’re Pregnant

Research on the impact of hair colouring on a pregnancy is lacking and so no hard facts have been established – but as an extra precaution, some women do choose to delay colouring their hair until after the first trimester – after which the risk of harming the developing foetus is much lower.

Thanks to 100% of our hair colours being free from chemicals like ammonia and PPD, this isn’t something you’ll have to worry about at Chilli Couture. You can also opt for off-scalp colours, such as highlights or balayage as an extra precaution.

We also have a range of completely natural colour shaded treatments that are actually classed a food – they are so natural, you can eat them! While these colour treatments don’t cover grey or lighten hair, they are a very safe option for those who want to bypass salon colour completely.

 

Using Hair Colouring While You’re Breastfeeding

Seeing that only a minimal amount of the components in hair colours or bleaches are absorbed by the body through the skin, the chances of these passing through your breast milk are slim. However, if you are still worried, at Chilli Couture we can provide your locks with organic hair colour, free from chemicals found in typical hair dyes.

 

Benefits of Using Chemical Free Hair Colour

Use non-abrasive organic and chemical free hair colours and your hair will thank you – before, during and after pregnancy! At Chilli Couture we specialise in these, so you can be assured your hair colour will look fabulous  – we also know how to adjust your treatment according to the changes pregnancy has made to your hair to keep it or get it back to tip-top shape.

 

Get a Consultation at the Best Hair Salon in Perth

If you’re concerned about treating your hair while pregnant, Chilli Couture offers free consultations where our professionally trained colourists and stylists can explain more about the process, your options, and create an individualised hair plan based on your hair type, budget, and stage in pregnancy or breastfeeding.

 

Contact us today for your free consultation, and you’ll be a mama with peace of mind.

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Help! I Want To Colour My Hair But I’m Allergic To Hair Dyes!

perth-hair-salonUnfortunately not all of us are able to dye our hair – some of us break out in dermatitis every time we attempt to put even a little colour in our hair. This can be quite disheartening at times.
Lucky for you, we have you covered! Believe it or not, you can sport great hair without subjecting yourself to chemicals.

 

 

Why are some people sensitive to hair dye? 

If you are prone to dermatitis then you may be sensitive to hair dye. Particular substances can cause redness and itching resulting in dermatitis, and one of these is present in hair dye. PPD, or para-phenylenediamine, is used with peroxide in dye to alter hair colours. Usually, once you’ve had a reaction to PPD, you will experience the same reaction upon coming in contact with the substance again.

 

Allergic Reactions to Hair Dyes

An allergic reaction to PPD means your scalp and face may feel itchy and start to swell. You may also experience symptoms such as itching, nettle rash, and generally feeling ill. However, these symptoms may not develop until hours, or even days, later. If you have a severe allergic reaction within minutes it’s known as anaphylaxis, or “anaphylactic shock.” These signs include; itchy skin, red rash, wheezing, swelling of the mouth and stomach pain to name a few.

 

Alternatives to Commercial Hair Dyes  

If you would still love to be able to dye your hair even though you are allergic, you may want to consider some natural colouring alternatives. Below are some organic DIY alternatives you can create from home. Keep in mind – these might not be quite as effective as commercial dyes, but they should provide you with the boost you are looking for!

Coffee

For those looking to go darker, cover greys, or add dimension. All you do is brew a strong coffee (espresso works well), let it cool, and then mix one cup with a bit of leave-in conditioner and 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds.

Apply on clean hair and allow to sit for about an hour. You will probably need to do this a few times before you notice major results.

Tea

As with coffee, black tea can help you deepen your colour, and can also help cover grey hairs. If you’re blonde, try chamomile tea, and if you’re a redhead then rooibos. Keep in mind that tea works best with your natural colour.
If you use chamomile tea, sit outside in the sunshine with it in for optimum results. The longer you leave the tea on the hair, the more noticeable the colour will be.
As with coffee, repeated applications is recommended for better results. Use 3-5 teabags or teaspoons for two cups of water and let cool. Then, mix with conditioner or apply solo.
If greys are your major concern, mix with some fresh or dried sage, which helps open up the hair follicles. Leave on hair for at least an hour.

Herbs

Depending on the colour needed, there are a variety of herbs you can use for hair colouring alternatives.

Red hair: Try calendula, marigold, rosehip, and hibiscus to deepen the shade. Simmer flowers in water for 30 minutes, strain, cool, and then pour on hair and allow to dry in the sun if possible.

Brunette/Dark hair: Rosemary, nettle, and sage are all great for dark hair. Simmer all three with water for 30 minutes, cool, strain, and spray or brush through hair. Allow to sit about an hour. You can also use the rinse daily after your shower. May require several applications.

Blonde hair: Chamomile tea works, but you can also try calendula, marigold, saffron, and sunflower petals.

Grey hair: Try rhubarb root in two cups of water, simmer, strain, and pour over hair.

Beet and Carrot Juice

Both of these can add natural red tints to your current colour. You can use each alone, or mix them together. For a more reddish tinge, use more beet juice (strawberry blonde, deeper red, or auburn). Carrot will produce a more reddish orange. All you need to do is pour the juice over your hair. Rinse and repeat the next day if colour isn’t deep enough.

Henna

A powdered form of the leaves that come from the henna plant, this natural fix has an effective colouring pigment that has been used for thousands of years to dye hair, nails, and skin. Henna on its own creates a red-orange colour, so if you see products offering other colours produced with henna it means it will be mixed with other ingredients. Redheads and brunettes are most suitable for henna. Just be careful as the results can be quite orange!
Warning: Most Hennas are produced quite cheaply with metallic bases. These bases react with colour and can be quite toxic. Henna can also be quite hard to remove from hair, so make sure you always read the ingredient list and steer clear of any metallic elements!

Mix 1 cup of henna powder with 2 cups lemon juice. Allow to sit about 4-6 hours until it thickens. Apply to hair and comb through. Finally, wrap your hair in plastic and allow to sit 2-3 hours before rinsing.

Lemon Juice

If you’re wanting to lighten up a little, squeeze a few drops of lemon juice onto your strands and sit outside in the sunshine. This technique is a slow burner, so be prepared to repeat it a few times.

Walnut Shells

For dark brown hair crush the walnut shells and boil for 30 minutes. Cool, strain and apply to hair. To save time, use walnut powder instead of shells. Let sit for at least an hour and rinse. Avoid scorching hot water which can strip the colour.

 

Professional Organic Hair Colour in Perth

Hopefully you now have a few options up your sleeve to enable you to colour your hair without irritation. Another alternative is to book an appointment in with an expert and be professionally serviced with organic, chemical-free hair colour. Chilli Couture is one of Perth’s best boutique hair salons with a wealth of experience. Chilli offers everything from styling, colouring and hair extensions. We also offer certified organic hair products.

Pamper yourself and contact the salon for a free consultation today!

Chilli Couture Is WA’s First Sustainable Salon!

We are the first sustainable salon here in Western Australia to be fully taking part. What’s involved in being a sustainable salon? Check out the infographic to learn a bit more about some of the ways Perth hair salon, Chilli Couture, finds re-purposing solutions to benefit the environment and give back to the community.

You can trust Chilli Couture to deliver a truly exceptional salon experience whilst meeting the highest organic standards. Contact Us For An Appointment Today!

 

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