It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… and Organika Hair are here to share some Christmas flair by offering you hairstyles for every Christmas occasion. From cool casual to formal fabulous, we’ll have you standing out from the pack and looking sweeter than a flamin’ Christmas pudding in no time.
- Relaxed BBQ
Do you find yourself screaming ‘help, help, help’ Christmas morning rather than ‘ho, ho, ho?’ Between the exchanging of gifts and preparing of your signature ‘bring-along’ holiday dish, you’re not left with much time to prep yourself. For a casual and relaxed Christmas setting, make style easy for yourself with the ‘Easy Twist Ponytail.’ It’s eye-catching and effortless, not to mention one less thing you have to worry about Christmas morning. If a twisted pony isn’t your cup of eggnog, try a relaxed side plait for a natural ‘picnic perfect’ look. Yet another quick and casual do that will keep you fine and on time!
- Beachside Picnic
If you’re spending Christmas by the seaside this year, why not make a ‘wave’ with your hairstyle? Get beach babe hair with a bit of Christmas flair using the CloudNine Hair Wand. If you’re more of an ‘up’ rather than ‘down’ kinda gal, try a messy top knot bun for some summertime fun in the sun, sure to keep you Christmas ‘cool’ this year.
- Traditional Family Lunch
Want to keep it traditional and classy at family lunch this year? For a neat and sweet look, try a Cinnabun Updo. To add a little extra Christmas cheer, wrap a festive ribbon or piece of tinsel around the bun. This elegant and classic hairstyle is the perfect touch for picture perfect Chrissy snaps. Another traditional fav is the sleek and stylish low ponytail, a ‘do’ that will never be a ‘don’t!’ For super straight results that shine, use CloudNine’s flat iron, the perfect stocking filler that never disappoints.
- Crown It All
Christmas wreaths needn’t be just for your front door. Why not try one on as a festive fascinator? In shades of natural greenery with Australian bush berries, or chintzy with tinsel straight from the tree. When it’s the silly season – all decorations are fare game.
New York, New York. The city that never sleeps, the Big Apple, the town paid homage by hundreds of songs, films and artworks. Yes. New York. As you probably know from following our Facebook feed and Instagram (@organikahair), Lisa and Sarah recently travelled to New York to attend and work their skills at prestigious New York Fashion Week. Over the course of two blogs, we share their adventures, new styles you can expect to see straight off the runway, and ‘behind the scenes’ runway photography. Have you been to New York? What did you love about it most?
When in New York….
We had some schmancy fashion moments with luminaries of the trade…. here are Lisa and Sarah with the Salon Ruggeri team. Based in New York, this A-List salon to the stars is actually an Australian export!
… and were delighted by the amount of Australian fashionistas we bumped into! Here we are catching up with Dasha and Colin from The Trendspotter.
Backstage moments featuring goddess model muses and lots of EVO!
Perfecting the ponytail.
Behind the scenes buzz and Sarah in action.
Inspiring hair for the Spring Racing season – a reverse braid with plenty of drama!
A woven braid for peek-a-boo glamour.
Looks you’ll soon see in editorials globally – square flat-tops (a la Chanel), Kesha-style loose waves, neat takes on the top-knot and more.
Today on the Organika Hair blog we’re looking at a new way to ‘mermaid wave’ your hair using the original Cloud Nine iron. This style is simple to achieve once you master the ‘up and down’ waving motion with your Cloud Nine iron. Unlike our previous tutorials, this style isn’t created by ‘curling’ the hair – instead you develop these elegant large waves by carefully sectioning the hair before moving the irons down the length of hair, changing direction as you go.
Start strong by applying a mix of Caviar Seasilk Oil Gel (for sleekness and to seal the hair’s cuticle) and Bamboo Weightless Whipped Mousse (both of these products are available in-salon at Organika Hair). This glorious-smelling mousse is totally different to the 1980’s foamy, alcohol-based drying products you remember! It creates just the right about of ‘grip’ to your hair, readying it for this wavy mermaid style. Dry hair thoroughly using a Moroccanoil large barelled brush to smooth the cuticle – be careful not to overdry and damage the hair. Overdrying makes it have to add wave or shape to you hair.
The sleekness of the mermaid wave comes from carefully ‘sectioning’ your hair – divide your hair cleanly into four – just like a hot cross bun! Use large clips.
Start styling at the back quarter of your hair. Divide the ‘bottom’ square of the ‘hot cross bun’ into four to five horizontal sections. Take the bottom section and begin the ‘waving motion’ using your Cloud Nine iron. Moving slowly from top to bottom, drag the hair up and away from the scalp, neatly turning the iron 180 degrees to define the ‘wave’. Turn the iron back around 180 degrees to begin the next shaped wave – continuing down the hair. As you reach the end of each piece of hair, curl the last wave under at the tips for a uniform look. Continue in all four sectioned areas, taking particular care to take diagonal sections of hair around the face to try and make the waves ‘mold’ to the natural curves of your face.
Here is how the ‘mermaid waves’ look before being deftly brushed out. This sculpted style takes considerable brushing to bring into a uniform movement – so grab your trusty paddle-brush and Alterna Caviar Hairspray, and begin slowly brushing and shaping the waves into place with your hands, spraying as you go.
Voila! By using the Cloud Nine original iron and quality products, your hair will ‘remember’ this style for days to come – slowly softening and becoming more ‘undone’ and gorgeous. Try it out – post your pictures to the official Organika Hair Facebook page so we can see your handiwork!
How easy it is to put ‘you’ on hold. Whether it’s because of responsibilities at work, commitments to your loved family and friends – in the blink of an eye months can pass with little self-reflection or time to feed your spirit. Before you know it – you’re tired out and fed up. Stress and neglect (emotional and physical) show up on the surface of our bodies – lacklustre skin, lank hair, in grumpy little frownlines and in sometimes-snappy responses to those we care for. Today’s Organika Hair blog is a reminder to ‘Nourish Thyself’ – inspired by our Co-Director Sarah Di Iorio who is currently doing just that – resting and replenishing her energy on a far-flung beach in warm climes. Let us inspired you to prioritise your own health and needs.
Yes. Do this. You’ll be surprised to find that what makes you happy could be quite boring to others. It might involve staying home and reading or just ‘being’. Forget the external voices. Do more of what makes you happy.
Go outside into the winter sunshine and invigorate your cells. Go away to sunnier shores for a week (or a weekend). New light, new sight, new start. Be a nudie rudie by the beach shore! Take care of your beautiful body and hair in the sunlight and saltspray. Make sure to protect your color with Alterna Bamboo Color Care UV+ Fade-Proof Fluide (find the Alterna range at your Organika Hair salon).
And if you can’t get to the sun…. dream about it and dress for it. These ‘mati’ evil eyes are a traditional Greek, Italian and Ottoman adornment – protecting and watching over you. Find your own protection amulet at Samantha Wills or The Dark Horse Jewellery.
Be with your girls. Or guys. Talk it through. Nourish thyself. Or at the very least, come in to Organika Hair where you can both talk and be pampered. Do you remember the last time you snorted with laughter catching up with mates?
Go green. By drinking a fibre-rich and nutrient packed green smoothie each morning, you’ll be alkalinizing your body. It’s a little like filling the car up with petrol, giving your engine the best chance to run smoothly all day. You’ll notice a change in your emotional health and wellbeing too. We promise.
On the beach or otherwise – style your hair in beautiful, natural, loose styles to reflect your newly found inner zen.
If you’re by the ocean, this all-nature wave enhancer will fit neatly next to your towel. Or, you can add salt to your warm water to make your own sea spray.
You asked for more style tutorials – and your wish is our command! This week learn how to style The Essential Updo with Organika Hair Director Lisa Pace. Any of you who may know Lisa will be aware of how fabulous her casual-yet-chic updo styles are. Ready – get set – go – try your hand at this simple, stylish updo.
Amongst the clatter of high heels down the runway and back-stage mayhem that enveloped the shows of Sydney’s prestigious Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2013, team Organika Hair were inspired by high fashion styling we’re looking forward to recreating during Autumn and Winter.
Day three of MBFWA saw designer Lisa Ho send models onto the runway with strong crimson power pouts that contrasted beautifully with a curious slicked-back hairstyle (above). The simple futuristic look was captured in soft, long flowing lines, accompanied by hair that took the sleek ponytail to a different universe with strong parting and vibrant colours thrown into the mix. This look shows us that simplicity can be doubly impactful.
Lisa Ho – hair was both minimal and boisterously shot with color.
Stepping boldly onto the runway were the fabulously-dressed models from Romance Was Born. This much-anticipated show certainly did not disappoint, with looks that were typically idiosyncratic – bold, brave, colourful and high-impact. The show’s kabuki-esque makeup and hair schema featured vibrant wigs that captured the playful 60’s feel of the psychedelic collection. There was also a little ‘messy bed hair’ that emphasized the texture and radical prints throughout the collection. Makeup similarly made no apologies, with decorative bobbles, circles of color on cheeks and giant cartooney eyes confirming that ‘more is more’ this season.
Leaving behind the conventional idea of the natural beach babe, the beauty styling notes from We Are Handsome brought a beachy feel with opulent flair. Heavy blue eye shadow and brighter than bright coral lips were seen on the scantily-dressed models, with big hair harking back to the trending 80’s vibe, made full with heavily curled, perky extensions. Super retro and super achievable for those without personal stylists!
In contrast to many of the bold, out-there looks featured at this years’ MBFWA were the subtle and classic stylings of Toni Maticevski. The simple elegance of a mid-height bun fashioned into a box complimented the classic structure of this operatic collection. The lady-like look certainly will be hot this season!
2013 is a year of drama, of excess and wow-factors. So far, we’ve has already seen stunning and innovative hair sent down the runways at the hottest fashion shows worldwide. There is inspiring versatility across the current aesthetic, which draws heavily on nostalgic favourites being given a revamp. In our first Organika Hair blog, we highlight the key trends for the season from recent fashion weeks – including our very own L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.
The raw textured ponytail featured heavily throughout LMFF, inspired by iconic fashion houses such as Calvin Klein and Chloe. This sexy, confident look will elevate any outfit and is easy to achieve at home.
Winter gives a lot of love to sizable 1960’s hairstyles – from bouffant to beyond – across the international runways this season. This big, voluminous hair can be seen as a reflection of women’s empowerment during this era of change. Is a return to big hair another assertion of feminism? In any case – when it comes to the beehive, bigger is better!
Ready for a big trim? Bob hairstyles are making their mark, from high-fashion to the bloggerazzi. Highlighting the trend towards androgyny, the bob has appeared in chin length, fringed versions and shoulder sweeping forms. There’s no better time to consider the chop to create a playful, fresh and liberating new look.
The classic French roll has received an overhaul this season, with texture being the main focus. This regal style crowns any outfit with an elegant vintage vibe that was captured on runways for Valentino and Chanel.
The ‘wet look’ was huge on runways last year, and has maintained its prominence in 2013. The textured wet ponytail is a key focus, but this trend appears in a range of guises – from slick and pulled back to side-swept and textured. This is the kind of high-fash wet hair that’s you’re encouraged to leave the house wearing!
It appears that even models have bad hair days – and have been seen hiding their locks under hair exciting accessories on both Australian and international runways. Style up your own day-two (or day-three) hair with bright sporty headbands, brass sculptured branches worn as crowns, oversized fabric flowers, pretty pearls and even impossibly chic beekeeper inspired head wear from Alexander McQueen. The best part of this eye-catching decorative look? It requires minimal effort – simply attach and go!