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Hair Romance’s first birthday!

Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?

Last Tuesday was the anniversary of Hair Romance’s first post and what a year it has been!

When I started Hair Romance my goal was to share tips on how I styled my hair, and hopefully encourage someone to try something different with their hair. This is still my goal and I am so excited every time I read your comments and emails about how you are having fun with your hair.

I have had such an exciting time over the last year and Hair Romance has become something bigger than I ever imagined. I remember receiving my first comment (and it wasn’t from somebody I knew!) and still can’t believe how many of you are visiting so often. Reaching one million hits at the end of June was mind-blowing and now it’s over two million!

This year I attended RAFW and Hair Expo and I have met some amazing people, both on- and off-line. I was beyond excited and so proud to be named as one of the top five beauty blogs in the very first beauty link post on Vogue Australia.

My challenge of styling 30 hairstyles in 30 days was my biggest achievement and then releasing it as an ebook was huge. Thank you to all of you who have bought a copy, it means so much to me and I hope it’s helping you to have fun with your hair and try something new.

Thank you all so much for making it such a fantastic first year for Hair Romance!

Christina xxx

Image by Luis Monteiro

Big Hair Friday

Hair by Joel Phillips of Stevie English Hair

Keeping in colour theme with the hair this week, I picked Big Hair Friday from Joel Phillips Hair Expo collection. Joel, of Stevie English Hair in Sydney, received a Judges’ Recognition for Student/Apprentice of the Year.

I have some great interviews and posts about Hair Expo coming up next week which I can’t wait to share with you. This weekend I’m off to the Hunter Valley to celebrate my friend’s birthday. She’s organised a private wine tour for a big group of us which I’m looking forward to.

What are you looking forward to this weekend? Do you have any hair questions you’d like to see answered on Hair Romance?

How to: Colour Block Hair

A few of you asked about how to get the colour block hair look from yesterday. LC and the team at The Beauty Department have answered your calls with this how to. Like them, I recommend seeing a professional stylist to colour your hair but The Beauty Department have some tips on their site here.

Kathy corrected me on Twitter saying that this is technically “dip-dyed” hair. Then I remembered I saw this amazing hair at Hair Expo at the Original & Mineral mini catwalk at their stand. This fabulous bleach dip dye was created with ammonia-free lightener – amazing!


How to get temporary colour block hair

The gorgeous pink tips on the lovely Abbey Lee are not permanent! Her colour is temporary created just for this shoot. Chatting to Kathy, I think this was created using pigment and hairspray. You can create this yourself at home by using hairspray and colour pigment in light layers to build up the colour.

This is a great way to see if you like it before you dye it permanently. But beware, this will be a seriously messy process and be careful what you wear as the colour won’t last and may stain your clothes! I can’t help but think it would be worth it for a party though…

And speaking of pink hair and parties, I feel it’s time to share a piece of my hair history – here’s two shots my friend found in her archives of me at a party with my pink colour block hair!

Yes, I am wearing the front panel of a motorcycle. You can’t see in the pic but I am also wearing pink and white rollerskates. This was my permanent hair colour but I’m also wearing a fuzzy pink accessory over one ear. It’s such a perfect colour match I couldn’t remember if it was my hair or not!

Are you going to try this dip dye colour block hair? Would you like to see more of my hair history…?

How to find your perfect eyebrow shape

Ever since I saw Rae Morris at Hair Expo I have become obsessed with finding my perfect eyebrow shape.

Rae Morris is arguably Australia’s most influential makeup artist. She had so much energy on stage I couldn’t believe how much I learnt in her seminar. If there was just one thing to take away from her, it’s that your eyebrows have the power to change your face.

I watched Rae change the shape of her models’ eyebrows to make their eyes look less puffy and their noses look smaller. Don’t believe me? Keep reading.

The standard rules for shaping eyebrows are:

A – start directly up from the edge of your nose

B – your brow should end in line with the corner of your nose and the outer corner of your eye

C – Your brow arch should be in line with the outer edge of your iris


Rae says to ignore point A and start your brow at your desired nose bridge width (see dotted line). This will give the illusion of a thinner nose.

Don’t go overboard with your arch point C – Rae says a straighter brow is more youthful and more sophisticated. An overarched brow creates a puffy eyelid so keep it straight to give the illusion of a thinner face.

The most important thing to remember is to follow your natural shape as this is usually the perfect brow for your face shape.

Overplucked your brows? Can’t remember your natural shape? Check back on your old school photos (usually just before your started high school and started messing with your eyebrows) to find your natural brow shape.

What’s the perfect colour for my eyebrows?

Blondes should go one or two shades darker to define their brows. Dark blondes can go to a light brown. Everyone else should match their natural colour.

Use a brow mascara to add definition or use an angled makeup brush to apply an eyeshadow that matches your hair colour to fill in and shape your brows.

This is the first in a new series I’m calling Makeup Mondays here on Hair Romance. Love to know what you think and what you’d like to see in future posts. Are you obsessed with eyebrows too? Who do you think has perfect brows?

Photo credit: Luca Cannonieri /

Sharon Blain’s Hair Romance

Sharon Blain styling and educating at Hair Expo

Goldwell Ambassador Sharon Blain of The Art of Hair is an icon of the Australian hair industry. She is an internationally recognised hairdresser and has won over 500 awards, including Educator of the Year 2011, and was inducted into the Hair Expo Hall of Fame in 2010.

Sharon is in demand for her education seminars and hair direction on international campaigns as well as running her two Sydney salons. Somehow in this hectic schedule she managed to fit in Project Runway Australia.

Do you watch Project Runway? I love the American series and the Australian Season Three has just started. This series has a new host in Megan Gale, Alex Perry is the new mentor and Goldwell have set up a full salon on site with Sharon at the helm.

Hair Romance caught up with Sharon to ask her all about the hair.

You’re so well known for you’re up styles, where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration through keeping up to date with fashion and its movements through the internet watching what comes freshly off the runways, to fashion TV, international magazines and travelling extensively all over the world.

What are the new trends in up styles?
What I am seeing coming off the runways is the 60’s beehive making a strong resurgence as either smooth or textured, tight chignons on the nape with a long draped front, the gorgeous simple twisted bun on the nape or the crown. The ponytail in various positions on the head rough or smooth finished will be popular through out the coming season as well.

What was it like working on Project Runway?
I found Project Runway 2011 extremely exciting opportunity and incredibly challenging. You have to think fast and work even faster.

Can you let us in on any behind the scenes gossip from the show?
One of the things we can let you in on is that there are many time that the designers send out their outfits on the runway not completed or finished with a safety pin or two. I think I need to adopt the rules for professional reasons, “what happens at runway, stays at runway”.

How is directing the hair for Project Runway different to fashion shows?
When doing a Fashion show for designers such as Wayne cooper or Rachael Gilbert I am given a brief a few weeks in advance so I can put together my interpretation of their brief for the hair to complement the designs. With Runway I see the designers for about a minute and then have 45mins to create the look they want and I have no idea what the outfit is going to look like.

How do you see the relationship between fashion and hair?
I believe the relationship between fashion and hair is that you can’t have one with out the other. Hair is designed to compliment the total look without over powering it. I love seeing the trend projection as we move from one season to the next, keeping in touch is vital to keep hair aligning with the fashions seasonal trends.

Where did your ‘Hair Romance’ begin? Why did you choose hairdressing as a career and what do you love about it?
My “Hair Romance” began in Bathurst and I chose hairdressing as a career because I loved the relationship hairdressers had with their clients and I love people. I remember at 13 standing at the front of salons and watching the ins and outs of salon life and being drawn in by that hairdressing salon smell and back in my day that was the wafting of perm solution out the door, eh!!!!!
My love and passion hasn’t changed even 45 years later. Every day is like the first day of my career.

Sharon’s “After Dark” Collection

I simply love Sharon’s passion for hair.

Project Runway is on Mondays at 8.30pm on Arena in Australia. If you missed the first episode it’s being shown again at 7.30pm this Monday so you can catch up before episode two.

Definitely stay tuned for the finale. Sharon told me there will be 70 models and that she and her team will have only three hours to prep them all! Chaos! I can’t wait…

Do you watch Project Runway? How amazing is Sharon’s passion for her work? Do you love your job like Sharon does?

Big Hair Friday

Looks like her head is in the clouds!

Stunning gravity-defying hair by Truc le Hair Design and shot by Peter Steele from Salon Image at Hair Expo.

What are you up to this weekend? I’ve got a busy one planned – catching up with friends who are in town for the weekend, a birthday party and a special high tea with Sydney beauty bloggers. I love meeting other bloggers. It’s such a lovely group and so nice to meet someone face-to-face that you feel like you know so well online! Can’t wait to learn more make-up tips from them all.

Having major issues with my hair as my hairdresser has been away and may be moving permanently!  So I am becoming very creative with hats at the moment to hide my neglected locks.

What do you have planned this weekend? How will you wear your hair? Has your hairdresser ever left you? What did you do?

Hair Trends – How to get perfect waves

Soft waves and brushed out curls are one of the hottest trends I noticed at Hair Expo. Normally I say brushes + curls = disaster, and if you want defined curls this is true. However this soft 70s hair trend is changing my mind.

Moroccanoil had a big presence at Hair Expo with some great mini shows and a massive stand. Their International Artistic Director was there and what a cheeky chappy. Antonio Corral Calero is from Barcelona and has been with Moroccanoil since the beginning. He says he is passionate about women and hair and beauty and with that Spanish accent he is a total charmer.

I have been using Moroccanoil for a while now and I love it in my hair. Yes it contains silicones as well as the magic ingredient argan oil, but if you want stop your natural tendencies and to cut out the frizz it is fantastic.

Antonio was working it all expo creating amazing mermaid waves that had all the girls swooning.

Here’s how to get the look:

1. Have long hair. If not, fake it with hair extensions like the models did.

2. Make a side part and clip off a section at the top of your head

3. Brush the rest of your hair into a low ponytail. Take small section from underneath and plait it. Wrap the plait around your hair and use lots of pins to secure it. Rather than a round ponytail, make a flat rectangular shape. This is easier in the model’s hair as the extensions create that shape there to wrap the plait around.

4. Take a wide barrel curling wand and start curling the top section then the ponytail. You could also use a conical wand and the larger the barrel the wider the waves will be.

5. Once the curls have cooled completely take a natural bristle brush and gently brush the curls into soft waves. Use your fingers to redefine some of the curls in the front section. See how Antonio backcombs the front section all forward, then back, then shapes the curls back in place to the side.

Curling tip:
Don’t brush the curls until they are cool. Brush when they are warm and they won’t hold their shape and it will be a mess.

Product tips:
Prep hair with Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream. You can also use a little to redefine some of the curls at the end. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

This hair trend for soft 70s waves has me shopping for hairbrushes after years of abstaining. Do you brush your curls? What do you think of these waves? And how cute is Antonio?

All images by Hair Romance

Long hair fast? It’s magic!

Have you ever wondered how celebrities grow their hair so quickly? Or how models have such beautiful long hair?

Well, they don’t. It used to be a secret but now it’s so widespread. Everyone uses hair extensions. I saw them everywhere at Fashion Week and at Hair Expo.

There are many types of hair extensions – synthetic, human hair, clip in, permanent – and depending on why you want them, they each have advantages.

I’m not a fan of hair extensions and so far had never tried them. Kelly from KLG Hair Advice recently wrote about the risks associated with permanent hair extensions and the increasing incidence of female hair loss. There is evidence that prolonged use of permanent extensions can cause stress on the hair and result in breakage and hair loss. Hence why I was not keen to try them.

I have a friend who wears clip in extensions every day. You heard me, EVERY DAY. It’s a commitment but she has fine hair and loves the fullness of extensions. Her clip ins are human hair and she colours and treats them to match her hair. They look so real I didn’t even know she was wearing them for a long time.

I am lucky that I have thick hair and apart from my desire for long mermaid hair, I have no need for extensions. But when Schwarzkopf invited me to the launch of their new Magic Hair extensions I was curious.

Fine hair is one of the biggest concerns for most of my reader questions and these hair extensions are designed to add volume rather than length. They are available in six colours and each pack has three wefts of hair, enough for a full head of extensions.

I was sceptical about the look of synthetic extensions but I was pleasantly surprised with the Schwarzkopf Magic Hair. As you can see in the photos you’d have to look pretty closely to see it’s not my hair. I would feel a bit conscious wearing them in the day but I wore them out to dinner with my friends and they didn’t even realise I was wearing them! One said they thought my hair was longer but they couldn’t tell it wasn’t real.

I have mixed two packs in my hair – Light Blonde and Natural Blonde – but one packet would be enough. If you want Victoria’s secret hair go for two packs. It’s easy to attach them with the wig clips on each weft of hair. The Magic Hair extensions have a gentle curl at the end so they give a more natural finish. They can’t be heat styled so blowdry your hair with a soft flick at the ends before clipping in the extensions.

One thing I loved about having extensions was how great a ponytail looked and how easy it was to create a big round bun. I can’t wait to try some new updos with these extensions! Even a simple topknot would look fab with these extensions.

Magic Hair retails for $44.95 and is available from Woolworths, Coles, Priceline and selected pharmacies. At that price it’s a fab accessory for a night out and they can even be washed and reused again. Bargain.

If you’re serious about wearing extensions talk to your hairdresser about human hair extensions that can be coloured and styled to match your hair exactly. You can buy different length extensions online and have them matched to your hair.

Do you wear extensions? Have you tried clip in extensions before? Would you ever wear them?