Passing on the cutting genes, in the Philippines

Bec, our salon owner, will be taking her skills to a remote village in the Philippines, to teach over 30 women how to cut and care for their families hair. Now you might be thinking ‘How did this trip happen and why the Philippines?’

Bec has had a long-lasting connection with the Philippines ever since her Aunty and Uncle adopted their son from there thirteen years ago. John Paul was in an orphanage in the Philippines until his Mum and Dad collected him at the age of four.  Bec’s Aunty Jenny has been taking people over to the Philippines for many years to help out in the community, to run children’s programs and much more.
Back in September of last year Bec was sitting around the coffee table talking with her extended family and Aunty Jenny posed the question,” Bec how would you feel about coming to the Philippines next year?” Straight away Bec’s response, “YES I’d love to go!” For Bec it was an opportunity that she wasn’t going to pass up. A now or never moment- she didn’t even discuss it with her husband Luke, who was sitting next to her at the time!

Bec’s experience of Asia has been very limited to five days in a Bali resort over three years ago, but what has compelled her to go into this remote village of the Philippines is knowing that through the art of hairdressing it can make a person feel so good about themselves and passing on this gift of hairdressing will help equip the families with a skill they might never have been able to receive.

“I’ve been so incredibly blessed to be able to create a successful business with my wonderful team. Now it’s time to take this outside the four walls of the salon and make a greater impact on other women’s lives that don’t have the access to the education or recourses. My hope is that maybe out of this the Philippine women may love hairdressing so much, they may be able to set up a micro business for themselves and that the ripple effect of this trip will be greater than what we see when we are there.” said Bec Lethbridge.

Bec alongside her Aunty Jenny, Mum Carol, Aunty Liddy & Uncle Gary will be leaving on the 5th of March and will be away for two weeks. Bec is nervous/ excited about this trip and cannot wait for this amazing experience.
The support thus far has been overwhelming with cash donations and Ivy Creations salon supplier West Coast Hair Geelong donating clips, combs and samples to be put into the care packages to give to the women.

Aiming to raise $2000 with the community support they are well on their way to reaching their target.  To learn more about Bec’s journey please email

Summer Hair Care

Summer is here and the temperature is rising. We’re outside in the sun more, we’re swimming more and we can sometimes neglect our hair a little. As we all know, heat is not great for our hair. This doesn’t just include hair dryers and straighteners, it also means the sun. Over the warmer months, our hair can become dryer and require more attention.

  • Use a leave in moisturising treatment after you wash your hair. This helps to add moisture and most treatments will have a UV protection in them.
  • Remember to wash your hair as soon as you can after swimming in a pool. If chlorine is not washed out, it can damage your hair and can become very tangly. This is because the chlorine is stripping your hair of its natural oils. Unfortunately, chlorine damage may be irreversible and the only way to get rid of it is by cutting your hair.
  • Before swimming, either apply leave in treatment or rinse your hair in clean water. This will prevent your hair from soaking up as much chlorine or salt water.
  • Washing your hair after swimming in the ocean is also important, as the salt water draws water out of your hair and skin, leaving it dehydrated.
  • Use deep treatments as often as you can. Replace your conditioner with a deep conditioning treatment and leave on for at least 15 minutes before rinsing.
  • Use less heat. Embrace your natural hair texture and play around with buns, braids and pony tails or add some accessories.

So just remember to take extra care of your hair this time of the year. We hope that you have found these simple and effortless tips useful for protecting your hair in this heat. Enjoy your summer ladies!

A change is as good as a holiday so they say ….

We hear, time and time again in the salon,” I feel like a change, but I don’t know what to do different with my hair”. Then it usually plays out something along the lines of,” Well your my hairdresser, what would you do with my hair?”

Now this scenario is great when you have built up a trusting relationship with your hairdresser and you have absolute faith in them. That they are going to perform a ‘hair miracle’ on you!

However if you are sitting in the stylists chair and you are feeling adventurous, but you have no clue where to even start to articulate what you want – here are some our recommendations:

  • Firstly, identifying if you would like your hairstyle shorter or start to grow your locks longer.
  • Take into consideration your lifestyle and how much maintenance you want your hair to be.
  • When going lighter remember your re-growth may be more obvious & need colour sooner.
  • Do you need to tie your hair back in a ponytail for work or exercise?
  • Call the salon, ask to speak to your stylist & make sure there’s enough time for your restyle.
  • Start researching images of styles you might be thinking about.
  • Be realistic when looking at how their hair is styled for the photo – is that achievable?
  • Ask a friends opinion and make sure it’s an honest one, once you chop, it’s gone for good!
  • Look over past photos when you loved your colour or cut and ask your stylist to tweak it.
  • Enjoy the dreaming process and make sure you are fully committed when it’s the day!

As hairdressers you would be surprised at how many conversations, pictures, umming and ahhhing WE do before our salon hair day comes. Every six to eight weeks at the salon, we stay back on a Saturday afternoon to do each other’s hair. Weeks prior to hair day it is the topic of conversation, “What do you think about this colour on me?’ or “Do you think I need a full head or a half head of foils this time?”  It goes on and on! It’s the fun part of our job, being creative and brainstorming new ideas and techniques to achieve results.

So now that we are coming into holiday season- if you need that ‘FRESH hair feeling’ start by using these tips, get researching and make sure you book your hair appointment accordingly.

Disguising Dirty Hair

Let’s be honest, sometimes we all feel a little lazy and don’t want to wash our hair or we just don’t have the time.

Thankfully there are ways to disguise the fact that your hair needs to be washed.

  • You can use dry shampoo or baby powder. Applying this to the roots and rubbing it in will absorb the oils that the scalp produces. Giving the hair a little extra volume and removes shine. If your hair gets oily quickly, you can also do this to freshly washed hair.
  • Wear a hat, headband or a scarf. Winter is the perfect time to be wearing beanies and hats and hide the fact that your hair needs to be washed. Then in summer you can wrap a scarf or headband around your head, tie your hair in a messy bun and out the door you run.
  • Pin back the front. If you pin back the front of your hair, this will hide the oiliness at the front and cover your part line.
  • Wash the front of your hair. By only washing the front section of your hairline it will give your hair a boost of freshness and will only take a minute to blow dry pharmacie viagra prix.
  • Tying your hair up. Hair holds styles really well when it’s got some grit to it. Go for either a messy or sleek style, even add some braids to give some extra detail & volume.

We trust you have enjoyed reading our tips and tricks on how to disguise dirty hair!

Winter 2015 Hair colour trends!

What’s hot and what’s not?

Out of hair colour ideas for this season? No problem, we’ll get that inspiration flowing whether you’re into an all over colour, subtle highlights or a simple ombré/balayage.

  • Warm brown – is becoming the trend this season, watching the celebs change up there browns or deepening their blondes for a freshened up look!
  • Dark brown – embrace the dark side. You can go for the deepest ebony or the warmest mocha.
  • Rich Auburn tones – Instead of just having the natural browns, why don’t you add some copper or reds to the mix to liven up your locks.
  • Ombré/ balayage – is becoming more of a colour melt for this season and not being as dramatic and moving towards a sombre’ instead acheter viagra avis.
  • Bold colours – have grown into popularity recently, especially since celebrities such as Nicole Ritchie, Hillary Duff and Kelly Osborne have taken the plunge!
  • Blonde Hair – well blonde hair is a 2015 favourite. Light or dark blonde and all out platinum, you name it! Ombré highlights are a strong trend right now and they are here to stay. Ombré lights are excellent ideas for darker shades to add texture and depth, without the issues with regrowth of the dark roots! Perfect for your first colour too.

If you’re going for an instant full look update, new hair hue is simply the perfect way to do it and get away with it. Just be careful to try and compliment your eye colour and skin tone with your new shade. Why not ask our expert colourists at your next appointment and have some fun with your hair colour this winter?!