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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How to Withstand the Austalian Summer with Hair Extensions in Perth

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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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How to Find a Great Hairdresser in Perth

best-hairdresser-perthMany of us love to indulge in our hair. You might love to change your hair colour as frequently as your outfit, or, you might enjoy a little switching up between luscious, long locks and chin-length bobs between the seasons. Whichever your preference, there will be a hair salon in Perth which suits you perfectly. We’ve decided to extend some tips to help you along the way so you can avoid any unflattering results in the near future!

 

Finding The Best Hairdresser Can Be Hard

It can be difficult to find a hairdresser to really gel with. Finding someone who you can clearly communicate with and who also possesses the skills required to provide you with the right service is important. Chilli Couture’s staff are trained to ensure they can offer you exactly what you want and actively make sure they stay up to date with the latest styles and trends. Our team is filled with some of Perth’s top stylists who are amazingly talented and dedicated to their craft. We work tirelessly to give our clients the amazing hair they’ve always dreamed of!

 

Tales of a Good Hairdresser 

A good hair dresser will understand the basics and have a strong skill-set and foundation to work from. It’s important your hairdresser knows how to work with all types of hair and how to provide the best possible service for each client. Keeping up to date with current and emerging trends internationally is also important.

Listening to the client is pivotal to the success of a great hair dresser. It doesn’t matter how fancy the cut or colour delivered is, if it isn’t what you asked for then they haven’t done their job. If a hair dresser listens and then offers their professional advice, it’s a good sign.

Chilli Couture has a social conscience and endeavours to satisfy their customers’ needs through providing the best training and customer service. Our complimentary consultations can be used to discuss any ideas, concerns, or ask for any advice!

A good hairdresser will not only provide the best service they can for their customers but also do this in the most environmentally-friendly way possible. Chilli Couture only uses the highest quality organic and biodegradable hair products and is completely focused on sustainability. Many hair colours have PPD (paraphenylenediamine) and resorcinol, which can cause dermatitis and damage to the environment. For this reason, all products endorsed by Chilli Couture are researched to ensure they are 100% vegan and ensure they source as many organically sourced ingredients as possible. Organic hair dye is gentler on both the hairdresser and the client and limits reactions from the harsher chemicals used in most dye products on the body. Organic hair products replace harsh chemicals with natural-based ingredients, such as Cocamide MEA – derived from the fatty acids of coconut oil and less irritating to our skin. Being the first salon in WA to have joined the Sustainable Salons movement, our eco-friendly efforts don’t simply stop at using organic and biodegradable products. There are many other repurposing and redistributing solutions we implement at Chilli Couture in order support our planet.

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Chilli Couture Understands You

Chilli Couture is committed to making sure every single one of our clients leave our salon feeling fresh, happy, and confident. All our staff are highly trained making us one of Perth’s leading hair salons specialising in styling, cutting, colouring, and hair extensions. Come in to Chilli Couture to indulge yourself and create your ideal look that others will be envious of!

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Hair Extensions 101

Best-Hairdresser-Perth-ExtensionsPros & Cons of Hair Extensions

If you’ve ever envied a celebrity’s thick mane, you’ve most likely been lusting after their hair extensions. Below we’ll run though some pros and cons of for purchasing hair extensions.

Pros:

Without doubt, hair extensions can be used to add length, but they can also add fullness and volume. If you wish to create a new look with a particular hair style but feel you don’t have the length or body, hair extensions will provide it. Additionally, you will be able to add highlights, lowlights, or even create a balayage with the use of extensions in a colour different to your own.

Cons:

It’s extremely important to have them inserted by a professional, or in the case of clip-ins, learn how to insert them properly. If not, you run the risk of them being too tight, too heavy, unevenly placed and essentially uncomfortable.

 

Types of Extensions

Clip Ins

There are various types of extensions available for all purposes. Clip-ins are a great option for special occasions, certain hair types, or for those who want the ability to change their style up day-to-day. Chilli Couture does not sell pre-made clip-ins – we personally create clip-ins for each individual client from weft hair to suit their natural hair perfectly.  You can also come in to have pre-made clip-ins shaped and colour-matched so that they blend seamlessly into your natural hair. We can then show you how to install them properly to promote the least stress on your scalp.

Synthetic hair is an option as it’s cheaper than human hair, however, the downside is that they don’t last as long, can’t be straightened or curled and cannot be coloured. Human hair is the most sort after as it looks the most natural and presents qualities that simply cannot be matched by synthetic hair. Be careful to choose the right weighting for your hair type to avoid damage. Roughly 5 clips of 80g-160g is ideal for fine hair, while around 9 clips of 150g-300g is ideal for medium to thick hair types. Chilli Couture offers free consultations in our Perth hair salon to help assist in these decisions.

Chilli Couture uses two different types of hair extensions. These are the Weft Hair Extensions and Hair Tape Extensions. They are both gentle methods of extensions which minimise damage to your own hair. Chilli also specialises in hair loss and hair replacement procedures for women who experience hair thinning or alopecia.

 

Weave

  1. The Braided Weave: This is done by stitching extensions onto pre-braided side cornrows. The weave is becoming one of the most popular styles of hair extension as it allows shorter hair to grow. This technique lasts 8 weeks before needing to be tightened.
  2. Microlink No Braid Sew In: Includes a combination of braided cornrows and micro bead clasps for fine to medium hair. These need to be tightened every 4-6 weeks.
  3. No Braid Sew In: A similar technique to the Braided Weave where there is no cornrow, the weft is stitched straight onto hand knotted hair growing from the scalp. Perfect for people who have fine short hair. Will need to be tightened every 4 weeks.

Chilli supplies the following hair types for weaves: Slavic/Ukranian, Russian, Brazilian, Malaysian/Peruvian, Asian/Indian Remy.

 

Tape

Weaves and tape are the least damaging to your natural hair. The hair tape is flat and see-through making it easy to blend in. This is done by placing two tape wefts together with a small amount of natural hair in-between. They last 4-6 weeks and are comfortable, easy to care for and simple to re-apply. Tape extensions are not recommended for extremely thick, oily hair types or if you swim or sauna regularly.

Chilli Couture supplies the following hair types for tape extensions: Russian, Brazilian, and Asian/Indian Remy.

 

Why Choose Chilli Couture?

An award-winning salon which dedicates itself to customer service, high quality, and the environment, Chilli Couture Pure Hair Indulgence is one of Perth’s most loved boutique salons. Chilli will colour match hair extensions to blend in with your natural hair colour flawlessly, make custom hand-made wefts and can even re-use hair from your pre-existing extensions to create an entirely different extension-type! For example, if you currently have tape extensions, but are interested in getting a weave, your tapes won’t become useless – Chilli can create you a weave using those old extensions! Chilli also has an environmental conscience – we are the only member of Sustainable Salons in WA. As a member we rescue up to 95% of salon resources from landfill and find re-purposing solutions that benefit the environment and give back to the community.

 

There is much to learn about hair extensions, and the options can feel a little overwhelming to anyone considering them for the first time. However, with all the information available, this fear shouldn’t hold you back from attaining the long, luscious locks of your dreams! Chilli Couture provides free consultations for anyone interested in hair extensions and will ensure you walk out confident and with the right style for your hair type.

Learn more about our hair extensions and prices here.

 

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