Asking For A Quote From Hair Salons In Perth

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So, you want a quote over the phone for your next hair appointment? Great, happy to provide one, however a phone quote is a bit impossible. Here’s why: we run our fingers through your hair at the beginning of an appointment for a reason – to see what condition it’s in. Only then can we provide the exact service it needs. Quoting sight unseen would be like styling your hair blindfolded. Hairstyles and happiness are what Chilli Couture deal in. It’s why we’re one of the best salons in Perth, so it’s logical to cover the ins and outs with our free consultation.


Hair History

A strand of hair will say a lot about someone but what might not be so obvious to us is what you’ve done to it before. Were you a brunette three months ago and now you’re platinum blonde? Your hair history is vital knowledge to one of our stylists who will treat it much differently if there’s a build-up of colours and treatments in the follicles.

The same goes if you’ve been using a one-box-fits-all boxed dye at home. We won’t judge you if you have but it’s a super strong chemical so if you’re in our chair about to undergo a salon colour, we’ll approach your appointment in a whole new way. Hair history matters.


Hair Type

Usually when someone comes in, they’ve thought a bit about their next look. It’s best to temper that excitement just long enough for us to appraise your hair. Over the phone, this is an impossible task! It may be too weak or dry and cannot withstand the service that you hope for. Bet you we have a Plan B that’s close to the mark though.

You also need to consider the length and thickness of hair and whether the new look you’re after is affordable. Remember, one colour throughout is less labour intensive than highlights/foils on long hair.


Inspiration Photos

Your dream-look photos inspire us as much as you. Talking to you face-to-face about this is super important. We can deliver any look but is it realistic? Can we pull it off in one appointment without damaging your hair? Can you maintain it? We can shed some light and deliver exactly that or, again, tweak the look – but we need to see you first.


No Price Shock

The biggest reason of all for avoiding phone quotes is to sidestep bill shock. Most salons in Perth have seen it and it isn’t pretty. Unless we talk about it first, a colour change you thought could take two hours, instead takes three appointments and you’re ashen faced, dreading the bill.

So ditch the guess work over the phone for a warm Chilli Couture welcome and free no obligation consultation. You’ll see why, as salons in Perth go, we’re adored. It could be our stance on using biodegradable, humane vegan products. It would definitely be because we’re award-winning. So let’s get together and get your next beautiful hair style underway. We’d love to see you today!


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How To Achieve The Perfect Hair Bleach

Nadia copyKaty Perry, Jessica Alba, Rhianna – they’re all brunettes who’ve absolutely nailed the bleached blonde look. While they all have personal styling teams to achieve the seemingly impossible, the excellent news is so do you – our awesome team of hairstylists at the best hair salon in Perth: Chilli Couture.

Today, we want to show how to create the most head-turning, jaw-dropping, roll-out-the-red-carpet bleached hair that you’ve ever worn. The first stage is…

Do not attempt this at home!

It’s so tempting, isn’t it? But one bottle won’t achieve the result you want. It’s very possible you’ll end up with a mixture of brassy tones with mismatched silver and yellow highlights, plus hair that’s extremely brittle or may even fall out. We are experienced hairdressers who take the time so that it’s not a shock to your hair or your expectations.

Which brings us to the next rule…

Consult Chilli Couture First

Changing from dark to blonde has a few consequences. The first one is the cost. It takes a number of visits to achieve the result. We’ll work out what your hair goal is and if you’re ready for the outlay. Then there’s the upkeep which happens about every 5 weeks. Many clients also may need to reconsider their wardrobe, makeup or clothing as blonde hair can change the appearance of your skin’s complexion. It takes a bit of planning and we can help you all the way.

How Much Time is a Great Bleach Worth?

Got a diary? No, seriously, grab your diary because a dark to blonde transformation, at even the best hair salon in Perth, takes a while. Based on medium-length makeovers, three sittings, up to about 3 hours each is the time you need.

Once you have completed the look you need to come back for regular touch ups in order to maintain the perfect bleach and this comes down to the amount of regrowth. The best amount of time in-between lightening treatments is 5-6 weeks – if you insist on anything sooner or later, there’s a definite prospect of ‘banding’ where you get different colours of blonde at the roots.

Going Up! – The Seven Levels of Lift.

All up, there are 6-7 levels of lift (lightening) that can take place on any head of hair in one session. The reason it’s such an incremental journey is your hair can only take so much lightening at a time. If you already have colour in your hair, prepare for the process of lightening to take a little longer. It’s quite often achievable but your hair’s alive – it needs to be nurtured through this major transition.

Only trust the best hair salon in Perth

Chilli Couture is proud to be the first Sustainable Salons salon in West Australia and we also provide 100% vegan products. We are chemical-free too while constantly producing the ultimate in hair flair, having just become a finalist in the 2019 Australian Hair Fashion Awards.

If blonde really has been a dream of yours, we can give you a head of hair that’s so healthy, your own family will find it hard to believe you weren’t born blonde. So if you’re ready to set the tone in beautiful bleached blonde hair, we’re ready to take you there. Call us today for your free consultation.

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Silicon Society At The Australian Hair Fashion Awards In WA

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The extravagant world of hair design is a dimension few of us are lucky enough to inhabit…

That is unless we hang on the coat tails (or pony tails?) of Nakia Stevens, one of the best hairdressers in Perth and part of our team at Chilli Couture, as she flaunts her coiffed creations as a finalist at the eminent Australian Hair Fashion Awards (AHFA) for 2019.

What are the AHFA’s?

In the ultimate nod to the highpoints of hair fashion, the AHFA’s nominate the greatest hair artisans working around Australia. Categories cover state winners, progressive new talents and the coveted Best Australian Hairdresser of the Year Award.

Recognising how intertwined the digital world now is with our industry, new categories like the Digital Influencer of the Year and Hair Transformation Video of the Year have been added. They sit with other existing categories that cover men’s hairdressing, makeup artistry and fashion stylist. And they’re all judged by an acclaimed international judging panel.

What Does It Take to Qualify as an AHFA Finalist?

Take a look at the outrageously creative work from Nakia Stevens and you’ll know a ridiculously innovative  mind is the first pre-requisite. The judges also demand originality. Not only in a hairdresser’s ability but that every creation submitted has not been seen before in the public arena. That’s no social media and no marketing. Not even behind-the-scenes images.

Hair enhancement is the next prerequisite. Hair additions like wigs, extensions and hairpieces are allowed but a stylist must still show believable hair formation and movement. Before shots depicting the model prior to a style must also be submitted.

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The Silicon Society Collection

Nakia says her Silicon Society submission revolves around sustainability and the rise of the refined neo-nerd culture.

Extracting inspiration from cult movies like The Fifth Element, The Matrix and Blade Runner, Nakia set about reinventing their futuristic visions via textures and materials sourced from businesses and general waste. Intent on immersing the hair with a modern, creative edge, she then reconstructed the hair, adding colour to soften the dramatic ‘sciencey’ feel and to highlight her well-known Nakia flair.

It’s a trade mark flair that easily sets Nakia up as one of the best hairdressers in Perth, if not the country. Currently residing at Chilli Couture, Nakia brings to her Creative Stylist role the experience of working abroad in London as hairstylist to celebrities, designers and music performers. Throw in four major In-House Collections in WA, being a sought-after voice on trend predictions and above all else her adoration of colour, colour, COLOUR (!) and you have one energetic, pocket-rocket of a hairdresser, in huge demand.

Where To Find the Best Hairdresser in Perth

Nakia is especially proud to work at Chilli Couture, a vegan and organic salon – one of the few salons of its kind in Australia. We’re cruelty-free and fabulous!

With over 60 years of collective hairdressing experience, any style you have your heart set on can be yours, and without damage!

So let’s do it! That next show-stopping hairstyle awaits at Chilli Couture, who many see as the best hairdresser in Perth. Make your booking to see Nakia, or any one of our amazing team today.

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

Living with Hair LossHuman 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.


Fabienne 7Slicked Back

Sleek 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.



Nakia 5Tousled

Perfect 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!






Rachel Hall 5Loose Chignon/Twisted Bun

A 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.





Shannon 5Half-Up with Loose Curls

A 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.





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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.







jess 1Lob

AKA 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.






Tom 4Waves with Oomph

Simply 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.







Rachel Hall 3Textured Cut

A 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


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!

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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