Monday, April 30, 2012

how to get SUPER-SHINY HAIR

DID YOU KNOW... ?
hair that gleams can send a clear sign that you're young and in your prime, whatever your actual age? According to a study, that's because youth is associated with fertility, humans are wired to interpret it as a sign of attractiveness. 

Interesting? Follow these rules to restore luminosity and offset the dulling effects of heat styling and 
too-frequent colour touch-ups.

Amp up your colour: Youthful hair is packed with pigment-making cells functioning at full tilt, which makes for rich, saturated, light-reflecting colour.

Could your strands use a little professional help? In the salon, ask for a warm shade (think butter blonde, caramel brown, copper) that's similar to your natural colour so it won't require more upkeep than you have time for. 


Or brighten up with highlights: Adding a few random, subtly lighter strands around your face gives the illusion of extra shine. To help colour sink in more evenly (which turns up the shine factor), use a deep-conditioning mask before and after you colour; repeat treatments once a week to keep your hair looking luminous.

Call Mana 02 8919 0146 to make an appointment


Monday, April 23, 2012

tips for A BADLY BEHAVED FRINGE

SOMETIME A FRINGE {OR BANGS} CAN HAVE A MIND OF IT'S OWN ~
here's how to get it back under control...

 1. Get ‘em while they’re wet. You have to blow dry your bangs straight out of the shower! It’s a must. The minute they start drying on their own, you’re no longer the boss. Dry them, then get dressed, then come back and finish your hair. 

 2. Dry shampoo before your bangs get dirty. After you blow your hair out, or even if you’re an air-dryer, blast them with a little dry shampoo while they’re freshly clean. This way, the oils never even get a chance to come out and flatten or cause separation. 

 3. If you blow dry, direct bangs the opposite way you want them to go first. Then blow them to your normal side. This keeps them from laying too flat on your forehead. If you like to wear them straight down, brush them to the left and to the right while blow drying, then blow and brush them straight down. That will help control any annoying cowlicks. 

 4. Go easy on product. It’s best to stick to dry shampoo and maybe a little hairspray when dealing with bangs (unless you have really curly hair and you need a straightening product). The more product you use, the more product gets on your forehead and can often cause break-outs. Eek! 

 5. Lightly flat iron a small top layer of your fringe for shine and smoothness. Don’t flat iron all of the hair because it can get stringy. Just doing the little bit on top allows your bangs to look full, but stay smooth.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

hair trend: THE INDIE FRINGE

WHAT DISTINGUISHES ONE FRINGE FROM ANOTHER HAS A LOT TO DO WITH ATTITUDE...
and getting the perfect cut!

In 2012 there are several ways to wear your fringe and the Indie fringe is one of the big trends. Messy, scruffy even if you will, but in that devil-may-care way that looks like you’ve perpetually just rolled out of bed. It’s youthful, carefree with a grungy edge. 

Here's how to wear and style the Indie Fringe...

* This style works best if your hair is straight, or a bit wavy.

* Slight waves can add to the tousle of the look, but anything more will require regular straightening, so only make the cut if you’re prepared to spend time styling it.

* The thicker the fringe the better. If your hair is thin consider that the fringe will have to be quite deep (i.e. start from far back on the crown) in order to achieve thickness.

* Don’t go for wispy layers – as with fringes generally in 2012, a blunt cut is best.

* Length-wise you want below the eyebrows or just sweeping the eyes. The rest of the hair can be bobbed or long – the key is just to keep it relatively straight but tousled.

* Use a texturising product to get that messy effect even on cleanly washed hair.

* For a styling variation messily curtain the hair from the centre sweeping out.

To make an appointment to get yourself an Indie Fringe, 
call Mana 02. 8919 0146

Monday, April 16, 2012

younger-looking HAIR tricks

GLEAMING, SHINY HAIR IS 'YOUTH-FULL', 
so it's no surprise that dull, drab hair can age you! 
Pollution, harsh chemicals, and heat styling can all turn hair ho-hum, but a few extra steps will ensure your hair shines...

• Start in the shower. Look for shine-enhancing shampoo and conditioner with ingredients like olive oil, jojoba, and rice proteins. Alternate these with your regular formulas to prevent buildup. Be wary of clarifying shampoos; they can deprive hair of much-needed moisture and even strip the dye off color-treated hair. After you shampoo, apply a conditioner evenly through the ends and rinse thoroughly. If your hair is colour-treated, use a hair mask weekly to replenish moisture.

• Prep work. After towel-drying, apply either a glossing cream or shine serum with high levels of panthenol (provitamin B5). Glossing creams are lighter and have less silicone, so they're more appropriate for women with fine to medium hair. Use a shine serum if you have frizzy or coarse hair or unruly curls. (Avoid saltwater sprays; they tend to leave a matte finish.)

• Dry the right way. Place a round, natural-bristle brush under a section of hair. Start at the roots, and hold the dryer so the nozzle aims downward—never up against the shaft. Slide the brush down without twisting it, to seal the cuticle.

• Add a spritz. While your hair is still warm from the dryer, flip it upside down and mist the ends with a shine spray. This ensures you won't get too much product near the roots. If you need a touch-up during the day, spritz some shine spray on your hands and run them lightly through your hair.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

top 5 HAIR TIPS by MONIQUE

MONIQUE @ MANA SHARE HER TOP TIPS FOR SHINY, HEALTHY HAIR...

1. Wash your hair twice using a good quality shampoo. The first wash is to rid the hair of dirt and grime, the second is to allow the shampoo's ingredients to penetrate the hair.

2. Squeeze the hair get rid of as much water, then condition from mid-lengths to ends. Comb conditioner through, leave for a few minutes and rinse with cool water.

3. Give your hair a 10-20 minute treatment once a week. If you can, sit in the sun as the heat will help the treatment work better.

4. Have your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks to help prevent split ends. If you have short hair, every 4 weeks.

5. Eat well, it has a big impact on your hair. Include lots of fruit, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, avocado and olive oil in your diet.

To make an appointment with Monique, call 8919 0146

jewellery by ALEX

EARRINGS BY ALEX
available now at Mana...
Call 8919 0146 for more details

Friday, April 6, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

mana INTERIOR INSPIRATION

WE ARE LOVING THIS HOME THAT BELONG TO
interior designer, Sarah Davidson...
Especially the pale yellow roses, glittering amethyst, elegantly carved pillars and rich herringbone floors! X

Monday, April 2, 2012

hair trend: SIDE PARTS

Fall 2012 Hairstyle Trend: The Side Part 
Regardless of hair texture and length, or whether worn with a ponytail or wispy bangs, side parts 
are the latest look for Autumn!
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